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How to Make Ramadan Dawah Jars

Muslim Matters - 10 July, 2015 - 08:57

By Zuhair Shaath

Ramadan truly is something special. On top of the spiritual, physical, and emotional discipline we build, it comes with a built-in opportunity for da'wah. With opportunity however, comes let down. Many of us are not trained on how to answer questions at work,  (“why can't you at least drink water?”) or the shell shock we feel when our fasting is 'exposed' when we're invited out for a lunch gathering.

One of the ways we've tried to capitalize on this opportunity at the Islamic Institute of Orange County is by creating a Ramadan da'wah Jar for our congregants to purchase and distribute to colleagues, neighbors, friends, family with an interest in Ramadan. In the first two Jumuah prayers of Ramadan this year, we have sold over 650 jars, and are expecting to sell approximately 1,200 next year.

This is a short guide on how you can establish this simple — yet impactful— project in your local community.

What you'll need:
  • Ramadan Pamphlets – If your local community doesn't have their own Ramadan pamphlet, I recommend using the “Why Islam” pamphlet on Ramadan.
  • Dates
  • Candy wrappers (wrap the dates in wrappers, for the sake of those unwrapping them).
  • Good quality chocolate or candy
  • Jars or boxes – we opted for jars as they're en vogue
  • Small mesh bags
  • Business cards or masjid contact information for people to follow up, visit, or take a tour of the local Islamic center.
  • Volunteers – this project can be time intensive, you need help
  • Spool of ribbon

We were able to find jars for about $0.60 with lids; most cities have local wholesalers  that have similar options, if not you can also purchase them online.

Once you get the jars and materials, simply wrap the brochure around the inside of the jar, wrap the dates, put a date and a few chocolate candies in the mesh bag, and place them in the jar along with the masjid business card. Wrap the top of the jar with a nice bow-tie with the ribbon. We also added a label on our string with the date and times of our Open House.

This is what ours looked like:

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Our total cost each jar was roughly $1.25, and we sold them to community members at 1 for $3 or 2 for $5. It was such a hit that other local communities also purchased cases from our mosque for interfaith iftars and distributions.

May Allah put barakah in your Ramadan, and may He accept all the good works we do this month. Ameen.

Zuhair Shaath is the Outreach Committee Coordinator at the Islamic Institute of Orange County and former Youth Director at the Clear Lake Islamic Center

British Muslim voices: share your perspectives on life in the UK

The Guardian World news: Islam - 10 July, 2015 - 08:30

With Islam discussed so frequently in the media, we’d like to hear what it’s like to be a Muslim in the UK. Share your stories and perspectives with us

Discussions about Islamist terrorism, radicalisation and British Muslims have dominated both the news and the political agenda in the UK in recent weeks. When David Cameron called on the Muslim community in Britain not to “quietly condone” terrorism, he fuelled a passionate debate about collective responsibility and religion, and caused many to wonder how much the prime minister understands about the true nature of Islam in the UK.

The debate raises many questions, but very few are ever put to British Muslims themselves, so we are inviting you to tell your own stories.

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2 Authentic signs DURING Laylatul-Qadr

Muslim Matters - 10 July, 2015 - 08:15

In the name of Allah, The Most Merciful,

Those who are keen to capture the reward of Laylatul-Qadr (Night of Decree) seek to learn as much as possible about it. As in Sahih Bukhari, the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:

“مَن قام ليلةَ القدرِ إيمانًا واحتسابًا، غُفِرَ له ما تقدَّمَ من ذنبِه”

Whoever stands (in worship) during the night of decree out of iman and hope in the reward then all their sins would be forgiven

There are two authentic narrations that discuss the signs seen during the Night of Decree, not including the signs that appear after the night. If you were to witness these signs during one of the last ten nights of Ramadan, know for a fact that you are witnessing Laylatul-Qadr.

1) The Moon:

In Sahih Muslim, Abu Huriarah (may Allah be pleased with him) said:

تذاكرنا ليلةَ القدرِ عند رسولِ اللهِ صلَّى اللهُ عليهِ وسلَّمَ . فقال : ” أيكم يذكرُ ، حين طلع القمرُ وهو مثلُ شِقِّ جَفْنَةٍ ؟”

We were talking about Laylatul-Qadr in the presence of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) and he said: He who amongst you remembers (the night) when the moon arose and it was like a piece of plate?

Brothers and sisters, look at the moon after Isha and taraweeh. See if the moon looks like half a “jafna” (i.e. half a plate).

2) The Atmosphere:

In Sahih Al-Jami', the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:

ليلةُ القدْرِ ليلةٌ سمِحَةٌ ، طَلِقَةٌ ، لا حارَّةٌ ولا بارِدَةٌ”

The night of Qadr is a calm, serene and peaceful night. It is not hot nor is it cold…

Remember, not seeing these two signs does not mean it is not Laylatul-qadr. Work hard during the last 10 nights of Ramadan and you will, in shaa Allah, secure worshipping Allah on The Night of Decree. I ask Allah to accept all your acts of worship. Feel free to share this post with your friends and family.

Wassalaamu alaykum,

Thailand defends Uighur deportation to China: 'We didn't send them all back'

The Guardian World news: Islam - 10 July, 2015 - 07:59

Following international criticism, Bangkok claims China had asked for all Uighur Muslims to be sent back, but only 100 were deported

Thailand said on Friday it had rejected a request from Beijing to deport all Uighur Muslims held in detention camps back to China, two days after the deportation of nearly 100 Uighurs sparked international criticism.

Beijing’s request was denied based on the grounds the Uighurs’ nationalities had to be “verified” by Thai authorities first, Colonel Weerachon Sukhondhapatipak, deputy Thai government spokesman, told reporters.

It is not like all of a sudden China asks for Uighurs and we just give them back.

Related: Uighurs in China – in pictures

Related: China: Uighurs blamed as 18 die in Xinjiang attack, says report

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Stampede at Bangladesh charity handout leaves 23 dead, say police

The Guardian World news: Islam - 10 July, 2015 - 07:30

Scores more were reportedly injured as hundreds of desperately poor people tried to get their hands on free clothing in the northern city of Mymensingh

A stampede during a charity handout in Bangladesh left at least 23 people dead on Friday as hundreds of desperately poor people tried to get their hands on free clothing, police said.

The stampede in the northern city of Mymensingh erupted when crowds of people tried to force their way into a factory compound through a small gate after massing outside before dawn, according to local police chiefs.

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Sweden Democrat Leader Exposes Islamist Secret: Halal Meat Will Make You Muslim

Loon Watch - 10 July, 2015 - 00:09

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“No halal for you!!” -Michael Öhman

A clever Sweden Democrat leader has unearthed and revealed another dastardly (if delicious) conspiracy of the Muslamic Islamistists who are taking over the Western world and spelling doom for Western civilization: halal meat!

Michael Öhman, head of the Sweden Democrat party’s Heby wing states in no uncertain terms: “You become a Muslim if you eat halal meat.” Yes, you read correctly, halal meat has that magical power.

The Local

Sweden Democrat members in the small town of Heby in central Sweden want to issue a blanket ban on halal meat in local schools, claiming it is against Swedish animal protection laws.

And apparently because they also believe it will automatically convert those who eat it to Islam.

“You become a Muslim if you eat halal meat,” Michael Öhman, head of the nationalist party’s Heby wing, told local newspaper Sala Allehanda on Monday.

According to the local authority, meat produced through the traditional Islam halal method of butchering an animal is currently only being served to two pupils — who have both specifically requested it.

The Sala Allehanda journalist went on to ask Öhman if he meant to say that halal meat has magical powers, to which he replied: “Yes. This is precisely what we have warned of. They sneak halal in everywhere.”

His comments were immediately mocked by readers with many taking to social media to put the politician’s knowledge of magic to the test.

“What happens if you mix halal and kosher meat?” wrote one Twitter user, referring to the traditional Jewish way of preparing food. “Which magic is the strongest?”

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Stupid politically correct Leftist tools, they are unwittingly succumbing to Muslamic Islamistists! As we reported some months ago it’s already happening to Germany, where Angela Merkel had the gall to claim Islam is a part of Germany. No doubt the halal doner kebabs played a role in this unfortunate Islamization! The days of Eurabia are fast approaching.:

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Nicholas Sarkozy: “Don’t Turn Empty Churches Into Mosques”

Loon Watch - 9 July, 2015 - 23:00

Bourdeaux Church turned into the Utopia Movie Theater.

Bourdeaux Church turned into the Utopia Movie Theater.

Europe has a lot of empty churches, many of which are “for sale” as the Wall Street Journal put it, due to the rising numbers of Europeans leaving Christianity in large numbers.

“…the closing of Europe’s churches reflects the rapid weakening of the (Christian) faith in Europe, a phenomenon that is painful to both worshipers and others who see religion as a unifying factor in a disparate society.”  By example, the Netherlands is projected to close 2/3 of its Roman Catholic churches in the next decade.

Pew Research Center data, presented by the Wall Street Journal, highlights the degree to which the European population reports no religious affiliation:  France (28%), Germany (24.7%), Italy (12.4%), Netherlands (42.1%), and the United Kingdom (21.3%).  By contrast, 16.4% of the United States population is unaffiliated with any religion. (via. Daily Kos)

It turns out across Europe these former Churches are being sold or turned into pubs, night clubs, skate halls and art galleries. I don’t know how prevalent it is for these empty churches in France to be changed but the one above is a church that was converted into a movie theater.

One French Muslim leader named Dalil Boubacker’s suggested turning some of them into mosques since there are a shortage of mosques compared to the demand. This didn’t go over well, especially with the Marine Le Pen’s and Nicolas Sarkozy’s (transparently attempting to appeal to the right’s votes) of the world. They demand that you “don’t touch our churches.”

The Local

Sarkozy added his name to a list of signatories that includes controversial writer and political journalist Éric Zemmour and philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, as well as Jeannette Bougrab, partner of the late Stéphane Charbonnier, Charlie Hebdo editor .

The petition, published in the magazine Valeurs Actuelles comes after Dalil Boubakeur, the rector of the Grand Mosque in Paris said he was in favour of turning empty churches into mosques due to the serious shortage of places of worship for Muslims.

In France there are currently 2,500 mosques, with another 300 under construction, but Boubakeur says the number falls far short of what is needed.

With upwards of 5 million Muslims in France – the largest Muslim population in Europe – Boubakeur and other imams suggest as many as 5,000 mosques are needed.

But his call stirred up a hornet’s nest and Sarkozy has come out firmly against the idea. So too has former French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing.

“The French Catholic churches [have been] part of the historical heritage of the French population for ten centuries,” he said.

A poll published alongside the petition suggests they are not alone, with 67 per cent of French people apparently opposed to the idea.

“Even if France [has been] deeply de-Christianised since the 1960s, there is a real commitment… to the Christian roots and their symbols,” Jerome Fourquet, Ifop’s director of opinion and strategy, told the magazine.

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My only point would be why not assign those historic churches that one seeks to preserve as national landmarks, clearly it is not possible that all or even most of these unused churches would fit this description. If some of them can be turned into movie theaters and used for other secular purposes there should be nothing wrong in some of them being mosques, synagogues, Buddhist temples, etc.

My “Anti-Social” Ramadan

Muslimah Media Watch - 9 July, 2015 - 11:35
I moved from India to the USA two months back, and my life has completely changed, as expected. Before Ramadan started, because of the very long days and the fact that I was the primary caretaker of my 1 year old (like most mothers are), I worried if I would be able to fast. With [Read More...]

Thailand forcibly sends nearly 100 Uighur Muslims back to China

The Guardian World news: Islam - 9 July, 2015 - 10:50

Rights groups and UN condemn Thailand’s decision, warning that largely Muslim minority would face persecution and abuse

Rights groups and the United Nations have condemned Thailand’s decision to fly nearly 100 Uighur Muslims back to China, warning that the Turkic language-speaking, largely Muslim minority would face persecution and abuse.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said it had previously been given assurances by Thai authorities that the group would receive protection, and that the group had indicated they did not wish to be deported.

Related: China: Uighurs blamed as 18 die in Xinjiang attack, says report

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Spokane Bosnian Center Vandalized With “Death To Islam” Message

Loon Watch - 8 July, 2015 - 19:34

What the heck is going on? Are “Death to Islam” signs all the rage these days? First you had a bar in Pennsylvania putting up such signs and now you have a Bosnian Muslim community center vandalized in Spokane, Washington with the same hate message. Coincidentally, this also comes on the heels of the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica in which 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed. When are Islamophobes going to get more creative and change up the hate message?

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#‎CAIR‬-WA: Interfaith Leaders to Seek Federal Hate Crime Probe of ‘Death to Islam’ Vandalism Targeting Spokane Muslim Community Center

Leaders say incident is part of nationwide rise in hate crimes targeting American Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim

(SPOKANE, WA, 7/8/2015) – On Thursday, July 9, the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA), along with local Muslim, interfaith and community leaders, will hold a news conference to call on state law enforcement authorities and the FBI to investigate apparently bias-motivated vandalism targeting the Bosnia Herzegovina Heritage Association of Spokane.

The phrase “Death to Islam” was spray-painted on the exterior of the center, which is being used for Muslim prayers during the month-long fast of Ramadan, possibly while congregants were performing the evening prayers on Saturday, July 4. Worshipers saw the graffiti when they exited the center.

WHAT: Interfaith and Community Leaders to Seek Federal Hate Crime Investigation of Vandalism Targeting Spokane Muslim Community Center
WHEN: Thursday, July 9, 10:45 a.m.
WHERE: Bosnia Herzegovina Heritage Association of Spokane, 2110 East Broadway Avenue, Suite B, Spokane, WA 99202
CONTACT: CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari, 206-931-3655, abukhari@cair.com

The incident appears to fit a pattern of increased hate-motivated crimes nationwide targeting persons and property associated, or perceived to be associated, with Islam and the American Muslim community.

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NY Daily News: Man Who Made Death Threats Against CAIR Employee Gets Six Months House Arrest

Loon Watch - 8 July, 2015 - 19:17

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Mental health is a serious issue that shouldn’t be belittled or easily dismissed but one has to question why Muslims who commit a crime of violence are almost never treated in a like manner. There are people behind bars for plotting or aiding terrorism, due to nothing more than government entrapment, who are certifiable insane and in need of “medical help,” not lengthy jail sentences.

By John Marzulli, NY Daily News

A Queens kook was sentenced Tuesday to six months of house arrest and mental treatment for sending an email threatening to kill an employee of the Council on American Islamic Relations.

Bernhard Laufer, 57, is still facing attempted murder as a hate crime charges in state court for stabbing the caretaker of the Masjid Al-Saaliheen Mosque in Flushing in 2012 after uttering an anti-Muslim epithet.

Laufer made references to the stabbing attack in the vile rants to CAIR in 2014. He was free on $200,000 bail at the time.

“I’m sorry for what I did,” Laufer said in Brooklyn Federal Court. “I was not thinking logically. I need medical help.”

Judge Raymond Dearie said the one year that Laufer has spent in custody since his arrest on the federal charge was sufficient time served. But the judge expressed concern that there is no guarantee that psychiatric hospital will accept Laufer for in-patient treatment.

“I’m sure he’s not an inherently evil person, he just needs help,” Dearie said.

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The Ramadan of Adults Balanced with the Ramadan of Children

altmuslim - 8 July, 2015 - 18:20
This is Day 21 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Zaki Hasan It was the evening of June 17. The new moon was upon us, bringing in Ramadan right along with it. It was here. Go time. And no, I don’t mean Taraweeh prayer (although that happened too). Rather, I mean what happened [Read More...]

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