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September 24, 2004

by Justoju

My family is dying from bombs that come flying
Down upon the children who stoop to drink
By the river that has been polluted by chemical poisons
That has already drowned humanity’s links.
Rapists are stealing from my sisters and forcing them to take
Babies that they never wanted to make
That will be called ‘bastards’ for their entire lives
And proof that their mother’s were not ‘pure white’.
The houses are burning from fires caused by fighters
Who see the toys and blankets as terrorist tools
That could give the children a childhood to use
To ‘illegally’ have a life that is happy and unconfused.
My brothers are committing zina with all of their body
That is old enough for masturbation but not old enough for ‘shaadi’
That is old enough to die in wars but not old enough to love and live
In a materialistic Ummah where in-laws sort dollars with a sieve.
My sisters are forgetting the confidence of our high Mothers
Who knew their greatest beauty lay in between supplicating fingers
Who knew their greatest victory lay in the smile of submission
That gave rise to the subsequent generations of Muslims.
Brothers are busy fighting each other in video games
Carelessly squandering their precious testosteronic drive for Justice
On a field in which both wins and losses defeat one’s purpose
Of making the reality in which they are needed a road to success.
World ‘peace-makers’ are robbing our resources, sensibilities and will
Dizzying us with new desires for tight pants, shiny cars and brand names
That will help us feel like we have reached some prestige in a Duniya
That makes us believe that Islamic fundamentalism is to blame.
Our terrestrial Amanah is gasping, choking from synthetic fumes
That were created in factories where my children are abused
By rich capitalists who father and are fathered by their wallets
That see my destiny’s children as liable ‘accidents’.
I am dying daily from these sacrilegious abuses to man’s honor
The dying, stealing, burning, committing, forgetting, fighting, robbing, gasping
All occurring within my body’s innermost sanctuaries and recurring
My only hope resting in a world unborn yet waiting,
A world waiting within the developing womb
Of our awakening.

of and relating to...
Talal said

I can muster only a few words at this hour:
"MashaAllah", "Wowzers", and "Hotness".

on September 24, 2004 4:49 AM
Rami said

Asalaam Aleikum Warahmatullah Wabaraktu,

Thumma 'Masha Allah", Thumma "Allahu Akbar", Thumma "Alhamdulillah"

Waslaam Warahmatullah Wabaraktu

on September 24, 2004 4:55 AM
Ibtisam said

submitt it elsewhere as well.

on September 24, 2004 1:24 PM
Justoju said

Alhamdulillah. I read it (with some changes) niqabified at a peace-y poetry reading a couple of years ago. Interesting overall effect.

on September 24, 2004 4:37 PM
samir said

...They will plan and plot, but Allah is the best of planners...

on September 25, 2004 12:11 AM
JD said

the time has come for the sleepers to rise,
to wake up the spirit that lies dormant inside.
the bombs and gunshots do nothing but shock
those of us living on the mountain top.
its become a routine, the killings and rape,
but the heart lay dead while the suffering lingers on...

on September 25, 2004 12:58 AM
Muslim said

stating obvious problems....it's been done to death.....let's focus on solutions....REAL ones....not to knock ur poem...good work.

on September 25, 2004 5:52 AM
Justoju said

You are right actually. I just wanted to let out some steam. All solutions are of course very welcome on Hidaya.

on September 25, 2004 9:17 PM
Rami said

Asalaam Aleikum Warahmatullah Wabarakatu,

This article managed to get me really depressed. It's really saddening how much Muslims are really suffering...these are our mothers/sisters in Islam.


Wasalaam Warahmatullah Wabaraktu

on October 1, 2004 12:17 AM
Faisal Akhtar said


I wonder how much this was prevelant during the Taliban.

America the libarator? Right!

on October 1, 2004 9:35 AM
Basel said

wa'laikum assalaam br faisal..

as a response to ur question about opium production during the taliban:

1. during the taliban -
U.N. drug control officers said the Taliban religious militia has nearly wiped out opium production in Afghanistan -- once the world's largest producer -- since banning poppy cultivation last summer.

A 12-member team from the U.N. Drug Control Program spent two weeks searching most of the nation's largest opium-producing areas and found so few poppies that they do not expect any opium to come out of Afghanistan this year.

"We are not just guessing. We have seen the proof in the fields," said Bernard Frahi, regional director for the U.N. program in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He laid out photographs of vast tracts of land cultivated with wheat alongside pictures of the same fields taken a year earlier -- a sea of blood-red poppies.

A State Department official said Thursday all the information the United States has received so far indicates the poppy crop had decreased, but he did not believe it was eliminated.

2. after taliban:
Taliban’s defeat could bring more drugs to U.S. cities
"Lurking on the horizon of victory over the Taliban is the danger of a drug explosion in American inner cities. The danger is foreshadowed in a report that Washington's Afghan allies, the Northern Alliance, which aims to topple the Taliban, is knee-deep in the dope trade. "

*tries to remember the lecture on Anger Management by Brs. Mohd Alshareef and Altaf Hussain @ ISNA*

on October 2, 2004 7:50 AM
Salman said

Asalaam Walaikum,

Br. Basel, I think that you've been slightly misinformed. Yes, the Taliban did virtually eradicate opium, but that was really only toward the end of their rule (and largely due to international pressure). For the greater part of their rule, they not only allowed poppy production, but used the bulk of the funds themselves on their armies. Suffice it to say, I don't think it necessary for us to be looking up to the Taliban.

on October 2, 2004 11:12 AM
Tanweer said

As-salamu 'Alaikum,

Where did you read that Br Salman?

on October 2, 2004 3:14 PM
Salman said

Asalaam Walaikum,

Br. Tanweer, I'd suggesting reading "Taliban," by Ahmed Rashid, the world's expert on the Taliban. A Pakistani journalist, he spent some 20 years in Afghanistan reporting first the Soviet invasion, and afterward the Taliban. There are very few facts about the Taliban regime that Rashid doesn't uncover, among them being the Taliban's manipulation of the drug trade. For more information, go to:

on October 2, 2004 6:28 PM
Justoju said

Good stuff. Keep the discussion going brothers.

I am just excited that I got 14 whole posts for this piece! (rubbing hands in glee)

on October 3, 2004 1:33 AM
Basel said

no problemo justoju..

One should be careful to name a person as the 'world expert' on a government. Thinking practically, a journalist with a history of visiting Afghanistan, living in a neighboring country, being able to drop big influential names , AND writing negative reports on the Taliban would easily be hailed by the part of the world which 'wants American democracy to be a shining example to the Middle East' as a World Expert on a new Islamic government.

In this age of misinformation flowing through the information superhighway, one can only scan various sources, as well as talk to people who have direct contact with families in Afghanistan, to find out what really went, and is, going on.
One such source is the horse's mouth:
Taliban respresentative, giving a speech at the USC:
try seeing the video, with the text infront of you.. the sound is not clear throughout the video.

Try speaking to people who have relatives in Afghanistan, and ask them about the situation before, during, and after the Taliban.

on October 4, 2004 6:25 AM
Salman said

Asalaam Walaikum,

I HAVE spoken with people from Afghanistan. In fact, I have family that have lived under the Taliban. And that's precisely why I find it wrong of us to be praising them. Granted, the situation there after the Soviet invasion wasn't pretty, but these guys were bad news. And brother, don't you think it one-sided that you're willing to put your faith into what the Taliban spokesman says, yet not consider the words of an investigative journalist, who has in fact utterly criticized American policy in the region?
If you want to talk about how ordinary Afghanis feel about the Taliban, I'd suggest visiting this site:

on October 4, 2004 7:18 AM
Ibtisam said

I know Afghanis hate them, so there is no point in trying to convince an Afghan brother, wallaahu alim. But in my Global studies class, it was American people saying that the Taliban stopped the drug trade and maybe due to International pressure, but where is the internatioal pressure now? why have the warlords seeped into the country now? why is there so much poverty and racism in the region? these are vital societal issues that we have to address regardless of who the heck is ruling the area. The website you mentioned belongs to Afghan feminists that are saying that now women are not safe there. The problems are still there, brother. There is no point in blaming others for the problems because they have not quite frankly gone away and in fact have become exacberated. I say they need me, Queen Ibtisam, offcourse the whole ummah should appoint me their leader, Queen Ibtisam

on October 4, 2004 10:14 AM
Justoju (Important: Free CATERED Food!) said

Important news from NBIC:

As salaamu 'alaykum wa rahmatullah

It is with a heavy heart that we announce to you all that Shaykh
Walead Mohammed will be moving with his family out of New Jersey to
Texas very shortly insha'allah.

We are hosting a farewell dinner this coming Friday (10/8) at the
New Brunswick Islamic Center in his honor.

We invite you all to please attend. Dinner will be catered

The details for the event are:

Date: Friday, October 8
Time: Maghrib
Place: New Brunswick Islamic Center, 167 Remsen Ave, New Brunswick,

Jazak Allahu Khairan.

on October 8, 2004 2:26 AM
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