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Being Black In Britain: The Casualties Of The Windrush-Policy & Brexit

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My Travels via the United Kingdom, the 1st-Time I’ve traveled externally of the United States since 2006, C.E. & my 1st-Traveling within Europe, has given me a Significant Contrasting-Lens to view how Things like: Islāmophobia, Xenophobia, etc. really play-out throughout the UK. Being Visibly-Muslim & African-Descent in the UK is still, I’m sure, is viewed as an Exotically-Foreign Commodity…being African-Descent not so much. However, Opposition to both al-Islām & Blackness may very well be of Equal-Par. Even as I explored the UK for myself, I has met with a Tense-Sense of: Xenophobia, Otherism…I saw it within People’s Faces, I felt it from their Vibes…this was just about anywhere/everywhere that I went-It was extremely: Subtle, Covert, Indirect, Clandestine, etc. But, I knew it when it came my Way, as it approached me. The British, from what I’ve observed possess very Sly-Ways of throwing Shade in the most Sophisticated-Ways, which kind of explains why there’s so much Sarcasm wirhin British-Humor/Comedy.

The UK particularly, not only fully expresses Disdain towards the Other, but even amongst their own Ethno-Continental/European Counterparts, there’s this seemingly British-Style Posture of Superiority, Exclusivity, Anti-Inclusion/Acceptance, etc. One of the Things which proved this to me is the Fact that, to my Surprise there were lots of Interethnic/Interracial Couples: Afro-Euro Couples most commonly, within London particularly/especially. However, I constantly observed Euro-Brits stare, glance, scowl, at these Non-Euro Brit Couples and/or Non-Euro Couples period, as if they were plagued with Jungle-Fever. I mean, I literally saw this every Day I was in the UK. One of the most prominent Displays of Exclusivity I observed was when I went to Stonehenge. Stonehenge was/is actually much more significant than I ever really took it for, in Terms of its Purpose: I learned that the Druids who built Stonehenge used that Stone-Complex to commemorate the Celebration of People transitioning from Life to Death: kind of like a Afterlife-Gateway/Portal if you will. So, as one of the Tour-Guides was telling me Extensive-Details regarding Stonehenge, I had asked whether there were older Stone-Complexes than Stonhenge…her resoonse, “Yes, there’s Stone-Structures all over the World.”; then, however, instead of actually mentioning Stone-Structures across the Planet, they only mentioned the Stone-Structures within the UK. By itself, the Statenent is apparently quite innocent. But, as per Context, it’s extremely telling as to how they view themselves as the Center of the Universe & this is also just as evident pertaining to how they’ve historically conquered & governed Others.

Even as per the Brexit-Fiasco unfolded, pertaining to the UK being politically turmoiled as to whether remain with or depart from the European Union, the Discourse concerning Anti-Blackness is very much apparent, in spite of the Macrocosmic-Narrative surrounding Immigration into the UK, which was the Genesis of the Friction between the UK & EU initially. Anti-Blackness, in lieu of Brexit, comes into play directly, resulting from Mass-Deportation of African-Peoples whom were allowed to immigrate to the UK via Post WWII, when most of the West-Indies, the Caribbean, as welk as Places within Africa, etc. were British-Colonies & even today are still (politically/economically) shackled to the UK via the British-Commonwealth. Many/most of these African-Peoples being forcibly deported are People who’ve made their Families, Careers, Lives within the UK: so much so that they basically have no Life external of the UK. As a Result, these Deportees are literally forced to start-over in Nations which they’ve probably haven’t been to in Decades.

Now, let’s explore how/why the UK possesses this Entitled-Posture to treat those whom were once welcomed to contribute to British-Society, yet are now being viewed as “the Other”. Well…let’s take a Look at the Landscape&Scope of Dominance from the Lens of the Victor/Colonizer: the UK, much like it’s other European-Colonial Counterparts, obviously, had and/or has 0-Problem with conquering, exploiting Non-European Peoples around the World, yet ironically are so bothered if/when the Descendants of these Conquered-Peoples make their Way to their Mainlands/Motherlands…ahhhhh, now all of a sudden these People are “2-Close 4 Comfort”?!!!

Whenever you’re the Dominator of any Human-Demographic, particularly/especially if/when you’ve oppressed them, then of course, it makes Sense as to how/why you’d deliberately, purposely/purposefully, methodically, set Social-Political Mechanisms in place to either keep them “in their Place” or to use/drain them of their Potential actualized within your Society & then expel them once donewith them. This is seemingly, most defintely, the Case as per the Climate&Tension surrounding Brexit which is merely yet another Excuse for the UK to put the Lean upon anyone/everyone deemed an “Outsider”, which is simply a Political-Euphemism for Non-Christian/Non-European.

African-Peoples, regadless to where they hail from under the Shadow of the British-Empire (and/or what’s left of it), are simply deemed threatening: not in Terms of Military-Opposition, but more/most importantly, in Terms of them being Historically-Perpetual Reminders of the Fact that the UK as a Global-Power, as well as an Economic-Force, had profitted mightily from Colonization, the Trans-Atlantic Slave-Trade, etc. The Descendants of those whom were oppressed are in many Respects being just as victimized via the Same-Oppressors. So, of course, the greatest Global-Immigration Crisis in Human-History to date-Since the Children of Europe’s Former Colonial-Regions are suffering as per the Proliferation of: Economic-Destitution, Political-Chaos, Religio-Cultural Impossition on Part of European-Powers are now wanting to seek Assylum within Europe’s Borders, then obviously Europe must now “save itself” from being overrun by the Peoples whom have historically/generationally had their Backs broken via the Service of their Colonial-Masters.

And, also, since many of these African-Peoples whom reside within the UK as (Downtrodden, Uneducated, Unskilled) Persons yearing to escape the Poverty & Dead-Ends of their Homelands which were exploited by the UK & whose Hardtimes are mainly the Direct-Result of Colonial-Oppresdion: when they’re too Uneducated to acquire Careers which offer Higher-Standards of Living, when thay’re not Affluent enough to afford Solid-Education leading to Promising Economic-Opportunities, when they can’t afford Private-Properties & must settle for dwelling within the British-Slums which’re Breading-Grounds of/for Criminality, then of course you’re goung to have significant Percentages of these Demographics whom’re: Roadmen/Trapstars, Journeymen/Hustlers, Knifemen/Shooters, Gangsters, etc. & of course Places where these Demographics are mostly concentrated like: London, Glascow, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, York, etc. are going to be Criminalized Hornets-Nests. And, of course, as per the Pseudo-Narrative that the Vast-Majority of British-Crimes are committed by African-Peoples will be readily accepted via the Anglo-Saxon, Welsh, Scottish, Celtic Masses of the UK, allowing themselves to deflect from the Reality that Criminality is never exclusively a Black-Man’s Vice, but rather a Human-Vice.

Instead of actually addressing the Socio-Economic Disenfranchisenent of the UK and/or its Socio-Political Marginalization, Parliament via the Xenophobic Right-Wing Factions of Governence&Government would much rather just point Fingers & shift Blame in a Dishonest-Way. We can/should all agree that there’s 0-Justification to pontificate/proluferate Criminality. At the exact Same-Time though, manipulatiing alarming Crime-Rates also isn’t any Justification to criminalize Human-Demographics & deliberately work towards forcibly expeling/exiling them from the Hone&Life which they’ve made for themselves…what’s being established via this Brexit-Phenomenon is simply an Excuse for the UK, as well as any/all other European-Nations like it to suck People dry of their Personal/Human-Resources for the Good of their Nations, only to repay them with Deportation/Exile, to the exact Same-Places which they once were where these European-Nations have decimated & exploited damn near to Death.

Gareth Bryant

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

My Personal-Reflections about Pearl-Harbor:

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December 7th…#PearlHarborDay:

The day that the United States at the Pearl-Harbor Naval-Base, Oahu, Hawaiian-Islands, was attacked by the Imperial Armed Forces of Japan, as a result of America breaking the Neutrality-Acts of its own Federal-Legislation, which sprung the U.S. into the greatest (international/global) military-conflict, in the history of Man, World-War II, a war responsible for at least the deaths of about 50Million Human beings, from all across the globe: from the American Nazi-Bankers who financially fueled the 3rd-Reich, to the carnage committed by the Soviet Union in Eastern-Europe, to the Massacre of Nanking by Japanese military-forces (which are directly parallel to the atrocities committed in Bosnia, Rwanda, etc.), to the atrocities committed by the Axis-Powers in Europe, Africa, and Asia, to the bombing of all of Continental-Europe by the Allied-Powers, killing untold thousands of innocent-civilians, to the dropping of the fist/only Nuclear-Bombs, ever used in any Human military-conflict, upon Hiroshima & Nagasakki, 2-cities full of non-military/civilians of Japan, it’s so very hard to distinguish who were more oppressive than the other in this conflict…May Allah save the World from ever experiencing any other such military-conflict of that magnitude…Amen

You’ll never find this on Salafi Publications: A Necessary Hujjah (Indictment/Refutation) against Saudi Arabia…a kingdom of Sectarian-Deviants, Tyrants, and Powermongers

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Author’s-Note:
Allah states, within His Noble-Book: “And, hold-on to the Rope of Allah altogether. But, do not divide/splinter-off (from) one another.”.(Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.3, V.103)…regardless to how clear this verse from the Qur’an is, sadly, we, as Muslims (mainly stemming from our natural negative-quality of ingratitude), pathologically yearn to do the opposite of what Allah advises/commands us to do. And, here’s where we get these Sectarian-Groups, that Muslims foolishly invent, that we’re not only prohibited from inventing (Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.6, V.159), but also are informed about Nations (specifically/especially the Children of Israel & the Jews & Christians) who came before us, who splintered themselves, by making sects between themselves & were punished/destroyed.(Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.98, V.4 & 5) Ironically, no Sectarian-Group manifests this stubbornness & willingness to be sectarian more than the members of the Salafī-Movement, who are granted the full-support of the Saudi Kingdom, to attempt to enact religious dominance all throughout the Muslim-World, while blatantly being one of the leading causes of Sectarian-Division amongst fellow Muslims.

The Salafī-Movement is no different/better than the Catholic-Church: instead of Vatican City, they have Riyadh…instead of the College of Cardinals, they have the Permanent-Committee of Islāmic-Jurists…instead of a Pope, the reigning Monarchs of the Gulf-States (Saudi Arabia & Co.) are the Desert-Pontiffs of this “Saved-Group/Saved-Sect”. Basically, these Rulers/Royals of the sands of the Arabian-Peninsula can waste the wealth of the Believers on unnecessary-extravagance, be Substance-Abusers, Fornicators/Adulterers, Homosexuals…Pimps…Prostitutes…Drug-Dealers…Human-Traffickers, investors in interest-based Financial-Institutions, the whole nine-yards-Their names are not mentioned at all in any Scholarly works, nor on any social-media outlets, nor on Salafī (religious) internet-tabloids (Salafi Publications being the tip-of-the-spear Salafī-Tabloid). Yet, ironically, when a brother takes his wife to a damn movie, the whole Salafī-World seems to just helplessly fall face-first off of it’s Sectarian-Axis…There are so many ironically hypocritical nuanced/blatant, elements, of this, along with so many/too many other Sectarian-Groups among the Muslims.

The History of the Salafī-Movement, the Saudi-Kingdom, and how Saudi Arabia mimics the State of Israel almost identically:

The History of the Salafī-Movement-

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This movement, that everyone across the Muslim-World, who adheres to it, calling it “al-Firqat-un-Nājiyah (The Saved-Group/Saved-Sect)”, “The Haqq/Truth”, “The Minhāj/Manhāj”, etc., really don’t know the True-Story behind how this movement started and/or evolved into what it has become today. Likewise, the opponents of the Salafī-Movement very unfairly attribute the founding of this movement to the wrong persons…don’t worry, I’ll explain. Now, in all fairness, most People, who know about the Salafī-Movement, either through name only, actually being Salafī, Former-Salafīs (such as myself), etc., don’t know who’s actually the brain-child of it, they don’t know the true historical-architects of this movement.

So, here we go: whenever the origins of the Salafī-Movement are spoken about, the name Muhammad ibn `Abd-il-Wahhāb always (unjustly/unfairly) pops up. Now, why do I say “unjustly/unfairly”? Because, historical-records clearly show (both religious & universal) that this man wasn’t the founder of this movement. But, I’ll get into, later, why he’s been branded falsely as the movement’s founder a lil’ later on. For now, let’s dig a lil’ deeper to the actual Founders/Influencers of it during the 1860’s, C.E.: Muhammad `Abduh, Jamāluddīn al-Afghānī, Rashīd Ridhā…these two men, originally from Egypt, had enormous influences on the original intent of the Salafī-Movement of that time, which was a political-movement, with religious-elements: the political-elements were meant to simply dispel the growing, uncontrollable tyranny of the failing Ottoman-Empire, which was 7-Decades after the Death of Muhammad ibn `Abd-il-Wahhāb…the religious-elements were geared towards reforming the general understanding of Islāmic-Teachings based upon the example of as-Salaf/the Ancestors (the 1st 3-Generations of Muslims, following the revelation of the Qur’ān: as-Sahābah/the Companions [Muhammad] & at-Tābi`ūn/the Followers [of as-Sahābah]).(Muslim) Both Muhammad `Abduh & Rashīd Ridhā lived & were religio-socially/religio-politically active during a very hotbed period in the history of the Ottoman-Empire: this was a time that the Ottomans were showing the very first blatant signs of internal bureaucratic-decay & the Middle-East was a prize for European-Powers, ever since the Crusade-Era.(Encyclopedia Britannica) And, also, as a result of the degeneration of the Ottoman-Empire, the Arabs (mainly) started to faction-off & pick sides in what would be the precedents of long drawn-out conflicts, that would have dynamic & also disastrous results for the entire Muslim-World, more specifically the Arab-World, in the centuries, decades, to come, longer after the deaths of people like those whom I’ve mentioned.

The History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia-
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You absolutely cannot speak about the history of Saudi Arabia, without first speaking about the leading causes for its inception. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, basically, evolved into 3-waves, the 1st 2-waves only limited Bani-Sa`ud (the ancestral clan of the current Saudi Royal-Family) to dominance over an-Najd, the central-region of the Arabian-Peninsula. Now, here’s where it gets interesting: Muhammad ibn `Abd-il-Wahhab, a native of an-Najd, who was a Muslim-Scholar, beginning his Islamic-Education very young, began to see the necessity to rid his people of the many long-practiced innovative practices which directly mimicked classic Pagan-Arab idolatry. So, of course, him being so young, so uncompromising in his convictions, he receives opposition rather swiftly, forced from his native hometown, `Uyaynah, into the interior of an-Najd, which is how he and the adherents to his religious-teachings began to be called Wahhabiyyun/Wahhabis (literally meaning: the Followers of Muhammad ibn `Abd-il-Wahhab…now, ironically, this term “Wahhabi” is made synonymous with the term “Salafi”). It is here that one of the most-important religio-political alliances ever forged in Human-History took place. Muhammad ibn-Sa`ud ibn-Muhammad ibn-Mijrin had agreed to protect Muhammad ibn `Abd-il-Wahhab, on the condition that he become the leading religious-figure of Al-is-Sa`ud/the House of Sa`ud (which of course he agreed to): here lies the pavement of the Saudi yellow-brick road, which led to the land of Sa`ud, some 2-centuries later, known forever as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia…for those who claim that Muhammad ibn `Abd-al-Wahhāb Founded the Salafi-Movement are actually, Historically-False/Dishonest. One of the Historical-Proofs that he wasn’t the Founder of the Movement is exactly what I’ve previously mentioned, concerning Muhammad `Abduh & Rashīd Ridhā. Also,  there were People within the Indian-Subcontinent who were teaching the exact same things which Muhammad ibn `Abd-il-Wahhāb were & they never met one another, they are Ahmad ibn-`Abd-ir-Rahīm, better known as “Shah Waliyyullah” & Muhammad Isma`īl, better known as “Shah Isma`īl Shahīd”.(Encyclopedia Britannica)

Now, we’ll jump to about 2-centuries later: `Abd-ul-`Azīz ibn `Abd-ir-Rahmān (commonly referred to as “ibn-Sa`ūd”) of Āl-is-Sa`ūd (Family/House of Sa`ūd: later commonly known as simply the Saudi Royal-Family), one of many ancestors of the current Arab-World Monarchs, rebelled against the Ottoman-Empire, much like the rest of his Geo-Political Peers in the Region, exclusively because the Ottomans were Non-Arabs (yes: contrary to popular opinion the Rebellion of the Arabs against the Turks was exclusively racially-motivated & subsequently fueled by the support of the Allied-Powers). They felt ways about being ruled over by Non-Arabs.

So, with the help of the Allied-Powers, who were fighting the Central-Powers (which the Ottoman-Empire was a part of), anyway, they succeeded in destroying the last (globally) recognized Islamic ruling-body of the Muslim-World, al-Khilāfah, which has resulted in about 90% percent of all of the atrocities that have plagued the Muslim-World for the past two centuries (both the 1900’s & the 2000’s). ibn-Sa`ūd was one of (as a result of demolishing his Arab-Competition within the Arabian-Peninsula) the main boots-on-the-ground military-commanders of the entire duration of the armed-opposition against the Ottoman-Empire, in the Middle-East, which made it easier for the Allied-Powers to flank the Forces of the Ottomans, as well as further weaken the strength of the other Central-Powers, during World War I. ibn-Sa`ud was a shrewd politician, who manipulated & maneuvered people at will. One of the proofs of this is the fact that he was able to convince the members of the Religious-Wing of his Regime: Āl-ush-Shaykh/the Family/House of the Shaykh (`Ulamā’/Religious-Scholars, mainly Relatives/Descendants of Muhammad ibn `Abd-il-Wahhab from Banī-Tamīm: the most powerful Tribe within Saudi Arabia after Āl-is-Sa`ūd), to issue Fatāwā/Edicts (sing. Fatwā) against fellow Muslims in the Ottoman-Army, as well as the Muslims in the region, loyal to the Khilāfah, to justify fighting against them, killing them, in favor of supporting the agenda of the Allied-Powers, that he may acquire their support of his domain in the Arabian-Peninsula. He established a military-wing of his regime, specifically for this purpose, to decimate his political-opponents in the Arabian-Peninsula: al-Ikhwān/The Brotherhood was a desert-military, made-up of Arab-Tribesmen loyal to Al-is-Sa`ūd. Then, after the consolidation of his power in the Arabian-Peninsula was completed, he turned on his own army, raising another army to crush al-Ikhwān, because they wanted to shed more blood of fellow Muslims in the region, like in modern-day Kuwait, and because, he had decided that the fighting was over, that wasn’t good enough for them. He then sought the necessity to destroy al-Ikhwān, in order to maintain order in the Arabian-Peninsula, as to not allow al-Ikhwān to tamper with the very fragile/delicate alliances that he was able to establish with other future Arab kingdoms of the Peninsula.(Encyclopedia Britannica, War in the Desert) And, after the formation of the (official) Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Al-us-Sa`ud decided to (basically) hijacked the Salafī-Movement (they completely converted this movement, turned it inside-out, and made it something completely different from the intent of its founders & early influencers). From the founding of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia & onward, this movement changed direction in a 180-Degree Perspective: instead of the Salafī-Movement remaining a Political-Movement with Religious-Agendas, it became a Religious-Movement with Political-Agendas. The Salafī-Movement converted from having almost exclusively a Political-Identity to a Religious-Identity, that is reliant upon the Good-Favor of its political-patrons (Saudi&Co.), to continue to support this movement financially. Likewise, this movement is also the most influencial Element in maitaining the Psuedo-Legitimacy of Saudi Arabia (existing as a nation-state), religiously giving Āl-as-Sa`ūd the Religious-Greenlight to rule the Arabian-Peninsula, and (by default) be the deFacto Puppet-Masters of the other Arab-Kingdoms/Gulf-States, via immense political, military, financial, influence/dominance.

Now, the last-time that I checked, Islāmically, the killing of anyone, especially a fellow Muslim, is a serious Major-Sin; yet, ibn-Sa`ūd (like any/all Arab-Leaders of his Generation within the Arabian-Peninsula) was purely driven by al-`Asabiyyah/Xenophobia & the pursuit of absolute-power, to not only help abolish a legitimate Islāmic Ruling-Body, but, to establish a Kingdom, which isn’t even based upon any Islāmic-Precepts, because there’s no Allowances (Islāmically: relative to the Revelation given to Muhammad) for Muslims to make themselves Leaders/Rulers, based upon Man-Made Political-Concepts (like Kingdoms). And, there’s no Islāmic-Allowances for Muslims to rebel against Muslims in Power. Moreover, there’s no Islāmic-Allowances, to side politically and/or militarily with Non-Muslims, against other Muslims.(al-Kabā’ir/The Major-Sins, al-Walā’ wal-Barā’/Loyalty & Disloyalty, Nawāqidh-ul-Islām/Nullifications Of Islām) The Natural-Resources (namely Petroleum) found in the Arabian-Peninsula were later appropriated, based upon National-Boundaries carved out by Agreements between the newly-founded Arab-Kingdoms of the Persian-Gulf Region & Great Britain/America, who guaranteed to protect them militarily (so long as the Oil keeps flowing from underneath the Deserts of these Sand-States), among the future Kingdoms of this Region and became tightly controlled by the Elites of these Kingdoms (mainly the Royal-Families themselves, and those in their financial, military, political, religious, inner-circles).

Some ironic similarities between Saudi Arabia & Israel-
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Regarding Human-Rights…
…Saudi Arabia is notoriously known to not fully comply with the minimum standards of anti-trafficking enforcement & are currently not any making significant efforts to do so. Saudi Arabia is a destination for both Men & Women, from South East Asia & East Africa, to be trafficked for the purpose of Labor-Exploitation. Also, Children, from Countries like Yemen & Afghanistan, have very often been trafficking victims, for forced begging. Hundreds-Of-Thousands of Low-Skilled Workers from Places like India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Kenya migrate travel to Saudi Arabia, some fall into conditions of involuntary servitude, suffering from (Physical and Sexual) Abuse, non-payment or delayed payment of Wages, withholding of (Identification & Traveling) Documents, restrictions on their Freedom to travel within Saudi itself and (Non-Consensual) Contract-Alterations. According to International-Organizations, such as the Ansar Burney Trust, Children from Bangladesh and India are also smuggled into Saudi Arabia, to be used as Camel-Jockeys. These Children are underfed, to reduce their Weights, in order to lighten the Load on the Camels used for Racing. Saudi Arabia has been classified as having a Human-Trafficking Tier-3 status, since 2005.

In Israel (according to the World Health Organization), Men and Women are trafficked & often used for Forced-Labor and Commercial-Prostitution. Low-Skilled Workers from China, Romania, Turkey, Thailand, The Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and India flock to Israel for Contract-Labor in the Construction, Agriculture, and Healthcare Industries. Israeli migrant-workers are often confronted with terrible conditions of Forced-Labor. Many Labor-Recruitment Agencies in Israel charges Fees ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. This causes Migrant-Workers in Israel to become highly vulnerable to Human-Trafficking once in the Country, and in some Cases, Situations of Debt-Bondage are ever prevalent. Israel is also a Destination-Country for Women being trafficked from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Belarus, China, South Korea and possibly the Philippines, for the exclusive purposes of Sexual-Exploitation. In addition, NGO’s note an increase in the Human-Trafficking of Israeli-Nationals, for Sexual-Exploitation, and report new instances of Human-Trafficking of Israeli-Women abroad to Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

Regarding Iran. Both Saudi Arabia & Israel are equally-concerned about the political-relevance & military-superiority of Iran. It sends a clear message to both nations, and their benevolent geo-political big-brothers (the United States & the United Kingdom) that there has to be some type of Mutual-Alliance between the Zionist State of Israel and the Salafī-Patron state of Saudi Arabia. The only issue is that while both countries need an Alliance against Iran, they’re not the best of friends either, for obvious reasons, namely, the fact that Palestine is under the Foot of the Israeli-Regime, which is largely unpopular all across the Muslim-World, especially within the Middle-East & also that the State of Israel has dominance over the Mosque known as Masjid-il-Aqsa, the third most Sacred-Mosque in al-Islām, behind al-Masjid-il-Harām/the Sacred-Mosque in al-Makkah & al-Masjid-in-Nabawī/the Prophetic-Mosque in al-Madīnah, Present-Day Saudi Arabia. So, now, what both nations must do is to consolidate, put aside, their obvious Religio-Political Differences, at the risk of upsetting their very important in-house National Power-Bases, to come to some type of Agreement that as long as Iran stands strong, they’ll have to stand together.

Now, there’s a lot of Hypocrisy here:
The state of Israel, with the outlandish support of the U.S., U.K., and basically the whole damn World, has been given the greenlight to do with the Palestinian-People what they will, without any serious, realistic, international intervention or prevention of the Atrocities that occur on a day-to-day basis. Does anyone aside from me, whom is a Muslim, find it ironic that a nation like Saudi Arabia, which promotes/sponsors the establishment al-Islām, based upon the Salaf, is willing to consort/ally with a nation like Israel, that is very overtly Islāmophobic, known for its atrocities against People, more specifically fellow Muslims, against another Muslim-Country, like Iran? The last time that I checked, siding with Non-Muslims against fellow Muslims is a serious crime & can even take someone outside of the Boundaries of al-Islām, according to the work, “Nawāqidh-ul-Islām/The Nullifications of Islam”, authored by Muhammad ibn `Abd-il-Wahhāb. Honestly, I’m truly surprised that this book, Nawāqidh-ul-Islām isn’t banned in Saudi Arabia, because when studying this work, by a man whom is so revered in Saudi & amongst the Salafīs generally/especially, it’s so easy to see that at least 1/2 of all of the Points mentioned in this particular work apply directly to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, bureaucratically.

So, in conclusion, don’t give your loyalty to any Sectarian-Groups, no matter how much glamorous & glittery their sectarian-presentation…”Everything that glitters is not Gold.”

Gareth Bryant/2013

My Wounded-Knee & my Broken-Heart: The Untold Tragedy of the Native American

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Author’s note:

The infamous Wounded-Knee massacre, in 1890, officially, marked the official end of true Native-American sovereignty, within North America, particularly within the newly expanding United States. This, even though a massacre more than a battle, is historically considered the last armed-conflict of the officially recognized “Indian-Wars” era. This event once and for all broke the backbone of the Native American in a way that suited the interests of the United States, but, dealt a serious blow to the Native people of this continent, particularly within the newly confiscated lands, inducted into the United States (the Western-Frontier/Territories which later became states). This poem is a very short history, of how the Native peoples of the Western-Hemisphere were exploited, some by their own doing, and also by sheer manipulation, military-force by invading European as well as Euro-American entities.

 

From the time Columbus came here, this pale-face being, with two-tongues, has been trouble.

We were just fine, being isolated from the rest of this World, in our naturally beautiful bubble.

 

Then, he got lost, on route to India, to land here, and then gave us names that we never gave ourselves.

We showered them with welcome, they showered us with unsheathed blades & bullets from their rifles.

 

Oh, let’s not forget spreading of smallpox.

Diseases which caused our bodies to rot.

 

All throughout the Caribbean, the Spanish, Portuguese, turned us into slaves, killing us with labor.

When we couldn’t handle it, they killed us systematically and brought Africans to work via torture.

 

In what is now Latin-America, people like Cortez, Ponce de Leon, the Pizarro Brothers, took lands.

They left us destitute, we found ourselves begging for basic-necessities, on our knees, opened-hands.

 

During the American-Revolution, treaties were made, secured alliance with us, to ward-off the British.

They never honored the return of original, native territories; they reneged, after their war was finished.

 

Andrew Jackson initiated the Indian-Removal Acts…forcing thousands of us to march…

…from Georgia to Oklahoma…to our very deaths…these atrocities were just the start.

 

During the American Civil-War, we fought for both the Union and Confederate…

…as though either of them had our interests at heart…it was just for their benefit.

 

The Buffalo-Soldier, the Black-Man, our brothers in the struggle, were vehemently used against us…

…ironic is that they were cotton-pickers, not too long ago, now supporting the oppression of the U.S.

 

Then, the last-stand, at Wounded-Knee, was the nail in the coffin, for our nation.

The long road of armed-resistance was ended, and we succumbed to decimation.

 

Then, they forced us upon mass reservations, and modern schools, to receive a Euro-centric cultivation.

They destroyed our ways of life, then, forced their culture upon us, as though they possessed civilization.

 

They didn’t even give us the right to vote in America, until 1870.

The way they stripped us of everything was low-down and dirty.

 

We should’ve never welcomed the Pilgrims, we should’ve never sold Manhattan.

Ever since then, they’ve managed to keep us subdued, with our very own hatchet.

 

We never should have involved ourselves in that Slave trade…

…helping the White-Man keep others in bondage is our shame.

 

This was our land & they nearly destroyed us, attempting annihilation.

But, we’re still here, we must never give in to unforgivable oppression.

 

Gareth Bryant/2013

My thoughts on Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim-Brotherhood & a potentially new Egypt:

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The Muslim Brotherhood has recently acquired, via one of their own, the reigns of the Presidency of Egypt. Now, the office of President, in the hands of Mohamed Mursi,  has caused a lot of concern, as well as controversy, within Egypt herself, within the Mideast, among her regional neighbors, as well as on the international political stage, by virtue of the Muslim Brotherhood’s history of being religiously radical, extremist, etc., or, in many cases, falsely accused of being religiously radical, extremist, etc. But, let’s look at the history of the Muslim Brotherhood, in a proper perspective, to see how the Muslim Brotherhood emerged, evolved, and, why are they such a feared political force in the Muslim/Arab-World, as well as in the eyes of the broader international-community.

The Muslims Brotherhood was actually formed as a result of the want, within Egypt, among its people, to rise against British influence/rule, during the waning years of Egypt’s last monarchy, the Mamlukes. Initially, the Muslim Brotherhood served as a revolutionary movement, to rout the Mamlukes, as well as the British shadow-rulers & kick them out of Egypt, leaving & letting Egyptians to write their own story, on the walls of time-The founder of the Muslim Brotherhood was known as Hassan al-Banna.(The Moderate Muslim Brotherhood, Robert S. Leiken & Steven Brooke, Foreign Affairs Magazine)

The Muslim Brotherhood is now, what it has always been: a religious movement, centralized, but, not limited to Egypt or the Muslim/Arab-World, geared towards making Islam the law of the land. Now, in theory, this seems great. However, if/when not applied correctly, actually based upon the Qur’an & Sunnah (Prophetic-Tradition), this objective & fervor, for the establishment of the Shari`ah (Islamic-Law), can/will have very dangerous & disastrous results. And, historically, unfortunately, the Muslim Brotherhood has deviated from its roots, at different times, from simply being a religious-movement, to lowering itself to more like a religious-gang, even to the extent of the Muslim Brotherhood being directly responsible for the assassinations of many prominent figures in Egypt, like Prime Minister  Mahmoud an-Nukrashi Pasha, as well as their own founder, Hassan al-Banna himself, in 1949.(BBC News: “Profile: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood”, Passion for Islam: Shaping the Modern Middle East: the Egyptian Experience, Caryle Murphy)

After the expulsion of the Mamlukes & the British, in 1952, Egypt, was finally free to carve out her own political path. However, there were a lot of hurdles for the Muslim Brotherhood, mainly because of the fact that that they had directly supported a military-coup, lead by a secularist, with military strength, by the name of Gamal Abdel Nasser. He was very clear on making Egypt a secular state, which was in complete contradiction to the fundamental founding principles of the Muslim Brotherhood. The establishment of a secular Egypt really rubbed the Muslim Brotherhood the wrong way, to the extent that they, in 1954, began to openly oppose the newly formed constitution of Egypt, taking the stance that it was not in accordance to the Shari`ah.(BBC: “Power of Nightmares”)

Also, they openly opposed Gamal Abdel Nasser, whom, ironically, they had once willingly supported, against the Mamlukes & the British. The Muslim Brotherhood was actually blamed for an assassination-attempt, against Gamal Abdel Nasser, in 1954. And, this was definitely something that Nasser used, to his advantage, to marginalize his potential political competition-He immediately made moves, to hunt down, arrest, prosecute, torture, imprison, and, even execute members of the Muslim Brotherhood. In fact, the most famous member of the Muslim Brotherhood, even overshadowing its founder, Hassan al-Banna, Sayyid Qutb, was executed under the Nasser administration, in 1965. Qutb, a Muslim thinker, activist, and, anti-Nasser propagator, was famous, mainly, for issuing his work, Milestones.

At first, Qutb was imprisoned & tortured, after the assassination attempt on Nasser. Being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood made him an easy-target, among many other easy-targets. Then, after being released from prison, he committed himself to the writing of what would be his most famous work, Milestones, in 1964. Milestones laid the groundwork for what Qutb’s vision of how to recreate an Islamic-State should be approached, within the traditional & external Muslim-World, particularly, within the Arab-World. However, this work, in the text itself, is responsible for ideas that have given rise & justification, used by latter peoples, influenced by his works, to pronounce Takfir (Blasphemy) upon other Muslims, for not ruling their respective countries, according to the Shari`ah. Upon this, it seemed as though Qutb, within his work, Milestones was blatantly giving Muslims the green-light to assassinate their own leaders, because of the fact that they were governing over others, with secular/non-religious laws, thereby making it okay to declare them Non-Muslims & thus lawful to kill.(BBC: “Power of Nightmares”)

This placed Muslim leaders, within the Arab-World under immense fear, because if the common-people were to buy into this concept, that they were no longer Muslims, not only would they lose their power, but, they would also lose their lives. So, Nasser spared no expense to get rid of Qutb any way that he could, which he did. After the execution of Sayyid Qutb, in 1965, he became a Pan-Islamic/Pan-Arab icon, not only in Egypt, but all across the Muslim-World, as well as the Arab-World.  This act of the execution of Qutb, along with other prominent figures in the Muslim Brotherhood, at the time, charged up this movement to be even more radical against their government, in Egypt, and, their influence, which had been spreading to other parts of the Muslim-World, in other countries, had begun to expand rapidly.

Over the course of the next 4 decades, after the execution of Sayyid Qutb, the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood has shaped the revolutionary landscape & mindset of Muslims, in the Muslim-World, that has not reversed since. The Muslim Brotherhood has been credited, most notably, of inspiring the rise of various splinter movements & groups, such as Hamas, in Palestine & Syria, al-Qaeda, globally, Al Eslah Society, in Bahrain, Iraqi Islamic Party, Muslim Brotherhood Society, in Jordan & Palestine, National Islamic Front, in Sudan,  Movement for the Society of Peace, in Algeria, and Hadas, in Kuwait-As far as personalities go, the Muslim Brotherhood has also been credited in shaping the ideologies of people like Ayman al-Zawahri, the mentor of Osama bin-Laden.(BBC: “Power of Nightmares”,  Financial Times, Newsweek journalists Mark Hosenball & Michael Isikoff) Now, with all of this said, what should our conclusion be, and what do we learn from this, and, more specifically, what does this mean for a future Egypt?

My take on this is very simple:
The historical backdrop of the Muslim Brotherhood is very important to know, as to get a very clear sense of why some people may love them, as well as why some people may hate them, as well as knowing how they, as a group, as a movement have, for better or for worse, been a dominant factor in how politics in the Muslim/Arab-World has played out. Also, knowing the past gives us a better insight into how the future may develop. Egypt has a lot of problems, not saying not. However, maybe if given the chance, Mursi, along with his new administration, along with the support of Egyptians, themselves, may be able to pick up Egypt, by her bootstraps, and take her to a better place. I’m of the stance that Mohamed Mursi needs to be given a fair shot, to do the job right, before he is criticized, for causing instability & danger in the Mideast, by Egypt’s neighbors, or nations with particular interests, and/or alterior motives, to dominate the region.

Gareth Bryant/2012

My thoughts on Columbus Day:

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The following quote is in commemoration of Columbus Day:

“Christopher Columbus set the precedent for Europeans to violently take the Americas from its Natives, yet he’s celebrated. If he were a Muslim, he would’ve been labeled a terrorist for his genocidal actions!!!”

Gareth Bryant/2012