I don’t like how Zakat has been labeled as “charity.” Its a very neo-liberal western view on what Zakat actually is. It is a stabilizing religious tax that is a form of Islamic socialism and reducing it to “charity” makes it sound like Muslims are doing this because we’re so kind and thoughtful. No, we do it (firstly for Allah) to make sure that those of us that were not blessed with wealth will have it. We are not being nice, we are being human. We want people to be able to live.

Top 16 of 2016

1. La La Land

It’s joyous, romantic, energetic, heartbreaking, and just so damn fun!!  Not only the best of the year, but the best of the past 2 years!!

2. Hell or High Water

An inspired neo western that deals with income inequality and family.  It’s tense and darkly funny, with a great Texas atmosphere and lived in characters.

3. Arrival

A smart alien ‘invasion’ movie that focuses on communication and unity instead of violence and bombast, underlined with an emotional and eye opening human story that demands multiple viewings.

4. The Edge of Seventeen

Hailee Steinfeld is Oscar worthy in this coming of age tale.  It’s equally hilarious and heartbreaking, all the while being surprisingly relatable.

5. Moonlight

A deep character study full of empathy and raw emotions.  Fantastic acting and even better direction.

6. Manchester by the Sea

A subtle, yet completely honest portrayal of dealing with grief.  One of the best acting ensembles of year.

7. Captain America: Civil War

Kinetic action, real world themes, and focus on characters new and old make this one of the best entries in the MCU.

8. Captain Fantastic

Who knew living off the grid could be so interesting?  A unique take on the family dramedy that shows the good and bad of both sides, and gets the family into some hysterical situations.

9. The Witch 

A dark and atmospheric experience, with eerily authentic sense of dread.  It’s a horror movie that’s actually horrific!

10. Swiss Army Man

The most unique and absurdly hilarious movie of the year.  A movie that I feel is about normalizing openly loving relationships between two males, whether it’s romantic or not.  Career performance from Radcliffe as well.

11. The Nice Guys

The best written action comedy in years.  Amazing chemistry between Crowe and Gosling.  Just so much fun and totally rewatchable.

12. Sing Street

An inspired story filled with great music, likeable characters that you can’t help but root for, and a great authentic 80s feel.

13. Hunt for the Wilder people

Another absurdist comedy from Taika Waititi featuring fantastic banter between the two unlikely leads and a subtlety touching story.

14. Nocturnal Animals

A dark and twisted sophomore effort from Tom Ford.  Incredible ensemble all around and a story within a story that’s completely captivating.

15. Deadpool

Ryan Reynolds killed it in the role he was born to play.  Very funny and a very faithful adaptation of the tone of the comics!

16. Star Trek Beyond

A very entertaining and character driven movie for the franchise’s 50th anniversary.  Great new characters and great use of classic characters.

Honorable mentions:

- A Monster Calls

- Green Room

- The Neon Demon

- Equals

- Doctor Strange

- Kubo and the two strings

- David Brent: Life on the road

- American Honey

- The Jungle book

- Midnight special


LOVE YOU LILY EDITSRedemption trail [2013]

In the golden Sonoma hills a solitary rancher, Tess (LisaGay Hamilton), rides the trails, scouting the land she tends. In the privileged Oakland hills, a driven doctor, Anna (Lily Rabe), tends to life with her husband (Hamish Linklater) and precious daughter (Asta Sjogren-Uyehara). Soon Anna is alone and she and Tess will meet, under circumstances as unexpected as this film’s meeting of neo-Western and classic modernism. “We were never meant to survive,” Audre Lorde’s poem goes, but Anna has survived, a dilemma Tess, daughter of a slain Black Panther, knows something about. Motherless child and childless mother: In Britta Sjogren’s telling, their stories are folded together, delicately, so as not to crush the elements in the resultant mix. Sjogren is a Bay Area filmmaker to watch–literally. Her visual sense is keen, and the startling landscapes of shifting fog and vistas she captures reward seeing this film on the big screen.


Palace Of The Week - Akasaka Palace

This palace is located in Tokyo and is used as a State Guesthouse of Government of Japan. The Akasaka Palace was originally built for the crown Prince between 1899 and 1909. This building is also the only one Neo-Baroque, Western Style, building in the whole country.

I really like this palace, it’s really elegant. I was also really surprised to see such a building in Japan. I’d rather expect to see this palace in Vienna or in another european capital city.

the-laughing-absol  asked:

What do you think about Buddhism? I've been looking into it for a minute, thinking I might adopt it. I haven't been religious in some time but I do follow certain beliefs? Religion is pretty neat I think.

I hope this doesn’t come out as rude, and I apologize if it does, but I have to be blunt; most people adopt Buddhism because it is perceived from an entirely western orientalist, neo-colonial and romanticized perspective. Rather than understanding Buddhism in general, its tenets, its laws, its philosophy, its eschatology and the purpose of pursuing to become a Bodhisattva, per Mahayana and etc, people choose to convert because they’re in love with the rituals, this is not adequate by simply reading Siddharta or w/e, haha. What’s also unfortunate is that people believe that simple researching into the faith is what motivates one into becoming an adherent. To become an adherent, you can’t just accept the external points of a religion, it’s baseless. Like every faith (that is open for conversion) in this world, your conviction must come through what you perceive as spiritual and existential truth, this is not achieved by simply watching a Monk meditate on some snowy mountain in the Himalayas, there’s no conviction in that. 

Movies for a Fallout fan
  • A Boy and His Dog (1975) ; Inspiration for the games, much references in-game such as dogmeat’s name and the glowing ones and vaults. Highly recommended. 
  • Mad Max (1979-) series ; Inspiration for the games, such as a dog companion, the leather armor and raiders fashion style. Highly recommended.
  • The Omega Man (1971) ; Inspiration for the games, though I’d say not to the same extent as the previous two. Also shown at the Fallout 3 film festival. Recommended as it is a classic, however I did not get much of a Fallout feeling when watching. 
  • Cherry 2000 (1987) ; Androids, post-apocalyptic desert environment with scattered settlements and buried cities. Big fucking guns. Really bad acting, but still a pretty enjoyable film from a Fallout fan’s perspective. 
  • Book of Eli (2010) ; Nuclear post-apocalyptic neo-western. Pretty good. 
  • Eden Log (2007) ; ”A man wakes up in an underground cave not knowing how he got there, a dead man lies next to him.” Definitely gives the feeling of exploring a vault. Recommended. 
  • Pandorum (2009) ; Post-apocalyptic survival in a space ship with mutants and shit. Great movie. 
  • Six String Samurai (1998) ; Post-apocalyptic Vegas, dude trying to get there to become the new King. Referenced as a New Vegas perk. Kind of strange movie, but very enjoyable and cool.  
  • I Am Legend (2007) ; Based on the same novel as The Omega Man. Post-apocalyptic. Good. 
  • Twelve Monkeys (1995) ; Post-apocalyptic time travel movie. Recommended. 

anonymous asked:

Salam sister can you help? I do not want to be muslim anymore :( The quran really does call for us to kill infidels and it feels like every other interpretation of it that I read is just trying desperately to cover it up. I love Islam but I dont want to identify with something that would say that :( Advice????


That’s not true. Think about it: if we were supposed to kill all non-Muslims and those who leave Islam, would there even be anyone left on Earth except us? 

“Infidel” at the time meant those who committed treason. At the time, your religious affiliation was also your political. So, if you actively chose to leave Islam, it meant you were actively against and harming Muslims in very real ways and basically siding with the enemy. Not even a ~kuffar~ type enemy. No, like, literally people trying to kill Muslims. So it was treason, which is an act still punishable by death in many countries including America. People take this and interpret it wrongly as killing anyone who isn’t Muslim or leaves Islam. 

Here’s an excerpt from Imam Osama’s index (@partytilfajr). He studied shari’a formally and teaches it so you can trust this. 

Should someone be killed for leaving Islam? Overwhelmingly, the answer is no. Why do people do that today? For a huge range of reasons, that entail reactions to Westernization, neo-Colonialism, rejection of all sorts of stuff and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, etc etc. So, that’s today, and it has little to do with formal Islam.

As far The Qur'an is concerned, there are no punishments on this earth for leaving Islam.

“As for anyone who denies God after having once attained to faith – and this, to be sure, does not apply to one who does it under duress, the while his heart remains true to his faith, but [only to] him who willingly opens up his heart to a denial of the truth -: upon all such [falls] God’s condemnation, and tremendous suffering awaits them: (107) all this, because they hold this world’s life in greater esteem than the life to come, and because God does not bestow His guidance upon people who deny the truth. They whose hearts and whose hearing and whose sight God has sealed – it is they, they who are heedless! (109) Truly it is they, they who in the life to come shall be the losers!” [16:106-108] Muhammad Asad

So, if there is nothing in The Qur'an that would sanction any earthly punishments (i.e. flogging, prison, etc) the question becomes, where do we get the idea that Apostasy in Islam is punishable by death?

The answer is Hadith. Now, I would like to be very clear here, if there is something that is in the Hadith, that is not in The Qur'an, there are two possibilities:

First, if the Hadith contradicts something in The Qur'an, there’s is a very high probability that it is a weak (dayeef) or fabricated Hadith.

Second, as is the case with the Hadith in question (sanctioning death for Apostasy) you must check the Hadith back to the larger rule found in The Qur'an, if The Qur'an does not directly support the injunction found in this Hadith, then that means without question that the Hadith is for a very narrow and very explicit situation that most probably will never be relevant to you.

Thus, when The Prophet says that those who leave Islam should be put to death, he is talking about a very specific time, when the Muslims were living in Yathrib (Medina) and were being attacked and besieged by the Meccans.

Let us remember that what constituted the community of the early Muslims was not tribal, blood ties, or ethnic; the community that was established by The Prophet was predicated on belief (among the Muslims) and as a conscious, willing union between those of other faiths (namely Jews, Christians, and Pagans of Yathrib [Medina]).

So, when we think of “religion” today, we think of it as something separate to our nationality, tribe, ethnicity, etc. People can be a German Buddhist, or a Japanese Christian, or a Argentinian Follower of The Church of Diego, but during the time of The Prophet, a person’s status as a “Muslim” was the equivalent to what we consider our national identity. The governmental structure that a Muslim was subject and loyal to was that of Islam, just like, an American citizen is subject and loyal to the United States government.

So, within the Hadith that refer to The Prophet sanctioning death as a penalty towards those who leave Islam, this is not an issue of someone saying: “Oohhh yahhhh I’m like, not mazlam any moreeee, just not feelin’ it anymore, lolz, let’s watch Twilight.”

It is not the simplistic notion of leaving a religion, as we understand it today, rather, it should be understood as someone committing high treason, a crime that is punishable by death in the United States, and many other countries. This is different to “regular” treason, or petty treason, which is usually punished with life in prison. The difference between “high treason” and “treason” is whether the nation is at war, and in many countries, high treason is punishable by death, while treason is not.

So, the context of The Prophet saying that those who leave Islam should be put to death, it is not because they are “leaving Islam,” it is because they are betraying their community, which is defined by their acceptance of the tenants of Islam, much like the American community is not defined by any ethnic ties, but by one’s acceptance of the tenants of the US Constitution. Thus, this Hadith is within the context of (1) War time, (2) High Treason, and (3) Does not abrogate The Qur'an, but, is the result of a need deemed necessary by The Prophet, applies to this very narrow situation that he was in.

So, it is such a narrow context that it can almost be rendered meaningless. Today we do not organize our states by virtue of religion, we do so by the boundaries of the state, either in a geographic and/or national sense, so by saying that “death is penalty for those who turn to other religions,” we are not really referring to the same thing, which adds to the confusion.

I hope this helps, insha Allah. Just remember that whenever you see something troublesome in the Quran or hadith, there’s always some kind of context. It’s either translated haphazardly, biased, or we don’t see the big picture.