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Justice Collapsed and evil triumphed
By Latheef Farook
November 29, 1947 remains one of the darkest days in human history.
It was on this day that European imperialist powers led by US President Harry S Truman, blackmailed United Nations and passed a resolution to partition Palestine to create a Jewish state for migrant Jews who have not even seen this land.
By Reading Islam Team
Each hour here in the holy land enables me to have greater spiritual insights into what is happening in America between black and white.
The following is Malcolm X’s (al-Hajj, Malik al-Shabazz) letter to his assistants in Harlem during his pilgrimage to Makkah in April of 1964:
"Never have I witnessed such sincere hospitality and overwhelming spirit of true brotherhood as is practiced by people of all colors and races here in this ancient holy land, the home of Abraham, Muhammad and all the other Prophets of the holy scriptures. For the past week, I have been utterly speechless
and spellbound by the graciousness I see displayed all around me by people of all colors.
I have been blessed to visit the holy city of Makkah; I have made my seven circuits around the Ka'aba, led by a young Mutawwaf (guide) named Muhammad; I drank water from the well of the Zamzam. I ran seven times back and forth between the hills of mount al-Safa and al-Marwa. I have prayed in the ancient city of Mina, and I have prayed on mount Arafat.
There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world. They were of all colors, from blue-eyed blondes to black-skinned Africans. But we were all participating in the same ritual, displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood that my experiences in America had led me to believe never could exist between the white and non-white.
America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered white - but the white attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all colors together, irrespective of their color.
You may be shocked by these words coming from me. But on this pilgrimage, what I have seen, and experienced, has forced me to rearrange much of my thought-patterns previously held, and to toss aside some of my previous conclusions. This was not too difficult for me. Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds it. I have always kept an open mind, which is necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligent search for truth.
During the past eleven days here in the Muslim world, I have eaten from the same plate, drunk from the same glass, and slept on the same rug - while praying to the same God - with fellow Muslims, whose eyes were the bluest of blue, whose hair was the blondest of blond, and whose skin was the whitest of white. And in the words and in the deeds of the white Muslims, I felt the same sincerity that I felt among the black African Muslims of Nigeria, Sudan and Ghana.
We were truly all the same (brothers) - because their belief in one God had removed the white from their minds, the white from their behavior, and the white from their attitude.
I could see from this, that perhaps if white Americans could accept the Oneness of God, then perhaps, too, they could accept in reality the Oneness of Man - and cease to measure, and hinder, and harm others in terms of their “differences” in color.
Who would believe the blessings that have been heaped upon an American Negro?
With racism plaguing America like an incurable cancer, the so-called “Christian” white American heart should be more receptive to a proven solution to such a destructive problem. Perhaps it could be in time to save America from imminent disaster - the same destruction brought upon Germany by racism that eventually destroyed the Germans themselves.
Each hour here in the holy land enables me to have greater spiritual insights into what is happening in America between black and white. The American Negro never can be blamed for his racial animosities - he is only reacting to four hundred years of the conscious racism of the American whites. But as racism leads America up the suicide path, I do believe, from the experiences that I have had with them, that the whites of the younger generation, in the colleges and universities, will see the handwriting on the walls and many of them will turn to the spiritual path of truth - the only way left to America to ward off the disaster that racism inevitably must lead to.
Never have I been so highly honored. Never have I been made to feel more humble and unworthy. Who would believe the blessings that have been heaped upon an American Negro? A few nights ago, a man who would be called in America a white man, a United Nations diplomat, an ambassador, a companion of kings, gave me his hotel suite, his bed. Never would I have even thought of dreaming that I would ever be a recipient of such honors - honors that in America would be bestowed upon a King - not a Negro.
All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds.
Sincerely, al-Hajj, Malik al-Shabazz (Malcolm X)
Taken from The Autobiography of Malcolm X, co-authored by Alex Haley.
Editor’s Note: The compassion, selflessness, brotherhood, and generosity that Malcolm encountered in Makkah during his Hajj opened his heart to the true spirit of Sunni Islam. He writes in his autobiography, “Because of the spiritual enlightenment which I was blessed to receive as the result of my recent pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah, I no longer subscribe to sweeping indictments of any one race. I am now striving to live the life of a true Sunni Muslim. I must repeat that I am not a racist nor do I subscribe to the tenets of racism. I can state in all sincerity that I wish nothing but freedom, justice and equality, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all people.”
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சர்வதேச விவகாரங்கள் பற்றிய துணிச்சல் மிக்க கருத்துக்காக ஒரு காலத்தில் போற்றப்பட்ட உள்நாட்டின் பிரதான பிரிவு ஊடகங்கள் இன்று அமெரிக்கா தலைமையிலான யுத்த வெறி கொண்ட ஐரோப்பிய இஸ்ரேல் ஆதரவு ஊடகங்களை கண்மூடித் தனமாகப் பின்பற்றி வருகின்றன.Read more
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இவ்வார்ப்பாட்டமானது சின்ன முகையதீன் ஜூம்மா பள்ளிவாசலின் இடம்பெற்ற தொழுகையின் பின் ஆரம்பமாகி ஐந்து சந்திப்பகுதியில் நிறைவடைந்தது. இதன் போது ஆர்ப்பாட்டக்காரர்கள் ஜனாதிபதி விசாரணை ஆணைக்குழு தங்களது பிரச்சினையை ஆராய முன்வர வேண்டும் என்கின்ற முக்கிய கோஷங்களை முன்வைத்ததை அவதானிக்க முடிந்தது.Read more
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சவுதி அரேபிய மன்னர் சல்மான் அண்மையில் பிரான்ஸின் தென் பகுதிக்கு விஜயம் மேற்கொண்டார். உலகின் மிகவும் ஆடம்பரமான மிகச்சிறந்த விடுமுறை தலத்துக்கு தான் அவர் விஜயம் செய்தார். 2015 ஜுலை 25ல் மூன்று வாரகால ஆடம்பர விடுமுறையாக இது தொடங்கியது.
கொழும்பில் சேரிகளில் வறுமையுடனும் பட்டினியுடனும்; வாழும் படிப்பறிவற்ற முஸ்லிம் மக்கள் அன்றாடம் அனுபவித்து வரும் துன்பங்களை எல்லாம் அலட்சியம் செய்து விட்டுத்தான் வளர்ச்சி கண்டு வரும் ஆசியாவின் அதிசயம் என்று கொழும்பு நகரை நாம் பெருமையுடன் வர்ணித்துக் கொண்டு இருக்கின்றோம். அடுத்தடுத்து பதவிக்கு வந்த அரசாங்கங்களினதும் முஸ்லிம் அரசியல்வாதிகளினதும் வெற்கக் கேடான நிலைமைக்கு கொழும்பு நகரம் தொடர்ந்தும் ஒரு சான்றாக திகழ்கின்றது.Read more
The UK Launch of the well researched and documented book on the rise and fall of communal politics in Sri Lanka, by Lukman Harees,UK based Sri Lankan author and social activist , will be launched on Saturday 28th November 2015 , at the Sri Lanka Cultural Centre in Harrow, Greater London. This book particularly highlights how the recent hate campaign against Sri Lankan Muslims affected the socio-political realities ,and the imperative need for a strong political will to reiterate the multi-ethnic and multi-lingual approach in working forward for a future Sri Lanka with a sustainable peace and economic development.
This event is being organized by COSMOS- an umbrella body of 20 SL Muslim organizations in UK and is expected to be attended by a significant number of Sri Lankans from all community groups, based in UK.
Dr Ataullah Siddique, Reader in Religious Pluralism and Inter –Faith Relations at Markfield Institute of Higher Education in Leicester, UK will deliver the Key-note Address on the theme: ‘ Peaceful Co-existence in Multi Ethnix Societies-Islaimci Perspective’ and Mr Irfan Iqbal, The Editor, Sonakar.com will review the book for the audience.
This book was launched successfully in Sri Lanka on 19th October this year in Colombo, at which event, Most Rev. Dambara Amila Thero, Senior Lecturer ,University of Sri Jayawardenepura , delivered an inspiring keynote address on the theme: National Reconciliation: the Need of the Hour. The event was well attended including many intellectuals, professionals, journalists and religious dignitaries.
Author and activist, Miko Peled will speak at the event commemorating the United Nations Day for Solidarity with Palestine, organized by the Sri Lanka Committee for Solidarity with Palestine on the 4th December at 3.45pm at the Sports Ministry Auditorium (Reid Avenue) in Colombo, with Hon. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya as the Chief Guest.
Miko Peled will speak about his personal journey (which has included the death of his niece in a suicide bombing) and his research in Israeli state archives to unveil and dispel many commonly accepted myths and “truths” about the history of the Palestine/Israeli struggle since 1947.
Wait for few more days-You will know the truth
BY Latheef Farook
Are these senseless attacks and the killing of 128 innocent people in the French capital Paris on Friday 14 November 2015 yet another 9/11 type conspiracy to deceive the world to enhance the
Sri Lanka is passing through the worst ever political crisis since independence. Among the others, veteran independent journalist Latheef Farook has been highlighting burning Muslim issues which the mainstream media often ignores or distorts.
However he needs your cooperation to carry on this strenuous, costly and time consuming work which is the need of the hour.Read more
War crime backed by US, UK Europe and Arab dictators led by Saudi Arabia and Egypt
by Latheef Farook
Gaza is a small beach side strip of around 365 sq miles by the Mediterranean Sea. Sandwiched between Egypt and Israel this territory with about 1.9 million Palestinians is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Most of the inhabitants here are refugees who traditionally owned their homes andRead more
by Latheef Farook
Buddha preaches love and compassion. If the Buddha is there, he will protect the Muslims whom the Buddhists are attacking- Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama.
While the Sinhala Zionist Bodu Bala Sena,BBS,gangsters were killing Muslims, looting and burning Muslim owned properties in Aluthgama, Dharga Town, Beruwala and the surrounding areas on June 15 and 16, 2014 in Colombo an all out effort was made to cover up this carnage with a media blackout.Covering up the Carnage on Muslims of Aluthgama, Dhargha Town, Beruwala & the surrounding areas
This article is in response to an article published in the Ceylon Today on 17 July 2014,under the title " International Hypocrisy".
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