On the American Muslim….3/29/07…..

Tonight was an awesome show!  I didn’t really get to get into too much of my usual craziness, however, Masha’Allah!  Allah (swt) was definitely in control tonight, I got to cover interfaith issues with a good friend and Christian Pastor, I call respectfully Brother Bruce.  We talked about the ongoing Vatican dialogue about Islam and how in this 43 years of history and official recognizing and fellowship with Muslims, the Vatican may have laid the foundation for what we as Muslims, Christians, and Jews should be doing in the name of God and Peace.  I haven’t decided on next weeks show as of yet, but I really want to do a women in Islam show and cover some common misconceptions and falsehoods about Islam and reply to these accusations.   Be sure to catch me Thursday nights at 10pm ET, my shows are online and archived, so you can always go back and listen to past shows, also feel free to call in.

Peace and Blessings

For those who listened to the show, the links to the articles I read from tonight are below:

Vatican Council and Papal Statements on Islam

UK Muslim Joins Church for Harmony

Egyptian Christians Defend Headscarf

Tuskegee Airmen honored for World War II Acheivements

 

Dr. Blogstein's Happy Hour

    

Well, I was a guest on Dr. B’s radio show last night and we did the “guess the Arabic curse word” segment and I got to show how un-funny I am, as well as display my very poor command of the Arabic language.  Also, Dr. B tried to stir the pot by airing my comments against the “Infidel Radio Show” and unfortunate for Dr. B, instead of controversy, we turned it into a love fest. 🙂  Anyway the show was great overall as always, and I look forward to next week and well as being a guest (hint, hint).  My show of course “The American Muslim” will air Thursday at 10pm ET and this week I plan to discuss interfaith dialogue and reason in religion.

Dr. Blogstein’s Happy Hour

    

Well, I was a guest on Dr. B’s radio show last night and we did the “guess the Arabic curse word” segment and I got to show how un-funny I am, as well as display my very poor command of the Arabic language.  Also, Dr. B tried to stir the pot by airing my comments against the “Infidel Radio Show” and unfortunate for Dr. B, instead of controversy, we turned it into a love fest. 🙂  Anyway the show was great overall as always, and I look forward to next week and well as being a guest (hint, hint).  My show of course “The American Muslim” will air Thursday at 10pm ET and this week I plan to discuss interfaith dialogue and reason in religion.

"The American Muslim" Tonight…

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The show went well tonight….I think, but I’m definitely getting better. I talked about Hypocrisy in Religion Part 2, some interesting “Muslim” articles, and had an outstanding dialogue about religion and scientific thought. I must admit I was a little tired because I had my Kung Fu class tonight (more on that later), and I was a little pessimistic about the time change from 9pm to 10pm, but then again, I figured my 5 listeners wouldn’t mind too much. Lastly, I was a little depressed that Sanjaya is still on American Idol, even after that terrible performance Tuesday night, but heh, it must be the hair, and of course the little girl in the crowd doing her best Michael Jackson fan impersonation by crying, I was waiting for her to pass out and Sanjaya to put on a silver glove.

All in all, good show, all I need now is more listeners and callers, for those reading this blog that means YOU!!!! Support the show, just like you support the blog. Email this to at least 10 people or a pink elephant with yellow stripes will fall on your house, you will never be loved, and your phone will ring and a voice will say “Seven days”

“The American Muslim” Tonight…

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theamericanMuslim

The American Muslim
Dial In Number
(646) 652-2599

The show went well tonight….I think, but I’m definitely getting better. I talked about Hypocrisy in Religion Part 2, some interesting “Muslim” articles, and had an outstanding dialogue about religion and scientific thought. I must admit I was a little tired because I had my Kung Fu class tonight (more on that later), and I was a little pessimistic about the time change from 9pm to 10pm, but then again, I figured my 5 listeners wouldn’t mind too much. Lastly, I was a little depressed that Sanjaya is still on American Idol, even after that terrible performance Tuesday night, but heh, it must be the hair, and of course the little girl in the crowd doing her best Michael Jackson fan impersonation by crying, I was waiting for her to pass out and Sanjaya to put on a silver glove.

All in all, good show, all I need now is more listeners and callers, for those reading this blog that means YOU!!!! Support the show, just like you support the blog. Email this to at least 10 people or a pink elephant with yellow stripes will fall on your house, you will never be loved, and your phone will ring and a voice will say “Seven days”

My comments about 24 thus far….

At this point, I can’t help but feel a “little” vindicated about my commentary against the naysayers about 24 and their portrayal of Muslims this season.  I was convinced based on the diversity of Muslim characters as well as actually having watched all seasons thus far, that Fox was being diverse in their portrayal and wasn’t attacking Muslims.  I believed then and now that the Muslims that did come out complaining were off base and really protesting a non-issue.  In fact, this season thus far, has actually been very pro-Muslim in the way it addresses the issues that effect Muslims, especially in America.

24 oddly, in my opinion has been more political this season in how it addresses the many variations and diversity in the Muslim community.  For instance last episode: 7pm to 8pm, The character Nadia Yassir has been accused of helping terrorists, and the main reason for the assumption was based on the fact that she’s a Muslim.  This has been one of our communities greatest arguments and 24 is actually dealing with this issue.

My point without going too in-depth, is that instead of being so quick to condemn a show like 24, we should use our reason and patience to see what the show is really all about.  When we use our zeal and are too hasty in our words without knowledge, we lose and miss the way.  Case in point is 24.  As Muslims we should actually praise the show for addressing issues that are near and dear to us.  24 is watched by millions of Americans, many for the first time are now getting an idea of what its like being a Muslim in America, and the difficulty that presents.  We have to get to a point where we admit that Muslims are not all peace loving followers of the Prophet (saw), some of us are very un-Islamic, some of us are terrorist killers that kill Muslims and non-Muslims without conscience, there are also some of us that are patriotic citizens who mind our business, who work for this country, and are loyal Americans.  24 has thus far presented many of these differences in a way that we should appreciate not condemn.

I pray that on some level 24 teaches us a lesson.  Look at the Muslims who wrote op-eds, blogged, or went on TV complaining about this show, many of you look foolish now, especially in the eyes of non-Muslims.  I hope we learn from this experience not to always act out of haste and utilize patience.  Besides, there are much bigger fish to fry anyway.  I read a post on a non-Muslim msg board that said “Im waiting for those in the (religion of peace) to protest against terrorists and those whom they say have hijacked their religion”, they are watching us brothers and sisters, what are we going to do about it?

Are we going to continue protesting TV shows, articles, movies, etc.  or are we going to use that energy and zeal to protest those who commit Satanic acts in our name, Islam, and the name of Allah (swt)?  How can we expect non-Muslims to believe us and our intentions, when we turn the blind eye or voice to these fanatics that call themselves Muslim?

Just my 2 or 3 cents….

Why Muslims Why?

“Abraj Al-Bait” complex, located directly in front of the Holy Mosque

I was inspired to reflect a “little” on the commercialization of Mecca.  I read this article “Changing Essence of Mekkah”on Islamicity.com and I couldn’t believe my eyes.  Apparently, there are plans already underway to build a multi-billion dollar complex surrounding the Masjid that will pretty much dwarf the holiest site in all of Islam.  There will be hotels, communities, a mall, that btw will include “Western” conveniences like fast food, H&M, Lingerie shops, etc.!  How is this happening right under our noses?

Mecca and Medina for that matter, belong to all Muslims, not the Saudi Royals their friends and investors.  So what can we do to stop this?  I’m certain I’m not the only Muslim that believes that it should be stopped.  Mecca is a place of sanctuary, peace, and prayer, its  not a place of exploitation.  These “investors” build with false promises of making things “better” but the only thing their truly wanting to improve is their assets.  Im being vague on the details because I want you to read the article, but know that it is a major setback for Muslims who want to see the religion and the community renewed.  When you would raise a house of the Prophet (saw) and level mountains to build places for profit, you already let people know whats truly in your heart.

Brothers and sisters we have to wake up!  We are too busy fighting the Israels over Al-Aqsa, yet our holiest Masjid is being desecrated right under our noses.  We have to take care of home first before we can worry about the Israeli’s, “West”, etc.  There’s more than enough problems right here at home, as evidenced by the plans for the “better” Mecca, that we should not have to worry about others for quite some time.  If we turned our zeal inward just for a little while, just imagine how much we could accomplish.

If you want to read more about the plans, I found a message board that’s talking about it as well.