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Cats in Islamic Culture (Part I)

“The grammarian Ibn Babshad was sitting with his friends on the roof of a mosque in Cairo, eating some food. When a cat passed by they gave her some morsels; she took them and ran away, only to come back time and time again. The scholars followed her and saw her running to an adjacent house on whose roof a blind cat was sitting. The cat carefully placed the morsels in front of her. Bashbad was so moved by God’s caring for the blind creature that he gave up all his belongings and lived in poverty, completely trusting in God until he died in 1067 (oral tradition recorded in the late 14th century by the Egyptian theologian and zoologist Damiri (d. 1405)” (Lorraine Chittock, Cats of Cairo, p. 40).

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K-pop guide to Muslims: Animal Rights in Islam

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That’s Jun Ji Hyun and actress Jung Ryu Won dressed in green Rudolph the Reindeer costumes. Speaking of animals, people usually associate animal rights with hippies but there are many people of faith (hippies and non-hippies) out there who are concerned about animal rights and draw inspiration from their faith. Many Muslims like UMM lol Cats (see I told you not all of us are hippies) are also included in this category. Here are some references to support our position in Islam. Thus the beloved prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) stated “If someone kills a sparrow for sport, the sparrow will cry out on the Day of Judgment, “O Lord! That person killed me in vain! He did not kill me for any useful purpose.” (Nisai). The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever kills a sparrow or anything bigger than that without a just cause, Allah will hold him accountable on the Day of Judgment.” The listeners asked, “O Messenger of Allah, what is a just cause?” He replied, “That he will kill it to eat, not simply to chop off its head and then throw it away.”
(Nisai, Hakim).

Roadtrip ….

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I will be on the road for the next ten days so I won’t be posting for almost a fortnight. Wishing everyone the best of luck on everything. Next stop New York.

Merry Christmas

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To our Christan brothers and sisters Merry Christmas!

(By the way, that not me in the picture. The image is that of a Korean Movie)

Tis the season of Sacrifice?

Now that all three Eids (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) have ended we can now reflect on why do we Muslims (not be confused with Muzlums) have multiple Eids in US. Many people think that it is bad thing that we have so many Eids but I beg to differ. You see people, Christians have Christmas on only one day (Ok, ok, I know the Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates it on a different day.), Hindus celebrate Holi and Deepavali on the same day, the same applies for Yom Kippur for the Jewish people, even Atheists celebrate unbelief day on the same day (just kidding). Muslims just need an excuse to be happy so they celebrate more than one Eid. They just want to show everyone the festivities of Eid and spread the love. Well you see it is not possible to do so in one day. Hence the three eids. But I say why stop at three Eids? Muslims come in all sorts of ethnicities, languages, shapes and sizes so everyone should have their own Eid. In the end we may end up with a dozen Eids or so. But this is not a bad thing, all nationalities will have their own Eids and not just nationalities but districts and not just districts but even cities and not just cities but even neighborhoods. Oh wait? In large cities like NYC we already have that. OR on the other hand we can follow the Muslim version of the pope(s), the very excellent and authentic scholars from Najd and let them declare Eid every year. As the great Sheikhs once said, “All Muslims should be united, so shut up and follow me.”