Archive for December, 2007

Benazir Bhutto: RIP

// December 27th, 2007 // 9 Comments » // Blog

I didn't believe what I was reading when I clicked on the MuslimMatters bookmark in my feedreader: Benazir Bhutto has been murdered in a savage terrorist attack. This is a tragedy for the entire country; not due to the loss of a controversial political leader, but due to the destruction of civil diplomacy, liberty and justice.

May Allāh have mercy on the soul of our sister in Islam; may Allāh have mercy on the citizens of Pakistan.

MM: Benazir Bhutto killed in Terrorist Attack

Fast Cars, Chaste Women

// December 25th, 2007 // 21 Comments » // Blog

I have found a new love.

And its name… is Top Gear.


Review of Part III of Make Me A Muslim

// December 21st, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

I have posted my final review! No idea why it took so long… i think i found it difficult to actually come to a solid conclusion on the show. Anyway, please head over and check it out – especially the last paragraph concerning a debate that is taking place online about how TV should deal with Muslim issues:

Review of Episode 3: With trembling fingers and bated breath, I clumsily fumbled with the remote control, in my haste to find the channel that would deliver the nail-biting conclusion of the reality TV saga that has been, Make Me A Muslim.

Okay, so I wasn't that desperate to catch the last episode, but like a great number of other British Muslims, I was certainly more than a little curious to see how our seven intrepid explorers fared, after three “gruelling” weeks of intense Islam-awareness training. And the verdict is…


Three Quick Things

// December 20th, 2007 // 14 Comments » // Blog

Assalamu 'alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatu y'all

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1) ‘Īd Mubarak! Yup, ‘Īd-in-the-park/" target="_blank">I prayed in the park again… and yup, it was bloomin' cold! But thankfully not wet, alhamdulillah. Didn't harrass any small children this time, though there were two very cute girlies sat near to me. Their mum was rather clever and brought a thermos of something nice n' hot for them to sip on during the khutbah – why didn't I think of that?!

2) Does anyone have a clue about either digital video cameras and/or regular video cameras whose footage can be easily digitised? Purpose: amateur film production – really amateur. Short films. Not looking to win an Oscar for cinematography, kinda thing. Hoping to bag something in the January sales inshā’Allāh, but have no clue where to begin!

3) I want a Scottish accent. A cool one. Can someone donate one? Pleeeease? :D

Review of Part II of Make Me A Muslim

// December 18th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

Sorry if i confused anyone with the link i posted yesterday – i messed up on the MM blog a bit. I have created a new entry that contains reviews for both part one and two of Make Me A Muslim:

Review of Episode 2: After my negative perception of yesterday's episode, I wasn't actually planning to review the series “Make Me A Muslim”, any further, as I frankly expected more of the same. And to be perfectly honest… I was completely wrong to do so.

Maybe it's my mood, maybe I've had more time to reflect, but in my opinion, today's episode was a vast improvement in many respects. I do believe the main reason for this was that more emphasis was placed on the spiritual nature of Islam, rather than just the rules and regulations; in fact, even Muslims forget that spirituality is at the heart of this great religion (I'll be the first to put my hand up to being guilty of this). Thus I expect that many more viewers were able to relate to the events that took place during this installment, inshā’Allāh.

Continue Reading..

Review of “Make Me A Muslim”

// December 17th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

This latest MuslimMatters entry follows on from the introduction I posted a few days ago:

For those who can't be bothered to read the following review of the first episode of Make Me A Muslim (click here for my introduction to the programme), i'll summarise it for you in two words: absolute rubbish!

Now, you see what I did there? I took an entire hour of programming, stripped away every nuance and detail, and decided to only concentrate on the most negative aspect, all for the purpose of causing a reaction in the reading audience. That, my friends, is the true summary of this show.


Memories of an Earlier Self

// December 16th, 2007 // 7 Comments » // Blog

Photo by RonnieAtlas

I just came across a wonderful tag on Snowdrop's blog where you have to list five childhood memories. Considering that my mental age is still in the midst of adolescence, this should be a breeze:


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Can I Make You A Muslim?

// December 14th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

My latest offering for

Having spent an hour this evening repeatedly smacking my hand against my forehead whilst watching a documentary on some random American Doomsday cult, I found the same hand twitching slightly when, straight afterwards, I witnessed an advert for an upcoming Channel 4 production called: Make Me A Muslim. What is it with Channel 4 and quirky shows about religion? They obviously know what draws the punters in. Continue Reading..

Reminder to Takbir

// December 11th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

Promised Link: a more detailed entry on virtues and practices of the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, from

We're on the second day of Dhul-Hijjah (the month of Hajj), which is the second of the ten best days of the year. A reminder to revive one particularly neglected Sunnah during these days – reciting the takbir:

Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar; la ilaha illalah; Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar; wa lillahil hamd

Translation: Allāh (God) is the greatest, Allāh is the greatest, Allāh is the greatest; there is no deity worthy of worship except Allāh; Allāh is the greatest, Allāh is the greatest; and to Allāh belongs all praise.

Brothers, don't be afraid to do it out loud – it's quite a liberating experience!

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Example of the takbir

This was recorded on the morning of ‘Īd-ul Fitr at the Sacred Mosque in the city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia