Saturday, March 17, 2007

I have never held a Qur'an

Someone that wants their word out did a short video with not so bad music for their slide show. Here:

I have met people from all over the world, I have done some world traveling.

I have known Muslims, those from Iran, Israelis, and others from the Middle East.

There have been those that I have liked and trust, and there are those that I have not.

I can only say that I have never needed a personal injury lawyer, but the ones I have worked for are just plain human scum. That is my only bias when it comes to stereotypes and hatred.

In America you should be able to worship how you please, when you please, as long as you do not infringe on other's rights. You should be able to not worship as you please. There should be honest separation of Church and State.

As a child of 5, I was upset at the preaching of politics in a house of worship. I wanted to know about fractions as a certain amount of my future yearly income was to go to this institution. In the religious school in which I was a pupil, a certain "educator" wore a black dress, a very big black dress, she had a very prominent mole with long hairs protruding out of her face. All that was ok, but ... she thought I was a cute little boy and I would suffer on her lap, weekly. She wasn't so bad, her not bathing, was. I stood up to my father at 5 and told him that I refused to go to that school ever again without even telling him why and he is the probably the farthest from passive, I know. It was so, I did not have to go.

Live and let live.

Stand up together against injustice regardless of your religious beliefs. Tolerate others, no matter their race or country of origin. America was supposed to have been founded on tolerance and the furthering of human rights.

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Text with above video:
From Muslimmale A short film for people to reflect, especially for muslims at a time when Islamaphobia is growing...

There is one word that captures the essence of all Islamic laws and all Islamic teachings; one word that describes the overriding value that permeates all Islamic values. Justice.

The Qur'an says: "We sent aforetime our messengers with clear Signs and sent down with them the Book and the Balance, that men may stand forth in Justice." [Al-Hadeed 57:25].

Under normal circumstances many people can be just. But Islam commands its followers to be just even in the face of strong conflicting emotions. In dealing with other human beings, two major impediments to justice are love and hatred.

The Qur'an teaches us to overcome the first impediment when we are dealing with our closest relatives or even ourselves. "O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do." [An-Nisa 4:35]

The other equally potent impediment is hatred. Here again Qur'an commands: "O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to Piety: and fear Allah. For Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do." [Al-Maidah 5:8]

It is a command to the believers, with a reminder that Allah is watching you, that enmity of others cannot be used as an excuse for committing injustices against them.

Fourteen hundred years ago these commands created a society where rich and poor, friend and foe, Muslim and non-Muslim, the ruler and the ruled, were all treated equally and all of them could count on receiving justice.
The qazis (judges) were independent and no one, including the khalifah (government)was above the law.

If a dispute arose between the Khalifah and an ordinary person, both had to appear in court and provide their evidence.

Islamic history is full of stories of this justice that filled the earth wherever Muslims ruled in their golden era.

That is the justice the world needs today.

"Allah doth command you to render back your Trusts to those to whom they are due; and when ye judge between man and man, that ye judge with justice: verily how excellent is the teaching which He gives you! For Allah is He Who hears and sees all things." [An-Nisa 4:58]

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