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Yajnyopaveeta and Yajnya

Yajnyopaveeta and Yajnya

–        Sudhir Anand

Yajnyopaveeta Ceremony is usually described as an initiation ceremony where a Hindu child or young adult begins one’s spiritual learning with a teacher and starts to wear a thin consecrated cord. The cord is composed of three cotton strands which symbolize three debts that one must never forget. The first debt is to one’s teachers (guru or deva rin), those who have taught and given knowledge and virtuous values to the wearer. The second debt is to one’s parents and family (pitri rin), those who have nurtured the wearer at home. The third debt is to sages and scholars (rishi rin), those who have given us scriptures, knowledge and wisdom over the ages, which now enlighten and enrich everybody’s life in the society. The yajyopaveeta is also called Janeu and by other names in various regions of India. While this understanding is important, the significance of Yajnyopaveeta is much deeper as described below.

A person who wears Yajnyopaveeta makes a commitment to do Yajnya in life. One may then ask, What is Yajna (also spelled Yagya)? Yajna is performing virtuous karmas at all three levels: thoughts, words and deeds as well as helping others achieve the same goal. The Yajnyopaveeta is sacred only because it reminds us that we must at all times perform yajnya in life, otherwise it is just a cord containing three cotton strands. The Yajnyopaveeta is worn on the left shoulder and directed to the right waist. Along the way, as Yajnyopaveeta crosses the chest it passes in front of the heart, symbolically indicating that the resolutions that accompany this thread are taken seriously with a caring, loving and kind heart and a resolute mind for success.

Yajya by most lay persons in Indian culture is usually thought of as performing a fire ceremony by lighting fire in the Hawan Kund and chanting select mantras, however, the fire ceremony is a very limited part of the Yajya and called Havan, Homa or Agnihotra. True Yajya as stated earlier is virtuous conduct in all aspects of life and spreading the same message to others. The physical fire lighted during the ceremony is a reminder that we should kindle and enlighten our soul i.e. our inner spiritual self. Also just as the physical fire in Havan Kund by burning ghee and samagri (mixture of fragrant and medicinal herbs and incense) purifies and brightens the surrounding environment, similarly we should first purify and enlighten ourselves by doing virtuous deeds, and then do selfless deeds as a service for the community as well as make the community a better and more virtous place for all.

The true yajnya as per the Vedas, Brahman Granths, Upanishads and Geeta is the virtuous conduct of life’s journey so that it gets closer to God and eventually attains God realization. Shatpat Brahman states that Yajya wai shreshtamam karma i.e. virtuous karmas i.e. yajnya are the most important thing in life. In Geeta, Yogeshwar Krishna says the following to Arjuna about yajnya: Shreyan dravyamayad yajnyat jnanayajnah parmatapa (Gita 4:33). Paramtapa (O! Arjuna) jnanayajnah (knowledge, educating others, virtuous conduct) is shreyan (superior to) dravyamayad yajnat (the yajnas performed with physical materials). Contrary to the correct view stated above, many Hindus have the blind faith that the ritul of sitting before the holy fire (agni) and putting oblations into the fire would please God and fulfill most desires of the worshipper. God is Omniscient and cannot be fooled. He is not deceived by the bribes of empty rituals unless the yajnya is accompanied by improvement in the conduct of life. Such yajnyas only purify the ambient environment depending upon the incense and herbs burnt but not much more.

The root word for yajnya is yaj which according to Sanskrit dictionary has three meanings:

  1. Devpuja which means honoring devas i.e. the word Deva means those persons who are always doing good for mankind and the universe. They are the embodiment of virtue or dharma. They are generous selfless persons; they give to others without expecting anything in return. People such as they deserve honor and respect and are considered godly or saintly persons. Depending upon the context besides generous noble persons, father, mother, respected elders and physical entities such as space, fire, air, water and earth because of their helpfulness to mankind are also called deva. In many Veda mantras, God is also called Deva because God is always giving to all beings without even their asking, God is the Giver to all givers.
  2. Sangatikaran which means keeping company of virtuous noble persons and reading scriptures that promote truth. Organized group religious activities and ceremonies in Vedic Dharma (and Hindu religion) are called Satsang. This Sanskrit word literally means the company or gathering of truth seekers and truth followers. This gathering can be at a temple, some other place of worship or a person’s home as long as the purpose is to promote God, truth and dharma. We learn from each other and are likely to follow the habits and customs of the company we keep. It is at a Satsang where one is likely to hear an inspiring sermon, find a guru or meet a peer devotee. In his simple, yet descriptive words, Kabir said the following about Satsang:

The company of the good and wise is like fragrance emanating from a perfumery, Wisdom comes like the fragrance, whether one is a perfume buyer or a passerby.

  1. Daan which means donating for worthy causes. In the Vedas and other Hindu scriptures there is much emphasis on being generous and giving to others (Rig Veda 1:29:4; Rig Veda 10:117:6; Atharva Veda 3:24:5; and 20:74:4). In Sanskrit, giving (charity) is called daan (or danum), and it is usually grouped into three categories called tana, mana and dhana. Tana is giving in the form of bodily or physical service. Mana is giving at mental or word level and dhana is monetary or material giving. All three types of giving are praiseworthy and noble, and depending upon the circumstances, one may be more important than the others. The most difficult form though, is selfless (volunteer) service at the physical level. An example would be to tend to the physical needs of an invalid person unknown to you or to bring food to the hungry. The next level of selfless giving is to provide mental support, such as counselling or encouraging someone, giving a lecture or writing a book to inspire others or promote virtue. The last level is donating money or gifts to charitable organizations so that others can take care of people’s needs is the easiest of the three types of donations, even though in most societies, it receives the most recognition. A few caveats about giving (charity) include: Give only to deserving people or causes in a selfless manner with no desire for fame or recognition. And, donations of ill gotten money to atone for one’s sins in not virtuous.

Vedas place great emphasis not only on being generous, but also on working together with other persons for the welfare of all human beings. Most of the prayers in the Vedas are for “us” rather than for “me”, with great deal of emphasis on being generous and sharing with others, this allows one to receive God’s blessing. While one should make all possible effort in making personal physical, mental and spiritual progress in life, one should never be completely satisfied in one’s personal progress only, but should also make an effort for the physical, mental and spiritual well being of the society at large. The last sukta (hymn) of Rig Veda has four mantras, in which God instructs human beings to think, discuss and work together for the betterment of mankind. One Veda mantra from this hymn states the following:

Sam gachachhadhvam sam vadadhvam sam vo manamsi janatam.

Deva bhagam yatha poorvay samjanana uapasatay. (Rig Veda 10: 191: 2)

God’s Message to human beings, listen!

(Sam gachachhadhvam) May you move ahead together, united to do good deeds, (sam vadadhvam) may you speak with one united voice, (sam vo manamsi janatam) may your minds and thoughts be united for pursuit of truth and common good. (yatha poorvay deva Just as in the past sages and generous people (samjanana) united in thoughts, words and actions that are based on truth  (bhagam uapasatay) have worshipped God and pursued fulfillment of worthy personal and societal goals.

This Veda mantra is a message from God to all human beings and states that, just as in the past deva i.e. sages and generous persons united in thoughts, words and deeds (that are based on truth), have worshipped God and pursued fulfillment of worthy personal and societal goals, so should you. May all of you move ahead united to do good deeds for others, may all of you speak with one united voice, and may all of your minds and thoughts be united for pursuit of truth and common good.

Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati in his books describes five types of yajnyas one must do.

  1. Brahma Yajnya is a daily individual (personal) meditation called Eeswar-Stuti-Prarthana-Upasana, Sandhya or Sandhya Yog-Upasana.
  2. Deva Yajya i.e. Havan or Agnihotra is a group activity including family and others as described earlier.
  3. Pitri Yajya is serving with devotion one’s living mother, father and family elders.
  4. Balivaishvadeva Yajya is offering food and taking care of helpless human beings and other beings e.g. animals, birds who are dependent on us.
  5. Atithi Yajya is honoring and serving learned virtuous guests who visit us.

As stated earlier, the ultimate purpose of all yajyas in life as per the Vedas and related scriptures is attainment of God realization. You may ask how does Yajnyopaveeta cord ties in with that? In Sanskrit the word sootra has many meanings, it can mean a thread, string, cord, root or integral rules etc. while the Veda mantras are in the form of a poetry which has a profound meaning, all six Darshanas including Yoga Darshanam are in the form of sootras. The word sootra in English is usually translated as aphorisms which means ‘a terse saying embodying a general truth; i.e. a short sentence with a deep meaning.’ Therefore, the most important thing to remember is that while the Yajnyopaveeta has three strings symbolizing three debts as stated in the first paragraph, in reality Yajnyopaveeta is only one cord which symbolically reminds the wearer that he/she with his/her heart and soul must always stay connected with Omnipresent God just like a foetus is connected to his/her mother with an umbilical cord for nourishment. God as described in the following Veda mantra is called sootram sootrasya i.e.the root source of all true knowledge (also see Arya Samaj’s First Principle) and the definition of a truly learned person is one who intricately knows God.

Yo vidyat sootram vitatam yasmin otah praja emha.

Sootram sootrasya yo vidyat sa vidyat brahmanam mahat. (Atharva Veda 10: 8: 37)

(Yo) That person is learned (vidyat) who learns and know (vitatam sootram) the root/integral rules or ultimate particles/strings (yasmin) by which (otah praja emha) all created things in the universe are thoroughly made up of.

(yo) That person however is truly learned (vidyat) who learns and comes to know (Sootram sootrasya) the root source of the above described root rules for ultimate particles/strings because (sa) he/she (vidyat) knows (brahmanam mahat) God who is the Greatest in the universe.

The ceremony in which the Yajnyopaveetam is given to a child is also called Upanayanam which means (Upa+Nayanam) connecting the soul of the child with that of the teacher and God and opening the spiritual eye by imparting knowledge to see the world in its true reality. After an Upanayanam ceremony and learning the child is also called dvija i.e. twice born. Although, orthodox Hindu Brahmins forbid girls and women from reading and learning the Vedas or wearing Yajnyopaveetam, beginning with Maharshi Swami Dayanand Ji, Arya Samaj has promoted both the learning of the Vedas and wearing the Yajnyopaveetam for girls and women just like boys and men.

You may finally ask what are the benefits of wearing a Yajyopaveeta and becoming a dvija? The rewards according to the Vedas are as follows:

Stuta maya varda vedmata prachodyantam pavmani dvijanam

Ayum pranam prajam pashum kirtim dravinam brahmvarchasvam.

Mahayam datva vrajat brahmlokam.

(Stuta maya varda vedmata) I have learnt Vedas with a great degree of respect for them (like I would honor my mother) and adopted the message of the Veda mantras in my life because they give boons (dvijanam) to twice born, i.e. those who learn and practice the message of the Vedas in their lives, (prachodyantam pavmani) they become inspired and their thoughts and actions become pure and virtuous.

The rewards of living according to the messages of the Vedas are the following seven items which together constitute true prosperity:

(Ayum) Long life, (pranam) vitality, strength, (prajam) virtuous family and progeny, (pashum) animal wealth for milk and agriculture, (kirtim) fame, (dravinam) wealth and prosperity, (brahmvarchasvam) spiritual enlightenment. (Mahayam datva) Finally God says that do not become attached to or lost in these rewards, I gave them to you, give them back to me by sharing with others, (vrajat brahmlokam) so you may acquire moksha i.e. very prolonged bliss.

Ceremonial and Pledge Mantras for Wearing a Yajnyopaveeta

Om Yajnyopaveeta

Om Yajnyopaveetam paramam pavitram prajapateryatsahjam purastat.

Ayushyamagryam pratimunch shubram yajnyopaveetam balamastu tejah.

Yajnyopaveetamasi yajnyasya tva yajnyopaveetenopanahyami.

Yajnyopaveeta is sacred because God who is the Master of all (and has existed before everything else) inspires us that we should wear Yajnyopaveeta to remind ourselves of performing yajnya i.e. in our lives. In this manner, by performing virtuous deeds we should aim at a long life full of prosperity, benevolence, strength and radiance. I wear this Yajnyopaveeta which is worth adopting and make a commitment to perform Yajnya in life i.e. having noble thoughts, words and deeds as well as spreading the same message to others.

Om Agnay vratpatay vratam charishyami tat shakayam tanmay radhyatam.

Idamaham anritat satyam upaimi. (Yajur Veda 1:5).

(Agnay) Our Ultimate Leader, Supreme Light that enlightens us, (vratpatay) Judge and the Master Keeper of all vows, (vratam) as I take a solemn vow, (charishyami) please bless me so that, (tat shakayam) I may fulfill my vow (tanmay) and that my vow (radhyatam) may be successful. (Idam aham) with Thy blessing I now pledge (anritat) to reject all falsehood (satyam upaimi) and adhere to truth for the rest of my life.

Dear God You are Our Ultimate Leader, Supreme Light that enlightens us, and the Master Keeper of vowsbecause all creation abides by Your universal rules. Even God follows His own rules and does not break them to pease devotees. We on the other hand due to our fears, laziness or other defects often break our vows. Dear God, give me Your blessing so that by Your Grace I may be successful in fulfilling my pledge to always uphold the truth and to avoid falsehood in all aspects of my life.

Om Punantu maa devajanaah punantu manasaa dhiyah.

Punantu vishvaa bhootaani jaatvedah puneehi maa.

Dear God, You and the learned noble persons present here may direct and inspire my mind and intellect so that I may do good and virtuous deeds in life. O Almighty! You know the deeds of all beings, please give me Your blessings, enlightenment and love, as well as help me to become a virtuous person.

– Los Anjils, U.S.A.

Pakistani husbands can ‘lightly beat’ their wives, Islamic council says

The head of a powerful Islamic council is refusing to back down from a proposal that make it legal for husbands to “lightly beat” their wives in Pakistan, despite ridicule and revulsion including calls that maybe the clerics should stand for their own gentle smack down.

Speaking to reporters, the chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology, Muhammad Kahn Sherani, said a “light beating” should be a last resort.

“If you want her to mend her ways, you should first advise her. … If she refuses, stop talking to her … stop sharing a bed with her, and if things do not change, get a bit strict,” Sherani said, according to Pakistan’s Express-Tribune newspaper.

If all else fails, he added, “hit her with light things like handkerchief, a hat or a turban, but do not hit her on the face or private parts.”

The council, also known as the CII and made up of Islamic clerics and scholars who advise Pakistani legislators, said it was “un-Islamic” for women to leave an abusive relationship and seek refuge in a shelter. The CII strongly opposed Punjab’s law, and said it wanted to weigh in with its own proposal.

[If a husband beats his wife in Pakistan, can she flee? Maybe not.]

Before the bill is expanded from Punjab to other areas of Pakistan, the council said it wanted to weigh in with its own proposal. A draft of the proposal is now complete, and reads like an appalling misprint: Husbands should be allowed to “lightly beat” their wives, the CII recommends.

“A husband should be allowed to lightly beat his wife if she defies his commands and refuses to dress up as per his desires; turns down demand of intercourse without any religious excuse or does not take bath after intercourse or menstrual periods,” the report states, according to Pakistan’s Express-Tribune newspaper.

Reached by phone, a CII official confirmed the report to The Washington Post, but stressed that some changes could still be made to the document before it is forwarded to lawmakers for review.

Currently, Pakistan’s domestic violence abuse laws are vague, although prosecution even in the most heinous cases has been rare.

The CII, which claims that its recommendations are based on Koranic teachings and Sharia law, also seeks to legalize domestic violence if a woman refuses to cover her head or face in public, “interacts with strangers; speaks loud enough that she can easily be heard by strangers; and provides monetary support to people without taking consent of her spouse,” the Express-Tribune reported.

Pakistani supporters of the Islamic group Ahl-e-Hadith youth forum hold placards reading in Urdu “No to women liberation, like in western culture” during a protest in Lahore, Pakistan, on March 17 against the Protection of Women Against Violence Act recently enacted by the Punjab provincial assembly. (Rahat Dar/European Pressphoto Agency)
Although the recommendations are nonbinding, the 163-page document does provide a window into how the most conservative strains of Islam still view the role of women.

The document would ban women from appearing in television or print advertising and would prohibit female nurses from treating male patients. It also would give a husband permission to forbid his wife from visiting males other than relatives.

Some Pakistani leaders and activists slammed the proposal, calling it a national embarrassment. They hope it will persuade Pakistanis to rally for the council to be permanently disbanded.

In an interview, Farzana Bari, an Islamabad-based human rights activist, said the proposal should persuade Pakistanis to rally for the council to be permanently disbanded.

“It shows the decadent mindset of some elements who are part of the council,” Bari said. “The proposed bill has nothing to do with Islam and it would just bring a bad name to this country.”

Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission, which estimates 70 percent of Pakistani women have suffered domestic violence, said in a statement it’s “difficult to comprehend why anyone in his right mind would think that any further encouragement or justification is needed to invite violence upon women in Pakistan.”

The Human Rights Commission “would like to know why the CII’s obsession with women,” the statement said. “We hope and expect that … the draft bill will be condemned unreservedly by all segments of society,” it added.

Bari notes that even if finalized, the proposal has almost no chance of becoming law.

Despite its reputation for being a place where women’s rights lag decades behind the West, Pakistan is actually far more advanced than some other Islamic countries.

Pakistani women have had the right to vote since 1947, the same year that Pakistan was partitioned from India. In 1988, Pakistanis elected the late Benazir Bhutto as prime minister, the first Muslim-majority nation to install a female head of state.

According to Newsweek Pakistan, Bhutto’s son, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, responded to the CII proposal by saying its members are the ones who should be given a “light beating.”

Unlike in Saudi Arabia, Pakistani women are permitted to drive. There are no formal restrictions on what women in Pakistan can wear in public; such decisions are generally made based on a woman’s cultural upbringing.

But the freedom women have in major cities such as Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore are often not available to them in more rural areas of the country.

Under its constitution, Pakistan is an “Islamic republic” with democratically elected national and provincial legislators. The Council of Islamic Ideology was created so that legislators can seek clerics’ advice before implementing legislation that may conflict with Islamic law.

If legislators defy the council, its members have been known to accuse lawmakers of blasphemy. In Pakistan, a formal blasphemy charge can be punishable by death.

Even the CII, however, appears to be trying to moderate some of its views. The draft document includes provisions endorsing women in government and says a girl should be able to marry without her parents’ permission, according to the Express-Tribune.

On one matter, the CII appears even more tolerant than religious conservatives in the United States. It is proposing to wait up until 120 days after conception before abortion is declared “murder.”

But Bari hopes the Pakistani public sees the document for what it is: a cringe-worthy example of why the CII should be disbanded.

In national elections, Islamist parties with close links to CII members generally receive no more than 10 percent of the total national vote. Absent political support, the CII has become a vehicle for allowing extreme views to remain entrenched in public policy, she said.

“Violence against women can’t be accepted, and it’s time for the nation to stand up to people who come up with such proposed laws,” Bari said.

One of Pakistan’s leading English-language newspapers, Dawn, used humor to fight back against the CII. On Friday, it published “a comprehensive list of things you can ‘lightly beat’ other than your wife.” It includes an egg, a carpet, a ketchup bottle, ice trays, bed sheets, a podium, remote control and “It” — as in the late pop singer Michael Jackson’s hit song “Beat It.”

Using a GIF of Homer Simpson smacking his forehead, Dawn also concluded that someone one can just lightly beat themselves.

“Important: Do this every time you think ‘lightly beating’ women is a thing,” Dawn wrote above the GIF.

Islamism equals war against the unbelievers – whomever they may be

You will not see the following information in any other newspaper, certainly not the Washington Post or the New York Times.

Islamism is at war against the “kafir,” unbelievers in Islam. What is Islamism? It is a radical political movement based on a fundamentalist and exact reading of the Islamic scriptures. Its goal is world domination by Islam. It is spreading havoc and slaughter around the globe. Most of its victims are Muslims who do not share the poisonous ideology.

This state of war has existed since the beginning of Islam. Islam is composed of three holy texts called the trilogy: the Quran, recorded during and after the life of the Prophet Muhammad (570-632 AD); the Suna (the Sira, the life of Mohammed and the aHadith — the traditions of Islam), written 100-200 years after Muhammad’s death; and Sharia Law, written in the 1400s. Islam is entirely incompatible with human freedom and the U.S. Constitution. Islam is not a religion of peace. It is a religion of submission to the laws inscribed in Sharia.

Under Sharia there is no freedom of religion, press or speech. There is no right to bear arms. Men are superior to women in every way. Women can be beaten at the husband’s will. Muslims are always superior to non-Muslims. Our Constitution must submit to Sharia. All governments must be ruled by Sharia law. It is eternal and can never be changed

Also, violence is commanded. Blasphemers, apostates, infidels, homosexuals and adulteresses are to be killed. Cruel and unusual punishments are prescribed.

Since Islam is incompatible with our Constitution and our laws, we cannot allow this to continue. We must stop it in its tracks and demand that Islam be reformed to eliminate violence except in self-defense, and to demand that women be accepted as equals to men. Only Muslims themselves can reform Islam. We must demand they do so. It is true that the Jewish Torah and the Old Testament of the Bible also contain violent commands and call for subjugation of women. But Jews have long since abandoned these verses and ruled that the laws of governments trump the commands of the Hebrew prophets. Muslims must do the same.

Europe is already falling victim to Sharia. When Sharia is allowed to overrule other laws, it gains a foothold and will insist that other Sharia laws be permitted as well. This is happening in Europe and even in the United States.

Islam commands Jihad against unbelievers. Jihad means war against unbelievers to establish Islam. Jihad is the duty of all Muslims. We are fortunate most Muslims are not engaged in Jihad, because there are 1.6 billion of them. If 1 percent engage in Jihad, we are faced with 16 million fanatics.

When we are attacked, or threatened with attack, we must respond with appropriate force. It is time to draw the line and say “no more, enough is enough.” Muslims who do not accept our Constitution or our laws should be asked to leave America.

Luckily there are courageous Muslims working hard to reform Islam before it’s too late. They are putting their lives on the line and we should support them.

Meanwhile, we should declare war against ”Islamism,” the fascist political movement whose goal is world domination by Islam. The enemy is not only Isis, Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaida or Boko Haram, it is Islamism — a deadly cancer that is spreading the worldwide. All those groups and many more share the Islamist goal — world domination by Islam.


Anything but jihad By Carol Brown

Did you know that a “truck attack” occurred in Nice, France, and that the driver had recently been convicted of “road rage”? Apparently we are to believe that an angry guy got in his truck and took out his frustration on hordes of innocent people. And while certain facts may be true (yes, the guy was angry, and yes, he drove a truck to commit his evil deed), they are not the underlying truth. And it is this underlying truth the West is so desperate to avoid.

The underlying truth is that Islam is totalitarianism that mandates the destruction of all things not Islamic as written in the Quran, the Sunnah, and the Hadith.

That’s pretty much it. It’s all you need to know. From this basic premise of world domination, all else flows. It explains the most heinous acts of violence perpetuated by Islamic terrorists, the most subtle form of creeping sharia that advances the caliphate by stealth means and everything in between.

Islam demands that Islam rule over everyone. And for Islam to rule, non-believers are given three choices: (1) convert, (2) pay the jizya tax and live as second-class citizens, or (3) die. This is how it’s been for nearly 1,500 years. Yet it would appear that a 1,500-year history of darkness, death, and destruction in the name of Allah is not enough evidence for the West to grasp what drives the enemy we’re facing.

So desperate are we to avoid facing the awful truth that a seemingly endless stream of insane things are spewed out on a near daily basis to convince us that the truth is anything but what it is. Case in point: our government asserting that recent terror attacks are a sign we are winning the war against ISIS.

(And as an aside, the war isn’t, or at least shouldn’t be, specifically against ISIS any more than their war against us is against people who live in certain ZIP codes. ISIS, Hezb’allah, Hamas, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, the Muslim Brotherhood, and on and on all represent the same thing: Islam.)

We’re not winning the war against Islamic totalitarianism. We’re losing. Willfully, it seems. Our commitment to losing cuts across a broad spectrum, from political elites to academics to the media.

As to the last group’s coverage of the terror attack in Nice, they could have reported on how ISIS and other Islamic terror organizations urge Muslims to use vehicles to kill, a reality Israelis have been coping with for a long time. (Palestinians routinely run over Jews with cars while ISIS reminds them to “[r]emember that our war with the Jews is a war between belief and unbelief, so continue your battle and use all permissible means of fighting them – stab them, run them over with cars[.]”)

MEMRI further reported on the jihadist magazine, Inspire, and its detailed directions for how Muslims should use vehicles to maim and murder, excerpting from an article in the magazine titled “The Ultimate Mowing Machine” (excerpt reprinted below):

The idea is to use a pickup truck as a mowing machine, not to mow grass but mow down the enemies of Allah. You would need a 4WD pickup truck. The stronger the better. You would then need to weld on steel blades on the front end of the truck. These could be a set of butcher blades or thick sheets of steel. They do not need to be extra sharp because with the speed of the truck at the time of impact, even a blunter edge would slice through bone very easily. You may raise the level of the blades as high as the headlights. That would make the blades strike your targets at the torso level or higher.

Pick your location and timing carefully. Go for the most crow[d]ed locations. Narrower spots are also better because it gives less chance for the people to run away. Avoid locations where other vehicles may intercept you.

To achieve maximum carnage, you need to pick up as much speed as you can while still retaining good control of your vehicle in order to maximize your inertia and be able to strike as many people as possible in your first run. Keep in mind that as soon as people realize what you are up to, they would scatter and run in every direction looking for cover. They would look for areas where the vehicle cannot reach them. Therefore, it is important to study your path of operation before hand. The ideal location is a place where there are a maximum number of pedestrians and the least number of vehicles. In fact if you can get through to ‘pedestrian only’ locations that exist in some downtown (city center) areas, that would be fabulous. There are some places that are closed down for vehicles at certain times due to the swarms of people. If you have access to firearms, carry them with you so that you may use them to finish off your work if your vehicle gets grounded during the attack.

After such an attack, we believe it would be very difficult to get away safely and without being recognized. Hence, it should be considered a martyrdom operation. It’s a one-way road. You keep on fighting until you achieve martyrdom. You start out your day in this world, and by the end of it, you are with Allah. This idea could be implemented in countries like Israel, the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Denmark, Holland and other countries where the government and public sentiment is in support of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the American invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq or countries that had a prominent role in the defamation of Muhammed… ”

So let’s speak the truth. The terror attack in Nice was not road rage perpetrated by a garden-variety criminal. It was jihad. It was Islamic terror. It was evil sanctioned by Allah and the teachings of Mohammed.

And let’s not make a big issue of the fact that the jihadist’s name was not on any terror watch list (not that these lists are even very effective, but that’s a topic for another day). The watch list is anyone and everyone who embrace the teachings of the Quran.

Hat tip: Atlas Shrugs

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Deadly ignorance: Islam & Terrorism

A hallmark of Mr. Obama and his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is they have continually downplayed Islamic terror, telling us climate change is far and away a greater threat to mankind.
But at 2 a.m. Sunday, Omar Mateen, 29, the son of Afghan immigrants and an American anchor baby, used a Sig Sauer MCX (not an AR-15) and a handgun to kill 49 people and wound 53 others in Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., before he was taken out about three hours later by police.
Having traveled to Saudi Arabia on more than one occasion, he had ties to the Islamic State, which said on its official propaganda site that it was responsible for the attack and “The Orlando attack is the work of a soldier of the Caliphate.”
Divorced but married again, some reports say Mateen was gay. His first wife says he was not only gay and a homophobe but also a misogynist who beat her during their marriage. This behavior, the norm for the Muslim culture, is similar to what German women experienced in Cologne six months ago and why Sweden is now the world’s rape capital.
Whether or not Mateen was gay isn’t important. What he did in his murderous rampage was totally related to Islam.
According to The Reliance of the Traveller, the sharia manual, says American Thinker columnist Eileen F. Toplansky, “there is consensus among Muslims … that sodomy is an enormity. It is even viler and uglier than adultery,” which is “punished brutally, including by death.”
The clear meaning is killing homosexuals is not Islamic jihadist law, or ISIS law, or as Mr. Obama pronounces it, ISIL, it is sharia, Muslim law.
Noting that a year ago Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei “encouraged Western youth to find out about Islam for themselves and not allow their image of it to be clouded by prejudice,” Ms. Toplansky said youths were to “study and research and receive knowledge of Islam from its primary and original sources.” Here is a smattering of those primary original sources:
Quran 8:12 – I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.
Quran 9:5 – So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush.
Quran 4:144 – O ye who believe! Take not for friends unbelievers rather than believers: Do ye wish to offer Allah an open proof against yourselves?
Quran 5:51 – O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another, He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.
Quran 4:101 – For the Unbelievers are unto you open enemies.
Quran 4:89 – They would have you become Kafirs [non-Muslims – infidels] like them so you will all be the same. Therefore, do not take any of them as friends until they have abandoned their homes to fight for Allah’s cause [jihad]. But if they turn back, find them and kill them wherever they are.
“The whole world must submit to Islam,” says Bill Warner in Sharia Law for Non-Muslim. “Kafirs are the enemy simply by not being Muslims. Violence and terror are made sacred by the Quran. Peace comes only with submission to Islam.”
Killing gays, Jews, Christians, Yazidis, Hindus, Buddhists and uncovered women, or anyone who refuses to bow down to the medieval edicts of Islam, is not ISIS law. It is Muslim law — sharia, says Ms. Toplansky.
An estimated 3 million Muslims live in America, and more are being brought every day by Mr. Obama. A poll by the Center for Security Policy in May 2015 said 51% of American Muslim wanted their own sharia courts, not the American legal system. Taxpayer cost is $20,000 per immigrant, and that is before they receive welfare, food stamps and free health care.
Refusing to acknowledge that Islam is behind terrorists attacks against Western civilization even when attackers shout “Allahu Akbar” (God is great), Mr. Obama, called the Paris attacks “random violence.” Although he didn’t express anger Sunday in his talk regarding the Orlando massacre, he said it was a “terror attack.” Then he launched into his anti-gun crusade.
The political correctness whitewashing of Islamic terror and sharia was clear in Orlando. And it will happen again.

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Muslim BBC Chief Says ‘Of Course’ ISIS and Islam Are Related

Responding to the theory that ISIS has nothing to do with Islam, the head of the BBC religion section told students this week that people need to come to grips with the “uncomfortable” truth that the Islamic State terror group draws its inspiration from the religion of Islam.
Professor Aaqil Ahmed, himself a Muslim scholar and chief of BBC religion, denied the politically correct opinion that ISIS “has nothing to do with Islam” during a speech at before a group of college students at Huddersfield University this past week.

“I hear so many people say ISIS has nothing to do with Islam — of course it has. They are not preaching Judaism,” Ahmed noted.

As Breitbart reported earlier this year, more and more scholars and pundits are stepping forward to show that the Islamic State indeed draws its principles from the Qur’an and the writings of Mohammed.

A growing consensus suggests that the perpetrators of violent jihad do not represent Muslim “extremism,” but rather reflect a straightforward application of central Islamic principles.

One such scholar, James V. Schall of Georgetown University, has stated that Muslim violence is intrinsic to the nature of Islam itself in a recent essay titled, “Realism and Islam.”

Schall insists that Islam has consistently advocated violence, which it has practiced “from its seventh century beginning,” and that the purpose of jihad is, ultimately, “religious and pious.”

Far from a historical anomaly, then, the violent method of the Islamic State “is little different from what has been seen throughout the centuries wherever Islam is found,” he said. Islam “is actually and potentially violent throughout its entire history.”

“And while it may be politically incorrect to state these things, they need to be stated and are in fact the truth—things that both Muslims and non-Muslims need to hear and consider,” Schall said.

Schall is far from alone is his sober assessment of historical Islam.

In March of this year, Nabeel Qureshi, a former Muslim, published a provocative article in USA Today titled “The Quran’s Deadly Role in Inspiring Belgian Slaughter,” in which he recounts his own discovery “that the pages of Islamic history are filled with violence.”

The author also noted that “ISIL’s primary recruiting technique is not social or financial but theological,” and that they continuously draw from “the highest sources of authority in Islam, the Quran and hadith” in spurring their followers to violent jihad.

The fact of the matter is that violence and jihad are at “the very foundations of their faith,” he wrote.

Professor Ahmed’s recent statements regarding the relationship between ISIS and the religion of Islam are significant for two reasons.

First, as a Muslim scholar, Ahmed holds the credentials to make authoritative statements regarding the teachings of Islam. Second, as the religion director of the BBC, Ahmed represents the liberal media machine that has consistently avoided linking violent jihad to the Muslim faith.

“They [Islamic State] are Muslims,” Ahmed said. “That is a fact and we have to get our head around some very uncomfortable things.”

Ahmed has been with the BBC since 2009, and commissioned the documentaries Inside The Mind Of A Suicide Bomber and The Qur’an.


Regulation for some but not for others.


Often I receive notes from Iran or Arab Muslim countries, from educated women who want to raise awareness and learn how to overcome the fear that has being indoctrinated in them regarding how they handle their body and, most importantly, think about their sexual life and sexuality.

“Socially speaking the average age for virginity has gone up in Muslim countries. I am thirty-five years old now, and I am still a virgin. They have planted deep rooted guilt and shame in us if we think about these issues before getting married,” an Iranian woman, a writer and teacher from city of Kerman wrote in a note in Persian.

I am not a therapist, but I have analyzed the issue from religious, political, social, and theological perspectives (Allah, a God Who Hates Women). First of all, it is crucial to detect the roots of the problem. The religion of Islam intervenes, in an unlimited way, not only in how women should dress (veil and cover), but also how woman should think about their sexuality and body.

The Quran (literal words of Allah according to Muslims and Islam) and life of Muhammad are the two most crucial sources through which Sharia law views women and tells them how to reflect on their sexuality.

These two sources are used to teach, train, and brainwash women from childhood, through social media, Imams, Sheikhs, mosques, TV, families, tribes, schools, and colleges. As I will explain later in the article, guilt, shame, and feeling sinful about their sexuality are indoctrinated at this level.

Then there is the hard power level, which imposes thfear. If a girl or woman breaks one of the Sharia laws above, she will be punished. The punishment can be from the state (execution, lashing, imprisonment, stoning, torture), or it can come from community and family members (such as honor killing, beatings, imprisoning the girl in home, etc.). Often the punishment comes from both the state and community or the family.

Those who impose these laws could be either women or men. For example, in Iran, there are many female moral police in the street working for the state to monitor the population. In addition, some Muslim mothers are stricter on their daughters than their fathers or brothers.

Since the Quran is the indisputable word of Allah according to Muslims, it is the most powerful tool. If we analyze the Quran meticulously, we see that many verses related to sex are directed towards how men can enjoy their sexual life, but women play a passive role.

[2:223] Your wives are a place of sowing of seed for you, so come to your place of cultivation however you wish and put forth [righteousness] for yourselves. And fear Allah and know that you will meet Him. And give good tidings to the believers.

[2:187] It has been made permissible for you the night preceding fasting to go to your wives [for sexual relations].

[4:25] And whoever among you cannot [find] the means to marry free, believing women, then [he may marry] from those whom your right hands possess of believing slave girls. And Allah is most knowing about your faith. You [believers] are of one another.

There is no verse telling women that they should enjoy their sexual life as well. In fact, those verses that are directed towards women are objectifying, subjugating, dehumanizing, disempowering and impose fear in them if they break the Sharia laws.

For example:

[4:15] Those who commit unlawful sexual intercourse of your women – bring against them four [witnesses] from among you. And if they testify, confine the guilty women to houses until death takes them or Allah ordains for them [another] way.

[24:31] And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their head covers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers that you might succeed.

Some Islamic and Sharia laws and teachings even spread the idea that women should feel filthy, guilty and bad about being a women, as well as about their natural physiological attributes. For example:

[2:222] And they ask you about menstruation. Say, “It is harm, so keep away from wives during menstruation. And do not approach them until they are pure. And when they have purified themselves, then come to them from where Allah has ordained for you. Indeed, Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who purify themselves.”

These teachings become more powerful when the state joins the religion to impose the Sharia law.

These teachings and punishments have been going on for over a thousand years. As a result, it is not easy for some Muslim women to free themselves from these feelings about their sexuality. The process would be slow if a woman decided to liberate herself from these Islamist, political and social chains. For a Muslim woman, it is much harder to do so in the Muslim world rather than in the West. But the most important thing is to raise awareness and continue educating people about these issues.

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, an Iranian-American political scientist, author, business advisor and public speaker, is president of the International American Council and serves on the board of the Harvard International Review (Harvard University). Harvard-educated, Rafizadeh grew up most of his life in Muslim countries (both Sunni and Shiites nations). He is the author of the memoir “A God Who Hates Women” and the upcoming memoir “The Renegade.” Dr. Rafizadeh can be reached at Follow him at @Dr_Rafizadeh.