Relationship without trust is like a phone without service. And what do you with a phone with no service? You play games.
If there is a God, he has some explaining to do.
On the one hand he tells us Muslims in the Qur’an that we are “the best of peoples, evolved for mankind”, but then showers us with leaders who bring out the worst in the human soul.
If the murderous spree some of my fellow Muslims have embraced is not enough, their hypocrisy of playing the victim card makes the rest of the world cringe in anger, if not outrage.
As I write, Muslims around the world have taken to the streets and social media to protest Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, that has resulted in the deaths of nearly 200 Palestinians.
Undoubtedly the death of 200 Arabs, many of them civilian women and children, is tragic and worthy of condemnation.
However, just next door to Israel almost 200,000 Arabs have been killed by fellow Arabs in Syria, but that tragedy has triggered no public demonstrations of anger in Islamic capitals, let alone in Toronto.
Let us examine two military operations by two countries against what they describe as Islamic terrorists belonging to radical jihadi movements.
While Israel’s Operation Protective Edge is making the lead story around the world, few are aware of Pakistan’s Operation Zarb-e-Azb (Strike of Prophet Muhammad’s Sword) underway against the Taliban inside Pakistan.
Israel’s military operations have killed about 200 and displaced about 17,000 Palestinians from their homes in Gaza.
Pakistan’s military operations, on the other hand, have killed over 400 and made over 900,000 Pashtun Pakistanis homeless and destitute in their own country.
While the 17,000 Palestinians are finding shelter in United Nations Relief and Works Agencystructures, nearly one million Pakistanis are facing a catastrophe that has triggered neithermedia coverage, nor international aid or protest.
On Monday, a day after an Israeli missile killed 18 family members of the Hamas police chief in Gaza, Iraqi men in Baghdad slaughtered 28 Iraqi women.
There was plenty of fury over the dead family, almost none for the women, for they were alleged to be residents of a brothel, as if that mattered.
Allah’s “best of peoples, evolved for mankind”, clearly live by a double standard, the one that triggers mammoth support for Palestinians but absolutely none for Pashtuns.
Here’s why. It is not the race or religion of the victim that counts, but the identity of their tormentor.
As long as it’s an Arab army annihilating fellow Arabs or a Muslim military murdering fellow Muslims, too many Muslims simply shrug away our responsibility and say, “leave it to Allah” as the Qur’an supposedly commands.
However, if the Muslim falls victim to the “kuffar” — meaning the Jew, Christian or Hindu — then many of our clerics take to the pulpit and deliver fiery, end-of-times lectures, using the tragedy as a reason to ignite hatred against the other, in most cases “The Jew”.
I wonder if God has heard this mosque sermon by a prominent Pakistani cleric.
“And a time is about to come when Allah would bestow such a success on Islam that there would not be a single Jew left on the face of the earth. … And when the last Jew will be killed from this world, then peace would be established in the world …”
It would appear the depth of hatred many of God’s “best of people” disseminate, needs his attention.
That is, if he is listening at all.
“Happiness is not a destination, it is the way you are moving towards your destination. Happiness is maintaining a balance between what you are and what you have. Happiness is those flowers which are grown in your own garden. Happiness is that your dustbin is bigger than your desk. Happiness is to multiply any problem you face in your life by your death. Happiness is something which your wife permits you to do. Happiness is accepting whatever God has planned for you.”
I am not anti-woman or someone who treats women as an entity. I respect all the women and acknowledge their rights. But sometimes I feel that even though our society has come a long way in recognizing the rights of women, and to be honest it was a fair thing to do, but may be we just neglected what are the rights of men.
When we are born, we are always told that if we won’t study hard or compete then we cannot have a respectable life. We just start running in that race until we get really old and we don’t have much time left. Our society functions in a way that if we have sisters, then they are the ones who can be sentimental and emotional because one day they will be married, and to be honest there is nothing wrong in that, like any other man I loved my sister always. But when a man wants to cry then he cannot because society would say that you cannot cry because you are a man. When he gets emotional then his friends would make fun of him.
When a man grows up, he starts running in the race of earning well, buying his own house, getting his own car, establishing his own career, because if he won’t do that then he cannot get married. If he loves someone, then he cannot get her easily because we get to hear that what will the society say. When he gets married, then he becomes a sandwich, because if he listens to his parents then he is a Mummy Daddy, and if he listens to his wife, then he is a disobedient son. Then he becomes a father and then he just forgets about himself.
That is how the life continues till he gets really old and very weak, and he is just waiting for his death. I think a man keeps waiting his entire life for someone who can look into his heart and find out what makes him happy, he does not get this from his parents, his siblings, his friends, his kids and not even from his wife. Sometimes all you need is a person who understands you, who knows you, who listens to you, who can lend a shoulder to you and who can hug you. I don’t agree with this pattern of life, lets look at our own lives once and see that whether we are living a life or the life is just living us.
There are 73 sects in Muslims today based on minor differences among each other. However, the two major sects are shia and sunni. The literal meaning of shia is a follower, that means your are a shia of the person whom you follow. The literal meaning of sunni is someone who follows the traditions of Holy Prophet, so whoever follows the tradition of Holy Prophet, that person is a sunni. So I don’t agree with the idea of giving these titles to a particular sect because their literal meanings tell different stories, so I will refer them as Sect A (Shia) and Sect B (Sunni).
There is no doubt that we are dealing with sectarianism today, but we ourselves are responsible for that, as we both make mistakes consistently. Someone said that making mistake once is not a mistake, but repeating mistake is a blunder, and we have been committing blunders since 1400 years now. First I will discuss the mistakes which Sect A commits, that is abusing the Companions and Wives of Holy Prophet which triggers anger in Sect B and hurt their emotions. However, the grand Ayatollah, the Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Syed Ali Khamenei, who is well respected among the entire Sect A, he issued a fatwa that it is Haram to abuse and disrespect the companions of Holy Prophet and his wives, so if today any maulvi or anyone belonging to sect A does that, then he is committing a sin and he is doing Haram.
Now lets discuss the mistakes which Sect B commits. First of all the conditions of being a muslim are 1) There is no god; 2) but Allah and; 3) Muhammad (PBUH) is His Prophet, so whoever believes in these three things is a muslim. So any maulvi belonging to sect B declares any muslim kafir is our enemy because this is fitna as the Prophet commanded us that whoever starts a fitna, he should be sentenced to death. Secondly, you need to understand the true companions of Holy Prophet, you cannot include literally everyone in this group of companions of Holy Prophet and you cannot keep a blind eye on the sins which they have committed, so you cannot expect respect for someone who has committed sins.
So whenever you hear any maulvi committing the above discussed blunders, no matter from which sect he belongs, then condemn him, because this is your religious obligation, because this is fitna and Quran commands “Fitna Ashad o Minal Qatal”, which means anyone who tries to instigate a fitna, then he should be killed. Maulvis are insane because they have this mentality that once a Maulvi was taken to a heaven (which is highly unlikely), so when he was entering the heaven he asked an angel that is there anyone here from my sect or are they all infidels?
I have already discussed this incident before in my blog, but I would like to mention this once again as this is the solution in my views. When Holy Prophet (SAW) migrated to Madinah, so it was there that the unity of brotherhood among the Muslims was introduced. There were two major tribes in Madinah: the immigrants (Muhajireen) and the indigenous (Ansar). The Ansar were divided into two groups: Aws and Khazraj – tribes who had been fighting each other over 100 years. Under a common purpose of Islam, the Prophet (SAW) appeased the animosity that existed amongst the two tribes by establishing brotherhood between them. “Now you have become brothers in faith, by pairs”, the Prophet (SAW) said to his followers (ref Seerat ibn Hisham, v.1, p.123). By this method, the Prophet (SAW) insured the ploticial and spiritual nature of his nation.
The Prophet (SAW) made the institution of matrimony easier as well. The gift of marriage (mahr), which the man is to give to his bride was made moderate, AND INTER-MARRIAGES WITH OTHER TRIBES BECAME MORE ACCESSIBLE as socio-economic or ancestral descent was no longer a major factor in marriage. The establishment of marriage became a form of uniting, securing, and promoting Islam within various tribes and nations. Marriage not only symbolized the religious union of a man and a woman, but also, indirectly influenced and affected social and political ties.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), alternatively translated as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (Arabic: الدولة الاسلامية في العراق والشام al-Dawlah al-Islāmīyah fī al-ʻIrāq wa-al-Shām), also known by its Arabic acronym as DĀʻiSh or DAISH (Arabic: داعش Dāʻish), now called simply the Islamic State (IS) (Arabic: الدولة الإسلامية al-Dawlah al-Islāmīyah), is an unrecognized state and active jihadist militant group in Iraq and Syria. In its self-proclaimed status as Caliphate, it claims religious authority over all Muslims and aspires to bring much of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its direct political control,beginning with nearby territory in the Levant region, which includes Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Kuwait, Cyprus, and an area in southern Turkey that includes Hatay.
The group, in its original form, was composed of and supported by a variety of Sunni insurgent groups, including its predecessor organizations, the Mujahideen Shura Council, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) and Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), the insurgent groups Jaysh al-Fatiheen, Jund al-Sahaba, Katbiyan Ansar Al-Tawhid wal Sunnah and Jeish al-Taiifa al-Mansoura, and a number of Iraqi tribes that profess Sunni Islam.
ISIS grew significantly as an organization owing to its participation in the Syrian Civil War and the strength of its supreme leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Economic and political discrimination against Iraqi Sunnis since the fall of Saddam Hussein also helped it to gain support. At the height of the Iraq War, its forerunners enjoyed a significant presence in the Iraqi governorates of Al Anbar, Ninawa, Kirkuk, most of Salah ad Din, parts of Babil,Diyala and Baghdad, and claimed Baqubah as a capital city. In the ongoing Syrian Civil War, ISIS has a large presence in the Syrian governorates of Ar-Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo.
ISIS is known for its harsh interpretation of Islam i.e., Wahhabi movement and brutal violence, which is directed particularly against Shia Muslims and Christians. It has at least 4,000 fighters in its ranks who, in addition to attacks on government and military targets, have claimed responsibility for attacks that have killed thousands of civilians. ISIS had close links with al-Qaeda until 2014, but in February of that year, after an eight-month power struggle, al-Qaeda cut all ties with the group, reportedly for its “notorious intractability” and wanton brutality.
ISIS’s original aim was to establish a caliphate in the Sunni-majority regions of Iraq. Following its involvement in the Syrian Civil War, this expanded to include controlling Sunni-majority areas of Syria (see spillover of the Syrian War). A caliphate was proclaimed on 29 June 2014, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was named as its caliph, and the group was renamed the Islamic State.
ISIS is an extremist group which follows al-Qaeda’s hard-line ideology and adheres to global jihadist principles. Like al-Qaeda and many other modern-day jihadist groups, ISIS emerged from the ideology of theMuslim Brotherhood, the world’s first Islamist group dating back to the late-1920s in Egypt, which follows an extreme anti-Western interpretation of Islam, promotes religious violence and regards those who do not agree with its interpretation as infidels and apostates. Concurrently, it aims to establish a Salafist-orientated Islamist state in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the Levant. ISIS’s ideology originates in the branch of modern Islam that aims to return to the early days of Islam, rejecting later “innovations” in the religion which they believe corrupt its original spirit. They condemn later caliphates and the Ottoman empire for deviating from what they call pure Islam and hence have been attempting to establish their own caliphate. Some Sunni scholars, Zaid Hamid, for example, and even Salafi and jihadi muftis such as Adnan al-Aroor and Abu Basir al-Tartusi, say that ISIS and related terrorist groups are not Sunnis, but Kharijite heretics serving an imperial anti-Islamic agenda.
From the beginning the establishment of a pure Islamic state has been one of ISIS’s main goals. According to journalist Sarah Birke, one of the main “significant differences” between Al-Nusra Front and ISIS is that ISIS “tends to be more focused on establishing its own rule on conquered territory”. ISIS is “far more ruthless” in building an Islamic state, “carrying out sectarian attacks and imposing sharia law immediately”. Finally, on 29 June 2014, ISIS removed “Iraq and the Levant” from its name and began to refer to itself as the Islamic State, declaring its occupied territory a new caliphate.
In mid-2014, the group released a video entitled “The End of Sykes–Picot” featuring an English-speaking Chilean national named Abu Safiyya. The video announced the group’s intention to eliminate all modern borders between Islamic Middle Eastern countries, referring in particular to the borders set by the Sykes–Picot agreement during World War I.
They are threatening to demolish sacred Shrines in Iraq, they demolished some of the sacred shrines in Syria. They have also threatened to capture Saudi Arabia so that they can bring down the Ka’abah, which is the most sacred place for every Muslim.
Yet they still call themselves as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and they call them Mujahideens (the holy fighters) as according to them they are carrying out God’s commands. But I was wondering that there is a recent Israeli aggression in Gaza in Palestine, but why don’t these Holy Fighters going in Palestine to help the Palestinians?
If Mr.Baghdadi is a Khalifa of Muslims, then shouldn’t he be commanding to carry out Jihad in Palestine? Do they only do Jihad against Muslims, be it Syria, be it Iraq, be it Pakistan? I shoot this question towards the apologists of ISIS that can you explain this to me please?
When most people think of the World Cup, Pakistan likely isn’t the first country to come to mind. As the spotlight turned to host country Brazil and favorites like Spain, Argentina, and Italy, photojournalist Sara Farid set out to capture why this year, Pakistan is playing a major role.
Sara spent most of her life as a TV and radio producer. But after the birth of her first child, she decided to pursue her passion for photography full time. An assignment with Reuters led her to the small town of Sialkot, Pakistan, where a factory owner had just taken on a monumental task: produce the official soccer balls of the2014 World Cup.
When the Chinese supplier for Adidas couldn’t keep up with production demand, factory owner Khawaja Akhtar took action, renovated his equipment, and offered his services, producing the official match balls in just 33 days. When Sara entered the factory to get the story, something in particular caught her by surprise … it was filled with women.
“It was unusual because in Pakistan, not very many women work in factories,” Sara explains. “Most of the women are from very conservative backgrounds. Most of them had just finished high school. And because of some economic problem at home, they are supposed to earn for the family.”
Living in a society where women traditionally marry young instead of taking jobs, Sara was particularly encouraged by the sight of so many women working.
“For me that was amazing, because unless women have the opportunity to earn and to be economically independent, they cannot really be independent in the society,” Sara says.
Despite the facts that few women in the factory follow soccer, and Pakistan does not have a participating World Cup team, Sara says the country has still made it to the World Cup, just in a different way.
“Generally people associate the World Cup with the football stars, but this time around it was more about where the ball has come from,” Sara explains. “We’re not participating as a team, but every single game has a ball which is made in Pakistan. That makes me feel really satisfied with the work that I am doing.”