Short E Bello Numero Uno

In the tranquil of starry nights,
High above the heavenly sky,
I gaze upon the diamond lights,
Wishing, hoping you were nearby.

“There Is No Clash of Civilizations” – Dr. Wafa Sultan

By now most of you may have already seen the clip , have read about it in the news or blogs,  I on the other hand just got round to seeing it.

I applaud her bravery in making very powerful statements on Al Jazeera Television of which I believe the intent was to speak out against religious fanatism in this case against the Muslim fanatics.  And though I agree with many of the statements, I cannot help but feel that it may come across as an attack on Muslims in general simply because she failed to mention that it was indeed a speech against religious fanatism.  Although I have not read the Koran, I believe that Islam is a religion of Peace.  After all I have Muslim friends who are peace loving and fun to be with.

Anyhow for those who have not heard or read about it, here is what I managed to extract…..

“The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions or a clash of civilizations,” Dr. Sultan said. “It is a clash between two opposites, between two eras. It is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the Middle Ages and another mentality that belongs to the 21st century. It is a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality.”

“It is a clash between freedom and oppression. Between democracy and dictatorship. It is a clash between human rights, on one hand and the violation of these rights, on the other hand. It is a clash between those who treat women like beasts, and those who treat them like human beings. What we see today is not a clash of civilizations. Civilizations do not clash, but compete. The Muslims are the ones who began using this expression. The Muslims are the ones who began the clash of civilizations. The Prophet of Islam said “I was ordered to fight the people until they believe in Allah and His Messenger.”  When the Muslims divided the people into Muslims and non-Muslims, and called to fight the others until they believe in what they themselves believe. They started this clash, and began this war. In order to stop this war, they must reexamine their Islamic books and curricula, which are full of calls for takfir and fighting the infidels.”

“My colleague has said that he never offends other people’s beliefs. What civilization on the face of this earth allows him to call other people by names they did not choose for themselves? Once he calls them Ahl Al-Dhimma, another time he calls them the “People of the Book,” and yet another time he compares them to apes and pigs, or he calls the Christians “those who incur Allah’s wrath.”  Who told you they are “People of the Book”? They are not the People of the Book, they are people of many books. All the useful scientific books that you have today are theirs, the fruit of their free and creative thinking. What gives you the right to call them “those who incur Allah’s Wrath,” or “those who have gone astray,” and then come here and say that your religion commands you to refrain from offending the beliefs of others?”

“I am not a Christian, a Muslim, or a Jew.  I am a secular human being. I do not believe in the supernatural, but I respect others’ right to believe in it.”

When asked if she was a heretic….

“You can say whatever you like,I am a secular human being who does not believe in the supernatural…Brother you can believe in stones, as long as you don’t throw them at me. You are free to worship whoever you want but other people’s beliefs are not your concern, whether they believe that the Messiah is God, son of Mary, or that Satan is God, son of Mary.

Perhaps her most provocative words on Al Jazeera were those comparing how the Jews and Muslims have reacted to adversity. Speaking of the Holocaust, she said, “The Jews have come from the tragedy and forced the world to respect them, with their knowledge, not with their terror; with their work, not with their crying and yelling.”

She went on, “We have not seen a single Jew blow himself up in a German restaurant. We have not seen a single Jew destroy a church. We have not seen a single Jew protest by killing people.” “The Muslims have turned three Buddha statues into rubble. Whe have not seen a single Buddhist burn down a Mosque, kill a Muslim, or burn down an embassy.”

She concluded, “Only the Muslims defend their beliefs by burning down churches, killing people and destroying embassies. This path will not yield any results. The Muslims must ask themselves what they can do for humankind, before they demand that humankind respect them.”

Here is what the Times mentioned when they did a profile on her….

Dr. Sultan grew up in a large traditional Muslim family in Banias, Syria, a small city on the Mediterranean about a two-hour drive north of Beirut. Her father was a grain trader and a devout Muslim, and she followed the faith’s strictures into adulthood.But, she said, her life changed in 1979 when she was a medical student at the University of Aleppo, in northern Syria. At that time, the radical Muslim Brotherhood was using terrorism to try to undermine the government of President Hafez al-Assad. Gunmen of the Muslim Brotherhood burst into a classroom at the university and killed her professor as she watched, she said.“They shot hundreds of bullets into him, shouting, ‘God is great!’ ” she said. “At that point, I lost my trust in their god and began to question all our teachings. It was the turning point of my life, and it has led me to this present point. I had to leave. I had to look for another god.”

High – James Blunt

James Blunt – High

Beautiful dawn – lights up the shore for me.
There is nothing else in the world,
I’d rather wake up and see (with you).
Beautiful dawn – I’m just chasing time again.
Thought I would die a lonely man, in endless night.
But now I’m high; running wild among all the stars above.
Sometimes it’s hard to believe you remember me.

Beautiful dawn – melt with the stars again.
Do you remember the day when my journey began?
Will you remember the end (of time)?
Beautiful dawn – You’re just blowing my mind again.
Thought I was born to endless night, until you shine.
High; running wild among all the stars above.
Sometimes it’s hard to believe you remember me.

Will you be my shoulder when I’m grey and older?
Promise me tomorrow starts with you,
Getting high; running wild among all the stars above.
Sometimes it’s hard to believe you remember me