Abraham’s Family Values

The three Abrahamic monotheistic faiths — the ones who celebrate the same deity — form something of an isosceles triangle. Two of them feel themselves fated to a certain god-directed purpose, what they share are tales that comprise an Old Testament to Christians and a Torah to the Judaic adherents. The Christians and Judaic adherents are called “People of the Book” by Muslims.

Islam is typically viewed with much disdain by the other two groups. Islam places faith derived from an angel proclaimed mightily by the Christians: Gabriel. He visited a short while with Mary and was patient enough to give Islam theIR entire Qur’an, a text that has more shared virtues than differences, but that gets lost when marketing the faith to new adherents. Marketers play a large role in selling one faith over the others. Commonality doesn’t make for good sales pitch successes. A good salesperson emphasizes the parts of the product they emphasize, “more of the same” does not make a sales pitch very convincing. You do not want to point to the stuff that is not “new and improved and preferred by your deity of tradition. Perhaps they are selling the way of the better god, perhaps a better way to spend eternity with friends and relatives who are spending eternity in the bad place. I have found that eternity is a slippery concept — three nanoseconds spent in the afterlife is the same length of time spent in the good place as the bad place, I guess it seems like a longer eternity if you have “chosen” the bad place. Catholic tradition does not assign any responsibility to their God in finding yourself doomed. The faith marketers insist that their God plays no part in the decision process. You get to end up there because you didn’t spend enough of your life praising the three personalities of the God who just can’t get praised too much. He (never ‘she’ by the way) never gets enough love from the folks who created him — they could have enjoyed all the fruits of “no knowledge” forever in Eden, but they kept finding themselves longing for the tree labelled KNOWLEDGE. Obedience is not exactly a choice, but following directions is everything, and that is what obedience is all about.

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Tree of Knowledge

Islam did not stop worshiping the same God as the other two sects that flowed from Abraham. Sunni and Shia grew into those sects when the Archangel Gabriel came down to convey the nature of Allah’s love for his faithful. (Jesus) and Mariam (Mary) are deeply adored in the Islamic faith. Gabriel related Allah’s intent to the chosen Mohamed, the occasion is described unambiguously in the Holy Qur’an. It represents a love letter delivered by the Archangel Gabriel to the progeny of Ishmael. The monotheistic God also reveals his love for Mariam and for her son. Far more is written about Mariam in the Holy Qur’an than the two books esteemed by the People of the Book, it all comes down to good salesmanship.

Feuds among human families often become as bitter as vitriol, the line of the triangle between the Jewish and Christians is short and is well travelled. In that triangle, the line between the Jewish adherents and the Islamic adherents is very long, the line between the Christian adherents and the Islamic adherents is similarly long. Misunderstanding and blind hate along those very long lines have only become more bitter and more filled with hate over the millennia. Slavery is accepted as the natural course in the first testament and this continues into the second (new) testament.

Jerusalem is the third-most important site for adoration to Islam and it has been that way for millennia. I have written quite a bit about events that reached a catastrophic level by 1948. I have also written about how the empires that developed in Europe have grown considerably after the “discovery” of the “New World.” This imperial ambition exploded into a messy set of “settlements” that were also connected to Forts from the Atlantic to the Pacific Coasts. Look at how many cities have the word “Fort” emblazoned upon their city “limit” signs. I happen to live in one of the “Fort” towns. These were developed to provide safety and comfort for the colonists that end up taking as much milk and honey as possible and to starve the indigenous peoples at the same time. Everywhere that the White-Supremacist ethnic cleansers appear, a fort is constructed. Zionism is another “patriotic” system that learned lessons of history. It developed in Europe and continues to occupy the settlements in Palestine.

Ethnic Cleansing

The European imperial state had already been arming itself and was terrorizing the British Empire. So the Zionist terrorists spoke the same language as the British Empire, this made gradual control of the imperial “forted” areas quite easy. By 1947 they were already ethnically cleansing unarmed Palestinians by the thousands. Their weapons became world class (including at least 100 nuclear weapons), as did the security operations that led to the creation of a nascent Mossad. They now ruthlessly control the entirety of what was named A Mandate for Palestine. Absolute control of every square inch and every Arab Palestinian refugee has already been effected. They are now at a mopping up stage. None of these operations are well understood within the American Empire because each major media source within the American Empire defends the mopping up operations as inevitable if not completely unjust, only the actual date is of question. Media has become a tool at the NY Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and all the right wing hegemonies that keep the propaganda strong and deadly.

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A SaFaRi into the SaHaRa

My last detour took us to a Picnic (pique-nique in French) in 1934 Grange, Pennsylvania. Here is a footnote to that previous post has ended up in the opening paragraph for this post. You may not have wondered about the Yiddish word shtick . It’s from the German noun Stück (a piece).  

What’s your shtick, Bill?

Yakking  on about different ways to yak away. 

There is just something exhilarating about learning languages. aha-momentHere are three (3) remarkable benefits: 

  1. remove barriers,
  2. erase borders and, if fortune favors,
  3. become less baffled

We’re glad that you are taking a safari into the Sahara. Please tell us less.

Root letters in Arabic do something quite curious. They occur in an ordained order. Here is a root you may have noticed in the title  — SFR. Arabic dictionaries segment meaning through a root system. Grab that Arabic dictionary over there and flip away until you’ve encounter SFR,  see below.

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Don’t forget to read from right to left.

Bill, are you going to tell us about a book that teaches Arabic with aplomb?

Yes.

I want to share how much Sugar Comes from Arabic by Barbara Whitesides helped me master Arabic, and have a rollicking time at the same time. It’s an amazingly beautiful ring-bound volume that is simply delightful. As with all my reviews, I just want to pass on good words for great works. It’s what teachers do.

Calligraphy is one of those hobbies I’ve hobbled through with my left-hand. Now I can’t overestimate the unexpected thrill of gently pulling the pen along my paper — no plowing into the paper, or covering up writing while writing.  You may have noticed that English is written from left-to-right.

Let us consider prefixes, suffixes and diacritical marks. Hey you say, there are bunches of words having such and much to do with “travel” in Arabic — words like safari.Hey I say, the Arabic root for desert is SHR. Technically, the Sahara Desert suggests Desert Desert. Here is a fun web page for those wanting yet another resource on Arabic verb forms.sahara

Well that was breathtakingly tedious, but we needed to yawn in order to dispel stale air. But you were heading into a desert, please proceed.

Interesting innit?

 

Here’s another innit —

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Here is a useful diagram for associating alphabet whats and wheres. I’ve found it helpful for distinguishing the “sun and moon” letters in Arabic.

Didn’t you write a toss-off post a while back — just trying to change the subject.

Yes — Sudden solitude in a crowded desert, based on a line from T.S. Eliot’s The Family Reunion.

Thanks for reading.

 

#HateHurts

#HateHurts is a blog I follow and recommend. Misinformation and deliberate bias provokes; it intends to provoke. Broadcasters who long for a return to the Pre-Enlightenment write volumes that with titles like The Glory of the Crusades. Authors with absolutely no knowledge of Arabic language and diverse cultural roots endlessly repeat bad translations of the Quran. This is not scholarship: the title is all you need. Wink and a nod to the ignorant, arrogant and angry. The following video features propaganda using false witness.

Not responding to evil is a complicit act.

In the aftermath of acts of violence/terror by someone from a Muslim background, there is a unique backlash that takes place against Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim. There is often an upswing in assigning collective blame to the greater Muslim community, resulting in violent attacks or harassment against Muslims and their institutions. This […]

via A List of Anti-Muslim Incidents Since The Orlando Shooting — #HateHurts

Xenophobia and the Church Militant

Al Kresta

The über orthodox Al Kresta owns the drive-time slot on Ave Maria Communications (he is also their CEO). His scholarly tones suggest intellectual curiosity, unfortunately that curiosity seems to cast suspicion on  “the stranger” or “the other.”
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 I’m in the Kresta in the Afternoon audience, but not singing with the choir. Al gives me an opportunity to refresh my understanding of logical fallacies, and to remind me that half-truths lead to full-blown lies. I call a partial truth a bold challenges, a euphemism I once overheard in a marketing campaign. how much misinformation can be included in an ad for the king’s latest attire before the clever ruse is noticed.
Open minds threaten xenophobia and racism.
A couple years ago Kresta announced an upcoming panel to definitively answer the question “Is Islam a Religion of Peace?”  He decided to bring people with different ideas to the table to balance the views expressed. As a seeker of truth Kresta would weigh opposing views to see if that mighty question might find a true and everlasting answer.
Big but: Kresta stacked the panel.

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The American Muslim published an article on the debate. An excerpt:
 
“He will certainly be in over his head, and this “featured debate” will simply be used as an opportunity to humiliate the American Muslim community. Shadid Lewis may mean well, but participating in this very public event without the tools to deal with someone like Robert Spencer is at the very least unwise. And, the fact that Spencer, Kresta, Ave Maria, et al are framing this as a debate between scholars, when that is clearly not the case makes it clear that they have an agenda.”
From my article “The Jailer Mentality and Alternate Histories” published here.
“…those who brood much on the remote past or future, or stare long at the night sky, are less likely than others to be ardent or orthodox partisans.”
Arsalan Iftikhar approaches Islamophobia from a different perspective.

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 Thanks for reading.