Muhammad ‘Abdu was a true believer of a form of Islam that would liberate men from enslavement, provide equal rights for all human beings, abolish the religious scholar’s monopoly on exegesis and abolish racial discrimination and religious compulsion. One of his refreshing standpoints, was his strong advocate of feminist right. He advocated for the education of women and reforms on their behalf. He maintained that men and women are equal in rights and duties; they are also equal in reason, feelings and sense of self. ‘Abdu spoke relentlessly about the nature of Islamic feminism, which he distinguished from the Western-style feminism. The genuine framework based on ‘Islamic model’ which he ideally constructed according to the spirit of the Qur’an and Sunna. ’Abdu advocates thorough reform in legal sphere which affect the right of Muslim women. Read the entire article and get inspired by this link:
On “the concerns of black people.” You’ve gotta read this one. Below is a Blog I found to be very intriguing. Here are my brief comments to what I feel is the highlight quote, first.
Mr.Chang: “If our indifference to their situation make us racist, then what would you call the Black man’s indifference to his own situation?” OBVIOUS ANSWER: ANTI-SELF; RACIST AGAINST HIMSELF. Isn’t this EXACTLY what the warners, The Holy Prophet Noble Drew Ali, founder of The Moorish Science Temple of America; Forerunner, Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey, founder of UNIA/ACL; Hon. Elijah Muhammad, founder of Nation of Islam; Professor Chinwasu; Hon. Ken Bridges, co-Founder of the MATAH Network http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my3bKMhwuBA; et.al. taught & referred!!!!
As “King of Soul” James Brown would say “What ya gonna do NOW!!!” After Asians tell it like it is. IT’S CALLED INTERNAL REPARATIONS!!! This is what us Asiatics, Moors, Moorish-Americans, African-Americans, Aboriginal Indigenous Native Indian-First Americans (Melininated African Descent) and the cry is to include those 2nd Americans-Native American Indians.
Asian Interviewer: “Can you address their concerns Mr.Chang?”
MR. CHANG: “The concerns of Black people? Yes I can. The fact is, that we all live under a system of White Supremacy. We Asian people look back at our long history of conflict with the European. We observe their strategies and develop our own, in response and in kind. There is no need for loud mass movements on our part, because we intend to overtake them in time, through action and personal sacrifice”.
Asian INTERVIEWER: “And the Black man?”
MR. CHANG: “He does not count into our situation. He is simply here. We do not hate the Black man. We just love the Asian man most. Real love–not cliche. We want to see Asian man happy, so we employ him. We eat together. We spend time with each other. We want his kids to be educated, so we invest in our own schools that offer our children the technical abilities to change the world’s power structure in our favor. We want to see the Asian man safe, so we purchase and organize our own communities. We want him to remain Asian, so we reduce the outside influence of others ideologies and cultures. While he fought to sniff behind the White man, the Black man has had the opportunity and every right in the world to do the same, but he chooses to indict people like me for not hiring him over my own brothers. For me to do this would be foolish and that would not be Asian love. In contrast, the Black man will fight for the right to be up under everyone else other than other Black people who he should feel the most love for. If our indifference to their situation make us racist, then what would you call the Black man’s indifference to his own situation?” www.FarrahGray.com
This demonstration is a powerful treatise that chronicles the true foundation of the Holy Prophet Noble Drew Ali’s Moorish Divine and National Movement, M.S.T.of A & Islamism. It gives a clear perspective and defense for the critics of the Divine mission of the Holy Prophet Noble Drew Ali, The Egyptian Adept. There is MoRe (pun intended) to come…
The federal government posed a series of questions to Native Hawaiians, with whom it’s seeking to reestablish nation-to-nation status. The answer it received, to all, was a resounding “no.”
This week, the Department of the Interior wrapped up two weeks of public meetings in Hawaii soliciting input from the Native Hawaiian community on setting up a similar structure to the one it has with Native American tribes.
Kale Gumapac was one of the 130 people who signed up to speak in Hilo on the island of Hawaii.
“[On] the questions that you raised for everyone to answer. It’s a trap,” said Gumapac. “But I’m going to answer it anyway. ‘A‘ole [No]. No to everything that you guys are wanting and everything you are wanting to do. Because we can do it ourselves. We have our own government. We have the Queen, Liliuokalani, and the constitution of the Kingdom of Hawaii continues to exist. You need to learn that constitution so that you can know when to ask permission to come into the Kingdom of Hawaii.”
Gumapac and hundreds more showed up to testify at the fifteen public hearings held on the islands of Oahu, Lanai, Molokai, Kauai, Hawaii, and Maui.
Residents delivered passionate accounts of Hawaiian history, U.S. militarism, cultural and environmental degradation, land disputes, and a steady stream of “no’s” to the five questions asked by the Department of Interior.
“The Kingdom of Hawaii was never a tribe,” Francis Moku Malani, Jr. testified at the Hilo hearing last week, “We are a sovereign nation.”
The 1993 Apology Resolution publicly acknowledged and apologized for the United States’ involvement in the illegal overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani and the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1893, admitting that the United States violated Native Hawaiians’ right to self-determination and international law.
In 2000, the Departments of the Interior and Justice jointly issued a recommendation for self-determination for Native Hawaiians. From 2000 to 2010, Senator Daniel Akaka tried unsuccessfully to push what has become known as “The Akaka Bill” for federal recognition through Congress.
“No to everything that you guys are wanting and everything you are wanting to do. Because we can do it ourselves.”
These public meetings come now as the Secretary of the Interior considers a federal administrative rule to reestablish a government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community. More than 560 tribes currently hold similar status, with federal considerations on issues ranging from land management to social services.
Mililani Trask, attorney and United Nations expert on indigenous people, said while most Hawaiians wanted federal recognition, the way the government was proceeding was unacceptable.
“I think every Hawaiian would like to see a nation-to-nation relationship, but it can only happen when both nations are given a seat at the table,” Trask said at the Hilo meeting.
“What you propose here is that the nation that overthrew our peoples and apologized for it without making reparations, that that nation would sit at the table and somehow fashion a procedure, hoping that in the future another true nation would somehow emerge. That will never happen.”
Five more public meetings will be held on the mainland U.S. through the beginning of August, and public comment from the Native Hawaiian community and federally recognized Native American tribes will be accepted until August 19.
First published July 11th 2014, 8:45 am