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Open Thread Sunday 6/15/08

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Many apologies for the late appearance of this thread! I was too busy enjoying the beautiful weather outside, masha’Allaah :D

The advent of summer being well upon us, school’s going to be out and kids are going to have a lot more time on their hands – time that can be used in either good, or bad. Insha’Allah, this is our opportunity to give Da’wah to our youth… and here’s how!

The Youth Outreach Program of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam)

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Zainab bint Younus (AnonyMouse) is a Canadian Muslim woman who writes on Muslim women's issues, gender related injustice in the Muslim community, and Muslim women in Islamic history. She holds a diploma in Islamic Studies from Arees University, a diploma in History of Female Scholarship from Cambridge Islamic College, and has spent the last fifteen years involved in grassroots da'wah. She was also an original founder of MuslimMatters.org.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. aadil

    June 15, 2008 at 9:06 PM

    I was wondering if someone could provide a link to the dua of forgiveness “Sayyid Al-Istighfaar”.

    -jzk

  2. AnonyMouse

    June 15, 2008 at 9:37 PM

    AlHamdulillaah, we’ve got it right here on MM!

  3. aadil

    June 15, 2008 at 9:59 PM

    Sweet! Jazakhallah for the link and also to the brother who wrote the post.

    May Allah (SWT) allow us all to make use of this beautiful dua.

    -Ameen

  4. Abû Mûsâ Al-Ḥabashî

    June 15, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    Lawrence Brown, a physician, convert to Islam from atheism, and author of ‘The First and Final Commandment,’ has just released his new book, ‘The Eighth Scroll”.

    The publisher (BookSurge) describes the book as follows:

    In The Eighth Scroll by Laurence B. Brown, the final text of the Dead Sea Scrolls has been found. Scholars have correctly believed this final text would either confirm or condemn established religious beliefs and practices. As a result, world powers will fight to possess it, or kill to suppress it.

    World-renowned theologian Michael Hansen has lost everything because of the scroll, including his archeologist father and the woman he loved. When he becomes the only living person with a clue to the scroll’s location, he sets out to find it, traveling from the United States to England to the Middle East. Along the way, he finds himself running from the Mossad, the CIA, and the Vatican’s weapon of last resort, the Italian Mafia. When he finally finds the scroll, it turns out to be everything the State of Israel and the Vatican had feared. If exposed, it would cause major religious upheaval. But expose it Michael must, for his only option is to ransom his life by giving the scroll to his enemies. Unless he can somehow do both before his pursuers find him … and kill him.

    This modern-day religious murder mystery is, bar none, the most exciting journey of 2007. Wicked in its honesty, this novel portrays religious faith as not only a virtue, but a rite of passage and a fight to the bitter end. Told in strong and powerful prose, Brown plays no favorites in unveiling the hidden agendas of each religious counterpart and pulls no punches in this first-rate thriller.

    For more info, refer here: http://theeighthscroll.com/

  5. Sharif

    June 15, 2008 at 10:45 PM

    I’ve already said it numerous times, but I really think we should raise awareness of Laurence Brown’s books. I personally have been using them for da’wah. Over the summer, some of my teachers are going to be reading them, alhamdulillah. So, pray for them!

    They should not only be wonderful tools for exposing Islam to non-Muslims, but I think that they could act as an antidote for non-practicing Muslims as well, who have very little knowledge or interest in their deen.

  6. Dawud Israel

    June 15, 2008 at 10:59 PM

    MM is sooooo unexciting these days!

    Anyways, let me introduce to you the CRAZIEST MUSLIM EVER!!!!!!!!!
    TOTAL LOON: http://www.hashemsfilms.com/

    Conspiracy theories and our messed up Muslim culture made this convert very very confused. He believes in theories of lizard men and distorts the Quran to try and prove it. I tried doing dawah to him but he is very stubborn and confused. He did some other activities which resulted in some Muslims getting fired from ISNA or something (he somehow got a sister’s PRIVATE photos, made a video about him and called her a lesbo).

    He’s been banned from Youtube before but makes loads of videos like there is no tomorrow–I think there needs to be a discussion in how to deal with conspiracy obsessed Muslims (apophenia is the term).

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