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Week 10 – Why Bother Listening to the Only Muslim Radio Broadcast in Ottawa + The Hypocrisy of Free Speech + Historical Ottawa Event + Ottawa is Taking Islamic Practice to the Next Level

Host: Omar (Mafro)

Quran:

ArRa’d [ch. 13 v. 5-11 | Recited by Abdullah Basfar -عبد الله بن علي بصفر ]
“Verily Allah will never change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls)” (3:37 – 8:24)

Discussion:

The Double Standard of Freedom of Speech when it comes to Zionism (NOT Anti-Semitism). “Call it what it is.”
Both Carleton University and the University of Ottawa have banned a poster for the Israeli Apartheid Week. The reality is, just as we’ve heard many a Rabi, an Israeli, and researcher that Zionism piggy backs on the back of Judaism in order to cowardly hide behind anti-semitism whenever the actions of the Zionist Israeli machine are criticized. [Call it what it is. | The Proud Islamist]
You don’t have to listen to Salam Ottawa. Sure we’re the only Muslim Radio Broadcast in Ottawa, but there are far more reliable sources about Islam and Muslims on the air waves.
Why bother Listening to, let alone supporting the only Muslim radio broadcast in Ottawa when you have such great options like CFRA’s Lowell Green. Such a level minded, educated, and fair talk show host, with pounds of reason at every corner of his commentary. [Radio host Lowell Green chastised for ‘abusive’ remarks about Muslims | OttawaCitizen]

Community News:

Masha’Allah, Ottawa Muslims are really getting their act together as of late:
Imam Zaid Shakir’s event was a full house, with entertainment that is worthy of a paid ticket event. And a first of its kind in Ottawa, as a collaboration between the UofO MSA, and the Revival Series from Reviving the Islamic Spirit. The Event really showcased the level of professionalism that the MSA, and quite generally, the Muslims of Ottawa are capable of. Imam Zaid Shakir rarely disappoints, and the ideas he researched and presented at the event titled, “Can We Make Islam Relevant in the 21st Century? Yes We Can!”, were brilliant and quite worthy of a 21st century intellectual discussion. A discussion which we really need to follow up with, and perhaps will be a focus of one of our shows in the near future, insh’Allah.

Joint LUL and Al-Mughrib Historic Event:
As I said, Ottawa Muslims have really taken the practice of Islam to the next level, and they’re on a roll with it. This past couple of weeks have seen a number of events that all of Ottawa’s Muslim community should be aware of. Primarily, the level of professionalism that both “Light Upon Light”, and Almaghrib Institute have risen to. We spoke with Brother Hisham Saleh, the Amir of last Friday’s L.U.L. event and intro to the Rays of Faith double-weekend-course held by Almaghrib. This is what we heard from Brother Hisham.
MAC Blood Donation Drive
Earlier in the week, in fact the day right after our last show, I headed over to the MAC Blood Drive event being held and the Canadian Blood Services Clinic on 1575 Carling Avenue. I had a chance to speak with some of the brothers and sisters who had come out to donate their blood. Brother Ryan was in charge of last Wednesday’s event: Some had come with zeal and excitement to donate their blood for those who need it, but not always does it work out:
Brother Haytham Al-Azzuni, one of the organizers and a Carleton University Student spoke to us while giving blood:

Nasheed:

With You – Vocals – Raef: Lyrics – Omar N Khan [youtube]
OLD SCHOOL: MYNA Raps – Deenin’:Lota Pani – Sunnah Back:


Brother Dash – The Meaning of Life:

☆ Green Kufi’s “Greening Muslims”

Here’s a tip that is easy, good, will save you money, save on energy, and with the right intention gain you rewards from Allah.
Unplug. Yup, unplug. I don’t mean unplug from the hectic daily life (which would also be good for you on many levels), I mean unplug your “stuff”. Do it know before he stops you. Who? The phantom of course!
You’ve got a phantom in your house. If you’ve got any electrical device in your home it is using your electricity with out you knowing it. “Duh”, you say. “It’s an electrical device. Of course it uses electricity. That’s how it works.”
I bet you didn’t know that it uses electricity even when you’re not using it. That’s right. Just having you’re devices plugged in draws electricity form the circuit. This is called “Phantom Power”. Electrical current that continuously flows through your devices even when you are not using them. Ask yourself, “how often do I use my printer, scanner, fax” (do people really still use faxes?). How about your cellphone charger you keep in the wall once you’re done charging.
“Okay, Okay, I’m guilty.” Here’s what you need to do:
☆ Use a power bar with an off switch to plug all the devices that you will not be using very frequently (e.g., cellphone charger, fax [really? Still got it?], scanner, etc) and unplug, or hit the power switch when you are not using them.
☆ Your printer, scanner, and many other devices have a master power switch, keep it turned off until you need it.
☆ As for your TV, DVD player, PVR, Cable Box, etc, or anything that stays plugged in over night (up to 10hrs/day) without every being needed or used: plug them into an electrical timer, and set it to cut off the power during the hours that you will not need or use them. E.g., over night, or while you’re at school or work, etc.
These tips will save you from the Evil Dreaded Phantom Power, and save you some dough so you can donate to Salam Ottawa. Enjoy you newly found wealth. Keeping on greening, Muslims.

“What do I do” you say. Unplug. It’s that simple. Plus, you could reduce your electric bill by 10 percent a year.

Muslim Global News

Imam Siraj Wahhaj Patient in the face of his affliction:
For more than 30 years Imam Siraj has traveled extensively at the invitation of other Muslim leaders and organizers in the U.S. and abroad. He freely and passionately shares his love and knowledge of Islam -often booking back-to-back speaking engagements on a weekly basis. There is no doubt that his demanding schedule factored into the development of his health condition. As such, it has become paramount for him to make important lifestyle changes, which includes taking a sabbatical from some of his responsibilities, in order to balance his life and improve his overall health.

Imam Siraj’s Letter:
As Salamu Alaikum, Dear Brothers and Sisters!

It is well known now that I have been suffering from hypertension. Al Hamdulillah, I have been working with it for a while now, and insha’Allah it’s pretty much under control. As a result of being thoroughly checked by the competent doctors in Atlanta , I have been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. Al Hamdulillah, inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun. (All Praise is for Allah. Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.)

My diagnosis is not as bad as it sounds on the surface. Many men have been cured from prostate cancer. My doctors are very optimistic about my cure, and so am I. Insha’Allah the treatment should last about two months. But you and I know that the cure is in the Hands of Allah. If Allah heals me, I will be very grateful. If Allah doesn’t heal me, then I will be patient and happily accept my fate. This is the way of the Believers. I am looking forward to full recovery and getting back to work in the not-too-distant future, insha’Allah.

Many people will ask the question, what can we do? Don’t waste your time feeling sorry for me. Make du’a. But don’t just make du’a for me. There are a lot of Muslims, men and women, with cancer (and other diseases). Make du’a for them also. There are so many among the elderly, who need our help, make du’a for them. There are so many Muslims who have lost their jobs, lost their homes, make du’a for them! Beyond the prayers, go visit the sick, those in prison, and others in need.

Get involved more with Islamic work. Support organizations like MANA, ISNA, ICNA, MAS, CAIR, SIFCA, the community in association with Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, the community of Imam Jamil Al Amin, etc. Support good brothers and sisters, like Mauri’ Saalakhan of the Peace and Justice Foundation. Support Islamic education and schools. If you want to help Imam Siraj, then help support his Masjid, Masjid At-Taqwa, in Brooklyn, New York and all the other struggling Masjids throughout America.

Every challenge we face in life presents us with many opportunities for growth. With a heightened awareness and sensitivity about health-related issues, I will feel better when we, as an ummah, learn more about our health. We have to be very careful about the foods we consume! I urge all of us to cultivate healthy appetites such that we begin to love and crave foods that are good FOR us and eliminate foods that are not. I intend with Allah’s help to share information with you in the coming weeks about our health.

On behalf of MANA, I encourage you to lend your support to our growing Organization. Every MANA project is structured to strengthen American Muslim communities. The SHARE Centers, Healthy Marriage Initiative, Community Reentry Program, and Healing and Reconciliation Project all need input and active service urgently. Please contact the MANA office to find out more and look for regular updates in our newsletters, insha’Allah.

In closing, I am humbled and very thankful for all the prayers, and well wishes of the Muslims, and am very appreciative for all the help extended to me and my family in the past. Alhamdulillah! I am also overwhelmed with gratitude that a number of you want to lend financial support, and have asked how you can do that.

Online donations can be made here, or feel free to correspond with me directly at Siraj Wahhaj, P.O. Box 312264, Atlanta, GA 31131.

Thank you kindly. May Allah guide and protect us all.
Your brother in faith,
Imam Siraj Wahhaj
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March 3, 2009 at 1:55 am Leave a comment

Safar 1 – A week of Obama + Technology and Muslims + Islam Online + What to learn form Almaghrib: I’m not talkign about the classes + Gaza Drive

Host: Omar (Mafro)

Discussion:

Don’t forget Sadaqa food bank:

The Sadaqa Food Bank, located on 447 Catherine Street, is in need of your assistance. There are close to 100 families who rely on SFB to supplement their grocery needs on a monthly basis. At this time of the year donations of food and money decrease yet the demands continue to grow.

Please remember the less fortunate amoungst us and give generously in cash or food donations. Remember the following hadeeth:

Ibn `Umar (May Allah bepleased with them) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “A Muslim is a brother of (another) Muslim, he neither wrongs him nor does hand him over to one who does him wrong. If anyone fulfills his brother’s needs, Allah will fulfill his needs; if one relieves a Muslim of his troubles, Allah will relieve his troubles on the Day of Resurrection; and if anyone covers up a Muslim (his sins), Allah will cover him up (his sins) on the Resurrection Day”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

For more details regarding how you can help please give us a call at (613) 680-5679  or visit us online at: www.sadaqafoodbankottawa.org
A week with Obama:

Exactly one week has past since the newly sworn in president of the United States took office. What has happened in that time?
Well, some good, some not so good. First off, and I think something that is rather encouraging is that Obama has issue a letter anchoring his intent to close Guantanamo Bay’s Prison and all other secret CIA prisons. He’s also being called the first president in the 21st century to act like a president in the 21st century. This is likely refering to his use on the “Internets” and “Blackberries” that Bush was trying to tell us all about back when he was president. But we must echo the call of Tariq Ramadan when he said we shouldn’t be naiive in thinking that Obama will be the be all and end all of the ailments of North America and the world. Already we see Obama following suite on unwarented wiretapping. You’ve got to wonder if he’s ok with taking the liberties and rights to confidentiality of his own people, that perhaps the rest of the world shouldn’t let out all their breath in their sighs of relief. Not to mention…

Muslims and Technology: What will the Nortel down fall bring?

Ottawa is home to one of the largest tech companies in Canada. Nortel, also the largest privet employer in Ottawa, recently filed for bankruptcy protection, which means there is going to be some difficult times for a lot of disenfranchised employees of the once tech giant. Many of the employees of Nortel are Muslims. Very talented and well educated Muslims who have bothcontributed and gained a treasure trove of intellectual property over the many years that they haveworked with the company. Obviously there is little that will do to help Muslims in particular in this crisis, amongst their peers. But perhaps that is exactly what we should be looking at.
Perhaps we should be asking questions like: what do Muslims do with their knowledge and intellectual property, which they’ve developed throughout their careers? It seems that Muslims, especially in North America, tend to lean heavily towards being employees. They execute the commands and directions of their bosses and employers with little ingenuity, or creative contributions.
Are Muslims less educated? Less informed? Or less talented than the rest of the populations? I don’t thinks so. I think it is a lack of motivation and a lack of interest.

Many may say, “Well, it’s in the Hands of Allah what I do.” While that is true, the reality is also that Allah created us with the ability to think, created, invent, manipulate, and he created for us the Earth as a means to propagate and grow. Additionally, Allah and his messenger (peace be upon him) have told us that “Allah loves it, that if one of [us] works on something that [we] perfect it”. And that we must take the proper precautions and then rely on Allah for the rest. And that “the hand that gives is better [in the sight of Allah] than the hand that receives.”
So where are Muslims now in terms of their technological contributions?

Hardware and software:
Many of us have already used some form of technology in our Islamic lives. From the basics of using our phones, email, or the internet to share and look up information about Islam and Muslims, to downloading software that reminds us of the prayer times.
Some of us may also be aware of some dedicated hardware that has been around for a number of years and that we see in many of the conferences and bazaars, and some Muslim book shops. For example, there is the line of digital Qur’an pocket players, and readers from Digi Koran. There are over a dozen of these devices ranging from simple yet functional to advanced and complicated. Prices also range from affordable (you get what you pay for) to expensive (high quality). They even have gift-reasonable prices (DVD’s, Children’s toys, etc. for under $20). Some of their products are even cool, like their CQ4H2 IQRAA Color, Featuring a very bright, impossibly thin OLED. Organic Light Emitting Displays, a technology that allows display panels to be very bright and vibrant, yet be paper thin, is not even available in many devices out right now amongst main stream gadgets. And Judging for the specifications of this device, it looks a lot more feature packed than a lot of mp3/mp4 players out there right now (ie. iPod, Zune, Creative Zen, etc). Other products are a bit out there, and interesting, like their talking pen. One thing that is truly impressive is their slogan of “Focus on the Future”. And from the looks of things in their product line, it seems like they are moving in that direction.

Integration and utilization:

Technology doesn’t have to always be entirely invented by Muslims, or marketed by a Muslim company. In many cases all we need to shift ourselves into this century is to utilize some of the technology that is already available and put it to good, productive use.
One company that has impressed me with it’s forward thinking and use of the latest trends in tech and marketing is non-other than our local Almaghrib Institute. They’ve taken some serious steps to making the task of gaining knowledge, easy, available, exciting, interesting, and quite simply put, cool.
From their use of online forums, which are rarely paralleled with such frequency of visitors and contributors, yet are organized and of such high quality that they stand out as an entity on their own. To their advanced use and integration of multi-media in their classes, in their marketing, in their outreach and even in their community work.
Last week, AlMaghrib hosted one of its Ilminars (think: Ilm (knowledge) + seminar) and dedicated it to raising funds for our brothers and sisters in Gaza. By targeting the onlinemasses of Muslims and cooperating with Islamic Relief, they were able to raise close to four times their target of $55,000. In the span of a couple of hours, AlMaghrib along with Islamic Relief were able to raise over $200,000.
The concept is not difficult, or complicated. They simply made use of readily available media and resources to create a functional and captivation interface where people are compelled to visit, return, and contribute. This seems to be the philosophy that AlMagrhib is following in terms of the look and feel of this revolutionary educational institute. And I’m very glad and proud to know that one of our local Organization are on the forefront of moving Islamic education and Muslims into the age of information technology.
Next week insh’Allah Salam Ottawa we will highlight some other Muslim tech products, and insh’Allah talk to some Muslim tech experts, and see what they have to say about all this. But for now, perhaps this tragedy that has befallen the Muslim tech workers of Nortelmay be a stumbling point for some diverse, ingenious, and innovative steps towards new ideas. Ideas that could change the quality of our lives, and the standard of living for all humanity to something a little bit better, insh’Allah.

Community News:

Speaking of Al-Maghrib and taking our lives and contributions to the next level, comes two extraordinary events.
Al Maghrib Class: Rays of Faith coming to Ottawa Feb 27, 28, Mar 1, 8 and 9 taught by Shaykh Waleed Baysouni. [Youtube Trailer] (see what I mean.)
Discover U Class: “At least it’s a living.”February 7th-8th. Marriot Hotel, Downtown Ottawa
“At last! The truth about living an unrealistic life revealed!”
Discover what they didn’t teach you in school:
How to really live life the way YOU want!
By Muhammad Alshareef.
SISTERS 3 PART SERIES: 12 HABITS of a highly successful MUSLIMAH
Speakers:
Maryam Hameed (B.A. Islamic & Arabic Sciences)
Amirah Mauthoor (Certified Personal Development Coach)
Feb. 4th | Feb. 11th | Feb 18th
VANIER 331 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
University of Ottawa
$3/Day | R.S.V.P. QabeelatAnsar.com

Muslim SHUTTLE SERVICE: [Ottawa Muslim Classifieds]

Muslim World News:

Tony Benn to BBC “If you wont broadcast the Gaza appeal then I will myself” [youtube]

Nasheed:

Yusuf Islam Raises Money For Palestinian Children [The Huffington Post]
The United Nations said Yusuf Islam recorded a rendition of the George Harrison song “The Day the World Gets Round,” along with the German bassist and former Beatles collaborator Klaus Voorman.
All proceeds from the song will be donated to the U.N. agency in charge of Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, and to the nonprofit group Save the Children to be directed to aiding Gaza residents.They've Killed all the little ones

A song by Yusuf Islam: “They’ve Killed all the Litte Ones”


We will not go down (Song for Gaza)

Your Moment of Zen! Alhamdulillah for Islam!

“Proof that Israel is Evil. Top Israeli Rabbi says all Gaza civilians are permissible to slaughter. ” [Youtube] He’s qouting from the adultered Tourah.

Next Week:

Talk to Muslim Tech experts, and workers…

On the ground with Sada Food Bank…

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January 27, 2009 at 8:54 pm 2 comments

Muharram 23 – Muslims and Media + Order of Canada: Azhar Ali Khan + Good Riddance Bush + Gaza + Obama

Hosts: Ahmed Khalil + Omar (Mafro)

Dua:

By Mishari Rashid Al-Efasy

Discussion:

Interview:  We spoke with community activist, and winner the Order of Canada Award Mr. Azhar Ali Khan about what he has done throughout his career, and his opinion on the state of Muslims in Ottawa.
[Interview with Azhar Ali khan| mp3 | Box.net]
An article in the Muslim Link [January 2009/Muharram 1430 | Page 4 | 6MB PDF] talks about Br. Azhar and the work he is doing right now.

Jewish editor sacked for publishing article
This article was sent to Debbie Ducro, a Jewish-American journalist with the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle. She published it, and was fired the next day. This article highlights the internal struggle in the Jewish community and the threats posed to Jews who chose to speak against and criticize the current actions of the Israeli Govt.

In Hertzl’s ‘The Jewish State’ the father of Zionism said: “We must investigate and take possession of the new Jewish country by means of every modern expedient.” I guess I agree with Ehud Barak ( 3 June 1998) when he said, “If I were a Palestinian, I’d also join a terror group.” I’d go a step further perhaps. Rather than throwing little stones in desperation, I’d hurdle a boulder.

[Full article]

Jewish Rabi tells the truth about Gaza and Palestine, [youtube] and how the Jews have been duped into believing and supporting Israeli propaganda and oppression.

Survivours of WWII do to the palestinians what was done unto them. [Photo Essay | Warning: images are graphic]

Good Riddance Bush: Seems to be, not surprisingly, the sentiment from all over the world concerning the departure of the man who is being called the worst leader of the western world in a long time. People have even set up discussion boards to “commemorate” the time spent with Bush during his “administration”. So, we can breath a sigh of relief now…we can, right? well unfortunately, Bush as a president has the ability to pardon some people for their crimes. So, just like most vilains would do in despiration to destroy the world, he’s let the low lifes out just as he’s leaving.

Community News:

Muslim Link launches French articles: So please support one of the longest running Muslim Newspapers in eastern Canada. [Muslim Link]

Global News:

Israeli occupying forces to pull out of Gaza in time for Barak Obama’s inauguration. Seems like Jon Stewart’s assessment was right on target.

Last week we reported on the Free Gaza Movement’s ship to Gaza with medical aid. Well, not unlike the savages that they are, the Israeli occupying forces prevented the ship from docking in Gaza. [Report]

Misc:

Song For Gaza
“We Will Not Go Down”

(Composed by Michael Heart)
Copyright 2009

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HCI – The Children of Gaza

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Salam Ottawa will be one of the distributors for tickets for this event.

Please fill in the form bellow with away to contact you and how many tickets you need and we will be able to delive it to you insh’Allah.

January 13, 2009 at 1:31 pm Leave a comment

Muharram 9 – Call-in: How are you helping Gaza? + Is boycotting worth it? + Fasting the 10th of Muharram + OC Transpo action

HOST: Omar (GreenKufi)

Dua:

By Mishari Rashid Al-Efasy

Discussion:

What’s going on in Gaza? On the ground: years fo death and sorrow.

Is Boycotting Israeli Products and Services Useful?

Oh, Yes! See this Link to find out real world numbers of how boycotting Israel is hurting them where it hurts Zionists the Most.

Sister Sukeina of Innovative Minds gave a short talk on the Boycott Campaign at a Muslim youth programme. She covers some of the points mentioned above. http://www.inminds.co.uk

An appeal from one of our dedicated listeners: “Israel is displaying its MADNESS with this massacre. The death of our brothers and sisters have been reduced to a number. A number that continues to increase far too quickly. These are not cheap lives.    My daughter sleeps soundly in the next room. If she makes a sound I run to her side to make sure she’s ok. My husband’s late from work, and I’ve already called him twice to make sure he’s ok. My family lives in another  city, I call them almost every day to make sure they’re all ok. The deep love I have for them is the same limitless, undying love that our Palestinian brothers and sisters have for their family members who are DEAD or DIEING or forever WOUNDED.

Can you imagine the orphans? Can you imagine the frustration? The horror? The pain? The agony? The Anger? The sadness that looms…

If you cannot donate money! If you cannot email your local MP to do something! If you cannot attend your local protest! Then at least PLEASE do not buy ISRAELI products!” Click the image for the list ->>

Local News:

Demonstration on Parliament Hill:Palestine!

Reports from the ground say thousands gathered at the steps of parliament hill January 3, braving the cold with their babies, elderly, women, and children in solidarity with their brethren in Gaza, who are braving much more than the cold. “He can see ground-to-ground missiles,” Says Mr. Shaban, a demonstrator on January 3, about what his friend in Gaza is seeing. “He can see Palestinian civilians lying on the ground dead. There is no place for them in the hospitals. There is no place for the wounded. There are not enough ambulances. There’s no food supplies.

OC Transpo Strike:
Members of the public have an opportunity to provide written submissions to The Canada Industrial Relations Board regarding the impact of the OC Transpo strike. Please note that all written submissions must be received at the Canada Industrial Relations Board no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 9, 2009.
It is important that you have your voice heard as the union just may vote to stay on strike thus forcing The Canada Industrial Relations Board to order OC Transpo back to work. Details on how to make the submission in English and French.

Nasheed:

Why are the drums so silent – Dawud Wharnsby Ali

 
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January 6, 2009 at 1:22 pm 3 comments

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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Dhul-Qi’dah 20 – New SalamOttawa + Muslim Link + Muslims in China + Muslim Schools

In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

HOST: GreenKufi (Omar)

QURAN: Surat Yaa-Seen

DISCUSSION:
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Largest Religion in the world: Islam
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Clip: Next Eid Call in
What to do this Eid – A look at all the Eid activities: Tell us at 613-520-2528 today betwen 5 & 6pm, or vote below (like good Candians do): Clip:


Clip: Not afraid to stand alone:
Clip:Silent victims Discussion
Silent victims in Ottawa’s shelter crisis by Sr. Lula Adam
The headline, “Thousands turned away from Ottawa women’s shelters,” on the front page of the Oct. 7 issue of the Ottawa Citizen has elicited shock and concern. Many question how it is possible that over 5,000 women seeking safe haven are turned away each year from local women’s shelters. As shocking as this number is, it is an incomplete picture. Many of hese women who are turned away have children. If it is difficult to find a bed for one woman, imagine how difficult it is to find multiple beds for a woman with five children. We are not only turning away women—we are also turning away their children. In some cases temporary shelter is found for women who escape violence with their children, however other children are being condemned to remain in homes that are not safe. Children are being reared in homes that are infested with a societal disease called violence. This disease has infected our community and it threatens the future of our nation. Violence against women when witnessed by children is also child abuse. Additionally it is a drain on our community’s human, financial and future resources. Without community support, children who witness such violence may be caught in a cycle that leads them to believe that violence is the most effective communication tool. Whether these children grow up to become victims or perpetrators of violence, the larger community is deeply affected.
Yes, it is shocking that thousands of women are being turned away from shelters. What is also appalling is that children are the silent victims in the shortage of shelter beds. These children do not have safe and nurturing upbringings, yet we as a community expect them, by some miracle, to grow up to be contributing members of society. According to Statistics Canada,domestic violence affects 7 per cent of women and their families in Ontario. Over 800,000 women in Ontario living in a common-law or marital relationship experienced physical and/or sexual assault by a spousal partner at least once during 2004 to 2006. And when we speak of violence against women, we are also speaking about the effect that violence has on their children. Children witness abuse in 40 per cent of violent relationships and 100 per cent of these children are impacted by the violence. If as a community we are unable to ensure the safety of every woman and child, then we need to invest in services within our community to support them. It is time to speak up for healthy homes, healthy communities and safe places for women and children. Our future—our children—depend upon it.
To learn more about violence against women and its impact on children please visit our website www.intervalhouseottawa.org

Lula Adam is the Public Education Coordinator of Interval House of Ottawa, a local shelter for women and children fleeing violence

Community Reviews: Brand New Halal Restaurant on 230 Herzberg Road Just off of Carling Avenue.
Food type: Indo-Pak-Chinese Buffet. Price: Excellent. Features: Huge place, Comfortable, NO Alcohol! Excellent for families, and large groups.
Menu: Lots of Items to choose from. Includes typical Indo-Pak-Chinese menu with a little bit of Thai.
Clip: Uighur Muslims of Western China:
The Plight of Muslims in China’s western Xinjiang province:
Officials in China’s western Xinjiang province have stepped up pressure on the region’s ethnic Uighur population during the holy month of Ramadan, and against other day-to-day Muslim practices. You can send a protesting email to the Chinese embasy here in Ottawa. chinaemb_ca@mfa.gov.cn

Reminder: Doing Good in Unison
Reminder: Muslim Schools (Scary?)

NASHEED:
Al-Burdah by Ahmed Bukhatir
Can’t take it with you by Wharnsby, Bhikha, and Abdulamlik
Mountains Of Makkah by Bkikha

For all the Mothers out there who think they’ve been forgotton, and those new mothers who feel overwhelmed, and those soon to be mothers who are anxious and worried, this one is for you:
My Mon is Amazing by Naadira Ali
Clip: wrapping up

A blast from the past:
MYNA Raps: Deenin’

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