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  • AA 9:01 am on August 17, 2010 Permalink
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    Sacred Spaces, Shared Visions
    The Department of Religion observes Abrahamic week by focusing on the most iconic of sacred spaces — considered by the three Abrahamic Faiths as the most holy of sacred places — Jerusalem. Invited from Jerusalem to participate in the conversation are members of the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic faiths who can impart both their understandings of how this penultimate sacred space came to be so regarded, as well as their visions of how it might be shared in peace.


    Azim Nanji – Azim Nanji joined the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies in 2008 at Stanford University, where he also lectures on Islam in the Department of Religious Studies. He was previously Director of the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London from 1998 to 2008, and before that was Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Florida. He also served as Head of Humanities and was Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Center for Global Studies during his tenure at Oklahoma State University. Born in Kenya, he studied at Makerere University in Uganda and completed his graduate studies at McGill University in Canada.

  • AA 2:38 pm on February 23, 2010 Permalink
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    Museum collection and Muslim patronage of the arts

    Very interesting talk, starts with historical copies of Qu’ran, moves on to other Islamic artifacts.


  • plimfix 4:32 am on August 5, 2009 Permalink
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    Coming soon to a YouTube screen near you: Living With The Infidels, a comedy series about a gang of bungling Muslim suicide bombers. Not released until 20 August, but just the very idea is clearly offensive to some. How many 7/7 victims did the British tabloids ring, I wonder, before they found someone suitably offended? And is it funny if non-Muslims pretend to engage in suicide bombing? The BBC thought so.

  • Kawthar 7:26 am on February 12, 2009 Permalink
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    Yesterday, Iran announced that it will be trying 7 leaders of its Baha’i community for “espionage for Israel, insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic republic.”

    In addition to accusations that Baha’is are engaged in subversive activities, the list of allegations made against Baha’is includes:

    • Baha’is engage in incest
    • Baha’is wish to destroy the Kaaba and (my all-time favourite)
    • Baha’is use attractive women as “bait” to lure young men into converting.

    Months ago, we had created a video that summarises the persecution the Baha’i minority of Iran has been subjected to.

    • aziz 9:21 am on February 12, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Baha’is use attractive women as “bait” to lure young men into converting.

      i suppose you could look at this as flattering :)

    • razib 12:13 pm on February 12, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      hm. i have a friend from a bahai background (he’s iranian american). 3 of his grandparents were muslim, but his maternal grandfather was a bahai. from what i can understand the “taint” of bahai background is so strong that people often naturally identify with that because of the ostracism that a family might experience by marrying a bahai.

      the main issue with the bahai is that most of the converts come from muslim backgrounds (though a disproportionate were traditional zoroastrian, there just aren’t that many of them in iran). the bahai religion of course has its origins as a radical shia revivalist faction, like the red shia faction in the 1970s, from what i recall….

  • islamcrunch 3:21 am on July 19, 2008 Permalink
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    The Zaytuna Institute seeks your help. Become a monthly donor and reap the physical and spiritual benefits. Count yourself in. Don’t forget to check out Imam Zaid’s video message.

    • BK 1:24 pm on July 19, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ah….a kindred spirit. They are not capitialists, Muhammad, they are non-profit organization fund raisers, not an easy job in this economy.

      Seriously though, Islam Crunch, spiritual benefit is from Allah, not the Zaytuna institute. You should be very clear about your mission.

    • BK 1:29 pm on July 19, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If TalkIslam is a place to solicit donations, I encourage people to donate to the IAS. The spiritual benefit you reap comes from your own striving and purification. But it helps to have good information. The IAS is a California Non-Profit dedicated to providing the public with


      information about Islam.

      IAS is a california 501 c3, UN Non Governmental Organization for Public Information and is involved in UNESCO and Women’s and Children’s Rights through out the world.

      Sufism Symposium will be help next in Australia, 2009.

    • islamcrunch 9:48 pm on July 19, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Muhammad, what wonderful language coming from one with such a beautiful name. Keep it up!

      BK, seriously, I believe that donating for the sake of Allah can reap spiritual benefits. Or is donating an act that negates spiritual benefit? Will it cause Allah’s wrath if it is done for the sake of Allah? This faqir could seriously use some education on zakah and sadaqah. Is zakah still a pillar in Islam? Just checking!

    • BK 11:48 pm on July 19, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      How can we be sure that money going to Zaytuna by default means for the sake of Allah? Has Allah created partners?

      I’m glad you have turned out to be exactly what I expected. Zakat is for the poor and should not ‘get lost’ along the way to the poor.

      If I want to give zakat, I will give it DIRECTLY to the poor and not to professional clergy.

      Check and check again smart ass.

    • Willow 1:01 am on July 20, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      BK I think he is talking about sadaqa not zakat. :) You can give sadaqa to any worthy institution. And I think Zaytuna does do very good work. You may not like the idea of clergy, but the fact of the matter is we need educated, pure-intentioned imams and ‘alims and Zaytuna produces them.

      Having said that, I’m glad the original Zaytuna message does not use the language of spiritual coercion. They just ask for funds and describe how the funds will be used, like any good NGO.

      Islamcrunch, thanks for alerting us to this worthy cause. For future reference I think you will find this board has a very low tolerance for the kind of rhetoric that is common to other Muslim websites. People here are more concerned that their charity benefit its recipients than they are that their charity benefit themselves.

    • islamcrunch 1:16 am on July 20, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      How can you be sure? Make the right intention. I never said that donating to Zaytuna means you are giving the money to Allah or that Zaytuna is a partner of Allah. I said donating money for the sake of Allah (intention) can reap spiritual benefits. Read your texts.

      From what this faqir learned, Zakat is not only for the poor. Zakat funds need to divided 8 proportionate ways. Some of which includes: the travelers, the new Muslims, those struggling for the sake of Allah,the needy, etc. I am glad to hear (seriously) that you have the means to properly divide your zakat funds.

      It is unfortunate that you decided to use childish, immature tactics to end your arguments: Kindergarten playground taunts and name calling.

      I appreciate your comments and opinions. Unfortunately, this debate caused tension on both ends when we could be friends instead. My apologies for any offense caused. I extend my friendship out of brotherly love for one reason and one reason only: to please Allah.

    • BK 9:06 am on July 20, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Everyone who strives in religion for knowledge and purification is doing something positive. There is no reason Zaytuna cannot represent that.

      And it is true that, unlike you, Zaytuna information does not promise spiritual benefit for cash. Doesn’t even insinuate that. Alhamduleelah. This is good. A mistake made and admitted is good. To offer advice is good. To make a show of friendship is good.

      There is a real and a phoney side to most things. It is obvious to people when they see it which one it is.


    • IslamCrunch 11:04 am on July 20, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wa’alaykumsalam BK,

      I take that as your expression of becoming friends. Just to clarify… I did not promise spiritual benefit for cash. The spiritual benefit I was referring to is via donation (sadaqa). Whether it is to IAS, Zaytuna or any organization, with the right intention, there can be spiritual benefit and Allah alone knows best.

      I did not admit any mistakes. And there is no doubt I am flawed. In my perspective, my mistake was charging in on this debate.

      If you regard me as a phony, that is fine with me. With all praises to Allah, this faqir has had many opportunities to meet people from all levels of societal, economic, political backgrounds. Many, if not all, consider me as a friend. I will not stoop to name dropping, however, if my friends/advisors/mentors/teachers/elders do not see me as a phony person, I will continue my struggle and spread the word about Zaytuna and any other project that I am passionate about.

      BK, thank you for your insight. May Allah bless you with the best in this world and in the next.

    • aziz 1:11 pm on July 20, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Muhammad, BK, I am disappointed that your positions could not have been expressed with a modicum more of courtesy. This is TALK Islam, not SHOUT or ARGUE or INSULT et. The tone matters.

      my apologies to you Mikael for the rather surprising vehemence to which your post was received.

    • BK 3:18 pm on July 20, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply


      IslamTalk may not be the place for me.

      All I said was that an idea was mistaken, and I explained why. Adequately.

      For that, I am not used to being insulted. You’ve made no “admonishment” about that.

      “IslamTalk” is not Islam “Talk” at all. It a place where expression is one-sided and stifled.

      That is why it is so dead here most of the time.

      Who needs this?

    • Mikael - IslamCrunch 6:34 pm on July 20, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Salam BK, sorry to see you go. My apologies for any insults that I may have conveyed.

      Sidi Aziz, no need to apologize. I am used to receiving animosity. As I have mentioned in the past, it’s fortunate that I was surrounded by good Muslims in my early convert years (and Zaytuna played an important role too). If I had faced such animosity prior to conversion or shortly after, who knows whose arms I would be running into?

      One issue many of us fail to realize: we fail to look at our flaws and we tend (or prefer) to look at the flaws of others. This gives us a comfortable sense of always being ‘right’.

    • aziz 8:28 pm on July 20, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      All I said was that an idea was mistaken, and I explained why. Adequately.

      “bullshit” and “smart ass” are in my opinion outside the bounds of reasonable critique and disagreement.

      You are free to comment as you please. I don’t think any of your comments have been deleted, edited, etc. I am engaging you in a thread, just like everyone else, on equal ground. Far from being “one-sided”, I am proud of how many viewpoints Talk Islam has attracted. I even offered you a slot as a frontpager, BK, so I am not clear how I (or anyone else) is “stifling” you.

    • aziz 5:46 am on July 21, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply


      or as matoko would say, (((muhammad)))

    • Mikael - IslamCrunch 8:39 am on July 21, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Big hug.

  • muse 12:03 pm on July 2, 2008 Permalink
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    MTV Cribs.  Visits the home of Mohamad, an Arab-American living in Dearborn, Michigan. Hilarity ensues.

    • Willow 2:03 pm on July 2, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I was glad to find out it was all a mock-up, because I didn’t think even a pissed-off Palestinian mom would throw quite that many sandals at her son in front of company…

      The hot-boxed garage though…priceless…

    • muse 4:34 pm on July 2, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m feeling the ’93 Mustang (“like pony”) drop-e-top.

    • Fatemeh 11:50 pm on July 2, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply


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