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So, I live in Tennessee that’s been red since the dinosaurs. On November 8, it elected Donald J. Trump for president with an overwhelming majority of 215% and handed him like 5 million electoral colleges with a few extra to munch on for Thanksgiving.

The rest is, as they say with a pit in the stomach, history.

Over the course of these past few days that really felt like unbelievably surreal eons, I’ve gone through a host of emotions. And I’m not alone.

All of us who were against Trump because of his sexist, racist, xenophobic, utterly ignorant remarks/tweets/stances feel betrayed by the Basket of Deplorables who voted him in.

Oh no, please don’t take offense, I don’t mean YOU.

Yeah, you.

You there who proclaims so passionately that you aren’t racist or sexist or xenophobic or deplorable and that you love me, the other, but you voted for Trump nonetheless because you either hated Hillary or because you wanted to ‘empty the swamp’ of Washington and Trump was your hero.

Yeah, you’re not like them bigots who voted for him in spite of his calling all Mexicans rapists and drug dealers, in spite of his call to ban all Muslims, in spite of his profiling all blacks as thugs, in spite of his degradation of women, in spite of his bragging about sexual assault, in spite of the fact that seeing him in power makes KKK sing to the hills that its time has finally come.

No, you’re perhaps not like the radicalized racist elements in this country who voted him into power even though you too voted him into power. Maybe you’re not like them because you say you’re a moderate or a reasonable Trump supporter but you did vote for him so you must be comfortable with all that he said anyway.

So, excuse us when we breathe fire at his election and your delicate ass gets in the way too. Not trying to target-singe you or anything but #YouAreWithHim.

You don’t get to separate yourself from any of the damage that his presidency does.

There are chants of ‘build that wall’ in our schools today for Hispanic children to bear with. There are chants of ‘go back to where you came from’ in our colleges today for Muslim students to deal with. Black students are told to ‘ride at the back of the bus.’ Girls are being groped in school hallways and being told to not protest because ‘if the President can do it, so can I!’ All these are first-hand accounts witnessed by people in my community and in other communities all over America.

These kids who have sacrificed human decency at the altar of ‘telling it like it is’ are definitely coming from families that supported Trump for no reasons other than what these children are stating so loudly. I’m afraid to think of the rhetoric these young people must be listening to at home to believe it is okay for them to behave this way in public.

And you did this! You who voted for Trump even if you claim you aren’t racist and all!

This election was many things. His words were poisonous from the start but you were perhaps so privileged or callous to not really care what that really did or would do to those he targeted.

I’m feeling a lot of things right now but the most relevant emotion to all that’s happened is that we are selfish and we vote for selfish reasons, without thinking what that one vote can do to the rest of us.

Being of Muslim faith, I don’t agree with many, MANY, things that the liberals stand for but at the same time, I can also see that this isn’t just about me. Because a country isn’t ever just about one person or belief or ideal. It has to cater to every citizen. It has to protect and respect everyone who lives in it.

I recently read a Muslim woman’s account who voted for Trump because she believed he really will crush ISIS. Unlike the Washington crowd, Trump is an outsider, an agent for change. He isn’t friendly with Qatar and the Saudi Kingdom or any governments alleged to have assisted the terrorist organization at one point or another (as per WikiLeaks), has no favors to pay back to anyone, hence, he will be tougher on radical Islamists. Perhaps true. And we all want that. But this was ONE aspect of a man’s narrative who has never held a public office and can hardly predict how he will deliver on this promise given his lack of political experience.

For the record, he has already gone back on his promise to repeal Obamacare completely because it’s not all bad. This doesn’t show he is willing to work across party lines. This shows how uninformed he was about issues he boasted to be an expert on.

What about the rest of the stuff?

An African-American cab driver told my husband that he’d voted for white men all his life but the white men and women couldn’t take one black president.

A friend of mine, for the first time in her life and she is an American by birth, was accosted by a white lady at a gas station and told to ‘watch her back’ because now Trump is in power and will deal with everyone.

Another friend of mine took off her hijab because she feared for the safety of her children and her own person. This was the hardest thing she has ever had to do in her life!

My housekeeper knows of undocumented hardworking families who came out of the shadows because the Obama Administration asked them to and now they face a very real threat of deportation or separation.

A single mother was worried that with the repeal of Obamacare, she’ll lose her insurance and the facility and means and chance to care for her son’s heart disease.

Another woman trying to heal from loss of a baby was schooled on the evils and punishments of getting an abortion. She hadn’t. She’d had a miscarriage.

For the first time in all our 14 years here, my husband told me to not go out alone at night. I, for the first time in our 14 years here, fear for my family’s safety when they are out.

There is that race thing. The religion thing. The immigrant thing. The woman thing. But we aren’t allowed to talk about it because whenever we do, it’s always ‘oh, please, don’t take out THAT card!’

Umm, no.

We aren’t the ones pulling out cards. Your candidate did that and you validated all that hate with your vote. Every time he resorted to hate speech, his popularity shot up until it landed him in the White House.

Your explanations of why you did it do not help.

Fact is that Donald J. Trump is now the President-Elect. That’s reality and I agree we need to accept it and respect it.

To all those who voted for him and are determined that this wasn’t about race, wasn’t about sexism, wasn’t about xenophobia in spite of his sweeping insults to every minority of every race, religion and gender – prove it.

Journalists are now out there reporting that every Trump voter honestly thought their vote was for change alone and wouldn’t hurt anyone. Well, it has. It has hurt the cause of religious freedoms, women’s rights, gender equality, and social justice.

Fix this! Hold back your bullies and your bigots.

Now is your time to prove it to the rest of us that we are still safe in America in spite of our color, our origin, our religion. This is on you.

You have four years. Use them well.

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I am sorry…. …

Posted: September 24, 2013 in Qoutes

I am sorry….

I apologize profusely
For my history
I am so sorry
For Mahmud Ghaznavi,
For Tughlaqs, for Khiljis
For Humayun, for Akber and Sher Shah Suri,
I am sorry
For plundering your temples
For torching your library
I am ridden with guilt
By the army I built
to overrun all that I considered
Haram!
Forgive me
For Afghanistan, for Pakistan
For 911
For 24/7 all I do is dwell
On the torment a mother must feel
When my brother rips her son
From forehead to heel
Regrettably I admit
That this is not the end
No matter how many times I bend
My head and repent
They will continue to hunt and kill
My fellow humans who will
Not show uniformity
To their insanity
Don’t point your finger at me
I am ashamed, for my religion,
To some it is a tool
To kill my shia friends
My nation’s Christians, Hindus, Ahmedis, Wahabis, Ismailis
I cannot look them in the eye
For it is my brother that does deny
Having their blood on his hands
But mine are soaked
And with a sigh
I apologize……

SAIMA SALMAN – visit her blog http://www.dawnshowers.blogspot.com/ for more gems.

AHDNAMA (the Achtiname of Prophet Muhammad SW)

Prophet Muhammad’s Letter to the Monks of St. Catherine’s Monastery:
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“This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them.

Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them.

No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries.

No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses. Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.

No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray.

Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants. No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).”*
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* The English translated text of the Charter of Privileges was extracted from the Book ”Muslim History: 570 – 1950 C.E.” by Dr. A. Zahoor and Dr. Z. Haq, ZMD Corporation. P.O. Box 8231 – Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8231 – Copyright Akram Zahoor 2000. P. 167.

A little background to this:

“In 628 AD, a delegation from St. Catherine’s Monastery came to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and requested his protection. He responded by granting them the following Charter of Rights. St. Catherine’s Monastery is located at the foot of Mt. Sinai in modern-day Egypt and is the world’s oldest monastery. It possesses a huge collection of Christian manuscripts, second only to the Vatican, and is a world heritage site. It also boasts the oldest collection of Christian icons. It is a treasure house of Christian history that has remained safe for 1,400 years under Muslim protection.”

The original letter is now in the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul.

The Letter of Protection is known as the Achtiname, from the Arabic words ahd, which means “obligation,” and nama, which means “document, testament.”

The document has been instrumental in the protection of the monastery, and as a means of ensuring peaceful and cooperative relations between Christians and Muslims. The continuous existence of the monastery during fourteen centuries of Islamic rule is a sign of the respect given to this Letter of Protection, and the principles of peace and cooperation that it enshrines.

http://www.sinaimonastery.com/en/index.php?lid=68
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achtiname_of_Muhammad

FourteenSilent…

Posted: June 23, 2013 in It angers me..., Poetry, Qoutes

Fourteen
Silent faces
Silent bloodied faces, still bodies, frozen smiles
Who are you?
—-a news headline?
a number?
—all fourteen of you?
Was any of you named Aamena?
I might grieve for you if so
Because that little Aamena, I hold in my arms
My life, my light
She might
Just remind me enough that you are just like her—were just like her!
Of course you are not like her at all
She is here with me,
And I am here with her, will always be,
And then there are prayers, and love and oh all that promise of life!
No, no, she is not like you at all
You are just a news headline, a number,
See, no one even knows your names
And even before your blood has dried on your faces
We are going to have to sit down
With the people (they are just people)
Who killed you
And ask them
Naively enough
Please tell us
What do you want?
Let us talk
About common grounds and let us
Negotiate!
So that we can have peace
Because otherwise
My Aamena might be in danger
And though you may have been a bit like her
You are not, like her at all
Because you are a news headline, an incident
For which
People claim responsibility
And those responsible are
After all
Our brothers, aren’t they
They just want to purify us
And yes they are a bit overzealous
But now then, we have to be sensible
And talk with them
So, no
I don’t want to know your names
Because names will give you faces
And faces will give you souls
And no
I don’t want to be haunted by any souls
Come on, Aamena
Time for bed now—sleep tight!

Ather Kazmi pays tribute to the victims. Thank you so much for this!

“QUETTA: At least 25 people, including the deputy commissioner of Quetta, 14 students of a women’s university and four nurses were killed on Saturday when a bomb tore through a bus, followed by a suicide attack and a gunbattle in the Bolan Medical College hospital, where the injured students were taken for treatment.”

http://beta.dawn.com/news/1018629

There are two p…

Posted: February 21, 2013 in Qoutes

There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. There is a third power stronger than both, that of the women.

Mohammad Ali Jinnah