Current Affairs

Eid Mubarak!

To all my Muslim friends and family around the world, Eid Mubarak! (A day late, I apologise, as I spent the entire day with family)

This year, Eid was particularly special for me; for one, my entire family spent it together for the first time in years, due to different mosques in different boroughs choosing to celebrate Eid a day after it’s announced by Saudi. I am still yet to understand why. Thus, this year, it was fantastic to spend the entire day with loved ones and not spread it over two days.

Secondly, this year more so than previously, I am reminded of how special family is, and how fortunate I am to be able to spend this year celebrating with them. I am constantly in awe of how exceptionally wonderful my parents are –  I truly feel so blessed to be surrounded by such love. I’m happiest when I’m with them. The events of Baghdad hang heavy in the air for many Muslims celebrating Eid around the world, and I can’t help but feel slightly guilty for enjoying it as much as I did today, knowing there are families around the world who’ve lost so much, so many at the hands of terror. Today allowed me to appreciate that life is unpredictable, and we ought to cherish our time on this earth with the people we love, who help us strive to be better versions of ourselves.

The war on Islam is ongoing, with ISIS claiming more Muslim lives than any other. During this holy month of Ramadan, we witnessed a terror attack on such a great scale, no comparison can be made with relation to lives lost. It’s believed to be one of the deadliest attacks on Iraq. What more can be said to emphasise the severity of this situation? One of the five pillars of Islam is Zakat – charity. I urge as many of you as possible to donate to charities which help cities like Baghdad recover, or at least begin the recovery process.

It appears the Western media only cares about terrorism claiming lives if the victims are Westerners. Muslim lives are worth much less comparatively, in their eyes, hence the substantial lack of media outcry against such an act of atrocity. The Baghdad bombing should serve as a shocking reminder to the ignorant that ISIS do not represent Islam in the slightest if they’re killing fellow Muslims –  they are not Muslims and lost the right to call themselves so when they decided to commit acts of senseless murder in the name of a religion they so clearly subverted.

Conclusively, I ask as many of you as possible to keep Iraq in your prayers. We cannot fathom what they’re experiencing, having to bury their loved ones, children and families on a day where the rest of the world is celebrating the end of a holy month. But we stand in solidarity against the Islamic State militants, and their fight against Muslims. Shia or Sunni, a Muslim is a Muslim. We are all one and equal in the eyes of God, and what matters the most is how we live our lives –  NOT how others live theirs. May God give those who lost their lives a peaceful resting, and those who’ve lost loved ones any kind of comfort to ease their pain.

God is not a creator of evil; evil is manmade.

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Christmas 2015!

It’s finally over. The anticipation, the tension and the stress approaching Christmas Day has all been brought to an abrupt end. All that’s left is aromatic reminder of the food eaten and the foot yet to be eaten; it’s safe to say we’ve all put on roughly 3 stone in one day.

As a Muslim, I don’t celebrate Christmas. However, my dad’s birthday falls on the 25th December, giving us a reason to celebrate the day! As far as Christmases go, this one has been the best yet, fundamentally thanks to my good health and being pain free. It’s the first Christmas in three years that I’m not ill, in pain or in hospital which is a huge, huge deal for me. I also had my loved ones around me, with food to last us into February and laughter which carried through to the late hours of the evening.

I have a lot to be grateful for, but nothing more so than having my parents. They’ve been incredibly supportive over this year and all the obstacles thrown in our direction, but we’ve come out the other end smiling and happy. Just sitting with my family was something special on Christmas Day.

I logged back on to Instagram this morning after turning my phone off to properly enjoy some family time yesterday and sadly found my feed littered with a handful of followers sharing pictures of their gifts. Of course, it is to be expected. But it reminded me of the selfishness in society, where Christmas has been commercialised to the extent that it primarily revolves around what we get. I’m not entirely sure as to what the exact intention is behind people displaying their gifts for all to see: boastfulness, hoping to get burgled or showing everyone how spoilt they are. Sure, I got gifts this year. But they weren’t just for the sake of giving.  They were more like gestures as opposed to gifts; things which meant a lot to each and every one of us in the family.

My thoughts were also with families and vulnerable citizens around the world not so fortunate this Christmas. Those who didn’t wake up to fresh dinners or presents or even a roof over their head. We tend to be consumed by what we love and do to the point of ignoring pressing matters suppressed by the media and authoritative powers.

Whilst enjoying this festive period, please take time to reflect on how fortunate we all are. Ultimately, celebrating Christmas each year is a luxury we dismiss all too quickly.

Happy Holidays! 🙂

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Current Affairs, Uncategorized

Proud to be Brown

“Not all Muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are Muslims.” 

The sad fact is today I’ve found myself yet again justifying my religion and faith in the religion. It appears Facebook is the social platform on which everyone believes they’re a politician when in fact, they’re ignorant, racist  members of society who use a tragic event such as the Paris Attacks of November 13th 2015 to reinforce their discriminatory ideologies and thoughts. From seeing a Facebook page named “Ban the Burqa” to hearing people wishing to bomb the entire Middle East including civilians, I almost reached wits end.

But then I realised something: I’m proud to be a Muslim. I’m proud to be brown. People have a glint of awkwardness in their eyes when they pass a Muslim such as myself since the events which unfolded in Paris and that inspires me to never lose faith in Islam. Islam does not promote violence as CNN once claimed. The main principles Islam advocates are peace and love amongst humanity. Where in the Qur’an does it allow the murder of innocent men, women and children? Where does it say that inciting terror will reveal the path to Paradise? Nowhere.

Furthermore, I am outraged and disgusted at people asking for all Muslims to apologise for the attacks in Paris. Yesterday, people began to unite against hideous sweeping accusations such as above. All Christians aren’t made to apologise for the existence of the terror organisation KKK. All Germans aren’t made to apologise for the Second World War. So why are all Muslims expected to apologise for acts of incomprehensible violence which they explicitly condemn, when IS and other terror organisations represent less than 1% of the 1.57 billion Muslims on this planet?

The Paris Attacks haunt Muslims as a reminder of what we’re being associated with. We, too, have shed tears for the French loss. Tears for the deceased. Tears for humanity.

Let’s pray for World Peace.

“Au nom de quoi?” 

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Rest In Peace

I’ll sit in the graveyard,
And plant flowers by your stone.
The tears won’t stop, no matter how strong I thought I could be.
I loved you like you were blood, I didn’t know any different until I was older
And even then,
I didn’t feel any different.
You were made of the same blood
As us
And I felt something in me
When you died that day.
I felt my heart crash against a lamp-post
And not even the airbags could save me.
I cried for days, weeks, months.
It’s been a year or so since you died
And I’m counting down the days
Until your next anniversary,
So we can all sit and remember how
Incredible you were.
A man of so many achievements
And accomplishments;
A best friend, loving and loyal.
A father, protective and affectionate.
An uncle, doting and wonderful in every way.
I pray that God will protect you,
His brave angel now.
Your strength and power,
Determination and fighter’s spirit
Will live on in our hearts
Until we meet again.
May God rest your soul

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Forgive, and Be Forgiven

Forgive, and be forgiven.
A biblical quote, but a very relevant one to me as of late. It’s so easy to spite people for what they do or don’t do.
It’s so easy to point a figure and have a figure of blame on whom you throw all your guilt and grievances. But, ultimately, this will not bring you closure or peace, or happiness. And this is what we all crave. I believe in forgiveness more so than I did before. It brings you a sense of accomplishment: you have such a strength in you, to forgive one who has wronged you. Be the strength to wish to contain within your soul.

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