Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Tackling Extremism - Doha Debates

Found this good debate on BBC which had penalists like Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Professor John Esposito and Diana Buttu.

Here it is (Press Play button below):

If the video does not work, the link is here.

The details of video says:
The issue of how to combat extremism and improve relations between the West and Muslim world was the topic of the second Doha Debates ... all » Special on February 28th, 2006. The event was part of the Doha meeting of the United Nations’ Alliance of Civilizations. Four guest speakers, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Professor John Esposito and Diana Buttu, answered questions from the student audience.

Fake paper detector

Lot of us have heard of some MIT students who wrote a computer programme to generate scientific papers. Their fake paper was even accepted at "The 6th Annual North American Symposium on Methodologies, Theory, and Information".

Recently researchers at the Indiana University School of Informatics have come up with an Inauthentic Paper Detector to foil it. You can try some testing on the system here.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Wrong guy interviewed on BBC

BBC mistakenly interviewed the wrong guy. He was wrongly identified at the reception for another person and was asked to sit for a live interview.

Here is his video:

He bacame an overnite celebrity, so much so he has his own website.

Unfortunately the 15-minutes of fame may come to an end as he may be deported back for overstaying his tourist visa.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Da Vinci code - whats the fuss?

There have been lots of protests across the world against Da Vinci code. Even muslim clerics have been participating in the protests. As a muslim, I feel the movie has denigrated the person of Jesus Christ (pbuh), however, it has brought up a positive message too. The movie suggests 2 main points - that Jesus (peace be upon him) married Mary Magdalene and he was not the son of God. It has brought the Islamic message across the masses that Jesus (peace be upon him) is not the Son of God - a message Islam has been preaching for the last 14 centuries. Here are some verses from Quran:

It is not befitting to (the majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son. Glory be to Him! when He determines a matter, He only says to it, "Be", and it is. (019.035)

O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His messengers. Say not "Trinity" : desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah: Glory be to Him: (far exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs. (004.171)

In blasphemy indeed are those that say that Allah is Christ the son of Mary. Say: "Who then hath the least power against Allah, if His will were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all every - one that is on the earth? For to Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between. He createth what He pleaseth. For Allah hath power over all things." (005.017)

Christ the son of Mary was no more than a messenger; many were the messengers that passed away before him. His mother was a woman of truth. They had both to eat their (daily) food. See how Allah doth make His signs clear to them; yet see in what ways they are deluded away from the truth! (005.075)

They say: "Allah hath begotten a son" :Glory be to Him.-Nay, to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth: everything renders worship to Him. ( 002.116)

According to christian doctrine, Jesus (peace be upon him) did not marry anyone. Quran does not say anything about his marriage, so either case should be fine to muslims.

Besides the movie, there are already many groups among christianity which do not believe in his divinity like Unitarians. No muslim is a muslim if he does not believe in Jesus (Peace be upon him). According to muslims, he was one of the mightiest messengers of God, but not His son.

Like the violent protests of muslims against the caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) - which I totally oppose - muslims should show patience. It is Allah who makes Truth clear from falsehood, not us.

Soon will We show them our Signs in the (furthest) regions (of the earth), and in their own souls, until it becomes manifest to them that this is the Truth. Is it not enough that thy Lord doth witness all things? (041.053)

AJAX - some helpful sites

I was searching the Net to find online tutorials for AJAX. Here are some that can be helpful for all those looking for info on AJAX... I feel this is a powerful technology which truly enhances the web experience.
Alex Bosworth's Weblog: Ajax Mistakes
Ajax Examples - Ajax Patterns
Edit-in-Place with Ajax (for My Notes)
Rico - web 2.0 javascript
AJAX Books and Resources
AJAX Magazine

Praises for the People of the Book (Jews/Christians) in Quran

Unlike the claim we often see and hear in the media that hatred towards Jews and Christians is rooted in Quran, I tried to compile the verses in Quran which are always "missed" by them. There are at least 10 places in Quran, where it praises them and consider some of them as righteous and they will go to Paradise. Here are some of them...


YUSUFALI: And there are, certainly, among the People of the Book, those who believe in Allah, in the revelation to you, and in the revelation to them, bowing in humility to Allah: They will not sell the Signs of Allah for a miserable gain! For them is a reward with their Lord, and Allah is swift in account


YUSUFALI: Among the People of the Book are some who, if entrusted with a hoard of gold, will (readily) pay it back; others, who, if entrusted with a single silver coin, will not repay it unless thou constantly stoodest demanding, because, they say, "there is no call on us (to keep faith) with these ignorant (Pagans)." but they tell a lie against Allah, and (well) they know it.


YUSUFALI: Not all of them are alike: Of the People of the Book are a portion that stand (For the right): They rehearse the Signs of Allah all night long, and they prostrate themselves in adoration.


YUSUFALI: They believe in Allah and the Last Day; they enjoin what is right, and forbid what is wrong; and they hasten (in emulation) in (all) good works: They are in the ranks of the righteous.


YUSUFALI: In most of their secret talks there is no good: But if one exhorts to a deed of charity or sjustice or conciliation between men, (Secrecy is permissible): To him who does this, seeking the good pleasure of Allah, We shall soon give a reward of the highest (value).


YUSUFALI: But those among them who are well-grounded in knowledge, and the believers, believe in what hath been revealed to thee and what was revealed before thee: And (especially) those who establish regular prayer and practise regular charity and believe in Allah and in the Last Day: To them shall We soon give a great reward.


YUSUFALI: Allah did aforetime take a covenant from the Children of Israel, and we appointed twelve captains among them. And Allah said: "I am with you: if ye (but) establish regular prayers, practise regular charity, believe in my messengers, honour and assist them, and loan to Allah a beautiful loan, verily I will wipe out from you your evils, and admit you to gardens with rivers flowing beneath; but if any of you, after this, resisteth faith, he hath truly wandered from the path or rectitude."

Allah asks the prophet to forgive Jews during his time.


YUSUFALI: But because of their breach of their covenant, We cursed them, and made their hearts grow hard; they change the words from their (right) places and forget a good part of the message that was sent them, nor wilt thou cease to find them- barring a few - ever bent on (new) deceits: but forgive them, and overlook (their misdeeds): for Allah loveth those who are kind.


YUSUFALI: Those who believe (in the Qur'an), those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Sabians and the Christians,- any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness,- on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.


YUSUFALI: Strongest among men in enmity to the believers wilt thou find the Jews and Pagans; and nearest among them in love to the believers wilt thou find those who say, "We are Christians": because amongst these are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant.


YUSUFALI: And when they listen to the revelation received by the Messenger, thou wilt see their eyes overflowing with tears, for they recognise the truth: they pray: "Our Lord! we believe; write us down among the witnesses.


YUSUFALI: "What cause can we have not to believe in Allah and the truth which has come to us, seeing that we long for our Lord to admit us to the company of the righteous?"


YUSUFALI: And for this their prayer hath Allah rewarded them with gardens, with rivers flowing underneath,- their eternal home. Such is the recompense of those who do good.


YUSUFALI: As to those who hold fast by the Book(Torah and Gospel) and establish regular prayer,- never shall We suffer the reward of the righteous to perish.

Islamic Arts Society

I have had interest in Arts since childhood. Just joined the society which also keeps a blog on I want to learn about Arabic calligraphy and hope I will get good updates from this site.