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Kashmir is back in the news…again!

Kashmir is back in the news…again! India has dissolved Kashmir’s autonomy and divided it into two districts ruled from the central government. India has shut down the entire area, established a news blackout and is busy arresting torturing and killing Kashmiris at unprecedented levels. At the same time, it is sending out stories for national consumption, that say Kashmir is at peace, there are no riots and people are friendly. In fact, Kashmir is an urgent situation that demands world action in spite of the successful Indian propaganda. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has turned Kashmir into a Hindu-Muslim “war”, thus bringing together, the Indian populace in an extremist position. Modi already has a record of being behind the 2002 genocide of Muslims  when he was the governor of the state of Gujarat. These days, he has created a national movement of India for Hindus which has sparked large numbers of attacks against Indian Muslims.

Kashmir is a very complex situation. In the Indian-occupied state as well as in the Pakistan-administered (semi-independent) state, the people want to be free from Indian rule, they want to preferably, be an independent state or, be a part of Pakistan. Back in 1949, Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistan, agreed to permit a plebiscite allowing Kashmiris to decide their own destiny but India backed out of this agreement. Today, after many wars over Kashmir, between India and Pakistan, Afghanistan has been added to the mix thus expanding the conflict across three nations; nothing can be resolved, no “peace” can occur in any of the three nations until the Kashmir issue is satisfactorily resolved. Continue reading

August 20, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

My Heart Transplant Journey

I have been very lucky, I have had FOUR heart offers in as many months in spite of my rare blood type.

The first was rejected by my surgeons at the last minute, as I was being wheeled into the operating room because it was not considered good enough by them. While they were prepping me for the second heart, I gave a piece of embroidery to Kathy that I had commissioned my niece Chloe to create, I thought it would provide her with some comfort no matter which way the surgery went. To my relief she liked it but the surgery was cancelled within a few hours of prep because again, the surgeons rejected the heart.

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August 11, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 5 Comments

Always ISRAEL, never Palestinians!

The US house of Representatives passed H.R. 246 opposing economic actions against Israel by groups or organizations.

Our Congress is so deep in the pockets of the Blindly pro-Israel groups and lobbies that they dare not even look at a map of Israel without bowing. They are always voting for more money for Israel, more weapons for Israel but when they are asked to do something for the American people, they look blankly and ask, “Where is the money coming from?”.

Gutless Wonders who are only interested in maintaining their seats. They don’t even care about this country, they only care about their next election. Continue reading

July 25, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

Criticize the US? GET OUT!!

Well…it appears that the only people who have the RIGHT to live in the US are those who are not “Socialists” or, “Communists”; only the people who “Support the troops and respect the flag”. Plus, “The Four” congresswomen represent “The dark underbelly of America”. These are the words and sentiments of White House Counsellor Kellyanne Conway on (where else?) Fox “News”. Trump said they should “Go back to their own countries”. All four are US citizens, three were born in this country, one was born in Somalia and came here when she was just a child.

I guess the only ones who belong here and whose country this is, are White “Judeo-Christians”. The rest of us citizens are here at White sufferance; to be evicted or persecuted whenever they disapprove of what we say or do. Continue reading

July 16, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Hitler’s Germany, Trump’s Amerika and my Neighborhood

Well, anti-Muslim hate has entered my own neighborhood.

Just yesterday, I was having an energized discussion with a dear friend who asked me about Pete Buttigieg’s Presidential run. I told him every Democratic hopeful (except for Bernie) is running to kiss the Israeli behind in spite of its genocide of Palestinians and to support the country blindly including Buttigieg and for me, that rules him out. We meandered to what is going on in the US and I said it is little different from 1933 Germany and heading towards a full-throated persecution of Muslims. I despaired of ever seeing Muslims come together and vote en bloc because that is the ONLY way we can scare the crap out of politicians; you can either buy Congress in the US or, bury it. My friend took umbrage at my comparisons of the US, Israel and Nazi Germany, he asked me if I had heard of any Muslim being gassed.

That’s one of the biggest problems. As soon as we draw comparisons between Nazi Germany, Israel and the US, people get all hostile, essentially saying how dare I draw an equivalence of the three. There does not NEED to be a carbon copy before we need to take a stand and compare where we or another country is heading. We Muslims don’t need to wait for eventual concentration camps or gas chambers before we may say, “Oh horrors! THIS looks familiar from history!”.

I am told to look at the other important achievements of the politicians instead to being a single-issues person. I AM concerned about other important things! I think things such as universal healthcare, universal and equal schooling all the way through universities, keeping the poor from being homeless and hungry are ALL important. But how important are they to me when I fear for the safety of my children and their future generations? Continue reading

June 18, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Banned by FB; Hate against Jews and Muslims

Well, I was locked out of FB for three days because after the summary beheading of 37 people and further crucifixion of six, I associated the House of Saud and their followers with a certain animal that Muslims and Jews don’t eat but Christians do.

It is interesting that my comments were deemed “Hate-Speech” but people are left free to hurl all kinds of insults at Islam and Muslims.

Lesson learnt; don’t be too specific in things that can be misconstrued.

On the subject of hate; over the past few days we have had one man who drove his car into a group of people he thought, were Muslims. We have also had another person who decided to strike against Amerika’s interests by shooting up a Synagogue. Continue reading

April 28, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

Sri Lanka Bombings

Sri Lanka Bombings.

I am FURIOUS!
Almost 300 people killed in Sri Lanka and the government there says it was the work of s fringe Muslim group. Yes, the government might be wrong but the tragedy is that they could also be RIGHT!

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April 22, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Slaughtering Muslims the “Civilized Way”

The attacks on Muslims by Trump the Republican Party have echoes in the past and recent tragedies. This time, Rep Ilhan Omar is being used as the starting point for greater levels of Islamophobia.
Hitler worked on the Germans to launch his “Final Solution” against (mostly) Jews and slaughtered millions before he was stopped by Germany’s defeat. It is noteworthy that Germans were forced into silence, acquiescence or support. The “Allies” were not interested in stopping the extermination, they were interested in maintaining their empires without the growing threat of the Japan-Germany alliance.

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April 15, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christchurch Vigils, Opportunities For Some

In the aftermath of the brutal shootings in which 50 Muslims were murdered in Christchurch, New Zealand, vigils were held all over the world. People gathered, generally at Mosques to show support and fellowship, people left flowers at entrances to Mosques. The upsurge of sympathy and support was almost overwhelming for most Muslims including myself. It was disappointing that our local imams could not gather their wits enough to tailor their sermons around the murders and help their congregations try to figure out what to do about all this Islamophobia. Even today, over a week after the murders, Imams do not have the nerve or the wits to talk about the murders.

Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) did organize a gathering  for people of all faiths and persuasions, to mark their support with their presence. I got there a little early and even so, was confronted by crowds of people coming into the auditorium. To my surprise, there were some snacks also available. On such gatherings, I am always delighted to meet some friends I have not met in ages; people I love but Life does not permit an intersection of our paths. This was such an event as well but it was so well-attended that I could not meet as many people as I had hoped, some I saw from a distance only.

The evening began with recitation of passages from the Quran followed by words of support and sympathy from some faith-leaders and politicians. I saw many I knew including some with whom I had cordial relations, almost every faith was represented. It was a fine demonstration of support.

I noted a few politicians who were very clear about condemning what had happened in New Zealand but were absent and silent when Muslims were being persecuted right here in Washington State. Continue reading

March 23, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Zealand Slaughter and Silent Muslims

The New Zealand massacre of Muslims leaves me dumbfounded, frustrated and angry all at once. These feelings are not towards Trump or, White Nationalists of some religion but at US MUSLIMS!

I polled a few people who had been to different mosques for Juma (congregational) prayers that Friday. I asked them what the Khutba (sermon) was about and they all reported a complete lack of the imam addressing the massacre or helping Muslims understand what happened, how it may affect us Muslims and what we can do to change the situation in which the climate of Hate and Fear has become part of the wall paint around us. Continue reading

March 18, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments