Izrael (Think ii – 1 of 7)

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Izrael

What’s in the name? That which we call ‘Izrael’

By any other name would reek not death

As is the weed, diseased by way of hap and hazard

On stolen soil, polluting the holy surroundings

Pro patria mori

To profound morbid profanities.

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Izrael: the angel of death is here

Conceived in its starkest of senses,

Product of a modern state of mind, personified,

Not as the ‘grim’ but the ‘gory’ reaper, defying through

Usurpation by

A particular sleight of hand (we all are slighted) by this secular zeitgeist,

Announcing the formation of the culmination

Of enlightenment’s creeping darkness,

Something rotting the state of the Garden,

Wicked is come,

Bewitching us to submission,

A perversion of the true, Israeli nation

Whose origin was God-centred,

Submitting only unto Him.

But now the ‘lost sheep’ of that nation

Must be distinguished as ‘Izrael’

When their nouveau-shepherds have falsely led

To a homeland, their worldly pursuit having left hallowed

God’s name, undone.

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‘Izrael’ is spelled as such

To demarcate its dark magic from its more benign equivalent:

The Malak al Maut1, that devoted slave of God, named

‘Izrail’ in the Islamic tradition and

‘Azriel’ in the Jewish tradition.

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What’s in the name? The one we call ‘Israel’

Is associated with the noble Prophet Jacob or Yaqub2 (as),

Meaning:

He who jihad for God.”3

Do not foul his name and in his stead state your play of the great pretender:

The modern game of (ruin) nation.

Please mark your respect for the forebear whose title he won.

To think how that modern nation shames the very name of him,

Their and our own pious ancestor –

Or be cursed by

Demon-stating the very antithesis of what life is supposed to be,

As you actively seek one-upmanship by pulling – no – obliterating

The gentile down to

Destruction in the most evil lest of senses,

Wording an anointed picture to the outside world as merely your victimisation,

A David (you?) to Goliath (us!) (What classic double-speak – brilliant role reversal – twisted)

Coloured by your propagandising all as simply the peculiarities of various shades of grey.

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And such were the manipulations of ‘honest Iago’

Conniving a wonderous plan to destroy the Moor whole heartedly.

Hear his whispers anew as he begins to advise the Christian Roderiqo,

Who was too much lost in the love of this world as is the post-Christain world today…

Observe how Roderigo’s fair aspirations for Desdemona is denigrated to duniya4.

Listen to how Iago insightfully instructs us to good reason.

But the snake’s sly bite is incisively full of incite…

He tells us to steady the instrumental reason to achieve our selfish will’s desire:

Virtue? A fig! ‘Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners. So that if we will plant … either to have it sterile with idleness, or manured with industry—why, the power and corrigible authority of this lies in our wills. If the balance of our lives had not one scale of reason to poise another of sensuality, the blood and baseness of our natures would conduct us to most prepost’rous conclusions. But we have reason to cool our raging motions, our carnal stings, our unbitted lusts. Whereof I take this that you call love to be a sect or Zcion…”5 (for translation)

(Consider what is the Will we seek?)

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Zcion

What’s in the name? That which we call ‘Zcion’

Derived from the word ‘scion’ is better to express

The true meaning behind that movement –

The anti-exodus toward and advent of the modern Izrael.

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‘Scion’ refers to 1) a shoot of a plant, often one cut for re-rooting.

So this movement tries to renew or restart on new ground rather than base itself truly

On its sacred traditions as represented by the term ‘Zion’.

‘Scion’ refers also to 2) a descendant of a notable family

So this movement tries to reidentify its self perception to the tribes of Israel, rather than to God.

Therein is its step in the wrong direction; and

‘Scion’ refers to 3) via the Bard, as above, to ‘sect’ and ‘lust’.

Its synonyms include “shoot” (with bullets?), “offspring” and “ descendant” (as in point 2)

Off shoot “ (as in that divergent path) and “sprout” (a growth – but of what we must question).

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‘Zion’ is the transliteration of Hebrew’s Tsîyyôwn, pronounced tzee-YOHN6

Which is said to mean “dry, parched ground”.

Some say its derivatives means ‘to protect’,

But could just as well mean “structure”, “ridge”, “citadel”, “brook”.

It referred originally to the hill upon which Jerusalem was built,

It refers to the citadel of King David (Prophet Dawud (as)),

It refers to the slope on which the Temple of King Soloman (Prophet Sulaiman (as)) stood,

It is said that this – perhaps in an abstract way – is the dwelling place of God.

It is interesting to note that ‘Sahyun’7 is the word for ‘Zion’ in Arabic.

And the Last Prophet (saw) also called the ‘Kaaba’ in Makkah, ‘Sahyun’ or ‘Zion’,8

And ‘Kaaba’ is called by Muslims the ‘House of God’ and is considered the first mosque.9

Built or re-built by the Prophet Abraham (Ibrahim (as)) and his son10,

At the biblical ‘Valley of Bakkah’,

The ancient name of what became the city of ‘Makkah’.

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So the transfer of ‘S’ to ‘Z’ from ‘Scion’ to ‘Zcion’ signifies two things:

The ‘Z’ is a referent to the ‘Z’ in ‘Zion’ it tries to mean, and

The ‘Z’ is the ‘Z’ in ‘Izrael’, signifying the death it actually is.

So the ‘Zcionist agenda’ is the same as what most believe is meant by the ‘Zionist agenda’

And ought be used out of respect for the original Zion

That the Zcionists have forgot, misunderstood or willfully subverted.

What is meant by this prising apart of the conceptual wall used to divide

And falsely ground immoral settlements of mind in thinking

Through and

Threw Palestine, instead of free Palestine,

True home to athiests, and believing Christians, Jews and Muslims alike

In equal sincerity –

What is meant is simply to assist the futuhat11 for fellow (non Zcionist) Jews to

Re-own their own words and ideas from the contamination of modernity’s mishandling

Of atomic proportions and mutated forms

(If my effort is deemed useful in any way).

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And knowing there are countless Jews out there who are as equally outraged as

Muslims, Humans and beings with sentience with each and every new Izraeli atrocity,

Is certainly encouraging, inspiring, and serves to

Rekindle hope in that bastion of our human spirit. Thank God.

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Being a Jew does NOT necessarily equate with being an Izraeli. So please note.

The former are respected. Yes, yes, yes. And as to the latter?

They have become death, the destroyer of worlds.

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By Arif uz Zaman

April 2013

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1Arabic for ‘angel of death’

2It is explained in the bible (Genesis 35:1-7 and Hosea chapter 12) how the prophet Jacob wrestled a man or an angel or God and won, thereby being awarded the name of ‘Israel’. Muslims would certainly not accept that he wrestled God based on the simple belief that God is nothing like his creation and is ‘above’ in Majesty and Power to be involved in ‘wrestling’ with his creation… and then losing! He would not have transformed himself into a man either, as it is a major sin (shirk) to literally configure God in an anthropomorphic sense in Islam, for the same reason as above. The idea that Jacob might have wrestled a (human) man or an angel has some merit. It is interesting in Islamic belief that such speculation has no significant bearing to Islam’s own truth-claims. And only Muslims who are expert in Biblical studies have bothered in examining such matters, perhaps as a result of cultural fascination or an academic pursuit, amongst other reasons. For further debates about identifying those parts in the Bible that are likely to be more authentic by being closer to the last (as yet incorrupted-by-the-vicitudes-of-time) revelation of the Qur’an, I refer you to Paul Bilal William’s excellent blog.

3In English, ‘Israel’ has been translated as: ‘He who struggles with God’. In Islam, we do not struggle with God – the thought seems to me to be a type of blasphemy. Surely it might be closer to mean ‘struggle for’. And in Islam struggle/effort/trying is precisely termed ‘Jihad’.

4Arabic for ‘world’, but is meant in the pejorative – i.e. ‘worldly’, ‘materialistic’, ‘ephemeral’, ‘illusion’, ‘false’…

5 (for translation) TRANSLATED: Can’t help it [the virtue of loving Desdemona]? Nonsense! What we are is up to us. Our bodies are like gardens and our willpower is like the gardener. Depending on what we plant … the garden will either be barren and useless, or rich and productive. If we didn’t have rational minds to counterbalance our emotions and desires, our bodily urges would take over. We’d end up in ridiculous situations. Thankfully, we have reason to cool our raging lusts. In my opinion, what you call love is just an offshoot of lust.

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9Qur’an 3: 96

10“It is also believed that Hagar and Ishamel settled in Bakkah, and the Quran relates that Abraham came to Mecca to help his son Ishmael build the Kaaba adjacent to the well of Zamzam.” See William E. Phipps (1999). Muhammad and Jesus: a comparison of the prophets and their teachings and Daniel C. Peterson (2007). Muhammad, prophet of God . (Above quote from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakkah#cite_note-Phippsp85-7.) Legend also mentions that it was the Prophet Adam (s) who was the one who constructed the Kaaba’s original foundation… (Though this is not Qur’anic). (Source: Qasas-Ul-Quran, Seerat-Ul-Mustafa, Tafseer Ibn Katheer, Al Majd al Doula Amir Usama, Egyptian prints Page 182 – see http://www.paklinks.com/gs/religion-and-scripture/553899-who-built-the-kaaba.html)

11Arabic for ‘Opening’, ‘Beginning (something good)’, ‘Assertively win’. For further discussion on this term and the derivative ‘Al Fath’, see http://www.onislam.net/english/shariah/contemporary-issues/islamic-themes/450167-al-fath-islamic-liberation-wars-or-conquests.html

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16 responses to “Izrael (Think ii – 1 of 7)

  1. Richard William Posner

    Yes. Saying something doesn’t make it so.

    Is amerika a “democracy”?
    Was the soviet union or china ever an example of “socialism” or “communism”?
    When indigenous people are “converted” to the religion of an occupier at the point of a gun or sword are they “saved”?

    “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth. ”
    Joseph Goebbels

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    • Strange – I thought I’d replied to your post yesterday – but it’s not showing. I probably forgot to hit ‘send’. I’m getting old!

      So I agree. ‘Saying something doesn’t make it so’. I understand from that a reference to the fact that though the Izraelis might claim their nation is based on good intentions – their actions are telling a very different story.

      The answers to your 3 rhetoric questions is probably: 1) No (but they’d suggest they are a republic rather than a democracy Athenian style); 2) Debatable (but I see where you’re going with this, so No) and 3) No. Islamically at least, a forced conversion is invalid in the sight of God as he can see straight into the heart. You have to believe the belief. You can’t deceive God. In terms of being ‘saved’ – that’s different. This depends on our intentions, actions, and ultimately God decides on those.

      And in terms of your Goebbels quote I have 2 thoughts: 1. Goebbels is such a slippery chap. and 2. You’re using Goebbels’ words in an ironic sense, which then renders its meaning back to your first line. So we’ve got to keep a watchful eye, ear, brain on the truth-claims of the mainstream media. Well said.

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      • Richard William Posner

        Oddly enough, I don’t know anyone who’s getting younger.

        I guess I wasted a lot of words just to say that you can’t blindly accept any statement as Truth. Anyone can say anything and claim that it’s true.

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      • “Oddly enough, I don’t know anyone who’s getting younger.” …What a line! (I need to dedicate a page to these, Richard.)

        But in terms of the validity of the truth-statement. Bang! You’ve hit the nail on the head. I’m planning a post (or series of posts) on this very topic. I’m sure you know that this is a seriously contentious topic. And incredibly hard to form any substantial consensus. Every statement that tries can be knocked down – including this one. I don’t intend to rush that post, though, preferring to mull it over for a while…

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      • Richard William Posner

        I’ve got a Word file called Quotes. It’s over 13,000 words and growing. I’m not in the least embarrassed to admit that I’ve saved a few of my own gems there, complete with date and occasionally time!
        So go ahead and “quote me” any time.

        Buddha made a rather lengthy statement about just believing stuff that’s presented to you as “Truth”. Actually, didn’t I see that quote in one of your posts? If not, you should probably search it out for the project you’re “mulling”.

        I look forward to its completion.

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  2. Julie

    Goliath feigning to be David. mash’Allah for writing this piece. As always, you speak the Truth. 🙂

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  3. Julie

    “The incursion and bombardment of Gaza is not about destroying Hamas. It is not about stopping rocket fire into Israel, it is not about achieving peace.

    The Israeli decision to rain death and destruction on Gaza, to use lethal weapons of the modern battlefield on a largely defenseless civilian population, is the final phase in a decades-long campaign to ethnically-cleanse Palestinians.

    Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and naval vessels to bomb densely-crowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks, mosques, and slums to attack a population that has no air force, no air defense, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armor, no command in control, no army… and calls it a war. It is not a war, it is murder.

    When Israelis in the occupied territories now claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any military occupier has to defend itself against the population they are crushing. You can’t defend yourself when you’re militarily occupying someone else’s land. That’s not defense. Call it what you like, it’s not defense.”

    – Noam Chomsky

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    • Richard William Posner

      Absolutely correct! Chomsky is brilliant and brutally honest.

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    • Wow, the tone and fluidity of this quote is excellent, sis. Can I ask from which of his books is it from, please? Jzk for sharing this one. 🙂

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      • Julie

        I subscribe to Noam Chomsky’s FB page and other pages like it, and I was trying to get the source of this particular quote. This is very interesting, because part of the quote does belong to him from the 2004 documentary Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land, but the rest belongs to Chris Hedges, an essayist. I guess you can’t trust everything you come across. It’s an odd amalgamation. Partly Chomsky, partly Hedges. Please disregard my quote then. :/

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      • Jazakallah Julie. Thank you so much for the trouble you’ve gone to. And thanks for the name of the book. You have actually uncovered another name worth keeping an eye on too – Chris Hedges. The name sounds very familiar.

        I get annoyed with some of these bits of facts we uncover from the internet. And you’re right, we should try to check the veracity of the sources. The way of Dajjal is to ‘pull the wool over our eyes’. And we are fast approaching his time – if we’re not in it already. Pretty soon, we won’t know who or what to trust. As ever, trust in God.

        Some more to add to my list of things to read. 🙂 I’m not sure if I should be thankful :-/ 😉

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  4. Julie

    …and I thought I had all good sources. I can see how it was confused, though, as perhaps unintentionally (?) Hedges doesn’t give proper reference to Chomsky’s words and ideas? It’s too bad, too, because it is a good article. Oh well… :/

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    • no problem to me Julie. Since you’ve validated them by authenticating the authors, right? (Perhaps a sign off with both their names and a link to the specific facebook page – if you still wanna use it. Just a thought. It is an amazing quote 🙂 )

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  5. Julie

    Okay, I found an explanation on Noam Chomsky’s page regarding this, and here’s the link they give: http://ceasefiremagazine.co.uk/it-misquoting-noam-chomsky-gaza/

    This perhaps the best explanation I’ve come across.

    Thanks for your understanding. …and yes, still great article. 🙂

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  6. maryamchahine

    Masha’Allah, very well written and said! This is quite complex and I will enjoy rereading it again. I like the fact that your poems have many layers that need to be peeled away one by one, gaining more understanding along the way.

    It is important that you wrote this poem keeping separate Zionism and Jews. It’s mind boggling that a people that went through the Holocaust would revisit the same tragedy on another people themselves. But it is the Jews who are against such injustice and mass murder that keeps my hope alive that one day that all peoples and faiths in Palestine will be able to live in peace again.

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    • Jazakallah Khairan Maryam 🙂 Thanks for your feedback. I was worried this one might be a bit too obtuse. But wrote it anyway. Trying to craft the points into a meaningful whole. I wasn’t sure if it worked – but alhamdulillah, your comments are encouraging.

      In terms of your points about Jews and Zcionism – well, you’re absolutely right. The former are brethren – dudes. The latter are no kin even to humanity! If we pick up any decent history book, their blatant disregard for clear justice is frustrating to say the least. But the solution is simple: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BloC641O1Q

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