Hop Step and Jump
Sona trips… about accepting the Oneness of Allah through Islam, in two ways, three steps, four points, and five-thousand odd stumbling words; hopping through sixth sense, in seven pirouetting, explosively raw, brief chapters, to leap out of the book – through the inky way – into the eighth chapter, and fluidly arrive with a big bang – on solid ground with divine attributes.
INDEX OF KATA:
Way of the Maha Sona Dragon Dance Philosophy
To everything, there is an easy way and a difficult way. The difficult way, is the right way. But the easy way to the difficult way, is the cat’s way: the balanced way; the successful way.
STEP: ONE – HOP
DROP A BOMBSHELL
STEP: TWO – STEP
ISLAM IS THE NOBLE EIGHTFOLD PATH
ISLAM IS MUSIC
ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE…
STEP: DANCE ABOUT A BIT
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THE GREATER PLOTTER POTTER
STEP: GIVE THE MIDDLE FINGER FROM THE MIDDLE PATH
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PERCEPTION – RIGHT VIEW
STEP: SEVEN – JUMP!
FAREWELL SERMON – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PBUH)
STEP: EIGHT – ARRIVE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: TO ALL THE OWLS ALONG THE WAY
Allaahumma ‘allimnil kitaaba, wal hikmataw, wa faqqihnee fiddeen.
Allahumma ijalna min-ar-raashedeen.
Allahumma tsabbitnee waj ‘alnee haadiyyam mahdiyyaa.
O Allah! Teach me the Book, and give me wisdom, and grant me understanding of the Way.
O Allah! Make me of the Rightly Guided people.
O Allah! Make me firm in faith, grant me guidance, and make me a guide.
9 June 2013
I’m writing this book online. Yep, I’m nuts. It’s the masterpiece of my philosophy – Way of the Maha Sona Dragon Dance. It has only one Kata comprising eight steps made of a curious hop, step, and jump.
Sometimes the chapters flow – like a river, steadily rolling on… and sometimes it branches off – into tributary veins and marshlands, some of which, evaporate in gentle puffs… Sometimes it pools, churns, swirls and crashes – like a thunderous waterfall breaking through – as the Maha Sona Dragon sprays, foams… boils, roils, swells, heaves, waves – and sways and dancers – its spectacular billowing, winding, gurgling misty way home.
Not quite the Mississippi, as this is the island of Sri Lanka – the ‘Land of Paradise’ – where Masked Devil Dancing is the culture and heritage.
Hop Step and Jump
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STEP: One – HOP
DROP A BOMBSHELL
I commented on egoinflux’s blog recently, that I was successful in my search for God – I found perspective…
Yes, by the Mercy of Allah, I found Right View through – the serene, Noble Teachings of one of Allah’s most Bountiful Mercies to mankind – the endearing Siddhartha, the Gautama Buddha.
LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG
Accepting Islam is not easy. Islam is about peace through war.
Ha-ha ha ha-ha…
The Cheshire Cat grins…
You already knew it – the bloody religion of the sword – and here’s the Queen of Hearts, in all her forthright glory, admitting it publicly, at (aiyo) the wrong time… What lip-smacking delight!
Please, read on.
You are right on both counts; Sona is brutally honest.
ISLAM THE WAY OF THE SWORD OF TRUTH – THE SAMURAI WARRIOR
Islam wants an erect spine and nerves of steel to safeguard a tender, loving heart overflowing with compassion…
It necessitates one to courageously wage a war of struggle – Jihad – against the wrongdoer and take the sword of truth to the neck of the oppressor – the monarchic ego – and offer it no option, but to submit to the truth peacefully, or be slain…
Strength of character: If you compromise, you lose. There is no such thing as a half-truth. Slitting the jugular is the speediest and most merciful method of slaughter. You MUST be able to ‘do it,’ if you have to. It’s what ALL high-achievers do, and Islam is about The Highest Achievement.
Islam requires toppling the reign of the extremist racist demagogic ego – I – so that WE (the rest of the inhabitants: Freud’s wanting theory – id, ego and super-ego) can flourish in balanced unity and moderation under the just leadership of a Rightly Guided Caliph; one who voluntarily submits peacefully without rancour to the One True God – Allah – the ONLY god worthy of worship.
That’s the basic philosophy of – Islam – the peaceful, balanced, Middle Path of Moderation.
Basically: ‘Satan, behave yourself or Allah will put you back into His Fire!’ The individual HAS to take the Sword of Truth to the individual’s Satan. Or EGO will rule the individual.
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How to accomplish this awesome task?
1) How did Prophet Noah (pbuh) do it?
2) How did Prophet Abraham (pbuh) do it?
3) How did Prophet Job (pbuh) do it?
4) How did Prophet Moses (pbuh) do it?
5) How did the Gautama Buddha do it?
6) How did Prophet Jesus Christ (pbuh) do it?
7) How did Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) do it?
Enid Bylton knew how.
That’s why Allah repeatedly tells us to read, read, read…
Use the Five Senses first:
Read about the Prophets and Messengers of God:
Ibn Kathir – Stories of the Prophets –http://www.kalamullah.com/Books/Stories%20Of%20The%20Prophets%20By%20Ibn%20Kathir.pdf
Buddha Story – http://www.ancientindia.co.uk/buddha/story/sto_set.html
Islamic-Buddhist Dialogue – http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/en/archives/study/islam/general/islamic_buddhist_dialog.html
After the Famous Five, now employ Second Sight and follow the trail of breadcrumbs with the Secret Seven.
(1) O Noah, man’s wickedness! Listen to the story of Bharat – be the Gymnosophist, Ganesha – be different and strange: begin the march – left, right, left, right – through FIRST gaining awareness of good and evil – open the seven chakras and inner senses through meditation and pursue conquest of the inner unseen world first. Let Karthikeyan, your flashy brother, play Alexander the Great and fly around the world and try to conquer it if that is what he wants. Choose the Right Path.
Devdutt Pattanaik: East vs West – the Myths that Mystify
Now, begin construction of the Ark:
(2) O Abraham, my friend, be a scientific student of knowledge – discover and befriend God through the natural world, walking and talking with God. Don’t fear questioning God, in your pursuit of knowledge.
(3) O blessed man who lives righteously, Job, have Right Mindfulness: Satan will challenge you and launch attacks. Await Grim Omens and maintain patience and gratitude upon the path – trust your Friend God.
(4) O Moses! – One who speaks with God, pursue direct communication with God and conquer the mystery of magic and activate the miracle in your wand; in order that you may part the great seas of knowledge (knowledge gained externally via the Five Senses and knowledge gained internally via the two intuitive senses of the souls’ eyes and ears: it’s heart – yeah, Soul Shine – so that you may sail across on the ark – the arc of your Seven Sensors, like Sherlock Holmes – The Musgrave Ritual.
Indeed – like Kidr alaihissallaam and the boat ( http://archive.org/stream/SurahAl-kahfAndTheModernAge#page/n153/mode/2up), whilst the disbelievers pursuits are drowned, like Pharaoh, in the swirling, mingling oceans of knowledge, continent behind you…
PS: Leave the Ark scuttled, for the believers who will follow – for them to repair the minor damages and ferry across after you.
Yes, my website, Reaching Out at https://middlepathofmoderation.wordpress.com/ is my scuttled Ark.
(5) O (for crying out loud) Prince Siddhartha! Leave materialism first, and then, sit under a shady tree and spend long hours in deep thought about the universe through wisdom and contemplation and perceive it through feelings of compassion, until both eyes open and the Middle Path of Moderation is revealed through God’s Light – enlightenment.
Earn your qualification, Buddha.
(6) O Jesus Christ, anointed one, kick up a rumpus when you encounter injustice, throw tantrums, yes, but do so in a non-violent way, by rebuking the evil spirits of racism and exorcising the devils through Right Speech. If they nail you for it, don’t fear – your Friend God will save you in the nick of time – what a friend you have in God!
(7) Finally, O Muhammad, oft highly-praised one, rise up! Be a true friend: summon all the abilities of all the avatars (Prophets and Messengers of God) that came before you and, like Avatar Aang, have the courage to take Right Action – go straight to the racist Head-of-State and behead it, to establish the law of enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil and upholding justice for all:
Mankind is one, all of creation is one, and there is Only One God, and God is One. Peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon all His Messengers and Prophets.
Under no chaotic circumstances must you sink to such levels as to attribute split-personality disorder to God. Because when you do, you start a chain of events that splits the whole fabric of creation apart – right to it’s very core – yeah, you split atoms and whats within it…
That’s how atomic the smokeless fire of hot-headed racism is. Elementary, Dr Watson.
Be like the Angels – Jibreel, Mikhail…battle the racist within and the racist without, from the very fundamental core of you and Allah says He will open up the gangplank – the Stairway to Heaven – for you to walk Seven Steps up to His door. And by His Glorious Mercy, because you made the Right Effort, through treading the Noble Eightfold Path, as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) did, He will let you place your eighth step in His Parlour and walk right in…
You can stay for as long as you like and enjoy His Pleasures and have whatever you like – including quality time spent near Him – swooning in His Magnificent Presence… and never running out of things to swoon about…you are with your Best Friend, who IS the King of kings and Most Powerful and can do anything He Wills – He need only say ‘be’ and it is… and you have nothing to be worried about – you are without a care in the world – you earned your Best Friend’s Love, through His Forgiveness and Mercy, and He IS the Most Wise.
What more do you want?
Top of the world, tops of the worlds, or top of the worlds?
Yes – Allah promises to let you swoon at Him closeup, then revive you for you to swoon again, and again, and again – through eternity – for Allah is the coolest ultimate perception that goes beyond perception. Yep, the One and Only true swoon-worthy swoon.
Learn and master all the bending arts of all the key Prophets and Messengers of Allah through the Scriptures that they brought – like Avatar Aang. And, do it in the right order – listen to the Painted Lady; she knows what she’s talking about.
Remember: this is the Hop, Step and Jump ‘Jack of all Trades Master of None,’ Way of the Maha Sona Dragon Dance Kata.
In-depth study, like Hermoine Granger, of all the world’s religions is probably the best way, as long as you don’t end up a donkey with a library on its back. Hence, the easy way to the difficult way, Ron, is to be like Hermoine’s cat, Crookshanks (http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Crookshanks). The Prophet (pbuh) recommended that we mingle with cats. Cute and cuddly yes, but more so because they are great teachers.
Be like Harry Potter – and there are Seven books to Harry Potter – with a little help from your friends, summarize the teachings of what came before, whilst holding onto the rope of safety – Allah’s Speech – Al Qur’an and the right explanations and interpretations of it – the Sunnah of the Last Messenger of Allah, Muhammad sallallaahu alaihi wassallaam.
That’s the way to defeat Lord Voldemort, Firelord Ozai, Dajjal, the antichrist, Satan Iblees the Leader of the Jinnee and Shaiyateen, and the Qarin Jinnee Shaitaan running in our blood and present within all of us.
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Science of Balance
Allah in His Mercy and Characteristic Justice, facilitated human beings with the awesome Avatar booster – special unique feature, only available in the variety humankind – with an angel Mulhim for each person’s right shoulder – in balance to the Satan Qarin Jinnee on the left. So whilst Satan whispers from one corner, the Angel whispers from another. Learn how to identify and differentiate the voices.
Know Your Enemy
- Thoughts of harm to hurt another or oneself
- Lustful sexually perverted ideas
- Blaspheming God and insulting religious values
The same applies to visions, dreams and nightmares.
Allah says, He made everything balanced and in proportion… pairs… from amongst yourselves… He’s eternally reminding us of such things as balance, proportion, and so on, in the Qur’an – His Personal Speech to ALL of Mankind and Jinn. So KNOW that you the individual is being addressed through the Qur’an, when you read or listen to it… and don’t feel shy to reply… ask a question, try to initiate dialogue – the craziest thing on earth – yes, put a chat with God Almighty. Trust me – Allah is the coolest thing imaginable.
What’s so cool, is that it’s not an imagination. Allah will talk to you and reply through the Qur’an and through the junior peon angel Mulhim, direct to each individual. Yes, the channel of direct communication has always been there – inherent in Mankind. Allah will show you movie clips and advertisements via the super-cool Chanel of the soul’s eyes and ears aired direct to the individual on Dream and Vision TV in the metaphysical world.
Allah says, He comes rushing towards you like a man who finds his camel in the desert, when you go crazy and try to communicate with Him… (http://www.ilmfruits.com/2007/take-a-step-towards-allah/)
There’s a virtue to everything, including craziness. Use it constructively. It’s a blessing from the Mercy of Allah.
Yes, ‘pairs from amongst yourselves’ is about literal marriage too, but it echoes at all levels and is first and foremost about the inner metaphysical occupants within the clay man, Pinocchio.
Which side of you do you pair off with?
Which side of you do you kill…?
The Buddha said there cannot be two thoughts present at the same time in the mind. Those with fluctuating thoughts – Bipolar Active Depression (BAD) – are insane. But not hopelessly insane – it can be cured.
The cure is the Noble Eightfold Path – given in further detail through the Qur’an and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu alaihi wassallaam.
STEP: Two – STEP
ISLAM IS THE NOBLE EIGHTFOLD PATH
*Right View *Right Intention *Right Mindfulness *Right Thought *Right Speech *Right Effort *Right Livelihood *Right Action
Tawheed; Ihsan, Sunnah, Aqeedah, Manhaj, Neeyah; Ikhlas, Zikr: Sabr, Shukr, Akhlaq; Kalima, Ibaadah; Amal, Jihad…
Islam breaks the Path down further into the finest details…
The Buddha took Seven Steps…
Strange, isn’t it…?
Where does the eighth go?
What a paradox. How can war give birth to peace…? Where do non-violence, moderation, middle path and balance fit in?
How does light dispel darkness?
How does knowledge dispel ignorance?
DIVISION – THE GREATEST ILLUSION
Islam highlights the illusory nature of things.
Islam is the same philosophy that ALL the Prophets and Messengers of Allah came with, except it is upgraded to perfection to suit the Grand Finale era of the End Times, in which the metaphysical war occurring within each individual (inner space) culminates in a literal physical gigantic war in outer space – World War Three – Armageddon (Al-Malhama-tul-Uzma) the War Against Racism (WAR). Get it? That’s why it will be chemical warfare…? Yes, the eruptions will be from the minutest parts of atoms…
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Verily the Sātan runs in the son of Adam in the veins.”
Elementary alchemy, Dr Watson. Genseiryū. Yes, do the unexpected – go down to the fine elements and examine clay, smokeless fire, light… then step back and look at the bigger picture…
Watch: Rolling Stones’ Sympathy for the Devil
Has it begun to slowly dawn on you…?
Racism began with Satan Iblees, Leader of the Jinn, and Leading Man, Adam alaihissallaam: The philosophy is applicable in all spheres and at all levels of life – from the micro through to the macro. It is not just symbolic metaphor, but literal too, and that’s the point. Accepting Islam means, you accept these parallel world aspects to yourself and deal with both worlds simultaneously – using BOTH EYES – the physical as well as the spiritual , also known as Second Sight, Third Eye, Sixth Sense (Arabic: Baseerah). The Middle Path becomes perceivable only with these eyes – when all Seven Senses come into focus – harmony.
It means going to the very root of falsehood and nipping it off – as the Buddha did – killing falsehood with truth. But during the End Times, you will have to do this metaphysically as well as physically too – as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) did. That is why Allah chose him as the Final Example for those who would be present during the End Times.
A Muslim, that is one who accepts Islam, MUST draw from ALL the Prophets and Messengers that came from Allah – like Avatar Aang drawing on all the avatars before him – as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) did. Examine the Prophet’s (pbuh) character for balance in ALL spheres – you will find he is the perfect synchronization of a man who drew upon all the Prophets (avatars) before him and made it up back to Jannah, by the Mercy of Allah, physically and metaphysically (Isra wal Miraj http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isra_and_Mi’raj).
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Back to Basics
If one can understand the beginning, then the present and future fall into place smoothly, in sha Allah. If one can understand how man fell initially, (not woman, but MAN), then one can understand what man does, and that the ONLY PATH left to him is the MIDDLE PATH of MODERATION – THE STRAIGHT PATH – that leads back up Seven Steps to where he fell from – Allah’s Grace, The Garden of Paradise – Jannah.
Islam is not about exclusive peace, but inclusive peace that stems from the knowledge and understanding of the ONENESS of everything, despite the uniqueness of each individual entity.
“O mankind! Lo! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. Lo! the noblest of you, in the sight of Allah, is the best in conduct. Lo! Allah is Knower, Aware.” [Qur’aan 49:13]
Allah wants us to KNOW one another. As always, begin with the self and those within you.
ISLAM IS MUSIC…
Islam is art, the seven colours of a rainbow and more; math, sacred geometry, the science of the aesthetic celebration of diversity – the harmony in striking a chord of accord on a well-tuned instrument…
Well-tuned being the key in every sense of the word…
Observe how the well-tuned taught skin of the drum tingles, shudders and reverberates to the well-tuned strings of musical instruments – the voice of living beings and lifeless objects…
——— do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do ———
SEVEN UP – THE TUNING KEY
Do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti…do… Seven ascending notes to the (traditional Western and Carnatic music) Scales – the last ‘do’ a repetition of the first note an octave higher…
The Noble Eightfold Path…?
If you can trace your way down – do, ti, la, so, fa, mi, re, do – you can trace your way – do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do – up again.
Seven Chakras in Hinduism… the Gautama Buddha walked Seven Steps at his birth – one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, all good children go to Heaven.
The Seven Lamps in the Christian Bible…the Bible is replete with the number seven. Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and say to him, ‘When you [a]mount the lamps, the seven lamps will give light in the front of the lampstand.’” [Bible – Numbers 8] Further reading: http://www.biblewheel.com/Topics/Seven_Meaning.php
Seven Steps to the Purification of the Self in Islam (Tazkiah http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tazkiah )… Seven circumambulations (Tawaf) around the Kaaba and Seven walks between Al-Safa and Al-Marwah mountains performed during the ritual pilgrimages of Hajj and Umrah…
Seven Stratospheres (Samavat) that lead to the Seven Levels of Paradise (Jannah)… the Seven (oft repeated) Verses in the Opening Surah (chapter) of the Qur’aan – Al Fatihah – the Stairway to Heaven that leads to the Footstool (Arsh) of Allah, the Lord of all the Worlds and all that is in-between.
Ibn Mas’ud (ra) said, “Allah says in the Qur’aan, ‘The Most Merciful rose above the Throne,’ [Qur’an 2:28] and His Throne is above His Seven Heavens.”
——— do, ti, la, so, fa, mi, re, do ———
ISLAM IS THE MIDDLE PATH
Ah – the Famous Five and Secret Seven!
The Middle Path is where the Two Oceans of Knowledge Meet: knowledge gained externally by the Five Physical Senses and knowledge gained internally via the Two Metaphysical Senses of the soul’s eyes and ears – heart – made famous by Jesus – Isa alaihissalaam and confirmed by God Almighty Allah through Muhammad (pbuh):
“Do they never travel about the earth (and view all these scenes with an eye to learn lessons), so that they may have hearts with which to reason (and arrive at truth), or ears with which to hear (God’s call)? For indeed, it is not the eyes that have become blind; it is rather the hearts in the breasts that are blind.”[Quran 22:46 http://quran.com/22/46)
Shakespeare’s Seven Ages of Man… [Bilphism (noun): The name used and coined by F. Scott Fitzgerald in his 1922 novel The Beautiful and the Damned, referring to a religious belief concerned with the reincarnation of the human soul. ‘Oh, yes, but you see Bilphism isn’t a religion. It’s the science of all religions.’ —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned, 1922. (http://charlottereadsclassics.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/2626180633/)]
Mahatma Gandhi’s list of the Seven Destructive Blunders of the World that cause violence: Wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, religion without sacrifice and politics without principle.
And of course, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, recommend a Seven Percent Solution!
Hergé, in the Adventures of Tintin was onto it too in the Seven Crystal Balls and Prisoners of the Sun…
The intriguing number continues to echo in science, mathematics, astronomy, geography (The Seven Seas and Seven Continents) biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, martial arts (the Way of the Warrior – Samurai), poetry (The Seven Seas – Rudyard Kipling), the list goes on and on… YOU CAN’T MISS IT!
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Allah created the earth and the sky in six days. One day in the Sight of my Lord is like a thousand years in the life of your world. And the life of the world is six days, and the Day of Judgment will come on the seventh day. Six days have passed and you are in the seventh day.”
Don’t get hung up on numerology; pass through it.
So what was Ian Fleming’s British Secret Service Spy Agent, James Bond, 007, all about?
Just that actually – the prophesied Spy, Al-Jassasah, Masih ad-Dajjal’s Secret Service Agent – Lawrence of Arabia.
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ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE…
Allah’s Grand Stage is the universe and all His glorious creations play their respective roles in the mega production.
Allah uses the sun, moon and the stars and the Milky Way to light His set against the magnificent backdrop of sprawling, rolling lands of mindboggling variations right down to the finest, minute details, along with gigantic breathtaking waterfalls, swirling cyclonic winds and showers (operated by none other than, Rain and Thunder Dude, Archangel Mikhail (Michael), alaihissallaam).
Allah uses spectacular striking lightning lighting effects from above with rumbling thunder to kick in the groove and from below, He spews volcanic fire and brimstone out of the belly of the earth – to drool out of the cracks of its mouth and eventually become dry and crusty and leave a distinct dark stain…
Allah washes the earth and waters His plants and animals with His watering can from above – the clouds – also operated by Archangel Mikhail alaihissallam, amidst a plethora of other numerous natural phenomenons.
But Allah’s Spotlight is what takes the show. He uses another type of seriously cool lighting – Nur – His Light, of which Allah says:
ALLAH IS THE LIGHT OF THE STRATOSPHERES
The Show Opened: Allah created the Angels with a Big Bang. Angels (Malaika) are made of Allah’s Light Nur – which in turn generated a certain amount of extraordinary heat, which in turn generated fire, and from that region of ‘Smokeless Fire,’ Allah created the Jinn, and then, from the Fired Clay that resulted, Allah made Man (Nafs).
Eons later, when things had cooled down, Allah instructed dudest dude angel, Leader of the Angels, Archangel Jibreel (Gabriel) alaihissallaam – yes, please give him a big round of applause, but don’t stand for him; standing, bowing and prostration is ONLY for Allah, nothing else deserves it – to bring Him some cooled fired clay…
Yes, applaud Jibreel alaihissallaam for being the bearer of Allah’s Speech from the highest stratosphere down to the earth – the stage – and for sitting and putting deep chats throughout history, with that Jonah character, man, about what’s right and wrong…
STEP: … DANCE ABOUT A BIT
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There was no necessity to speak directly to women about what was right and wrong. It was MAN Allah Spoke to DIRECTLY – through His Mouthpiece – Jibreel alaihissallaam. It is MAN who was addressed FIRST and ordered to cast his eyes down in front of women. Why? Aha – out of RESPECT to women.
Next, Allah ordered women to dress properly and not tantalize men until they were made lawful to her – can’t you see what a pathetic case man is?
Yes, The Most Merciful ordered man to behave himself and take two wives: if he couldn’t afford two, then three, four, or one… (http://quran.com/4/3)
Allah knew women could handle it – with grace and style too – that’s how He made them. Plus, it gives women that all-important extra time alone to meditate, spend time alone with Allah and rejuvenate. A man looses functionality of his sex organs (temporarily) after orgasm, yet, he has four mates. Women don’t lose functionality of their sex organs after orgasm, yet she has only one mate. Curious…?
What a beautiful slap in man’s face. The ‘weaker sex’ is not woman? How come women have this high status in Islam?
I love Allah!
Is it any wonder that man, falling prey to Satan, sought to oppress women in disobedience to Allah?
Cycle of Racism: In The Beginning Satan oppressed Man, and then Man oppressed Woman… and today, eons later during the End Times, racism has spread and evolved and diversified to such unprecedented extent, it is tottering on World War Three – Armageddon – the War Against Racism (WAR).
BACK TO THE BEGINNING
Alahissallaam (meaning – peace be upon him/her) is the ovation Allah has recommended we use for all Prophets and Messengers and senior Angels. So, that excludes those angels present within human beings, known as Mulhim, unless the human being does an Avatar Aang and masters ALL the Bending Arts, and with the help of his angel, earns rank and title. Belt and Dan based on performance – Right Effort.
Oops. What’s an angel doing within a human being?
Inherent in Man are the aspects of Angelic Obedient Light, Hot-headed Smokeless Fire and Fired Clay Ego (Nafs). Very descriptive, isn’t it? Hang Freud, there’s more… the Spirit of Rebellion/Disobedience – Satan/Shaitaan – as well as Allah’s – Spirit/Ruh – resides within Man/Woman.
- Angel Character: Angels have no choice; cannot pursue knowledge and therefore obedient to Allah. The only knowledge they have is Allah’s instructions. Characteristics include; obedient and truthful.
- Jinn Character: Jinn have choice; can pursue knowledge and therefore choose to obey or disobey Allah and must take responsibility for their choices, which determines their destiny. Characteristics include; hot-headed and wanting in intelligence.
- Satan Character: The result of choosing to disobey Allah. Characteristics include; disobedience and falsehood.
- Man Character: Humans have choice; can pursue knowledge and therefore choose to obey or disobey Allah and must take responsibility for their choices, which determines their destiny. Characteristics include; cool-headed and intelligent.
THE GREATER PLOTTER AND POTTER
ORIGIN OF RACISM
So after Jibreel alaihisallam went to the four corners of the earth and brought back lumps of cooled fired clay – yes, Allah is the coolest potter in the world – Allah then, with all His Glorious Characteristic Attributes, shaped and formed and fashioned man in a most intricately handsome way, and blew of His Noble Spirit – Ruh – into man and named him Adam alaihissalaam (aka) Pinocchio, and kept him near to Him in His unbelievably yet, highly believable, Garden of Paradise – Jannah – with its splendid Palaces, Watergardens and whatnots, and lovingly taught (little) Adam alaihissalaam the names of things.
Allah then asked all those present to bow down to His excellent creation. All the Angels did, except for Iblees, the Leader of the Jinn, who refused – he chose disobedience and therefore became the Character Satan. So Allah Spoke to Iblees kindly and inquired: ‘Why Iblees, (what’s the problem, darling boy, you look pale) why did you disobey your Lord?’
Iblees sulked and replied: ‘I’m higher up in the chain of events in creation – I’m made of ‘smokeless fire (the second stage, next to angels – middle child syndrome?) – why should I bow down to what came after me?’
Allah said: “What prevented you from prostrating when I commanded you?” [Satan] said, “I am better than him. You created me from fire and created him from clay.”(Qur’an 7:12 http://quran.com/7/12)
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Calmness and patient deliberation is from Allāh and haste is from Satan.” (Tirmidhī)
Hot-headed hasty Iblees felt jealous of the love Allah showed Adam alaihissalaam, and developed an inferiority/superiority complex, and so he became arrogant and spiteful – and actually, very silly, but then Allah tells us that the Jinn are seriously stupid, so bear that in mind.
When Iblees remained determined in his negative racist stance, after Allah had treated him so extremely nicely, and informed him that Allah knew better (i.e., Allah knew the criteria for superiority) Allah ordered him to get out of His immediate Premises – Jannah – Paradise, if he doesn’t know how to behave properly.
And all that that bright boy Iblees could think of asking for, was a long life!
So Allah granted him his request and said ‘Now get out!’
The loss of Iblees to Adam was like a rib out of him, so Allah fashioned him a beautiful mate out of that missing crooked rib and named her Hawa (Eve) alaihissalaam and put them together and said:
“O Adam, dwell, you and your wife, in Paradise and eat from wherever you will but do not approach this tree, lest you be among the wrongdoers.” (Quran 7:19 http://quran.com/7/19 )
What was this tree of knowledge?
Husband, treat your wife with love and provide for her; Wife, obey your husband with love and provide for him. And both of you – DO NOT OPPRESS ONE ANOTHER – neither of you is superior/inferior to the other by inheritance (NO RACISM, thank you).
The Prophet (pbuh) in his Farewell Speech said: “…You (man) have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you… All mankind is from Adam and Eve. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab; white has no superiority over black, nor does a black have any superiority over white; [none have superiority over another] except by piety and good action.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Farewell_Sermon)
CRITERIA OF SUPERIORITY: RIGHT EFFORT
- Right Intention (Neeyah)
- Right Speech (Kalimah)
- Right Action (Amal)
“But Satan whispered to them to make apparent to them that which was concealed from them of their private parts. He said, “Your Lord did not forbid you this tree except that you become angels or become of the immortal. And he swore [by Allah] to them, ‘Indeed, I am to you from among the sincere advisors.’” (Quran 7:20-21 http://quran.com/7/20)
What did (and still does) silly one-track-minded dude mutt Satan Iblees inform them about ‘their private parts’? Hierarchy of the Big Bang manufacturing process, isn’t it…? But, did he tell them everything?
To everything, there is an easy way and a difficult way. The difficult way, is the right way. But finding the easy way to the difficult way, is The Middle Way. And that sums up the philosophy of Maha Sona’ Dragon Dance.
Yes, don’t PLAY with fire – you WILL get burnt. At sixes and sevens about what I’m talking about?Little knowledge is dangerous. Be holistic in gaining knowledge. Use ALL your senses – all SEVEN of your senses.
- Step 1 – Obedience: Malaika [Angel] – from Allah’s Nur – Light.
- Step 2 – Hasty hot-headedness: Jinn – from the resultant heat and Smokeless Fire.
- Step 3 – Nafs [Man Adam (as)] – from the resultant cooled Fired Clay.
- Step 4 – Soul: [Spirit] – from Allah’s Ruh – Spirit.
- Step 5 – Disobedience: Satan – from the result of hasty hot-headedness.
- Step 6 – Nafs [Woman Hawa (as)] – from the Crooked Rib of Man Adam (as).
- Step 7 – Nafs [Mankind] from Adam and Hawa (as).
Shakespeare’s Seven Ages of Man? ‘Oh, yes, but you see Bilphism isn’t a religion. It’s the science of all religions.’ —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned, 1922.
“And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquillity in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.” (Qur’an 30:21 http://quran.com/30/21 )
Yes, DEEP THOUGHT – Meditation. Now bear in mind, that Woman – Eve – Hawa (as) was made from Adam (as) AFTER his Jinnee, Iblees, had DISOBEYED Allah: Inherent in woman is the SAME crookedness [Satan] along with the obedience [Angel], hotheadedness [Jinn] and clay Nafs character [Adam (as)]. And, together, man and woman erred in obedience to Satan and disobedience to Allah. Equal blame.
If you ponder this, you realize man and woman are equal, yet different. They possess the identical aspects of Angel, Jinn, Ruh, Nafs and Satan. Yet, the Prophet (pbuh) said: “Treat women well. Woman was created from a rib. The most crooked part of the rib is the top part. If you try to straighten it, you will break it. If you leave it, it remains crooked. So treat women well.” (http://www.alsiraj.net/English/misc/women/html/page21.html)
Have compassion – empathy – born of useful knowledge and understanding. If you remain pigheadedly ignorant, you will get taken for a classic ride.
Watch: Black Magic Woman, by Santana with sensational belly dancer: he plays the guitar and she dancers… then he sings to God about it and she belly dancers… but he still plays on… and she never stops…
If he runs his hand up and down the neck of the guitar – fingering the fret-board and making music, she will assuredly dance to match the rhythm and tunes! That’s woman. How dare you heap full blame on woman for that?
Did I hear a Weasley whine:‘but that’s man…’ ? 😦
Listen Ron, God placed the onus first on YOU:
“Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what they do.” [Qur’an 24:30 http://quran.com/24/30-31]
Consequently, the believing women were addressed to do the same and not unduly flaunt their wares.
Keeping women under oppressive lock and key and depriving them worship at Mosque, education and knowledge is NOT from the Light of Allah. It is nothing but Smokeless, hotheaded Fire – originating straight from Man’s Satan companion Qarin Jinnee. And Allah says, He makes the devils allies to those who do not believe.
“So he (Iblees) made them fall, through deception. And when they tasted of the tree, their private parts became apparent to them, and they began to fasten together over themselves from the leaves of Paradise. And their Lord called to them, “Did I not forbid you from that tree and tell you that Satan is to you a clear enemy?” (Qur’an 7:22 http://quran.com/7/22)
“O children of Adam, let not Satan tempt you as he removed your parents from Paradise, stripping them of their clothing to show them their private parts. Indeed, he sees you, he and his tribe, from where you do not see them. Indeed, We have made the devils allies to those who do not believe.” (Qur’an 7:27 http://quran.com/7/27)
Stop the music. End the dance.
So now you know how that happened.
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STEP: GIVE THE MIDDLE FINGER FROM THE MIDDLE PATH
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The Satan Qarin Jinnee drags man down Seven Steps to the Hellfire. The Angel Mulhim lifts man Seven Steps up to Paradise – the Stairway to Heaven. Earth is the middle ground.
So the Way of Peace MUST come with clear and exact details about what the groove is upstairs and downstairs at both extremes, as well as the Middle Path of Moderation. It’s only fair. So Islam requires a Muslim to hold balanced views of Allah:
- Oneness of His Lordship (Tawheed ar-Rububiyyah)
- Oneness of His Sovereignty (Tawheed al-Uluhiyyah)
- Oneness of His Glorious Attributes (Tawheed al-Asmaa-was-Siffaat)
The Prophet (pbuh) advised people to learn archery.
Learn the difference between Tawheed – isolating Allah alone, and Shirk – ascribing partners to Allah and why it is important.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, Jibreel alaihissallaam said, Allah the Almighty said:
“Indeed! God does not forgive the sin of ascribing partners to Him, but He forgives anything else to whom He pleases, and whoever takes partners with God has gone astray into far error”.[Qur’an 4:116 http://quran.com/4/116]
In a private chat between Leading Prophet and Leading Angel, Muhammad (pbuh) said, Jibreel alaihissallaam said, although excluded from the Qur’an, Allah wanted it conveyed that He said:
‘O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it.'” [Hadith Qudsi 34 http://www.guidedways.com/qudsihadith.php?hadith=34]
The Prophet(pbuh) said: “Give at least half a date ( fuck) and save yourself (butt) from the Hell-fire (fry-pan).” [http://www.salahtimes.com/hadiths/sahihbukhari/obligatory-charity-tax-(zakat)/498]
Half a fuck. Think about it.
Combat Satan’s Three-Pronged Attack by looking through and beyond the material world (Dunya) into the Hereafter of the unseen world (Akhirah) and perceive Allah through:
- Love – for the Seven Steps up to Heaven (Jannah)
- Hope – in the Straight Path (Siraatul Mustaqiim)
- Fear – for the Seven Steps Down to Hellfire (Jahannam)
The beautiful thing about balance:
Once gained, never lost.
Albert Einstein said:
“Life is like a bicycle
To keep your balance you must keep moving.”
STEP: SEVEN – JUMP!
In keeping with the tradition (Sunnah) of the Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu alaihiwassalaam, I say to you via the voice of Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) – Listen:
FAREWELL SERMON – PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PBUH)
“O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore, listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here today.
O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds. God has forbidden you to take usury (interest), therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived. Your capital, however, is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer any inequity. God has Judged that there shall be no interest, and that all the interest due shall henceforth be waived…
Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.
O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under a trust from God and with His permission. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be unchaste.
O People, listen to me in earnest, worship God, perform your five daily prayers, fast during the month of Ramadan, and offer Zakat. Perform Hajj if you have the means.
All mankind is from Adam and Eve. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab; white has no superiority over black, nor does a black have any superiority over white; [none have superiority over another] except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves.
Remember, one day you will appear before God and answer for your deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.
O People, no prophet or apostle will come after me, and no new faith will be born. Reason well, therefore, O people, and understand words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the Quran and my example, the Sunnah, and if you follow these you will never go astray.
All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and it may be that the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness, O God, that I have conveyed your message to your people.”
Thus the beloved Prophet completed his Final Sermon, and upon it, near the summit of Arafat, the revelation came down:
“…This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My Grace upon you, and have chosen Islam for you as your religion…” (Quran 5:3)
The Prophet (pbuh) in his Speech directed to all humankind, used the term “O’ People” seven times. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Farewell_Sermon)
Your Famous Five may not accept it, but your Secret Seven will tell you, Islam is the Way to Truth that has echoed throughout history.
Thus, like a dutiful Noah, Allah’s peace, mercy and blessings be upon him, I alert you DO NOT follow your Famous Five exclusively, but follow the Secret Seven in your quest for truth.
I say this, because, I wish the same for you. I could not get where I’m going, unless I wish the same for my fellow beings as I wish for myself. Aerodynamics: cut the drag.
I cannot and have no right to withhold this information from you. Thankfully, alhamdulillah, I’m at war with my Satan Jinnee, maasha Allah, and this lengthy piece is my victory over that Demon, and Allah is Greater – Allahu Akbar!
We are all dancing. Dancing the Merry-devil, hopping, grooving, skipping, jumping, shaking, tapping, leaping, stepping aside, spinning, twisting, twirling, jiving, swinging, rocking, rolling…
By the Grace of Allah, I have mastered my dance. The Dragon Dance of the Maha Sona.
Bruce Lee said:
‘I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 different kicks. I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000-times.’
And why not?
Allah says: “Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” (Qur’an, 2:153 http://quran.com/2/153)
May Allah bless uncle Ashraff, he went out of his way to impress it upon me that Allah is with the patient during my Hajj in 1999. He also performed Hajj that year.
STEP: EIGHT – ARRIVE
All praise is due to Allah, Rabbul Aalamin. May the peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon all His Angels, Messengers and Prophets, especially Muhammad and family, Ahlul Bait, Salafus Saaliheen, and all those upon Right Guidance.
TO ALL THE OWLS ALONG THE WAY
Whilst beseeching Allah to bless each and every individual who assists me on the runway to my takeoff flight, I flap my wings and Maha Sona trumpets hoot – at those with outstanding plumage, wingspan, sight and hearing, the remarkable owls – to wit, to woo:
My darling grandma, V.T. Asirwatham Sinniah, who, instead of telling me ‘go to hell,’ asked me to go to God.
Bruce Lee – for smiling and adding how to ‘be’ as I set about it…
M.J. Selverajah for the timely Knight Bus rescue just as the Grim arrived… (http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Knight_Bus );
Barn Owls of Barnescourt: for droppings, chirpings, peckings, hatchings, screeches and hoots…
Vasantha de Silva, for alerting me to the fact that there is a science to everything in this world…
M.A. Thassim, for unknowingly slaying the child Tariq (Arabic:a night visitor http://quran.com/86) through the wisdom of Kidr alaihissallaam… and serenading Allah on the perfect scale – thereby providing me the right key to address God Almighty – and sing to Him about it. (Al-Fatihah http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Fatiha).
Shaikh Ahmed Deedat, for wishing me well and informing me that I was already on my way…
Dr Jamal Badawi, for quenching my thirst during the initial stages of my journey…
Namalee Siriwardene, Angel Wildheart of Quiet Storm fame, who, upon finding Maha Sona, dallying under the moonlight – Jaywalking and haunting the Road to Hell, beat coconut shells and pots and pans to chase the devil away and send me on my way…
Reverend Kirama Vimalajothi Thera for directing me to the font of truth and falsehood in my mind (Gautama Buddha’s Meditation techniques http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vipassan%C4%81).
Me – for Right Effort in faithful adherence to childhood motto – Genius is 1% inspiration and and 99% perspiration – Simon row the boat ashore – hallelujah!
M.H.M. Ashraff, Ferrial and Aman, for assisting in the speedy transportation of the newly hatched ‘enlightened one,’ under high security, to make pilgrimage to the literal font of the Zam Zam well in Mecca to perform Hajj and stone the Devil – the Grim Omen. http://www.islamhadith.com/blessings-zamzam-water/).
Shukri Yusuf and Jezmia Wahid and family, Zainab, Abrur-Rahman, Saffiyya, Sulaiman, Muhammad and Habibbah; for the homely welcome, kindred spirit, into the Ummath of Muhammad sallallaahu alaihiwassallaam.
G. Abdul-Kareem Khair-Elseid, for unknowingly scuttling the boat like Kidr alaihissallaam, and leading me to Raihana Sawaad, who in turn, taught me how to build walls, like Kidr alaihissallaam, and get a visa to meet Allah: knowledge of Tawheed and Shirk.
Shaikh Imran Nasr Hosein – Guru Pathik (http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Pathik ) online Kidr alaihissallam; for painting the picture in all the colours of the glorious rainbow, including the minute various shaded grey tones in-between black and white, that reassured me that my documents (Secret Seven Senses) were in order – the severed wiring connection, fixed.
My Avatar eyes, by the Mercy of Allah, glow with Allah’s Light – Nur… If I keep oil in my lamp, it will keep burning… and illuminate my way across that Great Bridge – through the Seven Stratospheres – like being slurped up through a giant straw – shooting like an ever-willing supernova – back through the black hole of a tunnel and out with a big bang – home – into the Light of the Lord of all the Worlds – Allahu nurus-samavati.
“Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The Parable of His Light is as if there were a Niche and within it a Lamp: the Lamp enclosed in Glass: the glass as it were a brilliant star: Lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light! Allah doth guide whom He will to His Light: Allah doth set forth Parables for men: and Allah doth know all things.” (Qur’an 24:35 http://quran.com/24/35)
Avatar Maha Sona was given a pun-intended run-up of nearly 45-years to – hop, step and jump and – deliver this owl from Sri Lanka:
O People of the Scripture, there has come to you Our Messenger making clear to you much of what you used to conceal of the Scripture and overlooking much. There has come to you from Allah a light and a clear Book.
By which Allah guides those who pursue His pleasure to the ways of peace and brings them out from darknesses (plural) into the light, by His permission, and guides them to a straight path.
They have certainly disbelieved who say that Allah is Christ, the son of Mary.
I see You Ya Allah, and I know You see me!
I’m on my way…
Sitting – Watch: Cat Stevens
Please help me make it through the final straw.
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s – Stardust – WATCH!
“Find the cost of freedom,
buried in the ground
Mother earth will swallow you,
lay your body down”
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To My Mother
Rani Sinniah Barnes
For rising and shining and putting pennies away and praying for her incorrigible daughter, (Maha) Sona, and thereby activating the full potential and purpose of having nearly died to give birth to her.
Bongo-Bongo (aka) Mother Hen (aka) Mater, your chick has laid this golden egg for you before it flies away by the Mercy of Allah – like ET – go home. Please collect the pearls of your shattered oyster dreams – once dashed upon the shore – and string them together to make the finest choker ever, after the teary wave passes.
May Allah bless you with His Greatest Blessing.
These are the webbed steps taken by an ugly duckling to become a swan and then rise up into the air and soar like an eagle and eventually, if Allah Wills, become a speck of a little green bird and disappear into Paradise (Jannah), to roost beneath the Lord of the Worlds’ Throne (Arsh).
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them.” [Matthew 5:17]
Wherever there is hotheaded smokeless fire in this book, it’s just Maha Sona releasing hot wind. Likewise, angelic light is from Hajiani Sara, by Allah’s Mercy. The rest is from the clay Nafs, Sona (Brock) Barnes. All praise is due to Allah, this is what Allah willed.
All that is correct is from Allah. I seek Allah’s forgiveness, besides Whom none has the right to be worshipped, The Everliving, The Self-subsisting and Supporter of all, and I turn to Him in repentance, for all the errors which are mine.
Astae-firullaahallazi, laa illaaha illa huwal, hiyyul qaiyyuumu, wa athubu ilayhi.
9 June 2013, Sri Lanka
I hereby place my humble offering
Way of the Maha Sona Dragon Dance
A free-form style amounting to no style, that includes garnering a variety of specific disciplines and principles such as Genseiru, Ninjutsu and Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kun Do, flavoured with homegrown spices from across the length and breadth of the island Sri Lanka, such as dancing the Baila; traditional Bharatanatyam, Kandyan Dancing, Devil Dancing, Dirty Dancing and Egyptian Arabian Belly Dancing, to arrive at the highly complex, yet, simple dance form of prayer – Salaat. (https://middlepathofmoderation.wordpress.com/home/accepting-islam/maha-sona-steps-through-religion/).
If you are rolling and hooting with laughter, that’s the idea. At least, ‘hoot’ and become an owl and save yourself.
Do you know the difference between a constipated owl and a bad marksman?
A bad marksman, shoots, but can’t hit.
A constipated owl, hoots, but can’t shit.
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Muslim by Right Effort