Sunday, September 09, 2007

Available now from my local Tescos...

The Ramadan Chocolate Countdown Calendar...


Only £2.49 - even The Prophet, Peace be Upon Him, would admit that's a bit of a bargain

"Look Mummy! The chocolate's brown - just like us!"



and it's reassuringly 'Nut Free'...


Anyone who knows me will appreciate that I'm posting this simply because I think the juxtaposition of rampant supermarket-style consumerism and Islam is funny, and not as a prelude to some kind of bogus rant about how 'They' are taking over 'Our' country.

As I've said before, if and when I start seeing a substantial number of Muslims running our banks, controlling our newspapers or funding our major political parties I might start doing that. In the meantime, people will have to continue visiting Melanie Phillips' blog for those kind of even-handed, completely agenda-free, adventures in race hate and hysterical demands for Final Solutions to the 'Muslim Problem'.


cf. They Walk Amongst Us courtesy of the
Conspiraloon Alliance...



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Sometimes I wish someone would pin Ms Phillips down on the kind of national forum she is given copious access to and point out that the vast majority of Muslims in this country have not been calling for the destruction or subjugation of the British way of life, culture or identity - Christmas decorations included.

Nope, just about the only thing the majority of British Muslims have been pleading for is an end to that fucking war. Mind you, there probably isn't any point. Mel's not stupid, so she must know that she's shoveling shit...

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10 comments:

Shahid said...

Hilarious. There's only one real problem for me with this...the number of days in Ramadan is not always the same each year because `Eid cannot be predicted with 100% accuracy as the sighting of the moon is necessary.

Shame, I used to like Advent calendars as a kid, but couldn't be arsed with the waiting. I'd buy one after Christmas and just eat all of the chocolate. Didn't do my diabetes much good...

Stef said...

Here's one for you that I've never got to the bottom of...

How does Ramadan work if you live north of the Arctic Circle?

Merkin said...

Naughty Steff.

Still, at least you never got lifted - which is what I half imagined.

Anonymous said...

Re: Midnight Sun.

A professor who used to work at Unilever, Port Sunlight once asked me that question. I said Use Saidi time. He replied "Bollocks". Unfortunately the learned gentleman would not let me explain my answer.

The point of fasting is as an act of worship to God. You give a small temporary sacrifice and decide to follow what God has prescribed for you.

speaking from personal experience, when fasting your mind is even more focused on God than ever, almost every second you know you are fasting in honour of God.

When fasting you may also get to feel a tiny bit how it is to be so impoverished that you cannot secure food for yourself. It may help open your heart to the plight of the less fortunate.

So If you are in a place where sticking to the sun's period is not possible (you would starve to die of lack of water etc.) Then you need to find a way of carrying out that obligation in a reasonable manner. So, what better time than.

But the deep thinking Professor never allowed me to say that

- Lw

Shahid said...

Islam is a practical religion - the jurists say that where fasting is impractical based on local times, they recommend you stick to Meccan times.

If you can get the web north of the Arctic, or get a mate to call you, then you can download all of the prayer/fasting times from any region. I get my prayer times from salahtimes.com, or sometimes from the ICC site. (No, not the cricket, the Islamic Cultural Centre....btw did you hear about one of the Imams there being mysteriously beaten to a pulp by someone?)

Other jurists say fast according to the times of the nearest town in which there is a distinction between day or night. I am of the latter view.

The best thing in any case would be for a person up there to call a local mosque, or the nearest one to them.

lwtc247 said...

It should be said, that the learned Professor only asked the question becasue he believed it would show that God "forgot" about the north/south pole 'problem', i.e. showing a flaw in the religion ot that it isn't actually from God. The learned athiest I imagine was so shocked at the fact he was going to get a rational explanation to penetrate his athiest foretess that the learned gentleman didn't want to hear it.

Stef on the other hand, I believe has shown from the history of his blog, that this question was asked in sincerity and not contemptuously. Yet Stef isn't 'learned' becasue he doesn't have letters in front of his name.
What a wonky world!

P.S. Thanks Shahid for the Solat/Namaz times. I'd also like to say even if you didn't have the times from high tech, then the only other option is to fast for a reasonable time, to feel the growing hunger and thirst.

No doubt the learned Professor wouldn't like that answer either.

Stef said...

Trying to disprove the existence of God by picking at possible imperfections in human attempts to relate with God is a mug's game

cf. Richard dawkins

lwtc247 said...

Indeed. :)

"Education" should include a compulsory unit whereby kids were forced to read blogs like Stef's.

Perhaps then they'd actually learn something, instead of having to wait another 20 years or so before they wake up from the slumber.

Shahid said...

Stef's is by far the best blog in the world. Seriously.

Stef said...

cheers, the cheque's in the post