Friday, January 19, 2007

Braveheart

In the movie Braveheart Mel Gibson gives an enigmatic speech to the troops before the last great battle scene. Where he tells the men that they can go home and live, but every day after that they would wish that they could relive this day. This fight for freedom. It was beautiful I love that movie.

Have you ever had regrets for a fight that you walked away from? I have several, my Deen being one of them. This is why I'm crawling out of this hole. I've learned a lot lying here on the ground of faith, namely I don't want to be here, and the problems of and for the Ummah keep getting worse, and I wonder how much better could it have been if I never lay down here in the first place? Well now comes the epiphany, liquid in motion. That is the essence of our Deen. I cannot sit idly by while my heart screams out to move. To do so is to watch yorself decay.

My Imam resigned last week, and the new brother Alhamdulillah may Allah grant him Jennah, but I realised that we are all asleep. As long as the establishment keeps locking up the Jamils of this world things will continue to get worse. Also the whole leadership vacuum that is created when a leader is felled. We should not skip a beat when our leaders are killed or locked away we should keep going stronger and faster.

We as a people are starving. Sitting in Kuthbas with elephants in the room that no one wants to address. We aimlessly attend talks and raise money that only seems to circulate the air. We have no serious leaders for the most part, and we like the dervishes dance in circles. We must move,and now.

I think my blog will get a little more political now, as I formulate thoughts of a revolution. A non-violence movement that addresses the needs and concerns of this nation and this Ummah. I've made many resolutions on my blog, but this is the one to life.

Fight terrorism. Refuse to be afraid.

2 comments:

  1. asalaam aleikum. What made your Imam resign if I may ask? Does your community have an input in who takes his position?

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  2. There was some contention about the Eid Prayer. My Imam didn't want to pray it on Sunday because Saudi Arabia didn't witness the sighting of the moon and he felt that without a sighting that the day of the Eid was invalid. The committee had a problem with this and chose to place him on probation. He felt it necessary to skip this formality and just resign.

    It is a shame, but communities set up in a format where you have a committee that is all powerful and the Imam is an employee or designated volunteer there usually arises petty power struggles. Many result in the removal of most vocal leaders or leaders with any kind of personal resolve. It is a sad state of affairs where cliques and tribalism lead rather than knowlege.

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