Masjid Al Islam’s Monthly Newswire May, June 2013
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Have you ever thought of joining or starting an investment club? Starting an investment club is a good idea for those seeking to learn about the science and art of investment. For those who are investment savvy, it is a good way to pool knowledge and resources for a common purpose. One should keep in mind however that an investment club is not the way to quick riches. Members should have an eye on the long term goal. If you are looking for quick turnaround investments, joining an investment club may not be your best option. So what are the steps to starting an investment club? First, find out who is interested in joining. Typically, a minimum of 10 members are required. This is not a legal requirement. However, you do not want to add just anybody who says I want to be a member. You want to add members whom you trust, who have an eye for the long term (3 or more years), who will actively participate and attend each meeting, people who can read, comprehend, and research financial documents and articles, and who have the commitment and resources to timely pay monthly dues and their required and agreed upon monthly investment money. Making money is a discipline. It takes patience, research, and knowledge. So stay away from potential members who lack these qualities. You will want to form a general partnership for tax purposes and establish your bylaws for organizational purposes. Check with the Texas Secretary of State for any filing or fee requirements. You will need a tax identification number. You will also need to file for a D/B/A with your local county office. This will aid you in establishing your bank account. When you establish your bank account make sure that it requires two “authorized” signatures in order to be a valid endorsement. As you can see so far, it will take some money to make some money. Therefore, after you have acquired at least 10 members, I suggest that for the initial buy in, for formation purposes, that each member contribute at least $150.each totaling $1500.00. You will need this money and more because formation is a big cost factor unless you do it yourself and some trades at a minimum require $500. You will need to elect officers for the partnership. Now lets talk about those bylaws. Bylaws will need to address how meetings are to be ran and conducted, how to arrive at a decision, how final investment decisions are made, the minutes and record keeping of trades, the objectives and goals of the partnership, stop loss provisions, investment principles of the partnership, monthly contributions, member resignation, member death, member divorce, member mental incompetence, and dissolution of the partnership. You will need to establish an online stockbroker account like E-trade, Scottrade, or interactive brokers to do your buying and selling of stocks. It may seem like a lot at first glance but there is helpful resources available like joining the National Association of Investment Clubs, www.betterservicing.org A good book to read is Starting and Running a Profitable Investment Club by Thomas E. O’Hara and Kenneth Janke. Remember, you will not get rich quick but you will learn and from that learning, you can make your own personal investments. Establish relationships with bankers, tax advisors, and a lawyer. And that’s the right and wrong of it.
– Khalid Shaheed
As salaamu alaikum,
As Muslims following the last and universal Messenger Muhammad, May Allah bless him and give him peace, we have a distinct role to play in society today across this globe. My argument is based on Quran 2:143. That verse states the attempt of Islam is to make our community justly balanced, a middle way. Our scholars have shown us that consistence is weaved thru out our Deen. Scholars tell us that if you take the location of the bulk of the Muslim community worldwide, it is located between the Southern and Northern Hemispheres on the globe. It connects to Eastern and Western civilizations. It interlocks with Europe, Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands. This central location implies that we should be a connecting link. A center that brings all sides together accordingly to scholars of classical Islam. We should be a balance between religion and technology. A balance between material and spiritual. A community that brings all people together in harmony and not repel people. After all, one of the definitions of the word Quran is to bring together. Quran 2:143 tells us that our role is also to witness. The question is what should we witness. My contention is that the weightiest thing of the most value in this world and the next is the only thing worth witnessing. The only thing truly worthy of witnessing is Tauheed of our Lord. The Lord of Mankind, the Ruler of Mankind, the only God and Reality.
In other words, we may not become the greatest economic power, the greatest scientific power, the greatest cultural power, the greatest social/political power in the world. Those things were not the direct goal of Allah’s Messenger, May Allah bless him and grant him Peace. However, if we are true witnesses of the Ultimate Truth, we will be successful. This witnessing starts with ourselves first and then to others within our individual worlds. We should ask ourselves are we a witness of Righteousness to our children, our spouses, our neighbors, other Muslims and people in general. Righteousness engenders goodwill and positive energy or are we witnessing elements that are hateful, harmful, arrogant, pretentious and other negative energies among people.
your brother in Islam,
AL Hajji Khalid Abdus Shaheed
Islamic Issues in Mali: Things to Watch
by Amir Makin
As the French government has launched a ground assault on what it terms the “Muslim extremists” we must not forget the importance that Mali represents to the Muslim world at large and what it should represent to African Americans.
Mali is not only the home of Mansa Musa, the pious servant of Allah, one of the wealthiest men that ever lived. He was also one of many successful rulers in this country who not only made history when he crashed the economy of Egypt during the historic Hajj of 1324 because he distributed so much gold to those in need, but also the birthplace of enlightened educational institutions such as the Universities of Timbuktu, Djenne, and Songhai to name only a few.
These universities created scholars such as Ahmed Baba Es Sudane who authored more books than Shakespeare on everything from theology to jurisprudence. His scholarship was so valued that he was considered the standard bearer of knowledge seekers with his widely sought after library. Another of many scholars was Mohammed Bagayogo Es Sudane Al Wangari Al Timbukti, he not only personally taught and trained future scholars, but authored many of ancient Malian scripts of African history and the Holy Qur’an. When in Egypt, the scholars of Al Azhar officially recognized his expertise and in depth knowledge. The books and scripts along with the history of this once powerful wealthy nation written by these scholars and those trained by them are in danger of being forever lost due to not only instability from wars but also European colonialism beginning not even 200 years after Mansa Musa’s rule expired.
As the history of this great and gold rich nation continues to be endangered, individuals some of whom claim to be Muslim and many who have been motivated by institutional white supremacy have sought to reshape the country in their mold whilst keeping the gold wealth that naturally belongs to the Malian citizens at a distance.
Just as some in America have used Islam as a smokescreen to market their own false belief of cultural supremacy or tribal racism, some are attempting to use Islam in Mali as a smokescreen to wipe clean its history, plunder and gain control of its future economic resurgence through its already proven gold rich natural resources.
If those claiming to be Muslim which France has stated it is fighting were truly sincere in their devotion to Allah, they would try to restore Mali to its greatness by preserving the many manuscripts, history books and cultural traditions of commitment to education it established prior to European colonization. In America, African American neighborhoods have long witnessed the process of gentrification when those who have contended there resides nothing of value in these communities then successfully purchase many devalued properties at an enormously discounted price in effort to move the indigenous people out and literally remake that community in their own image while concurrently increasing the return on their meager investment.
What is happening in Mali is the same as what has happened in any urban city of America. There have been those who profess to be servants of Islam that come to Muslim African Americans, only to be exposed later as servants to a cultural interpretation of tribal supremacy that has nothing to do with the positive upliftment of these communities. Yet when they leave, there exists more chaos than was originally present. In light of this we must be vigilant and ask the following questions directed to those using Islam as a smokescreen and those who have used military might to impose imperialism as France had done when it colonized Mali in the middle of the nineteenth century and now feels comfortable portraying the role of the “rescuers”:
1) Will the French government do to Mali what America has done in Afghanistan? Today the educational system in Afghanistan is no different than it was in 2000. Poverty has not been reduced, and an American chosen leader has been installed as its “president.”
2) Is the French government intending on accessing the gold reserves of Mali to pay for their military offensive the way the American government intended to access the oil reserves to pay for its ware before invading Iraq in 2003?
3) What price are the people of Mali going to be charged for their own “rescue?” In Iraq, the American government wanted its military to be exempt from Iraqi law, should the French expect the same, it would mean any Malian child, woman or innocent person in general could be raped, brutalized or murdered without any due process.
4) Should the situation become so dire that surviving citizens seek refuge in neighboring Algeria, or Mauritania would these dark skinned Muslim Africans be treated honorably by the lighter skinned Muslims of these nations or be turned into slaves that experience inhumanities similar to that of other dark skinned Muslims in Mauritania?
Had the standard of human excellence and community development which made Mali an international powerhouse not been destroyed with the rise of European colonization and the transatlantic slave trade, this country would not have become the vacuum of leadership it is today which has currently attracted those masquerading as Muslims with ill intent to pursue an opportunity to impose their own misguided cultural and tribal supremacy upon the descendants of another once great nation. If we are to demand an end to European imperialism, we must demand an end to the corrupt and ill intended Muslim masquerade.
Amir Makin is an activist, analyst and author of A Worthy Muslim. He regularly writes on many things from politics to race relations. More of his writings can be found at http://islamandrace.com
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