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Islamic Relief: Keep Calm & Help Humanity

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Author’s-Note:
Minkailou Jalloh is currently a full-time employee of Islamic Relief, living in Washington, D.C. He’s been doing some amazing work, within the past years at Islamic Relief, and I’m proud to know of his many tantamount accomplishments. Islamic Relief is a non-profit which offers relief-aid to impoverished & war-torn parts of the World, as well as disaster stricken areas within the United States. I’m here with him, to discuss an incredible initiative that he & others from Islamic Relief have began, he can tell you better than , so let’s here it directly from him.

G.B.: What is this brand-new initiative that Islamic Relief has up its sleeves, to help others in-need?

M.J.: Actually this initiative is an independent project run by myself and my colleague, Ali Hussain, at Islamic Relief. While we will be donating a significant portion of the profits to Islamic Relief USA, the campaign is solely our project. We are selling shirts with the “Keep Calm and Make Du’a” motto. It’s somewhat like Kickstarter, in that if we don’t reach our goal of selling 250 shirts, they will not be printed, and no money will be collected.

G.B.: What is the purpose for the “Keep Calm & Make Du’a” concept?

M.J.: A lot of people are familiar with the Keep Calm and Make Du’a concept. It’s been around for awhile now, and we love the message. We choose to use this because it’s so universally relatable. For those who don’t know, its a play on a British poster conceived prior to World War II. It was an attempt at motivating the population of Great Britain with the phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On”, as they were expecting massive air attacks from Germany in the near future. I think the reason the “Keep Calm” manifesto became so popular recently is because there is a legitimate ethos behind it which is applicable in so many circumstances. It speaks to the idea of maintaining strength of will and character in the face of difficulty. In Islam, where we understand that Allah is the Beginning and End of all things, it signifies the idea of turning to Him as a refuge, regardless of what situation you are facing. Thus “Keep Calm and Make Du’a” is our God-conscious perspective on this phrase.

G.B.:What does it mean, for you, as an individual Muslim, to know that every time you go to work, you help make the World a better place?

M.J.: For me it is a blessing, and a great responsibility as well. The reason I wanted to work at Islamic Relief in the first place is because I wanted my job to be something that would benefit others directly, not just a source of income. Knowing that my efforts revolve around providing service to others motivates me and humbles me. I consider it a great gift from my Lord.

G.B.: Where is this initiative taking place?

M.J.: The initiative itself is based online and accessible to any country. The cause that it is supporting is the emergency relief in the Philippines, which was recently struck by Typhoon Haiyan. The devastation was immense, and unfortunately the nation was unable to handle its recovery alone. In our fast-paced, media obsessed culture, these kinds of disasters receive their spotlight and are forgotten quickly. Just because we stop talking about it does not mean the problem has been solved however. Islamic Relief sets a very high goal for itself in terms of contributing to the Philippines relief-efforts, and we are hoping to contribute to that through this project. They are certainly in need of it, and every contribution is helpful.

G.B.: How long do you plan on keeping this initiative going?

M.J.: This campaign will last until December 31. Unless we are able to get 250 pre-orders of the shirt, they will not be printed, and no money will be raised, so we really need the help of the community to make this successful.

G.B.: Is this country the only nation that you plan on having this initiative implemented?

M.J.: As I mentioned, people from around the world can purchase the shirt online. In terms of the cause we are supporting, we do have some preliminary plans to develop other independent fundraising projects for other relief efforts across the globe.

G.B.: How effective do you believe that this initiative can/will be?

M.J.: This initiative can be incredibly successful. While the minimum number of shirts we must sell is 250, there is no ceiling, meaning the potential is limitless. However, it’s success is solely dependent on how much support we receive from the community.

G.B.: How important is it for People to support this initiative?

M.J.: The success of this project is solely based on the support of others. If people don’t support this, it will not go anywhere. In terms of supporting the Philippines, I think we should not be like everyone else and forget about what has happened. Our community should see this through to the end and continue to support those who were affected by the disaster. In fact I believe that anywhere a disaster occurs, the Muslims should be the first to jump in and provide support. Its a part of who we must be as a community. And we cannot be lackadaisical about these things. The Qur’an does not say “support the poor as long as it is convenient for you and doesn’t require too much effort on your part, or just wait for someone else to do it”. Even those with only a date to share are asked to give half. We have to live up to these standards, or else what is the purpose of faith? It becomes something that we use only to make ourselves feel better. Faith is not a pill that you take to feel good, it should define who are as people, and part of that is giving of ourselves in the service of others.

For more information about this project & how you can contribute to it:

http://www.irusa.org

http://www.irusa.org/emergencies/philippines-humanitarian-aid

http://www.teespring.com/keepcalmislam

Gareth Bryant/2013

Disposable-Rulers:

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Oct. 20th, 2011, the world-wide announcement of the death of the Dictator of Libya, Muammar al-Gaddafi was made. He had been on the run, in his own country, for the past few months, fighting a no-win civil-war with U.S./U.N.-supported rebel forces, made up of his own fellow countrymen. The reason why I’m bringing this up is because there’s a very definitive pattern of the United States hunting down and/or killing, or assisting in hunting down and/or killing world leaders, from other countries; also, there’s a definitive pattern of the United States supporting the deposition of regimes & governments, that do not go along with the presumed game-plan of the United States, so that the U.S. can further spread its geo-political/financial influence and benefit from whatever natural resources that they can get their hands on.

For educational purposes, I’ll take the liberty of mentioning both leaders & nations who were subjugated to the dominance of the U.S., whenever they felt the need to remove certain leaders and/or regimes from power-This is gonna be an historically chronological list by the way:

1. Hawaii-

Leader (Kingdom/Republic): Queen Lili’uokalani (Kingdom of Hawaii)

Date of deposition: 1893

Historical backdrop of deposition:

This is very simple: The U.S. at this time was fresh off of the conquest of the rest of what is now the continental U.S., via the Indian-Wars. Plus, the U.S. began annexing territories of the Spanish Crown, during the Spanish-American War hand-over-fist. So, since the U.S. had already taken the Philippines from the Spanish, and added them to the arsenal of U.S. colonies in, both Latin America & the Pacific, I guess they decided that it was okay to punk the relatively peaceful island kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands. So, this is basically how it went: a lot of U.S. citizens & Europeans were property owners and landowners in the Hawaiian Islands, with strong political & financial ties to both American & European elite political & financial machines; and, of course, like anywhere & everywhere that they went, the Europeans Americans got mad greedy & wanted to control every damn thing. By the way, this upheaval was directly co-signed & approved by the U.S., in addition to aiding these U.S. rebels in Hawaii by sending U.S. Marines, which led to militarily occupy this country unjustly, until it was made the 50th state of the United States, in 1960.

2. Iran-

Leader/Government (Kingdom/Republic): Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh (Republic of Iran)

Date of deposition:1953

Historical backdrop of deposition:

Operation Ajax was the CIA code-name for this coup d’etat, which forcefully removed the legitimately elected Prime Minister of Iran. What was the reason for this one, you may ask?!!!! O…I…L…..Oil, plain & simple. The Iranian Parliament, had just recently in 1951, approved a law which would nationalize Petroleum in Iran, therefore preventing special investment/interests groups, representing powerful foreign countries & financial conglomerates from exploiting this resource. And, of course this ticked off not only the U.S., but the boys from the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. So, what do they do? The oh so classic divide-and-conquer political chess-move, which, unfortunately, works every single time that it’s played. The CIA, along with British Intelligence incited rioting throughout Iran, by using Iranian nationals who were on the CIA & British intelligence payrolls, to act as communists, and staged attacks against high-ranked Shi’ite religious clerics, which obviously did not go well with the rest of the Shi’ite-dominated populace. This resulted in what the U.S. & U.K. had planned, the toppling of the government, and replacing it with Shah Mohammed Reza  Pahlev, a well-known go-along-to-get-along puppet/running-dog of the CIA.

3. The Congo-

Leader/Government (Kingdom/Republic): Patrice Lumumba/Democratic Republic of the Congo

Date of deposition: 1961

Historical backdrop of deposition:

The then President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, the hero of World War II, affectionately referred to as “Ike”, basically said what President Barack Obama had said about Anwar Al-Awlaki some 50 years before, “I want him dead!!!”. Lumumba had just very recently helped his country receive independence from their mother colonizer, Belgium. But, what Lumumba didn’t realize is that independence can’t be granted, it has to be taken. So, just because your country is free on paper, doesn’t mean that you truly have freedom. And like, Mossadegh from Iran, Lumumba wanted to truly materialize freedom for his countrymen, which was a tremendous threat to both the geo-political/financial interests of not only Beligium, but also the U.S. This resulted in the infamous “Congo Crisis”, in which future Congo leader Joseph Mobutu, was used to help topple Lumumba & his government, in exchange for the gift of Dictator of the Congo ever since. And, he, unlike Lumumba was more than comfortable with staying in his place. Lumumba was captured & executed by CIA operatives.

4. Nicaragua-

Leader/Government (Kingdom/Republic): The Sandinista Government (Republic of Nicaragua)

Date of deposition: 1990

Historical backdrop of deposition:

The Sandinista government was legitimately elected into power by the people of Nicaragua. But, this interfered with the interests of the U.S., because they wanted to control the political destiny of Latin America, staying true to the precepts of the Monroe Doctrine. So, what the U.S. does is support a rag-tag gang of drug-dealing gangsters, murderers, extortionists, and terrorists, known as the Contras, to eliminate the legitimate power held by the Sandinistas. The Contras agree to oust the Sandinistas, in exchange for allowance to smuggle drugs indiscriminately into the U.S. for profit, which increased the distribution of Cocaine & escalated the intensity of the drug-trade in the U.S. The conflict of the Contras vs. the Sandinistas had occurred for a whole decade, before the eventual deposition of the Sandinistas, at the behest of the U.S., with some high-ranked military officials, namely Oliver North, along with the CIA, doing the dirty work-This was a major incident that made the Iran-Contra what it was.

5. The Philippines-

Leader/Government (Kingdom/Republic): Ferdinand Marcos (Republic of the Philippines)

Date of Deposition: 1986

Historical backdrop of deposition:

Initially, Ferdinand Marcos was strongly supported by the United States, despite the fact that the Marcos regime was guilty of many Human-Rights violations, as well as squandering billions of its nation’s domestic capital. Still, the U.S. supported the Philippines, mainly because of the military significant position of the Philippines in the Pacific. Basically, the Philippines served and still serves as on of many U.S. Naval satellite nations, that are used to monitor the Pacific Ocean. As political unrest in the Philippines, as a result of governmental corruption & mismanagement of monies in the country, the U.S. used its geo-political influence & military might to remove Marcos from power.

Much like the rest of these other leaders & regimes, Gaddafi & his regime were once completely supported by the U.S. But, as soon as he decided that he wanted to run his own country the way that he wanted to, as opposed to the way that the U.S. wanted him to run his country, then he became one of the many “Disposable-Rulers”. These are individuals whom were either initially supported by the U.S., or were complete self-sufficient nations to begin with, and when they were deemed a threat to the interests of the U.S., they were quickly ousted from power. This is a timeless stratagem, to keep leaders & nations under the thumbs of the elite puppet-masters/king-makers.

There have been very few leaders & countries whom have told the U.S. to kick rocks; but, they’ve either been sanctioned into extreme poverty by the rest of the international-community, at the behest of the U.S., ousted by direct U.S. military force and/or various intelligence agencies that are the international hired goons of America (like the CIA for example), or intense geo-political deception, which would cause the people of these respective countries to turn on their own leaders & thus make the process of invasion/conquest a hell of a lot easier for the U.S. Thus is the true history of U.S. international relations: instead of being the bully-of-the-block, America has been the bully-of-the -planet for a very long time. From the Indian-Wars to the invasion of Iraq, the U.S. has always betrayed and slit the throats of those whom they once made as leaders, and replaced them with puppets. The U.S. has a very well-known habit of removing persons from power who either second-guess, or just rebuke the whims of America & replace them with those whom they are confident will be more submissive & obedient to them-When it comes to power from the perspective of the U.S. particularly, you’re either a team-player (i.e. someone who only plays by their rules), or you’re not gonna play at all.

#I’m just sayin’!!!