The recent bombing in Bali is terribly unsettling, coming as it does a few months before my departure for Malaysia. As horrific as it is, though, it doesn’t change my plans, and I don’t think it will be a “first step” on the road to something more terrible, God willing. Eric Boehlert of Salon.com has… More Bali
I was browsing through my site stats and noticed that somebody had found my site by googling for “Nasheed and Mawlid from Malaysia”. Now that is a visitor I don’t want to disappoint! So I’ve collected what I could find on the subject: Alhamdulillah, recitation of praise on the Prophet (saws) is regularly practiced in… More Mawlid from Malaysia
On September 11, 2002, the [Islamic Supreme] Council unequivocally calls on all leaders of traditional Islamic communities and Muslims at-large to immediately establish “Community Watch” groups across the nation. While typically such groups are designed to prevent external threats, these community-based groups will protect our mosques, schools and centers from the threat within our ranks,… More Wahhabis not Welcome
I came home to see Omar Al-Faruq on the front cover of my free copy of Time Magazine. OK, so that explains the embassy closings. That article is serious bad news, except for the fact they caught him. Really, the arrest of Faruq is a perfect example of the war on terrorism done right. Authorities… More Update
This weekend I managed to rid my house of 10 years of dunya accumulation. I left home in 1993 on a bicycle with a frame backpack. Less than 10 years later, I had filled a three bedroom house to the brim. Lord have mercy! Two days of garage saling and I have rid myself of… More Garage Sale – Lightening the Load of Dunya
Transnational Sufism and Islamic Change in Contemporary Sri Lanka by Dennis B. McGilvray In the context of spectacular Sinhalese and Tamil forms of religious austerity and mortifying vow-fulfillment — such as the hook-swinging, kavadi dancing, and firewalking so prominently displayed at Kataragama — the so-called “cutting and stabbing work” of the Bawas is the only… More Transnational Sufism and Islamic Change
‘THANK YOU FOR FINANCING GLOBAL TERROR’ Oh, this is funny. Far more clever than the “I helped a terrorist buy guns” anti-drug spots the government was running. Here in Detroit, though, all the gas stations are owned by muslims. I can just see somebody missing the joke, flying off the handle and hurting an attendant,… More ‘THANK YOU FOR FINANCING GLOBAL
Islamic Philosophy Online A truly massive collection of Islamic Philosophy in English. I won’t even pretend that I’ve read or will read any of this. Far too highbrow for me; I’m more a bhakti kind of guy. But if kalam is your thing, this is the place for you.