Sunday, March 19

The Daily Star newspaper has published an article about an entire Iraqi family that was killed in a U.S. raid last Wednesday in al-es-haqi town north of Baghdad.

Associated Press photographs showed the bodies of two men, five children and four other covered figures arriving at Tikrit General Hospital accompanied by grief-stricken relatives.

Despite the statements of the U.S military that the house contained an Al-Qaeda suspect, Colonel Farouq Hussein of the Iraqi Police said that the autopsies of those children and women were carried out at Tikrit hospital and it was found that “all the victims had gunshot wounds to the head”.

The bodies, their hands bound, had been dumped in one room before the house was destroyed, Hussein said. Police had found spent American-issue cartridges in the rubble.

“It’s a clear and perfect crime without any doubts,” he said.

Tuesday, March 7

This is Mohammed (may prayers and peace be upon him)

Khaled notified me of this e-book called “This is Mohammed”; a biography of the last prophet of God (may prayers be upon him).  

The book is free to read online or download as PDF, it’s available in several languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Dansk, etc…) and more translations are coming soon.

I was watching a conference today on TV (I think it was held by the Muslim World League, but I’m not sure) and it was talking about the possibility to open an website that contains Islamic books, sold and shipped to non-Muslims for free.

     I wasn’t very surprised, lately I started to notice new ‘unplanned campaign’ around, focusing on introducing people to Islam and its teachings, correcting misconceptions about Islam to non-Muslims and making Muslims more aware of their religion. Many Islamic books are being translated to English and French and other languages as well as several books are being written and published in other languages about Islam. Everyday I come across a new website with very basic and simple teachings and introductions about Islam to non-Muslims. Even here in Amman, at the entrance of every mosque now I started to see a bunch of Islamic books (for kids and adults) lying down for sale with prices as cheap as $2 a book.

Two days ago, the cab driver on my way home told me “I want to send a letter and thank that Danish newspaper; since they published the ‘pictures’ I found myself learning more about Islam and the prophet Mohammed, prayers be upon him.”

I smiled, I’m sure he did not want to thank them when was among the angry mobs holding these anti-Danish banners couple of weeks ago. I told him “hajj [slang for old man], ‘it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.’[Holy Quran]”