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    MOVIE: "Three Idiots"

    I saw this movie online, over several nights, because by American standards it is very long. All in all I found it a very entertaining funny movie, although of course it had some serious parts. The movie intended to be entertaining, but also intended to make some important points. These are the points I understood: A) Question authority. The professor (Viru) means well, but he is trapped in his own power and position. He does not appreciate being challenged. Think for yourself. From the very beginning, Rancho thinks things through his own way and with his own standards. C) Do not accept what fate throws at you (because you may not understand the difference between fate and circumstance). D) Be optimistic. I have found myself repeating "All Is Well" in Rancho's accent under my breath. It is similar to several American movies, among them, "Animal House". but it is definitely making its own message.
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    Dismissing other mono-theistic faiths

    I don't know how one can talk about the subject if one starts from the premise that one faith is true. You've already judged the topic! I have a Ba'hai friend and as I understand it, Ba'hai is Islamic at the root, but violated the Islamic faith in that it does not accept Mohammed as the final prophet of Allah, nor the Qu'ran as the single book of truth. To me, Ba'hai compared to Islam is not unlike Christianity compared to Judaism. Christianity accepts Jesus as equivalent to God, and the New Testament as a successor to the Old. Obviously the believers of the various faiths will disagree on these major points. I find interesting what they CAN agree on. As for Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, I think they all agree on Abrahim/ Ibrahim as the founder. More interesting to me would be can all three faiths agree that their god is the same as Abraham's/ Ibrahim's god?
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    Quotes from the Bible

    I don't think you should delete this. Do the Muslims on this site read the 'Bible' and if so do Muslims pay more attention to the Old or New Testaments? Any favorite quotes that have an especially Muslim take?
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    Star Trek - The Original Series

    Did you watch many episodes, or did you stop watching at the cowboy one (their 'return' to the O K Corral)?
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    Worst Hollywood Film

    Generally accepted that "Plan 9 From Outer Space" is the worst film of all time. That was accepted even before the point was made on Seinfeld.
  7. Star Trek, the original version masterminded by Gene Roddenberry and aired for only two full seasons but spawned a mighty list of follow-up series that brought good science fiction and the art of story telling to television and later, the movies. I was too young for the original series but later on it went into syndication and all the older kids were practically memorizing the dialogues. In retrospect, most of the television shows and many of the movies I've admired owe a lot to this primal series. Any other Star Trek Original admirers out there, or is it too old generation?
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    Worst TV Shows You've Seen

    There used to be a show about a talking horse, "Mr. Ed". Not much later came a show about a talking car, not only did the car talk, it was animated by the spirit of the owner's late mother. And yes, it was called, "My Mother The Car". There are two kinds of terrible shows: The kind so awful you pass over them, through them, will not watch. If it's a show about these useless people who are famous because they are famous, like a Hilton, a friend of a Hilton, a Kardashian, a rockstar or mobster, I have no inclination to linger for even a second. But then comes a show like "F Troop" or "Hogan's Heroes" which is stupid but watchable. I wonder what it's doing to my brain when I'm watching. Then there are ideas so horrible it's like a blasphemy. In 1998 a show called "The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer" went out. It didn't last long but it was about the White House of Abraham Lincoln played for cheap laughs. Horror upon horror.
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    The siege of Mecca

    I read this book a year ago. Aside from the events at the Masjid, The newly installed Ayatollah Khomeini announced to the world that it was all caused by Israel and America, the American Embassy was stormed and destroyed in Islamabad.
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    William Shakespeare

    I got to see Lawrence Olivier play Shylock! We speak English the way we do because of Shakespeare and The King James Bible, which turns 400 this year.
  11. Below are expressed the opinions of the Imam. A few years ago I met a Saudi engineer who was very particular that Darwin's Theory of Evolution was in agreement with the Qu'ran. In particular he mentioned the description of the fetus in the womb. He gave me a book about Islam which I may still have which mentioned it. If people are interested I'll bring it back to this forum for quoting. Apparently the Imam (at Masjid al-Tawhid) has been threatened by members of his congregation for his beliefs, or his manner of expressing them. Maybe some of you have some more immediate background on this issue. b'salaam - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Knowledge regained In contrast to their forebears, modern Muslims have a childlike view of science, especially evolution. This needs to change Usama Hasan guardian.co.uk, Thursday 11 September 2008 13.30 BST Article history Professor Richard Dawkins recently said that most Muslims were creationists, and their children are taught that the theory of evolution is wrong, which causes a huge problem in schools. He's largely correct, and the Muslim world desperately needs to debate the matter properly without fear, since science can neither prove nor disprove God. Whereas the Christian world, where Charles Darwin first proposed his thesis, has had a century and a half to come to terms with the theory of evolution, it has only begun to be taught rather recently in the Muslim world, where faith and religious practice is still relatively strong. No wonder then that the theory is opposed by some religious elements, especially those that are ignorant of science. Snazzy websites, videos and books produced by fundamentalist Muslim "creationists" such as those at www.harunyahya.com, are obscuring clear scientific thinking. Creation or evolution? Many believers in God have no problem with an obvious solution: that God created man via evolution. Here is some explanation of this view from a Muslim perspective. I have a background in physical sciences, not biological ones, but there are parallels. Just as we can see clear evidence for the fact that planets, stars and galaxies evolved very gradually over the last 13 billion years since the big bang and weren't just beamed into existence by God, it would seem intuitive that life in its breathtaking variety on Earth also arose through a gradual evolutionary processes. There are plenty of Muslim biologists who have no doubt about the essential correctness of evolutionary theory. The Qur'an teaches that humanity began with Adam, whose wife Eve was made "of like nature". The raw materials from which Adam was created are variously described as dust, clay and water, ie a mixture of water and minerals found on earth and in its soil. God completed the creation of Adam, breathed his spirit into him and taught him the names of everything. Since the angels were ignorant of these names, he commanded them to bow down to Adam, to symbolise human superiority over angels due to our free will, intelligence, capacity to understand and express ourselves in eloquent language. One problem is that many Muslims retain the simple picture that God created Adam from clay, much as a potter makes a statue, and then breathed into the lifeless statue and lo! it became a living human. This is a children's madrasa-level understanding and Muslims really have to move on as adults and intellectuals, especially given the very serious scientific heritage of the medieval Islamic civilisation. Another objection that is sometimes posed is the following: doesn't evolution denigrate and insult all humans, but especially the prophets of God, by insisting that we all originate from apes? I reply that the theory doesn't insult anyone, but does remind us of the humble origins of our created form. This is nothing new or blasphemous, since numerous Qur'anic verses remind us that we are all created from "dust" via sexual discharges: "despised drops of water". Those verses clearly do not insult the prophets. Meanwhile, our spiritual form remains the most exalted, since it is from the spirit of God breathed into Adam: we exist for the most noble purpose of knowing and loving God, freely and after having been given a choice. Another irony in this whole debate is that several medieval Islamic thinkers had ideas that were broadly similar to the theory of evolution. The 10th-century Persian philosopher Ibn Miskawayh may have had ideas about the natural world that were, broadly speaking, evolutionist. The 14th-century philosopher Ibn Khaldun wrote: One should then look at the world of creation. It started out from the minerals and progressed, in an ingenious, gradual manner, to plants and animals. Although Ibn Khaldun wasn't speaking directly about evolution in the modern sense, I don't think he would have had a major problem with Darwin's theory, judging from the passage above. But it is precisely the loss of the heritage of people like Ibn Khaldun that has led to the current, appalling state of science in the Muslim world and the Muslim consciousness.
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    Censoring Huck Finn!

    I have spoken the 'N Word' maybe never, maybe once or twice, but I listen to television shows that have the words (mostly spoken by inner city denizens) and I have some music with the nword in the lyrics. I am against changing Huckleberry Finn. The author put every word in there for a reason, and you should read what he wrote and make up your own mind.
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    Batman sues 'Batman'

    Turns out the ancient and honourable town of Batman in Anatolia has no sense of humor about my favorite growing up 'super' hero, BATMAN. The Kurdish mayor of Batman is suing Warner Brothers, the movie company behind the latest range of Batman movies. Let me say that the appeal of Batman to me was that he wasn't technically a super hero. He is not from a different planet with a different colored sun. He is a normal human who exercises a lot and tinkers in his lab and garage to get those clever devices on his bat-belt and drive that really real cool car. See a version of the story here I saw the latest Batman movie last Summer and really enjoyed it, which was a surprise to me because I didn't think much of some of the others. But Heath Ledger as the Joker ruled. Next to Germany, I've most wanted to go to Turkey. I have long visitors' lists made up of sights and places to see in both countries. I think Turkey is going to rule over Germany, but I speak a little German and absolutely no Turkish.
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    New Movie: "True Grit"

    Just came from seeing the latest version of "True Grit" a film based on a 1968 book written in what may or may not be the 18th century vernacular of the American West. It concerns a 14 year old girl, more properly 'young woman' who learns that her father has been murdered in another town. She sets off to see to his remians and go after the killer. I was not familiar with the 1969 movie, nor had I read the book. Now I shall see the one and read the other. I enjoyed the movie experience last night because of the language, the music, and the casting and acting. Anyone else a fan of westerns?
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    The Wahhabi Mission and Saudi Arabia

    I enjoyed the reference to "wasabi fatwas" above! Several years ago I met a Saudi and asked him about Wahabbi-ism. He avoided the term yet appeared to me to be a pretty strict adherent but eager to avoid the term and simply refer to 'correct' or even 'normal' Islam. He reminded me of how an intelligent fundamentalist Christain will refer to his/ her own faith, that it is the basic or root faith and it is everyone else who is on the branch. What they had in common was they were full of answers but didn't appear to have many questions.
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