Archive for November, 2007

Dreams Can Come True

// November 29th, 2007 // 9 Comments » // Blog

I dreamt that one of my former colleagues, a French postdoc, invented a device that could convert ATP into electricity – a form of biofuel, i suppose.

Now I can't get the dream out of my head! Am i supposed to act on this?!

It was quite a funky little machine: lots of coloured bulbs and diodes; like something out of a science fiction B-movie.

I'm going to e-mail her and ask if she had the same dream!

Some Weird Facts About Moi

// November 25th, 2007 // 11 Comments » // Blog

Yet another tag has hit the blogosphere. I was in two minds about joining in this time – cos, y'know – i am a serious blogger now. Ahem. Not really… I had it confused with the seven random facts tag so wasn't so keen to repeat myself. Lazy, lazy, lazy me.

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Sister Sister

// November 24th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

I just published the second installment of the newly launched Nisaa podcast series.

In this episode I chat to sister Na'ima B Robert – editor of SISTERS magazine, and author of From My Sisters' Lips.

Check it out, and give me your lubly feedback at the Nisaa site. Jazakallah khair in advance.

How NOT to Lose Weight

// November 22nd, 2007 // 14 Comments » // Blog

Stress is not normally a condition that people appreciate. These days, however, i find that i am missing it a lot. That is because thanks to the trauma of my thesis, and certain other personal issues, i have lost about 5 kgs over the past two months, without much effort – māshā’Allāh.

But now that i am relatively relaxed and happy, alhamdulillah, my appetite has returned with a vengeance – together with one of those lost kilos! {sad face}

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The Problem with Wikipedia is…

// November 22nd, 2007 // 4 Comments » // Blog

… that you can no longer say:

“I don't know”

or

“What does that mean?”

or be allowed any previously reasonable level of ignorance.

How annoying!

I like asking dumb questions.

I like people explaining stuff to me like i'm a 5 year old (well, sometimes).

I don't want to know e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.

But now the only excuse one has for pestering someone with endless enquiry is because you're too lazy to “Google” it.

Sigh… talk about a conversation killer.

Muslims on TV

// November 16th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

Please head over to Muslim Matters to check out my latest contribution: Muslims on TV.

News, documentaries, drama and even comedy; it seems that TV producers cannot get enough of us these days. Programmes like “The Muslim Jesus“, and – dare i say it – “Little Mosque on the Prairie” have been a breath of fresh air in comparison to the mostly negative attention our community has been receiving, usually centered around the subject of war and terrorism. But don't the veterans of Hollywood swear by the catchphrase: “all publicity is good publicity”?

In contrast, it is clear from our reactions that the Muslim community much prefers the catchphrase: “no news is good news”. Like most ordinary folk, we don't wish to be subjected to the intrusive, and often distortive, camera lens of broadcast media. We just want to be left alone, to live our lives in peaceful obscurity…

Well, my fellow brothers and sisters… it's time to face facts. We've been put on a mission by Allāh – whether we accept it or not – to let the world know about Islam, in whatever way we can. And for this reason alone, we need to start getting media savvy, in order to turn all this free press to our advantage.

Continue reading…

Comments closed on this entry… you know the drill by now. ;)

Melodrama & Mayhem

// November 12th, 2007 // 13 Comments » // Blog

That is what i was exposed to for about an hour tonight, at my cousin's house.

Tears, fights, tantrums… and even a court case!

All brought to you care of [insert random Indian TV cable channel here].

My goodness. I had completely forgotten how weird Indian soap operas are! I never watch them normally, but the TV was on in the background. As I wasn't really engaged in my family's conversation, and the programmes were subtitled, my gaze naturally drifted into the direction of the zombie box in the corner.

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Ranting on Ijtema

// November 12th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

I've received a semi-complaint by a lovely reader, enquiring when i was going to post something the rest of you guys can read! Well, i did today, but it's over at Ijtema: The Muslim Bashing Must End.

I'm getting pretty fed up with Muslim-on-Muslim bashing. No, i'm not referring to the Shia versus Sunni violence prevalent in Iraq, nor the Sufi versus Salafi rhetoric found on countless forums and blogs spread across the net. Rather, I am referring to this kind of talk:

“Oh, the Muslims are so stupid…”

“Oh, the Muslims are so lazy…”

“Oh, the Muslims are so backward…”

Blah! Blah! Blah!

All from the mouths of everyday Muslims.

Don't you guys get it?

YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT YOURSELVES.

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I look forward to your comments, inshā’Allāh. And yes, i was quite annoyed when i wrote the entry – can you tell? {grin}

Please also check out the latest MuslimMatters entry written by bro Amad, about saying Neo to Giuliani!

This is a campaign to bring all Americans together, liberals and conservatives towards a common cause: keeping, what Tom Hayden calls, the most dangerous candidate, out of the White House! If you don't like George Bush's policies, then you should know that Giuliani is far more of a threat to world peace than Bush ever was.

The non-US readers may think, “So what? This doesn't concern me!”, but it really does. America is not called a “super-power” for nothing. The least you can do is keep abreast of US affairs, even if you cannot directly influence them. Please read the entry, and sign up to the campaign if you agree with the sentiment.

Comments on this entry are closed – please leave your valued thoughts at the entries highlighted above!

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