Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Results of a Broken-Home: When Someone feels they’re all-alone

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Neghena Hamidi pic

Author’s note:

Neghena Hamidi, a young, new, literary-artist, has graced my blogpage, with a very endearing poem, about the ill-effects of a pathological homelife-experience. The piece itself is very captivating, describing, in detail, how someone may, and sadly, often, ends up, as a result of negativity in their lives, from home.

I walked past both of you upon being beckoned
My parents said to me “Don’t think this life is worthy for a split second”
Careless I was,
Walking to my room
Disrespecting my parents?
I just walked into my own doom
I did not know would happen that night
A dream that would leave be shattered
Unprepared to really fight
Lying in my bed
Forgetting about the prayers my dad just led
I closed my eyes and drifted away
Constrained
In a habitat
Where was I
What just begun
I heard cries all over just being sung
It was dark
I couldn’t see
Is what I’m imagining make believe?
I moved my left hand
What is this box i am in?
is it the box that He chose?
Knock and I banged. No one heard me
I can’t really see
Someone please answer
Hear my plea
Because I feel as though my heart is beginning to bleed
The ceiling began to slide
I caught a glimpse of my mama,
Crying on my side
White dress on my body
On this box i lied
I saw four people hovering on my home tugging on my scarf
“Wake up. You did not die, Her life was about to start”
Who was that?
Wait I’m dead?
That was my mother..
The one I never listened to when we uttered words to one another
“My baby sister, shes gone”
I think that was my brother
Never really bothered knowing you because I always snuck out undercover
“Guys…I’m not dead. Hear me. I’m dying inside”
Ha! Cracked a paradox
While I’m unwillingly trapped in this box
Don’t bury me six feet down the ground where the worms will have my fun with their feast
On the eyes that never bothered to see life’s true peak
The ears that never listened to her own just merely speak
The mouth that was blabbering when her enemies were so weak
That forehead that never gracefully leveled down to the atmosphere of my feet
The hands that was useless when I heard someone beg
And the feet that never ran to mosque when I heard Quran being read
Not now. I need to change
I know its a bit too late
Like a thread this life was cut short
I feel so estranged
Wait…
Water on my face?
Those were the tears of my father
Thought you would be tough
Please don’t leave your daughter
Someone pull me up
This must be a dream
Caused by bad habits?
And a hint of really bad fatigue?
I assure you I was sober
Just pull me up
My life just has been shattered by a bulldozer
My face was just covered
There goes my family
And the new roof of my sanctuary
My box is lifted despite my plea
Down I go with regrets and lack of the deen.

Neghena Hamidi/2013

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The Bitter Taste of the Fruit of Truth!!!

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Pseudo sweet, not at all a pleasant treat.
The vegetation of truth not at all discrete.

Accepting Truth is like eating a medicated, yet, rotten, Apple…it is awful, but, good for you.
As it masticates & circulates, throughout the body, it causes pain & it makes your face blue.

You begin to choke, and, cough, out of guilt of sins-past…you pretend that Truth is not present.
Acknowledgement of one’s flaws & wrongs helps one to heal…but, stubbornness yields dissent.

You develop a head-cold of anxiety, for not eating the fruit of truth, which will set you free.
You’d rather have severe-sinusitis, to congest your own good-sense, as opposed to liberty.

We’re all better off enduring the taste of truthful-fruit; oftentimes the best things tastes the very worse.
But, if we ignore our problems, deny the solutions, we’ll just waste away, the clearest sign of a curse.

Let us not ever attempt to bury what must not, at any time, be hidden.
Not allowing Truth to permeate our being is what Allah has forbidden.

When we reject the fruit of truth, and devour the the unhealthy, fattening, flesh of denial, the carcass that we’ve self-seasoned, with the spices in the cabinets of our own devices, it will never, properly, digest.
We need only turn to Allah, our divine-dietitian, whom has shown us the proper ways to consume; but, the Devil is always in our vulnerable ears, tainting our minds & hearts; we must put his whisper to rest.

Some may question, “What price Honesty?”…you need only to sternly utter, “Every penny.”.
People will inquire, “How many are willing to pay?”…the unfortunate answer is, “Not many.”.

When our bodies become swollen, cold, and round, when we can no longer hear the sound of our own heartbeat…
…Then, we’ll realize how silly we were, for not heeding to the divine prescription, a cureful benediction, this is defeat.

We could’ve, should’ve, been spiritually-healthy.
That is the sign of whether someone is wealthy.

But, instead of eating the fruit of truth, the vegetation of honesty, we had settled for that fast-food lifestyle, which promoted us to be sinful couch-potatoes, our lives ending like this is a tragedy.

Gareth Bryant/2013

The Clearing of the Smoke, after the Boston & Waco blasts: Trying to make sense of it all

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Author’s note:

Rabiah Kas`id is someone with a sound-mind & a kind-heart. He’s someone whom I’ve known for a very long time, I’d say, about a decade, at least. He has grown, into a person of great knowledge, wisdom, understanding, about Islam, as well as the world around him. Here’s some of the elements of his positive-qualities, which I’ve just mentioned before, in a simple, yet powerful, and enlightening write-up, concerning the recent tragedy, known as the Boston-Bombings.

The Arabic word fadl is mentioned in supplications in the context of referring to Allah’s grace and favor.

The literal meaning of the word fadl is “surplus”. It is used to describe something that is given without any payment in return.

When we say something is “fadl from Allah”, we mean it is given by Allah without being deserved by the receiving party. Allah gives us rewards for our good deeds and increases our blessings and providence purely out of His generosity, magnanimity, and grace.

When we ask our Lord for His grace or favor (fadl), we are asking Him to give us something even though we do not deserve it. It is our recognition that what Allah gives us is out of Allah’s generosity and from His favor.

Allah says: “And if Allah had destroyed men for their iniquity, He would not leave on the earth a single creature” [Sûrah al-Nahl: 61]

http://en.islamtoday.net/node/636

A reflection on the Boston Marathon Event:

Anyone else was hoping that the people involved were white and not Muslim. We all know the reaction then would have been to refer to it as a lone wolf as opposed the act of a group of people/Deen and that another Muslim land couldn’t possibly be in the crossfire in the near future, as was Iraq and Afghanistan. Also there is the likelihood of additional of domestic policies and actions that infringe on the basic lives of others similar to that of a decade ago and counting. So that could include an increase of already existing scaled surveillance and profiling of Muslims. There will also likely be additions to matters such as the patriot act, and an increase in in funding of related federal agencies  which will both curb civil liberties further. Immigration reforms are also to be affected if they turn out to be immigrants even if they happened to be legalized.

If not then there is public image involved, although if 9/11 is any indication some people will still examine Islam fairly and may even be more eager because of the new focused attention. The brothers and sisters who may have not been the most practicing would be included in that regard of also examining and better embracing their Deen to be better examples in the public eyes.

Finally, it only fair to at least bring up the West Texas fertilizer plant explosion. This is so as more people died and were injured there and the collateral damage was so severe that some people lost their homes and school there just opened today (April 22, days after the incident) yet it got much less coverage. How unbalanced can mainstream news be to not at least give this event the same coverage as the Boston marathon event?

Rabiah Kas`id/2013

The Muslimah’s Outcry:

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dear brothers and sisters in humanity
what is it that you feel when you see me?
is it shame, disgust, fear or sympathy?
because i need none of it, i just need you to hear me

i am freer than you can imagine
in my heart soul and mind
free from the oppression of the material,
free from all the negativity
free to learn and think and do
because of a direct link to the divine

dear brothers and sisters in humanity
you can have this freedom too
but of course you would not want it
if you think freedom is what government gives you

truth is, only God’s laws have real value
man made laws are only used to confine
to intrude in your personal affairs
to keep you locked inside your mind

so free yourself from the veil that was placed across your heart
the veil on your ears an eyes
open your heart to His infinite Mercy
let go of all the lies
if man can be God’s son, then man can take away your rights
but when God is worshiped without partner
there is no one to take it from you in sight

So my dear brothers and sisters
do not pity my position
obeying God’s command to cover
is not a man made tradition
virgin Mary is never portrayed half naked
nuns choose to live from head to toe in submission
orthodox Jews have rules for covering
have any of you noticed a pattern?
it is man that tells woman to uncover
to put her beauty on display
it is man that makes up heinous lies
to profit off of what God made
it is man that oppresses us to act like its just cool
to pull a one night stand, never call again, to use you as his sex tool
to pretend that feelings don’t exist
when men and women interact
to pretend that it is possible to be casual and laid back
no woman has ever benefited from such insincere behavior
but  men are satisfied on their end because they still get to see her

to free myself from this social man made trap,
i submit myself to God
Who Commands believing men to lower their gaze
and for believing women to wear loose garb
so we work together to preserve our society,
to protect each other from social harm

because we testify that Mohammad is the final messenger to mankind
and nothing is worthy of worship except Allah

Annam Choudhry/2013

The Religion: By Bobby Allen Poe

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Author’s note:

Annam Choudhry, who goes by the pen-name moniker of “Bobby Allen Poe” or also just “Bobby”, has written a delightful Islamic spin on the classic Edgar Allen Poe story, “The Raven”…enjoy.

Enjoyments in this world are plenty Distractions, simply, some unhealthy

But when death comes knocking at your door

Suddenly comes knocking, knocking at your chamber door Regret there will be, nothing more.

But your grave is not the end of this story Life was not about success and glory

If you prepared well for life after death

Fearing God and His judgment in your life after death In paradise you’ll be, forever more

So place your forehead on the ground Shopping, vacations, will still be around Just humble yourself before your Lord

He is Oft-Forgiving, Merciful, the Ever-Living Lord Repentance is key… but there is more

So what then is the purpose of life

If your job, family, and friends will not suffice? Worship with your heart, tongue, and limbs Sincere worship with your heart tongue and limbs

But Kufr and Shirk, never more!

There is but One God, no son or mother hath He Sir or madam, truly, think about it logically What use is an heir to the One Who does not die

The Ever-Living, Self-Sustaining Who does not die?

God does not procreate. Need I say more?

Mary’s was a virgin birth, no doubt

A pious maiden chosen for a task to carry out To give birth to the one who has no father

A revered prophet among men, born without a father God says “Be” and it is. Need I say more?

Peace on Jesus the day he was born, the day he dies, then raised alive Peace on him, Moses, Abraham, Jonah, John, Isaac, Jacob and Ismail Peace on Muhammad, last in line, with the message for all of mankind

The seal of the prophets, sent to preach, the message of One God to mankind Complete is your religion… forever more.

Annam Choudhry/2013

The Title is A.B.C. (Always Be Confident):

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Author’s note:

My bro, my dude, my boy, Malik Shabazz, has decided to share, with us, some of his many pearls of wisdom, if you will, on my blogsite. I’m both honored, as well as very humbled, that someone of his noble stature, would’ve been willing to grace my blogsite. Here’s what he’s written for all of us to benefit from.

Always be confident in your abilities to do or be anything you’ve imagined. Never have that mentality going into anything or going towards something thinking, they are better than me or I am not good enough. If you’ve had that mentality, ask yourself why, you’ve never passed up job-opportunities when you knew, there was someone that had more qualifications than you? You didn’t. You wanted that job or to be in a position that would enable you, to show your abilities, that would allow you to fulfill that imagination or dream.

Don’t ever stop believing because of the fear competition. There is NO competition! You are your own biggest competitor because of that fear that builds in your mind. The person in front of you, is NOTHING! When you can over come that person inside of you, the person who holds you back from trying something you’ve never done before, you will start to ease yourself into a comfort zone and you’ll be able to do things which you’ve never thought you were able to do.

Never fear or fear failure. Failure is just a word to discourage you and if you are discouraged by the word fail or failed, then you’ve allowed yourself to bury yourself with that word that has stopped so many people from achieving their dreams. Possibly the greatest basketball player of all time missed 9000 shots, lost almost 300 games, was trusted to take the game winning shot over 26 times and missed but that didn’t stop him, nor you and I, to call him, Michael Jordan, possibly the great basketball player of all time.

Muhammad Ali said, “impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

And Mike Tyson said “fear is your best friend or your worst enemy. It’s like fire. If you can control it, it can cook for you; it can heat your house. If you can’t control it, it will burn everything around you and destroy you. If you can control your fear, it makes you more alert, like a deer coming across the lawn.”

Fear, impossible and failure are just obstacles in your way. Experience is great, can be used to become greater or better or smarter. A thought to try but to never try, will always be a thought and never in a form of an action to reminisce on.

Malik Shabazz/2013

A “Female-Imam”: What is this?!!!

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Author’s note:

This article is exclusively based upon finding out that the person whom had wrote the Pro-Homoesxual/Same-Gender-Marriage article for AltMuslim, Pamela Taylor, apparently, has been granted the title of “Imam”. Now, What I plan to do is to simply clarify what exactly an Imam truly is, in both its linguistic, Islamically historical context, and whom has the entitlement to be labeled “Imam” in the 1st-place.

Let’s begin…linguistically:

The word, Imam, inherently, is actually from the Arabic verb “Āmma” meaning to afront/to be in front, to lead, to supersede, to head, etc. So, with that being said, anyone, theoretically/realistically can be a leader.(Lisan-ul-`Arab/The Tongue of the `Arab [Lexicon of the Arabic-Language])

Next, let’s examine the types/categories of Imamah/Leadership:

There are many different, universal types of Imamah/Leadership, such as the following: Parents, Teachers, Sports-Coaches/Owners, Principals, Business-Owners, etc. Any/all of these respective types of Imamah/Leadership, is for anyone/everyone. In other words, any/all Human beings are 100%-entitled to take the reigns of these manifested types of Imamah/Leadership. However, when it comes to specific religious-duties, particularly/especially within Islam, then, now, the rules must change, as to whom are allowed to possess Imamah/Leadership, as well as to which extent that Imamah/Leadership is Islamically allowed to be taken.

Now, let’s investigate the Islamic definition of “Imam” & who is justified to carry this title:

Imam, firstly, is a Masculine-Noun in the Arabic-Language, and just like any/all Nouns within the Arabic-Language, their Natures are exclusive to their Genders. In the Arabic-Language, which is the language which Allah had purposely chosen to reveal the Qur’an in (Noble Qur’an: Chpt.12, V.3), no noun (person, place, thing, concept, idea, etc.) is “unisex” or “unigender”…Every noun, which the word “Imam” is, in the Arabic-Language, has to be either masculine or feminine, exclusive for/to either males or female created-things. Even in referrence to created things which don’t have a gender, at all, like Angels, for example: the name “Khalifah”, meaning caretaker, custodian, ruler, etc., which is most commonly known by its bureaucratic definition, being the recognized global-leader of Muslims…this particular geo-political position can only be held by a Muslim-Man, and even linguistically, even though the word, Khalifah, has an apparent feminine-ending, it is still, in fact, exclusively, a masculine-word.(al-Khulafa’-ur-Rashidun, Jalal-ud-Din as-Suyuti; Lisan-ul-`Arab) We, then, have the word “Malak” (pl. Mala’ikah), meaning Angel, is masculine, by virtue of the fact that Angels were created, by Allah, without a gender. So, because of that, the word in Arabic, Angel, itself, as well as the actual names & characteristics of Angels, are also, by definition/extension, must be masculine. This was a very huge-issue, during the lifetime of Muhammad (Peace be upon him), because, the Pagan-Arabs had a religious-view, that Angels were, female & the “daughters of Allah”. However, when the Qur’an was revealed, it thus clarified this degenerate religious-belief, among all of the beliefs of the Pagan-Arabs.(Noble Qur’an: Chpt.37, V.149-156) So, with that being said, it becomes, thus, very clear, that any noun in the Qur’an, must, at all times, coincide with a respective gender.

Now, coming back, full-circle, to the main point of inference, the primary-topic, at hand, concerning the whole “Female-Imam” issue: we can now get our hands dirty, about this issue. The term Imam, relative to what I’m directly referring to, in the context of the claim of Pamela Taylor, as being a “Female-Imam”, we know based upon text, from both the Qur’an & Sunnah/Prophetic-Tradition, as well as simply from the linguisitc-dyanmics of the Arabic-Language, that there is no way that a Muslim-Woman can be an “Imam”, in any religious-context. Before I continue, it’s fair that I go in-depth as to what an “Imam”, in the context of what Pamela Taylor is claiming: it is referring to, directly, leading both Muslim-Men & Muslim-Women in prayers, giving the weekly Khutbah/Sermon, on the day of al-Jumu`ah/Friday. Please, note, that this has never been done, before, from among any members of the Salaf (the 1st-3-generations of Muslims, after the revelation of the Qur’an: as-Sahabah/the Companions of Muhammad [May Allah be pleased with them all-together], as well as the 1st & 2nd-generations of at-Tabi`in/the Followers of as-Sahabah [May Allah mercify them all-together]). And, if anyone from among the Ummah (Nation/MuslimCommunity) of Muhammad would’ve been justified to enact this practice, it would’ve definitely been these Muslim-Women, from among the Salaf & more specifically, the Wives of Muhammad (May Allah be pleased with them), because they were, by-and-large, the most-righteous, as well as the most knowledgeable Muslim-Women, during the lifetime of Muhammad, as well as among the Salaf, and yet, none of them, participated in leading both Muslim-Men & Muslim-Women, in any prayers, nor did any of the give any Khutub (sing. Khutbah) on the day of al-Jumu`ah.

What’s interestingly-ironic is that these “Progressive-Muslim” individuals/groups, whom all co-sign this Bid`ah (Religious-Innovation) never taken into consideration that the best people among the Muslims, relative to the revelation of the Qur’an, never did this. And, it absolutely tickles me, when people reference our (religious) mother, `A’ishah (May Allah be pleased with her), whom wielded immense religio-scholastic, geo-political prestige & authority: her husband being Muhammad of course, the last Prophet/Messenger of Allah & her own father, Abdullah ibn Abi-Quhafah…AKA Ab-Bakr as-Siddiq (May Allah be pleased with him), whom religio-scholastically taught mostly Muslim-Men, her entire life, after the death of Muhammad, and even raising an army, against her own cousin-in-law, `Ali ibn Abi-Talib, while he was a Khalifah (May Allah be pleased with him); yet, guess what, folks…yeah…you’ve got it…SHE NEVER LED ANY MUSLIIM-MEN IN ANY PRAYER, NOT EVEN ONE DAY, IN HER ENTIRE LIFE. As powerful as she was, in both religious-academics, as well, as on the geo-political stage, she knew that she had absolutely no justification to lead Muslim-Men in any prayers.

So, for someone to come, not days, years, decades, but, centuries, after her death, whom are clearly not as knowledgeable, Islamically, as she was, nor could they ever be, and proclaim that being a “Female-Imam” is Islamically valid, when the best of Muslim-Women, from among the best of Muslims, never did this, shows a very clear, obvious disease of the heart, which is spreading, like a wildfire with that’s HIV-infected. I, Gareth Bryant, do by, henceforth, dare to challenge, any Muslim, “Muslim-Feminist”, “Progressive-Muslim”, “Reform-Muslim”, regardless of one’s sectarian-persuasions, to provide any proof, even an abrogated-proof, from either the Qur’an, Sunnah, or the documented-practices of the Salaf, which gives any at all justification for a Muslim-Woman to be a “Female-Imam”.

Gareth Bryant/2013

Muslim Tears for Boston

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Holistic Poetry

I, like many of us in past days, have been fixated to breaking news reports that have unfolded during this week in Boston.  When the whereabouts and pursuit of those that committed this heinous crime were revealed, I breathed a sigh of relief as justice was in the midst of being served.  A shimmer of light finally pierced through the darkest of days felt by the victims, their families, and the entire nation. This path to solace quickly became paved with media buzzwords subtly tying these individuals to an entire faith that represents over a billion people in the world.

It is a faith that not only condemns these horrendous acts without question, but teaches to love for others what you would love for yourself. It is a faith that views the killing of an innocent human being as killing all of mankind and saving an innocent human being as…

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Let’s Love for the Right-Reason:

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“Boy meets Girl”…they become each other’s world.
She buys him clothes, he buys her diamonds, pearls.

But, is this “True-Love”, or is it just a “good-time”?
Is it the “Long-Hall”, or a one-night “wine & dine”?

When we use this word…L.O.V.E….what, exactly, does it really mean?
Are we emotionally invested in someone, or is it just a realized-fantasy?

Just how earnestly connected are we, to those we’re attached to, and living with, side-by-side?
When the hair grays, the looks fade, will we stay or pursue someone new, leaving them behind?

Are we skin-deep, and, or, superficial?
The answer, to this question, is critical.

Because, if we do not have the right-answer, that means our priorities are all-wrong.
It means that we’ve been lying to ourselves and others, with an ingenuine love-song.

The sound, of that covertly-deceptive melody, has captured our hearts.
But, the after-tone leaves a very painful screech, on our, delicate, ears.

For the longest times, we’ve just assumed that we always, in relationships, used our wits, smarts.
However, as the sharp, tart, heartbreak sets in, we now see the actual fruition of our worst fears.

We all need comfort, therefore look for love, often, in all the wrong-places.
We all allow our emotions to be “wild and free”, instead of grow, in stages.

We always forget, in fact, to love the One who matters most.
He who has given us hearts, to begin with, the Lord of Hosts.

It is Allah, the Lord of All, whom requires us to love Him, first; but, we don’t.
He wants only that we remain grateful, to Him, for all He does; but, we won’t.

We’d rather have our fragile morsels of flesh, between our chests, be stepped upon & shattered.
Yet, if we only took the time to love Allah, more, first, we’d find ourselves emotionally protected.

Gareth Bryant/2013

My Book-Tours:

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Salam/What-Up?!!!

Beginning from April 30th, I will be touring, promoting my 1st-publication, “My Poetic Anatomy”. This is a great accomplishment for me, and I would like for you to share in this accomplishment with me, by supporting my work. Hee’s my official facebook fanpage, for this 1st-publication:

https://www.facebook.com/GarethBryantOfficial

Please, contact me, via email, whether you’d be interested in having me promote my work, wherever you may be:

musabryant15@gmail.com

Thank you in advance,

Gareth Bryant