THE HUMAN RACE & RACIAL INEQUITY – LEBANON

LEBANON   LEBANON is directly across from Syria, and a person can imagine the spill of refugees taking place into Lebanon from Syria. For six (6) years, tensions have grown as 1.5 million Syrians poured into Lebanon. Refugees have faced numerous hostilities since the war in neighboring Syria took hold. Recently, the tensions have grown over the social and financial burden of the refugee crisis.

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Syrian refugee camp. The amount of Syrians in Lebanon has dropped to one (1) million.

This choice is not limited to those defending Syrian refugees. It also applies to activists for the cause of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Calls for improving their inhumane living conditions and putting an end to the policy of social exclusion have been ignored and viewed with suspicion. State policies of isolating the community have contributed to discrimination, dire living conditions, poverty, lack of economic opportunities, and bleak future prospects for Palestinians living in refugee camps. Palestinians fled to Lebanon during the 1948 Palestine War, and their descendants, the Palestine militia, resided in Lebanon in the 1970s and 1980s. Also included in these camps are Palestinians and Nationals which have recently moved to Lebanon. Palestine camps are also in Jordan, Syria, West Bank, and Gaza Strip.

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A PALESTINIAN REFUGEE CAMP

Lebanon has a racism problem. As stated in prior blogs under this website about other countries, it is enough to look at the mistreatment of domestic workers, especially from Asia and Africa, to understand that Lebanon has a racism problem that goes beyond the discrimination of refugees. Lebanon is 54% Muslim of which 27% are Sunni and Shi’te tribes, 40% Christian, and 6% Druze. Druze is a mysterious, secretive, religious philosophy containing Islamism, Hinduism, among others, and which turned away from Assad.

DRUZE LEBANON  Pictured are the male Druze, and the females wear a white headdress similar to Muslim women’s black headdress.

As told by the son-in-law of President Michel Aoun, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, in 2017, “We are racist in our Lebanese identity” in reference to his refusal to naturalize Syrian refugees. However, Bassil also urged people not to call him and his party racist…he claimed that he represents the opposite of the racism of the Islamic State of Iraq and ISIS, and of Israel. Israel is in the process of considering deporting black Africans who immigrated  to Israel from the Sudan and other African areas.

It appears there is a problem of fleeing illegal immigrants all over the world. After Bassil made the above observation, there was a fierce backlash, and activists tried to state a demonstration in support of refugees and called for accountability for alleged death under torture of at least five (5) Syrians. The response to this was an editorial by the NGO (non-governmental organization) Legal Agenda labeling Bassil’s remarks as an “honourable patriot” or was he a “traitor” or perhaps a small person idealizing human rights and supporting refugees who have only brought terrorism, in addition to economic and political hardships to the country.

As set forth by an International Convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination, racism is interchangeable with racial discrimination that includes “national origin” as a basis for “any distinction, exclusion, restriction, or preference.” It is described that refugees are a burden, ungrateful or unwanted guests, and even murderers and rapists. It is documented that there was a murder of a Lebanese woman by her family’s Syrian caretaker in a Christian village in the north of Lebanon. As a result, all Syrians were asked to leave the village, and other municipalities followed suit in order to “act before it is too late and to protect the women of our country.” Does this sound familiar? However, it is also known that Lebanese women suffer crimes at the hands of Lebanese men. The solving of these types of problems and the real solutions against women and girls involves reforming discriminatory laws and combating sexism and also a system whereby males hold power in all its forms.

It is known that over 88% of employers withhold the passport of the domestic worker to prevent (her) from escaping, and 80% do not allow (her) to leave the employer’s house on her day off because she may escape. It has also been revealed that 31.3% of employers lock the domestic worker they hire inside the house when they leave. If this is not racism and modern day slavery, what is?? It is difficult to believe that slavery exists in this day and age.

This world needs a Spiritual power of Love..not a passionate Love but a Spiritual force (known as agape Love). Only then can this world live in peace, respect life, and be tolerant of those holding different opinions, creeds, and beliefs. Bigotry in all its forms needs to be eliminated

ALL TOGETHER NOW

THE HUMAN RACE & RACIAL INEQUITY – IRAQ

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KURDISTAN IS POSSIBLE KURD HOMELAND

Iraq has had growing pains. It was named Iraq Republic from 1958-1963, Baa’thist Iraq from 1963 to 2003, and Arab Republic of Iraq from 2003 to now.

ARABS are independent of religious identity and prior identity with Islam. Historically they identify with Christian and Jewish kingdoms and Arab Jewish tribes. Semitic people are from the Arabian peninsula and neighboring territories living in Arab states in Western Asia, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, and western Indian Ocean islands. They have a language close to Hebrew. Today, most Arabs are Muslims, are white and black, and speak Arabic as their original language.

PAN ARABISM PAN-ARABISM (area in green), also called Pan-Islamism, began around 1913, and it failed because the area was too huge to unite land of that size. The regions to be united were Mesopotamia (most of Iraq), Syria (mainly Christian), Egypt (mainly Christian), Tripoli (part of Lebanon and of Sunni Muslim faith), North Africa, and Sudan (also mainly Christian). It was an idea of cultural and political unity among Arab countries of North Africa and West Asia from the Atlantic Ocean to the Arabian Sea…the idea referred to the Arab world. Russia was part of this when it was USSR. It was by and large a product of World War 1 and caused agitation and led to independence of most Arab countries. The Baa’th Party which started this ideology was also responsible for a genocide of Kurdish people (who are not Arab) and also Shi’ites in Iraq. Groups who did not identify with neither Arab or Muslim faced becoming either Arabs or being denied political or even civil rights. They would have been identified as a foreign and disturbing clement in the heart of an Arab nation.

The European Union’s representative at a UN meeting stated no country was free from racism. A Myanmar (Burma) delegate blamed mistrust and the political climate for any deepened division in racial groups. However, some countries have made greater strides. The representative for Iraq to the UN stated the preamble or first part of the constitution of his country underscored its commitment to equal rights for all Iraqis. He pointed out that refugees had been put into a less important position and often experienced xenophobia, or fear of strangers, in host countries and pressed the international community to do more to address racial discrimination. Another representative stated Iraq had done everything to free its territory from the suffering of terrorism and extremism. He called on the international community to support the country so it could build a new society.

SHIITE & SUNNI TRIBES SHI’ITE AND SUNNI tribes are one major concern of Iraq at this time. Most of Iraqi Shi’ites are Iraqis first. That is a personal choice and understandable after decades in which the rule of Saddam, who was a Sunni, refused to allow them to freely practice their faith. In 2000, even though experiencing Saddam’s iron fist and horrors, the Shi’ites still had tolerance toward people around them. A large group of Sunnis had gone over to ISIS militants. ISIS is surrendering by  masses, and new membership is low for a dying ideology. However, as ISIS was driven from Iraq, Sunnis are facing an identity crisis. Shi’ites dominate the Iraq government. The differences of the two tribes had been that the Sunnis wanted a leader chosen from the Arabic tribe of Muhammed, and the Shi’ites wanted a direct descendant of Ali Muhammed’s son-in-law to be chosen as the leader. In the meantime, there has been a considerable amount of marriages between the two groups.

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SADDAM IN THE MIDDLE

KURDS sympathized with the people who suffered under Saddam’s regime. It was Saddam who displaced the Shi’ite into Kirkuk during the Iran-Iraq War and forced the Kurds to move away from their homeland in the north. The Kurds have sought independence since at least the end of World War 1 when colonial powers carved up the Middle East after the multi-ethnic Ottoman Empire surrendered leaving Kurdish inhabited land split between Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria.

The Kurds consider themselves pro-American. The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is more aligned with Turkey but also have ties to Iran which would cause some problems with Turkey and Iraq. In many way, however, the Kurds are acting as the rest of Iraq does to make affairs more compatible. The Iranians are their neighbors and an important trading partner, and they remain unsure of the United Sates staying power. The Kurds love displaying their own flag because, after decades of repression, it is a freedom they do not take for granted. Their leadership recognize that the problem was neither Arab nor Iraq armies but rather the dictatorial Saddam regime that wielded it.

Baghdad’s recovery of Kirkuk in 2017, when the Iraqi army took over Kirkuk, and Kurds by the thousands fled that area in fear of being persecuted by Iraqi officials in Baghdad. Kirkuk is north of Baghdad which is in southern Iraq. Iraqi armed forces also took control of Kurdish-held Nineveh province north of Kirkuk, including the Mosul hydro-electric dam, after the Peshmerga (guerilla fighters from Kurdistan) pulled out. In the north of Kirkuk, Kurds were being driven out also. The UN urged Baghdad to stop abuses. Iraqi forces also took back control of the oil fields. Kirkuk is a major oil producing area. Sunni Muslim Kurds comprise the largest community in Kirkuk followed by Sunni and Shi’ite Muslim Turkmen, Sunni Arabs, and Christian Assyrians, according to the Iraqi Planning Ministry.

The Kurdish problem is changing rapidly. The current crisis over the status of the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRC) which began making light of both the Iraqi government in Baghdad as a puppets of Iran and Iraqi Shi’ites themselves as puppets of Ayatollah Ali Khamenci of Iran. The facts are that there is a problem with Iranian influence in Iraq…one which Iraqi officials, Shi’ite, Sunni, and Kurds agree. Iraqis felt the United States was a mistake being there because “you have to be present to compete within a culture.” Iraqis did not necessarily like the idea of US occupation but did need some balance. Iran has influence in southern Iraq as well as northern Iraq.

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Many Arabs in Baghdad and southern Iraq discuss relations with Kurdistan in terms of a political dispute and not a racial or ethnic dispute. The Shi’ites had suffered with the Kurds under Saddam’s influence. The Iraqi Kurdish leaders seem to have an intention of generating hatred so that the international community has no choice but to recognize their desire for independence…that would be a mistake. The world already is aware of the Kurd’s desire to have independence. What needs to be accomplished is negotiating while the “state” remains functional and free. However, the Kurds are being attacked by Turkey and Syria.

In a statement, the KRC cabinet said “It will not be possible to resolve the issues through military operations.” It added “We have asked the international community to help both sides start a dialogue to solve the outstanding issues based on the Iraqi constitution.

The world cannot begin to be Spiritually balanced until the world’s racial inequities have been balanced. Abuses and racism in the Middle East are abundant.

Pertinent information about Mesopotamia and its surroundings is discussed in “The Larger Spiritual Order & Universal Scheme of Things-Simplified”, Chapter 4.

THE HUMAN RACE & RACIAL INEQUITY-IRAN/YEMEN

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SHAH OF IRAN  The last Shah of Iran was Mohammed Reza Pahlavi. His religion was Islam of the Shiite sect which continues to be the prominent religion and sect in Iran. The title of Shah was given to royalty of Persia. The name is derived from Sanskrit which means “gentleman” and has an East Indian (Sadhu) background. A Sadhu is a man who knows himself and pursues a Spiritual path. In Hindism it means as “good, good man…a holy man”.

The Shah was overthrown in 1979 by the Iranian Revolution. Iran, at the time of this Shah, was known as the Imperial State of Iran, and in 1979, it became the Islamic Republic of Iran. The name of Iran has a beginning from the Arya or Aryan people and is known as “Land of the Aryans”. The sound of Aryan is similar to Iran. Aryans still have a community in Iran and are an ancient people who are known to have lived in the islands of Atlantis and trekked from there to other parts of the world before the destruction of Atlantis. This is discussed in the treatise “The Larger Spiritual Order & Universal Scheme of Things-Simplified”. The Aryans may have trekked to the land that is now the United States before the American Indian.

Racism is not new for Iran’s rulers. The Persian Shah, noted above, also relied heavily on instilling a sense of racial superiority among Persian Iranians over Arab, Turkish, Kurdish, and Baluchs people and other minorities in the country in order to maintain power. These cultures are all of the Islam faith. They have been treated as insignificant in an effort to create only one Persian language and culture to define the nation and its people. Many of these tribes believed or hoped the advent of the Islamic Revolution would sweep away this antiquated view of controlling the world…instead the Persian mullahs or priests used it and added a false front to disguise their real religious intentions. These other groups agree that racism is a terrible evil, and the 21st Century should be an age of democracy, multiculturalism, tolerance, and co-existence. It is agreed this is a time for change. Shall the change occur in the near future? Or when?

The Iranian regime has used its now standard slogan “Death to America” (referring to the United States as the Great Satan) since the leadership of priests came to power in the 1979 Revolution. Its rulers still apparently expect the United States to take lessons in international relations from Tehran. Iran’s regime likes to present a picture of a modern, average reformist state rather than a revolution. It has spent large amounts of money in recent years on slick media and political lobbying in the West to promote this image. In the meantime, it prefers to “forget” less savory features like Iran’s status as the nation with the second highest per capita rate of executions globally after China. Its victims include women and children.

 HEZBOLLAH  HEZBOLLAH AND HAMAS are supported by Iran. Hezbollah is mostly of the Shiite sect and Hamas is predominantly of the Sunni sect. The country likes to present itself as a great friend to the oppressed and used its support to win praise for the noble cause of Palestinian freedom. It also prefers to remain quiet on its own dishonorable actions against races and their religious beliefs, and its cleansing of the Arabs and other minorities both domestically and regionally.

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The school curriculum is monitored to ensure the use of carefully edited history of Persian conquests, using only the Farsi language. This language is the only one allowed n media or education, and it is the modern official Persian language of Iran. Historical Arabic or other place names are not recognized and are erased. A “superior” Persian culture is preferred. For instance, the internationally known “Shatt al Arab” waterway is known, in Aran, as the Arvand Rud (a Persian name). It appears Iran only wants Persian names even though the name of Shatt al Arab is internationally known for that name.

Although Article 19 of the Iranian Constitution protects the country’s ethnic and cultural diversity, no measures have ever been put into place to penalize those who violate this articles. In reality, any legal action over racist statements shall be automatically dismissed. This racism extends into every area of life. The Ahwazi Arabs, for instance, are prevented from publicly wearing their traditional Arab garb or speaking in their own Arabic language. Arabs are routinely ridiculed in the media, and activists who attempt to raise awareness of these injustices are imprisoned.

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SOUTH OF SAUDI ARABIA

 YEMEN has a total population of approximately 22,000,000. Out of this population, there s a minority social group called Al-akhdam. The singular Arabic name, Khadem, is a reference to servitude, and they are also referred to as Muhamasheen or the marginalized ones. The Khadems are an Yemeni Arabic speaking community and are of the Islam faith.

KHADEM  Marriage by the Khadems is virtually prohibit ed, but if a man does marry someone from the community, they risk banishment by their families. Women who are unemployed resort to begging. They reside in poor districts in hus isolated from the rest of Yemen society. CARE International and other charitable organizations are trying to assist these people. However, any aid of money is often not channeled to them from their government to which it was given.

Most of the Khadem people came to Yemen from Sudan with the Abyssinian army in the pre-Islamic period. When these troops were expelled at the beginning of the Muslim era, some sudanese migrants remained which ma be the Akhdam people. This reasoning may not be a fact. There was a Yemeni revolt in 2011 that could have helped these people to rise from this social ladder of racism. It did not.

Racism may have an affect on the full potential of Spiritual awareness being raised to a higher level in the 21st Century. Racists are less inclined to study an alternative Spiritual viewpoint.

DO NOT TAKE AMERICA’S FREEDOMS LIGHTLY!!

THE HUMAN RACE & RACIAL INEQUITY-SAUDI ARABIA

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Think of Central Saudi Arabia as being in three parts…the oil fields in the East… in holy cities of Mecca, which was the seat of Islam since the 7th Century, and Medina in the West… and the barren desert in the middle

SAUDI ARABIA’s Kingdom was founded in 1932, and Salman bin Abdujlazis al-Saud, who would later be its King, was born in 1935. He conquered and unified Arabian tribes into a country he named for himself. In 1964, Faisal replaced Saud but was murdered. It was during this period that oil was discovered. Saudi Arabia is a young country in a very old part of the world (this ancient part discussed in “The Larger Spiritual Order & Universal Scheme of Things-Simplified. Al-Saudi allied himself with a group of Islamist fundamentalists known as the Wahhabis led by Muhammed ibn al-Wahhab. Wahhabism is the Saudi’s dominant faith and form of Islam. They use strict adherence to the Quran. The Saudi rulers need the Wahhabis’ support to stay in power. There have been clashes with the Wahhabis, but the Saudis still have a relationship with them out of fear of an uprising. The majority of Saudi Arabian citizens were nomadic tribes called Bedouin.

BEDUOINS MAKING BREAD

BEDOUINS MAKING BREAD IN DESERT

Bedouins are an Arab cultural group of which the Saudi family were considered the tribal leaders. They were once nomads who lived in the Arabian, Syrian, and Saharan Deserts. These Arabs were camel raisers and drivers, sheep and goat nomads, cattle nomads, and merchants. Since the founding of oil, they are no longer nomads, and Bedouins have given up that life and live and work in towns. 

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A BEDOUIN CHIEF IN THE NOMADIC PAST

The Hadar are non-Bedouin Arabs but hold key positions in the government. They are multi-ethnic citizens from Medina, Jeddah, Mecca, and Yanbu in the Tihamah area. Saudi Bedouins call Saudis that are non-Bedouin (the Hadars) origin trash. The Hadars had been settled groups located within the towns and were preyed upon by the Bedouins. The Hadars are known for their distinctive dialect and consider themselves more sophisticated and civilized while the Bedouin conquerors saw themselves as racially pure.

Islam is against racism yet it flourishes never-the-less. Dr. Ali-Ghamdi declares Saudis are not racists and must speak out against it. However, there are some thoughts by the Saudis that the Kingdom is for Saudis only and not for any other nationality. The Kingdom, however, not only needs laborers and street sweepers, but it needs doctors, engineers, pharmacists, nurses, and construction workers, etc.

There are no laws against racism so racism can prevail. Religious beliefs are a basis for discrimination…most often against the Shia sect of Islam. This sect is not allowed to join the military and are forbidden to hold key positions in government. Sufi sects of the Sunni tribe of Islam are scrutinized by the Wahhabi sect. Discrimination is against non-Muslims such as Westerners, Jews, Christians, etc. Antisemitism is commonplace. Government officials and state religious leaders feel Jews are conspiring to take over the entire world. In some cases, it is felt that Islam is conspiring to take over the entire world.

SEX SLAVES  Just in the news, photos of sex slaves captured by ISIS surface at auction in Saudi Arabia. Slavery was supposedly ended in 1962, but it has sorrowfully begun again.                                                      

 People with dark skins are at the bottom of the acceptable list. Nationality makes it more complicated than just skin color. Being an American black puts a person on a better position than coming from African or South Asian countries. Workers are mostly not willing to report abuse because they may lose their jobs or be abused in other ways.

When Muslims arrive in Saudi Arabia, religion and race relations between Muslims get more complicated. They arrive from all over the world and can be observed how they interact and treat one another. There are more prominent Muslims, and the Saudis are at the top. Salaries may be dictated by not just the color of the people but also what passport they have.

place of executions in This is a place where beheadings by sword are still carried out. A woman was beheaded in the street. There have also been executions by shooting. Corpses, in 2017, were dangled from helicopters as a warning. The justice system is based on Shari’ah Law.

The country is mainly defined by ultra-conservative Islam and fundamentalism which treats women as the property of men. It is also defined by its oil which brought them much wealth and power. Their foreign policy shaped modern Middle East and perhaps the world. Saudi Arabia supports both the United States and anti-Western jihadists or military movements.

In 1979, some women had begun to drive automobiles in defiance of the female driving ban. In 2013, a number of Saudi women had again protested the law forbidding women from driving cars. It was a reminder that the Wahhabists do not represent everybody. It has been stated that women have half an intellect of men; therefore, in the past, they could not have a driving license. Recently, a law was passed that women could receive a driver’s license and drive a car.

Women are now allowed to watch football games. Up to now, it was not agreeable for women to look at men’s bare knees or thighs. Change is slowly on its way. The following items shall eventually be on the agenda for change: 1. Women must have a guardian such as father, brother, uncle, or husband, 2. They need consent for any major activity such as exposing too much flesh, 3. There is a time limit that a women can spend with men who are not related, 4. As of now, women are not allowed to swim in public pools and/or where men swim. These shall be addressed in the near future. There are more situations that shall also be addressed.

FEMALE TOUR GUIDES Women can now be tour guides for museums. Also, now they can be sport’s spectators in the same group with men. In the past, women had their own section. WOMAN AT SPORTS EVENT

The Saudis have been thinking of giving a fine to foul-smelling worshipers at mosques. This discrimination may have resulted from Asian laborers. The plan may be part of a “Public Decency Bill” proposed by the Kingdom’s Shura Council. This proposal may result from the Saudi’s attempt to keep the laborers from the mosques because the fine would take up most of the laborers salaries.

Saudi rulers may need the Walhabbi’s support to stay in power, but they also know the need to be part of the modern world. It would be helpful to have a better understanding of other religions concerning the world. It would assist them in being more in balance with the world.

Here is to the power of Love!

INTERLUDE- A MODERN EXPLANATION OF ISLAM’S SHARI’AH LAW-PART 2 OF 2

SHARI'AH COUNTRIES

SHARI’AH COUNTRIES

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In regard to radical or extremist Muslims of the Islam ideology, the classical Islamic experts did not approve or legitimize what is known as terrorism. The terrorist practice of suicide bombing “has no justification in terms of the Islamic ideology, law, or tradition. There is a difference if followers of Islam practice Shari’ah Law. Islam does not discriminate between military and civilian targets, but rather between Muslims and non-believers. The non-believers’ blood can be legitimately spilled.

Jihadists interpret Islam laws to mean everyone should be governed under Islam’s Shari’ah. Shari’ah Law is often referred to as “The Way”. Jihad means to be powerful and convince less powerful people that it is to their best interest to follow them. Some scholar’s note that reference to Jihad in the Quran regarding war refers to a time when Islam was under attack by warring tribes in 7th Century Arabia. Islam’s Shari’ah Law maintains strict laws regarding the conduct of war.

Radical supporters of any faith may interpret their faith in an extreme way…sometimes not according to the religion’s intent. Islam’s prophet, Mohammed, advised, according to reputed narrator Al Bukkari, “Do good deed properly, sincerely, and moderately. Always adopt a middle, moderate, regular course whereby you will reach your target of paradise.” The word moderation is mentioned many times in the prophet’s speeches

As of now, Islamic law is not conforming with modern society although it “appears” Muslims living in the United States do not follow Shari’ah Law. However, that reasoning could change any time. Perhaps Muslims especially need to reform their religion as Martin Luther did with Catholicism. He did not like some of their religious rites and also did not agree with their asking for money for their religious rites. This was the reason for the breakaway from Catholicism and naming the new religion Reformed and later another religion named Lutheran.

Opinions differ sharply on such subjects as prayer habits, attire, celebration of Muslim holidays, and how children should behave and dress. For example, a woman choosing to walk down a street in Tehran without covering her hair and body would be considered radical, but in another Muslim country, such as Turkey, it would not be considered radical.

VEIL  A topic that inspires controversy regarding moderate or radical practices is the choice of Muslim women to cover their hair, face, and body. The Quran commands women and men to be modest in manner and states that women should cover their beauty in public and “draw their veils over their bosoms.” The verses are not specific regarding whether women’s hair should be covered although the prophet’s wives reportedly covered their hair, and many Muslims believe that is necessary. The word “veil” was also used more generally in religious sects to refer to a curtain concealing women or to her general style of dress. This vagueness has resulted in varied interpretations from covering the body and leaving the hair exposed to covering everything except the eyes. Looks like a good idea for someone, male or female, to hide under that costume.

Rape is considered a crime in all countries, but Shari’ah courts in Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Syria, and Tunisia, in some cases, allow a rapist to escape punishment by marrying his victim. In other cases, the victim who complains is often prosecuted with the crime of adultery.

Shari’ah authorizes slavery using the words “slave” and the phrase “that which your right hand owns” to refer to women slaves, seized as captives of war. Muslim men could have sexual relations with female captives and slaves. In Africa, and elsewhere, a non-Muslim female slave who bore children to her Muslim “master” became legally free upon her master’s death, and her children were presumed to be Muslims like their father. Starting with the 20th Century, Western legal systems evolved to expand women’s rights, but women’s rights under Islamic law have remained tied to the Quran and their fundamentalist interpretation by Islamic experts.

Muslim history discourages record keeping and delays the introduction of modern accounting. These factors alone have played a significant role in retarding economic development in the Middle East. It is debated and doubtful that Shari’ah courts could be integrated into the American religious arbitration system if they adopt requirements as American rabbinical courts have done. For all of America, it is doubtful this would work.

United States bills aimed against use of Shari’ah Law have been introduced into some states and have passed in a few of them. These bills have generally referred to banning foreign or religious law in order to not allow challenges. Scholars state Shari’ah is not compatible with democracy particularly where the country’s constitution demands separation of religion and the democratic state. On the other hand, the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam promotes free speech with Shari’ah Law. The Declaration states “Everyone shall have the right to express his opinion freely in such manner as would not be contrary to the principles of the Shari’ah.” Often members of religious minorities are being lynched, killed, and incarcerated in Muslim nations on flimsy accusations of insulting Islam.

RIBBON

Is it time for the Earth and its people to move forward in a “Spiritual Way” in the 21st Century? The “Spiritual Way” encompasses all religious people who have found a personal connection to a Universal God through Spirit. The Spiritual outlook for the different areas of the World relies on how the World relates to their personal relationship to the aspects of God and/or their higher Spiritual belief system. The “Spiritual Way” is to understand how the Universal forces or energy work, and this is mostly accomplished by meditation. To be able to assist people in finding a comfortable way to Universal knowledge, the uncomfortable or unpleasant situations within the World that are occurring now need to be understood. As the World turns, so do the Spiritual aspects of life unfold with the truths of the reality of being. By accomplishing this, a person shall be more free to truly understand why they are born in Earth. They shall be more free to understand the gifts of the Universe such as the knowledge that Thomas Edison, in his Spiritual intuitiveness, had in regard to electricity in addition to many more intuitive scientists. This is explained in “The Larger Spiritual Order & Universal Scheme of Things-Simplified“. If more hue-man Minds are not Spiritually adjusted by Spiritual thoughts, Love for humankind cannot by fully understood.

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We shall return to the MENA (Middle East North Africa) countries and their relationship to Islam next month.

BLESSINGS & THE BEST FOR 2018

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MAY THE SPIRIT OF JESUS THE CHRIST’S LOVE FLOW THROUGH EVERYONE

Christ was not Jesus’ last name, but he was and is a Christ. Buddha was a Christ, and a few men before him were Christs. Jesus followed his teachings and used this knowledge of Love to go forward with his additional knowledge. Years ago, a last name that was given to people was by their occupation. His family occupation was carpenter. Could that have been his last name?  And, by the way, carpenters were highly respected and capable of high earnings when Jesus was born.                                                                                  

Jesus the Christ was born to show the world’s people their spiritual nature. Jesus was born to Mary, but she was intuitively informed before the birth that she was to be the mother of a Christ. She was of a highly spiritual nature herself to understand this. He came back to Earth after having left it in full view. He came back to show his disciples of  this spiritual nature so that they could begin teaching this knowledge.

Love Jesus as he so loved the world. All the world’s people have this ability to be intuitive, but much study must be done to have the knowledge that Jesus had. Go for it!! It is the most beautiful journey you shall ever take.

The human race has been given more spiritual awareness to rise to this endeavor in this 21st Century. Do not forget…uncomfortable events need to occur in order to know the comfortable…the good and bad of it All. 

I would like to have a picture to show of Jesus the Christ. I saw a painting of Him in Gruene, Texas at an art colony, and  I believe the likeness was shown to this artist. It reflected what a highly intuitive friend of mine observed in a meditation she had. Jesus’ hair was short cropped to his lower ears. I have since wished I had purchased this painting. Alas, I did not, and I am wondering if anyone else was given the privilege of observing this. I read in the book “The Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East” that if we would observe Jesus in a large crowd, we would not recognize him. I read this in my first reading of this book of five (5) volumes, and after four (4) other readings, I could not find this passage. When I am ready to observe this again, I shall be a happier being. Patience is a good attribute.

Religion is by Man; Spiritual is by God (the tenderly flowing energy of Love and intuitive knowledge received when meditating). Each person shall find this in their own personal spiritual journeys. To assist them, I authored the treatise with No’el (which name means “the beginning”) who is one of my spiritual mentors. See the treatise “The Larger Spiritual Order & Universal Scheme of Things-Simplified” at

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