Modern Shi’ite Islam: An Intro

Modern Shi’ite Islam: An Intro.

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Though chaos may come

           I will prevail!

Though reason has lost

           I will stand proud!

Through all the madness

             all the confusion

             all the pain.

Through all the loneliness 

             and strife

             and shame.

I will fight against it all.

I will bend

I will sway

but I shall not break.

                    I am life

                    I am love

                    I am faith.

I am

and I will! 

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Burning Bridges

Reaching a dead-end sometimes differs from failing. sometimes, burning bridges makes sense for cutting losses and accepting the inevitable; other times it’s a staring point, or a fresh new start.

Is a bridge burner a coward? Or does it take courage and bravery to do so?
sometimes “and I say sometimes” the past can be harmful -keeping in mind that it made us who we are with all the good and the bad experiences we got hurt from, enjoyed or even learned from- so doesn’t it take a man to stop the harm and leave it behind? Start a healing process? Or is that considered fear of the unknown? not standing up for what you wanted the most? won’t the fire from the bridge(s) we burn light the way for what’s coming? or will we keep on committing the same mistakes all over again? each and every time? won’t the fire from the bridge(s) burn us instead of showing us the way?

Lots of questions; some are better remain unanswered; and some cannot be answered anyway…

Caught between two fires in the middle of a burned bridge,

Dr. Ahmed Alkhuzaie

… It’s time for heroes

Van Gogh - Starry NightMore than any time in recent history, Humanity’s destiny is not of our own choosing. We did not seek nor did we provoke an assault on our freedoms and our way of life. We did not expect nor did we invite a confrontation with evil. Yet the true measure of a people’s strength is how they rise to master that moment when it does arrive.

The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels tonight. Syria have sacrificed too many of its beloved children, Iraqi‘s are slaughtered in the name of God for years now, Bahrain is unstable, Yemen is crying for freedom, Iran is punishing its own people, souls are dying everywhere… The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels, but every time we think we have measured our capacity to meet a challenge, we look up and we’re reminded that that capacity may well be limitless. I believe we all can get out of it amicably, if we really put our hearts, minds and souls, and left our selfishness aside, believed for real that all of us have the right to co exist and seek diversity in our thoughts and beliefs… If we agreed that everyone has the freedom of picking any God and any religion and live as human beings for a change…

Everyone, and I say everyone has the right to live on this planet, no matter what he believe in, and no matter what his aims are… All men are created equally, therefore has the right to live accordingly.

This is a time for heroes. We will do what is hard. We will achieve what is great; we will survive this insanity somehow. This is a time for heroes and we reach for the stars. God bless their memory, and may God bless us all.

Writing from the unpaved way to the sky,

Dr. Ahmed Alkhuzaie

P.S. Thanks to Sam Seaborne for influencing this article with his great writing capacity, even though he’s a TV character.

Cosmic Wars

A cosmic war by definition is “a religious war. It is a battle not between armies or nations, but between the forces of good and evil, a war in which God is believed to be directly engaged on behalf of one side against the other” – How to win a cosmic war, by Reza Aslan.
When the last of the prophets passed away more than a thousand years ago; it has been believed that he was the last messenger of God on his earth (as it has been believed by each and every other religion with their prophets); therefore when commoners needed advice they had to turn to higher people; when the divine seized to exist some had to step out and proclaim that position one way or another; mainly scholars took over that role even when the nation wasn’t a religious one. That’s the rise of false prophets in every civilization; when people need a just voice to trust and follow.
Such so-called prophets have their agendas; mainly for personal gains; sometimes through driving the society into a certain path or sometimes into convincing them that this is the way God intended it.
I personally always wanted to believe that politics and religion could be practiced together; yet after going through history and the world we live in today I regretfully am sure this can’t work. All the examples I witnessed and all the books I read showed that no man should be given full authorities; therefore theories such as “The Republic” and “Utopia” where thought of and discussed; to distribute power as equal as possible and eliminate personal and individual hogging of power.
In reality, today, we have all sorts of false prophets, sometimes they come as scholars and sometimes we see them as opposition leaders; other times as teachers or even commoners that in no time become a figure for no other reason but his followers who would do anything to make sure he is satisfied. Everyone should have something to believe in; to stand for, and maybe to die for. These are the ideals that most were raised on. Yet, choosing such ideals is what makes all the difference.
I have always seen such people taking sides and their followers blindly follows them like a cattle; it’s a fact of life that I don’t refuse; otherwise we all live as individuals and the word “society” would make no sense.
Opposition’s drive (all oppositions) has always been liberty and equality; but in reality it is always based on religion, tribal or racial belonging, and fortune. Let’s take the Libyan revolution in the last century as an example; it was the people’s choice; until the same man who was given all authorities and power was brought down by the very same people who fought and died for him. In Cuba, the revolution started in the name of people; yet the prosecuted civilians by the revolutionists were massive. What happens to ideals when put to the test? Fails? Or does it really show fangs instead of smiley teeth?
Bahrain is approaching a new era; an era I thought we will never witness. When everyone sees opportunities I see death; and where they see hope; I see a dark future. I hope I’m wrong, and I pray that I’m mistaking, but I’m not! People will turn against each other; it starts with words and ends in actions; bloody actions.
I pray that we all come back to our senses; and leave this act of the madness and avoid the inevitable, for The best way to win this war is to avoid it. As Reza Aslan exclaimed “How do you win a cosmic war? By simply refusing to fight in one!”

Dr. Ahmed Alkhuzaie

Living a dream visible by no one else

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Life is so strange pushing you where it sees fit, and exactly where it pisses you off the most… Some call it fate, some call it God, and many call it luck… I always believed that everyman is responsible for his own destiny… And that God has a plan for each of us, yet it’s us who makes it a reality… Or not!

Everyone should have a goal, a mission, or a reason to live for… Some chose a very big case such as freedom, fame, or even beauty… They are all reasons, good or bad… That’s what keeps us going… And if we are strong enough, we live dreams that no one else can see, let alone encourage… Those few heroes who made it, are the only ones who can look back with a smile of content and satisfaction, that says “I knew it all along”

As no one else sees such scenarios of triumph, be sure they’ll put you down, mock you, and even make fun of you… That what makes you different… Instead of wasting time and energy to make them see what you can, focus on yourself, on your plans and how to turn them into a reality, after all you will never make them believe or even see, so don’t count on anyone else… But for yourself.

Looking back in history would only tell you the same, no leader or scientist, singer, or an actor ever made it to be the best with no one to make fun of around them, to hold them back and give them the hardest of times… Yet they made it with distinction… Yet quitters are now long forgotten… They who took the road often travelled…

The road less traveled always… Always gets you through thorns and bumps, but leads you where you wanted to go in the first place, by other means though… Yet it makes you stand out among a crowd… Unlike all the others… Worth it, doesn’t it!

Keep it up, never give up… The harder it gets the bigger the rewards.

Humbly writing you from the middle of the less traveled road,

Dr. Ahmed Alkhuzaie