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Caring for the Ones Who Cared for You


In Climate of Elder Abuse, Adult Muslim Children Face Tough Decisions As Parents Age, Need Support

Hijab Undercover | pg 5

By Wafa Unus

Poster Campaign Combats Religious Bias | pg 5

Recent census data shows a 62 percent surge in elders living with children due to higher housing costs and the economy. Without proper training or experience in dealing with the elderly, many adults find caring for those that once cared for them a rewarding yet equally stressful and sometimes dangerous task.

Muslim Link Staff Reporter

The seventh annual World Elder Abuse Awareness day was held on June 15, 2012, in an effort to encourage the nation to take a harder look at the treatment of the elderly. Though domestic abuse becomes more openly discussed, be it spousal or child abuse, there is arguably less scrutiny when it comes to the treatment of senior citizens by family members. As the

prevalence of children caring for their elderly parents increases, discussion over

the special needs of the elderly has too begun to enter the limelight.

“My life had changed...I

Homeland Security Committee Debates If Past Hearings Helped National Security Or Vilified American Muslims Muslim Link Staff Reporter Congressman Peter King brought Muslim responses to the House Committee on Homeland Security’s hearings on American Muslim radicalization to the hearing floor, Wednesday, June 20, 2012, in a heated attempt to clean up the impact of previous hearings on the Muslim community.

“I was vilified by the politically correct media, pandering politicians and radical groups such as CAIR – even though this issue was non-partisan and of serious concern to national security and counterterrorism officials in the Obama administration,” King >> king Pg 20

ICM, Dar-us-Salaam Collaborate On Summer Camp | pg 8

>> elders Pg 11

Peter King Holds Hearing on Hearings By Fatimah Waseem

ADAMS Offering Internships With Imam’s Office| pg 8

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Community News Maryland Leadership Organization Launches National Scholarship Program By Urooj Fatima

receive it again if they reapply, according to ILIA member Abdul Qadir Sennaar.

One local Islamic organization is reaching into its funds to provide emergency funds for deserving college students. Scholars for the World, a project led and designed by the Islamic Leadership Institute of America, a local non-profit organization focused on education, aims to provide scholarship funding to undergraduate college students in the United States in the fall of 2012. These scholarships will be worth $500 each.

ILIA raised money for the scholarships by applying for grants, conducting an elaborate mail campaign, hosting a fundraising dinner, holding monthly car washes and soliciting donations from individual donors. Those interested can make their tax deductible donations directly on the ILIA website.

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In addition to the financial aid, the scholarships include ILIA mentoring services and computers for the students. The undergraduate scholarships, which cover any major at any accredited college, are good for one semester, but applicants are welcome to reapply. Applicants who receive ILIA scholarships are likely to

Abdul Qadir, having two daughters of his own, found it difficult hunting for scholarships. While working to fund his daughters’ education, Abdul Qadir met others who needed help. He believes that there are a lot of talented students that are not able to get into top-notch schools. Abdul Qadir received a scholarship for his college education, and this scholarship effort is his way of giving back to the community, in an area where

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Hijab Undercover

The Muslim Link Conducts Hijab Wearing Experiment at MD Mall By Anhar Karim


VA Group Launches Poster Campaign to Combat Bias Against Head Coverings

Muslim Link Staff Reporter “I thought I would be paranoid,” said Lily Motobar, a non-Muslim rising junior at Northwest High School in Germantown, Maryland. “I was right.”

By Anhar Karim

Motobar recently agreed to conduct a social experiment for The Muslim Link. For one day, she would walk into a mall and shop as a hijab-wearing Muslim, in America. At first, she was hesitant about the experiment. She was worried that she didn’t know how to act as a Muslim wearing a hijab (headscarf). The challenge was to walk into a mall and shop at Victoria’s Secret and Hot Topic. Post-9/11 America has grown very suspicious of Muslims and especially those wearing the headscarf. These women challenge American cultural norms. A quick search on The Urban Dictionary defines the hijab as “a sign of the dark ages.” Yet, many American Muslims wear hijab full-time. This experiment sought to explore how American Muslims feel wearing the hijab in a society where it is abnormal.

Muslim Link Staff Reporter

Motobar put on a soft pink hijab with the help of Ladan Mohamed, a Muslim and rising sophomore at Northwest High School who regularly wears the hijab. Following the full Islamic requirements of the hijab, Lily also wore clothes fully covering her arms and legs, even in the burning summer temperature. She then set off on her mission, alone and very nervous. She didn’t see any other women wearing the hijab so she >> hijab Pg 18

The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, Virginia’s oldest faith-based advocacy group, has recently started a new campaign titled “Rethink Bias.” The group will display three unique posters depicting people in various religious head coverings on the outside of Richmond’s GRTC buses. The campaign aims to educate people and create respect for the practices of the diverse religious groups in the area. Many agree that while religious bias is a huge problem in our society, getting rid of it in one clean sweep will not be possible. Can a simple program like this be effective in eliminating religious bias? “Some people look at me like I am a threat” said Narmin Anwar, a data analyst and hijab-wearing Muslim. “They tense up when I enter the bank or the train station.”

Many Muslims feel a negative religious bias in America. According to the Pew Research Center, about a quarter of all Muslim Americans have experienced some sort of discrimination. Muslim women wearing the hijab feel the effects of discrimination even more because they are more noticeable. Although many do treat Muslims kindly, the hostility of others is a major problem. Anwar believes education is the obvious solution to tackling this problem. Education is exactly the idea behind The Virginia Interfaith Center’s new campaign. The three unique posters will depict a woman in a hijab, a Jewish man wearing a yarmulke, and two Sikh students wearing turbans. On each poster is a variation of the phrase, “Why do I wear this? It’s okay to ask me.” The poster directs viewers to a website which >> bias Pg 14

Immigrant Women Empowered Through Entrepreneurship Program By Wafa Unus

Muslim Link Staff Reporter Empowered Women International (EWI), based in Alexandria, Virginia, held its graduation for the Spring Entrepreneurship Training for Success program on June 23rd. The organization aims to provide in-need immigrant, refugee and other women business skills necessary to launch their own small businesses. By teaching each participant how to best market and capitalize on their skills and talents, EWI offers programs to prepare them for turning a special skill into a career.

EWI’s founder, Marga Fripp, a native of Romania came to the United States in 2001. Leaving her successful journalism career behind and learned first-hand of the struggles of immigrant life in America. While taking English classes at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Maryland, Fripp met others like herself, immigrant women who were well educated and successful back home but found countless barriers to success in the United States and subsequently suffered financially and emotionally. Fripp founded Empowered Women International in hopes of giving women,

like herself, the opportunity to reinvent themselves and become confident, contributing members of society. The entrepreneurial program focused particularly on that goal. After completing the program, graduates are required to provide twenty hours of services to other women within and outside the program. Instead of learning and leaving, EWI wants their graduates to be “agents of change” in their local community. It’s not all business though. Shannon Lynberg, EWI’s Program Manager, said that the four month intensive entrepreneurship program is also meant

to provide women with other tools as well. “In order for them to become engaged community leaders and give back they have to become empowered as individuals,” said Lynberg. “By the time they graduate, they feel like their self confidence has increased and that they have a place in society.” Lynberg said that though the program is based on entrepreneurship, it works toward giving women a comprehensive

>> program Pg 16


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High Marks for Day of Judgment Conference By Fatimah Waseem

began weeks before attendees checked in at Washington’s second largest building, Creative Director, Arif Kabir, a student at the University of Maryland, College Park, said. Speakers toured area masajid the day before the event. DC Hidayah and the non-profit charity foundation Muslims Without Borders also had a basketball tournament a few weeks before the conference.

Muslim Link Staff Reporter Over 1,700 Muslims experienced a journey through the Hereafter, Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Washington’s newest and finest conference – DC Hidayah, an annual youth-organized mega event, which centered on the theme “The Last Day.” Held at the Washington Convention Center, the one-day conference was packed with both attendees and knowledge from across the region. Attendance jumped two-fold from last year and the program featured nine 40-minute lectures by locals such as Darussalam’s Imam Safi Khan and Sheikh Karim Abu Zaid and national speakers such as newly appointed AlMaghrib instructor Sheikh Saad Tasleem and Sheikh Omar Suleiman of Louisana. “When you meet Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala on the Day of Judgment, you want it to be a reunion – not an introduction. It begins here.” Suleiman said. This is DC Hidayah’s third conference since a handful of youth pioneered the project in 2010. Sheikh Saad Tasleem of Washington set the stage with a discussion on the minor signs of the Day of Judgment, followed closely by Dr. Abdurrahman Hegazy who tackled the major signs. The remaining speaker line-up transported the audience from the Barzakh to the resurrection to the arrival of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala. Ustad Sheikh Shakiel Humayun from New York’s Foundation for Knowledge and Development covered the Siraat. The presentations concluded with moving, vivid descriptions of Jannah and Jahannam. “We chose this theme due to its particular relevance this year in 2012 as there has been much talk about the end of times featured in popular culture,” DC Hidayah’s Ameer Farooq Yousuf, an engineer of Sterling, Virginia said. “It is more importantly one of the pillars of faith, so it raises our ‘eeman as we prepare for our next life.” The halls’ setting complemented this


Despite its growth in the last year, DC Hidayah has no immediate plans to branch out, likely remaining at the heart of the nation, Yousuf said.

“When you meet Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala on the Day of Judgment, you want it to be a reunion, not an introduction” -- Imam Omar Suleiman, speech at DC Hidayah quest for knowledge – over a dozen rows of rectangle tables and chairs lined the hall in classroom formation, one of the conference’s many unique features. It also featured a sold-out bazaar with over 40 vendors such as Al-Mujalbaba and the MiskShoppe from as far as

grade Al-Huda School student and DC Hidayah volunteer said, “As the hadith goes, whoever treads a path in search of knowledge, Allah will make easy for him the path to Jannah.” Organizers attributed this year’s success to an earlier push in marketing – as early

Organizers attributed this year’s success to an earlier push in marketing – as early as late 2011 - speakers from across the nation, and aggressive social media pushes. New Jersey; it had a small showcase of community art, a kids’ fair, and babysitting. “The environment was really motivating, especially the fact that the programs ran out within the first few hours and the seats soon after,” Rahma Zakaria, a tenth

as late 2011 - the attraction of popular speakers that for the first time flew in from across the nation, aggressive social media pushes, and the attraction of a oneday conference as opposed to a two-day one, Yousuf said. This “hype” of this year’s event also

But its organizers – a crew of over 70 volunteers and an executive board of many youth – will remain at the heart of this conference and future projects to come. “If anything, youth realize you can do so much at a young age,” Operations Co-manager, Omar Abbasi, a student at the University of Maryland, College Park who has been a part of the conference since its inception, said. The conference has also popped the bubble between masajid across the greater Washington DC and Baltimore metro region – encouraging youth to explore new inter-masjid projects and increasing communication among the region’s approximately 50 Islamic organizations. “Youth are now setting up their own local conferences and have also received requests to share our best practices for people to start conferences in their own locale,” Kabir said. Recently, University of Maryland students organized the Islamic Finance Conference and ADAMS Center in Sterling, Virginia showcased its ADAMS Youth Conference. “This is happening because we are reaching out to the talents of youth that have never been utilized,” Abbasi said. “Help youth find what they’re good at and allow them to enjoy themselves at the same time. It [brings] many friends in one place, at the same time.” For more information on DC Hidayah visit Recordings of the lectures will be up by March 1st, according to the website.

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Sold out crowd (1,700+ in attendance) packs into the DC Convention Center from 10am to learn about The Hereafter.

Imam Safi Khan, of Dar-us-Salaam in College Park, MD, captivates the audience with his talk on Paradise. Photo by Zahin Hasan.

Dozens of Imam Okasha Kameny’s students arrived from Philadelphia all together on a bus.

The mega bazaar (80+ vendors) is busy with attendees browsing and shopping, reminiscent of a traditional marketplace in the old Muslim world.

After a morning of lectures attendees line-up for salah followed by lunch, shopping at the bazaar and hanging out with family and friends.

Learning can really stir up an appetite! Hungry students of knowledge wait in line for their turn to purchase meals.


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ADAMS Offering Internships With Imam’s Office By Aisha Khatib

This is not the first time that the ADAMS Center has had interns; however, past internships dealt mainly with administrative responsibilities in the office. “This one is specifically for teaching religious affairs on a day-to-day basis,” Magid clarified. Religion takes the front-and-center position for the three interns, as they learn the extensive skill set that is required of imams today.

Muslim Link Staff Reporter The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center is looking for three new interns to work part-time with the Office of the Imam, starting July 2nd, 2012. These interns will have the unique privilege of working under the supervision of Imam Mohamed Magid, in the fields of religion and non-profit management. “There needs to be hands-on training for people who want to be imams,” explained Imam Magid. “This is good training in counseling, handling calls, how to keep an Islamic center clean. We don’t have an Islamic management course, so we felt this is the only way possible.” Even for those who do not plan on becoming imams in the future, this internship provides valuable work experience in the field of non-profit management. The most religious aspect of their education during this internship falls under the research and writing that they are required to do. They will be given topics to research that are Islamically related, and core tasks of being an imam. Examples of topics include how to conduct a janaza and how to advise against or discourage divorce.­

There are many responsibilities pertaining to this internship. Interns will be trained to do research and writing; handle media relations; plan for Ramadan; become skilled in administrative support, such as answering calls, filing, faxing, and data entry; and prepare for interfaith events. Applicants for the job must be college undergraduates or graduates, with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, have excellent oral and written communication skills, be able to meet deadlines, and a sense of motivation and humor.

This internship differs from all the others in another way as well: while the administrative interns are there to help manage the Office of the Imam, these interns of Imam Magid are there solely for the benefit of gaining experience and attaining religious knowledge. “The goal is not to delegate tasks - for that we have assistants and an office manager - but to train the interns,” stated Magid firmly. “This is a pilot program - so it’s the first year we’re doing it - but inshaAllah we will continue doing it,” said Magid when asked about the future. “Our goal is to have another masajid do it as well.” All applicants with the requirements should definitely consider applying, as it may turn out to be a fruitful and scholarly way to spend the summer.”

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“I think every presidential candidate should be required to wear a NASCAR racing suit. That way it will show who owns them and we can be more informed voters.” -- Former Minnesota Governor Jesse “the Body” Ventura, June 11, 2012 interivew on CNN “Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings.” -- Helen Keller “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” -- Edmund Burke


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ICM, Dar-us-Salaam Collaborate On Summer Camp By Aisha Khatib

Muslim Link Staff Reporter This summer, Dar-us-Salaam and the Islamic Center of Maryland (ICM) are trying something new in regard to summer camps for the Muslim youth. For the first time, the two masjids combined their resources to hold a joint summer camp. The idea for the collaborative camp made its first rounds in late April 2012, very close to the summer. “For the past three years, we’ve been doing a summer camp in Germantown,” said Haroon Baqai, principal of AlHuda School in College Park, Md. and


a summer camp organizer from Dar-usSalaam. “Then an idea came up that we should do a summer camp with ICM, so instead of doing one in Germantown we consolidated with ICM.” Iqbal Yousuf, a youth trustee with ICM, was the one who thought of a joint summer camp initially. “Basically there are a lot of children and parents, so there is need of service,” he said. “Rather than doing it on our own, we should join with people more experienced [in] teaching.” The camp began successfully on June 20, with around 40 students attending. The number was around what the organizers expected, Baqai said.

Walida Mukhtar, a teacher at Al-Huda School, was invited to direct the camp at ICM. “Some of my roles include developing a good relationship with the parents,” she said. “I resolve conflicts and help the children become comfortable enough to talk to me.” Some of Mukhtar’s other tasks include laying down rules and regulations, making arrangements for field trips and responding to emails. The summer camp lasts approximately six weeks, from June 20 to July 27, and offers a variety of courses.

“It’s mainly a summer Qur’an reading camp,” Mukhtar explained. “We incorporate Islamic Studies as well.” The Qur ’an program is the main focus. However, there are other tracks available, such as language arts, math, and even karate courses. Tuition for the camp ($450 overall, with discounts and financial aid available) covers operational costs of running the camp: namely paying staff, buying supplies and funding field trips. “We have a payment schedule,” Mukhtar clarified, “so some parents enroll their children some weeks and not others.”

>> camp Pg 16

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ADAMS Walks for Victims of Domestic Violence By Urooj Fatima

Muslim Link Staff Reporter On June 16, 2012, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling, Va. held its first official walk-athon. More than 60 people from around the community, ranging in age 3- to 80-years-old, joined together to raise money for victims of domestic violence and homelessness from 6:30 to 10:00 a.m. The ADAMS boy scouts set up water and first aid tents for the walkers and volunteers cooked a generous breakfast for all of the participants. Each person had to walk a minimum of 10 circles around the masjid and parking lot. One circle was 0.4 miles and sponsors pledged $5 per lap. The turnout was more than what organizers, Sohaira Sultan, Shama Sheikh and Khalid Iqbal had expected. An-

ticipating no more than 20 people, they were shocked to see over 60 registrants. Iqbal, the main organizer, believes the walk was a success. The event raised almost $2000 for victims of domestic violence and homelessness. The purpose of the walk was not only to raise money, but to also raise awareness regarding domestic violence and homelessness. ADAMS Imam Mohamed Magid addressed the issue after the walk. “This issue is prevalent in society but no one talks about it,” Iqbal said. “Often, sisters have nowhere to go. [Sometimes], they sleep in their car for days with their children.” ADAMS works with seven shelters in Northern Virginia, providing meals and conducting interfaith work with Chris-

>> walk Pg 21

Families from the ADAMS community enjoyed spending time together while walking in support of victims of domestic violence. Photos courtesy of ADAMS


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DC Event Canceled After Syrian Americans Expose Syrian Mufti’s Threats Against US By Yaman Shalabi

Hassoun was quoted as saying: “The moment the first missile hits Syria, all the sons and daughters of Lebanon and Syria will set out to become martyrdom-seekers in Europe and on Palestinian soil. I say to all of Europe and to the U.S.: We will prepare martyrdom-seekers who are already among you, if you bomb Syria or Lebanon. From now on, it will be ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, and he who dealt the first blow is more unjust,’ and you are the ones who have done us an injustice.”

Muslim Link Staff Reporter When the Syrian American community learned that the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) extended an invitation to Syria’s highest grand cleric, a staunch supporter and ally to President Bashar Al-Assad, to participate in a discussion on peace in Syria, they were quick to mobilize and express their desires for the invitation to be rescinded. Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddine Hassoun was set to speak in Washington D.C. Thursday, June 28, at an FMEP event titled “Coexistence and Dialogue in Syria” along with Bishop Luka El Khoury, Syrian Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, and Chairman of the Syrian American Forum, Dr. Nasser Ani, - both Assad supporters as well. However, what enraged the Syrian American community was not based solely on the fact that Hassoun is an Assad loyalist and has since the begin-

ning of the revolution blamed “terrorists” and “outside forces” for the bloodshed, but that he openly threatened the U.S. and propagated terrorism on a YouTube video should America decide to intervene in national affairs and attack Syria.

In a phone interview with the Muslim Link, FMEP President Philip Wilcox said that he was advised by peoplewhom he refused to name- to invite Mufti Hassoun thinking it would be a step in helping to resolve the conflict in Syria. “When we learned he gave a sermon in which he threatened to send suicide bombers to the U.S., we were shocked

and found it incompatible with the theme of the event…and that it would undermine our organization,” he said, “and so we decided to cancel the program.” When asked about FMEP’s customary screening process of guests and speakers, Wilcox refused to give details however admitted to the right to be criticized. He also mentioned that no direct communication was conducted between FMEP and Hassoun. In a press release condemning FMEP’s decision, the Syrian Expatriate Organization wrote that it “believes such inflammatory rhetoric is contrary to the fundamental principles of coexistence and dialogue…and to have Hassoun speak at such an event in the U.S. capital is a slap in the face to the principles of freedom, democracy, and tolerance.” In another press release, the American Syrian Coalition thanked FMEP for canceling the event.

Syrian Activists Describe Massacres, Call for World Intervention at Press Conference By Yaman Shalabi

Muslim Link Staff Reporter

action after Assad unleashed his forces on Syrian rural towns -despite the presence of UN monitors-resulting in several massacres, primarily of children and women. The panel included Abdul Majeed Katranji from the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), Rafif Jouejati, from FREE Syria- Foundation to Restore Equality and Education in Syria, and activists from inside Syria who phoned in via Skype.  

The Syrian people for the past 15 months have felt abandoned by the international world, and rightly so. Unable to protect themselves from the consistent likelihood of butchering and bombardment by Assad military forces and thugs, they not only face the existential threat of annihilation but have also been battling imminent death due to the lack of basic necessities and medical supplies.  “The major priority of this press conference was to shed more light on the The Syrian Expatriates Organization humanitarian and medical suffering of (SEO), a non-profit educational group our people, getting the facts straight of Syrians living abroad, hosted a press from activists and people inside Syria,” conference with a panel of activists at said SEO board member, Sawsan Jabri. the National Press Club in Washing- “We hope to raise awareness about the ton D.C June 15, calling for the inter- crisis in Syria among the major media national community to take immediate outlets, as a step to compel the interna-


tional community to adopt necessary measures to alleviate the suffering of our people.” The activists, Abu Arab from Hama and Abu Osama from Al-Houla, took turns to recount two of the most recent and brutal attacks on civilian villages, AlHoula in the city of Homs and Qubair in the city of Hama. Abu Arab described Hama as a “captive city” with its people becoming victims of random and unnecessary raiding and detentions by regime forces “in order to break the resistance of the city.” He proceeded to tell reporters of the June 6 massacre of Qubair; “hundreds of militias and thugs gathered with tanks where they surrounded the farmland of Qubair and began shelling houses at

random, while knowing that the village had nothing to do with the revolution,” he said. “They carried out dozens of field executions.” Citizens were murdered using a variety of methods: slaughtering and stabbing, close-range shooting and burning people alive. Seventy-eight people were killed in total in this village alone, including women and children. One of the most painful sights, Abu Arab said, was that of a dead mother embracing her two children as they were burned alive after their home was shelled. The inhumane torture and murder of innocent children has been a regime tactic >> Massacres Pg 22

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began working at night and I was taking care of her during the day,” said Mustafa Alif, a Baltimore, Maryland area resident who has been caring for his 86 year old mother for the past 6 years. “Most men overlook their mother or wife or what have you, when they raise a child at home and how much time they have to take out for a child. I learned how time consuming it was to take care of a parent.” Alif’s mother suffers from several conditions that confine her to one floor of the house, unable to safely move up or down stairs without assistance. “All the time when I was growing up my mother was vibrant. In fact we used to race together, we used to run together,” said Alif. “For me it doesn’t really seem like it was that long. It’s hard when you see your parent in a situation where you’re helpless. This is the person who used to help you with all of your problems.” Alif admitted that the stress sometimes gets to him and though he said he would never intentionally harm his mother, he knows that some people do harm the elderly. “I wouldn’t hurt my mother but at the same time people do. Some people neglect them. Some people abuse them. The same thing that they do with children,” he said. Because the elderly are often vulnerable, they face high risks of emotional, physical and even financial abuse. This abuse, though criminally equivalent to spousal or child abuse is often ignored as a private matter because the perpetrator is often a family member or a caregiver, according to the U.S. Administration on Aging. Abuse of the elderly is a wide spectrum. While some may be denied basic needs, others may be emotionally neglected, forced to stay within the home without means of socialization or deliberately made to feel like a burden. In addition to any health concerns or physical harm these conditions often lead to depression and subsequently a lower quality of life.

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his mother is able to join comfortably and safely. When he feels that she is down, he finds the simple reminders work best. “I try to make her laugh,” he said. “I make her think of some of the antics I

Recent census data shows a 62 percent surge in elders living with children due to higher housing costs and the economy. in long term care facilities or who had “severe cognitive incapacity.” Over five percent said they had been financially exploited by a member of their family within one year and though nearly five percent also said they had been emotionally mistreated, only eight percent of those incidents were reported

did as a child.” But it’s not all laughter. At times the situation can get stressful and tense. There are times it gets a little edgy and I have to catch myself sometimes,” Alif said. “You have to ask Allah to bless you with sabr.”

In 2009, 11 percent of the elderly surveyed by the United States Department of Justice (USDJ), reported having experienced some form of abuse or mistreatment, including sexual abuse. to authorities. The USDJ estimates that for every one case of elder abuse reported, five more are not. Though some statistics are available, elder abuse is largely understudied and many states had no adult protective services until as recently as the mid 1980s. Various factors have been determined to increase the likelihood of elder abuse including low income, unemployment, poor health and low levels of social support. When Alif asked his own children, now adults, who would be taking care of him when he might need it they would say they were unsure if they would be able to handle such a large responsibility. “I didn’t know if I could do it either but i’m doing it,” said Alif. To keep his mother’s emotional spirits up, Alif makes special accommodations when going on vacation to ensure that

Alif noted that sometimes it’s the small things that are the toughest to deal with; the forgetfulness and the need to repeat little things over and over again. Though Alif has built his life around caring for his mother, he was not, and admittedly still, is not sure that his accommodations are the best option.

After she spent five weeks in a nursing home, Alif felt the accommodations weren’t comforting for her. The unfamiliar surroundings made it difficult for her, he said. A nursing home was a last resort, though he is not ignorant to the fact that her condition may eventually make it the only option. “Am I doing what is good or am I doing more harm [by keeping her at home], said Alif. “I’m still weighing it in my mind.” For now, Alif is committed to taking care of his mother in his home, for as long as he can. “One of the things that Allah says to do is to take care of those who are helpless,” he said. “I’m trying to earn my way to Janaah. For some of us that might be our only way.” Though still learning how to navigate the change from his childhood role of dependence on his mother, to his new role as caretaker in her time of complete dependence on him, Alif said all he knows for sure is that he never wants to live with regret, a lesson he learned as a child. “My father worked for a funeral home when I was a child. I used to ride with him. Some of the things that people would say [was that] they had regrets [about loved ones they lost]. They wish they could have done this, they wish they could have done that. They wish they had said this they wish that they didn’t say that,” he said. “As long as I know I’ve done all that I can do, then so be it. That is the reward.”

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explains the religious meanings behind each of the head coverings depicted. “Through this campaign, the Center strives to foster understanding and relationships between people of various religious backgrounds,” said Marco Grimaldo, CEO and President of the Virginia Interfaith Center. “ We o f t e n f e a r w h a t w e d o n ’ t understand,” said Holly Coy, Virginia Interfaith Center Director of Programs. She said distributing these posters in such a creative way will catch people’s attention and push them to go visit the website. Through this, they will learn about different religions and rethink and preconceived religious biases. The group did a similar project where common American expressions such as “Paper or plastic” and “I’m a little tea pot…” were written in Arabic calligraphy on buses. The idea was to dispel people’s fear of Arabic and Islam. But the posters ended up scaring a lot of people, according to Coy, who explained that this showed how people feared what they did not understand. Coy said that by understanding the practices of different minority religions, people can respect them. Through education, people can see the similarities between themselves and followers of other religions. For example, the three religions shown on the posters are very different, but they all share the fact that they wear a head covering. Brad, a Christian high school student in Maryland, describes how the general public’s first reaction when they see a woman wearing a hijab is to think “terrorist.” He believes that the stereotype is so well-ingrained that this campaign won’t effectively tackle it. He says that people who have a bias against those wearing head coverings will not “go on a website that they’re prejudiced toward.” On the other hand, Puja Sood, a Hindu fourth-year medical student at the University of Rochester, said the issue can be tackled. She believes that the bias in America against Muslims is not strong enough to last forever.


People want to learn about different cultures and beliefs. As generations go on, she said, these religious biases will slowly disintegrate. But the key to this is that people must become more knowledgeable of different religious beliefs. She said a campaign like this is a great idea and can help people gain the knowledge they need to end their ignorance. “It’s a start,” says Khalid Iqbal, deputy director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling,

Va. He believes that one of the key reasons people have biases against particular religions is that they are not knowledgeable enough about them. The new campaign can be effective in limiting bias against Muslims, Iqbal said, but he also feels that Muslims doing the teaching themselves would be more effective. If Muslims are proud of their identity, join politics, and do social services, people will become more knowledgeable about Islam through

this increased exposure, Iqbal said. The ADAMS Center is soon going to serve meals at a home for the elderly. Iqbal believes actions like these are the greatest way to stop religious bias. Nevertheless, Iqbal commends the efforts of the Virginia Interfaith Center and calls the campaign “a very humble beginning” in the effort to stop religious bias.

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felt “weird,” she said. But even though a few people stared, after a while she felt like a normal shopper. As part of the experiment, Motobar sought directions to Victoria’s Secret and Hot Topic from regular shoppers, and then she engaged the store clerks in conversation.

“The hardest part was finding the stores,” Motobar said with a laugh. This was only because the people she asked did not know the location of the stores either. Motobar said the experience felt very strange and uncomfortable for her because it was her first time ever wearing a hijab. Motobar said she felt “out of her element,” but someone wearing it full time would obviously get used to the feeling and the heat. She also said with a laugh that she “felt sacrilegious for doing it.”

Inside the stores, the clerks were very eager to help. She was treated as a normal shopper. However, there was one exception. While in Victoria’s Secret, Motobar was speaking to one female store clerk about bathing suits. A nearby male clerk, hearing Motobar’s questions, gave her a very bewildered look, she said. According to Motobar, the look on his face said, “Why do you want the bathing suits?” Motobar’s main concern was the heat.

She was not used to wearing that much clothing in the summer and felt very uncomfortable. “I was really really warm, and I was sweating a lot because it was hot,” she said. Immediately after the experiment, she asked if she could take the hijab off because she couldn’t bear the heat. After taking off the hijab Motobar said she had high respect for Ladan Mohamed because of her wearing the hijab fulltime in the summer. Motobar said she could never do that. Motobar described the experience overall by saying “it felt…normal.” She felt very accepted by the people around her. But how could a hijab-wearing Muslim woman walk around normally when it is seen as such a strange thing by society? The hijab-wearing Muslims interviewed for this story said that America has become very accustomed to seeing the hijab. According to a 2011 study by the Pew Research Center, about 430,000 Muslim women wear some form of the hijab. Mohamed said people in the area see so many Muslim women wearing the hijab that they’ve become used to it. “If they don’t understand [it], they get that it’s religious,” Mohamed said. A lot of people ask Mohamed about her hijab, not as an insult, but through honest curiosity, she said. Narmin Anwar, a data analyst who also wears the hijab full-time, said that a lot of fellow Americans “treat [her] like everyone else.” There are people with different opinions on the hijab, she said, and some look at her hijab and think, “Let me give her a chance.” But both Mohamed and Anwar acknowledged that there is also a negative side. Mohamed feels she stands out from others and is seen as abnormal. And Anwar described how some people may look at her and think “terrorist” or see her as a threat. But Mohamed and Motobar both agreed >> hijab II Pg 21


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wrote in a prepared statement. The hearing is the fifth in a controversial series that began in 2010 in response to what King calls the “radicalization threat” posed by the Muslim community. The series has struck a nerve with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other reputable organizations across the nation. CAIR’s Corey Saylor has called the hearing a political show “for political gain,” asking for broader, empirically-based dialogue. While King has conceded that only a small fraction of American Muslims have ties to terrorism, argues that extremists have outsized influence, citing that over 90 percent of mosques in the US are controlled by jihadists, a figure that has since been debunked. Attorney General Eric Holder has also cited that the threat of homegrown terrorism “keeps me up at night,” citing national security threats posted by Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, Major Nidal Hasan - the Fort Hood shooter, and failed Time Square bomber Faisal Shahzad. Scant on new data and heavy on lengthy anecdotes, the latest hearing split across party lines, with Republicans defending prior hearings and Democrats questioning their misguidance and necessity. Meant to gauge the effectiveness and impact of previous hearings, it instead dwelled upon many of the issues raised in previous hearings, suggesting the committee had not gone forward in its investigation.


In the first hearing, titled “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim community and that Community’s response,” King and Muslim witnesses attested to the emerging threat of radicalization, repeatedly citing the conveyer belt model, which identifies key radicalization phases where intervention was needed. King also stated that Muslims generally were not cooperative with law enforcement officials, especially when it came to the idea of having FBI informants in masajid. His second hearing addressed radicalization in U.S. prisons, citing that many converts to Islam have been “radicalized to Islamism” and “subsequently attempted to launch terror strikes here in the U.S.” In his third hearing, King tackled the threat posed by the Somali militant group, Al-Shabaab, a group fighting with transitional Somali government for control of the country, citing that it has radicalized more than 40 Muslim Americans and 20 Canadians. His fourth hearing tackled not an outside threat, but a radicalization within the U.S. military. The counterarguments were also a rewind of previous hearings where opponents have disputed King’s central premise - that American Muslims are complicit in the radicalization of a tiny minority. King said his hearings had helped created inroads in the radicalization threat and had encouraged Muslims to come face-to-face with an emerging issue many want to ignore. “The overwhelming majority of Muslim Americans are outstanding Americans, yet the reality is that the Islamist terror threat comes from the community,” he said.

Three of four Muslim witnesses - M. Zuhdi Jasser, the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy; Asra Nomani, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and Islamic culture instructor to the U.S. military; and Qanta A.A. Ahmed, a physician and political and religious writer - supported King and said they’d opened up a much-needed dialogue within their community. “The hearings do not represent a witchhunt and Congressman King is no Joe McCarthy (the US senator who led hearings on communist infiltration of government and the army),” Nomani said, ”The hearings represent an important wake-up call that we, as Americans, are not going to continue to dance around the reality of an extremist ideology of Islam, which is wreaking havoc in the world.” But witness Faiza Patel of the Brennan Center for Justice – the only minority witness - and other committee members – such as Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Rep. Gene Green, both of Texas disagreed, saying the hearings drove a wedge between Muslims and their fellow Americans and calling for real empirical evidence of any radicalization threat or the benefit of the hearings. “When members of Congress hold hearings about the ‘radicalization’ of American Muslims and expressly place an entire community under the spotlight, it sends the message to all Americans that the government views this community as a security threat. And the public appears to be receiving this message loud and clear,” Patel said. Rep. Hansen Clarke, D-Mich., argued that the heated political discourse has resulted in discrimination beyond Muslims. “These hearings are not an assault against Islam,” he said, “It’s (an) assault against all Americans, especially Asian Americans,” he said. Top committee Democrat Bennie Thompson of Mississippi was also skeptical of the hearings. “We are holding today’s hearing to discuss the effect of previous hearings. I am not sure we have ever had a hearing to gauge the effects of prior hearings,” Thompson said. “Given the challenges the nation faces in homeland security . . . I am not sure that a hearing to gauge the effects of our hearings is the most effective use

of congressional time and attention.” Other members compared the hearings to reality TV and Oprah Winfrey while another grilled the witnesses on their security clearances in an attempt to bring to cast a shadow on the witnesses’ credibility as national security, terrorism, and law-enforcement experts. Witnesses for previous homeland security meetings have included law enforcement officers, doctors, youth who claim to be radicalized, and small leaders of various Muslim cmmunities Some of the most prominent of these witnesses include Dr. Jasser, a Muslim doctor who also testified in Wednesday’s hearing and has openly stated Muslims have failed to thank the FBI for ferreting out radicals within their community, forging an adversarial role with law enforcement. Minority witnesses such as Lee Baca, Sheriff of Los Angeles County, California, however, have been critical of these statements, saying Muslims were “ready and willing to connect with law enforcement to help keep the peace.” However, both sides acknowledged the distinction between Islam and misinterpretations of Islamic ideology. Ahmed said that the King hearings helped separate Islam from extremism, creating a platform for discussion. Patel, however, held that any religion can breed extremism, saying that the current model of investigating threats was ineffective because it likened Muslim piety with extremism. But for Devon Chaffee of the ACLU, the fact that the hearing was a hearing on previous hearings was enough basis for criticism. “[It] was absurd and outlandish,” he wrote in a statement, “The answer to the question, ‘Does a hearing about hearings make those hearings any more legitimate?’, is, predictably, ‘No.’ Let’s hope King doesn’t try again and suggest a hearing on the hearing on the hearings.” For more information on the series of hearings, including transcripts and video, visit domestic-radicalization-hearings.

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COMMUNITY NEWS | 21 ing the Islamic principles of being proactive and taking action in order to help those less fortunate. Iqbal brought up a host of examples throughout Islamic history, such as the story of Prophets Ibrahim and Ismail throwing stones at the Shaytan. The organizers considered the walk a success mainly because everyone was satisfied they participated. “People liked it,” Iqbal said. “The walk-a-thon showed solidarity with a lot of people who are facing homelessness and domestic violence,”

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are so well accepted in the D.C. area, then why is there a negative stigma in the country at all?

that the people around Motobar accepted and treated her nicely because Maryland, and the entire D.C. area, is one of the most diverse regions in America. In fact, while waiting for Motobar, Mohamed saw several Muslim women wearing hijabs who were shopping. But if hijabs

Anwar said the stigma exists because of the bad actions that other Muslims have done. After 9/11, the picture of a terrorist became a picture of a Muslim. But the stigma is weakening because America is having more direct contact with American Muslims who denounce

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said Imam Magid, who also participated in the walk. “There is a connection between homelessness and domestic violence. Many women who come out of domestic violent situations become homeless. Today’s walk is to recognize the need to stand in solidarity, and be the voice for the voiceless.” “[I wanted] to help the needy and the homeless,” said Hana Ben Ghalbon, an ADAMS Sunday school teacher who works full-time in housing and community development. “The effort of everyone else can help achieve the goal. One thou-

the terrorist activities of others, Anwar said. Mohamed said that the negativity towards Muslims cannot go away completely, but it can lessen enough to build respect for Muslims. When asked if she could wear the hijab full-time, Motobar said, “In winter, yeah.” She said that although she felt weird doing the project, she now understands the hijab-wearing

sand mile marathons start with one step.” The community felt so good about taking action that they asked when there would be another walk-a-thon. There is another walk being planned for mid October, and this one will be a little bigger. Iqbal sees domestic violence and homelessness as a national issue. He wishes to pull all 100 masjids in the tristate area together, and even invite people of other faiths, to join the next walk-athon.

Muslim a little bit more. Motobar was enthusiastic in encouraging others to try the experiment. “Go for it,” she said. “If you want to try something different, go for it. It might be life changing for you, it might not be. But you should definitely try it.”


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Sports Brothers Put NFL On Hold for Da’wa, Hajj By Dan Hanzus,

specialist in Pittsburgh to see if he was endangering his long-term health by playing football.

NFL free agents Hamza and Husain Abdullah are putting their football careers on hold -- perhaps permanently -to pursue a higher calling.

This isn’t the first time the brothers’ faith has made headlines. Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting and prayer, typically falls during training camp each year. Despite participating in physically draining summer practices, the brothers did not eat or drink at all during daylight hours for the 30-day period.

The brothers -- both practicing Muslims -- will sit out the 2012 season to speak at mosques across the country this summer before making a pilgrimage to Mecca. “It has been a blessing to play in the NFL for both Husain and I,” Hamza said in a statement, “but we would be remiss if we didn’t give thanks to the One who made it all possible.”

it would directly coincide with my pilgrimage. So, I’m taking some time off.”

Added Husain: “I visited Makkah, Saudi Arabia in March and a strong sense of urgency overcame me to attend ‘Hajj’ in October. I love the game of football but

Husain has turned down contract offers from the Minnesota Vikings and other teams to pursue religious obligations, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Hamza spent the last three seasons with


four in the morning, explained Abu Osama. Over 100 people were killed, including 49 women and 38 children.

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since the beginning used as a desperate move to deter the revolution – the revolution erupted after the children in the city of Dara’a were beaten and had their fingernails plucked for writing anti-regime slogans on school walls. A few days prior to the Hama massacre, the village of Al-Houla underwent a two-day murder campaign on May 25, between the hours of 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. and May 26 around

Homs, an opposition stronghold, has become a desolate city, explained another activist, Abu Rami. To make life more difficult on the remaining citizens, the electricity and water supplies have been targeted by the regime and either cut off or shelled. For months this city has been heavily besieged, preventing the flow of food and medical supplies. “Shabiha (thugs) or we burn the country,” added panelist Jouejati from FREE Syria, has become the Assad forces’

the Arizona Cardinals. Husain’s playing career was in jeopardy before this decision. The Star Tribune reported Abdullah made 24 starts the past two seasons for the Vikings, suffering concussions in his first, fifth, 22nd and 24th starts. He visited a concussion slogan. By destroying the country’s basic infrastructure and killing the people the regime has “targeted the past of Syria, its present and future by killing its children,” said Jouejati. Abu Rami, who works with a volunteer medical group in a makeshift clinic, told reporters that doctors are constantly targeted. Jouejati explained that it has become a crime to treat someone injured and wounded by army fire, a crime that is punishable by death. Due to this, people all over Syria are left to be treated in secret by volunteers who lack medical knowledge.

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The situation in Syria is extremely dire that infections and diseases are rampant due to countless bodies left in the streets. Assad loyalists are preventing people from getting the little medical care available and from burying the dead, said an activist from Damascus, Abu Hadi. “This tragedy could have easily been averted,” explained Katranji from SAMS. This is not an attack simply on human beings, he continued, but an assault on an entire society and its survival.

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Sha’ban: The Other Month of Fasting Question: Is it mustahabb to fast the whole of Sha’baan? Is it Sunnah to fast the entire month of Sha’baan?

used to join to Ramadaan.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood, 2048.

Praise be to Allaah. It is mustahabb to fast a great deal in the month of Sha’baan.

The apparent meaning of this hadeeth is that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to fast the entire month of Sha’baan.

It was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to fast the whole of Sha’baan. Ahmad (26022), Abu Dawood (2336), al-Nasaa’i (2175) and Ibn Maajah (1648) narrated that Umm Salamah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: “I never saw the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) fast two consecutive months apart from the fact that he used to join Sha’baan and Ramadaan.” According to a version narrated by Abu Dawood: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) never used to fast any complete month in the year, apart from Sha’baan, which he

But it was also narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to fast all of Sha’baan apart from a few days. Muslim (1156) narrated that Abu Salamah said: “I asked ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) about the fasting of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and she said: ‘He used to fast until we thought that he would always fast, then he would not fast until we thought that he would always not fast, but I never saw him fast in any month more than he fasted in Sha’baan. He used to fast all of Sha’baan, and he used to fast all of Sha’baan apart from a few days.’”

The scholars differed as to the way of reconciling between these hadeeths. Some of them said that this had to do with differences of time – in some years the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) fasted all of Sha’baan, and in other years he fasted all of that month apart from a few days. This was the view favoured by Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him). See Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 15/416. Others said that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) never fasted any month in full apart from Ramadaan, and they interpreted the hadeeth of Umm Salamah as meaning that he fasted all of Sha’baan apart from a few days. They said that this is possible from a linguistic point of view, that if a man fasts for most of a month it may be said that he fasted the whole month.

Al-Haafiz said: The hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah explains what was said in the hadeeth of Umm Salamah, which says that he did fast any month of the year in full apart from Sha’baan which he used to join to Ramadaan; this means that he used to fast most of it. Al-Tirmidhi narrated that Ibn al-Mubaarak said: It is possible in the language of the Arabs, if a person fasts most of a month, to say that he fasted the whole month. Al-Teebi said: It may be interpreted as meaning that he used to fast all of Sha’baan sometimes and most of Sha’baan at other times, lest people think that it is obligatory to fast the entire month, like Ramadaan. Then al-Haafiz said: The former is the correct view – in other words, that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not fast all of Sha’baan. He quoted as evidence for sha’ban Pg 26

Reaping the Benefits of Ramadan By Ali Al-Timimi In the month of Ramadan it is very important that we spend a few moments to understand some of the wisdoms and lessons that we can learn from this month of fasting. Unfortunately, many Muslims come in to this month and they are as a companion of the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “Let it not be that the day that you fast and the day that you break fast be equal.” Meaning, one’s behavior, attitude and outlook are the same whether one fasts or not, i.e. fasting has no effect upon that person. This is why we need to reflect on some of these lessons. LESSON 1: Gaining Taqwa (piety) Allah legislated fasting for gaining


Taqwa, “O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed upon you as it has been prescribed upon those before you, so that you may attain Taqwa.” (meaning of Suraatul Baqarah (2):183) Taqwa in this case means to make a shield between oneself and Allah’s anger and Hellfire. So we should ask ourselves, when we break our fasts, ‘Has this fasting day made us fear Allah more? Has it resulted that we want to protect ourselves from the hellfire or not?

making I`tikaaf (seclusion) in the last ten nights of Ramadan, so as to leave all worldly pursuits and seclude oneself in a masjid just thinking of Allah, so as to bring oneself closer to Allah. When one sins, one feels distant from Allah. That is why one might find it hard to read the Qur’an and come to the masjid. However, the obedient worshipper feels closer to Allah and wants to worship Allah more.

LESSON 2: Drawing closer to Allah

LESSON 3: Acquiring patience and strong will

This is achieved by reciting and reflecting on the Qur’an during night and day, attending the taraaweeh prayers, remembering Allah, sitting in circles of knowledge and, for those who can, making `umrah. Also for those who can,

Allah has mentioned patience more than seventy times in the Qur’an and has commanded patience in more than sixteen ways in His Book. So when one fasts, and gives up one’s food and drink, and one’s marital sexual relations

for those hours, one learns restraint and patience. This Ummah needs men and women that are strong willed, who can stand upon the Sunnah and the Book of Allah and not waver in front of the enemies of Allah. We do not need emotional people, who just raise slogans and shout, but when the time comes to stand upon something firm and act, they cannot do so, they waver. LESSON 4: Striving for Ihsaan (righteousness, sincerity) and staying away from riyaa’ (showing off) Ihsaan means to worship Allah as if one seeks Him, and even though one does not see Him, He sees all. Hasan ramadan I Pg 26

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Salaah times for June 29th - July 12th, 2012 If a person had a stream outside his door and he bathed in it fi ve times a day, do you think he would have any fi lth left on him?” The people said, “No filth would remain on him whatsoever.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) then said, “That is like the fi ve daily prayers: Allah wipes away the sins by them.” ---Hadith in Sahih al Bukhari and Muslim

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that the report narrated by Muslim (746) from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) who said: “I do not know that the Prophet of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) recited the entire Qur’aan in one night, or spent an entire night in prayer until dawn, or fasted an entire month apart from Ramadaan.” And he quoted the report narrated ramadan I

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al-Basree said, “By Allah, in the last twenty years, I have not said a word or taken something with my hand or refrained to take something with my hand or stepped forth or stepped back, except that I have thought before I have done any action, ‘Does Allah love this action? Is Allah pleased with this action?’ So when one is fasting, one should gain this quality of watching oneself and also staying away from riyaa’ (showing off). That is why Allah said in a hadeeth qudsee, “Fasting is for Me and I reward it.” (al-Bukhaaree) Allah singles out fasting from all other types of worship saying, “Fasting is for Me”, because no one knows whether you are fasting or not, except Allah. For example, when one is praying or giving charity or mak-











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by al-Bukhaari (1971) and Muslim (1157) from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) never fasted any month in full apart from Ramadaan.” Al-Sindi said in his commentary on the hadeeth of Umm Salamah: “He joined Sha’baan to Ramadaan” means that he fasted them both together. The apparent meaning is that he fasted all of Sha’baan… but there are reports which indicate something different. Hence it

ing tawaaf, one can be seen by the people, so one might do the action seeking the praise of the people. Sufyaan athThawree used to spend the nights and the days crying and the people used to ask him, “Why do you cry, is it due to the fear of Allah? He said, ‘No.’ They said, “Is it due to the fear of the Hellfire?” He said, ‘No. It is not the fear of Hellfire that makes me cry, what makes me cry is that I have been worshipping Allah all these years and doing scholarly teaching, and I am not certain that my intentions are purely for Allah.’” LESSON 5: Refinement of manners, especially those related to truthfulness and discharging trusts. The Prophet (may Allah send His blessing and peace upon him) said, “Whoever does not abandon falsehood in

is to be understood as meaning that he used to fast most of it, so it was as if he fasted all of it and joined it to Ramadaan. If it is asked, what is the reason for fasting a great deal during Sha’baan? The answer is: Al-Haafiz said: The reason is explained in the report narrated by alNasaa’i and Abu Dawood, and classed as saheeh by Ibn Khuzaymah, according to which Usaamah ibn Zayd said:

word and action, then Allah has no need that he should leave his food and drink.” (al-Bukhaaree) What we learn from this, is that we must pay attention to the purification of our manners. The Prophet (may Allah send His blessing and peace upon him) said, “I was sent to perfect good manners.” (Maalik) So we must check ourselves, are we following the behaviour of the Prophet (may Allah send His blessing and peace upon him)? For example: Do we give salaam to those we don’t know and those we do know? Do we follow the manners of Islam, by telling the truth and only telling the truth? Are we sincere? Are we merciful to the creation? LESSON 6: Recognizing that one can change for the better The Prophet (may Allah send His bless-

“I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, I do not see you fasting in any month more than in Sha’baan.’ He said, ‘That is a month concerning which many people are heedless, between Rajab and Ramadaan. It is the month in which people’s deeds are taken up to the Lord of the Worlds, and I would like my deeds to be taken up whilst I am fasting.’” Classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh alNasaa’i, 2221. And Allaah knows best. [Source:]

ing and peace upon him) said, “Every son of Adam sins and the best of the sinners are those who repent.” (Ibn Maajah) Allah provides many opportunities to repent to Him and seek His forgiveness. If one was disobedient they can become obedient. LESSON 7: Being more charitable Ibn `Abaas said, “The Prophet (may Allah send His blessing and peace upon him) was the most charitable amongst the people, and he used to be more so in the month of Ramadan when Jibreel used to meet him on every night of Ramadan till the end of the month.” (alBukhaaree) The Prophet (may Allah send His blessing and peace upon him) said, “He who gives food for a fasting ramadan II Pg 27

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Request For Dua’s { To A llah We B e l o n g , an d t o Hi m i s Ou r R e tu r n }

“Everyone is going to taste death, and We shall make a trial of you with evil and good, and to Us you will be returned.” (Surah Al-Anbiya:35)” 6-17-12 It is with our deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of Sister Qurana Ludd, daughter of Yacub (Jack) and Brenda Ludd. May the Most High, Grant her Mercy, Peace and Parardise. Amin. (Source: Masjid Muhammad) 6-20-12 The mother of ICNVT President Dr Muhammad Farooq has returned to Allah. Please ask Allah swt for to forgive her and give patience, mercy and blessings to the family at this difficult time. (Source: ICNVT Shirley Gate)

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which they mold their lives around. LESSON 10: Teaching the young to worship Allah

The Prophet (may Allah send His blessing and peace upon him) said, “Those of you who will live after me will see many differences. Then you must cling to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the rightly guided khaleefahs. Hold fast to it and stick to it.” (Aboo Daawood) In this month we sense that there is a possibility for unity, because we all fast together, we break fast together, we all worship Allah together, and we pray Salaatul`Eid together. Therefore we sense possibility of unity. It is possible for Muslims to be a single body, but this will only be achieved when obedience is only to Allah and His Messenger.

It was the practice of the people of Madina that during the fast of `Aashooraa (which is now a recommended fast of one day) to get their children to fast with them. When the children would cry of hunger and thirst, their parents would distract their attention by giving them some sort of toy to play with. The children would break their fast with their parents. (as mentioned in al-Bukhaaree). So the young should be brought to the masjid and they should pray with their parents, so that they are able to get into the habit of becoming worshippers of Allah. If one does not encourage children to fast when they are young, they will find it very difficult to fast for thirty days at the age of puberty. This is why the Prophet (may Allah send His blessing and peace upon him) said, “Command your children to pray at the age of seven and beat them at the age of ten (if they do not pray.” (Haakim)

LESSON 9: Learning discipline

LESSON 11: Caring for one’s health

The Prophet (may Allah send His blessing and peace upon him) made us adhere to discipline and strictness, strictness that does not lead to fanaticism or going outside the bounds that Allah has laid down. One cannot knowingly break the fast before the sunset, as this will not be accepted by Allah. Muslims should learn to be very strict in their lives, because they are people of an important message,

Fasting has many medical benefits and it teaches Muslims to take care of their health and to build strong bodies. The Prophet (may Allah send His blessing and peace upon him) said, “A strong believer is better and is more beloved to Allah than a weak believer, and there is good in everyone.” (Muslim)

LESSON 8: Sensing the unity of the Muslims

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Honey Heals Skin Disease and Hair Loss Every Muslim has read

that the Prophet Sallallahu ‘alyhi wa sallam told his ummah about the wonderful nature of honey. In the Qur’an in Surah An-Nahl, Allah described honey as a “drink of varying color wherein is healing for men”. Its no wonder that scientists are spending more and more resources examining, testing, and developing honey-based medical treatments. As early as December 26, 2007, the Associated Press ran a story titled “Honey makes medical comeback”. One company that has believed in the restorative power of honey for a long time is HoneyDerm, Inc., a Lansing, Michigan based company that spent years bringing the healing power of honey to people suffering from hair loss, dandruff, and skin disease. Their most famous product line is Hairback Lotion and Hairtonix Shampoo, that “helps stimulate new hair growth and thicken existing hair”. Honeyderm, Inc also claims the products solve dandruff and scalp psoriasis. The Muslim Link requested access to some of Honeyderm’s customers, and Brother Mahmoud from Honeyderm gladly offered us some phone numbers. Brother Hasan, in his late 30’s is from Maryland and suffers from the common skin disease eczema. “I’ve had eczema

since high school, and it got worse as the years went on. I went to a dermatologist and he recommended a cortisone-type prescription cream. It did stop the itch, but my skin was still dry and tight. I’ve tried lotions and shampoos from Aveeno, Lubiderm, Vaseline, and others. Alhumdulillah, I found Honeyderm’s Dermatonic-P, and it is really, really a blessing for people with Eczema or other skin illnesses. I no longer wake up sweating at night! AllahuAkbar!.” We called Abdurihman Khalil from Chicago. He did not know we were going to call. Abdurihman started losing his hair when he was about 28. He discovered the Hairback product line at a convention and decided to test its claims. “The hair loss stopped completely,” said Abdurihman. “It’s excellent, and I’ve been using it now for 6 years.” We also called Brother Mustafa Al-Omary in Sterling Heights, Michigan. He decided to do something about his thinning hair at age 40 and tried the Hairback treatment. Asked how long it took for him to see results, he told us “Oh gosh, less than a month. My thin spots filled in within 3 months,.” He said he would “absolutely” recommend the product to anyone. “It’s not a fly-by-night product, its awesome,” said Mustafa. We

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On Honeyderm’s website, there are many more testimonials from Muslims and non-Muslims from around the nation and the world. There is also a gallery of “before and after” pictures of both hair loss treatments as well as skin treatments. And best of all, for those of us who’ve “tried it all”, there is a full money back guarantee. Allah said honey heals. The Prophet Sallallahu’alyhi wa sallam said honey heals. The people we called said honey heals. With a money back guarantee, there is absolutely nothing to lose, and everything to gain – your hair and skin!



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Looking for a part-time nanny for after-school care of our two children (ages 8 and 3) between 12 and 5 pm, five days a week, in Bethesda, MD. Household work, and light cooking; must be able to drive; good hourly pay; call 240-475-6108.

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OPENING FOR OFFICE COORDINATOR Open position for full time Office Coordinator for local Project Management Company in Greenbelt, MD. Must have excellent communication and organizational skills, and be proficient in Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Word, and Excel. Salary based on experience/capabilities starting at $9-$12/Hr. Email resumes to -------------------------------------------SEARCHING FOR EMBASSY LIAISONS

SEEKING PIOUS RELIGIOUS MUSLIMAH American citizen, widower, welleducated, retired, religious Sunni Muslim of Pakistani-origin for marriage to religious Muslimah of similar background. Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. areas preferred for easy contact but not required. Please call 540-5337391. -------------------------------------------SEEKING DEVOUT MUSLIMAH 28 year old Muslim seeks devout

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Miscellaneous SEEKING PEN FRIEND Pakistani Sunni Muslim Male, age 43, incarcerated. Funny, understanding, and easy-going. Seeks pen friend. Nadeem Khan #1113005 Box 1900 Pound, VA 24279

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ROOM FOR RENT Room available to rent for any single brother or sister. Close to Muslim Community Center, Wheaton Mall, and less than 1 block from Wheaton Metro. Available anytime. $400 per month, all included. 301-922-1839. --------------------------------------------

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