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It is better to post disclaimer first, so here it is- I am not a fan of Ahmadinejad. As you know, that does not mean I hate him. More about it at the end.

DOWNs

First issue westerners have with him is that- he seeks destruction of Israel. His answer, people have the impression, and they are right, was very ambiguous. It requires a lot of circumstantial information to understand what Ahmadinejad said.

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A Thousand Years of Science

We are approaching a thousand years of Science. Modern science is based on the idea of empiricism.  Every idea, to be accepted, must be verifiable by experiement. This soul of the new Science was first seen in the works of ibn al-Haitham or Alhazen in the first half of the eleventh century.

A blog dedicated to discuss thousand years of Science / ibn al-Haitham / Alhazen has been set up.

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Qur’an Reading

Shahrzad is hosting a group Qur’an reading. May Allah be pleased with our effort, and may He forgive us of our sins, and may he cleanse our souls.I have been allotted verses 2:59-2:74. The verses are below.

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Everybody’s talking Ahmadinejad, only few are talking what Ahmadinejad said, some of the few when it suits them (eg. we don’t have homosexuals in our country”)

Here is Al-Jazeera’s report on it.

And the whole speech

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Hold fast to the Rope of Allah, all together, and be not divided. (Qur’an, 3:103)

Suhaib Webb has posted a pledge of Mutual respect among Sunni Muslim scholars, with a really long title (A Great Blessing in a Blessed Month: Pledge of Mutual Respect and Cooperation Between Sunni Muslim Scholars, Organizations, and Students of Sacred Knowledge).

Mujahideen Ryder is collecting signatures for it. Here I sign. ( iMuslim led me to the pledge, JazakAllah, iM)

I wonder, would it not be nice if we could have Shi’as too?

(Update: MM has posted the pledge too.)

(Update: gess has her concerns about the pledge, some others have also expressed unhappiness about ‘sunni’ being mentioned in the name and not only ‘muslim’. )

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So thinks Roy (Scandal In the Palace).

At its epicentre is Y.K. Sabharwal, former Chief Justice of India, who until recently headed the most powerful institution in this country—the Supreme Court. When there’s a scandal about a former chief justice and his tenure in office, it’s a little difficult to surgically excise the man and spare the institution.

But then commenting adversely on the institution can lead you straight to a prison cell as some of us have learned to our cost. It’s like having to take the wolf and the chicken and the sack of grain across the river, one by one. The river’s high and the boat’s leaking. Wish me luck.

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We feel happy about something bad going away, and then truth strikes. I hope one day we shall rise above it.

Racism isn’t a thing of the past yet.

(Through Rockin Hijabi)

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