WE HAVE BEEN HOODWINKED AND BAMBOOZLED
By Fahim A. Knight-El
This Blog/article is not written as an apologist in support of Islam or in denunciation of other religions, if the truth be told, I have a problem with all religions and how they are taught and practice that is another subject for another time, but this article was written as an expression of my opposition to how terrorism and Al-Qaeda has become associated with Islam, which have justified this new wave of imperialism spearheaded by Western governments. I think those who profess the belief in Islam and are Muslims have every right to express their views and practice their faith tradition. The Western media has demonized the religion of Islam and have attempted to compartmentalize the various factions that exist in this diverse religion, but have intentionally and systematically heighten the extremist, militant and radical factions in the media via the propaganda machines in order justify an assault on Muslims in the name of combating terrorism.
The recent faces of terrorism has been associated with Al-Qaeda and of course this is intentionally done, which justifies the intended end results—of a Global Federated Union (United Powers with no borders and will appear unrecognizable to the masses of humanity—translates to mean a New World Order and One World Government is the ultimate objective) where the majority of the planet's natural resources could be stolen and confiscated in the name of fighting terrorism. Islam is no more of a terroristic threat to humanity than Christianity (but many of us have gotten caught up in the hype).
The religion of Islam was founded by Prophet Muhammad Ibn Abdullah (570 A.D.-632 A.D.). Muhammad was a sheepherder from the Quraysh tribe of Mecca. And at the age of 40 (610 A.D.) he was in an isolated cave praying and meditating in which the archangel Gabriel (Jabril) appeared and commanded that he read in the name of thy Lord. Muhammad was illiterate and could not read and write; this vision represented the beginnings of how the Holy Qur’an would be revealed from Allah (God) to himself. The people of Mecca worshiped over 365 different Gods (idol worship) and the social system was backwards and lacked structure in which Muhammad’s divinely inspired mission changed all of that.
The Kaaba, which would become the holiest Mosque of Islam (millions of Muslim pilgrims makes the pilgrimage to Mecca every year and billions turn East towards Mecca to pray daily). It was believed by the Muslims that Abraham and his son, Ishmael built this structure (there is a lot of symbolism behind the black stone and who and what it truly represents). Muhammad for the next 23 1/2 years would receive these visions from the angel Gabriel in which some of his close companions would help him compile these divinely inspired words into the Qur’an (the spiritual guide for Islam). Muslims believe that the Qur'an is the last revealed word of God and the basic source of Islamic teachings and laws.
It deals with a variety of subjects including the basic beliefs of Islam (five princples), morality, ethics, war, family structure, diet, worship, knowledge, wisdom, God and-man relationship, and define relations among human beings, etc. Islam is built upon a comprehensive set of beliefs and teachings on which systems of social justice, politics, economics, legislation, jurisprudence, law and international relations, etc., have being built stemming mainly from the Qur' an and Hadiths in which Muslim societies and individuals adhere. The Arabic word Islam translate to mean peace and submission and those who adhere to the religion of Islam are called Muslims, which means one who submits his or her will to do the will of Allah (God).
Let me give a brief example of the contradictions that are often made relative to Islam and Muslims in particular, in this so-called new era of the war on terror. The majority of the wars and conflicts over the last 500- 600 hundred years have been caused and/or instigated by so-called European Nations such as the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, United States, Belgium, etc., these nations have heaped a gamut of violence and devastation on humanity relative to the massive loss of human life and global instability (for example, here are two major wars World War I and World War II) that is not to overlook the Korean War and the Vietnam War and the thousands of skirmishes that have occurred before the Cold War and post Cold War era. Yet, I still do not think it is fair to demonize and ridicule Christians and those who profess belief in Jesus because of the actions of the above said nations, which claim to be Christian nations, but who have deliberately raped and robbed the planet by imposing the Missionaries, Merchants and Militaries as a team of destruction against humanity. They have been behind every conflict on the planet since their 6,000 year existent on the planet.
I and, perhaps many others have stood against the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (I stand as a conscientious objector) that are being fought by the poor only to enhance the global positioning of the wealthy and rich, which to continue exploiting these nations natural resources—their motivation has always been about greed. Our U.S. Military Veterans are returning to the States after war and are suffering from various forms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and many will be traumatized for life and they are being denied adequate health care and treatment by the U.S. Government. There are others who were physically mangled and now permanently debilitated and disabled, but they have to fight their own government for veterans disability benefits and many come back unemployed and the same government that they fought for have turned their backs on the soldiers (I am deeply appalled by these acts of betrayal, which a large percentage of these military veterans are African Americans).
It gets even more painful because the sad reality is, that after being discharged from active service they are faced with the harsh reality that they were mere foreign policy tools who are of no further use to the government. They do not know that the Rockefellers and Rothschilds do not give a damn about their conditions or lives, the poor are deemed expendable (fight and die for me and might give you a medal of patriotism)—your job and duty is to fight foreign battles that positions them on the chessboard to be in a better position to steal other nations wealth (this could be seen with the theft of oil, gold, dope, food, diamonds, minerals, metals, etc.). Moreover, many have lost their lives in name of false patriotism while the Dynastic families continue to laugh all the way to the bank.
We also detest the use of Drone warfare and the killing of innocent people in the Middle East and Africa (a killing machine with no character—this statement has a double intended meaning which includes how I view our commander-in-chief). I even heard one Talking Head recently say during the Christopher Dorner scenario, the former Los Angles cop who wrote his 'Manifesto' and then went to war with the Los Angles Police Department. Some have called him a 'rogue' cop and others were sympathetic to his grievances, but the statement made by a Talking Head immediately caught my attention because of the danger it presents to those of us are considered American citizens. The Talking Head asked some law enforcement expert, when should the United States Government consider using drones inside our nation against U.S. citizens and was Dorner a prime candidate for sending a drone? What most people have already forgotten was that this had already been done when the U.S. Government used a drone and assassinated Imam Anwar al-Awlaki in 2011, although, he was born in Yemen he was an American citizen. So in one sense the killing of an American citizen with a drone had its precedent in the murder of Imam Anwar al-Awlaki.
They have made Muslims and Islam out to be public enemy number one because they refuse to lie down and allow the West to continue to unjustly oppressed them by stealing their natural resources in the name of fighting terror (how in the hell can you fight 'terror'?) Islam is not the threat to world peace, but those who sit in the Vatican, Washington, DC and in Jerusalem and the masterminds behind manipulating nation’s monetary reserves and controlling the flow of money, those who use the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to enslave Developing Nations are the true enemies of peace, justice, liberty and human prosperity. But many in the United States of America are so blinded by the propaganda and disinformation (Minister Malcolm X said it best: we have been hoodwinked and bamboozled) that the enemies of us Sheepel conveniently uses our ignorance against us in order to carry their agenda far and wide and without opposition (the ruling class does not believe in God—they see themselves as gods).
I write as an activist to wake people up from their slumber and provide them with a perspective that they often cannot get from the corporate media, which constantly bombards us with propaganda and disinformation. For example, the recent events involving France and the tiny African nation of Mali (West Africa) wasn't about so-called Islamic insurgents or Al-Qaeda cells operating in Mali, but it was about neo-imperialism and neo-colonialism of this mineral rich African nation. France, United States and other European nations view this region as being vital to their strategic and tactical agenda and objective when it comes to controlling weaker and powerless nation’s natural resources and mineral rights. However, they would desire for us to believe that Al-Qaeda was beginning to influence that region and they have the God given right to curtail this so-called terrorist momentum evolving in Sub-Sahara Africa (the epitome Western arrogance).
It is still evident that most of the America people remain victims of western propaganda and it also evident that the duping has had a tremendous effect on our psychological outlook and our view of the world perspective. If a sovereign nation chooses to govern themselves under Sharia law, it is their right to make that governmental rulership decision, which would be no different than a Western Government choosing democracy as their form of government and/or some Eastern government choosing Socialism or Communism; I do think that Muslims and Islam have the right to self-determination, without Western inference, as well as all other sovereign people should have this same right. However, I have more of a problem with these Western governments that claim to be of democracy and professing democratic rule, but historically and presently they have always attempted to impose their will on black, brown, yellow, and red people because they were culturally different and often were blessed to have an abundance of natural resources beneath their feet —these vipers are much more dangerous than those who function under Sharia law.
Yet, the masses of the people are oppressed by the ruling Elite, which is that 1% percent who also controls 95% of the world's wealth (this greed sector is beyond any class of Arabs); it is this disparity that drives people to opposed the West and their global ideas. People in Europe are deeply oppressed because of that small minority Invisible Hand that controls the Bank of England and manipulates the European Central Banking system (the European Common Market and Euro is fading and many of the Western European nations are in a downward economic spiral). The Pope of Rome (the most powerful and influential arch- deceiver on the planet), the leader of all Christendom is in a secret pact with the corrupt ruling class of Mecca, the Wahhabis (the imposters Saud lineage that eventually pushed the dark skinned African-Arabs off their original ancestors land, which is the Arabian Peninsula). This is documented in a book authored by Drusilla Dunjee Houston titled: "Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire" and Dr. Wesley Muhammad book titled: "Black Arabia & The African Origin of Islam" also verifies this historical contention. But I first learned about how the darker skinned people of Kemet (Egypt) and Kush (Ethiopia) were systematically pushed southward my alien invaders and imposters by being exposed to the works of Dr. Chancellor Williams titled: "Destruction of Black Civilization : Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C to 2000 A.D."
The religion of Judaism is the oldest of the three world’s great religions that originated in and around Jerusalem, perhaps the holiest city relative to the religion of Judaism. Thus, many theologians and biblical scholars have traced the origins of Judaism back to the biblical Prophet Abraham, which according to the Torah (Old Testament Bible) Abraham had two sons Isaac and Ishmael and Abraham is often referred to as the father of nations (the twelve Tribes of Judah originates out of the lineage of Abraham). Many believe that biblical Jews were a persecuted and dispossessed people, which God promised them a homeland and victory over their enemies. Jews were exiled from many lands and countries and became wanders from nation-to-nation. Some scholars believe from this history God looked favorably upon the Jewish people in which a divine covenant was established. The Torah makes reference to Yahweh (God) commanding Abraham to take his son up on the mountain top for sacrifice and depending if you are talking to a Jew/Christian they would declare that Isaac was the son chosen by Yahweh (God) for sacrifice. But Muslims and those of the Islamic faith believed that it was Ishmael who was chosen as the beloved of God (this discrepancy has caused a deep political, social and economic rift between the people and lands).
Jews believe that Yahweh chose Moses (and his brother Aaron) as two of the most important prophets of the Jewish religion and on Mount Sinai he was inspired and given the Ten Commandments by Yahweh (God’s Law), which to guide the Israelites. These sacred laws would become the foundation of Jewish theological jurisprudence along with the Jewish Talmud (is a compilation of oral Rabbinic interpretations of Jewish laws, philosophy, teachings, which is rooted in how Jewish ethics and moral principles are to be determined and followed).
I have read the book “Thirteenth Tribe” authored by Arthur Koestler who I recognize as an authority on Jewish ethnicity, nationality and geo-political transitions of this so-called dispersed and expelled people. The Eastern European Ashkenazi Jew, which some historians believe is of direct linage to the Asiatic Khazars Jews who originated in that region of the world between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, perhaps stood as the original homeland of the Khazars. However, the Ashkenazi Jews had their origin in Eastern Europe (Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Romania, Hungary, Ukraine, etc.—these Jews perhaps embraced and carried the modern Zionism theory further than any other sector of Jews. Yet, I do think many historians and social scientist have made some plausible arguments relative to how these Jews co-opted and integrated themselves within and into, other societies in particular in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Asia, United States, South America, etc., shielded their identity behind race and religion (this was their modus operandi since their 6,000 year history).
Some have asked the question what is a Jew, is it a race or religion? The Sephardic Jews (so-called Semites) all claim to be from the Biblical seed of Abraham in which the tribes of Ishmael (Arabs) and Isaac (Jews) these are essentially the same people whom both of them have one father, which is Abraham. The Jews are a very diverse racial, ethic and nationality (so we do know this much that Jews are not a race of people) in which it is difficult and almost impossible to classify Jews as distinct nationality and/or race. Thus, most modern Jews who settled in Israel today are of the Ashkenazi and Khazar lineage (Jews who migrated from Eastern Europe to Israel) but there is a more indigenous group called the Sephardic Jew who are of kinship to the Semites (lets not forget that Arabs are Semites), but has no ethnic relations to the original Nubian Jews or Hebrew Israelites.
My research also revealed that even prior to Abraham and Moses scholars such as Jose V. Malcioln in his book titled: "The African Origins of Modern Judaism: From Hebrews to Jews", maintained in ancient Ethiopia (Kush), Africa that there were a community of Jews known as the Falashas (or the Beta Jews) that predated the history and story of Moses by thousands of years and these scholars even maintain that they were the original Hebrew Israelites. There are other scholars who have drawn this same conclusion such as Ella J. Hughley in book titled, "The Truth About Black Biblical Hebrew-Israelites (Jews)" and Cohane Michael Ben Levi book titled, "Israelites and Jews: The Significant Differences".
It was Theodor Herzl, the modern Father of Zionism who in 1880s visualized the idea of a Jewish homeland (Zionist State) for the dispossessed Jews eventually settling on Palestine, but other countries were considered as a possible Jewish State before the Jews settled on Palestine. The political, economic and social agreement between the Arabs and Jews were established by the European Powers in 1917 and laid out in the Balfour Declaration Treaty and one of the best reference books was titled: “Crescent and Star: Arab and Israeli Perspectives on the Middle East Conflict;’ edited by Yonah Alexander and Nicholas N. Kittrie. Wherever, people line up on this issue, it will always be a highly charged debate. Some have accused the Zionist with unspeakable crimes against the Palestinian people and have charged them with stealing the Palestinian’s land, but others argue that the Jews were the ‘chosen people’ of God and were promised this land. I personally would like to see a Two State solution where the rights of Palestinian sovereignty is honored and accepted by the Israelis and the United Nations (no superficial solution can resolve this land dispute).
I think everyone has the right to fight whatever battles they see fit. I am not overly consumed with Jews and Zionism; I have had to constantly remind some that my Blog and thoughts are not designed to constantly address the Zionist agenda. I think there are many in the black community that agrees with the struggles of the Palestinian people and support their right to self-determination. I have often challenged other anti-Zionist about their overly consuming focus on Jews and Jewish behavior (they see this as the root problem of the global suffering of humanity and they have every right to have drawn this conclusion) and lose sight of other things that matters in the world. I would interject other viewpoints and was willing to argue those points, but I am not overly consumed with dissecting every move that the Zionist makes on the chessboard. My Blog was designed to address issues dealing with African/African American people. However, I will never be willing to overlook racism because of the devastating effect it has had on people of African descent and I too view Zionism as a form of racism. So you will always read on my Blog issues that are germane to black people; yet I share a sizable amount of viewpoints with the anti-Zionist movement. But I am not overly consumed with the Jewish Conspiracy theory.
The religion of Christianity begin around the birth of Jesus (5 BC/BCE –c. 30 AD/CE) the son of Joseph and Mary, but this Messiah of Nazareth, Israel was everything but of human extraction. Most Christians believe that Jesus was born of a virgin birth on December 25 and had no earthly father, but God impregnated his mother Mary with the Holy Spirit. Most Biblical scholars and theologians would agree that Jesus life becomes a mystery between the ages 12-30, but some believe that he was being specially trained by Jewish Rabbis and scholars, thus, there is not enough historical evidence to verify much about Jesus early life. Jesus reappeared back on the seen at age 30 or 32 and was seen throughout lands teaching a new message of love, forgiveness and redemption. Jesus was confronted with the power of the Roman Government and Pontius Pilate because of his new teachings of healing and salvation, these teachings were viewed as a threat to the Roman society. He was charged with sedition and later would be hung on a cross next to a murderer and thief (they asked him was he the King of the Jews and he said they called me so). King Herod early on feared the birth of Jewish Messiah (Jewish myths and legends predicted the coming of a Messiah) and ordered the death and massacring of all males in Bethlehem under age two.
The Jews rejected Jesus and they do not view him as having any special relevance in the Jewish faith. The Jews also do not accept the New Testament as the prophetic fulfillment of the scriptures. Jesus unlike Moses did not teach the Torah (the law old testament) as his primary mission, he made it clear that his ministry wasn’t built on changing those religious precepts of old that were taught before him. But he felt that the teaching of love carried a greater spiritual weight —which was more rooted in a social Gospel of giving sight to the blind, causing the deaf to hear and the lame to walk. Those Disciples and witnesses referred to these acts as miracles (these acts attracted people to Jesus from across lands). The Bible gives a good example about Martha who had a brother named Lazarus that had died while Jesus was away and Jesus was able to resurrect Lazarus from the dead. Jesus ministry was recorded after his death by the four Gospel writers Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, which became the essential writings of the New Testament.
Jesus from a Christian perspective holds a special and lofty position and his mission and divinity cannot be seen outside of the concept of the Trinity—the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Christians believe that Jesus on the third day so-called after his death was resurrected and ascended to heaven to sit on the throne next God. Jesus was given the title “Christ” which was defined as anointed one and one who was born to crush all wickedness. The religion of Christianity was established after the death of Jesus at Antioch. However, Christianity or the Christian creed, as well as how the religion would be taught and structured, was formalized in 325 A.D. by Constantine at the Council of Nicaea. Moreover, like most faith traditions Christians who are Protestants approach Christianity different from those who are Roman Catholics and there is no agreed systematic way to worship in Christianity. There are schisms, sects and denominations inside of Christianity. Muslims do not reject Jesus Christ, but his divinity and Messiah status have been relegated to viewing him just as one of the prophets of God and holds no special place. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah and he holds no lofty position within Judaism.
Fahim A. Knight-El, Chief Researcher for keeping it Real Think Tank located in Durham, NC; our mission is to inform African Americans and all people of goodwill, of the pending dangers that lie ahead; as well as decode the symbolism and reinterpreted the hidden meanings behind those who operate as invisible forces, but covertly rules the world. We are of the belief that an enlightened world will be better prepared to throw off the shackles of ignorance and not be willing participants for the slaughter. Our MOTTO is speaking truth to power. Fahim A. Knight-EI can be reached at fahimknight@ yahoo.com.
Stay Awake Until We Meet Again,
Fahim A. Knight-El