Animals or Humans?

I wrote this on my phone a few weeks ago now but didn’t get the chance to post it – I’ve just copied it below without changing the time frame as I feel it’s more authentic that way.

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As I was on my usual morning commute to work in the busy rush hour I was flipping through the Metro newspaper (a free ‘tabloid’ available at every station in London, England) to save me from the prospect of standing with my head in someone’s armpit for 45 minutes.

On the early pages of the newspaper, Metro had a reaction story over the front page headline in yesterday’s copy.

I don’t normally express my emotions over articles outwardly in public but I was absolutely astounded at these two articles over the past two days that I could feel my mouth opening in awe before quickly realising how stupid I must have looked.

In a nut shell, the articles were about an American dentist who hunted animals in Africa and because of this is facing a lot of back lash from members of the public who reportedly ordered him to be ‘hung’ Whilst I understand that it is not right to hunt animals but it’s the reaction surprises me!

I know my next statement will be a rather controversial one – but if people reacted this way about other children/people dying mercilessly in all parts of the world, the way they care about animals then this world would honestly be a better place.

This isn’t the only case that comes to mind whilst writing this post. Those from England, will remember that on (enter date) in a place called Manchester, England, a dogs home got burnt down. The people got together and raised £1.2million to re build the home for the dogs. This shows how caring some people are and how thoughtful they are for the disadvantaged dogs who were now homeless. If we can be so generous towards animals then why not other fellow humans who are less fortunate and disadvantaged.

According to Oxfam, the world’s 100 richest people earned a total of $240 billion in 2012 – which is essentially enough money to end extreme poverty worldwide four times over. Something can actually be done to solve this.

Now, don’t get me wrong just because I don’t have a particular ‘connection’ with animals – it doesn’t mean that I’m looking down at people who do actually have a good relationship with animals. Neither am I saying that nothing is being done – all I’m saying is that more can actually be done.

I guess that can be said about anything and maybe it’s just me, but it really annoys/frustrates me that people seem to care more about animals that they do about other people.

Perhaps it’s just the sad way of the world.

NB. I am not generalising here so please do not get me wrong. This blog was created for me to express my opinions and this is just one of them. My intention was and is not to offend anyone. Apologies if I have.

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Charlie Hebdo and The Prophet Muhammad SAW

It is safe to say that unless you have been living in a cave for the past week – everyone has heard about the attacks on the French Magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’ in their Paris office on Wednesday 7th January 2015.

Why did the gunmen target Charlie Hebdo?

In 2006, Charlie Hebdo had reprinted cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) which were originally printed in a Danish daily – Jyllands-Posten.

Unlike other religions where there are sculptures and pictures of the various Gods (for Hindus) and of other religious figures such as Jesus (Christianity), Guru Nanak (Sikhism) or Buddha (Buddhism), it is not the case for Islam. Not only do we not have pictures or idols of our God but even the prophets who we believe were sent down from Allah.

In Islam, we believe that the final messenger of Allah – Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was sent from Allah to restore an unaltered, pure religion that the previous prophets who came before him, had tried to teach the people. As Muslims, if we are able to blindly trust the words and follow the footsteps of this great man that had once walked the earth, then it is disrespectful and completely unnecessary for people belonging to other faiths to then create cartoon images of the Prophet (peace be upon him). I genuinely cannot understand the reason behind why cartoon images of the Prophet (peace be upon him) was printed in the first place in Denmark let alone being reprinted in France. It is disgusting behaviour from both countries. If as Muslims, we have accepted the teachings of our religion without any imagery or cartoons of our Prophet then it is simple courtesy that as people belonging to other faiths that you respect this and do not publish offensive images.

It is because of this that these two terrorists: Cherif and Said Kouachi thought that they would take it upon themselves to get ‘revenge’ for what had happened in 2006. I hope you have noticed how I mentioned ‘terrorists’ and not ‘Muslims.’ Why? Because quite frankly after what they have done – it would be a disgrace to call them Muslims. I have mentioned this in my previous posts, but for those who haven’t read it – I’ll say it again: In verse 5:32 of the Qur’an, it states: ‘If anyone slays a person, it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.’ This is because as Muslims, we believe that no- one is permitted to take a life except for God himself, therefore killing another innocent is as if you’re almost taking the power of God into your own hands, which is a major sin in the religion. In our Holy Book. Our Holy Qu’ran. It tells Muslims not to kill other people. Therefore whatever justification these two men had, makes no difference. They might have thought they have done a ‘good deed’ by getting revenge for the Prophet but they’re wrong. There is no justification.

In fact it is because of these terrorists – my religion, my Prophet (peace be upon him) is once again going to be disrespected as the Charlie Hebdo magazine are publishing 3 million copies tomorrow (Wednesday 14th January) with a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) on the front cover.

What makes this worse is that a columnist, Zineb El Rhazoui told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme “Our friends died because of small drawings, because of a joke… And they must accept humour also.”

The killings should not have happened. They were completely unacceptable and in any way am I not condoning what has happened.

But, to call cartoons of our Prophet (peace be upon him) ‘a joke’ is preposterous. If it was a ‘joke’ then many Muslims around the world would not have been horrified and disgusted as well as being deeply offended by this. This is essentially mocking and disrespecting our religion.

When at school, children are taught about ‘Freedom of Speech’ yet they are still punished if they make offensive remarks. If the children of this generation are being taught to respect other religions that may be different to their own then why is it such an alien concept some adults.

To conclude, I think that the murders that the two terrorists have committed is absolutely disgusting and completely against the peaceful religion of Islam. However, I strongly believe that the cartoons that have been published and that are yet to be published tomorrow by the Charlie Hebdo magazine, is absolutely disrespectful and unnecessary.

The Islamic State (ISIS)

Firstly, I want to begin this post on a positive note and say Happy New Year to my readers. I hope you all have a prosperous 2015.

The fact that it has been over 9 months since I wrote my last post is crazy! I guess, the only thing I can really blame it on is my inability in multi-tasking (looks like it’s not just males who cannot multitask). Concentration on revising and doing well in my exams took over my life for the last 9 months and now today I had some free time, so I decided to write another post.

I hate to start the New Year on such a negative note, but I have been meaning to write a post about this topic for a few months now. Today’s post will be about the Islamic State or ISIS as they are more commonly known as.

I have very strong views against this group which is why I am going to be blunt and straight to the point.

ISIS DO NOT REPRESENT ISLAM.

I cannot stress this point in any other way. Just because they have the word ‘Islamic’ in the name does not mean they represent the religion in any way. I personally believe ISIS are a group full of terrorists who are absolute cowards! To be perfectly honest, there has been a rise in the number of terrorists who feel they have the power to take lives away in recent years but what upsets me the most is when I hear stories about British born Muslims going to Syria to fight on behalf of this terrorist group.

I am a British born Muslim and I take my religion very seriously (due to my upbringing and weekly lessons with a teacher of Islam) but there is no way I would ever even think about running away to go to Syria. Why? Because I have studied and I am in the process of continually learning about my religion well enough to know that what these people are doing in the name of our religion – is not in any way Islamic.

In October, a report came out that the fourth British Jihadist has died at the age of 19. What is going on Britain? Why are there people sacrificing their lives for the wrong reasons? I wish I could understand what is possessing some people into thinking that what they are doing is correct. Truth is, there is no explanation for the murders that have taken place.

Innocent people are dying in the hands of people who call themselves Muslim.

In verse 5:32 of the Qur’an, it states: ‘If anyone slays a person, it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.’ This is because as Muslims, we believe that no- one is permitted to take a life except for God himself, therefore killing another innocent is as if you’re almost taking the power of God into your own hands, which is a major sin in the religion.

As well as this, I have heard stories about girls flying to Syria as ‘Jihadi Brides.’

I honestly am finding it hard to understand what makes these girls to do this.

Radhika Sanghani wrote a very interesting article for The Telegraph, after fifteen year old Yusra Hussein fled to Syria, about how British Muslims feel about this which I highly recommend.*

Here is a short extract from the article.

“Fifteen-year-old Yusra Hussein is the latest British girl thought to have joined Islamic State fighters. The “intelligent, beautiful” student – who dreamt of being a dentist – is now believed to be in Turkey preparing to cross into Syria and join up with jihadists from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

She isn’t the only young British Muslim girl to have done so. Twins Zahra and Salma Halane, 16, from Manchester, are believed to have travelled to Syria in July. Aqsa Mahmood, 20, was a student in Glasgow who dreamed of becoming a doctor. Now she’s understood to be part of an all-female militant group in Syria, along with 60 other young women.

It seems that every month there are new headlines telling us that another bright young Muslim girl has left Britain to become a ‘jihadi bride’ by marrying an Isil fighter. It’s a huge concern for Muslim parents, whose children could be radicalised from their bedrooms via the internet and ‘Sheikh Google’.”

All these girls who appear to be ‘intelligent’ with bright futures ahead of them, yet this one decision that they made will ruin their life.

What is happening Britain?

I wish there was a way to knock some sense into these senseless individuals.

I wish.

* http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11133324/British-Muslim-girls-Were-sick-to-death-of-these-jihadi-brides-going-to-Syria-its-disgusting.html