Monthly Archives: January 2014

Target

Every time I  run errands I stop at Target. It’s the only store near me that has everything; easy access. The more I go the more I notice. The products not only in Target, but other stores all aid Israel. Der… America is Israel’s BFF….ihateit. I wish there was one store that was BDS. There really should be there has to be someone else that feels the same way I do. There should be a BDS store in every town. There are Palestinians all around USA and all around the world. Imagine walking into a city and on the corner seeing a FreePalestine store or a BDStore where you know your money is going to Palestine. That would be awesome. Sodastream is all over Target and Best Buy as well as Costco and even random places you wouldn’t even think of like Staples and even Marshalls. It’s insane and unless you really care to notice you will. It’s difficult to live in USA and use your money only for Palestine because USA is Israel in my eyes. The president has ties with all of Israel and every product, or almost every product, was created by an Israeli, Zionist perhaps, who uses the money for the IDF or IOF. THere is no way to go around it unless we use products found on BDS which are very few.

 

well then…. random wordpress I like these better than my formal ones 🙂

 

toodles. -calipali

Murder and Rape

Right vs. Wrong

Murder and Rape

Is Murder wrong because God commands it to be or because human nature? Is rape wrong because ethically and lawfully written and told to be wrong or because God commands it to be wrong or because it causes pain?

Recently, in one of my courses these questions have caused major confusion. Is everything we live by fed by us by the government or religion? When was religion put in place to begin with to tell us how to think what right and wrong is?

Plato and Socrates are the source of this discussion. My professor then went into how we live and do certain things. Who said right and wrong and what makes something right and wrong and so forth. Everyone who believes in God will obviously say a Higher Being a Creator a God. Whether Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, or Jewish you still believe in God. SO, then my professor began breaking this all down saying okay but who is God? IstagfurAllah.. just out of sake of argument he was trying to get us to think. Because the only way we live a certain way is because we follow a religion and were taught from a young age what to do and if we did something wrong we would get a negative reaction. If we did something right we would get positive feedback. God tells us murder is wrong. Some people don’t believe in God however so there is also that to factor in. Even if they are atheistic they still I’m sure have some sort of basis of right and wrong. In the Ten Commandments, in the 5 pillars in Islam, in the Torah in the Quran in the Bible in any religion; Murder is wrong, right? What about war. War is wrong right? Killing innocent individuals is wrong, right? So what makes it right? Murder is Murder and just for the sake of the betterment of a country it’s still wrong.

Anyways, I’m sitting in class trying to somehow figure out how I’m going to word this in a future essay without getting emotionally tied into this because religion is everything to me. All I do is base everything off of Islam and it’s hard being told we need to put our faith aside. That our opinion must solely be connected to ethics for once.

Murder is wrong and rape is wrong—it causes pain shame death worry everything bad in this world. The people who commit these crimes have no right mind. They may be mentally ill and just probably didn’t have religion all their life to tell them what is right and wrong. Religion explains everything in full. EVERYTHING. From birth to death all is laid out for us just there. Not everyone follows a book of life. These people tend to be the ones without a family, no basis or future, or just one day woke up and really had a change of perspective. One person might have bullied them and they never got over it and decided I’m going to kill you because you caused pain and anger in me and that’s what I’m doing. These people are alive and out there in this world. We hear about it all the time on the news. Rape on the other hand is different because a man or woman knows what they are doing. Completely tearing a person apart sexually for pleasure is just disgusting. I don’t understand how a man can do that to a woman how sick do you have to be to just commit a sinful and heinous crime? Rape happens very often all over the Middle East. In countries that follow a religion it’s incorporated in the government but yet men somehow get away with it. Women will be dressed publicly covered from head to toe and yet they get raped. So no men, women do not dress to attract you and the women who wear Niqab obviously covered fully didn’t attract you. That’s a whole other topic…

In conclusion rape and murder is wrong because it causes pain to someone. Pain; an emotion felt and this is essential. We know it’s wrong because how it makes us feel. So yes, emotions have to tie into this and religion is the essence to know this is wrong. Knowing me I’ll word press this again sometime after my class next week.

 

 

#StopScarJo

To discuss or not discuss? Ya know, just because you are a celebrity doesn’t make your endorsement and aid for Israel ok. ScarJo is the new global ambassador for SodaStream. She’s a well known actress, a pretty face, and is affiliated with OXfam which is an organization that has been made to stop poverty and injustice all around the world. So, Scarlett Johansen being a part of SodaStream now is completely against Oxfam’s whole reason of being. It’s frustrating because the only reason everyone’s ok with it is because she’s a celebrity. Typical. Anyways, recently she released statements that she is “for equal rights for the Israeli nation and Palestinians.” Really? You can not say those 2 things in a sentence. You can’t be for equal rights when it comes to Israel. Israel does not even know what equal is. All they know is murder and her statements are pure BS. Money is her aim in my opinion and just because of her fame, they know people will want to buy this product. Sick world we live in. 0 respect for ScarJo AND if anyone even has soda stream now you know not to use it anymore. It’s factory is right in Israel. (These photos are photoshopped to show what ScarJo is actually endorsing in Palestine)

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Is it Hijab or USA?

Hello Beautiful Souls— I posted a rant on Lollipops vs. Women just a few days ago and received lots of feedback.

I was expecting not many views,checking the stats today almost 100 views. No one ever really reads my posts I just don’t have enough of a crowd I suppose, Y e t. Anyways, after posting decided to share and discuss with many of my friends who are 70% Hijabis. We had lengthy conversations many agreeing with each other and some not so much. All of these girls ages ranged from 19-32. Variety of experiences and opinions were thrown around, religious fact, as well as opinions of where you are located matters in regards to dressing and wearing the headscarf. After hearing every single opinion, (whether I was fond of it or not) I decided to start writing them down. I never thought how my writing could actually capture people’s attention for the better.

The main focus of almost all of the girls was location, time, as well as maturity.

Each woman who began wearing the hijab had her own story. Just to be clear, none of them were forced to wear it as many people claim the reason Muslim women begin to wear the hijab. One of the girls in particular began to express how she is at a stage in her life where she is thinking of removing her hijab. She began to wear it at the age of 20, one day waking up tried it on and the next thing you know 8 years later still wearing it. Her cousins convinced her to try it out and ever since she wore it to class she never stopped. Years later, she realized and wondered if she was wearing it for Allah or just out of habit. Many Islamic Scholars state that the only way to properly wear hijab is if a women is covered head to toe, no bright colors to attract any attention, long dresses which in turn these days is Jalabeeb dresses/skirts, eyes and face whole body must be covered and no makeup because that attracts your facial features; less is more. Of course, many women wear makeup, wear pretty colors, try to be stylish while wearing hijab because that’s just how it is now. We don’t live in the 1400s or 500BC and times have changed, but does this make hijab a fashion statement or religious covering to show how happy you are to be a Muslim and still live day to day life while fully covered and “modest?”

Many women living in America, not just MUSLIMS, are around all the latest fashion and fun styles. We want to incorporate all of these trends into Islamic wear. I find this fun and exciting as long as it follows through with modesty. You are still covered but fashionable and that is a blessing makes a women much more attractive.
My friend continued to explain if she moved she might take her hijab off and try and see how she feels. The judgment of her family and friends who are Muslim is what worries her. She knows if she removed the hijab how much negative feedback she would receive because of how looked
down upon you are for taking it off. I then asked her,”What will make you happy?” In which she replied, “That doesn’t matter, as long as I’m pleasing Allah.” So… Happiness over religion and faith brought up another discussion. I was so inspired by her input because I have been thinking of wearing the hijab recently. Hijab is fard we can’t ignore that. However, I personally think a women must wear it properly. Not have loop holes to ignore factors just because of location.Not every women who wears hijab is a practicing Muslim, but not every women who doesn’t wear it isn’t. There is this premeditated thought that if you’re a Hijaby that’s it you’re perfect and flawless. If you don’t wear it you’re dirty, promiscuous, date, are not smart etc. Who sets these rules and thoughts up? Our own people and that is what’s upsetting. Muslims and middle easterners love to cause drama and judgements but this isn’t Islam. Culture and religion are getting mixed up too much lately and it’s frightening.

I will continue this post next Wednesday. I will have posts every Wednesday iA and I would love comments. Don’t be afraid to share you’re thoughts your perspective matters.

~stay humble smile and live life to the fullest.

“Flawless” Beyoncé

We say to girls: “You can have ambition, but not too much
You should aim to be successful, but not too successful
Otherwise, you will threaten the man” Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that marriage is most important
Now, marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage
And we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men

Lollipops vs. Women

Two sides to every story. In this case, two sides to every tweet and post. Recently, a photo was posted showing two lollipops. One, unwrapped and one wrapped covered and clean. The lollipop unwrapped had bugs flying on it and around it making the lollipop look dirty and unappealing. The covered lollipop looked presentable, clean and what appears to be flawless. As if it’s perfect without any sort of distortion. Would be a good advertisement for lollipops to make sure to always buy them wrapped or else it would be foul, but for women? Yeah… The heading read ‘HIJAB, which one will you choose?’– of course I got infuriated. I’ve seen this picture before but what really bothered me were the young girls and boys agreeing with this photo. Do they really think this is accurate? That a women is an exact metaphor to candy wrapping? Being dirty just because she isn’t wearing a headscarf.

Some tweets were expressed by men saying, ‘well hijab is fard’ We know it is. It’s a must for every women once she is at the proper age and hits puberty. However it’s still a choice. Families may force some girls to wear it but still at the end of the day it should be a choice even if it isn’t for many girls. But really? A lollipop? The picture was outrageous and I’m sure maybe.. possible good intentions were behind this to show that a women covered is more appealing but men look at women covered or not. Maybe a women who isn’t modest wears revealing clothing gets more attention than one who wears the scarf but they both get attention. Men will stare if you’re even dressed from head to toe covered. So no, we Muslim women are not lollipops. In fact it’s insulting we aren’t object as much as people think we are human beings.

This leads to my next point:

Modesty isn’t just a headscarf. Modesty is a lifestyle in which you incorporate in your daily actions and rituals. How you speak as well as carry yourself live and eat discuss, and lastly what you wear. Modesty and purity begins within. Not ONLY does modesty have to do with women but men as well. Yes wow men need to be modest shocking huh? Many people have their own opinion depending on what they were raised and taught to believe modesty is, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right. We often tend to mix culture with religion. It’s a natural attribute it’s good because we can live doing custom daily things while staying true to our religion. Until, things get skewed and Islam is taken out of context and changed for people to choose what is right. Once again, lollipops are not in comparison to women.

I know many teens use social networking now a days so it’s obvious they are young and their minds are still growing but it doesn’t make what they write online about Islam true. In fact, it makes us seem very judgmental people. Islam isn’t this way. The people who express their beliefs who happen to also be Muslim need to remember someone is always reading and watching. We shouldn’t care but we are a minority. When women who wear hijab are told how pious they are and perfect Muslims it makes it seem we only love women who wear scarves. Islam loves women who are modest. Who show respect. Who do right and have good intentions. We must stop this process of it’s this way or no way at all.

Even if you think it’s merely a joke it truly isn’t. Social networking is public anyone can see your posts. Even if it’s private someone can screenshot and share and pow your thoughts are everywhere. Quotes like ‘think before you speak’ have now become think before you post in my opinion. Teens need a reality check especially when discussing religion because they just don’t know the regards to how serious these comments can be.

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