Monday, October 17, 2005

Ok, except I still haven't figured out how to give different posts on the same day a title of their own. But none the less, wow! I never expected to be able to do this especially not in the course of an afternoon. It is amazing what one can do with just a little knowledge. Of course, it goes without saying that more often than not, what one does is harmful rather than beneficial. For instance, the idiot "mullah" in Pakistan who was reported by the BBC as saying that cooking in daylight hours during Ramadan is forbidden. Uh, how does he think millions of dinner are served every night minutes, if not seconds, after sunset if they weren't cooked during the day? Not only that, what source did he use to derive this tidbit of wisdom? Worst of all, he threatened to burn down the tents of the refugees and ruin the pots of the aid workers if the cooking did not stop. These poor souls have suffered enough, and now they have to suffer the rantings, and perhaps attacks, of a fool? I suppose we should give him the benefit of the doubt -- he just survived a horrific earthquake, he is probably under tremendous stress, and coping with survivors syndrome.

On a more positive note, I'm please to see that folks in Tennessee are going to be opening an Islamic public library.

From a recent letter I received in my inbox:

My name is Abdoulrahman Kattih, I am the director of the Islamic Education and Services institute. We are getting ready to launch an Islamic Public Library and education center in Chattanooga, TN. Our aim is to help everyone in this area better understand Islam and its practices. The center will offer educational and social services to both Muslims and non Muslims, and the Library will include a range of materials about Islam for Muslims and non Muslims, adults and children, a desktop, and a small theatre room to watch movies and presentations about Islam. Some of the materials we are seeking are:

We are seeking your help in fulfilling the library with books, If you can donate any books to our project we will be so grateful, if every person that gets this email send us 1 book/CD or DVD we will have a full library in no time. Or you can make a direct donation through paypal to ( A receipt will be issued for any donations. If you wish to learn more about our organization, please visit our website at

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Cane River
An interesting exploration of the gradual whiting of a family through slavery to modern days.

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This is just a short list -- a few of my favorites.

English Language Islamic Fiction. We need more of it. Lots more.
Pay a Teacher's Salary in Afghanistan. The Hunger site actually has a lot of worthwhile programs. You can find them all here .
Muslims for Progressive Values. My organization. We can always use donations, of time or money!
Human Rights Campaign for the glbt community
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
The ACLU I'm a card carrying member. Hope you'll become one too. The organization that has done the most, as far as I can tell, to pull the countries progressive side together.
Network of Spiritual Progressives. Working to reclaim religion and morality for the religious left.

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Wanda Campbell also known as Nochipa A very gifted poet and a gentle, compassionate soul. Nochipa and I are on the same page on sooooo many things
Writeous Sister Aminah Hernandez, she's got some excellent latino pieces and always has good writing info on her blog.
Sister Scorpion aka Leila Montour - Leila is a fount of energy, quirky humor, and bad attitude. She's also a talented poet.
Muhajabah Very interesting commentary here. I don't always agree with her, but her pieces are always thought-provoking.
Georgie Dowdell Georgie is a great writer and a good friend.
Louise Marley Another great writer. I think Louise is one of the best sf writers exploring faith themes.
Ink in My Coffee Devon Ellington (who has numerous aliases) who is also the editor of Circadian Poems. A truly inspiring woman with a seemingly endless supply of energy.
Ethnically Incorrect With a name like that, isn't a given I'm going to enjoy this writer?
Freedom from the Mundane Colin Galbraith, another excellent writer, from Scotland.
The Scruffy Dog Review This is a new e-zine with an ecclectic mix of fiction, poetry, and non-fic, some really enjoyable pieces here.
Ramblings of a Suburban Soccer Mom Lara, another gentle soul, very thoughtful.
Circadian Poems A journal of poetry, new stuff up all the time.
Ye Olde Inkwell Michelle writes romance and is one of my writing buddies.
Muhammad Michael Knight The original punk Muslim writer. Like him or love him, Mike is always coming up with the unexpected.

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