ghostwriter, tiny chip, raising kids

do you remember this?  this was the show cuzin!

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new technology in diagnosing diseases => Tiny Chip

A Harvard University chemist has created a prototype “chip” technology out of paper that could help diagnose HIV, malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases for just a penny each time, according to CNN.

A drop of blood on one side of the paper chip results in a colorful tree-like pattern that tells physicians or nurses whether a person has certain diseases. Water-repellent comic-book ink helps channel the blood into the tree-like pattern, as several layers of treated paper react to the blood and create the telling colors.

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tips on raising kids:

15 Tips to Raising Great Children

Assalam O Alaikoum, Brothers and sisters in Islam,

Children are easily influenced by their surroundings. These days, it is extremely difficult to expose our children to an ideal Islamic environment given the influences from media, friends and even other members of the family.

With television, radio, Internet and forms of media mostly touting un-Islamic values, it is up to parents and adults close to the children to set the correct example.

It is impossible to shield our children from all the negative forces that can shape their minds and, ultimately, their behavior.

However, by our own example and showing them better options, we can set them on the true path, which is to obey the commandments of Allah (swt) and our Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him).

Here are some tips you may want to follow in helping your children grow up with Islamic values.

Start by teaching them the importance of Worshipping only Allah: The best thing any Muslim parent could ever teach their children is to emphasize, from the day they can comprehend, that Allah (swt) is One and no one is worthy of worship except Allah (swt). This is the fundamental message of our Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) and it is our key to Paradise.

Treat them kindly: Kindness begets kindness. If we were kind to our children, they in turn would show kindness to others. Our Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) was the best example in being kind to children.

Teach them examples of Muslim heroes: Instead of Batman or Superman, tell them about real heroes such as Abu Bakr, Umar ibn Khattab, Othman bin Affan, Ali bin Abi Talib and others. Tell them how Muslim leaders brought a real peaceful change in the world and won the hearts of Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Let children sit with adults: It is preferable for children to be among adults, especially when listening to Islamic lectures. The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) would often put children in the front row when he spoke to the people.

Make them feel important: Consult them in family matters. Let them feel they are important members of the family and have a part to play in the growth and well being of the family.

Go out as a family: Take family trips rather than allowing your children to always go out only with their friends. Let your children be around family and friends from whom you want them to pick up their values. Always remember that your children will become who they are around with most of the time. So, watch their company and above all give them YOUR company.

Praise them: Praise is a powerful tool with children, especially in front of others. Children feel a sense of pride when their parents’ praise them and will be keen to perform other good deeds. However, praise must be limited to Islamic deeds and deeds of moral value.

Avoid humiliation: Similarly, do not humiliate them in front of others. Children make mistakes. Sometimes, these mistakes occur in their efforts to please the parents. If you are unhappy with your children, tell them in private.

Sports: The Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) encouraged sports such as swimming, running and horse riding. Other sports that build character and physical strength are also recommended, as long as the children maintain their Islamic identity, wear appropriate clothes and do not engage in unnecessary mixing.

Responsibility: Have faith in their abilities to perform tasks. Give them chores to do in line with their age. Convince them that they are performing an important function and you will find them eager to help you out again.

Don’t spoil them: Children are easily spoiled. If they receive everything they ask for, they will expect you to oblige on every occasion. Be wise in what you buy for them. Avoid extravagance and unnecessary luxuries. Take them to an orphanage or poor area of your city once in a while so they can see how privileged they are.

Don’t be friends: It is common in the West for parents to consider their children as friends. In Islam, it doesn’t work that way. If you have ever heard how friends talk to each other, then you will know that this is not how a parent-child relationship should be. You are the parents, and they should respect you, and this is what you should be teaching them. The friendship part should be limited to you and them keeping an open dialog so they can share their concerns with you and ask you questions when they have any.

Pray with them: Involve them in acts of worship. When they are young, let them see you in act of salaah (salat). Soon, they would be trying to imitate you. Wake them up for Fajr and pray as a family. Talk to them about the rewards of salaah so that it doesn’t feel like a burden to them.

Emphasize halaal: It is not always good to say ‘this is haraam, that is haraam’. While you must educate them on haraam things, Islam is full of halaal and tell your children to thank Allah (swt) for the bounties He has bestowed on them- not just for food and clothes. Tell them to be thankful for having eyes that see, ears that hear, arms and legs and, the ultimate blessing, Islam in their hearts.

Set an example: As parents, you are the best example the children can have. If you talk to your parents rudely, expect your children to do the same to you. If you are disrespectful to others, your children will follow too. Islam is filled with Divine advice on the best ways to bring up your children. That makes it an obligation upon parents to be good Muslims so their children will try to emulate them. If you don’t take Islam seriously, neither will your children. It goes back to our third point, which is to give them Islamic heroes. As a parent, you should be their number one hero.

NORMAN RULES! kitteh!! women pray with men??!@#!!

go norman!

i know, he’s just speaking the truth.  but it’s rare for people to speak the truth in public these days.  so when it happens, we’re all taken aback, suprised, and even speechless.

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need to get a kitteh when the kids grow outta their asthma:

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weirdo post from MM => Tear Down Wall

“Ani Zonneveld of Los Angeles said she and about 20 other Muslims have formed their own congregation, using rented space inside a church in West Hollywood. There, space is available for “unsegregated prayer,” where men and women can pray side by side, as well as space for worshippers who prefer gender segregation.”

my response (more of a counterpost) => monkey reply

k3N |3l0c|<

i promise, this is the last video for today.  i just can’t sleep so i can’t stop surfing.  ridiculously sick ken block video:

i hope you guys remember the last one:

CAIR pwns Doocy

hmm.  need to get a CAIR emblem up there.  gotta get involved.  these guys are good cookies.  check it out:

remember this (i think i’ve posted it before, WATCH THE ENDING, IT’S SICK!):

making a table; CHICAGO SNOW!

this was a snow day we had:

you’ve all been asking, and here’s the final:

prays in the bus while on the job

not a good idea dude.  pray on your break.  in a masjid.  not on the bus.   link from => al arabiya

DUBAI (Al Arabiya)

The London Transport Department and the Muslim community apologized on behalf of a Somali driver who scared passengers when he pulled over and prayed on board of the bus, according to press reports.

Passengers on bus number 24 in North London panicked when the driver of Somali origins pulled over without warning and started praying. Taking off his shoes and jacket then chanting in Arabic made the commuters on board think he was preparing for a terrorist attack, the Daily Mail reported Monday.

During his five-minute prayer, the passengers were locked inside the bus thinking it will blow up at any minute. A complaint was filed with Transport for London (TfL).


As diverse employers, TfL and the bus operators provide suitable prayer and quiet rooms at garages and other key locations for staff who wish to practice their faith


TfL spokesman

Transport for London apologized for the delay and stated that the bus company, London General, warned the driver not to repeat this behavior.

TfL expressed its respect for other religions, yet stressed that drivers are not allowed to pray while on duty.

“TfL and individual bus operating companies acknowledge and value the diversity of their staff,” TfL spokesman said. “As diverse employers, TfL and the bus operators provide suitable prayer and quiet rooms at garages and other key locations for staff who wish to practice their faith.”


Muslims in the West have to bear in mind the environment surrounding them. The involvement of several Muslims in the West in terrorist activities would make people think that what he did was something of that sort


Dr. Kamal al-Helbawy, founder of the Muslim Association of Britain

Not typical

The driver’s behavior is not representative of Islam and is a bad example of Muslims, said Dr. Kamal al-Helbawy, founder of the Muslim Association of Britain and former spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West.

“Scholars gave Muslims the permission to perform the noon and afternoon prayers together when in the West since their timings are very close,” he told the London-based Asharq al-Awsat Wednesday. “Thus, his action is by no means justified.”

Helbawy added that what the driver did might seem to be typical behavior for a devout Muslim who is keen on performing his prayers on time but this is not the case.

“Muslims in the West have to bear in mind the environment surrounding them. The involvement of several Muslims in the West in terrorist activities would make people think that what he did was something of that sort.”

In addition to causing panic among the passengers on board the bus, Helbawy explained, the driver did not take into consideration the fact that all those people have to arrive at their destinations on time.

“The least he could have done after delaying them was to apologize and offer an explanation for his actions. He owed them that.”

According to passenger Gayle Griffiths, who filed the compliant with TfL, the driver did not address the people on board the bus at all and offered no explanation for what he was doing which caused even more panic, the Daily Mail reported.

“It even went through my mind that this might be some sort of terrorist attack with the bus blown up because I had heard that suicide bombers prayed before attacks,” she said.

Griffiths said she respects diversity and people’s right to practice their faith, yet she thinks the driver’s behavior was not appropriate.

“We live in a multi-cultural society but there is a time and a place for prayer and the middle of a journey with a busload of passengers is not it,” she explained.

snow; making more tables

just realized that the posts that i published thru my phone never went thru.  today it snowed a lot.  it snowed all night, and it’s planning to snow all day.  about a foot or so.  ever since we moved to this new place its been great.  they have people that come and clean up all the snow.  i haven’t shoveled in years, alhamdulillah.

my parents are coming next week.  very excited.  it’s been a while.  only sucky part is that i’m not off.  i’m off this week.  the boys don’t have school today because of the snow.  i think amina still has school. cps NEVER closes.  seriously.  there has to be a tornado with a hurricane in the middle of a earthquake for chicago public schools to close.

we bought more stuff.  we got a carpet.  oh yea, i built another table.  see the video below.  for some reason i can’t upload the first one when i was unloaded the raw materials from my car.