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Day Forty (A Journey with Quran)

Surah An Nisa: Ayats 21— 30

21. And how could ye take it when ye have gone in unto each other, and they have taken from you a solemn covenant?

22. And marry not women whom your fathers married,— except what is past: It was shameful and odious,- an abominable custom indeed.

23. Prohibited to you (for marriage) are:- Your mothers, daughters, sisters, father’s sisters, mother’s sisters, brother’s daughters, sister’s daughters; foster-mothers (who gave you suck), foster-sisters; your wives’ mothers, your step-daughters under your guardianship, born of your wives to whom ye have gone in,—no prohibition if ye have not gone in;— (Those who have been) wives of your sons proceeding from your loins; and two sisters in wedlock at one and the same time, except for what is past; for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful;-

24. Also (prohibited are) women already married, except those whom your right hands possess: Thus hath Allah ordained for you: Except for these, all others are lawful, provided ye seek (them in marriage) with gifts from your property,- desiring chastity, not lust, seeing that ye derive benefit from them, give them their dowers (at least) as prescribed; but if, after a dower is prescribed, agree mutually (to vary it), there is no blame on you, and Allah is All-knowing, All-wise.

25. If any of you have not the means wherewith to wed free believing women, they may wed believing girls from among those whom your right hands possess: And Allah hath full knowledge about your faith. Ye are one from another: Wed them with the leave of their owners, and give them their dowers, according to what is reasonable: They should be chaste, not lustful, nor taking paramours: when they are taken in wedlock, if they fall into shame, their punishment is half that for free women. This (permission) is for those among you who fear sin; but it is better for you that ye practise self-restraint. And Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

26. Allah doth wish to make clear to you (what is lawful, and what is unlawful), and to show you the ways of those before you; and (He doth wish to) turn to you (In Mercy): And Allah is All-knowing, All-wise.

27. Allah doth wish to Turn to you, but the wish of those who follow their lusts is that ye should turn away (from Him),—far, far away.

28. Allah doth wish to lighten your (difficulties): for man was created weak (in resolution).

29. O ye who believe! Eat not up your property among yourselves unjustly. But let there be amongst you traffic and trade by mutual good-will: Nor kill (or destroy) yourselves: for verily Allah hath been to you Most Merciful!

30. If any do that in rancour and injustice,- soon shall We cast them into the Fire: And easy it is for Allah.

Translation: Abdullah Yusuf


by Mahroh Jahangiri 

I struggle to understand how we still need to protest police brutality, blockade, occupation, and ethnic cleansing. How I still need to comment with “today’s tally of dead womenandchildren” on the posts I see discussing security, human shields, security, and what is effective. And how people blindly respond that dead bodies is what is effective because yknow terrorism, tunnels, security, and the economic losses of a shut-down airport.

How many dead bodies makes an operation ineffective?

I guess that that would depend on the color of the bodies.

Brown and black and all of those bodies that are not dominant are continuously dehumanized to justify the violence that takes place against them. A very dear friend sent me a note this morning talking about this, and though I know this is nothing new, I am still consumed with it. It articulates what I have felt while watching the news these past few weeks, and what many have slept with/thought about/woken up to/thought of for decades. When people say “human shields,” what you are saying is that protecting civilians is no longer the occupying force’s responsibility – the Palestinians asked for it. When people say that the military gives ten-minute warnings, what you are saying is that the attacking force is absolved of its obligations to spare civilians – by taking eleven minutes, the Palestinians asked for it. When I comment with “today’s tally of dead womenandchildren” I’m only playing my role in a system that treats brown and black male bodies as inherently violent and born guilty.

What I am saying is that they asked for it.

The three Israeli teens murdered last month got a war to defend those that look like them.
The three Palestinian children that were killed by the Israeli military every nine days for the past thirteen years got a war that now kills one of them every hour.

“It’s because Hamas is their government.”
What you are saying is “they asked for it.”

Let’s reset our watches. In an hour, another Palestinian kid will lose his life because security does not apply to those who look like him.

“It’s because they were with/near/themselves a security threat.”
What you are saying is “they asked for it.”

I am sure that I do not agree with many of my Facebook friends on the causes of this conflict or the solutions. But I like to think that most of us in theory value each other’s lives equally. It is our media/society/and even families that actively push and socialize us not to.

The purpose of my post then is to ask my friends to recognize this and push back. Because talking about policy and solutions right now means we are still not addressing the fact that these policies and solutions are based on understandings that do not adequately value Palestinian people.

Take some moments to witness the occupation in Gaza and find some stories, photos, names that portray Palestinians as humans and not as a death toll. A great source is Ayman Mohyeldin on FB and on Twitter, the NBC correspondent reporting from Gaza through photograph and film. If I had just one opinion to share, it would be to follow him. Some journalist’s photos and videos are a longshot from capturing Palestinian humanity but they are a step in the right direction. For a few days before next liking or sharing a post that supports any militarized state, pro-police or pro-war official, returning soldier, defense operation, or right to security, make sure you know the names, ambitions, type of shelter, water access, food access, potential (or lack of a potential) future of the people that “security” kills. It’s quite a challenge to see the value in every person’s life.

Especially when states ban radio broadcasts naming children killed in Gaza. Or when media conglomerates pull out their Gaza correspondents after they witness the killing of four Palestinian boys playing soccer on the beach. Humanizing people is a really powerful thing because militants and collateral damage and security then no longer suffice as an explanation.

It’s quite a challenge to see the value in every person’s life.

And I do not think this will change everything.

But I do think that when the deaths of people that look like me are mourned equally as the deaths of people who look like you and costs are not measured according to the color of the dead bodies, “they asked for it” will make much less sense and violent policies and violent solutions will become less easy to justify.

And even if you believe they are still justified, even after knowing the stories and the faces, that is still better. Because at least it is now a little harder to stomach the brown and black bodies that serve as fodder.


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Reblogged from Mahroh Jahangiri




One Palestinian child has been killed by Israel every 3 days for the past 13 years

Almost half of the Palestinian population is under 18Official statistics from the Ministry of Information in Ramallah have revealed that 1,518 Palestinian children were killed by Israel’s occupation forces from the outbreak of the second Intifada in September 2000 up to April 2013. That’s the equivalent of one Palestinian child killed by Israel every 3 days for almost 13 years. The ministry added that the number of children injured by the Israelis since the start of the Second Intifada against Israel’s occupation has now reached 6,000.

“The International Day for the Protection of Children is on June 1,” said a spokesman, “but Palestinian children are still subject to attacks by the Israelis and Jewish settlers on an almost daily basis.”

Noting that 2012 saw an unprecedented rise in the number of children arrested by Israeli forces, the report pointed out that 9,000 Palestinians under 18 years old have been arrested since the end of September 2000. Almost half of the Palestinian population is under 18. Almost two hundred and fifty Palestinian minors are being held in prison by Israel; 47 of them are children under 16 years of age.


Credit: Memo. Middle East Monitor


Unexpected Guest

Daily Prompt: Unexpected Guests
You walk into your home to find a couple you don’t know sitting in your living room, eating a slice of cake. Tell us what happens next.

Unexpected guests have come innumerable times to our home.

Once I got up from my afternoon sleep, and was going to the kitchen to heat milk for the children, and make tea for my husband R. I noticed the door to the drawing room ajar.

I looked in, and saw a woman sitting on the sofa. Someone must have let her in. She was waiting for us to wake up.

I was caught in my sleepy attire. Now that she had seen me, I couldn’t rush off to change. Hiding my embarrassment, I greeted her.

The lady was a widow. She was living in an accommodation at the Peshawar Club. She told me that she had been asked to vacate in fifteen days. It was a sob story. My poor heart melted into tears of sympathy at the injustice to her.

R was the president of the club at that time. I was in righteous indignation at the callous, and cold hearted attitude of R, in turning out a poor widow.

I promised her, that I would persuade my husband. I gave her tea, and waved her good bye.

When I asked R if he could help her, he started laughing.
He asked me, “Do you know who she is?”
“She is the owner of all those buildings (he mentioned quite a few), on The Mall. She gets a considerable amount from the said properties. She must be renting out her own home. She have been occupying the club accommodation for the past eighteen years. It is meant for those members of the club, who can’t afford the pricey hotels, and that for a short while.
She is abusing the rights of those members, who are needy.
Do you want me to break the rules for her?”

Of course I was speechless. What could I say?

Unexpected Guest

Go Make A Stand

Daily Prompt: Fight The Power
Tell about a time when you fought with authority, and took a stand against “the man.”
Did you win?


Fight injustices, go make a stand
Show the world, what is wrong
Gather your friends and well wishers
Those responsible, won’t get headstrong

Go Make A Stand