“More British Muslims Fight for Islamic State Than Britain“, “Somali-Americans leave homes, friends in Minnesota to fight alongside ISIS jihadis” scream just a few of the headlines in the Media recently.
I detest ISIS and all other fanatics fighting as Muslims, whether they do so in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan or, anywhere else. These people think they are protecting and promoting Islam, by brutally killing anyone…Muslim or not…who does not subscribe to their own narrow belief system. They are oppressive and their ways of killing are brutal. Psychopathic would perhaps be a better way of describing their behavior, because they kill without any thought. Continue reading
(First published in February 2011)
“Suicide-bombers blow themselves up because they are promised 72 virgins in Heaven”
Oh, how this statement makes my skin crawl!
Critics of Islam like to describe “Virgins in Paradise” (“Houris”) as base, sex-objects and motivation for Muslim suicide-bombers, because it helps promote hate and fear towards Islam and Muslims. The tactic works because of the negative connotations for sex in the ‘Christian’ part of the “Judeo-Christian Civilization”. Continue reading
This article (“When Genocide is Permissible
“) by a Jewish journalist was published in “The Times of Israel”, but was taken down, probably after they were informed about the embarrassment of publishing such an article…but not before it was picked up and re-published in other media such as on Mondoweiss. I am re-producing it below (note especially
, the closing words).
This attitude of perpetrating Genocide on Palestinians is nothing new, it has been promoted and talked about, in the highest circles of Israeli and Diaspora Jewish societies, it has been insisted upon by prominent Jewish Rabbis, one Rabbi Rontzki (former Chief Rabbi of IDF) even told the invading Israeli troops that to spare the lives of ANY men, women or children in Gaza would condemn the IDF soldiers to Hell). Besides, the US is ever-present to ensure accusations of War Crimes or Genocide by Israel (or itself!), are never brought to court.
Muslims are not losing the battle for opinion on Israel/Palestine, we never had it.
Since the first time Americans learnt about that area, it was more “Israel” than it was “Palestine”. Americans were told there is no such thing as Palestine and Israel is the land that has been “returned” to the Jewish people who are “returning” to what was coined as “A land without people, for a people without a land”. As late as the 1970’s, Israeli leaders continued to insist that were no such thing as “Palestinians”, disregarding the fact that the total period of Hebrew rule in that land was a mere couple of hundred years, while much of the the Palestinians have been there for thousands of years, some harkening back to the Canaanite period.
A friend recently wrote to a list of Muslims, that we must vote against every incumbent because tey are all useless.
I share his frustration and anger (noted at the bottom), but not the proposed reaction of not voting for any of the incumbents. It is true, our representatives have failed to take note of our concerns and feelings when they sign on to legislation and when they speak out in public. Much as I would like to kick their selfish behinds, I have to admit that the fault is more ours, than it is theirs.
I am not sure whether Muslims are fearful, ignorant, indifferent or, too arrogant, to do what is best for our collective good, it may even be a combination of all these things. The current thinking among us Muslims seems to go along these lines:
The FBI is very concerned about “Radicalized” Somali youth leaving the US to join Al-Shabab in Somalia and fighting for them. Try visiting Somalia and you will be “interviewed” by the FBI before you even leave. If you do manage to visit Somalia, even if you visit a neighboring country and you are Somali and you WILL get the royal “interview” treatment by the FBI. IF you ever get back because the FBI will quite likely place you on their notorious “No-Fly” list which has added over 1.5 MILLION people to it in just the past five years. Continue reading
We are in the month of Ramadan when we must fast from sunrise to sunset. This does not simply mean that we should go on a glorified diet plan, it means we must also DO the things God as told us we must do, such as fight evil, oppression and injustice. We must also stand up for truth and we must sacrifice what is ours in order to help our fellow humans.
…and we must help our fellow Muslims when they face trouble.
So many of us lead lives full of all kinds of blessings, we have food, shelter protection, reasonably good health and many of us are blessed with a lot more money than we actually need. So many of us seem to believe all we need to do to fulfill our obligations to society and to God, is to give to charity, pay our taxes, pray and stay away from that Demon whose name comes after we spit; “Politics”.
When saw the news that three teens had been kidnapped in Israel, I felt sad for them and for their parents. I thought it may take the path of some exchanges of Palestinians for the boys and that would be that. I also felt fear for Palestinians because I knew Israelis would react with demonic fury, heedless of how many victims they claim.
I was partly right. Israeli military and paramilitary forces launched an all-out effort to find the boys and to find who did it, taking many prisoners who were sure to be tortured (Israeli courts have allowed the use of torture in their so-called, “ticking bomb” scenarios) and causing destruction in their path.
Today, when I heard that the bodies of the boys were found, I was very sad, especially for the parents. Surviving their children is surely the nightmare of all parents, no child deserves to be the victim of any battles between adults. Children are always innocents, their killing can never be justified, even when they may be found carrying guns. It is bad enough that people dismissively kill other innocents (non-combatants) but those who kill children must surely rank among the lowest forms of humanity, along with those who permit such killings.
Different stresses can be applied to things and they return to the original shape after the stress is removed, however, in Science, there is something known as Yield Point which says that after a certain amount of stress is applied to an object, it loses the resilience to return to its original shape and becomes more and more deformed on a permanent basis.
This is true for the environment as well and for communities of people too.
If the stress is applied at a gradually increasing rate, the object will continue to stretch until is passes its Yield Point and the deformation becomes permanent; the transition from original to deformed one is barely perceptible. In life, we know if we put frogs in a pot and heat it gradually, the frog will not notice the increasing heat and will die from the heat, this would be the frog’s Yield point. However, if the frog is dropped into a pot of heated water, it will jump right out.
American Muslims are currently the frogs in the pot and our society is being changed for the worse, but so gradually that we do not notice it and the realization will not come until our entire future generations have grown to be different people (our Yield Point) and there will be nothing we can do about it; the changes will become irreversible. Continue reading