Author Archives: Gareth Bryant

About Gareth Bryant

I'm a Muslim, Poet, Writer, Lover, Fighter...misunderstood, like everyone else in the world...yet, still manages to enjoy Life.

My Commentary on Interfaith-Marriage:

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I will be showing you a video posted on YouTube, by the Muslim Public Affairs Council, hosted by Maher Hathout, who died in January of 2015, dubbed the Father of American-Muslim Identity”. This video is a part of a series of videos, concerning topics which are not discussed enough or at all among Muslims, Interfaith-Marriage being one of these recurring hotbed-issues. However, within the video itself, there’s a lot of problematic stances which the personality answering the questions takes, which I’ll discuss after you’ve viewed the video:

This video is incredibly inaccurate & misleading: Allah clearly states, “And do not allow the Men of Shirk to marry you, unless they believe.”(Noble-Qur’an: Chpt.2, V.221) The Men of Shirk are those who commit Shirk: disregard of the existence/oneness of Allah & all Non-Muslim commit Shirk in one way or another, either via Atheism/Anti-Theism (disregarding the existence of Allah/any Divine-Creator generally), as well as any other Non-Muslims who have theological-beliefs contrary to what we’re taught as Muslims via al-Qur’an/the Qur’an & as-Sunnah/the Prophetic-Tradition. In other words, a Muslim-Woman is prohibited from marrying any Non-Muslim Man. And this is because of the following reasons: when a Woman is sexually-attached to a Man, his influence over her is tremendous. Obviously, Allah knowing His Creation better than we know ourselves, places a prohibition upon Muslim-Women being married to Non-Muslim Men, because Non-Muslim Men will influence Muslim-Women to leave Islam & it happens all of the time. And, the major reason that Muslim-Men are allowed to marry (Jewish & Christian) Non-Muslim Women is because of the same reason: as a result of a Man, by Nature being able to influence a Woman via sexual-attachment, he’s better able to encourage her to accept Islam. Also look at it statistically: how often do you hear about Men leaving Islam, because they’re with a Non-Muslim Woman…hardly ever…conversely, how often do you hear about Women leaving Islam, because they’re with a Non-Muslim Man…almost always.

Maher Hathout has purposely…purposefully misinformed People, both Muslims & Non-Muslims alike. Now, I don’t know who gave him the privilege to be any type of authority to speak about Islam, but he has truly not done a good job in dispelling misconceptions and/or clarifying conceptions of Islam. He had mere done what so many, too Muslims past & present have always done: take the go-along to get-along route…instead of being honest about about what Islam allows vs. disallows, in the objective of being Interfaith-Accepted, he had allowed himself to misinform masses of People of various faiths to take his word seriously, and had sadly deceived them…this video being only one of many proofs of this.

Gareth Bryant/2015

Gareth Bryant featured on The Mardiyah Show Episode 4 Part 2

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Author’s Note:
This is the official interview of Gareth Bryant, on one of his most controversial articles to date, “Why Muslim Women Are Against Polygyny and Why Muslim Men Can’t Really Blame Them”:

http://www.garethbryant.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/antipolygyny/

Montana Polygamist Seeks ‘Legitimacy’ After Supreme Court Ruling

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Montana Polygamist Seeks ‘Legitimacy’ After Supreme Court Ruling

Gareth Bryant:

I agree with this 100%…if Homosexuals can get “married” within our United States, then Men should definitely be able to get married to more than one Woman.

Originally posted on TIME:

On Tuesday, Nathan Collier went to the Yellowstone County Courthouse in his hometown of Billings, Montana, to register to get married to his partner Christine. The problem? Collier has been married to wife Victoria since 2000. And under Montana law, bigamy is outlawed except for faith reasons; Collier is not marrying Christine and Victoria due to his religious beliefs, making his marriage license illegal under bigamy laws.

“Everyday, we have to break the law to exist as a family,” Collier said in an interview with TIME. “We’re tired of it.”

The Montana trio argue that under Friday’s landmark Supreme Court decision recognizing same-sex marriage across the country as legal, their polygamous relationship should be legally recognized and guaranteed the same rights as heterosexual and homosexual marriages. “If you read the justice’s statement, it applies to polygamists,” Collier said.

He’s referring to the dissent by Chief Justice John Roberts, who argued…

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Gareth Bryant featured on The Mardiyah Show Episode 4 Part I

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Author’s Note:
This is the official interview of Gareth Bryant, on one of his most controversial articles to date, “Why Muslim Women Are Against Polygyny and Why Muslim Men Can’t Really Blame Them”:

http://www.garethbryant.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/antipolygyny/

Lynchings without Nooses

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Protests Continue After Death Of Baltimore Man While In Police Custody

All across the United States, for the past few years, there’s been Unarmed-Civilian, after Unarmed-Civilian, murdered at the hands of Law-Enforcement. The reasons why these individuals were killed in cold-blood were never justified, the Police-Officers involved were always either acquitted of all charges against their victims, served with only minor-sentences, or not even indicted for their crimes against Humanity & Citizenry. When we observe these trends of violence, based solely upon ethno-cultural, socio-economic, socio-political circumstances, especially after the advent of the Obama-Era, an historic time in America where People have allowed themselves to believe that since there’s a Non-White President in the Oval-Office, that all is now right with our United States. But, then, ever since Obama’s been a President, it seems as though there’s been an even more blatant presence of Hate-Crimes against Citizenry, committed by Law-Enforcement, during the Obama-Years.

Which brings us to the title of this article: Lynchings without Nooses-Back in the days, from about the 1870’s to the 1970’s in America, the Noose was the most common scare-tactic & weapon of choice, for the racist White-Establishment in the United States, against all Non-Christian/Non-White Peoples, courtesy of the Ku Klux Klan. However, now, within the past 4-decades, it’s not been the Noose that’s killed significant numbers of Black/Latino/Non-White, Urban-Youth, instead, it’s been a Policeman’s Gun. Now, instead of People being fearful of the sight of a Klansman’s Burning-Cross, they’re afraid of the sight of a Policeman’s Badge.

From Florida, with the murder of Trayvon Martin…to Ferguson, MO, with the murder of Michael Brown…to Staten Island, NY, with the murder of Eric Garner…to Santa Rosa, CA, with the murder of Andy Lopez…to Cleveland, OH, with the murder of Tamir Rice…every channel you watch on the News, every article you read in the Papers, every Internet-Search: there’s something reported and/or written about yet another Person being shot/killed by Law-Enforcement. There’s several things wrong with this blatant “Open-Season” mentality, which Law-Enforcement has, when attacking Citizenry. And, I know that there are Community-Leaders, Politicians, members of Law-Enforcement, etc., who try to sweep this reality under the rug. But, things are just too obvious to ignore. And, the People who are members of the most demographically marginalized ethnic-groups in the United States are taking things to the streets, in almost every major city in America: there are rallies, protests, riots everywhere.

It’s very easy for People who aren’t members of these marginalized demographics, and/or hail from well-appointed places in Life to say, “Stop the Violence”, “Stop the Protests”, Stop the Rioting”, when these same People aren’t the ones being subjected to the atrocities that their fellow Humans across the United States face on a day-to-day basis, which is Racial-Profiling. You can sugar-coat the reality of Racial-Profiling with Police-Officers “just doing their duty” all you want. But, the news-stories don’t lie. Year after year, we hear the same types of stories: Unarmed-Person shot by Police. This story has been told for decades, and generations. How many more funerals for Unarmed-Civilians have to be attended, how Fathers & Mothers have to mourn the losses of their Children to Police-on-Civilian Violence, how many more Police-Officers are going to either get acquitted of any/all crimes against Citizenry or not even get indicted for these crimes?

The voices of Citizenry can be clearly heard, yet Politicians, Law-Enforcement Agents, Presidents, refuse to listen to the complaints & cries of the People, and this is exactly how revolutions begin. Even with the recent indictments & prosecutions of the Baltimore Police-Officers who held Freddie Grey against his will, and caused him to die in Police-Custody. How far will this really go: will these Officers receive another slap on the wrist, courtesy of yet another puppeteered Kangaroo-Jury, selected to acquit yet another group of Police-Officers, to send yet another message that Law-Enforcement is above the Law? Until then, let’s all just keep in mind that Justice for all requires us all to be impartial, unbiased, and willing to fight to erase Oppression from our Societies.

Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao: the Fight of the Century of the 21st-Century

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Author’s-Note:
Floyd Mayweather, leader of The Money Team brings all of his ambition, skills, flamboyance to the table, against Manny Pacquiao Pac-Man: the World’s most famous Boxing underdog. These two Fighters have gone the distance, in their own careers, in their own rights. It’s so difficult to simply determine who’s the best. However, Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 is the fight to cast away any & all suspicions, doubts, mocking, joking. There will be only one Champion & only one loser. These two Giants of the Boxing-World will have to display all that brought them to the Boxing prominence which they’ve acquired.

Floyd Mayweather…Prior to the Fight:
(47-0 Career-Record)
47 Wins…0 Loses…0 Draws

Manny Pacquiao…Prior to the Fight:
(57-5-2 Career-Record)
57 Wins…5 Loses…2 Draws

The advantages

Mayweather:
Calculative, defensive, cautious, careful.

Pacquiao:
Relentless, daring, offensive, spontaneous.

The Setbacks

Mayweather:
Too reserved, doesn’t throw enough risky punches.

Pacquiao:
Throws too many risky punches, too aggressive.

Who won/Who lost & the Reasons why

Mayweather:
He won, because he stuck to his game-plan, which went in his favor: Defense. Even when Pacquiao had landed a significantly crucial hit, it didn’t incapacitate Mayweather. He was able to stay true to his fighting objective, which was to win the Bout, and he did. He was able to use Intelligence & Defense, to counter Pacquiao’s Offense & Risky-Punches. Round after round, Mayweather out-boxed & out-scored Pacquiao.

Pacquiao:
He lost because he stuck to his game-plan of Offense, without Defense. He clearly had opportunities to out-box Mayweather, however, without enacting any Defense, he was too little too late, to catch-up. He was out punched, Mayweather had landed much more punches, he was out-scored on the Score-Cards, this was just not Pacquiao’s fight. Although, he’s a great fighter, he didn’t prove his point in terms of being able to defeat Mayweather.

Now, what does this mean for Boxing?

Mayweather, when interviewed about possibly fighting Pacquiao for a Rematch, had simply stated that he’s planning on focusing on his fight in September of 2015. This is probably going to be Mayweather’s final fight. As he makes yet another mark on the Boxing World, by coming even closer to Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 Record, Mayweather, now at 48-0, may want to tie and/or even break Marciano’s record. That’s not a definitive conclusion or determination. However, what is certain is that all of the critics of Mayweather not being able to go the Distance and/or defeat Pacquiao have clearly been proven wrong. As far as Pacquiao, what’s to become of the rest of his career? Will he learn from this defeat, and still make his marks in Boxing, or will he decide to bow-out and retire, who knows? Nobody knows. That’s his decision to make. But, for now, it seems that with the potential retirement of Mayweather on the horizon, and Pacquiao being a lone contender, will there be any more Boxing bouts which will acquire the same caliber of fanfare, publicity, monies, celebrity, or will Boxing begin to be a yesteryear Sport? Will this be the last great fight which will be commented on, criticized, contested, questioned, or will there be other great bouts which we can all look forward to in our respective lifetimes? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Muslims Giving Back’s annual participation at the annual AFSP: Out Of the Darkness Overnight promoting Suicide-Awareness & Suicide-Prevention

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Donate to the efforts of Muslims Giving Back below…Support Project: #Walk4life:

http://www.theovernight.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.participant&participantID=13648

Powerful Instagram photos take us behind the scenes of the shots that won the Pulitzer

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Powerful Instagram photos take us behind the scenes of the shots that won the Pulitzer

Originally posted on Quartz:

Every year a Columbia University committee awards two Pulitzer prizes to journalists for breaking news photography and feature photography (until 1967, the prize for photography was just one).

This year, the award for breaking news was given to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch photography staff, for “their powerful images of the despair and anger in Ferguson, Missouri.” Alongside the award-winning pictures published in the paper, the staff has shared powerful images of the riots in Ferguson on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Instagram account during the days that followed the killing of Michael Brown:

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FBI Informant Exposes Sting Operation Targeting Innocent Americans in New “(T)ERROR” Documentary

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Deception is a 2-Way Street:

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You say I’m unfaithful, but look at you…
…you’ve had another Man in our home.

How can I trust you to keep what we share sacred…
…if you’re with another behind closed-doors, alone?

You have accused me of lying, and not being transparent…
…but, your dishonesty has been even more than evident.

You stated that I’ve been communicating with someone behind your back, while you’ve done the same…
…how dare you then pontificate integrity to me, when you’ve committed the same crime of utter shame?

It’s hypocritical, utterly despicable, how you’ve tried to paint me as the Bad-Guy…
…you think that it’s okay to play this game, just because I was the first one to lie.

Now, I’m the first to commit my own wrong…
…yet, I’ll never allow myself to be slandered.

You have no justification to view me as anything less than a Man…
…you’ve done everything to have me see myself a callous Bastard.

Why did you lie, about the Man in the shadows of your Heart?
Why have you now allowed him to step-in and to tear us apart?

Gareth Bryant/2015