Bye Bye ‘Alice in Arabia’ ABC drops the Show

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We are honoured to live in these times, and ask Allah swt to continue to bless this Ummah with the courage engagement and endeavour to improve the situation for the inhabitants of the earth. We all have a  long way to go before the last person the Ummah is being provided with the basic necessities but situation swiftly change in instances. The world in 50 years may look completely different and we may not even recognize it.

By the permission of Allah swt we made the “Allah” sign disappear in Katy Perry’s video Dark Horses.  The Hollywood movie Noah was banned in  majority of Islamic Countries. And that in itself is a manifestation of collective effort centred for one  universal cause. The very essence of what it means to be one Ummah finds its way back to the people.

Social media has played the key role during these Phenomenons. A  lesson for us to learn that technology is tool to be reckoned with. Brooke Eikmeier former U.S. Army translator , is behind the  ” Alice in Arabia” series, her response to the controversy indicated how narrow-minded the notion is. BuzzFeed and Muslim advocacy were at the frontier against the campaigns and made sure to stop such bigotry on American national TV ABC Family bought then did not hesitate after the uproar to drop the programme four days later.

The opposition main concerns were the Anti-Arab Stereotypes that were loaded in  in theprogram. BuzzFeed’s Rega Jha pointed out some of these factual inaccuracies, she says ”  “the garment Alice dons in Saudi Arabia is incorrectly labelled an ‘abaya’ — an abaya is a robe that doesn’t include a face covering, while what Alice puts on does veil her face and head, including her eyes, making it either a niqab or a burqa.”

 Rega Jha says the source of the inspiration for the show mirrors the classical clichés Hollywood always had about the middle east and Islam which is discussed in the article below.

In an open letter Eikmeier says to her defence that she sees the story as a “high-stakes drama” in which an American girl is “abducted” by her Saudi Arabian family, where she fights for survival behind the veil.

She explained, “Personally, I would have simply written: A drama centring on an American teenager who, after her mother’s death must make the adjustment to living with her maternal family in Saudi Arabia.”

The former U.S. Army translator  has background as a cryptology linguist in Arabic, does not only know how to write script but also how to communicate the message. We all wonder how a she then can defend herself for that poor attempt and ignore the real concern behind the criticism instead of calling it a  ” hit job”

Well if that is the case let me sell you the biggest secret within Hollywood many people forgot or deliberately hide.

From the beginning of Hollywood and the entertainment business in America had a big interest to paint their own interpretation of what the Muslim world meant to be. These wild imagination underwent  an evolution and end-up having Arabs starring as barbaric people without mercy, greed and craze.

This led t vilify Islam to the extent that people like Eikmeier do not even realise why they are wrong. And we dont directly blame them, these notion are deeply embedded in the Hollywood culture.

Hollywood classic “The Sheik”  as early as  in 1921 is a film that pioneered these notion in early stages of the making of Hollywood. Hollywood fabricated an eroticized and exoticized Orient, titillating audiences with adventure and lust in the untamed desert landscape. The Arab stereotype in films in the 1920s was mostly an unsavory concoction of exoticism, abduction, banditry, revenge, and slavery. Strange as if we heard this somewhere just recenty right.

The plots invariably made Arabs the adversaries, pitting them against Western good guys. These films not only helped actors like Rudolph Valentino into stardom. Blockbuster hits like this helped to reinforce negative notions, perceptions and laws. I mean for someone to believe 9.11 was the start of the modern conflict needs to go back into history lesson.  These prejudices over another group of people helped government to pass laws. ” Sounds  Far-fected” ?

 

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Jim Crow Laws may ring the bells. Jim Crow Law” first appeared in 1904. he origin of the phrase “Jim Crow” has often been attributed to “Jump Jim Crow“a song-and-dance caricature of blacks performed by white actor Thomas D. Rice in blackface, which first surfaced in 1832 and was used to satirizeAndrew Jackson‘s populist policies. As a result of Rice’s fame, “Jim Crow” had become a pejorative expression meaning “Negro” by 1838. When southern legislatures passed laws of racial segregation – directed against blacks – at the end of the 19th century, these became known as Jim Crow laws.

The one thing these people miss that the attack they launching is a  direct attack on Islam. They use the Arabs to attack fundamental beliefs like the Burqa.

 

 

 

 

 

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Iluminating the Darkness: Interview with Habeeb Akande: Internchange

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Black and Noble

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This is going to be a good thing during the Black History month. I urge everyone to attend it onlineUpcoming event : Black and Noble – A study of important black figures in Islamic history

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Featuring :

Sh. Omar Suleiman | Imam Khalid Griggs | Ust. Nouman Ali Khan

What is this class about?

There is a misconception amongst many Muslims that Bilal Ibn Rabah (ra) was the only black companion. We will study the biographies of those men and women who were from the most noble of society and of the most noble of generations, the first three generations of Islam. We’ll look at the obstacles they faced and how they became the leaders of the Ummah. We’ll also examine how their marriages and personal struggles were impacted by the racism that was so prominent in Pre-Islamic Arab society. We will then study contemporary Black Muslim history with an emphasis on Malcolm X (ra) and what he means to all Muslims.

Why we’re doing it:

To educate Muslims about their history so that we can have greater appreciation for the contributions of our predecessors as well as the practical ways Islam battled racism from its inception.

Class Schedule:

Session 1:
Ust. Nouman Ali Khan – “Verily the most noble of you in the sight of Allah are the most pious amongst you.”

Sessions 2,3,4:
Sh. Omar Suleiman – The early scholars and companions

Sessions 5,6:
Imam Khalid Griggs– Malcolm X and contemporary Black Muslim history

by: Islamic Learning Foundation – Texas
February 16, 2014
10:00 am – 5:30 pm (CT)
Onsite: Islamic Center of Irving
Online: www.ilmflix.com

 

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“12 Years a Slave”

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The premier for the Film “12 years a Slave” is screening today in the UK. As we announced Already we will embark upon showing how much Islam had an impact in the Atlantic Slave Trade, and why they try to hide this aspect of History, Why do they want to hide the fact that 30-60% slaves were Muslim ? Stick around and find out. Internchange Will deliver a steam of information over next month Inscha Allah.

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Black History Month – the taster article towards Illumination

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Black History month begins in February and we at Internchange are going to cover it in detail.

February is a month that reflects upon the oppression and hardship black people had to endure throughout centuries, black Muslim in particular; which is something that is generally unknown. It is documented in depth, that 11,863,000 slaves  were shipped across the Atlantic. Travesties such as the death of 10-20% of the 11,863,000 slaves during the middle passage or the fact that half of all slave babies died in the first year of life are appreciated. Out of the 11,863,000 slaves some say 30 to 60 % were Muslims.

The effects of slavery are still seen today, whether in the midst of the favelas of Rio,on the streets of Chicago or deep desert of Sudan,  the symptoms became a chronic disease. Is modern day Africa not the the most deprived continent on the face of the earth? Has Africa always been deprived? Is it just an affect of slavery?

Habeeb Akande’s Illuminating darkness tell us else. The successful book covers many forgotten traditions from the time of the Prophet SAS until colonial Africa in a succinct yet informative manner. One of the great benefits of the book is that it shows why Islam is the universal religion and how it demonstrated itself throughout times.  The key focus is on the individuals that played a big role in the times African prosperity. One of them is Mansa Musa Raheem ullah.

See link to the Book (Illuminating The Darkness )

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Let me introduce you to Mansa Musa-

Mansa Musa was the 13th century King of the Malian empire, he is known as the richest man who has ever lived; he would have been worth $400 million dollars. The tale of his pilgrimage to Hajj is well known during which he stopped off in Egypt and gave handed out so much Gold that the Egyptian economy was ruined for years to come.

Mansu Musa was  Muslim before being black, he and his empire where the richest of their era, Africa was the most wealthy continent on Earth. Africa was never deprived.The foundations of ‘black history’ are not based on oppression and slavery but must be based on Islam and its contributions.

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Quote of the Day

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Is it not time to unite ? Ohh Ummah !!!!! is it not time time to wake up, Everything in the Universe will perish. It is destined.

The Qur’an is the only solution, no bullet nor bomb will be able liberate us. Spend with understanding in the path of Allah swt, learn with understanding, and defend with Understanding in the path of Allah swt.

We dont have much time left, and bodies are dropping dead.
It wil be not enough to post and share.
Unity!!!!!
If we all unite in one cause in the west, what impact will it have on the battles fields of the outskirts of Shams.

Let this be a productive year for all of us.
Let it be the year of discussion.
Let it be the year of discovery.
Let it be the year action, and Victory.

And Allah swt knows best

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Shakeel Romero – What is your A.I.M?

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Upcoming Youth activist and poet Shakeel Romero offers a new alternative for the youth with his new poem called “What is your A.I.M?” the piece discusses the essential question many young people struggle with. Identity crisis is the number cause for crimes and societal disasters in the inner-cities of London. The Poem attempts to connect the youth identity with their inherent Islamic identity.

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