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Depressive?

May 16, 2007

It is sad that i havent posted for such a long time. Im dissappointed as well.
However, i havent lost interest or motivation…just time.
Unfortunately my school, or any other school that i am aware of, doesnt give a grade for a “good blog” and hence, limits my time to actually work on it.
Now you should ask whether my only drive for doing things is the reward in the end. It may seam so, and i do fear it quite often. but its not.
however, school comes before blog, and blog must wait till school ends. Of course school never really ends, but gives intervals of time perfect for wasting…..or taking advantage of while writing a blog.
Up till now, i havent actually posted my views. I simply copied what others had to say,

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Newsweek: Islam Got It First!

March 12, 2007

 Interesting to read.

I knew there was something special about those designs!

from http://www.hahmed.com

March 19, 2007 issue – Ancient, closely held religious secrets; messages encoded on the walls of Middle Eastern shrines; the divine golden ratio—readers of a recent issue of the journal Science must have wondered if they’d mistakenly picked up “The Da Vinci Code” instead. In stretches of intricate tiling on several 500-year-old Islamic buildings, Peter Lu and Paul Steinhardt wrote, they’d spotted a large fragment of a mathematical pattern that was unknown to Western science until the 1970s. Islam gave the world algebra, from the Arabic al-jabr, a term referring to a basic equation. But this pattern is far from basic; it comes from much higher math. “The ridiculous thing is, this pattern has been staring Westerners in the face all this time,” says Keith Critchlow, author of the book “Islamic Patterns.” “We simply haven’t been able to read it.” Now that we can, though, it is serving as a startling indication of how accomplished medieval-era Muslims may have been.

No one knows what the architects of the complex pattern in the tiles named it a half millennium ago. Today, scientists call it a “quasiperiodic crystal with forbidden symmetry.” It’s forbidden not for any religious reason, of course, but because at first glance it appears impossible to construct. Take a pattern of triangular tiles, rotate it one third the way around, and the resulting pattern is identical. The same goes for rectangular tiles (which look the same rotated one fourth the way around) or hexagonal tiles (one sixth the way around). But a grid made purely of pentagons simply can’t exist. The five-sided shapes don’t fit together without leaving gaps, and there’s no way to put them in a pattern that looks the same when turned one fifth the way around.

The breakthrough that took the “forbidden” out of that “forbidden symmetry” was to use two shapes, not one, to build a fivefold-symmetrical grid. In 1973, having given up on pentagons, mathematician Sir Roger Penrose designed a fivefold pattern with shapes he called “kites” and “darts.” He was the first Westerner (and at the time, he thought, the first person) to do so, and his creation turned out to have fascinating mathematical properties. Any given fragment of it, containing a finite number of kites and darts, could be infinitely divided into a never-repeating pattern of smaller kites and darts.

As the number of small shapes in the pattern increased, the ratio of kites to darts approached the “golden ratio,” a number practically sacred to mathematicians. Discovered by Pythagoras, the golden ratio is irrational, which means it extends to an infinite number of decimal places. (The actual number is 1.618033989 … and so on.) It is linked to the famous Fibonacci sequence and cited in the writings of astronomer Johannes Kepler and, yes, Leonardo da Vinci. It is also found at the atomic level. In the 1980s, Steinhardt, a physicist at Princeton, armed with Penrose’s insight, found that some chemicals had their atoms arranged in a “quasicrystalline” shape like that of the fivefold grid.

Medieval Muslims apparently figured out at least some of this math. On the wall of one shrine in Iran, Lu found, two types of large tiles are divided into smaller tiles of the same shapes, in numbers that approximate the golden ratio. The builders certainly knew about the ratio, having inherited all the Greek science and curated it, says Critchlow. “The human creation was imitating, in abstract fashion, the wondrous creation of God,” says Gulru Necipoglu, a professor of Islamic art at Harvard. Some geometric patterns, for instance, evoked the planets and stars. And throughout the medieval era and onwards, says Steinhardt, Muslims “were fascinated by fivefold symmetry and were always trying to incorporate it into their designs. Where the patterns ended up with gaps, they would cleverly place a door or a windowsill there so you couldn’t tell.” In the buildings examined by Lu, they succeeded.

Although the Penrose-patterned tiles date to the 14th and 15th centuries, the same shapes of tiles “were used all over the medieval Islamic world to generate all sorts of patterns” for hundreds of years before and after that, says Lu. The Topkapi scroll, a Persian artifact from the late 15th or early 16th century, lists many such designs. There may also be clues to ancient Muslims’ mathematical prowess in other tiling on mosques in Iran and Turkey, madrassas in Baghdad and shrines in Afghanistan and India. They would fit nicely into the increasingly common image of the medieval Islamic world as an advanced society. Scholars now know that Muslims of that era could solve equations with variables to the power of 3 and above, which are harder than the classic quadratic “x2″ ones fundamental to algebra. They also had mechanical “computers” and knew considerably more about medicine and astronomy than Europeans of the time.

What has not yet been found, unfortunately, is any record of how early Muslims designed the fivefold patterns and conceptualized the math lurking in them, since few Muslim scholars wrote down their discoveries for wide dissemination. “You absolutely do not have to understand the higher math to be able to do it,” says David Salesin, a computer scientist at the University of Washington. Lu agrees that there’s no need to project a modern understanding of quasicrystals onto an ancient culture—but he also says the pattern design was no accident. “No matter how it was constructed,” he adds, “it’s a stunning achievement.” Particularly now that the world has eyes to see it.
© 2007 Newsweek, Inc.

URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17553752/site/newsweek/

Combat Boots

March 8, 2007

I have some more cartoons again. I hope you do enjoy them as much as I do. I feel like they express so much, with so little. 

Some are just ironic, and dont really have to do with current issues. they make you think.

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George cartoons:

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He is just so easy to make fun of. I think it comes naturally to cartoonists.

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I think thats enough for today. Tell me what you think.

Zaki

December 29, 2006

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Conscious rhymes, bounceable beats, flavoured with spices from the Middle East

Zaki has inspiring lyrics that touch your heart. Each song has a special message worth listening. Coming from the east, living in the west, he creates a sweet but strong combination.

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Check out his songs, and definitely read the lyrics. The ones that are most relevent to peace on screen are the following; but other songs like “Cordoba” also have awesome lyrics.

War is Ugly (with George Galloway speeking at the end) and Stand By Me

http://www.myspace.com/mczakii 

Mental Slavery  at his official site http://www.zaki.tk/

 Some of his lyrics:

Stand By Me

We used to be so full of hope and aspirations/
Now we only giving in to our temptations/
And the media/ full of half an hour series/
Ain’t nothing serious/ Designs to make us feel inferiour/
Stopping all the protests when they conquer Syria/
We live in world of things/
Snatchin all the focus when the war begins/
They using billions of dollars on pr-campaigns/
Convincing us to take their side in this money game/
We used to walk as lions/
Groundbreaking in everything from design to science/
But divided into nations they muted our defiance/
And middle eastern rulers are all a part of this/
Hypocrisy turned out to be a profitable business/
But listen/ everything’s gonna be allright/
If the King of kings stand by my side/

Here’s some facts for your deliria/
10% of the money in America/
Comes straight from families in Saud’s Arabia/
Internally guarding values as Islam’s savers/
If only half of these people were helping al miskeen/
No one would die of hunger in Ummat al Muslimeen/
But instead of helping out the poor/
They be building casinos 2 miles of shore/
But for shure/ The Day will arrive to choose/
Between people of An Naar and people of An Nuur/
Cauz when beduins with money running nations/
Competing to build the highest houses without foundation/
Signs of the Final Hour drawing nearer/
And people too atached to life will find that what is to them dear/
Will dissappear/ and left will only be the Truth of The Revealer/
La ilaha ila Allah/ Mohamed Habibu we Rasool Allah/ I’m a believer/

Ya Robi stand by me…

War is Ugly

My blood is in my writings/
Cauz my people are dying/
Fighting prosecution consequences of wrong solutions/
Greed of imperial institutions/
Using might instead of words, abusing/
The power they was given/
We all have a God given right to live in/
This world of wonder, though for some its like a prison/
From Gaza strip to the West Bank to Pakistan/
Its boys fighting tanks/ stones in they hands/
How hearts can be that cold is really hard to understand/
Power tends to corrupt/
But absolute power corrupts without a doubt, that’s wzup/
So the wars of the world will never stop/
Too many men making too much paper/
With their behaviour/ like instigators/
Believing money is their saviour/
I place my faith in the Creator/
Most High the One Illuminator/
The only one that’ll save ya/

Love is lovely/ War is ugly…

I’m bound to speak my truth, unlike greedy politrixians/
Fishing/ for our votes/
The greed and lust for power has corrupted their souls/
Abandoned by all love, now they wandering ghosts/
Leaches/ with dictated speeches/
No love thy next , but they claim they fight for Jesus/
I could be a soldier but for the right reasons/
Not for crooked thesis’s/
PR campaigns full of one dimensional depictions/
biased stereotypes based on our belief and religion/
That’s how they scripted/
This new world order and wicked plan/
Painting vivid pictures of enemys like the Taliban/
Incarnation of all evil/
Propaganda so easy to see through/
That’s how they wanna scheam you/
instead the people grew leathal/
even friends became deceitful/
turn your face to the east let the King of kings relieve you

War is ugly/ Love is lovely..

War is just a metaphor/ for what we really fighting for/
Igniting for/ writing poems so we can recite them for/
It’s a struggle for the spirit not the body/
Writing lyrics to exalt His manifest in all its glory/
If we righteous/ we might just/
Have light enlighten us/

Does God Love War?

December 26, 2006

I listened to a discussion, with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Chris Hedges the other day. Its not new, but its just great to listen to. I have always listened to Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, but I had never heard of Chris Hedges. I must say, he describes war and the worlds reaction towards it, very accurately. His unique experiences are reflected in his speach.

This is a description of the discussion:

Have the teachers of our religions failed us? Or have we not been listening? From leaders of America’s Christian Right seemingly forgetting that “Blessed are the Peacemakers,” to Jewish rabbis watching unflinchingly as collective punishment is doled out to Arabs in Palestine, to Muslim jurists ruling that civilian victims are acceptable under a Just War, the three great Abrahamic faiths are increasingly facing accusations of ignoring the sanctity of life. Some, pointing perhaps to Malcolm X when he famously advised a group of black nationalists to, “Leave your religion at home,” are not surprised, believing religion is best at dividing, not uniting; others argue, often just as persuasively, that this new penchant the religious have for the immediacy of violent solutions is bred from ideas other than those rooted in sound religious tradition. The same Malcolm X, after all, boldly argued from Mecca that only a belief in the Oneness of God could harmonize a discordant America. Can our current leaders-and some of us-achieve a similar understanding?

And so, does religion offer a way toward reconciliation? Or has it instead become part of the problem? Please join us for an enlightening conversation between two teachers worth listening to: Pulitzer Prize-winner and National Book Award-finalist Chris Hedges and the distinguished American-Muslim thinker and theologian, Hamza Yusuf.

Some Information about Chris Hedges:

Chris Hedges is a reporter for The New York Times and has spent 15 years covering crises in many conflict-ridden locations including El Salvador, Nicaragua, Algeria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Iraq, Sarajevo and Kosovo. His debut book, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, has been reviewed by the Times,The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Hedges has also appeared on a variety of radio and television programs such as “Charlie Rose,” “The News Hour,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” “Fresh Air,” “Talk of the Nation,” CNN and PBS’s “Religion and Ethics.” He has lectured at numerous colleges and institutions including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, University of California at Berkeley, The Council on Foreign Relations, Bates College, New York University and Colgate University.

In War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Hedges addresses humanity’s love affair with war, offering a moving and thought-provoking perspective on the subject. He draws on the literature of combat, from Homer and Shakespeare, Erich Maria Remarque and Michael Herr. Hedges cautions that even for the winners, war unleashes unforeseen consequences. At a time when the US is girding itself for yet another military showdown, the message of this book is particularly timely.

Hedges holds a BA in English literature from Colgate University, a master of divinity from Harvard Divinity School where he was a Neiman Fellow, and taught at Columbia University. He then went on to teach at Princeton University in the fall of 2003.

Hedges was the Central American Bureau Chief for the Dallas Morning News and later the Middle East Bureau Chief for that newspaper, based in Jerusalem, from 1988 to 1990. He was the Middle East Bureau Chief for The New York Times, based in Cairo, from 1991 to 1995 and later the Balkans Bureau Chief for the Times from 1995 to 1998. He was a member of The New York Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism and he received the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. In 2005, Hedges published Losing Moses on the Freeway: The Ten Commandments in America.

Source: American Program Bureau

You can download the discussion from either of these sites. Just find “Does God love war?” and click on it. InshAllah, I will try to find better links soon.

http://www.azeemkhan.info/joomla/feed-me/aytuna-ikr-podcast.html

 http://feeds.feedburner.com/-ZikrPodcast/Wwwzaytunaorg

Muslim Heritage

December 22, 2006

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Modern Civilization didnt rise from nothing. It rose right on top of the Muslim Civilization! This blank part in history is actually at the core of our improvements. Lets not stay ignorant to this entire period of human history that has contributed so much to our well being today.  I think its a responsibility to not only tell this to others, but to learn it ourselves.

http://www.muslimheritage.com/ can help you discover 1000 years of history. 

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“If there is much misunderstanding in the West about the nature of Islam, there is also much ignorance about the debt our own culture and civilisation owe to the Islamic world. It is a failure, which stems, I think, from the straight-jacket of history, which we have inherited. The medieval Islamic world, from central Asia to the shores of the Atlantic, was a world where scholars and men of learning flourished. But because we have tended to see Islam as the enemy of the West, as an alien culture, society, and system of belief, we have tended to ignore or erase its great relevance to our own history.”

 -Prince Charles

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This Sinful Existence!

December 21, 2006

     This Sinful Existence

-This sinful existence!
I pray to outlive this!
-Oh Allah please forgive me,
with the greatest of forgiveness!
-Oh Allah distance me from my sins,
not from Your Grace!
-Knowing You encompass all things,
but not seeing Your Face,
-Your Names and Attributes,
beyond enumeration,
-Not finding the inpiration for prostrattion,
the greatest condemnation!
-I feel evil and insane,
without the realization of Your Domain,
-Infiltrating my blood,
pumping through my veins!
-Free my tongue from its fears,
numbed over the years,
-Like a cry that has
no tears,
-A fog that
never clears.
-Oh Allah, be my Master!
and save me from this disaster!
-Of wanting You, but not deserving You!!
of believing in You, but not serving You!!

By: Aaron ‘Br.Haroon’ Sellars