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Did the Christian Action Network Hire Waitresses to Trick Local Muslims? by Khalida
July 25, 2008, 5:50 pm
Filed under: July Volume II - 2008, National | Tags: , ,

By Mark Beardsley, Special to the Islamic Post

It would be an unusual coalition. Two members of a local Muslim community say a “Christian” group out to discredit them recruited two Hooters restaurant waitresses last month to aid in that effort.
The Christian Action Network (CAN) was in Commerce, GA, hoping to film in the Franklin County 80-resident Muslim community in support of their contention that Muslims of the Americas (MOA), the parent organization, should be classified as a terrorist organization.
According to Ahmad Qadri and Mohammed Isa Abdurrauf, members of MOA, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office refused the request of Jason Campbell and Mark Fisher to go onto the MOA Franklin County site.  The two showed up at Qadri’s Rainmaker Studio on Cherry Street.
CAN is making what it calls a documentary that alleges that Muslims of the Americas communities across the country support terrorism.  The group that came to Commerce handed out pamphlets and tried to incite locals to watch a video about Soldiers of Allah to prove its point. They also entered the pottery studio.
“A guy and two girls came in under the guise that one of the girls was interested in having a pottery class, taking a class from me in pottery, and they wanted to buy some pottery,” said Qadri, whose work has won numerous awards in art shows.
Qadri, who was on the phone working out details of teaching a pottery class at the Commerce Public Library, said he asked the three if they were with CAN, to which the man replied in the negative.  The three wandered around the studio, spent $15 on a goblet, left and came back in a few minutes.
“They asked if we were with a terrorist organization,” Qadri said, “I asked them where they were from. He said “Virginia,” and I said, “You’re one of them.”
CAN is headquartered in Virginia.
Qadri said he told the three he had nothing to say to them, then presented them with a copy of the poem, “Anyway,” by Mother Teresa.
Ten minutes later the young waitresses came back to apologize. They also agreed to let Qadri video their apology, he said.
The waitresses told Qadri and Abdurrauf that the two men had approached them at a South Carolina Hooters, “so he could ask you questions about your religion and terrorism,” one of the girls says on the video.
One of the girls identified herself only as “Allie.”  The other’s name was not clear on the video.
“They came to us last night at work and told us they would pay us $75,” said Allie.
“The only reason we did it was for the beach money,” added her companion. “Then we did it and now we realize we did it for a wrong reason. And now we feel bad.”
Abdurrauf, who owns a house CAN has claimed has an underground garage that gets a lot of traffic, said the attempt is vintage CAN.
“Their literature is basically very harassing, agitating,” he said, “Anyone who stands in front of your property and shops and says you’re a terrorist, they are provoking and inciting. They have people’s homes and businesses on their web sites and they say ‘these are terrorists.’”
Qadri, who points out that his father had a 27-year career in the Army, including two tours of duty in Vietnam, calls the group’s activity “stressful and distracting, especially for our wives and families.”
“It provokes people to fear, violence and paranoia,” he added.  “We’ve had incidents where people have responded to that information.”
According to Abdurrauf, the Commerce Muslim community has about 80 residents, living in family homes.  They have a mosque, built by the residents.  Abdurrauf lives in a southwest style house on an adjacent property.
CAN refers to all of the Muslims of the America’s communities as “compounds.”
CAN did not respond to an e-mail inquiry about its Commerce visit.

Editorial View

Hatred and prejudice know no bounds. They are not limited to any ethnic groups, income bracket or religion.  So, it is nothing new that the so-called Christian Action Network would come to Commerce to push its agenda against local Muslims.
Their tactics are juvenile.  They, in essence, try to provoke Muslims to anger so they can report on their web page that they were attacked by terrorists.  In an earlier era, they would have made good Nazis, but this isn’t pre-World War II Germany and few Commerce area residents are attracted to such obvious tactics.
The idea is to brand all Muslims extremists; yet, a look at the Christian Action Network would identify its members as the extremists, though hardly as Christians.  Commerce residents can remember another group that tried unsuccessfully to divide the community.  Instead, the 1986 activity by the Ku Klux Klan brought blacks and whites closer together, and relations remain good today.
Commerce is a rural community, but we recognize prejudice when we see it. We also know the difference between Christian activists and hate-mongers.
-Mark Beardsley, Editor of the Commerce News


Basic Neighborly Needs by Khalida
July 21, 2008, 12:02 am
Filed under: July Volume I- 2008, Magazine/ Culture, Religion | Tags: , ,

By Umm Yahya & Noora Begum
Islamic Post Staff Writers

“How is it possible for a mu’min to fill his stomach while his neighbor is hungry?”- Arbaeen Jami

Deposit NY residents celebrate the survival of the 2006 flood with Islamberg neighbors. The doctor at the local clinic in Deposit, John Giannone, now fasts during the holy month of Ramadan out of respect for the Islamberg community’s beliefs and has maintained a relatively close relationship with the Islamic village. When his house was devastated by flooding that nearly wiped Deposit off the map in June 2006, volunteers from Islamberg came down and helped him clear out the debris. Giannone says they even did the dishes.

The above hadith sherif is heard, recited and memorized all over the Muslim world. While the every day interpretation of the text is accepted by most as, “I should feed my neighbor if he is without food,” the wealth of Islamic information available makes the understanding even clearer.
Before clarifying what the treatment of the neighbor should be, one should first understand exactly who is the neighbor that is being referred to.
Al Adab Al Mufrad, a collection of hadith shareef from Imam Bukhari, quotes Al-Hasan (may Allah ta’ala be pleased with him) as having been asked who is the jaar, or neighbor. Al Hasan said, “The term ‘neighbor’ includes the forty houses in front of a person, the forty houses behind him, the forty houses on his right and the forty houses on his left.”
Thus, it can be said that the term “neighbor” actually refers to a person’s entire neighborhood.
For those living in an un-Islamic society, this may seem to limit the donor to whatever Muslim neighbors may be at hand. Not so.
Also from Al Adab Al Mufrad there is a hadith reported by Mujahid who said: A sheep was slaughtered for ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr. He asked his servant, “Have you given any to our Jewish neighbor?? I heard the Messenger of  Allah (peace be upon him) say, ‘Angel Jibril kept on recommending that I treat my neighbors well, until I thought that he would order me to treat them as my heirs.’”
Therefore, the neighbor’s right of honor, help, and hospitality, is meant for all neighbors, regardless of their religious or cultural background.
This point was made very clear by El Sheikh Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, in the video commentary of the book Kashful Israar, which was written by Hadrat Ali Hajweri. El Sheikh narrated an incident, during the discourse, in which Hadrat Ali Hajweri spiritually assisted the Hindus who lived near  his holy tomb, by praying for the well-being of the family’s dying son, who was brought back to health by virtue of Hadrat Ali Hajweri’s presence and supplication. He said, “You are my neighbor.”
In line 36 of Sura Nisaa’ in the Holy Qur’an, Allah ta’ala (the Most High) says, “Be good to your parents and relatives and to orphans and the very poor, and to neighbors who are related to you and neighbors who are not related to you.”
Ibn Kathir related that Mujahid was reported to have said that Allah ta’ala’s statement, “the neighbors who are not related to you” also refers to one’s companion during travel.
Thus we are left with a clear definition of jaar. All the people who live in one’s neighborhood or village, be they Muslim or non-Muslim, family or not; or, a traveling companion would be understood as such.
This being the scope of the word neighbor, it then becomes necessary for Muslims to broaden their perspective  in order to conform to the teaching and life pattern of the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad, (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon he and his family).
Everyone knows that the Holy Last Messenger, (peace be upon him), preferred the next life to this one, and was in no way attached to worldly wealth and charm. We hear the stories of his sleeping on a simple mat, tying a stone to the tender side of his stomach to alleviate hunger, and of his wives fasting and giving away their evening meal, which would be used to break the fast. Why all of this? The Holy Last Messenger and his blessed Ahle Bait, or members of his household, could not stand to see others suffer and go hungry, whether the afflicted persons were Muslim, Christian, Jew or polytheist.
It is not that the Honored and Beloved Messenger, (peace be upon him), was without wealth, but the Holy Last Messenger (Allah’s peace be upon him) made it a point to never keep wealth in his hands. Once, the Holy Last Messenger, peace be upon him, gave a man “so much gold that he could not carry it,” as related in Ash Shifa of Qadi ‘Iyad. The narration continues to say that in another instance, 90,000 dirhams were brought to the Holy Last Messenger, (peace be upon him), who placed them on a mat and then got up and distributed them, not turning away anyone who asked until he had given it all away. “It is mentioned that Mu’awwidh ibn ‘Afra’; said, ‘I brought the Holy Messenger, (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), a plate of fresh dates and cucumber [as a gift], and he gave me a handful of jewelry and gold.’”
In this, we see the true spirit of Islam in the overwhelming generosity of the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad, (peace be upon him), who not only honored, helped, and gave great hospitality to his neighbors, but also condemned those who were crude, disrespectful and hurtful to their own neighbors.
Muslim reported that the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad, peace be upon him, said “Taqwa is here!” pointing to his breast three times, “It is enough evil for man to scorn his Muslim brother.”
People with little understanding of the way of Islam, are quick to scorn those who are impoverished as somehow undeserving of the bounty of Allah ta’ala. Yet Allah ta’ala speaks of this very mentality in Sura YaSeen. Ibn Kathir comments, on line 47 of Sura YaSeen: “And when it is said to them, ‘Spend of that with which Allah has provided you,’’’ means that when they are told to spend of that which Allah ta’ala has provided to them on the poor and the needy, they say, “Shall we feed those whom, if Allah willed, He (Himself) would have fed)?” (Holy Quran) In ignorance, such people feel that if Allah ta’ala had wished, He would have fed the poor people. Thus they fail the test which was created to “see who amongst you performs the best deeds.” (Holy Quran)
What is more sad is that these people, while discarding the magnanimous pattern of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him), think that they are united with the will of Allah ta’ala in His dispensation of provisions to the people. Allah ta’ala save us from becoming ignorant and hard-hearted, as this is a plague that is left over from the days before Islam.
How is it that in one home there is an abundance of food with every luxury and amenity of life, while just next door, or up the road, another home eats at the bottom of the food pyramid, if at all, and has no running water, nor even electricity?
In another noble tradition (hadith), Ibn ‘Umar said, “There was a time when no one was more entitled to a person’s money than his Muslim brother. Now people love their dirhams and dinars more than their Muslim brother. I heard the Holy Last Messenger, (may Allah  bless him and grant him peace), say, ‘How many a neighbor will be brought together with his neighbor on the Day of Rising! He will say, ‘Lord, this man closed his door to me and refused to show me common kindness!’”
In Riyadhus Saaliheen, Abu Hurayra reported that the Holy Last Messenger, (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), said, “By Allah, he is no mu’min! By Allah, he is no mu’min! By Allah, he is no mu’min!” It was asked, “Who is that, Messenger of Allah?” He said, “Someone whose neighbor is not safe from his mischief!”
In Al Adab Al Mufrad, Thawban said, .”..There is no man who wrongs his neighbor, to the extent that he forces him until he makes him leave his home, who is not destroyed.”
In such a situation, those people whose hearts are dead as such to the needs of their neighbors, have traded their iman for their comforts and riches. For this bad neighbor, his salat and ibadah to Allah ta’ala is not accepted until he helps his neighbors, according to the commentary of El Sheikh Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani on the Arbaeen Jami hadiths. “[Helping one’s neighbor] is the very gist of ibada in Islam.”
El Sheikh has said elsewhere that the purpose of ibada, or worship, is  to cultivate the true spirit of sacrifice in a human being. Therefore, if there is no spirit of sacrifice, one may clearly see that the worship of such a miser helps him not at all.

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UN: Muslim-Christian Rally For World PeaceUN: Muslim-Christian Rally For World Peace by Khalida
June 22, 2008, 4:56 am
Filed under: International, July Volume I- 2008, World | Tags: , , , , ,

By Umm Shadzia, Islamic Post Staff Writer

United We Stand. “On this day, we stand on common ground… we will no longer be duped or manipulated by a “hidden hand” into fighting or going to war with each other.” (R-L) The distinguished Ms. Mary Yele­nick of the Na­t’l Catholic Social Services Lobby; the Hon­orable Earnest Davis, former Mayor of Mount Vernon, NY;  Muhammad Haseeb Qadri, International Quranic Open University rally coordinator; the Hon­orable Khalifa Muhammad Atiq Qadri, President of Muslim Vet­erans of America; and the Honorable Khalifa Muhammad Hussein Qadri, Deputy Direc­tor of IQOU.

NEW YORK- An impres­sive crowd of over 3,000 Muslims and Chris­tians were not deterred by the warnings of severe thunderstorms and hail as they boarded buses, vans, trains and planes throughout the United States and Canada to participate in the Muslim-Christian ‘World Peace Rally’, held in New York City, USA. The participants gath­ered on the corner of 47th Street and 2nd Av­enue, and boldly marched toward the United Nations building. The Muslims and Christians joined by peace activists, humanitarian orga­nizations and politicians collectively initiated the first annual, “Rally for World Peace” of this type.
A newly established group, ”The United Muslim-Christian Forum” (UMCF), hosted the historic event as they publicized their aims which include but are not limited to, Muslim–Christian Unity, taking a decisive stand against worldwide suffering, and launching a vigorous and unyielding advocacy campaign for world peace and against war and terror. During the program, the crowd was awed and invigorated as it was announced that the lifelong humani­tarian and advocate for world peace, His Eminence, the Vice Chancellor of the International Quranic Open University, El Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, called via telephone to send his regards and admiration for such efforts.
As they stood, at Dag Hammerskjold Plaza, in the shadow of the United Nation’s building, the theme of the gathering was encompassed in the opening remarks made by Mr. Muhammad Hasib Qadri, a ral­ly coordinator, when he stated: “On this day, we stand on com­mon ground. We serve notice to the world, that as Muslims and Christians we will no longer be duped or manipulated by a “hidden hand” into fighting, or going to war with each other.”
Amongst the distin­guished guests were: the Hon­orable Earnest Davis, former Mayor of Mount Vernon, New York, Mr. Naquan Muhammad, representative of “The Islamic Political Party of America”, the distinguished Ms. Mary Yele­nick, representative of the Na­tional Catholic Social Services Lobby, the Honorable Khalifa Muhammad Hussein Qadri, Deputy Direc­tor of the International Quranic Open University, and the Hon­orable Khalifa Muhammad Atiq Qadri, President of Muslim Vet­erans of America Inc.

Further into the program UMCF made its dynamic demands clear:

-We demand world peace and no more war!
-We demand that no more lives be wasted!

-We demand an independent inquiry into the absence of 4000 Jews from the World Trade Center on 9/11 and why it is being covered up.
-We demand to know who actually carried out the 9/11 at­tacks.
-We demand to know what happened to the 5 Israeli men, dressed in Arab clothes, dancing and jeering on the other side of the river and filming while the attacks were being carried out.
-We demand to know why Building 7 crumbled without being damaged in any way by the attack.
President of the Mus­lim Veterans of America Inc., Khalifa Muhammad Atiq in his forceful speech demanded to know why 4,000 Jews had prior warning of the devised attack on the World Trade Center and stayed home while Muslims and Christians were kept in the dark and left to perish.
The Muslim war vet­eran quoted from Andrew Car­rington Hitchcock’s popular book, The Synagogue of Satan which stated, “On September the 11th, the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon is orchestrated by Israel with the complicity of Britain and America, under the orders of the Rothschilds (international bankers), which they in turn blame on so-called Muslim ter­rorists.
This is Stage One of get­ting the Western World, on be­half of the Jews, to go to war with the Arab world. Here lies another text­book Mossad false flag opera­tion; one should remember well their motto ‘By Way Of De­ception, Thou Shalt Do War’.”

The president of Muslim Veterans of America Inc., went on to show a glaring similar­ity with what transpired at Pearl Harbor when he quoted from the same book: “Interest­ingly, back in 1938, President Roosevelt tried his hardest to railroad the United States into the war in Europe to accom­modate the Jews in the United States and the world, but when that failed he knew he had to try a different tactic. That was, of course, what happened at Pearl Harbor.”
Today, many books state that the US had broken the Japa­nese code and had prior knowl­edge of the pending attack by the Japanese but allowed it to take place to bring about Amer­ica’s entry into the war.
Earnest Davis, the for­mer Mayor of Mount Vernon, New York, made note that the crowds stand against the rain was like unto their “stand for peace against war and terror and remarked, “Our commit­ments may not take shape and force today, or immediately, but it will take shape and the an­nals of history and will make note that today we started a move­ment that leaves behind all else and moves toward peace in the world.”
Mayor Davis was fol­lowed in the program by the distinguished Ms. Mary Yele­nick, representative of the Na­tional Catholic Social Services Lobby, who added, “What we do as a Catholic organization is what Muslims around the world have been, and still are do­ing: reaching out to others and standing strong for what is right and good and true.”
At the end of the pro­gram, as the rain came to an abrupt end, bringing forth the sun which shone fiercely, the Muslims and Christians joined hands and together with one voice repeated again, and again, Allahu Akbar (“God is Great!”)
It should be duly noted that, the inspiration for the rally took shape after both Muslims and Christians gathered earlier this year to celebrate the august birth of the Holy Last Messen­ger (peace be upon him).
It was then that both groups vowed that they were “fed up” and would stand to­gether against those who are actively instigating clashes be­tween Muslims and Christians any where in the world.
At this time, the interim board members of the United Muslim-Christian Forum are launching a worldwide mem­bership drive, and will be hold­ing a conference in the very near future.

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IP Magazine: Did You Know? June Vol. 1 by Khalida

“If there is much misunderstanding in the West about the nature of Islam, there is also much ignorance about the debt our own culture and civilisation owe to the Islamic world. It is a failure, which stems, I think, from the straight-jacket of history, which we have inherited. The medieval Islamic world, from central Asia to the shores of the Atlantic, was a world where scholars and men of learning flourished. But because we have tended to see Islam as the enemy of the West, as an alien culture, society, and system of belief, we have tended to ignore   or
erase its great relevance to our own history.”- Prince Charles, during a lecture at Oxford University, October 1993.

The Prince of Wales in traditional Islamic clothing.

Text Source: Prince of Wales government website

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