I hope Algerians and Tunisians find peace, and I hope Morocco and Algeria's political relations coalesce towards sincere contribution and exchange of resources, education and talent in order to send this distressed North Africa towards a progressive renaissance in all arts and sciences and towards a spiritual strength of which our past remains the only witness to our collective potential and our only role model.
Verses like these from the Quran come to my mind:
Surat Al-3imran Verse 140 "If misfortune touches you, [know that] similar misfortune has touched [other] people as well; for it is by turns that We apportion unto men such days [of fortune and misfortune]: and [this] to the end that God might mark out those who have attained to faith, and choose from among you such as [with their lives] bear witness to the truth - since God does not love evildoers " - Translation by Muhammad Asad (one of my favorite English translations)
I also enjoy good music when I spot one.
Mali Mali w Mal Shamssi, Ghattawha Laghyoum (What happened to me, and to my sun, the clouds have covered it) Mali Mali w Mal Smaya, Ma Qa3det Fih Njoum (What happened to me, and to my sky, the stars have disappeared)
I wonder what the coulds are.. I wonder what covers up the skylights..
I am affected when I read and see the images of the riots in Algeria and Tunisia, not because I totally understand what's going on, but simply because I have been to these two countries; I have driven in their landscape; I have eaten their food and walked through their streets; I listened and collected their music; I learned the idioms of their language and cheered their football teams; I listened to their Shuyukh on TV at a young age and knew God through their talk as well; I felt at home wherever I went when I crossed their border, and I was a guest and they treated me well. May be simply because I am sentimental.
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omg adnane this song makes me cry! waah... :P his voice in general tugs at the heartstrings.. allah yerahmou...
interestingly enough, from an algerian perspective, a lot of ppl on the ground in dzayer really downplayed what did happen there, relative to other places, and in fact many were angry about the protesters who seemed not to have gained very much popular support.. ppl were saying things like, our problem is not with the president, he hasn't been on a throne for 30 years, etc. so there is the truth that the dynamics and politics are different, but also the history is different, and some of it may still be too raw and fresh in this generation's memory.. perhaps ppl there are just tired of violence and instability and had enough the past couple decades.. feels like ppl just want to get on with their lives and not have any more disruptions to "normality" or more hardships than they area already dealing with on a daily basis.. for that "stability" they seem willing (at the moment) to be relatively apathetic about politics, as long as they can put bread on the table..
perhaps to some extent they may also benefit on the backs of other arab protests happening elsewhere, since the govt seems to have been frightened enough to have made some symbolic gestures as far as economic incentives, credit & loans (limited but again, mind use of the word "symbolic"), and housing projects (more gray concrete mono-blocks coming soon to a village near you, yay...)
never mind my sarcasm. there is huge potential, but perhaps enough people have come to realize that tapping into it fully is still a long ways off, and that violent protest has not been and will not be algeria's solution..
People setting themselves on fire, outside of war, will remain a mystery to me and only those who did could explain to us what was going on in their heads from a psychological viewpoint. No matter how distressed they were, ending your life with the objective of avoiding a miserable life is one of the most forbidden acts in Islam according to the scholars. In our Muslim context, scholars have said that it is an expression of anger towards God, and an expression of separation from God and an entrance into the thinking that God is not reliable, not answering, and that things will not get better for you, that God and nobody will help you anymore. Instead one ought to preserve his health and energy and be patient maybe things will get better.
At war, ending one's life by engaging in a likely fatal fight does not seem for the purpose of avoiding a miserable life but rather as a last resort for eliminating the other side considered a hindrance towards a better life; the soldier desires to live to enjoy the fruits of a better life. Scholars distinguish two situations whereby a soldier drives himself to certain death voluntarily; they allow one and prohibit the other. They allow it as long as it is a soldier's operation by order of his commander who is aware of the battlefield, its mechanics, its tricks, checks and balances and has to make such unfortunate but necessary decisions. They prohibit it when it's outside the commander's order out of the soldier's individual opinion. Some scholars did not make these two distinctions and see absolute allowance for the soldier to make his own decisions if all other means of fighting that increase the chances of survival are not available.
Most scholars infer their opinion from the Quran verse: Wa La taqtoulou a(nn)mfoussakoum, inna allaha kana bikoum ra7ima. Wa ma(n) yaf3al dhalika 3oudwana(n) wa dholma, fassawfa nousslihi nara.
3oudwanan, is to punish and hurt others unjustly. Dhulman includes dhulm allah by feeling angry towards him due to a miserable life.