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The Challenge of the Qur’an

What is the challenge of the Qur’an?

Well, traditionally – that is to say – qur’anically, the challenge was literary or perhaps one of orality, because the culture the Qur’an came into was a time where the poets were esteemed and would hold sparring verbal competitions like modern day spoken word slams and rap battles; spontaneity and immediacy was the order of the day.

However, putting the spontaneity aside to make things easier for the challengers, the Qur’an itself says, a number of times with slight differences of emphases each time, the following:

Ten Surah Challenge: ‘Or do they say, “He invented it”? Say, “Then bring ten surahs like it that have been invented and call upon [for assistance] whomever you can besides Allah, if you should be truthful.”‘ (Qur’an 11:13)

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palestinian girl and israeli soldier

If this is fiction then I’d say the skill at empathy feels very real. And the reality is… Is this. So where are the voices and doers of empathy to assist? To heal? My words have failed to hide. How inside I’ve died. (Arif@ModWestMuse)

Fatema

Fatema

Monday 18th of February 2013

 

The Price of Freedom

Ayah

As long wisps of smoke danced in the air, I felt my spine shudder and push me into the carnage of unforgiving ammunition. As if to augment my weak frame, the sun stung my bloodied olive skin like a feisty scorpion. I blinked violently, as a futile attempt to clear away the hideous grey smoke.

I hovered my limp hand across my abdomen until I found it. My fingers sank into a vile sludge of intestines and dirtied blood, my once rowdy eyes widened and my last thread of alertness coiled itself into a piercing, wild scream.

I closed my eyes and fell into the unwelcoming black pit of my sanctuary, a place I had visited numerous times before.

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Aaron

I knew from the way she looked at me, that she would be my first prey…

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On how Identity can Mind-Lead you away from Truth

Mind-Lead from Truth

Often the ‘truth’ in what someone says (with mouth)

Is unheard (by ears),

When we see (with eyes)

The speaker is not of our own kind (with our minds, closed).

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By Arif uz Zaman

January 2013

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Kill Them with Love

For more from Boonaa Mohammed, go to boonaa.com

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Your Wonderful World

This was written over ten years ago, prior to September 11th. I was surprised to read (years later) how its import is as relevant now as then – if not more so.

This is dedicated specifically to the Western citizen (who is the protagonist) and more generally to the Citizens of the world.

wonderful world

How I wonder at it all.

At the end of the Millennium,

How bravely the champion of time stands out

From the rubble that is the world, and rises from the West.

His face swept by the winds of struggles and the people watching,

The survivors, liberated by the world’s hero,

Cheering and waving the banners.

How I wonder at the sheer strength and courage.

I wonder.

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A Muslim Apolo-gy/-getics to the non Muslim

truth is lies

Where I talk about political social existential-intellections, I’m sorry,

When addressing the Americans, the British or the Western nations,

And all,

In that I make an imperative dis-entangling identification

Of 1) the governments that check and creep,

Supposedly representing you in its grip;

2) The mainstream media that drive subtle

Propaganda tanks for it, allowing only banks and

Powers with vested interests speak

In precise, shock and awe, droning bullet points; –

And 3) you – a pawn in their efficient ‘Venus’-fly by war machine.

Forgive me, but you must see what I mean.

To me, you and we are prime

Co-citizens of the world, post-nationalist,

Inter cultural,

Saluting the ethical life,

Good Crusader-good Jihadist[1] struggling for peace[2],

Well meaning until you die.

That’s why I write to you.

Please think. Don’t waste your breath in life

Actioning out their lies.

Seek Truth[3].

For the sake of Love[4], I love you.

Until I die.

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Arif uz Zaman

January, 2013

For the poem ‘Rules of Inter-Communication 1’ click here.

To see how Identity can Mind-Led us away from Truth, please click.

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The Great Game of Life

Great Game

Part 1

This world is yours; this world is mine:
The oil in Arabia is yours, the soil of America is mine,
The walls of China is yours, the sacred cow of India is mine…
The list could go on, but
What is mine is yours;
What is yours is mine.
That is the truth of brotherhood.
And truth is always good.
Please don’t claim the world as your own
And nor will I, my friend.
Actually it is ours, isn’t it?
Yes, there are boundaries set
By Kings and politicians in days of yore,
But that is politics, as you know.
Don’t tell me you thought politics was what is actual.
Actualities is a different thing entirely.
I have wondered whether we could transcend the old politics.
Burn the passport!
We have newer, firmer, fairer identities.
You gasp?

 

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