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If by some accident your public library were to shut down, chances are that this book could be reconstructed entirely from memory by a resident of YOUR city within hours... and the same scenario could be repeated in every major city in the world today!  

And now, according to radiocarbon testing, the pages below have been established to date back to within 15 years of its source.  

"We have without doubt sent down this message; and We will certainly guard it from corruption." [The Holy Quran 15:9]
Radiocarbon analysis shows that a Quran manuscript held by the University of Birmingham, England, was written close to the time of the Prophet Mohammed.
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The California water crisis: who's using up our water? http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/californias-drought-whos-really-using-all-the-water/
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A Sermon to Muslims regarding the Paris Shootings
(My Synopsis Follows)

1. Criminals are criminals, all are equal before the Law despite religion.  "Stand by justice even if it is against yourselves."  Retaliation does not justify anyone's  misbehavior, all crimes must be punished.

2. Nothing Islamic about killing editors and cartoonists.  People who do this are an embarrassment.  Muslims must take collective responsibility.  As offensive as the cartoons may be, it is equally offensive to perform mischief, hate, and killing in the name of God. After all, it was the legacy of each and every Prophet was that he was jeered and ridiculed during his lifetime.

3. Hateful insulting, condescending speech is in fact offensive.  Muslims have the right to be offended when the things they hold sacred are publicly insulted.  We are against those who are killed unjustifiably; but that doesn't mean we condone the cartoons.  The issue is, how do you react.  We must react in a manner commensurate with Islam.

4. Real issue:  why do people make fun of Islam today?  Not because "They're out to get us".  Actually, long ago they ridiculed Islam to discredit it and stop it from spreading; Islam was thought provoking back then.  Now however they make fun of us because of how we appear, what we have become, how we carry ourselves, the level of corruption our countries and businesses are steeped in, because we are the opposite of a civilized society.  We don't possess basic human decency any longer, we have very low moral standards today.  We need to start looking in the mirror because we have lost our moral compass.

5. Once upon a time in our glorious past, we used to be a people of reason and intelligence.  The allure of Islam never come from force or the sword, but from the power of its ideas:  our religion used to be a way to open minds, and Islam and Muslims would challenge injustice head-on.  Ours was a thought provoking religion, we used to be a thoughtful people, and we challenged the immorality of the world around us.  Today we are disconnected with our book, and we pray, "Our Lord! Make us not [so wretched that we become] a tribulation to those who practice oppression... (10:85-86)"
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Over 120 Islamic scholars from around the world, many of them leading Muslim voices in their own countries, have issued an open letter denouncing Islamic State militants and refuting their religiou...
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Anti-Muslim hate monger Pam Geller’s subway and bus poster campaign launches this week. I say we launch our own to fight her with laughs.
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The stereotypical view about welfare is that government programs providing food and income are for the jobless poor who either can’t work or won’t work. A UC Berkeley report issued today proves otherwise. Many of those who rely on welfare do, in fact, work, but the poverty-level wages their employers pay forces workers and their families to rely on government assistance. #poverty
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What happens when we hate others based on how they look; without knowing who they are.
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The bitter irony of it all: I've been listening to this song for 15 years oblivious to its lyrics.

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'Parh Parh Alam Faazil Hoya'
As rendered by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
with approximate English translation
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FIRST STANZA

Makeh gaya gal mukdi naheen
Pawain so so jummay parrh aeeye

(Going to Makkah is not the ultimate worship,
Even if hundreds of Islamic Prayers are offered there.)

Ganga gaya gal mukdi naheen
Pawain so so gotey khaeey

(Going to River Ganges is not the ultimate worship,
Even if hundreds of Hindu Baptisms are performed there.)

Gaya gaya gal mukdei naheen
Pawain so so pand parrhaeey

(Going to Gaya is not the ultimate worship,
Even if hundreds of Jain and Buddhist hymns are recited there.)

Bulleh Shah gal taeyon mukdi
Jadon May nu dilon gawaeey

(Bulleh Shah said that the ultimate worship is
When the “I” is removed from the heart.)

Parrh parrh alam fazal hoya
Kadee apnay aap nu parrhaya ye naeen

(I've read so many books to seek religious knowledge,
But I never bothered to read myself.)

Ja ja warrda mandir maseetey
Kadi man apnay which warrya ye naeen

(I've faithfully run to temples and mosques,
But I've never entered my own heart.)

Aewaien roz shaitan naal larrdaan
Kadee nafs apnay naal larrya ye naeen

(Everyday I've clashed with the evil in this world,
Yet I've never challenged the devil within my soul.)

Bulleh Shah asmani udeeyan pharrda
Jayrra ghar baitha onu pharrya ye naeen

(Bulleh Shah: You reach out to command the stars in the sky,
But you never sought to control the light within yourself.)

Ratee jagayn tay shaikh sada wayn
Parr raat nu jaagan kutay, tay to utay

(Pious scholars stay awake praying all night,
But dogs stay awake at night longer than you do.)

Ratee bhonkon bass na karday
Fayr ja larraa which sutay, tay to utay

(The dogs don’t stop barking at night,
But they ultimately sleep in stations higher than you do.)

Yaar da buha mool na chhad-dey
Pawain maro so so jutay, tay to utay

(The dogs don’t leave their beloved master’s doorstep,
Even if they’re beaten far worse than you are.)

Bulleh Shah utth yaar mana lay
Naien tay bazi lay gaay kutay, tay to utay

(Bulleh Shah: Get up and make up with your Beloved,
Otherwise the dogs will get the best of you.)
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All too often, we permit established media conglomerates to monetize on tragedy, and --- worse still --- we allow them to get away telling a very shallow tale about what's happening in the real world.

I applause this effort to address race relations over social media, and love the fact that someone stepped up to own the discourse, made it less corporate, and pushed the envelope a little.
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Americans view Muslims far worse today than right after 9/11. Some of this is Muslims’ own fault. But the hate-mongering sure isn’t.
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