Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I Love You ::: Amir Sulaiman

I love you/ so how must I feel about those who want to control you/ Jim crow you/ conintelpro you/ F-16 you/ crack feign you/ cluster bomb you/ Vietnam you/ napalm you/ lost and found you/ lost in the rubble/ surround and pound you/ humiliate you/ debase you/ erase you from your history/ imitate and replace you/ take you/ rape you/ use hiphop to beat break you/ pop lock you/ Biggie and Tupac you/ I love you

I love you/ so how must I feel about those who want to assault and abuse you/ hoodwink and bamboozle you/ Baghdad and Fallugah you/ Homeland Secure you/ Patriot Act you/ entrap you/ firing line you/ hogtie you/ solitary confine you/ Palestine you/ politically imprison you/ steal you/ Imam Jamil you/ lie to you/ racially profile and follow you/ Amado Diallo you/ Malcolm X you/ snipe you/ AK you/ JFK you/ MLK you/ i love you

I love you/ so how must I feel about those who want to capture you/ badger you/ John the Baptist you/ crucify you/ apartheid you/ land mine you/ diamond mine you/ glock you/ if they don't tupac shakur you/ then afeni shakur you/ or assata shakur you/ 3/5 compromise you/ deaf, dumb and blind you/ cage you/ Abu Ghraib you/ Guantanamo Bay you/ Attica and Pelican Bay you/ use hiphop to beat break you/ DJ cut you and cross fade you/ I love you

Lamppost Productions Online Class: "Legal Foundations of Maliki School 1.0" with Shaykh Abdullah Ali

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Terry Eagleton, September 2011 on Why are some in the West so terrified of Muslims?

Turkey Predicts Alliance With Egypt as Regional Anchors

Noah Feldman: Osama bin Laden Fulfilled His One True Ambition

Noah Feldman: Abbas’s UN Offensive Might Be a Step Toward Peace

also via Adnan

Robert Gates Says Israel Is an Ungrateful Ally by Jeffrey Goldberg (September 5th, 2011)

via Adnan

The Ghazali Project

The Ghazali Project is a groundbreaking initiative dedicated to creating engaging English summaries of important books, articles, and multimedia relating to Islam and Muslims.

Monday, September 19, 2011

"One of the immediate acts of the Prophet

on his return from Badr had been to visit the grave of his daughter Ruqayyah, and Fatimah went with him. This was the first bereavement they had suffered within their closest family circle since the death of Khadijah, and Fatimah was greatly distressed by the loss of her sister. The tears poured from her eyes as she sat beside her father at the edge of the grave, and he comforted her and sought to dry her tears with the corner of his cloak. He had previously spoken against lamentations for the dead, but this had led to a misunderstanding, and when they returned from the cemetery the voice of 'Umar was heard raised in anger against the women who were weeping for the martyrs of Badr and for Ruqayyah. "Umar, let them weep," he said. And then he added, "What cometh from the heart and from the eye, that is from God and His Mercy, but what cometh from hand and from the tongue, that is from Satan." [fn 1: I.S. VIII, 24.] By the hand he meant the beating of the breast and the lacerating of the cheeks, and by the tongue he meant the vociferous clamor in which all the women joined as a social gesture.
-Martin Lings, Muhammad: His life based on the earliest sources. pg. 167

France bans public Muslim prayers


The ‘Violent Muslim’ Hysteria Goes Much Deeper Than You’d Believe [by a soldier and former first responder]

via Wajahat

Lupe Fiasco - Words I Never Said ft. Skylar Grey [Music Video]

Chris Hedges: The Rev. Jeremiah Wright Recalls Obama’s Fall From Grace

“Do you know what successful ministry is?” he asked. “When you change and touch the lives of people, when you make a difference in their lives, when you give them hope, when you help them go back to school and get an education. That’s successful ministry. But even seminarians I teach are looking at ministry like it’s a “be like Mike” basketball role model they are pursuing. Instead of important and life-changing questions being addressed, the questions one hears are: How many members do we have? How many CDs and DVDs have we produced? How much money do we make? That’s not a successful ministry. Too many seminary students aren’t interested in making things better. They’re interested in becoming like T.D. Jakes, in building a megachurch. They’re not interested in being in the hood, with those who have lost hope.” [...]
“President Obama was selected before he was elected,” Wright said, “and he is accountable to those who selected him. Why do you think Wall Street got the break? Why do you think the big three [financial institutions] were bailed out? Those were the ones who selected him. We didn’t select him. We don’t have enough money to select anybody. You’re accountable to those who select you. All politicians are. Given those constraints, he is doing the best he can because he is accountable to the ones that put him where he is. Preachers, pastors, ministers, we are not accountable to these people. I’ll never forget one of the most powerful things he said to me in my home, second Saturday in April 2008. He said, ‘You know what your problem is?’ I said, ‘What is that?’ He said, ‘You have to tell the truth.’ I said, ‘That’s a good problem. That’s a good problem.’ ” [...]
In November and December of 2008 during the ethnic cleansing of Gaza one of the news media persons put a microphone in front of Barack’s face and asked him what do you think about what’s going on in Gaza? He said, ‘We can’t have but one president at a time.’ I told my wife he needed to be on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ the way he danced around that question. That was like a preview of coming attractions in terms of the pragmatist, center-of-the-road, conciliatory, not-speaking-from-principle person the world sees today.” [...]
“King would be saying to us the same thing today he was saying in 1967 and 1968,” Wright said. “He would be condemning our nation’s utter disregard for the poor. A strong nation cares about all of its citizens regardless of their color or their race or their religious beliefs. Malcolm, once he broke with the Nation of Islam, and found that God, or Allah, really does have children that don’t look like you, would be appalled by our buying into a military option as a way to peace, as a way to finding common ground. The military option is not an option. King and Malcolm would agree with that.”
“I was walking through the airport a few weeks ago,” Wright said. “I saw on the cover, I think, of Time Magazine, Osama bin Laden’s picture. The caption on the cover said ‘Justice.’ I said, ‘How about murder? It was an assassin’s hit.’ What really bothered me as I read more about it was that Barack and Hillary [Clinton] and the war folk were sitting in the war room watching the hit. There were cameras in the field. It was a hit, two right above the eyebrow. Why, why, why did you murder that man? We have international courts. We have trials like the Nuremberg trials. Why did you murder him? Why not put him on trial? And I sat up in the middle of the night, about 10 days later, with the answer. I said, because you didn’t want him to talk. If he starts talking on the stand everything comes unraveled. We will have to look at the Cheney war machine. A trial would rip to shreds the lies we have been telling ourselves and our American public. We can’t afford that, so we murder him. We murder him and call it justice. That one really hurt. I said to myself, this is the Barack you once knew who cared enough about humankind to work in Altgeld Gardens with the poor, to not run against an African-American female, who now calls for a professional Navy SEAL assassination, a hit, and watches it. It’s like that story you heard your dad preach and you know from seminary in Acts, where the demons said to the seven sons of Sceva, Jesus I know and Paul I know, but who are you? Who have you become?”

Inside Amazon’s Very Hot Warehouse [work conditions...]

NYT Editorial: No Room for Tolerance

New Film: "The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975"

THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975 mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the US drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement—Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver among them—the filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews. Thirty years later, this lush collection was found languishing in the basement of Swedish Television. Director Göran Olsson and co-producer Danny Glover bring this footage to light in a mosaic of images, music and narration chronicling the evolution one of our nation's most indelible turning points, the Black Power movement. Music by Questlove and Om'Mas Keith, and commentary from prominent African- American artists and activists who were influenced by the struggle -- including Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, Talib Kweli, and Melvin Van Peebles -- give the historical footage a fresh, contemporary resonance and makes the film an exhilarating, unprecedented account of an American revolution.,0,7220501.story


NEW YORK: 9th of September at IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinema
SAN FRANCISCO: 23rd of September Embarcadero Center Cinema
LOS ANGELES: 23rd of September at Nuart
BERKELEY: 23rd of September at Shattuck
OAKLAND: 23rd of September at Piedmont Theatre
CAMBRIDGE: 30th of September at Kendall Square
WASHINGTON D.C.: 30th of September at E Street.
NASHVILLE: 7th of October at Belcourt Theatre
CHICAGO: 14th of October at Music Box Theatre
DETROIT: 14th of October at Main Art
PHILADELPHIA: 14th of October at Ritz At The Bourse
ATLANTA: 14th of October at Midtown Art
SEATTLE: 14th of October at Varsity
NEW HAVEN: 21st of October at Criterion Cinemas
SAN DIEGO: 21st of October at Ken
MINNEAPOLIS: 28th of October at Lagoon
OMAHA: 28th of October at Ruth Sokoof Theater
ST. LOUIS: 28th of October at Tivoli
DENVER: 4th of November at Chez Artiste
PORTLAND: 4th of November at Cinema 21 Theatre
SALT LAKE CITY: 4th of November at Tower Cinema
TUCSON: 4th of November at Loft Cinema
KANSAS CITY: 11th of November at Tivoli Cinemas
BOISE: 11th of November at The Flicks
SANTA FE: 18th of November at CCA Cinematheque
ALBUQUERQUE: 18th of November at Guild Cinema

Closing arguments expected in Irvine 11 case,0,5683239.story

Irvine 11 D.A.'s closing statement branded 'political theater':

Atty: Muslim Students' Speech Rights Not Absolute via Noor

Qur'an for the Deaf Fundraising Event in NY

Tim Winter (Abdal-Hakim Murad) Reading List