Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The only language they understand is money

The furor over the despicable cartoons published in a Danish newspaper show no signs of abating. As a Muslim, I am outraged by the calumny heaped on my Beloved Prophet(Peace and blessings on him). This is part of a growing trend in these so called civilised nations; a sustained campaign to attack, vilify and defame Islam and Muslims, all in the name of Freedom of expression.But this concept itself is highly selective.One can spew venom at Muslims and get away with it but there are sacred cows that one dare not criticise.Charges of anti-semitism will be levelled,prosecutions launched and a big fuss made.

I am glad that Muslims are beginning to get their act together and are using their brain for a change. Instead of burning books, attacking shops and indulging in violence for the most part, they have realised that in Denmark, as elsewhere, the worship of Mammon reigns supreme.Till a few days ago, neither the newspaper in question nor the Danish government was willing to even offer a semblance of an apology. But the moment the economic boycott began to hurt them, there has been a climbdown of sorts. Not the best of apologies but a retreat nevertheless.Money talks and how!

This incident should serve as an eye opener for the entire Ummah.Let us work together to educate the world that while we are not opposed to sincere dialogue or differences of opinion we will not remain idle spectators when our religion is defamed.I am reminded of an incident that took place when the Czar was deposed. A man was walking on the streets of St Petersburg, twirling his umbrella in gay abandon. When reminded of the danger he posed to others he remarked that Russia was now free and he could do what he chose. To which an old woman retorted'your freedom ends where my nose begins'!

Hopefully, the Ummah will rely more on cold logic than unbridled passion when confronting those who abuse the concept of free speech.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Heeding Pakistani Protest, U.N. Blocks Talk by Rape Victim

Here's an update on our Sister Mukhtar Mai.

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UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 20 - Mukhtar Mai, the Pakistani woman whose defiant response to being gang-raped by order of a tribal court brought her worldwide attention, was denied a chance to speak at the United Nations on Friday after Pakistan protested that it was the same day the country's prime minister was visiting.

Ms. Mai had long been scheduled to make an appearance called "An Interview With Mukhtar Mai: The Bravest Woman on Earth" in the United Nations television studios, sponsored by the office for nongovernmental organizations, the Virtue Foundation and the Asian-American Network Against Abuse of Human Rights.

But on Thursday night the organizers were informed that the program would have to be postponed because of Pakistan's objections. Ms. Mai is leaving New York on Saturday so the effect was to cancel her appearance.
Asked at a news conference why Pakistan had taken the action, the prime minister, Shaukat Aziz, said: "I have no idea. You have informed me and so have some other people as I was walking in. I don't know how the place functions."

The Pakistani Mission did not return calls seeking comment.

In 2002, a village council sentenced Ms. Mai to be gang-raped for the supposed misconduct of her brother. Pakistani women in such circumstances often commit suicide, but Ms. Mai instead successfully challenged her rapists in court. She gave the compensation money she received to schools in her remote district.

Mr. Aziz is scheduled to see President Bush in Washington next week.

This was not the first time that Pakistan's government had interfered in Ms. Mai's travels. President Pervez Musharraf blocked her from taking a trip to the United States in June and then relented last fall when Glamour magazine honored her as its "Woman of the Year."
Asked why the United Nations bowed to the Pakistani protest, Shashi Tharoor, the under secretary general for communications, said he could not comment on this specific case. But, he said: "As a general principle, indeed there are written instructions guiding the holding of any event on United Nations premises in which we are obliged to take into account views formally expressed by member states. This is a building and an organization that belongs to the member states."

Thousands rally against U.S. in Pakistan

INAYAT QALA, Pakistan (AP) — Thousands of angry Pakistanis protested Sunday against a U.S. airstrike that killed civilians, chanting "Long live Osama bin Laden!" as anti-American rallies in the country entered their second week.

Pakistani authorities, meanwhile arrested a relative of a man suspected of hiding the bodies of four suspected al-Qaeda operatives believed killed in the Jan. 13 attack, said a security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

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My only question is this...how does bombing countries and killing suspected terrorists along with innocent civilians work to defeat "radical Islam" (whatever that is)? If anything, this gives ammunition to Osama bin Hidin and more soldiers for his cause. And maybe, that's what the United States military infrastructure wants? Let's make dua for our sister and for the people of Pakistan who have been through so much with the earthquake and their corrupt leaders.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Comunity Reform: Islamic Center Websites

Modern Muslima talks about your Islamic Center's website.

A very timely piece that all web savvy Muslims should read. Remember: a cool Islamic website is great dawah.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Stop Blaming Bush? Muhammad Ali Hasan's Plea

I ran across this article at Naseeb.com. I really wish this was brought to my attention months back. Oh, how I wish! But these things happen for a reason. Let's take a look at Hasan's plea for us naysayers to stop picking on our current president.

First off, we here at Muslims For America, on behalf of all of our members, would like to extend our deepest prayers and love to all victims of the hurricane. We are touched by the outpouring of charity that we have seen on various news channels, particularly, all the folks rushing to the southern states in hopes of helping others - this is the kind of stuff that makes us love America! We have also listed some charities that are looking for volunteers and donations - the list can be found here - link

The article starts off very nicely with his expression and grief for us Hurricane Katrina refugees. What's interesting though is that if you click on the link, you'll notice that of all the charities that Americans for Bush recommend, none of these charities are Islamic ones. You would think that the Hasans in their efforts to increase understanding of Islam amongst Americans would have joined up with at least one Islamic organization to collect charity for Katrina victims. Wouldn't that be great dawah and a way for us to show other Americans that we care? I'm certainly not knocking secular or Christian based charity organizations but Muslims for America should include American Muslims, don't you think?

However, we here at Muslims For America are getting increasingly concerned over the demonization of President Bush and the trivializing of this disaster as somehow being an incompetency to be blamed upon the President.

Who trivialized this disaster? I don't remember any mainstream American reporter trivializing the event. Now some of the reporters were very opinionated, some were even self-righteous, but far from being trivial. And if certain reports are using that angle, isn't that their right? Hasan must admit to himself that Bush's handling of the Katrina crisis was pretty bad. Showing up in the Gulf South days after the storm does not look good. Oh, wait! He was on vacation. So he was on vacation while our country is at war and a huge storm nearly decimated the Gulf South. Yeah, it's hard for a reporter to give that a good spin.

We even heard, from one source, that commentators at the BBC were criticizing President Bush for hugging victims of the hurricane, and somehow, insinuating that his response was one shallowness --- such commentators were likely referring to this photo (the picture is up above).

So where's the source? I'm not saying the BBC reporters didn't criticize President Bush but it would be nice to have a link to Hasan's accusation. I don't know what's in President Bush's heart so I can't say for certain that this picture was simply a photo-op or a man sincerely concerned for his citizens. But Bush does have a reputation for not being concerned about the plight of poor people and people of color.

On behalf of all of our members, we are deeply upset by such comments. We suggest that such British commentators start reverting their criticism towards Prime Minister Tony Blair, who we have never seen make any sorts of outreach to minorities, whether it be visiting British Muslims in a Mosque after a terrorist attack, as President Bush did here, or hugging minorities. This is the kind of stuff that makes us love America!

Oh, dear. Well, you see, Muslims aren't concerned about Bush visiting mosques and holding iftars as much as we are concerned about white phosphoros and shrapnel being used on defenseless Iraqis and Afghanis--not to mention our American fallen soldiers and those who are coming home with some serious injuries. For all the speeches about "Islam is Peace" and "Muslim Americans are patriotic" can't compare to the over 25,000 death count of Iraqi civilians since the March 2003 invasion. So who cares if Tony Blair didn't hug a bunch a Muslims, Bush and Blair share the same policies when it comes down to oppressing poor Muslims in the "third world." He hugging minorities! I is soooo happy (insert me tap dancing)! Maybe he should have thrown some life rafts to all those drowning minorities in New Orleans.

We have also listed some charities that are looking for volunteers and donations - the list can be found here--victims of various British disasters. We applaud President Bush for visiting with hurricane victims, signing a $10 billion relief bill, enlisting Presidents Senior Bush and Clinton to head a relief effort, and of course, embracing victims of this tragedy, particularly minority victims who have lost their homes.

There he goes with that "minority" stuff again. Since September 2005, Bush has NOT been back to the Gulf South. The Gulf South has NOT seen any improvement. Corpses are still being taken out of the Ninth ward and Chalmette. Will New Orleans or any affected city see that money? The writers of the New York Times are asking the same question. Because if you talk to the residents of New Orleans, they'll tell you that things haven't really changed. Maybe Hasan should go to New Orleans and see the carnage for himself to get a better picture of what's going on and maybe he can see where that $10 billion dollar relief bill is going.

Prime Minister Tony Blair could learn a lot from our President. The media would like us to believe that this is a racial issue and that these hurricane victims perished simply because of their race, thus indirectly saying that our President is a racist.

Do I have enough time to tackle this in this entry? Okay. Since the storm, many people have been wondering if the federal and state response would have been quicker if the suffering residents were of a different ethnicity. No one argues that Katrina would have done her damage whether New Orleans was predominately Black or not. But the questions remain. Why did it take so long for local, state and federal agencies to respond. Why did they sit on their hands as average Americans sent aid. Why were people left to fend for themselves? We do have the most powerful military machine on Earth. We do have within our arsenal the power to subdue nations and make them bend to our will. In light of our political and military might, there is no reason that anyone could offer for the delayed response that would be satisfactory. I don't care about the reasons. The fact remains that American, tax paying citizens needed help and they were left to drown.

Judging by the photo above, our President is no racist, as he has been quick to respond and is always willing to embrace all minorities. We also do not welcome the criticisms of New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who has also criticized President Bush. If anything, it was Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco's responsiblity to make sure that the levees of New Orleans were re-inforced enough for a Category 5 hurricane.

Re-read that paragraph. They don't invite criticisms against Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco but they are willing to criticize Mayor Nagin for failing to ensure suitable levees for New Orleans. So we can't criticize Mayor Nagin or President Bush but you can? Everyone failed. I'll repeat that. Everyone failed. All three leaders did a horrible job. And according to this article, it was the Bush administration that was responsible for cutting funds to the New Orleans levee system. And it was only after Katrina's fury that the Louisiana state legislature decided to look into reforming the levee board. So as I said, our officials, from the top down, let us down.

Some will say that it was the Federal Government's fault for not giving enough funding to reinforce the levees, however, the Governor and Mayor should have responded to the Federal Government with appeals to such budgets, in addition to gathering their own state funds. But sadly, the worst example of incompentence would be the disastrous organization behind this effort. The Mayor and the Governor knew this hurricane was coming and they knew
it would be horrible. While Mayor Nagin enforced a mandatory evacuation, he did absolutely nothing to assist the citizens of New Orleans who were living in, or near, poverty and did not have the necessary personal funds to leave the city. There were plenty of school buses that could have been used to bus these people out of town, but the Mayor made the decision to stand pat.

I can agree with that--everyone failed, top to bottom. It's everyone's responsibility to insure security to America's citizens, not just the local or federal sector.

Thus, we are infuriated at the Mayor's decision to blame everyone except himself. Our advice to him is the following: Please keep your mouth shut.

Very mature.

Your criticisms have proven to be counter-productive.

Not likely. I spoke to some New Orleans residents who don't particularly care for Mayor Nagin but did respect the fact that he spoke his mind on that fateful day. I even had a little respect for him after his outburst.

In addition, we offer great criticism towards the media. It is well documented that many reporters are picking and choosing who they refer to as a "looter" and who they refer to as a "shopper." Should we see a Muslim dragging grocery bags across water, we shudder to think of the possible labels - "Terrorist Looter?" It is also worth noting that MSNBC photographer, Tony Zumbado, gave an excellent account of the real atmosphere within New Orleans. His comments included the following -"They were told to go to the convention center. They did, they've been behaving. It's unbelievable how organized they are, how supportive they are of each other. They have not started any melees or riots ... they just want food and support. And what I saw there I've never seen in this country." While some in the media show pictures of African Americans and print "looter" under them, President Bush has made a point of wrapping his arms around the same people, weeping into their shoulder and promising rebuilding. Zumbado further confirms the incompetence behind the Governor and Mayor's decisions, within this crisis. People walking miles, in flood water, from the SuperDome to the New Orleans Convention Center? No assisted evacuations for those who couldn't afford to leave? Late calls to the National Guard?

Hold up. I was watching Tony Zumbado that night and he didn't finger anyone as responsible for the crisis. In that same transcript, he states, "I don't want to sound negative against anybody or any official, but according to them, and what they saw, they left and they're there on their own. There's no police, there's no authority. ... You would never ever imagine what you saw in the convention center in New Orleans.

President Bush has no control over how evacuations will be handled, how the victims will be taken care of afterwards, and what the actions of the state's national guard will be. After all, he is a Federal administrator, not a State one. He does though, have action over any aid bills to be passed and making an example of how we should go about this tragedy. While some in the media show pictures of African Americans and print "looter" under them, President Bush has made a point of wrapping his arms around the same people, weeping into their shoulder and promising rebuilding.

So if there is a tragedy, like a terrorist attack or a deadly storm, the president's job is to simply pass bills and let the state handle it? Well, he certainly didn't do that for September 11th. New York City has been able to rise from the tragedy stronger than before but will New Orleans be the same? Do we have to get attacked by terrorists for the president to take a more proactive stance in securing our country from man made and natural disasters? When you are in a position of leadership and you see those under you are not doing their job, whether you like it or not, you have to pick up the slack so that people can look at you and say, "Well, at least he responded when one else did." But he didn't do that. He waited. Could you imagine days after September 11th, with the towers still burning and the president waiting to respond? Do you think he would have just left it up to Rudy Guiliani to take care of business? No, a defender and chief rises to the challenge and doesn't wait for other people to make up their minds. This article is an insult to those who were depending on their leaders and they were left behind.

We agree that criticisms are counter-productive and that our points above are probably better left to be un-said. But we simply could not help ourselves from pointing out some of the horrible trivializing that is taking place over this tragedy. Most of all, we pray and send love to the victims of this tragedy, as Muslims and Americans. We encourage the same of everyone else.

I thought I explained how criticizing a certain official is not trivializing but...whatever. I just hope there's some secret sadaqa coming from this family to make up for this article.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Community Reform: Interview with Yantaru


For you who aren't familiar with this wonderful group of sisters, prepare yourself. These are proactive Muslimas who are spreading the deen, educating the youth and showing Muslim women that you can adhere to the Sunnah of our Prophet (sallalahu alayhi wa salaam) and live an active full life of service. Yantaru is one of the groups in our community who is putting their faith to action, dealing with the challenges of modern day society and drawing upon Islam as their center of motivation. The interview is a collobrative effort of all the sisters of Yantaru. Please support this wonderful organization and for more information visit www.yantaru.org.

Could you tell our readers how Yantaru become the organization that it is today? How did you guys come up with this idea for a women's organization modeled after the life and example of Nana Asma'u?

Yan Taru was a word used in the Sokoto Caliphate, to refer to the women who were the backbone of an educational movement established by Nana Asma'u during the reign of her brother Caliph Muhammad Bello (1817 - 1837). The Sokoto Caliphate was established by Shaykh Uthman dan Fodio in 1804 spanned an area comparable in size to western Europe, in modern day terms it consisted of large part of Nigeria, parts of Togo, Benin republic, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. It remained in existence till it’s dismantlement in 1904 by the British. However the last Caliph appointed a successor (Sultan Muhammad Mai Wurno) before his death to make the hijra to Sudan, the present Sultan of Mairurno, Sultan AbuBakr is a descendent of this general.

The Yan Taru was a group of itinerant female student-teachers. Women and girls who left their homes and made the long arduous journey to Sokoto, primarily on foot. The women unable to make the journey to seek knowledge would send sadaqa, which would then be used to run the charitable works of Nana Asma'u. Today, hundreds of women from the countries of Nigeria and Niger continue to make this same journey, albeit, mostly by bus. The Yan Taru Foundation is just an extension of this system being applied to the American socio-cultural context. We incorporated as a non-profit foundation in April this year.

Yantaru places much of it's focus on women's education. Do you think that such educational initiatives are missing in our American Muslim community or do you see Yantaru simply taking the education of Muslim women to a new level?

Yes, unfortunately, there is a tremendous lack of educational initiatives not just for women but for Muslims as a whole in the United States. Traditionally Islam was spread around the world through the centuries by scholars, pious merchants and amirs, but in America, for the most part, our mosques and community centers are run by doctors , engineers and PhDs who do not have a solid foundation in traditional Islamic education, and hence our mosques do not impart this or make education a priority. The Rasul (peace and blessings be upon him) was primarily a teacher and our mothers, Ummuhat ul-mu’mineen, were his closest students, and were teachers of his companions as well. Shaykh Uthman and Nana Asma’u stressed the importance of knowledge during their lives and this was a distinguishing feature of their community, and is what lead to their success. And if we are to have spiritually and materially thriving Muslim communities in the United States it must be based on a solid traditional education that is connected by a scholarly chain to the Rasul (peace and blessings be upon him).

Ma sha Allah, their are small pockets of activity across America, last year their was a women’s deen intensive in California with several female teachers, just last month there was a Sisters' Two Day Weekend Program in Chicago with local female teachers (http://www.madrasaprogram.org/) Shaykh Uthman said there should be a scholar in every city. Women are sometimes taken advantage of because of a lack of education (on the woman’s part and on the man’s) because they are unaware of their rights. And sometimes women violate the rights of others due to the lack of a solid traditional education. There was a beautiful piece of nasiha that Habib Ali gave to sisters of the Yan Taru in San Diego a few years back, it essentially addresses how true Islam gives men and women the guidance to develop healthy and balanced relationships based on obedience to their Creator; these basic things are necessary for us to know in order to be able to adequately prepare ourselves for the Day of Reckoning. In sha Allah, a transcript of this talk will be available shortly in the Yan Taru library www.yantaru.org/library.

Could you please talk to us about Nana Asma'u and why Yantaru chose her to be the role model for your group? Islam is filled with many exceptional women in it's history but what was it about Nana Asma'u that inspired the creation of Yantaru and its goals?

Jean Boyd (author of the Caliph’s Sister and co-author of One Woman’s jihad) wrote a short book introducing Nana Asma'u, it is available in our digital library and is a good start for a person who wants an overview of her life but in a nut shell Nana Asma’u was an Islamic leader, Scholar, Poet and social activist. As the daughter of Shaykh Uthman ibn Fodiyo, the leader of the Sokoto Caliphate, Asma'u was a role model and teacher for other Muslim women as well as an Islamic scholar, linguist and writer. She developed a method of bringing women to her for learning called the Yan Taru movement, which has continued to exist until the present. She taught women, old and young, through poetry. These poems contained the teachings of Islam, which they memorized and then returned home to teach. She left a large body of writing in Arabic, Fulfulde and Hausa. She was 72 when she died.

We didn’t really choose her, rather Allah ta’ala choose her for us. We are women who adhere to the community and methodology established almost 200 years ago by the great Islamic scholar Shaykh Uthman ibn Fodiyo and Nana Asma’u was one of his greatest students. Like you say there are great women throughout Muslim history, foremost of them being the Ummuhat ul-mu’mineen, Imam Suhaib Webb’s Mothers of the believers CD set is a great introduction to these remarkable women. The Imam not only mentions the obvious contributions, like teaching, but he also highlights the subtle things they did that made their communities strong, their powerful impact and their legacy linger.

Ma sha Allah, we are also blessed to have various great women in all regions of the world people like Fatima bin al-Hasan ibn Ali ibn al-Daqqaq al-Qushayri, Karima al-Marwaziyya, Zaynab bint Sulayman, Fatima bint Abd al-Rahman, Umm al-Fath Amat as-Salam, Hafsa bint Ibn Sirin, 'Amra bin 'Abd al-Rahman, Umm al-Darda' 'Abida al-Madaniyya, 'Abda bin Bishr, Umm Umar al-Thaqafiyya, Nafisa bint al-Hasan ibn Ziyad, Khadija Umm Muhammad, 'Abda bint Abd al-Rahman, Sitt al-Wuzara, A'isha bin Abd al-Hadi, Sitt al-Arab and Daqiqa bint Murshid.We also have women from lands whose women scholars are generally not cataloged in the biographies, lands like sub-Saharan Africa, East Africa, Malaysia, The Indian subcontinent, Europe, Central Asia and China to mention a few.

We look at the world she was in and it bears so many similarities to out world, although it was a different era (19th century) and a different geographical region (sub-Saharan Africa)
1. They were dealing with Muslim men who would not teach their womenfolk or let them seek knowledge elsewhere
2. They were a minority in the land, there were a great number of non-Muslims and nominal Muslims
3. They were dealing with new converts and how to properly integrate them into the society
4. They were dealing with inter religious marriage and the religious instruction of children who wouldn’t get any at home
5. They were dealing with some men who oppressed their womenfolk, men who capitalized on the fact that their womenfolk were ignorant of this great religion.
6. Another problem in their society was bori (a pre-Islamic spirit possession cult), which could be likened to neo-paganism, which is a problem in our society today.

Yantaru is currently sponsoring a poetry and a clothing design contest. How do the arts play a role in the aims of the Yantaru?

The arts are essential, especially in this age. We are living in an age where Muslims need to use art and culture as a vehicle for calling Muslims to the practice of the deen and inviting non-Muslims to this way of life. Dr. Umar Abdallah mentioned in one of his talks, how the arts really effect the way a person perceives him/herself and the effect popular culture, in particular film, has on a society. The Harlem Renaissance, was predominantly a cultural movement of change. Amir Suleiman, Native Deen, Mecca2Medina and M-team, are a few Muslim artists who effectively use the arts to inform and educate.

Our beloved prophet (peace be upon him) had poets around him, Nana Asma’u used poetry to teach, mainly because it is easier to memorize and the people of the land had a strong oral literary tradition, her father Shaykh Uthman used to recite poetry in the marketplace, hence using the arts to teach and covey the deen is by no means new. People have such a capacity to memorize, even little kids memorize lyrics, youth who might easily flunk a high school class, are able to memorize a tremendous amount of data in the form of musical lyrics and can compose a rap (freestyle) at a second notice, ma sha Allah the human being has an amazing ability to store, utilize and retrieve information.

Arts are usually categorized into performing and visual arts, we are attempting to address both, performing through our poetry contest and the visual arts via the design contest. The design contest is essentially an effort to recognize and highlight the creativity and talent of Muslim women. Fashion has a large impact so we would like to help facilitate a means for Muslim women to design and wear their own Islamic outfits. Through this contest we hope that talented designers are discovered, sisters have an opportunity to enjoy expressing their creativity, and we all realize that Islamic attire can be beautiful, diverse, and fashionable.

Do you have plans to start regional chapters throughout the United States. I noticed that there are some members located in California and Pennsylvania?

Our growth is organic, wherever there are students of our Shaykh (Sultan Abubakr, a descendant of Shaykh Uthman) you will find the Yan Taru, at the moment we have members in California, Pennsylvania, Texas, Alabama and Georgia. We are going to expand our membership to include people who support our work or volunteer with us, this will be called “Friends of Yan Taru” and people can open these chapters anywhere, look for more information regarding this on our site in the up coming months.

Yantaru also offers programs and literature in Spanish. In your view, how do you see Yantaru addressing the growing current of Latino-American converts to Islam, who are looking for Spanish material and programs.

We are working on putting together folders filled with Dawah material, to make it into a convenient carry-around package for those who wish to learn more about Islam. We hope to work together with Latino Dawah Organizations to make Spanish material available wherever the need arises, and establish a team that will encourage the propogation of Islam. We hope to not only provide written information, but follow up and interact with the people who have asked for and received material. We want them to be able to ask questions and hopefully through our answering them, they will grow in love with the deen, and see that it is not only a religion, it is a way of life. Also, we are currently working on putting together "New Shahada" baskets that will Insha Allah contain all the basic necesities for a new Muslim. It will contain items such as Hijab/Kufi, Quran, prayer rug, and more, Insha'Allah.

Yantaru offers classes for spiritual health, such as fiqh and tasawuf, lectures on healthy diet and exercise and offers business expertise to Muslim women. Talk to us about the holistic aspect of Yantaru's educational outreach and why you decided to include all these areas of interest rather than just focusing on one?

Islam is a both a complete way of life and spiritual path so the Yan Taru Foundation tries to reflect this, we want women to have healthy bodies, pure hearts who are empowered economically, all these things are important in establishing strong families and communities and inviting non-Muslims to embrace Islam.

Finally, what are the future plans of Yantaru? What role do you see your organization playing with the American Muslim umma?

We hope with Allah’s permission to reource for women and children, Muslim and non-Muslim, locally and nationally, some of the services we plan to provide are as follows:
1. Provide distance learning courses and course packs
2. Publish audio, visual and other material for children.
3. Social welfare services for people in need in particular women and children by establishing a women’s centre, which would house an adult’s library, children’s library, mother and baby room, prayer area, kitchen, office space, gym, health resources centre and business resource centre.
4. Encouraging and facilitating entrepreneurship in women through seminars, publication and workshops and interest-free loans to budding entrepreneurs
5. Establishing a girls summer camp where girls can spend time immersed in activities that strengthen and nourish the mind body and soul.In addition to our concern for the woman as a servant of Allah we are concerned with the woman’s social interactions as a sister, mother and wife. To this end we plan to publish books written by traditional male and female scholars on this insha Allah.

Please keep us in your du’as
For more info visit us online at http://www.yantaru.org/ or email us at info@yantaru.org