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IBN BATTUTA DROPS BY THE NATIONS CAPITAL WHICH LOCAL MUSLIMS MADE THE CUT? PG 13 PG 21 Muharram 1431 A.H. Issue | w w w. M u s l i m L i n k P a p e r. c o m MD, VA, and DC. Metropolitan Area Monthly Newspaper | FREE January 8, 2010 - February 4, 2010 Va. Youth: Jihad is not Terrorism By Muslim Link Staff Five D.C.-area youth who allegedly traveled to Sargodha, Pakistan to join a terrorist organization returned to prison in that country after a preliminary hearing in a Sargodha court. No charges were filed against the youth at this meeting, according to The Washington Post. Another hearing was set for Jan. 18, 2010 and prosecutors in Pakistan intend to pursue lifetime jail sentences for the five youth, complicating efforts to secure their release to the U.S. The youth said they did not contact terrorist groups and traveled to Pakistan Muslim React to Vote on UN Gaza Report | pg 4 to connect with “helpless Muslims.” According to the Washington Post, one of the youth, Ramy Zamzam, said to reporters, “We are not terrorists. We are jihadists, and jihad is not terrorism.” The five men – Zamzam, Umar Farooq, Ahmed Minni, Waqar Hussain Khan and Aman Yemer – were arrested Dec. 8, according to multiple news reports, at a Sargodha residence belonging to Khalid Farooq, Umar Farooq’s father, who was also arrested. The youth range in age from 18 to 24, and are well-known to many Muslims in the area. According to the Sargodha interrogation report, the youth were contacted by Marriage Website Caters to Muslims with HIV | pg 5 Al-Rahmah Starts After School Robotics Program | pg 6 someone using the handle, “Saifallah,” on YouTube, a popular video sharing site. After communicating for a while, the youth made arrangements to go to Pakistan, according to the report. They traveled to Pakistan in November, leaving a farewell video detailing their intentions, according to one source close to the families. >> Youth Pg 8 Read Also: • “The unthinkable has happened” PG 8 • Chicago Panel Gives Open Forum to Youth, PG 8 Mustafa Center Rises from Humble Beginnings By Sufia Alnoor Muslim Link Contributing Writer Rashad Mulla Muslim Link Staff Writer Imam Makhdoom Zia led off the Dec. 12, 2009 evening at the Mustafa Center in Annandale, Va. with a recitation of the ALSO IN THIS ISSUE Quran. Board members and others of significance from Mustafa Center’s past and present, including Ustadh Rashid Saljuki, the center’s inaugural president, and a current scholar-member of the board, spoke to the more than 400 people in the audience. In Dari, Pashto and English, the lineup of speakers informed the audience of the history, struggles, and expansion of the Mustafa Center community. This special occasion was the Mustafa Center’s ten-year anniversary, a feat which many of the center’s original founders, admittedly never thought possible. Even Mohammad Bashir, the president of the executive council, said he did not imagine the center would take off in this way. The Need to Gather In the 1980s, thousands of Afghan citizens migrated to the U.S. due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. After arriving in the Annandale area in 1984, >> RISES Pg 17 NoVa Woman Promotes Gaza Documentary | pg 9 Al Huda Pennsylvania Branch Holds First Fundraiser | pg 12 ISWA Pushes For Occupancy License | pg 13 Giving Dawa to Yourself | pg 22 Marketplace Your Guide to Products and Services for Your Muslim Lifestyle PG 29 The Muslim Link Coupons PG 29

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