Friday 1 March 2024

Gaza's Women: Abandoned By So-Called 'Feminists' w/. Maryam Aldossari

 

New reports by the UN that Palestinian women have been sexually abused and raped by Israeli women are hideous enough. But even before these reports, the utter horrors suffered by Palestinian women were being ignored. Not by intersectional feminists - who've played a prominent role in opposing Israel's genocidal onslaught - but mainstream media outlets and a brand of mainstream feminism.


I discuss this with Maryam Aldossari, an academic who wrote 'For feminists, silence on Gaza is no longer an option'.

Friday 23 February 2024

The Sacred Heart: Understanding the Importance of Jerusalem in Islam

 


In the tapestry of Islamic faith and history, few cities hold as profound a significance as Jerusalem. Known in Arabic as "Al-Quds," meaning "The Holy," Jerusalem occupies a central place in the hearts and minds of Muslims worldwide. Its importance stems from a rich blend of religious, historical, and cultural significance, weaving together centuries of spiritual devotion and human longing. In this blog post, we delve into the multifaceted importance of Jerusalem in Islam, exploring its sacred sites, historical legacy, and enduring symbolism.

At the core of Jerusalem's significance in Islam lies its association with the Prophet Muhammad's Night Journey (Isra and Mi'raj), a miraculous journey recounted in the Quran and Hadith literature. According to Islamic tradition, the Prophet Muhammad was transported from Mecca to Jerusalem, where he ascended through the heavens, encountering prophets, and ultimately standing in the divine presence. The Al-Aqsa Mosque, located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, is believed to be the site where the Prophet Muhammad led other prophets in prayer during his night journey, solidifying Jerusalem's sanctity in Islamic belief.

Furthermore, Jerusalem holds a special place in Islamic eschatology, serving as the backdrop for significant events prophesied to occur in the end times. Muslims believe that the Day of Judgment will begin at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, underscoring the city's role in the unfolding of divine destiny. This belief infuses Jerusalem with a sense of sacred anticipation, drawing pilgrims and believers to its gates in search of spiritual fulfillment and divine mercy.

Moreover, Jerusalem's significance in Islam is intrinsically linked to its role as a center of religious pluralism and coexistence. Throughout history, Jerusalem has been home to diverse religious communities, including Muslims, Christians, and Jews, who have lived side by side, sharing the city's sacred spaces and shaping its cultural landscape. Despite periods of conflict and division, Jerusalem's spiritual heritage embodies the Islamic values of tolerance, compassion, and respect for diversity, serving as a beacon of hope for peaceful coexistence in a fractured world.

Jerusalem's importance in Islam also extends beyond its religious significance to encompass its historical and cultural legacy. As the site of significant events in Islamic history, including the Umayyad Caliphate's establishment of the Dome of the Rock and the subsequent rule of various Muslim dynasties, Jerusalem has left an indelible imprint on Islamic civilization. Its architectural marvels, artistic treasures, and literary legacy continue to inspire Muslims worldwide, connecting them to their shared heritage and collective memory.

In today's world, where political tensions and territorial disputes often overshadow Jerusalem's spiritual essence, it is essential to reclaim and reaffirm its sacred status in Islamic consciousness. By recognizing Jerusalem as a symbol of unity, peace, and divine presence, Muslims can uphold its sanctity and honor its rich heritage, transcending narrow political agendas and fostering a deeper sense of spiritual solidarity.

In conclusion, Jerusalem holds a special place in the hearts of Muslims as a city of profound spiritual significance, historical importance, and cultural resonance. Its sacred sites, prophetic legacy, and enduring symbolism continue to inspire believers around the world, uniting them in their reverence for the city's divine mysteries. As we reflect on Jerusalem's timeless allure, let us strive to uphold its sanctity, preserve its heritage, and nurture its potential as a symbol of hope, reconciliation, and peace for all humanity.

Thursday 22 February 2024

Jewish Historian Explodes Israel's Myths - w/. Zach Foster

 

Zach Foster is a fascinating guest: he hails from a strongly Zionist background, but it was through his scholarly research of Palestine that his perspective changed. We discuss the long history of Palestinians being dehumanised, why he thinks Israel makes Jewish people less safe, the history of Gaza and Hamas that's airbrushed, Israel's history of using hunger as a weapon of war, genocidal sentiments in Israel - and so much more.

Wednesday 21 February 2024

Palestine, Zionism and Police Repression in Britain - Ranjeet Brar speaks at City University.

Ranjeet Brar speaks at City University on Friday 26th January 2024, on the evening that the international court of justice (ICJ) ruled that Israel is indeed committing genocide in Gaza, and in Palestine. The ICJ failed to order the Zionist state to cease its fire, but left the way open for the UN - indeed mandating the UN - to do so.

Tuesday 20 February 2024

I was an IDF soldier stationed in Gaza in at the end of 1992

 



From @alon_mizrahi

Let me share with one of the most surreal and sobering moments of my life, that happened to me while I was an IDF soldier stationed in Gaza in at the end of 1992.

That kind of moment could only happen to a Mizrahi, or Arab-jewish soldier. You'll see why I say it. And I could swear to you that every word of it is true. No embellishments, no filling in missing pieces of memory. All truth.
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In the summer of 1992 I finished basic and some advanced infantry training, and my platoon was ready to partake in combat function, which really was just (same as for generation of young Israeli men and women before and after that) enforcement of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
 
The unit I was joining at this stage had under its responsibility (for purposes of overt occupation activities) the Al-Shati refugee camp and some of the adjacent Rimal neighborhood, on the northwestern part of the Strip.

At the end of 1992, Israel's leadership decided that the (Zionist and brilliant) solution for the growing discontent, or resistence, in the Strip, was removing 400 Hamas 'leaders' from Gaza and sending them into exile in Lebanon.

As many of those Hamas figures lived in and around the area designated for my unit to handle, we were appointed with making dozens of arrests, or maybe hundreds (Israel would always arrest additional people for more information, as a form of pressure and to prevent an eruption of a violent reaction).

For weeks in November of 1992 I would spend whole nights of my very young life walking from house to house in the dead of night in Gaza, knocking on doors, threatening family members of missing wanted people and handing over those who were home to the representatives of the security services, who were always with us, and always in plain cloths.

As part of my service there, I was in hundreds of Palestinians homes in Gaza, many of them during that month of endless nocturnal search and arrest hours.
Some nights we would take in 10 different people from same numbers of homes.
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I was too young and shocked to understand anything, though it was clear to me that this was not the hero's service fighting evil I spent the months and years before joining the IDF hoping for and fantasizing about.

Those people in Gaza were normal in a way that no part of me could align with evil. And I could never bring myself to become that natural lord and master that colonial and racist regimes always expect their soldiers and cops to be. I was too soft.
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The people we took in never cried, begged for forgiveness or claimed it was a mistake. They would climb up and sit in the military vehicle with their hands tied behind their backs and their eyes covered in a kind of quiet that was more thunderous, more painful for me to remember all those years later, than any other act would be.
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One man in particular I remember. A big, sombre man in his 30', who looked untouchable in a big, thick black coat. But as he sat in the military vehicle with his hands tied behind his back his coat slipped over his shoulders, revealing a tank top and a body and skin that did not look invincible, or untouchable. He was human.

And he sat there, staring into space, in total quiet. Back then I had no idea where these men were taken, and what was going to be unleashed upon them. Only many years later did I discover how extensive Israel's use of torture was, and how horrible.

But the big, somber, fragile man sat there, quiet, and, like any other Palestinian I saw in this situation, with  what I can best describe as dignity in brokenness, that was astonishing. I have never seen anyone with more dignity in my life than a hand-tied, eyes-covered Palestinian detainee.
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Towards the end of those weeks of knocking on doors and arresting people, one morning, around 7AMm after a long long bight, that moment happened to me. It was something that I never forgot and never will forget.

It was the last arrest for that night, which already becade day. We stood there, a small band of soldiers, and knocked on the door of what looked like a well built, well kept house. It was not fancy, but it surely not the house of poor people.

We waited for someone to come and open the door. After a minute or so, someone did.

If you ever felt like reality around you had its fundamentals twisting and changing, or like the layer of meaning that enveloped reality was torn, revealing another layer of deeper meaning, but in a way that makes you dizzy and dumbfounded - if you know that feeling you'll know what I went through that moment.

Because the person that opened that door at that house that morning in Gaza was my very own and only sister.

The door opened and the actual, precise, living and breathing image of my sister, identical as any identical twin ever was, stood in the doorway. It was her face. her expression, her hair, her highet, her age, her build, her movement, her skin tone accurate to the 1000th degree.

I didn't know what was going on, or what kind of insane trick was being played on me. I gasped, lost for words. I stood a meter away from her, and my very wanted to call her by my sister's name.   
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Not long after this, after that whole period, I started cracking. I could not take it anymore, though I never could tell myself what it was that I couldn't take. I went to see a psychologist and got restationed to a non-combat unit.

It took me many years to start to appreciate the damage done to me by what I was sent to do and see in Gaza. I don't think that even today I have completely processed it.
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She stood at the door and was a little puzzled, bot not panicked. She was wiping the floor, and it was still wet. A bucket with a rug in it stood by. It was a clean house, with a shining clean floor. The officer told her to get out and speak to us from street level, as the house was one stair up from that.

But the street was dirty and sandy, and she couldn't bring herself to step outside barefoot. Her foot (my sister's foot) ventured out for a second, not actually stepping, just hovering, but then was drawn in.

The officer pretended to not notice. He didn't insist, and she remained inside. By not insisting and not becoming violent, I think, he saved my actual sanity, and never knew it.

Monday 19 February 2024

Academia in the Midst of Genocide: A Dialogue with Professor Norman Finkelstein

 


In our discussion with Professor Finkelstein, we delved into the intricate geopolitical dynamics of the ongoing genocide in Gaza. We also examined Germany's support for Israel, its historical connections, highlighted by Germany's opposition to South Africa's position at the International Court of Justice.

The conversation brought to light the complexities of the situation, the different perceptions and narratives about Hamas, and the prevailing perspectives within Western academic circles regarding the genocidal violence in Gaza.

Norman Gary Finkelstein is an American political scientist and activist. His primary fields of research are the politics of the Holocaust and the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. He is the author of many books, including The Holocaust Industry, Gaza: An inquest into its martyrdom, and I Accuse! In the year 2020, Norman Finkelstein was named the fifth most influential political scientist in the world.

Friday 16 February 2024

Conversations with an anti-Zionist Jew: Ilan Pappé

 In this extended conversation, Professor Ilan Pappé speaks to IHRC about the situation in Gaza; what it says about Israeli society, how he reads this moment in history and what the future might hold.

Tuesday 13 February 2024

Coping with Grief and Bereavement: Islamic Guidance for Healing


Losing a loved one is an inevitable part of life, yet it remains one of the most challenging experiences we may face. The pain of grief can feel overwhelming, leaving us feeling lost, confused, and even questioning our faith. However, Islam offers profound guidance on how to cope with grief and bereavement, providing solace and support during these difficult times. In this blog post, we'll explore some Islamic teachings and practices that can help in the healing process.

Understanding the Nature of Life and Death
: Islam teaches us that life and death are both part of Allah's divine plan. The Quran reminds us, "Every soul will taste death" (Quran 3:185). Recognizing death as a natural transition can provide comfort and acceptance in times of grief.

Seeking Patience and Perseverance: Patience (Sabr) is a central tenet of Islamic faith, especially during times of adversity. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, "Patience is at the first stroke of calamity" (Sahih al-Bukhari). Through patience, we can endure the pain of loss while maintaining our faith and trust in Allah's wisdom.

Turning to Prayer and Remembrance: Prayer (Salah) is a powerful tool for finding peace and solace in times of grief. Establishing a connection with Allah through regular prayers can provide comfort and strength. Additionally, engaging in Dhikr (remembrance of Allah) and reading Quranic verses can soothe the heart and uplift the spirit.

Community Support and Compassion
: In Islam, the community plays a vital role in supporting those who are grieving. It is incumbent upon fellow Muslims to offer condolences, provide assistance, and offer prayers for the deceased and their family. Seeking support from loved ones and community members can alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Charitable Acts and Sadaqah: Engaging in acts of charity (Sadaqah) on behalf of the deceased is considered beneficial in Islam. By giving to those in need, we honor the memory of our loved ones and continue their legacy of kindness and generosity.

Reflecting on the Hereafter: Islam teaches us to reflect on the transient nature of this worldly life and the eternal Hereafter. Remembering that our ultimate destination is with Allah can provide hope and perspective amidst grief. The Quran says, "To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return" (Quran 2:156).

Seeking Professional Help if Needed: While spiritual practices can provide immense comfort, it's essential to recognize when additional support is required. Seeking guidance from counselors, therapists, or support groups specialized in grief counseling is not contrary to Islamic teachings but rather a proactive step towards healing.

In conclusion, coping with grief and bereavement is a deeply personal journey, but Islamic teachings offer invaluable guidance and support along the way. By turning to Allah, practicing patience, seeking community support, and engaging in acts of charity, we can navigate through the pain of loss with faith, resilience, and hope for the Hereafter. May Allah grant us all patience and strength during times of sorrow, and may He grant peace and mercy to the departed souls. Ameen.

Monday 12 February 2024

Israeli women soldiers give shocking testimonies

 

A personal account of female soldiers about their life in the Israeli Army, the only one to draw women for mandatory military service.
A female point of view on the drama of an unending war, on the moral challenges they faced at the encounter with the Palestinian population. Questions that were not dealt with during the service are raised today with great pain - and courage. A female point of view on the drama of an unending war, on the moral challenges the soldiers faced at the encounter with the Palestinian population. The young women look back critically at the way they handled the power that was placed in their hands at the young age of eighteen. Did they really smile in the pictures?


In 1988 the filmmaker served herself in the Israeli Defence Force in the Occupied Territories. 'How could I ever think I'd forget...' is what one of the young women asks herself at then end of this film.

Friday 9 February 2024

Allah Has not Abandoned You | Imam Khalid Latif

 


Our faith in Allah is not just about memorization or the outward aspects of religion; it's about a deep, personal understanding of who Allah is to us. Through reflection and contemplation, we learn that in the face of trials and tests, Allah is always with us, purifying us like gold, and offering His mercy and love. 

Thursday 8 February 2024

Khalid ibn al-Walid (ra): The Legendary Military General

 


After he became Muslim, he immediately became perhaps the greatest factor in the spread of Islam throughout the world. Learn about his military genius, his legacy and contributions, and his unexpected death.

Wednesday 31 January 2024

‘BEHEADED BABIES’ – HOW UK MEDIA REPORTED ISRAEL’S FAKE NEWS AS FACT

 


 “They decapitated women and children” was the Independent’s headline. (The paper’s reporter later deleted the post on X that regurgitated that claim but the “special dispatch” on the beheaded babies is still on the Independent’s website).

The story also featured heavily in the broadcast realm on 11 October, with little room for any view of a conflicting nature.

On LBC, presenter Iain Dale expressed disgust at a caller who did not condemn what Dale referred to as “what Hamas did” including their “beheading babies” and furiously took him off air.

What started as a claim from Israeli military and media circles that lacked certainty was instantly transformed into an established fact by virtually the entire British media.

No evidence
In subsequent days, journalists at the scene in Israel continued to investigate the validity of the beheaded babies story. A French journalist in Kfar Aza reported that nobody had mentioned beheaded children to him.

Meanwhile, Oren Ziv, a prominent Israeli journalist, highlighted he had not seen any evidence to support the claims before adding that Israeli soldiers and the army’s spokesperson remained unable to confirm the allegations.

The White House quickly walked back on Biden’s earlier claim. It reiterated he had not in fact seen evidence of the beheaded babies he was convinced of less than 36 hours ago, making clear that the president’s comments were merely repeating Israeli news reports and officials.

However, there was little detectable appetite from the British media to change tack and report on this clarification in the ongoing story.

In fact, the newspapers had moved on completely. The zealous willingness to examine in scrupulous detail atrocities taking place on the ground and describing in vivid terms the violent acts, spectacularly disappeared.

Nor was there a lack of information to report on. By the time one week had passed since 7 October, more than 2,000 Palestinians had been murdered by Israel’s relentless military bombardment. At least 720 of them were children and around 450 were women.

But by this point, the British media had ditched the graphic images and were no longer interested in being the arbiters of what constitutes a massacre or terrorism and there was palpably no longer a need to make that clear to the public.

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Tuesday 30 January 2024

Moment innocent civilian brandishing white flag in Gaza 'safe zone' is shot dead | ITV News

 


The English-speaking man lamented the fact that having fled Gaza City when this war began, the family were now running away again, this time abandoning Khan Younis to head for Rafah.

Their attempts to escape the war have taken them from the top of the Gaza Strip to the bottom.   

They are among hundreds of thousands of people hemmed in, with their backs to the Egyptian border and the IDF bearing down.

“Nowhere is safe in Gaza,” he told a cameraman working for ITV News.

Monday 29 January 2024

To the haram police!

 


 “It may also mean that your shaming of your brother for his sin is a greater and more severe sin than his sin for what it has of self-righteousness, jingoism, and inflation of the ego, as if proclaiming its own purity from sin, and that your brother is the only one who has fallen into it. In contrast, perhaps his being crushed by his sin, humility, meekness, self-reckoning, distance from the ailment of pretension, of arrogance and egotism, and his standing before God Almighty with his head down and body humble and heart broken, is more beneficial and better for him than your self-righteousness and ostentation, and [implied] expression of favor upon God and his creation. 


How near to God is such a sinner from the mercy of God and how near to God's wrath is such a braggart. For a sin that brings humility is dearer to Him than a righteous act accompanied by boastful self-righteousness. That you spend the night sleeping and wake up lamenting is better for you than if you spend the night standing in prayer and wake up self-righteous.
For a self-righteous man's deed is not raised [to heaven]. That you laugh and acknowledge your sins is better than if you weep and boast. The groan of sinners is dearer to Him than the proud, self-satisfied hum of worshippers. Perhaps God made him fall into this sin as a cure that brings out a lethal illness, but your illness still resides within undetected.”


[Madārij al-Sālikīn, vol. 1, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawzīyyah, translated by Ovamir Anjum in his splendid translation “Ranks of the Divine Seekers A Parallel English-Arabic Text. Volume 1 (Islamic Translation) (English and Arabic Edition)

Friday 26 January 2024

The Tragedy of Babri Masjid and Some Truth About Hindustan | Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi

 

Life in Jerusalem under Israel's military dictatorship

Journalist Jeremy Loffredo visits the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, a climate of unprecedented repression has descended since October 7. Loffredo documents settler terror attacks on businesses and speaks to local activists who tell him they fear arrest and beatings from Israeli police if they speak out against the assault on Gaza.

Wednesday 24 January 2024

Meet Meital Yaniv, Former Israeli Soldier Turned Anti-Zionist Organizer

 


Democracy Now speaks with anti-Zionist organizer and former IDF soldier from Tel Aviv Meital Yaniv, who joined hundreds of Jewish activists and their allies to shut down the California state Capitol in Sacramento Wednesday to demand a ceasefire in Gaza and condemn the roughly $600 million in California taxes that is used annually for U.S. military aid to Israel. Yaniv recalls how they were raised "extremely Zionistic," their experience in the Israeli Air Force and eventual turn to fight for Palestinian rights. "What Israel is doing right now has nothing to do with antisemitism. What Israel is doing right now is a genocide. What Israel has been doing for the past 75 years is apartheid, is occupation," Yaniv says. "There is no need for any one of us to serve in the IDF. The IDF should not exist. The state of Israel should not exist."

Friday 19 January 2024

When Laws Are Held Hostage | Khutbah by Dr. Omar Suleiman


 

The historical manipulation of sacred months in Makkah for unholy purposes and their weaponization against Prophet Muhammad ﷺ draws parallels with contemporary events involving ICJ judges, the UN Security Council, and US hegemony. Delve into the strategic misalignment of principles for political gain in both past and present times.

Wednesday 17 January 2024

Israeli General's Son: Why I Rejected Zionism - Miko Peled on Genocide, Palestine, And How This Ends

 

Miko Peled is absolutely extraordinary to listen to. An Israeli-American activist and author, his family were Israeli national heroes: his grandfather signed Israel's 1948 Declaration of Independence, and his father served as a general in the Six-Day War of 1967. Peled hear tells me about his journey away from Zionism, about how Palestinians are dehumanised, opposing the revising of history, the prospects of a genuine peaceful answer - and much more.

Friday 12 January 2024

Where Is Allah When The Ummah Hurts? | Dr. Omar Suleiman


When the Ummah screams and the tyrants laugh, some may say “where is Allah?” For years, the resilient Palestinians and others have endured unimaginable hardships, and the past several weeks of horrifying oppression may have shaken us to our core. How do we show complete trust in Allah even when our enemies claim He is absent?

Tuesday 9 January 2024

Saladin: The Conqueror of Jerusalem Episode 1

The story of Saladin Ayyubi, a prominent Muslim ruler of the 12th century. The chronicles of Saladin Ayyubi, a 12th-century Muslim ruler who aimed to unite the Muslim lands of Syria, northern Mesopotamia, Palestine, and Egypt against the Crusades, and the story of his conquest of Jerusalem. 

Monday 8 January 2024

La Ilaha Illa Allah: Islamic Meditation for the Soul

Enjoy an hour of Dhikr with La Ilaha Illa Allah, a moving nasheed by @Mohammad Bashir محمد بشير, presented in a lofi style to help you relax and focus on your spirituality. 

Friday 5 January 2024

Aisha (ra) – Abdal Hakim Murad: Paradigms of Leadership

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad covers the wife of the Prophet ﷺ, Umm al-Mu’mineen Aisha (ra), in this 25th instalment of his popular Paradigms of Leadership Lecture Series. 

Tuesday 2 January 2024

NY Times October 7 hoax exposed

 


Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate meticulously debunk a New York Times article purporting to demonstrate that Hamas carried out a policy of sexual assault against Israelis on October 7, and demonstrate that the Times' Jeffrey Gettleman is guilty of journalistic malpractice and serving as a willing tool for the serially mendacious Israeli government.


Monday 1 January 2024

Genocidal intent: the case against Israel



The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate address the basis for South Africa's invocation of the Genocide Convention against the state of Israel, and discuss the clear evidence of genocidal intent expressed by Israeli military leadership.