What we can do to help ?

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

Assalamualaikum 🙂

Palestine. Even as i type that i can’t feel at peace. Palestinians in the occupied territories suffer a nightmare existence, with starvation-level economic conditions and daily military repression at the hands of the Israeli army including regular killings and assassinations. The suffering and oppression they have to go through. Our dear sisters and brothers in Islam. Politicians have failed to bring peace in the region for decades.We can’t grab guns to fight with them. We can’t build shields to protect them. We can’t join them even if we wanted to.

But let’s not focus on what we can’t do. Because there is something we can do. Which is.. consumer boycott! That’s right. This is the power of the people!

Ok.. so to some maybe Boycott seems like a small effort but there are 2.2 billion muslims in this world. Can you imagine how big of an economic pressure we could give if we all did this ‘small’ effort?

Boycott is a tool that people around the world can use to disengage from all aspects of Israel in order to send a clear message that we do not agree with Israel’s policies against the Palestinians and to highlight its breaches of international law. Boycott is not simply about economic pressure. Boycott helps raise awareness and changes people’s opinions. –source

Ok, so i did some research and the list of companies that support Israel is quite long, so i’ve narrowed it down to the ‘main contributors’ of these evil people.

Coca Cola

I’ve heard coca-cola is evil for a long time already. But i was shocked when i found out how evil they actually were. Muhtar Kent, the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company, in his  speech talked of “Our vision of sustainability at Coca-Cola is a world where all people have access to safe water.. where our communities and our neighbors are prosperous..” He made the speech just a few miles from  Gaza where Palestinians are denied fair access to water as 90-95% of the water in Gaza is contaminated and unfit for human consumption. Coca Cola CEO never once mentioned Gaza – as if it never existed, “There is no such thing as Palestinian people… It is not as if we came and threw them out and took their country. They didn’t exist.”
It’s also no mistake to say coca-cola is guilty for directly harming Palestinians as they took part in lobbying of the Senate to reject of the UN call for “immediate ceasefire” and even endorsed the continuation of the Israel military assault on Gaza.

They’re so evil it makes me mad! >_< ‘
Additional note: In Japan, the best selling soft drink is not cola, as tea and coffee are more popular. As such, the Coca-Cola Company’s best selling brand here is not Coca-Cola, but Georgia. But if you look closely, there is ‘the Coca-cola company’ written on the bottles/cans.

McDonald’s

McDonald’s chairman and CEO Jack M. Greenberg is an honorary director of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc., of Metropolitan Chicago. According to the Chicago Jewish Community Online (website of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago), McDonald’s is a major corporate partner of the Jewish United Fund and Jewish Federation. Through its Israel Commission, the Jewish United Fund “works to maintain American military, economic and diplomatic support for Israel; monitors and, when necessary, responds to media coverage of Israel.” In the Jewish United Funds outreach program they pay for Christian leaders and American high school kids to visit Israel and be fed zionist lies.

Starbucks

Howard Shultz, the chairman of Starbucks is an active zionist. Whilst the Israeli army was slaughtering Palestinians in Jenin, Nabulus and Bethlehem he made a provocative speech blaming the Palestinians of terrorism, suggesting the intifada was a manifestation of anti- Semitism, and asked people to unite behind Israel.

Starbucks also fully supports Bush’s war of terror and has opened a Starbucks in Afghanistan for the US invaders to help in the occupation of Afghanistan. Starbucks sponsors “bowl 4 israel”, where the money raised- some $50,000 was to be distributed to families of “Israeli terror victims” by the Israel Emergency Solidarity Fund (OneFamily). Innocent enough you may think, but you’d be wrong – apparently their definition of “terror victim” includes israeli soldiers who were killed whilst they were butchering Palestinian women and children during the Jenin massacre (April 2002).
Starbucks still continues to support Israel by sponsoring fund raisers for Israel.

This is just some of the information i was able to gather. I’m not an avid researcher nor do i have any proof. In fact, most of the stuff i posted is from here (read this website, it’s good information. and they update) People can argue all they want to defend their ‘favorite beverage’ or ‘favorite fast food outlet’ but my honest opinion… you won’t die without all those things. But buying those things does cause the death of other people.

“Each riyal, dirham …etc. used to buy their goods eventually becomes bullets to be fired at the hearts of brothers and children in Palestine. For this reason, it is an obligation not to help them (the enemies of Islam) by buying their goods. To buy their goods is to support tyranny, oppression and aggression.” -Shaykh Yusuf Al Qaradawi

So let’s unite! As Allah Almighty says: Verily, this Brotherhood of yours is a single Brotherhood and I am your Lord and Cherisher: therefore serve Me (and no other). (Qur’an, 21:92).

P.S: don’t worry about it ‘having an impact’ or not. It’s the least we can do but also a worthy effort which will be counted, insyaAllah. And Allah considers the effort more than the result. And I would to share a story about this cutee lil bird !

dressing up

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

Assalamuallaikum 🙂
it’s my first time posting here, so i’m kinda nervous, hehe.
so i’ll keep my first post short and simple.

When you’re living in a foreign country it’s natural to make observations regarding their culture, behavior, appearance, and fashion.
When i first came to Japan i was mesmerized by many things, including their fashion. The cuteness. The neatness. I tried to adapt, to “fit in”. my friends found their own fashion styles. I sometimes felt left behind. Sometimes i felt the pressure to look good and got lost in the misconception that i have to look good to feel good. Although this may be partly true…
And when i go back to Malaysia it seems i have to face the same thing. These new fashion styles and trends. Would it be okay if i followed them? That fashion style looks good, but why do i get the feeling that it’s not right? What’s with all these debates that women are being exploited?

But i realized that Islam has already made clear outlines on how to be fashionable, to look good and feel good. All that fuss and worrying i felt was completely unnecessary. And this outline is what i’m gonna share with you in this post.

In Islam, there are three purposes of clothing. Protection, beautification and modesty(decency). Which purpose do you think is the main priority?

In Islam, the 1st priority is modesty also meaning to have decency. The second priority is protection, and the last is beautification.
For me the concept of modesty was hard to grasp at first, but then i realized it was simple. It meant to cover the aurat (the guidelines for this is also clear, so i won’t be repeating it here)
Covering the aurat is a form of modesty. Modesty in this contents means humility. Meaning acknowledging that Allah is in charge of our lives. We have to acknowledge that when Allah gave us the specific outlines to cover up, He knows what’s best for us. There shouldn’t be any room for doubts when it comes to His commands. He created us, He knows what’s best for us. We can go on and on about what is good for a person, but in the end who can actually confirm that it is? But what we can confirm is that Allah knows us. Allah knows best. Follow His guidelines and everything will go well, insyaAllah.
Ok, honest confession. i was inspired to write this post from this video. It’s pretty long, but watching it will be time well spent, insyaAllah.

i like listening to Nouman Ali Khan. He explains things in way that makes you think, and not just accept. If you have the time to watch one of his previous videos, he actually went through quite a journey. From a Muslim, to an atheist, then back to become a Muslim. He started studying arabic and the Quran when he was 20 years old. And now he has the Quran truly engraved in his mind and heart.

Let’s strive for that.

So much for short and simple. Thanks for reading! 🙂