Khutbah with Dr. Hatem Bazian: Do not be utilized to support the empire.

Midday prayers held at the UN Plaza during SF rally for Gaza.

Midday prayers held at the UN Plaza during SF rally for Gaza.

On Friday’s rally for Gaza in San Francisco, Brother Hatem Bazian gave the khutbah for Friday prayer services. He warned Muslims living in the US against being a cog in the machine of the “colonial mother land” –be it through direct aid to the military industry, work of so-called human rights organizations or seamless assimilation into a society/culture with a historical legacy of colonization, slavery and genocide.

[Side note: In the middle of the khutbah, a woman stood a couple feet from Brother Hatem and antagonized him as he spoke. Some organizers led her away from the front. Hatem briefly responded to the small commotion by criticizing the State’s neglect of social services and encouraging listeners to love and support people with mental health issues.]

Listen to the entire khutbah below:

[Videos] San Francisco March in Solidarity with Gaza (7-20-14)

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On July 20th 2014 an estimated 6,000 Bay Area residents mainly from the Palestinian and Arab communities hit the streets against the ongoing atrocities being committed by the Zionist entity against the people of Palestine. As of this writing over 560 Palestinians have been murdered. The resistance has killed an approx. 25 Israeli Occupation Forces. InshAllah that number will continue to rise.

July 20th is also the birth date of Frantz Fanon, psychologist and leading intellectual/theorist on Decolonization. The following video shows

“When we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe” ― Frantz Fanon

“When we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe”
― Frantz Fanon

images from the demonstration in San Francisco with audio of a speech given by Dr. Hatem Bazian, senior lecturer in the Departments of Near

Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, talking about the deep rooted connection between todays struggle against Zionism and colonialism to that of our ancestors who fought decolonial struggles before us: Continue reading