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Islam: a Cultural Adornment?

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A hadith from the Prophet Muhammad clearly states that even if a man were to walk in on his wife committing adultery, he cannot take the law into his own hands. But Islam for these people is a cultural adornment that justifies un-Islamic tribal values and not an ethical system that promotes justice and mercy. alt.muslim I don’t want to go into a discussion of honour killings here, suffice it to say that I am categorically …

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SNATCH a brillian movie!

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My wife normally doesn’t allow me to watch movies that she thinks I might find funny by myself. She says that the way I laugh and how my face turns various shades between purple and red, and the way that I sometimes wheeze and get out of breath, she’s terrified that I’ll just drop down dead! It wouldn’t be too bad a way to go. I can think of many other ways that I do NOT …

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and the “moron of the week” prize goes to…

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tarataraaaa A Malaysian city has kicked up a storm after fining non-Muslim couples for holding hands in public in a drive its mayor says to keep his town morally clean. Authorities in Ipoh, Malaysia’s third biggest city, have booked about 30 couples in recent weeks for indecent behaviour, city officials said on Tuesday. But a newspaper reported that some of the couples were fined 30 ringgit (4.80 pounds) for holding hands in a park, sparking an …

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So you want to stop people from viewing your hard-worked-at Xaraya templates?

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Here’s a good suggestion picked from the Xaraya lists posted by Paul Crovella: For those in the know it doesn’t take much to figure out where your .xt files are located. The web server will send these out in plain text if you point the url at them. I don’t know how to do this with IIS or any other web server, but if you’re using apache just drop the following into your .htaccess file:order …

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Xaraya

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The fantabulous engine behind this site. To me, Xaraya is the ultimate content management platform, let me know if I can help you deploying your own Xaraya… …

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Ugh… don’t feel like working today

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It’s 4:20pm and I feel like I have achieved nothing today. Contacted a few people – those who were good enough to take my calls – and did a bit of work for the bank, prepared to place an order with one of my suppliers, re-negotiated a contract with one of my customers, and tried to look up information for another customer. Now I’m totally bored and will be going home in a few minutes, just …

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2.5 hours for years 5 and 6 summer concert?

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That was long. A couple of nights ago Frances and I also attended Hanan’s class concert (years 7 and 8) and that went for more than 2 hours as well. A lot of the kids on both nights were clearly very talented and worked hard at getting to the excellent levels they achieved with their respective instruments. But even the older kids were turning a bit green at the gills by the end of the nights’ …

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June 2nd, 1932: Oil is discovered in Bahrain

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On June 2nd, 1932 Major Frank Holmes, a New Zealand engineer, strikes oil for the first time in Bahrain. I guess we can also peg this date as the start of the Modern Era in Bahrain. It’s worth noting that oil was discovered in Bahrain quite a few years before any other Arabian Gulf state and started exporting it a couple of years after the discovery. The original field is still productive, albiet with very little …

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About Mahmood

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Who is Mahmood? It’s very hard to summarize your life isn’t it? What can you really say about yourself other than born on whatever date and in wherever country or town? What schools, college or university you went to? So what? Just about everybody on the planet does the same – give or take. I guess you’re here because you want to know a little bit about me, that’s fair enough. You want to know who …

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The ressurection of Art

As if it was ever dead? It might by necessity hide for a while but never dies, even in the most hostile environments you will find art flourishing. Look at Iraq: intermittent electricity, untreated water, medical services on the blink, people without jobs, without steady income, but with all of these predicaments we have a group of artists erecting a new statue in place of that despot’s. This statue symbolizes two great civilizations: the Sumarians and …

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