Decipher


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You start connecting the dots

A definite pattern emerges

WOW shocking TRUTH

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The most dangerous “allies”

Those who try to prevent you

From connecting the dots

Be cautious, be alert

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Series of crimes

You scratch the surface

Same culprit every time

Every time

Every time

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You talk in codes

No mention of names

Only the guilty objects

Accusing you of “hate”

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Of Palestine and the World


 

THE SHOCKING REALITY:

FACT ONE:
“israel” comprises of almost half the Jewish population in the world (42.9%)

FACT TWO:
“israel” is supported by the vast majority of world Jewry who don’t live in that entity, through a very powerful lobby, extremely organised foundations and institutions, scattered across the globe

FACT THREE:
“israel” insists on calling itself the “Jewish state”, and demands that Palestinians and the rest of the world recognise it as such

FACT FOUR:
“israel” has three parallel juristic systems that run simultaneously. They operate religious Talmudic, secular and military courts which separately deals with religious Jews, secular Jews and Palestinians respectively

FACT FIVE:
Through its behavior over the past seven decades, “israel” has manifested all the ills which Jews have been accused of throughout history, (regardless of the right or wrong of these accusations), it has repeatedly exhibited every wrong, from lies, exploitation, theft, deception, breaking oaths and legal agreements, destruction of life and environment, organ theft, sex slavery, torture, biased and unfair legal system, murder of babies, supremacy, immorality and double standard in all dealings, justifying the usurping of what others have with “divine entitlement”, valuing the life of Jews over others, exhibiting, inciting and promoting dark hatred which justifies genocide, against non-Jews, EVERY ILL imaginable

FACT SIX:
“israel’s” existence and behavior has confirmed people’s most intense fears and left no shadow of doubt about what life looks like living under Jewish majority, authority and leadership

FACT SEVEN:
Through their staggering bias, blind loyalty and irrational behaviour, “israel’s” global supporters along with their powerful lobbies have earned an incredible amount of suspicion, resentment, and contempt for their glaring active role in inciting global wars (for the sake of “israel” and its “security”), manipulation of politicians, influencing global politics, attempting to criminalize the natural scientific study of history, and to muffle free thinking and open debate through introducing, writing and rewriting unjustified laws of “holocaust denial” and “antisemitism”

FACT EIGHT:
People are watching with intense curiosity the role of the lobby in brewing and fomenting hatred against the two billion Muslims, and in pushing for a “clash of civilization” which would threaten our planet of total annihilation, while at the same time actively concealing “israel’s” role in many False Flag operations, by preventing and ridiculing independent investigations

FACT NINE:
It is only a matter of time before the world would say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

If I was a Jew today, I would run a thousand million miles away from this entity and the ideology related to this entity

Let that sink in for a moment

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Bubble Universe


In the bubble-universe of the “chosen”, every event, every accident, every incident, every fight, every flight, every motion, every emotion, every action, every reaction has one and only explanation: “antisemitism”

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In the bubble-universe, throughout history, there exist only two types of people on this planet:

“antisemites” and “potential antisemites”

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In the bubble-universe, the entire dictionary is comprised of one word: “antisemitism”, the rest is commentary

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The New Ten Commandments:


 

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1) Thou shall believe that “they” are the “Chosen”

2) If you see their numbers extremely over-represented in high positions of power and control thou shall not mention, except if it was to praise their “superior” IQ

3) If you become aware that they are “running the show” in the media thou shall
only glorify “their talents”

4) If you come to notice their grip in the world of finance thou shall be in awe of their “outstanding aptitude”

5) If you detect their attempted steering of social progress or revolutionary movements, thou shall only explain it with their “admirable righteousness, evolved integrity and exceptional morality”

6) Thou shall not compare their unique suffering with any other

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7) Thou shall revere the holocaust –faithfully, as narrated by their gurus, with all thy heart

8) Thou shall have no doubt in your heart of the number 6 million

9) Thou shall not criticize “Israel” the “light unto nations”, and thou shall honour it’s
eternal right to exist as a “Jewish state”

10) Thou shall sacrifice as many “goyim” humans as possible (especially those who dare to say NO), and on the altar of their conquest, greed, arrogance, and supremacy, thou shall bow down and worship

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I for one, fully reject the concept of “Chosen-ness” , fully reject the concept of “superior Jewish intelligence”, and I fully reject the concept of “superior Jewish morality”, i.e. that Jews have always been at the “helm of social progress”.

 

Will that make me a racist anti-Semite?

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Who is the RACIST?

If believing that: Jews and non-Jews are equal in intellect, morality, spirituality and in their responsibility for their own actions; if believing that is a crime, then I am the
first to be called a criminal.

If believing that the statement: “Jews are unique and special beings, with unique Divine souls” is a racist, chauvinistic and supremacist statement; then I plead guilty of racism.

If believing that “ALL mankind, Jews and non-Jews alike, are equal in humanity and in their accountability before the law”, is anti-Semitic, then call me anti-Semite.

If believing that no man is superior to another in intellect by the virtue of race or religion, is considered supremacy, in this Orwellian world, then call me supremacist.

If we choose not to actively expose and challenge such bizarre myths, and instead opt to turn a blind eye to such outlandish racism embedded in the doctrine of some orthodox Judaic sects, if we don’t break the taboo about the ugly ideology that
motivates and animates the Zionist’s fascism, then undoubtedly we would be sharing the guilt of complicity, active alliance and passive complacency, by our sheer silence.

We, the people concerned must make an unambiguous stance: the choice has to be made between supporting humanity, justice and equality or supporting racism, dominance and supremacy.

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​Judeophilia


Judeophile

Someone who believes that:

  • Jews are the “chosen”, to love them is mandatory on every human being, and not to love them is a demonic feeling punishable by law
  • The unique suffering of Jews is unmatched and incomparable to any other, if you dare compare it to others’ your thoughts are criminal, punishable by law.
  • Racism exists in every group of people except Jews, confronted with evidence they proclaim those racists are not Jews, they are mere Zionists.
  • Laws which applies to all people do not apply to Jews, for when they commit a crime they cease to be Jews, but if they engage in a positive act, it is paramount that you emphasize they are Jews.
  • If you utter the words Jewish supremacy in any shape or form, you are a notorious “antisemite”.

 

Barack Obama has awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Criminal Israeli President Shimon Peres

 

Solving a Problem


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UNDERSTANDING a problem is the first step towards SOLVING it

We will NEVER get the right ANSWER if we misunderstood the question

Understanding fully the Palestinian problem is the first step towards solving this grave injustice

Thus, the importance of what we do here online

What we do is not just wasteful “intellectual exercise” or passing time “playing with words or ideas”

It is the WAY to reach comprehensive UNDERSTANDING of the heart of the problem, to be able finally find ways to SOLVE it

Understanding the EXPANSIONIST, EXCLUSIVIST, IDEOLOGICAL SUPREMACIST, ISOLATIONIST, GENOCIDAL NATURE of the illegitimate entity occupying Palestine will no doubt enable us to choose the right methods in dealing with it

 

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Wicked


Half of Jewish high schoolers say Arabs shouldn’t vote

59% of high school students consider themselves right-wing, only 13% identify as left-wing

 

If we assume that these figures mirrors the views of adult “israelis”, then facts are:

Those 13% who identify as “left-wing” function as a shield for the majority “right-wing”.  They criticise their hawks in order to protect them from any backlash from the International community.

Worse, out of those 13%, there is the “enlightened” handful who declare their “unequivocal support” for Palestinians, and they advocate “equal rights for all”. They present themselves as the beacon of morality and the ultimate saviours of Palestinians, continue to deceive Palestinians that “peace” is just round the corner, if only they followed their advice.

Their “genius” strategy entails that Palestinians should embrace “israel” as “reality”, an unchangeable, unquestionable fact on the ground, and move tactically within the framework of this reality.

They advise them to exert some soft to moderate pressure on “israel” via BDS to force “israel” to give Palestinians “equal rights”.
In other words, what they are asking is “israel” annexes what remains of Palestine, to create “one state [israel] with equal rights for all”, in which Palestinians can ask nicely (without “violence”) to have a vote and to become full “israeli” citizens with “equal rights”.

Never mind the abhorrent racism and ideological supremacy of Jewish “israelis”.

Never mind they sit on stacks of weapons of mass destruction.

Never mind that Jewish “israeli” supremacists would still have their grip on all apparatus of power; political, military, financial, educational, social, developmental etc.

Never mind that would allow “israel” to keep hold of all STOLEN lands and property

Never mind that this would absolve “israeli” criminals from ever facing courts of justice or paying for their crimes, or compensating Palestinians for the seven decades of systematic abuse, oppression and exploitation.

Wicked.

NO to the “two state solution”, which enables the illegitimate entity to keep hold of 90% of historic Palestine.
NO to the “one state solution” which allows the illegitimate entity to expand and takeover 100% of Palestine.

YES to the FULL LIBERATION of Palestine

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Conditional Solidarity ! No Thank you


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Where is their abhor against Jewish supremacy?

 

No one displays CONDITIONAL solidarity with Palestinians as much as Jewish “supporters” do

When Palestinians question the absurdity of such stance, and point to CONFLICT of INTEREST, they are accused of “antisemitism”

When Palestinians request their Jewish “supporters” to condemn the rampant ideological Jewish supremacy and racism, again they accuse Palestinians of “antisemitism”

It is perfectly understandable, nay justified that Palestinians do not particularly love their rapists and tormentors, or those who frantically support them

Furthermore, Palestinians, NOT Ashkenazi Jews, are the TRUEST SEMITES

Thus, calling a SEMITE Palestinian “antisemite” is one the greatest chutzpah ever

This NONSENSE has to stop

NO to conditional solidarity

Remove the word “antisemitism” from the Palestinian discourse

 

I call upon Palestine Solidarity Movement  NOT fall prey to such manipulation conducted by individuals or organizations with compromised loyalty who appointed themselves controllers of the flow of information and sole owners of language, entitled to define meanings of words and to exclude those who disagree, thus they take steer the Palestinian solidarity towards the acceptance of “soft” yet final and permanent colonization of Palestine, thus to eliminate the prime objective of the solidarity movement; the unconditional support of Palestinians and their quest for Full Liberation of All Historic Palestine.

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Kosher Palestinians!


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A kosher Palestinian, is the one who he believes in:

  • The “specialness” and “chosen-Mess” of Jews”, for they always “know better” and no movement or organization can function if not headed by them and guided by their “light”

 

  • They believe that anyone on earth be called racist supremacist except Jews, so they take “strong stands” against “Palestinian racism” and “Palestinian antisemitism” if Palestinians question the right of the “Jewish state” to exist, but a Kosher Palestinian never ever questions Jewish supremacy and racism, worse, they accuse those who request a condemnation of ideological Jewish supremacy of being “antisemites”

 

  • They also believe in the “primacy of Jewish suffering”, more than their own, and revere the “holocaust” as their one and only true deity worthy of worshiping, never to be doubted or questioned


 

Nothing Left


I wept buckets last night

I have been investigating Chabad for several years now, after stumbling upon a word “neshomeh”, or “Jewish soul”

Chabad is a very large Jewish supremacist group, extremely wealthy, influential and powerful

Their ideology is held by many of the most influential Jews, like Rothschilds,  Netanyahu, Joseph Lieberman an Michael Chertoff

Chabad’s rebbe, Menachem Schneerson had a personal ambassador to the White House. He was also awarded the Gold Congressional medal, and his birthday is celebrated as the education day in USA for many years. He was also the man behind the introduction and adaption of Noahide Laws by USA government

Yesterday I found the proof of the LINK between CHABAD rebbe and SATANISM

Our world is ruled by satanists

That is the bottom line

WARNING… EXTREMELY DISTURBING videos

Today

My heart, heavy

My soul, hurting

In agony, I weep

Swallowed by a black-hole

Whole

Nothing left,

But a shadow of a weary soul

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I knew there must be a link

Today, I had the proof

Her words, her words

Horrific beyond words

“Nothing left
I would scream
but there is no voice left
I would cry
but there is no tears left
I would fight
but there is no strength left”

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O Most Sublime

Hear her cry

Hear my cry

Help us fight the good fight

Help us heal and help our Home

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Hampstead: Leaked Medical Reports End All Doubt About Sexual Abuse Claims

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Make Your Own Calculations!


  • The total area of the historic Palestine is about 27,000 km²
  •  Historic Palestine is very densely populated now, with about 5 million native Palestinians and 6 million invading usurping Jews
  • There is about 6 million Palestinian refugees still living in exile, not allowed to go home
  •  The extreme vast majority of those invading Jews are serving or have served in the terrorist army of occupation
  •  The lapse of time since the beginning of “Nakba” does not diminish the Palestinian inalienable rights in Palestine, nor does it create falsified “rights” for foreign invaders to keep the loot
  •  The extreme vast majority of those invading Jew are living on STOLEN Palestinian land
  •  The extreme vast majority of those usurping Jews are actively participating in oppression, ethnically cleansing and slow genociding of Palestinians for well over 7 decades
  •  The extreme vast majority of the usurpers of Palestine are ideological supremacists and exclusivists who believe they are the “chosen” and have only moved constantly in one direction towards hardcore fanaticism and militarism, for whom any future solution would not be possible unless they keep control over LAND and APPARATUS of POWER
  •  The 6 million Palestinian refugees living in exile have the alienable Right of Return and the right to Restitution, Reparation and Compensation
  •  Historic Palestine it too small to accommodate 17 million people

Make your calculations!

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Death by Music


To have a roof above your head,  dance to their tune 

To feed your family, dance to their tune

To find a job, dance to their tune 

To keep your job, dance to their tune

To get medicated, dance to their tune

To travel abroad, dance to their tune

To polish reputation, dance to their tune

To get good references, dance to their tune

To avoid prison, dance to their tune

To breath, dance to their tune

To stay alive, dance to their tune 

Yes, rejoice and keep dancing

What is left of you?

A lifeless, miserable corpse, emaciated

A sac of skin, filled with doom and gloom

Rattling bones, dancing to their tune

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Random Coincidences OR Purposeful Intelligence?


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How could one explain the existence of this expanding cosmos, which began as a simple event; a random, intense, dispersing, chaotic explosion moving into an orderly structured, finely tuned, mathematically measured, supremely complex, well-defined by laws and ever evolving towards further complexity- universe?

 

How many coincidences could “scientists” rely upon as a plausible explanation to the existence and evolution of the universe without blushing in total embarrassment ?

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The complexity, balance, harmony and exquisite beauty which one observes would need an incalculable number of coincidences, an incalculable amount of matter, and incalculable amount of time, all of which are far greater than the mass, size and age of our universe.
Before these gazillion breathtaking “coincidences” we stand in awe!

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Bearing in mind the impossibility of ever disproving the existence of an Intelligence behind the existence of the universe and its laws, to EXCLUDE the POSSIBILITY of the existence of Purposeful Intelligence or an Intelligent Designer which could have caused such intricate complexity is not only narrow-minded, but also irrational and utterly unscientific, bordering on  ridiculous.

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Just like thought police and Medieval fanatics, some materialists would not even allow a discussion on the possibility of contemplating a hypothesis of intentional purposeful design  (rather than random coincidences) as an alternative explanation to the magnificent existence of this sublime, finely tuned universe, yet they still insist on calling their rigidness, close-mindedness, and blind faith in gazillion coincidences, “scientific rational thinking”!

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A Message of Hope and Defiance


Palestinians, my Beloved

I call upon you, my Palestinian brothers and sister to speak up, to raise your voices, to write, to comment, to make videos, to share your suppressed narrative.

For many years, Palestinians had no voice, except through Zionized media. When, finally some of them tried to make their voices heard, their narrative was snipped (censored) by the scissors of “antisemitism” accusations on the one hand and “terrorism” on the other, by no other than those who allegedly “stand by them”

NO

LEGITIMATE RESISTANCE and self-defense of one’s family, children, and homeland is NOT “terrorism”, OCCUPYING the Land of others is.

Calling for FULL LIBERATION of our STOLEN Homeland, PROSECUTION of CRIMINALS, REPARATION and COMPENSATION is NOT “antisemitism”
Refusal of the raped to marry her rapist (coexist with her rapist) is NOT hateful

Refusal of Palestinians to accept “coexistence” with those who GENOCIDED them for seven decades is NOT inhumane, NOT injustice, NOT hateful and NOT immoral

Yes we are commanded to strive for peace and coexistence, but we are NOT commanded to maintain “peaceful coexistence” with dangerous Criminals and mass-murderers.
Jewish “israeli” Criminals are dealt with by bringing to justice to be prosecuted; either to be deported or locked up, just like any other criminals in the world
My Beloved

Do not let Zionist hasbara and their hypnotic “perception management” control you

Do not allow them to censor your legitimate aspirations of LIBERATION

Do not self-censor your thought for fear of offending those whose heart is dwelling in the camp of the USURPERS, because of tribal loyalties and conflict of interest

Stand up tall

Speak up for your rights

Fear NOT their slander or accusations

Don’t let your courageous children down

Make them a promise to stand by them under all circumstances

A promise to live up to their dignity and heroism

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رضينا بالإستحمار فاستحمرونا


رضينا بالإستحمار فاستحمرونا


We accepted donkeyfication, so they donkeyfied us

Paul’s Cathedral in London to host ‘peaceful Egyptian donkeys’ exhibit from Cairo, as a sign for peace.

Though the donkeys , with their heads bowing down, do not look peaceful to me, they look rather submissive, stupid and enslaved to obey orders and to do their masters’ hard labour.

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Breaking-free


Those who robbed Palestine have NO moral or ethical argument whatsoever, so they got into the habit of using two fig leaves to cover their nude morality: Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial.

Accusing Palestinians or human right activists of being hateful, racist and antisemites because they EXPOSE and DETEST the ideology of SUPREMACY rampant amongst the occupiers of Palestine, yet simultaneously keeping MUTE about such supremacy within, is hypocrisy at best, and active deception at worst.

What a bizarre configuration imposed upon Palestinians; they are called racist for fighting racism, they are called antisemites while being Semitic to the core, they are obliged to defend the rights of their persecutors before their own,  they are expected to study and sympathise with the history of their occupiers before their own current ongoing ethnic cleansing and slow genocide, they are supposed to care more for the feelings of those who genocided them for over six decades before they care about their liberation, and they are demanded to fall in love with the “humanity” of their occupiers and express that love in no uncertain terms otherwise their own humanity is in doubt and would be put on trial.

It defies belief to watch such scenario written, directed and acted by some alleged “supporters” of Palestine;  they call activists racists for being ferociously against all forms of  racism, while they consolidate the racism of their own by propagating such accusations as a smoke screen to silence truths and conceal ugliness in one shot.

Palestinians and their genuine supporters must walk away from the distraction of those who insist on injecting our struggle with banners of “fighting antisemitism”, or “fighting holocaust denial”, these are NOT our battles, these battles belong to ADL and its ilk.

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Palestinians and their genuine supporters must come together to dialogue, explore strategies and hopefully work for  unified aims with clear vision without having to tiptoe around their thoughts along the path for freedom, and without having to sacrifice their aspiration of liberation on the altar of sensitivities of their persecutors and for the sake of not offending their oppressors.

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أين أنتم من القرآن؟


“إِنَّمَا ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنُونَ إِخۡوَةٌ۬ فَأَصۡلِحُواْ بَيۡنَ أَخَوَيۡكُمۡ‌ۚ وَٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمۡ تُرۡحَمُونَ”

“إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ فَرَّقُواْ دِينَہُمۡ وَكَانُواْ شِيَعً۬ا لَّسۡتَ مِنۡہُمۡ فِى شَىۡءٍ‌ۚ إِنَّمَآ أَمۡرُهُمۡ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ ثُمَّ يُنَبِّئُہُم بِمَا كَانُواْ يَفۡعَلُونَ”

“وَٱعۡتَصِمُواْ بِحَبۡلِ ٱللَّهِ جَمِيعً۬ا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُواْ‌ۚ وَٱذۡكُرُواْ نِعۡمَتَ ٱللَّهِ عَلَيۡكُمۡ إِذۡ كُنتُمۡ أَعۡدَآءً۬ فَأَلَّفَ بَيۡنَ قُلُوبِكُمۡ فَأَصۡبَحۡتُم بِنِعۡمَتِهِۦۤ إِخۡوَٲنً۬ا وَكُنتُمۡ عَلَىٰ شَفَا حُفۡرَةٍ۬ مِّنَ ٱلنَّارِ فَأَنقَذَكُم مِّنۡہَا‌ۗ كَذَٲلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ ٱللَّهُ لَكُمۡ ءَايَـٰتِهِۦ لَعَلَّكُمۡ تَہۡتَدُونَ”

“وَلَا تَكُونُواْ كَٱلَّذِينَ تَفَرَّقُواْ وَٱخۡتَلَفُواْ مِنۢ بَعۡدِ مَا جَآءَهُمُ ٱلۡبَيِّنَـٰتُ‌ۚ وَأُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ لَهُمۡ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌ۬”

“وَأَطِيعُواْ ٱللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ ۥ وَلَا تَنَـٰزَعُواْ فَتَفۡشَلُواْ وَتَذۡهَبَ رِيحُكُمۡ‌ۖ وَٱصۡبِرُوٓاْ‌ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ مَعَ ٱلصَّـٰبِرِينَ”

“وَأَلَّفَ بَيۡنَ قُلُوبِہِمۡ‌ۚ لَوۡ أَنفَقۡتَ مَا فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ جَمِيعً۬ا مَّآ أَلَّفۡتَ بَيۡنَ قُلُوبِهِمۡ وَلَـٰڪِنَّ ٱللَّهَ أَلَّفَ بَيۡنَہُمۡ‌ۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ۬”

“قُلۡ هُوَ ٱلۡقَادِرُ عَلَىٰٓ أَن يَبۡعَثَ عَلَيۡكُمۡ عَذَابً۬ا مِّن فَوۡقِكُمۡ أَوۡ مِن تَحۡتِ أَرۡجُلِكُمۡ أَوۡ يَلۡبِسَكُمۡ شِيَعً۬ا وَيُذِيقَ بَعۡضَكُم بَأۡسَ بَعۡضٍ‌ۗ ٱنظُرۡ كَيۡفَ نُصَرِّفُ ٱلۡأَيَـٰتِ لَعَلَّهُمۡ يَفۡقَهُونَ”

“لَا يَرۡقُبُونَ فِى مُؤۡمِنٍ إِلاًّ۬ وَلَا ذِمَّةً۬‌ۚ وَأُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ هُمُ ٱلۡمُعۡتَدُونَ (*) فَإِن تَابُواْ وَأَقَامُواْ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ وَءَاتَوُاْ ٱلزَّڪَوٰةَ فَإِخۡوَٲنُكُمۡ فِى ٱلدِّينِ‌ۗ وَنُفَصِّلُ ٱلۡأَيَـٰتِ لِقَوۡمٍ۬ يَعۡلَمُونَ”

“فَأَقِمۡ وَجۡهَكَ لِلدِّينِ حَنِيفً۬ا‌ۚ فِطۡرَتَ ٱللَّهِ ٱلَّتِى فَطَرَ ٱلنَّاسَ عَلَيۡہَا‌ۚ لَا تَبۡدِيلَ لِخَلۡقِ ٱللَّهِ‌ۚ ذَٲلِكَ ٱلدِّينُ ٱلۡقَيِّمُ وَلَـٰكِنَّ أَڪۡثَرَ ٱلنَّاسِ لَا يَعۡلَمُونَ (*) ۞ مُنِيبِينَ إِلَيۡهِ وَٱتَّقُوهُ وَأَقِيمُواْ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ وَلَا تَكُونُواْ مِنَ ٱلۡمُشۡرِڪِينَ (*) مِنَ ٱلَّذِينَ فَرَّقُواْ دِينَهُمۡ وَڪَانُواْ شِيَعً۬ا‌ۖ كُلُّ حِزۡبِۭ بِمَا لَدَيۡہِمۡ فَرِحُونَ”

” شَرَعَ لَكُم مِّنَ ٱلدِّينِ مَا وَصَّىٰ بِهِۦ نُوحً۬ا وَٱلَّذِىٓ أَوۡحَيۡنَآ إِلَيۡكَ وَمَا وَصَّيۡنَا بِهِۦۤ إِبۡرَٲهِيمَ وَمُوسَىٰ وَعِيسَىٰٓ‌ۖ أَنۡ أَقِيمُواْ ٱلدِّينَ وَلَا تَتَفَرَّقُواْ فِيهِ‌ۚ كَبُرَ عَلَى ٱلۡمُشۡرِكِينَ مَا تَدۡعُوهُمۡ إِلَيۡهِ‌ۚ ٱللَّهُ يَجۡتَبِىٓ إِلَيۡهِ مَن يَشَآءُ وَيَہۡدِىٓ إِلَيۡهِ مَن يُنِيبُ”

“وَإِن طَآٮِٕفَتَانِ مِنَ ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ ٱقۡتَتَلُواْ فَأَصۡلِحُواْ بَيۡنَہُمَا‌ۖ فَإِنۢ بَغَتۡ إِحۡدَٮٰهُمَا عَلَى ٱلۡأُخۡرَىٰ فَقَـٰتِلُواْ ٱلَّتِى تَبۡغِى حَتَّىٰ تَفِىٓءَ إِلَىٰٓ أَمۡرِ ٱللَّهِ‌ۚ فَإِن فَآءَتۡ فَأَصۡلِحُواْ بَيۡنَہُمَا بِٱلۡعَدۡلِ وَأَقۡسِطُوٓاْ‌ۖ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يُحِبُّ ٱلۡمُقۡسِطِينَ (*) إِنَّمَا ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنُونَ إِخۡوَةٌ۬ فَأَصۡلِحُواْ بَيۡنَ أَخَوَيۡكُمۡ‌ۚ وَٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمۡ تُرۡحَمُونَ”

When a dress becomes an act of Resistance


The Vibrant Colours of Palestine

When I was  young, I was fascinated by the beautiful dresses of my grandmothers, their intricate colourful embroidery, their comfort and modesty appealed to my taste. It became a ritual for me to “borrow” such dresses from both my grandmothers, whenever we went to visit. My happiest and most exciting were the times I would wear such a dress and run outside to play, or to walk to the apple and grape orchard of my grandfather.

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As I grew older, my fascination grew, to the delight of my grandmother, who was overjoyed to see one of her granddaughters taking a liking to something she likes and wearing her embroidered dresses and coin-decorated hat. Filled with pride and happiness and with her usual huge grin, she would always choose the best of her dresses and help me put it on.

Several years later, I was able to produce some of my own embroidered dresses, and wore them with passion.

Until one day, my sister  told me a story that made me not only want to wear my Palestinian dresses out of love for the artwork and the beauty they represent, but also for a totally different reason.

My sister who lives in Australia, told me that she was shopping one day, and was enthralled to find one of the shops displaying some of these Palestinian embroidered dresses and crafts.

She ran into the shop in utter joy and excitement. She told the shopkeeper how wonderful these pieces are, and was about to tell her that she is a Palestinian herself and this is her Homeland’s traditional costume.

But before my sister could say a word, the shopkeeper made a shockingly false statement: “oh, this is our “Israeli” traditional dress and embroidery” ! ! !

My sister was left gobsmacked, outraged and fuming with anger!

“These people have no decency

They have no shame

Not only that they ROBBED our Homeland,   waterbooks organs, trees,  stones, homes,  property, food and native dishes, including hummus and falafel, but even our embroidery and traditional dress.

A disparate gang of rootless, disconnected robbers who have NO homogeneous culture, so they invent one by stealing ours !!”

The theft of Palestine became the greatest robbery in the history of mankind, a robbery of millennia old heritage and the attempted destruction of a superbly refined  and peaceful agricultural culture.

Caressed with the same gentle hands that tended the land, painted with love and embroidered with tenderness, one stitch at a time, a visual poetry exquisitely echoing the vibrant breathtaking beauty of the landscape, my Palestinian dresses became since that day, more than the beautiful traditional dress of my grandmothers, they are no longer mere functional and durable garments;

 Since that day, wearing my Palestinian dress, became a Historic Statement to set the records straight.

My Palestinian dress became an act of RESISTANCE.

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My Hajj Experience


Humbled by the sheer number of people, their dedication, sincerity, and longing, enriched by the rainbow of eager fervent faces celebrating humanity’s full spectrum, empowered by an invisible bond of spiritual brotherhood, love, and togetherness; what a scene! All in a state of total devotion, adoration and gratitude to the One Most Loving Creator.
Stunned, I froze.
Everything else froze with me.
I wanted to capture every face, happy or sad, to save every smile or frown. I wanted to hold every heart with all its joys and sorrows, to wrap it up warm and hide it deep in mine. I wanted to whisper to every soul therein “humanity, I love you”.
Feelings! What can I say about feelings in such a time and a place? Fondness with absolute submission, elation with total humility, euphoria with utter serenity, weakness with boundless vigour, despair with endless hope, yearning with eternal contentment; permanently travelling constantly arriving.
Pilgrims floating in their own orbits in a peaceful august harmony, chanting their prayers, whispers of unspoken words, songs of silent sighs, transforming the ambience into one of stillness and tranquillity. Numinous music resonates charging the atmosphere,transcends into a realm of magnificent existence, hypnotizing you into a gentle unfathomable daze.
Submerged in an ocean of calm and tranquility, yet engulfed with joy and overwhelmed with uncontrollable desire to bounce, spin and fly, waves of ecstasy ran through my astounded being. Am I in Heaven!
The humble prayers and profound appreciation of millions hearts of devotees resonated as a mesmerizing melody

“labbaika’allahumma labbaik…
labbaika la shareeka laka labbaik”.
The eager soulful chants ascended the Mount of Mercy in a dazzling display of grace and purity echoing its nobility and sincerity at every level of existence; celestial and subatomic, known or unknown. On the Mount of Mercy Divine Mercy cascaded around; In a sublime embrace Divine Mercy showered all.

 

Swathed with love, held with tenderness, enchanted with splendour the entire universe spiraled upwards.
Before my very own eyes lines were erased and boundaries faded away.

 

The bond gets stronger and stronger as you start blending into the background of a magnificent masterpiece, diminishing into nothingness. You experience being one with the whole there is. You are an atom spinning passionately with the totality of the universe. The macro, the micro and all in between are in a state of unanimity as never sensed before, with such depth, scale or intensity. Mind dazzling, heart rendering and awe inspiring experience.

Engulfed in mystical mist of love and grace, and like all those around me I could find nothing but tears streaming down to tell of my joy.

Time lapsed, motion relapsed and all anguish collapsed as I stood there; drinking ecstasy and tasting infinity.

Deluded

I thought I could sing before

Why can’t I hear my voice today?

I thought I could tell tales and write stories

Where are my words now?

Why can’t I find them?

To tell of how I felt and what I saw

I thought I could wave words and carve meanings

Like a dough, with ease

To speak of I want and plait my poetry

I thought I was articulate before

How wrong I was!

Melting like a July snowman

A flock of dears – foreseeing an earthquake- running away

Dry autumn leaves

Scattered in a stormy day

My words are gone!

How can I construct sentences when my dictionary is blank?

How can I?

Ashamed of their flaws

Fearful of their impotence

All escaped

Words are no more

For how could they describe the indescribable?

How could the finite define the infinite?

Motion falls into stillness

Space fades into nothingness

Sound faints into silence

Time ceases to be

In the presence of the Most Sublime

The question of faith


Having lived in the West for decades, and having witnessed how religion is used, misused and abused by every corrupt, arrogant and greedy, I understand and sympathize with the views of atheists and agnostics who tend to throw the baby with the bath water as a reaction to such malevolent behaviour by some of the so called religious people, institutions or entities.

In my approach and personal experience, I beg to differ with the observed generalization, blame and hostility against religion.

When George Bush claims for example that “God told him to attack Iraq”, and when I read that Jesus said “love thy neighbour as yourself”, unlike the former, the latter resonate in my most inner being as meaningful, Godly, profound, beautiful, and true.

When discussing Belief Systems (including Atheism), one must distinguish between the principles of a given ideology and the practice of those principles by followers or those who claim to be followers.

The ideals and principles are the pure form of a belief system, and the practice is the human interpretation and implementation of those ideals.

The existence of people who try to justify their bad deeds, control or manipulate others by hiding under the banner of religion does not pollute the principles, nor does it change the fact that their deeds are in contradiction with these principles.

Abusers and fanatics of every ideology exist; criminals and those who act evil for their self interest or out of ignorance also exist in every society.

Coming from a different background, with different exposure, understanding and experience with regards to religion and faith-related matters, I certainly have arrived to and hold a different view, which is not as hostile to religion as yours.

Allow me to explain:

Arriving at where we are in our understanding of the world has much to do with our long painstaking quest for answers through our diverse and profound personal experiences, and of course directed and predisposed by our intellectual capabilities, emotional capacities, cultural influences and psychological tendencies.

We all arrive to this world without a choice of our own, and as soon as we open our eyes to the wonders around and within ourselves we are driven to question, and to long for meanings that explain our existence.

Our curiosity is magnified as we grow.
Drawing on my personal experience, this inquisitive curious mind was no different from anyone else, as a little girl I parched and yearned for answers.

I started asking questions and thinking about the world and later on about my very own existence, and about God, at a very young age.

As a toddler I lived in a small village in Palestine, I was fascinated by my surroundings, the trees, birds, flowers, people, but more so the sky, how vast! How beautiful! How perfect!

It was always urging me to look at, at first to admire and then to question. I spent endless hours staring at it day and night.

As I grew a little older my fascination and curiosity grew deeper, I started to look for meanings and explanations, trying to make sense of what’s around me.

“What is all this? … Why is all this? … Who am I? … Do I really exist? … How and why I can comprehend the fact that I exist? …. Why am I here? … Is there a purpose to my life? If there is, what is that purpose?”

Endless questions burned in my little head.

I thought and contemplated for many years, I used to be drawn into this inner world of mine searching for meanings and answers.

The only explanation and conclusion I was ever able to arrive at was always that there must be a mastermind, an intelligent power, a supreme Being, a perfect designer who is greater than I, who is more intelligent than I, and who is more loving than I.
My perception of that Being is what I call “faith”, “spirituality”.

Later, and as I went through certain spiritual experiences I came to feel God in the real sense.

(By spiritual experience I mean an inner awareness or realisation which might be described as a profound feeling in which you are overwhelmingly moved to a state of boundless joy and serenity, with a sensation of total awareness and nearness of a Sublime Most Loving Presence which is far Greater than you are and far more Loving than you are, to whom you are ever so grateful, as well as being intimately close to all what you perceive in this vast universe).  

As I prayed, an overwhelming, sublime, gentle, subtle, loving, magnificent presence engulfed me.

Words always fail me and fall very short, for I can’t put that feeling in words.

God for me was as real -if not more- than my own reality. So in my own perception God is a certainty; however, that does not give me the right to impose my perception upon others.

Now then, if faith and the concept of God provides a logical explanation to my existence, and if it helps me understand myself and the world around me in a rational manner, if it can give me a sense of fulfilment, contentment and satisfaction, if it enables me to survive adversities of life with minimum trauma and more patience, grace and sanity, if it fills my soul with love, joy, peace and tranquillity, if it makes life more fun, more enjoyable and my experiences more real and intense ; then how and why should I complain or deny?

After all there is nothing to lose and everything to gain. My logic concludes.

As seen from above, and taking me as an example, my embrace of faith was an organic evolvement and a natural outcome to my specific circumstances and life-journey; I did not find faith through indoctrination or manipulation; but rather through genuine inner quest for meanings and thirst for answers.

Through my fascination with this breathtaking beauty that I see all around.

Through my amazement, astonishment, and wonder at my ability to think and use logic and reason.

Through the heart melting awesome feelings that engulfed me as I felt my baby’s hand wrapped around my finger.

Through the superb fabulous sensation as I caress a soft velvety rose and as I fill my being with its sweet scent that leaves me speechless and awe struck.

Through the marvellous, splendid and magnificent sensation of love that captures my soul and overwhelms me with infinite joy and bliss

Having said that, I also found that my faith helps me through my suffering, it enables me to rise above and overcome hardships and adversities

My faith gives me inner strength; I don’t need rely on anything; people, things, or mind-blocking substances to cope with the adversities of life, pain, worries or sorrow.
My faith is my inner strength.

It gives me a sense of purpose, it gives my life a meaning, it gives my mind a sense of direction, it gives my heart endless fulfilment and fills it with boundless love, and it gives my soul overwhelming sensation of joy and delight.

My faith brings to me none but the most pleasant, most amazing feelings of contentment, tranquillity, peace; that life could be raging around me but I am sitting there ever so calm, ever so still, ever so safe, as if sitting in the eye of the storm.

My faith enthuse me with hope, happiness and bliss that nothing, absolutely nothing in this life I’ve ever experienced can be weighed against, measured up to, or compared with those intense wonderful experiences.

It is like trying to describe the feeling of your magnificent love to some one who’s never been in love before.

The feeling of exhilaration of intellectual stimulation, the joy and delight of being in love and feeling loved pale into insignificance compared to the overwhelming enchantment and ecstasy that the soul enjoys in one moment of closeness and inspiration.

Can I ever give it up for anything? Can I ever swap it with the entire material world and all of what’s in it?

Never

Not even if I were to be chopped and diced into pieces or burnt at the stake.

Finally, I consider my choice to have faith as an essential part of my Human Rights and my right to Freedom of Though in as much as I see it anyone’s right not to have faith, as long as neither of us impose his/her belief of others, nor cause others harm through it.
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This article was born as comment in response to Jonathan Blakeley’s comment about religion. I thought I could share it.

 That moment

If I was to use all the words
Of all languages
Ever used by poets
Since time began
I’d never be able to describe
That moment

If I was to collect all the masterpieces
Of all the works of art
Ever designed
By man’s imagination
I could never repaint
That moment

If I was to live
All my past, present
And future
In pain, fear, and sorrow
Absorbing the suffering
Of all humanity
Since life began
It’s a price worth paying
To experience
That moment

Thank you for giving me
A taste of paradise on earth
If only for a moment

Thank you for opening a window
In my confined heart
In the here and now
Into eternity and infinity
If only for moment

Thank you
For blessing me with
That moment
.

Sheltered

Lightning strikes
Thunder rumbles
Wind blows
Gales bluster
Tornados threaten
Hurricanes rage

Aware of it all
Yet

There I am
Sitting…so… still

Tranquil

Content

Serene

Unharmed

I am

Sitting

In the eye

Of the storm

 

 

Contrast!


Rabbis circle occupied Palestine while praying to ward off the swine flu virus

 

Rabbis praying in the STOLEN Ibrahimi Mosque in Al- Khalil

 

Compare it with this:

Muslims praying in the street of Alexandria during Ramadan

 

 

Can you feel the difference?

 

Equal Rights for serial killers, and for their victims ???


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Equal Rights for serial killers, and for their
victims ???

Can anyone see some ethical flaws with that?

I have no authority to speak in the name of all
Palestinians, but I have previously stated that I personally DO NOT wish the zionist
murderers, those of whom
who were directly or indirectly involved in massacres,
theft of land, subjugation and oppression, to remain in Palestine after its
liberation from the occupier, except of course for the very few good people
amongst them -as no soul should carry the liability of another-

 I reiterate,
I do not wish the invader, occupier and criminal racists to stay in
Palestine, the land that they have incessantly raped,
destroyed and disfigured, nor do I desire them to be my neighbours

They have shown no respect, no appreciation, and no
love to this land or to her people

They do not deserve to live there

Many of our supporters freak out upon hearing this
declaration of mine, they think that I am becoming an uncaring person, or
turning into a radical hardliner; and some
curiously
and
attentively listen, then, timidly
and modestly, try to understand

I will try here to elucidate by asking some simple
questions, as to why I think it is unreasonable to make the premises of a JUST SOLUTION
dependent upon our acceptance –as Palestinians, of giving the right of
permanent residency and equal rights of citizenship
to ALL
zionist Jewish occupiers
in our stolen land of Palestine

Here are my questions:

·       
 Why do our supporters, progressives who
advocate a one state solution, keep asking us –Palestinians- to share our land with
those who acquired it by theft, military force and murder
?

·       
 Would you share your home with the armed
robber who came to steal from you?

·       
Should
a thief get to enjoy the same rights of ownership to
materials and assets that he acquired by armed robbery, as the person
whom he robbed?

·       
Should
a colonialist imperialist occupier regime, who keeps hold of countries by
terrorizing the indigenous population and perpetrating endless scores of
bloodshed, not be severely sanctioned as legislated wisely by
International Law ?

·       
Should
USA decided to move a few dozens of millions of its citizens to Iraq or
Afghanistan, confiscate Iraqi lands, give it to those colonizers, then demands
that those citizens have equal rights with Iraqis or Afghanis; should we
support the equal rights of those colonizers?

·       
 Should the Algerians have waited for the
French occupiers to be magnanimous enough to give them "equal rights”?

·       
 Would Algeria be to the Algerians today, had they not fought for
the liberation of their country against colonial
France?

·       
Under International Law; is an occupying entity entitled to ANY
rights
whatsoever?

·       
 Why defend the “right” of the barbaric
occupier
-who has been engaged in ethnic cleansing and genocide for over
six decades, to stay in Palestine after its liberation , and this while
keeping land
and houses, villages, archaeological treasures, churches and
mosques, libraries, they’ve forcibly stolen at gun point?

·       
 Why imagine that it is unrealistic to
return the stolen land and property to its legitimate owners while ignoring
its mode of acquisition
by zionists?

·       
 Why instead of defending the right
Palestinians to get ALL their country back; including: homes, orchards
and land, supporters ask the victims to keep on giving, by the supposition that
returning back stolen property creates "another injustice" to the OCCUPIER?

·       
 Why are we –Palestinians- continuously pressed
to accept this scurrilous logic, by our supporters?

·       
 Are people so naïve that they don’t realize
that doing so, invariably corresponds in fact to… a full support -quasi
unconditional, of the zionist thieves and their ideological core
which deems colonising Palestine as a “Divine
and
historical
right” for the
Jewish people
?

·       
 What does the notion of Justice, social
responsibility, fair dealing mean if we are to equate criminals with
victims
in terms of rights to ownership of stolen property?

My logic is simple:

Supporting "equal rights" in which the
occupier gets the privilege of staying in the land they’ve looted and
destroyed, while keep holding of the estate of absentees, would mean grave
violation of the fundamentals of ethical foundations of human social
interaction

The message it gives: bullies, criminals,
thieves are allowed to get away with MURDER…. literally
!

It is a carte blanche for bullies to do what they
like, steal, kill, colonize, rape, oppress, torture…

Advocating "equal rights" between the criminal
and victim
, in which the criminal escapes punishment for his crimes,
gets to keep stolen lands, while being rewarded by enjoying the fruits
of his aggression in terms of total participation in decision and law making
in the land he abused, is an assassination of the concept of justice,
on which peaceful Civilization is built and needs to prosper

Furthermore, I reiterate; any future decision on
the status of ILLEGAL COLONIZERS in Palestine should be a PALESTINIAN DECISION;
they, and ONLY they, can choose whether to allow their tormentors to stay or
not


 

 

 

 

WHY??


WHY??

 


The New Ten Commandments:

1) Thou shall not criticize Israel

2) Thou shall revere the holocaust with all thy heart

3) Thou shall have no doubt in your heart of the number 6 million

4) Thou shall not compare the unique suffering of the Jews with any other

5) Thou shall honour Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state

6) Thou shall adore the “sinless” Israel, regardless of allegations of sins

7) Thou shall believe that Israel has the right to defend itself and protect
its security by all means (but not Muslims)

8 ) Thou shall not kill (except Muslims)

9) Thou shall not lie (except about Islam and Muslim’s WMD)

10) Thou shall obediently share your earning with Israel (through your tax
money)

And there is a bonus eleventh commandment:

11) Thou shall sacrifice as many humans as humanly possible (specially those
who dare to say NO) on the altar of greed and security of the Jewish state

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NOW a question:

We protest and moan much about ethnic minorities when underrepresented in work places and government positions -and rightly so- as this is clearly a reflection of injustice.

But why do we keep utterly silent when a “certain” minority is HUGELY overrepresented in sensitive positions in many world governments??

WHY??

Where is the uproar??

Isn’t this also a blatant injustice against the majority of those countries?

PS

And please no one should come with the reiterated myth that they are more “clever” than the rest of us as a justification for this absurdity, because this fable is the MOST RACIST claim they have managed to indoctrinate the masses to accept

see how they spread myths and lies:
http://baconeatingatheistjew.blogspot.com/2006/03/arab-intelligence…

A call for those zionists who wish to save their souls


A call for those zionists who wish to save their souls

 

You have come from far away countries, occupied our land by force and terror, oppressed our people with your might and power, furthermore, instead of showing good will or remorse and a sincere desire to befriend and live in peace with your neighbours; you still go beside yourselves to prove to us and to the world how reprehensible you have become, as you sink deeper and deeper into corruption, fabrication and violence

 

What you fail to understand is that every thing in the world is a flux

 

The situation in the Middle East will not stay the same for ever

The balance of power will undoubtedly change

Sooner or later it will shift, and it won’t be a shift in your favour

And before you know it, you will suddenly find yourselves surrounded by billions of outraged Muslims and angry people from all over the world 

 

Instead of preparing for a good future with the people who surround you, who are mostly Muslims; what do you do? You go berserk with your lies and aggression; and like a mad dog, you wage a wild decadent war against Islam as a religion and against Muslims as followers

 

What a pathetic vision of a pathetic tribe, who chose to implant itself in the heart of two billion Muslims!

Can’t you see the pitiable sad future you are creating for yourselves, generating only anger by your uninvited aggression?

 

Instead of attempting to understand the culture and the faith of those around you, you go spewing lies and propaganda in an attempt to disfigure the Islamic resistance that refuses to bow down to your arrogance and greed

 

Instead of embracing the humane and civilised culture that is still willing to forgive you despite the horrors you have shown, by being nothing but a revolting boil in its midst; you go attacking the very religion that teaches its followers that forgiveness is better that revenge

 

 Instead of trying to understand those humans whom you’ve dehumanised; you still feel smug and self-satisfied

drunken by your temporary superficial might, and you keep deluding yourselves by perceiving those you’ve oppressed as monsters and terrorist

 

Instead of opening your heart to learning some aspects of civilization (such as compassion, honesty, generosity, and tolerance) from your culturally refined neighbours, you deceive yourselves by the delusion of your chosen-ness and you fantasise that your barbarity is a “light unto the nations”!

 

Be ware poor souls of zion; this wretched attack against Islam could be the final straw that will shatter your might once and for all

 

 

You still smother yourselves with conceit and self-importance as you shrivel into your tribal mentality, obscuring every opportunity of understanding, destroying bridges and building walls around your clan, isolating yourselves further and further away from the human family

 

The superiority features and nauseating arrogance that you display reflects only an inferior mentality if only you could grasp

 

You have disfigured and blemished your own faith, if only you could comprehend!

 

The same religion that was once inclusive you’ve managed to reduce into the most tribalistic and exclusive ideology man had ever known!

 

You are very short-sighted in that sense, as you fail to look even a few years ahead!

 

Hear me well clan of zion; even though we, Muslims, are not vengeful, nor are we unforgiving by the virtues of our faith; however if you continue in the same mannerism of barbaric behaviour, along with your shameless lies; you will inevitably face your retribution

 

What you fail also to see is that the world around you is changing

The world is awakening to the reality of your crimes

 

And guess what? There is no going back

There is no way of covering up your crimes now

 

I know that you are still living in your comfort bubble behind your “security” wall (psychological and physical);  but be absolutely sure that when you come face to face with the hard reality about the changing world around you, the TRUTH will hit you hard like a tsunami as never before

 

And while you are still choosing to live in a state of complete denial, refusing to see what is happening elsewhere, the truth will strike in a manner unknown

 

It will disturb your sleep as you wake up to the nightmare of your creation

Shatter your illusions as you open your eyes to the new reality

Paralyse your limbs as your missiles and weapons rendered useless

And silence your lies once and for all

 

NOTHING… NOTHING will save you then from the outrage and anger of the good people of the world except what you could save NOW of whatever little left of your morality and humanity

 

Things as they stand now:

 

You are tiny tiny minority in a sea of Muslims that surrounds you, and an ocean of world population who are sick to their bones with your never-ending crimes

Sooner or later you are going to find yourself in a position of vulnerability

Sooner or later the scale of power will shift

This is only natural

 

Think……………….

………………………

 

Think of what would you like to happen to you in this imminent future?

Would you rather carry on with your crimes against Muslims in Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Pakistan…etc?

 

Would you rather carry on with your hateful lies and fabrication against Islam?

 

Would you rather create more and more enraged and infuriated enemies?

 

Or would you rather STOP your crimes, EMBRACE the TRUE owners of the land and WELCOME them back home, SEEK PEACE SINCERELY and bleed for FORGIVENESS before it’s too late?

 

I am speaking with the same words that many before me had spoken to you with

 

I am giving you a warning

 

(But don’t be so pathetic as to think that this warning is from a little exiled Palestinian woman)

 

Ignore it if you wish

 

Or be wise and heed

 

The choice is yours

 

Some thoughts on Resistance, Hamas, and the future of Palestine


Some Thoughts on Resistance

 

I have befriended and cooperated with many Quakers over the years, and I deeply admire their commitment to peace, and the time and efforts that they give towards achieving this goal

 

However, there is a fundamental issue that tends to be misjudged and miscalculated by those lovely, compassionate and peace-loving people; when they talk about the problem of Palestine, they are inclined to blame and condemn both sides equally; i.e they equate the immoral actions of the criminal with the understandable reactions of the victim

 

Equating the instinctive response of the oppressed -who have been massacred, humiliated and dehumanized day in and day out for generations-, with the aggressive and brutal acts of the oppressor is a severe deviation from justice 

 

Morally speaking: how -for the love of God- could we condemn those who are being slaughtered when they try to push their butchers away?

 

Some times the only way to sincerely help a criminal is by stopping him/ her from committing more crimes.

 

There is nothing more helpful or supportive to the tyrant criminals than teaching the man who has been constantly crushed and incessantly raped, victimized and butchered not to defend himself

 

We can not possibly equate the violent assault of oppressor with the self-protection of oppressed

 

The ACTION of AGGRESSION and OPPRESSION is NOT the same as the REACTION of SELF-PRESERVATION

 

 

To teach otherwise and to condemn equally both the oppressor and the oppressed, to
measure the actions of the two with the same yardstick, does not hold well with laws or ethics, human or Divine.


 God
looks with tenderness, love, forgiveness and compassion at those who are
severely abused, brutalized, oppressed exploited and browbeaten, so much so
that they are forced to react

 

"Beware of the plea of the oppressed, for he asks God most high only for his due, and God does not keep one who has a right from receiving what is due." A saying of Muhammed peace be upon him

 

Our disapproval and condemnation must be focused on those who initiate aggression, oppress nations, and commit genocide.


The
permeation to defend oneself (but NEVER to initiate aggression) is given to
those who suffer the risk of annihilation and extermination by the One who
created them

Who am I to deny those who are burning under tonnes of blazing missiles, that
basic human right?

Who am I to judge their re-actions or intentions, as they tremble under the
explosions of bombs?

Who am I to moralise with them as they pick up the limbs of their babies and
loved ones?

“To those against whom war is made, permission is given (to fight back),
because they are wronged; and verily, God is most powerful for their aid; (
22:39-40)

 

Did we not know that

A man

With a knife

Against his throat

Has the right

To push His butcher

Away!!

 

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." Bishop Desmond Tutu

 

To give an analogy;

 

If a thief comes to your home, kills some of your children, kicks some of them out, and locks you in the basement for sixty years, while raging havoc in your house and garden

 

Then you are told that the only solution is to negotiate with the murderer thief; however the thief refuses to talk to you because you words are unpleasant and they disturb his peace; as you keep making noise in the basement, and you throw some fire works out to your garden to get the attention of some neighbours with conscience.

 

 Then finally the police intervene, and then after arming the thief to his teeth they persuade him to agree to talk to you.

 

At long last the thief agrees to talk to you, but he comes with a list of demands, including:

 

No talks about your children, who’ve been kicked out

 No talks about any room in the house

 No talks about his incessant torture of your children

No talks about allowing you to use the bathroom upstairs

 No talks about which corner of the basement he might give you

 

Furthermore, he demands that you respect the facts on the grounds, and should never ask to resolve the injustice by going back to how things were 60 years ago

 

Not only that, he demands also that you accept his right to exist in your house forever, and his right to control your water supply, electricity, food, and movement

 

 Then to add the icing on the cake, of course, you are not supposed to moan or mention your pain over the past sixty years

 

You must only be grateful, that the murderer thief would humble himself and talk to you

 

I am intrigued to find out what would YOU do if you were in that situation?

 

Would you accept sharing your house with the thief and live in the basement?

 

If you say you do, I would like to see you openly inviting some zionists who settled in my stolen farm to come to yours and share it with you, and if they come fully armed I hope you don’t mind, and that you accept them graciously

 

If all the Quakers and those who condemn the desperate Palestinians for their extreme reactions to extreme situations would live by their word and do exactly what they want the Palestinians to do; i.e. offer their homes to the zionists, that would be a breakthrough

 

 All we need is a few millions to do this ultimate act of sacrifice by being a living archetype, in fact that could be a vital approach to a peaceful solution and a good lesson to us all

 

We humans find it easy to moralise and pass judgements, but much harder to live by what we preach

As
for killing innocent people, here are some thoughts
:

 

 

Firstly:

We, as Muslims, must NOT allow our pain and outrage at the hostility, horrors
and crimes we have seen to deviate us from justice and from upholding our
ethics!

"O ye who believe! be steadfast firmly for God, as witnesses to fair
dealing, Let not a group’s hostility to you cause you to deviate from
justice
. Be just, for it is closer to piety. Be God conscious; for God is
Well Aware of what you do." (Quran; 5-8 )

secondly:

Qur’anic principles admonish followers of Islam against killing children and
innocent people who are not actively involved in war, Muslims are prohibited
from even cutting trees, demolishing homes and houses of worship, or causing
damage to nature during war

"No soul shall be made to bear the burden (liability) of another." (35:18
)

Thirdly:


In the zionist entity, there are no civilians except children, , every man and
woman MUST serve in the army for 2-3 years, and they stay in the reserve until they
retire


Fourthly:

 

Hamas, as an Islamic
Resistance Movement, theoretically adheres to those principles, and respects
them; however, the human factor, the incessant devastatation, the constant
trauma caused by long term brutality and the never-ending killing of
Palestinian children infuriates the most sane person into anger and outrage

In no way, Hamas, justifies the killing of innocent children:

Hamas: Rocket attacks not aimed at Israeli women, children

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/971873.html

Gaza – The Islamic Hamas movement on Saturday denied
targeting Israeli children and women with rocket fire from the
Gaza Strip.

"Hamas doesn’t mean to kill children with its rockets," spokesman
Ismail Radwan told reporters in the Hamas-ruled
Gaza Strip in response to a statement made by
al-Qaida’s second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, who said Hamas’ random rockets
kill women and children in violation of Islamic law.

Radwan added that "the ongoing conflict between Israel and the
Palestinians may involve some killing of children," accusing the Israeli
army of "deliberately killing children, women and destroying houses and
mosques."

“We are freedom fighters, not gangs,” a senior Hamas official in Gaza told the AP. “Women and children are not a
target for Hamas. They have never been a target and they will never be our main
target despite the daily killing of our women and children by
Israel in cold blood.

Abu Mahmoud, a spokesman for the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the West Bank,
said the group was “shocked by what we see on television” about the Russian
school standoff.
“We would never agree to such a thing,” he said. “We never did such a thing and
never would. When there is an explosion and children are killed, we are sorry
for this because this was a mistake, not on purpose.”

http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x_outlet=2&x_article=756

Hamas: rocket attacks not meant to kill Israeli children

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-04/05/content_7924868.htm

Enough to look at the figures to see who is really targeting children:

123 Israeli children have been killed by Palestinians and 1,050 Palestinian
children have been killed by Israelis since September 29, 2000. http://www.ifamericansknew.org/

Fifthly:

Hamas has offered cease fire many times, Hamas has offered the ending of
killing civilians on both sides, and all this was rejected and ignored by the
warmongers of zion, time and again

Hamas offers to renew cease-fire with Israel
Friday, June 16, 2006


http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/06/15/hamas.ceasefire/index.html

Israel rejects Gaza cease-fire offer
Sep 21, 2007

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1189411457380&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Ehud Olmert rejects Hamas’ offer of cease-fire in Gaza Strip
23/12/2007

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/937196.html

Olmert rejects Hamas cease-fire offer
Tue., December 25, 2007

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/937511.html

ISRAEL REJECTS HAMAS CEASE-FIRE OFFER AS HUMANITARIAN CRISIS DEEPENS IN GAZA
April 25, 2008

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0425/p99s01-duts.html

Israel rejects Hamas cease-fire offer as humanitarian crisis deepens in Gaza
Fri Apr 25 08


http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20080425/wl_csm/odu0425

 
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About Islam


About Islam

 

“What does Islam mean to you?” people ask

 

Islam is an Arabic word that shares the same root (slm) with the words “salam” and “Istislam

Where “salam” means: peace, and “Istislam” means: submission

 

Therefore, Islam means: achieving peace through submission to God

Islam consequently is nothing but total devotion and utter surrender to the will of the Beloved.

 

When we love our Creator deeply, we are in a state of constant adoration, our will becomes nothing but His will and our desire will be identical to His desire.

 

Hence, the essence of our faith is that mankind can achieve  peace by knowing and bonding with the All-Loving Creator; for souls can only find tranquillity, happiness, and contentment by being in a state of constant awareness and remembrance of the Most Loving through which intimate closeness and true peace can be achieved.

 

Everything observable in our world is in a permanent state of submission, they cannot break the laws of our Beloved Creator; unlike us humans (maybe there are other intelligent life forms in other parts of the universe that we are not aware of)

 

We are blessed with the gift of freewill.

 

When we, out of own freewill, choose to surrender to the laws of God, we experience the ever lasting joy of tranquillity, inner peace and harmony within ourselves, with our fellow humans, with the universe around us and with our Beloved.

 

But what are the laws of God?

 

These laws are found deep down in the innermost of our souls, they are known to us intrinsically, we are created to know them inherently, to recognize them by our “fitrah” or inner nature.

We can also discover them by observing and studying ourselves and the universe around us, which we call the visual book of signs.

 

At the core of these laws, and as in the case of the universe lies BALANCE, which translate in our human terminology as JUSTICE.

 

The rest are also easy to identify, it’s in the yearning for perfection in our most intimate imprint, and it’s longing for idealism, excellence, morality, goodness and compassion from the depth of our souls.

 

Even though we had this inner knowledge, God still did not leave us to our own devices with no guidance.

 

Many prophets, messengers and inspired teachers came to remind and to give glad tidings for those who embrace the truth and those who desire goodness.

Every single one of them came with the utterly simple yet superbly comprehensive message: believe in God and be Good (i.e. follow the inner law)

All knowledge is available to all, transparent, clear, organic, effortless, open, and natural 

There is no secrecy, no occultism, no darkness, no hidden knowledge, no privileged few, no murkiness or deception, no shadowy characters, no obscure concealed information, no hierarchy, no ones are more enlightened than others.

 

This is the simple yet profound message of Islam (submission that leads to peace) that ALL the prophets adhered to. The differences that we observe between the followers of those good people are all man-made interpretation, which could sometimes misunderstand, overlook, and add flawed human construal to the original simple message

 

We as Muslims see absolutely no difference between the essence of all the messages nor we differentiate between the messengers.

They are all brothers and their message is ONE.

 

The Arabic word for God is: Allah.

This word is unique in its characteristics; it has no plural, it is not a feminine or a masculine (unlike all Arabic nouns). It reflects perfectly the Islamic perception of God, who is not personified in a human form, God the Unique, the One, and the matchless.

When we refer to God with “He” or “His”, it’s not that we perceive God as a male for God has no gender; it’s simply because of linguistic requirements.

All nouns are referred to either as a male or female in Arabic, there is no neutral, the general rule is that things that come in multiples are depicted in a feminine form (such as eye, ear, hand, foot) and things that we don’t have in pairs we use the masculine to describe ( nose, mouth, chin)

Hence, God being Unique, we use the masculine to refer to Him.

 

 

This faith we embrace is that of Love and pure goodness; it is summed up by the words “allatheena amanou waamilou essalehat”; those who believe and do good deeds.

Love of the Creator and all creation is the hub of that faith; aspiring and striving to live by the highest moral attributes that belongs to the Most Perfect and exists in its Ultimate Excellence in the Most Loving Creator.

 

This message leads to inner and outer peace through following the fitra (innate nature) that has been implanted inside each and every one of us.

This embossed intrinsic yet veiled knowledge is where all our morality stems from. This subtle awareness is precisely what leads us to long for, love, mimic and impersonate the example of God’s perfect and beautiful attributes.


The all Merciful (Ar-Rahman)

The Most Merciful (Ar-Raheem)

The Most Gracious (Al-Hafi)

The Most Friendly Most Kind (al-Rafeeq)

The Most Compassionate (al-Shafeeq)

The All-Loving (al-Wadoud)

The All-Gentle (al-Ra’uof)

The Most Tender (al-Hannan)

The Beneficent (al-Muhsin)

The All-Subtle (Al-Lateef)

The All- Good (Al-Barr)

The Enricher (Al-Mughnî)

The Ever-Giving (Al-Wahhab)

The Benefactor (Al-Mannan)

The Magnanimous (Al-Jawâd)

The Light (An-Nur)

The Guide (Al-Hadi)

The Ever-Truthful (As-Sâdiq)

The Secure (Al-Ameen)

The Faithful (Al-Wafî)

The Guarantor (Al-Kafeel)

The Praiseworthy (Al-Hameed)

The Guardian (Al-Wakeel)

The One Who Suffices (Al-Kâfî)

The Timelessly Eternal (Al-Qadeem)

The Pre-Eternal (Al-Azalî)

The Post-Eternal (Al-Abadî)

The Abiding (Al-Bâqî)

The Everlasting (Ad-Dâ’im)

The Constant (As-Sarmadî)

The Safe-guarder (Al-Muhaymin)

The Ever-Forgiving (Al-Ghaffar)

The All-Pardoning (Al-Afuw)

The All-Forbearing (Al-Haleem)

The Most Patient (As-Sabour)

The All-Perfect (As-Subbuh)

The Utterly Pure (Al-Qudus)

The Perfect Peace (As-Salam)

The Pure (At-Tahir)

The Magnificent (Al-Adheem)

The Majestic (Al-Jaleel)

The Most Beautiful (Al-Jameel)

The Most Generous (Al-Kareem)

The First (Al-Awal)

The Last (Al-Akher)

The Outward (Az-Zahir)

The Inward (Al-Batin)

The Trust-worthy (Al-Mu’min)

The Most Faithful (Al-Wafi)

The Just (Al-Adl)

The Equitable (AL-Muqsit)

The Judge (Al-Hakam)

The Ever-Thankful (Ash-Shakour)

The Unique (Al-Waheed)

The Unequalled (Al-Fard)

The Originator with beauty (Al-Badee)

The Creator (Al-Khaliq)

The Ever-Truthful (As-Sadiq)

The Ever-Sure (Al-Mateen)

The Lord of Majesty and Generosity (Dhû’l-Jalâl wa’l-Ikrâm)

 

The more we live by, and the deeper we acquire of these attributes the more joy and delight our souls could experience and contain, and the more people recognize and appreciate. The more hope for our world to attain peace and justice for all.

 

Whether we recognize it or not, this engraved undeviating yearning for God is what leads us to pursue every good sublime principal and ideal there is.

It is the real drive behind our desire for perfection and the longing towards pure goodness and excellence. And this is what’s meant by the concept that we are created in the image of God; not as mistakenly understood in the physical sense.

That is why whoever strive for, and live by these high morals are much closer to the Most Loving than they can ever imagine even if they deny it; yet those who act evil in the name of religion yet claim to be religious are much further away.

 

No man or woman dies before their time; the duration of each life span is precisely determined by the All Knowing Creator. Death is tragic only if we leave unprepared and unaware.

 

Here, I would like to end with a short affirmation:

Praise be to God, Most Compassionate, Most Kind. I bear witness that there is no divinity but the One God (Allah in Arabic), the Most Gracious, Most Merciful, the Creator of the universe, of the heaven and the earth and all therein, God The Unique, The All-Perfect, The Most Just, the Most Loving, The Source of Peace, who is exalted above all deficiency and imperfection, to the Almighty belongs all Perfect and Beautiful names and attributes.

God of Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammed and all the prophets and good teachers known and unknown, mercy and peace be upon them.

 

I bear witness that God is Truth and God’s promise is truth, and the gathering of mankind to a day of accountability is truth.

 

I bear witness to the simple, intact, unaltered, and comprehensive message of Islam that has been taught by all the Prophets

 

And finally, a simple message to my family and friends:

I urge all of you to keep hope alive in your hearts, keep doing the good work that you do, never give up; for every good thing you do is worthwhile.

Be like a tree, people attack with stones, yet it gives them its fruits in return

Be like a rose, generous and graceful, giving its fragrance even when cut off, and even to those who end its life.

Never despair; for with the company, grace, and bliss of the Beloved, All Loving, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful there is neither misery nor despair.

 

Have faith and trust in humanity and the Creator of humanity; as through that faith and trust you can find everlasting happiness and endless joy.

 

Try to hold on, embrace, and get absorbed with this trust as a baby utterly trusting while held in his mother’s arms.

 

© Copyright 2006 PoetryforPalestine – All Rights Reserved

Muslim Women… The Real Oppression


 

 

Muslim Women… The Real Oppression

 

I find it really outrageous and inconceivable to watch this fierce campaign rallying in “defence” of “our rights”, the rights of Muslim women, such as the recent staging of the Islamo-fascist Awareness Week in USA sponsored by David Horowitz.

 

What disturbs and frustrates me about this impious movement is the fact that those who are holding the banner of our “liberation” are precisely the ones whose hands are dripping with our blood, the blood of Muslim women!

 

Wouldn’t it be a good idea if they stop killing us first (in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine with the imminent threat to Iran)?

I mean honestly, at least their hideous and bogus calls might gain some legitimacy and credibility then.

 

Wouldn’t it be a good idea if they could spare us their fake concern, and their crocodile tears weeping over our state of affairs and act honestly for once, by stopping their genocide against us, and by washing our blood off their hands?

This shrieking and fussing calling for our liberation from the “oppression” and

“dominance” of Islam; is not innocent, it’s rather sinister and disturbing dare I say.

These systematic attempts in the Western media to dehumanise one quarter of the world population, namely the Muslims are influenced and manipulated by the Zionists propaganda.

This recent study shows ‘demonisation’ of Muslims in the British media:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2007/nov/14/pressandpublishing.religion

 

The Zionists are discovering that their long concealed hideous crimes in Palestine have been exposed now, they are realizing that slowly but surely they are losing the world support, so they are trying to regain their grip and manipulate the world’s opinion by using new tactics; and by doing so they kill two birds with one stone:

1) They create a rift between Muslims and the progressive antiwar left, through their ever favourite “DIVIDE and CONQUIRE” game, as they convince many on the left that’s it is not befitting for liberal people to side with “Islamo-fascists” who value religion, and who practise “uncivilized” life-styles of subjugation and oppression of women and minorities.

2) They present themselves as the victims of the “Islamic terror” who are fighting on behalf of the civilised west against the religion of “terror”.

Zionist new propaganda techniques:

They claim that:

{The greatest danger and the most ruthless enemy of the world now is Islam, and they the "poor brave" Zionists are living amidst millions and millions of "Islamo-fascists", "terrorists" or "potential terrorists", and they courageously are trying to fight this “evil” to save the “civilized” world.

What they are doing in Palestine is not occupation, not oppression, not human right abuses, not racism, not apartheid, not theft of land, not destruction of a civilization, not criminal, not collective punishment, not murdering babies and children, none of that… it is simply fighting the "Islamic terror"! }

They are claiming that Islam is the “enemy of civilization”, the “oppressor of women”,  ( http://www.zionism-israel.com/ezine/Islamism_and_women.htm ) the “hater of peace”, the “opponent of democracy”, and the “foe of humanity”, and that they the "poor and brave" Zionists are the spearhead of morality and evolution that’s actually fighting this monster on behalf of humanity, all alone.

Their favourite new propaganda technique now is not defending the Zionist dream, or the need for a homeland for the Jews, rather, it’s the claim that they are the "brave, humane, moral and civilized" society that is standing against the destruction of the world by Islam the "evil, backward, and uncivilized” religion, the religion that "preaches hatred, violence, terrorism and oppression of women and minorities, and promising its followers of 72 virgins for doing so"!!


For God’s sake would any one show me where does the Qur’an preaches such nonsense!!


The Zionists have lied their heads off for decades regarding what they did and still do to Palestinians, they have used every trick in the book to conceal the truth about their crimes whether by threat, intimidation, or even murder; and now their smear campaign continues with wider victims this time; Islam and Muslim.

That is done overtly as well as subliminally, and it’s enough to read some newspapers and watch some Hollywood movies that mention Muslims to see what I mean.

When a Christian, a Jew, a Hindu, a Buddhist, or an atheist comments a crime, he/she is “so and so” committed a crime…. Their religious affiliation is never mentioned.
When a Muslim commits a crime however, he is a “Muslim” terrorist, and a “Muslim” murderer.

From what one reads in the news one is led to believe that all Muslims are none but a cult of psychopaths.  
They accuse Islam of oppressing women and the backup their claims by selective reporting that highlights cases of criminality within the Muslim societies and present it as if it is a consequence of the teaching of Islam.

 

They rattle on about honour killing, genital mutilation and forced marriages for example as if they are characteristics of Islam and Muslim societies, when in fact:

§        Hhonour killing is a CRIME in whatever society, and no matter what ethical standard is used, more so from an Islamic stance.

 

§        Genital mutilation is a cultural practice in some parts of the world that is practised by all in those cultures. It has absolutely no connection with Islam.

 

§        And forced marriages are NOT legal under Islamic law, they are considered invalid.

Of course we  have bad men who might be cruel and who might abuse women, and of course we have some bad cultural practices that blatantly contradicts the teaching of Islam. but it’s not up to any outsider to come and change those bad practices, people in those cultures are no less humans, no less intelligent, and no less moral than Westerners, they are well capable of evolving and modifying these bad practices in their own time, and in their own way NOT anyone else’s.

Islam exists in almost every country in the world, there isn’t something that you can call the unique Islamic culture, different races and different geographical areas have their own customs and traditions.

Believing that Muslim women are oppressed, makes some racists bigoted people feel good, it makes them feel morally superior, I am sorry to burst their bubble and tell them that the propaganda that they are fed day and night about us –Muslim women- is nothing but what it is just mere PROPAGANDA.

The Zionists and their supporters influence and manipulate people through playing with our emotions of hate and fear; when someone reads a story of a young Pakistani girl killed or forced to marry, we instinctively become emotionally entangled with sympathy with her and loathing to her “Muslim” (criminal, yet conveniently omitted) father, and we lose sight to see that this is a criminal case and not a genuine Islamic practice.

When the media raises the alert of terrorism from green to yellow to orange or red, they play with our fear, we cease to be rational, we lose our level-headedness and we fall an easy prey to whatever they want us to swallow.

 

Any fair-minded researcher cannot fail to see that all these accusations and allegations have nothing to do with the authentic teaching of Islam, bad cultural practices exists in all human societies.

In fact if those propagandists are truly genuine in their defence of the rights of Muslim women, they would’ve discovered that the best way to counteract and defeat these bad practices is by teaching those illiterate and poor Muslims the correct Islamic views regarding these matters.

Those Muslims who are engaged in criminal activities due to ignorance can only be helped through teaching them what Islam really say about their misdeeds, and it’s through their pure love and reverence to Islam that we might hope for any success in challenging all those wicked practices.

 

All good people of the world need to wake up URGENTLY and not swallow the lies of Zion so easily.

All of you can read, for God’s sake, then; READ.

READ about Islam from its authentic and original sources, and make some effort to talk to Muslims, listen to what we have to say!
and if you truly care about our oppression as Muslim women, please come and talk to us, listen to what we have to say, not what Horowitz, Dershowitz,
or Cohen have to say.

Do not just swallow the Zionist bait!
The future of our world depends on your informed choices

 

Since its inception, Islam had been perceived by its followers as the driving force for women liberation as seen by those who understood the message. The prophet of Islam zealously condemned the mistreatment of women in the ancient Arabian culture.

He campaigned tirelessly for the rights, equality and protection of women in a society where women were not seen any thing more than a commodity for the service and pleasure of men.

Our history is teeming with prominent names of Muslim women scholars in all fields of knowledge, material as well as spiritual; starting from arts ending with philosophy, including all what’s in between such as poetry, science medicine, theology and much more.

Muslim women have always had the financial independence for example, as a fundamental and unquestionable right; whatever a woman earns is hers and hers alone. She is under no obligation to spend it on anything but what she wishes. Her husband on the other hand is obliged from a legal and spiritual perspective to provide for her and her children, no matter how well she is doing financially.

Muslim women do not change their name when they get married, they are independent entities and not defined by their association with their husbands.

In other words, we do NOT carry the baggage of oppression that European women had endured, nor do we harbour their -understandable- animosity to men.

Furthermore, we are not interested in a life of quarrel and antagonism with men, we love our men, as husbands, brothers, fathers, sons, uncles, and friends, and we view our relationships with them as one of complement and harmony rather than of conflict, competition and hostility.

To get to the real truth about Islam and women, one must be equipped with enough historical, theological, and cultural knowledge about that which he/ she are criticising.

If anyone wants to criticise Islam, by all means feel free to do so, but DO NOT do it ignorantly or arrogantly, without equipping yourself with sufficient and reliable FACTS from authentic and original sources.

It is unscientific, irrational, meaningless, and dishonest to be critical of something that you know nothing or very little about, (and that which you know, comes mainly from shallow media sources or phoney stories from Hollywood rather the authentic books of that religion).

Academic integrity requires the application of proper criteria of research; it necessitates that one must study the valid sources, otherwise all research would be a sham and a scam, and all conclusions would be lacking in credibility, faulty and flawed.

Simply put: do your homework

Did it ever occur to you to ask why is it that 4 out of 5 converts to Islam are women; knowing that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world?  http://www.islamicweb.com/begin/results.htm

Total Number of Muslims on the Earth (1998) ….  1,678,442,000

Expected Number of Muslims on the Earth (2000) 1,902,095,000

 

34,000 Americans have converted to Islam following the events of September 11, and this is the highest rate reached in the U.S. since Islam arrived there.

  http://sultan.org/articles/convert.html

Interesting also to notice that in the so called “Democratic Free World” the number of women in Parliaments is less than those in the “Undemocratic, Un-Free” Islamic countries

The free world: US 16.3% , UK 19.7%, Israel 14.2%, and France 12.2%

The “other” world: Rwanda 48.8%, Afghanistan 27.3%, Iraq 25.5%, United Arab Emirates 22.5%,Pakistan 21.3%, Monaco 20.8%, Sudan 17.8%

http://www.ipu.org/wmn-e/classif.htm

 

At this point, suffice to know:

 

 What the Quran say about women:

Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has Faith, verily, to him will We give a new Life, a life that is good and pure and We will bestow on such their reward according to the best of their actions”. (16-97)

 “The Believers, men and women, are protectors one of another: they enjoin what is just, and forbid what is evil: they observe regular prayers, practise regular charity, and obey God and His Messenger. On them will God pour His mercy: for God is exalted in power, Wise”. (9:71)

“If any do deeds of righteousness, be they male or female – and have faith, they will enter Heaven, and not the least injustice will be done to them”. (3-124)

“Then shall anyone who has done an atom’s weight of good, see it! And anyone who has done an atom’s weight of evil, shall see it”. (99:7-8)

“It is He who created you from a single soul, and made its mate of like nature, in order that he might dwell with her (in love)”. (7:189)

“And among His Signs is this: He created for you mates from among yourselves that ye may dwell in tranquillity with them, and He plants love and mercy between your (hearts): verily in that are Signs for those who reflect. 30-21

“For Muslim men and women, for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for truthful men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in Charity, for men and women who fast (and deny themselves), for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in God’s praise; for them has God prepared forgiveness and great reward”. (33:35) 

 “O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of God is (one who is) the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things)” (Qur’an 49:13)

“O mankind! Reverence your Guardian-Lord, Who created you from a single soul, created, of like nature, its mate, and from them twain scattered (like seeds) countless men and women-reverence God, through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (reverence) the wombs (that bore you): for God ever watches over you” (Qur’an 4:1)

 “Never will I suffer to be lost the work of any of you, be he/she male or female: you are members one of another…” If any do deeds of righteousness, be they male or female, and have faith, they will enter paradise and not the least injustice will be done to them” (Qur’an 4:124)

“Glory be to Him Who created all the pairs: of what the earth produces, as well as their own (human) kind and (other) things of which they have no knowledge of”. (36; 36) 

The very FIRST revealed verse in the Quran -which was addressing both men and women- was the word: READ;

 “Read!! in the name of your Lord Who created.
Created man from “alaq” (something which clings)
Read: And thy Lord is the Most bountiful,
Who taught (the use of) the pen,
Taught man that which he knew not.
Nay, but verily man is rebellious
That he thinks himself independent and self-sufficient.
Surely to your Lord is the return” (96:1-7)

Some of Muhammad’s sayings:

“Women are but shaqa’iq (twin halves or sisters) of men”

“I commend you to be good to women”

“Heaven lies at the feet of mothers”

“The best of you are the kindest to their wives”

“Seeking knowledge is mandatory for every Muslim male and female”

Any honest observer and researcher will not fail to notice the Islam is a practical religion, a religion of “fitra”, inner nature, and indeed Islam deals with human-nature rather than suppresses it, it does not deny it nor go against it.

 

It combines the materialistic side of our human-nature with the spiritual, without compromising either.

 

One of the nicest descriptions of Islam I’ve ever heard was from a new Muslim friend, who said: “Islam is organic, it just feels so natural”

And another convert friend said: “Islam is a treasure covered with a blanket of Muslims”

 

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-768956312207897325&q=when

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4312980342283025421&q=empire

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7502243539190558658&q=empire

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=94144204270367302&q=empire

Every person of integrity, every peace loving and harmony seeking human; should set their prejudice (that was picked up from Hollywood and tabloid newspapers) aside and to try to answer the simple question: why do one quarter of the world chose Islam as a faith?
Is it not worth real investigations and honest research?

To summarize, from a Muslim woman’s standpoint; our real oppression comes not from Islam, but rather from those who wage war against our people in the name of "democracy", "liberation", and spreading “civilised” values, while not only ignoring our feelings and opinions but also murdering our beloved ones, and destroying all that is dear in our lives.

To believe in God or not believe, to have a faith or not is not the issue, it will forever be matter of disagreement, it is the individual’s choice of how he/ she perceive the world; but what is of crucial importance for the survival of our world is: are we able to learn to live together -as compassionate human beings- with those differences by putting into practice our high principles of tolerance and respect of those who chose a different view of the world.

Finally, I call upon all truth and justice seekers, freedom hunters and peace lovers to exercise their right of FREEDOM of THOUGHT and investigate, examine, and explore this mystifying religion, and please do not think that I am proselytising, in fact this word sickens me…

All I am asking is: for the sake of a better future of our world, people need to educate themselves about the Islam, and not be afraid of KNOWLEDGE and AWARNESS.


The atheistic call for killing God, terminating religion or uprooting faith from humans’ hearts and minds is a mirage, it’s an impossible dream, because humans will always thirst for spiritual fulfilment, and will forever ask the inevitable and  challenging questions about our reality and the purpose of our existence.

The longing for answers for existential questions will never cease to exist as long as humans exist.

 Atheists are free to reject religion, they can deny God all they like, but their denial simply would offer nothing for a seeker’s inquisitive and curious mind.

 Their denial is powerless; as it fails to provide any contentment, tranquillity or peace to one single longing soul.

 

Islam, with its utter simplicity, pure logic, and total comprehensiveness, will always exist, as a philosophy that satisfies the inquisitiveness of many hearts, souls, and minds; hence, it’s wise and worthwhile that secular people on the left come to terms with this reality, and acknowledge that there is room in the intellectual-world, as well as the material world, for all of us.

 

Therefore, a dialogue with Muslims is inevitable, and our hope for a peaceful world requires a minimum degree of understanding of the other that should enables TRUST -rather than fear- to flourish and COOPERATION -rather than aggression- to be the norm.

 

Our dream of a peaceful future for our children necessitates taking the dignified step of setting our prejudices aside and opening our hearts and minds to finding out the truth about the other, beyond this murky thick fog of propaganda.

 

We can only see with open eyes

We can only hear with open ears

We can only think with open minds

 

 

The Question of Suffering


 

This is an excerpt from a dialogue (through exchange of emails) written to my friend Sam, when he asked me about suffering

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18555.htm

http://www.haloscan.com/comments/tf2777/article18555_htm/#190357

The Question of Suffering

 

How could an Intelligent Being allow such cruelty?

A most valid, most important, and most relevant question.

 

To start with, I am afraid that by talking about this topic, it would be very difficult to be objective. We won’t be able to discuss it from a purely scientific perception.

We can’t -even if we wanted to- be objective; as this issue entails feelings, emotions, philosophy, personal experience. Therefore I find that –here- I can’t be anything other than subjective; reflecting on my own personal life and my personal experiences.

 

The most negative occurrences in the life of a human being can be summarized as such: physical pain, emotional pain (sorrow), and fear.

 

Contemplating on my own life and like every one on the planet I’ve experienced all; but with such intensity that some times it felt and feels almost unbearable.

As little girl I survived the horrors of war, I watched my childhood being stolen away from me. I witnessed the destruction of a people. I experienced the loss of every thing I loved; including my home, my garden, my relatives, my friends, my village, my identity, even my much-loved books and school bag.

 

I had to rely on UN food and cloths parcels in order to survive.

I witnessed fighter planes flying so low in the sky -that as a child you thought they’re about to fall onto your head- while bombing villages killing innocent women and children.

 

At such a tender age, I came face to face with human cruelty and brutality and witnessed their ability to inflect so much pain, suffering, and humiliation upon its own kind.

 

 I left home as a refugee with absolutely nothing except the two dresses and a jumper that my mum had forced me to put on in the burning heat of Middle Eastern summer.

 She could carry nothing as her youngest baby was only three months old; she had to look after him and his four other sisters; the eldest was only seven years old. For six days we were hiding in a tomb in one of the graveyards in a neighbouring village.

 I lived through a kind of fear that had left its permanent mark on me. Until this very day I still jump when I hear a loud noise; I still tremble when I hear the roar of an airplane.

 

 My family of seven and I had lived for some years of our life sharing one room, living with another family of twelve (in Jordan ), then sharing with a different family of ten (in Libya ).

At a very young age, I’ve experienced pain, fear, and sorrow that many people don’t experience in a lifetime.

I agonized as my roots were uprooted time and time again; so much so that at the age of seventeen I decided to live an isolated life refusing to talk to anyone, by doing so I was trying to protect my sanity.

 My experiences at the time had taught me that I should never allow my self to make friends or love any one; as every one I loved I ended up loosing or getting separated away from.

 

As a young mother I was severely ill that I thought I was dying, I asked the doctors to allow me to leave the hospital for few hours because I wanted to see “Beauty and the Beast” movie with my children before it was too late; as I didn’t think I’d make it to watch anything else with them let alone watch them grow.

The pain that I went through at the time was so horrendous that it would keep me awake all day and night; they had to use powerful sedatives to put asleep.  

I prayed that no one ever may go through what I’ve been going through.

For four years I was bed ridden, fighting what seemed to be an endless battle with ruthless pain; at some point I couldn’t even hold a cup of tea in my hand let alone making one.

I couldn’t even drive; Khaled used to put me in the car and try to take me out by driving around for a little while just to lift my spirit up. At the end of each trip I’d come home shattered and so exhausted that I would decide I would never leave the house again.

I would read a paragraph over and over and over again without being able to understand a thing. People would be surrounding me chatting trying to cheer me up, yet I wasn’t even able to comprehend what they were saying.

I sat in front of the consultant with tears flooding into my eyes as he told me that this is it for me. Announcing a life-sentence of pain and agony, and advising me that I should stop hoping to become better or be cured; rather I should be looking for ways of coping with my new life-imprisonment.

I stared at him while he was confirming the end of my life -as I knew it- in horror and disbelief, refusing to believe anything he said as my thoughts echoed “who do you think you are? You are not God to be telling me this nonsense”

 

The last episode of my extraordinary -yet very ordinary- life was the loss of my dearest, my greatest, my one and only love.

That episode you and other friends have been eyewitnesses to.

From this summarized narrative of my life you could vividly see that I’ve almost hit rock-bottom of every negative experience that any human can go through:

Loss of physical health and living with excruciating pain

Loss of all material positions even my very own identity

Loss of mental and intellectual capacities

Loss of the love of my life

 

By going into so much detail about my life I was eager to emphasize the reality that through my experiences I have a reasonable idea about pain and what it means to suffer.

 

Now then, through all what I’ve been through; One Thing and one thing only kept me going, helped me, held me, and carried me through; and that is my Faith.

 

  I could never reconcile my agonized painful existence with futility and lack of purpose.

 

 My logic and my feelings lead me to conclude that if everything came from nothing, if there was no purpose in the existence of the universe, if there is no purpose in the existence of life; then, it’s more reasonable to think that there is no purpose in a life full of agony such as mine, there is no point in living on to suffer more. I.e. there is no purpose in life. period.

 The only thing that could ever console and comfort this troubled soul of mine was this faith, this insight and intuition that this can’t all be in vain.

And like a tender mother’s hand stroking her child

Like a soft warm blanket in a cold winter night

Like gentle rain drops drizzling over a parched piece of land

Like a rainbow flowing piercing through thick dark clouds

I feel God’s loving hand

Then…

Then this sweet… sweet comfort that overwhelms you, embraces you as you humbly say:

 Here I am God… exhausted… come to my aid

Here I am God… in much anguish… relieve me… ease my pain

Here I am God… full of sorrow… soothe my hurt

Here I am God… lonely… be my friend and companion.

Here I am God… tiered… help me…hold me… heal me

Here I am God… lost… guide me… show me the way

That distressed soul… that troubled heart would be magically transformed…

Calm would descend… tranquillity and serenity would prevail… joy would overwhelm… and sweet… sweet comfort would embrace you.

You feel helped… held… healed… and carried through.

Even if the pain is still there!

 

 There are no words in any human dictionary or vocabulary that could come near into describing that feeling, all we can do is give analogies.

Never the real feelings

 

Then with time; and in retrospect the wisdom of what you’ve been through will become more apparent.

Like pieces of a jigsaw your life would start making sense; some of the pieces might be very murky and horrible, others might be bright and colourful, each piece alone does not make any sense; yet as they assemble together a beautiful pattern emerges, an amazing picture materializes.

Such was my life.

Such is life

 

The Question of Suffering – part 2: poems


Hidden dimensions

 

My first son Hassan

Was born on April the 9th

 

You might think

So what… why are you saying it

With such a gloomy tune

What is wrong with 9th of April?

 

You have to be a Palestinian

To understand

For on the 9th of April 1948

The massacre of Deir Yassin

Took place

Where every man women and child

Of that peaceful farming village

Was killed in cold blood

No one survived

Except those

Who pretended to be dead

 

As we celebrate the birth of a new born

With joy

We mourn and grief

Lost loved ones

 

In our midst

Nothing comes insular

Nothing is disjointed

No single colours

 

The fabric of our lives

Makes the most amazing tapestry

 

If you hold it backwards

Looking at the wrong side

You’ll see a mirror image

Of shades of a blurred picture

With loops… knots and fraying thread

If you turn it over

It looks much neater

But still you can’t actually see

The full picture

Only colours and shadows

 

But hey… take a little time

And walk backwards

Further back

Look at the tapestry

From a distance

 

You will be amazed

With its outstanding beauty

All these murky shades

That didn’t make sense to you

Even disturbed you

When you were near

 

From far

These dark shadows

Are precisely what makes this piece

So unique

So spectacular

 

These unfathomable hues

Is what give our life portrait

Its depth

And hidden dimensions

 

Since that day of 1948

Many… many babies were born

On April the 9th

 

Our joys are always stained

With hints of sorrow

 

Our sadness is always coloured

With hues of hope

 

Without which

The tapestry of our lives

Will never be complete

Won’t be as rich

Or as beautiful

 

Don’t waist much time

Staring at the wrong side with fury

Turn it over… walk further back… and feel the glory

 

01-04-2006

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Bad things! Good things!

 

 

You should be more assertive

You should have more confidence

In your skills

And your strengths

 

People say

 

But I am truly aware

Of my abilities

I can surely judge

What I can or can’t do

 

I am also aware

Of my flaws

And believe you me

They are so… so many

 

But I am not ashamed

Of my weaknesses

Despite their vastness

They are there

For a reason

 

They keep me in my place

So I don’t grow bigger

Than my own shoes

 

I love my weaknesses

I love my defects

 

Thank you God

For all my imperfections

 

Thank you for my fears

 

For without them

I could live my entire days

Without ever appreciating

How safe my life is

 

 

Thank you for my worries

 

For without them I can never

Fully enjoy peace of mind

And tranquillity

 

Thank you for my pain

 

For without it

I can only imagine

What others go through

 

Thank you for my grief

 

For without it

I cannot sincerely feel

 The heartache of others

How else can I ever

Learn genuine empathy?

 

30-03-2006

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Bliss and beyond

 

A state of delight

Blissful pleasure

Contentment

 Tranquillity

Enchantment and joy

 

If people knew how it feels

They would’ve fought for it

With arms and teeth

 

No privilege

No adversity

 

No gain

No loss

 

No health

No pain

 

No achievement

No catastrophe

 

No triumph

No defeat

 

Can Annihilate

Or nullify

 

 

Passionately… with a heartfelt desire

 

 I want to share

 

22-04-2006

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Beyond

 

This love I have for you

 

Holds me, lifts me, carries me through

 

When all is dark

 

When pain is deep

 

When love is scarce

 

When friends are few

 

This love I have for you

 

Holds me, lifts me, carries me through

 

 

September-2005

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Is it really cruel?

 

People say

What happened to you

Is so cruel… so unfair

To have to lose khaled

 In such an awful way

When you are so much in love

 

I say it is very painful

But not at all cruel

Death is nothing

But a gate way

Everything dies

Everyone dies

Why should I

Be the exception?

 

His journey ended before mine

That’s all

And soon I’ll follow

 

It’s only a matter of time

Before we are together again

We come to life

 Only for a while

 

Also… the law goes

The higher you fly up

The greater is your fall

 

The law goes

The more intensely you enjoy your love

The more painful is your sorrow

This only fair

For some live and die

Without experiencing real love

And I’ve experienced all

It’s not cruel to give something back

 

And to feel more pain

Is not unfair

27-03-2006

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  With You I am OK

 

Dear Most Compassionate

Show me the truth

As true

And help me follow

 

Show me falsehood

As false

And help me avoid

 

Help me… say the truth

Help me… do the truth

Help me… think the truth

Help me… feel the truth

 

Dear Most Kind

I am lost

Without your guidance

 

Frail

Without your support

 

Miserable

Without your company

 

Dare I run away from You

Except towards You

 

Is there a place to hide from You

Except under your wings

 

The world has wronged me

Forsaken neglected and ignored

Held me responsible as the victim

Declared me guilty while innocent

Put me on trial although oppressed

Imprisoned me for being abused

 

An abandoned child

Blamed for… being…

 

But if You are pleased with me

I can take it all

Nothing else matters

  13-05-2006

 

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The rescue

 

Deep… deep inside…

In the land of sorrow… where I reside

Where only pain reigns

While… passion is resistance

Love grows rebellious

And hope is defiant

 

Grief runs deep

Cutting through hills and mountains

In the caves and underground

Far beyond my reach

 

It was raining agony… that day

Restless… agitated… weighed down

Haunted by my nightmare

You’re never coming home

 

Looking up… into sky

Yelling for help

While the soul murmurs

Here I am God… exhausted… give me your hand… come to my aid

Here I am God… full of sorrow… and anguish…ease my pain

Here I am God… hurt and tired… help me…hold me… heal me

Here I am God… lonely… be my friend and companion

Here I am God… lost… guide me… show me the way

 

And like a dazzling morning at the crack of dawn dispelling all darkness

Like gentle rain drops drizzling over a parched piece of land

Like a rainbow flowing piercing through thick murky clouds

Like sweet scent of love drifting capturing your heart

Like a velvet ruby rose blooming right before your eyes

Like a soft warm blanket in a cold winter night

Like a tender mother’s hand stroking her child

I felt

God’s loving-hand

 

Then…

Then this sweet… sweet comfort

Gently overwhelming

Lovingly embracing

Tenderly holding

Magically transforming

That distressed soul

And troubled heart

 

And in this land of sorrow

Suddenly

Pain is overthrown and Passion regains again

And sweet… sweet comfort falls down as rain

Calm descends

Serenity prevails

Tranquillity enfolds

Joy blooms

And sweet… sweet comfort falls down as rain

 

18- 09-2006

My hajj experience


 

My hajj experience:

Humbled by the sheer number of people, their dedication, sincerity, and longing, enriched by the rainbow of eager fervent faces celebrating the entire humanity, empowered by an invisible bond of spiritual brotherhood, love, and togetherness; all in a state of total devotion, adoration and gratitude to The One Most Loving Creator.

Stunned, I froze.

 Everything else froze with me.

I wanted to capture every face, happy or sad, to save every smile and frown. I wanted to hold every heart with all its joys and sorrows to wrap it up warm and bury it deep in mine. I wanted to whisper to every soul therein of waves of love, prayers, and gratitude that overwhelmed me.

Feelings! What can I say about feelings in such a place? Fondness with absolute submission, elation with total humility, euphoria with utter serenity, weakness with boundless vigour, despair with endless hope, yearning with eternal contentment;  permanently travelling constantly arriving, all pilgrims floating in their own orbits in a peaceful august harmony, chanting their prayers, whispers of unspoken words, songs of silent sighs, transforming the ambience into one of stillness and tranquillity, revealing numinous music with majestic melodies, magnetic tunes, and enormous magnitude that charged the atmosphere, hypnotizing you into a gentle unfathomable daze.

The bond gets stronger and stronger as you start blending into the background of a magnificent masterpiece, diminishing into nothingness, as you experience being one with the whole that there is. You are an atom spinning passionately with the totality of the universe. The macro, the micro and all in between are in a state of oneness that I’ve never sensed with this depth, scale or intensity. Mind dazzling, heart capturing and awe inspiring experience.

Engulfed in mystical mist of love, compassion and mercy that I’ve never felt before, and like all who’re around me I could find nothing but tears streaming down to tell of my joy.

Time lapsed, motion collapsed, and all anguish relapsed as I drank ecstasy and tasted infinity.

Deluded

I thought I could sing before

Why can’t I hear my voice today?

I thought I could paint and write poems

I thought I was articulate

I could bend, shape and wave words

Like a dough, with ease

To speak of I want and plait my story

Where are my words now?

Why can’t I find them?

To tell of how I felt and what I saw

 

I thought I could write before

How wrong I was

My words are diminishing

Crumbling

Melting like a July snowman

A flock of dears – foreseeing an earthquake- running away

Dry autumn leaves dropping

Scattered in a stormy day

How can I construct my sentences when my dictionary is blank?

How can I?

Ashamed of their flaws

Fearful of their impotence

All escaped

And words are no more

For how can they describe the indescribable?

As the universe stops revolving

And falls into stillness

Faints into nothingness

Fades into silence

In the presence of

The Sublime

17 January 2007

 

© Copyright 2006 Nahida Izzat -PoetryforPalestine – All Rights Reserved 

 

Little boxes


 

Little boxes… little boxes… little boxes… little boxes… … … …

 

-Do you believe in God?

-I am a scientist, I don’t do religion

 

-Do you think we are here for a purpose?

-I am a biologist, I don’t do theology

 

-Can you see the splendour in this pattern?

-I am an artist, I don’t do mathematics

 

-Isn’t this garden just fascinating?

-I am an accountant, I don’t do botanic

 

-Do you like this poem?

-I am a chemist, I don’t do poetry

 

-Do you think drinking water is good for you?

-I am a physicist, I don’t do nutrition

 

-What do you think of the war on terror?

-I’m a priest, I don’t do politics

 

-Do you like this ruby-red colour in my painting?

-I am a politician, I don’t do art

 

-Do you think there was once a country called Palestine?

-I am an historian; I don’t do geography

 

-Do you think separating people with a wall mounts to apartheid?

-I am a solicitor, I don’t do international law

 

-Do you think people have the right to choose their faith?

-I am an atheist; I have no time for irrationality and superstition

 

-Do you think Muslim women should have the right to choose the way they dress?

-I am a secular free-thinker; I don’t like offensive religious symbols

 

-Do you think killing thousands of innocent people is a war crime?

-I am policeman; I don’t voice my opinion

 

-Do you agree with bombing schools and children?

-I am a teacher; I don’t take sides

 

-Do you agree with the right of self-defence?

-I am a Christian; I always turn the other cheek

 

-Do you think boycotting a tyranny could be fruitful?

-I am a shopkeeper; I get the best value for money, I don’t care where it comes from

 

-Do you agree with illegal settlement, and land confiscation?

-I am a journalist; I have to give an impartial view

 

-Do you oppose oppression and occupation?

-I am a human right advocate; I have to be neutral

 

-Do you feel guilty after shooting little boys for throwing stones?

– I am a soldier; I only follow orders

 

 

-Doctor… doctor… I had enough, I think I am going mad, I feel sick, can’t breath, I’m trembling, sweating, aching all over, help me…

 

-I am an orthopaedic; I only do bones

 

When you come to see a doctor, you can’t be vague; you’ve got to be precise:

Is this pain in your lower abdomen or upper thigh?

Is it at the top of your fingernail or at the bottom of your ear?

Is it in your left nostril or your right toe?

Is it above your hip or beneath your eye-brow?

I did my PHD in MCP (metacarpophalangeal joint ) known as knuckle/ finger joint; do you realize?

You need to be specific; I need to know before referring you to the relevant specialist, DO YOU UNDERSTAND?

 

07-10-2006

 

© Copyright 2006 Nahida Izzat -PoetryforPalestine – All Rights Reserved

Mind teasing


 

Mind teasing

 

Virtual/ surreal reality & Relativity, limitations and inadequacy of mind and science:

 

Things to stretch the imagination and to ponder about:

 

-What is the universe without the viewer? What is matter without the observer? And is there such a thing as absolute matter/material world?

 

-Does colour exist without an eye to see?

 

-Does sound have any presence or meaning without ears to hear and mind to interpret?

 

-Does matter have any substance or essence without hands and nerve-system to experience?

 

-What is time without the observer? Is there such a thing as absolute time detached from the observer?

 

-If our brains have a 3-seconds memory span, will time have any meaning in our world?

 

-If there is no brain at all to perceive the moment, the past and the future; is there such a thing as time?

 

The only way we perceive things in the world is through our senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, tasting, feeling, and memory.

 All are brain functions, all are internal subjective interpretation of electric pulses.

 

-If there are no senses to perceive matter and energy; is there such a thing as the cosmos and space?

 

-What would be the looks, colours and sounds of the universe if we could perceive the entire spectrum of light and sound waves that exist?

 

If our brains were built differently, say if our optical nerves were connected to the part of the brain that interpret sound, we’d be hearing light signals, red would be perceived as a noise and green would be heard as a different sound.

 

 If our nerve taste-buds were connected to the part of the brain that interprets pain we’d be suffering taste of chocolate.

 

 If our touch nerve-endings were connected to the part of the brain that interprets sounds we’d be hearing the stone as we caress it, solid matter would hum differently from liquid or gas.

Sitting on a sofa might have a deep melody yet hitting a wall might be deafening.

 

If our hearing nerves were connected to the part of the brain that interpret touch or pain, we’d be touching the heat of Mozart’s symphony and aching as w do.

 How warm or painful is the voice of your cat, or how spongy or firm is the sound of your TV might be legitimate questions.

 

As I am writing this now; am I sitting inside the room or the room is actually inside my brain as perceived through my constrained senses?

What is the real entity of the room without me observing it with my restricted intellectual capacity?

 

Un-detached from our subjective senses and being totally trapped in them; all what we experience and perceive as real and think of as truth has no correlation in terms of absolute reality.

 

Trying to find out absolute facts and supreme truths is impossible with our existing limitations.

 

Trapped in our senses there is absolutely no way that we could ever find out any absolute reality.

 

Reality as we perceive is a mirage.

 

The closer we think we are getting to discovering reality, the further away we become from knowing and comprehending it?

The irony is that in the world of secularism, where people rely utterly on physical matter and materialism to understand and explain the world and our own existence; we fall flat on our faces as we hit the walls of constraint and limitation of our material senses.

 

Science can only take us so far; then perplexed, mystified, and subdued we surrender.

 

Don’t get me wrong, I love science, I delight in learning; but with the restraint of our senses we can never know any absolute reality of things, acknowledging our limitations is a step forward towards making sense of it all, getting some meaning and understanding of our own existence.

Virtual reality

 

 

Do you know the grass you see?

Is it really green or have you been deceived?

 

Can you feel the stone you hold?

Is it truly solid or could your hand simply run through?

 

What about this butterfly floating up and down?

Is it out there or merely an icon in your brain?

 

Are you sitting in the room, or is it the other way around

I mean the room is but conceived inside your mind?

 

If you erase your memory, what would be of yesterday?

What does tomorrow mean, when you’re never there?

 

What is a tree?

What is wood?

What is a cell?

What is a molecule?

What is an atom?

What is a proton?

What is a quark?

Names… names… names… nothing but names

All we know is how to give a name

This silly game I can’t work out

 

What is matter when all is none but energy

Condensed, concealed, slowed down?

Is it really true that energy is nothing but mass

Travelling with the speed of light?

 

The more we learn, the more manifest is our ignorance

The closer we become, the further we propel away

The harder we think, the less we understand

 

Trapped in space

Jailed in time

Restricted with my senses

How can I ever know? Will I ever come to grasp?

 

20-10-2006

 

© Copyright 2006 Nahida Izzat -PoetryforPalestine – All Rights Reserved

Verses of the universe


 

Verses of the universe (cosmic verses):

* Anarchism can coexist beautifully along with supreme order, and that’s actually what’s happening in the model of the universe, beneath all the apparent chaos that we see there are mathematical laws that govern all.

 

* The universe is built upon two major concepts:

Balance and harmony and that translate in human terms as justice and peace.

 

* Cold and darkness are not real qualities of the universe; they are merely shortage of heat and absence of light. So is evil in our lives, it’s not a real entity; it is only the absence of good that makes evil manifest.

 

* Symmetry and repetition don’t exist in the universe, heterogeneous societies and unique beings are the equivalent of that in human life.

 

* The second law of thermodynamics states that energy/matter always disperses, spreads out and moves in one direction – with time- towards equilibrium, so should wealth in human civilisation.

 

* Just like the cosmos from the smallest of its particles to the largest, we can only experience absolute freedom only when living in utter surrender.

 

* Beauty is an original quality of the universe, morality and kind deeds are the translation in human language.

 

* The continuous eternal dance of subatomic particles between existence and annihilation resembles our experience of nearness and remoteness from The One Most Loving.

 

* The motivator of all movement and action in both the universe and human life, and what lies at the core and essence of both is pure unconditional love.

© Copyright 2006 Nahida Izzat -PoetryforPalestine – All Rights Reserved

Freedom through surrender


Freedom through surrender
“Why do you have all these restrictions in Islam? You fast for a whole month. You have to give to charity. You don’t drink. You don’t gamble. Your women are covered up, head to toe. You don’t have a boy/ girl friend. You don’t exercise your sexual freedom. You pray five times a day. You do… You don’t… you do… you don’t… what an oppressed miserable lot you are! Is there any thing that you are actually allowed to do? Where is your freedom For Gods’ sake?”
Dear questioner
From where you’re standing, you are observing the picture from a different angle to mine; you are looking at one side of it. Hold on to my hand and come with me, just over here, to the other side, where I am standing, come for a moment, do not be afraid. I promise you that if you don’t feel comfortable you can leave me and go back any time.
From where I am standing; as a Muslim woman I must tell you, that all these restrictions that you think are imposed on us by some freak religious authority, in order to oppress or control us; this is not at all the case. These so called “restrictions” are in fact self-imposed by the individual, it is the choice of the individual to observe or leave these regulations. There is no state-police watching over our shoulders, following us with a stick to make sure that we abide by the rules.
“We showed him the Way: whether he is grateful or ungrateful (rests on his will)”. (76:3)
“If any one does a good deed, it ensures to the benefit of his own soul; if he does evil, it works against (his own soul). In the end will you (all) be brought back to your Lord” (45; 15)
“He that does good shall have ten times as much to his credit: He that does evil shall only be recompensed according to his evil: no injustice shall be done unto (any of) them” (6; 160)
“On no soul does God Place a burden greater than it can bear. It gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns…” (2:286)
Now if we break these points up and examine them closely one by one that might help you –my dear friend- understand them better.

Fasting and charity:

Let’s start with fasting for the month of Ramadan for example, while we are fasting there is no way that anyone would know whether we are fasting or not.
You can simply sneak to any private corner and eat as much as you like, nobody would ever know.
We see –however- in this act of fasting the ideal opportunity to practice self-discipline, and to grow in our awareness of the continuous presence of God in our lives. It is an intensive training course to help us develop within us the concept of God-consciousness. Through it we learn that a bad deed is a bad deed, whether it has been known or seen by people or not.
We learn that God knows that which might not be known to people. God watches over all of us, God knows all. We learn that deception is never an option, if we succeed in deceiving people how can we ever deceive The all Knowing.
While fasting your sensation of hunger will remind you of those less fortunate people who don’t have what you have, you are not only thinking or contemplating about their pain; you are living their pain, and what a perfect way to learn empathy.
When the rich Muslim is urged to give a portion of what he/she earns to charity, he is constantly reminded that he is not the true owner of the wealth that he has. The real owner is the Creator of every thing; the man is nothing but a trustee.
“By no means shall you attain righteousness unless you give (freely) of that which you dearly love; and whatever you give, truly God knows it well”. (3:92)
He will give willingly and out of love. He will give with deep understanding that he is giving the poor their due share and what is rightfully theirs. He is merely a facilitator and a link as God is the real provider for both. He shouldn’t boast about his good work nor should he injure the feelings of the poor.
The poor in return will not have any feelings of misfortune, jealousy, or envy, or the desire to harm or steal from the rich. As he is treated as a real brother with all the love and respect that he deserves.
“O ye who believe! Cancel not your charity by reminders of your generosity or by injury, like those who spend their substance to be seen of men, but believe neither in God nor in the Last Day. They are in parable like a hard, barren rock, on which is a little soil: on it falls heavy rain, which leaves it (Just) a bare stone. They will be able to do nothing with aught they have earned. And God guides not those who reject faith” (2:264)
What I am trying to say here can be better understood if I give you an example from my own experience.
Before coming to England and while living in Jordan, I used to teach in one of the high schools in Amman and it was brought to my attention that one of the girls in the school came from a very poor family. As teachers we used to help out in whatever way we could, and with my dear husband Khaled we used to go and visit her and her family and help with whatever God provided.
The family consisted of 10 children; the oldest was this 17 years-old student. The father was mentally ill, and hence unemployed. The mother was unable to find a job.
Their house – their entire house- consisted of one small room; it was where they ate, where they cooked, where they studied, where they slept, and outside, a few meters away was the toilet.
Whenever we visited we used to feel overwhelmed with their love and shrouded with their kindness, generosity, and prayers.
When Khaled got his sponsorship to come to Britain to study we went and told them. A few days before our departure the young student came to pay us a good-bye visit. She presented us with a gift… The most precious gift we’d ever received from any body in our entire lives.
It was a hand knitted jumper for Khaled; she had made it her self… I cried. To this day I still have the jumper. I still cry when I see it or think about it.

Can you see what I mean by mutual infinite love and respect? Can you feel the strength of bond and friendship?
I can almost hear you saying here that this is almost an unrealistic dream-like society; it can never be true or it impossible to achieve.
But I say this is the type of society that we spend our lives striving to achieve, we undergo as individuals a great deal of self discipline in order to help the realization of such a society, a society with no divisions, no frictions, no racism, no class structure, no pride, no arrogance, no envy, no jealousy, a society where all are brothers and sisters, caring about each other, sharing with each other.
A real Utopian society. And guess what… it is possible.
As a little girl, my first ever prayer -that I made up- was: “please God let not any ill feelings or hatred ever enter in my heart. And don’t ever let any harm come to any being through my existence”. I still say it today.
“Nor can goodness and evil be equal. Repel evil with what is best: if you do so, he who is your enemy will become a close genuine friend.” (41.34)
Back to fasting, our intellect is always torn between two opposing forces; on the one hand we have the lower-ego, that manifests it self through the instincts of self preservation and survival. On the other we have the higher-ego, our consciousness that demands from us to comply with morality and ethics that exists within our innate nature.
When we fast we deny the body something that the lower ego considers vital for its survival – food- . When we fast the lower self learns that we can survive without being totally under its control, and the higher self wins one of its ongoing battles with the lower-self. Fasting however requires a lot of patience and perseverance.
It’s one aspect of our ongoing struggle towards self development and self liberation. By trying to fast we feel liberated from the instinctive demands of the lower self. Therefore in fasting there is freedom and liberation.
I can see your point that fasting might help you understanding the feelings of less fortunate people, but how can you justify your dress that veils you totally and forms a barrier to approaching you, how can it be in any way good or reasonable? You may ask

Modesty

Dear friend, that bring us to the second point that I would like to discuss with you, modesty and sexual restraint:
This in-built sexual desire that we have is there for a purpose and that is preserving and ensuring the survival of our species.

By dressing up modestly and by our self-discipline in sexual behaviour we deny our lower ego the desire to attract the opposite sex. In doing so we give a message to our lower ego that we can find joy tranquillity and serenity (sakeenah) if we preserve our sexual urges to be enjoyed only with the one we truly love, not just any passer by.
The essence of this desired relationship would transcend the initial physical attraction; it will even surpass the emotional love reaching out to become an intellectual and a spiritual bond too.
It seizes to be mere desires, lusts, and short-lived physical attraction.
Through the experience of sharing our intimacy with only the one we truly love, we can explore, experience, and attain much deeper levels of closeness.
“Glory be to Him Who created all the pairs: of what the earth produces, as well as their own (human) kind and (other) things of which they have no knowledge of”. (36; 36)
“And among His Signs is the fact that He created for you soul-mates from among yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquillity with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts): verily in that are Signs for those who reflect”. (30-21)
In Western culture people enjoy talking about sex, sexual freedom, sex in the arts sex in education, sex in the city… etc.
They talk about how free and liberated they are having no boundaries, desiring no laws, and recognizing no limits to their sexual liberty -unlike people from other cultures (specially Muslims) who still shy away from this liberation, shun this pleasure, as they impose so many restrictions besieging this much cherished freedom.
However, and like many other things, the way sex is seen, portrayed and glorified as an independent act, detached from moral connections, isolated from ethical values, devoid from deep meanings, is perplexing to a Muslim mind.
This apparent sexual “freedom” is perceived by Muslims as illusive, deceptive, belittling, and demeaning; sex has been boxed in, eviscerated  from the sweet sublime essence that breathes life into that natural act; namely, love.
For love to bloom it requires trust, honesty, devotion, commitment and generosity.
Trust, honesty, devotion, commitment and generosity entail faithfulness, truthfulness, dedication, modesty, and selflessness.

Stripped of morality, commitment and love, relationships would end up disfigured; soulless, short-lived, tedious mechanical behaviour.

Void of love and disconnected from ethics and morality, casual sex is soulless, yet infused with love, it becomes alive, more beautiful and majestic.

When clothed with modesty, honesty, commitment and compassion, when wrapped up with faithfulness, truthfulness, trust and devotion, when beautified with generosity, sacrifice, and altruism, passion soars high and love spirals up, eternal.
It is an emotional bond, an intellectual connection, a spiritual union before being a physical and material relationship. Therefore it has the potential to live well beyond the moment and becomes momentous. Its joy would supersede the limitations of materialism and boundaries of time.
Devoid of all these beautiful meanings and feelings; the uncommitted relationships resulting in casual sexual-acts as depicted in many mediums is reduced into a momentary, robotic act; which drastically diminishes the enduring Constant state of bliss that could’ve been enjoyed.
When you commit your soul, your heart, your love, your body only to the one you love with all your heart; when both of you appreciate that you have never shared intimacy except with your beloved; it makes that bond between you not only powerful, but magnificent and exquisitely beautiful.
Thus, trust prospers, love thrives, happiness blooms, and enjoyment snowballs; remarkably, you find yourself in a most tender, non-vicious, vicious-circle.
So what is wrong with commitment? What’s the big deal about some restrictions on sexual freedom that could incalculably increase your pleasure? And why not accept and respect people’s freedom to be different?
Deeply rooted in the heart, mind and soul; this love will grow and multiply blossoming with endless beauty and eternal delight.
And it’s only then that we get the ultimate feeling of trust. Trust feeds on love, and love thrives on trust.
Your higher self has won again, and your lower self resigns to the fact that you can actually live and enjoy life without the fulfilment of all what it demands or what it deems necessary.
By not being enslaved to lust and desire another battle of the higher self has been won. Another level of enjoyment of our freedom has been achieved.

 

Alcohol

As for alcohol and gambling I don’t think I need much effort to convince you that they are not good for the individual or the society.

Abstaining from them does not require much effort as their ills and problems are self evident. However when you succeed you feel the joy of being able to have control over yourself.

You realise that you are really free to choose to safeguard your mind all the time and not to let it slip into absence by drugs or mind fizzing substances. You are always in a state of full awake-ness; full awareness and full alertness, and you know what..! You are still enjoying life as much as ever.

Again another battle with the lower self has been won.

You free your mind from being enslaved to toxins and addictive behaviours. A higher level of exercising personal freedom has been achieved.

Prayer

Moving on to another point, The Prayer. To start with we realise and understand very well that God Almighty doesn’t need our prayer. God is not insecure or imperfect (glory be His) as to demand His tiny creatures to stand there so many times a day to proclaim His sovereignty, and to admit their weaknesses and guilt. God is above all these human defective perceptions.

“O ye men! It is ye that have need of God. But God is the One Free of all wants, worthy of all praise” (35; 15)

We are the ones who are in need for this bond. We are the ones who miss out on so much if we live and die without experiencing it.

We are the only ones who benefit from these contacts; it’s through this connection and perseverance (in longing for it) that our thirst would be relinquished.

Through this relationship we discover inner peace, utter trust, ultimate tranquillity and endless love and joy.

“Only in the remembrance of God will souls find peace, trust, and tranquillity” (13:28)

During Muslim prayer we move our bodies. We start standing, saying (Allahu Akbar) proclaiming that God is The Greatest. Nothing in this vast universe is greater, worthy of worship or adoration other than The Creator.

No man, no woman, no authority, no money, no desire, no self-love, no ego, not even my own intellect; none of these have control over my life except The One who gave me that life.

I am not subservient or accountable to any but my Creator. At this point the joy of ultimate freedom manifests it self in the purest of forms.

As we kneel down we proclaim: glory be to God the Magnificent, and as we prostrate, glorifying The One Most High; our forehead -the highest point of our physical body and the symbol of our intellect and wisdom- will be at its lowest touching the ground.

We go through these actions of inner and outer self-discipline, we acknowledge our imperfection, we empty our selves from the lower-ego, the feeling of self importance and self-righteousness, and we strip the lower-ego of its selfishness, arrogance and pride and humble ourselves to its Creator and we surrender pleading for guidance, hoping to be filled with God’s light and love.

Back to this on going battle between the lower and higher self;

As we plead for guidance we acknowledge our ignorance, we admit the limitation of our intellect, and we recognise that we are not always right.

As we ask for forgiveness we admit our deepest faults and bad doings, we also become conscious of our imperfection.

As we glorify God The Greatest Most High, we grasp our insignificance, and we understand that we need not be so proud of our self-righteousness.

We can’t experience and feel The Divine Love without the desire to receive it. In order to receive it we have to ask for it.

When we walk towards God, God comes to meet us running. God will be more delighted with us finding Him than a mother finding her lost baby… a meeting full of tears, joy, and passion.

“When My worshipers ask you about Me, I am indeed near; I answer the prayer of every caller when he calls on Me: Let them respond to My call, and believe in Me: That they may be rightly guided” (2:186)

“Say: “O my worshipers who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of God. For God forgives all wrong actions: for He is ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful”. (39: 53)

“By the glorious morning light, and by the Night when it falls still, your Guardian Lord has not forsaken you, nor is He displeased.” (93:1-3)

“Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Garden as wide as the heavens and the earth, prepared for those who are God-conscious: Those who give in times of both ease and hardship; who restrain anger, and pardon others – for God loves those who do good; and those who having done something to be ashamed of, or wronged their own souls, sincerely bring God to mind, and ask for forgiveness for their bad actions, and do not knowingly persist in what they were doing – for who can forgive bad actions except God? (3.133-135)

We open our hearts and souls, and it’s at this very point of utter humility that we receive what we desire most. We’ll be immersed in and showered with ultimate Divine love.

Then the realisation comes; we can truly humble ourselves yet survive with our dignity intact.

It’s not only that we win the battle with our arrogance but we can amazingly enjoy this experience and long for it time and time again. Our higher ego scores another point, a most vital one indeed, the battle against our arrogance.

Through utter surrender to God pure freedom and beyond can be achieved.

“Just like the cosmos from the smallest of its particles to the largest, we can only experience absolute freedom only when living in utter surrender”.

“Whatever is in the heavens and on earth, does declare the Praises and Glory of God, the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Exalted in Might, the Wise”. (62:1)

This of coarse is the ideal that we as Muslims spend our lives striving to achieve, we can spend a life time working, trying, struggling, and patiently enduring some times succeeding and other times failing.

This incessant battle between our higher and lower egos is our inner battle for freedom, and it is also considered the corner stone for establishing a just peaceful world. This is what we call the greatest jihad. Its final aim is to achieve the utmost morality in which we can manifest the Godly temperaments that makes us spiritually closer to our creator.

Love and beyond

For us to receive God’s love

We need to open the door to our soul

That door is stronger than selfishness

Heavier than hate

Uglier than greed

More ruthless than envy

That door is arrogance

The only key to that door

Is humbleness

When we can sense our real size

Identify our true ignorance

Admit our imperfection

Recognize our limited knowledge

See the shortcomings

Of our intellect

And humbly kneel down

Prostrate and surrender

Astonishingly transformation comes

The heart that was full of ache

Will be emptied of all ills

And selfish desires

It will be healed

Then filled with love

Joy and bliss

Oh, God… Heal me

Heal my heart… Heal my mind

Heal my soul

Fill me with your light

And fill me with the bounty

Of your love… Amen

 

05-03-2006

 

© Copyright 2006 Nahida Izzat -PoetryforPalestine – All Rights Reserved

Freedom through surrender-2


Alcohol

As for alcohol and gambling I don’t think I need much effort to convince you that they are not good for the individual or the society.

Abstaining from them does not require much effort as their ills and problems are self evident. However when you succeed you feel the joy of being able to have control over yourself.

You realise that you are really free to choose to safeguard your mind all the time and not to let it slip into absence by drugs or mind fizzing substances. You are always in a state of full awake-ness; full awareness and full alertness, and you know what..! You are still enjoying life as much as ever.

Again another battle with the lower self has been won.

You free your mind from being enslaved to toxins and addictive behaviours. A higher level of exercising personal freedom has been achieved.

Prayer

Moving on to another point, The Prayer. To start with we realise and understand very well that God Almighty doesn’t need our prayer. God is not insecure or imperfect (glory be His) as to demand His tiny creatures to stand there so many times a day to proclaim His sovereignty, and to admit their weaknesses and guilt. God is above all these human defective perceptions.

“O ye men! It is ye that have need of God. But God is the One Free of all wants, worthy of all praise” (35; 15)

We are the ones who are in need for this bond. We are the ones who miss out on so much if we live and die without experiencing it.

We are the only ones who benefit from these contacts; it’s through this connection and perseverance (in longing for it) that our thirst would be relinquished.

Through this relationship we discover inner peace, utter trust, ultimate tranquillity and endless love and joy.

“Only in the remembrance of God will souls find peace, trust, and tranquillity” (13:28)

During Muslim prayer we move our bodies. We start standing, saying (Allahu Akbar) proclaiming that God is The Greatest. Nothing in this vast universe is greater, worthy of worship or adoration other than The Creator.

No man, no woman, no authority, no money, no desire, no self-love, no ego, not even my own intellect; none of these have control over my life except The One who gave me that life.

I am not subservient or accountable to any but my Creator. At this point the joy of ultimate freedom manifests it self in the purest of forms.

As we kneel down we proclaim: glory be to God the Magnificent, and as we prostrate, glorifying The One Most High; our forehead -the highest point of our physical body and the symbol of our intellect and wisdom- will be at its lowest touching the ground.

We go through these actions of inner and outer self-discipline, we acknowledge our imperfection, we empty our selves from the lower-ego, the feeling of self importance and self-righteousness, and we strip the lower-ego of its selfishness, arrogance and pride and humble ourselves to its Creator and we surrender pleading for guidance, hoping to be filled with God’s light and love.

Back to this on going battle between the lower and higher self;

As we plead for guidance we acknowledge our ignorance, we admit the limitation of our intellect, and we recognise that we are not always right.

As we ask for forgiveness we admit our deepest faults and bad doings, we also become conscious of our imperfection.

As we glorify God The Greatest Most High, we grasp our insignificance, and we understand that we need not be so proud of our self-righteousness.

We can’t experience and feel The Divine Love without the desire to receive it. In order to receive it we have to ask for it.

When we walk towards God, God comes to meet us running. God will be more delighted with us finding Him than a mother finding her lost baby… a meeting full of tears, joy, and passion.

“When My worshipers ask you about Me, I am indeed near; I answer the prayer of every caller when he calls on Me: Let them respond to My call, and believe in Me: That they may be rightly guided” (2:186)

“Say: “O my worshipers who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of God. For God forgives all wrong actions: for He is ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful”. (39: 53)

“By the glorious morning light, and by the Night when it falls still, your Guardian Lord has not forsaken you, nor is He displeased.” (93:1-3)

“Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Garden as wide as the heavens and the earth, prepared for those who are God-conscious: Those who give in times of both ease and hardship; who restrain anger, and pardon others – for God loves those who do good; and those who having done something to be ashamed of, or wronged their own souls, sincerely bring God to mind, and ask for forgiveness for their bad actions, and do not knowingly persist in what they were doing – for who can forgive bad actions except God? (3.133-135)

We open our hearts and souls, and it’s at this very point of utter humility that we receive what we desire most. We’ll be immersed in and showered with ultimate Divine love.

Then the realisation comes; we can truly humble ourselves yet survive with our dignity intact.

It’s not only that we win the battle with our arrogance but we can amazingly enjoy this experience and long for it time and time again. Our higher ego scores another point, a most vital one indeed, the battle against our arrogance.

Through utter surrender to God pure freedom and beyond can be achieved.

“Just like the cosmos from the smallest of its particles to the largest, we can only experience absolute freedom only when living in utter surrender”.

“Whatever is in the heavens and on earth, does declare the Praises and Glory of God, the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Exalted in Might, the Wise”. (62:1)

This of coarse is the ideal that we as Muslims spend our lives striving to achieve, we can spend a life time working, trying, struggling, and patiently enduring some times succeeding and other times failing.

This incessant battle between our higher and lower egos is our inner battle for freedom, and it is also considered the corner stone for establishing a just peaceful world. This is what we call the greatest jihad. Its final aim is to achieve the utmost morality in which we can manifest the Godly temperaments that makes us spiritually closer to our creator.

Love and beyond

For us to receive God’s love

We need to open the door to our soul

That door is stronger than selfishness

Heavier than hate

Uglier than greed

More ruthless than envy

That door is arrogance

The only key to that door

Is humbleness

When we can sense our real size

Identify our true ignorance

Admit our imperfection

Recognize our limited knowledge

See the shortcomings

Of our intellect

And humbly kneel down

Prostrate and surrender

Astonishingly transformation comes

The heart that was full of ache

Will be emptied of all ills

And selfish desires

It will be healed

Then filled with love

Joy and bliss

Oh, God… Heal me

Heal my heart… Heal my mind

Heal my soul

Fill me with your light

And fill me with the bounty

Of your love… Amen

 

05-03-2006

 

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