Right-wing groups are always looking for a threat that spreads fear and thus, causes the masses to unite behind a savior party…themselves. Throughout history, this has worked well for the right-wing, they look for a minority that has little or no political clout and then rush in for the kill…literally. Germany and Serbia come to mind immediately.
It is no different for the American right-wing today; the Republican Party, who have found their minority of choice; Muslims.
When Republican Presidential contender Ben Carson made his statements against Muslims and Islam, he was only serving as the voice of the Republican Party, which has nailed its colors on the mast of anti-Muslim hate and fear. He is not alone, there is not s single Republican party contender who does not support a platform that is hostile to Islam and Muslims.
Personally, I don’t care if he is against a possible Muslim president, plenty of people are against having a president who is form one group or another; Muslim, Jews, Atheist, Gay. Black, Hispanic…you name the group and someone will not want them to participate in the leadership of this country. It’s okay, it is their right to stand as they will.
Ben Carson and other Republican (and a number of Democrat) leaders however, are obliged to at least state their reasons for being against a group, accurately instead of fanning the flames of ignorance and bigotry. Let’s take a look at what he stands against. Continue reading
I have heard many a Muslim scholar and Imam telling their listeners not to vote and I have disagreed with them every time.
As I see it, here is the problem Muslims face in every US (or other?) election; our votes do not count. To be sure, they count as far as the politicians are concerned because they understand how razor-thin margins can make the difference between an electoral victory or defeat.
- Senator Al Franken from (MN) won his first election by a mere 7 votes and two recounts.
- Senator Maria Cantwell (WA) won her first election by 2900 votes after spending over $10 million of her own money; big egos require big spending!
- Ex-Gov Christine Gregoire won her first election by 129 recounted votes.
- And the greatest tragedy of all, King George The Worst (GW) won his first election by a microscopic 600 Floridian votes…incidentally, where Muslims gave him their greatest support and money..
That’s how crucial votes can be for those fighting elections.
So why shouldn’t Muslims vote?
Because politically, we do not exist. Continue reading
- US bid to revoke citizenship of Portland mosque’s imam is rare move Agents of the FBI and U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement investigated Kariye’s travels and associations, discovering that he had direct dealings with Osama bin Laden during the war in Afghanistan and an Islamic group, Maktab Al-Khidamat, which the U.S. now describes as a defunct terrorist organization. Kariye is a plaintiff in a lawsuit that accuses the FBI and its Terrorist Screening Center of violating the constitutional rights of several people placed on the U.S. no-fly list.
Marriage Equality is now upheld by the Supreme Court and while there have been some pretty bad Supreme Court decisions in the past…and some superb ones, this one is high on the list of the court’s better ones. Lots of people object to same-gender marriage on religious grounds and as far as anyone is concerned, their objections can stay in place. This decision allows those people who wish to share their lives with another (currently unconventional) person, to move on with their lives in peace. Religion’s place remains protected and indeed Churches and other places of worship can freely carry on with their faith-practices, but the State has been separated from religion in the area of marriage. Continue reading
First Published August 24, 2008
This year, the Muslim month of Ramadan in the year 1436, begin on Thursday June 18th, 2015. The Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Mohammed during this, the ninth month of the Muslim Lunar calendar, making it one of the holiest months for Muslims. This is the month for not only physical, but even more importantly, spiritual cleansing for Muslims.
The Muslim calendar is about 10 days shorter than the Common Era (Gregorian) calendar, thus, Ramadan begins about ten days earlier each C.E. Year, cycling through every season, over a period of about thirty-three years…including Summer! For those living in mild climates like the North-West United States, summer fasting is not a problem. However, in the heat of the Middle-East, Africa or Asia, fasting is a major test of endurance as well!
Observed with great ceremony, Muslims may not eat or drink from dawn to dusk each day, but there are exemptions. Under-age children, the infirm, the elderly and the ill, are exempt from the requirements of fasting while those who are traveling and menstruating women, may make up afterwards. Some schools of thought allow for medications that do not provide nutrition, such as insulin, heart medications etc., while other schools believe nothing may be ingested during the fasting period. Continue reading
I received some responses to my last post (“45 slaughtered in Pakistan bus“), two in particular were such that I had to respond to them. I will combine the two as one below and then reproduce my response to them further down.
I appreciate all the time & effort you put in sharing your thoughts. But, I take issue with this statement of yours, “I am not sure if it is shocking that there is little reaction in Pakistan, on the murders of so many people.” This is not the first time I’ve noticed you making statement about a country you have not visited in eons. It appears that your views on Pakistan & it’s peoples’ reaction to this tragedy are not based on any facts or reality on the ground.I am currently in Pakistan and am witnessing the impact of this tragedy on this nation first hand. The whole country is reeling from this incident because of the special place Ismaeli community holds for this country in terms of providing public services to rest of the nation.I wish you would give a second thought before making such blanket statements about a nation that leads the world in food donation and its culture is renowned for its hospitality & generosity.The deteriorating situation in Pakistan is so complex that in reality no one knows who is behind all this killing. Forgive my ignorance but I’m lost how such Posts can bring +ve change in Pakistan….. I respect Jafar for spending so much of his time on writing emails and Blogs. MaShaAllah he is very knowledgeable and he knows our Prophet (saw) was always humble, polite, and used Hikmah in his conversations. We all should do the same.