On Kindness

From Sunnipath:

‘A’isha reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Allah is kind and loves kindness in every matter.” [Agreed upon]

‘A’isha reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Allah is kind and loves kindness and gives for gentleness what he does not give for harshness nor for anything else.” [Muslim]

‘A’isha reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Whenever kindness is in a thing it adorns it, and whenever it is removed from anything, it disfigures it.” [Muslim]

Anas reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Make things easy for people and do not make them difficult. Give good news to people and do not frighten them away.” [Agreed upon]

Jarir ibn ‘Abdullah said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, ‘Whoever is deprived of kindness is deprived of all good.'” [Muslim]

Ibn Mas’ud reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Shall I tell you who is unlawful for the Fire – or the one for whom the Fire is unlawful? It is unlawful for everyone who is easy, flexible, modest and uncomplicated.” [at-Tirmidhi]

May Allah make it easy for us to become kinder people. Ameen.

 

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Sohaib Awan’s Magic and Myth

From: Sohaib Awan’s Magic and Myth.

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How ‘Jinnrise’ aims to unearth Middle Eastern tradition – by pitting genies against aliens

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February 07, 2013

A NEW COMIC SERIES that delves into the myths and folklore of Middle Eastern tradition has launched. Jinnrise, which sees mythical genies emerge as humanity’s only hope against a race of savage alien invaders, was first introduced to regional audiences at the inaugural Middle East Film & Comic Con in Dubai last year. The first issue of the series, the brainchild of attorney-turned-radio host-turned-comic-book creator Sohaib Awan, went on regional and international sale in January, with the second installment due out this month.

Awan fell in love with movies and comics at an early age. Growing up in Virginia to an Indian mother and Czech father, he found solace at the theater, and in the pages of his favorite titles. “It was the Seventies,” Awan says. “Pretty much the only means of escape were films and comic books. I saw Star Wars on my fifth birthday and I’ve been a fan ever since. The only other means of escape I had was comic books.” As his legal career flourished – he’s the head of his own firm – Awan indulged his passion by starting a talk radio show called Fictional Frontiers. “It covered everything; film, television, comic books, you name it. And what I recognized in my many years of conducting interviews with these top talents was that there was a dearth of entertainment based on, or inspired by, myths from the Middle East. So I thought, ‘Let me try my hand at it, because I’ve gained quite a bit of experience and a lot of contacts through my years working on [the show].’ I started Jinnrise as a result of that.”

The concept for the book came from a conversation Awan had with his brother in 2010. “We were chatting about what we’d like to see in a comic series or film, and I said, ‘Genies versus aliens. Wouldn’t that be great?’ And then I thought, ‘Yeah. That would be pretty great.’” Awan worked on the project in secret, before showing it to Ben Caddy, the director of the Middle East Film & Comic Con. “He was blown away, and that gave me the confidence to consider a full-time career in the comic industry.”

Utilizing the contacts he’d made, Awan assembled a team to help him make Jinnrise a reality. He reached out to Chris Ryall, the editor-in-chief at IDW Publishing (whose co-authoredZombies vs. Robots series was optioned by Michael Bay’s production company in 2011) and founded his own company, Jabal Entertainment. Artist Tony Vassallo, colorist Timothy Yates and letterer Ed Brisson signed on, and the team are currently in the process of working on the fifth and six issues. And Jinnrise is merely the first installment in Awan’s quest to bring readers together by unearthing a treasure trove of traditional stories. “What we find in visiting these myths is that, at the end of the day, so many of these stories are very much akin to one another. It’s just the nuances that are unique. It’s allowing people to recognize that, at our core, we’re pretty much the same wherever we go. Let’s celebrate those unique sensibilities, those unique cultural heritages and traditions as best we can, through the wonderful means of storytelling that are made available through comics, animation and film.”

Kenneth Faried – A Rising Star In The NBA

Keneth Faried is a high flier in the NBA.

Keneth Faried is a high flier in the NBA.

 

Kenneth Faried is no stranger to adversity.  Growing up in Newark, New Jersey, Faried turned to basketball as a means of staying out of trouble.  His talent and dedication to the game opened doors for him.  His skills took him to Morehead State, where he was a standout.  At Morehead Faried’s on court tenacity helped him become the Division I career record holder, surpassing Tim Duncan’s previous record, with his rebounding mark of 1,570 rebounds.

Faried was drafted with the 22nd pick by the Denver Nuggets in 2011, but was limited in his impact.  This was largely due to the presence of Nene, the shot blocking forward-center from Brazil.  However, since Nene has been traded to the Washington Wizards, Faried has taken his game to the next level.  Since that time, he has been voted player of the week and most recently was voted the MVP of the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge where he recorded a double-double with 40 points on 18-for-22 shooting and 10 rebounds.

He also dazzled the crowd during the dunk contest.

The dunk was a 10, and Faried’s style and thankfulness bodes well for his future as a crowd pleaser in the NBA.  As he told the NY Times in 2011,

“I’m extremely thankful,” Faried said of the past year. “You think you have a plan, but God — well, I’m Muslim — Allah has a different plan.”

On Love

From Shaykh Syed Ali bin Uthman al-Hujweri’s (Data Ganj Baksh) “Kashful Mahjub” (Unveiling The Veiled):

“Real love can neither be decreased by unkindness nor increased by kindness.”
Yahya Muadh Razi
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Wrestling legend Antonio Inoki changes name, becomes ambassador of peace for Islam – The Japan Daily Press

via Wrestling legend Antonio Inoki changes name, becomes ambassador of peace for Islam – The Japan Daily Press.

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Antonio Inoki, the first Japanese person to be inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment’s Hall of Fame, announced that he has changed his name to Muhammad Hussain Inoki, in honor of his conversion to Islam in the 1990s. He is also taking on a new career championing world peace through sports and investing in the youth.

Inoki is probably best known for his legendary fight against boxing hero Muhammad Ali in 1976 in what was called a “prototype mixed martial arts fight”. The fight for the “toughest man on the planet” ended in a draw. He was also the special envoy of Japan to Iraq in 1990 to negotiate the release of Japanese hostages with then president Saddam Hussein.

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But now, he is relishing his role as a “peace ambassador”. Last December, Inoki visited Pakistan to take part in an international peace wrestling competition and also to celebrate 60 years of sporting relations between Japan and the South Asian nation. He is famous in the country for beating and dislocating the arm of Pakistani wrestling legend Akram Pahalwan in front of 50,00 spectators in 1976. He paid tribute to Pahalwan by visiting his grave. He hopes to further solidify diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Inoki practices both Buddhism and Islam and has become a symbol of religious tolerance around the world.

Said Durrah’s “Arab Is Me” Show a Hit

Said Durrah, comedian, brought down the house at his "Arab Is Me" show.

Said Durrah, comedian, brought down the house at his “Arab Is Me” show.

On February 2nd, stand-up comedian and entertainer Said Durrah (see: www.saidsworld.com) performed in front of a sold-out crowd in the IMAX theater at The Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia.  The show was attended by a variegated crowd that ranged in ethnicity but all shared in their laughter at the jokes by Mike Ismael and Said Durrah.

Previously having headlined for comedians such as Azhar Usman and Russel Peters, Durrah’s headline performance displayed his multifaceted skills as a well rounded entertainer.  Durrah displayed his range of ability in the show, providing a medley of impersonations and jokes that touched on everything from the impersonations he did for his sick niece in the hospital to celebrity impersonations to humor on timely current affairs issues.

Mike Ismael warmed up the crowd for Durrah’s headline performance with his warm style that went down easy like a cup of hearty vegetable soup.

A nice addition to the show was a high quality video that highlighted some of Durrah’s inspiration and abilities, although for his next show some laser lights, smoke and dancing ala Prince Naseem Hamed would add to the effect.  Overall, the show was a hit and you can definitely look forward to hearing big things from Said Durrah in the future.

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