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Goodbye George Bush: A Letter from Aa’ed AlQarnee | Inauguration Open Thread

Haytham Soliman

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Written & Translation by Haytham Soliman and edited by Amatullah.

Pls also use this space for any comments pertaining to the Obama Inauguration.

war-is-peace-bushI came across a very interesting farewell letter written by a scholar residing in KSA, Shaykh ‘Aa’ed AlQarnee, to the soon-to-be-former President George W. Bush. My intention of translating this letter is to show most Americans are joined by people from around the world in their bitter memories of the outgoing President.

Though I personally don’t agree with everything the Shaykh said, I wanted to perform my “journalistic duty” to convey the letter in its entire form, and to translate it to the best of my ability. So take what you wish, and leave what you wish.

Translation of Letter:

Saying goodbye is difficult, and tears betray the eyes when a beloved person is leaving. I thought about the the shining President, the one with the renowned legacy, the successful one (George W. Bush) so I remembered the statement of Ibn Zaydoon:

ودّع الصبرُ محباً ودعك ـ ذائعاً من سره ما استودعك

He will leave the Presidency and the White House, and he has left the world in a dilemma ‬after his achievements that were not preceded by one. He destroyed the American economy, He cut the bridges of international relations and he degraded the reputation of the United States of America. He destroyed Iraq, and vandalized ‬ Afghanistan.

He helped in the siege of Gaza, and promoted democracy using tanks, and upheld justice using rockets. He distributed food with bombs, and spoiled the water, and even blocked the air. He spilled blood and prevented food and medicine. He imprisoned the innocent, widowed women, caused children to become orphans, tortured honorable people, betrayed the loyal ones, disobeyed the true advisers, and obeyed the stupid ‬ones.

He predicted that the U.S. army would receive flowers and smiles, however he was received with flying shoes, the cries of mothers as well as the anger of the living and the dead,. His soldiers were diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder and schizophrenia, delirium, nausea, diarrhea, anemia and AIDS. Add to that the  physical deformities and amputation of hands and feet and broken nose, skulls and bones.

Now President Bush leaves and I ask God for his longevity so he can see for himself the fruits of his achievements, the results of the breakthroughs and taste the sweetness of his work.  (He will sip it unwillingly, and he will find a great difficulty to swallow it down his throat, and death will come to him from every side, yet he will not die) Quran Surat 14: 17.

Bush desires a good reputation and sweet memories and the love that he planted in the hearts. I suggest that a memorial be built for him in Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, Tora Bora and Gaza. And I send the highest of thanks to him on behalf of Arab Nations from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf (one nation with an eternal message), as it will always be, stable and strong.

And I thank him on behalf of the resistant and challenging countries, and I thank him on behalf of the Iraqi fighters and the elderly people of Afghanistan and the elderly and children of Gaza, the handicapped people Palestine, and I thank him on behalf of environmentalists whose work he eased since he destroyed the environment, and on behalf of the economists (and business people) because they are now on a long vacation, and on behalf of the auto industry because it shrunk, and on behalf of banks which he bankrupted.

Also as we have to recognize him with our deepest gratitude, because he made the USA vulnerable and brought it down from being the biggest power to being the fourth world power, and helped in spreading the U.S. military and then wasted its wealth and energy. Thank him for his aid in implanting the psychological defeat in the hearts of his people, and we send to him bouquets of flowers, as many as the bombs that he dropped on Fallujah, Basra, Kandahar, and as many roses as the toxic gas that he spread in the Gulf and Kabul.

On behalf of each disabled child, disfigured young girl, handicapped young man or woman, disappointed elderly, all the orphans, and the displaced persecuted and imprisoned people, we wish him happy days, and a delight when he sees the shattered bodies, burned faces, chopped noses, the faces with missing eyes and ears and broken hearts. We thank him for his proficiency in speaking, and his quickness in answering the questions, with his handsomeness, high stature and the magnitude of his importance, adding to that his attractive charisma, and his enthusiastic personality which does not come to anybody but the one of deserves the wrath of God.

Now we give our farewell to Bush, and our promise to you is a dua’a  and a beautiful memory, we’ll not forget you, and the shining history that will remember you till the end of time. So now die when you wish to die because death is a good cover and the grave is worthier.

The letter in Arabic:
الفراق صعب، ودموع الأحباب تخونهم عند فراق الحبيب، فقد تابعت كيف ودع العالم الرئيس اللامع طيب الذكر والسيرة والسريرة الرئيس المجدد الموفق (جورج بوش) فتذكرت قول ابن زيدون:
ودّع الصبرُ محباً ودعك ـ ذائعاً من سره ما استودعك
سوف يترك الرئاسة والبيت الأبيض ويذهب وقد ترك العالم في حيرة بعد إنجازات لم يسبقه إليها أحد، فقد دمر الاقتصاد الأمريكي وقطع جسور العلاقات الدولية وداس سمعة الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية، ودمر العراق، وخرب أفغانستان، وأعان في حصار غزة، وصدّر الديمقراطية على دبابة، وأرسل العدالة على صاروخ، ووزع الغذاء على قنابل، وأفسد الماء، وحجب الهواء، وأسال الدماء، ومنع الغذاء، وعطل الدواء، وسجن الأبرياء، ورمل النساء، ويتّم الأطفال الضعفاء، وعذّب الشرفاء، وخذل الأوفياء، وخالف النصحاء، وأطاع الأغبياء، وتنبأ بأن الجيش الأمريكي سوف يُستقبل بالباقات والبسمات، فإذا هو يُستقبل بالجزمات، وغضب الأحياء والأموات، وصرخات الأمهات، وأصيب جنوده بمرض الوسواس القهري وانفصام الشخصية والهذيان والغثيان والإسهال ومرض الأنيميا والأيدز، مع التشوهات الجسمية من قطع الأيادي وبتر الأقدام وجدع الأنوف وكسر الجماجم وتهشيم العظام، والآن يرحل الرئيس بوش ونسأل الله له طول العمر ليرى بنفسه ثمار إنجازاته، ونتائج فتوحاته ويتذوق حلاوة أعماله «يَتَجَرَّعُهُ وَلاَ يَكَادُ يُسِيغُهُ وَيَأْتِيهِ الْمَوْتُ مِن كُلِّ مَكَانٍ وَمَا هُوَ بِمَيِّتٍ»، وعزاء بوش السمعة الحسنة والذكر الجميل والحب الذي زرعه في القلوب، وأقترح أن يبنى له نصب تذكاري في كل من غوانتنامو وأبو غريب وتورا بورا ومعابر غزة، وأرفع له الشكر باسم القوميّة العربية من المحيط إلى الخليج (أمة واحدة ذات رسالة خالدة) لكنها راكدة جامدة خامدة هامدة جاحدة، وأشكره باسم دول الصمود والتحدي والتردي (والمهليّ ما يوليّ) وأشكره باسم قتلى الرافدين وشيوخ أفغانستان وعجائز فلسطين وأطفال غزة، وأشكره باسم علماء البيئة على أن أراحهم من العمل بتدمير البيئة، وباسم علماء الاقتصاد لأنهم أصبحوا في عطلة، وباسم صناعة السيارات لأنها تقلصت، وباسم البنوك التي (نيّلها بنيلة)، وطيّنها بطينة، كما نرفع له أسمى آيات الاعتراف بالجميل، لأنه أضعف (أمريكا) القطب الواحد لتكون القطب الرابع، وساعدنا في تشتيت الجيش الأمريكي وتبديد الثروة وتضييع الطاقة وغرس الهزيمة النفسية في قلوب شعبه، كما نرفع له باقات من الورد بقدر القنابل العنقودية التي ألقاها على الفلوجة والبصرة وقندهار، ونبعث له بغرشات الورد بقدر الغازات السامة التي نثرها في الخليج وكابول، باسم كل طفل معاق وطفلة مشوهة وشاب مقعد وشيخ مخرف وعجوز كسيرة حسيرة كان بوش السبب في شقائهم وتعاستهم، وباسم كل يتيم ومشرد ومضطهد ومسجون، ونتمنى له أياماً سعيدة يتلذذ فيها بالنظر إلى الأجساد الممزقة والوجوه المحرقة والأنوف المقطعة والعيون المفقوءة والآذان المشرومة والصدور المحطمة، كما نشكره على براعته في الخطابة، وسرعته في الإجابة، مع الوسامة وارتفاع القامة وضخامة الهامة، مع (الكريزما) الجذابة الخلابة، والهمة الوثابة التي لا تجتمع لأحد إلا بخذلان من الله، والآن نودع بوش وعزاؤنا في فراقك دعاء منا لك بظاهر الغيب، وذكرى جميلة لن ننساها لك، وتاريخ مشرق يبقى لك أبد الدهر، والآن مُتْ متى شئت فالموتُ أستر والقبر أجدر.

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Shoes thrown by protesters litter a driveway entrance outside the White House in Washington January 19, 2009, one day before the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama.
REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES)

53 Comments

53 Comments

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    Amad

    January 20, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    I wonder if George Bush will go down in history as one of the worst presidents that this nation has ever had…. or at least find himself up there in the ranking of worst. While Sh. Aed nails a lot of it, here are some of my thoughts… feel free to add your memories/thoughts:

    1) Failed to capitalize on nearly 90%+ popularity after 9/11, which he could have used to make a real change in the world… instead he let the opportunity slide to end up below 20% popularity at the end of his 2-terms.

    2) Completely destroyed America’s image abroad and destroyed 2 nations in the process, while helping to destroy Palestine as well.

    3) Totally and utterly incompetent as a President. He depended more on his loyalists to keep him in a state of myopia than he depended on what little brain God had given him.

    4) Promoted a state of Islamophobia in this country, and helped breed and foster the vultures of neoconservatives, who will continue to haunt this nation for many years to come.

    5) Became the first Evangelical leader to be a president of this nation, and brought with him what he believed was a prophetic duty to rid the world of evil… dangerous when you don’t use your own brain and rely on chicken-hawks to do the thinking.

    6) Put America 10s of years behind in world diplomacy, damage that may take another 10 years to recover from. Easily the most hated leader in the world, which is a remarkable thing to say when you have people like Putin around.

    And finally, on a lighter note:

    7) A total disaster for the language of English. Kids can always retort back when pushed to master the English language: why should we when you could become a President and not know how to say terrorist??

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    Hassan

    January 20, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Seriously, how can you have any disagreement with this letter? What part of it you did not agree, or has it become standard to put disclaimers to save oneself from getting in trouble?

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      Amad

      January 20, 2009 at 12:28 PM

      JFK was Catholic, but he wasn’t really a “Catholic leader”. If you read the book by Kevin Phillips, “American Theocracy: Perils of debt…”, Kevin makes a compelling argument that Bush indeed was the first President AND religious leader, because that is the way the evangelical community saw him…

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    Hassan

    January 20, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Amad (Author) said:

    5) Became the first Evangelical leader to be a president of this nation, and brought with him what he believed was a prophetic duty to rid the world of evil… dangerous when you don’t use your own brain and rely on chicken-hawks to do the thinking

    I thought Jimmy Carter was Evangelical as well.

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    islam blog

    January 20, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    The shaykh has a way with words!

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    Bint Yussuf

    January 20, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Good, strong letter from the Sheikh.

    May Allah grant Bush the same fate of opressors like Firaun and Sharon, ameen ya Rabb

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    Amad

    January 20, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Since we don’t have a “Goodbye Bush, Welcome Obama” post, we’ll use this for any inaugaration comments…

    Interesting blurbs in Obama’s speech:

    For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers

    What a blasphemy… mentioning Muslims before Jews. I think Obama will get a lot of hate-mail for that one, moving America from a “Judeo-Christian” nation to one that is more inclusive :)

    To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

    I like the separation. He first mentions the Muslim world, but then does not continue the sentence with warnings, as others have done before him. Rather, he begins a new line with a separate message. Important construction.

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    Amad

    January 20, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    This was also a solid quote and touched on many nerves, including the draconian laws against personal privacy, i.e. Patriot Act and the like. As well in essence touching on torture and extraordinary renditions.

    As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

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    AnonyMouse

    January 20, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    That was great stuff from the sheikh, hafidhahullah.

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    Amad

    January 20, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Interesting that Cheney is on a wheel-chair. May Allah start his recompense with this and much more for all the evil he sowed in the world. May he be buried in the annals of history as an evildoer in the likes of Pharoah, Hitler, Sharon, etc. and may he not sleep one night peacefully.

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    intellect1429

    January 20, 2009 at 2:05 PM

    I JUST WANT TO ANALYZE THIS QUOTE REAL QUICKCLY HERE:

    “To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”

    WOW, EVEN THOUGH HE’S TALING ABOUT “MUSLIM COUNTRIES”, THIS STATEMENT SOUNDS ALOT LIKE TO POLICIES OF THE US, DOESN’T IT. Judging from how Obama refused to comment on the deaths of 1,300 palestinians, we citizens of this country (muslims and non-muslims who smell the coffee) will judge what the US can build and not destroy ( in light of how much destruction around the muslim world the US is aiding).

    Past administrations (and I’m guesing Obama as well – since he himself is in the pocket of neo-cons), “silence dissent” all the time – you can’t even criticize the Israel Lobby without receiving a public crucification (literally).

    Coming off of so much blood and carnage in the Muslim world, its hard to believe that this past administration (and inferring from Obama’s silence) are on the right side of history.

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    osman

    January 20, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    I have a hard time believing that Bush made his decisions due to his religion. He definitely used religion/democracy/justice to get support for his decisions, but for the most part his decisions more due to the neo-conservatives, who wanted more influence in critical oil-rich areas of the middle east and around the world.

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    abumoosa

    January 20, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    @ sis AnonyMouse

    That was great stuff from the sheikh, hafidhahullah.

    I hope you didnt mean ‘sheikh’ Obama!!!

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    intelect1430

    January 20, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    To Intelect1429,

    Point well made, its the same filthy dead body, just got a new cofffin today, will smell and look like a new car for a while and the people without intelect will only limit their vision to what they see and smell.

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    WM

    January 20, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    “This was also a solid quote and touched on many nerves, including the draconian laws against personal privacy, i.e. Patriot Act and the like.”

    The same patriot act your beloved former Senator voted for?

    “To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist. ”

    The very same rulers America aids, succours, abets, clad and feed?

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    anonymous

    January 20, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    First muslim president!!! Lets just hope inshallah he makes better decisions for muslims around here and around the world than the other two muslims in an elected office

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    Algebra

    January 20, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Aslamu-alaikum:
    I LOVED the LETTER in every way. I would ONLY CHANGE it to GOOD-RIDDENCE instead of goodbye.
    salam

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    haytham

    January 20, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    wow.. I am glad you guys liked it.. i had a feeling that some people will be like WTH are you doing… but Alhamdulillah.

    I must say i hesitated a little with the translation.. but alhamdulillah Sr. Amatullah helped alot.

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    Amad

    January 20, 2009 at 5:11 PM

    Added a photo at the bottom of the post, emblematic of what Bush meant to so many Americans… symbolized by the Iraqi show-throwing journalist.

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    Mohammad S.

    January 20, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    First muslim president!!! Lets just hope inshallah he makes better decisions for muslims around here and around the world than the other two muslims in an elected office

    He’s Christian. He got sworn in on Lincoln’s Bible.

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    abu abdAllah, the Houstonian

    January 20, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    I wanted to perform my “journalistic duty” to convey the letter in its entire form

    akhee, there is no such duty. in fact, most people want journalists to reduce long texts to their essentials. on the other hand, many journalists (or their editors and publishers, more often) would reduce such a letter to a soundbite. one aimed at furthering the agenda of the journalist and/or attacking that of the shaykh.

    so, i do not have a problem with reproducing the whole letter — just ascribe it to the integrity a Muslim would show :) instead of a nonexistent duty in a profession much to blame for inaccurate information disseminated in the West.

    that said, you did more poorly on a different score: though you are responsible for introducing the words of this shaykh, you give no information at all about his background, nor the context of his letter. those omissions, sadly, have become hallmarks of modern American reporting. may Allah Guide you to what is better, and may He always be pleased with you, and may He always ease for you the way to good wherever you may be.

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    Farhan

    January 20, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    He was the president my entire adult life, and now its come to an end. I don’t mean this in the trite, Obama sloganized way, but I’m glad to see change. Even if McCain won (who, btw, seemed like a very decent, respectable human being)

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    intelect1430

    January 20, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    @ Abu AbdAllah H………….

    Intresting read…..here………. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scapegoat

    Is making some one “scapegoat” halaal or haraam?

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    intelect1430

    January 20, 2009 at 5:51 PM

    @Anonymous,

    Aakhi, Do you even know what Muslim means? How many muslims swear by Bible? A Muslim name does not makes you a Muslim its just a label. Grow-up pal.

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    SoS

    January 20, 2009 at 10:31 PM

    What a blasphemy… mentioning Muslims before Jews. I think Obama will get a lot of hate-mail for that one, moving America from a “Judeo-Christian” nation to one that is more inclusive

    Mistah Savage’s already got that covered. On the way home from ‘Isha, he was ranting about how Obama added Muslim after Christian, apparently President Obama doesn’t realize that this country is “Judeo-Christian.”

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    UmmeAmmaarah

    January 20, 2009 at 10:36 PM

    What i’m really confused about is that as muslims, we must yearn to learn the truth, and make sure we have the facts, know about what’s really going on in the world, but AFTER that, are we allowed to criticize, ridicule, and poke fun at our enemies? without doubt, we bear no good-will towards these people, but is it good for OUR aakhirah to let our tongues loose at them? Allah is The Most Just, and will indeed dole out His justice, but are WE allowed to curse these people, and wish ill for them? Didnt our Messenger Sallallaahu-alaihi-wa-sallam, still pray for the people of Taif, when he had the option of bringing destruction upon them? So how far are we allowed to go in our criticism of the enemies of Islam? I honestly want a fatwa on this one. any shuyookh?

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    mulsimah

    January 20, 2009 at 10:47 PM

    salaam! I absolutely loved the speech. I thought I would be dissapointed but I was not at all! I was not very excited about the inauguration bc of Gaza and I was mad about the silence but today morning I got excited again.. and the inauguration was emotional just like when he was elected.

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    A Sister

    January 20, 2009 at 11:41 PM

    @UmmeAmmaarah

    I’m no shaykh so I can’t really answer your question…however, some things to think about…

    1) Hassaan ibn Thaabit – may Allah be pleased with him – disparaged in his poetry those who harmed the Prophet – peace be upon him – with the Prophet’s approval – google Hassaan/Hassan ibn Thaabit (good posts on almaghrib forum and qaryah blog) & check section on poetry in sahih al-bukharee

    2) The Prophet – peace be upon him – cursed those who killed the sahaabah in his qunoot

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    Abd- Allah

    January 21, 2009 at 12:56 AM

    I will miss Bush… for real. He used to always provide some free, good quality entertainment, just google ‘bushisms’ and laugh your head off, just don’t waste too much time on them, they can get addicting, and excessive laughing is bad for your heart. As for Obama, I wouldn’t think he will change much, especially not in the matters of foreign policy, as we all know that it is the Israeli lobby that really runs the show and not the president, so I wouldn’t expect any positive change in the foreign policy… but then again how bad can he be… No matter how bad he is he can’t be worse than bush.. but bush did provide us with humor whenever he opened his mouth and tried to talk. But lets wait and see, as time will tell, and it wouldn’t be fair to make assumptions about Obama, as obvious as they might be, but lets wait and see if he really will change things, and time will tell, and only Allah knows what the future holds.

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    Abd- Allah

    January 21, 2009 at 1:11 AM

    Here are some of my favourite Bushisms! Now don’t laugh too much, you might burst an organ..

    1) “I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.” —Greater Nashua, N.H., Jan. 27, 2000

    2) “I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.” —Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 29, 2000

    3) “Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?” —Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000

    4) “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” —Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

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    mofw

    January 21, 2009 at 1:16 AM

    Thank God for Obama!!!

    The long wait is over! Now we can experience justice after the long nightmare that was Bush. A new age of prosperity and peace has come!!! Let the choirs sing as the heavens part and cast upon us the soft warm light of change.

    Let saint Obama shade us with his wings and with his luminescent halo light our glorious path to the future!

    Let those tears of happiness flow freely and rejoice. Lament only for those before us and after us that were deprived of this most excellent day!

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    Algebra

    January 21, 2009 at 2:17 AM

    Aslamu-alaikum
    @Abd-Allah

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for those jokes………….they were toooooooooo funny. I didn’t even know he said those things.
    thats too funny.
    salam

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    intelect1430

    January 21, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    @mofw,

    Sounds like you are submitting yourself to OBAMA rather than Allah SWT.

    If you ask the creator (Allah swt) he will answer what is good for you in this life, Hearafter or both. BUT if you ask from the CREATED you will feel like you are banging your head on the wall. (never satisfied on the return)

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    Miako

    January 21, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    You got that as “the oppressors” meant Muslims? ayiyi.
    I didn’t get that at all.

    I believe the Muslim world got addressed specifically because they have been the most wronged. Iran, who was reaching out to help America in Afghanistan, was subsequently labeled as part of the “Axis of Evil”. Not a good thing for relations.

    Let alone the massive numbers of Muslim men women and children who have died.

    As a Jew who lives in a majority Christian country (America), I am glad to see Obama mentioning Muslims before Jews — and even more glad to see him mentioning unbelievers!

    Strength in diversity
    Together in hope
    May we lead by Example

    And I pray, in a not so distant future, that we may lead the Middle East to the same conclusion, where Jew and Muslim can coexist peacefully, in states with translucent borders and no walls.

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    A Sister

    January 21, 2009 at 3:06 PM

    @intelect1430

    I think mofw was being sarcastic…

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    Miako

    January 21, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    George Mitchell (former Democratic Senate Majority Leader) as special envoy to the Middle East. Interestingly enough, his dad’s of Irish descent, and his mum’s from Lebanon.

    Trust obama to pick someone interesting (and with a legislative bent, no less!)

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    haytham

    January 21, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    @ intelect1430

    @mofw,

    Sounds like you are submitting yourself to OBAMA rather than Allah SWT.

    If you ask the creator (Allah swt) he will answer what is good for you in this life, Hearafter or both. BUT if you ask from the CREATED you will feel like you are banging your head on the wall. (never satisfied on the return)

    He said what he said in a sarcastic way…. you have to know him to appreciate his humor .. LOL

    MOFW… next time put a smile or something

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    intelect1430

    January 21, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    @haytham,

    Is “sacasm: HALAAL or HARAAM? :)

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    haytham

    January 21, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    @intelect1430

    Allah knows best… regardless of it’s halal-ness or haram-ness … thats off the point…go re-read your first reply to him.. :)

    Anyway…

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    New President, Same Rhetoric

    January 21, 2009 at 5:55 PM

    Muhammad Nizami wrote:

    As Obama addressed the US as well as the wider world, the hype that has proceeded his election victory seemed to dissipate as he affirmed in the most unambiguous way to date that he shall continue with Bush’s policies towards those who refuse to fall in line with American dictates.

    Of course, the many Muslims of both the East and West who called for Obama’s support, with his every word on the tip of their tongues, will undoubtedly be overwhelmed with a sense of shame while many commentators both Muslim and otherwise resist the urge to say “told you so”.

    The inaugural speech, prepared by Obama’s writers and edited by himself, left more to be desired resembling a sermon more than a speech. There is no doubt that Obama, being evidently more intelligent than Bush, managed to address issues that affect the wider citizens of the world, yet the leaders he criticised for oppression and terror wouldn’t necessarily evoke names such as those Obama intended.

    As well as addressing the economic, healthcare, and environmental problems facing the US, he spent an important part of the address discussing foreign issues. As the first (semi) Afro-American president, it was quite ironic that he mentioned the ‘founding fathers’ who “faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations”, especially given that most of those founding fathers were slave owners and in no way would they have accepted, nor intended in the charter, the presidency of a black man.

    In keeping with the contradictory state of US presidents, Obama said, “We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan.” Having accepted the irresponsibility of Bush and Co in attempting to occupy Iraq and milk it for its oil’s worth, Obama apparently isn’t ready to afford Afghanistan the same amount of dignity in letting Afghani’s decide the future of their own country. If anything, it will renew the call of the mujahideen of Afghanistan with fighters gathering once again reminiscent of the Afghan-Russia conflict.

    Obama also indicated that in similar fashion to Bush, he intends to continue with the Israeli instigated accusations that Iran is building nuclear bombs. Of course, Iran were not as quick as the Gulf states in welcoming the Obama presidency, Ahmadinijad saying earlier, “If changes are fundamental, genuine and based on respect… we wait and see and do not make premature judgement”. However, more aptly, if Obama intends to “work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat”, then I suppose he’ll be commencing with Israel.

    Turning his attention to so-called ‘terrorists’, he claimed “We will not apologise for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defence”. It is extremely poignant to note that such rhetoric has been continually utilised by neo-cons (such as Bush) who have attempted to portray fighters as those who want to destroy the US, where in reality, individuals such as Osama bin Laden have repeatedly stated that if the US were to cease from imposing their oppressive policies in the Middle East all acts of violence would also discontinue. Thus, the mere fact that Obama has resorted to such propaganda evidently proves that although there may be ‘change’, it certainly won’t be in the Middle East. In continuing with his Bush-like rhetoric, he said “those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.” Spoken like a true neo-con, Obama managed to resemble his Zionist colleagues egotistically assuming that the US will manage to eradicate all forms of resistance to their colonial oppression. Moreover, his statement concerning those who “terror and slaughtering innocents” highlights the theme of contradiction running through all neo-con discourses, as if any nation could surpass the US and Israel in the massacre of innocent civilians. The mere fact that Obama failed to mention the current carnage of Gaza by the terrorist apartheid state of Israel clearly demonstrates that pro-Zionist policies will continue to dominate both the bias of the US president and the policies of the White House.

    In an apparent attempt to imply states such as Iran, Venezuela, and others who openly disagree with US policies, Obama said, “To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West…To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” Yet, any individual aware of the oppressive regimes littering the Middle East would promptly apply the above descriptions to leaders such as Hosni Mubarak, the Gulf monarchies, Mahmoud Abbas, and many others. Yet in keeping with the American colonialist mindset, Obama has clearly indicated that support for wicked dictators shall continue in similar fashion to the killing and torturing of those who dare to resist. What was quite notable was the fact that Obama didn’t refer to the ‘axis of evil’ nor the ‘war on terror’, an obvious bid to distance himself from Bush terminology. However, in using the Shakespearean phrase in the current context, “a war by any other name is just as evil…”

    As was clear from Obama’s speech, the continual support of pro-Zionism and pro-Middle Eastern dictatorships shall continue, with the intensified oppression of innocent Muslims continuing in Afghanistan once again. In the end, Obama is a politician, and as one he chose his words carefully, ambiguously mentioning nations and leaders. Overall, the tone of the speech was sombre, imparting no great news nor informing us of any change, but instead affirming the reality so well known to all those who despise both Zionism and those who wage war killing innocent Muslims in foreign lands.

    The eminent companion of the Prophet (peace be upon him), Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him), once famously said, “if anyone amongst you used to worship Muhammad , then Muhammad is dead, but if (anyone of) you used to worship Allah, then Allah is Alive and shall never die.” He then recited “Muhammad is no more than an Apostle, and indeed (many) apostles have passed away before him…”1 Similarly, if anyone had trust in Obama then it is incumbent that s/he know that he cannot even help himself, as Allah stated “And those whom you call upon besides Him (Allah) cannot help you nor can they help themselves.”2 But “whosoever puts his trust in Allah, He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things.”3

    Footnotes:

    1 Qur’an 3:144
    2 Qur’an 7:197
    3 Qur’an 65:3

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    Miako

    January 21, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    to prior commenter,
    Saudi Arabia is a place that seeks to pin much of it’s ills on the West. And we’re allies!
    GRR… We’d do much better to be allies with Iran. There at least the clerics are allied with the middle class, and not dictators.

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    Shirien Elamawy

    January 21, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    Abu Abdullah (the houstonian)

    “akhee, there is no such duty. in fact, most people want journalists to reduce long texts to their essentials. on the other hand, many journalists (or their editors and publishers, more often) would reduce such a letter to a soundbite. one aimed at furthering the agenda of the journalist and/or attacking that of the shaykh.

    so, i do not have a problem with reproducing the whole letter — just ascribe it to the integrity a Muslim would show :) instead of a nonexistent duty in a profession much to blame for inaccurate information disseminated in the West.”

    Actually, I’d have to disagree akhi. Sometimes it is journalistic to post the transcripts of lectures or articles as they appeared somewhere else– I agree this is usually rare, but it is done, based on certain occasions.

    Take the Inaugural speech, that was posted word by word everywhere, without reducing it to soundbites.

    So based on a journalistic perspective, I think Br. Haytham actually did do a “Journalistic Duty” especially since the article was timely and not previously published in english.

    Wallahu alem.

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    mofw

    January 21, 2009 at 8:32 PM

    Intellect betrays his namesake.

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    Anti_Shaytan

    January 21, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    I heard one of his first acts as President is gonna be to shut down Gitmo, is this true?

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    Al Iskandarani

    January 22, 2009 at 9:12 AM

    @ Anti_Shaytan

    Yep, Pres. Obama is indeed closing Gitmo.

    Between the measures he took yesterday to begin to help the economy & his executive orders coming up over the next week, is it just me, or is he planning to do more in his first 8 days than Bush did in 8 years??

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    intellect1429

    January 22, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    “Intellect betrays his namesake”

    JUST SO EVERYONE KNOWS: I was originally intellect 1429, the Islamic year changed, so I became intellect1430. But I only used Intellect1420 once on this post since the new year. SOMEONE ELSE decided to use the name INTELLECT1430, so don’t confuse this person with me.

    I will let him/her continue to use my name, and I’ll find a new and creative came (or just stick with intellect1429).

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    nania

    January 22, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    The shaykh forgot to add he was part of 911 evil plan.If still someone beleives 911 was not an inside job and was done by muslims ,you are being deceived by the evil corporate media.checkout ae911truth.org

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    abu abdAllah, the Houstonian

    January 22, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    @Shirien Elamawy

    alhamdolillah, i thought i was clear that Haytham did a good thing by reproducing the letter, and by translating it. and may Allah increase him in good for it.

    but the comparison to the inauguration speech only highlights why it was essential to tell us more about the shaykh and about the context of the letter, was it spontaneous, etc.

    seriously — no person who has had any interest in reading the inauguration speech — and i freely admit that i have neither read it, nor did i watch it, nor do i have much desire to do so — no person who might stop and read the speech of Obama has any doubt who he is. nor would that person have much (if any) doubt about the context.

    i still have no clue who this shaykh is, except that he is my brother in Islam, that Haytham and a worthy sister translated the speech, and many of us have stopped to consider his words. that if Obama does not turn to Allah, that the shaykh has more reason to be raised above him on the day of Judgment, and only Allah Knows the outcome of any of us. maybe Haytham wants us all to google the shaykh — fair enough, but that would be “the duty of care of a blogger” not the “duty of care of a journalist.”

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    shirien

    January 22, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    Abu Abdullah,

    My disagreement was not in the fact that there should be some background on the author of the article, when and why it was written… my disagreement was just merely from a journalistic perspective in saying that it’s not uncommon for articles to be published as a whole without being reduced to quotes or sound bites.

    I think why it was written is clear in the context of the article itself, when, it irrelevant because it is timely and had to have been written at least 2 weeks or less ago, and the sheikh is very well known to many Muslims, but I agree that many Muslims may not know who he is and the great respect he has around the world.

    I guess it comes down to another journalistic duty of establishing some sort of credibility to the words. Some bloggers are in essence just freelance journalists. wallahu alem.

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    Organica

    January 22, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    حياك الله ياشيخ!!!

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    Ikhlas

    October 29, 2018 at 9:59 PM

    Is it halal or haram is always on the point if you’re Muslim. Taqwa means piety or good moral conscience. Thankfulness is only for good, not evil. A sarcastic thanks is simply not sincere. Insincerity is hypocrisy. Only condemnation/punishment is for evil. This is the right manner in speech. Patience is for uncertainty. If you are Muslim then abstain from vain/idle (insincere) talk. Just enjoin the right, and forbid what is wrong. That’s it. Its that simple if you seek the straight way of Islamic monotheism. No one has to be humorous. But we must be truthful/honest.

    O ye who believe! Let not some men among you laugh at others: It may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): Nor let some women laugh at others: It may be that the (latter are better than the (former): Nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames: Ill-seeming is a name connoting wickedness, (to be used of one) after he has believed: And those who do not desist are (indeed) doing wrong. Audhu billah. Qur’an 49:11.

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    Ikhlas

    October 29, 2018 at 10:25 PM

    A sarcastic thanks is an insincere thanks. So, yes. Sarcasm can be haram. That makes your words false, or mix in with falsehood. Insincere is hypocrisy, and it means corrupt. Do not mix the truth with falsehood.

    Just be truthful. Just forbid the wrong, and enjoin what is right. And seek Allah’s forgiveness for being insincere. Audhu billah. SubhanALLAH

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White Activism Is Crucial In The Wake of Right-Wing Terrorism

Laura El Alam

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The vicious terrorist attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15 were a punch to the gut for peace-loving people all over the world.  Only the most heartless of individuals could feel nonchalant about 70 innocent children, women, and men being killed or maimed mercilessly as they prayed. However, even a brief glimpse at comments on social media confirms that among the outpouring of sadness and shock, there are, indeed, numerous sick individuals who glory in Brenton Tarrant’s deliberately evil actions. White supremacy, in all its horrific manifestations, is clearly alive and well.  

In an enlightening article in The Washington Post, R. Joseph Parrott explains,  “Recently, global white supremacy has been making a comeback, attracting adherents by stoking a new unease with changing demographics, using an expanded rhetoric of deluge and cultivating nostalgia for a time when various white governments ruled the world (and local cities). At the fringes, longing for lost white regimes forged a new global iconography of supremacy.”

“Modern white supremacy is an international threat that knows no borders, being exported and globalized like never before,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said. “The hatred that led to violence in Pittsburgh and Charlottesville is finding new adherents around the world. Indeed, it appears that this attack was not just focused on New Zealand; it was intended to have a global impact.” (link)

Many people want to sweep this terrifying reality under the rug, among them the U.S. President.  Asked by a reporter if he saw an increase globally in the threat of white nationalism, Trump replied, “I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems.”

However, experts in his own country disagree.  A March 17 article in NBC News claims that, “The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security warned in a 2017 intelligence bulletin that white supremacist groups had carried out more attacks in the U.S. than any other domestic extremist group over the past 16 years. And officials believe they are likely to carry out more.”

Although they may be unaware of — or in denial about –the growing influence of white supremacist ideology, the vast majority of white people do not support violent acts of terrorism.  However, many of them are surprisingly, hurtfully silent when acts of terrorism are committed by non-Muslims, with Muslims as the victims.

When a shooter yells “Allahu akbar” before killing innocent people, public furor is obvious and palpable.  “Terror attacks by Muslims receive 375% more press attention,” states a headline in The Guardian, citing a study by the University of Alabama. The perpetrator is often portrayed as a “maniac” and a representative of an inherently violent faith. In the wake of an attack committed by a Muslim, everyone from politicians to religious leaders to news anchors calls on Muslim individuals and organizations to disavow terrorism.  However, when white men kill Muslims en masse, there is significantly less outrage.  People try to make sense of the shooters’ vile actions, looking into their past for trauma, mental illness, or addiction that will somehow explain why they did what they did.  Various news outlets humanized Brenton Tarrant with bold headlines that labeled him an “angelic boy who grew into an evil far-right mass killer,” an “ordinary white man,” “obsessed with video games,” and even “badly picked on as a child because he was chubby.”  Those descriptions, which evoke sympathy rather than revulsion, are reserved for white mass murderers.

The media’s spin on terrorist acts shapes public reaction.  Six days after the Christchurch attacks, millions were not currently taking to the streets to protest right-wing extremism.  World leaders are not linking arms in a dramatic march against white supremacist terrorism.  And no one is demanding that white men, in general, disavow terrorism.

But that would be unreasonable, right? To expect all white men to condemn the vile actions of an individual they don’t even know?  Unreasonable though it may be, such expectations are placed on Muslims all the time.

As a white woman, I am here to argue that white people — and most of all white-led institutions — are exactly the ones who need to speak up now, loudly and clearly condemning right-wing terrorism, disavowing white supremacy, and showing support of Muslims generally.  We need to do this even if we firmly believe we’re not part of the problem. We need to do this even if our first reaction is to feel defensive (“But I’m not a bigot!”), or if discussing race is uncomfortable to us. We need to do it even if we are Muslims who fully comprehend that our beloved Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said,  “There is no superiority for an Arab over a non-Arab, nor for a non-Arab over an Arab. Neither is the white superior over the black, nor is the black superior over the white — except by piety.”

While we might not hold hatred in our hearts individually, we do hold the power, institutionally.  If we truly care about people of color, peace, and justice, we must put our fragile egos aside and avoid “not me-ism.”  The fact is, if we have white skin, we have grown up in a world that favors us in innumerable ways, both big and small. Those of us with privilege, position, and authority are the very ones who have the greatest responsibility to make major changes to society. Sadly, sometimes it takes a white person to make other white people listen and change.

White religious leaders, politicians, and other people with influence and power need to speak up and condemn the New Zealand attacks publically and unequivocally, even if we do not consider ourselves remotely affiliated with right-wing extremists or murderous bigots.  Living our comfortable lives, refusing to discuss or challenge institutionalized racism, xenophobia, and rampant Islamophobia, and accepting the status quo are all a tacit approval of the toxic reality that we live in.  

Institutional power is the backbone of racism.  Throughout history, governments and religious institutions have enforced racist legislation, segregation, xenophobic policies, and the notion that white people are inherently superior to people of color.  These institutions continue to be controlled by white people, and if white leaders and white individuals truly believe in justice for all, we must do much more than “be a nice person.” We must use our influence to change the system and to challenge injustice.  

White ministers need to decry racial violence and anti-immigrant sentiment from their pulpits, making it abundantly clear that their religion does not advocate racism, xenophobia, or Islamophobia. They must condemn Brenton Tarrant’s abhorrent actions in clear terms, in case any member of their flock sees him as some sort of hero.  Politicians and other leaders need to humanize and defend Muslims while expressing zero tolerance for extremists who threaten the lives or peace of their fellow citizens — all citizens, regardless of their religious beliefs, immigration status, or ethnicity.  New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is an excellent role model for world leaders; she has handled her nation’s tragedy with beautiful compassion, wisdom, and crystal clear condemnation of the attacker and his motives.  Similarly, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau demonstrated superb leadership and a humane, loving response to the victims in Christchurch (and Muslims in general) in his recent address to the House of Commons.  

Indeed, when they put their mind to it, people can make quite an impactful statement against extremist violence.  In January 2015 when Muslim gunmen killed 17 people in Paris, there was an immediate global reaction. The phrase “Je suis Charlie” trended on social media and in fact became one of the most popular hashtags in the history of Twitter.  Approximately 3.4 million people marched in anti-terrorism rallies throughout France, and 40 world leaders — most of whom were white — marched alongside a crowd of over 1 million in Paris.  

While several political and religious leaders have made public statements condemning the terrorist attacks in Christchurch, there is much less activism on the streets and even on social media following this particular atrocity.  Many Muslims who expected words of solidarity, unity, or comfort from non-Muslim family or friends were disappointed by the general lack of interest, even after a mosque was burned in California with a note left in homage to New Zealand.

In a public Facebook post, Shibli Zaman of Texas echoed many Muslims’ feelings when he wrote, “One of the most astonishing things to me that I did not expect — but, in hindsight, realize that I probably should have — is how few of my non-Muslim friends have reached out to me to express condolences and sorrow.” His post concluded, “But I have learned that practically none of my non-Muslim friends care.”

Ladan Rashidi of California posted, simply, “The Silence.  Your silence is deafening. And hurtful.” Although her words were brief and potentially enigmatic, her Muslim Facebook friends instantly understood what she was talking about and commiserated with her.   

Why do words and actions matter so much in the wake of a tragedy?  

Because they have the power to heal and to unite. Muslims feel shattered right now, and the lack of widespread compassion or global activism only heightens the feeling that we are unwanted and “other.”  If 50 innocent Muslims die from terrorism, and the incident does not spark universal outrage, but one Muslim pulls the trigger and the whole world erupts in indignation, then what is that saying about society’s perception of the value of Muslim lives?

To the compassionate non-Muslims who have delivered flowers, supportive messages, and condolences to the Muslim community in New Zealand and elsewhere, I thank you sincerely. You renew our hope in humanity.

To the white people who care enough to acknowledge their privilege and use it to the best of their ability to bring about justice and peace, I salute you.  Please persevere in your noble goals. Please continue to learn about institutionalized racism and attempt to make positive changes. Do not shy away from discussions about race and do not doubt or silence people of color when they explain their feelings.  Our discomfort, our defensiveness, and our professed “colorblindness” should not dominate the conversation every time we hear the word “racism.” We should listen more than speak and put our egos to the side. I am still learning to do this, and while it is not easy, it is crucial to true understanding and transformation.

To the rest of you who have remained silent, for whatever reason:  I ask you to look inside yourself and think about whether you are really satisfied with a system that values some human lives so highly over others.  If you are not a white supremacist, nor a bigot, nor a racist — if you truly oppose these ideologies — then you must do more than remain in your comfortable bubble.  Speak up. Spread love. Fix problems on whatever level you can, to the best of your ability. If you are in a leadership position, the weight on your shoulders is heavy; do not shirk your duty.  To be passive, selfish, apathetic, or lazy is to enable hatred to thrive, and then, whether you intended to or not, you are on the side of the extremists. Which side are you on? Decide and act.

“A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case, he is justly accountable to them for their injury.”  — John Stuart Mill, On Liberty.  

For the past decade, writer Laura El Alam has been a regular contributor to SISTERS Magazine, Al Jumuah, and About Islam.  Her articles frequently tackle issues like Muslim American identity, women’s rights in Islam, support of converts/reverts, and racism.  A graduate of Grinnell College, she currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband and five children. Laura recently started a Facebook page, The Common Sense Convert, to support Muslim women, particularly those who are new to the deen.

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Do Not Fear, Do Not Grieve – Imam Omar Suleiman on #NewZealand

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Our hearts are broken but we will not be deterred. We will fill our mosques and hearts today.

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130+ American Muslim Imams, Scholars and Community Leaders Sign A Statement On The Ongoing Oppression of Uighur Muslims

Hena Zuberi

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In the Name of God, the Benevolent, the Merciful,

All praise is due to Allahﷻ and may the Creator send His blessings and salutations upon our master, Muhammadﷺ, as well as upon his family and companions.

We, imams, scholars and community leaders, hereby affirm and declare the following fundamental points:

We ask the People’s Republic of China to free Uighurs from its concentration camps, return children to their families, and restore their freedom of religion.

We call upon our neighbors of other faiths to support this demand.

We call upon fellow citizens to stop buying products produced through slave labor from these camps.

We thank the US government for raising the issue of human rights abuses and detainment in the concentration camps and ask the rest of the world to do the same.

We call upon all people to stand in solidarity with the Uighur people on April 6, 2019 in Washington DC.

Signed,

Dr Yasir Qadhi, The Islamic Seminary of America, TX
Dr Muzammil Siddiqi, The Islamic Society of Orange County, CA
Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda, TX
Mufti Mohammad Ibrahim Qureshi, Islamic Center of Northridge, CA
Imam Malik Mujahid, SoundVision, Burma Task Force
Shaykh Furhan Zubairi, Institute of Knowledge, CA
Shaykh Suleiman Hani, Islamic Center of Detroit, MI
Chaplain Bilal Ansari, Hartford Seminary, Williams College, MA
Ustadha Zainab Ansari, Tayseer Seminary, TN
Ameer Esedullah Uygur, Ummah Uyghur Awareness Coalition
Hena Zuberi, Justice For All, Muslimmatters.org
Shaykh Hasib Noor, The Legacy Institute
Ashfaq Taufique, Birmingham Islamic Society, AL
Imam Yaser Birjas, Valley Ranch Islamic Center, TX
Imam Khalid Fattah Grigg, Community Mosque of Winston-Salem, NC
Zahra Billoo, CAIR-SF, CA
Ameer Mustapha Elturk, Islamic Organization of North America (IONA),
Imam Muhammad Abdul Jabbar, Muslim Center of Long Island, NY
Jenny Yanez MSW, Jefferson Muslim Association, LA
Imam Abu Qadir Al-Amin, San Francisco Muslim Community Center, CA
Dr. Sayed Moustafa al-Qazwini, Islamic Educational Center of Orange County, CA
Imam Mohamed Magid, VA
Sayyid M. Syeed, Islamic Society of North America
Shaykh Abdel Hamid, Noor Al Islam Society, NY
Dr Omar Shahin, Graduate Theological Foundation & North American Imams Federation (NAIF)
Khidr Nassam Bamba, Masjid Taqwa Bronx, NY
Dr. Hamud Al-Silwi, Bronx Muslim Center, NY
Imam Faisal Ahmad, The Fiqh & Dawah Center of America, NY
Adel Elmorsi, The Islamic Center of Morris County, NJ
Imam Ibrahim Atasoy, North East Islamic Community Center, NY
Shaykh AbdurRahman Ahmad , Islamic Center of New England, MA
Omar Kawam, Williams College Muslim Students’ Union, MA
Dr Ossama Bahloul, Islamic Center of Nashville, TN
Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad, Mosque Without Borders
Dr Ahmad M. Hemaya, New Haven Islamic Center, CT
Imam Reda A Sallam, Masjid Almostafa, Waterbury, CT
Shaykh Hani Salem, Paradise Hajj & Umrah/Baitulmaal
Imam ibn Al-Saeed Fouad Al-Balawi, ICNEO, OH
Imam Taha Hassane, Islamic Center of San Diego, CA
Imam Imad Enchassi, ISGOC, CA
Imam Tamer Abdelaziz, Islamic Society of Northern Wisconsin, WI
Imam Ibrahim Ezghair, Clear Lake Islamic Center, TX
Basem Hamid, Wasat Institute, Shadow Creek Muslim Community Center, TX
Imam Fateen Seifullah, Masjid As Sabur, NV
Shaykh Abdeljalil Mezgouri, Islamic Center of San Diego, CA
Mohamad Adam El Sheikh, Dar Al Noor Islamic Community Center, North American Imams Federation
Abdul Jebrin, Muslim American Society
Haj Dawoud S Abdullah, Islamic Cultural Center of Niagara Falls, NY
Imam Nadim Ali, Community Masjid of Atlanta, GA
Imam Ayman Soliman, AIC Masjid, IL
Imam Amr Dabour, Bay County Islamic Society, FL
Imam Amin Azim, Islamic Center of Yakima, WA
Imam Hussein Nasser, IL
Dr Yunus Adetunji Fasasi, Islamic Community of Puerto Rico, PR
Imam Mohamed Musa, IL
Moustafa Kamel, West Coast Islamic Center, CA
Wafaa Wahabi, AMC Everett Masjid, WA
Dr Mohammad Siddiqi, Kalamazoo Islamic Center, MI
Imam Obair Katchi, Islamic Society of Corona-NorCo, CA
Shaykh Abdelmoniem Elamin, Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center, VA
Abdallah Ddumba, Justice for All, Burma Task Force
Imam Azfar Uddin, Islamic Foundation North, IL
Mawlana Bilal Ali Ansari, Khalil Center, IL
Isam Zaiem, CAIR-Ohio
Imam Abdelghader Ould Siyam, Islamic Association of Cincinnati, OH
Ahmad Banna, MACE Islamic Center, OH
Imam Ashraf Ibrahim, Omar Islamic Center, MN
Mahgiub El-Arabi, Al-Umma Center of Santa Clarita Valley, CA
Naveed Ahmed, Helping Hand for Relief and Development; ICNA
Sheik Housein, Islamic Society of Washington Area, MD
Mohammed Saber Odeh, Mizquita Al Farouq, PR
Amir Al Hajj Khalid Samad, The International Council For Peace, Justice And Empowerment
Rudwan Abu-rumman, Anne Arundel County Muslim Council. MD
Shaykh Suhail Mulla, Islamic Society West Valley, CA
Dr Imam Khalid Nasr, Islamic Center of New England, MA
Imam Abdelsalam Abounar, Dareleman Educational Center, TX
Kadeer Ainiwaer, Ummah Uyghur Awareness Coalition
Salih Hudayar, East Turkistan National Awakening Movement
Zainab Chaudry, CAIR- Maryland
Waheedah Muhammad, CAIR-Kentucky
Ibrahim Sheikh, Islamic Society of Annapolis, MD
Imam Mohamed Elagami, Elhedaya Islamic Society, TX
Imam Ismail Bryant, National Amirate of Baytul Khaliq, NJ
Mahmoud Shalash, Islamic Center of Lexington, KY
Shaikh Joe Bradford, Houston Muslim Community, TX
Waqas Syed, Islamic Circle of North America
Yusuf Hanif, Dawah Brings Faith
Babatunde Ibrahim Tiamiyu, DeenUp Athletics
Imam Abdullah Sahin
Daoud Nassimi, Professor of Religion, NOVA Community College, VA
Imam Ismail Fenni, Yusuf Mosque, MA
Nihad Awad, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Imam Asif Hirani, Worcester Islamic Center, MA
Imam Adil Khan, ICCL – Islamic Community Center of Laurel, MD
Imam Mahmoud Harmoush, Islamic Center of Riverside, CA
Imam Obair Katchi, Islamic Society of Corona, Norco,CA
Imam Djilali Kacem, Ph.D, Dar-Aljalal Masjid, MO
Imam Ali M Bagegni, Ph.D, Northwest Islamic Center, MO
Imam Eldin Susa, St Louis Islamic Center Masjid Nur, MO
Dr Dris Djermoun, Islamic Council of New England, MA
Imam Ahmad H Durrani, Masjid Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq, MO
Shaykh Saleh Saleh, Imam Council of Metro St. Louis, MO
Imam Abdur-Rahim Ali, Northeast Denver Islamic Center, CO
Imam M. A. Azeez, Tarbiya Institute, CA
Chaplain Nada El-Alami, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MA
Hasan Hammad, Islamic Society of Baltimore, MD
Dr. Ed Tori, Islamic Society of Baltimore, MD
Shaykh Tarik Ata, Orange County Islamic Foundation, CA
Zahid Bukhari, ICNA Council for Social Justice (CSJ)
Ismet Akcin, Islamic Society of Baltimore, MD
Saleem Ahmad, Baltimore County Muslim Council, MD
Adileh Sharieff, Islamic Center of Maryland, MD
Amin Ezzeddine, MAS Maryland
Saqib Ali, Former State Delegate Maryland
Jameel Aalim-Johnson, Prince George’s County Muslim Council, MD
Yusufi Vali, Islamic Society of Boston, MA
Imam Johari Abdul-Malik Ibn Seale, Muslim Society of Washington, DC
Mohamed Helmy, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, VA
Nasser Saleh, Al Firdaus Jinnaza Service, VA
Hossein Gosl, Dar Al Hijrah, VA
Mirvais Ayubi, Dar Al Hijrah, VA
Kuzzat Altay, Uyghur Entrepreneurs Network
Rafi Uddin Ahmed, Muslim Association of Virginia, Dar Al Noor Islamic Center, VA
Shaykh Omar Suleiman, Yaqeen Institute, TX
Khalid M. Mirza, Muslim Communities Association of South Florida, FL
Naveed Alvi, Chino Valley Islamic Center, CA
Mohamed Almasmari, Muslim Unity Center, MI
Chaplain Saffet A. Catovic, Drew University, NJ
Muhammad Farooq, Islamic Center of Northern Virginia Trust, VA
Shaykh Ismet Akcin, Islamic Society of Baltimore, MDImam M. Musa Azam-Ibrahimi Majlis Daawatul Haqq of America, IN
Imam Ayman Soliman, AIC, IL
Sr. Erin Ogborn, Tri-State Islamic Center, Dubuque, IA
Memet Emin, Columbia University, NY
Sahar Alsahlani, Religions for Peace, USA, NY
Qutaibah J. Abbasi, Duncanville Islamic Center, TX
Aneelah Afzali, MAPS-AMEN (American Muslim Empowerment Network), WA
Rafik Beekun, University of Nevada and AMSS, NV
Jawad Rasul, Islamic Society of Augusta, GA
Imam Nadim Bashir, East Plano Islamic Center, TX
Morsy Salem At-Tawheed Islamic Center, MI
Imam Ali Siddiqui, Muslim Institute – Interfaith Studies & Understanding, D.C.
Zohra Lasania, CAIR Pittsburgh
Linda Sarsour, MPower Change, NY
Dr. Jobeh Nasser, Muslim Brotherhood, MI
Imam Qasim ibn Ali Khan, Masjid At-Tawhid, TX
Imam Qasim ibn Ali Khan, Masjid At-Tawhid, TX
Chaplain Bilal Mirza, Babson College, MA
Mufti Mohammed Uddin Kawthar, Rihlatul Ilm Foundation, PA
Imam Mahad, AMCC, FL
Imam Mohammad Kibria, Darul Uloom New York, NY
Imam Qarib Ur Rahman, Manassas Muslim Association, VA
Imam Ibrahim Ahmad, Masjid Noor, Huntington, NY
Imam Nihad Yesil,The Islamic Institute, Dallas, TX
Ahmed Abdurrab Rabbani, Islamic Association of Greater Detroit, MI
Mufti Sulaiman Yusufi, ICMC, NJ
Chaplain Kaiser Aslam, Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University, NJ
Shaykh Burhan, Peace Children Academy, Brooklyn, NY
Mohammad Kawser, Darus Sunnah USA, NY
Imam Lateef Rahman, Islamic Society Of Tracy, CA
Chaplain Mohammed Shahid, Somerville Masjid,MA
Fathi Alam, Darul Uloom New York, NY
Mahdi Baitul Hamd Institute, NY
Imam Abdurrahman, DQWS, NY
Shaykh Osman Umarji, UC Irvine, CA
Imam Omar Khan, Khatme Nubuwwat Center, VA
Shaykh Afzal Sheikh Jr, Islamic center of Deer Park, NY
Imam Abrar Malik, Masjid Alfalah New York City, NY
Imam Mufti Shazad M. Hussain, A.I.M. Masjid Noor VA
Shaykh Afzal Sheikh Jr, Islamic Center of Deer Park, NY
Ismail Hossain, Islamic Foundation of NJ, NJ
Amir Ali Muwallif Muhammad, The Islamic Freedom Foundation, MD
Imam Sabur Abdul-Salaam, New York State Department of Correction, NY
Aisha H.L. al-Adawiya, Women In Islam, inc.
Shaikh Hafiz Abu Sufian, United Imam and Ulama Council USA, NY

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