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alhamdulillah, recently I started getting a little more free time and have been trying to catch up on my studies and review a lot of the material that was transmitted during IlmSummit.  Amongst the works referenced during the course of IlmSummit was one entitled ‘Ibn Tayimiyyah and the Satanic Verses’ by Shahab Ahmad.  I literally just began reading it last night, and it is absolutely fascinating.  Insha’Allah I intend to write a full review of the book/journal article (its 50-some odd pages, dont know what you’d call it) upon completion, but if anyone has access to JStor, I strongly suggest taking a gander, especially if your interested in studying seerah.

Also, Shaykh Yasir Qadhi has a very interesting commentary regarding this incident in his Seerah CD set, largely based on Ahmad’s work.

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4 years later….

Having spent the past few days wishing a number of close friends a safe and accepted Hajj, I got thinking about my own Hajj experience four years ago and where I’ve come since.
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“Cute”

Two nights ago my mom spoke to me and described the video I posted earlier in the week (the one of the vicious feline attacking the open box by sliding into the middle….who knows what would have happened if a human being were present in the box’s absences) as ‘cute.’  Then, yesterday at work a co-worker described a configuration file on one of our servers as ‘cute.’  Thats when I got to thinking: is it even possible for a configuration file to be cute? does the word cute have any meaning left?
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unbelievable…

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A Dutch couple on a visit to the eastern Indian state of Bihar paid 10,000 rupees ($204) for four samosas, a spicy deep-fried snack that usually doesn’t cost more than a few rupees, a newspaper reported on Monday.

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by jonathan cook

The latest tightening of Israel’s chokehold on Gaza – ending all supplies into the Strip for more than a week – has produced immediate and shocking consequences for Gaza’s 1.5 million inhabitants.

The refusal to allow in fuel has forced the shutting down of Gaza’s only power station, creating a blackout that pushed Palestinians bearing candles on to the streets in protest last week. A water and sanitation crisis are expected to follow.

And on Thursday, the United Nations announced it had run out of the food essentials it supplies to 750,000 desperately needy Gazans. “This has become a blockade against the United Nations itself,” a spokesman said.
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from tafseer ibn kathir, commenting on ayah 234 of suratul baqarah….enjoy!

Allah said,

[كُلٌّ لَّهُ قَـنِتُونَ]

(all are Qanitun to Him).
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Sliding Cat

This cat freaks me out (as do most cats, lol).

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