Category Archives: Social Sciences

Daniel Haqiqatjou and Umm Khalid – Tips on Finding a Spouse

Excellent talk and discussion by Daniel Haqiqatjou and his wife, Umm Khalid on how to go about looking for a spouse in a halal manner for the practicing or mostly practicing types out there.
 
Brothers, they are doing the talk together so shouldn’t need to remind you to lower your gaze, i.e open the talk in youtube then open another screen or tab over it so can just listen.
 

Christian Silence on Reading Stabbing Attack

I was really moved by all the apology videos christian ministers and activists were doing over the Reading stabbing attack when it was revealed he was a convert to Christianity… no wait… that never happened did it?

Only Muslims are expected to apologise for things they’ve never done and never agreed with in the first place and like muppets we reinforce that narrative and go along with it every time.

John Fontain | Young Smirks PodCast EP37 – Sheikh Abu Usamah

Sheikh Abu Usamah about the BLM Protests, the permissability of protests in the light of Islamic teachings, Malcolm X, Colin Kaepernick and racism in the Muslim community.

Gained a lot of benefit from this disussion, so happy to see Muslims starting to make full use of the medium of podcasts to benefit the Ummah.

The back and forth on marriage, race and societal position was especially good, people do not understand matters of compatability.

Interview by John Fontain for the podcast Young Smirks

Marx Must Fall!

Not a lot of people know Marx and Engels also had vile racist views, as well as being jointly responsible for the deaths of over a hundred million in the 20th century and the most consistantly wrong political ideology.

Many Black Lives Matter activists and allies would be horrified to know those they have been taught to look up to as heroes and visionies referencing those they didn’t like as ‘N____s’, and ‘Negroes. ‘

In a letter to Engels, in reference to his socialist political competitor Ferdinand Lassalle, Marx wrote:

“It is now completely clear to me that he, as is proved by his cranial formation and his hair, descends from the Negroes who had joined Moses’ exodus from Egypt, assuming that his mother or grandmother on the paternal side had not interbred with a n—–. Now this union of Judaism and Germanism with a basic Negro substance must produce a peculiar product.”

Engels shared Marx’s racial views along with his other thoughts. In 1887, Paul Lafargue, who was Marx’s son-in-law, was a candidate for a council seat in a Paris district that contained a zoo. Engels claimed that Lafargue had “one-eighth or one-twelfth n—– blood.”

In a letter to Lafargue’s wife, Engels wrote, “Being in his quality as a n—–, a degree nearer to the rest of the animal kingdom than the rest of us, he is undoubtedly the most appropriate representative of that district.”

So time for the communist idol built over Marx’s grave to go in London, pull it down, along with the tomb stone over Engels grave as well as every other statue of these monsterous men.

Not all Racism is down to Colonialism

Find it annoying whenever racism in the Muslim community in Britain gets brought up many immediately blame it all on colonialism.

Yes, getting stepped on by the Brits, French and the rest can not have done good things to the collective mentality of any society towards race and racial hiarachies in their mindset then and this will of-course filter down to our community today.

But let’s not pretend colourism or the caste system didn’t exist prior to. Fair and lovely would still be the No.1 Beauty product in India / Pakistan even without the East India Company ever having existed.

Shemagh – Why do non-Saudis wear one when wanting to appear Scholarly?

Assalaamu Alaykum,

First off, I don’t hate Saudi, the land and especially not the people there. I’ve had wonderful experiences with many Saudis, met a few bad ones but generally very good brothers and sisters Masha’Allah, and I have genuine love and affection for them.

But I am not Saudi myself.

Therefore it would seem silly to wear the Shemagh / Keffiyeh on a daily basis when walking around the west even though I’ve worn one myself when on Umrah (paid for and arranged by a Saudi Sheikh studying in the UK, may Allah reward him, ameen), it’s extremely practical when in a desert climate but why would I wear it here in the UK unless it’s an extra hot day and needed a little neck as well as head protection?

Yet, again and again, Indo-Pakistanis, Somalis and reverts when wanting to appear knowledgeable in the deen, when giving talks or reminders don the Saudi style Shemagh but I just can’t help but see this as a negative, a sign of a lack of confidence in our own culture or that Islam could ever gain influence or even dominance over this culture as surely we want?

Assalaamu Alaykum,

Gingerbeardman

Mirror Newspaper Corona Virus Casual Racism

There are obviously bigger concerns than casual racism in newspapers at the moment, and yes the tabloid newspapers are trash we shouldn’t read but instead use as emergency bum wiping supplies in case we can’t get enough of the proper stuff because of  the moronic hoarders, and yes the people who own them and write for them are partly responsible for dumbing down the public discourse on just about every issue they poison with their idiotic 5 or sometimes 6 letter word coverage but…

It is sometimes worth noting they are part of the problem when it comes to racism in society, to see the casual racism that these educated, middle class, liberal-elite writers pump out along with their celebrity gossip columns, horoscopes, and football coverage which then seeps into the subconscious brains of the millions of people who read such trash who might, just might generally be fairly decent and where they are not are certainly a whole lot less racist than some assume and are doing a lot better than they were 20 or 30 years ago.

Here is an image lifted from the Mirror website, thanks to Mohammed Sadiq on facebook for spotting this one. This was a stock image taken from online and then they’ve found or made a ‘white-washed’ version to remove all the visibly ethnic faces which might offend the sensibilities of their readers, who would freak out to see a cartoon image of the doctors who happen to not look like them (or most of the journalists and chattering classes for that matter).

The top image is lifted from the mirror, the bottom is the original.

In this we shouldn’t blame the working classes who make up the majority of the readership of this waste of tree pulp, rough substitute bog roll, who are not blind and are well aware the NHS workforce is made up of many different ethnic groups. I blame this on the actions of a well meaning, lefty journalist who perhaps working from home may have looked down from their hip, Islington, penthouse flat Ivory tower and thought “The working classes… they’re a bit thick and racist and voted for Brexit, no way could they bring themselves to show the support of the NHS whilst their nan dies of Corona virus if too many darkies are in the picture, let me do something about that.”

Remember this is the Mirror, the ‘good’ tabloid, the lefty one, supposedly non-racist one, according to many at least and whose articles are shared repeatedly at election times by certain types on social media and they’ve managed in these times of shortened staff to go the extra mile, get someone to put in the effort to cock up the most simple of messages, to support the medical professionals in these troubled times and taint it with racism, oh and insult the intelligence of their working class readers. To aim the proverbial shotgun at their corporate foot and pull the trigger on both barrels.

Ethnic minorities are massively represented in the NHS, and increasingly so and most people are glad of it accept for the real knuckle-draggers out there (yes you ‘Gary’).

It’s not just towns and cities, even little villages like the one my parents live in in Leicestershire has ethnic minority medical staff in the pharmacies and nearby GP surgeries. Even 30 years ago, the coal mining village in South Yorkshire where I grew up and which was at least back then pretty racist had an Asian doctor and black medical staff and all but the most moronic would still happily put their prejudices aside back then if it meant getting seen sooner.

People for the most part rarely care who serves them, especially when it comes to the their health and the well-being of those they love, where they want the best qualified person whatever colour, race or creed they happen to be.

Don’t get me wrong there is still racism out there, sometimes shocking instances of it, but things would probably get better sooner if the tabloids, part of a dying medium hurried up and went the way of the Dodo. We can only hope if there is a recession after Covid 19, the likes of the Mirror are the first to go bankrupt as people cut back on paying for this rubbish and get their news elsewhere instead.

 

Cave find shows Neanderthals collected seafood, scientists say

Guardian – Cave find shows Neanderthals collected seafood, scientists say

As a ginger person, I am glad scientists are finally getting around to debunking many of  the racist myths about my ancestors 😀

Okay, so I may possibly have a tiny fraction of Neanderthal DNA according to some scientific theories, but the way Victorian and even later scientists have literally de-humanised our larger browed hairy cousins says a lot about the way people view ‘the other’ and the racism of past and present and how we can all easily fall into such thinking.

One by one, the myths about Neanderthals are getting tossed out of the window as archaeological evidence shows rather than being savage, cannibalistic primitives, they showed just as much art, culture – including care for the dead and cuisine as homo-Sapiens of the same time period.

GINGER RIGHTS!

 

Closing the Masaajid, Covid 19, Herd Immunity and Herd Mentality

 

Assalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatahu,

In our lives we often unfortunately end up taking polarised positions or no position at all out of a fear of offending  the extremes on either side.

So in the wider society are you pro or anti abortion?
Brexit or anti-brexit?
Pro or anti Democracy?

In the deen we see similar sentiments regarding being pro or anti Madhab, what aqeedah position someone follows or what is the ruling regarding x or y matter.

Now there is usually some merit on both sides, mostly as individuals we fall somewhere in the middle and so even if you feel one is correct and the other on balance incorrect, because of the fear of offending the extreme faction on ‘our side’ of the argument most end up keeping silent.

The extremists then are given free reign to resort to belittling and attacking each others positions, with the moderate majority’s voices being somewhere in the middle do not get represented or more accurately fail to represent themselves.

PREFERENCE FALSIFICATION

Social media instead of building networks across lines has in modern society led to further exacerbate this group polarisation effect and people sticking to their ‘own side’ even when they may disagree with large aspects of what is considered correct, indeed orthodox by their in-group.

This concept is known as preference falsification where we hide our more nuanced views, or even lie about them to keep in with the crowd we most closely identify with. People do this to avoid social stigma, even isolation and being cast out, unfriended, shouted down etc.

PROTECTION OF LIFE VS PROTECTION OF DEEN

In the recent heated masjid closure dispute there was merit on both sides for keeping the masaajid open or closing them down during the start of Covid 19 pandemic which is sweeping the UK and the rest of the world.

Yes, one of the primary purposes of the Shariah is to protect life, this is a valid argument and there are examples throughout the history of our Ummah of decisions being made going against the general ruling, where necessity was required to protect life.

Likewise there is merit in the argument that taqwa is the strongest defense, that the problems which befall the world are from the will of Allah, and only by returning to His worship in the best of ways will we triumph in this life, and more importantly the next.

But questioning the intelligence or imaan of the proponents of the opposition in this discussion or indeed any discussion is usually counter productive, even if you were correct on this matter, shouting moron or idiot, or kafir, or munafiq at your opponent rarely brings them to your point of view.

Likewise if we are wrong on a matter, if we put up this wall of noise for our position, or hide behind one generated by others on our behalf by the self appointed gate keepers of our community, we are unable to hear what others have to say and so change our position.

All of the Salafi masaajid in my city are now closed, as well as the modernist and iqwaani types as well choosing to protect the lives of those who would normally attend the jammat, especially the elders, and of-course the wider community.

I disagree myself, and my closest masjid, a traditionalist Deobandi one remained open (now closed several days later as government advice has changed) so I still had somewhere to pray and to attempt to increase my imaan and return back to Allah if I wished.

But those who were calling for masaajid to close are not abandoning the deen, they were calling for this to be a time of contemplation and prayer in our homes and those who were calling for them to remain open are still attempting to limit the spread of the disease otherwise.

HERD MENTALITY 

I found it interesting however that as in general society we saw a similar disagreement between those who called for immediate closure of schools and wider society, and those supporting the government plans to build herd immunity and isolating the old and infirm. Thus allowing a greater level of infection and then immunity among the masses,  allowing the more vulnerable to be protected from what are likely to be further outbreaks of this virus later this year, and in subsequent years.

Interestingly we saw many of the same Muslims on social media who were shouting for school closures, now shouting for the closure of masaajid.

Many of these same loud online voices took a dim view of the UK governments following of scientific advice on building herd immunity (as they take a dim view of this government in general) and said we should follow the continental European example of shutting down all social institutions, these same voices shouted loudest against Brexit so are they genuinely looking at the evidence or just following their in-groups perceived ‘wisdom’ on this one?

If this is you and you are offended I have accused you of a herd mentality, ask yourself this, if Jeremy Corbyn had won the election, and followed the same scientific advice (as the government would have changed not the scientists and civil servants who advice it) would you be so strongly and vocally against this position?

If Europe and Britain had taken opposite views and the continent went for herd immunity and Britain for lock down would you now be as strongly supporting the government as you attack it right now?

Some of you were even applauding those public officials who used their position not just to disagree but to attack the government, and called for civil disobedience to it even in this time of crisis and neither approach works if everyone goes their own way.

HERD IMMUNITY

As I’ve said repeatedly here, there is merit on both sides in most arguments and that is as true for the science in this case as it is for the deeni discussion we’re having on opening or closing masaajid.

The general view point of the government is that this virus is with us to stay for good or at least years to come, if we go into lock down as soon as we have an out break each time there will massive disruption to the economy every year going forward and many more deaths in the long run.

They are following the theory, that if you isolate the vulnerable, whilst allowing the masses to be infected to some degree and then become immune we can cut the transmission chains in future outbreaks so save lives then, by sacrificing a smaller number of lives now than would die in the end.

If they go into shutdown too early, herd immunity will not develop and then as soon as society reopens we have another outbreak, or perhaps in subsequent years more and more outbreaks will return and the more vulnerable, the elderly and those with certain conditions will be picked off year by year.

This is rational even if it carries risks, and though I see the merit of the opposite approach being taken in Europe I think that carries far greater harms to society in the long term and if the deen is also about saving lives as the pro-closing types rightly state then these future lost lives also matter.

As a Muslim calling for people to follow Islam, not secularism, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, or as he is rightly called ‘Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson’ is not my first choice as leader, but he happens to be the head of the government right now, in this crisis, we are all in and it is important we all pull together in the same direction at this time.

Now we may not like our leaders, but they are the ones we’ve got and when you’re heading into a storm, attempting to change captain or even call for a mutiny is hardly wise other than in the most extreme circumstances.