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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)
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)
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]
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:
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.
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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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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.
SISTERS 3 PART SERIES: 12 HABITS of a highly successful MUSLIMAH
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]
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…
Weekend of January 12th, Al Maghrib seminar: Torch Bearers a huge success.
– Taught by new Al Maghrib instructor Shaykh Saed Rageah
– It was the first one weekend seminar
– Class was about scholars in Islam. Here is a short summary of the scholars that were taught.
- Hafsa Bint Seereen (who was a daughter of the Persian slave who married Safiyaa, a slave girl from the family of Abu Bakr raa. Hafsa Bint Seereen was quoted as “The master of the taabi’aat (the second generation)” by Ibn Abi Dawood.
- Umm Darda’a As Sughraa, the wife of one of the greatest companions of the rasool sallahu alayhi wa sallam, Abu Darda. Umm Dara was a scholar of jurisprudence and hadeeth. Her story for her love for her husband is well known. Upon his death, Umm Darda said to her husband “You asked for my hand from my parents as a young lady and I am proposing to you to be my husband in Jannah.” Later, when Mua’wiyyah (raa) proposed to her she said, “I will not accept to be the wife of anyone in the hereafter other than Abu Darda.”
- Abdullah bin Mubarak, quoted as “Al-Imam, Sheikh al-Islam, the scholar of his time, Amir of the righteous and he was a hafidh, mujahid..” by Ibn Wadhiah. He was incredibly well known for his knowledge of hadith and was considered the best faqih. His father worked for a farm owner. Once the owner came to the farm with his guests and asked his father to get the best pomegranate from the farm. He went and got an un-ripened one. The owner asked him to go again and get the best; however, he came back again with an unripened one. The owner showed at him in frustration, “O ahmaq, I asked for a ripened pomegranate, and you keep bringing un-ripened ones. What is wrong with you?” His father replied, “By Allah, I never tasted pomegranate before because you never gave me permission; therefore, I cannot tell the ripened from un-ripened.” The owner was so impressed with his honesty that he married one of his daughters to him and the fruit of that marriage was Abdullah bin Mubarak. He was an incredibly humble and generous man who lived strictly according to the sunnah. He used to say that every God fearing believer is most certainly concerned about 4 things: 1) A sin that was committed and its fate is unknown (whether Allah accepted the repentance or not. 2) A life span full of uncertainty. 3) A test or trial that he/she looks at as a bounty. 4) Heedlessness of the heart that he/she may never come back from.
- Fatimah bint Abdul Malik, who came from family of Khalifa’s. She married Omar bin Abdul Aziz. She always lived a very very comfortable life, but she gave it all up when her husband Omar bin Abdul Aziz became khalifa and decided to live an incredibly simple life. We learn from her story the importance of humility for the sake of Allah.
- Fatima Al Samarqandiyah, who’s full name was Fatimah bint Muhammad bint Ahmad Al-Samarqandi (rahim Allah). Her father and husband were both jurists. She learnt a lot from her father and she had the capacity to authorize fatawa just as much as her father and her husband. She was very knowledgeable and it was well known that her husband would seek her advice in legal matters and would trust her verdict over his own.
- Amrah bint Abdurrahman bin Sa’ad bin Zurarah Al Ansaari (raa) , grew up under the care of A’isha bint Abu Bakr (raa). She narrated a large number of ahadeeth and the scholars would not question any of her narrations from A’isha raa. She was incredibly gentle and kind in her dealings with others. Her kindness stemmed from the ahadeeth that she narrated from A’isha raa.
- Laith bin Sa’ad was a master in fiqh and hadith and was known to be the ‘behind the scenes’ controller of Egypt in 94H. Alhafith Abu Nu’aim is known to have said “He, may Allah have mercy on him, was the fqaih, the huadith and the crown of Egypt. He was the governor, and the Judge. Anyone of authority in Egypt wouldn’t do anything without his consent.” Bin Wahab is quoted to have said “If it were not for Imam Malik and Imam Laith bin Sa’ad, people would go astray.”
- A’taa bin Abi Rabah who was a physically challenged slave who became one of the elite scholars at the time of the companians. Abu Hanifa who was one of his students is quoted to have said, “I have not seen anyone better than A’taa bin Abi Rabah.” He was very humble and modest. He used to say “Learn ‘ilm and Allah will elevate you. Don’t disgrace yourself by being jahil and don’t raise yourself by being ‘alim.” He used to be very very still in his salah and Ibn Jareej once quoted “I was with A’taa for 18 years. When he became old, he used to recite 200 ayahs in one rak’a and he would not move.”
- Zubaidah bint Jafar married Haroon Ar-Rashid in 165 AH during the khalifah of Al-Mahdi. She was known to be very generous, and with her own money she built large dwellings for travellers to rest during their journey, digging a well for Hujjaj in Makkah, building masajid and establishing a hifdh program for girls in her palace.
SubhanAllah Allah preserved the lives of these people so that others could be like them. These scholars are examples of individuals who were able to follow the footsteps of the rasool Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam in their lives. May Allah grant them peace.
Al Maghrib’s upcoming class is called Chain of Command: Sciences of Hadith taught by Shaykh Abdulbary Yahya. This is a very important class as it teaches about muhadiths and how they were and are able to preserve the teachings of the rasoolAllah sallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam by the will of Allah (swt). For more information please visit http://www.almaghrib.org/.
A signs of The Day: The Greenest City in the World – To be built in 10 years in Abu Dhabi:
Title – Artist- Album – Time – Source (if available publicly)
The Mountain – Hamza Robertson – Show Me (4:19)
You can’t take it with you – Wharnsby, Bhikha, Abdul Malik (4:10)
Light Upon Light: A Time to Reflect on our Book
Sheikh Abdurrahman Al-Hejazy, the Deputy Imam of the Main Ottawa Mosque
Every Friday at 7pm
Main Ottawa Mosque, 251 Northwestern Ave.
Jan 25, Feb. 8…
Under His Shade Exploring the Names of Allah
(SWT) – Featuring Al-Azhar Scholar Dr. Hadeer Abo El Nagah – MAC Youth Learn
Biweekly on Fridays, @ 7pm
5050 Minto Centre, Carleton University.
Learning from the Teddy Bear Incident: Key
Lessons for MSA Workers with Imam Zaid Shakir –
@ 10pm EST.
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to receive the call information today! .
17th Annual Symposium on Conflict Resolution
R.A. Centre, Ottawa – http://www.carleton.ca/ccer
Identity-based Conflict, Human Security and Peacekeeping.
International Writer’s Festival – @ 7:30 pm
A Soldier’s Memory of Sarajevo Under Siege with Fred Doucette
Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street
$12 General / $10 Student or Senior / Free for Festival Members
COMING SOON TO OTTAWA THE POPULAR NASHEED GROUP – NATIVE DEEN
Well, as you may or may not know…Native Deen is coming to town. Yes, they are coming to our very own Ottawa inshAllah ta’ala in February. Listen to Radio Islam on Sundays on Chin Radio from 8pm-9pm to hear more about that inshAllah or visit http://www.myo.ca/ and/or http://www.ottawamuslim.net/.
Here’s an excellent new song by Native Deen called, “Not Afraid to Stand Alone” you can watch their new video on you tube inshAllah.
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