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{October 22, 2007}   Happy Smiling Muslims: Day 10

Ok people, I am still here. Well kind of. My apologies for not replying earlier or not commenting on your blogs. I will be back soon. Anyway here is your dose of happy smiling Muslims. Enjoy!

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Afghan refugees who are living in Pakistan greet each other as they come together to celebrate teh Eid a-Fitr holdiay, in Peshawar, Pakistan on Friday, Oct. 12, 2007. The Eid a-Fitr holiday marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Mohammad Zubair)

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{October 16, 2007}   Vacation

I will be bunking classes vacationing for the next ten days or so. i may not get a chance to post much, just occasional replies if at all.



{October 14, 2007}   Quick Mental Notes #1
  • Having your neighbors celebrate Eid on a different day as you is so very totally uncool.
  • Advice to Muslim boys: Stop using “Islamic” pick up line. It sounds absurd when you do so. To me such “brothers” appear to be frothy.
  • We assume that people are honest until proven otherwise. Lately I have come to know that many people are just duplicitous but I ask myself, do I really have a right to make this statement? I mean pretending to be someone else is not exactly the most honest thing in the world is it. May God have mercy on our souls.
  • Life as a literary experiment. What does it even mean? For Aliana, this question is the meaning of life. Is this one of those things which do not have any meaning?


{October 12, 2007}   Eid Mubarak!!

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Eid Mubarak to everyone. May you be blessed this Eid. Ameen!!



{October 11, 2007}   Day 9: Happy Smiling Muslims

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Here is an absolutly adorable, super cute picture of Muslims in a Brazilian Mosque. The kids are just tooooo adorable woman!

Image Source: Deviant Art

Thank you Lalla Mona for the pointers. 🙂



{October 9, 2007}   Staircase Storage Genius

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This is just great. Each step in the staircase as a drawer. You know, I wish I had something like this in my apartment so that I could be better organized.  Woman (I don’t like to say man ‘cuz that’s just so one sided) why did I not think of this!
http://unclutterer.com/archives/2007/06/under_stairs_storage_brilliant.php



{October 7, 2007}   Islam in China

A sinophile friend of mine has started the Islam in China blog so naturally he turned towards me to advertise. The kid is new to the blogsphere so I would recommend everyone to stop by Wang’s blog and say hi or salam or whatever. Here ya go:

http://islaminchina.wordpress.com/

Islam and China is something that people often do not associate together. Accoridng to my friend, Muslims have been for like a long time.

P.S: Anyway brother I have posted the link. Just do not forget me when you become famous and all.



Well you must be thinking that Aliana had been complaining that there are not many pictures of smiling Muslims out there in the media and yet day after day she had been putting such pictures on the web. Well guess what I have run out of such pictures and now I need your help in posting such pictures. So please if you know of any such pictures in the media then please either forward them to me to post them on your blog and I would love to link to your posts.

p.s: Aliana’s e-mail: alianamirza [hehe] gmail [haha] com

Replace, hehe and haha with a dots. 😛



{October 6, 2007}   Day 8: Happy Smiling Muslims

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Anousheh Ansari is the first Muslim women in space.



I was assigned the following verses from the Quran by the noble Shahrzad as  part of the Circle of Unity project. The idea is for the bloggers to read the Quran together. Be sure to check out her post for the project. Here are the verse from Surah Al-Imran, translation by Yusuf Ali.

33. Allah did choose Adam and Noah, the family of Abraham, and the family of ‘Imran above all people,-

34. Offspring, one of the other: And Allah heareth and knoweth all things.

35. Behold! a woman of ‘Imran said: “O my Lord! I do dedicate unto Thee what is in my womb for Thy special service: So accept this of me: For Thou hearest and knowest all things.”

36. When she was delivered, she said: “O my Lord! Behold! I am delivered of a female child!”- and Allah knew best what she brought forth- “And no wise is the male Like the female. I have named her Mary, and I commend her and her offspring to Thy protection from the Evil One, the Rejected.”

37. Right graciously did her Lord accept her: He made her grow in purity and beauty: To the care of Zakariya was she assigned. Every time that he entered (Her) chamber to see her, He found her supplied with sustenance. He said: “O Mary! Whence (comes) this to you?” She said: “From Allah. for Allah Provides sustenance to whom He pleases without measure.”

38. There did Zakariya pray to his Lord, saying: “O my Lord! Grant unto me from Thee a progeny that is pure: for Thou art He that heareth prayer!

39. While he was standing in prayer in the chamber, the angels called unto him: “(Allah) doth give thee glad tidings of Yahya, witnessing the truth of a Word from Allah, and (be besides) noble, chaste, and a prophet,- of the (goodly) company of the righteous.”

40. He said: “O my lord! How shall I have a son seeing I am very old and my wife is barren?” “Thus” was the answer “doth Allah accomplish whatt He willeth.”

41. He said: “O my Lord! Give me a Sign!” “Thy Sign,” was the answer, “Shall be that thou shalt speak to no man for three days but with signals. Then celebrate the praises of thy Lord again and again, and glorify Him in the evening and in the morning.”

42. Behold! the angels said: “O Mary! Allah hath chosen thee and purified thee- chosen thee above the women of all nations.

43. “O Mary! worship Thy Lord devoutly: Prostrate thyself, and bow down (in prayer) with those who bow down.”

44. This is part of the tidings of the things unseen, which We reveal unto thee (O Messenger.) by inspiration: Thou wast not with them when they cast lots with arrows, as to which of them should be charged with the care of Mary: Nor wast thou with them when they disputed (the point).

45. Behold! the angels said: “O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah.

46. “He shall speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. And he shall be (of the company) of the righteous.”

47. She said: “O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man hath touched me?” He said: “Even so: Allah createth what He willeth: When He hath decreed a plan, He but saith to it, ‘Be,’ and it is!

48. “And Allah will teach him the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel,

49. “And (appoint him) an apostle to the Children of Israel, (with this message): “‘I have come to you, with a Sign from your Lord, in that I make for you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by Allah.s leave: And I heal those born blind, and the lepers, and I quicken the dead, by Allah.s leave; and I declare to you what ye eat, and what ye store in your houses. Surely therein is a Sign for you if ye did believe;

50. “‘(I have come to you), to attest the Law which was before me. And to make lawful to you part of what was (Before) forbidden to you; I have come to you with a Sign from your Lord. So fear Allah, and obey me.

51. “‘It is Allah Who is my Lord and your Lord; then worship Him. This is a Way that is straight.'”



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