Monthly Archives: June 2007

Iris is another year older and is determined to be happy about it!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME 🙂

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Muslim.Christian.Muslim.Christian.Muslim.Christian.Muslim.Christian (I’m getting a headache!)

Read this article! 

I found it so interesting to see someone who has a deep love for God trying to reconcile 2 beliefs that are always seen as complete opposites.

Her beliefs about Christianity may put her outside the sphere for most Christians, as she does not believe in the divinity of Jesus.  It seems that her Christianity lies more in the love for who Jesus was and the example that he left behind for people to follow.  As for being Muslim, she is making slow progress to knowing the prophet Muhammad (saw), she says.  Hopefully she will realize that he finalized the messages of all the prophets and embodied all of them and more.  A big caution is that sometimes believing in everything can lead you to believe in nothing.  If this is a growth process then grow on, but don’t choose a bi-polar way of life. 

I was kind of surprised by the responses to this story – some people seemed so upset about this, as if she was preaching to people that this was the way to practice as opposed to just relating her story. You cannot judge people, or their intentions and not everything has to be a socio-political commentary . 

Not any one of us “owns” our religion – people are welcomed to take what they want and let God be the judge.  God protects His religion and the story of one poor ladies’ search will not derail thousands of years of practice.   

In a prefect world we would have all the answers, no confusion or misunderstandings …we would never feel torn, never make mistakes, never doubt.  Instead we live in a world where we can sometimes be holding onto faith by the weakest of strings.  We try to understand, try to reconcile, try to make our puzzle pieces fit – sometimes we luck out and the status quo is maintained and everyone is satisfied, other times we shake people out of their comfort zone and bear the brunt of their critiscisms.

I am not an expert on Christian theology or Islamic aqidah, but I’m sure there are plenty of people out there willing to give their “expert” opinions on her life choices.  I for one choose to remain in awe at the struggle of the human spirit to find the “Truth”.  

Is Allah pleased or angry with her?  Is he more pleased with her search and her doubts than others self-righteous, empty certainty?  In her quest are her prayers more sincere than mine?  

Some think she is a charlatan – I don’t know her and I don’t care. What  do care about is that she eventually gets where she is going.  There is nothing sadder than a person who remains in a constant state of flux.  It is a hard road to travel and I really must be so grateful than with all my own personal struggles, this is one that is not mine. 

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Road Trip

Well I am finally back home after a whirlwind tour of the Maritimes!  I was invited by my gal Sumayyah to go with her, her mom and her brother.  Totally spur of the moment and well worth it!  I travelled to Montreal Sunday night and then we took off Monday morning.  We travelled through Quebec to New Brunswick on the first day.  New Brunswick is so beautiful…I never realized how lovely the countryside was.  All you see are rolling hills with lush greenery and lakes and rivers everywhere.

Crossing into Prince Edward Island was freaky though -we took the Confederation bridge in.  This bridge is an engineering marvel- it has to be one of, if not the longest bridge in the world.  It took us ten minutes to cross over it : check out the livecam.  It is over 12 km long and I think around 40 metres above the ocean. With my fear of heights I was dying but I have to admit it was an experience I’m glad I had.

Prince Edward Island was beautiful.  The red roads, the scenery, the ocean…it’s hard to leave.  When we were in Charlottetown this lady sitting on a bench called ou to us “are you guys visitors?”  When we answered “yes”, she pointed to this storefront across the street and said “I think there are some people over there that you will want to see” – We couldn’t figure out what she meant – did she want us to go to the variety store and buy something?  And then we looked closely and noticed that right beside the store was the sign for the Charlottetown mosque!   We thought it was hysterical…we thanked her for her heads up.  The people were so friendly and welcoming and just makes me more determined to one day move out there.  I’ve always wanted to go live down there for a bit:)

We left PEI by ferry which was awesome.  I loved the 75 minute ride over to Nova Scotia – the ocean is such a marvel.

We also visited the Bay of Fundy region with the highest tides in the world!

We also visited some pretty parts of Nova Scotia – and then we did Amherst which is a little town that had the scurriest people ever!  We hightailed it out of there pretty quick!  Cap Pelee in New Brunswick was also a pretty strange experience.

And one of these days I shall write an ode to Tim Hortons.  Seriously it is a beacon of shining hope when you are travelling the backroads.  You go for miles without any sign of civilization and then there in the distance you see that sign!  It reminds you there is hope in the world, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, you will eventually emerge from 2 lane highways littered with moose signs and surrounded by spruce trees.  And by some miracle your coffee tastes the same no matter where you are.  I don’t care if those who shall not be named down South bought him out – Timmy’s still the ultimate symbol of Canada for me!

We got back into Montreal Saturday and I crawled back home late Sunday.  Spent the next day recovering, sleeping, doing groceries and more sleeping.  I have the rest of the week off so I am just going to chill out and work on my thesis crap. 

One thing I realized on this trip was how beautiful Canada is!  I made a resolve to start travelling more inside the country – I love this country –  I don’t know how Nadia does it living in California … nothing beats home.

Check out the pics here at Flickr

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The Denial Machine

Watched the ‘Denial Machine’ – very interesting doc on the spin used to convince the public that global warming doesn’t exist.  It was the same spin used by the big tobacco companies…actually some of the same people were involved in both issues.

If you get a chance to see it do so …gives you a glimpse at how easy it is to use language to manipulate and makes you dislike politicians even more.

Watch it here:

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