Tuesday, March 22, 2005

What a surprise... not

"What the high will not defend the fists of low strike fiercely down."



At 9:23 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look on the bright side.I definately try to take my own life as a proof of the feeling surrounding muslims here.I cannot say that i've had any more trouble in the last 5 years than b4,Al hamdullilah.All these statistics can make you fell a tad paranoid and anxious and they definately affect my deen and my mood in general.lmm

At 4:35 pm, Blogger Qalballah said...

I can't see a bright side when it comes to the European path of "multiculturism" LMM, there are some frightening trends out there. We need to be aware of them if we are to try to ensure they aren't replicated here. Too many Muslims put their heads in the sand (me included) and I think we need to get a bit politcal savvy, espcially in a voting year. " million + Muslims in UK and so far all we have is Islamaphobia at every quarter. France has 5 million + Muslims and they are constantly attacked.

At 10:53 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are too many muslims now adays wrapped up in conspiracy theory's and islamaphobia concerns that we are all forgetting the point of islam...Allah and our connection with Him.'Allah does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves'.
'Verily in the rememberance of Allah do hearts find rest'(from islamaphobia inshAllah..ha ha ...)lmm.

At 10:12 am, Blogger Qalballah said...

I'll remind you of that next time you are spat at in the street or threatended with violence from a 6ft tall body-builder like I have been in the city square. Very comforting to know I am conspiring all of this and I should just do dhikr more when me and my child and under threat. Makes you wonder why the Sahaba carried swords really....

At 2:31 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My comment was not aimed at you personally,just wanted to give a more optimistic view than the article.Sorry if i caused any offence.I was approached by a man when in town with the girls and eight months pregnant with J and it was upsetting but my positive experiences as a muslim hugely outweigh these few isolated incidence.Hamza Yusuf said that after sep 11th the mosques in America were getting love mail and that Christian groups were set up to protect local mosques.Why were articles not written about that?It seems that negative feedback sells better and creates more interest. Love and salams LMM..

At 4:06 pm, Blogger Qalballah said...

Hm Just re-read my comment. I sound really snotty when I write don't I? Oh well will have to start clarifying my non-snotty from snotty posts with a "now I'm being mardy..." disclaimer.

It's true the media do hark on the negative and it's true that if you hark on the negative as well it can consume you, but on a balanced note we are duty-bound to stand up to oppressors as well and Islam is about walking the middle way between the Inner and Outer life. Some people take each way to extremes and you have some poeople who take politics as their religion and that's wrong, and then you have some people so intent on saving themselves that they never get involved in larger issues. I think that is wrong too, even though I really don't like politics either. I really believe in the power of the consumer, though, and as this is an election year we should start asking why in a country of 2 million muslims we have too many politicians promoting Zionism, too many journalists spouting Islamaphobia (really!) and people in the European community denied their rights to wear what they want whilst facing increasing attacks.

If you don't learn from the past, as the saying goes, you are condemned to repeat it. I'm no doomsmonger and yes, there are plenty of great people out there, but all it takes for evil to thrive is for the good people to say and do absolutely nothing. Hamza Yusuf also stated that in a moral crisis neutrality is complicity; we all take a side even if the side we are on is complicit in that all they did was nothing. Too much is at stake to be complacent - I don't want my children to live in a Europe of racism and Islamaphobia, which is where it is heading at the moment. 90% increase in attacks is not an insignificant rise.

And if I've written that snotty then, slap me next time you see me.

At 4:30 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well that is a very middle view,and your right about not being too complacent.And no that was not snotty but can i slap you anyway ?lol not really,why don't you bring boss over next week.Tuesday pm?Sure j would love it..LMM

At 6:11 pm, Blogger Qalballah said...

Hey, if you want to slap me then get to the end of a very long line, mate.

I will pencil you in for Tue PM then i.a. (must get an organiser for my busy schedule :P)


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