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Proper Movements in Muslim Prayer can Reduce Lower Back Pain*

Proper Movements in Muslim Prayer can Reduce Lower Back Pain*

Five times a day, roughly 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, bow, kneel, and place their foreheads to the ground in the direction of the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, as part of the Islamic prayer ritual, the Salat. According to research, the complex physical movements of the ritual can reduce lower back pain if performed regularly and properly.

According to research at Binghamton University, State University of New York, the complex physical movements of the Islamic prayer ritual, the Salat, can reduce lower back pain if performed regularly and properly.

Five times a day, roughly 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, bow, kneel, and place their foreheads to the ground in the direction of the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, as part of the Islamic prayer ritual, the Salat. The ritual is one of the five obligatory elements of the faith set forth by the holy book, the Qur’an.

According to research at Binghamton University, State University of New York, the complex physical movements of the ritual can reduce lower back pain if performed regularly and properly.

“One way to think about the movements is that they are similar to those of yoga or physical therapy intervention exercises used to treat low back pain,” said Professor and Systems Science and Industrial Engineering Department Chair Mohammad Khasawneh, who is one of the authors of “An ergonomic study of body motions during Muslim prayer using digital human modelling.”

While the research focused specifically on Islamic prayer practices, similar movements are also found in Christian and Jewish prayer rituals along with yoga and physical therapy.

The paper was published in the latest issue of the International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Working with Khasawneh, an interfaith team of Assistant Professor Faisal Aqlan from the Department of Industrial Engineering at Penn State Behrend, Assistant Professor Abdulaziz Ahmed from the Business Department at the University of Minnesota Crookston, and Performance Improvement Consultant Wen Cao from the Department of Operational Performance Improvement at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center were all co-authors of the paper. All three are alumni of the Industrial and Systems Engineering doctoral program at Binghamton University.

“Physical health is influenced by socio-economic, lifestyle and religious factors. Moreover, studies indicate that there is a strong association between prayer and vigilance about maintaining a physically healthy lifestyle,” said Khasawneh.

“Prayer can eliminate physical stress and anxiety, while there is also research that indicates prayer rituals can be considered an effective clinical treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunction.”

Researchers analyzed statistics based on the movements of computer-generated digital human models of healthy Indian, Asian, and American men and women, and models with lower back pain.

The group found that the bowing portion is the most stressful on the lower back, but for individuals with low back pain, using proper knee and back angles during the ritual can reduce pain. The angles are based on individual body shapes.

“The maximum compression forces created during prayer postures is much lower than National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) safety limits, and the movements can be safely considered a clinical treatment for low back pain, as it requires different movements of the human body on a regular basis,” Khasawneh said.

“Based on the pain level, a combination of back and knee angles can be identified.”

For those with back pain, maintaining exact prayer postures may not be possible. According to Islamic traditions and practices, if individuals cannot stand, they are allowed to pray seated or laying. If they are able to stand, they should maintain correct postures as much as they can.

CAIRO, EGYPT – JANUARY 30: People pray in front of army tanks in Tahrir Square on January 30, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. Cairo remained in a state of flux and marchers continued to protest in the streets and defy curfew. Photo by Peter Macdiarmid

“The kneeling posture (sujud) increases the elasticity of joints. It is recommended for these individuals to spend more time in the kneeling posture,” Khasawneh said.

According to the research team, using incorrect angles and movements can increase pain. The team also suggested that further study is needed for physically handicapped individuals, those with more extreme body types and women — especially pregnant women — to find the best movements for these groups. The group plans to further validate the findings with physical experiments using sensors and cameras to track the stresses on the individual body parts during the prayer ritual.

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Five Signs When a Man is Connected to his Heart*

Five Signs When a Man is Connected to his Heart*

Gamo People and Sacred Forests of Ethiopia

By Bryan Reeves

What Does it Take to Be a Real Man?

Many men think our power is in our brains or our balls.

Our rational brains are supposed to do all the figuring out, while our testosterone-filled balls supply the driving force.

Intelligence. Determination. Courage. Sheer force of will. These are the masculine convictions of our brains and our balls. And they’re absolutely valid and essential in their own way. But when used in isolation from our true power source for too long, they leave us dead inside, unable to deeply connect with life – including our intimate partners.

When I was a U.S. military officer, I was trained to use those masculine brains’n’balls convictions to accomplish whatever the mission; whatever the cost. After 10 years of operating purely on brains and balls alone, I was completely dead inside. I couldn’t really laugh. I couldn’t at all cry. I had an amazing girlfriend I couldn’t really love. I couldn’t feel much of anything.

I didn’t realize then that the military takes to the extreme what modern culture idolizes: the prioritization of rationality over emotion; the worship of intellectual understanding over embodied knowing. The military intentionally disconnects the brains and balls from embodied knowing because that’s our direct connection to the actual, tangible, visceral life we’re immersed in every moment, regardless of what our brains have to say about it.

The military knows that you can’t take life when you feel connected to life.

The military knows that you can’t take life when you feel connected to life

The military knows that you can’t take life when you feel connected to life

 

Men, particularly, routinely deny this powerful, embodied connection to life that we cannot experience through our thinking brains alone. Yet this power centre is what enables us to deeply feel our own lives, to feel the world, and to then create truly extraordinary relationships with other people and lives in which we thrive every day.

Truly, when we live from this innate power source which connects us to life itself, we can make entire worlds thrive. This power source isn’t in our brains or our balls. It’s in the heart.

We men tend to think of ‘heart’ as merely something to help us win the game or appeal to a woman’s romantic side. That’s like thinking the sun is only good for heating bath water.

A man genuinely connected to his heart, who lives each day with his brain and balls in proper service to his heart’s deeper wisdom, is a man that breathes life into the world. He can inspire and lift up the world, even if it’s only one person’s world.

How does a man connected to his heart show up every day, not just when his team is down 5 points, with only a minute remaining? What does such a man look like?

1) He’s Deeply Patient

With himself. With others. With life.

When we’re connected to our hearts, we’re able to be patient with, and authentically love, life, ourselves and other people, even when they don’t do what we want them to do – which is almost always.

Woman Wearing "Tudung," or Headscarf

When we are connected with our hearts and life, we can easily cultivate patience

 

In the military, I was so disconnected from my heart that I hated life. I was imprisoned in my brain. Sex was my only escape. The day I left base for the last time, I headed for the open road with only a backpack and pent-up rage. Little did I know, I was also heading into the darkest night my soul has ever experienced.

That dark night waxed and waned for 12 years and involved angry women and drugs and heartbreak and financial ruin. I was always impatient for the rest of the world to change so I could finally feel good, and I acted out in countless ways to make it change. By its end, my ego had been gutted so profoundly, as I finally had to accept just how little I am in control of anything, or anyone, and just how messy life is; no matter what I do to keep it clean. With every smash against the rocks I took, every despairing night and furious girlfriend, the heavy armour surrounding my heart cracked and weakened, until I gradually discovered an abiding peace and laughter I had never felt in my body before.

“The wound is the place where the light enters you. ~ Rumi

When I finally emerged from that dark night, I found myself in a new reality that showed me we are all innocent in our ignorance. We are each doing the best we can, all the time, even when it doesn’t look that way. If we truly knew how to do things better, we would.

That one insight gave me access to an embodied patience with people, myself, with life, that I had never known; that no one ever taught me.

That insight was borne of a freshly opened heart.

“The wound is the place where the light enters you. ~ Rumi

“The wound is the place where the light enters you. ~ Rumi

“The wound is the place where the light enters you. ~ Rumi

Granted, my patience remains a work in progress, for my brain and my balls still constantly seek to assert their authority.

But my heart is no longer a slave to my brain or my balls. I can move powerfully towards my true heart’s desire – whether that be a woman or a trip to the tropics – with patience enough to allow life its surprise curve balls. Curve balls are half the fun, anyway.

That’s another way you can recognize a man of heart; he makes most things fun…

2) He Laughs Easily and Authentically

I didn’t really know laughter until I was well into my 30s. Oh, I laughed plenty before then. But I took myself, and life, so seriously that my laughter was shallow and intellectual. But I didn’t know that until the wisdom in my heart started showing me the wild beauty in all things.

Rainer Maria Rilke wrote:

“If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the Creator, there is no poverty.

My intellect has always been predisposed to lie to me, by telling me things are worse than they really are. My brain usually says I’ve got to work harder, be better, and do more just to survive; never mind thrive. It says the same about you. And my balls, well, they’re never satisfied for long.

It’s hard to fully let go and surrender to laughter when I believe I’m not yet good enough…or that you aren’t…or that life isn’t.

My heart, on the other hand, is perfectly content to enjoy this moment. It can find the innocence in most any situation, and it can laugh effortlessly at the crazy divine comedy that is life. The heart doesn’t laugh in shallow arrogance through a facade of “I’m better and smarter than you”.

True laughter comes from the heart

True laughter comes from the heart

 

A man connected to his heart knows we’re all made of the same stuff underneath the surface gloss. The laughter that erupts from that place is profound; divine. It’s like the sound of love tickling itself.

3) He’s Kind to the World

A man connected to his heart is kind to everyone. That doesn’t mean he likes everyone. It doesn’t mean he tolerates everyone. He might even put someone in jail if they prove to threaten the world he envisions. But he can always see the innocence that leads to ignorant, even awful, behavior.

A man connected to his heart can hold compassion for the worst, even as he locks the cell door.

I saw this in my relationships with women who acted in destructive ways, because they did not know how to effectively communicate their pain to me. Stuck in my head, I judged and fought them for their immature behavior, while ignoring the pain at their core.

With an open heart, I’m more able to stay kind with an intimate partner who’s acting out her pain.

And yes, like most things, it’s work in progress.

4) He’s Fully Present

I hear this all the time from women, that their men don’t seem to be present with them.

What does that even mean?

Being fully present is a full-body sport: it requires participation of the head, the heart, AND the balls. When a man lives in his head or his balls alone, his partner won’t feel his presence. One way it reveals itself is through the quality of his listening.

We can feel when a person is fully present with us

When I was trapped in the brain-ball matrix, I would only listen to a girlfriend with the singular intent of evaluating to respond. I wanted to keep our thoughts in agreement because that’s the only place I figured peace of mind – and sex – could happen. My attempt to intellectualize every argument, however, mostly created chaos.

When a man connected to his heart listens, he listens with his entire body (which includes his brain and his balls). He doesn’t just listen for a way into the outcome he wants. He listens with his whole body, for the deeper message beneath the words. He listens at the level of the heart, where the real truth often resides.

His partner can feel this – his presence – when he breathes deeply and listens with his whole body.

5) He’s Passionately Living His True Purpose

The work I did in the military felt completely out of alignment with my true purpose. I was miserable. The day I left, I instinctively knew to run fast and run far. Not from the military, but from living inauthentically.

The pain of that situation – where I had money, prestige, comfort, respect, and misery – left me with no choice but to seek my true purpose in life, wherever that journey would take me.

That’s why I went through such darkness.

A man on his path is a man of heart

A man on his path is a man of heart

 

To find my path, I had to break the stranglehold my brain and balls had on my heart. They didn’t surrender graciously.

A man connected to his heart lives the truth inside that heart, whatever it looks like. If he’s doing work he doesn’t love, he’s doing it for bigger reasons driven by his authentic heart; perhaps to take care of his family or serve his community.

In my case, after years of running from the imaginary security of a paycheck, in search of authentic work aligned with my heart’s desire, I finally found it in writing and coaching. I’m really good at both, and I make a meaningful difference in people’s lives every day.

But I would never have come this far if not for the immense power in my heart.

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The Lynching of Hamza Yusuf*

The Lynching of Hamza Yusuf*

White American Muslim Leader Excoriated for Defending the United States, Law Enforcement, Criticizing Radical Political Islam, and Refusing to Blindly Back Black Lives Matter

By Hanan al-Harbi

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf is a scholar of Islam and a popular preacher who has helped disseminate traditional, mainstream, spiritual Islam, and actively opposed fundamentalism, literalism, and extremism. He is also an accomplished college administrator.

And although, like myself, he has many human shortcomings and is not above criticism, he deserves recognition for his service to Islam and Muslims. So, despite our differences, I speak truth and stand for justice so much so that I would not hesitate to defend Shaykh Hamza if he were subject to injustice. And that moment has come.

If the New Year is synonymous with resolutions, many Muslims evidently did not commit to avoid slander, libel, and defamation of character when responding to some of the comments that Shaykh Hamza Yusuf made at the Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference in December of 2016.

The year ended, and the year began, with a storm of controversy that was supposedly spurred on by the observations made by the white American Sunni Muslim scholar on the Black Lives Matter movement and Radical Political Islam. It was a storm in a teacup that spoke more of the stereotypes and racism of the critics than the views of Hamza Yusuf. What exactly did the Shaykh say on December 23, 2016? I let him speak for himself:

“The United States is, in term of its laws, one of the least racist societies in the world. We have some of the best anti-discriminatory laws on the planet… We have between 15-18,000 homicides a year, 50 per cent are black on black crime… There are twice as many whites that have been shot by police but nobody ever shows those videos. It’s the assumption that the police are racist and it’s not always the case… I think it’s very dangerous to just broad stroke any police that shoots a black as immediately being considered a racist, sometimes these are African American police officers. The police aren’t all racist.”

Hamza Yusuf also added that:

“We should all be against any ideologies of supremacy of one people over another people, it’s completely antithetical to our religion but we have some of the worst racism in our own communities… the anti-Jewish rhetoric that you hear in the Islamic community is horrific… do you know what it’s like to be a Pakistani in a lot of the Gulf States or from India or from Kerala even worse? People talk about white privilege, what about Arab privilege over non-Arabs in the Middle East?”

He criticized Muslims who “have turned Islam into a political ideology.” He said that most of Islam has nothing to do with politics. He explained that groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizb al-Tahrir and al-Qaedah were a reaction to political expression rooted in the corruption of Islamic doctrine. He also claimed that Yasir Qadhi was a source of division among Muslims.

In his unwarranted and unnecessary response to unmerited criticism, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf apologized for criticizing Qadhi, explained that he had no desire to belittle the struggle of African American people against racism, and asserted that he did not believe that the Muslim Brotherhood spawned al-Qaedah. What is more, he stressed that he did not want to see supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood persecuted for their political beliefs.

Shaykh Abdullah Hakim Quick responded by stating that:

“Muslim leaders in the Americas who do not recognize the systematic subjugation and continued suppression of black people in the West and do not speak clearly against the organized racism that is raising its head today should step down and keep their mouths shut!!! They do not represent Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in their cowardice and should stop blaming black People and Native People for their weak family structure or drug addiction. Stop victimizing the victims. Is their [sic] no blood in our veins or is it cold water? Are Muslims attending conferences to be entertained or to seek guidance? May Allah raise up courageous leadership from our people and protect us from hypocrisy!!!”

Dr. Jonathan AC Brown said that:

“Muslims in America should stand with Black Lives Matter, as should anyone who has a problem with an absurd number of unarmed men being shot with impunity. Not only is this a clear justice issue, but Muslims suffer from similar problems, and many Muslims are black! Muslims who don’t have the bandwidth to be supportive on this issue should remain silent on it… In short, white men should let African Americans speak for themselves and support them. They probably shouldn’t offer their opinions on issues regarding the African American community. We can sit and insult the ‘Muslim Brotherhood,’ whatever that means, till we’re good and happy. But to use ‘the Muslim Brotherhood’ in the same sentence with ISIS, terrorism or extremism cannot be tolerated. It lends credence to the absurd policies advanced by the UAE/Sisi regime, which have led to the oppression, imprisoning, rape and torture of thousands in Egypt and elsewhere. In the U.S, and Europe, it advances the UAE/Islamophobe agenda of criminalizing mainstream Muslim organizations.”

Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans, ALIM’s first Scholar-in-Residence and Executive Director, asserted that:

“Shaykh Hamza’s commenting on black on black violence and the breakdown of the black family in connection with the value of black life and police brutality is unacceptable. Someone must explain to my Shaykh that the fact of white privilege precludes the possibility of his being able to make such comments with any integrity.”

Imam Suhaib Webb alleged that Shaykh Hamza Yusuf dismissed

“the Black Lives Matter movement, police brutality against blacks in America, the racial bias in the criminal justice system in the U.S., sentencing guidelines, prison terms and a few other issues that, as a white man, he should address with extreme care.”

Dr. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, Sakina Hasib, and Hakeem Muhammad accused Shaykh Hamza of pathologizing black people. Many critics discredited Hamza Yusuf on the basis that he was “white” and even called into question his title of “Shaykh.” What is more, he was openly accused of being a racist and a bigot. Did he deserve to be dragged in the dust? Let me consider the comments that he made.

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf claimed that “The United States is, in term of its laws, one of the least racist societies in the world.” According to the World Value survey, the most racially intolerant countries in the world, in order, include India, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Korea, France, Turkey, Bulgaria, Algeria, Morocco, Mali, Zambia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, and Hong Kong whereas the most tolerant countries include, in order, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, Britain, Sweden, Norway, Latvia, Australia, and New Zealand. In a combined study of two surveys published by the Washington Post, the ten most racist countries in the world included, in order, India, Lebanon, Bahrain, Libya, Egypt, the Philippines, Kuwait, Palestine, South Africa, and South Korea. The Shaykh is also correct when he states that the US has “some of the best anti-discriminatory laws on the planet.”

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf never alleged that there was no racism in the United States. The country has a long and shameful history of racism, segregation, discrimination, and injustice towards all those who were not White Anglo-Saxon Protestants. First Nations, Africans, French Canadians, Hispanics, Asians, the Irish, Italians, Jews, Catholics, and Muslims have all historically suffered injustice in America. The same, however, can also be said for poor White Anglo-Saxon Protestants who have been exploited, marginalized, and treated like trash. The Shaykh is also perfectly cognizant that the judicial system is not always just and that the correctional system fails to correct anything.

The Shaykh, who is well-travelled and well-educated about social issues throughout the world, is not naïve, narrow-minded, and fixated on the United States. His comments were the product of a global outlook. For hyper-sensitive self-centred individuals to claim that Hamza Yusuf was trivializing or minimizing the reality of racism in the United States, and the Western world, is utterly unfair. He was focusing on the big picture and exposing double standards.

Although Mehdi Hasan was aggressively trying to corner him, in the impolite, uncouth, insolent and disrespectful fashion that was popularized by Fox News, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf attempted to redirect the conversation toward reality:

“We have between 15-18,000 homicides a year, 50 per cent are black on black crime… There are twice as many whites that have been shot by police but nobody ever shows those videos. It’s the assumption that the police are racist and it’s not always the case… I think it’s very dangerous to just broad stroke any police that shoots a black as immediately being considered a racist, sometimes these are African American police officers. The police aren’t all racist.”

African Americans represent 13.3% of the population of the United States. Nonetheless, they have been responsible for more than half of homicides for nearly 30 years. As Department of Justice statistics show, blacks committed 52% of murders between 1980 and 2008. Caucasian Americans, however, committed 45 % of homicides while composing 77% of the population.

Black Americans commit crimes at a rate that is 7 to 10 times higher than white Americans. What is more, data shows that 93% of blacks are murdered by other blacks. (Conversely, 83 % of white victims are murdered by other whites). So, if Shaykh Hamza can be criticized for one thing, it is for underestimating the magnitude of black-on-black crime.

In the 1940s and 1950s, the rate of black crime was lower even though racism was deeply entrenched and institutionalized. There is not always a direct correlation between poverty, racism, and crime. The rate of Caucasian crime did not increase significantly during the Great Depression. Although the Irish were impoverished and forced into starvation by British imperialists, there was no notable spike in criminality.

Most rural, and many urban, French Canadians were poor during English-domination in Canada; however, their rate of crime was never disproportionately high. Many people of the world are far poorer than African Americans, have fewer opportunities, and suffer from far greater levels of persecution in the Americas, Asia, and Africa, yet do not turn to crime.

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf is correct when he makes a correlation between black crime and the breakdown of the family structure. If most African American children in the 1960s were born to two-parent households, in 2013, over 72% of them were born out-of-wedlock. Consequently, “structural racism” cannot be exclusively blamed for the disintegration of the African American family.

Capitalism does not compel African American men to fornicate, produce, and abandon illegitimate off-spring. It is a question of choice. Lack of morals, lack of ethics, lack of proper parenting, and lack of paternal engagement are largely responsible for producing a materialistic, hedonistic, and self-destructive underclass of African American men. Black illegitimacy is not driven by white racism.

A major theme in the message of Malcolm X, perhaps the greatest Muslim leader this country has produced, to the black community was: “Clean up your own back yard.” Black Americans need to stop using colour as a crutch, perpetuating the blame game, and hold themselves accountable. White supremacy has been deeply damaging to people of colour. The scars of slavery remain. And racism continues to rear its ugly head. However, African Americans are ultimately responsible for their own destiny. While it is a sin to oppress, it is a greater also a sin to remain oppressed when real steps toward self-liberation can be taken.

There is no doubt that African Americans have been oppressed. However, there is no doubt that certain African Americans consciously continue to oppress themselves. In short, some have failed to break the psychological chains of slavery. They need to show some pride and rise-up in righteous reform. Many have done so, and many have succeeded. Islam has specifically been a source of salvation for millions of African Americans.

Although it is almost entirely ignored by both the mass media and activists, Native Americans are the most likely to be killed by cops. African Americans come in second. Hispanics come in third. And Caucasians come in fourth. And while Americans of indigenous and African ancestry are shot at a rate that is 2.5 to 3% higher than Caucasian Americans, whites are also murdered at an alarming rate. In fact, American police officers kill more people in days than most other countries kill in years.

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf was not minimizing the murder of black men by police officers of all races, he was placing it in the broader context of police violence and brutality. And while racism certainly plays a critical factor in some cases, poor hiring practices and poor training also play a major role in how the police handle certain situations. Many police officers are not properly trained in conflict resolution, de-escalation, crisis management, mental health issues, psychological intervention, and non-lethal modes of subduing subjects.

As a man with a sense of justice and balance, Shaykh Hamza refused to stereotype all law enforcement officers. As he said straight out: “The police aren’t all racist.” While it cannot be denied that African American men are murdered by police officers at a disproportionate rate, it cannot be denied that African American men commit violent crimes at a disproportionate rate and murder police officers at a disproportionate rate.

When 43% of cop killers are African Americans, per FBI statistics, it should come as no surprise that some police officers fear for their lives when confronting black suspects. The idiotic constitutional right to bear arms, the sheer stupidity of conceal and carry laws, the massive supply of illegal weapons, and the culture of violence that dominates the media, cause police officers to be overly anxious and too quick to click the trigger. For some of them, it is better to shoot first than to get shot. Unfortunately, the fear of police on the part of African American men, the natural result of poor practices in law enforcement, produces the same effect. The situation is dangerous and volatile and can only be resolved by means of a concerted and comprehensive strategy.

Despite the allegations of Shaykh Abdullah Hakim Quick, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf is well-aware of the subjugation and suppression of African Americans in the West and the reality of racism. Hence, calling Shaykh Hamza a coward and a hypocrite who does not represent the Messenger of Allah is truly unbecoming of a scholar.

As for accusing Shaykh Hamza of pathologizing black people, as done by Dr. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, Sakina Hasib, and Hakeem Muhammad, this is simply slanderous, libellous, and scandalous.

Ubaydullah Evans describes black pathology as “the idea that black people are inherently incapable of thinking and behaving correctly and it is often used to explain away systemic racism.” While I may not agree with all his views and the manner he formulates them, I am quite confident that Shaykh Hamza does not believe that blacks are intellectually and morally inferior by nature.

The Shaykh was not generalizing. The Shaykh was not victim-blaming with the objective of trivializing the reality of racism and its ravages. He was simply promoting good, prohibiting evil, and reminding people that God does not change the condition of a people unless they change what is in themselves (Qur’an: 13:11).

As far as Evans is concerned, the accomplishments of Hamza Yusuf are inconsequential for, as he states, “he-is-still-white.” If white people cannot be objective due to their whiteness than black people cannot be objective due to their blackness. It is ironic that the people who accuse Shaykh Hamza of stereotyping blacks are themselves guilty of stereotyping whites.

While it is true that some white Americans blame disadvantaged blacks for the condition in which they find themselves, the same cannot be said of Hamza Yusuf. If anything, the Shaykh is concerned with the plight of African Americans and sincerely concerned about their condition.

The language used by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf is no different than the language used by W.D. Fard, Elijah Muhammad, and Malcolm X. Identifying symptoms does not imply that one ignores the underlying disease. Some African Americans are culturally sick (in the same way that some Caucasian Americans are culturally sick). Although history, upbringing, and environment can predispose people to certain diseases, their life-choices are also a significant contributing factor.

Slavery, racism, segregation, and discrimination have spread socio-political, economic, moral, and ethical illness among some African Americans. The system has much to blame. However, people affected by epidemics are also responsible for perpetuating them. If one opts to live a life of filth, it is pointless to blame germs for one’s poor health. America has oppressed many; however, many people have overcome oppression, Jewish Americans being the foremost example.

The mere fact that one is an Amerindian, for example, does not mean that one is condemned to repeat the cycle of poverty, abuse, and addiction. Opportunities may not be entirely equal; however, one would be hard pressed to find a country that offers more opportunities than the United States of America. Immigrants and refugees of all origins have arrived by millions over the centuries with nothing more than the clothes on their backs; however, with hard work, study, diligence, and determination, they achieved the American dream. In some cases, they succeeded in one generation. In others, it took several generations; however, they made the necessary sacrifices to ensure the long-term success of their descendants.

Dr. Jonathan AC Brown is correct that Muslims are required to stand for social justice. However, his claim that Shaykh Hamza is not supportive of the struggle of African Americans is not sound. To claim that whites cannot express their opinions on issues pertaining to blacks is as preposterous as claiming that blacks cannot express their opinions on issues pertaining to whites. And while Muslims are expected to support the struggles of the oppressed, they are under no obligation to support any specific movement especially when the so-called cure is worse than the disease. In short, they should be guided by their conscience.

BLM is unapologetically black. It affirms diversity, restorative justice, loving engagement, intergenerationality, globalism, black families, black villages, black women, collective value, and empathy. It also happens to be transgender affirming and queer affirming and is “committed to disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family.”

The founders of Black Lives Matter include Alicia Garza, a queer woman whose spouse is transgendered; Patrisse Cullors, another queer; and Opal Tometi, a Nigerian-American woman who explained in an interview with The Nation that “we are diligently uplifting black trans women and so the work on the ground in many places does reflect that.”

If Dr. Jonathan AC Brown, a white American Muslim academic and outspoken supporter of gay marriage and the Muslim Brotherhood sees no contradiction between LGBTQ activism and Radical Islamism, he is also ironically an apologist for slavery and sexual assault.

In fact, on February 7th, 2017, Professor Brown delivered a lecture at Georgetown University titled “Islam and the Problem of Slavery” in which he affirmed that “I don’t think it’s morally evil to own somebody” and “[f]or most of human history, human beings have not thought of consent as the essential feature of morally correct sexual activity.” If this man is a moderate, what can we expect of the extremists?

When asked about “wrongs done by Arabs to other people,” Dr. Brown aggressively asserted that “the Prophet of God had slaves. He had slaves. There’s no denying that. Was he — are you more morally mature than the Prophet of God? No, you’re not.” In reality, rather than enslave, the Prophet Muhammad freed slaves. Anyone seeking clarity on this subject should read “An Islamic Response to ISIS Revival of Slavery” by Imam Abdul-Malik Mujahid (https://www.soundvision.com/article/an-islamic-response-to-isis-revival-of-slavery).

The version of Islam presented by Professor Brown is not that of the Prophet Muhammad: it is that of the Umayyads and the ‘Abbasids; it is the Islam of Ibn Taymiyyah, Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Taliban, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, al-Qaedah, al-Shabab, Boko Haram, al-Nusrah, and ISIS. It is not Muhammadan Islam but the “Islam” of the enemies of Muhammad who usurped power after his passing.

The fact that Brown is the Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for Muslim-Christian Understanding, a Saudi Arabian funded program, should not be lost on anyone. It suffices to say that Liberal degenerates and Islamist extremists make strange bedfellows.

According to Black Lives Matter, “Black people are intentionally left powerless at the hands of the state”… and “Black lives are deprived of … basic human rights and dignity.” If this is how BLM supporters feel, I suggest they study the history of Africa, the Middle East, or Asia to get a better appreciation of civil and human rights in the United States of America.

It was white men who proposed that all men were created equal. It was white men who eventually abolished slavery while African, Arab, and Asian Muslim leaders objected, insisting, in many cases, on continuing the practice well into the 20th century. It was white men who created a country, a constitution, and laws that provide blacks, and all other citizens, with unparalleled rights and freedoms. Muslims stand with the oppressed but they must also stand for truth.

Black Lives Matter claims that “Black poverty and genocide is state violence.” BLM supporters should study the English language to understand that “genocide” is the attempt to physically exterminate members of a given group. Poverty is not genocide.

Black Lives Matter claims that the fact that 2.8 million black people are locked in cages in this country is state violence. In reality, there are approximately 2.3 million incarcerated criminals in the United States; 1 million of whom are African American. If whites are 64% of the American population, they represent 39% of prisoners. If blacks are 13% of the American population, they represent 40% of prisoners.

Imprisoning black criminals is no more state violence than imprisoning white criminals. The fact that blacks are given longer sentences for the same crimes as whites — entirely apart from the fact that they commit more crimes per capita – is indeed a form of “state violence.” Although African Americans tend to serve disproportionately longer sentences when compared to Caucasian Americans, it is delusional to describe them as “political prisoners.” Drug dealers, robbers, rapists, and murderers are not prisoners of conscience.

[ Editor’s Note: This is a long time held bogus contention, the racial disparity. It is done in the usual way that any psyops construct would use. You just only use the parts of the story that support where you want to go, and ignore everything else. Here the deal in on phrase, “enhanced sentencing guidelines”, that have been around for a long time.

This allows judges, usually on the federal level, to a sentence for a crime that has a range of imprisonment, say “25 years to life” for drug dealing. How much time a convicted felon gets is heavily influenced on the past criminal record, where unfortunately many black criminals excel, especially gang-members and those in the drug business when they have a string of prior convictions.

Another example I remember from when California passed a statue where a third violent felony conviction would get you a life sentence. This was something designed to address the continued crimes done by “habitual offenders” when let out went back to their old ways. And yes, when they were not let go the violent felony crimes rates improved.

And lastly, most of the minority crimes numbers are pushed by the stats from black and hispanic young gang members. There are no white gangs of any consequence anymore other than some bikers. All of this I have just covered is completely airbrushed out of the history, and there is more Jim W. Dean ]

Many of the problems attributed to race by Black Lives Matter are really issues of class. The rate of criminality among poor whites is comparable to that among poor blacks. Address the issue of poverty, improve education, and increase opportunities among African Americans, and the level of crime will go down accordingly. Middle and upper-middle class African Americans do not commit any more crimes than middle and-upper middle class Caucasians.

The problems in question are not limited to blacks or whites. They impact society as a whole. Incarceration trends are alarming. Racial disparities in sentencing are disquieting. And while contributing factors need to be considered, there is a serious need for radical criminal justice reform in the United States. All Americans suffer as a result of systemic shortcomings. All Americans suffers from the injustices perpetuated by Capitalism.

 

Black Lives Matter claims that black women, children, and families are the victims of relentless state violence; that Black queer and trans folks bear a unique burden from a hetero-patriarchal society that disposes of them like garbage and simultaneously fetishizes them and profits from them; that “500,000 Black people in the U.S. are undocumented immigrants and relegated to the shadows;” that “Black girls are used as negotiating chips during times of conflict and war;” and that blacks living with disabilities and different abilities bear the burden of state sponsored Darwinian experiments that attempt to squeeze them into boxes of normality defined by white supremacy.

The allegations made by Black Lives Matters are as deluded as they are demented. The philosophy of BLM is best described as political insanity and moral depravity. Most rational, fact-based, intellectually-minded readers would disagree with both the problems described and the solutions proposed. Black women, children, and families are not perpetually persecuted in the United States. Although 80% of LBBTQ murder victims are minorities, an argument can be made that Queer and trans folks of all colours are more oppressed by violent macho homophobic black male society than by white “hetero-patriarchal society.”

While it is confirmed that there are more than 400,000 illegal black immigrants in the United States, it is preposterous to blame the State for a plight they chose to impose on themselves when they could have applied to immigrate legally or seek refugee status. It is like the Moroccan saying, “He hit me and then he cried.” These illegal aliens break U.S. immigration law and then blame the U.S. Moreover, illegal workers depress wages and hurts job prospects for African American men. According to Peter Kirsanow, a US Civil Rights Commissioner, “Black males are more likely to experience competition from illegal immigrants.”

As for “Black girls … used as negotiating chips during times of conflict and war,” what on earth does that have to do with the United States? Those are crimes committed by black Africans against black Africans. What is more, women of all colours are victimized during war. Unfortunately, Black Lives Matter cannot see beyond the surface. They care only about colour and blame all evils on whites without given them credit of any kind for their accomplishments. Rather than speak of white supremacy, we should speak of black envy of white excellence.

As for the claim that the State subjects disabled African Americans to “Darwinian experiments,” these are the words of paranoid people who suffer from serious delusions. There is no doubt that scientific experiments were conducted on a small number of African Americans without their consent in the 20th century; however, similar experiments were also conducted on American Indians, Caucasian Americans, and other communities.

Moreover, anyone who claims that black lives are “systematically and intentionally targeted for demise” in the United States requires a psychological assessment. America is not committing genocide against African Americans. At the very most, a segment of African American men are destroying themselves and their communities through self-destructive behaviour.

Simply because some of its overarching goals are sound does not mean that Black Lives Matter should be blindly and uncritically supported by Muslims. In fact, the movement has been accused of racism and violence by people of all colours. BLM activists openly incite violence against law enforcement officers. BLM activists openly express racist anti-white sentiments.

Yusra Khogali, a co-founder of Black Lives, Toronto, Canada, wrote that “white skin is sub-human,” that “white people are recessive genetic defects.” She even tweeted a prayer in which she asked Allah to keep her from killing white people.

Liberals, however, have responded to such hate speech by stating that it was perfectly justifiable when placed in the context of “oppression.” What oppression? Canada did not play a part in the slave-trade. Canada has never been an imperial power. Canada was a refuge for African Americans who escaped from slavery. It is evident that racist bigots like Yusra Khogali live in alternate universes, spewing venom in echo chambers of hatred, prejudice, and stereotypes.

A simple search of social media reveals a long litany of violently racist rants made by BLM leaders and followers who encourage robbery, rape, and white genocide. Consequently, it comes as no surprise that many political players, both domestic and international, have described Black Lives Matter as an anti-white, racist, terrorist organization.

Muslims should indeed be opposed to anti-black racism; however, they should also be opposed to anti-white racism unless, of course, they are idiotic enough to believe the Zuckerberg-sponsored Google claim that black people cannot be racist because racism requires power and privilege. This same argument is used by BLM supporters who argue that the sexual assault of white women by black men cannot be described as rape since rape requires power and privilege.

The supporters of Black Lives Matter include Muslims who now find themselves without domestic patronage. They are those who sided with Hillary and the Democrats out of fear of Trump. They are the same ones who earlier made an unholy connection with Obama, which had as its subtext a tacit tolerance for ISIS, or at least a lack of any motivation to vigorously denounce the Takfiris, since it must have been known that Obama and/or the CIA were to a certain degree supporting them. The forces who covertly brought us ISIS presented a Liberal face in this country.

The notion that Black Lives Matter is a true grassroots liberation movement like the Civil Rights Movement was, not a case of social engineering by Liberal ideologues and funding-sources, is something the Liberals believe in religiously. So, it comes as no surprise that those Muslims who seek Black Lives Matter as a true expression of Black liberation also see the Muslim Brotherhood in the same way. In the same way that Black Lives Matter presents itself as liberation movement, the Muslim Brotherhood presented themselves as democratic freedom fighters while, at the same time, they were engaged in burning Coptic Churches, sexually assaulting women on the streets, and murdering Shiite scholars. Liberals have swallowed this duplicity hook, line, and sinker.

The Black Lives Matter movement is not a popular uprising. It is the beneficiary of over 100 million dollars in funding from liberal foundations, including, $33 million dollars in grants from George Soros through his Open Society Foundation. Despite the “good intentions” of some of its supporters — blacks, whites, Hispanics, Muslims, immigrants, and women — Black Lives Matter overtly espouses racist and violent views and employs subversive street thugs and professional provocateurs for the benefit of billionaire globalists.

Black Lives Matter has reduced an ideological, socio-political, philosophical, and economic conflict of world proportion to a racial conflict that pits blacks against whites. The real conflict, however, is between the 99% and the 1 percenters, between Humanity and Inhumanity, between God and the Devil, between the overwhelming population of the world of all races and religions and the secular globalist Satanists who hoard virtually all the wealth in the world. It is a battle of belief: a war of morals and values.

The leaders of BLM embody all the evils of the New World Order. If some morally-damaged and ethically-challenged “Muslims” wish to march behind Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Yusra Khogali, they can follow them all the ways to the depths of Hell. As for myself, I will follow in the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad for the lawful and the prohibited apply until the ends of times.

Crescent International, however, had the audacity to claim that “For someone in Hamza Yusuf’s position to belittle the Black Lives Matter movement is not only demeaning and racist, it is completely antithetical to the values of Islam and the Sunnah of the noble Messenger.” Other Muslims activists have asserted that “Black Lives Matters is our movement.” Such people are pawns of the global elites.

Although many Muslims are willing to leap like lemmings, many Christians, both African American and otherwise, have not been deceived by the dark side of Black Lives Matter. And while they oppose prejudice and police brutality, they refuse to cast their lot with gangs of criminals, rapists, racists, globalists, secularists, communists, anarchists, Islamists, abortionists, man-hating feminazis, and LGBTQ activists.

As for criticizing the Muslim Brotherhood, a movement with Freemasonic foundations that received funding from the British, many sober-minded scholars consider it more palatable than blindly defending them and thereby sharing in their shortcomings and sins. Scholars can view the world scene from above, analyzing all parties, without necessarily taking sides. Being critical of the Muslim Brotherhood does not imply that one is supportive of Sisi.

As uncomfortable as it made some Muslims feel, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf also made another poignant point:

“We should all be against any ideologies of supremacy of one people over another people, it’s completely antithetical to our religion but we have some of the worst racism in our own communities… the anti-Jewish rhetoric that you hear in the Islamic community is horrific… do you know what it’s like to be a Pakistani in a lot of the Gulf States or from India or from Kerala even worse? People talk about white privilege, what about Arab privilege over non-Arabs in the Middle East?

Many Muslims are fond of blaming others. Blame the West! Blame the Jews! Although the West is to blame for certain wrongs and Israel is to blame for certain wrongs, Muslims should stop simply pointing the finger and start blaming themselves. Am I victim shaming? Absolutely not. I am holding people accountable for their own action or inaction.

Racism, discrimination, prejudice, sexism, classism, bias, stereotypes, and misogyny are present, to varying degrees, in many Muslim communities. It comes across as acutely hypocritical for Muslim immigrants to criticize the shortcomings of the West without also criticizing the shortcomings of their countries of origin. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Many Muslims can dish it out criticism but they clearly cannot take criticism.

As for hurling around accusations of “white privilege,” it is quite often a manifestation of reverse racism employed by envious and indolent individuals who wish to blame their failures on others. Are white people privileged? Some of them are: economically, socially, and educationally. Are all Caucasians the beneficiaries of “white privilege?” Certainly not. Economically-disadvantaged whites and working class whites may have some advantages over African-Americans who suffer from the same challenges, however, they do not get a free pass. In most cases, white success is not privilege: it is earned.

Apart from the globalist elite, all human beings are victims of the savage capitalistic system. In fact, it thrives by turning blacks against whites, whites against blacks, Muslims against Muslims, and non-Muslims against Muslims. The very concept of “white privilege” has been called into question by academics as a racist construct that confounds colour with social class. Although I would certainly not encourage Muslims to side with the extreme right-wing, they should seriously reconsider siding with radical leftist liberals and secularists and their degenerate social agenda.

As for his assertion that Islamists have turned Islam into a political ideology, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf is absolutely in the right. He has enough knowledge and sense of history to recognize that “Islamism” is not Islam; it is a gross overemphasis on the political components of Islam.

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf knows full well that politics play an important role in Islam and that the quest for social justice is at the centre of the faith; however, he also recognizes that the heart of Islam is spiritual. He knows, as any scholar does, that most of Islam revolves around moral and ethical development as opposed to the struggle for political power. He understands that Islam is to be built bottom up and that Allah does not change he condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.

Islam did not start with a State: it started with personal development and the quest for social justice. It was only after he built bona fide believers that the Prophet set out to establish a physical government. And despite Evans claims to the contrary, the Messenger of Allah did admonish the oppressed for their sins by promoting the good and forbidding the wrong.

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf is perfectly justified to criticize groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizb al-Tahrir, and al-Qaedah. At the same time, he is certainly cognizant that there is a huge difference between the Ikhwan al-Muslimin and Daesh. If Mehdi Hasan had sufficiently good manners and etiquette, I am convinced that Shaykh Hamza could have articulated his case more clearly. Unfortunately, and thankfully, the Shaykh does not speak in sound-bytes.

The Muslim Brotherhood may be “moderate” when compared to the likes of ISIS, but so are al-Qaedah and al-Nusra; however, there is no denying that many Ikhwanis have filled the ranks of ISIS in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, and Iraq. There is no denying that the Ikhwan al-Muslimin legitimized the excommunication of Muslims in modern times. And there is no denying that Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama ben Laden, and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi are all the excrement of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Muslim Brotherhood can be compared to marijuana, al-Qaedah to crack cocaine, and ISIS to meth. However, there is no denying that Salafism, in even its moderate forms, is the gateway drug to the most brutal, barbaric, and Satanic forms of Takfirism.

Should association with the Muslim Brotherhood be criminalized? Not any more than association with the Democratic and Republican Parties should be. (By the same token, criminal actions by members of any of these groups should not be ignored). Islamist movements form a spectrum ranging from relatively mild and benign social activists to straight-out psychopaths. Persecuting more moderate Islamists will only push people into the camp of the most extreme of extremists.

And rather than prosecuting partisans of Islamist groups based on guilt by association, how about going after those who created them in the first place? Whether it is the Muslim Brotherhood, the Afghan Mujahidin, the Taliban, al-Qaedah, Hamas, the GIA, al-Nusrah or ISIS, all so-called “Radical Islamists” and “Muslim” terrorists have received support from the enemies of Islam and their allies.

As for Yasir Qadhi, since when did he become infallible and unassailable? He is a man of no academic or scholarly importance with a long history of supporting Salafism and making inflammatory statements about Shiites. A cause of conflict and division among Muslims? You are damn right that he is.

Like all human beings, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf has no shortage of flaws. For some, he comes across as arrogant. For others, he has the warmth of a cactus. Be that as it may, the man is certainly not a racist, a bigot, or an unconscious and unavowed white supremacist. If he can be blamed for anything it is with surrounding himself with snakes for decades, false friends and hypocritical colleagues who turned on him treacherously like a pack of hyenas instead of engaging in dignified damage control and duly-deserved defense. And Allah knows best.

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Islam and Martial Arts: China’s Hui Muslim Tradition*

Islam and Martial Arts: China’s Hui Muslim Tradition*

By Eissa Da

Western media has always been saturated with images of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li, but what we don’t hear about as often is the relation between Islam and martial arts. The early trade that led to a great relationship between Arab Muslims and the Chinese acted as a pivotal role in the spread of Islam in the Far East as well as cementing the Muslim-Chinese identity. Dating back to the 1200s, the roles early Chinese Muslims played in military leadership positions forms the beginning of this most unique connection.

Islam in China is well documented with the Hui people acting as the largest Muslim minority within the country. From approximately 19 years after the death of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ a relationship between China and Arabia was already in place. It was the third Khalifah (Caliph) ‘Uthman who initiated the first conscious efforts to spread Islam in the region, with subsequent trade missions also contributing to the spread of Islam.

The Hui Muslims came from this lineage, a unification of Arabia and China to form this unique position of authentic Chinese culture, infused with the Islamic tradition, the likes of which can still be seen to this day in various parts of the country, though mostly concentrated in the northwestern parts of China. The practice of martial arts still takes place in various Masajid (mosques) around the country, with Islamic sciences being taught at the same time.

Not only did martial arts combine with practical aspects of defence for long seafaring trade missions, but it also was a spiritual tool of many Muslim masters. The need for self-control and restraint reflect in both martial arts and traditional Islamic teachings.

The concept of Islamic self-control was used by martial art masters in the physical realm as well. With practitioners putting emphasis on both spiritual and physical aspects of training. The need for calm and collected decision making is a tradition upheld by Muslims, as seen in the tradition of The Prophet ﷺ , “The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger.” The essence of Ijtihad (diligence) in maintaining self-discipline is integral in both paths.

Various art forms such as Silat and Wushu have been perfected by Muslims of the last few hundred years, with many original martial arts being either created or adapted by Muslims as well, such as Zhaquan and Piguquan. These original developments were tools that were created often by army officials or to safeguard Muslims in China, being passed down in secret through generations.

In the history of this marriage between martial arts and Islam, there are many names to consider. We can see examples of masters such as Wang Zi Ping (1881 – 1973) and Chang Tung Sheng (1908 – 1986) who trained in their discipline while retaining their faith and using it as a means to come closer to Allah and the teachings of their religion.

Master Wang Zi Ping, acknowledged as a master of Wushu was also a learned man in relation to the Religion. He was known to lift heavy stones while reciting the Qur’an. A notable story tells of his opposition to German forces who attempted to obtain the doors of Qinzhou masjid that was inscribed with the history of the Muslims in China. Master Wang was not one to let a priceless part of Muslim identity be taken away, and so challenged the soldiers to a weight lifting competition and subsequently won.

Also, a master of various other disciplines, Wang Zi Ping was an inspiration to people, Muslim and non-Muslim alike. His mastery of a variety of martial arts allowed him to gain victory over various foreign opponents, leading to a great following of students, thus also spreading the reach of Islam amongst Chinese people.

In reality, martial arts and the Islamic tradition share a unique bond and history that within them both contain means to achieve a greater purpose. Acting as reflections of each other, the history of Islam in China led to the expansion of the Religion to the far eastern corners of the world, and the practical nature of martial arts helped defend this tradition in a way that kept the uniqueness of Chinese culture, with the absoluteness of the religion of Islam.

Amjid Ali is Wing Chun instructor and also a practicing Muslim. In the video below he relates his journey of learning, from travelling to Hong Kong and training with legendary martial artist Ip Man and close friends of the late Bruce Lee. He provides an interesting insight into the similarities between Islamic and martial art teachings.

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Qur’an is Wise to Ancient Satanic Conspiracy*

Qur’an is Wise to Ancient Satanic Conspiracy*

David Livingstone reveals that Kabbalists are singled out in the Qu’ran as instruments of an ancient occult conspiracy.

The Qu’ran dates from the Seventh Century, indicating mankind has suffered from this plot for millennia.

Today the Satanists are pitting Christians against Muslims, using migration and false flag terror, eliminating two birds with one stone.

Most Christians are too credulous to even recognize that their real adversary is the Illuminati, a Masonic (Kabbalist) Jewish cult which controls government, business and culture.

Muslims & Conspiracy Theory

By David Livingstone

Despite the Muslims’ tendency to dismiss the substantial role played by the occult and secret societies as paranoid, it is from the Qur’an that we are provided with the crucial clue which helps us identify the Luciferian origin of the Kabbalah, when it is mentioned:

 

When a messenger was sent to them [the Jews] by God confirming the revelations they had already received, some of them turned their backs as if they had no knowledge of it. They followed what the demons attributed to the reign of Solomon. But Solomon did not blaspheme, it was the satans who blasphemed, teaching men magic and such things as were revealed at Babylon to the angels Harut and Marut. …They learned from them the means to sow discord between man and wife [love magic, feminism]. But they could not harm anyone except by God’ s permission. And they learned what harmed them, not what benefited them. And they knew that the purchasers [of magic] would have no share in the happiness of the hereafter. And vile was the price for which they sold their souls, if they but knew. [2:102]

Essentially, the message of the Qur’an is clear and repeated. Starting with the sixtieth verse of Surat Al-Muddathir, one of the earliest chapters of the Quran to be revealed:

 

Nay! For lo! He [man] has been stubborn to Our revelations. On him I shall impose a fearful doom. (Self-)destroyed is he, how he planned!  Again (self-)destroyed is he, how he planned!  [74:16-20]

 

Or

 

Behold this is the Word that distinguishes (Good from Evil):  It is not a thing for amusement.  As for them, they are but plotting a scheme, And I am planning a scheme. [86:13-16]

And, importantly:

 

And thus have We [God] made in every city the elite to be its guilty ones, that they may plan therein; and they do not plan but against their own souls, and they do not perceive. [6:123]

 

But you have to fight fire with water. We should not combat the conspirators out of vengeance for being wronged. According to the Quran:

 

“The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one which is better, then lo! he, between whom and you there was enmity (will become) as though he was a bosom friend.” [41:34]

 

God will judge the conspirators. As for us, we should forgive them in our hearts while opposing their actions. Like Jesus said, “God forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Only love can conquer hate. That is the true message of God’s message as it has been revealed through the centuries.

As the Quran says, on the Day of Judgment, the masses will blame the elite for having been misled by the “conspiracy” carried out against them. But they will be responsible for their own wrongs:

 

Those who were oppressed will say to those who were arrogant, “Rather, [it was your] conspiracy by night and day when you were ordering us to disbelieve in God and attribute to Him equals.” But they will [all] confide regret when they see the punishment; and We will put shackles on the necks of those who disbelieved. Will they be recompensed except for what they used to do? [34:33]

 

And following are numerous examples from the Quran emphasizing the central fact of a conspiracy hatched by God’s enemies, usually using a word translated into English as “plot” or “plan”: Nay! For lo! he hath been stubborn to Our revelations. On him I shall impose a fearful doom. (Self-)destroyed is he, how he planned!  Again (self-)destroyed is he, how he planned!  [74:16-20]

 

And they (disbelievers) plotted [to kill ‘Iesa (Jesus) ], and God planned too. And God is the Best of the planners. (3:54)

 

If good touches you, it distresses them; but if harm strikes you, they rejoice at it. And if you are patient and fear God , their plot will not harm you at all. Indeed, God is encompassing of what they do. [3:120]

 

Those who believe fight in the cause of God , and those who disbelieve fight in the cause of idolatry. So fight against the allies of Satan. Indeed, the plot of Satan has ever been weak. [4:76]

 

And they say: (It is) obedience; but when they have gone forth from thee a party of them spend the night in planning other than what thou sayest. God recordeth what they plan by night. So oppose them and put thy trust in God. God is sufficient as Trustee. [4:81]

 

They may hide (their crimes) from men, but they cannot hide (them) from God, for He is with them (by His Knowledge), when they plot by night in words that He does not approve, And God ever encompasses what they do. [4:108]

 

And were it not for God’s grace upon you and His mercy a party of them had certainly designed to bring you to perdition and they do not bring (aught) to perdition but their own souls, and they shall not harm you in any way, and God has revealed to you the Book and the wisdom, and He has taught you what you did not know, and God’s grace on you is very great. [4:113]

 

O you who believe! Remember the Favour of God unto you when some people desired (made a plan) to stretch out their hands against you, but (God) withheld their hands from you. So fear God. And in God let believers put their trust. [5:11]

 

Satan’s plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of God, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain? [5:91]

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When a Prayer is Answered with a Test*

When a Prayer is Answered with a Test*

By Anisa Abeytia

Studies say that no matter where you were born, after living an average of five years in another country, you are susceptible to the same diseases as the native population. I lived in the Middle East for five years and in the Muslim American community for fourteen. I was not raised a Muslim and I’m not an Arab, but after nineteen years, I picked up some interesting habits.

Last summer, my children’s school received extra funding for tutors over the summer break. The kids weren’t thrilled, but I was. The perspective tutor called and we chatted about the children’s needs. She told me her brother’s names is Yousuf, just like my son. She had an accent, but I couldn’t place it and I didn’t want to ask her where she was from. It’s wasn’t important. I figured she was from a Muslim country and I’d find out when she came to my house.

The children waited for her and we watched as she parked and walked down the street to our house. She was a thin woman, wearing a scarf on her head, tied behind her head like a Russian peasant. I tried to place her look and I thought, maybe she’s Bosnian.

We sat and chatted for a few minutes and she again told me joyfully that her brother’s name is Yousuf. So I asked her where she was from.

“I was born in Israel,” she replied.

My heart sank. I looked at her scarf, the way she wore it and then back at her face. She must be an Orthodox Jew. I could feel my face rearrange itself into a frown and the colour drained from my face. I was embarrassed by the thought that she might notice the physical change, but her demeanour didn’t change at all. I tried to force a smile, but figured it would contort my face into an even more bizarre expression, so I just gave up.

My son entered the room before I was able to recover and she hugged him. My eyes opened wide, and I half expected her to harm him. Images of bleeding Palestinian children and angry Israeli settlers filled my head. My eyes darted back and forth, looking for an escape and to see if my mother had any of the Palestinian flags out.

I wondered, would she hurt him? I didn’t want to leave them alone, but I slowly turned to walk up the stairs. Why was I thinking this way? As I took each step, I tried to talk sense to myself.

I don’t even know her and I’m judging her. Step.

Don’t jump to conclusions. Step.

Women in Black are Israeli. Step. 

This continued until I reached the top of the stairs, at which point I spent two hours debating with myself. Am I supporting the occupation? Am I doing a bad thing? Should I go downstairs and ask her to leave? How do I justify that? I have to dig deeper than that for an answer to how I should behave. I look out the window and take in a deep breath, close my eyes, exhaling slowly.

What does Islam say?

I open my eyes. The answer is easy, don’t judge. Don’t be suspicious and always treat people in the best possible way. She is a guest in my house and my child’s teacher. Am I a Muslim? Do I follow my religion only when it’s convenient?

I’m calm now and just in time, the tutoring session is over.

I make my way down the stairs and my mother walks into the room. The tutor says she loves all the art on the walls and asks who the collector is. My mother starts to tell her about a Syrian Artist, Akram Abu Al Foz that I told her about.

“Anisa, show her his work. It’s absolutely stunning.”

I take out my phone and start to explain. She loves it, so I tell her about my trips to Turkey and my work with the Syrians. She asks me many questions and I answer. A few days later I receive a phone call from her. She tells me she was so inspired by the work I’m doing and would like to help. Would I mind meeting with her daughter who works at a local radio station?

I’m a bit taken aback. She wants to help me? I can barely get Arabs, Muslims or Syrians to help me and she is this Jewish-Israeli woman asking me if she can help? Then she tells me,

“My parents are Syrian. We are Syrian Jews.”

I am so happy I start laughing and I tell her how frustrated I’ve been, that I had decided to stop the work I was doing because I just wasn’t getting support and that I prayed a week ago and said,

“Oh Allah, if this is the path you want me to continue on, you will need to send the help to my door because I will not make one more effort.”

I was so depressed and ready to give up and my prayer was answered with a test. If I had given into the common Arab/Muslim mentality that all Jews are bad, I would have lost this opportunity. She opened doors for me that I didn’t even know existed. However, the greatest gift she gave me was a renewed sense of hope and the knowledge that I was not alone. I only need to ask, with an open heart and mind, and help would be sent.

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Old Music Outsells New Releases for the First Time in Recorded Music History*

Old Music Outsells New Releases for the First Time in Recorded Music History*
This is not surprising with all the mindless, soulless, disgusting junk that is put out by the social engineers at the top lining their pockets, it is an indication that humanity is flickering in ashes they try to dumb us down in….

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By Jessica Murray

Credit: Free Thought Project

Credit: Free Thought Project

 

For the first time in history, “old” music is selling far better than newly released music, according to data compiled by data company Nielsen. “Catalogue album sales” refers to any music that was released 18 months ago or more. This category of music has outsold new releases of a variety of genres by 4.3 million, according to data that was compiled by Nielsen. The data company that operates SoundScan music sales statistics which enables Billboard charts to be compiled, announced the new findings which were an outcome of their 2015 year-end report. Just 10 years prior to this, newly released music tracks dominated catalog music sales by over 150 million albums, according to the research.

However, a report by VICE concluded that there could be more to the statistics than merely the popularity of new music. VICE said, “This data pertains solely to albums—either physical or digital—and does not include streaming. So, whether the Nielsen report shows a real declining sales trend for new artists, or merely that we’ve shifted away from albums entirely (the argument that young people are more inclined to stream rather than purchase music seems plausible), is shocking, though perhaps not entirely unexpected.” In recent years, streaming music from illegal websites and digital music downloads from torrents has become a lot more common, which could be an indicator to the reasons behind fewer sales of new music.

In addition to this, another reason behind the decrease in sales of current music could be the change in music style, as some have suggested. Studies have shown that music with repetitive choruses tend to be more popular, which could indicate a contributing factor of the dumbing down of musical content in recent years by the industry. The author of one of the studies, Professor Andrea Ordanini from Bocconi University, said, “Despite the many factors that go into creating a hit song, we identify repetition of the chorus as one that has important real-world implications”.

Researchers of the musical studies analyzed a mix of number one and unsuccessful songs all the way back to the 1950s. The chorus of the songs was repeated between one and 16 times in all of the songs. Their results concluded that for each additional repeat of the chorus, the song’s likelihood of making it to the number one spot increased by 14.5%. Despite this, the study reported by the Telegraph also found that this likelihood decreased by 6.1% with each additional year in the age of the performer.

Legendary hip-hop artist Darryl McDaniels, famously known as DMC of the pioneering group Run-DMC, commented on the new research from a music artist’s perspective. He made a comparison between expressive forms of hip-hop versus the multi-dollar making industry of commercialized hip-hop. He said,

“It was inevitable that Hip Hop became commercialized but along the way, our power got taken away. Now you got the same 12 records on radio being played over and over again. We wanted to change the world, taking responsibility for our actions, now everything that’s negative in stupid ass America is celebrated.”

Whilst many believe that the music market is driven by favorable likes of the consumer, reports have stated that this is not the case. Music goes through a lengthy process before it gets to the mainstream market which involves people in power deciding what is acceptable, and therefore what they can use to condition the masses through an unsuspecting source that the public receives as music.

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