Did you know we were trying to raise some money on MM for Dr. Aafia's legal expenses? See this post. We started with a $1000 target, but then that was extended to $3000 (we are up to $2300). I hope we can get that to $10,000 soon. The following comment is from a brother who walks the talk… we hope others will join him inshā'Allāh:
I'm a student from a third world country trying to make my way through what probably is an over-priced education. My mother is a school teacher who will most likely have a tough time helping me with my next semester's dues because of the rising value of the dollar in my country. I have little money left in my account but place my trust in Allāh who has always been kind to me and provided for me whenever I needed His help.
By Allāh, sister Afia needs this money more than I do. I pledge $1,000 to my sister in Islam in her time of need.
Brothers and sisters, subhan Allāh, we have been blessed with so much, especially those of us from this country. Just remember: Then, on that Day, you shall be asked about the delights (you indulged in, in this world)! (102:8) When the Prophet sallalahu alayhi wassalam was asked by the sahaabah what was the smallest blessing they should be worried about, he replied that they would be held accountable even for the air they inhale, or something to that effect. We have so much that we could be held accountable for, yet we give so little. Let's give as much as we can when our sister needs it most. May Allāh increase her blessings as well, and may He take away all her pain and suffering, āmīn. I am sure we can do much much better insha Allāh. Also giving voluntary charity publicly is advised as it encourages others to give as well, insha Allāh.
What a week it has been! Everyone is politically-fatigued, except our brothers who can't get over the fact that Muslims voted! Elections are over, but the chatter goes on…
- Commentators reminded us quite a few times of Obama's first pick, at first glance a disappointment to say the least. Crazier than Rahm is his father, who said“Obviously he will influence the president to be pro-Israel,” he was quoted as saying. “Why wouldn't he be? What is he, an Arab? He's not going to clean the floors of the White House.”
“Why are we employing such analysis to the JPost's translation? I read the text in Ma'ariv the day it published its own interview with Rahm's father, and there is no doubt about it, there was direct linkage between Arab and floor-cleaner. Any which way you wish to cut it, it was a racist comment. Is it too difficult to contemplate this notion? Is it so difficult for Rahm to quickly apologize for it, or for its “mistaken” interpretation by at least 1 billion Muslims that find it rather hurtful, as well as another few billion world citizens that reject racism outright?”
- While we are talking about Jews, here is another hopeful link, “Jewish voices for peace“. While progressive Jews probably are the largest chunk of Jews in America, they seem to be less concerned about Israel, so the Israeli discourse is firmly in control of the hawkish, right-wing element that uses Islamophobia as part of its tool-box to keep Muslims away from spheres of power. Thus, I [Amad] believe that it is in working with progressive Jews that we have the best chance for better and fairer Middle East policies.
- Wonder why we didn't hear any Republican Muslim voices in our “voting experiences” post. Because, as suspected, they are quite a rare species. Only 2% apparently voted for McCain. There are some “suspicions” about the poll, but from what I can tell, the task force would be fools to engage in anything but scientific polling. And not sure there is anything surprising about this. [Newsweek]
- “The American Muslim Task Force on Civil Rights and Elections released a poll today of over 600 Muslims from more than 10 states, including Florida and Pennsylvania, and it revealed that 89 percent of respondents voted for Obama, while only 2 percent voted for McCain. It also indicated that 95 percent of Muslims polled cast a ballot in this year's presidential election—the highest turnout in a U.S. election ever—and 14 percent of those were first-time voters.”
Everyone is looking for a break from politics, so it is coming soon to MM. In the next week, there will be some ground-breaking posts inshā'Allāh, from Yasir Qadhi's thoughts on GPU (where he discusses a strange twist of Islamophobia and anti-semitism) to a series on raising children in the West by Umm Reem.
And tell us, we pray, what's on your mind??