For hundreds of years the white people of the world oppressed and exploited Asia, AgreementAfrica and South America. Western Europe and the United States built empires on the backs and blood of Asians and Africans.

Indians speak English and enjoy afternoon tea. Philippinoes speak Spanish. Africans speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, French. In Central and South America they got Portuguese and Spanish.

They all got a new religion to civilize them. Queen Victoria owned IMG_0318Kenya, and she gave Mt. Kilimanjaro to the Germans who owned Tanganyika because they did not own a mountain.

Later, Europe and America did not have oil, so they annexed the Middle East.

Well, the world is changing. The Africans are moving north to every country in Europe. They have very little left in their countries. They are going where the riches are. Africans speak every European language and know their customs. They want jobs, education, health care and equality.

Options-Decisions-ChoicesThe Central and South Americans are moving north to the big bad US of A against all odds especially the language barrier. More power to them. North is where the goods are!

And then we have the kidnapped Africans in the US, better known as slaves. Unfortunately, they can’t move north or south. This is their homeland, just as it is the homeland of their former owners – slave owners that is.

The white imperialists / colonialists who oppressed and exploited three continents for hundreds of years are now facing a dilemma. the journeyThe black, brown, pink, green, red, yellow people of the southern world want their piece of the pie. It is pay back time.

The white people are fighting to the death. They are good at stealing but not at sharing.

Well, at least imperialism / colonialism are over. We still have oppression, exploitation and apartheid left in the white world and in America we can add the confederate flag.

 

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May the peace and blessings of God be with everyone observing Ramadan.God-sky

In the western world, the concept of jihad equals all things evil. In the Islamic world practicing jihad is building God-faring character.

Jihad is an integral part of Islam, but it is the opposite of the evil the western propaganda machine paints it to be. Here are several definitions of the concept of jihad:

1:       Every human being fights the conflicts within his heart and soul. Whatever one thinks of as right or wrong, good or evil presents a choice within one’s self. Fighting that wrong or that evil and choosing what is right or what is good is jihad.mosque

2:       In literature, as in life, as a writer or a teacher knows, the characters face conflict after conflict and must make choices. That is jihad.

3:       Every good Christian who fights the Seven Deadly Sins – greed, anger, pride, lust, sloth, gluttony, envy – is fighting his own personal jihad.

4:       Defending one’s religion or one’s belief in Almighty God is Jihad. However, Muslim killing Muslim is not Jihad, and one must separate fanaticism and political war from jihad and religion.church

According to Western propaganda we now have jihadists. In Islam there are no jihadists. The word “jihadist” was created by western propaganda and Islamophobia. People killing each other for political gain are not Muslims.

The crusaders were slaughtering Jews, Christians and Muslims in the name of Jesus. Were they fanatics or jihadists? In the US the white supremacists are defending their God given rights to own and make America white. Are they fanatics or jihadists?

DSCF4284Muslims, just like good Christians, fight the Seven Deadly Sins daily. That is inner jihad.

In this Holy Month of Ramadan, inner jihad includes the Ten Commandments of Moses and the Seven Deadly sins of St. Thomas, all of which are positive models to build the character of a good and pious Muslim!

 

 

The “Dark Ages” 500-1500 A.D.

Petrarch (1304 – 1374) “used this label to describe … a lack of quality in the Latin literature of his day law-books-4… other thinkers … included lack of culture and advancement in Europe.”

While the Europeans wallowed in ignorance in the Dark Ages Muslim scholars and philosophers were educating the world.

Europeans are proud of their contributions to Western Civilization. They gave us the Crusades, slavery, colonialism, imperialism, apartheid, capitalism, greed, and corruption among other things.

They gave us terrorism. England and France had no compunction, no guilt about chopping off heads.books

Muslim thinkers on the other hand gave the world a body of knowledge that changed the world. There are dozens of Muslim scholars and philosophers. Here are ten:

  1.  Al-Husayn Ibn Sina (980-1037) was born in Iran. Latin name: Avicenna. Metaphysics, philosophy, mathematics, logic, and his famous Canon of Medicine.
  2.  Abu Hamid M. al-Ghazali (1059-1111) was born in Iran. Works include science, philosophy, theology.
  3.  Abu al-Walid Ibn Rushd (1126 -1198) was born in Cordoba. Latin name: Averroes.
  4.  Abu Nasr al-Farrabi (died 950) Born in Iran, lived in Damacus. Latin name: Abunaser.
  5.  Jabir Ibn Hayyan (died 815) was born in Baghdad. Latin name: Geber.
  6.  Zakariyya al-Rhazi (850-925) was born in Iran. Latin name: Rhazes.
  7.  Abd al-Karim al-Shahrastani (1076-1153) was born in Iran.
  8.  Musa al-Khawarizmi (800-847) was born in Iran and called to Baghdad.
  9.  Yahya al-Maghribi (died 1174), origins in the Maghreb.
  10.  Abdallah al-Battani (858-929) was born in Syria. Latin name: Albategnius.

Please note: Some of these people were given Latin names and their works were translated into Latin and sent to Rome. Why?sZVNBOmc

For space, it is impossible for me to include what these great scholars contributed to our world. Please go on line and check them out! Check out the other 30 scholars also.

Today we treat Muslims as non-entities. The Europeans and the Americans would do well to look at their history and at Muslim history and compare who gave what to civilization.

mindPerhaps Europeans and Americans are still learning to be civilized or still wallowing in ignorance.

 

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