Monthly Archives: January 2012

My thoughts on Water: Part II (The Poem):

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Author’s note:
This is part two, of the two-part series that I’ve presented, about the Water-Crisis & our obligation as those who can make a serious difference to do something about it.

Water is Vital:

We’re all in need of this blessing, regardless of our religions, ethnicities, genders and ages.

Acquisition of this precious resource is required for proper development of our life-stages.

Terrible is the fact that so many people waste away & die for not having just a little bit.

Everything living thing on this planet has a birthright to have all rights to their share of it.

Recognition of its significance is imperative for our basic survival.

Its importance in all of our day-to-day lives has no equal nor rival.

Sad is the fact that Millions of our fellow Humans have not this life-supporting liquid.

Vigorous is our need to ensure that they receive it; denial of this resource is so putrid.

It just takes a little bit of effort and money to make a lot of difference, to help someone else live.

To those who have more, we’re obligated to provide for those who have less; so, let’s just give.

Any of us could be affected by not having; we would want someone to give us a hand.

Let not your selfishness, or fear of poverty, prevent you from helping your fellow man.

Gareth Bryant/2012

My thoughts on Water: Part I (The article):

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In the name of Allah, the Source of Mercy, the Most-Merciful:

Author’s note:
Unlike my other articles, I didn’t write this all by myself. This article before you is the compilation of a great team of individuals (Khadeejah Bari, Sarah El-Alem, Ruann Ibrahim, and Guadalupe Mercado), known formally as The One Ummah Team (we’re the X-Men-version of Non-Profits…he he he), whom I am very proud to be working with diligently, in raising much-need awareness concerning our planet’s devastating global water-crisis. As anyone who’s been paying attention to this issue knows full-well, basically, 1 Billion Human beings (1/7 of our Human family) are dying and/or wasting away from curable/treatable diseases, like Malaria, only because of three words: NO…CLEAN…WATER!!!

This a two-part article, with part two being an actual poem…stay tuned for the poetic version of this two-part article series.

Water (not just water, but clean-water) is one of life’s most undeniable basic needs. Can you ever imagine living without it for just a single day? Nearly 1 billion people in the world today, have been subjugated to live without clean-water everyday of their lives, resulting in their untimely suffering & unnecessary deaths-One in every seven people world-wide do not have access to safe, clean water to drink and/or wash with. A mother loses her child, every nineteen seconds, due to one or more water-related diseases, like Malaria for example. Just try to imagine, being a parent, forced to give her children water from a local swamp, a swamp that animals bathe in, because it is the only source of water nearby-Your imagination is sadly their reality.

Showers lasting up to 30 minutes, leaving the faucet running, as we do our dishes, brushing our teeth, doing our laundry on a regular basis, all without realizing the precious value of this tremendous blessing. For most of us, it is not until we are sacrificing food and drink in, during Ramadhan, that we begin to reflect upon the utmost importance of this great favor bestowed upon us by our ever-giving Creator-I think that it’s pretty safe to assume that most of you out there reading this article, whom were either born & raised or have lived most of your lives in the Developed/Western-World, have never been denied water-None of us have never had to leave our homes, having to walk anywhere between 5-20 miles, to fetch water that’s not even clean, but rather dirty & disease-infested. We simply turn on the tap, and clean-water comes out.

Allah says, in the Qur’an, “Then, on that Day, you shall be asked about the delights.” [Chpt.102, V.8]. We will all be asked about the enumerable blessings & privileges that we have been given abundantly by our Creator-We are immensely obligated to show gratitude to Allah, for all of His endless endowments. Allah also says, “If you are grateful, I will give you more. But, verily, My Punishment is indeed severe, if you are ungrateful.” [Chpt.14, V.7]. We have been chosen to have this gift of existence, life senses, resources, etc.-It is upon us, as a duty to Allah, for us to be grateful any & all that Allah provides for us without even having to ask or work for.. If we do that, we will be given more of Allah’s bounties-What better way to thank Allah, for this gift of clean water, than to help those who doesn’t even have clean water, one of the simplest of Allah’s immense gifts?

Some may shrug their shoulders, some may shake their heads, few will ask how to help, and even fewer will actually reach out their helping hands. It is our moral obligation, as people chosen to have this incredibly divine blessing, that we ensure that everyone else has sustainable sustenance. It is not our greed or selfishness, but our indifference that has plagued our society and led our nation away from the foundation that our Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) & his Companions (May Allah be pleased with them all-together) have laid down for us, a foundation that directs us to compete and rush to do good.

We all have the ability to do something substantial about this water crisis. I’m a part of a team of Muslims, who joined efforts to raise $20,000 to sponsor a water-well that will supply 4 communities through a reputable nonprofit organization named charity water. Our initiative, Give Thanks for Clean Water, is intended to be an annual effort until everyone in our world has clean water. This reading just took 2.5 minutes to read, that is almost 8 children who have died who didn’t have to die if more of us would’ve done something about it.

Please, join our team, donate, propagate, or whatever you can do, or at the very least, share this message with others!!!

Learn more about what we’ve been doing & our current progress & donate to our cause: http://mycharitywater.org/givethanksforcleanwater.

“Like” us on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Give-Thanks-for-Clean-Water/279668625408538

Follow us on twitter:
https://www.twitter.com/oneummahwater

Holla back on Tumblr:
http://www.givethanksforcleanwater.tumblr.com

Watch the Charity Water promo video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7viqHIZPnY&feature=autoplay&list=ULbzGb12fN3Uc&lf=mfu_in_order&playnext=3

I will also be co-hosting with my One Ummah Team, as well as performing at a charity event, geared towards raising awareness & monies for this most noble & important issue. If you’re in the New York City/Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, please, try your best to come through for this event & support our efforts:
https://www.facebook.com/events/157955127641522

Thank you in advance,
The One Ummah Team

May Allah instill utmost compassion in every member of Humanity, so that we empathize with the plight of others. May Allah make us love for our Human brothers & sisters what we love for ourselves. May Allah make us always extremely grateful for our blessings. May Allah protect us from indifference, one of the greatest evils that plagues our society…Amen!!!

The Deceptive-Provisions & Implications of the U.S. National Defense Authorization Act:

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Sadly, the National Defense Authorization Act, along with its many overtly deceptive provisions & implications, is just another shrewd wayward way of making the United States an even more totalitarian state, no different than the likes of the Roman Empire, the Soviet Union, or Nazi-Germany. The very nature of this document, allowing martial-law to essentially come & go as it pleases, to interfere with the regular designated rule of law reserved for by law-making bodies of this nation, like State Assemblies & the U.S. Congress, thereby denying persons whom are deemed criminal, with proper legal representation, outlandish & unconstitutional/illegal detainment for crimes based upon baseless evidences, and denial of due-process/trial-by-jury, as a result of being red-flagged as a “threat to National-Security”.

Ever since the McCarthy-Era in the United States, ruthless tactics have been used, to thwart any form of legitimate opposition to governmental corruption in this land & those whom have been at the forefronts of true justice have been labelled as “Communists”, “Extremists”, “Fundamentalists”, “Fanatics”, “Terrorists”, etc. Meanwhile, the U.S. has committed some of the greatest domestic & global atrocities against the citizens of the world, from state-sponsored-racism, from the inception of this nation to the present, the bombing, of the two civilian cities of Hiroshima & Nagasaki (and by the way, the U.S. is still the only nation to-date, that has ever used nuclear weapons in a military conflict), the violations of the Geneva-Convention in during the Vietnam-War, using Agent-Orange & Napalm, not only against the North Vietnamese, but also against the nation of Cambodia.

Let’s not also forget this bullshit “War-on-Drugs” & “War-on-Terror”, which the U.S. actually benefits from if/when they’re perpetuated & the best example of this fact is a previous article that I’ve written, named “If Anwar Al-Awlaki were Oliver North, he’d still be alive & chillin’!!!”:
http://www.garethbryant.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/ifanwaralawlakiwereolivernorthhedstillbealivechillin/

It has been made very obvious for any one who has dared to pay attention to the last decade, that this United States is on a dangerous path of destruction & if something serious & meaningful is done to prevent these corrupt politicians & financiers of governments, who are clearly bankrolling sadistic Anti-Christ/Freemasonic like agendas, which are not in the best interest of Americans or any others who fall under the global 90%, they have the nerve to crack-down on undesirables & place people in military prison-camps. These are just some of the unfortunately countless examples of how merciless the U.S. has & can be, not only against its fellow citizens but also against the rest of the world.
I’ll end with the words of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, whom when interviewed by Michael Moore, in the documentary, “Capitalism: A Love Story”, had this to say about his own country, the United States of America, in light of the sinisterly orchestrated financial-collapse, which gave even more practical power to Wall St. & further achieved to strip the U.S. Congress of it’s constitutionally endowed powers , “This whole fiasco, shows you that there are some forces…that are in control…big-time!!!”