Posts filed under ‘Justice’
Host: Omar (greenkufi) & Ahmed Khalil
Event Recap: 2nd Annual Journey of Faith Conference in Toronto:
They “seek to revolutionize the arena of Islamic Conferences” quoted
from their blog by putting up Transit ads in Toronto and public
newspaper ads like the Metro.
SubhanAllah.. one ad said “Life without Him is no Life at all” imagine
reading that as you browse through the billboard ads on the bus.
Remember the atheist ads that caused a ruckus here? Well, this is
certainly an excellent way to combat that.
I think one way for us Muslims to advance is to be more creative. Old,
boring, redundant methods go unnoticed. People always notice something
different, something new. For example, there was a man who lost his
job and he kept applying at different places but was unsuccessful in
finding a job. One day his wife made a great big sign that said, “My
husband is an engineer and is looking for a job” and parked at a big
Over the top…but creative!
So how do we go about being more creative? Well, one idea is to take a
discover u life course to find out.
Ok, ok, yah people in the community are a little hesitant to take a
discover u life course, but how many actually know anything about
Well, here’s a clip of Muhammad Al Shareef explaining Discover U and
why you should attend. Check it out at http://www.discoverulife.com/
In my opinion EVERYONE should become more computer literate because
understanding the electronic world can really facilitate your path to
And almost EVERYTHING is connected to the Internet. In fact, I
borrowed my sister’s PSP and my wife was not at all amused that I did,
but I downloaded an operating system on it and now it can be used as a
PDA. You can open documents, browse the internet or watch videos.
But do you know how the Internet came to be?
Here’s a short film on the history of the Internet by Melih Bilgil,
which you can watch on youtube.
There was a time in my life time that the Internet did not exist! Can
you imagine life without the Internet now? We even depend on software
we download from the Internet for our salat..such as the Athan
And also to collect funds for distraught brothers and sisters around the world.
Truly a revolution.
Muslims also revolutionized the world, but unfortunately this is not
very well known.
Here’s part of a documentary that talks about how Muslims invented the
astrolabe for navigation, determining the time for salat and other
reasons. You can watch the whole documentary called “What the Muslims
You can watch the rest on You Tube entitled “What the Muslims Did for the World”
Why can’t we become positive revolutionist in technology and the likes. For example, many people refer to the atomic bombs that Pakistan has developed as the Islamic Bomb. Why is it though that we couldn’t develop these types of bombs. This is my kind of Bombs: SeedBombs of course. Instead of being inventors of destruction, why can’t we be inventors of spreading goodness, beauty and benefit.
Here’s an example of how backwards we’ve become. While at the height of Islamic enlightenment we had many Muslims women acting at levels that now a days are, for some peculiar reason have been left to men only. This Muslimah, for example, has been a judge in Sharia courts. [youtube]
Here are some enlightening thoughts from the valedictorian at the Ottawa Islamic School’s high-school graduation ceremony.
“Health is Wealth”
A new segment on how to keep healthy with weekly tips.
In order to avoid spreading germs you should sneeze or cough in your
sleeves rather than your hands. Since we use our hands to touch things
it is very easy to spread our germs if we cough or sneeze in them.
So the next time you tell your child to cover his/her mouth make sure
their mouth is covered by their sleeve and not their hand.
By Yumna Rashid – Health Educator
JULY 11 > Carleton and Uottawa MSA BBQ: 12:00pm to 6:00pm at Vincent
Massery Park. Contact: Info@msacarleton.com
JULY 12 > GCMA invites you to their PICNIC 2009 at Britannia Park
(Trolley Station) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
JULY 19 > Ottawa Main Mosque (OMA) is holding its 4th Annual BBQ from
10 am to 5 pm at Vincent Massy Park- Riverside Dr.
JULY 24-25-26, & AUG 1-2 > AlMaghrib Seminar “Collector’s Edition
,Sharh Saheeh Bukhari” — Price: $135 if you register in a group of
ten — Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
JULY 25/26 > Canada’s Wonderland Trip hosted by MAC Youth.Ticket: $95
(includes transportation and admission) — Sign up Here!
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Week 22: Community Tension: Why can’t we all just get along + Be grateful: Go outside for little bit
Host: Omar (Green Kufi)
Alhujuraat [ch. 49 v. 1-6 | Recited by Abdullah Basfar -عبد الله بن علي بصفر ]
Community Tensions – Talk by Hakim Quick: [REMINDER SERIES]
|Short Lecture by Siraj Wahaj on being Grateful:|
|Are We Pushing Our Children from the Masajid?
Sr. Janaan Hashim
– Off from classes for university students and public school students will be off next month
– Don’t waste the summer away by staying inside
– Spend time with your family OUTSIDE
Yusuf Islam on Colbert Report and Jay Leno
Yusuf Islam was in the U.S. to promote his new album, Roadsinger. He was invited on various shows including Colbert Report and Jay Leno to sing a few songs from his new album. He is no doubt a legend in the entertainment industry, which makes him a great daee. He said on the Colbert report that he is promoting his album to educate. He sang the song, Boots and Sand on one of the shows which is about how he was listed as a terrorist and banned from entering the U.S. five years ago.
Muslims are slowly but surely integrating back into society as normal individuals as displayed in mainstream media. Seeing as media is one of the greatest influences on societal attitudes it seems that tolerance towards muslims is slowly underway.
Yusuf (a.k.a Yususf Islam, a.k.a Cat Stevens) Live on the Colbert Report: with his latest album Roadsinger. The interview: [thecomedynetwork.ca]
|The Prophet – Dawud Wharnsby Ali|
|My Ummah – Sami Yusuf|
|Full of humility – Dawud Wharnsby Ali|
|Don’t be Hypocritical by No Beats Necessary|
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Today’s tip is entitled:
June 8th: Be the Change – more to come on this soon.
Your moment of Zen Alhamdulillah for Islam!
Week 14 – Is Sara Mohamed Fake? + Habitat for Humanity + What’s happening with George Galloway? + Are you ready for this…?
Host: Omar (Green Kufi)
Qaf [ch. 50 v. 1-6 | Recited by Abdullah Basfar -عبد الله بن علي بصفر ]
Sara Mohamed may not be real. But does it really matter?
We have heard from some that Sarah Mohamed may not even be a real person. Jennifer Green, senior writer of the Ottawa Citizen, said the paper had come to that conclusion and Sarah has never stepped forward to refute that allegation. This may simply be a result of “Sarah” being concern to identify herself publicly. While others have said that in fact she is a real person and may be simply hiding her identity.
The bottom line is that it doesn’t really matter either way. Going to the citizen was not the best choice, nor the wisest. But then again we are talking about a “distressed youth”.
So my question is; what to do now? We either accept what is in place, and live with it until things get better over time and people get into comfort zones, and things run smoothly. But is that fair? What about these youth who feel left out? How long do they have to wait to be heard and how long until they feel some connection to the mosque? How long until the antics and unilateral decision a few will affect the community at large?
As we said yesterday Muslims should be taking action. For the benefit of our community, our youth, and our responsibility of being a powerful voice for the Canadian Muslim across the country. Vote if you have the opportunity, become a member of the OMA, and don’t just complain. Pick up a pen to vote, right an email, or start painting the walls. But don’t sit back and whine.
On the topic of doing something useful for the community:
Habitat for Humanity inter-faith build:
Back in October a Muslim family broke ground with establishing their new home with the help of Habitat for Humanity.
Well, there is some more good new on this. If you’ve ever wanted to have your try at building a house or simply wanted to give back to your community this next project is for you.
Habitat for Humanity is planing to have a faith-build where people from different faith participate to help out the needy of the community to establish a home. The beautiful thing about this is that it is a contribution of the family, the community, interested businesses, and you to help out. What’s even cooler than all of this is that the home is sold to the family at well bellow cost, and with an (brace yourself for this…) interest free loan!
That makes this home have more barakah, and be more halal than many of the homes we live in.
Out of 30 homes established in Ottawa, 5 house Muslim families.
So, rally your local Masjid to come up with the funds to send five or ten people to help build one of these homes and really contribute to building a community. If you are interested and need some guidance or help checkout salamottawa.ca/about/communityprojects/h4h/ or contact us at community_outreach [@] salamottawa.ca.
Anticipate: The Biggest Quran Competition in Ottawa’s History.. Qabeelat Ansar presents, AlKiraam Albararrah; Juz Tabarak Memorization & Recitation Competition… Featuring Local Talents.. Brothers and Sisters… coming April 25th in sha Allah
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George Galloway to speak in Ottawa in spite of the ban on his entry to Canada.
Report from the Ottawa Peace Assembly
[Canadian Press] TORONTO – A court decision Monday upholding a ban on George Galloway from entering the country amid allegations he engaged in terrorist acts will see the British MP deliver speeches to Canadian audiences via a live video link from New York.
Following the Federal Court ruling, organizers of Galloway’s now aborted speaking tour said the maverick politician would not attempt to enter Canada.
“We’re not interested in doing anything illegal whatsoever,” said James Clark, a peace activist and one of the speaking tour’s organizers.
“Our expectations were such that we were already implementing Plan B, which was to make sure that he can still deliver the speech from a live broadcast.”
Galloway had been set to visit Toronto on Monday, the first of four scheduled speaking engagements in Canada.
The Canada Border Services Agency advised Galloway, in a letter dated March 20, that he had been deemed inadmissible to Canada on the grounds he allegedly engaged in terrorist activities… [see link for removed text]
However, Justice Luc Martineau ruled Monday he was not in a position to allow Galloway into the country although he did say there were “serious issues to be tried” if the judicial review occurs.
“The arguments raised by the applicants are not frivolous or vexatious,” Martineau ruled. “However, a proper factual record and the benefit of full legal argument . . . are lacking at the present time.”
The decision represented a “partial victory” in that the court did recognize there was a serious issue at stake, Clark said.
“We want to pursue and examine all the questions that have come up about how and why the (border agency) preemptorily issued this ruling of inadmissibility to Mr. Galloway,” Clark said.
Supporters were also concerned about alleged political interference from Ottawa in light of comments by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, Clark said.
Kenney has said he did not ask the border agency to rule on Galloway’s admissibility, but would not use his ministerial power to overturn their decision.
Galloway planned to deliver his speeches to Toronto, Mississauga, Ont., Montreal and Ottawa this week from a studio in New York City.
In the letter to Galloway, the government said he had given $45,000 to Hamas, which is a banned terrorist organization in Canada.
Under Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Act, it is an offence to knowingly participate in or contribute to any activity of a terrorist group.
His supporters say Galloway had given money to the head of the government in Gaza but not to the head of Hamas, even though they are the same person.
Canadian Jewish Congress CEO Bernie Farber said the fact Galloway would still broadcast what he had to say showed that free speech was not at stake.
George Galloway on The Hour, Canada’s award-winning late-night TV talk show,
WORLDPRESSNETWORK – 27 March 2009
George Galloway will be on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos, Canada’s award-winning late-night TV talk show, on Monday, March 30. Ccatch the interview after it airs on The Hour [Video: http://www.cbc.ca/thehour/videos.html?id=728665230]
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)
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.
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.
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Muslim World News:
Tony Benn to BBC “If you wont broadcast the Gaza appeal then I will myself” [youtube]
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.
A song by Yusuf Islam: “They’ve Killed all the Litte Ones”
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.
Talk to Muslim Tech experts, and workers…
On the ground with Sada Food Bank…
Muharram 23 – Muslims and Media + Order of Canada: Azhar Ali Khan + Good Riddance Bush + Gaza + Obama
Hosts: Ahmed Khalil + Omar (Mafro)
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.
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.
Muslim Link launches French articles: So please support one of the longest running Muslim Newspapers in eastern Canada. [Muslim Link]
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]