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As i was working out at the gym today the News Screens flashed at me from all main Australian Broadcasters. It revealed two Muslim women from the group called “Hizb Ut Tahrir” having a discussion about if and how it is justified for a man to physically hit his wife or not. In the video the two women talk about different interpretations of a certain verse in the Qur’an and they take out a Siwak (toothbrush) and tap each other with it to indicate this is the “beating” that is accepted, though not encouraged according to some Islamic opinions.

The video made all mainstream news and as i was working out i did indeed shake my head at this moment because it seems that Muslims are often the ones that shoot themselves in the foot by having such discussions and leaving the grounds of interpretation open far and wide.

Yet in a way, it’s actually good that this video was released and the Media published it because, let’s face it, we as Muslims and Islam as a faith already have a deplorable reputation and that bar could barely be raised any lower sadly, but at the same time it has opened up a discussion and dialogue about a huge problem, not necessarily in the Muslim community but in the Australian community at large, and that is domestic violence.

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The video in question of two women in Australia discussing if wife beating is permissible in Islam.

Now theologically, without a shadow of a doubt, beating your wife, or in fact anyone for that matter is absolutely unacceptable and a widely condemned action from an Islamic standpoint and this is the important crux of the discussion because all we are seeing right now are superficial opinions and snippets of dialogues that scrape the surface of this troubling detail.

What we need to do, or i need to do for that matter, is get to the core of the matter and we must examine, if indeed this action of “wife beating” is an accepted practice of Islam- the religion- and if i can convince you that it is not, then we can clearly make a distinction on whether or not this person is acting in accordance of not only the laws of his religion but also the laws of the land that he lives in and in this case we’re talking about Australia.

Now let us start with the verse in Question, which is found in the Qur’an. Chapter 4, verse 34.  “Men  are the supporters  of  women   by  what Allah has  given  one  over  the  other  and what   they  spend  from  their  wealth.  So  righteous   women  are  obedient,  guarding  in absence what Allah would  have  them  guard.  But those from  whom you  fear  rebellion  –   advise  them;  forsake  them  in  bed;  and (finally) strike  them.  But   if  they  heed to you  ,  seek no  means  against  them.   Indeed, Allah is  ever  Exalted  and  Grand.

The verse in question from its origins has been open to much interpretation, confusion and dissension upon Islamic scholars and believers alike, yet this verse as a standalone doesn’t carry with it enough information on whether this language is that of symbolism or one of absolute literal instruction. The Hadith literature that at times further clarifies some of the more ambiguous verses of the Qur’an can shed more light on certain topics and this topic of “wife beating” is widely covered.

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Does the Qur’an and Islamic literature really indicate to beat your wives?

What we now need to do is observe if the founder of Islam, the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (pbuh) followed the above instructions literally, did he hit his wives? Did he endorse hitting women? If he is a role model on how a man should treat his wife and if he was the living, breathing and walking Qur’an – we must then assume that if the above verse was literal, that he would then indeed beat his wives.

Our first piece of evidence comes from one of Muhammads wives, her name was Aisha. This woman later came to be a massive collector of Hadiths (sayings of Muhammad) that have been preserved for the last 1300 years. In one Hadith that is actually rarely cited we see something that is very clear cut and absolute. She states in the Hadith Below:

Aisha reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, did not strike a servant or a woman, and he never struck anything with his hand.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2328, 

Not only that, Muhammad himself convinced a woman not to marry a man because he had a reputation of beating women. She had three men make proposals to her and Muhammad helped her measure up who would be the most suitable. One man was poor, the other was a wife beater and the third was pious. It was stated:

Allah’s Messenger said: So far as Mu’awiya is concerned, he is a poor man without any property. So far as Abu Jahm is concerned, he is a beater of women, but take for marriage instead Usama b. Zaid. (The Pious man)

Source: Muslim, Book 009, Number 3526:

When a companion of Muhammad approached him and asked how he should treat his wife, Muhammad responded with a very simple and clear instruction.

I went to the Apostle of Allah and asked him: What do you say (command) about our wives? He replied: Give them food what you have for yourself, and clothe them by which you clothe yourself, and do not beat them, and do not revile them.

Source: Abu Dawud, Book 11, Number 2139:

Yet one of the greatest evidences that beating is clearly not allowed or mandated in Islam is a historical event that occurred with Muhammad and his wives. There was a situation that ensued where Muhammad was dissatisfied with his wives, they were charged with jealousy amongst each other and conspired against their husband in order to “get even” about certain woes they felt in regards to their relationship. Clearly, if Muhammad had the green light in his book to “beat” his wives for “disobedience” then this would have been the perfect opportunity for him to recite this verse and then get physical!

Yet this never happened. This particular event was called the “Incident of I’la”.

Thereupon, he vowed that he would keep away from his wives for a month in order to show them that the worldly life was unimportant for him, to teach them a lesson, to decrease the jealousy among them and to measure their love of and loyalty to him.

After this vow, he started to live in the arbor called Mashraba. This was a small humble room with a straw bed, a pillow stuffed with bark and his food items were barley and water. His companions were convinced he had divorced his wives and they wept at his poor form while indicating the high figures of Persia and Rome lived like Kings.

Yet this was his way of dealing with supposed “disobedient” wives. He had already advised them and spoken to them, he then separated himself from their beds for an entire month and he did not lay a single hand on them before, during or after this event.

Source: Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 63, Narration 212

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In Australia 56 women a year are killed in domestic violence disputes.

So given the above information we can clearly see something is amiss. If the Prophet of Islam and the verbal communicator of the Qur’an never beat his wives, then how is it possible that this verse can be taken literally? This is why a Muslim man who intends on following their Prophet in his treatment to his wives should live by his ideals, which was NOT to beat them- ever! Muslim men that use this verse in their holy book to legitimize them beating their spouses are not only cowards, they have a clear and negligible misunderstanding of their own faith and their own Messenger.

Not only is this abhorrent and debasing action clearly unacceptable within the context of religion, it is clearly unacceptable within the society of which we live in. In Australia domestic violence is a major issue. According to the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre :

“On average at least one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner in Australia. One in three Australian women has experienced physical violence since the age of 15.”

These statistics are alarming, it indicates that in Australia alone 56 women are KILLED in domestic violence incidents yearly and a staggering one in three women has experienced physical violence from the age of 15. That is approximately 4.5 million Australian women.! 

So let us not pretend this is a “Muslim issue” and let’s not make it a Muslim issue as the media seems to be stipulating that domestic violence is an ESPECIALLY Muslim problem, it most definitely is not and the majority of the domestic violence cases in Australia are not being conducted by men reading Quran 4:34.

In Australia it is illegal to beat your wife, period. It is a highly intolerable action that should be dealt with in accordance to the law, yes the Australian law. Protections are already in place for women that encounter domestic violence encounters and they should utilize them, whether they are Muslim or not.

Muslim women that are dealing with abusive husbands should remind them of the examples above, inform them that their treatment against you is not in accordance to the Messenger of Allah and make it clear that if they are believers and want to replicate Muhammads treatment of their wives to their own lives that they should not, and cannot beat you!

I hope you have read this article and gained a better understanding on how and why this problem exists not only Worldwide but also within the Muslim world. All of my sources are Authentic Islamic sources that are verified and accepted by all mainstream scholars of Islam. I ask my fellow Muslims to please discuss this situation while the heat is still on.

People are on TV boasting about wife beating and making excuses on how some elements of wife beating are okay and it clearly enables others to navigate their way through to domestic violence when all of my examples show, without a shadow of a doubt, in clear language that Muhammad never hit his wives.

Today is our day to speak out and highlight to the media, to the wider general Australian public AND to fellow Muslims that we do not accept wife beating in our theology, hence in our lives. We reject it and we are law abiding citizens that stand by the laws of our land and our religion.

Peace and blessings be upon you.

Ramey

Another deadly terror attack in Germany. At this stage it appears a 21 year old Tunisian “Immigrant” by the name of Anis Amri is responsible for the attack. It shouldn’t be surprising anymore as numerous attacks have been made in the country since its President Angela Merkel decided to let in hundreds of thousands of refugees in a completely “open door” type policy. This move alone, from a logistical standpoint is dangerous and irresponsible.

Merkel clearly wanted to be seen as the immigrants version of Mary Poppins and even though genuine refugees certainly did make their way into Germany and many have indeed tried to start a better life for themselves, we come to see that a sizable number of others came with no intent to settle in Germany- but to kill and be killed.

I personally admire Merkels wanting to help genuine refugees, scenes of what Aleppo once was and what it is today is a horrific reality that the World clearly needs to wake up to. These people didn’t ask for war, nor did they ask for their towns and cities to be obliterated or taken over by extremists, they are victims and they do deserve a safe chance, wherever it may be.

 

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Good idea at the time: Merkel’s open door policy is backfiring.

Yet unlike other leaders who are optimistic but cautious about allowing immigrants into their Nations and desire identifiable immigrants to enter their countries on the basis of official documentation and proper accommodation– we have Merkel that allowed such a huge influx of refugees to enter from around the World in such a short span of time, which has led them to live in makeshift tents and streets. It’s an unsightly reality of a President that was not ready to carry the burdens she was about to impose on her people.

Look, i am a proud Muslim and i do fear about the sufferings of my Fellow Muslims in Iraq, Syria and many other nations that are embroiled in war. Besides the destabilization of the Middle East is not the fault of the Syrian or Iraqi people. The fault of the current climate in that region of the World is Western interference and illegal wars – which led to many cracks allowing extremists and other groups to take deadly strongholds.

Yet in saying that the numbers are speaking for themselves, at this point, i do not blame Germans to fear immigrants anymore. I have relatives in Germany and it pains me to say this- and i do not want people to be stereotyped or demonized based on where they are from or what religion they follow. Simply put, people have reason to now be concerned in Germany as Terror is becoming a bigger threat and this threat was theoretically introduced by an irresponsible policy that opened doors to all supposed immigrants, including nations of which are not in current desperate need of a mass exodus, including Anis Amris’ native Tunisia.

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The current state of Syria (Aleppo, pictured) is not the fault of the Syrian People.

Now we have Merkel trying to reduce the social tension in her country- tension unseen since World War 2. This was completely avoidable because every country has a right to its National Security and every country has the right to put in place strong policies when it comes to immigration. People will try and take that step too far, including here in Australia by trying to claim that ALL Muslim immigration must be stopped, which is just as extreme a response as Merkels- except on the opposite side of the spectrum.

Is there a way to fix this mess that Merkel has caused? Probably not because hundreds of thousands of supposed immigrants are now on German soil and attacks are more likely especially since the scene on the streets are becoming more hostile. As right wing groups gain plenty of political and civilian ground across Europe it allows the extremists to come out and cite their bigotry as reason to stage such atrocious attacks on innocent people.

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Merkel’s policies are giving way for right wing groups to grow and prosper across Europe.


In my opinion Germany needs to stop immigration for the time being, period.
It needs to identify all of its immigrants and if these immigrants have no identification or identity trail and if they come from nations that are not in dire need of mass civilian exile then they should be kindly deported back. Germany has a right to keep its borders safe and it has a right to allow or reject anybody they deem as appropriate or inappropriate. It is such a shame that Merkels good intent in helping refugees by completely opening her door to them has backfired and unfortunately such a decision will lead to Merkel having the door slam back on her come the next election.

Peace, Salam.
-Ramey

It’s been a pretty loud and vocal week after the devastating Terror attack in Nice that killed many dozens of people (including 34 Muslims) and indeed it has been a somber time as such attacks seem to be amplified in volume, whether in Iraq, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, France or Germany- we could all attest to the fact that we are living in some dangerous times.

Politicians and public figures have recently been “Speaking out” against Terrorism yet with a much more distinct and specific flavour– echoing the already loud calls of the potential next President of the United States Donald Trump.  Here in Australia we have had politicians and celebrities have their say about their fears of terror, indicating to the public that their fear runs so deep that indeed the only logical solution to stopping terrorism is to Ban Muslims altogether. That is right, no more Muslim immigration and no more Mosques and while we’re at it let’s try to get rid of Halal as well.

Now i promise to approach this matter fairly and with non Biased glasses because as a Muslim, of course, naturally i am inclined to defend Islam and rise up against what i deem to be bigotry. Yet let’s face it, this fear has to come from somewhere and this fear has to be addressed, why are people so scared? What could be done to ease the tension and settle the minds of my fellow Australians. ?

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TV presenter Sonia Kruger states that Muslim Immigration in Australia must stop.

First thing is first, i will address TV presenter Sonia Kruger who last week made a statement on public television supporting an outright ban on Muslim Immigration. What i will do is quote and address each of her concerns and i will tackle these concerns with factual information that is very easy to absorb and hopefully such facts could put her mind and your mind at ease!

Sonia Kruger starts off by stating: “There is a correlation between the number of people who are Muslim in a country and the number of Terrorist Attacks.”

This statement may sound convincing to some people, yet it is a blanket statement that is inaccurate. Obviously depending on the country, its political stability, civil environment and security we have different outcomes. Now nations like Syria, Iraq, Yemen, The United States, Afghanistan & Britain for example are all nations that have been involved in conflict and foreign intervention, which leads to a lack of settlement, instability and tensions within the population which obviously would lead to an increased potential of terrorism. The fact that many of these nations has a high Muslim population is coincidental and does not mean in essence that Muslims are more violent, yet it does mean that Muslims have been exposed to more Violence due to Domestic terrorism, Foreign invasions, bombings, drone strikes and political unrest.

So nations like the ones that i mention above would certainly strengthen Sonia Krugers point, yet there is a deep flaw within her argument. You will notice that other Muslim and Non Muslim nations that have NOT been exposed to political instability, civil strife and military foreign intervention have seen high levels of a Muslim population blended with high levels of Non Muslims and pretty much no terrorism has occurred.

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Due to political unrest, civil warfare, foreign military involvement. Places like Iraq are NOT a fair example to indicate Muslims are violent.

For example The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a population of 1.1 Million Muslims, whilst it has a whopping 1.8 Million Non Muslim Expats who live and work in this Middle Eastern Hub. If Muslims wanted to attack and kill non Muslims this would be their playground, yet instead we see people living in coexistence and in relative harmony.

What about Oman, also in the Middle East? I have been to Oman with my Christian Mother and we never felt safer. It has a 86% Muslim population and a 14% Non Muslim Population, here they have the upper hand in numbers and easily could terrorize their Non Muslim minorities- yet it is not happening. Am i making sense yet?

Now what about Qatar? Yet again deep in the Middle East. We have a 74% Muslim population and a 26% non Muslim population and yet again we are seeing no Terrorist Attacks occur here against Non Muslims.

Finally what about Kazakhstan in Central Asia? The population is 70% Muslims with a 30% Non Muslim population. It has yet to see a single terrorist attack against its 1/3 Non Muslim civilians. I hope you get my drift now.

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Me and My Christian Mother in Oman, Middle East 2012. A nation of 86% Muslims where we felt very safe at all times.

Now you are probably going to ask me what about Non Middle Eastern countries and Non Muslim countries that have a sizeable Muslim population? Aren’t they committing Jihad left, right and center just like they are in France or the USA? The answer is no, not necessarily. Let me give you a few examples.

We have Cyprus on the Mediterranean. A European nation with a 23% Muslim population. This means that almost 1 in 4 people in Cyprus are Muslim and yet there has been no Terror Attack there.

How about Singapore with its 15% Muslim population? This country is a melting pot just like many other civilized nations around the world with a very considerable Muslim population and yet people live together without the “fear” that Sonia Kruger is shivering about on National Television.

We also have Austria with a Muslim population of 7% and even though there are concerns in the nation for the potential of terror attacks, at this stage, thank Goodness we have not had an attack against the people of the nation by the significant Muslim population.

Let us talk about Fiji, the Pacific Island Nation. The terror level is low and constantly remains low in this tropical paradise even though it carries a 7% Muslim population within it. Do you wonder why?

A final example is Mongolia. 5% of the Population are Muslims and all it takes is one person to commit an act of terror and yet the nation has been terror free as far as i can see.

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Places like Cyprus with a strong 23% Muslim population are highly void of terror attacks.

Do you notice how all of the above nations are stable and have had no play in foreign military intervention that has caused unrest and warfare? Now let me refer you back to Sonia Kruger and the example of a nation she uses as a benchmark to Muslim Immigration. Here she states:

Look at Japan, it has a population of 174,000,000 (million) and 100,000 people who are Muslim and we never hear of terrorist attacks in Japan

So all the examples i gave you above range of a Muslim Population between 5% – 86% and this range proves that the number of Muslims does not necessarily mean more terror.
Yet in order for Sonia to propagate her banning of Muslim immigration to Australia she states that Japan is a perfect example of “just enough” Muslim Immigration in order to keep a society safe.

Just calculate that for a moment.  100,000 people from 174 million is a total of 0.1%.
She thinks that 0.1% of an entire countries population being Muslim is the limit in order for it to be considered “Safe” for her and her family. Those are some quite dismal numbers yet its a sneaky attempt at trying to highlight that No Muslims equals a safer society.

The Muslim Population of Australia is approximately 3%, so that is clearly 2.9% too many for Sonia Kruger, yet seeming she can’t do anything about the Muslims already here, she hopes to halt Muslim immigration by stopping it at 3% because apparently 3% of the population are causing sleepless nights for this poor woman.

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Sonia Kruger claims Japans 0.1% Muslim Population is just enough to consider “safe”.

One thing that i found to be very condescending and quite cliche in Sonia Krugers speech on television was that she used the “I have [Insert Minority] friends!“. Yes, Sonia claims she has many wonderful and beautiful Muslim friends before continuing on her quite hardline train of thought. You see that argument doesn’t stick because you’ll hear that many racists say “I have many black friends” and many homophobes would say “I have many gay friends” and obviously Islamophobes would use the famous “I have many Muslim friends”. Yet this doesn’t strengthen their argument, in fact it makes them look more ridiculous because she is using tolerant language before coming to an intolerant conclusion. NO MORE MUSLIMS!

In saying that- i understand peoples fears, people are scared and indeed we are all scared of terrorism. Regardless of ones race or religion we all could be victims of terror and indeed it could reach our shores. Yet banning Muslims is simply not the answer because open discrimination and xenophobic policies are the perfect recipe for radicalization. Just like extremist preachers subdue the minds of suicidal maniacs we find that such language puts a megaphone to the hate preachers mouths and lets them yell out to Muslims to avenge such hostilities. It is a bridge that could lead to Muslims already in a country to be brainwashed much easier in the thought that their country hates them. The scare campaign continues yet the fact of the matter is the Media and the Politicians sleep in the same bed, at the end of the day us PEOPLE only really have each other.

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This mentality does NOT help terrorism.

The onus isn’t only on everyone else though, of course the Muslim community can and must do more to not disenfranchise their youth from their own mixed communities and they must steer away from preaching segregation and violence. Not only that i also agree with strong immigration policies with vivid screening and background checks, whereas for example i think the over generosity of the German Immigration Influx may be problematic.

The best way to stem terrorism is to befriend Muslims and make them feel part of the greater community. Go to a Mosque and engage, ask many questions and interact. Learn more about the religion itself and find out if killing innocent civilians and non combatants is truly a pillar of Islam. Attend Muslim festivities and festivals and look at how Muslims are interacting in this place we call home. They are riding on rides, eating fairy floss and laughing with their families while making delicious Sunday barbeques. For the most part Muslims are not to be feared yet what we must fear is a civil breakup between communities because it gives the vultures power from both ends of the spectrum.

It opens the gateway to right wing politicians who take pleasure in dividing a nation and trying to enforce Nazi style doctrine among the people and it opens another door to making the radicalized mouth pieces more confident in recruiting young minds who do not feel in place in a country that actively seeks to ban their future existence. I am a Muslim and i invite you to speak to me if you have any concerns about Islam or Muslims. I welcome you to have a chat to me and i will be honest. From my 1,060 Facebook friends i have ever had three (3) people speak to me about my faith, whereas at least a dozen others simply speak ABOUT my faith. Let the dialogue begin.

PEACE, Salam Alaykum

 

-Ramey. E

 

More information is unfolding about the tragic event that unfolded in Orlando, Florida two days ago. Omar Mateen a 29 year old American Born male of Afghan descent visited the Pulse Nightclub whilst heavily armed at about 2am to unleash a tirade of bullets, leaving a frightening trail of 50 people dead and 53 injured.

Many people jumped the gun at the news that Omar Mateen was a man of “Afghan” descent with a Taliban supporting father and apparently pledged allegiance to ISIS before committing his heinous act on the crowd.

Politicians took charge immediately with tweets, including Donald trump who appreciated the “congratulations” from his fans that he was right about Islam and immigration. Such information and conclusions are very preliminary, which is why its important to give such an event some time so the information could be clarified and verified. Even ISIS were quick to put their hands up and somewhat claim ownership for the crime, praising this Martyr- yet something tells me after the latest revelations- ISIS will quickly be retracting their words of support and encouragement.

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Donald Trump was quick to take advantage of the atrocity to push his political message.

You see Omar Mateen was most likely gay, given the information that has been provided to officials by his ex wife, friends and strangers who communicated with him on Gay meetup application GRIND’R. A lot of people may get angry for me saying this but we must really pull into question, was this really a homophobic crime? Was Omar Mateen truly a Homophobe that hated or despised gays? Or is it more fair to say that Omar Mateen was actually gay and hated himself for the fact that due to his religious environment- he had no freedom to express it.

The fact that he asked his friend out in the past and that he frequented the gay bar shows that he actually had no problem with homosexuals and that perhaps he was very comfortable in that environment. Perhaps it was his “safe place” where he could be himself and fear no retribution of a strict family, culture or religion.

Yet this perhaps is where the problem lies, believe me when i say i am making no excuses for this criminal. At the same time i think its very important to get a true character evaluation of each individual that commits such acts, so perhaps we could avoid it from happening again. Omar Mateen was perhaps fighting his homosexuality for a long time, getting married, perhaps living a double life and feeling the pressure of needing to conform to his spiritual faith whilst his physical needs led him elsewhere.

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New investigations and testimonies show Omar Mateen may have been gay.

Omar Mateen most likely could not satisfy both Worlds, he couldn’t be the devout Muslim and be drinking in clubs whilst flirting with men- perhaps in his mind his self hatred and frustration led to him despising the very thing he couldn’t become.

May i dare say that most terror attacks have nothing to do with the perpetrators hating us for our “freedom” yet in this rare case i could say with enough confidence that maybe Omar Mateen hated these people for their freedom.  He possibly hated the fact that these people WERE free to be who they wanted to be and who were free to proudly flaunt their sexuality.

The sad reality is that even though his father states this had “nothing to do with religion” and the fact that President Barrack Obama concluded there is not “enough evidence” to suggest he had strong ties to ISIS or any other terror group. We must face one harsh reality, if Omar had not been in this crossroad, between faith and expression he most likely would not have committed this crime. Knowing he couldn’t embrace both philosophies possibly enraged him to the core and justified-  in his own diseased mind– that such actions would relieve him of such pressures.

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Pulse nightclub, Orlando, Florida. The scene of the horrific crime.

He didn’t vent with words but a deadly arsenal of weapons, a scathing attack on individuals that never did any harm to him, nor to anybody else. In essence Omar Mateen was a coward for he had no courage to step up and overcome his “hurdle”. I am sure many Muslims are in the same boat, yet the huge majority do not go shooting up gay clubs.

Essentially this attack was an attack on both himself and others. I personally believe at this point this was an attack of an identity. An identity that Omar Mateen could never be proud of. An identity that he wished to rob off other people because the difference between them and him- was freedom.

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RIP to all victims.

Peace, Salam Alaykum.

You know i like to think of myself as quite a modern gentleman. Sure i stick with some traditionalist views and i am a bit old fashioned in some aspect but i am more than open to new ideas and advancements in the World. Lately there has been many loud cries in regards to gender segregation, particularly of Muslims in the Western World.

Apparently events run by Muslims have been “investigated” to be segregating genders, males on one side of the room and females on the opposite side of the room. Sure this does sound like a very different format that we are all used to- seeming we are a nation that identifies with co-mingling in every sense of the word.

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Scenes like the ones pictured above where Men and Women are “Segregated” In Muslim events has caused major uproar in the media about sexism.

 

This uproar though has caused massive media stir and juicy controversy. In order to prove that Islam is a religion that hates women, the fact that they must sit across from men in their religious meetings and mosques indeed proves this is a religion that discriminates against women- apparently.

Yet hold on one moment, you might be surprised to know Gender Segregation is already alive and well in our communities and nobody is kicking up a stink about it at all! In fact, even worse – we openly practice Gender discrimination– Let me give you a few classic examples here in the West that is happening right now.

 

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Female only gyms are becoming more popular.

Womens Only Gyms:

Currently across the country there are women only gyms. Am i as a male to take offence at this? Why can’t a woman workout in the same room as me? Is it because i am a man? Am i being perceived as a pervert?  Are women frightened of me?

Womens Only Cycling Group:

There are groups right now in Australia where women can only cycle with other women. Women instructors and Women cyclists. 

Womens Only Clubs:

The Lyceum Club in Melbourne, Australia is a perfect example of a strictly female only club. One of the main reasons this club exists is to keep every day women away from the “gaze” of men. Only male guests that know female members can visit.

Womens Only Cosmetic Surgery Teams:

Feel like a quick nip and a tuck but don’t want a dirty man to touch you? Too easy because right now you can take advantage of an all female cosmetic surgery team here in Sydney, Australia.

*Yet when a Muslim lady once asked for a female only doctor, her request made NEWS HEADLINES!Monash Hospital Agrees to female only doctor-after complaint”

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Dinah, the Worlds Biggest Party. For Women Only. For Lesbians only. No Males. No Straights.


World’s Biggest Party- For Women Only!:

Dinah is the Worlds Biggest Lesbian Pool Party that attracts up to 20,000 women only in Los Angeles, USA. Gay males? Keep out! Girls only bucko!

Womens Only Aged Care Facility:

The Opal Austral House in Manly, Sydney, Australia is one of many examples of “Womens Only” aged care facilities. Here they can feel safe and secure from their fellow old men.

Womens Only “Hackathon” Events:

Sydney and Melbourne last year hosted their first Womens Only Hackathon events. Where only female coders got together to share their tech-savvy views.

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Womens only train carriages exist Worldwide. Now proposed in Australia.

Womens Only Train Carriages:

Up to 10 countries already have “Women Only” carriages on their trains and a few of them are in developed countries too. This year Australia proposed a potential new “pink carriage” for female travelers only.

Now there is one very important difference between all of the examples above and the examples of Muslim Gender segregation in events. The Muslim events that are being scrutinized are INCLUSIVE of both sexes. Regardless of seating practicalities both men and women can attend.

Yet all of the examples that i highlight to you above (and there are many more). We find that it is gender EXCLUSIVE. So genders aren’t segregated but one entire gender is openly discriminated against. For example- as a male i could visit these Muslim events and functions. As a female you could visit these Muslim events and functions. Yet as a male i could NOT visit the above gyms. As a male i could NOT visit the above clubs. As a male i could NOT take part in the above events.

So when you scope out and take a look at these scenarios comparatively, we would clearly see that one of them is actually more discriminatory, because it openly doesn’t “segregate” the sexes but it actually isolates an entire sex. Yet there are no complaints about the above examples we find in our Western nations.

I believe that life is about choices. A woman, in a Muslim event should have the choice to sit with women or sit in an “open” environment- should she choose.  Yet with the examples i show above, do i- as a male have the choice to workout in that gym or join that party? Not at all! So essentially…Is Gender Segregation really such a big deal?

 

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Muslims in general, like any other community can and do free-mingle. Yet they wish to maintain the option for gender segregation in Islamic functions and events.

The option of having a “female only” section is something i have no problem with. Should a woman (or man) choose to prefer to be segregated then that is their prerogative. Yet for society to openly ban this idea of segregation and hence therefor force women, or men for that matter to sit in a manner that makes them uncomfortable is not a beneficial environment to me.

If a woman today is given the freedom to workout in a Female only gym to feel more comfortable, then i do not see the hostility to giving a Muslim woman the freedom to sit with females only in a Muslim function. 

To me there is a clear double standard where our current Western Society proudly boasts about the examples i gave you above. Where sexes are not segregated but sexes are clearly discriminated against. Nobody raises their voices in concern, cries foul or writes lengthy news articles about this norm. Yet once a Muslim wants to exercise their choice to sit in a segregated environment then all hell breaks loose.

It’s just oddly peculiar.

Peace

-R

TheFinebros are a popular Youtube channel that have made a name for themselves thanks to their “reaction” type videos, including “kids react”, “elders react” and “teens react”. These men have witnessed a huge success in their channel and views, yet just like the typical tale of greed we see that their latest step in maintaining fame and money has come at a pricey cost!

TheFinebros made a pitch to the World claiming they have an innovating, new and exciting idea called “react world”. Where basically they are creating a special network where people from all around the world can make reaction videos and they’d support and sponsor them. Yet in the meanwhile what the Finebros did was they decided to start a Trademark pitch of which they trademarked and copyrighted certain words and lines on Youtube. These included the word “react” and “kids react” “elders react” “teens react” “parents react” and many many more.

So whilst they have been trying to sell “React World” to be some all inclusive club they have behind the scenes been trademarking words on Youtube which has led to other Youtubers getting their videos banned, copyright claimed and outright blocked worldwide simply for using words such as “react”. Youtube user 8bit Eric has recently come out exposing the Finebros for blocking his videos worldwide. TheFinebros not only took other peoples videos down but also “claimed” partial ownership of them meaning THEY got part of the earnings cut from that users original content.

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The Finebros and their “React World” pitch

In short, they are trying to OWN and claim the “reaction” market on Youtube. This is crazy because thus far their plan has been working. Many Youtubers have complained of having their videos blocked and copyright struck when their videos are well within the Fair Use of Youtube guidelines.

Yet the scary thing is not that the Finebros are only trying to takeover the “react” sector on Youtube but also OUTSIDE of Youtube. A short time ago Ellen from the Ellen Degenerous show had a little segment on her show of Children reacting to older technology items. Her “format” on her show was pretty much unrecognizable from the Finebros format found on their channels.

Yet Ellen having this segment on her show infuriated them, so much so that they encouraged their fans both on Facebook and Twitter to go and barrage the Official Ellen page for daring to run a “react” segment on her show- without their permission.

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This segment of Ellens’ show outrage TheFinebros who believed she needed their permission for having a “react” segment on her popular show.

This goes to show how far their thirst and greed has processed. So much so that these “Youtube Stars” are threatening high profile celebrities and have the confidence to suppose they have a monopoly on an idea that existed way before they even existed.

You probably think TheFinebros deserve some success, they worked hard to get where they are today and what is wrong with earning something for all the hard work you put in right? Wrong. You see in Early 2012 there was a Youtube channel called Stillcosmos. This channel was by no means “huge” or anywhere as near as popular as the Finebros became. Yet in saying that Stillcosmos had a list of videos titled “Seniors react“. Their format included a senior person, sitting in front of a laptop with the “Seniors react” logo in view and them reacting to a variation of things.

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Finebros took to Facebook and Twitter to complain and encourage their fans to banter against Ellen.

At this stage the Finebros had still not entered the “Senior/Elder” market. So what the Finebros did was they adopted, or lets be honest- STOLE the “Seniors react” idea from Stillcosmos and they created their own “Elders React” segment on their own channel, pretty much copy and pasting the format that was first seen on the Stillcosmos channel.

So its bad enough that the Finebros stole this idea from someone else, yet it becomes worse. Way worse. Once the Finebros got a strong grip of the “Elders react” market and continued their expansionist vision they also began to wrestle their competition to the ground and exile them from Youtube.

One of their first victims was the very channel they took the idea from- Stillcosmos. TheFinebros flagged their videos, gave them copyright strikes and put their channel on the path of closure. Eventually Stillcosmos “Seniors React” disappeared into the Cosmos on Youtube and is no longer part of the community. In the meanwhile TheFinebros continued to claw, gnash and punch their way to the top.

 

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Youtube user “Stillcosmo” created the “Seniors React” idea first. An idea that was taken from TheFineBros who then claimed “ownership” of it and flagged Stillcosmo off of Youtube.

All of this information has become available and the backlash from the Youtube community has been huge. TheFinebros have lost approximately 150,000 subsribers, damaged their reputation and have depreciated their earnings here on Youtube. The community has spoken in this mass protest and TheFinebros have done everything in their power to extinguish it with disingenuous damage control.

There is a huge lesson in this. Always remember where you came from. As i mention in my video Youtube is a community, not a heirachy based business proposition where you can just “buy” segments of it all for yourself. These two men have taken an idea, made it their own and then force others to go THROUGH them to create content they should initially have the right to create in the first place.!

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Youtube User “8bitEric” is another victim of the Finebros bully tactics. His videos have been blocked and copyright claimed by the Finebros. Meaning THEY are getting a financial cut for HIS work.


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I have had the travel bug for the last 5 years of my life and i have managed to see some amazing sights and sounds. From the glitz and neon lights of Hong Kong to the wonderful Croatian Coast. From the stunning mountains of Queenstown to the turquoise waters of Honolulu. I have never been shy in venturing to unexplored territory, whether with others or riding solo, i never give up on an opportunity to stay somewhere new.

You see this time last year i was planning a holiday to the Mainland United States. To be honest it has never been so high up on my list because when i travel, i want a culture shock. My mind tells me that the USA is like Australia but on steroids, sure its a preconceived notion based on little evidence but such are the wonders of a peculiar mind.

Last November i decided, it was finally time to pay visit to the United States of America. My first stop was to be Los Angeles. WAS is the keyword here seeming it never manifested and the reason is perfectly justified in my own mind, yet then again so is eating raw lemon with salt justified in my own mind. I had already planned the date of my travel to Los Angeles, i had intended on staying there a few days before beginning a road trip and this adventure was going to likely be a solo one.

What is it that makes me want to avoid Los Angeles?

What is it that makes me want to avoid Los Angeles?

I was literally only seconds away from booking my ticket before i decided to look at some accommodation i may stay at whilst i am there. Scrolling through the hotel booking pages i looked for discount tickets because when travelling Solo budget is usually the way to go. I found a hotel that had a wonderful 52% off per night. It was 3 stars and located in Los Angeles. Demographically i know nothing about Los Angeles, even Geographically i have no idea what is where and my mind does not comprehend the potential size of this city.

Yet i was happy to click away and take this steal of a deal. The Hotel was called “The Cecil” Hotel and it sounded classy enough and the select few high definition photos looks quite decent. Yet i consider myself a smart traveler, i knew how hotels work, they always make things look flashy and you likely will arrive disappointed. So i decided to check out a few cheeky reviews before clicking on that BOOK button.

This decision to check reviews of the Cecil hotel was the page turner in my fate to avoid Los Angeles. It was the step that made me turn back and run far far away from this city of mystery. What i was about to read shocked me. “The Cecil” hotel has a very rich history, so rich that recently the hotel has decided to change its name to “wash its hands clean” from its many unsavoury stories. The Hotel is now called “Stay On Main”, sure you can change the name but you could never…NEVER delete this history of this hotel.

I was about to book and stay in the Cecil Hotel, LA.

I was about to book and stay in the Cecil Hotel, LA.

First of all is the location, this hotel pretty much smack bang faces a place called “Skid Row”. Now if you’ve ever played any of the recent Grand Theft Auto games and hung around the roughest hood, it’d give you a rough idea of where this hotel is located. Yet its odd location was the least of my worries after i kept reading article after article about this spooky hotel.

Serial Killers actively chose this hotel as their “home stay” in between their murder sprees due to its close proximity and easy access to easy drugs and easy targets such as prostitutes. Not to mention the Cecil in the 1980’s was an extremely affordable hotel, so much so that people often remained there long term.  Richard Ramirez, also known as the “Night Stalker” was a serial killer that called the Cecil home in the mid 1980’s. The Satanist burgled, raped and killed his way through the most troubled spots of Los Angeles and quietly made his way back to his lair, the “Cecil”. He got away with this sick cycle 13 times (Yes, he killed 13 people!).

Then came the case in 1991 of Austrian citizen Jack Unterweger who stayed in the hotel for 5 weeks and slaughtered three prostitutes in the Cecil hotel. He stayed there for $30 a night and was left undetected to continue his murdering spree. These horrific scenes had occurred in this Los Angeles Hotel after he had already been jailed and released in his native Austria for a similar string of murders.

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Satanist Serial Killer Richard Ramirez used “The Cecil” as his killing playground.

The Hotel itself was also a hotbed for many suicides from the 1950’s onward. Yet the particular case that not only caught my eye but raised the hairs on the back of the neck was the 2013 death of Canadian student Elisa Lam at the Cecil hotel premises. In January 2013 the bright and bubbly Elisa decided to embark on a solo journey through the West Coast of the United States, much like what i had initially wanted to do once visiting the mainland.

Yet her journey was cut short, under very mysterious circumstances. It all begins with video footage of the Cecil Hotel elevators and the footage of a single young female of Asian appearance entering the elevator. The next couple minutes of footage is puzzling, baffling and downright frightening. Elisa appears to push the buttons in the elevator, to no avail. Then she hides behind sections of the elevator, trying to have a sneaky peer from the edges of it, to whatever awaits outside.

The lift refuses to move, let alone close. In frustration Elisa pushes all buttons, then decides to step out in some scattered movements. Her arms begin twisting and distorting as she appears to be communicating to someone- or something just outside the lift. Elisa finally disappears off camera, then suddenly the lift doors decide to close, without her in it. Moments later it was presumed she was dead. Her naked body was found weeks later at the rooftop water tank of the hotel. The only reason they found her body was the harrowing discovery by hotel guests who complained of “pungent black water” running through their taps.

Elisa Lam's final moments before her mystery death were captured on CCTV of the Cecil hotel.

Elisa Lam’s eerie final moments before her mystery death were captured on CCTV of the Cecil hotel.

Elisas mobile phone was missing and no other clues have come as to how she got in the water tank of the hotel. Yet police deemed the death “accidental”. A flavour that seems very bitter to many people who find the entire situation suspicious. She had no drugs or alcohol in her system. This story of Elisa Lam has become a “token” story in Los Angeles. Almost “fashionable” to talk about. Her story genuinely scared me because it is missing pieces of a puzzle that have been forced to “fit together” to fit the narrative that it was an accidental death, a narrative that makes no sense.

As captivating as her story is it has pushed me far away from Los Angeles because it is not only Elisas’ story that haunts me- the Cecil hotel being the portal of such bizarre activity and knowing i was only a click away from staying here really sealed the deal for me. I don’t truly believe Elisas case to be closed and its an incomplete circle. I do believe Elisas story needs to be revisited but most definitely not by me. The Cecil gave me a huge irrational fear of Los Angeles, i understand and acknowledge that it is an irrational fear yet reading up on the history of the hotel and the many characters that played a “lead role” in this place really made me realize i have no interest in making any appearances on its stage any time soon.

Peace, Salam.