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UMMAA Tournament Sets Bar Higher for Muslim Martial Arts On Dec 25th, a crowd of about 250 watched as several local martial arts schools and practitioners gathered at Dar Al Taqwa in Ellicott City for the United Muslim Martial Arts Association Tournament. The venue featured artists from diverse schools and martial systems including Al-Azhar Silat, Aqabah Karate, Riley Hawkins’ Avengers, Thompkins Karate and Bai’s Martial Arts. >> UMMAA Pg 10

The Maryland/Virginia chapter of the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) held its Annual Fundraising Dinner on December 10th at the La Qila Restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland. Chief Econo-

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A young silat practitioner goes through a form for judges at the United Muslim Martial Arts Association annual tournament held at Dar Al-Taqwa in Columbia, Maryland. Photo courtesy of UMMAA.

Indian American Muslim Council Campaigns to Keep Hindu Hate Mongers Out of the US By Muslim Link Staff

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mist and co-author of the Sachar Committee Report on Socio-Economic Status of Muslims in India, Dr. Abusaleh Shariff was the keynote speaker of the event themed “Against All Odds: Struggling to Stay in the Mainstream.”

The event raised between 18 thousand and 19 thousand dollars, just shy of its 20 thousand dollar goal with approximately 150 people in attendance. IAMC is the largest advocacy council for Indian American Muslims in the country

with over ten chapters across the United States. One of the goals of the Council is to “promote common values of pluralism, tolerance, and respect for human rights that form the basis of the world’s two largest secular democ>> hate Pg 8

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Community News ICM Hoping to Complete New Center by 2014 By Wafa Unus

Muslim Link Staff Reporter The Muslim community in the DC Metropolitan area is bursting at its seams and local masajids are struggling to not only keep up with the growth but effectively support it for the long term through community center expansions that can easily cost millions of dollars. While some communities search for existing structures to move into in tough economic times, the Islamic Center of Maryland is ready to settle down and heavily expand on their current modest property in Gaithersburg Maryland. After avoiding the risk of losing its right to build on its 10 acres of land, the Center is ready to break ground on its six million dollar community center construction plan. ICM held a fundraising dinner to address the urgent need for continued support on December 10th 2011 in

hopes of garnering enough financial backing to continue the development of the expanded facility. Currently located on a 10 acre lot of land, ICM is only legally allowed to occupy eight percent. Because ICMs current location is on an environmentally sensitive wetland, regulation states that only eight percent of the land can be developed and the rest must remain in its natural state unless an exception is granted by the county. If the exception is allowed, the com-

munity has three years to break ground on the masjid construction. ICM has been granted two exceptions by the county thus far, once in 2005 and another in 2008 on the condition that they received a land development permit by 2011. They acquired the permit in July and are in the process of awarding contracts for the development of the land. The Islamic Center now has the funds needed start ground work before the

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ADAMS Pushes for 10,000 Twenty Dollar Bills Before 2012 By Wafa Unus

Muslim Link Staff Reporter With 2012 around the corner The All Dulles Area Muslim’s Society (ADAMS) is in full fundraising mode. ADAMS recently launched a unique fundraising campaign aimed at making big bucks through small donations. In order to meet funding requirements for operational needs, the community has been encouraged to bring a twenty dollar bill to donate to the Center when attending Jummah prayer each Friday. ADAMS hopes to collect ten thousand twenty dollar bills by the end of the year in order to meet the two hundred thousand dollar goal before ringing in 2012.

While in need of funding for operations of its current facilities, ADAMS is also seeking financial support for the expansion of its facilities as well. This year, the ADAMS annual fundraising dinner took place on December 10th and was spearheaded by the ADAMS Youth who played a major role in planning and facilitating the event. ADAMS is currently working to expand its existing main center as well as acquire new permanent locations for satellite centers. ADAMS serves over 5000 families between its ten branches in the Northern Virginia area, according to the 2010 ADAMS Annual Report.

ICNA Council for Social Justice Holds Fundraiser, Lobbying Seminar By Muslim Link Staff Over the past year, the Islamic Circle of North America’s (ICNA) Council for Social Justice (CSJ) has been working toward the organized involvement of Muslims in social and humanitarian issues in the United States. While the Council is works with existing efforts in the social justice field, it also

aims to provide new initiatives where it feels appropriate and necessary. Among those initiatives is an effort to alleviate hunger in the States and address issues of grievance regarding the U.S. criminal justice system, according to the CSJ’s website. Though the themes social justice and humanitarian aide is the basis of many non-profit organizations, CSJ attributes

its motivation to a very specific calling. It’s mission is not merely a philanthropic effort but a religious responsibility. The front page of their website notes a verse from the Holy Quran, “Oh you who believe! Be standard bearers for Justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, Or your kin, whether it be rich or poor; For Allah can best protect both. Follow not

the lusts, lest you Swerve, and if you Distort Justice or decline To do Justice, verily Allah is well-Acquainted with all that you do.” While the motivation behind CSJ may be religiously based, the Council works with a variety of Muslim based organi-

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Dar-us-Salaam “Sabr” Annual Dinner Rides to Success Behind Bike-a-Thon Excitement By Muslim Link Staff When Dar-us-Salaam’s Funding Development Office began designing the marketing material for the College Park, Maryland community’s annual fundraising dinner a few months before the December 17, 2011 event, they added a subtle element to the poster design. The silhouette of a person riding a bike. The theme for the annual dinner – which regularly attracts well over 1,000 guests

and supporters – was “Sabr Wins the Race”. The marketing team wanted this year’s event to promote the values of persistence and perseverance; Dar-usSalaam’s mission to build an exemplary Muslim community has been challenged with their need for a larger facility, and its leadership was asking the community to keep moving ahead. The bike rider on the marketing poster was a teaser for a special event that had yet to be announced or even planned. An Al-Huda School parent had been

discussing a 235-mile bike-a-thon for Islamic education, but when the poster was designed, nothing had been decided. “It was a bit risky, but even if the bikea-thon hadn’t [happened], the image still went with our design alhumdulillah,” said a member of the marketing team. The bike-a-thon did happen one week before the annual dinner, and the annual SABR Pg 11

Aqabah Karate blackbelt Uthman Eberle breaks the first two bricks with a palm strike, injuring his hand in the process. He was breaking bricks to raise funds for Dar-us-Salaam at the community’s annual dinner. Photo by Cardiff Andana.

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ICNA Coat Drive Provides Warmth Ahead of Winter Written by Abu Saliha, Muslim Link Contributing Writer

As Muslims we are encouraged to help our neighbors, whether they are Muslim or not. One of the projects initiated by the local ICNA-DC volunteers in conjunction with ICNA Relief and the Young Muslims this fall was a Winter Coat Drive. The Drive was advertised through the ICNA-DC website, posters and emails with the heading “Spread The Warmth : Help Us Keep Someone Warm This Winter”. The goal was to collect new or gently used coats for those who are in most need of warmth. After getting the requisite permissions, boxes were setup in the following masajid in Maryland: Dar Al-Taqwa, Darus-Salaam, Islamic Community Center of Laurel, Islamic Center of Maryland, Islamic Society of Baltimore, Islamic Society of Southern Prince Georges County, Islamic Society of Frederick,

Islamic Society of the Washington Area, and the Muslim Community Center. In Virginia, the following centers helped collect coats: Badr Community Center, Islamic Community Center of Northern Virginia, and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Center in Alexandria. All together over 250 coats were collected over the first two weekends of December and distributed on December 17, 2011 from the curb side in front of Masjid Al-Mumineen in Baltimore. Most of the coats were given out in the first hour of distribution, which began about after dhuhr prayer. A volunteer with ICNADC negotiated a deal with Zipps Dry Cleaners in Columbia to get all coats (except for leather and suede coats) cleaned for $1.99 each. Left over items will be distributed following jummah at Masjid Al-Mumineen in sha Allah. Items not suitable for distribution were discarded. All other winter clothes other than coats were dropped in the large yellow Planet Aid bins for others to use.

A top, Baltimore City residents check out the winter coats being offered for free by ICNA. At bottom, volunteer Arif Mannan helps keep the event running smoothly. Photos courtesy of ICNA.

ADC Hosts Film and Q&A Session On Egyptian Revolution Washington, DC | www.adc.org | December 21, 2011 -- Tuesday evening, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) opened its doors to more than 50 community members, leaders and academics for the screening of independent documentary film, “Egypt: The Story Behind the Revolution,” as part of its Arabesque Lecture Series. Director, Khaled Sayed and film interviewee, Amal Mattar came to the ADC Heritage Center to present the film for the first time in Washington DC. Sayed filmed the documentary primarily in Egypt in March of 2011, soon after the January uprisings, and interviewed a variety of young protesters who were active in the revolution. The film pulled together a span of interviews, and news coverage, culminating in a broad, crosssocietal reflection on what happened during the Egyptian revolution and why; giving the audience a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the way in which activists

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harnessed the power of collective consciousness to form a people’s revolution. Interviewees included prominent Egyptian analysts and academics who lent insight into the origins of unrest and discontent under Mubarak’s 30 year rule. Interviewees discussed the evolution of the demonstrators’ demands which culminated in Mubarak’s resignation. The uprisings, which began as a movement by young, educated, upper middle class Egyptians, gathered momentum across the generations and classes of Egyptian society. Those interviewed offered their reflections on life in Egypt under Mubarak and their motives for getting involved in the revolution, the role of social media as an organizing tool, and finally, their hopes for a democratic and free Egypt in the future. The film included analysis of the United

States’ response to the uprising as a reflection of its strategic interests in the region. Further, activists interviewed discussed tactics used to grow their numbers, organize, and overcoming police attempts at suppression. Especially poignant were eyewitness accounts of interfaith unity as a symbol and vision of a future Egypt that is inclusive and tolerant. Following the screening, a lively discussion ensued as Sayed and Mattar fielded questions from audience members. The revolution continues to this day as the military has taken control of the country, and demonstrators now struggle against the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). Audience members expressed frustration with the United States government providing financial aid and tear gas to the SCAF. The discussion also included concerns about the waning momentum

of the revolution and the drop in the number of demonstrators in the streets. Both Sayed and Mattar cited converging issues of education, poverty and divided sentiment toward the Egyptian military as reasons for low participation. Sayed mentioned, “Police wait until [protesters] become smaller in numbers and then attack.” “People have work, they are there on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, but then must return to work” “Interview people in their homes and ask them why they aren’t back in the streets,” one Egyptian-American woman asked, “If we are going to be in the streets with this amount of people, the revolution is dead. How can we get our revolution back?” Mattar cited the strong role that Egyptian women as activists and that they

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Community Advisory: American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Alarmed by Increase in Reported Complaints ADC is alarmed at the significant rise in the number of discrimination complaints that have been reported to the Legal Department during the month of December thus far. ADC has experienced a significant increase in the number of complaints received in December, marking the highest total for any month of 2011. The total number of cases received is nearly triple the number of cases received in December of 2010, and nearly 80% above the average for the month of December over the past 10 years. It the opinion of ADC that this increase in cases is directly linked to the negative sentiments and hateful rhetoric launched against the Arab American and Muslim American communities during the recent controversies involving Lowe’s

and its advertising on TLC’s reality TV show All-American Muslim and Newt Gingrich’s comments on Palestinians. A majority of reported complaints immediatley followed the Lowe’s controversy.

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racies - the United States and India,” according to the Council’s website. Farhat Khan, President of the Maryland/ Virginia Chapter of IAMC, noted the significance of the events theme. “The situation of Muslims in India is sliding downward with time after independence. [The] constitution of India is secular, and provides equal opportunity and equal human rights to all religious minorities. However, in actual practice Muslim are doing poorly, and we are performing worst that lowest cast of Hindus. Our population in India is close to 12-15%, but our representation in government jobs is less that 2- 3%. Representation of Muslims in one mil-

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are playing a crucial role in keeping the revolution alive and driving it forward, persevering through abuse, intimidation and degradation at the hands of SCAF. She mentioned the thousands of women who marched earlier that day, protesting the current military rule.

lion strong army of India is only close to17, 000-20,000. We are striving to become equal citizens, and participate as a responsible citizen of India,” said Khan. While the organization and its local chapters work toward building awareness of the state of Muslims in India, the obstacles that face the community overseas are becoming apparent in the States. IAMC aims to prevent individuals and institutions in the United States from becoming involved with Indian personalities who promote “hate-filled ideologies,” a concern that just recently reared its head in one of the United States most prestigious universities. IAMC commended Harvard University for their recent action against Janata party chief Subramanian Swamy who taught courses at the University. Harvard Following the Q&A, attendees mingled and discussed their reactions to the film. Muthana Rahman, a Middle East Studies master’s candidate at the University of Chicago, commented: “I felt that the film gave an in-depth view of (the situation) more than what I’ve seen and read from the New York Times and Al Jazeera. It illuminated the reactions of the Egyptian activists who recalled what happened. Further, it explains the low polling results among Egyptians toward the US

dropped courses taught by Swamy after controversy regarding an article he wrote that was published on July 16th 2011 in Daily News and Analysis (DNA), an Indian based newspaper. In the article Swamy called not only for the destruction of mosques in India but also the disenfranchisement of non-Hindus as well as a ban on conversion from Hinduism. Although Harvard initially stood by Swamy under the banner of free speech, some University faculty members argued that the sentiments be considered hate-speech as they encouraged violence against an entire religion and the destruction of places of worship. The University subsequently canceled Swamy’s summer economics courses, according to the Harvard Crimson.

Government.” To learn more about the film and the work of Khaled Sayed, visit behindtherevolution.com. Stay tuned for information about the next Arabesque Lecture Series event in January where we will discuss Arab American perspectives on the upcoming 2012 elections.

In a letter to Harvard University President Dr. Drew Faust, IAMC President, Shaheen Khateeb wrote, “While Dr. Swamy is entitled to his bigoted views, in his individual capacity, his public pronouncements of hate against the Muslim population, and attempts to sow the seeds of strife and discord among people of different faiths cannot be allowed to go unchecked. Harvard’s decision to drop courses by Dr. Swamy, is in keeping with Harvard’s standing as an institution of higher learning where the faculty and students are held to high standards of responsible public behavior.” IAMC is involved in various initiatives to encourage institutions like Harvard to hold themselves and others to a standard that encourages diversity of thought while clearly making the distinction between the right to  freedom of speech, and the reality of hate speech.

-----------------------------------------------The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), which is non-profit, non-sectarian and non-partisan, is the largest grassroots Arab-American civil rights and civil liberties organization in the United States. It was founded in 1980 by former Senator James Abourezk. ADC has a national network of chapters and members in all 50 states.

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“Marriage is Half Your Deen.” This is basic knowledge to any Muslim, yet so many Muslims get divorced or delay marriage for numerous reasons. The Muslim Journal just celebrated its annual event, “A Time to Be Grateful”. As Muslims, we should be grateful for all we have achieved over the years, but grateful is not grounds for being complacent. We know there is much more progress to be made, and one of those areas in need of progress is Healthy Marriage in our community. Masjid Muhammad’s Single-toMarried (S2M) Committee is one of several organizations striving to make progress on Marriage in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area (DMV). Healthy Marriage is a common interest of all Muslim Communities that must be moved on collectively to get the best results. S2M has acknowledge this common interest and reached out to local Masjids and Islamic Centers to broaden the Single Muslim network. S2M is offering three resources to Single Muslims looking for marriage. 1st Resource: Single Socials every month to foster a

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Two competitors grapple at the UMMAA tournament. Submission grappling was a new addition to this year’s tournament. Photo courtesy of UMMAA. UMMAA

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Competitors took home 112 medals in forms, weapons, continuous sparring, point sparring and grapping. The tour-

nament organizers and spectators pressed delight at the turnout and event in general and are planning future events including one during summer inshallah.

ginia. Lauren Booth, British journalist, human rights activist and sister in-Law of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was the event’s keynote speaker.

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zations as well as Interfaith communities including the Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD), the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) and the United States Conference of Cathorlic Bishops (USCCB).

The fundraising banquet was proceeded by two workshops, one entitled “Advocacy vs. Lobbying: New Trends Adopted by Unions, Corporations and Foreign Entities and the second on “American Muslims and the Struggle for Civil Rights: A Historical Perspective.”

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dinner rode behind it on the waves of positive feeling and emotions the bikea-thon stirred up. Dar-us-Salaam supporters donated and pledged $260,000, just shy of the $300,000 goal. Dar-us-Salaam leaders said this was a strong show of support, especially given the continuing economic downturn. The packed program began with a recitation and translation of the Qur’an from two young graduates of the Darus-Salaam Hifz School, followed by speech presentations from Al-Huda High School students. Al-Huda middle and elementary school classes performed well rehearsed nasheeds. One of the highlights of the evening program – held annually at the University of Maryland University College Inn and Conference Center – featured a video presentation which captured the sights and sounds of the bike-a-thon for Islamic education. After the 12 minute video, Brother Abdur Rasheed who biked from College Park, Maryland to Camp Hill, Pennsylvania and back spoke to the audience, emphasizing the need to take initiative and “do something” to support the community. He said everyone has something to offer and no effort is too small. Other highlights from the evening included a powerful speech on patience and perseverance by Imam Safi Khan, complete with an on-stage experiment based on a fictional conversation between oil and water written by Ibn Qayyim. Imam Safi poured water into a glass which already contained oil, and the oil rose to the top. Ibn Qayyim pointed out that the value and worth of oil was higher because it had gone through pressure and stress when it was produced. Similarly, if a person perseveres through hardships, they become stronger for it. Another highlight of the evening was the final program event – a martial arts demonstration from Dar-us-Salaam’s Aqabah Karate. Breath taking dive rolls, a live on-stage sparring match, and board breaks sent the energy level in the audience high even as the program winded down at 10pm. Fundraiser and keynote speaker Dr. Altaf Husain helped Aqabah black belts raise more funds for Dar-us-

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Occupy Wall Street Fights Back Against Police Surveillance by Launching “Occucopter” Citizen Drone The police may soon be watching you in your garden picking your vegetables or your bottom. As police plans for increasing unmanned aerial surveillance take shape, there is a new twist. Private citizens can now buy their own surveillance drones to watch the police.

rests, Occupy Wall Street protesters and legal observers have been turning their cameras back on the police. But police have sometimes made filming difficult through physical obstruction and “frozen zones”. This occurred most notably during the eviction of protesters from Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, where police prevented even credentialed journalists from entering.

This week in New York, Occupy Wall Street protesters have a new toy to help them expose potentially dubious actions of the New York police department. In response to constant police surveillance, police violence and thousands of ar-

Now the protesters are fighting back with their own surveillance drone.Tim Pool, an Occupy Wall Street protester, has acquired a Parrot AR drone he amusingly calls the “occucopter”. It is a lightweight four-rotor helicopter that you can

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buy cheaply on Amazon and control with your iPhone. It has an onboard camera so that you can view everything on your phone that it points at. Pool has modified the software to stream live video to the internet so that we can watch the action as it unfolds. You can see video clips of his first experiments here. He told us that the reason he is doing this “comes back to giving ordinary people the same tools that these multimillion-dollar news corporations have. It provides a clever loophole around certain restrictions such as when the police block press from taking shots of an incident.”

vice: “We are trying to get a stable live feed so you can have 50 people controlling it in series. If the cops see you controlling it from a computer they can shut you down, but then control could automatically switch to someone else.”

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This is clever stuff and it doesn’t stop there. He is also working on a 3G controller so that “you could even control the occucopter in New York from Sheffield in England”. We asked him if he was concerned about police shooting it down. “No,” he said firmly. “They can’t

Action Aboard Airplane Creates a Reluctant Hero Jabir Hazziez Jr. has been showered with accolades, but he sees his role as reflecting his Muslim faith. By Tony Rizzo

The Kansas City Star, 2011-12-26 A man foaming at the mouth lunged for the airliner’s cabin door, attempting to open it as flight attendants struggled to hold him at bay. Most of the post-Thanksgiving travelers cruising at some 30,000 feet toward Kansas City that day were unaware of the potential disaster looming at the front of the plane. But when a crew member came on the intercom asking if anyone had medical training, passenger Jabir Hazziez Jr. heard the sense of concern in her voice. What happened next came as no surprise to those who know and work with Hazziez, a Kansas City firefighter, reserve Jackson County deputy and

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member of the U.S. Naval Reserve. As Hazziez walked toward the front of the plane, he saw a man pacing and holding his head in his hands. The man appeared to be in an “altered mental state” and clearly appeared agitated. “He was trying to get to the door of the plane,” Hazziez recalled recently. “I grabbed ahold of him and tried to calm him down.” But the man only became more combative and knocked Hazziez into the cockpit door. Using his law enforcement training, Hazziez put the man in a neck restraint and took him to the floor. The man continued kicking and trying to reach the door with his feet. Another passenger grabbed the man’s legs. Together they held him for about 15 or

20 minutes until the plane, which had taken off in Atlanta, made an emergency landing in Memphis and authorities came on board to deal with the man. Later, Hazziez learned the man had been suffering from an adverse reaction to a vaccine. “I’m glad it was a medical situation and not a criminal incident,” Hazziez said. “It could have been a lot worse.” When the flight resumed, Hazziez was showered with thanks from his fellow passengers and received a standing ovation before leaving the plane after that Nov. 30 flight. Although Hazziez’s religious faith didn’t matter to those grateful passengers, it has become an important aspect

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Jabir Hazziez Jr. subdued an unruly passenger on a Nov. 30 AirTran flight to Kansas City. A Kansas City firefighter, reserve Jackson County deputy and member of the U.S. Naval Reserve, Hazziez has been praised for his quick action and level head.


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just fire a weapon in the air because it could seriously hurt someone. They would have no excuse because the occucopter is strictly not illegal. Their only recourse would be to make it illegal, but it is only a toy and so they might as well make the press illegal – they have already arrested 30 journalists here.” Ordinary people having the technology to watch the watcher is not something George Orwell predicted in his futuristic vision of 1984. He introduced us to the idea of a totalitarian state using total surveillance to suppress the entire population. This is why CCTV cameras and police drones watching us unseen sends

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shivers down the spines of so many of us. We are not so much worried about the current political establishment than we are about the possibility of a technology that enables the creation of a repressive regime. That might be less likely to happen when the same surveillance systems are turned back on the authorities. But it is not all good news. These devices could also extend the range of potential breaches of privacy. You could fly over your neighbor’s garden or up to their bedroom window. And drones could be a great asset for criminals to “case a joint” or to keep watch for the police. There are also concerns that the roll-out of citizen drones might be disingenu-

valuable and useful contributions they make to our nation.” The accolades have continued, including a resolution from the Kansas City Council and Mayor Sly James honoring Hazziez for his “heroic actions.”

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of his story. He is a Muslim. And like others of his faith, he is sensitive to the negative perceptions and prejudices of some in the post-Sept. 11 world. But he says what he did that day was in keeping with the teachings of Islam. “We are supposed to help those in need and protect and help those who can’t help themselves,” he said. The Midland Islamic Council issued a statement praising Hazziez for enhancing the image of American Muslims and helping to “affirm the many

Hazziez said he has been humbled by the attention and praise. “I have a hard time calling myself a hero,” he said. “I just reacted to the situation.” Aasim Baheyadeen, who has known Hazziez for 35 years, smiled when he heard what he had done. “Yeah, that sounded like him,” Baheyadeen said. “He’s a person who is held in great esteem.” Kansas City Fire Chief Smokey Dyer,

ously used by the police to justify and speed up police acquisition and use of drones for the surveillance of protests. Police departments in the UK and across the US are eager to use drones, but there has been little or no debate about the impacts on public safety, privacy and liberty. And there has certainly been no public engagement about this expansion of police surveillance. It will probably not be long before there are test cases in court or before legislation is introduced to ground citizen drones. Our spirits were lifted talking to Pool about his occucopter, yet we feel uneasy about the ever-increasing use of drone surveillance. Like all tools they can be used for both good and bad, and for repression and resistance.

too, said he was not surprised. A 10-year department veteran, Hazziez is a hazardous-materials specialist trained to handle some of the most dangerous and technically challenging incidents. It is the kind of job that requires quick thinking and keeping a level head, Dyer said.

The question is, do we really want the paranoiac nightmare of our airspace being polluted by police and personal drones with all of us watching our watchers? We are not sure how this will unfold, but we are sure that the outcome will be as unpredictable as the technological developments themselves. Noel Sharkey is professor of artificial intelligence and robots, and professor of public engagement, at the University of Sheffield. Sarah Knuckey is a Human rights lawyer and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at New York University and a frequent National Lawyers Guild legal observer in New York City.

Hazziez’s actions were much appreciated. “His background unquestionably translated into resolving the situation safely,” said spokesman Brad Hawkins. Of course, no one is more proud of Hazziez than members of his family.

“He is an outstanding firefighter,” Dyer said. “It was very characteristic of the performance we see on a weekly and monthly basis.”

“We have joked for years calling Jabir ‘Mr. Safety,’ ” said his youngest sister, Rabiyyah Hazziez. “I suppose now he needs a new name: Captain America.”

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp described Hazziez as a good deputy and a good guy.

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“He stepped up to the plate and took control of the situation,” Sharp said. A spokesman for AirTran Airways said

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Why Do We Delay Repentance? By Abdul-Rahim Ammar

IslamMessage.com, 12/26/2011 Repentance is ultimately the goal that we all seek. All sane people are conscious of their numerous sins, and those who believe in Allah and His Messenger (Salallahu ‘alyhi wa sallam) recognize that they will be held accountable for their sins, and therefore desire to be free of the evil consequences of their misdeeds. Islam offers man the ideal way by which he may be released from the burden of his sins. The word Tawbah (repentance) in Arabic literally means ‘to return’. In an Islamic context, it refers to the act of leaving what Allah has prohibited and returning to what He, Almighty, has commanded. The subject of repentance is one that concerns all people who believe in Allah, and is vital for the Muslims to understand because our salvation in the Hereafter depends on our repentance to Allah, as Allah commands (what means): “… And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, that you might succeed.” [Qur’an 24:31] Allah also Says (what means): “…Indeed, Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who purify themselves.” [Qur’an 2:222] One may have a real intention to repent, but there may be some obstacles to the path of repentance. If this is the case, then he needs to act without hesitation and remove those obstacles to clear the way to a happy soul. The postponement of repentance may be the result of either a deliberate desire to prolong the illicit pleasure derived from the sin, or doubt on the part of an ignorant sinner whether or not Allah would accept his repentance. However, we have to be certain that Al-

1. Taking sins lightly:

A believer sees his sins as if he were sitting under a mountain which he is afraid may collapse on him, whereas the wicked person considers his sins as flies passing over his nose which he just drives away lah will guide us to success and safeguard us against our malice. We also must be confident that Allah forgives our sins and that He, and only He, can judge us. It is only His Judgement that is worthy of our worry and anxiety. So we should fear Him only because sincere repentance removes all sins and disobedience.

will forgive him.” [Ahmad]

The door of repentance is always open, until...

O heedless soul! Hasten to repent before the knock of death sounds and the time of repentance runs out. Do not get caught dying in a state of disobedience to your Most Merciful Lord. Satan gives you long hope and empty promises; he

The door to repentance is always open and will not be closed in the face of any repentant person, regardless of his sins.

Allah Says in the Qur’an what means: “But repentance is not [accepted] of those who [continue to] do evil deeds up until, when death comes to one of them, he says: ‘Indeed, I have repented now,’ or of those who die while they are disbelievers...” [Qur’an 4:18]

Being confused, some people may think that repentance is only required for major sins. It should be noted that repentance from all sins is obligatory. Expect this gate to have two locks: death and the approach of the Day of Judgement. The first was mentioned in the Hadeeth: “Allah accepts a slave’s repentance unless his death approaches.” [AtTirmithi] The other was mentioned in the Hadeeth: “Whosoever turns to Allah in repentance before the sun rises in the West, Allah

delays your repentance until your heart becomes as callous as a rock by being adamant in sin and disobedience, and you would therefore meet your Lord in a wretched state. If the door of repentance is closed to you, it will never open to you again. What keeps us from repenting?

The problem with many of us today is that we do not fear Allah, which means that we do not think seriously about disobeying Him and therefore fall into sin, without giving any real thought to it. Hence, we should think about the statement which Ibn Mas’ood may Allah be pleased with him made: “A believer sees his sins as if he were sitting under a mountain which he is afraid may collapse on him, whereas the wicked person considers his sins as flies passing over his nose which he just drives away like this (and he waved his hand across his face to illustrate this).” [Al-Bukhaari] The Prophet (Salallahu ‘alyhi wa sallam) said: “Take caution against minor sins, because such sins are like a group of people who temporarily settled in the middle of a valley. Then, they decided to make a fire, so each one of them brought a stick until they were able to make it, so they baked their bread. Thus, minor sins (when they accumulate) may destroy the one who commits them.” [Ahmad] 2. “What is the point? I will only end up doing it again” Such an approach is the result of a misunderstanding. Indeed, one of the conditions of repentance is having a real intention not to return to the same sin. This, however, does not mean that Satan will never tempt you to commit the same sin again. Thus, if you have failed yourself, and you returned to the same sin, it does not mean that your first repentance was a lie. You should hasten to make additional repentance, with a real intention not to return to this sin, keeping in mind that Allah’s mercy extends over everything. 3. “Allah is forgiving, so let me sin” When reminded of repentance and the Praying Pg 16

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Salaah times for December 30th - January 12th, 2012 If a person had a stream outside his door and he bathed in it fi ve times a day, do you think he would have any fi lth left on him?” The people said, “No filth would remain on him whatsoever.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) then said, “That is like the fi ve daily prayers: Allah wipes away the sins by them.” ---Hadith in Sahih al Bukhari and Muslim

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hideousness of disobedience, some people would respond that Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. An atheist once said in sarcasm: “You should commit as many sins as you can because you are heading towards the Lord who is MostGenerous.” There is no doubt that such a view is complete ignorance of the religion of Allah, because Allah’s mercy is close to the righteous and not to the wrongdoers. 4. “I am destined to be a sinner” Some people may choose to blame AlQadr (fate) for their sins. For example, if you ask any of them, “Why do you not perform the Prayers? Why do you not fast? Why do you drink or smoke? Why do you not repent from your disobedience?” They would respond by saying:

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“This is Allah’s Qadr” or: “I am doomed to do this.” This is definitely a grave misconception and an evasion of the truth. Believing in Al-Qadr does not mean that one is destined to commit sins. It is true that Allah has written all human beings’ deeds, good or bad, and only He knows the unseen, but the believer is not forced to perform a good deed, nor is he forced to commit any disobedience. Instead, he has been granted the ability to reflect, reason and then make a decision freely. Al-Qadr is only responsible for the calamities and blessings that an individual may confront because he can do nothing about them. For example, if a couple were to marry and have three children, then this is their Qadr. It is impermissible to fault Al-Qadr for our sins and disobedience because doing so is akin to being in confrontation and showing dissatisfaction with Allah. Repentance wipes out all sins, major and minor:

Being confused, some people may think that repentance is only required for major sins. It should be noted that repentance from all sins is obligatory. Even the Prophet (Salallahu ‘alyhi wa sallam) who was sinless, asked Allah to forgive him on a daily basis. The Prophet (Salallahu ‘alyhi wa sallam) is reported to have said: “O people! Make repentance to Allah. I swear by Allah that I make repentance to Him more than seventy times every day.” [Al-Bukhaari] Therefore, we all need to fear Allah, ask His forgiveness and be aware that there is no sin that is minor with persistence, and no major sin with seeking Allah’s forgiveness (i.e. if the minor sin is repeated many times it becomes a major one.) Thus, sincere repentance wipes out all committed sins. Never despair!

Someone might say: “I want to repent but my sins are too many.” But Allah Says what means: “Say: ‘O my slaves who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” [Qur’an 39:53] Therefore, we should never lose hope or stop asking for Allah’s forgiveness. Its importance is shown to us in the Hadeeth in which the Prophet (Salallahu ‘alyhi wa sallam) said: “O people! Turn to Allah in repentance and seek His forgiveness, for I make repentance to Him a hundred times every day.” [Muslim] Repentance is such a great act of worship that doing it can erase all our sins altogether, as the Prophet (Salallahu ‘alyhi wa sallam) said: “One who repents from sin is like one without sin.” [Ibn Maajah]

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FBI Illegally Using Community Outreach To Gather Intelligence, ACLU Alleges By Jerry Markon

The Washington Post, 12/1/2011

The FBI is using its extensive community outreach to Muslims and other groups to secretly gather intelligence in violation of federal law, the American Civil Liberties Union alleged Thursday. Citing internal bureau documents, the ACLU said agents in California are attending meetings at mosques and other events and illegally recording information about the attendees’ political and religious affiliations. FBI officials denied the allegations. They said that records kept from outreach sessions are not used for investigations. The documents reveal new details of the FBI’s efforts to build a more trusting relationship with Muslims and other communities — a major priority since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Federal of-

ficials have said that the effort is aimed at protecting Muslims’ civil rights and smoothing lingering resentment over the law-enforcement crackdown after the attacks, along with helping the government fight terrorism.

cords on someone the agent encountered at a Ramadan dinner at a San Francisco Islamic association. An attendee is described as “very progressive.” Another is called “very Western in appearance and outlook.”

Some of the papers describe agents speaking at career days, briefing community members on FBI programs and helping them work with police to fight drug abuse. But the files also depict agents recording Social Security numbers and other identifying information after they meet people at the events and, in at least one instance, noting their political views. It appears that the agents are conducting follow-up investigations in some instances, but heavy redactions in the documents make it impossible to determine how far any examination might have gone. In one case, an agent wrote that he checked California motor vehicle re-

At another Ramadan dinner in San Francisco, an agent recorded the names of Muslim groups listed on pamphlets distributed at the event — and appeared to note that several people associated with one of the groups were under investigation. The FBI turned the heavily redacted documents over to the ACLU as part of a lawsuit filed by the civil rights group and two other organizations to uncover what the groups consider to be inappropriate or illegal FBI tactics in the fight against terrorism. Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU’s

national security project, said some of the actions depicted in the documents violate the Privacy Act, a law that bars federal agencies from maintaining information about activities protected by the First Amendment, such as freedom of speech and association. FBI officials said the law allows agencies to keep information that is considered relevant and necessary to their mission, in certain circumstances. A dangerous ‘guise’ “It’s one thing for the FBI to say to a community group, ‘We’re going to come and meet you to establish ties,’ ” Shamsi said. “But it’s a very dangerous way to proceed to collect intelligence under the guise of community outreach.”

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Happy Birthday, Bill [of Rights] Obama Breaks Promise To Veto Bill Allowing Indefinite Detention of Americans Johnathan Turley

December 15, 2011 There was a brief moment when civil libertarians were stunned to see President Barack Obama actually take a stand in favor of civil liberties after years to rolling back on basic rights of citizens and moving beyond the Bush Administration in building up the security state. Obama said that he would veto the defense bill that contained a horrific provision for

the indefinite detention of American citizens. While many predicted it, Obama has now again betrayed the civil liberties community and lifted the threat of the veto. Americans will now be subject to indefinite detention without trial in federal courts in a measure supported by both Democrats and Republicans. It is a curious way to celebrate the 220th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. This leave Ron Paul as the only candi-

date in the presidential campaign fighting the bill and generally advocating civil liberties as a rallying point for his campaign. Paul offered another strong argument against the Patriot Act and other expansions of police powers in his last debate. He also noted that the Patriot Act provisions were long advocated before 9-11, which was used as an opportunity to expand police powers. As discussed in a prior column, Obama has destroyed the civil liberties movement in the Unit-

ed States and has convinced many liberals to fight for an Administration that blocked torture prosecutions, expanded warrantless surveillance, continued military tribunals, killed Americans on the sole authority of the President, and other core violations of civil liberties. The White House is saying that changes

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FBI spokesman Michael P. Kortan said the bureau’s meetings with community leaders are not designed to gather intelligence but rather “to enhance public trust in the FBI in order to enlist the cooperation of the public to fight criminal activity.” He said that the practice provides “information to the public in support of crime prevention efforts, and opens lines of communication to help make the FBI more responsive to community concerns.” Kortan said FBI policy requires that an “appropriate separation be maintained between outreach and operational activities” and that although “facts surrounding an outreach meeting or event may be documented,” that is only for internal purposes to ensure “that personnel time and resources are being used effectively and in compliance with applicable laws,

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to the law made it unnecessary to veto the legislation. That spin is facially ridiculous. The changes were the inclusion of some meaningless rhetoric after key amendments protecting citizens were defeated. The provision merely states that nothing in the provisions could be construed to alter Americans’ legal rights. Since the Senate clearly views citizens are not just subject to indefinite detention but even execution without a trial, the change offers nothing but rhetoric to hide the harsh reality. THe Administration and Democratic members are in full spin — using language designed to obscure the authority given to the military. The exemption for American citizens from the mandatory detention requirement (section 1032) is the screening language for the next section, 1031, which offers no exemption for American citizens from the authorization to use the military to indefinitely detain people without charge or trial. At least Senator Lindsey Graham was honest when he said on the Senate floor that “1031, the statement of authority to detain, does apply to American citizens and it designates the world as the battle-

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regulations, policies and program requirements.” Some Muslim groups reacted to the documents with anger. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said the FBI’s actions will have a “chilling effect” on Muslims’ constitutionally protected activities. Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, a San Franciscobased civil rights group, said the papers “confirm the worst fears of Muslim community members.” The FBI, under intense pressure to prevent another attack on U.S. soil, has sought to strike a balance between civil liberties and law enforcement in the decade since the Sept. 11 strikes. Civil liberties groups have long accused agents of overreacting, but FBI and Justice Department officials say they have helped safeguard the nation from another attack.

field, including the homeland.” I am not sure which is worse: the loss of core civil liberties or the almost mocking post hoc rationalization for abandoning principle. The Congress and the President have now completed a law that would have horrified the Framers. Indefinite detention of citizens is something that the Framers were intimately familiar with and expressly sought to bar in the Bill of Rights. While the Framers would have likely expected citizens in the streets defending their freedoms, this measure was greeted with a shrug and a yawn by most citizens and reporters. Instead, we are captivated by whether a $10,000 bet by Romney was real or pretend in the last debate. Even more distressing is the statement from sponsor Senator Levin, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee that “The language which precluded the application of Section 1031 to American citizens was in the bill that we originally approved … and the administration asked us to remove the language which says that U.S. citizens and lawful residents would not be subject to this section.” Source: Guardian

The documents released Thursday show agents in a variety of settings in Muslim and other communities. In one 2009 memo, an agent in Sacramento appears to be monitoring the Saudi Student Association at California State University through the outreach effort. The agent writes of meeting with someone at the student union building and records that person’s birth date, Social Security number, telephone number and address — all in the same sentence. The person is described as giving the agent detailed information about the association. Yet some of the documents are more mundane, including a 2009 memo detailing FBI contacts with Assyrian organizations in San Jose, which notes how the Assyrian language is “very similar to ancient Aramaic.”

Muslim organizations that featured FBI presentations, a question-and-answer session and lunch catered by a local kabob restaurant. The writer provides a detailed “demographics” breakdown of participants, including what percentage are Sunni Muslim versus Shiite, and lists all the organizations in attendance. One group listed was the Oakland-based Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California. Sara Mostafavi, a board member, said she found that troubling. -----------------------------------------------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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Qabeelat Nurayn is Pleased to Announce...The First Seminar of 2012, Collector’s Edition: An Introduction to the Sahih of Imam Al-Bukhari. Why Shaykh Yasir Qadhi? He is known for his perfect enunciation of every letter, and he finds a perfect balance between fun and seriousness, all packaged beautifully for his students. Shaykh Yasir Qadhi graduated with a B.A. from the College of Hadith and Islamic Sciences of the University of Madinah. He dedicated a whole entire year of his life just on al-Bukhari alone. Shaykh Yasir has ijazah (certification) in Sahih al-Bukhari from the renowned Shaykh Safi al-Rahman al-Mubarakfuri rahimahullah (author of “The Sealed Nectar”). January 6-8, 2012. Registration is now open! Location: College Park, Maryland Contact: http://almaghrib.org/nurayn ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Deaf Muslim Family Conference Saturday, January 07 2012, 10:00am - 7:00pm

The Empowerment of the Deaf Muslim Community, Deaf Muslim Family Conference. Guest Speakers: Dr. Ingrid Mattison, Dr. Muhammad Yahya Alvi, Imam Yahya Hendi. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Entrance fee: $25 per person, $40 per family. To purchase tickets, go to http://gdm-conference.eventbrite.com/ To learn more about the conference, about Global Deaf Muslim (GDM), or to donate, go to our website: www.globaldeafmuslim.org Location: Crown Plaza Dulles Airport Hotel, 2200 Centreville Rd, Herndon, VA 20170 Contact: contact@globaldeafmuslim.org ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Rahma Store Hijab Wrapping Class - Store Preview Sale Sunday, January 08 2012, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Learn to wrap your Hijab/Scarf in different styles. From fancy styles to simple wrap and quick on the go styles. We will use different types of Hijabs including wrap-around, Al-Amira, Square, Rectangle, Silk Hijabs and more. Learn how to use two of more Hijabs to make fancy and simple styles. RSVP is required at rahmainternationalstore@gmail.com for the Hijab wrapping class only and the privacy of sisters will be respected. No RSVP is required to visit the store. Light appetizers and refreshments will be provided. Location: Islamic Society of Washington Area (ISWA), 2701 Briggs Chaney Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20905 Contact: Rahma Ghanim or Zahrah Ghanim: store: (301) 879-3598 or Cell: (240) 305-6354 or (240) 601-7531 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Muslim DC Youth Essay Panel Competition Saturday, January 14 2012

Metro DC area Muslim youth are invited to take part in this challenging and rewarding contest. This is a forum for articulation, reflection and advancement. The contest is comprised of 3 competitions: essay/speech, poster, and multimedia. Students may participate in any combination of these contests. All essays are due by January 5, 2012 for the preliminary competition. Selected participants will receive email notification. The multimedia and poster contest will take place at the event in shaa Allah. Preregistration is required. Location: Dar Al-Noor Islamic Community Center, Manassas, Virginia Contact: for registration, visit: http://epc.mafiq.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.

Childcare Exchange AUNTIE RURU’S PLACE Licensed, Muslim Daycare Provider, Degree in Early Childhood Education. Infant to 5 years. Pre-school Curriculum. 3 minutes from Masjid AlRahmah. Call Ruwaydah at 443-449-3244 or email auntierurusplace@yahoo.com. -----------------------------------------------MUSLIM DAYCARE Licensed Muslim daycare provider. Infant to 10 years old. 301-593-4769.

For Sale HALAL MARKET FOR SALE PGM Halal Market located in Seabrook Shopping Center in PGMA masjid neighborhood. 301-476-8096. -----------------------------------------------HALAL FARM FOR SALE Halal farm business for sale in Dumfries, Virginia. 15 miles from Alexandria, Virginia. Off 95 South. 301-476-8096. -----------------------------------------------HOT FRESH HALAL MEALS $4.99 Homemade meals available for pick up or delivery. College Park and surrounding areas in Maryland. All meals $4.99. We offer: chicken biryani (made with halal chicken/meat and basmati rice) salad & drink; haleem, naan, & drink; pasta with halal chicken/vegetables & drink; fried qeema (ground meat) paratha; kofte (meat ball) & naan/roti; side orders available: ghulab jaman, habashi, & halva. Call 240271-9552 or email: msghani@gmail.com

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PIOUS MUSLIMA SEEKING A HUSBAND A religious Muslima of Arab origin. 39 years old, olive-skinned, 5 ft, 128 lbs. Never married, decent looking with a minor limp in lt leg wa-alhamdulillah. Good character, educated, and hard working. Located in DC area. Seeking an unmarried religious Brother with a good character, who’s ready and capable to lead a family. Please direct serious inquires to supervised email: sakinah.seeker at yahoo dot com. -----------------------------------------------MOROCCAN BROTHER FOR MARRIAGE Good Moroccan Muslim brother in Morocco seeking good American Muslima for marriage, please contact Sister Fatima for more info 410-988-0705 or fatima1984@live.com

Rentals SEEKING ROOMMATE Looking for roommate, Burtonsville, Maryland, Blackburn, 2 bedroom apartment, 1 room available with private bathroom, share utilities, $650, call 240620-4382.

Services HOME SERVICES Licensed contractor. Home Improvement work, interior/exterior painting, drywall install/repair, brick/concrete repair. License #30385946 Estimates done. Contact Br. Allen Scott at 410-467-1259 or 443-538-7643(cell)

-----------------------------------------------LICENSED PLUMBER Reduce Major Plumbing Bills. Give TwirlA-Drain a call at 410-963-5807 for sewer and water pipe replacement underground. Free estimates given, Michael D. Shahid. -----------------------------------------------NEW COMMUNITY MULTIPURPOSE CENTER Our first venture was The Community Store started 7 years ago with the purpose to help with employment by opening a venue and also offering affordable sewing classes. However, a new project and goals has been incorporated to help the community. The new organization Green House and Development Group Inc gives thanks to all who donated items, time and funding. Our new project will be a multipurpose center located at 3538 Old York Road Baltimore, Md. 21218. This facility is for employment networking, counseling, job placement and referral services. The organization prays for continual support and fundraising is mandatory for this effort to be successful. We welcome any suggestion for fundraising projects. Contact people: Yusef Shahid 443 769 0319, Maxie Franklin 443 839 5467, Allen Scott 443 538 7643. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


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