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Aalia Khan Yousafzai
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Assalamualaikum. Today, I'd like to shed light on a very sensitive subject, which many people highly misunderstand, especially regarding the killing of non-believers and apostates(those people who have left Islam) even though some Muslim nations have the law to kill apostates.

Non Muslims lamely bring up this verse from the Qur'an- "kill all the disbelievers wherever you see them" not knowing it was addressed to Muslims in a battle, where the they, after years of oppression had to fight back and not particularly against disbelievers but just oppressors who didn't give them freedom of speech and freedom
to believe what they wanted to believe just the way till today, we're fighting for the same right

Now this would be an entirely different topic of discussion as to whether or not you personally agree or disagree with death penalty. The fact is that it IS a s system that the entire world is following, and that's another topic of debate for another day. 

Murder is one of the greatest sins in Islam. There is punishment for that in the court of law as well and in the times when Islam came into being, there was no law so law was made against murderers. 
It is important to know that all innocent lives are equal in Islam. There is no difference between the rich and the poor, the man and the woman, the free and the slave.  All are equal in the eyes of Allah Almighty:

"...if any one slew any person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land - it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people." (Noble Quran 5:32)"

And no, you don't get to decide who deserves death.  There has to be a trial and a whole procedure excluding any bias or favour.

"Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors. [002:190]

2178-179. O ye who believe! the law of equality is prescribed to you in cases of murder: the free for the free, the slave for the slave, the woman for the woman. But if any remission is made by the brother of the slain, then grant any reasonable demand, and compensate him with handsome gratitude, this is a concession and a Mercy from your Lord. After this whoever exceeds the limits shall be in grave penalty. In the Law of Equality there is (saving of) Life to you, o ye men of understanding; that ye may restrain yourselves. 

They then say this implied that a murderer should get death as punishment. However, this verse implies compensation and equity. If a free man kills a slave then you don't kill a slave for punishment. It seems the verse is talking about equity. Anyway, it also says that remission can be made and monetary compensation could be taken. Makes total sense.

Our Prophet Muhammad (S) himself demonstrated the act of forgiveness and kindness when Hinda ate the liver of his beloved uncle Hamza ibn 'Abd al-Muttalib. It pained and hurt him and it was the perfect opportunity to exact revenge.

And verily, whosoever shows patience and forgives that would truly be from the things recommended by Allah. Quran, 42:43

As for those who leave Islam, there is NO verse in the Qur'an that says that there is a  punishment for that, except BY ALLAH HIMSELF and his wrath.

"He who disbelieved in Allah after he has believed, excepting the case of one who is forced to make a declaration of disbelief while his heart rests securely in faith, but one who opens his mind wide to disbelief; on him is Allah’s wrath and he shall have a grievous punishment. (16.107)

"Those who believe, then disbelieve, then again believe, then disbelieve and thereafter go on increasing in disbelief, Allah will never forgive them, nor guide them to any way of deliverance. (4.138)"

A bedouin gave the Pledge of allegiance to Allah's Apostle for Islam. Then the bedouin got fever at Medina, came to Allah's Apostle and said, "O Allah's Apostle! Cancel my Pledge," But Allah's Apostle refused. Then he came to him (again) and said, "O Allah's Apostle! Cancel my Pledge." But the Prophet refused Then he came to him (again) and said, "O Allah's Apostle! Cancel my Pledge." But the Prophet refused. The bedouin finally went out (of Medina) whereupon Allah's Apostle said, "Medina is like a pair of bellows (furnace): It expels its impurities and brightens and clears its good. [Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 9, #318]
This was an open case of apostasy. But the Prophet neither punished the Bedouin nor asked anyone to do.
The apostates who WERE punished or killed was not because they left Islam, but because they were either murderers themselves or were causing a lot of distress in the land.
There are also these Hadiths used to mislead people. Some of them have been invented a few hundred years ago while others show the half truth. Whereas Ibn Khatal, who was without doubt one of the four executed on the fall of Mecca, was an apostate, he had also committed the crime of murdering his travelling companion. His execution was, therefore, obviously ordered as a result of his having been convicted as a murderer. 

Islam came to us as an option, a new way of life of equality and monotheism. Those who freely chose this way suffered. Many still do. But Islam was never, and never will be a way to oppress people or lock down their opinions. Islam frees us.

Say to these Mushrikoon and Kafiroon): "O Al-Kafiroon (disbelievers)
"I worship not that which you worship,
"Nor will you worship that which I worship.
"And I shall not worship that which you are worshipping.
"Nor will you worship that which I worship
"To you be your religion, and to me my religion (Islamic Monotheism)."

"There is no compulsion in religion." Al  Baqarah, 256.

P.S Kindly do not go off topic and do not claim anything without proof from the Qu'ran and do not post any abusive comment or it will be deleted, as I do not want a bad atmosphere. 

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Sometimes, words fall short and you end up with insane ways of expression.

#poetry #minimalism #bleedingwords

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P.S don't expect me to respond much. I'm still more active and social here on G+.


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Been missing you all, dearies! How've you been? Here's the news outlet I now co-own. Cool, huh? Been up to lots of stuff. Hoping to get active again.

Here's a link to the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, respectively.


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While lowering her into the grave, doubt flickered on everyone's faces. Was that a slight blink they saw? Did her smile just get wider? She was asleep, wasn't she?
Burying someone alive is wrong. She looked like she was fast asleep. But her fate was sealed when her face was covered, How could covering feel like tearing at your own heart? But we did it. It's over.

I try to think what happened before.

Before her dead body was brought to my house * from Peshawar hospital, I am terrified of how she'd look like. Cancer patients aren't the prettiest sight after all. As people kept gathering, I held my breath and fisted my hands still my nails dug in and palms bled. She was recovering. I never imagined this would happen. It was such a shock, the gathering looked like a pathetic, sick joke. This just couldn't freakin happen. They'll all go home ashamed when she walks in through those gates.

And I move forward to the now.

People used to ask our dad what the secret to his jet black hair at 60 was. A week after his wife dies, half his hair has gone white. His secret is out.

Living without her is not going to be easy. We want to break down at every point, as everything reminds us of her and will keep doing so. I try to sort out her clothes for donation and each clothing item hits my heart with a memory with the weight of a sledge hammer. Each time I turn around to ask something, or rush home to tell her something, nothingness hits with the weight of the entire universe.

Her dead body is brought home and my heart beats like the pace of a racing horse.

She died a Shaheed, martyr. She died with a smile on her face. She died looking beautiful, flawless and young. She was glowing. Even in death, she captivated everyone as, to make the already perfect sight even more perfect, snow-flakes fell only on her, gently kissing her face even though it’s not winter any more. Had it been in a movie, one would have said it’s dramatised. It’s special effects. But the day she died is exactly the day I try to remember when I start getting sucked into grief. I'll try to remember how the face of every person who attended the funeral fills with awe.

THOUSANDS attended the funeral. Thousands. The graveyard couldn’t accommodate all of them, so many had to stand outside. THOUSANDS came to our house for the next three days. My family and I got so much support and love, it has made everything so much easier. My dad, brother, sister and I had to do absolutely nothing. We had to make no arrangements. We didn’t have to worry about official stuff or all the customs, as there were people handling it for us. She touched so many hearts, people are still flooding in, truly grieved and sorry, truly embracing us and comforting us. And all this, it makes it easier and comforts us that,
“Yes, she’s in a good place.” Her body now peacefully lies beneath the soil of Pakistan, beside the grave of my noble grandmother, in Swabi.

Needless to say, her death has been a great loss to the world. Before now, my family and I didn’t even know it was possible to feel such pain, and we’re not sure we can"
*ever recover from it. We are still dazed.

My dad was recently trying to figure out which one from us three siblings got what part of her. Who got her cooking skills? Who got her writing skills? Who got her tolerance? Who got her boldness? Who got her kindness? Who got her temper? And in the end, we were all overwhelmed, yet again, that she had SO MUCH in her, it couldn’t even fit into three people, or a hundred, or more. Making a list of her great qualities may, in some way, tarnish or reduce her magnificence. I am very sure each one of you could come up with several great things about her.

We are immensely honoured to be related to such an honourable, great woman. She was my teacher. My only teacher. My best friend. My guide. My mother. The woman who made me.

I ask you to please pray for her and never, ever forget her. She doesn’t deserve that.

I also wanted to make an announcement about her Facebook cooking page
(Shama's Food Fiesta) and her blog (Khan Lady).* I cannot bear deleting it or letting it stop growing. I can never be a cook as amazing as her, but once things settle down a little, I will continue posting recipes and pictures. I will get her cookbook published. Since the age of 6, I’ve been her shadow in the kitchen and may just be the sole bearer of all her cooking secrets!

Sincerely, truly, grievingly, broken heartedly and whole heartedly,


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Just feel it!
#minimalism #micropoetry

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So good to be back! It was a fun interview with +Lee Roche​ and an equally enjoyable discussion with him and +Charlie Hoover​ about geeky stuff (okay I am undermining my excitement that may or may not leak from my shrilly voice and my stumbling over words when it came to book discussions)
Geek Questioner Podcast #0040
Lee Roche & The Canadian Supervillain
Covering January 13th - January 19th, 2017
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This week we interview +Lee Roche, a long time member of our community and find out a bit about how he geeks out. Remotely from his home in Ontario we talk about doing tech support for a living, misunderstood movie monsters, going full kaiju, having a supportive mom, turning Geekscapes into stories, Admiral Grace Hopper, sound engineering for fun, demon possessions, volunteering as a medic, and more!

Following that we discuss your answers to the week's questions. The books you're reading, your favorite tentacled creatures, how the politics of creators influences you, making titles orange again, new years resolutions for fictional characters, items you purchased from a supervillain auction, the maps you love, and more!

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Can't be said in a better way (according to me. Those who oppose- just keep opposing. It's really good for your health)

#truewords #reallife #quotes #minimalism #micropoetry
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