Blurring The Lines

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I won’t speak for you
But it can be hard to distinguish
What I am, and what I do
Because Tradition is powerful
And Revolutions are few
Principles keep evolving
Do our friendships stay true?

When comes the time,
How we can blur the lines
Derelictions of duty are duly a crime

Her folks said;
That’s not our way
You can’t be gay
So she ran away
To avoid the fray
Find somewhere to lay
And sometimes pray
-Strength
On a lonely way
And for a brighter day

Tradition is powerful,
And Revolutions are few
Principles keep evolving
Hope our friendships stay true

When comes the time,
How I might blur the lines
Derelictions of duty are duly a crime

What did I expect from myself
I try to lower my eyes,
But I like hips…. and breasts… and thighs…
No more honest, or wise
Than other guys
Who talk about size
And embellish with lies

-Still

Our responsibilities as friends is to be critical and caring
Reformations might allow us to receive due rights
But will you permit me to reveal my reservations

No,
I’m not going to ask about hormones
Or going under the knife
Somethings are worth some pain and some strife
We all face tests in this passage called life

Please Don’t Re-tread my regret
Let’s take a recess to refresh
To re-read and reflect,
Right the wrongs, and reset
To where we respond
And return to something like relatives.

Goes to show when came the time
How I blurred the lines
Derelictions of duty are duly a crime

What I am, and what I do
Tradition is powerful
And Revolutions are few

Like Yeezy said, one day you’ll understand me
You can still love your man and be manly
I believe one day I’ll understand see
Still love my man and be manly
Still love my man and be manly

©sonofabbas,2014

ISIS: Between Reality & the Fiction of Conspiracy Theory

If you want to analyze the reasons for why Europeans and Americans are as advanced as they are over Muslims in general and Arabs in specific, then know that before political and economic reasons is a reason many attribute to Europe having “gotten rid of religion”, which is incorrect. The reason Europe was backwards in the Middle Ages was not because of religion, but because of hegemonic individuals who used religion to entrench their tyranny, and this is what Arabs and Muslims are suffering from today.

via ISIS: Between Reality & the Fiction of Conspiracy Theory.

Muslim Scholars & Troubling Political Fatwas

sonofabbasblog:

I believe if this hero worship doesn’t stop it will contribute to people leaving Islam.
‘This highlights another problem for us as Muslims. Our emotions can be easily hijacked by anyone so long as they cite a verse from the Quran or a Hadith of our Beloved Prophet ﷺ.’

‘Finally, not everything needs a fatwa. We may claim that we do not have a clergy in Islam in the same way as Catholics have a Pope and a Vatican Church. But the fact is, too many of us have voluntarily surrendered our moral judgment on matters such as the taking of innocent human life to the discretion of scholars we emotionally attached ourselves to. The respect and adoration scholars get cannot be at the expense of doing or saying what is right and speaking against what is wrong. We should not hesitate to hold our scholars and preachers accountable when we see them pandering to tyrannical rulers.

Truth is more deserving of being followed, and it is not defined by who speaks it. Many Muslims feel heartbroken by seeing scholars they held in high esteem stand on the side of oppression. But their hearts would not have been broken had they attached them to the One who possess them in the first place.’

Originally posted on Mohamed Ghilan:

Basmala

(Looooooooooooooooong Read!)

Slide1

Question:

My honoured Shaykh,

I’m a soldier in the Syrian army and we have differed amongst ourselves about what to do in the case that we are commanded by our commanding officer to shoot the protestors with live ammunition. Should we obey the command or not? Keep in mind that if we do not shoot the protestors we will certainly be killed [for disobeying the order]. We want a Sharia-based answer, as we trust your knowledge, so we may then know how to behave. Please answer us as quickly as possible. Thank you!

Answer:

The jurists have stated that whoever is commanded to kill without right to do so is not permitted to obey the command of the one commanding them, even if he knew he would be killed should he not obey his commander. For both crimes are equally dangerous in degree. Therefore, it is not permissible for one…

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How I Fell Into ISIS’ Extremism

sonofabbasblog:

Lets keep our humanity even while we oppose the misguided actions of Isis

‘Taking a moral stance is quite possibly the hardest thing to do, because it often means taking positions that do not completely please everyone. Transcending is a difficult process because it requires a lot of conscious energy. Falling into the abyss is often an unconscious process anyone can do. We cannot win a battle against the evil spread by ISIS if we also become as evil as they are. I fear that as people call for military strikes against ISIS to contain their threat, the goal is not so much to save those victimized along their way as much as it is to exact violent retribution against them for what they had done. If that is the case, they did not only achieve their goal of instilling terror through spreading their unspeakable violence, they also succeeded in stripping us of our humanity, making us no better than they are.’

Originally posted on Mohamed Ghilan:

basmala_01Slide1Sometimes, when one is faced with an intense form of extremism, they can fall for an opposite form of extremism that is different in type, but similar in kind. This is why evil is evil. It is not just about it as a specific act. It is that it can push one to do and believe in evil things if they are not conscious of their state.

As of late, I have been finding myself falling into the extremism that I abhor and try to flee from. Blinded by the amount of extremism that I have witnessed over the past few months from the individuals claiming to be part of a caliphate, I did exactly to them what they do to all of us. Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq & Syria (ISIS), who now claim to only go by the name “The Islamic State”, dehumanize anyone who opposes…

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Criminalising Ideas: The Government Gag through PREVENT Strategy Widens

sonofabbasblog:

Orwell was right, conform or suffer is what the government is advocating

Originally posted on CoolnessofHind:

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Throughout my blogs I have highlighted how the PREVENT strategy has effectively created an Orwellian-style Stasi state.  Yes, most of us live our lives freely. Yes, we can go out happily and shop till we drop. And yes, there is no marshal law with tanks rolling down our streets.  But start asking the wrong questions, questioning establishment narratives, or airing views which contradict the neocon public policy then the sheen of liberty and freedom quickly wears off to reveal a state which increasingly seeks to govern our ideas, creates mistrust and spreads fear – crucial tools to oppress a people.

Governance of “ideas” is the most crucial aspect of neoconservative thinking.  For Irving Kristol, the “godfather” of neoconservativism, ideas are important “social facts” because they define “the way reality is perceived”. “What rules the world”, he wrote, “is ideas.”[1] And whoever governs the ideas, controls the public perception of…

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White supremacy and Zionism converge in deleted Times of Israel post on Ferguson

sonofabbasblog:

This is the language of the racist, of the arrogant, of the oppressor. Black lives matter

Originally posted on Dispatches from the Underclass:

Following an uproar on social media, a viciously racist blog post was removed from The Times of Israel. Titled “Nine Parallels between Palestine and Ferguson,” the post attacked African American protestors in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson and Palestinians as violent, “savage,” irrationally “angry” and deserving of the institutionalized state violence wielded against them.

(A web cache of the article can be found here. A copy is also included at the bottom of this post.)

In the now-deleted post, the writer, Robert Wilkes, a member of the advisory board and media response team at StandWithUs, embraces the increasingly popular comparison between Ferguson and Palestine. But Wilkes does so by proudly likening anti-Palestinian Jewish Israelis to American police, the real victims according to him.

The post was removed despite its author being defended as an “amazing guy” by a staffer at StandWithUs, a right-wing group that works closely with the Israeli…

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Why I won’t be wearing the ‘Poppy Hijab’

sonofabbasblog:

I don’t wear poppies because red is not my colour. I believe in Style over everything. Also apologism is short sighted and foolish.

Originally posted on Media Diversified:

by Sofia Ahmed

10626644_10100834067865345_4866037326840446690_nIn the latest attempt at unabashed apologism, Muslim groups such as the Islamic Society of Britain (ISB) have asked Muslim women to don a ‘Poppy Hijab’ in order to remember the Muslim soldiers that took part in the two world wars. Sughra Ahmed, president of the ISB suggested that these hijabs would  “take attention away from extremists“. This latest gimmick has got to be the most ill-conceived of the recent spate of  “we are not extremists” initiatives.

Marketing the poppy as a stance against extremism suggests that refusing the symbol is tantamount to ‘extremism’. A great selling point right there. Buy a £22 hijab to prove that you’re not a terrorist, wannabe ‘jihadi bride’ – planning on running off to Syria to find your ISIS prince in bloodstained camouflage. It almost made me think I should buy one, it might make walking through security checks…

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Rotherham, Race and “White” Paedophilia

sonofabbasblog:

You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic. Robert A Heinlein
With Islamophobic attacks on the increase in England, (yes Islamophobia is racism) and yes racism is not dead. It is disappointing to see the media add to the hateful narrative of Pakistanis and or muslims being a unique and major problem, no mention of the widespread condemnation of this and the efforts against it by muslims – not that it should be needed . Talking with people experienced with this , their is a collective responsibility on society, media, social services , parents , police and religious bodies to safeguard children and promote this ideal

Originally posted on CoolnessofHind:

rotherhamNothing scorches the mind more than the news of innocent children being subject to abuse, be it psychological, physical or sexual.  It is a scarring which remains with the child for the rest of his or her life, impacting their ability to form relationships and inhibiting development of their mental faculties.

It is without doubt emblematic of human depravity of the extreme kind.

The right-wing, anti-Muslim racists however are doing their utmost to attach the horror that is the case of Rotherham to race (Pakistani) and religion (Islam). In the comments section of a Spectator article on the topic, commenters called for Islam to be proscribed, mosques to be bulldozed and British Isles to be cleansed, Spanish inquisition-style.

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Being human

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Boko haram, Gaza and Isis
words that mean that the world is in crisis,

And someone says that’s bad but What about this, what about that?

What about Congo what About Africa?
you know we people need to stick together

What about corruption what about jobs, how did it start, when will it, stop

What about the virus , what about cures, You want to help, gotta ask how

Those guys are not your friend they say, they’ll take what’s yours if you give them a ways

Look

Paying bills, is easier than crying, and yet living is harder than dying and Being human is all You can be.
Call me naive, it’s not a Defeat

Paying bills, is easier than crying, and trust me living is harder than dying

So What about…

Burma , what About Africa
you know those people are gonna stick together

What about slavery, what about race, who chose your colour, was it God’s grace?

What about here, what about now ? You’re on their side. will you help them and how ?

Paying bills, is easier than crying, and trust me living is harder than dying and Being human is all I can be,
open to embrace, and never Retreat

Yes, Being human is all we can be
Quick to embrace, and never Retreat.

@sonofabbas

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