December 2016

In a few hours, we will be bidding 2016 farewell and welcoming the new year. Despite the hardships that the world has faced this year, I want to leave you with a message of hope and a call for change. No matter what struggles the world faces, the power is still in our hands. The power exists in the solidarity we show to our brother and sisters in humanity. It exists when we refuse to let those on top speak in our name. It exists in the love and kindness we see everyday for normal people all around the world. Let us amplify this in the new year.

Happy New Year!


2016 s’achève et l’on retiendra que ce fut une année assez singulière. Des tensions, des bouleversements politiques, un état d’urgence, des exils, des départs, et notamment deux grandes disparitions, de deux êtres chers à nos yeux : Muhammad Ali et Abbas Kiarostami. Militantisme, prises de position, et poésies, images, réflexivité, qui ont contribué à mieux comprendre les enjeux de notre époque.

Il y a quelques semaines, nous essayions, à l’échelle nationale, de comprendre ce que la France était en train de devenir. Et comment la culture, le cinéma et l’esthétique pouvaient interroger l’Histoire et ses mouvements.

Nous vous livrons ici cette première partie, dans laquelle le professeur Tariq Ramadan (official) avance l’idée optimiste que “la France devient de moins en moins raciste”. Comme point de départ au débat : le film “Chronique d’une caméra embarquée” d’Alexandre Dupretz, qui raconte l’histoire d’une caméra confisquée par le pouvoir et qui après un traumatisme, recouvre la mémoire et révèle son récit.

Un cinédébat où nous retiendrons que le cinéma “peut nous aider à faire un réexamen profond, critique, des racines du racisme” (Alexandre Dupretz), comme l’ont proposé ce jour-là Samia Chala (avec son film “Madame la France, ma mère et moi”) et Mourad Boucif (avec son film Les Hommes d’argile).


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As the year 2016 comes to an end, it is only natural to reflect on yet another year’s passing in our lives. Yes, as Muslims, our primary calendar is the Hijri one, but like most matters, one can derive spiritual benefit from non-religous matters.

This year in particular has been full of many twists and turns. The situation in Syria, Burma, Kashmir and many other lands has worsened. The rise of Islamophobia and Far-Right parties across the Western world, culminating with the election of Donald Trump in America, does not appear to bode well for the future. Quite a few significant figures that were beloved to the people (such as Muhammad Ali) also passed away.

All of these events do indeed have the potential to be depressing. But as Muslims we need to turn to our Lord, and motivate ourselves in light of our spiritual heritage. Reading the Seerah of our beloved Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam), we see over and over again that when the situation appeared to be the worst, Allah helped the Muslims. The Year of Sorrow was followed by the Night Journey; the incident of Taif was a prequel to the hijra to Madinah; the Treaty of Hudaybiyya was a necessary step to the Conquest of Makkah.
As well, we see with the wisdom of hindsight that each and every ‘negative’ resulted in more positives. The setback of Uhud demonstrate the very real threat of the hypocrites; the Battle of the Trench showed the nature of the Banu Qurayda, and so forth.

Rather than look at the negative, and concentrate on the depressing, the Muslim is always optimistic, ever positive about the future.

So, as we turn another page in our lives, and usher in a new Gregorian year, let us once again, as we should do every day, face a new day with a fresh sense of optimism, and a renewed courage and faith and hope in our Lord.

And we ask Allah to allow us to continue to worship Him in the most exemplary manner possible, until the inevitable end comes.

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