Does anyone know about any good Muslim girls boarding schools? Also, does anyone have the contact info for Dar Uloom School in Trinidad or South Africa?
This video my be helpful to those wishing to gain knowledge on spiritual issues.
This is the end of the month and the Cardinals are not in town so business is slow, and I mean slowwwwwwwwww. Anyway, I wish I had the comfort to blog about something I saw last night; because it illustrates the culture of political corruption here in St. Louis. If you are part of the club here you can flaunt your corruption; but if you are not in the club then you become a target of prosecution and public scrutiny (see Virvus Jones, Eddie Hasan, etc.).
Salaam at the Light
I was at the stoplight at Delmar and Kingshighway next to the Mobil station owned by Iraqi brothers that sells bean pies when a brother honked is horn at me and yelled out “salaamalaikum akhi Umar” I turned and returned the greeting not really knowing who it was until he drove off. It was Missouri State Rep. Talib el-Amin.
What You Get When a Yuppie Becomes a Pro Athlete
Khalil Greene, a yuppie from a Baha’i family, is a player for the St. Louis Cardinals who has went nuts and is injuring himself so now he had to be put on the DL. This is what you get when a yuppie becomes an athlete and that is why most yuppies are not into sports. They would rather watch American Idol or a spelling bee and if they have to play something they play some sport they choose a kids sport like kick ball or dodgeball (they choose these sports because they are non-contact, co-ed, and they can goof off and not really try to win).
To be a good athlete you have to be a team player and not a spoiled-brat, have to observe deferred gratification, have to lose, have to be told you are doing a bad job, and have to suck it up when times get tough, all thing secular yuppies don’t observe who were babied since they were kids by parents who “spared the rod”.
I have eaten food at many masjids all over the country. Some, are more famous than others. WD Mohammed masjids tend to have good food no matter what city you are in but it is always the same thing (Fried fish or chicken with a side of greens, spaghetti and cornbread with someone selling bean pies and cheese cakes on the side). Dar al Hijrah in VA is another one that used to have great food when Fawaz was still the cook. Yesterday I attended jumma at the old Islamic Center ( now Masjid Bilal) and heard an excellent talk by Sheikh Minhaj and got some food there for the first time since Ramadan and I mean to tell you that is some of the best Pakistani food I ever had and I don’t even know what it was. My only request is this; if you are going to sell food hot enough to burn a glacier can you also sell a drink on the side?
My hat is off to Air Force 1st Lt. Roslyn Schulte. The St. Louis native, Jewish woman, and military intelligence analyst was killed in a roadside bomb in Afghanistan and had her funeral locally at Temple Israel yesterday.
Why is my hat off to her you ask? Or, to be more technical, why am I giving her a kufee pat? Well, she is helping to defy a stereotype. You see American-Jews were labeled as “Chicken-hawks” because the bulk of neo-conservatives, Iraqi War strategists, and professional Muslim-haters are Jewish.
Schulte, with her service, showed that not all American-Jews are chicken-hawks. So, in memory of Schulte, let us hope that the children of neo-cons and hawks all go to Afghanistan, Iraq and wherever their Daddy’s instigate the country to go to war next and let’s keep all of our Jewish peacenik friends here with us.
Let us also hope that some of our redneck neighbors in South County and white flighters in St. Charles and Lincoln Counties can clear the roads of some drunk drivers and send their teens to fight the wars they support so much with their bumper stickers.
The more I read about this case the more bogus it sounds. Case in point read this from the “girlfriend” of the alleged Islamist.
The man soon was coming by their apartment with increasing frequency and was always flush with cash.
“He was very persistent and every time he came for James he took him away. They said they were going out to eat dinner,” she said. “Whenever we needed anything Maqsood would help — like financially –he gave us money to pay rent.
“He was just constantly around. It was like he was stalking him.”
It is appearing to me like one more example of a manufactured case by law-enforcement. Did these men have any intention of doing anything illegal before this man appeared and started giving them cash and gifts? Did he put the idea into their head? This is either a pure setup or someone taking advantage of guys who probably can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. After billions of dollars spent by the federal government trying to find terrorists in the Muslim community all they can find after 8 years are these group of miskeen brothers in Newburgh, the handful in Fort Dix, and some idiots in Miami who weren’t even Muslims. In the meantime they have busted Muslims on food stamp fraud, immigration and a lot of other stuff having nothing to do with terrorism and until this day the professional anti-Muslim lobby and the right-wingers can’t admit that there are hardly any Muslim terrorists in America and the government has wasted a lot of money.
Read this story from the New York Post and keep in mind that Newt Gingrich was on Meet the Press yesterday morning using this as an excuse to crack down on prison dawah. The sad thing is, as a community, we spend very little time and money on our brothers and sisters behind bars and are far outspent by Christians. The myth of “Saudi money” is just that- a myth. These myths are invented by those in law-enforcement whose hearts are so darkened they cannot accept the fact that it is the message of Islam that sells itself and in many institutions they want to stop the deen from spreading.
Now, there are elements in the Bureau of Prisons that will use this BS case as a way to censor Muslim reading materials and chaplins. Unfortunately, helping our brothers and sisters in prison and when they get out is not even on the radar screen of most Muslim organizations. I cannot blame Zaytuna, MAS, or alMaghrib, because this is not their demographic, but other organizations and masjids are really not doing a good job in this area. The only organization I have seen dedicate serious time to this issue at a convention is MANA (and I think ISNA in years past).
And, just a side note for those who clicked on the link, that sister is a fitnah and she needs to cover, and taking a look at her I know this brother was in no hurry to blow himself up. The community needs to reach out to her in this time of need (but no reaching out from a number of imams outed on Salafiburnout).
This is an amazing documentary on the amazing life of Bernard Hopkins from the streets of Philly to prison to boxing glory. For those of you who may not know he is a Muslim brother from North Philly, former 20 time defender of the middleweight crown, fromer pond for pound best, and defeater of the likes of Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya, Antonio Tarver and Kelly Pavlik.
As I write this I have only read the blog of Bean Pie Brother regarding the topic of the four brothers arrested today in New York for plotting terror attacks. Let me just say that I am not going to rush to throw these brothers under the bus. The federal government has a bad track record in the Muslim community and with terror cases and the NYPD, when it is not busy shoving plungers up people rear ends, is also know for setting people up.
If these brothers are guilty of what they are accused they are not only Islamicaly misguided; but they are also complete idiots to believe someone would be willing to sell them a stinger missile (they are not available on Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn or on Fordham Road in the Bronx).
For now, Ill give the brothers the benefit of the doubt and make duah for them. And, to all the other Muslims out there, don’t go blowin up stuff in Riverdale, they got some of the best bakeries you ever seen and when you get locked up you may need a good Jewish lawyer.
Having not read it I can only wonder if Amad “ he aint no” Sheikh is all shook up with tears about this the way he was over his Hindu brothers and sisters getting killed in Mumbai. Of course, he may not have time to speak on this issue given the fact that I am sure this brother, who on MM is such a staunch critic of terrorism, is probably busy praying for the success of the Pakistani government in defeating Islamic insurgents, right? He has written on his support for the defeat of the Taliban and the insurgency, hasn’t he?
I saw a discussion over at TalkIslam, you know the site full of Muslims and pseudo-Muslims who wont be happy until their is a gay orgy in front of the kabbah, about a debate I had with Bin Gregory over whiteness and Islam in America. Bin Gregory argued then that to be white and Muslim was no different really than being in the Rotary Club or the 4-H or an Episcopalian I guess. Now, he has altered his thinking a little bit and focused on alienation in America which is a very real issue and I agree with his point for the most part that modern America has created a lot of people who are lost and in pain.
This is the comment I posted.
Let me give you one example. St. Louis has the largest Bosnian community in America. They are physically white but in St. Louis people do not consider them white. In Russia those from the Muslim regions even if white are called “blacks”. In the world of boxing there was always talk of the “great White Hope” who would come and save boxing by being the heavyweight champion ( hence the popularity in the 1980′s of Gerry Cooney). Today the heavyweight championship is shared by the white Ukrainian brothers, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, but they do not fit the bill.
Like I stated before I believe that white is based on what you are not and not on what you are and someone who lives a life according to the sunnah is one of those things you cannot be. I know of one young white man who was murdered in prison just for being white and a Muslim and I have experienced many problems myself from whites over my Islam.
Regarding Willow I do kind of see what you are saying; but I think whites run from their whiteness when it is so important to who they are. Many of the whites who disagreed with what I had written themselves have adopted other cultures, which is the case for most white Muslims I know, and many will not even say they are white. They will say ” I am human” or ” I am white” and in this they are somewhat conforming my argument while verbally disagreeing with it.
The reasons white Muslims don’t want to talk about race is because they don’t want to draw attention to there whiteness and act like it has no bearing on who they are. But, when you look at it, how many white Muslims do you know married to other white Muslims? Of all the white Muslims I have met over the years I only know of two such couples. Then ask yourself how many white Muslims do you know walking around speaking in Desi accents, only eating Arab food, or whatever?
I believe that to be Muslim and to be a white American is not possible from a sociological standpoint. However, once entering Islam, whites tend to gravitate to certain places.
The bulk of white Muslims are from liberal educated backgrounds and I only know of a handful of white Muslims from working-class or poor background like me. Most have some level of “white guilt” ( if they are male they tend to be about as manly as these guys on American Idol) and have somewhat of a love for political correctness and moral and cultural relativism. So, once in the deen, many gravitate towards those Muslim movements which allow them to not alter their lifestyle and not change their liberal world view to conform to Islamic teachings.
The Last Poets said ” the white man has a God complex”. I think this is true and that is why you see white Muslims gravitating to progressive Islam and fringe deviant groups; because they are too arrogant to submit but rather believe they are a gift to the ummah and the ummah is in need of the liberal white man’s ( and woman’s) saving grace to reform it ( and they often get used by those trying to throw white faces out to the media or those with inferiority complexes in the community like many here on TalkIslam who went to the university and got pimped). So, you see them filtering Islam through the West.
Not only are a lot of white Muslims too arrogant to submit and thinking they are smarter than everyone else; but many, in the “I’m spiritual and not religious mode” are too narcissistic to worship anyone but themselves and do not want to curtail their behavior to comply with the shariah. They are too good, too enlightened to submit like some dumb dark creature of the Third World in need , as they see it, not of the mercy of Allah but of the white man’s knowledge . Most, at the end of the day, only worship themselves and like the millions of young secular educated brats you will find in yuppie neighborhoods like Williamsburgh Brooklyn and Hyde Park Chicago they see themselves as the center of the universe. Many were raised by hippie parents who never told them no and never spanked that butt. So, in Islam, they also cannot accept no that’s haram.
They reek of arrogance ion many ways that they do not see. African-American as a rule never had a problem with Islamic orthodoxy, using Arabic phrases and names, and changing there names; but all of these things many white converts I think are too arrogant to do. They say ” I’m not some ni%#$ from East St. Louis who is going to run around calling myself Mustafa I am Blake!” and while the whole ummah says Allah many white converts see themselves as too good for that.
One last thing and I say this because I only fear Allah and as someone who comes from a white family and thanks Allah for the blessing of being led to Islam and does not seek peace with this society, as almost all the mainstream American-Muslim leaders do, but wants to change this society. Whites have always fought this deen, this is fact. From the wars with the early Muslims to the Crusades to Colonialism to the Zionist/Crusader/Secular Humanist Alliance of today the White West has always been a thorn in the side of the ummah and fought to keep the ummah down. This is why people like Hamza Yusuf are fooling themselves to believe there is some kind of spin you can out on the deen to make people who have a hatred of Muslims in their DNA friends.
Furthermore, if we do not draw the distinction between Islam and the White West, we can not call a spade and spade and say that the basis of this spcoey and its cultural norms are Satanic and it is they who need Islam and not us in need of theior colinization.
Today I picked up the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, something I do not often do these days, to discover that Chris Coleman of Columbia, IL (an Illinois suburb of St. Louis) has been arrested for killing his wife and strangling his two sons to death.
This case will go through the system and if he is guilty I definitively think he should be executed. However, what strikes me in the coverage of this case is many in the media have treated him with kid gloves, and have constantly referred to him as a family man, and no one has tied his job as a bodyguard for Evangelical TV Preacher Joyce Meyer to the killings.
Coleman is a key part of the Joyce Meyer operation and a deacon in the church. Personally, I do not feel this probably has anything to do with the killings; but can you imagine of Chris Coleman was a Muslim? And, let’s just say, a bodyguard for Imam Siraj Wahhaj or Sheikh Suhaib Webb? What kind of coverage would this get? FOX News and all the other networks would be all over it. “Honor killings are coming to America”, “Muslim patriarchy runs wild”, “We Shall Not Be Dhimmis” the headlines would read.
Locally, right-wingers like Gatewaypundit and those on 97.1 FM talk-radio would be all over this as a case of another savage Muslim killing. But, like the vast majority of murderess in this nation, Coleman is a Christian and will get no such treatment.
The greatest weapon in the hand of the Muslim Ummah is the womb of the Muslim mother. That is why so many fear the high birth-rates of Muslims and why the West seeks to spread International Planned Parenthood, abortion and birth control into the Muslim World. This is pushed by Western liberals, you know the people all the young Muslims are in love with, but the Right seeks a different method of battle.
So, all my Muslim brothers and sisters reading this, I encourage you all to have lots of babies and as the Prophet Muhammad ( s.a.s.) told us “increase”. Brothers know that Allah will provide and don’t worry about what kind of a job you got just work hard and sisters know there is no article you can write and no job title you can hold that will be equal to giving birth to a Muslim child.( I gave a talk like this a the aqeeqa for my daughter and a brother told me ” hey, I really liked your go home and have sex with your wife speech”…but those aren’t exactly the words he used.
Listen to the fears of the kufar and let us make duah we can make their nightmare scenario come true. The only chance they have to defeat the Muslims is not by bombing us and invading Muslim lands; but in using progressives and so-called moderates to water down the religion and changing our culture of having a lot of children and holding on to the Sunnah. The father of my wife had 13 Muslim children. My dear brother Jabril has 14 children and my dear brother Abu Hudhafya has I think 11. I pray to Allah I am blessed with as many children as them who help to change the Secular Humanist-Capitalist World Order and create a Muslim World Order.
I have just completed a article for a Muslim Men’s Magazine that to my understanding will be out around July. There are a few magazines for sisters but Alhamdudilah the time has come for a publication to deal with the issues of brothers.
In general I feel that our community is headed into the wrong direction of the abyss of apostasy, scattering, deviance and false moderation. I have so many other things to do in my life I do not even have time to argue and I most especially do not have time to argue with people who have no regard for Quran and Sunnah and all the regard in the world for their secular educations. A lot of these people are not serious and it is known where their heart is and that is with the Western Secular elite. So, if those are your people, then go be with your people and follow them. If you are scared to say kafir or scared to be proud to be Muslim then go and be with your fellow Playtex Muslims.
What we can all do in our personal lives is try and be good Muslims and do what we can for our families and communities. Yesterday was the Annie Malone May Day parade in St. Louis which celebrates an organization dedicated to the youth of St. Louis. I was proud to drop my nephew off at the Wellston Housing Authority Boxing Gym where he trains with Coach Keith Abdul-Qawi and Ron Harris and the team marched in the parade.
Later I dropped my wife off at a sisters house ( FYI, one of the sisters is a young sister, never been married, and looking to get married with the consent of her mother) and I had the chance to be at home by myself for the first time in over a year.
My initial plan was to watch basketball; but I could not get the TV to work as we had some video equipment plugged in and I couldn’t get it restated. So, I sat all day and worked on my novel and the article for the magazine and had a productive day Alhamdudilah.
I would like to remind all of us to keep the suffering Muslims in all over the world in our prayers. Let us especially in America, since we foot the bill for the armies of occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan, pray for the Muslims in those lands and that Allah