Friday, October 29

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Source: Journal 67

What Qur'an says About 'Types of People'?

Of the people there are some who say: "We believe in Allah and the LastDay;" but they do not (really) believe. [2:8]

There is the type of man whose speech about this world's life May dazzle thee, and he calls Allah to witness about what is in his heart; yet is he the most contentious of enemies. [2:204]

And yet among men there are such as dispute about Allah, withoutknowledge, and follow every evil one obstinate in rebellion! [22:3]

Then there are among men such as say, "We believe in Allah.; but whenthey suffer affliction in (the cause of) Allah, they treat men'soppression as if it were the Wrath of Allah. And if help comes (to thee)from thy Lord, they are sure to say, "We have (always) been with you!"Does not Allah know best all that is in the hearts of all creation?[29:10]

There are among men some who serve Allah, as it were, on the verge: ifgood befalls them, they are, therewith, well content; but if a trialcomes to them, they turn on their faces: they lose both this world andthe Hereafter: that is loss for all to see! [22:11]

Yet there are men who take (for worship) others besides Allah, as equal(with Allah.: They love them as they should love Allah. But those ofFaith are overflowing in their love for Allah. If only the unrighteouscould see, behold, they would see the penalty: that to Allah belongs allpower, and Allah will strongly enforce the penalty. [2:165]

But there are, among men, those who purchase idle tales, withoutknowledge (or meaning), to mislead (men) from the Path of Allah andthrow ridicule (on the Path): for such there will be a HumiliatingPenalty. [31:6]

And there is the type of man who gives his life to earn the pleasure ofAllah. And Allah is full of kindness to (His) devotees. [2:207]

Happy Ramadhan - 2004!

Wednesday, October 13

POST WAR IRAQ ; Who would you blame..Bush or Saddam?

I'm sure jus like me many of you must have been followin up the news regardin Postwar Iraq. Somethin i jus came across recently, thought i blog it..have a read if u like but isn't this qs worth a 1000 answer! :: baffled::

An e-mail from Baghdad

What follows is an email from Baghdad written by Wall Street
Journal correspondent Farnaz Fassihi describing the situation in Iraq as
far worse than anything we've read about in the mainstream press.

The email found its way to The New York Times editor Andrew
Rosenthal, who sent it to his wife, Mary Beth, who forwarded it to
friends - and from there it is now making the rounds on the Internet.

Fassihi's email follows: Being a foreign correspondent in Baghdad
these days is like being under virtual house-arrest. Forget about the
reasons that lured me to this job: a chance to see the world, explore
the exotic, meet new people in far-away lands, discover their ways and
tell stories that could make a difference.

Little by little, day-by-day, being based in Iraq has defied all
those reasons. I am house-bound. I leave when I have a very good reason
to and a scheduled interview.

I avoid going to people's homes and never walk in the streets,
can't speak English outside, can't say I'm an American, etc, etc. There
has been one too many close calls, including a car-bomb so near our
house that it blew out all the windows.

So now my most pressing concern every day is not to write a
kick-ass story but to stay alive and make sure our Iraqi employees stay
alive. In Baghdad I am a security personnel first, a reporter second.

Despite President Bush's rosy assessments, Iraq remains a
disaster. If under Saddam it was a "potential" threat, under the
Americans it has been transformed to an "imminent and active threat," a
foreign policy failure bound to haunt the US for decades to come.

Iraqis like to call this mess "the situation." By this they mean:
the Iraqi government doesn't control most Iraqi cities, there are
several car-bombs going off each day around the country, killing and
injuring scores of innocent people, etc. The situation basically means a
raging barbaric guerilla war.

The numbers are so shocking that the ministry of health has now
stopped disclosing them. Insurgents now attack Americans many times a
day. Young men openly place improvised explosive devices into the

For journalists the turning-point came with the wave of
kidnappings. Earlier we felt safe around Baghdad because foreigners were
being abducted on the roads and highways between towns, but now
kidnapping takes place at homes and victims are being beheaded.

The insurgency, we are told, is rampant and growing stronger, with
the various elements cooperating and coordinating. I went to an
emergency meeting for foreign correspondents with the military and
embassy to discuss the kidnappings.

We were sombrely told our fate would largely depend on where we
were in the kidnapping chain once it was determined we were missing.
Here is how it goes: criminal gangs grab you and sell you up to
Baathists in Fallujah, who will in turn sell you to Al Qaeda.

In turn, cash and weapons flow the other way from Al Qaeda to the
Baathist to the criminals. My friend Georges, the French journalist
snatched on the road to Najaf, has been missing for over a month with no
word on release or whether he is still alive.

As for reconstruction: first, it's so unsafe for foreigners to
operate that almost all projects have come to a halt. Oil dreams?
Insurgents disrupt oil flow routinely as a result of sabotage and oil
prices have hit record high of $49 a barrel.

I heard an educated Iraqi say if Saddam were allowed to run for
election, he would get the majority. This is truly sad. Then I went to
see an Iraqi scholar to talk to him about elections here.

He has been trying to educate the public on the importance of
voting. He said: "President Bush wanted to turn Iraq into a democracy
that would be an example for the Middle East. Forget about democracy,
forget about being a model for the region, we have to salvage Iraq
before all is lost."

Monday, October 4

Out of this World!

One lazy aftrenoon, while enjoyin the full forty minutes of lunch to myself at work, i wandered into the kitchen to find this "The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1992)" on the fridge. Amused by its title, I quickly flicked through a few of its pages and what I read esp. at the end of the guide page left me in stitches...lets see if it amuses you..::)

How to leave the planet

1. Phone NASA. Their phone number is (731)483-3111, explain it is very important that you get away ASAP.
2. If they do not co-operate, phone any friend you may have in the White House –(202) 456-1414- to have a word on your behalf with the guys at NASA.
3. If you don’t have any friends at the White House, phone the Kremlin (ask the overseas operator for 0107-095-295-9051). They don’t have any friends there either (at least, none to speak of), bt they do seem to have a little influence, so you may as well try.
4. If that also fails, phone the Pope for guidance. His phone number is 011-39-6-6982, and I gather his switchboard is infallible.
5. If all these attempts fail, flag down a passing flying saucer and explain that it is vitally important you get away before your phone bill arrives.

Douglas Adam.
Los Angeles 1983
London 85.

Nevertheless, enjoy the links!

"He Who has created seven heavens in full harmony with one another: no incongruity will you see in the creation of the Most Gracious. And turn your vision (upon it) once more: can you see any flaw? Yea, turn your vision (upon it) again and yet again: (and every time) your vision will fall back upon you, dazzled and truly defeated." (Surat al-Mulk, 3-4)

“Were they created of nothing, or were they themselves the creators? Or did they create the heavens and the earth? Surely, they have no firm belief. Or are the treasures of your Lord with them, or have they control over them?" (The Qur’an, 52:35-37)