This is a story I have been holding back on for awhile simply because I found it too distressing to post about.
Alia Ansari a Muslim woman and mother of six children ages 2-13 was shot in the head and killed as she walked with her 3-year-old daughter to pick up two of her other children from their elementary school in Fremont, California on October 19, 2006.
The police and local community are treating this murder as a hate crime. Alia was wearing hijab at the time of her murder. Inna lillahi wa inna alayhi raji’oon.
I was finally able to write about it today was because I heard some amazing news that November 13, 2006 has been designated by some women’s groups as Wear a Headscarf to Work Day in honor of Alia Ansari. And Imam Zaid Shakir has eulogized Alia in a speech. Continue reading
and not just on Shaykh Taj ad-Deen al-Hilali but on other irresponsible imams and Muslims in general that make outrageous and inflammatory comments.
The explanation and apology. Al-Hilali like the Pope has apologized not so much for his words which of course he says have been taken out of context but for the reactions of others to his words. Apparently, the resulting stress due to the uproar over his comments has left him confined to his bed on a ventilator. And we ask Allah to restore his health.
Alhamdulillah, I have always been protected in never having to hear first hand such ridiculous and offensive comments while attending lectures.
A few years ago, at one local masjid two speakers made some offensive statements about women, something about women’s behavior in the masjid and another about how in paradise there will be no women because everyone will take on the male form and he even resorted to some pseudo-science about the x and y chromosomes to back it up. Needless to say, the community led by the sisters raised their complaints and both were publicly censured and banned from speaking on the minbar.
Then there are the nincompoops from groups like al-Muhajiroun or whatever their name is now that are desperately seeking celebrity and seem more concerned with competing for airtime with the most outrageous statements than in trying to exemplify the manners and character of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam as seen in his letters and agreements with non-Muslims specifically with the Jews and Christians. Continue reading
Found this over at HijabisOverrated and in sha Allah I’m going.
Brother Hood has created a virtual tour of Madinah, the city of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam using Google Earth.
If you’re like me, a young (under 40) convert with no Muslim mahram this is the closest you will get to Madinah because it is more than likely that you will have your hajj or umrah visa application denied by the Saudi authorities even though the Malikis and Shafi’ees say it is permissible to travel for an obligatory hajj provided there is safe passage or company.
Alhamdulillah, I’ve had my visa application denied twice without explanation. Although, I hear that single sisters that go with Imam Safi Khan or the Rihla group do not encounter any visa issues. Continue reading
and of enlivening the sunnah, I want to offer 1 or 2 free CD’s from Faith (Foundation for Authentic Islamic Texts and Heritage) Publications free of charge and with free shipping to anyone who would like to receive them.
Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself. [Bukhari and Muslim] Continue reading
This poem is given out at a local masjid every year on Eid al-Fitr: Continue reading