Sunday, 19 July 2009

22, Taxi to the Dark Side

My doctor advised me to get some rest the other day so I spent the day watching 'The Disappearance of Sister Aafia Siddiqui', 'Taxi to the Dark Side' (twice) and 'Torturing Democracy' with renewed appreciation of these verses...

"So let them worship (Allah) the Lord of this House (the Ka'bah in Makkah),

(He) Who has fed them against hunger, and has made them safe from fear."


(Source: Mohsin Khan's translation of (the meaning of!) Verses 106:3-4 of the Noble Qur'an)

Proper scary, like a horror movie, the way torture and disregard for human dignity became (has become) acceptable/legal in recent years. The reality of democracy I suppose - what is detestable today, made policy tomorrow, if those of "power" need (want!) it so... and the people allow their emotions to be played with.

Btw, I am heading out for Umrah today insha-Allah. If I have offended you any time (will be surprised if I haven't), please forgive me. I will make Du'a for you :)>

Friday, 10 July 2009

"Revolutionary conduct is a mirror of revolutionary faith"

A short quote and, for the more patient, a long quote...

"... We left Mexico in a leaky boat with 82 men on board. Of those 82, only 12 would survive to witness our victory."

"... Military science assumes that the bigger the army, the stronger it is. On the other hand, only vaguely do they recognise that during military combat, the final strength of an army is also its physical capacity multiplied by one unknown 'x'. This 'x' is none other than the spirit of the troops measured as their greater or lesser desire to fight and confront danger. Men with the desire to fight, who also understand why they are fighting, regardless of who they are fighting, whether under the command of military geniuses or those of normal intelligence, fighting with clubs or machine guns, ... these men will put themselves in the most advantageous positions while fighting and they will triumph."

(Source: First half-hour of the four-hour film 'Che')

I assume Mr Guevara said words to this effect, whilst acknowledging it may have been rendered for cinematic effect.

Disclaimer: This is *not* a call to arms!

Monday, 6 July 2009

Should men wear the face Burqa?

The number of young ladies choosing (!) to adopt full-scale Burqa/Niqab east side of London is on the up proper. They seem happy lol.

"... If you go the beach, for example... men are not covering their chest and women are covering their chests. Why? Because all of us admit that there are differences between the body of a man and the body of a woman..."

"... The face of a man is not attractive to a woman *as* the face of a woman is attractive to a man..."

(Source: Sheikh Haitham al-Haddad, 'Debating the Burqa')

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=0B68C599EED95259Worth watching.

Watch this first though:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlkxlzTZc48
Funny guy.

Friday, 3 July 2009

Those Beautiful Butterflies

"Fighting successfully is not simply a matter of being so brave that you are unbothered by the fight. Everyone feels butterflies in their stomach. The key is to get the butterflies to fly in formation..."

"The will to win, compares little with the will to prepare to win."

(Source: Fighter's Notebook: A Manual of Mixed Martial Arts)

The path to that point moves through sweat and blood.