2. Muslims Who Wear Things. This new web site that has gone viral, for good reason. You’ll see a picture of me somewhere in there!
3. We think more people need to think like these Albanian Muslims who sheltered their Jewish brothers and sisters during the holocaust:
“Pictures of the Albanian Muslims in the exhibit tell a lifetime of stories. As a young mother, one woman did not have enough breast milk to feed her son. A Jewish woman she hid nursed him instead. She was asked if she minded that a Jewish mother had fed her baby.
“Jews are God’s people like us,” the woman said.
Another man who also hid Jewish families said, “I did nothing special. All Jews are our brothers.”
4. Another beautiful Jewish-Muslim connection over @ HuffPo, where Rabbi Marc Gopin credits Imam Yahya Hendi with inspiring his son to attend and appreciate the synagogue:
“For that second birth of my son, I have Imam Yahya Hendi to thank, a Palestinian who just buried his father back home in bad circumstances, who is fatherless now, just like me, trying to make the world safe for his beloved children. I see him there on the grass, hands raised, palms up, the stars blazing above, saying his ancient words, Allahu Akbar. I think to myself, yes, sometimes God is great, when we find the Divine Presence in the eyes of strangers, and in the loving words of long lost cousins. And I think that this year I inaugurated my Isaac on a good journey.”
“Europol publishes an annual report entitled EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report. On their official website, you can access the reports from 2007, 2008, and 2009. (If anyone can find the reports from earlier than that, please let me know so we can include those as well.)
The results are stark, and prove decisively that not all terrorists are Muslims.
In fact, a whopping 99.6% of terrorist attacks in Europe were by non-Muslim groups; a good 84.8% of attacks were from separatist groups completely unrelated to Islam. Leftist groups accounted for over sixteen times as much terrorism as radical Islamic groups. Only a measly 0.4% of terrorist attacks from 2007 to 2009 could be attributed to extremist Muslims.”
6. Procrastination. Ouch. Just when I was about to enjoy an episode of the Cosby Show instead of writing this blog post. A great article @ YouAreNotSoSmart.Com.
“One day you have the choice between running around the block or watching a movie, and you choose the movie. Another day you are out with friends and can choose a cheeseburger or a salad. You choose the cheeseburger.
The slips become more frequent, but you keep saying you’ll get around to it. You’ll start again on Monday, which becomes a week from Monday. Your will succumbs to a death by a thousand cuts. By the time winter comes it looks like you already know what your resolution will be the next year.
Procrastination manifests itself within every aspect of your life.”
It reminded of this post I wrote about Christopher Walken and his amazing sermons.
7. KABOBFest joins the critique of modern-day “Salafi”-style movements within Muslim circles, from their consumerism to their obsession with reviving an “ancient lifestyle that never existed” in the first place.
“The incredibility part is due to incorporating their emulation with consumerism — The man grows a beard, wears a seventh century robe, upholds all prayers and other worship rituals, but then drives a Toyota Camry or Mercedez Benz, smokes Marlboro cigarettes, walks in air-conditioned shopping malls, grabs Krispy Cremes donuts after he had purchased the finest brand of French cologne (miswak scented).”
8. A smear campaign for candidates running in Toronto’s mayoral race backfired. Fliers with anti-gay sentiments for openly gay candidate, George Smitherman, were apparently directed toward Muslim voters. The reaction?
The flyers were plastered over posters of city council candidate Rasal Rahman, a Muslim and Smitherman supporter, who said Sunday “I don’t like dirty politics. Islam may say homosexuality is not for Muslims, but it doesn’t say don’t vote for these people.”
Thanks for that last one, WoodTurtle!