“… by any means necessary…”

Excerpts from “What Went Wrong?”

Picture below: The cover of the book, What Went Wrong.


Source/From: Lewis, Bernard. What Went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East. 2002.

The following are excerpts from this New York Times Bestseller Book (and New York Times Notable Book). (I’m working on adding more excerpts.)


At the peak of Islamic power… Islam … created a world civilization, polyethnic, multiracial, international, one might even say intercontinental… [Islam] had achieved the highest level so far in human history in the arts and sciences of civilization… scholars and scientists in the Islamic world added an immensely important contribution through their own observations, experiments, and ideas. In most of the arts and sciences of civilization, medieval Europe was a pupil and in a sense a dependent of the Islamic world, relying on Arabic versions even for many otherwise unknown Greek works.” (pp.6-7)


Sunday, January 21, 2007 Posted by | 200 religion | 5 Comments

little mosque on the prairie

Thursday, January 18, 2007 Posted by | 200 religion | 1 Comment

wed.jan.17: “Food for the Spirit”


From: Ibn Hagmagid, Imam Mohammed. “Food for the Spirit.” Islamic Horizons magazine. January/February 2007.

Here are three excerpts from this article I read a few days ago. These ideas were pretty thought-provoking. I didn’t write my personal reflections on these excerpts, but I was wondering what you think about them.

1. This prohibition might seem odd, as usually we say the value of something is based upon its rarity. Since God has blessed us with an abundance of water, it would seem to be of negligible value. But is this the only way of looking at the world? Is a hug from a loved one any less valuable because we receive it every day?

2. Let’s always remember the true origin of our food. Treat the basmallah [sic] that we recite before eating not just as a beginning, but as an approach to eating itself: a spirit of worship and thankfulness that continues through to the end of the meal and beyond.

3. … when someone prepares a delicious meal for us, we often praise his or her talent. But how often do we praise God for the deliciousness of what HE has created?


Thank you, T.AA, for the idea of typing the text in blogger, formatting it, and then transferring it to wordpress. It’s awesome!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007 Posted by | 200 religion | 6 Comments

sun.jan.14: on the Qur’an (from AH)

Here’s a little something about the Qur’an, from AH. you’ll need microsoft powerpoint to open this. i hope it works. i’m not that great with links, so it might do something funny. Thx for sharing, AH.

just click on the following link. if you want to exit the presentation at any time, press ‘escape.’

Quran Show

Sunday, January 14, 2007 Posted by | 200 religion | 6 Comments