I came across this site called EuropeNews which has as its motto “No Tolerance for Intolerance – No Apology for Being Free.” Now off the bat this site seemed a bit strange because they felt the need to verbalize this statement, and sounded a lot like the speel of the anti-Muslim and Islamophobia crowd. Low and behold it is a site affiliated with the VVD and other European neo-Fascist and Nationalist groups.

Anyway they had a little piece where the VVD complained about this du’a that Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan gave from what seems like must have been the 90’s. They also provide an atrocious translation which prompted me to do another translation even though I have scant time for it, but it pains me to see Arabic abused this way.

Fascist European Party’s (Incomplete/Misleading) Translation:
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An interesting article that explores the New Atheists movement made up of the likes of Hitchens and Dawkins and their shrill fundamentalist contribution to the discussion of Faith today. Also touches on the decline of Christianity in Britian and some of the voices that are proposing a different path than the New Atheists.

By Madeleine Bunting, Guardian UK

This is Holy Week. It started yesterday with Palm Sunday and continues through Holy Thursday, Good Friday and culminates this Sunday with Easter Day. One can no longer assume most people will be aware of this, let alone the events these days mark; in a recent UK poll, only 22% could identify what Easter was celebrating. What other system of belief has collapsed at such spectacular speed as British Christianity? One can only presume that the New Atheists are organising a fabulous party to celebrate. Richard Dawkins could stump up for the crates of champagne out of his sumptuous royalties from The God Delusion.

But I’m curious as to how many of the country’s finest minds would join the celebrations. Increasingly, one hears a distaste for the polemics of the New Atheist debate and its foghorn volume, and how it has drowned out any other kind of conversation about religion: what it is, the loss of it, whether it matters, and what happens in a post-religious society? (more…)

Peace to all those who might regularly check out this blog. I have been inactive as far as posting because as Lennon said “Life happens.” I have been thinking about a lot of topics and issues and hopefully will be back soon. 

In the meantime I want everyone to check out this new site that I have joined and will be contributing to: Gates of Vienna vs. The World vs. LGF.  It’s spearheaded by Lex, the Agent of Chaos and The Sphinx who take a satrical look at the absurd world of Anti-Muslim/Islamophobe sphere.  In the words of Lex most of the time the “Posts just write themselves.” LOL.

Recently we’ve been putting Muslims Against Sharia on blast for being a Pam Geller and Joe Kaufman front. Its days are numbered, I wonder how much money they made in the meantime? Rev. Sutter has done a great job in compiling and detailing data on the absurd group: Follow up to (Non)Muslims Against Sharia .

images51Why is it that ideologies that promise to create heaven on earth lead to the creation of hell on earth?

The other way to phrase this question is to state that all those who promise heaven on earth end up dragging people to hell.  It is the story of this malady that is told by Karl Popper in his important work The Open Society and its Enemies and which some “Islamists” may even be tempted to use in critiquing Marxism, as many see in Popper’s work the decimation of images8Marxism in the same way that Al-Ghazzali knocked out Avicenna and the Philosopher’s.  Yet they should be wary of such a path and instead of grasping it as a sword hold it up to themselves as a mirror of refrain because what is really at stake is the future of Islam and the Muslim peoples. 

I begin like this because the movements of liberation (physical, spiritual, political, economical, philosophical) in the Muslim world, their various trends are based on certain ideas and historical paths that I will come to, some very positive and a few negative.  The one we must address and confront firstly is the challenge offered by what can only be described as those whose sole work and emphasis is centered around the acquisition of power or who (wish to) impose upon a society, rules and laws that they are not ready to bear or for which the context is unapplicable and unsuitable, similar to a gardner watering a seed in the middle of  dead soil.  One must ask: Is this any better, or will this be any better than what came before it?

This mode of thinking is not reform of society and in fact ends up reducing Islam into an ideology, just one more ideology in the market place of ideologies. This narrow boxing-in of Islam in the parameters of ideology betray reform and make the flowing waters of Islam stagnant, muddied like the water of a shallow puddle that blocks the natural running course of water. 

It also surrenders to the concept of infusing Ideologizied Islam into the post-colonial world of un-natural boundaries and nation state power: a recipe for failure.  It shifts from the original pre-occupation of the giant Muslim intellectuals, scholars, scientists, poets, philosophers, righteous men and women who emphasised that what is important is “how to rule” and not the very Platonic question of “who should rule.”

The focus in this group has shifted from that early call of Allamah Iqbal for the Reconstruction of Religious thought in Islam. (more…)

large_43421_6502911Jewish Military Rabbis  throughout the war were teaching that the offensive and massacre of Gaza is a War of Obligation and necessity. I have written about this ideology here.

They are teaching that soldiers shouldn’t worry about the difference between Civilians and Combatants and to discard International Law. They are teaching soldiers to be cruel to all Palestinians. Is this maybe the reason we saw the attacks on the Civilian infrastructure, UN facilities, schools, Universities Mosques, Red Cross ambulances, UN storehouses, hospitals and countless civilians? Is this why we saw the use of White Phosphorous, depleted Uranium, DIME bombs, cluster bombs and other weapons of mass destruction and devestation in contravention to International Law? The IDF soldier is indeed a better equipped terrorist brainwashed by extremist Religious Zionist ideology. If this were a Mufti or Shaykh wouldnt this be top news?

Oneness of God: The crown and the head upon which everything else depends is Tawheed (Oneness of God): “No diety except Allah” (La ilaha illa Allah).  This testimony is our Creed, our Law, and our Way of Life.

 

“Allah! There is no deity save Him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtaketh Him. Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedeth with Him save by His leave? He knoweth that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, while they encompass nothing of His knowledge save what He will. His throne includeth the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.” (2:255)

 

The first word in the testimony is a negation, in Arabic Laa which translates to “No.” It stands as a counter and is a clarion call throughout the centuries defining Islamic Civilization. It rings loudly “NO” to the deities of oppression, injustice, tyranny, slavery, desires, to the spiritualities of superstition and falsehood.

 

It is a call to fulfill resistance to the ideologies that enslave man, that withhold him from maximizing his true potential, that make him a beast of the field or a violent animal with no regard for responsibility or the rights of others and the sanctity of life.

 

It is a renewal of memory, a reminder of our nature and meaning. The reminder is of God, His existence above Creation but closer to it than the jugular vein. We verily created man and We know what his soul whispereth to him, and We are nearer to him than his jugular vein.” (50:16)

 

Wayfaring (Sulook): This life is a journey and we are told by the Prophet pbuh to be travelers on this journey.  This is crystallized in the verse. “Verily to Allah we belong and verily unto Allah is our return.” (2:156)

 

Questions attend the wayfarer before and during the journey: Why am I on this journey, what will I find, what am I seeking, how will it be sought. Experiences will be interpreted, signs and milestones along the path, why did this happen, how did this happen, what does this mean, where am I on the journey, how did I get here. 

 

The journey requires actions, planning, provisions, a beginning and an end, a place and a destination, patience (sabr) and complete trust (tawwakul) in the One. The guide is the Qur’an and the shinning example of the Prophet.

 

It requires a heart, an understanding heart that penetrates with deep insight into the condition of man and the separations between us and our Lord.  It is heart that is Saleem (at peace) with Ilm al yaqeen (certain knowledge).  The tribulations, destruction and devastation so apparent on the surface of the earth are a mirror of the inside, of the hearts of man.

 

State of Worshipfulness (‘Ubudiyyah): This is the condition of the believer. It is achieved through Istiqamah (consistency), and is crystallized in the verse: Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life and my death are for Allah, the Cherisher of the Worlds.” (6:162)

In decolonization, there is therefore the need of a complete calling in question of the colonial situation. If we wish to describe it precisely, we might find it in the well known words: “The last shall be first and the first last.” Decolonization is the putting into practice of this sentence. That is why, if we try to describe it, all decolonization is successful.F. Fanon

Metaphysics

Humankind has edged closer to “the precipice” our lances and swords haven’t been beaten into plowshares they’ve been transformed into D.I.M.E. bombs (more…)