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Archive for the day “October 9, 2006”

A Muslim Response to The Pope: For They Know Exactly What They Do

By Imam Zaid Shakir

In The Name of God, The Merciful, The Mercy Giving

On September 12, 2006 in Regensburg, Germany, Pope Benedict XVI uttered the following sentence, referencing a 14th century Byzantine emperor, Manuel II Paleologus: “Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith that he preached.” [1] There have been many explanations of what the Pope meant by this comment, and varying theories proposed as to what his motivation was. It is my contention that the Pope’s comments signaled a tacit endorsement of the evolving anti-Muslim agenda of the radical right.
To begin with, the Pontiff uttered these words in the context of an increasingly polarized world where religious sentiments are being manipulated by demagogues of various stripes to advance their nefarious agendas. That polarization is epitomized by the Danish cartoon controversy, in which offensive caricatures allegedly portraying the Prophet Muhammad, peace upon him, touched off a firestorm of protest throughout the Muslim world. At the height of that controversy, Pope Benedict uttered the following conciliatory remarks:

In the international context we are living at present, the Catholic Church continues convinced that, to foster peace and understanding between peoples and men it is necessary and urgent that religions and their symbols be respected…

He added:

Believers should not be the object of provocations that wound their lives and religious sentiments…

And finally:

The only path that can lead to peace and fraternity is respect for the convictions and religious practices of others.

Being only six months removed from that crisis, it would be difficult to accept that the Pope did not realize the sensitivity of his quoting the emperor’s remarks. This is especially true in light of the above pronouncements. Either the Pope was not being sincere when he made his remarks about religious tolerance and understanding, or he subsequently abandoned the principles they articulate.
It is not coincidental that the Pope’s remarks occurred a day after America commemorated the fifth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. That anniversary is being seized upon by the radical right to galvanize popular support for the so-called “war on terror.” It is also not coincidental that the underlying tone of the Pope’s remarks dealt with an interpretation of Islam that implies it is a religion of irrational violence. Here the Pope went even further than Mr. Bush, who confined his indictments of violence-prone Muslims to the “Islamic fascists.” [3] In lockstep with the radical right in America and Europe, he implied that Islam itself is an irrational faith, inspired by an irrational god, and instituted by an irrational prophet, who urges the spread of the faith by violence, the epitome of irrationality, as, in the words of the “erudite” emperor, Manuel II:

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Shaykh Sudais Recites Surah Jinn with English Subtitles

Saad Al-Ghamdi Recites Surah Rahman

The 99 Names of Allah: Al- Azeez (The Almighty)


Do not imagine that Allah will break His promise to His Messengers. Allah is the Almighty, the Lord of Retribution. (Surah Ibrahim, 14:47)

This name of Allah expresses that He will always triumph and that He can never be refuted, for only He has true power. Allah created the universe’s order, all of its laws (both known and unknown), and all beings on Earth. In the face of Allah’s infinite power, which clearly manifests itself in the universe, the feebleness of every created being and thing is obvious. All that is created can only exist, survive, and act if He commands so. Read more…

Ayah and Hadith of the Day

Say: ‘Call on Allah or call on the All-Merciful, whichever you call upon, the Most Beautiful Names are His.’ (Surat al-Isra’: 110)

When a good deed becomes a source of pleasure for you and an evil deed becomes a source of disgust for you, then you are a believer. (Tirmidhi)

Qari Abdul-Basit Recites The Quran: Various Video Clips

The Muslim Way of Speaking: Employing the Quran as a Guide in Speech


In the following verse of the Qur’an, “… This is a Book We have sent down to you so that you can bring mankind from the darkness to the light, by the permission of their Lord, to the Path of the Almighty, the Praiseworthy.” (Surah Ibrahim: 1), Allah explains that one of the blessings conferred through the sending down of the Qur’an is that it “brings people from the darkness to the light.”

The Qur’an has been under Allah’s protection from the time it was first revealed to the present, and has undergone no corruption. It was sent down as an admonition and a warning to people; for the faithful, it is the source of healing, guidance and a mercy. Its words are the most noble, they distinguish right from wrong, and guide those who follow it to the true path. Read more…

Qari Minshawi Recites Surah Infitar


Translated by Michael A. Sells

Gentle now, doves of the Thornberry
and moringa thicket,
don’t add to my heartache
your sighs.

Gentle now,
or your sad cooing
will reveal the love I hide,
the sorrow I hide away.

I echo back, in the evening,
in the morning, echo,
the longing of a love-sick lover,
the moaning of the lost.

In a grove of Ghada,
Spirits wrestled,
bending the limbs down over me,
passing me away.

Telling Real Stories: Filmmakers Hesham Issawi and Sayed Badreya Shatter Stereotypes in Hollywood.

From dragonfire

by in New York, New York USA

Everything changed for Arab-Americans working in Hollywood after 9/11. Just ask Egyptian-Americans Hesham Issawi and Sayed Badreya, whose forthcoming film, American East, faithfully portrays the social realities of Arab-American life and the struggles faced by Arabs and Jews working together in post-9/11 America.

“We usually see 9/11 not from Arabs’ point of view,” says Issawi, whose earlier film, The Interrogation, won Best Creative Short Film at the 2002 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. “It should be really interesting to see how Arabs really feel about 9/11 and how it affected their lives, not in the Middle East, but in America.”

A veteran Hollywood actor, writer and producer, Badreya knows all too well the typecasting that Arab-American actors, writers, directors and producers must face on a daily basis in Hollywood. He assumed the role of a Palestinian hijacker in Stuart Baird’s Executive Decision. He played an Iraqi commander in David O. Russell’s Three Kings. He portrayed a Hezbollah gunman who fires upon his own people in Michael Mann’s thriller, The Insider. He has blown up people, sneered at hateful Americans, become an Arab pilot helping Americans fight the alien invaders and epitomized evil, all in keeping with Hollywood’s negative, stereotypical images of the Tinseltown Arab.

“We want to tell our story now,” says Badreya. “If you look at the history of cinema, people can’t tell their story unless they do their own story. Like African-Americans before Spike Lee didn’t have a strong storyteller to tell the story of the African-American in America. We’ve always seen our Arab-American story told by an American guy from Ohio, or from New York, or from Los Angeles. They tell our story from a different side, so we’ve decided to tell our story from our point of view.” Read more…

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