- the election process doesn't allow much in the way of manifesto building and campaigning.
- prominent affiliates are too politically partisan and that this reflects badly on the whole MCB as there is guilt by ideological association. (Bear in mind that the conservatives are due back in power and an alliance with the hard left has passed its sell by date.)
- we need to frame a proactive narrative on terrorism.
- the MCB Umbrella has less organisational mojo than some of its affiliates, so we need to unlock the floodgates of private funding.
Guilt by ideological association is an unfair reality, but its an unfair reality I feel proud to stick two fingers up at. I killed no-one.
Who chooses the issues of out time anyway? Terrorism is a government priority and the government is trying to make it a priority for the muslim organisations by wasting their time and our money. It would be sad if too many folks got distracted from what their own priorities are. I dont think they will, because theres too many people with integrity. Its usually the deislamised, skin deep and secularised muslims (God dont make me one of them) who find themselves doing the governments bidding, we all know it.
That said, we should frame and improve our own narrative in the matter and draw from it when given the chance. The priority is the discovery of Our Mojo. Such violent crime and extreme behaviour exists because we lost our collective mojo. There are plenty of other symptoms of mojo loss.
Probe News Magazine feature his interview this week. They have in the past done similar features with Maulana Nizami and Tareq Rahman (cant find link but it does exist). They ask peculiar questions, which im all for, but do sometimes blow smoke up people's arses.
my favourite bit.
Question: You say that the law is equal for all. Hasina has been released; perhaps Khaleda will be too. So demands now may be made for the release of all those who have been detained by the government on corruption charges. Or are things different for Hasina and Khaleda?
Answer: That is a question. Perhaps then it will have to be said that there has been an outbreak of a serious disease in all the jails and there is no treatment for this disease anywhere in the country.
I do wonder what going on in the Jails of Bangladesh..istighfar perchance?
Source: NewAgeBD, Mahtab Haider
Monday 23rd June 2008
The physicist suggesting it was James Hansen. The idea he was exploring is of fast feedback. And the news was out in July of last year.
The journalist Johann Hari published his Independent [London] article on it last Friday, including above factoid. The darling deshi merely read the article and imitated away. Its sad because NewAge's coverage during the last CoP[International Climate Change meeting) in Bali was worth following [gossip value, snooped on emails from within the delegation]. Its painful to witness these kinds of people scaring, confusing and pissing on Bangladesh, demonstrating 'freedom' no doubt.
Johann Hari is a nonce of the first degree, the imprint of his poisonous opportunist idiocy can be found in this telling paragraph,
This time, there will be no need for imaginary scapegoats. The people responsible are on every TV screen, revving up their engines. Will jihadism swell with the rising seas? Bangladesh's religion seems to be low-key and local. In the countryside, Muslims – who make up 95 per cent of the nation – still worship Hindu saints and mix in a few Buddhist ideas, too. In the Arab world, people bring up God in almost every sentence. In Bangladesh, nobody does.Interesting huh? Good 'news' for some forces in Bangladesh i guess. He develops his climate jihad thing later on. Its interesting how Hari grinds his axes one by one in this article on Bangladesh, which he feels characteristically obliged to 'represent'. The Captive Minds, White Masked and Foolish of the east provide willing assistance. Do read the article and wonder at the symbolic violence being done. Then tell me that journalists are not the scum of the earth. Hari's axes are shared with the embarrassingly suicidal semi-intelligensia with whom he socialised on his all revealing visit. A visit to educate us all on how we are climatically killing Bangladesh [puke].
Get this. To adapt successfully to whatever is thrown at it, Bangladesh needs to discover and realise its mojo. The self servingl beggar twaddle attitude of the crimelords must, in the words of Bob, be
Protection of deen is the first maqasid, so it is this which I will dwell on. I think I have made the point about axemanship, apemanship and 'science' journalism in the UK and in Bangladesh. The comment that nobody in Bangladesh mentions Allah probably deserves some kind of [virtual] effigy burning in of itself, but really is an interesting social construction.
Several years ago I was shamed by an Indian Muslim lady who had visited Bangladesh in ramadhan for a conference on something cool to find nobody fasting and no arrangements for iftari. I was gobsmacked, and rationalised it through the usual secularist-intelligensia thing. It is true that when certain white characters are taken around a strange country by certain brown characters there is a process of snowballing self selection. Aaaagh, the 'staged' 'field' 'visit'. They really do serve eachother an unholy meal of half-truths, they gorge themselves... everything is for sale.
Observers are best advised not to touch them with a bargepole. If you are compelled to by circumstances, try to avoid believing everything they say. Desperate people say desperate things and waste your time.
The secularist poison has spread further than I had thought in the Millat of Bangladesh. 'Islamic workers' really need to reflect on this and figure out their own responsibility. The people at Pew do a lot of research on faith variables in global society. I think its time to get a whole lot more ummahtic about it. Starting from analysis of what goes on in the 'elite' english medium schools. I dont think peculiar materialist studies of 'Bengali identity vs Islamic identity' are useful for anything other than self promotion.
After spending time in desh, there is a 'posh' dhaka centricity to the disease, but its broader than that and trends amongst the youth are worrying. Parents are aware of it. Yet its not fair to say there is a dhaka centricity to it. A youth cricket coach described the character of the Batsman Ashraful to me once... "He's a good boy of dhaka, he prays."
But still, workers at 'prestigious' newspapers in Bangladesh are disciplined and controlled by the habitus at their employer's offices. 'Dont let them know that you went to the mosque.' Other 'prestigious' journalists reward young writers for expressing a faithlessness in their articles. Workers at the Daily Ondokar ensure that only 'secularism' is reproduced [They dont explicitly publish that]. A hijab crowned lady at a 'prestigious' NGO is hassled over her observances.
The deIslamisation of the bengali musalman was planned and hardwired. Haphazardness has also featured, as well as the idiocy of islamic workers. It is embedded in the education systems and the peculiar social memory loss engineered by the contemporary form of nationalism. Thankfully however, the fitra is inate, and cannot be alienated for long, despite poorly disguised hate campaigns.
One elderly and deeni rickshaw rider I spoke with, whose livelihood and survivability depends on his strength had tried fasting and riding, but collapsed. An Alim had since explained to him that the fast was not mandatory for him. The doctrine of durura, necessity, is well known in sharia, but this particular dispensation had never occured to me, silverspoon boy that I am.
But generally around jumma times, in the capital, there are a lot of riders who do not join in. Apparently there is no safe place to park their vehicle for the half an hour or so they need. Surely there is a quick social technique to fix that one? One that a mosque committee can institute as a nobrainer? or... maybe...
Back to Climate-Extremism
I was wondering when someone some scumbag would link the two tragic buzzwords of 'global society' together. My personal evil imagination was inclined in a different way.
In an appeal to the Tory and the Green, I propose Carbon offsetting Muslims. I will obtain funding from either green or blue establishments in the west, or maybe even use the Clean Development Mechanism. Here's the pitch,
Look around you, you cant have Muslims travelling the world and realising that something is fundamentally wrong with it. I mean, they might try to fix things. Let us render them spatially immobile. No passports for our immigrant stock, no visas or 'scholarships' for the one in the East. I propose you give me a million bucks per hundred muslims immobilised.
one of their pride had returned to their Lord
The kittens in awe
of their timeless imanfueled core.
The stories ran deep
through a millat resisting sleep.
Yet the lions mucked in
with no care for prestige or bidding.
There is only political abdication, and intellectual abdication by harmful athiests in an essentially christian civilisational clothing of secularism. No Akhlaqi - Nasiri tome of practical ethics for our times then ey? Give us a glossy manual of HIV/AIDs instead please, Give me some trees to plant while you industrialise, continue to suck my blood like a leech while i fight with myself.
Yet character/behaviour are the most identified signs of individual quality by the Bangladeshi. It is the latent objective of parents and grandparents, but its hard and the collective chops arent working as well as they could. This is no rose tinted view of a golden past, I need no social scientific methodological mojo. This is known.
"Since [the liberation of] Bangladesh, there has been lots of development, but people’s character has become ruined” Aged 60, ex- Freedom fighter
“From the 50s to the 70s people wouldn’t give short weight. In the 60s corrupt families would be shamed and society would be ashamed of them. Now the values are inverted.” Aged 70, Retired engineer
“College kids are 'faster' than during my [student] time. [They are] not obeying manners of bangali culture. Maybe their family attachment is less.” Aged 28, Junior engineer (female)
The most clearly identified social quality that I find is of a 'conflict free environment', which makes Javed Ahmad Ghamidi's understanding of adab (manners) leading to greater adl (justice) in society clear. That Our Nabi was sent only to perfect good manners is the key.
With bucket loads of people in the same space competing for finites resources and positions, the adab thing is possibly the most crucial pillar of Our Futures. However when your knowledge culture is so fragmented, alienated from its fitra and immobile, there is no public sphere for this clear realisation to refine.
Leadership, which I accord to the man or woman who is able to solve problems, should have a look. Perhaps this kind of stuff is too obvious to write down, but it is the essence of civilisation. When in the company of someone of great quality, you wonder how this persons technique was cultivated. Looking at the differences in behaviours, 'moves' and traditions in families... who sculpted what and when? How do people improve and others get worse? This beautiful gesture that you made.... how much was inspiration of the moment... and how much was built generations ago?
One does not ramdomly shake some sand and create a Rolex. Craftsmanship.
- To have gained and imparted beneficial knowledge
- To have performed actions of on going benefit
- To have pious children who pray for you
To turn it the other way, it would be the ultimate in misguidance,
- To have spread malicious poison, gossip and slander
- To have caused and enabled cascading harm
- To have children who curse you
Empirical analysis of the cases of people held for the 28 day maximum doesn't suggest that more time is needed. Rather than putting some brains into the investigatory effort, The Man prefers to give them more time. A very sad state of affairs for the innocent people messed up by the rule change, if not the general population who still face the AQ type political violence hazard.
Critics have poured scorn on Davis. 'Vain, self indulgent stunt' blah blah blah they say. Labour may not even bother to field a candidate against him, bless their evil unprincipled socks. Still, its sweet when politics moves beyond the follow-thy-leader practice. That Queen Shami of Liberty worries that he may have made a bum move doesn't really bother me. For me, the act was both symbolic and real, it means a lot. conservatism, of the good stuff, certainly helps at times like these. The chap's actions have stuck a barb in Labour, and highlighted the issue of our time to the public conscience. Many polls still show Brits not being bothered too much, quantitatively speaking, about the 42 day thing. Practically, the House of Lords would probably have blocked it anyway.
Its just heart-warming to know that there was a politician for whom this democratically laced corruption was too much. Labour MPs were being whipped silly and bribed with all they could have(honours, Cuba etc) .... just to bolster Brown's illusion of control. Davis has earned some political currency, trust and kudos through this. An unjust government action should be resisted, however pathetically, just to prove that truth is not dead. I do not deify Davis Davis, but want to give him a big bro hug right now. Muslims would do well to flock to help his re-election campaign for Haltemprice and Howden as citizens... though that would probably guarantee he loses...
Termites have eaten important documents in a high profile corruption case against former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, lawyers say.
And Shaytan laughs at the poetry of it all. His mission to misguide humankind would seem to be doing rather well. Strangely, as 'Sheikha' flies 'off sick' to America, so many people are overjoyed.. and its hard not to feel overjoyed by proxy... because they are overjoyed and relieved of tension. I mean, pissed off, rather busting, Awami Leaguers are a severe public nuisance, guaranteed to blow your mind to get whatever they think their way is.
TERMITES..... after all that they turn around and say TERMITES have come to protect a defendant in a corruption case. I understand how hard it is to keep books and paper records in Bangladesh.... but TERMITES.
I remember when the Late Mrs Bhutto had a forensic style investigation done on her possessions, revealing cast iron data showing dodjyness. Mushybaby brushed it aside. Who really knows the real presence, nature, mechanics and dynamics of Sheikha's illegal behaviour.. but this TERMITE issue is terrific.
Why cant Bangladeshi society evolve past this stage? Why does it appear that this democratic punctuation wasn't the success that it should have been?
- No crystalline vision for the society.
- No community of kind thinkers and doers to craft, refine and translate such a vision.
- no genuine public sphere, just a superficial civil society that convinces nobody.
- Limited cognition of the voters and activists, who believe their leaders are of any essential benefit.
at a differential kind of pace...
through hostile takeovers of charity
and bizarre coalitions of opportunity.
Our millat grows more crystalline
It takes a while for ribs from spine
I'm waiting for the nervous system
For synchrony with every piston
Ancestral ties, what a can of worms
makes me shrug and go quite taciturn
"They just got worse" is all i'll say
horizons narrow day by day
Tariq bin Ziad, he burnt his boats,
but we aren't on conquest you silly goats,
Some inbetweeny agnostic hope,
or crown is needed, not hangman's rope.
But what about those carried through errors?
we've theologised some rank blinking howlers.
who's man enough to call them out
improve, move on and banish all doubt?
Its clear who cant; rent-boys and the bayah'd,
The former are foul, the latter have soured.
The aloof and white-masked, were never real factors,
what qualities then define my imagined actors?
Tablighi networked and mannered will do,
An A-team-Suffragette-Royal Society stew.
this could be a stretched and elitist bright future
we might just end up wielding flagon and pitcher
it was full of numbers, and various widgets.
Large amounts were committed to good causes
to be prosecuted by officers and political orphans.
The budget was small, but thats no matter.
Its June, and you cant build for the water.
The determining factor, and this is the key
is to implement governance unfoolishly.
The officers mess, was a complex arena
vested interests galore, little hope for enema.
But honestly one must feel sad for ECNEC*
no paradigm to translate, just technocratic rednecks.
With politicals in jail, the officers roam free,
they're clever but designed for coloniality.
Politicians were thick, unable to guide
region and faction and interest denied...
Nobody even seemed to have any answer
"democracy-election" was the principle mantra
No vision cohered, no gandalf stood up
Perhaps what was needed was a kick up the butt
Meanwhile in the court of the Imperial master
Mandarins planned a conference for the pending disaster
they invited the Press Lord, his minions and a General
the programme i tell you, it looks rather terrible.
The story goes on and with each passing day,
more people are born and more people pray,
for openings to be taken by the salehin**
not rentboys who dwell in the doomed mezzanine
*ECNEC makes decisions on interesting big funding projects.
A ray of hope?
possibly the funniest, truest statement ever made.
Its great to hear about another great thought leader in the Ummah, for who the be all and end all isn't politics and state power.
Wiki on him
Wiki on the constellation of linked institutions
Boston Globe Article
Muslim states, he says, cannot be theocracies, yet they cannot be divorced from Islam either. Islam cannot simply be one competing ideology or interest group that reigns supreme one moment and is gone the next. He instead argues for the active investment of the state in building institutions that will help create a truly "Islamic democracy."Journal, unambitiously called 'Renaissance'
"I challenge liberal and conservative thought at the same time," he told me recently at his home in Lahore. "The liberals in Pakistan are confused by me. The religionists are fuming and have called me everything short of an infidel."
Translation of islamic mojo isnt about how oil wealth is stored and protected, but how muslim money culture evolves and allows brians, sweat and money to lead to GUD. Gross Ummahtic Dignification. Maqasidi investment has as much to do with how a finance minister may prioritise and allocate state funds, how a venture capitalist might choose what bright ideas to enable, how communities enable GUD and how individuals invest with their resources.
Pure profit making motivation, purifying profit.
Which is why i reckon that we should just wipe jungly Islamic finance out as as, to be invisible. Just like a coke can on a table actually doesnt exist, we shouldnt accord things value on the sole basis of money and figures. (property is the 5th maqasid out of five, behind deen, life, dignity and intellect).
Practicioners of the dark arts dont please me because they seldom talk to the conceptual universe that I inhabit or that the ambitions I have, i find there answers tend to be 'no' and their stances over analytical and lacking vision. Habibie managed to dislodge a lot of such people and get some creative non linear mojo in Indonesia. It is sad that a lot of smart Muslim people seldom take islamic concepts and think with them practical and empirically to check out how they interact with the world.
But Doc Asutay was cool, could communicate with the mixed up millat without confusing, and the QnA was eclectic to say the least. He hat tipped and built on the works of the founders of Islamic Economics, which is something that marks wheat from chaff. He qualified that the foundational stuff came from the islamic resurgence of the 60s and 70s that kinda flopped, so we needed to think about things a bit more. The next generation must look at whats going on now and take the real thing further, not go with the fashion of islamically attracting gulf money like the british government.
He made an interesting couple of points. Some survey of Islamic Finance used in Malaysia in the recent past showed that 88% of it was just use to finance consumption... just buying stuff. whereas something like 2% (musharaka and mudaraba) actually did anything interesting. Interesting means creating essential value not plinging things around. Whether this says more about the dear malay's lack of entrepreneurial mojo than failings in the structure who knows?
But the point is that lots of dosh plinging around isnt the key here, its the benefitial work done by it thats crucial. ok we can understant sharia compliancy like halal meat, as a technocratic permissability factor. But a monstrous building for the opulent erected with islamic finance next to the Kaba? Come on! Allah mentions good(tayeb) whenever he speaks of lawful (halal). The dirty halal fried chicken might be lawful, but is it good?
Maqasidi venture capitalism is what I would like to see work, and a gradual awakening to the point that Allah will judge us well on how we spent our wealth health and time. It's not just about reducing the harm, its about increasing the good. The maqasid conversation, if nothing else, can makes it clear in the Muslim moral vernacular. Its inately vision broadening.
In a sense the states and corporates matter less than communities, families and individuals. Its a bad bad outcome when the faith is only played back but with certain frequencies missing. Taking out the bum notes from the scale is great but you really have to play a good tune. If bad 'Islamic' Financing is a greedy pig in scholastic clothing, it is time for the real murrabi's to distinguish themselves.
Another observation was that it was the Islamic Banks in Sudan (who enable a lot of agriculture) and Bangladesh were fulfilling more than anywhere else. Theres a trust in desh where even the most secular hardcore will bank with them. This mirrors 'secular' parents who want their daughters to marry a jamati boy because he prays and behaves. On social and economic levels things seem ok, its just when political power becomes part of the equation that things go ape.
There was a piece in todays newage paper, carried from bdnews24 about Islamic banks in desh. they repeated some of the same information twice though. Anyway so i was wondering....
(naive)Femenist analysis of islamic banking -> how many females employees do they have>
Economistic analysis of islamic banking -> bunch of numbers, no social context or resemblance of heart.
Anu muhammad (lefti bdeshi uni prof) analysis -> they charge more 'interest' so can profit more. religious command over capitalist economy must be resisted. Democracy please. look this is linked to the defilement of our pure secularism, we have always been secular... look at me, i am everybody.
Nationalist analysis of Islamic banking -> why are you buying them machineries from india?
Muslim students view of Islamic finance -> how can i get a job in it?
degraded Tablighi's view of Islamic banking -> oooh this means i can take a 2 hour break every namaz time.
British view of Islamic Finance -> how can we make some money out of these stupid arabs who seem to be the only ones with welath at the moment. Ah, london as an Islamic hub. badass!
Islamic Development Bank view of Islamic Finance -> dudes, over here, we do good work we have limited funds and a helluva lot of work to do... look. oh you just want to make money... i see... We'll still be over here when you figure out what a stupid bunch of stupids you are. Anybody want to work in jeddah?