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ADAMS Hosts Discussion on Islamic, Jewish Law | pg 4 Opposition To Women Swim Program Evaporates | pg 5 A New Kind of Accessory, Students Don Hijab | pg 5

About a thousand local Ethiopian American Muslims protest in front of the State Department on November 21. Photo courtesy of Ethio-American Ad-Hoc Committee.

By Muslim Link Staff Muslims concede that things have changed radically since America launched its global “war on terror” after the 9/11

attacks. Bush’s “with us or against us” ultimatum left most government’s of the world little choice but to put their air and land in service of America’s war.

Ethiopia is a striking example of how far things have changed for the world’s Muslims.

the oppressed Muslims of Makkah to migrate to Ethiopia because there they would find a just ruler.

The Prophet Salallahu ‘alyhi wa sallam ordered

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Religious Lobbying Groups Multiply On Capitol Hill By Michelle Boorstein The Washington Post, November 21, 2011

The field of religious advocacy has mushroomed on Capitol Hill in recent

decades, a new survey shows, with the number of groups growing fivefold since 1970 and hundreds of millions spent each year to influence issues from school vouchers and immigration to the right of women overseas

to have abortions. The report, released Monday by the Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life, appears to be the most extensive research ever done on D.C.-based lobbyists and

advocates on faith matters. It documents the widening range of domestic and foreign issues religious groups push

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Community News ADAMS Hosts Discussion On Islamic, Jewish Law Imam, Rabbi say fears that Sharia law threatens America are baseless By Wafa Unus

Muslim Link Staff Writer “The opposite of fear is hope and our task is to stoke the fire of hope,” said Rabbi Michael Holzman of the Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation to a small but packed room in the All Dulles Area Society (ADAMS) Center. In an event hosted by the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Qurtuba Institute and the Interfaith Committee at the ADAMS Center on November 21st 2011, Imam Mohamed Magid of ADAMS and Rabbi Michael Holzman of the Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation came together in hopes of clarifying both Islamic law, Sharia, and Jewish Law, Halakha, and contextualizing their relevance in a secular society. With growing fear that Sharia law will somehow usurp American democracy,

the Islamic religious tradition has been a constant discussion in political campaigns and on the streets in the form of passionate protests against what some believe will bring the downfall of the American democratic ideal. The relevance of Sharia has now taken new meaning as the Muslim community in America is faced with defending a complex and contextual set of rules in both a political and social context, a challenge even for Muslims to fully understand and agree upon within their own religious communities. The Imam and Rabbi first overviewed the laws in their most basic definitions as a refresher for members of their respective congregations and a primer for those of other faiths in the audience. Though distinctly different in their comprehensiveness and application, both Sharia and Halakha law provide

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the overarching fundamentals of their respective faiths, which unbeknownst to many are strikingly similar. Imam Mohamed Magid spoke to the evolution of Sharia itself and its significance in a local context. While many mistake Sharia law as it’s played out in various Muslim countries, Magid warned against the confusing of religion and culture and emphasized the importance of understanding Sharia law as it fits within the laws of the land in which you live. “Sharia is a text and there is an understanding of the text in context... Application of Islamic law has been impacted by the circumstances where people live. There is an evolution of fiqh, which is the understanding of Islamic law but there is no evolution of the text itself. The text is principle,” said Magid.

The discussion between the two religious leaders created a unique juxtaposition of religious ideologies that brought forth the differences between the laws of the faith. However, at the same time it highlighted the similar struggles both faiths have faced in contextualizing the laws in the United States for critics who derive their understanding from their application in countries under religious governmental rule, worlds away. The same topic that has been inciting so much recent aggressive political and public discourse was calmly, and at times even humorously, addressed by the local area’s theological minds. “There’s 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, we only have 18 to 20 million Jews..if someone asked me the question “Does

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Opposition to Women-Only Swim Program Did Not Materialize PATH members packed Columbia Association meeting to show support of the initiative By Marge Neal

Columbia Patch, November 23, 2011 People Acting Together in Howard members packed the Columbia Association’s tiny board room Tuesday night to provide a voice of support in a debate that never materialized. About 55 residents, concerned that opponents of a women-only swim program would ask the board to cancel the program, organized to show their support but it wasn’t needed, and the program will continue — at least until January or February. The initiative is a pilot program. Association staff members will evaluate the program and its attendance after three or four months — it started Oct. 25 — to see if use justifies its existence, a staff member told Patch earlier this month. News articles about the program over the past week have elicited comments

described as nasty, hateful and vitriolic by association staff member Jessie Newburn. “We’ve been watching the comments as well, and it’s been really tough to see and hear the comments,” she said before the meeting began. “Some of the comments have been horrible, horrible — and there’s no way of telling if the people are even in Columbia.” The request for the program originated in the local Muslim community by women who cannot enjoy swimming in a co-ed setting because of religious dress codes.

day, and it costs less than $100 a week for the program,” she said. While the board room was packed to overflowing, no one spoke out against the program. To save time, several designated PATH speakers delivered their comments to the board while the group stood to show the board how widespread support of the initiative is.

While most women on this campus struggle to find the right necklace or earrings to pair with their outfits every day, dozens of women donned a new accessory yesterday: paisley, metallic, animal print and floral scarves that they hoped would reveal a sliver of life as a Muslim woman. More than 100 students participated in this university’s first-ever Undercover as a Muslim Woman event, which invited students to wear a headscarf — also known as a hijab — for one day to understand what Muslim women who cover their hair experience on a day-today basis. Although many students who took part in yesterday’s event said they “felt pretty” while wearing the hijab,

They offered words like “united,” “delighted,” “empower” and “gratitude.” “We often talk of the world as it is and as it should be,” Marshall told the group. “The work we do is trying to make the world as it should be, and we had one of those moments tonight.”

The pool selected for the program was “either a low-use or a no-use pool,” Newburn said.

Thanks to the women-only swim times, which provide a “stress-free” environment, she will once again be able to participate in the activity, she told the board.

“The time selected is in the middle of the

Several local clergy members showed

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While the idea was initiated by Muslims, it has been embraced by women of many religions and by those who cite personal modesty as a reason they support the separate swim times.

Students don Muslim headscarves at event The Diamondback, November 22, 2011

At the conclusion of the meeting, PATH members gathered in the lobby, where lead organizer Cynthia Marshall asked members to participate in a one-word debriefing.

Katlin Lamke, 18, told board members she used to enjoy swimming when she was a child but unwanted attention from boys made her stop one of her favorite activities when she was 14.

A New Kind Of Accessory By Rebecca Lurye

up in support of the effort, and the room was filled with people of many races and faiths.

others said they learned firsthand how some people negatively perceive the headscarf. The event was organized by Muslim Women of Maryland member Sarah Mostafa, along with members of Community Roots, the Sisterhood of Unity and Love and the Nyumburu Cultural Center. About 130 students filled the Stamp Student Union Atrium to share and listen to participants’ experiences. Although Mostafa, who covers her hair, said this campus was an ideal site for the event because of its diversity and its students’ open-mindedness, most have misconceptions about what it means to wear a headscarf and practice modesty. “Definitely we don’t mean to simplify

[a Muslim woman’s] life in a piece of fabric, but … I think it’s more interactive than if I were to just tell someone about how it is to be a Muslim woman,” said Mostafa, a senior environmental science and policy major. Although students said they took part in the event to better understand the cultural and religious practices of Muslim women, the scarf also proved to be a flattering accessory. “As soon as I put it on, I don’t know why but today I just felt pretty,” said Ashley Evangelista, a junior Chinese and philosophy major. “I put it on and I put my cardigan on and started taking pictures of myself in the mirror.” But nearly every student who spoke said they felt a deep sense of unity and

sisterhood after seeing others on the campus wear headscarves. Senior Arabic studies and linguistics major Emily Perry said she feels closer to many of her friends who cover their hair. “Faith is a part of who we are, and if I don’t understand that, I don’t understand my friends,” Perry said. But for some students, such as senior Arabic studies major Safia Latif — who first began wearing a headscarf in third grade and took it off nearly four years ago — yesterday’s event provided them with an opportunity to wear the hijab in a more accepting environment. Latif said she took her hijab off after experiencing a series of traumatizing instances while growing up — including a girl who ripped off her headscarf, which left her in tears, and a classmate who flushed her shirt down the toilet during gym class. “Today was the first time in a long time I wore it all day,” Latif said. “I was a little nervous, but it just felt completely natural. It was a completely different experience >> accessory Pg 9


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Son’s Muslim Faith Divides One Black Family By Lonnae O’Neal Parker

Washington Post, 11/5/2011 Joshua Blackwell finally visited his mother in North Carolina this summer and they talked about his conversion to Islam. The conversation didn’t go well. Margaret Blackwell had returned at midnight from her factory job making surgical bandages. Joshua, a D.C. public school teacher, was still up. She pulled out her Bible. He opened his Koran. They tried to reach each other but ended up doing battle. It was 1 John and Surah 31, verses and ayats. It was only those washed in the blood of the risen Christ, and the Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings be upon him, until after 2 a.m. And later that morning, they resumed. “You ever had somebody die in your family?” Margaret Blackwell, 58, asked a reporter quietly. Her hair was pulled into a neat bun, and her face was smooth and unlined. She sat in a straight-backed armchair in the living room of her twobedroom apartment and stared pensively toward the floor. Big Wheel Gospel — 1510 AM — played softly in the background. She tapped her foot quickly up and down. “That’s how it felt.” Joshua had been getting his 2-yearold daughter something to eat in the kitchen, and listening to his mother talk. He converted in 2008 but only told his mother about it in a phone call six months ago. This was his first visit home since

then. He stepped into the living room, his 6-foot-5 frame filling the space, and made a statement that was part longing for understanding. “I just believe in religious tolerance, that we should respect each other,” he said. The Koran says to hold your mother in high honor, and he does, he said. “But I’m a man. I made this decision as a man, not as a boy, and I will live with my decision.” They’ll always be family, but “decisions have consequences,” Margaret said quietly, without looking at her son. “I have one son in Atlanta already in that [Islam], and my hope was that Josh would bring him out.” She tapped her foot faster. The Blackwells love one another, but their differences stretch out like the arms of Jesus between them. As in many African American families, Islam is a source of tension. Not because of suspicions about terrorism or Sept. 11. Joshua’s family is worried about his soul. In the living room of the Blackwells’ home outside Greensboro, filled with family memorabilia and artifacts of faith, there are no geopolitics and no clashes of civilizations. Only resentment and pain. *** While much of America gets tied up in

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knots about Islam, African Americans have historically seen it differently. The number of black Muslims has always been relatively low, but the religion’s influence in the black community is long-standing and familiar. Its roots trace back to slavery — scholars contend that 20 to 30 percent of those brought to America came from Muslimdominated countries in West Africa — and Islamic-based movements of the early 20th century had self-definition and empowerment as core premises. Founded in Detroit in 1930, the Nation of Islam combined economic determinism, religious nationalism and a politically tailored theology. The religion gained sway among the working class, the dispossessed and especially the imprisoned. In the early 1960s, Malcolm X became the Nation of Islam’s most dynamic and controversial leader, and historian Manning Marable estimated its membership surpassed the 100,000 mark, primarily in the urban north. The sect’s ability to transform lives through its strict behavioral code became legendary. And its image of strong, independent black men (although rarely women) was attractive and sympathetic even if most blacks didn’t believe in the theology involved. After the 1975 death of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad, Islam in black America became simultaneously more traditional and more dispersed in the wider

culture. His son Warith D. Muhammad embraced a more orthodox form of Islam. Other orthodox African American Islamic communities sprang up across the country. Alex Haley immortalized his Muslim ancestor, Kunta Kinte, in his 1977 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “Roots.” Jazz and the black arts movement had Islamic tenets, aesthetics and converts at or near their core. In the 1980s, with drugs and violence at historic levels in black communities, Louis Farrakhan reconstituted the Nation of Islam with a strident re-articulation of black nationalism (and frequent antiSemitism). Given that history — and blacks’ common experience of being suspect in a white society — terrorism is rarely part of the African American Muslim conversation. Instead, being Muslim “has come to be regarded as the most authentic way of being black in America,” Columbia University researcher Zaheer Ali said. “It’s the blackest spot on your black card.” Some of the biggest names in hip-hop — Rakim, Lauryn Hill, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West — are Muslims or have sampled Islamic themes in their music. That’s how they first reached young Joshua Blackwell, growing up in Reidsville, N.C., where his daddy preached the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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*** Joshua Blackwell’s family went to church when the church doors opened. His father, Lenward, a truck driver and associate pastor, taught Sunday school, and the family attended Bible study, choir practice, children’s church and revivals that went for days. “Before he was a preacher, he was a wild dude,” Joshua said. A drink-moonshine, carry-a-shotgun kind of dude. His father would study Scripture with him. “If he wanted me to know something, he’d have me read it” in the Bible and they’d talk it out for hours. Question God, his father urged him, so God can answer. Their neighborhood was rough, said his older sister, Sheneka Jackson, 29, a divorced mother of six boys who is studying early child care at a local community college. Young guys “were drug dealers, they had felonies, they had children at an early age. Joshua was different.” Margaret Blackwell had two sons from a previous marriage. When Joshua’s older brother Ron, now a barber and truck driver in Atlanta, went to prison on drug charges, he joined the Nation of Islam and later became a Sunni Muslim — and, in Joshua’s estimation, a better man. His oldest brother, Tyrone, is in prison on drug charges. Margaret knew things would be different for her youngest son. “They didn’t have the Word in them like Josh did,” she said. “He was the family go-getter,” the first to go to college. Their best hope. Joshua’s views of Islam were complicated. He was enormously moved by how his brother changed after he converted. The speeches of Malcolm X preaching black self-sufficiency that he watched over and over on YouTube helped make sense of the dysfunction he saw around him. “I used to say I’d be down with Muslims if they believed in Jesus,” Joshua said. He recognized that Islam had become associated with terrorism after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but says he never married the two. He calls Jim Crow

segregation and violence a form of terrorism but said, “I would never say there’s such a thing as a Christian terrorist. “Besides, my brother was Muslim and you couldn’t tell me he was a terrorist.” On breaks from Winston-Salem State University, where he studied business, Joshua would lie across the living room floor talking to his mother about his Bible group. In 2007, he met Danielle Matthews, a former Miss University of the District of Columbia, at a student leadership conference at Bowie State University. They became Facebook friends and he learned she’d been a Muslim since childhood. “He pretty much said if I didn’t accept Jesus Christ as my personal lord and savior I would be going to hell,” Danielle recalled. In January 2008, he started reading the Koran to formulate arguments to bring Danielle and Ron back to salvation. But that’s not what happened. “I knew reading [the Koran] immediately that my life would have to change,” Joshua said. He found in Islam “a structure for better human life. It was almost like I was reading a plan for success.” Every ill that had plagued his community and his family came into focus. He’d questioned God, like his father taught him, and God answered. Still, Islam “really looks like it’s calling you to something extreme,” he’d say to himself. He’d have to pray five times a day, prepare his food differently and become a more intentionally religious man. He shared his feelings with Danielle, Ron and one of his closest friends, Brandon Smith. But not with his parents, who were, by this time, divorced. His mother felt rejected when his older brother converted, and they became estranged. And his dad, who taught him the word of God, who scraped and borrowed money to send him to college, was dying of lung cancer. “He was sick,” Joshua said. There was nothing for it. And he didn’t want to upset his father at the end of his life. Though a newfound religious zeal was lighting him up, he ultimately didn’t tell the man he calls his “greatest inspiration in life.” In July 2008, Lenward Blackwell died. A

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month later, Joshua formally converted to Islam.

because that’s the main piece of us being able to make it into the kingdom.”

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Joshua was respectful and told his godmother he valued her opinion, but Mitchell said, “I got off the phone and my heart was heavy, and I cried out to the Lord that he would show Joshua the truth.” And she prayed for his mother, who was so very hurt.

Two years ago, when Joshua told Sheneka Jackson that he was Muslim, the siblings pretty much stopped talking. As youngsters, his sister would cry when Joshua got whippings, and as they grew up, he was her confidant as she struggled and had baby after baby. But after he converted, she became “afraid that we won’t end up in the same place” in the afterlife, Jackson said. She wasn’t concerned about any political freight being Muslim in America can carry. “I can’t worry about somebody blowing up the World Trade Center,” Jackson said. “I was worried about my mother’s reaction.” Joshua’s godmother, the Rev. Alla Mitchell, talked to him after she learned of his conversion. “I know Jesus is more than a prophet — he’s God’s son. That’s how we were discussing it,” Mitchell said. “It was me trying to let him know that you can’t forsake that part of salvation,

Talib Shareef, the imam at Masjid Muhammad in the District, has talked with Joshua about his family’s reaction to his conversion. “A lot of Muslims go through it,” he said. “I’ve seen converts to Islam who have had detrimental lifestyles — on drugs, they partied all the time, they only looked to drink,” but they converted and cleaned up and their families still couldn’t accept them. “It’s a contradiction.” Pictures of her four children line the shelves in Margaret Blackwell’s wellordered apartment. A televangelist

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Regional Muslim Martial Arts Tournament Planned for Christmas Day By A. Idris Palmer

Muslim Link Contributing Writer On December 25th 2011, Dar Al-Taqwa in Ellicott City, Maryland has the honor of being the venue of the United Muslim Martial Arts Association (UMMAA) Second Open Muslim Martial Arts Tournament from 8AM-4PM with trophies and awards for all participants. In 2005, UMMAA held its first tournament with great success. This upcoming event at Dar Al-Taqwa is unique. It is open to all styles, Karate, Kung Fu, Silat, Ju Jitsu and Grappling. It will also include demonstrations by various masters and practitioners. Competition will include open hand forms, weapons forms, sparring, self defense and grappling. It will also feature separate children’s and youth divisions, as well as a separate women’s division for both girls and adults officiated by female judges.

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But on a rainy Monday, November 21, 2011, about one thousand local EthiopianAmerican Muslims staged a protest in front of the State Department, asking the United States to prevent US taxpayer funds from supporting the Ethiopian government’s oppression of its Muslim minority. The protest was organized by an Ad-hoc Committee of local Ethiopian American Muslim consisting about around 15 members. In a letter to Ambassador Johnnie Carson, the Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of African Affairs at the US State Department, the Ad-hoc Committee wrote “our concern lies in the government’s unconstitutional restrictions imposed on the peace loving Ethiopian Muslims through the promotion of a religious sect of its choice.” The religious sect referred to is a group commonly known as the “Ahbash” or “Habashis”, founded

The event is free for all spectators and guests. Registration is free for all competitors until Dec. 1st, after which competitors will pay $7 for all events. From Dec 15-25th the price will be $12 for competing in all events. According to tournament organizers, even with the price increase, the registration fees are phenomenally lower than those charged at any non-Muslim tournament, which usually range from $55-$180. UMMAA was founded in 1989 by Brother Abdul-Muhsiy Abdul-Rahman from Baltimore, Maryland. Brother AbdulMuhsiy is a well known practitioner of the Chinese martial art of Taichi and has participated and officiated in numerous national and international martial arts tournaments, such as the US Capitol Classics, the Battle of Baltimore and the International Chinese Martial Arts Championship (ICMAC). He is also a contributing editor for Action Martial Arts by Ethiopian-Lebanese Muslim scholar Sheikh Abdullah al-Harari . The sect is best known in the United States for claiming the qibla direction in North America is south-east instead north-east, the direction agreed upon by all major Muslim organizations in the nation. In the west, the sect operates under the organization name “Association of Islamic Charitable Projects (AICP)”. The government of Meles Zenawi put the Ahbash in charge of the religious affairs of Ethiopia’s Muslims earlier this year, and the Ahbash have started a heavy handed indoctrination program throughout areas with heavy Muslim populations, forcing people to attend “religious training” camps or face police interviews and possible arrest. Ethiopian Muslims say this move by the government is in violation of the Ethiopian constitution which prevents the government from getting involved in religious affairs, but is tacitly supported by the United States, in large part because the Ahbash are seen as a friendly alternative

magazine. “We want as many Muslims as possible to enjoy this event,” said Abdul Muhsiy. For a period of 10 years, from 19891999, UMMAA held annual martial art performances and exhibitions usually during the summer months in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area. From 2000 to the present, it has held them on Dec. 25th, the first one being held at Dunbar Senior High School in Baltimore. UMMAA has always geared its events as a means of da’wah and to encourage Muslims to participate in the martial arts for health, fitness and self-defense. He sees the event as a vehicle for da’wah, and that the date of Dec 25th was specifically chosen to enable Muslims who may be off that day, to invite their non-Muslim family members and associates to a family oriented Islamic event.

to “Wahabi” Islam which the West sees as extreme and often militant. Ahbash Imams being brought over from Lebanon fill the country’s Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs and teach Ethiopians that “Wahabis” are non-Muslims. First Hijrah Board Member and Ad-Hoc Committee member Zenith Muhammad said reports about the indoctrination camps including video and audio footage are being circulated throughout the Ethiopian Muslim diaspora. “They are taking people from work and from school and forcing them to attend these camps, and then teaching them that ‘wahabi’ means kafir, and then asking them to take the shahadah [declaration of faith] again, all this while they are surrounded by police,” said Sister Zenith. Many local Ethiopian Muslims refused to speak to the Muslim Link on record, for fear that their relatives will face harassment by the Ethiopian government. Sister Zenith said she cared for her religion more than her family, so it was important for her to speak out.

Since there are many Muslim martial arts masters and practitioners, UMMAA seeks by the help of Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, to network with them so they may share their resources, talents and expertise. Moreover, the tournament is not exclusive to Muslims alone, as anyone from any faith is welcome to participate in the competition as long as they come through the auspices of a Muslim instructor and abide by the guidelines held by UMMAA. Advance registration and additional information for the 2011 tournament is available at www.ummaa.org, or via Facebook,Twitter (@ummaamartialart) and YouTube (UMMAAchannel). We pray that this year’s event will be successful and look forward to seeing you there. May peace and prayers be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all those who follow him till the Last Day.

At the protest, marchers held placards and chanted as a group in Amharic and in English, saying things like “We don’t want a foreign ideology to be imported with our tax dollars”. The United States has been providing foreign aid to Ethiopia for decades, but with Ethiopia being a staging country for fighting Muslim groups in Somalia and hosting a drone base, more US dollars are flowing to the Ethiopian government. The protest startd around 9 AM and ended around 1 PM with thuhr prayer on the sidewalk. Ad-Hoc Committee members said they plan to deliver messages to all the embassies of Muslim nations in the DC area, and to human rights and other non-governmental organizations involved in African affairs. Asked what he felt the protest achieved, Awel Ahmed said awareness. “We identified the problem and are [going] to tackle it as Muslims together. [The protest] helped strengthen our unity In Shaa Allah.”


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and I hope to put it on in the future and wear it for good.” Junior anthropology major Niloufar Jebelli, who no longer wears a hijab, provided the audience with another perspective as a woman who grew up in Iran, where the government forces women to cover up in public. “Things get harsh if you didn’t wear it

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the right way, so that makes you not want to do it, and there’s still a part of me that doesn’t want to do it,” she said. “And it is beautiful, but when it’s not forced on you.” Mostafa said while the campus is a relatively comfortable place for Muslim women to assert “modesty as an attitude,” many of these women face new challenges when graduating and pursuing professional careers. “A lot of girls I know take off their

headscarves because they’re tired of being judged by it,” she said. “They say they only want people to see them, and people only see the scarf.” To give those students some inspiration, Mostafa invited university alumna Zakia Mahasa, who became the first Muslim woman to preside over an American court, which she accomplished while covering her hair. “Knowing I was trying to do it the right way was a strength because trying to do it

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Board of Supervisor elect of Jewish faith joined the discussion as well.

judaism teach ‘blank?’” I can’t possibly answer that question for 18 million Jews. I don’t know how anyone can ask an Imam, “Does Islam in some part of the world say some crazy thing about Zoroastrians?” There are 1.5 billion Muslims, I’m sure there’s a Muslim out there that thinks giraffes are horrible, said Holzman. The room filled with a comfortable laughter.

“One of the reasons why we are seeing this outrage on Sharia law or radical Islam is because like in history with Jews, Jews generally seemed to face the serious repression when they became more noticeable and they started to move into the higher realms of society and when they started to look like they were becoming a majority,” said Reed.

Ken Reed, a Republican Loudoun County

He noted that the current political discourse on Sharia law is largely based

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stylish beret. As she talked, the couple’s 2-year-old, Gianna, ran in and out of the living room, past a large toy box with cartoon videos, and a toy kitchen. Joshua was teaching her to read, and labels — “door,” “chair,” “pillow” — are taped all over the small apartment.

to Atlanta for a conference on Muslim life, listening to Sam Cooke and Lupe Fiasco, swapping lyrics and freestyling on the long drive south. Both men aspire to use music in their careers. Bailey calls Joshua “Yusha Assad,” the Muslim name given to him by Danielle’s mother.

After college, Joshua joined Teach for America and became a math teacher at Hart Middle School in Southeast Washington. (This summer, he was one of 200 teachers laid off because of budget cuts.) They had already been thinking about getting married when Danielle got pregnant, and her former imam performed the ceremony in the apartment.

In the early-morning darkness, Joshua turns down the music, and Bailey’s rap about those calling themselves good Christians fills the cabin of his Saturn sport-utility vehicle:

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preaches wordlessly from a muted television set, and a plaque with other names for Christ — Lion of Judah, Only Begotten Son, Wonderful Counselor — line the walls. She got it from Ron — proof, she said, that he is not too far gone in Islam. Joshua said his dad would have respected his decision, but his mother disagrees. “He would have cussed him slam-out even though he was a preacher,” she said. “I’m not bashing anybody’s religion,” she is careful to add. “Like the pastor says, we’re not trying to be judgmental.” It’s just that when Joshua starts talking about Islam, her head throbs, because the Bible is so clear about salvation. That morning at Cathedral of His Glory, she watched ecstatics lie in front of the altar. The air quivered with drum beats and shaking tambourines. The pastor cited Matthew 3:7: “Every tree not of good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.” *** It’s the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and Danielle, a substitute teacher for D.C. public schools, is cooking chicken and asparagus to break their day-long fast. Her hair is pulled back and tucked into a

Danielle’s mother-in-law has always treated her kindly, although she’s pretty sure Margaret thinks she influenced Joshua’s conversion. “He’s a grown man, he can make his own decisions,” and he could have made far worse ones, she said. Still, “he’s devastated” by his family’s reaction. “I know he feels bad and wishes he could just go back to the way things used to be before he made the big announcement.” My mother has a good heart, Joshua said. “I know she loves me.” It just comes out like “you’re going to hell and taking your wife and daughter with you.” But not everyone in his life feels that way. In June, Joshua and his best friend, Karega Bailey, 25, dean of students at Maya Angelou Public Charter School, traveled

on a growing fear that increasingly large and vocal Muslim community in the West will seek to justify the use of Sharia law in the United States under the guise of religious freedom. Magid responded that any fear of Muslims supposedly “taking over” the American legal system was an affront to the values and strength of the American democratic system and was itself contrary to the principles of Sharia law which teach that those who live in a land should follow the laws of that land.

You can burn a Koran if you want to But while you’re at it burn a cross on the lawn, too Or draw swastikas on synagogues to offend all Jews. And Joshua rhymes about ways people dismiss Islam: What if I told you the Koran is a light for you Would you tell me that Islam isn’t right for you Man you gotta pray too many times a day What like talking to God isn’t nice to do. The two met at a Teach for America social in 2009 and began to have long conversations about music and faith. “I was telling him how I’ve used my

Though both Magid and Holzman conveyed that both the Sharia and the Halakha were inherently complex and applied differently by various religious schisms and schools of thought, they stood firm on one basic idea. “We just enlarge the voices of people who are offensive when we quote and we highlight the people on the fringe and I think the fringe has had way too much attention put into it for way too long,” said Holzman.

music to restore the character and hope of my students as well, and it was a powerful moment. At that point, I realized we might be more alike than anyone else I’ve ever known,” Bailey said. Bailey is Christian. But a few months ago, after he joined Zion Church in Landover, a woman called Joshua to tell him “your Muslim friend” had joined the church. Bailey had become Muslim by association. But, alhamdulillah, that’s exactly as it should be, Joshua said. “A true Muslim and a true Christian walking in their beliefs, you shouldn’t be able to tell the difference. It’s about simply acknowledging the Creator, and going to the Creator for yourself.” There’s work people of all faiths could do together if they “could just get past labels and media portrayals,” Joshua said. He sounded frustrated and weary. It’s the contrast between the acceptance he gets from his best friend and everything he wishes he had from his family. ------------------------------------------------In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.


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Ron Paul 9/11 And Foreign Policy Discussion On Face The Nation Gets Heated By Christopher Santarelli

The Blaze, November 20, 2011 Texas Rep. Ron Paul is known to at times have opinions on foreign policy that are out of step with the party he is campaigning to represent in the general election for President. On Sunday’s [November 20, 2011] Face the Nation, Paul got into a tense discussion with CBS host Bob Schieffer in regards to the candidate’s foreign policy beliefs: As Paul gains more support and is taken seriously as a contender for the Republican nomination for president, his beliefs are examined under a microscope to see how he differs from the other candidates. As Paul grows in popularity, more questions have been asked about his foreign policy positions. As Schieffer pressed Paul Sunday in

regards to past statements on 9/11, the candidate clarified his opinion that flawed U.S. policy “contributed” to the causes that led to the terrorist attacks on. Paul however stopped short of saying the attacks were America’s “fault.” “To argue the case that they want to do us harm, because we are free and prosperous, I think is a very very dangerous notion because it’s not true,” said Paul. Pointing to statements made by the Department of Defense and in the 9/11 Commission, Paul said that there is a connection between U.S. policies and what caused the 9/11 attacks, while emphasizing, “that’s a far cry from blaming America.”

The discussion shifted to U.S. policy towards Iran, where Paul believes the U.S. could extend greater diplomatic efforts rather than military action, similar to the way that the U.S. handled the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Paul emphasized that “Iran doesn’t have a bomb, there is no proof,” and that he is fearful the U.S. will “overreact.” “Mr. Paul, may I interrupt you for a second,” Schieffer said in a harsher tone. “No one has suggested in the U.S. government that we are going to bomb Iran,” but pose very tough sanctions. Paul said he opposes sanctions because they are “the initial steps to war.” As for Schieffer’s claim that no one is suggesting “bombing” Iran, Paul advised the television host to “listen to the debates.”

he meant Republican candidates are contemplating bombing Iran and that the White House has made the implication that”nothing is off the table.” When asked if American troops need to be on bases at any place in the world, Paul answered that “a submarine is a very worthwhile weapon,” and confirmed he would bring troops home from all countries and bases, like Japan and South Korea. “We can’t afford it any longer.” ------------------------------------------------In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.

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Cain: Majority of US Muslims share extremist views By Justin Sink

The Hill, 11/14/2011 Herman Cain said that he believes a majority of American Muslims share extremist views in an interview published on Monday.

Asked if he thought this individual — whom Cain would only identify as “a very prominent voice in the Muslim community” — was right, Cain said that although he found it hard to believe, ultimately he trusted his adviser.

In an interview that included a few eyebrow-raising comments, Cain’s exchange about American Muslims may get the most attention.

“Yes, because of the respect that I have for this individual. Because when he told me this, he said he wouldn’t want to be quoted or identified as having said that,” Cain said.

“I have had one very well-known Muslim voice say to me directly that a majority of Muslims share the extremist views,” Cain said in an interview with GQ.

In March, Cain made waves when he said that if he were elected, he would not feel “comfortable” in appointing Muslims to his Cabinet. The interview — which included questions

from GQ’s food critic — also touched on some of the culinary themes that have permeated the Republican nominating contest. Cain famously described himself as not the flavor of the week or month after his rise to the top of the polls, joking that instead he was Häagen-Dazs’s black walnut, a flavor that “tastes good all the time.” The GQ writers challenged Cain to assign flavors to his competitors and Cain obliged, labeling Mitt Romney plain vanilla and Texas Gov. Rick Perry rocky road. He was then asked what flavor Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) would be: “Michele Bachmann ... I’m not going to say it. I’m not going to say it,” Cain said.

But pressed by his interviewers, Cain relented, saying that Bachmann would be “tutti-frutti.” “I know I’m going to get in trouble,” Cain said. The interview was conducted at Capitol Hill pizzeria Seventh Hill, and Cain — the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza — was asked what he could tell about a man from the toppings he ordered. “The more toppings a man has on his

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and fight and shows the entrance in recent years of religious minority groups, such as Muslims, Sikhs and secular organizations, into the field. The survey identifies the work of 212 faith-oriented groups, which spend about $390 million per year. That is up from less than 40 such groups in 1970. The biggest spenders, the survey says, include the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and established social conservative groups focusing on abortion, same-sex marriage and home-schooling. The report’s authors said that the science of identifying “religious” advocates was imprecise but that they picked groups that said they were driven by faith convictions. Some longtime Hill advocates highlighted the report’s finding that the vast majority of religious advocates stick to softer education-type outreach and don’t get into explicit politics, such as donating money to candidates. Others said the report showed how tiny the field is, compared with the tens of thousands of mostly corporate lobbyists that have ballooned in number in Washington. “No one is going on a golfing vacation in Scotland with us,” said John Carr, a policy advocate for the Catholic bishops, who first came to the Hill in the 1970s. “Washington is awash with money, and it’s harder to break through.” The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Vatican’s U.S. arm, is the second-largest spender, investing $26.7 million in advocacy, according to the study. But others saw the growth of the field as corrupting.

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“Religious lobbyists used to be like subsistence farmers, and now it’s like agribusiness,” said the Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the 15th-biggest spender, with $6.3 million spent on advocacy in 2008, according to the Pew study. The study noted that 80 percent of the groups are registered as tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, meaning they are restricted in how much direct lobbying they can do. But some watchdog groups that focus on money in politics have said that federal law exempts some religious organizations from having to disclose communications related to lobbying. The work of religious advocates mirrors the issues that come and go in public life. Early groups focused on trying to ban alcohol and funding for Native American schools. Different issues rose and fell, as did organizations. The Moral Majority, once one of the nation’s largest advocacy groups with millions of members, closed its Washington operations in the late 1980s as religious conservatives became

more confident that their values were being heard. The study noted that the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, also eliminated its D.C. office “due to declining revenues.” Today, foreign affairs issues are getting more lobbying attention, particularly human rights and poverty. Compared with their numbers in the U.S. population, Muslims and Jews make up a bigger chunk of advocates. There are 17 Muslim advocacy groups and 25 Jewish advocacy groups, while the faith groups represent less than 1 percent and 1.7 percent of the American public, respectively, according to Pew. About 8 percent of groups identify as mainline Protestant, compared with being 18 percent of the population. The study doesn’t attempt to measure influence, but veterans in the field say the religious advocacy groups wield a particular kind of clout. “I think there is a grudging respect for consistency, even with people who disagree with us,” said Carr, whose group has been active in several recent policy

debates, such as protecting entitlements for the poor during budget-cutting this year and adding tougher antiabortion language to House legislation on health care in 2009. “But the reality is, our priorities are not Washington’s. This is a mission, not a job.” Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage, a new group aimed at fighting same-sex marriage, said that religious conservatives have been too meek about getting directly involved in the political part of lobbying and that might change. “There’s a sense that there is a sacredness in religion that doesn’t mix easily with the nitty-gritty of politics, that politics is a dirty business,” she said. “The upside is that this is an area with a lot of room for growth.” ------------------------------------------------In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.

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Newt: Fire the Janitors, Hire Kids to Clean Schools By MAGGIE HABERMAN

children in, first of all, child laws, which are truly stupid.

Via POLITICO’s Reid Epstein, Newt Gingrich tonight said at an address at Harvard that child work laws “entrap” poor children into poverty - and suggested that a better way to handle failing schools is to fire the janitors, hire the local students and let them get paid for upkeep.

“You say to somebody, you shouldn’t go to work before you’re what, 14, 16

Politico, 11/18/2011

The comment came in response to an undergrad’s question about income equality during his talk at Harvard’s Kennedy School. “This is something that no liberal wants to deal with,” Gingrich said. “Core policies of protecting unionization and bureaucratization against children in the poorest neighborhoods, crippling them by putting them in schools that fail has done more to create income inequality in the United States than any other single policy. It is tragic what we do in the poorest neighborhoods, entrapping

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pizza, I believe the more manly he is,” Cain responded. Pressed, he laughingly elaborated that “the more manly man is not afraid of abundance” and that a pizza piled high with vegetables was “a sissy pizza.”

the process of rising.” He added, “You go out and talk to people, as I do, you go out and talk to people who are really successful in one generation. They all started their first job between

“Most of these schools ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor and pay local students to take care of the school. years of age, fine. You’re totally poor. You’re in a school that is failing with a teacher that is failing. I’ve tried for years to have a very simple model,” he said. “Most of these schools ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor and pay local students to take care of the school. The kids would actually do work, they would have cash, they would have pride in the schools, they’d begin

The GQ comments were the latest in a string of questionable jokes and comments that might have derailed other candidates. Cain acknowledged as much, asking the GQ writers, “That probably wasn’t politically correct, was it?” at the conclusion of the interview. At last week’s Republican presidential debate, Cain referred to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as

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nine and 14 years of age. They all were either selling newspapers, going door to door, they were doing something, they were washing cars.” “They all learned how to make money at a very early age,” he said. “What do we say to poor kids in poor neighborhoods? Don’t do it. Remember all that stuff about don’t get a hamburger flipping job? The

“Princess Nancy,” but walked back the name almost immediately after the debate. So far, Cain’s candid remarks and allegations of sexual harassment that have surfaced in recent weeks have done little to ding his popularity. A pair of polls released Monday from NBC and Battleground both show Cain still leading the Republican field.

worst possible advice you could give to poor children. Get any job that teaches you to show up on Monday. Get any job that teaches you to stay all day even if you are in a fight with your girlfriend. The whole process of making work worthwhile is central.” The former House Speaker acknowledged that it was an unconventional pitch, saying, “You’re going to see from me extraordinarily radical proposals to fundamentally change the culture of poverty in America and give people a chance to rise very rapidly.” Source: www.politico.com/news/ stories/1111/68729.html#ixzz1eSw826xX ------------------------------------------------In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.

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14 | CIVIL RIGHTS

Civil Rights

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Obama: A Disaster For Civil Liberties By Jonathan Turley With the 2012 presidential election before us, the country is again caught up in debating national security issues, our ongoing wars and the threat of terrorism. There is one related subject, however, that is rarely mentioned: civil liberties. Protecting individual rights and liberties — apart from the right to be tax-free — seems barely relevant to candidates or voters. One man is primarily responsible for the disappearance of civil liberties from the national debate, and he is Barack Obama. While many are reluctant to admit it, Obama has proved a disaster not just for specific civil liberties but the civil liberties cause in the United States. Civil libertarians have long had a dysfunctional relationship with the Democratic Party, which treats them as a captive voting bloc with nowhere else to turn in elections. Not even this history, however, prepared civil libertarians for Obama. After the George W. Bush years, they were ready to fight to regain ground lost after Sept. 11. Historically, this country has tended to correct periods of heightened police powers with a pendulum swing back toward greater individual rights. Many were questioning the extreme measures taken by the Bush administration, especially after the disclosure of abuses and illegalities. Candidate Obama capitalized on this swing and portrayed himself as the champion of civil liberties. However, President Obama not only retained the controversial Bush policies, he expanded on them. The earliest, and most startling, move came quickly. Soon after his election, various military and political figures reported that Obama reportedly promised Bush officials in private that no one would be investigated or prosecuted for torture. In his first year,

Obama made good on that promise, announcing that no CIA employee would be prosecuted for torture. Later, his administration refused to prosecute any of the Bush officials responsible for ordering or justifying the program and embraced the “just following orders” defense for other officials, the very defense rejected by the United States at the Nuremberg trials after World War II. Obama failed to close Guantanamo Bay as promised. He continued warrantless

his captor despite the obvious threat to his existence. Even though many Democrats admit in private that they are shocked by Obama’s position on civil liberties, they are incapable of opposing him. Some insist that they are simply motivated by realism: A Republican would be worse. However, realism alone cannot explain the utter absence of a push for an alternative Democratic candidate or organized opposition to Obama’s policies on civil liberties in Congress during his term. It looks more like a cult

President Obama not only retained the controversial Bush policies, he expanded on them. The earliest, and most startling, move came quickly. surveillance and military tribunals that denied defendants basic rights. He asserted the right to kill U.S. citizens he views as terrorists. His administration has fought to block dozens of public-interest lawsuits challenging privacy violations and presidential abuses. But perhaps the biggest blow to civil liberties is what he has done to the movement itself. It has quieted to a whisper, muted by the power of Obama’s personality and his symbolic importance as the first black president as well as the liberal who replaced Bush. Indeed, only a few days after he took office, the Nobel committee awarded him the Nobel Peace Prize without his having a single accomplishment to his credit beyond being elected. Many Democrats were, and remain, enraptured. It’s almost a classic case of the Stockholm syndrome, in which a hostage bonds with

of personality. Obama’s policies have become secondary to his persona. Ironically, had Obama been defeated in 2008, it is likely that an alliance for civil liberties might have coalesced and effectively fought the government’s burgeoning police powers. A Gallup poll released this week shows 49% of Americans, a record since the poll began asking this question in 2003, believe that “the federal government poses an immediate threat to individuals’ rights and freedoms.” Yet the Obama administration long ago made a cynical calculation that it already had such voters in the bag and tacked to the right on this issue to show Obama was not “soft” on terror. He assumed that, yet again, civil libertarians might grumble and gripe but, come election day, they would not dare stay home. This calculation may be wrong.

Obama may have flown by the failsafe line, especially when it comes to waterboarding. For many civil libertarians, it will be virtually impossible to vote for someone who has flagrantly ignored the Convention Against Torture or its underlying Nuremberg Principles. As Obama and Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. have admitted, waterboarding is clearly torture and has been long defined as such by both international and U.S. courts. It is not only a crime but a war crime. By blocking the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for torture, Obama violated international law and reinforced other countries in refusing investigation of their own alleged war crimes. The administration magnified the damage by blocking efforts of other countries like Spain from investigating our alleged war crimes. In this process, his administration shredded principles on the accountability of government officials and lawyers facilitating war crimes and further destroyed the credibility of the U.S. in objecting to civil liberties abuses abroad. In time, the election of Barack Obama may stand as one of the single most devastating events in our history for civil liberties. Now the president has begun campaigning for a second term. He will again be selling himself more than his policies, but he is likely to find many civil libertarians who simply are not buying. Jonathan Turley is a professor of law at George Washington University. This column originally appeared in the September 29, 2011 issue of the Log Angeles Timesv ------------------------------------------------In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.


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Islam

18 Ways to Achieve Greatness Through Gratefulness By Taha Ghayyur SoundVision.com

Whether you consider yourself a positive, easy-going person or a demanding, hard to please person, these tips can help you become a more grateful, caring, and content individual. There is much more to gratitude and Shukr (thankfulness) in Islam than a mere “Thank You” that our ears have become so used to ignoring. Discover how you can be more thankful to Allah and His creation. (1) Stop Complaining and be positive! This is the first step towards being thankful to Allah and people around you. We have become a community of complainers and whiners, which has lead to a collective psychology of negativity and unproductively. Stop complaining about the economy, weather, politicians, traffic, or ‘the system’. Refrain from blaming your Masjid, Imams, parents, spouse, in-laws, children, or boss. If you think with an open mind, you may find more positives in your circumstances and the people around you than negatives. (2) Say “Al-hamdulillah” (All thanks and praise belongs to Allah) often: A constant utterance of this phrase reminds you of the source of all blessings and happiness in this life. This practice of attributing all good actions to Allah keeps you humble and content and has a positive affect on your relations with people. Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, has instructed us to say “Al-hamdulillah” on daily basis: “Allah is pleased with His servant if, when he eats something he thanks Allah for it, and when he drinks something he thanks Allah for it” (Muslim). (3) Respect others’ time and schedule: Part of ungratefulness is wastage of time.

As a scholar once said, “Time is not just money. It is more expensive than gold, diamonds and pearls. Time is life itself!” Arriving late at a meeting or a class, cancelling appointments last minute, or starting off a program late, are not only a big waste of time and disrespectful to others, but also a lack of appreciation of others’ time on your part. (4) Seize the opportunity while you can. Procrastination in offering your prayers, delaying a donation to a humanitarian cause, or filling your leisure time with unproductive or unlawful activities is ingratitude to Allah for the limited time and opportunity He has given you to do good and to achieve Paradise. Prophet Muhammad warned us, “Good health and spare time are two of the blessings of Allah with respect to which many people are deceived.” (Bukhari) Even if you live till tomorrow, what guarantee do you have that there won’t be any obstacles in carrying out a good action. The Prophet used to call on Muslims to take the initiative to do good deeds before any problems arise. (5) Spend 15 minutes daily to think about things that you should be thankful for: Recall people in your life, whom you may have taken for granted like your parents, spouse, children, co-worker, or teacher, who were caring and loving. List some of Allah’s gifts that are not tangible or were not obvious to you before. Sulayman, a follower of the Prophet’s Companions, once said: “Remembering His blessings makes one love Allah.” This simple mental exercise not only makes you a grateful person, but also a healthy one. According to a 2001 research bythe Institute for Research on Unlimited Love (IRUL), based in Ohio, just 15 minutes a day focusing on the things you

are grateful for will significantly increase your body’s natural antibodies, will make you less vulnerable to clinical depression, and will keep your blood pressure and heart rate stable.

comfort to them and brings multiple rewards from Allah to you, it also helps you appreciate your own good health and opportunities you have in life to serve others.

(6) Be patient and grateful when disasters strike: The depth and strength of your gratitude is tested in difficult times. Allah wants to see how thankful you truly are when you loose your job or a loved one, or when you feel ill and or get injured.

(9) Share the message of Islam: If you appreciate the guidance of Islam as your most precious treasure, don’t hesitate to share it with others. If Islam has changed your life for the better, what’s holding you back from inviting your friends, family, neighbours, and co-workers to explore this message of hope and positive transformation?

It helps to know that in times of calamity and distress, there will be some good for you, provided you respond appropriately. The Prophet said, “How wonderful is the case of a Believer! There is good for him in whatever happens to him -and none, apart from him, enjoys this blessing.” (Muslim) Sufyan al-Thawri, a famous early scholar of Islam, said, “He does not understand religion properly who does not count affliction as a blessing and ease as a trial.” (7) Donate your time, talent, money, and advice to social work and non-profit efforts: In our profit-driven culture, it is burdensome to squeeze out time and wealth for others. Your selfless service and generosity towards people in need and non-profit organizations is a sure way of showing gratitude to Allah and to your community. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him said, “People are dependants of Allah; the closest to Him are those who are most useful to His dependants” (Muslim). “As the blessings from Allah to a servant increase, so will the people’s needs of that blessed servant’s services. If the servant ignores their needs, it will cause those blessings to be removed” (lbn Hibban). (8) Visit the sick, the terminally ill, and the disabled: Frequenting patients and families of the deceased, not only brings

(10)Recite and memorize the Duas of Prophet Muhammad: The most natural and beautiful way to thank Allah is the words of the Prophet himself. The Prophet told Muadh, “By Allah, I love you, so do not forget to say at the end of every prayer, ‘O Allah, help me to remember You and to give thanks to You and to worship You well’” (Ahmad and At-Tirmidhî). (11) Fall in Prostration (Sajda) when you receive a blessing from Allah:Prophet Muhammad used to prostrate (Sajda) to Allah whenever he received something pleasant or was told good news to thank Allah for the grace he had received. (12) Don’t consider any blessing too small: Treat all gifts of Allah with equal respect and gratitude, lest you lose it one day for good. Aishah said that the Prophet entered upon her one day and saw a small piece of bread on the floor, so he picked it up and wiped it, then told her: “O Aishah, treat the blessings of Allah with respect, for when it departs from a household it may never come back to them” (Abud Dunya). (13) Use and display Allah’s blessings moderately. Part of being grateful to Allah

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16 | Sabr Wins The Race

An American Muslim Father’s Extra Mile

History

At the start of the 2010-2011 school year at al-huda school, the kindergarten girls teacher Sister Amber Qayyum made an appeal to parents to help fund a reading corner for the class. Sabriya Rashid had been at Al-Huda in preschool since 2006, and though her father Abdur Rashid and his Aminah were struggling financially they really wanted to support his daughter’s classroom. “Even parents whose funds are limited have faith and health that we can use to help. Do something!” Abdur Rashid told himself. So, he planned a personal bike-a-thon to help raise the $700 needed to fund the reading corner. Getting per-mile pledges from friends and co-workers, on October 11, 2010 he rode from AlHuda School in College Park, Maryland to a learning store in Alexandria, Virginia and back—using bike trails and secondary roads for a 75 mile round trip—and loaded a bike trailer with books from the store. Leaving at fajr, he returned at around 3pm to deliver the books to the class. He raised $1,462 – more than double what the class needed, alhumdulillah. This year he wants to contribute even more with a 235 mile bike-a-thon linking AlHuda School in Maryland and Al-Huda School in Pennsylvania.

Why A Bike-A-Thon? The Muslim community has many great projects going on that need continuous funding. With so many fundraising dinners and juma’ appeals being made, its easy for the community to get numb. Abdur Rashid says: “We wanted to introduce something fresh and new, something that will get people involved with more than just their checkbook. Bike-a-thons, marathons, and walk-a-thons are very successful in the United States, raising money in the millions for cancer research and other causes. This type of effort involving sacrifice, physical effort, and excitement is what we need for the Muslim community. A Bike-A-Thon will link us together and help us move forward together In Shaa Allah. Some of us can’t afford to donate cash, but we can give of our time, energy, and persistence. That’s what this ride is all about.”

Who is Abdur Rashid? Abdur Rashid is a 40-year old American Muslim who grew up in the local area and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. He commutes to work at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda each morning by bike. He is not a professional athlete, and the Sabr Wins the Race Bike-A-Thon will be his longest bike ride ever. His daughter Sabriya attends first grade with Sister Shirin Ishaq at Al-Huda School and his wife Aminah is a 2011 UMD graduate. Abdur Rashid and his daughter Sabriya.

The Route Since it is dangerous and against the law to travel on highways, the route from Al-Huda School in College Park, Maryland to Al-Huda School in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania will go through bike trails and secondary roads for a round trip total of 235 miles. Traffic and weather conditions will affect the time for both the going and coming legs of the route, but we estimate each leg will take 10-12 hours. We will only stop to use the bathroom and to make salah. We will eat high energy foods like honey and trail mix while biking, and of course plenty of water In Shaa Allah. Muslim Link (which is sponsoring the ride) staff will connect with us at checkpoints on the route to document the Bike-a-Thon and to make sure we are safe. We will leave College Park around midnight Friday, December 9 and aim to make juma’ prayer in Pennsylvania. We’ll sleep the night in Pennsylvania and then head out again around midnight, aiming to get back to College Park around thuhr time. We will track the ride live using a GPS device connected to our website, so In Shaa Allah all of our supporters can track the progress.

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Pledge to Support Our Effort! Al-Huda School - Pennsylvania

We are trying to raise $20,000 through this Bike-A-Thon. All of the funds get paid directly to Al-Huda School, a non-profit 501C(3) a K-12 school accredited by the Middle States Association for Colleges and Schools. If we get 100 people to pledge $1 per mile, we are done ! Of course any small per mile pledge amount adds up – even 1 cent per mile ! You can pledge at www.sabrwinstherace.org. You’ll be contacted to pay your pledge once the ride is completed – may Allah help us to finish the entire ride. We’ll only ask you to pay for the miles we finish.

Ride the Extra Mile

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We invite everyone – young and old – to come out with or without your bikes to ride or walk with us as we return. We are calling that last portion “the extra mile” and In Shaa Allah we are planning it to go through neighborhoods so it should be safe for the children. We will update the website with the exact route of the “extra mile” including an estimated time when we will be going through that last part. Seeing all the kids should boost us to crunch through those last miles, In Shaa Allah!

We Are Going 230 Miles Closer to Allah, In Shaa Allah On the authority of Abu Harayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Allah the Almighty said: I am as My servant thinks I am. I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assemble better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a fathom’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed. ---It was related by al-Buhkari and others

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Salaah times for November 25th - December 8th, 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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is to look presentable and clean, and spend money on yourself with moderation. Abul-Akhwas nar­rated that his father said: “I came to the Messenger of Allah looking dishevelled and scruffy. He asked me, ‘Do you have any possessions?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He asked me what sort, and I told him, ‘I have all sorts. Allah has given me camels, horses, slaves and sheep.’ The Prophet said: ‘If Allah has given you all of that, then let Him see His blessing on you.’” (14) Don’t be too picky and accommodate others! Some people express their discomfort (perhaps unintentionally) with anything that they are not used to. They may be too picky about their taste of food, clothing and furniture; they may get irritated easily in new environments; they may like meeting only a certain type

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of people; they may not like working with others. This insensitivity to other people’s preferences and inability to accommodate others is a sign of selfishness, arrogance, and ungratefulness. Be content in every situation and you will become grateful. (15) Admire those below you and keep your expectations low: A lot of times the reason for our ungrateful behaviour is that we are constantly comparing our material success with the wealthier, healthier, and more accomplished. In our race to ‘keepup-with-the-Ahmad-family’ next door, we forget so many obvious blessings that others may not enjoy and we should be thankful for. The Prophet admonished us, “Look at those people who have less than you and never look at those who have more grants than you, this will ensure that you will not depreciate Allah’s favours” (Muslim).

(16) Thank people for littlest things: People like to be appreciated for little favours they do for us, which often get ignored in our busy routines. When was the last time you thanked your little son for taking care of simple chore for you? Has your husband heard a compliment from you lately? Take the time to thank them for their thoughtfulness. As the Prophet stated, “The one who does not give thanks for a small blessing will not give thanks for a great blessing, and the one who does not give thanks to people will not give thanks to Allah” (Abud Dunya). (17) Compliments & recognition and motivate team members: Whether you are an employer or a manager at work, or lead a volunteer based project, or simply a team player, a personal recognition significantly boosts the employee or volunteer morale. As Stephen Robbins in his book “The

Truth about Managing People” explains, several organizational behaviour studies have indicated employees and volunteers rate personal thanks and recognition from a superior for a job well-done as the most motivating of a variety of incentives; yet not many team leaders use this simple, cost-effective technique that works like magic! What kinds of personal recognition and group success incentives does your organization have in place? (18) When you thank someone, make sure you mean it: When you say “Jazakallahu Khayran” (May Allah reward you the best) to your wife, does it come from your heart? Or is it received as another cold cliché? Be a little creative when you really want to express your gratitude to someone. Say it with a personal thank you card. Show it with flowers. Accompany it with a genuine smile. Charge it with emotions. Enhance it with a meal or a meaningful gift.

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{ 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)” 11-8-11 Soripada Lubis, husband of Siti Chadidja Siregar and father of Andi Faisal Lubis, has passed away. May Allah forgive his sins and accept him in Jannat ul Firdaus, Aameen. Salaat ul Janazah was on November 9, 2011 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. (Source: ICM) 11-10-11 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brother Akram Bhatti. May Allah (SWT) forgive his sins, give his family patience, and enter him into Jannat ul Firdaus. The Salat-ul-Janaza prayer was on November 10, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Source: ISB) 11-16-11 It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our dear elder and mother, Sister Mehurinnisa Begum Jilani. She is the mother of Farrukh, Salman, Suhail, Imrana and Samina. Janazah Prayers were on November 17, 2011 in Laurel, Maryland. We ask Allah SWT to forgive her, have mercy on her and give her Jannat ul-Firdous. We also ask Allah SWT to give patience to her family during these difficult times. (Source: ICCL) 11-22-11 Malik Saqi Mohammad, father of Javed, Arshad and Jahangir Malik, has passed away. May Allah forgive his sins and accept him in Jannat ul Firdaus, Aameen. Salaat ul Janazah was on November 22, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Source: ICM)

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Upcoming Events In Your Area Journey to Islam Saturday, November 26 2011, 5:00pm - 7:00pm Brother Hernan Guadeloupe will be talking about his Journey to Islam, a new series at PGMA. Please invite your neighbors, friends and family to this enlightening series on persons who have accepted Shahadah and how they became Muslims. Snacks will be served. Location: PGMA, 9150 Lanham Severn Rd., Lanham, Maryland 20706 Contact: www.pgmamd.org or 301-459-4942 ext 1 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Civil Rights Forum Sunday, November 27 2011, 5:00pm - 7:30pm PGMA will host Brother Mauri’ Salakhan from the Peace and Justice Foundation on a Civil Rights Forum. Learn about your rights. Held in between Maghrib and Isha prayer. Please join us for this very important forum. Location: PGMA, 9150 Lanham Severn Road, Lanham, MD 20706 Contact: www.pgmamd.org or 301-459-4942 ext 1 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Empower Your Children to be Independent & Creative Learners Saturday, December 03 2011, 10:00pm - 2:00pm AL HUDA SCHOOL SEMINAR (Free of Charge) REGISTER TODAY! hSpeakers: Br. Hussein Afeefy and Br. Ayman Nassar. This will be a great opportunity to learn valuable skills to enrich your parenting capabilities. This particular seminar will focus on creativity enhancement and techniques we can learn in order to inculcate these valuable personality components in our childs educational experience. The seminar will be held at the Al Huda School and begins at 10:00am. We are kindly requesting you to register here for the event in order to allow us to better host you. Location: Al Huda School - 5301 Edgewood Rd College Park MD. Contact: Al Huda School - 301982-2402. REGISTER TODAY! https://duscommunity.wufoo.com/forms/z7w3s7/ --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Lead Your Career to Success Sunday, December 04 2011, 9:00am - 1:00pm What Will I Gain if I Attend the Workshop? Knowledge – Excellent opportunity to learn basics of a very demanded field, project management Application – Apply the knowledge to reaching a goal you have, finding a job Self-confidence – You will acquire self-confidence, leadership skills and motivation to keep you marching forward Tangible results – You will increase your chances for getting an interview Who should Attend? Professionals switching jobs Unemployed Job seekers College students Recent graduates Anyone interested in improving their management and leadership skills Relocating individuals. Location: Ellicott City, MD Contact: http://www.islamicleadership.org/lead-your-career-to-success/ --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ICM Winter Fund Raising Dinner Saturday, December 10 2011, 6:00pm - 9:00pm Islamic Center of Maryland (ICM) 2011 Winter Fund Raising Dinner. Tickets: $25.00 Individual, $50.00 Family. Please bring your family & friends. Help finish ICM Master Plan and pave the way for an enlightened future. Location: University of Maryland Conference Center, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Building 2, Rockville, MD 20850 --------------------------------------------------------------------4-Day PMP Certification Training December 10-11, December 17-18 (4 Days, 2 weekends) Project Mgmt Professional Certificate 4-Day Workshop/Training Material: Each student will receive the following: “Passing the Project Management Exam - PMP Certification Practice Book” “Passing the Project Management Professional Exam: PMP Certification Review Book” PMI PMBOK 2008 Class handouts White papers Real PMI case studies Topics not in PMBOK but on the exam Class drills Interactive group activities Custom study plans Tips, tricks, study aids, practice charts Office supplies to make studying effiective and easy Who should Attend? Individuals interested in pursuing PMP certification (PMBOK 2008, Fourth Edition) Location: Ellicott City, MD Contact: http://www.islamicleadership.org/


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NORTHERN VIRGINIA

--------------------------------------------------------------------------All Muslim Brothers Association 3900 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302 Tel: 703-647-0515 Jumma Prayer Only - 1:15 P.m --------------------------------------------------------------------------Icna VA Center: 2913 Woodlawn Trail, Alexandria, VA 22306. Tel: 703-660-1255 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Idara Dawat-o-irshad: 4803 VAlley St, Alexandria, VA 22312 Tel: 703-256-8622 ww.irshad.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Mustafa Center: 6844 Braddock Rd., Annandale, VA 22003 Tel: 703-658-7134 www.mustafacenter.org E-mail: Mustafacenter@gmail.com --------------------------------------------------------------------------Baitul Mukarram: 2116 S Nelson St., Arlington, VA, 22204, Tel: 703-778-1550 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Zakaria Islamic Academy: Galesbury Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151 Tel: 571-969-2123 www.ziacademy.org E-mail: Contact@ziacademy.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Badr Community Center Of Dumfries: 17794 Main Street, Dumfries, VA 22026 Tel: 703-585-1689/703-554-7983 www.bccd.org E-mail: Info@bccd.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Dar Ul-ghuraba (Masjid Ur Rahmah): 155 Baker St., Emporia, VA 23487 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Dar Al Hijrah: 3159 Rowe St., Falls Church, VA 22044, Tel: 703-536-1030 www.hijrah.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Center Of Northern VA Trust (Icnvt): 4420 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax, VA, 22030 Tel: 703-591-0999 www.icnvt.org E-mail: Info@icnvt.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Dar Al-noor (Muslim Assoc. Of VA): 5404 Hoadly Rd., Manassas, VA 20112, Tel: 703-580-0808 Fax: 703-221-8513 www.daralnoor.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Manassas Mosque: 12950 Center Entrance Ct, Manassas, VA Tel: 703-257-5537 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Center Of Virginia: 1241 Buford Rd.,

Richmond, VA 23235 Tel: 804-320-7333 www.icVA1.com --------------------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society Of Greater Richmond (Isgr): 6324 Rigsby Road, Richamond, VA 23226 Tel: 804-673-4177 www.isgr.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Al Rahman: 1305 Hull St., Richmond, VA 23224 Tel: 804-232-7640 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Masjidullah Of Richmond: 211 North Ave., Richmond, VA 23222 Tel: 804-321-8864/804-647-4297 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Dar-ul Huda: 6666 Commerce St., Springfield, VA 22150, Tel: 703-922-0111 www.darulhuda.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Foundation of America: 6606 Electronic Drive, Springfield, VA 22151 Tel: 703-914-4982 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Noor: 8608 Pohick Rd, Springfield, VA 22153 Tel: 703-451-7615 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Adams Center: 46903 Sugarland Rd, Sterling,VA 20164, Tel: 703-433-1325 www.adamscenter.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Heritage Center (Ihc): 262 A-3 Cedar Ln., Vienna, VA 22180 Tel: 703-206-9056 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

WASHINGTON D.C.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------First Hijra Muslim Comm. Center: 4324 Georgia Ave, NW Washington, D.C. 20011 www.firsthijrah.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Ivy City Masjid: 2001 Galludet St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002 Tel: 202-529-3100 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Al-islam: 4603 Benning Rd., SE, Washington, D.C. 20019 E-mail: Imammusa@hotmail.com --------------------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Muhammad: 1519 4th St. NW, Washington D.C. 20001 Tel: 202-483-8832 | www. masjidmuhammad.com --------------------------------------------------------------------------Muslim Society Of Washington, D.c. (MswDC): Howard Center, Room 805 (Above Hu Bookstore) Tel: 202-328-3236 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Islamic Center: 2551 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington D.C. 20008 Tel: 202-332-8343 www.theislamiccenter.com ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

MARYLAND

--------------------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society Of Annapolis (Isa): 2635 Riva Rd. Suite 110, Annapolis, MD 21401 Tel: 410-266-6660 www.isamd.org Email: Info@islamannapolis.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Bait-Allah Masjid of Baltimore Inc 1935 Frederick Ave Baltimore, MD 21223 Imam’s cell: 571-721-9938 email: baitallahmasjid@yahoo.com --------------------------------------------------------------------------Bilal Dawah Center, Inc: 1910 Frederick Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223 Tel: 410-945-1515 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Dar ul Uloom: 6334 Dogwoood Rd, Baltimore, MD 21207, Tel: 410-493-0785 Email: Darululoommd@aol.com --------------------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Ul-haq: 514 Islamic Way (Wilson St. ), Baltimore, MD 21217 Tel: 410-728-1363 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Al-mumineen: 2642 Harford Rd., Baltimore, MD 21218 Tel: 410-467-8798 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Jamaat Al-Muslimeen: 4624 York Rd., Baltimore, MD 21212 Tel: 443-622-2962 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Al-rahmah/isb: 6631 Johnnycake Rd., Baltimore, MD 21244 Tel: 410-747-4869 | www.isb.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Masjid As Saffat: 1335 W. North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217 Tel: 410-669-0655 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society Of Easton 126 Port Street Unit # 1 Easton, MD 21601 Tel: 410-829 7924 islamicsocietyofeastonmd.yolasite.com

--------------------------------------------------------------------------Irhsca (Islamic Research And Hum. Services Center Of America): 1 Chambers Ave, Capitol Heights, MD Tel: 301-324-5040 www.irhsca.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society Of Southern Pg County (Isspgc): P O Box 99, Clinton, MD 20735 5410 Indian Head Hwy, Oxon Hill, MD 20745 Tel: 240 603 4618

--------------------------------------------------------------------------Dar-us-Salaam: 5301 Edgewood Rd., College Park, MD 20740, Tel: 301-982-9848 www.duscommunity.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Zamzam 1510 Lynch Road, Dundalk, MD 21222 Tel: 410-284-2840 www.masjidzamzam.com --------------------------------------------------------------------------Dar al-Taqwa: 10740 Rte. 108, Ellicott City, MD 21042, Tel: 410-997-5711 www.taqwa.net --------------------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Al-Hikmah: 11064 Livingston Road Unit L (101) Ft. Washington, MD 20744, Tel: 301 292-9009 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society Of Frederick (Isf): 1250 Key Parkway, Frederick,md 21702 Tel: 301-682-6090 www.isfmd.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Center Of Maryland (Icm): 19411 Woodfield Rd. Gaithersburg,md 20879 Tel:301-840-9440 www.icomd.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Makkah Learning Center (Mlc): 814 Brandy Farms Ln., Gambrills, MD 21054 Tel: 410-721-5880 www.isamd.org Email: Info@mlcmd.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society Of Germantown (Isg): 19900 Brandermill Rd., Germantown, MD 20876 Tel: (240)-277-7758 www.isgtown.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Ibn Taymiyyah: 8000 Mlk Highway, Glenarden MD Tel: 301-461-9325 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society of Western Maryland: 2036 Day Rd., Hagerstown, MD 21740 Tel: 301-797-0922 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Southern Maryland Islamic Center (Smic): 1046 Solomons Island Rd, Huntingtown, MD, 20639 Tel: 410-535-0000 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Avondale Islamic Center: 4637 Eastern Ave., Hyattsville, MD, 20782 Tel: 301-779-9292 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Prince Georges Muslim Assoc.(Pgma): 9150 Lanham Severn Rd., Lanham, MD, 20706, Tel: 301-459-4942

www.pgmamd.org Imam’s Office: 301-459-1441 E-mail: Imam@pgmamd.org. --------------------------------------------------------------------------Turkish American Community Center 9704 Good Luck Rd, Lanham, MD 20706 Tel: 301-459-9589 www.taccenter.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------La Plata Masjid: 111 Howard Street, La Plata, MD 20646 Tel: 301-609-8769 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Com. Center Of Laurel (ICCL): 7306 Contee Rd., Laurel, MD 20707 Tel: 301-317-4584 www.icclmd.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Al-Ghurabaa: 8220 Washington St., South Laurel, MD 20724. Tel: 301-604-3295 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Center Of Lexington Park 22583 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD 20619 Tel: 240-538-7839 or 561-414-0994 www.iclpmd.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Medina Center: 11600 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854 www.medinacenter.net E-mail: Admin@medinacenter.net --------------------------------------------------------------------------Randallstown Islamic Center 9019 Marcella Ave. Randallstown, MD 21133 Tel: 410-971-4018 www.ricbaltimore.org E-mail: Info@ricbaltimore.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society Of The Washington Area (Iswa): 2701 Briggs Chaney Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20904 Tel: 301-879-0930 www.iswamd.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Muslim Community Center (MCC): 15200 New Hampshire Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20905 Tel: 301-384-3454 www.mccmd.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Imaam: (Jumuah Only) Jumuah: 12:50pm 3201 Randolph Rd, Wheaton, MD 20906 www.imaam.org Email: Fridayprayer@imaam.org --------------------------------------------------------------------------Masjid An-nur: 5418 Ebenezer Road, White Marsh, MD 21162 Tel: 410-663-9637 Fax: 410-663-9817 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Al-inshirah: 7832 Fairbrook Road, Windsor Mill, MD 21244 Tel: 410-298-2977


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Place a personal classified ad. Call us at 301-982-1020. Office@muslimlinkpaper.com We invite you to place a classified on the web FREE of charge at www.muslimlinkpaper.com. Classifieds in the print edition of the Muslim Link newspaper are only $1 for every 3 words. All classifieds run for 3 issues in the Marketplace section. Get started by emailing your exact text to office@muslimlinkpaper.com and then call in your credit card payment to 301-982-1020 or send a check or money order payable to: The Muslim Link, 5301 Edgewood Rd, College Park MD 20740.

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Looking for a Muslim daycare provider? Call ZEI’s daycare near the New Hampshire & Bel Pre Area. For More Information Contact Zeineb Mohammed @ 301-871-2304 or 301-367-5405.

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Muslim Brother, African-American, seeks an honest muslim sister for marriage. I weigh 165lbs, 5’7”, OK looks, very honest, athletic body built and most important I make my salats and performs the five pilliars of faith. I’m preparing to make Hajj soon, InshaAllah. I’m seeking a Muslima that have some traits as mines. Mainly very honest, height and weight similiar to mines. Please give me a call at 410-9635807 and my name is Michael Shahid and that is my legal name, or send a email to twirladrain@hotmail.com. ------------------------------------------------

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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

also called Najeebudheen Appat, a 30-year old living in Los Angeles, CA. He’s had a severe dandruff

“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! Allahu-Akbar!.” -- Br.Hasan, Maryland problem for a long-time, and had been searching for a solution. “I tried so many different products like tonics and shampoos, I can’t even remember them all, until I found this product around 2002. My problem was solved completely, the entire thing is taken care of. I even called [Honeyderm] with the great feedback,” recalled Najeebudheen. He told us that Allah creates shifa in many things, and Honeyderm’s products are a part of that. “For dandruff problems, this is the total solution,” he told us from his mobile phone.

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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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