Gem

Statement of Ibn al-Qayyim:

“Ward off passing thoughts, for if you do not, they will become ideas. Ward off ideas, for if you do not, they will become desires. If they become desires, fight them, for if you do not, they will become resolve and determination, and if you do not ward them off, they will become actions. If you do not resist them with their opposite, they will become habits and it will then be difficult for you to get rid of them.”

Right of Way

The post “I’m Buying a Radar” by Shabina on Moz Boondoggle re-awakened some thoughts that have been lingering around in my mind and usually bubble up to the surface while I am driving in my car.

No Turn on Red
MuslimApple is driving in the city and wants to make a right turn but the light is red and there is a No Turn on Red sign posted. OK, no problem, I can wait for the green light. Light changes to green, alhamdulillah, I think I can proceed to make my turn. Right?

Wrong. The pedestrian walk signal is indicating that this is the most opportune time for people on foot or in wheelchairs to use the crosswalk. OK, no problem, I can wait.

Unfortunately, this is not a signal with a countdown of time remaining until the red light returns so as the pedestrian signal begins flashing the “Don’t Walk” symbol I feel nervous.

Am I going to make the light or not? Should I inch ever so slightly forward into the crosswalk and hope that the pedestrians pick up their pace so I can turn?

The light is now yellow, so I move determinedly forward and just as the light turns red I complete my turn. Alhamdulillah.

Roll Through

Touching the line of my patience circle are drivers that roll through stop signs without stopping. I mean why can’t you come to a complete stop? It’s dangerous not to stop. Did you consider each possible avenue of oncoming traffic? Continue reading “Right of Way”

Moonsighting or Moonfighting – Part 2

Alas, we have a North American body dissenting from the Fiqh Council’s decision to use calculations. The Hilal Sighting Committee of North America has announced that they will use “naked eye” observations to determine the start of Ramadan.

The Hilal Sighting Committee has released two versions of a report expressing their dismay at the Fiqh Council’s earlier decision entitled:

A Refutation to ISNA/Fiqh Council’s Decision to Disregard the Qur’an and the Sunnah and to follow Astronomical Calculations for Beginning an Islamic Month.

Short Version

Long Version

Now, one might ask as I did, “Who are the members of the Hilal Sighting Committee”? The dissenting opinion was signed by:

Mawlana Muhammad G. Nadvi, Ph.D - North American Ulema Council, CA
Mufti Hidayatullah Farooqi – Jamat Ahle Sunnat of America, Chicago, IL
Mawlana Abdullah Kapodrawee – Jami’atul ‘Ulama Canada, Toronto, Canada
Mufti Muhammad Jamaluddin – Darul ‘Uloom/Baitul Hamd, New York, NY
Mufti Ruhul Amin – Shari’ah Board of New York, NY
Mawlana Mohammad Tayyab Qasmi – Islamic Shari’ah Council of B.C., Canada
Mufti Mumtaz Qasmi – Islamic Shari’ah Council of California, CA

Mufti Noman Vazir – Shari’ah Board of New York, NY
Mawlana Muhibur Rahman – Ulama Council of America, NY
Shaikh Syed Muhammad Rizvi – Shi’a Association of America, Toledo, OH
Imam Ashrafuz Zaman Khan – Ulama Council of America, NY
Mawlana Khaleel Ahmad – Hilal Committee of Metropolitan Toronto

Moonsighting or Moonfighting Part 1

North American Muslims elect first female president

More on the election of Dr. Mattson as president of ISNA:

Source: Houston Chronicle

Aug. 28, 2006, 5:22PM

Muslim group picks first woman leader
By Rachel Zoll AP Religion Writer
© 2006 The Associated Press

The first woman president of the largest Muslim group in North America says that she’s proud of her community for electing her.

Ingrid Mattson, a Canadian convert to Islam and an Islamic law scholar at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, was chosen to lead the Islamic Society of North America just ahead of its annual convention, which starts Friday in Rosemont, Ill.

“This is a community that can choose to be whatever it wishes to be, unlike many other Muslims throughout the world who don’t live in democratic societies,” Mattson said Monday in a phone interview from Chicago. “I think it shows what Muslims can do and would like to do.”

Formed in 1963, the Islamic Society is an umbrella group that represents Muslim associations for youth, college students, engineers and others, and also provides support to Muslim chaplains and North American mosques. Its annual meeting regularly draws more than 30,000 people. Continue reading “North American Muslims elect first female president”