Archive for June, 2007

Extraordinary Rendition

// June 27th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

An interesting Westminster Hall debate on the act of Extraordinary Rendition, brought you by They Work For Included, are some good examples of politicians bickering over irrelevant details. If you can't be bothered to read the entire thing, please at least pay some attention to Sarah Teather's speech; she is the ministerial representative of Jamil El-Banna, who is currently rotting in the bowels of Guantanamo Bay.

Sarah will be one of the speakers at this event, taking place this Saturday, in London:

South London Man in Guantanamo: Shaker Aamer

This letter from Shaker to his family, disturbed me:

“I am dying here every day, mentally and physically. This is happening to all of us. We have been ignored, locked up in the middle of the ocean for years. Rather than humiliate myself, having to beg for water, I would rather hurry up the process that is going to happen anyway.

“I would like to die quietly, by myself. I was once 250 lbs (17 stone 12 lbs). I dropped to 130 lbs (9 stone 4 lbs) in the first hunger strike. I want to make it easy on everyone. I want no feeding, no forced tubes, no 'help', no 'intensive assisted feeding'. This is my legal right.” Shaker Aamer, 2nd November 2005

Please keep all these brothers in your prayers.

Oh… btw… we have a new Prime Minister. I wonder, has anything really changed?

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Campaign Alerts

// June 25th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

For the attention of all British Citizens & Residents:

Please click on the link below and sign the petition demanding that the government stops the extradition of British citizen Babar Ahmad to the US and puts him on trial in the UK:

For more information on the case, please visit


For the attention of all Global Citizens:

The initiative was first announced in Washington during the ADC Annual Convention on June 10, 2007

Can unarmed civilians break the siege of Gaza?

We can try


It’s All About The Gut

// June 21st, 2007 // 12 Comments » // Blog

I know i will be accused of breaking my supposed hiatus (a hiatus from the hiatus?), but these last two days, I have been attending a workshop designed to help final year PhD students, such as myself, finish up their work, and move on to better things – inshā’Allāh! As I didn't plan to do any thesis writing during this time, this blog post is “allowed”… my blog, my rules.

One of the elements of the workshop covered leadership skills, and as part of that we were set a task to complete. We were split up into four groups. Each group was given a box of lego bricks, and sent into different rooms. One person from each group was selected as the team leader, and together we had to figure out the quickest way to build the tallest tower of lego bricks, with the minimum height being 50 cm, and a maximum time of three minutes. The higher the tower and the quicker the time, the more points we would collect. The team with the most points would win a mystery prize! Cue: “Ooooh!” from the audience.



// June 20th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

I just found this quote:

As for my prison sentence, al-Ghazali said that if we had perfect power like God to determine our destinies, & perfect vision like God to see the future & know what is best for us, we would choose exactly the fate that God chose for us.

Isn't that simply… mindblowing? Subhanallah. May we all benefit from such wisdom. Āmīn.

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God Bless Her

// June 13th, 2007 // 20 Comments » // Blog

I am not even going to try to defend this entry… i just couldn't resist.

At the moment, i am using two different computers, in two different parts of the house. I have my trusty iMac, which lives in my bedroom, in the loft. And now, i have brought home my iBook from the office, as most of my data is on there. As i am the worst procrastinator (or is it, the best?), i decided to use our relatively new conservatory as the space for writing my thesis – no TV, no phone line, lots of natural light, and a lovely view of the garden in full bloom, māshā’Allāh. However, i still find excuses to come upstairs about ten times a day, such as for salaat, and/or sneaking off a few e-mails. It's good exercise… ahem.

Anyway, to the point!

I came down from Asr prayer today to find my mum grinning at me. She asked me to check my laptop… she said that she had touched it, and wanted to make sure everything was in order. My mum is not a computer person, so i wondered why she even went near it. She said that she was curious about how it worked, and so she pressed one or two buttons; she made these little gestures with her fingers, and made a funny face. I just smiled confusedly, and thought nothing of it, and helped her lay the table for dinner.

After we ate, she reminded me to check my computer. I found it with the lid closed. When i opened it, it asked for my password, as per, but my keystrokes were not being accepted. Then i noticed that Numlock had been activated. “Why did she press that key?”, i wondered. So i deactivated it, typed in my password, clicked enter, and the Word document i had been previously working on popped up. Except, it wasn't quite how i had left it…


Just in case you hadn't realized, all the stuff in black, bold underline, was my mum's little contribution to my thesis (all except munohistochemistry, which is one of my subheadings… it should actually be Immunohistochemistry).

I stared at the screen for a few seconds, having no idea what i was looking at. Then i just started laughing, and laughing, and LAUGHING. I heard my mum giggling like a naughty child, in the kitchen. She joined me in the conservatory, and we laughed even harder.

“WHAT DID YOU DO?!”, i asked, with tears in my eyes.

“I'll tell you later, when you tell me everything is OK”.

I checked the document, and apart from that weird jumble of characters nothing was amiss, Alhamdulillah.

Anyone want to guess how she managed to make such a mess? :D

Well, Bye Then!

// June 7th, 2007 // 10 Comments » // Blog

Shhhhhhhhhhhh… don't say it. I know. I am on hiatus. But this is an emergency post! To the blog cave, Blogman! And Blogwoman. Blogpeople?

Ok, so where are all you guys off to? I'm gone for like a week and a half, and everyone is fleeing blogland, or threatening to. It's just not right, i tell ya.

But seriously… what is going on? Three bloggers from my blogroll quit in one day (well, one blogging day, which can actually last for more than 24 hours due to time zones). When did blogging become something people had to quit? No, i am not a hypocrite. I am on h-i-a-t-u-s. That means i intend to return at some point, God-willing.

I think people are getting blogging all wrong. Blogging has the potential to do many wonderful things, but there are two rules you must remember to survive a blog (think Scream – rules to survive a horror movie):