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Open Thread Sunday 8/23/09; Ramadan Edition | An appeal for Siyazamah!

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Ramadan Mubarak again! Welcome to our weekly open thread, Ramadan style!

Barack Obama’s presidential message was interesting. I think it is safe to say that this was probably one of the more detailed Ramadan messages with references to rituals. On a humorous note, his mention of taraweeh should be enough perhaps to induce some of our lazy brothers/sisters to actually pray due to Obama’s dawah :)!

Hope your fasting isn’t as tough as these brothers in Italy, who have an order hanging over their head forcing drinking of water or facing suspension! [More]

Workers with a medical condition that puts them at risk and those working during particularly hot and humid seasons and times of day are obliged to drink water on the job. Those who do not, face suspension from work, via a letter.

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Afghanistan is voting… but it seems that the average person is confusing between “democracy” and a beauty pageant [More]:

“I can’t remember who I voted for,” said Abdul Bashir, a 21-year-old guard, when asked about his choice for Kabul council representative. “I just opened the page and picked a name,” he smiled. But 18-year-old Ajmal allowed himself to get lost, trawling page after page until he locked eyes with the picture of a young woman.

Every Sunday, inshallah, we will try to highlight an important effort requiring funds or help. The effort has to be beyond the “mundane”. In other words, sell it to us for inclusion.

This week’s message comes from Ustadh Abu Eesa:

Folks, when you look at the PG gallerysiyazamah you’ll realise how tiny this place is. ILM-SA and the teachers Amina and Khadija are doing a wonderful job with these incredibly poor children – the majority of whom have non-Muslim parents who are just too happy for their children to attend if they get an education, food and some self-respect – and we were just completely blown away by the energy and happiness of such disadvantaged children. They learn Qur’an, adab, nasheeds (taught to them by Zain Bhika locally) as well as allowing them to use their musical heritage to express themselves with their own songs as well such as the incredibly addictive ShoSholoza (don’t blame me if it sticks in your mind for the rest of the week!)

Brothers and sisters, I am making an appeal to all of you to help us provide for a proper building for these folks other than a little metal hut no bigger than your garden shed (believe me, I could hardly fit inside by myself). Now’s the time for sadaqah so help us kick off our Siyazamah appeal by donating to this appeal and help PG support this project. Give whatever you can.

Please email us at info@propheticguidance.co.uk if you can donate any sum and the admin team will get back to you. Let’s get some money together and make their day Ya Jama’ah!

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. BintKhalil

    August 23, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Assalamu alaikum

    “I can’t remember who I voted for,” said Abdul Bashir, a 21-year-old guard, when asked about his choice for Kabul council representative. “I just opened the page and picked a name,” he smiled. But 18-year-old Ajmal allowed himself to get lost, trawling page after page until he locked eyes with the picture of a young woman.

    Isn’t democracy just terrific?

  2. abu abdAllah Tariq Ahmed

    August 24, 2009 at 1:14 AM

    Alhamdolillah, drumroll, please:
    1. The best part of mentioning taraweeh in the address? The shia reaction to that part of the message. :)
    2. The worst part of the address? Just so many empty words about the rule of law when it comes to incarcerating Muslims without convictions, trumping up charges against Muslims, and drone air attacks on Pakistan and Afghanistan in the face of public and official outcry.

    3. The Italian order follows the death last summer of an agricultural worker — but the worker was a non-Muslim! They regularly hire North African labor in Southern Europe — if Ramadan were the problem, there’d be no shortage of stats.

    4. Democracy is the same everywhere. Democracy works least well among the least educated — eg, Afghan Star supporters and Sarah Palin supporters. Think Barack Obama would have won if he looked like Fred Sanford?

    5. Nothing but respect and love for Muslims helping the poor. Give generously! May Allah accept it from you.

  3. Allah is the Greatest

    August 24, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    I was watching the Obama clip on Ramadan in utter disbelief.

    Either Obama is a complete imbecile if he thinks that Ramadan and fasting are things that Muslims share with the kuffar. Every night during taraweeh in all mosques over here in Saudi, the Muslims pray for Allah’s victory against those oppressing our brothers and sisters all over the world, whether in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Pakistan, or Chechnya. We invoke Allah’s wrath and curse on the Muslims’ enemies, the zalimun among the Jews and the Christians, those who torture innocents in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, those who defiled the Quran in their notorious prisons, those who kidnapped Afia Siddiqui, and those who continue to occupy, pillage and rape our Muslim lands. Obama is a fool to not know how much Muslims invoke Allah against him and his likes during this blessed month.

    The other possibility is this guy is an unapologetic dajjal, and this is the more likely possibility. Just like Mirza Ghulam of Qadian, he wants the Muslims to adopt a new religion, one where the aqeedah of walaa and baraa is non-existent, where “brotherly” love exists among the Muslims, Jews and Christians, and where the Muslims serve their non-Muslim masters and are happy for a few words thrown their way.

    I am also deeply disappointed to note that many of the contributors here on Muslim Matters have fallen for the Obama fitnah since the US elections last year. They continue to make excuses for him, despite the blood of innocent Muslim men, women and children dripping from his hands every single day. To all such people, my sincere advice is for them to seek Allah’s forgiveness in this blessed month, to study the aqeedah of walaa and baraa’ and to read the books of Tawheed written by the likes of Imam Ibn Taymiyah (rah), Imam Muhammad ibn Abdulwahhab (rah) and his descendants. At least, take a lesson from what has happened to Muslims in the past and the humiliation that befell them when they abandoned walaa’ and baraa’.

    May Allah shower His mercy on all of us in this blessed month and may He forgive our sins and may he grant victory to this Ummah against Allah’s enemies like He granted victory to the Muslims on the Day of Badr which also was in Ramadan. Ameen!

    • Abu Rumaisa

      August 25, 2009 at 9:27 AM

      Ameen to the dua.

  4. Faiez

    August 24, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    We should ask Obama to stop bombing Pakistan during Ramadan

  5. Hassan

    August 25, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Obama is very cunning. He says good things, and does bad. Whats the point of saying ramadan kareem and then send muslims overseas to be tortured?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/25/us/politics/25rendition.html?_r=1

    • shoeb k

      August 25, 2009 at 9:06 PM

      I do not see any contradiction. Muslims dont have to worry if they do not engage in terrorism. Unfortunately, we are all colored by one thing, terrorism. We have to work to isolate and criticize terrorists, and take the religion away from the so called “muslims”..They are not muslims.

      • Ahmad AlFarsi

        August 26, 2009 at 8:19 AM

        so it’s ok to torture people accused of “terrorism”? be careful what you say, who knows if you might be ever wrongfully accused.

        also, as horrible of a sin it is to murder innocents, it is not major kufr, so be careful who you say is not a muslim, lest that judgment returns to you…

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