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Islāmophobic-Journalism Courtesy of the New York Post

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“And never let your hatred, against any People, prevent you from behaving justly.” (Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.5, V.8)

“The Worst-Person with Allah is he whom kills those whom never even fought them back.” (Ahmad)

These 2 Revelatory-Texts are the Premise of my Article, discussing the Ugliness of Islāmophobia via the Media, Courtesy of the New York Post:

https://nypost.com/2020/04/04/nyc-firefighter-gets-coronavirus-after-teen-sneezes-on-him/

Omar Sattar: FDNY-Personnel, Firefighter, was attacked by Boro Park Youth, in Brooklyn, NY. He was purposely sneezed-on after attempting to regulate Social-Distancing in lieu of the Covid19 Global Health-Crisis which has hit the United States very hard, NYC particularly/especially since NYC is the most Congested-City in the US. So, sadly Omar Sattar tested Covid19+. The Media reported that it’s unconfirmed whether or not he contracted Covid19 via that Sneezing-Attack imposed upon him. Well, honestly that’s not even the Point…the Point is that this Sneeze-Attack was not only Inhumanely-Disgusting, but also Incredibly-Dangerous. Ironically, this isn’t the Worst-Part though.

The NYPost: notorious for its Discriminatory-Tirades (Islāmophobia, Xenophobia, etc.) instead of focusing on the Disgusting-Behavior of these Persons whom literally placed the Health/Life of a Fellow-Human, a Civil-Servant, at Risk they pinpointed the Sordid-Past of his Father Ahmed Sattar. Ahmed Sattar was implicated, prosecuted, sentenced, etc. as per Involvement in the 1993 WTC-Bombing. However, this literally has nothing to do with Omar Sattar. The NYPost, of course, made it about Ahmed Sattar.

This was exclusively done to deflect from the Fact that those responsible for this Heinous-Act were Jewish & that Omar Sattar is a Muslim, who’s also the Son of a Muslim comvicted of Terrorism. Basically, the NYPost articulated their Article this Way methodically, to erase the Humanity of the Victim because he’s a Muslim & to give the Criminals a Pass because they’re Non-Muslims (Jewish specifically). It’s almost as if the NYPost had presented this Story as though Omar Sattar had deserved to be attacked, as if somehow this Attack was Retribution for the Crimes which his Father was comvicted for. It’s obvious that had this been the Other-Way Around this would’ve been broadcasted via every News-Outlet, every Newspaper, every TV-News Segment, every Talk-Show, etc. There would’ve been Calls-Of-Action made against the Sneeze-Attackers, claiming “Anti-Semitism” & we all know that this is 💯%-Truth/Honesty. However, since it is what it is, clearly little to nothing will probably be done about this, in spite of the Fact that one of “New York’s Bravest” was so viciously & cowardly attacked, resulting in his Health/Life being put in Danger.

Well…that’s Jew York City for you.

Gareth Bryant

1441, A.H./2020, C.E.

Healthcare-Hypocrisy: the Reality of Affluence vs. Poverty

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Gareth Bryant

1441, A.H./2020, C.E.

Disease: An Historical-Introspection

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Gareth Bryant

1441, A.H./2020, C.E.

US-Politics 101: The Way Coronavirus benefitted Donald Trump & his Political-Masters

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Gareth Bryant

1441, A.H./2020, C.E.

Roe vs. Wade: the Person behind the Case & the Irreversable-Damage they caused

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Norma Leah Nelson AKA “JaneRoe”, the Political-Centerpiece behind Roe vs. Wade, which federally legalized Abortion in the UnitedStates via the US Supreme-Court: she admitted that she lied about being Raped by a Group of Afro-Americans. This Untruth/Slander predicated upon al-`Asabiyyah/Xenophobia, though unsuccessful, was still enough Ammunition used to propel the Pro-Choice Movement, backed by Feminism. Also, Roe vs. Wade literally made it Federally-Legal in the US to weaponize Abortion, as a Tool for/of Population-Control via Eugenics.

Abortion-Stats in the US Post Roe vs. Wade-

Persons who’ve been aborted since Roe vs. Wade was made Federally-Legsl via the US Supreme-Court. This Stat accounts for the Equivalent to nearly 1/3 of the current US-Population:

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This Stat shows the Increase/Decrease of Abortions within the United States, from 1973-2014, C.E.:

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2014, C.E. was the 1st-Year, since the 1973, C.E., when Abortion-Rates within the United States didn’t reach 1Million annually.

The Stats speak for themselves. Now, let’s take a Look at which US-Demographics are targetted mostly via Abortion.

Abortion in the US via Ethno-Demographics-

This Stat details Specific-Percentages of Abortion-Rates amongst Afro-Americans, in comparison/contrast with other Ethno-Demographics:

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Ironically: much like Prison-Population Rates amongst Afro-Americans, likewise, Abortion-Rates also turn spiked & have remained nearly at the Same-Rates since the 1970’s, C.E.:

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So, in Conclusion: this is the Damage which Roe vs. Wade has done. Y’all better wake-up.

Gareth Bryant

1441, A.H./2019, C.E.

The Anatomy of Abuse/Oppression

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Author’s-Note:

This Article is deemed to expose the Reality of the Non-Islāmic Nature of Abuse, via any & all Manifestations/Forms. The Focus of this Article, however, is actually Domestic-Abuse & how/why Muslims particularly, whom still either pretend that it doesn’t exists amongst us, or whom still attempt to justify it.

1. What is Abuse?

Abuse-

A Corrupt-Practice/Custom; Improper/Excessive-Treatment; Language that condemns or vilifies (usually/almost always unjustly), intemperately and angrily; Physical-Maltreatment; a Deceitful-Act.(Merriam-Webster)

Abuse is akin to the Word azh-Zhulm/Oppression.

2. What is Oppression?

Oppression-

Unjust/Cruel-Exercise of Authority/Power; a Sense of being weighed-down in: Spirit, Mind/Heart, Body, etc.(Merriam-Webster)

azh-Zhulm-

Darkness, Ignorance, Arrogance: violating the Boundaries/Rights which Allah has set forth to be respected/observed.(Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.18, V.1-6/V.32-42; an-Nawawī; Lisān-ul-`Arab: Lexicon of the Arabic-Language)

3. Who’s an Abuser/Abused?

An Abuser can be anyone, with the Capability/Potential to commit Abuse. An Abused-Person can be anyone, who doesn’t possess the Capacity/Potential, Willingness, etc. to resist Abuse.

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4. How/why does Abuse begin?

There’s no Direct/Explicit-Answer: what’s True/Honest is that Abuse, almost always, never has 1-Cause only but Several/Many-Causes.

5. What are the Types of Abuse?

Holistically, any/all Manifestations of Abuse fall under the Following-Categories*:

a. Spiritual-Abuse

b. Psycho-Emotional Abuse

c. Primal-Abuse

(*The Violation of Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs…See: Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs)

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  1. Revelatory-Texts which’re misunderstood/misinterpreted, manipulated, etc. to attempt to justify Abuse (Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.4, V.34):

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  1. Revelatory-Texts which affirm/confirm the Islāmic-Prohibition of Abuse:

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Now, in spite of the Fact that these Texts clearly indicate the Prohibitory-Nature of Abuse, it still occurs amongst us. The Question is how/why. 

There’s Several-Reasons as per how/why this is the Case:

a. Denial of the Reality that one is an Abuser.

b. Refusal to recognize/accept that Abuse affects the Abuse just as much as the Abused.

c. Deflection of the Pain endured by the Abuse via Abuse.

c. Blame of Abuse upon the Abused, instead of upon the Abuser.

Moment of Abuse-Truth:

1. When’s the Last-Time you were confronted with someone whom you know facing Domestic-Abuse?

2. When’s the Last-Time, if ever, that Domestic-Abuse affected you personally?

3. When’s the Last-Time that you actually helped any Person dealing with Domestic-Abuse?

4. When’s the Last-Time that you gave someone a Pass for committing Domestic-Abuse, because you’re Friends with that Person or were too afraid to confront them about it?

5. When’s the Last-Time which you’ve actually, honestly, even care about the Issue of Domestic-Abuse?

Gareth Bryant

1441, A.H./2019, C.E.

Sharī`ah’s Anatomy: Where al-Islām meets Bio-Medical Ethics

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Sharī`ah’s Anatomy is a Podcast with Chaplain Gareth Bryant & Dr. James Ferguson, concerning Bio-Medical Ethics from an Islāmic-Lens. The Purpose of this Podcast to empower Muslims & Humanity at large, via Education, concerning how to make Informed-Decisions about their own Healthcare. Also, to learn how to navigate how the Healthcare/Medical-Field works, so that, as Healthcare-Recipients, you can speak/act with Authority, as per how you want, expect, deserve to be treated by Healthcare/Medical-Professionals & the Healthcare/Medical-Industry.

Our Podcasts will be livestreamed via Facebook-Live, every Thursday @ 5pm (EST).

Facebook: Shariah’s Anatomy

Instagram: @shariahsanatomy

at-Tajnīn (Jinn-Influence/Possession) vs. Mental-Illness

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Author’s-Note:

The Following-Article is based upon Personal-Research: my Role as a Chaplain/Counselor lead me to author this Research, as per my Professional-Expertise via Chaplaincy. I’ve submitted my Research, for review, to the Dept. of Psychiatry, Michigan State University. Michigan State University not only approved my Research, but also invited me to attend the annual Global Muslim Mental Health Conference, hosted by Clare College/Cambridge University, United Kingdom, where I in turn was also invited to orate/defend my Research.

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For more Info. regarding ar-Ruqyah/Healing:

https://garethbryant.wordpress.com/2019/04/29/ruqyah/

Gareth Bryant

1439, A.H./2018, C.E.

`Ulūm-ur-Ruqyah/Healing-Science

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Question:

What is ar-Ruqyah in the 1st-Place?!!!

Answer:

ar-Ruqyah means “Protection”…it’s from the Verb “Raqā”, meaning “To protect, treat/cure,”. ar-Ruqyah, while most commonly associated with Exorcism (Jinn/Demon-Extraction), it very generally means treating Things which ail People. Ailments come in the following 3 Various-Forms: Spiritual-Ailments, Psycho-Emotional Ailments, Anatomical/Physiological-Ailments.

Question:

Who’s Islāmically-Qualified to be a Rāqī?!!!

Answer:

It exclusively depends upon which Kind/Type of ar-Ruqyah which is required. Each respective Category of ar-Ruqyah must be treated with Respect, taken seriously, and must be done at All-Times within an Islāmically-Dignified/Professional Manner.

The Categories of ar-Ruqyah:

Spiritual-Ruqyah

Any Muslim whom possesses Positive-Character/Behavior, Sufficient-Knowledge of the Realm of the Jinn (Fire-Beings created from Smokeless-Fire [Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.55, V.15; Chpt.114; Qasas-ul-Anbiyā’/Stories Of The Prophets, ibn-Kathīr; al-Jinn/The Jinn, Mustafā Ashūr), can qualify as a Rāqī.

Psycho-Emotional Ruqyah

Any Muslim of Sound-Character/Behavior whom is Knowledgeable within the Fields of Psychology/Behavioral-Science: Psychologists/Psychiatrists, Chaplains, Therapists, Counselors, etc.

Anatomical/Physiological-Ruqyah

Any Muslim of Good-Character/Behavior whom is Knowledgeable concerning the Human-Anatomy: Doctors, Acupuncturists, Nutritionists, Herbalists, Holistic-Professionals, Nurses, etc.

Easy-Ways to perform Self-Ruqyah*:

Learning/memorizing The Qur’ān, which includes but not limited to the following: Ayat-ul-Kursī/Verse of the Footstool (Chpt.2, V.255), Sūrat-ul-Fātihah/Chapter of the Opening (Chpt.1), Sūrat-ul-Ikhlās/Chapter of Sincerity (Chpt.112), Sūrat-ul-Falaq/Chapter of the Dawn (Chpt.113) & Sūrat-un-Nās/Chpt.114) and reciting them often. Also, reciting The Qur’ān over Water & then drinking it: Qur’ān-Water.(at-Tibb-un-Nabawī/Prophetic-Medicine, ibn-ul-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah)

Learning/memorizing al-Adhkār (Verbal-Acts of Remembrance of Allah) and saying them often.(Husn-ul-Muslim/Fortress Of The Muslim)

Observing at-Tahārah/Islāmic-Hygiene often, which includes but not limited to the following: clipping/trimming Nails, shaving/trimming Pubic-Hair, shaving/trimming the Moustache, keeping Clothing clean, etc.(Bulūgh-ul-Marām/Attaining The Objective, ibn-Hajr al-`Asqalānī; Minhāj-ul-Muslim/Methodology Of The Muslim, Abū-Bakr Jābir al-Jazā’irī; Fiqh-us-Sunnah, as-Sayyid Sābiq)

Avoid Spaces/Places known for harboring an-Najāsah/Filth as well as Jinn-Activity, including but not limited to the following: Camel-Dens, Bathrooms, Cemeteries/Graveyards, etc.(Bulūgh-ul-Marām, Minhāj-ul-Muslim, Fiqh-us-Sunnah)

Avoid al-Hasd/Envy (al-`Ayn/an-Nazhr [Evil-Eye]), as-Sihr/Sorcery (Spells/Incantations, Astrology, Zodiacs/Horoscopes, Psychic/Fortune-Reading [Palm/Tarot-Card Reading], Numerology, etc.), as well as those whom implement/practice both al-Hasd & as-Sihr.(al-Haythamī, ibn-Hajr, al-Kabā’ir/The Major-Sins, adh-Dhahabī)

Avoid: az-Zinā/THOTery (Bestiality, Child-Molestation, Rape, Homosexuality, Adultery/Non-Marital Sex, Fornication/Pre/Non-Marital Sex, etc.), Substance-Abuse/Intoxication, Theft/Robbery & those who do it.(al-Kabā’ir)

Eat 7-Dates per Day: particularly/especially `Ajwah-Dates. However, if one doesn’t have Access to `Ajwah-Dates, then simply eat any Type of Dates with the Niyyah/Motive of getting the Same-Benefits from eating `Ajwah-Dates.(al-Bukhārī, Muslim, at-Tirmidhī)

Eating/drinking Black-Seed regularly.(al-Bukhārī)

*The following aforementioned is exclusively pertaining to Spiritual-Ailments. This is not at all meant/intended to Spiritually-Diagnose, nor to assume that anyone is experiencing any such Spiritual-Ailments. In any/all Cases: you must/should consult (Spiritual, Psycho-Emotional, Anatomical/Physiological) Professionals whom you both respect & trust, before proceeding in venturing into any Ruqyah-Realm. Otherwise, you run the Risk of causing Unnecessary-Harm to one’s Individual-Condition.

For more Info. concerning at-Tajnīn (Jinn-Influence/Possession):

https://garethbryant.wordpress.com/2019/07/08/attajninvsmentalillness/

Gareth Bryant

1440, A.H./2019, C.E.

The Muslim-Community’s Dilemma concerning the Issue of Abortion

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I’ve written this, as a Result of an Article which I’ve read, concerning a Muslim-Woman who made the Decision to have an Abortion.(http://www.thetempest.co/2017/08/25/life-love/love-sex/muslim-had-abortion/) The story actually is not Uncommon, yet Powerful none the less. This Article is indicative of how Broken so many Muslims in our Communities are, as well as how our Muslim-Communities are either Apathetic, too Preoccupied, Judgmental, to truly be of Help & Service to Marginalized-Demographics, who have to make Difficult, Life-Changing, Decisions.

Contrary to Popular-Opinion: Muslims do not see Eye2Eye pertaining to this Issue, for a lot of Reasons: Conservatism vs. Liberalism, Women’s-Liberation, Feminism, Female-Autonomy, Reproductive-Rights, Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice, etc. As Muslims, however, we must be prepared to journey with/walk with anyone/everyone whom has either had to make a Decision involving Abortion, or is right now as we speak in the process of having to make a Decision concerning Abortion.

As far as I’ve been able to research, there’s 3-Types of Abortions:

1. Resulting from Sexual-Assault (Incest, Rape, etc.).

2. Resulting from a Medical-Necessity (Health/Life-Threatening).

3. Resulting from: a. A Woman choosing to do it because she doesn’t want Children/Additional-Children (Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.17, V.33)…b. A Woman who rationalizes that because she’s not in a Socio-Economic Space/Place she wants/needs to be in to be a Responsible-Parent (Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.6, V.151)…c. A Woman who wants to rid her Life of the Responsibility of a Child resulting from the Personal-Actions of both her & her Sexual Partner/Partners (Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.17, V32) and/or her Partner, her Family/Community, etc. putting pressure on her to proceed with it.

Islām has a Maqsid/Mantra, among the many Maqāsid/Mantras of ash-Sharī`ah/Islāmic-Law…among them being the Maqsid of the Preservation of Life: every Human-Being has the Right to live, even prior to Conception/Birth, even if they grow-up to be a Tyrant.(Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.5, V.32)

According to the Sharī`ah, Mahrūmāt/Prohibited-Actions fall under 3-Categories:

1. Reprehensible & Punishable (Punishable either in the Hereafter, in the Mundane, or both).

2. Reprehensible but not Punishable.

3. Neither Reprehensible nor Punishable.

Now, the Challenge is objectively placing each Type of Abortion into each Category of Mahrūmāt…here it goes:

a. Abortion Type-1…Category-2

b. Abortion Type-2…Category-3

c. Abortion Type-3…Category-1

As per our Collective-Responsibility as Muslims: we mustn’t/shouldn’t attempt to pursuade anyone to make any Decision…they have Freewill for a Reason, and their Decision will be held into Account by Allah, not us.

I know that it’s easy to say, “it’s Harām/Forbidden”, when you’re not in another Person’s Shoes, who has to decide whether or not an Unborn Human-Being lives or dies. Spiritual/Psycho-Emotional Breakdown is a Real-Thing. Now, I’m just as Pro-Life is anyone else. At the same Time, it behooves us, as Muslims to be more Empathetic to Issues like this. Also, the Cycle of Abuse is a Real-Thing as well. When People witness Trauma (Domestic-Abuse for example), they Spiritually/Psycho-Emotionally accept it as Normal-Behavior when it’s not What had been mentioned in this Article, concerning this Muslim-Woman’s Struggle to find herself, in the midst of not being healed from her Childhood-Trauma, which had led to her escapades with a Man she wasn’t married to is Reality for countless Muslim-Women, which the Muslim-Community fails constantly to both address & remedy. And, let’s be Honest here: among Muslims generally, Women are ostracized significantly more for having Bastard-Children (Children conceived via Non-Wedlock), as opposed to Men having Bastard-Children. So, the Pressure surrounding this Muslim-Woman as per mothering a Bastard-Child isn’t at all false or exaggerated.

Our Maslahah/Purpose, particularly pertaining to this Issue is to maitain the Mantra of R.E.P. (R.espect…E.mpathy…P.atience) at all Times. We’re dealing with Real-People, who’re dealing with Real-Issues just like this everyday. Now, I’m going to anticipate that least 1,000-People are going to disagree with what I’ve presented. But, then again: that’s what having these Types of Conversations are all about…Dialogue…Solutions.

Gareth Bryant/2017