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Open Thread Sunday 08/10/2008


beijing-olympics-2008.jpgSo what’s crackin’ as of late? Here’s a few items…

It’s only Sunday and Michael Phelps has already brought home gold for the US. Surprised, anyone? Check out the Arab countries’ participants in this year’s Olympics. Pakistan’s participating, too.

Mazen Asbahi resigns as national coordinator of Muslim-American affairs for Barack Obama’s campaign. But… why?

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Random House publishing company pulls the plug for a book entitled “The Jewel of Medina,” a novel about the life of A’isha radhiAllahu ‘anha in fear of backlash from the Muslim world. 46 year old author Sherry Jones is upset, but if you see what would have been published in this book, you’d totally support Random House’s decision, and definitely disagree with this article here.

Bret Favre’s gone Broadway. Who’da thunk it? He even gets his own street sign…

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  1. Nihal Khan

    August 10, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    ilmsummit is in progress!

  2. Ibnkhalil

    August 10, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Assalam o alaykum, A few days ago I found about the insulting novel that you mentioned above. I did not write about it because it would cause publicity for this evil thing. Couldn’t Muslimmatters have done the same thing?

  3. Unknown!!!

    August 10, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    How come didn’t write anything about Dr Afiya Siddiqui?

  4. Qas

    August 10, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    How come didn’t write anything about Dr Afiya Siddiqui?

    ya…and the environment, the multinationals, the middle east….like, why didn’t they write about EVERYTHING!!!!! Shame on you muslimmatters for trying your best

  5. mcpagal

    August 10, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    The article about the Obama woman goes to the same page as the one about the writer woman?

    I have to say, I’m glad that the Jewel of Medina book was pulled – go prof Spellberg! It seems like the writer was trying to turn Aisha’s (ra) life into a Mills and Boon novel or something. I find it hard to believe that she didn’t realise it would be offensive.

  6. Amad

    August 10, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    And whenever you find the loony neo-Muslim *neo-con + Muslim* Asra Nomani on something (working for the right-wing opinion journals of WSJ), then you know that whatever she is saying is probably anti-Muslim and must be ignored or rebuffed. Amazing how she works actively on behalf of the right-wingers in her anti-mainstream-Islam agenda.

    Message to Asra: How can you profess to be a Muslim and yet at the same time defend someone’s right to publish erotica about the Prophet (S) and his wife?? I just don’t get it. At least Salman Rushdie had officially apostated, so it is easier to understand crap from him!

    With regards to Dr. Afiya Siddiqui… indeed it is a horrible story. I really would like to write something on it, but I have my hands full with upcoming exams, so if anyone wants to write about it and send it to us, we’ll publish it inshallah (with shura approval).

  7. Amad

    August 10, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    Dr. Denise Spielberg’s excellent response to the lies of Asra Nomani:

    The combination of sex and violence sells novels. When combined with falsification of the Islamic past, it exploits Americans who know nothing about Aisha or her seventh-century world and counts on stirring up controversy to increase sales. If Ms. Nomani and readers of the Journal wish to allow literature to “move civilization forward,” then they should read a novel that gets history right.


  8. Amad

    August 11, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Any Muslims from France and Moscow (repeat request, and no, Hassan, not for the purpose you suggested)… visiting in September inshalah for school trip.

  9. Unknown!!!

    August 11, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Letter from Dr Afia a sister of a dead nation

    My dead nation.

    My name is Dr. Afia educated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) with three children and aim of helping my nation with my high class education is very pleased from your help.

    I was kidnapped from my own country by my brothers and sold to America. I was brutally treated, raped, tortured, again and again given name prisoner 650. I prayed for my Muhammad Bin Qasim for every second of my years in prison in a Muslim country Afghanistan.

    I am sister of 1/5 world population Muslim. My nation is historically famous in defending and protecting their citizen right from the beginning. Hazrat Omar (RA) Said, if a dog dies near river Arafat, Omar will be responsible on day of judgment.

    At the moment I can’t walk on my own, one kidney is removed, bullet wound in my chest, denied any medical and legal aid and not sure whether I will be alive or not.

    I would like to revoke my status of sister. I am a proud muslim, follower of Hazrat Muhammad SAW, daughter of Hazrat Abubakar, Hazrat Umar, Hazrat Usman and Hazrat Ali and Companions and their true followers. I don’t want to be your sister.

    They are my protector and I will seek Allah help not yours.

    I don’t want to be Pakistani who has 600,000 troops and special force SSG but fail to protect me, they sworn to protect me but refused when I was looking at them for help.
    My so called Muslim Ummah having millions of soldiers, guns, tanks. Automatic weapons, fighter plans, submarines and yet they failed to save me.

    Don’t worry about day of judgment you won’t be answerable as you are not my brothers in Islam. You are Arabic, Persian, Palestinians, African, Malaysian, Indonesian, South Asian but not Muslims.

    I am sorry if hurts you but you can’t imagine how hurt I am.

  10. tabman

    August 12, 2008 at 1:55 AM

    The whole Muslim world should be focused towards getting help for Dr. Afia. Talk about it in your local mosque. Approach the editor, journalist in your area to write about it. A muslim woman was raped, tortured, beaten for five years by filthy American soldiers. I cannot even imagine what kind of acts they must have done to her to satisfy their greed and lust and that not once but for five years. In four year time I completed my college. All the time we were busy studying, eating, sleeping a woman was being tortured till death every minute. A male gender simply cannot understand the feelings of a raped woman and we still don’t know anything about her three children if they are dead or still alive. She might have been a terrorist, what about her children ?

    More on how to help her:

    Yvonne Ridley on Afia:

    @Amad where can we send writing contributions ? Do you have an official email or what ?

  11. ibn fellah

    August 12, 2008 at 4:39 AM

    Well fellas there are an awful lot of extremely important and pertinent issues MM has chosen to completely overlook.

    From MM’s About Page: began in 2007 as a collaboration between various Bloggers and Shuyookh in order to bring attention to issues faced by Muslims, especially in the West.

    May I ask if indeed MM is working to bring attention to issues faced by Muslims in the West, and I’m not saying they don’t, but they do so selectively. Some of the crucuial issues they’ve decided to ignore and overlook:

    a) The Fitnah of Quilliam Foundation.

    b) The Fitnah of Usama Hassan.

    c) The New Muslim Marriage Contract.

    Please can we have a word on these issues…? Whatever happened to defence of Islam against the onslaught of proggies etc etc etc…oh sorry that’s thing of the past when we needed more hits. ;)

  12. Amad

    August 12, 2008 at 8:35 AM

    Tabman, you can send contributions to info//at//muslimmatters dot org

    Ibn Fellah, the “crucial” issues you refer to, unless I live in a different world than yours, I don’t find them to be that crucial. I have not even heard of the Quilliam Foundation… again doesn’t mean it isn’t important, just not something that is pervasive of an issue.


  13. Ahmad AlFarsi

    August 12, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaah,

    Ibn Fellah, I just googled the Quilliam Fondation… and oh man, what I saw made me want to vomit 10 times over. Most of us here in the US haven’t heard about the fitan you mentioned, since they seem to be rearing their heads in the UK. May Allah protect us from the kufr of secularism. Aameen.

  14. Ahmad AlFarsi

    August 12, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    It’s actually quite ironic that the secularists are using Sh. Abdullah Quilliam’s name to promote their ideologies, as it seems that, as Br. Yahya Birt kindly points out, he was one of the UK’s first Islamists.

    May Allah guide us all.

  15. Amad

    August 12, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Wherever and whenever you have Ed Hussein involved (as in Quilliam Foundation), then you know that it is a bogus, RAND-type, authority-kiss-** organization that is as worthless as Ed’s extremism->moderation story. I love it how these clowns add the name of Sh. Abdullah bin Bayyah and some other mainstream scholars, even though none of them have endorsed this outfit. Yusuf Smith has discussed Ed Hussein’s credibility (lack thereof is more like it) in several articles on his website, including this one.

  16. Shirtman

    August 15, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    It’s is good to see Jet Favre was mentioned…

  17. Ahmad AlFarsi

    August 15, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    You can hear Muslim Turkish journalists saying the shahadah as they come under fire during the Georgian/Russian conflict, on this video:

    Alhamdulillah, the report says that they did not receive any fatal injuries.

  18. Amad

    August 15, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Just FYI, no one has sent us any articles/posts on Dr. Afia. This is one of the issues we face. Many people want something written on something. But when it comes to putting in the effort, it is hard to find people to commit :)

    So, anyway, inshallah, if nothing comes through, I will try to tackle this in the upcoming week… may Allah protect Dr. Afia and her children.


    August 17, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    assalamu alaykum br Amad

    You might find the article below of interest:

    The Aafia Siddiqui I Saw – by Abu Sabaya

  20. Abu 'Umar

    August 17, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    Amad, you can check out these links:

    Got it! -Amad

  21. Amad

    August 17, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    jazakumAllahkhair for the information…
    inshallah, we will have articles on Dr. Aafia tomorrow most likely…. and day-after.

  22. Amad

    August 18, 2008 at 9:13 AM

    Can’t vouch for authenticity, but thought I’d pass it along anyway:

    ———— ——— ——— ——-
    Assalamu Alikum,
    Anyone who knows someone who is in the 60’s or 70’s and poor and did
    not go
    to Hajj please have him call this number below to make reservation to attend
    Hajj for free.
    Please forward to everyone you know in case someone needs to go to Hajj
    which will be in your good deeds at the day of Judgement.

    انشر لعل أحدهم يحج بسببك … حج مجاني

    السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
    إذا كنت تعرف فقيرا أو عاجزا لا يستطيع الحج

    وقد بلغ سن الستين أو السبعين

    فإن حملة أصدقاء المجتمع تستقبله للحج
    رقم الحملة: 0096626919999في مدينة جدةانشر للأجر
    لتلقى في صحيفتك يوم القيامة

    من حج بسبب رسالتك

  23. Unknown!!!

    August 18, 2008 at 5:15 PM



  24. IbnAbbas

    August 18, 2008 at 5:34 PM


  25. Amad

    August 19, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    “Blog best” on left updated to reflect latest rankings of content on MM… check it out.

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