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Muharram 2 – Israeli Terrorism in Palestine + Interview with HCI Exec. Dir+Pakistan wants to talk but is fighting in it’s backyard + The Month of Muharram

Hosts: Ahmed (SoloTunes) and Omar (GreenKufi)

Qur’an

Surat at-Tawba Ch.9 V. 1-16

Discussion

The Month of Muharram
The Prophet Mohammed may the peace and blesings of Allah be upon him encouraged his ummah to fast on this day. Abu Qataadah may Allah be pleased with him narrates that the Prophet may the peace and blesings of Allah be upon him was asked regarding the fast of the day of Aashoorah. The Holy Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam replied: “It is a compensation for the (minor) sins of the past year”. (Muslim Vol.1 Page 368)
NOTE:- It must be borne in mind that wherever a promise of forgiveness of sins is made upon the fulfillment of some action, it is only the minor sins that are forgiven. The major sins are not forgiven without true, sincere tawbah (repentance).

One should also observe the fast of the 9th of Muharram to safeguard his deed from resembling the non-muslims who fast and festivate only on the 10th Muharram. Ibne Abbas may Allah be pleased with him said: When Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam observed the fast of the day of Aashoorah and ordered (his Companions) to fast, they said, “O Rasulullah! It is a day revered by the Jews and Christians.” Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said, “The coming year, if Allah wills, we will fast on the ninth (also)”. (Muslim Vol.1
Page 359)

Israel’s Attacks Against Palestine: A Case of Terrorism and Planned Mass Murder
The attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians were intended to target civilians. It is a simple and obvious case of terrorism.

Other reads: If Gaza Falls

Interview: Executive Director of Human Concern International: What You Can Do!

Please see our previous post on what you can do, Click Here.

HCI has been working in Palestine and in Gaza for quite some time and has carried out several relief and development projects.

HCI recently dispatched two trucks loaded with humanitarian aid to Gaza Strip to help besieged Gazans survive the deteriorating living conditions. The trucks crossed King Hussein Bridge carrying basic food items.

As you will note from the HCI outreach campaign [Besieged Gaza Strip HCI | Word Document], we are doing our best to help the civilian victims of the current crisis in Gaza. We have already channelled $100,000 and a massive medical aid package worth 1.8 million dollars is on its way to Gaza.HCI Relief

You can Donate through HCI!

You can Donate through I-R!islamic-relief

Nasheed

Try Not to Cry – Sami Yusuf ft. Outlandish

I’ve Seen – Sami Yusuf ft. Outlandish

Phalasteen, Don’t Be Sad – Arabic Nasheed

International Muslim News

Israel Rejects Truce, Continues With Gaza Terrorism and Murder: An estimated 300 or more Israeli airstrikes against Gaza Strip targets since Saturday have killed more than 360 Palestinians in a campaign meant to undercut Hamas and repress its ability to fire rockets into Israeli territory. Four Israelis have died from dozens of rockets fired by Hamas over the last four days. Israeli military officials said Monday that their target lists have expanded to include the vast support network that the Hamas relies on to stay in power in Gaza. The choice of targets suggests that Israel intends to weaken all the various facets of Hamas rather than just its armed wing. This includes many aide and extensive social services networks Hamas has established to make life a little bit more tollerable for the people of Gaza. “Anything affiliated with Hamas is a legitimate target,” says an Israeli defense spokeswoman.

The territory’s uniformed police have taken major hits, with several police compounds destroyed. The police force is tasked with keeping peace and order internally, not attacking Israel. But the Israeli military has said the police are fair game because they are armed members of Hamas’s security structure.

It seems as though the targetting of innocent civilians is not accidental. According to a former Adviser to Israel’s security service the approach of targetin g civilians to encite hatred towards their elected government is intentional and was planned. “Hamas’s civilian infrastructure is a very, very sensitive target. If you want to put pressure on them, this is how,” said Matti Steinberg, a former top adviser to Israel’s domestic security service.
Israel has not allowed foreign reporters into Gaza since the operation began Saturday.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas blames Hamas for triggering Israel’s deadly raids on Gaza, by not extending a six-month truce with the Jewish state. He also blamed Hamas, which controls the coastal Gaza Strip territory, for disrupting national unity talks that could have paved the way for general and presidential elections. [sources: washingtonpost | AlJazeera]

Pakistan urges new India dialogue: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also urged India to move some troops and air bases away from joint border areas to send a “positive signal”.
India blames Pakistan-based militants for the attacks in Mumbai that left more than 170 people dead. Yet, Delhi denies making any significant troop movements towards the border.

In other Pakistani news, Pakistan suspended supplies through the Khyber Pass to US and Nato forces in neighbouring Afghanistan as security forces launch a major offensive against suspected pro-Taliban fighters. Pakistan has sent tanks, helicopter gunships and artillery units into the region of Jamrud.

Hasina wins by landslide in Bangladesh:
Former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will return to power after her Secular Party posted a landslide win in national elections today.

Omar Abdullah set to be the new Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister: It seems certain that Omar Abdullah of the National Conference will be the new chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir. All set to become the youngest Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah favours the continuation of the peace process in the state.

Next Week on Salam Ottawa insh’Allah:

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Violence and Mayhem in Gaza at the Hands of the “State” Terrorism of the Israeli Government – What you can do!

What you can do for the innocent people dieing at the hands of Israeli terrorism:

The PCC is working on developing an action plan. They have been in contact with many organizations and groups across the nation. They are counting on your participation, and involvement to succeed in making an impact.

Here are the highlights of the PCC action plan:

1) A national wide campaign to express our concerns and condemnation as well as demand from the Canadian Government to take positive actions. This include:
a. Letter campaign: (see letter template below) send a letter to the Prime Minsters’ office, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and your MP. Letter sample and contacts information are provided below.

b. Phone campaign: Call the office of the PM, Foreign Affairs and your PM to express your concerns. Use some of the talking points and what is called for in the attachment.

c. Online campaign: Look for news articles covering the Gaza attacks in the Canadian media outlets (cbc.ca, theglobeandmail.com, nationalpost.com, etc.). If provided, provide your comments on the article and demand actions from our Government. (Recommend positive comments submitted by others). Otherwise send an email to the editor.

2) Call for participation in local demonstrations, vigils and other activities arranged by various local organizations. Get in touch with your local organizations and groups. Here are some activities planned for tomorrow Sunday Dec 28th:
a. Toronto: a demonstration @ 2pm on 180 Bloor Street West. For details contact Palestine House at 905-275-3622; or Dr Farid at 416-473-1189.

b. Ottawa: a vigil @ 1pm, Human Rights Monument on Elgin Street and Lisgar. For details contact APAC; Dr Habib Khoury at 613-862-5435 or Dr. Hussein Elastal at 613-818-1123

c. Montreal: a demonstration @ 1pm on Guy & de Maisonneuve. or details contact SPHR.org and CPFQ.org

3) PCC to follow up next week to request a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs office. Capitalizing on the our community participation in the national campaign, the PCC with coordination with other groups will demand from our government to call for immediate cease-fire, lifting the siege and to provide the humanitarian aids.

The action plan’s success factors:

Synchronized message (rational, short, clear demands) to be more effective.
Act now, participate in the national wide campaign.
Spread out the word to your networks of Arabs, Muslims, and other supporting fellow Canadians.

Thanks for your support.

Aiman Abou-Shakra

President

Palestinian Canadian Congress

Template letter (see another variation below)

Dear Mr. Prime Minister and Mr. Minister of Foreign Affairs,

The violence in Gaza must stop. Canada must call for an immediate and
unconditional ceasefire. Canada must also call for a cessation of the
ongoing Israeli siege of Gaza, which has resulted in the collective
punishment of the entire Gaza population. According to “2008 Report:
Democracy Charade Undermines Rights” by Human Rights Watch:

“Israel’s blockade of Gaza denies 1.4 million residents the food, fuel
and medicine they need to survive, a collective punishment that
violates international law.”

Just as you said, Mr. Prime Minister, “It’s Canada’s job to help end
oppression and intolerance around the world.” I hope that you take
this job seriously. I hope you stop “staunchly” supporting illegal
Israeli settlements. Stop supporting the illegal collective punishment
of innocent civilians.

I demand that just as we have boycotted Hamas for its illegal behavior
of shooting Qassam rockets into Israel (which since 2001 have killed
13 Israeli citizens, and which are mostly directed at illegal
settlements)… just as we have boycotted Hamas, so too we must
boycott Israel for its continuous violations of international law.

Being a “staunch ally” of Israel contradicts the statement that we
must end oppression, and only shows our double standards when it comes
to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Finally, Canada must aggressively address the root cause of the
violence: Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.

Sincerely,

Another variation of the template letter with the contact information

Subject: Canada has to stop extremism.
To: pm@pm.gc.ca;
To: L.Cannon@international.gc.ca; Cannon.L@parl.gc.ca;
CC: Obhrai.D@parl.gc.ca, Ignatieff.M@parl.gc.ca, Layton.J@parl.gc.ca, Duceppe.G@parl.gc.ca, leader@greenparty.ca, RaeB1@parl.gc.ca, Zed.P@parl.gc.ca, Patry.B@parl.gc.ca, Martin.K@parl.gc.ca, Goodale.R@parl.gc.ca, Leblanc.D@parl.gc.ca, Dewar.P@parl.gc.ca, Paquette.P@parl.gc.ca, Faille.M@parl.gc.ca
To my elected official;

I am writing to express my concern as a Canadian watching the massacre of Gaza. Over 345 Palestinians have been killed and 1,550 injured in Israeli raids, yet we stand by as idle pawns.

Why are we allowing Israel to breed and facilitate terrorism by killing Palestinians? As the Palestinian death toll rises, more Palestinians and citizens of neighboring countries will grow to hate, and be vengeful towards the Israelis. As more anger and frustration is built, the number of extremists will grow. We cannot allow more violence, we cannot allow a reason for extreme measures, and we cannot allow our country to become a silent partner in breeding terrorists.

As a Canadian and citizen of a country that prides itself on justice, freedom and democracy, I urge you to take a stand in ending the rise of extremism, and not stand in silence as hundreds of innocent people are killed. I urge you to call on an immediate cease-fire and to demand free access for international humanitarian organizations, which Israel has blocked.

“In the end, we will remember not the word of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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Dthul Hijja 25 – Remember Our Heading + Beating a Dead Duck + Today’s Word: Condone + Pageant Brain Fatigue Syndrome

Host: Mafro (GreenKufi)

Quran

Al-Qari’Ah Ch. 101:
Surat At-takathur Ch. 102:

Reminders

Remember the Grave – Bilal Philips

Nasheed

Mercy like the Rain – Shaam
Madinatun Nabi – Aashiq Al-Rasool

Discussion

What’s coming up in the future, insha’Allah, with Baba Ali and a little bit about boyfriend/girlfriend problems.

Celebrity Shoe
No, I’m not beating a dead horse to death with a stick. I’m beating a dead, lame duck to death with a shoe. Last week we shoed showed you the video where the Iraqi Journalist Muntadhir Al-Zaidi threw his shoes at the soon to retire president of the US.
Now, you probably have also heard about all the action that’s being taken to free this guy from custody, since many argue he only did what everyone in the US and the rest of the world wanted to do. We’ll here’s an idea… in solidarity with Muntadhir Al-Zaidi this facebook group has an interesting idea. They are encouraging people, who wished they could do what Al-Zaidi did,to send a pair of their old shoes to the basting duck. They even include the address. Unfortunately there may not be enough time to reach him in time for the holiday and his boot from office.

Poem
From one of our listeners and visitors of Slam Ottawa, [viewfromsaudi.blogspot.com] comes a beautiful poem about the journey of a lifetime.

Bags packed,
Delivered.
One for below my arm as I prepare for this journey,
Journeying to places of utmost significance,
for me, billions,
Symbols of Piety, Faith.
Inward journey,
Not sure what I’ll find —
But it must and should be sabr —
Patience.
Looking at your heart,
the mirror is one’s actions
in the crowds,
sweaty, agitated, rushed & euphoric
Desperate, grateful, hopeful
Scared.
Fearful.
Humble.
I am but a tiny speck and yet my faults loom large
as I prepare to journey
to the centre of the world
to face my heart
and make it shine.

Your Moment of Zen “Alhamdulillah for Islam!”

You probably have heard of last years top videos where the blonde “US Amaerican” Miss South Carolina 2007 “everywhere like such as and” made a mockery of herself on live television. Now, as Muslims we do not discriminate against any one group based on their ethnicity, religion, race, or the colour of their hair. So, I do not condone anyone who makes fun of blondes and generalizes that they are all “dumb”. It’s just not True. BUT! Recent evidence does show us that Miss South Carolina suffers from not blondeness, but form sever post Pageant Brain Fatigue Syndrome and it affects most women who participate in pageants. In a more recent case, it seems to have affected another Pageant participant; Miss Pakistan, Natasha Paracha. She recently, with all cool and calm, condoned the Mumbai Attacks in an interview with Anna Coren.

Now, just in case any other pageant participants may be reading this post, allow me to edumacate you please:

con·done [kuhn-dohn] : to regard or treat (something bad or blameworthy) as acceptable, forgivable, or harmless.
1. to disregard or overlook (something illegal, objectionable, etc).
2. to pardon or forgive (an offense); excuse.

Poor Pakistan. Your self-proclaimed ambassador may be causing more tensions than easing them. She wants all Pakistanis to condone these attacks. It also seems like whatever it is that Natasha has may have infected Anna Coren, since she made no attempt to correct her guest, or at least inquire about her views and her call to Her Nation to condone these attacks. “On a Global Sphere”.

Community News

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Gatineau Mosque is arranging a fundraising dinner for their upcoming installment. DO NOT miss this event which will take place on December 27 in Ottawa. Click on the flyer to see the details.

Sh. Mokhtar Maghraoui in Ottawa
Presented by Living Islam Retreat and Zawiyah Productions in sponsorship with: Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), MSA Carleton, Muslim Youth of Ottawa (MYO) and Ottawa Muslim Association (OMA)
*** Please note location change for workshop below***
Workshop Registration: Click Here
Community Lecture: The Ultimate Journey: Searching for Happiness
When: Wednesday, December 24th 7:00 p.m.
Location: Travelodge Hotel & Convention Centre [directions] (admission fee: 5$)

Workshop: Ihsaan: “to worship Allah as though you see Him”
Thursday, December 25th 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Ukranian Banquet Hall
1000 Byron Avenue [directions | pdf Map] (admission fee: 5$, register: Click Here)

Jumu’ah Khutbah
Friday, December 26th 12:30 p.m.
Location: Ottawa Main Mosque
Contentment:
When less is more, and more is less.
“what has he found the one who loses You,
what has he lost, the one who finds You..”

Zawiyah Products will be available http://www.zawiyah.net

Lunch will be sold
Questions? contact them at: livingislamretreat@gmail.com
Got Fitnah-book? [facebook]

shaykh_mokhtar_ottawaBased in Troy, NY, Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui is one of the most
well-respected and renowned Muslim Scholars in North America.
Originally from Algeria, Shaykh Maghraoui earned his dual-doctorate in
Physics and Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University and also
extensively studied several social sciences, including psychology and
philosophy. Shaykh Maghraoui has a rare mastery of the Islamic
Sciences, particularly Tazkiya (Islamic spirituality), Usul Al-Fiqh,
Objectives of Sharee’ah, Fiqh and Science and Islam. He is the founder of Zawiyah Productions and Islamic Zawiyah Educational Trust, (http://www.zawiyah.net/). He is an active participant of interfaith
dialogue in the Capital district of New York, but is best known for
his enlightening and thought-provoking retreats and seminars that
empower Muslims on their spiritual quest.

REVIVING THE ISLAMIC SPIRIT (R.I.S) – 2008
“Answer the call of the Messenger”
Friday – Sunday Dec. 26-28
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
TICKETS are sold at:
Alladin Bakery (Ottawa/Hull)
West: 613-728-5331
East: (613) 742-4244 or
Br. Sohayb Shahrouri 613-853-4772
$45 before Dec. 10
$50 after Dec. 10

Next Week on Salam Ottawa – insh’Allah:

We’ll look back at the year with Salam Ottawa.
We’ll talk about all the new and exciting things lined up for 2009.
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