Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s concluding remarks:
Like Sidi Abdal Hakim said, tradition or extradition, it’s not a joke and people really have to think about the presence of over 25 million Muslims in Western Europe. We have to really think about what we’re doing here, what we’re going to be planning on doing here in the future. For those of you who have children, you have to really think about what’s going to be the situation of your children and your children’s children. I mean, these are really serious situations. Unfortunately we have sufaha. We have people that are simply safeeh, and I don’t care how sincere they are, there’s plenty of sincere people out there but we have people who are fools. They are foolish people. There’s people that read things and take them literally. You have naqal and you have ‘aqal. This is what Shaykh Abdallah was talking about. You have naqal and you have ‘aqal… unfortunately we have some naqal-heads out there.
Narrated ‘Abdullâh bin ‘Abbâs : Allah’s Messenger said that Allah the Glorious said, “Verily, Allah has ordered that the good and the bad deeds be written down. Then He explained it clearly how (to write): He who intends to do a good deed and he does not do it, then Allah records it for him as a full good deed, but if he carries out his intention, the Glorious and the Great Allah writes it down for him with Him as from ten to seven hundred times, and even many times more. But if he intends to do an evil act and has not done it, then Allah writes it down with Him as a full good deed, but if he intends it and has done it, Allah writes it down as one bad deed. (Al-Bukhâri and Muslim)
From Inspire Magazine
Interview with comedian Azhar Usman
He’s a lecturer, community activist, entrepreneur and lawyer, hence being the last person you’d think would joke around. But this charismatic and captivation comedian from Chicago has left audiences rolling with laughter with his skillful analysis of our lives as Muslims living in North America . His debut audio CD Square the Circle: American Muslims of Distortion is side – splitting and he has received rave reviews from various publications including the New York Times and the BBC. Inspire’s Saadiq Mohiuddin contacted Mr. Usman to find out more.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, April 7, 2006; Page B06
Thomas J. Abercrombie, 75, a National Geographic magazine photographer and writer who negotiated countless near-death ordeals during his 38 years of world travel, died April 3 at Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications from open-heart surgery.
His escapades are legendary among the globe-trotting, adventuring set. Shortly after arriving at the magazine in 1956, he was sent from an assignment in Lebanon to Antarctica. Once there, he won a lottery to be the first journalist to the South Pole. The plane froze, and he was stranded in Antarctica for three weeks, prompting a superior to ban further flights “until the weather warms up to minus 50 degrees.”
In 1965, while traveling through Saudi Arabia’s “Empty Quarter,” his sport-utility vehicle broke down, forcing him to repair the radiator hose with items from his first-aid kit and patch another leak with a poultice of camel dung and barley paste.
It’s very important in life to know when to shut up: Alex Trebek
Enough! Just stop. You’ve had your say over and over and over. You’ve repeated yourself ad nauseam for years without making an iota of sense. You’ve accomplished nothing constructive, absolutely nothing. You’ve repeated the same nonsense over and over without knowing a single fact. So just cut it out. Now it’s time to close your mouth and open your ears.
Just shut up and listen!