September 26, 2010 § 12 Comments
Muslims believe the Qur’an is unique and the sole example of its kind. We believe the Qur’an is eternal and a miracle of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (may Peace and Blessings be upon him, his family and his Companions). We believe that all people, all nations and all believers have been endowed with the responsibility to have faith in it and that it will be relevant until the Last Day. And no other Divine Book will come afterward.
September 21, 2010 § Leave a comment
“I hereby apologize to Muslims for the wave of bigotry and simple nuttiness that has lately been directed at you. The venom on the airwaves, equating Muslims with terrorists, should embarrass us more than you. Muslims are one of the last minorities in the United States that it is still possible to demean openly, and I apologize for the slurs.” (Kristof, The New York Times)
September 19, 2010 § Leave a comment
Since late August (2010) I’ve been working with a band in the 9th annual, international music collaboration project at the Womb called C.A.P.E. The Basement Heroes are my band and teammates, we are recording an original song that I – coincidentally – wrote last Ramazan titled, You’re A New Yorker Now.
“New Yorker” – as I often refer to it – is an anthem or sorts about a young woman who moves to New York City with big dreams. But what she finds here is much darker than the gold paved streets and silver lined clouds of her imagination. Despite her frustrations, she finds the resolve and determination of a true “New Yorker” to find her happiness.
Greg Lamarche, from The New Family, is onboard to produce the project. We have a very talented bunch of guys and a soulful gal in what is essentially a five piece rock-band. I’ve included a previously released version of the song recorded by my band Robot Pop Garage for those interested in having a listen. Enjoy and please leave comments.
September 18, 2010 § 4 Comments
September 17, 2010 § Leave a comment
In less that a year two friends and fellow murids have died and were buried on the grounds of the Osmanlı Nakşibendi Dergahı, in Sydney Center, NY. Recently the Sidney Town Board proposed action to disinter the bodies and prevent future burials.
The Sidney Town Board passed a resolution at its August meeting to begin legal proceedings against the Muslim Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Sufi Order on Wheat Hill Road in Sidney Center over a cemetery it has established on its land.
According to the minutes of the Aug. 12 meeting, the Sidney board voted unanimously to “an injunction prohibiting the burying of bodies on private property.”
Hans Hass, of the Muslim community, said the cemetery is legal and two bodies have been buried in it. (The Daily Star)
September 15, 2010 § Leave a comment
“As for people who are familiar with both sides of the Koran — people who know the whole story — well, there may not be many of them. It’s characteristic of contemporary political discourse that the whole story doesn’t come to the attention of many people.” (R. Wright)
September 14, 2010 § Leave a comment
“Sheikh Abdul Kerim of the Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Sufi Order on Wheat Hill Road in Sidney Center said the consistent attack on Muslims through the media does not help.” (The Daily Star)