Archive for November, 2008

Thought for the Day from Bill Ayers

November 19, 2008

You cannot live a political life, you can’t live a moral life if you’re not willing to open your eyes and see the world more clearly, see some of the injustice that’s going on, try to make yourself aware of what’s happening in the world. And when you are aware you have a responsibility to act, and when you act you have a responsibility to doubt, and when you doubt you can’t get paralyzed. You have to use that doubt to act again and that then becomes the cycle. You open your eyes, you act, you doubt, you act, you doubt. Without doubt you become dogmatic and shrill and stupid, but without action you become cynical and passive and a victim of history and that should never happen.”

Note:  Mr. Ayers makes this statement at the end of this interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air.

Is this consistent with the (an) Islamic view of activism? Anyone? Any other thoughts?
Personally, I can admit that I’ve been in a rut for a little while where I am a bit paralyzed by my doubts about what is exactly the right thing to be doing so I’m retreating a bit into study and family…may Allaah (swt) guide all us to do what is right.

Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox Islam?

November 12, 2008

I have a post over at Talk Islam in which I attempt to open up a discussion regarding continuing responses of various Muslims to modernity and our current situation and whether these can be analogized to Orthodox, Reform, and Conservative Judaism.

I should emphasize that of course I am in no way trying to call for or encourage division nor even labelling amongst Muslims, but attempting to understand different intellectual reactions to our situation through broad categories in an academic way.

My kids make their debut on this blog

November 10, 2008

These are three of my children last summer at the Printer’s Row BookFair with Brother and Sister Bear of Berenstain Bears’ Fame.

When I was just learning to read, my favorite book to read with my mom was the Berenstain Bears Classic “Old Hat, New Hat.”