Our First Muslim President

Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama: “Well the correct answer, he is not a Muslim. He’s a Christian, he’s always been a Christian. But the really right answer is ‘what if he is?’ Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer is no, that’s not America.” Thank you, Gen. Powell…

Mawlid Nabi 2008

Mawlid season has come and gone once again and I’ve only now had the chance to put a little something together. This time, I’ve got some fresh video clips, and new this year, an audio recording of our Kuching mawlid recital.

Doa Taubat

One famous prayer of repentance, or dua taubat, could be roughly transliterated as follow: Ilahi lestu lil-firdawsi a’la wa la akhwa ala nar il-jaheemi Allah fa habli tawbata wa-ghfir dhunubi fa innaka ghaafiru dhanb il-adzimi This doa has been put to song, together with a lovely malay translation, by Junied, a nasheed group from Singapore… More Doa Taubat

Selamat Hari Raya 2007

Selamat Hari Raya, Eid Mubarak to all! May Allah accept our worship over the Holy Month of Ramadan and bless us to make it to the next one. Maaf Zahir dan Batin. If Bin Gregory Productions or its author has done you wrong over the past year, knowingly or unknowingly, I humbly request your forgiveness.

Islamic Universities in Indonesia

A window into the intellectual evolution of Islamic higher education in Indonesia: an interview with the rector of UIN Sunan Kalijaga Prof. Amin Abdullah by Prof. Farish Noor of The Other Malaysia.

…what is happening in places like UIN SUKA: You have pious Muslim students who are practicing Muslims who nonetheless can actually read the Quran and Hadith using the methodology of discourse analysis; who can write papers about inter-textual interpretations

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Mawlid Barzanji

12 Rabi’ul Awwal has come and gone again. In the past, I’ve written about a famous book of poetry about the birth of Prophet Muhammad (s) called Mawlid Daiba’i. Actually the Mawlid poetry more widely read in Malaysia is Mawlid Barzanji, named after its composer, Imam Zayn al-`Abidin Ja`far ibn Hasan al-Barzanji (d. 1177) (r).… More Mawlid Barzanji