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LeninLover69 AKA PissPigGrandad AKA Brace Belden is alright! He, the YPG, and the YPJ assaulted the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. He is a socialist who joined the YPG to fight ISIS and help protect the people of Rojava, a confederate socialist territory in northern Syria that allies itself with the PKK in Turkey and other leftist groups in Iraq. Before the assault, his unit was under mortar fire, which he described as: “dipshit keeps missing”.

He was afraid that he was certainly going to die, but now he is alive and appears to be well. Solidarity with Comrade PissPigGrandad

https://www.reddit.com/r/socialism/comments/5e4y5e/pisspiggrandad_is_still_alive/

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I was very honored to meet and talk with my powerful brother and Hip-Hop artist Kendrick Lamar. The Cultural Revolution is On. The artistic community has historically been in the vanguard of social change. • #Farrakhan #KendrickLamar

Foodie Friday: Stuffed Bell Peppers

Serves: 6

Ingredients: 
-6 large red bell peppers
-1 lb ground beef
-½ cup onion, chopped
-1 can tomatoes, diced
-½ cup rice (any kind you prefer - my mom uses Spanish rice!)
-1 cup water
-Salt
-1 tsp BBQ sauce
-1 cup shredded cheese, plus some for topping (any melty kind - Mom usually used shredded Mexican blend)
-Pepper
-Optional: diced jalapeno pepper (my family never ate it like this on account of the jalapeno reacting rather negatively for all of us, but my friends love it!)

1) Get a large pot of water on heat to boil. While you wait for it to boil, get your rice started and preheat your oven to 350 degrees (Fahrenheit)

2) Cut off the tops of the bell peppers and remove the stem. Reserve the red part, and discard the seeds and membranes from inside the peppers.

3) Dice the reserved parts of the pepper caps.

4) In a large sauce pan or skillet, cook the ground beef, diced pepper, and onions, until meat is browned and the veggies are tender.

5) Drain off the excess fat and add the drained tomatoes, BBQ sauce, salt, and pepper.

6) Get some cold water ready. Put the bell peppers into the boiling water and allow them to cook for 2-5 minutes. Then immediately transfer them into the cold water to halt the cooking process. This will blanch them and allow them to more easily hold the filling while baking.

7) Mix rice and cheese into the beef mixture. Portion out into the bell peppers and arrange on a baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes, add the cheese topping, and finish up with five more minutes of baking.

Serve as a main alone, or with tortilla or corn chips!

Magical Ingredient

As I was growing up, I could always tell when my mom was going to make stuffed bell peppers for dinner. The refrigerator would be filled with peppers, onions, and beef, and my dad would be giddy with excitement. With so much focus on food in our family, the dinner selection often influenced how the day would go. In all honesty, as a kid I wasn’t a fan of the bell peppers. But as is usual, my palate changed as I grew up, and I found myself loving bell peppers.

But it wasn’t really the peppers that would get the house excited. It was the beef. We ate a lot of chicken and pork, but for one or two days of the week, we broke out the beef - which was always something we loved. Given our Irish heritage, this comes to me as no surprise. After all, beef and cattle had a prominent place in Irish Celtic lore.

I’ve mentioned in previous Foodie Friday articles, meat isn’t usually the main feature of kitchen witch articles. This makes some sense, as many witches shy away from meats and focus on the magical properties of plants either because of personal dietary choices or so as to avoid any issues with karmic law. However, as not all witches adhere to a karmic law, and many still consume meat and animal products, I feel there is a need to acknowledge the magic meat can bring to a dish.

Beef is one of those meats that can be somewhat polarizing due to cultural influence. In plenty of European cultures, consumption of beef was part of life, but in Hinduism, consuming beef is taboo - something I’ll get into later.

In general, cattle represent prosperity and health. After all, in some cultures, the survival of livestock was a matter of life and death. This dependency on domesticated meat sources elevated cattle to a near-sacred level. War and skirmishes in Celtic Ireland, for example, were usually waged over the acquisition of cattle and grazing land. An excellent example of this is  Táin Bó Cúailnge - The Cattle Raid of Cooley. 

In this epic, two rulers - Ailill and Medb - compare each others’ wealth (they were a somewhat competitive married couple). They are evenly matched in wealth with one exception: Ailill has in his possession a particularly fertile bull. This bull had been born to Medb’s herd, but scorned being owned by a woman. As a result, he had transferred himself over to Ailill’s herd. In order to equal the wealth, Medb conspires to rent an equally fertile bull from Cooley for a year. When it’s revealed that she would have taken the bull by force if the deal hadn’t been struck, war is declared.

To sum up a rather drawn out epic, the story ends up being about the hero Cu Chulainn defending Cooley. And who else but the Morrigan appears to him at several points in the story, once as a heifer and once as an old woman with a three-legged cow. 

The entire story revolves around cattle and ownership of cattle!

Meanwhile, in Norse mythology, cattle are important from the very beginning, in which the cow Audhumbla uncovered the first of the Aesir gods by licking salt from ice. Nerthus is a Vanir goddess who was attributed to fertility and the drawing of a wagon by heifers.

The significance of cattle wasn’t limited to Northern Europe. In Judaism, the Torah describes the ritual sacrifice of an unblemished red cow. It would then be made into a burnt offering, whose ashes would be added to water used in ritual purification of a person who had come in contact with a human corpse. Unlike shellfish, beef is kosher in Judaism provided the cow is slaughtered and blessed through the shechita ritual and served separate from any dairy.

This bears resemblance to a similar practice of ritual slaughter and blessing of cattle for consumption in Islam. In fact in a passage from the second surah of the Quran (Al-Baqara 67-73), a story describes some conflict between the Israelites regarding the proper cow to be sacrificed  in order to resurrect a murdered man.

In ancient Egypt, the cow was sacred to Hathor, who was a goddess of fertility, feminine love, joy, and motherhood.

In Hinduism, cattle has a rather significant role, being used as a symbol for the dawn and sometimes depicted listening to Krishna’s music. While the slaughter and consumption of meat isn’t observed in all sects of Hinduism, some condemn the killing of bipeds and quadrupeds and therefore pursue vegetarianism so as to abstain from slaughter. As I’d mentioned, however, not all Hindus practice vegetarianism - in Shaktism, cattle is still sometimes sacrificed and consumed during certain rituals and holidays.

Even Zoroastrianism holds the cow to be sacred, as the soul of the earth is also described as “the spirit of the cow.” And at one point, Zoroastrianism hailed cow urine as being a powerful panacea for all moral and bodily sin. Treatment of the cow was to not be abusive, though the meat could be consumed if done so properly.

Ultimately, what we see as an underlying theme in all of these cultures and religions is that the cow is a symbol for the earth and for prosperity and health. It was equally attributed to wealth, and was the very core of life in some areas. This carries over into modern witchcraft, in which the cow continues to be a symbol of fertility and prosperity.

In kitchen witchery, we can focus on these properties in our cooking, turning a meal into a spell for health, love, fertility, and wealth. These very same properties are shared with dairy products, which could mean that that cheeseburger you had for lunch is a double-whammy of love and prosperity!

As you cook up your next beef dish, take into account the long history and religious significance the cow has had, and take a moment to make use of that magic!

May all your meals be blessed! )O(

The myth(s) of North Africa, the Middle East and the « MENA »

In this post, I’d like to debunk a few myths about North Africa, the Middle East, and, overall, this « MENA » region that people are always talking about. Long story short, those three terms are inaccurate in various degrees, and behind them hide colonial and imperialist ideologies. They’re not neutral, nor are they factual — they send a message, and you should be aware of their meaning when you use them.

This is a long post so I’m putting it under a “read more”; I would also like to thanks @movingtospacesoon for being kind enough to correct my (numerous) English mistakes.


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Answer to the common question whether Hijabis were forced to wear the Headscarf aka Hijab 

Watch the Hijabi - Frequently Asked Questions video by herdinii

Archaeologists in Ethiopia uncover ancient city in Harlaa

A forgotten city thought to date back as far as the 10th century AD has been uncovered by a team of archaeologists in eastern Ethiopia.

Artefacts from Egypt, India and China have been found in the city in the Harlaa region.

The archaeologists also uncovered a 12th Century mosque which is similar to those found in Tanzania and Somaliland.

Archaeologists says this proves historic connections between different Islamic communities in Africa.

“This discovery revolutionises our understanding of trade in an archaeologically neglected part of Ethiopia. What we have found shows this area was the centre of trade in that region,” lead archaeologist Professor Timothy Insoll from the University of Exeter said. Read more.

The famous 40 duas - Muslim Night Routine

1. “Our lord! Accept (this service) from us, You are the hearer. the knower.” 2:127

2.  “ Our Lord, and make us submissive to You, and from our descendants a community submissive to You. And show us our rites, and accept our repentance. You are the Acceptor of Repentance, the Merciful.”2:128 

3. “Our Lord! Grant us good in this world and good in the hereafter, and save us from the chastisement of the fire” 2:201

4.  Our Lord! Bestow on us endurance, make our foothold sure, and give us help against the disbelieving folk 2:250

5.  “ Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error” 2:286

6. “ Our Lord, do not burden us as You have burdened those before us.” 2:286

7. “Our Lord, do not burden us with more than we have strength to bear; and pardon us, and forgive us, and have mercy on us. You are our Lord and Master, so help us against the disbelieving people.” 2:286

8.  “Our Lord, do not cause our hearts to swerve after You have guided us, and bestow on us mercy from Your presence; You are the Giver.” 3:8

9.  “Our Lord, You will gather the people for a Day in which there is no doubt.” God will never break His promise. “ 3:9

10.  “Our Lord, we have believed, so forgive us our sins, and save us from the suffering of the Fire.” 3:16

11.  “Our Lord, we have believed in what You have revealed, and we have followed the Messenger, so count us among the witnesses.” 3:53

12.  “Our Lord, forgive us our offences, and our excesses in our conduct, and strengthen our foothold, and help us against the disbelieving people.” 3:147

13.  “Our Lord, You did not create this in vain, glory to You, so protect us from the punishment of the Fire.” 3:191 

14.  “Our Lord, whomever You commit to the Fire, You have disgraced. The wrongdoers will have no helpers.” 3:192

15.  “Our Lord, we have heard a caller calling to the faith: `Believe in your Lord,’ and we have believed. “ 3:193

16. “ Our Lord! Forgive us our sins, and remit our misdeeds, and make us die in the company of the virtuous.” 3:193

17.  “Our Lord, and give us what You have promised us through Your messengers, and do not disgrace us on the Day of Resurrection. Surely You never break a promise.” 3:194

18.  “Our Lord, we have believed, so count us among the witnesses.” 5:83

19. “ “O God, our Lord, send down for us a table from heaven, to be a festival for us, for the first of us, and the last of us, and a sign from You; and provide for us; You are the Best of providers.” 5:114

20.  “Our Lord, we have done wrong to ourselves. Unless You forgive us, and have mercy on us, we will be among the losers.” 7:23

21.  “Our Lord, do not place us among the wrongdoing people.” 7:47

22. “Our Lord, decide between us and our people in truth, for You are the Best of Deciders.” 7:89

23.“Our Lord! Pour out patience upon us, and receive our souls in submission.” 7:126

24. “Our Lord! Make us not a trial for those who practice oppression; And deliver us by Your Mercy from those who reject You 10:85-86

25  “Our Lord, You know what we conceal and what we reveal. And nothing is hidden from God, on earth or in the heaven.” 14:38

26.  “ O our Lord! And accept my Prayer” 14:40

27.  “Our Lord, forgive me, and my parents, and the believers, on the Day the Reckoning takes place.” 14:41

28.  “Our Lord, give us mercy from Yourself, and bless our affair with guidance.” 18:10

29. “Lord, we fear he may persecute us, or become violent.” 20:45

30.  “Our Lord, we have believed, so forgive us, and have mercy on us; You are the Best of the merciful.” 20:109

31. ‘‘Our Lord, avert from us the suffering of Hell, for its suffering is continuous. It is indeed a miserable residence and destination.” 25:65-66

32.  “Our Lord, grant us delight in our spouses and our children, and make us a good example for the righteous.” 25:74 

33.  “ Our Lord is Most Forgiving, Most Appreciative.” 35:34

34.  “Our Lord, You have encompassed everything in mercy and knowledge; so forgive those who repent and follow Your path, and protect them from the agony of the Blaze.” 40:7

35. And admit them, Our Lord, into the Gardens of Eternity, which You have promised them, and the righteous among their parents, and their spouses, and their offspring. You are indeed the Almighty, the Most Wise. And shield them from the evil deeds. Whomever You shield from the evil deeds, on that Day, You have had mercy on him. That is the supreme achievement.” 40:8-9

36.  “Our Lord, forgive us, and our brethren who preceded us in faith, and leave no malice in our hearts towards those who believe.” 59:10

37. “Our Lord, You are Clement and Merciful.” 59:10

38.  “Our Lord, in You we trust, and to You we repent, and to You is the ultimate resort.” 60:4 

39.  “Our Lord, do not make us a target for those who disbelieve, and forgive us, our Lord. You are indeed the Mighty and Wise.” 60:5

40.  “Our Lord, complete our light for us, and forgive us; You are capable of all things.” 66:8

“A wall was built which separates
the beloved from his lover.
The park was closed and in its place
flew flags across the border.

Steel, mortar, brick, and stone,
fortified the wall.
Sensors, lighting, radars, cameras,
spied upon us all.

And stony men with steeled hearts
lined each border crossing,
above each place where the wall was low,
they stood there proudly watching.”
- Howie Abel, AMERICA: The Anthem of Eugene V - Canto II: Crime

Ramadan, I feel, is so much harder for reverts because we see the community already established for Muslim born people and everything from behavior to knowledge for Muslims is already commonly known at the Masjid and they have their parents and their siblings who all have a chance at Jannah while we go home to hostile, not understanding families where we hide iftar from them, eating alone, praying alone and pray that Allah extends His mercy to our unbelieving parents.

It’s not only fighting our families who we see sin in front of us everyday, who are not Muslim, who try to pull us back into sin, but fighting our community that we grew up with, the support system that turns it’s back on us the moment the headscarf comes out. Sometimes being a revert is like falling down the dark tunnel, with only Allah subhanna w'tala at the end of it. Subhan'Allah, He is there for us. Otherwise this would be impossible.

This time, its going to be different. ☄

May you all have a blessed Ramadan. And reverts, If you guys feel lonely, don’t forget that you are being rewarded for every effort and every trial you go through. Allah is near. He is very near so don’t isolate yourself, reach out, have fun, pray a lot and stay determined on changing your life this month. You are gonna break bad habits and you are gonna be better than u were in April. Because this time its different 💪.