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May 15, 2005

A Few Random Matters

(edit: Sunday, 2:22 pm – Just came across this article about where Dave Chappelle’s been for the past few weeks. The third season was set to start towards the end of May, but has been indefinitely put on hold as Dave went to South Africa. Rumors had it that he had checked into a mental institution or a drug rehab center, but he spoke to a reporter from Time Magazine to set the record straight. My favorite lines from his interview:

“A soft-spoken Muslim, Salim seems also to be something of a sounding board to Chappelle, who converted to Islam several years ago… The crux of his crisis seems to boil down to his almost obsessive need to “check my intentions.” He uses the phrase a few times during the interview and explains that it means really making sure that he’s doing what he’s doing for the right reasons.”

“His religion is also crucial. “I don’t normally talk about my religion publicly because I don’t want people to associate me and my flaws with this beautiful thing…”)

dang… Innama ‘l-a`maalu bi-niyyaat…

1. A Subhanallah Lesson

And put thy trust in the Mighty, the Merciful. Who sees you when you stand up (for prayer).” Surah al-Shu`araa’ (26:217-218)

These two verses come at the end of Surah al-Shu`araa’ (the Poets), an amazingly powerful Makkan surah that narrates stories of numerous Prophets (`alayhim al-salaam) as well as responding to the claims of the Quraysh. The verses before these two are ones wherein Allah tells the Prophet (salallahu `alayhi wa sallam) (and the believers) to warn his kindred, have mercy on the believers, and to put his trust in Allah. There are many insightful tafseers (commentaries) written on these few verses, including an interpretation that these verses (particularly verse 219) are proofs that the Prophet’s ancestors were never idolators or disbelievers; rather, they were Muslims, or at the very least, they were Ahnaaf (those who held fast to a tawheedic theology and way of life)

Anyway, I was studying some cardiovascular physiology earlier today and this verse popped into my head when I was reviewing how many different body processes are set into motion during the seemingly simple yet complex act of standing up when one is lying down. When you’re lying down (like pre-Fajr, for example), not only is your body in a state of rest, but the distribution of blood is pretty equal amongst the various parts of body, due to the effects of various factors such as gravity.

However, as soon as you stand up (Fajr alarm sends you running out of bed… right…hehe), due to gravity, a significant amount of blood then pools in the your legs because of the ability of leg veins to hold a lot of blood. If this state were to be maintained, this increased fluid would filter out into inter-tissue spaces and cause major swelling (edema) of your legs–obviously that doesn’t happen, and we’ll see why in a minute. Anyway, due to this increased blood hanging out in the leg veins, there’s less blood returned to the heart, which causes less blood to be pumped out (you can only pump out what you bring in). Because of this, blood pressure drops suddenly, and may drop so low to a point wherein not enough blood is sent to the brain, and can cause a person to feel light-headed or even faint. However, the body quickly responds as there are these pressure receptors (carotid sinus baroreceptors) that sense this pressure drop… they then send a message to various parts of the body to launch a co-ordinated effort that increases sympathetic tone to the heart, thereby increasing heart rate/blood pressure and getting blood to where it needs to go.

Now, if you think about how many times we “jump” out of bed, especially when we’re running late for that exam or whatever and how, Subhanallah, we never faint or experience any problems because our bodies so quickly respond to those changes that we not only never feel them, we don’t even have to “think” to tell our bodies, “hey, I’m gonna stand up now, you wanna increase the heart rate and peripheral resistance of the blood vessels to make sure blood flow stays pretty normal and I don’t faint… thanks a bunch.” Instead, the Mighty and the Merciful is always seeing us, watching over us and looking after us, even when we do something as mundane as standing up.

Subhanallah, what else can one do other than put his trust in such a Lord?

 

2. Dwayne Wade is my daddy:


13-22 FGs, 16-17 FT, 42 points, 7 boards, 4 assists, 2 steals.

Even without Shaq, the Heat look to be unstoppable… and if Shaq gets another week to rest that bruised thigh… looks like the Heat are the clear favorites for the title. If you listen closely, somewhere in the distance, you can hear Kobe crying. Or wait, actually, our intrepid field reporter, Fakhruddin Butt, managed to get his hands on an exclusive pics of Kobe crying:

      

Pictures courtesy of Fakhruddin Butt

 

3. Finally, I’m speechless about this article (reproduced below) that was on this “newislam.com” website. There’s a whole bunch of other articles that’ll drive your peripheral vascular resistance up as well… though when I skimmed through it the second time around, the abundance of poor grammar and spelling made me wonder if this is just a spoof site? Anyway, as for the article below, I think the line that pretty much sums up this event and everyone who had anything to do with it: The Toronto Star further reports, “Shazia Hudda, led her fellow contestants in a Muslim prayer: Nadi Ali. “I called upon the prophet Ali to give us the strength to put on a good show,” said Hudda, 16, a high school student from Pickering.”

Even Spielberg couldn’t script this kind of stuff…

Miss Canada Pakistan 2005 was not a simple beauty show

This was not a simple beauty show. It was a show which demanded debate and change in the Muslim Societies or within the religion itself. That’s why the winner of Miss Canada Pakistan Beauty Pageant, Miss Alysha Jamal says, “Religion has no place in a beauty pageant. I want to be an agent of change for the Pakistani community.”

“After 9/11, there were a lot of negative stereotypes of Pakistanis. This is a way of showing Canadians that Pakistanis can be independent and self-confident while still maintaining traditional values. It’s a juggling act,” Another Pageant Ahmad, 26, who is finishing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Quebec, said to Toronto Star.

The Toronto Star further reports, “Shazia Hudda, led her fellow contestants in a Muslim prayer: Nadi Ali. “I called upon the prophet Ali to give us the strength to put on a good show,” said Hudda, 16, a high school student from Pickering.”

The organizer of this show Miss Sonia Ahmed said, ““We’re not saying we don’t want women in hijab or we don’t respect the religion, but this is the 21st century.”

A prominent Muslim woman, Canadian Senator Mobina S.B. Jaffer send her message to the organizer, “You are to be congratulated on your efforts to advance and support today’s Pakistani women who are confident, ambitious, courgeous, intelligent and most importantly possess and demonstrate great strength for their community. Youth participating in this cultural showcase are able to take pride in their Pakistani heritage and identity while embracing their Canadian lifestyles and traditions.”

Canadian Prime Minister Mr. Paul Martin expressed his views as, “Indeed, this pageant is a wonderful opportunity to showcase positive, energetic role models with true feminine beauty.”

In context of this show conservatives and so called progressive Muslims both were upset. One of the representative of conservative groups, Mr. Salamat Haroon, head of the TARIC Islamic Centre of Toronto, argues such contests have no place in Islam.  He says to Toronto Star, “Any exhibition of women’s beauty is not permissible. External beauty is not something to celebrate on stage. It’s for your spouse. If they are Muslims, they would know what the rules (of Islam) are and they should refrain from taking part.”

Husain Patel, imam at the Islamic Foundation of Toronto says, “the pageant contradicts Islam’s code of morality.”

On the other hand, the founder of Muslim Canadian Congress Mr. Tarek Fateh (self-claimed most liberal Muslim leader) shares his concerns to The Toronto Star, “”I consider myself a Muslim feminist and this bothers me, It trivializes women and objectifies them in a sexual context. As the father of daughters, I’m offended and disappointed.”  

Tarek Fateh’s opinion is pretty shocking for us. Being the founder of Muslim Canadian Congress, he always presents himself on his TV show Muslim Chronicle as a progressive Muslim but he expresses his concerns, “I consider myself a Muslim feminist and this bothers me, It trivializes women and objectifies them in a sexual context. As the father of daughters, I’m offended and disappointed.”

So even being a progressive Muslim, is he not ready to accept the beauty contest? Being even a progressive Muslim, any movie with sexual scenes, music and dance with ‘some’ nudity, semi or full nude paintings could bother him? Then what’s the meaning of Progressive Muslims? Progressive Muslims also don’t want to see art and life out of the context of stereotype Islam? Is ‘Sexual Context’ dirty concept for them too? Sometime we get afraid our so called progressive Muslims are as fanatic and narrow-minded as their conservative counterparts.

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13 Comments
  1. i think liberal muslim is an oxymoron….didn’t read all of it but i’ll give you wo props none the less.

  2. haha @ xpika’s comment. i think when the Canadian Muslim Congress’s liberalism is up for question, you know the Ummah is in real big trouble.
    I’m so glad the stupid Wizards got swept. What a fluke team.

  3. Anonymous permalink

    Dwayne Wade is MY daddy…
    what a friggin STUD yo…
    seriously…i called it…while everyone was riding Lebron’s back…i was preaching all about my nigga from marquette dwayne WADE baby…
    props to him…
    nigger-ul-haq!

  4. Hello,Just thought I would subscribe to you because I think its interesting to see how others live in different countries, write me back when you have timeHugs to ya Denise

  5. just have posts with alot of pictures in them.. like a flipbook.. then i’ll ‘read’ your post.

  6. N_touch wrote ‘its interesting to see how others live in different countries’… wahahahahah she thinks you’re in banaglor or whatever.. thats sweet.
    kr=stud.

  7. bro, why you always rippin on canada man?…..

  8. Wow Chicago! lol that’s ok no biggie I like chatting with alot of different people anyway, Chicago is somewhere that I plan on going sometime in the near future, I am in Rapid City South Dakota and i love it here. Have you ever been here before? Hugs to ya Denise

  9. I didnt think anyone from a more remote place than me visited Kr’s xanga. I guess I was wrong.

  10. Anonymous permalink

    lol pakistan friggin zindabad.
    I just saw youre disclaimer on the top there. That would be a stroke of genius, but it got too long. Dude do you not know how to summarize youre points??
    Hugs and kisses to ya (oh yeah!)Hisham Salaam
    lol

  11. la hawla wala quwwata illa billah.lets go pistons lets go…lets go pistons lets go…

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