Friday, January 26, 2007

Not Right in the Head

Above, a selection of oh so humourous right-wing t-shirts for your perusal.

I will admit that my first reaction on seeing them was; "Is re-defeat even a proper word?"

It's funny how they still keep that old nostalgic hate of communism. I guess that's the GOP equivalent of kicking it old school.

Two C's, Christianity and Communism. Despite their love of the former and it's values (as they see them) and their hatred of the latter, it always seems like the rabid right wingers don't know much about either.

The only bit of the Bible they know is the parable of the talents (used to prove that making money is good)and Leviticus 20:13. Much talk of Christian values and minimal use of scripture to back it up.

As for hating communism, how many of them have actually read the Communist Manifesto?
Probably none, otherwise they wouldn't be calling Hilary Clinton a Communist.

The most, most despised thing of all to these people is of course Islam and Muslims. They never tire of saying how weak and ill-educated Muslims are, yet we must be pulverised all the same. Have they read the Quran? Or just bits of it posted at Jihad watch?

Maybe it's easier to hate, to feel superior, to call for destruction without really knowing why.

Or maybe, they don't read these books because they're scared to.

Scared that the Bible they support so much, doesn't support their actions.

Scared that they might think the Communist manifesto is an interesting viewpoint of history and had very little to do with what happened in so-called Communist countries.

Even more frightening of all, they might read a translation of the Quran and realise that Allah and God are the same, Muslims love Jesus (peace be upon him) as much as they do, that the Quran advocates many human rights, and the advancement of the human race.

Worst, worst, worst of all to a Muslim hating, arab baiting, blood thirsty (from the comfort of their armchair though) bigot: if they read the Quran, they might think that it is really the Word of God.

And what would happen then?

It must be really hard not being able to print t-shirts insulting Black or Jewish people. At least they have us Muslims and the Mexicans to insult instead.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Big Brother debate on Umar Lee's blog

From the comment section of Umar Lee's latest post:

Muslim brother
January 21st, 2007 at 1:26 am

Assalaamu alaikum:

Who cares about these stupid non-Muslim issues? A white British female kaafir allegedly said something insulting and bad about a brown Indian female kaafir on a non-Muslim British TV reality show. Who freaking cares? If anything I say, let them fight each other.

The same Indian non-Muslim that you are defending from the other white British non-Muslim surely has many Hindu co-religionists that had no hesitation in perpetrating the genocidal slaughter of thousands of Muslims in Gujarat a few years ago, as they have also killed thousands in other places in India and Kashmir.

Anyway, our most important concerns should be with what is happening in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Chechnya, Kashmir, Palestine, Darfur, etc., etc., not what two non-Muslim bimbos are saying to each other.


Keep it real
January 21st, 2007 at 1:48 am

Salam Sisters and Brothers:

I was so surprised by your comments on a Kaafir woman and describing how beautiful she is, and what a “great role model” she is. We as Muslims discussing this is not dignifying as we have plenty of good role models that are Muslim women. They are not exposing their bodies, not dancing in Hollywood and Bollywood or anywood movies, and they could be good sisters, mothers and wives.

This is very sad that we Muslims are talking about a non-Muslim woman, praising her as if she was a prophet’s wife or that she had a big impact on our lives. We should watch and discuss good moral Muslim females and talk about it and learn from it. I don’t understand what we will learn from Shelpa Shelly’s personality and supposed “high class.” Please have mercy on yourselves as Muslims and think about something which is Islamically educational and are good examples.


My Response:

January 21st, 2007 at 3:19 pm

To all those asking why we care about "kafir", remember that if the Prophet (saw) and Companions (RA), thought in this manner then Islam wouldn't be the second largest and fastest growing religion in the world.

Abu Talib was a "kafir", yet the Prophet (saw) still felt sadness when he died.

In fact there are numerous examples of the compassion that the Prophet (saw) felt for Non-Muslims, so I suggest you go and read some sirah, before you criticise others for showing concern in a fellow human being.

It stuns me that some below view lack of compassion due to prejudice as being a good Muslim. It's far easier to hate then to love, to ignore rather then to care.

Being a good Muslim means following the Sunnah of the Prophet in all things, not just those we like the sound of or find easy to do.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Stupid Questions and Acceptance/Tolerance.

Female work colleague: So how does your husband like being married to a white girl?
Me (baffled by question): Well, he likes being married to me very much.

The thing is, my husband's actually pretty light-skinned, as are most people in his country, so it's not as if we sit on the sofa next to each other, comparing skin tones and singing "Ebony and Ivory".

Other questions which are annoying are the ones where people are trying to find out his legal status. A firmly stated "Yes, he is legally allowed to be here, if that's what you're getting at", usually silences that one.

Aside from that, everyone has been very positive, Alhamdulilah. Although I had someone at work I hadn't met before, say "I see you've taken your husband's faith (In a tone of voice like I'd caught syphillis from him). It was quite satifying to show her my work ID (showing me in a hijab) and saying "I've been Muslim for two years now, actually".

The longer I am Muslim, the better it feels to be one, Alhamdulilah. One of the good things about it, is that those around you have gotten used to you being Muslim. Work colleagues know you don't go out drinking and won't go to works parties, it's accepted.

Being tolerated, is not the same as being accepted, that this who you are, what you believe, how you want to live your life.

The acceptance from your family can be harder to obtain, because deep down, they may wish you weren't Muslim. It's hard knowing that those you love want to change something that feels so essential to you.

The last time I visited my parent's house I noticed two new photographs, my wedding photographs, showing me, their daughter in hijab, with her Muslim husband. In pride of place for for all to see. It was then, that I felt accepted.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Death of a puppet

Some are impressed by Saddam's impassiveness in the face of some disgraceful taunting, and that he was reciting the kalima. It is worth remembering that he has never made any statement or gesture of apology, for all the despicable acts he oversaw.

Yet his categorisation by some as a martyr will be a smokescreen, not just for the acts his regime committed, but also for the wicked intentions of those who gave him succour. The darkness of the execution room hides so much.

Still, it was decided a long time ago that Saddam's head on a stick would be a good response to 9/11. Now, it is just another death in a bloodbath, another event to further divide the ummah.