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Quran Competition in NJ Attracts Hundreds Hundreds of anxious young Muslims turned out at the Baytul-Iman Academy Annual Qur’aan Qiraat Competition on Saturday, Rabiul Awwal 12, 1431 H (February 27, 2010) at its Old Bridge location.

Raising Teens In North America: Daily Struggles & Solutions A seminar on Sunday, March 14th, 2010 Andalusia School Yonkers, NY Special Guest: Dr. Ahmed Kobeisy See complete details on Pg 4

With both excitement and nurveousness, participants from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Maryland took to the mic one after the other, all day, carfully reciting versus from the Quran. “The response was so overwhelming that the registration had to be closed early,” said Yasir Shahid, the organizer of the competition. The enthusiasm of the students and parents was everywhere in the packed classrooms and halls. While the top winners got Laptops, Wii Games

and iPods, everyone was a winner for demonstrating their love for reading and applying the Book of Allaah SWT in their individual and collective lives. The participants competed in four levels based on their age. Professional Expert Judges from New York evaluated the recitations using a points system based on Makharij, Tajweed, and Tone. “The performance of the students was truly outstanding Masha’Allaah! It was amazing to see even some very young students reciting like pros Alhamdulillah, giving strong hope for the future of the Muslim Ummah in our country,” commented Salmad Shaikh, Director of the BaytIman Academy The keynote Speaker was Sheikh Hassan Abu Read more... Page 3

Moving Forward Bridges TV Continues to Charge Forward 1yr After Tragic Incident It has been nearly a year since Aasiya Zubair Hassan, was murdered at Bridges TV. But though she is no longer here to help carry out the mission of bridging the gap of greater understandings between religions and cultures but Bridges TV still strives to make sure her mission is accomplished.

had worked together for a while. “We had all been together for more than two years. This gave us an opportunity to take a hard look at the station and reassess what Bridges TV was doing,” said Hunaid Baliwala, General Manager of Bridges TV. He has been with the company for more than five years.

As the station and its employees began to regroup they realized that the situation could be turned into something positive. “We had an opportunity here” said Mohamed Numan Ali, Director of Sales and Programming. “We wanted to make sure Aasiya’s vision kept going”. The situation was helped by the fact that the employees

The station started with a programming survey in collaboration with the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. The survey, which went out to about 10,000 people nationwide, included questions to help gauge viewer Read more... Page 4

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Nar, the World Class Qari from Connecticut who spoke about the importance of inculcating the love and application for the words of Allaah SWT and following of the teachings of His Beloved Messenger Prophet Muhammad SAW who was sent to this world in the month of Rabiul Awwal by Allaah SWT as a Mercy to all. He illustrated the importance of Maamalaat or good behavior in our dealings from the Seerah of Rasullullaah SAW. Old Bridge Mayor Jim Phillips was a special guest and was awarded a Plaque and Books for his Services to the community at large and his support for Quality education. Many of the students had a good time questioning the Mayor on a variety of topics. The program was webcast live by WEBCARE Solutions which was seen by an audience around the world Masha’Allaah, in addition to being seen in five big Halls in the school connected by closed circuit wide Screen TV Panels. The event served to reinforce one of the main goals of Baytul-Iman Academy

Screenshot of the live webcast that was seen by an audience around the world provided by Web Care Solutions

(www.baytuliman.org Est. 2001): to strives to promote the integration of the “sacred” and “secular” knowledge in an attempt to regain the over thousand years of glory of Muslim Civilization which contributed greatly to the modern Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Medicine, Astronomy, Geometry, Trigonometry, Arts, Literature, Management, Publication etc.,

Baytul Iman Academy students excel both in “Deen” and “Duniya” and Alhamdulillaah theTahfeez students have also gone on to obtain 99 percentile in Terra Nova Standardized tests, win Science Olympiads, Johns Hopkins University Talent Search, ICNA Islamic Quiz, Poetry competition etc. and one Hafiz student has recently gained admission to the prestigious Academy of Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences Masha’Allaah.

Baytul-Iman Academy offers an intensive Arabic language program to help better understand the words of Allaah SWT and the message of Prophet Muhammad SAW as a next step towards implementing the teachings in our individual and collective lives and becoming beneficial to ourselves, our families, our neighbors, our country and the world at large, Insha’Allaah. Baytul Iman stresss on social values and a commitment to the community as a whole. They work toward building a society free of drugs & crime, and promote Values which foster in the human society – brotherhood & cooperation, sympathy & compassion, service to the poor & those who are not so fortunate, justice & peace, mutual understanding & tolerance, and a positive & balanced way of life. They beleive in doing Dawah and Tableegh by setting the right examples Insha’Allaah.

Baytul Iman Academy believes that Affordable Islamic Education is a right of everyone and in

Winners receiving their prizes as Mayor Phillips of Old Bridge, Naveed Shaikh of Zayan Takaful and Wesam Berjaoui of University Islamic Finance look on.

THE WINNERS - Alhamdulillah LEVEL-1: 1st Prize : Omer Yasir (Laptop) 2nd Prize : Musa Salman Shaikh (Wii Console) 3rd Prize: Talha Aftab Amray (IPod) LEVEL-2: 1st Prize : Ayesha Yasir (Laptop) 2nd Prize : Muhammad Afnan Aqdus (Wii Console) 3rd Prize: Khizr Zaheer (IPod) LEVEL-3: 1st Prize : Marag Hossien (Laptop) 2nd Prize : Abdullah Sikander (Wii Console) 3rd Prize: Harith M. Siddiqui (IPod) LEVEL-4: 1st Prize : Zaid Bin Khalid (Laptop) 2nd Prize : Mohammed Emaaduddin Sulaiman (Wii Console) 3rd Prize: Sameer Pasha (iPod)

addition to the very affordable Full-Time Islamic School, we offer Evening/Weekend classes for Islamic Studies, with curriculum with special emphasis on Akhlaq & Aadab (Character & Etiquettes) using an excellent curriculum and books in English from Jamiatul Ulema, Qur’an Qirat & Tahfeez, Arabic, Urdu, Bengali, extra-curricular activities like Martial Arts and Swimming – separate for male and female, Summer Camps, Youth Camps etc. Some classes are webcast. Baytul-Iman Academy aims to provide outstanding and well-rounded education to its students focusing on high scholastic achievement as wells as character building to promote talented, balanced, productive, compassionate and law abiding citizens of our nation Given the statistics on drugs, violence & immorality leading to about 2 million non-Muslims students doing home schooling, Baytul-Iman Academy also offers affordable support to Muslim Home Schoolers, who do not have access to an affordable Islamic School. Some of the top performers in the higher levels in this Qur’aan Qiraat competition were Baytul-Iman Academy Home Schooling / Distance Education students, while the first and second positions in level 1 and the first position in level 2 went to BaytulIman Academy Full-Time School Students. Baytul Iman thank the entire Muslim community, its sponsors (Islamic Relief, Zayak Takaful, University Islamic Fi8nance, Guidance FInancial and others), volunteers, teachers and students, for their support. Bautil Iman is about to purchase a fully equipped 20,000 Sq ft school in its plan to expand and requests du’as, suggestions, talents and financial donations. For more information contact Director, Baytul-Iman Academy info@baytuliman.org, 732-858-1786.

Montessori Education In Action Parents and community members attending MUA’s free Montessori Open House last Thursday night in Union City, NJ had a wonderful opportunity to see Montessori education in action. After the MUA Montessori staff briefly described the philosophy and characteristics of Montessori education, students demonstrated how they learn in two sample classrooms complete with materials that MUA staff and students had set up in the MUA gym. Ten students aged 3-6 demonstrated how they used the materials to learn about the solar system, North America, buttermaking, place value, and spelling. Twelve students aged 6-9 demonstrated how they used the materials to learn about parts of speech, multiplication and division, biomes, and identification and classification of plants. After the demonstration, the audience listened to comments from Joann Misha who has over 20 years of teaching and mentoring experience in Montessori classrooms and Mohammad Rustom who credits his outstanding academic achievements for the most part to his Montessori education. After a brief question and answer session the parents were invited to sample the healthy snacks the children learn to serve in the classrooms and the event ended with Salaatul Isha.

tion is differentiated according to the ability and learning style of each child. Children choose the order of their lessons and work at their own pace until they master the learning.

Montessori philosophy is based on the understanding that all children are individuals with their own strengths, needs, likes and learning styles. Montessori classrooms are filled with specially designed materials and a prepared environment promoting hands on learning. Instruc-

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Montessori education complements Islamic education beautifully because the individual is considered as a whole. The physical, emotional, social, aesthetic, cognitive and spiritual needs and interests of the child are inseparable and equally important. Social interactions and manners are emphasized and practiced daily. A caring attitude to all people and planet is nurtured and developed. Children learn Quraan, Arabic and Islamic studies with the same Montessori method and specially designed materials ensuring integration and long term retention of knowledge.

Miftaahul Uloom Academy has been offering Montessori education to the Muslim community for the past eight years and plans to expand to include 9-12 classrooms in the near future, Insha’Allah. If you can contribute in any way to the development of this program or if you would like further information please visit our website at www.muanj.org or call 201-223-9920.

Student Thoughts on Qiraat Competition The Qiraat Competition was a great learning experience for me as well as for others. The place was filled to the brim when I reached my school, Baytul Iman Academy. I was excited and nervous at the same time, and I imagined all the fun and education I would earn. Signs filled the halls, as well as people, and stands, which have pamphlets and flyers about their companies, which mainly help poor and homeless people around the world. It was beautiful, and I was amazed and awed by all the great things there were. The men’s and women’s rooms were decorated with beautiful posters, and a huge sign at the back of the men’s room had a huge sign which said in big bold white letters, BAYTUL IMAN ACADEMY ANNUAL QIRAAT COMPETITION. It hung behind a gray table, and beside it, a chair which was decorated with numerous designs was propped

against the cement walls. Another table stood, and on it was orange like envelopes which contained the certificates for each of the participants.

There were many achievers, and the first, second, and third place winners each get tempting presents. The first place get laptops, second a Wii console, and the third an I-pod! Even the mayor came! He made a speech about how happy he was to come, and was given a plaque. During and at the end of the competition, the announcer asked questions, and everyone had the chance to get a prize. Even if we didn’t win, it doesn’t mean we didn’t try. There’s no such thing as losing. We’re all winners. Sr. Rahma Mbarki Baytul-Iman Academy Grade 6 Student

Baytul-Iman Academy Staff Comments on its Annual Qur’aan Qiraat Competition For the first time the Baytul Iman Academy Annual Qiraat Competition held in on last Saturday. (02/27/10) It was overwhelming to experience hundreds of participants from five different states. The aim of this competition is to encourage and motivate the young generation to memorize and recite Quran with proper Tajweed which should be the aim of all Muslims.

positions in Level 1 and the 1st position in level 2. Also BIA Home Schooling students were in the top performers in higher levels Masha’Allaah. The program was also viewed on line - not only from USA and Canada, but even as far as Morocco and India Masha’Allaah.

Alhamdulillah, it was a big success. One by one, the participants proudly recited their chosen portion of the Quran in their enchanting voices and from the bottom of their heart.

Insha’Allaah events like this will motivate the children from our community to take interest to learn the Quran with perfection. May Allah, the Almighty help us keep the Quran in our heart for the rest of our life and guide all of us on the straight path, with the guidance from Quran. Aameen.

Though it was a tough competition, BIA fulltime school students took both 1st and 2nd

Sr. Fahmina Baytul-Iman Academy Teacher


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Moving Forward... preferences. “The first thing we needed to do was improve our programming dramatically,” Baliwala said. In the process the company was able to make strategic partnerships with content providers out of Australia, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. One of the main reasons the company opted to take a low-key approach in the aftermath of the tragedy was, “we wanted our actions to speak louder than words,” Baliwala said. “No matter how much we tried, people failed to realize that this was personal event that happened at work. It had nothing to do with the station or the religion,” he reiterated. Over the last year, the station has been working on ways to make its programs even more entertaining and educational. Over the past year the station has been able to bring in personalities like Robert Lacey, author of ‘Inside the Kindgom’ and Yvonne Ridley, author of ‘In the hands of the Taliban.’

from pg 1 The station has also revamped its programming, bringing in newer shows like ‘Arabia Cycle of Life,’ ‘Gandhi,’ ‘Traveling Light Lectures’ and ‘Another Pakistan.’ On February 27th Bridges TV will air Goal Dreams, a heartwarming documentary on the Palestinian Soccer Team and their quest for World Cup. On March 8th, the International Women’s Day, Bridges TV will join stations across the United States in airing Veiled Voices. In the midst of revamping its programming Bridges TV has also launched its all new website. According to Baliwala, the new website is easier to navigate and will offer more web videos and content. Bridges TV is available in the Tri-State Area on Verizon FiOS TV. With the one-year anniversary of the tragic incident behind them, the station has absorbed the negative and created positives from it. The management and employees plan to keep working to ensure that Aasiya Hassan’s goal for the station comes to fruition.

Jamaica Muslim Center, Other Masjids to Donate to Haiti The Muslim Community in New York feels the pain and agonizing suffering of the Haitians who are currently undergoing tremendous hardship and adversity due to the earthquake. The Muslim Community is helping the humanitarian efforts for the people of Haiti. Jamaica Muslim Center, one of the largest Islamic Centers in Queens along with Hillside Islamic Center, Darus Salam Masjid, Jackson Heights Islamic Center, As-Safa Islamic Center, Abu Huraira Masjid, Islamic Council of America, and Madani Masjid will be presenting New York

City Comptroller, John Lui, a checks totalling $19,000 for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. The check will be presented by the above Muslim Organizations to the Comptroller on Friday, March 05, 2010 at 6:00 pm at Jamaica Muslim Center located at 85-37 168 Street, Jamaica, New York 11432. The event was postponed on February 26th due to adverse weather condition. All news media are welcome to attend the event.

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Obama Names White House Lawyer as U.S. Emissary to Muslim World Rashad Hussain is the second special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Reporting from Washington - President Obama on Saturday named White House lawyer Rashad Hussain a special envoy to the Muslim world. The president announced the appointment during a video address to the seventh U.S.Islamic World Forum meeting in Doha, Qatar. Hussain is the second special envoy named to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. The group, with more than 50 memberstates, is the world's secondlargest intergovernmental body after the U.N. (The first envoy, Sada Cumber, was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2008.) Obama, in his remarks, said the United States was responsibly ending the war in Iraq, forging partnerships in Afghanistan and committing to a two-state solution in Israel. Hussain had been a deputy associate White House counsel since the start of the administration. He had focused on national security, new media, and science and technology. Obama called him an accomplished lawyer, a close and trusted member of the White House staff and a respected member of the American Muslim community.

The president said Hussain played key roles in developing the partnerships he called for in his June address from Cairo to Muslims around the world. "I am honored and humbled that the president has asked me to serve," Hussain wrote Saturday on the White House blog. He said he was committed to "deepening the partnerships" outlined by Obama in Cairo. Hussain was a trial attorney in the Justice Department, a law clerk to Judge Damon J. Keith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit based in Cincinnati, and a legislative assistant for the House Judiciary Committee, where he reviewed measures such as the Patriot Act. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina, a master's in public administration and Arabic and Islamic studies from Harvard University and a law degree from Yale, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

CAIR Welcomes Appointment of U.S. Envoy to World Muslim Body (WASHINGTON, D.C.,) -- A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy group today welcomed President Obama's appointment of Rashad Hussain as special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said Hussain, who is currently a deputy White House counsel, will be in a position to strengthen positive outreach to the Islamic world and will be able to provide the president with direct access to the views and concerns of Muslims worldwide.

"The appointment of such a respected and experienced member of the American Muslim community as OIC envoy sends the message that President Obama is serious about constructive engagement and cooperation with Muslim nations," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. The OIC is the second largest world inter-governmental organization after the United Nations and serves as the collective voice of the Muslim world. Its membership currently includes 57 Muslim-majority nations.

ISNA Welcomes the Naming of Rashad Hussain Special Envoy to OIC (Plainfield, IN – February 14, 2010) The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) welcomes the appointment of Rashad Hussain as the US envoy to the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). Hussain is the second special envoy to the OIC, the world's second-largest intergovernmental body after the U.N., representing 50 member states. “Improving relations with Muslim countries is crucial to advancing world peace, and Rashad Hussain is an excellent choice for contributing to this task,” ISNA President Ingrid Mattson asserted.

respected member of the American Muslim community. He is the son of first generation Muslim immigrant parents and grew up in Plano, Texas. He has been serving as a deputy associate White House counsel since the start of the Obama administration. He has worked extensively on Capitol Hill, both as an intern and then as a legislative aide on the House Judiciary Committee. He served as a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, and his most recent appointment.

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Star & Crescent School of Essential Knowledge Ninjutsu Martial Arts Seminar

Terrorism, Redefined

By Sensei Badiya Hafeez On February 27, 2010, Master Ali Abdul-Karim in his true spirit came through for his senior student in support along with mix martial artists to help Shihan Shafiq Ali, instructor at Masjid Khalifah to make one of many of his workshops a success.

WASHINGTON, DC (MASNET) Feb. 20, 2010 - When nearly 200 Internal Revenue Service workers in Austin, Texas reported for work last Thursday, most of them were probably not expecting the experience of being attacked by an airplane that intentionally crashed into their workplace. But that is exactly what happened when Joseph Stack, a mild-mannered and seemingly innocuous engineer, piloted his Cessna aircraft and, in apparent rage, flew it into the downtown office building that housed the IRS office in the city-after setting his own house afire and writing a rambling screed condemning that most American of organizations.

Each instructor spoke of their style and taught techniques. Shihan Felix Vasquez and Sensei Yusuf Abdullah Ali demonstrated the proper use of the cane. Shihan Felix demonstrated ability and discipline structure of old school training in

Shihan Bilal Mohammed, Shihan Richard Lewis also senior students of the Star & Crescent School taught blocking, knife and gun techniques. Shihan Richard emphasized to the participants the importance of reading and studying the penal laws.

response and take down of unexpected attacks by having the participants line up in 2 lines (approximate 10 participants in each line) and each person walking through the center not knowing who will attack him.

Sensei Abdullah Morris who has been training since the age of 13 with the Star & Crescent School taught how to manipulate your opponent and the use of joint locks that are effective in the environment in which we live.

For me as a women, it was one of the most productive drills that I have seen demonstrated, because it teaches you to stay alert, focus and ready to do what is necessary defend yourself. I thank Allah (swt) for blessing Master Ali with the knowledge to continue to teach his students for generation to come.

Sifu Shabazz A. Ali Muhammad, a practitioner of Shaolin Kung Fu demonstrated self defense using the choke hold. Instructors Sensei Isa Abdul Mateen, Sensei Abdul Halim, and Shihan Livingston Kelly demonstrated Ninjutsu style of self defense (manipulation, shocking and crippling).

Instructors (R to L): Shihan Aqil Hashim, Shihan Richard Lewis, Shihan Bilal Mohammed, Shihan Shafiq Ali, Master Ali Abdul-Karim, Shihan Livingston Kelly, Sifu Shabazz A. Ali Muhammad, Sensei Abdullah Morris an orderly fashion while teaching (silence, focus & quick response). Sensei Ahmed Rhandor, a practitioner of Aikido demonstrated the simplicity of movement in taking your opponent down.

The host of the seminar Shihan Shafiq Ali taught the participants how to defend an opponent in a small area (Urban contact). The use of traditional techniques applicable in train stations and crowded areas against knife and razor attacks.

Lastly but not least Master Ali Abdul-Karim who has train for over 40 years in the martial arts world and recognized in the Hall of Fame of January 2008 by Aaron Banks demonstrated his zeal and love for the arts with quick

Haiti and The Reciprocity of Giving

On January 12th, Haiti was struck by earthquake, which measured 7.0 on the Richter Scale. A week later, the small island nation with a population of nearly 9 million was struck by another quake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale, raising the estimated death toll to 200,000 and leaving 1.5 million homeless. The Islamic Relief Organization responded to this catastrophic humanitarian crisis with a pledge to give $2 million in aid and was able to raise more than $2.5 million. Among its donors in the tri-state area was Andalusia School in Yonkers, New York, which raised $2,768 in a one-week fund drive in January and continued to collect money throughout February. Islamic Relief and Andalusia School reported that they benefited by the opportunity to give.

Brother Waleed Gabr, Islamic Relief’s Northeast Development Coordinator, visited dozens of schools and establishments in effort to collect funds for the people of Haiti. He says he’s grateful for the reward of working with Islamic school children and described the Andalusia School student body as “a role model for the Muslim community and Islamic schools.” He says he’s inspired by children who make the intention to help others for the sake of Allaah (SWT). “With this intention,” continued Gabr, “kids do everything in their power to help and guide others. They realize that just as Allaah (SWT) guides and gives to us, we need to give and guide others as well.”

Andalusia expressed its gratitude to Islamic Relief for the opportunity to work together to help the people of Haiti. “We are inspired by Islamic Relief’s total commitment to serving Allaah first and humanity second,” said Principal Susan Smith. “We endeavor to teach our children to

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By God’s grace, only two persons, including Stack, were killed in the attack, while several others were critically injured. But what is interesting about the media characterizations of the incident is the absence of the word “terrorism” in describing the action.

We are left to wonder: what is Mr. Stack were an Arab Muslim, and not a middle-class Caucasian? What if Islamic literature were found in the remnants of his burned-out house? And what if he attended a local mosque? Despite the (thankful) absence of massive casualties, the media view of the event should give us all some food for thought. Since “terrorism” is There’s more, read it at www.TriStateMuslims.com

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Islamic Business Wins Academic Following

WHO AM I? A Voice for ArabMuslim American Youth

By HILLARY BRENHOUSE - The New York Times At semiannual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Istanbul last month, talk was largely dominated, inevitably, by the economic crisis and its aftermath. But suitably enough, given the location, another topic also came to the fore: the role of Islamic finance, a fast-developing sector of the global banking industry that has remained remarkably resilient through the slowdown.

gree courses in Islamic finance after receiving a flood of inquiry from prospective students. Participants finish the programs by submitting a dissertation on a topic related to Islamic banking — for instance the market in Islamic bonds, known as sukuk. Enrollment has risen for this academic year to 29 students from just over half that number last year. Ten of this year’s students are employees of the Faisal Islamic Bank in Sudan, sent to Bangor to gain academic accreditation and improve their English.

privacy of all participants. Only results in percentages will be analyzed. All surveys have been approved by Yale’s strict Internal Review Board (IRB).

With the value of assets in Islamic banks now close to $1 trillion and the industry growing at an estimated annual rate of 15 to 20 percent, business students are increasingly eager to cash in. Universities are increasingly offering new postgraduate programs in Islamic finance to help them do it.

According to Mr. Molyneux, about a third of this year’s M.A and M.S. classes has a background in Koranic study and is interested in becoming Shariah scholars. “Every bank, insurance company and investment firm that offers Islamic products has to have a Shariah board that screens their business and decides whether it’s compliant with Islamic principles or not,” he said. “Finding people who can interpret the religious tracts and understand the financial technicalities isn’t easy.”

Who Am I? is something that all young people ask themselves when naturally gazing upon their reflections in the looking glass of life. But, for some, this question is especially challenging if you happen to be a first generation immigrant or child of recent immigrants growing up in America. According to Yale University professor and research scientist, Dr. Pia Rebello Britto, “Growing up Muslim and Arab in the United States in the post-September 11, 2001 era is complex, not just with respect to the different aspects of identity, but also because of the recent political and social context, that has tended to promote wariness toward Arab Muslims in the Western World. As Arab Muslim young people develop their ethnic identity, they are attempting to make sense of their own place within these already complex social constructs…” To help fill in the existing gap of knowledge and understanding that these young people face, a research team from the Yale Child Study Center, funded by Russell Sage and Smart Family Foundations, is spearheading an effort to provide ArabMuslim American youth with opportunities to have their voice heard.

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Islamic financial products comply with Koranic prohibitions against charging interest and investing in morally dubious industries, such as alcohol and pornography, and lending is based on profit-sharing. At a time when Western banking and financial models have been thoroughly discredited, Islamic finance is enjoying an enviable reputation as a more reliable way to invest. HSBC in the United Kingdom is one of many Western institutions that now offer, among other products, Shariah-compliant mortgages and bank accounts. “There is a substantial shortage of people familiar with Islamic financial principals in Western banks,” said Philip Molyneux, head of the business school at Bangor University in Wales, which introduced M.A. and M.S. programs in Islamic banking and finance last year. “And they’re all realizing that the Muslim population is a client base that it would be in their interest to cater to.” The British government has said it is committed to turning London into a robust Islamic financial center and a paper published by the Treasury in December called for the pool of people with the necessary training to be expanded “to keep up with the rapid growth of the market.” British business schools have moved fast to meet the challenge.

Next academic year, responding to high demand, the school intends to introduce an M.B.A. in Islamic finance. “I suspect that there will be quite a bit of migration from the M.A. and M.S. to the more management-oriented M.B.A.,” Mr. Molyneux said. “The commercial sector is much more attracted to the M.B.A. than it is to the other degrees, which it often views — rightly or wrongly — as being too academic.” Thom Polson, a 28-year-old Seattle native, enrolled in the M.A. program at Bangor after completing a postgraduate degree at the Institute of Islamic Banking and Insurance in London. His interest in the sector began when, traveling extensively through the Middle East, he could see that “Islamic banking was growing almost as fast as the skyscrapers.”

During Fall/Winter 2009, early 2010, Arab Muslim young people, ages 10-14 years, and their mother, father or legal guardian, will have the opportunity to participate in a “Who Am I?” Survey and Social Event to be held in parts of NY, NJ, and CT. An impressive research team of bilingual Arab Muslim men and women who will help conduct these events in the spirit of learning and fun. They have received university approved training in the protection of confidential information with respect to safeguarding the

Boys, girls, mothers and fathers will participate in the survey in separate groups. At the end of the survey, student and parents will each be given a $25 Visa Gift Card and invited to join their group for food (pizza and ice cream), fun and friends as a token of appreciation. To top it off, one boy and his parent, and one girl and her parent will be computer-randomly selected to visit Yale University, all expenses paid, for lunch at one of New Haven’s famous pizzerias, a campus tour, and the opportunity to meet members of the Arab Student Association at Yale University!

It is hoped that through projects like this, improving the knowledge and understanding of the professionals who work with Arab Muslim students and devise the school curricula and instructional practices, will beneficially impact the total school environment including, peer-relationships with friends and respect for all students across the U.S.

For more information about how you can add your voice to this ground breaking effort, please visit whoami.yale.edu or call 1-866-999-6014 (toll free) to learn about “Who Am I?” Survey and Social Events in your area. Bilingual team members are available to answer your questions. Here’s your chance to make a difference! Add your voice! Make a choice!

“I saw for the first time economic success working hand in hand with law and religion,” Mr. Polson said. “And it fit with the way I think about community.” Upon graduation, he plans to move to Switzerland and work in Islamic wealth management. His aim is to contribute to the conversion of “the huge amount of capital that is already there from the Muslim world to Shariah-compliant accounts,” he said.

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Forty Hadith No: 27 Al-Nawwas bin Sam'an, radiyallahu 'anhu, reported that the Prophet, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam, said: "Righteousness is good character, and sin is that which wavers in your heart and which you do not want people to know about." [Muslim] According to Wabisah bin Ma'bad, radiyallahu 'anhu, who said: I came to the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam, and he said: "You have come to ask about righteousness ?" " Yes," I answered. He said: "Consult your heart. Righteousness is that about which the soul feels tranquil and the heart feels tranquil, and sin is what creates restlessness in the soul and moves to and fro in the breast, even though people give you their opinion (in your favour) and continue to do so." [A good hadith transmitted from the Musnads of the two Imams, Ahmad bin Hanbal and Al-Darimi]

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What is CAIR-Philadelphia? The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-PA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3), grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is America’s largest Islamic civil rights liberties group, with regional offices nationwide and in Canada. The national headquarters is located on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. The Philadelphia chapter was established in 2004 to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America. CAIR-Philadelphia puts forth an Islamic perspective to ensure that the Muslim voice is represented through media relations, advocacy and education. It also seeks to empower the American Muslim community and encourage civic participation in the political and social life of America. CAIR’s mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. It employs full time staff to coordinate and accomplish tasks in Civil Rights, Media Relations, Interfaith Relations and Community Outreach. Civil Rights: CAIR-Philadelphia counsels, mediates and advocates on behalf of Muslims and others who have experienced religious discrimination, defamation or hate crimes. Know Your Rights Seminars: Presentations with information on your rights in common situations such as at work, at school or in encounters with law enforcement. Immigration Information Sessions-Partnering with USCIS: CAIR host sessions for community members to obtain information on immigration and for individual questions to be answered. Media Relations: CAIR-Philadelphia works to ensure that Islam

and Muslims are accurately portrayed to the American public by monitoring media outlets to challenge negative stereotypes and encourage positive representations of Islam and Muslims. Interfaith Relations: CAIR-Philadelphia sponsors interfaith dialogue in conjunction with churches, synagogues, mosques and other religious and educational institutions. Community Outreach: CAIR-Philadelphia provides seminars and classes to educate Muslims on civic participation in American society. It sponsors civic dialogue in conjunction with mosques and other religious and educational institutions. Muslim Youth Leadership Program (MYLP)Prepares youth to address critical issues in the Muslim community in areas of civil rights, public relations and civic participation. The next MYLP (Community and Interfaith Relations) is April 10, 2010 and April 11, 2010 on University of Pennsylvania’s campus. Please contact our office for an application. Please contact CAIR-Philadelphia: · If you feel you have been the victim of religious discrimination · To arrange educational civil rights workshops · If you have concerns about something you saw, read or heard in the media · If you would like a speaker on Islam and Muslims to give a workshop or course to religious institutions in your area · To arrange educational civic participation workshops · To begin a working relationship with CAIRPhiladelphia · If you would like to be involved in the MYLP or participate in the Internship Program For more information, please contact CAIRPhiladelphia at 215-592-0509, or visit us on the web: http://pa.cair.com

Misconceptions & Misunderstandings About Eid Milad un Nabi (Pbuh) Or Mawlid Al Sharif

By Imam Syed Soharwardy http://www.islamicsupremecouncil.com For some time, the Islamophobes have been trying to create a negative image of Islam. They badmouth about our Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and the holy Qur’an. They have been trying their best to misguide people. They fabricate lies and attack on our beloved Muhammad (peace be upon him). Therefore, it is critical for Muslims to unite and give a united response to the hate-mongers. However, unfortunately, the reality is that the current Muslims are deeply divided even on those practices and beliefs that no one in the entire Muslim world has ever disputed for more than 13 centuries. Instead of focusing on the real issues of the Muslim Ummah we are wasting time and resources in countering each other on the issues which had never been issues. Every year in the month of Rabi Al Awwal, one of the most useless and misguiding campaign is carried out against the celebration of Eid Milad un Nabi (Peace be upon him) also called Mawlid– the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). As Rabi-Al-Awwal approaches, the annual campaign of Fatawa and speeches against celebrating the Birth of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) starts. What a waste! Bid’a (innovation)

The people who oppose celebrating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) argue that it should not be celebrated because

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the Prophet himself and his companions after him did not celebrate his birthday. According to these opponents, celebrating the Prophet’s birthday is an innovation in Islam, and the Prophet (peace upon him) has forbidden creating innovations in Islam. An innovation in Islam is called Bid’a. In their opinion, the Prophet’s birthday was not celebrated by the Prophet and neither by his companions; therefore, it is an innovation (Bid’a) and must be avoided. For them it’s a sin. Nature of Fatawa Against Eid Milad un Nabi (Peace upon him) or Mawlid There is not a single verse in the Qur’an OR a Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) forbidding the celebration of Prophet’s birthday. However, those who oppose the birthday celebration of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) quote many verses from the holy Qur’an and Hadith giving an impression to the less knowledgeable Muslims that it is forbidden. They twist the meanings and insert their own biased opinions in Qur’an and Hadith. A few weeks ago, a brother gave me a fatwa handout against celebrating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). He said, “there are several references from Qur’an and Hadith in the handout against Eid-Milad-un-Nabi”. When you read those fatawa and handouts, you will never find a single verse from Qur’an or a There’s more, read it at www.TriStateMuslims.com

Prophet Muhammad The Best Role Model Historian have studied great personalities such as Moses, Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King and many more, but there is one leader still largely unknown to the West, that literally changed the course of history: The Prophet Muhammad the best role model and most remarkable man. Starting Wednesday March 3rd, Muslims all around the world will celebrate his birthday for full one week. The whole weeks celebrations are known as Milad-un-Nabi in Arabic. Muslims of Lehigh Valley invite all the readers to explore the life of a personality who is loved by 2.5 billion people. This is one leader still largely unknown to the West; however, the Muhammadýÿs remarkable life has been carefully preserved and has been subjected to the scrutiny by many historians. But, why does the average American know so little about a man who was worldýÿs most influential and successful personality in the history? The reason being prejudice, irrational fears dating back to the Crusades, Islam phobia, negative propaganda exaggerated by the media, which has created metal block against Islam. Prophet Muhammad is regard as the great noble man who ever trod upon the earth, a successor of Adam, Moses, Noah, Abraham and Christ. He was the last of the Prophets. If one wants to know how Muslims see him, one ought to take a good look at his life and teachings. It would be as wrong to judge him by the doings of Al Qaida, Taliban or the rulers of the Arab Nations.

Who was Muhammad? Born in Mecca, Arabia in the year 570 CE he was a descendant of the Prophet Abraham. Orphaned at six, brought up by his grandfather and uncle. He received first revelation at 40, through the Angle Gabriel and continued to received revelation for 23 years on the topics ranging from Oneness of God, life after death, stories of earlier prophets, morality and social justice. All these revelations became collectively known as the Quran.

Prophet Muhammad created a model government based on justice and human rights. He devised the world’s first constitution in which the rights of religious minorities and the rights of women were protected. He established laws protecting trees, animals and the environment. He encouraged free trade, but protected the rights of individual to forbid usury. He condemns racism saying there is no superiority of an Arab over non-Arab, or a white man over a black man, except in righteousness’. He condemned domestic violence and granted women many rights not dreamed of in Europe until centuries later, including right to education, right to own property, reject arranged marriages and seek divorce.

In the short time of less than one generation the Prophet Muhammad successfully transformed the vast majority of people from idolatry to strict monotheism, from tribalism to brotherhood, from drunkenness to soberness, from wickedThere’s more, read it at www.TriStateMuslims.com


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QUESTION: Brothers, can you kindly advise Br. ----- the best possible way for him to approach his family and disclose to them that Masha’Allah he has reverted to Islam. ANSWER I extend my felicitations to this brother for accepting Islam. In an authentic hadith the Prophet (peace be upon him) said; “When a person accepts Islam and commits to follow the legislations of Allaah, all of previous sins and wrongdoing are forgiven. And, he/she becomes such as a newborn with no sins in the account.” In another authentic hadith the Prophet (peace be upon him) said; “Islam annuls every wrong committed before it (before accepting Islam).” This brother by the unique grace and mercy of Allaah has turned a new page in his life. All wrongs deeds, actions and intentions are forgiven. Masha’ Allah, what an opportunity, what a blessing he is awarded with! The blessing of mercy and forgiveness of Allaah, and he is still alive, surely he is given a second chance. Looking at my life as a born Muslim, I have to account for all my sins and wrongs, except for what Allaah accepts my repentance for. I envy this brother, as he studied Islam, saw the difference and then accepted it; once again, I envy this brother. Now to answer your question, informing his family about his reversion to Islam depends upon a lot of factors such as his age, marital status, past and current personal relationship, attitude and behavior towards his family. It depends upon the family’s own religious commit-

ments and practices or lack of. In some cases, it is simply enough to say that “I see Islam to be the best thing for me.” It also depends upon the ethnicity and cultural background. Regardless of right or wrong some families won’t accept anything other than what they have seen their forefathers doing. On the hand other, Non-Muslim families in USA, in similar situations are more acceptable to changes as long as their loved one is happy with his/her decision. In an overwhelming majority of cases, the family and friends offer all kinds of support to accommodate the new belief system and practices. Some family members may display discomfort or reluctance in accepting the change which is usually attributed to their own lack of knowledge, baseless prejudice or unpleasant personal experience dealing with a Muslim. Regardless of how the other Muslims behave around him; he must become the breeze that carries the fragrance to everyone pointing to the source of the fragrance and beauty. Reversion to Islam must be announced; however, the actual announcement is attained through acts of kindness, care and concern, refraining from all acts of disobedience of Allaah and the disrespect of mankind, and peaceful defiance to all evil that hurts anyone.

Depending upon the circumstances, this may be the easiest thing the brother is going to do. Easy, especially if the brother is independent and may be married, the family already knows that he is entitled to make his own decisions. He needs to be cautious, when some significant or insignificant others try to influence him through the spouse and or children. He needs to sit down with his family members (if living in the same country) and giving different parables about his choice/s and their nonobjection to, simply inform them of his decision of reverting to Islam. If he supports his family, he must assure them of his continuous support. Insure them that his reversion makes him more humble to his Lord first and then supportive of every right cause and obligations to everyone around him. He needs to affirm and assure that as a Muslim he has become more responsible and rational and not a radical. As a Muslim he is ordered by Allaah to give everybody their due rights and honor the bonds of relationship. To reassure his parents or guardians (who raised him) he may quote the following ayat of Qura’n. He must assure them that as a Muslim, he will obey them as long as long they don’t ask him to do anything against the legislations of Allaah. In Surah Al-Israa’ (17:23-24), Allaah The Almighty says: “And your Lord has ordered that you worship none but Him. And be dutiful to your parents. If one or both attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, There’s more, read it at www.TriStateMuslims.com

Answered by Najam A. Najmi, JD, Principal - Arbitrator, Mediators. He can be contact at nnajmi@MediationNJ.com.

ISNA President Opens Townhall Meeting on the Nation’s Security

(Washington, DC – February 16, 2010) The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) facilitated a meeting with John Brennan, Assistant to the President on National Security for homeland security and counter terrorism. The meeting was intended to start a dialogue between government officials and Muslim American leaders to explore issues of national security, including the important role the Muslim American community plays to thwart security threats and improve the deteriorating relationships with Muslim countries. The meeting, organized by the White House under the title “A Dialogue on Our Nation’s Security,” was co-sponsored by the Islamic Center at New York University, the Islamic Law Students Association at NYU, and the White House Office of Public Engagement. The dialogue was held on Saturday, February 13, 11 a.m., at the School of Law, New York University. Dr. Ingrid Mattson, ISNA president, delivered the opening remarks and welcomed Mr. Brennan. Dr. Mattson underscored the challenge terrorism pose to all of us in the United States, appreciated the efforts made by law enforcements agencies to protect all Americans including Muslims, and acknowledged the difficulties and concerns faced by the Muslim Americans in post 9/ 11. “The terrorist attacks of 9/11 shocked all of us,” she pointed out, “and left us feeling vulnerable, confused and angry.” John Brennan affirmed the president’s comThere’s more, read it at www.TriStateMuslims.com


Headhunting the perfect partner SingleMuslim.com met Adam Riyadh (28) and Safiyya Abba (25) at their home in Greenwich, London on 8th November 2009. Although the couple married in August 2008, they have only recently celebrated their Walima. The happy couple tell us about how they met - and their two big days! Adam and Safiyya, thank you very much for sharing your story with us. Could you please start by giving us some idea of your backgrounds? Adam: My father is a white revert, who was born and brought up in the UK. He was a Christian and he accepted Islam in his twenties. He’s very practising, Masha’Allah. My mother is from South Africa but her ancestry is Malaysian, so I’m half English, half Cape-Malay. I

have a large family: one brother and three sisters. All are older than me apart from a little sister. They’re all married with families and most of them live abroad. I spent a lot of my childhood in Saudi Arabia because my father was working in the Middle East. I’ve been working in recruitment for the past 4 years. Safiyya: I was born in Manchester and we moved to London when I was very young. My parents are both from Kenya but my great-grandparents were originally from India. I’ve got two younger brothers. I studied computing at university and I head up a technical support team for an affiliate network. How did you hear about SingleMuslim.com? Safiyya: My mum joined me up. She just came across it through Google and told me she’d found this really nice site. She started the profile for me but I took over then. We were very open about it, although my dad didn’t know at the start. I told him when I found Adam. Adam: It must have been through a Google search. I knew of other websites but I wanted something more Muslim-focused. I was just checking what Muslim matrimonial sites were around. I took a look at one or two but it was SingleMuslim.com that made me get my credit card out. I thought I’d sign up for three months and see how it goes. A lot of people think, “Don’t go on the Internet!” but, in modern times, you don’t have a wide enough network to search or the time to meet with people, as well as wanting to keep it very halaal. The way that you approach people on a website is quite Islamic; you’re not speaking to them as such, you can just leave a message. Adam, did your parents know you were on the website?

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Adam: I have a good relationship with my parents so I let them know. They knew I was looking for a wife and my mum had been looking for a potential partner for me as well.

What other avenues had you explored in order to find a potential partner? Safiyya: We’re a close-knit family. We have a few select friends that we socialise with; otherwise we don’t have a wide circle of people that we know. My mum and dad did try with family and friends but it just wasn’t the right avenue for us. We just needed a wider search, I guess.

Adam: My mum has been responsible for matchmaking five marriages already, just through people she knows – she has a wide network of friends – but there just wasn’t anyone in the network that I was interested in. I wasn’t at the stage where I was praying all five prayers a day and I felt a little bit bad about that, but all of the sisters my mum knows are very practising. I was praying one or two prayers a day and I wanted to get better than that. I wanted to find someone at my level that I could grow with, hence I moved to something with a wider spectrum of people.

Tell us about your journey... Adam: I was checking who had been checking my profile...

Safiyya: And that’s where I come in! I just happened to stumble across it... a few times! Then Adam messaged me. He made first contact.

Adam: I just put “Hi! I noticed you’ve looked at my profile a few times...” Safiyya: Yes, 27! (Laughs)

Safiyya: We just matched. We both felt that we definitely could improve in terms of our religious activity. Hopefully, in time we’ll get there.

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Practicing Martial Art in accordance to Qur’aan and SunnahBy: Mu’allim Najee Hassan There are many kinds of games and sports which the Prophet (peace be on him) recommended to the Muslims as a source of enjoyment and recreation which, at the same time, prepare them for worship and other obligations. These sports, which require skill and determination, and which also involve physical exercise and bodybuilding activity, are related to the martial arts, training Muslims for the battlefields of jihad in the cause of Allah. Among them are the following: Foot RacingThe Companions of the Prophet (May Allah be pleased with them) used to race on foot and the Prophet (peace be on him) encouraged them in this. It is reported that ‘Ali was a fast runner. The Prophet (peace be on him) himself raced with his wife ‘Aishah in order to please her, to enjoy himself, and to set an example for his Companions. ‘Aishah said, I raced with the Prophet (peace be on him) and beat him in the race. Later, when I had put on some weight, we raced again and he won. Then he said, ‘This cancels that, referring to the previous occasion. (Reported by Ahmad and Abu Daoud.) WrestlingThe Prophet (peace be on him) once wrestled with a man called Rukanah who was well-known for his strength, throwing him down more than once. (Reported by Abu Daoud.) The Prophet (peace be on him) then threw him. The man said, “The same again.” The Prophet (peace be on him) threw him again, and the man said, “The same again.” The Prophet (peace be on him) threw him a third time. The man then said, “What shall I tell my wife? One sheep was eaten by the wolf, one ran away, but what about the third” Then the Prophet (peace be on him) said, “We are not going to defeat you and take

something from you as well. Take your sheep!”From these reports concerning the Prophet (peace be on him), jurists have deduced the permissibility of foot racing, whether it be between men against each other or between men and women who are their muharammat or wives. They have also concluded that foot racing, wrestling, and sports of this type do not compromise the dignity of scholarship, piety, or age.The Prophet (peace be on him) was more than fifty year old when he raced with Aishah. ArcheryAmong the permissible sports is competition in archery or with other weapons. The Prophet (peace be on him) once passed by a group of his Companions who were competing in archery. He encouraged them, saying, Shoot, and I am with you. (Reported by al-Bukhari )He realized that archery was not just a hobby or a sport but, more importantly, constituted that kind of force which Allah has commanded to be mustered: And make ready for them all thou art able of (armed) force....(8:60)The Prophet (peace be on him) said, “The missiles (arrows) are the force,” repeating it three times. (Reported by Muslim.) He also said, “Practice archery; that is good for you.” (Reported by al-Bazzar and by al-Tabarani on good authority.) However, the Prophet (peace be on him) warned archers against using chickens and the like as targets for practice, as the Arabs of jahiliyyah used to do. Once ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar saw a group of peoples doing this and he told them, “The Prophet (peace be on him) cursed the one who takes anything possessing life as a target.’’ (Reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim.) He cursed such an individual because this sort of act involves the torturing and unnecessary killing of an animal, and a human being has no right

to have fun and sport at the expense of a living creature. For the same reason the Prophet (peace be on him) forbade making animals fight each other. (Reported by Abu Daoud and al-Tirmidhi.) Some Arabs used to laugh and find it amusing to see two rams or bulls fight each other until one of them was gored to death. Scholars have said that the prohibition of making animals fight recognizes that such a practice causes them unnecessary suffering merely for the fun of it, without any benefit. Spear PlaySpear play is similar to archery. The Prophet (peace be on him) allowed some Abyssinians to display their skill with spears in his mosque; he let his wife ‘Aishah watch their show and encouraged them by saying, “Carry on, O Bani Arfidah,” (as the Abyssinians were known to among the Arabs). ‘Umar, with his serious disposition, wanted to stop them but the Prophet (peace be on him) prevented him from it. It is reported in the two Sahibs of alBukhari and Muslim from Abu Hurairah that while the Abyssinians were performing their show with spears in the presence of the Prophet (peace be on him), ‘Umar entered. He picked up some pebbles and started throwing them at them but the Prophet (peace be on him) said, “Leave them alone, O ‘Umar.” This indulgence on the part of the Prophet (peace be on him) in permitting and encouraging such a sport in his mosque was to demonstrate that the mosque serves both worldly and religious purposes. Muslims congregate in the mosque not only to worship but also to play. However, this play is not merely for fun but should involve physical exercise and some sort of training. Commenting on this hadith, There’s more, read it at www.TriStateMuslims.com

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When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school.

I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and eat every bite! When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits.

And I'll never forget what he said: "Honey, I love burned biscuits." I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired... And besides - a little burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!"

You know, life is full of imperfect things.....and imperfect people. I'm not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else.

What I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each others faults - and choosing to celebrate each others differences - is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn't a deal-breaker! "Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket keep it in your own." So Please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burnt one will do just fine!

Eating Ethnic Bhajia

Ingredients - Make 12 fritters and 1/2 cup of sauce. 1 cup Cauliflower - shredded 1 cup Carrot - finely shredded 1 cup Broccoli stems - finely shredded 1 medium Jalapeno pepper - finely diced (optional) 2 tablespoons Chickpea flour - Besan 1 tablespoon Curry powder - as hot as you like 1/4 teaspoon Salt 2 tablespoons Water - as required -- Batter -1/4 cup Chickpea flour 1 teaspoon Curry powder 3 tablespoonS Water

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-- Dipping Sauce -1/2 cup Yogurt - plain, low fat if desired 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 cup Cucumber - seeded & shredded Preparation -- Oil for Frying -Mix the fritter ingre., together, adding enough Besan to make the mixture sticky. Taste the mixture and adjust spices or salt as desired. Allow to sit for 5-10 min while you make the batter and dipping sauce. Heat the oil in a saucepan. A small bit of fritter mix should sizzle right away but not burn in less than a minute. Scoop spoonfuls of fritter mix and form into walnut sized balls. I use a small ice cream scoop and it's about the right size. Drop the balls into the hot oil and fry them to a golden brown. Drain them and set aside until the batch is done. Now take the fried fritters and roll them in the batter to coat each one. Allow them to drain briefly then fry again until deep golden brown. This "second cooking" yields a crispy outside and tender vegetables inside. Remove and drain thoroughly on paper. Serve these hot, presented with the cold yogurt dip or the chutney of your choice.


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Pakistani Pop Star Turns His Talent to Nasheeds Plans National US Tour with Ali Haider & Nader Khan... New York and New Jersey on the list

Junaid Jamshed is a famous Pakistani singer born in 1964 in Islamabad, Pakistan. He was the lead singer of the Pakistani band Vital Signs (pop band). In 1995, he went on to pursue a solo career when the group split up. When he was the lead singer, Vital Signs saw its peak and enjoyed great success, especially with their signature song Dil Dil Pakistan. He is also a popular dress designer with his many boutiques in major cities across Pakistan. History Junaid Jamshed was the first pop star on the Pakistani music scene. At the height of his career, he turned his back on the world of glitz and glamour and devoted himself to Islam. Before Junaid Jamshed radically changed his life to pursue a more spiritual existence, he was a pioneer of Pakistan’s pop music scene “When I came back from a religious tour in 1997, I realized that there was so much more to life than just singing and jumping around” v an insight that eventually prompted his transformation from pop icon to devout Muslim. Junaid Jamshed explains: “When I decided to give up singing, a lot of people were shocked. But I was sure that it was the right decision because Allah forbids the kind of singing that I was doing, and it’s my duty to follow His command.” Since then, Junaid Jamshed has been widely criticized. Many fans can’t accept his sudden departure from the pop music scene. How does Jamshed deal with this criticism? “I don’t deal with it because I don’t worry about criticism. In this day and age you simply can’t listen to what people say because you are always criticized, in every situation.” By strictly adhering to the tenets of Islam, the one time heart throb is barely recognizable these days, with his ever growing beard. “I wear a full beard because that’s the way it should be. Some people may find that ugly and unhygienic, but if Allah had commanded us not to wear a beard and shave every day, then people would have something else to object to. People need to learn to accept the will of Allah.” “The prophet was also a merchant” After embarking on his journey to religious enlightenment, Jamshed launched a highly successful fashion chain under his name. In ten cities across Pakistan, consumers can shop in Junaid Jamshed boutiques for traditional clothing, alcohol-free perfumes, and shoes, So how does the former pop idol reconcile his devotion to Islam with owning a designer fashion label?

“Our prophet Muhammad, peace be with him, was also a merchant who sold cloth. It was allowed, and all that is the will of Allah should be done. At first, I made the designs myself, but my products were so successful that I was able to afford my own designers, and they now run the entire design department.” Rise to fame Before Jamshed radically changed his life to pursue a more spiritual existence, he

was a pioneer of Pakistan’s pop music scene. He rocketed to fame as the leader of the first Pakistani pop band, Vital Signs. Their patriotic song Dil Dil Pakistan, released on 14 August 1987 to mark the country’s 40th national anniversary, instantly became a smash hit.

widely recognized as the most popular Pakistani band of all time. At the height of the group’s success, even grandmothers reportedly carried photos of the band members in their purses, especially of the lead singer of the Vital Signs v Junaid Jamshed.

The four talented young musicians from Rawalpindi, a city in northeast Pakistan, all came from respectable families, wore jeans, let their hair grow long, smoked cigarettes, and literally took the country by storm. Today the band is

Quran school to pop star “I was a good Quran reader in school,” says Jamshed. “I could stress the Arabic words corThere’s more, read it at www.TriStateMuslims.com


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