by Imran H. Khan

As Muslims across the world prepare for, typically, once in a lifetime travel to Mecca to fulfill their religious obligation, it is time to ponder upon its impact on our planet Earth. With the rapid growth in Muslim populations, the advent of aviation and relative prosperity, an increasing number of Muslims are performing Haj.  Last year three million people performed it and the number of Hajis ( as they are called) are only going to increase with time as the facilities at Mecca are improved and the availability of aircraft like Airbus A380 and Boeing747.

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by Imran H. Khan

Confluence of efficient solar cells, electric motors, energy harvesting techniques,composite materials, dense and sophisticated avionics is creating opportunities to develop Unattended Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UUAS). The first wave of UASs have enabled many applications that were unachievable with manned systems. As it turned out many of the UASs required more manpower on the ground than manned systems. There are still many more applications that become physically and economically viable if the humans are completely taken out of the loop.  This requires that the system be smart enough to take into account all eventualities, and have the ability to harvest energy from natural sources.

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by Imran H. Khan

After the shock and awe of beginnings of war is over and the dust from the towers has settled, comes the real face of war. How survivors face that face is the story of the mothers and wives who are left behind to cope with the decisions of the leaders who chose to wage them. Two American wives of the victims of 9/11 attack ,  Patricia Quigley and Susan Retik,  decided to turn their tragedy into hope for widows in Afghanistan.

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by M. Salahuddin

It isn’t possible to burn the Qur’an.

“Qur’an” strictly means a “recital” and it’s for a good reason. The Qur’an was revealed as a verbal experience. Embracing it is a verbal-mental process. Above all, it’s about MEANING and living according to it. Therefore the Qur’an cannot actually be burned. Since Islam began, Muslims have been committing the Qur’an to memory and such people are called “Huffaz,” (singular—Hafiz).

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by Imran H. Khan

I had written about Rob Franco’s boat paintings in an earlier post. He offered to sell some of his boat paintings at a substantial discount with 15 percent of the proceeds going towards assisting those effected by floods in Pakistan. There is no better symbol to lift and carry a person over water than a boat.  These paintings reflect the boats typically found in New England coastal waters.  Since I have already written in depth about Rob’s paintings, I will let the paintings do the talking. I have included fairly high resolution images that can be downloaded by clicking on the images. The price list is embedded in the last image. You can leave a comment in case you are interested in buying any of them and I will get you in touch with Rob.

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