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just vomited in my mouth, a little…

Posted by abu ameerah on Friday, October 16, 2009

today i made the mistake of reading the muslimmatters.org blog.   actually, i don’t know if i can call this a mistake anymore if i do it more often than once a month.  perhaps i just hate myself so damn much that i read the blog as a means of self-flagellation. anyway, i came across this post (i will spare you the language i would rather use to describe it) on terrorism and related bunk. the post was long and too pathetic to warrant much of a description. the gist of it was something like this:

“terrorism is baaaaaad and harrraaaaaam! and the shuyookh and kibaaaar ulema say so! and if you are a terrorist you will burn in hell while being forced to watch reruns of America’s Next Top Model for all eternity! Any poor soul who dares even utter a word to the contrary is now one of the kharwaaaaarij!” btw, after the cult of SalafiPublications/TROID/Salafitalk.net/ “Akh-ees” in general, Muslimmatters has now taken upon itself the use of such terminology and they’ll go at it with you if you disagree with them one iota (on anything of substance).  it is garbage taken right out of the playbook of the neo-salafi cult/groups, but i digress.

the post goes on…and on…and on while they round up the usual suspects. Al Qaeda is to blame for all of the problems of the world … everything from the global financial crisis to breast cancer to the whole Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift fiasco. Omg, wait a minute, duuuuude, maybe that wasn’t Kanye West jumping on stage after all?! What if it was an Al Qaeda inspired Somali sleeper cell agent who jumped on stage pretending to be Kanye West in order to disrupt the entire MTV vma’s?  Then with America distracted by the controvery – and Kanye West’s career in jeopardy – Qaeda khawaaaarij militants could unsuccessfully mount yet another attack somewhere and NOT achieve the goal of establishing an Islamic State! Ohhhhh crap! I think i’m on to something really big here guys…lemme contact the investigatory body of muslimmatters at once!

at this point in my life i hate blogging…i genuinely do.   so, in order to make me actually write something on this pathetic excuse for a blog must mean that i was irritated to say the very least.   the Muslim “blogosphere” is at times quite disgusting – but muslimmatters is worse…

what bothered me the most was when amad of muslimmatters defending the article by giving examples of the billions-upon-billions of posts the blog did on other “serious” issues confronting the Ummah…palestine, the “Lal masjid incident” (where you kinda sorta blamed the students of the red mosque for their own demise br. Amad), Dr. Afia Siddiqui (a lady who actually did take a shot at a US law enforcement official), Dr. Ali al Timimi.    Seriously, the two or three little lame posts on Dr. Ali al Timimi?  What the?!   Are you kidding?   Would Dr. Ali really approve of such a post?  Even if he did, i would imagine that he would have been more balanced in his approach and far less dramatic than the author(s) in this case.   I personally found the use of Dr. Ali al Timimi (and other examples) as a defense of the article to be unfortunate and mildly distasteful, yet fully in keeping with the modus operandi of Muslimmatters.

it is sad, but if this is the kind of sentiment that is going to be the “new-normal” or future of thought in the Ummah (vis-a-vis Islamic organizations, scholars, blogs, etc) count me out ahh-kees!   i’m done.   time to pack up and head home.    UFC anyone?

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9/11: a day of mourning…

Posted by abu ameerah on Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Today is a day like no other. It is a day that I will be in mourning. To be quite honest, I don’t know how to express the grief and pain that I feel today. Anyway, here it is in a nutshell: We have mithai in the house and I am on a diet … so I cannot eat it. Dammit! I know the nation feels my pain. Let us all bow our heads for a moment of silence…

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sweeeeet…

Posted by abu ameerah on Friday, August 10, 2007

I saw this quite some time ago. O-60mph in 2.9sec … I want the Atom

(Notice how the hosts face freakishly stretches as a result of air/wind pressure in the middle of the clip)

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i [heart] New York…whatever

Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Well….I got back from New York City on Tuesday morning around 12:15am. The trip was long and I hadn’t slept at all when we embarked on our perilous journey (lol) at 1:30am Monday morning. This was my first actual on-the-ground experience in NYC — Manhattan to be exact. On past trips I have driven to NYC, through NYC, and flown out of NYC … but that was about it. This experience was quite different on the other hand. This experience turned out to be a quest for specific commercial-grade machinery. Yeah, yeah, I know. Most people who go to NYC go there for shopping, “whacking” someone, or sight-seeing … you know … the usual touristy things. I, on the other hand, wasn’t much of a tourist. I just wanted to leave.

Don’t get me wrong though. New York has gone a long way to clean up its image since the days when crime and squeegee-men threatened to overrun the city — but that didn’t do much for me. I am sure that NYC means a lot to its millions, and millions, and millions, and millions of residents. Then again, I am (thankfully) not one of those millions — but you know what they say — beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I am sure that the city has its own kind of charm. I probably failed to see it since I wear prescription eyeglasses.  I suppose opportunity can be found around every corner. Tell that to the shabbily dressed guy with a nervous tic walking down the street.

Immigrants who came to New York City in the 1900’s believed that the streets were paved with gold…

Sinatra sang about about New York…

Some guy got rich by making stupid t-shirts that say, “I love New York” (the world love represented w/ a heart shape)

I, on the other hand, didn’t see any single street paved in gold. I don’t feeling like singing about New York. I also do not “heart” New York…

One of the things that I found interesting, and somewhat peculiar, about New York City were its seeming contradictions… The haves vs. the have nots, the patriotic vs. the radical, the old (historic) vs. the new (modern & contemporary) the legal vs. the illegal, immigrant vs. non-immigrant, etc. Yet, despite all of these differenes and contradictions … New York (and New Yorkers in particular) have dealt with them better than nearly every other city of similar size. NYC and its millions of residents have learned how to deal with and even manage chaos (I am sure that many might disagree with such an assertion). Organized chaos … a contradiction in terms … but that is somewhat how New York seemed to me.

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Jumuah…

Posted by abu ameerah on Friday, July 27, 2007

Just came back from the Masjid and it was … well … uhhhhhhh…..

What more can I say? At least I found parking this time. Yep. That’s about it. All I can honestly say that I enjoyed about going to Masjid for salat al Jumuah was the parking.

Parking.

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you got Beef?

Posted by abu ameerah on Friday, July 27, 2007

Beef?

No…not this kind..(way tooo rare!)

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Nope. Not this kind either … still toooo rare …

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Still … not completely done …

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Yep. That’s more like it. “Beef” … kinda like this …

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Beef [beef] noun, plural beeves [beevz]

–noun

1. the flesh of a cow, steer, or bull raised and killed for its meat.
2. an adult cow, steer, or bull raised for its meat.
3. Informal.

a. brawn; muscular strength.
b. strength; power.
c. weight, as of a person.
d. human flesh.
4. Slang.

a. a complaint.
b. an argument or dispute.

–verb (used without object)

5. Slang. to complain; grumble.

Beef? Beef? Who got Beef? Well it seems that a certain blogger, earlier this week, fired what may have been the opening salvo — if you will — in a tit-for-tat internet brawl that only the creators of Myspace and “Who Wants To Marry A Millionaire” could have have come up with. This is a “beef” … but not the kind that is for dinner … more like the kind that has the potential to result in internet jaw-jockeying and a whole lot of “he-said, he-said” nonsense. No, this isn’t an “East Coast / West Coast” thing. It isn’t a Biggie vs. Pac thing (actually if it was…Umar would have to be Tupac and I would have to be the Notorious BIG since I’m packin’ the pounds if you know what I saying).

Anyway, it seems that brother Umar Lee had a conniption earlier this week after reading a post that I had written in reference to the whole Lal Masjid fiasco in Pakistan. Well, wouldn’t you know, after reading the post (and focusing only upon a small portion toward the end) Brother Umar had to respond and…well…um…he GAVE-IT! He gave it FULL FORCE … without warning … without any hesitation … without any reservations whatsoever. He didn’t alert the townspeople of his assault. He didn’t bother giving the women and children time to disembark from the ship. He didn’t even allow the elderly & physically handicapped the time needed to don lifejackets and safely board lifeboats. No, instead he just GAVE IT! He literally gave it Godzilla style. Only in this case … he (Umar Lee) represents Bloggerzilla and I am merely the helpless nation of Japan trying to flee from impending doom.

Well Umar Lee, it seems that you’ve achieved your goal of doing what amounts to a digital drive-by (or an uppercut at the very least) … how ’bout I respond now that some of the hype (or something to that effect) has died down? Actually, I will simply be responding for the sake of clarification Inshallah, and not in the “in-your-face”/accusatory kind of manner, the way you did. There are two reasons for my taking a different approach: 1) I have no desire to be pulled down any further into the mud … as it appears that this is where you and a select cadre made up some of your most rabid supporters and fellow Muslim blog leaders seem to fester 2) I don’t want to add much more “noise” to a situation that could have otherwise (had you chosen) been handled much differently.

So, one might ask, what makes a leading Muslim blogger like Umar Lee with a Technorati ranking of 37,274 come all the way down (to create some mess) to the level of a novice like myself boasting a pathetic an atrocious/disgusting/offensive Technorati ranking of 218,155?

Could it be:

a) Anger

b) Revenge

c) Ignorance of the Islamic etiquette in dealing with others when one believes that he/she has been wronged

d) All of the above.

Allah (Azza wa’Jall) knows best, and I would rather not speculate, yet it may be that an online culture of shooting-off at the mouth (to personally attack and denigrate others) and ego may have a lot to do with it. In other words, perceived self-importance at its very worst, if you will. Nonetheless, I was called a number of names and personally attacked by brother Umar Lee, albeit in grade school fashion. I could have simply chosen to keep my mouth shut … allowed the accusations to stand … and just let the big-bad Muslim blog leader get away with it. But, why should I? Am I somehow bound not to respond according to the sacred Law of our Creator (AWJ)? If Umar Lee can hold opinions (and make them known in such a public manner) … why shouldn’t I be able to express my opinions or at least respond to such an attack? What to do? Oh, what to do?

The fact of the matter is that I do intend to respond, inshallah. And away we go…

Umar Lee writes:

“This is what I was thinking about before brother Abu Ameerah, someone who has been repeatedly critical of my writing and written in a pretentious way of the kind of religious “know it all guy” everyone hates to be around, tried to covertly attack Tariq Nelson and myself. In other words, more pompous than pious in his writing.”

“He did not mention either of us by name but anyone who has read what we have written knows who he is talking about and he should have been a man and showed a little courage and just came out and said it instead of doing what is the equivalent to punching a guy in the back and then running before he can turn around and that is the difference between Abu Ameerah and myself; I do not hide behind false pieties and I say what I mean and mean what I say and if I think something I come right out and say it.”

“There may be some truth in this that American-Muslims are often promoted to be a public face for Muslims in America; but more often than not you will find masjids in America ran by people who cannot clearly speak the English language, do not understand the society they live in, and have a whole host of cultural baggage they try and pass off as Islam.”

“There is a saying in English “attack the message not then messenger” and I think that is what Abu Ameerah is doing with Tariq and myself and what is the root of his anger? The root of this that this brother adheres to a “back home” mentality of ignoring problems and not speaking of them and hoping they will go away and if they cannot go away then making a conspiracy to explain them away and that is his cultural baggage. He is more than happy to point out the faluts in others but as soon as someone points a finger and those near to him he gets this mentality.”

“This was first on display when he, along with a few others, accused me of being a Sufi, with no evidence to the claim, during my Rise and Fall of the Salafi Dwah series, and then AA himself basically accused me of being a liar and saying I did not see what I did see but was too cowardly to come right out and say it and the root of his anger was that I was talking about things which he felt should have been ignored and not discussed. Well, sorry akh, I am not shutting up, and your little Internet rants do not impress me, and if you want to shut me up you will have to kill me and I think all of your homeboys who could do the killing are busy doing stupid stuff in Kashmir and blowing themselves up in Pakistan in order to overthrow the corrupt ruler of a falied state created more than a half-century ago by a British puppet.”

1. “…someone who has been repeatedly critical of my writing…

Hmmm…let’s see. How many times have I been “critical” of your writing? You could probably count the number of times on one hand (likely minus the thumb) if you wanted. In terms of your actual style of writing (grammar & mechanics) … I don’t see much of a problem. However, I think it wouldn’t hurt you to use the spellchecker that wordpress offers.

2. “…written in a pretentious way of the kind of religious “know it all guy” everyone hates to be around…

I, too, could think of quite a few…shall we say…colorful adjectives to describe you and your blog right about now akhi. Also, today is Yawm al-Jumuah so I’ll do my best to refrain, inshallah. A”religious know-it-all guy” … Moi? I have usually refrained from getting into religious debates with you or your supporters as this ultimately serves no purpose. Also, I think others that actually take your blog seriously have gotten into it with you much worse (in terms of religious matters) akhi.

3. “…tried to covertly attack Tariq Nelson and myself.

Wow! “Covertly” huh? Was this some kind of CIA sponsored black-op akhi? Get your mind out of conspiracy theory land and try writing something of substance for once. Allow me to be clear on this: When I sat down to write the original post I had no idea what your opinion on the Lal Masjid situation was (and neither would I have cared frankly). I know it is hard akhi … but I want you to keep in mind that THE WORLD DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND YOU! I realize that I have, unfortunately, commented on your blog in the past. Yet…both you and the blog are really of no consequence to the vast majority of Muslims who do not live for the “Jihad of Umar”. In other words…the world is full of so much more than simply your inane observations. Don’t take it too hard akhi…I tried to break it to you as gently as I could. Here’s a tissue.

4. “…more pompous than pious in his writing…

My writing is “pompous” akhi? LOL… Have you taken a hard look at your own writing recently? Well, akhi, hate to break it to you … but … the overly opinionated and culturally chauvinistic tone that you have demonstrated in your writing is quite clearly on display and available for all of your many readers to see. The way in which you deal with (and obsess over) issues of race, ethnicity, nationality, and culture is rife with a sense of an “Us vs. Them” notion amongst fellow believers of all people. Well, I suppose that I would be a more pious individual if I did an analysis of The Sopranos … or if I wrote about the movie 300 … or if I made reference to a skanky model in my blog. Sound familiar? It’s that good ‘ole fashion moderate Muslim piety on display, right?! TASTY!

5. “…he should have been a man and showed a little courage and just came out and said it…

I won’t attack your manhood akhi … but if attacking others and lacking adab in dealing with believers is in any way the mark of a man … then YOU DA’ MAN akhi! YOU DA’ MAN! Allow me to make mention, once again, that the original post was NOT directed toward you! I was merely recalling my own dealings with Muslims in organizations that I have been a part of. Also, as we will see later on … you accuse me of calling you are Sufi. How could I have the courage to do that (which I did not) and yet I would not have the courage to call you out on my own blog? Makes no sense if you ask me.

6. “I do not hide behind false pieties and I say what I mean and mean what I say and if I think something I come right out and say it.”

Nope! No sir! You don’t “hide”. You just rudely go on the attack without giving a brother the benefit of the doubt. I mean … you could have simply dropped me an email. However, I suppose that wouldn’t have garnered the attention and smack-down controversy you were looking for. I mean, if it is your intention to be the Don Imus of the Muslim blogosphere … then go ahead be my guest!

Hey Umar, am I hiding now?

7. “…I think that is what Abu Ameerah is doing with Tariq and myself and what is the root of his anger?”

Again…I go back to the point. How did you know that I was attacking either you or Br. Tariq Nelson? I suppose, you know what is in the hearts of the believers? How can you be sure that I was attacking you? If there was a doubt … couldn’t you have emailed me … or left a comment (in the Lal Masjid posting) for me to respond to?

8. “…this brother adheres to a “back home” mentality of ignoring problems and not speaking of them and hoping they will go away and if they cannot go away then making a conspiracy to explain them away and that is his cultural baggage.”

You have beaten the “back home mentality” point to death akhi. You seem to use it quite often. Particularly, when brothers/sisters disagree with you on a point or simply with the way in which you dealt with a particular issue. I don’t think this tactic works with me akhi. I hold the same citizenship and nationality as you akhi. My skin tone (and that of my parents) may differ from yours … but that doesn’t mean that I ascribe to some kind of convoluted “back home” mentality as you have asserted. See, akhi, my “back home” is right here … just like you … I have nowhere else to go at the moment. My point, akhi, is that as Muslims we should use hikmah in dealing with situations … rather than resorting to a Jerry Springer style airing of the dirty the laundry so to speak.

Since we are on the topic of “cultural baggage” akhi, I think that you should also deal with your baggage. Unfortunately your baggage seems to permeate nearly every post you write about issues related to Muslims (either foreign or native born).

9. “He is more than happy to point out the faluts in others but as soon as someone points a finger and those near to him he gets this mentality.”

I was thinking the same about you akhi. Small world isn’t it?! LOL

10. “…accused me of being a Sufi, with no evidence to the claim, during my Rise and Fall of the Salafi Dwah series…

When did I ever (directly) accuse of you of being, or refer to you as, a Sufi? I thought the “Rise and Fall…” series was somewhat of a joke … but beyond that I never recall having called you a Sufi. What would be wrong if someone were to call you a Sufi anyway? Do you have something against Sufis? Try to be more clear akhi.

11. “…and then AA himself basically accused me of being a liar…

Don’t give me “basically” … that nonsense. Did I actually refer to you as a liar? If I did … the bring the proof akhi. I do recall disagreeing with you that you were a regular attendee of The Center for Islamic Information and Education (Dar al Arqam). I know that you attended the dars a number of times as I would often see you there. Once in particular you were telling a group of us brothers sitting on the floor (including Shiekh Ali), after Salat al Isha, about your travels to Israel. I specifically remember that you made mention of the fact that the Israeli authorities did not harass you while you on the actual trip.

12. “…the root of his anger was that I was talking about things which he felt should have been ignored and not discussed.”

Uhhh…No. I have simply disagreed with the central argument that you made in “The Rise and Fall…” series, akhi. That in no way means that I’m in favor of sweeping critical matters (that impact Muslim) beneath the rug — no matter how many times you say to the contrary.

13. “…I am not shutting up, and your little Internet rants do not impress me…

No one has told you to shut up…even though it seems we’re getting close to that point. Also, what do you call your post about me? If not a “rant” … then was it some kind of UN fact finding mission report? Furthermore, nothing you do or have done up to this point has impressed me “akh” … and I could care less what newspaper you rant write for or what radio show you go on.

14. “…if you want to shut me up you will have to kill me…

You have also used this line in one of your blog postings before. Only then, you seemed to want terrorists or Iraqis with “sharp knives” and bombs to kill you. Is it me or does someone have a death wish? The fact of the matter is that nobody is trying to kill you akhi. Well, I don’t know how many people you’ve managed to irritate in St. Louis or NYC … so I’ll just say that I doubt anyone is trying to kill you. Relax akhi. Lighten’ up! Either you are stressed out or the “kill me” reference has something to do a soap opera audition. I know that such dramatic statements bring more readers to your blog akhi … but I really don’t care for it.

15. “…all of your homeboys who could do the killing are busy doing stupid stuff in Kashmir and blowing themselves up in Pakistan in order to overthrow the corrupt ruler…

What the … ? It’s “brothers” like you… making such asinine allegations that helped McNulty and Kromberg secure (bogus) convictions in the case of the “Virginia 11” including the like Sheikh Ali al Timimi or Br. Sabri ben Kahla or the rest of the “Virginia 11” (May Allah Azza Wa’Jall free them from the hands of the tawagheet, ameen!)

Also, I think your reference to Kashmir and the militancy in that particular region of conflict is a bit of a red herring, in and of itself. You tend to do this whenever you lack a cohesive argument or when you just want to bring negative attention upon someone. Therefore, anyone who differs with you on a particular matter can easily be linked to “terrorists” … or militant groups … or whatever you feel like. Kashmir had nothing to do with my Lal Masjid post and yet you felt like bringing that in. I find that interesting and pathetic at the same time.

Ultimately, akhi, you still likely would have remained the brave man that your are — had you simply emailed me in the first place. The choice was yours to make.

***UPDATE***

When you lack a response…this is what you do…a halfhearted attempt, at best, by the Blogger Currently Known as Umar Lee. I will continue to stand by my original post on the Lal Masjid as well as the above clarification and response to Lee’s attack. Umar Lee has offered no proof to defend his accusations … until then I will continue to regard them as nothing more than exaggerated speech.  Furthermore, I doubt if he even read the entire post.

So, in closing, when you lack a response … do as Umar Lee does … simply reassert your original point or argument (even if it is incorrect). To be quite honest, I expected more from such an acclaimed and well-known Muslim blogger.

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irritated…

Posted by abu ameerah on Friday, July 20, 2007

Came back from Salat al Jummah not too long ago. The whole experience was rather unpleasant. I suppose that I have to get used to this … now that I am no longer near a normal Muslim community. Anyway, I arrived at the Masjid late (the Khateeb was also late) and parked in the muddy field area. Actually that wasn’t so bad. Alhamdulillah, I was able to leave the Masjid much faster after the Khutbah was over — leaving the Masjid is pretty much my only highlight for Jummah these days.

So I enter the masjid and….. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh! Allah Paak Parwardegar-e-Alam!!!! The Khateeb for today is a well known innovator! Actually, he has been our Guest-Khateeb before … but it has been a while since he last gave a Khutbah and I just hoped that community (and its ever so ignorant leadership) simply forgot about this guy. Despite my hopes, unfortunately, this wasn’t to be the case. I should have known something was up since this guy has been coming to the Masjid for the last 3 Fridays.

GREAT! I think to myself. That’s just freakin’ Great!

So I quickly (and ever so frantically — like a deer in headlights) look to find a place to sit and situate myself … and what do I see … I notice our “dear” sisters sitting in their appointed SISTERS AREA … looking like a bunch of colorful butterflies as they swooooon away at the words of our Innovator Deviant Khateeb. The Sisters Area is another point of contention that I have with this Masjid … they literally sit right behind the brothers. I kid you not … right FREAKIN’ behind. No partition (because that would certainly be a “wahabi” thing) … no modesty … no distance … nothing. Why not just pray right next to me? How about that? That way… instead of focusing on the Khutbah … the brothers (who aren’t married) can think about suitable candidates for marriage. Sound good huh? TASTY. I just wanna eat that idea up…

So I find a place. I thought it was as far as I could possibly be from our “dear” sisters and damned if I wasn’t wrong. I could have managed to squeeze my rather large frame over to the verrrrrrry verrrrry right hand side of the Masjid — however I thought that area was full. Well….boo-hoo for me. I suppose I’m just that dumb.

I won’t get into all of the nonsense that the Khateeb spoke of (and tried to use as his Daleel) … as this would lead to another post in and of itself. However, for the purpose of clarification, I’ll just mention that the Khateeb used (as his first point) a quote from Abdul Qadir Jilani. WHAT THE ….. ?

Please don’t come to the defense of Jilani … there is no point. I am not some angry teenager who feels the need to attack scholars … but I do know a coded reference when I see one. As a well known (extreme) Sufi the Khateeb could have used references from soooooo many great scholars in Islamic history — but he chose Jilani. And, since I am not a complete fool, Alhamdulillah, I know what that means. ; ) Wink Wink.

Anyway, the Khateeb finishes his rant of a Khutbah. I leave ASAP. See brothers and sisters milling about in the lobby. Who cares about that, right? So I basically jet. I see no point dealing with these folks or making “suggestions” or giving advice as my father says. Many people, much better than I, have made suggestions and given advice to these people only to get completely shot down. So, let’s be honest, what is the point of a Wahabi-Salafist-Extreme-Militant-Radical-Nutter like myself going to say to these folks to change their minds?

What bothers me is not that there are people lack knowledge …

What bothers me is the Arrogance of those who lack knowledge.

 

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an eventful Sunday?

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, June 25, 2007

Yesterday was a rather eventful day, I think. I did things, I think. I got things accomplished, I think. Let’s see, hmmm…

  1. I went to a class this morning…
  2. I got gas in the car & had the tires rotated. No, actually I really wanted to get that done — but I didn’t.
  3. I got a haircut, finally! This was a somewhat positive experience. The barber recognized me, I think, and treated me like a normal customer. I miss just being a normal customer. My Father goes to the same barber from time to time — so the barber (who is also the owner of this particular establishment) made the connection. He commented that I apparently have “coarse hair.” I mean…I am starting to lose my hair go bald…but I don’t think that my hair follicles are in any way/shape/form — coarse. Anyway, the reason I brought up the whole normal customer thing is that the last few years have been shall we say difficult damned frustrating when it comes to me as a consumer. Basically, I go to a store and either get no service whatsoever, based on my appearance, or the snooty sales associate behind the cash register assumes that I can’t speak english — so comments of varying degrees of offense are thrown around left and right.  All this while I stand in the checkout line.
  4. Reviewed what I learned in class this morning. No, once again. However, I thought about studying and as we all know – “It’s the thought that counts…”
  5. Organized my books and the bookshelf area. A big NO to that as well. My heart was in it though.
  6. Was invited to a brother’s bunny rabbit’s home for a special BBQ! Mashallah, it was very nice to sit under the trees and just enjoy the outdoors. Ah, the simple pleasures of life. JazakallahKhair Cute Bunny for having us over for dinner!
  7. Saw friends/brothers that I hadn’t seen in quite a while.
  8. Ate Egyptian-style cuisine.
  9. Prayed at Dar al Hijrah.
  10. Drove home.

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a loser…

Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, June 20, 2007

between jobs? out of work? unemployed? “Will work for food.”

Well…you’re still better than me. I am a damn loser.

My only prospects are that I have no prospects.

I might as well get out the used Strabucks coffee cup and start begging for loose change.

Or I could become a squeegee man.

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in search of the next, best gadget…

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, June 11, 2007

I am technology retarded. I am computer, PDA, cell phone, Bluetooth, retarded. I am to technology what George Bush is to books. I have a technology learning curve that qualifies me to ride on the “little bus”. Remember how you used to make fun of the little bus when you were a kid in public school. The little bus was for the disabled and mentally challenged kids who attended your school … and unfortunately the bus became synonymous for: RETARD. Well… when it comes to technology… I need to get on that bus.

As technology becomes a more and more ubiquitous part of our daily lives I am finding the need to make myself somehow technology competent — either by learning whatever I can … or by reading about any new trends in technology. I just know that the longer I stay out the loop … the harder it will be trying to get a handle on things later. I think that it is quite possible that by the time my daughter is out of highschool (or even middle school for that matter) she will already know HTML — at least if it is still as relevant a decade or more from now.

Here is an interesting article that looks at the relationship between politics and the tech sector:

http://www.sacbee.com/111/story/214161.html

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What ExEx Blogger likes to eat…

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, May 7, 2007

Among the various Chinese, Arab, and Indo-Pak dishes that ExEx Blogger (aka AbdurRahman Chao aka “The Sheikh”) enjoys — his favorite raita (IndoPak yogurt dish) involves a load of shredded cucumbers…mixed in with onions…plain white yogurt slapped on…and some mirch (spice) for flavor.

Please remember this anytime he comes to your home so that the Sheikh enjoys fine culinary cuisine instead of something pathetic like pizza or gyros.

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sleeeepy…

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, May 7, 2007

i probably should go to sleep right now… but i feel like eating ice cream. Also, i have the hiccups.

Anyway, here are some profound words. Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld just before the launch of the Iraq war:

 

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Scary cat or scaredy cat?

Posted by abu ameerah on Friday, May 4, 2007

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LOL! This was tooooo funny:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/americas/05/04/scary.cat.reut/index.html

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uh…whatever…

Posted by abu ameerah on Thursday, May 3, 2007

Two things are irritating me at this very moment:

1) Media Whores — I will be expanding upon this in a later post.  Actually, the term is rather self-explanatory however I will simply do my best to elaborate. Anyway, I hate mediawhores!

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2) Premature Balding — Why am I losing my hair? Is this some kind of cruel joke? Is it payback for all of the bald jokes that I have done over the years? WHAT?

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slightly annoyed…

Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, April 22, 2007

uhh, yeah…so…I have been wanting to — for quite some time now — post some pics of my recent overseas trip. I had asked one of my in-laws to email me the pictures that I took during the trip. The pictures themselves were taken on a 5.1 megapixel Sony digital camera. Alhamdulillah, they came out pretty good. Only one or two of the pictures that I actually took were of humans (or extraterrestrials if you count the fact that I was in both pictures).

Anyway, I had been anxiously waiting for the pictures to appear in my email. Last week, I got the news (from my wife – not the in-law who originally agreed to send them to me) that the pictures could not be sent through my email account and so they would be sent to my wife’s email account. Uhhhhhhhh….okay. So, the pictures were finally sent — in bits and pieces of course. All the way at the end of this long — dumb — email were some of the pictures that I had taken. I haven’t even seen all of them and I still don’t know if all of the pictures that I took were even sent.

Okay…tooooo bad for me! No sense in crying over spilled milk. Sour grapes. Get over it! Move on. Yada Yada Yada.

Keep in mind, boys and girls, that I had requested the wife (aka “The General,” aka “El-Presidente,” aka “The Boss” — No, I am not referring to Bruce Springsteen) to forward the pics to my email. Yeah right — like that’s ever gonna happen.

So, the reader can see that I have wanted been longing to post these retarded pictures for a long time now.

To add insult to injury…yesterday…I find out that the pictures (many of which I took and were somewhat personal in nature — nothing haram or queer of course) have already been forwarded by “my better half” to her sister in upstate New York.

Oh God…OH GOD. Why on God’s green Earth does my upstate New York in-law have to see these damn pictures? Why? WHY?

Oh Yeah…I know WHY. The pictures were originally sent — in a giant bundle with other stupid pictures of other family members and in-laws — to EL-Presidente. Oh C’MON MAN!

My personal business has now become fodder — for people I otherwise avoid — and the talk of the town in upstate FREAKING New York. Great! That’s just GREAT!

Now these upstate NY people are probably thinking the following about me:

1. Hmmmm….A vahaaaabee having too much fun by taking dumb pictures…

2. “Ohhhhhhh….Look at what these Vahaaaabee extremists do outside of the Masjid…Astaaaaaaagfirullah…”

3. “My sister married this jackass” ???

4. “Who else can we forward these pictures too…” ????

5. “What an idiot…”

All of this has been a mini-learning experience, of sorts, and I have basically had to swallow my pride (or whats left of it) and come to terms with the following:

1. I am, and will always be, nonexistent when it comes to family members/relatives (in-laws and others). Furthermore, I am also nonexistent at work (which I don’t always mind) — and just about anywhere else I go.

2. If you want something done…DO IT YOUR DAMN SELF. Never depend upon anyone else, especially relatives, to do something for you — even if they give you their word.

3. Beware of what you do on vacation — even if it is 100% halaal.

4. Being quiet and agreeing with everyone all the time only results in one being walked all over.

5. See #1.

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