Category Archives: Rants

Rant: More Danish cartoon BS!

Seriously.. I’m just sick of it!

Okay, was wrong and absolutely disrespectful to draw a picture of the Prophet (PBUH), I can agree with that, but c’mon.

The guy isn’t a Muslim and he’s obviously an asshole looking to provoke people. Responding to this moron was exactly what he wanted.

He did a rotten thing to the ummah, but the ummah took the bait and the outspoken fools who decided to call for violence against the cartoonist – I think they were the ones who did a LOT more damage to the ummah than this man and his stupid cartoon.

Now today I see that some crackpot Somali broke into the cartoonist’s house and attempted to murder him with an axe. That’s just pathetic. Thanks to Mr. Somali, the cartoonist is back in the spotlight. More attention on him, more free publicity for him, and more negative attention for those ‘crazy Muslims’.

Thanks a lot Mr. whack job Somali. Yeah, you really did us all a favor. Eff you!

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Personal: My personal thoughts on the new ‘I can see your naughty bits’ scanners

I’m Muslim and I don’t really care if they use them, though it would be nice to have the option to be patted down behind a curtain or something versus the machine. A CHOICE would be nice.

However, if they’re going to do this, I wish they would do it for EVERYONE. Otherwise, it simply doesn’t make logical sense.

Here’s a personal example: My husband and his friend fly home to Turkey and back together about once a year. My husband is about 5’8″, light skinned and dark haired. I guess he looks ‘foreign’. His friend is about 6’4, light skinned and light haired. My husband gets stopped EVERY TIME and his friend has NEVER been stopped. They both hold the SAME passport, the SAME nationality, the SAME point of origin and destination, and take the SAME trip. Something is WRONG with this picture!

Point being – if some idiot terrorist wanted to blow up a plane, wouldn’t they send the whitest, most Western looking person to get past the screeners versus the ‘obvious’ looking dude? (and my husband doesn’t even dress like the ‘stereotypical Muslim’.. It’s tee shirts, jeans, baseball caps and sneakers all the way!)

Half of the time the screeners aren’t making ‘educated guesses’, they’re just making stereotyped guesses.

If they want to do a thorough job, they should do EVERYONE, because if they think my husband could be a terrorist (ha!), then it’s just as likely his friend could be (also ha!).. But if the terrorist masterminds actually wanted success in their venture, they would have probably chosen his ‘European-looking’ friend versus the ‘Eastern-looking man’.

Seriously. Do you think the terrorists are going to send the bomb with the guy dressed up like the Saudi sheikh or the guy dressed up like the Disneyland tourist? Because does it really take many brain cells to figure out which one is going to be pulled from the line to get searched and which one is going to breeze right on through?

See my point?

On another note, I what I wish they’d do.. I wish they’d start monitoring lone men (especially sex offenders!) traveling frequently to Thailand and other pedophile paradises. I don’t even think they monitor perverts and violent criminals up in the friendly skies – and there are a hell of a lot more of them than terrorists!

Rant: Sick of fake miracles!

Is anyone else out there sick of these fake miracles?

Like this one about the Russian baby with Qur’an verses ‘miraculously’ appearing on his body.

If this was in the U.S. or some other country, they’d take the baby away for suspected abuse. The parents could be painting irritants on his body.

I just can’t help but be skeptical until the baby is away from the parents and under strict observation. Otherwise, I think this is just bunk and probable abuse.

I mean – how can people see so much going on in the world with crappy parents exploiting their kids for attention and fame? (Balloon boy, anyone?) Maybe they are sick in the head and don’t think they’re causing any kind of harm. Maybe they don’t even realize they’re doing it.

I just don’t know how the religious folk immediately jump on the BS band-wagon without any kind of objective testing. They assume the parents are Muslim and it’s their baby, so what could they possibly do that isn’t 100% legit. I just don’t buy that sense of reasoning!

Call me a downer, but I just think it’s sad that the Ummah seems to need these types of apparently contrived ‘miracles’ in order to justify their faith, when there are simpler (albeit, subtle) and more telling miracles all around us. I see more of a miracle in the complexity of the human body or even a leaf than these video ‘miracles’!

Another thing that annoys me. These ‘miracle’ videos (and plenty a lot more obviously fake than this one) get passed around all the time by otherwise intelligent and logical individuals. It’s like they feel if they fail to recognize these claims that they are bad Muslims or unbelievers. Seriously! Just look at the comments on all the videos and there is not one, not one Muslim on there questioning the  authenticity of the claims.

It reminds me of that scene from the 80’s cartoon film ‘The Last Unicorn’ where an old witch captures a unicorn for her dilapidated carnival freak show. Being a witch and in tune with the ‘other world’, she can sense the unicorn for what it really is. Knowing that the world weary and jaded masses, however, will not, and will only see a white horse – she ends up putting a charm on the unicorn that gives it a fake, albeit – visible horn. Only through this farce can people finally ‘see’ what is actually there.

In an article from the ‘New Yorker Buzzine’, an author puts it this way:

“When I hear such fix-its, I’m reminded of one of my favorite childhood movies, The Last Unicorn. In the film, the unicorn’s horn can only be seen by those who “search and trust,” while all others see nothing more than a white horse. When the evil Mommy Fortuna kidnaps the unicorn for use in her carnival freak show, she must first attach a fake horn over the real one so everyone will see a unicorn when they look into that cage. As Mommy Fortuna tells the unicorn, “Do you think those fools knew you without any help from me? No! I had to give you a horn they could see! These days, it takes a cheap carnival trick to make folks recognize a real unicorn.””

(original text for the quote above – taken from: http://www.buzzine.com/2008/07/obama-new-yorker/)

Essentially – can one still remain objective and question these things, or does being a good believer mean checking your common sense at the door?

Can anyone else out there relate? Or do you just think I’m a kill joy?

Personal: Did you ever just feel like a jerk?

Okay, first off, I have a confession to make.. Those few days I didn’t post anything – I was down South visiting my family. For Christmas.

Okay, my husband and I don’t celebrate Christmas (though I did buy a glitter poinsettia and put it on the coffee table in the living room, next to all our Christmas cards), but my family does.. and they still get us gifts, which, being the materialistic individuals we are – we don’t complain about!

My mom and dad always ask what we want, and we always suffer over our list throughout the year, trying to think of something we wouldn’t spend money on for ourselves. Our Christmas gifts are a time when frivolity and fun are allowed to enter the financial picture.

Eventually, my husband decided on either a leather jacket, or a pocket camera. I, on the other hand, had my heart set on an iPod Touch. One of the evil 64GB ones I could dump my whole media library on, as well as load up with a gajillion fun, albeit useless, applications.

Secure in my belief that a shiny box from Apple was going to be under the tree, I spend the two nights before Christmas Day browsing through the iTunes app store, looking for interesting little doo-hickeys that caught my eye. On Christmas Eve, I went to sleep excited and content.

Christmas morning, I woke up after literally about two hours of sleep. (I was at my dad’s house and have trouble falling asleep in different beds) My husband and I got dressed, brushed our teeth, wiped the gunk out of our eyes and waddled into the living room where people were distributing gifts.

First off, I got some little things, like some snowman mugs, a few cards full of cash (always a pleasure!), a tin of hot chocolate, a DVD player for the living room (our other one had broken), a bottle of Chanel No. 5 (sublime!).. But no iPod. I didn’t see Sadik get his leather jacket or camera either.

Eventually, my dad came over with a BIIIIIIIIG box. My husband and I looked curiously at each other. I asked him to open it, and he did, and what did we find?

Yes. A television. Not just any television, but a 32″, Samsung LCD. Now, I got happy (who wouldn’t be?), but inside, I was disappointed. I felt like an asshole.

You see – the Mr. and I had been in the market for a television. We have spent more than a year wistfully browsing the stores for the perfect television in our budget. We decided that we’d like to go for something at least 37″, but more in the range of 40″-46″ for our living room.

Now, I said ‘we’ earlier, but I should clarify. Mostly the television was my husband’s thing. Every time he was looking at televisions, I’d be wishing for a treadmill. You see, we already have two televisions, albeit – old, clunky, standard models around ten years old. Two televisions, in my opinion, were even one too many. I had only recently given in to the idea of having a tv in the bedroom. A pretty, big, modern looking tv sure would be nice looking in the living room, but that’s about as excited as I got regarding them.

Now, with this twinge of disappointment, I ended up feeling like a major asshole. Seriously.. A majorly stuck-up asshole. I mean, who was I to feel disappointed in something that was so nice? Something that most people would LOVE to get on Christmas morning instead of the usual ugly sweater or maybe a few DVD’s. Here I was getting a huge and beautiful gift, and feeling disappointed about it.

Later on, my brother explained why this had happened. Basically, my dad wanted to have something impressive under the Christmas tree. He didn’t just want to give my husband a little box with a camera, and me a little box with an iPod. He wanted to make an impression. Hence, the tv. I mean, in his mind, and my brother’s mind.. Who wouldn’t want a tv? (and yeah, of course, they’re guys!)

My brother said he picked up the nicest tv in the Christmas budget and got that one, so that we could return it and use the money to get whatever we wanted later on. The thing my little brother didn’t understand (little bro has always lived with my dad who used to be quite well off, and now little bro pulls in a six-figure salary himself).. Is that you can’t give a television to a couple.. and expect the male in the couple to exchange that television for a fun little doo-hickey for his wife. It just doesn’t happen.

On the way home the next day, I actually cried in the car because I felt like such a monster. I should be happy. I should be grateful. I decided to make my husband happy, that we would keep the television, return it and put the money towards an upgrade to a 42″ television package. As much as I really disliked the idea, I figured it would make my husband happy, and once we had it installed in the living room, it would make me feel better just by virtue of it looking so much nicer than our heavy looking 26″ standard tv.

Regarding my stupid and frivolous iPod Touch.. I told myself if I got rid of some of the stuff in the house and sold it (essentially cleaning up), that I could use the money to buy my silly little iPod. Thing is, even thinking about that, I feel bad about that. Like I should be being more practical.

I don’t know.. I still feel like a major ass.

Rant: Sunnah does not equal fard!

C’mon people.. How many times do I see people in real life, but most especially online – who don’t seem to know the difference between sunnah and fard.

It’s not difficult.. All things fard are, of course, sunnah, but all things sunnahare NOT fard.

Some examples (referring to beards – the group itself is called ‘Sunnah Beards’):

Random Muslim Dude #1 Assalamualaikum! 😀 it’s great to see our own brothers adorning the Sunnah. 🙂 though currently there are also many brothers thinking they look better mutilating themselves and looking like them Luth people. Let’s show them what REAL men should look like.

Random Muslim Dude #2 There are brothers mutilating themselves as we speak. Close brothers that we know. Please spread the naseeha of the beard. Refer them here if you wish. Invite brothers to join Insha’Allah.

Seriously dudes.. ‘Mutilating themselves’ because they shave their beards? Gimmie a break.

This week I’ve also seen stuff saying it’s fard for a woman to wear full face veil (such as niqab or burqa) with gloves, thick socks, the whole nine yards. Also, that wearing colors is haram, and that it’s best if only one eye is uncovered for the women, because using both eyes is frivolous.

I really feel sorry for the people who believe this crap. The sad thing is, these are usually the same people wailing on and on about bid’ah. Don’t they know the TRUE definition of bid’ah is making unlawful that which is lawful and vice-versa?

Islam is not supposed to be a difficult religion. It’s not supposed to be a hardship.. Don’t these people know the damage they’re doing? These self-appointed sheikhs. I wish they could see how many people they alienate, how much bid’ah THEY are throwing out.

I seriously pity the newcomers to Islam who don’t know how to separate the lies and exaggeration from the truth. So many people LEAVE Islam because of the judgments.. Being told they aren’t doing enough or doing well enough. Leaving because they can’t handle all the rules. If they only knew the truth!!

Rant: Stories like this make me angry..

I read this story last night, and I couldn’t help but become seriously upset and annoyed. Maybe I’m just being overly-sensitive.

Please check it out and let me know if you can understand what about it pissed me off.

http://www.igotitcovered.org/?p=2739

** UPDATE **

I have been contacted by the original posters of the story, and they wanted to clarify that their original point was not as I read into it. I like to take people at their word – and God only knows how we can read the wrong meanings into text! Please check the comments for further clarification.

** UPDATE II **

The ending to the story has now been changed by the author to clear up her intention for the piece. It’s now apparent that she was not saying what I originally believed. May God bless her for her efforts. 🙂

Rant: Why is everything ‘bid’ah’?

I don’t know about anyone else, but this obsession with bid’ah really, really annoys me.. Everything is always freakin’ ‘bid’ah’. (Though I don’t understand, if they’re so obsessed with innovation – how are they babbling around on a ‘fashion’ site on Facebook?)

I saw this on Facebook today (of course the photos were removed and the names were changed, I’m not that much of an a-hole, I promise!), and I could feel my blood pressure going up. The stuff that pissed me off, I’ve highlighted in green.

Does anyone else understand why I got annoyed?

** All text below is original, only photos have been removed and names changed for privacy. No, I was not one of the people who commented! **

OriginalPoster Has anyone made any ‘New Year’s Resolution’ for the New Islamic Year (or is that something we don’t do..lol) – For me (this is my birthday resolution really) personally, this year will be a year of ‘Iqra’ and ‘Rihla’; Reading about the deen and traveling to wonder at the Marvels of Allah. So share your wishes, plans and intentions for the coming Year :D:D

Muslim Chick #1

That is something we don’t do. Just make intentions on the things you want to accomplish. But that id what we do anytime during the year

Muslim Chick #2

masha Allah we should always make our intentions to do the good deeds for the sake of Allah. I do understand what you’re saying though.

Muslim Dude #1

Yes but we shouldn’t imitate the kuffar by using the term ‘new years resolution’. Please becareful brothers and sisters not to innovate.

Muslim Chick #3

hun innovation involves innovation of the deen in this dunya. thers no harm in new years resolution as it was simply created for jokes. noting that involves following thekuffar as it was not there attempt to crate on retaling to a religious base.

innovation means making something up which is wrong and this dusnt involve anything as such xx


Muslim Chick #2

its not so much the saying so much as just resolving to be a better Muslim everyday that Allah wills for us to be alive.

Muslim Chick #2

i was puzzled at the use of the word innovation as well but masha Allah and i’ve never heard a specific judgement on making new year’s resolutions just generally that its best to always keep your intentions pure and for the sake of Allah. We’re all learners 🙂

Muslim Chick #4

Majority of non-believers make worldly resolutions. It’s on us (Muslims) to make intentions & follow through to draw ourselves closer to what is good and Allah swt and to bring wayfarer traveler, stranger, neighbor (kin and none kin) and non Muslim family mbrs whose hearts, ears, eyes and minds are open as well.