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Alhamdulilah, MM continues to grow, and in order to sustain the excitement, material and innovation, we are pleased to announce four new Associate Writers, our biggest expansion at one time:

nadim.JPGNadim Sohail:
Nadim is a transplant from France (yes, you could think of him as a FBCD without the “C”), where he was born, and lived all his life (in the suburbs, commonly referred to as the French “ghettos” :) ), including for his college degree, Masters in Architecture of Information Systems field. He is currently the Ameer of Qabeelat Haadi (alMaghrib’s Qabeelat in the Bay Area, California).

abuabdallah0.jpgT. Ahmed:
T. Ahmed, aka Abu AbdAllah, is also known by his MM comment-signature “AbuAbdAllah, the Houstonian.”  The photo is of his favorite place to sit in al-Aqsa.  Abu AbdAllah calls himself a muhajir, the child of muhajirs, the descendant of muhajirs.  Before he made Hajj, he was just a gypsy.  The Roma have a saying, “Bury me standing, I’ve been on my knees all my life.”  SubhanAllah.  Death does not trump the Will of Allah.  In complete submission to Allah, a Muslim grows in gratitude to and appreciation of Allah, and therein finds all the dignity and peace he could ever want.  Abu AbdAllah was freed by Islam.  His funeral will, inshaAllah, be a Muslim one.  Till then, join him and others as a friend at Digg.

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Amatullah

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Amatullah is currently in the Greater DC area, but she would be remiss not mention her Canadian roots, as she is originally from Ottawa. She has recently joined the blogosphere in September with Tayyibaat, where she posts gems from the Qur’an and Arabic language. She has studied with AlMaghrib Institute, Bayyinah Institute, and Al Huda Institute, from which she has increased in her love of seeking ‘ilm. She is an active volunteer with Qabeelat Nurayn, having been with them since 2005 and has seen the qabeelah grow exponentially. Amatullah is a beginner student at Bayyinah Institute, which has allowed her to pursue the Arabic language and study the intricacies of the Qur’an, and is currently nearing completion of the Qur’anic Arabic track with br Nouman Ali Khan inshaAllah. It would only follow, then, that this has led her to Al Huda Institute in Canada. Taking the full-time Tafseer course, known as “Ta’leem al Qur’an“, which she began in Sept 2007 and inshaAllah will complete next month, Amatullah has truly cemented her love for the Qur’an and is traversing upon a path to truly understand the Book of Allah. On a lighter note, however, she also found out from her studies in the Arabic language that – although she goes by Amatullah – her real name is, in fact, classified as “fake feminine.” She will be writing about the Book of Allah and the many precious gems therein.

 

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36 Comments

36 Comments

  1. ibnabeeomar

    October 18, 2008 at 12:38 AM

    i like how the “muslims on eharmony” advertisement is directly above haytham’s picture as im reading this.

  2. AbuAbdAllah, the Houstonian

    October 18, 2008 at 2:14 AM

    bismillah. <<salut MM!>> oui? ou non?

    seeing a little boy posing in a beret — and never for a moment thinking that could be haytham — i assumed at first this was <<notre nouvel ami musulman, Nadim>> mais, sacre bleu! the image title is “hussein” gives a thumbs up!

    this is a political bomb-shell!!! who could have known it?! Barack is the never-foretold anti-Michael-Jackson!! as a child he was a white… and French!!! damn the Frenchies — they must have known all along that one day we would rename our fries for freedom. who could have guessed the French are also Arabs…

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  4. AbdulNasir Jangda

    October 18, 2008 at 5:00 AM

    MashaAllah! It’s nice to see all the new additions.

    Haytham, I’m still waiting for the post I requested from you. (Don’t worry it’s not his “bio-data”) :)

  5. Nihal A. Khan

    October 18, 2008 at 9:04 AM

    aiiiiiiight!

  6. Yasir Qadhi

    October 18, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Haytham: nice to have you on board. Looking great, have the shades made you cooler yet? Or is that just not possible in your case…

    Nadim: F�licitations! Je suis heureux de vous avoir � bord!!! (hope that’s right?!)

    T. Ahmed: yaar, mubarak ho, insha Allah awr bi mubarkbaad-wali khabri sunni me aingi ;)

    Ya jama`ah: Looking forward to read all of your contributions!!!

    :)

  7. Amad

    October 18, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    We are already getting rishtas (proposals) for Haytham…

  8. Amad

    October 18, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Scratch that… the proposals were just spam :) Sorry Haytham, hope i didn’t get your hopes high.

  9. LAMUSLIM

    October 18, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Hey Heyman,

    Are you getting your Masters at NMT, UNM, or NMSU. See if you know the Egyptian Solimans from Tech. That’s us!

  10. LAMUSLIM

    October 18, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Sorry about that Haytham. I usually do ont make typos especially with regards to someone’s name. By the way, how do you like Albuquerque. I like the proximity to the masjid. For those of you that do not know, UNM is almost walking distance to Albuquerque’s masjid.

  11. AnonyMouse

    October 18, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Ahlan wa sahlan, O new members of Ahlul-MM!
    May your stay with us be a beneficial and blessed one for us all, ameen. Looking forward to what you have for us, insha’Allah!

  12. imtiaz

    October 18, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    Yeh right – laymen arabs my shai … ;p

    big up to Nadim you rock brother…

    inshaAllah you guys should rock this website inshaAllah – i look forward to read up now

  13. sincethestorm

    October 18, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    How come all the additions are guys….is MM not an equal opportunity recruitor!

    Amad, if you are going to advertise Haytham….maybe iMuslim deserves a shout out…MM = MatchMakers… ;)

  14. Amad

    October 18, 2008 at 9:57 PM

    sincethestorm: We did recently add Umm Reem, don’t forget :)

    Inshallah, we have a few sisters that the short-story competition helped us identify for future potential writers :)

    iMuslim wrote a whole post on smart chics, now its Haytham’s turn to talk about how and why guys can’t seem to find a match either! Esp. someone as handsome and cool as Haytham ;)

  15. Umm Reem

    October 18, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Welcome aboard everyone.

    “Haytham, … and has had leadership roles in Crescent Youth.”

    I think it is the “CY curse”…isn’t Shariq still single too?!!

  16. AsimG

    October 19, 2008 at 12:00 AM

    Can we have access to all of Shaykh Yasir Qadhi’s comments?

    Lol they are always so entertaining!

  17. AsimG

    October 19, 2008 at 12:03 AM

    Oh and welcome new MM writers!

    I can only speak broken urdu and random words in arabic like chair so yah sorry

  18. Abu Bakr

    October 19, 2008 at 12:18 AM

    Ahlan wa Sahlan

    Welcome on board. Looking forward to your contributions, in sha Allah.

  19. AbuAbdAllah, the Houstonian

    October 19, 2008 at 12:46 AM

    bismillah.

    @haytham, i love you for the sake of Allah, even if you deserted your tribe to go off into the desert and contemplate… what is there to contemplate in NM, akhi? whatever it is, may Allah increase the good of it for you, and bring you back to us having started a new banu of your own… Banu Haytham. :) iqra but more carefully next time.

    @Shaykh Qadhi. mere tute-pute urdu mehi aapko javab dena bohoth mushkil hay. my parents were born in bengal (because their grandparents emigrated from British advances in UP). for what it’s worth, i’m abcd, or rather abarcd — anglo-born, american-raised, (oft-)confused desi.

    @all. leave it to haytham to turn this page from a writers’ introduction, into the search for three sisters (minimum) for three brothers (i only leave out Nadim, since i think i read when he assumed the job of ameer that Nadim is married, mashaAllah. as praiseworthy to me, is that he has apparently been increasing the participation of married couples and young families in AlMaghrib — a much needed trend that other qabeelahs should follow. so much so, that maybe Al Maghrib should adopt the policy that unmarried candidates for ameer and ameerah should have a presumption against being selected. in my opinion the only place for unmarried leadership should be in high school MSAs, and then only because too many high school students are raised to be less mature than the child of Luqman.)

    @AsimG. yaar, AsimGee, you’re not a lobbyist are you?

  20. AsimG

    October 19, 2008 at 1:34 AM

    I’m just a YQ fan that needs some gems cause he’s not coming to Chicago to teach the next AlMaghrib class!

    Lol maybe I should come down to Houston for the 2nd week

  21. AbuAbdAllah, the Houstonian

    October 19, 2008 at 1:59 AM

    bismillah. everyone should come to Houston. come to Houston and stay! :) but don’t let Siraaj think I am trying to subvert the Wasatoon.

  22. Muslimah

    October 19, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    you guys should definitely add more sisters to the group.

  23. fairuza

    October 19, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Welcome, new writers! Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeves!

    BTW, Br. Haytham….ha, ha….as a former New Mexican all I can say is YOU MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE!! Soak it up. Don’t forget to check out Abiquiu (ask the locals about “white city” and spend the day). Also, best place for turkish coffee is Petra’s by UNM campus (if it’s still there) and the back road (Turquoise Trail) to Santa Fe is the ONLY way to go.

  24. Nadim

    October 20, 2008 at 1:43 AM

    JazakAllah Kheir for all the kind words. Merci pour vos encouragements :)
    Few words about the country of the French Fries. France has the biggest Muslim population of any other Western country with 10% of itspopulation (mostly from Algeria/Marocco/Tunisia and other former African French colonies). It’s critical to follow up what’s going on there. The more you will learn about the state of your brother and sisters there, the more you will appreciate how privileged you are to live here. American Muslims should also prepare themselves for challenges they will have to face when they will grow bigger in numbers

    @AbuAbdullah: nice French. FYI, I am not Arab but from the Land of the Pure as they said…
    @YQ: oui, cette phrase est parfaite (and with the accents too mashaAllah :))
    @Haytham: Toronto was awesome! bro, I hope you will come to visit us some day, now that you moved closer to Cali
    @Imtiaz: jazakAllah kheir
    @AbuAbdullah: yes, alhamdulillah, I am married and have 3 daughters (may Allah swt protect them)

  25. Dawud Israel

    October 20, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Bismillah
    As salaam aleikum to all the newbies!

    With this many writers, I think this means you should consider releasing AT LEAST two articles a day and not just one. Keep people on their toes in sha Allah. :)

  26. Amad

    October 20, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Bro Dawud, our daily average has been like 3 or so for the last 4-6 weeks I think… so that target of 1 has long crept past us :)

  27. AbuAbdAllah, the Houstonian

    October 20, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    bismillah. Nadim, jazak Allah khayr. j’avais etudias francais pendant huit ans, et personne ne croyait pas que je ne suis pas l’algerien. mais je ne pratique que dire “je ne pratique pas…” alors, j’en ai oublias beaucoup, et qui pouvait tenir “ilm” sans l’utiliser? et je preferais gagner, alors je preferais maintenant etudier l’arabie. mais, si vous ecrivez ici une article francais, je la lirai heureuxmeme, inshaAllah.

  28. Dawud Israel

    October 20, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Bro Dawud, our daily average has been like 3 or so for the last 4-6 weeks I think… so that target of 1 has long crept past us :)

    3 a day everyday? Nah man, no way, that can’t be right. If it has been then the batting average has been 3 strikes and not home-runs…at least in my books, I mean, I haven’t noticed and this place might just be losing it’s touch. :S

    Maybe try to reach 5-6 posts a day?

    (also I think I suggested a forum before in order to keep certain stories in the long-term highlight discussion, especially the one’s that deserve special attention and activism)

    Baraka Allahu feek :)

  29. AsimG

    October 20, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    You are trying to making MM into the older MM you abandoned.

    I see your games!

  30. Nihal Khan

    October 21, 2008 at 9:37 PM

    Just curious, but how come their names haven’t been put up to the side yet?

  31. Amad

    October 21, 2008 at 9:48 PM

    Nihal, for some reason, the formatting gets messed up if we add to “author’s page”… all the link breaks disappear. So that’s why we are using this post for it.

    Click on “About Us” on the left, and you’ll see a link for MM-associates …

  32. AsimG

    October 21, 2008 at 11:46 PM

    http://muslimmatters.org/mm-associates/

    The page is not working…

    -Its fixed now. It should be http://muslimmatters.org/about/mm-associates/. Jak

  33. Haadian

    October 22, 2008 at 12:40 AM

    Mabrook Ameer and all the rest of the new authors! We expect nothing short of greatness in all your articles inshallaah. May Allaah give y’all tawfeeq and keep us all on the straight path, Ameen.

  34. Bint Islam

    November 26, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Masha’Allah sister Amatullah!!! :D May Allah continue to grant you ever more in goodness and may you benefit the people immensely with your words. Ameen.
    BarakAllahu feeki,

  35. unconventionally traditional

    December 18, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Mashallah what a great line up.
    I’m so ecstatic that MM has a french brother on board. Myself, and some friends have been thinking of starting up a blog, it’s still in the works, since our knowledge of the internet is quite rudimentary. We believed that there is a lack of bilingual(french and english) blogs out there that pertain to issues concerning the ummah. Mashallah, MM beat us to the punch. Amatulah, subhanallah sister your resume is impressive I can’t wait to delve into your articles.
    Salam

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