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The Bilal Movie: Why it still reinforces the Slave-Narrative of Black-People.

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The Bilāl Movie is actually a Sucka-Emcee Production: Bilāl ibn-Rabāh (May Allah be pleased with him) actually was Arab via his Father Rabāh, from Banī-Jumah, one of the Families of Quraysh, making Bilāl Tribally-Related to Muhammad (Peace be upon him).(The Sealed-Nectar) The mere fact that Rabāh is neither casted, mentioned, nor even referenced in the Film, truly says a lot as per the Agenda of the Producers of this Film: to do exactly what the Pagan Arabs did to Bilāl, which was to deny him his Arabness & replace it with Blackness. I’ll speak more on this-The Reason why Blackness was imposed upon Bilāl is because as a Slave (prior to his Liberation) he had 0-Rights, not even the Right to lay claim to his own Paternal Arab-Genealogy. This, of course, was due to the fact that the Arabs possessed immense disdain for Abyssinia/Ancient-Ethiopia & its People, resulting from the generational Military-Conflicts between them, based upon religio-political & socio-economic dominance in the region, which of course was imposed upon Bilāl, by virtue of him having an Abyssinian-Mother.

The Political-Discord between the Arabs & Abyssinians occured as a result of the Abyssinians of Yemen, then a Colony of Abyssinia, wanting to divert Commerce from al-Makkah to Yemen via making a Church named al-Qullays: a Mock-Kabah, to draw Pilgrims to make al-Hajj/Pilgrimage in Yemen as opposed to al-Makkah. Once the Quraysh learned of this, a Man went to Yemen and desecrated this Church, infuriating the People of Yemen, thereby inciting War…this became known as the War of the Elephant. After the War/Year of the Elephant, which an Abyssinian-Army with an Elephant-Cavalry failed to invade/conquer al-Makkah and were defeated (resulting from Allah casting upon them Flocks of Birds dropping Sijjīl/Firery-Stones [Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.105; at-Tabarī; as-Suyūtī]), in retaliation, the Arabs of al-Makkah: the Quraysh & their many Allies in turn invaded Yemen. When this happened, countless Abyssinians were captured by the Arabs, including the Mother of Bilāl, Hammāmah, of Abyssinian-Royalty, and Human-Trafficked to al-Makkah-These People became Slaves.(ibn-Ishāq, at-Tabarī, as-Suyūtī) And, this is actually why Bilāl ibn-Rabāh was referred to in a disrespectful way, by Abī-Dharr al-Ghifārī (May Allah be pleased with him)…by the way: the Narration never textually states that he called Bilāl “Son of a Black-Woman”…that was a Commentative Add-On, as is commonly told concerning this Story. This is exclusively based upon Scholastic-Conjecture on part of al-Bukhārī, which this Add-On exists within his Hadīth-Collection Sahīh-ul-Bukhārī.(Fath-ul-Bārī) Ironically, even Abū-Dharr al-Ghifārī is described as being Darkskinned.(ibn-Ishāq, at-Tabarī, as-Suyūtī, Muslim, ibn-Sa`d, adh-Dhahabī, http://www.alajamwalarab.com)

This Film also (subliminally) simply is a Muslim-Version of 12-Years A Slave: it reinforces Subserviance, Destitution, Acceptance of Slave-Culture, etc. Why is it that Bilāl is the only “Black-Companion” highlighted/depicted in Film, Narrative, etc. as “the Slave/Ex-Slave”?!!! Why is it that none of Bilāl’s Military/Statesmanhood Accomplishments are ever highlighted/detailed in Film/Narrative?!!! For example: did you know that Bilāl participated in all the known Major-Battles during the Lifetime of Muhammad (Peace be upon him); did you know that Bilāl was the 1st Minister of Bayt-il-Māl/Secretary of the Islāmic-Treasury: the Chief-Administrator responsible for the collection of az-Zakāh/Taxation & distribution of as-Sadaqah/Philanthropy?!!!(Battles Of The Prophet, Lives Of The Companions, at-Tabarī, as-Suyūtī)

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The only Reason why Bilāl is still inaccurately portrayed as being “Black” is because he was once a Slave. Had he always been Free, no one would’ve ever attributed “Blackness” to Bilāl. Let’s actually take a look at what the Skin-Complexion of Bilāl actually was. According to Ahādīth/Narrations, recorded in various Collections: Bilāl really wasn’t any darker than any other Muslim/Non Muslim Arabs of his Lifetime. In fact, it was common-place for Arabs to boast & laude their Dark-Complexions & ridicule the Complexions of Non-Arabs described as al-Humrah (Reddish-White).(Lisān-ul`Arab: Lexicon of the Arabic-Language, ibn-Manzhūr) However, ironically, almost every single portrayal of him in Literature, Film, etc. depicts him as “Shaka Zulu Black” and/or the Darkest-Person around. Like, in the Film “The Message” for example…the Producers of this Film (in both the Hollywood & Arab Versions) purposely casted the Darkest/Blackest Human-Being they could find to portray Bilāl on Screen…the Question is why?!!! Simple, to continue the Pseudo-Narrative of equating Blackness to Slavery & Servitude. Even in the Hollywood version of “The Message”, Bilāl is emphatically called “Black-Bilāl”…Word4Word…that alone should tell you something.

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The Pseudo-Narrative of Bilāl is directly paralleled with the Pseudo-Narrative of Sally Hemings: the only Reasons why either of them are ethno-historically falsely-portrayed as being “Black” is because they were both Born-Slaves & both their Mothers were Black (Hammāmah, Betty Hemings: even Betty Hemings herself had a European-Father but cause she was a Slave she was considered “Black”). The Father, Paternal-Grandfather, Paternal Great-Grandfather of Sally Hemings were all White-Men/Slave-Owners. Her Slave-Owner, Thomas Jefferson (who essentially used her as a Sex-Slave) was actually her Brother-In-Law (Jefferson’s Wife, Martha Wayles & Sally Hemings had the same Father: John Wayles).(at-Tabarī; Hayāt-us-Sahābah; Virginia House of Burgesses: British Coastal Colonial Law of Slavery, 1660)

Muslim Matters actually published a Review of the Movie.(https://muslimmatters.org/2018/02/03/5-things-to-know-about-the-movie-before-watching-it-review-of-bilal-a-new-breed-of-hero/) Their Film-Commentary of Bilāl not only reinforces my Point, as per the continuation of a Pseudo-Narrrative, predicated upon al-`Asabiyyah/Xenophobia, but also the Major-Themes of Islām aren’t even highlighted. Once again, the important Narrative of Bilāl has been shamefully compromised, at the expense of wanting to capitalize on “Blackness” being at the forefront of World/US Politics via Libya, Police-Brutality, Racial-Profiling, Human-Trafficking, etc.

Gareth Bryant/2018

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America’s Dad falls from Grace

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Bill Cosby…the Man dubbed “America’s-Dad”, has been found to be setting very negative examples for his American-Children: the American-People-those who’ve watched his many shows, such as “The Electric Company”, “I Spy”, “The Cosby Show”, etc. From the late 1960’s to the present, Bill Cosby had been lauded as one of the most ideal role-models for African-Americans, Young-People, on TV. He had successfully managed to star in and also produce some of the most popular shows in Entertainment, portraying African-Americans in the most positive of lights. This had been very useful in the eyes of so many as to breakdown racial-stereotypes against African-Americans, through showing that we also have similar family-values, work-ethics, educational-merits as any other American demographics.

However, it seems as though all of his work has just gone down the drain in light of his admittance of providing sedative drugs to Women he wanted to have sex with & ironically many Women have already accused him of Sexual-Misconduct, Rape, etc. This has truly been a blow to America, more particularly to the African-American Community. This is especially true because at one point in time, there were very few positively portrayed Afro-Americans to aspire to be like, other than the characters on shows which were produced by Bill Cosby. It’s like he both made & broke the progress of the African-American, in both real-life as well as in Entertainment. He has basically destroyed the exact same thing that he helped to build.

And, of course, like so many People, I myself was very skeptical of the Sexual-Abuse allegations against Cosby, and the following questions kept flowing through my mind: why now, that he’s such an elderly Person: why now, while he had once been one of the most respected entertainers in Entertainment-History; why now, when all of the accusers were all grown-ups? Honestly, what really had me mistrust these allegations was the allegations made against him, when Judith Huth had accused Cosby of Sexually-Abusing her at Hugh Hefner’s infamous Playboy-Mansion, while she was a 15 year-old: what the Hell was she doing at the Playboy-Mansion  as a 15 year-old, where were her Parents, why weren’t they sited for Parental-Neglect, why hasn’t Hugh Hefner himself been scrutinized and/or charged with facilitating Sexual-Abuse of Minors at his home?

However, in his own deposition, he had admitted to giving Women the drug Quaalude. This admission has basically sealed his fate, and has made it even easier for his accusers & critics to have ammunition against him. Now that he has admitted to at least one of the allegations against him, the floodgates have been busted open & he has no ability to run away from the responsibility of his actions. Now, where does he go from here? Where do his loved-ones, fans, admirers, go from here? Where do his accusers go from here? Where does America go from here? I really don’t have any answers. But, what I do know is that this has become a national-tragedy.

Gareth Bryant/2015

Von Middleton: a Man who has found his place in the Puzzle

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Von Middleton

Author’s-Note:
I had the unique opportunity to be present at a single-release party, for an artist, by the name of Von Middleton. I was initially introduced to Von via his manager, Ted Gustus, commonly known as “Coach-Ted”, a very popular High-School & Collegiate Basketball-Coach, with nearly 4-decades worth of coaching experience to boot. I was originally informed about Von being a vocal talent, as Ted told me that he took Von under his wing, as a personal mentor, then, as a manager, taking Von with him, to perform at various venues all across the United States, particularly singing the “American National-Anthem”, at sporting events, etc.

As Von’s voice became more popular, he naturally began to be noticed by others, for having a good voice, a good skill for singing. Eventually, both Von & Ted were called upon to appear at many more events, so that Von could display his vocal skills. This spiraled, actually, into Von attempting to break the “Guinness Book of World Records” record of the most sung American National-Anthems, by one single individual. By the time I had first crossed paths with Von, he was already well upon his way to achieving his very ambitious goal, which would obviously help to propel him to vocal stardom.

Honestly, prior to actually hearing him sing at this event that I was invited to, I had never heard him sing before. However, after hearing him sing for the very 1st time, both his first single “Puzzle” & the National-Anthem, I must say that I was fairly impressed by his skill as a singer. The song “Puzzle” is about people, just like you & I out there, who just can’t seem to find where we all fit, in this world, in our respective families, communities, societies, etc. I was even more impressed by his general positivity, goodwill, focus, drive. After getting to know him prior to hearing him sing, it actually makes sense why I was so impressed with hearing him sing for the first time around. Hearing him sing for that first time not only gave me confidence that he could pull his record-breaking attempt, but, it also gave me confidence that he could really take his singing career fairly far.

I have with me, at this time, both Von Middleton & Ted Gustus. We will be interviewing them both, to truly get a more authentic glimpse, from looking into their lenses, from their vantage-points, of what they hope to both professionally, as well as personally accomplish together, as  a team.

Ted Gustus

G.B.: Coach-Ted, how did you & Von Middleton meet and how long have you two known one another?

T.G.: I first saw Von and his group Sidetrack Boys, singing at the annual Brownsville Oldtimers Day, 2 years ago. I later met him at the Atlantic Terminal Street Festival, where we actually talked with each other. The group said they could sing the National Anthem, I invited them to sing it Madison Square Garden. Once that happen the relationship blossomed.
G.B.: Von, what was your 1st-impression of Coach-Ted, and has that perception increased in a more positive way?

V.M.: My first impression of Coach Gustus was very different. He was always open to give his assistance and counsel to me with his intentions of improving my abilities. Since that first impression, I have been enlightened that he has been like this for all people, most importantly the young men in our communities. He has a passion for the youth being successful.
G.B.: Coach-Ted, when did you begin to notice that Von’s voice as something worthwhile to invest in & take seriously?

T.G.: When I heard him sing at the Brownsville Oldtimers. I had an voice and entertainment expert friend check him out one on one, and he gave me. The thumbs up!

 

G.B.: Von, how did it make you initially feel, when Coach-Ted extended his hand, to assist you in getting your singing-career off the ground?

V.M.: I honestly couldn’t believe it because I was always guarded by people that appeared to want to assist in developing my career. After learning that he is a respected legendary Coach and basketball player I knew that my career would change forever.

 

G.B.: Coach-Ted, at what point did you guys incept the idea to attempt to break the National-Anthem singing-record, and which one of you came up with this idea first?

T.G.: Actually that idea was introduced to me by another artist out in Atlanta Georgia. I thought is was a great idea and so did Von. I thought it would be great way to get Von in front of many people to hear him sing this far it has been working very well.

 

G.B.: Von, what do you want most from this entire venture, that you’ve invested so much of yourself into?

V.M.: I want to inspire all people that anything s possible with the right work ethic, the right support groups and the right heart. I want to reach many people through my art and what I create. I also feel that I’m getting what I want,  which is to not only go through this process but to “grow through” this process. I wanted to enjoy the adventure of things while getting a chance to grow. In the past I’ve always anticipated the the outcome of things so much that the process would be a big blur to me. With Coach Gustus’ coaching and mentoring, I am developing many skills to assist me my evolution.

 

G.B.: Coach, where do you see Von Middleton, 5 to 10 years from now, as an artist?

T.G.: Von possesses diverse and versatile talents. I see him fully developing his talents and eventually being known world wide as an entertainer, business man and humanitarian. His zeal and desire to use his gifts to improve the quality of life for others will ultimately be his legacy.

 

G.B.: Von, where does Von Middleton see Von Middleton, 5 to 10 years from now, even beyond, as an artist?

V.M.: I see myself having joy and peace in my heart. I see myself with Grammys, touring the world and reaching many people that I look to inspire and change. I see myself being an innovative,  revolutionary artist that gives back to the human race especially to my community. I see myself being able to connect to all people mature and younger than me in helping to change their lives.

 

For more info. about Von Middleton:

 

http://www.facebook.com/vonsvibe

 

http://www.twitter.com/VonMiddleton

 

https://www.instagram.com/vonsvibe

 

Some Brief Islamic-History (the origin of Sodomy & Homosexuality):

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Author’s note:
The following post, which is based upon two main sources: Qasasu-ul-Anbiya’ (Stories of the Prophets), by Abil-Fida’ Isma`il ibn-Kathir ad-Dimashqi & al-Kaba’ir (The Major-Sins), by Muhammad ibn-`Uthman adh-Dhahabi, contains very mature & detailed subject matter about the People of Lot & the origins of Homosexuality. So, if anyone is not comfortable with this particular subject matter, I advise you to stop reading right now; otherwise, sit back, relax, and enjoy this article.

The People of Lot:

These people lived during the time of the Prophet Lot (Peace be upon him). They were a people who dwelled in an area that is now known as the Dead Sea, in modern-day Palestine/Israel, also bordering modern-day Syria & Jordan. They were a people whom were merchants & traders. They were a people of 7 satellite cities, the chief cities were known as Sodom (where the term Sodomy itself actually derives from, basically meaning the action of the people of Sodom) & Gomorrah.

They initiated three things (aside from the fact that they were already a rag-tag gang of idol-worshippers:

1. They are the first people to indulge in any acts of Sodomy/Anal-Sex and/or same-gender sexual-intercourse.

2. They are the first known people to initiate the practice of gang-raping.

3. They are the first people to initiate highway-robbery.

Oftentimes, what they would do is raid caravans, which came through or near their satellite-towns. They would rob them, gang-rape the men from among them, and keep them captive, in their towns. Now, when Allah had sent Lot to his people, to call them back to Allah, to stop worshipping idols & return back to worshipping Allah exclusively, via Tawhid (Islamic-Monotheism), Allah, knowing that Lot was able to succeed in his prophetic-mission on his own, decided to send Lot some assistance, via two Angels. These Angels came to the towns of the people of Lot in the forms of young, well-kept men. They had first encountered the daughters of Lot. They knew that these two (Angels) were complete strangers to the satellite towns of Sodom & Gomorrah. So, they had warned them to not initiate contact with these people, because of their wicked ways.

But, unbeknownst to them (the daughters of Lot), these two (Angels) were in fact sent to help protect Lot & his family, from the great punishment which was on the way, to destroy their people. The daughters, being wise, decided to take them directly to their fathers home, to make sure that they were not approached by the men of their people. However, the wife of Lot, who was not only a disbeliever in the revelation that was given to Lot, by Allah, she was also very empathetic to the desires of their people. And, when she had caught-wind of these two “young-men”, in the home of her husband, she had immediately informed as many people as she possibly could, that these “young-men” were at the home of her husband.

So, of course, these sexually-deviant clowns attempt to storm the house of Lot. Lot pleads with them just one last time, in the hopes that they are not victimized by the wrath of Allah-He tries any & every way that he can to try to call these people to Islam & warn them of the chastisement that’s right-around-the-corner. But, alas, they don’t listen, they are punished, by stones from the skies, which are ablaze. They rain down upon the towns of the people of Lot with such accuracy & rage striking down and hitting every single person in these towns.

Lot & his family, along with the few among his people, who had taken heed to his prophetic call, were escorted & protected by the two Angels, whom Allah had sent, and given asylum from the punishment of their people in their towns. However, the wife of Lot was not spared-She was so attached to the evil ways of these people, she decided to  once again disobey the command of (her prophetic-husband) Lot, to seek the asylum of Allah & go with the Angels, whom were sent to protect them-She didn’t listen; she stay behind & was destroy right along with them. Now, unfortunately, even though the People of Lot are dead, their legacy didn’t die with them.

What I will do now is explain in detail as to how this act of Sodomy has become so popular today:

1.Homosexuality-
The popularity of Homosexuality (via media/entertainment, celebrities, politicians/political-lobbies, etc.) has made it “Okay to be ‘Gay’”. The Homosexual-Community has managed to push their agenda, to gain religious, social tolerance & acceptance, and have amassed great socio-economic & socio-political influence within both Hollywood & Washington. They also managed to manipulate the public into believing that Homosexuality is a “Human-Rights” & “Civil-Rights” issue, more importantly, they’ve been able to convince people that Homosexuality in and of itself is not a choice, rather, it’s an innate sexuality, which one is entitled to, even though, ironically, there has never been any such scientific-evidence (and there still isn’t any scientific-evidence), to prove that Homosexuality is biologically innate, natural, normal, or even genetic.

2. Greco-Roman culture-
No known civilization whose existence has been preserved in the annals of recorded Human-history, has celebrated Homosexuality/Sodomy like the architects of Western-Civilization, themselves: the Greeks & the Romans-From the ancient stories of the Greek/Roman Gods, to the stories of the Greek/Roman Heroes, to the origin of the Olympian-Games, to the origin of the Roman bath-houses, Homosexuality has been an intricate aspect of Greco-Roman daily-life-The pantheons, the literature & poetry, the art, even the origin of the Greek/Roman astrological calendar, all of these are avenues which have projected Homosexuality & has contributed to the fact that the Western-World has accepted the validation of Homosexaulity with open-arms.

3. Pornography-
The Ponogarphy industry is currently a nearly $100-Billion business-The Sex industry has promoted this act more than any one single personality, or group of people, ever. This is a world-wide phenomenon, powered by powerful world-wide sex companies, who profit immensely from the propagation of this act. It is a known fact, within the porn industry, that people (both men & women for that matter) who allow themselves to be anally penetrated are paid significantly more, per sex-scene, as opposed to those who do not allow themselves to be anally penetrated; also, those who perform anal-sex upon others are generally paid more, as opposed to those who do not perform anal-sex upon others. Since Anal-Sex has always been considered a religious and/or social taboo, and even offence, the image of this act being blatantly displayed, so carelessly & freely in a movie is bound to attract the attention of anyone, who is voided of the guidance of Islam, as well as just universal, common, respect & decency. These porn industry producers & marketers are very sly, crafty, and (for lack of a better term) intelligent-They know what attracts Human beings sexually, and they use any & all ways to manipulate their desires for profit, thus, the propagation of this act has made people in the porn industry billions of dollars, literally.
Now, what does all of this mean & what can we do about it?

What this means is that we have a serious problem on our hands, as Muslims, regarding this particular issue alone. Muhammad (Peace be upon him) had once said, “Verily, what I fear for my nation the most is the action of the People of Lot.”.(al-Kaba’ir) Sadly, this fear of Muhammad (Peace be upon him) has come to fruition, in ways that couldn’t have even been imaginable to hear, read, or personally witness.

In terms of what we can do about it, there’s only three things which can be done:

1. Realistically, the only pragmatic thing that we can do, as Muslims, is to look at ourselves in the mirror, recognize & sincerely evaluate any and/or all deviant sexual-desires which affect us, ask Allah for help & work really hard to stay away from these acts, and all things, persons, places which lead to these acts.

2. Be a good Muslim, a good role model for others, that you may be able to be used by Allah, to guide others to Islam, and also towards solid morality generally. Allah has entrusted us with the abilities to lead people away from darkness & into light. But, we have to make sure that we’re even worthy of such a responsibility first, by being examples that people deem worthy of taking seriously & following.

3. Understand the time in which we are living in: Don’t pretend that Homosexuality is not a dominant force within our society, or that Sodomy is just something that Non-Muslims, or Homosexuals do, take your heads out of the sand. Both Homosexuality & Sodomy, respectively, have been widepsread in the Muslim-World. However, you don’t hear a lot of persons, whom are Muslim personalities, popular in the Muslim-World or deemed as “Muslim-Scholars”, addressing these types of issues, as they are obligated to do so.

For more information about some contemporary things which I’ve mentioned, please, feel free to read the following sources & visit the following sites:

1. History of Homosexuality/Sodomy-
Encyclopedia Britannica

2. Greco-Roman acceptance of Sodomy/Homosexuality-
Encyclopedia Britannica

3. The Porn-Industry-
http://www.anitpornography.org, http://www.familysafemedia.com

Gareth Bryant/2012

My thoughts on Whitney Houston (A serious lesson to be learned):

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Author’s note:
Please, keep in-mind that this post is not a personal-attack or a personal put-down, by any stretch of the imagination against Whitney Houston, nor should it be taken as such. I’m just expressing what my views are about her.Whitney Houston has been one of the most celebrated songstresses of the 20th century. She’s set standards of vocal excellence almost unparalleled by any other performer of her generation. She’s nearly peerless in her skill as a singer, or in her popularity. Yet, in spite of all her accomplishments, there’s the ugly truth of her battles with substance-abuse that had not only almost ruined her career as an entertainer, but could’ve very well been the cause of her demise, and to add insult-to injury, she wasn’t really that old-She was in fact only two years shy of becoming 50.And, I know that a lot of people wanna blame Bobby Brown for her fall from grace & all of that. But, in all fairness she had her own choices in life, that she willingly made herself. So, regardless of whatever influences that Bobby may have had over her, she still had her own free-will-You can realistically only blame Bobby for so much. I can say this, whatever negativity that Bobby had exposed her to, he will most definitely be held accountable in front of Allah for it, and at the same time, Whitney herself will also be held into account, for whatever choices that she made, based upon her own volition. I want all of you out there, who may end up reading this, to seriously look at someone whom however accomplished they were materially, still got caught up in the illusion that is this Material-Life. This Material-Life is full of distractions, glitter & glam. But, we all know that all that glitters is not gold. It is crucial that we learn from her life what she was not able to learn from her own life, during her own lifetime.

What we learn is the following:
1. Become well-acquainted with the existence of Allah, the Lord of the Universe & become a Muslim, in order to save your soul, in this Material-Life as well as in the Hereafter.

2. Recognize your own personal weaknesses & frailties & learn to control them & to prevent them from controlling you.

3. Be mindful of the company that you keep, because those whom you may associate yourself with, or indulge in various things with, may be the very same persons who lead you towards the path of destruction & when you’re gone, they will live out the rest of their lives without you, forgetting about you.

Whitney Houston was a best-selling entertainer, with loyal fans who truly respected & loved her, from every corner of the globe. She was adored  by millions, amassed large amounts of accolades & wealth. But, where will all of that go, now that she’s dead? It won’t be going with her, it will stay right here, in this Material-Life, and now she is with her Lord. It’s sadly too late for her to go back in time & fix whatever flaw that she had, or to do more good work. It’s too late for regret, for not doing enough good, or for doing too much bad-It’s all over now, unfortunately.

What we, whom are still living, must take from the tragic & untimely death of someone so talented, so well-known in the world, as Whitney Houston, is to never let the glamour of this Material-Life drive us away from the remembrance of our Creator, Allah, nor our appointment with death, nor our appointment with Allah to be judged for all things, in the Hereafter.

My thoughts on the Kim Kardashian marriage fiasco:

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It’s very ironic & sad how there is so much media coverage about this 5-second marriage/split between Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphries, while the media-world is virtually silent about covering stories about millions of people all around the world, who suffer & die from thirst, starvation, and treatable/curable diseases, suicide, substance-abuse, domestic-violence, and general religious/social/economic/political oppression.

We, as Human beings and as a global society, have truly lost our way!!!