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"You Might Get Hit by a Car": On Secret Tape, FBI Threatens American Muslim Refusing to be Informant Democracy Now, May 2, 2014 New details have emerged about the FBI’s efforts to turn Muslim Americans living abroad into government informants. An exposé in Mother Jones magazine chronicles the story of an American named named Naji Mansour who was living in Kenya. After he refused to become an informant, he saw his life, and his family’s life, turned upside down. He was detained, repeatedly interrogated and ultimately forced into exile in Sudan, unable to see his children for years. Mansour began recording his conversations with the FBI. During one call, an agent informs Mansour that he might get "hit by a car." Mansour’s story is the focus of a new piece in Mother Jones titled

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Natl Org Provides Interest Free Tuition Help to Muslims | pg 8 ISWA Fundraises to Make Masjid More Eco-Friendly | pg 10 "This American Refused to Become an FBI Informant. Then the Government Made His Family’s Life Hell." We speak

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Hagerstown Community Breaks Ground for 5,000 SF Building

The community in Hagerstown, MD broke ground on the expansion of the 100 year old stone structure that houses their masjid. Dr. Abdul Waheed, a resident of the area since

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man, who did not want to be identified, described. "I mean, they were really making it obvious that they were breaking into the house."

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (WJLA) - An international theft ring, targeting upscale homes owned by minorities, has tiptoed into Montgomery County. Investigators say the highly orchestrated crime syndicate, based out of Houston Tx., is targeting Asian, Indian and Middle Eastern residents. In accordance with religious and cultural tradition, individuals from all three ethnic groups often keep large quantities of valuables, including gold, in their homes. According to court records obtained by ABC7 News, the worldwide ring sports a large roster of criminals. Most are Colombian nationals with false identities, living in the United States illegally. The thieves' modus operandi includes breaking into high-end homes, rummaging through bedrooms and offices, stealing currency, jewelry, guns and documents. Most of

It was 12:35 p.m., a white Buick LaCrosse with three men inside parked along the quiet Silver Spring street. Two of the men reportedly exited the vehicle, walkedup the driveway, rang the doorbell, and then entered the backyard. According to charging documents filed in Montgomery County District Court, one of the men broke a rear window, in attempt to gain access to the two-story house. Muslims from Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and the Middle East residents are known to have gold jewelry since marriage dowry is often given in the form of gold. Over the last several years, theft rings focused on immigrants homes with gold have been disrupted in Northern VA and in MD.

"That's when I called 911," the observant neighbor added. "It was like surreal to actually watch a burglary in progress."

Middlebridge Drive in Silver Spring. A neighbor, sitting in his first floor den, had called 911 to report suspicious activity.

A swarm of officers flooded the neighborhood, arresting two men casually sitting in the white sedan: Alejandro Colorado-Rivas, 36, and Yesid

the stolen goods are then mailed back to Houston to be resold. On Tuesday March 25, Montgomery County Police were called to a burglary in progress at a home along the 1800 block

"It's just one of those things, I cannot believe I'm actually watching this," the

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Hybrid Learning is Fun for All -- ADAMS Young Muslims Evening School By Christina Tobias-Nahi Muslim Link Contributing Writer

A very unique hybrid model for educating Muslim youth exists in our midst and is innovative in its approach. Because not all families can, or choose to, send their children to full-time Islamic schools for a myriad of reason, is the only option to get access to Arabic and Islamic studies instruction on the weekend? No, now there is an afterschool program catering to youth so that they can improve their Deen every day so their life is not compartmentalized into two halves – public school during the week and Islamic programming and Muslim friends over the

Youth get homework and study time and lessons in Qur'an reading and memorization after school at the Young Muslims Evening School (YMES) program at ADAMS. Photos courtesy of Ruhena Choudhury. weekend. That is the model for the Young Muslim Evening School (YMES) at All Dulles Area Muslim Society(ADAMS) Main Center in Sterling, Virginia.

Now in its third year, YMES currently enrolls around 70 children from 2nd to 10th grades two days a week, Mondays and Wednesdays. The program runs from

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Anne Arundel Muslims, Elected Officials Strengthen Ties at Annual Dinner By Urooj Zulfiqar

Muslim Link Staff Reporter On May 4, 2014, Anne Arundel County Muslim Council (AACMC) held its fourth bi-annual dinner at the Double Tree Hilton. Hundreds of Anne Arundel County Muslim residents attended the event along with county politicians, senators, delegates and law enforcement personnel.

The event started with the recitation of the Quran, followed by nasheeds presented by the Makkah Learning Center’s kindergarten class, educating the guests about Islamic trivia such as Islamic calendar. Throughout the event, distinguished guests were acknowledged highlighting their brief biographies and achievements. A selected few guests were invited to address the audience.

About 450 people attended the event and made it a memorable night for the guests and community alike. School children educated and entertained the crowd through performances regarding Islam and Muslim customs. It was a night filled with many great personalities. A profound sense of friendship was evident amongst the guests and the community members reflected through vigorous handshakes and big smiles while greeting old friends and making new ones.

AACMC’s President, Rudwan AbuRumman, welcomed everyone with a fiery speech. He mentioned how the Anne Arundel County administration and Vpoliticians are not complete without the Muslim community and vice versa. He expressed his gratitude toward his board of directors and the volunteers who worked hard to make the event a success. He was appreciative of the fact that the county government was working day and night to make it a better place

Some of the guests and volunteers at the Anne Arundel County Muslim Council bi-annual dinner. The event attracted many elected officials including Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman. Photo by the author. for the Muslim community. At the same time, he was proud of his community for taking steps to work side by side for the betterment of the County. Among the guests who attended the event

and took the stage were, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, Delegate Don H. Dwyer Jr (District 31),

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New National Organization Provides Interest-Free Student Loans to Islamically Active Muslim Students By Hena Zuberi Muslim Link Staff Reporter It was the last semester before graduation. Hasan* thought is had done everything right: a great GPA, scholarships, worked 3 jobs to help the family after Baba lost his. Now $8000 stood between him and his civil engineering degree. With a prestigious internship awaiting him after graduation, he wondered what he should do.

Based in St. Louis, the organization started with an experiment—the goal of helping one student. They wanted to test the waters and see if the process was viable. Wanting to keep it simple, they raised money through donations to help fund secular education for those who are Islamicly oriented. “Many times we find that Interest (riba) is a barrier for them to get secular knowledge,” says Dr. Athar Haq, ACC President.

With rising college tuition costs, many Muslims students and their families struggle with the notion of taking interest-based student loans. Education is a need, but there are very few mechanisms for interest-free relief for students. A Continuous Charity (ACC) is a new organization that gives loans to students in the United States.

Haq, a young medical resident, lives in Detroit. He relays how a brother in his community was having difficulty running his life, “a legitimate, credible person, who wanted to pursue Islamic knowledge, continue community service and finance a higher education.” Advised by experts in Islamic finance Dr. Main Al-Qudah and Shaykh Ibra-

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him Zidan, not only did they raise the money, but they also proved to their local community that the ACC model was possible. In 2012, a 27-year-old youth group coordinator was awarded a $28,000 loan to study automotive technology. Last year, loans were given to 7 students, with amounts ranging from $650 to $12,000. To apply the student must be a Muslim who is actively engaged in his or her respective community, attending or attended a junior college or four-year university/college, and—this is the clincher— actively advancing their Islamic education. Two letters of recommendation (written by either a local imam, a community

leader, or a teacher), a personal statement and financial statements are part of the application. An interview with the board is a requirement. If approved for a loan, then the educational institution is paid directly. Dr. Haq says the goal is to raise $50,000 in 2014 and to create an endowment fund. At a recent fundraiser keynoted by Wissam Sharieff, ACC raised $30,000. The program can be replicated in any community across the country by building a local chapter of ACC for regional recipients. This is what ACC calls ‘local investing with local rewards.’ The central office will provide the guidelines. Seventy-five percent of the applicants

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ISWA Surpasses Funding Goal, Aims to Make Masjid Eco-Friendly By Hena Zuberi

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In keeping with its commitment to transparency, the masjid invited the consultants to give a presentation at a fundraiser held in the ISWA multipurpose hall—Maser Consultants of Sterling, VA who designed the famed John Hopkins parking lot.

The area is set to see its first masjid with an environmentally friendly parking lot. The Islamic Society of Washington Area in Silver Springs has been a pioneer for 40 years, building the masjid with their own hands, minimizing construction expenditure and now they are embarking on another project that will hit the ball out of the park, well at least the parking lot. The masjid struggles with parking, according to past President Dr. Fazil Alie, as it serves an ever-growing congregation. The extension will add 115 parking spaces to the lot, and a walkway to the masjid. The lot will extend to the tree line, midway into the property where the preserved area starts. As previously reported in the Muslim Link, the Paint Branch Creek of the Anacostia River is a delicate watershed that leads to the Chesapeake Bay. A unique cold-water community lives in

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this sub watershed, where the water temperatures are cool enough for adult brown trout to thrive. The ISWA property sits near the banks of this creek. Storm water runoffs from area parking lots and developments have damaged the ecosystem of the creek. Uncontrolled storm water runoff from many communities degraded local water quality. The runoff also eroded stream channels, making the streams shallower and raising water

temperatures, which is detrimental to wildlife. Pervious concrete —the technology Islamic Society of Washington Area will use in masjid parking lot —allows water to drain straight through into a reservoir below the pavement where it can subsequently soak into the ground. Most concrete and asphalt does not allow rainwater to penetrate the ground; instead the water runs off and pollutes waterways.

Concrete is an aggregate material say experts. It is composed of rocks or gravel, well-mixed cement and water. Permeable concrete has no fine particles; this creates voids in the mix allowing water to seep through. “It is not smooth and pretty like regular concrete,” informed the consultant. The material will allow the rainwater to refill groundwater. An added bonus is that the material retains heat so in the winter snow will melt, significantly reducing the need for plowing the lot, according to the consultant working on

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CAIR-MD Holds Get Out the Vote Drives At Area Masajid By Hena Zuberi

Muslim Link Staff Reporter “Are you registered to vote?” Fariha Quasem inquires as hundreds of worshippers walk out from the first jummah at the Muslim Community Center (MCC) and others walk in to attend the 2 p.m. sermon. It is Election Year in Maryland and in preparation the Council of American Islamic Relations Maryland Office (CAIR-MD) is holding voter registration drives around the state. A table is set up outside near the masjid and multipurpose hall, located on New Hampshire Avenue in Montgomery County, on a sunny, spring Friday, but its too windy for any signage. Quasem is a Marylander, raised in the halls of MCC; she attended local Wheaton High School, and the University of Maryland for undergraduate and law school. After working at the House of

“We are civically engaged community,” Quasem admits as person after person tell her that they are already registered. “Many of those who are not registered are those who cannot vote because of their immigration status.” MCC frequently has elected officials visit the center throughout the year. Ruth, a Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, she is now the CAIR-MD Liaison for Governmental Affairs. Most people recognize her and her big smile as she mans the CAIR table.

empowerment of the community and the people in the community,” he says. A well-educated project manager with an MBA, he has been looking for work for the past year.

Her father and sister stop by to check in on her. She sends them off to encourage people to come register.

“I can’t even find a job that pays $10 an hour,” he says as he shakes his head. He migrated to the country for opportunities, but feels like the country has become a ‘connectory’— its all about who you know.

Maya Kaikai hands in his registration form. He is looking at the issues and will not vote on a party basis. “I want

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The goal was to raise money for targeted needs including paying back a $20,000 loan, develop a handbook for youth counselors and collect a down payment for a youth center in Ellicott City, Maryland. By Hena Zuberi

Muslim Link Staff Reporter A young hafidh with a stellar resume stepped into the room where three people were going to interview him for a position. Faced with direct questions, his nervousness and inability to speak cost him the job. ‘Leaders are not born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal,’ Vince Lombardi, the famous football coach of the Green Bay Packers, once said. Put in the position to represent the community, how prepared are our youth? An integral part of an Islamic education

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Latest Attempt at National Muslim Org Announced By Hena Zuberi Muslim Link Staff Reporter A national umbrella organization has been a vital need for the Muslim community for decades; one that is inclusive, functioning and professional. Several have arrived on the scene and then faded away due to either lack of leadership or retirement of leadership. A new coalition formed in the spring of 2014 says they will be that and a lot

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Third Muslim Businessman Murdered In Richmond By Hena Zuberi Muslim Link Staff Reporter

Truly Allah tests those who He loves. A 29-year-old father was shot and killed during a jewelry store robbery in Richmond, Virginia. Just a headline for some, but for this particular family the sole breadwinner was brutally murdered. Shortly before Asr on Monday May 5, 2014, police were called to Victoria Jewelers on the south side of the 300 block of East Broad Street, according to NBC 12. With photos of his wife and 18-monthold toddler in his wallet, Hafidh Muhammad Haroon Baig lay on the floor where a couple found him and notified the police. He was someone who had memorized the entire Qur’an and he worked as the store manager for Victoria Jewelers for seven years in downtown Richmond. A community member says that Baig’s

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nity seeks to enhance its positive impact on society.” The founding members of the US Council of Muslim Organizations are: Muslim American Society (MAS), Islamic Circle of North American (ICNA), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), and Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA). Initially eight organizations formed the group and two were added after the announcement: the American Muslim Alliance (AMA) and The Mosque Foundation (Chicago). The coalition has a census project in the works to evaluate the Muslim community. The census will create a database for use in the 2016 election, defining and understanding the community from within.

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father, Muhammad Ayub Baig, is a jeweler by craft, but does not own the jewelry store where Baig worked. Nazir Kamran is the owner of the store and was distraught at the news of his young employee. He was like a son to me, Kamran said to ABC News. The homicide scared the neighbors in the area including a Muslim woman who owns a hair-braiding salon nearby. This is the worst crime that she has ever seen even in this block of town where the crime rate is extremely high, she said in an interview with NBC12. With another baby expected at any time, the widow of Muhammad H. Baig, who is also a hafidha, held on to her Quran, trying to absorb what had just happened to her family, according to family friends. Within a day of his death, the Baig family was blessed with a new baby girl, on Tuesday May 6, 2014, when his wife went into labor a week before her due date.

There is a controversy over the amount of Muslims in the country. “Our logic tells us that census is a critical and practical step,” emphasized Imam Talib Abdul-Rashid of MANA. He said the American Muslims are a diverse, not a divided, community. MANA founded by Imam Siraj Wahhaj is also part of USCMO. “The Muslim community is one of the most diverse communities, if not the most diverse religious community in America,” said Khalil Meek, executive director of the Muslim Legal Fund of America. “We have a vast amount of resources and education and principles and values that we want to share with this great country. We want to contribute and we hope this platform is the beginning of that opportunity to better serve and unite our voice for the benefit of all.” Transparency is another need for Muslim leadership to win over and unite Muslims spread around the nation. American Muslim Alliance’s National Director, Imam Mahdi Bray gave his blessings to build bridges of understanding and civic gravitas with social justice.

Cemetery. A younger brother and parents lived with the couple in the Henrico area of Richmond. They had migrated to the United States from Pakistan. ‘They are a really pious family,” says Anjum Smith, a longtime resident of the Richmond area who is in touch with the family. “They didn’t know that their son was murdered until 7:00 p.m. Monday night.” He was nicknamed Sunny and had a smiling, humble personality say the storeowners in the area. The family is known as good people, who were willing to do anything for anyone. As of this report, police have not caught the perpetrator of the crime. The funeral prayer for Hafidh Muhammad Haroon Baig, was held on Wednesday May 7, 2014 at the Islamic Center of Virginia 1241 Buford Rd Richmond VA 23235. He was buried at the Al Barzakh

The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) is not a part of this council. “As a matter of policy, MPAC works in coalition based on issues rather than merely organizational alliances. We wish the new entity well and look forward to the opportunity to collaborate on issues of mutual concern,” related Edina Lekovic, the Director of Policy & Programming of MPAC to the Muslim Link. ISNA, the Islamic Society of North America, is also not a part of this coalition. So far no women’s organizations have joined the coalition. Jammal says that the list of member organization will grow as the organizational boards complete the process of approving memberships. CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad said the civil rights giant is proud to join this historic organization in an effort to unify the dreams of every American Muslim on a large platform. “Islam is not an organized religion but Muslims are organized,” he jested. Why is this new organization forming as Muslims have formed a Political Action Committees as well as umbrella

This latest murder of a Muslim businessman in Richmond comes while the murders of two other store owners in Richmond is still on people's minds. On November 24th, 2012, Br. Muhammad Tayyab was shot in broad daylight at his Food Mart on Erich Road in Northern Richmond in a robbery, and on January 28, 2013, Farooq Bhimdi was shot 3 times in his store, the Express Way convenience store along Mechanicsville Turnpike in Eastern Henrico. In late January of this year, in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Muslim community member Abdul Ghaffar, was murdered with a boxcutter style knife while working his shift at 7-11. Tayyab's killer remains at large, while arrests were made in the other two cases. To donate to a fund for Hafidh Baig's widow and children, contact the Islamic Society of Greater Richmond or the West End Islamic Center.

groups in the past is a question on many minds. Awad said “in the past, many people have tried to unite on a limited agenda, but this is a broad agenda for the American Muslim community.” Naeem Baig of ICNA said his organization looks forward to strengthening the Muslim community and America. An inaugural banquet is scheduled for June 14, 2014 in Washington D.C. and the 2014 MAS/ICNA convention in Baltimore will highlight the organization. Accused by a xenophobic media of being a wing of the Muslim Brotherhood and forming their own political party, the USCMO will have to face the oftrepeated charges from right wing Republicans linking CAIR to Hamas. Despite these challenges, USCMO leaders point to issues like anti-Muslim bigotry, the Muslim swing vote, civil rights and civil liberties, involvement in political process, and participation in public discourse as reasons why the American Muslim community needs a strong organization that represents all American Muslims. The USCMO is online at http://uscmo.org/ .


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the early 1980s, says that it is a project ten years in the making. Less than 5 minutes off Interstate 70 Exit 32 B brings travelers to the Islamic Society of Western Maryland. The site was purchased by the community in 1991. The community has evolved from the 6 families of doctors, who moved to Hagerstown to find a safe haven from big city life, to more than 200 families. Over the years, Bosnian refugees and South Asian, Arab, African immigrants have made Hagerstown their home. Muslim families from bordering states, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, also call the masjid their spiritual home. Funding had held up the project, but the community has now raised the money from within and the ground is being prepared for construction. The contract signed for $1.1 million is just shy of the final amount. The expansion will house a 5000 sq. ft. hall that will double as additional prayer space during jummah and the Eidain. A foldable divider will separate the multi purpose room from the current prayer space. A foyer for the women, a new kitchen, bathrooms for men and women will also be a part of the extension. “Many community

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members put in their thoughts, their expertise [and money],” said Dr Waheed. The community has an active youth group, and hifdh program that has graduated 4 huffadh. The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by the Board of trustees and Board of Directors, community members as well as leadership from Dar us Salaam in College Park, Maryland. The community prays that the project will be completed by next spring. Representatives of the board expressed their appreciation for the local authorities who have been ‘very helpful and cooperative.” The Islamic Society of Western Maryland is located at 2036 Day Rd Hagerstown, MD 21740 and online at www.iswmd.org.


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the project. The design will eliminate the need for storm drains, saving the masjid money immediately and in long term maintenance. “We have to save the one trout that is left in that creek,” joked Zamal Housein the President of ISWA. On a more serious note he reiterated the Quranic message of being responsible advocates on Allah’s Earth. “We are a God fearing people,” said

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Mosquera Valencia, 29. The third suspect, Yaniel Regalado-Muniz, 34, was later apprehended on foot along Layhill Road. All three men told officers they lived in Houston. "It was kind of shocking to walk out your front door and see an officer with a gun," neighbor Stephen Stovall said. While searching the suspect's vehicle, officers located a Garmin GPS unit. A handwritten list of eight residential addresses was also found in the car's center console. Further investigation showed the homes, located in Silver Spring, Potomac, Boyds, and Germantown, are all owned by Asian, Indian and Middle Eastern individuals.

Imam Faizul Khan. The lightening used the parking lot will also be eco-friendly, using low amount of electricity, tying into the current system. Suggestions and questions were taken from the audience. A suggestion of making a separate ingress and egress point on Brigg Chaney Road was brought up. The consultants thought that this might be a good option to look into. The current plan has one point of entry, with the traffic moving in a circular pattern. Several handicapped spots will be available.

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minutes to ease transition is either study hall to complete homework from school that day or what the students prefer – fun, social clubs such as sports, board games, robotics, arts and crafts, and cooking. This first portion is run by parent volunteers and allows the professionals The curriculum has been designed by Imam AbdurRafaa Ouertani, ADAMS Deputy Imam, and is meant to follow the public school method of being interactive with games and prizes to keep the kids engaged and awake since they have

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Yousuf Slitine, keynoting the event, extolled the virtues of giving with poignant stories. He prayed for the architect, the successful completion of the project and expressed his gratitude to the consulting company. Approximately $70,000 was raised in a well-executed fundraiser; the goal was $60,000.

"I guess there was some gold that was stolen, and that is part of the culture of the people next door... It is sad to see people targeted for that," Stovall added.

thieves broke into his house, ransacking rooms, making off with $70,000 in valuables. Detectives are still trying to determine if the two crimes are connected.

Suman Mukhopadhyay, a scientist at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, lives in the Middlebridge Drive home pinpointed by the crime ring. He called it a very personal attack against his family.

"Everything was taken out," Mukhopadhyay remarked, adding that the thieves ignored electronic items and art, only taking his family's cherished gifts of gold, most 22 karat, some dating back to the early 1900s.

"The question that sometimes comes, why us?" The Indian immigrant says it is tradition to keep family heirlooms made of gold – like necklaces and rings – in the home; not to build wealth, but for spiritual good fortune. "The people who hand it to you, all their blessings are embedded in them," he said. Three weeks before the March 25 incident,

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If all goes well the project is expected to complete by the end of the year, depending on the weather.

already put in a day of study prior to arriving. When asked if this day is too long or too tiring, says Saima Syeda, age 12, “No, I want to come. I like to learn together with people like me and the teachers are young. In regular school the teachers give you a funny look if you ask too many questions; here they like if you do ask lots of questions! They also respect if you are tired but not falling asleep!” Her friend, Iliyeen Ahmed, also 12, concurred that the environment and the format are fun and engaging. Indeed it is these middle schoolers that relish the program the most it appears – to have the peer to peer connections during this high

"We have taken a hit. We have taken a loss and we really didn't know what the loss is," Mukhopadhyay added. During police questioning, ColoradoRivas, Valencia, and Regalado-Muniz reportedly admitted to their roles in the March 25 attempted break-in. They told detectives an unknown subject living in Houston directed them to Maryland. The trio said it was given a specific list of homes to burglarize over a four day period

pressure time in their lives. So much so that they are loath to leave when they go to High School even though the demands of homework have increased. Says Samiyagh Ahmed, 14, “I am still coming and learning new things. It keeps me motivated. I don’t have a lot of free time but it is worth it.” Like others, she hopes to eventually becoming a teacher helper or volunteer by her Junior or Senior year to stay involved. Because of the success so far, plans are to add a Tuesday/Thursday cohort next fall. Also currently there are occasional social activities such as movies or bowling and weekend workshops on technical topics like computer graphic design. YMES

A silent auction of items donated by the community took place in the mezzanine, where dinner was served to the diverse attendees. Imam Faizul Khan thanked the packed room and reminded them of the immense ground covered since ISWA was conceived in 1973. If you would like to learn more about this project or donate to ISWA please visit www.iswamd.org

in late March. "I can't imagine what it feels like to have someone break into your house, trash your house, take heirlooms that you can never replace," the anonymous neighbor said. "Everybody was really glad to see we got these three guys." The three men are each facing ten felony burglary charges, which carry a combined maximum sentence of 200 years in prison. Police in Howard, Fairfax, and Loudon Counties are aiding Montgomery County in its ongoing investigation, as is the Department of Homeland Security. "I'm grateful that they caught the guys, and let it be a warning to others, that neighbors are watching out around here," Stovall concluded. [Source: http://www. wjla.com/articles/2014/04/internationalt h e f t - r i n g - t a rg e t s - m i n o r i t i e s - i n maryland-102393.html]

is actively searching for speakers and sponsors to grow to add such workshops as web design, calligraphy, and both creative and essay writing. ADAMS Sully Center in Chantilly will also be replicating the program and is now enrolling. For any other masajid interested in learning more about setting up their own program, even if the facilities don’t have a gym or kitchen since other creative solutions can be found (like installing a basketball hoop in the parking lot), contact ADAMS as they are willing to be a resource or share curriculum; Contact Bro Sohel Ahmed,ADAMS YMES School Program Head at sohel@bdeshfoundation.org.


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for targeted needs including paying back a $20,000 loan, develop a handbook for youth counselors and collect a down payment for a youth center in Ellicott City, Maryland. Ayman Nassar, or “Ammu Ayman” as the youth call him, is the founder and chair of the board of directors of Islamic Leadership Institute of America (ILIA). He has held positions on the board of directors and advisors of several masjids and Islamic organizations in the US. He lives by the words of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu 'alyhi wa sallam, "on a journey, the leader of the people is their servant." “[In all the years] we have covered organizations and masajid in the DMV area, we have not seen anything like ILIA,” stated Minhaj Hasan, editor in chief of the Muslim Link, who was the master of ceremonies for the event. ”Br Ayman is running a very unique program.” Hasan said that ILIA is filling a void in the community and that in order to master leadership children need to be put in positions where they have to lead. Another service provided by ILIA is the mentoring of at-risk youth. The organization provides tutoring and academic support for low-income students. “They come to us with low self-esteem, in depression. Working with [our] tutors [changes their lives] in a matter of weeks,” shared Nasser. ILIA’s Green Sprouts Program in Baltimore City is a program that parents say help their children’s brains to grow emotionally and socially. Using gardening—hence the name— young men, often without a roof over their head, are mentored and coached. CAIR

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constitutional rights. Access to local politicians is a concern for Tahir*, who says many politicians come and make promises, but once they are elected they forget about us. He always goes to vote, often voting for a third party candidate.

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ILIA envisions a center that can serve at least 500 at risk youth per year. The current proposal is for a charter center that can serve 40 non-resident students a day, and 12 resident students at any given time. When a young man accepts Islam in prison, what options does he have when he reenters society? I Can Lead, another ILIA initiative teaches students at Howard County Detention Center (HCDC). The program has gained large interest from the HCDC population and the class was at capacity during the semester. Each student costs I Can Lead approximately $250 for the academic quarter, including books and tuition, sponsored through donations. At the fundraiser, visiting scholar from South Carolina, Shaykh Muhammad Adly gave the keynote address on raising leaders. He shared that he had left Makkah to come and live in the United States for the purpose of dawah. He said he sees many projects around the country, but was specially impressed by the work that Nasser and his team do. “They are working on the foundation,” he said. Shaykh Adly had four suggestions for leaders: Consider the needs and wants of the people, know when to stop, don’t be a fitnah and make it easy for the people. He elucidated that all prophets were shepherds; shepherding was a Divine training program for every Prophet and Messenger. Placing an emphasis on the leadership of parents, he said that children learn from the examples parents set. Imam Safi Khan of Dar us Salaam spoke about the evolution of the community from the time he was a teenager and how ILIA was providing a valuable service. Questions the youth have about Islam need to be answered in the context of the firm tenets of the religion, he said. He urged the youth to be keys to goodness and locks to evil.

“Remember to vote in June,” Quasem calls out to familiar faces. The Democratic primary in Maryland is on June 24, 2014. Early Voting for the Primary Election is set for Thursday, June 12, 2014 through Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 10 am until 8 pm. “People are opinionated about politics and a lot of people come out to vote,” says Quasem, as several people stop by to ask questions and walk away with brochures and forms for friends and family. She

“If we want to develop leadership in our youth, they need to learn about patience under trials and yaqeen in Allah, otherwise they will remain troubled for the rest of their lives,” he reiterated. Nur, a young man involved in the organization, asked the audience to put their time, effort and money — ‘that is what most leadership institutes put in their youth,’ he said. Dr. Fauzia Fazily, the principal of Al Rahmah School, speaking to the audience shared that the Islamic Society of Baltimore has asked ILIA to help their student leadership program. They know the challenges of Muslim youth and they will prepare our kids, she said. As a former positive behavior coach, Fazily knows the value such programs can provide to young adults, who are forging their way in a society where many Islamic values are not fostered. “Many young Muslim boys and girls get into lots of trouble despite strong family backgrounds” she emphasized; they drop out of school, often ending up in prison.

Sumaya Fahmy, a mother from Silver Springs, MD whose son has benefited from spending time at the Halal Yeah! Youth Center that ILIA runs, said that having a venue where her son can spend time with his friends in a fun and Islamic environment is very important to her. “I have a hidden agenda in sending my children, but it helps that they come back happy,” said Fahmy. A popular ILIA class is the Youth Project Management Certification for ages 12 – 18. For around a hundred dollars a class, students can complete a course of 8 classes and experience ‘a world of planning, organizing, controlling and directing projects.’ Youth not only learn essential leadership skills for success, but also ‘learn to transform boring work into exciting accomplishments.’

A Robotics Club for Middle School students was announced and interns who worked on many of ILIA projects such as an online brochure about tattoos and presentations for local organizations were recognized with special certificates.

Other classes offered by ILIA such as the Life Hacks: Purpose as a Tool for Optimal Functioning are taught by a local students, and help young adults in developing a purpose, making a positive impact on the world, and finding meaning in their life using positive psychology. The instructor Emily Rabinowitz, a junior at River Hill High School, is a member of the Gifted and Talented Independent Research Program where she is studying purpose development under the advisory of Dr. Jenni Menon Mariano of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

A graduate of many ILIA’s programs, Yumna, 14, now an intern, held her award certificate. She said that ILIA taught her how to be independent and a positive influence.

Dar-us-Salaam, ADAMS, ISB, Peace thru Justice Foundation, Howard County Muslim Council, Sterling Management Group, and Dar at Taqwa sponsored the event.

Sarah Tayel, 15, an intern with the organization said that ILIA gave her awareness of Islam and community that a simple high school MSA could not. “All activities have an Islamic element,” she said.

Leading the way, the organization wants to invest in the future.

hopes to come out on a Sunday morning when many young professionals bring their children to Sunday school to registered that demographic.

“voter registration volunteers” or “Voter Registration Application Distributors”. After completing the training, the volunteers receive a Certificate of Instruction and can conduct voter registration.

The next drive is scheduled on Friday May 9, 2014 at the Islamic Center of Maryland in Gaithersburg, MD. Drives are also scheduled at Dar us Salam, and the Islamic Society of Baltimore. The state administrator and local boards of elections in Maryland offer training for

If you would like to donate to ILIA, please visit www.islamicleadership.org

Masajid, Islamic Centers and community centers can request voter registration drives by emailing CAIR-MD at info@ md.cair.com *Name changed for privacy


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Delegate Cathy M. Vitale (District 33A), Delegate Theodore J. Sophocleus (District 32), Delegate Ron George (District 30) and a candidate for Governor, Delegate Steve Schuh (District 31), and Senator James E. DeGrane (District 32). Senator James E. DeGrange thanked the youth of the community, echoing Delegate Ted Sophocleus’ words, “I’ve always been welcomed by everyone and it is really a pleasure. Like Ted Sophocleus said about the children here. It’s incredible, the[ir] intelligence, how respectful they are and how well behaved they always are. The families here have raised their children to be such fine citizens that I know [they will be] fine adults.“ G u e s t s t h a n k e d t h e c o m m u n i t y, acknowledged the good work done by the AACMC, and renewed their commitment of working together with the Council and the Muslim community for the benefit of the County as a whole. They reflected on how this dinner was a great way to connect and network with everyone within the Muslim community. Those who were recognized within in the audience included Senator Jim C. Rosapepe (District 21), Delegate Barbara A. Frush (District 21), Councilman Dick Ladd (district 5), Judge Ron Silkworth, Judge Alison Asti, SAC Stephen Vogt (FBI Senior Agent in charge), Chief Kevin Davis (Chief of police AAC), Fire Chief Michael E. Cox (AAC Fire Department), Assistant Fire Chief George Morgan, Col. Edward C. Rothstein (Chief Executive Officer of Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation), Col. George Johnson (DNR Superintendent), Deputy Fire Chief Kevin J. Simmons, Anne C. Leitess (State Attorney for AAC), Col. Brian Foley (U.S. Commander at Fort Meade), Teresa Milio Birge (President at AAC Board of Education), Heather Campbell (field representative for U.S. Senator Ben Cardin), Amy Leahy, Calvin Hawkins, Ray Stripe, and Anne Rutherford. The chief keynote speaker of the night was the Anne Arundel County Executive, Laura Neuman. She took the stage by thanking the community, sharing how well the County is doing since her taking the office in the past year. “We are here to serve the entire community. We all come

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together as one Anne Arundel County (AAC),”she said. She informed the audience about how she wants to build a better community by bridging the connection between the county government and Muslim community and the first step is through transparency, “I want you to know that everything that we do should be completely transparent and open. I want you to feel that you are connected to the work that we do every day.”

Many youth and others volunteered to join commissions. She was very happy to learn that many people, young and old, stepped forward. She ended her speech by acknowledging the need of volunteerism asking everyone to come forward with issues and problems that concern the community, “If there is something that you want to see from your county government that you are not seeing, I want you to let me know about it personally. I read every email. If you sent

“We want to make those [economic] resources available to you…I can’t help you unless you guys get involved…I want you to be successful.” -- Anne Arundel County Executive to Muslim Constituents

Neuman went on to explain how she wants to help the local businesses and entrepreneurs by creating and offering jobs, a common issue among the audience, she learned. She talked about how the County had the lowest tax rate in the state of Maryland and a property tax cut for the first time in 5 years due to the positive developments within the county, an achievement of her government. She also gave the announced that no increase in water bills in the coming year. Additionally, Neuman informed the audience of a six (6) percent increase in the county population and highlighted her government’s plan to use the tax funds toward public safety by adding more law enforcement officials. Ninety-nine percent of businesses in AA county qualify as small business. Since small business owners are the ones to create jobs and Neuman believes that economic development is all about serving the community, so she urged the community to come forward and serve the county by taking part in the commissions created for such purposes. “We want to make those resources are available to you…I can’t help you unless you guys get involved…I want you to be successful,” she added.

me an email it comes directly to me…if you have a problem in your community I want to know about it. We will make sure that we are here to serve because the role of county government every day is to serve the citizens of this county.” After the speech, Neuman presented the following people with the Anne Arundel County citations: for the community service-Muhammad Babar, Rashid Iqbal, Chad Jones, Ibrahim Hamideh, Liaqat Masood, Farooq Tahir, Mustafa Hasan Abboushi, Ibrahim Sheikh, and Martha Scott; for educating the youth: Maher Kharma and Noreen Zar; for diligent work to educate the community and leading the youth: Imam Mikaeel Smith; and for educating the Anne Arundel County Police recruits and Annapolis Fire department officers: Muhammad Jameel and Maqbool Patel. Abu-Rumman presented young community leaders with AACMC citations for their excellent work within the community: Mohammad Cheema, Ali Murtaza, Usman Chaudhry, Aqueel Iqbal, Atta Ul Haqq, Saeed Iqbal, Luwaila Babikar, Zahida Ferdaus, Sofia Iqbal, Rabia Cheema, Mahlaqa Cheema, Anaum Cheema, Reenah Sheikh and Faris Aziz. As the night progressed, many in the

audience mingled and networked with the guests during the dinner. “I think the dinner is a great platform to celebrate our achievements with those who helped us achieve them,” AACMC director Saiqa Atta said, “it felt like a graduation ceremony. Everyone felt proud and seemed happy to be there!” Other members of the community appreciated the efforts of the community involvement, especially the youth. One such spectator was Mr. Zia Malik, who not only appreciated the efforts of the council but also the volunteers and the coming youth of AACMC, “I would especially like to thank all the volunteers who gave their time to help the community. This is the spirit we need, to give our next generations a platform to keep united and help each other. The youth is our future and getting them involved in political, social and education activities is the key to success for Muslim community.” If the community leaders were happy, the youth were not far behind. “This event helped our community in realizing that our leaders want to listen to us,” Anaum Cheema, the Master of Ceremonies for the night. “Alhumdulilah, the event was a great success. It was organized and planned to the utmost professional level. I really enjoyed the night, especially how the young speakers took the stage and did an excellent job at introducing the guests,” Sofia Iqbal, another young member of the community showed appreciation of the event. As the night ended on a happy note, many felt content with the mutual cooperation between community and government as they headed home, cherishing new friendships. The AACMC board of directors includes: Rudwan Abu-Rumman (President), Chad Jones (Secretary), Riaz Ahmad (Vice President), Sajid Chaudhry (Director), Nasir Cheema (Director), Dr. Mohammed Dughly (Director), Dr. Alif Manejwala (Director), Nour Eildeen (Director), Jahangir Mirza (Director), Liaqat Masood (Director), Saiqa Atta (Director), Zulfi Baig (Director) and Shah Nawaz Ansari (Director).


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RUNNING FOR THE HILLS: Dispatch from Muslim Homesteaders

A Heave, A Ho, and a Big Dua' By Jann McClary

Muslim Link Contributing Writer heave (heev) v. 1. to raise or lift especially with great effort or force; a. to raise or haul by means of a rope, line or cable. heave ho (heev hoh) v. 1. to raise or lift with such exertion that it produces a forceful, completely involuntary expulsion of breath, subsequently causing one to wish he had employed “a” above; 2. the method commonly used to move heavy objects in the time of your greatgreat grandfathers, before the introduction of gas-powered machinery.

largely waterproof, sustainably sourced, and often portable. Very little heave or ho. Now, when the soon-to-be new Americans arrived on these shores with all the pomp and madeup privilege of manifest destiny, they quickly began chopping at the forest to make logs for their version of “home”. And not being inclined to take design cues from the dwellings around them, or even ask for help, much heaving and ho-ing naturally ensued.

In one's twenties and thirties the ability to I n e v e r y s t e p o f t h e lift large and heavy building process we made objects is more or less a given. In one's dua'. And Allah Subhana forties it is a cause wa t'Ala answered. Each to boast. In one's and beyond, time we cut into a log, dua' fifties heave-ho is pretty was made. For every hole much out the door drilled into a log and every and doing anything more physically piece of rebar pounded d e m a n d i n g t h a n sajdah is a cause for, into that hole, a dua'. well... sajdah. So my husband, Tariq, and I, being firmly ensconced in the later part Before the invention of the wheel, and of that latter demographic, hence, pulleys, people heaved and ho-ed had cause to call upon Allah all over the place: the pyramids in Egypt, 'Azza wa Jal quite frequently Stonehenge in the U.K., the totem poles during the construction of of the British Columbia Indians and the our cabin. In the early stages stone Olmec heads in Mexico, to name a when we only had four or few. Here in North America the Indians five levels of logs put up, wisely configured branches or poles into we had employed the use of winch, ropes various shaped dwellings according to and log ramps, methods favored by the their climate and geography, covered pioneers, and which worked so well and them with their choice of animal hides, made the raising of each log so easy we tree bark, grass mats, earth or even more felt like we were in our twenties again! poles, and voila, home. Convenient, But as the cabin walls rose to the sixth

level of logs, reality set in and reminded us that we are indeed quintagenarians badly in need of gas-powered machinery.

how you need it. He tells us in Surat-ul Talaq “And He will provide him from sources he could never imagine. And

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Graduating with Heart Rutgers Students Oppose Choice of Condoleezza Rice's as Commencement Speaker By Mohammad Ali Naquvi May 6, 2014 

On May 18th, my alma mater will confer another class of Rutgers University students with their baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. Whereas this is a long held rite of passage signifying the accomplishments of the recipient over years of tireless work, one degree that was to be conferred that day stood in stark contrast to this honorable tradition. The Honorary Degree of Laws that was to be presented to former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice as this year’s Commencement Speaker would have been a moral travesty. In the Bush Administration, Rice had oversight over some of the most egregious human rights violations during the Iraq War, which were widespread and are welldocumented, followed by an occupation which lead to more than 1 million civilian deaths. So what is a person, a student to do when they are presented with such a betrayal of values by the institution with which they will be inextricably linked for the rest of their lives? They could sit, smile, listen to her morally bankrupt words and go on with their lives. Or in one last statement to the Rutgers administration and community, they could take a stand, reflecting the truth that stirs in their souls, and not walk quietly off the stage with their degrees like lemmings.   On Monday, April 28th, that is exactly what they did. After numerous op-eds in their daily student newspaper, faculty resolutions at two campuses and various petitions opposing Rice’s invitation were dismissed by the administration, some 50 Rutgers students, about half of whom were Muslim students on campus, led a rally and sit-in protest at the Old Queens Building on the College Avenue campus

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Rutgers students protest against the choice of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as commencement speaker, citing her involvement in the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. Photo courtesy of the author. in New Brunswick, NJ. They occupied the area outside the office of President Robert Barchi for more than 6 hours with almost a hundred more protesters in support chanting outside. It was not until they were denied food, water and access to bathrooms and threatened with arrest that they decided to leave, cheering in celebration on the way out. Amateur videos of the #NoRice campaign on social media show the energy as electric. And as momentum built on campus and media coverage grew, the actions continued – from banner drops from university buildings to a confrontation with President Barchi at a senate meeting where over 50 student protesters pressed the issue in public, compelling him to answer their questions. The pressure worked but not how anyone could have imagined. To the surprise of many and

delight of even more, Rice pulled out of her scheduled commencement speech herself on May 3rd, less than a week after the sit-in. Almost 30 years ago, Rutgers was the first public university to divest from Apartheid South Africa and then President Edward J. Bloustein was arrested for blocking the entrance to the Consulate of South Africa in New York City with 38 others. Conversely, President Barchi hid behind a veneer of free speech to cover the ulterior motive of opportunistic PR in an effort to attract funding to the university. This is not the legacy of the Rutgers I attended. Under Bloustein, Rutgers became one of the premier public universities in the country while retaining its moral integrity because it had a fiercely ethical man at the helm. The brave #NoRice student

protesters preserved that moral courage. When Barchi’s time at the university ends, it will not be any legacy that is remembered except his readiness to capitulate to power, his dismissal of a former public official’s atrocious crimes against humanity, and his utter disregard for the legitimate concerns of all those in the Rutgers community affected by the Iraq War. On May 18th, all Rutgers students will graduate with degrees but some will also graduate with heart, aligning their souls with the million murdered civilians whom they refuse to forget. To them, the beating of drums at graduation will represent the beating hearts of all those innocents whose memory they have kept alive with their courageous stand. And in decades to come, these are the graduates that will keep our society moving forward with moral progress and inspire others to do the same, not dead-of-heart bureaucrats, morally compromised leaders, and paperpushing establishment twits maintaining the status quo. It is young, passionate folks walking into danger on principle, who represent the quiet yearnings of mainstream society that recognizes the correct course of action but is afraid to take a stand. In just two weeks, they set an example for generations to come and showed that a small group of committed students can have a formidable collective voice. We owe them a moral debt of gratitude for not letting our silence tacitly legitimize the honoring of a war criminal yet again. Mohammad Ali Naquvi, JD, MS, MS has been a Muslim community organizer in the tri-state area for the last 15 years and is an advocate of intrafaith and interfaithbased social justice movements. He is an alumnus of the Graduate School-Newark at Rutgers University, Class of 2005, and lives in Robbinsville, NJ with his wife. He can be reached at alinaquvi@yahoo.com.


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with Naji Mansour in Sudan and Nick Baumann, who investigated the story for Mother Jones. TRANSCRIPT: JUAN GONZÁLEZ: New details have emerged about the FBI’s efforts to turn Muslim Americans living abroad into government informants. An exposé in Mother Jones magazine chronicles the story of an American named Naji Mansour. After he refused to become an informant while he was living in Kenya, he saw his life and his family’s life turned upside down. He was detained, repeatedly interrogated and ultimately forced into exile in Sudan, unable to see his children for years. He ended up spending 37 days in a squalid prison in Sudan. After he was released from prison, FBI agents approached him again. This time Naji Mansour decided to record the phone conversation. During the call, the agent informs Mansour that he might get, quote, "hit by a car." On Thursday, the phone recording was published by Mother Jones. Take a listen. FBI AGENT: If you did have any kind of business going on today or any kind of things like that, you’re going to find how miniscule and worthless it was compared to this fork in the road that you’re about to—that you’re about to take. NAJI MANSOUR: What are you talking about? No, why don’t you come out and say it? FBI AGENT: OK. NAJI MANSOUR: Why don’t you come out and say? What fork in the road are you talking about? FBI AGENT: Dude, it’s—whatever.

Honestly, I don’t care. I’m getting out of here. I don’t care. OK? And it’s—you know, when I tell somebody, "Hey, you know what? If you cross the street without looking, you’re going to get run over," that’s not a threat, [bleep]; that’s advice [bleep], OK? You’re about to cross the street without looking both ways, and I’m telling you, "You know what? You might get hit by a car." That is not a threat. That is a solid piece of the advice. So you don’t

he made that fateful decision. And the way I start the story, and I think the best place to start, is with Naji’s mom, who’s a longtime U.S. government employee, and his sister, and they’re in Juba in South Sudan. And it’s the middle of the night, late at night. Juba is a very dangerous place. And they’re actually wandering the streets looking for Naji, because he’s been disappeared. They don’t know where he is. They’ve been told by his wife

Because of [America's] huge need for informants—it has about 15,000 informants in the United States, basically one in every mosque in America—it’s always trying to recruit informants. want to take it. AMY GOODMAN: That was a phone conversation of an unidentified FBI agent pressuring Naji Mansour to become an informant. Mansour’s story is the focus of a new piece in Mother Jones titled "This American Refused to Become an FBI Informant. Then the Government Made His Family’s Life Hell." We’re joined now by Naji Mansour via Democracy Now! from Sudan. And joining us from Washington, D.C., is journalist is Nick Baumann, who wrote the piece for Mother Jones magazine. Nick, let’s begin with you. Just lay out this whole story. NICK BAUMANN: As you heard, this is a story about Naji Mansour, who refused to become an informant for the FBI, and sort of what happened to him and his family, especially his family, after

that—who was held with him and then released, that he’s being held in a blue building somewhere, but they don’t know where that is. And imagine just if this is your child or your brother, and you’re an American living abroad, just having no idea where that person is and having to search for them. And Naji believes—and I think with—he has a few good reasons to believe this—that the U.S. government sort of orchestrated the bad things that happened to him and his family. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And, Naji Mansour, could you tell us how it is that you’ve later discovered that you came into the crosshairs of the FBI? Why did they begin to target you initially? And talk about those early—the early experiences you had. NAJI MANSOUR: Well, basically, in 2008, I was working in Dubai in an IT company. And due to the financial crisis,

I had come back to Nairobi in late 2008. I had gone early 2009 to cancel my visa, and then I returned to Nairobi. I had, on numerous occasions, offered my place in Kenya, or my—actually, our family house in Kenya to a lot of travelers or anybody who would like to come by. And this is a family tradition that we have. We have traveled most of our lives, and we have been given accommodation, and we have given accommodation. So, apparently, just after I come back from Emirates, I get a call from a mosque acquaintance in Dubai, who, you know, I knew of, not so much, but we had several conversations. And on some occasion, maybe one or two occasions, I’ve offered him to come over to Kenya, or if he was ever in Kenya, that he should look me up, or something like this. He had called me, and he had asked for me to accommodate two young gentlemen coming by, his friends. I thought they would be coming from Emirates, but apparently they came from England. I kind of—I believed. When I was asking for more information, they had—the phone had cut. So, these two gentlemen happened to be on a watchlist. They had come over, stayed with me. And after about two weeks, my house was raided by local law enforcement. After the raid, which I—I wasn’t there, as can be read about in the story. After the raid, I secured some legal documentation barring my deportation, which is usually what they do to young men who are married to Kenyan women. Once I obtained this documentation, I handed myself in to the anti-terror police unit, and they had questioned me for two days and let me go. After that, I brought

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myself to the U.S. Embassy to report this to the consular section, to a person called Mike Fogarty. And he basically brought in another guy called Jeff Roberts, who was the deputy RSO, head of security over there, or deputy head of security. And he basically came in with—very quickly came in with two FBI agents. It was very—it was very candid, but I agreed to sit and talk with them. It was from that time that the FBI was involved in my case. AMY GOODMAN: I want to turn to another clip from the conversation between you, Naji Mansour, and an FBI agent. Here, the agent tells you they’re scrutinizing not only you, but your mother. FBI AGENT: What I’m trying to say is, you don’t want to come into the embassy to do it, fine. You know, I—we said we’d do it outside of the embassy. This isn’t a—meeting hasn’t been a priority to you. In fact, you haven’t wanted to sit with us since we’ve talked, since I’ve been back in country. OK? You say you want to get things resolved, I say there’s scrutiny on you. There’s scrutiny on your mom. She’s employed by the consulate, and yet you don’t want—or she’s employed at the consulate through a contractor, and you’re saying you don’t want to come to the embassy, and there’s a good—there’s good reason for that. So I said— NAJI MANSOUR: Yes. FBI AGENT: —do you need us— NAJI MANSOUR: Exactly. My position

heard of the expression "beggars are not choosers"? I’m on contract. FBI AGENT: Well— NAJI MANSOUR: I’m on contract. So I’m not giving you any illegitimate excuse. While you’re here, I’ve bent over backwards, and I really don’t—I really don’t like your tone. FBI AGENT: Naji— NAJI MANSOUR: I don’t like your tone, [bleep]. I don’t like your tone. FBI AGENT: Naji. NAJI MANSOUR: You have scrutiny on me, for what? What do you have on me? You have nothing on me. I’ve done nothing. AMY GOODMAN: Naji Mansour, speaking with the FBI. Naji, can you talk about what happened next? NAJI MANSOUR: Well, basically, if I can recall—I haven’t heard the tape in a while, but basically another FBI agent came on the phone. At that time, I was very angry because they had—they had basically started to pressure me to meet with them at a time that I was in a meeting. Just to put things into perspective, I have—at that time, was in Sudan for about a month. I’m basically starting my life over, trying to do random jobs, and they were pressuring me to meet at a time where I just couldn’t make it. And I hadn’t refused to meet with them, but I just refused to meet with them at that time. And I had told them that I could meet with them later, but they were really pushing for me to meet with them. And I kind of got insulted. I was already—you know, I was already apprehensive to the idea of meeting them, because of what I was told about them being involved in my—in my

They would give me money, that I would live a good life. They asked me, "Don’t you love your family? Don’t you want them to have a good life? You will make good money. You know, work with us." hasn’t changed. FBI AGENT: Which—Naji—OK, understood. NAJI MANSOUR: My position hasn’t changed. Scrutiny on my mother has nothing to do with anything, unless you’re making a threat. And currently, I told you the situation here, [bleep], that in this country, I’m kind of like—have you

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detention in Juba. So, afterwards, another agent, Amar— sorry, another agent came online, and he told me that, you know, I should come—he doesn’t buy into my lies, or something to that effect—and I should meet with him, and if I don’t, my life will change. And that’s when I told him,

"Come out and say, what are you talking about, which fork in the road will I take?" And he basically—he wouldn’t go on into detail, but he said that there will be a series of events that will take place, and then he’s out of it. And sure enough, after that conversation, four days later, my mother, a government contractor working in Juba, was fired from her position, one day after she signed a new contract with

why at this point. And we went in. And we weren’t really seriously questioned, but around the end of the day they basically threw us in a dark cell, separate—two separate dark cells. And they didn’t really—you know, they didn’t really tell us anything. They never accused me. They never charged me of anything. They wanted to know what had happened in Kenya. I told them. And then basically

[P]roxy detention, is where American citizens are actually picked up by foreign governments and either questioned in a similar way to what the FBI is interested in or actually questioned by the FBI itself while in foreign detention. her company. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Well, Naji, you mentioned your detention in Juba. Could you talk about what was the pretext or the reason that you were detained and what happened to you during that period? NAJI MANSOUR: Shortly after the raid at my house in Kenya, about a month or so, I went to Uganda to visit my two older children. And on my way back into Kenya, they refused me entry. So I had went to Juba to stay with my mother, who was working there. And at the same time, it was in the plan to go there and to start a rugged laptop business that I had already previously been engaged in. Basically, I was there for about two months, living in Juba, going for meetings, and quite free. About two months into me being there, my mother decided to go back to Kenya for—I think for a business meeting or some type of business travel. And then my—I used the opportunity for my wife to come over and visit me. And one day— she was only here for—she was only there for about five days. And one day before she was supposed to travel back, two security men, or state security men, showed up at my place and said I needed to come in for questioning. We were like, "Fine, no problem." By that time, I kind of already had an idea why they wanted to question me. But, I mean, I would imagine that whatever happened in Kenya spilled over into Juba. I didn’t know how. I didn’t know why,

I just repeated the entire story to them very openly. AMY GOODMAN: Do you know other people who have been pressured in the way you have, Naji? NAJI MANSOUR: I have come across other people who have been pressured. During my experience with an organization in Kenya called the Muslim Human Rights Forum, we came across several people who were pressured in different ways with regards to, you know, becoming informants. And they—them being under detention at the time was used as kind of a form of duress in which to get them to accept becoming an informant. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Nick Baumann, could you talk about—put this in the context of FBI efforts around the globe to target Americans who are abroad, who they, in one reason or another, want to turn to provide them information because they may suspect they have ties to terrorist groups? NICK BAUMANN: Sure. So the FBI is very concerned about what it would call homegrown terrorism, or terrorism by American citizens. And it’s especially concerned about people going abroad to receive training or meet with terrorist groups, and stuff like that. And because of this, and because of its sort of huge need for informants—it has about 15,000

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informants in the United States, basically one in every mosque in America—it’s always trying to recruit informants. And one of the ways it does this is it applies pressure on American citizens, usually Muslims, who are traveling abroad. One—you saw a recent lawsuit in which a number of American Muslims charge that the FBI and the government were using the no-fly list to pressure them to become informants. Basically they’re told they can’t return to the United States unless they cooperate with the FBI. And this sort of phenomenon that we’re talking about in this case, which is sometimes called proxy detention, is where American citizens are actually picked up by foreign governments and either questioned in a similar way to what the FBI is interested in or actually questioned by the FBI itself while in foreign detention. And there are a number of other similar cases like this that I’ve reported on. Actually, the way I heard from Naji in the first place was I had reported a story about Yonas Fikre, who was an American who was living in Sudan and told the FBI he wasn’t interested in becoming an informant and was later arrested when he was traveling. He was arrested in the United Arab Emirates. And he says that he was detained and tortured there and asked questions like the questions that the FBI had asked him. And Naji emailed me after he saw that story, and he said, "I had a similar experience." And so that’s how I actually found out about Naji’s story in the first place. So— AMY GOODMAN: I want to—I want to go to that. In that article, you write Fikre "was beaten on the soles of his feet, kicked and punched, [and] held in stress positions while interrogators demanded he 'cooperate.'" This is Yonas Fikre talking about how FBI agents had tried to make him an informant.

YONAS FIKRE: They told me there was a case pending in Portland, Oregon, where I was living, and they needed my help. And I was kind of surprised. I said, "What case is there?" And they said, "Well, we can’t tell you. You have to accept—you have to be willing to help us, and then we can tell you. We don’t work like that." They would give me money, that I would live a good life. They asked me, "Don’t you love your family? Don’t you want them to have a good life? You will make good money. You know, work with us." And I made it clear to them. I told them I plan—I don’t plan to be an FBI informant or to be an undercover—whatever plan they were trying to do. But I told them that if there’s any question—if there’s anything that I know, you know, I would tell you guys. But as far as like me going in to anybody and trying to be secretly bringing any kind of information, that I would not do. AMY GOODMAN: That was Yonas Fikre talking about how FBI agents had tried to make him an informant. Nick Baumann, talk also about the significance of these clips that we have played of Naji Mansour and the FBI. NICK BAUMANN: So, I think the significance here is that a lot of these cases, you just sort of have to take the word of the people who are making these allegations. And in Naji’s case, it’s actually pretty well documented. You have this long interview that he recorded with the FBI agents in which they sort of confirm, or at least corroborate, some of his allegations. I obtained a document assessing—this intelligent document regarding his detention, sort of confirming that he had been detained when he said he was detained and for how long he was detained. I talked to, you know, Kenyan officials who confirmed his problems there. So there’s really a lot of corroboration for the story. And in terms of—I don’t want to—I don’t want to be naive. Of course, you

know, it’s not totally uncommon for law enforcement to pressure or even threaten people that they want things from. But I think the thing you have to keep in mind about these recordings is that these FBI agents, they’re not—they’re not stupid, and they know that they’re in Sudan and they’re talking on the phone, and there’s a good chance that Sudanese intelligence is listening. And there’s also a chance that their conversation is being recorded. And so, this is—these are things that they were willing to say, knowing that they might have been recorded. So, what your listeners and viewers have to think about is: What would they have said if they didn’t think there was a chance that they were being recorded? JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And, Nick, the— I’m wondering if you’ve gotten responses from the FBI, not only about the effort to try to get to him to be an informant, but also to threaten and target family members if he refused. NICK BAUMANN: Yeah, so that’s the strangest part of this, right? That—let’s say you take the—you don’t believe Naji, and you take the worst-case scenario and you believe that he really knew that these guys who were staying in his house were bad guys, and, you know—and he’s a bad guy himself. Even if you believe all that, that doesn’t necessarily mean that his family is guilty at all. His mother is a longtime employee of the U.S. government, has worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development for years and years, had a security clearance, handled baggage for Laura Bush when Laura Bush visited Kenya. And, you know, his brother was a marine who served two tours in Afghanistan. His sister also worked for the government. And all these people have had trouble with the law since Naji refused to become an informant. And as you heard earlier, Naji’s mom lost her job. And the question is, you know: What justifies that? And the government, in general—the FBI, the State Department, the U.S. Agency

for International Development—none of them are really willing to answer those sorts of questions. They were willing to sort of talk generally. And the State Department did confirm that they had—they confirmed Naji’s detention and confirmed that they had visited him in detention. But in terms of the firing of his mom, there’s not much information they were willing to give. AMY GOODMAN: Naji Mansour, if you could, in this last 30 seconds we have, explain why you’ve decided to come for the first time on national, international television? The significance of releasing these FBI calls, for you? NAJI MANSOUR: Basically, personally, I had wanted to come out with this since I was detained in Juba. And I had actually told the embassy to do so, to—they had a form, and I told them to alert everybody, including the media, including my state senator, everybody. Unfortunately, they did not do so. And afterwards, when— after I was released, my mother had some concerns, because of what would—you know, the blowback that would come to us if I did go to the media. But four years on, this is still happening. The government is still asking me out for coffee, last time I went to the embassy to renew my passport. Basically, this is not going away, and we need to make it stop. I want my life back. We want our lives back. AMY GOODMAN: I want to thank you very much for being with us, Naji Mansour, speaking to us from Sudan, Muslim American, says the U.S. government retaliated against him and his family when he refused to become an FBI informant. And, Nick Baumann, we will link to your piece, senior editor at Mother Jones. His new exposé is "This American Refused to Become an FBI Informant. Then the Government Made His Family’s Life Hell." [Source: Democracynow.org]

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The Washington Post, May 5, 2014 A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that legislative bodies such as city councils can begin their meetings with prayer, even if it plainly favors a specific religion. The court ruled 5 to 4 that Christian prayers said before meetings of an Upstate New York town council did not violate the constitutional prohibition against government establishment of religion; the justices cited history and tradition. “Ceremonial prayer is but a recognition that, since this Nation was founded and until the present day, many Americans deem that their own existence must be understood by precepts far beyond the authority of government,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the court’s conservative majority. The ruling reflected a Supreme Court that has become more lenient on how government may accommodate religion in civic life without crossing the line into an endorsement of a particular faith. All nine justices endorsed the concept of legislative prayer, with the four dissenters agreeing that the public forum “need not become a religion-free zone,” in the words of Justice Elena Kagan. But there was sharp disagreement after that, and the majority ruling could encourage public bodies to give more leeway to religious expression in their ceremonial prayers and less deference to the objections of religious minorities. The court’s five conservatives said legislative prayers need not be stripped of references to a specific religion — the prayers at issue often invoked Jesus Christ and the resurrection — and said those given the opportunity to pray before legislative meetings should be “unfettered” by what government officials find appropriate.

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“I would hold that the government officials responsible for the above practices — that is, for prayer repeatedly invoking a single religion’s beliefs in these settings — crossed a constitutional line,” Kagan wrote.

“Absent a pattern of prayers that over time denigrate, proselytize, or betray an impermissible government purpose, a challenge based solely on the content of a particular prayer will not likely establish a constitutional violation,” Kennedy wrote. He was joined by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr.

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit found that “the town’s prayer practice must be viewed as an endorsement of a particular religious viewpoint” because the town had not reached out to a more diverse group of prayer-givers or made clear that the prayers did not represent the town’s beliefs.

Kagan’s dissent was both narrow — the town could have remedied its problems by finding more religiously diverse prayergivers, she said — and broad. The First Amendment’s promise, she wrote, is that “every citizen, irrespective of her religion, owns an equal share in her government.”

The Supreme Court decided 30 years ago that state legislatures may begin sessions with an invocation. But the new case asked whether there might need to be different rules for local council meetings, where citizens often come to ask for favorable official action.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor joined her.

The town residents who objected to the prayer practice, Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens, also argued that the court’s 1983 decision in Marsh v. Chambers authorized only inclusive, nonsectarian prayers to a “generic God.”

The decision split the court along its usual ideological divide and, to a lesser extent, by religion. All members of the majority are Catholic, as is Sotomayor. The other dissenters are Jewish. The case involved the New York town of Greece, just outside Rochester, where the council regularly opened its meetings with a prayer delivered by someone from the community. The speakers were recruited from local houses of worship, which were overwhelmingly Christian. In fact, every meeting from 1999 to 2007 opened with a Christian prayer, and even after two of the town’s residents filed a lawsuit, only a handful of non-Christians have delivered the invocation.

Kennedy began by referring to history: The same founders who wrote the First Amendment — with its prohibition on the establishment of a government religion but also protections for religious liberty — provided money for congressional chaplains, he said. “Legislative prayer has become part of our heritage and tradition, part of our expressive idiom, similar to the Pledge of Allegiance, inaugural prayer, or the recitation of ‘God save the United States and this honorable Court’ at the opening of this Court’s sessions,” he wrote.

And he said there was no evidence that Greece town council members “allocated benefits and burdens based on participation in the prayer.” The court’s majority split on how to judge whether prayers amount to coercion of nonbelievers. “The analysis would be different if town board members directed the public to participate in the prayers, singled out dissidents for opprobrium, or indicated that their decisions might be influenced by a person’s acquiescence in the prayer opportunity,” Kennedy wrote in a part of the opinion joined only by Roberts and Alito. Thomas and Scalia differed. They said that to the extent coercion is relevant to whether there is a violation of the Constitution’s establishment clause, “it is actual legal coercion that counts.” Peer pressure, they said, is not enough. Thomas, speaking only for himself, again questioned whether the establishment clause even applies to state and local governments. He allowed that as an initial matter, it “probably prohibits Congress from establishing a national religion.” Kagan said Greece’s policy violates the norm of religious equality — “the breathtakingly generous constitutional idea that our public institutions belong no less to the Buddhist or Hindu than to the Methodist or Episcopalian.” She said town hall meetings are different from sessions of legislatures or Congress. They are “occasions for ordinary citizens to engage with and petition their government, often on highly individualized matters.” Such meetings require more sensitivity to the prayers offered before a diverse audience, she said.

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Do men think that they will be left alone on saying “We believe” and that they will Some Practical Guidelines in Dealing With Trials not be tested? (29:2) [What follows is an excerpt from Mushfiqur Rahman's work entitled “Islamic Perspectives on Trials and Tribulations.” After discussing the Islamic philosophy behind trials and tribulations and how these life events and challenges prepare one's heart for tests, the author lists some practical guidelines, drawn from the Qur’an and the Sunnah, on dealing with trials.]

supplication: O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from the punishment of the grave; I seek refuge in Thee from the trial of the Antichrist; I seek refuge in Thee from the trial of life and the trial of death; O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from sin and debt. (Muslim)

No one is granted a gift better and more comprehensive than patience. (Bukhari and Muslim)

Seek Refuge From Trials One should not solicit trials from Allah. No matter how pious one might be, he or she should not be proud of having unshakable faith but always remain humble and ask Allah to guide him and to keep him on the right path. Indeed, if it was not for the mercy and guidance of Allah, he could not have remained a believer and a practicing Muslim. Therefore, he should often ask for forgiveness from Allah for sins and mistakes committed so that He does not take him to task for those mistakes. In the Qur’an, Allah teaches the believers to make the following supplication: Our Lord! Take us not to task if we forget or commit mistakes. Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden such as You laid on those gone before us. Our Lord! Lay not on us burdens which we do not have the power to bear. And overlook our faults, and forgive us, and have mercy upon us. (2:286) The Prophet Sallallahu 'alyhi wa sallam, the most pious and faithful of all believers, frequently used to make the following

Giving sadaqa (charity) often can prevent calamity for a believer. The Prophet Sallallahu 'alyhi wa sallam said: Give the sadaqa without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity. (Tirmidhi)

our return.” They are those on whom (descend) blessings from Allah and Mercy and they are the ones that receive guidance. (2:156-157) The Prophet Sallallahu 'alyhi wa sallam said: If any Muslim who suffers some calamity says that which Allah has commanded him: “ ‘We belong to Allah and to Him shall we return’: O Allah, reward me for my affliction and give me something better in exchange for it”, Allah will give him something better than it in exchange. (Muslim) The Prophet Sallallahu 'alyhi wa sallam once grabbed Abdullah ibn ‘Umar by his shoulders and said: Be in the world as if you were a stranger or a wayfarer. (Bukhari)

a sudden and unforeseen calamity or difficulty. The Prophet Sallallahu 'alyhi wa sallam said: Patience is only at the first (stroke) of grief. (Bukhari and Muslim)

When Calamity Befalls, Remember That It Is a Test. Any affliction that a believer suffers is a test from Allah. If he does not recognize the test, then he may feel despair and thus fail the test. The believer should particularly keep in mind the following verses from the Qur’an that remind that every single believer will be tested: We shall try you until We test those among you who strive their utmost and persevere in patience; and we shall try your reported (mettle). (47:31)

Be Ready For Trials While a believer should seek refuge in Allah from trials, he should, at the same time, be always ready for trials. His supplications for forgiveness might save him from some trials, but there will still be trials that he will face for sure. Therefore, a believer should always be mentally prepared for afflictions and calamities so that he can pass the tests with success. Always Have Focus on the Hereafter If one is afflicted with a calamity, he should remember that our life is short and our ultimate destination is the Hereafter. Therefore, he should remain patient, ask Allah for help, and remember that he will be meeting Him soon: Who say when afflicted with calamity: “To Allah we belong and to Him is

When a believer always keeps the Hereafter in focus, he remains calm and in control at whatever calamity he faces. For him, dunya (this world) is not the end of everything, and thus he does not

Ye shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your personal selves. (3:186) Do men think that they will be left alone

O ye who believe! seek help with patient perseverance and prayer: for Allah is with those who patiently persevere. (2:153) breakdown but stays calm and deals with all crisis with faith and trust in Allah .

on saying “We believe” and that they will not be tested? (29:2) Ask Allah For Forgiveness

Be Patient at the First Stroke The mettle of a person is proven when he remains calm and in control even at

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When calamity strikes a believer, he should take all steps necessary to remedy the situation. Having faith and trust in Allah never means inaction or complacency with difficulties. This has been made quite clear in both the Qur’an and the examples of the Prophet Sallallahu 'alyhi wa sallam. From a spiritual perspective, the very first thing that the believer should do is turn to Allah for forgiveness. One of the most beautiful and effective supplications that he can make is the supplication made by Prophet Jonah (called Yunus in the Qur’an). When the people of Nineveh rejected the message of Jonah to worship Allah alone, Jonah left the city out of despair, expecting that Allah’s punishment on them was imminent. That was a mistake, for a Prophet can never forsake his mission and leave without the consent of Allah. This was only a mistake in judgment, and not a rebellious action. Nevertheless, for a Prophet or a man of piety, even a minor mistake comes out to be significant in contrast to the faith and piety that Allah has blessed him or her with. Jonah was soon consumed by a whale. It was a dark night, and he was in the dark stomach in the dark bottom of the sea. Stricken with this calamity, Jonah realized his mistake and immediately turned to Allah for forgiveness. He made a supplication that was simple and short. Nevertheless, its words carry so much significance that this small supplication is considered to be the “Mother of all supplications”. From the darkest chamber

of worship except Allah. Besides Him, he can turn to no one for help – no king, no judge, and no personal attorney. If there is anyone who is capable of forgiveness and help, that is only Allah, the Supreme Authority of the entire universe. Second, he declared that Allah is above all blames and shortcomings. Allah is not to be blamed for his situations, for He never commits a wrong against anyone. He is above and beyond all faults and shortcomings. Lastly, he admitted that he has committed a mistake. This admittance and recognition of one’s own fault is perhaps the most important element in seeking forgiveness. For Jonah, this admission did not merely come out from his lips but also from the bottom of his heart. This short supplication was so heavy in weight that Allah turned to him in forgiveness and delivered him from these three layers of darkness.1

There is no God but You! Glory be to You! I have done wrong. (21:87) This short supplication has three important components. First, Jonah recognized that there is no other authority or power worthy

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One of the best times to offer salat is late night before the time for fajr starts. Called the tahajjud prayer, there are many excellences for this prayer. The believer should try to make as much tahajjud prayer as possible and ask Allah for help and forgiveness, as this is one the best times to make prayers and supplications:

The first kinds are those who desperately seek Allah’s help and forgiveness when in calamity or peril. Then when Allah delivers them from their calamity, they forget Allah and go back to their usual life of indifference to Allah and the Hereafter. About these people, Allah says: When trouble touches a man he cries unto Us (in all postures) lying down on his side or sitting or standing. But when

Sincere admittance of mistakes and repentance, thus, is a necessary condition for supplications to be heard. Allah is indeed the Most Merciful and He is quick to forgive His slaves. Ask for Help With Patience and Salat After faith and trust in Allah, the most import quality that a believer needs during calamity and affliction is patience. Patience is such a virtue that it is frequently mentioned both in the Qur’an and the hadith. Indeed, the Prophet Sallallahu 'alyhi wa sallam said that it is the best gift that one can receive from Allah: No one is granted a gift better and more comprehensive than patience. (Bukhari and Muslim)

One should never demoralize an afflicted believer by saying that Allah is displeased with him or that he has committed some sin for which he is being punished. of the whale’s stomach, he cried out to Allah:

Seek (Allah's) help with patient perseverance and prayer. (2:45)

And for part of the night also praise Him, and at the retreat of the stars! (52:49) And during part of the night (also) celebrate His praises and (so likewise) after the postures of adoration. (50:40) And part of the night prostrate thyself to Him; and glorify Him a long night through. (76:26) When people and all other creatures around are deep in sleep, it is only the believer who keeps awake and is immersed in worshiping Allah . In that still silence of the dead of the night, it is, as if, only two are engaged in a private conversation: one who begs for help and mercy, and the Other Who listens to his prayers. Avoid the Two Pitfalls

In many places in the Qur’an, Allah asks the believer to seek His help with patience and salat, such as: O ye who believe! seek help with patient perseverance and prayer: for Allah is with those who patiently persevere. (2:153)

Truly man was created very impatient: fretful when evil touches him, and niggardly when good reaches him. (70:19-21) There are two categories of people that a righteous believer should not slip into.

We have solved his trouble he passes on his way as if he had never cried to Us for a trouble that touched him! Thus do the deeds of transgressors seem fair in their eyes! (10:12) The second kinds are those who worship Allah and follow his commandments so long as they enjoy a comfortable or trouble-free life. Then when calamities strike them, they break down and become indifferent to Allah and his commandments out of anger and frustration. It is, as if, they deserve a comfortable life in return for their worshipping of Allah . About them, says Allah : Among men is he who worships Allah, while remaining on the borderline; if any good befalls him, he is satisfied; but if a trial afflicts him, he utterly turns away. He will incur loss both of this world and the Hereafter. That indeed is a clear loss. (21:11) Falling into one these two categories is an utter failure. A true believer is one who always worships Allah – whether in calamity or in good fortune. When in >> TESTS I Pg 33


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calamity, he remains patient and pleased with Allah, and when something good happens to him, he thanks Allah. Thus he always earns rewards and Allah’s good pleasure while he lives in this world. The Prophet Sallallahu 'alyhi wa sallam said: How wonderful is the case of a believer! There is good for him in everything, and this is not the case with anyone except a believer. If prosperity attends him, he expresses gratitude to Allah and that is good for him; and if adversity befalls him, he endures it patiently and that is better for him. (Muslim) Keep in Mind the Eventual Success Verily with every difficulty, there is relief. (94:6)

OPINION | 33 Verily, the Hereafter will be better for thee than the present. (93:4) Show Kindness to Those Who are Afflicted If someone is afflicted with a calamity, other believers should often visit or call him or her and inquire about his (or her) welfare. One should never demoralize an afflicted believer by saying that Allah is displeased with him or that he has committed some sin for which he is being punished. Instead, believers should tell him good words that will uplift his spirit. They should tell him about the fact that Allah tests those whom He loves, and that it is the righteous believers who suffer the most in this life so that they can get Paradise in the Hereafter. The believers should sympathize with him and offer their help. The Prophet Sallallahu 'alyhi wa sallam, out of his sympathy for the afflicted, said:

It is a source of great comfort for a believer to know that his or her afflictions will one day come to an end and there will be relief for him. Therefore, he should keep this eventuality in mind and go through his trial with patience, forbearance, and faith in Allah. There will be a day – whether in this world or the Next – when he will come out victorious and successful for passing the test. For a believer in affliction, that is the ultimate success that awaits him. Says Allah :

If you were to sell fruits to your brother and these are stricken with calamity, it is not permissible for you to get anything from him. (Muslim)

Du'a

maneuvered it to swoop down, hover like a hummingbird, then gently pluck a 1,000-pound log from the pile, twist up, swerve and rotate that claw as deliberately as a child's hand in a game of pick-upsticks, then place it delicately atop another log on the cabin wall. The number of logs he could place in forty minutes would have taken us four hours.

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whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Allah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things.” And what He sent us was Scott Canda with his wonderful mechanical claw. Mr. Canda is an oldschool logger and the man who supplies us with our logs. He is also the owner and operator of a rattlin', shakin', blue smoke-belchin' log loading truck with a temperamental hydraulic grasping claw. But when he sat in that truck's operator seat he deftly manipulated the control levers of that claw with a nimbleness so exact it was freaky. Cyborg-freaky. He

Remember Past Trials and Benefit From Them A wise person always takes lessons from hardships and afflictions and tries to improve his or her situation. A believer who has come out of an affliction should

Allah provided an extra set of hands from a young Muslim brother named Ridhwaan who helped us for a year, a tractor from neighbor Jack Maurer, who cut out and graded our main road, and a backhoe from another neighbor, Suzy Johnson, who dug the hole for our outhouse. In every step of the building process we made dua'. And Allah Subhana wa t'Ala answered. Each

be self-critical and objectively analyze the possible causes for his affliction, and make corrections accordingly. For example, if he has been involved in a serious road accident while driving and Allah spared his life, then he should be more careful in driving, follow all traffic laws, and drive defensively. Or if he became seriously sick due to unhealthy eating habits and he recovered, then he should control his diet and do regulars exercise to stay fit and healthy. Most important improvements of all are amending one’s character and conduct and turning to Allah in obedience. There is also spiritual benefit in remembering the past trials as that will make the believer always remain conscious of the fact that life is short with all its vicissitudes and he will soon return to Allah . The Prophet Sallallahu 'alyhi wa sallam said that remembering past trials can even earn him reward: If any Muslim man or woman suffers a calamity and keeps it in his memory, even if it happened a long time ago, saying each time it is remembered, 'We belong to Allah and to Him do we return,' Allah, who is Blessed and Exalted will give a fresh reward each time it is said, equivalent to the reward when it happened. (Ahmad) Epilogue: Life is a Testing Ground

For one who submits, a mere declaration or display of belief will not be taken for success, but his or her heart and soul will for sure be put to test. Allah will test him to see whether he follows His commandments or his own desires; whether he lives a righteous and godly life or lives according to what his nafs (self ) dictates; whether the faith he displays is firmly rooted in his heart or is it merely on the surface and thus is knocked off at a slight wind; whether he will continue to have faith and love of Allah when in calamity as he does when in comfort; whether he will continue to remember and worship him if given bounties and comforts of life as he does when he lives a modest life. Allah will test him to see if his faith, trust, and love of Him is unconditional or is it conditioned with good health and comfortable life free from stress and anxiety. For a righteous Muslim, this life is a testing ground where he will continue to be tested until he meets Allah . For him, tests will be done right here on earth while he lives, and not after he dies. He knows that as soon as death arrives and he steps into the Next World, his tests are over. There, he only receives the results of his tests, and then enjoys (or suffers) the fruits of his deeds that he committed during a short span of time called Life.

Islam is submission to the will of Allah.

time we cut into a log, dua' was made. For every hole drilled into a log and every piece of rebar pounded into that hole, a dua'. Before each challenging task, dua'. Each step of the journey necessitates dua', whether learning a new surah, seeking a spouse, cooking a meal, or building a house. The dua' is the inner tool you use. Craftsmen have a saying, “the right tool for the job.” Some endeavors feel as if you're working and struggling with a teaspoon when what you really need is a pickaxe. That teaspoon is you trying to make something happen on your own. It's the wrong equipment so put the teaspoon down. Come on, you know the ayat, say it with me: “And your Lord says call on me and I will answer.” Enough with the

heave-ho. Don't make things difficult. Make dua'. It's the right tool for the job. Sister Jann McClary and her husband Tariq moved from the Washington DC metropolitan area establish a new home in the mountains of Colorado, building it from the ground up as part of their plan to become free of from the spiritually and physically stress of modern urban life. Sister Jann is documenting her experiences for the Muslim Link. See her first two installments at www. muslimlinkpaper.com by searching for “Running for the Hills”. Make sure you select “Exact Phrase” in the search options.

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Salaah times for May 9th - June 5th, 2014

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

Prayer times generated from www.islamicfinder.com for the WASHINGTON, DC area.

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Day

Date

Hijri

Fajr

Sunrise

Dhuhr

Fri

May 9

10/7

4:36

6:01

1:05

Asr

Maghrib

Isha

4:57

8:09

9:34

Sat

10

11/7

4:35

6:00

1:05

4:57

8:10

9:35

Sun

11

12/7

4:33

5:59

1:05

4:57

8:11

9:36

Mon

12

13/7

4:32

5:58

1:05

4:57

8:12

9:38

Tue

13

14/7

4:31

5:57

1:05

4:57

8:13

9:39

Wed

14

15/7

4:30

5:56

1:05

4:58

8:13

9:40

Thu

15

16/7

4:28

5:55

1:05

4:58

8:14

9:41

Fri

16

17/7

4:27

5:54

1:05

4:58

8:15

9:43

Sat

17

18/7

4:26

5:53

1:05

4:58

8:16

9:44

Sun

18

19/7

4:25

5:53

1:05

4:59

8:17

9:45

Mon

19

20/7

4:24

5:52

1:05

4:59

8:18

9:46

Tue

20

21/7

4:23

5:51

1:05

4:59

8:19

9:47

Wed

21

22/7

4:22

5:50

1:05

4:59

8:20

9:49

Thu

22

23/7

4:21

5:50

1:05

5:00

8:20

9:50

Fri

23

24/7

4:20

5:49

1:05

5:00

8:21

9:51

Sat

24

25/7

4:19

5:48

1:05

5:00

8:22

9:52

Sun

25

26/7

4:18

5:48

1:06

5:00

8:23

9:53

Mon

26

27/7

4:17

5:47

1:06

5:00

8:24

9:54

Tue

27

28/7

4:16

5:46

1:06

5:01

8:24

9:55

Wed

28

29/7

4:15

5:46

1:06

5:01

8:25

9:56

Thu

29

30/7

4:15

5:45

1:06

5:01

8:26

9:57

Fri

30

1/8

4:14

5:45

1:06

5:01

8:27

9:58

Sat

31

2/8

4:13

5:44

1:06

5:02

8:27

9:59

Sun

June 1

3/8

4:13

5:44

1:06

5:02

8:28

10:00

Mon

2

4/8

4:12

5:44

1:07

5:02

8:29

10:01

Tue

3

5/8

4:11

5:43

1:07

5:02

8:29

10:02

Wed

4

6/8

4:11

5:43

1:07

5:03

8:30

10:03

Thu

5

7/8

4:10

5:43

1:07

5:03

8:31

10:04


May 9th - June 5th 2014

Request For Duaa

{ To Allah We B e lon g, a n d t o H im is O u r R e t u 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)” 04-15-2014 It is with great sadness that we announce the Janazah of Brother Jeelani Gulam, who passed away after a long illness. Brother Jeelani was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife Shaheen and his son Zubair and daughters Hafza, Huzaefah, Ghazala and his grandchildren. The PGMA community extends sincere condolences to his family. Brother Jeelani was one of the founding members of the PGMA who, in 1994 with a few community brothers, took the steps necessary to acquire property in Lanham and start the organization called the Prince George's Muslim Association. In the early years, he served as the religious leader of PGMA, and assisted in starting the Sunday School and Hifz programs, where he also taught adult and children's classes. Brother Jeelani was also instrumental in starting the janazah program at PGMA. The Janazah Salat for Brother Jeelani Gulam was on April 16, 2014 in Lanham, Maryland. May Allah SWT accept all of his efforts, and admit him to Jannatul Firdous, and may He grant his family patience and ease. (Source: PGMA) 04-15-2014 Sr. Sanawar Begum has passed away. May Allah (swt) shower His mercy on her and grant her highest level in Jannat ul Firdous, May Allah give peace to her family in this time of difficulty and to bear the loss - Aameen. (Source: A. Ahmad) 04-18-2014 PGMA extends sincere condolences to the family of Sister Adukeh Labbor who has passed away. The Janazah Salat for Sister Adukeh Labbor was on April 19, 2014 in Lanham, Maryland. May Allah SWT admit her to Jannatul Firdous, and may HE grant her family patience and ease. (Source: PGMA) 04-18-2014 We regret to announce that Sr Safia Siddiqui's mother (mother in law of Br. Maqbool Siddiqui) has passed away. May Allah forgive her sins, accept her good deeds and enter her into Jannat ul Firdaus, Aameen. (Source: ICM) 04-25-2014 Mohammad Rafiq Ayubi, uncle of Br. Mervis Ayubi, has passed away. Janazah prayers were on April 25, 2014 in Manassas, Virginia. May Allah (SWT) forgive all of his sins, may He grant him jannah-tul-firdous and give sabr to family and friends. (Source: Dar Al-Hijrah) 04-29-2014 It is with great sadness and heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Sister Samiunnisa, sister of our community member Brother Anwar Ali Khan. 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) 05-05-2014 PGMA extends sincere condolences to the family of Baby Naima Tholley, daughter of Brother Gina Gbla and Sister Jemileh Musa. The Janazah Salat for Baby Naima was on May 6, 2014 in Lanham, Maryland. May Allah SWT admit her to Jannatul Firdous, and may HE grant her family patience and ease. (Source: PGMA) 05-06-2014 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Abdul Gaffar Qureshi. The Salat ul Janaza was on May 7, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. We ask Allah (SWT) to shower him with His mercy, compassion and forgiveness, grant him the highest ranks in paradise and give his family support and patience during this difficult time. (Source: ISB)

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Upcoming Events In Your Area MSSA Fundraiser Banquet and Awards Show Saturday, May 17 2014, 5:00pm - 8:00pm Muslim Social Services Agency (MSSA) invites you to join us at 10 years of providing neighborly needs Fundraiser Banquet & Awards Show. Gourmet Catered Meal -Entertainment - Networking. Keynote speaker: Imam Hassan Amin, Imam of Johns Hopkins University & Executive Director of MSSA. Tickets: Until May 3rd- $45, After May 3rd - $55. www.muslimsocialservicesagency.org Rawlings-Fulton Clubhouse, Forest Park Golf Course, 2900 Hillsdale Rd, Baltimore, MD 21207. For info, call 410-340-9747 WIA 4th Annual Fundraising Dinner Saturday, May 17 2014 Washington International Academy 4th Annual Fundraising Dinner, Invest in our Future. Suhaib Webb, Majed Mahmoud. 5:30PM Crown Plaza Tysons Corner, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22102 Purchase tickets from WIA by calling Halima Abdi 571-239-4218 or email: office@wiaschool.org Linux Fundamentals Course at McLean Islamic Center Saturday, May 17 2014 Designed for people who have limited or no previous exposure to Linux. Required Prerequisite: Familiar with Windows or Mac OS System. $125 before April 15th. ($150 after date) 18 hours. Every Saturday, starting May 17th 12pm-8pm. Contact: mcleanislamiccenter@gmail.com Dar Al Taqwa Fundraiser Sunday, May 18 2014, 5:00pm - 9:00pm Please join us for an evening of Presentation, Entertainment, Dinner, & More. Tickets: Individual: $20.00, Family: $50.00 (up to 4) includes Complimentary Babysitting. River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108 Clarksville, MD 21029 www.Taqwa.net 39th Annual ICNA-MAS Convention in Baltimore Saturday, May 24 2014 Join 20,000 Muslims, in Shaa Allah at the 39th Annual ICNA-MAS Convention. This year's theme is "Islam: Faith. Submission. Service." May 24th-26th 2014. Some of the event highlights are: the parallel youth convention, sisters only events, family counseling, matrimonial services, an interfaith event, Islamic “halal” entertainment, the cultural bazaar, and much more. Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD http://www.icnaconvention.org/ MCMC First Community Candidate Forum 2014 Saturday, May 31 2014 Come Meet the Candidates running for Governor of MD and County Executive for Montgomery County in 2014. Voter Registration. 10:00 am -12:00 pm Sharp. To RSVP or for more information email mumin.barre@gmail.com or irmahafeez@aol.com. Potomac Community Center 11315 Falls Road Potomac, Maryland 20854, 240-777-6960 Golden Minaret Awards Saturday, May 31 2014 The Academy of Muslim Achievement presents Golden Minaret Awards - Celebrating Muslim contributions to community & humanity. Honorary Co-Chairs: Congressman Keith Ellison (MN), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC). Featuring The President Nelson Mandela Award Honoring Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool. Refreshments • Live Entertainment • Childcare Tickets $50 - $150. Starts 7PM. Liaison Hotel 415 New Jersey Avenue, Washington, DC 20001 visit www.goldenminaretawards.com Build Applications with Oracle ADF Course at McLean Islamic Center Sunday, June 01 2014 This course is aimed at developers who want to build Java EE applications using Oracle 11g ADF. 40 hour program every Sunday, starting June 1st. Time: 12pm-8pm. mcleanislamiccenter@gmail.com

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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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Islamic Center Of Virginia: 1241 Buford Rd., Richmond, VA 23235 Tel: 804-320-7333 www.icVA1.com ---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society Of Greater Richmond (Isgr): 6324 Rigsby Road, Richamond, VA 23226 Tel: 804-673-4177 www.isgr.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Al Rahman: 1305 Hull St., Richmond, VA 23224 Tel: 804-232-7640 --------------------------------------------------------------------------Masjidullah Of Richmond: 211 North Ave., Richmond, VA 23222 Tel: 804-321-8864/804-647-4297 ---------------------------------------------------------------Dar-ul Huda: 6666 Commerce St., Springfield, VA 22150, Tel: 703-922-0111 www.darulhuda.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Foundation of America: 6606 Electronic Drive, Springfield, VA 22151 Tel: 703-914-4982 ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Noor: 8608 Pohick Rd, Springfield, VA 22153 Tel: 703-451-7615 ----------------------------------------------------------------Adams Center: 46903 Sugarland Rd, Sterling,VA 20164, Tel: 703-433-1325 www.adamscenter.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Heritage Center (Ihc): 262 A-3 Cedar Ln., Vienna, VA 22180 Tel: 703-206-9056 ---------------------------------------------------------------WASHINGTON D.C. ---------------------------------------------------------------First Hijra Muslim Comm. Center: 4324 Georgia Ave, NW Washington, D.C. 20011 www.firsthijrah.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Ivy City Masjid: 2001 Galludet St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002 Tel: 202-904-9668 E-mail: masjidivycity@yahoo.com ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Al-islam: 4603 Benning Rd., SE, Washington, D.C. 20019 E-mail: Imammusa@hotmail.com ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Muhammad: 1519 4th St. NW, Washington D.C. 20001 Tel: 202-483-8832 | www. masjidmuhammad.com ---------------------------------------------------------------Muslim Society Of Washington, D.c. (MswDC): Howard Center, Room 805 (Above Hu Bookstore) Tel: 202-328-3236 ---------------------------------------------------------------The Islamic Center: 2551 Massachusetts Avenue

NW Washington D.C. 20008 Tel: 202-332-8343 www.theislamiccenter.com ---------------------------------------------------------------MARYLAND ---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society Of Annapolis (Isa): 2635 Riva Rd. Suite 110, Annapolis, MD 21401 Tel: 410-266-6660 www.isamd.org Email: Info@islamannapolis.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Bait-Allah Masjid of Baltimore Inc 200 S. Calhoun Street Baltimore, MD 21223 Imam’s cell: 571-721-9938 email: baitallahmasjid@yahoo.com ---------------------------------------------------------------Bilal Dawah Center, Inc: 1910 Frederick Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223 Tel: 410-945-1515 ---------------------------------------------------------------Dar ul Uloom: 6334 Dogwoood Rd, Baltimore, MD 21207, Tel: 410-493-0785 Email: Darululoommd@aol.com ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Ul-haq: 514 Islamic Way (Wilson St. ), Baltimore, MD 21217 Tel: 410-728-1363 ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Al-mumineen: 2642 Harford Rd., Baltimore, MD 21218 Tel: 410-467-8798 ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Jamaat Al-Muslimeen: 4624 York Rd., Baltimore, MD 21212 Tel: 443-438-7986 ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Al-rahmah/isb: 6631 Johnnycake Rd., Baltimore, MD 21244 Tel: 410-747-4869 | www.isb.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid As Saffat: 1335 W. North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217 Tel: 410-669-0655 ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Fatima Address: 1928 Powers Lane Catonsville MD, 21228 Phone: 410 800 4880 Email: info@masjidfatima.com Website: http://www.masjidfatima. com ---------------------------------------------------------------Irhsca (Islamic Research And Hum. Services Center Of America): 1 Chambers Ave, Capitol Heights, MD Tel: 301-324-5040 www.irhsca.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society Of Southern Pg County (Isspgc): P O Box 99, Clinton, MD 20735 5410 Indian Head Hwy, Oxon Hill, MD 20745 Tel: 240 603 4618 ---------------------------------------------------------------Dar-us-Salaam: 5301 Edgewood Rd., College Park, MD 20740, Tel: 301-982-9848 www.duscommunity.org

---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society Of Easton 126 Port Street Unit # 1 Easton, MD 21601 Tel: 410-829 7924 islamicsocietyofeastonmd.yolasite.com---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Zamzam 1510 Lynch Road, Dundalk, MD 21222 Tel: 410-284-2840 www.masjidzamzam.com ---------------------------------------------------------------Dar al-Taqwa: 10740 Rte. 108, Ellicott City, MD 21042, Tel: 410-997-5711 www.taqwa.net ---------------------------------------------------------------Maryum Islamic Center (MIC) 3280 Pine Orchard Lane Suite A Ellicott City, MD 21042 Tel: 443-574-5188 www.maryumcenter.com ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Al-Hikmah: 11064 Livingston Road Unit L (101) Ft. Washington, MD 20744, Tel: 301 292-9009 ---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society Of Frederick (Isf): 1250 Key Parkway, Frederick,md 21702 Tel: 301-682-6090 www.isfmd.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Center Of Maryland (Icm): 19411 Woodfield Rd. Gaithersburg,md 20879 Tel:301-840-9440 www.icomd.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Makkah Learning Center (Mlc): 814 Brandy Farms Ln., Gambrills, MD 21054 Tel: 410-721-5880 www.isamd.org Email: Info@mlcmd.org----------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society Of Germantown (Isg): 19900 Brandermill Rd., Germantown, MD 20876 Tel: (240)-277-7758 www.isgtown.org ---------------------------------------------------------------Masjid Ibn Taymiyyah: 8000 Mlk Highway, Glenarden MD Tel: 301-322-8105 ---------------------------------------------------------------Islamic Society of Western Maryland: 2036 Day Rd., Hagerstown, MD 21740 Tel: 301-797-0922 ---------------------------------------------------------------Southern Maryland Islamic Center (Smic): 1046 Solomons Island Rd, Huntingtown, MD, 20639 Tel: 410-535-0000 ---------------------------------------------------------------Avondale Islamic Center: 4637 Eastern Ave., Hyattsville, MD, 20782 Tel: 301-779-9292 ---------------------------------------------------------------Prince Georges Muslim Assoc.(Pgma): 9150 Lanham Severn Rd., Lanham, MD, 20706,

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But in Greece, she wrote, “month in and month out for over a decade, prayers steeped in only one faith, addressed toward members of the public, commenced meetings to discuss local affairs and distribute government benefits.” She compared it — using the text of some of the prayers offered before the council’s meetings — to the idea of a judge inviting a minister to open a hearing with a prayer about “the saving sacrifice of Jesus Christ” or an election official reciting the Lord’s Prayer before opening the polls. “I would hold that the government officials responsible for the above practices — that is, for prayer repeatedly invoking a single religion’s beliefs in these settings — crossed a constitutional line,” Kagan wrote. “I have every confidence the Court would agree.”

justices said Nebraska had not violated the Constitution by employing a Presbyterian minister for 16 years to lead the legislature in prayer — paved the way. Still, those who favor a strict separation of church and state said Monday’s decision was an expansion. “The rule announced by the Court today authorizes elected officials or clergy to give sectarian prayers in the name of Jesus, Hashem, Allah or any other deity before Congress, state legislatures, or local town boards,” the Anti-Defamation League said in a statement. “The religiously divisive implications of this new rule are troubling in any of these contexts, however it is particularly disturbing at the local level.” But David Cortman, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, praised the ruling.

power to silence volunteers who pray for their communities just as the Founders did.” Those divisions were apparent on the court as well. Alito wrote a concurring opinion just to respond to Kagan. He said he was troubled by her “rhetoric and its highly imaginative hypotheticals.” He said that if what Kagan perceives as Greece’s constitutional problems could be solved simply with more nonsectarian prayers and greater religious diversity, “the dissent’s objection, in the end, is really quite niggling.” Kagan responded that if Alito thinks her objection is “really quite niggling,” that “says all there is to say about the difference between our respective views.”

“Opening public meetings with prayer is a cherished freedom that the authors of the Constitution themselves practiced,” he said. “Speech censors should have no

The case is Town of Greece v. Galloway. [Source: The Washington Post]

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this year were traditional students, and the rest were non-traditional students who were going back to school later in life.

Recipients are also required to continue their Islamic studies. Curricula may include online classes, Quran memorization, studying Arabic, and/or attending seminars and conferences. Curricula are specialized for each recipient.

individual recipient based upon their field of study, amount of loan awarded, and financial status. With loan repayment, the donor’s initial dollars are ‘recirculated, re-used, and re-invested in more and more students for decades.’

The decision was not unexpected. The court’s precedent in Marsh — in which the TUITION

An interesting stipulation to the program is the continuing Islamic education and community development requirement. Within one year of receiving the loan, recipients are expected to begin their projects under the supervision of the ACC and the local masaajid. These projects can include Muslim youth programs, tutoring, adult education, Quran memorization classes, MSA

Once chosen by the selection committee, the recipient signs a legally binding agreement with ACC, that outlines their loan repayment strategy, community development projects, and advancement of their Islamic education. The loan repayment schedule varies per

With the $8000 loan repaid, Hasan now is on ACC’s monthly donor roster because he knows that some other student out there may have to leave school because of financial need. To learn more about A Continuous Charity or to apply for a student loan visit http://continuouscharity.org [*Name changed for privacy]

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