There is a global financial crisis upon us. You're seeing rising food prices, collapsing currencies, and Muslims as scapegoats. Don't fall for it. Read DNN News for one Muslim's perspective. It's biased, but you know the bias. Filter as you wish.
While some clamor that they have a right to free speech, they seem to ignore the the responsibility of appropriate speech and the responsibility of protecting the rights of others.
What you are about to see, of course, does NOT reflect the views or actions of most Christians or Americans… just a few unfortunate ones. Rather than focusing on their actions, though… focus on the man praying. Rather than complaining about the actions of others, focus on what you can do.
“Have you seen the one who forbids a servant when he prays? Tell me if he (the one praying) is upon guidance or enjoins righteousness.
Tell me, if he (the one forbidding the worshiper) denies and turns away. Does he not know that God sees. Nay, if he does not desist, We (God) shall surely drag him by his forelock. The forelock, lying and sinful.
So, let him call his supporters. We shall call the angels of torment. Nay, do not obey him, and (instead) prostrate, and draw closer (to God).” Qur’an (96:9-19)
The man in the video below is standing before his Lord – the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. The actions of those trying to abuse him are insignificant when there is khushoo’ and sincerity in that realization.
Please don’t feel sorry for this man. Feel sorry, instead, for those around him. It is they who are distracted and deluded.
May Allah (God) reward this patient man. Ameen.
Early Muslims faced far worse than this. And when the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) faced similar abuse, he responded with patience and gentleness. We all know the example of when people threw goat entrails on him while he was praying. We all remember the story of how he (peace be upon him) responded to the trash in his path every single day.
There is an article posted on The Burning Platform, entitled 2012 The Year of Living Dangerously. It has a great analysis of why we are we are right now and where we are going.
Here’s an excerpt:
“…[the] core elements that created this Crisis and the reaction of generational cohorts to the implications of debt, civic decay and global disorder will drive all the events that will occur in 2012 and for as far as the eye can see. Linear thinkers in mega-corporations, mainstream media and Washington D.C. focus on retaining the status quo, their power and their wealth. They believe an economic recovery can be manufactured through monetary manipulation and Keynesian borrowing and spending. They are blind to the fact that history is cyclical, not linear. In order to have an understanding of what could happen in the coming year, it is essential to keep the big picture in focus. As we enter the fifth year of this twenty year Crisis period, there is absolutely no chance that 2012 will see an improvement in our economy, political atmosphere or world situation. Fourth Turnings never de-intensify. They exhaust themselves after years of chaos, conflict and turmoil. I can guarantee you that 2012 will see increased mayhem, riots, violent protests, recessions, bear markets, and a presidential election that will confound the establishment.”
In extreme situations, people will do extreme things. We (Muslims), unfortunately, will be the scapegoats. Don’t get me wrong, some “Muslims” will do some pretty stupid things, some pretty extreme things, because they too are pushed to extreme circumstances.
But there is opportunity…
(a) We can learn from articles such as the one above to prepare.
(b) When we are prepared, we are in a better situation to help our families, and our neighbors (Muslim and non-Muslim) when they are in need.
(c) When we are prepared, we can respond more appropriately to ignorance. We can take a moment to understand that as we are made into scapegoats, and people are suffering hardship, some will fear Muslims, some will mistreat Muslims. But if you are prepared – not just financially, physically, and emotionally, but also – spiritually, you will be in a better position to respond as Islam calls us to respond… with gentleness, kindness, and understanding. After all, you will not be asked about how people treated you. You will be asked how you treated them.
(d) The world is witnessing the collapse of riba-based economies. God forbade riba (interest/usury) in the Old Testament, Jesus (peace be upon him) obeyed the Law and also turned over the riba/money-changer tables in the Temple in the New Testament, and God forbade the riba in the Last Testament (the Qur’an). This is a wonderful opportunity to bring the world back to the faith-based, honest, just, and God-decreed monetary systems of the past.
It sure is. Watch this video of people exercising their Constitutional right to dissent. Pay close attention to the women behind the orange police barricade. They are armed with nothing but their presence and their words. Yet they are the ones sprayed with mace/pepper spray by the police. For what?
Here’s a quote from the YouTube Channel that posts this video:
While on a peaceful march near Union Square in downtown Manhattan, multiple female protestors were penned up in the street by orange mesh baricade, then maliciously maced.
The women were peaceful and unarmed. They were secured by barricade with an overwhelming police presence. And they were then sprayed directly in the face with pressurized mace…
WeAreTheOther99 continues to peacefully occupy Lower Manhattan to begin a dialogue with the Top 1% with the goal of a peaceful transition of power back to the People.
This can no longer be stopped. But be advised, this will not be televised…
I don’t know about you, but I didn’t see this on the news.
This is only the beginning folks… Combine a failing economic system, with a very small cadre of beneficiaries, with a pervasive entitlement mentality, in an election year… and you get a mess.
Most people know something is wrong. They… no, we… feel it in our gut.
Unfortunately, though, most of us are distracted, so we tend not to see it. And when we do see it, if we don’t understand it, we tend to move to something that is easy to understand… something emotionally easier to handle. It’s easier to blame them. It’s easier to have a scapegoat or to look to someone who is far worse off than ourselves. Rather than trying to understand what is happening.
Watch this video about what is happening to the fabric of American society.
The Arab Spring, the riots in London and Greece, the bailouts of governments by the European Central Bank, the wars in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and the countless other places we have invaded have nothing to do with al-Qaeda or Muslim extremists or loose immigration laws or any other convenient “other”. These things have to do with our financial system and the control of resources. Until you wake up to that fact, you will continue to feel that dull ache in your belly. When you get a moment of stillness, you will quietly wonder what is happening, until something comes along and distracts you yet again.
Gold Silver – a good source of info and you can buy precious metals (but it’s a tad pricier)
Again, I would NOT touch ETFs like GLD at all. Stay far, far away.
Although some Brothers and Sisters expressed concern about GoldMoney.com citing fatawa (Jazakum Allahu khairun to all of you), but there is a big misunderstanding. GoldMoney.com does not allow you to pay now and actually get the gold later. Instead, you are transferring money into your account. It lives in your account much like your (fake, fiat) dollars live in a bank account now. Once the dollars are in your GoldMoney account, you can then buy gold, silver, palladium, or platinum with it. The moment you buy it, it is yours. Granted, you are not touching it when you buy it, but there is no time delay.
And here is one of the comments (from an anonymous reader): “My friend, be careful when dealing with these gold websites. I am not in a position to say this because I do not know any fatwas related to this but from my knowledge when trading in gold the transaction must happen immediately, the money payed and the gold received, otherwise it is not lawful. Please look further into this because I don’t know whether ETF’s are halal or haram.”
Again, jazakAllahu khairun for your comments. I advise all of you to consider owning gold, but to look into the Islamic rules regarding the proper way of doing so. Allah knows best.
Whenever something becomes the news story of the week, be it Casey Anthony, the NFL labor talks, or any other non-issue, I tend to ask the following questions, “What is not being reported?” “What is being left out?” “What should I be concerned with?”
Well, here’s a video where someone compares the coverage of “Hurricane” Irene and Hurricane Earl from less than a year prior. If you can ignore the fact that he doesn’t care about what’s behind him in his videos, what he says is interesting. He’s calling it “Hurricane Not-Qaddafi”, implying that the media distraction is intended to pull attention away from NATO’s illegal efforts in Libya and the extensive misrepresentation of what exactly is taking place there.
However, there are other things to divert our attention away from:
That somehow it’s okay that a sovereign nation’s assets were frozen and later given to the people overthrowing that government (Can you imagine for a second if China did that to the rioters in Greece or London? How do you think that would be represented on our news outlets?)
That Ron Paul should be winning the Republican nomination
That the dollar is collapsing
That Israel is meddling in Iran, Syria, and slaughtering people in Gaza
Like him or not… agree with him or not… Ron Paul is being systematically left out of the GOP primary race. He is the one person in the race who has been consistent throughout his career. Others flip flop. Others completely alter their message for the crowd they’re addressing.
The issues Ron Paul has been bringing up are absolutely essential to a sound economy (the Federal Reserve, debt reduction, war expenditures, etc), to our government (preserving the Constitution, preserving the checks and balances within branches of government, etc), and to freedom, itself (not overstating threats as justification for removing freedoms, etc). Again, you may not agree with him, but at least hear his point of view… at least discuss the issues he is bringing up.
Why isn’t anyone else really discussing the Federal Reserve? Frankly, if he gets elected, I bet his life is in serious danger because of his stance against the Fed and the bankers. But that’s a discussion for a different day. Here’s a clip from Jon Stewart on the Daily Show where he highlights the systematic attempts to silence Ron Paul through the media and through his very own political party:
That whole barely-mentioned-in-the-mainstream-media-adding-20,000-troops thing… Don’t worry folks. That’s just Plan B or C.
Plan A is distraction. “Give them food and give them sport.”
Casey Anthony is over (at least for now). And it’s time for football.
Now, I’m as big a fan of football as anyone (and I happen to think this is the year for the Eagles… E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles!), but that doesn’t blind me from what is taking place. Football is a tool, or at least, it is being used as such. I pointed it out in the article Football and the New World Order back in 2002.
But let’s watch together…
How will the free agent frenzy over the next couple of weeks distract us (& dominate news coverage) as our nation reaches the debt ceiling deadline?
How will football be used to take people’s minds off of the economy and it’s root causes? Perhaps even help in deflecting blame?
How many shots of NFL players will we see with US troops abroad, but without mentioning the deployment of tens of thousands of troops within our own borders?
How will the football season starting on September 11th impact the emotions of the crowds? How will the image of Osama bin Laden be used? How will Muslims, Sikhs, Latinos, and others be treated after this emotional 10-year anniversary?
Our monetary system is collapsing. Our country is becoming a police state. And millions are being distracted away from real issues that should be front-and-center… This isn’t a democracy if the people are ignorant or do not participate. Crying at the national anthem isn’t participation. The strong emotions you will feel on the 10th anniversary of September 11th are real… but our senses of pain and pleasure have been driven to a place that allows us to hate, allows us to lose sight of important matters, and makes us seek ways to avoid the pain (financial crisis, terrorism, Islam and Muslims, decreased freedoms) and increase the pleasure (sports, military “victory”, increased security).