(Photo by Marc Manley)
Closure to the Burqa Bandits
I am tired of hearing about the so-called “burqa bandits” and the controversy surrounding the refusal to burry them by the Germantown Masjid. And as Imam Luqman Ahmed stated in his email that people need to be quiet unless they know what they are talking about and leave this to people who know the community to discuss and imams (I agree with the first part and almost all of what he said and respect that brother a lot, meaning you should know before you comment, but disagree on the second half as at least half of the imams in America couldn’t tell their butt from a hole in the ground). I am also tired of people blaming this solely on the Salafi community as if there was no crime in Philly before the Salafis and there were no Muslims movements with a lot of criminality in them before, those who believe that have selective memories, and I could challenge you on that but need not do so. So, I am going to leave this alone and as a matter of fact I am tired of hearing about it.
Mothers Day Thoughts
I hope many of my readers did not get suckered into observing this un-Islamic holiday designed for the benefit of card companies, chocolate makers, and florists. Every day is Mothers Day. My grandmother called me on Saturday saying she was waiting on my call the next day and I called her back in the chilly Philly weather from Rittenhosue Square waiting on a brother and said “you do not need a day you are special everyday and this is a holiday with no meaning and that is my gift to you; stop observing this meaningless celebration”. In this same manner I do not observe any holiday to commemorate any person, past or present, if you truly love this person they do not need a special day.
Along with my friends Tariq Nelson and Rasheed Moore I am going to begin writing a series of pieces on the feminization of the Muslim male, Muslim movements promoting or turning a blind-eye to this, the miseducation of our boys, the anti-boy sentiment in public schools, and the infiltration into the Muslim community of these feminist anti-male attitudes (primarily being introduced by Muslim women and males educated in the system here and giving the thoughts of social scientists supremacy over the teachings of Islam).
I do not like to talk about things going on outside of America that do not directly effect us here; but I am concerned about the instability and violence being spread by the group that calls itself Hezbollah in Lebanon and their targeting of Sunnis and Christians. Unfortunately I have heard many Sunnis here, who would be Hezbollah targets there, applauding their recent acts of vigilantism.
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I have been reminded by my elder of Islam and life in Philly of something that I had overlooked regarding the Muslim brothers who robbed a bank dressed in niqaab and then killed a Philly cop. He told me what I should have thought of off top and that is the fact that this action first and foremost (besides from its obvious criminality) put Muslim women in jeopardy. Sisters will now be looked at with suspicion and maybe even be asked to remove their niqaabs in some places. This was not only a crime against the state but a crime against our Muslim sisters who we are supposed to be the protectors of. It is already hard for sisters to wear the niqaab ( and May Allah reward them for their dedication to the sunnah and rejection of false desires) and for sisters who wear hijab ( May Allah reward them as well). Prison Muslims forming gangs on the street do not need to make things harder on them. I have also included this photo of the cross-dressing Muslim and maybe his taste for women’s clothes was something that was picked up while in the joint.
For the last several weeks I have been real tired of this election process and have been paying less and less attention to it. After last night however and the all but certainty that Sen. Barack Obama will be the Democratic nominee for the Presidency I am once again enthused. As I have stated before I am an Obama supporter. Contrary to what some on Islamophobic websites have stated my support for Obama has nothing to do with the fact that his father was a Muslim. I support Obama because I believe that he represents a real change in American politics and to the ideals of where a president can come from and what he should look like.
Race has been the central issue in American public life since this nation was founded and to have a black man in the Presidency of the United States will make a strong statement about where the nation is and what it can aspire to. It will send an image of America to the world, which is mostly non-white, as an open and diverse nation in contrast to the phony John Wayne image that Bush likes to portray.
This is not just about Obama and his blackness. This is also about who he has been as a man. This is a man from humble middle-class roots, who lived in Indonesia as a child, is an Ivy League grad yet worked as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago, and is married to a black woman from the South Side. Yesterday on TV Mitt Romney made fun of his background as an organizer; but to me it is one of the best things about Obama. When guys like Romney laid people off men like Obama stood up to help them when they could have been getting rich.
On the core issues that Americans care about the most; the economy, health-care, education, and the war Obama has the best stance on the issues. Is he perfect? No, he is not and no politician is and anyone looking for perfection in politics and is more than two years removed from college needs to grow-up. I also vote first and foremost for issues right here in America and who will be best for me, my family, and the people closest to me. I do not expect a Palestinian in Gaza to think of what is best for Americans when they head to the polls and I do not think of them before my family. Issues in the Muslim World and ending the war in Iraq are important and need to be dealt with in a better way by America but those issues take a backseat to me to what is going on right here. I want to know who is going to help get ex-offenders jobs, who is going to bring us universal health-care, who is going to make education more equitable and relevant, and who can bring people of all races and religions together.
AsSalamuAlaykum, below you will find the email that was sent to two attorneys regarding my wife ( this letter is from brother Sulayman and it is not my wife but his) and the way that she was treated while in the custody of the Washington DC Metropolitan Police.
I’m sending this email to you all because on May 14th the PSA (Police Service Area) 607 will be having their monthly meeting. We are asking that we all attend this meeting in full representation of the Muslim Community. We have to show the powers that be that we have a voice and situations like this will not be tolerated. In the SE part of Washington DC you not only have more Hispanics and Caucasians but you are now seeing more Muslims and our Police Department needs to be more culturally sensitive and aware that we are all not the same and therefore shouldn’t be treated as such. Especially when they have special police units that cater to the Gay http://www.gllu.org/ and Asian, Pacific Islander Communities http://apia.dc.gov/apia/cwp/view,A,3,Q,525689.asp
The Prophet SALLALLAHOU ALAYHI WASALLAM advised us to change any situation with our hands, then with our voice, and then at least abhor it in our hearts. With this being said let’s begin to make a change in the system so that the next sister, be it you or someone else will not have to go through this same ordeal. Let them see us and let them hear how we feel about this situation.
InShaAllah please attend this meeting and if you can’t forward this request to a brother and/or sister that can. Lastly, but not least make Du’a for us and if you have any questions and/or concerns please feel free to contact me.
PSA 607 Monthly meeting
When: May 14th, 2008 @ 7:00pm
Where: Sixth District Substation
2701 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20019
Phone: (202) 698-2088
If you are a Muslim writer Philly is the gift that keeps on giving. In the latest episode of Muslim madness in Philly it seems as if some guys have allegedly dressed up in niqaab robbed a bank killing police officer Sgt. Steven Liczbinski in the aftermath while one was killed by a cop (and apparently they are all Muslim). Of course their idea is not unique I have heard brothers talking about such a thing for years but these guys finally did it. Local Muslim leaders interviewed, including those at the Germantown Masjid, are outraged that robbers would hide behind niqaab and have fully condemned this.
The City of Philly is now hot and officers are turning the city upside down and harassing Muslim brothers looking for the last suspect who is still at large. So, if I were a young black Muslim male in Philly, I would be real careful when I get pulled over ( See this). We know how the police act when one of their own gets killed and we know how the media blows the case up and makes the dead officer look like Mother Teresa (even if he was more like Al Capone with a badge and of course no such coverage is given to those who are killed by police) so we all need to be careful about what we do and how we do it so that it does not bring harm upon our families and the community.
This is a blog I have created to share the stories of those who left Christianity for Islam. We encourage all who have had this experience to share your story so that you may encourage those contemplating such a move, network with those who have already entered the fold of Islam, and share the mercy of Islam with this who know not. In the days to come I will share my story and those of others I know. Post your stories on the blog or email them to me using the contact link above and I will post them insha’Allah. All stories are important and yes you can make a difference.
Millions will attend church with their families and be filled with a good feeling…millions more will be indoctrinated by merchants of hate like Rod Pasrsley, John Hagee, and Pat Robertson and leave their churches with a new found commitment towards the hatred of Muslims.
Millions will wake up and watch the Sunday morning talk shows to get the latest news on the presidential election…millions more are so sick of hearing the names Clinton and Obama that they would rather watch I Love Lucy reruns
Millions will read books on their day off and fill themselves with knowledge…millions more will go to bed at night still thinking Barack Obama and Jeremiah Wright are secret Muslims.
Millions of children will go and see their grandparents and receive that love only grandparents can give…many millions more of American seniors will spend another lonely day in warehouses for the old far away from their families in this nation of “family values”.
Millions of self-righteous American women will look down at the Muslim World as a bastion for the oppression of women…millions of American women will wake up in shelters, in misery and soar from the legalized abduction of life in their womb.
Millions of Americans will gorge themselves at restaurants across the land even leaving half the plate to be thrown away…millions in America will go to bed hungry.
Millions of Americans have their veterinarian on speed dial and will call them at the first sniffle from their favorite little beast…Millions of Americans will die slowly from diseases they never knew they had.
Millions of Americans will go about their day thinking their people represent the only real Americans…millions more will go about their day forging the new American reality.
Allah Bless America
Allah Bless the Ummah
Thanks for the interview. The questions are below following my opening statement.
I have not read your book so I am not going to make any judgments on it. It has created some interest and in your blog you seem to be dedicated to hyping the threat that Islam and Muslims pose. Of course, as an American-Muslim, this is disturbing to me. The average everyday Muslim has to carry the weight of these sorts of anti-Muslim campaigns on their shoulders in their daily lives. The Muslim child in school has to sit in a classroom being shunned by fellow students and maybe even treated poorly by their teachers, the Muslim job-seeker gets passed over for a job, the Muslim business-owner loses business because of their religion, etc. . You may say that this is not your intention, and that you would not encourage such ill-treatment of Muslims, but the practical effect of what you and others like you do creates a climate that leads to discrimination against Muslims.
Below are a few questions I would like to ask you.
UL: You point to 23 who have left the “horrors” of growing up Muslim. Yet, right here in America, there are many hundreds of thousands including me who grew-up in the church and have left for Islam (Praise be to God). I for one grew-up in the Baptist Church and was baptized at the age of 11 after being “born again”. However, I left the church due to my inability to accept the trinity, the divinity of a man, and other teachings along with the social realities of Christianity in America particularly as it related to race, war, and poverty. People like me openly left Christianity and were blessed to be guided to Islam; but many millions more have not converted they have simply left the church and we see today that Christianity is far from the dominant culture in American life and is little more than a sub-culture with little effect on the popular culture. So, my question for you is, why have the hundreds of thousands like me left Christianity for Islam, and why have millions more left Christianity for secularism?
JR: First of all, thank you Umar very much for the opportunity to do this interview. I hope that through discussing Why We Left Islam: Former Muslims Speak Out, that many Muslims will join the fight for human rights and human freedoms even if it means talking the very difficult position of challenging many of the tenants of their own religion.
You’ve certainly begun with quite a loaded and accusatory intro. Certainly such a beginning will do nothing to build bridges of understanding or promote your cause. For now, I will do my best to ignore any overly assumptive or accusatory questions.
I do need to clarify one issue before beginning however. Criticism of Islam is certainly not “Muslim-Hatred” anymore than criticizing Communism is Russian Hatred or criticizing American foreign policy would equal American hatred ( UL: I agree 100%, but I hear hate in the voices and tone of many towards Muslims and if you do not accept this go to the message boards of Little Green Footballs or Jihadwatch and tell me how much Christian “love” you see). And I’m not sure how you could make such a roundly illogical leap. To criticize Islam and its various evil practices and teachings most certainly should not be misinterpreted to mean that I in any way hate Muslims. A Proverb of Solomon teaches us that, “Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” (Proverbs 27:6) In other words, because I genuinely care about and love Muslims, I am obligated to speak the truth to you about that which is destroying your soul and your community. It is those who only speak flattery that you should be leery of.
Just a couple of hours ago I was forwarded this email below from the discredited hate-monger David Gaubatz . Yes, the same Gaubatz that Tariq Nelson and I caught in a fake conversion at the Dar al Hijrah Masjid and yes the same Gaubatz who believes Islam should be made illegal in America and that conversion to Islam should be punishable to up to 20 years in prison and yes the same Gaubatz who still defends slavery and Jim Crow while claiming to have found WMD’s in Iraq. In this episode Gaubatz claims he found a “manual” instructing Muslims to commit terrorist attacks in America and kill Olympians at the Halalco Islamic bookstore and supermarket in Falls Church, VA. Now, we all know that this is pure fiction and if such a manual does exist it is more then likely forged by Gaubatz himself.
Normally I would ignore such a thing as it is so absurd and Gaubatz is a minor figure with very little credibility outside of the right-wing fringe in which he trolls. However, as I have just gotten word that a Quran school in Northern Virginia was burned and it was possibly arson, I am reminded that all of those hate-mongering and scapegoating Muslims are creating a cycle ends in violence against our community. It is incitement. Below is the email sent to the editors of the Muslim Link;