Sunday, July 29, 2007

229)Summer holiday housekeeping on the easynash blogsite.

1)To start of with let me first recommend my readership to the Ismailiworld blogsite(click the link on the upper right hand corner on my blogsite), where they have uploaded some really beautiful and joyous pictures of Golden Jubilee celebrations in cities in Asia, Africa and London, U.K:

2)On the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy website is a good short article on Nasir Khusraw written by Alice Hunsberger, the author of an authoritative book on Nasir Khusraw "The Ruby of Badakhshan". Its worth a read, IMHO:

3)The Ismaili Mail website, as usual, has an excellent array of articles, many still Golden Jubilee-related but also those relating to other programs and personalities. I commented on two in particular that caught my attention:

4)Over on Jalaledin's blog is a new post entitled "Broad Psychological Themes of Al-Fatiha" in which Jalaledin asks his readership to participate in some research towards his doctoral dissertation in Psychology:

5)I have introduced to my Suggested Links section a new link called Quran Miracles, which I came accross accidently while surfing the Discover Magazine website. Its a great resource and I particularly enjoy the fact that it lists Quranic verses that generally describe many events in nature which could never have been elaborated by the rational intellect of man in the 7th century. In fact most of these ayats or signs in nature were only uncovered by the rational intellect of man during the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries:

6)I, once again, recently had breakfast with my good friend Bryan at the new and refurbished Le Baguette restaurant in the new and refurbished Fairview Mall at the intersection of Don Mills and Sheppard Avenues, North York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This regular rendezvous has been immortalised in my earlier post:

After breakfast we visited the newly opened Food Court on the lower level and nodded our approval at this new locus of nourishment and revelry.

7)My travel buddy and I are going on a ROAD TRIP!!!!We hope to combine a search for both historical as well as the most famous and beloved natural landmarks in Canada and the U.S.A. These would include landmarks on the world famous Route 66, like the "Land of Lincoln" in Springfield, Missouri, "Tinkertown" in New Mexico, "London Bridge" in Arizona, "The Hollywood Forever Cemetery" in California and perhaps Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. Natural wonders would include the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Montana and Alberta; the Grand Canyon in Arizona which demonstrates how a river of water and its tributaries(the Colorado River), given one or two or even a thousand human lifetimes, will flow lazily and uneventfully back to its ocean but, given one or two or a few million years, will slice through the thickest granite rock and hard ground like a hot knife through butter; the breathtaking drive up Highway 1 on California's Pacific Coast all the way up to the Mt. St. Helens volcano(remember 1980!) in Washington State, not forgetting the places in Napa Valley and Oregon where elixir is squeezed out of grapes; Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming which, should its steaming geysers ever explode above its hot spot source deep under it(heaven forbid), will force all surviving life in the Northern Hemisphere to move down into the Southern Hemisphere of dynamic yet fragile planet Earth(hello again, Pretoria!); Glacier National Park straddling Montana and Alberta; The sprawling, flat wheatfields of the Prairie Provinces, Canada's breadbasket; And the quarter million lakes of Ontario, my home Province.

8)I'm also mulling two new posts over the next little while. One is post no. 8 in my Ayats(Signs) in the Universe series, the other is post no. 4 in my China series. The former post reflects my fascination with the numerous cycles that abound in nature, such as the Water Cycle, the Atmospheric Cycle and the Rock Cycle and their possible relation to other, more profound cycles such as the one described in the last section of this article:

The latter post plans to be a summary of a recent trip my wife and I took along the ancient and fabled Silk Route of mid to western China along with a few key bustling cities in the eastern part of the country. This information might be of some use to anyone who is planning a trip to China for next year's Beijing Olympic Games(2008).

Regarding my first seven posts in the Ayats(Signs) in the Universe series and my first three posts in the China series, they can be accessed here:

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Islam, eminently logical, placing the greatest emphasis on knowledge, purports to understand God's creation:Aga Khan 4(2006)
The God of the Quran is the One whose Ayats(Signs) are the Universe in which we live, move and have our being:Aga Khan 3(1952)
Our interpretation of Islam places enormous value on knowledge. Knowledge is the reflection of faith if it is used properly. Seek out that knowledge and use it properly:Aga Khan 4(2005)