Eternal awkwardness

“I never wish to offend, but I am so foolishly shy, that I often seem negligent, when I am only kept back by my natural awkwardness … Shyness is only the effect of a sense of inferiority in some way or other. If I could persuade myself that my manners were perfectly easy and graceful, I should not be shy.”

From Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

Speach

“Speak Kindly.” (Qur’an 2:83)
“Speak the Truth.” (Qur’an 3:17)
“Speak Justice.” (Qur’an 6:152)
“Speak graciously.” (Qur’an 17:23)
“Speak fairly.” (Qur’an 17:28)
“Speak politely.” (Qur’an 17:53)
“Speak no lie” (Qur’an 22:30)
“Speak gently.” (Qur’an 20:44)
“Speak not in vain.” (Qur’an 23:3)
“Speak Straight.” (Qur’an 33:70)

Stand firm

The problem is that we believers have become tribal people, exhibiting the characteristics of a Chosen People that our religion so strongly opposed. Instead of standing for justice, we stand for our tribe (our supporters, friends, family). However our religion tells us to do the opposite: to stand up for truth and justice — even if that is against ourselves!

Qur’an 4:135:

“O you who have believed, persistently stand firm in justice, witnesses for God, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, God is more worthy of both. So follow not your personal inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort your testimony or refuse to give it, then indeed God is ever, with what you do, Acquainted.”

In Turkish:

“Ey iman edenler! Adaleti ayakta tutan ve kendiniz, ana-babaniz ve yakin akrabaniz aleyhine de olsa, yalniz Allah için sahitlik eden kimseler olunuz. Zira zengin de olsa, fakir de olsa, Allah ikisine de (sizden) daha yakindir. Nefsinizin arzusuna uyarak adaletten uzaklasmayin. Eger (sahitlik ederken) dilinizi eger, bükerseniz veya çekinirseniz, süphesiz Allah yaptiklarinizdan haberdardir.”

That is a lesson for us all, be we leaders or common folk. However for the leaders it is much more important.

A leader who thinks only of his own survival is not much of a leader at all.

Lets be honest

A group calling itself “Britain First” posts a photo online of a group of “Muslim girls being led off in chains to meet their new husbands”, paraphrasing an article which states, “women by existing defied the laws of nature”, which is then linked to as the source.

The post attracts 16,000 comments condemning Muslims and their religion as evil.

The problem?

It is clearly a photograph of Muslim Shi’ite women, chained to each other, marching during a re-enactment of the battle of Kerbala.

And the paraphrased article is a satire, lampooning religion, politics and culture.

If this is how we put Britain first, God help us.

Pandemic

Some people never get over Convertitis, but for most people it is like Chickenpox: you only get it once. While it can linger for some months and even years, most people eventually make a full recovery, with few pervasive side-effects. Unfortunately a few cases of chronic recurrent Convertitis have been observed in the wild over the past few days. A worrying development. On bright side, it is generally not contagious and those previously afflicted with the condition tend to be inoculated against its effects.