Shah Jahan Mosque Postcard, 1925
Thatta, Sindh, Pakistan
Not only is The Musalman written by hand—at a time when printed newspapers are dying like sick lepers—it’s produced by a team of only four scribes. And it’s not just handwritten—it’s transcribed in calligraphy. These people work. Hard.
The Musalman has been operating in India since 1927, and has never had an employee quit—the only reason they leave the paper is because they’re dead. That is what you might call dedication—four Urdu calligraphers in an 800 square foot room, cranking out newspapers for very little pay. Do not expect an iPad edition.
I have never wanted to visit the United States. It just doesn’t factor into my plans when I think of where I want to go. But since I watched this documentary, anytime the notion of a vacation comes up, I want to blurt out ‘Philly! Phill! I want to go to Philadelphia!”.
This movie is extremely important. You should watch it and then you will know why you should go to Philadelphia before an amazing piece/landmark of history is gobbled up by corporatism and greed forever.
Read my review here
Less than 400 miles from Alexandria (Egypt) stands one of the most enduring testaments to Muslim-Christian harmony on earth: St. Catherine’s Monastery. Nestled at the foot of Mt. Sinai, St. Catherine’s holds an unparalleled collection of early Christian art and a treasure trove of ancient manuscripts. Its relics have survived unmolested for centuries, a unique distinction among Christian monuments. The monastery is known around the world for its rare assortment of Christian icons, but perhaps its most interesting artifact is a copy of a charter, written in Arabic and dating from the 7th century CE. This charter, now displayed behind glass for all visitors to see, was dictated by the Prophet Muhammad after he was visited in 628 by a delegation from St. Catherine’s seeking protection.
In no uncertain terms, the Prophet vowed that Muslims would protect not only the Christians of Sinai, but all followers of Christ both “near and far” – and their places of worship – until the end of time. Any Muslim who failed to uphold this agreement, according to Muhammad, would “spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet.”
“Gettysburg Address” by Adam Gault
The Ka’ba is an iconic structure. Over one billion Muslims from around the globe turn towards it five times a day. Billions more have seen images and wonder at its significance. The magnificent covering beautifying this primordial building has captivated pilgrims for centuries. But few are aware of the history of the kiswah, the covering that clothes the Ka’ba, and how it is made. Sarah Joseph journeys to Makkah to observe the intricate skills used to weave the adornment for the House of God.
Al Jazeera | The Riz Khan Show - Are we living in the end times
Is the world ignoring signs of the so-called “end times”? According to renowned philosopher Slavoj Zizek, who has been called the “most dangerous philosopher in the West”, the capitalist system is pushing us all towards an apocalyptic doomsday. He points to the faltering economy, global warming and deteriorating ethnic relations as evidence.