Six imams returning from a conference in Minneapolis of the North American Imams Federation were ordered off their flight and questioned by police for several hours after doing something the passengers and flight crew perceived as suspicious.
What was that offending act, you might ask? Three of them stood up to pray their evening prayer in congregation. The rest of the passengers were re-screened before the plane departed. This is newly elected representative Keith Ellison’s state, so we hope to hear some statements from him but CAIR has already jumped to the defense of these imams.
I would have been at the CAIR fundraiser last weekend had I not been studying ulum al-Quran with AlMaghrib Institute at George Mason University. On the last day, we had Dr. Mamdouh Mohamed, Muhammad ibn Faqih, and Yasir Qadhi teaching us, simply amazing.
If you are in the DC area, take Dr. Mamdouh’s Quranic Arabic class at the Fairfax Institute in Herdon, Virginia which has six levels and goes through this set of textbooks.
Read Yasir Qadhi’s scholarly work: An Introducution to the Sciences of the Qur’aan.
Kramer is a racist. Whatever the excuses, anyone that resorts to racial epithets when feeling a bit under pressure is a racist. The fact that most of the time when things are going smoothly, one is able to keep up that “I’m not a racist” facade doesn’t mean your not a racist. Michael Richards and George Allen can whine about how they have been unfairly portrayed in the media or how they got the joke wrong but they made their own beds.
Excellent article written by a Nigerian (and no I’m not linking to him just because we are from the same tribe) linked over at Third Resurrection on the persistent and pervasive Arab denial of their racism towards black Africans.
Umm Zaid explains why media experiments like a day in the life of a Muslim or hijab/niqab for a day are inherently racist and akin to blackface skits in her series the The Pretenders Part I and Part II.
Viewer discretion is seriously adivised due to language and violence. Most shocking of all, a young Muslim student was tazed five times last week by over-zealous campus police at UCLA for forgetting his student ID card while using the library. Read more here.
Another reason to love cellphone cameras and video.