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I should be doing other things, I really should.  But I really wanna talk about some stuff, so what's a bored adolescent supposed to do? Why start a blog were I talk about random things, of course! Hope ya'll enjoy! 

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A Muslim Artist

Just a little side note, I decided to write this and post this blog entry at this time because I’m currently I wanna do something light-hearted before my next blog entry.  I’m currently working on the next blog entry (which is already a little less than three pages in) but because how serious and how much research I need to cover to make sure I don’t make a mistake, I wanna take a break and do something light.

And yeah I even procrastinate while working on blogs, I have one file called Frustrations Watching Muslim Movies, that I made awhile ago and I still haven’t wrote anything in it yet. But to entice you guys (and gals) to come back after this one, here’s a sneak peak of a blog entry coming from a blogger near you:

 

If you remember in my previous blog entry, I mentioned a Catholic chatroom I like to go to, well during one of our conversations they said the New Testament couldn’t be wrong because of the eye witness recorded, their referring to the Gospels according to Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John.  Which it is fair to bring that up, but once you look deeper into it, you begin to see some cracks. Now there is some evidence to suggest that the Gospels were not written by Jesus’ disciples, but by people later on. What I wanna do (for the sake of this blog entry at least) is say for sure 100% the Gospels were written by the disciples and (again for the sake of this argument) say that the books in the New Testament were not corrupted and they’ve always been the way they are.

 

Okay  now let’s get back to the main point of this blog:

So this had been something I’ve noticed for a long time and it always seems to happen to me.  So picture this, my dad decides to take the family out to eat and we go to a restaurant. So we order, wait for the food, me, my dad, my little brother (and my big brother if he’s there) fill the cups, get the condiments, etc.. So then eventually the food arrives, and french fries happen to be one of the sides (a quick note to point out is that everyone gets the same order), so my dad being the patriarchal tribal chief of the family gives out the food, and you wanna know what? I always get the least amount of fries.

Now some of you might be (justifiably) saying, “Wow, really? There are starving kids in Africa, there are people who would give a pinkie finger for a single fry, and here you are complaining about getting a few fries less.”  But it’s not only fires, we could go out to Dairy Queen or some other ice cream place and get some cones and guess what? It’s the same thing, I always get not as much as everyone else. It isn’t a coincidence, someone out to get me. Or what I consider the more logical conclusion, Allah is telling me to lose weight.

What I wrote above isn’t meant to be serious, it’s true though, I do get a little less than everyone else, but I was just trying to make some humor out of  something I’ve noticed. So if you’re mad about it, I’m sorry (but I’m still salty about not getting as much fries, for all of you who were disappointed there was no “a Lut,” pun used in the last entry, that salty pun is dedicated to you).

Do you guys ever look up something weird to see if it exists? Now it’s now always haraam… but it usually kinda is. I don’t get pleasure in discovering they exist, most of the time it’s the complete opposite (I still can’t believe someone would do that with the Rugrats). Now don’t look up things to see if they exist if they would be considered haraam, but if it’s not considered haraam, go for it (it’ll definitely give you an edge when you and your friend(s) play random (historical) trivia. In your face, Trevor!)

I think I hate myself a little bit, so much so that a small part of me likes it when I hurt myself.  Now I’m not talking about self physical harm, and please if you do that please seek help and talk to someone (I can’t stress that enough), what I’m referring to is that I’ll go looking for anti-Muslim (and Shia and/or theists) media. Now I get angry and upset when watching/reading these things, so why do I do it? I really don’t know. Do I get any enjoyment out of it? No, the complete opposite in fact.

Well I think that’s enough for today. I gotta say I enjoyed doing this and I think it really fits the theme of the blog, which is much more diverse in topics than I originally intended it to. I feel random drabbles sounds like it would be in a blog called Procrastination Contemplation. By the way, I looked up to make sure drabble was a word and that I was spelling it right, and it turns out that it’s for short fictional stories, so I used the word wrong here because all the things I talked about are true. But I really like the name so I’m not changing it.

 

Something else I noticed is that I feel my blog is kinda at ends with other blogs. Other blogs talk about happiness, marriage, many of them talk about a multitude of religious and philosophical ideas. And what does my blog talk about? The first one was about why I use the username I use, the next was how about a website made me really mad, the one after that was about being polite when debating, and this one is about me complaining about getting less fries, looking up random and sometimes weird stuff, and about how I can’t seem to stop looking for media that puts me in a really negative mood. I feel like I should stick with a certain topic that’s serious but at the same time, I like making the odd blog entry.

 

This is the last thing before I post this. You people better appreciate this entry, I wrote this in my second hour/period which is an open/free, I should of been doing my math homework that’s due during 4th Period but no, I go and spend that time writing my longest blog entry up to date (four and a half pages).

Hope you enjoyed!

A Muslim Artist

I’m gonna start this off by telling a story that happened recently. See there’s a chat room that I like to go to, it’s a Catholic site but all religions are allowed. I haven’t been on the chat for about half a year to a year, so I decided to pop in and see how were the people. So when I got on some people were exclaiming how socialism and liberalism was evil and the work of Satan. Now I decided to ask a question, “Wouldn’t Jesus be considered liberal at the time? And didn’t he share some merits of socialism?”  Oh boy, I sure caused a commotion, one person said, “That’s stupid, where would you ever get such a dumb idea from?”  So I decided to list the reason:

  • Jesus went around healing people for free

  • Jesus took care of the weak

  • Jesus was against capitalism (The time he kicked a bunch of merchants out of the temple)

  • Jesus hated rich people

So then I got more hate, but there was one comment that just threw me off, “Jesus didn’t hate the rich!”  Really?

Matthew 19:24: Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."

Mark 10:25: It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."

Luke 18:25: Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."

And there are so many other examples. Now me personally, when I hear someone say that a it’s easier than to fit a large mammal into a tiny thing you use for sewing than it is for a rich dude to enter Heaven, that seems to me (and again, maybe it’s just me) that that person has a bit of a disdain for rich people.

 

Basically the point of the story is to illustrate the ignorance some people have on their own religion.  But if you think that’s all I gotta say, then you’re gonna make me cry because that means you don’t you know me. :c

Now when you’re talking about someone about their religion, I recommend to try not being insulting. Now asking questions is really good, I support asking question. But when you ask a question wait until the person is done before you all of a sudden say, “Oh yeah?! What about this, this, and that?”  Now I feel like in my last blog I talked a lot about people got things about Islam really wrong, so I’m not really going to go into it this time.

 

I just erased a big part here,  I talked about people who believe stuff like “Spirit Science” and stuff related to that nonsense, I don’t mean to bash but c’mon. I erased it because I’m gonna make it it’s own entry.  And as I write this I realize how disconnected this blog entry is going to seem, so I guess I’m gonna end it here.

 

So now the (new) whole point of this blog entry was two things: 1) Don’t be ignorant about something before you say other people are wrong, and 2) Be kind and polite full, it sucks to say but for the most part, you are the face of Islam when you talk to someone. So unless you want Islam to be seen as rude and disrespectful don’t act rude and disrespectful.

 

Final Message: I’m not the happiest on how this entry turned out, it was supposed to be a lot longer but because I realized not all the themes matched I had to cut it short. So expect a couple of new entries this week. And the last thing I wanna do is comment on the last blog’s poll. For all you people who voted for “milk first and cereal,” I don’t know how you can sleep at night, you monsters.

 

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A Muslim Artist


Anger and me have a bit of a weird relationship, I get angry pretty easily/fast but for the most part I can keep it in, especially in public.  But there are so few rare times when I get so angry that cheeks burn.  One such recent occasion was because of a website known as jewishencyclopedia.com.  Now let me start off by saying I didn’t get mad when the website said Prophet Muhammad copied things from the Jews, Christians, and some pagans (well I was a little annoyed), the reason why I wasn’t angry with that was because I didn’t make sense for me to be annoyed that people from another religion don’t consider him a prophet. No, I was angry for (many) other reasons.

 

Let’s start off by setting up the scene.  I should of been doing my homework, I really should of, but ya’ll can see the first word of the blog’s name and indeed I was doing that.  I was doing some research about the Arabs, usually stuff, but then I came upon Hagar’s entry in the jewishencyclopedia.  The first half of it was okay, it talked about Hagar in the Bible and the some positive things about her from the Talmud.

Then I kept reading.

And the second half of the article began talking about negative views/things about Hagar from the Talmud.  This was the first and most thing that made me angry. My noble friends, Hagar means a Lut (I know it’s not funny, but I still enjoy it) to me, not only is she the mother and wife of two very important prophets, she is also my many great grandmother. And sir, no one dares talks bad about my family when I’m around.  The second half of the article went on about how Ishmael (I’m writing the English version of his name, deal with it. I’m reading it as the Arab version and you probably are too.) was actually her second son because Sarai (at this time in Genesis Abraham’s and Sarah’s
names were Abram and Sarai) caused Hagar to miscarriage by giving her the “evil eye.”

 

(A quick side not, in the Genesis, Sarah is the half-sister to Abraham. I found that out when I was  talking to my Bib Lit. teacher about how one of David’s sons raped his (half) sister, and my teacher said, “Remember Genesis? It mentions how Sarah was the half-sister to Abraham. I got more to say about my Bib Lit. class, I really loved it, probably gonna have a blog about it.)

And that’s not all! The article also mentions that some Talmud scholars even say that Hagar would make fun of Sarai (again at this time her name is Sarai, God changed their names after he told them Sarai was pregnant with Isaac) for being barren.  The article mentions that some Genesis and Talmud scholars believe that the reason Sarah wanted Abraham to kick out Hagar and Ishmael was because Sarah was scared Isaac wouldn’t get the full inheritance and some even mention Ishmael was sexually deviant when it came to Sarah.  (Just a reminder, the story in the Bible and the Islamic version differ, if you want some clarification just ask, I consider myself a bit of a non-expert expert when it comes to the Bible (mostly the Old Testament/Tanakh)).  Then what made my blood really boil is when I read that some scholars believe that Hagar didn’t really believe in God because she gave Ishmael an Egyptian wife. Oh and just to add a cherry on the anger, they tell the Islamic version of Ibrahim leaving Hagar and Ishmael in the desert and they get the story wrong.

“That was pretty long,” some of you might be thinking.

BUT WAIT!

That was only the article on Hagar, which admittedly got me the most mad, but like an idea, I decided to read some other articles.  The articles about the Arabs/Ishmaelites, Prophet Muhammad, and the Jews of Arabia have many things in common that ticked me off.

The author(s) of the articles try to distant the relationship between the Hebrews and Arabs as much as they can. They say that Arabs are actually mainly descendants of the Babylonians (I just wanna point out that in the Bible, the Babylonians were viewed negatively and were at one point the opposers of the Hebrew) and with some blood from Ishmael and Esau mixed in.  When they talk about the Jews of Arabia, they mention that these Jews weren’t as “good” (whatever the hell that means, but I think they're referring to  intelligence and spirituality in this context) as other Jews but because they were still Jewish it meant  they were superior to the surrounding Arabs.  They talk about how that Prophet Muhammad went to war with the Jews was because he wasn’t smart enough to convince him that he was a prophet because they were so much smarter than him. They fail to mention the many reasons why it was the Jewish tribes fault for those wars, such as breaking treaties, assassination plots, and making many bad decisions just to name a few.  

Another thing they do is instead of saying Muslims, they would instead say Muhammadan.  Which is a pretty obvious (and petty) way of putting down Muslims.

There’s a lot more they get wrong and insulting things they write, but I’m gonna wrap it up with this. In the article about Jesus (I’m gonna skip over most of it, most of it is blugh and the Christians in the comments say more than I care to talk about at this time) they say Sura 3 verse 43 is about Jesus making birds out of clay.

Quran 3:43: O Mary, be devoutly obedient to your Lord and prostrate and bow with those who bow [in prayer]." (Sahih International)

I seem to notice a lack of Jesus, clay, and birds. But that could just be me.

 

I went to bed not long after that, but I stayed awake for a long time because how angry I was.  I don’t have anything against Jews/Hebrews. I’m not anti-Semitic (but I am anti-Israeli/Zionist). But this site made me really mad and I’m gonna avoid it for the time being. When it comes to the Tanahk and the Talmud, these guys are pretty good about their job but when it comes to talking about other religions… Let’s just say they shouldn’t put it in their resume (I wanted to end the blog with that line or “Let’s just say they shouldn’t write home about it”. I don’t know which one to put so I’m leaving them both in.)

A Muslim Artist

 A good question some of you might have is, why the name A Muslim Artist?  Well my dear friends, let me tell you the tale full of drama, suspense, romance, and adventure.  (Could we get banned for lying? Because if so, bye it was fun while it lasted)

   It was relatively not that long ago, a starving adolescent was bored and had nothing to do. Read Quran and try to become a better Muslim you might suggest.  "What is that?" the youth would ask.  At that time the youth was constantly improving and changing up his art style and changing the content he drew in general.  Before he would draw stories of a reptile doing martial arts in space, confusing stories of time travel, and the classic people posing while brooding.  But eventually the youth found Islamic art made by the Persians (and/or Mongols) and it inspired him.  

Gone were the days of space reptiles!

 Now the youth would draw pictures of the Angels, Iblis deceiving Adam and Hawwa, Musa confronting Pharaoh, Muhammad's Night Journey, Ali defending what is right, and much more. The youth enjoyed this very much, he loved drawing his favorite tales about these great men.  And at that time, because of a lie from the youth's employer, the youth had a lot of free time. So because he was a lazy piece of trash (a statement the youth's older brother used very much), he would mostly sit inside and watch Youtube, that is when he made a shocking discovery! There were a Lut (get it?) of anti-Muslim videos on Youtube.  So because of this the youth decided to became a crusader (or a jihadist) of Islam, fighting ignorance online. (He failed miserably, because as mentioned earlier, he was indeed very lazy).

 But like all vigilantes, he needed a name. Something to inspire his allies, scare his enemies (who were a superstitious bunch).

I got one! What about the Muslim Defender?

It’s good, don’t get me wrong, but it make it sound like the youth isn’t Muslim.

This name has to reflect the youth, who happened to be Muslim….Hmmm… He’s a Muslim, and well he’s currently drawing an Islamic scene, how about… Islamic Drawer?

Nah, that’s stupid.

Really? Okay what about… Islamic Illustrator?

Better, but still it could still use some work.

The Youtube auto-play just was active, the now playing video was a Muslim singer singing a song about Islam.

That be cool to do on the channel. But it would be out of place for an illustrator.

Hold on a second, aren’t illustrators, writers, musicians, and etc are considered artists?

Yeah, yeah! Why not the Muslim Artist?

That could work, but it’s missing something, I just don’t know what.

We could try The Muslim Artist?

Yeah! Awesome ….. Wait, doesn’t that seem narcissistic?  The Muslim Artist?

Yeah, I guess you’re right…

A!

What? A?

A Muslim Artist! That way it’ll show were just one of many.

A Muslim Artist it is then.

 

So that is how the name was chosen.  Some might be wondering how true to the name the youth stayed active in.  Well after seeing much better Islamic art, the youth felt that calling his pictures “drawings” didn’t seem right, so now he just calls them doodles. He keeps the “doodles” private and only shows them to friends and family.  

 

Now my humble friends, I must reveal something to you. Sit down, because it will come as a shock. The lazy youth with noble intentions, in reality, he and I are one and the same. Now some of you might be wondering why was this even “blogged?”  Well let me answer that question with another question, have you seen the name of this blog?  Now excuse me while I’m being banned for lying about what’s going to be in this tale.   

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    • Thank you. It is in Persian. Translators are not reliable.
    • Ma sha Allah, i cannot read urdu, but i have converted it by translator.
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    • Another interesting blog entry. I learn so much from you, Sister. Alhamdulillah for all your help. 
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Further, is it not the case that the common people among the Jews are like our common people for they [our common people] too follow their scholars, so if it is not permitted for them [the Jews] to accept from their scholars then is it not also impermissible for these [our common people] to accept what their scholars say? He عليه السلام said: Between our common people and our scholars and the laity among the Jews and their scholars there is a difference in one aspect and similarity in another aspect. As far as the similar aspect is concerned then just as Allah censured our common people for the blind following of their scholars He did the same in censuring their common people, but as for the divergent aspect then No [he did not censure it].   قال بيّن لي ذلك يا بن رسول اللَّه قال إنّ عوام اليهود كانوا قد عرفوا علمائهم بالكذب الصريح و بأكل الحرام و الرّشا و بتغيير الأحكام عن واجبها بالشفاعات و العنايات و المصانعات و عرفوهم بالتعصب الشديد الذي يفارقون به أديانهم و إنهم إذا تعصبوا أزالوا حقوق من تعصبوا عليه و اعطوا ما لا يستحقه من تعصبوا له من اموال غيرهم و ظلموهم من أجلهم و عرفوهم يقارفون المحرّمات و اضطروا بمعارف قلوبهم إلى أن من فعل ما يفعلونه فهو فاسق لا يجوز ان يصدق على اللَّه و لا على الوسائط بين الخلق و بين اللَّه فلذلك ذمّهم لما قلّدوا من قد عرفوا و من قد علموا أنّه لا يجوز قبول خبره و لا تصديقه في حكايته و لا العمل بما يؤديه إليهم The Narrator said: Explain it for me O the son of the messenger of Allah. He عليه السلام said: the common people among the Jews knew that their scholars used to lie outright, eat the forbidden wealth, were corrupt, changed the laws from what they should be based on intercession, favours and bribes. They also knew that their scholars were excessively partisan, that they used to split up their religion because of this rivalry and used to trample the rights of those they were against and give those they are partial towards what they do not deserve of the wealth of others, they used to oppress them [the enemies of their allies] to please their biases. They knew them to perpetrate the forbidden. They [the common people] knew it in their hearts [had intrinsic knowledge] that the one who does what they used to do is a Fasiq, and it is not acceptable to consider them truthful in what they attribute to Allah or to the intermediaries between the creation and Allah. That is why He censured them when they followed those they knew for a fact it was forbidden to accept their reports or consider them truthful in what they say, or to act based on what they instruct.   وكذلك عوام امتنا إذا عرفوا من فقهائهم الفسق الظاهر ، والعصبية الشديدة والتكالب على حطام الدنيا وحرامها ، وإهلاك من يتعصبون عليه إن كان لاصلاح أمره مستحقا ، وبالترفق بالبر والاحسان على من تعصبوا له ، وإن كان للاذلال والاهانة مستحقا فمن قلّد من عوامنا مثل هؤلاء الفقهاء، فهم مثل اليهود الذين ذمّهم الله تعالى بالتقليد لفسقة فقهائهم Likewise, the laity of our community, if they recognize signs of clear-cut Fisq from their scholars, extreme partisanship, their turning towards amassing the wealth of this world and its prohibited items, destroying the affair of the one they are biased against even though extending assistance to him is what is appropriate,  showing compassion, good-will and charity to the one they are biased towards even thought humiliating and chastising them is the appropriate response - then the one among our common people who follows such Fuqaha are like the Jews and those who are censured by Allah the Elevated because of their following of corrupt scholars. فأما من كان من الفقهاء صائناً لنفسه، حافظاً لدينه، مخالفاً لهواه، مطيعاً لأمر مولاه، فللعوام أن يقلدوه. وذلك لا يكون إلاّ بعض فقهاء الشيعة، لا جميعهم فان من يركب من القبائح و الفواحش مراكب فسقة فقهاء العامّة فلا تقبلوا منهم عنا شيئاً و لا كرامة لهم. As for the one among the Fuqaha who protects his soul, preserves his religion, opposes his caprice [desires], and obeys the command of his Master then it is upon the laity to follow him. There are only some of the Fuqaha of the Shia who are like this, not all. As for those who perpetrate the despicable and abominable acts the way the `Amma [proto-Sunni] scholars do then do not not accept from them about us anything and they are not to be honoured.
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