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An Appeal to the Ummah in the World


By Siraj Davis

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The biggest enemy of our efforts are not those of other nations supporting the crimes against our btohers and sisters. It is our own Muslim brothers and sisters who either collaborate or remain silent.

This is how every form of occupation is effective.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znQe9nUKzvQ

Look at how many times slave rebellions in America were foiled by slaves telling their masters. The majority of them were. The same in colonialism. Without the support of collaborators amongst the Vietnamese, French colonialism could not have been successful. It was the Emporor Bao Gia who first invited the French into his kingdom of Vietnam to protect him from rebels. After that, every Vietnamese ruler after him was a puppet of the French.

Can you think of any countries in the Middle East playing the same role?

Many of my brothers and sisters of Islam know way more about Islam than I. But I am “schooled in the suffering of the oppressed” as the Jewish say about themselves through 8 years of research. I know struggle. The real victory lays in the minds of our brothers and sisters!

Until they realize that by collaborating or looking away at the crimes against our Palestinian brothers and sisters, they are allowing the crimes against our Muslim brothers and sisters to go on. Consequently, they will become victimized as well when time and circumstances allow.Or perhaps their children or grandchildren one day. Even Benjamin Franklin told his posterity after the American Revolution that those who sacrifice freedom for security inherit neither.

For example, I have struggled for peace in Palestine and Israel while some American Palestinians here in the US do NOTHING.

Some of my brothers and sisters of Islam know the hadiths, surahs and ayas, the etiquette more than I. However, there is a difference between following Allah out of respect and using this as an excuse to hide one’s own fear and apathy. Even Allah will frown upon those who when the time is presented, will hide behind our creator’s texts as an excuse. I will never promote violence, but even the prophet Muhammed (PBUH) stood with the sword to fight for rights, justice, and peace. Our sword today should be civil disobedience. It should be non-violence. It should be letting others know we care and are alive. Am I or anyone else, Allah most importantly, to respect you for praying and making dua while your brothers and sisters around you are systematically abused and slaughtered? Or does our creator want you to prove that you LIVE rather than TALK about following the prophet’s (PBUH) footsteps!?

And what of the other emotions which create division amongst us. Among all of the examples in history all over the world, there existed a collaborator class or those who refused to do anything because they were driven by a false sense of security and understanding of reality, a fear for their own lives and that of their children, jealousy and hate, and more importantly MONEY. Money has always been the primary motive for a people to have traitors amongst themselves and oppressors use this effectively.Although we should all pay our dues and debts, we should NEVER allow it to become a means to drive division amongst us. NEVER! Yet throughout history, it has and continues to do so. We must survive, this is understandable. And do so! Yet never allow it to influence us to betray or harm our brothers and sisters of Islam. This in my heartfelt opinion, is what our creator will frown down upon. We must think LONG TERM, instead of short term.

Many of our Muslim Americans are afraid to stand for their rights. They think giving Zakah is good enough. WRONG! I have risked my career, my wife, my child, ostracization, harassment by law enforcement, death threats, and more. I am NOT EVEN PALESTINIAN and was not born into ISLAM!

It angers me. It discourages me. It saddens me that my Muslim brothers and sisters have allowed and will allow my whole life to go into the drain without taking a stand. Not for me! For their own rights!!! I can not lie. I am not doing this out of altruism alone. I am doing this because I love a woman, a Palestinian refugee, and for the first time in my life….I chose to go against my government rather than take money from them, to stand on the side of Palestinians and Muslims. However, I do see some of my Muslim brothers and sisters who are GREAT examples of what the prophet (PBUH) would have praised amongst us. To them I smile and it gives me hope that something special CAN and WILL occur in this country soon. It is they who have courage and wisdom. It is they that should and will deserve the first step into jannah before I and many others. All I ask is that I may follow them for they are struggling for more nobler reasons than mine, which is love for a woman and love for the oppressed all over the world. They do it b/c it affects their people. Their loyalty is unmatched!

When we are faced with so much potential and active harassment and threats for political participation, I ask can it get any worse for us? Is there nothing worse than watching our sisters and brothers suffer while we are afraid or apathetic to do everything we can to help them? All we strive to do is to practice the same rights accorded to every American. Aren’t we Americans!? So we must watch the suffering of our people AND live like second-class citizens!? Can it get any worse? Or how about the trumped up charges our government has placed upon those in America who have fought to stand for our brothers and sisters now!? Do you you know who has fought for you!? Do you know of how Affiya Sidduiqi was charged for conspiracy to commit terorrism b/c our government says she picked up a weapon that a soldier placed on the ground? Do you believe that a soldier would place a firearm on the ground while searching a house!? Are you serious!? Has lies brainwashed us into mindless sheep even now!? What of the Fort Dix 5 and the North Carolina 7? Are they really guilty? Or were they indicted for a fear and paranoia in this country which drove our government to overreact and invade two nations for the actions of a group of extremist Muslims who number less than the bloods and crips in this nation!? Did our government drop bombs on Tea Baggers or anyone else when Joe Stacks flew his plane into an IRS building? Did we invade any states? Did we blame it on any ideology with the suffix of “ism” like Communism or Terrorism? Did we blame it on Christians or whatever religion he was?

And I ask…where are my brothers and sisters of Islam. Whatever happens at the airport or when I come back for I have my own sources in the government, I ask this of you all. It does not matter what happens to me, what matters is our generations take on the torch and like the Olympic games continue something that some of us have continued to struggle in. It matters that people know we are ALIVE and we will not be inured to injustice!

I ask that you tell everyone what I have sacrificed for those who I never grew up with, but risked everything. I ask you tell others what I have thrown away because of this. I never had these problems until two things, when I became Muslim and when I became political. And all I ask is that my Muslim brothers and sisters stand for their rights. To stop betraying each over for minor and insignificant reasons. It is these reasons that an enemy who is more powerful has always used to create division amongst a people from the Middle East to Asia, to Latin America, to Africa, etc. We must think LONG TERM rather than about immediate concerns.

Let me stand in front of our creator and listen to him speak upon my behalf. If I get no justice from the tribulations I have experienced here.

Where are my Muslim brothers and sisters? Where? I and some others of my team stand alone.

But I and others will go on and struggle for justice and peace. Let Allah judge us and provide the words of justice so all can witness in the end. I am content with this for this judgement is what matters the most to me.

CCTJP

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  1. tatty elmir
    October 18, 2012 at 11:42 pm | #1

    History has proven, there is never a colonized nation in the world, without their own brother betrayal.
    A great reminder, a proper reflection.

  2. November 18, 2012 at 8:55 pm | #2

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  3. July 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm | #3

    A religion ought to be like a looking glass which allows one to see oneself in true form; not a vanity mirror now but rather a mirror for introspection, internalisation and self-illumination. It ought to take you closer to your commitments not further away. There is every chance the the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be resolved along 1967 Greenlines sooner rather than later and it is important not to despair. You also must accept that modern values such as Feminism are the driving force of change in the world and that Islam is as subject to those forces as any other. Sometimes very large changes take place in societies very rapidly for instance Ireland’s Polish population having launched at 50’000 in 2005 after a few short Celtic Tiger years is now approaching 500’000 and at that rate of increase will account for half the population of the Republic by 2020 with the likely consequence of forcing an equivalent amount of Irish workers and their families to emigrate. So sometime in the 2020 Ireland can expect to effectively become Polish with a Polish prime-minister. What does that mean? That Germany has socially re-engineering the South in the same way Britain re-engineered the North and that Ireland no longer belongs to the Irish is Irish in the traditional sense. Apart from being Catholic Polish people are not likely to integrate – as for instance poor Germans might have – and will insist on Polish becoming an official language of the State. You need to understand that societies once opened are exposed to global forces which potentially alter their identity beyond recognition. So Ireland will have a dual identity in the very near future apart from having a historically conflicted one in religious terms. The same is true of Palestine for very different and far less acceptable reasons but such is life. Will you for instance go to Palestine to say to a Bedouin or a Palestinian resident of the West Bank or East Jerusalem not to accept settlement if they are offered it? You need to understand your place in the scheme of things and not advocate for the sake of winning but rather for the sake of explaining and witnessing. Mohammed’s empire was multi-racial, multi-ethnic and ultimately tolerant in religious terms. You need to look to the values that inform your religion and build your character around those values. You married a Palestinian woman enjoy her and do not nail yourself to the cross of her national identity.

    • July 27, 2013 at 1:57 pm | #4

      “A religion ought to be like a looking glass which allows one to see oneself in true form; not a vanity mirror now but rather a mirror for introspection, internalisation and self-illumination. It ought to take you closer to your commitments not further away.”
      May I suggest not using the term, “looking glass.” It is cliche. Why would one be concenred not to use cliches? it precludes creative and sincere thought.
      Since you chose the word ‘vanity’, I woud assume that you would pay heed to Frederick Nietzsche definition of it: “vanity is the fear of appearing original: it is thus a lack of pride, but not necessarily a lack of originality.”
      I think a middle line is the best choice. Mason Cooley’s aphomirism is subtle, yet poignant. “Vanity well fed is benevolent. Vanity hungry is spiteful.”
      Furthermore, you should also consider the opposing definition of ‘vanity’ and if this at all is anything better or worse. Personaly, I prefer more ‘optimistic’ people in the world, that desire to ‘be the change’ instead of those who ‘atrophy the change’ via unnecessary and irrelevant, imprudent and shortsighted , and presumptious comments on posts by those who have a sincerity and altruism to attempt. In other words, what is the purpose of you comment? Please indulge the interest of eveyrone.
      Finally, I believe your definition was incomplete. Though religion is an instrument, a method, and way of life, to allow a person to ascertain self illumination and internalisation and introspection, it is also a means in which a person may be able to bring their own humanity from within the depths of their soul and shine this light upon the people of the world. Religion, is not a controlling and indoctrinating force as your comment insinuates. On the contrary, there is a two-way process wherein religion affects the person, and the person transforms the religion. To think of the former alone, which many foolishly assert, would be to deny the humanity, the beautiful mind, the fulminating soul in which GOd implanted in all of us before being extricated form thw womb and before we even knew what the word ‘religion’ meant. Therefore, to understand religion; truthfully, practically, and with respect for our common origin, one can not deny the fact that religion has a purpose higher than just disciplining and transforming and indoctrinating a person. I suggest you study courses on Developmental Psychology and Sociology like I did. I also suggest you read all three holy texts, as I have. I also suggest you understand the process of cultura diffusion which history records. More importantly, it is pertinent that you no repeat the folly of simple minds who continue to view religion as an indoctrinating force, whethter good or bad, rather than what is truly is, a means for a set of ancient beliefs to affect AND be affected by the people who embrace it. The history of the changes in religion proves the preceding claim. You are of course, welcome to assert that we live our lives today exactly by the principles of the holy texts and secularism does not exist. Though I would disagree, it is only ‘your’ opinion.

    • July 27, 2013 at 1:59 pm | #5

      “There is every chance the the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be resolved along 1967 Greenlines sooner rather than later and it is important not to despair.”
      In regards to this claim. I can promise to you that you may revel, rejoice, and stick your chests outwardly in false and pathetic pride at the accomplishment of a modern Berlin Wall, South Africa, or Antebellum South. Yet in the end, comments such as yours, will be remembered as nothing more than a lack of a realistic grasp on the grassroots level of both sides of the above confict and the psychological and human processes involved in the conflict. Even if the mirge of peace as you describe above is ascertained, it wil only last as long as physical obstacles and force can deter avarice and ignorance. The former and latter are prevalent in every society across the world. IF you may be able to provide a refutation of the preceding axiom of human nature observed throughout history, I may be more receptvie to your thoughts. Until then, I am inclined to disagree with you, strongly :)
      Moreover, if it becomes a realization that I was wrong, peace is something to rejoice about. And I would support it 100 percent. Unfortunatey though, your suggestion is not the road to peace. It begins in Jerusalem, Gaza, South Lebanon – in Palestine. Not in the halls of foreign ignorance and bigotted inds with false presumptions! Since you spoke incorrectly as if you knew exactly how I feel and think across this impersonal medium of communication we call the internet, I thought it salient to correct your false presumption. May I break the normal commentary by stating, your presumption of how I feel is almost as if ‘you’ have decided to be God”, since you claim to know my opinions and thoughts over the internet. If you desired to affect me like all religions do upon their prostrates, you failed.

      “You also must accept that modern values such as Feminism are the driving force of change in the world and that Islam is as subject to those forces as any other.”
      Feminism is a movement which is ‘not’ going to make a significant effect on the Palestine/Israel issue. Why? I have seen how it has continuously offended and aleinated the population here in the Middle East. To be honest, I am a Westerner and feminist, yet the feminism I have witnessed here in the Midde East, is about as atrocious as defecating in public and claiming it is only ‘natural’. To demand equality in rights is admirable and justified, but to flaunt around those differences as if to counter such emotions of inferiority by making others uncomfortable while simultaneously insulting and attacking the male gender, is just downright counter-productive and nothing higher than hooliganism, an excessive pride or ‘vanity’ which is expressed in aggressive and disgusting manners. The Pussy RIots are a good example. It is not necessary to protest naked, the world has know women have tits and vaginas for a while, I promise :)
      In regards to feminism’s effect on the Middle East, it is negligible, I promise. Perspectives are important and that is what feminism offers in today’s world, a perspective. The true principle which feminists misunderstand and overlook persistently to the sacrifice of alienating and offensive and prejeducial rhetoric, is the freedom of choice. THe last truth is something that many feminists in the Middle Easts still have not allowed to saturate within their thick skulls. It is not important what a woman wears, whether a hijab or without. What is important is, that a ‘human’ has the right of choice. And the last fact, axiom, is something feminists and thier funders have sadly not been able to embrace and those who understand this premise, are just marginalized and ignored. So, as with your hopes for a 1967 green line agreement to solve the Palestine issue, the false idea that feminism is something great which will transform the Middle East, is just as farcical.

    • July 27, 2013 at 1:59 pm | #6

      “Sometimes very large changes take place in societies very rapidly for instance Ireland’s Polish population having launched at 50’000 in 2005 after a few short Celtic Tiger years is now approaching 500’000 and at that rate of increase will account for half the population of the Republic by 2020 with the likely consequence of forcing an equivalent amount of Irish workers and their families to emigrate. So sometime in the 2020 Ireland can expect to effectively become Polish with a Polish prime-minister. What does that mean? That Germany has socially re-engineering the South in the same way Britain re-engineered the North and that Ireland no longer belongs to the Irish is Irish in the traditional sense. Apart from being Catholic Polish people are not likely to integrate – as for instance poor Germans might have – and will insist on Polish becoming an official language of the State. You need to understand that societies once opened are exposed to global forces which potentially alter their identity beyond recognition. So Ireland will have a dual identity in the very near future apart from having a historically conflicted one in religious terms.”

      The same is happening in the US. By 2020, the caucasian population will be the minority. But Ireland and the US are not new examples. There are numerous examples throughout history of a small minority controlling the majority population. South Africa 0 Boers, Iraq- Sunni, Latin America – Creoles, and more. However, I feel it exigent to note that such phenomena does not preclude oppressive methods by a majority controlling government to check or counter such effects. The ethnic cleansings of Palestinians by Israel is a glaring refutation of your assertion. We live in a world today where we are witnessing many laws and acts by governments to restrain our freedoms and to alter the changes which we are facing. Who would have thought that the 9-11 attacks would have occurred? Who would have thought that the War of Terrorism would have irreperably damaged and ceased the lives of so many innocent human beings across the world in search of ghosts? Ghosts which number less than the number of gangbangers in the State of California? Who would have thought we would have sacrificed so many of freedoms for a false sense of security?
      I also think you imply a similarity between Ireland and Palestine. I promise you have no idea the differences. Unless in Ireland, they take guns and forcibly remove the Polish from their homes or force them to convert to the religion and culture of the Irish before they are allowed to move around freely in Ireland or to ascertain a job or be free of harrassment and physical violence. Is this the case Paul?
      I think you ‘need to understand’ that you are preaching to the choir Paul, throughout your whole comments.

    • July 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm | #7

      “The same is true of Palestine for very different and far less acceptable reasons but such is life. Will you for instance go to Palestine to say to a Bedouin or a Palestinian resident of the West Bank or East Jerusalem not to accept settlement if they are offered it? You need to understand your place in the scheme of things and not advocate for the sake of winning but rather for the sake of explaining and witnessing. Mohammed’s empire was multi-racial, multi-ethnic and ultimately tolerant in religious terms. You need to look to the values that inform your religion and build your character around those values. You married a Palestinian woman enjoy her and do not nail yourself to the cross of her national identity.”
      Your comparison of Ireland to Palestine is a huge over-generalization which lacks facts to support such claims. The same is ‘not’ true for Palestine as I have pointed out in my previous response. Your comment is also smeared with a sense of hubris which makes such falsehood as you purport to be downright scary. There are signifcant facts you ommitted which makes your conclusions the diametric to truth. I ask you please, restudy your facts and allow others to opine their own observations of your interpretations before you begin hurling them around irresponsibly to the detriment of your own image, from the shock and disbelief that you made such comments. I am only trying to help you out Paul. Comparing Ireland and Palestine is farcical and a severely flawed outlook, if not incredulous, it is not even specious.
      In regards to your statement that my sole purpose is witnessing rather than advocate for the sake of winning; I find that utterly hypocritical of what you have stated above, narcissistic of your own position in ‘my’ life, and unconcscionable.
      It is hypocritical because the 2 state solution is ‘exactly’ a temporary and unjust solution ‘for the sake of winning’. How can anyone with a beating heart and a conscience to accept that is justice to give the inhabitants of a land HALF OF THEIR LAND in return for capitulating to the oppressive methods whch rmeoved them from the beginning! Only those who desire an end to the conflict, and wish to make a mark in history with their cheap names, would be willing to sacrifice the hopes and dreams and memories of millions of Palestinians within this region in exchange for the easiest solution – capitulation to injustice! The Palestinian and Isralei conflict was NOT a problem before the 1940s, it began when America and England allowed unchecked illegal immigration to continue to Palestine. Now what is the solution you offer, a compromise! HIstory proves such compromise does not work. A compromise NOT based on justice but based on the easiest means in which to temporarily resolve the hositilities between both people so as to give off a an appearance of peace for a longer length of time than witnessed before even though prudent minds know exqactly what will occur in the future – war on a more aggressive and hostile scale than before. The 2 state solution is breaking down! Everyone knows this. Why? BEcause they have relaized what I said above, the real peace will come when the Western nations show to the PAlestinians and Arabs that ISrael does not ACT with IMPUNITY! Then you will begin to see some of that false hubris be given reason to flaunt its ugly head and chect! Until then, keep dreaming.

      Your comment is narcissistic if not a more glairng example of vanity than I have witnessed in my life, because the important question you need to answer is ‘who the hell are you to tell me what I should and should not do in life?” I do what I do without EVER ASKING FOR MONEY unlike other false trolls who LIVE off the miseries of others by pretending with insincerity that they reperesent or care for the suffering of others! I do what I do for a permanent and JUST solution to conundrums like the Palestine/ISrael conflict. I do not choose the easiest path, I like it difficult! Challenges are what fuel me. And justice is that gasoline and my love for our common creator alows me to go on despite the challenges and castigation by ignorant fools who are so full of their own wisdom and false omnipotence that they dare tell others what that person should or should not do in their lives. Before you begin commenting on what people can and can not do, start researching history, rather than walking around with a foot in your mouth continuously. If I die anytime soon, I prefer dying while trying to change something as opposed to never trying or worse, ciritcizing others who at least try when others do not. Now ask yourself, which is better and worse? SO excuse me, I think I am on the right track :)
      Your comment is also unconscionable because implicit within it is the declaration that a human being should not strive to aid or change or make better that which he or she observes to be a problem in society and a cause for the suffering and misery of others. I can ont remain quiet, I have a conscience! Anyone who has a conscience shall never remain silent to injustice. THat person shall risk all of his or her life for change. That person will accumulate so many to hate him or her and refuse to be silent. That person will even die or be condemned to eternity to let others know that a false answer or hero is being held high in the eyes of the people when it is only a temporary solution. To BE THE CHANGE is to have a conscience. So , please leave my conscience alone. Thank you :)

      If anyone were to glance briefly at your comments, one may see that nearly all of your comments were presumptious. There is no other symptom of vanity than that observation alone!
      And probably no other example emphasizes such an accusation as your comment about me marrying a Palestinian wife, telling me to enjoy her company, and then claiming that I identify with her people solely on the fact that I married her.
      1) Many can testify in South Carolina that I was deeply involved in the Palestinian struggle for justice before I married my Palestinian wife.
      2)I am no longer with my Palestinian wife because the US government imprisoned her for overstaying her visa for ten days, interrogated her not about immigration but asked her questions about what terrorist organization I worked with, and then after all the media and experts said what occurred ot me and my wife was not normal she lost her child by miscarriage while incarcerated and then was deported to Syria during despite me warning of the current revolution before it occurred. As a result of the aforementioned, she divorced me bc she hated all Americans, including me. I don’t blame her :) So we are no longer together. Thank you for ‘accidentially’ puring salt on those wounds Paul. We could use mor eof your presumption in the world, I can attest from this :) (sarcasm)
      SO I can not enjoy her. I can however, enjoy peace in Palestine, in a one state solution. The exact answer which is antithetical to those who oppressed the Palestinians who for some reason desire a one state solution.
      3) In regards to nailing myself to the cross. I am Muslim. I do not believe in the crucifixion of Jesus. Sorry. I sacrifice for Palestine because it is the right thing to do. With or without a Palestinian wife :)
      “Ignorance is the mother of presumption.”
      Marie De Gournay

  4. July 22, 2013 at 1:16 pm | #8

    P.S: The flashing altimeter/target sign on your page is very unsettling

    • July 27, 2013 at 2:01 pm | #9

      I can tolerate it. I am just in consternation because I pride myself in being able to feel with others, or at least attempt to. I am ashamed that I can not offer apologies for your lack of comfort. I hope you understand.

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