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The Dallas Beacon – December 2011

Masjid Al Islam’s Monthly Communication Wire December 2011

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Great News!!

With the most recent fundraising efforts for the Beacon of Light community center, Masjid Al Islam raised upwards of $50,000.00. Al hamdullilah!! A special thanks goes to the most generous individuals who donated that weekend, and a special thanks goes to the masajids who hosted us; IACC (Islamic Association of Collin County), Colleyville Masjid, and IANT (Islamic Association of North Texas). Also, we were honored again to have Imam Siraj Wahhaj come and help us with our efforts to make this a success. Insha Allah, all you supported us please continue to do so so we can see the Beacon of Light Center come to life. The Beacon of Light Center will be a first of its kind; your normal community/recreation center, however ran with islamic principles designed to improve the quality of life around the masjid, for muslims and non-muslims. Programs offered that are family centered and meet the local communities needs in the community. If you want to be a pioneer on this project and did not get a chance to make a donation you can still do so at: http://masjidalislam.org/make_donation.html

Another great way to be part of this project is by becoming a member of Masjid Al Islam. You can become a member online at: http://masjidalislam.org/member.html

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By: Yusuf Abdullah

Recently, at a fundraiser, Imam Siraj Wahaj commented on the high rate of divorce affecting American society in general and Muslims in particular. The Imam concentrated his focus on the weakness of Muslims in particular to commit to the promise and institution of marriage, the promise made before God and man. It has been said that when you find weakness and instability in family life, you will also find no wealth. Family is the foundation of wealth in any society. Wealth is framed and contained within a family structure. Said another way, you cannot take wealth with you; it will pass by, will be inherited by close family members, taken by the state, or stolen by strangers. Truly wealthy families also utilize wills, corporate laws, inheritance laws, tax laws, trusts, and so forth to insure that wealth stays within the family. But this piece is not intended to focus on the loss of wealth within a weak family structure because that would be putting the cart before the horse as they say. Back to the Imam’s focus, the lack of commitment to the institution of marriage. Actually, with all due respect to the Imam, he was being politically kind to his audience. There are numerous issues related to the cause of a divorce, but directly said and related to the Imam’s focus, a major cause of divorce is lying, manipulation and deception. I don’t have to be politically correct. When did lying drop off the major sin list? Listen to people and you will hear how religion has changed and is changing in this regard. Thou shall not bear false witness used to be on the top ten list of commandments handed down to Moses by God. In a court of law, proceedings begin with an oath or promise that the witness will speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. In Islam, we are commanded to speak the truth even if the truth be against you. It appears to me that speaking the truth used to be very high on God’s list of good behavior. Well not anymore. You can hear people now with pride say, “well everybody lies.” Deception and manipulation most often have their roots firmly planted within a lie and most often viewed as simply tools of the trade. Lying is just not as glamorous to a lot of people as it is for example stealing, adultery, or having another God besides God. Besides, politicians, TV stars, lawyers, preachers, Presidents, police, etc., they all lie too, right? I believe full disclosure should apply to marriage like real estate transactions. I think if the purchase of a home requires disclosure of whether or not there is foundation damage, surely one should be entitled to know certain information prior to a lifelong commitment to marriage. I also think marriage counseling and a psychological exam prior to the marriage is a good thing during the engagement period. And while some would argue this position to be extreme, there is a logical and sound reason supporting measures that some would think extreme. As stated in earlier articles, only 1 in 4 marriages are statistically reported to survive 4 years in America. Also, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that roughly 22% of U.S. adults — about one in five — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. Further, according to the NIMH, about 1% of the population age 18 and older in any given year has bipolar disorder. In other words, there is a very good chance on any given day, you’re marrying a person who on the outside appears to be reasonably sane and rational, but when you are with them on an everyday basis, you will soon discover that their full personality, the part that is hidden in the subconscious aided by lying, deception, and manipulation will become your real challenge to a lasting marriage. People bring with them their genetics, troubled past, and past social experiences. People also have their hidden agendas such as looking for security, status upgrades, citizenship, money, beauty, babies, sex, covers, support for their children, and the like that are selfish interests that exclude the good character and tools required for a lasting marriage. Most people will tell you that honesty is high on their list of character traits in a relationship. But often and sadly the reality is that they want you to be perfectly honest with them, not that they intend to be perfectly honest with you. Most of us believe that trust is the foundation of a relationship.

By: Khalid Shaheed
As salaamu alaikum (may peace be upon you),

With malevolence toward Islam and Muslims strong in some quarters of society, I want to recall a recent conversation I had with an individual. This individual is a very devoted member of one the well known mega churches in town. He told me that his Pastor, well known throughout the city and notorious for making controversial statements; told his congregation recently that he is not saying all Muslims are terrorist , but “show me a terrorist that is not a Muslim”.

Unfortunately, this statement pretty much sums up the thinking of some people in our society today. Many people, Muslim and non Muslim to counter and refute this kind of thinking, quickly point out the horrific crime of the Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy Mc Veigh. Notwithstanding the horrific nature of his crime with all the innocent lives unfortunately wasted, the Oklahoma City incident points to the act of one single individual.

When the pastor’s statement were mentioned to me, I looked this man straight in the eyes and said to him what I said to all the local T.V. stations at a news conference on Sept. 11, 2011 held at Masjid Al Islam. “Have you ever heard of the Ku Klux Klan?. They call themselves the Christian Knights of the KKK.”

The Ku Klux Klan murdered and lynched 10,000 African Americans between the Reconstruction Era and the Civil Rights movement. As a young African American from Mississippi, I went to school with Rev Vernon Damers’ children. The KKK exploded a bomb in his house, killing him and burning a cross in his yard. I personally knew Medgar Evers children and remember the day he was shot down in my hometown.

According to the book “A History of African American Muslims”, for 400 years the transatlantic slave trade involved approximately 34,500 slave ship voyages and 12 million humans sent on these ships intended to be slaves. 10 to 20 percent of these humans died during the voyages. The majority of the humans that survived and their 100 million descendants were whipped, brutalized, denied basic human needs, denied use of their language, names, religion. They were taught that they were no more than animals and treated worst than animals. Most unfortunate of all, they were taught to hate themselves.

There have also been many other incidents like the one that took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the early 1920s when whites marched into the black part of town and burn down over 1000 homes and businesses and kill dozens of blacks.

To not be aware of or ignore this history of American terrorism and to state as an American “show me a terrorist that is not a Muslim”, is complete dishonesty, ignorance and hypocritical.

It is imperative for us as Americans in this great multi ethnic, multi religious, diverse society to understand the root of terrorism and the atrocities perpetrated on any segment of mankind. The Quran makes it clear that shaytan (satan) only can whisper and invite to do wrong, albeit, deceitful ways. Quran 4:28 also makes it clear that man was created weak. Without the guidance and mercy from Allah, this human weakness is enticed in the cause of committing atrocities among human beings.

In conclusion, human weakness transcends nationality, ethnicity, race, gender, religion and geography. Thus, we cannot blame any religion, race or nationality for terrorism. Terrorism is simply a product of human weakness that lacks the guidance of Allah.

God bless America.

Donate to the Beacon of Light Project

Masjid Al Islam is embarking on an important project for the south Dallas area. The neighborhood around Masjid Al Islam is in dire need of community development. The Beacon of Light Community Center project is a major step in addressing this issue. Also, because of the growing numbers of recipients every year at the Day of Dignity and Humanitarian Day events, The Beacon of Light Center will be critical in providing a larger platform to host these events. In additions to the Day of Dignity and Humanitarian Day, the Beacon of Light Center will house other services such as; Food Pantry, Social Services, Job Training, Substance Abuse Counseling, Youth Activities and Medical Screenings. Make a pledge by filling a pledge card or going to www.masjidalislam.org to support this project.

Masjid Al Islam Recurring Activities
All activities and classes are open to anybody who’s interested, call the numbers below for more information about the activity/class.

Community Meeting (Anyone/everyone invited)
Every other 3rd Sunday of month 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm
214-502-0815

Feeding our neighbors
Every Saturday and Sunday of the month, volunteers arrive at 9:00 am
214-527-6074

Sisters Halaqa
Every 3rd Saturday 11:30 pm – 1:30 pm
214-923-3641

Men’s Halaqa
Sunday’s 6:00 am after Fajr prayer
469-766-2208

Childrens Arabic and islamic studies (ages 4-7)
Sundays 11am – 1pm
469-766-2208

Childrens Arabic (ages 8-14)
Sundays 11am – 12pm
469-766-2208

Childrens Islamic studies (ages 8-14)
Sundays 12pm – 1pm
469-766-2208

Introduction to Islam Classes (open to anyone wanting to learn basics about islam)
Sundays 11am – 1pm
214-660-6153

Adult Arabic Class
Wednesdays 7 – 8:15pm
469-766-2208

Masjid Al Islam is a registered 501C3 Organization. For more information on Masjid Al Islam, please visit www.masjidalislam.org

2604 S. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 421-3839

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The Dallas Beacon – March 2011

Masjid Al Islam’s Monthly Communication Wire March 2011

Advertise with us, call: (214) 205-0846, visit: www.masjidalislam.org for more info.

CURRENT MASJID NEWS:

News Alert!!!! For Humanitarian Day, on May 21st, We need donations for new and lightly used clothing, childrens toys, and of course money. Please spread the word. email info@masjidalislam.org with any questions, and may Allah bless you for your good deeds, Ameen.
The masjid is now selling Halal Smoked Turkey from Midamar to raise money for the Beacon of Light Center. This Turkey is great on Sandwiches, and can even be smoked on the grill. The turkey can be bought sliced or whole. The masjid is selling the turkey at a 50% discount off the retail price and we would love for you have some. Please contact Br. Ibrahim(214-527-6074) to reserve your smoked turkey today!!!! Pickup Locations are at Masjid Al Islam and Bismillah Grocery in Plano!!!!
Its planting season!!!! Please come out and volunteer at the community garden. Have your organization sponsor a plot in the garden and donate or keep your vegetables at harvest!!!
Humanitarian Day is almost here!!!. This years event will be May 21st at the MLK center. Please signup on the volunteer list at the Masjid on the front display table, or join the yahoo group; islamicCharityDay….. Email info@masjidalislam.org if you have any questions.

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By: Yusuf Abdullah

An interesting constitutional law case is now in the US Western District court of Oklahoma involving Muslim plaintiff Muneer Ahwad and the Oklahoma State Board of Elections (OSBE). Ahwad sought in the federal court for it to enjoin the OSBE from certifying its election results whereby the voters for the state of Oklahoma approved an amendment that would prohibit the courts of Oklahoma from using Shariah law in its decision making process. Ahwad was successful. The US District Judge granted Ahwad’s request for a preliminary injunction and the OSBE was stopped from certifying its election results. The injunction is only preliminary and the full case has yet to be heard on its merits. However, Ahwad appears to be sitting in the driver’s seat on this one. For a full read of the Judge’s decision, click on link below or copy and paste this link into your browser and read for yourself. http://www.cair.com/Portals/0/pdf/oklahoma_ruling.pdf
When I first heard about this case, I didn’t think Ahwad had a chance, but I didn’t know that his complaint was about his Muslim will not being able to be probated according to Sharia law. I understand Ahwad’s complaint in part but otherwise I do not. Ahwad is arguing that his religion is being singled out from all others without a significant reason for doing so. In other words, Ahwad argues that his constitutional rights to freedom of association, and religion are being infringed upon. What I don’t understand is how Sharia law for purposes of a will would conflict with general American probate law. A Muslim will that states for example, “I want my property to be distributed according to the Quranic dictates and percentages to the following people” would be interpreted in that specific manner in an American court. However, I can imagine a female arguing that it is against state public policy for a male to be given twice her share based solely on gender. But if the will maker states that his boys will get twice the share of his daughters, it is perfectly legal and proper because the will maker has a right to distribute his property in the percentages that he or she desires. Religion would be a neutral factor. Money or property given to charity would go to that charity (caveat: not so for an illegal charity). The only gray areas that I can think of would be whether a request that an autopsy not be performed which could conflict with state law if criminal fowl play was suspected. But this ruling raises other concerns in other areas of law like family law. If a couple enters into a written agreement that states that their disputes regarding their divorce, property, and children will be decided according to Sharia law, is the Court then legally bound to respect their entire Sharia law written agreement? I think the answer is clearly NO. Are we to say that the State does not have a compelling interest in making sure that children within its borders are afforded child support? Is a Muslim woman then who married legally in this state divorced in this state because of numerous pronouncements of “I divorce you” from the male without a written divorce from a state court? Will the male have an absolute right to custody of the children despite circumstances that are not in the best interest of the children? What about a dowry conflict? Is that to be decided upon Sharia law or basic contract law? Too many legal areas to address for this piece so track this case, as it may go to the US Supreme Court for final decision. Until next time, Peace.

By: Khalid Shaheed

The Arabic Quran has provided the shoaling for the vastness of the worldwide Muslim Ummah (Community). Charles Eaton provides the example of little fish in water facing power currents that somehow swim together. This is an excellent example of what has taken place historically among Muslims and this can be seen in contemporary Muslim communities in America. A transcendent force has guided the development and establishment of Islam. The Quran has been the beacon. When Allah, in his book, challenges man to write something similar to the Quranic script, he is not talking only in the literary sense. What is truly amazing is that many of the Muslims world wide are galvanized by a book in different ways. I know a brother whose attraction to Al Islam was from hearing the adhan (call to prayer) in Arabic. Before becoming Muslim, he would go near the Mosque just to hear the adhan being called.

In the 1800’s, Edward Blyden’s writings about his observation in West African, said that Arabic was very prevalent there. He says in his book “Islam, Christianity and the Negro Race”, that English and Arabic were perceived very differently by the West Africans. He says that English was seen as a language of cruelty and oppression but that Arabic was seen as a means of conversing with God. Keep in mind that Edward Blyden was a Christian minister and that he spoke five languages, including Arabic. His observation explains some of the history of Arabic script in the West African Islamic Empires and its literary development that date back to the 8th century. Blyden also says that many of the civil codes and laws were written in Arabic…..to be continued in next month’s newsletter.

Spiritual Light

“Religion and Forgiveness”

By:
Ismael Bukhari
Founder Ta’aleem Institute Educational Foundation

Say! “If you love God, then follow me and God will love you and forgive you your sins. Surely the God is ever-forgiving and God is Singularly Compassionate.” (Al Qur’an Ch.3:31)

This phrase “Follow me if you love God” is commonly used by the messengers of God. Our prophets are God’s messengers and reformers on earth. They are the custodians of the religious principles; some of them became religious statesmen by no means of political aspirations as seen today. It began with Adam, Noah, Imran, Ibrahim, and their descendants, each became the seed of the other in the mission for the living God (Al Hayyu) on this earth for all humanity. God is all hearing, all knowing. There is no doubt Muhammed is one of the messengers of the living God. Muhammed, our prophet, was a seed of the chosen families to serve the Lord of the entire world righteously. We ask God’s blessing be upon Muhammed an all of the righteous prophets and messengers, Amen.

The messengers of God are a single brotherhood in religion; they are human from other humans that God put on this earth with one like the other, teaching and sharing the mercy of God with all people. The messengers of God teach men to be true and pay more respect to God above all else. The appearance of messengers of God is due when human conditions are in question, especially when the falling of a spiritual moral standard is obvious, and people began to wonder what went wrong with their faith. Of course, there is no one to accept his and her practicing a form faith which is leading to hell after death. Otherwise such persons would be concerned and search for an option which would be for a better change in this life and protect themselves from unfortunate situations.

In someway we are only following footsteps of our parents. We pray exactly how we see our fathers and mothers pray. No doubt children are inspired by their parents out of the love and obedience towards them. God said be nice, kind and obedient to parents but not to obey them if they are driving you away from the true religion of God. They are your parents, but on the day of resurrection, the judgment day, your parents can not help you from any situation as they can not even help themselves on that Day.

Donate to the Beacon of Light Project

Masjid Al Islam is embarking on an important project for the south Dallas area. The neighborhood around Masjid Al Islam is in dire need of community development. The Beacon of Light Community Center project is a major step in addressing this issue. Also, because of the growing numbers of recipients every year at the Day of Dignity and Humanitarian Day events, The Beacon of Light Center will be critical in providing a larger platform to host these events. In additions to the Day of Dignity and Humanitarian Day, the Beacon of Light Center will house other services such as; Food Pantry, Social Services, Job Training, Substance Abuse Counseling, Youth Activities and Medical Screenings. Make a pledge by filling a pledge card or going to www.masjidalislam.org to support this project.

Masjid Al Islam Recurring Activities

Men’s Halaqa
Sunday 6:15am – 8am
469-766-2208

Community Meeting (Anyone/everyone invited)
Every other 3rd Sunday of month 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm
214-502-0815

Feeding our neighbors
Every Saturday and Sunday of the month, volunteers arrive at 9:00 am
214-527-6074

Sisters Halaqa
Every 3rd Sunday 11:30 pm – 1:30 pm
214-923-3641

Childrens Arabic
Sundays 11am – 1pm
469-766-2208

Islamic Orientation Classes
Sundays 11am – 1pm
214-660-6153

Adult Arabic Class
Wednesdays 7 – 8:15pm
469-766-2208

March Prayer Schedule

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Masjid Al Islam is a registered 501C3 Organization. For more information on Masjid Al Islam, please visit www.masjidalislam.org

2604 S. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 421-3839

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The Dallas Beacon – February 2011

Masjid Al Islam’s Monthly Communication Wire February 2011

Advertise with us, call: (214) 205-0846, visit: www.masjidalislam.org for more info.

Special Activities and Events this month

Women of Faith-DFW will be having a luncheon on February 19th Recognizing Men of Faith at Masjid Al Quran. 12-2pm. RSVP deadline is Febuary 12th by calling 214-501-7371 or via email: http://us.mc1216.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=wofdfw@yahoo.com.

CURRENT MASJID NEWS:

Sign up now for tutoring and job training services with Develop U!! Get on the list and start getting the information on what you need to do to get a job and improve your grades.

Masjid Al Islam has been awarded a city grant to create a community garden. The Masjid is looking for organization and individuals who want to sponsor a plot in the community Garden. Contact the masjid to find out how you can sponsor a plot in the garden.

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Disclaimer: The views presented in the articles of this newsletter do not represent the views of Masjid Al Islam

By: Yusuf Abdullah

By the printing of this issue, Hosni Mubarak, President of Egypt may not be its President. The people of Egypt charge President Mubarak with allegations of corruption and human rights violations and are demanding his ouster from power. Some news outlets reported that the average Egyptian was subsisting on just a few dollars per day. However, Hosni Mubarak and his family are reported to be worth 40-70 billion dollars. Yes, that’s billions, not millions. To put this number in perspective, it is 13 times more wealth or worth than what Oprah Winfrey (2.7 bill) is reported to be worth and more wealth than what William (Bill) Gates of Microsoft (54 bill) is reportedly worth. That’s not a bad haul for a former military general and war hero. The White House and politicians are all concerned about the probable outcome of the new Egyptian government. Ironically, however the political discourse is unabashedly proclaiming a possible conflict between the US ideal of democracy and its national interests. In other words, as Pat Buchannan proclaimed, “why would the US government support a one man, one vote democracy in Egypt if that would result in the election of Egyptian governmental officials who do not support the national interest of the US”? Newt Gingrich, Pat Buchanan, Dick Chaney, Bill O’Reilly and other conservatives were deeply concerned about the “Muslim Brotherhood” taking over the Egyptian government if democratic elections were held. Their concern stems from their fear that the Muslim Brotherhood was allegedly opposed to America and America’s best friend in the middle east-Israel. Conservatives and moderate alike openly discussed that it would be in the best interest of the US to manipulate if not outright control the transition of Egyptian power. Ideally, in a democracy it is the will of the people by their vote that controls the election of governmental officials. In the real world we find that a duly elected democratic government will always find major favor with those who voted for them and minor favor with those who did not vote for them. Also, we find that in the real world that the vote can be manipulated by excessive monetary contributions from individuals, wealthy candidates’ use of their own money, excessive corporate campaign contributions, denial of the vote, voter intimidation, voter fraud, and oh yes, international interference into the voting
process to secure its own national interest. So, it appears that supporting the concept of democracy is not as simple as it might appear at first glance. The complexity for the US in Egypt appears to be how the US can give the appearance of respecting the sovereignty and sanctity of the Egyptian electoral process while at the same time being in the shadows quietly controlling the outcome of the transition of Egyptian power from President Hosni Mubarak to whomever is next to fill his position. We shall see what shall transpire. Until then and next time, that’s the right and wrong of it.

By: Khalid Shaheed

Edward W. Blyden, the lynchpin of the modern American Islamic movement and of Islamic civilizations of West Africa, wrote a powerful book that was published in the late 1800s. Blyden was a black man from a slave background in the Caribbean. He had become a Presbyterian minister and a well learned man that spoke 5 languages. He was helped in relocating to Africa in the 1800s by the American Colonization Society. He was one of the founders of Liberia. In his book “Islam, Christianity and the Negro Race”, this Christian minister makes many very objective and profound observations. He wrote his book as a personal observer of the conditions of West African people. He starts off chapter 11 of his book entitled “Islam and Race Distinctions” by saying “If the divinity of a religion may be inferred from the variety of races among whom it has been diffused, and the strength of its hold upon them, then there is no religion that can prefer greater claims than Islam”. This religion has deep roots among all major ethnicities and has been a powerful transforming force among all ethnicities. This religion or system of life is referred to in Allah’s kitab as the “Middle Way”. What a beautiful unique phrase. That which is the middle connects all sides. The middles connects the 4 corners of the world. Charles Eaton, author of “Islam and the Destiny of Man”, makes a very good observation. He notes that it is not known that people in the 7th century had geographical knowledge of the surface of the earth, in terms of its longitude and latitudes aspects. So, this reference of the Muslim Community in the Quran as being the “Middle Way” is yet another proof or sign that it is a book from God Almighty. This location of the bulk of Muslims not in the extreme northern or southern hemisphere, along with its location in the Near East as opposed to Far East has helped in relating to the different cultures and locales of man on this earth.

By: Leigh Kadane

The Importance of Beauty:

Bismillah Ar-rahman ar-raheem

Now, I know I just caught your attention with that title. In today’s world, with the majority of the populations’ ideals and values stemming from the media, beauty has come to be defined in a manner unbefitting to the Muslimah. Lewdness is at such an ever presence, that the average individual will most likely suffer from some sort of desensitization. As we mature in our lives, it is a situation that we will forever be combating. Rather than preach to you, because I know we have all heard the same things over and over concerning this issue, I am going to share my personal experience and what I have found benefiting to myself in my quest on the straight and narrow.
My first question to you is what is Beauty? Beauty is not a physical impression, but rather a spiritual perception. How can we change our way of thinking to perceive beauty as truly from within rather than what the image our eyes see? Now, I can’t tell you what will work for you, but I can tell you what I did. About a year and a half ago, I began to really look at my life and where I wanted it to go in terms of my Deen. Upon further inspection, I then turned inward. To strengthen myself to the outside forces, one must strengthen what’s within first. I began to improve myself in ways such as dress, prayer, remembrance, studies, and many other aspects. As I continued to grow and learn, I found my perception of beauty changing. No longer did I look at the girl who revealed her ornaments to the world and feel I had seen beauty, but rather, I looked at many of the girls around me who took active roles in the matters of staying pure and found something unique. The energy that shines from within a woman who makes no room for worldly concern is powerful. As I began to feel the difference in being around females who feared Allah SWT, I began to look to them for beauty advice. And rather than tips on clothes or shoes or make-up, I soaked in the words of women who beautified themselves with the remembrance and worship of Allah SWT.
To sum up the point I am trying to make, I am trying to tell you that to respect and cherish true beauty, one must first turn inward. I challenge you, and myself, to continue to Beautify our Salah, Beautify our Dhikr, Beautify our Worship, Beautify our attitudes, and see if it Allah SWT doesn’t do amazing things for you. Just take that step and Allah SWT will take many steps hastily towards you. My last note is this: You are Beautiful. And I think every woman should tell themselves that every day. We are lucky enough to be the creation of Allah SWT and I believe that another way to worship Allah SWT is to realize that we are a wonderful and beautiful creation of Allah SWT.

So, Keep it Classy, Keep it Beautiful, and remember, Everything you got, Allah SWT gave it to you!…..
Anything I have said that is truth, comes from Allah SWT alone. Anything that I have said false, is from my fault alone. JAK.

Spiritual Light

“Religion and Forgiveness”

By:
Ismael Bukhari
Founder Ta’aleem Institute Educational Foundation

Say! There is no God but The God, follow the rules of the Islamic Religion as stated by Muhammed (peace be on his soul) Allah’s messenger, our prophet. He ordained five times daily prayer, a month of fasting (in the Ramadan), Zakat (Charity to the poor) and the Pilgrimage as intended.

We are not alone except always in the presence of God, and his mercy; mighty is he Allah (The God). Therefore we should care for one and other with due respect and be gentle to the hard–hearted, and pardon them for their wrong against you. As they are not able to harm God. Their evil is not against you but against their own souls, but they perceive it not. So, deal with them in certain affairs, find common ground in sharing the provisions of Allah. For we are all on this earth, which is home for all. And if you find it difficult to deal with them, put your trust in God? In God we trust.

Donate to the Beacon of Light Project

Masjid Al Islam is embarking on an important project for the south Dallas area. The neighborhood around Masjid Al Islam is in dire need of community development. The Beacon of Light Community Center project is a major step in addressing this issue. Also, because of the growing numbers of recipients every year at the Day of Dignity and Humanitarian Day events, The Beacon of Light Center will be critical in providing a larger platform to host these events. In additions to the Day of Dignity and Humanitarian Day, the Beacon of Light Center will house other services such as; Food Pantry, Social Services, Job Training, Substance Abuse Counseling, Youth Activities and Medical Screenings. Make a pledge by filling a pledge card or going to www.masjidalislam.org to support this project.

Masjid Al Islam Recurring Activities

Men’s Halaqa
Sunday 6:15am – 8am
469-766-2208

Community Meeting (Anyone/everyone invited)
Every other 3rd Sunday of month 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm
214-502-0815

Feeding our neighbors
Every Saturday and Sunday of the month, volunteers arrive at 9:00 am
214-527-6074

Sisters Halaqa
Every 3rd Sunday 11:30 pm – 1:30 pm
214-923-3641

Childrens Arabic
Sundays 11am – 1pm
469-766-2208

Islamic Orientation Classes
Sundays 11am – 1pm
214-660-6153

Adult Arabic Class
Wednesdays 7 – 8:15pm
469-766-2208

February Prayer Schedule
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Special Activities and Events this month

The 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., awards Banquet will be held on 1/15/2011 at the Sheraton Hotel – Dallas, 400 N. Olive St. Tickets are $60 each. an entire table can be purchased for $600.

National Day of Service on MLK Day January 17th. See Masjid Al Islam website for more details on activities.

Develop U and Community Garden Ground Break, January 17th. See Masjid Al Islam website for more details on activities.

CURRENT MASJID NEWS:

JANUARY 2011— MASJID AL ISLAM IN CONJUCTION WITH DISD AND DEVELOP U, IS PREPARING TO PROVIDE: RIGHTS OF PASSAGE, MENTORSHIP AND TUTORING SERVICES STARTING JANUARY 2011. THESE SERVICES WILL BEINTENDED FOR THE SOUTH DALLAS DISD HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS CHECK THE MASJID WEBSITE FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION ON THESE PROJECTS.

JANUARY 2011— Masjid Al Islam has been awarded a city grant to create a community garden. The launch date for this garden will be on MLK day. Check the masjid website for up to date information on this project.

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By: Yusuf Abdullah

This issue concerns domestic violence. Domestic violence comes in many forms but for purposes of this article, domestic violence is defined as physical violence that occurs in the home and perpetrated upon a family member by another family member/ or intimate partner. According to the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence, approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner each year in the United States. In 2000, 1,247 women and 440 men were killed by an intimate partner. According to the US Department of Justice between 1998-2002, of the almost 3.5 million crimes committed against family members, 49% of these crimes were committed by spouses, 84% of spouse victims were females and 86% of victims of dating partners were female, males were 83% of spouse murderers and 75% of dating partner murders. Women are more likely to be victims of sexual assault than men: 78% of the victims of rape and sexual assault are women and 22% are men. In 8 out of 10 rape cases, the victim knows the perpetrator. According to the National Women’s Study, 13% of adult women had been victims of completed rape during their lifetime, 22% of the perpetrators were known to the rape victim, 9% were raped by husbands or ex-husbands, 11% were raped by fathers or stepfathers, 10% were raped by boyfriends or ex-boyfriends, 16% were raped by other relatives. African-Americans as an ethnic group, especially African-American women suffer deadly violence from family members at a higher rate than all other ethnic groups in the United States. You might be surprised to know that same sex couples experience an alarming rate of domestic violence too but that topic is not addressed here. The US Department of Justice reported that 4% of men and 5% of women reported receiving serious injuries (knife wounds, gunshot wounds, internal injuries, broken bones, or loss of consciousness.) Under reporting of domestic violence is prevalent for both male and female. While females are overwhelmingly the victims of domestic violence, men too suffer domestic violence at the hands of females. According to the Domestic Violence Resource Center, men are less likely to report violence at the hands of a female because societal norms expect men to be strong and not weak and societal norms support female-perpetrated abuse in the home. Surveys find that men and women assault one another and strike the first blow at approximately equal rates. Men and women also engage in overall comparable levels of abuse and control such as diminishing the partner’s self-esteem, isolation (refusal of sex, attention, and affection) and jealousy, economic abuse, using children to abuse, but men are stronger and intimidate more physically. These are just some of the numbers and reported facts on US domestic violence. In summary, domestic violence is inappropriate behavior and unacceptable be it perpetrated by a male or female and can be a crime. Next issue, if you are a victim of domestic violence, what should and can you do about it? Until then, Peace.

By: Khalid Shaheed

The early geographical dynamism of Islam produced a term “Semite” that was coined in the 1700s, according to The Islamic History Project Group in its book” A History of Muslim African Americans”. The book also says the term “Semitic” suggests the intermixing and intermingling of cultural and ethnic groups of various geographic origins from the surrounding regions of civilized peoples. Semi as in Semitic, is a more modern term dating from Schlozer, 1781, a German historian who used the term for the ancient Arabs, Jews and Aramaeans. Dr. Sherman Jackson explains in his book Islam and the Blackamerican that “during the Umayyad dynasty when a people adopted the Arabic language and certain cultural traits, they became full fledged Arabs equal in their Arabness to the original conquerors.” He explains that this is what happened with Egyptians, Syrians, Sudanese and all of North Africa. The term Arab has a linguistic cultural connotation to it, not a racial one. These facts shed light on the Universal origins of the Islamic civilization. In the year 2001 while on hajj I had a brief conversation with two individuals in the Holy city of Mecca. I asked them how did they identify themselves; and although they had a very dark complexions and would be called black in our society, they said they were Arabs. Once after an Eid khutbah done locally here in Dallas by the esteemed Imam Siraj Wahaj, a person asked me was Imam Siraj an Arab. I find it very interesting that the Islamic Civilization has produced this kind of Universality that attempts to give less credence to color and race than what has existed in the western world….

By: Leigh Kadane

Horoscopes
Bismillah Ar-rahman ar-raheem
“The Salaah (daily prayer) of whoever approaches a fortune-teller and asks him about anything will not be accepted for forty days and nights.” [Reported by Hafsah and collected by Muslim (Sahih Muslim (English Trans.), vol. 4, p. 1211, no. 5440).]
I realize I am stating the obvious, but I believe that it is due time for a reminder. In today’s world, we are bombarded by daily horoscopes, love matches based on our astrological sign, numerology, etc. etc. Many of us our drawn to read them even if it is “just to see.” But would you be willing to give up forty days worth of Salaah just to read a horoscope that holds no truth?
Every day I see these pop-ups on the newsfeed for facebook showing a person’s daily horoscope. Alhumdulilah, as Muslims, we believe that Allah is above and over all things. To seek knowledge in something other than Allah SWT is Kufr (Dis-belief). I realize it may seem harmless, but one must understand where the power of these horoscopes come from.
When a fortune teller or astrology sign reader receives information, it is from a jinn (spirits). This jinn has gone to eavesdrop and has brought down a piece of information. What must be understood is each truth is accompanied by an infinite number of lies. The purpose of this is to lead the believers astray. To find evidence in support of this, all one has to do is look back to the time of Prophet Suleyman (AS). Harut and Marut brought the knowledge of black magic and specifically said in our Holy Quran in Surah Al-Baqarah that “we are only for trial: so do not blaspheme.”
I encourage each of you to read the teachings of Islam on how dangerous this is. So, next time when you are tempted with the whispers of the shaitan to read or seek knowledge in this field you will be able to turn from it and ask Allah SWT from protection from the evils of this world. That is one of the many reasons we recite Ayat al Kursi and the last three Surahs of The Holy Quran after our Salaah, to protect us from these evils.
Anything I have said that is truth comes from Allah SWT alone. Anything that I have said deemed false is from my fault alone. JAK.

Spiritual Light

“Religion and Forgiveness” (Part 2)

By:
Ismael Bukhari
Founder Ta’aleem Institute Educational Foundation

The lack of principles to distinguishes between two states in the likes of lawful and unlawful, love and hate, shameful and bashfulness, prejudice and perjury, and other things that exist in the character of an evil conscious, like self egocentricity, bribery and usury, religious corruption and interpolation of revelation, honesty and dishonesty. The truth has no place of honor only when it serves their selfish purposes, social economics and injustices. There is no place for humanitarians, they can say everything and they can do everything but, nothing comes to fruition.

As for those who commit an indecency and wrong their souls without a fault of their own but Satan, they shall be forgiven when they remember Allah (the God) earnestly and ask forgiveness for their sins only if they persist knowingly not to continue in the evil doings.

The men of God can only be chosen by God, for those men on earth are called the Prophets, Messengers, reformers and scholars. God has primed them in different levels and tasks them to speak generally and collectively about the truth in the face of tyrants, as warning to the unjust people in the land. And give news of encouragement to the believers in solid good works and give active sympathy. They are not afraid of criticism or the threats of poverty by the friends of evil as those are who are holding back financial support for the good causes. They are those who have refused to help the needy if it does not give them the exposure by the media. Our Lord is your Lord, He is the Sustainer and The God is sufficient for His servants.

And a servant of God is rehearsing the signs of God to men, and not more than to be obedient to God, and help the needy with compassion and that is the religion of Al Islam.

And hold your guidance with firmness, believing in One God, Allah. And be active in righteous work with kindness to others like God has been kind to you. The representatives of the Prophets on earth advise their countrymen to be true and pay more respect to God alone.

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Masjid Al Islam is embarking on an important project for the south Dallas area. The neighborhood around Masjid Al Islam is in dire need of community development. The Beacon of Light Community Center project is a major step in addressing this issue. Also, because of the growing numbers of recipients every year at the Day of Dignity and Humanitarian Day events, The Beacon of Light Center will be critical in providing a larger platform to host these events. In additions to the Day of Dignity and Humanitarian Day, the Beacon of Light Center will house other services such as; Food Pantry, Social Services, Job Training, Substance Abuse Counseling, Youth Activities and Medical Screenings. Make a pledge by filling a pledge card or going to www.masjidalislam.org to support this project.

Masjid Al Islam Recurring Activities

Men’s Halaqa
Sunday 6:15am – 8am
469-766-2208

Community Meeting (Anyone/everyone invited)
Every other 3rd Sunday of month 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm
214-502-0815

Feeding our neighbors
Every Saturday and Sunday of the month, volunteers arrive at 9:00 am
214-527-6074

Sisters Halaqa
Every 3rd Sunday 11:30 pm – 1:30 pm
214-923-3641

Childrens Arabic
Sundays 11am – 1pm
469-766-2208

Islamic Orientation Classes
Sundays 11am – 1pm
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Adult Arabic Class
Wednesdays 7 – 8:15pm
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2604 S. Harwood St.
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(214) 421-3839

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Special Activities and Events this month

Community Meeting Sunday December 12th at 1pm at Masjid Al Islam, 2604 S. Harwood St. Dallas, TX 75215. Everyone welcome.

Sisters Halaqa December 11th at 11:30am at Masjid Al Islam, 2604 S. Harwood St. Dallas, TX 75215. Everyone welcome.

Illustrating Pakistan, Come, Discover, Give December 11th, 6-11pm at The Gateway Center, 801 N. Texas BLVD, Denton, TX, Call Uzma Khan for more information: 682-597-7575

Connecting our Faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, from the youth perspective, Sunday December 12th, 5-7pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1019 Big Stone Gap Rd., Duncanville, TX 75237 call 972-226-6523 for more info.

By: Yusuf Abdullah

Recently, a movie that caused some buzz was “Precious” featuring an African-American female child that suffered abuse at the hands of her parents. What made this movie controversial was that it revealed child abuse and sexual abuse perpetrated by an African-American mother against her own obese child. The movie caused as much controversy as did “The Color Purple”. Well, maybe not that much but it was close. There was also “Antwoine Fisher”, an African-American film about an African-American male child that was mentally and sexually abused by his African-American female caretakers. Finally, “Monster’s Ball” with Halle Berry featured as an African-American female mother who emotionally abused her obese male son. But, Precious to my knowledge created more controversy than all of the other films combined except Color Purple. Why did this film hit such a nerve among some African-Americans prompting them to cry foul and lead protest movements against the film? Some were so outraged about the film’s portrayal that they were praying and hoping that the film received no awards because it only helped to portray negative stereotypes about African-Americans in general and African-American women. Well, that’s a fair argument, if based on fact. However, fictional movies are made for no more than entertainment. Precious was allegedly based on real characters, but otherwise fictional. Tyler Perry, a hugely successful Black film maker said after criticism of his stereotypical female portrayal of Madea, “There are Madea’s in the Black neighborhood”. He is right. And so are we to say that we know of no Black mothers who are abusive to their children as portrayed in Precious? Just as we are intelligent enough to know that every Black male is not an abusive “Mister” as portrayed in the movie Color Purple, can we not use that same intelligence to distinguish that not every mother is like the mother portrayed in Precious? But back to the real world, when you look at the statistics of the US Health & Human Services 2010 website, I find that approximately 56% of all violence perpetrated against children is by their own mothers; and that 70% of fatal violence committed against children is by their own mothers. It was also reported in this study that the overwhelming majority of violence against children are committed by their own parents, but when it comes to sexual abuse, it is most likely committed by a non-parent and most likely to be committed by a male. You will also find that African-American children are far more likely to be a victim of child abuse than any other race. There are many forms of child abuse. There is maltreatment, physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and educational abuse. The statistics to the unaware may be alarming or perhaps you may choose to disbelieve. But, a simple public information request from your local children’s protective services department or police department on their statistics of reported violence against children may help you to become aware of what is happening to our children. These are the same children who will possibly grow up to become the mate of your son or daughter or yourself. They may be you. Next time, I will discuss some of the child protection laws. Until then, Peace.

By: Khalid Shaheed

When considering the historical impact of Al Islam on world history, it becomes very important to exam the unique geographical setting which gave rise to the world wide propulsion of the last Prophet, SAWS. Upon examination, it becomes obvious that Arabia had to become the setting of the last revelation. Arabia is uniquely situated. It is the linchpin connecting Africa and Asia and it is also in very close proximity to Europe. This geographical sandwiching produced a truly multi ethnic existence of people on the Arabian Peninsula. Consequently, the companions of Prophet Muhammad, SAWS, were of various backgrounds and ethnicities. It is safe to say that this was the making of the early roots of Islamic world wide propulsion. These various ethnic roots would not have been possible in 7th century mainland Europe, Africa or Asia. Thus the prophet, SAWS, had Bilal, an African, Abu Yahya Shuaib, European and Salman, a Persian as companions. Also, we must keep in mind that during the 7th century, Arabia was in between two super powers at the time, Byzantium and Persia. When we reflect on these facts, the Qadr (Divine Plan) of Allah becomes very clear. Until next time, Wa salaam.

By: Leigh Kadane

Whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth is exalting Allah . To Him belongs dominion, and to Him belongs [all] praise, and He is over all things competent. (Quran 64:1).

As women we have a tendency to worry too much. We are natural nurturers so it is natural for us to worry about things. Something we need to remember though is that Allah SWT is over all things. We are provided the free will to make choices to better ourselves (or worsen ourselves). Allah allows us to go through the process of deliberating what will be best for our lives and what will give us the most success. This process is what Allah has allowed us to have in order to strengthen our Eman (faith) and to give us Taqwah (God Consciousness) insha Allah (God Willing). The strengthened relationship and closeness with Allah is the reward. So, in turn, our free will, allowed to us by Allah, is the very thing used to earn a reward inshAllah. The point of this all is to state that everything we have and do is purely from Allah SWT because surely Allah is over all things.
So, next time you begin to worry or stress out about the kids or that extra 10 pounds that won’t go away, remember that Allah has power over that. Everything has a purpose and a place and a time. Now take a deep breathe, say alhumdulilah (All praises is due to Allah), and stop stressing out so much. And maybe eat a piece of chocolate…

Halal 101

By: Tonne Khabir

Bread-Not All What It’s Baked up to be!

Asalaam Alaikum,
If you buy baked goods such as breads, pastries, pastas, and deserts, look for the U, UD, K or Halal symbol on the package. If it does not have any of these symbols, then it is haram, according to Islamic standards (Surah 5:3). The main ingredient used in many baked goods that is not Halal is L – Cysteine, which without proper FDA regulation may be made from human hair. L – Cysteine is used as a dough conditioner in bakery products. L – Cysteine derived from human hair is mainly produced in Japan and China, which is produced and put into the wheat we ship overseas. This wheat is processed outside of the US to reduced cost and then sold back to the US with the L – Cysteine as an ingredient. Without proper FDA regulation on foreign factories, the end result of this is…. Americans are eating human hair!

I challenge you to think about this, the next time you go eat pizza with hand tossed dough, thin crust, and bread sticks from Pizza Hut, Domino’s, and bread from Subway and Jason’s Deli, be warned the bread dough contains L-Cysteine, and the shredded cheese contains cellulose to prevent caking which is derived from pig gelatin.

Good News Brothers and Sisters! We have found Natures Own Bread 100% whole wheat contains no L-Cysteine, unfortunately for the cost conscious, this bread retails for $2.89, however you can purchase the bread at the local bread outlet store located in Grand Prairie, TX for approximately .89 cents a loaf. Kroger also has prepackaged pastries with the Kosher U symbol, which contains no L-Cysteine, and of course our favorite- Costco has a Kosher make your own pizza crust, and animal rennent free cheese. For your daily dose of halal related topics check out our blog halal4real.blogspot.com, until next time Chow-Baby!

Spiritual Light

“Religion and Forgiveness” (Part 2)

By:
Ismael Bukhari
Founder Ta’aleem Institute Educational Foundation

Know that Al Islam (the peace religion) is for Allah ( The God) alone, and will lead man to an endless salvation. The God who created man to know the fact that human beings are incapable of surviving this world without sin, created forgiveness for man.

And without proper guidance from Allah, man is not able to handle the forces of creation by himself. Because God so loved the world he gave man a peaceful religion to attain a spiritual feeling of repentance and to hasten to forgiveness from Allah. Allah created forgiveness for man knowing that it is a challenge, or a test for man to achieve a higher spiritual power without forgiveness because of man’s weakness.

Religion without forgiveness for man would lose man’s sense of proportion and have man tending to become unrestrained in his conduct where everything to him would be the same in his moral mind.

Beacon of Light Project

Masjid Al Islam is embarking on an important project for the south Dallas area. The neighborhood around Masjid Al Islam is in dire need of community development. The Beacon of Light Community Center project is a major step in addressing this issue. Also, because of the growing numbers of recipients every year at the Day of Dignity and Humanitarian Day events, The Beacon of Light Center will be critical in providing a larger platform to host these events. In additions to the Day of Dignity and Humanitarian Day, the Beacon of Light Center will house other services such as; Food Pantry, Social Services, Job Training, Substance Abuse Counseling, Youth Activities and Medical Screenings. Make a pledge by filling a pledge card or going to www.masjidalislam.org to support this project.

Masjid Al Islam Recurring Activities

Men’s Halaqa
Sunday 6:15am – 8am
469-766-2208

Community Meeting (Anyone/everyone invited)
Every other 3rd Sunday of month 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm
214-502-0815

Feeding our neighbors
Every Saturday and Sunday of the month, volunteers arrive at 9:00 am
214-527-6074

Sisters Halaqa
Every 3rd Sunday 11:30 pm – 1:30 pm
214-923-3641

Childrens Arabic
Sundays 11am – 1pm
469-766-2208

Islamic Orientation Classes
Sundays 11am – 1pm
214-660-6153

December Prayer Schedule

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Masjid Al Islam is a registered 501C3 Organization. For more information on Masjid Al Islam, please visit www.masjidalislam.org

2604 S. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 421-3839

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By: Yusuf Abdullah

An important social skill to learn is how to control your reaction after hearing an ignorant remark. Recently, I was seated at a table at a fundraising dinner. A conversation between two brothers brought up the subject of the recent killing of 7 people by rioting Muslims angry and upset over a Quran burning by a Christian minister. I asked a brother who also happened to be an Imam, a question, “what purpose did killing 7 innocent people at the UN serve for the act of burning a Quran?” The answer that he gave was, “I believe that the United Nations is responsible for a lot of the suffering of the Muslims”. His answer to my question made me wonder if he correctly understood my question, but since I was seated only an arm’s length away from him; I decided not to ask my question again. I did not want to embarrass the Imam or make him feel uncomfortable or start an argument over dinner. After all, this was a public dinner, several people were seated at the table, and proper etiquette should be observed. I think I got his point. He could not answer my question from a logical position, reasonable position, or religious position, so he avoided the direct answer of the question and provided a response that does not answer the direct question at all. In law, that would raise an objection given from the attorney that asked the question of the person as being Non-Responsive. A response was given; it was just not a response to the question that was asked. However, in every response there is information that is given, even if it is avoidance. In avoidance responses, the responding person is telling you that you are questioning in an area that they would rather not openly and honestly discuss. In another situation, a Muslim brother was in my office and I asked his opinion on whether or not a particular trucking business was a good financial investment. His answer to me was that he did not think so. I asked him why. I was thinking that he would speak on the demographics, cash flow, high investment cost, etc. but instead he looked me straight in my eyes and said, “Because I think your customers would call you a Nigger”. I was definitely caught off guard with his answer, but because I did ask him his opinion, I simply said, “Well, that would be a consideration”. I guess he never considered that I’ve been called the “N” word more times that I could count. Again, a response that had nothing to do with the question asked, but more to do with how he internally felt. Finally, I was involved in a conversation with a Muslim brother who was so excited because of a recent convert. I too became excited until the brother explained that the convert was a Caucasian and that he was of the opinion that we need more Caucasian converts. Why would the race matter I thought to myself? Since Allah created us all and calls to his Deen whomsoever he wills, what control do we have over the matter? The brother then tried to explain that he thought that a Caucasian convert was more valuable in the public relations war with the West. Wow! That’s all I could say inside to that remark was wow, wow, wow. Objection! Ignorant Response! That’s what I wanted to say, but I didn’t.

By: Khalid Shaheed

Edward Blyden only saw the remnants of the power of the West African Islamic civilizations. The West African empires of Ghana, Mali, Songhay cascaded across west Africa for 800 years, beginning in the 700s. Keep in mind that the Prophet,(PBUH), is reported to have said of Ethiopia ” Yonder lieth a country wherein no man is wronged, a land of righteousness. What a marvelous beginning to the westward flow of Islam. The West African Islamic civilization was the southern edge of a much larger Islamic geographical zone that extended northward into Spain. According to the book “A History of Muslim African Americans written by The Islamic History Project Group, ” As Islam expanded across Africa, great cities of learning were established in Goa, Jenne, Walata, and Kano in present day Nigeria. Timbuktu in the heart of present day Mali, which is a thousand miles into the interior of West Africa , became a primary center for West African Islamic scholarship”. Other learning centers were located in areas located in modern day countries of Mali, Niger, Gambia, Senegal ,Guinea, Northern Nigeria and others. These learning centers that extended from West Africa to Islamic Spain had the same character and nature. They had a great love for books. It has been said by many scholars that although Timbuktu, during its prime, was a very wealthy city, its main trade was in books. Even today as poor as that city has become there are thousands and thousands of ancient books. Some are in private and some are state collections. These rare collections are reportedly at risk of being lost because of conditions that prevail currently in that area. In Ivan Van Sertima’s book “Golden Age of the Moor” it is said that Islamic Spain had 70 libraries and that the one in Cordova had 600,000 manuscripts. My good personal friend Okolo Rashid of Jackson, MS is executive director of The International Museum of Muslim Cultures. The Museum currently has 2 outstanding exhibits. One of Islamic Spain and the other of Timbuktu called Wonders of Written Word. The latter has many very old manuscripts on a variety of subjects written in West Africa.

Bismillah Ar-rahman ar-raheem

Patience (SABR)

By: Leigh Kadane
(Quran; Surah 47:31)
And We shall try you until We test those among you who strive their utmost and persevere in patience; and We shall try your reported (mettle).
Patience, such a word lost to our generations. We have no idea what it is to wait for a letter, nor can we imagine life without a cell phone. We want what we want, and we want it now. In an instantaneous and globalizing world, patience is one of the most difficult character traits to acquire for a Muslim. I am not going to tell you how to gain patience, as that is granted to us from Allah SWT alone through hard work and disciplining ourselves, but rather, the many benefits of being patient, especially a patient woman. Woe to the power of a patient woman, for she is greater than she who has a hasty tongue.

1) Blessings from Allah SWT:
I know you have heard the saying “good things come to those who wait.” This is most definitely true. In reference to the life of a woman, if you are patient with your spouse or anyone around you, then your relationship will be much stronger. Patience opens up the doors to communication and that communication is the foundation for respect and trust between two people. And, I don’t know about you, but a good solid relationship with a special individual whether it be a family member, a friend, and especially a spouse, is one of the most cherished Blessings from Allah SWT.
2) Mercy of Allah SWT:
If a Muslim is patient in the time of a hardship and perseveres through without asking why and becoming impatient with the situation, Allah SWT will be most merciful towards this person. Allah SWT does not let us go through any situation that we cannot handle. Also, as Muslims, we should understand that Allah SWT is showing favor upon us to allow us to handle a tough situation. It means that Allah SWT is willing us to grow and mature. So, in a time such as that, Allah SWT is actually giving us a huge blessing, we just have to prove we are capable of handling it through our patience. And when the tribulation has passed, Allah SWT always has something greater than what we could have expected. This is a true sign of the mercy of Allah SWT. That HE would grant us some sort of reward in this world or insha ALLAH in the hereafter that is beyond what we could have wanted for ourselves.
3) Guidance from Allah SWT:
We live in a dark world ruled by temptation. It is a true test to remain on the narrow road that is lit by the Guidance from Allah SWT. Every day we are assaulted with the opportunity to take a walk down the dark path, and many times we do pick that path. Part of the mercy from Allah SWT, is that if we are patient, even if we stray, Allah SWT is there to guide us back. Making decisions in this world is hard. Thinking about how to raise children, or care for elderly parents or even the quickest of subconscious decisions that dictate in which tone will we reply to our parent or child or friend or spouse. If we are not patient and do not seek a righteous path, then guidance from Allah SWT will be limited. If we are actively pursuing a lifestyle pleasing to Allah SWT, then Guidance is much more graciously bestowed upon us.

In the end, it is up to us to make a conscious decision to be patient. It is up to us to ask Allah SWT to have this Sabr with ourselves and with those around us and with situations that occur in our lives. I can tell you, and I am sure you know, that in times of hastiness, something bad is more likely to occur, and in times when we have been patient, we have been much more rewarded and are more pleased with the outcome of whatever that situation was. So please, remember to be patient and kind towards one another. We all need it.

Anything I have said that is truth comes from Allah SWT alone. Anything that I have said false is from my fault alone. JAK.

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Masjid Al Islam is embarking on an important project for the south Dallas area. The neighborhood around Masjid Al Islam is in dire need of community development. The Beacon of Light Community Center project is a major step in addressing this issue. Also, because of the growing numbers of recipients every year at the Day of Dignity and Humanitarian Day events, The Beacon of Light Center will be critical in providing a larger platform to host these events. In additions to the Day of Dignity and Humanitarian Day, the Beacon of Light Center will house other services such as; Food Pantry, Social Services, Job Training, Substance Abuse Counseling, Youth Activities and Medical Screenings. Make a pledge by filling a pledge card or going to www.masjidalislam.org to support this project.

Masjid Al Islam Recurring Activities
All activities and classes are open to anybody who’s interested, call the numbers below for more information about the activity/class.

Community Meeting (Anyone/everyone invited)
Every other 3rd Sunday of month 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm
214-502-0815

Feeding our neighbors
Every Saturday and Sunday of the month, volunteers arrive at 9:00 am
214-527-6074

Sisters Halaqa
Every 3rd Saturday 11:30 pm – 1:30 pm
214-923-3641

Men’s Halaqa
Sunday’s 6:00 am after Fajr prayer
469-766-2208

Childrens Arabic and islamic studies (ages 4-7)
Sundays 11am – 1pm
469-766-2208

Childrens Arabic (ages 8-14)
Sundays 11am – 12pm
469-766-2208

Childrens Islamic studies (ages 8-14)
Sundays 12pm – 1pm
469-766-2208

Introduction to Islam Classes (open to anyone wanting to learn basics about islam)
Sundays 11am – 1pm
214-660-6153

Adult Arabic Class
Wednesdays 7 – 8:15pm
469-766-2208

April Prayer Schedule

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2604 S. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 421-3839

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The Dallas Beacon – November 2010

Masjid Al Islam’s Monthly Communication Wire November 2010

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By: Yusuf Abdullah

“And satan will make their wrongdoings fair seeming to them.” We are all familiar with these words that emanate from the Quran. To say it another way could be, “And satan will cause them to justify their wrongdoings so that it appears to them as if their wrong actions are right actions.” Certainly, there can be legitimate disputes between parties. A famous saying is that, “reasonable minds do differ” meaning that each party holds reasonable points of view and each party sincerely thinks that he or she is in the right. Then of course you have those people who with knowledge of their wrongdoing plot and plan it out and execute with intent their wrongful actions but proclaim themselves as being in the right, if not an actual angel. They lie to themselves. In fact, they lie so much to themselves that they begin to believe their own lies and self deception! Who among us like to be pointed out as being in the wrong? It takes a certain sense of humility to accept and admit of one’s self as being mistaken or as being wrong. People that are puffed up with pride and consumed by anger have great difficulty being corrected or being judged as being in the wrong. The Quran says, “and he gave them a criterion to determine right and wrong, justly balanced”. No matter your position in humanity, be it pauper or king, hand maid or queen, if you are without the ability to determine right from wrong and/or you will not accept that you could be in the wrong under any circumstances, you are an unjust person, deaf, dumb, and blind like an animal. One of the greatest civil duties that we have to each other as members of the human family is to be just to one another. Men have their rights. Women have their rights. Parents have their rights. Children have their rights. Animals have their rights. Even the environment is entitled to rights! Advanced societies that are highly cultured teach and practice the administration of justice in its institutions, work place, places of worship, and the home. In fact, the advancement of any society is premised upon its administration of justice. With this in mind, we begin next time our discussion of some of the social and legal issues presented to us in these modern times and the right and wrong of it. See you next time. Until then, Peace.

By: Imam Khalid Shaheed

The mission of Islam has never been about making anyone the perennial power on earth. Rather it has been about bringing the greatest degree of enlightenment to this world we live in. The Book of God states in 14:1 “A Book which We have revealed unto you, in order that you might lead mankind out of the depths of darkness and into the light – by the leave of their Lord – to the Way of (Him) the Exalted in power, worthy of all praise.” Embedded in this verse we find the main mission of Al Islam, which is enlightenment. The message of the Quran is Al Islam and we will attempt, God willing, to examine the track record of this claim. First, let’s start with Allah’s last Prophet and Messenger Muhammad, (Prayers and Peace be Upon him) SAWS. He was the Universal bringer of the message of Al Islam to all of mankind. The Quran says of him in the chapter entitled “The Pen” in verses 1 and 4 “By the Pen and the (Record) which (men) write,” and “And thou (stands) on an exalted standard of character.” Allah revealed these statements about Prophet Muhammed, SAWS, over 1400 yrs ago and they allude to historical records about how the Prophet, SAWS, would be seen in future times. Referenced here is a time after his humble origins and after the turmoil experienced by him during the early days of his Prophethood. If we ask the question, ‘is there any historical evidence of this transpiring’? The answer is yes. In the book “The 100” a ranking of the most influential persons in History, Michael H. Hart, a Christian, ranks the Prophet, SAWS, as the most influential person in all of human history. He says “he (the Prophet, SAWS) was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both religious and secular levels.” Also, the Encyclopedia Britannica says “Muhammad is the most successful of all Prophets and religious personalities.” Another example is from the book, “A History of the Intellectual Development of Europe” Vol. 1, pp 329-330 says “Four years after the death of Justinian, A.D. 569, was born at Mecca in Arabia the man who, of all men exercised the greatest influence upon the human race….Mohammed…..” These are just a few of the many accolades lavished by non-Muslims on Prophet Muhammad, SAWS. God willing, we will continue this next month by exploring civilization and how it has been engendered by Islam in human history.

By: Leigh Kadane

Characteristics of a Great Women, Part 1
Which category of women in today’s world are considered great? No doubt, the idea in your mind is different then what Allah (To Whom All praise and glory are due) SWT would consider a great women. As Muslims we are told and given examples of how to become great women. The Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said in an authentic Hadeeth: “The best women from the people of Jannah (paradise) are Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, Fatima daughter of Muhammad, Aasiya bint Muzaahim – the Wife of Pharoah and Mary the daughter of Imran, may Allah be pleased with them all.” So, what was it that made them so great? Which characteristics did these women hold that made Allah SWT and His Messengers pick them above others to be considered great?

1.) They accepted the Truths of Allah SWT immediately.
Every day as Muslims we are asking Allah SWT for guidance. What, then, is the point of asking for guidance if one does not follow it when given? By not accepting the guidance of Allah SWT, we are also showing ungratefulness and a lack of trust.

2.) They maintained a strong relationship with Allah SWT
The knowledge of Allah and his attributes allowed for these women to be close to Allah. This ties into the first point because to receive guidance from Allah SWT, one must maintain a healthy relationship with Allah SWT. By remembering Allah SWT in times of ease through Salah (prayer), knowing Allah’s attributes, and Dhiker (remembrance) towards Allah, we will be able to remember Allah SWT in the more difficult times. And when a Muslim remembers Allah SWT, Allah SWT will remember the Muslim in a most merciful and giving way.

So, in this first part we have emphasized the importance of accepting the truths and guidance of Allah SWT without trying to convince ourselves of a lesser alternative. We have also emphasized how a strong relationship is needed between the Muslim and Allah SWT through consistent and daily Ibadah (worship). The greatest form of Ibadah being Salah. The last note is that neither of these characteristics are exclusive. You cannot have one and not the other. These characteristics must work in a harmonious manner to begin to mold the great woman.

Halal 101

By: Tonne Khabir

Everyday it baffles my mind on the lack of knowledge we Muslims have in the United States in regards to food items that are not halal. So, when Brother Maddox called and asked me for an article on halal eating or recipes…I was elate! In my pre-shahada days I had the pleasure of growing up in a household that was kosher. We ate Orthodox Kosher foods from the hospital where my mother worked. Our family celebrated the traditional American Holidays like all other Baptist families, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter….however I noticed we would never mix meat with dairy, or eat pork. I think this began my fascination with foods from other cultures! Fast forward to post Shahada roughly 1993, I begin to notice Muslim friends that were completely ignorant of the pork and the “creative” names associated with pork, not to mention alcohol. I sometimes became fearful of accepting dinner invitations from Muslims because of the lack of knowledge regarding true halal food consumption. With local Masjids selling Cheetos and Doritos (fried in lard), local Halal grocers selling Kraft singles (pork rennet cheese), and my all time favorite, Muslims drinking flavored lattes on a daily basis sweetened with syrups that contain alcohol… that ain’t halal brothers and sisters! Unfortunately, we live in capitalistic society that is driven by the sell of pork bellies and futures, the more pork bellies sold/traded the more money is made. In the coming months I will begin the basic education of eating Halal. I look forward to this challenge every month (inshallah). In the meantime, please check out my blog on a daily basis cheftonne.blogspot.com… share recipes, events, ideas, even ask questions. You can also friend me on facebook…chef tonne! Inshallah we will meet, eat and discuss soon…..chowbaby!

Spiritual Light

Religion and Forgiveness” (Part 1)
By:
Ismael Bukhari
Founder Ta’aleem Institute Educational Foundation

‘I seek refuge with the Lord from suggestions of the evil forces’
“If God helps you, then there is none that can overcome you, and if God forsakes you, then who is there that can help you except God? And in God the believers put their trust.” (Al Qur’an Ch.3:160) Who forgives sins but the God? It is possible with our religious attention towards God alone that when we practice forgiveness, we can be forgiven.

The righteous ones taught that God our maker, the Creator, the One who makes people consciously responsible towards the supreme commandment, willingly and unwillingly, the promise. The promise is to those who keep religion strictly to God as it ought to be kept and not to deviate from the covenant of complete obedience to God. These are the ones who shall be forgiven. In return they will achieves self control to act right after repentance and return to a decent life and be protected in their environment from the society, parents and children, leaders and followers, or wherever they may be on earth.

Beacon of Light Project

Masjid Al Islam is embarking on an important project for the south Dallas area. The neighborhood around Masjid Al Islam is in dire need of community development. The Beacon of Light Community Center project is a major step in addressing this issue. Also, because of the growing numbers of recipients every year at the Day of Dignity and Humanitarian Day events, The Beacon of Light Center will be critical in providing a larger platform to host these events. In additions to the Day of Dignity and Humanitarian Day, the Beacon of Light Center will house other services such as; Food Pantry, Social Services, Job Training, Substance Abuse Counseling, Youth Activities and Medical Screenings. Make a pledge by filling a pledge card or going to www.masjidalislam.org to support this project.

Masjid Al Islam Recurring Activities

Taleem (Islamic topics discussion)
Sunday 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm
214-563-5065

Community Meeting (Anyone/everyone invited)
Every 1st Sunday of month 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm
214-563-5065

Feeding our neighbors
Every Saturday and Sunday of the month, volunteers arrive at 10:00 am
817-829-333

Sisters Halaqa
Saturdays 11:30 pm – 1:30 pm
214-923-3641

Introduction to Arabic
Wednesdays 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
214-205-0846

Islamic Orientation Classes
Available upon request
214-205-0846

Special Activities and Events this month

South Central Regional ISNA Conference 2010
November 06, 2010 , 8am – 8pm
Crown Plaza near the Galleria
14315 Midway Road, Addison, TX 75001
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The first Day of Dhul Hijja is Sunday November 7th.

The Day of Arafat is expected to be around November 15, 2010.

The Day of Arafat is expected to be around November 15, 2010.

**Eid Al Adha expected to be on Nov 16th.
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DFW Women’s Interfaith
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2010 12PM-3PM
BISMILLAH BANQUET HALL
1409 Shiloh Road
Suite 200
Plano, TX 75074
ph: (972) 578-0260

November Prayer Schedule
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Masjid Al Islam is a registered 501C3 Organization. For more information on Masjid Al Islam, please visit www.masjidalislam.org

2604 S. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 421-3839