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My Name is Khan!

Once again, Bollywood film star, Shah Rukh Khan (AKA SRK) has been detained at US immigration on the way to make a speech at Yale University. The first time Khan was detained was in 2009.

Khan alleges that this was due to US prejudice toward muslims, and I couldn’t agree with him more. The US has this strange bent that anyone who is muslim is a terrorist, which was made clear to me when I played with a computer that had the names on the US terrorist watch list: Gerry Adams, Martin McGuinness, and a few other Irish Republicans didn’t set off the system, but the name Muhammad did.

The US, of course, will deny this sort of thing, but if you watch who watch how the US Homeland Security tends to bead in on Muslims to the detriment of other threats, it becomes pretty obvious.

There have been several incidents in the past of prominent Indian officials being stopped or frisked at US airports.

In December 2010, the US expressed regret after India’s then-ambassador Meera Shankar was pulled out of an airport security line and frisked by a security agent.

Some reports said she was singled out as she was wearing a sari.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she was concerned about the incident and vowed to prevent a recurrence.

And in 2009, America’s Continental Airlines apologised to former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam for frisking him before he boarded a flight to the US.

Members of India’s parliament were outraged after it emerged that Mr Kalam had been frisked and made to remove his shoes at Delhi airport in April.

Protocol exempts former presidents and other dignitaries from such searches.

Khan joked about the incident saying “Whenever I start feeling arrogant about myself, I always take a trip to America. The immigration guys kick the star out of stardom”.

“They [immigration officials] always ask me how tall I am and I always lie and say 5ft 10 inches. Next time I am going to get more adventurous. [If they ask me] what colour are you, I am going to say white,” he said.

Amusingly enough, SRK did a film called “My Name is Khan” was about an American Muslim with Asperger’s syndrome. I think it would be more appropriate if he did something like The Mad Adventures of ‘Rabbi’ Jacob where a rabid anti-Muslim Jew is confused with a Muslim because his name was Kahn.

After all, Muslims can also be semitic people.

Ramadan Music from Radio Tarifa

Radio Tarifa is a group from Tarifa in Andalusia, Spain. They represent the multicultural mix of that area with its closeness to the Arab World (and having been part of that World) as well as Sephardic Culture.

Let’s hope that those who wish a modern inquisition are thwarted in their desires.

Ramadan Recipes from Epicurious

I just received an e-mail from Epicurious reminding me that this year the Muslim holiday Ramadan begins August 1.

Prepare for a month of nightly feasts with these iftar recipes for breaking the Ramadan fast. Make essential entrées with our how-to videos and get amazing African dishes from chef Marcus Samuelsson

OK, I’ll admit that their Sephardic Passover fare has started a trend amongst my wife’s family: in particular the Charoset and Matzo Scallion Pancakes (add a red onion and garlic to the recipe).  Anyway, I thought I would pass this on to the Muslim community since it might introduce them to the wide variety of cooking in the Islamic World.  I’ve had the Malaysian Curry, Indonesian Nasi Goreng, Ethiopian doro wett, and–pretty much all the recipes on this page. That gives you an idea of how large the Islamic world is!

And since you should be good and hungry with all the fasting

Enjoy! You might start some new traditions in your home as well. Ma’salama!

Microdot suggests the French Site, which isn’t only in French, but uses European measurements (e.g. gas 6)

Tere Bin Laden–the Sequel–Bin Laden Dies!

If he were alive today, he would only be able to play a terrorist.

Hollywood sources have revealed that casting began for a film about the Death of Osama Bin Laden a fortnight before immediately after news of his death was made public.

The following names of Bollywood stars and one Arab-American actress were mentioned regarding casting for the woman used as a human shield: Priyanka Chopra, Nandita Das, Nandana Sen, Katrina Kaif, Freida Pinto, and Lena Rizkallah. Rumour has it that any non-Western starlet would not be appropriate for this role and that it has been offered to much better known Hollywood Starlets (e.g. Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman, Julia Roberts, et al).

Casting the villains was far easier with names such as Ahmed Ahmed, Maz Jobrani, Joey Nibras, and other Middle Eastern male stars being easily stereotyped the natural choices for these roles.

Our Hollywood source said that it was easiest casting the Villains since “Everybody knows that Arabs are just sooo evil.”

The real problem came with the casting of the role of the president of the United States as Hollywood executives said that there was no way that a black man named Barack Obama would ever be believable for most Americans in the role of the US President.

Yeah, Barack Obama is a Muslim–SO WHAT????

This is a Morris Dancer, Not a Muslim

Article VI of the US Constitution says:

no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

That means it doesn’t matter WHAT religious persuasion anyone in US Government office happens to be.

Got that all you “protectors” of the Constitution???

Anyway, it’s not true, but it does allow me to use this silly looking picture of a Morris Dancer.


To welcome in the summer
To welcome in the may oh
The summer is a-comin’ in
And winter’s gone away oh

See Also:
Helston Furry Dance
Grandson of Morris On

Message to Anwar al-Awlaki.

As salaam alaikum, mate, Keef Halik?

OK, I’m not a muslim, but we’ve got a few things in common.

First off, we were both born in the USA.  I bet you probably get sick when you hear Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” as well.  On the other hand, that fact makes us both US citizens. And even though we both find that fact as appealing as (fill in the blank), it unfortunately is something which is a truth.

The next thing we have in common is that we have no love for the USA as it happens to function right now.  How we would handle this is a matter of opinion.  I have to admit I find that your sermon about killing Americans hits me as being pretty stupid.  Does that mean that the people listening to it should start with you?

I’d guess that we can come to an understanding as to why you said what you said, but you have to remember that beyond the stereotype, there isn’t such a thing as a typical American: after all you are a muslim and I am a Brit.  But we would agree that the stereotypical yank is a real dickhead.  But the problem is that by saying what you did about killing yanks, you play into the hands of the jerkoffs who say that Muslims (and any other non-Christian) American can’t be a proper citizen.  The Botox Bandit whose brain has turned to oatmeal from too many botox injections can say that Muslims weren’t also victims of 9-11.

Not every US citizen is unaware of what the US has done to the rest of the world.  The fact that what was supposed to be a peaceful nation has become a tyrranical one and wants to shove its culture down the throats of the rest of the world. Some of the US citizenry know that Israel is not the friend of anybody as well as the meaning of Al-Nakba and the USS Liberty.  Don’t listen to the rants of the Christian right who want to support that sick regime.

Where we differ is in how to address the wrongs.  You want to destroy.  I want to build.  We need to get rid of the negativity.

You can’t work outside the system or you play into the hands of the people who show shock and awe to the people of Iraq and Afghanistan in the hopes of lord knows what.  In fact, the best place for you to be is here and showing what good citizens the muslims are.  Tell the world of the zionist hypocracy as they say never again, yet have been perpetrating al-Nakba for over 60 years.  Tell the idiots that say only Christians can be good American citizens that the US was founded as a religiously neutral country.  Franklin wrote that “even if the Mufti of Constantinople were to send a missionary to preach Mohammedanism to us, he would find a pulpit at his service.”

You should be given a pulpit, but you need to stop saying kill Americans: especially since you are one.

The way to stop Americans from being “parties of the devil” is to show them a different way. As the slogan goes: “be the change you want to see”.

Believe in change.

By saying what you say, you show to me that you doubt God’s/Allah’s power to change people.  Even worse, you show that you lack faith in the truth of his message.  You show a hatred for yourself as an American, which you are like it or not.

Is that what you truly want to tell the world?  Or do you want to send a different message: one that affirms God/Allah.

Take it how you will, bro.

Ma salaama.

[Quran 5:4] They consult you concerning what is lawful for them; say, “Lawful for you are all good things, including what trained dogs and falcons catch for you.” You train them according to GOD’s teachings. You may eat what they catch for you, and mention GOD’s name thereupon. You shall observe GOD. GOD is most efficient in reckoning.