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  1. If we as an ummah learned to think with our heads and attempt to be serious about solving our problems we would be moving out of jahiliyah. We have simple minds coming up with simple answers for every problem. None of them work. Look around you and see what such people have done to Islam. Today Islam in most Muslim countries is on the back burner. Go to the masjid and tell me how many people you see what what age group they belong to. Look at ourselves in all these countries. We are dying, under attack and under constant erosion from our enemies. Yet some people out there have their heads in the sand. It is like a patient who refuses to ackownledge he is sick and needs to go to the doctor.
  2. Sallam, want to request the mods to reconsider the membership of some of our Christian / atheist guests, they appear to fail the charter by aiming to make nonsensical attacks on Islam here rather than learn about Islam.
  3. You mean you want to hide your terrorists with apologetics and claims of insanity while blame Islam for every attack made by any lunatic? Its time the West lived up to their standards.
  4. Simple answers like these will not help us. It only shows jahiliyah. It is like a man is sick and he coughs, and the quack doctor tells him its simple - he should simply stop coughing. What a shame.
  5. The Tragedy Of New Muslims In Egypt

    Sallam brother Saracen Soldier, thanks for posting. I'll share this with the world. My heart cries out for this brave Muslim lady. (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 yetgrandestrategy(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2011/02/tragedy-of-new-muslims-in-egypt.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetgrandestrategy(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2011/02/trag...s-in-egypt.html[/url]
  6. The Cry Of The Muslims

    Something I wrote yesterday. Thought I'd share: The Cry of the Muslims 2/24/2011 Meinhaj Hussain, m.hussain[at]grandestrategy(contact admin if its a beneficial link) Bislmillah arrahmanarraheem. Are we still Muslims or have we returned to Jahiliyah? It seems that when Islam came to us, we were wrenched from the world of Jahiliyah and pummeled into the world of enlightenment in a short span of 30 years. An enlightenment that allowed a desert people to overshadow the two superpowers of the time and inherit civilization. We left the world of objects, materials, idols behind and learned to worship the Eternal. Our minds were captivated by the ideals emanating from the Creator. We saw in the Prophet (peace be upon him) the perfect ideal to strive towards. Our minds were filled with these ideas and we had long left the dismal world of objects such as the pagan Arabs lived for - well-bred horses, women, cattle, silk, armour and weaponry and more. We had left the world of our lives revolving around specific people - chiefs, tribes, families, mistresses, titles, social acceptance. Yet today, we are once more captivated by the world of objects and have forgotten our enlightenment. Instead of worshiping Him who is Perfect, who is Eternal, who is All Powerful, Most Gracious, Most Merciful, we live in a world were we objectify the world around us. What do we do? We spend a third of our lives studying. Not to explore the creation of Allah, but for more mundane ends of material well-being; building careers. This meaningless eduction serves two purposes: 1. Wastes valuable time and money so that at the end of our education we are desperate to recoup the time and resource deficit incurred and thus put ourselves at the mercy of employment. 2. The education serves to brainwash us to sit quietly in cages and take orders, both without complaint and asking why? Why do I need to know these facts? Thus primed, for the next third portion of our lives we serve our material overlords, in gilded cuffs and golden cages. Somewhere down this line we lose our innocence, our spirit and our soul. And by the time we reach our final third portion of the cup of life, for those of us who have not gone insane, we enter the arena to a game we have already lost. For an arm broken can be mended, but a spirit broken is far harder to remedy. In our twilight, we may return to our prayers, but those are but prayers of our own funeral. We may attempt social good but the plant that is already dead cannot be revived with water. Only if we could have trusted our own souls, our instincts, our minds. Was it not that we universally did not like school? Did we not distrust the doctrine and dogma of the mullahs? If we instead could have touched upon our yearning for the living Islam, the ideal that our hearts call to strive towards. The life that is an adventure and not a career or a tour. The learning as a means to an end of striving in that very adventure, not a meaningless list of facts and tests the purpose of which is not understandable. Then will our revolutions bring real change rather than endless cycles of clouds but no rain. Repeated reruns of betrayal and tyranny. Then will our prayers come alive with purpose and our masjids be transformed into meeting places of revolutionaries and adventurers. Then will the world again tremble at our feet and the tyrants, oppressors and usurers find no place on Allah's Earth to hide from those who worship the Eternal and strive towards the perfect ideal, rather than worship the world and the objects that it constitutes. And then will we have returned back to Islam and forsaken again the world of Jahiliyah. (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 yetgrandestrategy(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2011/02/cry-of-muslims.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetgrandestrategy(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2011/02/cry-of-muslims.html[/url]
  7. Christian Terrorist attempts to blow up Masjid: (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 yetgrandestrategy(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2011/01/christian-terrorist-american-attempts.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetgrandestrategy(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2011/01/chri...n-attempts.html[/url] Having lived over half a decade in the West, I can say that Islamophobia is widespread and the hatred for Muslisms is rife. 99% of the bigoted attacks do not get reported, not to mention employment discrimination and social / political attacks.
  8. Good one : ) What strange and nonsensical ways people come up to attack Islam. Why so many Christians today behave this way is beyond me. I have Christians coming to my organizations website and leaving slurs against Islam and our Prophet (peace be upon him). This is apparently a new way they interpret their beliefs. Perhaps a new version of "white man's burden".
  9. My contribution to this thread: For everyday, every week, every year brings more and more evidence that the Qur'an is a force to be contended with - that its authenticity is no longer to be challenged! For example, one verse in the Qur'an reads; "Do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together, then We clove them asunder, and made from water every living thing? Will they not then believe?" Ironically, this very information is exactly what they awarded the 1973 Noble Prize for - to a couple of unbelievers. The Qur'an reveals the origin of the universe - how it began from one piece - and mankind continues to verify this revelation, even up to now. Additionally, the fact that all life originated from water would not have been an easy thing to convince people of fourteen centuries ago. Indeed, if 1400 years ago you had stood in the desert and told someone, "All of this, you see (pointing to yourself), is made up of mostly water," no one would have believed you. Proof of that was not available until the invention of the microscope. They had to wait to find out that cytoplasm, the basic substance of the cell, is made-up of 80% water. Nonetheless, the evidence did come, and once again the Qur'an stood the test of time. In reference to the falsification tests mentioned earlier, it is interesting to note that they, too, relate to both the past and the present. Some of them were used as illustrations of Allah's omnipotence and knowledge, while others continue to stand as challenges to the present day. An example of the former is the statement made in the Qur'an about Abu Lahab. It clearly illustrates that Allah, the Knower of the Unseen, knew that Abu Lahab would never change his ways and accept Islam. Thus Allah dictated that he would be condemned to the Hellfire forever. Such a chapter was both an illustration of Allah's divine wisdom and a warning to those who were like Abu Lahab. An interesting example of the latter type of falsification tests contained in the Qur'an is the verse which mentions the relationship between the Muslims and the Jews. The verse is careful not to narrow its scope to the relationship between individual members of each religion, but rather, it summarizes the relationship between the two groups of people as a whole. In essence, the Qur'an states that the Christians will always treat the Muslims better than the Jews will treat the Muslims. Indeed, the full impact of such a statement can only be felt after careful consideration of the real meaning of such a verse. It is true that many Christians and many Jews have become Muslims, but as a whole, the Jewish community is to be viewed as an avid enemy of Islam. Additionally, very few people realize what such an open declaration in the Qur'an invites. In essence, it is an easy chance for the Jews to prove that the Qur'an is false - that it is not a divine revelation. All they have to do is organize themselves, treat the Muslims nicely for a few years and then say, "Now what does your holy book say about who are your best friends in the world - the Jews or the Christians? Look what we Jews have done for you!" That is all they have to do to disprove the Qur'an's authenticity, yet they have not done it in 1400 years. But, as always, the offer still stands open! All of the examples so far given concerning the I various angles from which one can approach the | Qur'an have undoubtedly been subjective in nature; I however there does exist another angle, among others, which is objective and whose basis is mathematical. It is surprising how authentic the Qur'an becomes when one assembles what might be referred to as a list of good guesses. Mathematically, it can be explained using guessing and prediction examples. For instance, if a person has two choices (i.e., one is right, and one is wrong), and he closes his eyes and makes a choice, then half of the time (i.e., one time out of two) he will be right. Basically, he has a one in two chance, for he could pick the wrong choice, or he could pick the right choice. Now if the same person has two situations like that (i.e., he could be right or wrong about situation number one, and he could be right or wrong about situation number two), and he closes his eyes and guesses, then he will only be right one fourth of the time (i.e., one time out of four). He now has a one in four chance because now there are three ways for him to be wrong and only one way for him to be right. In simple terms, he could make the wrong choice in situation number one and then make the wrong choice in situation number two; OR he could make the wrong choice in situation number one and then make the right choice in situation number two; OR he could make the right choice in situation number one and then make the wrong choice in situation number two; OR he could make the right choice in situation number one and then make the right choice in situation number two. Of course, the(only instance in which he could be totally right is the last scenario where he could guess correctly in both situations. The odds of his guessing completely correctly have become greater because the number of situations for him to guess in have increased; and the mathematical equation representing such a scenario is 1/2 x 1/2 (i.e., one time out of two for the first situation multiplied by one time out of two for the second situation). Continuing on with the example, if the same person now has three situations in which to make blind guesses, then he will only be right one eighth of the time (i.e., one time out of eight or 1/2 X 1/2 X 1/2). Again, the odds of choosing the correct choice in all three situations have decreased his chances of being completely correct to only one time in eight. It must be understood that as the number of situations increase, the chances of being right decrease, for the two phenomena are inversely proportional. Now applying this example to the situations in the Qur'an, if one draws up a list of all of the subjects about which the Qur'an has made correct statements, it becomes very clear that it is highly unlikely that they were all just correct blind guesses. Indeed, the subjects discussed in the Qur'an are numerous, and thus the odds of someone just making lucky guesses about all of them become practically nil. If there are a million ways for the Qur'an to be wrong, yet each time it is right, then it is unlikely that someone was guessing. The following three examples of subjects about which the Qur'an has made correct statements collectively illustrate how the Qur'an continues to beat the odds. (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 yetjannah(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/articles/amzquran.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetjannah(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/articles/amzquran.html[/url]
  10. What If I Convert To Islam?

    Sallam brother, let me see if I can answer your questions (insh'Allah). 1. It is possible your marriage may suffer and (Allah forbid) break down. The reverse is also possible. 2. Your way of life would drastically change if you choose to practice Islam. 3. Mission trips may involve more airport security 4. Helping your neighbors and people (irrespective of religion) is considered a blessed thing in Islam. 5. What kind of business do you have? 6. You may lose your friends but it is likely your real friends would find ways to stay with you. Hope that helps! I shall pray for you in my next prayers, may Allah bless you and guide you in the right path! Kind regards, Meinhaj Hussain m.hussain[at]grandestrategy(contact admin if its a beneficial link) PS: forgive me if I don't reply back, I don't come here frequently
  11. Question's From An Ex Atheist

    Sallam radians, regarding space having no direction, you may want to check up on Friedman's theory of the universe and why (according to him) it appears to be infinite when (according to him) it may just be like a baloon. I think Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time also touches upon this. Another point, with many of your questions you are viewing this from a very English-centric and ethnocentric point of view. Being originally from Bangladesh and having had to live in 4 different cultures over my lifetime I can tell you that language is used in many different ways and nuances. If you're looking at the Quran from a sceptical point of view, you could definitely read Maurice Boucaille's "The Quran, The Bible & Science". It will help clarify the Quran scientifically. He after all started his research to find fault with the Quran and as a renowned scientist and surgeon of his time made every effort to search for legitimate faults. He failed and was rather impressed if I recall. His book is worth a good read. This link may also help satisfy your intellect as to the miracle of the Quran: (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 yetgrandestrategy(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2010/11/amazing-quran.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetgrandestrategy(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2010/11/amazing-quran.html[/url] Hope that helps. May Allah bless you and guide you to the straight path: Surah Al-Fatihah: In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. All Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds; The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful; Master of the Day of Judgment. You do we worship, and You that we ask for help Show us the straight way, The way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, those whose (portion) is not wrath, and who go not astray.
  12. Obama

    Sallam, my input: Palestine is in slow death. Death in slow motion if you will. In my opinion israel is going to attempt to eradicate palestine a few dozen settlements at a time. When one side has massive weapons, financing and international support (including unswerving support from the world's sole superpower) and the other side is worried about food, medicine and a shelter over their heads, the outcome is rather obvious. However, nothing is ever truly lost. Allah (or God perhaps to some of you) is not unjust and He will bring us all to account for out deeds. And Satan doesn't hold a feather to Him.
  13. Sallam brother Yusha, thank you for the reply. Allah knows best what the best jihad right now is. I understand you live in Germany and I can see were you are coming from. However, I must say that perhaps making babies may not be exactly what the Prophet (peace be upon him) told Muslims to do when Muslims were being persecuted. But actions are judged by intentions, so as long as your intention was right you should be okay :sl:
  14. (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=AMHjqgz0VM8"]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=AMHjqgz0VM8[/url] you are not allowed to post links yetgrandestrategy(contact admin if its a beneficial link) Assallamalaikum. This video is for my brothers who are frustrated with the present Muslim circumstances and wants to fight for Islam. In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful To my brother who wants to fight for Islam I know what you are going through For the fire that burns in your heart, burns in my heart to When we see the injustice and oppression On Muslims everywhere A fire burns in our heart To make a difference To end this injustice and oppression But the greatest frustration is that we feel helpless There seems little we can do And no leaders to lead the way The only people acting Are men like Ossama Bin Laden When you reach this point You are thinking two things On the one hand you are thinking This is way out there I can't see myself hurting innocent civilians On the other hand, you are thinking Maybe this is the only way we can make a difference When you reach this point I want you to think about two things: Abu Nedal and 911 Abu Nedal was supposedly one of the first Muslim terrorist organizations Many years later we found out that in fact They were a Mossad operation. Similarly, when 911 happened Many of us believed that we did it Nine years later, it is increasingly apparent, We didn't Our enemies conducted these operations To make the world believe That Muslims are terrorists I believe there was another purpose as well: To make young Muslims believe the same They want to inject their virus of terrorism Into our blood stream At some level I believe they know That we cannot be defeated, insh'Allah If we follow the Straight Path So they created Abu Nedal and now 911 To bring us down to their level To make us terrorists like them. They are trying to change the circumstance from Badr Where we obeyed the Prophet (peace be upon him) To Uhud, where we disobeyed and were defeated I want to tell you With all my heart and soul And may Allah (subhanahut'Allah) be my Witness And may He hold me accountable on the Day of Judgment For What I say to you today I bear witness that there is no god except Allah And that Muhammad is the servant and apostle of Allah I bear witness that terrorism is not the way I advise you my brothers With all the sincerity in me Wih everything that I know of Islam This is not the way we are supposed to fight... ***on the presenters ideas regarding what can be done: (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 yetgrandestrategy(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2010/01/21st-century-islamic-state-main-page.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetgrandestrategy(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2010/01/21st...-main-page.html[/url]
  15. (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 yetgrandestrategy(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2010/11/countering-islamophobia-political.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetgrandestrategy(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/2010/11/coun...-political.html[/url] Countering Islamophobia: A Political Action Plan November 8, 2010 Meinhaj Hussain m.hussain[at]grandestrategy(contact admin if its a beneficial link) Muslims in the West are facing a rising tide of Islamophobia. This backlash is fueled by tragic recent events and sustained propaganda from the Zionist press. Our response has been fragmented and erratic rather than coherent and systematic. This paper outlines a plan of action that can overcome our response shortcomings. Defining the Enemy Our persecutors and opponents are numerous yet there is a clearly identifiable source of the propaganda and action against us. Of our many opponents, the Zionists are the main source of Islamophobia and act as the primary instigators. All other efforts branch from this source. The Zionist challenge can broadly be divided into Zionist media and political organizations. Let us consider each in turn. Media Organizations The Mass media is the central component of raising hysteria and creating propaganda against Muslims. Virtually all mass media outlets have been taken over and / or severely infected by the Zionists. Rupert Murdoch and News Corp. is a central concern. Political Organizations While the mass media generates Islamophobia and sets the tone for oppressing Muslims, other organizations use this hysteria to support political actions against Muslims. Some major Zionist organizations playing this role include American-israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC), Jewish Defense League (JDL), Anti Defamation League (ADL) and B’nai B’rith. Within the US government: A group of Zionists manage the White House led by Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emmanuel. Most departments have been infiltrated although occasionally the Department of State civil servants show some resistance. The FBI has its hands tied as The Department of Justice will not take any action against Zionists apprehended by them; the Department of Justice has been compromised thanks to the Sayanims within. As a result, the FBI have simply stopped taking action, even against israeli agents posing as FBI. Homeland Security is a key vehicle for institutional oppression of Muslims and this role can only expand in the future. AIPAC is bankrolling the legislature by utilizing funds from Zionist international bankers and grassroots funding from B’nai B’rith. The CIA has been affected through career-end funding of retiring officers for business opportunities by Zionist venture capitalists and other Zionist investment organizations. There are reports of the NSA being affected. However, these last reports are less substantiated. What Do They Want? What are these Zionist and allied organizations trying to achieve? Firstly they wish to continue the war against Palestinians, seeking to eventually eliminate them. They also seek to further the cause of Greater israel, from the banks of the Euphrates to the Nile as is taught in israeli school textbooks. A large, vibrant and politically organized Muslim community in the West can be a direct threat to their plans. At present the conventional military balance already allows them to attempt such a state in the Middle East but the political and asymmetric warfare balance does not. More defensively, the Zionist are reacting to us as they feel threatened by a community that they perceive as an existential enemy on the shores of a nation that they have spent considerable time and resources hijacking. Following appear to be some of their more specific objectives: * Stemming migration and where possible, removing Muslims from the West. * Stop non-Muslims from converting to Islam by make Islam less accessible through: Propaganda & political marginalization Restricting Muslim interaction Banning Muslim organizations Banning & making forbidden online Islamic content * Holocaust of Muslims: Building political support from the far right and preparing concentration camps under the guise of FEMA. Dealing with the Main Stream Media Muslims in the West have failed systematically in dealing with the mass media. Any attempts to communicate to clarify our views or denounce terrorism has faced a selective blind eye, with the selective portion scanning for any opportunity to twist meanings or hone in on the isolated few extremist views. These latter are then used to cause further damage through propaganda. Any attempt to deal with this situation requires us to understand the key methods of propaganda as created by Zionist organizations after WWI (and not for instance by the Nazis, who were copying from them rather than the other way around as they claim). How Propaganda Works: Pavlovian Response Mechanism The fundamental aim is to repeat a pattern of connecting words in the subconscious mind of the reader. For instance, terms such as “terrorismâ€, “extremism†and “anti-Semitism†are consistently placed near words such as “Muslims†and “Islamâ€. This Pavlovian method has shown to produce consistently effective results. An important point to remember is that this mechanism works even when Muslims are not directly being blamed; a statement such as “Muslims are not terrorists†or “Many Muslims condemn terrorism†can still be used to effectively build a psychological connection in the mind of the populace. This is a powerful tool is not to be underestimated. If one has doubts about how effective this tool is further reading of the relevant literature and a closer look at past research and studies will remove all such doubts. Responding to the Media can be Counterproductive It is therefore, highly undesirable for inexperienced Muslims to talk to the mass media outlets. The media will turn a blind eye where convenient and select responses that suit their purpose. They will pick the worst and heavily edit to give the exact impression that makes us look the worst. They are and will continue to attempt to trick inexperienced and unwary Muslims who are trying to talk to the media. A recent example of a Muslim’s phone interview with CNN that was edited in a manner to appear to show him as supporting terrorism is but one example out of many. Counter Propaganda Who should speak to the media? Only seasoned media spokespersons should speak to the media. We have discussed what not to do, let us now consider what we can do to counter propaganda. Seasoned media representatives need to deal with the mass media directly. Muslims seeking to speak out need to channel their work through Muslim media organizations, alternatives news networks or those allied to us. Building and networking with alternative media outlets is an important undertaking. We discuss outreach efforts in a different section. Using Keywords Effectively The Zionist propaganda machine uses propagandized words as vehicles for their purpose. “Anti-Semitism†“Holocaustâ€, “Holocaust Denialâ€, “Hate Speechâ€, “Islamic terrorism†and “Islamic Fundamentalism†are some examples. We should attempt to counter these with our own set of keywords. These keywords could include “Islamophobiaâ€, “War Criminalsâ€, “Judeo-Fascistsâ€, “Zionists†and “Racists†as some possible terms. These keywords are critical vehicles that allow either side to influence the collective consciousness. Truth as the Central Strategy against Propaganda While coming up with counter propaganda and finding keywords is important, we must not return in kind; we must not lie and spread disinformation. The best way to fight Zionist propaganda is to give something better: the truth. This general strategy of positive asymmetry is given in the Quran: The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one which is better, then lo! he, between whom and thee there was enmity (will become) as though he was a bosom friend. (34) Al Quran, 41:34 We cannot hope to compete with the financial, organizational and entrenchment advantages of the Zionists. Our advantage lies in rehearsing the truth. When even remotely unbiased, human reason has an innate ability to distinguish between right and wrong, truth and falsehood, and this quality represents our core advantage. The problem fundamentally is that the sheer quantity and quality of the propaganda against us means that most Americans only get falsehood and thus cannot distinguish it from the (absent) truth. Incidentally, perhaps that is a reason why Islam is a mercy to mankind. The American people are being exploited and taken for a ride. Their banks, media, Ivy League education, entertainment, politics and even down to their pornography are being controlled by this group of people. Allah willing, once they know what is going on, Muslims will be the least of the problems to worry over for the Zionists. Best Practices Running a media campaign in support of Muslims is not a new phenomenon and organizations that have blazed a path can provide useful examples for others to emulate. We need to find and reproduce best practices from those that have successfully dealt with the mass media. One of the best examples has been the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in particular itsNational Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. CAIR has effectively utilized grassroots organization, press releases, internet social networking and direct targeting of government and political organizations. However, this remains one lone under-resourced effort and cannot effectively represent the US Muslim community. A wider strategy is needed involving the existing leadership and the community as a whole. In the United Kingdom, the main organization tackling Islamophobia is Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC UK). Other groups such as Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), and Islamic Society of Britain (ISB) do little to fight Islamophobia. On the whole, Masjids do nothing. Newer groups such as Muslim Defence League (MDL) and United Against Fascism (UAF) are mainly targeted against the English Defence League (EDL). Both these groups are largely involved in demonstrations and petitions. Outreach Political outreach, networking and alliance building efforts can focus on a number of fronts: 1. Anti-war movement 2. Muslim Governments / International Organizations 3. Community Grassroots Action 4. Friendly Jewish Groups 5. Celebrities We need to effectively target each of these fronts without getting embroiled in unnecessary partisan politics. A case in point is reaching out to the constitutional Republicans & Ron Paul supporters on the one hand, and left wing anti-war activists on the other. There are a large number of anti-war and pro-Palestine groups that target Zionism. As a start to a political outreach, the following are the top 10 anti-israel groups, as identified by ADL: o Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) o Al-Awda o Council on American-Islamic Relations o Friends of Sabeel-North America o If Americans Knew o International Solidarity Movement o Jewish Voice for Peace o Muslim American Society o Students for Justice in Palestine Berkeley Hampshire o US Campaign to End the israeli Occupation These organizations must be doing something right to be on ADL’s hit list. Utilizing Entertainment Attempting direct methods of grassroots political outreach can often be ineffective. Few Americans are willing to go visit the library to have someone drawl on about how peaceful Islam is. Reaching out to Americans through entertainment events is one effective method. For instance, an example would be organizing a Yusuf Islam concert and bringing in the message as a side addition through Baba Ali as a quick standup comedy break. Organizing entertainment is critical in getting face-time. It is significantly harder to feel scared about a people you have become familiar with. Getting face-time in whatever way possible should be an important aspect of our counter propaganda strategy. Sending Ambassadors to Communities There is little that is more effective that reaching out to communities directly. At the grassroots level, we need Muslims to represent Islam and themselves to communities around the United States. Anything from town hall meetings to high school Islam Awareness events are welcome. We must not be passive in waiting for such opportunities but should actively seek them. We must also not shy away from hard ball questions but answer them truthfully and honestly. For instance, pretending that Islam does not condone military jihad in set circumstances can only hurt our public credibility and create divisions within our community. Determining Friend or Foe In our outreach efforts, it may be important to determine what organizations to befriend and what others will end up a liability or sabotage effort. Three questions can be used to judge whether an individual or an organization is a friend or a foe: 1. Do they talk about Zionism? 2. How do they deal with Palestine? 3. What is the source of funding? Leadership Alignment There is an urgent need to recognize that we need to work together. We cannot ignore each other anymore. Consensus is not created by everyone agreeing with each other, real consensus is created when everyone disagrees and then, after considerable and stressful discourse, come to a compromise that all can accept. Our efforts need to be organized with a multi-layered structure. This structure can work at the community, state and national levels. We can also have an independent online effort and have a fully developed internet strategy. Some leaders that need to be part of our anti-Islamophobia effort include the following: US: Hamza Yusuf, Yusuf Estes, Nuh Ha Mim Keller, Ibrahim Hooper (CAIR), Yusha Evans, Nouman Ali Khan, Ali Ardekani, Warith Deen Muhammed. UK: Abdul Hakim Murad, Abdur Raheem Green, Yusuf Islam This list needs to be expanded exponentially to be of relevance. Emergency, Exit & Long-term Relocation Plan In the event that there is another 911-type crisis (Allah forbid), each community needs a fully developed emergency plan. Every Muslim should know where he or she can seek safety. This can typically be the masjid. Food provisions should be stockpiled by each community for anywhere between 1-2 weeks at such locations. Muslims can also consider having an exit strategy from the United States. This is an individual responsibility. Converts with nowhere else to go, and some of whom are already roaming the world in de facto exile, need to be supported and helped. These are the Muhajireen and it is incumbent on all Muslims to help them. Long-term choice of residency is an important consideration. Muslims need to consciously plan their housing arrangements to be closer to the parts of the city with a high Muslim population concentration. The author gratefully acknowledges the invaluable help from Sister Aisha Sarwar of MPAC UK in drafting this paper.
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