To find the answer to these and other questions it is necessary to ask deeper questions. Why did Europe decide it could take in the poor and dispossessed of the world? Why did we decide that anybody in the world fleeing war, or just seeking a better life, could come to Europe and call it home?
The reasons lie partly in our history, not least in the overwhelming German guilt, which has spread across the Continent and affected even our cultural cousins in America and Australia. Egged on by those who wish us ill, we have fallen for the idea that we are uniquely guilty, uniquely to be punished, and uniquely in need of having our societies changed as a result.
When people point out the downsides of this approach—not least that more immigration from Muslim countries produces many problems, including terrorism—we get the final explanation. It doesn’t matter, we are told: Because of globalization this is inevitable and we can’t stop it anyway.
All these instincts, when put together, are the stuff of suicide. They spell out the self-annihilation of a culture as well as a continent. Conversations with European policy makers and politicians have made this abundantly clear to me. They tell me with fury that it “must” work. I suggest that with population change of this kind, at this speed, it may not work at all.
Yet still it is possible that the publics will not go along with the instincts of their leaders. Earlier this year, a poll of European attitudes was published in which citizens of 10 countries were asked a tough question: whether they agreed that there should be no more Muslim migration into their countries. Majorities in eight out of the 10 countries, including France and Germany, said they wanted no more Muslim immigrants.
Jeg er ikke enig med Murray i, at det er europæerne eller europæisk kultur som sådan, der har et døds- eller selvmordsønske. Men mistanken om, at visse af vore politikere har et ønske om at agere selvmords-mordere er nærliggende. Nærliggende fordi det forekommer patologisk, at insistere på at fortsætte et projekt – islamiseringen – som kun kan ende i en katastrofe.
Klip fra et par artikler om selvmords-mordere:
There’s a special way to commit suicide, and that is: Take someone else with you.
But killing others, then killing oneself, is a spectacle of monstrous contrasts: It’s a display of terrifying power (over life itself, and not just mine but yours) but also of pathetic impotence (he couldn’t handle life but also couldn’t handle death, thus needed company). It’s fierce but cowardly. Self-obsessed yet hyper-social. It is at once a cry for help and a command to be condemned.
…combined with anger that he had been ‘forced’ to follow his wife to confirm his suspicions.”
Ah, “forced.” Those of us who have lost loved ones to suicide know this word all too well, along with “I have no other choice” and “Without him/her/it, I have nothing.” The world goes black-and-white for the suicidal person, and the future goes blackest of all: a total blank. Believing himself “forced” to kill his unfaithful wife and then himself, Grinhaff was also “forced” to render his young daughters not just orphans but the children of a murderer.
The passive voice: I am forced. Which is to say: Someone or something else besides me is to blame.
En psykolog, Daniel C. Claiborn (Ph.D.) forklarere om, hvad der får selvmords-morderne til at gøre som de gør, til BBC relaterede KCUR bl.a.:
“Well I think we really in a way have to separate out the murder part from the suicide part…I think there are certain factors that influence a person to be willing to take the step of murdering someone. I think that has to do with a person who is highly emotional, who is impulsive. Most people who commit murder are young, so they are more of an age where people are impulsive and they do things quickly…Probably it’s more common with people who are highly self-centered, who are used to being in control of themselves and other people, and also have a very strong need to protect their image… ”
“Then the suicide part is probably related to similar things. If a person is very self-centered and has a lot of pride and a lot of concern about their image, once they’ve committed some horrible act, they may be a lot less able to imagine a life after that in which they make amends, are accepted again by the community, are able to recover, overcome this and do anything healthy and productive. They may not be able to imagine that happening. It may be a bigger blow to their ego to imagine the disapproval and the condemnation of others after this has happened, and so those factors might propel them to feel that they have to remove themselves from the situation, rather than to face consequences.
Snaphanen har også en post om udgivelsen og linker Mark Steyn interwive med Murray, som også kan ses her.
According to the Pakistan Observer, the a Taliban leader who attended his funeral was quoted as saying, “The Coalition troops are engaged in a mad search operation but they would never be able to fulfill their cherished goal of getting Usama alive or dead.”
Apparently he was suffering from a lung complication and died in mid-December near the Tora Bora mountains.
The source said he was buried at his home, and 30 associates and friends were present.
The idea that he died from lung complications also matches with State Department official Dr. Steve R. Pieczenik’s claim that Osama had marfan syndrome, which puts sufferers at higher risk of lung collapse.
Apparently Pieczenik was privy to the fact that CIA physicians had treated Osama, and the intelligence roster listed him as having marfan syndrome.
Pieczenik also claims the US knew Osama was dead before invading.
According to French Intelligence reports, the CIA visited Osama in an American hospital in Dubai, July 2001, 2 months before 9/11.
The Guardian Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2001/nov/01/afghanistan.terrorism
Vice released a video where they went to the alleged location of the Seal Team raid, and spoke with several residents, all of which said Osama had never been in the area. Some even going as far as saying if he had, they’d have wanted to meet him.Here is a timeline for easier reference: https://www.reddit.com/r/conspiracy/comments/1neohk/timeline_osama_bin_laden_died_on_december_14_2001/
Furthermore, we apparently know that at least one of Osama’s videos were faked by (((Israeli))) defense company Intel Center and the CIA.
Notwithstanding the ludicrous official narrative of what went down at Abbottabad, there have not been many coherent attempts at an alternative explanation as to why the raid was sanctioned and what actually happened.
Osama Bin Laden’s actual date of death is contested, but there is credible evidence that he was already dead just a few short months after 9/11. He was reported to be suffering from a serious kidney disease which requires dialysis, called Marfan syndrome, and he either died from the effects of this disease or complications thereof or was murdered by US sponsored hitman, as suggested by Benazir Bhutto shortly before she was herself assassinated.
Either way, his death was necessary, because it is clear that Bin Laden was not going to play the part of “the evil 9/11 mastermind” that the Cheney/Bush administration needed for their phony trillion-dollar war on terror. Indeed, Bin Laden had publicly stated he was NOT responsible for or even aware of the 9/11 attacks which was also reported by CNN – completely off message!
The Cheney/Bush administration took advantage of his death to perpetuate, indeed crank up, the Osama Bin Laden myth by using a double (perhaps more than one) who appeared on several scripted videos which were delivered to Al Jazeera. The fact that this body double was younger than Bin Laden, didn’t look or speak like him, wore a gold ring (forbidden to Sunnis) etc made some people suspicious, but it was enough to fool the American public into believing that Osama was alive, guilty, and an ongoing threat to their “freedoms”.
Fast-forward to 2011 and an Obama administration in a bit of trouble. There were a number of issues, including the circus surrounding Barrack Obama’s birth certificate, that were threatening to derail his campaign for re-election. It was decided that the publication of a computer-fabricated PDF of a long-form Hawaiian “birth certificate”, followed by a good news spectacular event would give the media the excuse to drop the birth certificate bone and move on.
The big news story to follow the birth-certificate publication, to be announced to the world by Obama, would be the death of the boogeyman, Osama Bin Laden. Coincidentally, it was at this time that the US media appears to have collectively decided to re-brand Osama as “Usama”, presumably so their less gifted viewers/readers didn’t confuse their esteemed President with Osama Bin Laden.
So, the Administration knew that their tame Bin Laden body double was holed up in Abbottabad, in Pakistan, and decided to “retire” him in a blaze of election-sealing glory. Of course, they would have to dispose of the body to hide the fact that it wasn’t actually Bin Laden. They would also need to dispose of the raiding party who would have discovered that the Osama they were sent to “abduct” was an impostor.
I am going to contradict some of the unofficial “Seal Team 6” conspiracy by stating that the individuals in the raiding party dropped into the Abbottabad compound were probably NOT Navy Seals. They were most likely expendable Afghani mercenaries recruited by the US administration, wearing Navy Seal combat gear. According to a local resident who witnessed the entire event these commandos all spoke Pashtun, not English, and he stated that the helicopter that picked all the raiding party up (along with the bogus Bin Laden) was blown up immediately after taking off. Whether it was a bomb, a surface-to-air missile or whether it was shot down by one of the two other helicopters which also took part on the mission, I don’t know. However, there were no survivors (the US claimed nobody was even injured!), just pieces of people and a stealth helicopter inside the compound that the US tried very hard to stop anybody else getting their hands on. There was obviously no “burial at sea” – this was just the best excuse they could come up with to explain the lack of a body.
So although there may have been Navy Seals in the other helicopters who witnessed the actual raid from a distance, none of them were in the compound. The pilots of two other helicopters would have seen what happened to their colleague piloting the blown up helicopter and possibly they had to be silenced. It could be that the Navy Seals who died in the well documented helicopter “crash” in Afghanistan were simply collateral damage.
Hayman Al Zawahiri was the head of Al Qaeda long before the Abbottabad raid in 2011. Al Qaeda’s apparent press releases condemning the murder of an unarmed “Osama Bin Laden” may have been an expedient strategy for them – to recruit new jihadists to their cause. The reports of Osama’s death from Marfan state that he was buried in Tora Bora in full accordance with Sunni Muslim custom.Why would Bush leave Obama with a reelection strategy?
Obama’s eligibility for the US Presidency was and remains a very real issue. I do happen to know plenty about Constitutional law and I looked into this specific issue in considerable detail. 99.99% of Americans have never read the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act – the legislation in force at the time Obama’s birth. I have written some notes on how Section 301(a)(7) of this legislation explicitly precludes a woman of Ann Dunham’s age from conferring her US citizenship on her son as of right. Obama’s birthplace is of the utmost significance.
Iran’s massive funding of terrorist groups that endanger Israel was exposed in shocking detail by IDF Military Intelligence chief Maj.- Gen. Hertzi Halevi on Wednesday.
Speaking at the IDC Herzliya Conference, Halevi revealed that Iran is funding Hezbollah to the tune of $75 million a year, while paying $50m. of Hamas’s budget and approximately $70m. to Islamic Jihad.
Connecting Hamas’s alliance with Iran to recent criticism of Israel for the humanitarian situation in the Gaza strip, Halevi placed the blame for a lack of construction supplies and the electricity problem squarely on Hamas.
Israel has let into the Strip “four times the volume of building materials” required to build one of the world’s largest buildings, but “Hamas is using the materials for war, not rebuilding,” he said.
For all of the talk we engage in about Islamist extremism, it’s hard to believe we don’t have anything resembling a coherent policy to tackle this menace.
Canada doesn’t have its act together on this most vital of global issues. But we’re not alone. The United States, for all of its conflicts with al-Qaeda and ISIS along with homegrown extremism, doesn’t have a clearly articulated philosophy.
Case in point: The other week the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee held controversial hearings on “Ideology and Terror: Understanding the Tools, Tactics and Techniques of Violent Extremism”.
They were controversial both because of who testified and, shockingly, because some of the Democrats on the committee didn’t even think the hearings were necessary.
Who can say how many of us will be killed by Muslim fascists between now and next Ramadan? Whether it’s us or some of our loved ones who die one thing remains certain: before our/their dead bodies have a chance to cool the gutless apologists for Islam will be defending our/their killers.
And those same political robots will badger and harass those who mourn us to try to browbeat them into never using the words “Islam” or “Muslim” when referring to the murderous animals responsible.
But Ramadan 2017 ended a few days ago, so here’s our final body count:
PEOPLE KILLED IN TERRORIST ATTACKS IN THE NAME OF ALL OTHER RELIGIONS DURING RAMADAN 2017: 0 … ZERO … NONE.
PEOPLE KILLED IN TERRORIST ATTACKS IN THE NAME OF ISLAM DURING RAMADAN 2017: ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED NINETY-FIVE PLUS OVER ONE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED SIXTY INJURED.
June 23rd: Tal Adda, Pakistan – Even in Muslim nations Muslim fascists kill other Muslims for not worshipping the exact same way they do. So if you think converting to Islam will save you, forget it! On this date Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, the local affiliate of the Global Muslim Fascist Murder Machine, used bombs to kill SIXTY-SEVEN innocent people and injure TWO HUNDRED SIXTY-ONE more.
June 18th: Maiduguri, Nigeria – Five female Muslim fascist suicide bombers killed SIXTEEN innocent people and injured ELEVEN more.
June 23rd: Quetta, Pakistan – An Islamofascist suicide bomber killed 12 innocent people and injured 16 more.
June 21st: Kolofata, Cameroon – A Fedayeen suicide bomber killed 8 innocent people and injured 6 more.
June 18th: Kayamla, Nigeria – Boko Haram, the local affiliate of the Global Muslim Fascist Murder Machine, ambushed and killed 8 innocent people.
June 17th: Pattani, Thailand – Members of the “vulnerable” Muslim community bombed 6 innocent people to death and injured 4 more.
June 16th: Achabal, India – Islamofascists killed 6 innocent people then mutilated their bodies. ** REMEMBER: Decades ago Muslims claimed that they would stop killing people in India as long as Pakistan was officially designated as its own state for Muslims. It was, of course, but Muslim fanatics have STILL not stopped the violence. THIS IS ALWAYS ISLAM’S PATTERN OVER THE DECADES –
a) Use violence to force political, social, territorial and religious concessions from non-Muslims, promising to end the violence when those concessions are granted.
b) After the concessions are granted, refuse to stop the violence anyway. Repeat the process indefinitely. Plus in the 21st Century Muslims can count on the Left-Wing Archie Bunkers who pretend to be Liberals to provide PR aide by siding ONLY with Muslims who hate the Western World.
June 18th: Bamako, Mali – Jihadists attacked a resort and killed 5 innocent people and injured 8 more.
June 17th: Bintagoungou, Mali – Muslim fascists attacked and killed 5 innocent people and injured 8 more. (Yes, by sheer coincidence the exact same dead and wounded on two attacks listed consecutively.)
June 17th: Gumsuri, Nigeria – Boko Haram, the local affiliate of the Global Muslim Fascist Murder Machine, killed 5 innocent people.
June 16th: Mandera, Kenya – Al-Shabaab, the local affiliate of the Global Muslim Fascist Murder Machine, bombed 4 innocent people to death and injured 11 more.
June 23rd: Elwak, Kenya – Muslim fascists shot 3 innocent people to death and injured 3 more.
Due to limited space I cannot cover ALL of those daily attacks by Muslim fanatics in which 1 or 2 or 3 or so deaths result.
THERE WOULDN’T BE ENOUGH SPACE ON HERE TO COVER ALL THE RAPES BEING COMMITTED BY MUSLIM “REFUGEES” (really able-bodied men) THROUGHOUT EUROPE. JUST SEARCH ONLINE FOR THEM.
As always these days many people are so paranoid about information that does not come from a site of their own choosing I’m not bothering with links. Just search online for this info and read for yourself from whatever site you prefer.
FOR A LOOK AT ALLEGEDLY “UNWINNABLE” WARS CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/2014/09/14/unwinnable-wars-muslim-savages-brag-about-beheading-another-non-combatant/
FOR MORE ON LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/category/liberals-and-conservatives/
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The One, Allah, God , The Lord, The Merciful and all the other wonderful names we have given The Almighty. This post is very special to me and perhaps I cannot say all that I want in just one page but I will try.
Being a person of faith has definitely shaped me and my outlook on life but I cannot claim that I always was and just like many other youths , I have questioned the existence of God and even more so when life gets tough and it seems that there could possibly be no God when I am in so much pain.
I come from a Muslim family but my immediate family occasionally practiced and my family back home was a mix of practicing Muslims and agnostics so I did not necessarily see my family pray 5 times a day, fast all the days of Ramadan, celebrate Eid and so on. This however only makes me more proud that the strong faith that I have today is a combination of perhaps being born in a Muslim family but more so of my search for God, my understanding of my existence and having faith.
My teenage years was full of phases ; party hard ,good girl , all round achiever in school, religious and through out all of these , I was always in search of God and weather my religion made sense because why should I wear a scarf , why do we have so many rules? why do we constantly talk about how hot hell will be? I was the girl in class that asked my Islamic teacher why I couldn’t marry 4 men ? These were all genuine questions that I was curious about because anyways I wasn’t force into doing any religious acts at home but I did not want to just blindly follow or be called a Muslim , yet not have the answers.
In the search for the existence of God, an incident changed the path of my search. I was around 15 I think and I had a ‘bad boy’ boyfriend , which I thought was very exciting because how fun, rebellious and a ‘MAN’ for not being afraid. I was constantly warned by people that knew him that he was no good but I thought ” come on , how crazy can a boy be , specially in this safe community”. of course there were several times I was alone with him , whether outside or in his car but eventually we broke up in a couple of months because he wanted to control my where about and I thought “no man is going to tell me what to do “. Fast forward a couple of months, a story shook the community , a girl was raped and left in middle of the desert by 5 guys, who thankfully were caught.
One of those boys was my ex-boyfriend and that shook me , that I could have been in her place, I was alone with this boy. I was so shocked and the first explanation was I was being protected by someone that was way bigger than me. This changed my search from the existence of God to how to deepen my faith , what does the verses mean? when did it start ? do I accept all religions ? should I be perfect? how can I be a better Muslim ?
I started reading the Quran in English , listening to discussions, asking more questions and questioning religious rituals that had divided the Muslim world into different sects. It has been a wonderful journey for the past 10 years as I understand the All Mighty. The only advice I can give to individuals that are in search of answers is to :
I will definitely write more posts about my search as one post cannot justify my findings.
More than 100,000 people gathered for Eid in a Birmingham park yesterday, making it the largest Eid celebration in Europe.
Record numbers of Muslim worshippers from around the world came together at Small Heath Park for Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.
Organisers estimate that as many as 106,000 people were at this year’s event.
Families, some of whom had travelled from as far as the US, prayed in unison at 9am to mark the start of the holy day.
They then enjoyed the many stalls and activities available, which included fairground rides, miniature golf and laser clay pigeon shooting.
During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims spend a month fasting every day from dawn until dusk. They do it for many reasons, one of which is to empathise with those who cannot eat through poverty or famine.
The Celebrate Eid event, hosted by Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre, is now in its seventh year.
It has seen growing numbers since its first major event in 2012, when just 12,000 people attended.
A spokesperson for the Masjid said: ‘This celebration is one of the most important in the Islamic religious calendar and it’s an opportunity for us all to come together in peace and unity.
‘We’re all overwhelmed that so many people from different faiths and from across the world have travelled to Birmingham for this year’s Celebrate Eid.
‘We’ve been working for months with five local mosques and our charity partner, Human Appeal, to organise the community for a memorable day of prayer, games and fun.’
Worshippers raised £435,000 in a single night for Human Appeal, an international human aid charity.
The money will go directly to the Saving Syria project, which is raising funds for orphans in the war-torn country.
Othman Moqbel, Human Appeal’s CEO, said: ‘It is a great honour once again for Human Appeal to be part of Celebrate Eid, the biggest gathering of Muslims in Europe.
‘As well as tragedy throughout the holy month of Ramadan, there has been unrivalled generosity.
‘British Muslims have given so much to help those in need here in the UK and around the globe.
‘This Eid we celebrate the generosity of the Muslim community.’
Eid mubarak everyone! I hope you had a blessed Eid filled with happiness and love! ❤️
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Most Muslims worldwide have completed this year’s fasting season. If I could summarize this past month in 3 words, I’d say this. Best. Month. EVER!
At the beginning of Ramadhan my intention was clear. I needed to learn how to trust, go with the flow and allow allow allow. It became clear to me that the rewards of this seasons would come to me in form of challenges. The more challenges I overcame, the more rewarding my fasting season would be. I believe that the reason this month has been such a success for me is because I set myself up for success by having a positive attitude towards challenges. I reminded myself that my Higher Power would never give me anything I couldn’t handle. In fact, God allowing challenges to come to me is a compliment to me. That must mean that God knew how strong I was. More importantly, I can testify that I never had to face a single challenge alone. God has been with me every step of the way. Alhamdulillah.
This has been a very refreshing time for me. It was a time of rest and reflection. I got to step out of what my life had become and see the bigger picture with more sober eyes. I witnessed my mind, body and soul make a beautiful connection. I learned things about myself in a month that are an equivalent of what I’ve learned over the past 5 years. I’ve learned many things from my personal development journey. I’ve been very aggressive about it over the years and I’ve been picking the pieces of wisdom on the go. This month has been the period when I’ve seen all this wisdom come together.
What changes did I see on the outside? I’m glad you asked. I have become very good at setting healthy boundaries for myself without building walls around myself. That has been great for my relationships in particular. I got clarity on who mattered and who didn’t. I became closer to the people that re meant for me and the rest naturally distanced themselves from me. More energy for me to focus on my loves :-) In general, I feel more respected. I may not be appealing to everyone but I sure appreciate being respected for being myself. I love that!
Another highlight I have to talk about is my fitness. For almost all my life I have had a huge chunk of self esteem issues surrounding my body image. I have managed to tackle my fitness the right way; from a position of self love. In taking better care of myself, I do not beat myself down for not being where I’d like to anymore. I genuinely appreciate the journey and my body rewards me for it. Trusting my body continues to be a heavenly experience for me. I grew up being told that my body is my enemy. I know better now. My body is my bff :-) I’ve received compliments about my weight this month that I hadn’t received my entire life. I was told that my tummy was flat. I was told that my waist was very small. I was even told I was petite! Yaass! I’m very excited now because I feel great about my body. I truly do. I say kind things to myself all the time. As a result, people around me and even strangers can pick that vibe from me. It’s only a matter of a very short time until the numbers on the scale come into alignment and join the party! Can’t wait…
The last and most important thing I got from this month is the direction I needed for how to run my life from here. I need to focus on being the kind of woman that would make a great wife and mother. This was surprising because I have a lot of career related dreams in my heart that I would like to go for. Being 24 years old, it seems safer and more logical to go for my career first. I learned this month that God has a different plan for me; that I have to focus on having a family first then pick my career up at a later time. I have no idea how this will be but I trust God. I will follow divine direction even if it may not be the most popular thing for a city girl of my age to do. I know that at some point I will have to deal with people that will think I’ve lost my mind for choosing this path. I will be strong enough to face them when the time comes. Everyday I follow my intuition and in return life becomes so EASY! So easy! I’m very excited to see what my life will be like until I get to next year’s Ramadhan InshAllah.
I recommend taking some down time for yourself too. It has done wonders for me and I bet you will benefit from it too. If you feel drained or like your life is a routine or like you are operating on autopilot right now, I encourage you to pause. In addition to the daily discipline of connecting to yourself and your Higher Power, take an extended period of time away from your normal life. Take a break. Your life will thank you for it.
The Claim: Non-Muslims carried out more than 90% of all terrorist attacks in America
The Claim: Most Terrorists in the U.S. are right wing, not Muslim.
You may hear it claimed that non-Muslims are responsible for most terrorist attacks on US soil, citing the FBI Terrorism Report 1980-2005. More recently, you may also hear the claim framed specifically as “most terrorists in the U.S. are right wing, not Muslim.”, citing a joint project by the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, a nonprofit media center, and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. The premise behind these claims is that far too much emphasis is placed on Islamic terrorism, when in reality non-Muslim terrorism is a greater threat.
The flaw in these claims is that they include attacks against property as well as people – so a vandalism attack by the Animal Liberation Front counts the same as September 11th World Trade Center Bombing that killed 2,996 people. In fact, of the 293 attacks listed in the FBI study, only 34 resulted in an injury and 26 resulting in a death.
Arguments based on data that include all terrorist attacks regardless of whether bodily harm resulted, or was even intended, are quite disingenuous when used to demonstrate that concern over Islamist terrorism is misplaced because they equate an act of vandalism with an act of mass murder.
Clearly, we are talking about attacks on civilians intended to cause mass casualties, and the organizations which plan, assist, encourage and execute such attacks. In addition to the immediate death toll, these attacks strike at the heart of an open society by targeting places where we gather together, interact and travel. The feelings of horror, fear and powerlessness that these attacks engender are attacks on the trust and freedom that make open societies possible. The Department of Homeland security does not have a $40 billion budget to prevent EarthFirst from setting SUVs on fire at a car dealership.
While it is fine and well in the aftermath of a terrorist attack of this sort to encourage our fellow citizens to carry on and not to give in to fear, these entrees only go so far when a society repeatedly sees the shattered bodies of its children strewn across the evening news. Ultimately we have to stops these deadly attacks from happening.
In 2017, stopping these deadly attacks means stopping Islamic supremacists. There is no non-Islamic equivalent to Al Qaeda or ISIS. There is no non-Islamic global organization seeking to achieve its goals through the mass slaughter of civilians in America and Western Europe.
The bottom line is that Muslims, despite being 1% of the US population and the focus of enormous counter-terrorism resources, still manage to be the largest source of domestic terrorism deaths. Just imagine what these stats would look like if Muslims were 5% of the population and we reduced focus on this threat as these studies suggest.
This post appears on the Parliament of the World’s Religions’ blog in the series “Interfaith Ramadan.”
I’m watching the sunset over Teddy Roosevelt National Park in Medora, North Dakota and thinking about my Grandmother on this first night of Ramadan. She passed away a few years ago, but growing up, my family would visit her in Lake Isabella just above Bakersfield in Central California. This view before me, a vast scatter of pink, purple, blue, red and yellow, also reminds me of the many evenings I spent as an archaeologist in Antalya, Turkey overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, watching the sun kiss the warm salty water before it disappeared behind a nearby mountain range. I remember these nights during Ramadan, in July or August, when we would fast for more than 16 hours and eat our iftar meal, the time to break fast, outside overlooking the coast.
As far as I know, there is no mosque here in Medora, North Dakota, population 132. Minneapolis, the city I drove from this morning, is about 550 miles away, but feels so much further. Compared to Boston and Chicago, my two previous home cities, Minneapolis is a small city, but boasts everything a metropolis would- art museums, fancy coffee shops, skyscrapers, and of course religious diversity. I’ve been on the road now for almost a week across the Northern United States, westbound eventually for Los Angeles, and have used the long drives to reflect on leaving Boston, a place I celebrated Ramadan with a sizeable number of my students and colleagues who were Muslim, and others who have grown to cherish this time and tradition, just as I have. As the landscape has subtly shifted every day on the road- from forest to plains to badlands- I can’t help but think about Ramadan as a time to notice subtle threads of particularities- the things that make us all different- meeting in the middle, finding a common center, flourishing in the most sacred part of the year.
Our world right now feels pretty scattered, just like this sunset in front of me. Driving this road has also exposed me to ways of living I have never encountered, growing up in one of the most physically vast cities in the world, Los Angeles. And yet, if I step back for a moment, while the colors in the sky remain distinct, they each meet and blend slightly. All over the world, Muslims practice in distinct ways during Ramadan- from eating particular foods at Iftar to feeling anxiety about celebrating publicly in places where Muslims are marginalized and under threat. From breaking fast under big city lights to listening for the call to prayer in small villages, Ramadan differs greatly from place to place, people to people. Nonetheless, the common knot in the center is stronger than the particular strands of thread. Ramadan always reminds me that no matter how divided and far we feel from those with whom we disagree or those whom we do not understand, there is something that binds us together- to recognize this is sacred. For me tonight, this connection is with the spirit of my grandmother who would be admiring the same sunset 1700 miles away if she were still with us. The valley seems to carry on endlessly in front of me, and at the furthest point where the sky meets the land, I wonder if there is a family breaking fast at this moment.
Recently I’ve been posting a lot of material from and about people who recognise the need to share the gospel with those from a Muslim background, a sharing in both word and deed.
I’ve felt the need to give prominence to that ministry direction because I’ve become increasingly aware that the complete opposite is happening – that too many professing Christians are responding to Muslims with hostility and fear. And it’s happening at a time when opportunities to reach out to those from Muslim backgrounds are increasing, and are becoming more and more critical.
Many of those Muslim background people are in an extremely vulnerable position. Many have witnessed the worst of what’s being done in the name of Islam, have lost everything because of it and are in desperate need of help.
Consider what response they’ve been getting from those who are able to help.
I’ve seen far too much hostility directed against them, even by recognised Bible teachers. I’ve drawn attention to some of that in previous posts.*
While individually we may not be in a position to personally interact with a person of Muslim background, we can ALL do something about the toxic atmosphere that makes the ministry of others more difficult.
I feel that the professing Christians are at a critical point in history, when we will face the choice between obedience to Jesus and His gospel, and the security of our comfortable lifestyles. If we choose the latter we’re likely to see our fears realised and we’ll lose the security we idolised and tried so hard to protect.
And even worse than losing that revered security, those misplaced priorities potentially put our relationship with God at risk.
* Another example of which has been recycled here:
By Yusuff Ademola Adesina
What Next After Ramadan?
All praise and adoration is to Allah. May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon the last messenger, Prophet Muhammad, his households, his companions, and those who are following the path of righteousness until the Last Day.
During the month of Ramadan, one will notice that everyone is actively engaged in one good deed or the other. When you went into any Masjid during Ramadan, you will definitely find people engaging in various different acts of worship; as some were reading Qur’an, some were doing dhikr, some were observing voluntary prayers, whilst others were reading Islamic books – they were actually doing all these to straighten their faith in Allaah, and seek His guidance and forgiveness. And, of course, that is the spirit of Ramadan – the month of all good deeds and good characters.
Now that the month of Ramadan has slowly come to an end, the most important question to ask is, what next after Ramadan – do I need to continue my good deeds or give a pause till the next Ramadan?
Well, before answering this question, I’d like to firstly mention to you that Ramadan is a month of reminder and solidification. It comes once in a year to remind you of good deeds and the commandments of your Lord, and to solidify the practice of these commandments and good deeds in your heart.
To answer the question, you need to realize that the sign that your deeds in the month of Ramadan were accepted by Allaah is steadfastness – that is, being able to continue the good actions you picked up in Ramadan. The month of Ramadan is definitely not the end line, and the Lord of the month of Ramadan, is the same Lord for the entirely time. Thus, the deeds you picked up in Ramadan should not end after it, for indeed, the most beloved deed in the sight of Allah is that which is done consistently. Abu Hurayrah (Allaah pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (PBUH) said: “Take on only as much as you can of good deeds, for the best deed is that which is done consistently, even if it is little.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)
The most obvious deed you performed during Ramadan was fasting. So a clear indicator that your fasting was accepted will be to see how well you are able to continue fasting throughout the year. The following is the list of voluntary fasting you could perform after Ramadan:
Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) as saying: “He who observed the fast of Ramadan and then followed it with six (fasts) of Shawwal. It would be as if he fasted perpetually” (Sahih Muslim)
Abu Qatada(Allah be Pleased with him) narrated that: the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) was asked about fasting the day of Arafah and he answered “It expiates the sins of the preceding year and the coming year” (Sahih Muslim)
Abu Qatada(Allah be Pleased with him) narrated that: the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) was asked about fasting the day of Ashurah and he answered “It expiates the sins of the preceding years.” (Sahih Muslim)
Abu Qatada(Allah be Pleased with him) narrated that: the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) was asked about fasting on Monday, and answered “it was the day on which I was born, on which I was commissioned with prophet-hood or revelation was sent to me” (Sahih Muslim)
Abu Hurairah(Allah pleased with him) narrated that: the messenger of Allah (PBUH) said “The deeds are presented on Monday and Thursday, so I love that my deeds be presented while am fasting” (Hasan Hadith, Tirmidhi)
Your constancy in Salaat (Prayer) is another indicator that your deeds were accepted in the month. You observed Taraweeh every night and visited the mosque every day of Ramadan; you shouldn’t let these stop after Ramadan. Its continuation shows that you deeds were accepted. Recall the hadith of Aisha describing the performance of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) Taraweeh, she said that the prophet never observed more than 11rak’ats in the month of Ramadan or any other month. This is a sign for you that you needn’t relent; continue your Qiyaamul-Layl as you were doing it in Ramadan.
In conclusion, do not refrain from any act of worship you have engaged in during Ramadan; pray in congregation, give alms, adhere to the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad [PBUH], be generous, be compassionate, rely upon Allaah, read the Quran and ponder over its verses, enjoin what is good and forbid the evil. May Allah have mercy upon you.
Jazakumul-Laahu Khayran. May Allah reward you with goodness for following the series up to its end. I pray that Allah make this concluded Ramadan a blessed, merciful turning point to your life, may He accept your good deeds and forgive your shortcomings.
Taqabbal-Laahu minnaa wa minkum.
Remember me in your dua.
Semoga kita selalu dlm ridho Allah SWT.
Ws Fuad Amsyari