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Let’s Stop Reacting

Let’s Stop Reacting

September 28, 2015

As long as we are constantly reacting to issues, concerns and stimulation, our peace and freedom is going to be drowned out by the flood of things we’re reacting to.

Reaction also can be the tool of the enemy to tie us up and keep us from ever becoming a threat. He sets our agenda by his actions and we respond. We don’t allow ourselves to become proactive and decide for ourselves what our life is to be about. And most of the time that reaction is in response to some hurt or injury or offense, so in most cases our reaction is emotional.

We have become addicted to reaction. The proof of is if you travel through the streets, walking, driving or on public transportation 90% of the people will be on a hand held device. We have to have the means of responding in front of us at all times. It doesn’t matter whether you’re driving at 70 miles an hour, crossing the street in front of oncoming traffic, or tending to your baby with the other hand. We’re compelled to respond right then.

 Let’s stop.  Slow down. Take a breath. Make a plan and move forward. Let’s start out by asking ourselves a question. Here’s a script below and I’d like to know how many men talk to their women like this today, and how would women respond if they were exposed to this type of conversation in a relationship?

Our test script is from song “It’s Magic.” I know this is before most of your time, but culture is not just creating art and learning from what is put in front of you. It is also studying past creations, and informing our present creativity with the best of what has been produced. The song was written by Jule Styne, with lyrics by Sammy Cahn and published in 1947. I love the version by the great DINAH WASHINGTON, and there is also a classic instrumental version by Eric Dolphy but this is a link to her rendition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1kk2UR5WWI

DInah Washington

Try this:

You sigh, a song begins,

You speak and I hear violins

It’s magic

Well the stars desert the skies

And rush to nestle in your eyes

It’s magic

Without a golden wand

Or mystic charms,

Fantastic things begin

When I am in your arms

When we walk hand in hand

The world becomes a wonderland

It’s magic

Well, how else can I explain

Those rainbows when there is no rain

It’s magic…

Why do I tell myself

These things that happen are all really true

When in my heart I know

The magic is my love for you

 

Why Do African Americans Say What They Think Whites Want to Hear?

September 27, 2015

Why Do African Americans Say What They Think Whites Want to Hear?

Dr. Ben Carson, professor emeritus at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference annual meeting in National Harbor, Md., Saturday, March 8, 2014. Saturday marks the third and final day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which brings together prospective presidential candidates, conservative opinion leaders and tea party activists from coast to coast. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ben-carson-koran_5607eddae4b0768126fde44d

….even its ridiculous or against the interests of their own people. Unlike some who would pick out portions of our Holy Book, Qur’an, that feed their little interest, I believe it is a complete book, for the complete man, for the complete humanity as long as it exists. So, I would expect to find even the answer to that question in the book. And there it was.

7:113 So there came the sorcerers to Pharaoh: They said, “of course we shall have a (suitable) reward if we win!”

7:114 He said: “Yea, (and more),- for ye shall in that case be (raised to posts) nearest (to my person).”

If it’s a book for all times, then we should be looking in it for G-d’s people, Pharaoh and the sorcerers and mighty ones. The one who readily jumps out and identifies himself in the sorcerer is he who has some great skill that the people marvel, at like neurosurgeon. I am sure they do some miraculous things.

And what does Pharaoh promise them when they do their little trick of fascination? A position close to his person. So here’s a power, (white Supremacy-remember it is not his surgical skills that are responsible for Newly Found popularity. It is his assertion that he is speaking in support of the white image of Jesus. Look at his following-the same Christian conservatives that are praying for and working toward a cataclysmic war that will usher in the return of a white Jesus out of Israel) that’s got some skilled magicians doing their bidding and they promise the sorcerer a position on a sinking ship: “O you can be the captain.”

It obvious now that we’re talking about Ben Carson. What is there for him to gain?

In the time of another ruler of Egypt, Prophet Joseph “rejected the King’s offer to bring him closer to his person, but this was the popular reward in this type of society. The leaders who rule based on secret knowledge promise to bring you into their inner circle. But in the case of the ruler of Egypt we should remember the practices of the Pharaohs who typify that type of rule. They would bring their ministers, sorcerers, their staff, their servants all into the tomb with them when they died, so they could still serve them in the afterlife. So really the promise that was made was a promise of death.” Yes, I Am Your Brother: Understanding the Indigenous African American Muslim. Their power to rule with tricks and falsehood is swallowed up with truth on the scene, and their offer to Ben Carson is ‘Come die with me.’ So as bright as I am sure Dr. Carson is he has made a fools bargain in choosing death over life.

Support the Good

Support the Good

September 24, 2015

I responded to a comment recently that was critical of the Pope’s visit, the honor and respect he was given, at least from the rational quarters, and his courageous words in support of protecting the planet, human dignity and economic justice. I supported him because he said the same things Prophet Muhammad said and Prophet Muhammad is my leader. And he encouraged the same things that the Holy Qur’an enjoins on me and that is my book of guidance.

Out of the numerous responses, many of them Muslims, most were reminders of the ugliness that was going on in the world. Some were particularly offended by the photo of the Pope pictured greeting a Muslim and a Jewish leader. They questioned the interfaith unity that was portrayed. My religion teaches me that I must live in the world with all kinds of people, even devils, and that I can have heaven here on earth, even with them there next door.

It’s sad to see people who have become such a bundle of hurt feeling that they are blinded to any rational or moral perspective. Allah (G-d) says in Qur’an that one of the blessings of the Paradise and I say part of what we should expect here is that: “He will remove from our heart any lurking sense of injury (rancor).” Why now are we still so angry and hurt that it makes us hateful? We were blessed just because we went through horrible experiences here in America and did not let them warp our beautiful human shape. Why would we now let someone come here, suffering from colonial oppression and interpret our struggle for us? Pass their anger onto us?

“I believe that many proponents of militancy, Black Nationalism and Afro-centrism are sincere. But I also know that many of them did not have the courage to follow or even acknowledge the Honorable Elijah Muhammad while he was alive. Many today are young and simply do not know the history. In any event I see them having missed the bus and are now running behind the bus inhaling the toxic black fumes of its exhaust. “Yes, I Am Your Brother: Understanding the Indigenous African American Muslim.”

It is even sadder s to see African Americans, when we have rescued by G-d from a white master, search all over then world until we find another Arab or Indian master, sheik or mufti that they can serve. G-d thought enough of us and had enough Mercy on us to raise leadership from among ourselves that the whole world respects, and never again put us under any Master but Him. And yet we search all over for anything that doesn’t look like selves.

It’s really very simple and again my dear sister, Zaimah Ella-Jefe put it into perspective:

Zaimah Ella-Jefe

Yesterday at 10:39am · Edited ·

In this, the last of times… There are two obvious and clear paths.

Path 1.) The side that promotes the best of our human nature, that is good inside us which The Creator, The Most High, has created us to be and build more upon. This is a life based on morality, and requires discipline, higher motivations and isn’t usually popular. Extra emphasis on sacrifice, community focus, and spiritual success.

Path 2.) The side that seeks to lower our humanity to sensation based pleasures. It calls us to a life of feeling good, having fun, unaccountability and a lack of regard for morals. Extra emphasis on physical and material success at the expense of spiritual success. Self is the main focus. (“Obey your thirst.” “Do what you want to do.” “YOLO”)

Look at your behavior. Not simply your ideals. But your actions and lifestyle. What path are you on?”

Is this any different than what Allah (G-d) says in the Qur’an?

90:01 I do call to witness this City;-

90:02 And thou art a freeman of this City;-

90:03 And (the mystic ties of) parent and child;-

90:04 Verily We have created man into toil and struggle.

90:05 Thinketh he, that none hath power over him?

90:06 He may say (boastfully); Wealth have I squandered in abundance!

90:07 Thinketh he that none beholdeth him?

90:08 Have We not made for him a pair of eyes?-

90:09 And a tongue, and a pair of lips?-

90:10 And shown him the two highways?

90:11 But he hath made no haste on the path that is steep.

90:12 And what will explain to thee the path that is steep?-

90:13 (It is:) freeing the bondman;

90:14 Or the giving of food in a day of privation

90:15 To the orphan with claims of relationship,

90:16 Or to the indigent (down) in the dust.

90:17 Then will he be of those who believe, and enjoin patience, (constancy, and self-restraint), and enjoin deeds of kindness and compassion.

90:18 Such are the Companions of the Right Hand.

90:19 But those who reject Our Signs, they are the (unhappy) Companions of the Left Hand.

90:20 On them will be Fire vaulted over (all round).

My sister pointed out the steep path. And all I see the Pope doing during his visit was using his tongue and his two lips to urge support for the indigent (economic justice), the orphan (refugees) and freedom. As Muslims we all know the theological issues that we have with the People of the Book. But Allah (G-d) dealt with those issues when He revealed the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad—to correct those who were given previous revelation and went astray. And Allah (G-d) says that He will tell us the truth of what we did and the value of our deeds. The Prophet himself lived in a society with Jews, Christians and pagans and never fought them unless they fought him, and endured a lot of persecution until Allah gave him the upper hand. If we are going to be Muslims we need to look carefully at what and whom we are following.

It’s Time to Look Beyond the Labels

It’s Time to Look Beyond the Labels

September 24, 2015

Eid Mubarak. This is blessed holiday for Muslims and we wish all people a blessed day. We love all the descendants of Adam, and it seems that that is one of the things lacking from the recent Republican debates and dialogue. They seem to be lacking good Christian values—not rhetoric but practice. None of those who are covering themselves in the mantle of Christian Conservative values seem to asking themselves “What Would Jesus Do?” If they did they would discover that he would do the same thing Muhammad would do. Yet they would disqualify a Muslim from public leadership. It seems like some of them are following a white racist Jesus instead of an honored prophet of G-d.

Klan and ISIS

Too often people hide their wickedness under the cover of a righteous label. The real test is, do they accept the inherent dignity of all of the Children of Adam? Or are they still holding on to the old slavemaster teaching that African Americans don’t have the same human origin? It’s tyranny on the life of the poor and oppressed when people have this exaggerated view of themselves. I, for one am not impressed by their perceived stature, but we should not think that they are not dangerous.

Facism in Flag

The slave master is as damaged by slavery as we were. They had to compromise the best of Christian values to justify their enslavement and mistreatment of African Americans. They had to compromise the best aspirations of the Founding Fathers for the promise and destiny of this country. It was our struggle that brought them back to those values and they just can’t take that. These same Founding Fathers found much of their inspiration from Islam for the Constitution. Those who think that Islam is incompatible with American life and future are simply uninformed. Unfortunately they have formed an unholy alliance with the media. I have yet to see the media describe the horrible murderous acts of whites as terrorism. I have yet to see the media reference the long history of domestic terrorism against African Americans in this country.

3 Domestic Terrorists

Domestic Terrorist.1

They isolate these incidents and excuse the behavior of the sociopaths and psychopaths among their people. And when they do acknowledge their wrongs its on false and immoral basis.

Recently, Rini Sampath, a brown skinned East Asian, and student body president at the University of Southern California, was walking back from a friend’s apartment, when someone leaned out of a fraternity house window, shouted: “You Indian piece of s—!” and hurled a drink at her. “Once his fraternity brothers realized it was me, they began to apologize,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “This stung even more.”

In New York, tennis star James Blake was slammed to the ground, handcuffed and wrongfully arrested after a plainclothes police officer mistook him for a fraud suspect. A former NYPD officer recognized him and told the active duty officers who he was before he was released. Families of other victims of police abuse rallied demanding apologies and justice from the city.

O You're Famous

The thing that both of these attacks have in common, beside the demented mentality and diseased heart of the perpetrators is that both aggressors apologized when they found out who the victim was—Like, “we thought you were just a regular nigger. We would have discriminated against you on a much higher scale had we known. We got special discrimination for special niggers.”

The only reason I can see why they insist on hiding their true feelings behind hoods, and badges and flags is that they’re cowards. They don’t have the courage to just come out and say “I am better you than you.” They know they can’t back it up. If they weren’t cowards, they’d take off the hoods and the masks and get in the ring. Strip down to their shorts, none of that fakery, and see what they’ve got against a Jack Johnson, a Muhammad Ali or a Floyd Mayweather. Let’s see where the superiority lies. Or let them compete in establishing civilization for thousands of years like in Egypt, or let them compete in establishing religious freedom and cooperation like in Muslim Spain. Or develop yourself a complete system of knowledge like Algebra or Astronomy.

It’s time to look beyond the labels. I’ve got news for you. When you’re in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and you need a blood transfusion into those venom filled veins in your body, you may care where the blood comes from but your body won’t. When that corrupt heart of yours stops ticking, and you try to replace it, your body won’t care where it comes from. And in spite of all the power and wealth you boast of now, when you leave this earth and the bugs are crawling over your corpse in the grave, you won’t even have the power then to raise your hand and flick the bug off. Prophet Muhammed said in his last sermon: “All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action.”

We Support Our Troops

Lt. Emily Perez

Honoring Army 2nd Lt. Emily J.T. Perez who selflessly sacrificed her life nine years ago today in Kifl, Iraq for our great Country. Please help me honor her so that she is not forgotten.

September 23, 2015

Nuri Madina shared We Support Our Troops‘s photo

Kawaka Jalil I know y’all is going to be like “here it comes”, but please explain to me how she gave her life for this country?

Nuri Madina: I had to respond to this comment because I know that this is a seeming contradiction that many of us have had, including myself: “Why would I sacrifice anything for “this” country and “them”? G-d tells us to claim our inheritance; not walk into a promised land with effort, but earn it. “They” claimed it, and I feel we’ve earned it and its now our time to claim it. She gave her life for “her” country and its promise and its destiny, which she saw herself a part of. African Americans have made a bigger investment in this country than most of the late comers that now want to say what we can do, what office we can hold, what we can aspire to. Our ancestors paid in blood, sweat and their lives for us to have this opportunity. For us to leave here now or to not claim the reward of their labor they would be turning over in their graves. If we had nothing but a shack here and it was ours we should defend it. Read https://nurimadina.com/…/g-d-planted-his-people-here…/ and https://nurimadina.com/…/the-mosque-cares-26th-annual…/ and you’ll see why “I don’t have a problem with what America and her flag “claims” to represent. I believe she’s had good intentions. My problem is with her execution. But isn’t that all of our problem. We have good intentions and we do the best we can do. We end up not being perfect but we hope to be judged one day on our good intentions. I’m not going anywhere and I’m not giving up anything. My ancestors made an investment in sweat blood and tears here, much more so than many of the late coming European immigrants. …Everything that G-d gave every people was taken from us– our language, our religion, our culture. We are new people with a new soul and a new mind and G-d caused the seed of this new people to be planted here in American soil. The purpose, our destiny–to be a mighty force in shaping the world in the image that G-d had intended…I’m not giving up any of that and I’m not leaving anything on the table. G-d promised me that if I did right I would be the inheritor of all these good things that we love in America and I know He never breaks His promise.

Republicans Eye Dream Ticket: Buffoonery and Coonery

Republicans Eye Dream Ticket: Buffoonery and Coonery

September 22, 2015

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/its-up-to-voters-to-reject-trump-and-carsons-bigotry/2015/09/21/09bce8f0-60a5-11e5-9757-e49273f05f65_story.html?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_headlines

“There is undoubtedly a strain of bigotry in the conservative electorate to which this sort of thing appeals.”

Ben Carson joins the race of Republican candidates in the race to the bottom of stupid.

 

Stupid

Ben Carson joins the race of Republican candidates in the race to the bottom of stupid. Says no Muslim should ever become US president and Islam is not consistent with US constitution. Wrong on both counts but we’ve seen him before. Malcolm saw through him way back then:

Malcolm

So if you want to know what he’ll say next, find out what the slavemaster wants him to say.

“Fox News Host Tells Pope Francis to Leave U.S.: He Doesn’t Belong Here: Capitalism is Our Savior”

September 19, 2015

Fox News Host Tells Pope Francis to Leave U.S.: He Doesn’t Belong Here: Capitalism is Our Savior”

 Fox News Host

The Sadducees Are Alive and Well

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade said that he thinks Pope Francis should just stay out of America if he is going to criticize the GOP’s obsession with capitalism and climate change denial.

http://ringoffireradio.com/2015/09/fox-news-host-tells-pope-francis-to-leave-u-s-he-doesnt-belong-here-money-and-capitalism-are-our-savior/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork

The Sadducees took their name from Sadoc, a teacher of the law in a divinity school in Jerusalem. They are those who don’t believe in a resurrection or any life after death.  They believe in materialism, that everything in the human life comes from something physical.  Jesus pointed the finger at both the Pharisees and Sadducees, saying: “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.” Matthew 16:6 See also Matthew 16, 11.  The leaven is true doctrine once it is blown up with lies, false teachings and false spirit.

Bob Marley

A New Definition of Darkness

A New Definition of Darkness

September 18, 2015

We need a new definition of darkness, because it is obvious that this society’s demonization of black (dark) skin has run its course. It’s only the very ignorant or very bigoted that still hold onto this idea. It’s not really a new definition. On the higher intellectual plane thinkers have always seen the physical darkness as a metaphor for the absence of light  (knowledge) and rational thinking in our psyche. In the time of Prophet Muhammad, the society that he brought Islam and intelligent behavior to was described, before Islam, as Jahaliyyah or a Period of darkness i.e.  ignorance. It’s just time now that the common people take another look at darkness and see its true meaning–Ignorance, Fear, Lies, Jealousy

Faith is the light of our lives and Fear is the absence of faith thus darkness. Truth is the light of our moral lives and Lies is the absence of truth and thus darkness. Knowledge is the light of our rational lives and ignorance is the absence of knowledge and thus darkness. So there’s a new group of dark people here today and they’re not African Americans.

The biggest fear that is being stoked by the bigoted leaders is of a greater Muslim influence in America. According to the U.S. military, as of mid-August, fighting the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq has cost U.S. taxpayers $3.7 billion , an average of $9.9 million a day, since the air war began last year. Republican presidential candidates in the debates Wednesday night said they would send thousands of U.S. ground troops into Syria and Iraq to battle the Islamic State. In the biggest trending story in social media last week, a 14 year Muslim student in Texas, Ahmed Mohamed, ingeniously made a homemade clock and took it to school to show to his teacher, and was arrested. One person, who probably couldn’t make a glass of Kool Aid himself tweeted: “How stupid does someone have to be to bring a brief case clock to school.” The real question is how stupid a school full of administrators and teachers could be to not call the bomb squad and evacuate the school if they really thought it was a bomb? And as the recent Republican presidential debate also pointed out, read through all the coded language and you will see the Republicans showing themselves to be arrogant, bigoted and fearful of the loss of centuries of white privilege.

The fear of Muslim world dominance is fed by the lies of history, that Prophet Muhammad spread Islam by fire and the sword. The Prophet himself warned against harming innocent people and even the trees and crops of an enemy. He also emphasized that Christians and Jews were not disbelievers and enemies. Thomas Carlyle, a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian, teacher and one of the West’s intellectuals and considered one of the most important social commentators of his times said in  the 1840s “Accusing [the Prophet] of relying on the sword for people to respond to his preaching is incomprehensible nonsense!” This conservative fear and paranoia is illustrated by the question posed to Donald Trump and the subsequent second most trending story in social media last week and that was an audience member’s statement that President Obama was a Muslim. Democrats jumped on Trump’s failure to dispute the assertion but Trump said he was not obligated to defend Obama. The question we should ask of any of our potential leaders is do you acknowledge an obligation to defend the truth? No one addressed the real issue though which was: “So what if he was…” My community does not live in fear of an ISIS attack or of the Muslim next door.  I am the Muslim next door. Our fear is of our son or daughter not getting home safely through the violent streets or safely through those sworn to serve and protect us from those violent streets. And too many of the police have the same “dark” mindset as ISIS.

And some of them just have a dark heart like Dylan Roof, a white supremacist who killed nine African American Christian worshippers in a Charleston, South Carolina church because he felt “blacks were taking over the world”. What are we taking over when the whole world is out here working and we’re out here twerking?

There is a direct correlation between high poverty rates, high illiteracy rates and states with the lowest incomes: http://247wallst.com/special-report/2015/09/17/richest-and-poorest-states/2/  For example, Mississippi, highest poverty rate at 21.5%; West Virginia, 18.3%, Arkansas, 18.9%, Alabama, 19.3%, Kentucky, 19.1%, Tennessee, 18.3%, Louisiana, 19.8%. Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas are also among the top ten conservative states. http://www.gallup.com/poll/160196/alabama-north-dakota-wyoming-conservative-states.aspx

Let’s look at the rhetoric coming from the political leadership in those states and their conservative allies. This is no reflection on the people of those states. I have found most of them to be the warmest and kindest people in the country. But political leaders tend to play on the fears and ignorance of their constituents.

Here is what their leaders are doing and saying. Since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 2011, they’ve voted 54 times to undo, revamp or tweak the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), even though the law has provided 9 million more people Health care coverage and reduced the uninsured population to 1 in 10. Ben Carson’s take on Obamacare is that it is “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. In a way, it is slavery, because it is making all of us subservient to the government.”

Mississippi Republican leaders attended a rally in Blackhawk, Mississippi in July 2003. The rally was put on by the Council of Conservative Citizens, the white supremacist organization that influenced Dylan Roof. Jeb Bush said his brother, former President George W. Bush, had kept the country safe, ignoring the fact that almost 3,000 people had been killed at the World Trade Center and that 4,500 servicemen were killed in Iraq, which had no connection to the Trade Center attack and based on WMDs that never existed. Sarah Palin said that Ahmed, who brought the clock to school was asking for it and her daughter Bristol accused President Obama of promoting racial strife by inviting Ahmed to the White House. Rush Limbaugh said: “The only way to reduce the number of nuclear weapons is to use them.”

So this is your line-up of potential Republican leaders and pundits. The thing I see lacking in all of their positions is light (knowledge, intelligence, facts) and I think this ignorance and fear should be seen as darkness or if you like, the new black.

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