Saturday, October 29, 2011

Euphemism is Foggy

A Haji was amongst the collateral damage.
How does that sound.
May be boring.
This how the killing of a civilian (nearly all the time intentional) will be talked about by the US/NATO in Afghanistan.
Very sensitized.
The origins of euphemism might be in humane sentiments buts uses are definitely is the hypocritical realm.

Tip: BBC

Higher Levels of Satisfaction

One hideous thing that they teach in first economics class is that as the time passes we reach higher and higher levels of satisfaction. For example earlier only kings has the best cars now everybody can have them-they say.
As if people of 2nd century were less satisfied as compared to people of 21st century. In all probability the situation is other way round. (And why people have such a pride about their ancestors if they were a deprived lot?)

There are many damaging consequences of that simple economic dictum. One of them is applicable in the entertainment industry. (But first things first-movies are not approved by scholars as an allowed more of entertainment.) We have heard earlier about the concept of jumping the shark. We'll not repeat that here.  To keep the audience in the movie halls the film makers try higher and higher doses of the basic elements. Suspense, music, violence, tragedy, shock and adventure. Nearly all of them are suspect in the eyes of divine doctrine-if any one cares. To give people thrill there are the stunts-progressively more dangerous. So much so that deaths occur in filming these things. No body complains about them. It is taken as if there is no moral problem with a film that has reached you after some person's death. If a flight is hijacked then the airlines have an unwritten rule that the corresponding flight number is not used again. Very subtle action but it appeals to heart.

Trigger :  Stallone Film Mishap

Friday, October 28, 2011

Memories of Another Day

Demise of Shrilal Shukla brings memory of another Hindi writer who too is no more but he too gave the same sweet and sour sensation to the heart of your poor Alig. This was Shani. Gulsher Khan Shani of Bastar in Madhya Pradesh that now should fall in Chhattisgarh. In his Kala Jal (Black Water) he gave a flavour of Indian Muslim life that has still resonances in the corners of heart even today.

Sources: Google Books, RajKamal,

Royal Melody

Raag Darbari (Royal Melody) was the title of a Hindi novel by Shrilal Shukla.
It was an all round criticism of all those things that were wrong with Indian society.
Of course the things kept going from bad to worse.
And Shukla did not propose any remedy.
But this was an original Indian book.
For a book that came in late sixties of twentieth century (of course he wrote other influential things) his Gyanpith in 2009 was rather delayed but he did eventually get it.
Today Shrilal Shukla is no more.
Every one has to leave this perishable world one day.

Source : Gyanpith, Demise, Wikipedia, Royal Melody

Unacceptable Values

Islamic values are unacceptable to the west.
And they have been imposing their own values on the rest of the world-using the hook or the crook.
Here one of our western brothers is puzzled about a real life situation.
What is wrong if Muslims want to live their lives according to their own values?
Who gave the west the divine right to push their values down other people's throat?

Deviation as the Fad

This is supposed to be one of the (serious) predicaments of modern times. Take the case of satisfying ones physical needs through the same gender. Here is the horrifying scenario.
Some statistics about the Homosexual lifestyle

* One study reports 70% of homosexuals admitting to having sex only one time with over 50% of their partners (3)

* One study reports that the average homosexual has between 20 and 106 partners per year (6). The average heterosexual has 8 partners in a lifetime

* Many homosexual sexual encounters occur while drunk, high on drugs, or in an orgy setting (7)

* Many homosexuals don't pay heed to warnings of their lifestyles: "Knowledge of health guidelines was quite high, but this knowledge had no relation to sexual behavior" (16)

* Homosexuals got homosexuality removed from the list of mental illnesses in the early 70s by storming the annual American Psychiatric Association (APA) conference on successive years. "Guerrilla theater tactics and more straight-forward shouting matches characterized their presence" (2). Since homosexuality has been removed from the APA list of mental illnesses, so has pedophilia (except when the adult feels "subjective distress") (27)

* Homosexuals account for 3-4% of all gonorrhea cases, 60% of all syphilis cases, and 17% of all hospital admissions (other than for STDs) in the United States (5). They make up only 1-2% of the population

* Homosexuals live unhealthy lifestyles, and have historically accounted for the bulk of syphilis, gonorrhea, Hepatitis B, the "gay bowel syndrome" (which attacks the intestinal tract), tuberculosis and cytomegalovirus (27)

* 73% of psychiatrists say homosexuals are less happy than the average person, and of those psychiatrists, 70% say that the unhappiness is NOT due to social stigmatization (13)

* 25-33% of homosexuals and lesbians are alcoholics (11)

* Of homosexuals questioned in one study reports that 43% admit to 500 or more partners in a lifetime, 28% admit to 1000 or more in a lifetime, and of these people, 79% say that half of those partners are total strangers, and 70% of those sexual contacts are one night stands (or, as one homosexual admits in the film "The Castro", one minute stands) (3). Also, it is a favorite past-time of many homosexuals to go to "cruisy areas" and have anonymous sex

* 78% of homosexuals are affected by STDs (20)

* Judge John Martaugh, chief magistrate of the New York City Criminal Court has said, "Homosexuals account for half the murders in large cities" (10)

* Captain William Riddle of the Los Angeles Police says, "30,000 sexually abused children in Los Angeles were victims of homosexuals" (10)

* 50% of suicides can be attributed to homosexuals (10)

* Dr. Daniel Capron, a practicing psychiatrist, says, "Homosexuality by definition is not healthy and wholesome. The homosexual person, at best, will be unhappier and more unfulfilled than the sexually normal person" (10). For other psychiatrists who believe that homosexuality is wrong, please see National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality

* It takes approximately $300,000 to take care of each AIDS victim, so thanks to the promiscuous lifestyle of homosexuals, medical insurance rates have been skyrocketing for all of us(10)

* Homosexuals were responsible for spreading AIDS in the United States, and then raised up violent groups like Act Up and Ground Zero to complain about it. Even today, homosexuals account for well over 50% of the AIDS cases in the United States, which is quite a large number considering that they account for only 1-2% of the population

* Homosexuals account for a disproportionate number of hepatitis cases: 70-80% in San Francisco, 29% in Denver, 66% in New York City, 56% in Toronto, 42% in Montreal, and 26% in Melbourne (8)

* 37% of homosexuals engage in sadomasochism, which accounts for many accidental deaths. In San Francisco, classes were held to teach homosexuals how to not kill their partners during sadomasochism (8)

* 41% of homosexuals say they have had sex with strangers in public restrooms, 60% say they have had sex with strangers in bathhouses, and 64% of these encounters have involved the use of illegal drugs (8)

* Depending on the city, 39-59% of homosexuals are infected with intestinal parasites like worms, flukes and amoebae, which is common in filthy third world countries (8)

* The median age of death of homosexuals is 42 (only 9% live past age 65). This drops to 39 if the cause of death is AIDS. The median age of death of a married heterosexual man is 75 (8)

* The median age of death of lesbians is 45 (only 24% live past age 65). The median age of death of a married heterosexual woman is 79 (8)

* Homosexuals are 100 times more likely to be murdered (usually by another homosexual) than the average person, 25 times more likely to commit suicide, and 19 times more likely to die in a traffic accident (8)

* 21% of lesbians die of murder, suicide or traffic accident, which is at a rate of 534 times higher than the number of white heterosexual females aged 25-44 who die of these things(8)

* 50% of the calls to a hotline to report "queer bashing" involved domestic violence (i.e., homosexuals beating up other homosexuals) (18)

* About 50% of the women on death row are lesbians (12).

Homosexuals prey on children.

* 33% of homosexuals ADMIT to minor/adult sex (7)

* There is a notable homosexual group, consisting of thousands of members, known as the North American Man and Boy Love Association ( NAMBLA). This is a child molesting homosexual group whose cry is "SEX BEFORE 8 BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE." This group can be seen marching in most major homosexual parades across the United States

* Homosexuals commit more than 33% of all reported child molestations in the United States, which, assuming homosexuals make up 2% of the population, means that 1 in 20 homosexuals is a child molestor, while 1 in 490 heterosexuals is a child molestor (19)

* 73% of all homosexuals have had sex with boys under 19 years of age (9)

* Many homosexuals admit that they are pedophiles: "The love between men and boys is at the foundation of homosexuality" (22)

* Because homosexuals can't reproduce naturally, they resort to recruiting children. Homosexuals can be heard chanting "TEN PERCENT IS NOT ENOUGH, RECRUIT, RECRUIT, RECRUIT" in their homosexual parades. A group called the "Lesbian Avengers" prides itself on trying to recruit young girls. They print "WE RECRUIT" on their literature. Some other homosexuals aren't as overt about this, but rather try to infiltrate society and get into positions where they will have access to the malleable minds of young children (e.g., the clergy, teachers, Boy Scout leaders, etc.) (8). See the DC Lesbian Avengers web page, and DC Lesbian Avengers Press Release, where they threaten to recruit little boys and girls. Also, see AFA Action Alert.

The homosexual agenda.

* The homosexual agenda includes desensitizing the public: "The first order of business is desensitization of the American public concerning gays and gay rights.....To desensitize the public is to help it view homosexuality with indifference instead of with keen emotion. Ideally, we would have straights register differences in sexual preferences the way they register different tastes for ice cream or sports games....At least in the beginning, we are seeking public desensitization and nothing more. We do not need and cannot expect a full 'appreciation' or 'understanding' of homosexuality from the average American. You can forget about trying to persuade the masses that homosexuality is a good thing. But if only you can get them to think that it is just another thing...then your battle for legal and social rights is virtually won" (25)

* Part of the homosexual agenda is to get the public to affirm their filthy lifestyle, as one homosexual admitted in the October 1987 homosexual rally on Washington: "We are no longer seeking just a right to privacy and a protection from wrong. We also have a right -- as heterosexual Americans already have -- to see government and society affirm our lives" (27)

* Part of the homosexual agenda is to turn people from Christianity: "The teaching that only male-female sexual activity within the bounds and constraints of marriage is the only acceptable form should be reason enough for any homosexual to denounce the Christian religion" (1)

* Homosexuals knowingly lied (and still lie) about the 10% figure (i.e., homosexuals make up 10% of the population). As Tom Stoddard (formerly of the Lambda Legal Defense Fund) said, "We used that figure when most gay people were entirely hidden to try to create an impression of our numerousness" (17).

The true number of homosexuals.

* The Kinsey study of 1948, which homosexuals often cite to say that 10% of the population is homosexual, actually says that only 4% of the population is EXCLUSIVELY homosexual. This study involved a disproportionate number of people who had been in jail for sex crimes (hardly a random sample of the population). Kinsey also did perverse studies involving young boys and pedophiles. Information on Kinsey

* Current research shows that the true percentage of homosexuals is in the 1-2% range (15,23,26,28). Consider how small this number is when compared to most of the numbers above.

Homosexuals aren't discriminated against in employment, so why should they be a protected class?

* The average yearly income of a homosexual is $55,430.00 (most of which is disposable because no children to take care of!). The average of the general population is $32,144.00. The average of blacks is $12,166.00 (24)

* 59.6% of homosexuals are college graduates. 18.0% of the general population are college graduates (24). Too bad they aren't smart enough to listen to God. "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 1:22)

* 49.0% of homosexuals hold professional/managerial positions. 15.9% of the general population hold such positions (24). Where's the job discrimination?

Sexual Orientation

• A phrase that has come up recently in this earth is "sexual orientation." This is a phrase made up by homosexuals to try to make themselves look less filthy than they really are. The purpose of the phrase is to take the spotlight from what these perverts do, and put it on the notion that they are just poor, mistreated people, who simply are attracted to members of the same sex - as if they aren't engaging in activity forbidden by God Almighty. "Sexual orientation," as used today, has nothing to do with sexual activity (yeah, right), but only refers to who or what a particular person is attracted to.

If you think that people of other "sexual orientations" are just fine, let's see what other "sexual orientations" you would necessarily have to accept as wholesome and pure. If you're not going to discriminate based on "sexual orientation", then you must not discriminate against any of the following. Bestiality, pedophile, necrophilia., exhibitionism, fetishism, frotteurism, masochism, sadism, transvestitism, voyeurism. If you discriminate against any of these, you're a hypocrite. These "sexual orientations" are generally known as "paraphilias", and are mental disorders - just like homosexuality used to be (29).



REFERENCES

(1) Advocate, 1985
(2) Bayer, R. Homosexuality and American Psychiatry
(3) Bell, A. and Weinberg, M. Homosexualities: a Study of Diversity Among Men and Women. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1978
(4) Cameron et. al. ISIS National Random Sexuality Survey. Nebraska Med. Journal, 1985, 70, pp. 292-299
(5) "Changes in Sexual Behavior and Incidence of Gonorrhea." Lancet, April 25, 1987
(6) Corey, L. and Holmes, K. "Sexual Transmission of Hepatitis A in Homosexual Men." New England J. Med., 1980, pp. 435-38
(7) Family Research Institute, Lincoln, NE
(8) Fields, Dr. E. "Is Homosexual Activity Normal?" Marietta, GA
(9) Jay and Young. The Gay Report. Summit Books, 1979, p. 275
(10) Kaifetz, J. "Homosexual Rights Are Concern for Some," Post-Tribune, 18 December 1992
(11) Kus, R. "Alcoholics Anonymous and Gay America." Medical Journal of Homosexuality, 1987, 14(2), p. 254
(12) Lesbian News, January 1994
(13) Lief, H. Sexual Survey Number 4: Current Thinking on Homosexuality, Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality, 1977, pp. 110-11
(14) Manlight, G. et. al. "Chronic Immune Stimulation By Sperm Alloantigens." J. American Med. Assn., 1984, 251(2), pp. 237-438
(15) Morton-Hunt Study for Playboy (16) MsKusick, L. et. al. "AIDS and Sexual Behavior Reported By Gay Men in San Francisco." Am. J. Pub. Health, 1985, 75, pp. 493-96
(17) Newsweek, February 1993
(18) Newsweek, 4 October 1993
(19) Psychological Reports, 1986, 58, pp. 327-37
(20) Rueda, E. "The Homosexual Network." Old Greenwich, Conn., The Devin Adair Company, 1982, p. 53
(21) San Francisco AIDS Foundation, "Can We Talk." (22) San Francisco Sentinel, 27 March 1992
(23) Science Magazine, 18 July 1993, p. 322
(24) Statistical Abstract of the U.S., 1990
(25) "The Overhauling of Straight America." Guide Magazine. November, 1987
(26) United States Census Bureau (27) United States Congressional Record, June 29, 1989
(28) University of Chicago's Nation Research Corp
(29) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fourth Edition, American Psychiatric Association, 1994.
Source : SF

Coup and Coup

The blogger at many of the physics blogs are somebodies in their own right. For example this blog.
The visitor stats for such blogs do in a few days what the present blog does in a life time.
And if they can get even better somebodies to do a guest post it is sort of a scoop.
And if they do it again?
well it is coup number two. Sorry scoop number two.

Mechanically in Somalia via Ethiopia

The present epoch of time will go in history as amongst the most brutal years in the journal of of so called civilized behaviour.

When it came to the trajectory of a falling satellite then our friends in the US had no clue.
The same was true, of course, for SkyLab in 1979.
Same is true about the coming satellite that will fall back on earth.
Technology has made great advances.
And then they kill people mechanically-by drones.
Who'll will verify as to whom they are killing?
It is by now a common knowledge that drone victims are more often the civilians.
But our saviours keep implementing this hideous process.
The Judge, the Jury and the Executive all rolled into one.

Target this time? Somalia via Ethiopia.

Reality Sinking In

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said allowing Greece into the Euro Zone in 2001 was a mistake.

So the reality is sinking in.

Then there is another fact that can be included in the equation though people do not talk about that. European Union was created to off-set the unchecked, unwieldy and autocratic US power in the world-whether the interested parties said it or not in these words. When US beats up a so called third world country, an event that most of the time occurred of the screen, then it was alright. When it came to European people it was a big no. Some people are more equal than others. Now that the economic growth rates have hit the natural upper limits and have no where but downward to go even the pet hatred of Islam is not enough to keep the cohesion in the interested parties.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

How to Save European Union

Enough number of economies in European Union are in bad shape.
There are attempts to save them for they might take EU itself down.
The economies under threat are Spain and Italy. (Do not talk about Greece.)
The man that are still standing (actually a man and a woman) are Germany and France.
And they disagree how to to save the day.

Source : BBC

Zheng He

Another name for Zheng He is Ma Sanbao.
And yet another is Haji Mahmud Shamsuddin.
Was born in 1371 and died at sea in 1433.
A Navy Admiral like of whom the world would never see.
Contemporary of Christopher Columbus.
Made much more daring voyages than he more well known contemporary.
Why Chinese porcelain wash on to the shores of Africa?
Because it must have been lying of the sea bad from the days of Zheng He!
Born into the lineage of a Persian man he was caught in the middle of imperial fight and neutered at the age of eleven!
Strange are the ways of Lord.
He (not the English pronoun) commanded  fleets that sometimes consisted of three hundred ships.
Some of the ships might be carrying 500 people.
Once the total fleet had 28000 men.
Facts that send your brain into tizzy even now.
He (not the English pronoun) made seven significant  sea voyages and perished in the last one. He was burried in the sea. Decimated pirates. Delivered gifts to distant kings on behalf of his Emperor and extracted tribute for him.
And during the period of last journey his Emperor too left this world and the successor to the Emperor dismantled Chinese Navy. And even made all efforts to destroy any evidence of the past naval adventures.
One wonders why but then strange are the ways of our Lord Most High.
A two meter tall sailor whose ships made Columbus ships look like toys was gift to Muslim Ummah from Lord Most high

Sources : Wikipedia, UCLA, China Culture, China Page, NOVA, National Geographic, Time, Asia Wind,
 China Dot Org, Saudi Aramco

Finally a Good Blog

As we have remarked earlier Blogger has blog called Blog of Note.
The choice usually falls on blogs that discuss how to stitch a child nappy. (It was a sincere intention on part of your poor Alig not to be nasty. Sorry for the failure.)
But today someone there has hit upon a really good blog.
There are the types of things that engage your poor Alig.
Of course nothing on that blog is endorsed.
And to give Islamic perspective on everything discussed there is left as home work.
As we have said earlier-start a blog to do the above exercise.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Retirement of a Bomb

So the bombs also retire.
Even if these are bombs of nuclear kind.
US is dismantling B53 nuclear bomb. 600 times more devastating than the Hiroshima bomb.
And the dismantling is not going to be trivial.
The people who made it have either retired or even have left this world.
And the life moves on.
And, if you are interested then it is delivered by B-52 bombers.
These Americans ran out of creativity.
Luckily they did not use these monsters.
Thank you Americans. You are kind.

Source : AP

Save the West

Save the west. It might disappear soon. It is slowly and mindlessly destroying itself. Take its theater. This might be an institution which you'd not fear at all. This is the normal reaction. You fear a ferocious dog. You fear a lion, ferocious or not. But you do not fear a theater company. Except when the play being enacted is grotesque. Or full of depravity. This is exactly what is happening in case of the Marat-Sade play. In the name of entertainment and creativity west is using increasing amount of shock and outrage to relax-an obvious paradox but they do not know.

Monday, October 24, 2011

BBW

This is the abbreviation of bad, better, worst-to avoid a shocking title.
This is about one of the blogs on science that your poor Alig visits with benefit for the blogger there has a wide coverage of scientific outlets. This is a labour saving device. No one can visit all the relevant websites, forums, blogs, portals, bulletin boards to get the overview of the things as they are in your field. The blog under consideration obviates lots of hard work since the  blogger their scans enormous amount of web info -as is clear from the variety of sources that appear in the links there. And the scientific attitude of course is great. And of course there are some sore points also. For example an anti-religion attitude. In deed every one is of his own kind. Then there is dry presentation of information. This is usually an asset because technical things are always difficult to digest and any addition of chaff might hinder in communication. But addition of humour has been used as a great spice to wash out the tedium of dryness of scientific information by many bloggers. Finally the title of the present post comes from the fact that to begin with the blog under review has a boring template. Then it became slightly better and finally, the template at the time of writing this review, is the worst. Of course the good thing is that the blogger is not so arrogant and self-important as one finds just like the currency.

Dr Hamidullah of Paris

(1) The Wikipedia article
(2) Albalagh.net article via Ilmgate
(3) Amara Bamba article
(4) Google translation from Turkish on an Hayati article
(5) Article by Absar Kazmi
(6) Tariq Hijazi at Arab News

What is New Sovereignty?

Here is quotation from a BBC correspondent, after Chinese and Russian double veto against UN action in Syria, about the non-western countries:
In this sense Russia and China are staunch defenders of old-fashioned national sovereignty - perhaps fearful of resolutions one day being directed against them.
Now what is the new fashioned sovereignty?
Perhaps the sovereignty where all sovereignty belongs to the US at at the most US augmented by NATO.
It is so chilly to find such nuggets in the course of the day that George Orwell's 1984 prophecy does not seem to far fetched at all.

Turkish Earth Quake 2011

China, Iran and Turkey, amongst some other countries, have seen inordinately large number of earth quakes in last few decades. What can be Allah(SWT)'s hints in these cases? At the moment one can only say that there are only warnings in them. Indeed an earth quake is more than a warning. It is a decision. A decision of anger on behalf of Allah(SWT). The least one can do is to Repent. And then to start supplications for Mercy from Allah(SWT). Allah(SWT) does not punish those people who are supplicating for Mercy from Him. May Allah(SWT) forgive our sins. May He turn all believers away from sins. May He have Mercy on all those who follow the path of Guidance. May He make it easy for the people of Turkey. May our Lord Most High take the actions of R.T.Ardugan into account where he reached out to the people of Somalia in dire times just a few weeks ago. Accept o Lord these supplications in the name of love beloved Prophet(PBUH).

Celebrated End

Colonel Muammar Qaddhafi had a celebrated end. Celebrated by others.

And the end reminds one of historical process. The end seems to be the routine historical process being repeated for umpteenth time. But there is an important glitch. It reminds one not of recent continuous history but about two hundred old history.

Then there are the other questions related to his death. The fighters, whoever they are, had been making constant progress must have known that the former dictator had lost the bite. They reached him in a slow approach spread out over months. This means that the mob handling was not an inevitable out come. But that is what ultimately happened.

There were horror stories from his rule. A young boy appearing in the dawn prayers for few days was told to take life easily. same was the case for a youth keeping a beard. Clearly Colonel was not kind accommodating to young people turning to Islam. And then there were all the symptoms of a dictator. Consequently :
Correspondents say few Libyans are worried about the manner of their former dictator's humiliating end, which has been celebrated across the country.
And this tells us one additional thing. The people are thinking in terms of the death of an individual. That it is but there is another aspect. Nobody would like that this should be the standard way of dealing with a culprit however obnoxious. If people of that country are thinking exactly in that way then it tells us only one thing that they have not reached a level of thinking that they should. May be people will contest by saying that people of Libya never really got the opportunity to get trained or habituated to thing is a calm, cool, dispassionate and controlled way. This position is of course completely tenable. And the times are indeed such that the society under scrutiny is in a state of excited nerves. Obviously the only thing that can be said with some surety is that the events have been full of admonitions.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Ba Sad Saaman-e-Ruswai

Ba sad saaman-e-ruswai sare bazaar mi raqsam.
I am dancing in the open market with all the disgrace piled on me.
That is what we are doing at this moment.
Whether locally or globally.

A Taste of Count Down

This gallery at New York Times captures, with eerie closeness to action, the moments in the end game of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's rule.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mufti Shamoon Qasmi

No your poor Alig does not recognize the name.
This is the newly inducted face in Team Anna.
Those who are not from India would like to know that Anna Hazare is former driver from Indian Armed Forces and a current agitator against corruption in India.
His movement gathered lots of moment with very wide support all over India with many public personalities endorsing his proposal for a political ombudsman called Lokpal in Hindi.
Also there are very serious allegations about this movement. Allegations asserting that the movement is influenced by the right wing organizations of India.
And then there were allegations of no representations of Muslims.
Hence induction of Mr Qasmi is a news.
Here a new report.
Here is a comment on above report:
Maulvi Shamoon from Bijnor was my ustad when I was young and he has nothing to do with Muslim or Islam rather he is a tool of RSS.
The comment is anonymous.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Intellectual Gymnastics

Do you feel like doing intellectual gymnastics some times?
Here is one suggestion.
Start reading an atheist's argument why there is no god (he does not reach, as expected, but God.)
And then refute each and every argument.
And if you are not in mood to waste your energy then read the same author's blog post about the same thing here and read the reader's comments.
Then augment your acts by refreshing the same deep exercise here.
By that time you'll be ready to participate in the discussion that is about to start here at Sunni Forum.
A crucial link is this lecture by a Christian debater who has been sending atheists running for a cover.

Tailpiece: What is the active life span of a gymnast? Not the whole life span but the time duration for which he or she is in the gymnastic ring (or whatever that is called)? It can not be more than few years. People might spend whole lives in mental gymnastics and reach no where. A moments recitation of there is no god but God and Muhammed (PBUH) is His messenger might lead to once's salvation. The choice seems to be rather stark.

And the ability, capability, opportunity to do good deeds is from Allah Most High only.

Leave My Path

Hubb-e-Dunya Raah Se Hut, Mujh Ko Jannat Chahiye
Love of this world leave my path for Jannah do I want.

This seems to be a good motto to remember when the worldly affairs try to overwhelm us.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Raghuram Rajan

Raghuram Rajan is Prime Minister's economic adviser.
He feels that our formal education system is failing.
When you reach the top do you get disconnected with the reality?
That is why earlier rulers used to take rounds of their kingdom in cognito.

Source : The Times of India, Silicon India, The Economic Times

Making Hay

To make hay while the sun shines is an old European wisdom.
And the American inheritors of that wisdom do use it.
Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, has made an unannounced visit to Libya.
For showing support for the Libyan people and building ties.
Source : BBC

Spanish Nightmare : Economic and Social

For some time we have been hearing about Spanish economic crisis.
Now we discover a social nightmare also-a legacy of Franco dictatorship era.
Nuns, priests and doctors stealing babies.
Mothers living a life hell-a life of lies.
The stolen children, now into their beyond youth age, living life of lies.

Source : BBC

Virgin Galactic

Richard Branson is a lovely person.
He has that British charm about him and the American dynamism.
But his space travel idea, though exciting, do not gel.
Where is space in a triple plane that releases one of them at the count down?
It all sounds like air travel.

A Plot or Not

Did Iran plot to kill Saudi ambassador to the US, Adel Al-Jubeir, or not is the question.
Apparently the drug mafia is involved.
But the connection has a weak link. The intermediary is a careless type of person. Can Iranian operation be so sloppy?
Iranian president says that this theory is like the WMDs in Iraq.
Fingers crossed.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Yet Another Skeleton

Is there any end to the mind numbing news one keeps getting from the US.
Your poor Alig does  not have the courage to go through this photo feature at BBC about the state of children there.
May be you can.

Media Loses Objectivity

Dalit family embraces Islam, media loses objectivity

Mumbai: Mainstream media once again lost objectivity in reporting Islam and Muslims. A Dalit family of five living in a Mumbai suburb converted to Islam after studying its teachings. The neighbors of their community retaliated violently and attacked the family leading to a communal clash as the family called Muslim neighbors for help. The media covered the incident as a communal clash relying wholly on police version. None bothered to reach the family.

This is the story of a Dalit family, living in Valmiki Nagar in Bandra, a western suburb of Mumbai.

“We converted to Islam because of its teachings and we do not have any affair with Muslim boys nor were we forced to convert” said Harsha Anil Dagao, 17, Jagruti, 15 and Gauri, 13. These three minor girls reverted to Islam along with their family and renamed as Zohra, Sadiya and Iqra. They added, “We studied Quran and Fazaile Aamal in Hindi and believed that Islam is the true religion.”
“We have been brutally assaulted by the people of our community even Police arrested us for rioting but we will not leave Islam” exclaimed Zohra and her two sisters who were later released on bail by the court.
Dayawati Dagao, mother of these juvenile girls is also reverted to Islam and named Aisha. She was arrested too and granted bail later by the court.
Anil Dagao, the father of these girls, who was also studying Islamic literature converted to Islam after the incidence.
The clash began when the Dalit family who had converted to Islam were being targeted and beaten up brutally by their community people. Situation turned violent when a few Muslims living in the area tried to interfere in the matter when approached by the victim Dalit family.
But covering the incident, the media forgot the basics of journalism – to take the view of all parties. They relied on police version of the incident and published their stories. Here are a few.
Times of India screamed, “Affair sparks clash, 5 cops among 14 hurt.”
Reporter went on with his story, “The girl, who lives in a BKC slum along with her two sisters and mother, had a relationship with a boy living in the vicinity and planned to marry. However, members of her community had reservations and this led to tension between the two groups.”
Free Press Journal reported, “Cops state that the unrest was triggered after a blossoming love affair between a Dalit girl and a Muslim youth came to the fore.”
Mumbai Mirror reported, “Police say the cause of the clash was that two people, from different communities, were having an affair. When the girl's parents found out, they assaulted the boy. Later, the boy brought a few friends along and retaliated, which led to an escalation of tension and violence.”
Indian Express reported, “The clashes occurred when members of one community objected to a girl’s alleged relationship with the boy of the other community.”
No reporter even bothered to talk to the family and report their quotes.
Thirty people including 5 policemen were injured in the clash erupted in the night of October 7, 2011.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Not Chancellor of Cambridge

Mr Abdul Arain is not elected Chancellor of Cambridge University. He got only 312 votes. Lord Sainsbury is the new Chancellor. He polled 2893 votes. Brian Blessed polled 1389. Michael Mansfield got 964.

Source : Cambridge News

Justice K.T. Thomas

Here is what we see at the blog by C.M.Paul:
NEW DELHI, (John Dayal) – As a Malayalee who was also a judge of the Supreme Court of India, Justice  Kallupurackal Thomas Thomas occupies an enviable place in the Kerala Christian social pantheon. No one in his right mind will dare say he is turning senile. Far from it. That man of justice, and of peace, remains as sharp as when he was on the highest Bench in the land. It therefore remains a mystery why Justice Thomas, invited often by right wing forums in his twin identity as jurist and Christian, always ends up praising the Hindutva lunatic fringe ...
Clearly there are some essential gaps in the repertoire of Justice Thomas. No wonder it is difficult to agree with his second thoughts about his own verdict in Rajiv Gandhi murder case.Below the original India Today text is in black while the text in dark green is the commentary by your poor Alig.

Death sentence is judicial murder, says former Supreme Court judge K.T. Thomas, who headed the bench that pronounced death punishment to three conspirators in Rajiv Gandhi's assassination.
"Death sentence is no punishment," Thomas, 74, said. "It is a judicial murder committed with the protection of the society."

Your first action is in the right and the second one in the wrong your honour.

According to Thomas, world opinion is turning against the death penalty with more and more countries abolishing it.

We should be shaping the world opinion, your honour, rather than getting shaped by it.

"In India too the debate is active among rights activists, judicial circles and civil society," Thomas said. "But ultimately, it is a political decision."

And you have just sided with the wrong side. Coming back to the world opinion-the dominant opinion in the world is western. West is famous for its material, scientific, military and technological advancement. In military and defense related aspects it might be slightly advisable to listen to the western opinion but not overtly so. What Nazis did to Jewish population is not an example for any body to profit by. Hiroshima and Nagasaki are unanimously regarded as unnecessary aggressions for Japan was already on the verge of surrender. The next western military blunder was in Vietnam. There are not many people who consider US support for Israel as a fair thing. People were relaxed and joyed by Obama election because they thought that he'll reverse the Iraq and Afghanistan blunders. At this moment they have buckled in both of these operations. So even in military field the western expertize does not have the former reliability. And if your honour is aware of current western financial environment we can say the same thing about western wisdom in economic, financial and materialistic progress. West can not be taken as a role model in these matters. That leaves us with science and technology. West is the sole leader in these fields but not unchallenged. India itself is not far behind in any field. Japan is superior in electronics-and japan is not west. Not only China but even Pakistan and now Iran is nuclear capable. So no nuclear hegemony of the west. But even this is a digression. we are talking about moral values. And your honour should be well aware that traditional Indian wisdom is that in such matters east is the leader.

Whether there should be a death penalty or not might be a political decision but all of the input in this aspect has to come from the field of jurisprudence. Your point of departure, your honour, in this context should be completely eastern. And why do you forget that your own faith is eastern. The west has only done bad things to the message of Jesus Christ (AS). Later on, that is in present times, they have abandoned evern rudimentary moral pretensions. And moral posture is the one that is now called for to decide the matter at hand.

If he was against the death sentence, why did he agree to awarding death penalty to the three Rajiv killers -- Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan?
"Because I took oath to discharge my duties as per the Constitution and the prevailing laws," replied the former judge. "Whatever extreme may be my individual views, as a judge, I had to function as per the existing laws."

This is very honourable attitude, your honour. And you should have continued it to its logical conclusion. Your present sentiments have served only to make the picture obscure. We'll justified in guessing that the counselors of  Rajiv Gandhi killers will use your statement to prove that your earlier judgment was in fact wrong.

He said punishment had a three-fold objective: reformation, deterrence and retribution.

May be this is the public and intellectual view on punishment but this is not correct. The sole objective of punishment should be justice. Period. Any attempt to obfuscate this should be taken as an attempt at obstructing the justice and no body should listen to those arguments-including your honour. As a person who is identified with judiciary, and so honourably, your primary concern must be justice. Even after retirement. Politics is a reality but should not deter one from one's commitment. Clemency and mercy are very positive values and these should be left to those who have been assigned those facilities. That seems to be the current arrangement.

The rule of retribution -- a tooth for a tooth, an eye for an eye -- is increasingly considered uncivilised.

By whom? We'll tell you the answer. It is considered uncivilized by the west. Let us remember what M.KGandhi thought of western civilization. He thought that it will be a great idea. Kindly do not reduce it to a joke. Can we also stop worshiping the white skin? It is not very honourable thing. When shall we stop demeaning ourselves? If we copy them then we are likely to get similar results. They have near completely destroyed their institution of family. The social structure exists because of family so the western social structure is a chimera-it does not exist. In the justice department if we look carefully we realize that western society is not a very just society. We'll not go into details. Our hopes were that people like you will enlighten us on these things.

"Then is the case of reformation. If a person is eliminated where is the opportunity for reformation?" he said.

You'll agree that all the points (reformation, deterrence and retribution) might not be valid in every case (even if we assume that these three things are the motive behind punishment). So why insist on it?

Experience and studies have proved that death punishment have not worked for deterrence too, Thomas said.
He recalled the experience of erstwhile princely states of Cochin and Travancore where death penalty was abolished in 1940 but restored when they became part of the Indian republic in 1950.
Records show that there were a higher number of murders in the 1950s than in the 1940s when there was no capital punishment. "So the theory of deterrence is not valid in many places and periods", he said.

You can use sociological data to sharpen your judicial process but this is fraught with  difficulties. To begin with the argument does not sound very logical, your honour, that imposition of death penalty for murder has increased the number of murders. We are talking about a very technical matter so nuances might cceep in but this does not seem to be the point where it might occur. The argument is too stark.

He said the simple test for death sentence was visualising our own children in the situation. "Our children commit mistakes and we want to reform them through punishments. But do we want to kill them?"

Please do the other thing. Put your-self in the position of the dead. And that you or any body else can not do. If any body proposes that let do to you what was done to Rajiv Gandhi then it is unlikely that you shall agree for that. In fact the idea is very ridiculous. When you are the judge then call of the duty is to detach yourself from both of the parties. To put oneself on the side of the one or the other is a recipe for injustice.

In 1999, the three-member supreme court bench comprising Thomas, Justice D.P. Wadwah and Justice S.S.M .Quadri had awarded death punishment to Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan and Murugan's wife Nalini in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
Thomas had dissented on death punishment to Nalini while the other two judges were for capital punishment for all four.
Nalini's sentence was commuted to life imprisonment as President Pratibha Patil accepted her mercy petition. The petition was recommended by Rajiv's widow and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

This gesture of Sonia Gandhi, though very honourable one and heart warming, is not part of the process where you are in the picture your honour.

"I found Nalini was acting like a robot and did not know till the last hour that she was to kill Rajiv Gandhi at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu on 21st May, 1991." Thomas said.

After Sonia Gandhi's action this is not relevant any more.

If both Murugan and Nalini were to be killed their child would have been an "orphan made by law", he added.

Your honour is not applying clear thinking here. Every criminal will come to the judiciary and claim that his or her punishment be waived for confinement to jail is inconvenient to him or her. Every father would find it legitimate to kill other for law would not like to make his child an orphan.

With the President rejecting the mercy petition of the trio, they were to be hanged September 8 this year. However, the Madras High Court September 1 stayed their execution for eight weeks. The Supreme Court will hear a plea to transfer the petition on October 19 .
"It was my misfortune to have presided over the bench which gave the death penalty to the four accused. But I had to discharge my duties," Thomas said about the 1999 verdict.

What can we say your honour? You are muddying the waters.

"The debate over the suitability and ethics of the death sentence is picking up in India," he said.

It is strange that like many you too are aligning himself with the felons. This is not just and this is dangerous. dangerous to the society. You do not know in what position you are putting yourself.

The Supreme Court had deliberated the issue during the Bachan Singh case in 1983 and directed that death penalty should be awarded only in the 'rarest of the rare cases', he recalled.

It is true. The judicial system is not perfect-we are very unlikely to be perfect in any foreseeable future. But we must try. But what is unnerving is that the things are moving in the opposite direction. You are aligning yourself with that kind of line of thinking which is likely to sabotage justice. How did we become so muddle headed?

Thomas, a practising Christian, had courted controversy recently when he said at a function in Kochi that the "smear campaign" that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was responsible for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi was "baseless".

You must be very scared of RSS your honour.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was also present at the function. An alumnus of the C.M.S. College, Kottayam, he has often criticized Christian educational institutions "indulging in commercial practises" and has suggested that minorities should give up the special rights given by the Constitution.

Not obliged your honour. Thanks.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Occupy World!

The Occupy Wall Street movement has gone global within practically no time. Now we hear of 951 cities and 82 countries. We suppose the politicians are in for a rude shock. Several of Indian heavyweights are in jail- former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa being the latest one at the moment of writing. Is the honey moon over for the grafty people?


Friday, October 14, 2011

Q-Beziers

Another AP news today:
A high school math teacher in southern France sprayed herself with a flammable product and set herself alight in the schoolyard during recess Thursday, ... motives behind the incident, which took place early Thursday in the Mediterranean city of Beziers, were not immediately clear.
Saddening news indeed. And our advice will be the same again. The French government is going to deploy a psychological support unit in the school. This is good but what one must understand that it is symptomatic relief only. We have to work towards a society in which no body is expected to perform beyond there natural capacities and capabilities. Stop stuffing the idea into people's brain that there is nothing that you can not achieve. In reality you'll get whatever Allah(SWT) wishes for you-where you deserve it or not. And you'll not get a thing is Allah(SWT) has not wished it for you-even if you deserve it. That is life. Accept it and be happy-it will be like Jannah in this world itself.

Shape of Things to Come

Are the chickens coming home to roost?
United States of America, Lord willing, will go in history as the most rabble rousing country in the history.
This is the only country whose intelligence agency, the dreaded CIA, claims on its website that they take subversive actions in other countries.
Now subversive action might start on its own soil. And without any help from any body else.
The Occupy Wall Street people are thinking of civic dis-obedience.
Wait a minute-that should be our patent, that is Indian patent. There was a Great Soul, once upon a time, in India who used precisely the same weapon against the British.
This should work any time. If it worked once against the British it should work again.
But people might object that this time it is being used against the Americans of US type.
True but in reality these are the former British people only-even if there is huge admixture of other people.
There might be another objection. That British in India were the civilized British while the British in US are the former delinquents. Things like civil dis-obedience and non-violence work against civilized people. Not true. We'll again appeal to the philosophy of the Great Soul. Somebody asked his as to what he thought of western civilization. He said that it would be good idea.
There you are.

The Coming Disasters

Here is an AP news:
Errors by air traffic controllers in the vicinity of airports as well as incidents in which there was an unauthorized plane, vehicle, or person on a runway have increased sharply, a government watchdog said in a report released Thursday.
So be ready for coming disasters of a different kind-irrespective of the fact whether you are an air traveler or not.

One might ask what is the point of relaying a news about which one can do nothing. Well one can do some thing but the connection is a bit tenuous. Modern life style makes heavy demands on our abilities and capabilities. We are not paying attention. This department is in the control of psychologists, psychiatrists and psychotherapists. When people end up in situations where things do not work out properly then one of these people will suggest the following two things. Change your attitudes and change your life style. In change of life style one thing gets incorporated-knowingly or unknowingly. That is tight packing of tasks in one's schedule.
And this is accepted as a norm and normal advice.

Allah (SWT) says that in the alternating coming of day and night there is great lessons for pondering people. One of the implications of this is that a man (and indeed a woman) needs break in his or her tasks. This is what is not being incorporated in the modern attitudes, therapies and advices. It is true that psychology related people give advice people should reduce their expectations from other people. This is very well and this is very good. But there is no advice to reduce our requirements to essential ones. This is a sort of blasphemy in modern way of life. Apart from Islam no one is telling, advocating and preaching this dictum. Unashamed materialism is accepted as the norm, goal and the way of life to be pursued.

Since this sinner is among those who advocates finding solution to all of your problems in Islam it will only be natural to say a few words about Islamic attitude that is relevant for the type of situations that is the focus of this post. Islamic attitude is that high expectations (tool-e-amal) are bad. Of course you should expect only good from Allah Almighty. So Islam raises hope but reduces expectations.

And that is the end of invitation by the Praise of Allah, Lord of the worlds.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Who Was Dennis Ritchie?

There will not be as many people crying over his death as there were for Steve Jobs. But Dennis Ritchie was one significant contributors in the history of computers software. He created UNIX. Those who have lived in C-era, era of C language, can not forget the lovely book Kernighan and Ritchie. In a sense one can feel more affection for Ritchie for he was a person whom you were sharing with lots of people but not the whole world.

Corn Maze Happy Ending

After all.
The couple with a kid put an emergency call for rescue as the darkness fell in.
The maze was created with a maize, err corn field north of Boston.
The police rescue team helped them-though they were only 25 feet away from the exit.

Sources : (1) The call (2) The Maze

Here is a DIY (do it yourself) maze. And another one here. My intuition is left so we go right. Or is it the other way round?

What is Constitutional Monarchy?

It is western hypocrisy-if you happen to be in a hurry.
Democracy is a western idea.
And it has been trying hard to force it down the throat of unwilling nations for quite some.
Make the world safe for democracy-the western baby.
And it does not mater if the world becomes unsafe for its inhabitants.
They tell us that kingdom is bad thing. Every king is a dictator and a despot-that is the implication.
Another implication is that no king is capable of ruling.
Of course they are ever ready to make little bit relaxation in the rules-if it suits them.
As a result nearly every European country still has a King or a Queen or a Pope.
So there are constitutional monarchies. The country has a democratic government but it also is a kingdom.

The On Going Holocaust


The west detests comparison of the massacre of Muslims in US, UK, NATO operations with the holocaust but there is nothing with which one compare it. What can one say about mechanical killing? Here is the news about the latest happening. And the matter of fact is that:

The US does not routinely confirm drone operations, but analysts say only American forces have the capacity to deploy such aircraft in the region.
Moreover:
A number of militants, some of them senior, have been killed in the raids, but many civilians have also died.
Both quotations are from the same report.

The Latest California Shooting

This has taken eight lives and happened on a high end beach saloon in California about fifty km south of Los Angeles.

The US is a sensitive country. In their own matters only, of course.
So if two persons get killed, separately-in two distant states, because they tried to mishandle vending machines then their TV channels start showing Season 1 of Killing Machines.

Then shootings happen there. These are not as regular has J-Walking but frequent enough to be noticed by enough people as some sort of phenomena rather then (horrible) curiosities.

May be onlookers should communicate to them that this might have something to do with their life style. And a thorough review of their values is called for.

If a person kills an innocent person then it is as if he has killed the whole mankind. this is what Allah, Exalted is He, reminds us in the Holy Qur'an.

And then there is another Islamic dictum. When is trouble rush to Allah Most High. We humbly offer this to you.

Verily in the remembrance of Allah there is solace for (disturbed) hearts.

Jewish Holy Cow

Jewish people seldom commit crime.
... Ahem. This is the assumption behind the question put by Belgian P Magazine to Selahattin Ko├žak.
He said that Muslims are better integrated then Jewish people. He also complains that it is unfair that you can not criticize Jewish people without being accused of ant-semitism.

Source : Islam in Europe 

Muslims Speak Up on Dawkins

The evolution versus creation debate has this hideous effect of constraining Muslim social and cultural space.
The matter of fact is this that Muslims believe that Allah(SWT) has created this world including the living beings.
This is integral part of Islamic faith and belief system. Anybody questioning this or insinuating against it or expecting Muslims to agree with any philosophy or assertion contrary to that hit at the roots of their faith. Muslims have not been so vocally defending their position in this matter. So Richard Dawkins thought it appropriate to take a pot shot. (See here, here and here.) Now Muslim Council of Britain and come up with a rejoinder to professor Dawkins. Of course a single statement about a particular topic is too little a thing considering the massive communication gap between the west and Islam.

Via: Islam in Europe via Islam in Britain

Jurassic Miswak

Dawud Israel is amongst those rare people who do not push Macauley's philosophy into action in blogging.
And this is meant to be a complement for nearly all the bloggers with modern education are serving, though belatedly, the gone Empire in which sun found no place to set in.

But where did he get those Jurassic miswaks?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Currency Magic

Currency dynamics can be very fascinating. A couple decade ago one used hear western complain about Indian rupee. They used to say that India has over valued its currency. Now we hear the opposite complain in the context of Chinese currency. US Parliament passed a bill to impress upon China that Yuan has been kept under valued with ulterior motives.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pirate Action

The piracy scrooge was tackled the way it should have been. Somalian pirates hijacked Italian ship Montecristo. UK Special Forces storm it. Italian, Ukrainian and Indian crew members freed. Fate of five pirates in a boat who hijacked the ship unknown.

Sweet H. Obama

From a New York Times news analysis by Scott Shane:
The Bush administration, and even more aggressively the Obama administration, embraced an extraordinary principle: that the United States can send this robotic weapon over borders to kill perceived enemies, even American citizens, who are viewed as a threat.
And the whole world had taken a sigh of relief when Obama was elected as President of USA.

Muslim Population in Ukraine

Pew Research says that these are 393,000 Muslims in Ukraine.
Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Ukraine says that there are 2 million Muslims in Ukraine.
Which one is correct?
Like a woman's age (if we might use such a phrase) Muslim population of any country is a closely guarded secret.
Between four hundred thousand and two million there a difference of factor of five.

Tailpieces (1): How many Crimean Tatar Muslims died in of hunger and disease in Stalinist Russia from 1944-1945?
Answer : Forty five percent of them.
(2) Islamiyat  (Russian to English Google translation of a website.) 

Why Not a Blanket Ban

The internet service providers in UK, actually four of them only, are offering the option to block certain amount of content.
Good idea. Go for it.
Bur excuse us, should you not work towards a blanket ban on this scrooge?
Oh this is a matter of choice.
Then please make the right choice.
It is doing harm to society in incalculable proportion.

Begin at AMU? No Thanks

Team Anna excludes AMU from anti-graft campaign itinerary

By Faisal Fareed, TwoCircles.net
Lucknow: Team Anna has excluded Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) from its itinerary. The team was to start its anti-graft campaign in Uttar Pradesh from AMU on 17th October. But in view of the Sir Syed Day commencing on the day, the Team Anna will now start the campaign from Banda on the same date.
Earlier it was announced that Team Anna's campaign in UP will start from AMU on October 17. It was seen as a tactical move so as to strike a chord among Muslims. However, AMU has now been excluded from the list.
State Co-ordinator, India Against Corruption (IAC), Sanjay Singh candidly admitted that AMU is no more in the list of places for visit of Team Anna members. "The decision to skip AMU during the campaign in UP has been taken as AMU will be celebrating their founder's day on October 17. It is thus not possible to visit the campus for our activity on October 17," said Singh.
AMU celebrates October 17 as Sir Syed Day to mark the birth anniversary of their founder Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. Elaborate functions are held throughout the day followed by a dinner for everyone leaving little time for any activity. Sanjay Singh denied that AMU administration has denied permission to the Team Anna from visiting the campus. "We had not sought permission from any institution including AMU. When we have changed our programme there is no such permission issue," he said.
In the changed itenerary, Team Anna will now begin their campaign in UP from Banda on October 17. A meeting will be held in Banda at Ramleela ground. The enxt stoppage will be Lucknow on October 18 followed by Faizabad, Sitapur, Gorakhpur etc. Team Anna is aiming at youths and students for mobilising them in their anti graft agitation.

Modern Medical Sciences

There is enormous pressure by so called modern allopathic supporters to euthanize the alternative medicine systems like Homeopathy and Greek Medicine (Tibb-e-Unani). But what about their favourite system of medicine? Your poor Alig remembers the excruciating see-saw about harms or benefits of garlic. Every other quarter one will get the opposite news. Today garlic was declared beneficial for heart and after three months one will get the news that no it is harmful. same about salt. This sinner does not really know as to what is the current position of medical science about effects of salt on the health of our heart. Is it beneficial or is it harmful? Then there is the usual answer of the dentist to you-you have a bad tooth? Get it extracted before it affects the other in the wrong way! But excuse me please-you were supposed to treat it, no? Then there is the other standard modern medical saying-keep taking medicines and keep going on with life-no durable cure. We are living in the era of living on medicine. Medical sciences have made great advances.  New virus discovered. (We suppose these doctors must be celebrating after discovering more and more pernicious viruses.) This disease has become curable. Excuse me doctor-should it not be other way round? Should not an incurable disease become curable rather than curable disease turning into incurable. Apologies for the persistence but what are you people doing?

Trigger : Vitamins Risky

The Grim News of the Day

The financial crisis unfolding the world over comes out with grim news on the daily basis. Some times several times a day. Here is the current dose, may Allah (SWT) forgive our sins and guide us on the right path. The news is from UK but these are the things more universal than realized.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

USA 1957

From Telegraph.
Colour segregated education is unconstitutional.
USA, 1957.
To be fair it is a positive effort and is appreciated in spite of eerie closeness in past of what might have been the status before that.

A More Assertive Dawkins

Richard Alleyne reports from Richard Dawkins in the Telegraph.
He said that while he opposed faith schools as a whole, it was the Muslim ones that worried him the most.
That should be an honour Sir.  And again.
"Occasionally, my colleagues lecturing in universities lament having undergraduate students walk out of their classes when they talk about evolution – this is almost entirely Muslims," he said.
So what does it mean Sir? Hasn't the time come to take reality into account? It is not a faith matter only. There are enough people in the world who do not agree with your interpretation of empirical data.

Aziz Burney Under House Arrest

Group Editor of Sahara's Urdu publications Aziz Burney, an Alig, was under virtual house arrest for three days. Reason is that he wanted to visit the riot affected areas of Rudrpur in Uttarakhand. The menace of communal riots has raised its ugly head. After Rudrpur there have been two others reports of this scrooge-all through Urdu Rashtriya Sahara. Before that Gopalgarh in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan was in news because of horrifying police brutality. Aziz Burney, together with Navaid Hamid Sahab and Shabnam Hashmi, had managed to visit Gopalgarh and did what a journalist can do best-to report the news as it is. The consequences were for all to see with their own eyes. Whereas earlier police used to get away with whatever they wanted this time the whole police station was suspended, district magistrate and SSP removed, FIR's corrected and compensation for the martyred people was announced and the Chief Minister had to take an open stand against the administrative machinery. And when we got the news of Rurpur case Aziz Burney wanted to tour that place also but the powers that are in place were quick to act. So no Rudrpur visit for him, no going out of Delhi, no going out of house.

The Russian Commonwealth

Vladimir Putin wants Eurasian Union.
It will have Russia and former Soviet-Block nations.
Apparently it will be
"one of the poles of the modern world, serving as an efficient link between Europe and the dynamic Asia-Pacific region"
Sounds like Russian Commonwealth.

Now See This

Here is another shocking information from a columnist.
Whitehall's compensation payments to Afghan civilians killed and injured by its troops are doubling each year.
Let us disentangle this.
What is Whitehall?
This a road running north from Parliament Square, towards Charing Cross at the southern end of Trafalgar Square. This is considered to be the seat of HM Government.
What is HM Government?
Her Majesty's Government. Government of UK.
So basically UK's payment to compensate for civilian damage is doubling every year.
So let us take stock of the things.
We learn that UK has been paying indemnity to the civilians for the damage they are doing to them in Afghanistan.

Let us thank these kind souls for their acts of mercy.
And coming back to the cause, the damage done to civilians, one would assume that other countries involved in the action in Afghanistan might also be doing the same thing. Killing civilian and giving indemnity.
And the biggest contribution to this massacre compounded with kind charity must be that of US.
This should be a fair assumption.
And the mind numbing clause is that the damage is doubling every year.
There is killing of civilians and the rate is doubling.
The least one can do is to talk about civilization and barbarity.
And the concept of indemnity too has to be clarified.
It entails that the perpetrating party will not continue their acts of homicide and atrocity.
This is part of implementation of indemnity.
Indemnity is not a fee. It is more of a punishment. And it is not at all a license to kill.
It is not a hunting license.
For the actions of a single individual, or his group which has to be of necessity small, the west has been punishing a whole country-in fact several of them. Afghanistan and Iraq included.
One finds oneself at a loss of words-how many times can one use the phrase mind numbing?
For intentional targeting of civilians?
For Abu Gharaib?
For Guantanamo?
For musical killing?
For Bagram?
For trophy hunting of victim's fingers?
For accelerated killing?
For mechanized killing?

Vanity and Failure

Simon Jenkins does not mince his words. From a Guardian article:
The opening decade of the 21st century has been marked by two epic failures by the western powers that so recently claimed victory in the cold war; failures of both intellect and leadership. One is the inability to use the limitless resources of modern government to rescue the west's economy from prolonged recession. The other is the use of an attack on America by a crazed Islamist criminal as an excuse for a retaliatory war embracing a wide swath of the Muslim world. The decade-long punishment of Afghanistan for harbouring Osama bin Laden has been an act of biblical retribution. The demand that it also abandons the habits of history and adopt democracy, capitalism and gender equality was imperial arrogance.

Solution Islam

The farmer in Madhya Pradesh got a shock of life time.
While visiting his banana fields he heard the cries of a three days old baby.
Of course babies do not grow on banana plants.
The hapless child was burried alive.
Most probably because it was a girl.
No wonder there are only 920 females per 100 males in MP.
Well, if you wish, we may talk little bit of history. There was a time when in geographical location the same thing was practiced. Burying alive of girl child. And the problem was solved for ever. So much so that there were and there still enough women for some people to indulge in err, uh, ahem, ..., polygamy. Yes we are talking about Islam as the solution.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Amazing Knowledge of Technology

Step 1: Skim credit card details using a machine from a customer. (People hand over their card to you when you are a bank clerk, restaurant worker or a counter clerk, right?)
Step 2: Pass the details to the other experts who can make duplicate card using the details given by you.
Step 3: Use the duplicate cards to buy high end computer products (and who knows what.)

Simple, isn't it? Well technology has made great advances. BBC reports on a high tech crime syndicate.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Define a Physicist

A physicist is a person whom physicians hate for he nearly stopped them from being what they are.

Unenviable Physician

World is fond of the United States of America.
That is the country that has got the biggest shining of materialistic world can offer.
Indians are fond of it.
So are the Muslims. So are Europeans. Who else will you inquire about?
And not many people realize that the sweetness has also poison in it.
Only Israel can up it. They spy on US. US spies on everyone else.
And that is the simplest weapon with which it destroys its foes and friends. Pakistan is one such friend. Thoroughly destroyed from inside by the Knight in Shining armour called US.

Who knows how much eavesdropping does US do on others. But on Pakistan it can not have enough of it. That is what Admiral Mike Mullen was picked about when he generated the avalanche in US-Pak relations.
Now there is a physician who was employed by US to collect DNA samples in the name of running a vaccine programme.
In the days when the world thinks that it is an extension of US rather than US being a part of the world one has to be reminded that spying is taken as an enemy act by everybody. Including US. So anybody spying for US in any other country will be taken as an enemy.
In fact the treason charges are the worst that one can face in his life.
That is what this doctor faces now.
Let us whether US can buy him a life.
And there in is the devil and deep sea situation for US.
If they allow this doctor to face the music then they whole world realizes how reliable friends they are.
If they bail him out then the whole world will come to know how reliable a friend they are.
The conclusion is the same. Filthy wealth used as a weapon in countries with poverty.
By the same country that tried to use drug money to fight a war in Indochina.
Most developed nation in the history of mankind.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

France and Islam

The two things are not getting along fine at the present moment, France and Islam.
The ban on hijab can be cited as an example.
Now there is this study that in French suburbs Muslim are turning away from the state and towards Islam.
This is an academic study and can be used both ways.
One possible attitude can be, on part of the state, that the citizens are getting alienated and the policies should be reviewed so that corrective steps can be taken to address their problems.
There is one more possible attitude-the one that many would like to point out on the internet. This has been done in past also that these Muslims just do not want or can not integrate. There is no dearth of people who can quickly slip into homophobic attitude.

There is always the nation-state debate in academic circles and it has not been amicably resolved.
But there is a solution. And the solution is in Islam. A Muslim is supposed to give complete support to the state. This is part of Islam. Of course there is other side too of the coin. The state should give complete undiluted freedom for Muslims to practice Islam. And this is not such a horrific thing as the western society has made it out to be. It is really strange that a society is taking it really personally that Muslims want to implement Islam in their life. No, nobody is imposing Islam on others.
Thus if the Muslims are given freedom to practice Islam then they can be the most predictable part of the society-nearly mechanical and very amicable. Islam means submission to the Will of God. And this entails keeping any promise made with anybody-including the state. No nation-state conflict here.

Essential Darkness

Dark Energy is an essential terminology in the current developments in the field of astronomy and cosmology. And if an expert prepares a frequently asked questions list with answers then what else one would like to have? Particularly in the year when the related topic has been honoured with the Physics Nobel Prize.

Source : SC at CV

Good for India Too

The are doing it in Finland
Efforts are underway in Helsinki to attract more people of immigrant background into the ranks of police and firemen. Only a handful of non-ethnic Finns currently serve in Finnish law enforcement.
And this is not a bad idea at all for India too.

Love Thy Anarchy

What is anarchy?
It is absence of governance of course.
A particular manifestation of this is the gridlock. When different components of government can not come to a decision on a matter.
In US it leads to shutting down of the government.
Now Justice Scalia of US says that they should love it.
Whatever you say your honour.

Modern Neutering

For quite some time the west is subjecting itself to neutering.
Every western country is vying with other for the post of being the rape capital of the world.
This is also neutering.
What king of man will force himself on a woman?
Not a man indeed.
And this is true even if the victim is a man.
The reason is that man has been so brain washed that man has lost his manliness-even to defend himself is not possible for him now.
But we digress.
The point in focus is the report that domestic abuse against men is rising in Scotland.
Let us get one unnecessary headline out of the way.
This is one thing that is universal and nothing specific about Scotland.
And let us also come to the cause directly.
The cause is the the twisted western notion of equality between man and woman.
And let us immediately explain the solution also.
God says that man and woman are equal.
Hope everybody agrees about it.
God also adds up that man has slight preference over woman.
We hope that people are still with us on this. When you have a family then there has to be a head-we hope that people do not want headless institution. Hence when you have two contenders for the head post that are equal you need a tie breaker. That is what God has told us.
The problem that has been reported from Scotland is common to the so called developing world also. Like India. Though India sent the British home more than six decades back but white skin is taken as one of the 330 million deities. Even Muslims do not excuse themselves from it. They too worship white skin. And thus any western idea is taken to be superior to any idea that is their own. As a consequence India might have been the later arrival at the feminist scene but at the moment it stands shoulder to shoulder in this field together with its old masters-the west. And when we say shoulder to shoulder then take it to mean a notch above. India has its anti-dowry law (a draconian law enacted to solve  another draconian problem). The 498A of IPC (Indian Penal Code) has neutered many a man in this country. But it will take some time for the story to reach the news outlet. For now one can browse You Tube to see a bright young man reduced to throwing pebbles in water poodle  because his career has been cut short by 498A. And if one has fondness for female victims only then see the pain here and here.

Since the points made might get jumbled up here are these in a nut-shell.
(1) Allow man to be man (no aggression against anybody implied.)
(2) Allow woman to be woman. (No subjugation implied please.)
(3) White skin is not the epitome of wisdom.

Sizable Doubts

A large number of American people think that Iraq and Afghanistan wars were not worth it.
This is strange.
This might be thought of as a good news by those who resent US/NATO operations in these countries but US public is more focused on their own growth rate. The least that can be said is that these wars have not contributed to US growth rate.
Now a commercial break.
There was an American comedian called Grouco Marx. He said that if a black cat crosses your path then it signifies that the animal is going some where.
Break over.
Can one conclude that Taliban have single handedly neutralized the most powerful superpower (apologies for the repetition) ever seen by history? (See also this report on Taliban success story by BBC.)

BBC Knows It Now

That some fishes can jump on ground.

Never Slap a Troblemaker

See the soup this Mayer in a French town finds himself in.
So what if this teenager insulted the Mayer.
So what if this adolescent threatened to kill the Mayer.
Hooligans have their rights.
These are entitled not to be slapped.
What is this world coming to? It is no more safe to be a pain in your neck.

Steve Jobs No More

He was co-founder of Apple.
This is a computer brand with enviable reputation-people say that they just love their computer.
He died at 56.
Not a terribly old age to die at.
And he accomplished much more in that life than an above average person.
But he had to leave this world nevertheless.
One each one of us will have to leave this world.
When God asks us as to what we did in this world then?
Do we have some thing to present before Him?
Worldly fame an achievement are not the things that can be presented before God.
On the contrary these will be the evidence against you-exhibit A as an evidence of God's blessings bestowed on you in this world.

Beloved Prophet (PBUH) said that wise is the person who has prepared for the hereafter while residing in this world.

Source : BBC, New Zealand Herald, Guardian

Update: While preparing this post your poor Alig was internally irritated that now that this brilliant person is no more people will focus on worldly things only and will not receive any admonition and will take no heed of death. It was not to be the case. There are people who are doing precisely the thing that Rasoolallah (PBUH) said. See here and here.