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Breast-Cancer Awareness: It’s not just a Women’s-Issue…It’s our Issue!!!

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With the permission of Allah, Muslims Giving Back will be participating, as volunteers, advocates, walkers, at this year’s annual Breast-Cancer Walk in Central Park in New York City.

These are the reasons why Gareth Bryant, National-Spokesperson, Muslims Giving Back, is participating:

1. For every Mother, who had Breast-Cancer, who never had a Son by her side.

2. For every Daughter, who had Breast-Cancer, who never had a Father by her side.

3. For every Sister, who had Breast-Cancer, who never had a Brother by her side.

4. For every Wife, who had Breast-Cancer, who never had a Husband by her side.

There’s one particular fact that people, whom don’t know, have to recognize/accept:

1. Breast-Cancer is like the Female version of Prostate-Cancer for Men: every Woman, within her respective lifetime, if she lives long enough, is going to have to come to terms with the fact that this will in fact impact her life, in some way…it’s one of the leading-causes of deaths among Women, particularly within the United States.

2. Statistically, although not nearly as common, Men have also been documented to have acquired Breast-Cancer; so, none of us, as Men, should ever dare think that this disease is Gyno-Centric, that it only affects Women.
Allah says, “Men are Responsible for (supporting) Women.”. (Noble Qur’an: Chpt.4, V.34)

These (4-types of) Women, that I’ve mentioned previously, are the most-important Women in any Man’s life, and these Women do so much, for us, yet we do very little/if nothing for them…we need to change that & it needs to start by supporting them via supporting Breast-Cancer awareness…Any/all Men, whom are able to make it to this walk, in New York City, must go…and, if you are going, think of your own, personal reasons why you’re participating in the Breast-Cancer Walk, in support of awareness concerning one of the most relevant health-crises effecting the most-important Women in our lives…no exceptions!!!

(Trust me when I tell you) Muhammad (Peace be upon him), the greatest, created-thing that Allah, the Creator/Lord of the Universe ever created, the greatest person whom was ever given Revelation, the greatest Prophet, he greatest Messenger, the greatest, Son, Father, Brother, Husband, that any Woman could ever want or ask for: if he were alive, today, among us, he would most-definitely attend a walk such as a Breast-Cancer Walk, because that was both his (Prophetic & personal) nature, that’s why Allah sent hm, with the Qur’an & Sunnah/Prophetic-Tradition, to show us how to work, strive, fight, help make the existence/lives of others better, via Community-Service, through service of one’s Fellow-Man.

For more info. about how to support the noble-efforts of Muslims Giving Back, in our efforts to spread Breast-Cancer Awareness, please, visit us online:

http://www.muslimsgivingback.org/

Integrity is sacred!!!

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Author’s note:
The following post is the result of a Muslim, who knows me personally, who has recently deemed it okay to violate the sanctity of our religious-bond, by slandering me, by accusing me of being a Homosexual, something that’s considered a Major-Sin, according to classic Islamic-Texts. Let me first clear the air to all those who may read this: I am not a Homosexual, I’ve never have been. Now, if this is not good enough for some people out there, well, then, that’s your problem. I am a Muslim, and I am a Human being. Those who know me know who I am & how I live. So, for me to even have to jump out of the window, in order to clarify something that someone has viciously said about me, to purposely tarnish my Islamic social-standing, is really cruel. Anyway, I’ll get back to that in a while. Now, I intend to explore more of the Islamic spin on the subject of Slander.

Allah says in the Qur’an, “Oh, you who believe!!! Revere Allah, and speak a straight word (i.e. speak honestly/speak the truth).”.(Noble Qur’an: Chpt.33, V.70) This means that as Muslims, we are divinely obligated, by Allah, the Lord of the Universe, to always speak honestly, never to speak crooked speech, to never lie. Then, Allah also says, “Oh, you who believe!!! If a sinner brings you news, verify. It may be that you allow harm to befall a people out of ignorance, and be regretful of what you’ve done.” (Noble Qur’an: Chpt.49, V.6) Now, unfortunately, most Muslims think that this particular verse only applies to Non-Muslims, but, it applies to all Human beings, regardless to whether one is a Muslim or not, because of the statement of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), “All of the Children of Adam are sinners; yet, the best of the Sinners are those who seek repentance.”.(Ahmad)

And, since all Human beings are sinful by nature, it becomes necessary to verify all that we say & claim. After all, it is the Prophet (Peace be upon him) himself, who has said, “If people were allowed to make baseless-claims, they would take the lives & wealth of others indiscriminately. However, the clarity is upon the claimant, otherwise they must take an oath.”.(An-Nawawi) This statement makes it very clear, that we are not allowed to just say things without them being truthful. We are obligated to have all that we claim to be honest, as well as verifiable. Muhammad (Peace be upon him) has also said, “The life, property & integrity of a Muslim is sacred.”.(An-Nawawi) This obviously means that no one has the right to take your life, property, or ruin your reputation, unless there is an Islamically justifiable reason to do so, and in almost all cases, you have to dig pretty damn deep, in order to find any Islamic justification to take someone’s life, property, or destroy their reputation; and, even the lives, properties & integrity of Non-Muslims are protected under Islamic-Law.

With Slander, specifically, it’s very honestly a form of oppression, and Allah has stated, based upon what Muhammad (Peace be upon him) has told us, “Oh, My Property!!! Verily, I have made oppression unlawful upon Myself, as well as between you. So, do not oppress one another!!!”.(An-Nawawi) Now, let’s think about this very carefully: Allah is the undisputed, Eternal-Creator of the entire Universe. By definition & default, He really has the right to do with us whatever He wants, without question or accountability. But, out of His eternal sense of justice, He has taken steps to not cross boundaries, which He has imposed upon Himself. Now, that is truly amazing!!! Alas, sadly, we cross the same exact boundaries that the Lord of the Universe has placed upon himself, which is the boundary which separates us from oppression; now, isn’t that hella ironic?!!!

Now, we can get straight into Slander:

The Islamic definition of Slander is the following: To say something, about someone, that is either known to be false, or that cannot be proven, exclusively to make a person look negative in public. This definition of Slander is directly derived from two chapters of the Qur’an, Surat-ul-Humazah (The Chapter of Slander) & Suratu-Yusuf (The Chapter of Joseph), which details the slander of Prophet Joseph (Peace be upon him), while he was in Egypt, in the household of an Ancient-Egyptian official, whose wife accused him of trying to rape her, and our mother `A’ishah (May Allah be pleased with her), when she was accused of adultery, by the leader of the Hypocrites in the city of Al-Madinah, during the lifetime of Muhammad (Peace be upon him). The Islamic definition of Hypocrites, by the way, are people who only pretend to be Muslims, for various alternative reasons; but, in reality, they do not truly believe that Islam is true guidance.(Noble Qur’an: Chpt.63, V.1-8) During the lifetime of Joseph (Peace be upon him), his life was literally in danger, he was on the verge of being executed, and all because of a lie, and so was our mother, `A’ishah (May Allah be pleased with her). Had Allah not allowed the truth of their affairs to be exposed, then, both of them would have perished unjustly, just because someone thought that it was amusing to slander a Prophet & slander the wife of a Prophet.

This is how dangerous Slander truly is: Not only do you ruin peoples’ lives, here in this Mundane, but also, your slander could very well be the reason why they never get married, never get a good job, acquire problems with family-members, neighbors, etc. You can also play a severe part in endangering the welfare and/or lives of those whom you so choose to slander-It’s a really big deal, whenever a person commits one’s self to say something about someone, which is not true, cannot be proven, and/or, in most cases, both. Also, in the hereafter, those who slander will not only be stripped of a specific amount of their own good actions, which are given to those whom they’ve slandered, they’ll also be compelled to take the negative actions of those whom they’ve slandered from their record. And, they’ll be questioned by Allah, concerning whatever you’ve slandered a person about, just as though they’ve actually done those specific actions themselves…WHAT A WAY TO FAIL!!!

Okay, now…it’s time for me to switch to my Nigga-Shit:

I know exactly why this particular person would even want to slander me. I mean, obviously, it’s not Islamically correct. But, I can actually see, in hindsight, why someone, particularly & especially a Muslim, would ever want to slander me, with the accusation of Homosexuality, no less.

This is how I can perceive the scenario-

This particular sister was throwin’ the pussy at me, and I either didn’t take notice to her, or completely, purposely, refused to entertain her advances, because one, I’m a Muslim, who’s actually tryin’ to do shit right, for a change. Then, two, she’s probably less than a 7, on a scale of 0-10, which means that she’s no way in my type-range, of women I’m sexually-attracted to, anyway. Now, with that being said, it’s obvious that the Devil convinced her, via his seductive whispering, to cause chaos & corruption, by slandering the known good-name of a fellow Muslim. And, to add insult-to-injury, it wasn’t just me, who’s character that she had attacked. This broad has also tarnished the good-name of a Muslims sister, as well.

Here’s how that went down-

I get a call, from a sister, whom I know. She tells me straight up, without hesitation that someone has been talkin’ mad shit about me. She basically revealed to me, that this sister who had slandered me, that she had asked whether I had holla’d at her. When the sister, who told me this story, said that I didn’t try to holla at her, this sister, who slandered me, then said, “Oh, yeah!!! He’s Gay.”. Now, when hearing this story, I realized something important, she wasn’t just attacking my religious/personal-integrity, she was also attacking the religious/personal-integrity of the sister whom she had asked about me. Basically, in the mind & heart of the one who’s the slanderer, it’s goin’ a lil’ somethin’ like this’, “Wow, if Gareth hasn’t holla’d at this girl, then, he must be Gay, because everybody knows that this girl is easy & loose.”. This is exactly what I was able to extrapolate from this story which was shared to me.

Now, here comes the pain-

Whoever you are, slandering me, or anyone else, I strongly advise you to fear the displeasure of Allah, make repentance, privately & publicly, and never set your feet upon that evil path again. And, you had better do that really soon, because I have my eyes & ears to the ground, looking for you, and you had better pray to Allah that you seek forgiveness & seek repentance, both publicly & privately, before I find out who you are; you’re officially on my shit-list, and for the record, you have to be a real douche-bag, in order to make it to that list. There’s a powerful proverb in Mongolian, which is the following, “Do not scorn a weak cub. He may become the brutal tiger.”. I usually try my very best to be the cool-guy. But, now, I see that I have to revert to bein’ a Nigga bout mines. And, honestly, that’s fine with me, if you wanna play dirty, hell…I invented playin’-dirty. Now, you’ve really fucked-up, because you’ve taken my good-nature for weakness, as though I’m a weak cub. You’ve made a big mistake. I’m Muslim, first. But, then, after that, I’m a Real-Nigga, and a Real-Nigga is gonna do whatever a Real-Nigga’s gotta do, ya dig?!!!

Whoever you are, slandering me, you, and whatever clique you roll with, no matter whether they’re Muslim or not, male, or female, if I catch you, we’re gonna go to war, and whoever is down with you, spreading rumors about me, or any other Muslim, or any other people period, while you claim to be a Muslim, I’m comin’ for ya ass & their asses too. And, I’m not afraid, because one, I’m a Muslim, and I know that when I’m correct, Allah will always protect me. Two, I’m a grown-ass man, who doesn’t have the will, the want, the care or the time, for any bullshit like this. Three, I’m just too old, to have to defend myself, against bullshit-gossip, that only does harm & not good.

Congratulations, whoever you are, because now, you’ve voluntarily enter the Lion’s-Den, and there’s only one way in & no way out. And, guess what?!!! I’m the hungry Lion, who hasn’t been fed in months, with the sharpest claws & teeth on the planet, and it’s lunchtime, and you’re on the menu. You’re like a Zebra, and I’m on the prowl, hungry for blood.

You betta watch ya ass, because I always catch my prey.
Just like Kevin Hart said, “You goin’ to learn, today!!!”

My thoughts on Respect & Love:

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Question:
What is the best way to ensure that you will be respected & loved?
Answer:
Never give anyone the option to disrespect you or hate you.

Ensuring respect is based upon a Prophetic-Statement from Muhammad (Peace be upon him), when he mentioned about the proper conduct that a Muslim must/should have, “The Muslim is one who protects others from his speech & actions.”(an-Nawawi) The reason why this is important is because to cause harm to someone, because of what you say and/or do, is something that Allah has forbidden, when He mentions, based upon another statement of Muhammad (Peace be upon him) that, “Oh, My property (meaning the Creation)!!! Verily, I (meaning Allah) have made oppression unlawful upon Myself, as well as between you. So, do not oppress one another!!!” (an-Nawawi). When we respect the rights that Allah possesses over the Creation, He will in turn, respect us. And, when we respect the rights of the Creation, then Allah will place respect in the hearts of the Creation for us.

Ensuring love is based upon a Prophetic-Statement from Muhammad (Peace be upon him), when he was asked about being loved by both Allah & the people. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) responded by saying, referring to attaining the love of Allah, “…to worship Allah, without associating any false-qualities with Him.”. And, he also responded by saying, referring to attaining the love of the people, “…to not violate the property of others.” (an-Nawawi). The reason why this is important is because when we worship our Creator properly, we will in turn, attain His love. And, when we honor the property of the people, subsequently, He will place love within the hearts of the Creation for us.

#I’m just sharin’!!!