Friday, April 2, 2010

tentang Shameless Fools That We Are

here's a quick research abt April Fool's day that i did.

i did this because i noticed A LOT of people say us Muslim acknowledging and 'celebrating' that day (like i did) is committing heresy. and that April Fools' Day is actually the celebration of the fall of Al-Andalus. i'm a sceptic. i am. i think it is just a day to pull friendly pranks for fun.

so i did a, though very improper, quick wiki search about 2 things- April Fools' Day history and history of Al-Andalus. a quick one. just to find a date.

why? because sources and articles (on blogs) about the issue just say that the Islamic kingdom of Al-Andalus fell on 1st of April. no details about what year whatsoever.

here's some facts i uncovered:
Al-Andalus (711 - 1492)
Earliest recorded April Folls' Day (1392)

The earliest recorded association between April 1 and foolishness can be found in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1392). Many writers suggest that the restoration of January 1 as New Year's Day in the 16th century was responsible for the creation of the holiday, but this theory does not explain earlier references.

(that was me.. shocked)

there is a 100 year gap. hm.. 100 years is a very long time IMHO. if a celebration originated 100 years ago it is already a long time by today's standards. Malaysia's Independence Day celebration is still less than 100 years.

get my drift?

so hate me. but the truth could be a little different. and check your sources PROPERLY will ya?!

hate me moar!

found this article. if sources on internet blogs are perceived as facts, then have a read on this explosive article
This story is a clear example of how willing many Muslims are willing to make a "boogy man" out of others, rather than face the fact that the Loss of Spain was due to the corruption of the MUSLIMS who fought amongst themselves, as is often the case today in the Ummah.

this article includes an email written by Yusuf Estes, and in it i found the fact that i have been looking for.. the date.

he wrote:-
..let us consider the historic fact that Muslim Spain ended on the 12th of January in the Christian year of 1492 A.D.

wow that was precise. if you ask who he is, have a read at wikipedia. i'll post some things about him here tho

His Islamic activities have included:
Volunteer Imam in a Texas military installation.
National U.S. Chaplain for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, starting 1994.
Delegate to the United Nations Peace Summit for Religious Leaders in August 2000.

Yusuf Estes is THE delegate to the UN. not some collection of online articles by some supposed religious teachers (with unknown motives).

i have read blog posts saying us who acknowledge April Fool's Day as idiots, stupid people who don't know history, ignorant, some label us as heretic (lancar nye ko melabel orang ye). now did you check your sources properly before you decide who is the idiot?

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