I’ve always wondered, when disconnected and self-serving politicians [Gingrich, Cain] and self-made pundits [Geller, Malkin] clamour about the United States being the greatest nation on the earth, do they ever take any of these headlines into factor as well:
Philadelphia: a 47-year-old male shot four times, once in the back of the head. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Philadelphia: 22-year-old male was shot once in the head, was rushed to Temple Hospital where he is in extremely critical condition. No arrests have been made.
Philadelphia: a 24 year old man was shot in the face. 90 minutes later a 24 year old man was shot in the back multiple times.
Paramus, N.J.: gas station owner tries to stop thief from driving off with a scammed lottery ticket but instead was dragged about 100 yards onto Route 15-South, killing him.
Philadelphia: 34-year-old man shot six times in the face after an argument leaving behind his seven-year-old daughter.
Philadelphia: one person dead and five others injured after patron is ejected from bar and returns to open fire.
New Orleans: man in critical condition after being shot in the St. Claude neighborhood.
Baton Rouge: 50-year-old was killed Friday evening in a busy restaurant by a man who then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. The men were arguing at a table at a local restaurant when the assailant grabbed a gun out of his backpack and shot the victim several times in the chest then shot himself in the head.
Philadelphia: a man is fighting for his life after getting shot outside a Chinese restaurant. As the victim left the restaurant on his bike, someone shot him in the chest. He made it a few more blocks before collapsing on the street.
Philadelphia: 58-year-old man stabbed to death in the chest. No motive or suspects are known.
These are just a handful of violent murders committed by Americans against Americans in the last 24-hours. There are hundreds more across the nation within that same time span. I am anxious to know how each of these esteemed thinkers and leaders will devise a method of dealing with our cultural addiction to violence and killing, both at home and abroad.
عن أبي بكر رضي الله عنه أنه قال للنبي صلى الله عليه و سلم علمني دعاء أدعو به في صلاتي قال قل اللهم إني ظلمت نفسي ظلما كثيرا و لا يغفر الذنوب إلا أنت فاغفر لي مغفرة من عندك و ارحمني إنك أنت الغفور الرحيم
Abu Bakr, may God be pleased with him, said to the Prophet, may God send peace and blessings on him, teach me a supplication that I might call upon in my prayer. The Prophet said: “Say: O’ God!, I have wronged myself often and there is no one to forgive sins except for You therefore, forgive me, an expiation from You and have mercy on me for you are the One Who Forgives sins, the Merciful.”
“The modern period has come to an end in the twentieth century with the psychic numbing, inner death, or nihilism that we have been discussing throughout this inquiry. The historical considerations of this chapter enable us to augment and deepen our understanding of this uncomfortable condition. We see how it is that the depressed condition of Western culture in the postmodern period is associated with intellectualism, the progressive elevation and narrowing of one aspect of the human to the exclusion of all others, especially the spiritual dimension, and with the appearance of the question that the intellect cannot answer: What’s the use of use?”—From Rediscovering the West: An Inquiry Into Nothingness and Relatedness, by Stephen C. Rowe.
كم لون قد أصفر بالجوع و كم هائم على وجهه بالسياحة و كم مانع لنفسه ما قد أبيح و كم تارك رواية العلم زعما منه مخالفة النفس في هواها في ذلك و كم موتم أولاده بالتزهد و هو حي و كم معرض عن زوجته لا يوفيها فهي لا أيم و لا ذات بعل
"How many have become yellow with hunger, how many have fallen dead asleep due to exhaustion from wandering in travel [siyahah], how many have forbidden themselves that which has been stated as permissible and have abandoned the transmission of knowledge ['ilm], asserting they are counteracting their soul’s [nafs] base desires, how many have orphaned their children by asceticism while they [the fathers] are still alive, and how many have turned away from their wives, not fulfilling their rights, leaving them neither widows or women with a husband?”
Some sound advice from our brother, our Imam al-‘Allamah al-Imam Abu al-Farj ‘Abd al-Rahman bin ‘Ali Ibn al-Jawzi, the great Hanbali scholar know simply as al-Jawzi, from his work, al-Mawdu’at/ الموضوعات, published in three volumes.
“Sunni Islam is at heart a cult of authenticity, with the science of hadith criticism functioning as a centerpiece designed to distinguish authentic attributions to the Prophet from forgeries.”—
Jonathan A. C. Brown. “Even If It’s Not True It’s True”. Islamic Law and Society 18.
While “cult” may be a strong if not derogatory word, it nonetheless leaves me to wonder: Are we perceived as a people who are overcome with the need to be authentic over operational? While not wanting to abandon the need for authentic sources, it does leave some food for thought.
“The genesis and the evolution of the space of interaction between the “West” and “Islam,” and how it acquired “transcutural” properties, is crucial for understanding what kind of influence it had on the shaping of an Arab-Islamic collective identity taking the form of a “framework of universal reference.” The emergence of a framework of reference which entails a universal character is a major medium of what we call political-intellectual modernity …. the intellectual distinction always needs an external Other in order to construct a framework of universal reference. In the Western case, the view of the Islamic Orient, its “orientalization,” was crucial for defining the Western path of modernity.”—
Beyond Orientalism? Max Weber and the Displacements of “Essentialism” in the Study of Islam by Armando Salvatore. Published in Arabica, T. 43, Fasc. 3 (Sep., 1996), pp. 457-485.
I was struck by the use of “West” and “Islam” where one refers an a-geographical location and the other to an ahistorical reference to a religion. Somehow these two methods of description are supposed to be appropriate and compatible.
I am also curious as to how much of the “Arab-Islamic collective identity” is the result of hegemonic discourses [such as Weber] and how much is due to Muslims themselves actually believing it.
“Islamic fundamentalist theory [as it relates to] divine sovereignty is a rebuttal of and antidote to “rationalist discourse” itself, that is, the Western tradition that has posited reason as the source of truth, knowledge and authority. In the fundamentalist view, the rationalist rejection of transcendent foundations is the source of modern malaise in general, and the impoverishment of community, authority, and morality in particular.”—From an article by Roxanne L. Euben: Comparative Political Theory: An Islamic Fundamentalist Critique of Rationalism, published in The Journal of Politics, Vol. 59, No. 1 (Feb., 1997), pp. 28-55.
“Functionalizing of fundamentalist ideas simultaneously assumes and reinforces an understanding of fundamentalism as epiphenomenal: they assume fundamentalism is a reflex reaction to certain political or socioeconomic circumstances and, in so doing, reinforce the impression that the growing appeal of fundamentalism owes little to its own inherent power as a moral ideal.”—From an article by Roxanne L. Euben: Comparative Political Theory: An Islamic Fundamentalist Critique of Rationalism, published in The Journal of Politics, Vol. 59, No. 1 (Feb., 1997), pp. 28-55.
Tear after tear in the puppet man’s hands every time you take a stance you do the puppet man’s dance and the world’s at a stand still, deep in broken mansville trapped in a moat with an anvil, still killin’ ya self and doggin’ your health you ain’t amphibious so get a holda ya self.
By Heaven and the Night-Comer! And what will convey to you what the Night-Comer is? The Piercing Star! There is no self which has no guardian over it. Man has only to look at what he was created from. He was created from a spurting fluid,emerging from between the back-bone and the breast-bone. He certainly has the power to return him to life. On the Day when the secrets are sought out and man will have no strength or helper. By Heaven with its cyclical systems and the earth with its splitting seeds, it is truly a Decisive Word. It is no joke. They are hatching a plot. I too am hatching a plot. So bear with the kafirun – bear with them for a while.
In Another Way, Part 2. Marc Cary from the album Listen: Marc Cary (piano); Ron Blake (tenor saxophone); Terrell Stafford (trumpet); Yarbrough Charles Laws (flute, percussion); Billy Johnson (bass); Dion Parson (drums); Daniel Moreno (percussion).
In Another Way, Part 1. Marc Cary from the album Listen: Marc Cary (piano); Ron Blake (tenor saxophone); Terrell Stafford (trumpet); Yarbrough Charles Laws (flute, percussion); Billy Johnson (bass); Dion Parson (drums); Daniel Moreno (percussion).