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Gareth Bryant’s Poetic-Commentary on the film, “12 Years A Slave”:

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Solomon Northup pic

Author’s Note:
“12 Years A Slave” is a movie, an internationally celebrated film, chronicling the life & times of a Solomon Northup, from 1841-1853, an African American, free, and not just free, but, born-free, a native of Saratoga, New York. An outspoken, well-spoken, intelligent, family-man, whom is also, well-traveled, well-experienced, well-skilled, in the musical & vocational-arts of the time in which he lived. Yet sadly, he was captured & subsequently sold into Slavery in the Antebellum American-South: his life turned for the worst, in ways that prior to him deceived & captured, thus thrown unjustly into the world of bondage, as well as forced-servitude, would’ve/could’ve never imagined, before that had occurred-This is his story, in my poetic-words.

Hope that Remains in the Heart:

Although a freeman from birth, he was coerced, forced, tricked by two menacing Slave-Hunters from the South.
They pretended to be his friend: lured him to the Nation’s Capitol and tainted the wine that went into his mouth.

These persons offered him an opportunity to earn extra-money for his family.
Little did he know that he was being set-up to endure a decade-long tragedy.

Drunk and helpless, he was bounded and sold to Men looking for someone else, he just fit the “description”.
Any Black in those days would’ve “fit the description” & all you needed to be guilty was a tanned-complexion.

But, as hard as those who held him hostage abused him, they couldn’t make him a Slave in his mind and heart.
He did not know what would become of him next. But, yet, he had held on to fact that he was free from the start.

His first trials of being a Slave were being held, against his will, within the same exact city which was the center of false-liberty.
These United States, who fought Great Britain decades yore, for freedom, had denied its own natives of the taste of Humanity.

He himself was beaten & whipped, in order to tear away his dignity, just as the lash had teared his tender flesh.
He, along with his ethnic brethren, had been subjugated to toil day and night, appeasing their masters, no rest.

Men were separated from their wives, and daughters, forced to know the heinous violations, set-out by their captor’s lusts.
These Women were the play-things of Slave-Owners, to be used, manipulated sexually, they couldn’t dare make any fuss.

These unspeakable rapes of the body, mind, and spirit, caused many to prefer death over life, better to succum to demise than strife.
However, this Man, born a Human, lowered to a boy, an animal, learned to become a Man, once again, through ambition, endurance.

Yet, throughout all of which was imposed upon him, he was never bitter or lost any Hope.
Constant thoughts and yearning of being reunited with his family always helped him cope.

He was betrayed by those whom he trusted, yet still learned to confide & be confident in the goodwill of his fellow Man.
Little did he know that all of what he had suffered would yield him light at the end of the tunnel, all part of Allah’s plan.

Divine-Providence triumphed, regardless of lack of consequence on part of Slaveowners, Taskmasters, who dehumanized.
After 12-years of wrongful captivity, he was founded, by the help of a Man of conscience & his freedom was finally realized.

He authored his incredible experiences, becoming internationally renown, helping to spark, catalyze the movement called Abolition.
Being an inspiration, to all those who were freed & bondaged, that Hope is not lost, that there are in fact ways to achieve liberation.

His life is now a celebrated open-book…
…Learn about him take a peek, a look.

He has been able to relate his story, which has been lived by so many others…
…Through him, we have a clear glimpse of the suffering of our Human brothers.

How he died and where he’s buried isn’t now known, but that’s okay…
…His resolve, courage, legacy, must be shared with the World today.

Gareth Bryant/2013

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