Archive | August 28, 2011

France: The Male Bastion is Upheld

France: The Male Bastion is Upheld

By Hwaa Irfan

Between, race and gender stereotypes, gossip and rumours Nafissatou Diallo did not know what she was walking into, the moment she decided to live to tell tale on the man that was, the former head of IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. From the moment she cried “rape” Diallo never stood a
chance against the barrage of unethical motions by ‘legal experts’ to undermine her case through the oft trodden path of discrediting her every breath. Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s male prowess seems to have increased his international credentials as Diallo faced further compromise on her honour in the type of questioning exposed to beginning with the Manhattan district attorney. This was not helped by speaking to the media before speaking to the jury, although to see justice be done, if Diallo did not, her case would have been squashed sooner than later.

As we have heard no more from the accusations of rape from France, which began when Diallo looked likely to fail, it was apparent from the start that the male prerogative of the upper classes was not going to acquiesce, for whatever its actions, and regardless of the affect it is business
as usual.

“You have to remember this guy is a powerful man – everybody knows that. But for you, only the people who work with you, your neighbours, the people back home, know you.” Her daughter had advised

From the moment the accuser pointed fingers, her finger would be deflected onto every breath or step she made like running in the U.S. elections, to have it turned against her, no matter how unlikely or how removed from the actual case. By June 2011, the prosecutors were asking the judge Cyrus Vance to dismiss the case. So dumbstruck was Diallo’s lawyer, Ken Thomas he
said:

“The Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance, has denied the right of a woman to get justice in a rape case,” he said.
“He has not only turned his back on this victim but he has also turned his back on the forensic, medical and other physical evidence in this case. If the Manhattan district attorney, who is elected to protect our mothers, our daughters, our sisters, our wives and our loved ones, is not going to stand up for them when they’re raped or sexually assaulted, who will?”

This is the sad reality of this case in a world where justice is circumstantial, and showing how easy it is to sweep aside all the hard gained legalities towards balancing the rights of women. However, if anything Diallo proved that it is possible to have such a man with international standing found guilty.

“Dismissal does not mean he is innocent, simply that the district attorney doesn’t believe the case can go to trial.” Pierre Hourcade,  a French and New York-based attorney commented.

“It’s not that he doesn’t believe her, it’s that he doesn’t believe her to be a good victim. That’s the way that the American system is built,” he said.

So the American legal system takes a leaf out of Hollywood!

Anyway, all of the above only served to pave the way for the French presidential elections 2012, as Sarkozy is not a consideration in the minds of a growing number of French voters. Maintaining the current standard we see demonstrated by Western leaders over the affairs of their people. Poisoned tongues, and the male testosterone shot up to  express the opposite to what we need is,  honesty cooperation, and consideration. Because of DSK’s sex exploits, he has been ordered to keep his presence there but quiet, but still showing that anything is permissible for the Boys and that being Socialist is just as meaningless!

“When I took over the Socialist Party we were an object of pity,”

“We were not ready to rule”,” one of the candidates, Ms Aubry told France Inter radio.

How does an irresponsible male exercise fidelity to those who votes for him and the soil on which they stand? How does such a man advise any French family?

References:

Rushe, D. “Dominique
Strauss-Kahn: Prosecutors Ask Judge To Dismiss Sex Charges.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/22/dominique-strauss-kahn-dismiss-sex-charges

Trevelyan, L. “Dominique
Strauss-Kahn: Maid ‘may file civil suit.”  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14332931

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Allah’s Medicine Chest: Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

By Hwaa Irfan

An essential ingredient in Indian masalas, Coriandrum sativum is widely used in salads, soups and as flavoring, in Asian, Middle Eastern, South American, and Mediterranean cuisine, and has long been known as a medicinal plant. Known as Dimbilal in Amharic, Kusbarah in Arabic, Heung seui in Cantonese, Geshniz in Farsi, and Dhaniyan in Nepal Coriander is native to the Mediterranean, and was introduced to Britain by the Romans.

Coriandrum sativum is an annual plant of the Apiaceae family of the plant kingdom that is quite comfortable at growing in undisturbed places including wasteland. With a preference for warm light soil, it is an annual that grows up to 3 ft in height bearing slender branches. The lower leaves are stalked, while the upper leaves are linear and more divided. The pale mauve/white flowers appear on short stalked umbels, in 5 – 10 rays. The symmetrical seeds form in clusters, and fall as soon as they ripen in August losing its unfavourable smell to the more distinctive smell we are all familiar with that grows stronger the longer it is kept.

Chemical Properties include:

  • α-ter­pinene
  • Beta-sitosterol
  • D-mannitol
  • γ-ter­pinene
  • Borenol
  • Camphene
  • Cymene
  • Coriandrol
  • Dihydrocoriandrin
  • Dipentene
  • Furoisocoumarins coriandrin
  • Graniol
  • Limonene
  • Linalool
  • Myrcene
  • Phell­andrenes
  • Pinenes

Recent research by Portuguese scientists at the University of Beira found coriander oil from the seeds to be a potent antibacterial against as many as 12 bacteria. A solution containing only 1.6% of the oil attacked and killed the outer cellular membrane of  salmonella, E.coli and MRSA.

Nutritional Content

Not to be confused with cilantro, Coriandum sativum contains:

  • Calcium (seeds)
  • Iron (seeds)
  • Magnesium (seeds)
  • Phosphorus (seeds)
  • Potassium (seeds)
  • Selenium(seeds)
  • Sodium (seeds)
  • Vitamin C (seeds)

Antioxidant properties of Coriandrum sativum was noted in the findings of the Department of Zoology of the Moolji Jatha College, Jalgaon.

Recipes

When buying coriander seeds, it is best to buy them whole, and not crushed, as the medicinal and nutritional benefits are lost otherwise.

Known as ‘danu’ in Jordan, the seeds, stems, and leaves are used as a condiment, but also as a carminative, and as a diuretic, whereas in Rajasthan, India, it is known as ‘dhana’ where the powdered seeds are mixed with sugar and eaten. Chewing coriander seeds has long been known to cure bad breath, a practice that dates back to biblical Palestine.

In India a decoction of fresh unripe coriander seeds (still green) are used in cases of stomatitis, and drops are used to stem nose bleeds in epistaxis. In Ayurvedic medicine, the seeds are used to treat a list of complaints including: fever, kidney disorders, respiratory infections, anorexia, conjunctivitis, and rheumatism.

In Aromatherapy, the essential oil is used to relieve spasms, improve slow digestion, ease migraines, and works on the emotional body improving ability to express one’s self.ance He gave us everything we needed, but as for what we want!

References:

Cohen, T. “The Natural Remedy For Superbugs? Coriander Oil Could Be Used to Cure Food Poisoning and MRSA, Say Scientists.” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2029248/Coriander-oil-used-cure-food-poisoning-MRSA-say-scientists.html

“Coriander.” http://www.uni-graz.at/~katzer/engl/Cori_sat.html

Nimish L. P et al. Phytopharmacological Properties of Coriander Sativum as a Potential Medicinal Tree: An Overview.” Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science 01 (04); 2011: 20-25

Sharma, L. and Khandewal, S. “Traditional Uses of Plants as Cooling Agents by the
Tribal and Traditional Communities of Dang Region in Rajasthan, India.” http://www.ethnoleaflets.com/leaflets/cooling.htm

Nemade, N.V. et al. “Comparative Bioefficacy of Antioxidant Potential of Fourteen Indigenous Wound Healing Plants.” International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. ISSN.
0975-1491. Vol 3 Suppl.4 2011.

Series:

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Lemons

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Garlic

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Oranges

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Almonds

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Shea Butter

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Turmeric (Curcuma Longa)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Strawberries (Fragaria vesca)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Dates (Phoenix dactylifera)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Basil (Ocimum Basilicum)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Figs (Ficus Carica)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Pomegranate (Punica Granatum)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Kiwifruit (Actinidia chinensis)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Acai Berries (Euterpe oleracea)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Beetroot (Beta vulgaris)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Tomatoes

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Fava Beans (Vicia faba)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Avocado (Persea Americana)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Aubergines (Solanum melongena esculentum)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Blueberries (Vaccinium corybosum)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Barley (Hordeum Vulgare)

Ramadhan Reflections: How Do I Find The Balance To Do What I Should

Ramadhan Reflections: How Do I Find The Balance To Do What I Should
Be Doing?

 

Text Summary:

We’ve spent time this month reflecting on how our relationship with God as Muslims should manifest itself in the way we engage our society and community and be ambassadors of Mercy. As we bear this in mind, it is important that we remember that Allah SWT describes us as “Ummatun Wasata”- a middle nation. This means that we should not become excessive in anything that we do but always strive to maintain the middle path.

Sometimes this happens with those who become active in trying to help in their society/community. At times they begin missing their prayers because of this desire to help or begin to neglect their families.

Others begin to focus so much on their prayer (outward aspects or inward) or seeking knowledge that they forget that it must be followed by taking action. Sometimes, we become so “active” that we forget about the needs of our brothers and sisters around us, the people we know and we say we care about, yet we neglect or sometimes are oblivious to their needs.

In essence, when this starts to happen, we begin to lose sight of the fact that there is a methodology that we must follow, an order of priorities that begins with the fard and follows with looking after our families and brothers and sisters, our neighbours and our communities/societies. Change, in all aspects, must begin with us and this was exemplified by the way the prophet peace be upon him in the way he lived in his life in a balance and just way.

We have to think about “who” has a right over us? We begin with ourselves, the prophet peace be upon him said, “Your body has a right over you”. At times we neglect this because we are too busy or we use being busy as an excuse as to why we have poor diet/exercise habits. Our bodies are a trust from God, we must look after them.

On one occasion, the prophet peace be upon him saw a lady and asked about her, Aisha, may God be pleased with her, said that she was a woman known for her excessive prayer. He went to the lady and told her that she is only meant to do what she is able. What he meant by that is not that we shouldn’t strive to do more but we should not make it become a hardship on ourselves. We also need to evaluate how we work within our families. We cannot say that we are “busy helping in the community” while we are neglecting our families.

Instead, we have to begin to re-conceptualize the way we think about our families from an Islamic perspective. For too long we’ve gotten caught up in the dominant culture of thinking such that marriage distracts us from our true purpose of being. We get caught up in the houses, the cars, the clothes; it’s why we are always “busy” with work and we never have time for
friends/community work. If our purpose is connected to our relationship with God and is about worship and being ambassadors of mercy, then marriage should double that endeavour. It brings two families together and two people who should share that purpose.

Our families should become units who work together to become better with our relationship with God and to give back to society. If this is the focus of both people, then we will be able to make our societies a better place. We do this with our children as well and include them in this process.

Remember that the prophet peace be upon him said that whatever good deed that you begin and people follow after you, you will get the good deed for doing it and for each person that follows it without diminishing their own good work. We should keep the ethic of balance in mind while trying to work diligently to increase our good. At the end of our lives, it is the only thing that will truly matter.

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Ramadhan 2011

Iftar…

Letter to the Self #30 Remember Me

Letter to the Self #29 Forgiveness

Letter to Self # 28: Those We Ignore

Letter to the Self # 27: Destination or the Journey!