Masjid Al Islam’s Monthly Communication Wire December 2011
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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
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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
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.
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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
Feeding our neighbors
Every Saturday and Sunday of the month, volunteers arrive at 9:00 am
Every 3rd Saturday 11:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Sunday’s 6:00 am after Fajr prayer
Childrens Arabic and islamic studies (ages 4-7)
Sundays 11am – 1pm
Childrens Arabic (ages 8-14)
Sundays 11am – 12pm
Childrens Islamic studies (ages 8-14)
Sundays 12pm – 1pm
Introduction to Islam Classes (open to anyone wanting to learn basics about islam)
Sundays 11am – 1pm
Adult Arabic Class
Wednesdays 7 – 8:15pm
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