Thursday, September 13, 2018

Muslim Names

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Monday, September 10, 2018

a bit off topic

Divorce is still illegal in the Philippines,  there for people are forced to spend thousands on a legal annulment.  This means that only the wealthy in the Philippines can get divorced. My friend  Maria is trying to get divorced but lacks the funds.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Islam in science fiction starter kit.

a great little starter kit to those new to the idea of science fiction and Islam.

Thursday, April 13, 2017


In the Islamic conception, Adam’s the first Prophet chosen to preach to humanity, but he and his wife Eve are also the first in a new species, chosen to be God’s Caliphs—like “representatives”—on Earth.
But if we believe that, how do we deal with Neanderthals—was Adam their ancestor, too? Do Adam and Eve fit somewhere differently on the family tree? Or are modern humans somehow distinct from species we’re clearly so similar to?
When I’ve raised such questions, I’ve gotten different responses. Some Muslims argue that if the Qur’an doesn’t go into detail about the origins of the world, or human life, then that’s because God wants us to focus on the moral meaning. The science was left for us mere mortals to divine.
Others have proposed that Adam was an archetype for humankind, not a person; that huge chunks of time passed between the forbidden fruit and their Earthly exile; that the Adam in heaven wasn’t quite the Adam on Earth; or that while Adam was created out of the same genetic stuff as life on this planet—how else could we survive?—that genetic similarity doesn’t imply direct ancestry.

Friday, March 24, 2017

what would Pakistan look like if it was set in a sci-fi movie?

Sci-Fi and Fantasy fans get ready to be blown away by what you are about to see. Have you ever wondered what would Pakistan look like if it was set in a sci-fi movie?
Your prayers have been answered.
Omar Gilani, an illustrator, designer, and concept artist from Lahore has a series of illustrations called ‘Pakistan+’ which shows how Pakistan would look like in a sci-fi setting.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

When Superintelligent AI Arrives, Will Religions Try to Convert It?

Like it or not, we are nearing the age of humans creating autonomous, self-aware super intelligences. Those intelligences will be part of our culture, and we will inevitably try to control AI and teach it our ways, for better or worse.
AI with intelligence equal to or beyond human beings is often referred to as "strong AI" orArtificial General Intelligence (AGI). Experts disagree as to when such an intelligence will arrive into the world, but many are betting it will happen sometime in the next two decades. The idea of a thinking machine being able to rival our own intellect—in fact, one that could quickly become far smarter than us—is both a reason for serious concern and a reason to cheer about what scientific advances it might teach us. Those worries and benefits have not escaped religious.
Some faith-bound Americans want to make sure any superintelligence we create knows about God. And if you think the idea of preaching God to autonomous machines sounds crazy, you may be overlooking key statistics of U.S. demographics: roughly 75 percent of adult Americans identify themselves as some denomination of Christianity. In the U.S. Congress, 92 percent of our highest politicians belong to a Christian faith.
As artificial intelligence advances, religious questions and concerns globally are bound to come up, and they're starting too: Some theologians and futurists are already considering whether AI can also know God.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Which Religions Are Best Prepared To Accept Life In Space?

In terms of whether or not Muslims would be prepared for the existence of other planets, as Weintraub explains, the Qur'an seems to make explicit reference to the fact that Earth isn't alone as a planet. With verses such as "Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds" (Qur'an 1:2) and "He is the Lord of all like worlds" (Quran 41:09).

Friday, March 07, 2014

10 Things That Every Brand New Creator of Science Fiction Should Know

Being a science fiction creator is the most amazing adventure — you get to invent whole new worlds, brand new futures, and fantastic technologies, and you get to tell the most incredible stories about them. But it's also a tough and heartbreaking career path, whether you're in books, comics, movies or television. Here are 10 things that every brand new science fiction creator ought to know at the start.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Islamic Science Fiction
Islamic SF would be any science fiction story that is positively informed by Islamic beliefs and practices. A partial list of what is considered as Islamic SF would include any SF story that: - strives to state the existence of the One God. - deals in a positive way with any aspect of Islamic practices. - features a Muslim as one of its main characters and if the actions of this Muslim in the story reflect Islamic values. - takes on one or more Islamic teachings in a positive way.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Can My Robot Do Hajj For Me?

Can My Robot Do Hajj For Me?

for the past few years, I’ve worked as the Chief Technical Officer of one of the world’s largest consulting firms, where my job is to learn of the latest technologies on the market and figure out the most interesting and useful ways to deploy it for businesses.   With an international work force of sixty thousand employees in thirty-six countries, I’ve had to travel for the majority of my time to keep up with my employees and introduce them to these technologies that will make our company, and that of our clients, run more efficiently.
Last week, I found myself booked for two critically important meetings on the same day in two different cities, halfway around the world from each other: one in Boston where I am based and the second in Bangalore, India, where we employee close to three thousand. The meeting in Bangalore was to formally launch our new innovation center with key leadership members of our firm in the region.  I did attend the Bangalore meeting, and started my talk by greeting every person there, face to face, then walked them around the facility room-by-room while demonstrating the most cutting edge of technologies installed in the center including video screens for teleconferencing, and the latest in 3D printers.  The meeting was a huge success.
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Science Has Built Luke Skywalker's Robotic Hand

Amputees may one day regain actual feeling thanks to Darpa and researchers at Case Western University who have created what we thought was once only possible in science fiction. As a part of DARPA's Reliable Neural-Interface Technology (RE-NET) program, CWRU's flat interface nerve electrode (FINE) system has demonstrated that it can provide enough sensation to each individual finger to give amputees the ability to feel their way around, just like Luke Skywalker.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Alif the unseen book review

ALIF THE UNSEEN by G.Willow Wilson In an unnamed emirate a young hacker takes on a corrupt government. Mix in Jinn and a love story and we have a fantastic book. Highly recommend this.

Monday, June 03, 2013

virtual sin

So if my character in World of WARCRAFT eats pork have I commuted a sin?

Friday, May 24, 2013

Book Review

The Mirage
By Matt Ruff

Set in an alternate universe during the summer of 2009, Arab Homeland Security agent Mustafa al Baghdadi is plunged into an international conspiracy involving Saddam Hussein a gangster who is the head of the Iraqi Mafia; Osama Bin Laden who heads Al-qaeda an elite security agency, and the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee when a captured suicide bomber claims that the world in which they live is a mirage. 

A great fun read.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mothers Day

 The Prophet Muhammad said, may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him: Your Heaven lies under the feet of your mother (Ahmad, Nasai).

 A man came to the Prophet and said, ‘O Messenger of God! Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship? The Prophet said: Your mother. The man said, ‘Then who?' The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man further asked, ‘Then who?' The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man asked again, ‘Then who?' The Prophet said: Then your father. (Bukhari, Muslim).

 Abu Usaid Saidi said: We were once sitting with Rasulullah when a man from the tribe of Salmah came and said to him: O Messenger of Allah! do my parents have rights over me even after they have died? And Rasulullah said: Yes. You must pray to Allah to bless them with His Forgiveness and Mercy, fulfill the promises they made to anyone, and respect their relations and their friends (Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah).

 It is narrated by Asma bint Abu Bakr that during the treaty of Hudaibiyah, her mother, who was then pagan, came to see her from Makkah. Asma informed the Messenger of Allah of her arrival and also that she needed help. He said: Be good to your mother (Bukhari, Muslim).

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Bismi Allah Al Rahman Al Raheem

Bismi Allah Al Rahman Al Raheem Ya Al-Hamid bi Haqq Muhammad [s], Ya Al-Ala bi Haqq Ali [s], Ya Al Khaliq bi Haqq Fatima Zahra [as], Ya Al Rahman bi Haqq Imam Hasan, Ya al Raheem bi Haqq Imam Hussein [as].

Monday, April 22, 2013

Vladimir Putin Says Manned Russian Spaceport Launch in 2018

The more countries get involved in space exploration, the better! Russia was there at the beginning when they launched the first man into space, Yuri Gagarin, in 1961. Now Russian President Vladimir Putin has told astronauts on the International Space Station that the first manned spaceflight launch from Russia’s new Vostochny Cosmodrome spaceport  will take place sometime in 2018.
According to Reuters, the Vostochny Cosmodrome will help the Russians get back to being a pioneer in space exploration, with planned missions to the moon and deep space. The spaceport will be available to Russia’s International Space Station partner nations in Europe and North America, but Putin hopes that the Cosmodrome will help Russia catch up to the other major space exploration players. Putin says:

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The C.S.S Fodhil al-Warthilani

The C.S.S Fodhil al-Warthilani

The C.S.S Fodhil al-Warthilani is an exploration class star ship. It is equipped with it it's own worm drive. It carries four type 7-G heavy shuttles and two type 3-F light shuttles. It has two rail guns and six missile tubes for ships defense.

The medical bay has eight burn beds and fortytwo Meditech beds, as well as an isolation ward with 8 Meditech beds. They have top notch science labs, Chemistry, xeno-biology, xeno-botany, geology and physics. Six large repair bays allow for the repair and manufacture of any and all needed equipment. The 

C.S.S Fodhil al-Warthilani   
Length of 645 meters and a  displacements of over 200,000 long 
tons. The ships' companies can number up to 3,200. The C.S.S 
Fodhil al-Warthilani was built at the Parameswara ship yards in the 
New Malaysia star system.  The C.S.S Fodhil al-Warthilani was 
built for the purpose of exploration.