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Anonymous said: I was going through your index and stumbled upon the origins of the Arabic language. You said that the Quran was revealed in all 7 dialects at the time. I find that really interesting but also makes me wonder why none of those versions survived. Also wouldn't the meaning be altered in different dialects or was it revealed to have the same meaning?

Let me explain a few things.

The Classical Arabic that we speak in today is a descendant of Northern Arabian Semitic or Mudhari Arabic and is a preserved version of the Qurayshi dialect. That being said, the seven dialects that the Quran was revealed in did not change the meaning of the word, but had simply changed the pronunciations and certain letters of words that were pronounced differently by different tribes.

However, the Quran compiled in the Qurayshi dialect today, is not necessarily simply Qurayshi purely, but a collection of the most recognizable sounds of the Arabic language familiar to all the Arab tribes, so in a sense, all the 7 dialects are in one way or another preserved in the Quran we have today.

That being said, the 7 Dialects that the Quran was revealed in, has to be distinguished from the 7-14 recitations of the Quran.

The most popular recitations of the Quran are Hafs ‘An Asim, and Warsh ‘An Nafi’, and they are directly connected to the Prophet through the Sanad or chain of narration. The other recitations to a lesser extent preserve some elements of the ancient old dialects that the Quran was revealed in, but are not the 7 Dialects themselves. 

Anonymous said: Salam! You often say Jews have no claim to an indigenous land in the M-E. What are their origins then? They look a lot like other middle eastern people (such as Assyrians) and hebrew looks a lot like arabic... I am pro-Palestine but I still believe they're from the Levant?? Thanks akhi

Waliekum Al Salam. I said modern Jews cannot simply claim land some of their distant barely related ancestors ruled over briefly. I didn’t say some weren’t native or tied to Palestine.

However as you know, there are different types of Jews that descend from the Twelve Tribes of Israel and the ones in the Middle East are Mizrahi Jews, and they very much look like any Arab out there.

On the other hand, many Jews in Europe and Spain are known as Ashkenazi Jews and Sephardic Jews respectively. They are of mostly European heritage and have no cultural or ethnic ties to the Middle East or Palestine at all.

That being said, even those who inhabit Palestine today are descendants of the majority of the Twelve Tribes of Israel anyway, even though the Jewish Kingdoms did not consist of indigenous inhabitants of Palestine/Canaan anyway.

myarabicthoughts:

Translation:
I learned after a very long time of waiting, that I should’t be waiting for anything..
Because the things that we wait for come different than what we expected..
Strange, not like us nor anything that we used to..   
They come holding great sorrow, that our hearts can’t stand..
From now on, there’s no time for waiting..
My life and my future are waiting for my great success..
I will seek me and only me..

myarabicthoughts:

Translation:
I learned after a very long time of waiting, that I should’t be waiting for anything..
Because the things that we wait for come different than what we expected..
Strange, not like us nor anything that we used to..
They come holding great sorrow, that our hearts can’t stand..
From now on, there’s no time for waiting..
My life and my future are waiting for my great success..
I will seek me and only me..

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Malcolm X and King Faisal

Malcolm X and King Faisal

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Anonymous said: do you have any good book or documentary recommendations to learn about the history of different middle eastern countries, in particular im interested in Iran, Iraq and Israel but just wanna know the history of the whole area really

Netflix has a bunch of good ones:

1. Iran: Forgotten Glory

2. East to West(The Ancient Middle Eastern Civilizations from the Babylonians to the Ottomans).

3. Lost Kingdoms of Africa(I find this very necessary to learn in any history session, ever).

4. Arabia(IMAX edition)

Anonymous said: brother what is this hanafi.. regarding our deen

Abu Hanifah An-No’man was a Persian Jurist that lived in 7th century Kufa in present Day Iraq. He was the founder of one of the most famous schools of Islamic Law and one of the very first scholars to participate in recording and compiling the Prophetic Traditions in organized volumes. His students popularized his Ijtihad Islamic ruling extraction method and his method was codified into the Hanafi school of law. His most notable student was Abu Yusuf. He is one of the the first Islamic scholars to codify Islamic rulings and Fiqh as an organized legal science.

His work is instrumental to Ashaarite Theology, the other several schools of Islamic law, Sufi circles, and constitutes as one of the largest schools of Islamic Law that are followed today and was implemented the most in Islamic Dynasties, most notably the Ottomans.

He is one of the most famous Islamic scholars of all time.

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ملامحك كلها مني … يادوب الاسم متغير

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I’m more than aware of the Arab Slave trade, Arabization, modern day Antiblackness in the Arab world, and the exploitation of the areas around them, as I write about this day in and day out. I’m glad a lot of you are exposed to some SJ topics and you have this now self righteous crusade to generalize groups of people that are more complex than you can imagine. 

But if you come to blame all your problems on “Arabs”, which is an ambiguous term to refer to anything at this point, and manipulate the term to suit your argument I really can’t take you seriously. Furthermore, to compare this to Western imperialism, and to ignore several dozens of dynasties that participated in these practices that weren’t even Arab really boggles my mind. 

There are some Arabs today that are in refuge in Eastern Africa because they have no passports, Lebanese Bedouins that have no homes, and Palestinians that lived their whole lives in refugee camps. And obviously, you have some Arabs that torture and kidnap Ethiopians in the Sinai, and some Arabs in Gulf governments that want the entire Iranian plateau to be leveled because of some sectarian argument.

Are all these people the same? Absolutely not. Are all these people Arabized? Absolutely not. Are all these people under the same guise? Absolutely not. Are all these people oppressed? No. Are all these people imperialists? No. Do any of these people have anything in common? Maybe, they all speak some form of the Arabic language, but that’s it. 

It really makes no sense why some Middle Easterner in some upscale suburb in America should cry out that the Arabs are the cause of all their problems and identity crises, that they won’t even bat an eye to a Syrian refugee because some “Arabs” took over their kingdom in like the 9th century so that they can have an excuse to feel “oppressed”. It’s really ridiculous how some people want to ostracize a group of people and call random groups “privileged” because their ancestors (or even maybe not) had killed or sacked their village like 10 centuries ago. 

Learn how to distinguish between the actions of individuals, and why you shouldn’t completely associate that with an entire civilization. 

Anonymous said: Sorry you misunderstood me, I did not say Islam was spread by the sword, this goes against Islam, but I have read often that the Arabs first invaded kurdish land when they spread Islam, does that make sense? I even have kurdish friends who agree they were not forced to convert by Arabs and that Islam was not spread by the sword. It's just the colonization happened in the same era.

If the Kurds were colonized or Arabized why are there still 25 million Ethnic Kurds that speak their native languages until today? 

The problem with using words like “Colonization” is it is restricted and understood in the same way the British or French colonized other countries, which is not the manner by which Arab dynasties spread. It speaks from a Western experience and a Western definition.

Kurdish tribes are a massive group of people, and some converted to Islam, some willingly joined Muslim armies, some were occupied by force, and others led Muslim dynasties, you can’t just say the “Arabs colonized them” liberally. 

Kurdistan has always been an independent emirate of several Muslim dynasties and if anything many influential Kurds like Saladin became rulers of empires in Egypt and Palestine. There were even some Kurdish led dynasties in modern day Kurdistan, and some came under the influence of Arabs, Persians, Turks and ruled over all these groups as well at one point. This is really a huge generalization. 

Anonymous said: man most of the people converted to islam to avoid the jizya tax anyway

That makes no logical sense.

If you were a Muslim in a Muslim empire, you had to not only pay Zakat(Which at times was a heftier tax than the Jizya tax) and you had to enroll in the military as well. Furthermore, all the laws of Islam would apply to you immediately, which are a lot more stringent than if you were a Zoroastrian, Christian or Jew that could practice their religion freely and morally police themselves as they pleased. 

It was more economically feasible to be a non-Muslim and more advantageous to do so in a Muslim empire in several setups in history. You not only didn’t have to defend your own country from invaders, but if you didn’t want to even pay a Jizya tax you could just send a quota of men in your village to join the Muslim army if they pleased. 

Any “privileges” that came with being a Muslim had more to do with being Arab and not being Muslim, as Arab Christians and Jews had a much larger influence in empires like the Ummayads over let’s say a Persian Muslim that had to be a client(a form of ally or ” tribal citizenship” of an Arab tribe to do anything at the time. 

 

 

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Anonymous said: As an Arab do you recognize kurdistan as an independent state? Arabs did colonize the Kurds when they spread the religion of Islam just like they did in North Africa. Also, are original Arabs Semite?

Here’s a key historical distinction I need everyone to make:

Islam was not spread by the sword, it is against Islamic beliefs to force anyone to convert to Islam, any historical exceptions of peoples converted to Islam through force runs contrary to Muslim beliefs. Furthermore, the expansion of Arab dynasties that ruled by Islam is a result of Arab expansionist endeavors and not a reflection of core Islamic beliefs. 

That being said, not every Arab dynasty was the same, nor was everyone around them “colonized”, as many people of Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Palestine had requested Muslim armies to oust their Byzantine and Persian emperors in favor of Muslim rule. Arab dynasties if anything kept many of these areas as autonomous regions that ruled themselves and it was against economic gain to even try to convert anyone to Islam, as the military exemption tax(Jizya) was a source of revenue for many of these Empires. 

The borders of the Middle East today are colonial borders that do not take into account the ethnic groups or languages in the region. Of course I support the independence of a Kurdish state, as the Kurds are one of the leading civilizations in our region and a source of pride for every Middle Easterner out there. They are as deserving to have a country to call their own as everyone around them does. 

The original Arabs are Semitic by language and lineage, yes. 

Anonymous said: are most arabs in the gulf mixed with indians? I find all of them to be very swarthy and dark. I know the true arabs I know Arabs I know are light skinned like in Lebanon.

Ethnic Arabs that are from the original Tribes of Arabia are very dark skinned. Levantine Arabs are more so “Hellenized” Arabs, that have a lot of genetic connections to Europe and Mesopotamia; which is why they are very light skinned in comparison.

These are Rashaida diaspora that live in Northern and East Africa but originate from the Arabian Peninsula, this is usually what most ethnic Arabs look like. 

 

how i wake up daily

how i wake up daily

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