Zaki

Posted December 29, 2006 by peaceonscreen
Categories: general

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Conscious rhymes, bounceable beats, flavoured with spices from the Middle East

Zaki has inspiring lyrics that touch your heart. Each song has a special message worth listening. Coming from the east, living in the west, he creates a sweet but strong combination.

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Check out his songs, and definitely read the lyrics. The ones that are most relevent to peace on screen are the following; but other songs like “Cordoba” also have awesome lyrics.

War is Ugly (with George Galloway speeking at the end) and Stand By Me

http://www.myspace.com/mczakii 

Mental Slavery  at his official site http://www.zaki.tk/

 Some of his lyrics:

Stand By Me

We used to be so full of hope and aspirations/
Now we only giving in to our temptations/
And the media/ full of half an hour series/
Ain’t nothing serious/ Designs to make us feel inferiour/
Stopping all the protests when they conquer Syria/
We live in world of things/
Snatchin all the focus when the war begins/
They using billions of dollars on pr-campaigns/
Convincing us to take their side in this money game/
We used to walk as lions/
Groundbreaking in everything from design to science/
But divided into nations they muted our defiance/
And middle eastern rulers are all a part of this/
Hypocrisy turned out to be a profitable business/
But listen/ everything’s gonna be allright/
If the King of kings stand by my side/

Here’s some facts for your deliria/
10% of the money in America/
Comes straight from families in Saud’s Arabia/
Internally guarding values as Islam’s savers/
If only half of these people were helping al miskeen/
No one would die of hunger in Ummat al Muslimeen/
But instead of helping out the poor/
They be building casinos 2 miles of shore/
But for shure/ The Day will arrive to choose/
Between people of An Naar and people of An Nuur/
Cauz when beduins with money running nations/
Competing to build the highest houses without foundation/
Signs of the Final Hour drawing nearer/
And people too atached to life will find that what is to them dear/
Will dissappear/ and left will only be the Truth of The Revealer/
La ilaha ila Allah/ Mohamed Habibu we Rasool Allah/ I’m a believer/

Ya Robi stand by me…

War is Ugly

My blood is in my writings/
Cauz my people are dying/
Fighting prosecution consequences of wrong solutions/
Greed of imperial institutions/
Using might instead of words, abusing/
The power they was given/
We all have a God given right to live in/
This world of wonder, though for some its like a prison/
From Gaza strip to the West Bank to Pakistan/
Its boys fighting tanks/ stones in they hands/
How hearts can be that cold is really hard to understand/
Power tends to corrupt/
But absolute power corrupts without a doubt, that’s wzup/
So the wars of the world will never stop/
Too many men making too much paper/
With their behaviour/ like instigators/
Believing money is their saviour/
I place my faith in the Creator/
Most High the One Illuminator/
The only one that’ll save ya/

Love is lovely/ War is ugly…

I’m bound to speak my truth, unlike greedy politrixians/
Fishing/ for our votes/
The greed and lust for power has corrupted their souls/
Abandoned by all love, now they wandering ghosts/
Leaches/ with dictated speeches/
No love thy next , but they claim they fight for Jesus/
I could be a soldier but for the right reasons/
Not for crooked thesis’s/
PR campaigns full of one dimensional depictions/
biased stereotypes based on our belief and religion/
That’s how they scripted/
This new world order and wicked plan/
Painting vivid pictures of enemys like the Taliban/
Incarnation of all evil/
Propaganda so easy to see through/
That’s how they wanna scheam you/
instead the people grew leathal/
even friends became deceitful/
turn your face to the east let the King of kings relieve you

War is ugly/ Love is lovely..

War is just a metaphor/ for what we really fighting for/
Igniting for/ writing poems so we can recite them for/
It’s a struggle for the spirit not the body/
Writing lyrics to exalt His manifest in all its glory/
If we righteous/ we might just/
Have light enlighten us/

Does God Love War?

Posted December 26, 2006 by peaceonscreen
Categories: general

I listened to a discussion, with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Chris Hedges the other day. Its not new, but its just great to listen to. I have always listened to Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, but I had never heard of Chris Hedges. I must say, he describes war and the worlds reaction towards it, very accurately. His unique experiences are reflected in his speach.

This is a description of the discussion:

Have the teachers of our religions failed us? Or have we not been listening? From leaders of America’s Christian Right seemingly forgetting that “Blessed are the Peacemakers,” to Jewish rabbis watching unflinchingly as collective punishment is doled out to Arabs in Palestine, to Muslim jurists ruling that civilian victims are acceptable under a Just War, the three great Abrahamic faiths are increasingly facing accusations of ignoring the sanctity of life. Some, pointing perhaps to Malcolm X when he famously advised a group of black nationalists to, “Leave your religion at home,” are not surprised, believing religion is best at dividing, not uniting; others argue, often just as persuasively, that this new penchant the religious have for the immediacy of violent solutions is bred from ideas other than those rooted in sound religious tradition. The same Malcolm X, after all, boldly argued from Mecca that only a belief in the Oneness of God could harmonize a discordant America. Can our current leaders-and some of us-achieve a similar understanding?

And so, does religion offer a way toward reconciliation? Or has it instead become part of the problem? Please join us for an enlightening conversation between two teachers worth listening to: Pulitzer Prize-winner and National Book Award-finalist Chris Hedges and the distinguished American-Muslim thinker and theologian, Hamza Yusuf.

Some Information about Chris Hedges:

Chris Hedges is a reporter for The New York Times and has spent 15 years covering crises in many conflict-ridden locations including El Salvador, Nicaragua, Algeria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Iraq, Sarajevo and Kosovo. His debut book, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, has been reviewed by the Times,The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Hedges has also appeared on a variety of radio and television programs such as “Charlie Rose,” “The News Hour,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” “Fresh Air,” “Talk of the Nation,” CNN and PBS’s “Religion and Ethics.” He has lectured at numerous colleges and institutions including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, University of California at Berkeley, The Council on Foreign Relations, Bates College, New York University and Colgate University.

In War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Hedges addresses humanity’s love affair with war, offering a moving and thought-provoking perspective on the subject. He draws on the literature of combat, from Homer and Shakespeare, Erich Maria Remarque and Michael Herr. Hedges cautions that even for the winners, war unleashes unforeseen consequences. At a time when the US is girding itself for yet another military showdown, the message of this book is particularly timely.

Hedges holds a BA in English literature from Colgate University, a master of divinity from Harvard Divinity School where he was a Neiman Fellow, and taught at Columbia University. He then went on to teach at Princeton University in the fall of 2003.

Hedges was the Central American Bureau Chief for the Dallas Morning News and later the Middle East Bureau Chief for that newspaper, based in Jerusalem, from 1988 to 1990. He was the Middle East Bureau Chief for The New York Times, based in Cairo, from 1991 to 1995 and later the Balkans Bureau Chief for the Times from 1995 to 1998. He was a member of The New York Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism and he received the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. In 2005, Hedges published Losing Moses on the Freeway: The Ten Commandments in America.

Source: American Program Bureau

You can download the discussion from either of these sites. Just find “Does God love war?” and click on it. InshAllah, I will try to find better links soon.

http://www.azeemkhan.info/joomla/feed-me/aytuna-ikr-podcast.html

 http://feeds.feedburner.com/-ZikrPodcast/Wwwzaytunaorg

Muslim Heritage

Posted December 22, 2006 by peaceonscreen
Categories: general

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Modern Civilization didnt rise from nothing. It rose right on top of the Muslim Civilization! This blank part in history is actually at the core of our improvements. Lets not stay ignorant to this entire period of human history that has contributed so much to our well being today.  I think its a responsibility to not only tell this to others, but to learn it ourselves.

http://www.muslimheritage.com/ can help you discover 1000 years of history. 

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“If there is much misunderstanding in the West about the nature of Islam, there is also much ignorance about the debt our own culture and civilisation owe to the Islamic world. It is a failure, which stems, I think, from the straight-jacket of history, which we have inherited. The medieval Islamic world, from central Asia to the shores of the Atlantic, was a world where scholars and men of learning flourished. But because we have tended to see Islam as the enemy of the West, as an alien culture, society, and system of belief, we have tended to ignore or erase its great relevance to our own history.”

 -Prince Charles

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This Sinful Existence!

Posted December 21, 2006 by peaceonscreen
Categories: general

     This Sinful Existence

-This sinful existence!
I pray to outlive this!
-Oh Allah please forgive me,
with the greatest of forgiveness!
-Oh Allah distance me from my sins,
not from Your Grace!
-Knowing You encompass all things,
but not seeing Your Face,
-Your Names and Attributes,
beyond enumeration,
-Not finding the inpiration for prostrattion,
the greatest condemnation!
-I feel evil and insane,
without the realization of Your Domain,
-Infiltrating my blood,
pumping through my veins!
-Free my tongue from its fears,
numbed over the years,
-Like a cry that has
no tears,
-A fog that
never clears.
-Oh Allah, be my Master!
and save me from this disaster!
-Of wanting You, but not deserving You!!
of believing in You, but not serving You!!

By: Aaron ‘Br.Haroon’ Sellars

Palestine Cartoon

Posted December 16, 2006 by peaceonscreen
Categories: general

A cartoon full of mesages. Its very touching and quite short. 

The people dont seam to speak any language, so you can share this cartoon with anyone from anywhere.  As long as you know what “terror in Palestine” means, you will understand.

If Americans Knew

Posted December 12, 2006 by peaceonscreen
Categories: Links

This is an interesting website I found. It gives facts about the deaths, injuries, imprisonments of Palestinians and everything you can quantitatively calculate. Of course, I dont like the fact of putting pain and suffering into numbers.  I know as a Muslim, that I dont care about numbers. I will be equally saddened if one child or a whole village dies. 

However, I think its beneficial to see the numbers. To put an objective context to what we are trying to explain to the world. For some reason, people only believe in numbers.

They may see a very small portion of the truth, if they get a glimpse of what these people are going through. 

This is not just for americans….everyone should know what is going on.

http://www.ifamericansknew.org/

check this page out in particular

http://www.ifamericansknew.org/media/index.html

The Peace Cycle

Posted December 4, 2006 by peaceonscreen
Categories: An Outlandish Response

A freinds of mine, told me about “The Peace Cycle”. A group of people trying to be heard, in order to end the opression in Palestine. It takes courage and strength to do something like this.

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The Peace Cycle began as a completely new initiative in 2004, and the inaugural ride that year proved to be a great success, making national headlines in almost every country it passed through. Whilst numbers fluctuated across the whole route, some 25 cyclists from around the globe reached Jerusalem together, in solidarity with one another and with all those working for a just peace in Israel and Palestine.

The group of cyclists included people whose ages ranged from 12 to 60, whose faiths included Muslim, Jewish, Christian and none, and whose nationalities included British, Irish, Swiss, German, American, Australian, Italian, Swedish, Greek, Palestinian and Israeli –
what united them all was their belief in a just peace.

One cyclist, Rebecca Tyrer (who has stayed on to work in the West Bank) proudly quoted, “There were so many times when I thought I wouldn’t make it, but we did it! More to the point people are still talking about us and everything we still represent. I think one of the most powerful aspects of The Peace Cycle for me was our reception in Palestine.”

Another cyclist, Khurram Yaqoob recalls The Peace Cycle 2004 as being, “… a great journey of adventure, self-realisation and tears. Be prepared for a fantastic challenge as you pass through a variety of countries on your bike! I mean, you are actually using your own energy and a metal contraption to travel to the other side of the globe!”This feature length film, narrated by acclaimed actress Julie Christie, follows their amazing physical and emotional journey – a journey which is to be repeated by more cyclists in 2006!

 End the Cycle of Violence – Join the Cycle for Peace

In August 2006, cyclists from all over the world will leave central London
and embark on an amazing journey across Europe to the Middle East,
on the second historic Peace Cycle to Jerusalem!

Cycling through 12 different countries they will meet with politicians and public to raise awareness of the 38 year occupation and call for justice and peace in Israel and Palestine. After touring parts of Israel and the West Bank, the cyclists will finally ride into Jerusalem in September 2006.

We are calling for individuals, charities, peace groups & faith organisations to support this unique event!

“We call upon those leading the world, people of faith and people in politics to come to Jerusalem and make peace here”
The Rt. Rev. Riah Abu El-Assal, Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem
EVERYONE can get involved!

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/03/336033.html