When the Boston Bombings happened, there was an interfaith event organized right after to bring together the people of Boston and the nation. Imam Suhaib Webb was the representative of the Boston Muslim community and the greater American Muslim community as well, but last minute he was replaced. He was replaced by a person I never heard of. I consider myself pretty active in the Muslim community in America. I have never heard of the person’s name, Nasser Wedaddy, nor of his organization, the American Islamic Congress (AIC). Whilst other faith groups had respected clergy and popular figures of their respective communties, the Muslims had Wedaddy. It was very unfortunate. We know why know why now though. Electronic Intifiada has discovered that the AIC is a front for the anti-Islam agenda. The likes of Sheldon Adelson and Daniel Pipes have funded the AIC and promoted it. It is unfortunate that Muslims have sold themselves for a few bucks to continue the agenda of bigotry and hate.
Nouman Ali Khan speaking out regarding the violent protests around the Muslim world in English, Arabic and Urdu
#Muhammad – When They Insult Our Prophet (PBUH)
Arabic:#Muhammad – الهجوم والرد القرآني
Urdu: #Muhammad – جب وہ ہمارے پیارے نبی (ص) کی توہین کرتے ہیں
From CAIR Chicago:
On August 16, 2012, a Palestinian American man went to pay respects to his deceased father at Evergreen Cemetery and was horrified to see anti-Muslim hate graffiti on a number of Muslim graves. Evergreen Cemetery is home to at least 500 Muslim graves. Cemetery officials and the police have been notified. The cemetery is located at 3401 West 87th Street, Evergreen Park, IL 60805.
Of all the attributes of Ramadan, patience is one of them. We are patient during the day when we have no food. We are patient in night when we sleep less and pray more. Now we have to be patient with the onslaught of hate crimes and the increase in Islamophobia by our ignorant American neighbors.
Dates are when the incident occurred:
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A mosque in southwest Missouri burned to the ground early Monday in the second fire to hit the Islamic center in little more than a month, officials said.
The fire at the Islamic Society of Joplin was reported about 3:30 a.m. Monday, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office said. The sheriff’s department said the building was a total loss. No injuries were reported and no charges have been filed.
Imam Lahmuddin, who leads the mosque and was in the building until late Sunday, said he was “sad and shocked” by the fire.
“I’m still in front of the building looking at the damage and nothing can be saved,” Lahmuddin said in a telephone interview Monday. “But since we are people of faith we just can remember that this is a thing that happened because God let it happen, and we have to be patient, particularly in the month of Ramadan, control our emotions, our anger.”
A blaze at the same building July 4 caused minor damage and was determined arson. No arrests were made and the FBI has offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to charges in that fire. The agency released video footage of what appeared to be a man starting the July blaze that did not cause extensive damage.
FBI spokeswoman Bridgett Patton said the agency is investigating the cause of the latest fire and whether or not it was also the result of arson.
Sharon Rhine, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said the center’s security cameras were burned in the Monday fire.
About 50 families belong to the Islamic Society of Joplin, which opened in 2007 as a mosque and community center. The FBI led an investigation in 2008 when the mosque’s sign was torched. That crime also remained unsolved.
Lahmuddin, who has lived in Joplin for about four years, said several people were at the center late Sunday. He said despite the attacks, the center’s members have good relationships with residents and other churches. He said many are doctors at area hospitals.
The latest fire came a day after a gunman killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. The imam said it was a cause of great concern that both faiths had seemingly come under attack.
“I heard that yesterday, and this morning we see this happen in our place,” he said. “We are more fortunate that no one here got hurt in this incident.”
This was written by Dr. Sherman Abdal Hakim Jackson for Huffington Post:
It’s 10:30 p.m. You’re a black male driving along the back roads of Anywhere, USA. Your car breaks down just as your cell-phone battery dies, so you’ll have to get out and knock on someone’s door for help. You come upon a patch of houses, some proudly boasting American flags, the others flagless. Which of these houses shall you approach? While it may come as a shock to some, most blacks to whom I have posed this scenario opt for a flagless house. This has nothing to do with any lack of patriotism. Outside these circumstances, they proudly stand for, salute and wave the flag. In fact, that Ralph Lauren gear with the chic little American flags as emblems — you can’t keep ‘em on the shelves in some black communities! History, however, and the political symbolism that the deeds and rhetoric of some have attached to Old Glory have simply transformed it under certain circumstances from our national flag into a red flag.
The same applies to shariah. Most Americans have no idea what it really means or stands for. But the deeds and rhetoric of some have produced a similar effect: shariah has come to constitute a red flag, even without the misrepresentations of so-called Islamophobes. Many Muslims dislike this logic and are actually as offended by it as some Americans will be by the insinuation that our flag can double as a symbol of racism. Both groups would do well, however, to note that people are not going to ignore their actual experiences just to make others comfortable in their ideologically constructed world of ideals.
And yet only the naïveté of the most crass and cynical utopianism would deny the validity of an ideal based solely on the reality of an experience. We don’t conclude that the ideal of eradicating hunger is bogus simply because so many hungry people continue to exist. Rather, if those who have the resources and opportunity to eradicate hunger consistently fail to do so, we conclude that they are either not fully committed to this ideal or that they are woefully blind and inept in their attempts to realize it.
At the most basic level, shariah is the Muslim universe of ideals. It is the result of their collective effort to understand and apply the Quran and supplementary teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (called Sunna) in order to earn God’s pleasure and secure human welfare in this life and attain human salvation in the life to come. While the Quran and Sunna are transcendent and unchangeable, shariah itself is the negotiated result of competing interpretations. In fact, most Muslims tend to speak not of shariah but of fiqh, which literally means “understanding” and underscores the distinction between God’s prescriptions on the one hand and the human attempt to understand these on the other. This in turn explains two other unavoidable characteristics of shariah: diversity of opinion, and inevitable change. In Sunni Islam (and to do Shiism justice would require a separate treatment) there are four “schools” of fiqh, all equally orthodox, all equally authoritative. This is because Sunnism never established a single ecclesiastical authority or “church” to decide doctrine. Instead, the only doctrines deemed binding on the community as a whole were those on which the community’s scholars reached a unanimous — not majority! — consensus. In the absence of this, competing parties would simply have to agree to disagree, as no school or individual — not even the Caliph or temporal ruler — could claim the infallible right to impose a doctrine as unassailable truth.
As for change, the rules of shariah are divided into two categories: religious observances (prayer, fasting, etc.) and civil-criminal matters (marriage, sales, adultery, jihad, etc.). While religious observances are relatively static and fixed, the rules on civil-criminal matters are subject to change in accordance with circumstances. Here, in fact, we come to a fourth important feature of shariah: in addition to interpreting scripture in order to apply it to reality, shariah also includes the attempt to process reality to determine how scripture, Prophetic teaching and the cumulative tradition of deliberation would have one respond to it. In this capacity, shariah may end up sanctioning, or even including, all kinds of ideas and institutions that were not dictated by scripture. For example, there were no domes, schools of fiqh or minarets in the Prophet’s Arabia. Likewise, the fact that there was no democracy or “human rights” does not automatically render these “un-Islamic.” In short, shariah includes the attempt to proffer God-conscious responses to an ever-changing reality. And in this capacity, many of its rules are subject to change with changes in the circumstances to which it seeks to respond.
Having said all of this, shariah is not just “rules.” While the common translation, “Islamic law,” is not entirely wrong, it is under-inclusive, for shariah includes scores of moral and ethical principles, from honoring one’s parents to helping the poor to being good to one’s neighbor. Moreover, most of the “rules” of shariah carry no prescribed earthly sanctions at all. The prescriptions covering ablution or eating pork or how to dress are just as much a part of shariah as are those governing sale, divorce or jihad. Yet there are no earthly punishments prescribed for those who violate these dictates. Like the bulk of shariah’s “rules,” reward and punishment in these areas are the preserve of God in the Afterlife.
Unfortunately, many Americans have been led to believe that shariah equals not only rules but criminal punishments — floggings, for example. Three quick points: First, criminal sanctions constitute a tiny sliver of shariah. Of the 1,081 pages of the two-volume Arabic text from which I studied shariah, only 60 pages were devoted directly to criminal sanctions! (Jihad, incidentally, took up only 19.) Second, the criminal sanctions of shariah did not emerge as the property or instrument of the Muslim state but functioned in fact to impose limits on the use of state power. Third, the punishments for criminal behavior cannot be separated from the evidentiary rules — equally shariah! — that provide for their application (e.g., multiple eye-witnesses). In practical terms, in other words, short of confession, rules on such things as adultery or fornication function almost entirely as moral exhortations. God-consciousness spawned by shariah, not fear of being punished, sustains these ideals. Of course, many Americans will object that such issues should not be subject to any rules or religious exhortations at all. But given some of our increasingly worrisome realities (out-of-wedlock births, etc.), perhaps this would make for fruitful conversation.
Why does shariah matter? It matters for Muslims because it represents the ideals that define a properly constituted Islamic existence. Islam without shariah would be Islam without Islamic ideals. While most non-Muslim Americans may think of Islam without shariah as simply Islam without rules or criminal sanctions, for Muslims Islam without shariah would also mean Islam without prescriptions on ablution, prayer, alms, sales, diet, filial piety, civics, etc. While the discourse in America around shariah will probably continue to succumb to the self-serving tendency to “compare my ideals with your realities,” shariah itself will continue to inspire Muslims, especially in their personal lives, to strive, with hope and humility, to narrow the gap between the unacceptable “is” and the ever-elusive “ought.”
Source: Huffington Post
They say a picture is worth a thousands words. Well this picture is proof of that. It is the best explanation of the “Creeping Sharia” phenomena amongst the Islamophobes. What exactly is it? Well it is the idea that Muslims are secretly bringing Islamic law into America (or any other country where people use the term). When in reality it is nothing of the sort. Anything that remotely resembles anything “Muslim” or “Islamic” is categrically labeled as “Creeping Sharia”. Thus the picture.
In 2008 Islamophobia wasn’t as rampant as it has been in the past few years. That was the year Obama was elected as President. Some have said that Islamophobia is displaced racism due to the election of Obama and the fact that it’s not easy to be racist against African Americans in the past so the bias and stereotypes are diverted to Muslims. Barack Hussein Obama’s name alone makes it a lot easier for those who dislike him being President to ridicule Islam and Muslims. It is fascinating that people still believe that Obama is a Muslim. I remember when Colin Powell said “Is there something wrong with being Muslim?” when he was asked about Obama being a Muslim. I was amazed and shocked this came from a Republican member of the Bush administration.
I was recently asked to help out with giving khutbahs (Friday sermons) for the local community jummah where I live. At first I hesitated but I decided to go for it. I had given khutbahs before at my MSA but that was several years ago. This would be a lot different since it’s not just college students but parents, elders, young children and the general masjid crowd.
I believe I did a poor job, so have mercy on me with your comments, haha. There are several areas I can improve upon after watching this. I recorded it for this exact reason so I can critique and improve on my khutbah presentation skills. Here are some things I thought I could improve on:
- Memorize the ayah(t) that are referenced in the khutbah. Listen to qaris to get the tajweed correct.
- Don’t type out the entire khutbah, because I barely read from the paper.
- Use bullet points since I like to talk and rant away instead of reading a paper.
- Improve my vocabulary and use a thesaurus for better words.
- Talk to myself first before everyone else.
- Use “I” less and “we” more.
- Do better research in finding relevant ahadith.
- Re-read and understand the ahadith before the khutbah so there is no forgetting.
- If something comes to mind, try to organize your thoughts in your mind before presenting it.
- Stop shaking so much. Exercise and stretch before. Loosen up the muscles.
What are some of your thoughts and comments? InshaAllah I will be giving more in the future, so I have a lot work ahead to improve my presentation skills. JazakAllah khair. Thanks!