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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
13th March 624: The Battle of Badr
The Battle of Badr (Arabic: غزوة بدر), fought in the Hejaz region of western Arabia (present-day Saudi Arabia), was a key battle in the early days of Islam and a turning point in Muhammad's struggle with his opponents among the Quraish tribe in Mecca. The battle has been passed down in Islamic history as a decisive victory attributable to divine intervention, or by secular sources to the strategic genius of Muhammad. It is one of the few battles specifically mentioned in the Quran. Most contemporary knowledge of the battle at Badr comes from traditional Islamic accounts, both hadiths and biographies of Muhammad, recorded in written form some time after the battle.
Prior to the battle, the Muslims and the Meccans had fought several smaller skirmishes in late 623 and early 624. Badr, however, was the first large-scale engagement between the two forces. Advancing to a strong defensive position, Muhammad's well-disciplined force broke the Meccan lines, killing several important Quraishi leaders including the Muslims' chief antagonist Abu Jahl. For the early Muslims the battle was the first sign that they might eventually defeat their enemies among the Meccans. Mecca at that time was one of the richest and most powerful cities in Arabia, fielding an army three times larger than that of the Muslims. The Muslim victory also signaled to the other tribes that a new power had arisen in Arabia and strengthened Muhammad's position as leader of the often fractious community in Medina.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Milk Run
Twitter Followers = 2,094 (up 1)
Never-followed unfollowers eliminated = 1
Followed unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 1
Spammers not followed back = 1
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
After a somewhat upsetting preceding Sunday, this one looks much more pleasant! A reasonable night's sleep with no urine boners (though I did need to urinate once), my corrupted flash drive replaced and its data backed up, and all online and "in the flesh" undesirables blocked out of my life.
I therefore launch into this Sunday happy, calm and wiser - what trouble does do is make you grow and learn, deepening the gratitude and appreciation for better times. In synchronicity, even the weather has become mild and benign! I shall therefore gratefully enjoy my day, making the maximum difference possible, letting intuition make all the decisions.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you making the maximum difference possible?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
1035 millibars and rising
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Terrify a nurse by leaving a half-eaten sandwich in a coma patient's hand :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
John Oliver on Republicans
More people are killed by bee stings and lightning than by shark attacks.
9. ZEN WISDOM
People shouldn’t hesitate to exert their all, in a way true to themselves. How can you possibly ever know how far or fast you can go if you’ve never run all-out? To give up even before you’ve tried is actually arrogance—an affront to the wondrous power of life within you and disrespectful to yourself.