Remembering Óglach Larry Marley, 3rd Battalion, Belfast Brigade, Irish Republican Army (IRA) who was shot dead by a pro British death squad at his home in Ardoyne, on April 2nd 1987.

His funeral was delayed for three days due to attacks from the RUC.

There was a massive demonstration of popular resistance to British injustice on Wednesday when thousands upon thousands of people took to the streets of Belfast for the funeral of IRA Volunteer Larry Marley.

Two previous attempts to bury Volunteer Marley, who had been murdered by loyalist assassins at his Ardoyne home almost a week earlier, were frustrated by the heavy-handed actions of the RUC who did everything in their power to prevent a dignified funeral taking place.

Far from intimidating the Marley family, the actions of the RUC merely strengthened their resolve to ensure that their husband and father was buried with proper respect. For two days and nights, the eyes of Belfast, the rest of Ireland and beyond turned towards Ardoyne and to the bravery of the Marley family in the midst of their grief. That bravery inspired others. The number of mourners outside the Marley home grew and, at short notice, major demonstrations against the activities of the RUC and in support of the family were held in Andersonstown and Ardoyne itself.

Yet it was not until the actual funeral that the full measure of popular feeling could be properly gauged. Ignoring the vast array of plastic-bullet guns, helmets, armoured cars and rifles which are part and parcel of the machinery of repression seen at every republican funeral in recent years, the people came out in a spontaneous and moving gesture of solidarity and defiance.

Efforts by the RUC to impose its sectarian control over the funeral were frustrated by the sheer number of people, young and old, who turned out to join the procession or to line the route.

With many thanks to: Clan na Gael.

Thoughts and Proverbs To Live By

“Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life. Beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend. Even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and bow to none. When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and nothing. For abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.” ~ Crazy Horse (Tashunkewitko), Oglala
Thoughts and Proverbs To Live By ~ Spiritual Wisdom ~ American Indians

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Single muslim mum

I am a Muslim not a Commodity
I am a Muslim not a Commodity (Photo credit: Edge of Space)

Single muslim mum

My life, they say, began when I was innocent and carefree,

now they pity and sympathise seeing what has become of me.

Where once a beautiful young girl stood,

now stands an oppressed mum hidden underneath her hijab hood;

single and alone they think, “must be running scared”.

It’s not like they got to know me though,it’s not like they even cared.

It’s true, I lost my home and husband and the life I knew,

but Allah blessed me with wisdom and maturity and with it my soul grew.

I look them in the eye – no shame upon my face,

I proudly wear my label: ‘single Muslim mum’ – NOT a disgrace!

I am no less of a woman than you, nor do I deserve less respect,

for Allah alone, has the right to judge my actions and my character to inspect.

I cried, shouted and I screamed,

telling myself it was only a bad dream

but no-one came to awaken me,

they stared ahead blindly – not willing to see.

So I turned to Allah which I should have done first,

His words eased my pain, I realised I was not cursed.

This is my test, it has been already decreed,

so when they told me I’d failed, I paid them no heed.

I put my faith in Allah and not in a man

none can change what is written, He alone, made the plan.

Allah has protected me each night

when I lay in my bed sleepless with fright;

nothing happens without His will and might,

and He alone, has taught me how to fight.

So as long as I have Allah I don’t care,

say what you want – for me, you cannot scare.

This is my life, not YOUR game

I’m a single Muslim mother, and I am NOT ashamed.


‘Copyright by Single Muslim Mums’


You flirt and you smile

so full of life, happy for a while

this is what it is to be a woman.

You dream, no restraints

full of hope, no complaints

this is what it is to be a woman.

You are broken and you cry,

you wish you could die

this is what it is to be a battered woman.

You stand up, but are made to fall,

kicked down by life so you can only crawl,

this is what it is to be a battered woman.

You ask for help but none will come,

as they blame you saying you are dumb,

this is what it is to be a battered woman.

You stay as you are broken,

crippled by abuse, not physical but spoken,

this is what it is to be a battered woman.

You have no confidence to make it alone,

you keep quiet so people don’t say you moan,

this is what it is to be a battered woman.

You get used to the abuse –

a way of life, you’re now a recluse,

this is what it is to be a battered woman.

Eventually the world forgets about you,

they told you to leave, but if only they knew,

it’s just as hard to stay – fear cripples you.

You’re human, you’re scared to leave the life you knew.

It’s horrific and painful, but sadly this life is now a part of you.

This… is what it is like to be a battered woman.Image

‘Copyright by Single Muslim Mums’

THE TRUTH ABOUT BEING A SINGLE MUSLIM MOTHER (as published by Aaila magazine)

By Misbah Akhtar

The issue of single Muslim mothers is fast becoming a prevalent one; with divorce on the rise it seems only logical that some of these statistics would also apply to Muslim households.  Why then are they not revered as they deserve to be and instead looked down upon and scorned by many communities?  Is it really seen as so contagious that girls from ‘respectable’ families should stay away from these women in case they too, catch it?  Why are these women made to feel humiliated and isolated from their community as if they chose this path for themselves?  Being left with no option but to walk is not the same as breaking up a perfectly happy marriage for selfish reasons; only Allah knows the whole truth and what is in someone’s heart so why then do people assume?

No-one asks to be a single mother, it’s a relentless job; work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; no pay; and no training is given.  You cannot quit and are expected to play the role of both mother and father.  The pressure that you face from society is massive, you feel that everyone is waiting for you to make a wrong move which, if you make, will lead to them pouncing on you saying that your child has turned out faulty because of a lack of mothering skills that you possess – which is why you are a single mum.  It is due to this reason that many single mothers feel isolated from their community; they are not encouraged to speak up about their struggles in an attempt to console other women, rather they are warned to keep quiet and suffer alone so as not to bring shame on their families.  There is no organisation in place for them where they can go to for help or just to meet other single Muslim mothers.  There are organisations for revert sisters, people wanting to know about Islam, dawah giving charities for Muslims, even organisations for people suffering from drug abuse but ironically nothing for sisters born into a Muslim household who are single mothers.  Society just assumes that if you are a single Muslim mother that your family automatically assume their responsibility and help out; that you have a baby-sitter for when you are forced into work and that you live at home with your parents and that your father assumes your financial burden as he is meant to in Islam.  This is not always the case, some women are not allowed to live back at home with their parents, they are told to lie in the bed they made because they could have stayed with their husband’s even if it meant tolerating domestic violence and having their mental health suffer.  These women are not just defined by their role as mothers; they are human beings too and people tend to forget this.

Being a single Muslim mother is so different to being a non-Muslim single mother, the latter will do anything to make sure their child fits in as they do not want their child to be singled out any further; a Muslim mother has to remain within her boundaries set by Allah at all times.  There is no united front from a husband and therefore no ‘good cop, bad cop’; there is only her.  Children may rebel against this and then a mother has to be both firm like a father but soft and loving like a mother; it must get confusing for a child, they may wonder why their mother is all of a sudden behaving like ‘daddy’ too.  It is a father’s role to protect his family but now a mother has to adopt that role and try and provide physical safety and security; she cannot show fear in front of her children.  In Islam a woman should not be out after dark for the sake of her own safety, but this now, cannot be helped if children need picking up from madrasah or other activities.  A Muslim woman is not allowed to be alone with a non-mahram man as is clearly stated in the hadeeth narrated by al-Bukhaari (1729) and Muslim (2391) from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “No woman should travel except with a mahram, and no man should enter upon her unless a mahram of hers is present.”  If her landlord is a man and wants to come round, or a builder or plumber etc. she has to let him in; if she has no support she won’t have a brother to be there with her.  Women are not allowed to travel alone which means no holidays for the family, the kuffar do not adopt this rule.  In school, a single Muslim mother has no husband to defend her to the head teacher when she exercises her right to have her child taken out of any religious activities like Christmas assemblies and parties etc. in the West.  Muslims suffer a lot in the West and single Muslim mothers who are known to have no support can be seen as easy targets. They may have no walli to help them find a new husband and sadly not all masjid’s are dedicated to helping find spouses for women; besides which, single Muslim mothers are seen too often as ‘damaged goods’.  A vulnerable woman attempting to find her own husband therefore may be preyed upon by evil men or and may not be above the whisperings of shaytaan.  Whilst there are a lot of good brothers out there willing to accept the responsibility of a ready-made family, a lot of them honestly admit that their mothers would not be happy with this because as one brother put it “which mother would want her son to marry a divorcee when he could marry a virgin and have his own children with her?”

We have role models from Islamic history of single mothers (or mothers who raised their children alone) whose children went on to become great men and prophets; Hajar, the mother of Prophet Ismail (pbuh), Maryam, the mother of Prophet Isa (pbuh), and Amina, the mother of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), all raised their sons alone.  Also, the mothers of Imam al-Shafi’, Imam Ahmed and Imam Bukhari raised their sons alone, all of whom later became renowned figures that left a major impact on the world.  Many single mothers are lonely and in need of support; it is the Ummah’s responsibility to help them, they are still our sisters in Islam, but if everyone shirks away from this responsibility then who is left to help these women? They have been left alone to do the job of two people and deserve double the praise. Organisations and charities need to be introduced where help can be administered or maybe a key worker can come round and sit with the mother and offer advice. Support groups are a good start; one such group can be found on Facebook: single Muslim mums – a group dedicated to providing support to mothers globally who feel depressed and isolated and alone.  We need your help in promoting awareness for the struggles that many single Muslim mothers face globally, let’s make a change and be the change we want to see.



Mr Gerard Daly 42 years old

Gardai have asked for the Public’s assistance in locating 42 -year old Gerard Daly from Bailieboro, Co Cavan. Mr Daly was last seen at his home at Cornaveagh, Bailieboro, on 26th June 2011. He is 1.77m ( 5″ 10″ ) in height, of broad build, with dark hair and blue eyes.

Mr Daly is originally from Knockmore Grove in Tallaght, Co Dublin. Gardai say he is well known to dog enthusiasts and breeders. Anyone with information is asked to contact gardai at Bailieboro on 042 – 9694570 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 – 666111 or contact Trace Missing Persons Ireland on 0851097526 or by Email


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