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The Muslim Marriage Crisis

The Muslim Link Asks: How Hard Is It to Find a Life Partner In the DMV Area? By Hena Zuberi Muslim Link Staff Reporter Meeting venues and forums are few and this seems to be one major deterrent to suitable marriages.

A major part of creating a beloved community is the creation of a family. However, the Muslim marriage crisis is at our doorstep. Many Muslim men and women face hardships in meeting a spouse. The Muslim Link took a closer look at the issue of finding a suitable partner in our community and the resources we have to respond to this crisis.

Men and women who really want to get married often face a myriad of issues in finding a good match. The

Adherence to cultural norms and expectations, generational disparity and the neglect of the Islamic standard for the choice of partners are also hurdles single American Muslims face

issues are as diverse as the American Muslim community in the DC Metro area. American-Muslims are scattered all over the country. >> marriage Pg 16

Five Decades On, American Muslims Still In Search of the ‘Beloved Community’

A Look at ISNA’s 50th Year Anniversary Convention By Hena Zuberi Muslim Link Staff Reporter

Dynamic sessions, packed halls and up and coming speakers marked the 50th Annual Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

and Muslim Student Association (MSA) Nationals during the long Labor Day weekend, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The conference came on the shoulders of the 50th

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anniversary of the March to Washington and Rev. Martin Luther King’s “I Have Dream” speech. The theme of the three day convention was based on the beloved community

- Envisioning a More Perfect Union and featured over 100 speakers including Congressman Andre Carson, Dr. Altaf Husain, >> ISNA Pg 12

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

Finding What's Missing At An Orphanage In Mexico | pg 5 3Di Athletics Holds First Weekend Basketball Camp | pg 6 Sh.Yusuf Islahi: Be Optimistic About Our Ummah | pg 7 Locals Who Witnessed Egypt Massacres Speak | pg 17 Muslims Organize for VA Attorney General Hopeful | pg 18 ISLAM: Top 8 Excuses Not to Go for Hajj | pg 34 NATION: Inside America's First Muslim Frat House | pg 30 CIVILRIGHTS: Inside the NYPD's Muslim Spying Program | pg 32 The Muslim Link

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Community News Finding What's Missing At An Orphanage In Mexico By Omama Altalib

print on my heart and soul through their generosity, selflessness and kindness.

"Take advantage of your youth before your old age,” Prophet Muhammad sallahualayhi wassalam said, as narrated in the Five before Five Hadith.  As I just turned 20, I have been pondering on this particular point.  I am only getting older as the years pass by which is why it is important I take advantage of the time, enthusiasm, energy, drive and passion I have now. 

In this society, we have grown attachments to things rather than people. When bored on a metro ride, who do we turn to, Siri or the person sitting right next to us? It seems like we have developed a relationship with gadgets and gizmos and have neglected our relationships with other human beings. 

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This June, with the generous help and support of many friends and family, I embarked on my first journey to the Tashirat Orphanage in Tepoztlán, Mexico, along with a group of nine other women as part of Muslims Without Borders' Volunteer Abroad program.   The lessons and values I learned as a result of being around the Muslims Without Borders volunteers, the Tashirat children and staff really made a lasting impact on me. The children left an im-

But by breaking out of my shell, and trying new experiences like a volunteer abroad trip to Mexico, I learned that there are other important things in life -- besides shopping, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.  I got a chance to actually see the world through the eyes of young orphans. I always knew there was something missing in my life -- perhaps happiness, or a heightened state of iman, but when I >> orphanage Pg 29

Muslims Without Borders volunteers took part in craft activities with orphans in Mexico as well as some adventurous walking on a mountain path. Photos courtesy of Muslims Without Borders.

Helping Hand Achieves Top Charity Ranking By Hena Zuberi

Muslim Link Staff Reporter With the help of Imam Johari Abdul Malik of Dar al Hijrah, Helping Hand for Relief and Development USA (HHRD) raised money to support fifty orphans at a fundraiser in Abshaar Restaurant in Springfield, VA. Held on August 16, 2013 and hosted by the local HHRD office, young interns from the Student Internship Program (SIP) in Vienna, VA led the effort to raise funds for the HHRD Orphan Support Program. After activist Haytham Younis recited from the Holy Quran, guest speaker Joshua Salaam, Youth Director at ADAMS Center, urged the au-

dience to ask people in need two crucial questions instead of whizzing by the highway of life: ” What do you need?” and “How can I help?” The event was held in the Islamic month of Shawwal and Imam Johari urged the small number of attendees to retain the spirit of Ramadan and benefit from its training. “Shaytan will tell you that you are good, you did a lot in Ramadan but shaytan keeps going, so you should keep going. Don’t stop standing in the night; don’t stop giving,” he said. SIP intern Tibyan Mohammed informed ADAMS Youth Director Joshua Salaam assists in the fund raising at last >> charity Pg 29 month's Helping Hand event in support of orphans. Photo by Muslim Link.

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3Di Athletics Holds First Weekend Basketball Camp By Contributing Writers The Gary Arthur Community Center in Cooksville, MD was filled with enthusiastic campers as 3Di Athletics held its first ever basketball camp on the weekend of August 24-25, 2013. Campers from all over Maryland and Virginia came out to the camp including 12-year-old Omar Ali, from Howard County. “The best weekend ever! It was also the best camp I ever went to!” relayed Omar Ali. Ali and 24 other young athletes aging from age 10 to 17 were at the gym participating in a weekend long basketball camp, hosted by 3Di Athletics. A new organization founded in Maryland, 3Di is based upon three principles under one umbrella: Deen, Determination, Discipline and Identity, which explains its name. This initiative intends to hold professional basketball camps and tournaments for young Muslims and children of other faiths who strive to become better basketball players, and most importantly better people on and off the court. The cost for the camp was $95 to $175 per camper. “As a father of young Muslim basketball players, I had been looking and waiting for the opportunity for my sons to participate in a basketball camp where they could tighten their skills on the court and be in an environment conducive to their Islam. This 3Di camp provided that and more...” said Jeyone Muhammad, father of four camp participants. “The experienced trainers provided equal, if not better training than that of other well-known camps my sons have attended,” he said. Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Omar Abbasi and Abdirashid Ahmed, basketball trainers and 3Di Athletics co-founders, along with several other trainers including Raouf Osman and Ridwan Osman taught game knowledge, fundamentals, teamwork, individual skills, and ethics to familiar-

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ize the campers with the game of basketball. Unlike your regular basketball camp, 3Di Athletics’ Basketball Camp brought a unique approach to teach the game of basketball. Not only did the trainers help the young athletes develop and refine their basketball skills, but they also made it a priority to instill character and confidence for the campers on and off the court. “The camp taught me to how to be a leader and how I can use Islam to help me in basketball.” said 7th grader Hassan Malik from Mt. View Middle School. “My favorite part was the 5 vs. 5 games. It brought out the competitive side of the kids, and the shy or quiet players became natural leaders. People we didn't think could shoot started making three [pointers], kids playing extremely hard on defense,” Coach Raouf Osman, former Montgomery College basketball player and track champion, described his favorite part of the camp, ”they took initiative to learn each other's names and made it a competitive atmosphere… I loved it and I am ready to do it again!” Saturday’s part of the camp consisted of intense conditioning, team drills, ball handling, and stations. The stations comprised of different equipment that focused on specific skills, such as agility, defense, rebounding, passing, shooting and more. “The camp taught me the basics of the game of basketball. I learned what I needed know to work on and how I can develop as a basketball player,” said 10th grader Hamzah Ansari from Springbrook High School. “We’re trying to make 3Di a movement,” said Abbasi, who has mentored middle and high schoolers for the past 6 years in the local community. He is currently in the process of getting his coaching and training certifications. “We want to use basketball as platform for these young athletes. Today’s Muslim kids are going through difficulties and troubles and we want to use Basketball and Islam as a way to better themselves and keep their mind off other distractions that may get them into trouble. Our coaches aren’t only trainers, but also mentors. We selectively chose our trainers because we want people who are role models for these kids.”

Top, 3Di Athletics Co-Founder and CEO Omar Abbasi lines up young hoopsters for some drills. Middle, teaching defense to the campers. Bottom, Senior Trainer Raouf Osman gets the young ballers in a huddle to discuss the next steps in their basketball training. Photos courtesy of 3Di Athletics. 3Di Athletics looks forward to holding camps and tournaments year around as they move into 2014. They have aspirations to hold tryouts for an all Muslim AAU team in 2014 as well. For information about 3Di Athletics, you can visit their website at www.3diathletics.com

or contact them at info@3diathletics. com. They are also on Facebook and Twitter. The writers are affiliated with 3Di Athletics.


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Maulana Yusuf Islahi: Be Optimistic About Our Ummah On Saturday September 7, 2013 the Muslim Link interviewed Indian scholar Maulana Yusuf Islahi after his lecture at the Islamic Center of Maryland, over a cup of very sweet tea. A prominent writer and orator, he is one of the leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, the Markazi Majlis e Shura (Central Advisory Council). He is also the chief patron of Project WhyIslam of Islamic Circle of North America and founder of a women’s orphanage, “Jamea tus Salihaat” in Rampur, India. Maulana Islahi was on his annual tour of the United States. Here is his message of optimism and hope for the Muslims in America. TML: What are your views on the Islam in America and where it is headed? The connection to Islam is spreading very quickly in the United States, as well as the rest of the world. The work that Muslims have done in this country notwithstanding, Allah’s blessings and mercy is more at play here. Allah is creating the pathways

Putting aside the government’s actions, the regular folks of the land are good people and easily accept the Truth.

"As we awaken, so does Shaytan. Secondly, as the Ummah matures and comes closer to Islam, the enemies of Islam plot to make the ummah weaker." to facilitate the growth of Islam. Some issues apparently appear as if they will be detrimental in the path of Islam, but even these setbacks become new conduits. They increase the yearning and

Maryland Muslim to Receive Governor’s Service Award A resident of Potomac, Tufail Ahmed of the Islamic Center of Maryland community and co-founder of Montgomery County Muslim Council (MCMC), has been selected to receive the Governor's Service Award. Over 150 nominations were received by the Governor's office for this years’ service awards. These awards recognize Maryland citizens for their significant volunteer contributions to the life and health of the State and its people during a particular period of time. Recipients of the Governor's Service Awards are required to exemplify the following characteristics: Demonstrate sustained volunteer commitment to meeting Maryland's most pressing human and/or environmental community needs; Engage in meaningful volunteer service that makes a measurable difference in the community; Repre-

sent extraordinary acts of generosity and kindness; and through volunteerism, have an impact on the greater community. Ahmed was also awarded 2012 Neal Potter Path of Achievement Award for lifetime community service to the Montgomery County citizens. The Award ceremony will be held on November 4, 2013 in Annapolis, Maryland. The Muslim Link congratulates Ahmed on this honor. (Source: Islamic Center of Maryland)

curiosity of the people, with the grace of Allah. There are a lot of instances of this. My observation has been that the people of this land are of virtuous dispositions and seekers of goodness.

Note that I didn’t say that Muslims are not doing the work in Allah’s way, but the results are not based on their work but are the blessings of Allah subhanawa ta ‘ala. In the past 60 years the best thing Muslims have done is make conscientious efforts to keep their progeny connected with the religion. They have made this effort for their eternal lives and for the betterment of the country they call home. These efforts are there but more effort is needed. The people of this land, because they are essentially good people, are willing to give the freedom to Muslims to work for the benefit of this land and are happy with the results. Muslims should make use of these freedoms. TML: What advice would you give to the Muslim living in the USA especially on how to aid the invitation to Islam?

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Mahdi Bray To Head National Muslim Civics Organization By Hena Zuberi

Muslim Link Staff Reporter American Muslim Alliance (AMA) announced the appointment of Imam Mahdi Bray as the New AMA National Director for Development, Organization, and Outreach and AMA DC Director. Founded in 1994, AMA is a national civic education organization with 101 chapters in 31 cities. The AMA’s activities include: political education and leadership training; research and analysis on candidates, campaigns, and issues; developing political strategies and articulating policy positions; issuance of election advisories; voter registration, education and mobilization; and organized participation (including hospitality suites) at the national and state conventions of the major political parties.

Imam Bray is a long time civil and human rights activist and formerly served as the executive director of the Muslim American Society's MAS Freedom (MASF) based in Washington, DC. Imam Bray also serves on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Alliance, America's largest interfaith organization, the National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, and is a National Co-convener of Religions for Peace- USA. In addition, Imam Bray has been a television and radio talk show host for many years and served as president of the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations (CCMO). Imam Bray has led peace

missions in Bosnia, East Africa and Darfur. He has served as a liaison between the President's White House Faith-Based Initiative Program on behalf of the Muslim Community. Imam Bray is also the author of The Mosque Voter's Guide and The Political Guide for Mosque Activists. In his capacity as the AMA Washington DC Director, Imam Bray will lead AMA efforts to build coalitions for the restoration and preservation of civil freedoms and human rights, to combat AntiMuslim Campaigns and Islamophobia, to educate the public about the contributions of American Muslims to our society and voice their concerns, and to engage the American Muslim community in the public square and the political process. "We are delighted to have Imam Bray join our organization and help lead our campaigns to empower our communi-

ty. He is a well respected leader in the American Muslim community and comes with vast experience to lead our efforts in the nation's capital. With his leadership, eloquence, and vision, we believe he will be a huge asset not only for AMA but also for the entire American Muslim community as it embarks on a new phase towards defending its civil and political rights and making positive contributions in all aspects of our society,” said Dr. Agha Saeed, AMA National Chairman. In his new capacity with the AMA Imam Bray said, "I'm very excited to be part of an organization that has served the American Muslim community for over two decades. My hope is to bring the concerns and aspirations of our community to civil libertarians, political activists, the media, and public officials. To our detriment, our community has been ignored for so long that it's time we begin serious engagement to address our issues."

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Muslim Link Staff Reporter The prayer mat is going through a rebirth. Updated for the 20th century, Sajda Salah mats are made from the same material as yoga mats. They are washable, waterproof, biodegradable, hypoallergenic, and recyclable. The 33 year old behind these mats was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Fairfax, VA. Kamran Hakimi’s family migrated from Uzbekistan in the early 70s. Not an inventor or an engineer, Hakimi developed the product based on his own spiritual needs. “I do like to come up with different innovations, but this product was out of personal sincerity,” he says. Everyday the cardboard box he carefully cut out to pray on would be thrown away by the cleaners at his place of work. He describes his frustration with the missing cardboard boxes that he would use

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to make praying on the concrete floor easier on his knees. “The pain in my joints would distract me in my salah,” he shares, “I try to be perfectionist in my prayer, without physical comfort-especially during tashahhud-- I would hasten [my salah].” “I really had to find a solution. I had an Afghani friend and we went through this every day.” He searched online for a thick mat but did not find too many options; the ones available were too expensive. “I found a orthopedic prayer mat developed by a German–Turkish inventor with similar tempurpedic technology. It is a great idea, but you have to carry it like suitcase. He is great at what he does, but the 60-70 dollars shipping cost was too much for me,” says Hakimi. While working out at the gym, he used >> sajda Pg 24

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ISB Resident Scholar Yaseen Sheikh Beyond their speeches and activism, local Muslim leaders are community members just like the rest of us. The Muslim Link interviews our local leaders so the community can get to know them and In Shaa Allah help them serve the community. This issue we focus on Islamic Society of Baltimore's latest addition – resident scholar Shaykh Yaseen Sheikh. – TML TML: Please tell us about your family. Are you married, children, how old, how many? Tell us about your parents, upbringing, siblings, achievements etc. How has your family adjusted to the change and how do they like the East Coast? YS: My family originates from Surat, Gujarat, in India. My parents are first generation immigrants who migrated to London, England in the late 1960's. My parents are noble, hardworking, committed and devoted parents that played an instrumental role in shaping my direction in life. I am one of five children, 4th in line amongst four boys and one girl. I had a fairly conservative upbringing, in a fairly conservative Muslim Community in Stamford Hill, North London, which is also home to the largest Orthodox Jewish Community outside of Israel. The importance of praying five times a day, love for and obedience to Allah, adherence to Sunnah was instilled in us from a fairly young age. My father was very conscious of taking us to pray at the Masjid. Thus, I used to offer even

TML: What did you want to be when you grew up? When and how did you make the decision to become an imam, religious director, teacher?

Fajr at the masjid from around the tender age of 8, regardless of the season. In England, it is a tradition for all children to attend Maktab (evening school) at their local Masjid, learning how to read Quran, and more than just the basics of Islam. It is here that I developed a profound love for Quranic recitation and would often learn more than the portion assigned by my teacher. At the age of eleven, to further quench my thirst for Quran, I enrolled at a seminary, Jameah Islamiya, Kent and completed Hifdh within 1.5 years. I was the first Hafidh produced by the institution, may Allah accept. After this, I developed a zeal to understand the Quran, and to further increase my knowledge and understanding of the noble book, I enrolled in the Alim Program in Darul Uloom London, UK. Here, I completed a six year rigorous

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YS: In all honesty, as a young child, I always spoke of being a surgeon when I grew up. Not that I had any idea of what that career entailed, but maybe I just liked the word. It was not until I was fully engaged in my pursuit of sacred knowledge that I realized that Allah has a plan for me, and that I am just simply going with the plan he has in store for me. I am humbled that Allah selected me for such an immense and esteemed position, and I pray daily that he assists me in fulfilling the rights of such a role. TML: Why are you an imam? YS: The Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam was Imam of his people, and in his position helped and touched the lives of thousands. I wanted to emulate the path of the Prophet in being able to help people connect to Allah, understand their purpose and direction in life, try to guide them through the various struggles and challenges life presents whilst keeping firm focus on the ultimate goal of life. This is what motivates me daily. TML: Aside from the Quran, what are you currently reading? YS: Taareekh Dawat wa Azeemat by Shaikh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi. TML: What are you passionate about? When you are not teaching how do you keep busy? YS: I am passionate about various things. Civic engagement, interfaith, social justice are some of them. My biggest passion, however, is soccer, and more specifically, English premier league soccer. I simply can't get enough. Despite being in USA for over seven years, I still haven't caught on to the American Football hype, and have never watched one entire game of American Football. Maybe it is my Brit-

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Five Decades On, American Muslims Still In Search of the ‘Beloved Community’

A Look at ISNA’s 50th Year Anniversary Convention ISNA

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Imam Suhaib Webb, Ingrid Mattson, and Tariq Ramadan addressing political activism, community service, spirituality, and many more topics. This year the Convention Program Committee led by Sohaib Sultan, Chaplain at Princeton University, designed the main and parallel sessions on five major tracks, keeping in mind the theme of the convention and the critical needs of the American Muslim community. These sessions are identified with icons on the program schedule. New sessions featured included ones on embracing differently-abled Muslims, making of a dynamic seniors program, women’ spaces in masajid and social media activism . Most of the sessions were staffed with sign language interpreters. Local speakers who moderated or presented at sessions included Imam Shaker El Sayed, Imam Zia Makhdoom, Imam Johari Abdul Malik, Rabia Chaudhry, Afeefa Syeed, Mona Ngem, Asma Hanif, Marci Moberg, Naeem Baig, and Corey Saylor amongst others. Iqbal Unus, Secretary General of ISNA welcomed the audience. “Organizations do not grow to be 50 years without the hard work of a number of people,” said Unus. Imam Talib Shareef of Masjid Muhammad spoke on Friday’s inaugural session, followed by the Mayor of Washington, DC, Vincent Gray. He urged the attendees to stand with the district in its quest for representation. The mayor issued a proclamation and announced August 30 as ISNA Day in Washington, DC. Imam Mohamed Magid, President of ISNA, and Rizwan Jaka, Steering Committee Chair also presented at the inaugural session.

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A group of scouts presented the I have Dream speech on Friday’s main session. Chaplain Tahera Ahmed made waves as the first woman to recite Quran at the ISNA convention, with vehement support and the sharp condemnation. President Obama sent a message which was appreciated by some and drowned out by anti-drone speeches made by leading scholars. A celebration of milestones and achievements and an opportunity to reflect on the next 50 year for the largest Muslim organization in the United States. In 1962, the MSA at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign was very active, presided by Mehdi Bahadori, now Professor (emeritus) of Mechanical Engineering, at Sharif University of Technology, in Iran. In a written message, he reminisced about the start of the mother organization in April 1963 with the support of Dr. Ahmed Sakr, who became the first Secretary of the MSA of USA and Canada and Bahadori the first President. In 1965, Ahmed Totonji became the second President. They went from campus to campus organizing the MSA chapters under one umbrella. The pioneers decided early on not to take any money from overseas. The first MSA headquarters was open in Gary, Indiana in 1969. When all the original founders had graduated and moved on from college into communities, they realized the need for a community-based organization and in 1982,

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TOP: Authors were on hand to sign books being sold in the bazaar. MIDDLE: Many art vendors tooks part in the ISNA bazaar including painters, sculpters, glass artists, and wood artists. BOTTOM: The entry way to the main convention hall.


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ISNA was formed. MSA gave birth to ISNA and Plainfield, Indiana was chosen as it was a day’s drive from either coast. Some of the early challenges that MSA/ ISNA faced were Bilalians, an iteration of Nation of Islam. MSA led delegations to work with the Bilalian community. We also had to deal with the movie called the Message. Many people wanted MSA to come out and condemn the movie, but we didn’t and it turned out to be a good decision,” said Yaqub. This movie is now a part of most Muslims’ personal collection. The first MSA-ISNA conventions started from very humble beginnings and were attended by a few families. “Everyone slept in cabins and dorms,” shared the wife of the first President of ISNA, Ilyas Ba Yunus. The ISNA Matrimonial Service emerged out of his research on divorce in the Muslims in North America. From 1997 to 2001, ISNA saw a big transition as a larger number of people started coming to the convention (approx. 3,000. This year’s attendance was 40,000 Muslim and interfaith guests. “When will you have vision? What is your vision as Muslims in America?” thundered Imam Siraj Wahaj to the hall packed for the MSA National session titled- Why Are You Just Standing There. Shaykh Yasir Qadhi spoke passionately about principled dissent. Muslim Youth of North America led a parallel sessions focus on youth issues. Many community activists were recognized fir their services. This year, Iman

COMMUNITY NEWS | 13 Abu Saud Elkadi was a co-recipient for the Mahboob Khan Community Service Recognition Award. During the Community Service Recognition Luncheon, (CSRL) Ilham Talib, wife of Hisham Talib, received the 2013 CSRL award for her life long contributions. The owner of Halalco in Falls Church, VA, Mohammad Abdul Mateen Chida, a pioneer of MSA since 1964 received an award. He is a pioneer of ITALICS halal trade in this area and operated MSA’s first press in Maryland called International Graphics. As he was infirm, his wife Maimoona Chida received the award on his behalf. Some highlights included the 50th Anniversary History Exhibit included a children’s program, Qiraat Competition, an eclectic Photography Exhibit, the Islamic Film Festival featuring 15 movies, the first ever ISNA-MAFIQ debates and a Basketball Tournament. Youth assisted the Stop Hunger Now Service Project to package 40,000 meals to feed individuals in over 24 countries. >> ISNA III Pg 23

From top, Chinese calligrapher Haji Noorudden shows off his unique style at his booth at the ISNA bazaar; orthodox jews against zionism speak with ISNA attendees; Mayor Vincent Gray proclaims ISNA Day in DC; Imam Talib Shareef of Masjid Muhammad addresses the convention as a sign interpreter translates for the deaf (photo by Talib Karim); Muslim boy scouts and girl scouts read Martin Luther King's the "I Have a Dream Speech" .

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Local Debate Competition Gets National Stage Time at ISNA By Muslim Link Staff

in the Masjid al Haram.

After the success of the Muslim Youth Debate Tournament (MYDT), Mafiq Foundation hosted the first annual ISNA-MAFIQ Muslim Debate Tournament at the 50th ISNA convention in Washington, D.C. A national parliamentary debate competition, the tournament featured high school and middle school categories, where teams of three engaged each other on important issues of national and spiritual importance. Debaters were selected from around the nation with teams and topics announced on August 18, 2013.

The winning high school team consisted of Mona Hagmajid, Adeeb Abdullah and Faraz Ahsun in the opposition. They presented a cohesive and passionate debate.Tahmeed Hossain, Jamal Dumas and Razeen Khan debated for the proposition and put up a good fight.

Preliminary rounds were held over the weekend. The finals and award ceremony took place on Sunday, September 1, 2013. Teams debated in front of a large audience on topics that were given to

Local youth from Maryland and Virginia -- all veterans of the Mafiq debate competition -- won at Mafiq's first national level debate competition held at this year's ISNA convention in Washington DC. From right, Adeeb Abdullah, Faraz Ahsun, and Mona Hagmajid. Photo by Muslim Link. them on the day of the debate. The Middle School team debated

U.S. standing for democratic principles in the Middle East and high school parlayed over the expansion

The winning Middle School team was in opposition, and consisted of Ilsa Mir, Nuha Mahboob, and Taharat Sheikh. The Middle School proposition finalists were Safa Piracha, Huma Chaudhry and Ahmed Rabbani. Imam Magid handed out the prizes to the finalists. Many ISNA participants including school principals and youth leaders pledged to send teams for the next year’s debate, which will be held in Detroit, MI.

Islamic Heritage Foundation Completes Quranic Memorization Competition By Nabiha Parker Muslim Link Contributing Writer On Saturday, August 24th, beautiful recitations of Quran echoed through the air at the Foundation for Islamic Education in Villanova, Pennsylvania. Students were displaying their expertise in the Islamic Heritage Foundation’s (IHF) first annual Hafith contest. For the past 19 years, IHF has held Quranic memorization competitions for young people ages 7 to 25 in half, one, two, and three juz categories. Hundreds of students have participated over the years. This year, the board of IHF decided to up the stakes, by sponsoring a contest just for those who have memorized the entire Quran. Information about the contest was sent out to masjids in Philadelphia and surrounding states, and the Washington and Montgomery County / Prince Georges County areas. The contest was held near Philadelphia as a part of Quran Family

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Fun Day, which included food, a moon bounce, Quranic jeopardy and scavenger hunt, and other family activities. After lunch and Zhur prayer, contestants were called to the microphone one by one to complete 10 excerpts from the Quran as directed by judges Dr. Akhnuwkh Jones, Sheikh Mohamed Shehata, and Dr. Salman Yusuff. The crowd waited anxiously for the decisions at the completion of the recitations. Dr. Jones congratulated all contestants for their exemplary work, and commented, “This was not an easy decision. All of the participants did an excellent job, and the scores were very close.” Everyone was excited for the winners as they were announced:

The top three winners at the Islamic Heritage Foundation Qur'anic Memorization Competition are all graduates of the Dar-us-Salaam Hifz School. From right, Habeeb Marso, Muhammad Ishaq, and Hayat Marso. The first place prize of an Umrah trip went to Habeeb Marso. Photo by the author.

3rd place price, $700, to Hayat Marso, Al-Huda Hifz School, College Park, Maryland.

Al-Huda Hifz School, College Park Maryland 1st place, trip to Umrah, awarded to Habeeb Marso, Al-Huda Hifz School, College Park, Maryland.

Brown remarked, “Allah ta’aala states in the Quran, surah Al Qamar, ayat 17, ‘And We have indeed made the Quran easy to understand and remember, then

2nd place, $1,000 to Muhammad Ishaq,

IHF executive director Khalil Bin

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The Muslim Marriage Crisis

The Muslim Link Asks: How Hard Is It to Find a Life Partner In the DMV Area? marriage

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these days. Many immigrant parents tend to disregard the fact that their children are raised in the West, and will, ultimately have some elements of their personality influenced by the West. The evolving identity of Muslims in this country contributes to the marriage crisis. “My parents seem to have the idea--similar to some other Muslims in Western countries--that a spouse from their country would be better. Better for whom? Better for me or better for them? Is this preference due to the fact that they feel culture, ethnicity, and religion would be better preserved this way?” questions a single Muslimah. Increased physical mobility is a hurdle too. Tolo Owondunni is an eligible, eloquent Nigerian man with ties in Maryland. He doesn’t have a wide Muslim social circle or family in NYC, where he lives, to help him find a match. "You can't just walk up to a woman and ask if you want to get married. I have walked up to someone before and was asked ‘why are you talking to me?’," he says. He wants to find someone like him and doesn’t have much time to go on websites. He is open to being introduced to any race or ethnicity and is currently using the Islamic Center at NYU as a resource. The delaying of the American adolescence experience or the new emerging adulthood stage has also contributed to the delay in marriage, especially, with the high school experience extended by local community colleges. According to the New York Times, in 1960, 77 percent of women and 65 percent of men had, by the time they reached 30, passed all five [what sociologists term as] milestones of adulthood: completing school, leaving home, becoming financially independent, marrying and having a child. Among 30-year-olds in 2000, according to data from the United States Census Bureau, fewer than half of the women and one-third of the men

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had done so. Culturally, American society as a whole is seeing this trend of delayed marriages. "Young adults have increasingly come to see marriage as a 'capstone' rather than a 'cornerstone,'" say the researchers at the Brookings Institute.

His career goals are the major reason for the delay in his marriage. Cultural baggage from immigrant parents is a constant problem in many of the communities, but many are optimistic that the tide is changing. Hayat, an Eritrean-American mother from

At any Muslim marriage event, there are more females attendees than males. The ISNA marriage banquet sold out for the women’s section weeks in advance, while men strolled in at the last minute. Baltimore's Al Rahmah Marriage Bureau has two women for every man in its database. "That is, something they do after they have all their other ducks in a row, rather than a foundation for launching into adulthood and parenthood." Surveys conducted by AlMaghrib Institute of its student body found that the main reasons that its students were delaying marriage were parents, finances, education, fear of rejection and commitment for men and fear of control and

Washington, DC, says that she and her friends have moved away from this line of thinking. “Many families who come from war ravaged areas think that the only way they can hold on to their culture is by marrying their children to someone from the same background, but now we face [the] reality that as long as the spouse is Muslim, it is acceptable.”

"If a single Muslim woman of any age expresses interest in getting married she has to deal with the stigma of appearing desperate." intimidation for women. “A lot of men fear rejection and get intimidated. In the meanwhile, women wait for proposals and decide to pursue further education while they are waiting. This in turn intimidates men more and they think the women are too overqualified or will not make good 'Muslim' wives for them and eventually get married to someone from overseas or someone much younger,” says Shaykh Yaser Birjas of AlMaghrib. “For myself, being financially ready [is important] because it is such a big responsibility, starting a new family.” says Farhan, 33, of Philadelphia, PA.

In cultures where arranged marriages are prevalent, men and women complain about the interference of the parents; in cultures where it isn't, practicing Muslim men and women are finding it extremely hard to meet someone on their own. A sister from the Somali community in Fairfax, VA, where there are a substantial number of unmarried women in the late thirties, vents her frustration. “The issue in [my] community is the expectation of the girl to find a man for herself: unfortunately, in our culture, "arranged" marriages are practiced by few and it is widely expected for the woman to take it upon her shoulders to bring the guy

to her parents when she is ready to be married...only few, perhaps a handful of families do arranged marriages....I am a devout Muslimah and my religion tells me to never ever [sic] date a guy, but again, my community and the "social norms" are completely against that...I, along with many Somali females are now in their 30's and single...The older generation needs to change this disgusting norm,” she says. There is an extraordinary number of very educated women in their thirties and above who have not found a spouse. As intelligent, educated, single women venture to find men to set the cornerstone for a family, they can not find suitable matches. Women in their late 20s and early 30s, urged to be educated all their lives, settle into their careers or studies, suddenly become less desirable mates to some men. Another phenomenon faced by several ethnic communities is that many educated men marry outside of their community, race and religion. At any Muslim marriage event, there are more females attendees than males. The ISNA marriage banquet sold out for the women’s section weeks in advance, while men strolled in at the last minute. Baltimore's Al Rahmah Marriage Bureau has two women for every man in its database. At a local marriage brunch, many of the women attending were born and raised in the US, educated and articulate, while most of the men were first generation immigrants, without large local networks. Muslim community leaders are taking notice and some are calling it an epidemic. “We are modeling for our community the lack of marriages, single families and broken homes, that good practicing sisters may never get married. So, if you are a young girl looking at the life of a mu'min versus the life of the dominant culture, the dominant culture may seem >> Marriage II Pg 19


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Local Egyptian Americans Who Witnessed Protest Massacres Recount Horrors, Protest Coup By Hena Zuberi Muslim Link Staff Reporter Life in the protest tents, a mini-city with tens of thousands of protesters “was the best time of my life. It felt like Hajj. People sharing food. Optimistic. They would make space for women out of respect,” he says. “I am not a religious person, and there were lots of people on the stage at Rabaa who were not from the Muslim Brotherhood, from all over the country, the world, standing up for democracy and the weak.” Mohammad Ismail Ahmed was in a taxi trying to return home to the U.S. but stayed at the insistence of friends and witnessed violent massacres. The 37 year-old jeweler from Georgia had flown to Egypt to warn his social circle. “Don’t be used; the military is using you to get rid of democracy.” Never an activist or a politician, he is now part of the broad coalition called Egyptian Abroad for Democracy (EAFD). He has

family in the Egyptian military and his brother is a member of the elite Supreme Council Of Armed Forces (SCAF). It would have been easier and more lucrative for him to be pro-coup, but he went on the unsafe street for months, to Rabaa al-Adawiya Square where more than 500 protesters were killed. “I learnt it from the US, I appreciate democracy and freedom. I was so proud to be an Egyptian after the revolution,” shares Ismail. Several families from overseas have lost loved ones in the protests. Asmaa Hussein and Amr Kassem were a young Canadian couple visiting family in Egypt. Kassem, 26, went to Jumuah prayers and a funeral in Alexandria, after which he joined a large protest against the recent crackdown by Egyptian security forces. He was shot by a sniper, apparently targeted because of his lengthy beard. He leaves behind a 10 month old daughter. Ahmed Bedier, an American Muslim civic

leader lost his brother Amir. Amir, an accountant, was participating in the sit ins at Rabaa as a Jan 25 revolutionary. Bedier spoke at the press conference hosted by Egyptians-Americans for Human Rights and Democracy (EAHRD), showing

videos taken of the snipers shooting into the protester’s tents, and of more than 200 charred and mutilated bodies take to Masjid Al-Iman. When police stormed Masjid Rabaa Al Adawiya, fires broke out, burning the masjid, its makeshift hospital and the bodies of the dead inside.

The Bediers were in Egypt celebrating their youngest brother's wedding which took place two days before the attack on Rabaa Square. The family had a hard time burying Amir as his parents refused to accept a false death certificate stating that he died of natural causes. Other families received certificates from the Health Ministry that stated bizarre reasons such as

suicide and disease. “Imagine reporting the crime to the very place that may have killed your brother, and asking them for justice,” Ahmed relays his trip to the police and other agencies to the Muslim Link. The family is looking at various legal options, including researching whether the ammunition was made in America and if any American or international laws were broken. “There needs to be some accountability; there has been no accountability of the masked men who killed hundreds of people.” There is sentiment in Egypt that protesters killed themselves, Bedier says this is a baseless accusation. “I went to Rabaa, I didn’t see any weapons and if they had them why didn't they use them? They were doing this unarmed.”

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Deen Intensive Academy Holds Successful 3-Day Seminar By Nisa Muhammad Washington DC---For Muslims, learning the religion of Islam is a life long journey but for those who attended the first Deen Intensive Academy (DIA) that journey took a rocket’s pace. They traveled from near and far to participate in three days of study from August 22-25 on a range of topics such as “The Qur’anic Mandate: The Relevance of Hadith in the 21’st Century”; “Understanding Prayer: The Prophet’s (Peace Be Upon Him) Way; “The Learning Curve: Your Growth in Islam” and “The Necessity of Dawah.” According to the founder and President, Imam Abdul Jalil Muhammad the initiative is designed to help the development of Islamic scholars for the 21st Century and

beyond who will be equipped to meet the challenges of a faith that currently has a growing base of 1.6 billion people.

Shakir, Abdul Malik and others who were making tireless efforts to raise the banner of Islam in their respective works.

“Deen Intensive Academy yearns to be a safe haven where believers can continue to learn the Deen (Religion) of Islam and dispense it properly to people who are thirsting and hungering for it. This is just my small advancement of making Islam real in our lives,” said Imam Abdul Jalil Muhammad.

Imam Abdul Jalil reached out to Islamic leaders he was close with to join him in the vision and the DIA was born. Presenters included Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Imam of Masjid At-Taqwa in NY; Imam Zaid Shakir, co-founder of Zaytuna College, Imam Sultan Rahman Muhammad, Resident Imam at Mosque Maryam in Chicago IL; and Imam Abdullah Madyun, Imam of Masjid Ihsan, Chicago IL.

For years he had been to many Islamic workshops/seminars but few were in the urban cities where people are rushing to Islam. That lack of opportunity inspired him to start DIA. He was also inspired out of the concern for more unity among Muslims, recognizing the value of various leading voices such as Imams Siraj Wahhaj, Zaid

The initiative lived up to its name “Intensive”, with sessions starting at 8 am and lasting through 10:00 pm, breaking only for obligatory prayers and dinner.

Day one of the DIA started with Imam Siraj and was highlighted with the “Unity Jumu’ah Prayer Service” at the historic Masjid Muhammad conducted by Imam Sultan Rahman Muhammad, a Masjid his late father Imam Sultan Muhammad officiated at. For Zarinah Shakir who traveled from Trenton, NJ to attend, the weekend was, “Excellent. That’s the one word I wrote on my evaluation. This was long overdue and a wonderful experience. The organizers outdid themselves.” For more information on the next DIA visit www.deenintensiveacademy.com. Brian Muhammad and Starla Muhammad contributed to this article.

Muslims Organize for VA Attorney General Hopeful Wafa Jawad

at ADAMS where we have invited Senator Herring to meet with the community,” said Yasmine Taeb. Community members are able to voice their concerns directly to Herring.

Muslim Link Staff Reporter

Mark Herring, current state senator and democratic candidate for Attorney General of Virginia, announced on August 8, 2013 the formation of a “Muslims for Herring” coalition led by six members of the Northern Virginia Muslim community. Herring represents Virginia’s District 33 which consists of parts of Loudon County and Fairfax County, and often reaches out to his large Muslim constituency which includes ADAMS Islamic Center in Northern Virginia. “He [Herring] is very committed to representing them fully,” said co chair of the Muslims for Herring coalition Yasmine Taeb. All of the co-chairs of Muslims for Herring know Senator Herring personally, whether it be through working with him or organizing events for him. “The coalition is comprised of like minded people that believe in similar issues. It’s a way for Herring to excite the people that share his vision and try to get them out to vote,” said Babur Lateef, a Muslims for Herring co -chair. The coalition helps introduce Herring to the community, whether it is through Pakistan Day celebrations that Herring attended, or ifaar dinners and jummah prayers, all are put together by Muslims for Herring.

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“We make sure Senator Herring will be at events and have a booth so that he can talk about his candidacy and vision,” said Babur Lateef. “We try to do all that we can to give him exposure.” As a state senator, Herring has dealt with foreign law bills targeting Sharia law, and as Attorney General he hopes to protect the elderly and the youth. He has worked closely with law enforcement to keep drugs off the shelves in hopes to eliminate threats to the safety of the youth. He has stood with legislation that targets those that would commit financial scams against senior citizens. Herring also fights to protect the civil rights and liberties of minority groups. “Herring doesn’t care whether you’re black, brown, green, purple or yellow, he believes that you should be represented,” said Babur Lateef.

Senator Herring has addressed social issues and immigration and is for the expansion of Medicaid and Medicare. “The healthcare bill that Herring supports is incredibly important for the Muslim community and for immigrants and it affects almost every family in the state,” stated Babur Lateef. The attorney general is the chief legal advisor to the state government. In some states, the state attorney general also serves as the head of the state department of justice. As Attorney General, Mark Herring says he hopes to put aside political posturing and deal instead with issues that Virginians face day to day. Muslims for Herring has organized various events that allow community members to connect with Senator Herring on a personal level. “We’ve held town hall

Herring’s campaign reached out to the co-chairs personally, asking if they would be interested in bringing support to Senator Herring specifically from the Muslim community of Northern Virginia. Muslims for Herring is not the only coalition that exists in the area, however, it is different than most as it is a formal coalition that consists of Muslims. “I’ve seen a lot of political collations on social media such as Twitter and Facebook and coalitions… and at the federal level… but we received a very formal launch through Senator Herring’s press release,” said Yasmine Taeb. As a group, the coalition keeps the community connected to everything Mark Herring. They send out emails to inform the community of new events that are coming up related to Senator Herring, and organize events where Senator Herring can meet with his constituents. Muslims for Herring hopes that their efforts will drive as many people as possible to support Senator Herring in the election for Attorney General of Virginia on November 5, 2013 against opponent Mark Obenshain.


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more alluring and look to have more opportunities than the mu'min life. We should not be surprised if we continue on this path that in another generation we end up with a community who is either not getting married or having more sisters marrying outside their faith and children who become adults who think that having children on their own is the ideal instead of in a two-parent home,” writes Heather-Laird Jackson. “I know sisters who have started dating because they can not take being single anymore,” said Sr. Denise*, a divorced mother of two boys from College Park, MD, attending the ISWA matrimonial brunch. Another troubling point brought up by Muslims across the diaspora was the desperation angle. If a single Muslim woman of any age expresses interest in getting married she has to deal with the stigma of appearing desperate. This is very damaging to the psyche of the sisters in the community. ““Oh my God, she wants to be married, she is so desperate-astagfirullah....this popular statement comes mostly from married females when a single Muslimah shares with her that she wants to be married!! Even [those] who were once in the same situation....it’s like, as a community, we don't have each other’s back anymore,” laments Naeema*.

COMMUNITY NEWS | 19 home and supports his parents. ‘How do you get to know someone? What if they are really dirty? You can pray for the best but the constraints are a big struggle,” he says. He mentions the trend of ‘halal’ dating where practicing men and women talk and meet, but do not get married. He is frustrated because he is emotionally and financially ready for marriage but has three older sisters who are in

ready, instead of stability. “I just wish that parents would first look at the character and decency of another human being and their families and then look at their background-culture, language, likes, class, and career,” an attendee at the ISNA banquet gives his feedback. Dowry is an issue faced by many immigrant families although the context differs from ethnicity to ethnicity. South Asian families with daughters are ex-

Should Muslims marry young to protect themselves or wait until they are emotionally ready for marriage is a popular question asked by the youth. “Don’t rush your marriage until you can do justice” says Imam Mohammad Magid of ADAMS Center, in Virginia. Other local scholars urge younger marriages with room for the couple to struggle, navigating studies, careers and life together. different stages of their academics and medical careers. He will have to wait until his sisters are all married, otherwise it will ‘look weird’, and people from his parent’s social circle will wonder what is ‘wrong’ with his sisters. “I would never want to be the reason for my sisters not to have a wonderful match.” He is okay with marrying someone older and is okay with his sisters marrying someone younger. “It’s not about age, it is about maturity and compatibility.”

pected to gift the groom a hefty dowry, whereas in Arab and African communities, the demand for a large mahr deters men from proposing and an offer of too little a mahr deters women from accepting. “The most hated sentence [to] Muslim sisters is when men say ‘we don't marry because you ask for too much dowry (mahr)’. Just because few females are greedy, doesn't mean we are all like that,” says Naeema. Tribalism, much more than racism, is

“Now, it became a taboo for a Muslimah to say ‘I want to get married’,” says Denise*. “[There is] way too much emphasis on sex. Women being told that they are desperate, weak, and can’t control themselves.”

“The stigma is so huge. She was physically abused by her ex- husband, and now is being emotionally abused by our community.”

Nawaz Khan*, in his 70s, has coffee with his wife in the lobby of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. He was in tears, worried about his very well-educated daughter's prospects of finding a husband. They are here to attend the matrimonial banquet. He is amongst the many worried parents at the ISNA convention.

Should Muslims marry young to protect themselves or wait until they are emotionally ready for marriage is a popular question asked by the youth. “Don’t rush your marriage until you can do justice” says Imam Mohammad Magid of ADAMS Center, in Virginia. Other local scholars urge younger marriages with room for the couple to struggle, navigating studies, careers and life together.

Aniq Tanwir was attending the session on pre-marriage counseling at the ISNA convention. It is a constant struggle with temptations for this outspoken 22year old electrical engineer. He lives at

Elitism plays a big part too in many cases, according to local matchmakers. A lot of focus is on being financially

prevalent all round. “We get requests that the candidate must be Indian and not Pakistani, Durrani nor Mazari, must be African-American, not African, so we counsel them so they can enlarge their vision,” says Muhammad Jameel, a matchmaker in the Baltimore area for the past 24 years. Divorced and widowed men and women face an even harder road to marriage. “They are divorced, and then they are divorced from the community,” says NJ, a wedding planner in the DC Metro area. She has a recently divorced sister. “The stigma is so huge. She was physi-

cally abused by her ex- husband, and now is being emotionally abused by our community.” EternalGarment.com, endorsed by 45 scholars, is a new website that is caters to previously married men and women. “I had such a hard time getting remarried after my mutual divorce,” said Reza ul Hasan, the founder of Eternal Garment. Salaam Nikah is also a local service offered for divorced and widowed Muslims by the Islamic Center of Northern Virginia- Shirley Gate masjid in Virginia. Converts have their own set of issues. “What works for families from overseas doesn’t work for us. We have so much baggage as reverts,” say R. Kerns, a community activist. Many converts are often urged to get married as soon as they accept Islam. New converts are still learning about the religion and the pressure to get married is very high. As many do not know their rights and understand differences in opinion, they think the only route to marriage is what is being presented to them. “I don’t recommend this to anyone, you are just learning the religion and getting married just makes the equation harder to solve,” says Kerns. Often with no family, or support system, many turn to the imam to act as their wali but in reality, majority of the times, the imam does not know them. “I have had people call me late at night to perform a nikkah and act as a wali,” says Imam Magid. Many are influenced into decisions that are culturally unsuitable for them. When women and men are introduced by the imam, they often don’t share their legal or financial history. “That’s what we don’t see in the imam’s office- the two sides of a brother,” says Kerns. “The lives we live as Muslims have to be an inclusive of who we are, where we came from. Many of us have dealt with prison, abuse, and need to be deprogrammed.” There is also a unrealistic focus on physicality all around. Outside the ISNA Marriage banquet, Dr. Parveen Qureshi, a volunteer who has attended enough of them to comment, says that that people are too picky; they want someone who looks like a model.

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“With so many expectations and not many people lowering their expectations, it makes it much harder to find the right person,” says Malik Shabazz. Social media has made it more difficult because there is little accountability involved, and it is easy to cross boundaries. “Once you get bored with talking to someone, it is easy to just drop that whole prospect. Also unrealistic expectations, on both sides, further complicates the issue. I think eligible guys and girls need a more natural and less induced forum to meet, with sincere facilitators who want the best for the single people in our communities,” says D. Badier, a single dental student. The shortage of resources in the local community is staggering as every person interviewed by the Muslim Link complained about the lack of resources. “Imams don’t get back to you, and by the third call you feel so worthless,” expresses Denise*. Imams say that they are overwhelmed with other duties. Some do not have any expertise or interest. Others do not want to take on the responsibility of making a bad match and say that this is a communal responsibility. Others are confined to their Masajid and circles. “This is a community wide issue and all parts of the community need to come together to work on it,” says Imam Tahir Anwar. Locally in the DC Metro area, the resources the Muslim Link was able to

collect were Imams, Islamic Centers, Muslim Student Associations, online marriage sites, local professional matchmakers, volunteer matchmakers (khalas and aunties), active brothers and sisters in the community and facebook groups. A ladies-only tea is hosted by Rukhsana Ameen, where females are invited

ISWA caters to all ages. Talib* is attending as a wali for his widowed mother. Muhammad Mustaqeem, a single software engineer from Frederick, MD is impressed with the event. He feels that the event was held according to Islamic guidance. “It is organized, and we know that everyone here is looking to get

"Everyone says we have a problem in our Muslim community when it comes to marriage, but no one is willing to fix it. I say to anyone who wants to fix this problem to start with their single friends,” says Naeema. to meet potential candidates for males they know. Annual matrimonial events are also arranged by ISWA, Islamic Society of Baltimore, Islamic Heritage Museum and ICNV-Shirley gate Masjid, where singles can meet and greet in a pre arranged setting. For the past two years the ISNA convention has provided marriage banquets in the district (next year the convention is moving to Detroit but ICNA will hold its convention in Baltimore). Islamic Circles is a Londonbased non-profit that holds specialized matrimonial events in DC when requested by locals. They held 3 separate events in 2012 for converts and professional Muslims. Imam Faizul Khan of the Islamic Society of Washington Area conducts the bi-yearly Matrimonial Brunch. He had many success stories, with about 20 couples get married every year for the past decade.

married. You get the information; it is just like a job hunt and you go for what you want, you have to be willing to put in your time to look,’ he said, “If you are expecting to walk in and find somebody, [that] is silly. Just have patience.” ISWA has close to 400 individuals in its database. “I treated it like a job hunt looking through pages and pages of profiles to find the right match,” says Reza ul Hasan, founder of EternalGarment. com. There are many other options online: HalfYourDeen.com, SingleMuslim.com, and even those that cater to particular backgrounds, such as shaadi. com, and singleblackmuslims.com. Muhammad, a man in his late 20’s attending the ISWA brunch did have issues with the lax nature of sites like SingleMuslim.com and appreciated the Islamic background and personal touch that the brunch provided.

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is there any that will remember?’ I am very pleased with the accomplishments of the young reciters. May Allah reward them and their families, because these are the ones who have taken upon themselves to remember the Quran.

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The next preliminaries for the half to three juz categories are expected to begin this fall, with several competitions expected before the final round in June. The next hafith contest will be held in summer of 2014. There are also plans

Many American singles express their frustration with the many hours they spend online searching for the perfect person. Al Rahmah Marriage Bureau uses the Muslim Volunteer Matchmakers team, matchmakers that spend these hours on your behalf. Their goal is to help their clients find that perfect person. All MVMTeam matchmakers have doctorates from the United States. “We have many impersonal institutions opening up but those of us whose families come from traditional cultures are not used to this idea. We need another layer of institutions to normalize expectations for our parents,” says Farhan, a recent immigrant. The stigma attached to the use of these institutions has collectively waned in the second and third generations, but individually some say singles need to stop waiting and proactively look for spouses. “It is a shame that we see so many beautiful females out there who are waiting to be married, but yet, we as a community have failed them. Everyone says we have a problem in our Muslim community when it comes to marriage, but no one is willing to fix it. I say to anyone who wants to fix this problem to start with their single friends,” says Naeema. The Muslim Link's reporting found that Muslims in the DMV area need more local matrimonial events, a regional cooperative database that shares resources amongst all the masajid and organizations, as well as pastoral care individualized to suit the needs of this diverse community. This is an urgent need and a collective responsibility.

to add a contest for females with female judges. Congratulations to all of the contestants, the winners, and to AlHuda School for a great showing. We all look forward to even more intense competition from young Quran scholars on the East Coast and beyond next year. Insha-Allah. For more information about future contests, or if you would like to make a donation, please contact Dr. Akhnuwkh Jones, 215-920-0491, or islamicheritagefound@msn.com. Mail can be sent to Islamic Heritage Foundation. P. O. Box 20984. Philadelphia, PA 19141.


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Some local DMV families have also lost members, including a young doctor who had gone to serve. “Families are being slaughtered and killed, and they are not retaliating. They are looking at the long term survival of the country,” says Ismail. As he relays how the days played out before the coup, he recalls that on the first of July, protesters opposing President Morsi were going home. “I live right next to Tahrir Square, [Sisi] was not expecting people to go home. SCAF military leaders made an announcement, giving the country seven days. He made them go back to the streets,” says Ismail. Operation Save Democracy (OSD) is an Egyptian American Task Force that was formed to deal with the political crisis created by the military coup in Egypt. EAHRD, OSD, and EAFD also strongly condemned the burning of houses of worship including coptic churches. “During Mubarak’s era, the dirty tactic of ‘divide and rule’ was used quite skillfully by the government to create sectarian rifts between Muslims and Christians. The the leaders of the military coup have cancelled the constitution and reinstated the emergency law. As a result, one should not be surprised that more and more of these sectarian disputes and claims will appear again,” clarified OSD President Dr. Safei-Eldin Hamed,” Some of these claims may be true and some may be rumors, exaggeration, or lies that are fabricated to score political points. In such a chaotic atmosphere, it is almost impossible to find the truth.” Hamed also started Alliance of Egyptian-Americans in 2005. Locally, ADAMS Center issued a condemnation of the violence in Egypt: “We urge the Government of Egypt - and all its citizens and political parties - to eschew any such violence, which runs so counter to the principles and teachings of Islam and our Holy Prophet,, and resolve their differences calmly and rationally, and with due respect for all sides and for the rights of all Egyptians.” Egyptian-Americans have consistently marched in DC. The protest on August 31, 2013 had about 5,000 people. There have be counter-protests as well.

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Military rule has all but aborted the nascent democracy. [Egypt’s] deep state in active, there is emergency law and a military ruler. All democratic values have vanished, says Hamed. “That is the biggest problem.” "Deep state" as is known is Egypt is where powerful Mubarak-era cronies continue to dominate key Egyptian institutions, both political and bureaucratic. Hamed contends that Morsi is only one candidate, from one party. “Bring him in even for one day and vote him out. The people of Egypt need to know that democratic institutions cannot be played with. Claims of majority wanting Morsi out can not be substantiated, unless we go to the ballot.” “We advised President Morsi to step down and call for elections; he didn’t listen, he thought the threat was exaggerated,” says Dr. Hamed. Not affiliated with any political party and not a member of the Ikhwan, Dr. Hamed critiques the Muslim Brotherhood’s lack of media savvy. “They had not mastered mass media, and fac[ed] enemies who have a whole empire of artists who can manipulate, craft all kinds of TV shows to mobilize people against the elected government.” Controversial U.S lawmakers, Michelle Bachmann and Steve King have been in Egypt this week, apparently endorsing the coup and crackdowns that killed hundreds. “They are extremists and are supporting the extreme,” says Ismail. “ People in Egypt may be well-educated but they are ignorant; they don’t know who they are and what they stand for.” “We are hearing the same Islamophobic rhetoric from Muslims here in Cairo,” says Bedier, who is back in Egypt. “There is high levels of anti-American sentiment coming from the coup supporters. President Obama is being called an Ikhwan in the local paper.” Some say American Muslims need to lobby Congress to stand for democratic principles and the U.S. needs to stop doing business as usual. Dr. Hamed suggests contacting local embassies and urging all countries to take a stance against the military government. No clear leaders have emerged in Egypt. Liberals involved in the Jan 25 revolution have sat out of the protests to pay

back the Brotherhood for excluding them. Bediar thinks this tit for tat politics has left the country fragmented.The military has also offered a roadmap but as this gives the coup legitimacy, the only political parties participating have no major political clout. According to other activists, an alliance has formed of 15-20 parties. “Egyptian are running the show. It is killing [General] Sisi, he has the media, support from Israel, money from the Gulf countries, and the security forces but he still hasn’t won,” says Ismail. “Those protesting in Egyptian cannot all be from the Muslim Brotherhood; they want their democratic votes back in their hands,” says Sarah Jamiel of Virginia, who recently returned from Egypt and was on the ground during the protests. Last Friday in Egypt, the ninth Jumuah of protests against the government, showed a shift in the protesters and their message as few carried the posters of Morsi that were once the symbol of the Brotherhood’s “anti-coup” coalition.

The four finger salute was everywhere signifying Rabaa, which means four, the name of the square where mass killing by security forces on Aug. 14 took place. Far from returning to normality after the army's overthrow of Morsi on July 3 following mass protests, the beacon of the Arab Spring remains in turmoil. With tourism and investment down, and food and gas prices up, as the economic situation declines, people continue to come out on the streets. “As long as the economy declines in Egypt, they will keep protesting,” says Hamed. More are joining everyday, the local population knows that they were deceived. Large protests are planned for Friday, September 13, 2013. “People are realizing that they were used, Egyptian pride makes it hard to admit their mistake, but gradually they are supporting the anti-coup movement,” says Ismail. “There are some good people in the military too, I think the change will come from within.”


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10,000 folks jammed into Hall C for the entertainment program with performances by Maher Zain, Native Deen, Mo Sabri, Alman Nusrat and Mona Haydar. Concurrently a poetry recitation session took place for those who wanted a more mellow evening. This year’s Meet the Author featured Umm Zakiyyah (Ruby Moore), A Friendship Promise, Omar Khawaja, Ilyas and Duck Search for Allah and Alexis York Lumbard, The Conference of the Birds. Margaret King, Unveiling the Messiah in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Mucahit Bilici, Finding Mecca in America, and Radwan Kouatli, Patience: The Road to Success were also featured. Anti-war, anti-coup, pro-Syria protests took place in the capital, capitalizing on the attendees. Imam Siraj Wahaj headlighted a rally for political prisoners on Saturday, August 31, 2013 in front of the White House. Always a favorite of attendees, the bazaar had 550+ vendors. Aside from jewelry, toys, perfumes, and attires, raffles and giveaways led people to booths of services, lines formed to meet celebrity scholars at the stalls set up by educational institutes, and bookstores. There were several local and national Islamic organizations soliciting for donations. “The first bazaar was a table set up by the wives of the officers selling food and hijabs,” said Rukhsana Ahmed, of Atlanta, Georgia who has been coming to ISNA since it was MSA as she waited in line with her husband. Live art demonstrations and mural painting by Nuqta Arts was a hit with the kids. Haji Noor Deen’s stall was lined with people waiting to get their names calligraphed by the world renowned Chinese calligrapher. RizDesigns took free portraits for a design project and Nadoona Fitness led exercise sessions for the ladies. Orthodox Jews against Zionism handed out flyers, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees sold olive oil from Palestine and Amnesty International booth explained what Gitmo was to several

folks who had never heard of Guantanamo Bay. Rizwana and her family were here from Richmond, Virginia and enjoyed the $12 plate of Hyderabadi biryani, sold by a vendor who has been selling at every convention for the past several years. Halal hot dogs and gyros were also a pricey hit at $9-11 a plate. Fazia was took the train down from Philadelphia with her mother and aunts.

It was her first time and she really loved it. “I loved praying with such a big jammah, the Friday Khutbah, the bazaar, the Qiraat competition and Yasmin Mogahed’s lectures.” Most vendors were happy with the management but volunteers at bazaar services said that some vendors were upset as they are used to the huge crowds in Chicago. ”There are more vendors this year than last year but the bazaar is little slow. The sessions are packed

because attendees in DC are more politically and socially involved, whereas the crowd in Chicago comes primarily for the bazaar.” Reservations are done years in advance and after spending two years in the capital, the ISNA-MSA National Convention will be held in Detroit, MI next year.

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Dawah is not just a speech or a discussion but to work in the society for justice and truth, exemplifying Islam in all affairs and strive for goodness. Inshaallah, that work will be blessed. Make yourselves ambassadors for the religion, an example of Islam, and get educated, and make sure that the religion of peace and justice is left as a legacy for the next generation. My advice is to inculcate the longing in the next generation to protect that legacy and do justice to their deen. Another thing is that Muslims have to let go of the culture from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or wherever they came from and be good to women and give them the opportunities to learn the faith. If women learn the deen, every house will be a school of faith and every home will be a beacon of the light of Islam. Then in my opinion, it will impossible for anyone to extinguish or dim that light. To quote an Urdu idiom: Ghouls don’t enter populated homes. TML: What role do American-Muslims play towards the rest of the Muslim world?

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the yoga mat and felt the comfort. He bought a yoga mat and cut it to size and started taking it to work. “I wasn’t intending this as a business. My family convinced me that I was onto something; there are many people who are like myself, taxi drivers, travelers, people with medical problems who can use this as an alternative to the traditional rug.” With idea and concept in hand, Kamran worked on many prototypes before finally coming up with the dimensions and starting his company. After exploring Chinese companies, Hakimi decided to collaborate with a company in Colorado for his first shipment. He sold 90 percent of his inventory within two weeks. “I didn’t think it

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There are so many opportunities in this country. There is a lot of abundance here: of money, of goods, of a cordial environment, of competence. Make use of these opportunities for the sake of your religion. An essence of the religion is to give with abundance. Send money overseas where it is needed on humanitarian grounds. Wherever and whenever you can do good; don’t wait for a catastrophe. If you see a lack of education or health, use your connections and wealth for the benefit of mankind. TML: What role do American-Muslims play in American society?

is no barakah in life, especially in time. Everyone is constantly busy. Make a conscious effort and seriously think about the fact that we cannot just live our lives without any purpose. Live your life with purpose, so your voice remains in this land and that American–Muslim names are written down in the history of this land as forces of goodness. TML: We hear that the people are leaving the masajid in the USA, or only filling them up during Ramadan. What is your opinion?

TML: As you travel around the country, what are the biggest challenges that you see the American-Muslims face?

I do not agree with this opinion, that masajid are not connected or are not full. The state of the masjid is better here, than for example in India or Pakistan. Even if the masajid are filled during Ramadan and not during the rest of the year it is not particular to the US; that is a disease everywhere. Another way to look at it is to be happy that they are filled during Ramadan, as it is a month of barakah. Allah’s program is set and Ramadan and other special occasions show us that we are a live ummah.

There is no country in the world that does not have challenges. There are huge challenges even in Muslim countries. The challenges are, firstly due to the system of living, daily routine there

You can see this in the large numbers of youth, who stay up all night worshipping Allah. Then this notion that youth or next generation is not attached to the masjid, this is not true. You will see this

would turn out that way…people actually appreciated it,” muses Hakimi.

are cool and hip for the youth and offer comfort for elders and owners of homes and offices with hardwood or tile floors. He wipes out his inventory at his debut at the ISNA convention.

Get involved in local politics and make efforts to stand for justice when you see any injustice in the world. And work for moral excellence and virtue and do whatever you can in your capacity in whichever segment of society or profession you are in.

Based on feedback from his initial clients he elongated the mat, added more thickness to the mats and ordered more colors. He has a patent pending for the design of the thirty-dollar ma, made from 100% PVC latex thick 1/4 inch foam, and dreams of seeing his sajda mats on the marble floors of the Masjid al Haram in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. A masjid under construction in Florida has expressed interest in ordering rolls of multiple Sajda salah mats instead of the traditional rugs. A child begs his mother to buy one. “I will pray more on it,” he exclaims. The bright colors red, green, teal, purple, hot pink, dark slate attract kids,

“Unlike traditional prayer rugs that are vulnerable to dust and germs due to the material and limited ways in cleaning it, our Sajda mat is easy to wash or wipe down if it accumulates any dust or germs,“ says Hakimi. A self-confessed semi-germophobe Hakimi says he feels a difference. “During taraweeh on a carpeted floor, when I go for my sujood, sometimes I can’t do it without wanting to hold my nose.“

Initially a regular at the Dar al Hijrah masjid, he is now involved with the Shirley Gate Masjid as a volunteer. “Shaykh Shaker [ElSayed] is an amaz-

if you take a tour of the nation. Everywhere I went, I saw the youth sitting for itikaf. In every place 75 percent of the participants were youth. There were not just boys but young girls doing Qiyam and participating in activities in the masjid. Don’t be pessimistic, have good expectations of the new generation; don’t lose hope in them. TML: What are your views on the upheavals in the ummah? We have awakened. We want to live according to the faith. As we awaken, so does Shaytan. Secondly, as the Ummah matures and comes closer to Islam, the enemies of Islam plot to make the ummah weaker. And thirdly remember that, the Prophet sallahu alayhi wasallam said that this Ummah of mine is especially blessed by Allah subhanawata 'alah. This ummah will not be given a collective punishment in the aakhirah (we will be judged individually); we will suffer through them here on this Earth. Allah will send new trials, catastrophes, and murder will be common. As we suffer through all of this, we can rejoice in the fact that as an ummah collectively we will not be punished in the eternal life.

ing inspirational speaker and I love going to hear him speak, and Dr. Farooq is an amazing person,” says Hakimi about his involvement with the local masajid. Hakimi has two older brothers as well a huge extended family in Virginia and in New York. A student at George Mason University, he is currently pursuing a degree in Finance. Single with plans on getting married next year, he is focused on attending university and managing his new business. With big plans for the future, Hakimi is talking to investors- local as well as international, including one from Saudi Arabia. The mats have received wholesale and franchise distributorship interest as well. In 2014 he plans on adding a shoulder strap to the design. www.sajdamat.com


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CONTINUED | 29 I realized I was so drawn back because in America we don't usually open up immediately. Even with neighbors with whom we exchange Eid cakes and Christmas cookies, it's always small talk, with five feet in between. It makes me wonder if it’s fear of getting close or if it is because most of our relationships are based on interests.

was in Mexico, I just felt whole. I felt fulfilled like if I died on the way back from Mexico, I would have been okay because I accomplished something greater in life -- not just getting straight A's or winning an honorary award -- but making a difference and real- Other lessons I learned as a result izing that it is imperative to work on of being with the children was that the self in order to truly feel satisfied.  they aren't attached to materialistic things, they love unconditionAdmittedly, I was nervous. But when ally and they are genuinely happy. we entered the yard on the first day, the kids came running to us, toys in hand, Contrastingly, we (not to generalize, ready to play and meet the new faces but yes, we) are attached to materialthat stood in front of them. All of a sud- ism, we don't tell the people we love den, I felt an arm weave into mine, I how we actually feel about them, and looked down to see this beautiful Mexi- we are unhappy, despite the blesscan girl smiling at me. Shocked by the ings Allah has bestowed upon us instant connection, I smiled back and through knowledge, family and wealth.  said, "hi." It was that easy. I thought how could it be? I just met you and you Obviously having the innocence of are already holding hands with me? This childhood helps block out the tragis lesson one I learned: I thought to my- edies of this life, but some of these self, "wow how can I be so closed off?"  kids have gone through more hardships than we will ever go through,

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attendees of the various programs offered by HHRD including Water for Life, Syrian Relief, Burma Relief, and skill development programs for women who want to work amongst many others. Included in her presentation were highlights of the youth empowerment programs, such as the annual Youth for Haiti, run by HHRD. These programs provide college students a chance to experience developmental and disaster relief work first hand. HHRD arranges accommodations, local transportation and security; program participants pay for their own airfare. This past spring, Youth for Haiti volunteered at a medical clinic and helped create a science lab for children in Haiti.

Commonwealth University, interned with HHRD over the summer. An aspiring teacher, she wanted to use her free time to do something for underprivileged children. She made the presentation on the Orphan Support Program. For a dollar a day, donors can support an orphan through the one on one Orphan Support Program (OPS). OPS currently supports more than 8,000 orphans around the world, up from 4,500 in 2012. The aim is to reach 10,000 orphans by 2015. “We believe that a young mind who stays in his or her own community becomes a better person overall than [a child] reared in an orphanage,” said Asif Khan, the HHRD regional head for the DC Metro area, in an interview with Muslim Link during fundraising dinner.

Through the In Kind Gifts Program, since inception HHRD has donated over eight million dollars to seven countries, presented Mohammed.

Orphans stay with their own extended families. Every orphan is a part of a cluster of 25-30 orphans from within the same vicinity. Each cluster is supervised by an HHRD social worker, indigenous to the area.

Inspired by the orphan program, Sumarah Shaikh, a student at the Virginia

Khan shared with the Muslim Link that monthly rations, educational fees,

yet they don't victimize themselves despite their respective situations. So how is it that they are so happy, loving and free with all that they went through when we are drowning in sadness as we sit in our fully furnished homes watching our flat screen TV’s.  Is it greed, the victim mentality, the lack of emotions or our unhealthy lifestyles? Well maybe it's a combination of all the above and it's worth trying it out and seeing what's missing in our lives, or rather what we need to add to our lives, whether it is stepping out of our environment, or an increase in healthconsciousness and God-consciousness.  I share the same sentiment as one of the Tashirat staff members expressed to us, “This place has been the biggest blessing. I knew I needed something, something of substance.” By watching this video I am featured in (http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=DGPQ5Fz7Ojw) from the June trip, you may better understand the crucial work MWB does, as well as backpacks, notebooks and other basic amenities are provided to the orphans. In collaboration with the World Health Organization and local clinics, immunizations and medical check ups are followed up by social workers and reports are uploaded on the HHRD website for donors. Social workers also take steps to find and cultivate talents and also provide mental and emotional health services, and especially work on elimination of feelings of self-pity, said Khan. During Ramadan and the two Eids, children celebrate with HHRD staff. These gatherings provide solidarity as children meet others in similar situations. Another support service that is provided to orphans is the preservation of their lands rights. When the parents of a young Bangladeshi girl passed away, she inherited five acres of land. “We make sure that her inheritance is protected,” said Khan. After finding out what an orphan owns, HHRD submits legal paperwork to ensure that the trustee will hand the property to the orphans when he or she comes of age. Helping Hand also makes an effort to

why I would like to volunteer for a second time around. However, in order to go, I need to raise a total of $2,500 for the trip and orphanage. Therefore, I am kindly requesting that you contribute as much as you can to help me reach my goal, and to ultimately contribute to the Tashirat Orphanage. Any donation is appreciated: ($5, $10, $20, $50, $100...) Please visit the following link to donate: http://www. gofundme.com/3xjdgg. Also, if you are interested in sending the following items, please email me at omamaaltalib@gmail.com : Art and school supplies; Clothes in good condition; Socks, underwear and shoes; Individual size sheets, pillow cases, blankets and pillows; Books in Spanish or English Please visit www.tashirat.com for information on sponsoring a child and www. mwbvolunteerabroad.org for more information on the work that MWB is doing and to apply for the Winter Mexico and Palestine trips.

support local businesses in the countries where they provide relief. Imam Johari pointed out that the HHRD logo t-shirts that were handed out to the participants were made in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. In early August, HHRD was rated sixth by the reputed agency Charity Navigator, in the top 10 Highly Rated Charities Relying on Private Contributions list. According to the Charity Navigator website, American Muslim relief organization HHRD received a score of 68.95 in Financial Performance, and 70 in Accountability & Transparency; with the overall score of 69.25 out of 70, earning HHRD the privileged Top Four Star rank. Headquartered in Detroit, MI, HHRD was originally a part of ICNA Relief. In 2004, the two partners decided to become two separate entities and focus on their core competencies. HHRD focused on relief overseas, while ICNA Relief concentrated efforts on domestic aid in the United States and Canada.

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30 | NATIONAL NEWS

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WhyIslam, Nouman Ali Khan Join for Mexico Da'wa Trip Written by Wendy Díaz

her upcoming trip to Mexico to deliver Islamic material.

When Nouman Ali Khan, founder and professor at Bayyinah Institute, is not teaching intensive Arabic classes, engaging the youth in various masajid in Texas, touring the country promoting his program, or recording Qur’an Weekly videos and Ramadan reminders, he goes grocery shopping for poor indigenous Muslim families in Mexico. Sound bizarre? Read on.

It was the second time Morales would be traveling to her native land for the same purpose, but this time contributions from sponsors and individuals had more than doubled. She also planned to visit five different Islamic centers in five states within Mexico. All she needed was one more boost to help her reach her $15,000 goal, an amount that her and Imam Isa Rojas from Al Hikmah Islamic Center in Mexico City estimated they would need to cover the cost of renovating a damaged mosque in the indigenous community of San Cristobal de las Casas, in the state of Chiapas.

Muslim Link Staff Reporter

It all began in May at the 38th Annual ICNA-MAS Convention 2013 held in the Hartford Convention Center in Connecticut from the 26th to 28th, where Khan was a guest speaker. While walking through the Marriott Hotel adjacent to the center, he was approached by WhyIslam NJ Administrative Assistant and National Spanish Outreach Coordinator, Nahela Morales, who handed him a flyer about

This motivated her to approach Khan, among other Muslim leaders, and his response was overwhelmingly positive. He asked how much funding Morales needed and after hearing the amount, he told her,

“It’s yours.” Morales’ jaw dropped, but his promise to fulfill the financial needs was not the most shocking. He added, “I want to go, too.” “I was speechless,” Morales recalls, “But I felt that my prayers were being answered. He (Khan) was the best suited to raise awareness about this cause.” His wife, Sofia Sharieff, joined him in his excitement to visit the US’s southern neighbor. When her husband mentioned the plans, she was immediately on board. “I have always wanted to visit Mexico,” the Texas resident says, “It was a different country but not too far. I love to meet new people and see new communities. I have to admit that I have not been "actively" giving dawah and I thought this was a good opportunity to start....and it was.” Weeks later Khan presented Morales with a check for $15,000 and made arrange-

ments to visit the needy Muslims in Chiapas for two days despite his busy schedule and numerous speaking engagements. By the time Morales was ready to leave for Mexico on June 25th, she had raised almost $30,000 in contributions through social networking, local and online fundraising, and with the support of WhyIslam. Funds came from all over the US, as well as Islamic clothing donations, books, prayer rugs, and other necessities from as far as Washington State. Maryland residents from the community of Dar-usSalaam in College Park and the Islamic Community Center of Laurel participated by donating clothing and sponsoring Ramadan iftars for their Mexican brothers and sisters.

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Inside America's First Muslim Frat House With their hard-partying image, college fraternities are a strange place for Muslim men, yet the first all-Muslim frat - Alif Laam Meem - opened at the University of Texas early this year By Jo Barrow

in the 20th century, when fraternities became known for their party culture more than anything else.

The UK Independent, 9/3/13 When someone mentions college fraternities, a group of devout, celibate young men is not the first image that springs to mind. Thanks to endless gross-out Hollywood comedies, people are bombarded by images of privileged men drinking away their degrees at parties with the ubiquitous red and blue Solo cups, but something different is happening. In February this year, America’s first Muslim Fraternity was established at the University of Texas; Ali Mahmoud is the President of Alpha Lambda Mu (or Alif Laam Meem) and its founder. Although fraternities are seen as little more than glorified residential drinking

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If the idea of a fraternity is so negatively charged, what could have prompted the decision to establish a Muslim fraternity? Apparently, it all started out as a joke.

Alif Laam Meem brothers hang out with Nauman Ali Khan. This photo posted on the fraternity's Facebook account jokingly referred to the popular lecturer as an “honorary member”. clubs, it was not always that way. Ali explains: “The primary purpose of a

fraternity is to unite these men as brothers under a specific cause.” However, the reputation of fraternities changed

“The idea of a Muslim fraternity seemed heretical,” says Ali. However, as they worked on the idea they realised that many Muslim men at university felt that they either had to compromise their social life in order to live by the values of Islam, or compromise the values of Islam in order to have a social life. Ali believed a balance was achievable, and

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Inside the NYPD's Muslim Spying Program A Q&A with award-winning reporters Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman about their new book, 'Enemies Within' By John Knefel

Rolling Stone, September 6, 2013 In a new book published this month, award-winning AP reporting team Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman lay out in the most complete detail yet how the NYPD created programs to infiltrate and surveil Muslim communities, mosques, student groups and political organizations following 9/11. Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden's Final Plot Against America, tells the story of Najibullah Zazi, a young Afghan-American man who attended high school in Flushing, Queens, turned against the war in Afghanistan, traveled to Pakistan to fight Americans, and ended up training with infamous senior al-Qaeda figures. As the book opens, he's speeding from Denver to New York City, mere days away from carrying out a suicide bombing operation. At the same time, the authors lay out how the NYPD brought in David Cohen, a career CIA analyst and once the nation's top spy, to create and oversee an experiment in domestic intelligence gathering without parallel, based on religious affiliation and national identity. In the world of post-9/11 NYPD Intel, if you were Muslim or Middle Eastern, you were fair game for surveillance. Yet despite all of the information gathered by the NYPD, they completely missed Zazi. Apuzzo and Goldman spoke to Rolling Stone over the phone a few days before their book came out. The following transcript has been edited for length and clarity; hear the full conversation at http://b-t-r.co/13TNIOS . RS: One of the most startling revelations in the book is "terrorism enterprise investigation" (TEI) classification,

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which allows for an entire mosque to be investigated as a terrorist organization. You quote a former NYPD official who actually says, "a mosque is different than a church or temple." What was the thinking behind this policy? GOLDMAN: One instance was the Tablighi Jamaat. They're actually a peace group, but they proselytize, and some bad guys had floated through them. But

for Cohen and his guys to understand what was happening in the mosque – it was pure intelligence-gathering activities. One of the extraordinary things we learned as we reported this out was that they never made a terrorism enterprise case. Not one. They had more than 50 TEIs into groups, into mosques, and they never made a terrorism enterprise case once.

"We're a country that allowed waterboarding and indefinite detention, and we're a country where the NYPD Intelligence Division has police files on what Muslims think of the State of the Union address." the group itself isn't a terrorist group, or known to be controlled by al Qaeda or any other terrorist group. Because some guys like John Walker Lindh [who became known as the "American Taliban"] or Richard Reid [the "shoe bomber"] had been converted by the Tablighi Jamaat and then gone on to fall into the hands of al Qaeda or the Taliban, the NYPD asserted that, well, it's guilt by association. Because they had floated through this group of millions and millions of people – thus the whole group was suspect. And that gave them, they say, the justification to go after that. This was a device that David Cohen and NYPD Intel used as a legal tool to spy on the mosques. If they designated a mosque a TEI, they could send in undercovers, they could send in informants, they could use secret recording devices. This was just a pipeline

That's a theme that runs throughout the book, a seeming total lack of interest in making cases. GOLDMAN: Yeah, and we've said this before. You took someone from the CIA and put them in charge of this division in this municipal police department – the CIA doesn't make cases. In fact, the last thing the CIA wants to do is make cases. The CIA is an intelligence agency, they gather intelligence overseas. The idea of making a case is anathema to them, because they don't want their sources or methods revealed in court. The saying at Intel was "we don't make cases, we make overtime." RS: The book also notes the lack of outside oversight of the NYPD. Do you see this as a case study for what can go wrong with other controversial counterterrorism programs that lack oversight?

APUZZO: It's less about what can go wrong. It's about what we've allowed, and what we've legalized, and what we've institutionalized in the decade since 9/11. We have institutionalized a drone program where the oversight is almost completely internalized. At the NYPD, a judge doesn't need to sign off on opening up an investigation into a mosque as a terrorism organization. The oversight is internal. And one of the things we keep coming back to, and we mention this in the epilogue, after the underwear bomber in 2009, there was a lot of soul searching, a lot of external review. Congress got involved, the White House said they were going to do a review asking, "How did this guy slip through our defenses?" Zazi didn't trigger that kind of review at the NYPD. Nobody at the city counsel said, "You guys have had a demographics unit, you have all these TEIs, you have all these informants, we're spending all this money. How did you guys miss Zazi, right under your nose?" Nobody said that. And it's because all of the programs are designed to be secret. GOLDMAN: I mean, we're having these same conversations about the NSA and Snowden. You're seeing that play out in a vigorous way on a national scale. RS: What were the biggest surprises you found over the course of reporting this book? APUZZO: I'll tell you, the real surprise moment for me was when Chris Hawley, who reported this series with us, did a really nice story based on some documents we'd gotten about infiltration at CUNY, Community College of New York, Queens College, about how

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Egypt Military Enlists Religion to Quell Ranks By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and MAYY EL SHEIKH New York Times, August 25, 2013 CAIRO — The Egyptian military has enlisted Muslim scholars in a propaganda campaign to persuade soldiers and policemen that they have a religious duty to obey orders to use deadly force against supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi. The effort is a signal that the generals are worried about insubordination in the ranks, after security forces have killed hundreds of their fellow Egyptians who were protesting against the military’s removal of the elected president — violence by the armed forces against civilians that is without precedent in the country’s modern history. The recourse to religion to justify the killing is also a new measure of the depth of the military’s determination to break down the main pillar of Mr. Morsi’s support, the Islamists of the Muslim Brotherhood. Indeed, after ousting Mr. Morsi in the name of tolerance, inclusiveness and an end to religious rule, the military is now sending religious messages to its troops that sound surprisingly similar to the arguments of radical militants who call for violence against political opponents whom they deem to be nonbelievers. “When somebody comes who tries to divide you, then kill them, whoever they are,” Ali Gomaa, the former mufti appointed under President Hosni Mubarak, is seen telling soldiers in a video made by the military’s Department of Moral Affairs. “Even with the sanctity and greatness of blood, the prophet permits us to fight this,” he said in the video, likening opponents of the military takeover — implicitly, the Brotherhood — to an early Islamic sect that some scholars considered to be infidels, and thus permissible to kill.

Mr. Gomaa later said the military had shown the video to troops and riot police officers across Egypt. In a video against the same backdrop, Salem Abdel Galil, a former senior scholar in the ministry that oversaw mosques under Mr. Mubarak, appeared to say such opponents were “aggressors who have to repent to God.” They are “not honorable Egyptians,” he said. “If they continue like this, then they are neither recognized by religion, nor

a military spokesman, replied that the military held monthly “cultural meetings” about broad subjects, including religion. Dr. Gomaa was one of several scholars who visited “to lecture our officers,” Mr. Aly said. It was unclear when the military filmed the speeches or distributed them to the troops. Segments of them were posted online over the weekend, at a moment when the government installed last month by Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi appeared to be demonstrating its new grip

“When somebody comes who tries to divide you, then kill them, whoever they are,” Ali Gomaa, the former mufti appointed under President Hosni Mubarak, is seen telling soldiers. by reason or logic,” Dr. Abdel Galil said, adding that “to use weapons when needed” against such foes was the duty of the armed forces. “The heart is at ease about this,” he said. In a Facebook posting Sunday night, Dr. Abdel Galil said that his comments were made in response to questions about “terrorists who attack the military,” not Morsi supporters, but that the video released to the public was edited to distort his meaning. Amr Khaled, a televangelist who is popular with young Muslims, specifically addressed the question of insubordination in a military video. “You don’t obey your commander while performing a great task?” he asked, adding, “You, you conscript in the Egyptian military, you are performing a task for God Almighty!” Asked a series of questions about the speeches in an e-mail, Col. Ahmed Aly,

on power. On Sunday, one Egyptian court opened the first trials of top Brotherhood leaders arrested in the crackdown. In another court began the retrial of Mr. Mubarak, released last week from prison, on charges of directing the killing of protesters. His lawyers are expected to argue that the security forces under Mr. Mubarak were restrained compared with the violence unleashed this month on the sit-in protests against the takeover. Political scientists say that worries about insubordination are understandable, because the ranks of both the army and the riot police are made up mainly of hundreds of thousands of conscripts drafted into mandatory military service. More than 1,100 civilians have been killed in the crackdown since Aug. 14, and many of the conscripts are likely to have lost a cousin or relative, or heard

stories of the carnage. As grieving Islamists searched for the bodies of the missing after the authorities broke up the pro-Morsi sit-ins, many were eager to talk, and speculate, about family members who were serving in the police and the military. “There is a fear of disobedience” in the clerics’ videotaped speeches, said Emad Shahin, a political scientist at the American University in Cairo. “Now we are going into fatwa wars,” he said, referring to declarations of rulings by Muslim clerics. The new government, he added, “is waging an all-out war, and using all the weapons at their hands, including religious fatwas, to dehumanize their opponents and justify killing them.” Professor Shahin recalled similar clerical statements distributed by President Gamal Abdel Nasser when he cracked down on the Brotherhood after he took power in the 1950s. The Nasser government published them in a pamphlet under the title “The Brothers of the Devil.” Some Morsi supporters have tried to turn the tables, arguing that General Sisi was the aggressor who divided the country when he overturned a legitimate, democratically elected government. But Mohamed Omara, a scholar associated with the Brotherhood, said that allegations of religious faith or infidelity had no place in the Egyptian crisis, which was a political disagreement and not a test of faith — even when the tanks were circling the presidential palace. “No one who speaks in the name of religion has the right to excommunicate a faction of those battling in Egypt,” he said. “Excluding others is not the right

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34 | ISLAM

Islam

Top 8 Excuses Not to Go for Hajj By Asma Bint Shamim

Sure, guidance is in Allah’s Hands. Yet you have to work hard to qualify for that guidance. Remember that Allaah will not throw the guidance in your lap from up above. It is YOU who has to make the effort. Just like if you are hungry… Allah will not throw the food down from the sky. You have to get up and cook that food.

Excuse # 1: I am too busy with Work Some people delay Hajj because they say they can’t find time to take off from work. But don’t they see the very fact that they didn’t take time out for Hajj is the reason why Allaah kept them so busy with work? The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Allah says: ‘Son of Adam: Fill your time with My worship and I will fill your heart with richness, and end off your poverty. But if you don’t, I would make your hands fully busy (i.e. in worldly affairs) and I would not end off your poverty.’” (AtTirmidhi said that it is a good hadeeth) And he said: “Verily Allah tests His servant with what He has given him. So whoever is content with whatever he has been assigned, then Allah will bless him in it, and give him more! But whoever is not content (with what he has been given), then he will not be blessed in it.” (Ahmad-saheeh). If you make your intention sincerely for the sake of Allaah and do your best to take time from work, Allaah will provide it for you. “And whoever fears Allaah, He will make for him an easy way out and provide for him sustenance from sources he could never imagine. Whoever places his reliance upon Allaah, Allaah will suffice Him. Indeed Allaah is one who can achieve His purpose and He has appointed a measure for everything.” (Talaq:2-3)

Allaah orders us to make that effort. Allaah says: “O you who believe! Be careful of (your duty to) Allah and seek means of nearness to Him and strive hard in His way that you may be successful.” [Surah Maidah:35] out Salah and Zakah and I am practicing Islaam fully…

But somehow that ‘next year’ never comes.

Don’t you see? That is the whispering of the Shaytaan in your heart. He does not want you to go and earn all the reward and Jannah.

Don’t be like those people. Make your intention to go for Hajj NOW. Don’t even wait till tomorrow. Do it now and prepare for this journey, while you have the ability. For you never know when death will overtake you or some other trial may befall you that will unable you to go.

All you have to do is to try hard to improve yourself, putting your trust in Him and surely He will guide you. “And (as for) those who strive hard for Us, We will most certainly guide them in Our ways; and Allah is most surely with the doers of good.” [Ankabut:69] We all know people who weren’t fully practicing Muslims prior to making the Hajj, yet once they came back from Hajj they went under this amazing transformation and Alhamdulillah they are now practicing fully. So don’t think like that, just go.

Excuse # 2: I am not spiritually ready

Excuse # 3: Yeah, insha Allaah next year…..next year…..then next year

Some people say I am not spiritually strong, I am not much of a believer and thus not ready to go or they say I think I should only do Hajj when I have figured

Subhaan Allaah, some people have no excuse not to go for Hajj. Yet when you ask them when they are going for hajj, they say “yeah, insha Allaah next year.

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The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Take advantage of five before five: Your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you become occupied, and your life before your death.” (Bukhari) Ali, radhiAllaahu ‘anhu, once stood at the head of a grave and said to his companion, “If he had a chance to return to this life, what do you think he would do?” His companion replied, “He would do nothing but good deeds.” Ali (RA) then said, “If it is not going to be him, then let it be you.” Excuse # 4: When Allaah wants me to come, Allah will call me

Excuse # 5: Its too much hard work Do you realize how much hard work we do for the dunya? Most of our lives we spend working hard for our studies, our livelihood, our families, our businesses, and we can’t bear to work hard for the Aakhirah? Sure, Hajj is hard work but then, isn’t Jannah worth it? The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “The reward of Hajj Mabrur is nothing but Jannah.” (Bukhari and Muslim) “And whoever desires the Hereafter and strives for it as he ought to strive and he is a believer; (as for) these, their striving shall surely be accepted.” [alIsraa‘:19] ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab is quoted as saying, “I seek Allaah’s protection from the time when the ‘fasiq’ or disobedient will have much energy and enthusiasm and the righteous will be lazy.” Excuse # 6: It takes too long Some people use the length of Hajj as an excuse each year for delaying or not going. How long does it take?! Just 2-3

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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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weeks! As if they haven’t taken that much time for vacations?! To them I want to say, planning is everything. If you plan from now for Hajj next year, you can save up your vacation time and use it for the most important journey of your life. Or you can just choose an express Hajj package (about 10-14 days). And remember that the stay in Medina is not a part of Hajj. Excuse # 7: Its too hot A Canadian may say it’s too cold. African will say it’s too hot. Both making excuses for not doing good tions. Remember, it was summer in

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desert during the time of the Battle of Tabuk, and the Prophet (sal Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam ) was rallying his troops for an exhaustive trip that, back then, would have taken them months. That’s when the hypocrites told the people ‘do not go out in the heat’. Allaah said to tell them: “that the fire of hell is much hotter; if only they understood.” (Tauba:81) Excuse # 8: I’ll wait until my kids are older/get married Similarly, Muslims might delay Hajj and give themselves time by saying, “let me wait till my kids are older, or till my daughter gets married (and their daughter may only be 5 years old!)… let me wait till I do this , let me wait till I do that.”

This is also just a way of procrastination and nothing else. Remember that hajj is an obligation in Islaam. It is fardh upon you. If you have the means and you have not yet done your obligatory hajj, the ulama say that it is better for you to do Hajj, rather than delaying it if your kids are young. The Prophet (sal Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam ) said, “Race to good deeds before a time and a fitnah comes, (a test) that will sweep over you like the darkest of the darkest nights.” Obviously, for the one whose kids are of marriageable age and has just enough money for either Hajj or marriage, the Ulama say: “If there is a conflict between the father’s Hajj and the son’s getting married, because the father only has enough money for one of them, then

he should look to see whether his son’s marriage is essential right now, or can it be delayed? If the son needs to get married and fears that he may do something haraam, then getting him married takes precedence over the father’s doing Hajj.” (www.islamqa.com) Beware of lame excuses! The Prophet (sal Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam ) advised a man: “Pray your prayer as if it is your last, as if you are seeing Him (Allah), for even if you do not see Him then He sees you. And give up hope (of obtaining) what other’s possess, then you will live a rich life. And beware of anything that you might (later) have to make an excuse for.” (Bukhari in his al-Tarikh, and al-Tabarani-saheeh)

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>> continued from pg 30 With the inconceivable task of touring five Islamic communities, an average of five ahours distance apart, this effort also required manpower. This is where the team of dedicated volunteers came in. From New York, two Muslim men, one Pakistani and one Mexican, arranged with Morales to fly to Mexico to assist after hearing about the trip at the ICNA conference, as well. From New Jersey, two young sisters who attend the same mosque as Morales, one Egyptian, and the other Tunisian and Morales took off on their connecting flight to Houston where they were met by another female volunteer from Maryland, Malak Soussi, a Moroccan who is fluent in Spanish. From Houston, the four flew to Mexico City, where they were picked up by members of the Al Hikmah Islamic Center and joined by the brothers from New York.

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>> continued from pg 10 ish stubbornness. TML: What inspires you daily? Is it hard to be a imam? YS: My daughters, the reality that I will leave this world any time, and will meet my Creator. It is extremely difficult to be an Imam, but also a great honor. TML: What makes a good imam? YS: That is a tough question. The American Muslim Congregation is like pleasing various consumers at a grocery store, each attending for something different. For me, the most important ingredients for a successful Imam, aside from being competent in this field is to be compassionate, have empathy, be relevant, and be able to connect with a people as a human being, non judgmental, being on their level. If an Imam can incorporate the above into his work, he will achieve great success in his Masjid, as long as he steers clear of Masjid politics, and sectarian drama that almost all masaajid in USA seem to be plagued with currently. May Allah protect us. TML: Tell us about your leadership style. YS: I don't know if I have a specific style, but having a different accent helps. I feel I have a good rapport with the youth, and

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After touring the capital, the crew travelled to Tequesquitengo, Morales, to hear lectures on sustainable ecological projects and reforestation by Brother Omar Weston and to participate in a tree-planting event. Students from local universities were in attendance and asked questions about Islam as Morales and volunteers handed out WhyIslam brochures in Spanish. The team, now joined by Imam Isa Rojas and other Muslims from Mexico City, moved on taking a flight to the state of Chiapas, where they were scheduled to visit the Muslims of Masjid Al Kauthar in San Cristobal de las Casas; an indigenous Mayan community where Islam has been growing steadily since the early 90’s. The mosque, which has a tin rooftop and no wudu area, was badly damaged and needed repairs, which would be funded by the donations received by Morales. The greater part of the Mexican outreach tour would be spent in Chiapas, from July 1st to the 11th, coordinating with

seem to have a good way of relating with them on a personal level, as a friend, and not just their Imam. TML: What innovative ways of sharing your knowledge are being used at Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB)? Are you very active on social media? YS: ISB is always trying to increase avenues for learning, and it is in this light that their programs are streamed live, and lectures are recorded and posted on YouTube. They are also on instagram. I am currently on Facebook and am fairly active. TML: Any plans on engaging with the youth, wider Muslim community and people of other faith? YS: Absolutely. One of my key areas of interest and enhancement at my previous place of service was increasing the awareness of Islam and Muslims amongst neighboring communities, raising our profile by engaging with our neighbors and creating opportunities to work together in increasing social cohesion and understanding.

the architects and engineers who would be spearheading the mosque renovation, serving the needs of the impoverished Muslims in the area, buying and distributing groceries and school supplies for Muslim families and their children, handing out Islamic clothing and books, painting and preparing the mosque for Ramadan, organizing lectures and classes, and feeding the fasting during the first few days of the Holy month. “We planned on using the majority of the donations to cover the cost of renovating Masjid Kauthar,” explains Morales, “But once we arrived and saw the conditions in which the people were living, we decided that we should buy them food also in order to cover their needs for Ramadan and their Eid celebration; we also gave zakat to those who needed it most.” It was during this time that Khan and Sharieff arrived. Early morning on July 3rd, Khan and his wife, Morales, and Imam Isa Rojas went to a local market in

them, challenges they face on a daily basis. TML: What is your position at ISB? Please mention your past that has brought you to this point ie previous jobs etc? How has the experience at the Plano masjid prepared you for the ISB community? How are the positions similar/different? YS: My current position is Resident Scholar. It is different from the typical position of an Imam, where he is expected to be leading all five prayers. This position is more educational. Despite the difference, I am still heavily involved with the congregation and my position in Plano equipped me with essential skills required to carry out this task effectively. TML: Tell us more about the seminary.

I always worked closely with the other masaajid around the Metroplex and other organizations, and intend to do the same in the DMV, with the permission of Allah.

YS: The Al Rahmah Seminary is a dream and vision that is now becoming a reality. Our launch is this month and we currently have five students enrolled. The seminary is an Alim and Islamic Scholarship program that will produce tomorrow’s Muslim leaders. Students will study a rigorous Islamic Studies Program tailored for American needs. Muslims will never be rooted in this land until we produce our own scholars who understand the intellectual history of the people they are serving.

I am currently hosting weekly sessions with the youth, boys and girls, called Open Spaces. This is a discussion group where youth can attend, and be themselves, not be judged, and discuss issues important to

It is with this focus that the program will be integrated, in that the program will be in the morning, with the afternoons free, allowing students to continue their pursuit of mainstream academic subjects in college,

San Cristobal de las Casas and shopped for 14 indigenous families, all from Masjid Kauthar. Most of these families live in very modest homes, built out of wooden planks, sheets, and tin roofs on bare, dirt floors. When individuals were asked what they needed from the grocery store, they only asked for five items: oatmeal, sugar, salt, soap, and rice. Sharieff was excited to do as much as she could in the short amount of time they had. She said, “We had only one day to spend with the Muslim community. In that one day, we went grocery shopping for 14 families and distributed the food, we handed out new clothes to the community and I got to cook!” She prepared food on a traditional open flame because the mosque does not have a kitchen and neither do most of the worshippers’ homes. “Nouman made a few videos to promote

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enhancing their grasp in areas that would increase their appeal and give them a more comprehensive skill set required to serve. Would it not be ideal to have an Islamic Scholar who is also a physician, or a historian, or a politician, an attorney, a psychologist, or a journalist. The opportunities are immense. What makes this program unique from other Alim Programs is that it is for both males, and females. For far too long the womenfolk of our Ummah have been starved of in-depth learning of the sacred sciences, and as a result, we see a serious shortage of female Muslim Scholars, traditionally trained. TML: How has the community received you? YS: So far, the settling in period has been great, and I am thankful to Allah. TML: What are you goals for the community? What gaps have you seen that need filling and how do you aim to fill them? YS: One of the gaps I have observed specifically in the Baltimore area is civic engagement, service work and interfaith. There are efforts taking place, but I have not seen a system with a clear focus and direction. One of the ways I aim to establish this effort is by seeking a dawah and outreach coordinator, and establish a core group of dedicated and passionate volunteers, willing to enhance this noble cause.


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>> continued from pg 36 awareness of the growing community, he had an interview with the local news station, he gave a lecture on unity at the (mosque’s) open house and we had cake....that was a big deal.” Although Khan and his wife only spent one full day in San Cristobal de las Casas, the trip was an eye-opener for them both and also for the other volunteers. “They don’t need us, we need them,” Khan said about the Muslims in Chiapas after observing how little they have, but yet how happy they are. “We should be grateful for what we have, our houses, cars, clothes and conveniences but we should have gratitude most for being blessed with Islam....it opens up doors and opportunities you would never be able to imagine.” Khan also encourages Muslims in the US to learn other languages and use their talents to help others understand Islam. “Living in America, we should be very conscious of the growing population of Muslims around us. The Latino community is embracing Islam at a rapid rate and we should be ready to welcome them and have resources available to them to further their understanding.” Soussi, the Moroccan volunteer recently spent a year in Spain in order to perfect her Spanish. Before the summer she never imagined she would be using it in Mexico with other Muslims, but when she heard about Morales’ efforts through her mother, she decided to travel and help. The 20 year old Maryland resident says, “I was really interested in helping people in Mexico and to get closer to Allah, I wanted to grow better as a Muslim and see how much we take for granted even if it meant stepping out of my comfort zone.” Soussi was in Mexico for two weeks, during which she helped paint the Al Kauthar mosque and distribute clothing. “What I learned from visiting the community in Chiapas is that I'm so fortunate and I take so much for granted. Allah has blessed me with so much yet I'm still ungrateful.” The two volunteers from New York were in Chiapas until July 6th and during their stay, they had soccer uniforms made for all of the men and children of the Al Kauthar Muslim community. There was also a kid’s pre-Ramadan party organized with inflatable play areas, balloons, candy, and games which was open to the whole village. The additional masjid renovations were well underway, as well,

with foundations laid out for the new bathrooms and wudu areas for men and women. After the stay in Chiapas, the tour continued with Morales and Imam Isa Rojas visiting Guadalajara, Jalisco, to distribute Islamic material, teach classes, conduct Q&A sessions, and organize three iftars. They left the community with their Eid festivities prepaid and zakat for needy families. Due to time restrictions, the

team was unable to visit the city of Puebla, but they left material in Mexico City which would be picked up and delivered to the Muslims there, as well as any other areas in need. Volunteers and community leaders met to discuss future plans for more outreach efforts in Mexico. This year’s dawah trip ended July 26th, with Morales’ return to her home in New Jersey. She hopes that the efforts in Mexico can continue with

annual trips and more Muslim leaders like Nouman Ali Khan raising awareness of the needs of the Mexican Islamic community. The renovations for Masjid Al Kauthar in San Cristobal de las Casas are ongoing, and WhyIslam and Morales hope to continue fundraising to cover the costs.

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they were infiltrating the student groups. It got, like, zero attention in New York City. And then weeks, or a month later, we got ahold of some documents that showed that every day, the NYPD was monitoring the websites of Ivy League institutions like Columbia and Yale. And once it became the Ivies and it was outside of working class New York City – oh my god, suddenly everybody's outraged, suddenly this is something we're all going to talk about. Even though monitoring the websites is much less invasive, much less controversial, and on much stronger legal footing, than the actual infiltration of these student groups. It really served as a reminder that while a lot of this is about religion, in the end there's a lot of class issues here too. The New York Muslim community, to the extent that there's an overarching, umbrella community, really still is in its infancy in terms of its wielding any political power relative to its numbers. Muslim Ameriegypt

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stance.” The first fragmentary account of the clerics’ statements appeared on Wednesday in a harsh report on a Web site aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood. That suggested that at least some of the soldiers and police officers who heard the speeches sympathized with the Brotherhood enough to leak the information. Then professional-quality segments of the speeches began appearing on the Internet over the weekend; it was unclear who released them.

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The boards of both organizations are separate and do not report to each other. They do not share revenue or any major resources. As sister organizations, HHRD and ICNA Relief do help each other implement their programs, especially the Ud-

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cans in general tend to be an underrepresented political group. GOLDMAN: Though, in the wake of our stories, they have started to organize politically, and you can see that and you can see that playing out in the media. [New York mayoral candidates Christine Quinn and Bill de Blasio] are talking about specific stories. Quinn wouldn't talk about it for two years. APUZZO: It's been really interesting how Eric Holder and Barack Obama have tried to stay a million miles away from this, given their interest in talking about civil rights. Part of that, obviously, is because White House grants help pay for the surveillance. We won an award from the White House Correspondents Association, and so you get to sort of walk across the stage and shake the president's hand. So when I crossed, I stopped and I said, "Mr, President, we've had a really difficult time getting anybody at the White House to talk about these stories. And I'd love it if you guys would talk a little about where In one of the segments, Dr. Abdel Galil is seen addressing the subject of the military takeover directly: “They speak of a coup. What coup? This is the will of the people.” He appeared to call its Islamist opponents “preachers of strife” and to say, “Those are criminals; those are aggressors, and the state needs to take the necessary measures to eradicate them.” He said Sunday night that these comments were also edited and distorted. Dr. Khaled is seen advising the soldiers and the police not to “let anybody make you question your faith.” He added: “The day you wore that uniform and these boots, and you made that salute, and you stood up in your line — you’re hiya program. “Since we do not operate in the US any funds [donated] for domestic aid is forwarded to ICNA and vice versa,” said Asif Khan. Interest-free microfinance is another way HHRD asks donors to recycle their charity. Giving the example of a young man in Pakistan who lost his leg and was the sole bread earner for a family of seven, HHRD interns showed the audience how a microfinance loan helped

you come down on the issue of Muslim surveillance in New York City, since I know civil rights are such an important issue for you." And he sort of, like, put his hand on my shoulder, and continues to shake my hand as he's guiding me off the stage, and he says something like, "You think I've got any juice up there?" And that's the last we heard from him. [Laughing] RS: Do you think that New York's recently passed Community Safety Act, or Judge Shira Scheindlin's ruling against the NYPD in the stop and frisk trial, will have an effect on whether these kinds of programs continue? GOLDMAN: There are parallels with that trial, because Scheindlin said the NYPD violated the 14th Amendment, the equal protection clause. She said they were racial profiling. This is the same police department that's involved in Muslim spying. The ACLU, along with two other groups, sued, saying, "Hey, you violated their 14th Amendment rights." So what the judge said the NYPD did violate in the stop and frisk not doing a job for a commander, you’re working for God.” Dr. Gomaa, the former mufti, said in a television interview that he had spoken for 30 minutes before a video camera at the military’s Moral Affairs department, and the resulting video had been shown to soldiers and police officers across the country “to keep up their spirits.” He said he did not mean to authorize the killing of peaceful Morsi supporters; rather, he said he was referring to use of force against what he described as “an armed rebellion against the ruler.” But he insisted that the unrest since the military takeover amounted to a clash between two armed groups.

him open a small shop in one room of his family home which provides him with a livelihood. This program has helped provide small interest free loans to 3,826 deserving families and businesses that lost their capital during the earthquake in Pakistan. Asif Khan says that HHRD relies on volunteers in each community they have offices. Local volunteers are needed for tasks such as handing out pamphlets dur-

case is now at issue in this other case [about Muslim spying]. APUZZO: The NYPD talks a lot about how this is all legal, and that's just never been an issue for us. The reason being: They said waterboarding was legal. Nobody is going to jail for waterboarding. We see what's going on at the NYPD as the same sort of thing. It's a tactic that came from 9/11 that we would not have allowed pre-9/11, that we do allow now. And the fact that it is legal is more about where we've come as a country. We're a country that allowed waterboarding and indefinite detention, and we're a country where the NYPD Intelligence Division has police files on what Muslims think of the State of the Union address. GOLDMAN: And Matt and I, as we reported this out, for these last couple years, we never asserted this was illegal. Not once. Matt and I, we're not prosecutors. Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/ politics/news/inside-the-nypds-muslimspying-program-20130906 As soldiers and security forces dispersed the two pro-Morsi sit-ins, journalists covering the events saw security forces fire lethal ammunition at unarmed demonstrators in the early morning, killing hundreds within hours. But Dr. Gomaa insisted in the television interview that for most of the morning, Morsi supporters were the ones shooting, and that the security forces reluctantly moved in and began returning fire only after 1 p.m. “If a person wanted to rebel with arms against the military, what would the situation be?” Dr. Gomaa said. “Kill him. I hereby say it again. Those who rebel against the Egyptian military or police deserve, according to Shariah, to be killed.” ing Jumuah prayers, to in kind drives. The evening ended at 11 p.m. with spoken word poetry by youth from the ADAMS center. If you would like to volunteer or donate to HHRD in the DC Metro area please contact: Br. Asif at (301) 252-7553 asif. khan@hhrd.us. To support an orphan please visit www.hhrd.org


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Request For Dua’s

{ To Allah We B e l o n g , an d t o Hi m is 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)” 08-10-2013 - Md. Ali Reza, the nephew of Quazi M. Hafiz, has passed away. May Allah accept his good deeds, forgive his shortcomings and enter him into Jannat ul Firdaus, Aameen. Salaat ul Janazah was on August 11, 2013 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. (Source: ICM) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------08-11-2013 - It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Brother Amara H. Trawaille, family member of Brother Alimamy Kargbo. May Allah (SWT) grant Brother Amara Jannatul Firdaus and may HE grant the family ease. The Janazah Salat for Brother Amara Trawaille was on August 12, 2013 in Lanham, Maryland. (Source: PGMA) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------08-11-2013 - Brother Alan has passed away. Janaza prayer was on August 11, 2013 in Sterling, Virginia. (Source: ADAMS) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------08-14-2013 - Janazah for Sr. Halimanisa Hamdani was on August 15, 2013 in Manassas, Virginia. May Allah (SWT) grant her Jannah, accept her in His Mercy & Love and grant Sabr to her family and friends. (Source: Dar Alnoor) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------08-18-2013 - It is with great sadness and heavy heart we inform that Dr. Arif Hussain's mother in law and Tahira Mussarat Hussain's mother has passed away. We ask Allah (SWT) to shower her with His mercy, compassion and forgiveness, and to grant her the highest ranks in paradise, and give her family support and patience during these difficult times. (Source: Dar Al Taqwa) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------08-22-2013 - It is with great sadness and heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Br. Mian Muhammad Bashir, who passed away. He is the father of Br. Saeed Akhtar and the grandfather of Hamza and Awais Saeed. We ask Allah (SWT) to shower him with His mercy, compassion and forgiveness, and to grant him the highest ranks in paradise, and give his family support and patience during these difficult times. (Source: Dar Al Taqwa) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------08-29-2013 - It is with great sadness and heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Iman Salah, the neice of Dar alTaqwa founder Saeed Salah. We ask Allah (SWT) to shower her with His mercy, compassion and forgiveness, and to grant her the highest ranks in paradise, and give her family support and patience during these difficult times. (Source: Dar AlTaqwa) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------08-30-2013 - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Br. Morris Lyles, father of AlRahmah School teacher Sr. Takia Lyles. May Allah SWT forgive his sins, give his family patience and enter him into Jannat ul Firdaus. The Salat ul Janaza was on August 30, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Source: ISB) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------09-02-2013 - It is with great sadness and heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Sr. Fazila Nasim, the mother of Khurrum Nasim, Khalid, Mohammed Nasir, Mussarat, and Samina. We ask Allah (SWT) to shower her with His mercy, compassion and forgiveness, and to grant her the highest ranks in paradise, and give her family support and patience during these difficult times. (Source: Dar Al Taqwa) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------09-03-2013 - It is with great sadness and heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Sr. Bilqees Begum, the older sister of of Br. Ameen Siddiqui. We ask Allah (SWT) to shower her with His mercy, compassion and forgiveness, and to grant her the highest ranks in paradise, and give her family support and patience during these difficult times. (Source: Dar Al Taqwa) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------09-04-2013 - It is with great sadness and heavy heart we inform that Mohamed Jaffer Sharieff, older brother of our community member Mohamed Sharieff, has passed away. We ask Allah (SWT) to shower him with His mercy, compassion and forgiveness, and to grant him the highest ranks in paradise, and give his family support and patience during these difficult times. (Source: Dar Al Taqwa) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------09-08-2013 - It is with great sadness and heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Sr. Salsabilah, the sister of Br. Saeed Salah. We ask Allah (SWT) to shower her with His mercy, compassion and forgiveness, and to grant her the highest ranks in paradise, and give her family support and patience during these difficult times. (Source: Dar Al Taqwa) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------09-09-2013 - It is with great sadness and heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Br. Adel Oweis, the brother of Br. Badr Oweis and Br. Salah Oweis. We ask Allah (SWT) to shower him with His mercy, compassion and forgiveness, and to grant him the highest ranks in paradise, and give his family support and patience during these difficult times. (Source: Dar Al Taqwa)

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Upcoming Events In Your Area ICNA Muslim Family Day at Six Flags Saturday, September 14 2013, 11:00am - 7:00pm Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) presents: Muslim Family Day at Six Flags America. Tickets only $30, $35 at the gate, Kids under 2 enter free, Season pass holders pay $10 at the gate. Location: Six Flags America, 13710 Central Avenue, Bowie/Mitchellville, MD 20721. Contact: To buy tickets or for more info, visit: www.MuslimFamilyDay.com or call: 1-866-DIAL-MFD ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Hajj Workshop with Br Safi Khan Sunday, September 15 2013, 9:00am - 5:00pm Please join us as we prepare for the arrival of the Hajj season. Dar-us-Salaam will be providing a special Hajj Seminar with Imam Safi Khan for the entire community. We would like to invite you to attend and partake of this knowledge on this important aspect of our faith. Please RSVP using this link: https://duscommunity.wufoo.com/forms/m7r0q/?utm_ source=Hajj+2013+-+Workshoputm_campaign=2013+Hajj+Workshop&utm_ medium=email by Thursday, September 12th, 2013. Location: Dar-us-Salaam, 5301 Edgewood Road, College Park MD 20740 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------HCMC Annual Food Drive and Picnic Sunday, September 15 2013, 4:00pm - 7:00pm Howard County Muslim Council (HCMC) cordially invites you to their Annual Food Drive and Picnic. Help our Campaign to end hunger in Howard County by donating non perishable food items. Most desirable donation items: canned meats, beans, nuts and dry fruits, evaporated milk and soups, and other canned food products. Free admission. Bring family and children and enjoy great BBQ and other delicious food. Location: West Cedar Lane Park, 5081 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044 Contact: For information, please contact info@hcmcmaryland.com ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Gateway to Mecca: Pilgrims and Merchants in 19th-century Ottoman Jeddah Wednesday, September 18 2013 This lecture introduces Jeddah during the Ottoman reform period through the eyes of pilgrims and merchants, two groups who regularly frequented this "gateway to Mecca." Starts at 12 Noon. Guest Lecturer: Dr. Ulrike Freitag is the Director of Berlin's Center for Modern Oriental Studies and a Professor of Islamic Studies at the Free University of Berlin whose research focuses on the urban and intellectual history of the modern Middle East. Location: George Mason University, The Hub (SUB II), Room 4 & 5 Contact: For more information, go to: islamicstudiescenter.gmu.edu ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------International Food Festival & Bazaar Saturday, September 21 2013 This is an excellent opportunity to checkout our communities cultural diversity. Taste food from all over the world - free of cost. There will be vendors in the bazaar area where you can find something for everyone. A good time for Eid shopping. Starts at 10AM. Signup for a table by sending an email to icmadmin@icomd.org. You can be either a vendor or represent your country and culture with pride. 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Do you have additions, changes, or corrections to the event listings in the Muslim Link? Email us at events@muslimlinkpaper.com, or call us at 301-982-1020. --------------------------------------------------------------------------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: 703-554-7983 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 ---------------------------------------------------------------Moroccan American community Organization Center 5613 Lessaburg Pike,#1 Falls Church,Va 22041 Info@macous.org Www.macous.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 ----------------------------------------------------------------

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that was the path the establishment of Alpha Lambda Mu was trying to pave.

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They created the fraternity, based on the principles of Islam - mercy, compassion, justice, integrity, honesty, unity, love, and sincerity - in order to prove that a modern Muslim college student could live as a dignified, respectable man and still have an organic college experience. They hope that in their fraternity, their members – ‘young, selfactualised Muslim men’ – will be servants to their families and every aspect of their greater community.

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“Muslims are supposed to bring benefit and prevent harm to everyone and anything, not just Muslims.” Alpha Lambda Mu has attracted some criticism for their appropriation of ‘exclusivist ideals’. One group, Cornell Muslim Dissents, was particularly vocal. The author of a viral post on tumblr wondered why any ‘religious organization would strive to be modelled after a gendered institution with roots in white supremacy and elitism. I am all for Muslim unity and coalition, but we need to revolutionize what that looks like, rather than adopting discriminatory structures’. Ali’s response? “In order for us to craft this Muslim-American identity, we’re going to need to have a number of conversations along the way. It’s difficult to have this conversation when we’re constantly telling people what Islam isn’t instead of what it is due to preemptive attacks with hidden agendas. I think it’s time to calm down and have intelligent, open-minded conversations if we want to make any progress. We’re taking what’s good from the fraternity model and leaving what’s bad.”

The fraternity is leaving the culture of excessive partying, and the elitist mentality by choosing members based on that which is in their control. “We’re not looking for perfect Muslims. None of us is perfect. We would rather take a humble struggler who understands his faults and believes that he can overcome his challenges by joining the fraternity, than someone who is too blinded by arrogance to see any room for self-improvement. We’ll grow together, we’ll keep each other in check, and we’ll hopefully all come out as better people and better contributors to society.” The role of Islam in America is a notoriously divisive subject; in the wake of the Boston bombings anti-Islamic sentiment was everywhere on social and traditional media even before any information was known about the perpetrator of the attack. Perhaps unsurprisingly given the predictable response of the right-wing media, the Islamic community was at the forefront of the response to the Boston attack, with Alpha Lambda Mu among those fund-raising for the victims. Yet, Islam is still often vilified in the national press. In such a seemingly hostile environment, could it be possible that Alpha Lambda Mu was a step towards the further integration of Muslims into America? “Absolutely not,” says Ali. “We cannot integrate or assimilate into a society that we’re already a part of. “I personally grew up in Plano, Texas. I went to public school, I played Xbox Live all the time with my friends who weren’t Muslim, and I regrettably ate too much fast food. I’m a proud American Muslim, and I see no contradiction of those two titles. Islam is my moral compass that guides every aspect of my life, but it also leaves room for our cul-

tural experiences.” Something that Ali speaks particularly eloquently on is the interesting position of being a Muslim in modern America: “One of the beautiful things about Islam is that it is a religion that is meant to fit different times and different places. “Yes, there are core values that do not change regardless of where the religion is established, but there is room for flexibility. An exciting challenge we have as young Muslims in the United States is figuring out how Islam fits in 21st century America. We can only do this with a strong understanding of the religious tradition and a strong understanding of the cultural reality of our day. The synthesis of the two is indeed Islam itself, and lacking in either understanding calls for recalibration. The goal is balance.” Texas – to the uninitiated – seems like an odd place for a Muslim fraternity to establish itself, but Ali is quick to leap to its defence: “The amount of love we’ve been getting from all around the world eclipses the negativity that Muslims have received and gives us hope for a brighter future of tolerance, understanding, peace, and love for each other.” With identity crisis fast becoming a feature of the modern teenager, creating a safe environment for Muslims to hold onto their beliefs without becoming ostracised from the wider community seems like a positive solution to a tricky dilemma. “We hope that after all is said and done, we will have a strong group of guys who will stand up for social justice, for the needy, and for their societies just as the religion calls them to do.” Jo Barrow is editor of York Vision, a student newspaper.

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Chicken or beef, gyro sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, oil and vinegar

Chicken fillet, pizza sauce, provolone cheese

Beef pepperoni, ground beef, sausage, Italian salami, beef bacon, turkey ham and double cheese

16.99

6.24

Gyro Wrap

Roast Beef (Hot or cold) Grilled Chicken Breast Fresh Chicken Salad Beef Gyro Sub Chicken Gyro Sub Fresh Seafood Salad Chicken of Beef Shish Kabob Chicken Tikka Kabob Chicken Parmesan

Chicken, BBQ Sauce

8.24 12.49

100% crabmeat, Old Bay and extra cheese

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Fresh Pizza Burger 100% beef

Eggplant, pizza sauce, pizza cheese

Everything on white pizza plus feta cheese and red onion

Shrimp Pizza 8.24 12.49

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Turkey Wrap

6.24

(Specify hot or cold) Lettuce, tomato, onion and ranch dressing

Tuna Wrap

All platters served with french fries or mashed potatoes. We use trans fat-free cooking oil

Chicken Nugget Platter (12) Hot Roast Beef with Gravy Hot Turkey with Gravy Popcorn Shrimp Clam Strips Tilapia Fish (2) Gyro Platter Beef or chicken with mini Greek salad

Jumbo Shrimp (7) Seafood Combo

1 Crab cake, 1 tilapia fish and 4 jumbo shrimp

Tandoori Chicken Platter

6.24

Chicken Shish Kabob, Beef Shish Kabob or Chicken Tikka Kabob Platter

Lettuce, toamtoes, onions and mayonnaise

Chicken Salad

FRESH PLATTERS

6.24

Lettuce, tomato, onion and mayonnaise

Seafood Salad Wrap

cucumber, banana pepper and black olives

6.24

Lettuce, tomatoes, onions and mayonnaise

$

8.49 8.49 8.49 8.49 8.49 9.24 9.24

11.24 11.24 8.99

Served with fresh bread and mini salad with choice of dressing

Served with fresh bread, mini salad and choice of dressing

8.99

BUFFALO OR BONELESS WINGS & Served with french fries and bleu cheese or ranch (Specify hot or cold} Ham, salami, provolone cheese, fire (very hot). Hot. Buffalo Atomic. lettuce, tomato, onion and mayonnaise Mild. BBQ Sauce. Honey BBQ, Honey Garlic, Ham & Cheese Wrap 6.24 Honey Mustard or Old Bay Style (Specify hot or cold) Lettuce, tomato, onion, American cheese and mayonnaise 5 Pieces 4.24 Roast Beef Wrap 6.24 10 Pieces 8.24 (Specify hot or cold) Lettuce, tomatoes, mayonnaise and onions 15 Pieces 11.24 Chili & Cheese Wrap 6.24 20 Pieces 14.24 Fresh in house made chili and American cheese 30 Pieces 18.24 Cheeseburger Wrap 6.24 Extra Blue Cheese, Extra Ranch or Celery .50 Italian Wrap

Lettuce, tomato, onions, mayonnaise and American cheese

6.24

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Appetizers 1. Samosa 2. Samosa chat 3. Shami kabob

$1.25 $2.49 $2.49

Kabob House All Kabobs are cooked on charcoal and served with rice,tandoori naan (bread), salad, chutney (yogurt sauce) andone side of your choice (chickpeas, vegetables or lentils). l. Chicken Kabob (Bone1css) $7.99 2. Lamb Kabob $9.99 3. Beef kabob* $8.49 4. Lamb Chops $12.99 5. Seekh Kabob $7.99 6. Chicken Kabob (Bone-In) $7.49 7. Reshmi Kabob $8.49

Weekend Special 1. Nihari 2. Haleem

$7.99 $7.99

Sweets 1. Rice Pudding 2. Sweets(2pieces) Sweets(Mix)

$2.99 $1.99 $5.99/Lbs

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Salads Served with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and yogurt sauce on the side... 1. Chicken Salad $6.49 2. Beef Salad $7.49 3. Lamb Salad $8.49 4. Gyro/Falafel Salad $5.49 Drinks Buffet Menu MON-FRI (11AM-4PM) $7.99 MON-FRI (4PM-10PM) $8.99 Weekends $9.99

8. Chapli Kabob* 9. Combination Kabob 10. Bihari Kabob* ll. Fish Kabob Side Orders 1. Naan(Bread) 2. Rice 3. Salad 4. Chutney (Yogurt Sauce) 5. Vegetable Curry 6. Meat Curry 7. Grilled Tomatoes

$8.99 $14.99 $8.99 $9.99

$1.00 & $1.25 $1.99 $2.49 8oz. $1.491 12oz. $1.99 8oz. $2.49 / 12oz. $3.49 8oz. $2.99! 12oz. $3.99 $2.99

By Special Order 1. Biryani(Chicken or Vegetable) $5.99 2. Chicken Karahi (For Two) $17.99 3- Lamb/Beef Karahi (For Two)$19-99 Wraps Served on freshly baked bread with cucumber sauce, lettuce,tomatoes, onions and cheese and yogurt sauce on the side... 1. Gyro Wrap (Lamb and becf mix) $5.99 2. Falafel Wrap $5.49 3. Chicken Wrap $6.49 4. Ground Chicken Wrap $6.99 5. Beef Wrap $6.99 6. Ground Beef Wrap $7.49 7. Lamb Wrap $7.99

1. Can Soda 2. Bottle Soda 3. Chai 4. Yogurt Drinks and Mango Laasi $2.49 5. Bottle Water.... 6. Bottle Juice......

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703-904-0223 | 3065-R Centerville Road Herndon, VA

703-533-1113 | 926 A West Broad Street Falls Church,VA

Grilled Shrimp 2.50

(Add mozzarella cheese 1.25)

(New) Seasoned fries Onion Rings Mozzarella Sticks

With side of marinara sauce

Fried Zucchini

With side of ranch dressing

Fried Mushrooms

With side of ranch dressing

Poppers

Battered & fried jalapeno peppers stuffed with cheese and side of marinara sauce

Spanakopita

Spinach and feta cheese pie

Chicken Wings

Fried with side of Buffalo sauce & ranch dressing

Chicken Tenders

With honey mustard dip

Bruschetta

Toasted bread brushed with olive oil, garlic, choppedtomato, basil, oregano & parmesan

Soup of the day With Grill Cheese

3.50 3.50 5.25 5.25 5.25 5.25 4.75 6.25 6.25 4.75 3.75 5.75

Salads Choice of dressing with side of cheese Bread Ranch, Blue Cheese, Caesar, Honey Mustard, ThousandIsland, French, and Italian. Additional . . . . . .0.30 each

Side Salad

Garden or Caesar

House Garden

Mixed greens with grated mozzarella

Greek

Lettuce, onion, feta cheese, black olives, pepperocini, cucumber, tomato, with Greek dressing

Mediterranean

Greek salad topped with Gyro meat, served with pita and house dressing

Caesar

Romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, croutons, with Caesar dressing

Grilled Chicken Ceasar

Caesar salad topped with grilled chicken breast strips

Chef

Mixed greens topped with turkey, ham, cheese, and hard boiled egg

Grilled Chicken

Mixed greens topped with fresh marinated chicken and mozzarella cheese strips & hard boiled egg

(New) Tandoori Chicken

3.50 5.50 7.95 8.95 5.50 7.95 7.95 7.95 7.95

Mixed greens topped with fresh spicy marinated chicken and mozzarella cheese strips & hard boiled egg

Crispy Chicken

Mixed greens topped with fried chicken

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All American Cheeseburger* 6.25 / 7.50 9.50 With American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion & mayo Mixed greens topped with grilled shrimp & hard boiled egg Bacon Cheeseburger* 6.75 / 7.95 Crispy Shrimp 9.50 With American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion & mayo Mixed greens topped with golden Lil’ Italian Parmesan Burger* 6.50 / 7.75 tenders & hard boiled egg

APPETIZERS & SIDES French Fries

September 13th - October 10th 2013

7.95

fried shrimp & hard boiled egg

Topped with mozzarella cheese,

Tuna Salad Platter

7.95 mushrooms, fried onions & tomato sauce Swiss Burger*

Mixed greens topped with large scoop of tuna salad & hard boiled egg

SPECIALTY SANDWICHES Served with french fries & pickles Sandwich platter Reuben 6.75 7.75 With corned beef, Swiss, sauerkraut & thousand island dressing, grilled on rye

Turkey Reuben

With turkey, Swiss, sauerkraut & thousand islanddressing, grilled on rye

Classic Reuben

6.75

7.75

SUBS Make your sub a platter for 1.25 with French Fries or Salad Lil’ Italian Cold Cut

6.95 6.75

Turkey ham, roast beef, American cheese, lettuce, tomato & mayo

7.95 New Yorker

Grilled pastrami, corned beef, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato & mustard

7.75 Philly Steak & Cheese

A Mediterranean seasoned vegetarian chick pea croquettes with lettuce, tomato, onion, & Feta. Tzatziki Sauce on side

Mozzarella cheese, fried onions, lettuce, tomato & mayo

Marinated chicken with sauteed green peppers, mus rooms, onion tomato, topped with lettuce, feta on pita & Tzatziki Sauce on side

Mozzarella cheese, fried onions, green peppers, mushrooms, home spices, lettuce, tomato & mayo

(New) Chipotle Chicken

6.75

6.95

With turkey ham, salami, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, hot peppers & Italian dressing

Virginia Cold Cut

With pastrami, corned beef, Swiss, sauerkraut & thousand island dressing, grilled on rye

Felafel

6.50 / 7.75

With Swiss cheese, fried onion, mushrooms, lettuce, tomato & mayo

7.75 (New) Sajji Special Spicy Steak & Cheese

6.95 6.95 6.75 6.95

Philly Chicken & Cheese 6.75 7.75 Mozzarella cheese, fried onions, lettuce, tomato & mayo With lettuce, tomato, onion, feta on pita & Tzatziki Sauce on side (New) Sajji Special Spicy Chicken and Cheese 6.95 Chicken Gyro 6.75 7.75 Mozzarella cheese, fried onions, green peppers, Gyro

6.75

With lettuce, tomato, onion, feta on pita & Tzatziki Sauce on side

Chicken Souvlaki

6.75

With lettuce, tomato, onion, feta on pita & Tzatziki Sauce on side

Monte Cristo

6.95

White bread dipped in egg batter grilled with ham, turkey, Swiss, & mustard

Club Classic

Triple decker on toasted white with ham, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato & mayo

Pastrami & Swiss

6.95

7.95 Meat Ball & Pepperoni Parmesan 7.95

Eggplant Parmesan

Fried eggplant with mozzarella cheese & tomato sauce

Chicken Parmesan 6.75 6.95

Crispy chicken tenders, grilled ham, Swiss with lettuce,tomato and honey mustard on kaiser roll

Grilled Chicken

Mozzarella cheese & tomato sauce Mozzarella cheese & tomato sauce

Grilled on rye with lettuce, tomato & mustard

Chicken Cordon Bleu

mushrooms, home spices, lettuce, tomato & mayo

7.75 Meat Ball Parmesan

6.95

7.75

Fried chicken tenders, mozzarella cheese & tomato sauce

7.95

Grilled hot, or served cold with lettuce, tomato & mustard

Corned Beef Fish

Fried fish with lettuce, tomato & tartar sauce

7.95 The Vegetarian

On kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato & mayo

Burgers Served on kaiser roll with french fries and pickles 1/3 lb Single / Double Hamburger* 5.95 / 7.25

Mozzarella cheese, black olives, mushrooms, green pepper, onion, lettuce, tomato & Italian dressing

Roast Beef

6.75 6.95 6.75 6.95 6.95 6.95 6.75 6.95

Lettuce, tomato & mayo

FRIED DINNERS

Served with side salad & garlic bread Chicken Tenders and Fries 9.95 Old Fashioned Burger* 6.50 / 7.75 Fried Shrimp and Fries 10.95 On buttered kaiser roll with American cheese, Fried Fish and Chips 10.95 ketchup, mustard, onion & pickles With lettuce, tomato, onion, & mayo


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11am to 10pm Daily

Signature DiSheS Beef Beef hunan Style Shredded Beef Schezuan Beef with Broccoli

$9.95 $9.95 $9.95

LamB Lamb hunan Style Shredded Lamb Schezuan style Lamb Curry

$9.95 $9.95 $9.95

ChiCken kung Pao Chicken Diced Chicken w/fresh hot Peppers Orange Chicken

$8.95 $9.95 $11.95

Vegetarian Sauteed Brococli in garlic Sauce Sauteed String Bean

$7.95 $7.95

PakiStani & inDian SPeCiaLtieS all Dishes listed below are served with your choice of one naan or roti Beef kabob (2) Chicken kabob (2) Chicken tikka (with bone) mutton karahi (1 lb. pre-cook weight) Beef haleem Beef nihari Chicken Steak (12 Pieces) Paye

$5.95 $5.95 $5.95 $10.95 $8.95 $8.95 $11.95 $9.99

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APPETIZERS Buffalo Wings (Buffalo Hot, or RJ Recipe Barbecue sauce)

8pcs 14pcs 28pcs 54pcs 100pcs Vegetable Mini Samosa (6pcs) Mozzarella Cheese Sticks Beef Mini Samosa (6pcs) Chicken Tenders (4pcs) (8pcs) Garlic Bread (4pcs) Add Cheese Cheese Fries (Small/Large)

$6.99 $12.99 $24.99 $46 99 $89.99 $4.99 $3 49 $6.99 $4.99 $8.99 $3 99 $0 99 $3 99/$5.99

SOUPS, SALADS AND SIDES Salads Add 1.99 for extra chicken

Chef Salad

$7 99

Romaine, cheese, eggs, tomato, turkey, cucumber, onion, and carrots.

Greek Salad

$7.99

$6.99

Romaine, croutons, parmesan cheese, and carrots.

Garden Salad

$6.99

Iceberg Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and carrots.

Santa-fe grilled beef Salad

$10.99

Grilled beef, lettuce, diced tomatoes, diced onions, and diced green peppers.

SOUP Chicken Noodle Soup of the day Homemade Chilli SIDES Steak seasoned fries Small $2.59 Onion Rings Small $2.49 Baked Potato

Cup $4.99 $4.99 $5.99

Large $4.99 Large $3.49

Bowl $6.99 $6.99 $7.99

$2 99

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Steamed Broccoli Sauteed w/ Butter RJ’s Boardwalk Fries Small Large $1.79 $2.99 SUBS HOT SUBS 8” Philly Steak & Cheese $6.49 Philly Chicken Steak $6.49

$6.49 8” $6.49 $6.49 $5.99 $6.99 8” $7.99 $7.99 $7.99

$11.99 12” $11 99 $11.99 $10.99 $11.99 12” $12.99 $12.99 $12.99

8” $6.49 $6.49 $6.49 $6.49 $11.99

12” $11.99 $11.99 $11.99 $6.99 $11.99

$3.49

12” $11.99 $11.99

SANDWICHES RJ’s Swiss Cheeseburger Bacon Cheeseburger Hamburger Cheeseburger Chicken Club Classic Club Reuben Hot Pastrami & Swiss BLT Grilled Cheese SEAFOOD Grilled Salmon Sandwich w/Fries Cajun Tilapia Sandwich w/Fries Signature Crab Cake w/ Fries GYROS Lamb Gyro Lamb Gyro Platter w/ Fries Chicken Gyro Chicken Gyro Platter w/ Fries VEGETARIAN Deluxe Veggie Melt Grilled Vegetables Curried Chickpeas DESSERTS Triple Chocolate Cake Cheese Cake Red Velvet Carrot Cake Homemade Apple Crumbs - w/ Vanilla Ice Cream

CHEF SPECIALS Country Chicken Fried Steak w/ Mushroom Gravy

$16.99

Served with Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Vegetables

BBQ Beef Short Ribs

$16.99

Served with Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Ve etables

Grilled Lamb Chops

$16.99

Served with Basmati Rice, Salad and Yogurt Sauce

Beef Wellington

$24 99

Served with Mashed Potatoes and Steamed Green Beans

Rib Eye

$28.99

Served with Baked Potatoes or Steamed Broccoli

Cajun Rib Eye

$2899

Served with Mashed Potatoes or Steamed Broccoli

Hawaiian Rib Eye

$28.99

Served with Mashed Potatoes or Steamed Broccoli

Lamb Chop.Masala

$18.99

Served with Vegetable Biryani, Salad, Yogurt Sauce, and Na’an

$5.99 $5.99 $5.99 $5.99 $6.99 $6 .99

Chicken Cordon Bleu

$16.99

Served with Broccoli

Stuffed Lobster w/ Crabmeat

$28 99

Served with Broccoli and Baked Potatoes

- Cajun Chicken Filet on Jamaican Coco Bread

Romaine. feta cheese, black olives, diced tomato, red onion, and cucumber

Caesar Salad

Meatball Sub COLD SUBS Roast Beef Hoagie Tuna Honey Smoked Turkey SEAFOOD SUBS Blackened Cajun Catfish Buffalo Style Catfish Fish Sub CHICKEN HOT CHICKEN SUBS Grilled Chicken Tikka Chicken Steak Sub BBQ Chicken Breast Buffalo Chicken Style Montery Jack Chicken HOT CHICKEN SANDWICHES Breaded Chicken Filet Grilled Chicken w/Honey Mustard BBQ Chicken Filet Breaded Buffalo Chicken Chicken Quesadilla Chef Sandwich

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Grilled Cajun Rockfish, Flounder, or Salmon Fried or Szechuan

$26.99

Fried or Szechuan Style, Served with Basmati Rice and Grilled Vegetables

PIZZAS Cheese Pizza Meat Eaters

14” $10.99 $17 49

16” $11.99 $20.99

Sausage, Beef Pepperoni, Turkey Ham, Turkey Bacon

Veggie Pizza

$1749

$20.55

Green Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms, Black Olives, Tomatoes & Pepper Rings

Deluxe Pizza

$17.49

$21.99

Pepperoni, Green Peppers, Onion & Mushrooms

Supreme

$17.99

$2199

Beef, Turkey Ham, Pepperoni, Turkey Bacon, Onions, Black Olives, Green Peppers & Mushrooms

Chicken Tikka Supreme $1749 $20.99 Pizza Toppings Pepperoni Black Olives Ground Beef Green Peppers Turkey Sausage Jalapenos Turkey Ham Tomatoes Turkey Bacon Mushrooms Anchovies’ Extra Cheese 14” $1.99 16” $2.69 Extra Topping 14” $1.79 16” $2.29 BEVERAGES Mango Shake $3.49 Mango Lassi $3.49 Yogurt Lassi $2.99 Hot Tea $2.99 Spice Chai $2.99 Coffee Small 1.99 Large $1.49


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We Deliver

Hours of Operation Monday-Saturday 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM Sunday Closed Serving Breakfast 7:30am to 11:00am 58 Ritchie Rd. Capitol Heights, MD 20743

Café Buffalo Wings

Breakfast Delights

Café Subs

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese on croissant -Pancake Special -- Waffles with Bacon, Egg and Cheese -- Home Fried Potatoes -Grits -- Salmon Burger on croissant with egg and cheese

HALF 8” 7.50 & WHOLE 12” 9.99 $1.00 extra for fries

PIKE PIZZA CHEESE

Small 8 Slices

Medium 10 Slices

Large 12 Slices

5.99

7.99

9.99

11.99

13.99

15.99

18.99

Pizza Sauce, Italian Spices, Mozzarella Cheese

MEAT LOVERS

Ground beef, Peppers, Turkey Sausage, Turkey Ham, Turkey Bacon, Meatballs

X-Large 14 Slices

12.99

14.99

16.99

BBQ CHICKEN

12.99

14.99

16.99

WHITE PIZZA

7.99

9.99

11.99

Mushrooms, Red Pepper, Green Pepper, Olives, Tomatoes, Onions

Steak & Cheese

Fish Fillet

Chicken Steak

Veggie

Turkey Breast

Tuna Salad

Turkey Ham & Cheese

Curry Chicken Salad

Chicken Parmesan

Grilled Chicken Club

Hamburger

Turkey Club

Cheeseburger

Roast Beef

*Salmon Burger $6.50

*Veggie Burger $6.50

Choice of: Lettuce, Tomato, Onions, Pickles,

VEGGIE

Sweet Peppers, Provolone or American Cheese

Classic Deli $6.50

Combo $7.50

Curry Chicken Salad $6.50

Combo $7.50

Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic, Mozzarella, Provolone Cheese

Turkey Club

$6.50

Combo $7.50

PEPPERONI

12.99

14.99

16.99

Smoked Turkey

$6.50

Combo $7.50

NEW YORK STEAK

12.99

14.99

16.99

Grilled Chicken

$6.50

Combo $7.50

HAWAIIAN PIZZA

11.99

13.99

15.99

Grilled Chicken, BBQ Sauce, Red Onions, Turkey Bacon

Halal Beef Pepperoni, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese

Philly Cheesesteak, Italian Spices, Red Peppers, Onions

Turkey Ham, Pineapple, Tomatoes, Mozzarella Cheese

Albacore Tuna

Pasta

Provolone Cheese, Pesto Mayonnaise, Pesto Mustard

Butter Croissant Wrap (Honey Wheat, Tomato Basil, or Spinach)

Salads Caesar Salad

$5.99

Lasagna with side salad

$7.95

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

$7.95

Spaghetti with meatballs and side salad

$7.95

Curry Chicken Salad

$7.95

Penne Portabella with side salad

$7.95

Tuna Salad

$7.95

Chicken Parmesan with Pasta

$9.95

Chef Salad

$7.95

Chicken Alfredo

$7.95

Garden Salad

$6.25

Pasta Salad

$3.75

Side Salad

$3.50

$1.00 extra for garlic bread.

5 Pieces (1 Blue Cheese or Ranch Dip)

$4.99

10 Pieces (2 Blue Cheese or Ranch Dip)

$8.99

15 Pieces (3 Blue Cheese or Ranch Dip)

$11.99

20 Pieces (4 Blue Cheese or Ranch Dip)

$15.50

30 Pieces (6 Blue Cheese or Ranch Dip)

$22.49

40 Pieces (8 Blue Cheese or Ranch Dip)

$27.99

50 Pieces (10 Blue Cheese or Ranch Dip)

$33.99

.35¢ for each additional dip

Whole Wings! 4 Wings

$5.99

8 Wings

$11.99

12 Wings

$15.99

20 Wings

$23.99

Fresh, Fried Whole

Chicken Tenders Served with Fries 4 Piece

6.49

(1 Blue Cheese or Honey Mustard)

8 Piece

11.49

(2 Blue Cheese or Honey Mustard)

20 Piece

Chicken Wings!

19.99

(4 Blue Cheese or Honey Mustard)

Side Orders

Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles, Onions, Turkey Bacon,

Signature Breads

EXTRA TOPPINGS: Sm. .75 Med. 1.50 Lg. 2.00 X-Lg. 2.25 Pepperoni, Grilled Chicken, Italian Salami, Ground Beef, Mushroom, Feta Cheese, Jalapeno, Anchovies, Onions, Sausage, Hot Peppers, Green Peppers, Turkey Bacon, Pineapple, Garlic Spinach, Banana Peppers, Fresh Tomatoes, Turkey Ham, Black Olives, Extra Cheese

Fax Your Order (301) 808.7738

FRENCH FRIES

$1.79

SWEET POTATO FRIES

$2.49

ONION RINGS

$2.49

Rice

$2.50

Mac & Cheese

$3.25

POTATO CHIPS

$.59¢

DESSERTS

Exclusively From Sweet Tooth Cakes and Pastries

Sweet Potato & Bean Pie Banana & Bread Pudding Yellow Cake w/ Chocolate Buttercream Pineapple Coconut Cake, Strawberry Shortcake Carrot Cake, Triple Chocolate Lemon Cake w/ Lemon Filling, Lemon Buttercream And ….. Much, Much, More

Lettuce, Tomato, Green Peppers, Red Onions, Cucumbers

Thank you for choosing Sweet Tooth Cakes and Pastries New Cafe. 301-278-7053

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