…the Pakistani teenager who recently gave his life to prevent a suicide bomber from attacking his school:
Please don’t compare him to Malala Yousafzai. Please don’t compare him to victims of drone strikes. Please don’t paint him as a victim of random, senseless violence. I’ve recently seen some comments drawing all of the above comparisons, and in response, I would like to clarify something:
Aitzaz belonged to the minority Shia community in Pakistan, which has been under attack for years now for being Shia. Throughout Pakistan, Shia professionals and intellectuals are being murdered almost daily; Shia communities like the Hazara community in Quetta are constantly under attack— again, simply for being Shia. To associate Aitzaz directly with other “causes” is to distract from the very real issue of ongoing Shia genocide in Pakistan. Yes, education is a major issue in Pakistan. So are drone strikes in the northern regions, as well as senseless and gang violence carried out in some regions of Pakistan. But it is important to understand that the suicide attack on Aitzaz’s school was deliberate and systematic. It was part of a larger program of militant groups attempting to wipe out the Pakistani Shia population. To distract from this issue is to ignore the dangerous reality for Shias living in Pakistan. This issue is already widely ignored by the Pakistani political elite (it took the Hazara community staging a sit-in with the dead bodies of their loved ones to get some media attention following a bomb attack last year, for instance), so not directly addressing it allows for this violence to continue.
I know that this news is “old” in these days of easy distractions, but I have been collecting my thoughts over the past few days as I read coverage on Aitzaz. Here’s to hoping for a better, safer, more empowered Pakistan, where kids like Aitzaz get a chance to grow up before doing amazing things for their communities, InshaAllah (God willing).
Reblogging for Haroon.
Each act of violence deserves to be investigated and seen for what it is. Violence has specific causes and prejudices, the victims have specific reasons which makes them a victim. By taking away those specific elements, one ends up promoting that violence by hiding its reason. Only by recognizing those causes, no matter how ugly they are, can we move towards eradicating them.
There have been too many Aitzaz’s in the Shia community of Pakistan. It used to be that these incidents will start to happen on the first of Muharram and go on for a few more days after the 10th of Muharram. These cowards have become more bold now. They’ve been targeting Shias throughout the year. If we truly want them to stop, we will have to come together as unified Pakistanis (Shias and Sunnis both).
Two agencies with the same goal in mind are Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) and Sunni-Ittehad-Coucil (SIC). They’ve both allied together to fight against such injustices in the name of Pakistan.
Let us support efforts that promote unity against the cowards who enact violence and spill the blood of the innocents.
I think one needs to realize the reality of forgiveness before being able to forgive. Forgiving someone isn’t an act done upon the other, forgiveness is something you accomplish for yourself. When i say “i forgive you” i’m telling you about myself, i’m telling you that i have come to terms with what has happened and i am able to move on from it. It isn’t something magical that i have bestowed upon you by reciting that spell, it is something that i have come to terms within myself.
So let us say someone has harmed you, and you need to move on from it. It is eating you, making you angry, sad, depressed, you can’t think about anything else, it is making you suffer. So think about it in terms of yourself, not the other person. Don’t focus on what the other person did, ask yourself is what happened worth being stuck? is what happened really worth all the negativity it brings to your life? is it worth the anger? the sadness? the pain? more often than not, the answer to those questions is no. After realizing this, letting go will become much easier, forgiving will become easier.
So know that in forgiveness, it is you who benefits the most. It is not a favor done upon the other person. It is necessary for your own betterment. When people wrong you, it gives you an opportunity to forgive them and better yourself. Don’t be stingy with forgiving then, it is one of the best acts a person can do for their own self. End your suffering, let go, forgive.
Mosttimes Sometimes, i wish there will be more people on tumblr who would want to discuss Islam, shia-sunni differences, unity, and politics with me than just spread hateful speech towards each other.
I find the unwillingness to come to dialogue on both sides rather frustrating. That is partly the reason why i stay out of “tumblr fitnah”. But at the same time, i also wish there was “tumblr dialogue”. Which is like “tumblr fitnah” except its civil and people who partake in it actually want to learn and increase their knowledge about the other sect.
There are shias that i talk to about unity who think i am too “soft” on the “silence of sunnis”. There are sunnis that i talk to who say “we are all muslims” as a tool to blind themselves from the plight of their shia brethren.
*Sigh* are there no true seekers of knowledge left? ya Allah please make my path intersect with theirs.
Are there any Sunnis who wish to learn more about Shiaiism? are there any Muslims willing to stand up for their brethren?
Terrorism is an act, not an ideology, nor a religion. It can be (and is) performed by people of all backgrounds. This is a broad question and it can be answered through historical, political, economical, religious, and even social backgrounds. I only give an incomplete insight into the political and historical reasons behind “Why are many terrorists identified as Muslims”.
After the fall of the soviets (who were labelled terrorists of their time) a large part of the world came under the control of capitalist nations. The parts that remained somewhat rebellious were some nations in Latin America (such as Cuba, and now Venezuela, Bolivia etc) and some nations of the Muslim world (Iran, Lebanon, Syria, and even Libya). Dominion over the Muslim nations was necessary partly because they had oil, and partly because most of the Latin American nations at the time had puppet leaders. No one expected Cuba to survive through the embargo as it has, and no one expected them to inspire future revolutionaries like Chavez and Morales. So, Latin America was taken care of and there were plenty of U.S bases in East Asia (Japan, Korea, etc).
The lustful eyes of Imperialism turned towards the Muslim nations. One by one, they fell. After the assassination of Shah Faisal of KSA, the Gulf states fell in line. A few spheres of sovereignty remained in the Muslim world. Iran surprised everyone, the Baathists of Syria also won against the CIA backed insurrection of Muslim brotherhood, and Lebanon thwarted the Israeli invasion to the complete embezzlement of Lebanese themselves! It was understood that dominion over the Muslim world would take much longer than previously anticipated.
Hence the demonizing of Muslims began. The Heretical “jihadists” were created by the CIA, and then publicized as terrorists to the American citizens. So today, they can point to a Muslim nation on the map and say they are terrorists in order to justify invading them. Demonizing the enemy is an efficient cold war strategy. We used it to invade Vietnam, Korea, as well as to lead successful coups all over Latin America.
In short, i believe, the reason why Muslims are identified as terrorists is so that it will become easier to invade their countries and install puppet regimes there.
We look at what other people have and we aspire towards it. We add different parameters of life from other people and their accomplishments. We look at others and compare our lives to theirs, and feel unsatisfied with our lives.
After all, others lives are beautiful to see aren’t they? They seem so perfect, we see all the beauty in them. We don’t see their hardship, we don’t see what they had to go through to achieve what they did. We see the beauty because that is what they want to show us. We see love, power, wealth, and we aspire towards it because it is shown-off.
It is the culture of this society, to show off. Whether it is love, or money, or power. Under the guise of freedom of expression, everything is allowed. The haves show off, and the have-nots feel envious.
Thus a picture is manufactured in the minds of those who do not have. Out of envy, out of ambition and, most importantly, out of the showing-off of those who have. It is a picture that tells us we should have this. This is what living life means. Sooner or later, something new comes along which is added to the picture as well. We are never satisfied.
The grand reality of it all is much different. This is all an illusion, this is only temporary. Once that is realized, these expressions of love, power, and wealth become meaningless. They become trivial.
Everything in our perfect picture of life is temporary. It doesn’t define what life is. The grand reality of this life is death. It is assured to us all. What matters is the afterlife. That is what we should add to our picture of life. Not the wealth of others, nor the lust of lovers, nothing but death and what follows death. When we realize this, we will know to work towards that afterlife. The illusion of life will be shattered, we will constantly work towards afterlife.
Of course, along the way, it is good to have wealth, it is good to experience love, it is good to have power. But all those things should be secondary to the grand reality of afterlife. They should not be achieved by giving up on afterlife. Rather they should be achieved in a way that will make the afterlife better for us.
I am perplexed by a person who finds no bread in his house. How is it that he does not arise against the people with his sword unsheathed?Abu Dharr Ghiffari.
An early companion of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) who is epitome of a Muslim. He does not say rise against the ruling class. No, he says rise against the people. For all those people who support the unjust system, who benefit from it, who don’t rise up against it are to blame for the unjust starvation this man suffers due to the system. This is the Islam of the Prophet. This is the epitome of a Muslim.
O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result.
Allah asks us to obey Him, the Messenger, and those who are given authority among us.
Who are the people with authority? Who are given leadership (or Imamat) among us? The category of “those with authority among you” or “ulil-amr” are the people who are given divine authority to protect the religion and conduct the worldly affairs of men.
The “ulil-amr” are mentioned right next to Allah and the Messenger himself, meaning the authority they have is divine. They are not worldly kings, monarchs, caliphs, or democratically elected leaders. These are people with a divine authority attached to them, a sense of saintliness that puts them right after Allah and the Prophet (pbuh).
These are the people we send blessings on when we recite salawaat.
Allah huma salle-allah Muhammad wa aal-e-Muhammad!
Groups like al-qaeda, terrorists, and all those who support them are referred to as Islamists, Islamic fundamentalists, or radicals by the west. Even when Islam is portrayed in a positive light, Muslims are put up as against “Islamic fundamentalists” which refers to the terrorists who call themselves Muslims. What saddens me more is that Muslims themselves draw the same connection. When a Muslim writes an article which is pro-Islam, he/she separates Islams teachings as different from the ones that “Islamic fundamentalists” practice.
Let me make one thing clear, there is nothing “fundamental” about what these terrorists and their allies practice. There is nothing “fundamental” to Islam about what al-Qaeda did, what the KSA does in supporting Al-Qaeda, what al-kalifa of Bahrain did to its people, what the FSA is doing in Syria. There is nothing “Islamic” about these actions. Muslims need to take away that label of “Islamists”, “fundamentalists”, or “radical islam” from these people. It is our duty to let the west know that there is nothing fundamentally Islamic about the atrocities the Taliban committed, or the very creation of Taliban in the first place. There was nothing Islamic about the “Islamization” movement started by Zia-ul-Haq in Pakistan. These labels are lies.
What these terrorizing organizations, or their allies practice is Heresy. Al-Qaeda, Taliban, and all similar terrorist organizations and their allies are heretics from an Islamic point of view. To label them as “fundamentalists” is a grotesque misrepresentation which helps the Western powers in pushing their neo-liberal agenda. It is our duty, as muslims, to take away the labels that tie terrorists to Islam. We know it is heresy to preach that Islam promotes Shia genocide on a shari’i level. We know it is heresy to preach that women cannot drive on a shari’i level. We know it is heresy to massacre thousands of innocents under the name of Islam as Jihad. Then why do we not call them out on their heresy? why have we allowed the western powers to dictate what our religion allows?
It is time we take back our religion from these terrorists and call them for what they really are, heretics. By God, i am calling on everyone, every Muslim especially, who reads this to realize the truth of these people and detach these parasitic Heretics from the just laws of our religion.
Even with this protest against rigging in elections going on, I don't know I just have lost all hope of actually seeing a naya Pakistan. But I am very happy that the people are waking up, and taking a stand. However, what type of economy do you think will work for Pakistan? Yes I agree that having multinational and transnational companies invest in Pakistan will harm the people. But people actually believe that having them invest in Pak is a sign of progress and moving in a globalized world.
Naww don’t lose all hope. Just look beyond what they want you to know. They want you to know that democracy and elections are the way to naya Pakistan. That just isn’t true. Democracy and elections haven’t even worked in U.S! what makes anyone think they’ll work in pakistan!? look beyond the political process. Look towards the people, look towards Islam and there lies the answer.
People believe that investment will bring progress. They are lies told by so called experts. They point to the success of scandinavian countries. Did you know the progress of scandinavian countries relies on the blood and sweat of third world countries which their corporations exploit? Who are we going to exploit? we are the third world, we are going to exploit our own people to invite those corporations!
The people don’t see what is necessary because the necessity is the hard way. Necessity means that we stop relying on foreign aide (which our politicians depend on so much). It is a neo-colonial lie spread by the IMF and World Bank that globalization is the key to progress.
Globalization is a sham. Globalization means that each country plays their position in the world to promote a harmonious “world order”. The position is that the first world countries stick to being rulers and policing the world, the third world sticks to supplying the people of the first world with resources so that the “responsible” first world countries can put them to good use. It is an exploitative lie.
The people need to realize that it is a sham, they need to see that true progress can only be achieved through breaking off ties from the “globalized economy” and focusing on bettering their own self. Examples of such successes would be in countries Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, Eriteria, Bolivia (which even kicked out Coca-Cola company XD), among others.
It is time we look past the sects and races and claim Pakistan for Pakistanis. Not for politicians, not for the army, not for the ISI, but only for Pakistanis. Forget the politicians, the people need to unite.
How about Punjabis rising up and protesting for the sake of the massacres in Balochistan?
How about Sindhis protest in Karachi against the Drone strikes?
How about the Pakhtuns protest against Shia killings?
I won’t ask anything of the Balochis because they’ve been going through massacres and assassinations by the Pakistani army for decades now. Before anything else, Pakistanis need to rise up for other Pakistanis.
So yea, a lot needs to be done. We need to take away our faith from Imran Khan or Nawaz Shareef. Writing a name on a paper doesn’t change the world, it never has. What changes the world is standing up for each other and claiming Pakistani resources and people for Pakistan, and not for any multinational corporation.
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Discussion on The Sin of being Homosexual by Sheikh Dr. Farrokh Sekaleshfar - English
Many people have asked me what lecture inspired that meme.
Many didn’t expect the lecture was actually covering Homosexuality.
But within the discussion of homosexuality, its effects on the status of women is discussed. Within the discussion of how it lowers that status, the initial status God has given women has to be explained. It was during that explanation that i realized just wow. How high the status of women in Islam really is.
Women are literally a manifestation of Gods attributes! Gods attributes! manifested! women!
So anyway, listen to it and see for yourself :)
Me after watching a lecture which discussed the status and role of women in Islam.
We often find ourselves conflicted between a logical understanding, and personal feelings towards a matter. It is quite common, and really a natural occurrence towards the study of any issue. Often times, we would find them in conflict. My personal feeling towards a matter (depending on the society i grew up in) may differ from what i know logically to be right, as per the word of God and the traditions of the ahlulbayt. If i am surrounded in a society which promotes drinking, my personal feelings towards it might be that it is not as bad. Why shouldn’t i drink? i don’t get drunk, i drink in moderation. I drink only socially, it is good for my heart to drink a cup of wine a day. Those would be my personal feelings towards a matter. Yet i know logically, drinking has more harm to the society and the individual than good. I know it is prohibited by God. Logically, i believe that it is a forbidden act. But i just don’t feel like it should be forbidden. I see all these people are around me who are good people and they drink.
We might find ourselves in a similar situation regarding many matters. They could be matters regarding the judicial system as presented in Islam, or about the role of women vs the role of men in society, or even about rulings on what is halal and haram to eat. Which is why it is important for us to know and understand, before we delve into the research of any topic, that our personal feelings are very narrow. They are dictated by the experiences of only one person, not the society in general. They do not, and can not, reflect what is beneficial for the society at large. Moreover, they cannot judge what is beneficial for the individual properly either. Personal feelings are based after ones wants, ones ambitions, ones materialistic illusions. They are clouded by the layers of oppression, lies, experiences, and dreams the society places on us. Those feelings cannot pierce through those layers, but logic can.
Logic is an innate gift of God. It is given to Humanity so that we might be able to understand God, so we might be able to implement Gods commands in our lives. Our logic will never deny God, nor His commands. If we were to take our time to ponder over each personal feeling we have, we will find a source. A past experience, what someone might have did, or said, which changed our view towards something one way or the other. But that change may not be what God asks us to promote. That change would not be logical in its essence, it’ll be a reactionary change. A change based upon a narrow point of view, an incident experienced by one member of society (yourself) once, or twice, or even multiple times. But a personal experience nonetheless.
I write this to remind myself, and all those who care to read, of such experiences, of such feelings, and how they can keep us from reaching our full potential of understanding God.