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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

عن معاناة الإقتلاع ونزع الجذور من الأعماق!

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عملية استئصال امرأة أخرى من عصب القلب


كنت في كل مرة أقوم فيها بإجراء تلك الجراحة المؤلمة أظن أنها المرة الأخيرة، ثم أكتشف وأنا أقوم بإجرائها في المرة اللاحقة أنها لم تكن كذلك.


هي جراحة معقدة ومؤلمة إلى أقصى حد ولكنها دائما مضمونة النتائج ومهما يطول الوقت اللازم للتعافي منها وبرغم أنه ليس بإمكان قلبك أن يعود بعدها لحالته الأولى بشكل كلي فإن نسب نجاحها تصل إلى مائة في المائة؛ فباستثناء مسرحيات شكسبير هل قد سمعنا من قبل عن رجل قد مات لأنه انتزع امرأة من عصب قلبه؟


أسوأ ما في الأمر أنك لا تجد نفسك مضطرا لإجراء تلك الجراحة إلا بعد أن تكون من تريد انتزاعها من عصب قلبك قد تسربت إلى دمك وامتدت إلى أطرافك العصبية بشكل يؤلم بشدة التخلص منه، ويؤثر بشدة على وظائف حواسك التي تعودت لزمن طويل على أن تدركها هي بالذات فباتت لا تستطيع إدراك غيرها. ومن الوارد أيضا أن تعاني من حالة متقدمة تكون فيها قد تسللت إلى خلايا ذاكرتك وامتلكت الجزء الأكبر من ذكرياتك تاركة داخلها رصيدا من الذكريات المشتركة التي يكون التخلص منها هو أشد ما في هذه الجراحة إيلاما وخصوصا إذا كان حظك من التعاسة بحيث يندر ان تجد في كل ما يحيط بك مكانا لم تكونا فيه سويا في يوم من الأيام أو شيئا لم تفعلاه معا قبل ذلك. وفي تلك الحالة كثيرا ما يتسرب أمام عينيك شيئ يثير بداخلك ذكرى من تلك الذكريات فتشعر حينها فقط أنك أجريت منذ وقت قريب جراحة في القلب


عادة ما تختلف الأسباب التي تؤدي إلى تلك الحالة من شخص لشخص ومن حالة إلى أخرى، ولكن كجميع جراحات القلب ودون أن تدري كيف حدث ذلك تجد نفسك مضطرا لاحتمال آلام الجراحة التي لا تطاق أو مخيرا في أن تظل أبدا عرضة لنوبات من الألم لا تنتهي، غير أن الفارق هنا أنك في الحالتين لا تموت


Basem Fathy
Cairo - July 28, 2010
 
 

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

{Quick Reflections 46} Corrupted Islam 5

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For those who have not read any of the previous episodes I would like to repeat my previous clarification of some terms I use. Generally throughout this series when I mention Muslim, or Scholar, I mean the ones contributing to the corruption, which are the majority, and not all Muslims or all Scholars.

To access the previous 4 episodes please visit Adage's forum or the Real Life blog

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In this episode I am going to pick up from where we last stopped and will hence discuss the second enemy of Islam from within.


Idol Worshiping

Early on in human history when idol worshiping started it did not start all of a sudden out of the blue. It was a very slow and gradual process of corruption of the human nature that then became so deeply rooted and widespread amongst all human races. Initially, and by pure human nature, good and evil from within were in a continuous struggle with good dominating and winning. With time people started drifting away from worshiping the one God that their parents, Adam and Eve, had told them about. Not only that but that was accompanied by a gradual decline in good manners and the development of injustice and transgression amongst people. However during that process a few people with a strong will and identity where struggling to maintain the original pure teachings of God to Adam which were based on three main themes, which have been the three main themes of God's message to human-beings throughout history starting with Adam, through Moses and Jesus, and finally to Muhammad. Those themes again and again are the Oneness of God, Perfection of Manners and the Pursuit of Knowledge.
Examples of such good people early on in the struggle are provided to us in the Qur'an and by name there was Wadd, Suwa', Yaghuth, Ya'uq, and Nasr. When these last strong holds of goodness and purity died lay weak people who were their followers continued to enjoin good and encourage others to do so by exemplifying them. For the younger generations who did not witness these people to remember them and emulate them statues of the above five were built and popularized. With time instead of remembering good through them the statues where glorified and slowly they rose in glorification until finally they were worshiped instead of God. Most people still knew about God but to them He was so far and not materialized enough for them to connect with and hence they settled for the materialistic idols as gods. Since then the materialistic part of the human nature dominated most of the time, struggles and atrocities increased, and spirituality became rudimentary. The need for continuous reminders of the Truth and the basic 3 Divine messages arose and hence Prophets of all races and ethnicities where sent from God to remind their fellow human-beings of the Original Good. The struggle continued worldwide and throughout time and until now.

However the need for a materialistic representative/substitute of God had corrupted human nature deeply and was the main technique used by Satin to drive people away from God until 2 centuries ago when another technique arose strongly to work on others who would not submit to a “god” in principle but was still based on materialism which is atheism. Atheism is but a detractor to keep people away from God for a few centuries. However it is deemed to fade away, along with its supporting evolution myth, when people adopt a true scientific approach to the issue. I will discuss that in a separate article in details if God wills.

The attitude of idol-worshiping is strongly supported by preventing the mind from thinking and contemplating, and is heavily rooted in following tradition or whatever one's ancestors did without putting any inherited tradition to intuitive criticism or critical testing. That mind blockage is the main cornerstone in the foundation and structure of Idol-worshiping and its continuity and survival amongst humans depends on the continuity and survival of mind blockage. Also throughout history simple logic, usage of mind and questioning of inherited corrupted tradition was the main argument used by Prophets and Messengers from God to guide people back to the Truth.

The deeply seated idol-worshiping attitude exists in the majority of Muslims and is encouraged by their Scholars. Is that true? How did that happen? Why is it supported by Scholars?

Yes it is unfortunately very true and exists at 2 main levels and forms.

One is more common amongst the less educated population who revere, to the extent of worship, the tombs of some scholars that exist in many Muslims countries especially in Misr (Egypt) and the Indian subcontinent. They visit those tombs to supplicate to the buried and ask them to help them in their problems. Yes they do not worship statues but they believe in supernatural powers and Divine like abilities of those dead.
Actually one of the main parameters used by the British Intelligence (MI5) to assess for the level of education and threat to the UK amongst the Middle Eastern countries is the number of visitors and “worshipers” to those tombs in the annual festivals held in Misr! The more the visitors and the greater the gatherings in those festivals the less the threat and vice versa as it is a strong indicative of how active are the truly educated leaders and what is the response to them amongst the laymen.
That practice is unfortunately encouraged by the authorities to keep the population in their deep sleep and letting them drown in their ignorance because if people become more educated and aware of the true facts of Islam they would then turn against them.
As to how did it happen it started out very similar to the above mentioned mechanism when idol-worshiping first started amongst humans. It continued to thrive through the willing submission of the human mind to inherited false beliefs and ideas.

The second level or form is the more dangerous and subtle one that exists more commonly amongst the educated population. This form did not develop randomly or spontaneously as the previous one. Two major techniques were exercised by religious authorities and hence developed by the rest of the population to achieve it throughout the past 13 centuries.
I will relate a true tragic story to demonstrate the 2 techniques and then I will discuss the form of idol-worship that they lead to.

In the year 204 Hijri the great Imam Shafi'iy was assassinated in Misr at the age of 54 by a group of Misrian (Egyptian) youth on his way back from Fajr prayers. Those youth were followers of Imam Malik and his school of thought and revered Imam Malik so much to the extent they thought that no one should think differently from him. They had been harassing Imam Shafi'iy and vandalizing his house and tearing it down and destroying his writings previously to try to intimidate him and stop him from spreading his school of thought. When he did not stop they killed him.
The 2 techniques used here are terrorism (mainly mind terrorism) and limitation of freedom.

Both techniques are totally against the basic, and very natural, Islamic teachings of peacefulness and freedom. However it is those 2 techniques that are used by both religious and political authorities in Muslim countries all the time against the population to oppress thinking and innovation. Even worse it the method by which parents raise their children and teachers deal with their students at school and in the university. The current corrupted universal way of terrorizing the mind and limiting the freedom is endemic in almost every Muslim household on the planet. Everyone has the right to think, contemplate and express themselves as long as they do not transgress on others.
I totally agree that not any layman can progress the religious sciences or issue rulings and that that has to be done by scholars. However the scholarly world in itself has locked up the mind and terrorized the younger generations of Scholars in addition to the average layman. With time every generation grew up to do the same with the following one. The end result is you end up with a stagnant atmosphere while the rest of the world progresses. Not only that, scholars are looking backwards to the wrong age in the Islamic civilization and returning to copying them without any constructive criticism to modify and improve. They are looking back to the early Golden Age of the Islamic Civilization (the age of the followers or Salaf) and literally copying their teachings and taking it as a standard guide line.
They somehow totally ignored the fact that those followers were in themselves innovative and modified and advanced the religious sciences to suite that age and time. They somehow totally ignored the spirit of that age which was to think, contemplate and innovate and settled for the literal copying of their teachings.
Instead of going back to the original teachings at the time of the Prophet, as pure and direct original source as it is, and work on thinking, contemplating and innovating to suite that to our age and time they settled to copying from one generation that had taken that initiative and were proactive to benefit their own age and time.

In the process of doing that they developed the 2 techniques described above of mind terrorism and limitation of freedom. They managed to develop the ever destructive form of idol-worshiping in the form of revering the Followers (salaf) and many other Scholarly figures to the extent that you can not criticize these people or think that they could be mistaken or their teachings could be suitable for one age but not another.

It is that form of idol-worshiping that has invaded every Muslim house and dominated. It is the persons rather than the ideas and concepts that are revered and idolized. It is the same pathway that was tread by the people of Wadd, Suwa', Yaghuth, Ya'uq, and Nasr. Same attitude and same concept. “Those people are way better than us, we should revere them, period.” Why were they better and how did they become better is totally ignored and lost.

You cannot criticize your father or older people in the family. You can not criticize religious figures, you can not criticize political figures. You can not criticize, period! Generation after generation that has become the theme of the Muslim world leading to the decline in all sciences and arts.
I am not saying that we should be rude. Not at all. On the contrary, as mentioned many times, good manners is one of the 3 main themes of Islam. However criticism can be done in a polite way which creates brain storming and blooming of new ideas and thoughts.

Most of us know that al-Hassan and al-Hussayn, the grandsons of the Prophet are the leaders of the Paradise Youth in the afterlife. Accordingly there is a lot to learn from their attitude and behavior. In 'Abqariet Aliy” (The Genious of Aliy) by Abbas al-Aqqad, he narrated a dialogue that occurred in the last few days of Imam Aliy Ibn-Abi-Talib between him and one of his sons. He demonstrated how he criticized (in a polite way) almost all his father's earlier decisions and actions in regards to the great division and the then ongoing civil war. It was an amazing dialogue in which each of them used a completely different logic to reason their different decisions. Wasn't al-Hassan aware that his father is the Imam Aliy, the almost most wise of all people of his time? Yes he was aware of that, but he was raised to think for himself and have his opinion and independent identity.

Civilization and advancement is not a single action.

Civilization is an attitude.

Once we lost that attitude we lost the means to form a civilization. Summing up Ahmad Y Hassan beautiful article about the causes of decline of the Islamic civilization we can define the following factors;
Political mismanagement after the early Caliphs (10th century onwards), closure of the gates of ijtihad (12th century), institutionalization of taqlid rather than bid'ah (13th century), foreign involvement by invading forces and colonial powers (11th century Crusades, 13th century Mongol Empire, 15th century Reconquista, 19th century European colonial empires), and the disruption to the cycle of equity based on Ibn Khaldun's famous model of Asabiyyah (the rise and fall of civilizations) which points to the decline being mainly due to political and economic factors.
Amongst these factors the ones that are from within and controlled by only us are the ones concerned with thinking, contemplating and innovation which is the attitude of Civilization.

Did the mind-terrorizing Scholars ever stop to think that if Imam Abu-Hanifa, the first of the 4 Imams had thought the way they do there would have never been schools of thought in the first place? Did the freedom-limiting Scholars ever stop to think that if any of the other 3 Imams had thought like they do they would have not dared start their own schools of thought especially Imam Shafi'iy who was a direct student of Imam Malik?
Did the mind-terrorizing and freedom-limiting Scholars ever stop to think that Imam Shafi'iy himself changed many of his own teachings based on geographical locations to suite the culture of not so much culturally different peoples when he moved from Iraq to Misr? Imagine the amount of modification and change needed if you live 12 centuries later and in a culture that even speaks a different language! (Lectures and slide presentations about the lives of the 4 Imams can be found here ).


This episode ends the analysis of the current version of Corrupted Islam. In the next episode, if God wills, we will discuss in general an outline of a strategy on how to counter this corruption and exit our current dark age.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Muhammad; the most perfect human

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The Sunnah as Primordiality

by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

“For the Prophet is humanity itself, in its Adamic perfection. In him, and in his style of life, the highest possibilities of our condition are realised and revealed. And this is beauty itself: the word jamil, beautiful, which is one of his names, refers also to virtue. Ihsan, the Prophetic state of harmony with God, means the engendering of husn, or beauty.”

This is a paraphrase of a passage from Ihya Ulum al-Din (it’s found in the article).

‘The Messenger of God (s) was the mildest of men, but also the bravest and most just of men. He was the most restrained of people; never touching the hand of a woman over whom he did not have rights, or who was not his mahram. He was the most generous of men, so that never did a gold or silver coin spend the night in his house. If something remained at the end of the day, because he had not found someone to give it to, and night descended, he would go out, and not return home until he had given it to someone in need. From what Allah gave him he would take only the simplest and easiest foods: dates and barley, giving anything else away in the path of Allah. Never did he refuse a gift for which he was asked. He used to mend his own sandals, and patch his own clothes, and serve his family, and help them to cut meat. He was the shyest of men, so that his gaze would never remain long in the face of anyone else. He would accept the invitation of a freeman or a slave, and accept a gift, even if it were no more than a gulp of milk, or the thigh of a rabbit, and offer something in return. He never consumed anything given in sadaqa. He was not too proud to reply to a slave-girl, or a pauper in rags. He would become angered for his Lord, never for himself; he would cause truth and justice to prevail even if this led to discomfort to himself or to his companions.
‘He used to bind a stone around his waist out of hunger. He would eat what was brought, and would not refuse any permissible food. If there was dates without bread, he would eat, if there was roast meat, he would eat; if there was rough barley bread, he would eat it; if there was honey or something sweet, he would eat it; if there was only yogurt without even bread, he would be quite satisfied with that.
‘He was not sated, even with barley-bread, for three consecutive days, until the day he met his Lord, not because of poverty, or avarice, but because he always preferred others over himself.
‘He would attend weddings, and visit the sick, and attend funerals, and would often walk among his enemies without a guard. He was the most humble of men, and the most serene, without arrogance. He was the most eloquent of men, without ever speaking for too long. He was the most cheerful of men. He was afraid of nothing in the dunya. He would wear a rough Yemeni cloak, or a woolen tunic; whatever was lawful and was to hand, that he would wear. He would ride whatever was to hand: sometimes a horse, sometimes a camel, sometimes a mule, sometimes a donkey. And at times he would walk barefoot, without an upper garment or a turban or a cap. He would visit the sick even if they were in the furthest part of Madina. He loved perfumes, and disliked foul smells.
‘He maintained affectionate and loyal ties with his relatives, but without preferring them to anyone who was superior to them. He never snubbed anyone. He accepted the excuse of anyone who made an excuse. He would joke, but would never say anything that was not true. He would laugh, but not uproariously. He would watch permissible games and sports, and would not criticize them. He ran races with his wives. Voices would be raised around him, and he would be patient. He kept a sheep, from which he would draw milk for his family. He would walk among the fields of his companions. He never despised any pauper for his poverty or illness; neither did he hold any king in awe simply because he was a king. He would call rich and poor to Allah, without distinction.
‘In him, Allah combined all noble traits of character; although he neither read nor wrote, having grown up in a land of ignorance and deserts in poverty, as a shepherd, and as an orphan with neither father nor mother. But Allah Himself taught him all the excellent qualities of character, and praiseworthy ways, and the stories of the early and the later prophets, and the way to salvation and triumph in the Akhira, and to joy and detachment in the dunya, and how to hold fast to duty, and to avoid the unnecessary. May Allah give us success in obeying him, and in following his sunna. Amin ya rabb al-alamin.’

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

{Quick Reflections 45} Corrupted Islam 4

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Clarification:

Last time we stopped at the classification that divided people into 4 groups; “Theoretical scholars”, “Average Muslims”, “Extremists” and “Hypocrites”. I would like to clarify that this classification includes the different parties whose actions and interactions in life form what we have called “Corrupted Islam”. This is by no means a comprehensive classification of all the Muslims. Of course there are millions who participate to form the picture of “True Islam” and can be divided into “True Scholars”, “True Leaders” and “True Average Muslims”. Unfortunately their voice and impact is less loud and difficult to identify amongst the chaos.
Similarly when I say that nowadays Islam is corrupted does not mean that there is no correct or true Islam nowadays but it just means that the general picture or presentation of Islam is corrupted. This is because the percentage of corruption dominates the percentage of true or correct Islam. Just like when we say that Egypt is a Muslim country does not mean that none of its people are non-Muslims. It just means that the majority (90%) and the governing authority are Muslims. Similarly when we say that Islam is corrupted it means that a major part of the presented and practiced picture of Islam is corrupted by a great percentage of Muslims and their leaders, be that intentionally (due to personal motives) or due to ignorance.
Generally throughout this series when I mention Muslim, or Scholar, I mean the ones contributing to the corruption and not all Muslims or all Scholars. Only in the last episode, if God wills, will I talk about the True Muslims that are struggling to hold some ground.


Enemies:


It is very well known that outsiders will never defeat true Muslims and true Islam but the defeat comes from within, which has been the case for nearly four hundred years now. This can be explained by defining what are the main themes of Islam and how have Muslims dropped them and what are the main enemies of Islam and how Muslims have not fought them as ferociously as they should have.

The three main themes of Islam are the Oneness of God, Perfection of Manners and Pursuit of Knowledge. I will discuss these themes in separate articles later if God wills.
On the other hand the two main enemies of Islam that are within us and that I am going to focus on in this article are the Hypocrites and Idol Worshiping.


The Hypocrites (Fifth Columnists):


When Allah first introduces the readers and listeners to Qur’an to the main three different types of people in Surat al-Baqarah (2; 2-20) He uses 4 ayat to describe the believers followed by 2 to describe the non-believers and then 13 to describe the hypocrites. Thirteen to describe a group that is a small percentage of people and 6 to describe the rest of the people on Earth! All that stress and detailed description of one type in contrast to the other two is because they are the worst and most complicated. They know the truth, they live amongst ones who practice it and they are given the freedom to choose yet they insist on pretending what they are not. Later on in the Qur’an there is a whole Surah in their name. They are a group of people who live in all ages and their main aim is to corrupt Islam from within. There is no logic to explain their attitude especially that Islam gives the freedom to every human being to choose. They could have simply chosen to be atheists or anything else they wish. They could just leave the place they grew up in and immigrated to live with whomever their ideology they agree with yet they do not. The only explanation for their attitude is the one given by God. Their hearts are sick.

They could be average Muslims or even scholars. Usually they are successful and have a high IQ. (I prefer not to use the word intelligent, as the true definition of that word is different in Islam than what it is commonly known for.)
We are not allowed in Islam as individuals to judge other people. This is left to certain authorities in certain situations and individual judgment is left to only God. Unfortunately one of the main diseases corrupting Islam nowadays is that most people most of the time tend to openly judge not only other average people but even scholars whom they do not agree with.
During the time of the Prophet, peace be upon him, although he was informed by God about the names of the hypocrites living amongst them he did not openly declare them. He, peace upon him, mentioned their names secretly to one of his companions so that when each hypocrite dies he would prevent the Muslims from offering prayers for mercy on his soul. He did not do that while they were alive for three main reasons. The first is not to shock the Muslims confidence in some people whom they thought were good people and leaders and hence spread a sense of insecurity and mistrust amongst Muslims. The second is not to create chaos that would result if those people were confronted openly. They would become defensive and start mentioning many acts of good deeds they participated in with the Prophet, peace be upon him, to try to prove that he is mistaken. This would result in an escalating argument and up to a civil war amongst Muslims. The third is to teach the Muslims not to judge other people on individual basis openly. He, peace be upon him, was told by God, the All-Knower, about these people, so there is no doubt about that judgment yet he, peace be upon him, did not openly mention them. Accordingly, we, as very less knowledgeable human beings, should not judge anyone person and spread that judgment around.
However that does not mean that we trust everyone completely and act as if that category of people does not exist. We have been warned about the hypocrites and our Prophet, peace be upon him, mentioned their criteria to us so we can avoid them and not follow them if they call for one thing or another. When we spot those criteria in someone we do not accuse them openly of being hypocrites but we avoid them and do not trust them.
Basically, per the Prophet, peace be upon him, they are liars, who do not keep their promises and are traitors. However they can be shrewd enough to cover up for their defects at least temporarily for everyone or all the time for a certain audience of people.

An average one would usually be seen as very strictly adherent to the “looks” but when it comes to true practice he is nowhere to be seen. For example, he could have a beard, or she could wear hijab or even niqab, and always talking about God and his Prophet and shows up on most religious occasions telling you what to do and what not to do. On the other hand he would have a terrible relationship with his parents, treats his spouse and children offensively, does not give a damn about his neighbor and has foul manners in general. S/he is always judging others and is on the offensive towards others. S/he talks about prayers all the time and gives you a hard time if you miss one. However when you ask them to participate in hidden voluntary work they are no where to be found.

A real life example that I have experienced with some of these people is very interesting. Let us say he is called Smiley. Smiley starts a religious group in college. He is very active and attracts many people with him. Some of the people who join are also dishonest like Smiley while the majority is sincere. It is very democratic in that group and some of the sincere people rise to power but they are not aware of the insincere ones amongst them who also have the chance to rise to power. The group grows and grows with many true sincere successes. However there are always setbacks and punitive actions taken against the sincere from time to time. Thanks to Smiley and friends who originally started the group to be able to keep track of the sincere and keep them checked back.
A lesson to learn is to always have an open eye for the causes of setbacks. Do not trust people who are responsible for them and at the same time work hard to accomplish your goal enduring the hardship you will suffer in the process. God is there for you and will support you but you have to take all possible human measures to ensure success of the work.


On the other hand one who is a leader or in a high rank or even a scholar would act as follows. He focuses on minor issues that are the source of argument amongst people for centuries. He does not talk about major issues that concern the wellness of Islam and Muslims. He is very hard on the public and never says a word of truth or advice to stop the rulers or political leaders from their corruption. He tends to spend a lot of time in attacking other scholars. When he sees that Muslims are uniting on a certain action or opinion, which is a rare event nowadays, he discourages that and tries to disperse that unity. They also tend to relate themselves to important very early Islamic figures. They discourage advancement and thinking and tend to be very productive in terms in the amount of books they write and spread.
Unfortunately their followers nowadays are in the millions due to their ignorance. We need to watch out for those kinds of “scholars” and avoid them.

Here is an imaginary exemplary quiz with 6 examples to try to see for ourselves whom to trust and whom not to, whom to follow and whom to avoid (be that due to them being dishonest or theoretical -continuously misguided- scholars).

1- Two men agree to split the political leadership and religion leadership between them such that each one of them leaves the other to do what he wishes and not to harm each other.

2- A scholar praises the ruler and indulges in minor details that make people’s daily life hard and avoids major issues that concern Islam and Muslims.

3- A scholar is constantly praising the ruler and pleasing him and does not care about the welfare of Muslims.

4- A scholar is avoiding the authorities and working on reform amongst the general population with an eye on the general welfare of Muslims.

5- A scholar does not aggressively oppose the ruler but tends to be polite and advises him wisely and is working hard on teaching Islam to the people.

6- A scholar is a “troublemaker” with the authorities through his harshness with them while trying to stop their corruption, and tends to be very patient and polite with the average people and at the same time caring for their advancement and ease.

The difference between the first 3 examples and the last 3 is very clear.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Who Am I? (2)

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This story is based on the true events of the Gaza Holocaust. Israel launched its deadly attack on besieged Gaza on Saturday, December 27, 2008 through January 22, 2009 and beyond.

The Gaza Strip was under siege by Israel for three years.

If you went to the Gaza Strip, you would see empty storehouses and cemeteries growing larger – it is too hard to keep a tight hold on one’s emotions. If you strolled near the outpost of the city, you would feel the uncertain freedom or even a future.

This made it so had for the world to sympathize anymore with the Jews’ holocaust, after the holocaust they committed in the Gaza Enclave.

Here the story goes...

I am six years old; I used to live in a small place in besieged Gaza with my mom, dad and three brothers. My dad used to go every day to work, while my mom stayed at home to take care of us, especially my five months old baby brother.

I was so happy this September because it was my first day of school. I was then old enough to be in grade one, I would make many friends, we would grow up together and who knows, maybe we would all go to the same university and work at the same place too.

I love my family and like to go out every weekend to play soccer with my neighbours.

I am doing great at school and my teachers are very proud of me. It is my third month in school and I already made three close friends, we want to be together forever.

Mom said that I had to start wearing heavy clothes because by the end of December, it would get much colder and she was worried that I might catch cold.

Friday was our weekend and we would all go to the mosque close by to pray. I love it there; it felt so peaceful. After that, we would all go for lunch at my cousins’ home.

Tomorrow is a new day at school; I could not sleep the night because we had a field trip. For the first time in my life, I was going on a field trip with my friends. I went to sleep dreaming of it.

I heard a big bang and felt as if the ground was shaking, I thought that the school bus took the wrong route to the field trip or one of its tires blew up. Suddenly, I woke up; I was not in the school bus, it was not the tire that blew up. What was that then!

My mom came dashing into my bedroom, my two brothers were still in their pyjamas, and my dad was carrying my baby brother. Where are we going? What was that noise? Am I not going to the field trip?

There was no answer, we just fled our home and went to the mosque. At the mosque, there were my other neighbours some of my friends and many more people. What is going on mom? Today is Saturday; I must go to school now!

The big blowing noise started to get louder, children started to cry, I felt hungry and...

Dad said, school will be closed today son, I do not know when it would open. Aeroplanes are dropping bombs, we do not know if our home is safe. Dad, I am hungry!

Dad left the mosque with some other men to bring some food.

I asked my mom, who were those people? Why were they sending their aeroplanes to hit our homes? What did they want from us?

Mom said, it was Israeli aeroplanes, they did not like us to have any kind of weapons to protect ourselves, and they do not want to see us here. But why mom? This is where we were born and this is our land! That is exactly why son, because we are Palestinians, because we are Muslims, and they do not want us to be here in besieged Gaza anymore.

Dad came with some food and water and said, be careful we might not be able to get more food afterwards. Dad said that many buildings were destroyed, black smoke was all over and there was complete chaos. We heard boisterous ambulance sirens and other cars screeching to a halt.

The ground shook again and a big opening on the sidewall of the mosque suddenly appeared,

people were trying to transfer wounded women and children to the hospital.

Everyone was running everywhere, babies were crying, blood was all over, people were covered with dust, some were trying to pull others from under the rubbles, the aeroplanes were bombarding us from every direction.

Mom took me, my brothers and ran out; we did not know what hit us! We did not know where to go! I looked around only to see our neighbourhood destroyed. I wish everything would stop, please stop. If you love God stop, just stop!

We went inside one of the houses and hid there. After a while a few soldiers found us, they had their huge guns pointed at my brother’s chest and they fired.

My mom screamed and fell over my brother trying to wake him up, my baby brother was crying. The soldiers kicked us out. We kept running. I could see fireworks in the horizon, except they were all white and fell on the ground instead of spreading colourfully in the sky, and then I saw something fell on a woman and her baby, white smoke came out and she started to burn.

A car came, picked us up and took us to the hospital, the woman was my mom and the baby was my baby brother, his face and chest were so red and looked very strange.

I looked around for my dad, but he was not there, one doctor said that my mom would be all right.

He gave me some water. I sipped half and went to give my mom the other half; I told her that the doctor said that she would be ok. I told her that soon they would stop, I told her not to worry and that I would take care of her until my dad comes back right mom?

Mom! Mom... mom... maaaaaaa

The six years old boy’s life will never be peaceful anymore...

Zionism has always been carrying out the policy of the “burnt land[1]”, under the banner of extending their land from The Nile to The Euphrates Rivers[2], no matter if that was over the dead bodies of the Palestinians or any other humans; the end justifies the means.

‘The Guardian’ has obtained vivid footage of the effect of white phosphorus[3] allegedly used by Israel during a bomb attack on Gaza (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/20/gaza-white-phosphorus)[4].

The result – this time around too - was the disfiguration and destruction of Gaza City, one can look there at the face of hunger and plagues, the face of fire and the face of death; worst of all - the face of betrayal and the dreams that have not been fulfilled.

GAZA ATTACK TIMELINE can be seen at: http://mapmash.googlepages.com/gaza.html

It is important to note that the annexation of Jerusalem by Israel is illegal under international law.



[1] See “Wikipedia: Scorched earth” in http://www.answers.com/topic/scorched-earth

[3] “’Indisputable evidence’ of Israel’s use of white phosphorous against civilians” – see

http://www.amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?NewsID=18024

[4] Also see “White phosphorous ignites on contact with oxygen. Flechettes expel razor sharp darts. DIME bombs cause large blasts over small areas.” http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/politics/international_politics/phosphorous%20controversy%20in%20gaza%20%20/2909012

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2009 THEME: Islam in the West and Our Children (Discussion & Resources regularly updated)

There is increasing concern that second and third generation Muslims in the West are mostly no longer Muslims so they actually end up adding to the Christian or Atheist population of the West, albeit racially from a non-Western origin. Accordingly, the ratios mentioned in the video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-3X5hIFXYU) would be correct in regards to race or ethnicity but not necessarily to religion.

It is a grave danger facing our children and grand children from a real life stand point as statistically only 1/5 of the second generation stay really Muslims when they grow up and are independent and almost non from the third generation are Muslims. And that is why the Western authorities are still permitting the immigration of Muslims inspite of the figures provided in the above video. They know that on the long term the descendants of Muslims in the West leave Islam because their parents raised them up with an Eastern mentality in a Western society instead of an Islamic mentality that encompasses all cultures.

You can see more about that by Jeffrey Lang; an ex-atheist American Mathematics University Professor who reverted to Islam in 1982. He has also written 3 books that I highly recommend; "Struggling to Surrender", "Even Angels Ask" and "Losing my Religion; A Call for Help".
Now I will leave you to enjoy 2 short excerpts from one of his lectures followed by links to his most important full presentation regarding our children.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmqN75NI0xg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT1KGyxBXC0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMANKaX8khw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgivQJKtQME
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga2rIUWcPPs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYb2v3Yx1LY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhMN_TZavW0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHeM0H0EMAw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD-YefJH9x0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2eVOKjOqHE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBQp7aZjxjc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4_xxQVGU44

Here is a solution that is yet to be implemented.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geRM4AlFBOU&NR=1

Raising children here is not an easy task ofcourse but if we do it the right way they will be true Muslims in shaa Allaah who are "Informed Muslims" rather than "Muslims by inheritance" like their counterparts in the East. Hopefully they will then be a much better generation than ours.

Quickly, I do believe that the best 4 authors (for example, there are many others but these are my favorite) who could guide us through this difficult process are Yahiya Emerick, Jeffrey Lang, Jamal Badawi and Dalia Mogahed.

Here are some links for future reference and for an ongoing learning process that I have started collecting slowly.
Please spread the below information to all your Muslim contacts in the West.

Jeffrey Lang:
http://meccacentric.com/jeffrey_lang.html I highly recommend the lecture titled "The Purpose of Life". It has true meanings that I have not come across in any Arabic literature.

Yahiya Emerick:
Articles:
http://www.islamicedfoundation.com/articles/articles.htm
http://www.islamfortoday.com/yahiyaemerick.htm I highly recommend reading and spreading the last article in this link by the name of "The Confusion of the Scholars"
Books:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=sr_adv_b/?search-alias=stripbooks&unfiltered=1&field-keywords=&field-author=Yahiya+Emerick&field-title=&field-isbn=&field-publisher=&node=&url=&field-feature_browse-bin=&field-binding_browse-bin=&field-subject=&field-language=&field-dateop=&field-datemod=&field-dateyear=&sort=relevancerank&Adv-Srch-Books-Submit.x=29&Adv-Srch-Books-Submit.y=8 There are only 14 books, about half for adults and the other half for kids. The extra are just repetitions.

Jamal Badawi:
Many products including books, articles and lectures mostly for adults. You can find them by searching his name online. My favorite is;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMfWURGcvBI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HXGRYaUy6g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyMD_tE6U68
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AixgiXpAFTY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WUgbgLgMXM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3VLRoQ3qUw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5UvvkCDrm4

Dalia Mogahed: (Obama's adviser)
Has one book so far but has a great potential. "Who Speaks for Islam".
You can watch her debate with Irshad Manji (an openly Lesbian Canadian Muslim who is distorting the picture of Islam in the name of "Progressive Islam")http://fora.tv/2008/07/01/Irshad_Manji_and_Dalia_Mogahed_-_Who_Speaks_for_Islam

Finally here is a website for a store that sells lots of Islamic products including Islamic cartoon DVDs in English and Arabic for kids.
http://www.astrolabe.com/category/17/Cartoons_and_KidVid.html?sid=ceb7c5cf8de15b8f1cb92ad29e183a44
 

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