Tag Archives: religion

  1. Defiance: Frisked before prayers

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    Saturday 30 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Yesterday I took my son to the huge Kocatepe Mosque in downtown Ankara. It was his first time there, and …
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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. 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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  4. 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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  5. REBLOG: Syrian Refugees, Security Debates, Fear Mongering and General Stupidity

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    Sunday 22 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Norm 2.0:
    Note: I know this post is a little out of character for me. I don’t rant…

  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. Diwali 2015

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    Wednesday 11 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Yes, it’s that time of year again when my friends who follow Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism celebrate the festival …
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  11. 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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  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate (II)

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    Saturday 07 November, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the incredibly ornate organ in Verona’s majestic Duomo or Verona Cathedral. Hope you …
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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. The church at dawn

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    Thursday 17 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This small orthodox church sat atop a hilltop on a Greek island in the Dodecanese was dark and mysterious as …
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  16. Orthodox Cathedral: Naxos, Greece

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    Tuesday 01 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  17. Winter in Istanbul: Churches

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    Sunday 30 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Straddling east and west, literally, as it links the European and Asian continents, Istanbul also represents a mix of faiths …
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  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Roy G. Biv (III)

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    Sunday 21 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge was taken in the UK… Is this what they call …
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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange (IV)

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    Monday 09 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the sarcophagus of Mevlana (Jalal ad-Dīn Muhammad Rumi) …
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  22. 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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  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale (II)

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    Saturday 07 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge shows an adult at the base of Christ the Redeemer …
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  24. Music from one of our own

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    Tuesday 23 December, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Here’s something special. Tina is one of our followers (a Spikette), and a talented solo artist from southwestern Ontario, Canada, who creates …
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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. Diwali 2014 Starts Today

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    Wednesday 22 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    I’m a Muslim, born to a Christian mother and an Atheist father… yep, we like to keep things a bit wacky in our …
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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. Who says church guys aren’t witty?

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    Friday 11 April, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Like most people, Uncle Spike has a soft spot for certain things in life, be it cute puppies, thrill sports, my …
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  36. New Year Dream – We ARE The Same

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    Wednesday 01 January, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Sadly, there are too many folk out there who simply cannot accept others are not ‘like them’. This is the start …
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  37. All Alone Today?

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    Wednesday 25 December, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    It’s Christmas today. Well not here, not for us, but for a third of the planet it is. Now I …
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  38. Jingle Bells, Punjabi Style

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    Tuesday 24 December, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    One third of the planet are gonna celebrate Christmas tomorrow. Ok, so we may be in the two-thirds that don’t…. …
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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. Happy Diwali 2013

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    Sunday 03 November, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    We all follow different paths in our personal journeys of faith, from atheism or agnosticism to Islam, Sikhism, Christianity, Jainism, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism or …
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  42. Reblog: Okay, but where are you really from?

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    Saturday 14 September, 2013 by Uncle Spike

    Some people have a problem with trying to pigeon-hole Uncle Spike, a self-confessed square peg, into their convenient round holes approach …
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