Thursday, December 28, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Shukri Abu Baker, co-founder and chief executive of the Holy Land charity, is among those charged
First, they show that Muslims will not allow their names and efforts to sullied by anonymous accusations via the patriot act. Muslims are stepping beyond their fear of the government to demand the liberties that we are all entitled to.
Secondly, national and international charities have taken a financial beating because people fear donating to an organization that they feel may have some association to organization or people that the government deems as unacceptable. Personally, I feel that there are more than enough charity opportunities for Muslims in there own neighborhoods, cities, and states. Focusing on these prospects will broaden the reach of Islam in this country by providing the true image of Islam to our neighbors.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Reuters Photo: Muslims circle the holy Kaaba inside and outside the Grand Mosque of the holy city.
Monday, December 25, 2006
I can't vouch for season two...They should have stopped after season one.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
The Ummah in Virginia have found an inventive and proavtive way to combat the Islamaphobia that is running rampant in this country. They are placing arabic scripts on the sides of buses to acclimate non-Muslims to arabic and redefine the negative connotations that have been placed on it and Islam, by certain segments of the media (government) that benefit from the fear it creates.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Here is an excerpt from an interesting historical fact about the U.S. and Muslims/Muslim nations.
- "As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries."
This may sound like some unfunny joke, but it's both sad and true.
Now, as for Ms. Ali, she should understand that as Muslims in non-Muslim countries we are the living breathing example of Islam to those whos' only other exposure to it are the associations that the Media/Government want them to have. Independent of this, she should realize that the only award the matters is the pleasure of Allah and entering Paradise. I understand that personal goals have their place in the dunya, but they should never eclipse our ultimate goal (Paradise).
All that I have said, I tell myself first and inshallah I will be able to live it.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
An interesting commentary on Islams perception.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
It's funny that the "Pope gets praise for praying towards Mecca". That's all good, but it doesn't matter if he prays towards Mecca with a Mufti, if he isn't praying to Allah as a Muslim. I guess that it made for a good photo op to pacify the field Muslims who got a little bent out of shape by his comments a few months back. Yeah, this is what we were looking for. Nothing like a little patronizing to make everything honky doory.
[Getty Images] Thysdrus believes that women in North Africa ought to separate tradition from the religion.
I enjoy the diverse views expressed by Muslims throughout the world. Here is an interesting article about Tunisian bloggers. Very enlightening.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
This article claims that Muslims are near the end of social/economic ladder. As a whole this may be true, but we don't believe that the purpose of this life is about social mobility. Not that there is anything wrong with social mobility, we are a mix of our individual efforts and what Allah ultimately wills for us.
Monday, December 04, 2006
The news today was not worth reporting. Instead, I decided to post some lessons for self-edification. Inashallah, we all shall benefit.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
I had the opportunity to see an interview by the new head of ISNA, and was profoundly impressed. I wasn't impressed becasue she is a convert, I wasn't impressed because she is a woman; I was impressed because she appeared firm in her convictions, but not to the point of beligerently imposing it on others. She taught others about the deen in her answer to questions without sounding like a college professor or a prostylizer. I think that women should play a prominent role on the boards and committees within our local ummahs. We should want no less than to provide our sisters, mothers, daughters, aunts, and nieces with all of the social mobility and influence held by standards for Muslim women, the wives of the Prophet. This means that we should expect them to be business leaders as well as leaders within our community.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
An interesting perspective on finding a spouse online.
Some college students and others think that the war has hurt Islams image (read article here). I think that the image of Islam endures and is above all of the petty machinations of governments and individuals that seek to define it in a way that is different than how Allah (SWT) defined it through the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). Other factions seek to "modernize" the deen the way that other religions have done (read article here). If Allah (SWT) perfected Islam over 1400 years ago, who can improve on it?
Friday, November 24, 2006
Many people celebrate many holidays in the west because they are presented with the romanticised (usually commercial story) that accompanies them. I am not saying that it is wrong or right to celebrate Thanksgiving (we should have a time set aside to give thanks, oh wait we do. We call it Salaat). Here is a link to a more historically accurate story to the origins of Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
KSTP.comMuslim clerics claim discrimination
Times of India, India -
MINNEAPOLIS: Six Muslim clerics removed from a US Airways flight said on Tuesday they were victims of discrimination and called for a boycott of the airline. ...
US Airways to investigate arrests for 'flying while Muslim'
'Flying while Muslim'
Investigations Launched After Muslims Pulled Off Plane
|Muslim does bird for eating swan|
Daily Telegraph, Australia -
A HUNGRY Muslim who tried to eat a swan while fasting during the Islamic festival of Ramadan was today given a two-month jail sentence. ...
Man jailed for killing British queen's swan
Fasting man killed swan to eat
Hungry man who killed swan jailed
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
There is truly wisdom in this lecture.
Monday, November 20, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
This is a short film that is funny because it is silly and true at the same time.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Ingrid Mattson, the new ISNA president