Friday, August 18, 2006

The world in which we live

Gawking. I admit it, I read Gawker. And yes slightly addicted. Today they linked to an article by Alicia Colon and her hatred for CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations) for not condemning terrorists in the way she'd like: "I have to wonder if CAIR is condemning the actions of the two Pakistanis arrested in a plot to bomb the subways. I never received an e-mail with Mr. Hooper's apology" <-- She never received an e-mail with apology for Mr. Hooper, the president of CAIR. Um. Ok. Gawker links to her e-mail urging any Muslims reading to go ahead and send her an apology. Another interesting nugget: "I happen to have Muslim neighbors.... [they] insisted they were not political. Nevertheless, on the counter [of their stores] were collection boxes for a Muslim charity in the Middle East." <- I know grannies at churches collecting for charities, charity work is not necessarily political. And why is charity to the Middle East assumed to equal "funding terrorists"? That's an incorrect and frightening statement.

Credit where credit is due. It took hours of surfing to find this article acknowledging that the Muslim community where those accused of the terrorist plot lived were the ones who notified authorities of the plot. Usually when thing like this happen there are front page stories of those who "saved the day" like the Unabomber's family. Here, barely a blip. Granted, they did what they were supposed to but considering tthat most who heard of the thwarted attack ended up reinforcing their misconception that all Muslims are evil it could have helped to point out that it was a Muslim who is responsible for stopping the plan from happening. (Why the random pic of Muhammad Ali kissing his daughter Laila? An example of Muslims that defy the stereotypes out there)

Muslim 'Will and Grace'? Muslim gay men are seeking fellow gay women to marry by placing ads. I dont know how much of this is hype and how much is true because the man upon which the article is based has not had a single peron respond with interest. But its thought provoking. Better to do this or better to be single? Marriage is not mandatory so why even enter into the farce? (Ok- I agree, the Will and Grace analogy breaks down considering Grace was straight, but you get my drift!)


Scorned wives, take comfort.... This woman got a pretty penny in a lawsuit where the judge agreed that the wife was bullied way too much by her mother in law. . There can be justice. But only those who seek to be proactive!







And scorned men? Get help! This most bizarre story of a doctor who did not want to give up his house in the divorce settlement decided to blow up the house and himself in the process. He emailed his wife shortly before the explosion that he would not leave the home alive and warning that she would be "transformed from gold digger to ash and rubbish digger." Um yeah, he showed her. I heard about Paul McCartney sending his wife a "legal letter" to return cleaning product she took from the house. Because you know, that can really add up. It's amazing how otherwise logical and intelligent people can be transformed so. Hate is a powerful, dangerous emotion.

20 comments:

mystic-soul said...

Your last 2 posts were so good. Looks like you are in full writing swing. I have very very busy days lately at work but your posts took a lot of edge off.

Huda said...

That article was actually in the CNN T2 stack (and may have even been the T1 for a while) all day when the story broke; that's where I found it last week. Have been mostly avoiding the news lately, though, so no idea if the other news agencies handled it similarly...

Aisha said...

Mystic, thank you :)hope things ease up at work.

Huda, what is T1/T2? I try to avoid the news too... for the most part. Its confilcting. Whats the point of seeing. But then is it bad not to know...

Tee said...

Who does this Alicia Colon think she is???

I consider myself an empathetic person. I can usually very easily get into people's minds and emotions and see where they're coming from - but this one, I don't get it. I don't get hatred for the sake of hatred.

Aisha, I read a story on CNN.com this morning about a general in the Lebanon army surrendering to Israeli forces (they were way outnumbered), and then having tea with them. They have video of them having tea together looking quite friendley.

I don't know if I'm being ignorant to something politcally disturbing here, but I don't see what the big deal is. I would take this as a good sign? I was wondering what your thoughts are.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/08/17/mideast.main/index.html

Aisha said...

Tee, I read that. Hmm... I could be wrong here, but it seems like Hezbollah and Lebanon are being differentiated here. And as all the news reports they dont say the war between Israeli soldiers and Lebanese. They talk more about Hezbollah missles, Hezbollah killed... etc. I think they are not representative of the Lebanese gov't. This article talks about how the Lebanese army is not really acting in a way that seems to support Hezbollah since they decided to surrender in such an amicable way. I think if it had been a Hezbollah soldier troup that surrendered and they had tea together this would not have been met with such increduality. But I'm not sure. Maybe someone can correct or provide more insight but that's what I got out of it.

Great artcile btw thanks for sharing it

Huda said...

Sorry, had been answering work mail before I wrote that comment, so I guess the lingo was still in my head, and I forget sometimes that everyone doesn't talk like I do. :)

A T1 is the lead story (as in, tier one). On CNN, it's the one with the large, bolded headline and the shaded box; on the BBC, it's the one at the top with the larger headline and larger picture.

The T2s (tier twos) are the next-most important stories. Presentation of T2s varies across sites, but for CNN, it's the stack immediately to the right of the T1.

Typically, T1s and T2s receive more clicks than the other stories because of their prominent location on the site (bolding, above the fold, etc. etc.), so that's where producers are going to put the important stories (and the stories that will attract attention, like that tripe about Paris Hilton's year of celibacy).

rehtwo said...

Oyy...I want to spend more time reading and digesting your blog but no time no time work work work explore New York City aaah! I've been able to skim a little though - just wanted to let you know that I've been here :-)

Anonymous said...

Aisha - I just thought it was nice that soldiers of any "opposing" countries would have tea together. Men of any military for any country are trained to kill and sometimes brainwashed to see the "enemy" as a non-person and here they are making friends!

Anyway, I thought it fit into the "hatred" theme of your post. To me anyway (even if I'm WAY off!) it was an example of the beauty that comes from putting that hatred aside.... Like I said though, I'm probably way off mark about what the hulabaloo was all about on this story. LOL. I think other people are more concerned with treason and other grown-up stuff. *shrug* ;)

Have a great weekend!

Tee said...

Gosh darnit. The "anonymous" directly above was me. LOL.

Bee Amma said...

hey could you check out my latest post please, would really appreciate your input on it, thanks :)

Shabina said...

interesting takes on an eclectic range of issues...

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aragorn said...

'gay muslim' is a fantastic oxymoron. a muslim cant be gay/lesbian, no matter how regular he attends his/her prayer.

The Bengali Fob said...

I agree with Aragorn, however, I have a belief that no one has the right to judge whether a person is muslim or not except Allah (SwT).

Anything is possible. The only way into heaven is if you do the right thing.

Wait. What is the right thing? That's your call and only Allah can tell you whether you did the right thing or not.

BTW: Thanks for letting us know that it was a Muslim who spilled the beans to the cops. I personally did not know this and am glad to hear that it was someone of this commuinty who decided to do, in my opinion, the right thing.

The Bengali Fob said...

One more thing. The mother-in-law pic just cracked me up! Good one!

Aisha said...

Huda, thanks for the clarification :)

Tee, you are very right. Its sad that the spin is different. If only SOMEONE in the media was pointing out "look they're not genetically predisposed to hate and kill each other, they can also be capable of conversation and tea"
Nothing needs to resort to violence. Nothing.

Bee Amma okee dokee :)

Shabs thanks for the 411!

Aragorn and Bengali Fob, welcome to the blog and thanks for commenting.I have met quite a few gay people and found them to be just as if not more devout in their devotion to God than even some straight ones. Like "Bengali Fob" said if it is a sin its God to judge, not me. There are muslmis who drink and do drugs and other haraam things but I never see debates on their status as oxymoron Muslims. Furthermore, is feeling a certain way a sin? What if you don't act upon it? I think the issue is more complex and I think we should focus on our own improvement because we have so much in ourselves to improve before we fret over the perceived sins of others. I leave that up to God.

Aisha said...

And as an afterthought, to be a Muslim the Shahada is the mandate, nothing else.

momyblogR said...

Some very interesting articles. My word, there just might be an uprising of daughter-in-laws as a result of the bullying article, lol.

I totally agree, hate is very dangerous no matter where it is directed. :(

aragorn said...

as long as i know, there are only two kind of deeds, haram and halal. nothin in between. it is so because nobody can have the wrong idea/misconception. for example, drinkin alcholhol is totally forbidden. though having a sip wont make u crazy/drunk. it could be allowed that only one sip a day u can have it. but it is absolutely forbidden by islam. right? y? just to make one clear line between what u should/shouldnt do. here im not judgin anybody. what i want to mean is if that 'gay/lesbian' person happens to be a muslim(!), does that justify that u add 'muslim' after the 'gay'!!! i never found anybody sayin gay christian or lesbian hindu or terrorist jew. only 'muslim terrorist' and now 'gay muslim'. i just wanted to protest. becasue it seemed to me disgraceful for the muslims. offcoure i dont have the right to say someone - 'nonmuslim', its upto Allah, who knows which is wrong/right. i wish i have explained only 'MY' point of view.

Enyur said...

Your post was really interesting. About the second story in your post, I have to agree credit should be given where it is due. It's almost sad to see how the fact that another Muslim came forward with intelligence regarding the recent terror plot were given the credit they deserved. I bet if it were someone other than a Muslim, it would've been all over the newspapers!

Aisha said...

Mommblogr, I agree :)

Aragorn, I see what you are saying and I respect it. Thanks for clarifying it.

Enyur, Thanks :) I agree with you whole heartedly.

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