Monday, February 25, 2013

Beards are Beautiful...Really! Science says so!

Oh,you don't say? You mean to tell me that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) knew what he was talking about when he encouraged men to let their beards grow like nature intended?

I got a good kick out of this article from NewNowNext, an online magazine centered on pop culture, fashion and health. Apparently, sunnah beards do wonders for your skin and keep you looking haha, yes...younger, fresh-faced and handsome!

Another score for the Bearded boys!


Gentlemen, they’re not just for hipsters and the homeless any more. While both dead sexy and totally awesome, beards are also a boon to your overall health. Researchers discovered that men with beards and moustaches actually enjoy numerous benefits including, but not limited to, instant handsomeness.

A study from the University of Southern Queensland, published in the Radiation Protection Dosimetry journal, found that beards block 90 to 95 percent of UV rays, thereby slowing the aging process and reducing the risk of skin cancer. Got asthma? Pollens and dust simply get stuck in that lustrous facial hair. Additionally, all that hair retains moisture and protects against the wind, keeping you looking young and fresh-faced. What’s more, shaving is usually the cause of ingrown hairs and bacterial infections that lead to acne.

Have you tossed your razor in the trash yet?

To conduct the study, researchers left bearded mannequins, along with less attractive, follically-challenged ones, in the blistering sun of the Australian outback and then compared the amount of radiation absorbed by each.

But don’t forget to take care of those blessed follicles; beards can also spread infection if not properly cared for and make consumption of certain foods (e.g. cheeseburgers, corn on the cob, falafel sandwiches—anything with hummus actually, bagel ‘n’ schmear, syrupy pancakes) rather laborious. Fuzzy-faced men would be wise to take advantage of beard wash and beard oil, essential tools for looking and feeling your beardy best.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Tickets, Frustration and other Jummah Ruiners

Have you ever had one of those Jummah's where you head over to the mosque, hear an excellent khutbah that revives your spirit and gives you a much needed iman boost, followed by being immersed in a wonderfully recited salat, only to exit the premises and have the entire experience nearly pissed away by some frustrating and infuriating incident?

I've had one of those days recently.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Unmosqued Documentary shows the Unflattering side of the Muslim Community. [VIDEO]

All I have to say about this trailer is "It's ABOUT TIME!". Bringing the negative side of the mosques in America and their unwelcoming and anti-user friendly atmosphere is long overdue. I wholeheartedly support those who are making this interesting documentary and cannot wait to see it in it's entirety.

At best, this video should be screened at every mosque across the USA, especially to all of those with prominent positions in their community mosque should watch and take note and make the necessary changes because this issue is make or break when it comes to progress in the US and changing the perceptions of Islam in many peoples eyes, both Muslim and non-Muslim.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Faith In Humanity Restored: Awesome Passerby helps a (Muslim) Brotha out! [VIDEO]

Talk about inspirational and heartwarming! The award for "Random Acts of Kindess 2013" goes to: Dominic Giamo!

One of my favorite and--in my opinion--one of the best hidden camera shows on TV right now "What Would You Do?" aired this segment recently and showed that people can overlook stereotypes and preconceived notions and just be a good human being and neighbor.  You can watch the video below:

For those who aren't familiar with "What Would You Do?" it's a popular program that's part of the ABC News Primetime series. The premise of the show is essentially a social experiment where everyday situations are set up in front of unsuspecting citizens who's reactions are being recorded by hidden cameras. It's kind of like Ashton Kutcher's Punk'd but with less douchbaggery. 

Usually there is an injustice happening or something that you just don't see everyday staged by actors. Ideally, the unsuspecting passerby will step in and say or do something to help or point out said injustice. Not surprisingly, the majority of folk do nothing or ignore the situation. Here are just a few examples from the show:
  • A grocery bagger with noticeable Down syndrome is insulted and raged at by a shopper, who calls him a "retard" because of his condition.
  • A bratty child berates and scolds her Latino nanny in a department store and threatens to have her fired.
  • A comedian goes overboard on stage at a comedy show, picking on innocent people in the audience with rude, unfunny jokes, pointing out their flaws.
  • A perverted older man tries to take advantage of an underaged teenager, trying to convince her to accompany the girl to his house.
  • On a sidewalk, three teenagers beat and taunt a homeless man in front of passersby.
Various instances of bullying or rude behavior to people of different ethnicities. On the show there have scenarios set up involving actors playing Muslims and being treated rudely such as a Muslim woman wearing a hijab at a bakery and not being served because the owner doesn't serve "their kind", "terrorists". It's really interesting to see the reactions and whether people will stand up for others who are being wronged right in front of their eyes. The show is also known for it's notable good samaritans who show random acts of kindness.

In this video above, the segment started with a beautiful blond haired woman who had a flat tire. The scenario was to show how long it would take for her to receive assistance. To no one's surprise, she received a ton of help from male passer-bys. But when they changed the "damsel in distress" to a kufi-wearing Muslim guy, things were very different. That is, until youngster Dominic Giamo came around and showed off his awesome altruism.

I like that he even knew some of the Muslim lingo saying "Alhamdulilah! Let's do this!". Dominic later goes on a rant about how society and the media have an agenda towards Muslims and how it's BS that people blame Muslims on the ills of the world. This clip goes to show you that not everyone are ignorant Fox News watching pricks.

A big takeway of this is that this is actually what Islam is all about. Random acts of kindness. Muslims should thrive on being good samaritans like the man in the video. Like the popular Native Deen song "Small Deeds" ("Small deeds never overlook!") a Muslim should jump at these sort of opportunities because all it means are cool points with your Creator. I make dua that I become more like this guy, minus that tattoo (hehe) Big ups to you, Brother Dominic for helping a brotha out. Allah bless you.