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Hate is simply the reaction from fear of the unknown.

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This image reminds me of the below proverb. It’s one of the many great Somali proverbs about unity….. Ironic. I know. Enjoy!

“Gacmo wadajir bay wax ku gooyaan.”
Translation : “One can tear something only with two hands.” #SomaliProver

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To remind myself first…

Sura Ad-Duha contains all that is the hardest yet the most crucial of things to remember:
1. Allah has neither forsaken nor forgotten you
2. The hereafter is better for you than this life
3.Allah will give you all that it is that you want/desire thats good
4.Allah found you unaware of his deen and guided you
5.You were poor and he gave you self-sufficiency/contentment
6. In that case don’t treat the poor/beggars with oppression/revulsion
7. And report the favor of your Lord

Mashaa Allah.

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“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you swerve, and if you distort justice or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do.”
(The Holy Quran, Chapter 4. “The Women”, verse 135).

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Resolving the Heart of Conflict | James Ferrell

Love!

Seth Adam Smith

In an unforgettable TEDx talk, James Ferrell (author of The Peacegiver) gets to the heart of all conflict, and offers practical, simple solutions to overcome our deepest challenges.

“The heart of all conflict is that our hearts have come to find advantage in conflict,” says James Ferrell. And the solution to the heart of conflict? Well, watch the video below…

In 2011, I had the honor of working with Jim on his presentation—no, not on the wording or the philosophy—but with the power-point stuff. Basically it went like this:

Jim: “Seth, could you move that over there?”

Me: “Uh, I think so.”

And so on and so forth. Glamorous, I know. But my suits aren’t as nice as Jim’s, so I let him give the actual presentation. You’re welcome! 😉

Jim’s been a family friend for a long time. My dad helped found Arbinger back in the early…

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The end of sexual violence and domestic abuse? A resource list of organizations working toward this

Great question.

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Why is it that, when we talk about sexual violence and domestic abuse, we talk about the women involved and erase the men from the conversation?[ted_talkteaser id=1753]In his TED talk, violence-prevention educator Jackson Katz explains why sentences like “Mary is a battered woman” are far more common than ones like “John beat Mary.” The takeaway of Katz’s talk: That we have to stop thinking of violence against women as a women’s issue. He urges men to look at the various institutions in society that help produce violent behavior, and to become leaders in calling out behavior that’s entwined with violence against women.

We asked Katz to compile a list of resources for those invigorated by the conversation on how we can shift cultural norms, as well as for those who want more information on organizations that tackle sexual violence and domestic abuse. Here, Katz’s incredibly comprehensive list.

Men’s organizations working to…

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A feminist’s fear of the Family Meal

Honest & beautiful! Feminist!

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As a child I always hated The Family Meal. Too many arbitrary rules and too much meat. I’d throw pieces of food under the table, thinking no one noticed, then watch as my brother got pudding while mine was withheld due to the scraps discovered around my chair.

Years later, anorexic, I avoided family meals altogether. I’d hide away with my homework while others ate, finally defrosting Lean Cuisine in the microwave at 10pm. It would take me an hour to eat the half-portion I dished out, then I’d retire to bed, barely having spoken to anyone.

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