Friday, March 31, 2006

We shall expand the focus of this blog

As if there were not enough for Us (1) to discuss, on the advice of a reader and commenter, We have decided to expand the focus of this blog a slight bit more. We will include elements that are not entirely academic as well as Our opinion on issues not related with Islam (2).

We felt that We have a schtick and so We ought to stick with it, but We also feel that We should not flinch from inflicting Our pompous opinion on the world.

Elements We intend to incorporate are:
1. Reviews of websites and blogs (particularly those We have linked to) (3)
2. Our opinions on current events
3. Explanations of the people and culture of Our ethnic background (South Asia)
4. Other personal details and elements as may be needed
5. What We have learned and understood about Christianity and Judaism

Suggestions are always welcome!

Notes for this post:
1. As one may have noticed, We use the "royal We." Imitating the style of ancient potentates, this pronoun is capitalized. If one wonders why We use such a gimmick, he/she is free to email Us whereupon We will post a reply. Despite the fact that a plural pronoun is being used, the fact remains that the person behind this blog is one.

2. We feel impelled to remind Our readers that Our identity as a Muslim is, obviously, contested, particularly based on the facts that:
a. We have renounced Islam
b. We converted to Christianity (although a number of years after renouncing Islam)
c. We are, according to Islam, a blasphemer and one who has desecrated Islam (and God and Muhammad and the Qur'an, et cetera)
d. We are, according to Islam, an apostate
Nevertheless, two elements weigh heavily upon Our mind:
i. According to Islamic law, one who has become a Muslim (which is applicable to Us as We have been born in a Muslim household to Muslim parents) will always be a Muslim, which is why the laws and standards of Islam apply to Us despite (or especially because of) Our apostasy, blasphemy, and/or desecration.
ii. We have not made public Our apostasy from Islam, Our conversion to Christianity, nor Our thoughts on Islam to Our family, relatives, and ethnic social groups. When needed, We go along with Muslim rites and practices. (Fortunately for Us, Our family does not pray.) We would be completely forthright were it not that being so would severely and negatively impact Our family, who - We believe - should not be punished because of Our decisions. If this is a sign of weakness, then so be it.
In short: We are no longer a Muslim but We must pretend to be one in real life. Religiously, We are a very Judaism-friendly Christian. It is not Our intention, initially, to discuss Our religious beliefs, testimony, or journey here. We are willing to divulge such information to those individuals who may be interested; otherwise, this is not the purpose of this blog.

3. Our linking policy is quite simple: We will add anyone who lists Our site or who requests a link (although We cannot guarantee either or both).

inna naHnu-l-a'lam.


At 5:58 PM, Anonymous wickedpinto said...

OH! If _I_ (I might be arrogant in this) am the specific catalyst that motivates an act, you can specificaly site me.

Sorry if I am arrogant, but allow me a few minutes of personal pride, that _I_ a highschool dropout,(actually I dropped with the inclusion of a boot) and a College Dropout (I left willingly, THANK FRIGGEN GOD! cuz I landed in the Marine Corps) and I was a serviceman who had his own failures, but I did quite well Despite my failures. So a CLEAR intellectual/academic cat like you, if you really do reference me, would be a point of personal pride.

So, yeah, if it's me, go ahead and say so, if it isn't, give me about 2 hours, to bask. :)

I've learned a lot, though I have still yet to process everything, from you Mus. You are doing FAN FRIGGEN TASTIC, also, may I suggest you link to other academics? Like John Hawkes, and the Egypt Archeo blogs? and . . .I forget the mideast blog off the top of my head. The one that shows the RARE! archaeo accomplishments despite the UN hatred of jewish legacy.

BLAH BLAH BLAH, I'm just rambling. Just do what you do, and it is GREAT that you are now willing to offer an opinion more often, as you have over the last week.

At 9:41 AM, Anonymous Michael said...

We don't really give a shit why you use "we," so we are not going to ask about it.

At 9:47 AM, Anonymous black_flag said...

Well said Muslihuun, for what it's worth I think you should include posts on whatever interests you. Keep up the good work.

At 3:28 PM, Blogger Retired Geezer said...

I've enjoyed your comments on Ace and others.
I'm honored to add you to my Blogroll.

At 10:07 PM, Anonymous Michael said...

You're on my blogroll too, by the way.

At 10:21 PM, Blogger Muslihoon said...

Yep, It was your email, Wickedpinto.

One does not have to be "educated" to know about the world. Indeed, sometimes too much education can be a bad thing.

I have added you, Retired Geezer and Michael, to my blogroll. Thanks!


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