So this weeks current affairs and articles that have drawn my interest are the following –
1) The Muslims who saved Jews during the Holocaust and Spanish Inquisition
It is written in the Qur’an : “And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.”Qur’an 5:32 and it is written in the Talmud “If you save one life, it is as if you have saved the world” (Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 4:8 (37a)
Despite the significant issues facing the Israelis and Palestinians it is worth noting it has not always been this way between Muslims and Jews such as during the Spanish Inquisition with this great article in the Jewish Chronicle highlighting the historical and sometimes uncomfortable facts.
Even more recently there is a good reminder of the brotherly love the two communities have had, this article shows how just over 70 years ago there was true brotherhood and humanity. It is sad to see how the communities now deal with one another and if they can remember a short while ago what they did for one another I am sure things would be different.
The next article is to investigate the belief/myth of sweeteners and if they are as bad for us as its perceived.
The conclusion is its very difficult to lump all sweeteners in one group and as they are so varied in terms of calories and benefits, one of my favourite drinks Capri Sun just announced they are changing their use of sweeteners in an effort to reduce the calories in their drinks. The producers of sweeteners are finding it difficult to expand and grow as the public get more knowledgeable about such topics .
3) Why do we travel?
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” – Mark Twain
Mark Twain is just one of history’s many writers and thinkers who list travel as an essential piece of life’s ultimate journey. But what makes seeing the world so important?
This article looks at some of the reasons people state on why they travel, is it to better find themselves, gain a broader perspective, or make memories that will last forever? I personally primarily do it for the later, to experience new things and then that in turn gives me a broader perspective and helps me know more about myself.
4) Bye Bye Jon Stewart
One of my favourite TV personalities, Jon Stewart, announced after 16 years he will leaving his late show. He has produced many amazing moments so to find a Top 10, is very difficult, however this one made by the Guardian highlights some of the vast range of topics and manners in which he dealt with issues. His show was a great assistance in highlighting media injustices and gave Muslim performers a platform to be more prominence like my name sake (albeit with an extra A) Aasif Mandvi and Bassem Yousef.
One of my favourite clips was a recent one he did about an inaccurate statement made by Fox regarding Birmingham being a Muslim Only-City.
5) Valentines Day
And to end on with it being Valentines Day tomorrow, how will you be celebrating it? If you fancy splashing the cash, and have over 100,000 USD why not spend it in Abu Dhabi for an evening I am sure you, your loved one and your bank manager will never forget…