Proportional encounters

Life is full of contradictions; whether we like it or not… There’s always the big and there’s the small; there’s the high and surely the low…  yet what really amazes me are the double standards…Yes, the fact that it’s alright for someone to think or to do something; yet it is not for someone else…   That happens when people really think high of themselves; I mean higher than they should think… Logically, the intolerable initiative  that it’s OK for to insult B, but it’s NOT OK for B to insult A. Of course, B and A can be replaced with many different races, religions, etc.

We are thoughtful drivers, others in traffic are mere jerks; or; Men are Jerks, Women are victims; and my favorite; females checking a man’s butt is acceptable, males doing the same will be labeled as pigs! Men having females friends are out of the line; women sleep with their exes is insecurity! apparently it’s a never ending list, and sometimes it’s better to let go… not to go coco.

Imagine a girl approaches you and says that her friend would like to meet you (what is more thrilling than that)? On the other hand, if your male friend approaches a girl and tells her that you want to meet her, she might just be turned off by your lack of confidence and lack of ability to approach her directly by yourself.

When Joseph Stalin said “One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic” he was talking about the two types of people in life; leaders and followers… to him cattle is just a number… even when I thought I could role that out of this equation; I failed… both are human beings; yet labeled once more!

When I thought I could discuss this; I proved myself wrong; it’s our nature I believe (to a certain degree), but sometimes with some it’s just too much… Yes, I agree a person should believe in himself and posses a high self esteem; but not to extreme degrees cause that’s not even arrogance; but a plain sickness.

So, stay healthy 😉

No matter where we are; and no matter where we end up to be… it will always be five o’clock somewhere… despite the fact that we have time zones… Irony? or another contradiction?

Dr. Ahmed Alkhuzaie

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The War against God!

Now some may call it “out of this world” and others would just call it insane; but I would say it’s already upon us, and that my friends is what really matters now!

This war, is not a war waged by the anti-Christ, and surely not by atheists… It’s a war by men of God (or so they claim)…

In the holy Quran, the Lord commanded people to worship him, the one who protected them from fear and prevented them from hunger…. I think it’s safe to say that the Almighty has favored peace, serenity and security over food… For with no peace, what value for food will there be?

Throughout history, modern and ancient; priests, shaman, and scholars amongst the rest of their similar positioned religious spokesmen have always had control over their herds, in the name of God, any God their people would worship.

Now such people (mostly men, but women have their share as well) spoke in the name of the Gods and commanded them in their names to prosecute, kill and cast away their fellow-men for no other reason but control and power… Not all of them were/are of the same breed, but most are.

Looking back in history would only explain us what’s going on today and what will happen in the future in some cases; all wars (with minor exceptions) were religiously driven; if not against a fellow race it would be against a fellow-man… I might understand (somehow) the crusades when the Christians waged a holy war to free Jerusalem from the Muslims, but I’ll never understand the Irish Christian/Christian civil war! What do we call that? Stupidity? Ignorance? Or is it seeking power? Power with a hell of a price to pay… By people, not their leaders! Sudan is another case to closely monitor for us to understand and see to ourselves that no winners will come out of it.

“All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers”
Francois Fenelon

They promise them exclusive entry to the Elysian Fields and like a cattle they are driven to the slaughter grounds; as if heaven keys were exclusively given to them for safe keeping!

No one speaks for God; he speaks for himself and always did… He would never have an issue communicating with us; after all he created everything; hasn’t he? We ask HIM for advice, we ask HIM for a better tomorrow, not phony mortals in strange costumes who barely can make sense to their followers… God created us all equally, and favored no one but by deeds… He doesn’t want us to kill our fellow-man for no other reason but being different, and doesn’t want us to think we are better…. He wants us to act it, and be better for real!

There’s no difference between an easterner or a westerner, between black or white, Asian or African, man or a woman, old or young… But for their legacy… What are they bound to leave behind? A book maybe? Or a help one gives to a stranger that turns out to be a scientist that saves a million lives?

“It’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you; it’s what you leave behind you when you’re gone” Three Wooden Crosses – Randy Travis

If one claims to love God, worship him, believe in him… I ask this… What did God say about loving one another? What did men say about it? What did God say about forgiving? What did men say about it? What did God say about killing innocent in his name? And what did men say about it?

Dr. Ahmed Alkhuzaie

Shiites 101

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For us to understand this sect of Islam, we’ll have to go through and understand what made them who they are, and what differentiate them from their fellow Muslims;

“Like other schools of thought in Islam, Shia Islam is based on the teachings of the Quran and the message of the Islamic prophet Muhammad www.wikipedia.com”.

Their main focus is backing up the prophet‘s disciple, cousin, and son in law Ali Ibn Abu Taleb; and his 11 descendants from the prophet’s daughter. Each of them is called “Imam” that is “leader” and believed to be Infallible as much as the prophet was. When the prophet passed away; the Shiites believed (and still do) that when his family were busy sitting up the funeral and grieving; the disciples gathered and elected Abu Baker as the Khalifa (ruler) after the prophet and that Ali Ibn Abi Taleb was not involved specially that they still claim that he should be the one and no elections were required in the first place cause the Prophet himself named Ali to be his successor (as claimed). Shiites, a word derived from an Arabic word for following or tracking, meant for supporting Ali Ibn Abi Taleb (and his descendants) who was the prophet’s cousin and son in law.

The Shiites believe they represent Islam in its true form, and unlike the other sects, were formed during the days of the prophet, and not after his death as presumed; for the Prophet answered Ali Ibn Ali Taleb when he asked him “who are the elite of people?” saying “you and your Shiites (followers)”.

Among other terms that has been invented in the past few decades; Welayat Al Faqeeh “support of a scholar” is a term that has seen the light in 1979 when the Ayatollah Khomeini and his fellow Shiite scholars overthrown the monarchs in Iran and introduced that Ideology for the first time. That term was thought of two hundred years earlier only, by an Iranian scholar known as Ahmed Al Naraqi, a student of “Kashef Al Gheta’a” who wrote this scheme right after the fall of the Safavid dynasty. In my opinion that was a way to take exception to the only available way of ruling a nation, to somehow re-read the scripts and try to read between the lines, or even invent a new direction or even change it. In Shiites beliefs, they shouldn’t involve in politics and shouldn’t form a nation or take over a throne; for only the long awaited Imam is allowed to do so, for he was hidden from people for about 1400 years so he won’t give in to anyone under all sorts of pressure like his ancestors did; specially after the bloody battle that ended tragically for his great grand father Imam Hussain Ibn Ali Ibn Taleb in the battle of Karbala. Shockingly the Ayatollah Khomeini was against that Idea when was introduced to him by Shaikh Al Montazeri (as per what’s mentioned in his memoir) in the early 1960’s; but then the idea was to unify Sunnites and Shiites in a new movement. And then he (Khomeini) started introducing the idea in his lectures by the year 1969. The new method (unlike the original) could be implemented NOW, instead of waiting for God knows how long; yet they did formulate it to serve them properly. Only a scholar or an Ayatollah can be part of this system, no commoner is allowed unless he’s “heart and soul” pro radicalism and as they see fit.

Al Waley Al Faqeeh (called “Waley Amr Al Muslimeen” means “Guardian of all Muslims” on other occasions) as per the new set up is the highest authority in that system; he appoints and sacks anyone as he sees fit; for he’s the voice of God on his earth until the Imam rises; so he hands it to him as per some claims. when Ahmedi Nejad a couple of years back welcomed Obama’s efforts to solve the middle eastern ongoing crises; Ayatollah Khamenni who is Al Waley Al Faqeeh spoken publically right after a Friday prayer as I recall and battered the elected president who changed his position shortly afterwards. Why hold presidential elections for an honorary position? And why not elect Al Waley Al Faqeeh himself! But that can’t be done for they claim he is acting on behalf of the long awaited Imam!

It is believed by Shiites that Imams or Ahl Ulbait (the 14 descendants of the profit and his son in law) are immaculate therefore are the only trustworthy people to rule. Yet in their absence no one was allowed to take that role; until the Islamic Revolution took place in Iran thirty three years ago and introduced the new ideology. Therefore if Al Waley Al Faqeeh isn’t immaculate as Ahl Al Bait believed to be; then what’s the sharia (religious law of Islam) background to following him blindly?!

It is essential to mention that the Shiites are obliged to follow a certain scholar and do as he says, for some claim that a person who isn’t, God won’t accept his prayers; and that’s another reason for the submission of the common man to the religious structure.

The above has been written as per my humble understanding to the whole tale; and that is one part only (political) that I didn’t want to go through other cultural side in this article; but will be discussed on other occasions.

As well; from what I understood from discussing with some scholars and their authorized representatives is that some of their claimed followers do as they interpret is best for them and others assume that the scholar advised it or recommended it; which creates some useless arguments here as well. Beside the fact that this sect (just like others) is suffering from never ending arguments about secondary issues that does not matter at all; and that’s the reason why they are still sinking in the idea of being ill-treated and neglected just like Ahl Al Bait were.

I do believe that if they took that idea off their minds and started focusing on the NOW and THEN, none of that will be an issue for we should work on achieving something then wait for the result, not the other way around.

Dr. Ahmed Alkhuzaie

Politics in Islam

I started this research based on two resources; the first is of course the holy Quran and Sunna, and the second based on the actual application of these two in reality and how did Muslims really followed the sacred texts beside the scripts written by relatively modern scholars as a rendition of the political conflicts aroused by the many sects that found its way through to existence right after the death of the prophet Mohammed (PBUH).

The reason behind this research is not only to understand the theory behind the Islamic radicalism approach to politics, but to find a way to incorporate it with today’s modern world that started to resent (somehow) the religious approach to many issues including politics.

The core of what I’d like to go through has two sides to it:

1- The Islamic political theory is one that is not written but enforced throughout history.

2- This theory is not responding to modernity standards imposed by the modern reality.

Islam has incepted about seven hundred and ninety eight cults (if I may call them that) throughout the time between the death of the prophet until our modern day; most of them vanished; and some of them still survive but in very small numbers. Most (if not all) existed for a political cause one way or another; while some (claim) to have no interest in any political concern of any kind even though their scholars and leaders did otherwise; you’ll see them claim the opposite.

The main sects that were incepted (as per historians) right after the death of the prophet are the Shiites and the Sunnites. The Shiites, a word derived from an Arabic word for following or tracking, meant for supporting Ali Ibn Abi Taleb and his descendants who was the prophet’s cousin and son in law; and the Sunnites, who are following the prophet and his commandments literally and supported his disciples. The word Sunnites is originally “Al Sunna wal Jama’a” Sunna which refers to those who are following the word of the prophet and Jama’a meant to the assembly that supported the acceptance of Muaweya Ibn Abee Sufyan right after the Al Hassan the son of Ali Ibn Abi Taleb stopped asking for leadership. Both sects had a disagreement on who will be the prophet’s successor, and that was the first real Islamic political conflict that in my opinion was the start of the downfall of what the prophet worked his entire life achieving.

The Shiites on one hand claimed that Ali Ibn Abi Taleb and his descendants are the only worthy people of heading the Muslims; while on the other hand the Sunnites demanded that democracy is the way, and that Muslims should decide for themselves who rules them; which in my opinion was the reason for many events throughout history between a group of people who still claim to be oppressed and the other that claim they brought it upon themselves.

In the following articles I’ll discuss each sect’s views, and try to reason with their actual application towards their own beliefs and attempt to understand if they were so accurate; why did they fail to make it a proper example?

Dr. Ahmed Alkhuzaie

It’s a long way to heaven…

It’s well known historically that Islam came to life in the Arabian peninsula and particularly in Mecca in the heart of Hejaz‘s primitive environment that was ruled by religious ignorance, false Idols and home-made Gods. Each tribe had a God of their own; each family had an Idol, and per home a different kind of prayer was recited.

In that society, morals and principles as well as heavenly religions seized to exist; to worship stones and wood that has no feelings or awareness, that can’t do you good nor harm you; a handmade statues made to order; to speak for them on resurrection day in-front of God!

Mecca was THE merchants hub in those days for all the caravans that were used to take its road returning from the south of the peninsula carrying India‘s and Yemen‘s  goods to Syria, Palestine and even Egypt. Towards the end of the sixteenth century it became a flourished marketplace providing all who approached it with all types of goods from all around the world known to man back then. All thanks to its geographical location; and the abundance of water in it; beside it’s being a religious hub accommodating thousands of pilgrims every year from all around the middle east that visits the holy Kaaba, who normally resides for a bout three months, or attending Okaz’s renowned market that was very near to Mecca and was attended by Arab‘s most prestigious merchants and poets beside the Persians and Africans amongst many others. In my opinion the main reason back then for people to visit Mecca beside the pilgrimage was this market for the attractions they had back then could be compared (if not exceeds) today’s tourist attractions; poetic debates, horse races, night life, music, alcohol, and sex of course.

Mecca’s very own merchants took advantage of such seasons for their own benefit; deriving their influence amongst Tribes based on their political and moral powers anchored  by their monetary strength. From there Mecca’s merchants knew the in’s and out’s of trading that led them to an endless source of power and political strength, making their home town a trading nation of buyers and sellers thinking of nothing else but making more money no matter how.

Naturally; the neighboring tribes would count on them for their financial support; which was done with high rate of usury, making Mecca’s merchants the most known and treacherous  lenders of their time; maneuvering with the debts, enslaving the debtors in result; then investing their producing power in all means their sick minds (and the adverse laws of these times) could think of. As an example, the creditor normally would force the debtor’s wife or daughter to work as a prostitute until their husband’s or father’s debt is paid in full; knowing they increased it on a daily basis so the woman would work for life for their benefit. Debtors (back then) never dreamt of getting the creditors of their back, but rarely; which forced many debtors into either fleeing into the desert and join burglars and wanted criminals or become slaves and be done with the way the creditors sees fit. That occurred in a time when the pilgrims numbers were increasing making the rich richer and the poor poorer; which made it necessary for the merchants to take good care of their clients and provide them all they seek; leaving them with no choice but prepare way ahead for the Hajj season and the commencing of Okaz’s market place, along side with Al Majanna, Thee Majaz, and Mena markets. they had two trips a year one takes place in the summer, the other during the winter season, voyaging to Syria, Palestine, and the south of the Arab lands to sell their goods, and buy what’s available in these markets to bring it back home.

The funds these merchants invested and traded with, were not theirs only, for they have endless funds to utilize pooled from rich personnel from Mecca and Ta’if governed by contracts and conditions for both parties benefits and obligations. That’s what encouraged Mecca’s public to look after the merchants caravans and pick only men who are well-known for their integrity, wisdom and courage to accompany them of their trips as a guarantee for the high net worthy to contribute their funds.

Many men were hired for the sake of protecting their interest, specially with the growing numbers of bandits and outlaws back then; mainly were bought from eastern Africa; their numbers increased to a level that they formed a well organised army of their own funded by Mecca’s richest; which means they were making very high profits, or else how would they afford it.

All the above paved the way for segregating the Meccan society into two; one with a filthy rich, politicians, merchants, and landlords. The second  one is of those poor, slaves, and thugs; of course and them whom lives depended on the rich groups. the second group were people who were manipulated, used, and abused, as these was nothing to stop the current situation and the balance of powers.

That was just a glimpse of how that society in particular was before the new religion was brought upon them. For they have lost their humanity and lost their way to a level that it was hardly possible to call the way they lived a society. One that is binded by laws and rights; and not managed as much as a cattle was.

Imagine how a person is determent and brave to be able just barely to think for a second to change such a society to transform them from being a bunch of heartless Bedouins into thinkers, writers, and scientists. Into men and women, hand in hand equal in rights and obligations towards an Arabian version of utopia.

Praying to have a splinter of what he had to spread it around all of us; for I’m sure it will be more than enough…

It’s a long way to heaven, and it’s closer to hell…

Dr. Ahmed Alkhuzaie