I received email from Amatullah (a regular here on Muslim Apple):
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon. I wanted to let everyone know that my uncle who was in the hospital passed away this evening around maghrib time. All Praise and Thanks is due to Allah, Who has made us Muslims and caused him to die as one, and may He bless us to die as Muslims. Please keep him in your duaas, now that his akhirah has begun.
May Allah azza wa jal forgive him and all the deceased Muslims, may Allah ta’ala make their graves a garden from the gardens of Jannah, may He grant them firmness in the questioning and may He ta’ala grant them Jannatul Firdaws and save them from the fire. ameen
InshaAllah his janazah will be tomorrow after dhuhr at Dar Al-Hijrah masjid in Falls Church, VA. They pray dhuhr at 1:30 inshaAllah. For the brothers, inshaAllah they will move his body at 2 pm to the graveyard on Riggs road and New Hampshire (I believe it is George Washington Cemetary, Allahu ‘alam). Continue reading
I received this delightful little ditty yesterday from a first-timer to Muslim Apple called bthorn, I wasn’t going to publish it and had it marked for deletion but then I reconsidered:
What is truly scary is that many of you are sympathetic to the Gitmo detainees. Yeah, they were only caught on the battlefield, carrying a weapon, and trying to kill MY countrymen. The fact that you feel bad for THEM and are completely silent regarding the actions which landed them at Gitmo in the first place only reaffirms my original belief that you all have the SAME radical, militant, oppressive, and murderous belief structure. Still stuck in the 7th century.
Perhaps bthorn, you could explain this article to me from the Washington Post: 82 Inmates Cleared but Still Held at Guantanamo. Did you watch Road to Guantanamo?
From the Storehouse:
See You at Guantanamo
Trailer: Road to Guantanamo
AlMaghrib Institute is offering its one weekend seminar Love Notes: Marriage and Family Life taught by Shaykh Yaser Birjas in November at George Mason University. Don’t miss it.
Ali ibn Abee Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) used to say,
“Certainly this life has begun traveling away, and the hereafter has begun traveling forward, and each has its children. So be from the children of the hereafter, and don’t be from the children of this life. For indeed today there is action with no account, and tomorrow there will be account with no action.”
General well-wishes for Eid and a reminder that just because Ramadan is over our duties are not, and a special shout out to his AlMaghrib Institute students. The video is below the fold. Continue reading
I was in court again this morning, for a “failure to yield right of way on left turn” traffic citation, which stems from my car accident earlier this year.
I pleaded not guilty as usual. The police officer was present but neither the driver of the other vehicle nor the witnesses to the accident were present so the case was dismissed because the state could not present any evidence to counter my claim.
The driver of the white truck that hit my car, has retained a lawyer, rejected the offer of compensation from my insurance company, and is claiming continuing soft tissue injuries and ongoing medical treatment, which may result in another courtroom appearance and trial from accident.
From the Storehouse:
Muslim Apple Slightly Concussed
No More Carpooling in This
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a federal panel that reports to Congress has recommended that the Islamic Saudi Academy in Virginia (ISA) be shut down until it can verify that the school is not promoting religious extremism.
The panel’s main argument, which is extremely is extremely weak and reeks of the now common place bigotry that we have seen in play in the Dubai Ports World fiasco and the forced resignations of Debbie Almontaser and Dr. Esam Omeish that the school is funded by the Saudi Embassy and that the panel believes (keyword “believes”, with no actual verifiable evidence or criticism) that the school’s curriculum is in some ways similar to that of schools in Saudi Arabia.
The commission does not offer specific criticism of the academy’s teachings beyond its concerns that it too closely mimics a typical Saudi education.
The school’s director-general, Abdalla I. Al-Shabnan, said Wednesday that he had not seen the report. But he said the academy has adjusted its curriculum in recent years and removed some of the inflammatory language that had been included in the Saudi text. The school’s curriculum may now serve as a model for the Saudi government to use in continuing its reform of Saudi schools, he said. Continue reading
Some local Muslims helped contribute to this Explainer article on Slate including Imam Johari Abdul Malik and Taha Jabir al-Alwani.
Slate: Muslim Beards 101
It has always struck me as a little odd, how quickly some brothers will make excuses for shaving or not growing their beards but don’t let them see a sister without hijab that may also have similar excuses to the ones the brothers are fond of using for themselves.
I’m guilty of this as well, because when my family points to a Muslim woman that does not wear hijab by saying, “See she’s Muslim and doesn’t have to cover, so why do you?” there is a thought that sometimes comes into my head that wonders about her level of practice.
I am Ify Okoye or more precisely, one of the many people with the name Ify Okoye. Ify is a nickname for about 5 different Ibo (also spelled Igbo) names for both genders and my last name Okoye is also very common amongst Ibos.
Why did I add my real name? I don’t feel that I have anything to hide by claiming ownership of my blog and I disliked to see people (several people have done this so I’m not referring in particular to any one individual) refer to me as “Muslim Apple” in quotation marks as if I was hiding or disguising my identity. Since I’ve added my real name to my blog I have seen an increase in the number of incoming google searches looking up Ify Okoye.
Ify is pronounced like “E-Fee” and there is nothing iffy about it, remember it’s not an English name. Okoye is pronounced something akin to “O-coy-yeah” just don’t elongate either of the names and you’ll be okay.
Oh, that’s a beautiful/unusual name, I like that, what does it mean?
My full name, Ifeoma, is pronounced like “E-fum-ah” and means “something beautiful” or “something good” and my last name is a conjunction of the name of one of my ancestors and the day he was born, which happened to be one of the four market days called Oye.
I am not related to Christian Okoye, the football player. Continue reading
Here is a positive story about the imam of the Dar al Noor community in Manassas, Viriginia.
NPR: Young Imam Serves as Islam’s Face to the Community
Some quotes from the article:
The imam’s duties range from spiritual guide to resident psychologist, sorting through the never-ending details of his people’s lives. The work begins with 5 a.m. prayers and ends when Lamptey drags himself home, often after midnight. In between prayers, he teaches the Koran and youth class. He preaches at funerals and weddings. He counsels parents and children, couples in love and those in distress.
Sheikh Rashid Lamptey:
“It is up to us Muslims to put our religion out there and make it very transparent for people to see,” he said, “and understand that this religion is not about bombing, it’s not about killing, it’s not about marrying 70 women in heaven, as I heard somebody say. It’s about accountability; it’s about sincerity; it’s about forgiveness; it’s about love.” Continue reading