History repeats itself

“Antisemitism”— was a word familiarized by Adolf Hitler during the World War II. To be put in simple words an antisemite is a person who has an irrational fear of Jews. A keen study of the World War II makes us better understand the words — genocide, exodus, evacuation, gas-chambers and other related holocaust jargon. I once laid my hands on Hitler’s autobiography “Mein Kempf” but could not get to complete it due to the amount of negativity and hatred filled in the pages. An analysis of Hitler’s religious views reveal the fact that he was born to Catholic parents and later on in life he moulded his religious views and beliefs as per his political needs and ambitions. This malleable stance of Hitler towards religion may indeed be a reason for his sadistic behavior.

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What was Hitler really famous for? The blatant answer to this infamous question is his absurd dislike of Jews. He despised them mainly due to his view that Germany was to be occupied only by the superior ‘Aryan race’, to which the Jews did not belong. His hostility led to the killing of nearly 6 million Jews by various means and methods, the infamous one being the Gas chamber method where thousand of Jews were poisoned to death by inhaling the deadly carbon monoxide gas. Well! the rest is well documented history. The World War ended and Hitler committed suicide before being captured by the Russian army.

However throughout this antisemite fight of Hitler, many Jews were saved and fled as refugees to nearby European countries and to the United States, where they still have a very firm holding. And apparently the ‘State of Israel’ was formed in 1948 — a place preeminently occupied by Jews. They did finally carve out their ‘Promised Land’. A very basic knowledge of Abrahamic religions does explain the promise of God to the Children of Israel that they shall have a land of their own.

Hitler has perished, and has left for us to remember a dark chapter in the history of humanity, that no soul would like to see being repeated.

Is not history repeating itself by the exodus of the Rohingya Muslims???. Genocide and mass slaughter of Muslims by Buddhist monks who want an ethnic cleansing of their land is all over the media. History does stand proof that the Rohingyas were indigenous to the Rakhine state in Myanmar since the eighth century. It was their land, their home and dwelling for centuries. But the hard-core monks of the land want them out. Blood, tears, corpses and smoke have engulfed the state of Rakhine. Neither the government intervenes nor do the world powers speak out against the cruelty.

The plight of the Rohingyas is frightful, with women and children dying at sea as no country wants to provide refuge to them. The world keeps mum as hundreds and thousands of Burmese Muslims are massacred. The pain of displacement and the feeling of being unwanted mixed together has made the life of the Rohingya Muslims a tragic tale. They are stateless people, with no country in the world accepting them as citizens. They have no promised land to look out for.

When an ignorant fool of a Muslim makes a terror attack Islam is branded as a religion of terror. When the Islamophobic monks of Burma slaughter Muslims on a mass level the world keeps quiet. The paradox is that Burma is headed by the democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was awarded the Nobel prize for peace. And she does nothing to maintain peace in her own land despite bearing severe criticism she chooses to maintain her silence.

The notorious monk spreading hatred and hostility through his speeches, Ashin Wirathu lives a life of ease and justifies his hatred of Muslims through his own perspective. Every religion teaches compassion. Maybe Hitler was not much of a saintly person and that led to his cruel and horrid behavior towards Jews. What is wrong with monks???. Monks are people who have disowned worldly pleasures for the sake of religion and humanity. Is killing innocent beings a part of religious obedience?

The problem lies with us Muslims, we are a disunited ummah. Neither of us has the strength enough to stand up for our weaker brothers and sisters. The one’s powerful enough to stop the injustice are in no way interested in helping. Be it Burma, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia or Palestine we all are brothers and sisters through the progeny of Adam and Eve. Make dua for our Muslim brothers and sisters in distress. The internet is full of sad tales and pictures of the displaced Rohingyas. The pain of losing a family, land and identity is heart-breaking and a traumatic experience. May Allah(SWT) hear the duas of the repressed Muslims. May our high-powered fellow Muslims wake up from their deep slumber of ignorance. May they come forward to take up the responsibility of protecting the less privileged.Make dua that the ummah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad(PBUH), come together as one strong entity to fight against the injustice. We are all but one, putting aside our race, color, nationality, ethinicity and wealth. May Allah(swt) prevent another chapter of genocide from being written in the history of humanity.

“When Muslims are disunited, they would falter in their Emaan,
And would be bereft of their inherent strength”.
Uthman ibn Affan

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Tales from the Treasure Chest – A Review

I love reading and reviewing books. I do actually read adult literature but rarely review it. Most of my reviews include children’s literature. Today I shall review a nice book, which is suited for the genre of middle grade fiction. I really enjoyed reading this book and am awed at the abundance of literary choice for the youth of today. Especially I see a rise in Islamic fiction that aims at improving both the knowledge of the deen (religion) and duniya (world). So let’s get started.

Name: Tales from the Treasure Chest

Author: Ayesha Marfani

Illustrator: Maryam Ayub

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The Entertainer Blogger Award

Another award nomination post. I have replied to the nomination quite late — a few months late to be precise. Everything happens at a time set by the almighty and so it might be the case 🙂 . Well it was Munira Chowdhury of A Messy World  who nominated me for the Entertainer Blogger Award. She is one sweet girl with lots of hidden talent — the make-up she does just makes me go awwww!.  Now let me give a brief description of the rules of the award.

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The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and also include a link to their blog.
  • Write a post related to the award and include a picture of the award.
  • Answer the questions by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate twelve other bloggers for the award.
  • Nominees should answer the same questions answered below.

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Blogger Recognition Award

Nominated for another award long back, finally got the time to transcribe a post about it. This post is all about the Blogger Recognition Award, for which I have been nominated by Shaz of Sure Scribbles . Shaz is such a creative blogger — She writes so very artistically  and also does click extremely beautiful pictures of nature. Getting to the point, let me first point out the rules of the award.

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The Rules

•Writing a  post related to the award.
•Thanking the person who nominated you for this award and providing a link to their blog.
•Providing a brief description as to how you blog came into being.
•Giving a couple of advice to new bloggers.
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SkinYoga Coffee Body Scrub

There are lots of skincare stuff hidden on our kitchen shelves that we seldom use. One among those is my favorite ‘Coffee’. The revitalizing smell of coffee calms the senses. When used in excess caffeine maybe bad for health, but when applied to the skin coffee has a number of benefits. SkinYoga was kind enough to send me a sample of their “Coffee Body Scrub”. In this post I am going to review the “SkinYoga Coffee Body Scrub”.

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Skin Yoga Sandalwood Saffron Face Mask

I am always eager to try out anything new I come across. As Skin Yoga sent me samples of their products, I am now on a self-pampering spree, trying a sample a day. I have really started to love their products. Looks like the good old days are back when I took such good care of my skin. The smell of sandalwood, turmeric, orange-peels and everything natural is so nostalgic sometimes. Well in this post I am going to review Skin Yoga’s Sandalwood Saffron Face Mask. This one seems to impress me a bit more than the orange body scrub.

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A brief description of the product:
The goodness of sandalwood will reverse the signs of aging and gradually remove wrinkles and dark spots. Saffron will improve skin texture and also naturally make skin brighter and more radiant. The anti-oxidants found in walnuts are essential to skin regeneration and elasticity. The product also moisturizes the skin as it is infused with 100% natural coconut oil. Continue reading

Skin Yoga Product Review

It has been a long time since I have posted. I almost abandoned the blog for a month or so. But finally I am back with an interesting post for halal and vegan beauty product lovers. The halal beauty scene is growing day by day. Good to know that, as I am myself a lover of halal beauty products. A few days ago, a brand contacted me to review a few of their skincare products. I was really happy to know the company’s claim of being cruelty free, halal and vegan friendly. What more does a Muslimah want when choosing skincare products.

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Now let me introduce you to this new awesome brand — Skin Yoga.  This is a brand started and owned by three sisters Radhika, Jargriti and Deepika. They beleive in the essence of natural remedies, and this belief is what led to the beginnings of the brand Skin Yoga.

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A Cat And Mouse Pact – A Review

Book: A Cat And Mouse Pact

Author: Nayera Salam

Illustrator: Teresa Abboud

Publishers: Prolance

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Author Nayera Salam is back with yet another wonderful and interesting short story for the little ones — ‘A Cat And Mouse Pact’. A fable with a simple yet much needed moral for the society that we exist in today. The plot deals with a pact made between ‘Matt’ the orange tabby cat and ‘Millie’ the little grey mouse.

‘Matt’ the orange tabby lives in Mrs. Krouse’s old brick house, and when he sees ‘Millie’ the little grey mouse slinking through the kitchen with a piece of leftover cheese, ‘Matt’ seems unsure of whether to attack ‘Millie’ or let her go. He patiently listens to what Millie has to say and finally they make a pact. 🙂 Continue reading

Coffee – The Muslim Drink

 

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The aroma of freshly brewed coffee has a revitalizing effect on the mind and body. Everybody likes to enjoy their little cup of this magical beverage, based on mood and timing — some like their “morning cup of coffee” while others enjoy it on random occasions, complemented by a piece of walnut cake or a favorite cookie. A cup of hot coffee and an amazing piece of literature, are the best companions for a rainy day.

Be it in any part of the world, coffeehouses seem to be ubiquitous structures fitted between the array of shops lined in a high-street. The banners of “Starbucks” and “Costa” have become synonymous with the picture of global coffeehouses to be found all the way from city centers to International airports. And mind you! the chains of these coffeehouses make a turnover in billions per year. Thanks to the loyal coffee drinkers!

Well! Have you ever thought of it, as to who discovered these amazing little beans, of a beverage adored by the contemporary world?. If you think it was the Europeans who introduced this invigorating drink to the world, then you are for sure mistaken.

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The Rainbow Hijab- A Review

Book: The Raibow Hijab

Author: Amran Abdi

Illustrator: Nicola Davies

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Hijab is an essential part of a Muslimah’s wardrobe. In today’s world it has definitely become a controversial piece of cloth :lol:. Well! In this blog post I am going to review the book “The Rainbow Hijab”, by Amran Abdi.

“The Rainbow Hijab” is a intelligibly written children’s book. The book is about young Ameera who loves her rainbow colored hijab. She loses it and feels sad.After a thourough search she finds it in the most unexpected place, with someone who equally loves the rainbow hijab. Continue reading