Posts Tagged ‘Internet’

Welcome to Ijtema 2.0!

// April 16th, 2008 // No Comments » // Blog

Alhamdulillah, the new Ijtema.net site has finally been launched!

What you have to look forward to:

  • A beautiful new layout, māshā’Allāh.
  • Jazakallah khair to Shazia Mistry for working on the web design, and Teakster for his efforts with the new Ijtema logo.
  • Over the next week, Multimedia comes to Ijtema:
  • New video content thanks to a collaboration with HalalTube.com.
  • Coverage of the Islamic Arts scene by Teakster.
  • I will also be making serious use of my iPod to keep you up-to-date with the latest Islamic podcasts, inshā’Allāh.
  • The Ijtema Photo Contest
  • You can finally satiate your curiosity, as the winners have been announced!

There is actually more to come for the site, which we will unveil in good time. But for now, enjoy the new features, and please give us your feedback via this link (comments are closed on this post, as encouragement!).

May Allāh grant us success, āmīn.

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.

Crossroads

// October 15th, 2007 // 11 Comments » // Blog

Right at this moment, as i type these words, i feel like i am going to explode with anticipation. It could be the effect of have two coffees in one day (i rarely have coffee, though i love it – i'm quite sensitive to it), but most likely, it is because i am at one of the most exciting, and hence, daunting, points in my entire life. I really cannot begin to explain how many things are about to change, potentially all at the same time within the next few months. I often have to make myself forget this fact, because when i remember – like just now – i become overwhelmed, and i have no idea what to do, other than whisper: Allāh, help!

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Silly Buttons What I Made

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

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Feel free to steal them.

(Update: the erroneous comma has been removed! Jazakallah Faraz)

My Silence Is Golden

// July 30th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

My hiatus from regular blogging requires that i refrain from entering into comment section discourse on other blogs. I sometimes make exception with Ijtema, but otherwise i've been pretty good, overall, māshā’Allāh.

At first, this used to frustrate me quite a bit, especially where the topic was particularly 'juicy', or i felt a point of view had been completely missed. However, 99% of the time, i chose to bite my tongue, and simply observe.

Now, after a few weeks, i have begun to appreciate the benefits of my silence. It has forced me to listen to other people's opinions, and consider them, before formulating my own. It has also been somewhat humbling to see how insignificant my previous contributions had been; my old blog haunts are still active, and any small gap that i may have left, has been filled by new and far more interesting people.

By the way, this is not me feeling sorry for myself – i'm simply observing that which has always been true.

It is arrogant to think that you will be missed. I don't think i thought that would be the case, consciously, but subconsciously, i may have hoped for it. But i'm glad that i am not – well, how can anyone miss me, when i'm still here? That reminds me of a song title: How can i miss you, when you won't go away? Classic.

I think more of us should force ourselves to be silent observers, from time to time. Islamically-speaking we should only speak good, or else stay quiet, anyway. I have always felt the proverb, “empty vessels make the most sound”, was particularly applicable to me, and now that i have taken the back-seat, blogging-wise, i definitely feel more “full”.

Full of what, though – i'm not sure!

Am I Really Me?

// July 2nd, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

BBC News: Are my online friends for real?

This week I received this intriguing message from a man who moves in London's new media circles.

He wrote: “I met somebody the other day who told me that online networking was so important, and he didn't have the time, he was paying somebody to be him online. To blog, network, post etc . £1,000 a month too.

“Apparently it's a new occupation which he reckons already numbers hundreds of people, paid to be other people!”

Hey, there's an idea! One way to keep this blog alive, while i am away writing up. Any takers? I can't afford £1K/ month, though. Hmm… how about you give me the Fisabilillah Discount? Think of the reward!

No?

Muslims these days… pfft.

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):

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AVAAZ.org – Make Some Noise!

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

I'm sure that most of you have heard about this great-yet-simple activist site by now. For once, i was not the last one to know. I have been following them for a while, but kept on forgetting to mention them here. So, for the few of you who don't know about Avaaz.org, please check out the site right this minute, and get involved. It's so easy, but it will hopefully be an effective stratagem to grab the attention of the world's movers and shakers, to actually encourage them to move and shake in an ethical manner!

The latest campaign is to help keep Iraq's oil in Iraqi hands. Extract from the e-letter:

Amidst rising bloodshed, President Bush has told the Iraqi Parliament they have till the 31st of May to pass a flawed oil law that could give multinational companies unprecedented control of Iraq's oil fields. But some Iraqi leaders are daring to resist – and they need our help.

Two weeks from now, members of the Iraqi Parliament — including Sunni, Kurdish and Shia leaders — are planning to read Avaaz's petition of solidarity from the floor of Parliament. They say this statement of global support for Iraqi sovereignty will strengthen the resolve of their colleagues to face down Bush and big oil companies by opposing this law. So sign the petition today–let's make 100,000 voices heard in Iraq's Parliament before they vote:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/iraq_oil_law

Our simple message: we support Iraq's sovereign right to its own oil. Revenue from oil should be distributed fairly to the Iraqi people. And the Iraqi national parliament should decide this without foreign influence.

Oil accounts for 70% of Iraq's national income. The proposed oil law would give multinational companies broad control of those revenues for three decades — a deal more generous than any in the Middle East. In most countries, oil corporations perform services under contracts with governments. In Iraq, foreign companies would sit on the national council that gives out the contracts.

Here's how the head of the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, Hassan Jum'a Awwad, put it:

“Iraq is passing through the most difficult of times, because all and sundry are hounding it and covet a share of its riches. Everyone knows that the oil law does not serve the Iraqi people, and that it serves Bush, his supporters and the foreign companies at their expense.”

It's a rare sign of hope to see Iraqis coming together on anything, but this law is bad enough to unite almost everyone. Iraqis are asking for our help. Let's tell them the world supports their right to set their own future. Sign on and help us reach 100,000 voices before they present the petition to the Parliament:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/iraq_oil_law

We are always signing petitions, and often nothing gets done in response. But these guys seem to be combining petition power with real activism, and i am praying that with enough support, things will change – one step at a time, inshā’Allāh. This will not bring about world peace in itself, but it's a start, and we have to start somewhere, right?

Frustration

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

It's 3.30 in the AM – what i like to call, “silly-o-clock” – and i am still awake. What am i doing up this late, other than typing a quick blog entry? Well, i am trying to find articles for I J T E M A. And it's so hard. So, so hard! Blog search engine results are filled to the brim with Islam-haters and their bile. It's so disheartening; it seems that there are more haters out there than, err, lovers? At least, the haters are more prolific in their writing. Even when i type in Islam-specific terms like “Ummah”, or “Salat”, i get a big pile of hostility in my face. GO! AWAY!

The whole point of I J T E M A is to help cut through the hysteria and highlight the beauty of Islam. There are good Muslim writers to be found, but i feel like they are rare blossoms that are being outpaced and strangled by faster-growing weeds. We need a growth spurt, a dose of Miracle Grow, before the weeds overwhelm us, and we wither in the darkness.

It's an uphill struggle, but struggle we must. May Allāh help us.

What is Anonymity?

// May 14th, 2007 // 13 Comments » // Blog

I was going to write this as a comment in response to Unique's latest entry, but decided that it might be worth an entry of its own.

The question i have posed in the subject, is not the most profound. In the end, a dictionary will provide an adequate and straightforward answer:

a·non·y·mous
–adjective
1. without any name acknowledged, as that of author, contributor, or the like: an anonymous letter to the editor; an anonymous donation.
2. of unknown name; whose name is withheld: an anonymous author.
3. lacking individuality, unique character, or distinction: an endless row of drab, anonymous houses.

Anonymity has its uses, and can be quite empowering. But what is the point of anonymity, with people whom you have developed a bond of trust? The sisters who have access to my protected posts know my real name, my location, my job. Has it affected my writing? Not that i can tell.

So, why did i unveil the blogger's mask?

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