For Muslims, Ramadan is the holiestIMG_0135-1 month on their (lunar) calendar. It is a time when they give up “worldly” pleasures and devote their lives to God.

Our friends and colleagues are curious about what we do for thirty (30) days. There is no mystery. Here are some of our practices during the Ramadan:

Fasting (Saum): Fasting begins one hour and half before Sunrise and ends at sunset. We follow the lunar calendar and this year the times are approx. from 4:00 A.M. to 8:30 P.M. Yes, it’s a long day (16 & 1/2 hours) without food or water. However, it is not food, but Faith in God that gives strength to the Fasting person.

Prayer (Salaat): We pray five times per day –before sunrise, midday, late God-skyafternoon, sunset, and evening. Men go to mosque, women pray at home, or mosque.

Quran: Read the Quran, learn the Quran, use it as guidance in our daily lives.

Charity (Zakaat): We give at least 2 & 1/2% of our income/wealth to the poor. From 2013-01-04 22.53.21a socio-economic point of view, giving Zakaat helps maintain a financial balance in society. Those who are able (and willing) give to the less fortunate, the orphans and the widows. However, Zakaat is not only giving money. Any act of kindness, e.g. teaching a child to read, helping someone cross the street, giving someone a meal, helping a sick person, a smile, a kind word, are all considered acts of charity.

Muslims pray for their own souls, but they Fast for God. One can fake prayers (to show off)2013-01-04 22.53.31 but one can not fake Fasting. In addition, in Ramadan one prays to God for Mercy, Forgiveness and to be Spared the Fire of Hell. One also prays for their parents, children and siblings.

It is written that in the Month of Ramadan, God would not deny a Fasting person that which he asks for.

The Holy Month of Ramadan is the best of times for practicing Muslims. Yes, there is work, and chores, and the days are long, but it is a time when we talk to God, ask him for stuff, thank him mosquefor stuff, and we are at peace with ourselves.

God wants us to love him best, even more than ourselves; and our Prophet even better than ourselves. And in Ramadan we certainly do love them more.

Kind words and forgiving faults are better than giving charity. Quran 2:263.

 

 

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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 fact that someone has been elected doesn’t mean that he is smart.”

Meir Dagan, NY Times Magazine, January 29, 2012.flag

Both the Israeli Prime Minister and Speaker Boner showed absolute prejudice and disrespect for the President and Congress of the US. What did Mr. Boner hope to gain by inviting that terrorist to address Congress?

So the PM does not want Iran to have Nuclear Power. Let him go fight Iran. If Israel is a good law abiding neighbor and good country DSC_5394(armed to the teeth with sophisticated American arms and nuclear weapons plus hundreds of Billions of American tax-payers $$$) why are they afraid of Iran or any other country in the Middle East having these harmless weapons?

Israelis would not have to be so concerned with self-preservation if (1) they would make an effort to live in peace with their neighbors, (2) stop annihilating the Palestinians, and (3) if America would stop condoning their genocide and holocaust of the Palestinians.Yikes!

The PM certainly made a fool of himself. He said he will go where he is invited. Check who the invitation is coming from. Why was he invited? Well, one idiot invites another. And that’s where the PM blundered.

The US, Iran and other world powers are discussing Iran’s Nuclear Program. Israel was not invited. Why? Why should Israel be invited? This is about US foreign policy. Israel has nothing to say or do with US foreign policy.

That will be a sad day when this country needs the likes of that nincompoopDSCF4284 to shape its foreign policy.

A terrorist like the Israeli PM with so much blood on his hands has the nerve to tell the US what to do. Never!

Boner ought to wash his face in a sewer. The PM ought to wash Palestinian blood off his hands.

Islamophobia And Converts

November 24, 2014

According to some reports Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. DSCF4284 True or false there are some inaccuracies here. It is true that a lot of people are converting to Islam. It is false that everyone with an Arabic name is a Muslim. However, the latest count is about 1.6 billion +.

To be clear Islam is the religion and Muslims are the followers of Islam.IMG_0135-1

In recent years, there has been many converts to Islam in the US. In spite of all the prejudice, fear mongering, and Islamophobia, an intelligent analysis shows that Islam is a religion of peace.

Muslims practice daily worship of God, giving charity, donating one month of time annually to fasting and prayer.

Converts to Islam are special people. They have gone past the Islamophobia. They have committed themselves to belief in One God.

One problem that converts face is government agencies anxious to recruit them for spying on Muslims, and for committing crimes against the state to create fear mongering and Islamophobia. In recent years how many new converts have been arrested – after being framed / set-up – by police and charged with terrorist activities against the state?IMG_1234

The new converts, just learning about Islam are unaware that Islam is a religion of peace and does not advocate violence against people or state.

They trust the police, the very people they should not trust because law enforcement love these new converts who they can use to perpetuate Islamophobia.IMG_0318

And so our new converts to Islam must be careful and watch their backs. They can easily become spies and criminals and face imprisonment.

In this land of the free and home of the brave, they can easily become innocent victims of Islamophobia.

Mass media in the US is dead. On the way to the grave-yard they killed the majority of American minds. Most of our people can no longer think critically for themselves.women

They sit in front of the TV night after night and laugh themselves to sleep. And while they are in dreamland Washington is quickly taking control of their sedentary lives and shrinking brains.

We live with domestic spying, droning, framing innocent people, war upon war, well in a word turning the US Constitution into a piece of toilet paper, and the US into a police start.men

And the free press of the US, mass media et al, sits around and applauds.

Social media on the other hand is very much alive. I must confess that my knowledge of social media is very limited. However, I have faith in the freedom they have to dispense information – truth and facts.

The people of this country need to understand how Big Brother is systematically controlling their thinking.stick-boy-and-girl If they can see and understand how government control has taken over their lives then their thinking will change. They will understand we are no different from China or Russia.

If people can understand that by controlling the information they are fed, the government is controlling their thinking, their lives, their very existence, and if they disagree with such control, then they will revolt.DSC02526

Mass media is at present helping the US government to oppress the people. Social media can change that. We need more Chelsea Mannings, more Julian Assanges, and more Edward Snowdens.

 

 

 

 

Control the media, Control the population. What happened to the free press?ttronslien-8953 To freedom of speech? To journalists and reporters rights to report and record the crimes of politicians?

What happened to the pen is mightier than the sword? Or words are better than bullets?

Some newspapers in the US barely mentioned the Israeli invasion of Gaza or the Chelsea Manning trial. Why not?f2-DSCN2702

One that did mention the Gaza Holocaust – The NY Times – was so biased that its coverage was more propaganda than truth. The Times coverage was so nauseating that I cancelled my subscription indefinitely.

When one reads the NY Times and Newsday in the morning and must turn to BBC and Al Jazeera in the evening for the facts, the truth in Gaza and the Manning case, then it is time to cancel the subscription. Is it better for the Times to print propaganda or for Newsday to ignore the crisis in Gaza?DSC_6745

If the people of the US were given the facts about Gaza – no water, no electric, no medicine, schools and hospitals bombed, how would they react? Shouldn’t they know the truth?

Where is the outrage in the US about these atrocities? In other countries there were marches and protests. Bishop Desmond Tutu among others protested. Why not a word of protest in the US?DSC_5769

Americans are so conditioned to sit in front of the TV and laugh the night away that sometimes they are on another planet.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERASo far social media have added to their entertainment, but not to their body of knowledge. However, social media brought down many governments and caused great trouble in other parts of the world.

Our time is coming.

Why is everyone in the whole wide world scared of the Semites?2013-01-28_09-16-34_256 Anti-Semite! The very word evokes fear & hate & discrimination & evil & prejudice & God knows what else.

Ninety-five percent (95%) of the world’s Semites are Arabs. Is anyone out there scared of the Arabs? This is not a joke!

No one is scared of the Arabs and the Arabs couldn’t care less what anti-Semite racist, prejudice, evil, hateful jokes people make about them. They are intelligent enough to know the truth and not hide behind accusations of anti-Semitism.

The other 5% of the Semites have hijacked the term anti-Semitism and used it as a political tool for all sorts of evil gains including stealing Arab lands.DSC02526

We in the US are prejudiced and show our hateful, evil sides to Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos, Muslims, but these people bear their grief and shame and struggle on.

The Arabs, the true Semites, who should be screaming anti-Semitism against the evil, hateful, fearful, murderous empires who are killing them by millions, are quiet.

One wonders who the Semites are, and really – what is anti-Semitism?

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