tyranny

And O my people, give full measure and weight in justice and do not deprive the people of their due and do not commit abuse on the earth, spreading corruption.

11:85

Take care of the responsibilities in your life.  Do not neglect the rights of others.  If you have authority over anyone, follow the example of our beloved (saws) and see that they get what is owed to them

No one is beyond Allah (swt)’s wrath.  Especially not those with power.

sometimes people make me sad

A 1400 year old problem?  Nay, probably goes back to the beginning of time.

too much on their plates: what a waste

Although there are no figures available for Dubai, the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi released figures in August 2010 showing that approximately 500 tonnes of food gets thrown away in the capital during Ramadan, prompting Abdul Nasser Al Shamsi, Executive Director of EAD, to say that “the amount of food wasted, especially during Ramadan, is totally unacceptable”.

According to official statistics, one third, or 34 per cent, of the waste generated in the UAE comprises discarded food.

On the Inner Dimensions of Fasting, by Imam al Ghazali:

Not to over-indulge in lawful food at the time of breaking Fast, to the point of stuffing one’s belly. There is no receptacle more odious to God, Great and Glorious is He, than a belly stuffed full with lawful food. Of what use is the Fast as a means of conquering God’s enemy and abating appetite, if at the time of breaking it one not only makes up for all one has missed during the daytime, but perhaps also indulges in a variety of extra foods? It has even become the custom to stock up for Ramadan with all kinds of foodstuffs, so that more is consumed during that time than in the course of several other months put together. It is well known that the object of Fasting is to experience hunger and to check desire, in order to reinforce the soul in piety. If the stomach is starved from early morning till evening, so that its appetite is aroused and its craving intensified, and it is then offered delicacies and allowed to eat its fill, its taste for pleasure is increased and its force exaggerated; passions are activated which would have lain dormant under normal conditions.

 

The spirit and secret nature of Fasting is to weaken the forces which are Satan’s means of leading us back to evil. It is therefore essential to cut down one’s intake to what one would consume on a normal night, when not Fasting. No benefit is derived from the Fast if one consumes as much as one would usually take during the day and night combined. Moreover, one of the properties consists in taking little sleep during the daytime, so that one feels the hunger and thirst and becomes conscious of the weakening of one’s powers, with the consequent purification of the heart.

 

One should let a certain degree of weakness carry over into the night, making it easier to perform the (tahajjud) and to recite the praises (awrad). It may then be that Satan will not hover around one’s heart, and that one will behold the Kingdom of Heaven. The Night of Destiny represents the night on which something of this Kingdom is revealed. This is what is meant by the words of God, Exalted is He:’We surely revealed it on the Night of Power.’ [al-Qadr, 97:1]

 

Anyone who puts a bag of food between his heart and his breast becomes blind to this revelation. Nor is keeping the stomach empty sufficient to remove the veil, unless one also empties the mind of everything but God, Great and Glorious is He. That is the entire matter, and the starting point of it all is cutting down on food.

dear mn state government:

Get over yourselves and pass an f-ing budget already.  I know you had more important things to do like meddle in other people’s bedrooms, but now that thousands of state works have been laid off, state parks and the Minnesota Zoo are closed, road construction is halted mid-project, services related to Child-care assistance, and services for the deaf, Senior and Disability linkage lines, criminal background checks and food shelf distributions have been suspended, could you please grow up, meet halfway and pass a freaking budget?

Not to mention you’ve f-ed up my 4th of July plans to visit Fort Snelling.  Thanks for nothing.

Insincerely,

your constituent, UmmS

11 points

Ayman Mohyeldin of Al-Jazeera tweeted 11 key points from a press conference given at al Azhar today:

@ press conference head of #azhar will announce new document outlining role of religion n politics & future of Islamic institution n #egypt

#azhar document contains aprox 11 articles serving as guiding principles on civilian v religious state extremism education #azharguidance
#azhar sheikh: we support a democratic constitutional modern state separates bw powers & institutions Power 2 make laws w elected reps only
#azhar sheikh: support a democratic regime where direct elections take place to hold officials accountable & peaceful transition of powers
#azhar sheikh: support the freedom of expression and opinion for all men, women children w no discrimination based on race or gender or else
#azhar sheikh: reject the use of religion as an instrument to accuse people of disloyalty or being non-believers
#azhar sheikh: respect and abide by all international agreements
#azhar sheikh: respect for all religions and houses of worship in egypt right to practice freely without any obstacles
#azhar sheikh: support the independence of al azhar its right to elect the heads of the institution and to develop its curriculum
Those were some of the 11 key points from the #azhar press conference. No questions allowed.