كلمة الشهر: Kalimat ash-shahar (word of the month)
It’s said that the Arabic language has no word for “philanthropy.” However, there are many relevant words related to giving and compassion for humanity. Today we are highlighting صدقة. Transliterated as ‘sadaqah’, this word is rich in history, as its cultural significance has survived well over a millennium, with its origins being traced back to the early days of Islam in the seventh century. The term translates to ‘charity’ or ‘voluntary charity’ in English, but it holds a deeper meaning than just ‘charity’. Sadaqah holds high religious value, as it is an Islamic term that refers to wide spectrum of giving and compassion. It encompasses love, friendship, kindness, generosity and also religious duty.
Who caught Bill O’Reilly’s recent “rebuttal" of white privilege yesterday? Consider it a case study in how the model minority myth serves to derail conversations about the realities of white supremacy and anti-blackness in America today.
It’s a textbook execution, Bill. But we’re not buying it. We choose resistance.
For more, read Scot Nakagawa’s ever pertinent “The Model Minority is a Lever of White Supremacy”: http:// bit.ly/1piOFKk
“So, transform yourself first…Because you are young and have dreams and want to do something meaningful, that in itself, makes you our future and our hope. Keep expanding your horizon, decolonize your mind, and cross borders.”—Yuri Kochiyama (via conversationpeace)
"Would you come back to visit the Philippines again?
I’ve been dying to go back to Manila. I want to stay for six months or a year. As a person on the first island of that great colonial archipelago that Spanish colonization created, I feel a deep calling to spend time among the last islands. Call it history or call it family but something about the Philippines speaks to my deepest hybrid colonized-island self.”