My Heart travels when my body cannot – do virtual miles count?

As stated before, I have a life and sometimes it gets busy, and sometimes I can come up with excuses not to walk to Mecca.  It does not mean that I am not headed in that direction, it just means that I don’t write every thing down and transmit it to this forum.

The miles that I count on this blog are mile spent in Islamic Directed Thought DURING exercise.  So shopping miles don’t count, and sitting at the computer searching about Islam doesn’t add any distance.

I also had some surgery.  InshaAllah, I will live.  If not, I know that SOME people will be happy…

Anyway, enjoy the slideshow and see how often it can be passed around.

<div style=”width:425px” id=”__ss_270197″> <strong style=”display:block;margin:12px 0 4px”><a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/abdul_lateef/is-terrorism-a-muslim-monopoly” title=”Is Terrorism A Muslim Monopoly” target=”_blank”>Is Terrorism A Muslim Monopoly</a></strong> http://ahref= <div style=”padding:5px 0 12px”> View more <a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/” target=”_blank”>presentations</a> from <a href=”http://www.slideshare.net/abdul_lateef” target=”_blank”>abdul lateef </a> </div> </div>

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I’ve gone over 100 miles, but was too busy to notice.

The thing about a blog is that you are supposed to keep up with it.  I have enough to do with keeping up with my LIFE.  I am doing my walking, and praying, and thinking, but I am also being a Mom, a Wife, a Business Person and all sorts of other things.  Egypt is happening.  My Son just got out of the Navy (and started college AND got a JOB!)  I am spending time trying to keep on top of business, and the things I do for the Masjid, and for my community as well.  Right now I can only type for a few more seconds before I have to leave for a 4pm appointment.  Hey, at least I am ALIVE and live in a country where I don’t have to camp in a city square in order to get the rights promised by the Constitution.

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The Mecca I am Walking Towards: Is it the same one that Mohammad (PBUH) did Hajj at?

As you can see by my slowly diminishing miles, I am making progress on my walk to Mecca.  But what am I walking towards?  If you notice the current picture at the top of my blog, you will see a vintage photo of Mecca.  It shows the Kaaba as it was in the 30’s or 40’s.  Just below, you will find a copy of the original photo that I “adjusted” for the alloted space.

Old Image of Pilgrimage to Mecca

If you look at the photo, you can see the Kaaba, the people who are praying, a building that is probably the “royal” pavilion for “special” guests, and on the hills surrounding the enclosure, the homes of many of the common people who lived in Mecca.    But the dominant building is the Kaaba.

In Islam, we are to submit to God.  When we go to Mecca on Pilgrimage, we are seeking an understanding of submission to what is right, it is not about what WE want.    Malcolm X truly became a Muslim when he went on Hajj and found out that Islam wasn’t about race or color, it was about Heart.  When he came back to America with what he had learned and began teaching the truth, he was murdered. But his message of Islam, not racism, lives on.

But I wonder…   Is the Mecca that the Prophet (PBUH) went to Hajj at, the one where Malcolm X learned that ALL Muslims (those who submit) are truly brothers and sisters, the Mecca where millions of people have gathered every year for over 15 century’s, the same place of peace, reflection, re dedication, and renewed commitment to God, that was first given to Hagar and her son Ishmael?

Abraham (PBUH), the father of Ishmael (PBUH) at one point had to abandon both Mother (His WIFE, Hagar) and Son in the desert.  As she was running back and forth between the hills of Safa and Marwa to find water, God revealed water at the site where she had left her son.  This is the same son that Abraham was ordered to sacrifice – his ONLY Son (as per both the Bible and the Quran)  (Remember, Issac was his Second Son, Hey, I didn’t write the Bible…).  Later, Father and Son built the Kaaba at the site of the Well of Zamzam and the town that grew up from this holy site became Mecca.

When Mohammad (PBUH) went on the first Pilgrimage, he and his group of believers all dressed the same, ate the same and worshiped the same way.  The practices established then, are the ones we follow now.  But there is a difference.  Look at the following photo and then compare it with the one above.

Is Big Ben towering over the Kaaba an example of Form over Substance?

Is this a place of worship? Maybe if you worship at DISNEYLAND!  The houses of the people are gone, replaced by the apartments and hotels of the wealthy.  The tent encampments of the poor are moved further and further away, but hey, buses are provided!  If you want a room with a view of the Masjid-al-Haram, pull out your wallet…it will cost you.  And you can always know what time it is by looking up from your prayers at a grotesque travesty  of an engorged quasi replica of “Big Ben”.  But it is “Islamified” by having the word “Allah” painted on the top.

Did I say “Islamified”?  That would indicate that I thought that this monstrosity had something to do with Islam.  There is nothing submissive to the will of God in this UN-holy edifice.  How much of the wealth that God gave in Oil beneath the sands went into building this luxury hotel/residential  apartment/shopping resort?   Islam teaches that there is nothing wrong with being wealthy but that it is an Amana, a Trust from God.  And that you are responsible for what you do with your money.  You can treat yourself to luxuries, but you are not to waste it in vain compititions seeking fame and glory.   What if the money had been spent in educating Muslims who don’t know their Islam, or providing programs so that they could feed themselves without relying on handouts from dubious organizations?

Muslims believe in the day of Judgement.  One of the signs is that people will compete to build taller and taller buildings.  I wonder if this could be considered a sign.

I have many miles to go before I get to Mecca.  Maybe “Big Ben” won’t be there when I arrive.  Maybe Muslims will have learned better by then.  I will trust in Allah…but tie my camel AND I will try to help educate the ones who don’t always follow their Islam.

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What the TEA Party People and Muslims Really Need to Know: One hour and Eleven Minutes of Radical Education and Where YOUR TAXES REALLY GO!

After my blog yesterday, somebody posted this video.  It isn’t really a video, it is a speech but a very important one.  The reason it is important is because it deals with usury, INTEREST, which in Islam is called RIBA.  It is a SIN for Muslims to pay or accept interest (Riba) and the clip below makes a pretty good argument from a NON-Muslim as to why.  You have to get past the history part first, but then it gets scary!!!

The Birth of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank – How usury destroyed America
1:11:11 – 3 years ago

Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magician’s secrets are unveiled. Here is a close look at their mirrors and smoke machines, the pulleys, cogs, and wheels that create the grand illusion called money. A boring subject? Just wait. You’ll be hooked in five minutes. It sounds like a detective story, which it really is, but it’s all true. Based on Mr. Griffin’s book of the same title, this address will shatter your old ideas about money and change the way you view the world. 1998 lecture.

Please listen and pass along.

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Muslim Perceptions & Misconceptions about the TEA Party

So I was on Facebook and encountered the following exchange (I deleted names but left the content) :

Any Muslim who belongs in the Tea Party movement has not paid attention to their actions. So far, they have (1) opposed the Islamic Community Center near Ground Zero, (2) opposed the re-election of Muslim Congressman Ellison, (3) made derogatory comments about Islam and Muslims, and (4) social studies textbooks talking about Islam

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    • Dear Dr. XXXX, I am not a member of any Tea Party, but I don’t believe they are as monolithic as some on the left (and in media) wants us to believe. There are definitely a sizable chunk (whatever the %) that are absolutely ignorant, rac…ist, reactionary, etc., but let’s not put Allen West and Rand Paul in one basket. I have little to disagree on with Paul and hope that we take advantage of the good that might come out of reaching out to him and similar people. That is my respectful opinion and am willing to be educated:)See More
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    • Agreed though there is truly very little to like about some of these characters.

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    • Let’s get something straight. The TEA party is SUPPOSED to be monolithic! TEA stands for Taxed Enough Already!. There are many Muslims, Liberals, Radicals, as well as Right Wing Conservatives who feel this way. The problem comes when the TEA party has been “hijacked” by people who have personal political agendas, sort of like the terrorists who keep announcing that they are Muslims…

I think that it is important for Muslims to remember not to Generalize!   Yes, there are frequent “generalizations” but we do NOT need to perpetuate ignorance.  We need to educate people about it.

The TEA Party movement came about because many Americans are tired of not being listened to by their chosen representatives.  They saw the kind of binge spending by their legislators that if they practiced with their household budget would put them in bankrupcy or jail for fraud.   The event that happened in November of 2010 wasn’t an election, it was a restraining order!

The problem that has hit the TEA Party is that a lot of people who have been gnawing at the outer fringes of the Republican Party have jumped onto the TEA Party Ship, and not only thrown the TEA off the boat, but also the Cross-Section of Americans who raised their voices in protest.

So the sane people who are trying to save the ship of state, are in the ocean while fringe issue people who have NOT been able to get their personal issues to dominate the Republican (or Democratic) Platform are overloading the political process.

Muslims, please remember that Islam is about submitting to God, not to a flawed political process.  Avoid extremism and confront the obvious errors being promoted by hate mongers with truth.  But DON’T fall into a trap of believing that ALL of the people of ANY Political Party, Racial Group, or Religious Affiliation are guilty of the zealotry of a few.

Muslims need to be seen as a PART of the political process, not ignoring it because there are people in it that we don’t like or who say mean things about us.  Hey, the Meccans used to say mean things about the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and in Taif, they threw stones at him.

I am learning that on my Walk to Mecca, I need to focus on the world that we live in as well as the world of the heart and spirit.  Islam does not let you live in a monastery with walls to keep the world out, but being an active participant who tries to make it better.

 

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Ronald Reagan and the Hypocrites that Quote him. (i.e. Polititians, Media Mavens, Talk Show Pundits, “Religious” Leaders, and Patriotic “Amuricans” who don’t wanna follow the US Constitution when it applies to Muslims.

In case you might not realize it from my balanced view of things political, I am a long time Republican that believes in Personal Responsibility, Smaller Government, letting people decide where the money goes instead of politicians making us fund stupid stuff, but I also care about the Planet, the people, and the future.

I liked Ronald Reagan in a lot of ways, and he was always good for a sound bite.  But he made sense with a lot of what he had to say and I liked the quote below that Sarah Palin used to justify her possible culpability for the actions of the Arizona Terrorist.  (Actually, I think the man was crazy with NO help from ANY political rhetoric.)

Sarah Palin quoted  President Reagan, “We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken society is guilty rather than the law-breaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of a state.”

Now I wish that she would actually listen to what she quoted and make the obvious connection.  I will paraphrase:

“We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken MUSLIMS are guilty rather than the Terrorists. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. Acts of monstrous criminality (Like 9-11) stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the members  of a RELIGION.”

Please pass the message on to the Hypocrites listed above and any others that you think won’t get it.  Maybe they will surprise us…

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Targeting Innocent People: Congresswoman Giffords and Most Muslims

The opening line of the article makes my point: Has the country’s increasingly heated political rhetoric gotten dangerously out of control?

The article by Holly Bailey goes on to point out how targeting people can have negative consequences, far beyond mere words.  As pointed out in the following:

On CNN’s State of the Union, Richard Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, referred to the Palin map that listed Giffords as a target as a sign of “toxic rhetoric” that had gone too far” though he insisted he wasn’t making a “direct connection” between Palin and Saturday’s shootings.

“Don’t we have an obligation, those of us in public life and those who cover us to say, ‘This is beyond the bounds?'” Durbin told CNN. “We owe it to our own in both political parties to have at least the good sense and common decency when people say these outrageous things to say, ‘Wait a minute, that just goes too far,’ whether it comes from the right or from the left.”

I would like to point out that the above applies to people who use phony rhetoric and hate speech against Muslims.

I wondered how long it was going to take for there to be a slap at Muslims inserted into this horrific event.  Only a couple of hours went by before we learned that the girl that was MURDERED by the shooter was “Born on 9/11/2001.”  In a twisted way, the events of yesterday and 10 years ago are being brought together…as if Terrorist Suicide Bombers and psychotic Shooters must have a connection to Islam…

As I move along my path to Mecca (I am under 8000 miles, did you notice?) I am learning a bit here and a bit there.  I am trying to communicate the difference between Islam and the evil I see being done by “nice” people.  They are not “bad” in their own eyes.  Jerod Loughner probably thinks he didn’t do anything wrong.  He felt “Justified.”  And now there are a bunch of people dead or in hospitals because of him.

There are many Palestinians, Iraqis, Afghanis, etc. who strap on bombs and blow themselves up.  They probably felt “Justified” too.

Whether “they” do it because of politics or religion, because of drugs, mental issues, or in retaliation for real or perceived insults, NOTHING justifies going out and murdering people.

Protesting Hate Speech

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