Sunday, August 28, 2005

Condemnation of Pat Robertson's Rhetoric

DON'T JUDGE ISLAM, CHRISTIANITY BY EXTREMISTS
Lexington Herald Leader, 8/26/05

Few conservative political and religious leaders have condemned the Rev. Pat Robertson's call for assassinating Venezuela's leader to prevent him from using the country as a "launching pad for communistic infiltration and Muslim extremism." The televangelist first denied saying it and then apologized. But an apology has never stopped conservative groups from demanding redress from anyone they consider guilty of hate speech.

The irony of Robertson's statement is that it occurred at a time when American Islamic groups are taking a strong stance against violence. So far, more than 174 national organizations, mosques and Islamic centers have signed a religious edict or fatwa against terrorism -- something conservatives argue that they should do forcefully.The July 28 statement by the Islamic religious council representing North America, says the Quran forbids violence targeting civilians and cooperating with anyone involved in it.

Working with law enforcement to protect the lives of civilians is a religious and civic duty, the fatwa says. One signee is the Council of American-Islamic Relations, a civil liberties group that has a chapter in Lexington. On Saturday, the local chapter celebrated its first year at a dinner also attended by Jewish and Christian religious leaders.

The local group has worked to educate the media, law enforcement and schools about the Muslim faith. It is also planning community service projects with local churches.The goal is to break down stereotypes that create distrust and breed hostilities.

In that light, CAIR condemned Robertson's comments: "America's image is damaged by such inciting and irresponsible rhetoric at a time when we are trying to demand that other countries challenge their own religious extremists.

"The Rev. Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, did condemn Robertson's comments. The Colorado pastor is worried that the comments would increase the danger for missionaries in Venezuela."Pat doesn't speak for evangelicals any more than Dr. Phil speaks for mental-health professionals," Haggard told The Philadelphia Inquirer.

How odd. That's precisely the point Muslim groups try to make about extremists who distort Islam.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The Death Throes of PMU Continue

Salaam 'Alaikum

Along with recent resignations from Muqtedar Khan, Laury Silvers, and Michael Knight, today Omid Safi, Sarah Eltantawi, and Hussein Ibish -- three of the four founding members -- announced their resignation from the organization. So I'm not keeping track, but has this organization officially lasted longer than CAMU or not?

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Will They Apologise?

The "Reverend" Pat Robertson, the popular televangelist, has stated that President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela should be assassinated because he is inimical to American interests and because he is encouraging "communist infiltration and Muslim extremism." (ed note: he also, importantly, pointed out that any assasination of Chavez would not likely stop oil shipments to the U.S.) This is the latest in the long line of outrageous statements Robertson has made but even more ludicrous is the fact that there are people who are still willing to listen to him. With leaders such as Pat Robertson, Jimmy Swaggart, and Franklin Graham, all of whom have made hateful statements about Islam and Muslims in the past, we need to ask what ever happened to the so called Christian ideals of compassion and tolerance. I guess their idea of compassion is bombing countries to smithereens or invading them for cheap oil, while making pious statements about freedom.

There have also been calls from right wing columnists and at least one Republican that Makkah and Madinah should be nuked the next time America is attacked. Surf a few of the mainstream right wing sites where attacking Muslims and Islam has become de rigeur.To them all Muslims are the enemy. Our lives mean nothing; the stench of their hypocrisy is unbearable. Case in point is the growing opposition to the war in Iraq fuelled by their casualties, but few Americans really know about the nearly 100,000 Iraqis who are estimated by the British medical journal Lancet to have died. Why should they? After all, we are all expendable. Meanwhile,
airheads like Michael Savage and Ann Coulter (to name a few) have heaped filth on our Deen with nary a protest from their co-religionists.

The point that I am trying to make is simple. All the examples point to a common factor: that almost every one involved in attacking our religion and its adherents is a White Christian (and please do not accuse me of profiling) and for the most part a right winger. Taking the lead from various Muslim organisations both in North America and Europe who have repeatedly denounced acts of terrorism and violence by the misguided members of our community, I call upon the leaders of White Christian churches, organisations, and communities to condemn without reservation this verbal terrorism that has been unleashed against their Muslim countrymen. Maybe,they should start a 'Not in My Name' campaign akin to the one spearheaded by CAIR in which they wholeheartedly denounce the hatred that is being spread by their co religionists. What about apologising to the millions of people whose countries have been invaded, bombed or ruthlessly exploited by their government and the ones before it? And if they state that Christianity does not preach the message expounded by their lunatic fringe, then we should remind them that we have been trying to say the same thing for the past 4 years but to no avail. Perhaps,they will then understand how it is to be Muslim in North America!

If every individual Muslim is to be held responsible for the dastardly acts of a few extremists then I demand the same kind of accountability from the average White Christian. Your silence reeks of collusion. And before you accuse me of rushing to judgement, may I remind you that we feel the same way every time our entire community is pilloried in the media? You cannot apply different standards nor can the rules of cricket be tailored to your advantage. A level playing field is all that we want; is that too much to ask?

Related: Why Pat Robertson Isn't Treated as a Terrorist

Saturday, August 20, 2005

The Continous Slander of Muslim Fest

As I stated in another post, if you don't like the way a certain group does things, you can...

1) voice your opinion to make a change
2) quietly and gracefully leave
3) put up with it

Well, our PMUNA friends have decided to opt for a more insulting but less productive tactic--insult and slander.

Some of you might remember the piece Jawad Ali did on Muslim Fest, criticizing it for not having female singers, even though more than half of the organizing committee is female. Well, it doesn't end there.

Here's a letter explaining the real deal from the PR volunteer published in the Toronto Globe. As usual, my added comments are bold and/or italicized.

NIMO HUSSEIN

MuslimFest public-relations volunteer
Globe and Mail
http://tinyurl.com/ccqvp

Toronto -- The Globe's portrayal of MuslimFest 2005 does a disservice to the 250 young, enthusiastic and mostly female volunteers who worked tirelessly over 11 months to bring the festival to life (Women Artists, Performers Criticize Muslim Festival Restrictions -- Aug. 13).

The implication that Zuriani "Ani" Zonneveld (a PMUNA board member and singer of their "theme song") was denied leave to perform because of her gender is unfortunate. Indeed, the organizing committee had no knowledge of this person until The Globe and Mail article. Ms. Zonneveld complained, two days before the launch of the festival, to someone> affiliated with the festival, rather than to the organizers. MuslimFest does not have any policy in place that bans female singers from performing before a mixed-gender audience.

MuslimFest hopes to encourage female singing talent in the Canadian Muslim community. The fact is, the chair of the first ever MuslimFest was a woman, 70 per cent of the volunteers at this year's event were women and 60 per cent of the 11 committees it took to bring this festival to life were led by women and the audiences were predominantly women. The festival came to life within a community of dedicated people from different cultures, ages and races with a common desire to let others see beyond the political strife and stereotyping that corral the media regarding issues involving Muslims.


Please give Muslim Fest all your support. What's sad is that they are probably getting more support from non-Muslim organizations than Muslim organizations. Gee, did I just see a rattle snake crawl by? Well, Ms. Zonneveld has a concert sponsored with Naseeb on September 4th, same time as th ISNA Convention. Also performing will be 786 and Azhar Usman and while I would love to see Azhar Usman's comedy show, I'm not banking on the Naseeb event as having as many people as the ISNA convention. And why is everybody player-hatin' on ISNA these days? If you don't like it, you know what you can do.

PMUNA Debate Tidbits

We've got two good posts from the PMUNA Debate

First off, Laury Silvers, PMUNA board member leaves the nest. Who next? Allahu 'alim. I would tell you more about her but her bio was removed from the PMUNA website. She did write an article for MWU entitled "Civil Disobedience and Women-Led Prayer" and there some info about her on that.

And secondly, there's a new website called Progressive Islam.org with links to Michael Knight's, Ginan Rauf and Harriet Tubman's blogs. There are also links to articles on Alt.Muslim and almost no mention of Muslim Wake Up! or the PMUNA. Insha'Allah, the editors and writers of Alt.Muslim will be careful. Alt.Muslim is a respected website and some readers might shy away from Alt.Muslim if they associate too closely with Mike Knight and the PMUNA.

Community Reform: Supporting the Arts


Praise of Ink: The Art of Islamic Calligraphy

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting
Haji Noor Deen Mi Guangjiang,
eminent master of Arabic calligraphy
at Zaytuna Institute on the following dates:

SEPTEMBER 10TH*
Saturday, 7:30pm
Special Lecture Event

Praise in Ink: The Art of Islamic Calligraphy
SEPTEMBER 12TH – 26TH*
Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Islamic Calligraphy Workshop
SEPTEMBER 24TH*
Saturday, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Calligraphy for Children (Ages 7-14)
*All events are free and open to the public.

Haji’s works will be available for purchase at Zaytuna Institute after the Sept. 10th and 24th programs.

OTHER EVENTS/EXHIBITS:
SEPTEMBER 9TH – 11TH & 16TH – 18TH
Friday - Sunday, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Asian Art Museum - San Francisco

SEPTEMBER 25THSunday,
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Stephen Miller Gallery in Menlo Park



Religion has been the inspiration for some of the greatest artistic achievements of human kind. To understand the spiritual and creative pulse of religion, people often look to the art that is created by its followers. When we give dawah to people, whether they are Muslims or non-Muslims, we must do it in a beautiful way. Calling people to Islam, whether for the purpose of embracing the faith or to have a better understanding of it, must leave the seeker with a positive impression.

Muslims, despite the most recent, ludricious accusations of our lack of creativity, have been creating some of the most beautiful art for over 1400 years. Muslims can empower themselves and cultivate a sense of pride (not nafsy pride) in their history and show others why Islam inspires us to create such wonderful things. May Allah ta'ala bless the endeavors of Zaytuna for planning such a wonderful event and may other Muslims follow in their example.--Risama

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Palestine IS "a Muslim Issue"

In the latest of many poorly penned articles, Mona Eltahawy of PMUNA fame argues that the Palestinian cause has nothing to do with Islam and is merely a land dispute which has been hijacked by "Islamists." The essay, as expected has received accolades and approval from familiar quarters. Paul Wolfowitz, a man known for his fetish of ultra-leftist Arab woman,(just ask his Saudi companion) has endorsed Eltahawy (an Egyptian national) as a "good moslem." Its always reassuring to know that these journalists come with the neocon war criminal seal of approval.

Eltahaway, along with fellow neocon spaniel Amir Taheri, also writes for the Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat, a medicore paper published out of London. Apparently the Saudis haven't been paying attention to the editorial process - or maintaining standards for that matter. The intrepid Eltahawy has also published articles sardonically calling on ulema to condemn and declare jihad against tsunamis. In similar vein, Eltahawy dismissingly refers to the desecration of the Holy Quran as being merely "ink on paper," while berating Muslims worldwide for their justified anger and reaction. She also feels that modest Muslim girls are "salafist tools." A true "progressive" Muslim indeed.

That being said, her article on Palestine is especially poor, lacking facts and relying heavily on empty secular arguments. For starters, the conflict, right from the beginning has been immersed in religion. Oh, but weren't many of the Zionist pioneers secular athiests? Indeed they were, but why then did they refuse offers for a jewish homeland in either Brazil or Uganda, picking Palestine instead? Apparently the biblical symbolism of jews "returning" to their "ancestral homeland" was too good for these European Askhenazi athiests to pass up. The paradoxical argument being that "God gave us this land," yet when asked if they believe in a Supreme Being, the answer is invariably "no." Then again, I have yet to come across a Zionist argument which is based on either truth or reality.

Eltahawy also fails to mention the hypocritical Messianic Christian armagedonists who support Israel. It's odd how she doesn't seem to find fault with the fervent religiosity of Judeo-Christo fascists, yet seems adamently opposed to the Islamic response. While it is true that the conflict took on an a more overt religious tone with the defeat of the Arabs in the 1967 war, it was the specific act of terrorism committed against Masjid Al Aqsa, the third holiest masjid and first qibla of Islam by an Australian pro-Zionist terrorist that shocked the Islamic world. She deliberately leaves this revealing bit of information out.

Then comes the absurd -- the issue of suicide bombing, a favorite amongst selective moralists who find them abominable yet are nowhere to be found when "shock and awe" is being conducted. Ah, but that's how war is isn't it ? One man's suicide bombing is an act of terrorism while another's use of 200 tons of depleted uranium is "liberation." Suicide bombing is never seen within the context of the century long conflict which spawned it. Root causes are never addressed.

If Palestine is an Islamic issue, what about the Christians, asks Eltahawy. What about the Church of the Nativity, and other Christian landmarks and holy sites ? If Eltahawy had done her homework she'd know that the keys to the Church of the Sepulchre have been entrusted to a Muslim family for the last 800 years by the local bickering Christian sects. In fact, Christianity in Palestine has sharply declined under Israel's brutal occupation. Last time I checked non-Muslim friends of Palestine like Tom Hurndall were being used for target practice by the IDF. Nor was Rachel Corrie bulldozed to death by an Islamist.

So just why is Eltahawy so keen to make Palestine a non-Islamic issue? The answer is the fear of Muslim unity, the unique feature being the concept of ummah amongst the Muslims, transcending race, tribe, language, and geography. This, of course, is the nightmare scenario for both the puppets and their masters. It's far easier to take over a house divided than to face a unified force. Just take a look at the "modern" Arab world, a veritable jigsaw puzzle of tiny artificial nation-states crippled by the ideologies of pan-Arabism and its various permutations, Nasserism, Ba'thism, etc. Take a look at "modern" Turkey, the police state established by its Kemalist generals. Is it any wonder that Muslims are fed up with these thugs and gangsters? I can't say I'm surprised that large parts of the Islamic world are in the condition they are today. Just look at who is calling the shots, and they've been doing it for decades. It's time for a change. "Surely Allah does not change the condition of a people until they change their own condition." (ar Ra'd, 13:11)

In conclusion, Palestine is an Islamic issue because it involves Muslims fighting against oppression and tyranny. It is only when we feel and support the struggles of our fellow Muslims in Palestine, Kashmir, Chechneya ,etc that we have earned the right to truly call ourselves believers. Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) was reported by Imams Bukhari and Muslim to have said : "The believers having love among themselves, being merciful among themselves, and being kind to each other are like one single body, if any part of the body is not well, the whole body shares the sleeplessness and the high fever with it."

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Michael Knight leaves the PMUNA

Michael "Muhammad" Knight, writer, chief agitator and impersonator of Ibrahim Cooper (CAIR), antagonist of Imam Siraj Wahhaj and stink-palmer extraordinaire has thrown in the towel.

He describes the PMUNA on his blog as follows...

"For me, the scene just comes off as a lame attempt to reframe the Prophet within modern liberalism, stretch the traditions and make Islam a little more slack, softer, more huggable. That’s not my game. I can endorse woman-led prayer without the need of a scholar telling me that it’s okay and has precedents from the Prophet’s life. If the Prophet wouldn’t have liked it, then in 2005 the Prophet is wrong, *&^% on him. La ilaha illa Allah...

So I quit PMU and wish it the best. There’s a slight feeling now that PMU is a sinking ship, but they could still be around in a year if serious changes are made within the organization. Maybe get rid of Tarek Fateh, ‘cus the dude’s nuts."

Actually guys, I don't have anything to say about this. I have some questions. Why convert to Islam, take the name Muhammad and then curse the Prophet (sallalahu alayhi wa salaam) because his Sunnah is different than your opinion? Oh if Siraj Wahhaj irks you so, why not bring the message directly to him (and we all know why that won't happen)? Never mind, I don't even want to go any further.

How can any group or organization of Muslims expect to be successful when they go against Allah ta'ala and His Prophet (peace and blessings upon him)?

Zainab al-Ghazali Dies

From Allah ta'ala we come, and to Allah ta'ala we return

On August 3rd 2005, the umma lost our sister, activist, and scholar Hajja Zainab al-Ghazali.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

MUSLIMFEST 2005

Alhamdullillah, I just got back after attending the Muslimfest 2005 in Mississauga, Ontario.This is a festival that showcases talented Muslim artists,musicians and comics and offers families a unique opportunity to enjoy themselves in a safe and inclusive atmosphere.Among the highlights of the day were performances by Wharnsby Ali and 786,an art exhibition and the Allah made me funny tour.Special sessions were held for children and there was a steady flow of food and drink;something that is important for us Muslims!

I am glad that Muslims are fighting the stereotypical image that we lack humor,are unable to express ourselves artistically and fail to appreciate the fine things in life. Thanks to a dedicated band of volunteers drawn from across Toronto,this festival went a long way in dispelling that myth.Another heartening aspect was the enthusiastic involvement of young Muslims.It is encouraging that we are beginning to afford opportunities to our youth to channelise their energy in a constructive manner;this event proves that a good time can be had,albeit in a manner that is halal.Different perhaps, but great fun nevertheless.

One would think that an event like this would have earned the appreciation of the whole community. But wait,the usual suspects were up to their old game. Jawad at MWU ran a diatribe against the organisers accusing them of discrimination against women.Never mind that nearly half of the organising committee consisted of women, that there were more women than men in attendance and that apart from the Salah there was no real segregation of the sexes.His comrade in arms,Tarek Fatah had expressed the same sentiments last year and Jawad basically rehashes the same tired arguments.By the way, I doubt that either of them attended the Fest but truth is always the first casualty at the hands of these polecemists.

The one thing that these regressives are good at is indulging in unwarranted and baseless attacks on those who disagree with them.You can quote from the Quran and the Sunnah but that is of little consequence.It is always their way or the Highway.
I therefore suggest that Jawad and the other proggies talk the talk and walk the walk.How about they organise an alternative Muslimfest to show the rest of us fundo types how things should be done. And as a gesture of goodwill I am taking the liberty of drawing up a tentative programme.

1 The pleasures of Tantric sex - Asra Nomani
2 The art of erotica - Mohja Kahf
3 Alternative(read gay,lesbian and transgendered)lifestyles - Ahmed Nassef
4 Ijtihad 101 - Irshad Manji
5 Effective strategies to get on TV - Asma Gul Hasan
6 Who is a Muslim? The PMU/MWU approach - Omid Safi

The entertainment can perhaps be provided by belly dancers from Egypt,VJ's from the Arab version of MTV and maybe even a film by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.Who cares whether it is halal as long as everyone is having a ball.

All Salah sessions(if held at all) will be lead by Amina Wadud and will consist of mixed gender congregations.Anyone who refuses to pray behind a woman will be drawn and quartered or worse,publicly accused of being a Wahabi.

And any profit they make is theirs to keep;I am not interested in a cut!

Will they rise to the challenge?

Friday, August 12, 2005

Do We Need the Advice of an Apostate?

This is the question I asked myself this morning when I read Salman Rushdie's column in The Toronto Star. This darling of the chattering classes has called for a reformation of Islam and suggests among other things that Muslims stop treating the Holy Quran as a book that is divinely revealed. In his opinion, it should be viewed merely as a 'historical' document, whatever that means. So here we have a self confessed murtad dispensing wholly gratuitous advice to the Ummah; obviously Rushdie believes he has the panacea to our problems!

My question to him is simple: what is your locus standi? You are neither a Muslim nor a well wisher.If you were at least the latter, perhaps we would have accorded you the courtesy of listening to your suggestions. We, on the other hand, remember with disgust and anger, the vile abuse you heaped on the Holy Prophet(may peace and blessings be on Him)and his respected wives. You've had no qualms in renouncing Islam, and I think that as far as the vast majority of Muslims are concerned, you are a loser not only in this world but in the hereafter.I suggest that you stick to what you do best: squiring skinny supermodels around various soirees.

However, my beef is not with Rushdie alone; it annoys me that the Western press runs articles on the need for reformation by people who are either out of the fold of Islam or who are barely hanging in there. It may serve the purpose of satisfying the ill informed, the naive, and the gullible but every such publication erodes their credibility even further in the eyes of Muslims. The Manjis, Nomanis, and Nassefs may be wildly popular with the average North American viewer( because they say what the audience wants to hear, not what Islam stands for) but they have little or no following within the larger Islamic community. I am all for freedom of expression, but at the end of the day it is results that matter, not vacuous talk.

For once, I would love to have true leaders like Ingrid Mattson, Sheema Khan, or Jamal Badawi, to name a few, be afforded the same opportunities and publicity that the "pretenders" get. When the West (and I use this term in a generic sense) understands that the only way it can gain credibility among Muslims is by initiating a dialogue with those we might consider more genuine representatives of our faith, this will truly be a step in the right direction. The greater the importance you bestow on these mavericks, the less inclined we are to listen. Dialogue is a two way street; Muslims like to be talked to not talked down to. If this is understood, it will be a lesson well learned.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

More Pressing Issues

So, my beloved American umma. Still think that hijab, woman-led prayer and dating are the most pressing issues of our time?

Here's a little reality check. Subhan'Allah, when people think it's okay to attack pregnant Muslimas then you know we are in trouble. Any justice for this sister, insha'Allah, will happen and the criminals will be punished accordingly. But this is a big reminder that some people still habor sick notions about Muslims and people of color.

"Our Lord! Pour down upon us patience and make our steps firm and assist us against the unbelieving people." Surah al Baraqah, Verse 250.

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/9/05) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on law enforcement authorities to treat an assault this morning on a Virginia Muslim woman as a hate crime.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported that a 23-year-old Muslim woman, who is 8 months pregnant and wears and Islamic head scarf, said she was out for her morning walk in Arlington, Va., when three white men in a pick-up truck began screaming anti-Muslim and racist slurs at her. According to the victim, the men shouted, "You terrorist b*tch, go back to your country. . .You n*gger b*tch." (The woman is African-American.)

The truck drove away and then returned as the woman continued on her walk. One of the men, who was wearing military-style clothing, allegedly got out of the vehicle and began shoving the woman and preventing her from moving away. During the assault, he shouted, "You terrorist b*tch. . . We're going to kick you're a*s. . . you're nothing." The other men then called the attacker back to the truck and it sped off."

We believe these types of incidents are the direct result of the growing level of virulent anti-Muslim rhetoric Americans are exposed to on the Internet, in newspaper editorial pages and on radio talk shows," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "Our nation's political and religious leaders must begin to challengeIslamophobic hate-mongers."

They're At It Again

A little Progressive dissident bird told me that at the ISNA Conference on the Labor Day Weekend, there is going to be an "alternative" Jumu'ah prayer probably led by a female imam over a mixed congregation. I am assuming this because male imams don't seem as rebellious or controversial as a female imams. When the PMUNA held a Jumu'ah at their Toronto Mosque, they didn't get the media attention or protestors they wanted. I mean, how many female-led prayers can you sell to the media before it gets stale?

Insha'Allah, this is a rumor or they will change their minds because personally, it's just a little sickening. Ya see, I was under the impression that if you don't like a particular group and the way that it does things then maybe you should leave it? Or how's this for an original idea...start your own instead of trashing those who disagree with you.

The Muslim Fest in Mississauga, Canada was mocked in two articles by writers for MuslimWakeUp.com. They mocked it because they did not allow female singers or human representations in their art exhibit. Despite their thumbs down, last year's 1st annual Muslim Fest was a smashing success where Muslims and non-Muslims had fun. They also had the gall to write some tripe under the headline of Women Not Allowed when referring to the festival's prohibition on female singers. I swear you can't win with these people.

I wonder if Muslim Fest did have female singers in skimpy outfits singing about love would they lash out and accuse the organizers of sexual exploitation. Now female speakers are not banned or female vendors. And as evidenced by moi, after being accepted graciously by the Exhibit board, this Southern-fried Muslima artist was not banned. If you want female singers, pull out your Umm Khuthum, Beyonce and 'em, and Feyrouz and leave the festival planners out of it.

But like I said, if you don't agree with their agenda, don't go. Or better, have your own group. Have your own festival with like-minded Muslims who don't mind making salat with those who don't believe in God or who think that scrapping the Qur'an and liking briyani makes one a Muslim. I mean, you're getting tons of dollars from the Harvard Pluralism Project to hold your "Islamic Conferences." Why not have them foot the bill to a poetry slam on the Sex and the Umma section and have Muslims wax proudly on their "first time" while our sisters in Iraq are being sold into prostitution?

You already have a conference planned for November in Atlanta, Georgia. Why go to the ISNA conference where your message has fallen on the deaf ears of Muslims who confirm and believe in the shahada in their hearts? I swear that it must be a clever trick of the shayateen to keep us distracted by this nonsense rather than address the issues at hand.

Yes, let's talk about why women should be singers in Islam (as if there aren't any). Let's talk about hijab and how it's preventing Muslim women from reaching their potential instead of those silly things like poverty, illiteracy, hunger and war. It's nice cozying up to neo-cons and RANDies who give you the funds you need rather than lead a real anti-globalization movement against Western imperialism.

A friend pointed out that these people are like (not are, mind you, but like) the kufar and munafiqeen during the Prophet's time (sallalahu alayhi wasalaam) who claimed that all they wanted was to do was good but at the same time they were causing fitnah and division. According to the Bible, it quotes 'Isa (alayhi wasalaam) as saying that such folks are like white washed graves but they contain every imaginable filth inside.

"We just want to help. We just want to open up the Muslim community and have dialogue. We just want self-examination and self-reflection. We just want to wake and shake this umma up. We just want to progress."

Progress to what?

Oh, I forgot...the lizard hole.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Sheikh Ahmed Hussein Deedat 1918 - 2005

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Fatwa: Defending the Transgressed by Censuring the Reckless Against the Killing of Civilians

Salaam 'Alaikum

From Sheikh Muhammad Afifi al Akiti of Oxford, with an introduction and glossary by Sidi Hajj Gibril Haddad.

Defending the Transgressed by Censuring the Reckless Against the Killing of Civilians

Thursday, August 04, 2005

PMUNA Debate on Tarek Fatah and Progressive "Takfiring"

The PMUNA Debate blog takes on the inconsistencies of Tarek Fatah

"Fatah, has a deliberate propensity to make wild unsubstantiated allegations, just a few examples: on the NPM list he has called officials of mainstream Muslim organizations snakes, supporters of Taleban, having connections with Ben Laden. And just about anyone who disagrees with him on Canadian religious court controversy, he insists, wants to impose "Sharia on Canada."

and

The Current "Takfir" on Irshad Manji by Omid Safi, chair of the Progressive Muslim Union of North America

"Omid Safi says in his cyber fatwa: I am quite fed up with her, and frustrated by the way that she pitches herself to everyone from Fox News (which is quite infatuated with her) to very right wing Zionist organizations.

As usual, Safi exposes his double standards: he has no problems at all, and infact encourages the appearnces of his own people on FOX news, and right wing anti-Palestinian organizations."

Both are solid articles and "must-reads."

Marxists and Avari/Nameh

Salaam alaikum,

Haroon Moghul over at Avari/Nameh takes a look at Muqtadar Khan's resignation letter and the steady collapse of the self-proclaimed Progressive Muslims of the PMUNA.