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Ann Arbor is awesome and so are Ann Arborites

A place is great only because of the people, and that is the reason Ann Arbor is awesome.

By Umer Sultan

Courtesy: Joe Braun Photography

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Quick Update

1] Hello everyone, so I changed my blog’s title from “The Key to Power” to “The Sultan’s Corner” I think that reflect’s more about this blog now after about 4 years of blogging.

2] Also I will try to post some nice photos shots that I took. Would welcome comments and healthy critique. Right now I am just wondering how I can make sure that those pictures are not used by other people. I am trying to have my name Photoshop in their. I am not a graphic designer, so its a little hard for me. Got any suggestions regarding it, please leave a comment below (or e-mail me).

3] I haven’t been writing much lately because my schedule has gotten way too busy.

4] I will try to post an audio lecture by Sheikh Moataz al-Hallak on the freedom, whether there is an Absolute Freedom or not, What is the meaning of Freedom?, What Islam says the meaning of Freedom is, and what the actual freedom is. Because of my busy schedule, I haven’t been able to even start working on it. Ah! Inshallah I will sooner than later.

Need lots of your Du’a. You can still follow me at Facebook and Twitter.

Peace be onto you.

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Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution was about Freedom not Looting

By Umer Sultan| As posted at AnnArbor.com

AnnArbor.com in this Sunday’s print edition included a story of Tunisia’s resent massive public uprising as something of a grand incident of looting. The story focused mainly on riots, looting, prison inmates getting free but the ‘Jasmine Revolution’ was about more important things than these.

For 23 years, Tunisia was ruled by the iron fist regime of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Secret agents were in every corner of the country to make sure no Continue reading

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2010 in review: What you are missing out!

 

The most popular post of 2010 at my blog was The story of 3 loaves of Bread (The Life of This World).

5 Attractions in 2010:

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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The story of 3 loaves of Bread (The Life of This World) November 2010

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Video: How to get a free Quran to burn on “Burn Quran Day” September 2010
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Video: “The Prophet’s Smile” by Shaykh Yaser Birjas

This is the Friday lecture given by Shaykh Yaser Birjas at the Islamic Center of Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Please listen to it, and share it with others. He will be back at the Ann Arbor Mosque on Sunday December 12th, 2010.

The lecture was the introduction to the Seminar that he taught at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, arranged by the Qabeelah Ittehad, known as “The Prophet’s Smile.”

Note: This lecture is in English, just to mention this that traditionally an Islamic speech/lecture starts in Arabic in a particular format. So please wait a minute until the actual lecture starts in English 🙂

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Disagreement among Sahaba was a Blessing

Umar ibn Abdul Aziz (Rahimullah) said

“I never wished that the Prophet’s companions had not had disagreements. Their disagreement was a mercy.”

Source: Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, “Islamic Awakening between Rejection and Extremism.” pg 118.

Part of the Youth Series.

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Shame on the Muslim World for their Silence

I have to say this before I say anything else, that this post and what I am about to say will offend many of you (Muslims)! And frankly I really don’t care what you think of me and how offended you get! I just don’t care…

I have said this to some people I know, and mostlty I haven’t receieved a much positive respond. I have been told to stay positive, that I should think positive, that what I say (coming below) creates ill feeling towards other Muslims and that I am being pessimistic, or that I should not judge others. I Strongly Disagree!

So here is what I have to say:

The Silence of Muslims on the issue of Kashmir is just pathetic. There are Human beings dying there, living under occupation for 63 years. How come Continue reading

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Pakistan’s Northern Regions left devastated after a record breaking Monsoon Rain

By Umer Sultan

Pakistan faced the worst Monsoon Rain which caused floods wiping hundreds of villages for ever, taking hundreds of lives including many that will never be able to make it into the official “death list.” The China-Pakistan road link is disconnected and the city of Peshawar, capital of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province from the rest of the country.

On Saturday, as I was helping my sister cook Halva, she said to me:

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Few Reads about Racism in Hollywood- Prince of Persia and the Last Airbender

I was excited when I came to know that a movie came out on Prince of Persia. I remember that game from my childhood, the setting & characters of the game which looked like eastern…like Persian. The trailer raised my eyebrows. I read few links and understood the problem. I tried explaining some of my friends about my problem with these two movies and so I have decided to post 4 of those reads at my blog.

This Prince is not Persian by Jehanzeb [Muslim Revere]

Whats Wrong with this Picture by Jehanzeb [Muslim Revere]

The Prince of Persia: The Brother is Brown by Jehanzeb [Muslim Reverie]

Gene Luen Yang: Why I Won’t be Watching The Last Airbender Movie by Gene Luen Yang

So spend some time in reading this post and decide for yourself. I was waiting for these movies, but you know I am not dying for it…it’s not worthit. I am proud for who I am by the grace of Allah and if someone thinks that is not good enough then heck I don’t care.

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2 different but similar perspectives on the WikiLeaks and its possible objectives!

Wikileaks is the story of this week. Divert the attention from the wars and conflicts, and through media frenzy lets make it fit the grand narrative…sike

2 articles that I recently came across are very beneficial to read.

Wikileaks – Zionist plot to invade more Muslim lands by Rehmat’s World

and

WikiLeaks War Logs Anti-War Whistleblowing Or War Propaganda? by The Tonka Report

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