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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

Quran

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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Week 16 – Special Guest Sh. Ismail Batnuni on Ottawa Islamic School + What the youth really need and want + Tigers in Ottawa?

Hosts: Omar (GreenKufi) and Ahmed Khalil + Guest Sh. Ismail Batnuni

Quran

Al-Maidah [ch. 5 v. 1-6 | Recited by Abdullah Basfar -عبد الله بن علي بصفر ]

Discussion

4 mosques vs pub grafiti1

The Messed up Priorities of Ottawa Muslims Leaders

Why do we have 7 mosque building projects, but we have no projects for building believers to attend these huge expensive mosques? We build these believers from the school age through to High School, Collage, and University. But who is preparing these future believers? The Public School?
Sh. Ismail Batnuni will explain.

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Local Community News

Tigers in Ottawa?

[YAHYA’S POLITICAL BLOG]

Galloway speaks anyway!

Two weeks ago we told you that George Galloway the Banned Mp from the UK was going to speak to the Canadian Public regardless of the ban. Here is how he did it and what he had to say.
[Rabble.ca | NowPublic.com]

Global Muslim News

HELP IMAM SIRAJ WAHAJ
Imam Siraj Wahhaj, the voice of Da’wah in the West was diagnosed with prostate cancer in March of 2009. Since then, he has been receiving treatment and needs help to pay his medical bills. He was there when we needed him; now he needs us!
Yasir Qadhi, Suhaib Webb, Zaid Shakir, Faraz Rabbani
Nasihah: An Online Fundraiser for Imam Siraj Wahhaj
Saturday, April 25th, 2009 – 7PM EST

Tadthkirah

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The relationship between one believer and another is like a structure, parts of which support other parts,” and he interlaced his fingers.” Agreed upon.
And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The likeness of the believers in their mutual love, mercy and compassion is that of the body; if one part of it complains, the rest of the body joins it in staying awake and suffering fever.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim in their Saheehs.

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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

Registrations for the 10th Annual Zawiyah Retreat on Tazkiyat al-Nafs by Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui will on April 15th at 6pm. The popular retreat will be from June 13th to June 23rd.

LUL: Friday night Aqeedah in Action, the topic will be: “The best of the best”, and it will be, as always, at the Ottawa main mosque right after Maghrib prayer in chaa Allah.

The Islamic Society Of Cumberland will be conducting a 28 Week Comprehensive Weekend Course for brothers over 16 in a variety of areas including tafsir of short surahs, introductory tajweed, and the basics of faith.
Classes start May 2nd at the Mussalah on Innes Rd. in Orleans taught by Imam Mohammad Badat.

Purpose of Fearing Allah?, Why should we fear Allah?
What our Youth today are like? Why are they far from deen? & Turning to Allah as a Youth.
Sun April 12.09 Sh. Ismail Al-Batnuni Topic: Fearing Allah
Mon April 13.09 Br. Rashid Mohamud Topic: Youth Today
Location: Assalam Masjid
Time: Both Programs will start after Maghrib and will run until Isha Salat.

The Ottawa Muslim Women’s Organization extends an invitation to all Canadians to attend its annual dinner at the St. Elias Centre on Sunday April 26, 2009 at 5:30pm
Keynote Speakers: Right Honourable Alexa McDonough (former NDP leader) and Dr. Monia Mazigh (wife of Maher Arar)
This dinner supports:
a) The Osteoporosis Society of Canada and
b) The Centre for The Study of Islam at Carleton University, Ottawa.
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Week 13 – Imam Khalid, the Citizen, and the Youth: call-in! George Galloway Banned in Canada from Speaking at a Peace Organization

Hosts: Omar (GreenKufi) & Ahmed Khalil

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

Imam Khalid, the Citizen’s article and the Youth:

Controversy AheadThere is this illness amongst many people, and we’ve see this in the character of critics of Islam as well. Since, they can find no qualm with the essence, basis, and fundamentals of something they must pick on the minor details that alone may seem unusual, yet in full context are the salt and pepper of all that is beautiful. People who wish to defame Islam will find nothing that contravenes logic in the basics and fundamental of this beautiful religion. Instead they spend their entire lives and the focus of their life’s workon debating wheatehr a word meaning raisins or women. This seems to be no different when it comes to this issue here in Ottawa with our Imam Khalid may Allah protect him and aid him. People ignore the fact that he is a qualified, well versed, Imam and scholar of Islam. Something Ottawa has been starving for for some time. Yet when people have some concerns about the community at large (justifiably or not) their actions reflect how much they really care about these concerns deep down in side. In other words, no action means no care. So why all the noise? Well as one of our listeners said, “Muslims like to talk”. And in the case of Imam Khalid treat him like “a drop off box”.

Now of course we can’t expect the Ottawa Citizen to realize this. Far from them being a balance source of information about Muslims, it is also a non-Muslim entity that could not possible understand the intricacies of Islam and Muslim (whom have shown to be very complex, socially). But what we did expect, naively as it was, that the Muslims who had their concern would have addressed it where it matters; within the Muslim community.

I can’t imagine, now that the Ottawa Citizen has published this article that we will be seeing droves of Imams crawling out of the wood works. Nor would we expect that the general Ottawa public will have something valuable to contribute when it comes to managing a Masjid.  The reality is that the situation we are in is a result of our own apathy. Our own indifference, our own laziness, our own ignorance, and our own inaction.

Unfortunately, because some of our elders have lived their lives with indifference, it is natural that our youth would follow suite, except those whom Allah guides, of course.

There is no denying that the youth are in a dire situation, and a dire need of spiritual uplift. But the citizen? Really? They could have come to us, here on Salam Ottawa, or the Muslim Link, or other imams in town, or other community leaders, if they felt the Muslim public should know. In fact, I would love to have them on Salam Ottawa in order to properly hear what they have to say. I seriously doubt the Citizen had the Muslim youth’s interest in mind when editing their piece.

Perhaps these youth really do have something to say. So how about those youth head over to Slam Ottawa (the only Muslim Radio program in Ottawa) to have their say heard without the editing hand on the citizen puppeteering Muslims against each other.

Now it is true. The youth are in a totally differnt dimension than many of the Imams that are being offered as spiritual guidance. But then they are also in an absolutely differnt dimension than many of thier parents.

So what is the solution? Those who talk and care should be stepping up to take on the resoponsibility of building Muslim community. I’m not talking about mosques, by the way. Not even Islamic centers. I’m talking about building people. From our elders and our parents to the community works and the youth. everyone needs to step up and be  Muslim in all that the word means.

Be a Muslim in our behaviour. Be a Muslim in our daily actions. Be a Muslim in how we feel about things.

The prophet peace be upon him said: “Whoever does not give care to the affairs of the Muslims is not one of them”. The arabic word is beautiful in this hadit; Yahtam. It does not simply mean “care” in the sense of a thought or feeling. It means those who move either internaly or in their actions when the Muslims are in need. So where are teh people of himmah or ambitoon and action? Well, they are busy with thier lives. Oh, so their family and children… No, no no. Children? The school takes care of them. Then I drop them off after school to the brother to learn quran and that’s it.

Where is the care and action with your children? The onse who now have grown up and know no where better to turn than the Ottawa Citizen. Why aren’t we as a whole community caring for our community?

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Local News

George Gallaway banned from Attending a peace meeting in Ottawa next week:


Weekly Tadthkirah

Pride and Arrogance:
The Prophet peace and blessing of Allah be upon him said:
“He shall not enter paradise whosoever has in his heart even an atom’s worth of pride.”

Green Kufi’s Greening Muslims

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Don’t Forget Earth Hour this March 28, 2009. And just like many of the special hours, days, weeks, or months of the year that draw attention to important things we should be practicing the encouraged actions and habits all year round. It is our responsibility. Allah says in the Qura’an: (and we presented the “trust” (Amanah, responsibility, stewardship) to Heavens, and the Earth, and the mountains, but they declined to uphold it, so we had mercy upon them, so mankind upheld it” Al-Ahzaab 72.
As stewards and representatives Allah has given us guidelines and rules to follow. One of which is against mindless, wasteful and extravagant consumption. Islam teaches us to exhibit justice and conserve, and preserve what we have been given as a responsibility. Allah says:“And don’t be wasteful” and He also warns us that “In deed those who are wasteful are the brethren of devils”. Lets cut the waste and hit the power switch off when we don’t need it. Keep on Greening, Muslims.

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Ottawa Imam KHALID and Youth – Call in this Tuesday between 5-6 PM – 613-520-2528

We want to hear from YOU on what you think about Imam Khalid!

  • Do you think things are as dire as people say it is about the youth?
  • Do you think the selection process was the right way to appoint an Imam?
  • Do you feel that Imam Khalid is to blame for what has happened with the Ottawa Mosque, and the youth?
  • Do you have something you think the Muslims of Ottawa have totally missed that you want them to know?

We’ll be talking to YOU, and taking YOUR calls this Tuesday between 5 and 6PM.

Call us between 6-5PM on Tuesday: 613-520-2528
Chat with us live on salamottawa.ca/#chat

or comment Below this post.

We will, in-sh’Allah, get a chance to talk with Imam Khalid in person

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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.

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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)

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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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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