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What Is More Important Than This??

Posted by ARW747 on August 24, 2013 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)
 
So you wanna be more wealthy, happier, less stressed or maybe just feel like you're destined for a life of being 2nd to other groups. All this and more is a possibility.
 
While reading the other day, I came across an interesting story. Almost sure you will find it useful in your daily life.
 
Here it is:
 
There was once a small wave who was unhappy.
 
Small Wave: "I'm so miserable," It moaned. "The other waves are big and powerful, while I'm so little and weak. Why is life so unfair?"
 
Another wave passing by heard the small wave and decided to stop by.
 
Larger Wave:"You only think so because you haven't seen your own original nature clearly. You think you're a wave and you think you're suffering. In reality you are neither."
 
"What?" The small wave was surprised. "I'm not a wave? But it's obvious I'm a wave! Look at me, my shape and form, as small as it is, you can't see? What do you mean I am not a wave?"
 
Large Wave: "This thing you call 'wave' is merely a temporary form you assume for a short time. You're just water!!
When you understand completely that this is your fundamental nature, you will no longer be confused about being a wave, and you will be free of your misery."
 
Small Wave: "If I'm water, what are you?"
 
Large Wave: "I'm water too. I'm temporarily assuming the form of a wave somewhat larger than you, but that doesn't change my fundamental essence - water!
I'm you and you're me. We're part of a greater self."

Mandatory Drug Sentencing to Be Reduced (It's About Time)?

Posted by ARW747 on August 17, 2013 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Washington (CNN) -- The Justice Department will no longer pursue mandatory minimum sentences for certain low-level, nonviolent drug offenders, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday, noting the nation is "coldly efficient in jailing criminals," but that it "cannot prosecute or incarcerate" its way to becoming safer.

"Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law enforcement reason," Holder told the American Bar Association's House of Delegates in San Francisco.

He questioned some assumptions about the criminal justice system's approach to the "war on drugs," saying that excessive incarceration has been an "ineffective and unsustainable" part of it.

Although he said the United States should not abandon being tough on crime, Holder embraced steps to address "shameful" racial disparities in sentencing, the budgetary strains of overpopulated prisons and policies for incarceration that punish and rehabilitate, "not merely to warehouse and forget."

Holder invoked President Barack Obama, saying the two had been talking about the issues and agreed to try to "strike a balance" that clears the way for a "pragmatic" and "commonsense" solutions to enhance public safety and the "public good."

The centerpiece of Holder's plan is to scale back prosecution for certain drug offenders -- those with no ties to large-scale organizations, gangs or cartels. He said they would no longer be charged with offenses that "impose draconian mandatory minimum sentences."

They now "will be charged with offenses for which the accompanying sentences are better suited to their individual conduct, rather than excessive prison terms more appropriate for violent criminals or drug kingpins."

The changes are effective immediately.

Lessening the use of mandatory minimums -- sentences that require a "one-size-fits-all" punishment for those convicted of federal and state crimes -- could mark the end of the tough-on-crime era that began with strict anti-drug laws in the 1970s and accelerated with mandatory minimum prison sentences and so-called three-strikes laws.

Opinion: Shame of mandatory minimums shows in Marissa Alexander case

The attorney general linked the effort to rethink mandatory minimum sentencing for drug crimes to key issues.

Racial disparities

Holder said "unwarranted disparities are far too common" in the criminal justice system, reminding his audience that Obama alluded to some of the issues in remarks he made after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin last month, giving voice to African-American concerns that "there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws -- everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws."

Holder said the nation "must confront the reality" that once "people of color" are in the criminal justice system, they "often face harsher punishments than their peers." He called it "unacceptable," "shameful" and "unworthy" of the U.S. legal tradition.

Prison overcrowding

Holder said the U.S. prison population has grown by almost 800% since 1980, and federal prisons are operating at nearly 40% above capacity.

"Even though this country comprises just 5% of the world's population, we incarcerate almost a quarter of the world's prisoners. More than 219,000 federal inmates are currently behind bars," he said, noting that almost half are serving time for drug-related crimes and have substance abuse problems.

Moreover, he said 9 million to 10 million more people cycle through America's local jails each year. And roughly 40% of former federal prisoners -- and more than 60% of former state prisoners -- are rearrested or have their supervision revoked within three years after their release.

It was not immediately clear Monday whether Holder's announcement would have any impact on people already in prison.

Economic, social burden

Holder said overcrowding at the federal, state and local levels is "both ineffective and unsustainable." He said it imposes a significant economic burden -- totaling $80 billion in 2010 alone -- and it comes with "human and moral costs that are impossible to calculate."

Legislation to lessen the use of mandatory minimums, Holder said, would ultimately save the United States billions.

Holder going after Texas voting law

Although Obama administration officials say the changes they are pursuing will not require congressional approval, some unlikely pairs of lawmakers have united to push for criminal justice changes.

Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky have worked together to allow judges to depart from mandatory minimum sentences when circumstances merit. Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois and Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah have undertaken similar efforts.

Holder blasts 'stand your ground'

In recent years, there has been a rise in support among conservatives for reforms to the criminal justice system. While more flexible approaches to crimes have long held support among liberal Democrats, the fear of being tarred as weak on crime by Republican opponents has long caused moderate Democrats, particularly those running for president, to avoid the issue.

In addition to changes to mandatory minimums, Holder called for expanding the use of "compassionate release" from jail for those who "pose no threat to the public."

He also said the Justice Department is taking steps to identify practices for enhancing the use of drug treatment and community service programs as alternatives to jail.

Holder also said he has asked federal prosecutors to develop new guidelines for determining when federal charges should be filed and when they should not.

"I've also issued guidance to ensure that every case we bring serves a substantial federal interest and complements the work of our law enforcement partners," he said.

Holder additionally directed prosecutors to create comprehensive anti-violence strategies for badly afflicted areas.

Holder not afraid to take on race debate

The American Civil Liberties Union praised Holder's approach Monday, calling it an important step toward ending federal prison overcrowding and creating a "fairer criminal justice system."

Laura Murphy, director of the ACLU's Washington legislative office, said in a news release, however, that although Holder's announcement "is an important first step," Congress also must act to change laws that "lock up hundreds of thousands of Americans unfairly and unnecessarily."

Michael Mukasey, a former judge and an attorney general under President George W. Bush, said he is not a fan of mandatory minimums, but he does not support what Holder is doing.

"I generally agree with the goal of getting rid of mandatory minimums," said Mukasey. "But the way to do that is to pass a law," he said in an interview on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

Info from Black Power Productions

Posted by ARW747 on August 11, 2013 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)
Here's Some Great teaching I received a few years back from Dr Afrika when I took his Afrikan Holistic Health class a several years back, he taught us about viruses, bacteria and the fundamentals of how dis-ease manifests in the body and how contagion is basically a myth. To get into it all here would be very lengthy and boring to most, (except us health nerds) so I'll just say this. 
The next time you "catch a cold" just make sure you surround yourself with healthy folks so you can catch healthy. ;)

'Many of these diseases are blamed upon an evil enemy attack of bacteria. This bacteria theory was first recorded in European history by John Astrue, a physician to Louis XIV, and is still used today to justify Caucasians medical mythology, ignorance and practices based upon superstitions.

The bacteria theory (mythology) assumes that evil bacteria are always trying to attack people. Unsanitary conditions, ignorance, superstitions, medically caused diseases, vaccinations, poor hygiene and uncleanliness cause the accumulation of toxins in the body. The body is well equipped to control and eliminate impurities if good hygiene is followed. However, science mythology and the religious belief that evil (devil) is out to destroy peoples health keeps this widespread paranoia alive'.

From Black Power Productions

Posted by ARW747 on August 10, 2013 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)
The wisest thing to do with foolish words is to ignore them.
Mud is just wet dust. Never add water, let it dry. In due time, it will blow away.
 
We seem to hang on and attach to things, whether good or bad, causing us to go through a roller-coaster of emotions daily and sometimes even hourly. So to move forward from any situation, we must understand how to move forward and the moving forward can only come through acceptance. 
 
This is why I love the saying - 'It is what it is.'
 
By The Way, we have a Brand New Educational DVD for Children Anansi The Spider, it's an educational animation that the children will enjoy. They will also learn life lessons while they watch. The DVD contains several short stories and they are All Very enjoyable for children and adults as well. Well I kinda enjoyed them, I must admit. :)

Effective Communication

Posted by ARW747 on August 3, 2013 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)
Effective Communication

'Communication becomes more difficult when you, with your particular prejudices, superstitions and barriers, try to perceive what I am trying to say, instead of attempting to clear your own mind of those perversions that prevent full understanding -which alone can bring about a critical and affectionate attitude.'

Cure Your Creamy Crack Addiction w/ Happily Natural Day?

Posted by ARW747 on August 2, 2013 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday August 02, 2013
CONTACT: 404-981-2797
WEBSITE: HTTP://HAPPILYNATURALDAY.COM
 
CURE YOUR CREAMY CRACK ADDICTION WITH HAPPILY NATURAL DAY
 
(Atlanta GA – Aug. 02, 2013) Are you addicted to that "creamy crack"? Millions of women of African ancestry visit hair salons every month in search for a "fix" for their highly textured "nappy" natural hair. Ironically called a relaxer, this chemical remedy for a perceived problem of tense, tightly curled coils that occur naturally among African Americans; implies that African hair is wild & excited and needs to calm down. Some have lye, others have no - lye; however the overall truth is many Africans in America and throughout the globe use these temporary fixes; coincidentally called permanents, as a response to a deeply rooted condition of self-negation and hard-wired inferiority complexes – both results of slavery & colonization that can be tracked and identified globally; manifesting in a myriad of ways as people of indigenous descent attempt to conform to and assimilate into Western culture and standards of beauty.
 
Who has good hair? Pose that question to a room filled with women of African descent and the answer will predominately point to someone with straight or wavy hair. At Happily Natural Day; the hair that one was born with naturally is the best hair one can have, no need to conform or assimilate in order to be accepted by another cultures standard of beauty is necessary. Civil rights psychologist Kenneth Clark's Doll Study showed that black children had a higher affinity for white dolls versus black dolls in the early 1950's. The same study has been done repeatedly since and it continues to show the same results. How long will the black community allow this pathology to continue?
 
One hundred and fifty years have passed since the emancipation proclamation. Forty years have passed since the civil rights act. African American's cannot feel comfortable with their natural hair, skin tone & lips - how can we truly say that we are free? Africans have been instilled with such a deep sense of inferiority that we perpetuate this behavior from generation to generation; turning pathology to tradition, psychosocial illness to ritual.
 
Happily Natural Day is grassroots festival dedicated to holistic health, cultural awareness and social change. The festival promotes pride in being of African descent because for over 400 years Africans all over the globe were taught by the western educational system that African people were savages. Happily Natural Day has now reached its 11th consecutive year; founded in Richmond VA in 2003. We celebrate the festival in 2013 for the 5th consecutive time in Atlanta GA; the city that some refer to as “The Black Mecca”. Join us Saturday August 24th  from 11am to 7pm in Atlanta, GA at South Cobb Recreation Center 875 Six Flags Dr for a full day of activities promoting holistic health and wellness, natural hair and social change for food, live music, an African vendor marketplace, workshops and children's activities all dedicated to instilling pride in people of African descent.

The 11th Annual Happily Natural Day is but one part of a greater commemoration of Black August; a tradition founded 34 years ago by the Black August Organizing Committee, designed to honor political prisoners held captive in prisons and concentration camps throughout the Americas as a result of their political views and actions against oppression, racism and tyranny and to act as a response to the need of Afrikan prisoners to form a principled and effective political unity to combat the racism and genocide against Afrikan people behind the walls. During the weekend of August 23rd - 25th; FTP Movement has organized several powerful events including a Black August Commemoration 5K Run for Freedom sponsored by RBG FIT CLUB, Crew Love: Black August Commemoration Concert; and “Its Bigger Than Your Afro”; a natural hair and fashion show presented by presented by The Good Hair ShopDI-O Original Wearable ArtHarriets by HekimaNyemay Collectables & Axum Culture. FTP Movement will also screen the highly anticipated new film “Organizing is the New Cool”; which highlights the origins of FTP Movement and how they mobilize for social change across the country. For details and schedules of all events throughout the weekend; visit http://happilynaturalday.com 
 
Come out to Happily Natural Day and support the cure for your creamy crack addiction!!

For more information on vendor opportunities, performing and sponsorship; visit the official Happily Natural Day website http://happilynaturalday.com or call 404-981-2797

About Happily Natural Day

Happily Natural Day has a decade long history of bringing under represented issues in the African American community to light in an entertaining way. From natural haircare to urban agriculture the festival features world renown scholars, beauty professionals, visual and performing artists from around the world. Our vendor marketplace highlights independent business from around the country and our attendees are given a chance to support minority businesses while developing relationships with people of like minds who are dedicated to uplifting community.  

American Aboriginal News

Posted by ARW747 on August 1, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Monday July 29, 2013, Issue 13-311
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Welcome to the Monday  Edition
Workforce training
WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA - Navajo Nation members have been provided with a one millions dollar workforce training program thanks to Public Service Company of New Mexico, PNM
Holy Man film Kickstart
LOS ANGELES - Producers of the film "Holy Man: The USA vs. Douglas White" are in need of contributors. They are just over half way to their goal of $25,000 and time is running out for the Kickstarter
Cherokee Elder Care
TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA - Cherokee Elder Care opened its doors five years ago, serving just two elders with 20 employees, but has since grown to serving 123 elders by 56 dedicated employees and now
Cheyenne River
EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA - This month, the Cheyenne River Youth Project is celebrating a special addition to its operation, an all new website at www.lakotayouth.org
Native health
NORMAN, OKLAHOMA The Native American Journalists Association, announced a partnership with the Native Health News Alliance, which aims to provide greater, improved coverage of health issues across Indian
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  2. Tribes Must Implement Changes to Take Advantage of the VAWA's Tribal Provisions
  3. Additional Procedures for Cobell Settlement Payments Authorized
  4. Dusten Brown, Baby Girl's Father Speaks Out: "I Did Not Abandon My Daughter"
  5. Baby Girl is Real
  6. Who Can Tell Me Who is an American Indian?
  7. Did You Know They're Native III? Opens Saturday at the Mitchell
  8. Navajo Technical College Becomes University; Growth Potential Increased
  9. Economic Encouragement, Dusten Speaks, Cobell Payments & Narabona: The Native Five
  10. Historic "Alternative" Agreement Reached for Navajo Generating Station

Tuesday July 30, 2013, Issue 13-273
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Alfredo Figueroa
It is no coincidence that the Las Vegas premiere of "Who Are My People?" is on August 13 and that the National Clean Energy Summit 6.0 takes place the same
Navajo Flash Floods
WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA - Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly said people throughout the Navajo Nation need to be prepared to unexpected weather during the monsoon
A family court in Charleston, SC, plans to have a hearing Wednesday to decide how - not if - to transfer custody of Baby Veronica back to her adoptive parents. Matt and Melanie Capobianco, who raised Veronica from birth but
WINHEC
CROWNPOINT, NEW MEXICO - A year removed from hosting its annual conference in Taiwan, the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium will be convening for their annual board meeting
Native American Affairs
WASHINGTON - Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell Monday convened the inaugural meeting of the White House Council on Native American Affairs, launching
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  2. Help Needed: "Holy Man" Kickstarter Campaign Still Short on Fundraising
  3. The Cheyenne River Youth Project Launches New Website
  4. Additional Procedures for Cobell Settlement Payments Authorized
  5. Navajo Nation Receives $1 Million Workforce Training Funding
  6. Dusten Brown, Baby Girl's Father Speaks Out: "I Did Not Abandon My Daughter"
  7. Native American Journalists Association Launches Native Health Alliance
  8. Baby Girl is Real
  9. Tribes Must Implement Changes to Take Advantage of the VAWA's Tribal Provisions
  10. Cherokee Elder Care Turns Five Years Old

Wednesday July 31, 2013, Issue 13-313
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Congressman Eni F.H. Faleomavaega
Congressman Eni F.H. Faleomavaega in Native Condition

It is time that the National Football League and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell face the reality that the continued use of the word redskin is unacceptable. It is a racist, derogatory term and patently offensive to Native
Keystone xl pipeline
PICKSTOWN, SOUTH DAKOTA - A conference is planned for August 16 and 17at the Fort Randall Casino on the Yankton Sioux Reservation to promote awareness of the man camps that are part of the proposed TransCanada
Pokagan Band Potawatoml
DOWAGIAC, MICHIGAN - The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, based in Dowagiac, Michigan, will host the19th Annual Potawatomi Gathering Monday, August 5 through Saturday, August
white-mountain-apache-chairman-ronnie-lupe
WASHINGTON - Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, on behalf of the United States, signed an historic agreement at the Department of the Interior guaranteeing water rights for the White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona. The
Chris Pappan
CHICAGO - A local Chicago neighborhood called Sauganash has just recently finished a beautiful mural commemorating the neighborhood's history and celebrating its longevity
Chairwoman Maria Cantwell
WASHINGTON - Today at 2:30 pm, Chairwoman Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, will chair a US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs legislative hearing on three bills
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  4. Dusten Brown, Baby Girl's Father Speaks Out: "I Did Not Abandon My Daughter"
  5. Family court hearing in South Carolina set for Wednesday over Baby Veronica
  6. Navajo Nation Should be Prepared for Flash Floods
  7. World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium to Convene Board at Navajo Tech
  8. Additional Procedures for Cobell Settlement Payments Authorized
  9. Help Needed: "Holy Man" Kickstarter Campaign Still Short on Fundraising
  10. Tribes Must Implement Changes to Take Advantage of the VAWA's Tribal Provisions

Thursday August 1, 2013, Issue 13-314
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Baby Veronica
TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA - Dusten Brown, a tribal citizen of the Cherokee Nation and Baby Veronica's biological father, has reacted to the recent decisions

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA - Dusten Brown, the Cherokee father of Baby Veronica, was in a South Carolina family court on Wednesday to appeal to the judge to keep his family intact 

WASHINGTON - Wednesday, the Native American Rights Fund filed a complaint in the United States District Court in South Carolina to protect the civil rights of Veronica Brown, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation who has been
Saginaw Chippewa Powwow
ISABELLA INDIAN RESERVATION - The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan is holding its 29th Annual Powwow this weekend. It runs from August 2nd to the 4th. The powwow is a celebration and reunion
AIANTA
WASHINGTON - Last week, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association President Mary Jane Ferguson and AIANTA executives presented a copy of the cultural heritage interpretive book, American Indians

The 11th Annual Happily Natural Day: Press Release

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For Immediate Release:

If You Didn’t Know; Organizing is the New Cool!

Atlanta, GA -- (July 31, 2013) - Black August is around the corner and all eyes are focused on the city of Atlanta, the city that some refer to as “The Black Mecca”. Between August 23rd and August 25th people from across the world will travel to Atlanta to participate in and commemorate the 34th Anniversary of Black August and the 11th Annual Happily Natural Day. The Black August 34th Anniversary Weekend & 11th Annual Happily Natural Day is a tribute dedicated to the promotion of political and cultural consciousness through art, fashion, music and education.

The mission is to raise political awareness, engage the community and inspire people to take an active role in building their community.

 

Officially, since 1979, the month of August has been used to focus on the oppressive treatment of individuals who have been kidnapped and held captive inside prisons and incarceration facilities throughout the United States. “Who among us will stand for those who have stood for us?”- Ajoke Olanipekun

This year, under the theme “Organizing is the New Cool”, the FTP Movement and the Black August Organizing Committee will bring the people a powerful weekend consisting of workshops, demonstrations, lectures, performances, panel discussions, children’s activities, an Afrikan Market and more. With 3 days of events, consisting of more than 50 performers and presenters, this is a weekend you and your entire family do not want to miss.

The 11th Annual Happily Natural Day will take place in Atlanta GA during Black August Weekend. Happily Natural Day is grassroots festival dedicated to holistic health, cultural awareness and social change. The festival promotes pride in being of African descent because for over 400 years Africans all over the globe were taught by the western educational system that African people were savages. Happily Natural Day was founded in 2003 in Richmond Virginia - the former capital of the confederacy and takes place for its 5th consecutive year in Atlanta Georgia on August 24th at South Cobb Recreation Center 875 Six Flags Dr, Austell, Georgia from 11 to 7pm.

During Black August Weekend FTP Movement has organized a litany of events to commemorate in addition to the annual Happily Natural Day Festival. There will be a Black August Commemoration 5K Run for Freedom sponsored by RBG FIT CLUB, an Afrikan Martial Arts Class by Balogun Abeegunde and “Its Bigger Than Your Afro”; a natural hair and fashion show presented by presented by The Good Hair ShopDI-O Original Wearable Art, Harriets by HekimaNyemay CollectablesAxum Culture. FTP Movement will also screen the highly anticipated new film “Organizing is the New Cool”; which highlights the origins of FTP Movement and how they mobilize for social change across the country.

For more information on vendor opportunities, performing and sponsorship; visit the official Happily Natural Day website http://happilynaturalday.com, email: [email protected] or call 404-981-2747.

Contact:
Happily Natural Day
[email protected]
http://happilynaturalday.com
Ph: 404-981-2797
 
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About Happily Natural Day

Happily Natural Day has a 10 year history of bringing under represented issues in the African American community to light in an entertaining way. From natural haircare to urban agriculture the festival features world renown scholars, beauty professionals, visual and performing artists from around the world. Our vendor marketplace highlights independent business from around the country and our attendees are given a chance to support minority businesses while developing relationships with people of like minds who are dedicated to uplifting community.  

Think About It!

Posted by ARW747 on August 1, 2013 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Think About It..

Animals instinctively fast when sick or hurt. The ill animal sips only water until well again.

Most people do just the opposite of the animals when they are sick. They maintain hectic work schedules and eat a rich diet, and take anything they can find to gain comfort.

Most are unaware that symptoms of runny nose or fever are the treatment the body has prescribed to remedy the c...
ondition. The increased mucous production is the body's means of flushing away infected cells n toxins from the body.

Typical cold and fever symptoms that most will try to suppress are nothing more than the attempts of the body to restore balance and remove dis-ease itself.

By using drugs you abort the natural processes of the body, thereby making matters worse or prolonging the condition.
 
Reference:
 
Meda ase (Thank You)
Bro Kweku #800-671-1541

The Color Black

Posted by ARW747 on August 1, 2013 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The writer over at Dwellings of Thought, Ali Altaf Mian, wrote about the Muslim practice of turning ones body toward the Ka’ba during ritual prayer and the significance of facing a dark building covered in black cloth when praying. In his discussion of what the color black represents, he says this:

The Ka‘ba is covered in black for a reason. The color black contains all shades of pigment. The color black foregoes all other colors in its ability to absorb light; it is the ultimate sponge of radiance among the colors. Symbolically, then, the Ka‘ba absorbs all colors that spill out of the divine. The color black does not reflect or emit light elsewhere; light goes into it, losing its identity in the depth of the color black. Black is the site where difference of tonalities lives fully. Black is indeed beautiful.


Indeed ...


Click here to read the entire post by Ali Altaf Mian


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