When I read details of what is going on in Syria, it breaks my heart. I wonder about the heartlessness of a regime that drops barrel bombs filed with shrapnel, on crowded places. I wonder about the calculated cruelty, the so-called “strategic necessity” of supporting one side against another, that the US practices. Continue reading
Yes, we are almost on September 11, 2016. For those who may not be aware, this is the 15th anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy where about 3000 people were killed in suicide attacks on America. Yes, this is the day that comes every year, when America gets to rip its collective scab off the wound so it can relive the pain and bleed again and this is a day for grief.
Too many people cannot distinguish between feeling grief and feeling the need to hate and kill.
France prides itself on its secularism, so much so that secularism has itself become the national religion (after Catholicism). Frances zeal in enforcing its “secularist standards” upon people seems to be targeted only at Muslims. They ban face and body covering burqas that Muslim women wear but they look on indulgently when the French come across a nun wearing a Habit or an Orthodox Christian or Jew wearing similar garb that also covers their heads and bodies. It is only when Muslim women wear their Hijab or Burqa, that the presumption of an oppressed woman is made.
Recently a friend expressed surprise when I mentioned that Obama holds weekly meetings at which he signs off on a “Kill List” of suspects…regardless of “Collateral Losses” (non-combatants, women, children). I conducted a search and came up with many links but I thought these three below, should be shared with all.
Obama has always insisted that the US is NOT “at war” with Islam. Fine, but the US is definitely trying to kill a whole lot of those dirty, brown targets without regard to who else gets killed and many do. American security agencies such as the FBI and CIA…and local Police departments have also convinced themselves that Muslims are the source of terrorism and must therefore, be targeted for special surveillance and harassment.
When the Nice attack was first announce, I am sure I was joined by almost every Muslim in silent prayers that the killer would not be a Muslim but alas, he was! At today’s count, 84 people…men, women and children, were killed and over 200 injured.
Who even thinks of wreaking such havoc on innocent people who are out simply enjoying life? The roots of such actions are easy to track even though the answer to the “why” of such actions is much more difficult; the responsibility is shared between the US, the European countries and the Muslims living in the US and Europe, perhaps in equal measure. Continue reading
The residents of Seattle and its Police are approaching a point where the Police may simply be allowed to continue with their present behavior rather than undergo serious changes.
The Federal Courts decided that Seattle Police Department (SPD) required direct Federal oversight in order to bring it into standards that are unbiased and not hostile to the public. In 2014, a Consent Decree was put together by the Community Police Commission (CPC), that laid out reform recommendations but the Federal Judge halted implementation of those recommendations until he could decide whether it was acceptable under the terms of the Consent Decree. At this time, the CPC is asking “stakeholders” to step forward and present any other revisions to the final documents before the courts have their hearing on June 28th at 9:00 a.m. in the 7th & Stewart courthouse in downtown Seattle. If the courts permit, then the control over the Police shifts to the Seattle Council’s legislative processes. Continue reading
Why do people refer to the tragedy in Orlando as “The Orlando Killing”? why not use the word “Massacre” or “Butchery” or, “Slaughter”?
Yes, there are many things to discuss and gun control is most certainly one of them (Floridians have no laws limiting gun purchases), but there are other steps that are desperately needed as well; Stop Hate from spreading.
Hate is not a faith-value. It is not a value permitted by God and it is not a human value. Hate is a value for those who have a deep sense of inferiority and inadequacy with a desperate need to feel superior to others…preferably weaker then themselves.
This was a tragedy of monstrous proportions and while I can see in it, the results of hate being put to action that are common to everyone, there is much that Muslims need to do to stem further future tragedies…Muslims here in America and now.
This is precisely what I rail against. The enforcement agencies ask us Muslims to trust them because they are here to uphold the law and to protect everyone equally; they don’t target Muslims.
Sure, now pull the other one.
The FBI has been relentless in pursuing Muslims because we are Muslims and because arresting a “Muzlem” justifies their budgets. They pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to stake a Muslim head on a pike in order that the FBI can look like heroes. The FBI trains Police and other enforcement agencies to look upon Islam and Muslims as the greatest threat to the US and to the West and this is no exaggeration.
Why should anyone “uphold the law”?
I just watched the new BBC show, “United States of Hate” http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fOc56ypztRg
Interesting show. Now consider that this scenario is multiplied FIFTY times because there are 50 states and ALL of them have militarized groups like the ones shown in this show and All these groups have one thing in common; they hate Islam and Muslims.
Because their whole reason to be is so they can stoke fear of another group and fire up the hate.
Not so long ago, they hated Blacks and Jews and while they still may continue with that tradition, they don’t want to speak about it and they don’t want to be seen as preparing their weapons to kill Blacks and Jews.
Ever wondered why they no longer load their weapons and parade outside Black Churches or Jewish Synagogues? Because they know that the authorities would be on them like flies on poop and they would no longer have lives worth living, maybe they would be in jails for inciting violence and hate too.
Such a heavy reaction by the authorities is not because our Police and the FBI have suddenly developed a deep love for Blacks and Jews. It is because their bosses have been told by the political leadership that such behavior among civilians and among law enforcement will not be tolerated; Zero tolerance.
Why would that be?
Because the Blacks are finally getting their acts together enough that if one is treated unjustly, Black communities across the country start giving their heartburn. If one Jews is hurt by a civilian or by a law enforcement agent, Jewish communities across the country rise up and make lives miserable for their politicians until forceful action is taken.
Muslims, on the other hand…are not yet ready to protect themselves or their children.
We do not stand united for anything. This is the greatest irony of all because Islamophobes believe we Muslims are like a group of automatons, waiting for “The Signal” so we can rise up, take over America, rape the non-Muslim women, kill their men and install Shariah everywhere.
The reality is that there are hardly three Mosques that even speak to each other, I doubt if even two share congregational or family activities together. Each Mosque is so focused on the need to be the sole leader of ALL local Muslims that they undermine everyone else.
Almost to a man, we are so petrified of “The authorities” that we dared not give voice to our fears in front of them. It is unthinkable for our Mosques to take forceful action and demand that our politicians do more to protect Muslims and ensure equal rights. If a political or departmental leader shows up at a Mosque (after craven invitations), our brethren can be seen smiling, fawning and getting their pictures taken with the dignitaries. So why should politicians pay attention to the worsening state of affairs for Muslims?
We thrive on promoting fear and distrust amongst ourselves. It seems that the only way for us to show our devotion to God, to Islam and to the prophet Mohammed, is by showing how much we can hate other Muslims who are not just like us in their worship practices. The only time Muslims seem to stand united is when they are pointing hate-filled fingers at other Muslim groups and declaring those others to not be Muslim.
I am reminded of the sinking of the Titanic. The poor people in Steerage allowed the officials to lock the iron gates which led to the upper decks and escape from drowning, while the rich folks in the upper decks did nothing for the poor and were concerned only for their own skins. The crew were sincere people who did what they were told by the officers…who did what they were told by the civilians (the company’s Brass was on board)…who had no interest in people who could not influence the company in any way.
Thus, we continue to argue among ourselves as to who is a better Muslim and who is not, who “gets along” with the authorities and who may be “controversial” and who deserves to be “The Leader”. While we are thus occupied, our enemies, of whom the militias are only a small part (Right-wing Churches, Jewish Blind supporters of Israel and opportunistic politicians form the largest segment of Islamophobes) continue to throw more fuel into the fires of Islamophobia. It is instructive to understand that Trump does not spout Islamophobia because he might actually believe in it; he stirs it up because he knows his support base wants more hate against Islam and Muslims…and he knows Muslims aren’t worth a pile of dirt politically.
Yes, watch this BBC show friends and watch it carefully. Then try to decide if our internal divisions are helping us here or, even in Heaven for that matter (God WILL ask why we sat and did nothing). This is not something prayers are going to solve, only collective action will.
This year, will Muslims have one Eid or three? THAT will tell us whether our egos are still bigger than our faith.
I was among the community members invited to a meeting with the Seattle Police (SPD…Chief O’Toole present), FBI and Fusion Center (FC…Director, Lt. Trowbridge present) on Tuesday the 3rd of May from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event was called, “Building Communities of Trust“, there were about six of us Muslims present, the rest were from other groups and communities. The purpose was to introduce and promote the Nationwide SAR (Suspicious Activity Reporting) Initiative also known as the NSI, among the various communities. Part of this program is also the “If you see something, say something” program. Continue reading