Archive for July, 2008

Future Muslim TV Shows

// July 26th, 2008 // 11 Comments » // Blog

This week I came across several TV-related ads whilst scrolling through the Londonistan Islamic Events and Notices e-mail:


iPhone Apps: now on my iPod!

// July 25th, 2008 // 7 Comments » // Blog

Today I downloaded the iPhone 2.0 Software Update on my iPod Touch. I am now using the new WordPress app to write this entry.

I have tried to blog from my iPod before, but there were too many problems, such as the inability to select categories, to consider it as a feasible method for regular blogging.

But this new app fixes all that, and could prove useful for jotting down thoughts on the go – as long as I am in a free wifi zone.

Another nice, free app is iQuran produced by Guided Ways. I like the fact that I can easily browse the Qur'an, surah by surah, verse by verse, selecting whichever one I want recited. It should prove useful for times that I need to check my recitation, inshā’Allāh.

There is a Pro version that has more reciters and more translations available than the free app. I am considering investing in a copy… though I'm not sure if it has been released yet.

So, what's your favourite App?


// July 23rd, 2008 // 5 Comments » // Blog

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A Complete Beginner’s Guide to RSS

// July 21st, 2008 // No Comments » // Blog

Anyone who spends any time reading news or blogs on the Internet must have seen the term RSS thrown around, or seen this ubiquitous little icon: feed-icon-14x14

And yet, many are still unaware what RSS means, what it does, and why you should be taking advantage of it. It's simple, fun, and can save you a lot of time in your daily dallying on the wonderful world of the Internet.

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Islam Expo – More Photos, More Info

// July 16th, 2008 // 8 Comments » // Photos

The Flickr widget in the sidebar doesn't seem to be working (for me, anyhow), so I may as well inform you directly that I have added a few more photos to the Islam Expo 2008 Set.

A young Muslim boy indulges in some 'halal' graffiti on the Aerosol Arabic wall.

I didn't have much time to take snaps from the last three days. However, I do have some amazing video, taken by an even more amazing bro who has been, and continues to be, a great help, māshā’Allāh.

The footage was shot as part of a community project which will be rolled out very, very soon, and includes the likes of Outlandish, Zain Bhika, Mecca2Medina, The Sound of Reason, Khaleel Muhammad, Mesut Kurtis, Yvonne Ridley, Tariq Ramadan – as well as prominent shayookh, inshā’Allāh (we're currently working on the shayookh dept!).

Keep your eyes glued on my blog, as well as Muslim Matters to find out why they were all happy to step in front of the camera for a couple of nobodies (well, I'm a nobody at any rate, hehe). I think you'll be nicely surprised, inshā’Allāh.

Oh, how I love teasing you all!

Apparently, I have an ‘Ijaza’ in Biology!

// July 14th, 2008 // 9 Comments » // Blog

That is according to a wikipedia article that I looked up to establish the significance of the title, “Doctor of Philiosophy” (i.e., Ph.D):

History of the Ph.D.

The origins of the doctorate dates back to the ijazat attadris wa 'l-ifttd (“license to teach and issue legal opinions”) in the medieval Madrasahs from the 9th century, though it was limited to Islamic law at the time, as in a Doctor of Laws degree.[4] The doctorate was later extended to philosophy in the European universities in the Middle Ages which generally placed all academic disciplines outside the professional fields of theology, medicine and law under the broad heading of “philosophy” (or “natural philosophy” when referring to science). The degree of Doctor of Philosophy was a doctorate, generally granted as honorary degrees to select and well-established scholars.[citation needed]

[4] Makdisi, George (April-June 1989), “Scholasticism and Humanism in Classical Islam and the Christian West”, Journal of the American Oriental Society 109 (2): 175–182 [175–77]

How cool is that?

Islam Expo – Live Blogging

// July 13th, 2008 // 12 Comments » // Blog

Assalamu 'alaykum wa rahmatullah

Day 3 – I brought my laptop today for the stand at the Emerald Lounge. Happy to find free wifi access so let's try this “live blogging” everyone seems to love doing…

17:04 – I am sat in the Main Hall waiting for my chance to talk to the Director of Islam Expo. Not sure if I'll have time, as I have a much more 'juicy' opportunity, inshā’Allāh in about five minutes… I'm praying that it works out! By the way, my iBook is far too heavy… I need a Mac Air stat!

18:16 – My “juicy opportunity” (which I now find to be a distasteful term…) was a tragic victim to Muslim timing, and has been delayed to 8.30pm. Subhanallah. Anyway, another opportunity presented itself in the form of The Sound of Reason. I am not a nasheed fan, but according to my colleague, they are rising stars in the making. I believe they are from Canada… Interesting brothers.

22:15 – I have had the craziest few hours of – well – a long time… the 'juiciness' came through, ALHAMDULILLAH! I can now reveal that I was desperately trying to get hold of the group, Outlandish – and by the providence of Allāh it happened! I don't have any photos, but I will have some video footage SOON, inshā’Allāh. This weekend has been amazing… not because I am a big nasheed/music artist fan. Not at all – I haven't even listened to a single Outlandish song (knowingly); but it has been very useful for the project I am working on. Anyway, need to get home. The underground is all messed up… will blog more later, inshā’Allāh.

00:42 – Alhamdulillah, I am home safe and sound. I should really get some much needed beauty sleep, but let me first share with you something that I have learned this weekend:

If your goal is noble…

If your intention is to please Allāh

If your aim is to serve the Ummah…

Then my friends: anything is possible.

I mean that, ANYTHING. Btw, I don't mean to brag about myself here. Every step I took this weekend was guided by Allāh; I felt that. There were just too many “coincidences”; even with all the running about, opportunities were presented one after the other, so easily, so smoothly, it's like they literally fell in my lap!

My words are really only to serve as encouragement to you all; to those who may doubt their own ability to make a change in the world. If you have an idea, act on it – no matter how “whack” or unrealistic it may seem. Don't wait for someone to tell you it's a good idea; just do it (I hate that that phrase is associated with such a materialistic corporate brand, but how can you argue with its simplicity?).

Honestly, I am an absolute nobody – I don't even need to state that; it's obvious! But the fact that I was backstage at the IslamExpo concert yesterday – without a media pass – without a concert ticket!!! (ahem) – just shows you the power of dua, and the kindness that exists in the Ummah. My brethren in Islam have truly amazed me this weekend with their genorisity and compassion; subhanallah, tears are welling up as I type! I have too many people to thank, but at some point I shall write down a list, and pray that Allāh rewards them all.

Okay, now if you're wondering what the heck I am going on about, or whether you've missed some important piece of info – don't fret. I am being purposely cryptic, cos I love surprising people. I will tell you now… keep your eye on over the next few weeks, and all will be revealed soon enough, inshā’Allāh. I recommend you sign up to their RSS feed to keep up with the latest updates. That's all I am saying!

Now it's time for bed methinks…. peace out people.

Islam Expo & Other Stuff

// July 12th, 2008 // 7 Comments » // Photos

A very quick note… I went to Islam Expo today… lots happened… very cool stuff, māshā’Allāh… but I can't tell you now! In the mean time, check out my photos on Flickr.

Oh, and I have “outed” myself at the Expo, pretty much. I had a bunch of snazzy business cards printed off to give out to anyone I thought needed to be convinced that I was a serious blogger-type person. I know… it was tough!

Unfortunately, the timing was off. I didn't put “Dr” so-n-so on the business card, cos I am paranoid about using the title until I have official confirmation from the University of London that I have passed, in the form of a proper certificate. Well, the official confirmation decided to turn up two months early, just after I left the house to pick up the cards! Ah well… I am happy either way, alhamdulillah!

Warning: Thought Explosion Imminent

// July 8th, 2008 // 4 Comments » // Blog

Alhamdulillah, lots to talk about; even more to think about. It has been an eventful evening.


Another Dispatches Documentary

// July 6th, 2008 // 4 Comments » // Blog

But this time it might be more fair to Muslims, inshā’Allāh.

Monday 7 July 2008 at 8pm on Channel 4

Dispatches: It Shouldn't Happen to a Muslim

On the third anniversary of the 7/7 London Bombings, political commentator and journalist Peter Oborne investigates whether these attacks and the fear of terrorism has fuelled the rise of violence, intolerance and hatred against British Muslims. He discovers that for many in the Muslim community, Britain is becoming a very frightening place. Dispatches meets a range of British Muslims who now live in daily fear, some because their homes are constantly vandalised, others because they or family have suffered devastatingly violent attacks.

An exclusive ICM opinion poll commissioned for Dispatches reveals the extent to which Muslims have experienced hostility, abuse and prejudice since 7/7. The same poll also reveals the general public's attitudes towards Islam and relations with Muslims.

Since the bombings there has understandably been much press coverage of the attacks and other terrorist incidents. Oborne investigates whether this coverage has had the side-effect of portraying Islam and British Muslims in a relentlessly negative fashion, leading to the demonization of a diverse group of two million people, most of whom have nothing to do with terrorism.

Dispatches commissioned a sophisticated study of press coverage from Cardiff University's School of Journalism. The research examined articles published in the British press over the last eight years and their depiction of Muslims and Islam. The troubling results of the study are revealed in the film.

Oborne also investigates the sources and accuracy of a rash of press stories that have entered the public consciousness – such as a London council 'banning Christmas' out of deference to Muslims and a 'Muslim hate mob' wrecking a house rented to returning soldiers from Afghanistan.

Oborne concludes that in today's climate the media say things about Islam and Muslims they would never say about other groups. When he replaces the word' 'Muslim' in some recent headlines with 'Jews', 'Blacks' and 'Gays' and shows them to members of the public, they find those headlines deeply offensive.

In his first interview since leaving the Metropolitan Police, the man who headed anti-terror operations on 7/7 and afterwards, former assistant commissioner Andy Hayman talks about the poor relations between Muslims and the security services.

There will also be an opportunity to put your questions to Peter Oborne in a live web chat that will take place on the Channel 4 website after the Dispatches programme finishes at 9pm on Monday 7th July.

I think I'm going to have to record it, cos I'll be attending a talk with Suhaib Webb around that time, inshā’Allāh. I missed a course that he was running this weekend in London, cos I had guests. {sad face}

But all things for a reason, eh? Alhamdulillah.