If ever there was an example made that extremists are ugly no matter what hideous corner of belief they espouse, it has been in the viral story of fourteen year old Ahmed, singled out as an extremist and being far from it, ironically by real extremists, that is his school teacher, principal and the police force which mistreated him at the school.
You don’t have to blow up a building or slaughter innocents to be labelled an extremist, you can be so defunct and devoid of soul and character, utterly lacking in wisdom and sound judgement and be fuelled by ignorance but more predominantly your arrogance and reluctance to see any other view but your own, and that would make you far worse an extremist in my opinion.
Know my sons, men have codes.
Bravery is calling fear a liar.
Courage is proving fear a liar.
Chivalry, is knowing when to use courage or bravery.
Nobility is having the fortitude to follow through your conviction in both.
Honour is not straying from the code.
Honesty is the light that the code is illumed by
Truth is the gnawing at the soul that flat lines your ego.
Love is the energy that fuels all.
I hope that whatever I teach you or whatever I leave behind become firm foundations for you to build mountains upon and your progeny to build mountains on but no matter how mountainous you all may become, you remain grounded in the valleys of humility,
being exemplar with the codes of being men,
of being human.
Do not forget that to be harsh when it is needed even in the face of relentless scrutiny is far nobler than laxity to please the lazy folk,
the deprived of soul.
Know that kindness and gentleness in the face of a storm of violence and ridicule is more praiseworthy than siding with the masses.
Do not slip boys,
Hold to each other,
Hold to the above codes.
Last two post didn’t work too well. So here it is again.
Reblogged from here:
You can watch it here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/wearepoets
Pulls all the right strings
Emel Mathlouthi – Naci en Palestina آمال مثلوثي: http://youtu.be/Dsfv3dy5VdA
I cringe every time the ‘moderate’ label is applied to me. I understand it is probably meant to be a compliment, but the truth is that it is offensive in the way it would be to be called a ‘moderate intellect’. It carries the connotation that one’s faith is somehow diluted. It implies, condescendingly, that it is socially acceptable to be a Muslim, as long as you are not too Muslim.
– Waleed Aly, People like us.
Absolutely floored me. This guy has talent to boot.