Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dangers of Facebook Activism

A lot of us are addicted to using Facebook. And why not? Its fun. Its easy to use and it brings you together with friends. You can instantly update your social circle with your opinions and hear there comments. Its a great way to spread ideas.

Recently Facebook has seen attention as a focal point for anti-state protesters. At least as reported. It's use has been mentioned in the Tunisian, Egyptian and most all other Middle East uprisings. There is no doubt that Facebook is an extremely powerful tool for dissent. However, there is a danger to using it.

Facebook is a private company, and as such it reserves the right to remove any page it wishes. This was recently shown when a page calling for protests in Palestine was taken down at the request of the Israelis.

Entitled "Third Palestinian Intifada," the page had more than 350,000 fans before it was taken down. Facebook didn't comment the removal on Tuesday.

While this is obviously an example of suppression tactics by Israel, and willing acquiescence on the part of Facebook, we should analyze the effects of this act. 350,000 people from all over the world who had come together for a cause have lost the thing that linked them. The effort is mostly wasted. At most the participants have probably broken off into smaller groups with no way of communicating with each other. This is a huge blow to the protest effort.

Because Facebook is a centrally controlled and managed social space, it suffers from censorship. There is no need to feel angry about it, this is just the way things are. It would have been safer if the page were hosted on an external server. This is not completely foolproof either. It would be much harder to maintain anonymity (and therefore safety). There is no completely safe place which is also highly accessible. But at least it might have suffered a bit less from the influence of a central authority. Support for the page could still have been accomplished using Facebook and the health of the page itself would not be dependent on the whims of Zuckerberg and Co.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Constitutional Worship

Day in and day out, politicians like to throw the constitution in our faces. This document, created by fallible human beings, has become a symbol of the State. The words of a constitution are considered as if written in stone and to act against them, or to repeal it outright considered an act of treason. It has become a sacred relic and is being pushed as a replacement to the Divine Law. Here is a passage from "The Commandments" by Jill Lepore talking about the US constitution.

In 1924, it was put on display in the Library of Congress, for the first time ever. Before then, no one had thought of that. It spent the Second World War at Fort Knox. In 1952, it was driven in an armored tank under military guard to the National Archives, where it remains, in a shrine in the rotunda, alongside the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

Today, I hear, tourists to the Library of Congress can gaze at the constitution's magnificence. Ponder its prose. And express awe at what is being advertised as the most important piece of writing in the "free world".

Not to be outdone, we do the same with our own version. Our politicians, both elected and not, don't waste a single opportunity to refer to this piece of paper.

Have we lost our minds? Is what a bunch of men wrote down a few years ago more important than what Allah and His Messenger (SAWS) sent to us. The way our government and state representatives act, you would think this to be the case. We have accepted our very own constitution, which our elders once wrote down, as the word of law. Not only that, we have relegated the Quran to something we read over the dead. A mere curiosity.

We the so called "protectors" of the Quran are the same people who have let it down. The Florida pastor didn't need to burn a copy of the holy Book. We already removed it from our hearts years ago.

Allah save us all.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Crusaders and the Role of Pakistan

Dr. Muzaffar Iqbal of the Center for Islam and Science Canada, writes a scathing critique of Western intervention in Libya. But his accusing finger points equally at the Muslim puppet states that are backing this invasion.

So, if we have Western forces in Libya, and the Middle East continues to explode at the rate at which it is exploding, then where are we going with this open ended intervention: Are we at the beginning of a grand reconfiguration of the entire region? Are we at the beginning of a new world order in which Europe will claim its share of Muslim world along with the United States of America? If yes, then who is next? Syria is the obvious choice, as Yemen is too poor and too remote and all the other countries are already client states.

Imagine a new Middle East under Western control, with all its oil and riches serving the masters! Imagine the fate of some 1 billion Muslims whose lives will be reconfigured in a manner they cannot even imagine! And the irony of this situation is like countries like Pakistan, which can really play a role in stopping these new Crusaders are mired in an endless drama of no consequence.

I apologize Dr. Iqbal, my country is already busy murdering its own people. While our brothers die daily, Mr. Gilani is kissing up to his Indian counterpart who just granted him the opportunity to watch a cricket match! I guess the price really is that low.

Friday, March 25, 2011

It Comes Naturally

Lying that is. Remember when Obama said there would be "no ground troops in Libya?" It hasn't even been long enough to have us forget when this happens.

We've seen Camp Lejuene Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan and now they are joining the fight against Libya.

How can they lie like this right through their pearly whites? Simple. Because it comes naturally.

P.S. Read the comments on that page, some of them are hilarious. Like this one from Thebes:

Oh this is the group who used a helicopter gunship to SLAUGHTER 7 unarmed men aiding the pilots of our downed F15?
Winning hearts and minds.
When do they start leading special ops? You know the start of the ground war that Obama said would never happen?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Education and Exclusion

While reading Prof. James Scott's Seeing Like a State, an interesting question came to mind. Does the State deliberately use education and literacy against the people and excludes them from power, freedom and basic rights?

The thesis in Prof. Scott's book regards tax laws and the modern State's monopoly on their administration, codification and extraction. He plays with the idea that the illegible legalese serves as a boundary for poor farmers and villagers devoid of even basic reading skills, let alone the fancy talk used by tax administrators. People who have delved into these codes and tried to decipher them have reaped great fortunes at the expense of the illiterate populace, by claiming ownership of previously common land, which the modern State has cut up into parcels for the purposes of taxation. Prof. Scott points out as examples the colonized states of India and South East Asia.

Is this same legal mumbo jumbo being used to this day to steal peoples' rights in Pakistan, India and the third world at large? It is a fact that uneducated farmers in Pakistan are kept in miserable conditions, paid slave wages and generally left to rot. Perhaps this is the reason why schooling in rural Pakistan is virtually non-existent. The people in power don't want their slaves to wake up.

The question however, is not whether this is deliberate or not. The question is, if this is a violation of human rights, what should be done to stop it?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Voting and Democracy

Mark Brandly makes an amusing metaphor about the running of a democracy.

Suppose someone, let's say Butch Cassidy, argued that bank robbery is ethically acceptable, as long as we hold elections to determine which gang gets to rob the bank. We wouldn't accept Butch's argument, and we shouldn't accept the argument that predations by agents of the state are unobjectionable if elections are held to determine who gets to join the gang of predators.

This applies quite readily to the "writ of the people" that our current "leaders" like to throw in our faces. Just because more votes were counted for them, its ok for them to rob us blind?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The United States of Occupation

The US practically pushed the Libyan air strikes down the UN's throat. And the UN of course, being a branch of the US' colonial power, agreed. After all, their headquarters are in New York.

It seems that America is so addicted to war and foreign occupation, that even a major economic crisis is not enough to wean them off of it. Hard-liner neo-con Bill Kristol calls for American ground troops in Libya for "peacekeeping" (yeah right). Others are crying foul and even calling for Obama's impeachment! Vladimir Putin calls it a crusade and China is going around gathering allies holding the views that "gangster Obama who should be stripped of his nobel prize".

But just who is going to listen to these voices? Probably no one. Democracy exists only when it serves the rulers' purpose. The calls for impeachment will go unheard, Libya will continue to be bombed, maybe Obama will win the next election. In any case, he will most definitely get a Secret Service detail to protect him when he's out of the White House. Don't believe me? Look what happened to Bush.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Price Controls and The Boy That Burnt His Hand

I don't watch a lot of TV. When I do, some things come as a pleasant surprise. Like a creative new ad. But this morning the surprise was not pleasant at all.

News channels apparently show market prices of grocery items in the mornings. At least Saturday mornings. A reporter was standing in the middle of a shop full of vegetables and he was quoting prices for the viewers. Inevitably the studio anchors asked the question "why are prices so high?"

The reply was as ignorant as it could ever be. "The government should make sure these prices are controlled and it should make sure wholesalers provide the listed price... blah blah blah!"

I have a problem with this kind of thinking. It should be readily apparent to anyone who has studied rudimentary economics, that price controls inevitably lead to a faulty market. And if, as is the case of the market in Pakistan, the market cannot be policed efficiently, traders will pull up their prices to better mirror their costs. This is far from a free market however. Because of the restraints put upon traders, and because of their unionization, prices are still very skewed. In a free market, with free competition prices would automatically regulate themselves. This is not just a laissez faire concept. This is what the Prophet Mohammad (SAWS) advocated! He forbid monopoly.

Prices became high in the Prophet's (SAWS) time and people asked him to fix prices for them, he replied
“Allah is the One Who fixes prices, Who withholds, Who gives lavishly, and Who provides, and I hope that when I meet Him none of you will have a claim against me for any injustice with regard to blood or property.” (Reported by Ahmad, Abu Daoud, al-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, al-Dari and Abu Y'ala.)

Some people maintain an exception to the rule quoted here, that when there is extensive hoarding and monopolization of goods, price controls become permissible to establish justice. I disagree. Hoarding and monopolization are themselves not permissible. These are methods of artificial restriction of supply. They should be rooted out first. The price police employed by the government should be controlling these factors instead of prices. Once you remove these blockages to supply, the issue of price fixing fades away.

There is a fruit shop near where I live. The prices of the fruit are always higher than in the regulated market. But the fruit is beautiful to look at, it smells great and it tastes even better. Why? The shopkeeper expends his energy to pick out the best fruit, clean it up and then sells it at a premium. He can do so, because price controls are lax in the city. If he were forced to sell at the market price, do you think he would maintain the same quality? No body forces me to buy from his shop. But I do so voluntarily, because I know that the fruit will always be good. And I can pay a few extra for that bit of luxury. This would simply not be possible in a price control situation.

Coming to the title of this post, and the real reason prices are increasing. The government's money printing press. This is the reason for all the inflation and all the price hikes in the country. The governments insatiable appetite for minting money and spending it on lavish cars and trips abroad at the expense of the common poor man. If the government tries to prevent price increases, which are thus inevitable within an inflationary policy, it is simply being absurd. Its like a little boy who plays with fire, and he puts his hand into it. Then when his hand starts to burn, he orders his hand not to burn and hurt so much.

The problem I have with these people on TV, is that they are completely ignorant. Not only of economics but of Islam as well! And they are spreading their ignorance on TV! Which is even worse. These ideas are so ingrained in our minds that we don't even think about them any more. We don't judge them in the context of Islam, as we should every single act.

May Allah forgive us and guide us to the right path.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Davis' Release

It all happened in an instant and caught everyone by surprise. Raymond Davis was pardoned and whisked off on a special jet out of the country. This was of course bound to happen. Our "leaders" don't have a spine in their bodies and are highly susceptible to any requests by the US.

How did they know to have a special jet ready for him? How did the courts decide a verdict so quickly? There are reports that family members were "abducted" in the dead of night. If all this was "according to law", then why all the hush hush. Why was this deal not played out in the open?

According to some reports, this deal was in the making since February. Maybe John Kerry had something to do with it.

So all the King's horses and all the King's men finally managed to put Humpty Dumpty together again. What kind of strings did the Pakistan government pull in the Dr. Aafia case? None. In fact it handed Dr. Aafia over to the US quite gladly. But a CIA contractor, a spy, a cold blooded murderer is freed because he's a white US citizen and must be protected at all costs. Do we need any more proof that we are second rate citizens of the world? Is there any clearer proof that the rest of us are all slaves?

There have been protests throughout the country and more are planned in the coming days. But are protests enough to account our leaders' treachery, while they sit in their ivory towers, untouched and unmoved by the plight of the common man?

The Pakistani camel has an unusually strong back and has been taking on straws that would have subdued any other nation. Will this straw be the one that finally breaks its back? Will these protests evolve into a mass movement? Who knows? Lets hope there is a peaceful way to bring Allah's justice to this country. Lets hope that it doesn't devolve into bloody revolution

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Modern State vs. Allah's Commands

Albert Jay Nock in 1936, wrote about the reality of morality and law in the context of a State.
...the State is entirely dissociated from moral considerations. Like the old-time king, it stands alone, outside any ethical code, with no prescribed duty to anyone, and no responsibility but to itself; it is its own judge of its own acts. As Mussolini puts it, "The State embraces everything, and nothing has value outside the State. The State creates right." In this view, whatever the State disallows is wrong, because the State disallows it; and whatever the State allows is right, because the State allows it. There is no other criterion of right and wrong but the approval or disapproval of the State. There is no criterion of justice between man and man except the interest of the State. If what one man does to another affects the State favorably, it is just (even fraud, arson, theft, murder) and if unfavorably, it is unjust.
the dangerous thing is not what actually happens here or there, but the general subversion of moral theory with respect to the State, for this subversion permits anything not only to happen but to be approved. Loose talk about "it can't happen here" is crudely superficial. Given a people thoroughly penetrated with the idea that the State may do anything it likes and can do no wrong, and anything inimical to the interest of the people can happen anywhere.
As with the State, so with the political party. In the struggle to get control of the State's machinery, the most flagitious misdemeanors are divested of any moral character in the estimation of the public, on the ground that the party shares the moral exemptions accorded the State. Mendacity, duplicity, breach of trust, diversion of public money to party purposes are accepted as acts having no moral quality.
Whichever party wins, whichever candidate is elected, their measures will be taken, not for maintaining the liberties and security of the people, but for "assuring the position of the State" — that is to say, their own position — by every means consistent with what the traffic will bear; and the traffic will bear as much and no more from one party than from another, as much and no more from Mr. Roosevelt than from Mr. Landon, Mr. Thomas, Mr. Lemke, or Mr. Browder.

Compare this to what we have been ordered as Muslims. The only moral and legal standard should be that provided by Allah and His Messenger (SAWS). Of course there is need of a state. But the functions of a state are severely limited. It has the duty to avoid injustice and to settle any disputes that may arise. The model Islamic state, the one established by the Khulafa-e-Rashidoon, was the Khilafah. In a Khilafah only the law of Allah prevails. There can be no legislature. The purpose of the Khilafah is to enforce what Allah has ordered. Period.

In addition, the Khaleefah (the head of the Khilafah State), is not above the law, as most political characters are in a man-made State. He may be prosecuted for crimes just as easily as any other citizen in the Khilafah State. In addition he regularly faces scrutiny and prosecution by the Court of Unjust Acts, which monitors all actions taken by the Khaleefah. Contrast this with the "immunity" enjoyed by most leaders of State in today's world. Some States go to the extent of providing past presidents with security for their entire lives, making sure they are never tried in any court. The case of George Bush Jr. is prominent in this regard.

The difference stems logically from the fact that the modern State is made by men. The institutions and the systems implemented by the State are therefore made to serve men. Men who rule, of course. It is easy to see how the gears of State can be made to turn in favor of the men who turn them. This is human nature. On the other hand, a Khilafah's internal workings are specified by the life of the Prophet (SAWS) and ijma'a of the Sahabah. These have not been made to serve the holders of power, but to serve Allah and to implement his will.

In the analysis of States we should be careful not to confuse the ideology of the State with its actual implementation. These are two separate things. The ideology behind democracy and communism are both very noble. However, it is in the actual implementation that men inevitably exercise their corruption.

An example is suffrage. The right to vote is often quoted as proof that democracy equates freedom. However, as a serious study of modern democracy shows, suffrage does not matter. It is the execution of power that matters. A vote is merely an illusion that grants citizens the fantasy that they are in control. We should be wary of appeals to ideals and should carefully observe how the machinery actually works. This is the only way we can study and compare different systems of State and select the best one.

Any man made system, whether it be democracy, monarchy, dictatorship or communism, inevitably falls into the same trap. It concentrates power in the hands of a few, strips people of their freedoms and makes injustice legal. Democracies are just as susceptible to this as communes.

When one observes democracies around the world implementing their own laws, making sure privileged groups gain benefits, we see the truth behind Allah's wisdom. A State with powers of legislature will eventually deteriorate into immorality and corruption in order to advantage a select few. This is proven again and again by recorded history over several millennia. From Rome to Russia, to the United States. Yet still we cling to wrong and utterly destructive ideas.

May Allah guide us all to the straight path.

The State of the World

An earthquake and a tsunami in Japan cause widespread destruction, and fears of radiation leaking out, causing a second Chernobyl.

People in Egypt rally against their tyrant ruler and try to overthrow him, violent clashes ensue.

Saudi Arabia stifled a Shiite protest and sent troops to Bahrain to protect the monarchy against an angered populace.

Greeks are protesting against their government, and against rising prices.

Aftershocks in Japan continue unabated, causing panic and destruction.

China experienced its own series of earthquakes before and after the one in Japan.

Just a few weeks ago a major earthquake hit New Zealand.

Go back to last year, and the world saw one of the worst flooding in the worlds' history. Pakistan was just one of the places affected. Countries all over the world, from Poland to Peru, experienced extensive flooding and widespread destruction.

The United Kingdom experienced the worst winter in 30 years in 2010.

The United States saw record snow this winter.

There are too many more examples to quote than time or space permits. The question is, why? Why are all of these things happening all of a sudden. This is not just due to global warming. Protesters in Tunisia were not feeling too warm or too cold when they came out on the streets. It seems the reasons are much more complex and at the same time inter-related.

As a Muslim, I see these as acts of Allah. But the question still remains, why? Why now? Why so many things all at once?

There is a theory that when Allah wants something to happen, he sets the stage for it. When the Prophet Mohammad (SAWS) was to be born, He created conditions in Mecca that were suitable for this event. Refer to Al-Fil. I quote the tafsir from here
This is one of the favors Allah did for the Quraysh. He saved them from the People of the Elephant who had tried to tear down the Ka`bah and wipe out all traces of its existence. Allah destroyed them, defeated them, thwarted their plans, made their efforts in vain and sent them back routed. They were people who were Christians, and thus, their religion was closer to the True Religion (Islam) than the idolatry of the Quraysh. However, this was a means of giving a sign and preparing the way for the coming of the Messenger of Allah .
Perhaps Allah is preparing the stage right now for some event that is to come. Whether you believe that or not, there is no denying the fact that these things are happening right now. What will happen next? Stay tuned.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Nature of Bureaucracy

I was reading an article by Jeffrey Tucker and this little sentence amused me no end
The nature of the bureaucratic organization is to stay put, protect itself, and only move when kicked good and hard by political bosses.
Way to put it subtly Mr. Tucker!

Japanese Tsunami a Warning?

Unless you've been living in a cave without access to modern communication or even another fellow man, you have seen the horrible destruction caused by an 8.9 earthquake in Japan, followed by a humongous tsunami. Check out some of the videos that are circulating. Cars, shipping containers, even whole houses are being swept away with the raging waters. The imags seem to be out of some horrific nightmare or even a doomsday Hollywood blockbuster!.

Experts are predicting catastrophic aftereffects. The rebuilding effort is going to cost Japan immensely. Japan's economy is already on the brink. It has the second largest debt to GDP ratio in the world. In fact Japan is likely to dump some (or all) of its US treasuries amounting to about 900 Billion dollars. This will of course cause even more problems for the US dollar. Insurance companies might be seeing bears for some time. Keep in mind also, that the world's electronics industry is centered in the Asia Pacific region. The tsunami is already having a devastating effect on the NAND flash market. The world economy is already in a whirlpool and this could be the straw that broke the camels back!

Not to mention the nuclear power plants at risk! Some have already lost their cooling systems. They now have no choice but to perform dangerous emergency procedures. Could this turn into Chernobyl part two?
All of this devastation has been caused by an earthquake who's epicenter was off the coast, in a country with strict building regulations, using earthquake proof materials, and tsunami defences which are one of the best in the world! Imagine what would have happened if the quake had hit in our part of the world. How many people would have died? How many buildings would have been leveled. A 7.7 magnitude quake in Quetta in 1935, destroyed the whole city.
But we already know what our rulers would do in such a situation, thanks to the flood crisis last year. We should expect no better from them in light of a similar catastrophe in the future.

This quake was preceded by one in China, and another in the waters of the Pacific. Should we not see this quake as Allah's will? As a sign of his great power? Should we not use this event to bring ourselves closer to our Lord? This should be a warning to all people in the world to mend their ways. These events are a test for our resolve. Do we love the life of this dunya or do we love Allah? How will we face Allah if all at once our world moved around us and swallowed us whole?

Think about it.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Reuters Lies

Reuters fooled the world when it showed a picture of Libya from 1996 and tried passing it off as recent. The move was meant to show a picture of an unstable Libya. Could this really be a part of American foreign policy in the region?
This photo is posted on several blogs across the internet with the caption and credits to Reuters. At first glance the photo looks convincing but looking at it for merely a second, one huge mistake sticks out. The date, 06/29/1996 with the number 1200 is printed right next to it. If this is a picture of “a protester looking at photos of protesters who were killed during the last few days”, what does the date mean??
More here.
Regardless of the claims of the US, it seems clear which way they are headed.
Clinton told the House of Representatives appropriations committee on Thursday that the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama was keeping all options on the table for possible stronger measures on Libya, and was seeking to build bridges to Libyan opposition figures.
More here.
Build bridges? Does she mean from Saudi Arabia maybe?

Utah Accepts Gold and Silver as Money

At least someone has a brain in their head.
The Senate gave final approval Thursday to a bill taking the first step to recognize gold and silver as legal tender in the state.
“It will put some pressure on the federal government. That’s the goal here because right now we have a dollar that’s just running away with inflation and our hope is that this is a little bit of a shock that’ll say we want to deal with inflation,” Senate Majority Leader Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City, Senate sponsor of the bill, said in earlier debate. He gave senators gold chocolate coins on Thursday before debate.
Read more at the Salt Lake Tribune.

Lets see what affect this has on the remaining states pondering similar legislature.

Now what about us? The people who's religion demands solid money? We ape whatever the west does wrong, but do we ever think of adopting what it does right?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Real Agenda in the Middle East

Landdestroyer does a good job exposing American foreign policy
This echos the forewarning of historian and noted geopolitical analyst Dr. Webster Tarpley who has from the beginning stated that the various possible governments resulting from these engineered revolutions "could then be used to support the fundamental US-UK strategy for the Middle East, which is to assemble a block of Arab and Sunni countries (notably Egypt, Saudis, Gulf states, and Jordan) which, formed into a front with the participation of Israel, would collide with the Iranian Shiite front, including Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas, and various radical forces."
This friday's Day of Rage in Saudi Arabia could have far-reaching consequences as well.
To assess the accuracy of Pollack's analysis, the upcoming Saudi "Day of Rage" on March 11 and whether or not it is thrown under the bus or propelled to the height of violence, chaos, and disruption seen in Egypt and Libya, must be considered. Should the Saudis come out the other side unscathed, concessions will have been agreed upon, and as Dr. Tarpley has warned, we will be one step closer to war with Iran.
Let's hope and pray for the Arabs to come to their senses.

Imran Khan for President?

After the most embarrassing expose of Pakistani "democracy" yesterday. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman and former athlete, Imran Khan is claiming to be able to put an end to all the ills facing Pakistan.
Imran Khan said that the mid-term elections would not derail the democratic process. He said the PTI would put an end to corruption if voted to power. He said the corrupt leadership was busy in transferring money to foreign accounts and suggested a ban on the dual citizenship. -- The News
Bold and noble promises Mr. Khan. But can you deliver? Or will a divided parliament put a damper on your spirits? Will the elites of Pakistan allow you to implement such radical changes? Changes which are necessary to strengthen the country, help the downtrodden and deliver justice? Only time will tell.

And then, maybe someone else will rise up promising radical change. Will we then blindly follow him? Are we really that naive? Is hundreds of years of recorded history not enough to make us understand what a hideous system democracy is?

P.S On a side note, it would be interesting to make a website like this one for Pakistan.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Almost Half of Voters in Last Election Were Bogus

The Election Commission has found (surprise! surprise!), that more than 37 million voters in the 2007 electoral rolls, out of a total of 81.21 million, were bogus, non-existant, frauds! This after so much taxpayer money spent upgrading (and making even more invasive) NADRA.
The ECP has started a process of compiling new computerised electoral lists. The first phase of this process has been completed. The verification process revealed that only 44.02 million voters could be verified.
Read more here
So will there be fake voters this time around? Raise your hands all who think so.

Dirham Coins

After a failed attempt at minting the coins in Karachi, its great to see that we're finally getting somewhere. I can' wait to get my hands on these.
In line with the Islamic tradition, its production is overseen by community leaders of the Muslims of North Carolina, Emir Ismail Bryant and Emir Najib Abdul-Haqq, to ensure the quality and accuracy of its weight and content.
Hopefully, this can make something of an impact. At least, we have an alternative halal store of money. It will however, be difficult getting people to accept this as an alternative in commerce.

Read more here

Monday, March 7, 2011

Diplomacy vs. the Drone

The prime minister of Pakistan, Geelani Sahab has stated that it would be irresponsible for Pakistan to wage war over drone attacks. So basically, we can't consider an act of pure aggression, that has caused the deaths of thousands of civilians and has been condemned by numerous international organizations as a human rights violation at the least, as an act of war.

Or is it because of your love affair with the American dream Mr. Prime Minister? What have they promised you to sell out your soul, your people and your country? Guessing by the standards of our people, it probably didn't take much did it? Was that why you said you would act out a bunch of hollow protests against them? Is that what you mean by "diplomatic means"?

Masha Allah, you have such wonderful reasoning skills Geelani Sahab. I wonder what your response would have been if the drones were flying over your house? Shame on you Geelani Sahab. While you're lounging in your mansions, real, true Muslims are dying because of your i-dont-give-a-damn attitude. You have the power to stop this. Yet you do not do so. The rest is for Allah to decide. I hope you have a good answer prepared.

Here's a thought Mr. Prime Minister. Spend some time reading Surah Fajr. It might help you think straight.

Autocrat Against Autocrat

Obama has asked Saudi Arabia to arm the rebels in Libya, according to the Independant
If the Saudi government accedes to America's request to send guns and missiles to Libyan rebels, however, it would be almost impossible for President Barack Obama to condemn the kingdom for any violence against the Shias of the north-east provinces.

Thus has the Arab awakening, the demand for democracy in North Africa, the Shia revolt and the rising against Gaddafi become entangled in the space of just a few hours with US military priorities in the region.

Isn't this what we were just talking about? Is this how our western "friends" treat us? Cannon fodder? When will we open our eyes and wake up to what is happening. For years the puppets imposed on the Muslim world have kissed the West's feet. Now they want Muslims to fight Muslims so they can watch in glee.

Will Saudi Arabia assent to US pressure? Will the "guardians of the Harmain Shareefain" play a part in spilling Muslim blood? I pray not. But my gut (and history) tells me they will. May Allah have mercy on us all, and protect us from such traitors.

Utah Going for the Gold

The state of Utah has passed a bill allowing the use of gold and silver as an alternative currency
Under the bill, the coins would not replace the current paper currency but would be used and accepted voluntarily as an alternative.
If the bill passes, Utah would become the first of 13 states that have proposed similar measures. The others states are Colorado, Georgia, Montana, Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Washington.
Read more here

The United States of Deception

How quickly we forget the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah
O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust. --- [TMQ(Yusuf Ali), 5:51]

There is a website by the name of which on the outside seems to be a focal point for protest against bad government. But if you look deeper, and take a look at the list of sponsors, you will see the sad reality. I have no information about how much influence this website has over whats happening in the Middle East. But whatever clout they have, it can not be good news.

Landdestroyer has an excellent well-researched article on the subject. I encourage everyone to read it through.

May Allah protect all Muslims from their deception.

Friday, March 4, 2011

How governments steal

The Mises Institute posted a very good and easy to read explanation of how governments cheat and steal money from everyone.
...creating more dollars is an easy way to pay for government expenditures. If the government wants to pay for wars, bailouts, or their own cushy salaries and perks, they can print the money instead of taking it away from us by force through taxation.
This is basically how new money makes its way into the economy. The initial recipients of the new money — the government and its friends — get to spend it first with the old, more concentrated purchasing power, and as the money makes its way into the economy it gradually dilutes the purchasing power of the entire pool of money. So, in effect, because of this uneven readjustment of prices, in some segments of the population the price of goods will go up before wages do, making these people much poorer.

He then goes on to talk about how valuating investments in terms of paper currencies (dollar, rupee etc.) is wrong. And what have we been taught by Allah and his Messenger (SAWS)? Do we really need to be told these things by Western scholars?
The point that is being missed is that gold is a commodity as well as a monetary metal. There is a market for gold outside the monetary realm, and this is an additional component to its value that modern paper currencies do not have. In that sense one could say that gold's value as a commodity gives it that "price floor," or downside protection.

But above all, gold has value because people want it and because it is scarce. It is that simple.

Read the full article here.

Does this count as a negation?

Firing up my aggregator today and pointing to the Guardian, I found two amusing posts. Alex Slater seems to think that all Americans are privately civil.
Sure, the "have a nice day" stereotype has been done to death. And yes, perhaps some foreigners see American chirpiness as disingenuous. But when it comes to interpersonal interaction I find it downright comforting to be surrounded by a people that seem to be so genuinely interested in my experience: where I'm from, what I do, whether I'm enjoying myself.

Followed by this little gem
As the video shows, the rhetoric of the protesters became increasingly venomous toward the families and children who came to attend the ICNA Relief fundraising dinner. Protesters shouted invective statements such as "Go home terrorist," "Muhammad is a pervert, Muhammad is a child molester," "Go home and beat your wife, she needs a good beating," at the event-goers.

You know what? I'm tired of pointing out events like these. Get a hint already.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The real aim of the IMF, World Bank etc.

The Mogambo Guru (always a fun read), quotes John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic HitMan
He replied, “The World Bank is a tool of economic hit men, there is no question about it. It’s the tool of big corporations, the IMF and most of what we call intelligence agencies of the United States, CIA and NSA. Essentially the job of all these organizations is to help what used to be just US businesses – now we call them multi-nationals – get themselves established around the world in positions where they can exploit the world’s resources, natural resources and human resources.”

More Mogambo here

Tahrir in Lahore

Wish I was there

The outlawed Hizbut Tahrir on Tuesday named the Liberty Square as “Pakistan’s Tahrir Square” and announced to hold a protest on March 6.

Read more here

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Italian FM concerned about Libyans exercising freedom

I am extremely concerned about the self-proclamation of the so-called Islamic Emirate of Benghazi. Would you imagine to have an Islamic emirate on the borders of Europe? This would be a really serious threat.

Apparently, a brutal dictatorship is better than letting people have what they want. Unless its what we want. In which case its fine. But if they want something else, sorry we can't accept that.

Reminds me of how the US and Israel upheld the democratically elected Hamas government in Palestine.

Read more here

Bhatti assassinated

The news today is grim. Another minister has been assassinated and leaflets pointing to Taliban involvement have been planted.

Already, the liberals in Pakistan, and Western media have started praising Bhatti and decrying the enormity of the crime that has been committed.

The crime in itself is horrendous in the fact that it exposes the vulnerability of the law and order situation in Pakistan. It glaringly shows the lack of power exercised by the Pakistani government in its own capital. But what is even more important to note is that these same voices that have been so quick to come to the defense of Bhatti, were so silent when a US spy killed two Pakistani citizens in broad daylight, and caused the indirect deaths of two others. In fact, many "liberals" openly backed Davis! Isn't this clear hypocrisy?

If you can prove someone's inconsistency, that should be enough to destroy trust. Shouldn't the liberals now stop pretending that they're patriots? Their cover has been blown wide.

Iraqi Tahrir

He's right, I haven't seen or read a peep about this in the mainstream media.

The Iraqi struggle for "dignity and freedom" is even more difficult than that of Libya's heroic people. It faces 50,000 US troops (plus tens of thousands of contracted mercenaries) and Iraqi forces numbering over 1.5 million. The indifference of the BBC and other media is conspicuous and hypocritical, particularly following the torture of four Iraqi journalists.

Read more here

('Tahrir' in Arabic means liberation)

Why the system won't change

Mosharraf Zaidi seems to have pointed out exactly why the system won't change (or get better) without active intervention by the people.

Do you want to know why no one is watching the system of governance take shape? Because everyone is busy watching the non-stop Raymond Davis circus. This system is what is causing the problem of loadshedding, not solving it. It is what is causing the problem of inflation, not solving it. It is what is causing the problem of absentee teachers, not solving it. The economy is being strangulated by this system. This is not of the people, by the people, or for the people. It is the opposite.

Read more here


Recently I had the privilege of being blocked at an intersection because of "VIP movement", which usually means some bigwig in the government-mafia is passing through and needs to stall hundreds if not thousands of other lowly citizens even though it was nearing the time of Maghrib and we all know how tight that time is.

So I got to thinking, why is this culture prevalent? Is it because we like to see other people suffer on our account? Can't a VIP stand in line just like the rest of us, or does he hate ordinary people so much that he can't wait to be far from them. (A mosque in a certain Army cantonment near me is blocked to the public on Friday's, maybe this is the reason.)

Or maybe its how privileged people should treat the rest of humanity. With utter disdain. Maybe we have learned this from the days of the British Raj, when I imagine, a passing horse drawn carriage would have had blocked other traffic for itself, or even cleared roads. Like what happens in Britain today when the royal procession needs to make an appearance. Why are we aping the very people who would rather see us fail?

I guess we've been implanted with this idea that in order to appear like we're worth something, we have to act like we're worth something. And to do that we have to crush the worthless populace under our toes.

Is this the same reason we consider reading up on literary classics as a "noble" thing, and one who hasn't read Tolstoy or Hemingway as beneath our level of intelligence? Perhaps. One thing is for sure: most of it is just in our heads.

I wonder if Allah blesses me with such power or wealth, would I devolve into a dunya loving monster? I can only pray against it.