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Zayn Al-Abideen Gregory
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Kitty Caught in Tree: Tropical Edition

A kitten adopted us this Ramadan. I wasn't eager to take in another cat but one should feed a hungry guest, what more during the fasting month.

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Datuk Hj Ibrahim and the Isle of Lakei

An old friend dropped by for Raya.  After the usual pleasantries he disclosed his purpose: a side quest to Pulau Lakei, the final resting place of the fabled Datuk Hajji Ibrahim.  Of course I said yes.  Pulau Lakei!  The lone island at the far tip of Bako…

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Dear muslim friends in the USA, After 20 years of organic farming, my parents are retiring. Their Michigan homestead Three Roods Farm (www.threeroodsfarm.com) is up for sale and it is perfect for muslims who want to go into organic farming, permaculture…

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Four days after moving into my home in Kuching, I met my first biawak, lounging on my front porch. Over the last 11 years, they have been a constant presence, stalking kittens and slaughtering chickens

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Kuching Modern: Windshield Survey

Residential buildings in Kuching have a very different look in general compared to Michigan. Everything here is built from slabs and columns of poured cement instead of timber framing, and townhouses and duplexes (AKA terraces and semi-D’s) predominate…

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A twitter-essay on Beras Perang, unpolished, unbleached, lightly milled local long grain rice.   Beras perang tampi di nyiru, Tumpah melukut merata-rata. Haiwan yang garang lagi diburu, Siapa takut semut melata?* Brown rice tossed in a winnowing basket…

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Review: Islam and the Destiny of Man

Often listed as one of the best introductory books on Islam for the seeker, I’m probably approaching Gai Eaton’s Islam and the Destiny of Man 20 years too late, but I wanted to read it before I recommend it to anyone. There was plenty to enjoy. The book…

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America has the Homeland, Germans the Fatherland, Russia the Motherland. Only the Malays have a Waterland. The Sarawak state anthem goes like this:

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Review: Salonica, City of Ghosts

“They all claimed the city for themselves in God’s name. But is it not said: Where God is, there is everything?” Nearly five hundred years of history for a city I had never heard of in a land I knew next to nothing about could have been overwhelming, but…

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Susu and You: Milk in Malaysia

Milk and Honey. Symbols of  purity and goodness from Biblical times, they are promised in abundance in the Paradise Hereafter. (Here is) a Parable of the Garden which the righteous are promised: in it are rivers of water incorruptible; rivers of milk of…
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