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Month: November 2011

Haikus for the Hujjaj

Haikus for the Hujjaj

I went on Hajj in 2007 and every year around the time of Yawm al-Arafah I have a real visceral feeling and a deep yearning to return, all the memories of my trip resurface. This year, I decided to channel to give those feelings an outlet and composed a series of Haikus. I may not win any awards for poetry but I thought I would share them with you. I stand before you // my ego broken and bruised //…

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Question: Is An Islamic State Just a Form of Muslim Zionism?

Question: Is An Islamic State Just a Form of Muslim Zionism?

An excellent and timely answer by Dr. Khalid Blankinship. The Question: Question: Assalamu alaykum Dr. Blankinship. I was watching a lecture by you titled “The Life of the Prophet Muhammad,” and towards the end of it there was a discussion on the concept of a Muslim state. Just as a clarification on your stance on the topic, do you negate the idea of a state that governs according to the dictates of sharia’ or a state that becomes affiliated with the religion…

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Mars Chocolate Red Dot symbol in Egypt

Mars Chocolate Red Dot symbol in Egypt

Just saw a Facebook post about a little red dot symbol on Mars chocolate bars sold in Egypt. The post stated: “Be aware of the Red dot inside a red square symbol which shown on chocolate bars like : Bounty Chocolate bar / Mars/ sneakers … it’s shown specifically at the back beside the weight numbers. That mark means that these products contains gelatin which is derived from PORK!! They put that mark to warn vegetarian people that the chocolate…

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