rosyln:

Life in Gaza

Have you ever been called an Islamist? How about a jihadist or a terrorist? Extremist, maybe? Welcome to my world. It’s pretty depressing. Every morning, I take a deep breath and then go online to discover what new insult or smear has been thrown in my direction. Whether it’s tweets, blogposts or comment threads, the abuse is as relentless as it is vicious. You might think I’d have become used to it by now. Well, I haven’t. When I started writing for a living, I never imagined I’d be the victim of such personal, such Islamophobic, attacks, on a near-daily basis.

Mehdi Hasan: We mustn’t allow Muslims in public life to be silenced

(via rcabbasi)

My life.

(via mehreenkasana)

The Israeli Defence Forces are again using a tactic in their attack on Gaza that they claim is aimed at saving lives—despite it having a track record of leading to the death of civilians, including women and children. So called “roof knock” strikes involve a drone firing a low- or none-explosive missile at the roof of a building that is to be destroyed. The missile is followed a short time later by a bomb that flattens the house—but exactly how long after is not known by the inhabitants.

The tactic first came to light after the 2008/9 offensive on Gaza. One of the case studies that we at Forensic Architecture produced for the UN Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism’s inquiry into drone strikes focused on an attack on the Salha family in Beit Lahiya on 9 January 2009. A missile was fired at the roof of the family’s home, but they did not know that this constituted a warning. After moments of terrified confusion, the family began to leave the house. However, before they could all safely leave, a bomb was dropped, and six women and children were killed.

At a time when most attacks in Gaza are on houses, the Israeli military is anxious to present themselves as trying to avoid civilian casualties. Yesterday it released a video showing a warning missile being fired at a house that it then deciding not to strike. However, in the attack on the home of Odeh Ahmad Mohammed Kaware, Defence for Children International Palestine reported that a warning missile was followed by a bomb that killed seven people, including five children. This should be taken as further confirmation that the use of this tactic should be stopped immediately.

Not only is it illegal to fire a missile at a civilian to warn them, the missiles also frequently penetrate the roofs they are intended to bounce off, further endangering civilian lives. Israeli military lawyers argue that after residents of a building have been warned, they can be considered as combatants and legitimately targeted. This is a gross misuse of international law that enables the Israeli military to justify attacks on buildings in built up areas, populated by civilians, that they would otherwise be unable to legally carry out.

—Eyal Weizman, Director of the Forensic Architecture Centre on Israel’s “humanitarian bombings” (via antoine-roquentin)

findingallah:

tasnimsmentalroadtrip:

Once, in one of my exams, some dude shouted TAKBEER and all of the Muslims shouted ALLAHU AKBAR and I swear I couldn’t stop laughing at the looks on the white teachers faces for the entirety of my exam

This is amazing

wayofsalaf:

Biggest Iftar in the World

Masjid al-Haram in Madinah witnesses the biggest Iftar in the world. 

More than 12,000 meters of table cloth are stretched daily for Iftar in the mosque
area. 

Serving approximately 300 000 Muslims a day, the daily cost is approximately 1 million Saudi riyals (around $290,000).

Consumption includes 130 000 litres of Zamzam, 50 000 litres of arabic coffee, 300 000 bread rolls, 50 000 litres of yoghurt & milk and 50 000 litres of fruit juices, 40 tonnes of dates DAILY. 

The iftars don’t last more than 15 minutes. The meal is sponsored by various benefactors.

The number of dates consumed daily by worshippers in the Masjid al-Haram is estimated to be more than 5 million pieces.

15 minutes after the fast ends, the entire Masjid is spotless without signs of any food or drink. 

SubhaanAllah
Spirited Away (Miyazaki Hayao, 2001) / The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)

(Source: cruaute)

if you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow that person to be your friend?

—one of the most eye opening things i’ve read in a while (via agirlnamedally)

(Source: witchury)

inceration:

I FOLLOW BACK 100%
emmerliii:

thranduilsenpai:

sexience:

i don’t think u fully understand how important this gif is

His nine lives flashed before his eyes.

"Lick lick lick fwoomp"

cupcaketwinklebutt:

The end credits of game of thrones are on a black background specifically so you can see the look of horror on your face reflected in your computer screen

dustbowldance:

monsterpussy:

i’m going to be mediocre my entire life and my friends will never be anything but extraordinary and i’m happy for them really truly i am but i can’t help but want to die from the gulf that keeps growing between us

Ditto. Average marks forever. Ambition to excel at school never.