Wednesday, 30 January 2008

On the dangerous topic of Islam and haram

So a few things popped up today, one of which was Malaysia banning 11 books on Islam, which are:

  1. Secrets Of The Koran: Revealing Insights Into Islam’s Holy Book by Don Richardson
  2. Qur’an and Women Rereading the Secrets Text From Woman’s Perspective by Amina Wadud
  3. The Two Faces Of Islam: Saudi Fundamentalism and Its Role in Terrorism by Stephen Schwartz
  4. Woman In Islam by Margaret Speaker Yuan
  5. Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About The World’s Fastest Growing Faith by Robert Spencer
  6. What Makes Me A Muslim by Catherine M. Petrini
  7. The Importance Of Muhammad by Marilyn Tower Oliver
  8. Faiths Islam Worship, Festival and Ceremonies From Around The World by Trevor Barnes
  9. Amalan Kemurahan Rezeki by Lifa Karimah
  10. Rahsia Jalan Yang Lurus
  11. Islam & Pluralisme by Al-Mustaqeem Mahmood Radhi

(From The Star: 11 books on Islam banned)

The titles look innocent enough, but I suppose we'll never know now. Although all this announcement makes me want to do is read it.

And then there's the haram-ization of botox. From The Star: Botox is haram, says Selangor Mufti:

Selangor Mufti Datuk Seri Mohd Tamyes Abdul Wahad said the National Fatwa Council had decided to list the beauty treatment as haram as it had more adverse effects than good.

He said those providing Botox treatments should also stop offering such services.

I always thought that would've been an obvious one. I mean, injecting poison into yourself? Duh.

On a more positive note, Blogger has just been made available in three more languages: Arabic, Persian and Hebrew. Awesome. And by just, I mean two weeks ago. Because I don't pay attention to this stuff.

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