Monthly Archives: January 2017

Videos? Love ’em! XXXVII

Peace,

one of the worst things a parent can do in my view, is putting their children down. Unfortunately parents are quite good at doing that, often having experienced the same from their parents, we have to break that chain. We have to start differentiating between the actions of a person and the person themselves, not just in our parent-child relationship but across the board.

With Donald J. Trump having been inaugurated this week, this post is going to be quite heavy on it and its reactions. The first video is on something that absolutely had me in stitches. The Trump Administration’s reaction to the media on the attendees of the  inauguration by providing #alternativefacts.

In all of the quite righteous hysteria around Trump’s election, with both peaceful and violent protests, with marches and banner drops. We cannot forget the fact that while we organise, we have to try to get the best deal out of what we have. Dr. King’s non-violence and meetings with the president were as important as the actions of Malcolm X and the Black Panthers for example.

Our voices definitely need to be louder. One such great voice in our past was Muhammad Ali (rah.). That inspired us, and drove us further.

Our voices have power. Power to uplift and bind us together. No matter who you are your voice is important and can make a difference and if you don’t believe me listen to this.

We need to wake up from our dreams. We all live in our social bubbles, with our individual privileges but now is the time to burst our bubble, to engage others. Once we’ve listened, once we have become aware of the issues around us, we need to organise and act collectively. Divided we are one, united we are many.

So, Good Morning, wake up!

Empathy has often been lost in our interactions and that is why I find films, like this one, so important. At the same time, reality will always be different to what will be displayed in a scripted film. I can not without going through the same experience even begin to understand, what a friend of mine is going through at the moment with the loss of his baby. I cannot really do more than offer an ear and maybe that is enough.

It’s always difficult to segue back into something more light-hearted after going through something so difficult. That however is life, life is difficult like that, we have episodes of utter happiness and moments of deepest sadness and that is life.

Travelling I feel is also part of life, and while I haven’t traveled as much as I want to the times when I have been able to have been special indeed. Malaysia is definitely on my list of places to visit.

I’ll finish of this week’s list with another fresh Parkour video!

#videolovin’

 

 

Videos? Love ’em! XXXVI

Peace,

due to my exams this is going to be a shorter post.

The first video is the trailer of a Film, which I am looking forward to see. It tells the story of the novelist, essayist and activist James Baldwin as narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.

Another recent important video, staying on the topic of identity, was the Black Muslims Matter webinar in reaction to Shaykh Yusuf Hanson’s comments at RIS at the end of December hosted by Boona Mohammed.

I have already mentioned this next video in a previous post (currently private), it made quite some waves in the political sphere in the UK but unfortunately not quite enough. The Investigative Unit of Al Jazeera revealed the machinations of an Israeli Embassy official in a 4 part documentary called The Lobby.

One of the reasons for me, as a Muslim, to get involved in my community and getting more involved in politics is the want to make society better for everyone. Not just for me and my family, my brothers and sisters in Islam but for everyone, as the Prophet (saw.) was a Mercy to mankind.

This excerpt of a show by the satirist and comedian Serdar Somuncu has blown up recently in Germany, unfortunately there aren’t any subtitles. In it he attacks our indifference to the suffering of others, the inexplicable fear of our wellbeing and our luxury being threatened by a migrant just breathing in our air.

*TW*

Mental Health is something that I have over the last year gotten quite a lot more interested in. Having family and friends go through difficult times has an impact on everyone in that nucleus. This short film beautifully captures the feelings of someone who has gone through depression and tried to commit suicide.

This post was quite a bit more serious than planned, but that’s cool. Here, to finish this list off, something fun. The new Zelda title looks absolutely amazing. Why can’t I play it on the Wii?

#videolovin’

Georgia

Georgia.
I.
You know, most things are easier now
than ever.
Still found it hard though
Copying out the alphabet in the font Georgia
They say it got its name from a headline in a newspaper.
“Alien head found in Georgia”
A vendor screams as if on fire.
“Alien heads were found in a graveyard in Alma, Georgia”
Alma…Alma…Salma

Once upon a Time

Unfinished.

Once upon a time
Like any true storyteller
I too will start with that line
Because whence or thence doesn’t matter
Because “You know in 900 years
Of time and space”
From the Doctor’s mouth one hears
“I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important”
Because we are important
Every single one of us has a story, yet to be told
So whether you’re a hobbit of the Shire chosen to be the Bearer of the One Ring
Or the Britons true King
Tell me your story
And I’ll tell you mine

 

There, Somewhere, below

 

There, somewhere, below
Layers upon layers of snow
Somewhere in this blizzard
Where seeing is hard
Somewhere, where the wind howls
Where wolves prowl
Somewhere,
There it can be found
Frozen and bound
My heart in shackles
Lost after many battles
Found and freed, to beat once again
Loud and strong, free from pain
There it was, somewhere
Under layers upon layers of snow
Below, somewhere, there.