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Muslims and modernity

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

At Talk Islam, a great discussion has ensured (as tends to happen over there) about analogizing between Islam and other religions, especially when talking about “reformations” or about labels. Abu Noor points out,

those both within and without Islam that call for “reformation” are not
really calling at all for anything like the Protestant reformation of
Christianity but are in fact calling for a Reform Islam movement that
would resemble Reform Judaism.

He also proposes the term “Orthodox Muslim” as a better label for those muslims attempting to engage in such a process. The debate turns to the fact that Jews can also be thought of as an ethnic group in addition to a religious one, whereas thats not the case for muslims in the US (though in one sense it is a good approximation for muslims in Europe, on a country by country basis).


India lands on the moon

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is truly a historic achievement for India and the world:

first unmanned lunar probe has landed successfully on the moon, a
milestone for the country’s 45-year-old space programme.

The moon-landing on Friday is part of a two-year mission that lays
the groundwork for further Indian space expeditions, the Indian Space
Research Organisation (ISRO) said.

Madhavan Nair, the ISRO chairman, said that cameras on board had
transmited images of the moon back to Indian space control, the Press
Trust of India news agency reported.


The moon mission was launched from the Sriharikota space centre in southern India on October 22.

Scientific study

The box-shaped lunar probe carried a video imaging system, a radar altimeter and a mass spectrometer.

The video imaging system was intended to take the pictures of the
moon’s surface, the radar altimeter was to measure the rate of descent
of the probe to the lunar surface and the mass spectrometer was for
studying the extremely thin lunar atmosphere.

The Moon Impact Probe was one of the 11 payloads of the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, a space agency statement said.

To date only the US, Russia, the European Space Agency, Japan and China and now India have sent missions to the moon.

I think that somewhere, Kalpana Chawla is smiling.


Fisher-Price “Dawah Doll” brings the deen

posted by Aziz Poonawalla


Parents are outraged about the messages they’rehearing from a doll. It’s Fisher-Price’s “Little Mommy Real Loving BabyCuddle and Coo” doll.

Some people claim they can hear it mumble “Satan is king” in one track; then clearly speak “Islam is the light” in another.

The Associated Press, among many others, have investigated – here’s their report:


I’ve also uploaded the audio of the Dawah Doll to Listen Islam, for your listening pleasure. Wal-Mart has already pulled it from the shelves, but Target says it’s keeping it in stock, so tomorrow I need to go out and get me one of these babies immediately. Naturally, our corporate pawns at Fisher Price have been instructed to engage in taqqiya and deflect questions about the Dawah Doll:


‘The only scripted word the doll says is ‘mama.'” –Juliette Reashor, Senior Mgr. Public Relations, Fisher-Price

Well done, dhimmi! 

Debbie Schlussel is on to us, but no one takes her seriously, so no worries, the grand plan to indoctrinate the toddlers of America is proceeding apace.


From 52 to 48 with love

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is simply beautiful – a collection of photos between “52 blue” and “48 red”. There’s no better example of purple politics than this – and it’s exactly in line with what Obama has been talking about, about there being one America, and the need for us to unify around what we have in common rather than what drives us apart.

UPDATE: sore losers.

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