سالگرہ مبارک ابو

اگست کا مہینہ شروع ہو چکا ہے جس کا مطلب ہے کہ سالگراؤں کے مہینے کا آغاز ہوا۔ سب سے پہلے امی کی سالگرہ آئی جو 4 اگست کو تھی۔ آج ابو کی سالگرہ ہے۔ سالگرہ مبارک ہو ابو!

اگست کا مہینہ شروع ہو چکا ہے جس کا مطلب ہے کہ سالگراؤں کے مہینے کا آغاز ہوا۔ سب سے پہلے امی کی سالگرہ آئی جو 4 اگست کو تھی۔ آج ابو کی سالگرہ ہے۔ سالگرہ مبارک ہو ابو!

میں وکی‌پیڈیا پر دیکھ رہا تھا کہ 6 اگست کو ابو کی پیدائش کے علاوہ اور کیا واقعات پیش آئے ہیں تو معلوم ہوا کہ ایکٹریس باربرا ونڈسر عین اسی دن پیدا ہوئی تھی۔ نہیں میں نہیں جانتا کہ یہ کون ہے مگر بس اس دن پیدا ہوئی تھی۔

August has started which means birthdays. My Mom’s birthday was on August 4 and my Dad has his today. Happy Birthday, Dad!

Other than my father’s birthday, August 6 is also known as the day the nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

Muslim Occidentalism

Thabet argues that Muslims see the West similar to the way the West sees Muslims. Western Orientalism has a counterpart in Muslim Occidentalism. What is even more interesting is that Western Muslims set themselves apart from the West.

Thabet has a great post about Muslim attitudes towards the West.

Western Orientalism and its science of Islamology is a very well-studied and understood phenomenon. Edward Said, above all others, did much to highlight the distorting filters through which some of the most widely read Western scholars of Islam. […]

One would have thought that Muslims, and mostly Western Muslims, would have understood what it means to distort and crudely reduce entire human traditions and cultures into vulgar stereotypes or dismissal of other ideas as pointless and meaningless. Yet Muslims are far too happy to engage in their own form of Occidentalism when engaging with Western traditions.

[…] the discussion moved to ‘liberty’ and Muslim states. I pointed out that they fail miserabley on that aspect; that they do not leave people alone who is not directly harming anyone or causing any great offence. This, I said, was an ideal from Western traditions and Muslims who lived in Western states should appreciate this liberty (give or take the recent fascination with arresting and harassing people). They weren’t about to be arrested everytime they left their front door (or even if they were asleep). The response from one friend was to suggest that my approval of ‘liberty’ was tantamount to advocating ‘binge drinking’. The logic being that because people were free to drink, then they would want to binge drink, and so binge drinking would this become an ‘ideal value’, as it has in Britain. Whatever the flaws of the argument — and the point here isn’t even about binge drinking, which is a massive problem in Britain — this isn’t critical engagement with another tradition or culture, but is the reduction of these traditions into vulgar forms, where the worst aspects are held as the ideals. It is no different to suggesting that the subjegation of women is an ideal of Islam, because far too many Muslims engage in opressive practices against women in the name of Islam (and that do this shouldn’t be denied).

Do read the whole post. It is not too long and definitely worth your time.

Seven Samurai

A samurai movie classic, Seven Samurai, is fun to watch despite the bad print of an oldie. Seven samurai get together to defend a village against bandits. The movie is worth watching. I rate it 8/10.

If you want to watch a Samurai movie, forget The Last Samurai. Instead watch Seven Samurai or The Twilight Samurai.

Seven Samurai (or Shichinin no samurai in Japanese) was pretty good. And it was a traditional story of the good Samurai defending a village against bandits.

However, the restoration job on the movie wasn’t so great. The print on the black and white movie was in somewhat bad shape and reduced our enjoyment. I guess that is to be expected for a movie from 1954.

Overall, I would rate the movie 8/10.