Posted in Everything Else

Old Weebly Themes For Download

Do you prefer the old Weebly themes like I do? If you had your account before the new changes took effect you can still access the old themes by scrolling to the bottom of the themes page and clicking on the Show Old Themes button, but people with new accounts unfortunately don’t have such access. Don’t worry, I’ve compiled the old themes for you to download for free here and install them into your website! 🙂

How to install:

  1. Download the theme you want to your computer
  2. Log into your Weebly account and go edit your theme
  3. Click on the Import Theme button and drag the entire zip file into the box
  4. Click on the Custom tab on the themes page after yours has uploaded and select your theme
  5. Install and customize!

List of themes (click to access MediaFire for download):

How did I do this?

  1. Click on the Themes tab while editing your website
  2. Click on the Edit HTML/CSS at the bottom
  3. Click on the Export Theme button also at the bottom
  4. Save the file to your computer and voila!

Normally I would tell you to enjoy your new theme, but this time I’ll tell you to enjoy your old theme! 😉 Follow the same uploading steps to install themes you’ve gotten elsewhere or created yourself. If a link or file is corrupt please let me know and I’ll see what I can do. In the meantime feel free to share the links or to re-upload these designs elsewhere so others can enjoy them too. 😀

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Gender Segregation and Free Mixing: Where is the Equity in Reality?

Dear sis, I fully support you in this ❤ I also want to thank you for writing passionately about this so honestly because too many people suffer as a result of not standing up to this.

Margari Aziza

My public presence is minimally disruptive, well that’s because I hardly ever go out. But when I do, I dress conservatively and go to most places that women are free to go. In Kuwait, I’m witnessing how gender segregation work in everyday life. There are prayer rooms for women in schools, in malls and stores, in parks, and restaurants. Even though I haven’t yet enjoyed the women centered amenities, I’ve heard that there are separate beaches, and tons of facilities for women like gyms and swimming pools and social clubs. There are many places where men are not allowed to go. I’ve seen gender segregation at Kuwait University and gender segregation in banks (yes a whole separate office space for women). Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to equate gender segregation with Jim Crow. Our fountains are just as nice, as well as our bathrooms. We don’t sit in…

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It’s Time to End Gender Segregation in Mosques

Brother Mast Qalander’s blog is truly thought-provoking and inspiring for both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. I absolutely loved this post and was very saddened by all the hate that it got in the comments. I also want to thank him for writing this and caring about these issues, too many people simply disregard them. Please take a moment to read this and seriously contemplate it! ❤

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Albanian Muslims that Sheltered Jews in WWII

This is a great story, thank you for sharing!

Ify Okoye

cropped-exhibit-1In November, I went to exhibit by the photographer Norman Gershman, which told the little known story of Albanian Muslims that had aided and sheltered Albanian Jews and Jews from neighboring European countries during the Second World War. Albanians from top government and religious leaders down to the ordinary citizen felt a double responsibility to protect the Jews from Nazi aggression through their belief in Islam combined with their social code called Besa.

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“Albania, a European country with a Muslim majority, succeeded where other European nations failed. Almost all Jews living within Albanian borders during the German occupation– those of Albanian origin and refugees alike– were saved. Following the German occupation in 1943, the Albanian population, in an extraordinary act, refused to comply with the occupier’s orders to tun over lists of Jews residing within the country’s borders. Moreover, various governmental agencies provided many…

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The Hypocrisy of Gender Segregation at Mosques – but not during interfaith events

Thank you for writing so passionately about this! Like you, I find it very hypocritical that this gender segregation stuff is only practices *sometimes* and that there wasn’t actually this kind of legalistic nonsense at the time of the prophet. After some research it turns out that there are many who feel this way but the struggle for equality still seems to be so far away….

Freedom from the Forbidden

Yesterday, Kashmala, my six-year-old niece, called me to give me two sets of news: “great news and great, great, great, GREAT news.” The great news was ❤ and the great, great, great, GREAT news was ❤ ❤ ❤ times much more. She was so excited to say: “I went to a mosque, and there was no wall there! Everyone was in one big room!” She’s six years old, Muslims. If a child knows something’s wrong with the space that women have in most other mosques, you know you’ve got a huge problem to work on decades ago.

I sometimes just don’t get us Muslims, period. I don’t get our inconsistencies. I don’t get our hypocrisies. When it’s just us Muslims, we’re one way; when non-Muslims join us or they’re around, we’re something else.

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Posted in Islam & Interfaith Subjects

Fatwas on Vegetarianism

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Have you ever been told that you can’t be a vegetarian because you’re a Muslim? Well, I’ve got some good news for you! Here I’ve compiled a series of my favorite fatwas on the permissibly of being both a Muslim and a vegetarian:

A Muslim may be a vegetarian. However, he should not regard eating meat as prohibited. And Allah Taãla knows best. Was salaam.

-Mufti Ebrahim Desai

As outlined in the Quran, Muslims are allowed to eat the meat from certain animals but He has not made it obligatory on us to eat meat. As long as it’s not prohibited, you can eat whatever you want!

Vegetarianism is halal. Meat is not compulsory. Any food is permissible provided it is not harmful. Muslims are free to eat whatever they want provided it is halal. It is like wanting to eat a certain fruit and not the other.

-Sayyid Fadhlullah

It’s a myth that abstaining from eating meat will draw you closer to God, so that’s an invalid reason to give up the halal bacon, but other reasons are completely permissible. Maybe you don’t like the taste, you can’t digest it, or you just think it’s gross among many other things; that’s fine, you can still be a good Muslim and a vegetarian.

Bismihi Ta`ala. According to Islamic law (shar`) there is no objection to it. However, eating meat is permissible in Islamic law although eating too much is reprehensible (makruh). Wallahul`Alim.

-Ayatullah Sayyid Khamanei

Vegetarian diets have many benefits and you should decide for yourself what kind of diet fits best your lifestyle and your health needs. God has laid out what is permissible and forbidden to eat and has given you the freedom to choose what you do want to eat within the boundaries of what is allowed. Listen to your mother, eat your vegetables! 😛

 

Posted in Islam & Interfaith Subjects, News & Relevant Topics, Social Issues & Politics, The World Wars

The Repentance of Rudolf Höss

Let’s get political again, sort of. It’s not new for the internet to be flooded with posts and articles comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler (and you can bet that even more will follow soon enough), all the way down to how the two of them saluted the cheering crowd as I’ve found below and just a quick Google search of Hitler salute will give you an equal amount of Trump pictures:

Anyway, in one article there was a mention of Rudolf Höss, the Kommandant of Auschwitz. I found this interesting for several reasons; the first being that Trump’s highly controversial (and currently banned) executive order was passed on International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27th 2017), which also happens to be the day that Auschwitz was liberated by Soviet troops. While I don’t believe that Trump is Hitler 2.0 his racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic and nationalistic policies did send me on one epic rant about two weeks ago and hundreds of nasty Tweets.

I want to take a moment to comment on that since at one point I seemed to imply that Trump might as well create Auschwitz 2.0 if he can’t purge the unwanted immigrants from his country but I want to make it clear that I do not believe such a thing. There are mechanisms in place to prevent this type of genocide from happening in America no matter what the circumstances, but World War III could still start tomorrow! Such posts are also increasing in my news feed and while I do my best to believe that politicians aren’t stupid enough to repeat the disaster my grandparents survived, the cold hard truth is that even a small conflict can quickly get out of control and have large-scale catastrophic impacts. I sure hope that the world is overreacting on most issues, but I honestly do not know of a single person that doesn’t experience some degree of anxiety regarding these uncertain times.

I’ve calmed down considerably since my previous rant, but my opinion on the issue hasn’t changed. Not wanting immigrants is one thing, but getting rid of your green card holders (permanent residents) and separating families is taking it to a whole other level. The last I’ve heard though, the green card thing was dropped, but I don’t know about the rest. I’m just as confused as everybody else. As others have put it on social media, je suis sick of this shit.

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So much for writing about what I originally came here to write… I don’t know where I’m going with this post anymore. I originally wanted to respond to a political rant I saw elsewhere on the internet that mentioned Rudolf Höss, which mentioned his repentance, but I’ve gone way off-topic. What I was getting at is that I was honestly surprised that he would actually ever have a shred of remorse considering the way he’s always been portrayed in films about Auschwitz. In another twist to this story though, I began a reading challenge with a group of friends and one of the topics is a book written by a criminal and my friend who organized the group recommended Death Dealer written by none other than Rudolf himself. He ends his autobiography with the following words:

May the public continue to see in me the bloodthirsty beast, the cruel sadist, the murderer of millions – for the majority of people would not be able to imagine the Commander of Auschwitz in any other way. The broad mass of people will never understand that he also had a heart, that he wasn’t evil.

Aside from being one of the most chilling books I’ve ever read, his autobiography frustrated me deeply exactly because of the way he ended it. He wrote just before that paragraph that he was shown kindness in prison and broke him, and that he chose to deliberately omit the sections of his book that would portray him having a heart. The reason that frustrated me is that now I’m extremely curious to know who “Rudolf with a heart” actually was but he deliberately took that part to his grave. I know that the world isn’t black and white, but Death Dealer left out the shades of grey in between. I would give the book 4 out of 5 stars and I recommend anyone reading this to read it too.

A Catholic priest named Manfred Deselaers also wrote a book based on Rudolf’s autobiography exploring the issue of evil from a theological point of view. Even as a Muslim, I found it very enlightening and well-written. Whether you are Catholic, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or something else, the concept of evil is something that touches all of us. That is also a book I would recommend. A third one that I’ve read (during my stint in the hospital I’ve had a lot of time to indulge in books) was Kolbe and the Kommandant written by Ladislaus Kluz in which Rudolf further elaborates on his repentance shortly before his execution:

My conscience is forcing me to make also the following assertion: In the isolation prison I have reached the bitter understanding of the terrible crimes I have committed against humanity. As a Kommandant of the extermination camp at Auschwitz, I have realized my part in the monstrous genocide plans of the Third Reich. By this means I caused humanity and mankind the greatest harm, and I brought unspeakable suffering particularly to the Polish nation. For my responsibility, I am now paying with my life. Oh, that God would forgive me my deeds! People of Poland, I beg you to forgive me! Just now in the Polish prisons have I recognized what humanity really is. In spite of everything that happened I have been treated humanely, which I had never expected, and this has made me feel deeply ashamed. Would to God…that the fact of disclosing and confirming those monstrous crimes against mankind and humanity may prevent for all future ages even the premises leading to such horrible events.

Naturally some people will never accept his plea for forgiveness, but I thought it was pretty powerful and even more so since I never would’ve expected something like that from someone like him. Honestly, it restores my faith in humanity in these tumultuous times to read something like that. If only we only opened our hearts more to the people that around us and their needs, and to focus more on being guided by warmth and by humanity, as Rudolf put it in his final letter to his eldest son. If the greatest mass murderer in history can come to understand this, why can’t we?

I will ask again, have we learned nothing from history? Why do our societies still thrive on hatred and bigotry? Why do we still elect officials that promote these ideologies? Many of my American friends tell me, “oh you’re Canadian you don’t understand American’s history,” and while that may be true to some degree, it doesn’t change the fact that this isn’t an American problem, it’s a humanity problem.

So what’s the point of this post? Have humanity. It’s free.

Posted in Everything Else, Personal & Opinion

02.07.17

I’m back home at last, just waiting for the cable guy to come over and fix up my fried DVR so I can watch This Is Us tonight. I blame Donald Trump for breaking my cable box. I’ve been so stressed out by his circus that I’ve literally had the TV on 24/7 and researching relevant social issues and seeking to help people somehow and it has not only worn me out, it wore out my electronics. In unrelated matters I also had another stint in the hospital (this one had nothing to do with politics) recently but no worries there, all is well now.

It seems like people have enjoyed my anti-political rants because I got a considerable amount of new followers both here on WordPress and also on Twitter. I don’t really know what’s going on with that circus as of now, I haven’t exactly been able to keep up recently, but the last I heard was that green card holders would no longer be deported and that some high-ranking judges have temporarily blocked the order. After that, I don’t know.

I’ll keep following this story and of course ranting about it. 😛 Until next time I’ll try to finish writing a couple of stories that have been lurking on my computer for quite a while now. I aspire to write a book in the near future but since I’ve done nothing of the sort before I have a lot to learn. Since I want to write historical fiction I must also do a considerable amount of research to get it right. I also ought to fill out the pages I added to this website like the About Me section that I added months ago but never got around to filling them out!

I have such high hopes for 2017. My health is looking up after a very bad year health-wise in 2016 and although I am still exhausted from chronic fatigue (and I’m still recovering too) I feel very inspired. I feel good spiritually and I’m looking forward to the future. That’s all for now, I just wanted to let you all know that I’m alright and I’ll be back to writing (or ranting) about interesting and relevant topics again in the very near future.

Peace

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Morocco’s High Religious Committee Says Apostates Should Not Be Killed

It always seemed crazy to me that on one hand people said that there is no compulsion in religion and then turn around and say to kill the apostates! I’m glad to see that people are coming to their senses and taking scripture into their proper context. 🙂

The Muslim Times

Ezzoubeir Jabrane
Morocco’s High Religious Committee Says Apostates Should Not Be Killed

CasablancaMorocco’s High Religious  Committee has retracted its Islamic ruling stating that apostasy is punishable by death and has decided to permit Muslims to change their religion.

The High Religious Committee in charge of issuing Fatwas (Islamic rulings) released a book in 2012 where it articulated its position on apostasy and argued that a Muslim who changes his or her religion should be punished with death, drawing on a widespread jurisprudence tradition.

Recently, however, the same entity issued a document titled “The Way of the Scholars,” in which it backtracked on its position of killing apostates. Instead, it redefined apostasy not as a religious issue but as a political stand more closely aligned with “high treason.”

The view that the apostate should not be killed in Islam is not a new one and can be found in the teachings…

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