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Most Patriotic Palestinian Song of all time by Fairuz. 

Suicidal/Depression Hot Line

For anons that are sending me pleas to help in terms of their depression, suicidal thoughts or other mental illnesses, I am more than happy to help you and flattered that you find comfort in my ask box to indulge in your deepest and darkest thoughts but I urge you to seek professional help.

I am in no shape or form qualified to deal with mental illnesses, or other ailments that affect one’s thoughts that really harm one’s body and soul to this extent. As much as I can tell you it’s not your fault, and you are not alone, you ultimately need to seek help from a professional that is specialized in this form of treatment.

There’s nothing wrong with you, it’s not your fault that you had gained these diseases, and you are not the first or last person to obtain them. I give you my sincerest apologies that you have to suffer through this dark and deep time that is affecting your health, but I am going to take the prerogative to direct you to either Self Help or Professional help links:

Very Important Links and Hot Lines, call immediately(All Free of Charge). 

takemetojerusalem:

شــــــــامDamascus

takemetojerusalem:

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Damascus

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Anonymous asked: Do you have any advice for arabic people who want to feel a connection with the culture but are not islamic? I'm Palestinian-American but I dont feel any connection with my arabic roots, even though I want to. As a non-muslim person I don't feel like I belong, and I especially feel that way towards my family who try to shove it down my throat. What do you love about the culture besides islam? Thank you.

I feel there is a trend among Palestinian, Lebanese or Syrian Christians to often disassociate with their Arab roots due to various reasons being the Lebanese Civil War(Where many Maronite Christians were fully invested in the idea that they were the descendants of the Phoenicians) and the rise of Islamaphobia in the wake of 9/11. 

The great reality is, the majority of Levantine Christian families and tribes are very much the descendants of one of the most Pure Arab Dynasties being the Ghassanids, the Lakhmids, the Himyarites and others. The influence of Arab Christians on the preservation and height of Arab Culture can be seen through many of its Ancient and Modern cultural icons, capitals and figures seen in places like Beirut, Damascus, and Jerusalem. Furthermore, Arab Christians are instrumental in the Artistic sense of the Arab World as seen by iconic singers like Fairuz.

Arab Christians, throughout history and modernly are very much part of the Arab narrative in history, and their churches, practices, and culture is very much preserved and appreciated in the Arab World. That being said, the Islamic Caliphate that dominated the Arab world for centuries was not exclusive to Muslims, but was and is still part of what Arab Christians take pride in, as a leading time where Arab culture, prowess and history took center stage and this involved Arab Christians and Jews as part of this golden age, it wasn’t exclusive to Muslims. Arab Christians and Muslims fought side by side against the Crusaders of Old, the Mongols after them, and the Israelis today; they are part of the same story.

It is up to you to try to appreciate all of this history and to not disassociate yourself one bit from it, it’s yours as much as it is for any Arab Muslim. 

Anonymous asked: I've told my mom indirectly about being depressed and suicidal thoughts but she says to pray it away. I've tried to do that and Ive tried to talk to Allah but I feel ashamed for feeling like he's not listening. I'm convinced that he's not. My anger and hopelessness makes me feel worse because my level of Imaan keeps drooping. I even told my mom straight up how I feel nobody would care if I killed myself but she didn't have a response. I don't know what to do?i know she's depressed too.

You aren’t alone my friend. A lot of immigrant communities among Muslims like to dismiss depression among other mental diseases as “childish” or curable through spirituality. 

Spirituality feeds your soul, it definitely is the powerhouse of your deepest and darkest thoughts along with the light at the end of every tunnel you must swim through. That being said, it cannot cure the physical or mental ailments that come along with depression, as it is not in its same domain.

You are worth the world, of course people would care if you took your life away, God compares the loss of one soul to murder(whether it’s suicide or external murder) to the loss of all of humanity. God believes your soul has the same worth of all of his creation, do you understand that significance? 

Don’t internalize your depression, own up to it, recognize it, and accept it as your reality. Once you have, you can begin to get help and cure yourself out of it. Don’t worry, everyone was in a dark phase before, even the Prophet(S) wanted to throw himself off of a cliff when he heard that he had to deliver the message to the world. What I’m saying is the best and most successful man of all time had suicidal thoughts and was severely depressed for a huge portion of his life, you are not alone.

Seek professional help and keep your faith in God, I believe in you. 

Anonymous asked: what do you think of the gays or trans people?

This is written so offensively.

I don’t have a generalizing opinion on any group of people because I don’t view individuals through their subscriptions to a lifestyle, religious identity or even gender identity; I treat people like how they should be treated: with dignity and respect. 

Anonymous asked: Why do men in the middle east act so gay to each other with holding hands and kissing? aren't they macho

Your homophobia and twisted ideals of masculinity are alarming my friend.

Just because not every man isn’t this Western ideal of masculinity that encourages cold mannerisms, stoicness, and disregard for any show of affection doesn’t make that concept a reference point to refer to world cultures and how they fare in comparison.

Arabs are a warm people, people of the same gender will kiss each others cheeks, lock arms, hold hands or even bump their noses together because it’s okay to show affection to your fellow man without having people try to witchhunt you into thinking you’re gay or ostracizing you if you are.

Arabs can be seen to have homophobia as you display but it doesn’t mean you can call their culture homoerotic in a negative fashion for your entertainment either.

If an announcer from the heavens were to announce, saying: “O people! All of you will enter paradise except one man”; I fear that he (i.e. that man) would be me.

Umar ibn al-Khattab

(Source: islamic-art-and-quotes, via arabiandelilah)

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Anonymous asked: What advice would you give to someone who wants to convert to Islam but their family is rather against it?

Ali ibn Abi Talib(R) once went to the Prophet(S) to convert to Islam at Ten years old, so the Prophet asked him if he asked for his father’s permission by which Ali replied:

"I didn’t ask permission to be created from my Father, so why should I ask permission to believe in the creator?"

Islam, I believe is a private matter, that you do not necessarily have to indulge to anyone, even after you are Muslim, it’s between you and God. 

Never believe a man can change a woman
Those men are pretenders
who think
that they created woman
from one of their ribs
Woman does not emerge from a man’s rib’s, not ever,
it’s he who emerges from her womb…

I have no power , Nizar Qabbani (via shmsellaneous)

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