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October 6th

Hosts: Ahmed and Omar

– Hasbi Rabbi – Sami Yusuf

– Sharia Investing… It is about Ethics
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– Where we Belong – Zain Bhikha
http://www.markazislam.com/view/3z24z1qqm/zain-bhikha-where-we-belong-with-lyrics/

– Egypt Students Decry Niqab Restrictions
http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1254573381310&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout

– Try Not to Cry – Sami Yusuf ft. Outlandish

– Israel Fans Al-Quds Fires: Palestinians
http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1254573382515&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout

– Islamic Ethics and the Prophet’s Life – Tariq Ramadan
http://www.tariqramadan.com/spip.php?article10655

– What I believe – Tariq Ramadan
http://www.tariqramadan.com/spip.php?article10832

– Deen You Know – Native Deen
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– American Muslims on Obama’s Health Care
http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1252188334593&pagename=Zone-English-Muslim_Affairs/MAELayout

– Why are the Drums so Silent – Dawud Wharnsby
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NHL Muslim Draftee + Understanding our Condition + 1 Billion Hungry + Sadaqa Food Bank

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Host: Omar (GreenKufi) Mafro

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First Muslim NHL Player.
www.cbc.ca
Unfortunbately it seems he will not remain with the leafs fo now. But still a great inspiration for many of the young Muslims around Canada who love hockey so much.

Abdul Hakim Quick joins Almaghrib in Ramadan. He reminds us about kowing our condition:
www.hakimquick.com

World’s hungry reach record 1 billion – CBC

The number of hungry people has passed a record one billion this year at the same time that food aid is at a 20-year low, the United Nations World Food Programme said Wednesday in London.
The number of undernourished people in the world has grown largely due to higher food prices, according to the agency.
The organization is facing a serious shortfall so far, having confirmed only $2.6 billion in funding for its 2009 budget of $6.7 billion, it said in a statement.
“This comes at a time of great vulnerability for the hungry,” the agency said.
“Millions have been buffeted by the global financial downturn, their ability to buy food is limited by stubbornly high prices. In addition, unpredictable weather patterns are causing more weather-related hunger.”
About 65 per cent of the world’s hungry live in only seven countries: India, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia, according to the agency.

The Messenger of Allah P.B.U.H. said, ‘Whoever provides food for a fasting Muslim to break his fast, he will have the same reward as that of the fasting Muslim without reducing anything of his own reward.’
Sadaqa Food Bank
Halal Shop Food Drop Off Locations
El Marwa Halal Butcher Shop – 103 Mann Avenue
Al Jazeera Food Meat Market – 1101 Wellington Street
Desh Grocery – 366 Rideau Street
Kanata Kash N Karry – 5-60 Colchester Square
Food Village – 888 Meadowland Drive, Unit #5
Al-Rafiden Halal Meat Shop – 1061 Merival Road
Maya Market – 197 Norice St.
MF Food Mart – 850 Merivale Road
New Middle East Supermarket – 1755 Bank St.
Mattar Food Market – 1656 Bank St.
Al-Sham 4000 Bridel Path
Barwaaqo – 439 Olgivie Road
Mosque/Musallah Food Drop Off Locations
Islamic Info Centre – 312 Lisgar @ Bank
Ottawa Main Mosque – 251 Northwestern Ave.
Gatineau Masjid – 4 Lois St
Jami Omar – 572 Moodie Dr
Dar Assunah – 2401 Bank St
Masjid Assalaam – 2335 St. Laurent Blvd
Abrar School – 1085 Grenon Ave
 

Nasheed

I remember your smile
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Upcoming Action

OTTAWA CONFIRMED EVENTS FOR ISLAMIC HISTORY MONTH:

October 1st, 2009
 
What: IHMC Banner Unveiling Day (Bosnian Folklore group – Dardan, address by dignitaries, refreshment)
Who: Ottawa Police Service
Where: Ottawa Police Headquarters at 474 Elgin Station, Ottawa
When: 4:00-5:00pm
Public Function, Free admission.
 
October 3rd, 2009
 
What: Expo Islamia and Launching Ceremony
 
Part 1:
What: Expo Islamia
Art displays and artefacts from around the Muslim World, clothes, Books, CDs, DVDs, some Canadian cultural displays, Henna by Ottawa’s “Henna Lady.”
Where: Canada Science and Technology Museum, 1867 St. Laurent Blvd, Ottawa, Ontario at Conference Hall C
When: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Public Function, Admission Free to Expo Islamia
 
Part 2:
What: Launching Ceremony
Who: Performance by Turquaz Turkish Folk Dance Group, Music and reception
Where: Auditorium of Canada Science and Technology Museum
When: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Public Function, Refreshments, Admission Free to IHMC launching ceremony
 
October 5th, 2009
 
What: Introduction to Islamic History Month Canada
Who: Event hosted by the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable John Baird
When: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Private Function, Free admission
 
October 8th, 2009
 
What: Film screening: The Furthest Mosque (25 minutes).
Where: North Gloucester Library at 2036 Ogilvie Road
When: 7:00 pm
Public Function, Free admission
 
Oct 15th, 2009
 
What: Film screening: “When The Moors Ruled in Europe,” Episode I.  Public Function at Where: Alta Vista Public Library at 2516 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa
When: 7:00 pm
Public Function, Free admission.
 
October 17th, 2009
 
What: Film screening: “When The Moors Ruled in Europe,” Episode II.  Public Function
Where: Ottawa Public Library at 120 Metcalfe St, Ottawa
When: 1:30 pm
Public Function, Free admission
 
Oct 22nd, 2009
 
What: Multifaith Panel Discussion on Equality for Women (Muslim, Unitarian, Christian, Jewish and Buddhist speakers).
Where: Ottawa Public Library at 120 Metcalfe St, Ottawa
When: 7:00 pm
Public Function, Free admission
 
October 24th, 2009
 
What: The Islamic Finance vs. Recent Global Crises (Islam’s Contribution to Equity Banking and Finance) — Main Event of IHMC 2009
Who: Dr. Toby Birch
Where: MC 2000 Minto Centre, Advanced studies for Engineering, Carleton University (close to Carleton book store), 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa
When: 6:30 pm
Public Function, Free admission
 
October 28th, 2009
 
What: Contributions and Integration of Canadian Muslims into Society by Imam Dr. Zijad Delic
Who: Canada Border Services Agency (Event coordinated by Dr. Salma Hefzy – Vice-Chair of the Visible Minorities Advisory Committee)
Where: Auditorium of the Ottawa public Library – Main Branch – 120 Metcalfe Street
When: 10:00 am -1:00 pm
Private Function, Free Admission
 
October 29th, 2009
 
What: Film screening: “Iran: Seven Faces of a Civilization.” Public Function
Where: Ottawa Public Library at 120 Metcalfe St, Ottawa
When: 6:00 pm
Public Function, Free admission.
 
October 31st, 2009 (1:30 pm – 5:00 pm)
 
Part 1:
What: Power Point lecture on the “Role of Muslim Scholars in Medicine” by Dr. Qais Ghanem, Creator and co-Host of Dialogue with Diversity, CHIN Radio
Where: Ottawa Public Library at 120 Metcalfe St, Ottawa
When: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Public Functions, Free admission
 
Part 2:
What: Live demo presentation on Forensic Science by Mahmoud Abed, forensic scientist RCMP, Co-chair of RCMP HQ National Advisory Committee for Visible Minorities.
Where: Ottawa Public Library at 120 Metcalfe St, Ottawa
When: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Public Functions, Free Admission
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I’m Dreaming of a Green Ramadan + Ramadan Advice

How to Make Ramadan Last 11 Months

http://www.halaltube.com/how-to-make-ramadan-last-11-months

Ramadan Advice

By Hamza Yusuf

http://www.halaltube.com/ramadan-advice

I’m Dreaming of a Green Ramadan

By Omar Mahfoudhi

Ramadan is upon us. We have a very few number of days left before this blessed annual guest arrives. Preparation for this month’s treasures have already begun. Muslim grocers have stocked up with the regular Ramadan delights; Mosques, centers, and organizations are preparing to host iftars for the masses; and groups are planning for their nightly devotions at their favourite Masjid. All are abuzz leading up to the Month of Quran. Yet, something remains amiss.

The culture surrounding Ramadan, since as far back as I can remember, is very much the very attitude many of us hold towards many of the quasi-religious and secular holidays and festivities that surround us; materialistic consumerism. It seems as though this month that teaches us about simplicity and humility, has lost that flavour. It seems as though, in order to taste the sweetness of Ramadan, we must indulge in tasting all sorts of sweets. From kulfi, to Baklawa. From gulab jamun, to knafa. We’ve simply lost the essence of minimalism and conservation that is one of the lessons Ramadan was intended to teach us.

So here are a few tips to make our Ramadan, and all our work a little bit more down to earth. There are a number of areas in which we can make our Ramadan have the same healing effect on the Earth as it would to our souls.

Quran:
After all it is the Month of Quran. Lets take a little bit of time to renew our commitment to the responsibility Allah has entrusted us with. The trust and responsibility of being representatives of Allah, and managers of this Earth. Pay heed to the verses reminding us of our place on this earth and our duty towards in and it’s inhabitants, from people to animals; from plants to the inanimate resources that are the bounties Allah has blessed us with. Furthermore, I can’t imagine a better way to implement the the command of Allah to ponder his creation than by going out into the natural environments that so abundantly surrounds our city to explore the beauty of Allah’s creation and the might of His design, subhanah. I would say a beautiful habit to perhaps develop this Ramadan, that would also be a practice of the Prophet Mohammed’s tradition of seeking solitude in the outskirts of Makkah to worship and ponder upon Allah’s miracles.

Food:
It’s true there is much ethnic diversity within Islam and that along with that come diverse cultural traditions of food and drink. This in turn provides for a beautifully colourful array of deserts, and foods on the iftar spread. This i’m not about to critisize since I certainly enjoy my occasional ludu (waxy yellow ball). What I’m proposing is try to use local ingredients in your embarrassingly named “Ramadan Recipes”. Instead of using imported chickpea flour, use local produce. Instead of imported (and increadibly expensive) dairy products, consider Ontario dairy. This will help reduce your ecological footprint, and insha’Allah with the proper intention perhaps help you increase your foot print in Jannah.

Energy:
While devoting our nights to prayer, and our days to remembrance of Allah and the study of the Quran we needn’t help the fat cats at the energy company milk more money out of our Mousques, Schools and centers. Use the light of the sun shining through the windows to read the Quran, and try prayeing in the dark or at least in low light. YOu’d be surprised what that can do for you in terms of increased tranquility and concentration (khushou’). Especially praying in the dark, giving an increased sense of solitude with your creator. Maybe this Ramadan climate change watchers may see a dent in the trends of emmisions due to energy use.

Water:
The same applies to our use of water. We could really do with the revival of some of the forgotten sunnan (traditions) of the prophet peace be upon him when it comes to the use of very little water in our ablution. Even though we live on the banks of the Ottawa river, consider the reminder the beloved gave his companion to conserve water even if at flowing river. I believe that applies very appropriately for us in Ottawa specifically and in Canada generally with one of the most abundant freshwater resources at our expense.

Waste:
Lastly yet no less importantly, in fact quite significantly more important than many of the other points,

With all the iftars going on around town, and the huge numbers of people in i’tikaf in the Masajid just take a second to think about the amount of waste produced from disposable plates and cutlery, not to mention the enormous pile of PETE water bottles. I cant imagine it very difficult for masajid to invest in some reusable plates and cutlery. I mean we did it at our MSA at the University of Ottawa, and we all pitched in cleaning up afterwards.

Perhaps, with these tips we may not only be able to give our bodies a rest of all the food, along with the toxins we inadvertedly consume, we give our Mother Earth the rest she deserves from all the toxic, hurtful, wasteful habits we’ve plagued her with. This way she may leave us with more places to pray upon that will vouch for us on the day of recompense.

If your mosque or organization is interested in turning green you may be interested in looking up an interfaith networking organization called Faith and the Common Good. They are in the third phase of their project called GREENING SACRED SPACES. A program that help faith communities of all creeds work towards making their congregation and facilities more eco-conscious. [faith-commongood.net]

Upcoming Action:

Muslim Coordinating Council Youth is having an event at the Main Mosque this Friday called “Lifting the Veil – A discussion on youth identity” from 6 to 7pm. The price is a can of food for sadaqa food bank.

“We will provide you the opportunity to anonymously bring out any issues or experiences you’ve had as being a young canadian muslim.’’

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Oi!!! Ramadan is Coming. Awesome Muslim Summer Fest. Laugh out Loud,

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Surat Verse [Recited by Abdullah Basfar -عبد الله بن علي بصفر ]

Discussion

Towards an Outstanding Ramadan
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Community News

Awesome Muslim Summer Fest

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See our youtube Channel.

Comedy

Uncle Sam
Australian Comedian (Muslim)

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Week 27: Support Qari Youssouf with the loss of his wife + Advice on loosing a loved one

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Host: Omar (GreenKufi)

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Surah 40 – V. 31 Qari Youssouf Mahmoud.

Discussion

Support Qari Youssouf with the loss of his wife. You can help out by chipping in so he can be with his family.
http://youssouf.chipin.com/qari-youssouf-fund

Host: Omar (Mafro)

Quran:

UPDATE: Sh. Yousuf Estes and Siraj Wahaj on The Deen Show http://www.thedeenshow.com/show.php?action=detail&id=464

Surat Al-Mulk (surah 67) [FlashQuran.com]

Are You Ready to Meet Allah? & Why Calamities Befall Us? Intro Nasheed

The wisdom of Allah concerning not only calamities, but all things around us that we see and don’t see are reserved in the knowledge of the ghrayb (unseen) that only Allah has knowledge of, and that we cannot comprehend in its entirety. Allah does explain things to us through the Holy Quran, and the Sunnah of his blessed prophet Mohammed peace be upon him. Concerning the wisdom of why there is so much pain and suffering in the world, and why calamities befall innocent people, for seemingly no reason, Allah explains to us a few things. Calamities befall us for many reasons, and I will touch upon two of them for now. Namely,

1. Calamities befall us directly as a test, as a reminder, and in a show of Allah’s utmost Mercy, as a means of cleansing our sins. As a means of erasing our bad deeds. The prophet peace be upon him said: “all the affairs of a believer are good. If blessings is bestowed upon them they are grateful, and that is best for them. And if calamity befalls them they are patient. And that is best for them.” He says in another place: “The believing man or woman continues to have affliction in person, property and children so that they may finally meet Allah, free from sin.” (Tirmidhi). He Also, said: “No calamity befalls a Muslim but that Allah expiates some of his sins because of it, even though it were the prick he receives from a thorn.” (Bukhari). Regarding the tests, Allah says {Do people think that they will be left to say “We believe” and that they will not be tested? We did test those before them and Allah will certainly know those who are true from those who are false.} (29:2-3)
Allah also says: {Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil); but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.} (2:155)
Allah’s messenger tells us about what Allah has said regarding the loss of a loved one: “I have no reward other than paradise for a believing slave of mine who remains patient for My sake when I take away his beloved one from among the inhabitants of the world.” (Bukhari)

2. Calamities befall others and are made knows to us so that we may heed Allah’s warnings. They come as a reminder to us so that if we are far off of the path towards Allah that we hasten to get back on track in the right direction, with the right focus on Allah and his beautiful, perfect religion. Allah says in this regard: {We have made some of you as a trial for others: will ye have patience? For Allah is One Who sees (all things).} (25:20)

The last point is where I want to remind myself and our listeners about not loosing opertunities. We really should not waste such oppertunities that Allah provides us with as reminders, less we become the reminder to other at a time when we are not ready to be.

When Calamity Strikes – Sister Laila Nasheeba [IslamicTube.net] (1-18:40)

Why is there Evil in the world

Nasheed:

Don’t Let Me Go – Ahmed bukhatir

Last Breath – Ahmed Bukhatir
My bed is the sand (Farshy AlTurab) – Meshary Alarada

Upcoming Action

The longest running summer camp in North American is now open for registration. Go to http://www.myo.ca/camp/

The Camp runs between August 2nd and August 8th.

Long Bay Campground is situated on a 350 acre site next to Long Bay. The camp is owned and operated by Muslims for the past 26 years. The camp offers complete facilities for large camps as well as individual camp sites, if you want to pitch a tent. The camp ground is located at RR No. 1, Westport, ON. The telephone number is (613) 273-5728.

From their website:
“The Muslim Youth of Ottawa, with the help of organizations such as The Ottawa Muslim Association (OMA) , The Muslim Students Association of Ottawa and Carleton Universities, The Islamic Information Center, we have provided a Summer Camp for children every summer for the last 26 years. It is one of the longest consecutively running summer camp in North America.”

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Week 24: Obama. Lease. Well-Being. Hijab Criteria. Ottawa Muslim Women’s Fashion Show. Fitna? or Fitrah? Know Your Body

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Host: Omar (GreenKufi) and Ahmed Khalil

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An-Noor [ch. 24 v. 1-32 | Recited by Abdullah Basfar -عبد الله بن علي بصفر ]

Discussion

Barack Obama Excerpt from popular speech in Cairo
WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON THIS? Write to us with your comments at …

Dr. Tariq Ramadan’s take on this. [tariqramada.com]

Lectures – Husain Abdul Sattar – Lease on Life A lease on life
A great lecture on squeezing every opportunity to do good and reap rewards.

Br. Shabir – Health and Well Being interview on CTS show “Let the Quran Speak” (9 minutes)

Br Shabir explains why the bodies and minds we have need to be kept healthy and clean. He analyzes Islamic resources that focus upon physical and mental conditions and why it is an important practice within the religion.

Zakir Naik – Hijab-Critera & Reason (2:44 minutes)

Quick explanation of hijab from Quran and Sahih hadeeth

Zakir Naik on Sonia Mirza and how to respond to questions from the media.

Nasheed

The Veil
The Crazy Spots I’ve Prayed
Wisdom and Tea

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Upcoming Action

For Sisters By Sisters Fashion Show
Fashion Show A shocking number of Muslim sisters in Ottawa are unaware of the many locations throughout the city where they can buy Islamic clothing. An opportunity will arise June 20 for Ottawa’s Muslimaat to attend a fashion show which will showcase Islamic wear from shops around the city.
For Sisters By Sisters Fashion Show will take place at Jim Durrell Complex, 1265 Walkley Road, from 3-6 pm, June 20. We ask that only Muslim women attend, meaning no children under the age of fourteen.

There will be door prizes and refreshments offered, and tickets are $10.

Please call sister Fatimah at 613-225-4528 for more information or for advance tickets.

KNow your body poster_large8inwebready Know Your Body Info Session

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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