99 Names – 99 Deities #2

– Communal harmony in present day India is under threat with a series of lynchings carried out by so called Hindu Cow vigilantes on innocent Muslims and Hindu Dalits. By the grace of the divine we can draw parallels between Islamic and Hindu thought in order to bring both communities closer together and end the violence. This will be the purpose of this blog series – 

For basic understanding of the title “99 names 99 deities” I will share this information snippet.

Hindus recognize one God, Brahman. Brahman is the ultimate reality and the eternal origin who is the cause and foundation of all existence. The deities of the Hindu faith represent different expressions and manifestations of Brahman.

Similarly, Muslims recognize one God, Allah. Allah also is the ultimate reality and the eternal origin who is the cause and foundation of all existence. Allah has 99 names which represent his different attributes and qualities.


2. Lakshmi and al-Wahhab

 

 

Introduction

Spiritual and Material Prosperity and wealth is something that all of us seek and wish to have in life. It is this aspect of the divine that we turn to when we feel that we are in need and wish to receive these two precious gifts.

Etymologi

Lakshmi is the Hindu Goddess of spiritual and material wealth. Her name is derived from the Sanskrit root words Laks and Laksa. Laks means :

“to perceive, observe, know, understand” and Laksa means “goal, aim, objective.”

Thus, Lakshmi represents the goal of life. Know your objective, understand your goal. These are the ideals that Lakshmi stands for.

Al-Wahhab is the most liberal bestower, the great giver, the giver of gifts. His name is derived from the Arabic root word “Waw-ha-ba” meaning :

“to give/grant/bestow, dedicate, offer as a present/gift.”

The arabic word Hiba means gift. Hiba and Wahhab are related words.

Textual Analysis

In Chapter 67 verse 19 of the Holy Qur’an, Allah says :

“Do they not observe the birds above them spreading their wings and folding them? None could hold them except the Compassionate (Allah), surely it is He Who watches over all things.”

The word Arabic word for observe comes from the root word “Ra-Alif-Ya” meaning :

“to see/think/hold, in opinion of, perceive, judge, consider, know.”

Seeing a bird is only half the story. Understanding that the bird is part of God’s creation and that it is God who is holding up the bird is the entire story. Thus, this seeing that the Qur’an talks about is a seeing that perceives not only the material world but also the spiritual world i.e seeing the bird and the force that is behind it, God.

This simple message that the Qur’an is conveying is exactly what Lakshmi symbolizes, that the goal of life is not only to have material wealth (having two physical eyes with which one can see the physical world) but to combine this material wealth with spiritual wealth (seeing the physical world with ones eyes but understanding that there lies a spiritual realm behind it.)

Symbolism

Lakshmi’s image is laden with deep symbolism. She is omnipresent and this is symbolized by her four arms which represent the four cardinal directions present in the universe. Her sari, colored red, denotes activity and action. The embroidered golden lining which graces her red sari symbolizes prosperity.
The message that is meant to be conveyed here is that Lakshmi is everywhere, never resting but always deep in the throes of activity and action, her activity and action being the giving of the gifts of wealth and prosperity to her devotees.

Similarly, the also omnipresent al-Wahhab is always busy with the task of bestowing gifts upon his devotees.

Ritual

It is believed that the one who recites this name of Allah (swt) 100 times after two rakaats (cycles) of Namaaz (prayer) will get all of his/her needs fulfilled.

Hindus wishing to obtain the blessings of Lakshmi chant her name 100 or a 1000 times during their ritual worship of the Goddess.

Invocation for communal harmony

We ask Lakshmi and al-Wahhab to bestow upon us the gift of peace within our communities and mutual understanding towards one another ❤

A Beautiful Encounter

Dear friends,

Earlier this evening I attended a story telling workshop in the Swedish city of Göteborg, and the workshop itself turned out to be a wonderful and inspiring experience. It was led by two young men who tour the world with their workshops called Rafael and Sahand.

So, the moment that hit me deepest and that I just have to share with you all is the moment when one of the participants was asked how he was able to overcome his alcohol and drug addiction. The question came after the workshop was over, and it was my friend who asked. Important to note here that he gave his answer to me and my two friends, so in other words, to three Muslims. During the workshop he had told his story about how he had been hooked for 20 years, and how he had just now been drug and alcohol free for just about 600 days. Just hearing that was special, because when you have someone in front of you who openly declares something of this magnitude, it is almost like hearing, “I came back from the dead.” Just heavy, heavy stuff.

He went on to tell his story, which was very inspiring also, but one that I wont tell here. It had to do with the temptations of falling back into addiction.

So, here was his answer to my friend’s question. He said “I fell back on my spiritual weapons. The weapons that everyone has but that they are not all aware of. These weapons are patience and humility. The next step was to kill my ego. Once I did these things, I was able to get back on my feet.” I was shocked. I never expected to hear such an answer. It was almost as if he was giving Dawah (Inviting others to Islam), except that he had absolutely nothing to do with Islam.

And I said to myself, “Wow, this guy is talking about Islam, but he has no idea that he is talking about Islam.” Here is a man who spoke of how spiritual weapons saved his life, who spoke about how he had to kill his ego in order to get rid of a deep addiction. These words from this man come to me during a period where I am constantly breaking down the Koranic message to find out what words are attached to belief. So lets break it down together.

The servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth in humility (25:63)

As I noted in my last post, humility is such an essential part of faith that God describes his servants as those who walk upon the earth in humility. Yet without ever opening the Koran, he found this “weapon” within himself.

No one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint, none but persons of the greatest good fortune. (41:35)

Patience is mentioned in the Koran no less than 90 times. It is also said that those who are patient get the highest reward (Indeed, the patient will be given their reward without account 39:10). This reward is described here by the words of Sulayman ibn Qasim, who said, “the reward of every deed is known, except for the reward of patience which will be like heavy rain.”

Did not this mans reward fall down like heavy rain? His life was saved due to his patience. The heavy rain that came down was his new life.

Moving on, one of gods names is As-Sabur (The Patient One), and the word itself carries a very deep meaning.

The name is connected to the root s-b-r which has the following classical Arabic connotations :

to be patient, to be enduring
to endure trial or affliction with good manner
to be contented in trial or affliction without show of complaint
to make no distinction between comfort and affliction
to bear calmly, to persevere cheerfully
to be steadfast, constant
to restrain, confine, restrain, withhold from something

Patience is so essential to Islam that Sheikh Tosun Bayrak has this to say about Sabûr :

The meaning of Islam is submission; to forego one’s appetites, desires and will in the favor of the will of Allâh. To be able to submit, one has to be patient. In Islam, patience is a sign of faith…

Just beautiful that this man was able to find his inner strength and change himself for the better.

I finish here by saying that Allah, The Koran, and Islam are not only for Muslim but they are for all of mankind. Indeed, the Prophet (pbuh) was sent as a mercy to all the worlds, and Allah is the “Lord of all the worlds.”
Islam is not named after a founder, a person, or even God. No, it is named after an attitude, a feeling, an essence, and that essence is “Peace obtained by voluntarily submitting oneself to the will of God”, and in other words, killing your ego.
Islam is not a Muslim monopoly, it is a human monopoly, and it is to be found in every human being. This man is a clear proof of this. “The spiritual weapons that everyone has but are not all aware of.” These are his words, no? Do we not all say that everyone is born a Muslim, and that actually Muslim converts should be called reverts, because they are reverting to their true human nature? If this man ever heard about the real teachings of Islam, and “converted”, he would be the ultimate revert, because it was the Islamic essence, and thus his true human nature, that saved his life.

In this man I found the true Islamic spirit, and yet he had nothing to do with Islam. However is that really so? By name and affiliation he had no connection with it, but he for sure had the essence of it, and in the end, the essence is all that matters.
For if we really are to believe that God created all human beings, then we must also believe that all human beings are capable of responding to spiritual laws, and so us who are “believers” must never put down other people in any way, because belief is not about a name, or a title, its about the essence. We must simply be the guides and companions of all of humankind.

Heaven for this man was the start of his new life. May God bless him and continue to guide him. Ameen.

Koranic Universalism

Dear friends,

I spent half of the night writing these words, under the pale moonlight 🙂

It is my belief that Islam goes beyond mere tolerance towards other faiths. In my understanding of it, it goes beyond tolerance and establishes universalism.

I write these words in the hope that they can help to build bridges between people of different faiths and backgrounds, all in the spirit of goodwill and unity.

So with an open heart and mind, I invite you to read my analysis of 16 verses from the Holy Koran that I believe are key in planting the seeds of peace and understanding.

“And there is not a people but a warner has gone among them” (35:24)

I choose to start off with this verse because it clearly states in plain words that all people have received a warner. “And there is not a people” is not confined to a specific geographical location or a space of time. This can lead us to logically deduce that God sent warners to every corner of the earth.

“For every people is a guide” (13:7)

This verse confirms the previous one, and again states in plain words that there is a guide for every people.

“And we sent not a Messenger except with the language of his people, in order that he might make (the Message) clear for them.”
(14:4)

I find this verse to be extremely revealing and important, because it further opens up the geographical landscape by mentioning language. If Gods message was only confined to the Arabic people, well then why would more languages be needed?
By telling us that the messengers spoke the languages of the people that they were sent to, it not only reveals to us that all languages are Gods languages, but that the messengers appeared in many different locations. Also, one must understand the language of one’s respective holy scripture and not only recite verses without understanding them.
This is further expounded in the verse as it tells us that the reason that the messenger spoke in the language of his people was so that he could “make the message clear for them.”
Moving on, the proof of this specific verse lies in our hands today. If we look at all of the worlds sacred scriptures, we will see that the original versions come in a variety of languages, as a result of their different locations of revelation.
This to me shows that there is no chosen language and that all languages are equal in the sight of God. A beautiful celebration of diversity and a further proof that messengers appeared all over the world.

Let us now take a pause and collect the 3 words that have been assigned to those in charge of delivering Gods message to all of the earths peoples. The words that have so far been used are “Warner”, “Guide”, and “Messenger.”

“For each period is a Book (revealed)” (13:38)

This verse further recognizes the existence of other sacred texts besides the Koran. One of the Islamic articles of faith is belief in the books of God. Mentioned are the Torah, the Psalms, and the Gospel, but with this verse and the ones that we have examined beforehand, we can add all other divine scriptures to the list, such as the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita etc…

“Without doubt it is (announced) in the mystic books of former peoples” (26:196)

Here, we find that the Koran mentions the “mystic books of former peoples.” Again, another acknowledgement of scriptures and peoples before the advent of the Koran.

“(Muslims) believe in that which has been revealed to thee (O Muhammad) and that which was revealed before thee.” (2:4)

Here, we are told that we Muslims believe in all revelations prior to the Koranic revelation.
A highly pluralistic verse that when combined with what we have previously examined reveals just how deeply pluralistic the Koranic message is.

“And certainly We raised in every nation a messenger, saying: Serve Allah and shun evil.” (16:36)

Now we turn our attention to verses that speak of nations. This verse tells us that every nation received a messenger, and that the messengers job was to tell the people to Serve God and stay away from evil.
Is not India a nation? Is not China a nation? Is not Persia a nation? Is not Krishna a messenger? Is not Buddha a messenger? Is not Confucius a messenger? Is not Zoroaster a messenger?

“And for every nation there is a messenger” (10:47)

This verse confirms the previous one. Guru Nanak was a messenger, from the Punjab. Bahai’ullah was a messenger, from Iran.

“Mankind is a single nation. So Allah raised prophets as bearers of good news and as warners.” (2:213)

With this verse, the Koran tells us that we are a single nation. Should a single nation quarrel over petty theological differences that have evolved over time? No, it most definitely should not. As a matter of fact, it should not quarrel over anything, and hold fast to the rope of unity. We also see the Koran making reference to it’s message as delivered by the prophets as “good news.”

“And we sent messengers that we have mentioned to thee, and messengers that we have not mentioned to thee” (4:164)

This verse is perhaps the most important one in this entire analysis because it explicitly tells us that some of the messengers have not been mentioned. Indeed, the messengers of the non-abrahamic faiths are not mentioned in the Koran. So, who are these messengers that are not mentioned? They are the messengers that have appeared all over the world ever since God started sending them.

“We did aforetime send messengers before thee: of them there are some whose story we have related to thee, and some whose story we have not related to thee” (40:78)

Here, the Koran tells us that not all of the stories of the messengers are related to us. Just because messengers are not mentioned by name or by story, does not mean that the Koran rejects them.

“And those who believe in Allah and His messengers and make no distinction between any of them (in belief), to them He will grant their rewards.” (4:152)

Not only are we told to believe in all of Gods messengers and not make any distinction between them, an order which is purely universalist in nature, but we are told that we will be rewarded for adopting this universal spiritual outlook. Why will we be rewarded for it? Because such a spirit creates peace between people, and that is exactly what Islam is, peace.

“Oh Mankind! Behold, We have created you from a single pair of male and female and have made you into nations and tribes so that you might come to know one another (Not that you may despise one another) Verily, the noblest of you in the sight of God is the one who is the most righteous. Behold, God is all-knowing, all-aware.” (49:13)

As we can see, a diverse and multi-cultural world is all a part of Gods plan and the noblest of us in his sight are those who do the most good. If diversity is a part of Gods plan, then who are we to ever even dare to pass judgement on others because of differences, whatever these differences may be?

“Among his proofs are the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the variation in your languages and your colors. In these, there are signs for the knowledgeable”(30:22)

Here, even the variation of our skin colors are spoken of as one of Gods signs! Racism anyone? And, even the messengers of God all have different skin tones, from the light brown of Jesus to the dark shade of Krishna.

“If Allah had so willed, He would have made you a single people, but (His plan is) to test you in what he hath given you: so strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you all is to Allah; it is he that will show you the truth of the matters in which ye dispute” (5:48)

Again, diversity in all it’s shades and colors is part of the divine will. A believer must live in accordance with this divine will. In this case, living in accordance with the divine will can only lead to a more peaceful and tolerant world.

“Those who believe (in the Qur’an), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians, any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (2:62)

Shah Waliullah, the noted theologian from the subcontinent, had the opinion that the Quranic reference to the Sabian community was in fact a reference to the Hindus. Other noted theologians from the subcontinent take it to mean all of the non-abrahamic faiths. In any case, “any who believe in God and the last day, and work righteousness” is enough to include people from all faiths. In light of all the previous verses that we have analyzed, we can safely infer that this is the case.

The Koran uses the terms “people”, “language”, “colors”, “books”, and “nations” in connection with it’s “warners”, “guides”, “messengers”, and “prophets”.

Peoples, languages, colors, books, nations, warners, guides, messengers, prophets. A comprehensive list of universal terms.

To conclude, it is my belief that the Holy Koran is telling us that we must believe in and respect all of the messengers.
This means studying all of the worlds scriptures and regarding people of other faiths as sisters and brothers, all united in the one and only universal force, God.

It was a pleasure to share my thoughts with you. Stay free, and God bless!

Why Abdul Ghaffar Khan Is Our Greatest Hope For Peace!

Abdul Ghaffar Khan is, in my opinion, the greatest peacemaker of all time! He dedicated his entire life to serving his Pashtun people and serving humanity, and did so, without pause, for 80 years! From opening his first girls school in 1910 in his native village of Utmanzai in the North-Western Frontier Province of what then was British India, (now Khyber Pakthunkhwa, Pakistan) until his death on January 20th, 1988, at 98 years old, this man served his people and humanity unlike no other human being has ever served!
From walking 25 miles a day to visit every single village in his part of India for years, to spending countless hours educating and uplifting his fellow Pashtuns, to encouraging Women to participate in every part of society, to turning a people who had such an intense warrior spirit, so much so that the British feared them more than any other people in the world, and who valued their guns more than anything, into history’s first and to this day ONLY Non-Violent army in order to fight against British Rule, to spending over 30 years in jail in the harshest of conditions, and somehow, near the end of his life, at age 95, still having the fire within him to continue to fight for Human Rights, this man is a true diamond of our humanity!
He was saying at age 95 that he had little concern for himself and his well being, only that he had to continue to fight to educate the future generations so that they could build a peaceful world based on Non-Violence!
Yet, moving on, he is virtually unknown outside of India, and Pakistan, and Afganistan (he has roots in all three countries, as the Pashtuns are in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and when he was born, they were in India, until Partition)

The world needs to know, and especially today’s world, that it actually has in its history a Non-Violent Army, an army that was mostly made up of Muslims, had 100,000 soldiers, MEN AND WOMEN, standing as equals, side by side, and was founded by a man who called his Non-Violence “The Weapon Of The Prophet (pbuh).” The world really needs to know this, because this, is the TRUTH! The example of these brave Pashtun people that laid down their lives without taking any life are the example that the world most needs today, and i believe that, from the bottom of my heart!

In Ghaffar Khan’s own words, from 1985 :

“Today’s world is traveling in some strange direction. You see that the world is going toward destruction and violence. And the specialty of violence is to create hatred among people and fear. I am a believer in nonviolence and I say that no peace or tranquility will descend upon the people of the world until nonviolence is practiced, because nonviolence is love and it stirs courage in people.”

I hope that the passion and example of Ghaffar Khan can light the fire of peace in all of our hearts, help to keep the flame alive for those who are going through difficult times, and cause the flame to burn brighter for those who already have it!

Now, i wont say anymore, simply go out, and READ!

Salam! Much love to you all ❤

Always Caring

Reflections On A Verse That Calls For Selfless Service………. (Warning! Long Post! But Please Read ;)

“Those who were already firmly established in their homes
and firmly rooted in faith, showed love for those who migrated
to them for refuge and harbored no desire in their hearts
for what had been given to them. They gave them preference
over themselves, even if they too, like them, were poor. It is those who were
saved from the greed of their own souls
who were successful.” (Qur’an 59:9)

I came across this verse a few days ago, and it struck a very deep chord within me. I read it over and over again, trying to understand exactly what the words meant, and now, after much reflection and thought, I feel that i must share this verse with all of you, and hopefully in turn you can also reflect upon these words.

My friends, this verse is a treasure, and holds within it many pearls of wisdom. The message is timeless, and one can apply it to any situation that has to do with dealing with other people. An elderly woman that just got on the bus and needs a seat? The words are telling us to give her preference over ourselves and politely offer her our seat. A little brother or sister that wants a bedtime story even though you have a huge test the next day and need to seriously study? The words are telling us, for sure, to read them that story. The studying can wait an extra 20 minutes. These are just examples that i am coming up with just from the top of my head, but basically, this verse is calling on us to adopt the spirit of selfless service, and what a blessing it is to know that we can refer to it at anytime in order to draw strength and courage from it.

Now, i will lead you to another point. I do not know how many of you are following the political scene in Europe at the present moment, but lately, we have been witnessing a rise of fascism and the extreme right. Parties that are anti-immigration and openly racist towards the minorities within their own countries and refugees that are seeking asylum within those countries are becoming more and more common, and thus, this is leading to a “normalization” of racism. I think we all know what happens when hate towards others becomes normalized, as we only need to look back to the 40’s to witness the horrible result of such evil influence over the masses.
Anyways, in my beautiful and calm country of Sweden, we have one such party. They are called the “Swedish Democrats” (Sverige Demokraterna in Swedish) and have their roots in the Swedish Neo-Nazi movement of the 1980s. They won 13 percent of the votes during the recent national elections, an improvement of 7 percent over their 2010 results, thus now making them Sweden’s 3rd biggest political party. Back in the 1980’s and early 90’s, their propaganda was full of backwards and medieval ideas, such as telling Swedish girls to refrain from having intercourse with Africans that carried “deadly aids”, and pleading with them to not dishonor their pure Swedish race. Their Motto at the time was “Bevara Sverige Svenskt” which meant “Keep Sweden Swedish.” One can wonder, how exactly did such a party garner a sweet 13 percent and make their way into parliament? Well, they employed the strategy of cleaning up. Led by their charismatic 35 year old party leader Jimmie Åkesson, they genuinely came out in the early 2000’s saying that their racist past was exactly that, past, and employed a zero tolerance towards racism approach that worked wonders towards winning over the untrained mind. So from 2004 to 2014, they fed Sweden by the spoon, saying over and over again that immigrants and immigration were the causes of Sweden’s various problems, but that yet somehow, they were by no means racist. So now, as we can see, they have “Trojan Horsed” their way into government.

The party leader has gone on record saying that Islam is the biggest threat towards Sweden, and that Islam is a threat towards integration, and can never be integrated into Swedish society. As for the party, they seriously want to cut down on immigration, and drastically close Sweden’s borders. Sweden, a country famous for its liberal views and its pro-immigration policy, is slowly heading down towards dark waters. So now, after having hopefully sufficiently explained the situation of my country, i feel like i can finally bring you towards my point, and its connection with the Quranic verse. Pretend you were sitting in your kitchen, cooking food, when all of a sudden, over the sound of boiling pasta and bubbling tomato sauce, you would hear a gunshot. Then two! Then three! And out of the deafening haze of sound, you would hear a scream, a scream so tortured that it would seem as if it was cutting through air itself, causing the air to drop to the ground like the limbs of a dead body. Frantic and frenzied footsteps would follow, pounding the earth with every desperate movement away from inescapable death, until finally, you would hear heavy knocks and shrilling screams, clawing at your front door. What would you do? Would you simply carry on, finish cooking your delicious spaghetti and creamy tomato sauce, sit down at your dining room table for a lavish meal, listen as the final gunshot separated the body from the soul, and feel the thump of the now deceased body crash into the wooden splinters of your front porch ? Or would you simply let your pasta boil over, let your tomato sauce burn, and rush out to save your fellow human being, compelled beyond yourself by the deep instincts of your true human nature?

If you even have to think for one second about what you would do, then let the Quran simply come in and remind you of your duty :

“They show love for those who migrated
to them for refuge”

There it is, without an atom of a doubt, without any argument, without any petty and insignificant excuses. I am sorry, but when it comes to someones life, it is no laughing matter, and it is not a game. When one part of the world is at war, and your country is at peace, the LEAST you can do is to open your door for those seeking to survive just one more second, one more minute, one more hour, one more day, one more week, one more month, and one more year. So pretend for one second, that your home, is Sweden, that your front door, is the border, that the gunshots are the bombs falling over and over again, that the tortured screams are the innocent people, feeling pain exactly the same way that you would feel pain if you were in their situation, that the footsteps are the pounding feet of millions upon millions of refugees, and that the knocks at your door are the seekers of asylum, desperately wishing and hoping to be granted refuge in your home, in your country, in your Sweden. Keep it in your mind, and make sure to keep it FRESH!

Now, i will break down the Quranic verse to show just how relevant it is to the current situation. For added effect, I will also move the verse to the present tense.

1. “You who are already firmly established in your homes”  This refers to Jimmie Åkesson and his Swedish Democrats, who without a doubt are firmly established in their homes in every way, with comfortable beds to sleep in at night, heating so as not to feel the chilling winter cold, an abundance of wealth with which they afford the basic necessities of life, not to mention food on their tables, access to health care, and more than enough money left over for such things as useless, (in the eyes of refugees anyways) as entertainment, and so on. Yes, the crew is “firmly established.”

2. “And firmly rooted in faith” – I do not know how firmly rooted in faith Jimmie and the gang are, however i do know that they consider Islam as a serious threat to Christianity, and thus, this must mean that they must have a few Christians in the party, otherwise they wouldn’t even bother to mention such a thing. However, faith need not apply in this situation, only a moderate portion of common sense. So we can translate this line of the verse as “and firmly rooted in common sense.”

3. “Show love to those who have migrated to you for refuge” – Ah, you see, this is where things get interesting. Closing your border to those who have migrated to you, seeking refuge, is not showing love, and in fact, i will go as far as to saying that it is showing the exact opposite, it is showing hate, and a total disregard for the value of human life. Funny how the same Muslims that they are openly hating on would be forced to show love to them if the situation was reversed, according to their “dangerous” Islamic religion.

4. “And harbor no desire in your hearts for what is given to them” – Here, I can speak to the general Swedish people who have voted for SD. (Note that i say general) The usual and typical argument for the natives of a country who are bitter towards immigrants are as follows : they are taking all the jobs, they are abusing the social service system and getting too much “free” money and help, they have special “immigrant privileges” such as if Muhammad calls for a job, and Svensson calls for a job, Muhammad will get the job because the company does not want to seem “racist” by giving Svensson the job over Muhammad, they are getting free classes to learn Swedish but are not learning fast enough, they have been given the right to build mosques, and so on. Hey people, remember, you are to harbor no desire in your hearts for what is “given” to them, which in reality, is nothing more than what you are given, which is the right to live as human being under Swedish law. Remember that.

5. “You are to give them preference over yourselves” – Ouch, this one hurts. Would it not be lovely if Åkesson and the all star crew invited refugees and immigrants right into their homes, personally made them dinners, complete with such traditional Swedish foods such as Potatoes, Meatballs, and Gravy, and then let them sleep in their warm and fluffy IKEA beds? After all, that is exactly what “giving them preference over yourselves” means. The words also have the same meaning as the words of Prophet Jesus when he said “If someone asks for your shirt, give them your coat also.” Wait, Prophet Jesus? Do you not mean Jesus, the son of God, the beloved of all the Christians? Sorry to give you the bad news, but we Muslims also follow Jesus and his Gospel. Anyways SD, the refugees are asking for the right to live in your country, so you should also give them your houses as well. Ah well, if that is too much to ask, why not open soup kitchens full of love and warm food, and teach the refugees Swedish yourself, that way they can quicker integrate into society and live happy lives as new members of your glorious nation, Sweden? Remember friends, “Give them preference over yourselves.”

6. “even if you too, like them, are poor” –  Ouch!! I think this one hurts even more. Jimmie and the all stars of Sweden, can you imagine that even if you were poor, you would STILL have to give preference to those seeking refuge in your land? Imagine this scenario Jimmie. You have a one room apartment, with a wife and five children, and cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents running in and out. You barely have enough to feed your loved ones, but you are hanging on, by working overtime as a janitor in a McDonald’s during the night-shifts. Then along comes a refugee, and somehow, you still have to make room for him in your home, you still have to show hospitality and humanity to him, even though it is not materially possible for you to do so. So every night, before you go head on to your night shift, that extra piece of bread that you would save for yourself, to give you strength to last through the night shift cleaning the sticky floors at McDonald’s, you give to him, because this is simply the Quranic and human thing to do. But hey, you are not poor, you do not have a one room apartment, you do not have a wife and five children, and thank God that you do not have to work that awful night shift at McDonald’s washing the sticky floors. Hey, things are great. Actually, things are fantastic. You have a beautiful wife, more than capable of holding things down on her own, and one beautiful baby boy. However my friend, things are getting better. You are the leader of Sweden’s 3rd largest political party. Wow, congratulations. With all that power in your hands, you can really help those seeking refuge in your magnificent paradise of Sweden. Remember, even if you were poor, you would have to, but now that you are pretty well off financially and are a Politician, meaning that your job is to work for the betterment of the people, then my friend, the sky truly is the limit.

7. “It is those who are saved from the greed of their own souls who are successful.” – Now, here comes the hard and bitter truth. The truth that to you feels colder than your bare feet walking on the surface of the chilling snow, with each step sending shivers throughout your body to the point where you almost faint from pain, but somehow you keep walking, because that is what you are so good at, ignoring the agonizing calls of your own human nature that are telling you to do good in this world, to realize that your greed is indeed killing you from the inside, and that it will never be too late to change and once and for all kill your ego and truly give yourself, with all the goodness and love that is in your heart, to all of your humanity, not just your fellow Swedish people that you love so dearly. Imagine Jimmie, how great a person you could be if the passion that you felt for Sweden, you felt for the entire world, if what you felt for that beautiful 15 year old Swedish boy with deep blue eyes and blazing blonde hair, you could feel for that beautiful 15 year old Syrian boy with dark brown eyes and burning brown hair, if what you felt for the elderly people of your native land, you could feel for the elderly of those in countries torn apart by war, being carried on the backs of their sons and daughters, away from the bombs and devastation of violence? Jimmie, you have so much passion, and as a politician, you have endless talent. But you are using your passion, and your talents, in the wrong way, because you are using them selfishly, and only to the gain of one group of people, and that is your own Swedes. Listen to me my friend, I love your country, and I love your people. You have, in my opinion, the most beautiful forests and lakes in the world, and some of the kindest and nicest people i have ever met. Your red houses covered in glistening white snow are beautiful, and your summer skies with the sun that never sets are breathtaking. Why should us who are not Swedish not be able to enjoy this beautiful country of yours? We are people, just like you. Listen brother, I have never met you, but i can tell you right now, that i love you, and do you know why? First of all, because my mother raised me with realness, and she taught me from day one to be kind to everyone, and to love everyone. Do you know why else i love you? Because you are my brother in humanity, because the rain falls over you, just like it falls over me, because the words of My Holy Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon him, tell me to do good to those that do not do good to me, and because my Holy Quran tells me that no matter what, your well being is more important than mine if you need my help. So do not forget, if you ever need my help my friend, you or any of your other party members, then my bed is yours, my food is yours, and my heart is yours. And also, I speak for all immigrants, i speak for all refugees, and i speak for all Muslims when i say that our beds are yours, our food is yours, our homes are yours, and our hearts are yours. So save yourself from the greed of your own soul brother Jimmie, and come and join your hands with the rest of your humanity. We are waiting for you my friend, we are waiting for you.