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The Islāmic-Posture towards Sex-Crimes & the Damage they cause

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Sadly, we as Human-Beings now dwell in a Globalized-World of Hyper-Sexualization. Sexuality/Sex is literally everywhere, much like Oxygen-From Trendy-Hashtags (like: “#WordPorn”, “#FoodPorn”, etc.)…to “That’s what she said.” Jokes thus popularized by a Hit-Sitcom called “The Office”…to Reality-TV Shows like “Pawn Stars”: a Pun-Play/Spinoff of the Word “Porn Star”…to Music/Songs like “W.A.P. (W.et A.ss P.ussy)” by Cardi B & Megan The Stallion: I can literally mention Socio-Cultural References All-Day. The Point, however, is that this is clearly a Prophetic-Manifestation of Muhammad (Peace be upon him). He mentioned directly, that there will be Persons from his Ummah/Nation (Muslims & Non-Muslims alike) whom’ll perpetually attempt to justify any/all Manifestations of az-Zinā/THOTery & more specifically he detailed that Homosexuality is what he fears for his Ummah mostly.(al-Bukhārī; Abū-Dāwud; al-Kabā’ir/The Major-Sins, adh-Dhahabī) Unfortunately, there’s so/too many Muslims whom actually think/feel that this Reality is exclusively reserved for Non-Muslim/Muslim-Minority Nation-States.

Well, News-Flash/Reality-Check…I’ve some Gruesome-News for you:

a. KSA/Saudi Arabia is the Only-Place in the World, that I’ve ever traveled to, where I was personally approached by Male&Female-Prostitutes (Broad-Daylight…within al-Makkah…via Hajj-Pilgrimage-Season) back in 1426, A.H./2005, C.E.: I was 24 (Islāmic-Calendar)/23 (Gregorian-Calendar) when this occured.

b. In Egypt: Transformer-Surgeries (Artificial Medical-Transformation from Male2Female/Female2Male) is literally 💯% Secularly-Legal & Religio-Approved by al-Azhar University: one of the most Famous-Centers of Islāmic-Academia within the Muslim-World.

c. Bangladesh is literally the only Muslim-Country which has Prostitution as being Secularly-Legal.

d. Tunisia is the only Muslim-Country which has secularly-legalized Muslim-Women to “marry” Non-Muslim Men.

e. I personally know Muslim Porn-Stars.

f. Porn-Culture, Sexual-Abuse (via Child-Molestation, Rape, Sexual-Predatism, Sexual-Harrassment/Misconduct, etc.) are Things which’re extremely widespread amongst Muslims.

These Aformentioned-Examples are Potentially-Endless. Now, this is dreadfully important, as it’s Purpose is to drag our Heads out of the Sand & see our World: Societies, Environments, Communities, etc. as they truly are. And the Pathetic-Reality is that we’re really Fucked-Up.

Why even discuss this?!!!

I know, for a Fact, as I was even authoring this, that this could probably one of the most Controversial-Things which I’ve ever personally committed to Pen&Paper. However, as a Muslim-1st, Chaplain-2nd, I literally exist both professionally & personally to do/be the following: a. To be an Embassador-Of-Empathy. b. To make the Uncomfortable comfortable. This Article, via the Mercy-Of-Allah, will manifest exactly that: Empathy&Confrontation, as per the Hyper-Sexualized Atmosphere which our Global-Humanity has suffered immensely from. I honestly do expect to receive: Text-Messages, Phonecalls, Direct-Mesages, etc. pontificating/claiming that I’m being “2-Direct, 2-Explicit, taking the Subject 2-Far” & so on.It’s going to be very obvious, to those whom actually know me: I write to unearth Uneasiness. I’m committed to getting under Peoples’-Skin, because I’m doing so via Islāmic-Principle: “Truth is Truth, regardless of whom/where it comes from.”. Furthermore, this is validated, via the Statement of Muhammad (Peace be upon him), “Speak truthfully, regardless of whether it rubs People wrongly.”.(al-Bayhaqī)

Let’s now take a Break from this, and explore the actual Categories of Sex-Crimes, which al-Islām deems Mahrūm/Islāmically-Prohibited, via at-Tanzīl/Revelation.

The Following-Passage is predicated upon al-Kabā’ir/The Major-Sins, adh-Dhahabī:

Any/all Manifestations of az-Zinā/THOTery are, holistically, Islāmically-Punishable via Death-Penalty.

1. The Exceptions to this Islāmic-Precedent are the Following-Sins

a. Masturbation

b. Female-Female Homo-Sex

c. Any/all Manifestations of az-Zinā committed by Prepubescent-Humans (meaning those whom may commit any Acts-Of-Zinā prior to reaching al-Balāghah/Puberty)

d. Marital-Rape

e. Fornication/Pre-Marital Sex (Sexual-Intercourse while never being Previously-Married)

f. Porn-Addiction

2. The Manifestations of az-Zinā which’re Islāmically-Punishable via Death-Penalty, in Order of Most-Severe to Least-Severe

a. Bestiality (Human-Animal/Animal-Human Sex)

b. Necrophilia (Raping a Dead-Person, a Vegetative/Comatose-Person, etc.)

c. Child-Molestation (Sexual-Contact with any Prepubescent-Human)

d. Rape (Marital-Rape not included)

e. Sex-Trafficking/Pimping

f. Male-Male Homo-Sex (Male-Male Sexual-Contact or Males allowing Females to impose Homosexual-Acts upon them)

g. Adultery (it doesn’t matter whether one is Currently-Married or Divorced)

3. Clemency regarding Sexual-Crimes

The Hudūd (Islāmic-Punishments/Penalties) as per Sexual-Crimes can only be imposed upon Free-Persons whom’re Pubescent, Sane, etc. The Enslaved, the Insane, Children/Prepubescent-Persons, etc. get Hadd-Passes, by virtue of the Fact that it can easily be probable/plausible that they were forced to commit such Sexual-Crimes, unless proven otherwise. If one is Insane (Mentally-Disturbed/Ill), a Child/Prepubescent-Person, etc. then there’s no Hisāb/Accountability for them via this regard at all anyway. Also, for Obvious-Reasons: those whom’re Victims of Sex-Crimes (Child-Molestation, Rape, Sex-Trafficking/Pimping, etc.) are completely exempt from any Hadd.

Why all this Effort pertaining to this Subject?!!!

I had revised & republished a Previous-Article that I had wrote, concerning a Muslim Religio-Cleric whom had raped&beaten their own Child to Death (quite literally). Revisiting my own Article, previously published, had sparked a deeper Sense of Valid-Anger towards/against Sexual-Perversion. Revisiting that Article, in lieu of the Emergence of the #MeToo-Era, has compelled me to be that much/even more self-invested in these Issues than I’d ever been prior to that Time in my Life. I personally deem it a Farīdhah/Islāmic-Mandate, upon every Muslim, to be directly/fully engaged in creating Positive-Solutions for the Problems via our World which’re directly caused by az-Zinā. But, sadly, not enough Muslims are courageous, willing, enough to step/stand-up & confront these said Issues.(https://garethbryant.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/rapeisacrimenomatterwhodoesit)

And, there’s a Host of Reasons how/why the Resistance against combating Sexual-Perversion exists amongst Muslims

a. We ourselves have /still personally self-indulge in Sexual-Perversion/Sex-Crimes.

b. We ourselves have been/still are being victimized via Sexual-Pervesion/Sex-Crimes.

c. We ourselves have been/still are being shamed for being victimized via Sexual-Perversion/Sex-Crimes.

d. We ourselves are afraid to bring Awareness to Sexual-Perversion/Sex-Crimes, because of: Opposition, Ridicule/Mockery, Threats/Violence, Alienation, etc.

e. We ourselves think/feel that we want to do something, but are ignorant and/or ill-equipped to do so.

f. We ourselves are overwhelmed, that our Efforts (to actually create Solutions to Problems caused/exascerbated by Sexual-Perversion/Sex-Crimes) are neither respected nor supported.

g. We ourselves don’t give a Shit, because it hasn’t/isn’t happening to us, or it has/is happening to us but we don’t care whether someone/anyone either has suffered or is suffering as we have…I tell People all the Time, “Apathy is worse than Ignorance.”.

Where can/does it go from here?!!!

That calls for Ongoing-Conversations amongst ourselves, our Loved-Ones, our Communities/Societies. It equally involves Actual-Work, which is bound to place us in the Crosshairs. And, sadly, most us us are so fearful of facing this. I tell People all the Time, “Courage isn’t the Absence of Fear, it’s the Willingness&Ability to confront Fear.”. That’s precisely what we’re all commanded by Allah to do: face our Fears. If you’ve enough Courage yo join me in this Effort, you know how to reach me and let’s seriously work together to combat this.

Gareth Bryant

1442, A.H./2020, C.E.

Paradise-Music:

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If I’m ever given the honor of entering the Paradise, the 1st thing that I’d do is make Sujud for 1Million years…
…with my face on the floor, ever grateful to my Lord, for protecting me from my greatest and most vivid fears…

…Safety from the torment of the Fire, whose torrents blaze flesh and bone, unbearable the feeling…
…flames roasting, striking, torturing, ripping, slicing, and splitting: it will keep your head spinning…

…The coolness of the winds of the mountainous valleys, in the most pleasurable bliss, within my abode in Heaven…
…keeps me humbled that I didn’t die as disobedient to Allah, and succumbed to the punishment that goes on 24/7…

…As I dry my eyes, from all the tears I’ve cried, over the countless sins that my Lord had forgave and also overlooked…
…I remembered we all stood, waiting for the Judgement, not knowing where we’d be, thinking my goose was cooked…

…But, then, He, Ar-Rahman/The Source of Eternal-Mercy, decided to grant such a pitiful guy like me some much needed courtesy…
…He reminded me of what good I’d done solely for Him, and that was enough to be recused from an infinity of such misery…

…I had the nerve to say, “Oh, my Lord!!! Not me…I’m so not worthy!!!”…there’s no way I can possibly enter your Garden without still being dirty…
…He responded to me, “Does thou dare doubt Our Clemency?!!!”…”How doth thou believe in Us, if thou doubt Our ability to purify thee?!!!”…

…At which time I begin to sigh, at my idiotic reply, to my Lord, so Sublime…
…how dare I doubt such merciful a God; was I insane, or drunk with wine…

…At any rate, even this insult, irate, He rebukes, then, substitutes, by having Angels upon Angels drag me to the Pool of the Prophet…
…Muhammad glares at me & smiles, as I’m to be dipped in al-Hawdh, to bleach my soul, from wretched acts from the Mundane’s fret…

…As I drown in this well of favor and repentance, I’m reminded of so many things that I refused to make penance…
…However, the Lord of Lords, Allah, let it all go, just for me, because of His love for my worship, which is limitless…

…So, as I’ve risen, from Heaven’s hallowed-ground, I can hear the Green-Birds, carrying the souls of Martyrs, such sweet sounds…
…I can also hear the wailing and sorrow of those down-under: not Australia but Hell: those who lived Life without morals or bounds…

…Even though my Prayers were mediocre, my Fasting incomplete, my Pilgrimage iffy, my character questionable…
…that still didn’t prevent me from entering the best place in existence: my Lord is above all things willing and able.

Gareth Bryant/2014

The Causes & Dangers of Bullying:

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To put it very simply: Bullying is a form of Oppression & Allah clearly states, within His book how dreadful & harmful Oppression truly is, “”.(Noble Qur’an: Chpt.2, V.221; Chpt.5, V.32; Chpt.7, V.33; Chpt.8, V.25)

Let’s face it: in all-reality, we’ve all either been the perpetrators of or the victims of Bullying. This fact is completely undeniable: we have all either been picked-on, either as lil’-kids, or have ourselves, picked-on other lil’-kids. Bullying, for a very long time, within our Human-Experience has been an unwritten acceptable way to downgrade, berate, dehumanize other Humans, for the sake of our own personal-amusement and/or expression of how powerful we are, over others. This is something, however natural that many may view it is a very severe wrong, an evil, which plagues all of us, from the greatest among us, to the least among us: Bullying is the reason why people are driven to Suicide, Homicide, criminality, and all  sorts of (negative) vices. Bullying is the reason why people go to war against one another, why people feel that they only way to resolve their problems, issues, differences with others is via violence.

People are victimized by Bullying, all of te time, for various different reasons, some of these reasons are the following…

1. Religion

2. Ethnic-Background

3. Disabilities

4. National-Origin

5. Sexual-Orientation

6. Family-Ties

7. Socio-Economic Status

…and this list can go on, forever…

…I, myself, have definitely been on bot ends of the Bullying spectrum: I was once the kid that people would pick-on, because I was short, wasn’t as athletic as everyone else was, because my father had died when I was young, because I even had a father, while others, whom were envious of this, not having their own fathers in their lives, because my mom would keep me out of the street, causing many of my peers to taunt & tease me,accusing me of being a momma’s-boy, teasing me about not being able to stay-out as late as they did, etc. Then, I get a lil’ older, by this time, I’m in Junior High School/High School: from 9th grade, onward, I began being the bully, helping my friends from school rob people, from our own school, from other schools, kids, good-kids, whom were just like me: kids with hard-working parents whom loved them, whom sent them to school, to get educated, not to get robbed, beaten and/or dehumanized.

However, sadly, ironically, it was a classic example of how a typical cycle works:

Category# 1- Someone whom wants to be so popular, so relevant, so recognized, so important, as a result of some type of emptiness, within themselves, they feel the need to make others feel low-this is by far the worst of the categories mentioned. They have this arrogance: this posture that they are everything & those whom are not them and/or are not like them are nothing, that they have no value, as in the case of ash-Shaytan/the Devil, the ultimate-bully, whom refused to obey a command from Allah, because of his arrogance, and thus, pledged/vowed to Allah that he would, for the rest of his material-existence, bully the Human-Race, until we are misguided, just like he is.(Noble Qur’an: Cpht.2, V.34; Chpt.7, V.11-18; Chpt.15, V.30-39; Chpt.17, V.60-65; Chpt.38, V.71-81)

Category# 2- Someone with a chip on their shoulder, whom was never embraced positively by anyone, or was cultivated upon any form of positivity, takes things into their own hands, and sets out to make people feel just as bad, sad, negative, about themselves as they were made to feel, once upon a time.

Category# 3- Those whom are victimized by those in category one feel helpless, as if doing the same thing to others will make things right, or at least make feel more positive about themselves, which, really, never works.

Category # 4- Someone whom has been victimized by Bullying, yet, does nothing about it: they don’t resist Bullying, they don’t tell parents, teachers, grown-ups, friends, community-leaders, etc., they just accept being the victims of Bullying, without fighting back against it.

In the Bullying-Cycle, these respective categories play-out, along with one another & actually intertwine with one another. But, what I really wanna focus on is not how interconnected these categories are, but, more so, how many of these categories, if any, do we, as Muslims, we as Human beings, actually fall under. In other words, how many of us are a part of the Bullying-Cycle, how many of us fall under any/all categories, within the Bullying-Cycle? It’s a serious-question, which all of us, as Muslims, People of Conscious, People of Consequence, Human beings, etc., must answer for ourselves. Then, if our answers bring us to the conclusion that we fall under one or all of the categories, of the Bullying-Cycle, then we must ask ourselves, “How did I even become affected by the Bullying Cycle?” “Why did I consciously decide to bully someone/anyone, regardless to whether I, myself, were ever victimized by Bullying?” and “Why did I not resist being a Bully and/or why did I not resist being bullied?”

Granted, none of these questions are very easy to answer, depending upon the individual, of course. But, still, each & ever one of those questions has an answer, an intelligent answer, and we all have an obligation to Allah, the Creator/Lord of the Universe, then, ourselves, then, to all those victimized by Bullying, to answer these questions, honestly/accurately. And, when we don’t stand-up, to our own demons, within us, or in our pasts & begin to deal with the reality which surrounds Bullying, as well as its innumerably (negative) consequences, the damage to ourselves, our families/loved-ones, our friends/neighbors, classmates, and all of Humanity, as we know it could be very well rendered hopeless in salvaging what’s left of our already depleting sense of Humanity, towards our fellow Man.

I choose to end with this: from this day forward, whenever/wherever you see Bullying taking place, we must stop it, in any Humanway possible, as Muhammad (Peace be upon him) has told us that “Whomever witnesses wring/oppression, he must eliminate it by his hand; if he’s not able, then, he must eliminate it by his speach/words; if he is not able, then, he must rsent it internally (within his heart). However, that (internal hatred for wrong/oppression) is the lowest (level) of Faith.”. And there is also this statement of Allah that Muhammad quotes, “Oh, My Slaves (Property/Creation)!!! Verily, I’ve even made Oppression prohibited against Myself, as well as between you all. So,do not oppress one another.”.(an-Nawawi)

Gareth Bryant/2013

My Transition from Boy to Man:

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I was once a Boy:

I used to be a boy.
My life was a toy.

I would take things lightly, and shun responsibility, but that was clearly in the past.
Pursuing the fleeting and worthless pleasures, you think you want, really never last.

I used to think of myself as the “ladies’-man”; I arrogantly thought that I had the world in my hand.
We are crucially warned in the Qur’an, to not be like those people who tread pridefully in the land.

But, Allah taught me that once you depart from Him, He’ll make you lose yourself thereafter.
It took a lot of pain & loss to come to realize that when things get tough, people will scatter.

Everyone who cracks a smile isn’t a friend; if a woman lets you have her, it doesn’t mean she loves you.
There’s much more to people than just a nice body, a pretty face; eventually they show their colors true.

He allowed heart-breaks & head-aches to invade my personal-space, to teach me that I was all-wrong.
However, learning the reality of the deception of others has not weaken me; rather, it’s made me strong.

This boy whom people once knew, this quiet, simple, naive young boy has long died.
My foolish mistakes and your trials & tricks have killed & buried him, his body cold.

I’m now a Man:

Today, I am now a Man.
I have a brand-new plan.

No longer will I submit to the whims of others, be deceived by the infatuation of false-lovers.
Things look really good wrapped-up; but, the ugliness is revealed once you are undercovers.

People love to tag you along & play the game, to do to you what others have done to them.
They treat you like you’re an enemy to them, it’s like “survival of the fittest”, “sink or swim”.

I will not allow myself to ever love someone who neither cares nor loves me back.
I must return to Allah through obeying Him and put myself back on the right track.

I’ve matured, and realized that not everyone is nice.
If you let them, they’ll use you, as their own device.

Some may call me cynical; but, I think of life literal; reality often hits you hard.
People have ill-will and you have to be on your toes; you always stand guard.

This is a part of “growing-pains”; but, I hope to be done with injury.
With Allah as my Lord & my wits intact, I’m sure to achieve victory.

Gareth Bryant/2012