Lesley Hazleton: On Reading the Qur’an

Lesley Hazleton explores the Quran and finds much that is quite different from what is reported in commonly-cited accounts.

“People are like mines….”

Sahih Bukhari, “Book of Virtues” Chapter 65.3304. It is related from Abu Hurayra that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “You will find people to be like mines. The best of them in the Jahiliyya are the best of them in Islam when they have understanding. You will find the best of people in this business (of command) to be those who dislike it the most, and you will find the worst of people are the two-faced who come to these people with one face and those people with another face.”

[Mines contain different minerals, some precious and some base.]

Abdullah Taqy: the only native Japanese Imam in Tokyo

1 in 13 million – The only native Japanese Imam in Tokyo from Uchujin on Vimeo.

Abdullah Taqy is the only Japanese Imam in Tokyo. A chance meeting with a foreign Muslim 12 years ago in Tokyo’s Shibuya district and a life spent studying various religions led him to convert to Islam 3 ½ years ago. He completed the Hajj, the worlds largest annual religious pilgrimage, to Mecca in Saudi Arabia 2 ½ years ago at the invitation of the Saudi Arabian government. Shortly after, a meeting with the man who started him down his path to Islam 12 years previously led him to becoming the Imam at a small mosque in the Kabukicho area of Tokyo.