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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.

Videos? Love em’! XXXV

Peace!

I absolutely missed posting about my favourite videos every week. So I’d like to give it a go again, but this time in a slightly different fashion, which hopefully explains a bit more why these are the videos that I picked out of the slew of other videos I’ve consumed and what they mean to me.

Knowledge is Power.

The first thing, that I identify myself with is my being Muslim. It shapes me, who I am and my actions more than anything else. Being a Muslim however is highly racialized, people assume that only Arabs are and can be Muslims. That a third of all Muslims live in Africa or that the most Muslim populated country is Indonesia is often forgotten. Not only am I a Muslim, but also black. Black in a society, which sees whiteness as normality and blackness as an oddity. Growing up in Germany as a Muslim and a child of parents of Nigerian roots, this video, part of the strolling series, reflects pretty well some of the experiences and frustrations that I have had too.

While I have had brush ins with racist individuals and discrimination before, it is only since coming to University that I really saw and learned of racism as an institution. Decolonise our institutions and our education!

Being a non-Arab Muslim however also brings with it a slight barrier to my interaction with the religion and that is language. While I grew up in a household that valued knowledge and knowledge of Islam, none of us are fluent Arabic speakers and so understanding the sources of our religion came through the use of secondary sources, translations. Translations, which are already infused with the understanding and biases of the person translating the text. An understanding of the Arabic language is therefore something that I am striving for because it is important to know these things.

But what is a Muslim? Is anyone who calls him or herself a “Muslim”, a Muslim or are there certain criteria that you have to meet to be considered a Muslim and who defines those?

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, ”

Islam is that you should testify that there is no deity except Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger, that you should perform salah, pay the Zakah, fast during Ramadan, and perform Hajj to the House, if you are able to do so.”

That and the 6 tenets of faith, are what it means to be a Muslim at the most basic. Yes, there are things that take you out of the religion, but the majority of scholars agree that sins, small or big do not take you outside of the fold of Islam. To rule someone excommunicated is not up to us, but to God alone as set in the Quran and the Sunnah.

I hate when Muslims call themselves or others bad Muslims because they commit sins, we all commit sins and paradise will be full of sinners. Sinners who repented and the door for repentance is open until we breathe our last, so don’t judge people. We are all on a journey to come closer to God, and on that way we will stumble, we will hit roadblocks and delays. That is something I have had to remind myself of constantly with the BBC Documentary: Muslims Like us. Which I have had, as most did, a mixed reaction to. While definitely not among my favourite videos, the documentary gave me a lot to think about. It created conversations within and outside of the Muslim Community in Britain and so find it important enough to include it anyway.

Muslims are tuly diverse there is no question about that, and no video I have recently seen showed that as much and as best as A-Z of Beni. Shot in the style of the A-Z videos on i-D, Beni.space catalogues the diversity of Muslims.

One of my particular interests has been sidelined quite a bit in my life due to various reasons, I do however want to get back into it, so what way better than the way I first got into it. By watching videos of it being practiced.

Well, that was fun!

Knowledge is power and that is what makes us comfortable with how and where we are and to constantly strive for excellence, the ideal of a Muslim is in the Prophet (saw.) we constantly strive to be like him.

Hope you liked this format of my listing my favourite videos in recent months.

videolovin’

Abdur-Rahman

Entry XII : 365 Project

Peace!

Time is relative, in hindsight however it passes relatively quickly. Another year has passed, and while that is the case here and in most of the world, taking the Hijri calendar into account we’re already a third into the year. While not celebrating the new year as such, it does serve me well in taking account of myself, to make Muhasaba, to re-evaluate where I am heading and make slight adjustments here and there.

That is what my 365project is going to be about. There are a whole slew of things that I want to accomplish this year, but most overall it is to be productive and to constantly improve and regularly take account of where I am and what I need to do to arrive at where I want to be at the end  of the year. Change however rarely happens overnight. I am under no illusion that I won’t fail, failing is a given. I’ve already tried this a couple of months ago. I am human, we fail at things, we make mistakes, what we do afterwards however is what counts, we try to learn and progress from them.

So within the online space this year I just want to produce blogs, essays, poems, videos and posters whether good or bad I’ll post them, trying to keep myself productive and to improve. Yes, there will be days, where I just can’t be bothered or where life becomes extra tough, but I will try my absolute best to produce something creative every single day of this year.

Rather than starting from scratch, I will start again where I left off. Meaning that while I will post on this blog everyday of this year from today as part of postaday 2017 and my vlogging will continue as normal, the project in its totality will start on the 13th of this month. So follow me on this blog, on my instagram and my YouTube Channel to see how I am getting on! Thank you 🙂

Abdur-Rahman