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  1. Radicalism is the realization of marginalization Imam Zaid Shakir, an African American convert to Islam and one of America's most influential and popular Muslim scholars, commands a rock star following - legions of enthralled and inspired Muslims filling rooms to standing only capacity waiting to hear his words. It represents a fascinating and dynamic phenomenon illuminating the resurgent identity of an educated, spiritual, religious and political Muslim American identity emerging from the post 9-11 era. Shakir, a student of the civil rights era and an educated scholar of political science and traditional Islamic jurisprudence, casually interjects tidbits of political theory, economic reform, critical race theory, Arabic, traditional Islamic philosophy and religious didacticism within his rhetoric. altmuslim's Wajahat Ali spoke to the highly sought scholar, referred to by his students as a "new Malcolm X" for Muslim Americans, about the "Clash of Civilizations," the 2008 presidency, religious extremism, and an emerging Muslim American identity. Read the whole interview of Imam Zaid by Wajahat Ali from: (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetaltmuslim(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/a/a/a/2668/"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetaltmuslim(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/a/a/a/2668/[/url]
  2. Description Of The Prophet

    Description of Prophet Muhammad (sallal lahu alyhi wa sallam) By Shaykh Hamza Yusuf YouTube: (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetyoutube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/watch?v=Gx6dBIkwxbU"]Part 1[/url] | (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetyoutube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/watch?v=fWOpl0w-Rt8"]Part 2[/url] | (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetyoutube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/watch?v=NWY2qTFim1s"]Part 3[/url] | (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetyoutube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/watch?v=CILyLbKeEOs"]Part 4[/url] |
  3. Qualities of an Exemplary Leader By Imam Zaid Shakir "Owing to Mercy from God, you were gentle in dealing with them [your companions]. Were you harsh [and crude], hard of heart; they would have fled from you. Therefore, pardon their abuses, seek [God’s] forgiveness for them, and consult them in the affair. Once you have resolved on a course of action [be decisive] and trust in God. Surely, God loves those who trust in Him." Qur’an 3:159 This verse contains a wealth of instruction to guide those who are leaders, and as Muslims we should all be leaders. The Prophet mentioned, “All of you are shepherds, and each of you will be asked concerning his flock.†Let us examine some of the implications of the verse relevant to leadership. Read the whole article from: (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetnewislamicdirections(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/nid/notes/qualities_of_an_exemplary_leader1/"]New Islamic Directions[/url]
  4. HATE SPEECH, FREE SPEECH III: Another provocation By Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hanson, Din Syamsuddin and Prince Hassan bin Talal The Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders has touched off a fierce debate with his plans to post a short film on the Internet that is said to be highly critical of the Koran and Islam. A date has not been set, and there is no certainty that the film will be posted. But the anticipation has already touched off a heated discussion, and raised fears that the film could set off violence of the sort that followed publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in Denmark. Following are four comments on the film and the furor around it. A recent Gallup poll of Muslims in 39 countries reported that 92 percent of Muslims believe that attacks on civilians can never be justified. When asked to explain their position, a significant segment of the group cited the Koran's insistence on safeguarding innocent life as a moral duty. In spite of this, Geert Wilders would have us think otherwise. Wilders's film is the latest in a series of provocations against Muslim communities in Holland, and against Islam in general. Its title, "Fitna," is taken from an Arabic word meaning chaos and civil strife. It seems that this is also Wilders's intended outcome in producing the work. He argues that most Dutch Muslims should leave Holland or tear up at least half the Koran if they wish to stay. He promises that his film will definitively show "the violent and fascist elements of the Muslim faith." There is no doubt that a small number of criminal extremists have committed violence in the name of Islam in recent years. But they do not represent the overwhelming majority of Muslims. The Gallup poll also shows that the tiny minority of people who believe that violence can sometimes be justified rarely use religion or the Koran to support their views. Their reasons are mostly geopolitical. In other words, Wilders's anti-Muslim ranting is not only racist, it is inaccurate. The cynical use of identity politics to pit people against each other for political gain is not a new tactic. The past few years have been marred by a rise in tensions between small groups of extremists all over the world promoting the perception of a supposed "Muslim-West" divide. It is no surprise that those on the fringes of either side of "the divide" use similar, incendiary rhetoric to provoke young people, with the ultimate aim of strengthening their own political platforms. In releasing a film that will undoubtedly insult deeply held religious beliefs, it seems that Wilders is hoping to cause a violent reaction to prove his own argument. As with the Danish cartoon crisis two years ago, this situation, while dangerous, also presents unique opportunities. Every time resources are deployed to spread disinformation, there is an attendant rise in the public's curiosity. Already there are many who are interested in learning more about Islam. It is likely that their number will grow after this. It is critical that we seize this opportunity to mobilize ourselves to present a more accurate picture of Islam. As mediators in an increasingly heated debate, our efforts to counter the likes of Wilders must be both outwardly directed - in teaching others about Muslims - as well as inwardly directed toward our youth. How do we ensure that our youth do not fall prey to such provocation? We must be sensitive to their needs, and listen to them carefully. We should use every opportunity to further the development of healthy Western and Muslim identities. We must provide them with alternatives both in terms of information and platforms for dialogue and participation. And the best way to start doing this is to exemplify moderation in our own words and actions. Our Prophet would have done no less. Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hansona is a Muslim American scholar of Islam. Din Syamsuddin is the president of the Muhammadiya, the second largest Islamic organization of Indonesia. Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan is the president of the Arab Thought Forum. Source: (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetiht(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/articles/2008/03/25/opinion/edfilm3.php"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetiht(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/articles/2008/03/25/opinion/edfilm3.php[/url]
  5. So? ... A Note from Michael Moore Monday, March 24th, 2008 Friends, It would have to happen on Easter Sunday, wouldn't it, that the 4,000th American soldier would die in Iraq. Play me that crazy preacher again, will you, about how maybe God, in all his infinite wisdom, may not exactly be blessing America these days. Is anyone surprised? 4,000 dead. Unofficial estimates are that there may be up to 100,000 wounded, injured, or mentally ruined by this war. And there could be up to a million Iraqi dead. We will pay the consequences of this for a long, long time. God will keep blessing America. And where is Darth Vader in all this? A reporter from ABC News this week told ###### Cheney, in regards to Iraq, "two-thirds of Americans say it's not worth fighting." Cheney cut her off with a one word answer: "So?" "So?" As in, "So what?" As in, "F*** you. I could care less." I would like every American to see Cheney flip the virtual bird at the them, the American people. Click here and pass it around. Then ask yourself why we haven't risen up and thrown him and his puppet out of the White House. The Democrats have had the power to literally pull the plug on this war for the past 15 months -- and they have refused to do so. What are we to do about that? Continue to sink into our despair? Or get creative? Real creative. I know there are many of you reading this who have the chutzpah and ingenuity to confront your local congressperson. Will you? For me? Cheney spent Wednesday, the 5th anniversary of the war, not mourning the dead he killed, but fishing off the Sultan of Oman's royal yacht. So? Ask your favorite Republican what they think of that. The Founding Fathers would never have uttered the presumptuous words, "God Bless America." That, to them, sounded like a command instead of a request, and one doesn't command God, even if they are America. In fact, they were worried God would punish America. During the Revolutionary War, George Washington feared that God would react unfavorably against his soldiers for the way they were behaving. John Adams wondered if God might punish America and cause it to lose the war, just to prove His point that America was not worthy. They and the others believed it would be arrogant on their part to assume that God would single out America for a blessing. What a long road we have traveled since then. I see that Frontline on PBS this week has a documentary called "Bush's War." That's what I've been calling it for a long time. It's not the "Iraq War." Iraq did nothing. Iraq didn't plan 9/11. It didn't have weapons of mass destruction. It DID have movie theaters and bars and women wearing what they wanted and a significant Christian population and one of the few Arab capitals with an open synagogue. But that's all gone now. Show a movie and you'll be shot in the head. Over a hundred women have been randomly executed for not wearing a scarf. I'm happy, as a blessed American, that I had a hand in all this. I just paid my taxes, so that means I helped to pay for this freedom we've brought to Baghdad. So? Will God bless me? God bless all of you in this Easter Week as we begin the 6th year of Bush's War. God help America. Please. Michael Moore MMFlint[at]aol(contact admin if its a beneficial link) MichaelMoore(contact admin if its a beneficial link)
  6. The Seventeen Benefits of Tribulation By Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Listen to the whole AUDIO from: (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yethalaltube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/hamza-yusuf/audio/the-seventeen-benefits-of-tribulation"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yethalaltube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/hamza-yusuf/audio...-of-tribulation[/url] Excerpted from Shaykh Hamza Yusuf's Lecture 1. You realize the power of Lordship over you 2. You realize your abject servanthood and your complete state of resignation and brokenness before the Will & Power of Allah 3. Sincerity to Allah because you have no place of return in putting off or defending against the calamities except to Him 4. You return to Allah and are suddenly fervent in your desire of your Lord 5. It leads to a humbled state before Allah and more prayers through which you’re calling on Allah 6. You’re forbearing towards the one who has afflicted you (you gain the ability to show forbearance) 7. You get to forgive someone (“and Allah loves those who pardon othersâ€). It is the greatest forgiveness when you forgive people who have caused you great calamities 8. You are patient during the tribulation (“and Allah is with the patient onesâ€) 9. You can become happy about what’s happening because you’re thinking about all these benefits 10. You can be grateful for the tribulation because of the rewards gained from it 11. The purification that these calamities have from your wrongs and your sins (ex: a believer is rewarded for any pain he experiences, even the prick of a thorn) 12. The compassion that Allah enables you to show to others in tribulation and the ability to help them 13. They give you the Blessing of having the true knowledge of the extent of well-being and what it is 14. Allah has prepared Rewards for the calamities dependent on how you dealt with them 15. What is hidden inside the Blessings of the folds of these calamities (ex: Allah may love a thing you hate and may hate a thing you love) 16. They prevent you from arrogance, evil, pride, and tyranny 17. Contentment
  7. The Poets And The Prophet By Dawud Wharnsby ######you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetwharnsby(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/media/archives/poets_and_the_prophet-thumb.jpg[/img] "The Poets And The Prophet" is a statement of hope in the midst of todays increasing social, religious and political tensions. Songs by Dawud Wharnsby and co-writer Bill Kocher address several issues of social concern: family discord, political/religious extremism, spiritual hypocrisy, social unity and conflict resolution. Featuring a diverse team of session musicians and special guests, "The Poets And The Prophet" unites prominent artists with varying musical passions, spiritual foundations and cultural backgrounds. Among the CDs diverse players are Canadian songwriter and 2007 Juno Award winner Stephen Fearing and world renowned sitar master Irshad Khan (India/Canada). Tracks include: "You Are The Only One", "Everyday", "The Prophet", "Love Strong", "Midnight", "Block', "The Poets", "Vacuous Waxing", "Prophet For Profit" and "Follow". - Purchase the CD from: (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetbelovedmusika(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/dw/index.html"]Beloved Musika[/url] - Check out his music on: (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetmyspace(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/wharnsby"]MySpace[/url]
  8. Should Muslims Use The “N†Word? By Imam Zaid Shakir I was recently involved in a forum entitled, “Should Muslims Use the ‘N’ word.†The event could have more appropriately been entitled, “Should Anyone Use the ‘N’ Word.†However, the reason for the gathering was the frequency young Muslims, of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, are employing the term. One of the individuals whose suggestion inspired the forum mentioned that he was shocked—upon returning to the university after an absence of several years—by how frequently he was hearing other Muslims on campus saying, “My nigga’,†“What’s up nigga’,†“Where you niggas going,†and similar expressions. During the forum I mentioned I was of the opinion that as Muslims we should refrain from the use of the word. During the course of that event I did not get a chance to present all of the reasons for my position. I will delineate them here, God-willing. Hopefully, these words will be of benefit. If not, perhaps they will stimulate some beneficial comments. Read the whole article from: (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetnewislamicdirections(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/nid/print/should_muslims_use_the_n_word/"]New Islamic Directions Website[/url]
  9. Polish Children Vs Muslim Children

    Salam, Keep in touch with cultural root? What culture? If you can have Pakistani Muslim, then why can't you have Polish Muslims? And why do Polish Muslims have to learn Pakistani cultures, for example? And why do they need to learn Urdo? Arabic, yes, but why urdo? It is okay for parents who are old and who have migrated, but why for those kids who were born in Poland? Why do they have to learn Pakistani culture and why do they have to learn urdo? Islam is not a culture. Islam is a filter of culture. Just as you have Pakistani culture in line with Islam, so can you have Polish culture in line with Islam. Muslim have left Muslim countries to peaceful non-Muslim lands for a better life. They have not left to export sub-continental cultures to Poland. You can be a 100% Polish and 100% Muslim also.
  10. Face To Faith

    Face to faith Fasting is not just about giving up food, but trying to be a better person for it, writes Hamza Yusuf Hunger can bring out the worst in us. In a wonderful scene in Shakespeare's As You Like It, a desperate and hungry Orlando comes upon Duke Senior and his exiled court in the forest, who are about to start dinner. Assuming the law of the jungle presides in Arden, Orlando brandishes his sword and demands food upon pain of death. Duke Senior rebukes him for his lack of civility, and wisely adds: "Your gentleness shall force, more than your force move us to gentleness." Orlando responds: "I almost die for food, and let me have it." Unfazed, the duke says: "Sit down and feed, and welcome to our table." Orlando is shamed by the duke's gallantry and explains that hunger had bred violence in him. Almost four centuries later another bard, Bob Marley, melodically reminded us: "Them belly full, but we hungry / A hungry mob is an angry mob." We all know the primal nature of hunger; we have experienced the irritability that comes from missing breakfast or skipping our cup of morning coffee or tea. We hyperbolically talk of "starving" when a mealtime draws near. Our food trysts are now frequent every day in what sociologists refer to as "repeated food contacts" and farmers simply call grazing. At the drop of a hat, we indulge in lattes and biscotti. Many people no longer eat three "square" meals but rather graze all day, with Starbucks troughs sprouting up everywhere to ensure none suffer the pangs of hunger or the pain of caffeine withdrawal. In the lands of plenty in the west, we tend to forget that the abundance and easy accessibility of food was not always so and is not as widespread even now. Few of us who have the luxury of reading the daily paper over a cup of coffee and a piece of toast slathered with rich butter and marmalade have ever gone hungry intentionally, unless we succumbed to some ridiculous crash diet. But there was a time in the west when Lent, which commemorates Christ's 40-day fast in the desert, meant fasting all day and eating one meal at night. As time passed that tradition devolved into a semi-fast and now means merely giving up something one really likes, such as chocolate. Even our portions of food and drink are much greater than what our grandparents had. In the midst of this cornucopia of consumption, millions of Muslims voluntarily abstain from food, drink and sex during daylight hours in the month of Ramadan. They watch their co-workers eat and drink throughout the day, and occasionally have to apologise for not joining in due to their religious observance. Fasting for a month makes them aware of hunger as a palpable physical sensation, not a remote occurrence they read about in the newspaper. When the UN tells us that almost a billion people suffer from hunger and malnutrition and 25,000 people a day die from hunger, a faster appreciates these statistics in ways that remain distant to others. But fasting is not just about giving up food and drink. It's about tending to "the better angels of our nature". The prophet Muhammad said, "If one is not willing to give up bad behaviour during his fast, God has no need for him to give up his food and drink." Muslims are encouraged during this time to be better people, to treat others with more deference. If enticed to argue, the faster is advised to respond: "I am fasting." There are many ways to be hungry. One can hunger for love, or fame or social justice, but hunger for food seems to curb all other cravings. In being aware of others' hunger, we contribute to a more empathic world. Perhaps, if, like Duke Senior, we responded to the cries of the myriad desperate Orlandos foraging in the forests of famine out there with hospitality and help, they might be coaxed into civility themselves. Certainly, hunger can bring out the worst in us. But it can also bring out the best. Source: (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetguardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2190276,00.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetguardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2190276,00.html[/url]
  11. An Eid Message

    An Eid Message from Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi The time of the ‘Eid finds us all in the best condition. We have celebrated the ordained fast, and so are enriched by this obedience. We have recalled Badr. We have celebrated the Laylat al-Qadr, and so expressed our gratitude for the sending-down of the Qur’an. Now we have come to the ‘Eid which lifts the physical burden from us and leaves us suffused with the Ruhani benefits. Note how this is identical to the celebration of Hajj. With the Hajj accomplished the burdens are lifted with the Greater Relief, leaving the Mumin free to realise what he has achieved on the Difficult Journey. Read the whole article from: (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetshaykhabdalqadir(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/content/articles/Art075_12102007.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetshaykhabdalqadir(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/content/ar...5_12102007.html[/url]
  12. Men & Women

    Men & Women By Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Many people have long held the erroneous notion that men are better than women. In Men & Women, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf makes clear the positions and roles of men and women in society according to the Quran and Sunnah and sheds much-needed light on several often misunderstood Quranic verses and hadiths concerning the relationship between the two. His eye-opening discussion of issues such as the hijab, marital rights, and domestic violence, will prove invaluable for all listeners, particularly couples who want to improve understanding in their marriages and individuals who want to be reassured of Islam's honor of women. Listen to the lecture on YouTube: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5 - Part 6 - Part 7 -
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  14. Blackwater - Shadow Army in Iraq Part 1 - (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetyoutube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/watch?v=DAibI5ahMGs"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetyoutube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/watch?v=DAibI5ahMGs[/url] Part 2 - (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetyoutube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/watch?v=aOrh3bvbXEI"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetyoutube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/watch?v=aOrh3bvbXEI[/url] Part 3 - (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetyoutube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/watch?v=6d5t6u4KKhY"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetyoutube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/watch?v=6d5t6u4KKhY[/url] Part 4 - (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetyoutube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/watch?v=YgM5Q3c6XWk"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetyoutube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/watch?v=YgM5Q3c6XWk[/url]
  15. Upholding Faith, Serving Humanity By: Shaykh Hamza & Imam Zaid MP3: (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetzikrcast(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/podcast/audio/UFSH_ISNA07.mp3"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetzikrcast(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/podcast/audio/UFSH_ISNA07.mp3[/url]
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