Commitment to International Women’s Day is intertwined with struggles against sexism, racism, colonialism, homophobia, classism, able-ism, and Islamophobia. It’s not about your individual preferences and friendships. It is about the institutions, infrastructure, and systems that prevent some of us from achieving the fullness of our human potential.
And here, in this awesomely beautiful and frightening ice storm, there is also beauty: friends reaching out to friends. There is something about storms of life that strip us to our core, literally to our heart. And what a joy to discover that there, in the mist of the storm, people are good and beautiful, that our primal instinct is to connect our lives, to reach out in love and service.
We laugh at Harold Ramis’ Groundhog Day because we too step in the same puddle every day, relive the same tensions with the same people every day. And ultimately, love breaks the rut of existence.
One should not confuse reading quotes about Malcolm with walking in his footsteps. But Malcolm himself emphasized the importance of education. So in light of that, here are 14 of Brother Malcolm’s radical teachings.
All too often the African American History month is reduced to a mantra of “integration” and “co-existence” rather than one of liberation. This leads to leaving out the radical black tradition, as well as legacy of Muslim African Americans.
Today we allow ourselves to imagine other climes, other realities, other symbols, other possibilities to see God’s mercy not merely as the sunshine that shines on all but also as the snow that covers all. What would it be like for us to imagine other spiritual “climes” without the tribalism, sexism, and classism that marked the original context of so much of early Biblical and Arab societies?
Muslims remember the Prophet as having taught us: “Die before you die.” It is a paradoxical statement, with two deaths. And a luminous life in the middle.
I am not questioning the Mayor’s solidarity with children of Israel. We as human beings are called to identify with the pain and suffering of fellow human beings. What I wonder is the selectivity: why visit only children of Israel, and not the children of Palestine?
The assault on museums and libraries sadly has far too frequent echoes: from the destruction of the Iraqi national museum, from the Serbian assault on Sarajevo’s library, and from the Islamist attack on manuscript collections in Mali. This is a hatred of arts, of beauty, of knowledge, of our collective human wisdom.