Tag Archives: Torture

The Stillness of Loneliness:

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Pitch black, quiet…nothing moves, it’s silent.
Darkness covers the Sky as I tread defiant.

I once was beloved, now I am so hated.
At one time victorious, now so defeated.

Loneliness fills all of my mind with agony.
Still as a stagnant River frozen by apathy.

Around many, yet distant from all.
None to feel my pain, hear my call.

Looking for closeness with anyone.
What a test for me, to be so alone.

Oftentimes, I feel dead, yearning for the free-flow of Life.
No worries about foes or dangers, not even fears of strife.

Alas, the irony is that there’s a morbid comfort in Obscurity.
It sometimes protects us from self-torture & offers security.
Gareth Bryant/2015

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

It seems like Decency is gone completely from the World:

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Allah says, “Oppression is worse than Killing/Murder.”.(Noble Qur’an: Chpt.2, V.191)

Muhammad (Peace be upon him) quotes Allah, as He says, “Oh, My Property (Creation, Servants, etc.)!!! Verily, I have made oppression prohibited, (even) upon Myself, as well as between you. So, do not oppress one another.”.(an-Nawawi)

I was reading, in the paper, about these 3 young Women whom were abducted in 2002 to know. I was so very disgusted as to how: one, just the mere fact that it took place; two, that it took place, in spite of neighbors addressing their concerns to local Ohio authorities, about people nude, and held by dog-leashes, etc. All of these heinous, inhumane, acts of torture, humiliation, things in which no Human being should ever have to endure, for any reason, at all, were common-place, during their duration of captivity, for a decade.

It’s very ironic, how the U.S. government was around the World, chasing a global, phantom-enemy, whom were actually produced by our very own government, deceiving people, concerning the fallacy “Weapons Of Mass-Destruction”, when the true enemy, with the true weapons of destruction were right within the confines of our American borders, secretly wrecking havoc upon innocent, in Middle-America. The true enemies to our American way of life are perverts, like the Castro Brothers: Ariel, Onil, and Pedro, and their weapons of destruction are their sick, twisted pathologies to dehumanizes their fellow man.

For 10-years, these 3 Men (if you can even call them “Men” in the 1st-place) caused the suffering of not only these 3 Women, but, the anguish of their respective families, communities, not knowing whether these individuals were alive or dead, for all of that time. And, it wasn’t until a daring escape, by one of these Women, to someone’s home, in that neighborhood, where they were imprisoned, that alerted local Law-Enforcement, which compelled all to take their plight seriously.

Although, these Women were forced to succumb to unimaginable wretched acts, by their captors, even to the extent of one of them becoming pregnant & giving birth, as a direct-result of the sexual-abuse enacted upon them, while held hostage, against their will,  they still, in spite of all of this, displayed courage, and the will to make it out of this condition, which, by the mercy of Allah, they have.

The Castro Brothers have been arrested (even though only Ariel has thus far been officially charged with any counts of Abduction, Rape, etc.), detained and, their fate, according to the Ohio state legal-system, is not at all certain. But, whatever their fate is, they will not be able to escape judgement from Allah, the Creator/Lord of the Universe, and although the other 2 Castro Brothers: Onil & Pedro, haven’t been, officially, charged with any Abduction, Torture, or Rape charges, it’s pretty ridiculously-obvious that they must’ve had some, or a major, part to play in the abductions, rapes, torturing of these Women, at one point, or another, during the 10-year reign of terror inflicted upon them. And, for that Allah will, also, in turn, not only question Ariel Castro for his crimes against these Women, but, also, question his 2-brothers, for whatever contributions to this malicious brutality they made to it.

All in all, the most important thing is that all of the 3-abductees, along with the daughter of one of the victims, are alive, and have been able to escape the clutches of these 3-monsters. I’m personally, happy that they were able, by Allah’s permission to survive their ordeal, and it is my sincere hope that Allah guide them, to arrive at a much brighter place, than they were for the past decade, into a better, more fruitful life, able to place this dark chapter in their lives way behind them.

Gareth Bryant/2013

Nature’s narrative:

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American-Trees!!!

If only these Trees could talk:
They would tell of the first Africans arriving at their shores.
The men turned into slaves, the women turned into whores.
Constantly beaten, told to work & serve.
Torturing anyone, with courage or nerve.

If only these Trees could talk:
They would recall our people being stripped of our religion, languages, and cultures.
They would tell of our people being presented as a feast for the blood-thirsty Vultures.
They cry to Allah, that He may save these people, from their oppression.
But, they were used as an example, to teach the world a valuable lesson.
The atrocities done to our people are a proof that tyranny is wrong.
Still, we endured. We accomplished so much, because we are strong.

If only these Trees could talk:
They would weep, over countless Black men, who hung from their branches.
They would yell out in fury for those who were cut down, by rifles & lances.
They would remember those who resisted slavery, and decided to fight back.
They killed every Cracker they saw, sought revenge, and went on the attack.
These Trees would never forget Nat Turner. He had every White man living in fear.
They couldn’t wait to catch him. The Trees are the only ones who tell the story clear.

If only these Trees could talk:
They would rejoice at Harriet Tubman, leading others to freedom.
Taking them north and to Canada, seeking a Slave-Free kingdom.
They would tell us of the Mass 54th, fighting for their freedom & their lives.
Showing bravery & skill on the battle-field, they caught everyone by surprise.

If only these Trees could talk:
They would tell of the hard road to freedom, equality & justice.
Telling the world what strength we had to deal with all of this.
That we’re not leaving, we built this country & are here to stay.
That we have conquered every challenge placed in our way.
They would tell of a people degraded to the lowest degrees.
But, still, they emerge & succeed. They are as strong as trees.

Gareth Bryant/2009

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