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Popular Intellectual Examines Liberty at Bethesda Fundraiser

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For Deaf Muslims, Not only is liberty an Islamic value but a core value, Tariq Ramadan Communication is Key | pg 4 says at the Minarat of Freedom Institute’s annual fundraiser By Deya-ud-Deen Eberle Muslim Link Contributing Writer

The Minarat of Freedom Institute of Bethesda Maryland held its annual fundraising dinner on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, with the internationally recognized key note speaker Tariq Ramadan delivering a thought provoking speech entitled: “Is Liberty an Islamic value?” Ramadan’s speech centered

on the theme that freedom is not only an Islamic value, but the very essence of the Islamic concept of what it means to be a fully dignified human. What makes man unique among all of Allah’s creatures is the fact that he is endowed with free will to choose his own path to spiritual enhancement by worship. This freedom of choice, along with the gift of knowledge, is the starting

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Press Conference Puts “A Face to the Madness” By Muslim Link Staff A press conference at the National Press Club in Washington DC on April 29, 2010 put a human face on the United States’ ongoing policy of preemptive prosecution.

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Saalakhan, the event gave the media access to family members of incarcerated defendants in some highprofile terrorism cases, and aired perspectives on the trial and guilty verdict of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. Saalakhan read a statement on the history of Aafia Siddiqui, her education at the Massachusetts

Institute of Technology, her social activism, her disappearance and reappearance inside the notorious US prison at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, and her eventual indictment and conviction on charges of attempting to shoot a US >> MADNESS Pg 17

DC Area Film Makers Join Forces On 3D Movie | pg 5 SISTERS Annual Tea: Success and Scholarship | pg 5 Muslim, Jewish Youth Join Hands for Good Cause | pg 6 Alexandria Youth Await Pakistani Court Verdict | pg 6

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Community News For Deaf Muslims, Communication is Key to Preventing Isolation By Nadirah Rasheed

Muslim Link Contributing Writer As promised, global deaf muslim launched its 2nd annual conference on saturday, april 24, 2010 at georgetown university with the sponsorship of imam yahya hendi and georgetown university muslim chaplain ministries. This years theme was family, knowledge, and sprituality and each speaker covered some aspect of the theme. Dr. Huda totonji, program coordinator for chaplain ministries opened the conference with the message that this years program will be aimed at providing an opportunity for the deaf muslims to learn about the message of islam. The first speaker, imam yahya hendi, muslim chaplin at georgetown university spoke about ilm, knowledge in islam as the essence of our faith. It cannot flourish except in a community that values and honors knowledge. The uniqueness of islamic knowledge is how islam connects between faith and reason, the spirit and the mind. Imam hendi encouraged the audience to continuously and consistently seek knowledge, he quoted maulana maudoodi, “the more you know the more you know that you know nothing. The more you know

, the more you know that you need to know more”. The next speaker, imam johari abdul malik, communication and outreach director for darul hijra followed up with the theme of knowledge. He spoke about the quran as the muslims source of knowledge and how the quran gives us insight into things beyond our ability to perceive with average hearing and seeing. Imam johari spoke about new information that ought to transform our behavior, k.A.S.H. K-knowledge, a-attitude, s-skills, and h-habit. In response to a question from a deaf sister about acquiring islamic knowledge, imam johari suggested that one of the avenues the deaf community could pursue is to continue to do outreach at other masjids requesting and demanding interpreters, captioning etc. To assist them in acquiring knowledge. Many hearing muslims are unaware of the deaf community and its needs. Outreach has to continue fullforce. Imam johari also stated that all muslims have to have the will, desire, and determination to pursue islamic knowledge. Sister raihana hirj-khalfan from toronto, canada is the gdm representative in canada and she is also represents the canadian association of muslims with disabilities (camd). Sister raihana was

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Deaf muslims also speak to these same issues. In speaking to several deaf muslim brothers and sisters the overwhelming issue is communication, communication, communication. Because of the lack of it isolation is the end result. Mobin mutawakkul, director of communication for gdm is a little bit of the exception to the rule. Though he also has some >> DEAF Pg 20

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DC Area Film Makers Join Forces On 3D Movie By: Farkhunda Ali

this movie to AVATAR, a mainstream 3D movie costing millions of dollars, both companies said they rely heavily on their viewers to meet the films extremely modest $10,000 budget. Hipurductions director said their biggest investors are executive producers of companies who support the company’s mission by donating.

Muslim Link Staff Writer Two local Muslim artists with similar goals are collaborating to direct and produce the first 3D Film with an Islamic theme in the DC Area. Ajmal Pictures Film Production Co., and Hipurductions Production Co. both based in Silver Spring, are working in partnership to script, compose, direct, and produce a short film called Leap of Faith. The 15-20 minute action drama is about building courage financially, physically, and emotionally. The movie is about a young man with acrophobia who tries to overcome his fear of heights. “I want people to walk away from it learning,” said Harris Tobing, co-founder and director of Ajmal Pictures Film Production Co. “When my audiences tell me the film has made a difference in their life that is enough for me.” Having a background in architecture, film, and television, Tobing said it is important for Muslims to be storytellers in order to break the barriers of stereotyping. “We can’t have all doctors and engineers. Nobody is speaking for the Muslims, bottom line. This is why I’m doing it,” he added.

One way area Muslims can help is by supporting their films, and encouraging people with film skills to join their team.

Marketing poster for the film. Photo provided by Hipurductions Tobing of Ajmal and Rami Santrisi, co-founder and managing partner of Hipurductions said they want to leave affirmative imprints on people’s lives through this film Without getting too much into the plot of the film, they excitedly said the people will enjoy the high definition quality and “lots of action.” “I wanted to leave the biggest impact I can on humanity. I realize media is the biggest influence in people’s life in today’s society. This type of entertainment will make a difference in people’s lives,” said Santrisi.

The producers are in the process of editing the scenes and completing final touchups. They utilized a crew of fifteen members including actors, a script writer, fund raiser, film director, producer, budgeter, scheduler, technician, and an engineer for the film’s production. Santrisi said the movie will end up at film screenings and major film festivals. The producers hope Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) will air the film in July during its annual film festival. Tobing said it takes several thousand dollars to put together a professional 3D film like Leap of Faith. Comparing

“We are hoping to provide Islamic platform for individuals interested in film making,” added Santrisi. Tobing said Muslims should not be downloading these clips for free, but actually paying for it because that is the best way viewers can support the project. “We are trying to provide clean halal entertainment with a positive message,” he added. “I hope [viewers] will enjoy this actionfilled entertainment film with a small subtle Islamic message,” said Santrisi. >> 3D Pg 12

SISTERS 4th Annual Tea: Success and Scholarship By Laila Shaheen

Muslim Link Contributing Writer Women’s empowerment and the means to achieve it were highlighted between sips of fragrant teas and cucumber sandwiches at the Sisters in Solidarity to Educate, Respond and Serve fourth annual fundraising tea last month at the Dar al Noor mosque in Manassas, Va. More than 80 ladies were in attendance as SISTERS honored the efforts of Karamah, an organization of Muslim Women lawyers dedicated to human rights. Susan Riker, the development director explained Karamah’s goals.

“The program believes in the empowerment of Muslim women within their own spiritual and cultural contexts. In its judgment, only this approach will enable women to address and successfully eradicate the social ills in their communities,” Riker said. “For this reason, KARAMAH seeks to develop a comprehensive, just, and thoughtful Islamic jurisprudence, which takes into account the current concerns of Muslim women worldwide. To this end, KARAMAH has rooted its work in the best of the classical Islamic jurisprudential tradition” Karamah (which means, “dignity”) strives to achieve their goals through education and scholarship, with a focus on

Islamic law and leadership development. Members of the group publish research papers, host lecture series and conduct seminars on various issues facing Muslim women globally. They also participate in various human rights and peace initiatives. Recently they hosted a lecture on the impact of Islamic law on global development. One of their most intense programs is the law and leadership summer program. It is held each year in Washington D.C. and in Brussels. The program brings together more than two dozen participants from across the globe. The program’s goal is “to develop a global network and grassroots movement of Muslim women leaders so that they may share ideas, expertise

and knowledge to collectively create beneficial change in their communities and countries. Women leave the workshop equipped with the legal tools they need to articulate their rights within their own religious and cultural contexts, as well as the leadership and conflict resolution skills needed to negotiate change using nonconfrontational methods.,” Karamah’s communications officer Jina Hassan explained. “The days were packed with inspirational lectures and a wealth of information, “said

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Muslim, Jewish Youth Join Hands in Renovating Elder’s Home Rana Khan

Muslim Link Contributing Writer Ahmed Ibrahim has been attending the classes for youth held every Sunday morning at Dar Al-Taqwa masjid in Columbia, Maryland for about three years now. The small group of students, ranging in age from 13 to 17 years, study the Quran and Islamic Studies in interactive sessions which often include games, discussions and outdoor field trips. They delve into topics such as the ideal character of a Muslim and how such a person should interact with his Creator, his parents, his peers and the larger society around him. Quite frequently, members of churches in the area attend these sessions to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of Islam and to build bridges of cooperation between the faith communities. In February 2010, Gary Metz, a member of Beth Aviv synagogue in Columbia, Maryland, approached Ayman Nassar,

one of the two teachers and youth mentors in this Sunday program, about youth for their respective congregations working together on volunteer projects. Two other Jewish youth groups in Maryland – one from Columbia and one from Rockville – would also participate. Metz, who first came in contact with Dar Al-Taqwa in 2009 as part of a visiting Jewish congregation, was excited at the prospect of building bridges between faith communities through youth volunteerism; Nassar welcomed the offer. The first project would be renovating the home of a 75 year old wheelchair-bound resident of Howard County. The house which Geraldine Dorsey called home for 40 years had been in dire need of repairs and renovations, and Dorsey’s limited financial resources kept the home in the state even as it deteriorated further. Dorsey applied for assistance from a national housing advocacy group called “Rebuilding Together” which helps repair homes of low-income, elderly or disabled

families in order to provide them a better quality of life. The organization screens many applications, from which the most qualified properties are selected and offered to volunteer groups who carry out the renovation work. Nassar and Metz agreed to take the project to renovate Dorsey’s home. The Dar AlTaqwa youth group along with the three Jewish congregations jointly contributed towards the $2500 sponsorship fee that “Rebuilding Together” needed to purchase material and supplies for the work. On Sunday morning, April 25, 2010, a group of nine volunteers - comprising of Nassar, co-teacher Mohammad Elhabashy, and seven youth - met at Dar Al-Taqwa masjid to drive the 30 minutes to the Mount Airy home of Geraldine Dorsey. There they met with about 50 adult volunteers and together the group worked on painting the interior of the home, landscaping the yard, fixing downspouts for the gutters, weatherproofing the door and trimming the woodwork on the porch.

Ahmed Ibrahim, along with Ahmed Abdelrady and Kareem Morsi, worked for more than an hour on dismantling an old metal shed in the backyard. Then, Ibrahim went over to assist an elderly volunteer who was weeding the garden. Abdelrady joined him. “I felt pretty good knowing that I was helping an elderly lady who could not do that stuff herself,” says Abdelrady, a 17 year old high school student. “We all felt like one big group helping each other. It was great working with people of another religion and getting to know them better.” Ibrahim, a 16 year old who attends Towson High School, says this was his first volunteer experience with a group and he really enjoyed it, even wanting to stay on longer after the work was finished. “It was a great experience,” he says. “The best part was the unity between the >> UNITY Pg 20

Alexandria Youth Await Pakistani Court Verdict By Muslim Link Staff

In statements to the court and a note written on toilet paper and thrown to journalists, the youth say they were tortured, beaten, deprived of food and sleep, and threatened with electrocution if they spoke about their torture.

A decision on the fate of five DC area youth imprisoned in Pakistan on terrorism charges is expected within weeks, press agencies reported, and the United States has put Pakistani courts on notice that it wants custody of the youth on completion of the trial which began in March. The five youth ranging in age from 19 to 25, all residents of Alexandria, Virginia and who were active in the same masjid youth group, include Umar Farooq, Ahmed Abdulah Minni, Aman Hassan Yemer, Waqar Hussain Khan and Ramy Zamzam. A special anti-terrorism Pakistani court charged each with five counts including “funding a banned or proscribed organization” and “helping out a banned organization”. Local press reports say Pakistani police allege the five intended to attack the Chashma Barrage, a military site near nuclear power facilities in Punjab.

Defence lawyers argued in court that police fabricated electronic evidence including emails between the youth and a “Pakistani extremist linked to alQaida”. Local news reports state: “According to the police’s own summary of the investigation submitted to the court, investigators discovered the email account which was allegedly used to make contact several days after police

had briefed journalists on the messages. “Similarly, the police report describes the discovery of maps of alleged target sites and other incriminating evidence more than two weeks after they had already told media about their existence.” The youth say they came to Pakistan to attend the wedding of one of the five – Umar Farooq. They were arrested in Sargoda, the hometown of the Farooq family.

In a letter from Zamzam which was passed to his parents in March by US state department officials and seen by the Guardian, Zamzam says: “We were taken to a place where I still don’t know where it was (we were blindfolded) and there were like 30 police and [intelligence] agency people who beat and tortured us. We were not given food or water for I counted to be at least 36 hours and they wouldn’t let me sleep. ... They told us not to say anything to anyone about what happened … [unreadable word] they even threatened to electrocute us the day before court so we don’t tell the judge but we spoke out and we did the toilet paper [note] so the world could know.” All five face life in prison if convicted on the most serious charges.


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Girls Win at ISB Sunday School Quiz Competition “Where is the Kaabah located?” “What is Jannah?” These were just some of the questions posed to 5-year old Muslims, as part of Al-Rahmah Sunday School’s annual quiz competition, held on the morning of Sunday April 25th. The senior girls class, consisting of 14 and 15-year old girls, took away first prize after a tie-breaker. The Quiz competition, held in the second semester of Sunday school, is only one of several events held for Sunday School students. The first semester of Sunday school features an essay competition and the end of the year is celebrated by a special awards and closing program. Other extracurricular events that the school participates in include an interfaith tree planting, scheduled for the 8th of May this year, and participation in a state-wide Quran competition. This

year, 13 out of 15 Sunday school students who competed at the Quran competition were awarded trophies. Al-Rahmah Sunday School first started in the 1980s, when the Islamic Society of Baltimore also found its beginnings. It currently serves approximately two hundred and fifty students (including some who even travel from Carroll and Harford Counties), from kindergarten level up to high school. It specializes in Quran, Arabic, and Islamic Studies classes for public school students. “We did have some students who attend Islamic school also come to Sunday School, but then we found that they were bored and unfocused,” says Nasrin Rahman, Sunday School administrator, commenting on the curriculum and how it is tailored to those children who don’t receive Islamic studies classes daily. Now, Sunday School will only admit

Competitors at the ISB quiz competition. Photo by the author. students who attend public school. One of the biggest challenges Sunday school faces is keeping its students focused, according to Rahman. However, events like the Quiz competition help make

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Popular Intellectual Examines Liberty at Bethesda Fundraiser LIBERTY >> continued from pg 1 point to understand the special dignity that Allah has endowed to man. There can be no act of true faith without freedom of choice: one chooses with purity of heart to worship Allah. After opening with a Quranic recitation, dinner, and Maghib prayers, the Minarat of Freedom Institute’s vice president Shahid Shah presented a short introduction about the institutes many activities, as one of the very few Muslim think tank institutes in the USA. He presented examples of proactively working to counter false presentations of Islam in the western media and policy circles, and to promote the Islamic ideas of rule of law and order, and free market “liberal” economy. Naturally there was a pitch to support the institute’s diverse work monetarily in these difficult economic times, but this fundraising time was relatively very short. MFI vice president Aly Ramadan Abuzaa`kouk introduced the keynote speaker Tariq Ramadan by reminding the attendees that in 2004 he was appointed by the University of Notre Dame in Indiana as the Henry R. Luce Professor of Religion, Conflict and Peace Building, but that the Bush Administration’s State Department refused him a visa (invoking the “ideological exclusion provision” of the USA PATRIOT Act as grounds to keep him out of the country). This decision was later repealed by the Obama administration, yet in the interim

In his speech Ramadan noted that freedom is never discussed in any tradition including western philosophy, except within the context of a legal framework and a system of laws which limits freedom: other wise, there is chaos and conflict.

he became professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, England, a position he still holds to this day. His mentioned the list of his many books, including “Radical Reform.” In his speech Ramadan noted that freedom is never discussed in any tradition including western philosophy, except within the context of a legal framework and a system of laws which limits freedom: otherwise, there is chaos and conflict. Freedom necessitates ethics, rights and obligations. Moreover, there can be no freedom without knowledge. To understand freedom as a core Islamic concept one must return to the basic philosophy of what is called the “Maqasid” (objectives and purposes) of all Islamic law. Muslims need to have an overriding understanding of these objectives of the Islamic law and not become mired by an obsession with details of literal interpretations and implementation devoid of these Maqasid. Without proper understandings the underlying Maqasid of the laws, the laws may become unjust, unwise and counterproductive. The classical understanding of Maqasid, especially in the Maliki juristic traditions like in the writings of al-Juwaini and ash-

Shatabi and others, mentions a hierarchy of human needs from most necessary onwards in the Dhururah to Hajiat to Tahseenat (absolute dire necessitates to needs to luxuries) within the six realms of human need which the any system of law must uphold and protect at all times: religion, life, intellect, property, progeny and dignity. He also mentioned that the classical Muslim scholars gave to the Europeans the basic idea about secularization when they divided the legal framework of the Islamic Sharee’ah (law) into two basic spheres: ‘Ibadat and Mu’amilat. ‘Ibadat are worships (and Aqeedah [creed and faith] is included here), which are based directly on texts of scriptures of the Quran and the Sunnah, and in which a Muslim must simply listen and obey to fulfill his obligations to Allah. In other words, all worships are not allowed except those for which there is a specific text to legislate it. There is some legitimate diversity of opinions in interpretation of the text, but the texts themselves are definitive and absolute. The sphere of Mu’amilat (interactions) on the other hand, is qualitatively different: all human transactions are allowed and everything is halal (food and drink, for instance)

except for that which there is a specific scriptural text to prohibit it. Thus, in the sphere of Mu’amilat, man has great liberty and freedom to be creative, expressive, diverse, and adaptive. Here is where the great diversity among man is not only a reality but a respected necessity of the human condition and its various cultures. Note that the Arabic word “Ma’roof” used in the Quran and Sunnah means what is commonly understood by moral custom to be good, and therefore this leaves a great leeway for determining what is legally binding in Islamic law across various historical and cultural situations. Note also that mere “tolerance” of another in their diversity is not enough, but a Muslim must “respect” the others differences. Imad-ad-DeanAhmad, president, director and founder of Minarat of Freedom Institute, hosted the question and answer session which included a question about the issues of citizenship and modern civic participation in non-Muslim societies, and other issues of urgent concern. In the many controversial issues facing the Muslims today and in which they seek “Fatwas” (legal verdicts), Ramadan explained that the jurists must have a deep vision and understanding of both the legal texts of Islamic scriptures, and the scientific context of the real world, to remain faithful to Islam, to serve the needs of the community, and to not merely adapt in response to the march of technological and scientific advancement but to lead humanity in the modern era by developing a truly proactive Islamic ethics and spirituality.


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La Plata Muslim Seeks Top Attorney Job in Charles County By Hiba Akhtar

Muslim Link Contributing Writer Hammad Matin, 32, has lived in Charles County, Maryland all his life. He owns his own law practice and, as an active member of many Democratic clubs in Southern Maryland, maintains a steady presence in local politics. In fact, the accomplished lawyer is U.S. Senator Ben Cardin’s representative in Southern Maryland.

But for Matin, an active member of his masjid in La Plata, the journey might just be beginning. Earlier this year, Hammad Matin he announced his candidacy for what he calls “the greatest job in the legal field”. Hammad Matin wants to be the next

State’s Attorney for Charles County. “If you believe in public service and justice, there is no better job than the state’s attorney office,” said Matin, speaking from experience. Matin served as an assistant state’s attorney for over five years. When his former boss announced his retirement, Matin knew it was time to take the steps needed to achieve his “life’s goal” of working as a state’s attorney.

“It’s a real honor to give back to a county that I was born in, raised in, and lived in for my whole life,” said Matin. “I always knew I wanted to serve the public, in this case, my friends, family and community. I know I can really give back and run an office with some of the best prosecutors.” According to Matin, this time is a crucial one for residents of Charles County, because of how rapidly the county is expanding, not only in terms of population but also in its transition from a rural county to a suburban one to one that Matin predicts will become “quasiurban.” Matin wants the county to be prepared for an increase in crime coming with an increase in county growth. Matin said he wants to work as a “progressive” state’s attorney by preventing crime so he doesn’t have to prosecute it. Part of his platform is a proposal to establish a committee with the heads of county sheriff’s office, Maryland State Police, the Department of Social Services, and the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene. “It’s important to identify at-risk groups and at-risk youth before offenses occur. Simply locking offenders up is not a progressive way to deal with the issue of crime. We need to utilize resources and services to stop the crime trend from growing- this includes treatment supervision, counseling and other mental health services, and establishing a formal training program for prosecutors.” Matin says his plan is a “forwardthinking” one which satisfies the longterm interests of Charles County. For violent crime, he feels no mercy. Part of his platform is a commitment to renew a tough attitude for violent criminal offenders, sex offenders, and criminals with hand guns. Matin, a practicing Muslim who scheduled an interview for this report around his schedule for Jumah prayers, says Islam provides him with the ethical and moral standards that are appropriate for being an elected official. “My personal religious beliefs in being a Muslim really fuel the idea that Islam >> ATTORNEY Pg 10


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According to the website, Ajmal Productions means “beautiful pictures.” The company is focused on producing cinematic visuals and values-based storytelling films for entertainment and education.

Similarly, Santrisi said Hipurductions Productions was founded with the vision to “serve a higher purpose.” All of the company’s films are based on the ICE (Islamically Clean Entertainment ) principle. Hipurductions donates fifty percent of its proceeds to charities. For more information, visit www. ajmalpictures.com and www. hipurductions.com.

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is about justice. I made it my duty to establish a good reputation and become active in politics and social justice because it is part of how I view Islam. I am not shy from telling people that I’m Muslim because, alhamdulillah, Islam is where I get my sense of urgency in these political issues,“ he said. Matin asks for the Muslim community to help him by making duaa for his campaign, and by signing up as a volunteer or contributor on his Facebook page or Web site.

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“Whether or not I’m elected I want to live with the ethical and moral standards that are appropriate for being an elected official,” he said. “As state’s attorney for Charles County, I know these standards will really help impact our community.”

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Workshop Shows ‘Tabling’ Dawah Techniques By Mehreen Rasheed

Muslim Link Contributing Writer In a world with headscarf bans and cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), billboards or bus ads with messages like, “Islam: Get the facts” and “Islam: You deserve to know!” are unusual sights. But according to WhyIslam, an Islamic outreach group, that is just what the country needs. WhyIslam held a workshop May 1, 2010 at the Islamic Community Center of Laurel in Prince George’s County, Maryland, to teach effective ways of dawah, or spreading and inviting others to the message of Islam. WhyIslam began in 2000 as a dawah project of the Islamic Circle of North American (ICNA), first established and headquartered in New Jersey, and quickly spread to chapters throughout the U.S. They are best known for their large advertisements on billboards, subways and buses in about 30 cities nationwide, encouraging the curious to call their informational hotline 877-WHYISLAM. “As a minority religion in this country that is often misrepresented, it is very important that our fellow Americans appreciate our beliefs,” said Afshaq Parkar, the WhyIslam volunteer from New Jersey who ran the May 1 workshop. The day-long workshop trained attendees

“Remember that you don’t need to be defensive, especially when it comes to things that Muslims do which Islam does not teach,” said Afshaq Parkar. how to be informative and effective in conversations about Islam, particularly in a setting where they would be tabling or passing out literature in a public place. Parkar explained how to describe basic beliefs and answer tough questions, particularly those relating to current events, such as terrorism or women’s rights. “Remember that you don’t need to be defensive, especially when it comes to things that Muslims do which Islam does not teach,” Parkar said. “You need to be calm when clearing up these misconceptions.” Parkar also covered etiquettes and the ‘dos and don’ts’ of dawah, such as focusing on common ground or avoiding Arabic terminology. He also emphasized making a good impression in terms of appearance and assertiveness.

College student, attended the workshop, but not with the intention of approaching people on the street. “My friend is trying to become Muslim, so I came to the workshop for help,” she said. Al-Kabir had given dawah to friends in the past, but never to strangers. However, she felt the workshop was beneficial. Sister Najla, a teacher at the Community College of Baltimore County, has been giving dawah since she converted five years ago. However, she feels the “tabling and pamphlet approach” does not reach everyone.

“If you’re standing in front of a dawah table or booth, you’re representing all Muslims to the general public,” Parkar said.

“With tabling, you’re only going to get people that are looking for a religion,” she said. “I work better with interpersonal relationships, and not the ‘religion in your face’ attitude.” She said she takes an outgoing approach in explaining her religious differences to her friends, coworkers, and non-Muslim family by holding a fast-breaking picnic during Ramadan or giving gifts on Eid.

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don’t know how to behave around you,” she said. “So once I took a group of office women into a room and took off my hijab and said, ‘Look, I’m a human being!’ And after that, they started treating me more normally.” Parkar agreed that this informal sort of dawah was extremely effective. “Dawah by example” was very important. People you interact with need to know you as a good person, explained Parkar. However, many people in the U.S. have never met a Muslim and their only interaction with Islam would be from a dawah table or brochure handed to them. “There is a need for both types of outreach, and the two are not mutually exclusive,” said Parkar. “These workshops provide an opportunity for people to discuss ideas and methods of giving dawah, but we need to appreciate that there are different styles of presenting Islam.” WhyIslam provides core resources for people, and is supported by local communities, according to Pakar. While each may have their own style, the essence of inviting and educating others about Islam is there. “As Muslims it’s part of our duty to spread Islam, if you’re a true believer you want to get out there and spread the message,” Al-Kabir said. “And there’s so much reward, like if my friend converts, it would be amazing for her and it would be a huge accomplishment in my life, too.”


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Islamic Relief USA Hosts Interfaith Forum on Global Anti-Hunger Initiatives Keynote Speaker, Former Congressman Tony Hall Calls for Greater Involvement from Religious-based Communities (Washington, D.C., April 29, 2010) - Islamic Relief USA, a non-profit humanitarian organization based in metro D.C., hosted a three-day conference this week for the “Inter-faith Anti-Hunger Directors” to discuss anti-

hunger relief and development efforts from an interfaith perspective. Inter-faith Anti-Hunger Directors is a body of 10 to 15 leaders of major faith groups and denominations that meet regularly to discuss global responses to anti-hunger issues. This year, ambassador and former congressman Tony Hall of the Alliance to End Hunger

was the keynote speaker. “Islamic Relief is a great partner of the Inter-faith Anti-Hunger Directors group and we are very proud to have them with us,” said Hall. “ As people of faith, our work to end hunger is first and foremost a moral calling – an expression of what we believe and the core of who we are. Our job is to harness and direct that voice so

that our elected leaders understand that hunger is an issue that we care about.” Among the various topics covered at the meeting were President Obama’s Global Food Security Initiative, utilizing social media and mobilizing youth to push forth anti-hunger programs, and a discussion on the World Bank and United Nation FAO’s report, “Agriculture at a Crossroads.” The group also met with United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan to discuss its issues and concerns. “Islamic Relief USA is honored to host the meeting this year,” said Abed Ayoub, CEO Islamic Relief. “It is very important for American Muslims to be a part of this critical discussion. Our faith places a strong emphasis on feeding the needy and we believe we can offer solutions to address this worldwide problem.” In the past, the meetings have yielded collaborative responses to the world hunger problem, such as 2005’s “Convocation Against Hunger” held in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and the dissemination of educational materials about poverty and hunger issues called “Hunger No More.” Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, VA, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) humanitarian agency. As an international relief and development organization, Islamic Relief strives to alleviate the poverty and suffering of the world’s poorest people. Since its establishment, Islamic Relief has expanded greatly with permanent locations in more than 35 countries worldwide. For the sixth consecutive year, Islamic Relief USA has been awarded four stars by Charity Navigator, the largest charity evaluator in the country. This prestigious award puts Islamic Relief among the top 2.25 percent of charities in the nation. MEDIA CONTACT: Rabiah Ahmed at 202-439-1441, rahmed@islamicreliefusa.org


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Get On The Bus

D.C. Youth explore “Masjid Muslim” Identity Abdul Rahman Said

Muslim Link Contributing Writer In Washington D.C.’s inner-city, where multitudes of young people have been turning to Islam, there are two types of Muslims explains Abdullah Kemp, 21, of far Northeast D.C.. In his blue izar and personality glasses, he describes the first type as “Street Muslims” who have taken their shahada but still sell drugs, fight with their parents, and “think [Islam] is a game.” But Kemp suggests there’s also “Masjid Muslims” who live by the prophetic principle “love for your brother what you love for yourself” and spend their time in good company at the masjid. Early Saturday morning, May 1, 2010, youth like Kemp from D.C. and Prince George’s County assembled at the Islamic Research and Humanitarian Services Center of America (IRHSCA) to proudly assert their identity as “Masjid Muslims” in an environment that is not always conducive to the disciplined lifestyle of a practicing Muslim. Young people ranging from 12 year old Tysheed Tucker of Southwest D.C. who took his shahada a few weeks ago, to 19 year-old Khalil from Southeast D.C. who aspires to be an imam, all boarded a charter bus scheduled to visit various masajid and Islamic organizations throughout the D.C. metropolitan area. The “New Muslims DMV Masjid Tour” was organized by D.C. natives Abdul Wali Timberlake and Octavia Washington. The dynamic husband and wife team have devoted themselves to reaching out to new Muslims living in D.C.’s most troubled neighborhoods, and supporting them through their transition into Islam. It was just such selfless action that Abdul Wali hoped to inspire in the young participants, stating that “The reason for the trip was to give inner-city youth the opportunity to go around to different communities they usually wouldn’t be able to, and also see how youth are instrumental in helping those communities,” he explained. He further hoped “to get the youth more motivated to help in their communities when they come back home.” The bus, which was generously donated by Dr. Ali Zohery of Zohery tours, first stopped

at the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) National Office. Sister Laurie Jaghlit, a civil rights coordinator for the organization, briefed the group on CAIR’s history and operations. The visit resonated with a few youth in particular who were recently suspended from their high school because they had wanted to leave to attend Jumma prayer. One of the suspended students, 14 year-old Abdul Jabbar German, was hopeful in saying, “Now since I know my rights and have the [CAIR “Know Your Rights”] booklet, I will have a better chance to make Jumma from now on.” Next on the itinerary was historic Masjid Muhammad in Northwest D.C. There, youth were greeted by Imam Sultan Abdullah and Imam Benjamin Abdul Haqq. The imams shared their personal stories and gave an overview of the history of Islam in the African American community, from the beginnings of the Nation of Islam to the transition into mainstream Islam under the leadership of Imam W. D. Muhammad. Imam Sultan stressed the importance of this history, reminding the youth that “Allah chose us to become Muslims, and through different paths. We cannot forget how we got here, or where we came from.” It was against this historical backdrop that three young riders, best friends Brea Jackson, 17 and Lashay Vroce, 13 took their shahada along with Decostia Edwards, 13. For onlooker Jihad Musa, 11, this was the most inspiring part of the day, as it “always makes me happy to see others convert” he said. The first stop outside of the District was at the Muslim American Society (MAS) DC Chapter, which also helped sponsor the trip. The youth met with the organization’s President – and Vice President Mohammad Dawood. Dawood saw the meeting as an opportunity to celebrate Islam’s diversity and its ability to break down barriers. “Its said that Sunday is the most segregated day in America. But this [bus trip] is a reflection of our ummah. We were made into groups and tribes so that we may know one another.” Returning to the District, the bus stopped at the Islamic Center on Massachusetts

The group gathers with Sister Laurie Jaghlit outside of the CAIR office. Photo courtesy of the author. Avenue amidst throngs of visiting tourists. Like many of the riders, 21 year old Sameer revealed that he had never been to that part of town. In spite of this new experience, Sister Octavia remarked that she was particularly proud of the youth as “they held their heads high and they embraced who they are as young Muslims, even with so many people around. Islam is not just in our neighborhood, its all around and with everyone.” The bus continued on to Silver Spring where Imam Mohamed Abdullahi, Ashraf Ali and his wife gave the youth an overview of the various services the Muslim Community Center (MCC) provides. At the final stop, Hayder Qadri, president of the Islamic Community Center of Laurel (ICCL), talked about the masjid’s history and discussed the seven types of people who receive shade on the Day of Judgement.

As he went through the list, he stressed one type over others: The person whose heart is attached to a masjid. For these young hopeful Masjid Muslims, it was exactly what they needed to hear. One of the most important events of the trip was not included on the itinerary. As the bus pulled into the R.J’s Cafe parking lot, the sun was setting and stomachs were growling. The youth knew it was time to pray first and assisted Cafe owner Abdul Hameed Khan, who generously donated food to the program, in setting up sheets and carpets to pray outside in the grass. Abdul Wali found the subtle experience profound, remarking that “It was something they hadn’t seen before. It made them proud to be Muslim.” For the youth, it was clear at that point that to be a “Masjid Muslim” you don’t necessarily have to be in one.


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no right to prosecute people based on their religion,” she said in a prepared statement. “Project SALAM sent six letters to President Obama and Attorney General Holder describing in great detail the injustices being done against Muslims … we’ve received no responses,” she added.

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20 | COMMUNITY NEWS UNITY >> continued from pg 6 religions. I didn’t feel we were different. You just come to realize how much we have in common and put everything else aside.” One of the goals Gary Metz had in mind through this effort was to coordinate an interfaith group.

Metz, who was managing the event, said the event took months of hard work and planning and that the logistical coordination between the groups was a challenge. However, he said that he would definitely do it again. “I was very pleased with how well the whole thing worked out. To see a smile on Mrs. Dorsey’s face and to know that we helped to make her home more comfortable, safe and warm, was worth every second I have spent working on this,” he says.

“There is a need to keep these lines of communication open and work together on community events, especially with what’s going on in the world now,” says Metz. “Dar al-Taqwa was very appreciative of the outreach. It was a good thing to watch people of the Jewish and Muslim faiths working together.”

Ayman Nassar, who has been working with young people for the past 14 years, was grateful his youth group had an opportunity to put the values and lessons they have learned into practice.

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deaf brothers and sisters interviewed tel.L similar stories. Some had parents who thought islamic concepts were too difficult for them to comprehend and some parents made the attempt to teach their deaf children but they lacked family and community support, they nor their extended family members clearly understood the ramifications of deafness nor the needs of their children. Learning islam, quran, and salat was a monumental task. It is believed that perhaps older deaf muslims attachment to islam was couched in their cultural and family traditions. When praying for example, they probably exercise a feeling for allah in their hearts, which is what some of the younger generation muslims do as well. However the younger generation of deaf muslims tend to question more, want more, and demand more. They want and strive for the feeling for allah in their hearts whhile praying, but they want and need to know and understand islam. They need to know what allah is saying in the quran and they want to learn the sunnah of the prophet (sas). Sister issatu bangura left islam and returned to islam because of her connection to allah, but she sometimes still have those feelings of isolation when navigating in the hearing muslim world due to the lack of communication. Brother zubair hussain speaks about experiences at jumah and eid prayers where he became bored because no one had the forethought to provide interpreters or captioning. He spoke of the difficulty his hearing children faced at the masjid sunday school because

issues with communication, unlike most deaf muslims, mobin had a great deal of parental support and his parents had an imam visit their home every week to teach him islam and quran. His parents began his islamic education when he was a child. Though he is profoundly deaf he is an avid lipreader and he took speech therapy in school. Mobin has a cochlear implant which enables him to hear certain sounds that assist him with his speech and hearing. He learned islam and his prayers through english books and transliterated passages of arabic prayers and suras. It took until his mid teens before he was used to reding arabic. He first gives credit to the mercy of allah. The patience off his parents and the imam instilled in him the need to try his best. Like other deaf muslims mobin still face challenges. During khutbahs he is not able to always read the lips of the imam if the imam has an accent and/or speaks fast. When he makes congregational prayers he always try to concentrate on allah even though he doesn’t know what the imam is reciting. In this regard, there is some similarity between the deaf muslim and the hearing muslim who don’t know arabic. They too must strive to concentrate on allah while in congregational salat, however, the similarity stops there simply because the hearing muslim can hear. When the exception of mobin many of the

“Contrary to many who feel [high schoolers are at] a rebellious age, I find it an age of exploration and learning,”

he says. “The key in dealing with teens is to know how to click with them, and each person is different. They are kind, sincere, ambitious, hard working, caring and willing to serve and follow in the footsteps of the Prophet (peace be upon him). They just need the hand that will extend to them and the hug that will embrace them,” he explained. Nassar believes that in every interaction there is a lesson to learn and a lesson to teach, and says he has developed and and learned through the young people with whom he has interacted. “I cannot stress enough how important it is for our communities to embark on objective youth programs with a sound basis for development, rather than the sporadic efforts that are performed. It is time we truly invest in our youth and

they didn’t know as much about islam as their hearing peers because he and his wife were not able to adequately teach them islam. As a result they removed their children from the sunday school in order to preserve their children’s selfesteem. All the deaf muslims speak with one voicewhen they say they need the assistance of the hearing muslim community. It is imperative that hearing muslims learn sign language, become asl interpreters, and provide interpreters and closed captioning at jumah and eid prayers, quran and islamic classes at local and national conferences, and other venues. As a matter of fact research has shown that closed captioning has increased the reading comprehension and vocabulary skills of hearing people as well as deaf people. According to the united states department of labor there are an abundant of jobs that will become available in the coming years in asl interpreting and captioning. Interpreting jobs will increase 24% in the next decade. Community grassroots support is needed financially and physically from the hearing muslim community. Hearing muslims must invest in the deaf muslims so that they can participate in community activities and become full members of the general muslim population. Deaf and hearing muslims working in collaboration can achieve the needs of the deaf ummah on many levels. Both groups need to put their heads together to advocate, to make all the muslims aware of all the issues

assess solutions to identify what works and what does not. “The greatest reward is to see a preteen grow and transform into a young man, carrying along with him values he has acquired from his community to serve Allah. Our youth are not just our future as many claim, they are our present. What we put in them today is not only what will remain with us in the future, but also is the driving force of our today,” said Nassar. Mohammad Arafat, a 16 year old Sunday class student and volunteer, says this experience left him with an enthusiasm to do more volunteer work and he is eagerly awaiting the next opportunity to spread goodwill in the greater community while serving those in need.

of deaf muslims, and to promote and support groups like global deaf muslim and the canadian association of muslims with disabilities. Prophet muhammad (sas) said, want for your brother what you want for yourself. The conference concluded in the afternoon with the a panel of hearing parents of deaf children, tanveer khan, sister farzana, and myself, nadirah rasheed. We shared our experiences raising deaf children as muslims. Imam hendi spoke of the characteristics of a good islamic leader, mercy and compassion, wisdom and knowledge, courage, good listener, patience, communication, humility, sacrifice, and service to the people. Naim baig, vice president of icna spoke about the seerah of prophet muhammad (sas) as a leader and a role model. The final speaker, brother nassimi spoke about the various english translations of the meaning of the quran and which translations were more closely representative of the words of allah (swt). Final words were delivered by rym ferahtia, program coordinator for this years gdm conference, and nashiru abdulai, president of global deaf muslim. For those of you who are interested in american sign language to to youtube, islam 101 in asl.


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Our Small Place in Allah’s Creation By Sheikh Salman al-Oadah People sometimes fancy themselves as being all-important, looking disdainfully from side to side, holding their noses high in the air. But if they would only regard these great and awe-inspiring creations around them, it would give them a sense of humility and they would become humble before their Lord. Things to Consider: 1. At the time of conception, between five and six hundred million sperm cells pass through the vaginal tract, each of them capable of fertilizing the egg and becoming a human being. But Allah in His wisdom selects one from all of those millions to fertilize the egg, and this one will develop into the fully-formed human being Allah chooses to create, a being that by Allah’s grace possesses the

capacity to reason and to dispose of its affairs. This is how we were all created, so we should feel humility in recognition of the greatness and grandeur of our Lord. We should remember our humble beginnings so we can appreciate the vast difference between that little drop of mixed fluid from which we were conceived and the fully formed human beings we are today. This should compel us to glorify Allah, remain aware of Him at all times, and thank Him. 2. There are over one hundred trillion cells in the human body. Inside each of these cells are organelles, systems, complex processes, and vast stores of information. Each and every detail of the cell glorifies its Lord while carrying out its role in the cell in an exemplary manner.

The nucleus of each cell contains roughly 31 billion nucleotides – the four molecular “letters” on the DNA molecule that spell out the genetic traits of the living organism and regulate its functioning. It is this information that an organism inherits from its father and mother. This vast number of molecular “letters” that make up our DNA are duplicated in every one of the hundred trillion cells of our bodies. Each one of these letters attests to the greatness of Allah who created them. 3. When we look up at the night sky, we stare off into the vastness of space and the billions of galaxies that are over our heads. Each galaxy is in turn a conglomeration of billions of stars, and these stars are all at various stages in their life-cycles. Some are in the process

of being formed. Some are young, others mature, while others are in the throes of death. Each of these stars glorifies Allah in space the vastness of which boggles the mind. Allah alone knows the full extent of the universe. If we imagine a space ship capable of travelling at the speed of light, 186 thousand miles per second, it would take thousands of years for that spaceship to cross a single galaxy, let alone what is beyond it. Allah says: “But nay! I swear by all that you see, and by all that you do not see.” [Sūrah al-Hāqqah: 38-39] Allah also says: “Nay, I swear by the places of the stars, and verily that is a tremendous oath, if you but knew.” [Sūrah al-Wāqi`ah: 75-76]

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Ways of Developing Khushoo: Dua in Salah two prostrations and after the Tashahhud. The greatest of these is in sujood, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “The closest that the slave can be to his Lord is when he is prostrating, so increase your du’aa’ [at that time].” (Reported by Muslim, Kitaab al-Salaah, Baab maa yuqaalu fi’l-rukoo’ wa’l-sujood. No. 215). And he said: “… As for sujood, strive hard to make du’aa’ in it, for it is bound to be answered for you.” (Reported by Muslim, Kitaab al-Salaah, Baab al-Nahy ‘an qiraa’at al-Qur’aan fi’l rukoo’ wa’lsujood, no. 207).

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Successful indeed are the believers, those who offer their salaah (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness.” [al-Mu’minoon 23:12] – i.e., fearing Allaah and in a calm manner. Khushoo’ means calmness, serenity, tranquillity, dignity and humility. What makes a person have this khushoo’ is fear of Allaah and the sense that He is always watching. (Tafseer Ibn Katheer, Daar al-Sha’b edn., 6/414). Khushoo’ means that the heart stands before the Lord in humility and submission. (alMadaarij, 1/520). One way to develop this necessary feeling while making salah is striving to offer du’aa’ at the appropriate times during the prayer, especially in sujood. There is no doubt that talking to Allaah, humbling oneself before Him, asking things from Him and earnestly seeking

His help, all help to strengthen the slave’s ties to his Lord and increase his khushoo’. Du’aa’ is an act of worship, and we are commanded to make du’aa’. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “… call upon Him in humility and in secret…” [al-An’aam 6:63]. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever does not

call on Allaah, Allaah will be angry with him.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, Kitaab al-Da’waat, 1/426; classed as hasan in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 2686). It was reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to make du’aa’ at specific places in the prayer, i.e., in sujood, between the

One of the du’aa’s which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to recite in his sujood was: “Allaahumma’ghfir li dhanbi diqqahu wa jillahu wa awwalahu wa aakhirahu

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KHUSHOO >> continued from pg 21 wa ‘alaaniyatahu wa sirrahu (O Allaah, forgive me my sins, the minor and the major, the first and the last, the open and the hidden).” (Reported by Muslim, Kitaab al-Salaah, Baab ma yuqaalu fi’l-rukoo’ wa’l-sujood, no. 216). He also used to say, “Allaahumma’ghfir li maa asrartu wa maa a’lantu (O Allaah, forgive me what I have done in secret and done openly).” (Reported by alNisaa’i, al-Mujtabaa, 2/569; Saheeh alJaami’, 1067). We have already described some of the du’aa’s that he used to recite between the two sajdahs. (See section 11). One of the things that he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to recite after the Tashahhud is what we learn from the hadeeth: “When any one of you finishes the Tashahhud, let him seek refuge with Allaah from four things, from the punishment of Hell, from the punishment of the grave, from the trials (fitnah) of life and death, and from the evil of the Dajjal (‘Antichrist’).” He

“Allaahumma innee a’oodhu bika min sharri maa ‘amiltu wa min sharri maa lam a’mal (O Allaah, I seek refuge with You from the evil of what I have done and the evil of what I have not done).” “Allaahumma haasibni hisaaban yaseeran (O Allaah, make my accounting easy).” He taught Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq (may Allaah be pleased with him) to say, “Allaahumma innee zalamtu nafsi zulman katheeran, wa la yaghfir aldhunooba illa anta, faghfir li maghfiratan min ‘indaka warhamni innaka anta alGhafoor al-Raheem (O Allaah, I have wronged myself very much, and no one can forgive sin but You. Grant me forgiveness from You and have mercy on me, for You are the All-Forgiving, Most Merciful).” He heard a man saying in his Tashahhud: “Allaahumma inne as’aluka yaa Allaah al-Ahad al-Samad alladhi lam yalid wa lam yoolad wa lam yakum lahu kufuwan ahad an taghfir li dhunoobi innaka anta’lGhafoor al-Raheem (O Allaah, I ask You

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O Allaah, the One, the Self-Sufficient Master, Who begets not neither is begotten, and there is none like unto Him, to forgive me my sins, for You are the All-Forgiving, Most Merciful).” He (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to his companions: “He has been forgiven, he has been forgiven.” He heard another man saying, “Allaahumma innee as’aluka bianna laka’l-hamd, laa ilaaha ill anta wahdaka laa shareeka lak al-Mannaan yaa badee’ al-samawaati wa’l-ard, yaa dhaa’l-jalaali wa’l-ikraam, ya hayyu yaa qayyoom, innee as’aluka al-jannah wa a’oodhu bika min al-naar (O Allaah, I ask You as all praise is due to You, there is no god but You Alone, with no partner or associate, the Bestower, O Originator of the heavens and earth, O Possessor of Glory and Honour, O EverLiving, O Self-Sustaining, I ask You for Paradise and I seek refuge with You from Hell).” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to his companions: “Do you know by what did he ask Allaah?” They said, “Allaah and His Messenger know best.” He said, “By the One in Whose hand is my soul, he asked Allaah by His greatest Name (ismuhu’l-a’zam) which, when He is called by it, He responds, and if He is asked by it, He gives.” CREATION >> continued from pg 21 A given galaxy might contain from 100 million to a billion stars, and every day scientists are discovering something new about outer space. The means of observation presently available to science are still quite limited. We, as created beings, should see the greatness of Allah in His creation and view ourselves with humility. The natural world is an open book that extols the praises of Allah. “The seven heavens and the Earth and all that is therein praise Him, and there is not a thing but hymns His praise; but you do not understand their praise.” [Sūrah alIsrā’: 44] Allah also says: “Do you not see that all things that are in the heavens and on Earth bow down in worship to Allah – the Sun, the Moon, the stars; the hills, the trees, the animals, and a great number of human beings? But a great number are

The last thing he would say between the Tashahhud and the Tasleem was: “Allaahumma’aghfir li maa qaddamtu wa ma akhkhartu wa maa asrartu wa maa a’lantu wa maa asraftu wa maa anta a’lam bihi minni anta’l-muqaddim wa anta’l-mu’akhkhir, laa ilaaha illa anta (O Allaah, forgive me what I have done in the past, and what I will do in the future, and what I have concealed, and what I have done openly, and what I have exceeded in, whatever You know about more than I. You are the BringerForward, and You are the Delayer, there is no god except You).” (These du’aa’s and others, along with their isnaads, are to be found in Sifat al-Salaah by al-‘Allaamah al-Albaani, p.163, 11th edn.) Memorizing du’aa’s like these will solve the problem that some people have of remaining silent behind the imaam when they have finished the Tashahhud because they do not know what they should say. Source: excerpted from “33 Ways of developing Khushoo’ in Salaah” by Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid. Available at islam-qs.com.

(also) such as are fit for punishment. And those whom Allah shall disgrace none can raise to honor, for Allah carries out all that He wills.” [Sūrah al-Hajj: 18] All the beauty and splendor of the universe that we can see is but a small glimpse of the Creator’s ingenuity. When a believer reflects on Allah’s creation, it reveals something of the greatness of Allah and His immense wisdom. It brings peace to the believing heart and fortifies a believer’s faith. Allah says: “Behold! In the creation of the heavens and the Earth, and the alternation of night and day are indeed Signs for people of understanding – those who remember Allah standing and sitting and lying on their sides and reflect on the creation of the heavens and the Earth, saying: Our Lord! You have not created this in vain! Glory be to You. Save us then from the chastisement of the fire:” [Sūrah Āl `Imrān: 190-191] -----------------Source: islamtoday.net


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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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“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)” 4-25-10 The Janaza Prayer for Nazneen Begum mother of Mohit & Faheem Khan was held at ADAMS center. The burial was at Firdous gardens in Fredrick, Maryland. May Allah (SWT) grant her the highest place in Jannah and give sabr to the family to bear the Loss Ameen. (Source: ADAMS) 4-27-10 Omar Yousif Abdukader, native of Lebanon, and the husband of Louise Ameena Abdulkader passed away in Gaithersburg, MD. May Allah accept his good deeds, forgive his sins and enter him into Jannat ul Firdaus, Aameen. Salaat ul Janaazah was at the Islamic Center of Maryland on Wednesday, April 28th. The burial was at Al Firdaus Memorial Gardens. (Source: ICM) 4-29-10 In the name of Allah, the most compassionate, most merciful “To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return” (2:156) It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Nauman Shahid, brother-in-law of ISB Council member Riaz Ahmed and nephew of Muhammad Iqbal Nasir. The Janaza (funeral prayer) was at ISB. May Allah (SWT) forgive his sins, give his family patience, and enter him into Jannat ul Firdaus! (Source: ISB) 4-30-10 Innaa lillaahi wa innaa ilaihi raaje’oon Sister Rahima Mustafa , a resident of Burtonsville Maryland, MD, wife of Dr. Shaikh Golam Mustafa, mother of six children and 11 grandchildren, passed away in Burtonsville, Maryland. May Allah accept her good deeds, forgive her sins and enter her into Jannat ul Firdaus, Aameen. (Source: ICM) 4-29-10 Mahmood Akhtar, Brother-in-law of Sister Maimuna Ikramullah, passed away in Pakistan. Please keep him and his family in your duaas. [Source: Maimuna Ikramullah] 5-4-10 Imam Yayha Hendi’s father, Mahmoud Yaqoup Hendi, passed away earlier this month. He was a spiritual and peaceful man survived by his many loving children and grandchildren. Imam Hendi is currently in Palestine with his family, providing support and assistance for the funeral. (Source: ADAMS)

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Letter to the Editor Youth Need to Understand that Days of Jihad Are Over Assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullah! Regarding your article about the five Virginia-area youth charged with terrorism in Pakistan (“Alexandria Youth Await Pak Court Verdict”, Muslim Link e-news April 30, 2010), I am sympathetic to the plight of these five Muslim youths, who, by virtue of indiscretion, gross illusion, and lack of adult counseling and supervision, have now “awakened” from their youthful slumber into the “real world” of crime and punishment. Let their silly behavior and their alleged suffering be a lesson to others, who may “dream” about illusions of grandeur--to become warriors and jihadists for things imaginary...! Muslims, the wayward and the extremist, must understand that each of us is fully accountable for our individual actions; what we do--rightly or wrongly--have consequences, and we have to answer for those consequences. In this stark and unfortunate episode, the parents and the masjid leaders are wholly complicit, however much they may deny responsibility and try to absolve themselves from the wayward actions of their children. Muslim youths (high school age and beyond) must understand that the days of jihad is over; there is no caliphate, no rightly guided Muslim government anywhere in the known world; what we have are “so-called Muslim governments” run by despots, tyrants, kings and usurpers, in an age of democratic governance by the will of the people.

Islam needs no protection from man or jinn; it is God’s religion and it will survive intact however much its own adherents try to degrade and dilute its pristine power, grand design, simplicity and openness, and its universal appeal. Young people should focus their energy, talents and ambition on career opportunities that are useful and beneficial to themselves, their families, their communities ... in the true spirit of Islamic service to improve the human condition, which is today so deficient and broken in the world around us! At the same time, there is a major a bankruptcy and deficit of Muslim leadership and direction to the young. The time is overdue for religious leaders and preachers, who are ill-trained and illequipped to teach in the post 9/11 world, Islam’s simple but profound message of truth, humility, accountability, fairness, community service, and peaceful coexistence … etc. Certainly these qualities should germinate from the home, to the school, and in the mosque. To accomplish this, the adults need to retrain themselves to better understand the beautiful legacy bequeathed them by the noble Messenger, and not to follow the aberrant whims and fancies of selfstyled, half-baked mullas and preachers of hate. Finally, I sincerely trust that these young men will be treated fairly and compassionately by the Pakistani court, despite their wayward actions and youthful indiscretion; in addition, I hope the US authorities will attempt to intercede with the Pakistani government to bring them back to the US to complete

whatever punishment is handed to them by the courts. Let’s remember: ignorance and fantasy exact a heavy price, but the cure has no cost; follow the ageless message of truth and the benefits will be manifest. Sincerely, Mohamad K. Yusuff Washington DC --------------Brother Mohamad – thanks for your letter. We are sure you views will generate reactions from our readers, and we also find some of your letter out of context. The Alexandria youth should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Furthermore, with testimony now available from key government officials involved in the Guantanamo Bay detentions, it is clear that Pakistan literally sold innocent Muslims to the United States for cash. Those Muslims languished in prison at Guantanamo while the US looked for ways out of the debacle, having acknowledged most of the detainees had done no crime. In our view, documented facts like Guantanamo and even the case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui should be kept in mind when passing judgment on the Alexandria, Virgina youth case. -- TML

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Place a personal classified ad. Call us at 301-982-1020 $1 per 3 words. You may place a classified on muslimlinkpaper.com free of charge. All classifieds run 3 issues in the marketplace section. To place a classified, email office@muslimlinkpaper.com with the exact text of the classified, and send a check or money order payable to the Muslim Link to: The Muslim Link, 5301 Edgewood Rd, College Park MD 20740.

CHILDCARE EXCHANGE BABYSITTING IN MY HOME I am a licensed childcare provider available to babysit at my Silver Spring home. Children age 1 and up. Snacks provided. Overnights available. Can teach Qur’an and Arabic. For information. 301-593-4769. ________________________________

to care for a 4 year old and a two year old. Responsibilities include: child care, cleaning and cooking. Driver’s license desired and a clean driving record a must. Our home is located in Rockville, Md and we are metro accessible. Please contact MSB at (301)926-4264 if interested.

EMPLOYMENT

LICENSED BABYSITTER For infant - 10 yrs. In my home in Annandale, VA. Flexible hours. 15 years experience. Call 703-256-1175, or 571308-4295. ________________________________

HOME HELP AVAILABLE Helping hand/companion seeking work. Dependable, have own transportation. Part-time days or weekends in your home. Contact 202-450-4144 ________________________________

LIVE-IN NANNY Need a live-in nanny for 15 month girl. some light house work. Please contact 443 708 5183. ________________________________

PROGRAMER WANTED Looking for a C++/C#/.NET Developer with 2-4 years experience for fulltime remote work. Email navmed@gmail. com ________________________________

NANNY WANTED: We live in Silver Spring MD, and are looking for a full-time nanny to take care of our 14 month old boy and also after-school care for our 6 year old daughter; Light household work will be required; live-in arrangement may also be considered. Please call 301-6492228 or 240-475-6108. ________________________________ LIVE-IN NANNY Seeking a loving and caring live-in nanny

OFFICE MANAGER Office Manager for local Construction Management Company in Greenbelt, MD. Must have excellent communication and organizational skills. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs including Outlook, Word and Excel. Salary negotiable based on experience/ capabilities. Email CV/Resume to cmclp@mail.com Starting at $10-$12/Hr.

MATRIMONIAL BROTHER SEEKING WIFE Gentleman, 57, from Iran, no children. Non-smoker, taxi driver. Seeking Muslim lady for marriage. For more information call Ali from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week. 202-669-5699. _______________________________

RENTAL 2 separate rooms for rent in College Park close to Al Huda, University of MD, close to Greenbelt Metro. Call 301345-5850 or qureshimahboob@hotmail. com _______________________________

WANT TO CORRESPOND Incarcerated Sunni Muslim, 49, looking for devoted Muslima for correspondence/ marriage. Please contact “Abdul Malik” Rudolph Barbot, #05A2129, Eastern NY Correctional facility, P O Box 338, Napanoch, NY 12458-0338 ________________________________

1 bedroom apt available to share (Female Only) in Arlington. Rent: $475 Close to Courthouse Metro. Free parking available. Please call 202-341-7326.

SEEKING MUSLIMA Studious Muslim in North Carolina looking for a Muslima to seriously communicate with, insha Allah. Please mail inquiries to Kerry Morston, #0257064, PO Box 1808, SCI, Laurinburg, NC 28353

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HANDYMAN AVAILABLE Assalamu’alaykum! My name is Varga Syahroni. I am an experienced technician in D.C. and Maryland. I offer service and repair for cooling, heating, plumbing, refrigerator, dish washers, dryer machines and much more. Call me for reliable service! Free estimates (301) 792-1004 or email varga_syahroni@yahoo.com ________________________________

COMMUNITY THRIFT STORE Store hours Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, 5115 Park Heights, Baltimore, MD 21215. Donation accepted or pickup. Slighted worn items only. License #30385946. Call 410-542-6925 or 443-531-9353 (cell)

HOME SERVICES Licensed contractor. Home Improvement work, interior/exterior painting, drywall install/repair, brick/concrete repair. Estimates done. Contact Br. Allen Scott at 410-467-1259 or 443-531-9353 (cell) ________________________________

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MASJID LOCATOR ADAMS CENTER:

46903 Sugarland Rd, Sterling,VA 20164, Tel: 703-433-1325, www.adamscenter.org.

ALL MUSLIM BROTHERS ASSOCIATION

3900 King Street Alexandria, VA 22302 703-647-0515 Jumma Prayer ONLY - 1:15 p.m

AVONDALE ISLAMIC CENTER: 4637 Eastern Ave., Hyattsville, MD, 20782, Tel: 301-779-9292.

BAITUL MUKARRAM: 2116 S Nelson St., Arlington, VA, 22204, Tel: 703-778-1550.

DAR AL HIJRAH:

3159 Rowe St., Falls Church, VA 22044, Tel: 703-536-1030, www.hijrah.org.

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.

FIRST HIJRA MUSLIM COMM. CENTER: 4324 Georgia Ave, NW Washington, DC 20011 www.firsthijrah.org.

ICNA VA CENTER:

2913 Woodlawn Trail, Alexandria, VA 22306. 703-660-1255

IDARA DAWAT-O-IRSHAD: 4803 Valley St, Alexandria, VA 22312 703-256-8622, www.irshad.org.

INDONESIAN MUSLIM ASSOC. IN AMERICA (IMAAM):

1611 Veirs Mill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20851 Tel: 240-453-0808, e-mail: fkadir@imaamnet.org.

INST.OF ISLAMIC AND ARABIC SCIENCES IN AMERICA (IIASA):

DAR AL-SALAAM:

8500 Hilltop Rd., Fairfax, VA 22031 Tel: 703-641-4890, www.iiasa.org

DAR AL-NOOR (MUSLIM ASSOC. OF VA):

IRHSCA (ISLAMIC RESEARCH AND HUM. SERVICES CENTER OF AMERICA):

15250 Dumfries Rd., Mannassas,VA 20112.

5404 Hoadly Rd., Manassas, VA 20112, Tel: 703-580-0808, Fax: 703-2218513, www.daralnoor.org.

DAR AL-TAQWA:

10740 Rte. 108, Ellicott City, MD 21042, Tel: 410-997-5711, www.taqwa.net.

DAR UL ULOOM,

6334 Dogwoood Rd, Baltimore, MD 21207, 410-493-0785 Email:darululoommd@aol.com

DAR UL-GHURABA (Masjid ur Rahmah): 155 Baker St., Emporia, VA 23487, Tel. 434-348-786.

DAR-UL HUDA:

6666 Commerce St., Springfield, VA 22150, Tel: 703-922-0111, www.darulhuda.org

DAR-US-SALAAM:

5301 Edgewood Rd. College Park, MD 20740, Tel: 301-982-9848, www.darussalaam.org.

Chambers Ave, Capitol Heights, MD Tel: 301-324-5040, www.irhsca.org.

ISLAMIC CENTER OF GREATER SOUTH EAST (FORMERLY MASJID ASH-SHURA)

3109-B Martin Luther King Ave., S.E.Washington, DC 20032 202-506-7235

ISLAMIC CENTER OF MARYLAND (ICM): 19401 Woodfield Rd. Gaithersburg,MD 20879 Tel:301-840-9440, www.icomd.org.

ISLAMIC CENTER OF NORTHERN VA TRUST (ICNVT): 4420 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax, VA, 22030 Tel: 703-941-6558, E-mail: info@icnvt.org www.icnvt.org

ISLAMIC COM. CENTER OF LAUREL (ICCL): 7306 Contee Rd., Laurel, MD 20707 Tel: 301-317-4584,

www.icclmd.org.

ISLAMIC FOUND. OF AMERICA (IFA):

6606 Electronic Dr., Springfield, VA 22151 Tel: 703-914-4982, www.ifa.ws.

ISLAMIC HERITAGE CENTER (IHC):

MAKKAH LEARNING CENTER (MLC):

814 Brandy Farms Ln Gambrills, MD 21054 Tel: 410-721-5880 www.mlcmd. org, Email: info@mlcmd.org

MANASSAS MOSQUE:

262 A-3 Cedar Ln., Vienna, VA 22180 Tel: 703-206-9056.

12950 Center Entrance Ct, Manassas, VA Tel: 703-257-5537.

ISLAMIC SOC. OF ANNAPOLIS (ISA):

MASJID AL-GHURABAA:

2635 Riva RdSuite 110 Annapolis, MD 21401 Tel: 410-266-6660 www.islamannapolis.org, Email: info@islamannapolis.org

ISLAMIC SOC. OF FREDERICK (ISF):

8220 Washington St., South, Laurel, MD 20724. Tel: 301-604-3295.

MASJID AL-HIKMAH:

11064 Livingston Road Unit L (101) Ft. Washington, MD 20744, Tel: 301 292-9009.

1250 Key Parkway , Frederick,MD 21702 Tel: 301-682-6090, www.isfmd.org.

MASJID UL-HAQ:

ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF GERMANTOWN (ISG):

MASJID AL-ISLAM:

19900 Brandermill Rd., Germantown, MD 20876 Tel: (301)-972-0504, www.isgtown.org.

ISLAMIC SOC. OF SOUTHERN PG COUNTY (ISSPGC):

P O Box 99, Clinton, MD 20735 5410 Indian Head Hwy, Oxon Hill, MD 20745 Tel: 240-253-4217

ISLAMIC SOC. OF THE WASHINGTON AREA (ISWA): 2701 Briggs Chaney Rd. Silver Spring, MD 20904 Tel: 301-879-0930, www.iswamd.org.

ISLAMIC SOC. OF WESTERN MARYLAND: 2036 Day Rd., Hagerstown, MD 21740 Tel: 301-797-0922.

IVY CITY MASJID:

514 Islamic Way (Wilson St. ), Baltimore, MD 21217 Tel: 410-728-1363. 4603 Benning Rd., SE, Washington, DC 20019 Tel: 202-581-1616, e-mail: imammusa@hotmail.com

MASJID AL-INSHIRAH:

7832 Fairbrook Road , Windsor Mill, MD 21244 Tel: 410-298-2977, Fax: 410-2980266, www.al-inshirahweb.net.

MASJID AL-MUMINEEN: 2642 Harford Rd. Baltimore, MD 21218 Tel: 410-467-8798.

MASJID JAMAAT ALMUSLIMEEN: 4624 York Rd., Baltimore, MD 21212 Tel. 443-869-5233.

MASJID MUHAMMAD: 1519 4th St. NW, Washington D.C. 20001 Tel: 202-483-8832. MASJID AL-NOOR:

2001 Galludet St. NE, Washington, DC 20002 Tel: 202-529-3100.

10012 Harford Rd., Carney, MD 21234 Tel: 410-663-9637, Fax: 410-663-9817.

LA PLATA MASJID:

MASJID AL-RAHMAH/ISB:

111 Howard Street, La Plata, MD 20646 Tel: 301-609-8769.

6631 Johnny Cake Rd. Baltimore, MD 21244 Tel: 410-747-4869, www.isb.org

MASJID AS SAFFAT: 1335 W. North Ave. Baltimore, MD 21217 Tel: 410-669-0655.

MASJID BAIT-ALLAH:

1910 Frederick Avenue (2 Floor) Baltimore, MD 21223 Tel: 443-224-4423, E-mail: info@masjidbaitallah.org. www.masjidbaitallah.org

MASJID IBN TAYMIYYAH: 8000 MLK Highway, Glenarden MD Tel: 301-461-9325.

MASJID ZAMZAM 1510 Lynch Road, Dundalk, MD 21222 Phone: 410-284-2840

MEDINA CENTER: 9426 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814 www.medinacenter.net

MUSLIM COM. CENTER (MCC):

15200 New Hampshire Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20904 Tel: 301-384-3454, www.mccmd.org.

MUSLIM SOC. OF WASHINGTON, D.C. (MSWDC):

Howard Center, Room 805 (Above HU Bookstore) Tel: 202-328-3236, www.mswdc.org.

MUSTAFA CENTER:

6844 Braddock Rd., Annandale, VA 22003.

PRINCE GEORGES MUSLIM ASSOC. (PGMA): 9150 Lanham Severn Rd. Lanham, MD, 20706, Tel: 301-459-4942, www. pgmamd.org. Imam’s Office: 301-459-1441, imam@pgmamd.org. SOUTHERN MARYLAND ISLAMIC CENTER(SMIC): 1046 Solomons Island Rd, Huntingtown, MD, 20639. Tel: 410- 535-0000 THE ISLAMIC CENTER: 2551 Mass. Ave. NW Washington D.C. 20008 Tel: 202-332-8343.


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