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Warriors Needed 

Salaamu Aleykum ikhwaty,
 
I know I'm not anyone important here and I'm not trying to be important, wa audhubillahi min dhalik. I only want to share my opinion and urge myself as well as my brothers and sisters in Islam to be firm, therefore I write the message here.

The word warrior in English means a person waging wars and harming people even if it means their own people. In English the person is still defined as a warrior regardless who he/she is waging a war against for regardless what reason. I don't want to talk here about that definition of a warrior.
 
In Native cultures a warrior is a person that stands between harmful things and his people, be it an enemy or hunger or poverty or any other harmful thing. In a calamity such as dangerous weather conditions warriors lead their people to safety. Warriors always eat after everyone last and warriors always sit after everyone last. In indigenous terminology a warrior is not a person harming his people or any other people. For example in Ojibway the word for warrior is Ogichidaa and it means leader but as my friend  Lurence Keeper - Kola explained from what the elders taught him it also mean big heart.
 
Warriors, in indigenous terminology, are needed today. In today's societies indigenous people need protection from harmful things such as poverty, hunger, disease, not getting educated, assimilation, land confiscation, loss of culture, loss of language.
 
There are many indigenous people who find it extremely difficult to live on reserves in poverty and are forced by circumstances to work and settle in cities outside the reserves. In cities they and their children are exposed to all sorts of negative things. Indigenous people have established centers for issues regarding the indigenous people in cities away from the reserve. The nonNative governments wants to see these centers established by the indigenous people fail and wants to see the indigenous people assimilated. This is where warriors are needed. Not by the English definition of the word warrior, but by the indigenous definition of the word warrior.
 
People who work hard and feed the weak are indigenous term warriors. Professors and teachers who teach and prevent ignorance are indigenous term warriors. Artists who preserve the indigenous culture and communicate good to the world through their art are indigenous term warriors. People who care for the old and young and the ones in need are indigenous term warriors. Councilors who advise the ones who lost their way are indigenous term warriors. This is how one can be such a warriors. These warriors are needed.
 
I strongly urge Muslims both Native and nonNative to be the indigenous term warriors on Turtle Island, the ones that will protect the indigenous people from all the harmful things, be it assimilation, be it poverty, be it confiscation of land, be it loss of culture, be it loss of language. If someone asks why, the answer to that is: Because it is haram to kill people and steal their land. Also our planet is being devastated by the invaders of Turtle Island and their followers, while the people who know best how to preserve our environment and life on our planet are the indigenous people that these invaders are trying to wipe out.
 
We should all have the honor to be on Turtle Island as warriors in indigenous terminology warriors, with a Turtle Island Muslims banner standing with honor, not as Muslims living in shame for being part of a society built on genocide and slavery that is endangering the whole planet with pollution and destruction. We do not need leaders, not organizations to telling us what to do in order for us to be honorable warriors in indigenous terminology, the people that saved a child from hunger, or a man from losing his way, or a sick person from dieing. We can all be our own leaders and make a difference by ourselves on our own and be able to hold the Turtle Island Muslims banner with honor without feeling any shame.
 
I also strongly urge our Muslim brothers and sisters in lands far from Turtle Island to participate as such warriors and in the least to tell their people about Turtle Island Muslims.
 
I also urge our Muslim brothers and sisters from lands far from Turtle Island to spread the word that Turtle Island indigenous people don't need to be told what to do, nor to be taught about who they are.
 
I also urge our Muslim brothers and sisters from lands far from Turtle Island to spread the word that Turtle Turtle Island indigenous people don't need to be told stories with untruths, nor do they need to be manipulated.
 
I strongly urge our Muslim brothers and sisters in lands far from Turtle Island to address Turtle Turtle Island indigenous people as who they are, sovereign indigenous Nations living in Turtle Island.
 
Hafidhakumullah

 

 

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