Week 20: Why >50% of OMA board has resigned? + 10 ways to develop Muslim Unity + Muslim in the Spotlight (new segment)

May 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm 1 comment

Host: Omar (Green Kufi)

Quran

Alhujuraat [ch. 49 v. 1-6 | Recited by Abdullah Basfar -عبد الله بن علي بصفر ]

Discussion

Controversy Ahead
OMA MASS RESIGNATIONS
The following email was sent out to the OMA mailing list:
In the Name of Allah, The Merciful, The Oft-Forgiving

May the Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah be upon you
May 9th 2009
Att: Ottawa Muslim Community & members of the Ottawa Muslim Association
It is with great sorrow that this letter is issued. This year has been very challenging for the Ottawa Muslim Association (OMA) and it is unfortunate that this message carries the news of mass resignations from the Board of Directors. Although the current board began with vision and motivation, many improper occurrences quickly impacted their productivity, causing uncontrollable damage. The community deserves an explanation, an apology and proper action for the best interest of all.
Most of the recent and coming resignations from among the Board of Directors is due to a lack of confidence in this year’s unilateral leadership. Many have bore witness to the lack of professionalism and lack of transparency, allowing the main Ottawa Mosque to become the centre of recent community divisions. Sadly, many unethical and un-Islamic practices have been witnessed and recorded. Due to the numerous and continued violations of the OMA constitution and the Ontario Corporations Act, many board members requested the President to resign. Unfortunately, he refused to step down and remains adamant in his position, backed by a few members who have not shown respect for the letter of the law. Board members and other community members made a subsequent request for an early election for the benefit of the community and the Mosque; however, this request was also refused. The climax of this community disaster has been the consistent media attention, reflecting the Board’s inability to properly address issues of contention internally. After attempts of reconciliation and to maintain neutrality, the board members have made a tough decision and hope for community support.
In consideration of the above stated reasons, the majority of the Board of Directors has decided to restore the dignity of the community and draw the necessary importance to the issues at hand by resigning in protest. The officials among the board have made this difficult decision having full knowledge and awareness of the current circumstances and hope that the President, in keeping with the constitution, will call for an early election, considering there is no longer a quorum to conduct meetings, and no legal authority to appoint directors in the new vacancies.
We ask the community’s forgiveness and pray to Allah Almighty to guide us all.

Please see the list below for the current status of OMA board members:

OMA Elected Members
Board of Directors: 2008 – 2010
President: Mohamed Ghadban
Vice President: Rafiq Ghadban
Ex Official: Syed Mumtaz Akhtar (RESIGNED)
Secretary: Aminah Kandar (RESIGNED)
Joint Secretary: Fayez Aboulchaar (RESIGNED)
Treasurer: Fariz Elchamaa (RESIGNED)
Joint Treas.: Alia Ghadban
Directors:
Garnayl M. Abdi (RESIGNED)
Mohammed Rafiq Ghadban
Mohamed Hafez (Abu Nidal) (RESIGNED)
Ferial Osman
Hesham Osman
Mohamed Sheibani
Farida Ghadban Zammar
Hassan Jabi (RESIGNED)
Council of Trustees 2008 – 2010
Chairman: Fazal Khan (RESIGNED)
Secretary: Ghassan Akrouche (RESIGNED)
Treasurer: Muazzam Orakzai (RESIGNED)
Trustees:
Mohamad Dayfallah
Sarwar Gilani (RESIGNED)
Zahur Hussain (RESIGNED)
Saleem Qureshi
Nazeeh Hammoud
Joint Committee 2008 – 2010
Chairman: Bader Siddiqi (RESIGNED)

10 Things You Can Do To Develop A Culture Of Muslim Unity by Abdul Malik Mujahid

1. Understand that Muslim unity is not an option

Muslim unity is a Fard (obligatory duty) according to the Quran and Traditions of the Prophet Mohamed (peace and blessings be upon him).

From the Quran (49:10): The Believers are but a single Brotherhood: So make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers; and fear God, that ye may receive Mercy.

2. Reflect on Hajj as a time for Muslim unity

3. Learn tolerance towards other points of view

If our scholars from the past and present have shown such tolerance towards differing views on various issues, who are we, the average Muslim, who do not have that level of knowledge, to express intolerance for another point of view?

4. Learn to criticize without hurting

5. Avoid taking a strong position on smaller points

There is what’s called a “Fiqh of priorities” and this essentially means that there are some aspects of Islam that are more important than others. For instance, it’s more important to emphasize that Muslims establish prayer than whether or not there should be a curtain between men and women in mosques.

7. Reaching out across ethnic boundaries

         “ethnic mosques”

8. Heed the advice found in Surah Hujurat

This 49th chapter of the Quran provides excellent guidance on the kind of behavior that Muslims should avoid to establish Muslim unity. For instance, Allah, advises us to avoid mockery, defamation and suspicion. These are all things which serve to divide us and create hatred, hurt and dissension

9. Share these tips with a wider audience

10. Make Dua for unity
http://www.soundvision.com/

Muslim Unity in Masajid by Suhaib Webb

Deception – Abdullah Hakim Quick

 

Community News

OTTAWA Muslim IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Doctors may soon be able to diagnose breast cancer with greater aaccuracy, thanks in part to the work of a local Muslim scientist.
By combining breakthrough research in the felds of applied chemistry and biology, molecular scientist Dr. Mohammed Badruz Zaman and his colleagues at the National Research Council of Canada may have discovered an easier, cheaper and more sensitive method of detecting breast cancer in human blood.
Full article: [ Muslim Link | pdf]

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This is exactly what the Prophet stated when he prophesied that: “Soon the nations will gather together to take from you in the same way you invite others to share in a feast.”
“Is this because we are few in numbers?”
“No, you will many like the foam on the sea, but you will be like the rubbish that is carried by the flood. And Allah will take the fear of you from the hearts of your enemies and into your hearts he cast wahn.”
“What is wahan oh Messenger of Allah?”
“Love of life and fear of death.”

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. zainab  |  May 26, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Salamualakum, I have to say I really enjoyed this show it was very educational and entertaining but also because I could relate. It is true a lot of the Muslims are very judgmental of other especially if you aren’t doing thing the way they were taught or how they were raised. I believe when advising some one about some thing about the religion or anything of that nature it should be done in an orderly fashion and never be aggressive and i know that for a fact I’ve had my fare share of people judging how i do thing or how I look and its not very pleasant and makes me feel very uncomfortable so i avoid going back to that place or seeing those people, so in a way it dose push people form Islam when you are judgmental and critical.
    Thank you and I will be listing next week inshAllah
    salamu3alkum.

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