muhammad ibn haytham

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This story was about a little shabab named Muhammad. he was 11 years old, and worked at the garage owned by his uncle. His father was locked up for criticizing the president of the country and soon enough his uncle came to be the father figure in his life.

Even though he was 11, Muhammad was in first grade. He failed twice. he dropped out of school at least 3 times. The only reason he kept going back was that his uncle kept forcing him to.

Muhammad saw no reason for going to school, especially when his grandmother and mother needed him; ever since his father was imprisoned, Muhammad had to work in order to provide for the women in his life. And now, work was becoming an apprentice to his uncle, the mechanic.

The first place he worked, his boss was not so nice. Muhammad would be beaten and this humiliated and took away his honor. If he was ever forced to go back, Muhammad would rather kill himself.

Before he started working, Muhammad used to dream of work. He was fascinated with getting things accomplished and now, now that he works, he no longer has the time to dream.

The boy used to dream of being a pilot, dreamt of flying with the doves, dreamt of going somewhere beautiful. Anywhere but home. Home was not beautiful. At home it was dangerous to go out on the streets. The war, the occupation did nothing to bring ease to their lives.

The men chatted that they don't want the oil. for all they care, let the foreigners come in and take it, just leave the people alone. Only the upperclass grew rich, new jobs and wealth it seemed was reserved exclusively for them. The working masses never won. Not before, and certainly not now.

Where did all the aid go? To the foreign bases, to the security force, and to the elite entrepreneurs and their foreign cohorts. It found a hard time getting its way towards neighborhoods like Muhammad's.


I'm seeking compelling narratives about the  worldly struggle. No one documentary is better than another. Every story is a tragedy worth internalizing and is a call for humility. Its one thing to preach about injustice, its another to experience it. But for it to compel you to improve your own conscience, desire peace, and to hold a soft heart and all that is within your grasp accountable; that is the only effective change on yourself.

Muhammad's account is part 1 of 3 in this documentary. I didn't have time to finish it, so i can't elaborate on the rest. Prior to Iraq in Fragments, Longley also filmed Gaza Strip. The titles are self-explanatory, so go in and patronize your local library!

Our Lord! Lay open the truth between us and our people, for You are the best of all to lay open the truth! 7:89