Al-Maghrib: The Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, pt 1

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Bushy haired old men with their grey whiskers waxed on piously about the “insurgency in Mali (read natives who have risen up and don’t want colonial residue in their nation)” and how something desperately must be done to help the people.

“We don’t want this to become something uncontainable,” another  melanin deprived, Pinocchio nosed analyst observed. Watching the whole thing unfold and listening to the news and reading articles online made me think how many people were swallowing this pale journalism.

Has the public even thought about these matters? Muslims, some of them busy raising Palestinian flags or chanting slogans about Kashmir, have not taken an opportunity to address this new face of the “War on Terror.”

This time, the opponents are as black as midnight, as dark as obsidian and are far from us. Do we have the same concern for them as we do for the situation that unfolded in Bosnia/Herzegovina? What about Albania? How about these other places?

Then my mind moved to more inquisitive thoughts. The moment that these men were painted with the “El-Kayduh (if that’s how they’re going to pronounce it, then I suppose that is how I’ll spell it)” brush, all legitimacy was supposed to have been lost to the listener and the necessary portion of the hypothalamus should have been removed and deposited so as to hinder critical thought.

That which was to remain should have been concern, worry but relief that someone in the UN got the guts to confront these men “who hate our freedom” and want to “destroy our lives” (“Hey, Malians! Show of hands…how many here were going to overthrow your government and then use the vast West African fleet to launch a full scale invasion on London, Los Angeles or New York?”)

Reader, have you even thought about the legacy of the “Dark Continent,” or more particularly the horn of northwest of this vast continent? We need to consider this and then we can look at these men in Mali, Benin, Burkina Faso and other places with an accurate eye.

Firstly, according to Lisan ul-`Arab and most other sources, the name “Africa (or afriqah in Arabic)” denotes only from Libya to Morocco. This is not the name that was used for the entire continent.

Thus the name, “afriqah” is referring to the countries and peoples from Libya all the way to the horn of the second largest continent on the planet (the first being Asia, the home and origin of the human race from the beginning and from where all other civilisations sprang).

The original name used by many Arab sailors (who had already drawn and made reliable maps of the seven continents as well as longitudinal and latitudinal lines by AD 900) for this gigantic location was Zanj. This initial title started out for the area encompassing Zanzibar and the surrounding areas and was gradually extended.

The second thing that needs to be understood is the full reality of what has happened with this continent. Why is this in the condition that it is in and a handful or areas are swimming in riches?

What could have happened to such a cataclysmic degree that the continent and the great majority of its’ countries have been left barren (unless the reader is going to adopt the position that the more melanin you have, the more stupid and unruly you are)?

Let’s start the answer in the easiest possible way. The United States is said to be 300,000,000 people in number. Imagine someone with the military power coming across and taking 150,000,000 people and moving them across the Pacific Ocean over to mainland China to do some work.

(Did you ask if we were going to talk to them first? What would we do that for? They’re gonna love it over there!)

This happened in a matter of two centuries but the number was more like 100,000,000 and the continent was Zanj (what you were previously calling Africa). Bodies were stacked in ships like cordwood and taken into what Spaniards and Portuguese (do you ever wonder why some of them are so able to easily form vile, racist chants against players hailing from that area) as well as Americans would call the New World.

Sold repeatedly, those that reached the United States were often paired with their siblings or children with parents for sex in order to create a super race to be worked to death while cultivating the lands of the southeast of the United States.

Back in the continent, more than 12 civilisations winked out of existence in under a century, civilisations that had held up and grown with the arrival or Arabs with Islam.

(This is not to say that there were no problems between Arabs and indigenous people, but in what texts can you find in Arabic stating that people darker than them have no soul?)

The slavery being brought by the Americans and their Spanish/Portuguese colleagues was no ordinary form of slavery. People generally fall into four types of slavery depending on their circumstances:

1. Debt slavery. You take out a loan and the creditor states that this must be worked off. However, you lose track of how much you have cleared (this is especially the case when debtors are unable to read and thus are working indefinitely).

Most people in this circumstance die in debt and leave their children to work on in perpetuity trying to pay a debt whose amount they do not know.

2. Sex slavery. This often has two forms:

a) The prostitution that most of us are familiar with can be both forced and wilful. The former will often involve a facilitator (or the more common expression, ‘pimp’) who will take money from the worker and leave him/her with a stipulated amount,

which could change based upon the facilitator’s understanding. Escape from this form of slavery is nearly impossible but there are some success stories.

b) then there is sex slavery that is religious. Temples and some religious societies have temple prostitutes that are part of their charms or luck.

These temple prostitutes are often lauded to possess healing powers, good and bad luck as well as the power over life and death and the protection of livelihood. The vast majority of people in this quagmire are women although male temple prostitution is not unknown. This type of slavery is lifelong.

3. War Slavery. This is the P.O.W. Taken in war he or she could be tortured, ransomed, killed, jailed or eventually released based upon the stratagems and victors in the perspective war. Release from this temporary slavery can be secured in most circumstances.

4. Permanental Slavery Based on Race. This is the European model. It was claimed by figures within the Catholic Church (and in a more muscular fashion the Protestant Churches) that one of the sons of the Prophet Nuh, peace be upon him,

bearing the name Ham, looked at his father’s nakedness while the old man was in a state of drunkenness and engaged in sexual intercourse.

His other two sons, Japheth and Shem, when informed by Ham what had happened, piously covered their father with a blanket in order to shield his nakedness.

When the Prophet Nuh, peace be upon him, awoke and heard what had happened, he blessed his first two sons that shielded his body but cursed his third son, Ham, stating that he and his sons would be slaves to the first two sons.

This is narrated in the Bible of both groups,[1] but the commentary is the most alarming. According to commentators on both sides, the curse on Ham was to have extremely dark skin and when he smiles his lips will fatten and the slavery is because he is very dark.[2]

Also, for a dash of spice, it was mentioned that aboard the Ark during the flood, Ham could not help himself and just had to copulate with a dog.[3] This makes easy reading for anyone looking for a good historical account on the “darker races.”

By creating this structure in the beginning, it was made possible to use justification from their book and commentaries as evidence for their tactics. This was then implemented with ruthless precision.

(Curiously, over this entire period, neither the Protestant reformers nor the heads of the Catholic Church ever condemned this action. It would be several hundred years in before we ran across a Wilbur Force and other good hearted people).

Recommended Reading:

Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade by David Eltis, et all

The Transatlantic Slave Trade: A History by David Rawley

The Secret Relationship between Blacks and Jews – Nation of Islam

Jew on the Brain: A Public Refutation of the Nation of Islam’s the Secret Relationship between Blacks and Jews by Harold Brackman

The Trade: Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade by Victoria Coules

Christopher Columbus and the Afrikan Holocaust: Slavery and the Rise of European Capitalism by John Henrik Clarke


[1] Genesis, Ch. 9, ver. 18-28 as taken from Jewish Publication Society: Hebrew-English, Brooklyn, NY, AD 2003; The Holy Bible; New International Version, Gideons International, AD 1973; The King James Bible, Great Britain, AD 1900; New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, Brooklyn, NY, AD 1961

[2] Please see Louis Ginsburg’s Legends of the Jews, pp. 167-174, JHU Press, AD 1998 as translated by Henrietta Szold for the full context of this enlightening commentary. Ginsburg, a noted rabbi of the Conservative Judaism movement and scholar in Midrashic literature, even takes the time to try to reconcile these and other stories.

Our Christian colleagues may yowl in anger, stating, “This is a Jewish book so how dare you impute this to us.” However, if the reader should read the introduction and also the other notes, the author of the text not only draws from Jewish sources, but from Christian literature as well. Even if such literature might be viewed as “deuterocanonical,” it is still the case that some higher authorities saw it as a high enough standing that it was included and preached to the congregations.

[3] Please see Midrash Rabbah, Dr. H. & Simon, M. Edit Freedman, vol.1, pp. pp. 290-295, Soncino Press, AD 1951.

Update on Firearms…A Fundamental Question article

Figure 1A: An example of the AR15 bushmaster, one of the images that started the argument on  firearms yet again.
Figure 1A: An example of the AR15 bushmaster, one of the images that started the argument on firearms yet again.

Recently, I received a good amount of feedback on the article. Most of it centered around the understanding that the pictures were superfluous and not necessary for the article itself and distracted from the core message. I then reread the article this morning and found the following:

1: Some pictures were indeed superfluous and not necessary for the main point of the article and were not relevant to the message contained within the text.

2. Other pictures needed a greater of explanation so that they flowed with the main core of what was written. An example was a gun that was listed as George Washington’s favourite firearm.

The writer, intending by this that the pistol was his favourite firearm, read the sentence again and understood that a reader might be confused and believe that this was actually George Washington’s gun. I therefore removed this picture and put an exact replica of the said firearm to remove any doubts from the reader’s mind.

3. I have introduced a figuring system for each picture that gives it greater relevance to the written text so that the context and accuracy of the picture can be comprehended and apprehended by the reader.

This issue is so important that some captioning is needed as:

a. people speaking about guns often have never owned them, much less seen them.

b. gun owners are to be defended and are for the vast majority of cases responsible and balanced individuals.

c. gun owners throughout history, from the first rifle until now, have been responsible for the protection of civilisations, families and freedoms that many of us benefit from and have stopped tyranny that some of us have yet to witness.

This must be defended at all times. Let us make no apology for this matter.

al-Hajj Abu Ja`far al-Hanbali

Firearms…A Fundamental Question

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There was a period of time, from 1987-1990 where I went to a funeral sometimes once a week, another time once a month. Out of a group of sixty friends, none remains but myself and my friend Caspar.

The death of every one of those other friends was the result of someone using firearms against them. Their deaths still reverberate through my being and the thought of a 10 year or 20 year reunion remains decisively out of the question.

Indeed my generation was the generation of firearms. If you look at the people born in the years 1969, 1972 and 1974, after having had children, these people and their siblings are less in number than when they started.

The reason for that was that from AD 1988-1992, more than 17,500 people from my generation: Arabs, Mexicans, Blacks, committed a fratricide of genocidal proportions. Yes it is true that this was the direct result of the West Coast gang bangin’ philosophy and the colour line controversy;

But the main tool used in this generational holocaust was firearms (it is still my prayer that the truce called between the 18th Streets and Mara Savatrucha Trece (MS-13) works out as it partly involves my old neighbourhood and people I still know).

When my family left North Africa and came to Cuba, then the Central America nations of Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras, we saw these tiny nations in disarray, nationalistic revolutions overturning the regimes that the US had previously but in place.

Cuban guerillas
Figure 1a: Cuban guerrillas with the firearms they used to usher in the Cuban Revolution. These guns were later collected and confiscated once the Socialist Government had a secure hold on the reigns of power.

Gun powder, cordite and the tools that fired the projectiles needed were utilised to complete this job. Newsreels could be seen of armed civilians proudly walking the streets with their families, grinning broadly and shouting that now they had their “freedom.”

Once my family made their way through Mexico into the United States, we first landed in Annapolis, Maryland, then moved to the south. My grandfather’s brother was murdered and when his son attempted to investigate, he was murdered by the police, the commissioner being the uncle of the murderer of my great uncle (my grandfather’s brother).

The chosen tool for use before he was hung up and set on fire and we had to cut down the charred remains, was a firearm. My grandfather would forever remind me of this and it is perhaps one of the greatest evidences in favour of my anti-americanism.

The police did not stop and continued to harass my family and we ultimately left Louisiana after he (my grandfather) shot a policemen in the crotch with a sawed off shotgun when they attempted to surround him to subject him to the same fate that his brother experienced.

We then moved to the West Coast and there saw some serious gun crime. The police departments of Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles County, Denver, Billings and other locations continued to (then and for the most part now) pull their main recruits from the southeast of the US or similar quarters who either currently are or are later inducted into the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

Our suffering therefore did not end and the corrupt police that imposed curfews and martial laws over our areas and used Chinook helicopters to guarantee air supremacy did so only with massive firepower.

They had firearms and the Chinook helicopter (named after an aboriginal tribe from the Northwest that was almost completely exterminated by the same firearms) possessing gun turrets that struck terror in our hearts.

Hearing them do a quarter dive and come in over our heads by fifty feet or sometimes fly over our houses low enough to blow out the windows of our houses are things I will never forget.

American patriots in their war machines
Figure 1b: An example of Chinook helicopters that have been used by the US in domestic and international operations.

None of these contraptions and other war machines would have any punch if it wasn’t for firearms. About this there can be no dispute.

All of this continues in the United States today, a country that possesses an arsenal of 300 million firearms distributed among a population of the same number. The difference is that for the first time in their history, they are facing these mass deaths in their own ranks.

Proud, white, American men are storming through cafeterias, shopping malls, elementary schools, movie theatres, post offices and almost any other place that whites can congregate and it is nearly impossible to seek refuge anywhere without the fear of some rampage or outrageous atrocity occurring.

Watching the Sandy Hook Elementary survivors and the parents of the children crying, weeping and wailing on the television reminded me of similar scenes when I grew up. The only difference is when the police would shoot my friends in the back walking home from school as target practice, we wept. They smiled.

Police officers would often make the symbol of the gun and pointed at us and “pulled the trigger,” not long after blowing away the imaginary smoke from the improvised barrel. So it finally grabbed them, I shook my head in affirmation while watching the spectacle unfold.

This was a result of firearms. People using guns on other people, releasing a magazine, quarter magazine or just giving it a good spray and seeing what happens…

All of this is now a national issue because it involves whites and not just Mexicans, Arabs and Blacks…or for that matter Puerto Ricans, Dominicans or Trinidadians.

Americans then appeared from the wilderness, aggressively demanding gun regulations that would ban assault rifles (which will probably be as effective a ban as there was against the AK 47 in the 1980s and my uncle, to show how impotent the laws were, bought one off the street within an hour – unregistered).

There are just too many firearms, too many tragedies and this cannot be allowed to go on. Those desiring regulation said that a breaking point had been reached…the matter had gone past the Rubicon. Something must be done.

One of the leaders of this movement is British transplant Piers Morgan. After every mass atrocity that involved whites and assault weapons, he has raised the question of whether the United States is just plain awash with weapons and they need to regulate it.

To the readers I will say this very simple statement: no matter what I have mentioned above, I am still very much pro-guns. In fact, all that I have seen in my life, my growing up with guns, has made me more resolutely pro-gun.

I know the reader of these words might be incredulous. It might not make any sense to you. So I will explain myself. Allow me that before you make up your mind about whether I have understood this issue or not.

A Response in Revelation

I am a Muslim and self-defence has always been a huge part of my faith. When I look at all of the corrupt regimes around the world, I notice that most of them either have laws that ban guns altogether or they place stringent restrictions to prevent those who would be qualified to access them.

I grew up in the gang capital of the planet, the place where crack cocaine exploded and was put on the map by dealers from Central America, the site of the Iran-Contra controversy playing out.

No doubt about it, gang bangin’ was and is a big problem in the places where I lived; but some of the things that were not a problem were: rape, serial killers, child molesters. Why? The free access to guns…this is why.

Klansmen, Eastside White Pride and other assorted skinheads could not live in my neighbourhoods. Why? Free access to guns. The problems with skinheads and such happened on the way to school or the way back, in between these neighbourhoods and such.

Once deeply in my area, we would not see these matters, firearms made sure of it. I remember the shock of meeting Muslims who were against the free access to guns and having to contain myself. What book are they reading?

Just look at what Allah said in Surat ul-Baqarah (2), ayah 190:

So fight in the Cause of Allah those who fight you and do not transgress. Indeed Allah does not love the transgressors.

And again in Surat ul-Baqarah (2), ayah 191:

So do not fight them while in the presence of the Sacred Masjid unless they fight you first. If they fight you therein, then kill them. That is the reward for the unbelievers.  

Allah has said in Surat ul-Anfal (8), ayah 60:

Prepare for them what you are able to from power and steeds and chariots of war so that you might terrorise the enemy of Allah and your enemies, those you do not know, but Allah knows them.

He told us yet again in Surat ul-Anfal (8), ayah 39:

Fight them until there is no more fitnah and the religion is all for Allah alone

Here He actually challenges Muslims to do something in Surat ut-Tawbah (9), ayah 38:

You who believe! What is wrong with you that when it is said to you that you should march out to fight in the Cause of Allah, you do not and you cling to the Earth?

Allah actually loves it when people fight a war with righteousness and this would naturally involve some sort of weaponry for use as He said in Surat us-Saff (61), ayah 4:

Indeed Allah loves those who fight in His Cause all together as if they are a solid structure.

Any Muslim in his right mind that trumps a policy of disarmament, decommissioning globally or on a personal scale has no real knowledge of Islam and has forgotten that the whole point why prophets started carrying swords was when they started to be assaulted and then later killed for their statements.

Whether the discussion is regarding swords, bow and arrow, crossbow, six shooter, Walther P-38, Desert Eagle, any number of assault weapons…WHATEVER! In the ayat, Allah has still listed defending oneself and being armed.

Historical Milestones

When I think back, had it not been for that Muslim brother in Algeria inventing the repeat action rifle in AD 1250, we would not have won the Crusades, taken back the Holy Land and I would probably be speaking Italian or French (both languages I despise and revile) and be headed to mass (a religion that is not only false but also protects paedophilia).

It was firearms that gave us the ability to stop the Spanish Inquisition when they attempted to roll the pogroms out across North Africa. The same firearms served Muslims well to defeat invading forces in Cambodia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Chechenya, Tuva, Chad and all other places where uprisings appeared.

Men like these defeated the USSR, the British Empire twice and now the US. Choose your Freedom!
Figure 1b: Mujahidin with rifles from the Great Afghan War on the way to defeating and dissolving the Soviet Union.

When people are violently oppressive (burglars, police, government officials, special forces, FBI, CIA, Blackwater), what other means does one have to redress the matter and re-balance the equation?

No one should ever want to sit at home biting his or her fingernails hoping there will be no break in or that the police will treat them justly.

 

Guns are Unsafe

Often, people in opposition to guns, whether it be ownership or free flow of them, state that they are unsafe and “what if it falls down and a kid picks it up.” Those with this objection are almost always those who have never owned a gun.

Let’s put things in proper perspective:

1. Most gun owners keep their guns in a safe or on a rack in the house. A small child either does not know the combination or cannot reach the rack.

Keep your firearms safe!
Figure 2a: An example of a gun safe used by a responsible firearm owner. Once locked, it can only be opened with the key or combination code held by the owner.
nice rack!
Figure 2b: Example of a wall mounted rifle rack kept out of reach of children by a responsible firearm owner.

2. If you have a hand gun, the leather holster (even if you oil it regularly to keep it moist) will be too secure and snug for the gun to merely “fall out” or “accidently slip and fall on the floor.”

an example of one way to conceal weapons
Figure 3a: An example of a holster for a pistol. This is often used in some fashion by those bearing concealed weapons permits.

3. It is not as hard as most of these people believe to carry a concealed weapon, gun or otherwise. The great majority of the time, since I was 10/11 years old, I have been armed in one way or another. No one has been injured and no one is the wiser.

This is why it is a concealed weapon. If there was school security and metal detectors (like at the schools I went to) or concealed weapons permits granted to the principal, a few of the prefects and the homeroom teachers, this would definitely be a deterrent to the outrages that unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary on that day.

 

I Would Rather be Shot Today Than in the Past

Another claim often rushed forward by those beating the drum of disarmament and capitulation is that being shot or the risk of it is extremely dangerous.

In the case of the United States, snivellers and whiners (the drone of their voice often initiating howls of pain from the tortured eardrums of their opponents) say that the “Founding Fathers” could never have envisioned a day when there would be AK 47s, 45 Desert Eagles, 9mm Glocks, SIG P220s, KT-47 (which can pierce through police car doors).

Again, I really do not think that the advocates of this position (including Bill Maher, Piers Morgan and others who are happy for soldiers they do not know to fight wars they support with weapons they do not believe in) have thought things out properly. A little history is in order.

The “Founding Fathers” all packed and many pictures of them can be found posing next to, with or holding their guns.

The second amendment was only a natural outgrowth of this cultural norm.

George Washington packing steel
Figure 4a: A painting of George Washington. In the background, a black powder rifle is clearly visible.

This is the same norm that led to the Wild West and then assisted and gave a helping hand to the West Coast gang bang mentality. I proudly stood next to allies before and after campaigns in pictures wearing our “uniforms” and feeling mighty and masculine;

But something else needs to be considered. The “Founding Fathers” were packing black powder. This is far more dangerous than the guns that we see today.

an exact replica of George Washington's favourite firearm.
Figure 4b: an exact replica of George Washington’s favourite firearm.

A black powder hand gun will release a molten ball of lead flying at you that upon impact might not fully enter your body but instead splatter all over your face. You will probably die from lead poisoning, one of the compounds in the powder or any number of other complications.

The entry and exit wounds are the least of your worries. It is for this reason, when you see pictures of men from the 1700-1800s with pock marks on their faces or their skin looks seared, this is due to the fact that when they were soldiers, they walked through the smoke of black powder weapons or were hit by some of the backdraft when they were fired.

This is actually far more dangerous than handguns that we have today. Black powder handgun and rifle owners know this and are some of the most abstentious and cautious gun owners I have ever met. If you are shot with black powder by someone who is accurate, short of a miracle (no, Kevlars probably wont help you either), you are not going to make it.

Imagine if some of the rappers we hear of today that have been shot multiple times were instead shot ONCE with a black powder round from a handgun. They would not be here today. Understand that fact.

Survival from gun shots issued from “modern weapons” is more certain today than being hit with something like black powder. If forced, I would rather to be shot with a “modern weapon” than black powder or even a metal bolt from a cross bow

(think about the damage it would do having to pull out the metal bolt along with the head and tail of it which will undoubtedly tear and gore out more flesh).

This is not to say that “modern” handguns or assault rifles do no damage, as entry and exit wounds with hollow points and such are indicators that the damage done by these weapons should be understood in solemn terms;

My point however is that the “Founding Fathers” possessed firearms that in many ways are more destructive than some of what we possess today. Therefore, putting across this assumption that assault weapons are someone a new and unbelievably inconceivable weapon of the same capacity as the difference between a cannon and a nuclear bomb is not only irresponsible to put across as an argument, but it is patently unhistorical.

I want the readers to think (especially some of my brothers who support the Arab uprisings – these same uprisings where we can see Arabs clearly brandishing guns, not for hunting but for combat) about the wider consequences of banning or making firearms illegal.

Ferdinand Marcos, Najibullah, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Pol Pot, Mao Tse Tung, all the Central and South American dictators, Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin all banned firearms for the populous when they swept into power. The results of the public acquiescing to this can be read in history books and seen on documentaries.

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprisings were successful when the Jews obtained firearms. Banning assault weapons is the beginning of banning all firearms. There is no difference between assault weapons and other firearms except the amount of firepower.

"Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the people’s liberty’s teeth." George Washington
Figure 5a: George Washington seated with a sword across his lap. He is reputed to have also said the following: “Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the people’s liberty’s teeth.”

Self-defence and possessing the means to do so and if necessary remove oppressive governments are rights that are in the Qur’an, Sunnah and are known by necessity to the human race. The obfuscation of this is nothing short of preparing a population for martial law and totalitarian rule. The Lord keep us all safe from that day.