Early Islam & Intersectional Feminism: A Comparative Analysis

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“I believe in a man who used to be so full of love and harmony. He fought for peace and liberty and never would he hurt anything. He was a mercy for mankind. A teacher till the end of time. No creature could be compared with him.So full of light and blessings. You’re always in our hearts and minds. Your name is mentioned every day. I’ll follow you no matter what If God wills we’ll meet one day.”- Maher Zain

First-wave feminists were criticized of being overly concerned with the issues of white middle-class women, while ignoring the plight of black women[1]. This led to the creation of black feminism, which was created by Aurde Lorde and bell hooks, among others. Black feminists see the patriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalism as oppressive social systems that must be combated via an “intersectional” approach. This involved addressing all of these systems simultaneously, rather than attempting to dismantle one at a time.

As Audre Lorde said, “There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives[2].”Black feminists are not the only group to use this intersectional approach to fighting oppression. In seventh-century Arabia, there lived a man who we now call the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. When Muhammad proclaimed his prophethood, his teachers were associated with social justice. Because of this, many weak and oppressed members of society were attracted to his teachings. In his struggles against sexism, racism, and class-based oppression, he used an intersectional approach.

While the works of Audre Lorde, bell hooks, and other feminists were magnificent, they are largely confined to an ivory tower academy; in contrast, the Prophet Muhammad led an actual revolution that changed Arabia’s paradigm of social structure and roles forever.In Muhammad’s day, it was common practice to bury female infants alive—which, sadly, is still an issue in China and India today. At the time, females were not valued at all by society and most people desired to have a son. Muhammad spoke out against these injustices and eventually outlawed the practice of infanticide. The Qu’ran called upon men participating in such activities to contemplate the magnitude of their actions in terms of judgment day: “When the female (infant), buried alive, is questioned, for what crime she was killed.”[3]

In addition, Muhammad said, “Anyone who brings up two daughters properly will be very close to me on the day of Judgment.”In this manner, Muhammad gave the people spiritual motivation to take good care of their daughters. This promotion of women’s rights served as a direct threat to the Pagan ideology of the elite in Arabia; many began persecuting Muslims due to this social advancement. Yet, women still converted to Islam rapidly because the Prophet Muhammad was working to improve their place in society and protect them.The first martyr in Islam was Sumayyah bint Khayyat a woman. Arab polytheists spoke with Sumayyah and her family, saying,

“We have heard that you swore allegiance to Muhammad.”

Sumayyah said, “Yes, we did.”“Don’t you know that he insults our idols, degrades our beliefs, and criticizes our ancestors?” they asked.“

We know,” said Sumayyah.

The Arab polytheists then grabbed Sumayyah and dragged her to the desert before whipping, kicking, and torturing her. They gave her the opportunity to denounce her beliefs in exchange for the torture to cease, but she refused, as she was willing to die for the things that Muhammad had taught. Sumayyah was consequently killed, becoming a martyr for Islam.[4] As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. remarked, “A man [or woman] who does not have something for which he [or she] is willing to die is not fit to live.”[5]Sumayyah’s willingness to sacrifice her life demonstrates that Islam is not as oppressive to women as Femen claims; if it were, Sumayyah would not have given up her life for its teachings. Islam was associated with liberating women from the shackles of the cultural misogyny allowed by the Pagan Arabs, and as a result, women were willing to die for the ideals that Muhammad taught.

Muhammad was devoted to furthering women’s rights; one author writes this about his social efforts: “The right to vote, to inheritance, education, a role in politics and civic society were controversial and groundbreaking ideas that Muhammad promoted for women in a seventh century society that regarded them as mere possessions. Considering women in Britain received the right to vote, inherit and own property thirteen centuries later, Muhammad’s campaigns were both radical and revolutionary.”In this way, Muhammad challenged sexism and encouraged positive social change. In contrast, first-wave feminism, which also challenged sexism, did so in a racist, negative manner.[6]

What some Black feminists sought to do, however, was challenge racism and sexism, the action that the Prophet Muhammad took, did just this. Umm Ayman, also known as Barakah, was a black Muslim who was the first person to hold Muhammad in her arms when he was born, and the only person who knew him throughout the course of his entire life. She was one of the few Muslims who the Prophet had assured of a place in Paradise. He considered her to be a mother figure in his life, and spoke highly of her. In “A Notable Muslim African Woman,” the author writes this about Umm Ayman:“If you’re looking for an important Muslim African woman to talk about during Black History month, look no further than the Seerah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), and the woman he described as his ‘mother after my own mother.’ She is the rest of my family.”God’s last prophet was raised, fed, and taken care of by a black woman. This illustrates the fact that, unlike early feminists, Muhammad was not racist towards black people. [7]

One hadith in Sahih Bukhari reads:“A black woman used to sweep the mosque and she died. The Prophet asked about her. He was told that she had died. He said, ‘Why did you not inform me? Show me her grave.’ So he went to her grave and offered her funeral prayer.”The Prophet Muhammad was the head of state, and his duty was to manage the daily affairs of an entire nation. Yet, he took the time to pray for a black woman who had had the simple task of sweeping the mosque; he had been deeply troubled by her death and wished to pray for her. This is in sharp contrast to the first-wave feminists, who would not even allow black women to attend their meetings.Many events in the Prophet Muhammad’s life display his belief in racial tolerance and equality. He elected a former black slave Bilal who had been emancipated by the Muslims to perform the call of prayers, which is a prestigious position in Islam. There was also another slave named Zayd whom Muhammad freed and adopted as a son. Zayd’s son, Usama, would then be chosen by Muhammad as a military general at the age of 19.

In a biography about Muhammad, the author Tariq Ramadan writes:“In the presence of God, nothing could justify discrimination, social injustice, or racism. In the Muslim community, a black man called the believers to prayer, and a slave’s son commanded the army; faith had freed the believers from judgments based on deceptive appearance linked to origins and social status that simulate unwise passions and dehumanize them.”[8] Early feminists, including Josephine Daskam Bacon, did not share this view of openness towards black people. In response to whether women should be given the ability to choose who they will marry, Josephine Daskam Bacon wrote in one of her publications the derogatory rhetorical question, “Do you want your daughter to marry a nigger?”[9] In contrast, the Prophet Muhammad encouraged Zayd ibn Haritha a black man who was an ex-slave, to marry Zaynab bint Jahsh, who was an Arab woman of high noble lineage. Marriages such as these were part of the Prophet Muhammad’s plan to eliminate bigotry and bring people together.

Though she claimed to be promoting women’s rights, Josephine Daskam Bacon believed that unlike gender differences, racial differences demanded their own political rights. She fought for feminism using racist language, writing things such as, “African is a separate race from the Caucasian, with its own ambitions and tradition.” In ‘Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape,” a white feminist by the name of Susan Brown Miller portrays black men as violent rapists.The Prophet Muhammad, in contrast, made it clear in his final farewell speech before dying that: “All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action.”

Because of the Prophet Muhammad’s teachings, long before Audre Lorde and bell hooks, a black woman named Nana Asma’u led an educational campaign for black women in Nigeria. When her father first formalized the Sokoto Calphiate, there were many non-Muslim pagans in rural areas who had no exposure to reading or writing. Her mission was to integrate these people into society and educate them. She formed female study groups and was successful in her mission. In addition, she formalized mnemonic devices to memorize surahs in the Qu’ran.

Posthumously labeled a feminist by modern historians, Nana Asma’u was motivated the ideology of Islam. She wrote this poem about the Prophet Muhammad:“As for bravery, no warrior has ever matched the courage shown by Ahmada

The perfume emitted by the body of Muhammad.

As for his beauty and physique, he surpassed all

For nowhere is there the like of Muhammad.” [10]

Nana Asma’u is the perfect example of a Muslim inspired by the Prophet Muhammad and his legacy of furthering women’s rights. No matter how much religion is criticized by feminists, the fact remains that a religious leader spurred the most progressive revolution for women’s rights in all of human history.

Islam also addresses classism. When discussing the ideal society, the Qu’ran poses the rhetorical question,” And what will make you comprehend what the uphill road is?’   It goes on to say,”It is to free the slaves…. or giving food on a day of hunger the poverty-stricken destitute who is completely rundown.”  In today’s society, poor people are  harassed and mistreated. The overwhelming amounts of poor people in America are African-Americans, Native-Americans and other minority populations. Observing the privilege among white middle-class feminists, LaRue observed “Is there any logical comparison between the oppression of the black woman on welfare who has difficulty feeding her children and the discontent of the suburban mother who has the luxury to protest the washing of the dishes on which her family full meal was consumed.” [[11] In this society, wealth is increasingly being concentrated in the hands of a few elite. The Prophet Muhammad said, “He is not a believer, he who eats to his fill, whilst his neighbor besides him goes hungry.” [Saheeh al-Bukharee (112]  He frequently gave to the poor and instituted a wealth distribution system known as zakat to ensure they were fed.

The Prophet Muhammad addressed issues of classism, racism and sexism. First-wave feminists were unable to tackle so many social issues simultaneously, and feminism has evolved throughout various eras as a way to compensate. It is clear that Femen is undergoing an intellectual famine. Eco-feminism, socialist feminism, and other brands of feminism are egalitarian ideologies formulated as academic theories. However, what the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam accomplished was much more than just an academic theory: his revolutionary ideas were practical, and the magnitude of his accomplishments in Arabia—as well as the rate at which his reforms improved women’s status in society—is unparalleled in the whole of human history.

 

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1) A History of Black Feminism, http://www.mit.edu/~thistle/v9/9.01/6blackf.html

2)

Audre Lorde, http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/181970-there-is-no-thing-as-a-single-issue-struggle-because-we

3)Islam and Female Infantcide, http://www.islamawareness.net/FamilyPlanning/Infanticide/fit_article001.html

4) Islam’s First Martyrs, http://www.islambasics.com/view.php?bkID=176&chapter=16

5)http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/m/martinluth101378.html,

6) Inspired by Muhammad, http://www.inspiredbymuhammad.com/womens_rights.php

7) http://www.soundvision.com/info/history/bkayman.asp, A notable African Woman

8) In the Footsteps of the Prophet by Tariq Ramadan

9)White Women’s Rights : The Racial Origins of Feminism in the United States …

10)One Woman’s Jihad, By Beverly Blow Mack, Jean Boy

11) http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/scriptorium/wlm/blkmanif/, Third World Alliance

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Brother Taqui, We wont forget you in our prayers

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A Muslim activist was killed during Ramadan by a gang of youths on a busy London street.

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Taqui Khezihi, 21, of Algerian descent was murdered while fasting on Tuesday 6 August. He died as a result of a fatal stab wound in what the police described as a “brawl” next to Ealing Broadway Station around 3.15pm. His brother confirmed that he witnessed Taqui say before he died, “Allahu akbar Allahu akbar” and said his shahadah.

Paramedics were later called to Gunnersbury Lane, a mile away from the scene, where the paramedics tried desperately to resuscitate Taqui who died moments later.

Taqui was part of the “”Friday Show – How to start practicing Islam” You Tube channel. The following clip is of Taqui advising Muslim youth to turn to Islam and was recorded in 2010.

On Sunday the 24th august, The Muslim community will gather  in remembrance for late Taqui.  The family, friends and Muslim in general are invited to come to the scene and really appreciate that life could end for all of us in split second. Please include Brother Taqui ( may Allah سبحانه و تعالى be pleased with him )

Location: Ealing Broadway, The Mall, outside cost cutters : Time : 3:00 pm

Supported needed from all avenues  to make a stand we are standing against gang violence and knife crime as an community in Britain.  { Please Comment And Share This Article}

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Veena Malik: A Sister of Mine and Yours!

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Often, religious people are seen as being judgmental, rude, and having a “holier-than-thou” attitude. This perception often includes some Muslim men, who very arrogantly enforce their views on how a woman should dress and what she should wear. Muslim women who choose to adopt Western styles of fashion and dress without a hijab are frequently ridiculed and made the subject of gossip. Sr Veena Malik and many other Muslim models have been attacked many times for participating in the fashion industry as a model. She was targeted by other Muslims particularly after she posed for a magazine while scantily clad. In the documentary titled “Make Me a Muslim,” a another young Muslim model read some of the hate mail she received from other Muslims who vilified her and called her a number of derogatory names. This type of behavior encourages the perspective that religious people are often purveyors of hate due to their high standards of moral behavior.

So, how should one go about “enjoining the right and forbidding the wrong,” as stated in the Qu’ran, without exuding a judgmental or hostile attitude? I struggled with this very question for a while; I didn’t want to object to my friends coming to my house while high, singing misogynistic rap songs, or using profanity, since I didn’t want to come across as “uncool” or judgmental. I sometimes ignored it out of fear that standing up for my ethics would make my friends view me negatively as some religious zealot, which I never wanted to be seen as. But nobody can remain on neutral ground forever, and I saw an excellent example on YouTube of how I could ethically and respectfully handle these situations.Veena Malik is a singer, Bollywood actress, and holds the Guinness world record for being kissed by 100 men on her hand in one minute. Because of her world record, she was ridiculed and mistreated by a Muslim religious leader for some of her activities. Such treatment often turns people away from religion. In contrast, the video I watched showed a Muslim brother by the name of Imran approaches Veena Malik  in a very respectful manner. He said that although there are no biological ties, he considers Veena his sister in Islam.

He then denounced the way many Muslims had mistreated her and then, to remind her that everyone has their own flaws, he told he about some of the things he has done as a rapper. He apologized for the disrespect that was shown to her, and then simply said “May God bless you. As salam alekium.” He had a positive influence on her, as the next day, Veena Malik posted this on her Twitter account: “Salam my brother… I really appreciate ur words and alhumdulliah im Muslim n surely seek guidance.” Then she followed this up with the tweet, “keep me in ur prayers!!!” and “U really made me think”.Veena Malik endured many hardships in her life and worked to support and provide for her family. That is honorable behavior, and judging, backbiting, or mistreating anyone in any way only encourages a negative reaction.

Instead, we should remain respectful of others, focus on the positive aspects of their lifestyle and beliefs, and remember our flaws to be humble. A “holier-than-thou” attitude only serves to create distance between people; by choosing to be accepting of others and remaining humble, we can build bridges and encourage positive behavior in others and ourselves. We are all equal in the eyes of God, and instead of tearing each other down by gossiping about someone’s behavior or ridiculing someone for not living up to certain standards, we should build each other up and assist others in their journey of becoming better people. Those who choose to follow this deen are  brothers and sisters. This video taught me that people who only ever look down at others and mock them for their imperfections are inadvertently stagnating their spiritual progress; in contrast, those who continually seek to help people be the best that they can be receive the benefits of goodwill and further their own spiritual journey as they do so.     Veena Malik is my beloved sister and I want the best for her.

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7th Century man,21st Century Role Model: How?

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“I have always held the religion of Muhammad (pbuh) with high esteem because of its vitality.It’s the only religion that can simulate its existence in changing phases and can appeal to every age.I have studied him (Muhammad PBUH) – the wonderful man and in my opinion far from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Savior of Humanity.” – George Bernard Shaw

Above are the wise words of George Bernard Shaw- the esteemed Nobel Peace Prize winning stalwart critical thinker, philosopher and the co-founder of London School of Economics in the UK.

Much hyped today is the ‘muslim beard’ and its implications on the modern world.From the corrugated slums of Bangladesh to the glitziness of the ‘Big Apple’ New York to fast-flowing cities like Kuala Lumpur, I’m more than ever sure that you’ve come across a bearded guy and more often than not I assure you he’s not a suicide bomber nor a ‘Moslem terrorist’, just another guy from the neighborhood, striving in this world just like you and me are. But you ask and he’ll tell you the reason for his adherence to such a ideology like Islam which encompasses his daily life matters too. He’ll humbly tell you he keeps sporting that beard of his or using the piece of stick called Meswak to brush his teeth because a man far away in the deserts of Arabia from 1400 years ago used to do the same thing. He’ll tell you it’s a Sunnah and he would trade nothing to let that go.

The question is Islam a convenient way of life in the 21st century is a heated topic up for debate in many neo-athiest or agnostic or even ‘modern’ muslim circles. But I for one, am  a strong proponent that YES IT IS a well-defined way of life for the 21st century.  In my short piece here, I would discuss in brief some unwavering points to substantiate my humble claim inshallah.

Firstly to understand why Muhammad saw’s message is so successful, we have to go back and take a look at the conditions through which it appeared and from that the transformations he caused in the world.  Muhammad saw was born into an Arabia which was considered as a backwater area by the Romans and Persians or rather, unworthy of governance. Despite having great influences around the world,these two humungous civilizations never enforced a claim on Arabia, because to be blunt,it wasn’t worth it. Makkah was a sleepy desert town with ‘mad’ arab bedouins inhabiting it along with their beasty, barbaric at times and ultra-weird customs. In short, arabia had no resources, could yield nothing and was outdated or rather a land behind it’s time.

As you would expect from all big change-makers of the world, Muhammad saw himself didn’t have a much gifted childhood or anything similar to a Harvard-grade education. Rather he had one that’s very torn apart. Born as a child with a dead father, he had a very tumultous family history. His mother Aminah died when he was just 6 years old. His old aged grandfather Abdul Muttalib took to nourish the young boy and only after a few years he died too. The young boy Muhammad saw then went on to live with an uncle of his who couldn’t provide for him.

This same person caused a world-wide change by bringing in transformations to civilizations, societies, communities, religions and entire nations. Many scholars argue that if there was no Islam and no muslim Golden period with flourishing Islamic societies, then there would be no European Renaissance and the world would have been very different from what it is today.  Considering the above mentioned facts, I for one and the other 1.6 billion muslims out there believe, if this man’s ideals could change a generation that was mired in so much ignorance, then in this 21st century too, his message would be a formidable one inshallah.

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Femen: Who Should Save Whom?

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  Femen has continued its racist brand of feminism,  which puts white women up on a pedestal as the saviors of poor, repressed Muslim women. They ignore the fact that the social problem of misogyny affecting Muslim women is largely cultural, not intrinsic to Islam. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was a staunch defender and promoter of women’s rights. Hundreds of years later, great Muslim women such as Nana Asma’u would rally for educational opportunities when such opportunities were denied to women in the west. But in their parades, Femen holds signs that say things such as “Muslim Women Get Naked,” equating the right to public  nudity, immodesty, and lasciviousness with women’s liberation. Yet, they neglected how  women in their own western societies are oppressed.

In secular societies, many people live for materialism rather than seeking to increase their spirituality. These hedonistic societies are all about enjoying one’s self, neglecting to balance pleasure with substance. As a result, these societies are hypersexualized, and many women are made to believe that they can only be valued in terms of their sexuality, not their intellect or any other aspect of themselves. People are continually exposed to images of airbrushed, photoshopped women, and rather than encouraging harmony, this sparks competition among women as they all seek to become the unrealistic “ideal” that is relentlessly promoted by the media. Super Bowl advertisements, which is the most watched tv broadcast in America, reach an average of 111 million people—and many of these advertisements feature scantily clad women with body proportions that are simply unattainable without plastic surgery. Many women who are  unable to afford professional cosmetic surgery and have low-esteem turn to the black market.  The results are disastrous:

“Teased by her family and friends about her flat “pancake” booty.”
http://www.essence.com/2012/10/11/exclusive-photo-illegal-butt-injections-gone-bad/

This obsession over reaching an unrealistic sexual ideal has gotten to the point that some women actually have their lower ribs extracted in order to achieve an even thinner waist than would otherwise be possible. In fact, society’s ideal of what a woman’s body should be like is so out of sync with reality that, if a woman had the exact proportions of a Barbie doll—the classic view of a “perfect” woman’s body—she would be physically unable to lift anything or even walk upright due to her anatomical structure. Entertainers such as Nicki Minaj embrace the “barbie” image and many young women follow.  From television to magazines to billboards, the media is continually sending subliminal messages regarding what a woman is “supposed” to look like.

    Feminists have been quite vocal about the oppression of Muslim women, citing honor killings, female genital mutilation, and denial of education as some of the horrible effects of misogyny. However, Islamophobic feminism fails to account for the unique ways in which cultural practices and the effects of colonialism impact Muslim women’s rights, electing to make Islam the scapegoat.  Western women see that the Taliban forces women in the Middle East to wear burkas, and incorrectly assume that because they are not forced to wear extremely modest clothing, they are free.  However, Western women are faced with a similar problem, yet instead of being hidden away in several yards of fabric, their bodies are objectified to an astounding degree and the male-dominated social structure has a heavy influence in how they dress.

Unlike the Taliban, the males in our society don’t need to use physical force or the threat of violence to force women to wear certain clothes. Their manipulative methods are much more subtle, making the oppression of Western women so dangerous, as they hold the illusion that they are, in fact, “liberated.” Harriet Tubman summed up this problem—though in a different context—when she said, “I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” Slavery and oppression are bad enough on their own, but if those who are being enslaved and/or oppressed falsely believe they are free, then the captors have that much more power over their victims. If women do not realize they are being oppressed, then they will do nothing to attempt to stop their oppression, thereby giving more power to those who are oppressing them.

          Western society has successfully infiltrated women’s psyches, influencing them to accept, follow, and embrace the traits and roles expected of her by the patriarchy. It is a more destructive and deplorable form of the Taliban’s blatant oppression of women, particularly because it is largely unnoticed and the impact it has on women is ignored. The toxic cosmetics, fad diets, cosmetic surgeries, and other methods that Western women use, all in the name of having the “perfect body,” are hazardous to their health, yet the majority of society sees such behavior as completely normal.

Cosmetic surgery in Europe is a $2.2 billion business.[1] Some of these procedures include:

  • Breast augmentation (“boob job”): silicone implants are used to enhance the woman’s bust
  • Breast lift
  • Butt lift
  • Rhinoplasty (“nose job”)
  • Ear pinning: for those who have ears that protrude, ear pinning simply pins the ears back
  • Liposuction

All of these cosmetic procedures are the result of a society that has profited from women having low self-esteem.Western women do not wear burkas, but their clothing is dictated by a multi-billion dollar fashion industry that is set up specifically to control who wears what via advertising, peer pressure, and other tactics. You may think it is your choice to go on the newest fad diet or get cosmetic plastic surgery, but in reality, you are being influenced by an entire social system. Before you try to liberate others.

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[1] http://www.lajollaworld.com/cosmetic.html

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Muslim couple accused celebrating death of solider

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The  London’s Metropolitan Police said that 21-year-old Rebekah Dawson and 22-year-old Royal Barnes were accused of encouraging  terrorism with a video entitled “Muslim laughs at British Soldier killing” published around time of Rigby’s death.
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( Royal Barnes and wife Rebekah Dawson)
Laws passed after the 2005 London transit bombings ban anything that “glorifies the commission or preparation” of terrorist acts, a crime punishable by up to seven years in prison, a fine, or both.Dawson and Barnes also face charges of disseminating terrorist publications and inciting terrorism overseas respectively calling the film ‘Muslim Laughs at British Soldier Killing’.The court heard that the footage showed a man laughing as he drove past dad Fusilier Rigby’s memorial.It is claimed that within hours of the murder, Barnes created the video and a host of others using the death as terrorist propaganda. Barnes is accused of dissemination of terrorist publications and circulating them “with the intention, either directly or indirectly of encouraging others into the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism”.The Muslim convert is also charged with encouraging an act of terrorism by publishing a statement that glorified the killing of Fusilier Rigby.The third and most serious charge is attempting to incite terrorism overseas. If found guilty of this, Barnes, of Hackney, East London, faces a maximum sentence of life in jail.

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Wisdom is being neglected from both side. Analysing cases like this show us one thing, hard-work has to come from the Muslim community and nurture the idea of Wisdom behind any action. The Noble Quran and the path of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم   are the two main sources when studied transform the etiquettes of people into excellence. Yet we cannot not simply forget the bizarre scenery of the malicious joy upon the death of Osama bin laden in America.

death is good ( The day  Osama bin- laden’s death was announced)

Logic tells us both cases are the same depending on how one may perceive the death of the individual’s, and the reasoning behind it. The preference of the parties will create biased view and will determine whose death is a triumph. Deceased Lee Rigby fought in a war believing to be on the right site. The question undoubtedly “who will judge justly those without any strings attached”.Morally we are also looking at Two dimension. Historically people experienced a sense of joy upon the death of people they perceived to be deserving of that punishment. This was demonstrated during the French revolution upon the execution of King Louis XI. The crowd that witnessed the beheading ran forward to dip their handkerchiefs in King Louis’s blood that dripped to the ground.

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(execution of Louis XVI in the Place de la Révolution. The empty pedestal in front of him had supported a statue of his grandfather, Louis XV, now torn down during the revolution)

The historian Jules Michelet argued that the death of the former king would lead to the acceptance of violence as a tool for happiness. He said, “If we accept the proposition that one person can be sacrificed for the happiness of the many, it will soon be demonstrated that two or three or more could also be sacrificed for the happiness of the many. Little by little, we will find reasons for sacrificing the many for the happiness of the many, and we will think it was a bargain.”

Both groups whether they celebrate the death of a solider or the death of a believed terrorist both will have arguments and their justification for it, who really can dismiss one or the other ? A question that we must ask to understand the essence of this battle we seemed to interwoven with our prejudice and misconception. However even in this plot perpetrators and heroes do exist on both sites.

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Britain Loves “Muhammad ” most Popular boys name

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According the new Government Statistics Mohammed is the most popular boys name in the west Midlands region. The Office for National Statistics said 638 boys born in the West Midlands were called Mohammed. Last year Muhammad topped the London list, with 768 boys in the Capital being given that name last year. Furthermore 557 were called Muhammad.

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The two spellings of the name both figure in the top ten adding up enough to beat Harry – made trendy by the roguish charm of the nation’s prince. Of course, if proud parents did want to name their son after the 4th in line to the throne they should have used his proper name Henry, of which Harry is the derivative.

The word “Muhammad” is derived from the Arabic root word “hamd” meaning “praise”. It is the emphatic passive particle of that root and can be translated as “the Oft-Praised One”.
As for Ahmad, it is the superlative form of the same root word “hamd”. It means “the Highly Praised One”.
Ahmad is the name Jesus (peace be upon him) mentioned when he foretold of his coming.

Allah says: “And when Jesus son of Mary said: O Children of Israel! Lo! I am the Messenger of Allah unto you, confirming that which was revealed before me in the Torah, and bringing glad tidings of a Messenger who will come after me, whose name will be ‘the Highly Praised One’ (Ahmad).” [Sûrah al-Saff: 6]

Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) enumerated a number of his names when he said: “I have many names: I am Muhammad. I am Ahmad. I am al-Mâhî (the Obliterator) by whom Allah obliterates disbelief. I am al-Hâshir (the Gatherer) who gathers the people at my feet. I am al-`Aqib (the Successor) whom none comes after.”[Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim]

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Siobhan Freegard founder of the website Netmums says “Baby names are a fascinating snapshot of the country’s culture and, while we’re still wild about Harry and Amelia, this year’s two biggest baby name trends are Edwardian-style names and posh becoming common”.

“Many mums are looking back into their family tree and selecting great-grandparents’ names, while others are seeking names which would have seemed stuffy a decade ago but fit with the current retro vibe across the UK.”

Several countries – such as Germany, Sweden, China and Japan – also restrict names. Why? A Turkish couple in Germany were not allowed to call their baby Osama Bin Laden.

In 1993 a Japnese couple were prohibited to name their child Akuma, meaning “devil”. Authorities in these countries can say no if they don’t think the name is appropriate. The UK and the US have much more liberal naming laws.

Chief executive of Birmingham Muslim education group the Sultan Bahu Trust, Dr Khurshid Ahmed, regards the list as an indication of diversity in the midlands. He adds “it’s a way of people showing affection for the Prophet, as well as showing unity amongst the community”.

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We all remember the pictures across the internet contrasting two major religions and how they evolved over the decades. Islam is growing at a rapid pace. The alleged urban legend has reached legendary credibility and its reputation is becoming a tangible reality. The number of Muslim in The UK has risen from 3 percent of the population to 4.8 per cent – 2,7 million people.

Britain on a national scale has more aging Population in general, however half of the British Muslims are under 25, a quarter of Christains are approaching their eighth decade. The estimate for British Muslims again i must stress it promising. If Allah wills we will have more active Muslims in Britain than Churchgoers. Let me empathize on this point, we are not responsible for any of this rather it is to we who have ascribe this to Allah

In the past ten years, there has been a decrease in people in England and Wales identifying as Christian, from 71.7 per cent to 59.3 per cent of the population. A 2011 Census suggested that 33.2 million people in England and wales described themselves as Christians.

The future looks bright for Muslim and Non-Muslim, privileged to experience Islam first hand is a vital component in today’s misinformed society about Islam.

Top 10 boys names in the West Midlands:

1: Harry (709 registered)

2: Oliver (669)

3: Mohammed (638)

4: Charlie (621)

5: Jack (597)

6: Riley (580)

7: Jacob (559)

8: Muhammad (557)

9: Alfie (521)

10: Noah (453)

 

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