Pattern in Islamic Art
- thousands of high quality, free pictures
of various motifs, patterns and architectural elements of mosques and other structures from Asia to West Africa. [more inside]
God's Waiting Room
is a British documentary
about the daily struggles of Haji Taslim Funerals
, the first European Muslim Funeral Directors, and how they work to honor the requirements of ancient faith while cutting through the red tape of modern death. [more inside]
From coffee to cheques and the three-course meal, the Muslim world has given us many innovations that we take for granted in daily life. As a new exhibition opens, Paul Vallely nominates 20 of the most influential
- and identifies the men of genius behind them via The Independent
The USC-MSA Compendium of Muslim Texts
is a very useful compilation of essays on various topics, searchable versions of the Qur'an
(uses three different translations) and hadith
(the sayings and traditions of the Prophet), and a glossary
(which is how I discovered the site, while trying to find a good reference for a comment on Falconetti's excellent Maniac Muslim post
). The first of the Ten Misconceptions About Islam
: "Islam is 'the religion of peace' because the Arabic word Islam
is derived from the Arabic word Al-Salaam
which means peace." Their response:
It might seem strange to think of this as a misconception, but in fact it is. The root word of Islam is al-silm which means "submission" or "surrender." It is understood to mean "submission to Allah." In spite of whatever noble intention has caused many a Muslim to claim that Islam is derived primarily from peace, this is not true.
As you can see, they care about accuracy, not just propaganda.
- Saudi Arabia's Authority for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice
, is rigid in it's enforcement of Wahabist Shari`a. It's website offers a list of banned consumer goods
, along with a form
for turning in one's neighbor [English translation here
]. The kingdom uses internet filtering technology
to stop residents from even viewing provocative clothing. Non-compliance means death.
So what's the style-conscious Saudi woman to do? Hasima Islamic Swimwear
was the answer.
Ever wondered about Islamic law?
This site hosts a series of essays and papers on various areas by Mohammad H. Kamali
and others on topics such as Freedom of Expression
in Islam and critiques
of contemporary attempts at huddud implementation. All nicely indepth and referenced, some good, some not so good, but all intriguing.
Did You Hear the One About the Suicide Bomber?
After Sept. 11, Shazia Mirza became famous by telling a single (some think abominable) joke. It's a funny thing, being a devout Muslim female comic.
Man hijacks al-Qaida Web site.
He offers it to the FBI to use for intelligence gathering, but the FBI stumbles around for a week trying to find somebody with the technical abilities to take advantage of the site. By then, the site's militant Islamic visitors had discovered the ruse. Go figure.
Islamic nations dodge defining terrorism.
The Organisation of the Islamic Conference is divided over whether Palestinian suicide bombers should be classified as terrorists. On the other hand, there's no question that Israel practises terror.
Rather than stick their necks out and commit to something, they'll leave it to the good ole UN to decide who is a terrorist. That'll solve everything.
More depth here.
Ever wonder about the Islamic Calendar
? finishing up the month of Rajab about Oct 16
"The number of months with Allah has been twelve months by Allah's ordinance since the day He created the heavens and the earth. Of these four are known as sacred" (Holy Quran, ch., v 36)Muharram, Rajab, Dhul Qadah and Dhul Hijja are considered to be sacred months. Fighting during these sacred months is considered to be a sin. I am so ignorant of other cultures.
A thoughtful and fascinating analysis
of the historical backdrop to the current situation. Why did this happen, what circumstances got us into a de facto state of undeclared war with the Islamic world, and what can we realistically do to prevent those circumstances from ever recurring?