Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Will the *real* Muslims please stand up?

These days, the internet's an immensely bewildering, veritable Tower of Babel of Muslim voices, most of them claiming to have the *real* exclusive take on Islam and what Muslims are/ought to be.
Who can blame an outsider (non-Muslim) for looking in and turning away completely confuzzled at the state of the nation? Who's a body to believe?
I tend to steer clear of people/blogs/websites that are steeped in negativity and pessimism or prone to recurrent self-indulgent rants on Muslims and their past, present, future state ...and that's what I'd recommend to others looking to learn about Muslims too.
Above all else, Muslims are supposed to be positive people, exemplifying good manners (adab)and a reasonable nature (akhlaaq) in the tradition of the Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings be upon him.
Exploring anything that falls short of that basic test, is not worth one's time, imho.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Heard of the new 'Islamic' car?

New Islamic car to have compass to find Makkah
Published: November 11, 2007, 10:16
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Iran, Turkey and Malaysia are planning to build an "Islamic car" that will have a compass to find the direction of Makkah, Malaysia's state news agency reported.
The proposed car will also have a compartment for the Quran and prayer scarves, the Bernama agency quoted an official of Malaysian automaker Proton as saying.
"The car will have all the Islamic features and should be meant for export purposes," said Proton's managing director, Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir.
"We will identify a car that we can develop to be produced in Malaysia, Iran or Turkey," he said during a visit to Tehran.
Syed Zainal said the vehicle was an Iranian initiative. "What they (Iran) want to do is to call that an Islamic car," he said.

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