Over the last week or so in Australia a boy with dark skin was threatened with beheading, a woman had her head smashed against a wall and was thrown off a train, mosques and cars have been vandalised, people are being abused in the street and social media is littered with hate speech and vile comments. Kind of interesting considering most of these people justify their attacks by linking Islam to terrorism and proclaiming it’s a hateful religion from violent countries. 


Tips for Growing Peonies, photographed by James Fitzgerald III for Kinfolk Magazine

Open Letter to Baghdadi

126 Muslim scholars around the world wrote & signed an open letter to Baghdadi, rationally ripping his “teachings” apart. Read the executive summary if not the whole document (it’s quite extensive). Timely reminder of basic Islamic principles ISIS supporters seem to need to be educated on.

  1. It is forbidden in Islam to issue fatwas without all the necessary learning requirements. Even then fatwas must follow Islamic legal theory as defined in the Classical texts. It is also forbidden to cite a portion of a verse from the Qur’an—orpart of a verse—to derive a ruling without looking at everything that the Qur’an and Hadith teach related to that matter. In other words, there are strict subjective and objective prerequisites for fatwas, and one cannot ‘cherry-pick’ Qur’anic verses for legal arguments without considering the entire Qur’an and Hadith.

  2. It is forbidden in Islam to issue legal rulings about anything without mastery of the Arabic language.

  3.  It is forbidden in Islam to oversimplify Shari’ah matters and ignore established Islamic sciences.

  4. It is permissible in Islam [for scholars] to differ on any matter, except those fundamentals of religion that all Muslims must know.

  5. It is forbidden in Islam to ignore the reality of contemporary times when deriving legal rulings.

  6. It is forbidden in Islam to kill the innocent.

  7. It is forbidden in Islam to kill emissaries, ambassadors, and diplomats; hence it is forbidden to kill journalists and aid workers.

  8. Jihad in Islam is defensive war. It is not permissible without the right cause, the right purpose and without the right rules of conduct.

  9. It is forbidden in Islam to declare people non-Muslim unless he (or she) openly declares disbelief.

  10. It is forbidden in Islam to harm or mistreat—in any way—Christians or any ‘People of the Scripture’.

  11. It is obligatory to consider Yazidis as People of the Scripture.

  12. The re-introduction of slavery is forbidden in Islam. It was abolished by universal consensus.

  13.  It is forbidden in Islam to force people to convert.

  14.  It is forbidden in Islam to deny women their rights.

  15. It is forbidden in Islam to deny children their rights.

  16. It is forbidden in Islam to enact legal punishments (hudud) without following the correct procedures that ensure justice and mercy.

  17. It is forbidden in Islam to torture people.

  18. It is forbidden in Islam to disfigure the dead.

  19. It is forbidden in Islam to attribute evil acts to God.

  20. It is forbidden in Islam to destroy the graves and shrines of Prophets and Companions.

  21. Armed insurrection is forbidden in Islam for any reason other than clear disbelief by the ruler and not allowing people to pray.

  22. It is forbidden in Islam to declare a caliphate without consensus from all Muslims. 

  23. Loyalty to one’s nation is permissible in Islam.

  24. After the death of the Prophet, Islam does not require anyone to emigrate anywhere.”

ISIS does not have the permission of majority of muslims. Definitely not mine.‪#‎notinmyname‬

It was as if I was completely alone in the universe. As if my whole body was filled with loneliness and tears.
(Nymphomaniac, 2013)

It was as if I was completely alone in the universe. As if my whole body was filled with loneliness and tears.

(Nymphomaniac, 2013)

"It’s a lie that poetry is only read by or “speaks to” people in the universities or elite intellectual circles; in many such places, poetry barely speaks at all.

Poems are written and absorbed, silently and aloud, in prisons, in prairie kitchens, urban basement workshops, branch libraries, battered women’s shelters, homeless shelters, offices, a public hospital for disabled people, an HIV support group. A poet can be born in a house with empty bookshelves. Sooner or later, s/he will need books."
Adrienne Rich, What Is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics, 1994. (via insufficientmind)

i think i understand now why individuals from minority or marginalized groups get so angry at derailment or when someone interjects and takes up space in a specific discourse about marginalization/oppression. especially if that  dialogue was supposed to be one of the few times when their voice has the opportunity to be heard; when they are for a while visible and when their grievances can finally be acknowledged.

when a privileged person who has plenty of space, representation and voice in daily life comes into the dialogue and derails, or chooses to speak about something that deflects attention from the minority’s experience, then that individual will undoubtedly be angry. because here is one of the few times they finally can get visibility, speak about their experiences (which takes bravery), and express solidarity with others. but when a privileged person comes along and, even for a while, pushes the minority’s experiences out of the sliver of limelight, can you blame minorities for being angry? this was the one time they get to speak. it is especially frustrating if they elbow in just to talk about themselves. the person of privilege has plenty of opportunities to be heard, yet they did not recognize their intrusion on a precious space or they were not sensitive enough to speak in that conversation without actively pushing out the voice of the minority at a moment when space is finally granted to them to speak.