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Saturday, January 28, 2012

My thoughts on the victims of the water-crisis:

Author’s note:
The following poem is based upon the trials & perils of life that some of the most victimized individuals in this global water crisis are: Children. They suffer the highest consequences of this water crisis & usually are the last to get help. These same children whom are often the first casualties of this water-crisis, are also those whom are sent into war-torn territories, where they run the risks of being attacked by dangerous animals, murdered, kidnapped, or raped. It is my hope that, through this poem, you may find it in your heart, to find & make a way to help in any/every cause that you can, to help relieve the burdens placed upon those from among us whom are the most vulnerable of us & have less than we do. In all honesty, no Human being deserves to not water clean water. Clean water is a basic Human-right & all of us who have it must/should be willing to see fit that those who don’t have it get it.

The Narrative of a Victim:

Mama...Papa...I’m simply dying of thirst!!!
But, this waters’ contaminated & cursed...
...that’s what she said.

I walk...miles & miles...these are just some of my many trials.
The water I fetch for my family’s so filthy...the taste just hurts...
...that’s what she said.

I’m cryin’ out to Humanity, for stomach curls.
Disease-ridden and mosquito-infested...this is the worst...
...that’s what she said.

I risk getting gang-raped by mercenaries.
I’m in fear of being devoured by parasites...
...that’s what she said.

I don’t wanna die...but, there’s no hope for me.
Millions of children share my dreadful plights...
...that’s what she said.

What will you do?!!!

Gareth Bryant/2012

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

My thoughts on `Asabiyyyah (Bias):

Author’s note:`Asabiyyah, in the Arabic-Language, represents an unwarranted bias, either for or against someone, generally based upon things which a person has no control over (like family-ties, ethnicity, national-origin, gender, etc.). There are also other manifestations of `Asabiyyah as well (like cultural, religious, inter-religious or social discrimination, etc.). This new poem that I’ve written will be based mostly upon the ethnic & cultural & inter-religious manifestations of `Asabiyyah.


What if…
…my skin had no color, that Muslims viewed me exclusively as their true brother?
…people looked past my blackness, and saw only my heart, not my outer cover?

What if…
…people never gave me a dirty-look, for coming into a Mosque in Jeans and a Graphic-Tee?
…people could just let me be alone, leave me be to practice my Islam, as a man who is free?

What if…
…I were not deemed a Muslim social-outcast, just because I don’t look like a desert Sheik?
…why must I forfeit all that I am, as a Black man, just to conform & wear a robe and sheet?

What if…
…people judged me only by my actions, instead of just my physical, mortal shell?
…they did not deem me as “Un-Islamic”, because of what I wear, headed for hell?

What if…
…people just saw me, as opposed to my natural, genetic topography?
…the Muslims did not care whether I was Sunni, Sufi, Shi`i, or Salafi?

What if…
…people respected & appreciated my differences that Allah granted me, instead of curse them?
…people did not label me as the “bad-guy”, for defending myself, against blatant, harsh racism?

What if…
…we were just unified as one, putting ethnicity, color, culture, dress & pride aside?

If “What if” were a reality…
...then, this world of ours would be such a peaceful, and awesome place to reside!!!

Gareth Bryant/2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My thoughts of my father:

Author’s note:
Recently, I’ve just been thinking about how much having a father has been important in my life, regardless of the fact that he wasn’t even a Muslim & died when I was very young. I thought that it would be good to just share this importance to you all-I’m often left thinking, to myself, that if my father could be the man whom he was, without Islam, then I owe it to Allah to strive towards being at least half of the man that he was, with Islam. This particular poem is meant to celebrate the utter importance of having a father, generally, which domestically in the U.S., as well as other parts of the world, the status of fatherhood has really become a pathetic joke, not taken seriously at all, and we’ve all been more & more bombarded with this global, socio-culturally-influenced/encouraged “dead-beat dad” syndrome, which has taken the world by storm, as one of the greatest negative phenomenons of our lifetimes. Every Human being has the absolute right to have two parents, both mother & father, to be there for them, as long as they live, to give them some sort of positive rearing & direction in this material-existence.

I know my Father:

He was the  man from whom I’ve inherited 23 of my 46 chromosomes.
He was never like a rollin’-stone, in & out of different women’s homes.

Although he died when I was only 8, my time with him was just great.
Alas, Allah decided to take him from me, it was just his destined fate.

It was always known he loved me & I knew that he cared.
He had the heart of a lion, he was so brave, never scared.

I know that he loved and cared for his own kids.
He even fathered children who weren’t even his.

He was A-Class, with great personality & a legendary smile.
No other father in the world could’ve ever imitated his style.

I’m simply in awe, oftentimes, at the mark of a man that he has made.
It’s been over 20 years after his death, yet his legacy just won’t fade.

If only I were ½ of who my father was.
Striving for that is such a worthy cause.

Gareth Bryant/2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My nomination for the 4th annual Shorty Awards:

One may ask the question:
"What the heck are the 'Shorty Awards'?!!!"

Well, here's the answer:
The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media, recognizing the people and organizations producing real-time short form content on across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare, and the rest of the social Web.

Fortunately, I've been given the exposure & opportunity to be recognized for my work, and be nominated, in the category of Blogger, for  this award, along with the likes of previous nominees & winners, like: Conan O'Brien, Newark, NJ Mayor, Cory Booker, Suze Orman, Ted Leo, and so many other notables. In short, this award is kind of a big deal in a sense.

About the voting process:
The public is invited to nominate social media users for excellence over the past year. Each award recognizes a content creator's entire body of work, not just an individual tweet or post. Nominations are made by tweeting or through

To vote for me, please, go to:

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My thoughts on what Allah sees:

Author’s note:
It’s very important that we (regardless to whether you’re a Muslim or Non-Muslim) reflect upon what the Creator of the Universe sees us saying and doing, as well as what He sees within our minds & hearts. Most of us just live our lives with only minimal to no reflection of how we’re being dutiful to the one who’s responsible for our very existence.

I think that now is a good a time as any to start:

Try to look for what Allah sees:

Allah sees:
The depths of our souls, what we harbor within ourselves, what we hide from one another.
He sees the hatred, bias, & bigotry that we hold against others, what we keep undercover.

Allah sees:
The true colors of the ego, where arrogance & narcissism reside.
It’s where envy and malice is fueled by ambition and unjust pride.

Allah sees:
The evil intentions of our hearts, as we plot and plan ways to follow a blatant desire.
The likes of which are no good, and will only lead us all to a dreadful pit of the Fire.

Allah sees:
Our true selves, when no one is ever around, when we are completely by ourselves, alone.
He views our actions, behind closed-doors; yet, we pretend that we’re so slick & complex.

Allah sees:
The ill-willed seductiveness of our voices, as we attempt to kiss through the telephone.
We use our tongues as pawns, to advance in the game of chess, with the opposite-sex.

Why must we seek to see what Allah sees?!!!
To be able to recognize the wrong within us, that our hearts have been tainted with rust.
We must make amends with our Lord, regain His respect, honor, mercy, love, and trust.

We must make strides towards pleasing Allah, by making sincere and meaningful recompense.
If we want to have security in the Hereafter, we must turn back to Allah with pure repentance.


My thoughts on Feminism (The hatred & disrespect of Men):

Author’s note:
Since I’ve already written a poem about Misogyny, it’s just as fair to write one about Feminism as well. Feminism, as we know it to be has been incepted to be an alternative for women to Misogyny, to combat Misogyny even. However, unfortunately, it has begun to cause the same ill-affects that Misogyny has. We as Muslims, fellow Human beings, need to find better alternatives to dealing with the opposite gender, as opposed to attempting to get one leg up over one another. I’ve exclusively targeted the modern Muslim woman, who has full-throtled accepted this pathological concept known as Feminism, which basically teaches women that we’re crap, as a result of what’s between our legs, which we didn’t even give ourselves and/or what the next man has done negatively. Bitterness, as a result of negative experiences with men generally, have promoted & propelled the women of our world to view men as untrustworthy & worthless at the same time. This poem is geared towards shedding some light on this issue, that we, as men & women (particularly Muslim men & women) can ween ourselves off of having enmity against one another, based upon biological factors that none of us are in control over.

Please, don’t hate me:

Why must you be against me?
What have I ever done to you, to make you not wanna be my ally?
I have been prosecuted, without an opportunity to produce an alibi.

What have I done as a man, to make you look at me with utter disgust?
I’m not your enemy; don’t view me as the one who’s scared you.
I care for you; whether you believe it or not, what I tell you is true.

Why am I always the one to blame for the next man’s folly?
Never have I beaten you, but you’d threaten me with the dreaded “9-11” call.
You would throw all my faults in my face, just to prevent me from standing tall.

You claim to be an independent woman, yet you expect me to maintain you, and to be used as a tool.
Then, you turn around & attempt to disgrace me; you go out of your way to make me look like a fool.

Your resentment for my gender doesn’t make you superior, it just makes you petty.
Don’t make biases against other creations of Allah, the Devil has done this already.

He hated our father Adam, just because he wasn’t a Jinn.
What makes you think that hating men will give you a win?

Gareth Bryant/2012

Monday, January 9, 2012

My thoughts on Misogyny (The hatred & disrespect of Women):

Author’s note:
I wrote this poem, to shed some much-needed light on how men (Muslim men particularly) have allowed this disgusting concept, that we know as Misogyny, to dictate how we are to treat the most precious & priceless of all of the creation of Allah: the Human female. Allah has placed inside the mind, heart, soul, and body of the Human female so much blessing and abilities to cultivate the growth & development of all of us, generation after generation, century after century, and millennium after millennium. Yet, unfortunately, we’ve allowed ourselves to view the woman as a worthless sexual-prize, only to satisfy the carnal cravings of men. We need to start having real conversations as to why we’ve allowed the Devil to encourage us to treat women in such a demoralized fashion, and we have to correct this vicious cycle of pathological thinking. It’s no wonder why so many women have converted to Feminism, because they’ve been short-changed and pushed around, by the same men Allah has created to respect, honor, protect, secure, cherish & love. And, it is my sincere hope that this poem can help in some way spark some interesting conversations about this topic, as well as get people uncomfortable enough to want to change the Non-Islamic status-quo of how women are allowed to be viewed and treated in our societies.

P.S. Don’t get pissed-off concerning the title of the poem:


Why are our women “Bitches”?
We degrade at them, beat them & crush them.
We belittle them, and destroy their self-esteem.

Why are our mothers “Bitches”?
We don’t respect, honor, appreciate, or love them.
We make them weep, their tears flow like a stream.

Why are the mothers of our children “Bitches”?
We deny responsibility and neglect the Child-Support.
They’re forced to be both parents, it’s the only resort.

Why are our daughters “Bitches”?
Daddy’s little-girl is helpless and completely alone.
No clue how a man is to treat her, he’s long gone.

Why is a “Woman” a female-dog?
It’s really sad how easy it is to call a woman by other than her real name.
This word “Bitch” hurts so many and saying it so comfortably is a shame.

When did our love for women turn into hate?
We seem to let our bad experiences determine how we treat others.
We have to end this cycle and be examples for our young brothers.

If someone calls a woman we care about a “Bitch”, we all wanna fight.
But, if we say the same thing to woman, it’s just supposed to be alright.

We were all birthed by women, so let’s start honoring females.
When we view women as “Bitches”, we disrespect ourselves.

Gareth Bryant/2009

Friday, January 6, 2012

My thoughts on Monsanto: The farmers of the Dajjal/Anti-Christ:

The mass global rising in food-prices, the destructive nature of famine stricken countries & regions of the world, the globalization of privatizing/monopolizing agriculture are just some of the many recurring signs that the Dajjal/Anti-Christ is on his way & bringing hell-on-Earth right with him. But, there’s some things that need to be established first before he’s able to rule uncontested: One of the main sources of his power, before the return of Jesus (Peace be upon him), who will end up killing the Dajjal/Anti-Christ, will be control over the worlds food-supplies.

It is mentioned in great detail, in the Prophetic-Tradition of Muhammad (Peace be upon him) that the Dajjal/Anti-Christ will appear before the people (of the world), with abundance of food & water, in exchange for loyalty & fellowship towards him. Anyone who refuses to accept his false claims to legitimate global-rulership, prophecy & divinity, will suffer severely under his tenture of temporary rule over the Earth, until Jesus (Peace be upon him) comes back to Earth & does away with him, thus liberating the Earth of his immense tyranny.

Now, one may ask, who would be helping someone like the Dajjal/Anti-Christ attain world-domination, via control over food-supplies? Well, let’s get to Monsanto, the main focus of this whole article.

Monsanto: Past, present & future objectives:

Monsanto started off as a chemical company. From it’s founding in 1901, until the present-day, Monsanto has been responsible for producing such chemicals from DDT (an insecticide which had been banned for agricultural use by the U.S. Congress in 1972, for its harmful side-affects to people vegetation & the environment generally) to Agent-Orange (a chemical-weapon used during the Vietnam-War, which decimated the natural-environment of Vietnam & Cambodia, as well as cause immense death & various other health defects found in both U.S. Military personnel & the people of both Vietnam & Cambodia) that have caused innumerably unchangeable negative affects to both people & the environment globally. They’ve managed to successfully establish themselves as the leading pioneers of chemical-manipulation of agriculture, via producing herbicides (pesticides for plant-life) genetically-engineered crops.

At present, Monsanto possesses one of the most powerful lobbying bodies on this planet, soliciting support from wealthy business persons in the agricultural industry, as well as corrupt politicians, in achieving theirs goals of genetically modifying & patenting every seed known to man, in order to consolidate complete control over all things agricultural. They’ve become extremely powerful over the past century, since their intial inception, in the early 1900’s until now. Thye’ve faced nearly no practical opposition from the Washington “watch-dogs” who are supposed to be there to protect the better interest of the American people & people around the world. Instead, they’ve given Monsanto a free-hand, to continue its immoral quest to undercut any & all organic-farmers, who resist the political/governmental & financial onslaught, to pressure them to use genetically-engineered agricultural techniques, which include the usage of genetically-engineered seeds, to contribute to the global domination of agriculture by Monsanto.

From the Islamic perspective, it’s very obvious, based upon the Prophetic-Statements of our Prophet, Muhammad (Peace be upon him) that the Dajjal/Anti-Christ will use food-supplies, as a significant tool, to lure the people (globally) away from the worship of Allah & towards the worship of himself. There are various narrations by a particular Companion of the Prophet (Peace be upon him), named al-Mughirah ibn-Shu`bah (May Allah be pleased with him), of the Dajjal/Anti-Christ coming to the people, presenting abundance of food & water. But, for those who truly believe in Allah & the Last day, the illusion of the Dajjal/Anti-Christ will cause their faith to waiver under threat of starvation (Muslim). However, as Muslims, it is our responsibilty to Allah, to recognize the signs that He & His Messenger (Peace be upon him) have left behind for us to benefit from, to have the knowledge and develop the integrity & fortitude to resist the temptation of the Dajjal/Anti-Christ if/when he comes during our lifetimes. This will be the most trying times for those who believe in Allah & the Last-Day, and companies like Monsanto have shown & proven that they are on the side of the Dajjal/Anti-Christ, by contributing to the immoral privatization/monopolization of agricultural resources. We, who believe in Allah & the Last-Day have to be ready to face the Dajjal/Anti-Christ head-on!!! However, we can’t be ready to oppose him, if we’re not prepared for him, and we can’t prepared for him, if we don’t know about him, and we can’t know about him, unless we’re gaining knowledge about him, by taking heed to the authentically recorded signs present in the Qur’an & Prophetic-Tradition, about his coming & his reign of terror as well as the present reign of terror by those whom are is avid supporters, like Monsanto, for example.

May Allah protect us from the deception of the Dajjal/Anti-Christ & all those who aid him & support him...Amen!!!

#I’m just sayin’!!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

My thoughts on Water: Part II (The Poem):

Author’s note:
This is part two, of the two-part series that I’ve presented, about the Water-Crisis & our obligation as those who can make a serious difference to do something about it.

Water is Vital:

We’re all in need of this blessing, regardless of our religions, ethnicities, genders and ages.

Acquisition of this precious resource is required for proper development of our life-stages.

Terrible is the fact that so many people waste away & die for not having just a little bit.

Everything living thing on this planet has a birthright to have all rights to their share of it.

Recognition of its significance is imperative for our basic survival.

Its importance in all of our day-to-day lives has no equal nor rival.

Sad is the fact that Millions of our fellow Humans have not this life-supporting liquid.

Vigorous is our need to ensure that they receive it; denial of this resource is so putrid.

It just takes a little bit of effort and money to make a lot of difference, to help someone else live.

To those who have more, we’re obligated to provide for those who have less; so, let’s just give.

Any of us could be affected by not having; we would want someone to give us a hand.

Let not your selfishness, or fear of poverty, prevent you from helping your fellow man.

Gareth Bryant/2012

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My thoughts on Water: Part I (The Article):

In the name of Allah, the Source of Mercy, the Most-Merciful:

Author’s note:
Unlike my other articles, I didn’t write this all by myself. This article before you is the compilation of a great team of individuals (Khadeejah Bari, Sarah Elalem, Ruann Ibrahim, and Guadalupe Mercado), known formally as The One Ummah Team (we’re the X-Men-version of Non-Profits...he he he), whom I am very proud to be working with diligently, in raising much-need awareness concerning our planet’s devastating global water-crisis. As anyone who’s been paying attention to this issue knows full-well, basically, 1 Billion Human beings (1/7 of our Human family) are dying and/or wasting away from curable/treatable diseases, like Malaria, only because of three words: NO...CLEAN...WATER!!!

This a two-part article, with part two being an actual poem...stay tuned for the poetic version of this two-part article series.

Water (not just water, but clean-water) is one of life’s most undeniable basic needs. Can you ever imagine living without it for just a single day? Nearly 1 billion people in the world today, have been subjugated to live without clean-water everyday of their lives, resulting in their untimely suffering & unnecessary deaths-One in every seven people world-wide do not have access to safe, clean water to drink and/or wash with. A mother loses her child, every nineteen seconds, due to one or more water-related diseases, like Malaria for example. Just try to imagine, being a parent, forced to give her children water from a local swamp, a swamp that animals bathe in, because it is the only source of water nearby-Your imagination is sadly their reality.

Showers lasting up to 30 minutes, leaving the faucet running, as we do our dishes, brushing our teeth, doing our laundry on a regular basis, all without realizing the precious value of this tremendous blessing. For most of us, it is not until we are sacrificing food and drink in, during Ramadhan, that we begin to reflect upon the utmost importance of this great favor bestowed upon us by our ever-giving Creator-I think that it’s pretty safe to assume that most of you out there reading this article, whom were either born & raised or have lived most of your lives in the Developed/Western-World, have never been denied water-None of us have never had to leave our homes, having to walk anywhere between 5-20 miles, to fetch water that’s not even clean, but rather dirty & disease-infested. We simply turn on the tap, and clean-water comes out.

Allah says, in the Qur’an, “Then, on that Day, you shall be asked about the delights.” [Chpt.102, V.8]. We will all be asked about the enumerable blessings & privileges that we have been given abundantly by our Creator-We are immensely obligated to show gratitude to Allah, for all of His endless endowments. Allah also says, "If you are grateful, I will give you more. But, verily, My Punishment is indeed severe, if you are ungrateful." [Chpt.14, V.7]. We have been chosen to have this gift of existence, life senses, resources, etc.-It is upon us, as a duty to Allah, for us to be grateful any & all that Allah provides for us without even having to ask or work for.. If we do that, we will be given more of Allah’s bounties-What better way to thank Allah, for this gift of clean water, than to help those who doesn’t even have clean water, one of the simplest of Allah’s immense gifts?

Some may shrug their shoulders, some may shake their heads, few will ask how to help, and even fewer will actually reach out their helping hands. It is our moral obligation, as people chosen to have this incredibly divine blessing, that we ensure that everyone else has sustainable sustenance. It is not our greed or selfishness, but our indifference that has plagued our society and led our nation away from the foundation that our Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) & his Companions (May Allah be pleased with them all-together) have laid down for us, a foundation that directs us to compete and rush to do good.

We all have the ability to do something substantial about this water crisis. I'm a part of a team of Muslims, who joined efforts to raise $20,000 to sponsor a water-well that will supply 4 communities through a reputable nonprofit organization named charity water. Our initiative, Give Thanks for Clean Water, is intended to be an annual effort until everyone in our world has clean water. This reading just took 2.5 minutes to read, that is almost 8 children who have died who didn’t have to die if more of us would’ve done something about it.

Please, join our team, donate, propagate, or whatever you can do, or at the very least, share this message with others!!!

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I will also be co-hosting with my One Ummah Team, as well as performing at a charity event, geared towards raising awareness & monies for this most noble & important issue. If you’re in the New York City/Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, please, try your best to come through for this event & support our efforts:

Thank you in advance,
The One Ummah Team

May Allah instill utmost compassion in every member of Humanity, so that we empathize with the plight of others. May Allah make us love for our Human brothers & sisters what we love for ourselves. May Allah make us always extremely grateful for our blessings. May Allah protect us from indifference, one of the greatest evils that plagues our society...Amen!!!

Monday, January 2, 2012

My thoughts on the overtly deceptive provisions implications of the U.S. National Defense Authorization Act:

Sadly, the National Defense Authorization Act, along with its many overtly deceptive provisions & implications, is just another shrewd wayward way of making the United States an even more totalitarian state, no different than the likes of the Roman Empire, the Soviet Union, or Nazi-Germany. The very nature of this document, allowing martial-law to essentially come & go as it pleases, to interfere with the regular designated rule of law reserved for by law-making bodies of this nation, like State Assemblies & the U.S. Congress, thereby denying persons whom are deemed criminal, with proper legal representation, outlandish & unconstitutional/illegal detainment for crimes based upon baseless evidences, and denial of due-process/trial-by-jury, as a result of being red-flagged as a “threat to National-Security”.

Ever since the McCarthy-Era in the United States, ruthless tactics have been used, to thwart any form of legitimate opposition to governmental corruption in this land & those whom have been at the forefronts of true justice have been labelled as “Communists”, “Extremists”, “Fundamentalists”, “Fanatics”, “Terrorists”, etc. Meanwhile, the U.S. has committed some of the greatest domestic & global atrocities against the citizens of the world, from state-sponsored-racism, from the inception of this nation to the present, the bombing, of the two civilian cities of Hiroshima & Nagasaki (and by the way, the U.S. is still the only nation to-date, that has ever used nuclear weapons in a military conflict), the violations of the Geneva-Convention in during the Vietnam-War, using Agent-Orange & Napalm, not only against the North Vietnamese, but also against the nation of Cambodia.

Let’s not also forget this bullshit “War-on-Drugs” & “War-on-Terror”, which the U.S. actually benefits from if/when they’re perpetuated & the best example of this fact is a previous article that I’ve written, named “If Anwar Al-Awlaki were Oliver North, he’d still be alive & chillin’!!!”:

It has been made very obvious for any one who has dared to pay attention to the last decade, that this United States is on a dangerous path of destruction & if something serious & meaningful is done to prevent these corrupt politicians & financiers of governments, who are clearly bankrolling sadistic Anti-Christ/Freemasonic like agendas, which are not in the best interest of Americans or any others who fall under the global 90%, they have the nerve to crack-down on undesirables & place people in military prison-camps. These are just some of the unfortunately countless examples of how merciless the U.S. has & can be, not only against its fellow citizens but also against the rest of the world.

I’ll end with the words of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, whom when interviewed by Michael Moore, in the documentary, “Capitalism: A Love Story”, had this to say about his own country, the United States of America, in light of the sinisterly orchestrated financial-collapse, which gave even more practical power to Wall St. & further achieved to strip the U.S. Congress of it’s constitutionally endowed powers , “This whole fiasco, shows you that there are some forces…that are in control…big-time!!!”