Found this absolutely brilliant video of a young British man riding through Iran on a motorbike. The reality of Iran and the propaganda regularly spewed on television couldn’t be more clear. Be sure to show this to all your Western friends
When the Iranian nation, led by Imam Khomeini (r.a.) overthrow America’s brutal enforcer the Shah, American policy makers were devastated and frightened by the prospects of what that could mean.
What followed was over 30 years of America’s hyper involvement in the Middle East. This included propping up a decadent, corrupt and brutal Saudi monarchy, overthrowing a former ally Saddam, attacking Afghanistan, deploying troops in Lebanon, orchestrating the over throw of Qaddafi in Libya, and, finally the linchpin of American policy in the Middle East: providing unquestioned support to the Zionist regime. The results have been anything but beneficial for the U.S.
Saudi Arabia has become a recalcitrant ally that expects unfettered support despite its contribution of hijackers who attacked America on September 11th. Iraq today is a mess with Al Qaeda committing atrocities at a devastating rate. Afghanistan has proven to be a complete an utter failure for the U.S. Libya is no longer safe for American personnel and Israel has become a liability and embarrassment.
It seems with all the bad news coming out of the Middle East these days, Iran is the only ray of hope.
Read the sentence above again. The one country that was seen as the ultimate failure of American foreign policy has in fact become a sign of its success.
America is best served when countries assert themselves and gain enough strength to repel American meddling and intervention. Iran is one such case.
This is precisely the kind of thinking that is now dominating prominent foreign policy circles within the American establishment, as a recent article by Andrew J. Bacevich in the Washington Post details. Bacevich is a professor of history and international relations at Boston University.
The article can be read here.
Iran’s maturity and responsible posture and America’s willingness to negotiate is a direct result of the truly indigenous, organic Islamic revival that has taken place in that country.
In sharp contrast, countries and movements whose systems of governance and ideology are fake and depend on American/Western support are growing ever more problematic. They do so while firmly attached to Uncle Sam’s teat.
Prime examples are Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Taliban. The Taliban are no longer in America’s orbit, but truth be told neither are Israel and Saudi Arabia.
The first two were created by the British, who were predecessors of American foreign policy and the Taliban were created by the Americans. All three were supposed to be proxies that would further British/American interests in the Middle East. Instead all three severely threaten American interests in the region.
Saudi Arabia is sowing terror in the whole region today. Its is directly funding Al Qaeda and other Salafist extremist groups throughout the Middle East and Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.
Israel absorbs billions of dollars in U.S. aid and subsidies every year. Yet, it was severely defeated by Hizbollah in 2006, does not have the ability to attack Iran, and provocatively interferes in America’s internal political process to further its selfish, shortsighted goals. Furthermore, it directly attacks the U.S. and kills its military personnel when the need arises. The U.S.S. Liberty incident is an example of this. The case of Jonathan Pollard, an Israeli spy who passed on sensitive information that may have been given to the Soviets is another. Israel is working actively to try to sabotage peace talks with the Iranians, and recently sent over 300 AIPAC representatives to Capitol Hill in order to persuade them to support an attack on Syria. Israel has given China sensitive military equipment and continues to build settlements in the West Bank, severely undermining U.S. authority.
The Taliban are exporting terror to countries such as Syria and Pakistan. It is destabilizing the whole region.
It is time that the American people woke up and demanded that American policy makers continue down the path that the Obama administration has embarked upon: a realist foreign policy that seeks to end perpetual wars. Of course, the Obama administrations actions are not a product of a moral change of heart as much as the result of an exhausted former super power. Never the less, it has taken a certain amount of political backbone that Obama must be praised for. How long this state of mind lasts and whether it is long term only time will tell. The Obama administration’s recent actions are a function of U.S. national security interests. And this is precisely the process that the American people must guard.
The fact is that entities such as Saudi Arabia and Israel (which are closely aligned, as this interview by Netanyahu shows) are pushing for the American foreign policy equivalent of suicide: they want the U.S. to rush into wars in Syria, Iran and other places not for its own national security interests, but to protect them.
Iran, on the other hand, is a willing peace partner. It is not invested in America the way Israel and Saudi Arabia are. It is looking for a respectful, durable peace that serves both the U.S. and itself. Thus it seems that truly organic, indigenous Islamic revival serves U.S. interest far better than fake democracies such as Israel, corrupt monarchies such as Saudi Arabia and movements such as the Taliban and Al Qaeda that have about as much to do with Islam as the KKK does with Christianity.
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Syed Ali Khamenei has made clear the prohibition on all forms of grief expression that entail the shedding of one’s own blood. It has been a Shia tradition in many parts of the world to whip oneself with blades and cut open one’s head as a form of grief expression to mark the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (a.s.).
The practice is self-defeating in the modern era however, with social media and other platforms exploiting this practice to present Shias as backwards and primitive-an image that suites Israel and others just fine.
The reality is that the Ayatollah Khamenei’s prohibition against these forms of self-flagellation is in line with the original rulings on these practices-they were allowed as long as they did not harm the self or Islam.
The harming of one’s own person being may be debatable, but the reality of self-flagellation in the internet age and its negative impact on Islam is non-debatable-except for those that have put the worship of a ritual above the well being of Islam and obedience to its leaders and scholars. In the past, the absence of the internet, computers, camera and television meant that such rituals were limited to accounts in books and local witnesses. These rituals were never sanctioned by the Prophet (p) or Ahlul Bayt. They were started by commoners, and the scholars saw fit not to intervene because they were viewed as genuine expressions of grief. They did not harm the self (this is debatable but we’ll let it go) nor Islam so intervention was seen as extraneous and not needed. They did not coalesce on a multimedia platform where millions of people not familiar with Islam could be repulsed.
An example is a major news outlet that recently posted 12 pictures of Ashura commemoration from around the world. We did not post the link here because we don’t want to be party to spreading propaganda against Islam.
Of the 12 pictures, the first six are graphic scenes of blood letting. This is something that suites the Zionists and Wahhabis, both allies in their opposition to Shia and Sunni Muslims who look to Imam Hussain (a.s.) as example of how to resist oppression just fine.
The bottom line is that Shias who don’t have the religious and political foresight to give up a ritual for the overall betterment of Islam are hurting Islam, the same Islam for which Imam Hussain (a.s.) sacrificed so much.
When Eric Cantor, the Jewish Congressional majority leader visited Israel with 26 of his colleagues in August, he was very clear about his commitment to Israel.
Cantor reassured Israeli President Shimon Peres, a man who had tried to sell nuclear weapons to apartheid South Africa, that House Republicans rejected any attempts to put Israel in a compromised position.
Then, Cantor penned an opinion piece for Time.com, in which he castigated the Obama administration for its backing down in Syria.
We won’t be presumptuous and say that Cantor, a committed Zionist Jew puts Israel’s interests before the United States.
However, it is interesting that in the face of overwhelming evidence that a U.S. Syria intervention would be catastrophic, Cantor vents his anger at the United States’ failure to do so.
It is also interesting that Israel has been very vocal, along with its ally Saudi Arabia (you can see video of evidence of the Saudi-Israeli alliance here) in its opposition to Obama’s policy on Syria.
The reality is that the U.S did not intervene in Syria because to do so would be a national security catastrophe. Pentagon commanders were very clear on the U.S.’ limited capacity for war given its weak economy, over stretched forces and lack of public support for any intervention. Furthermore, U.S. intervention in Syria would have likely led to war with Iran and Russia.
Add to this the fact that Syrian intervention would have helped establish Al Qaeda in Syria and ignored the Syrian regime’s now verified willingness to give up all chemical arms (something Israel refuses to do), and a war would have been counterproductive.
But, Cantor does not seem to be thinking of U.S. interests. He is not concerned about the possible break out of World War III, the death of thousands of Americans and the destruction of multiple countries in the Middle East.
Cantor seems more concerned with Israel, which is in a constant state of paranoia due to its own crimes against humanity.
Israel’s greatest crime is to sully the image of democracy by claiming to be democratic when in fact it is a Jewish state that has achieved a fake democracy by ejecting Palestinians from their ancestral land. It has purposefully laid siege to and starved Palestinians for daring to resist occupation, imprisoned and tortured its women and children, assassinated and imprisoned its democratically elected leaders, implemented laws that favor Jews all in the name of God and Judaism.
The sullying of the reputation of Jews and the putting of the Jewish people in danger due to the crimes that Israel has perpetrated in the name of Judaism is what makes its crimes specifically cruel and premeditated. Zionism’s use of the holocaust to sanction the killing and slow motion cultural genocide of another people is the ultimate crime-it is like a victim of rape using rape as an excuse to rape others.
It is time that Cantor put the interests of Jews and the United States first and stopped blindly supporting the Zionist state.
“Now, I think, everyone is realizing how much of a problem these extremist groups are. At the end of the day, you can’t work with them, and you can’t even count on them to topple Assad.”
Anonymous Turkish official ruing his country’s foolish support of Al Qaeda.
Interesting article in the Washington Post about how Al Qaeda fighters are amassed on the Turkish border with Northern Syria, while Bashar Al-Assad and the Syrian army go from strength to strength. What’s particularly interesting is the almost hostile tone of the article. This attitude from an establishment newspaper is reflective of official U.S. attitude towards the Turks and their dirty little affair with Al-Qaeda. It shows how Western nations, specifically the U.S. have an almost bi-polar tendency to go from tacitly supportive to outright hostile in the face of what is now being called a “miscalculation” by Turkey. The reality is that Turkey embarked on its foolish adventure after receiving support from the U.S. and its Western allies. Turkish officials are furious at what they perceive as the traitorous attitude of the U.S., which is now behaving as if it had nothing to do with the influx of Al Qaeda into Syria.
We have no idea what Erdogan was thinking in pursuing the pro Al Qaeda policy in tandem with Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Maybe his oversize ego diminished his rational abilities. Whatever the reasons, Turkey now faces a major problem and it has no one to blame but itself.
The achievement below is all the more remarkable given over 30 years of sanctions, sabotage, media propaganda and other aggressive acts by the U.S. and others. Muslim nations such as Egypt should take note. Their youngsters are no less talented than Iranian youth. They too can take take Egypt to new heights of pride and strength if they learn what the Iranian nation under the brave leadership of Imam Khomeini (r.a.) and now Imam Khamenei (r.a.) have apparently learnt: depending on no one or thing other than Allah (s.w.t.).
As Muslims living in North America, we can offer solutions to a lot of the problems facing society.
Muslims have been battered by negative publicity. This is not merely a result of arbitrary news cycles-the epidemic of anti-Muslim paraphernalia is a product of a concerted effort by a select few individuals and organizations with links to pro-Zionist groups. To read a full and comprehensive report on the systematic Zionist efforts to discredit Islam and delegitimize Muslims please read here.
There, are, however, areas that we as Muslims can lend a helping hand.
So, how can Muslims help? Obviously, it can’t be by threatening all non-Muslims who have premarital sex with hell or eternal damnation.
Not only is this not true; we don’t know when someone may gain guidance and we certainly don’t have the Islamic right to condemn anyone to hell, it isn’t effective either.
A better method maybe to point out that Muslims living in North America have the lowest rates of premarital sex and STD occurrences.
This is because as Muslims adults practice what they preach. In other words, Muslim adults and society does not engage in the kind of hypocritical approach that general society does.
In general society, youngsters are told not to drink alcohol as their parents consume it. They are told not to engage in promiscuous behavior as TV, movies and advertising glorify such behavior. They are told not to lie as politicians lie on a regular basis. They are told not to cheat as Wall Street demonstrates that the real way to get rich is to cheat and cheat big.
Muslims, however, are different. Islam demands that one have integrity and one practice what one talks about.
The (huge) caveat here, of course, is that this is all predicated on the notion that Muslims will follow Islam and behave how they are Islamically supposed to. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that there is a specific reason for the Prophet’s (p) insistence that proselytizing via one’s behavior is a more effective form of tableegh than merely speaking about the truth.
But despite the reality that there are Muslims who unfortunately engage in premarital sex and other prohibited acts, the fact is that Muslims living in North America feel ashamed about such actions and usually hide them or do them in secret. It this shame, this acknowledgement of the reality of premarital sex and its negative impact on society that stands in sharp contrast to a society that now not only isn’t shameful of fornication it glorifies and justifies it.
American society was once a place where fornication was frowned upon. This is no longer the case. Fornication is presented as a sign of the times, and opposition to it is presented as a backward, antiquated way of thinking. Proof is provided by pointing out that at the time when fornication was considered a sin, women were oppressed and blacks kept as slaves. In other words, the general immorality of American society at the time of fornication’s illegality is presented as proof of the validity of fornication. The reality is that fornication is bad, whether it be practiced in the past or present.
This is a vital component of American culture that has been taken over and destroyed by the Capitalist driven consumer culture. Beginning with MTV and other outlets in the late eighties a concerted effort was made to desensitize the American people to adultery, promiscuity, gluttony, lying and other sins. The result was that as a society, we are losing the virtues of chastity and modesty. A brainwashed people, their brains addled by addictions to pornography and other forms of instant gratification can hardly comprise an informed constituency. This suites the elites just fine.
Thus, if as Muslims, we want to counter Zionist propaganda and positively influence North American society, we have to do the most basic of things: Practice the true, pure Islam as taught to us by the Prophet Muhammad (p), the (p) Ahlul Bayt (a.s.) and his (p) true Companions.One way we can do that is by abiding by Islam’s prohibition against fornication. Unfortunately, the rising divorce rate among Muslims may be a sign of the opposite happening-Muslims being unduly influenced by the capitalist, secular culture.
And finally, it has to be noted that the Time.com article focused on the lowered rate of condom use among teenagers and young people as the causal factor for the rising rate of STDs. The reason cited was that the atmosphere of fear that HIV and AIDS created in the nineties no longer prevails. Young people no longer wear condoms out of fear of contracting a deadly disease. It is a sad commentary on society when fear of death is the only thing that will curb a people’s promiscuity and proclivity for fornication.
The clip below has curse words in it. However the video demonstrates the Eurocentric attitudes that oppress indigenous culture and expression to this day. What’s interesting is the attitude of other Canadians. They obviously don’t care. This is a testament to the ingrained racism in Canadian society. Only white, European symbols are welcome on Remembrance day.
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