June 22, 2013

For our Children

Filed under: Society — by Zuhair @ 6:40 am

‘What are you teaching them?’

It has come to my attention that our children are in a very difficult position. I believe it is about time something was done about it.

A friend of a friend had a little boy who was quite recently admitted to a private school. It happened that one day, the little child wanting to go to the bathroom, told the teacher so. The teacher directed him with the result that the child, unable to find the bathroom, and unable to hold it in, relieved himself on his clothes, soiling his trousers.

The teacher, having found out about it, removed the child’s trousers and undergarments, leaving him with only his school shirt on and took him back to his classroom.

The poor child was forced to sit in such a situation among the children, both boys and girls. But that was not all. He was harassed by the other little children who kept lifting his shirt to expose him to them. This incident, I was told happened more than once to the point where the child is now traumatized psychologically and refuses to go to school; not just the particular school but any school for that matter.

Teachers, is this how you behave in the school? Are you this incompetent and cruel? Is it normal for you to place a child in such an embarrassing position? Did it not occur to you to take the child away or discipline the other children on witnessing your mistake?

Parents, is this the type of children you are raising, the type who would have so little innocence and modesty so as to abuse another child? Do you not discipline your child and teach them right from wrong? Do you allow them to act so freely at home too? Are you even at home with them when they are? Or is this normal for you? Teachers, parents, is this how it is supposed to be? The parent of that particular child disagrees.  And this particular parent has the support of many other parents.

Finally, principal, do you know about this? Do you care enough to know about it? Are you going to let it go? Will you let it happen again? Do you even disapprove of what the teacher did or would you have done the same?

Adults, we have a problem; a problem that is going to, if it has not already, affect our children tremendously. We are creating a society where not only pedophiles harm children but where other children innocently harass children, a society where parents cannot trust teachers anymore and a society where the teacher is just the woman in the classroom not the woman who moulds the future of the children so the nation may be brighter.

If the incident I have related and the questions I have posed fail to affect you, the reader, you are cruel and heartless or have forgotten what is right and wrong because even society does not know the difference anymore. If it has affected you, I am not asking for a war, all I ask is that you be aware and create awareness because if there is no hope with the teachers, there is hope for your child with you.

Do something before it is too late. Speak up and that will take you a long way.


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June 19, 2013

To the Islamic Extremist 2

Filed under: Religion and society — by Zuhair @ 2:58 am

The Bigger Picture

There are always two sides to a story. This is the side that Abdelajo chose to take as he himself put it rather bluntly in public.

So what if we want to live by the Sharia in Muslim lands? Why does that mean you must follow us and chase us and call us extremists and kill us? Rather you lot are extreme. You are the ones that when you drop a bomb you think it hits one person? Or rather your bomb wipes out a whole family?

In this statement, one might simply see the confused and disturbed mind of a Muslim man affected by war to the point of delusion. But there is more to it than just that. Abdelajo seems to be making things crystal clear. He understands why he did what he did and now it’s our turn as citizens of the planet earth and as part of the human race, to forget our individual race and religion and try to understand the situation from a global perspective.

The war that is currently taking place, which sometimes seems simply like another news report is globalizing. When the US went to Afghanistan to pursue the AlQaeda and to Iraq in the name of freedom; that was where the war was; in Afghanistan and in Iraq. It was not in the US, where life remained the same. With incidents like the marathon bombings, the war has been brought home.

It is time for those in power to admit it. But is this happening?

London Mayor Boris Johnson statedThe fault lies wholly and exclusively in the warped and deluded mindset of the people who did it”.’

Obviously not…. The reason incidents like this occur is being ignored. This is not just one man. This is a personification of the effect of war. It is the embodiment of the loss of hope in turning to extreme measures to make a point, the exercise of freedom in taking justice into one’s own hands and the emotional and psychological confusion of the masses.

The masses. There are the masses and there are those in power; those who decide what to do next, those who ‘negotiate’ and those who hold press conferences, those who say that they are working on it, say that the fault is not theirs, say that the situation is difficult and say that measures are being taken, as they have always been taken, to reporters, to the television, to the masses right after a delicious cup of creamed coffee and buttered toast. It is they that should now being called upon to do something.

However, the masses are confronted with one problem; the problem that they have always been called upon and have often failed to respond positively. I ask them one question, will you change?

In expecting a negative answer or a redundant positive answer, I call upon the masses. It is time to put your foot down. Understand what Abdelajo has done and understand why. Before you to point your finger at him, condemn him and call him names, understand why.

There is no justification for what he has done. Taking another life will not bring back lives that have been taken in Afghanistan, Iraq or Palestine. Taking another life may not even stop more lives from being taken but he has taken a life and it is the duty of the masses, be they Muslim or non Muslim, be they White, Red or Black, to honor those that have died by saying NO to war!


Quotations from: Stevens, R. (2013). UK soldier killed in London in reprisal for Afghanistan and Iraq wars. World Socialist Website.

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June 18, 2013

To the Islamic Extremist 1

Filed under: Religion and society — by Zuhair @ 4:34 am

Is this the Solution?

Not long after the Boston Marathon bombings, a soldier in the UK was brutally murdered. The culprit Adebolajo admitted to doing what he did in the name of Islam. Once again, the world is forced to confront the basic idea of the West vs. Islam.  Was he justified in doing what he did though? Or was he just a delusional extremist Muslim?

The only reason we have killed this man today is because Muslims are dying daily by British soldiers

This is what Abdelajo is reported to have said shortly after the killing. A number of Muslims might feel that he acted correctly. To them, I put forth the following questions: Has he changed the political situation then? Has he made matters better or worse for the Muslims? How does Islam look right about now?

I understand that Abdelajo was psychologically and emotionally affected by the present political situation. I too, as a Muslim am deeply affected and I am certain I and him are not the only ones. However, as much as one is affected by current events, it is our duty as Muslims to maintain the peacefulness of our religion and faith.

Extremism is not the answer and killing a UK soldier certainly isn’t either. The victim was a member of the army. He was a soldier and in his mind, his duty was his country. The fault is not his. He is only one minor individual in the bigger scheme of things. Killing him and taking him away from his family would not and certainly did not end the conflict.

The fact of the matter is Islamic extremism serves not to put an end to the troubles the Muslims are facing but rather to escalate them, especially in making Islam as a religion look bad. It is because of extremism and fundamentalism that non Muslims look at Islam as a religion of ‘Terrorism’. Both they and the extremists have forgotten that Islam itself means ‘Peace’ and if it is mentioned to a non Muslim, he then mocks it because all he thinks about when he thinks of Islam is terrorism.

Because of this, the job of Western governments and anti Islamists has become easier. Islam can easily be portrayed as evil and the concept of Islamophobia can serve to gather support for the present global conflict.


Quotations from: Stevens, R. (2013). UK soldier killed in London in reprisal for Afghanistan and Iraq wars. World Socialist Website.

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June 11, 2013


Filed under: Poetry — by Zuhair @ 4:20 pm

10 for a movie.
A movie everyday.
11 for an outfit
because everyone has it anyway.

That’s what it is.
While a child goes hungry,
you spend on this.

If you value colored paper
so very little,
give away some of it
and sacrifice the sparkle.

That’s what it is.
While a mother dies somewhere
you spend on this.

13 on a pair of shoes
because they glitter.
Mine cost 2
and they serve me better.

That’s what it is.
While disease is out of control
You make one out of this.


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