Tag Archives: islam

  1. We are still alive and we are kicking ! ! !

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    Tuesday 22 March, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Yet again I write with sadness at the senseless cruelty from our own species. Brussels has today become the latest …
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  2. Only through our own humanity…

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    Saturday 02 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    My prayers are for an end to the conflict in Syria. Enough families have paid the price. A good friend …
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  3. Across the so-called divide

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    Thursday 24 December, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    I’m no stranger to Christianity, and to be honest, nor are many of my faith, after all, Jesus is pretty …
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  4. Peace and People

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    Sunday 06 December, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Like any conflict on the world stage, everyone of us has very personal views, and the situation in Syria is …
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  5. Bloggers Unite for Peace

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    Sunday 22 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke ~  ~ …
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  6. Who would join me?

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    Thursday 19 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    A couple of times recently I have posted my thoughts about the ongoing wave of destructiıon that the idiots waving …
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  7. Love Over Fear

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    Wednesday 18 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    The level of response generated by my previous post, Perspective & Humanity, was reassuring, pretty much supportive and mostly from my usual clan …
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  8. Perspective & Humanity

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    Sunday 15 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    During the past 48 hours, I, and I’m sure many of you, will have seen or perhaps taken part in …
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  9. Not In MY Name

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    Saturday 14 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Last month we saw multiple bombings in Turkey, then destruction over Egypt, countless other atrocities both here and happening daily in …
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  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate (IV)

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    Monday 09 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the carved exterior wall of the Talborjt Mosque of Agadir, Morocco. …
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  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate (I)

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    Friday 06 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge was something I took last Friday after prayers at the …
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  12. The Village Mosque

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    Saturday 17 October, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Rural villages throughout Türkiye each have their mosque and small school. Pretty much the centre of life; the mosque is …
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  13. The village mosque

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    Tuesday 04 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  14. Winter in Istanbul: A few more mosques

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    Saturday 01 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Mosques are a personal favourite for me Partly it’s about the stunning architecture, partly because I go into them all, …
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  15. Winter in Istanbul: Famous mosques from afar

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    Sunday 19 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    More grey skies from our winter trip to Istanbul… I’ve always had a fascination for mosques, dating back long before …
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  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Door (II)

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    Saturday 04 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the door to the Talborjt Mosque of Agadir, Morocco. Hope you enjoy this …
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  17. This evening’s snack: Apricots

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    Wednesday 17 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Having stated my Ramadan fasting a few days early, as you do, my focus for iftar (breaking of the fast), …
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  18. Roadside Prayer Rooms

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    Saturday 28 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    After my recent post introducing some of our rural mosques, I thought of some more you might be interested in, …
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  19. Local Mosques

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    Thursday 12 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    We have some 83,000 mosques dotted around our country. Some are huge, such as the massive Kocatepe Mosque in central Ankara… …
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  20. Aşure (“ah-shu-reh” in Turkish)

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    Sunday 15 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    You may have heard of this dish, Ashure (as it’s spelt in English) as it’s famed in cultures and religions beyond the …
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  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry (I)

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    Friday 13 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the marvellous Kocatepe Mosque (pronounced koja-tep-e) in downtown Kızılay, Ankara, the capital …
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  22. Being A Muslim At Christmas

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    Sunday 21 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    The vast majority of followers to my wee blog are located in the States, Canada and the UK. Irrespective of personal …
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  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone But Not Forgotten (I)

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    Friday 05 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a photograph of a massive (25m, 81′) hilltop statue of …
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  24. Call to Prayer… Mk II

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    Thursday 02 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This is a follow-up post for all my friends in the west who asked to hear the sound of a …
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  25. Call to Prayer

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    Tuesday 19 August, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    For all my friends in the west who have asked to hear the sound of a genuine ezan, or call …
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  26. Spike’s Guide to Eid al-Fitr

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    Monday 28 July, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Today is Eid al-Fitr, celebrated across the globe by 1.6 billion Muslims, or 23% of the world’s population. . So …
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  27. The Spikey Ramadan Diet ~ part 2

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    Saturday 28 June, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Uncle Spike’s own Ramadan diet is different, but it works 🙂 As mentioned in the previous post, fasting means to …
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  28. The Spikey Ramadan Diet ~ part 1

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    Saturday 21 June, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Uncle Spike has his own Ramadan dietary regime to aid fasting 🙂 First of all, fasting means to go without …
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  29. Ramadan Countdown…

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    Wednesday 18 June, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    In just another 10 days it will be the holy month of Ramadan, or Ramazan as we know it in …
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  30. Regime Time

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    Tuesday 03 June, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Looks like I’ve got a couple of strict months ahead. First of all I am taking part in the “30 …
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  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument (IV)

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    Monday 14 April, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is another from here in Turkey. It’s a monument located …
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  32. Reblog : Relax & Enjoy The Holidays

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    Tuesday 24 December, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    This was posted on Facebook as a status update from a friend I have known since Primary/Elementary School, and she’s …
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  33. Clan Spike send Holiday Greetings from Türkiye

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    Thursday 19 December, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    It is true, not everywhere in the world celebrates Christmas. For instance, we don’t, nor do the vast majority of …
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  34. Village Graveyard

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    Monday 09 December, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    In many cultures, and in many parts of the world, burial is still preferred; either for religious reasons or personal …
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  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light! (II)

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    Sunday 01 December, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    Let there be light…!  Clan Spike’s second entry for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is another from here in Turkey. …
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  36. A Special Day

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    Tuesday 15 October, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    Today is Eid-al-Adha, which is sometimes referred to as the Sacrifice Festival, or here, it’s Kurban Bayram – the biggest …
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