There's a history lesson, of sorts, in today's Arab News:
"Dr. Zahgloul Al-Najjar, professor of earth sciences, on TV...talked about the religious and historical marvels associated with the holy city of Makkah..."
Ok, I'm listening, teach away:
"I am sure many people did not know that every prophet and messenger sent by God had made the pilgrimage to Makkah" Every one? Moses? Abraham? Jesus? All of those prophets and messengers of God are recognized by Islam. They went to Makkah? Why? When? Where? Prove it.
"...that more than 70 of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) are buried on the plains of Mina just outside Makkah with some buried close to the Kaaba" Hmm...are you thinking what I'm thinking? DNA test time. Oh wait...never mind...I forgot...that would be scientific proof.
But my personal favorite:
"...and that birds living in the vicinity of the Kaaba never fly over the building but fly around it in the same direction as Muslims performing tawaf (circumambulation) in a sign of reverence and respect to the House of God." That seems remarkably simple to either prove or disprove, doesn't it? So...prove it. Let's see some unedited footage of these miraculous birdies.
"Makkah is the center of the universe" Wasn't the theory that earth is the center of the universe discredited hundreds and hundreds of years ago?
"and its time should be the internationally accredited time instead of Greenwich which was imposed on the world by Britain."Right after the Caliphate returns. Until then, all together now: Gimme a G, gimme an M, gimme a T, GMT, GMT, GMT. 2,4,6, 8 who do we appreciate? GMT!
"...Zamzam water has been gushing from the same well for thousands of years without a change of taste or color." Again, easily provable. So, prove it.
Miracles are miracles for a reason, because they are miraculous signs of God. The parting of the Red Sea, for example. But if anyone today were to say 'The Red Sea is parted now' I'd want to see proof. Not too much to ask. If you offer up provable current, easily provable or disprovable miracles without proof all you're offering is myth.
"If people knew about these and other miracles and appreciated the sanctity of the place, they would stop spitting, smoking, eating and drinking, using mobile phones, shoving, pushing and shouting at each other and holding beliefs and opinions contrary to basic Islamic teachings."
Yes, spitting, smoking, eating, drinking, using mobile phones, shoving, pushing, and shouting are 'contrary to basic Islamic teachings.'
I'm sure he meant to say that those behaviors within Makkah are 'contrary to basic Islamic teachings' but that's not what he said.
Must be a miracle how all those who live by 'basic Islamic teachings' survive without eating or drinking. Sort of like that holy man they're studying in the far east who just stayed 10 days in a hospital being observed not eating or drinking. Of course, they're working on proving his miracle.
So many of these reality shows reinvent themselves by casting one of the 'losers' to be the 'center of attention' in the sequel. Am I the only one thinking that 'Average Jane' should have Dennis picking from 15 or so 'average' women? Plain, ordinary, wonderful Dennis, not surrounded by 'Beautiful' women, but simply everyday normal wonderful women who would, if they gave him the chance, fall in love with Dennis. Is that too much to ask for?
As for last nights ep...well...I told you so. But anyway. Really, any group of 20-something men (or men of any age, honestly) put in a room with alcohol and 'women-folk to discuss' are most likely going to get a little politically incorrrect. They're men. That's what men do. Occasionally, at least. My thought is 'What did Jason and Mike say about 'Danielle'?' Why were their comments, if they made any, edited out. If they didn't make any, proving once and for all that all single good looking men are gay I guess, why wasn't a bigger deal made of that?
Yes, she made the right choice in keeping Adam, who sealed his 'victory' over Zach not so much when Zach made an ass out of himself with the 'Duff' but when Adam sincerely told Melana that she made him feel like he was in high school. Yes, he actually made that work. It was a wonderful sentiment and he carried it well.
Mike was a pretty boy...sort of like Tag on Friends in the needs-to-mature department in order to date Rachel/Melana. Speaking of which, everyone on Friends refers to 'Fat Monica' as 'Fat Monica' so Adam using that term shouldn't have been that big of a deal.
As for the 2 hour finale next week. I imagine the producers spent untold hours telling Melana that it would be the worse possible PR move in the history of Reality TV to not pick the final 'Average Joe' in favor of the pretty boy. I think Adam will win. Depending upon what his 'secret' is, of course. But it looked from the preview that his secret is he has money and brains. Which would probably guarantee the victory over 'waiter/student' Jason.
Of course, that also means Adam isn't truly 'Average.'
Then again, as this show has proven most impressively. No one really is 'average.'
"If you go to the website for the Georgia Democratic Party you will see .. running right down the left side .. a list of statewide elected Democrats. At the bottom of the page you'll see a list of Democratic members of congress. Nowhere on that page will you see the words "Zell Miller." He's Georgia's Democratic U.S. Senator and he has been disowned by the Georgia Democratic Party for failing to toe the party line."
"Luke Perry’s Harry Meets His Sally In London’s West End"
"Producer James Tod is to bring a big-screen film to the stage, starring a small-screen heart-throb, according to the Daily Mail newspaper.
The 1989 Rob Reiner movie “When Harry Met Sally” covered a lot of ground (it opens with a cross-America car journey), but in fact mostly consists of dialogues and conversations and as such, could make a good stage show. Tod certainly thinks so, and has landed Luke Perry – who shot to fame as the hunky face of TV’s “Beverly Hills 90210” – to play Harry, the role taken by Billy Crystal in the film.
At 38, Perry’s the right age (Crystal was about 42 when he shot the film). Loveday Ingram is lined up to direct Marcy Kahan’s adaptation of Nora Ephron’s script. The production is scheduled for the Theatre Royal, Haymarket from Feb. 10, 2004, with opening night set for Feb 20. The initial booking period will extend until the end of May 2004. Other casting and details have yet to be finalized."