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And why aren't you on your prayer rug?
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2012 on LOLMuslims #9 at philosufi
No, no Felix. You raise your hands while you're still standing, not when you're going into sajda. Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2012 at philosufi
Yup, and thanks for noticing our absence. We've been really busy with a lot of stuff, but this blog is never far from our thoughts. We have a few things running at, but that's primarily reposts of things we think are pretty awesome. Original stuff will continue to be here. And yeah, we *will* be back. :-) Neman
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2012 on LOLMuslims #8 at philosufi
Hi Anvil Shirts! Sorry for the delay. Please contact me directly at neman@ our domain name (philosufi) .com and I'll be happy to help you out. The PrintMojo site ordering process is temporarily down. :-( Neman
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2012 on Holiday Hiatus and Sale on T-shirts! at philosufi
Thanks for the kind words SMS! So glad you enjoy the blog! I'm definitely *not* denying some conversions were carried out by the sword. Assuming the population of all conversions follows a normal distribution, you'll have the majority of them following a period of exposure, contemplation, perhaps an epiphany or two, realization, then conversion. At the morally positive tail, you'll have the people who converted after hearing just an ayat or two. Then there's the morally negative tail. To me, the negative (involuntary) conversions include force, coercion, and peer/social pressure. The problem for me is that while *some* happened by negative means, they become the focus and the belief that they are the only way people converted is the one that takes hold. This belief is maintained - and propagated - by both detractors of Islam and by some of its proponents, particularly the ones who think it's tough and macho. In other words, the shape of the population is assumed to be heavily skewed toward the negative side. A common assumption in a born-Muslim/converted-Muslim married couple is that the convert was somehow forced to convert, especially if that member is female. Same thing as above. Why not assume the convert did so out of their own arrival and investigation into whether Islam is their path? Probably because it's more salacious & satisfying to look for a subjugation scandal. (OMG I love alliteration!) My parents used to run a small weekly Islamic school in our basement, attended by all the Muslim kids in our area. (It's inconceivable now, but back then, we could all fit in the basement. :-) One week, they had us do little skits about topics of our choice. My friends and I, being seven year-old boys bouncing off the walls, naturally chose what we thought was cool - a battlefield scene. We illustrated various things, like the obligation to bring water to anyone, even your wounded opponent, upon request, the importance of forgiveness, and true repentance. Then I thought it would be cool to pretend that we had come across a non-Muslim and said "convert or we'll kill you," arm raised as if I had a sword. Mom and Dad immediately jumped in (with everyone watching, of course) and explained how wrong that was, that a forced conversion was not a true conversion, that the person was doing it to save their lives, not because of the love of God. It's been many decades since, and I still remember that clearly. My parents also used to mention Christian missionaries who had the Bible in one had and food in the other - conversion by coercion. I'd heard about these groups enough times that even *to this day*, when the opportunity to give money to a Christian aid group comes up, I automatically become suspicious. Am I right to react in that manner? Well, it happened. Should I assume all Christian aid organizations to this day are like that? I've learned that's not always true, and my *wonderful* neighbours, who do volunteer work for the Mennonite Central Committee, are proof I should not tar all the orgs with the same brush. Regarding jizya, it's worth noting that this topic comes up frequently, as if it was only a sort of penalty tax for being non-Muslim. All states have social services (despite many efforts by people who don't need them to remove them) and a Muslim state was no exception. All Muslims everywhere pay zakat. Healthy and free non-Muslim males under the protection of a Muslim state (a "dhimmi") pay jizya. At various times in history, the exemptions for women, children, aged, sick, etc. were dropped or reinstated. In return for paying the jizya, non-Muslims received protection by the state, social services, freedom to practice their faith even though they're in an Islamic country, and exemption from military duty. Various sources point out that in some instances the jizya was handled as a social services charity, and in others as a humiliation tax. Taxes can be onerous or meaningless, depending on income level. No doubt, some people converted to avoid the jizya, but then they'd have to pay zakat. The jizya was generally a fixed *amount* on a sliding scale based on income - a progressive tax. Interestingly enough, I found no evidence of it being indexed for inflation, so over time, the real value of the jizya decreased. Zakat on the other had, is a fixed *rate* (2.5% of your earnings) so it is inherently indexed for inflation. Becoming Muslim to escape the jizya is therefore not a good long-term fiscal strategy. (That's a joke, kids.) Bottom line for me: Some conversions were coerced. But I found no evidence to support the contention they were the majority, nor that force was condoned. Double bottom line for me: The tie is butt-ugly.
Thanks tal! Much appreciated. In my reading I wasn't able to find how progression is recognized in Silat Kalam. You'll notice the pictures of Guru Mazlan Man and Antontio Graceffo show neither of them wearing a coloured belt, but the video shows one student wearing a very dark belt. (I think it's black - I can't be sure - the video colour is too washed out.) If you find out in your own research, please post and let us know! Neman
Oh, the lulz...
Because it is a lie. It is all lies. Stop believing this post immediately. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2010 at Neman Syed's blog
Seriously. Shouldn't all the bodmod/temporary piercing people be all over this? I want to see more people doing this while ordering their 13 shot venti soy hazelnut vanilla cinnamon white mocha with extra white mocha and caramels at Starbucks. (
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2010 on LOLMuslims #5 at philosufi
Thanks Yasmeen Apa!!
Good observation. What's scary to me is how they may act while pretending, and how they might even work to prevent another person achieving what they can't have.
Ameen! And it helps some of us adults too :-)
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2010 on SacriLEGiOus? Toys and Tafsir at philosufi
I drove down to New Jersey for the second annual American Muslim Consumer Conference on Saturday. Really inspiring speakers, insights, attendees, and entrepreneurs. If you want a piece of the estimated 6-8 million Muslims in America, with billions of dollars of untapped, ignored spending power, read the tweets (#AMCC) and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2010 at philosufi
We got the first Justice League/THE 99 crossover issue today!!!
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2010 on The 100th at philosufi
Douglas Adams once wrote about an Electric Monk, whose job was to believe you, no matter what. It wasn’t there to take your confessional, to offer advice, or anything else. Just to save you the labour of finding someone to believe you. Adams had a unique gift for creating Chindogu... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2010 at philosufi
Believe me, if I'm in Paris, you'll know about it. And yeah, I'll be wearing the Soccer Imam shirt.
Related to the doc is the actual Taqwacores movie, which opened in NYC Friday Oct 22 at the Village East Theatre. Eyad Zahra wrote a blog post entitled Believe In DIY: Believing in The Taqwcores at You might could find it enlightening. And of course,
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2010 on Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam at philosufi
Just got word from our friend Adeel that he's got a copy of the movie, and that it's a lot of fun! Hopefully we'll have it available in Canada sooner than expected.
Dude, you HAVE no shirt!
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2010 on Beloved Infidels #1: Jacob Isom at philosufi
I soooo love this RAWKING shirt! Thanks Gary!
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2010 on NEW T-SHIRT! Sufi Winged Heart at philosufi
Me being fidgety during the INTERMINABLE khutbas was part of the inspiration behind the yellow card on Soccer Imam. :-)
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2010 on iMama: Amina Wadud's 100-day blog at philosufi
Man oh man, I cannot *wait* for our Taqwacore article and our Heavy Metal articles! You can't believe how much good, non-traditional stuff there is.
This sista's got the sass! Seriously impressed.
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2010 on LOLMuslims #2 at philosufi
View original "Muslim Punk" in Hanjosan's photostream on Flickr Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2010 at philosufi