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LinkTV

So I’m currently staying with people who have satellite television. Channel 9104 is LinkTV, a channel that, surprisingly, I think I could watch endlessly. It’s basically just a huge amount of multicultural, world programming. Since I walked in they’ve shown a documentary on Georgian music and musicians (the country, not the state), another on voting issues in the United States, the 60 second winner from the “One Nation, One Voice” contest (the muslim film competition), a program hosted by a very unusual Catholic nun (or former nun, I wasn’t really paying attention), and now one on a driving school that teaches women in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Interestingly enough, the guys who are teaching the women to drive (and it’s two men who teach), don’t really strongly support women driving. And they are assholes, pardon my french, to the women who are trying to learn, while they’re driving nonetheless. Talk about distractions.

Anyway, evidently some cars have an automated voice that says “bismillah”
… every time they break.

 
 
 
gah.

Another favorite, the driving instructors keep repeating to the women when they’re driving: “Try to be like a man. Be brave. Be courageous behind the wheel.”

~Audra~

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Muslims on Facebook

You know, I didn’t want to join Facebook when it first made its rounds.  It wasn’t until virtually everybody else I knew was on it that I realized how handy it was.  Keep track of your friends, classmates and family – find people or information about people when you need to, long lost friends, etc. etc.

But at some point, maybe when it started reaching out to non-college students, it started having some shady MySpace qualities.  Ignoring the obnoxious 999 million different applications that clog up people’s profiles now, I’m regularly “friended” by weirdos for no particular reason at all.

I guess I shouldn’t be shocked that some of these weirdos are muslims.   Still, somehow they’re more amusing than the others.   So I thought I’d share a couple.

Most recently, a guy wants to be my friend whose profile consists only of quotes from the Qur’aan.  No pictures or groups, only a profile and 2 people commenting on his wall: himself and “Muslims Canadians (no network).”  Here’s an excerpt from his profile:

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ooo, and he’s single, born January 1, 1960.  I gotta say no to the guy, but what a catch for the rest of you ladies 😉

And now onto the finalists for random messages (in addition to friend requests).   And you know I’m a sucker for terrible english:

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 Me:   you know it’s common curtosey to at least send someone a message before you try to friend them – that way I know you’re not another slimy guy trying to get in my “facebook pants”

🙂

 Guy#1: dear sister
is enough tell me i dont want add you
and i will answer you ok no problem have a nice day
i dont understand your way to tell me i am a slim guy and etc
ani way this the message that normally i send like presentationhavCiao i am [removed for privacy] i am an italian guy
I am new in facebook and i would like know interesting people that like have fun and know other people
hope we can became friends if you want we can talk in msn or yahoo
My msn is [removed for privacy]

ciao for now and take care
happy ramadan

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Guy#2: hey girl.. nice c u a pretty face here.. 🙂 !! r u muslim ? btw u r really lookin gud with shot hairs… 🙂

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It makes me laugh, it makes me cry.

~Audra~

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So back in college the girls of the MSA used to get together in someone’s apartment every so often and have “halaqas.” Around the time of my conversion these were, after some food, a discussion on some aspect of Islam. It was in that first year that we attempted to study the different schools of thought/sects of Islam.

But.

People mostly didn’t do their research and it never happened that year. In the year/s following “halaqas” mostly became food gatherings with one person’s attempt at some kind of presentation. Maybe.

I’d like to go back to that idea. I’m thinking maybe we cover topics something like this:

  • Basic/Fundamental History of Islam (Prophet’s Life)
  • Sunni/Shia split
  • Sunni schools of thought (a post for each)
  • Shia schools of thought (a post for each)
  • Sufism
  • None of the above/non-recognized (Ahmadiyyah, Nation of Islam, Bahai?, etc)
  • “Reformists” (Salafi, Wahabi, Progressive, what have you)

I’m also thinking I probably shouldn’t start this until Asiyah gets back from India. Thing is, if she’s gone for too long and I’m feeling prolific, well…. I guess we can always delete posts if necessary, right?

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Open Thread

I’ve advertised a little bit. Hello Facebook crew! I’m curious to see who checks this blog out after my little message.

 

Saying hello is only a comment away 😉

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I don’t think I’ve ever had a desire to live in Texas…until now. How is it Texas MSAs are pulling together such an awesome event, and East Coast MSAs have…? I have never been to any event that has offered anything even half as cool as a sisters’ kickball tourney. Go Texas MSAs! I might have to take up my friend T’s offer and mosey on down there.

TX MSA

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Some of y’all might have heard of Link Tv’s One Nation Many Voices film contest, Muslims in America: Stories not Stereotypes. Comedy, animation, shorts, drama, scandal (did that hijabi kiss a boy?!?) If you haven’t heard about it, then check it out. All of them can be found on youtube or on the Link TV website. Voting is over, but you can still check you which ones made it to the finals (now being judged by Link’s “celebrity” panel).

My favorite is probably Bassem is Trying (below).

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Sudan man forced to ‘marry’ goat

A Sudanese man has been forced to take a goat as his “wife”, after he was caught having sex with the animal.The goat’s owner, Mr Alifi, said he surprised the man with his goat and took him to a council of elders.

They ordered the man, Mr Tombe, to pay a dowry of 15,000 Sudanese dinars ($50) to Mr Alifi.

“We have given him the goat, and as far as we know they are still together,” Mr Alifi said.

Mr Alifi, of Hai Malakal in Upper Nile State, told the Juba Post newspaper that he heard a loud noise around midnight on 13 February and immediately rushed outside to find Mr Tombe with his goat.

“When I asked him: ‘What are you doing there?’, he fell off the back of the goat, so I captured and tied him up.”

Mr Alifi then called elders to decide how to deal with the case.

“They said I should not take him to the police, but rather let him pay a dowry for my goat because he used it as his wife,” Mr Alifi told the newspaper.

There’s never been a stronger case for sharia law. Islamic jurists never would have allowed this marriage to take place. Unless of course the goat converted to Islam first (we all know goats are notorious polytheists). But more than likely, they would have both been killed. Problem solved.

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