Imams off, Snakes all look the same, & More

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. Continue reading “Imams off, Snakes all look the same, & More”



An excerpt from Taqwa, a lecture by Imam Safi Khan:

One of the scholars said: Look at the great difference between people who are dead but their remembrance makes our hearts alive and between those people who are alive with you today but mixing with them makes your heart dead.

Seifullah Chapman on Ali Asad’s Conviction

A letter from Seifullah Chapman in prison to the MuslimLink Newspaper:

October 1, 2006

Dear Muslim Link,

As-salamu alaikum. Thank you for sending me your newspaper. I really enjoyed reading it. Alhumdulillah, finally a true account of the events surrounding Ali Chandia and others. Watching CNN and reading the Washington Post you do not get the same honesty which I found in your newspaper.

Anyone that read your story about Ali Chandia, even without ever actually meeting him, got a glimpse of his real character. Reading what others had to say about him and his sincere and honest remarks to the judge should make any logical thinking intelligent person realize that he is no criminal.

He is a bright individual, a pillar of his community, a good son and brother and a loving father and husband. He is certainly not a terrorist. Anyone willing to be honest with himself or herself should realize that his single fault is that he is a Muslim now living in a post 9-11 world. So, for this he was doled out a 15 year sentence only because he prays five times daily to the Lord of All the Worlds, subhan Allah. Continue reading “Seifullah Chapman on Ali Asad’s Conviction”


The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam has a beautiful statement:

If someone curses you or tries to find fault with you, in a matter that does not exist in you then do not find fault with him in a matter that he does have.

In the last week, I have heard on more than one occassion people that identify themselves as traditional Muslims claim that those they deem to be salafi do not speak about purification of the heart. This is a completely baseless lie and accusation.

A Sign

Last week, my mother opened up the garage door in order to bring out her Christmas lights and displays for the front yard. There’s a tree of lights and a lighted Rudolph and sleigh bit as well.

After she brought out all of the equipment and decorations, she pressed the button to close the garage door but it refused to go back down and close. She had to call a repairman to come and fix it.

My thoughts: It’s a sign that Allah does not look favorably upon shirk and the display needs to come down and go back inside the garage especially since this is also the house of a mumina.

When I was younger, years before I even became interested in Islam, my father asked our handyman to put up our Christmas tree and decorate it in the family room. We had all outgrown the fun and excitement of putting up the tree, decorating it, and wrapping presents so I was annoyed by it because I felt that it was taking up too much space in the room.

So one day after school I decided to take it down and put it back in the box. When my dad came home, he was very upset but we didn’t put the tree back up that year.

I’jaaz of the Quran

I received this message from a commenter:

I had a discussion with someone regarding the earth being circle was written the Quran. Even so I don’t have much information regarding this topic I told the person it was mentioned in the Quran, while he still believes that its science that discovered that the earth is circular. Can you please respond to my email?


Asalamu alaykum,

If you did not have the knowledge to back up this statement then you should not have said it in the first place. I do not intend to do the research for you on this issue perhaps someone else will feel inclined to do it.

There is no doubt that the Quran is a miracle and among the most amazing signs of Allah and a proof of the truthfulness of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. In its unique and inimitable language, style, content, and continued preservation in its original langauge and form. Continue reading “I’jaaz of the Quran”

Road to Guantanamo


The film contains some classic scenes of President Bush, Prime Minister Blair, and Donald Rumsfeld defending the abuses at Guantanamo mentioning that these are “bad people”. The film chronicles the story of the Tipton Three that were detained in Afghanistan and sent to the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for years before being promptly released upon their return to Britain.

I suppose they would probably say these juveniles also detained at Guantanamo were “bad people” and then they wonder why Muslims see this continuing war on terror more and more as a war against Islam and the Truth.

The little talked about tortuous practice of force-feeding prisoners on hunger strikes continues despite protests from a large number of medical professionals. It has been mentioned that the medical doctors practicing this peculiar form of torture did alter the forced feeding times to accommodate the times of the fast in Ramadan for a couple of detainees.

If you want to see a picture re-enactment of force feeding click here courtesy of Fisabilillah.