Category Archives: Islam

Video Blog: Sounds of Skopje

It was evening when I arrived at Skopje and by the time I had made my way from the hostel to the city center, it had gotten dark. First time in Macedonia and I didn’t really know what to expect. But I definitely … Continue reading

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Is this the most beautiful cemetery in the world?

Macedonia is full of cemeteries. Or maybe I just got this impression because every larger town has more than one resting place for its ancestors, always at least a Christian, a Muslim and a Jewish one. The latter hardly have any … Continue reading

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Where George W. Bush is still popular

I have never seen a “George W. Bush Boulevard” or “George W. Bush Square” anywhere in the world. For some reason, he is not very popular anymore. I am not even sure if there is any “George W. Bush Street” in … Continue reading

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Imam Ali and the USA

Preparing for my trip to Macedonia, I read an article about the Bektashi Sufi. I particularly liked this photo of the office which is decorated with a painting of Imam Ali, the successor of the Prophet Muhammad according to the Shia … Continue reading

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Did you notice the Irony? (15) Praying for Iraq

I wonder if religious people notice the irony of praying for help against other religious people. What is God supposed to do when he/she/it receives prayers from the Islamic fundamentalists who ask him/her/it to help conquer Iraq as well as from Christians or … Continue reading

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A Nap at the Mosque

The most practical use offered by mosques is that they are a place of silence. Weary travellers may even use them to take a nap. I took this photo on my first trip to Iran in 2008/2009. This is Jameh … Continue reading

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The End of Al-Qaeda

You could almost feel sorry for Al-Qaeda. Ten years ago, these terrorists were able to make the world tremble with shock and awe (which you can’t really blame them for, because what else would be the purpose of a terrorist … Continue reading

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Flowers are Evil

I was never one to get flowers for girls (or boys, for that matter). The non-recipients of flowers attributed this to my stinginess, my forgetfulness or my general ignorance of other people’s wishes or feelings. But now I have proof … Continue reading

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Inside Al-Qaeda

“Here you are, Emir: the drink that you requested. Cold.” Ahmed smiled as he offered the canned beverage to the older and bearded man sitting on the floor among some pillows and books. His smile could easily have been mistaken for … Continue reading

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Easily confused (30) Brothers

The Brothers Grimm: Grim brothers:

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