Black Muslims : Escaping the Matrix

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  1. noor100

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    Escaping the Matrix
    By Qanita Mohiuddin
    A mind filled with an understanding of Islam and the Hereafter cannot be deceived by the Matrix
    The red pill or the blue pill?

    The Matrix is everywhere, It is all around us. You can see it when you look out your window, or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to Church, when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth—the truth of the life of our world. A mind can only realize this truth through an understanding of Islam: a way of life that allows believers to see through the blinding materialistic veils of this world and instead focus on the Hereafter.

    Allah the Almighty tells mankind: “Know that the life of this world [dunya] is but amusement, vain talk, adornment, pompous boasting to one another and competition in the increase of wealth and children—like the example of rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the farmers then it dries up and you see it turning yellow. Then it becomes scattered debris…And what is this life except the enjoyment of delusion” (Quran 57:20).

    Thus Islam warns that this life is full of listless games, here to tire people out from pondering and reflecting upon their existence, which ultimately divert people from the truth of Islam. Our fleeting existence is constantly being reminded of in the Quran; it cautions that this dunya is full of vain talk that diverts believers from remembering the afterlife and prevents them from following the commands of Allah. The adornments include material possessions that the ignorant are entangled in: extravagant clothes, cars, and towering estates. People love to boast about their bank accounts, the greatness of their wealth and the accomplishments of their children; they compete in the acquisition of wealth at the expense of Allah’s anger and show off their wealth to those close to Allah.

    Allah compares man’s illusionary enjoyment to that of farmers as He explains that just as farmers delight to see their crops grow, this growth is temporal (as the crops will perish); similarly, as is this dunya is temporary, all our material possessions will disappear like straw flying away in the wind; only our deeds will stay with us, and our good deeds alone will please Allah, not our wealth. Thus a God-conscious mind and heart that desires to earn the pleasure of Allah will never allow itself to be controlled by this materialistic dunya.

    We are made to believe that this dunya is, in fact, the greatest place to be. The media bombards us with fallacious images of a flawless life and we foolishly adopt the worthless values that it sells. Islam, however, detaches a believer’s mind from the material aspects of this transient world and denounces submission to worldly desires such as the desire to own a Ferrari or to emulate (or rather worship) famous actors like Brad Pitt or Catherine Zeta-Jones. This feeble mentality can be compared to Cypher’s attitude when he asks Agent Smith to put him back into the Matrix because he wants to be “rich…you know, someone important, like an actor.” Islam on the other hand condemns such futile thinking and reminds believers that this life is temporary and a better abode awaits them in the hereafter.

    Prophet Muhammad (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “Be in this life like a stranger or a traveler.” This saying reminds believers that our stay is temporary in this dunya and that we should thus live like travelers, taking only those (good deeds) we need to get to our desired destination—Paradise. Mankind can easily get caught up and lost in this dunya and forget that there is a much bigger reason behind this life. In this sense, the world that we live in is like the Matrix and Islam exposes us to the reality.

    Choosing Islam may be difficult for those who cannot see beyond the illusions of this dunya, but it is an easy choice for those who comprehend the message of Islam. No one said that life in this dunya was going to be easy; it is ultimately a test that will decide our status in the hereafter. This test is similar to the test that Morpheus challenges Neo within The Matrix. As Morpheus presents Neo with the two pills, he explains: “Take the blue pill, story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe; take the red pill, stay in wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes…all I am offering is the truth, nothing but the truth.” The blue pill is the easy way out because, as Cypher proclaims, “Ignorance is bliss”; but the red pill is the truth that will help Neo escape the deceitful Matrix. This red pill is like Islam, as it exposes us to the truth behind this illusionary world. Morpheus avows, “I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one who has to walk through it.”

    Likewise, Allah has blessed us with Islam as the quintessential source of guidance to the truth. It is up to us to choose the right pill. ̹
    MOHIUDDIN is a first year Psychology and Social Behavior major at UC Irvine
    Alkalima - Escaping the Matrix
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    .......In addition, we have this to deal with sister noor100:

    Who really wrote The Matrix?

    ( - Screenplay writer Sophia Stewart is adamant that she is the author of the screenplay for the blockbuster movie, The Matrix, and her body of work was stolen. She is suing Warner Brothers, Joel Silver, Andy and Larry Wachowski in Los Angeles’ United States District Court in a case that has been defined as one of the largest suits for damages in the history of the film industry.


    Sophia Stewart
    “Some people can’t believe a Black woman wrote The Matrix or The Terminator. I didn’t write it with my skin; I wrote it with my brain,” says Ms. Stewart. “Since when did skin color have anything to do with intelligence, like rich and powerful has nothing to do with theft. The poor steal because they’re needy; the rich steal because they’re greedy.”
    Who really wrote The Matrix?

    Peace In,