"O Muslims, they do not like you for what is best in you, they like you for what is worst in you.
They do not hate you for what is worst in you, they hate you for what is best in you."
-- Ali Muhammadon April 5, 2004 1:07 AM
the title of the column should read, "A Genius in Everyone's Minds"on April 5, 2004 11:26 AM
Beautiful article Talal. True genius. May Allah give victory to all the Muslims wherever they are in the world Insha'allah Ameen.
Allahumma unsuril mujaahideena fi kulli makaan. Allahumma a'izzal islaama walmuslimeen wa azhillashirka walmushrikeen wa dammir 'adaa addeen.
arif ibn muzaffar syed hussain
'work in this life as if you'll live forever, prepare for the Hereafter as if you'll die tomorrow'
The story brought a sigh to the heart and tears to the eyes. Very moving Mashallah. It is just heart-wrenching to see Muslims being victims of cold-blooded atrocities. May Allah(swt)help the Muslims,Ameen. By the way, what does "Battikha" mean?on April 5, 2004 4:10 PM
Battikha, better spelled "Batteekhah", means "watermelon" in Arabic.
It's just a fun word to say... memories of a childhood spent in the land of the desert.on April 5, 2004 4:33 PM
Any chance I could use this on some non-muslim forums? I know my peace-activist friends would appeciate your unapologetic realism. The only thing is I would need to add a small glossary at the bottom that explains what some of the arabic/islamic references mean.
WasalaamuAlaikumon April 5, 2004 11:32 PM
Fo scheezy on the posting on other forums biznit.
Danken fe askin', and just include a link that it's from Hidayaonline.com, an online publication of the Islamic Socirty of Rutgers University. The glossary would probably be a good idea.
on April 5, 2004 11:43 PM
very moving.on April 6, 2004 1:45 PM
Asalaam Aleikum Warahmatullah Wabrakatu,
Walaeikum Salaam Warahmatullah Wabaraktu.on April 8, 2004 1:38 PM
I have a question - why is this a portrayal of how non-muslims are treating muslims? This particular incident is _fictional_ (unless Talal got it from sources who witnessed this and relayed it). Attrocities like this could be happening anywhere. The bombs that are set off by Muslims in Palestine, US, etc. also kill children, non-muslims and muslims both. We're arresting our own people in Pakistan and handing them off to the US for crying out loud. How is that affecting the children. No fathers to hold their hands and walk them to teh Masaajids.
Much as I sympathize with the Muslim ummah, let's not put blame on teh attrocities of the non-muslims so much as on ourselves. As ugly as the truth is, we've killed innocents in history also. And we continue to do so. I just want to point out that non-muslims do visit this site, and this particular view of things made it seem almost like we (muslims) are being prejudiced. Please keep in mind 9/11 affected many such non -muslim children too. And their stories were portrayed in like manner. The result is as we see; many people dislike muslims for being so heartless. But we're not heartless, are we?
I hope you don't get offended Talal, your article really was moving, very very beautifully crafted. I just thought, at teh same time, that I'd feel the same way had teh little kid been non-muslim, going to a church, or a synagogue (sp?)
I truly do apologize if I offended you, that really isn't my intent.
No offense, alhamdulillah.
You should definitely feel the same way if it was a non-Muslim being innocently killed by an oppressor of ANY creed, race or nationality.
"Muslims" have killed innocents in the past, and continue to do so only when they have veered off the track of Islam... the killing of innocents is not in the vocabulary of a righteous Muslim.
You shouldn't take my writing of this particular situation as a stance ignoring oppression by all sides.. I just happened to be inspired to write about those characters on that "fateful night"....
this story touched my heart. i happen to come uppon this because im looking for a long lost internet friend thta i spoke with on a daily basis, for a long time. my computer broke. and he was unable to speak with the war going on in iraq, at that time.his name is wisam. ilost all my stuff that was in my computer in a house fire also. i prey thta he is still alive.. and if im spelling his last name correctly it is ibrahim? if you can help me with this info please help he is from iraq family in mosul and baghdad. thank you carla patrick firstname.lastname@example.org June 21, 2005 10:36 PM