ALLAH does not change the state of people, until they change it themselves


Rachel Corrie- A Brave Soul

Rachel Corrie, beautiful soul, born in Olympia, Washington was no ordinary child, no ordinary 23 year old student and no ordinary human being. And people, who are extraordinary, never die. They live for ever in the hearts and minds of their followers. They give direction to many and because of them, hope never dies. Because of such crazy and courageous, the ugliness of injustices is exposed.

Her 5th grade speech ‘I am here because I care’ revealed no small dreams. At such a tender age, she talked of the oppressed, the poor and hungry and resolved to eradicate the ugly realities by the year 2000. As a student, she was different and wanted to explore the world especially after 9/11, year 2001. Ditching a beautiful and colourful American dream which she could have lived like many of her age, she travelled thousands of miles to Gaza to act as a human shield, where mercy and humanity is butchered every day and night, where men, women and children are murdered as a part of ethnic cleansing program, where houses are bulldozed, olive trees are cut, help including food and medicines from the rest of the world is denied and flotillas travelling to help humanity are attacked.

‘’Anyway, I’m rambling. Just want to write to my Mom and tell her that I’m witnessing this chronic, insidious genocide and I’m really scared, and questioning my fundamental belief in the goodness of human nature. This has to stop. I think it is a good idea for us all to drop everything and devote our lives to making this stop. I don’t think it’s an extremist thing to do anymore. I still really want to dance around to Pat Benatar and have boyfriends and make comics for my co-workers. But I also want this to stop. Disbelief and horror is what I feel. Disappointment! I am disappointed that this is the base reality of our world and that we, in fact, participate in it. This is not at all what I asked for when I came into this world. This is not at all what the people here asked for when they came into this world. This is not the world you and Dad wanted me to come into when you decided to have me.’’  (28.02.2003)

On the day she died (16.03.2003), she was 23, dressed in a fluorescent orange vest and with a megaphone in her hand she was trying to stop the demolition of a Palestinian home where she lived with the children who were considered family by her and vice versa. She was mercilessly crushed under a military Caterpillar bulldozer which came towards her, knocked her down, crushed her with its blade, backed up, and ran her over again and she died shortly afterwards. ’My back is broken’ were her last words.

What did she have in common with the Palestinian; faith, ethnicity, skin colour, language, social background? Absolutely nothing! What was common was humanity. She had eyes that could appreciate the truth, mind that wasn’t closed because of any bias, heart that would cry on injustice and brutality and a soul that would feel the pain of Nazi-style genocide.

Her emails to her family are a must read in which she accounts Israeli atrocities towards innocent Palestinians.

”I think, although I’m not entirely sure, that even the smallest of these children understand that life is not like this everywhere. An eight-year-old was shot and killed by an Israeli tank two days before I got here, and many of the children murmur his name to me, “Ali”–or point at the posters of him on the walls. The children also love to get me to practice my limited Arabic by asking me “Kaif Sharon?” “Kaif Bush?” and they laugh when I say “Bush Majnoon” “Sharon Majnoon” back in my limited Arabic. (How is Sharon? How is Bush? Bush is crazy. Sharon is crazy.)”

In 2003, Rachel’s news opened a new aspect of Palestinian cause to me. I learnt humanity existed above the boundaries of faith, ethnic origins and languages. I came to learn there are people on this earth who would risk their lives and everything for some other people despite absolutely no worldly strings attached between them. And it’s to date that I have explored a world that is cruel, unjust and merciless, but such people are a reason to live and resist. They give you direction, motivation and energy to challenge the ugly forces of the world.

For me Rachel Corrie is not the name of a person. It’s a phenomenon which embodies humanity, resistance, courage and craziness. Yes, she was as crazy as it needs to be to shake the world and stir the plans of the handful of unjust men ruling this world. And it’s this craziness and madness which is the ultimate requirement to challenge falsehood and malice. Human beings live and die, but phenomena, missions and ideas never die. They’re like beacons of light for generations to come. Rachel Corrie, an American, a peace activist and a trailblazer, will always be my hero.

“Love you. Really miss you. I have bad nightmares about tanks and bulldozers outside our house and you and me inside. Sometimes the adrenaline acts as an anaesthetic for weeks and then in the evening or at night it just hits me again – a little bit of the reality of the situation. I am really scared for the people here’..“When I come back from Palestine, I probably will have nightmares and constantly feel guilty for not being here, but I can channel that into more work. Coming here is one of the better things I’ve ever done. So when I sound crazy, or if the Israeli military should break with their racist tendency not to injure white people, please pin the reason squarely on the fact that I am in the midst of a genocide which I am also indirectly supporting, and for which my government is largely responsible. “I love you and Dad…”  Email to parents ~ 27.02.2003

Originally posted at: My Bit For Change by Dr. Aisha Aijaz. 


A Person Disenthralled from Fear

A Person Disenthralled from Fear

How might a man or woman actually act if s/he were truly emancipated from fear? 

Is this even imaginable?  How might this manifest as solidarity, equality, and freedom?  What might this look like, in the everyday concrete world?  What might it look like, in the world, if, as Allama Iqbal has shared, people were to discover God in themselves?  

What sorts of so-called personal qualities would appear as a result of a new actualization of Tauheed?  What qualities would (naturally) manifest through/across humanity as a result of a living Tauheed?  

What I offer here are some ideas - certainly not definitive - as an example of what this might look like.  I also offer this as a follow-up on the excellent post by Noor.  I can offer only what my thimble-of-a-mind can comprehend of this potential range of possibilities and human evolution.  As I share this, I ask that the reader to not put a limit on any of this, remembering Iqbal’s emphasis upon the reality of meliorism, and the lack of finality of humanity’s evolving.  Just because the eyes may not see it in the world today does not, in any way, mean that the heart cannot conceive it, and birth it, as a reality tomorrow. 

These are straight-forward ideas, and not abstract.  As I share these points, I’m doing so thinking how all this might appear in daily life, right alongside family, friends, and loved ones, as well as all the challenges in this concrete world.  In other words, I didn't want to share something so abstract as to seem unreal.  Of course, it is up to each person to determine if they actually believe this level of character can actually be realized.  Personally, I do believe that it is possible, and that humanity can evolve itself as a Marghdeen.  Indeed, perhaps it is doing so already!

As these are outlined, I ask that the reader also consider how these same points might manifest in a social sense.  Indeed, for each and every item, I ask that the reader seek to discern personal, social, planetary, and universal possibilities.  It should be understood, from the beginning, that I share these only as this person’s attempt, from a limited viewpoint, about a huge range of potentials.

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A person would likely be far more conscious of themselves, in the moment, being conscious of what s/he is seeing, sensing, feeling, thinking, desiring, and doing. Consciousness would fill, and complete, time.

An awareness would likely exist with which a person would avoid that which would destroy him/her or others in the course of time.

Generosity would occur, in heroic proportions, but also often secretly.

A person would treat everyone s/he meets or knows as a close, loved relative.

Gratitude, just like generosity, would be woven into the moment, not as a contrived attribute, but rather as an outward manifestation of a new, realized Centre of awareness.

Definitions of "who I am" would cease to be intellectually contrived, and would come from a Different Place.

A unique psychological landscape would be born and, out of this, a new world.

Lying and stealing would cease.

The term "neighbor" would grow immensely in scope. Because of this (and a deep intertwining of all these points), violence against others would also cease.

Neighbors would be helped, but not to the point that s/he becomes dependent.

A person would not imitate others, nor seek to be imitated by others.

A person would take up only as much space as s/he needs, and no more.

No useless movements would be made.

Strong personalities would not impress one, and one would not seek to impress others.

A person would not regard anyone or anything as one’s possession.

A person would share fairly.

A person would not be easily led astray (seduced), nor would s/he inveigle others.

One would sleep, eat, and talk only as necessary. This is not to imply a rigid manner, but simply that superfluity (that contributes to inappropriate or excessive influence) would be absent due to a wholly unique psychology.

Gossip and backbiting would not exist.

Following fashion (for whatever subject) would fall away.

No person would sell him/herself.

No person would seek to buy or own another person.

Envy of another’s luck or success would not occur.

When pursuing worldly work, the profit to be made would not be a consideration of the value of the work.

A person would not threaten others.

Promises would be kept.

Compassion would permeate all considerations, again, not as a contrived quality that "should" be done, but rather as a quality naturally born out of a revivified discovery of God.

A person would not elevate him/herself above others, but would, instead, contribute to the well-being of the collective, social whole.

With regard to consciousness, a person would not eliminate, but transmute.

A person might walk toward, and not away from, personal aversions.

Praise or blame would cease to provoke a reaction.

A person would neither praise nor blame him/herself.

A person would envision all others as equal, valuable, and a part of the totality of existence.  None would be excluded.

A person might begin to regard what does not belong to him/her as if it did belong to him/her. This is not in the sense of "I own it, and therefore I shall take it." Rather, it is in the genuine sense of "Let me do what I can to help you care for it."

A person would not complain.

A person would not give orders to bring about the satisfaction of being obeyed.

A person would pay for service provided to him/her.

A person would not proselytize ideas or works.

A person would not seek to provoke in others that they (others) feel toward him/her complicity, pity, admiration, or sympathy.

A person would cease to distinguish, identify, and separate themselves by his/her appearance. This includes abandoning exotic ideas that are merely adornments. This is not to imply the disappearance of cultural differences. This refers, rather, to the disappearance of the sense of separating uniqueness attributed to cultural distinctions. The distinctions may remain, while the separation need not.

Silence would far more often substitute contradiction.

A person would seek to pay debts immediately.

If a person offends another, s/he will apologize. If the offense has been public, the apology will also be public.

When something is said in error, a person (because of pride) would not persist in error, but rather immediately retract the error.

Useless objects would not be kept.

Leaders would be characterized by a humility, and a sincere sense of service to those s/he represents.

A person would not define him/herself by what s/he possesses.

A person would accept that nothing belongs to them.

A person would not speak of him/herself (or others) as if s/he (or others) cannot change.

A person would not forget the dead.

Whenever service is given, it is done so inconspicuously.

A person would not try to be everything to his/her spouse, accepting that there are things s/he cannot give, but that others can. A real meaning here can be that a person will be opening up to his/her own personal wholeness, and not dependent upon anyone else's.

One will live on money s/he has earned.

Weaknesses will not be glorified.

One will visit others, but not simply to pass the time.

One may obtain things, but with the intention to share them.

When darkness appears, a person will refrain from denying or attacking it. S/he will seek to transmute it.

A person will define life, with sincerity, by the Sacred.

A person would be thoughtful of others. "Others" would not be narrowly defined by nationalistic terms.

A person would seek to be a sun to all others.