Monthly Archives: December 2008

So Go the Lions, So Goes Detroit

Yesterday the Detroit Lions played their final football game of the 2008 season. They became the first team in the history of the NFL since the beginning of the 16 game season to go 0 for 16. Commentators have remarked … Continue reading

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3 Rounds for the Ages

Marvin Hagler V. Thomas Hearns Round 1 April 15, 1985 Mickey Ward V. Arturo Gatti I May 18, 2002 Link has been fixed this is a must see. Diego “Chico” Corrales V. Jose Luis Castillo I Round 10 May 7, … Continue reading

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Meeting With the FBI at a St. Louis Masjid Over The Actions of Minnesota Somali Youths

Last night I attended a meeting of about 20 local Muslim leaders with two special agents from the local FBI field office at Masjid Bilal (the old Islamic Center on the campus of St. Louis University). I did not really … Continue reading

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Mob Attack of Brother Ismail in Darfur

This is an email I received from a long time friend of mine named Ismail Kemal who is a well-known activist in California and the DC area currently living in his native Sudan. He plans to write  a more detailed … Continue reading

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A Car Crash, a Small Town Experience, and Gratefulness to Allah

Last night I sat at home watching my favorite show on TV The Next 48 Hours with my wife when I got a call from a Muslim brother who I have known for years telling me that he had a … Continue reading

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Going to Chicago

I’m driving my cab to Chicago tonight and will be in the area tomorrow.

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Hasim Rahman: Thanks for the Memories Brother, Now Go in Peace

I can remember back to the year 2001 when Muslims in America were overwhelmed with joy when Hasim Rahman scored a stunning knockout victory over the then heavyweight champion of the world Lennox Lewis in South Africa. I did not … Continue reading

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A Plea to Help a Brother and Two to Make Duah For

There is a brother I know well and have long respected that if I said his name many Salafis in America would know. For the sake of his privacy I will not mention his name. This brother was a pioneer … Continue reading

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Working Class Muslim Families Series Part 7: Conclusion and What Will Umar Do?

(Comments are now open) A brother who has read this series told me on the telephone that I am overly optimistic about the future of Muslims in America. That sounded odd to me because most people accuse me of being … Continue reading

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Eid Mubarak, Series Conclusion Wendesday, and Some Notes

I am holding off the conclusion of the Working-Class Muslim Families in America Series until after Eid insha’Allah. Eid al-Adha is a time to celebrate, slaughter and feast and I will be observing the holiday along with the rest of … Continue reading

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Working Class Muslim Families Series Part 6: Marriage

There is no thriving Muslim community anywhere in the world or a future for Islam in America without strong marriages that bind our community together. It is the job first and foremost of the married Muslim couple (and Muslim marriage … Continue reading

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Working Class Muslim Families Series Part 5: The Mainstreaming Option, Education and Selective Engagement

At this point in time there will be many reading this who are thinking one of two things (or both). First, they are thinking the issues I am discussing and the dreams and aspiration of working-class Muslims in America I … Continue reading

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Working Class Muslim Families Series Part 4: “Hijrah”

Those indigenous Muslims from isolated areas not satisfied with moving to the east coast always have the option of hijrah. As a matter of fact hijrah is an option for all Muslims in America and you see indigenous Muslims from … Continue reading

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Working Class Muslim Families Series Part Three: Moving To a Better Muslim Community

I cannot tell you how many dozens of Muslim friends I have from St. Louis and other parts of the Midwest who have one desire burning in their heart and that is to get out of the Midwest ( or … Continue reading

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Working Class Muslim Families Series Part Two: American-Muslims Living in Isolated and Backward Communities

This category is one of Muslims living in rural areas, in the west, or in Midwestern and southern cities with very dead Muslim communities. Many immigrant Muslims may not need to live in a vibrant community. Their Islamic values were … Continue reading

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