Archive for September, 2008

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The Rich Are Staging a Coup

September 29, 2008

I just received this letter from Michael Moore.  The only problem with it is that it assumes the rich weren’t already controlling everything and needed to stage a “coup.”  All they’re really doing is re-solidifying their stranglehold over the American people and the rest of the world.

The majority of us have been experiencing a “financial crisis” since Bush stepped into office, but we’re only now hearing about it in the media when the fat cats need to be bailed out to save their billions from flushing down the toilet.  The rich stay rich, and according to Michael’s analysis, they might even get richer after this bailout. 

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Sarah Palin on Israel Attacking Iran

September 27, 2008

Palin says that an Israeli attack on Iran should never be “second guessed.”

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: “We don’t have to
second-guess what their efforts would be if they believe that it is in
their country and their allies, including us, all of our best interests
to fight against a regime, especially Iran, who would seek to wipe them
off the face of the earth. It is obvious to me who the good guys are in
this one and who the bad guys are. The bad guys are the ones who say
Israel is a stinking corpse and should be wiped off the face of the
earth. That’s not a good guy who is saying that. Now, one who would
seek to protect the good guys in this, the leaders of Israel and her
friends, her allies, including the United States, in my world, those
are the good guys.”

Why does this woman sound like an 8 year old talking about an episode of Power Rangers?

These “good guys” she speaks of are the same ones who have illegally occupied Palestinian land for 60 years; “good guys” who repeatedly abuse, bulldoze homes, kill, and torture Palestinians; “good guys” who occupied Lebanon for 20 years and even knowingly attack reporters, UN observers, Red Cross vehicles, and even ships belonging to their own allies.

She is correct to use the phrase “in my world” because Sarah Palin obviously does not live in the real world.

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Iran, Israel, and the One-State Solution

September 25, 2008

CNN has posted a video of Larry King’s interview with Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  I took the time this morning to watch and came away with two main observations:

1. It greatly increase my respect for and admiration of the Iranian president.  He is both intelligent and tactful in his response and also seems genuine.

2. Larry King, all things considered, did a pretty good job of letting Ahmadinejad talk without bombarding him with ridiculous accusations and misquotes (although he did not shy away from many of the dumb controversial questions that many Americans have asked).

Above all else, however, I came away with a new understanding about the Iranian position on Israel.  Although many people in the west commonly assume that Iran wishes for Israel to be destroyed (whatever that actually means), the words of the Iranian president were quite different.

He apparently advocates something that few Americans, Israelis, or even Palestinians dare to even consider: a one-state solution.  For decades now we’ve been inundated with the concept of two states, both a Jewish one and a Palestinian one.  But the only truly fair solution, according to Ahmadinejad, is for the people of that region to unite under one state, hold a referendum for the future makeup of their new government, and reform their country into something open, democratic, and just.

This, of course, would mean that the Palestinians, especially if one includes the ones who are living in exile, would hold a majority vote, just as the black South Africans did when the Apartheid regime was overturned.  Had they instead formed a separate “black” state, they would have been isolated and decimated by their white counterparts.

The real reason for the insistence upon the two-state solution is that it is the only way to preserve a “Jewish” state.  Although westerners commonly refer to Israel as “the only democratic state in the middle east,” it is actually anything but democratic.  It serves the interests of Jews and Jews alone.  It ignores the rights even of the arabs who are citizens while also denying citizenship to the majority of Palestinians.

To give the Palestinians citizenship in Israel would effectively end the reign of the Zionist (Apartheid) regime.  Replacing it with something democratic and free for both Jews and Palestinians is the only way to ensure lasting freedom and success for both parties.

This is Iran’s stance on the issue.  It is not one of violent uphevil and extermination of the Jewish people.  It is a stance that is probably the only realistic (yet bitter-tasting) solution if the Israelis expect to ever live without fear and the Palestinans ever hope to truly have freedom.

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Sheikh Jehad Ismail

September 21, 2008

I had intended to spend the second half of Ramadan listening to the lectures of Hasanain Rajabali, but the website that is publishing his lectures is, once again, using a lousy proprietary windows media streaming server that makes it difficult for Linux and Mac users.

Granted, I could labor it at it and possibly get it to stream through the mplayer plugin, but then I’d be tied to my browser.  The benefit of at least having an mp3 download is that I can drop it into my nokia n800 and go or at least stop it and come back to the place where I left off earlier.

At any rate, I turned to youtube in my search for another lecturer and found one who has not left me disappointed at all.  In fact, he’s been quite a pleasant surprise.  His name is Sheikh Jehad Ismail.  He has his own website called The Awaited One Foundation.  It is certainly worth a visit.  This brother, who is quite laid back and even amusing at times, even has a Facebook account and will answer your questions directly on Facebook.

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Obama and Muslims

September 16, 2008

Many Muslims (myself included) have expressed concern that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has not met with American Muslims nor addressed their concerns, but apparently, on at least one occasion, he has.  This is actually old (from May), but it’s news to me.  I do not recall it being mentioned in the media at all.

Imam Sayid Hassan Al-Qazwini met on Wednesday May 14, 2008 with Senator Barack Obama, the democratic presidential candidate. The private meeting between the two took place at Macomb Community College – Michigan. In this meeting Imam Qazwini and Senator Obama discussed the upcoming presidential election, the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East and the War in Iraq.

Furthermore, in the end of the meeting Imam Qazwini offered a copy of his newly released book “American Crescent” to senator Obama. Imam Qazwini also invited Senator Obama to visit the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn.

(alqazwini.org)

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The Prophet's Fasting

September 13, 2008

From OneUmmah.net:

A few narrations about how and when the Prophet (pbuh) used to fast.

Read it here.

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We are from God and to Him we return

September 9, 2008

Our condolences and prayers go out to all of the students, followers, family, and friends of Imam W.D. Mohammed, who passed away today in this holiest of months.

May Allah bless him, forgive him for his shortcomings, and have mercy on him, and there are none who are more merciful than the Most Merciful.