Latuff Cartoons: Satirizing Political Issues

I recently discovered a blog which contains cartoons satirizing what is going on in the political world. The blog is entitled Latuff Cartoons and below I shared the pictures that strongly denounce what is going on in the media nowadays.

P.S. It does not mean that I have hatred for the Jews, this is just the stark reality.

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The Dark Origins of Valentine’s Day

bismillah-new-themeFebruary is often associated with romance and love because of Valentine’s Day. Many people celebrate this event including Muslim couple even though it is haram. However have you ever questioned yourself  about the origin of Valentine’s Day? Here you go!

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While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial – which probably occurred around A.D. 270 – others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

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To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide.

Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.

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In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius turned Lupercalia into a Christian feast day and set its observance a day earlier, on February 14. He proclaimed February 14 to be the feast day in honor of Saint Valentine, a Roman martyr who lived in the 3rd century. It is this St. Valentine whom the modern Valentine’s Day honors.

Most scholars believe that this St. Valentine was a priest who lived around 270 AD in Rome and attracted the disfavor of Roman emperor Claudius II who ruled during this time.  The story of St. Valentine has two different versions – the Protestant and the Catholic one. Both versions agree upon Saint Valentine being a bishop who held secret marriage ceremonies of soldiers in opposition to Claudius II who had prohibited marriage for young men and was executed by the latter. Valentine is believed to have been executed on February 14, 270 AD.

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Sources: The Holiday Spot | National Public Radio | History

It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever imitates a people is one of them.’”

(Narrated by Abu Dawood, al-Libaas, 3512. Al-Albaani said in Saheeh Abi Dawood, (it is) hasan saheeh. No. 3401). 

 

HALLOWEEN: Will you ever celebrate it again?

There is a tendency from people to celebrate anything and everything carelessly without checking the origins of  it. One of the hollidays that is the most celebrated is Halloween. People view it as something funny, parents let their children out disguised as demons and the question is: is it really safe to celebrate Halloween once you know that it is a holliday celebrating the dead, the spirits and demons ?

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HALLOWEEN HISTORY & CUSTOMS

1) Samhain:
The origin of Halloween can be traced to this “ancient pagan festival celebrated by the Celts over 2,000 years ago.They believed that the dead could walk among the living at this time.

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2) Halloween costumes, candy, and trick or treat:

Some of the Celts wore ghoulish costumes so that wandering spirits would mistake them to be one of them and would leave them alone. Others offered sweets to the spirits to appease them. In medieval Europe, the Catholic clergy adopted local pagan customs and had their adherents go from house to house wearing costumes and requesting small gifts.

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3) Halloween pumpkins, or jack-o’-lanterns:

In medieval Britain, “supplicants moved from door to door asking for food in return for a prayer for the dead,” and they would carry “hollowed-out turnip lanterns, whose candle connoted a soul trapped in purgatory.” Others say that the lanterns were used to ward off evil spirits. During the 1800’s in North America, pumpkins replaced turnips because they were plentiful as well as easy to hollow out and carve. The beliefs behind this custom—the immortality of the soul, purgatory, and prayers for the dead.

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So now that you know some of the main customs of Halloween, will you again celebrate that holliday ? Worse than that, will you let your children wandering outside at night ??? When a holliday is originally for the dead and demons it will ALWAYS be for the dead and demons no matter how hard people try to change it into fun. So be careful and always seek knowledge on what you are celebrating especially when your children are involved.

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Sources: Halloween Website , Jehovah’s Witnesses

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May Allah keep you in the best of health and imaan. Asalam Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu.  © Fateema Abdallah