The Sudanese Ambassador has got some nerve!

America it’s time we get a backbone! Let’s end this hypocrisy right now. We will go to war with Iraq against the international communities wishes, because Saddam was a “threat” and killed his own people. Yet, we won’t stop the slaughter of thousands of people in Darfur!

So now President Bush announces some sanctions against Sudan to try and force “something”, and their ambassador has the nerve to threaten us by saying they will take our Cola products among other things away!

How does he plan to do this?  Simple, by taking away our gum Arabic.  We use so much of this stuff and I hear 80% comes from Sudan alone, that he and his government truly believes that we care more about what we eat and use than about genocide!

That’s what they think of us Americans. We are more concerned with drinking soda than the death of thousands of people right this minute. While there are African Union troops in Darfur, it doesn’t matter, because of their mandate they can only observe and report what’s going on, and before they share the report with the international community, it has to go through the Sudanese government!

So what are we prepared to do about it? You have this knuckle head threatening to take our soda away:

“I want you to know that the gum arabic which runs all the soft drinks all over the world, including the United States, mainly 80 percent is imported from my country,” the ambassador said after raising a bottle of Coca-Cola.

A reporter asked if Sudan was threatening to “stop the export of gum arabic and bring down the Western world.”

“I can stop that gum arabic and all of us will have lost this,” Khartoum Karl warned anew, beckoning to the Coke bottle. “But I don’t want to go that way.”

Come on my fellow Americans, it’s time to buckle down and do the right thing Darfur today and the Congo as well.

Furthermore, check out this wonderful blog: Coalition for Darfur http://coalitionfordarfur.blogspot.com/ and get educated an involved.

Lastly, to my fellow Muslims I have said it once and I have said it twice, and many more times, it’s time we act as true Muslims and help our brothers and sisters in Darfur. If one Muslim suffers we suffer, if humanity suffers we suffer, Allah (swt) commands us to repel evil with good, and to be the vanguards to eradicate persecution and oppression.

Therefore, I am directly appealing to the Ummah.

Let’s form a coalition of Muslims that will deal with this issue and many others in our community. I propose here today the start of a Islamic organization called “Muslims for Peace and Tolerance”. This organization will consist of like minded Muslims and those of good will to help promote the true ideals of Islam and actually practice them, by helping the persecuted, oppressed, hungry, homeless, and orphans. I will be fleshing out the details over the next week, design a site, and every other necessary step to further this dream.

I am asking the Ummah and any who want to help, for your support and cooperation in this endeavor so email me at RobertSalaam@gmail.com with your ideas and pledges of support. Obviously we will need lawyers, those in finance, and any others who want to volunteer their time and goodwill.

It’s time we are for action. As it relates to Darfur we need to divest, support sanctions, protest, and support military action if needed. Muslims, put up or shut up, either we are for Islam and care about the Ummah or we don’t. Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, and Pakistan are not the only Muslim communities or the only Muslims suffering. Allah (swt) says we are but ONE UMMAH, that means that even African Muslims are Muslims too and deserve just as much help and attention, fundraising, awareness, etc. as their Middle Eastern counterparts.

Audhu Billahi Minash Shaitan Nirajeem

Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem

May Allah (swt) guide us and keep us strong and united, may Allah (swt) forgive us and keep us on the straight path, may Allah (swt) help us to stay focused and help our brothers and sisters in need. Oh Allah (swt) we seek your protection, against the hardship of afflictions, oppression, persecution, and injustice. We seek refuge from Satan the accursed and we ask that you continually remind us that with community comes responsibility and duty not only to one another but also to you.

Ameen

A CHINESE MARTIN LUTHER KING?!

By Gilbert Young

One of the greatest men in history said if a man is not willing to die for something he is not fit to live. I believe that to be true. In today’s society, standing up for a belief—especially if it seems politically incorrect—can be the same as dying. As a professional who just turned sixty-five, I know that to be true. Still, I’m willing to yell at the top of my lungs my disgust at the decision made by the King Memorial Foundation to choose a Chinese artist to sculpt the image of Martin Luther King Jr., for the first ever national memorial to an African American man.

Where are those who are supposed to protect the ideals and champion the cause? Among those pretending to be in charge are obviously too many who can not see the travesty of justice in having the “national treasure of China,” Lei Yixin—that’s Communist China—sculpt the center piece of the most important African American monument, in recognition of the most important African American movement in the history of the United States. A movement that never could have taken place in China. I am appalled.

Is it that Alpha Phi Alpha, one of the country’s oldest African American fraternities, and the executive staff of the King Memorial project—also all black, and the Memorial Foundation Leadership, could not find one African American sculptor good enough to create a likeness of King? That’s crazy. You best believe, there is not ONE national memorial, not ONE monument to a leader or historical event in China, Russia, France, Italy, India, Germany—go ahead and name them all—that has the name of an African American artist engraved in its base. It’s probably not that they don’t like us or appreciate our abilities. It’s that a commission of such importance is a legacy for a country and its countrymen. Why should the King Monument be any different?

Here was the opportunity for a national monument to a Black man in Washington D.C., to be created, developed, designed, and executed by the best that African America arts and culture and development has to offer, a testament to all our own achievements as Black people who benefited from Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. There won’t be a second chance to make our first impression. Yet once again our worth is kicked to the curb.
So far, creating and developing the site of the King Memorial has gone to the ROMA Group, out of San Francisco, a group headed by Boris Dramov. The historic centerpiece of the King Memorial is supposed to be created by the Chinese guy. So let’s see—that leaves the digging and hauling, which in some folks’ eyes may be appropriate because this nation was built on the backs of Blacks. I, for one, am not willing to bob my head and grin over the fact that some Black subcontractor will be employed to move the dirt. Nor am I willing to allow my children’s children to visit a memorial that will not reflect African American art and culture and artistry. What was the Civil Rights Movement all about?

Lei Yixin is politics, and politics was not King’s way. We all know, as U.S. citizens, how much money our government owes the Chinese (and everybody else). But here’s the thing; the artistic accomplishments of African Americans has long been celebrated. We too have national treasures, and low and behold some of them are sculptors. More importantly, politics should not be allowed to sell the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the historic impact of the Civil Rights movement to the Chinese.

“The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by Lei Yixin”

Whose artistry and history will that plaque honor 300 years from now? The answer is NOT OURS.

For those whose only belief is that King belonged to the world—that his work, his words, and his stance was international in scope—you need only take a few moments to review history. Watch the films and look at the photographs that show what was going on in African America that prompted King to become the icon he became. The images of “White Only” signs on drinking fountains and movie houses; scores of people marching and protesting bigotry, prejudice, Jim Crow, and segregation. Look again at the black men hanging from trees lit by Klan fires. See the young black men and women and children being hosed in their faces, bitten by dogs and dragged through the streets by police. Watch the men carrying out the bodies of those four little girls.

King’s message became universal because only the truly ignorant would not accept and acknowledge that all men are created equal and deserve to be respected and allowed the right to freedoms promised in this country’s Constitution. We are still fighting for those rights. King’s message may have been for everyone, but everyone wasn’t for King. He was killed for speaking up for black people.

And at this time, we are fighting for the right to interpret and present our own historic proclamation in this first ever national monument to a black man, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We as African Americans have a right to depict the life and legacy of one of our most beloved leaders as WE saw him.

As an artist, I stand against the decisions to use the Roma Group and Lei Yixin. When my protest began last month I believed I stood alone. Now I know I do not.

http://www.kingisours.com/

I am proud to announce that Mr. Young will be on my show “The American Muslim” Thursday night May 31st at 9pm ET and will be educating us on this situation among other things and taking your calls and questions.

Balancing the Prophet

Had to share this as well…

 

Balancing the Prophet

By Karen Armstrong

Published: April 27 2007 15:43 | Last updated: April 27 2007 15:43

Ever since the Crusades, people in the west have seen the prophet Muhammad as a sinister figure. During the 12th century, Christians were fighting brutal holy wars against Muslims, even though Jesus had told his followers to love their enemies, not to exterminate them. The scholar monks of Europe stigmatised Muhammad as a cruel warlord who established the false religion of Islam by the sword. They also, with ill-concealed envy, berated him as a lecher and sexual pervert at a time when the popes were attempting to impose celibacy on the reluctant clergy. Our Islamophobia became entwined with our chronic anti-Semitism; Jews and Muslims, the victims of the crusaders, became the shadow self of Europe, the enemies of decent civilisation and the opposite of ”us”.

Our suspicion of Islam is alive and well. Indeed, understandably perhaps, it has hardened as a result of terrorist atrocities apparently committed in its name. Yet despite the religious rhetoric, these terrorists are motivated by politics rather than religion. Like ”fundamentalists” in other traditions, their ideology is deliberately and defiantly unorthodox. Until the 1950s, no major Muslim thinker had made holy war a central pillar of Islam. The Muslim ideologues Abu ala Mawdudi (1903-79) and Sayyid Qutb (1906-66), among the first to do so, knew they were proposing a controversial innovation. They believed it was justified by the current political emergency.

The criminal activities of terrorists have given the old western prejudice a new lease of life. People often seem eager to believe the worst about Muhammad, are reluctant to put his life in its historical perspective and assume the Jewish and Christian traditions lack the flaws they attribute to Islam. This entrenched hostility informs Robert Spencer’s misnamed biography The Truth about Muhammad, subtitled Founder of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion.

Spencer has studied Islam for 20 years, largely, it seems, to prove that it is an evil, inherently violent religion. He is a hero of the American right and author of the US bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam. Like any book written in hatred, his new work is a depressing read. Spencer makes no attempt to explain the historical, political, economic and spiritual circumstances of 7th-century Arabia, without which it is impossible to understand the complexities of Muhammad’s life. Consequently he makes basic and bad mistakes of fact. Even more damaging, he deliberately manipulates the evidence.

The traditions of any religion are multifarious. It is easy, therefore, to quote so selectively that the main thrust of the faith is distorted. But Spencer is not interested in balance. He picks out only those aspects of Islamic tradition that support his thesis. For example, he cites only passages from the Koran that are hostile to Jews and Christians and does not mention the numerous verses that insist on the continuity of Islam with the People of the Book: ”Say to them: We believe what you believe; your God and our God is one.”

Islam has a far better record than either Christianity or Judaism of appreciating other faiths. In Muslim Spain, relations between the three religions of Abraham were uniquely harmonious in medieval Europe. The Christian Byzantines had forbidden Jews from residing in Jerusalem, but when Caliph Umar conquered the city in AD638, he invited them to return and was hailed as the precursor of the Messiah. Spencer doesn’t refer to this. Jewish-Muslim relations certainly have declined as a result of the Arab-Israeli conflict, but this departs from centuries of peaceful and often positive co-existence. When discussing Muhammad’s war with Mecca, Spencer never cites the Koran’s condemnation of all warfare as an ”awesome evil”, its prohibition of aggression or its insistence that only self-defence justifies armed conflict. He ignores the Koranic emphasis on the primacy of forgiveness and peaceful negotiation: the second the enemy asks for peace, Muslims must lay down their arms and accept any terms offered, however disadvantageous. There is no mention of Muhammad’s non-violent campaign that ended the conflict.

People would be offended by an account of Judaism that dwelled exclusively on Joshua’s massacres and never mentioned Rabbi Hillel’s Golden Rule, or a description of Christianity based on the bellicose Book of Revelation that failed to cite the Sermon on the Mount. But the widespread ignorance about Islam in the west makes many vulnerable to Spencer’s polemic; he is telling them what they are predisposed to hear. His book is a gift to extremists who can use it to ”prove” to those Muslims who have been alienated by events in Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq that the west is incurably hostile to their faith.

Eliot Weinberger is a poet whose interest in Islam began at the time of the first Gulf war. His slim volume, Muhammad, is also a selective anthology about the Prophet. His avowed aim is to ”give a small sense of the awe surrounding this historical and sacred figure, at a time of the demonisation of the Muslim world in much of the media”. Many of the passages he quotes are indeed mystical and beautiful, but others are likely to confirm some readers in their prejudice. Without knowing their provenance, how can we respond to such statements as ”He said that he who plays chess is like one who has dyed his hand in the blood of a pig” or ”Filling the stomach with pus is better than stuffing the brain with poetry”?

It is difficult to see how selecting only these dubious traditions as examples could advance mutual understanding. The second section of this anthology is devoted to anecdotes about Muhammad’s wives that smack of prurient gossip. Western readers need historical perspective to understand the significance of the Prophet’s domestic arrangements, his respect for his wives, and the free and forthright way in which they approached him. Equally eccentric are the stories cited by Weinberger to describe miracles attributed to the Prophet: the Koran makes it clear that Muhammad did not perform miracles and insists that he was an ordinary human being, with no divine powers.

It is, therefore, a relief to turn to Barnaby Rogerson’s more balanced and nuanced account of early Muslim history in The Heirs of the Prophet Muhammad. Rogerson is a travel writer by trade; his explanation of the Sunni/Shia divide is theologically simplistic, but his account of the rashidun, the first four ”rightly guided” caliphs who succeeded the Prophet, is historically sound, accessible and clears up many western misconceptions about this crucial period.

Rogerson makes it clear, for example, that the wars of conquest and the establishment of the Islamic empire after Muhammad’s death were not inspired by religious ideology but by pragmatic politics. The idea that Islam should conquer the world was alien to the Koran and there was no attempt to convert Jews or Christians. Islam was for the Arabs, the sons of Ishmael, as Judaism was for the descendants of Isaac and Christianity for the followers of Jesus.

Rogerson also shows that Muslim tradition is multi-layered and many-faceted. The early historians regularly gave two or three variant accounts of an incident in the life of the Prophet; readers were expected to make up their own minds.

Similarly, there are at least four contrasting and sometimes conflicting versions of the Exodus story in the Hebrew Bible, and in the New Testament the four evangelists interpret the life of Jesus quite differently. To choose one tradition and ignore the rest – as Weinberger and Spencer do – is distorting.

Professor Tariq Ramadan has studied Islam at the University of Geneva and al-Azhar University in Cairo and is currently senior research fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford. The Messenger is easily the most scholarly and knowledgeable of these four biographies of Muhammad, but it is also practical and relevant, drawing lessons from the Prophet’s life that are crucial for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Ramadan makes it clear, for example, that Muhammad did not shun non-Muslims as ”unbelievers” but from the beginning co-operated with them in the pursuit of the common good. Islam was not a closed system at variance with other traditions. Muhammad insisted that relations between the different groups must be egalitarian. Even warfare must not obviate the primary duty of justice and respect.

When the Muslims were forced to leave Mecca because they were persecuted by the Meccan establishment, Ramadan shows, they had to adapt to the alien customs of their new home in Medina, where, for example, women enjoyed more freedom than in Mecca. The hijrah (”migration”) was a test of intelligence; the emigrants had to recognise that some of their customs were cultural rather than Islamic, and had to learn foreign practices.

Ramadan also makes it clear that, in the Koran, jihad was not synonymous with ”holy war”. The verb jihada should rather be translated: ”making an effort”. The first time the word is used in the Koran, it signified a ”resistance to oppression” (25:26) that was intellectual and spiritual rather than militant. Muslims were required to oppose the lies and terror of those who were motivated solely by self-interest; they had to be patient and enduring. Only after the hijrah, when they encountered the enmity of Mecca, did the word jihad take connotations of self-defence and armed resistance in the face of military aggression. Even so, in mainstream Muslim tradition, the greatest jihad was not warfare but reform of one’s own society and heart; as Muhammad explained to one of his companions, the true jihad was an inner struggle against egotism.

The Koran teaches that, while warfare must be avoided whenever possible, it is sometimes necessary to resist humanity’s natural propensity to expansionism and oppression, which all too often seeks to obliterate the diversity and religious pluralism that is God’s will. If they do wage war, Muslims must behave ethically. ”Do not kill women, children and old people,” Abu Bakr, the first caliph, commanded his troops. ”Do not commit treacherous actions. Do not burn houses and cornfields.” Muslims must be especially careful not to destroy monasteries where Christian monks served God in prayer.

Ramadan could have devoted more time to such contentious issues as the veiling of women, polygamy and Muhammad’s treatment of some (though by no means all) of the Jewish tribes of Medina. But his account restores the balance that is so often lacking in western narratives. Muhammad was not a belligerent warrior. Ramadan shows that he constantly emphasised the importance of ”gentleness” (ar-rafiq), ”tolerance” (al-ana) and clemency (al-hilm).

It will be interesting to see how The Messenger is received. Ramadan is clearly addressing issues that inspire some Muslims to distort their religion. Western people often complain that they never hear from ”moderate” Muslims, but when such Muslims do speak out they are frequently dismissed as apologists and hagiographers. Until we all learn to approach one another with generosity and respect, we cannot hope for peace.

Karen Armstrong is the author of ”Muhammad: Prophet For Our Time”

Interfaith Soccer: To kick or not to kick the ball

Just wanted to share this article:

Soccer game for priests, imams canceled

OSLO, Norway (AP) – A soccer game bringing Muslim imams and Christian priests “shoulder to shoulder” on a field in Norway was cancelled Saturday because the teams could not agree on whether women priests should take part.

The game was to mark the end of a day-long “Shoulder to Shoulder” conference in Oslo that encouraged religious dialogue between the two faiths.

Church of Norway spokesman Olav Fykse Tveit said differences began when the imams refused to play against a mixed-gender team of priests because it would have gone against their religious beliefs in avoiding close physical contact with women.

“We found that out two days before, but because we thought it would be a nice conclusion of the conference we didn’t want to call it off, so we decided to stage an all-men’s team game instead,” he said.

But when the church decided to drop its female players, the priest team captain walked out in protest.

Just hours before Saturday’s scheduled game, the church released a statement saying it had called it off because it was sending the wrong signal.

“We realize now that it will be wrong to have a priest team without women. . . . The reactions we have had today shows us that this is being interpreted as a gender-political issue. This is why we cannot go through with the soccer match.”

Fykse Tveit said that, despite the differences on the field, “one very good lesson we’ve learned from this is that when we co-operate, we also enter each others boundaries, and that’s a positive thing.”

Source: CANOE (Canadian Online Explorer)

A Princess died and somehow I missed it!

Yolanda King, seen here in 2006, died Wednesday at age 51. Family members think it may have been related to a heart problem.

I’m of course referring to the untimely death of Ms. Yolanda King, the daughter of slain civil rights era icon Dr. Martin Luther King.  Somehow I missed the news of her passing Tuesday.  I’m not sure if it was reported on the “major” news outlets or not, but I know the Rev. Jerry Falwell had a full page spread on CNN Tuesday when he died! 

Personally, I feel he should have gotten a footnote at the very bottom of the page at best, Ms. King should have gotten the major news section of the site!  I say this because Ms. King along with her family of course, sacrificed all their lives and have been fighting for racial equality, civil rights, and most importantly: Justice.

Now, I’m not pretending that the King children were/are replica’s of either their father or mother, but in their own ways all of them especially Ms. Yolanda King did bear the cross to some degree.  On the other hand, the major news about the passing of Rev. Falwell just seems a “little” un-even handed.  I’m certain that maybe this guy has done some good to some people, but for the most part outside of his community of “evangelicals” he has been nothing but a divisive figure, who looked down his self-righteous nose, to condemn any who don’t believe like him, act like him, etc.  If one was to critically analyze Christianity and wanted to ascertain the meaning of Christianity and only had these two figures as examples….if one had to choose the best representative of Christianity, the award would go to Ms. King hands down!

But of course that’s just my opinion…..

On another note:  Both of these leaders in their own right died suddenly because of heart issues.  Let this be a reminder that: A: Life is short, so get your spiritual and physical house in order.  B:  Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today, we all should (including me) put things in place and do things that are best for our hearts, health, and general well being.

P.S.  I know this doesn’t have anything to do with my post, however I just want to say the Melinda Doolittle was cheated last night on American Idol.  She was the most consistent and best singer this season and while I do like Blake Lewis, I’m certain even he knew that last night should have been the end of the road for him!!!  But then again I didn’t vote this season, so take my rant with a grain of salt!

This of course is much better than Saddam?

Woman’s plea from death row: I’m innocent

Samar Saed Abdullah says she was tortured into confessing a role in the killings of three relatives, including her cousin.

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Sitting on Iraq’s death row is a 25-year-old woman convicted in the slayings of three relatives. She says her husband carried out the killings and fled. She confessed to being an accomplice, she says, only after being tortured in police custody.

Despite lingering questions about the case, the fate of Samar Saed Abdullah remains the gallows.

“I am innocent,” she told CNN from inside the al-Kadhimiya Women’s Prison in Baghdad. “The judge did not hear me out. He refused to hear anything I have to say. He just sentenced me.” (Watch Abdullah cry as she tells her story Video)

According to Amnesty International, such claims are not uncommon in Iraq, which has the fourth-highest execution rate in the world.

Amnesty issued a report last month that concluded sentences in Iraq increasingly follow flawed trials and coerced confessions.

“In many cases, death sentences have been issued following proceedings which failed to meet international fair trial standards,” the report said. “This represents a profoundly retrograde step.”

The U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority abolished capital punishment in Iraq after Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003. But shortly after the government was handed over to Iraqis, the death penalty was reinstated in August 2004.

Since that time, more than 270 people have been sentenced to death, and at least 100 people — including Hussein — have been executed, according to Amnesty. Four women are currently on death row. Two of the women have their young children, ages 1 and 3, with them on death row, Amnesty says.

Tried and convicted in 1 day

Abdullah is among the death-row women.

She is accused of being an accessory to the murder of her uncle, aunt and cousin — slayings that allegedly were carried out at their family home by her husband.

In the court documents from her trial, she admitted to confessing she had gone to her uncle’s house with her husband with the intent to steal, but she says she made that confession as a result of being tortured.

In reaching its verdict, the court disregarded her testimony on the grounds that her confession was closer to the date of the crime.

She was tried and convicted in a single day, August 15, 2005.

“She didn’t confess,” her mother, Hana’a Abdul Hakim, told CNN. “It was from the beating they gave her. She was bleeding. She finally said write what you want, just stop.”

Under Iraqi law, her claim to confessing under torture should have been investigated, but it wasn’t. CNN’s repeated queries to the Higher Judicial Council and the Ministry of Justice went unanswered.

“The judiciary is no longer involved, and nothing can be done unless new evidence comes to light, which is unlikely,” her appeals lawyer, Ali Azzawi, said.

Father: I wouldn’t see her if she was guilty

Inside the prison, Abdullah’s voice trembles with fear, her large brown eyes fill with tears and her hands nervously clench.

“Give me life in prison, 20 years. Anything but this,” she said from the prison’s “sewing room.”

She holds out hope for an appeal, but she doesn’t know that the appeal has already been rejected. No one — not even her own family — has the heart to tell her the appeals court upheld her death sentence three months ago.

“I couldn’t tell her,” her mother said. “I was afraid that she would do something to herself.”

Through her tears, the mother’s agony is palpable. At this point, she says she’ll take anything for her daughter: life in prison, a lesser sentence. Anything but the death sentence.

The family says their daughter met her husband, Saif Ali Nur, in the winter of 2004. They didn’t approve of him at first, but eventually gave the couple their blessing.

Three months later, the mother says, the couple was driving to get gas when Nur suggested they stop at the uncle’s house. They did just that.

Their daughter was in the kitchen washing dishes when, according to the mother, her husband locked the kitchen door and gunshots rang out. Nur is alleged to have killed her uncle, aunt and cousin.

Then, the mother says, he held Abdullah at gunpoint demanding to know where the uncle kept money and gold.

“He dragged her,” the mother said. “Samar kept telling him she didn’t know where the money was.”

The husband left with less than $1,000 and some jewelry. The next day, he dumped his wife at the end of her street and threatened to kill her and the rest of her family if she told authorities, the family said.

Abdullah was arrested by Iraqi police that same day.

The court testimony from her trial mirrors the account the mother told CNN.

“If I thought she was guilty, I swear, I wouldn’t go see her. She would get the punishment she deserves, but this is such a severe sentence,” her father, Saed Abdul Majid, said.

Every Wednesday is gallows day

Amnesty International has appealed Iraqi authorities on behalf of Abdullah and the other three women on Iraq’s death row. Another group inside Iraq, the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, is also seeking to save them.

The group’s head, Dalal Rubaie, says they have successfully appealed cases of two women, including one on death row who, she says, confessed after extensive torture.

“She had her fingernails pulled; she was hung from the ceiling; they took pictures of her naked while she was hanging; they cuffed her to a bed and raped her,” Rubaie says.

Rubaie’s organization delivered a letter from the woman that detailed her allegations to the government and made it public on the Internet. She is now awaiting a retrial while her claim is being investigated.

As for Abdullah, she dreads every Wednesday, never knowing if it will be her last day alive. Wednesday is execution day in Iraq, when inmates are led unannounced to the gallows.

“I don’t sleep at all on Wednesdays,” she said. “I stay scared all day.”

She survived today, but there’s always next Wednesday.

And the Jihad Continues…

HamasMickeyMouse

An image taken from Al-Aqsa TV, a station run by Hamas, shows a giant black-and-white Mickey Mouse lookalike rodent named ‘Farfour,’ or ‘butterfly,’ talking on a children’s show. Hamas militants have enlisted the iconic Mickey Mouse to broadcast their message of Islamic dominion and armed resistance to their most impressionable audience, little kids. ‘Farfour’ does his high-pitched preaching against the U.S. and Israel on a children’s show run each Friday on Al-Aqsa TV. (AP Photo)

I don’t really think there’s much for me to say on this issue, the image and caption speaks for itself. This image sums up my feelings on why Muslims need to speak up, speak out, and move toward an objective that takes our religion back from those in who’s minds and hearts is perversity.

THIS IS NOT ISLAM! THIS IS NOT ISLAM! THIS IS NOT ISLAM!

I don’t know what it’s going to take, but something has to happen TODAY brothers and sisters. We have much work to do and it has now become incumbent on every Muslim who loves this Deen and the Prophet (saw) who are striving in the way of Truth, to roll up our sleeves and wage a Jihad against the Jihad in words, actions, and deeds.

How can we say nothing when young innocent children who should be learning the example of Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam and how he worked with the non-believers and People of the Book in peace, but are instead being indoctrinated against the core principles of Islam: Peace, tolerance, but most importantly REASON?

How can we continue like this and say nothing! Where is our protest march against Hamas and their attack against the minds of the youth?

Then to add insult to injury:

Fort Dix suspects’ lives gave few clues

“Eljvir Duka, 23, Dritan Duka, 28, and Shain Duka, 26, were charged in the alleged plot to storm Fort Dix with automatic machine guns and semiautomatic rifles and kill as many soldiers as they could.

Also arrested were Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer, 22, of Cherry Hill; Serdar Tatar, 23, of Philadelphia; and Agron Abdullahu, 24, of Buena Vista Township. Shnewer and Tatar were charged in the alleged plot; Abdullahu was charged with aiding and abetting the Duka brothers’ illegal possession of weapons.

The Duka brothers were born in the former Yugoslavia and residing illegally in the U.S. Shnewer, a native of Jordan; Tatar, a native of Turkey; and Abdullahu, who was born in the former Yugoslavia, are legal residents.”

Look at the ages of these guys brothers and sisters!!! What disturbs me is that I will be 27 in October Insha’Allah and these guys are all in my age group!

Don’t we see the connection here? It’s not just the old graying brothers now, they are starting with the youth right into the young adults!

What I mean by “they” are those who spread this perverse idea of violence in the name of Islam that is not Islamic at all, but a Satanic perversion.

I fear that if we don’t act now, it will only get worse. How long before all Muslims are treated with definite hostility in America? How long before the Muslim identification cards, crescents on our id’s etc? How long before non-Muslims become so fearful of us based on the actions of others that our sisters are no longer able to do mundane things like go grocery shopping?

Alhumdulillah, fortunately, these guys were caught. But what if they succeeded? I fear for the Ummah daily that is why I do what I do. I fear for America and what may happen if there is another terror attack. What are we prepared to do to not only prevent such, but ensure that such will never happen? Or will we just sit back and say “well it’s not me” and ride out the “storm?” Let us not forget, that Allah always sends the clouds before the storm and the light before the thunder. We are certainly in inclement weather and the storm is rapidly approaching, let us act now lest we get washed away in that storm!

13:12 HE IT IS who displays before you the lightning, to give rise to [both] fear and hope, and calls heavy clouds into being;

هُوَ الَّذِي يُرِيكُمُ الْبَرْقَ خَوْفًا وَطَمَعًا وَيُنْشِىءُ السَّحَابَ الثِّقَالَ (13:12)


13:13 and the thunder extols His limitless glory and praises Him, and [so do] the angels, in awe of Him; and He [it is who] lets loose the thunderbolts and strikes with them whom He wills. And yet, they stubbornly argue about God, notwithstanding [all evidence] that He alone has the power to contrive whatever His unfathomable wisdom wills!

وَيُسَبِّحُ الرَّعْدُ بِحَمْدِهِ وَالْمَلاَئِكَةُ مِنْ خِيفَتِهِ وَيُرْسِلُ الصَّوَاعِقَ فَيُصِيبُ بِهَا مَن يَشَاء وَهُمْ يُجَادِلُونَ فِي اللّهِ وَهُوَ شَدِيدُ الْمِحَالِ (13:13)


13:14 Unto Him [alone] is due all prayer aiming at the Ultimate Truth, since those [other beings or powers] whom men invoke instead of God cannot respond to them in any way – [so that he who invokes them is] but like one who stretches his open hands towards water, [hoping] that it will reach his mouth, the while it never reaches him. Hence, the prayer of those who deny the truth amounts to no more than losing oneself in grievous error.

لَهُ دَعْوَةُ الْحَقِّ وَالَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ مِن دُونِهِ لاَ يَسْتَجِيبُونَ لَهُم بِشَيْءٍ إِلاَّ كَبَاسِطِ كَفَّيْهِ إِلَى الْمَاء لِيَبْلُغَ فَاهُ وَمَا هُوَ بِبَالِغِهِ وَمَا دُعَاء الْكَافِرِينَ إِلاَّ فِي ضَلاَلٍ (13:14)


13:15 And before God prostrate themselves, willingly or unwillingly, all [things and beings] that are in the heavens and on earth, as do their shadows in the mornings and the evenings.

وَلِلّهِ يَسْجُدُ مَن فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ طَوْعًا وَكَرْهًا وَظِلالُهُم بِالْغُدُوِّ وَالآصَالِ (13:15)


13:16 Say: “Who is the Sustainer of the heavens and the earth?” Say: “[It is] God.” Say: “[Why,] then, do you take for your protectors, instead of Him, such as have it not within their power to bring benefit to, or avert harm from, themselves?” Say: “Can the blind and the seeing be deemed equal? -or can the depths of darkness and the light be deemed equal?” Or do they [really] believe that there are, side by side with God, other divine powers that have created the like of what He creates, so that this act of creation appears to them to be similar [to His]? Say: “God is the Creator of all things; and He is the One who holds absolute sway over all that exists.”

قُلْ مَن رَّبُّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ قُلِ اللّهُ قُلْ أَفَاتَّخَذْتُم مِّن دُونِهِ أَوْلِيَاء لاَ يَمْلِكُونَ لِأَنفُسِهِمْ نَفْعًا وَلاَ ضَرًّا قُلْ هَلْ يَسْتَوِي الأَعْمَى وَالْبَصِيرُ أَمْ هَلْ تَسْتَوِي الظُّلُمَاتُ وَالنُّورُ أَمْ جَعَلُواْ لِلّهِ شُرَكَاء خَلَقُواْ كَخَلْقِهِ فَتَشَابَهَ الْخَلْقُ عَلَيْهِمْ قُلِ اللّهُ خَالِقُ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ وَهُوَ الْوَاحِدُ الْقَهَّارُ (13:16)


13:17 [Whenever] He sends down water from the sky, and [once-dry] river-beds are running high according to their measure, the stream carries scum on its surface; and, likewise, from that [metal] which they smelt in the fire in order to make ornaments or utensils, [there rises] scum. In this way does God set forth the parable of truth and falsehood: for, as far as the scum is concerned, it passes away as [does all] dross; but that which is of benefit to man abides on earth. In this way does God set forth the parables

أَنزَلَ مِنَ السَّمَاء مَاء فَسَالَتْ أَوْدِيَةٌ بِقَدَرِهَا فَاحْتَمَلَ السَّيْلُ زَبَدًا رَّابِيًا وَمِمَّا يُوقِدُونَ عَلَيْهِ فِي النَّارِ ابْتِغَاء حِلْيَةٍ أَوْ مَتَاعٍ زَبَدٌ مِّثْلُهُ كَذَلِكَ يَضْرِبُ اللّهُ الْحَقَّ وَالْبَاطِلَ فَأَمَّا الزَّبَدُ فَيَذْهَبُ جُفَاء وَأَمَّا مَا يَنفَعُ النَّاسَ فَيَمْكُثُ فِي الأَرْضِ كَذَلِكَ يَضْرِبُ اللّهُ الأَمْثَالَ (13:17)


13:18 of those who have responded to their Sustainer with a goodly response, and of those who did not respond to Him. [As for the latter,] if they possessed all that is on earth, and twice as much, they would surely offer it as ransom [on the Day of Judgment] : a most evil reckoning awaits them, and their goal is hell: and how evil a resting-place!

لِلَّذِينَ اسْتَجَابُواْ لِرَبِّهِمُ الْحُسْنَى وَالَّذِينَ لَمْ يَسْتَجِيبُواْ لَهُ لَوْ أَنَّ لَهُم مَّا فِي الأَرْضِ جَمِيعًا وَمِثْلَهُ مَعَهُ لاَفْتَدَوْاْ بِهِ أُوْلَـئِكَ لَهُمْ سُوءُ الْحِسَابِ وَمَأْوَاهُمْ جَهَنَّمُ وَبِئْسَ الْمِهَادُ (13:18)


13:19 CAN, THEN, he who knows that whatever has been bestowed from on high upon thee by thy Sustainer is the truth be deemed equal to one who is blind? Only they who are endowed with insight keep this in mind:

أَفَمَن يَعْلَمُ أَنَّمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكَ مِن رَبِّكَ الْحَقُّ كَمَنْ هُوَ أَعْمَى إِنَّمَا يَتَذَكَّرُ أُوْلُواْ الأَلْبَابِ (13:19)


13:20 they who are true to their bond with God and never break their covenant;

الَّذِينَ يُوفُونَ بِعَهْدِ اللّهِ وَلاَ يِنقُضُونَ الْمِيثَاقَ (13:20)


13:21 and who keep together what God has bidden to be joined, and stand in awe of their Sustainer and fear the most evil reckoning [which awaits such as do not respond to Him];

وَالَّذِينَ يَصِلُونَ مَا أَمَرَ اللّهُ بِهِ أَن يُوصَلَ وَيَخْشَوْنَ رَبَّهُمْ وَيَخَافُونَ سُوءَ الحِسَابِ (13:21)


13:22 and who are patient in adversity out of a longing for their Sustainer’s countenance, and are constant in prayer, and spend on others, secretly and openly, out of what We provide for them as sustenance, and [who] repel evil with good. It is these that shall find their fulfilment in the hereafter: 

وَالَّذِينَ صَبَرُواْ ابْتِغَاء وَجْهِ رَبِّهِمْ وَأَقَامُواْ الصَّلاَةَ وَأَنفَقُواْ مِمَّا رَزَقْنَاهُمْ سِرًّا وَعَلاَنِيَةً وَيَدْرَؤُونَ بِالْحَسَنَةِ السَّيِّئَةَ أُوْلَئِكَ لَهُمْ عُقْبَى الدَّارِ (13:22)

Oh Allah, give us the patience and resolve to deal with all that is to come. Allah, liberate and protect the innocents. Bless us with Unity. Oh Allah, help the followers of Muhammad (saw) stand up for the truth whether in peace or in conflict. Please help us learn the art of conflict resolution that can help save lives. Help us to enjoin what is right and forbid all that is wrong. Grant resilience and resolve to those who do not have access to due process, security, and justice. Help us become excellent communicators of our beliefs and values. Give us the wisdom to live and share Islam in the right way. Protect us from ignorance and misguidance. Make our children better Muslims than us. Help us stay on the straight path as exemplified by Prophet Muhammad (saw). Oh Allah, please guide my family, neighbors, classmates and co-workers to the Straight Path. Do not let them die without realizing who their Lord is. Oh Allah, please forgive me for all of the bad that I’ve done, and I continue to do. You are so Merciful and kind, please forgive us, and help us stay away from all that’s wrong. It’s so hard for us, and we are so weak but You are the Strong. Please increase us in sincerity. Allah, lift the veils from the eyes of those who have been deceived into seeing Islam as something bad because of ignorance and turn the hearts of those that fuel that deception so that we may all come to terms with one another and submit only to you Allah. Guide us so that we know that through our trust in you Alone we may be guided into righteousness. Audu Billahi Minash Shaitan Nirajeem

Ameen