Category Archives: Ethno-Centricism

Britain’s Break From The EU:

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Much to many People’s surprise, including Former Prime Minister, David Cameron, who resigned as a result of a referendum in the United Kingdom to retire from the European Union-This decision has caused a domino-effect/tidal-wave like phenomenal financial & political scare all across Europe, as well as the rest of the World. What’s even more surprising is the fact that the People of Great Britain have been vocal about both still wanting to stay in the EU as well as agreeing to leave the EU. Though the vote itself was relatively very close, much like the NBA-Finals score in which the Cleveland Cavaliers were able to upset the former defending-champions the Golden State Warriors: it’s plain to see that Cameron himself wasn’t in favor of the split between Britain & the EU, and for this reason, he’s decided to bow-out of his position as the UK’s PM. This as well has absolutely tantamount effects within Great Britain itself, because the helm of the government needs to be replaced quick-fast and a hurry.

What’s most crucial, I think, pertaining to this is how the EU will be weakened economically, as well as politically. This news about the UK dumping the EU like a frustrated Boyfriend dumping his Prom-Date who’s had a crush on him since Freshman-Year, has placed the World-Market at a stand-still: no one really knows how long-lasting this event will have a foothold on the World-Economy. This is especially important for the United States, who’s largest trading-partner just ironically happens to be (yeah…you’ve guessed it Folks) none other than the EU. The economic aftermath of such a move on part of the UK will be talked about definitely for the rest of 2016, and may even be the top discussion for years to come. This kind of reminds of when studying about how England separated itself from the Catholic-Church, to form the Anglican Church of England, during the reign of Henry VIII. This was primarily done to ensure religio-spiritual, religio-political autonomy, as opposed to being subservient to the edicts & dictates of the Papacy. This seemingly is History repeating itself, particularly because most of those who were actually in favor of staying with the EU were People from Scotland & Northern Ireland, whom ironically are also historically very Catholic, while most English People are predominantly Protestant.

One of the other major issues at play, aside from all the financial ramifications is how Europe will share the responsibilities of hosting Refugees from various war-torn parts of the World, especially from their former colonial-possessions. But, also it seems as though the UK wants no part in accepting more Refugee type Immigrants coming to their shores, which has been a hot-button issue for a long time, as is still a hot-button issues for Americans here in the US. We’ll just have to wait and see how World will respond, if they can respond to this recent break of Britain from the EU.

Gareth Bryant/2016

 

In Today’s Times:

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We’re cheating on our Wives…
…are comfortable telling lies…

…support the same Tyrants we despise…
…and when punished we act so surprised…

…we murder our Mothers & our Fathers…
…disgracing our Brothers & our Sisters…

…the air is filled with no sense of Care…
…this World seems to produce only despair…

…War is rampant, Cities are burning…
…all we want is to turn-up & go shopping…

Lives are lost, when will this carnage stop?!!!
We’re too busy watching Love&HipHop.

We’d rather focus on how much Designer has in Atlanta…
…then being concerned about Millions dying in Africa…

…we’d rather listen to Beyonce drink Lemonade & throw Shade…
…than think about People who haven’t eaten for days…

How is it that we care more about who’s winning Dancing With The Stars…
…instead of Victims of Global-Conflicts burdened by battle scars?!!!

You have Birdman complaining about his Respek…
…while People around the World praying for Death…

All that’s happening in our times are totally out of place…
…I seek protection from Allah’s Wrath before it’s too late.

Gareth Bryant/2016

Darren Wilson: Wanted Dead Or Alive

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Drastic actions, deadly reactions…
…freed by racist Judicial-Magicians.

Human life given no value because the victim is a Black-Youth…
…Michael Brown seen in the eyes of White-America as uncouth.

Darren Wilson, Cop in Question, snuffed-out a fellow Human being…
…he had him marked for Death, he was on his list from the beginning.

He himself is a cowardly bastard, preying upon the weak…
…no chance against his oppressor, he was way too meek.

This young man was murdered, because of the color of his skin…
…now the killer has gone free, insulting his kith as well as his kin.

But, he deserves to die, because of his crime against Humanity…
…the bogus Kangaroo-Jury who set him loose possesses insanity.

His time will come, either now or in the Hereafter…
…yet, he thinks that he can just walk with laughter.

Someone, anyone…take him down…
…destroy the arrogance of this clown.

Some may think that I’m an extremist, but screw em…
…just think of the community and lives he has ruined.

He needs to pay for his wrong…
…may his life not be at all long.

May he burn in Hell for what his hands have earned…
…may this be reminders for us & lessons be learned.

Gareth Bryant/2014

INSHALLAH Clothing: It’s a Brand that takes a stand

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Author’s-Note:
We’re here with X.L. Lawrence, who commonly refers to himself as XL Abdullah, Founder & CEO of INSHALLAH CLOTHING, giving Islamic-Fashion an ever evolving definition, with all kinds of trendy, cool, looks, People of all walks of life can purchase & enjoy-He’s a Fashion-Designer, Humanitarian, and all-around great guy. I’ve decided to interview him, as to what makes him tick, from a fashion perspective & here’s what I’ve got for you.
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G.B.: How old were you when you decided that Fashion was your thing, that it was something which you really acquired a true passion for?

X.L.: I guess during High School when I visited a college adviser to help me figure out what schools I should look into. I know I always like art and clothing but never thought about fashion per say but after speaking with councilor realize how much I did like fashion. I always dressed a little different from the rest of my peers. I always liked taking items and making them my own.

 

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G.B.: As a Muslim, first and foremost, how important is Fashion, from an Islamic perspective, in your eyes?

 

X.L.: It’s very important. And important for a number of reasons. First here in America most have a stereotypes about what they think Muslims look like. LOL…Even some Muslims have set ideas about how they think Muslims should look like and dress. These ideas don’t make sense being just like Christians, Jews etc… Muslims are made up of every ethnicity, race, social classes etc… Yeah we have what is called Sunnah ( the ways of the prophet Mohammad -PBUH ) but every Muslim don’t follow every Sunnah. Some grow beards, some don’t. Some women cover their heads, some don’t. So why think everyone wears the same clothing. WE DON’T !!! With that being said, I design clothing that reflect young America. Clothing that reflect young American Muslims. Clothing that is relevant to all on some level.

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G.B.: When did you decide that making a clothing line was what you really wanted to do?
X.L.: Ironically, I’ve been in the footwear business for 15yrs and designed for a few different companies and brand and always said I wouldn’t design clothing. Too many people doing it or trying to do it. For me it was a turn off. LOL.. But after reverting to Islam Allah revealed a few things to me in a number of ways made me realize this is what he wanted me to do.
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G.B.: Who/what inspired you to actually get this clothing line started?
X.L.: My inspiration for INSHALLAH CLOTHING actually came from a place of empathy. One day I was on the subway when I saw a Hijabi sister sitting on the train with her down. A first I didn’t think much about it but after 10 minutes of her sitting there with her head down I began to wonder if there was something wrong. After 15mins I began to feel a sense of discomfort coming from her. I wonder why and began to check out her surroundings before I came to realize it was because people were looking at her in a negative way. I was hoping to make eye contact with her to let her know she had a brother there if needed but that opportunity never came.
This touched me and mad me sad. I began to say Allah I wish there was something I could have done to change that situation. The next morning after prayers I began to think about what I had saw on the subway and said to Allah again, I wish there was something I could have done to change that situation. Within second a idea for a tshirt came to me and I ran to my computer and start designing it. It said I LOVE NEW YORK with NEW YORK being in Arabic. Below in small letter said NEW YORK in English for those who may not know Arabic. I felt this tshirt would have spoken for the hijabi sister on the subway that day and made her feel a little more at ease. And INSHALLAH CLOTHING began.
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G.B.: Why did you choose to name your clothing line “Inshallah”?
X.L.: I truly believe everything is Inshallah (If Allah willing) and want to give glory to Allah/God for everything that happens with this brand, good or bad.
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G.B.: What makes you stand-out among other Muslim clothing brands, both past & present?

X.L.: I believe our brand isn’t just for Muslims but for all people that believe in term or phrase INSHALLAH so our brand is more universal. Our brand is created with a more universal message and approach.

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G.B.: Every clothing brand wants to represent concepts, ideas, ideals, etc. So, with that being said, what do you want your brand to represent, what concepts, ideas, ideals, do you want people to take away from, while supportingInshallahClothing?
X.L.: That they are wearing and supporting a brand that stands for awareness, understanding, unity and peace.
A brand that give credit and glory to whom it belongs to. A brand that will change the world by changing its perspective on the things they may have never known before.
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G.B.: Do you want your brand to be pigeon-hold as a “Muslim-Brand” (exclusive to only Muslims), or do you want it to just be universally recognized as a brand (that anyone/everyone can enjoy)?
X.L.: I think I’ve answered that already.. LOL…
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G.B.: Do you think/believe or hope that Inshallah Clothing can/will be a driving-force to represent Islam in a more positive light, within the Fashion Industry, in the Public-Sphere, among Muslims, etc.?
X.L.: Yes, I truly do. And believe that’s why Allah/God gave me this vision.
G.B.: Okay, let’s talk just about you, as an individual, now: Since the recent event in your neighborhood, regarding the Man that you helped to identify for Police, who was a Sex-Offender, tell us, how does it feel to be a Real-Life Hero?

X.L.: My last name is Abdullah which means slave or servant of Allah/God. My act of helping is just a natural action of being a servant of Allah/God. So I’m no hero I’m just a Muslim (one who submits to Allah/God ) .

G.B.: There are, unfortunately, sadly, many ugly misconceptions, stereotypes about Islam & Muslims. But, when people like you prove all of those untruths wrong, how powerful, do you believe, is that impact, in the Public-Eye, to have them see Muslims whom are the exact opposite of the negativity which they are constantly bombarded with vie the Media?

X.L.: Some may stay stuck in their misconceptions and some will step back and reanalyze things. The more good that is displayed by us Muslims the more we have a chance to make people reanalyze what they think they know or  about us.

G.B.: As a Muslim, as a Father, how important is it for you to have play a positive role in making sure that Criminals, such as the person whom you had confronted, were & are always confronted by members of the Community?

X.L.: As a father I’m so glad I confronted the criminal as I did. Now I feel a little that my wife and daughter along with the rest of the community is a little safer.

G.B.: What would you like your legacy, as the founder of Inshallah Clothing, to be, or have you even thought that far ahead yet?
X.L.: To have been someone that created a brand that creates dialogue, creates unity, and in return changes the world and world of fashion.

For more information about him & his clothing-line, please, visit here:

http://www.inshallahclothing.com

Ariel Sharon: A Necessary Introspective

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Ariel Scheinermann, better known to the World as Ariel Sharon, was one of the most relevant political figures, within the 20th-Century. He was a celebrated Israeli military man & politician, while also being classified as a grand nemesis & nuisance to all his Arab neighbors. Now, there has been a lot of talk, surrounding this man’s death, from his supporters & adversaries, alike. However, what’s even more important than his controversial position, as a hero to some & a tyrant to others, is the fact that this man died, a very dilapidated death, one in which he had been in a vegetative state for nearly a decade.

One may ask, naturally, if they opposed him, “Who cares?”, while others may very well morn for him & his family. But, the point that I want to get at is what does his death mean for him. Now, we all know that as Muslims, they way that we live, in the Mundane, will be a direct-result of how Allah will judge us, in the Hereafter. This man Ariel Sharon has died & is with his Lord now, being questioned within his Grave, as to what he was like, as an individual, within his Earthly life.

We need to take serious lessons from the deaths of him & people like him:

1. He didn’t die as a Muslim, which Allah requires all that have freewill to do so: “Oh, you who believe!!! Revere Allah, revering Him is correct; and do not die, except as Muslims.” (Noble Qur’an: Chpt.3, V.102), “Whoever chooses a Path, other than Islam, it will not be accepted from him; and, in the Hereafter, he will be among the Losers.” (Noble Qur’an: Chpt.3, V.85).

2. He was an active-participant in the oppression of other Human beings, the same reasons as to why Nazi-Germany is in the history-books as being tyrants, likewise, the State of Israel has done many of the exact same atrocities to the Palestinian People, as well as in other nations, just like how Nazi-Germany had done during World War II.

3. He was directly responsible for the carnage in southern Lebanon, back in 1982, C.E. (the year that I was born), in which he (personally) commanded Israeli military personnel into the sovereign nation of Lebanon, in order to increase Israel’s political/military dominance within the Middle-East.

Allah states some very important things, within the Qur’an, about killing people and/or being responsible for the unjustified deaths of others: “Whoever kills one who has killed none, nor has caused corruption within the Earth, it’s just as though they’ve killed the entire Human-Race.” (Noble Qur’an: Chpt.5, V.32), “And, do not kill one who Allah has made sacred, except with Justification. And, whoever is unjustly killed, We’ve made his heir empowered. So don’t overdo killing; verily, he is assisted.” (Noble Qur’an: Chpt.17, V.33). Taking all of that into consideration, regardless of how you feel towards, against this man, these are the raw-facts, Islamically. Now, here’s another element of his death which I completely disagree with: Muslims, People generally, celebrating the fact that he has died. This honestly makes me angry, and I’ll tell you why. As Muslims, regardless of how a person dies (i.e. regardless to whether they die as Muslims or not), even if they die fighting against the Muslims, as adversaries, there’s still a certain level of respect that anyone/everyone whom is a Human being is entitled to, by virtue of them being Humans. Here’s the proof for what I’m saying: Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was informed of some of his Companions (May Allah be pleased with them) mocking `Ikrimah (May Allah be pleased with him), the son of `Amr ibn-Hisham (AKA Abu-Jahil), one of the most-hated of the enemies of Islam & the Muslims, at this time, who was confirmed to have died as a Disbeliever, during the Battle of Badr, one whom even Muhammad had dubbed “The Pharaoh of this Nation” (). Guess what? Muhammad had put an end to this mockery of `Amr, in order to make  at ease & so that he would not have to be reminded constantly of the fate of hi sown father, in the Hereafter, which hurt him significantly. In fact, Muhammad actually said, as a result of this, “Insulting the dead causes grief to the living, and does not reach the dead.”.(Companions of the Prophet)

So, in the Muslim-World, when there are reports of People celebrating the death of this man, are we really that happy that yet another Human being didn’t die upon Islam? Does that make your day, sort-of-speak, knowing that another Human being didn’t capitalize on the opportunity to be with Allah, within the Paradise? Does that make you feel good, knowing that these People, and People like them, whom Allah describes, will be from among the Losers, on the Day of Standing? Do you really think that that’s a cool perspective to have: mocking People who didn’t accept Islam before their deaths? Is this something that you find comical and/or amusing? If your answers to any of these questions are yes, then, we have some serious problems, as an Ummah/Nation.

Instead of being happy, elated, at the spiritual misfortunes of others, we need to be more like Muhammad, who cared about every single person that he encountered, and wanted the best for them, not the worst for them. He was never celebratory whenever he heard the news of someone during his lifetime whom didn’t die as a Muslim, because, as a Recipient-of-Revelation, he knew fully well that not dying upon Islam isn’t a joke, it ain’t nothin’ funny or cute, or amusing about it. Yet, sadly, we, as Muslims, seem to get joy out of hearing the news that People die upon other than Islam. We need to really correct this perspective; I’m basically out of words with regards to this issue.

Gareth Bryant/2014

Race-Relations: Commonalities vs. Differences

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There’s beauty within all the creation of Allah, within all Human beings. It’s just that ash-Shaytan/the Devil, along with his countless Shayatin/Minions-of-the-Devil (Noble Qur’an: Chpt.114, V.3-5), whispers into the hearts both of Jinn (Unseen-Creation made from Smokeless-Fire [Noble Qur’an: Chpt.55, V.15]), as well as Men, adding corruption to the pure-nature of the Human being, to hate one another, be at adds with one another, despise one another, based upon this which Allah had chosen for us, via His Qadha’/Divine-Providence, which we never were able to choose for our selves. And this was done exclusively, for His Divine-Purpose, to determine which from among us would be most obedient to Him, the most-grateful to Him, by learning about those whom are different, appreciating variety amongst our Human-Family, benefitting from different cultures, traditions, perspectives, walks-of-life, etc.(Noble Qur’an: Chpt.49, V.13) It was never done as a justification to oppress one another, to make ourselves higher than others, to make others lower than us, in the name of `Assabiyyah/Bias (unwarranted biased towards/against someone, exclusively based upon factors that are not in anyone’s control, like: ethnic-background, nationality, genetic-abnormalities, etc.).(Noble Qur’an: Chpt.10, V.44)

The True Definition of “Family”:

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Don’t ever assume/think that “Family” is limited, exclusive, to persons whom share your Lineage/DNA, Ethno-Cultural/Tribal Background, Regional/National-Identity, or even Religious sectarian-affiliation: True-Family consists of persons whom sincerely respect, trust, honor, love you, for the pleasure of Allah, the Creator/Lord of the Universe, then, for whom you truly are, as you are, without wanting to berate, degrade, degenerate, dehumanize, or humiliate you; they are those whom have your back, not because of things outside of your control (Nepotism, Ethno-Centricism, Nationalism), but, because of your character & the fact that they know you have their back; they are people whom are unashamed, unafraid, to correct you, when you’re wrong, to pull you up, when you fall down, to make sure that when you gotta bang-out everybody’s comin’ back home, whenever there’s a trial/test everybody’s passin’ it…that’s what real family is…

…#TeamTrueFamily

Gareth Bryant’s Top-Five reasons why there will never be a Palestinian state:

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1. The Palestinian people, the Muslim Palestinians anyway, have not made the issue of Palestine a religious issue-They’ve only made this an ethno-national issue, while forgetting that Palestine is the long-lost sector of the Muslim-World. So, like any & every part of the Muslim-World, it belongs to all of the Muslims, not just some, just like how Makkah, Madinah, and Jerusalem are not at all the properties of the respective countries that hold present jurisdiction over these sacred religious-sites, rather in truth, they are the properties of the Muslim-World. But, very few, if any Muslim-Palestinians, Muslim-Arabs, or Muslims in general, view the issue of Palestine in this way at all. This is based upon a statement from the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), when he said, “The Muslims share three things: Water, Fire, Land.”.(Abu-Dawud) This refers to any and all places where the Islamic-State has ruled/formerly ruled, places where there is a modern government which is presently run either mainly or totally, by other Muslims, as well as any & all natural resources available in these respective places, by religious default, all of the above, are the global-properties of the Muslims. But, unfortunately, again, most Muslims just don’t get it.

 2. The Western-World really doesn’t want the Muslim-World to reunite, under any circumstances, which would, by default, tamper with the geo-political/financial dominance & interests of the Western-World, in the Muslim-World, particularly the Arab-World-The main reason why the United Nations even allowed the State of Israel to exist in the first place was to serve as a satellite-nation, to monitor & keep the rest of its Muslim/Arab neighbors under military pressure, which has worked significantly over the past six decades. And, the Western-World is not just going to give up its most prized satellite-nation, Israel, for the sake of giving justice to the Palestinian people.

3. The Muslim leaders in the Muslim-World/Arab-World are too greedy for wealth, power, position, influence on the world’s political stage, etc., to concern themselves with the needs of their fellow Muslims, who have been oppressed for the past six decades, which actually stem from the ancestors of the modern leaders of the Muslim-World/Arab-World revolting & helping to topple the Ottoman Empire, the last official, globally-recognized ruling-body of the Muslim-World to date, which no one wants to really talk about. This is how the Western-World was able to get the Muslim-Arabs to revolt against the Turks in the beginning, via the promise of autonomous self-rule.But, in actuality, they’ve become geo-political boy-toys to the Western-World, so because the Western-World has so much dirt on them, it’s like they can’t really stand up against the tyranny of the State of Israel & the Western-World, without first admitting to the fact that they are, in fact, majorly responsible for the formation of the State of Israel, via rebellion against the Ottoman Empire, which had control over Palestine at the time of World War I-Of course, after their defeat, in World War I, one of the conditions of surrender was that the Ottoman Empire forfeit all former territories, outside of modern-day Turkey, to the Allied Powers, which, of course, included Palestine.

4. If a Palestinian state were in fact established, they would have a lot of bones to pick with a lot of nations, like their Muslim/Arab neighbors, who basically left them hanging for damn near a century, while they’ve been systematically displaced, oppressed, marginalized, and made into the most popular group of refugees in Human history.

5. No one really gives a shit!!!

Gareth Bryant/2012