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May Allah have mercy on his soul. Br. Mikaeel Jackson returns to his creator.

This is simply a reminder. Not a glorification, or a tribute of Br. Mikaeel (a.k.a Michael Jackson). He was a man. Spent his time on this Earth in his journey toward his final destination. He takes with him only that which he has collected in preperation for the Hereaftere. Let us remeber our mortality.

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“To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return”

Surat al-Baqarah Ch. 2 Verse 156

Al-Fudhayl ibn Iyyâdh (May Allah have mercy on him) said to a man, “How many (years) have come upon you?” He replied, “Sixty years.” He said,“Therefore, for sixty years you have been going to your Lord and you are about to reach (Him).” So the man said, “To Allâh we belong and to Him we shall return!” So al-Fudhayl asked, “Do you know the meaning of that (statement)? You are saying, I belong to Allah as a servant and I am going to return to Him. So whoever knows that he belongs to Allah as a servant and that he will return to him, then he should know that he will be stopped. And whoever knows that he will be stopped, then he should know that he will be questioned. And whoever knows that he will be questioned, then let him prepare an answer for the question.”

[Jâmi al-Ulûm wal-Hikam of Ibn Rajab]

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WEEK 25: Ottawa Muslim Women’s FashionShow. Marriage. Iran. Are you a Twit? Happening Now!

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Host: Omar (GreenKufi)

Quran

Al-Munafiqoon [Recited by Abdullah Basfar -عبد الله بن علي بصفر ]

Discussion

We will be speaking With Sister Fatimah Muhammad about the Fashion Show she has been working on for a few months now.

Community News

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Muslim News

Ottawa Citizen Profiles Qasem Mahmud Yahya Ottawa
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What if Ahmadinejad Really Won?
They pointed out that their opinion poll, carried out between May 11 and May 20, “showed Ahmadinejad leading by a more than 2 to 1 margin—greater than his actual apparent margin of victory in Friday’s election.”
The two specifically rebutted claims by Mousavi supporters that the fact that as an ethnic Azeri he failed to win a larger share of the Azeri vote proved that the totals were rigged. The poll, they said, showed that Azeris also favored Ahmadinejad 2 to 1 over Mousavi.
“The only demographic groups in which our survey found Mousavi leading or competitive with Ahmadinejad were university students and graduates, and the highest-income Iranians,” they wrote.
They also noted that, while the media had cast younger Iranians using the Internet as the heart of the anticipated “reform” surge—NBC News called the protests an “Internet uprising”—the poll showed that “only a third of Iranians even have access to the Internet.”
It is this class divide that is largely ignored by the Western media. Mousavi’s so-called reforms were pitched largely to a relatively privileged and narrow social base. The reforms themselves consisted essentially of a toning down of the rhetoric employed by Ahmadinejad in order to smooth the way to improved relations with Washington, an easing of US-backed sanctions and the opening up of the country to foreign capital. At the same time, they were identified with “free market” capitalism and opposition to the social assistance programs for the working class and rural poor. Such austerity measures hardly served as a pole of attraction for these layers, which constitute the majority of the Iranian population.
For his part, Ahmadinejad utilized these programs—combined with populist demagogy and appeals to religious piety—to maintain a popular base for the regime.
Lionized by the Western press, Mousavi is an unlikely champion of “reform.” During the period he held the post of prime minister—1981-1989—he presided over mass executions of political dissidents, many of them leftists, as well as the Iran-Iraq War, in which Iran suffered a million casualties, dead and wounded.
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Come and learn the miracles and mysteries of one of Allah’s most incredible creations………YOU!

KNOW YOUR BODY

The Female Reproductive System Information Session By Yumna Rashid (B. HSc.)

Sunday, June 21st from 12-4pm at University of Ottawa Morissette 205

Tickets: $10 only (Information booklet and refreshments included)

(Sisters aged 17 and older unless accompanied by guardian.)

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The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) says, “If a Muslim plants a tree and men, birds and beasts eat from it, all of it is a charity on his part”.

This Month, the MAC Give Committee welcomes volunteers to the City of Ottawa Tree Garden, whereby hundreds of trees will be distributed to the public and organizations for planting later on this spring! The City of Ottawa has set a goal of planting 100,000 trees between 2007 and 2010 through the Tree, Reforestation and Environmental Enhancement (TREE) Program’s Community TREE Planting Grant Program. However the goal cannot be achieved without the help of volunteers.

What better volunteers are there that do it for the sake of Allah (swt)?
What: Tree Distribution Event.
Work will consist of directing residents where to go, assisting staff with loading potted trees into vehicles, and distributing planting information.

When: Saturday, June 20, 2009
Time: Shift One: 7:30 am -11:00pm
Shift Two: 10:30am – 2:00pm
Where: City of Ottawa Nursery, 3339 Leitrim Rd (corner of Bank St and Leitrim Rd)
Hurry and sign up by Thursday, June 17th at 4:00pm by filling this form:

http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=cnpZQWxCTFdEd2VwcDFORnJjVmpKaFE6MA..
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Special guest speaker: Youssef Berrada
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This course will allow you to understand the main rulings of how to proceed to plan and celebrate an Islamic marriage.
It will also give you a glimpse of the practical Islamic solutions to the various difficulties many are facing nowadays when it comes to looking for a spouse.
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WEEK 23: THE GREEN SHOW – Everything you ever wanted (or didn’t want) to know about the colour and what it means

    

Host: Omar (GreenKufi)

Quran

ArRahmaan [ch. 55 | Recited by Abdullah Basfar -عبد الله بن علي بصفر ]

Discussion

Tropical FlowersGREEN:
In England we painted the town Green on Eid. Most Muslim flags are either green or contain green in it. Many minarets and domes on mosques around the world are green. The pulpits are often coloured green. We wear green clothing, and green kufis. We bind our books, most notably the print of the Quran, in Green.
Why is this? What is so special about this colour?

Well, the colour itself is a one we see very often around us. Almost every plant is green or some shade of it. Green is restful to the eye. Studies show that a green environment can reduce fatigue.

Green In the Quran:
If we look up in the Quran (try Quran.com), you’ll find the prescription of green in many places. And I’m just talking about the colour. Not plants.

Most importantly is that Allah subhanahu wa taala describes many of the blessing and rewards of paradise as green. HE says in Surat Al-Insaan:
{Their garments will be of fine green silk, and gold embroidery. They will be adorned with bracelets of silver, and their Lord will give them a pure drink.} 76:21 and in Surat ArRahman He says: {Is there any reward for good other than good? [] Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny? [] And besides these two, there are two other Gardens (i.e. in Paradise). [] Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny? [] Dark green (in colour).} 55:60-64. And as I said, this in only referring to the colour green. Not to plantations, which are mentions many time more.

Apparently, many Muslims nations choose green in their flags to represent the greenery of nature. Since it is a responsibility that Allah has entrusted us with, and He often commands us to ponder His creation. In fact, similar to many colours, that are given a distictive name, the green often used in Muslim symbols and the likes is referred to as Islamic Green.

Abu Ramthah said: “I saw the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) wearing two green garments.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, who said, this is a ghareeb hasan hadeeth, and by al-Nisaa’i, 5224).
Green is definitely something we often dress in, but why must this symbol of green simply be a garment. Why can’t we BE GREEN, as opposed to simply wearing it. I would go as far as to say that we should be like nature. Be like a tree. And leave others business alone. Now, before you tune out saying, “Phtt. Look at this Muslim Hippie, go hug a tree bro.” Listen to this what the prophet peace and blessing of Allah be upon him Had to say about this.
Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: The Prophet said, “The example of a believer is like a green tree, the leaves of which do not fall.” The people said. “It is such-and-such tree: It is such-and-such tree.” I intended to say that it was the datepalm tree, but I was a young boy and felt shy (to answer). The Prophet said, “It is the date-palm tree.” Ibn ‘Umar added, ” I told that to ‘Umar who said, ‘Had you said it, I would have preferred it to such-and such a thing.” (Book #73, Hadith #143) Always green.

Why aren’t we always green. Why must our greenness be deciduous like our kufis and hijabs in the evening when we reach home. Why aren’t we like the date palm, giving shade, beauty, fruits, shelter to all of Allah’s creation all of the time.

WHY MUST WE BE GREEN?
1- The environment, is Allah’s creation. The creation of this earth and all its natural resources is a sign of His wisdom, mercy, power and His other attributes and therefore serves to develop human awareness and understanding of this creator. (Ar-Ra`d, 13: 2-4; 21:79)

2- Muslims should seek to protect and preserve the environment because by so doing they protect Allah’s creatures which pray to Him and praise Him. Humankind might not be able to understand how these creatures praise Allah but this does not mean that they do not do so, Allah says: (The seven heavens and the earth, and all beings therein, declare His glory: There is not a thing but celebrates His praise, and yet ye understand not how they declare His Glory!) (Al-Israa’ 17: 44)

3- The environment contains Allah’s creatures which the Muslim scholars consider to also deserve protection.

4- Also among the reasons why Islam seeks to protect and preserve the environment is that Islam, as a way of life, is established on the concept of good (khayr). Therefore it is expected that Islam will protect the environment once it is understood that such protection is good by itself. The Qur’an states: (He whoso do good an atom’s weight will see it. And whoso do ill an atom’s weight will see it.) (Az-Zalzalah 99: 7-8)

In Islam, humans are expected to protect the environment since no other creature is able to perform this task. Humans are the only being that Allah has “entrusted” with the responsibility of looking after the earth. This trusteeship is seen by Islam to be so onerous and burdensome that no other creature would ‘accept’ it. Allah says: (Lo! We offered the trust unto the heavens and the earth and the hills, but they shrank from bearing it and were afraid of it and man assumed it Lo! he is a tyrant and fool.) (Al-Ahzab 33: 72)

Community News

Ottawa – A Muslim boy, Zaid, came in third place in the two kilometer race last weekend. He participated in the race from his school, from among over 1000 other runners from around Ottawa. We will be talking to him next week insh’Allah.

The relationship between human beings and his environment – Yousuf Estes [IslamicTube.net

Muslim News

Omar Khadar’s hearing: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/643886

Nasheed

How can you deny? – No Beats Necessary
Hamza Robertson & Sami Yusuf – The Mountain
Dawud Wharnsby – Alhamdulillah
Our Creation – Hamza Robertson
The Lord of the Worlds – Labbyk

Upcoming Action

Come and get inspired!

Faith and the Common Good, in cooperation with

local faith groups,

invites you to a viewing of the

environmental documentary

 “Be the Change”

The film, produced locally by David Chernushenko,shows us 

how to

live green and enjoy the journey.  

Participants are invited for a post viewing discussion and refreshments

–         an opportunity to share ideas and fellowship.

David Chernushenko will be in attendance

Doors open at 6:30pm
Film Screens at 
7:00pm

JUNE 8th, 2009
at 
Temple Israel

1301 Prince of Wales Drive 

Yasir Naqvi MPP (Ottawa Centre) and the Ontario Trillium Foundation will be special guests to present the Trillium Foundation Award and support the launching of the third phase of the program to help faith communities Green their Sacred Spaces. Go back to the top

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