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Pakistan blocks YouTube website February 24, 2008

Posted by Some Muslim in Islam, News Commentry.
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The BBC reports that Pakistan has blocked access to YouTube:

Pakistan has blocked access to the popular YouTube website because of content deemed offensive to Islam.

Its telecommunications authority ordered internet service providers to block the site until further notice.

Although YouTube does have a lot of offensive content, it’s not only Islam on the receiving end of such things. There’s also a lot of excellent videos on YouTube, like the excellent 14 part series by Ahmad Deedat on how Salman Rushdie fooled the west.

More interesting in the BBC article:

Other countries that have temporarily blocked access to YouTube include Turkey and Thailand.

I’m amazed that Turkey has blocked access to YouTube, considering as a country, they have a ban in place stopping Muslim women from wearing the hijab in universities, and when there were talks of removing the ban, thousands of Turks protested to stop the government allowing this.

Turks protest over headscarf ban February 2, 2008

Posted by Some Muslim in General Islam, Islam, News Commentry.
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The BBC reports:

Thousands of Turks have rallied in Ankara to protest against a government plan to allow women to wear the Islamic headscarf in Turkish universities.

Such behaviour from a supposedly Muslim country puzzles me. I’ve blogged about this in the past, when talks to remove the ban first began.

Whatever happened to free choice? If a woman wants to wear the hijab, she should be allowed to do so.  Forcing her to go one way or the other is just ridiculous, and if people have a problem with someone who wears hijab, then that’s their problem.

The government argues the ban deprives thousands of women of a higher education.

But Turkey’s powerful, secular establishment sees the headscarf as a symbol of political Islam – a threat to their secular way of life, and to the political system here.

Those opposed to the reform include the military, Turkey’s judges and university rectors.

They fear it is just the first step to allowing religious symbols into all aspects of public life.

It seems like Turkey’s biggest worry is that it will bring Islam into the open, though if they are so scared of this, one must question why they are called a Muslim country (if they do not want to follow the rules of Islam).

The day an American became an American Muslim October 23, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in General Islam, Islam.
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The American Muslim has a great blog entry about the day he became a Muslim.

Here it is 6 years later and as it was then it is still now. 9/11 is a day of reflection for me for several reasons. On 9/11 I found out that:

1: I really was a Marine

2: I was willing to die for my country

3: Islam is infact not only a religion of peace, but the truth

Most people have no problem with 1 and 2 when I ordinarily re-tell this story, but number 3 is always met with hostility. Without going into the story again as I have a thousand times, I just want to cover the main points.

Jazakhallah Robert for sharing.  It’s an interesting read.

 

Shi’ite Muslim TV station gets ready to open May 24, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in Islam, USA.
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Coming this summer…

Starting this summer, San Jose will become home base for a new Shiite Muslims satellite TV station.  Sharon Chin reports on the message the station will send around the world.

http://cbs5.com/video/?id=23332@kpix.dayport.com

Muslims well integrated into the US May 22, 2007

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Interesting reading:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6680939.stm

Rosie O’Donnell speaks out on Iran and 9/11 April 3, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in Iran, Islam, USA, War on Terror.
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Another excellent video, Rosie O’Donell speaks out on Iran, 9/11, and America’s war on terror.

The spotlight on an anti-war Muslim January 25, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in Iraq War, Islam, USA.
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Stumbled across an interesting discussion about the story of Faisal Khetani, a Muslim dude and owner of Discount-Mats.com, amongst other businesses.

An American soldier stationed in Iraq emailed the company enquiring about buying mats, to which an employee replied:

We do not ship to APO addresses, and even if we did, we would NEVER ship to Iraq. If you were sensible, you and your troops would pull out of Iraq.

This has caused quite a media stir, once it was revealed that the owner of the business is Muslim.  He was subsequently interviewed by some major news channels like Fox.

Since the the story broke, he’s has been getting thousands of emails, which is expected, though death threats?  Some people need to chill the hell out.

The story has taken it’s own twist in the blogosphere, with people looking into this person’s background, posting information on his businesses, family links, etc, and going so far as to tell the FBI and Department of Homeland Security to investigate this guy?

A Muslim who is pissed off at the war, like millions of non-Muslims, who makes his voice heard to an American soldier by refusing to serve him and making a stupid statement, has a few online affiliate-type businesses and a brother with a Phd in Biomedical engineering, is not suddenly a terrorist.

Then you have people like Resa Laru Kirkland, who is clearly pro-war, pro-Israel, and hates Islam and Muslims.  She emailed Khetani, to which he replied politely and made his case well.

I neither have the time nor the space to discuss Islam with you and I know that you are not the least bit interested…

I will say this. The political situation in the middle east and the Muslim nations is not what Islam condones at all. Our history has been been rich over the past thousand years where a lot of prosperity took place, where lands open-handedly invited us, and where the Jews and Christians lived in peace even when the Christian lands were not willing to offer the same.

The political situation of the leaders is downright un-islamic and many of them claim it themselves. They do not believe in Shariah and many of them openly claim communism and dictatorship. Even the ones that claim Shariah are not following it at all, as agreed upon by the scholars of Islam.

You have to realize who broke up the Islamic Caliphate and why they did it, causing dissension and separation for their own motives (The British). Ever since then the Muslim world has been in a state of turmoil but we are working hard to restore the image of Islam and the correct practices as peacefully as possible. There are million of Muslims and thousands of Muslim scholars who don’t agree with fundamentalist/terrorist views. Believe it or not many of these scholars are in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Libya.

Other than that, I as well pay taxes, stay free of committing crimes, and treat my neighbors with respect. As far as I see I have the right to be here because I pay to be here just like everyone else and so does my family. We do not committ crimes or injustices against anyone.

Amen brother, amen.  I’ve never met this dude, but I like him.

It seems very much like these people, are joining dots where no lines exist.  As much as we all hate spam, it is not illegal for a person to start and manage various websites to generate money from adverts and affiliate schemes; millions of people are doing this all over the world.

Neither is it illegal for someone to express their opinion.  We live in a nation of supposedly free speech (though some facts would indicate otherwise), and if someone is anti-war, it’s their right to express it, including refusing to sell to the army if they so desire.

No doubt, this would generate nowhere near as much interest if the business owner were not Muslim.