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Muslim PAC Wants to Bring Solutions to Officials | pg 4 Some Call for Decriminalizing Polygamy | pg 5 Museum Hosts Afghan American History Night | pg 6 Cabbie Attacker Gets Off With Fine | pg 6 By Wafa Unus

Muslim Link Staff Reporter

On Sunday, October 15th, against the backdrop of a clear blue sky, a towering figure carved in stone pre-

sided over a crowd of thousands. It was day of the dedication of the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington D.C.

Nearly 50 years earlier, Martin Luther King Jr. stood just miles away and declared a dream on the steps of that memorialized the President who had abolished slavery

and with it ushered in a new era of social change and one of the most turbulent eras in >> movement Pg 14

Access to Local Farms Helps Revive Eid Sacrifice Tradition Muslim Link Staff Writer The season of Hajj has arrived. Muslims around the world are focusing in on the rites and rituals of Hajj as mil-

lions of pilgrims prepare to converge on Islam’s holiest sites forming humanity’s largest congregation. For most Muslims not per>> tradition Pg 12

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Community News Muslim PAC Wants to Bring Solutions to Officials, Not Just Problems By Wafa Unus

this society. We want people to understand that Islam is constructive,” said Aktar Hossain, M A C C PA C ’s National Director.

Muslim Link Staff Reporter While dozens of Muslim organizations in the United States work through their own separate agendas and expertise, a budding coalition hopes to unify and magnify their accomplishments in the eyes of the Muslim community and the community at large. The Muslim American Citizens Coalition and Public Affairs Council (MACCPAC) was established in March of 2010 in an effort to coordinate and communicate the efforts of Muslim individuals and organizations through intellectual discourse. Although the organization is still in its infancy, it’s founders hope that it will grow into a formidable voice for Muslim community, ultimately showcasing the diversity and wealth of skills that growing Muslim organizations bring to the American landscape. “We understand that American Muslims are educated, that they have high incomes and that they have expertise. We need to introduce these expertise to

A computer software engineer by profession but a longtime community activist, Hossain believes that though there are many well established and successful Muslim organizations, masajids and individuals working towards the advancement of Islam in America, there lacks a presence that brings them together in ways that showcase their work as a single unified effort to decision makers and political leaders. Jameel Alim-Johnson

“This is very important for our community because bringing all of these communities together gives the impression that we have unity. It gives us a strong voice through any issue,” said Hossain.

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While bringing Muslim organizations and community members together with Congressional leaders and policy makers in large scale events is something that MACCPAC hopes to do regularly in order to establish a known presence, it’s the face to face meetings with government officials and department heads that the coalition feels makes the biggest difference. “The more important thing is will [congressional leaders] stand for your issues not if they attend your events,” said Jameel Johnson, former Chief of Staff to Congressman Gregory Meeks of New York. Johnson, who has over eleven years of experience working with congressional leaders serves as MACCPAC’s Congressional Relationship Advisor. He hopes that by engaging in a deeper understanding of how congressional leaders operate, MACCPAC will be able to build a more effective and lasting relationships on Capitol Hill. “The first thing is to get to understand

[congressional leaders] motivations. Their motivation is to serve their constituency and to get reelected. They don’t want to get involved in something that they’ll have to explain in the papers,” he said. The mistake he sees most Muslim organizations making when dealing with the movers and shakers in Congress is that they too often present only the problems and not intelligently developed solutions. MACCPAC, he said, is unique in that it will strive not only to understand and research the problems and issues that face the Muslim community in America but will go a few steps further as well. “[We will] figure out the solution and then take the issue to the elected official instead of taking the problem to the elected official,” said Johnson. Although a primary focus of MACCPAC

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Polygamy: Tis The Season? As Legal Marriage Is Redefined, Some Muslim Call for Decriminalizing Polygamy By Wafa Unus

Muslim Link Staff Reporter The legalization of gay marriage in six states and the continued efforts toward legalizing it in the rest of the country has opened the flood gates that have, for hundreds of years defined legal marriage in the United States as the union between one man and one woman. As more proponents of gay marriage push bills through Congress and rally votes that support marriage as a constitutional right for all citizens regardless of sexual orientation another group that remains decidedly outside the legal confines of marriage is slowly entering the limelight.

lives as they please, married legally only to one woman but to others only through religious ceremonies, there are murmurs among the polygamist community as the country moves toward the legalization of gay marriage. Just as the gay community has fought for equal treatment under the law, polygamists argue the same. As citizens of the United States, they argue, they should have the right to legally marry whoever they please, or however many they please. In the same regard that the gay community faced stark opposition from religious organizations that diligently fought, and continue to fight the idea of gay marriage

Instead the court declared [polygamy] to be “contrary to the spirit of Christianity and of the civilization which Christianity has produced in the Western World,” equating it to a type of barbarism.

Over 130 years ago a decision was made that criminalized the practice of polygamy in the United States. Despite the redefinition of legal marriage to include homosexual couples, the country still grapples at the idea of polygamy, a commonly misunderstood primarily religiously based practice. With an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 people living in polygamous situations in the U.S. today, few have seen their actions reprimanded in court. This is likely because many live in secrecy out of fear that exposure of their practices will result in loss of jobs, break apart their families, or land them in jail. However, even in cases where polygamy is known, few states move to actually prosecute the individuals involved. While some choose to quietly live their

on religious grounds, polygamists communities face similar religious stigmas. While the U.S. Constitution boasts a separation of church and state, which ultimately helped the gay community overcome the opposition, it also guarantees the free exercise of religion which has somewhat ironically been the biggest obstacle for the polygamist community. Because polygamy is considered a derivative of certain religious beliefs it would logically seem as though the practice of polygamy would then be protected under constitutional law. However, this is not the case, and has not been since Reynolds vs. United States in 1978 in which the court refused to recognize polygamy as a legitimate religious practice. Instead, it was deemed it as “almost exclusively a feature of the life of Asiatic and African people.” Later decisions showed no progress in accepting polygamy as a

With an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 people living in polygamous situations in the U.S. today, few have seen their actions reprimanded in court. legitimate religious practice despite its longstanding historic presence in Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Instead the court declared it to be “contrary to the spirit of Christianity and of the civilization which Christianity has produced in the Western World,” equating it to a type of barbarism. Many argue that polygamy is an exception to the free exercise of religion because known cases of polygamous marriages of young girls. This cast a shadow on the practice and many ignorantly equated it with pedophilia. Recent attacks on the Prophet Muhammad also equated his marriage to Aisha, who was nine at the time, as an act of pedophilia. In cases where religious practices are deemed harmful to individuals or to the public, the free exercise of religion no longer applies. While Islam itself does not condone acts of homosexuality and though the mainstream Muslim community remains largely uninvolved with polygamy in the United States, there are a minority who still engage in the practice though

despite the potential legal ramifications. “I don’t have any problem with that because it’s Deen. I’m doing it for religion,” said Amin who admits to performing polygamous marriages. Amin, a sociology instructor at Sojourner-Douglass College of Baltimore regularly discusses polygamy in his classroom. Not only does he note its religious significance but the benefits it can have in American society, particularly in areas like Baltimore city where the poverty rate is high and many women find themselves on the welfare roll. “We have in the world more women than men and if a man has the ability to take care of more than one women he should be able to do that,” said Amin. “As far as legalization, I think they should...We should strive to have it legalized because Allah has already legalized it.” While Amin feels strongly about the good polygamy can do for the community, others feel as though the issue of polygamy is one that should remain in a

“As far as legalization, I think they should... We should strive to have it legalized because Allah has already legalized it.” largely in secrecy for fear of retribution. While some masajids require legal proof of marriage prior to granting an Islamic marriage, some Imams’ like Baltimore city’s Hassan Amin believe polygamy to be a god-given right that cannot be denied to those who are willing and able

historical context. “The family institution in the U.S, whether it is Muslim or non-Muslim, is >> polygamy Pg 17


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Reviving Tradition, Museum Hosts Afghan American Oral History Night By Sufia Alnoor

Muslim Link Contributing Writer On Saturday October 22nd, 2011 America’s Islamic Heritage Museum and Cultural Center hosted its Afghan American Oral History Night. The event is the second in the Museum’s oral history series, which aims at documenting the oral history of America’s diverse Muslim population. The first event in the series, held on September 18th covered the “early Muslim pioneers of Washington, DC” who helped build Masjid Muhammad during the 1950s. Amir Muhammad, the Museum’s president noted that the museum is “beginning with AF, the Afghan American community’s initials are AF and the African American community’s [initials] are AF.” And with oral history nights already scheduled for the Turkish community and one in the works for the Somali community, it seems Mr. Muhammad intends to go through the whole alphabet of America’s diverse Muslim subgroups.

Wali Haidar, the president of the board at Mustafa Center Qari Zia Makhdoom began the night with a heart felt recitation of verse 13 from Surah Hujurat declaring that “O mankind! Lo! We have created you from male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. Lo! the noblest of you, in the sight of Allah, is the best in conduct. Lo! Allah is Knower, Aware.” (M. Pickthall Tanslation). He then thanked the museum’s founders and the organizers of the event for this “much needed effort especially

given these times that we are living in where a large portion of the population in this country view Muslims as a monolith and that too as a bad evil monolith unfortunately.” He continued that “this idea of oral history is something that is very much a part of our tradition as the way the Qu’ran was initially transmitted, the way our history was transmitted to us, the way the ahadeeth were transmitted to us. It was all done orally. We have a strong tradition and [with] this [event] Alhamdulillah, we are in a way reviving that.” He closed his remarks with a reflection on hijrah, recalling being “part of a caravan with [his] family crossing the border” to Pakistan and how that experience gave him a very “deep connection with the Qur’an.” Hijrah became something that he “could very much relate to, that [his family was] doing right there and then.” Mr. Wali Haidar, the president of the board at Mustafa Center spoke next and his remarks covered the early immigra-

tion experience of the Afghan American community and institution building. He first came to the United States as a student to study engineering. After returning to Afghanistan, he was teaching at the University of Engineering when the Communist coup and the subsequent Communist invasion of Afghanistan occurred. “It was a time of great turmoil and upheaval and uprooting in that country. Families lost some of their members, some of the families were eradicated all together and the whole society was uprooted.” He recounted how early Afghan immigrants rented “a little apartment on the second floor of an apartment building” in Alexandria, Virginia to provide a space for prayers and memorial services for the deceased. It was an inspiring narrative ending in the eventual establishment of Afghan Academy and Mustafa Center in Annandale, Virginia. The director of Washington DC’s Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) of>> tradition Pg 17

Cabbie Attacker Gets Off With Fine Two Assaulted Cab Driver After Learning He Was Muslim By Wafa Unus

Muslim Link Staff Reporter The Council on American-Islamic relations contacted the Office of the State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County Maryland to bring hate crime charges against a Prince Frederick man who assaulted and threatened to murder a Muslim limo driver of Moroccan origin. The altercation occurred on March 11th 2011 around midnight after the limo driver picked up two passengers in Washington D.C. and drove them to National Harbor. According to a press release from the CAIR, when the passengers learned that the drivers’ name was Mohammed and that he was Muslim, they allegedly began using religion and ethnic slurs as well as making death threats.

Upon reaching National Harbor, one of the passengers is said to have “punched the driver in the head, knocking him to the ground and fracturing his wrist.” While both of the passengers were charged and arrested, only one passenger was scheduled for trial on Monday, October 17th. However, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County Maryland decided against prosecuting the individual if he paid a $65 restitution. While CAIR noted this “slap on the wrist” as a concern, the Council welcomed the further investigation of the second assailant as a hate crime.

willingness to investigate possible hate crime charges in this case, but fail to understand how one of the alleged assailants got off with just a slap on the wrist,” said Abbas in a statement released by CAIR.

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CAIR Gets Support To Challenge Islamophobic Narrative Written by Wafa Unus

Muslim Link Staff Reporter As the sunset on October 15, 2011, hundreds of Muslims began to stream into the Crystal City Marriot in Arlington Virginia for a night of social and political discourse at Council on AmericanIslamic Relations (CAIR) National’s annual fundraising banquet. The sold out event boasted of some of the regions most influential American Muslim leaders and Imams as well as hundreds of organizations, businesses and individuals who came to show their support for CAIRs mission. With approximately 800 people in attendance, CAIR raised 400 thousand dollars, exceeding its goal by one hundred thousand. In his opening statement executive director Nihad Awad spoke of the growing concerns regarding Islamophobia in America today and reaffirmed CAIR’s commitment to work toward stopping those who seek to deprive Muslims of their constitutional rights. “So today, what CAIR is doing, is defending the constitution of the United States by defending the rights of American Muslims,” he said. His statements were challenged by a group of protestors who had gathered outside the hotel carrying signs that questioned CAIR’s commitment to constitutional freedom and Islam’s teachings on freedom and justice. This juxtaposition was an example of the competing narratives Muslim American’s face in the United States. “There are two competing narratives, the narrative that our detractors and hate mongers are putting out on Islam and Muslims and we know that this is a false negative and a false narrative but we cannot just ignore it because it will not go away by itself,” Awad said. “Our narrative of who we are, the heroes who we are celebrating and we will celebrate tonight, this is the narrative that America should hear. This is the narrative that America should know. This is the narrative that the Muslim community should put forward and this will not be done by

talking. It will not be done just by statements. It will done through organized work. Special guests, Imam Siraj Wahaj and Virginia Congressman Jim Moran were well received. Before he began fundraising, Wahaj spoke on a single theme that he felt put CAIR’s event and efforts in perspective.

It was something his mother had told him, ‘She said, son people are people,” he recounted. “There is good and bad everywhere you go, there is good and bad. Good and bad black people. Good and bad men and women. Good Muslims and bad Muslims Good Jews and bad Jews. Good Christians and bad Christians. People are people.” It is this reality that he believes warrants

the need for organizations like CAIR and necessitates the support of Muslim community in helping them continue to secure their place as movers and shakers on the steps of Capitol Hill. “I have not found a better Constitution

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Dad Plans 230 Mile Bike Ride for Islamic Education By Muslim Link Staff

es from friends and co-workers, Abdur Rashid, 40 years old, rode from Al-Huda School in College Park, Maryland to a learning store in Alexandria, Virginia, taking bike trails and secondary roads the whole way. He pulled a small bike pod behind him and filled it up with books and learning material before trekking back to Al-Huda School – a 75 mile round trip route. The class needed about $700 for the reading corner; Abdur Rashid brought in about $1500.

Abdur Rashid struggles to fund his daughter’s education at Al-Huda School. He works hard to pay the monthly tuition, and at the end of the month, there’s not much left. Like many Muslims, he wishes he could donate to his daughter’s school, especially at the annual fundraisers, but without much money left over for his family, he has to make hard choices – or creative ones. Last year when his daughter’s kindergarten teacher asked parents to donate for a reading corner, Abdur Rashid decided that although he didn’t have money to contribute, he had himself – his energy, his strength, and his sweat.

This year, he is setting a higher goal. He plans to bike from Al-Huda School in College Park, Maryland to the Al-Huda School branch in Pennsylvania and back, a round trip of 230 miles. He decided to launch a personal bikeathon to raise what he could for the reading corner. Securing per-mile pledg-

“We plan to raise at least $20,000. This year we have better gear and help from The Muslim Link and social media,

and I’ll represent Sr Shirin Ishaq’s 1st Grade Girls. It’s a challenge for me to go the distance and to beat the clock, and a challenge to the community’s ideas about what goals we can attain with bold determination and patient labor, insha’Allah,” said Abdur Rashid, who has already started training for the ride. “I bike commute year-round, so my training is bulk groceries and traffic in bad weather. With a family and work and school it’s hard to have a more athletic regimen. Mostly, I just think up goals and do them,” he explained. Abdur Rashid said his 177 pound body should be down to 145 pounds by early December when he plans to make the ride. He will only drink water and eat >> bike Pg 15

Looking Back to Move Forward 35 Years Islamic Community School Banquet By Zakia Amin

Muslim Link Contributing Writer The oldest continuously operating fulltime Islamic school in the United States held its 35 Year Anniversary Banquet on October 16, 2011. The Islamic Community School in Baltimore celebrated its rich history with the students, staff, parents, alumni and community members. The evening began with the high school male students leading the attend-

ees in Surah Al-Fatihah and the Islamic Community School Pledge. While a delicious dinner was served, Karim Amin, who attended the school from pre-school through twelfth grade, presented a slide show that brought back numerous precious memories for the alumni and staff. The present students entertained the audience with songs from the past, such as “Hajj, Hajj, Hajj” and “Ninja Turtle Madness.” Musaa Abdur Rahman, an

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alumnus of the school, presented a lighthearted list of memorable events of the school , which included tidbits all the way back to the early 1980s. Imam Taif Abdullah of Masjid As-Saffat spoke of the founding of the school and the importance that education has always had in the Masjid As-Saffat community. The evening event was emceed by Naeem Muhammad, of the nasheed group Native Deen. “One of the best decisions my mother made for my life was to send me to the Islamic Community School, ”stated Naeem, the first twelfth grade graduate of the Islamic Community School in 1993. This feeling of appreciation was echoed by the eloquent speeches given by the two current seniors at the school. Rashaad Cook spoke of the need for the alumni to continue to give back to the school that gave so much to them. Khayriyyah Garner, the last of six siblings to graduate from the school, urged the community to support the school with their children, financial support and du’ah.

The fundraising portion of the program garnered twenty-two more members for the school’s “50for 50” Teacher Stipend Program. Members of the program donate $50 per month for ten months of the school year. The staff of the Islamic Community School have never received a salary, and rely on donations for the small stipends they receive. To add to the event, there was a display of Islamic Community School memorabilia from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, and a silent auction. The banquet reflected the support the school receives from the Muslim community throughout the region. Attendees included representatives from Masjid Ul-Haqq, Masjid Mumineen, The Gwynn Oak Islamic Community, The Muslim Cultural Center, Clara Muhammad School, Dar UsSalaam and Al-Huda School. Karim Amin summed up his feelings about the event with these words, “As a current parent and graduate of the Islamic Community School, I pray that the school continues for many more generations

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Al-Azhar Martial Arts Wins at Baltimore Tournament On October 16th, over 20 members of Al-Azhar Silat team headed out to the 29th Annual Battle of Baltimore World Championships. This tournament is a nationally ranked tournament with competitors coming from all over the east coast. Participants in this “open” tournament come from many different martial arts styles including Taekwondo, Karate, Kungfu, Muay Thai, etc. Based out of the ADAMS Center in Sterling, Virginia students traveled for more than an hour in order to test their skills against some of the best martial artists on the east coat. Out of the twenty students that attended, 10 of the students had not competed before in a tournament, and 5 of them had only competed once in a regional tournament in Virginia. No doubt they were nervous. As is the tradition with the Al-Azhar school, the Silat team started the competition with a dua (prayer). After an encouraging speech by the Silat instructors, Abdul-Malik Ahmad, Wona Sumantri,

and Terra Kurnia the students dispersed to the different rings to compete in their respective divisions. Pencak Silat (or Silat) is a martial art of the Malay people is found in Muslim majority countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunai. Al-Azhar Silat, is one of many styles of Silat and has its headquarters based in Masjid Agung Al-Azhar in Jakarta, Indonesia. Pencak Silat is characterized by its lower center of balance, effective sweeps, locks, trapping techniques, and graceful movements that mimic animals such as the tiger. Many of the sweeping and trapping techniques that are unique to Silat are not allowed in sparring at open tournaments such as the Battle of Baltimore. The Al-Azhar Silat team were limited to “generic” techniques such as kicks and punches found in most martial arts. Despite the odds, Al-Azhar Silat won 6 first place trophies and many more sec-

Al-Azhar Silat team members supplicate to Allah before their matches at the Battle of Baltimore national martial arts tournament. Photo courtesy of AlAzhar Silat. ond and third place trophies. Abdul-Malik Ahmad, one of the senior instructors won 1st place in both forms and weapons division. Abdul-Kareem Zenhoum and Ameen Usman, won first place in forms despite this being their first time at an open tournament. Julia Kurnia (blue belt) and Ameen Usman (brown belt) both won 1st place in continuous spar-

ring competing against black belt fighters. Other students, such as Sakina Ahmad, Tariq Ullah, Obaidah Fareed and others won second and third place trophies. >> silat Pg 13


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is to establish mutual beneficial relationships between Muslim American’s and leaders on Capital Hill, the coalition also strives to give a voice to the individual American Muslim who’s expertise and opinions are not already magnified through more visible and well known niche Muslim organizations. According to the coalitions mission statement it is these individuals, outside large Muslim organizations who can most benefit from the goals of MACCPAC. “Professionally, US Muslims are heavily engaged in fields of science, education, research, engineering, communications, medicine, information technology, law,

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business etc. These Muslim Professionals are already deeply rooted into their respective local communities – but have not successfully assimilated into mainstream American civic landscape. With MACCPAC, the US Muslim community can be more fully and productively integrated in the American society by channeling the Muslim potential into a unified effort,” the statement reads. As for the future, MACCPAC is committed to starting with the youth. Having hosted a youth leadership seminar and an educational trip to Capitol Hill,

the coalition hopes that through encouraging young Muslims to engage in their civic responsibilities as Americans be it through political involvement or professional commitment to their future careers they will develop into more well rounded individuals who will be less likely to explore the path of extremism in thought or behavior. Although MACCPAC may seem on the surface to serve a similar purpose as many Muslim organizations today, its leaders have no intention of reinventing the wheel.

“We don’t want to duplicate anything that other organizations are doing,” said Hossain. Johnson feels MACCPAC’s unique strength lays in its formation as a coalition and not an organization. “As opposed to just being another organization with a niche we put ourselves in a situation where we are able to gather our strength as a whole without stepping on anyone’s toes,” he said.

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forming the Hajj, this season culminates in the sacrifice (qurbani or udhiyya) on the day of Eid-ul-Adha, followed by the tradition of distributing the meat to family, friends and those in need and thereafter gathering together for a meal prepared from the sacrificial meat. Yet for most second generation Muslim Americans, this tradition of the sacrifice on Eid-ul-Adha has been lost. The concept of personally sacrificing an animal, in remembrance of the sacrifice of Prophet Abraham as he followed and submitted to the commands of his Lord, has become divorced from the celebrations of this holiday. While providing sacrificial meat for needy families around the world via donations to charitable organizations is undoubtedly a noble cause, this practice has caused the near complete loss of the Prophetic example (sunnah) of sacrificing an animal and then eating from its meat on the day of Eid-ul-Adha. Most Muslim children in America grow up without ever understanding the centrality of this sacrifice or witnessing it on Eid-ul-Adha. For many, the lack of locations where such a sacrifice can be facilitated is the underlying reason for this choice. However, Muslims residing in the Maryland, Virginia and D.C. areas are fortunate in having more options than ever to undertake this practice on Eid-ul-Adha. This year, at least three businesses in the area are offering on-site slaughtering facilities, specifically designed for Eid-ul-Adha. They include locations in Clarksburg and New Windsor for Maryland and Dumfries for Virginia. For Houshang Haji Momenian, a 65 year old Iranian-origin business owner who has been in the meat industry for more than 15 years, this Islamic slaughter is the “only way we know how [to kill an animal]”. He recalls how all his family’s meat in 1968 in Arkansas would come from goats he would purchase for $7 each and slaughter himself. Today, he owns and operates a large USDA certified slaughterhouse in Waynesboro, PA, which supplies meat to restaurants and stores, as well as a 29 acre farm and slaughtering facility in Clarksburg, MD,

The 29-acre farm in Clarksburg, Maryland where Houshang Haji Momenian keep his animals ready for Eid Al-Adha sacrifices. Photo courtesy of Haji Momenian. in addition to a meat and grocery store on Georgia Avenue. This year will be Momenian’s first in catering to the Muslim community’s needs

Kosovan Muslims to do the slaughtering. “These people are so fast. They take one fifth of the time of a regular person,” he says.

Most Muslim children in America grow up without ever understanding the centrality of this sacrifice or witnessing it on Eid-ul-Adha. for Eid-ul-Adha and he is optimistic. He has about 1500 lambs and goats which have been brought here on 50-foot tractor trailers from Texas and Arkansas. He has also received advanced orders from meat stores, who in turn take orders for sacrificial meat from their own custom-

“In this season, all know the price of goats is at least 25% higher,” says Momenian. “If [we] buy earlier, then we have to feed them and take care of them [which incurs additional cost].” Momenian advises that eating lamb or

Though they do a “lot of aqiqahs” through the year, “Muslim business is “not nearly as much as we would like,” says Kavanagh. ers. Momenian says his goats and lambs cost $180 and weigh an average of 50lbs. There is an additional $20 fee for those who prefer to have the slaughtering done by someone else. Momenian employs

goat is a much healthier choice than eating beef. “When you eat lamb and goat, you can be 99% sure that you are eating natural food. These animals eat off land.” He says lambs and goats don’t get

that big and eat a lot, so “nobody can afford to feed them bags of [artificial] food” unlike beef which comes from cows that can weigh 1200 lbs and are fed special food or “formula” to encourage rapid growth. Some of this feed, says Momenian, includes pork ingredients. He says he can even cater to the needs of customers who are advanced in age or have health conditions that require restrictions on cholesterol or calorie intake, as he can supply animals that are only 10 to 15 lbs in weight and, consequently, provide very “lean meat that tastes much better than chicken”. “No Islamic store can afford to sell a 10 lb goat, compared to a 25, 30 or 40lb goat or lamb,” says Momenian. In future years, Momenian plans to enhance the facilities on his farm to include picnic areas and cooked food for sale for families to enjoy while the slaughtering on Eid is being done. Joseph D. Kavanagh, Jr., an Irish-origin owner of the USDA inspected Lambco facility in New Windsor, MD, has been providing goats and sheep for sacrificial slaughter since 2007. He was encouraged to tap into the Muslim market by his Kuwaiti son-in-law. “We always try to get the highest quality of animal, since its a sacrifice. We’ve

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always taken great pride in having animals without blemish,” says Kavanagh. The animals are purchased from local area producers in Maryland and Virginia, who maintain high standards for their livestock. They are fed a high quality hay and grain diet, and are not administered any antibiotics or hormones. Once at the LambCo facility, the animals are kept clean and dry in specifically designed structures and are taken care of in the most humane way. The slaughtering facility itself is impressively clean and hygienic. Lambco’s animals range in weight from 70 to 100lbs, with goats selling for an silat

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average of $350 and lambs for $375. “At Eid it’s the largest demand for lambs in the world,” says Kavanagh. “Right now we are at an all time world record high. I know the economy is bad [but] at least when you come here you see what you eat.”

animals,” says Kavanagh. On Eid day, Kavanagh says he opens from 6am and the work continues until all their customers are done. They follow the same routine for the next two days, until sundown on the third day, when they finish up the Eid-ul-Adha slaughtering.

“There is a world of difference between frozen lamb and goat and fresh lamb and goat,” adds Kavanagh. “It’s unbelievable.” Kavanagh explains that there is an “animal scale” from 1 to 3 describing the quality of the animal in reference to the amount of meat or flesh it has, with 1 being the best. All the animals Kavanagh buys are class 1.

Kavanagh says when he had started he was expecting to get a lot more business throughout the year from the Muslim community. This aspect has been a challenge for the family-run business. Though they do a “lot of aqiqahs” through the year, “Muslim business is “not nearly as much as we would like,” says Kavanagh.

Around 150 Muslims come for slaughtering at Lambco during Eid. “Some people get one, others get a couple of

“I am looking for a Muslim gentleman to work weekends with us and help with networking [within the Muslim commu-

and learned important lessons of confidence, composure and focus. Students ended the tournament with Dhur prayer with several other Muslims brothers who participated in the tournament.

of Silat, a new full-time Silat school has just opened in Rockville, Maryland. This studio will be headed by Wona Sumantri, the head instructor for AlAzhar Silat. Br. Sumantri also participated in the Battle of Baltimore tournament as a judge in several divisions.

For those interested in learning the art

nity],” says Kavanagh. “It can be very rewarding for everybody.” When asked what aspect of his work he enjoys the most, Kavanagh said, “Probably the most rewarding thing about it is the people you meet. I’ve met some very fascinating people.” Some other options for area Muslims include a halal farm and slaughtering facility owned by Abdur Rahman Eisa in Dumfries, Virginia, and Brian Schiner’s Wagon Wheel Ranch, located in Mount Airy, Maryland. While some area Muslims purchase live animals and slaughter them in their backyards, community leaders say local ordinances must be followed, and neighbors must be respected, especially on Eid.

To view a video of the highlights of the tournament, go to: www.silatva.com For more information about the new Silat school visit: www.silatma.com


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American History. The ripples of these historic struggles are still felt today. On the same day of dedication of the Martin Luther King memorial, nearly one thousand gathered in nearby Crystal City for a fundraising banquet for a prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization working toward overcoming discrimination of American Muslims. Blocks away from the memorial hundreds of people out of jobs and in severe financial hardship protested corporate greed and economic corruption in government. In a world reminiscent of that which King left just 43 years ago there is a reverberation of social and economic unrest that many feel can be best approached through the philosophies King left behind. Throughout history almost every ethnic and racial community has faced some sort of discrimination or civil unrest. Many have been discriminated against, arrested, prosecuted, and killed based solely on the color of their skin or the evidence of their ethnic heritage. Today, history has seemingly chosen the American Muslim community to face the struggles of so many before them. As the American Muslim community faces its own cases of discrimination, violence and hate crimes, questions unfold: What defines the struggles of the American Muslim in the post 9-11 world? Is This The Era Of The “American Muslim Civil Rights Movement?” Because American Muslims are more actively fighting against hate crimes through the legal system, the American Muslim struggle is often misrepresented as a legal movement. While both American Muslims today and African American’s during the civil rights movement faced discrimination there is a clear distinction between the two. While African Americans were legally barred from living, eating, working and learning in particular places, American Muslims can legally live, eat, work, and go to school wherever they please. The American Muslim battle against

discrimination remains a social barrier while the African American struggle against discrimination was a distinctly legal barrier. While American Muslims fight for the government to uphold their legal rights, African American’s during the Civil Rights Movement fought to bring those rights into existence.

of people through general terms that allow others to relate and empathize and even motivate their own empowerment, a civil rights movement simply cannot find success. As such, Muslims must stop speaking about Muslims and instead start speaking to the deeper issues of basic human rights that apply on a deeply human level.

The ‘Muslim Civil Rights Movement,’ if we can call it that, seems to have this other agenda which is to be accepted by “White people,” said Johari Abdul-Malik Though American Muslims are taking cases of discrimination to court, their ability to do so is a direct result of the progress made through the Civil Rights Movement. While African American’s became the face of the Civil Rights Movement through the trials of America’s racial intolerance, their struggle was not solely defined by race. For American Muslims to find the same progress that African American’s did during the Movement, they need to be willing to move beyond American Muslim issues, argues Reverend Graylan Hagler, a prominent local peace and justice activist and the Se-

Remember, Hagler noted, Martin Luther King Jr. did not die while he was fighting against the discrimination of African Americans, he died while working to mobilize the poor. On April fourth of 1968, King was shot and killed on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee where he was leading a march of sanitation workers protesting low wages and poor working conditions. “If in our struggle we are just talking about ourselves then its no longer a struggle, its a selfish endeavor,” Hagler

Leaders and organizations in the Muslim community, generally speaking, are very risk averse. Our preference is to detest the evil in our hearts, the weakest of faith,” said Saalakhan. nior Pastor of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, DC. “We have begin to understand what the civil rights movement was about justice for everyone. It gave way to the women’s movement , the gay struggle, the chicano and native american struggle,” he continued. Hagler argues that without the effort to share the struggles of a particular group

said. However, in what seems to be the most prominent representation of the American Muslim struggle the American Muslim community has primarily focused on the issue of Islamophobia, thus distinctly making the problem of discrimination a decidedly Muslim focused issue. In response to a growing number of hate crimes, Muslim communities across the U.S. have spewed out condemnations

of acts by Muslim leaders across the globe, PSA’s encouraging Americans to get to know their Muslim neighbors, and events and conferences professing themes of love and compassion. In a distinct effort to combat “Islamophobia” the American Muslim community has often found itself in a campaign that seeks to change the social perceptions of Muslims in America and around the world. Though the struggles that the American Muslim community face are seemingly perched on the shoulders of the Civil Rights Movement, therein remains a glaring distinction that separate the two as uniquely independent movements. “The Black Civil Rights Movement wasn’t designed to make White people like Black people. It was designed to have equal protection under the law. The ‘Muslim Civil Rights Movement,’ if we can call it that, seems to have this other agenda which is to be accepted by “White people,” said Johari Abdul-Malik, Imam of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia. This desire for social acceptance is a slippery slope, said Hagler. In seeking approval from those who the community feels holds the power, the community itself is at risk of losing the power and control over its movement. “If you give others the power, you don’t have your power. Your power does not stay with you when you give it to someone else. It’s gone,” he said. This desire toward approval or acclimation existed during the Civil Rights Movement as it does today with the largely immigrant American Muslim community. “Within certain pockets of the African American community, especially among some of the more well-to-do, there was also a desire to be accepted, to be acculturated, into the dominant society. It is true that many of our immigrant Muslim brethren reflect this same tendency, perhaps to an even greater degree. This is one of the manifestations of a colonized mind,” said Mauri Saalakhan, founder and director of the Peace and Justice Foundation in Silver Spring, Maryland. Movement II Pg 15


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The American Muslim And The Colonized Mind Though he believes that American Muslims have begun to grasp the spirit of the Civil Rights movement to some degree, Reverend Graylan Hagler feels that the primarily immigrant Muslim population faces a deeper sociological issue that compounds the communities ability to fully engage in the type of civil disobedience that so effectively instituted change during the Civil Rights movement. “Immigrants that have looked forward to coming to the U.S. to be able to support their families and to be able to create a better life for their families and so therefore there is a perspective that comes particularly from first generation immigrants that you keep your head low and you work hard and that somehow the whole idea and myth around America is that if you work hard somehow you’ll be blessed. Somehow everything will work out,” he said. It is this false reality that gave rise to a fallacy in thought and as a result kept many immigrant communities in the United States quiet and complacent in the face of surmounting civil unrest.

tributing the success of the Civil Rights Movement to the ability of the African American community to “get a little crazy.” Perhaps, he said, this is what the American Muslim community needs to be willing to do. After all, though Martin Luther King Jr. was the youngest person to ever be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, he was also arrested over thirty times throughout the Civil Rights Movement. Saalakan agreed, “Within the African American community of the 1960s there was a far greater willingness to struggle and sacrifice, even to the point of putting one’s own life in jeopardy, than what we’re seeing today in the MuslimAmerican community. Leaders and organizations in the Muslim community, generally speaking, are very risk averse. Our preference is to detest the evil in our hearts, the weakest of faith,” he said. External Factors Facing American Muslims In addition to the social challenges that American Muslims face in the United States, they must also face an onslaught of negative press from Muslim communities geographically across the world and arguably in a completely different sociologically era.

“It’s a matter of people being able to dramatize and demonstrate the indignities that take place,” said Hagler. If the Civil Rights Movement was simply an effort through letter writing, there would be no movement at all, he continued.

These external influences, that are often viewed as representative of the American Muslim, undermine the legitimacy of the representation of a common theology between Islam and the American belief system. The impact of a relatively small group of American Muslims suggesting that Shari’ah Law is similar to America’s constitutional belief system while Shari’ah Law is often most noticeably represented through lashings and stoning in the Muslim world, is quickly diminished.

Imam Johari Abdul Malik recalls an old college professor of his once partially at-

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ADVERTISEMENT | 15 ology, that is not our argument. Our argument is a first amendment argument while the Civil Rights movement was coming for the perspective of God Given rights or human rights that they wanted to have manifested in law,” noted Abdul Malik. “The Civil Rights Movement had significant theological underpinnings. As a result of that it spoke a common theology to the American people,” he continued. Without the ability to speak the language of theology in a way that is clear and not compounded by external factors, American Muslims face a quandary. Though they largely believe their Islamic faith encourages the values of justice on which the U.S. Constitution is based, their ability to speak in these terms is largely combatted by their own brethren worlds away. Seeking Knowledge Like Dr. King In 1959, nearly ten years before his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to India to study the philosophy of Gandhi, inspired by his dedication to civil disobedience. He said he felt connected to the Indian people, “by the common cause of minority and colonial people...struggling to throw off racism and imperialism.” King’s dedication to seeking knowledge from others in situations like his brings to light the question of whether American Muslims are willing to take the same steps to learn from their African American neighbors who have, and to some extent continue to, face a plethora of social injustices. “Those members of the African American community who remain connected to their historical memory, can provide an enormous amount of context to the need and importance of collective struggle. They can also provide some inspiring insights on the degree of sacrifice needed to bring about positive societal

change,” said Saalakan. As the nations first African American president took the stage to memorialize a man who’s dedication to the Civil Rights Movement defined an era of American civil progress, he stood just miles away from a memorial of a former president who is best known for his emancipation of slavery, which nearly fifty years earlier that had served as the stage for King to share his dream. In that moment history reached full circle. During his memorial speech President Barrack Obama spoke of King’s teachings, a universal and timeless message that defined the Civil Rights Movement and remains relevant today. “And so at this moment, when our politics appear so sharply polarized, and faith in our institutions so greatly diminished, we need more than ever to take heed of Dr. King’s teachings. He calls on us to stand in the other person’s shoes; to see through their eyes; to understand their pain. He tells us that we have a duty to fight against poverty, even if we are well off; to care about the child in the decrepit school even if our own children are doing fine; to show compassion toward the immigrant family, with the knowledge that most of us are only a few generations removed from similar hardships.” A new era of civil disobedience and pressure on the legal system to guarantee the rights of all men has seemingly been awakened after a short but noticeable slumber. As Martin Luther King takes his permanent place on the memorial landscape of the nations capitol, the country is rising to his call once again and demanding the dreams of a new generation be heard, among them a growing American Muslim community that finds itself struggling through its turn in America’s continuing historical battle to uphold the freedoms granted by the U.S. Constitution.

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>> continued from pg 7 on the planet earth better than the Constitution of the United States of America,” Wahaj exclaimed. “The Constitution is beautiful. It’s wonderful. But people are people,” he continued. “and if you put the constitution in the hands of bad people, bad people change it. This is why we need people like CAIR to make sure we continue to follow the great principles in the Constitution.”

Congressman Jim Moran spoke about the messages he received from “Islamophobes” to his office. Many voiced concerns of him attending and speaking at the CAIR banquet. “We cannot be intimidated by these folks,” he said to a round of applause. “Now in the history of our country other religions minorities and ethic communities and immigrant groups have been stigmatized and discriminated against. Each of them have had to defend themselves,

persevere and eventually triumph over bigotry and ignorance but I don’t think we have ever seen such a well funded and carefully orchestrated campaign that makes sure that Muslim Americans are not given the equal protection that should be guaranteed to them under our constitution,” he continued. Moran urged the Muslim community to reach out to the community at large by getting involved in every facet of the American landscape from PTA meetings to defending the U.S. constitution

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through civic involvement. “No one can do more to defeat the false notion that Islam is a religion of violence and extremism than Muslims themselves. That is where the truth has to come from,” he said. In that spirit, CAIR awarded several unique American Muslims whose dedication and commitment to Islam and the values of the American constitution provided the narrative of the model American Muslim; preserving through adversity, standing up for justice and committing to serving and bettering the community through lifelong service. Among these awardees were: Jeanie Ree V. Moore, a senior at Yale University who has worked diligently toward upholding the values of religions freedom and pluralism through her academic endeavors. Dr. Kulsoom Abdullah, an Olympic weightlifting competitor as well as a PhD in Electrical and Computer engineering who worked to change Olympic regulations so she could wear clothing that adhered to Islamic rules during competition was awarded the John Hancock Award. Rais Bhuiyan, founder of the World Without Hate campaign after being shot in an hate crime post 9/11 and working diligently to fight for clemency for the assailant in the spirit of forgiveness was awarded the Peace and Justice award and Dr. Iqbal Unus, recipient of the Lifetime Service Award who has worked consistently toward the development of the Muslim community in the United States through the inception of the Muslim Students Association, it’s transition into the Islamic Society of North America as well as in numerous other organizations and projects over the past four decades. The Muslim Community Center, in Maryland was also awarded for their free medical clinic and their tireless efforts providing those in need free and essential medical care. Over the clink of silverware and through the boisterous applause, one message was heard loud and clear, CAIR’s mission toward fighting for civil rights would continue. Despite economic or socially troubling times, the Muslim community was willing to give even beyond what was hoped for, simply for the promise of a future that further strengthened the values of the American constitution through concentrated civic efforts like those promised by CAIR.


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very delicate. The idea of having many partners and many, many children who are neglected or whose needs will not be met fully or even who will compete for gains is not a healthy one in this society. This society is full of much corruption without the addition of internal corruption. It is allowed in Islam, I do not argue this fact. Our Prophet allowed this but in today’s time we do not have the pure intentions and love for one another as they did in the past,” said one individual in a recent survey on polygamy conducted by The Muslim Link. Approximately 42 percent of those surveyed said they were either in, or knew others in polygamous marriages within the local Muslim community. Thirty nine percent said they would engage in a polygamous marriage if it were legal in the United States. One woman, who wished to remain anonymous, having been part of a polygamous relationship for fourteen years expressed her support for the institution arguing its ability to solve many moral ailments that plague today’s society. “I believe the government should legalize polygyny because it is lawful in Islaam. It would enable all the wives to have the same legal status...As a matter of fact, I have discussed the issue with many non-Muslim women as well. The majority of them say that if polygyny

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fice, Mr. Haris Tarin, spoke afterwards discussing narratives and narrative building. “The tragedy of the Muslim American community …is that we haven’t told our story. Why should there be Islamaphobia in this country? Why should people fear Muslims? Why should people see Muslims as foreigners? There’s no reason if you look at what Muslims have done

was conducted the way that it is supposed to be according to the Qur’aan and Sunnah, they would have no problem with it. It is much better than committing adultery, fornication and having illegitimate children,” she wrote in response to the survey. Born and raised in Christian family, she married a non-Muslim man at the age of twenty-two. One year later both her and her husband converted to Islam. They lived in a mongomous marriage for nine years before her husband approached her about marrying a second wife. “When my husband told me that he wanted to marry another woman we discussed the issue and the three of us met and had discussions as well. There was a public nikah and waleemah at our masjid, and the whole community, including our children and [I], attended,” she said.

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legal so long as the decision of Reynold vs. United States stands. As states move toward legalizing gay marriage, the criminalization of polygamy is a seemingly striking inconsistency in constitutional law. As for the American Muslim community and the practice of polygamy, Amin believes it is the responsibility of the Muslim leadership to represent its benefits both religiously and socially. “As an Imam I have a responsibility to put Islam out there in all its beauty and glory. Even if I stand alone in doing this, Islam has be be out there and more imams have to stand up for Islam,” he said.

Although those who said they would engage in polygamy if it were legal are the minority, nearly 70 percent said they believe that the U.S. should legalize polygamy now that it is beginning to legalize gay marriage.

“We also need to consider that legalizing an issue makes it “okay” in a lot of people’s minds. If polygamy were okay, people who don’t understand it’s conditions may enter into such relationships that could prove very unhealthy, Muslim and non-Muslim alike. The issue of polygamy is not fully understood by our own Muslim community for it to be taken to the U.S. government. I really think we should focus on fighting for the rights we currently are guaranteed under law but are not always granted,” wrote one young woman.

As for opinions on whether or not Imams, like Amin should be allowed to conduct polygamous marriages despite polygamy being illegal in the United States, the results were almost split right down the middle with approximately 54

While anti-sodomy laws outlined in Lawrence vs. Texas were brought down and with them the ability to criminalize the acts of homosexuals in the United States, polygamists must still face the reality that their marriages cannot be made

The argument remains, be it gay marriage or polygamous marriage, the rights of the people should not be based on their popularity but rather on the constitutional laws that are meant to protect them.

since the inception of this country there shouldn’t be any Islamophobia in this country,” said Tarin. Remarking on the uniqueness of the Afghan American Oral History Night he said “as someone who travels across the country frequently for work … this is the first time I’ve seen something like this happen … I don’t see communities coming together and telling their story.” He then suggested creating a “StoryCorps” to record the Muslim American communities’ stories.

Nassimi spoke regarding the yearbook that his father helped publish documenting the early members of the Muslim Student Association in 1961, which contained biographies of all the students with their pictures. Such a document would make an excellent addition to the museum’s archives.

Videos from the event will be made available soon online on the museum’s YouTube channel “IslamicHeritage”.

Though the second marriage ended in divorce after fourteen years, it ended on good terms.

Before breaking for prayer, Dr. Daoud

The event concluded with a youth panel consisting of two graduates from Afghan Academy recounting their experience in the school and at George Mason University.

Though he doesn’t believe it is a necessary practice for everyone and notes that only those able to practice polygamy within the rules laid out in Islamic teaching should consider engaging in it, Amin feels its a reality that the American Muslim community should not hide or feel embarrassed by. For those who disagree with him he simply quoted a passage from the Qur’an, “Lakum deenukum waliyadin,” For you your way, for me mine.”

America’s Islamic Heritage Museum and Cultural Center is located at 2315 Martin Luther King Ave. SE Washington, DC 20020. The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm and closed on Monday.


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The Superiority of the First Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah By Shaykh ibn al-Uthaymeen,

“By the dawn and by the ten nights … “ [Al-Qur’ân 89:1-2]

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. May peace and blessings be upon the Chief of the Messengers, Muhammad.

Ibn Kathîr said that “the ten nights” referred to here are the ten days of DhulHijjah, and this opinion was also held by Ibn Abbâs, Ibn az-Zubair, Mujâhid and others.

may Allah have mercy on him

Indeed it is a great favour and blessing from Allah that He has made for His righteous servants periods of time within which they can increase in good deeds to attain great rewards and one of these opportunistic periods is the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah (the final month of the Islamic Calendar, in which the hajj is performed). The excellence of these ten days have been mentioned in the Qur’ân and the Sunnah. 1. Allah says in the Qur’ân:

2. The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said: “There are no deeds as excellent as those done in these ten days.” They (the companions listening) said, “Not even Jihâd?” He, peace be upon him, said, “No, not even Jihâd except a man who goes forth endangering his life and wealth and does not return with anything.” [Recorded by al-Imâm al-Bukhârî] 3. Allah says: “ … and remember the name of Allah in the appointed days.” [Al-Qur’ân 2:203]

The Cobbler’s Hajj It is related that a noted Muslim scholar Abdullah bin Mubarak, had a dream while he was sleeping near the Holy Kaaba in Makkah. Abdullah bin Mubarak saw two angels’ descend from the sky, and start talking to each other. One of the angels asked the other: “Do you know how many people have come for Hajj this year?” The other angel replied: “Six hundred thousand have come for Hajj.” Abdullah bin Mubarak had also gone for Hajj that year. The first angel asked: “How many peo-

ple’s Hajj has been accepted?” The second angel replied: “I wonder if anyone’s Hajj has been accepted at all.” Abdullah bin Mubarak was grieved to hear that. He thought, “So many people have come from all over the world, crossing so many obstacles like rivers, jungles, desert and mountains, suffered so many hardships, and meeting so many expenses. Would their effort be wasted? Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) does not let anyone’s effort go to waste.” Abdullah bin Mubarak had thought only so far when he heard the other angel speak: “There is a cobbler in Damascus. His name is Ali bin al-Mufiq. He could not come for Hajj, but Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) has accepted his intention of

Ibn Abbâs and Ibn Kathîr said this means in the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. 4. The Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, said: “There are no other days that are as great as these in the sight of Allah, the Most Sublime. Nor are there any deeds more beloved to Allah then those that are done in these ten days. So increase in tahlîl (to say lâ illaha illallah), takbîr (to say allahu akbar) and tahmîd (to say alhumdulillâh).” [Reported by at-Tabarânî in al-Mu’jum al-Kabîr] 5. With regards to the noble companion Saîd bin Jubair, when the days of DhulHijjah began he would strive to increase in good actions with great intensity until he was unable to increase anymore. [Reported by ad-Dârimî]

6. Ibn Hajar says in Fath al-Bârî: “The most apparent reason for the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah being distinguished in excellence is due to the assembly of the greatest acts of worship in this period, i.e. salawât (prayers), siyâm (fasting), sadaqah (charity) and the hajj (pilgrimage). In no other periods do these great deeds combine.” WHAT ARE THE RECOMMENDED ACTS IN THESE DAYS? 1. The Prayer - It is highly recommended to perform the obligatory acts at their prescribed times (as early as possible) and to increase oneself in the superogatory acts, for indeed, this is what brings a person closer to their Lord. The Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, said:

>> dhul-Hijjah Pg 19

Hajj. Not only will he get the reward for Hajj, but because of him, all the Hajjis will be rewarded.” When Abdullah bin Mubarak woke up, he decided he would go to Damascus and meet that cobbler whose Hajj intentions carried such a lot of weight. On reaching Damascus, Abdullah bin Mubarak inquired if anyone knew a cobbler named Ali bin al-Mufiq. The town people directed him to a house. When a man appeared from the house Abdullah bin Mubarak greeted him and asked his name. The man replied “Ali bin alMufiq.” Abdullah bin Mubarak asked: “What do you do for a living?” Ali bin al-Mufiq replied: “I am a cobbler.” Then Ali bin al-Mufiq asked the stranger’s name that had come looking for him.

Abdullah bin Mubarak was a very wellknown scholar of Islam, when Abdullah bin Mubarak introduced him self, the cobbler was anxious to find out why such a well known scholar was seeking him out. When Abdullah bin Mubarak asked Ali bin al-Mufiq to tell him if he had made any plans to go for Hajj. Ali bin al-Mufiq replied, “For thirty years I have lived in the hope of performing the Hajj. This year I had saved enough to go for Hajj, but Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) did not will it, so I couldn’t make my intention translate into action.” Abdullah bin Mubarak was eager to find out how could this man’s Hajj be accepted and blessed for all the people who went for Hajj that year when he didn’t go for Hajj in the first place. While talking to the cobbler he could feel certain purity in his heart. Islam regards greatness not >> hajj Pg 21


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Salaah times for October 28th - November 10th, 2011 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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1/12 2/12 3/12 4/12 5/12 6/12 7/12 8/12 9/12 10/12 11/12 12/12 13/12 14/12

6:18 6:19 6:20 6:21 6:22 6:23 6:23 6:24 6:25 5:26 5:27 5:28 5:29 5:30

7:30 7:31 7:32 7:33 7:35 7:36 7:37 7:38 7:39 6:40 6:41 6:42 6:43 6:44

12:52 12:52 12:52 12:52 12:52 12:52 12:52 12:52 12:52 11:52 11:52 11:52 11:52 11:52

3:48 3:47 3:46 3:46 3:45 3:44 3:43 3:42 3:41 2:40 2:40 2:39 2:38 2:37

6:13 6:12 6:11 6:09 6:08 6:07 6:06 6:05 6:04 5:03 5:02 5:01 5:00 4:59

7:27 7:26 7:25 7:24 7:23 7:22 7:21 7:20 7:19 6:18 6:17 6:16 6:15 6:15

>> continued from pg 18

3. Saying allahu akbar; lâ illaha illallah and alhamdulillâh - It is found in the aforementioned narration of Ibn ‘Umar:

“Upon you is to increase in your prostration to Allah, for verily you do not prostrate to Allah with even one prostration, except that He raises you in degrees and decreases your sins because of it.” [Reported by Muslim]

“So increase yourselves in saying lâ illaha illallah, allahu akbar and alhamdulillâh.”

2. Fasting - This has been mentioned as one of the acts of righteousness where Hanbada ibn Khâlid reports on the authority of his wife who reports that some of the wives of the Prophet, peace be upon him, said:

“Ibn ‘Umar and Abû Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with them both, used to go out to the markets in the ten days saying the takbîr causing the people to follow them in this action.”

The Prophet, upon whom be peace, would fast on the ninth of Dhul-Hijjah, the day of Âshûra and three days in every month. [Recorded by Ahmad, Abu Dâwûd, an-Nisâî and others] Al-Imâm an-Nawawî said that fasting in these ten days is extremely recommended.

Al-Imâm Bukhârî, may Allah have mercy on him, said:

He also said: “Umar ibn al-Khattâb used to say the takbîr in his minaret in Mina, whereupon the people of the mosque hearing ‘Umar, would start to say the takbîr as would the people in the markets until the whole of Mina was locked in glorifying Allah.” Ibn ‘Umar used to say the takbîr in Mina

during these ten days and after prayers, whilst on his bed, in his tent, in his gathering and whilst walking. What is recommended is to say the takbîr aloud due to the fact that ‘Umar ibn al-Khattâb, his son and Abû Hurayrah used to do likewise, may Allah be pleased with them all. Strive with us O Muslims in reviving this sunnah that has become lost in these times and it was almost forgotten, even amongst the people of righteousness and goodness all of which is unfortunately in opposition to what the best of generations were upon (preserving and maintaining the superogatory acts). There are a number of ways of making takbîr that have been narrated by the companions and their followers and from these ways is the following: Allahu akbar, allahu akbar, allahu akbar kabîrun. Allahu akbar, allahu akbar, lâ ilaha illallah, wallahu akbar, wallahu akbar,

wa lillahil hamd. Allahu akbar, allahu akbar, allahu akbar, lâ ilaha illallah, wallahu akbar, allahu akbar wa lillâhil hamd. 4. Fasting on the day of ‘Arafah - Fasting has been affirmed on the day of ‘Arafah, where it has been confirmed from the Prophet, peace be upon him, that he said regarding fasting on the day of ‘Arafah: “Be content with the fact that Allah will expiate for you your sins for the year before (the day of ‘Arafah) and the year after (the day of ‘Arafah).” [Reported by Muslim] However, whoever is at ‘Arafah as a pilgrim then fasting is not expected of him, as the Prophet, peace be upon him, stopped at ‘Arafah to eat. May the peace of Allah be upon his Prophet, the family of the Prophet and all of his companions

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Abdullah bin Mubarak further asked: “why could you not go on Hajj?” In order not to disclose the reason, Ali bin al-Mufiq again replied “it was Allah’s (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) will.”

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When Abdullah bin Mubarak persisted, Ali bin al-Mufiq revealed: “Once I went to see my neighbour’s house. His family was just sitting down for dinner. Although I was not hungry I thought my neighbour would invite me to sit down for dinner out of courtesy but I could see that my neighbour was grieved about something and wanted to avoid inviting me for dinner.” After some hesitation the neighbour told me: “I am sorry I cannot invite you for food. We were without food for three days and I could not bear to see the pain of hunger of my children. I went out looking for food today and found a dead donkey. In my desperation I cut out some meat from the dead animal, and brought it home so that my wife could cook this meat. It is Halal (lawful or permitted) for us because of our extreme condition of hunger, but I cannot offer it to you.” Ali bin al-Mufiq continued: “On hearing this, my heart bled with tears. I got up and went home, collected the three thousand dinars I had saved for Hajj, and gave my neighbour the money. I too had to go hungry but that was to save money for Hajj, but I thought helping my neighbour during his difficult times was more important. Although I still desire to go

Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) is merciful and shows mercy to those who do likewise to his creatures. This act of compassion on the part of the cobbler was so pleasing to Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) that it not only earned him the reward of Hajj but was extended to all the people who came for Hajj.

Makkah) a destination for humankind and a sanctuary, (saying): Take as your place of worship the place where Abraham stood (to pray). And We imposed a duty upon Abraham and Ishmael, (saying): Purify My house for those who go around and those who meditate therein and those who bow down and prostrate themselves (in worship). Holy Quran (2:125) The gathering of millions of faithful in Makkah during the days of annual pilgrimage, Hajj is a fulfillment of Prophet Abraham’s prayer.

Hajj is a journey that can ignite the soul to be reminded of the time it was created and takes it beyond the dimensions of this life to the time it will meet the creator.

And remember Abraham said: “My Lord, make this a City of Peace, and feed its people with fruits, such of them as believe in Allah and the Last Day.” Holy Quran (2:126)

The sincere performance of Hajj can transcend a person’s day to day life into a spiritual awakening of the highest magnitude. A successful Hajj experience connects us to our creator and the greater compassion of humanity.

The Pilgrimage to Makkah is a sign of supreme significance. It was Prophet Ibraham’s unconditional commitment to Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) that led him to leave his wife Hagar and his infant son Ismael in this desolated desert. Prophet Ibrahim / Abraham (as) was reward for his unwavering submission to Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala), by a promise from Him to make this uninviting land into a place of promise and plenty.

The Pilgrimage to Makkah, is one of the essential elements of the Islamic faith. It is obligatory on all believers provided they have the financial capability and physical ability to endure the challenges of the pilgrimage. According to Islamic tradition the Holy Kaaba, a simple square cube structure in Makkah, was the first house of worship established to remind humanity of the One Supreme God. The structure was reconstructed by Prophet Ibrahim / Abraham (as) and his son Prophet Ismail / Ishmael (as) more than 3000 years ago.

Muslims who visit Makkah for Hajj become part of Allah’s (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) promise to Prophet Ibrahim / Abraham (as). Like any other article of faith, the pilgrimage can become meaningless if it is regarded as an end in itself rather than a means for the attainment of a meaningful life.

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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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