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Random Musings :)

For those who periodically check this site, my apologies for the sporadic postings and not keeping to a schedule.  I have difficulty in writing for the sake of writing and am often disenchanted with what I see as ‘ratings-driven’ blogging in the muslim blogosphere (particularly when they are coupled with objectionable posts or result in little more than argumentation).  I’m not hatin’ on them trying to get views, I simply cant convince myself that views, in and of themselves, should be the goal of what I post.  A-N-Y-WAYS….
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Article taken from: New Islamic Directions

By Imam Zaid Shakir

  Thomas Friedman, in his recent New York Times Op-ed entitled, “www.jihad.com,” states that Muslims lack the moral courage to condemn the murderous outrages of “Jihadi” extremists. Part of the reason for this moral failure, in his view, is because the West has not demanded that Muslims take responsibility for their societies, beginning with a strong condemnation of their violent extremists. Without such a condemnation, coupled with concerted action, America’s efforts to rebuild the Muslim world in her image will prove a futile endeavor.
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Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him), in Al-Daa’ wa’l-Dawaa’ and al-Fawaa’id, mentions the following as being some of the harmful effects of sinning:
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ACTION ALERT

Refutation of DMN article on ISNA Source: ISNA

(Plainfield, IN – February 11, 2010) The Dallas Morning News (DMN) published on Sunday, February 7, 2010, an article by Brooks Egerton under the title “U.S. torn over whether some Muslims pose threat or offer insight.” The article painted the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Dr. Louay Safi, the Director of Communications and Leadership Development, in a negative light, and presented a distorted picture of ISNA that belies its actual work and contribution to society.
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Sweet Science: The Health Benefits of Chocolate
Rachael Rettner
LiveScience Staff Writer
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Thu Feb 11, 4:16 pm ET

Yet another health benefit has been linked to eating chocolate: It may decrease your risk of stroke, a new study suggests.

The analysis, which will be presented in April at the American Academy of Neurology’s 62nd Annual Meeting, reviewed the results of three previous studies. One study with more than 44,000 participants found that those who ate a weekly serving of chocolate were 22 percent less likely to suffer a stroke than those who ate no chocolate.
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Having only recently finished Dr. Jackson’s book, Islam & The Problem of Black Suffering, I’m still digesting the core messages, tenants, and topics that he addressed.  Prior to reading the book I had assumed that the book was going to be, more or less, a book that spoke to the sensibilities of Blackamerican Muslims and less so to everyone else.  Suffice it to say that I was wrong.
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Abu Darda radiyaAllahu ‘anhu is reported to have said

No one can achieve complete understanding of Islam until he condemns people for the sake of Allah and then returns home and condemns himself even more.

Quoted from http://www.sunnahonline.com/ilm/purification/0037.htm

waAllahu ta’aala a’alem.

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