Sunday, July 08, 2007

Islamic Heritage: A Debate To Remember!

Since i won't be blogging for a month or so (summer vacation ba2a), i thought i'd leave you with this inspiring debate..


This is one of the most interesting, open minded debates that happened 1300 years ago.
This happened in the time of the Islamic Abassi state (the capital of the Islamic world back then was in Baghdad, Iraq).

The debate was between two of the greatest Scholars (Imams) of Islamic Fikh (concluding laws from Quran and Prophets sayings\doings).
These two were Imam Abu Hanifa (who lived in Iraq) and Imam Anas Ibn Malik (lived in Madinah).

Imam Malik used to criticize Imam Abu Hanifa for some of his fatawa (Fikh rules) per what he used to hear about the fatawa of Abu Hanifa (they never meet in person till the time of this debate).

This was the case till they one year meet in Hajj (Holy Pilgrimage in Makah).
Not only were they both there, but also Imam Al Layth Ibn Sa'ad (lived in Egypt) was there to witness this debate.

There were three different things Imam Malik criticized Imam Abu Hanifa about. The below conversation was about one of them...

Lets read and learn….

Note: The conversation below is per the story I heard (my memory may fail me when trying to deliver the exact sentences).

Imam Mailk: "I strongly disapprove that you keep talking about future events and what the fatawa for them would be. You are wasting peoples' time by imagining situations and then trying to figure out the Fatawa for such incidents." …

Imam Malik (continues): "In other words, you should only do fatwa about what happened, what people asked you about, and not waste time about things that haven't happened.
May I remind you what Omar Ibn Al Khattab once said that we are not to ask about future events and go day dreaming about things that didn't happen yet. We should focus on reality and be productive!"

Imam Abu Hanifa: " I understand your concern, but may i remind you of something… we (Abu Hanifa and people he provides fatawa to) live in Iraq, things are not as static there as they are in Madinah where you live (Iraq was the center of the Islamic state at that time).
Because of the new countries and people (with different backgrounds) coming into Islam frequently, we get questions that we never thought of being raised and usually those questions are sent to the center of the Islamic state (Iraq) for us to provide Fatawa about. We need to be innovative and think before-hand. We need to be ready and prepare for everything we might be asked about."...

Imam Abu Hanifa (continues): "May I remind you about the incident when a man came to the prophet and asked him …what if someone attacked me or my land, what if I die defending my land…etc. The prophet gave him answers for all his questions without telling him off becuase he asked about things that might happen in the future.
This incident clearly states that it is ok for anyone to ask about something that didn't happen, so that they can be prepared for such future incidents in case they happen.

This is why I find nothing wrong in being prepared for future questions by imagining things in the future that we might be asked about."

Imam Malik:" I see your point."

Imam Layth Ibn Sa'ad (who was listening to the whole debate):" Allaho Akbar! You both have demonstrated the greatness of Islam!".

Imam Abu Hanifa:" What do you mean?"

Imam Layth Ibn Sa'ad: "Imam Malik is encouraging people to focus on day to day events and not waste their time on nonsense. He emphasizes on being productive.
At the same time Imam Abu Hanifa is encouraging people to research, prepare and be ready for the future in issues that are of importance.

… both of you (and everyone else) thought that you were on opposite sides in this discussion, but actually you have both proven that Islam is a complete entity by showing us two different ways of looking at the same truth!".

Allaho Akbar!!

Mood: PROUD :)

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Jokes: Only In India

3ala sabeel al itela3 3ala sakafaat mo7'talefa :)

Mood: Cheerful :)

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Football: Zamalek Beaten by Rivals Al Ahli 4-3

Yesterday Al Zamalek football club lost in an agonizing game against rivals Al Ahli 4-3.

Just a few comments:

  • Everyone (including myself) thought Al Ahli with his fully loaded team would wipe the Zamalek out. Actually, most of Zamalkaweya hoped they didn't score a high score during beating us. But i have to say.... we did very well!
  • The Second equalizer by al Ahli in the last minutes of the original time ( min 88 i think), reminded me of Al Ahli team back in the late 80s early 90s....they ALWAYS USED TO SCORE IN THE LAST MINUTES! eeeeeeeeeeeeeeef!
  • I can't believe it that for 3 times in the game we take the lead and then we loss it, mish momken el fa23 dah!!!!!!!!!
  • Tarek El Said (Zamalek left winger) SUCKS!!!!!!!!!! i never saw a player step on the ball while running 3 times in one match!
  • Zamalek seems to have some very good young players i never heard of before (El Safti, Ahmed Ghanem although he sucks in defence).
  • Al Ahli were on fire...which is the usual (to the extent of BORING!).
  • I am sick and tired of Ahlawiya bragging! and i am sure Al Ahli will break down very soon. Becuase when you are ma3'roor (air head) God will not leave you like this for a long time.... faaa maa tefra7oosh fena 2awy keda wee ta3melolna fyha abu 3adalaat... lol :)
  • Bravo Ahli :)

The bright side of all this....

If Zamalek team keep playing like they did yesterday, i think we have a good chance of winning a trophy next season ISA.

There seems to be hope :)

Mood: Maf2oo3 min tadee3 el fooz!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Jokes: Egypt Inside Out

Aho daa 7aal baladna....



Some religious mentalities: Practice What You Preach Ya Naaas!!!

Men's minds:

Mood: ...

Sunday, July 01, 2007

The Top 10 Most Widely Spoken Languages

Some of these numbers don't really make sense to me, i mean we Arabs are almost 350 million. You'd expect that Arabic speakers would be at least that number (+350 million).

Anyways, these are the numbers...


10. French -- Number of speakers: 129 million
Often called the most romantic language in the world, French is spoken in tons of countries, including Belgium, Canada, Rwanda, Cameroon, and Haiti. Oh, and France too. We're actually very lucky that French is so popular, because without it, we might have been stuck with Dutch Toast, Dutch Fries, and Dutch kissing (ew!).
To say 'hello' in French, say 'Bonjour' (bone-JOOR).

9. Malay—Indonesian Number of speakers: 159 million
Malay-Indonesian is spoken - surprise - in Malaysia and Indonesia. Actually, we kinda fudged the numbers on this one because there are many dialects of Malay, the most popular of which is Indonesian. But they're all pretty much based on the same root language, which makes it the ninth most-spoken in the world. Indonesia is a fascinating place; a nation made up of over 13,000 islands it is the sixth most populated country in the world. Malaysia borders on two of the larger parts of Indonesia (including the island of Borneo), and is mostly known for its capital city of Kuala Lumpur.
To say 'hello' in Indonesian, say 'Selamat pagi' (se-LA-maht PA-gee).

8. Portuguese -- Number of speakers: 191 million
Think of Portuguese as the little language that could. In the 12th Century, Portugal won its independence from Spain and expanded all over the world with the help of its famous explorers like Vasco da Gama and Prince Henry the Navigator. (Good thing Henry became a navigator . . . could you imagine if a guy named 'Prince Henry the Navigator' became a florist?) Because Portugal got in so early on the exploring game, the language established itself all over the world, especially in Brazil (where it's the national language), Macau, Angola, Venezuela, and Mozambique.
To say 'hello' in Portuguese, say 'Bom dia' (bohn DEE-ah).

7. Bengali -- Number of speakers: 211 million
In Bangladesh, a country of 120+ million people, just about everybody speaks Bengali. And because Bangladesh is virtually surrounded by India (where the population is growing so fast, just breathing the air can get you pregnant), the number of Bengali speakers in the world is much higher than most people would expect.
To say 'hello' in Bengali, say 'Ei Je' (EYE-jay).

6. Arabic -- Number of speakers: 246 million
Arabic, one of the world's oldest languages, is spoken in the Middle East, with speakers found in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt. Furthermore, because Arabic is the language of the Koran, millions of Moslems in other countries speak Arabic as well. So many people have a working knowledge of Arabic, in fact, that in 1974 it was made the sixth official language of the United Nations.
To say 'hello' in Arabic, say 'Al salaam a'alaykum' (Ahl sah-LAHM ah ah-LAY-koom) .

5. Russian -- Number of speakers: 277 million
Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, and Yakov Smirnoff are among the millions of Russian speakers out there. Sure, we used to think of them as our Commie enemies. Now we think of them as our Commie friends. One of the six languages in the UN, Russian is spoken not only in the Mother Country, but also in Belarus, Kazakhstan, and the U.S. (to name just a few places).
To say 'hello' in Russian, say 'Zdravstvuite' (ZDRAST-vet- yah).

4. Spanish -- Number of speakers: 392 million
Aside from all of those kids who take it in high school, Spanish is spoken in just about every South American and Central American country, not to mention Spain, Cuba, and the U.S. There is a particular interest in Spanish in the U.S., as many English words are borrowed from the language, including: tornado, bonanza, patio, quesadilla, enchilada, and taco grande supreme.
To say 'hello' in Spanish, say 'Hola' (OH-la).

3. Hindustani -- Number of speakers: 497 million
Hindustani is the primary language of India's crowded population, and it encompasses a huge number of dialects (of which the most commonly spoken is Hindi). While many predict that the population of India will soon surpass that of China, the prominence of English in India prevents Hindustani from surpassing the most popular language in the world. If you're interested in learning a little Hindi, there's a very easy way: rent an Indian movie. The film industry in India is the most prolific in the world, making thousands of action/romance/ musicals every year.
To say 'hello' in Hindustani, say 'Namaste' (Nah-MAH-stay).

2. English -- Number of speakers: 508 million
While English doesn't have the most speakers, it is the official language of more countries than any other language. Its speakers hail from all around the world, including the U.S., Australia, England, Zimbabwe, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Canada. We'd tell you more about English, but you probably feel pretty comfortable with the language already. Let's just move on to the most popular language in the world.
To say 'hello' in English, say 'What's up, freak?' (watz-UP-freek) .

1. Mandarin -- Number of speakers: 1 billion+
Surprise, surprise, the most widely spoken language on the planet is based in the most populated country on the planet, China. Beating second-place English by a 2 to 1 ratio, but don't let that lull you into thinking that Mandarin is easy to learn. Speaking Mandarin can be really tough, because each word can be pronounced in four ways (or 'tones'), and a beginner will invariably have trouble distinguishing one tone from another. But if over a billion people could do it, so could you. Try saying hello!
To say 'hello' in Mandarin, say 'Ni hao' (Nee HaOW). ('Hao' is pronounced as one syllable, but the tone requires that you let your voice drop midway, and then raise it again at the end.)

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Mood: hmmm....