Saturday, December 27, 2008

Ali bin Abi Talib , Masters of the Path

Ali bin Abi Talib, "Masters of the Path"

The highest person is he who is of most use to humankind.

Ali bin Abi Talib , Masters of the Path

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hadith

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Anyone who has enough food for two (people), let them invite a third (to eat). And anyone who has food for four, let them invite a fifth or a sixth."
The Prophet also said: "Those whose holdings exceed their needs, let them support the one whose holdings do not (meet their needs). And those whose food exceeds their needs, let them share it with those who does not have food."
Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 93C

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Crows part 3

The C.S.S. Azizur Rahman’s diplomatic officer Sohaib Sultan smiled nervously as his dark brown eyes darted about the room as he addressed the captain.
“They have agreed to speak to us sir.” Said Sohaib quickly.

“Now, I have been told that there are several factions, so by they; you mean who?” asked the captain quietly hoping that Sohaib would calm down.
Standing next to each other it was obvious that the golden brown skinned captain Hosseine was about ten centimeters taller than the olive complexioned commander Sohaib.

“The queen of the Red Crows, Queen Jenny Nimmo. They contacted us not long after we slid into the star system. Our intelligence tells us that they are an English speaking multi-ethnic colony originally sent out by the United Kingdom or Great Britain as it is also referred to back on earth. I am suggesting that all the members of the contact team be armed sir. For what we have been able to assertion these crows form alliances and break them regularly. Being able to deceive your enemy is a virtue among them. Even the way they all call each other crow has a rather unpleasant foreboding.”

“How do you mean?”

“What do you call a group of crows in English sir?”

Captain Hosseini raised an eyebrow questioningly a puzzled look on his face.

“A murder.”

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

crows part two

Sohaib Sultan felt as if he had been training to be a diplomat his whole life. He had gone to a French immersion elementary school and had taken English in high school. While getting his bachelors, a double degree in anthropology and sociology, he had taken several semesters of mandarin. A year of study on Camelot and his PhD in International affairs before he joined the confederate navy got him his diplomatic officers’ commission. And yet from reading the decoded transmissions, he felt that the best diplomatic tool the captain was going to have at his disposal would be the seven missile tubes and the 400 Jezzail missiles.


Queen Jenny Nimmo of the red crows listened to her right hand Sir Eoin Colfrey as he explained about the aliens or as he corrected not aliens but other humans, humans from another star system. He urged her to open negations with them right away and before there dreaded enemy the white crow or even one of the other factions did. By creating an alliance with this new element he told her, who knew what new weapons or defense systems they might get a hold of to use against the other factions.

Baron Paul Stewart, the left hand of the queen, told her that if they were to gain such weapon marvels the outsiders were sure to have, that they could bring about the fabled United Kingdom. Queen Nimmo knew the stories of the Mythological United Kingdom, she had heard them her whole life. The colony ark had brought them to this star system only to discover that the world they had thought of settling was poisonous. The people were a united kingdom; Queen Nimmo had some of the antiques from the supplies the original settlers had brought with them that bore this motto, but there had been dissenters among them.

The original colonist had voted to leave this star system to look for a new world but the dissenters sabotaged the ship and they were all stranded. From that the United Kingdom dissolved and the different groups arose. The white crows, the black crows, the sun crows, the war crows, the night crows and her own glorious group the red crows. She dreamed of the day she would united all of the crows and lead them out of that which the first red crow queen had described as their own little purgatory.

Queen Jenny looking down from her thrown informed Sir Eoin the right hand of the queen that she would meet with the ambassador of these confederates.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Monday, December 01, 2008

Crows part 1

The C.S.S. Azizur Rahman’s 1st officer Abdullah Yusef Ali, looking sharp in his new forest green uniform and wrap around data glasses, informed the captain that the engine room had stated that worm hole drive was ready and charged. The men on the bridge all looked anxiously to the captain awaiting his orders. They all knew that the Astronomy fellows at explorer command gave them a 90% probability of discovering a life supporting planet in the star system they were about to slide into.

"Let us go see what no other man’s eyes have ever gazed upon, " said Captain Khaled Hosseni, a large man with golden brown skin and dark piercing eyes which had the ability to look right through a man to his core, "engage the worm drive."

Within minuets the C.S.S. Azizur Rahman had slid into the outer fringes of the new star system. With the speed and efficiency of the well trained crew that they were, the men and women of the C.S.S. Azizur Rahman quickly down to the business of exploring a new and uncharted Star system. A shabash probe was launched to get a look at the area of space on the other side of the sun.

The Sensors Officer one of the older men on board, began conducting a detailed spectral scan of the nearest frozen world in hopes of finding valuable resources. Meanwhile three Jao class probes were launched towards the 4th planet from the sun , which they suspected of being able to sustain life.

It was the communication chief who made the discovery that the star system was already inhabited as he realized that what at first had seemed to be a lot of background radio noise was in fact encrypted radio messages being broadcasted through out the star system. He immediately notified the captain and the diplomatic officer. Afterwards the communications chief Taufik Zahid, a very efficient man from New Malaysia, started running the encrypted messages through the standard decryption programs as well as a few that he had designed himself. His wide brown face broke into a grin as he leaned back into the molded plastic chair, this mission was just starting and already it was very interesting.

Captain Khaled Hosseini did not simply have a cloud of gloom over his head, he had a full blown hurricane of gloom over him. He had left on an exploration mission, being told that there was a 90% probability that there was a planet in the star system that could sustain human life. Meaning he was going to be naming the world , its’ continents and seas something he had looked forward to; to being informed by his 1st officer that the 4th planet had to much background radiation, to much volcanic activity and not enough oxygen. Through 1st officer’s team assured him in 10 or 20 million years the planet would be ready for terraforming.

On top of this he is informed that the star system is actually inhabited already by humans. Which according to chief Zahid who had decoded the messages and the diplomatic officer seemed to be divided up into approximately 7 different factions that were all at war with one another. He told them that by Asr to have a full briefing prepared for the senior officers.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Lost spider

Astronauts were hunting for a missing party guest as they prepared to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the International Space Station.
One of two spiders sent to the orbiting laboratory aboard the space shuttle Endeavour last week was added to the lost property list after the crew checked its tank and found it empty.
Anxious to quash fears that the absent arachnid may be marauding around the space station, Nasa managers insisted that the second orb-weaver was not exactly lost, it just couldn’t be found.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

India celebrates planting its flag on moon

India rejoiced Saturday at joining an elite club by planting its flag on the moon as the country's space agency released the first pictures of the cratered surface taken by its maiden lunar mission.
A probe sent late Friday from the orbiting mother spacecraft took pictures and gathered other data India needs for a future moon landing as it plummeted to a crash-landing at the moon's south pole, said Indian Space Research Organization spokesman B.R. Guruprasad.
The box-shaped probe was painted with India's saffron, white and green flag, sparking celebrations in the country that is striving to become a world power.
"The tricolor has landed," the Hindustan Times said in a banner headline, while The Asian Age proclaimed "India is big cheese."
As India's economy has boomed in recent years, it has sought to convert its newfound wealth — built on the nation's high-tech sector — into political and military clout. The moon mission comes just months after it finalized a deal with the United States that recognizes India as a nuclear power, and leaders hope the mission will further enhance its prestige.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081115/ap_on_re_as/as_india_moon_mission;_ylt=AkBDC2rolxKjkw1TWQekR3YPLBIF

Friday, November 14, 2008

Abu’l-Fayd al-Misri The Kashf al-Mahjub

Abu’l-Fayd al-Misri, "The Kashf al-Mahjub"

When Moses conversed with God, he asked, "Lord, where shall I seek You?"
God answered, "Among the brokenhearted."
Moses continued, "But, Lord, no heart could be more despairing than mine."
And God replied, "Then I am where you are."

Abu’l-Fayd al-Misri , The Kashf al-Mahjub

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

NASA says Phoenix Mars mission has ended

Today we mourn for the Phoenix mars probe.

LOS ANGELES – NASA on Monday declared an end to the Phoenix mission, some five months after the spacecraft became the first to land in Mars' arctic plains and taste water on another planet. Mission engineers have not heard from the Phoenix lander in over a week. It fell silent shortly after a raging dust storm blocked sunlight from reaching its solar panels.
Although ground controllers will direct two satellites orbiting Mars to listen for Phoenix for several more weeks, the chances that it will respond are slim.
"We are actually ceasing operations, declaring an end of mission operations at this point," said project manager Barry Goldstein of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which managed the $475 million mission.
Phoenix's demise was predicted. Unlike its hardy twin rover cousins Spirit and Opportunity, which are approaching their fifth year near the red planet's more hospitable equatorial region, Phoenix's days were numbered from the outset. With sunlight waning and winter encroaching the arctic plains, scientists had said it was a matter of time before Phoenix would freeze to death.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081111/ap_on_sc/phoenix_mars;_ylt=ArDZLod.C1EUZJ6nKKXWYY0PLBIF

Friday, November 07, 2008

Quran

Luqman 31:18-19

Do not treat people with contempt, nor walk insolently on the earth. Allah does not love the arrogant or the self-conceited boaster. Be modest in your bearing and subdue your voice, for the most unpleasant of voices is the braying of the ass.
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Luqman 31:18-19

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Hadith

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Ahd’Allah bin Mas’ud

Allah loves those who sacrifice their repose and arise in the depths of the night to glorify the word of their Lord; those who give in charity without making their identity public; and those who uphold their ranks even when their companions have been overcome.
The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Ahd’Allah bin Mas’ud

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Vote

went and voted first thing this morning, waited an hour to vote. course drove by the place after 9:30 am and it is almost empty, apparently everyone went to vote before work;the polls opened at 6am. Well if you have not gone to vote yet go and vote now. no really stop reading this and go and Vote.

Monday, November 03, 2008

AL-MAEDA THE TABLE , THE TABLE SPREAD 5:100

"Say: 'Bad and good are not equal, even though the abundance of the bad may dazzle you; so be conscious of God, O people of understanding, that you may prosper.'"

The Noble Quran, 5:100
AL-MAEDA THE TABLE , THE TABLE SPREAD

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Hadith

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

The search of knowledge is an obligation laid on every Muslim.

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

Monday, October 27, 2008

red crow fighters

I made this video of red crow fighters attacking a white crow instalation to go with a story i am working on hope that you like it.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

India Moon Launch a success

NEW DELHI (AFP) – India's first moon mission not only makes it a serious player in space exploration but also holds the prospect of a bigger slice of the lucrative satellite launch market, analysts say.
The country staged a flawless launch Wednesday of its first unmanned lunar orbiting spacecraft Chandrayaan-1 -- the Sanskrit word for Moon Craft -- with an Indian-built rocket from its southeastern coast.
"The launch has considerable political significance as it's an assertion of India's credibility in the area of space exploration," said New Delhi-based strategic analyst Uday Bhaskar.
If all goes to plan, the 1.5-tonne satellite should be flying over the pockmarked lunar surface November 11. It's being sent on a two-year mission to map in-depth the moon's topography and its mineral and chemical properties.
The launch, greeted with chest-thumping patriotism, "demonstrated the nation's growing technological potential," said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
India sees the space journey as further boosting its diplomatic weight in the wake of the recent deal on civilian atomic cooperation with the United States that ended its nuclear pariah status.
The main exploration goal of the thrifty lunar mission -- it cost just 79 million dollars, less than half that of similar expeditions by other countries -- is to assess and map lunar mineral resources, Indian officials say.
India aims to launch the first Indian into space by 2014 and maybe to put a man on the moon by 2020.
Indian Space Research Organisation head G. Madhavan Nair has said the current mission will "unravel the mystery of the moon." But some analysts argue that enhanced global status was a far stronger motive.
"It's a moustache kind of thing -- and moustache matters," said Jane's Defence Weekly analyst Rahul Bedi, referring to India's national pride.
Asian nations have recently been at the forefront of space exploration -- a field that was previously dominated by the United States, Russia and the European Space Agency.
China, whose space programme is far more advanced than India's, was the first Asian nation five years ago to put its astronauts into space and last month staged a much publicised space walk.
"They (the Indians) are not going to add very much to what is already known," Bedi said.
But the mission represents "a technological evolution of the whole space programme in India. At the same time, India is very competitive in launching satellites and it further cements that reputation," Bedi said.
Initially set up to carry out scientific research, the space research organisation now also earns money from commercial launches with the global market worth an estimated 2.5 billion dollars a year.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20081023/wl_sthasia_afp/indiaspacemoon;_ylt=Ap0mx5N8hu.KbQj9VwYx_zgPLBIF

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hadith

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Al-Zubayr bin al-Awwam

When a person wakes up in the early hours of dawn, an angel proclaims, "Glorify the Lord, Most Holy!"

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Al-Zubayr bin al-Awwam

Friday, October 17, 2008

Hadith

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Wa'silah bin al-Asqa'a

When you see the misfortune of your brother, do not rejoice, for Allah may save him and afflict you with the same misfortune.

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Wa'silah bin al-Asqa'a

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hadith

Narrated Abu Sufyan:

That Heraclius sent for him and said, "What did he, i.e. the Prophet order you?" I replied, "He orders us to offer prayers; to give alms; to be chaste; and to keep good relations with our relatives.

Friday, October 10, 2008

quote

"When I feed the poor, they call me a saint, but when I ask why the poor are hungry, they call me a communist." -- Dom Helder Camara

I just really like that quote.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Hadith

The Prophet Muhammad, as reported by Abd’Allah bin Amr

Worship the Merciful, feed the hungry, and spread peace. You shall then enter Paradise in peace.

The Prophet Muhammad, as reported by Abd’Allah bin Amr

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Jarin Hopper of High Qinghai.



The Jarin hopper is a herbivore from High Qinghai is impossible to take by surprise as it sees in all directions.
The fact is that as most of the large life forms on High Qinghai
are legless The Jarin hopper is one of the faster species on the planet. It gets up to 1 meter tall and wieghs about
50 kilograms. while they do travel in groups of 25 to one hundred members while grazing they like to spread out
with about 40 to hundred meters apart. coming together only at night to form a circle around the young.
they live for approximatly 30 years, and bear live young, usually only one but on rare occasions two.
they begin to breed at 5 years of age. They will surround one of their own if it falls down as a Jarin Hopper
on its side must struggle to bring itself upright.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Qushayri al-Risalat al-Qushayriyya

Qushayri, "al-Risalat al-Qushayriyya"

"Should I tether my camel or trust in God alone?" a man asked the Prophet. "First tether your camel, then trust in God," the Prophet replied.

Qushayri al-Risalat al-Qushayriyya

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Chinese space walk

BEIJING - A Chinese astronaut on Saturday performed the nation's first-ever spacewalk, the latest milestone in an ambitious program that is increasingly rivaling the United States and Russia in its rapid expansion.

Mission commander Zhai Zhigang floated out of the orbiter module's hatch in the spacewalk, shown live on state broadcaster CCTV. Tethered to handles attached to the Shenzhou 7 ship's orbital module's exterior, Zhai remained outside for about 13 minutes before climbing back inside and closing the hatch behind him.
"Shenzhou 7 has left the module, physically feel very good. Greetings to all the people of the nation and all the people of the world," Zhai said.
Fellow astronaut Liu Boming also emerged briefly from the capsule to hand Zhai a Chinese flag that he waved for an exterior camera filming the event. The third crew member, Jing Haipeng, monitored the ship from inside the re-entry module
The successful spacewalk paves the way for assembling a space station from two Shenzhou orbital modules, the next major goal of China's manned spaceflight program. China is also pursuing lunar exploration and may attempt to land a man on the moon in the next decade.
China launched its first manned mission, Shenzhou 5, in 2003, followed by a two-man mission in 2005.
Since blasting off from their northwestern China launch base on Friday, the astronauts had been largely occupied with preparing the suits and adapting to zero gravity. Meals aboard the craft have followed a typical Chinese menu, featuring versions of kung pao chicken, shrimp and dried fruit, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080927/ap_on_re_as/as_china_space

Friday, September 26, 2008

News From Mars

A NASA probe has spotted hundreds of small surface fractures near Mars' equator that may have acted as underground natural plumbing to channel groundwater billions of years ago.

Geologists compare the fractures in the sandstone rock deposits on Mars to features called deformation bands on Earth, which can arise from the influence of groundwater in the underground bedrock. The bands and faults have strong influences on groundwater movement on Earth, and seem to have played the same role on Mars. Other research has examined how surface water from rain or snow shaped the planet surface, but many agree that groundwater has an equally important influence.
"Groundwater often flows along fractures such as these, and knowing that these are deformation bands helps us understand how the underground plumbing may have worked within these layered deposits," said Chris Okubo, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, Ariz. who headed up a new study of the Martian fractures.
The observations, made by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), showed how water has already changed the color and texture of the Martian sandstone along the fractures. Okubo's report on the finding is detailed online this month in the journal Geological Society of America Bulletin.
"This study provides a picture of not just surface water erosion, but true groundwater effects widely distributed over the planet," said Suzanne Smrekar, deputy project scientist for MRO at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., who was not part of the study. "Groundwater movement has important implications for how the temperature and chemistry of the crust have changed over time, which in turn affects the potential for habitats for past life."
Okubo and his study coauthors looked to similar patterns in Utah sandstones on Earth, where fractures are typically a few yards wide and up to several miles long. Such cracks reveal themselves as the rock layers on top erode away.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20080926/sc_space/signsofundergroundplumbingseenonmars

Monday, September 22, 2008

Dawah Ship




Here we see the C.S.S. Dawah in orbit of New Kalimantan picking up the famed scholar Hasan Jahangir.


The starship C.S.S. Dawah is owned and operated by the Dawah Jumaat. The C.S.S. Dawah visits isolated asteroid mining communities in the New Malaysia, New Kalimantan, Turkmen Prime and New Kurdistan star systems; where it conducts halaqahs and khutbahs as well as making available its vast library. Often highly regarded Islamic Scholars are recruited to do tours with the C.S.S. Dawah. Most of the asteroid mining communities are very happy for a visit from the C.S.S. Dawah if only to see new faces.

The ship has a crew of 40, this includes those who run the ship and the Muslim scholars and translators on the ship. The ship has a prayer hall able to hold over 700 persons as well as several smaller meeting rooms for counseling and small halaqahs.

The Dawah Jumaat is currently raising funds to build a second ship which would be dedicated to visiting worlds outside of the confedration.

Friday, September 19, 2008

two legged Craner





The Two legged craner is very elusive and has only been sighted twice by professional xeno-biologists. Living deep in the forests of New Daura, It gets up to 20 kilograms and eats a diet of insects and fungi which they find on the forest floor. It has a poisonous stinger in its tail which it uses only in defense not for hunting. They bear live young in litters of 2 or 3. Fro the skeletal remains we have of them they appear to have evolved from four legged animals.

The video we have here was shot by a farmer in The Hague delta the two legged craner is believed to have been driven from its home by a recent hurricane.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Hadith

The Prophet Muhammad, as reported by Sahih al-Bukhari

Your pleas shall be answered, but wait patiently for the Lord to respond. Do not lose hope and begin to complain, "I beseeched the Lord, but He never responded."

-The Prophet Muhammad, as reported by Sahih al-Bukhari

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani Fayuz E Yazdani

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani, "Fayuz E Yazdani"
Have faith in God the Omnipotent,
the Eternal, the First and the Last,
who grants life and determines death.
He bestows bounty,
and only He can restore crushed hopes.
Have faith, do not lose hope, wait patiently.
He indeed will create a way
to deliver you from your hardships.

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani Fayuz E Yazdani

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Power on

Yes the power is back on, no more ice chests, no more generators, no more going to other peoples homes to wash clothes and simply be cool. it is nice to rejoin the 21st century

even more aftermath of gustav

Still no power at the house but it looks like we might get it tommorow as the other half of the neighborhood is lit up. Went out to eat and watched on the resturants big screen TV news coverage of Hurricane Ike. Looks like it is going to be very bad for Houstan And galveston. Find it very strange that thier mayor told them all to stay in Houstan.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Aftermath of Hurricane Gustav part two

Aaah the entergy trucks have arrived in our neighborhood and we actually had some of them working in our back yard, yet still no power coming to the house. we make dua that soon there will be some. With the Curfew lifted we shall be able to now go to the Masjid for Iftar. the kids are all looking forward to that. of course Hurricane Ike is getting ready to make land fall and has already started to bring us rain and wind but so far nothing like Hurricane Gustav.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Aftermath of Hurricane Gustav

Well the curfew in Baton Rouge has finanly been lifted, and we are all very happy about this. Entergy has informed us that the power will be back on by the 17th, which is also great news. The whole neighborhood echos with the sound of generators. also got the trees that were down in the yard cut up and put to the curb.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Ibn Sina Kitab al-Najat

Ibn Sina, Kitab al-Najat

Prayer is that which enables the soul to realize its divinity. Through prayer human beings worship absolute truth, and seek an eternal reward. Prayer is the foundation-stone of religion; and religion is the means by which the soul is purified of all that pollutes it. Prayer is the worship of the first cause of all things, the supreme ruler of all the world, the source of all strength. Prayer is the adoration of the one whose being is necessary.

Ibn Sina Kitab al-Najat

Friday, September 05, 2008

Surah al-Baqarah 2:185

Surah al-Baqarah 2:185

The month of Ramadan is the one in which the Quran was sent down, a guidance for mankind, clear proofs for the guidance, the Criterion; so whoever amongst you witnesses this month, let him fast it.

Surah al-Baqarah 2:185

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Koran Quran Qoran Qu'ran Sura 51:19

Sura 51:19

True charity remembers not only those in need who ask, but also those who are prevented by some reason from asking.

Sura 51:19

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Gustav

Gustav has passed by he was a large and rowdy uninvited guest to baton rouge but yes he has now left. we have no electricity, and trees are down every where but none hit the house so we are celebrating. this Ramadan has really gotten off with a bang.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Hadith

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Malek bin Hawari

Once Luqman was asked how he had attained such merit. He replied, "By adhering to virtue, by fulfilling all pledges, and by giving up futile apprehensions."

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Malek bin Hawari

Friday, August 29, 2008

Hurricanes coming

Gustave is coming and it seems will be quickly followed by hanna, so my blogging will most likely becoming even more eratic, as i appear to be directly in thier paths.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Medical Ship





Medical research Ship

Medical research ships operate as research centers and mobile hospitals. With over 500 beds and five operating rooms the ships can respond to disasters small and large. Nine medical labs and four advanced research labs allow it to deal with any newly emerging viruses, bacteria and infection. Typically staffed with 30 surgeons, 60 medical doctors 180 nurses and 80 research staff. The ships are capable of generating their own wormhole.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Muhammad and Chang design parts

Bilal walked into the garage picking his way through the boxes of assorted and forgotten bits of equipment glancing at the wall covered in tool racks and pictures of various natural wonders back on Earth.

“What’s the problem Muhammed?” asked a concerned Bilal

Muhammed looked up from his work frustration running amuck across his entire body and replied in an exasperated tone “Its these darn Plasma flux phase inverters, they keep going into overload and causing a power spike which causes the phase safety capacitors. I have to buy new safety phase capacitors every month.”

“What type of plasma flux phase invertors do you have in there?” asked Bilal trying to be helpful.

“I just got the generic store brand, there all the same aren’t they? Asked Muhammed a puzzled tone creeping into his tone.

“Oh no they are not! I only use genuine Muhammad and Chang design plasma flux phase inverters and I have never had to replace my phase safety capacitors and my energy out put has increased by thirty percent.” said Bilal proudly and with a smile.

“Thirty percent really?” said an astonished Muhammed.

“Oh really, I only use Muhammad and Chang design parts. They are the best value for your dinars.” said Bilal smugly.

“Well can we can we go get some now?” inquired Muhammed.

“Of course we can> Genuine Muhammad and Chang design parts at all reputable parts retail stores.”

Later that day back in Muhammed’s cluttered garage.

“Brother that Muhammad and Chang’s design plasma flux phase inverter is just singing along and after an hour of running the phase safety capacitors aren’t even warm” said Muhammed with a big toothy grin.

“No worries with Muhammad and Chang design parts as they all come with a 2 year warranty.Always remember, nothing beats Muhammad and Chang design parts."

Monday, August 25, 2008

Prayers needed

Assalam Alaikum

My wife's grandfather is recovering from surgery we are asking for prayers for his speedy recovery.

Salam

Friday, August 22, 2008

Ibn Arabi Fusus al-hikam

Ibn Arabi, “Fusus al-hikam”

In order to think about God, you may compare him with other beings; but remember that he is incomparable. In this way you will live in the house of truth.

Ibn Arabi Fusus al-hikam

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Gas Giant mining or Cloud City





Cloud mining Station

Cloud mining stations are deployed in low orbit of gas giants, scoop ships bring to it the atmosphere that they have collected. At the cloud mining station it is broken down into it base elements and processed into different chemical products.

Designed by Muhammad and Chang Mining Corporation of New Malaysia. The cloud mining stations are built in the orbital ship yards of New Malaysia and then towed to the mining sites all over the Confederation of Islamic Worlds, the Celestial Empire and the Celtic Alliance.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Louis class Assualt Ship





Louis Class Assault Ship

Armaments
4 forward missile tubes
2 quad rail guns mounted on either side 4 in total

Is capable of landing on planets

Crew size 100

Carrying capacity
Carries 500 assault troops

Typically carries an assault unit made up of
400 infantry
100 tank troops
25 tanks

The tankers and tanks are on some occasions replaced by artillery, helicopters or VTOL jets

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Raiders spotted



After the raid of an Astroid mining facility in the New Kelantan star System a Naval recon Ship captured this video of the two raiders fleeing the area before sliding out of the star system. Both ships appear to be Louis class Assault ships. The raiders are believed to be part of the black fleet which refused to surrender after the great war. we can see the second ship seems to be suffering some sort of radiation leak, most likely caused by the defensive weapons on the mining facility.

The Confederate navy assures us that they will track down the raiders and the rest of the black fleet and this danger will be eliminated.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Kitab al-Najat

Ibn Sina, "Kitab al-Najat"
God, the supreme being, is neither circumscribed by space, nor touched by time; he cannot be found in a particular direction, and his essence cannot change. The secret conversation is thus entirely spiritual; it is a direct encounter between God and the soul, abstracted from all material constraints.

Ibn Sina Kitab al-Najat

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Qur'an Al-An'am Surah 6:165

Qur'an, Al-An'am, Surah 6:165
God has given you the earth as your inheritance. He has raised some to a higher rank than others, so that he may test you in the way you treat this inheritance. He is swift in retribution, but he is also forgiving and merciful.

Qur'an Al-An'am Surah 6:165

Monday, August 11, 2008

High Malaysia





Video and Picture from orbit of the planet High Malaysia. the research universities on High Malaysia are some of the best within the Confederation.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Qur'an Al-Furqan Surah 25:58

Qur'an, Al-Furqan Surah 25:58
Have faith in the Ever-Living, who dies not, and celebrate His praise. He is well aware of all His servants' sins.

Qur'an, Al-Furqan Surah 25:58

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Al-Quran, Ya Sin, Surah 36:36-40

Qur'an, Ya Sin, Surah 36:36-40

Glory be to Him who created everything in pairs: plants, human beings, and even entities they have no knowledge of. Of the many, one sign is the night. We strip it of the light of day, and abject darkness surrounds everything. The sun hastens to its resting place, its course determined by the Mighty, the All-Knowing Lord. Also ordained by the Almighty Lord are the phases of the moon, which decreases daily until it looks like a bent and shriveled palm stalk. Neither can the sun overtake the moon, nor night outstrip the day. Both float in orbits of their own.

Quran, Ya Sin, Surah 36:36-40

Monday, August 04, 2008

Zoo 2

Assalam Alaikum

Dear Alizée

So sorry in taking so long to write, by the way if you see Mustapha give him my salams. We spent two days at the zoo. yes it takes two days. The Baton Rouge zoo has the largest selection of off-world animals on earth. I am sending you a video i shot of a Spiked Hunter. It is a rather nasty predator, but get this back on its homeworld of Tamanrasset there is a rather huge predator, the size of an Elephant, that hunts and eats it. Thats apparently why it has all the spikes on it's back. It can run up to 120 KPH for short bursts.

Salam
Kareem Salama


Sunday, August 03, 2008

Friday, August 01, 2008

Visiting the zoo

Assalam Alaikum

Dear Mustapha

We went to the Baton Rouge Zoo and were quite impressed. They have the largest collection of
off world animals on Earth. this is some Video I shot of the Boremon of the planet Okyanus.
The Boremon was very entertaining. Did you know they weave nests. The first settlers on
Okyanus thought they had found the first sentient aliens. It spent most of its time at the back of
its enclosure. I will send you some more videos later this week.

Wassalam

Your brother
Kareem Salama

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Lahiji Mafatih

Lahiji "Mafatih"
The basic purpose of human existence is acquisition of knowledge of God; there is no relationship more true than this spiritual affiliation. All other types of relationships are but derivative and dependent upon that spiritual connection, and in themselves nothing to boast of.

Lahiji Mafatih

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Hallaj Tawasin

Hallaj: Tawasin

Remembrance is not remembered. I do not remember whether or not God remembered me in the past; he remembers me now. God does not remember whether I remembered him in the past; I remember him now. His remembrance is my remembrance, and mine is his. Can two beings who remember one another not be in union?

Hallaj: Tawasin

Monday, July 28, 2008

invading species

The Trieypred is a native of the planet Kalistan. Were it lives in small groups and hunts large insects and small fish in lakes and streams. it gets up to 1.5 meters tall and full grown males can wiegh as much as 20 kilograms. they are found on Earth as Several live specimens escaped from the xeno-biology department at LSU in the coastal city of baton rouge. they quickly multiplied as the females lay beteween 10 and 20 eggs at a time. Without natural predetors they have spread out across the south east region of north america. On several occasions they have decimated fish farms. Other farmers like them as they will eat thier weight in insects.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

No net

Thats right i am doing all of this without a net. No net people!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Thursday, July 24, 2008

hadith

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Abu Hurairah

The Lord Almighty ordained, "Find leisure for My service and I shall fill your hearts with peace and enrich you in bounty."

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by AbuHurairah

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Qur'an Yunus Surah 10:89

Qur'an, Yunus, Surah 10:89

Allah replied, "Your prayer has been heard. Follow the straight path, and do not follow the path of the ignorant."

Qur'an Yunus Surah 10:89

Monday, July 21, 2008

Children play with thier pet Chulog



Chulogs are popular pets in rural areas of new Kurdistan. they hunt down native pests who eat new Kurdistan farmers grain.
Children love them and they can be house broken. unfortuntly they do not get along with cats and the two species attack each other on sight.
which is one reason you do not find Chulogs living in urban areas.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Qur'an, Suad, Surah 38:17-21

Qur'an Suad Surah 38:17-21

Bear with what they say, and remember Our servant David who was endowed with incredible might and always turned to Us in repentance. Behold, We compelled the mountains to join him in praise of their Lord in the morning and evening, and the birds in all their assemblies were also obedient to him. We made his kingdom strong and endowed him with wisdom and astute judgment.

Qur'an Suad Surah 38:17-21

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Gorgaran of New Sulawesi



Gorgaran are large amphibians which live on New Sulawesi. the female lays thousands of eggs. most of which get eaten
by native fish. The Gorgaran eat huge numbers of insects and ignore humans. these two traits make them loved
by the people of New Sulawesi. while not kept as pets many people will place one in their yards. many campuses also
will have a few patrol for insects. New Sulawesi has a lot of insects and while few are dangerous some grow
very large and a lot of them make lots of noise and are very annoying. The Gorgaran move from one ambush
site to another during the day. They are sit-and-wait, ambush predators

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Qur'an Jonah, Surah 10:41

Qur'an, Jonah, Surah 10:41

If they charge thee with falsehood, say: "My work to me, and yours to you! Ye are free from responsibility for what I do, and I for what ye do!"

Qur'an Jonah, Surah 10:41

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Trabitige of New Aquitaine



On the planet of New Aquitaine, a protected world of the Celtic Alliance, lives a vicious bipedal predator called a Trabitiger. Two of the settlements managed to tame them and use them as guard animals. As it is rare for this to happen with non-terran animals which are predators. It is one of the few animals who does not have its sensory organs attached to its skull. The Confederate Xeno-biological Sciences Institute has studied them extensively and has brought several of them back to the planetary zoo on New Malaysia.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Killer Ivy

Killer Ivy is found on the planet of High Qinghai in the Celestial empire and nearly lead to the demise of the colony. The colonist themselves were able to avoid it, but large numbers of thier cattle,goats and pigs were killed by the Killer Ivy. The Confederate Xeno-biological Sciences Institute has a permanent office on High Qinghai which studies the Killer Ivy. Killer Ivy is the most aggresive plant known to man. growing up to a meter tall with thorn laden tendrils which grow out to 3 meters long. It also has poison sacs which spray poisoned thorns to kill and stun thier prey.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Al-Hujwiri The Kashf al-Mahjub

Al-Hujwiri, "The Kashf al-Mahjub"

Those who truly know God worship Him with all their resolve; they concede to His ubiquitous bounty and obey all His commandments with the utmost fervor. As their adoration grows so does their obedience, since they are aware that this world is a madhouse and its inhabitants madmen wearing shackles of lust and chains of sin.

Al-Hujwiri, The Kashf al-Mahjub

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Unicow


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The Video is of a uni-cow which had wandered onto the campus of Amarya Zazzau University on Hausa world.

The Unicow is native to Hausa world. A six legged herbavore traveling in herds of 50 to a hundred members. Males will gather shoulder to shoulder and charge predators, often injuring and even killing them. They usually only eat grass . Animals that only eat grass are called grazers. But just sometimes they eat trees or shrubs. The Unicow habitat is in the Savannah and the grassland. They sleep on the grass on the ground. They range in size from 300 kg to 600 kg. They can stand as tall as 1.8m at the shoulder, and stretch up to 2.9m in body length.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Spore

Yes i have a new program which me and the kids have been having a blast with. it is called spore. easy to use and very amusing. you can get the demo for free at

http://www.spore.com/

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sing to the tune of Spam

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Leafarrefe

The Leafarrefe of New Kurdistan Travels in small herds of 20 to 50 individuals and eats the large leaves off of native trees. The Leafarrefe is a problem for farmers of citrus as they will get into the citrus orchards and eat the entire citrus trees.

To attract a mate the male Leafarrefe will make huge pile of leaves and branches.

Males can be 4.9 to 5.5 meters tall and weigh up to 1,600 kilos. females are typically slightly smaller.



An adolesent female Leafarrefe and young Leafarrefe wander onto a Goat farm.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Spitmonkeys

The Spitmonkey is a tree dweller on New Bengal. They travel in groups called troops which usualy number between 100 and 250 members. Spitmonkeys are omnivores who have been known to devastate crops. devouring 50 acres of foodstuffs in a day. they are paticularly fond of soy. They nest in trees where they lay thier eggs. They grow up to a little over a meter tall. At the end of thier tails they have a venom sack which sprays out a nasty smelling venom which blinds and burns larger predators on New Bengal.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Video of the TriLeafcroc

This is Video shot of the TriLeafcroc by the latest science expedition on New Malayasia. A dangerous 3 legged predator. It prefers to ambush its prey. while reptilian in appearence it bears live young. They get up to 200 Kg. They typically mate for life and the male and female will hunt together until the female gives birth. the female will then stay with the young until they are 6 months old. after which the young and adults will hunt together. young will stay with the adults until they are 2 years old and then go off on thier own. after which the adults will again have young. They live up to 20 years in the wild. litters are of 2 or 3 babies. they are very dangerous and will try to ambush humans.

Monday, July 07, 2008

The Confederate Xeno-biological Sciences Institute

The TriLeafcroc Is one of the many Animals that the Institute has done extensive studies of.

The Confederate Xeno-biological Sciences Institute is dedicated to the study of life with non-Terran origins . The Institute grew out of the Xeno-biological studies center on New Malayasia, which recieved its charter and mission from the Confederate Parliment. The Confederate Xeno-biological Sciences Institute has offices on every planet in the confederation as well as several planets in the Shia Systems Alliance, the Celestial Empire and the Celtic Alliance. The Confederate Xeno-biological Sciences Institute has conducted scientific expeditions on several independent Worlds.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Hadith

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Anas bin Malik

The best charity is to satisfy a hungry person.

-The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Anas bin Malik

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Qur'an, Al-Nour, Surah 24:20-21

Qur'an, Al-Nour, Surah 24:20-21

If God lacked patience and mercy, all of you would long ago have been punished. If God lacked compassion and forgiveness, none of you would have escaped.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

News From The Red Planet

Is the white stuff in the Martian soil ice or salt? That's the question bedeviling scientists in the three weeks since the Phoenix lander began digging into Mars' north pole region to study whether the arctic could be habitable.

Shallow trenches excavated by the lander's backhoe-like robotic arm have turned up specks and at times even stripes of mysterious white material mixed in with the clumpy, reddish dirt.
Phoenix merged two previously dug trenches over the weekend into a single pit measuring a little over a foot long and 3 inches deep. The new trench was excavated at the edge of a polygon-shaped pattern in the ground that may have been formed by the seasonal melting of underground ice.
New photos showed the exposed bright substance present only in the top part of the trench, suggesting it's not uniform throughout the excavation site. Phoenix will take images of the trench dubbed "Dodo-Goldilocks" over the next few days to record any changes. If it's ice, scientists expect it to sublimate — or go from solid to gas, bypassing the liquid stage — when exposed to the sun because of the planet's frigid temperatures and low atmospheric pressure.
"We think it's ice. But again, until we can see it disappear ... we're not guaranteed yet," mission scientist Ray Arvidson of Washington University in St. Louis said Monday.
Even if it's not ice, the discovery of salt would also be significant because it's normally formed when water evaporates in the soil.
Preliminary results from a bake-and-sniff experiment at low temperatures failed to turn up any trace of water or ice in the scoopful of soil that was delivered to the lander's test oven last week. Scientists planned to heat the soil again this week to up to 1,800 degrees, said William Boynton of the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Phoenix landed in the Martian arctic plains on May 25 on a three-month, $420 million mission to study whether the polar environment could be favorable for primitive life to emerge. The lander's main job is to dig into an ice layer believed to exist a few inches from the surface.
The project is led by the University of Arizona and managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The lander was built by Lockheed Martin Corp.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080616/ap_on_sc/phoenix_mars;_ylt=Ak5A2XusnXb2IesYJxrgHsYiANEA

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Qu'ran, Al-Inshiqaq, Surah 84:16-19

Qu'ran, Al-Inshiqaq, Surah 84:16-19

I swear by the glow of the sunset, by the night and all that the night brings to life, and by the full moon, that you will move from your present existence to a different existence.

Qu'ran, Al-Inshiqaq, Surah 84:16-19

Friday, June 13, 2008

Qur'an, As-Saff, Surah 61:2-3

Qur'an, As-Saff, Surah 61:2-3

Believers, why do you say what you do not execute? It is most offensive in the sight of Allah when you say what you do not practice!

Qur'an, As-Saff, Surah 61:2-3

Thursday, June 12, 2008

11th Annual International Mars Society Convention

Dr. Alan Stern To Speak At 11th Annual International Mars Society Convention
We are pleased to announce Dr. Alan Stern will be speaking at the 11th Annual International Mars Society Convention, which will be taking place from August 14-17, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Stern recently served as Associate Administrator, NASA Science Mission Directorate, and is currently the principal investigator for the New Horizons mission to Pluto.
Dr. Stern has had a distinguished career as a planetary scientist and author. He was formerly the Executive Director of the Southwest Research Institute's (SwRI's) Space Science and Engineering Division. Prior to that role, he held several other positions at SwRI, including Director of the Department of Space Studies; leader of the Geophysical, Astrophysical, and Planetary Science section in SwRI's Space Sciences Department; and leader of SwRI's Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences group at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. From 1983 to 1991 he held positions at the University of Colorado in the Center for Space and Geoscience Policy, the office of the Vice President for Research, and the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy (CASA).
Dr. Stern has published over 175 technical papers, 40 popular articles, and two books - The U.S. Space Program After Challenger (Franklin-Watts, 1987), and Pluto and Charon: Ice Worlds on the Ragged Edge of the Solar System (Wiley 1997, 2005).
REGISTER NOW FOR A SPECTACULAR CONVENTION!


WHERE:
Back to where it all began in 1998: University Memorial Center, University Of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.
WHEN:
August 14-17, 2008
REGISTRATION:
Available online
HOTEL INFORMATION:
Available online
SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT:
Do you want to give a talk? Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to marsabstracts@aol.com.
SPEAKERS:
We have an impressive list of knowledgeable, inspiring speakers already scheduled.
Some of our other confirmed speakers and programming include:
Dr. S. Pete Worden (Brig. Gen., USAF, ret.; NASA Ames Research Center Director)
Elon Musk (Founder and CEO of SpaceX)
Dr. Jim Garvin (Chief Scientist, NASA Goddard)
Dr. Carolyn Porco (Cassini Imaging Team Leader)
Dr. Chris McKay (NASA Ames Research Center)
Dr. Carol Stoker (NASA Ames Research Center)
Dr. Bill Clancey (NASA Ames Research Center)
Dr, Matt Mountain (Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute)
Dr. Michael Simpson (International Space University)
Dr. Robert Braun (Georgia Tech)
George Whitesides (Executive Director, National Space Society)
Dr. Robert Zubrin (President and Founder, The Mars Society
Dr. Buzz Aldrin of Apollo 11 fame is also tentatively scheduled to speak.
Brother Guy Consolmagno (Vatican Observatory; Curator, Vatican Meteorite Collection)
Dr. Ted Peters (Co-Editor: Theology and Science; The CTNS Journal of Science and Religion)
In addition, we will also be featuring some special programming:
Hubble Space Telescope: Why is it worth the risk and expense to repair HST? We will have speakers to discuss the future repair mission as well as the numerous astronomical discoveries that HST has made over its lifetime.
Mars and Campaign 2008: What will the 2008 elections mean for the future of the space program? We will be holding extensive programming to discuss this topic. We also intend to invite representatives from the Democratic and Republican Presidential campaigns.

Religion and Space Exploration: What impact will space exploration have on religion (if any)? What would the theological implications be of finding life on another planet? What has been the history of religion and space studies? We will be discussing these topics and many more aspects of this profound topic.

Web Advocacy for Mars and Generation Y: There has been much discussion lately about why members of "Generation Y" are not excited about space exploration. We will have in depth discussions on this topic and have presentations on how best to utilize the web for space advocacy.
Mars Project Challenge: Finalists in The Mars Society Mars Project Challenge (MPC) will make presentations explaining why their proposed project should be The Mars Society's next big project.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Latest News From the Red Planet

Clumpy soil on Mars has further hampered the Phoenix lander's attempts to obtain samples for analysis by the spacecraft's test instruments, mission experts said.

"Virtually none of the material made it down into the oven" after the probe dug up new soil clumps from the Martian permafrost with its robotic arm, William Boynton, an investigator for Phoenix's thermal and evolved gas analyzer (TEGA), said during a press teleconference Monday
It was a further setback for Phoenix, whose TEGA analyzer at the weekend was not able to obtain smaller, testable bits from the Martian landscape which researchers hope will provide clues to whether the planet was once habitable for microbial life.
Between 20 and 30 milligrams of soil is necessary for analysis, but Boynton said less than one milligram of matter passed through the screen into one of the probe's test facilities.
The screen is designed to allow through it particles measuring one millimeter (0.04 inch) or less. Inside the port there is an infrared beam which determines if particles enter the machine.
Once it gets a sample, the TEGA instrument spends several days analysing its content, first testing for the level of water content, and then heating it gradually to 1,000 degrees Celsius (1,832 Fahrenheit) to better assess the mineral composition.
Phoenix, which landed on the stark terrain of Mars' north pole region on May 25, collected the first sample on Thursday.
The team aims to try the procedure anew in the coming days. Should that fail, mission scientist Doug Ming said, they will attempt a "sprinkle test" in an attempt to jar smaller soil pieces free.
"We hope to deliver a sample in about two sols," or Martian days, Ming said.
Boynton, who is a scientist at the University of Arizona which is coordinating significant elements of the mission, said the team was not urgently pressed for time.
"It will be at least a week or two (of failure) before we start to get terribly concerned," he said.
Phoenix has a total of eight "ovens" that can be used to test separate samples from the Martian surface.
If need be the team can also employ an alternate delivery mechanism which would grind up the sample. "So we are still pretty optimistic that one of these techniques will work for us," Boynton said.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Ibn Ishaq The Life of Muhammad

Ibn Ishaq, "The Life of Muhammad"

Muhammad now felt compelled to speak openly about the divine revelations he had received. At first people were friendly, listening attentively to what he said; and some were quickly convinced by him. But when he disparaged their ancient gods, most took grave offence; they resolved to regard Muhammad as an enemy, and to treat his followers with contempt. Muhammad was distressed at their reaction, but refused to be deterred from obeying God's command. And Abu Talib, Muhammad's uncle, tried to protect him.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Martian Daily News from Mars

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander successfully scooped up a sample of Martian soil with its robotic arm, mission scientists said on Friday.
This is really an important occasion for us, to be poised to make a measurement for the first time of the Martian arctic soil," said Phoenix principal investigator Peter Smith of the University of Arizona.
The $420 million mission aims to dig down through the soil to the layers of water ice thought to lie underneath the surface, and to analyze soil samples to determine their composition and see if the ice might once have been liquid water, potentially creating a habitable zone for microbial life at some point in the past.
Phoenix retrieved its sample Thursday from a site dubbed Baby Bear, which lies just to the right of the trench the lander dug out in its practice digs. The practice digging locale is called Dodo

Mission controllers will send instructions to the lander to dump the sample into one of the TEGA ovens tonight. The TEGA ovens, which are about an inch long and the diameter of a pencil lead, will heat up the soil samples and use a mass spectrometer to detect the gases that come off the samples, which will shed light on some of the materials in the soil, specifically those formed by the process of liquid water.
"The TEGA system is particularly sensitive to water in its oven ... water is the first thing that's cooked out," Smith said.
Mission scientists must be careful when delivering the sample not to overload the instrument and contaminate other ovens. Once the sample is delivered on Friday, Phoenix will image TEGA to make sure the sample has been delivered and that the oven door is shut. The instrument is will then begin its four-day analysis (which may not occur in four consecutive days); the team will report each day's results as they become available. Any water present in the sample should be the first thing to vaporize from the soil, Smith said.
The sample also contains some of the white material seen in the scoop after Phoenix's first practice "dig and dump," which scientists think could be ice or a type of salt mineral.
Of course, they can't be sure that any of the white material will make it through the oven's entry screen. "We're hoping that some of this goes in and that we get a hint of what it is," Smith said.
Some science team members think that the whitish material can't be ice because it has been too easy to scrape up — the ice layers under the soil will likely be difficult to scrap because ice is so hard at the brutally frigid temperatures on Mars (which have so far reached a high of only -22 degrees Fahrenheit (-30 Celsius)

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillan

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani, "Fayuz E Yazdani"

Once a person said to a dervish, "All I ask for is a small dwelling in Paradise."
The dervish replied, "If you displayed the same contentment with what you already have in this world, you would have found ultimate bliss."

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani, "Fayuz E Yazdani"

Friday, May 30, 2008

At-Taghabun Surah 64:2-4

Qur'an, At-Taghabun, Surah 64:2-4

It was God who created you; yet some of you refuse to believe, while others have faith. He is aware of all your actions. He created the heavens and the earth to manifest the truth. He fashioned each one of you--and each one of you is beautiful. To God you will all return. He knows all that the heavens and the earth contain. He knows all that you hide and all that you reveal. He knows your deepest thoughts.

Qur'an, At-Taghabun, Surah 64:2-4

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Kashf al-Mahjub

Al-Hujwiri, "The Kashf al-Mahjub"

Speech is a great blessing conferred on man by God, thereby distinguishing him from all other creatures. But speech like wine intoxicates the mind. Thus the Prophet said: "He who keeps silent shall be saved." For in silence are concealed many spiritual blessings and in speech many evils.

Al-Hujwiri, "The Kashf al-Mahjub"

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Hadith

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

He who remembers his Lord and he who does not are like the living and dead.

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

ATTAR Rabi'a

Attar, "Rabi'a"

A religious leader came to visit Rabi'a, and was shocked to see that her clothes were in tatters. He said: 'There are many people who would provide you with decent clothes, if you would only allow them.' Rabi'a replied: 'Everything in this world is on loan to us from God. I am ashamed to accept the loan of a loan.' The man went away, and said to others: 'It is astonishing that a mere woman has reached such spiritual heights. She refuses to spend any time on material matters.'

Attar, "Rabi'a"

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Mars probe lands

A NASA spacecraft plunged into the atmosphere of Mars and successfully landed in the Red Planet's northern polar region on Sunday, where it will begin 90 days of digging in the permafrost to look for evidence of the building blocks of life.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080526/ap_on_sc/phoenix_mars;_ylt=AmjLwVaiPCaHmrx50VZTgjMPLBIF

The first images transmitted from the lander about two hours after landing showed one of its feet sitting on Martian soil amid tiny rocks and a view of the horizon of the arctic plain. Another image showed that the lander's solar panels had deployed.

Like a tourist in a foreign country, the lander initially will take in the sights during its first week on the Red Planet. It will talk with ground controllers through two Mars orbiters, which will relay data and images.
Phoenix is equipped with an 8-foot-long arm capable of digging trenches in the soil to get to ice that is believed to be buried inches to a foot deep. Then it will analyze the dirt and ice samples for traces of organic compounds, the chemical building blocks of life.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Sheikh Abdul Qadier Jillani, "Futhul Ghaib"

Sheikh Abdul Qadier Jillani, "Futhul Ghaib"

Liberate yourself from the fetters of the ego and surrender yourself before God. Let the Lord be your shepherd, allow Him to attend to all your cares, and do not allow temptations to entice you. Aspirations of this world are the cause of all concern. Aspire to God and obtain freedom.

Sheikh Abdul Qadier Jillani Futhul Ghaib

Monday, May 19, 2008

Pregnancy

Yes It is true, My wife is pregnant with our 4th child. Pray for us.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Kabeer Ghadan Class Super Transports









The C.S.S. Abu Hanifa an-Nu‘man a Kabeer Ghadan class Super transport. 2000 meters long with a displacement of 2 million these huge ships move cargo all across Confederate space as well as that of thier trading partners. Over three thousand of them were built in the New Kurdistan orbital ship yards before the great war. During the Great War 50 of the Kabeer Ghadan class super transports were converted into troop transports.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Battle of New Pahang

A short clip of young resistance fighters on New Pahang done by the confederate news service.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Muhammad Asad Loepold Weis

Muhammad Asad Loepold Weiss , "Islamic Sufism"

Since the dawn of human consciousness, religion has been the mightiest force driving humankind toward an unknown goal. It has allowed the teeming millions to experience a greater joy and a creative fervor; it has furnished them with the strength and the courage to achieve imperishable cultural feats and enabled them to reach unimaginable spiritual heights.

Muhammad Asad Loepold Weiss , Islamic Sufism

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Tustari in ‘Attar Tadhkirat

Tustari in ‘Attar: "Tadhkirat"

No denser veil than pretension exists between God and the devotee. There is no closer way to God than spiritual impoverishment before Him.

Tustari in ‘Attar Tadhkirat

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The Kashf al-Mahjub

Abu Ali Thaqafi, "The Kashf al-Mahjub"

Knowledge is the spirit that saves the heart from the death of ignorance; it is the light that saves it from the darkness of iniquity. The hearts of the iniquitous are dead because they are oblivious to God, and the hearts of the heedless are sick because they ignore His commandments.

Abu Ali Thaqafi, "The Kashf al-Mahjub"

Monday, May 05, 2008

Hadith

Prophet Muhammad,

The strong man is not the good wrestler; the strong man is only the one who controls himself when he is angry.

-Prophet Muhammad,

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Hadith

Narrated Ibn 'Abbas:
I heard the Prophet saying, "If the son of Adam (the human being) had two valley of money, he would wish for a third, for nothing can fill the belly of Adam's son except dust, and Allah forgives him who repents to Him."

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Nizam al-Din Fawa'id al-Fu'ad

Nizam al-Din, Fawa'id al-Fu'ad


The master continued, "If you put oil, pepper, garlic and onion in a cauldron, and merely add water, you have not made a stew. The basis for a stew is meat; the other ingredients are optional. Similarly, spiritual progress depends on detaching yourself from material posessions; other virtuous practices are optional."

Nizam al-Din, "Fawa'id al-Fu'ad"

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Red Lion Recon

Video footage from the first recon mission of the Pilot code named Red Lion.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Ghazali al-Munqidh min ad-Dala

Ghazali, "al-Munqidh min ad-Dalal"

Yet I realized that my only hope of attaining eternal bliss was by detaching myself from all worldly desires, and by honouring God in every aspect of my life. I knew that I had to leave the mansion of deception, and set out with all vigour towards the house of God. I had to turn away from wealth and position, and flee from all the worldly obligations that consumed my time.

Ghazali , al-Munqidh min ad-Dalal

Friday, April 11, 2008

HADITH

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Uqbah bin Amir

Those who maintain kinship with the detached, who continue to provide for those who let them down and willingly forgive their oppressors, shall indeed excel both in this world and the next.

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by 'Uqbah bin Amir

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Munajat E Maqboo

Munajat E Maqbool

Sufficient is our Lord for us. He is the greatest of all helpers; we depend upon Him alone.

Munajat E Maqbool

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Qur'an, An-Nahl, Surah 16:75

Qur'an, An-Nahl, Surah 16:75

God gives this parable, "On the one hand there is a helpless slave, the property of his master. On the other hand there is a man whom we have greatly blessed; this man is generous both in secret and openly." Are the two alike? All praise is due to God! Yet most people do not understand.
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Qur'an, An-Nahl, Surah 16:75

Monday, April 07, 2008

Nasrabadi in Attar, Tadhkirat

Nasrabadi in Attar, Tadhkirat

Everything has its own food, and music is the food of the spirit.

Nasrabadi in 'Attar, "Tadhkirat"

Friday, April 04, 2008

News from the Front

This video was shot at the battle of Hign Kurdistan, We cannot show the actual planetary defense guns as thier design is classified. The Space battle footage was shot from the forward deck off the battleship the C.S.S. Musa

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Razi Kitab al-Muluki

Razi: Kitab al-Muluki

People sometimes justify their obsession with cleanliness on religous grounds; but true religion is not concerned with outward purity.

Razi Kitab al-Muluki

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Fethullahbad

News Alert

A group calling itself the Munathifeen, have declared that they intend to destroy the lunar
colony of Fethullahbad, calling it a nest of heresy. The Security forces of Fethullabad are
on high alert, taking the threat very seriously as several months ago the Munathifeen
bombed the Trans-Africa west to east bullet train.


The large egg shaped supply ship the Tel est mon Destin maneuvered to dock. Lit
up from the bottom by the port lights the bright green ship stood out brilliantly against the
dark lunar sky. After it was fully secure in the docking bay the ports passenger air lock was extended to the ship.

Tariq Ramadan, Fethullahbad’s 32 year old head of Helium 3 Mining stood in the
ultra-modern lounge rocking on his heels and playing with his mustache nervously while looking out the large window as he watched the ship’s and port’s airlocks connect. He read the ship’s slogan which was painted in red beneath the ships name, which was painted in black, ‘semper ubi sub ubi’ and laughed. Tariq had done his PhD at Cal Tech and just for fun had taken a Latin class; he had traded silly expressions in Latin with Jacques Cartier who while 20 years older often made him feel the senior member of the friendship, the captain and owner of the Tel est mon Destin, since the first time they had met at one of his boss’s garden parties.
He would have liked to talk with Captain Cartier today but Tariq was not there to see his old friend but to meet a representative from the United Nations. He was to show the UN rep Miko Hayama around Fethullahbad, so that the United Nations could have some idea of what they would need to do to build a large lunar colony. The United Nations’ Trans-National lunar base was to be its boldest project ever.

Tariq stood watching the passengers disembark, new workers from Turkey who had come to work in hydroponics, a few tourist from China, a couple coming back from making umrah. Just as he had started to worry that Miko Hayama had missed boarding the Tel est mon Destin he saw Captain Cartier, walking towards him with a young attractive looking east Asian woman whom he assumed to be one of the Chinese tourists.

Captain Cartier swaggered over to Tariq with the young lady in tow and with a wide smile introduced his companion. “Tariq, I would like you to meet the United Nations representative Miko Hayama. Miko Hayama please meet Tariq Ramadan my good friend and chief engineer in charge of helium 3 mining here at Fethullahbad.” Tariq returned Miko’s subtle bow and was thankful that she had not tried to shake his hand.

Detective Ehab Tawfik waited patiently sipping hot chai out of an old chipped orange ceramic cup in the spaceport’s coffee shop. He rubbed the scar that ran down the left side of his face partially hidden by his close cropped beard. He had gotten it from a car bomb while on assignment in Baghdad. Tawfik watched as the passengers disembarked from the supply ship Tel est mon Destin. Detective Tawfik spotted the man he was waiting for AbuLaith Al-Libi. Since leaving the Iraqi national police 4 years ago and becoming the chief detective, ok only detective in Fethullahbad, the biggest case he had was some missing welding rods, and it turned out those had been just misplaced. Now he had a real case, AbuLaith Al-Libi had been identified by Egyptian Intelligence as a member of the terrorist organization Munathifeen. AbuLaith’s thin build, scruffy facial hair and thick round glasses made him appear to be a mild mannered librarian, not a wild eyed anti-techno fanatic.

Detective Tawfik quickly downed the rest of his chai as he stood up and started to follow AbuLaith to his hotel. Tawfik remembered his maternal grandfather, a retired agent of the Syrian Intelligence agency, talk of the good old days. No following the guy around, grandfather would have grabbed him and started what was euphemistically called a hard interrogation. Tawfik smiled as he recalled the disappointment in the old man’s face when he learned that his grandson had never thrown anyone out of an airlock.

Of course even granddad would not have caused a scene in front of a United Nations diplomat. If she would have come on time maybe he would have been a little tempted to grab AbuLaith right there at the space dock.

Tariq picked up Ms. Hayama’s luggage two new large pink plastic suitcases both of which Tariq found to be surprisingly heavy in the lunar gravity. He wondered if she had vacuumed packed her entire wardrobe and brought it with her. They took the lift to the train station and were quickly whisked over to the Marriot on the moon. Which Tariq pointed out was the finest hotel in Fethullabad and Miko pointed out was the only hotel in Fethullahbad. The hotel’s desk clerk admitted that Miko was right but he assured her that just because they had this Monopoly they did not skimp on the facilities. The hotel had two swimming pools, a health club with racquetball courts, weight rooms, treadmills and saunas. He also warned her against playing racquetball until she got used to the gravity.

After checking in Ms. Hayama wanted to see the Helium 3 processing center right away. The Helium 3 Mining operation was Fethullahbad’s most important industry as it accounted for 96% of their exports, followed by aluminum and computer software. As they toured the processing facility Ms. Hayama fired out questions one after another, Tariq tried to answer as best as he could. Helium 3, Tariq noted is perhaps the only lunar resource economically valuable enough to export to earth and that the polar craters have the highest concentrations on the moon and the highest known concentrations in the solar system.

The energy payback for mining, processing and sending Helium 3 to earth, are an increase factor of 250. Tariq went on to explain that they were able to mine it on the lunar surface in safety because of the magnetic shielding which not only protected the people of Fethullahbad from Solar radiation but the miners on the surface as well. Tariq answered all her questions on the details of the mining operations day to day costs, such as labor, equipment and fuel. He spoke to her for three hours on the subject and when he finally dropped her back to her hotel he felt exhausted.
Tariq walked into his apartment and plunked down on his favorite old overstuffed chair. Before he could close his eyes he wife Shakira called out to him.

“Tariq Ramadan I know you have not forgotten today is your day to cook dinner”?
Tariq groaned loudly as he stood up and walked to the kitchen. The problem with a wife that worked was they had to share the cooking. He did not complain about her working for this was how they had met 2 years ago here on the moon, both of their parents had all but given up on the idea that either of them would get married. They had met on the train Tariq was swallowed up by her big brown eyes. He had stumbled through some small talk with her and after she got off, he had done everything he could to find out anything about her. As it turned out they were both Hydrabadi, their families were happy and 3 months later with Shakira’s supervisor acting as wali they were married.

Tariq pulled a bag of frozen samosas out of the freezer and started up the rice cooker. After throwing the samosas into the microwave he started cooking instant dal on the stove top. Then he set the table and put out a jar of lemon pickle for Shakira and one of Tomato pickle for himself. The dinner wasn’t going to win any awards but they both enjoyed it.

“The woman made me uncomfortable always so close to me, and what type of name is Miko for a woman anyway. It ends in an O, female names end with A” said Tariq his voice filled with irritation.

Trying not to laugh Shakira said “That is only European languages like Spanish and Italian. And how did this little woman, who when I saw her looked under 150 centimeters, make you a big tall man of nearly 200 centimeters, uncomfortable.”

“I told you she was always to close to me and she kept staring at me. I do believe she was undressing me with her eyes.”

“Oh now I know you are being silly. If she had undressed you with her eyes, she would have seen you naked and would have stopped staring at you.” Said Shakira now laughing as she could no longer hold it in, soon Tariq joined her in laughing. Shakira then noted that if he had kept his gaze down he would not have noticed Ms. Miko Hayama looking at him. He responded that Miko would be Shakira’s responsibility tomorrow as Shakira was to take her on a tour of the power station and that she would want to see the magnetic field control center.

After a light breakfast and 3 cups of extra strong coffee to which Shakira added far too much sugar and stirred with a cinnamon stick, Shakira set off for work. Half way there she remembered that she had to pick up Miko Hayama and doubled back to the Marriot on the moon. There she had another cup of coffee with Miko They discussed the new space elevator being built in Northern Brazil and how it was being plagued with cost over runs.

Detective Tawfik had been monitoring AbuLaith for 24 hours and nothing. He had not met with anyone, nor bought any odd assortment of items that could perhaps be made into a bomb. Twice while he was out of his room to eat, detective Tawfik had searched his room, both times with an electronic super nose to try and sniff out explosives. This had been a desperate measure by the detective as all the passengers luggage had been x-rayed, sniffed and rummaged through before they had even boarded the supply ship to Fethullahbad.

An exasperated Tawfik drank down his tenth cup of coffee while looking over the passenger lists of the Tel est mon Destin and the two ships that had come in before AbuLaith had arrived.
“Ehab do you think the bomb could be inside of him?” asked Sergeant AbuHamza Ibn Hamza.
Tawfik looked at the sergeant shaking his head in the negative as well as in disbelief that the sergeant was still wearing the newly arrived riot Armor. Hamza is young; he thought and had only been on the job for 9 months so riot armor was the kind of toy that impressed him. There had been a riot on Fethullahbad. The biggest public disturbance had been a sit down protest in front of the Co-Op protesting the Co-Ops dropping of spicy canned hummus.

“No sergeant everyone getting on the supply ship and getting off was x-rayed. We would have found the bomb even if it was inside of him.”

“Oh” he replied his face falling.

“Of course AbuHamza not everyone was X-rayed That UN diplomat wouldn’t have been.”

“Yeah but she is a Japanese national and according to her passport a Buddhist. Hard to believe she would be working with the Munathifeen.”

“You are right of course but just to be on the safe side lets call down to Interpol and see if we cannot get a record of her movements for the last 4 months.”

Shakira showed off the solar station and explained that since the moon did not tilt like the earth this meant that at the lunar poles is perpetually near the horizon. And in practical terms that there is more solar power available from the slanting sunlight on the outer walls of the polar craters than from directly overhead at the moons equator. In fact the sun’s illumination was available to them 80% of the time unlike the equator where it was only available 50% of the time. This is why they were able to supply all of Fethullahbad’s energy needs with solar power. Of course Shakira added that it was those long shadows which produced the very cold temperatures in the craters which allowed the Helium 3 to build up and also allowed the super conducting coils, which run all around the crater, to produce the magnetic field that protected the lunar colony of Fethullahbad from being flooded by solar radiation.

2 hours later Sergeant Abu Hamza Ibn Hamza and Detective Tawfik munched on spicy potato samosas and looked over printouts of the movements of UN representative Miko Hayama for the last 4 months. Far from being any kind of Munathifeen sympathizer she had spent the last 4 months working with women’s groups in the Sudan, helping them work against religious heretics. Ironically after a car accident she had been taken to a green shield clinic. The green shield clinics were run by the Munathifeen as a way to build public support.

And it was then that detective Tawfik saw all the pieces fall together, the car accident which had delayed rep. Hayama’s arrival had been no accident, it had been a block from the green shield medical clinic. The Munathifeen had known that there was no way they would get anyone near any crucial areas in Fethullahbad. But the UN representative would be given tours of them. The doctor at the clinic told her she had internal bleeding and whether she did or not he opened her up. If anything were wrong, you can’t have your bomb carrier die, and then put a bomb inside of her.

“Hamza, find out where Miko Hayama is right now and get her inside one of our cells.”

“Are we arresting her?”

“No, the cell walls are impervious to any type of radio signal, now Hamza, get her now.”

Grabbing his phone he dialed the hospital and explained that it was a matter of extreme urgency that a surgical team goes to the police station right away. Once the situation was made clear to the hospital Tawfik hung up the phone and while standing up grabbed his taser gun off the wall. His expression grew dark as he hoped that AbuLaith would give him an excuse to use it.
Malaysian yeah yeah music played in the background as Tariq and Shakira ate curried beef with 3 different types of rice at the little Kuala Lumpur restaurant. Between bites of curried beef and sips of cola they discussed their day.

Tariq talked quickly as he was very excited by all that had happened. “So, I am standing there on the train platform waiting for the C train to show up and detective Ehab comes running down the stairs and starts yelling at this guy, some tourist. The tourist tries to run and Ehab tasers him 3 times. The poor guy is lying on the ground completely out of it and Ehab rushes up to him whips out his hand cuffs and slaps them on the fellow. He yanks the fellow up and just drags the semi-conscience guy out. And I still haven’t seen anything about it on the Fethullahbad news site yet.”

“Well, right in the middle of my tour of the solar plant to Ms. Hayama deputy Abu Hamza comes rushing in, wearing some type of body armor and states he needs to take Ms. Hayama into protective custody. He then whisks her off to the police station. And get this my friend Jamila who works over at the hospital says a surgical team was ordered over to the police station at about the same time. Think it might have been an assassination attempt?”

“Tell you what love, after Isha prayer we will check the Fethullahbad news site and hopefully by then they will have updated it with the whole story.”

Friday, March 28, 2008

Hadith

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Umar bin al-Khattab

What I fear most for my people are the hypocrites, who talk wisely, yet act unjustly.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Al-Hujwiri The Kashf al-Mahjub

Al-Hujwiri, "The Kashf al-Mahjub"

Those loved by God are held in contempt by the vulgar, and those who deem themselves virtuous may not be so in the eyes of God....Public ridicule is the very sustenance of the chosen of God. They rejoice in it, just as others rejoice in popularity, for they know that it is a sign that they are close to Him. As God said, "My chosen are hidden under My cloak. Besides Me, only the elect know who they are."

-Al-Hujwiri The Kashf al-Mahjub

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Recon Drone

Confederate Recon Drones engage and destroy an automated Imperial sentry.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Friday, March 07, 2008

Hadith

Reported by Nayeem bin Mas'ud, Sahih al-Bukhari

I heard the Prophet narrate the story of another Prophet [Jesus] before him, whose people beat him and caused him to bleed. Even as he wiped the blood off his face he said, "Lord, forgive them for they know not what they do!"

-Reported by Nayeem bin Mas'ud, Sahih al-Bukhari

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Names of Mars

The many names of the Planet Mars; Nergal by the Babylonians; Ares by the Greeks, Horus the red by the ancient Egyptians; In India it is Angaraka in Sanskrit as well as Mangala and Kuja; the Hebrews call it Ma’adim; It is Al-Mirrikh in both Arabic, Urdu and Persian; To the Turks it is Merih; to the Chinese, Japanese, Koreans and Vietnamese it is the Fire Star. In mandarin Huoxing. Korean it is pronounced Hwasung. In Japan it is said as Kasei. It is Marte in spanish; to the Scots it is Maurs; for the Basque it is Martitza. In Tamil it is Sevvaay. The Thais call it Angkarn. In Malay it is Marikh

In the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels about Mars he has the locals call the planet Barsoom.
It is also frequently referred to as the red planet. The name of Cairo, the capital of modern Egypt, comes from "Al Qahira," an ancient Arabic name for Mars.

If you have more names for the planet Mars please post them in the comments section.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Nizam al-Din, “Fawa’id al-Fu’ad”

Nizam al-Din, "Fawa’id al-Fu’ad"

On the spiritual path no one has higher or lower status than anyone else.

Nizam al-Din, "Fawa’id al-Fu’ad"

Friday, February 22, 2008

Al-Ghazzali, "Ihya Ulum Id-Din"

Al-Ghazzali, Ihya Ulum Id-Din

Even before accomplishing enlightenment a person knows that everything attests to the existence of God. But these virtuous feelings of innocence disappear as he begins to mingle with corrupt society, because worldly affairs hinder him from swimming in the vast ocean of insight.

Al-Ghazzali, Ihya Ulum Id-Din

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Qur'an, Al-An'am, Surah 6:59

Qur'an, Al-An'am, Surah 6:59

God allows people to err as he chooses, and he leads people onto the right path as he chooses. God holds the key to the unseen treasures; no one knows these treasures except him. He knows every creature on land and in the sea. A leaf does not fall without God knowing it. There is no seed in the soil that God does not know. There is nothing green or dry of which God is not aware. Everything is recorded in his glorious book.

Qur'an, Al-An'am, Surah 6:59

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Muslims and science

Astronomy

Muslims have always had a special interest in astronomy. The moon and the sun are of vital importance in the daily life of every Muslim.By the moon, Muslims determine the beginning and the end of the months in their lunar calendar. By the sun the Muslims calculate the times for prayer and fasting.
It is also by means of astronomy that Muslims can determine the precise direction of the Qiblah, to face the Ka'bah in Makkah, during prayer. The most precise solar calendar, superior to the Julian, is the Jilali, devised under the supervision of Umar Khayyam.
The Qur'an contains many references to astronomy.
"The heavens and the earth were ordered rightly, and were made subservient to man, including the sun, the moon, the stars, and day and night. Every heavenly body moves in an orbit assigned to it by God and never digresses, making the universe an orderly cosmos whose life and existence, diminution and expansion, are totally determined by the Creator." [Qur'an 30:22]
These references, and the injunctions to learn, inspired the early Muslim scholars to study the heavens. They integrated the earlier works of the Indians, Persians and Greeks into a new synthesis.
Ptolemy's Almagest (the title as we know it today is actually Arabic) was translated, studied and criticized. Many new stars were discovered, as we see in their Arabic names - Algol, Deneb, Betelgeuse, Rigel, Aldebaran. Astronomical tables were compiled, among them the Toledan tables, which were used by Copernicus, Tycho Brahe and Kepler.
Also compiled were almanacs - another Arabic term. Other terms from Arabic are zenith, nadir, Aledo, azimuth.
Muslim astronomers were the first to establish observatories, like the one built at Mugharah by Hulagu, the son of Genghis Khan, in Persia, and they invented instruments such as the quadrant and astrolabe, which led to advances not only in astronomy but in oceanic navigation, contributing to the European age of exploration.

To see the rest of this article go to

http://www.islamtomorrow.com/science2.asp

Friday, February 15, 2008

Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad

Gabriel ordered Muhammad to mount the animal, which was called Buruq. But as Muhammad approached the animal, it shied. Gabriel put his hand on its mane, and exclaimed, "No one more honorable in the sight of God than Muhammad has ever ridden you before." The animal was so ashamed that it broke into a sweat; and it stood quite still, so Muhammad could mount.-

Ibn Ishaq, "The Life of Muhammad"

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Al-Hujwiri The Kashf al-Mahjub

Al-Hujwiri, "The Kashf al-Mahjub"

When reason reaches its peak and the souls of His lovers feel helpless and disabled, they grow restless and stretch their hands in supplication, seeking comfort for their burning souls. When every manner of search within their power has been consumed, the doorway to Him is opened.

Al-Hujwiri The Kashf al-Mahjub

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Hadith

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Ibn Umar

Live in this world like a stranger, a wayfarer, and deem yourselves as dwellers of the graves.
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The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Ibn Umar

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Futhul Ghaib

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani, "Futhul Ghaib"

Do not strut proudly on account of your good deeds. Do not let pride waylay you. When you deem yourself holier than others, know that you have fallen into grave error because in your pride you believed yourself equal to God.

-Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani, Futhul Ghaib