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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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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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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Reading the right texts!

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Reading books is a favorite hobby of many people both young and old. Reading provides relaxation, especially reading novels and other such literary genres that are particularly meant for the purpose of leisure. But not all reading is good for the mind, body and soul. Reading books filled with obscene language has a bad effect on the mind and also strains our relationship with Allah(SWT), as indulging in anything indecent is not permissible in Islam.

The extent of obscenity in literary works can be seen in the way in which every random book targeted towards the youth is as a matter of fact filled with filthy language. Have being a student of English Literature, I have come across and read many fictional literary texts of the old school authors that are really decent and modest in nature. Continue reading

For Grandpa…

Walking down the packed lanes of the market, amidst the hubbub of the Christmas air I look around the happy faces in the hustling surroundings. Not everything plush and exuberant makes me happy these days. It has been a week or so since grandpa left us— loss, tears and an obvious realization that people once gone never come back.

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There was only one place I yearned to spend my vacation at — Granny’s home, is what we called it and what we knew it for. It was a place where granny resided permanently, with grandpa being just a visitor most of the times rather than a resident. Finally as old-age took over him, he returned back to his family, to his roots, putting to rest the passion of his life ‘law’. It was during the final decade of his life that I came in with close proximity with him— knowing him better and getting astonished at his weird habits.

Spending a major portion of his life among piles of papers scribbled with articles and principles from the Indian constitution, grandpa was the only man I knew who lived and cherished his job (unlike others who whine). An upright and honest legal practitioner by profession, his shabby clothes and well worn slippers reflected it, contrary to the other white-collared workers of his reputation. Continue reading

Three days three quotes challenge

Day #3

Finally day #3 of the challenge. A final thanks to dearest Shaz of Sure Scribbles for having nominated me.

A brief description of how to take up the quotes challenge.

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Post three quotes for three days.
  3. Nominate three bloggers per day.
  4. Inform the nominees.

As for today, I have chosen a quote from a book called Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I have read only bits and pieces of the book, a long time ago, however I do have a plan to complete the book this winter. I can always remember the first lines of this novel — “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderely again”.

If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded and it never got stale. And then when one wanted it the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment al.png

I really adore this quote. For one simple reason, that I am a nostalgic person. How wonderful it would have been if there was really such an invention that helped one relive those beautiful memories lost in the ruins of time. And how equally nice it would have been if there was an invention that helped one forget those bad memories stuffed up in a tiny corner of the brain, and come to haunt you at the best possible chance.

Finally my three nominees for today are.

Nashrahs

Ahmad Saiz

The Revert Miyabhai

I beleive everyone has a busy life. So it is completely up to the nominee to take up the challenge. All the best if you take it up.

Thank you for reading!