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.

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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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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

http://www.amazon.com/Larger-Spiritual-Universal-Scheme-Simplified/dp/1496012755/

INTERLUDE-A MODERN EXPLANATION OF ISLAM’S SHARI’AH LAW-PART 1 OF 2

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Deep racial problems weaken a country. While a country is weakened, ISIS and others step in and cause problems… sometimes beyond belief. Racial supporters of any faith may interpret their faith in an extreme way…sometimes not according to the religion’s original intent. Islam’s prophet Mohammed advised, according to reputed narrator Al-Bukhari, “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. Since the MENA region is inundated with Islam’s Shari’ah Laws, with pockets of the area’s own relationship to the Law, an interlude shall be taken from the topic of racial inequity of the region. However, Shari’ah may also interfere with racial inequity which situation is becoming more and more the reason for the law of the land.

APOSTASY IN ISLAM  Apostasy varies with countries, but the original intent was that a Muslim converting to another religion may be punished by execution. There is a need to understand the Muslim laws throughout the world because the laws do vary in different parts of the world. It appears ideologies change within different countries. If a certain group of Muslims would conquer a country, would they then refer back to the Quran explicitly since the laws change whenever it is determined they should change? It is “the way” or “the path” whichever the people decide at the time.

In Arabic, Shari’ah refers to God’s immutable or unchanging divine law and is contrasted with human scholarly interpretations. The manner of its application in modern times has been a subject of dispute between Muslim traditionalists and reformists. Traditional actions are mandatory, recommended, neutral, reprehensible, and forbidden. It is a sin or crime to perform a forbidden action, and reprehensible acts should be avoided and also considered not a crime or punishable in court. Avoiding reprehensible acts can be rewarded in the afterlife while allowed actions receive no judgment from God. Reformists in modern times who are scholars and experts sought to adapt Islamic law to changing social conditions such as reform of women’s rights, justice, freedom, and human dignity rights.

Arab-speaking people of the Middle East believe Islam is a prophetic religion of Moses and Shari’ah can mean “our religion”. However, for many Muslims, the word simply means “justice”, and they shall consider any law that promotes justice and social welfare. This then promotes Islam as an ideology and not a religion. The word sari’ah was widely used by Arab-speaking Jews during the Middle Ages. It was the most common translation for the word “torah” in the 10th Century Arabic Old Testament known as “Sa Adya Gaon”. A similar use, or the term, can be found in Christian writings. The Arabic expression Shari at Allah (God’s Law) is a common translation for “God’s Law in Hebrew”…also in God’s Law in Greek in the New Testament of Romans 7:22. In Muslim literature, sari ah designates the laws or message of a prophet of God…in contrast to “figh” which refers to a scholar’s interpretation.

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MODERN ISLAM  A MODERN VIEWPOINT

Because of these laws, these ideological viewpoints would be considered a form of government and not a religion. In the modern era, these laws were more commonly replaced with European practice. While the constitution of most Muslim-majority states contain references to Shari’ah, its classical rules were largely retained only in personal or family related circumstances. In the 20th Century revival of Islam, there were calls by Islamic movements to receive traditional laws which would include “stoning”. A topic that inspires controversy regarding 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 this is necessary. The word “veil” was also used more generally in religious texts 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.

Wahhabism, the state Islamic sect of Saudi Arabia, and Salafian, a popular Islamic sect in the MENA region, are examples of radical interpretations of Islam. Both sects played a part in influencing the violent ideology of Al-Queda and Osama Bin Laden. These ideologies are not accepted by mainstream Muslims who view them as extreme and inaccurate to Islam and to principles of human rights.

Attempts to impose Shari’ah around the world on non-Muslims have caused violence in such places as Nigeria and Sudan. Israel, some parts of Africa, and Europe recognize Shari’ah for their Muslim populations, but bans have been passed in North America on the use of these laws. It is debatable whether the law is compatible with forms of government, human rights, freedom of thought, and women’s rights. Muslim ideologies change within different countries. If Muslims then were to conquer a country, would they then refer back to the Quran and its Shari’ah laws explicitly .

MOSQUE  Mosques with a dome feature are being built under the guise of religion when they may in fact be an ideology with laws within its jurisdiction either in print or in its ideology. There are differences between Islamic and Western legal systems. For example, Shari’ah classically never developed the concepts of a legal corporation or a legal person, and it only covers  an individual. It does not cover the legality of the corporate world’s liabilities of its managers, shareholders, and employees who can own assets, sign contracts, and appear in court through representatives. Muslim history discourages record keeping and delays the introduction of modern accounting. These factors alone have played a significant role in regarding economic developments in the Middle East.

Some scholars claim Shari’ah Law allows religious freedom because a verse teaches “there is no compulsion in religion”, some teach apostasy as sin punishable with death, and other religions as infidels who must be put to death, enslaved or be ransomed, and other scholars suggest Shari’ah has become a product of human interpretation and inevitably leads to disagreements about the “precise contents of the law”. In the end, what Shari’ah means is governed by a group of clerics and/or government. It is the differing interpretations of this law that explain why many Islamic countries have laws that restrict and criminalize the attempt of any religion or religious individual to covert to a different point of religious view. The Bible, or similar books, also have their complexities. The Spiritual awareness of a higher reality of being such as found in “The Larger Spiritual Order & Universal Scheme of Things-Simplified” is mostly lost in consideration.

If people are more knowledgeable about the complexities of the Islam faith in its worldly forms, people may be more understanding about Islam. The uncomfortability of the inhuman phases or forms of Islam can then be more completely and effectively understood with its reasoning of good and bad. However, it is very debatable that it is an ideology and not a religion.

For a more broader explanation of Shari’ah Law, please see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharia   

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MOROCCO  is in the region of North Africa. This country has been in the news lately due to discrimination occurring in the area called the Rif. The region refers to the Rif Mountains at AL-HOCEIMA on Morocco’s  Mediterranean coast (see top of map). The area is mostly inhabited by Berbers (explained in the 5/20/2017 post). The Berbers feel there have been official abuses and corruption, and they have not been supported by the government. The central government of Morocco is in Rabat.

During the Arab Spring movement of 2/20/11 through the Spring of 2012, Morocco’s women protested against abuses and corruption.  There were calls mainly for reforms, a new constitution, a more democratic government, basic human rights, and an improvement of the quality of life. The Arab Spring movement may have lost its momentum in recent years, but its legacy is still alive in terms of organizing tactics and aspiration. Instead of understanding what caused the poor people to rise up, many Moroccans are stating the protesters are attempting to cause chaos. Civil society leaders and intellectuals have come out to condemn the government’s use of force and crackdowns of activists.

Many people from the Rif region have left the area for Europe to better their life. They return only to temporarily build homes for their retirement or to use the houses for vacation. Perhaps the lack of trust for the political establishment is what is really  behind the recent protests in Morocco, and what is occurring now in 2017 is not completely disconnected from the Arab Spring movement.

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There have been protests and a movement known as the Popular Movement (al-Hirak-al-Shaabi) has emerged led by Nasser Zefzafi. At 39 years of age, Zefzafi used internet videos to express his fiery views, and he and dozens of protesters numbering approximately 70 have been arrested and jailed. In addition to the Popular Movement (MP), two other movements, among many more, are predominate; namely, the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) and Islamic Justice and Development Party (PJD). The country is aspiring to be a democracy. Members of political parties are calling for the immediate release of all the Hirak protesters who were arrested. After the arrest of Zefzafi, 600 lawyers volunteered to defend the detainees demonstrating that the Hirak movement has the backing of different components of the Moroccan society.

The recent web of protests began after Zefzafi interrupted a preacher’s sermon at a mosque in Al-Hoceima. He called the preacher a “liar” and asked whether mosques are built to serve God or those in power. He was then arrested with claims he had”obstructed, in the company of a group of individuals, the freedom of worship”. Yet many believe, by stating that religion should not be used for political ends, Zefzafi was actually attempting to protect the sanctity of the mosque as a place of worship. He was also criticized for the lack of structure and eloquence in his intervention at the mosque, but he is not a highly educated person. However, even though he was not well-educated, the people of the Rif region designated him to be their leader because he represents an alternative to the well-polished speeches of politicians whom he considers to be pawns.

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It remains to be seen how the country shall evolve from this difficult turn of events. Today, Moroccan authorities have accused Zefrafi and his supporters of “undermining the security of the state”. King Mohammed VI was sensitive to the movement and offered constitutional reforms and and elections. The king is of Arabic Berber descent and follows the Islamic religion. He is a direct descendant of the Islam prophet Mohammed. The wars in such countries as Syria and Libya put a damper on a large scale change of government.

libya  has a modern day slave market for its economy, and human trafficking has reached horrific numbers. Even before Qaddafi, migrants from sub-Saharan Africa (African countries below Libya and the Sahara desert) came to Libya for economic reasons and a way through to Europe. Qaddafi not only funded the African Union but proposed an even more ambitious idea called “The United States of Africa” which never came to be. Upon the death of Qaddafi in 2011 in Sirte, the self-appointed National Transitional Council (NTC) and its fighters was formed to end racism, discrimination, and terrorism and to be substituted with equality, justice, peace, and freedom. The council lasted for ten (10) months from February 2011 to October 2011. Opposition fighters captured Tripoli and took over the country until today. Libya is part of North Africa, and it is considered part of the MENA region; therefore, it is part of the Arab region and separated from the sub-Saharan African region.

Sub-Saharan illegal migrants and refugees are pictured begging for their release in one Surman Detention Centre. The Centre's Director (not pictured) stands in front of the cell, threatening to beat them with a stick if they do not calm down. The detainees freeze in panic. Surman, Libya.

Libya is a marketplace for human lives. Sub-Saharan migrants came north to Libya to participate in Libya’s  oil wealth. They endured the resentment of Libya’s Arab population so they could send money home to their families. The Arabs regarded blacks as their inferiors and do not like dark skins. There is no recognizable government in control of the country. This void then has been taken over by armed groups such as ISIS that is making it their headquarters, and al-Qaeda and Boko Haram….all of which compete for territory.

Men and women are living in warehouses, prisons, and courtyards. In addition, they are sold from smugglers to militia to traffickers, and back again…they operate as a network. The men and women are often paying for this transactions. They may be placed on a boat going to Europe after many months or years of this situation occurring. Mainly dark skinned people face discrimination, and a person who speaks the Arab language is preferred.

According to a study by the International Organization for Migration, half of the migrants who reached southern Italy state they had been held against their will in Libya (often for a ransom), and it took more than six (6) months to arrive in Europe. The journeys began at home or from the Horn of Africa where they fled political persecution in places like Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, or Sudan, or from Senegal, Nigeria, or the Ivory Coast located in sub-Saharan Africa.

A United Nations official stated three million migrants have arrived into Libya, and perhaps more than 60% stay in the country as servants who earn their way out of detention centers or a way out by boat. These migrant people are not just smuggled but are bought and sold on a daily basis while the detention centers serve as distribution points. According to human rights activists, the centers are controlled by Arab militia who traffic in black bodies which may be referred to as slavery. These militia also control the surrounding sea. Since 2011, there is no money in the banks, and public workers go unpaid. The black market is booming. Libya’s economy has deteriorated into a primitive state…in addition to oil, it now trades in the market of humans.

The world is full of strife. It is difficult to understand that God’s aim and purpose for Planet Earth is to have people understand and love one another. Understanding and knowing the racial inequities around the world shall assist in balancing for the good of Mankind. 

See http://www.The Larger Spiritual Order & Universal Scheme of Things-Simplified, Chapter 10.