Saturday, 13 June 2009

The Extremists of Pakistan

"They have no tolerance. They speak, abusively if necessary, and desire little debate in return. They order and demand to be obeyed. They care not of another's grievance or state of affairs, nor make any effort towards an understanding of such. They choose to remain ignorant of the world around and its realities that impact them. They wish their every whim to be met and every diktat to be followed by all. They are prepared to use violence - brutal, unrelenting and destructive violence – until they get their way..."

Outstanding comment piece.

allahumma innaa naj3aluka fee nu7oorihim wa na3oodhu bika min shuroorihim.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

The D Word

"... The British public, never keen to look too long at death, were not invited to go deeper. That mysterious place was illuminated only by The Sun and Mirror pieties, where the angels were calling and Jade would be 'the brightest star in the sky'..."

(Source: The Economist, March 28th 2009, Obituary in memory of Jade Goody)

Inevitable. Tough but inevitable.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Muslim Schools (or, rather, damn Muslims!)

"... these children spend a lot of time in a Muslim cocoon. They are drilled intensively in their faith outside school; what goes on inside school reflects both state policy and local social reality."

"... For all the time spent on instruction, many young Muslims have never heard much about how to apply their faith to daily life."

(Source: The Economist, March 28th 2009)

From an article aptly named 'A long, long lesson'. Worth reading. Touches upon a number of topics.