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Dua for the night of power (Laylatul Qadr)

اللْهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

Ummul Mu'mineen, Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, said:

I asked the Messenger of Allah: 'O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?'

He (The Prophet PBUH) said:

'Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.'

(Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi).

The transliteration of this Dua is

"Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee"

 
اللْهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ
O Allah, You are pardoning

تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ
and You love to pardon

فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
so pardon me

The British should not bomb Syria

This may seem obvious, but the UK should stay out. SO should the rest of the "west".

There are plenty of people calling for intervention, and not only from the west. But my opinion is that we should stay out.

We don't have a good track record - recent examples and Iraq and Libya, but this goes all the way back to World War 1.

Well, I should rephrase that - we don't have a good track record for the people living there. I am sure prestige was gained and riches obtained in them all.

Another thing to remember is that when you go to war, there is always a reaction.

Super simple Banana Pancake Recipe

I got told about this super simple banana pancake recipe at work.

It has only two ingredients - banana and  egg.

You take a banana, peel it, crush the fruit, add egg  (eggs per banana) and whisk before putting it into the pan.

Super simple.

I made it even simpler - instead of crushing the banana and whisking the egg in, why not stick it in a blender?

I did that, made the pancake and then remembered something really really important.

kind of a deal break important really: I am not a fan of pancakes.

Labour leadership content

We are now at the starts of a leadership contest for the Labour party following the election defeat and Ed Miliband's resignation.

Today the nomination stage ended.

Unfortunately the biggest lesson from the election defeat has not been learnt: policies don't matter, image does.

If people had focused on the Conservtive party's policies, they wouldnt have done as well - they had massive policy gaps and a £12 billion black hole that will hit the poorest hardest.

However David Cameron was more photogenic.

None of the new Labout candidates are. Chuka Ummuna was, but he has already withdrawn.

#MossadStoleMyShoe : When the other shoe drops

Recently Asghar Bukhari of MPACUK posted online that he had lost a shoe from him home. The twist was that he thought it was some sort of intimidation campaign by zionists who wanted to show that they could get to him,

The twittersphere exploded with ridicule from The Quilliam Foundation's Majid Nawaz who started a twitter hashtag "#MossadStoleMyShoe" to other zionists who found it easy to capitalise on this conspiracy theory.

Asghar Bukhari then followed this all up with his response where he stuck to his guns, stated that other activists have also suffered such things and even a former US senator who was pro Palestine documented such behaviour.

Naturally this has just increased the ridicule, exposing a level of paranoia that seems unreal.

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