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Powerful portraits of the Liberians who beat Ebola 

To help humanize the overwhelming statistics, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and senior staff photographer at Getty Images, John Moore, visited an Ebola treatment center of the organization, Doctors Without Borders in Paynesville, Liberia. At the treatment center, survivors spoke about the brothers, sisters, husbands and wives they lost due to the disease. They also spoke of recovery, stigmas they continue to face in their villages and renewed hope.

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storiesofthesahabah:

A mother’s love. 

How wonderful it is to be blessed with such unconditional love, a love that knows no bounds.

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As many of us have been blessed with such love, we have to remember that there are people who haven’t not to compare ourselves to them but to realize the worth of such blessing.

We all have to remember that The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam was an orphan child, his father died before his birth and his mother died when he was very young. 

Yet, there were people who fulfilled such places, and one of them was Fatimah Bint Asad, the wife of Abu Talib, the mother of Ali Ibn Abu Talib, the grandmother of Hussain and Hassan Radiyallahu Anhum.

Fatimah Bint Asad Radiyallahu Anha looked after the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam as if he was her own child, she protected him with all her heart.

She was known for her good nature, intelligence and beautiful capabilities. 

When The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam grew up and was given the message of Prophethood and was told by Allah Azza Wa Jall to spread the message of Islam among his kith and kin, it was Fatimah bint Asad who immediately accepted this invitation and swore allegiance and entered the fold of Islam.

The love of Fatimah for The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam was exceptional that she would go hungry just so she could feed The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam. 

She accompanied The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam with trust and love for she was a mother so pure and simple that the well being and safety of her beloved Prophet was her main concern.

The Prophet loved her and respected her so much in return that whenever she visited him he would stand up and receive her addressing her as ‘Mother’.

She was there when the horrors of the Qura’ish fell upon the Muslims, she was there along with the caravan that migrated to Abyssinia and then to Al Madinah, she was there when the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam lost his beloved wife Khadijah Radiyallahu Anha and his best ally, Abu Talib who was her husband. She was with the Prophet and never left his side during those years of hardships. She never left him until the time for her death came.

When she passed away and the Prophet receive the news, he immediately went to her house and sat beside her and prayed for her and said:

"My dear mother, may Allah keep you under His Protection. Many times you went hungry in order to feed me well. You fed me and clothed me on delicacies that you denied yourself. Allah will surely be happy with these actions of yours. And your intentions were surely meant to win the goodwill and pleasure of Allah and success in the Hereafter."

Then he gave his shirt to be used as part of her shroud, saying he prayed to Allah to forgive her and give her the dress of Paradise.

When the grave was prepared The Prophet himself examined it and with his very own hands placed her into the grave, and indeed, she was, for all her love for the Prophet, amongst those few blessed people in whose graves the Prophet himself examined and placed therein.

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How many of us have parted ways from our own mothers? Look at the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and her love for his aunt and the one she regarded as mother, isn’t that making you think of how you are doing with your own mother?

How many of us, when we arrive at home, give her a kiss or a smile or a hug just because we were happy to see her? Or how many of us truly give time to spend with our mothers? 

My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, today, with the presence and dangers of the society and social media, our mothers are starting to be forgotten! 

Reflect from these and ask yourselves such queries:

How can you forget the one who bore you for 9 months, who bore the pain of delivering you to this world?

How can you forget the very hands that fed you?

How can you forget the very person who looked after you and would give her life just so you are safe and nothing could harm you?

How can you have the heart of exchanging time to spend with your own mother with the time to spend with your besties or your buddies doing nothing but talking about boys or girls or whatever wasteful thing there is?

O youth of Islam, remember your duties upon your parents! Remember the worth of your parents, I’m telling you once they are gone, and you’re wasting your time just like that, you’ll regret every second.

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May Allah Azza Wa Jall make us realize the worth and the beautiful blessing that there is at home, sitting waiting for us everyday. And He guide our sisters in Islam of becoming the likes of Fatimah Bint Asad and our brothers the likes of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam on showing love for their mothers! Amin

Zohayma

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Excerpt was taken from Great Women of Islam, pp. 158-162

Note: Story has been paraphrased.

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A socialist in the land of capital | Ricochet

Last year, Kshama Sawant shocked the continent by winning a seat on Seattle’s City Council. Sawant defeated an incumbent Democrat to become the first openly socialist city councillor in Seattle in a century. Sawant, an immigrant from India with a background as a software engineer and an economics professor, is a militant organizer who played a major role in the 2011 Occupy protests. She is not your typical politician, to say the least.

Sawant’s surprise electoral win in Seattle has sparked discussion across North America. Last week, she made her first speaking appearance in Canada, addressing a fundraising event organized by the Coalition of Progressive Electors in Vancouver. Ricochet’s Michal Rozworski sat down with her before the event for a wide-ranging discussion.

Anonymous: Thoughts on Malala winning?

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conclusion: Malala is amazing and Western civilization has yet again proven to be hypercritical ignorant uncompromising and evil. how very fitting for columbus day.

blackboybe:

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Genocide is defined by the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide as “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.” 

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3 years in Rikers Island, 2 in solitary confinement, this high school student, NEVER CHARGED, gets released

16-year-old high school sophomore Kalief Browder, of the Bronx, spent nearly three years locked up at the Rikers Jail after he says he was falsely accused of stealing a backpack.  Amazingly, Browder never pleaded guilty, actually refused to plead guilty and requested a trial, even when pressured, but was never convicted and was only offered plea deals while the trial was repeatedly delayed.

Near the end of his time in jail, the judge “offered” to sentence him to time served if a guilty plea was entered, and warned him he could face 15 years in prison if convicted, but Browder still refused to accept the deal.  The only reason Browder was finally released was because his case was dismissed, but the damage had been done.

Browder, a high school student, spent an unbelievable 800 days, or over 2 years, in solitary confinement, which is a common juvenile imprisonment practice that the New York Department of Corrections has now banned after several investigations.

How does a teen end up in jail for 3 years, of which 2 years was spent in solitary confinement, and never be charged with a crime?

Browder’s case highlights several broken mechanisms in the New York legal system that feeds itself to civil liberty abuses on our youth.

  1. The 6th amendment gives us a right to a speedy trial, but in New York they have a “Ready Rule”.  The “Ready Rule” allows the courts to postpone trial dates by offering continuances. The system may give a continuance for 1 week, but logistically it may be 1 month before the trial actually comes to fruition and the still not convicted civilian only gets “credit” for the 1 week, not the actual time they have served.  In Browder’s case, he was given an absolutely ridiculous number of continuances initiated by the prosecution which left him locked up because he could not afford the $3000 bail.
  2. Browder was a high school student and juveniles are supposed to continue their education while behind bars .. except for juveniles that are in solitary confinement.  Guards would place juveniles in solitary and the schooling would stop relinquishing any educational support.
  3. While in solitary, Browder says that guards would routinely refuse to give him his meals.  Hunger is a common complaint by teens that are locked up because of the 12-hour stretch between dinner and breakfast.  Guards would use starve tactics at their discretion for punishment or their own personal enjoyment.  Browder says the worst of his starvations lasted for 4 meals in a row, meaning he was denied breakfast, lunch, dinner and another breakfast.
  4. As it stands, the courts place people in these situations and it is human nature for some to strike a plea deal just to get out of jail.  But Browder did not play into their game and take a plea deal, but maintained his innocence and requested a trial which came at a snail’s pace. This leads one to believe that the courts use this a planned tactic or procedure to play on human nature all in the name of getting convictions.
  5. The issues of using a Public Defender have long been recorded across the country.  In New York, court appointed lawyers make $75 a case.  In order to make money, that PD has to take on huge caseloads which leads to other problems.  Browder, although locked up for nearly three years in Rikers, where his PD was located everyday, never once was visited by his PD or had anyone to advocate his case for him.  This shows a reckless disregard which leads to a vicious cycle of apathy that often leads innocent people to copping pleas or getting longer sentences.

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