Friday, August 14, 2009

Truthdig: "Chris Hedges on Alex S. Jones' 'Losing the News'"

Are we entering an age in which the electronic image, endowed with the ability to manufacture its own reality, is hurling us into a state of collective self-delusion? Welcome to a brave new post-literate world where we confuse how we are made to feel with knowledge. Read here

E-baad-e News

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Quote from Dr. Jackson

"Equally if not more problematic [than quietism] is "assimilative escapism," neither honestly embracing nor actively opposing oppression but simply trying to stay out of the oppressors' way-by using the oppressors' definition of success, beauty, intelligence, and reason to disguise the provenance of the parameters that define and circumscribe one's life, all the while feverishly toiling to neutralize the oppressive weight of the oppressors' expectations by dressing these up in failed appropriations that render one a more fervent and exaggerated proponent of the oppressors' values than the oppressors themselves. The result is that oppression is neither confronted and overcome by resistance nor embraced through quietism but merely sidestepped and placed beyond critique through a mildly deliberate agnosia that impedes one's ability to recognize or acknowledge the normalized domination that circumscribes one's life."

-pg. 72 of Dr. Sherman Abdal-Hakim Jackson's new book: Islam and the Problem of Black Suffering (2009)

E-baad-e News

2 Book Reviews on Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West By Christopher Caldwell

On Religion Dispatches: one entitled New Book Stokes Fear of a Muslim Europe by Duke professor and author of New Faiths, Old Fears: Muslims and Other Asian Immigrants in American Religious Life (2004), Bruce Lawrence and the other The Most Religious Race: Islam in Europe by brother Haroon Moghul, a PhD candidate at Columbia and Director of Public Relations for the Islamic Center at NYU.

E-baad-e News

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

"The believer is commanded not to approach the Qur'an 'in haste'...

"The believer is commanded not to approach the Qur'an 'in haste', just as he is told not to run to the communal prayers, even if he is late in joining the congregation; for it is said that slowness and deliberation come from God, whereas haste is of satanic origin. In the Surah called al-Furqan the definition of true Muslims includes those who, 'whenever they are reminded of their Lord's messages, do not fling themselves upon them [as if] deaf and blind' (Q.25.73); who, in the words of the commentator Zamakhshari, 'listen to it with wide-awake ears and look into it with seeing eyes'. The Qur'an holds up a mirror to those who approach it, and if they come to it for the wrong reasons or in the wrong spirit, they will find nothing there. If they are by nature superficial they will find in it only superficilaities, and if they profound, profundities in corresponding measure. If they come arrogantly they will interpret certain verses as justification for their arrogance - it is true enough that 'the devil can quote Scripture' - and if they seek immediate personal reward they will be rewarded with bitter fruit."

-pg. 79-80 of Islam and the Desinty of Man by Charles Le Gai Eaton

E-baad-e News

...مضى رجب

مضى رجب وما أحسنت فيـه وهذا شهر شـعبان المبـارك

فيـا من ضيع الأوقـات جهلا بحرمتها أفق واحـذر بوارك

فسـوف تفـارق اللذات قهـرا ويخلى الموت قهرا منك دارك

تدارك ما استطعت من الخطايا بتوبة مخلص واجعل مـدارك

على طلب السـلامة من جحيم فخير ذوي الجرائم من تدارك

E-baad-e News

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Arabic roots, body and soul

"Every Arabic word may be traced back to a verbal root consisting of three consonants from which are derived up to twelve different verbal modes, together with a number of nouns and adjectives. This is referred to as the trilateral root, and specific words are formed from it by the insertion of long and short vowels and by the addition of suffixes and prefixes. The root as such is 'dead' - unpronounceable - until brought to life, that is to say vocalized, by the vowels, and it is according to their placing that the basic meaning is developed in a number of different directions. The root has sometimes been described as the 'body' while the vowelling is the 'soul'; or again, it is from the root that a great tree grows."

-pg. 74 of Islam and the Desinty of Man by Charles Le Gai Eaton

E-baad-e News