par aimee 🙂

ramadan kareem, family! and in case anyone’s wondering…no i’m not muslim and yes, i’m doing ramadan (to the fullest extent of my will). the past few days i’ve been talking to a close friend of mine (shout out to you ma!) she’s been explaining ramadan to me (which spirals into hours of deep and reflective conversation) and i’m liking the month more and more.

now i grew up catholic (let’s not go there though) so i fasted for lent and made the sacrifice etc. etc. but never in my adult life, this ramadan will be the first time i am consciously and willfully practicing self-control, forgiveness and honesty (without deviation) although not to the extent that my friend is (she is really leading by example!).

so far, in the three days since the fast began, i have not fasted, i’m not even gonna front haha but i have prayed (and i use the term loosely, for me) and been conscious of my speech and thought, and am capturing the motives, incentives and instances when i feel a lie brewing, or my self-control leaving my grasp. the difficult thing this ramadan is the idea of forgiveness, and truly forgiving… from the lady in my family who chooses an abusive relationship over our loving support, to the former comrades who have demonstrated demonous contempt for a loved friend, during her pregnancy–i am trying to forgive but lawd help me because this may just take the entire month to get through.

if there is one thing i can hold on to…it’s not life, it’s a grudge! and i’ve got plenty, my people…but, universe willing, i will work through this with the guidance and support of my friends and family. peace be upon them and upon you.

speaking of ramadan, this mosque at ground zero business. i just can’t believe how much people are tripping over a mosque being erected NEAR ground zero….i mean, someone erected many churches in buckhead off peachtree st, near some damn bars (uhum, picture misc. drunks wandering home sunday morning), but you didn’t see atlantan drinkers and barhoppers bitching about that shit!

it’s quite simple you see, family, what we have here is islamophobia at its peak and the media completely failing to address the issue. the argument is that due to the “background” of the “terrorists” on 9/11, it would be inappropriate to erect a mosque near the sight, which assumes several things: that muslims are all terrorists, that the sheer sight of muslims is inappropriate, that all muslims are arab and vice versa and that there is some inherent flaw in either islam or the muslim person that somehow negates their humanity. oh les blancs, les blancs!

americans….look, i get it, you don’t get out much, you don’t read much, but please give yourself more credit than this. i mean, to go so far as to mystify your president because he’s brown and has an arabic middle name, to go so far as to make blanket generalizations for the sake of preserving your completely artificial society (i.e. it’s all made in china, india, mexico, haiti, chile…need i go further) it’s quite ridiculous, but then again, it is america.

i also wanted to share a story about the intifada (uprising) in kashmir…this gets almost no press which is curious, especially since india is so in right now! that’s right, that slumdog millionaire film, the outsourced television show, bollywood is everywhere even that little white man from saturday night live made a movie about it, as did fuckin austin powers…. india could very well be the new black (in terms of trendiness and exploitation) but it has a deep dark secret, much like israel, which is the oppression and supression of its muslim population.

so the kashmiri muslims are rising up, i wonder how long it’ll take for american media to build up a slander campaign against the freedom fighters in order to support a genocidal mess upfront (the way it does is much of the arab world)…hm. in any case, i stand with kashmir and the intifada! long live the intifada! indians…shape up before you end up on the black and brown world’s shit-list…i’m just sayin.

peace

story links:
kashmiri intifada
obama defends mosque near ground zero

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