Age of Jahiliyah

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Archive for the day “September 20, 2006”

Qari Abdul-Basit Recites Surah Hadid

Ramadan Pays a Visit by M. Shahin Part 1


Sami: A 19 year old Muslim college student

Mona: Sami’s Mother

Angel Ramadan: An angel

Scene: Sami’s bedroom.

Mona: (shouting from the kitchen) Wake up Sami! Time for suhoor!

Sami: (grumbling) It’s too early momma…(burying his head under the pillow).

Mona: (poking her head through the bedroom door) You need to eat something before Fajr.

Sami: I need to sleep.

Mona: (heading back to the kitchen) Come on Sami. Let’s start the first day of Ramadan in the right way. (A young man in a long white robe stands over Sami’s bed).

Young Man: (quietly) Your mom is right Sami. Let’s get out of bed.

Sami: (throwing pillow on the floor) Who are you?

Young Man: I’m angel Ramadan.

Sami: I must still be dreaming. So you will be disappearing soon.

Angel Ramadan: Suit yourself. (he takes a seat at the computer desk, and looks around the room casually; then disapprovingly at the wall)

Angel Ramadan: There is too much dunya in this room. (indicating a Ferrari poster)

Sami: Please don’t insult my dream car.

Angel Ramadan: I hope we can dream of better things brother Sami than cars. Like world peace, bringing an end to poverty, justice, compassion….

Sami: (interrupting) Yeah, yeah…those things too. (Pause) So what exactly is up with you?

Angel Ramadan: I’m not exactly ‘up’ at this moment. My wings will not be necessary for this task. I notice that I blend in better when I abandon my wings when visiting earth.

Sami: No, no…I mean what are you here for exactly if I’m not dreaming?

Angel Ramadan: I’m here to help with your ramadan this year.

Sami: (laughing) I think I can handle ramadan, bro Rama.

Angel Ramadan: I’m not sure I like that nickname. There is too much slang in this society.

Sami: Welcome to the 21st century, bro Rama. As I said, I can handle fasting. There is not much to it.

Angel Ramadan: (smiling) I think there is much more to it brother Sami.

To be continued…..

Contentions by Abdul Hakim Murad

Women are native to Paradise: is this not the most underestimated disclosure of the Book?

‘Smoking kills. If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life’. (Brooke Shields)

It’s called the consumer society because it consumes us.

The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes

I’ve known rivers:
I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
flow of human blood in human veins.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln
went down to New Orleans, and I’ve seen its muddy
bosom turn all golden in the sunset.

I’ve known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

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