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224 Responses to Open Forum

  1. why born muslim dislike convert muslim says:

    I think this will be good to Address because a lot of born muslim think that they are better than the convert, they think the convert know nothing about the Deen of islam

    • YADA says:

      I like this topic! My masjid is all born Muslims except me so they feel like they know more than me. They feel that I can’t contribute to anything because of this and it’s very frustrating.

    • AbdulHakim619 says:

      I think this will be a good topic. I see the otherside, being a “revert”. I feel as if Im judged a bit because Im a revert who adhears to Quran and sunnah a bit more than alot of “born muslims” that I have came in contact with and known.

      • Yahya says:

        As Salaamu Alaikum ! Brother , last week this Indonesian ” Muslim ” brother I know asked me what that branch was in my mouth ! I said , ” It’s a miskwak ( tooth stick ) ya ikwani … ” He started laughing like a monkey & told me I was crazy & that he never heard of this miswak thing ! This same man told me once he wanted to become an Imam !!! It is very disgusting that people born in Dar Islam are some of the most clueless of the Din of Allah Az wa Jal

    • Anonymous says:

      I would like to see this but under a more broad topic discussing the general challenges that face new converts.
      This would be one thing under that topic.

      Another might be the challenges faced with family acceptance.

      Another might be the challenges in general faced with the changes that you make to your daily life–not celebrating holidays, dress, the changes to your lifestyle, etc. How you lose old friends and gain new because of the change.

    • Anonymous says:

      As someone that Accepted Islam in this country and in this culture I was fortunate to have born muslims wonder and question,”how in the midst of all this folley did you find Islam?” I was blessed to have a time of solitude and study and seldom if ever was my knowledge ever questioned and my response to the question was simple……..”Allah guides whom He wills……” I do however, understand the problem that is addressed here and know that it exsists. There should be NO feeling of superiority of ANY muslim over another…….no matter nationality, or length of time in our diin……a perfect example of this is Surah Al Abasa…..where Allah essentially chestised the prophet(pbuh) for going to try and teach those the prophet(pbuh) sought as opposed to the man who sought out the prophet(pbuh)

    • they think they are better than the converted because they were born and raised and the know alot about the religion and they have more insite i didnt join the religion until i was 16 and people at the Masjid i attend act funny torward me but i ignore the Kufars because clearly im there to praise Allah not them they judge people and make them feel uncomfortable wich is not Muslim like at all only Allah knows best right.

  2. Amira Larhrissi says:

    I think a discussion on wearing the headscarf in court houses would make a great topic. Here recently in my town a woman was arrested for wearing hijab to the courthouse. She was stopped at the metal detectors and told she had to take off her hijab and she refused and was arrested. Why are we forced to compromise our faith to enter a court room? Isnt this against our rights to practice our religion freely?

    • jafar abdul haqq as salafi says:

      yes it is a violation. she should refuse to take it off as it was allah who specificlly ordered a muslim wormen to cover up through his noble prophet muhammed saaws. we will be tested as true believers and we can not to focus of the straight path which have many deiviations.

      • Excuse me brother but this is not a “Fatwa Online” link nor is it an “Ask the Scholar” link. This is a link where the students suggest topics for the Open Forum. They are not asking questions and if they did have a question we have ample scholars here who are more than qualified to answer them. So unless you are typing a topic suggestion for the forum, please do not comment here

    • i trully agree with you when i go to the airport they force me into a room to take off my hijab becaude its policy but clerly the medal detecter can see what i have

  3. HALEEMAH says:

    A GOOD TOPIC WOULD BE ABOUT THE MOVIE “ALLAH MADE ME FUNNY” I SAVED THE ARTICLE SO IF SISTER ANEESAH, OR LAILA WANT TO CHECK IT OUT INSHA’ALLAH I CAN EMAIL IT, I READ IT, BUT JUST TO BE SAFE AND GET IT APPROVED.

    ANYWAYS, IT’S A COUPLE OF MUSLIMS AND A PASTOR WHO GO AROUND MAKING JOKES ABOUT THE MANY PROBLEMS THAT THEY FACE AS BEING MUSLIMS, THEY SAY IT’S GOOD THERAPY TO TOUCH ON SERIOUS SUBJECTS LIKE THAT BY MAKING FUN, OR JOKING ABOUT IT. SO I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD TOPIC TO DISCUSS AND SEE WHAT PPL HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS! DO THEY FEEL THAT IT’S OKAY BECAUSE THEY CLAIM IT’S THERAPY OR A GOOD WAY TO GET THEIR FEELINGS OUT, AND MAKE PPL AWARE? OR IS IT NOT OKAY SHOULD THEY STOP CRACKING JOKES AND MAKE PPL AWARE THE WAY THE PROPHET (SAW) WOULD HAVE DONE IT. TO JOKE OR NOT TO JOKE THAT IS THE QUESTION. I HOPE THAT’S A GOOD TOPIC INSHA’ALLAH. LOVE YOU FAMILY AS SALAAMU ALAIKOM

    • ANOTHER GOOD TOPIC IS HOW SOME BROTHERS IN THE WESTERN SOCIETY RUN AROUND IMMITATING THE KAFFIR AND CHASE WOMEN LIKE THEY ARE ANIMALS AND ALSO MUSLIMAH WHEN THEY SEE THEM THINK THAT THEY CAN ALSO USE AND ABUSE US ALSO AND ALSO THEY BEHAVE IN A MANNER THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE IN ISLAM AND THEY DONT FEEL NO SHAME SOME EVEN AFTER JUMMAH ON FRIDAYS WILL INTENTIONALLY WALK THROUGH THE SISTERS AND GIVE SALAMS GRRRRR

      • Natasha Dawes says:

        I see it all the time. Im a new revert and the brother who introdusted me to islam doesnt even go to ju mmah .the brothers will brag about going to clubs and getting drunk and picking up women. Lying to sisters to have sex and not marry them itt makes me scared to look for a husband

  4. HALEEMAH says:

    ANOTHER GOOD TOPIC CAN BE ABOUT A POINT SHEIKH KOBEISY BROUGHT ABOUT HOW OUR YOUTH’S BIGGEST COMPLAINT IS THAT ISLAM TO THEM HAS BECAME NOTHING BUT A SET OF RULES, DON’T DO THIS AND DON’T DO THAT! SO WHAT CAN WE AS PARENTS, AND AUNT’S AND UNCLE’S ETC DO TO TEACH THEM ISLAM AS A BEAUTIFUL WAY OF LIFE AND NOT AS JUST A SET OF RULES! HOW CAN WE GET THEM TO REALIZE AND SEE THE IMPORTANCE OF ISLAM, AND IT’S BEAUTIFUL WAY OF LIFE, IN A POSITIVE WAY THAT THEY CAN APPRECIATE

  5. I think a good topic would be: “Importance of teaching our children technology in addition to Islam”

    One of the things the Kafr Schools do have is they teach children computer skills and the likes. Muslims who home school do not teach this and many islamic Schools lack the funding for Computers and the likes.

    Thus what should we do..

    • marcia carrasco says:

      I think will be good to ask Islamic Relief Fund if they can help fund some computers for schools. And if the schools hold bake sales and the like to gather funds for purchasing computers. Since I am still learning things as a new convert I don’t know if Allah a;lows this sort of thing like a bake sale for raising funds. Also the schools can run ads for used pc’s to be donated to school and ask big companies if they will help raise funds for computers :)

    • Abdullah Muhammed Abdullah says:

      we should aware kids of new techknowledgy but also teach them the dangers of internet use, but lailanasheeba that is a good idea, And Oh by the way I am Abdullah.

  6. HALEEMAH-A LIST OF TOPICS says:

    1. SO MANY MUSLIMS IMITATE THE KAFIR IN THEIR TALK, DRESS, AND WALK, WHAT’S WRONG WITH BEING MUSLIM? WHY DO SO MANY MUSLIMS HIDE THEIR ISLAM?

    2. MUSLIM WOMEN WORKING WHEN THEY DON’T HAVE TOO, ARE THEY BEING FORCED? HAVE THE ROLE’S OF A HUSBAND AND WIFE BEEN FORGOTTEN? WHAT’S THE DEAL?

    3. TELEVISION, NOW DAYS EVEN THE CARTOONS ARE TOXIC, HOW IS TELEVISION AFFECTING THE MUSLIMS, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THE KIDS?

    4. MUSLIMS ARE PEACEFUL AND HUMBLE SO WHY ARE WE VIEWED AS TERRORIST? WHAT ARE WE DOING TO FIX IT, OR ARE WE ADDING TO THE PROBLEM?

    THAT’S ALL I COULD COME UP WITH AT THE MOMENT :0)

  7. ameenahch says:

    1. Recently in Australia there was a call to ban hijabs in shopping centers and banks. Maybe we could discuss the intolerance or tolerance of Islam in the west, and are some countries more tolerant than others?

    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/business/story/0,,24916184-36418,00.html

    2. One of our well known lectures in Australia was accused of saying in Islam men were allowed to rape and hit their wives if they refused to have sex or were disobedient. Unfortunately he was badly misrepresented by the media and forced by our prime minister to “apologise to Australia”. We could discuss the role of the media in the negative portrayal of Islam? Why do they want to make Islam seem extreme and ugly and women as oppressed and abused? And what can we do to help that?

    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,,24947264-5006785,00.html

  8. HALEEMAH- THE PROTEST says:

    WE CAN TALK ABOUT THE CLIP THAT LAILA SENT OUT WHERE THE CHRISTIANS PROTESTED AT THE MASJID IN FLORIDA, YELLING OUT BAD THINGS ABOUT OUR PROPHET (P) AND HOW THE MUSLIMS RESPONDED

  9. HALEEMAH says:

    WE’VE TALKED ABOUT MUSLIM MANNERS AT THE MASJID NOW LETS TALK ABOUT HOW CAN WE GET THE MUSLIMS BACK IN THE MASJID TO LEARN AND REMEMBER ALLAH RATHER THAN GOSSIP AND BE READY TO LEAVE JUST AS SOON AS THEY CAME

  10. Marissa says:

    I think the topic of wearing a Hijab in a courtroom would be a great topic.

  11. HALEEMAH- says:

    LETS TALK ABOUT THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE WITH SISTER AASIYAH HASSAN, AND HER HUSBAND WHO WAS THE CEO OF BRIDGES T.V.Muzzammil “Mo” Hassan is accused of beheading his wife, days after she filed for divorce. I WILL INSHA’ALLAH SEND THE ARTICLE

  12. Amira says:

    I think a great topic to discuss is why so many Muslims choose to debate with the Christians and choose to lean on the Bible to debate. We all know that the Bible no longer exists in the orignal form and that the Quran was perfected for us by Allah so why do so many still use the Bible in dawah?

    • Sister Aliina says:

      I know what u mean. I saw in a discussion board with muslims trying to comprehend on how to reach the non-muslims if they can’t use something that is familiar to them like i.e. the bible. Also seen this on youtube, i’m thinking….what’s the point? We are not trying to sell Islam, Islam is the truth, and whatever evidence u need to share with non-muslims will be in the Qur’an, not in the previous revealations, like u said, that does not exist in it’s original form…..They juss need to let that go

  13. Amira Larhrissi says:

    I have seen many comments in class on how they should react to how others make comments to them about being Muslim in public. Not living in a Muslim country and many being new to Islam I think a great forum topic on How to we respond to the negative comments we receive from non believers. I think we can all learn from each others experiences.

  14. Amira Larhrissi says:

    Open Forum Topic- Working Muslimahs or Stay at home? Why are so many married Muslimahs going out into the work force when they have children? Is it because they are forced? Strong desires for the dunya? How is this effecting our next generation of Muslims?

  15. Amira Larhrissi says:

    Open Forum Topic- A Muslim in a family of unbelievers. Wow we have so many new converts to Islam alhamdulillah and so many is class asking how we should handle our Kuffer family members. How do we handle their reactions? How to earn the respect of the unbelievers and accept the hijab and our beliefs. So many dealing with this issue and I think getting it out in the open to see how others handle their families could help a new convert with what they are facing now.

  16. Amira Larhrissi says:

    Open Forum Topic- Muslims befriending the Kaffers? It has come to our attention now with so many new Muslims joining class and so much fitanah that it really has boiled down to who we have chosen to befriend. Why are so many Muslims chosing to befriend the non believers? We need to discuss why we should not do this and the many dangers that can fall upon us for doing so. We are who we associate with. To many joining classes with issues with Kaffer friends and Kaffer issues.

  17. missrahim says:

    Topic: Feminism in Islam
    and our own interpretations. Because I think Islam is liberating for women but some women argue to “reform” Islam and they call themselves Muslim. InshAllah we can discuss our own interpretations of feminism as Muslimahs.

  18. assalum alykum sister can we have a open forum abut right of wife to the husband inshallah

  19. missrahim says:

    As Salaamu Alaikum,

    Can we have an open forum on Choosing Friends (Muslim) and the importance of disassociating with non-Muslim friends, inshallah?

    Sis. Amira

  20. TALIB says:

    I BELIEVE THAT A GREAT TOPIC FOR A LECTURE WOULD BE THE WESTERN INFLUENCE ON MUSLIMS IN GENERAL. FOR EXAMPLE THE MUSIC, MIXTURE OF HIJAB AND TIGHT JEANS ETC…

  21. Stephanie says:

    I’ve noticed that some of the muslims from packistan from where I’m from have incorperated their deen in with Islam and said the clothes their whearing are islamic clothes when their really wearing clothes form their culture or the’ll say my name is not a good name because it’s an american name. So I think a good forum to dicuss would be being aware what is culteral aposed to what is islamic

    • felisha shabazz says:

      I believe this is a very important topic since it seems to be everyone’s “thing” these days….no more Islam but alot of culture.

  22. HALEEMAH says:

    THE STATE OF OUR UMMAH! LOOK AROUND WHAT DO YOU SEE, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE MUSLIM UMMAH? ARE WE EARNING ALLAH’S LOVE OR HIS WRATH? LETS TALK ABOUT IT!

  23. ROCIO says:

    ASSALAMU ALAIKUM
    I THINK IT WOULD BE A GOOD TOPIC TALKING ABOUT JESUS PBUH, THAT HE WAS A PROPHET NOT THE SON OF ALLAH LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK, INCLUDING MYSELF I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HIS LIFE INSHALLAH.

  24. Muslim says:

    RACISM IN ISLAM. MY AMERICAN FRIEND MOVED TO KUWAIT WITH HER KUWAITI HUSBAND 4 YEARS AGO AND NOW THAT HER CHILDREN ARE ENTERING SCHOOL (MOTHER IS AMERICAN MUSLIM AND FATHER IS KUWATI). THEY ARE BEING BULLIED BY KUWAITI KIDS BEING CALLED AMERICAN DOGS, AMERICAN PIGS, ETC. AND THIS IS FROM SO CALLED MUSLIMS. WHEN THE PARENTS COMPLAIN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE SCHOOL DOES NOTHING. SO, PLEASE HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT RACISM IN ISLAMIC SOCIETY! ESPECIALLY AGAINST REVERTS.

    • Fatima says:

      There is a great lecture on this issue by Sheik Kalid Yasin, I recommend you see it, inshAllah may you benefit from it as I have.

  25. Muslim says:

    AND THE CHILDREN HAVE EVEN HIT HER CHILDREN AND PUSHED THEM AROUND PHYSICALLY BECAUSE THEY ARE HALF AMERICAN!

  26. Mohamed Osman says:

    As salam alaikum I am in need of learning Arabic so i can read the quran inshallah, i was wondering if there is tajweed classes.

    wa alaikum as salam

  27. Yahyamoro says:

    As Salaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah ! I am having a problem . Alhamdulillah I accepted Al Islam in 1989 but my wife is non Muslim . A few years back , I took her to a Masjid to try to make her more confortable toward Al Islam . Many of the sisters there seemed afraid to talk to her & some were very rude . She now dislikes to go anywhere near a Masjid . I was invited to a get together @ a brother’s home on Eid ul Fitr with my wife & the Muslims were all chatting to themselves while she sat alone in the kitchen with my hosts wife ! If there is no way for me to convince her that Al Islam is the correct way of life if Muslims are acting like this is it still Hallal for me to be married to this woman ? I am in a cross roads because she is a good woman .

    • Subhanallah if she were such a good woman she would be muslim and allah says to marry a poor believing slave would be better than marrying the women from the people of the book. Allah makes muslims – not you or me. If having a muslim wife is that important to you then you should have married a Muslim. If your wife believes in Allah she would be muslim and not make her decision on the behavior of others because everyon knows the greatest hipocrits of all time are christains. So may allah help you brother

  28. Anonymous says:

    Lets talk about the state of the world and how we are living in times that were spoken about to us from our Prophet(from Allaah arent u worried
    that Allaah will sound the truimph with the state of the Dunya??? I know i heard before that Allaah will not bring this to a end as long as there are people following him so thats a question for clarity from the knowlegdable ones please.

    ;;

  29. lanea says:

    i saw this in one of the news papers in the uk i was wondering what do you think?????

    should this ban go a head or should we fight for our rights

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1195052/Why-I-British-Muslim-woman-want-burkha-banned-streets.html

  30. lanea says:

    have a look at this………………… http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/11/rightwing-anti-fascist-protesters-riot

    Is britain becoming fascist?????

  31. HALEEMAH says:

    SINCE 9/11 SO MANY PPL ARE COMING TO ISLAM AND WE SAY MASHA’ALLAH! BUT ARE THEY COMING TO ISLAM BECAUSE OF THE BEAUTY OF IT OR ARE THEY COMING BECAUSE ISLAM IS NOW BECOMING WESTERNIZED BY MOST MUSLIMS? LETS TALK ABOUT IT!

  32. Amira Larhrissi says:

    I think mixing with the opposite sex needs to be addressed. I see so many sisters on FB and Myspace that are regular sisters continuely adding men to their pages and they say its for dawah. Astagfirallah. How does one expect to be blessed by Allah by sending someone to the website in a Haram way? This has always been a big problem and by sisters adding the brothers it makes it harder for the ones who are trying to obey Allah by not adding men because these brothers are private messaging us. This needs to be addressed so these sisters can learn WHY we dont mix with the opposite sex even for dawah efforts. Allah does not need the sisters to bring the men to class. He can do that on his on and the brothers in our class can bring them. Inshallah you will consider this as a forum topic.

  33. Alban says:

    Asalamu alaikum!

    I’d like us to speak of the good we’ve gotten from this religion. How this life has changed our lives.

    Topic: “How have you changed lately, since you increased in knowledge? and How can others benefit from your behavior?”

  34. Umm Ayman says:

    Complete Stranger Marriages, could be a dangerous thing…
    Read this and what’s your opinion: http://www.tariqnelson.com/2006/12/complete-stranger-marriages/

  35. Umm Ayman says:

    Fatima’s story

    Fatima contacted the BBC World Service citizen journalism project, Your Story, because she wanted to share her experiences of sexual abuse growing up within a strict Muslim family in Abu Dhabi.

    She suffered many years of abuse before she finally told her mother what had been going on.

    Fatima is now 26. She lives in the United States of America where she has just been given asylum and citizenship after establishing that she would be in danger if she returned to her home country.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7966086.stm

  36. HALEEMAH says:

    HARAM POLICE! WHY IS IT HARD FOR SO MANY MUSLIMS TO BE A STUDENT, WHAT IS UP WITH EVERYONE WANTING TO TEACH ISLAM WITH NO KNOWLEDGE? THERE SEEMS TO BE A GROWING NUMBER OF THESE “HARAM POLICE” WHO MAKE IT HARDER FOR THE MUSLIMS. MAYBE IF WE TALK ABOUT THE ISSUE WE CAN GET PPL TO WAKE UP, AND BECOME STUDENTS WITH KNOWLEDGE INSTEAD OF TRYING TO BE SO CALLED “TEACHERS” WITH NO KNOWLEDGE! LETS TALK ABOUT IT!!!!

  37. sumaiyah says:

    As salaamu alaikum wr wb
    Alhamdulillah
    I thought this was interesting. Women in kuwait refusing to wear hijab in parliment. They fighting for so many women rights there and are allowed to vote and be mp’s and want to strip laws and etc. Read it inshaAllah maybe this will be good.

    http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/independent-woman/issues/kuwaiti-women-mps-refuse-to-wear-hijab-in-parliament-1911343.html

  38. Suzanne Sammour says:

    as salam alykum,

    i think this would be a good topic,abuse of women in the muslim world

  39. HALEEMAH says:

    “WHEN DEALING WITH HARDSHIPS” A TRUE BELIEVER WORSHIPS ALLAH EVEN WHEN EXPERIENCING HARDSHIPS, TOO OFTEN WE COMPLAIN WHEN HARDSHIPS OCCUR, LETS TURN THE TABLES AND TALK ABOUT THE BENEFITS THAT CAME OUT OF OUR HARDSHIPS AND HOW THEY HAVE MADE US STRONGER, AND MAYBE WE CAN HELP OTHERS TO PRAISE ALLAH IN THE TIME OF DIFFICULTY. LETS TALK ABOUT IT!

  40. Shannon S. says:

    I think a good topic for Open Forum would be why do Muslims devote so much time to political issues. In many instances, Allah already told us many of the things that are happening and why. Is this really using our time wisely as Muslims? Does this time trying to push political agendas or participate in political events take us away from Allah and our deen, does it just create more fitnah, or is it helpful to the ummah?
    What does everybody think about this?

  41. “Muslim Population in the Military Raises Difficult Issues” Some think that muslims should not be in the military, what do you think???

  42. Umm Ayman says:

    MY SUGGESTION IS TO TALK ABOUT HOW THE SITE AND CLASSES HAVE HELPED US IN OUR EVERYDAY LIFE. HOW ALLAH GUIDED US TO SUNNAHFOLLOWERS AND HOW IT’S CHANGED OUR LIVES AND FAMILIES.

  43. Umm Ayman says:

    I CAME ACROSS THIS VIDEO POSTED BY SISTER ON FACEBOOK, IT A NEW PHENOMENON AMONGS YOUNG MUSLIMS CALLED TAQWA-CORE (ASTAGFRULILLAH)

    HERE IS THE LINK FOR THE TRAILER (KEEP A BAG NEAR BY YOU MAY VOMIT)
    *ALSO CONTAINS MUSIC * :

    Taqwacore is a genre of punk music dealing with Islam and its culture, originally conceived in Michael Muhammad Knight’s novel, The Taqwacores.
    (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

  44. .... says:

    muslims that are afraid to put on the hijab

  45. Latifah says:

    Today is Hijab day, and women of all faiths are being encouraged to cover in support of some of our European sisters who are either being told not to wear or being fined for wearing hijab.

    The Netherlands is proposing a tax on our hijabed sisters.

    I think that this would make an excellent open forum topic as wearing hijab is not a right to be given to us by any human government but our duty to Allah (swt).

  46. AISHA FATIMAH says:

    Lately I have been reading alot about honour killings in the news.

    Here is the link to a story of A syrian father who threatened to kill his daughter for his own crazy reasons.

    http://v1.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20091112.COWENT12ART2009/TPStory/TPComment/

    His actions caused his daughter to leave Islam and got him 1 year in Jail.

  47. Humza says:

    Salam,

    If you want, I can give you a board for your website on my forum (http://ourislamic.com/forums.html).

    I would like to work with you, please let me know if you are interested.

    Jazakallah,
    Humza

  48. Amira Larhrissi says:

    I think a good hot topic would be why do Muslims celebrate Christmas? Why do they feel it just a cultural thing and not related to religion? I see so many talking of Christmas Shopping and tree trimming and it blows my mind. They even take these practices into our own EIDS such as trees and lights. Uggggh love to hear others opinions.

    • Fatima says:

      most people don’t really know why christians celebrate christmas becuase the holiday itself has become nothing but a big sham about getting and giving gifts. It’s amazing how they say “ignorance is bliss” when its actually the opposite

      Like Um Ayman says we’ve warned already by the Prophet (PBUH) and may Allah(SWT) protect us and guide us onto the right path. Ameen

  49. Umm Ayman says:

    Muslims today have falling to the glamor that the disbelievers have set… Why do Muslims allow the disbelievers to define what beauty is? We already have been warn by our Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said “Surely, you will follow the ways of those nations who were before you….”

    We should not imitate the Kufars, yet most are heedless to this warning. Women plucking their eyebrows, men shaving their beards, who defines this as beauty…
    I think we should discuss this in the forum…
    “Muslims and Standards of Beauty… who decided?….

  50. Kayla says:

    i like Ummayans comment!

  51. Fatima says:

    What I see when I leave my home nowadays truly scares me and saddens me aswell. Most parents, muslim parents have become so laxed that their children are either bratty or just not well behaved.How can they think they can control them in their later years when they can’t do that now. Also most muslims in the west have adopted many of american cultures, like making their kids move out at 18, this will only lead to disaster!!

    Can we discuss why we feel the need to assimulate or change ourselves jusst because we had problems and left our countries?

  52. Amina Hassan says:

    Is the word Allah only for Muslims…? Well 43,000 Malaysians protested online, they are “Protesting the use of the name Allah by non-Muslims.” Also there has been a total of six churches that have been set on fire because of this… I think we should discuss this in the forum and these are some articles about what’s happen..

    Malaysia “Allah” row spills on to Facebook: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100104/wr_nm/us_malaysia_allah

    Further Attacks on Churches in Malaysia: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/285397

  53. HALEEMAH HARRIS says:

    DEATH IS COMING AT US FROM ALL ANGLES, CALAMITIES, ARE EVERYWHERE, ARE WE PREPARED FOR DEATH? ARE WE CONCERNED WITH THE RIGHT THINGS AS MUSLIMS THESE DAYS? ALTHOUGH THIS IS A SCARY TOPIC WE ALL NEED A WAKE UP CALL! LETS TALK ABOUT IT!

  54. cindy says:

    Is smoking haram in islam?

  55. shujakakar says:

    assalamoalaikum my dear brothers and sisters.i want to say that those who dislike hijaab actually thay are afraid of islam and musalims.do agree or not.

  56. Nadia Chowdhury says:

    people who make out a mockery of islam therefore making fun of the hijab openly ,discouraging others to wear it ….while not seeing the harm in doing so …..

  57. Nadia Chowdhury says:

    i mean discouraging people who wear it …

  58. Amina Hassan says:

    Since the last forum was about death and what we have prepared… I think we should talk about balancing the Dunya, things like work, school, family life with the Remembrance of Allah… Many Muslims use the excuse that they are too busy to do the things that we are commanded to do. This can be very dangerous as many of us have witness, we when you forget Allah, Allah will make you forget yourself. How true are these words.

  59. Ridwan says:

    we should do practicing Islam in a Professional environment and discuss way to deal prayer or other Islamic situations that may appear

  60. AISHA FATIMAH says:

    CAN PRACTICING MUSLIMS BE FULLY INTEGRATED INTO WESTERN SOCIETY???

    I think this would be a great topic. Many muslim think they need to dress, act and live like the non muslims to be a part of western society. They consider the muslims that practice Islam in all aspects of their life to be backwards. Of course I believe Islam will never be out dated.

  61. Fatima Manocchio says:

    Asalaam Alaikum,

    I know this website teaches purely from the Quran and Sunnah.

    But would it be possible to have a discussion on who the 4 imams are and what their schools of thought are?

    Its not that I plan to follow one, as I truly believe in just purley following the quran and sunnah.

    I just feel that I should have some basic knowledge on who they are. As I feel extremely ignorant in that particular subject. And why it is that people choose to follow one Imam as opposed to the other.

    I know that its a very indepth subject, but basic information just so I can be informed on the subject would be great.

    Thank you.

    • Discussion on the 4 Imams would be knowledge that is not of any benefit and would only lead to argumentation and debate as what always happens when we deviate away from the truth to that which is not.

  62. Zaynab says:

    As-salam alaikum
    i’m trying to learn tashahhud by myself. what isthe best way?
    no one say it out loud to hear how it sounds, i understood and got the top part. but, having trouble with the other half.
    what website should be best to read and hear the tashahhud and other prayers.

  63. No one here accused you of not being a muslim neither has anyone here accused you of being fun. I simply informed you that this is for suggestions for topics and I gave you the proper link to answer your question. Do not be quick to think the worst of others, sister. Finally to join our classes simply http://sunnahfollowers.net and you can ask questions to me live there.

  64. abdul raqib muhammad says:

    as salamu alaikum!!!!!!!!! i feel that as a man a good topic would be the beard! i been muslim for about 15 years and i still struggle with growing the beard. i live in newark nj and we have many salif masjids!!!!!!!! but the beard is not excepted in many places of work ext. i grow the beard, then trim, then grow then trim. i know that it is sunnah to grow the beard and trim the mustache but lie i said this would be a good topic for me to hear. ALLAH knows best. may ALLAH swt bless us to be stronge in this dunya, and to open our eyes before our eyes are closed. AMIN!!!!!!!!!!

  65. ABDUL RAQIB MUHAMMAD says:

    as salamu alaykum!!!!!!!!!! i was on aol today and found one of the worst things i ever saw n my life. as i write this my body is being over filled with hate for the non muslim……………….. i dont want to hurt any one nore do i attack ppl for what they believe but i hate whoever is involed in this……….. facebook had a draw a cartoon of muhammad saws. day! this is hard for me. i have a facebook account and let this be a warning to every muslim with a facebook account! this is not for us………… let the kafr have it. this is the page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Everybody-Draw-Mohammed-Day/121369914543425?v=wall

  66. Daisy says:

    I think we should discuss the reactions of these Muslims at a university after they saw a clip or a photo of Muhammad. Was it appropriate for them to argue and yell out allau akbar or should they have taking a different approach??. – http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/sodahead-brief-are-americans-afraid-of-muhammad/question-1010887/?page=38&link=ibaf&imgurl=http://www.rosaries.divine-mother.com/img/golden_pic_of_mother_mary4.jpg&q=mary%2Bwears%2Bhijab

  67. Aisha Fatimah says:

    Does a BA in Islamic Studies make you a scholar!!!!

    These days many people think they must have a degree in Islamic studies to understand and teach Islam…..may use as a sign of status…..however the fact is RasulAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam did not hand out degrees or certificates…..so why do it any other way???

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    NYC bus ads asking ‘Leaving Islam?’ cause a stir
    Deepti Hajela (AP, May 26, 2010)

    New York, USA – The questions on the ads aren’t subtle: Leaving Islam? Fatwa on your head? Is your family threatening you?

    A conservative activist and the organizations she leads have paid several thousand dollars for the ads to run on at least 30 city buses for a month. The ads point to a website called RefugefromIslam.com, which offers information to those wishing to leave Islam, but some Muslims are calling the ads a smoke screen for an anti-Muslim agenda.

    Pamela Geller, who leads an organization called Stop Islamization of America, said the ads were meant to help provide resources for Muslims who are fearful of leaving the faith.

    “It’s not offensive to Muslims, it’s religious freedom,” she said. “It’s not targeted at practicing Muslims. It doesn’t say ‘leave,’ it says ‘leaving’ with a question mark.”

    Geller said the ad buy cost about $8,000, contributed by the readers of her blog, Atlas Shrugs, and other websites. Similar ads have run on buses in Miami, and she said ad buys were planned for other cities.

    Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said Geller’s ad was reviewed and did not violate the agency’s guidelines.

    “The religion in question would not change the determination that the language in the ad does not violate guidelines,” MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said Wednesday.

    All ads are screened, MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said. Most are reviewed by the company that handles the MTA’s advertising opportunities, but some are sent to the MTA for ultimate approval.

    Last month, Miami-Dade Transit pulled the ads from 10 buses after deciding they “may be offensive to Islam,” according to The Miami Herald. But the agency decided to reinstall them after reviewing the ads with the county attorney’s office.

    The county decided “although they may be considered offensive by some, they do not fall under the general guidelines that would warrant their removal,” Transit spokesman Clinton Forbes told the newspaper.

    Glenn Smith, a professor at California Western School of Law in San Diego, said discriminating against the ads could result in First Amendment issues for the city.

    While people may find the content objectionable, courts have ruled that the First Amendment requires Americans to put up with “a lot of unenlightened and objectionable messages,” he said.

    NEW YORK — The questions on the ads aren’t subtle: Leaving Islam? Fatwa on your head? Is your family threatening you?

    A conservative activist and the organizations she leads have paid several thousand dollars for the ads to run on at least 30 city buses for a month. The ads point to a website called RefugefromIslam.com, which offers information to those wishing to leave Islam, but some Muslims are calling the ads a smoke screen for an anti-Muslim agenda.

    Pamela Geller, who leads an organization called Stop Islamization of America, said the ads were meant to help provide resources for Muslims who are fearful of leaving the faith.

    “It’s not offensive to Muslims, it’s religious freedom,” she said. “It’s not targeted at practicing Muslims. It doesn’t say ‘leave,’ it says ‘leaving’ with a question mark.”

    Geller said the ad buy cost about $8,000, contributed by the readers of her blog, Atlas Shrugs, and other websites. Similar ads have run on buses in Miami, and she said ad buys were planned for other cities.

    Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said Geller’s ad was reviewed and did not violate the agency’s guidelines.

    “The religion in question would not change the determination that the language in the ad does not violate guidelines,” MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said Wednesday.

    All ads are screened, MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said. Most are reviewed by the company that handles the MTA’s advertising opportunities, but some are sent to the MTA for ultimate approval.

    Last month, Miami-Dade Transit pulled the ads from 10 buses after deciding they “may be offensive to Islam,” according to The Miami Herald. But the agency decided to reinstall them after reviewing the ads with the county attorney’s office.

    The county decided “although they may be considered offensive by some, they do not fall under the general guidelines that would warrant their removal,” Transit spokesman Clinton Forbes told the newspaper.

    Glenn Smith, a professor at California Western School of Law in San Diego, said discriminating against the ads could result in First Amendment issues for the city.

    While people may find the content objectionable, courts have ruled that the First Amendment requires Americans to put up with “a lot of unenlightened and objectionable messages,” he said.

    “It’s sort of the price of keeping government out of the marketplace of ideas,” he said.

    Eugene Volokh, a First Amendment expert at UCLA School of Law, said the ads could leave some Muslims reluctant to ride the bus. There could also be a risk that some extremist groups might bomb the buses, although that possibility wouldn’t limit free speech rights, he said.

    The agency had received no complaints since the ads went up on May 14, MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said. The 30 or so buses with the ads pass through all five boroughs of the city.

    Council member Robert Jackson, a Muslim, said he had not seen the ad. But he questioned the criteria the MTA uses in determining what is appropriate.

    He also takes issue with the content. He doesn’t believe anyone is being forced to stay in a religion, especially in America, which was built on religious freedom.

    “I think this is a campaign by the extreme right, those that are against the Muslim religion,” he said. “Quite frankly, I would think the average New Yorker would take it for what it’s worth.”

    Faiza Ali, of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the ads were based on a false premise that people face coercion to remain with Islam. She said Muslims believe faith that is forced is not true belief.

    “Geller is free to say what she likes just as concerned community members are free to criticize her motives,” Ali said.

    Geller has a history of speaking out against Muslims, and the ads are “a smoke screen to advance her long-standing history of anti-Muslim bigotry,” Ali said.

    Geller said she had no problem with Muslims, but was working to “maintain the separation of mosque and state.” She is also among those speaking out against the building of a mosque and cultural center near ground zero.
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    Young. British. Female. Muslim.
    Sarah Harris (“Times Online,” May 29, 2010)

    London, UK – It’s a controversial time for British women to be wearing the hijab, the basic Muslim headscarf. Last month, Belgium became the first European country to pass legislation to ban the burka (the most concealing of Islamic veils), calling it a “threat” to female dignity, while France looks poised to follow suit. In Italy earlier this month, a Muslim woman was fined €500 (£430) for wearing the Islamic veil outside a post office.

    And yet, while less than 2 per cent of the population now attends a Church of England service every week, the number of female converts to Islam is on the rise. At the London Central Mosque in Regent’s Park, women account for roughly two thirds of the “New Muslims” who make their official declarations of faith there – and most of them are under the age of 30.

    Conversion statistics are frustratingly patchy, but at the time of the 2001 Census, there were at least 30,000 British Muslim converts in the UK. According to Kevin Brice, of the Centre for Migration Policy Research, Swansea University, this number may now be closer to 50,000 – and the majority are women. “Basic analysis shows that increasing numbers of young, university-educated women in their twenties and thirties are converting to Islam,” confirms Brice.

    “Our liberal, pluralistic 21st-century society means we can choose our careers, our politics – and we can pick and choose who we want to be spiritually,” explains Dr Mohammad S. Seddon, lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Chester. We’re in an era of the “religious supermarket”, he says.

    Joanne Bailey

    Solicitor, 30, Bradford

    “The first time I wore my hijab into the office, I was so nervous, I stood outside on the phone to my friend for ages going, ‘What on earth is everyone going to say?’ When I walked in, a couple of people asked, ‘Why are you wearing that scarf? I didn’t know you were a Muslim.’

    “I’m the last person you’d expect to convert to Islam: I had a very sheltered, working-class upbringing in South Yorkshire. I’d hardly even seen a Muslim before I went to university.

    “In my first job at a solicitor’s firm in Barnsley, I remember desperately trying to play the role of the young, single, career woman: obsessively dieting, shopping and going to bars – but I never felt truly comfortable.

    “Then one afternoon in 2004 everything changed: I was chatting to a Muslim friend over coffee, when he noticed the little gold crucifix around my neck. He said, ‘Do you believe in God, then?’ I wore it more for fashion than religion and said, ‘No, I don’t think so,’ and he started talking about his faith.

    “I brushed him off at first, but his words stuck in my mind. A few days later, I found myself ordering a copy of the Koran on the internet.

    “It took me a while to work up the courage to go to a women’s social event run by the Leeds New Muslims group. I remember hovering outside the door thinking, ‘What the hell am I doing here?’ I imagined they would be dressed head-to-toe in black robes: what could I, a 25-year-old, blonde English girl, possibly have in common with them?

    “But when I walked in, none of them fitted the stereotype of the oppressed Muslim housewife; they were all doctors, teachers and psychiatrists. I was struck by how content and secure they seemed. It was meeting these women, more than any of the books I read, that convinced me that I wanted to become a Muslim.

    “After four years, in March 2008, I made the declaration of faith at a friend’s house. At first, I was anxious that I hadn’t done the right thing, but I soon relaxed into it – a bit like starting a new job.

    “A few months later, I sat my parents down and said, ‘I’ve got something to tell you.’ There was a silence and my mum said, ‘You’re going to become Muslim, aren’t you?’ She burst into tears and kept asking things like, ‘What happens when you get married? Do you have to cover up? What about your job?’ I tried to reassure her that I’d still be me, but she was concerned for my welfare.

    “Contrary to what most people think, Islam doesn’t oppress me; it lets me be the person that I was all along. Now I’m so much more content and grateful for the things I’ve got. A few months ago, I got engaged to a Muslim solicitor I met on a training course. He has absolutely no problem with my career, but I do agree with the Islamic perspective on the traditional roles for men and women. I want to look after my husband and children, but I also want my independence. I’m proud to be British and I’m proud to be Muslim – and I don’t see them as conflicting in any way.”

    Aqeela Lindsay Wheeler

    Housewife and mother, 26, Leicester

    “As a teenager I thought all religion was pathetic. I used to spend every weekend getting drunk outside the leisure centre, in high-heeled sandals and miniskirts. My view was: what’s the point in putting restrictions on yourself? You only live once.

    “At university, I lived the typical student existence, drinking and going clubbing, but I’d always wake up the next morning with a hangover and think, what’s the point?

    “It wasn’t until my second year that I met Hussein. I knew he was a Muslim, but we were falling in love, so I brushed the whole issue of religion under the carpet. But six months into our relationship, he told me that being with me was ‘against his faith’.

    “I was so confused. That night I sat up all night reading two books on Islam that Hussein had given me. I remember bursting into tears because I was so overwhelmed. I thought, ‘This could be the whole meaning of life.’ But I had a lot of questions: why should I cover my head? Why can’t I eat what I like?

    “I started talking to Muslim women at university and they completely changed my view. They were educated, successful – and actually found the headscarf liberating. I was convinced, and three weeks later officially converted to Islam.

    “When I told my mum a few weeks later, I don’t think she took it seriously. She made a few comments like, ‘Why would you wear that scarf? You’ve got lovely hair,’ but she didn’t seem to understand what it meant.

    “My best friend at university completely turned on me: she couldn’t understand how one week I was out clubbing, and the next I’d given everything up and converted to Islam. She was too close to my old life, so I don’t regret losing her as a friend.

    “I chose the name Aqeela because it means ‘sensible and intelligent’ – and that’s what I was aspiring to become when I converted to Islam six years ago. I became a whole new person: everything to do with Lindsay, I’ve erased from my memory.

    “The most difficult thing was changing the way I dressed, because I was always so fashion-conscious. The first time I tried on the hijab, I remember sitting in front of the mirror, thinking, ‘What am I doing putting a piece of cloth over my head? I look crazy!’ Now I’d feel naked without it and only occasionally daydream about feeling the wind blow through my hair. Once or twice, I’ve come home and burst into tears because of how frumpy I feel – but that’s just vanity.

    “It’s a relief not to feel that pressure any more. Wearing the hijab reminds me that all I need to do is serve God and be humble. I’ve even gone through phases of wearing the niqab [face veil] because I felt it was more appropriate – but it can cause problems, too.

    “When people see a white girl wearing a niqab they assume I’ve stuck my fingers up at my own culture to ‘follow a bunch of Asians’. I’ve even had teenage boys shout at me in the street, ‘Get that s*** off your head, you white bastard.’ After the London bombings, I was scared to walk about in the streets for fear of retaliation.

    “For the most part, I have a very happy life. I married Hussein and now we have a one-year-old son, Zakir. We try to follow the traditional Muslim roles: I’m foremost a housewife and mother, while he goes out to work. I used to dream of having a successful career as a psychologist, but now it’s not something I desire.

    “Becoming a Muslim certainly wasn’t an easy way out. This life can sometimes feel like a prison, with so many rules and restrictions, but we believe that we will be rewarded in the afterlife.”

    Catherine Heseltine

    Nursery school teacher, 31, North London

    “If you’d asked me at the age of 16 if I’d like to become a Muslim, I would have said, ‘No thanks.’ I was quite happy drinking, partying and fitting in with my friends.

    “Growing up in North London, we never practised religion at home; I always thought it was slightly old-fashioned and irrelevant. But when I met my future husband, Syed, in the sixth form, he challenged all my preconceptions. He was young, Muslim, believed in God – and yet he was normal. The only difference was that, unlike most teenage boys, he never drank.

    “A year later, we were head over heels in love, but we quickly realised: how could we be together if he was a Muslim and I wasn’t?

    “Before meeting Syed, I’d never actually questioned what I believed in; I’d just picked up my casual agnosticism through osmosis. So I started reading a few books on Islam out of curiosity.

    “In the beginning, the Koran appealed to me on an intellectual level; the emotional and spiritual side didn’t come until later. I loved its explanations of the natural world and discovered that 1,500 years ago, Islam gave women rights that they didn’t have here in the West until relatively recently. It was a revelation.

    “Religion wasn’t exactly a ‘cool’ thing to talk about, so for three years I kept my interest in Islam to myself. But in my first year at university, Syed and I decided to get married – and I knew it was time to tell my parents. My mum’s initial reaction was, ‘Couldn’t you just live together first?’ She had concerns about me rushing into marriage and the role of women in Muslim households – but no one realised how seriously I was taking my religious conversion. I remember going out for dinner with my dad and him saying, ‘Go on, have a glass of wine. I won’t tell Syed!’ A lot of people assumed I was only converting to Islam to keep his family happy, not because I believed in it.

    “Later that year, we had an enormous Bengali wedding, and moved into a flat together – but I certainly wasn’t chained to the kitchen sink. I didn’t even wear the hijab at all to start with, and wore a bandana or a hat instead.

    “I was used to getting a certain amount of attention from guys when I went out to clubs and bars, but I had to let that go. I gradually adopted the Islamic way of thinking: I wanted people to judge me for my intelligence and my character – not for the way I looked. It was empowering.

    “I’d never been part of a religious minority before, so that was a big adjustment, but my friends were very accepting. Some of them were a bit shocked: ‘What, no drink, no drugs, no men? I couldn’t do that!’ And it took a while for my male friends at university to remember things like not kissing me hello on the cheek any more. I’d have to say, ‘Sorry, it’s a Muslim thing.’

    “Over time, I actually became more religious than my husband. We started growing apart in other ways, too. In the end, I think the responsibility of marriage was too much for him; he became distant and disengaged. After seven years together, I decided to get a divorce.

    “When I moved back in with my parents, people were surprised I was still wandering around in a headscarf. But if anything, being on my own strengthened my faith: I began to gain a sense of myself as a Muslim, independent of him.

    “Islam has given me a sense of direction and purpose. I’m involved with the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, and lead campaigns against Islamophobia, discrimination against women in mosques, poverty and the situation in Palestine. When people call us ‘extremists’ or ‘the dark underbelly of British politics’, I just think it’s ridiculous. There are a lot of problems in the Muslim community, but when people feel under siege it makes progress even more difficult.

    “I still feel very much part of white British society, but I am also a Muslim. It has taken a while to fit those two identities together, but now I feel very confident being who I am. I’m part of both worlds and no one can take that away from me.”

    Sukina Douglas

    Spoken-word poet, 28, London

    “Before I found Islam, my gaze was firmly fixed on Africa. I was raised a Rastafarian and used to have crazy-long dreadlocks: one half blonde and the other half black.

    “Then, in 2005, my ex-boyfriend came back from a trip to Africa and announced that he’d converted to Islam. I was furious and told him he was ‘losing his African roots’. Why was he trying to be an Arab? It was so foreign to how I lived my life. Every time I saw a Muslim woman in the street I thought, ‘Why do they have to cover up like that? Aren’t they hot?’ It looked oppressive to me.

    “Islam was already in my consciousness, but when I started reading the autobiography of Malcolm X at university, something opened up inside me. One day I said to my best friend, Muneera, ‘I’m falling in love with Islam.’ She laughed and said, ‘Be quiet, Sukina!’ She only started exploring Islam to prove me wrong, but soon enough she started believing it, too.

    “I was always passionate about women’s rights; there was no way I would have entered a religion that sought to degrade me. So when I came across a book by a Moroccan feminist, it unravelled all my negative opinions: Islam didn’t oppress women; people did.

    “Before I converted, I conducted an experiment. I covered up in a long gypsy skirt and headscarf and went out. But I didn’t feel frumpy; I felt beautiful. I realised, I’m not a sexual commodity for men to lust after; I want to be judged for what I contribute mentally.

    “Muneera and I took our shahada [declaration of faith] together a few months later, and I cut my dreadlocks off to represent renewal: it was the beginning of a new life.

    “Just three weeks after our conversion, the 7/7 bombings happened; suddenly we were public enemy No 1. I’d never experienced racism in London before, but in the weeks after the bombs, people would throw eggs at me and say, ‘Go back to your own country,’ even though this was my country.

    “I’m not trying to shy away from any aspect of who I am. Some people dress in Arabian or Pakistani styles, but I’m British and Caribbean, so my national dress is Primark and Topshop, layered with colourful charity-shop scarves.

    “Six months after I converted, I got back together with my ex-boyfriend, and now we’re married. Our roles in the home are different, because we are different people, but he would never try to order me around; that’s not how I was raised.

    “Before I found Islam, I was a rebel without a cause, but now I have a purpose in life: I can identify my flaws and work towards becoming a better person. To me, being a Muslim means contributing to your society, no matter where you come from.”

    Catherine Huntley

    Retail assistant, 21, Bournemouth

    “My parents always thought I was abnormal, even before I became a Muslim. In my early teens, they’d find me watching TV on a Friday night and say, ‘What are you doing at home? Haven’t you got any friends to go out with?’

    “The truth was: I didn’t like alcohol, I’ve never tried smoking and I wasn’t interested in boys. You’d think they’d have been pleased.

    “I’ve always been quite a spiritual person, so when I started studying Islam in my first year of GCSEs, something just clicked. I would spend every lunchtime reading about Islam on the computer. I had peace in my heart and nothing else mattered any more. It was a weird experience – I’d found myself, but the person I found wasn’t like anyone else I knew.

    “I’d hardly ever seen a Muslim before, so I didn’t have any preconceptions, but my parents weren’t so open-minded. I hid all my Muslim books and headscarves in a drawer, because I was so scared they’d find out.

    “When I told my parents, they were horrified and said, ‘We’ll talk about it when you’re 18.’ But my passion for Islam just grew stronger. I started dressing more modestly and would secretly fast during Ramadan. I got very good at leading a double life until one day, when I was 17, I couldn’t wait any longer.

    “I sneaked out of the house, put my hijab in a carrier bag and got on the train to Bournemouth. I must have looked completely crazy putting it on in the train carriage, using a wastebin lid as a mirror. When a couple of old people gave me dirty looks, I didn’t care. For the first time in my life, I felt like myself.

    “A week after my conversion, my mum came marching into my room and said, ‘Have you got something to tell me?’ She pulled my certificate of conversion out of her pocket. I think they’d rather have found anything else at that point – drugs, cigarettes, condoms – because at least they could have put it down to teenage rebellion.

    “I could see the fear in her eyes. She couldn’t comprehend why I’d want to give up my freedom for the sake of a foreign religion. Why would I want to join all those terrorists and suicide bombers?

    “It was hard being a Muslim in my parents’ house. I’ll never forget one evening, there were two women in burkas on the front page of the newspaper, and they started joking, ‘That’ll be Catherine soon.’

    “They didn’t like me praying five times a day either; they thought it was ‘obsessive’. I’d pray right in front of my bedroom door so my mum couldn’t walk in, but she would always call upstairs, ‘Catherine, do you want a cup of tea?’ just so I’d have to stop.

    “Four years on, my grandad still says things like, ‘Muslim women have to walk three steps behind their husbands.’ It gets me really angry, because that’s the culture, not the religion. My fiancé, whom I met eight months ago, is from Afghanistan and he believes that a Muslim woman is a pearl and her husband is the shell that protects her. I value that old-fashioned way of life: I’m glad that when we get married he’ll take care of paying the bills. I always wanted to be a housewife anyway.

    “Marrying an Afghan man was the cherry on the cake for my parents. They think I’m completely crazy now. He’s an accountant and actually speaks better English than I do, but they don’t care. The wedding will be in a mosque, so I don’t think they’ll come. It hurts to think I’ll never have that fairytale wedding, surrounded by my family. But I hope my new life with my husband will be a lot happier. I’ll create the home I’ve always wanted, without having to feel the pain of people judging me.”
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    School doesn’t have to provide Muslim prayer room
    (AP, May 27, 2010)

    Berlin, Germany – A German court says that a Berlin high school doesn’t have to provide a 16-year-old Muslim student with a private room to pray in during school hours.

    The decision Thursday by a Berlin administrative court overturned a lower court’s ruling last year that granting a private room was necessary to guarantee the student’s right to freedom of religion.

    But the higher court said that one pupil’s rights could not be put before the good of the group as a whole.

    It argued that in a school with students of various religious beliefs, neutrality was required to ensure a proper learning environment.
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    Christian Woman Kidnapped in Pakistan Escapes
    (“Compass Direct News,” May 31, 2010)

    Rawalpindi, Pakistan – A Christian woman who was kidnapped, forced to marry a Muslim farmer and told to convert to Islam amid a dispute over a loan said today she has returned home after weeks of “captivity and torture.”

    Sania James, 33, was kidnapped April 5 by armed men who stormed her parent’s house in the small town of Rawat, just outside Rawalpindi, neighbors confirmed to Compass. The gunmen allegedly told her father that he would see his daughter again only if he paid off a loan of 250,000 rupees (US$2,930) plus 30 percent interest – a rate much higher than previously agreed upon.

    James said the armed men took her to farmer Mohammad Shahbaz Ali and forced her to marry him.

    “I have been tortured, forced to convert and forcefully married,” said James, who escaped earlier this month.

    She refused to convert to Islam and was continuously tortured, James said without elaborating.

    “One night I managed to escape and returned home,” she said. “I have contacted Christian rights groups to help me.”

    Shahbaz Ali reacted angrily when asked about the alleged incidents.

    “I refuse to say anything,” he told Compass.

    Neighbors who said they watched the kidnapping said they were unable to intervene.

    “We have been warned by Shahbaz Ali that if any one tries to help these Christians, they will have to face dire consequences,” said one of the neighbors, Mohammad Hamza. “Everyone is scared.”

    The kidnapping came five years after the woman’s father, James Ayub, allegedly took the loan from Shahbaz Ali, his long-time employer, to pay for his oldest daughter’s wedding.

    Ayub, who worked at Shahbaz Ali’s farm for two decades, was initially told that the interest rate on the loan would be 15 percent, but the rate was later doubled, family members said. Shahbaz Ali allegedly told Ayub in February that his family would be attacked unless he paid off the loan within two months.

    In a bid to raise the money, Sania James said she had begun to work on the farm along with her elderly, impoverished father. James said that her father was “thrown out of the farm,” and that she was subsequently kidnapped.

    Local Pastor Faraz Samson, who tried to mediate in the conflict, said he went to Shahbaz Ali to end “the injustice, but he didn’t listen.”

    Police officials reportedly said they were unable to halt the alleged kidnapping, saying Shahbaz Ali was a very influential man.

    “I am shocked that a daughter of a poor man has been kidnapped, and the law can’t do anything,” Pastor Samson said.

    The kidnapping was not an isolated incident, according to rights activists. They have expressed concerns that Christian women and girls have been kidnapped across Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim nation, often amid disputes over land and money.

    Advocacy organizations Life for All and Peace Pakistan have condemned the incident.

  69. shahrukh says:

    can muslim use facebook

  70. Aisha Fatimah says:

    What is a Modern Muslim???

    Can you consider yourself a modern muslim and a person of the Sunnah at the same time? We are living in a time when everything needs to be modernized to appeal to the masses.

    We already know that rasulAllah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was sent to all mankind and jinn. However most of mankind will be in the hellfire!!!! Something to think about…….

  71. Aisha Fatimah says:

    We are living in the times when many muslims dont even have the right Aqeedah but they want to give Dawah….Everyone wants to give Dawah…Are there specific qualifications to give Dawah??? Can we give dawah using the Bible and other books of the kafirun??? Can women give Dawah to men and vice-versa???

  72. Bro Haajee says:

    Are beards obligatory for devout Muslim men?

    This was posted yesterday on BBC UK Website…Hizbul-Islam militants in Somalia ordered men in Mogadishu this week to grow their beards and trim their moustaches.

    According to a Professor Muhammad Abdel Haleem, of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, says growing a beard is not obligatory under Islam?

    It is up to the individual whether he lets his facial hair grow or not, Mr Abdel Haleem says, attributing this view to most scholars of Islamic law across a majority of Muslim-dominated countries.

    This shows the sad state of our Ummah due to lack of knowledge of the Quran and Hadith. Unfortunately, most of us blindly follow our scholars and school of thoughts…

    Pls click on link for more info http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/10369726.stm.

    Asaalamu Alaikum Wa Ramatula Wa Barakatu :-)

  73. Lauren Anderson says:

    Assalamu Alaikum,

    I think there should be a topic ove the importance of building strong communities in the Muslim population. Many Muslims are quick to imitate the kufr because they aren’t taught the greatness and truthfulness of Islam. If our communities were stronger and educated the children then there wouldn’t be so much fitna within the community.

  74. Aisha Fatimah says:

    Practcing Good Character

    There is so much hatred among the muslims and this could easily change if muslim truely followed the way of RasulAllah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Everyone has rights over us and as muslims we must give them that right.

  75. Aisha Fatimah says:

    Chasing The Spotlight

    With so many muslims in Hollywood many muslims are no longer wanting to be like the prophets (alayhi sallam) or the companions (radiAllahu anhu). Instead they want to become singers, models and actors. Should we encourage or discourage this??

  76. Lauren Anderson says:

    Assalamu Alaikum, maybe talk about Muslim women being mothers, rolemodels for women and girls in this ummah. We need to stop looking at kaffir women and be Muslim women> so many muslim women forget their roles as women, and try to compromise their roles for this world.

  77. Aisha Fatimah says:

    Poop is now halal to drink??!!!!!

    Indonesia’s top religious body, The council of Ulemas say Kopi Luwak is lawful. Kopi Luwak is one of the world’s most expensive coffee. Its from cat droppings.

  78. Amira Larhrissi says:

    Thought this would be a great Open forum topic

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/controversial-ground-mosque-greenlight-nyc-landmarks-commission/story?id=11312791

    This is about the mosque being built at ground zero in NY.

  79. “MUSLIM MISS USA?? HAVE WE AS MEN AND WOMEN DONE AWAY WITH MODESTY?”A FAMILY MEMBER WAS WATCHING THE NEWS AND SHE YELLED MY NAME TELLING ME TO COME IN AND SEE THAT THE NEW MISS USA IS MUSLIM! I LOOKED IT UP ON THE INTERNET AND READ A FEW ARTICLES ABOUT IT, I TRIED TO FIND A LINK TO POST IT BUT THE LINKS THAT I FOUND HAVE THE WOMAN IN VERY REVEALING OUTFITS ETC ETC SO I DECIDED IT’S BEST NOT TO POST IT. INSHA’ALLAH GOOGLE THE ARTICLE, AND INSHA’ALLAH WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT! OH AND THERE IS A LOT OF COMMENTS ABOUT WHAT SHE SAID ABOUT GROUND ZERO MOSQUE SO YOU HAVE TO DIG A LITTLE DEEPER TO GET TO THE ARTICLES THAT ACTUALLY TALK ABOUT HER IN THE PAGAENT.

  80. HALEEMAH HARRIS says:

    WHY IS IT THAT THE CHRISTIANS AND JEWS GIVE MORE TO THEIR PPL THAN WE AS MUSLIMS DO TO OURS? WHY IS IT THAT WE HAVE MASJIDS TURNING AWAY MUSLIMS WHO ARE NEED OF ZAKAT? MONEY IS BEING SENT OVERSEAS LEAVING THE MUSLIMS IN OUR COMMUNITY WITH NO ONE TO HELP THEM. WHAT WOULD THE PROPHET(SAW) SAY IF HE WERE LIVING? LETS TALK ABOUT IT!

  81. Alban says:

    How our stupid cultures stands in the way of our lives as practising Muslims.

    just a suggestion for {y’all} the speakers.

  82. Takeya scott says:

    I am responding to the email about new Muslims attracted to Arab culture. I belief most new Muslims don’t know the difference. The study of Islam is extentive and takes much time consume. Therefore confusion is common. I say just take your time foucus only what Alllah swt is teaching your don’t pay attention to others.

  83. Alban says:

    I thought this article may make it to the next Forum.
    interesting article about muslims in german are facing… hmm and the rest of us (inshallah).
    A qoute from The article:
    “We feel tied to Christian values. Those who don’t accept them don’t have a place here,” said the chancellor Angela Merkel.
    Click below to read the article:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/germanymuslimreligionimmigration

  84. Sumayyah McNair says:

    I am on the rode today and may not be able to participate in forum today but I think a good topic would be…. How do we regain a true fear of Allah! We say we have fear but we do things we know are not pleasing to Allah. In the times of The Prophet ( saw) they had true fear of Allah He was real to them and his was real. Today we say we fear but in our hearts do we really haveir is it just our mouths saying we do? Our minds have been polluted with so much garbage now. Even in my grandmothers time they did not play with God or their Religion they had fear of God. We play with Allah, we wanna be seen as rightous and all full of iman. When behind closed doors were anything but because we have no fear and our children have no fear either. That’s why it’s easy for our teenagers to sneak around with a “boyfriend or girlfriend , to not wanna cover or wear hijab, and miss prayer or forget to pray. They see we as their parents have no fear and they don’t either. It’s easy to run around and say Fear Allah but do our actions match our words. So how do we get true fear of Allah back?

  85. Sumayyah McNair says:

    It should read Allah was real to them and his wrath was real in the times of the Prophet (saw). Sorry for the typo

  86. Naadira Bashir says:

    As-salaamu alikum everyone!!! I would like to hear an open forum about marriage in Islam

  87. Dornu Blythin says:

    I thought this may spur on a topic for the open forum, it was shown on british televeision today.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00w8kwz

    how should we educate our young muslims today? can we trust other muslims more than kaffirs? especially in this day of so much innovation and ignorance amongst the muslims? can we realistically homeschool ALL our children?

  88. It is said that Islam will take over the World in 50 years.

  89. Lauren Anderson says:

    Is your allegiance to the people or ALLAH? Are willing to please your family(non-muslim or muslim), your husband, or your friends instead of following the Qur’an and Sunnah?

    How do you stand out as a Muslim in society? Do you spread daawah by your actions or your words, or do you seek to fit in with society?

  90. Dornu Blythin says:

    I thought this may spur on a topic for the open forum, it was shown on british televeision today:

    “Investigation which uncovers disturbing evidence that some Muslim children are being exposed to extremist preachers and fundamentalist Islamic groups. We also expose the part-time schools where hate is on the curriculum. The programme asks why school inspectors have missed the warning signs and examines the impact this could have on young Muslims’ ability to integrate into mainstream British life.”

    how should we educate our young muslims today? can we trust other muslims more than kaffirs? especially in this day of so much innovation and ignorance amongst the muslims? can we realistically homeschool ALL our children?

    *NOTE: this is a clarification of the post above*

  91. Alban says:

    Story on the bombattack that a muslim seems to have been involved in, this occured yesterday(staurday).
    Here are two articles on the issue.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/12/swedish-police-investigate-terrorist-attack

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-stockholm-blast-20101212,0,3459748.story

  92. Lauren Anderson says:

    Assalamu Alaikum everyone,

    So, this morning I was watching the news and I saw that Abu Dhabi in the UAE has the most expensive Christmas tree(11million dollars). Is Islam becoming something strange even to the Muslims? I believe a Non-Muslim setted the tree up, but the country havent taken any measures to stop it. What is happening to the Ummah?

    Is this why so many Muslims are going astray…because there are even muslim countries that allow for non-islamic celebrations to happen?

    Here’s the link:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12006875

  93. Amy Huia says:

    Forwarding a video news item from a SF sister (jzk) :)

  94. yada says:

    http://virginislandsdailynews.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx …………………………………. headline reads:Bureau demands she remove headscarf for license photo; woman’s religious beliefs forbid it……..V.I. Motor Vehicles won’t give Muslim a license

  95. Sis Minyah says:

    The importance of giving Dua to the non-Muslims about the Jannazah

  96. there is an article on the blog section about cyber bullying which i think is really interesting and might make a good topic for discussion

  97. Aliina J says:

    As-salaamu alaikum to all the brothers + sisters on the forum. A sister posted a link about British Gay muslims talking about a nikah, and whatever the article was talking about two women, subhanallah. I did not know about things like this, this is crazy, here’s the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12486003
    There is an imam on there that supports this as he himself is gay too
    “Same sex nikahs?” Get real, subhanallah what are muslims today thinking, giving itno their desires, trying to make the unlawful lawful, this is a subject i would like for us to discuss inshallah

  98. Nahmaduhu wanusalli ala rasolihil kareem amma baad, assalam o alaikum wr wb,

    I would like to share a topi to be DISCUSSED WITH A BROADER VIEW,aFTER ENTERING ISLAM OR BORN AS A MUSLIM THE MOST important thing the first priroirty in the life of muslim is to CONCENTRATE ON TAUHEED,AS ITS THE FIRST PRINCIPLE OF ISLAM AND IMAN ,BECAUSE OUR FUNDEMENTALS ARE SHAKEN,if u dont understand this ,it means u havnt understand anything,
    THATS WHY we aint united,
    So allow me to suggest ” IS TAUHEED SO IMPORTANT THAT OUR LIFE REVOLVE AROUND THIS? OR WHY TAUHEED IS considered to be the CORE OF DEEN?

  99. Rabia says:

    Asa
    I believe a nice topic would be about our body and healthy. The body is a rental from Allah. What was the eating habits of theProphet (SAW)? Just as we should be stead fast in following the rules of Allah and the Sunnah fo the Propeht (SAW) – doesn’t this extend out to being healthy etc. Shouldnt we treat our body in the same manner that we treat our prayer?

  100. Rabia says:

    ASA
    Another good topic is what make us love Islam? What is the difference of practicing the deen and muslim by name? how to separte from just “being Muslim” and actually living the life of a muslim.

  101. Helen Watret says:

    Assalamu alaikum,
    my friend posted a newspaper link about a young girl who is the first Muslim to enter the British pageant contest and it has caused a lot of controversy: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/mar/20/muslim-miss-universe-death-threat

  102. Dawud Abdullah Kirk says:

    Asalaam Alaikaam,
    A suggesstion i would like to propose as discussion on the open forum would be the subject, “Why not to debate the Bible amongst ourselves or with unbelievers.” I think this subject could prove very beneficial for especially the Muslims who are from christian backgrounds with family that remain christians or jews that wish to argue religion and/or compare books. Inshallah this subject can be considered.
    Salaam Alaikaam,

  103. Bro Haajee says:

    Tree surgeon-turned-filmmaker Robb Leech is an ordinary white middle-class boy from the Dorset seaside town of Weymouth. So too is his stepbrother Rich, but a little over a year ago Rich became a radical Islamist who now goes by the name of Salahuddin. He associates with jihadist fundamentalists and believes the UK should be ruled by Sharia law.

    In a film that took over twelve months to shoot, Robb sets out to reconnect with his extremist stepbrother and find clues to what led Rich to become Salahuddin. It charts the brothers’ relationship and Robb’s attempt to understand why the person he’d once looked up to as a teenage role model could so strongly reject all that his family and the Western world believe in. As Robb spends time with Salahuddin, he witnesses a very particular phenomenon – the embrace of radical Islamism by young men, many of them white.

    Robb first heard of Rich’s conversion in a national newspaper in the summer of 2009. The article said Rich had converted under Anjem Choudary, leader of the radical Muslim group Islam4UK (later banned under Britain’s anti-terror laws). Robb was horrified by the things his stepbrother was telling him – that under Sharia law, women should be stoned to death for committing adultery, that he was prepared to die for Islam and that as a non-believer, Robb was going to hell. Just the previous summer the two brothers had shared a room on holiday in Cyprus and been practically inseparable. Robb began filming what was happening to Rich to try to understand why it had happened and what the world was like that Rich had chosen.

    Insha Allah! Some questions to discuss further in our next forum:

    • What are the signs to look out for when joining a group at the masjid so as not to fall prey to all this extremist bringing shame to our religion?
    • Are we allowed to go around giving Dawah in public forcing people to accept our way of life like the Jehovah witnesses does?
    • What are best ways of giving Dawah ?
    • Do you have to go live on YouTube to announce your Shaadah before you become a real Muslim?
    • Is it pemissible to go around protesting and burning other countries Flag?
    • How can we maintain a balanced relationship with the Kafr Family without compromising our deen?

    Please follow link for more info: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12900460

    Insha Allah! Let’s come together to discuss issues concerning our Ummah. May Allah swt continue to advance us in knowledge and keep us on the straight path until we see our Lord, Ameen.

    Bro Haajee

  104. Abdullah (Dawud) Kirk says:

    One of the brothers on fb posted this interesting article on American Muslim women. Its very sad because it highlights the sisters in the deen that chooses to remove their hijabs to be accepted in society. They call themselves speaking out against the hijab for various reasons. I would think the sisters would find this topic alluring to discuss in one of the open forums, inshallah. Here is the link: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/21/135523680/lifting-the-veil-muslim-women-explain-their-choice?sc=tw

    In case the link doesnt work i will post the article.

    April 21, 2011
    Lifting The Veil: Muslim Women Explain Their Choice

    For centuries, Islamic scholars have said that Muslim women must cover their hair. But many Muslim women don’t.
    There are about 1 million Muslim women in America; 43 percent of them wear headscarves all the time, according to the Pew Research Center. About 48 percent — or half a million women — don’t cover their hair, the survey found.
    The split between women who’ve covered and women who’ve never done so has existed for decades. But now a generation of women is taking off the headscarf, or hijab.
    Although the scarf is a public, sometimes even political symbol, women say the choice to unveil is highly private, emotional and religious.
    ‘A Huge Responsibility’
    Rasmieyh Abdelnabi, 27, grew up attending an Islamic school in Bridgeview, Ill., a tiny Arab enclave on Chicago’s southwest side. It’s a place where most Muslim women wear the hijab.
    For 14 years, Abdelnabi was one of them. But after she graduated from college, she took off her hijab. Now, she has sideswept bangs, the kind that hide part of her face. She’s quiet, reflective and sometimes shy.
    “I’m the kind of person who likes to walk into a room and be unnoticed,” Abdelnabi says. “When you wear hijab and you walk into a room, everyone notices you; everyone stares at you; everyone makes assumptions about you.”
    “When you put the scarf on, you have to understand that you are representing a community,” Abdelnabi says. “And that is huge. That’s a huge responsibility. And I don’t know if it’s for everyone.”
    Talking over falafel at her favorite restaurant, Abdelnabi explains why she stopped wearing the hijab.
    She says that Islam teaches modesty — but wearing the hijab is taking it a step too far.
    “I’ve done my research, and I don’t feel its foundation is from Islam,” she says. “I think it comes from Arab culture.”
    The headscarf can be a divisive issue among Muslims.
    Abdelnabi describes the response some people have to that idea: “It’s like, ‘How dare you question God’s will. How dare you?’ ” she says.
    And in a tight-knit Muslim community like Bridgeview, Abdlenabi worries about offending fellow Muslims with her opinions — so during most discussions about hijab, she tends to keep silent.
    “I sometimes feel like talking about hijab is like talking about abortion in mid-America,” she says.
    Looking For A Change
    Another woman in Bridgeview, Leen Jaber, 29, says that a few years ago, she also decided to unveil.
    “I started wearing hijab at the age of 14,” she says.
    Jaber says she wore the scarf for 12 years. But as her marriage started to fall apart, she took it off.
    “I was going through a lot of difficult things. Perhaps I thought taking it off would just be one less thing to worry about,” she says.
    “I never took it off saying, like, it was the right decision. I just took it off because I wanted to do it. I wanted to see if my life would be different — if I would feel any better about the problems that I was going through.”
    But Jaber’s problems didn’t go away — in fact, they got worse. She lost her job, got divorced and moved in with her parents. That got her thinking more about God, and spirituality. One year and eight months later, Jaber put the scarf back on.
    “It was a very different process than I had gone through when I was 14,” she says. “When I was 14, it was like well, everybody’s wearing it.”
    Jaber is outgoing and chatty. She writes poetry, blogs and dreams of the day she’ll be on American Idol.
    She says it’s easy for some women to feel like the headscarf strips them of their individuality and turns them into a spokeswoman for the faith.
    To avoid that, Jaber says, she is making sure other parts of her personality — like her singing — shine through.
    Wearing The Scarf, Post-Sept. 11
    The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are a persistent theme in conversations about how to approach a Muslim tradition in modern America.
    For some women, that tragedy had absolutely no effect on their decision to uncover. But for others, it was huge. They spoke of two distinct phases in their hijab life: pre-Sept.11 and post-Sept. 11.
    Some of them said the terrorist attacks initially strengthened their desire to wear the hijab. They became diplomats for Islam; they said they wanted to represent a positive Muslim image, to counter that of al-Qaida.
    But in the years that followed, that fervor waned, as anti-Muslim zeal grew.
    And for some women, the scarf became a heavy burden to carry — one that affected the way strangers perceived them, the way colleagues treated them, and even the way fellow Muslims expected them to behave.
    For others, the decision to remove their headscarf simply came down to a choice, as they grew older.
    An Evolving Identity
    Nadia Shoeb’s family is from India. Her mother never wore a hijab. Her grandmother never wore a hijab. But Shoeb put one on when she was 17.
    Shoeb, now 31, reads from a journal she kept back then:
    “Never could I have imagined when I put it on, that five years later, on a day just as random as the day I put it on, I would take it off.”
    Eight years later, she still remembers that day clearly.
    “That feeling is like, ‘I am going out without a shirt on’ — that sense of feeling exposed,” Shoeb says.
    “I had really long hair, and I actually tucked it into my sweater, because I was feeling so embarrassed that, ‘Oh my God, I’m showing my hair — am I being immodest somehow?’ ”
    “So that first day was quite difficult, just taking it off,” Shoeb says, “even though I looked like every girl on the street.”
    America’s Religious Landscape
    Shoeb’s decision was as much about religion as it was about her evolving feminine and American identity. She spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, where she wore shorts.
    After arriving in the United States as a teenager, she decided to cover, and eventually uncover, her hair. And Shoeb says she doesn’t find that surprising.
    “The religious landscape of America is one in which — it’s a very deeply religious nation, but at the same time, it’s so fluid,” she says. “You know, people are born into one faith, and then they might still be Christian — but become of a different sect, or a different church.”
    The phenomenon of veiling and unveiling — and even re-veiling — is part of that same tradition, Shoeb says.
    “We might think that this is something particular to Muslim-Americans,” she says, “when in fact, that’s the story of our religious landscape in America.”
    Shoeb has no intention of putting the scarf back on. But she also says she wouldn’t be the person she is today if she had never worn it in the first place.

  105. Abdullah Kirk says:

    Asalaamu Alaikaam,

    May Allah’s peace and blessings continue upon the Sunnah Followers. I have found an interesting article that struck my attention. Its based off of the evangelistic efforts of cults trying to convert Muslims and it focuses on one in particular, the Jehovah’s Witnesses. I guess this struck my attention due to the fact that just a year ago i use to be one of them. Though this was written in 2004, they are still actively involved in this futile campaign. ALHamdulillah Allah has guided me from that religion into the true practice and faith, Al Islam. However, i thought this might be a timely article to read for the open forum, inshallah. Just another piece to add to the busy list :) Inshallah.

    Salaam Alaikaam,

    Jehovah’s Witnesses Reach Out To Muslims

    The Detroit News (USA), Dec. 12, 2004

    http://www.detnews.com

    By Gregg Krupa

    Believers learn Arabic to bolster their door-to-door efforts to draw new members.

    DEARBORN — Recina Ward will wake up early to get there, clutching her Bible, brushing up on her Arabic.

    Ward’s regularly scheduled opportunity to go door-to-door in Dearborn as a Jehovah’s Witness is at hand. She is prepared, waking up at 6 a.m. at her home in Westland to reach the Kingdom Hall on Tireman and remembering her training in talking to strangers about Jehovah.

    She will ring the doorbells of many Muslims and Arab-Americans today.
    Jehovah’s Witnesses
    Theologically, Jehovah’s Witnesses are a cult of Christianity. The oppressive organization does not represent historical, Biblical Christianity in any way.

    Sociologically, it is a destructive cult whose false teachings frequently result in spiritual and psychological abuse, as well as needless deaths.

    In order to be able to support its unbiblical doctrines, the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization has created it’s own version of the Bible. The so-called “New World Translation” is rejected by all Christian denominations.

    Long famous for using the most rudimentary technique to market their religion — the method of the door-to-door salesman — Jehovah’s Witnesses are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their quest to bring people to their spiritual beliefs. With some 6 million adherents in 230 countries, the Jehovah’s Witnesses say their growing task in Metro Detroit, where there are about 125,000 to 200,000 Muslims, is to speak in Arabic about the Bible.

    In the same neighborhoods, just a decade ago, the Jehovah’s Witnesses approached a largely Christian population to talk about the Bible and Jesus Christ. Now, Christianity is meeting Islam on the front porch.

    The Jehovah’s Witnesses say 30-40 people affiliated with the Kingdom Hall on Tireman have learned Arabic, and they make trips into Arab neighborhoods on at least a monthly basis. Similar activity is occurring in New York, California and in other areas where there is a substantial Arab and Muslim population.

    “Arabic is very difficult,” Ward says. “The alphabet is nothing like ours at all. We learned the alphabet in two weekends. In six months, we have learned to read Arabic and to actually go out and give presentations.”

    “This sort of thing is happening more and more, especially since September 11,” said Eide Alawan, a Muslim activist affiliated with the Islamic Center of America. “When they come around, most of the people in my neighborhood are courteous enough to say thank you very much. Our people like to enter conversation with them; to challenge them, so to speak.

    “They try to convert us. And maybe we try to convert them. With people praying five times a day, maybe Islam is something that should interest them.”

    Jehovah’s Witnesses are Christians, and the Bible is integral to their faith. Muslims acknowledge that Jesus Christ was a great prophet, and they believe in the virgin birth. But they believe in Islam, and that Mohammed is the great prophet of God, or Allah. The Quran is the book from which they learn their faith.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses say the reception from Muslims and Arab-Americans is, by and large, cordial.

    “So far so good,” said Ward of the local campaign, launched early last year with intensive classes in Arabic at the local Kingdom Halls. “Even if we just say a simple greeting, the people are so happy that we are taking the initiative.”And, so, Jehovah meets Allah.

    The Jehovah’s Witnesses, speaking from their small Kingdom Halls in Metro Detroit or from their grand international headquarters in Brooklyn, say their sojourn in Dearborn is respectful on both sides. “They are very, very kind,” said Imad Hamad, director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Michigan. “I know we have our own different perspectives. But this is a right granted to any group of faith or politics, to do their job, as long as they do it right, as long as they do it politely, professionally and do not impose on people. I have never received any complaints. I welcome them.”
    Bible?
    “What’s an organization to do when its teachings and practices are contradicted by the Bible? Why, you publish your very own version of the Bible. That is precisely what the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society did. In 1961, it published The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (NWT).”

    Said Ibrahim Hooper, a national spokesman for the Council on American Islamic Relations, “in principle, we are not opposed to people trying to persuade others that theirs is the faith that should be followed. We have no problem with that. Muslims love a good religious debate.”

    Jehovah’s Witnesses say that they are called to the door-to-door work by biblical imperative. In a faith that places maximum importance on a strict biblical basis for beliefs, not on “mere human speculation or religious creeds,” the call is tantamount to marching orders.

    “Jesus taught his apostles to ‘Go and teach,’ ” said Richard Wertz, 75, of Melvindale, a Jehovah’s Witness who has gone door-to-door for 48 years.

    “In Acts, Chapter 20, Paul wrote, ‘While I did not hold back from telling you any of the things that were profitable nor from teaching you publicly and from house to house …’ That was Paul making it clear: You have to go from house to house.”

    Jehovah’s Witnesses grew out of a Bible study group that began in Allegheny, Pa. in 1870. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Jehovah’s Witnesses fought two dozen cases to the U.S. Supreme Court to continue their door-to-door activities. The high court has ruled in their favor repeatedly, and as recently as 2002.

    The Jehovah’s Witnesses use Arabic-language literature and Arabic on their Web site as part of their approach.

    “People learn to use English to negotiate their everyday life,” said national spokesman J.R. Brown. “But for really serious matters, like scriptures and the Bible, they don’t have that vocabulary that expresses these deep spiritual thoughts.”

    Teaching in Arabic about the Bible became a national strategy of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in places where large Arab populations exist, including Michigan, California and New York City, over the last two years. Jehovah’s Witnesses make no claims about converting Muslims, and they say that is not the point. They say they just want to talk about the Bible, and the good news of Jesus Christ.

    But local Jehovah’s Witnesses say that at least a couple of Muslim families have occasionally attended events at Kingdom Halls.

    Gaby Semaan, a Christian who moved from Lebanon to Toledo about five years ago, became an Arabic-language instructor for local Jehovah’s Witnesses.

    “It’s definitely not an easy language to learn,” Semaan said. Jehovah’s Witnesses say they concentrate the door-to-door effort in Arabic in an area bounded by the rectangle formed by Greenfield, Plymouth, Wyoming and Ford roads.

    But language is only one barrier. It is easier to speak about the Bible in French to Haitian Christians than in Arabic to Muslims — especially with Catholics already comprising the largest group of converts to Jehovah’s Witnesses.

    “I do a lot of interfaith work,” Alawan said. “I was down at Pius X Church yesterday, Downriver, in Southgate, and I was with some 200 Christian people. I always feel there is a mutual respect at these events.

    “But with some groups it is different, especially since September 11. We have had one group in particular, a Christian group, ask for an appointment to tour our mosque. But once they are inside, it is clear they want to talk to us about their faith, and Islam. But our people like to talk about religion, and I think some people are astounded to find out that Muslims believe in Jesus.”

    Indeed, Muslims revere Jesus Christ as one of the great prophets, and his mother, Mary, is considered a model for the traditional modesty that leads many Muslim women to “cover” themselves with a veil and longer dresses.

    “We basically are Bible teachers,” said Walter Thomerson, the circuit overseer for Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Metro Detroit area. “As far as Muslims are concerned, they consider the Bible one of their holy books.” They have the Quran, but they also consider the Bible a holy book.

    “If they want to become a Jehovah’s Witness in good time, fine. “If they don’t, that’s fine too.”

    Jehovah’s Witnesses say their reception in Metro Detroit is often cordial, complete with invitations to enter homes, conversations over coffee and sweet cakes and cookies, and much curiosity about these Americans packing Bibles and speaking Arabic. A few Arab families now attend sessions at the Kingdom Hall on Tireman, which is shared by congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Dearborn and Detroit, officials say.

    “They are not as insistent as they used to be about their faith,” said Mary Beth Rieth, of the Historic Aviation Property Owners’ Association, a Dearborn neighborhood, who says some of her neighbors — including people of Arab descent and others — talk about the door-to-door approaches of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. “They are more willing to listen to a fair number of people talk about their religion and their beliefs.”

    Ward and Wertz say they are generally accepted and that learning about places like Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen as part of their work has made it more interesting.

    “Some people are just not interested, period,” Ward said. “I don’t think it is because they are Muslim. They’re just not interested in anybody speaking to them, right then. I think maybe they feel they are being persecuted by the Christian community. But they are always very congenial and very hospitable at the doors.

    “You know how people are about religion, though. You know the old saying: Don’t talk politics or religion; that way you don’t get into any trouble.”

  106. Ranz says:

    I recently read this shocking comment about Muslims, from a reputable person which stunned me…..
    he/she wrote, I Quote …”I mean, what has the Islamic world given us in the past 500 years? Oil? They didn’t know it was there, how to get it out of the ground, or what use it had if they did. Camels don’t use oil.”…..
    Read more http://hubpages.com/hub/Prejudice-and-Freedom-of-Speech

  107. tash says:

    um every time I try to log in it says error and i cant go any further. I really want to join again. i have been away for a while. I,v never had any trouble before can you pleeeeeease help me
    thank you

  108. broabdullah says:

    This story is an example of innovation gone bad, that actually maims for life. As we are so expertly taught here at Sunnahfollowers by our qualified teachers, innovation to AL Islam is intrinsically despised on all accounts by Allah (SWT) and is frequently mentioned in both the Quran and the authentic Sunnah. What was given to us by Allah and his prophet (SAW) was all that we needed, and the religion was perfected for our benefit, we have also learned that anything added to it should be despised and REJECTED, by not doing so we are blatantly stating Allah is a liar and we know what is best for ourselves, astaghfirllah!!! This article here sickened me, and just to think such barbarism still exist and flourish in parts of the world under the name of Islam. Our lessons learned is to continue to adhere only to the Quran and Authentic Sunnah ALWAYS! Alhamdulillah.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/12/opinion/12kristof.html?ref=islam

    A Rite of Torture for Girls
    By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
    Published: May 11, 2011
    People usually torture those whom they fear or despise. But one of the most common forms of torture in the modern world, incomparably more widespread than waterboarding or electric shocks, is inflicted by mothers on daughters they love.
    It’s female genital mutilation — sometimes called female circumcision — and it is prevalent across a broad swath of Africa and chunks of Asia as well. Mothers take their daughters at about age 10 to cutters like Maryan Hirsi Ibrahim, a middle-aged Somali woman who says she wields her razor blade on up to a dozen girls a day.
    “This tradition is for keeping our girls chaste, for lowering the sex drive of our daughters,” Ms. Ibrahim told me. “This is our culture.”
    Ms. Ibrahim prefers the most extreme form of genital mutilation, called infibulation or Pharaonic circumcision. And let’s not be dainty or euphemistic. This is a grotesque human rights abuse that doesn’t get much attention because it involves private parts and is awkward to talk about. So pardon the bluntness about what infibulation entails.
    The girls’ genitals are carved out, including the clitoris and labia, often with no anesthetic. What’s left of the flesh is sewn together with three to six stitches — wild thorns in rural areas, or needle and thread in the cities. The cutter leaves a tiny opening to permit urination and menstruation. Then the girls’ legs are tied together, and she is kept immobile for 10 days until the flesh fuses together.
    When the girl is married and ready for sex, she must be cut open by her husband or by a respected woman in the community.
    All this is, of course, excruciating. It also leads to infections and urinary difficulties, and scar tissue can make childbirth more dangerous, increasing maternal mortality and injuries such as fistulas.
    This is one of the most pervasive human rights abuses worldwide, with three million girls mutilated each year in Africa alone, according to United Nations estimates. A hospital here in Somaliland found that 96 percent of women it surveyed had undergone infibulation. The challenge is that this is a form of oppression that women themselves embrace and perpetuate.
    “A young girl herself will want to be cut,” Ms. Ibrahim told me, vigorously defending the practice. “If a girl is not cut, it would be hard for her to live in the community. She would be stigmatized.”
    Kalthoun Hassan, a young mother in an Ethiopian village near Somaliland, told me that she would insist on her daughters being cut and her sons marrying only girls who had been. She added: “It is God’s will for girls to be circumcised.”
    For four decades, Westerners have campaigned against genital cutting, without much effect. Indeed, the Western term “female genital mutilation” has antagonized some African women because it assumes that they have been “mutilated.” Aid groups are now moving to add the more neutral term “female genital cutting” to their lexicon.
    Is it cultural imperialism for Westerners to oppose genital mutilation? Yes, perhaps, but it’s also justified. Some cultural practices such as genital mutilation — or foot-binding or bride-burning — are too brutish to defer to.
    But it is clear that the most effective efforts against genital mutilation are grass-roots initiatives by local women working for change from within a culture. In Senegal, Ghana, Egypt and other countries, such efforts have made headway.
    Here among Somalis, reformers are trying a new tack: Instead of telling women to stop cutting their daughters altogether, they encourage them to turn to a milder form of genital mutilation (often involving just excision of part or all of the clitoris). They say that that would be a step forward and is much easier to achieve.
    Although some Christians cut their daughters, it is more common among Muslims, who often assume that the tradition is Islamic. So a crucial step has been to get a growing number of Muslim leaders to denounce the practice as contrary to Islam, for their voices carry particular weight.
    At one mosque in the remote town of Baligubadle, I met an imam named Abdelahi Adan, who bluntly denounces infibulation: “From a religious point of view, it is forbidden. It is against Islam.”
    Maybe the tide is beginning to turn, ever so slowly, against infibulation, and at least we’re seeing some embarrassment about the practice. In Baligubadle, a traditional cutter named Mariam Ahmed told me that she had stopped cutting girls — apparently because she knows that foreigners disapprove. Then a nurse in the local health clinic told me that she had treated Ms. Ahmed’s own daughter recently for a horrific pelvic infection and urinary blockage after the girl was infibulated by her mother.
    I confronted Ms. Ahmed. She grudgingly acknowledged cutting her daughter but quickly added that she had intended only a milder form of circumcision. She added quickly: “It was an accident.”

  109. broabdullah says:

    Salaam Alaikaam,
    They are after Mickey again, this time Minnie mouse along with him. Here is an article I found interesting inshallah:

    http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110627/ap_on_bi_ge/ml_egypt_bearded_mickey

    Bearded Mickey Mouse cartoon causes stir in Egypt
    Mon Jun 27, 3:32 pm ET
    CAIRO – An Egyptian Christian telecom mogul has angered Islamic hard-liners by posting an online cartoon of Mickey Mouse with a beard and Minnie in a face veil.
    The ultraconservative Islamists, known as Salafis, called the cartoon posted by Naguib Sawiris on Twitter a mockery of Islam. They launched an online campaign calling on Muslims in Egypt to boycott Sawiris’ mobile phone company Mobinil. Shares of Mobilnil and Orascom Telecom, which Sawiris founded, both fell Monday on the Egyptian stock exchange.
    Sawiris, who is also a politician, promotes a secular Egypt. He owns media companies and after Mubarak stepped down on Feb. 11, he launched a political party that calls for separation of state and religion.
    After the cartoon posted a few days ago stirred complaints on Twitter, Sawiris tweeted an apology on Friday and claimed he was joking.
    “I apologize for those who don’t take this as a joke; I just thought it was a funny picture; no disrespect meant. I am sorry,” he tweeted.
    But new Facebook groups cropped and quickly gained more than 60,000 followers, calling for a boycott of his widely used cell phone company.
    Named “We are joking Sawiris,” the Facebook group said: “If you are really a Muslim, and you love your religion, boycott his projects. We have to cut out the tongue of any person who attacks our religion.”
    At least 15 Salafi lawyers have filed lawsuits accusing Sawiris of religious contempt, an official at the prosecutor general office said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
    Another Facebook group named “We hate you Mickey Sawiris” depicted the Egyptian businessman as Mickey Mouse. The group’s motto is: “No to mockery of Islam.”
    The cartoons are another source of sectarian tensions, which have already exploded into violence on a number of occasions in the chaotic, post-Mubarak transition.
    A Salafi cleric Mazen el-Sersawi appeared on television and scolded Sawiris. “Shame on you,” he said.
    “How can a man like this make fun of Muslims, in a country on the brink of sectarian discord,” he said. “If this is just joking, why don’t you depict Mickey Mouse as a monk or a nun?”
    This is not the first time Sawiris has provoked criticism with comments about Islam. In 2007, he spoke out against the Islamic veil.
    “I am not against veil … but when I walk in the street, I feel like a foreigner,” he said in local media.
    In the broad spectrum of Islamic thought, Salafism is on the extreme conservative end. Saudi Arabia’s puritanical Wahhabi interpretation is considered its forerunner, and Saudi preachers on satellite TV and the Internet have been key to the spread of Salifism in Egypt.
    Salafists are distinguished by the way they dress. In many parts of Cairo, women wear the “niqab,” a veil which shows at most the eyes rather than the scarf that covers only the hair. The men grow their beards long and often shave off mustaches, a style said to imitate the Prophet Muhammad.
    The cyber campaign against Sawiris showed how uncomfortable his secular campaign has made Islamists. It also could lead to polarization in the streets ahead of crucial parliament elections set for September.

  110. broabdullah says:

    Asalaamu Alaikaam to my brothers and sisters at Sunnahfollowers,

    This was an interesting article I stumbled upon entitled ‘More Muslim Americans believe they are thriving, poll says’. I thought it might be a great topic for discussion during the openforum, inshallah. Interesting points were made and also analysis that should prompt those on the site to be eager in providing their experiences and/or thoughts. I have included both the link and the article for your convenience, inshallah.

    http://news.yahoo.com/more-muslim-americans-believe-thriving-poll-says-143623509.html

    More Muslim Americans believe they are thriving, poll says
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Muslim Americans are now more optimistic about their lives than any other major American faith group as their economic well-being improves and they feel more politically enfranchised.
    A Gallup study released on Tuesday found 60 percent of Muslim Americans surveyed reported they were “thriving”, slightly higher than for Americans of any other religion except for Jews, who edged them out of the top spot by one percentage point.
    Pollsters noted in particular the rapid surge in positive sentiment among Muslim Americans. The percentage of Muslims who were “thriving” grew by 19 points since 2008, double that of any other major faith group.
    “Muslim Americans are happier and more optimistic today than at the end of 2008,” Dalia Mogahed, director of the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center, told Reuters by telephone.
    “Muslim Americans today feel a greater sense of belonging in their country,” she added. Only three percent of Muslim Americans said they were suffering, while 37 percent said they were struggling.
    Authors of the study said they attributed the change in outlook to improved economic conditions and a sense of more political enfranchisement since the election of President Barack Obama, a Christian with Muslim family roots who has reached out to Muslim communities worldwide.
    The report said Obama’s approval rating among Muslim Americans was 80 percent, and that 46 percent, or a plurality, of Muslim Americans identified as Democrats, compared to only 9 percent who identified as Republicans.
    “They may see Obama as promoting policies that are more in keeping with their own political views than those of former President George W. Bush,” the report said.
    Muslim Americans also felt, to the tune of 64 percent, that their standard of living was getting better, up from 55 percent in 2009 and 46 percent in 2008.
    CHALLENGES
    The report, which focused on civic and spiritual engagement as well as overall well-being, said the improvements in Muslim sentiment came despite continuing controversies.
    Those included a controversy surrounding a plan to build a Muslim cultural center and mosque near the site of New York’s September 11 Al Qaeda attack, and hearings on Islamic extremism called by U.S. Representative Peter King, which critics viewed as a witch-hunt.
    A Christian preacher also caused an uproar last year by threatening to burn the Koran, and put himself back in the spotlight in March after incinerating Islam’s holy book.
    “Despite some of these perceived attacks on the community, they are feeling better overall about their lives, about their country’s leadership,” Mogahed said.
    Some 89 percent of Muslim Americans said that violent attacks on civilians were never justified, compared to between 71 and 79 percent of other religious groups who felt the same way.
    “The finding is surprising because much of the rhetoric has been that the community hasn’t been vocal enough in its rejection of terrorism,” Mogahed said.
    Jewish Americans had some views in common with Muslim Americans. A majority of Americans from both faiths agreed on a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    Jewish Americans were also the most likely religious groups, besides Muslims themselves, to believe that Muslim Americans were loyal to the United States. Some 80 percent of Jews said this, compared to 59 percent of Catholics and 56 percent of Protestants.
    “There is an untapped resource, and relationship and a possible coalition between Muslim and Jewish Americans,” Mogahed said.
    Muslim Americans continued to have a deep skepticism toward law enforcement and foreign policy. Some 60 percent of Muslim Americans had confidence in the FBI, while 70 percent had confidence in the military, the lowest of any group.
    Gallup said the study was one of the most expansive of Muslim American public opinion to date. Instead of finding respondents by selecting people with Islamic-sounding names or going to parts of the country with large Muslim populations, the study is drawn from a random selection of U.S. households.
    Gallup said it interviewed 3,883 self-identified Muslim American adults from January 2008 to April 9, 2011. The margin of error or confidence level in the data is 95 percent, Gallup said.
    (Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Greg McCune)

  111. Omar Al Kotob says:

    How to treat our fellow Christians and Jews in many examples and in certain situations

  112. broabdullah says:

    Asalaamu Alaikaam,
    May Allah continue to bless all the true Sunnah Followers, Alhamdulillah.
    Here is an article I thought very interesting, inshallah we could review, I have posted both the article and the link. Our conduct in the dunya is critical to our success as muslims.
    Salaam alaikam warahmatullahi wa barakatu.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2011/08/31/2011-08-31_muslims_cops_scuffle_at_rye_playland_over_amusement_parks_head_scarf_ban.html

    Muslims, police scuffle at Rye Playland over amusement park’s head scarf ban; 15 arrests made
    BY CORINNE LESTCH AND BILL HUTCHINSON
    DAILY NEWS WRITERS
    Wednesday, August 31st 2011, 4:00 AM

    Rye Playland was shut down Tuesday after cops scuffled with Muslims upset that women wearing head scarves were barred from the rides, witnesses said.
    Fifteen people, including three women, were charged with disorderly conduct and assault in the chaos, authorities said.
    The Westchester County park was packed with Muslims celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr – the holiday marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
    One woman, Entisai Ali, began arguing with cops over the amusement park’s head scarf, or hijab, rule, said Dena Meawad, 18, of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
    The ban, which is not Muslim specific, was imposed about 3 years ago mostly to prevent hats from falling onto the tracks of roller coasters and other rides, park officials said.
    “The cops started getting loud with her and she started getting loud, too. They pushed her on the ground and arrested her,” Meawad said.
    Her cousin, Kareem Meawad, 17, went to try to protect the woman and was beaten by cops and also arrested, she added. Her brother, Issam Meawad, 20, was pushed to the ground and taken into custody when he tried to help his cousin, she said.
    “She just wanted to get on a ride. That was it,” Dena Meawad said of the initial confrontation. “It’s clear, this all happened because we’re Muslim.”
    John Hodges, chief inspector of Westchester County Public Safety, insisted that police did not use excessive force.
    He said up to 100 cops from surrounding departments converged on the park.
    Two park rangers were injured in the melee, prompting felony assault charges against two people arrested, officials said.

    ‘It’s clear, this all happened because we’re Muslim,’ says Dena Meawad. (Norman Y. Lono for News).
    The ugly incident happened just after 1 p.m. The event was organized by the Muslim American Society of New York, and attracted 3,000 Muslims from Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Westchester County.
    Ali’s sister, Ayman Alrabah, 24, of Brooklyn said her husband, brother and father were all tackled by cops and put into handcuffs when they tried to help her sister.
    Alrabah said she was unaware of the head-scarf rule until she and her sister tried to get on the park’s Dragon Coasters.
    “We requested a refund and all of a sudden an argument became a riot,” Alrabah said. “Cops came. They were hitting my brother, my dad. My husband was on the floor and they were handcuffing him.
    She said her 4-year-old son was “traumatized” by seeing his father arrested.
    “They treated us like animals, like we were nothing,” Alrabah said. “They came with their dogs and sticks. We came to have fun.”
    The park was closed for about two hours because of the fracas. It reopened at about 6 p.m.
    Peter Tartaglia, deputy commissioner of Westchester County Parks, said the Muslim American Society of New York was warned in advance of the rule barring head scarves on rides for safety reasons.
    “Part of our rules and regulations, which we painstakingly told them over and over again, is that certain rides you cannot wear any sort of headgear,” Tartaglia said. “It’s a safety issue for us on rides, it could become a projectile.”
    Many Muslims were given refunds as they left the park disappointed.
    “In this heightened state of Islamaphobia, a woman wearing a hajib is an easy target these days,” said Zead Ramadan, president of the Council on American-Islamic Relations – New York. “Unfortunately, this turned ugly due to a lot of miscommunication.”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2011/08/31/2011-08-31_muslims_cops_scuffle_at_rye_playland_over_amusement_parks_head_scarf_ban.html#ixzz1WjVOuBbw

  113. Zeynab says:

    Asalaamu Alaikaam Brothers and sisters, I was hoping to ask a sheik or daiye How will Allah judge the insane? and should an insane person marry? I myself am not completely insane but I experience times where I lose touch with reality but have never lost touch completely I can be treated and cured I believe I have heard before that is up to Allah. I am wondering whether or not a brother would accept a marriage proposal from me while knowing this I would love to have children of my own only Allah knows if I’ll ever get married and if my children will have my disease.(I don’t know if it’s hereditary)

    • For the person who is sometimes sane and sometimes not, Allah only holds you to account for what you when you are sane, The pen is lifted for you when you are insane. Yes you can marry but you must let whoever marries you know of your sickness and not all children inherit this disease. So just let the person know. Also this page is not for Questions and answers. If you have a question join the website and ask me live!

  114. Zeynab says:

    Sister Layla can I have your e-mail?

  115. Jamillah A Kareem says:

    I have a few topics to request:
    1. Common now among the youth (Smoking, and drinking, attending Hookah Bars)
    2. Mental Heath – How the doctors prescribe medication to our children.
    Are they exempt from prayer/fasting if they have a diagnosis.
    3. Marriage – Woman taking care of herself because her husband doesn’t have the means. Should she stay married or get a divorce when her husband loses his income? discussing options and rights of woman who stay. Even if children are involved.
    4. The food of the people of the book. One of my children keep debating this subject and it would help to have solid explanation of the ayat that says we can eat the food of the Jews and the Christians (people of the book). I tell my children Zabiha and Kosher if it’s offered to them. Don’t let people tell them food is halal and it’s hit in the head meat. When in doubt do without.

  116. JAMILLAH says:

    A HOT TOPIC I THINK WOULD BE ON “PREJUDICE IN ISLAM”. PAKISTANI TOWARDS BLACKS. HOW TO BREAK THE BARRIER FROM NEW SHAHADAH’S SEEING THIS AND GETTING THE WRONG IDEA. MUSLIMS ARE SUPPOSE TO BE WITH THE BEST CHARACTER. AFRICAN AMERICAN SISTERS COMPLAIN TO ME. MY SKIN IS LIGHT SO I DO NOT SUFFER WHAT THEY DO.

  117. broabdullah says:

    Asalaamu Alaikaam my dear brothers and sisters of Sunnah,

    May Allah provide each and every one of us the endurance and strength to accept his decree put upon us, may he give us the proper insight and knowledge of our din, and may he purify our hearts and minds in proper worship untainted by innovation.

    I found an interesting article from the Sunrise entitled ‘Sunrise commissioner blocks Muslim sacrifice of goats and lambs’. I found this to be a possible good conversation point, considering the month we are in, inshallah. I will provide both the site and article for your convenience.

    http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-11-02/news/fl-sunrise-politician-blocks-muslim-fest-20111102_1_sunrise-commissioner-sheila-alu-animal-sacrifices-sacrifices-for-religious-purposes

    SUNRISE — Disturbed by the prospect of lambs and goats being slaughtered in her city, Sunrise Commissioner Sheila Alu single-handedly blocked a Muslim religious ceremony set to take place on Sunday.

    “Yes, I was trying to stop it,” Alu said on Wednesday. “It’s shut down. I’m trying to protect innocent animals. This is not an appropriate setting for the slaughtering of animals in an open field in a city that’s as populated as Sunrise. Usually these religious ceremonies take place in a rural area.”

    The news did not sit well with Nezar Hamze, executive director of the South Florida Council on American-Islamic Relations based in Pembroke Pines.

    “Wow,” Hamze said. “That is very upsetting. We’ll find another venue. But that’s very disturbing. I’m very disappointed in that. We asked for permission and went through the proper channels and now it’s off because a commissioner has a problem with it.”

    Muslims from local mosques had planned to gather at a 45-acre farm on Hiatus Road in Sunrise to celebrate the Eid ul-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, Hamze said. The holiday honors Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, before God provided a sacrificial lamb instead.

    The day also marks the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca that all Muslims are urged to make at least once in their lifetime.

    “The meat is sacrificed according to state and Islamic law,” Hamze said. “There is no bloodbath. It’s very humane. It’s a slit on the throat real quick. And they bleed out in a couple seconds. The animals do not suffer.”

    The Florida Humane Slaughter Act governs the handling and killing of livestock, and a 1993 U.S. Supreme Court decision stemming from a case in Miami-Dade County upheld the right for animal sacrifices for religious purposes. That decision grew out of a lawsuit filed by the Lukumi Babalu Aye church charging the city of Hialeah with illegally enacting ordinances designed to persecute Santeria practitioners.

    That means animal sacrifices for religious purposes enjoy protection from government interference, said Derek Newton, spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.

    “If [Alu] was acting on her own, it becomes a question of politics rather than a legal argument,” Newton said. “If she called from her office and said she was commissioner so and so, that might be a problem.”

    Alu said she called as a resident, not a commissioner.

    “I have no ill will toward the Muslim faith,” she said. “I’m just an animal lover.”

    After learning that there were no legal grounds for blocking the ceremony, Alu said she contacted a man who works for the owners to verify that they were allowing the ceremony. She said he told her they were not aware the event was taking place on their property and that the caretaker had improperly given permission for the ceremony.

    “I don’t want to interfere with anyone’s religious beliefs, but if you want to slaughter animals it should be done in a slaughterhouse,” Alu said. She says she believes it is inhumane to slaughter the animals in a field. “They stab them in the throat. It’s horrible.”

    “I’m not a vegetarian,” she said. “I just don’t agree with the inhumane treatment of animals. Looking at how they’re slaughtered brings tears to my eyes.”

    But Hamze said their way of slaughtering the animals is more humane than a slaughterhouse. He says sometimes the slaughterhouse will use a hammer to kill the animal and it takes longer for it to die.

    The property owners, Curtis and Marilyn Deem, did not answer a message left on their home phone. Derek Matherly, the property caretaker, ridiculed Alu’s concerns.

    “I find it appalling that people are so upset when they eat lambs and goats every day,” he said. “Let’s go back a couple thousand years ago. They used to slaughter animals and then burn them for sacrifice. I don’t see the big story here. It’s not like animals are being tortured.”

    Wednesday evening, Hamze said the caretaker called to cancel. The ceremony, however, will take place at a new, undisclosed location.

    “We found another venue,” Hamze said, “but it will be kept private.”

    He also said he had spoken with Alu.

    “I truly believe she’s just a big animal lover,” he said, “and I don’t believe she meant any malice toward the Muslim community.”

  118. Amy Huia says:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/09/gay-rights-london-mosques

    Ban homophobic clerics from mosques, gay rights campaigners urge

  119. Wasiah Rasheed says:

    I’d like to see discussions on why few muslimahs see the need in being warm & welcoming to non-Muslim women visiting the masjid, Allah has guided these women to that particular masjid for a reason so…. once they arrive are you gaining His (ta’al) pleasure or wrath in how you deal with them??

    Why are so many Muslims persistently verbal when giving dawah but such dawah is rarely shown in their day to day lives at work, school, the masjid, etc??

    Why aren’t we making the deen easy for new Muslims? We’re pushing them to offer 5 daily prayers, leave their non-Muslim spouses, cover their head if their women, wear their pants above their ankles if their men, stop drinking, stop smoking and the list goes on all in one day….. we’re running them away. Why aren’t we teaching them the deen first so that their faith in Allah increases and they develop a love and respect for the Prophet (saws). There is nothing wrong with telling them these things are not of the Muslim but to condemn them before they can begin to practice properly.

    Why do so few masjids have programs that are of interest to the youth? Times have changed and we need programs in place and speakers with whom the youth can relate to that speak on topics that are relative to their struggles in the deen. So many Muslim families feel because they homeschool there children, don’t have televisions and they are stay at home moms that their children are aren’t at risk. We shouldn’t be hiding the real world from our youth, especially those of us residing in the US. We should be having discussions with them, even if using major newspapers, about current affairs and guiding them using the Qur’an and Sunnah concerning what is appropriate and the punishments that come with such actions.

    Ummmm thats about all I can think of right now

  120. broabdullah says:

    Asalaamu Alaikaam to all Sunnah followers :)

    May Allah continue to hold us dear and bless us in our efforts of worship to him, and may he provide us with the necessary strength and endurance in our trialsome times of fitnah.

    Here is an article that i saw that might be appealing for the openforum. Sometimes our way of life seems to be tacting in the wind, like a lone ship with a sail on the ocean, bearing its turbulent waves and destructive winds. Though it is pushed back by the ferocity of the elements, it tacts forward, inching its way towards the shore. As sunnah followers we understand the plight of our planet and our future as muslims due to the in depth instruction provided by our beloved Prophet S.A.W, thus we do not quarrel or worry as events unfold or seem bleak for our deen. All of this has been prophesied aforetime, and we as believers hold firm to the rope of Allah, never DOUBTING but asserting our faith and devotion daily in our practice and belief, knowing that Allah is the Al Haqq, the truth, and whatever utters it shall be so. Our teachers here have worked dilligently in providing us the Quran and Sunnah in its truthfulness. May Allah continue to bless and reward them for their efforts.

    The article is as follows:

    Poll: Many Americans Uncomfortable With Muslims
    TV News Plays Role In Opinions, Poll Says
    By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

    Read more: http://www.wlwt.com/news/29096286/detail.html#ixzz1fxVba23b

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Ten years after 9/11, Americans are wrestling with their opinions of Muslims, a new survey found, and where Americans get their TV news is playing a role in those opinions.
    Nearly half of Americans would be uncomfortable with a woman wearing a burqa, a mosque being built in their neighborhood or Muslim men praying at an airport. Forty-one percent would be uncomfortable if a teacher at the elementary school in their community were Muslim.
    Forty-seven percent of survey respondents said the values of Islam are at odds with American values.
    The Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution conducted the survey and issued a report, “What it Means to be American: Attitudes in an Increasingly Diverse America 10 Years after 9/11.”
    “Americans are wrestling with fear, but on the other hand they’re also wrestling with acceptance,” said Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute.
    The results of the survey were announced Tuesday at the Brookings Institution in Washington.
    One issue that seemed to divide respondents was sharia law.
    Overall, 61% of respondents disagreed that Muslims want to establish sharia law in the U.S.
    “2011 has been an enormously active year for this question,” Jones said. “Forty-nine bills have been introduced in 29 states to ban sharia law. We asked the same question back in February, and only 23% of Americans agreed Muslims want to
    establish sharia as the law of the land. That number has gone up to 30%, so still a minority, but the minority has grown.”
    The numbers were also showed a correlation with where people went for their news.
    Of Americans who say they trust Fox News the most for their television news, 52% believe that Muslims are trying to establish sharia law in the United States. Sixty-eight percent of Fox viewers believed the values of Islam were at odds with American values.
    The report says fewer than one-third of Americans who most trust broadcast news, CNN (20%) and public television (23%) believe that Muslims are trying to establish sharia.
    “It’s an emotional roller coaster,” said Dr. Muqtedar Khan, a professor of political science at the University of Delaware. “I looked at this survey, and I’m really depressed.”
    Khan, a practicing Muslim, was particularly disturbed by the attitudes toward Muslims and what he called a misunderstanding of sharia law. “Sharia is just a prop, an attempt to say, ‘we just don’t know and like Muslims.’ ”
    The survey also found strong support of religious liberty and tolerance.
    Eighty-eight percent of those contacted by pollsters agreed that “America was founded on the idea of religious freedom for everyone, including religious groups that are unpopular.”
    One year after a Florida pastor burned a copy of the Quran, 95% of people polled said religious books should be treated with respect.
    And two-thirds of those polled said there should be strict separation between church and state.
    According to Jones, 2,450 Americans were reached by phone for the survey, and it had a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

    Copyright CNN 2011

  121. NIciole L. Morales says:

    How to preserve the muslim marriage and family in today’s society.

    • maybe there could be a website or a open gathering a class a meeting were theyre could be some talk theres a singles meeting at masjid bilal in los angels california every sunday at 2 oclock maybe if there were more in other places more muslim realations would happen

  122. a good topic would be why do American Muslim men tend to date non Muslim women i see this all the time in California and they have no shame about it they bring there girlfriends to mosque unveiled. and when you ask them about it they have the nerves to get affended

  123. broabdullah says:

    Asalaamu Alaikaam Sunnah Followers :)

    I found this article to be very interesting. NOt sure if ever discussed here, seeing that it was published in 2010, but nevertheless, would be an interesting topic to consider. Many Muslims are more culture based than faith based, thus making them go to the extremes in most things. As we have been tought by those qualified, our religion is easy and we should not make it hard upon ourselves. WOuld this article be an example of this, or is it not, or is it just a matter of taste or personal preference? A discussion about this topic should be very enlightening. Inshallah, look forward to this one.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1329398/Blind-woman-buys-guide-HORSE-strict-Muslim-parents-consider-dogs-unclean.html

    Blind student saves for three years to buy a guide HORSE because her strict Muslim parents consider dogs unclean
    As a blind Muslim woman, Mona Ramouni has had to make do without a guide dog her whole life.
    The 28-year-old’s strictly religious parents would not allow a dog in the house, considering the animal unclean.
    But then Miss Ramouni stumbled across a website article about miniature guide horses in April 2008.
    ‘It was something that I never thought about for myself,’ she said.

    The psychology student used three years of savings from her job at a Braille proofreading company to pay for a horse to be trained to act as her guide.

    Since welcoming three-year-old guide horse Cali into her Dearborn, Michigan, home last year, Miss Ramouni has seen her life turned around.
    Cali measures about 2ft 6in tall and has been taught to stand still indoors. She also helps Miss Ramouni get out of vehicles and move through crowds.
    Her proud mistress said: ‘She is an awesome little horse. What I really want is to be able to take her places neither of us would have been able to go without each other.
    ‘Before Cali, I had given up. I got to the point where I thought, ‘I’m going to get nothing out of my life’. Cali has given me the confidence back I used to have as a kid.’
    Born three months premature, Miss Ramouni lost her sight shortly after birth.
    Among the challenges she had to overcome in order for Cali to stay at her home were getting a permit to place a large shed in her family’s garden and to find a farrier to look after the horse’s hooves.
    Her friends warned her it would be a difficult thing to do.
    But Miss Ramouni said: ‘The more everybody told me “No, don’t do it,” the more I wanted to do it,’ she said. ‘I got to a point in my life where I thought… “Why should I settle for something less than I can have?”
    ‘There have been so many obstacles. People said ‘You’ll never find a vet. You’ll never find a farrier.” I found them all.’
    She added: ‘More than even the independence, I found that Cali showed me that there are possibilities.’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1329398/Blind-woman-buys-guide-HORSE-strict-Muslim-parents-consider-dogs-unclean.html#ixzz1nyciGPTV

  124. Anonymous says:

    I think we should talk about true salafiyyah and what it really means. not what the media potrays it as. or we should talk about friendship in islam. its virtues and its cons. talk about how the friends we have can harm or benefit us

  125. Amy Huia says:

    British Muslim celebrate queen’s Diamond Jubilee
    MCB leader asks British Muslims to thank queen for her long reign

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C06%5C02%5Cstory_2-6-2012_pg7_30

  126. Amy Huia says:

    Private Muslim schools told to promote British values
    Private Islamic schools face being required to promote “British values” as part of a new Government drive to combat extremism, it emerged today.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9305957/Private-Muslim-schools-told-to-promote-British-values.html

  127. Amy Huia says:

    NY Sikh, Muslim workers allowed religious headwear

    http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-05/D9V3C5L80.htm

  128. Anonymous says:

    Coulter tells Muslim teen to ‘take a camel’

    http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2010/03/22/13322616-qmi.html

  129. Dornu Lebari says:

    Mass muslim wedding in nigeria in an attempt to curb number of divorcees left single.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18072118

  130. Dornu Lebari says:

    Schools in Nigeria combine muslim and “western” education

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17831813

  131. Dornu Lebari says:

    Circumcision being attacked in the west.
    I went to a conference recently (for work as a medic) where one of the consultant urologists who is known to perform the most amount of circumcisions in the UK spoke but actually spoke that he HATED doing them and that he never does them at request etc. Quite a few people clapped, and it was a mixed audience with other muslims and jews and I was quite shocked as I was obviously the only person who was pro-circumcision as it is part of our religion.
    I then read some articles which seems to make me think that this gentleman was not the only one who was hating on circumcision at the moment:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/27/circumcision-ruling-germany-muslim-jewish?newsfeed=true

  132. Dornu Lebari says:

    Subhanallah, I hope I am not the only one posting on here. I have another suggestion, hope that is ok.
    I got a news mail today that I thought might be interesting, not sure if it makes a whole forum discussion but see what you think.
    The news read “Brazil allows hijab in IDs”. There is an online link to a brief summary insha’allah:

    http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/459153-brazilian-city-allows-hijab-in-ids-.html

  133. imara jami says:

    Salaam, im wondering if it could be made easier for people to sign up and log in, becaouse Ive been trying fro quite some time with no success. Shukron WLS

  134. Amy Huia says:

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/10/201210522101035768.html

    ‘I’m Muslim: Ask me a question’
    Interfaith groups fight intolerance off the national political radar in “blue dot within the sea of red Kansas”.

  135. Anonymous says:

    Britain: Muslim ‘Cultural Sensitivity’ Runs Amok

    By: Soeren Kern
    Published: April 22nd, 2012

    Islam in Europe
    Photo Credit: Serge Attal/Flash 90
    The largest university in London plans to impose a ban on the sale of alcohol on campus to accommodate the “cultural sensitivity” of its Muslim students.

    London Metropolitan University’s Vice Chancellor, Malcolm Gillies, says it would be unwise to “cling” to a “nostalgic” view where the vast majority wants alcohol to be available. Instead, he says that he believes the university should take account of diverging views, namely those of Muslims, who now comprise 20% of the university’s 30,000 students.

    “Many of our students do come from backgrounds where they actually look on drinking as a negative. We therefore need to rethink how we cater for that 21st-century balance,” Gillies declared in an interview. “What we don’t want is the tyranny of a majority view,” he added. Gillies’ proposals to re-engineer social life on campus have, not surprisingly, generated a mostly negative response from students, many of whom say a ban on alcohol smacks of politically correct pandering run amok.

    Muslims, too, are unhappy with Gillies. Far from thanking him for his multicultural activism, Muslims say they are “offended” by his “generalizing about their beliefs.”

    To be sure, London Metropolitan University is not the first institution in Britain to bend over backwards to avoid “offending” Muslims. In fact, hardly a day goes by in which Britons are not surrendering some aspect of their culture and traditions — not to mention their rights of free speech and free expression — in order to make Britain safe for Islam.

    British schools increasingly are dropping the Jewish Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, according to a report entitled Teaching Emotive and Controversial History, which was commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills. British teachers are also reluctant to discuss the medieval Crusades – in which Christians fought Muslim armies for control of Jerusalem — because lessons often contradict what is taught in local mosques. British social welfare offices have banned novelty pig calendars and toys lest they offend Muslims. Workers in the benefits department at Dudley Council, West Midlands, for example, were told to remove or cover up all pig-related items, including toys, porcelain figures, calendars and even a tissue box featuring Winnie the Pooh and Piglet.

    In West Yorkshire, the Park Road Junior Infant and Nursery School in Batley has banned stories featuring pigs, including “The Three Little Pigs,” in case they offend Muslim children.

    In Nottingham, the Greenwood Primary School cancelled a Christmas nativity play because it interfered with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. In Scarborough, the Yorkshire Coast College removed the words Christmas and Easter from their calendar not to offend Muslims. In Scotland, the Tayside Police Departmentapologized for featuring a German shepherd puppy as part of a campaign to publicize its new non-emergency telephone number. The postcards are potentially offensive to the city’s 3,000-strong Muslim community: Islamic legal tradition says that dogs are impure.

    The British Girl Scout Associationhas designed new uniforms especially for Muslims students, who had “issues” with the existing range of clothing.

    In Sheffield, a five-year-old girlhad her passport form rejected when an official said the bare shoulders on her photograph could offend Muslims.

    Muslim doctors and nurses in Britain are now allowed to opt out of strict hygiene rules introduced by the National Health Service to restrict the spread of hospital superbugs. The change was made after female Muslims objected to being required to expose their arm below the elbow under guidance introduced to reduce the number of patients who were falling ill, and even dying, from bacteria. Meanwhile, in South Yorkshire, an elderly woman in a nursing homedied after she suffered a fall and was left lying on the floor bleeding because the Muslim nurse, Abdul Bhutto, said he had to finish his prayers before he could help the woman.

    In Oldham, a breastfeeding mother was evicted from a waiting room in city hall (aka a “multicultural” building) to avoid offending Muslims. British law allows nursing mothers to breastfeed in public.

    In Glasgow, a Christian radio show host was fired after a debate between a Muslim and a Christian on whether Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life.” In Birmingham, two Christians were told by police “you can’t preach here, this is a Muslim area.” In Cheshire, two students at the Alsager High School were punished by their teacher for refusing to pray to Allah as part of their religious education class. Also in Cheshire, a 14-year-old Roman Catholic girl who attends Ellesmere Port Catholic High Schoolwas branded a truant by teachers for refusing to dress like a Muslim and visit a mosque.

    In Liverpool, a Christian couple was forced to sell their hotel after a female Muslim guest accused the pair of insulting her during a debate about Islam. In London, Rory Bremner, a political comedian, said that every time he writes a sketch about Islam, he fears that he is signing his own death warrant. Also in London, ScotlandYard says that Muslims who launch a shoe at another person are not committing a crime because the practice is Islamic symbolism.

    In Kent, police have been banned from asking for a person’s “Christian” name, in case this request offends Muslims. The Kent Police Department’s62-page ‘Faith and Culture Resource’ guide tells officers to use “personal and family name” instead of “Christian” name.

    In East London, all elected members of Tower Hamlets town councilwere told not to eat during daylight hours in town hall meetings during the Muslim month of Ramadan. Special arrangements were also made to disrupt council meetings to allow for Muslim prayer. Meanwhile, the council renamed a staff Christmas party as a “festive meal.”

    In Leicester, a gang of Somali Muslim womenwho assaulted and nearly killed a non-Muslim passer-by in the city center walked free after a politically correct judge decided that as Muslims, the women were “not used to being drunk.”

    Elsewhere in Britain, a foster motherwas struck off the social services register for allowing a Muslim girl in her care to convert to Christianity. Officials insist the woman, who has looked after more than 80 children in the past ten years, failed in her duty to preserve the girl’s religion and should have tried to stop the baptism. They ruled that the girl, 17, should stay away from church for six months.

    In London, the Harrow Council provoked a storm of protest after announcing plans to offer Islamic halal-only menus in the borough’s 52 state primary schools. Parents are outraged that meat prepared according to Islamic Sharia law is being pushed on non-Muslim children. Meanwhile, most of the in-flight meals on British Airways could soon be halal. The airline also says Muslim staff may wear veils, but Christian employees may not wear crosses.

    In West Yorkshire, an electrician working for a housing association in Wakefield was told he would be fired for placing a small palm cross on the dashboard of his van. His employer said the cross could be offensive to Muslims: “Wakefield and District Housing has a stance of neutrality. We now have different faiths, new emerging cultures. We have to be respectful of all views and beliefs.”

    In London, a Christian employee at Heathrow Airportwas fired for exposing a campaign of systematic harassment by fundamentalist Muslims.

    In Leicester, furious Muslims demanded that Walkers, a British snack food manufacturer owned by PepsiCo, demanded that the company change its packaging labels after it emerged that certain varieties of its potato chips contain small amounts of trace alcohol to extract certain flavors.

    Across Britain, Muslim bus and taxi driversare telling blind passengers that they cannot bring their “unclean” dogs on board. The problem of prohibiting guide dogs on religious grounds has become so widespread that the matter was recently raised in the House of Lords.

    In Reading, one pensioner, a cancer sufferer, was repeatedly confronted by drivers and asked to get off the bus because of his guide dog. He also faced hostility at a hospital and in a supermarket over the animal. In Nottingham, a Muslim taxi driver refused to carry a blind man because he was accompanied by his guide dog. The taxi driver was later fined £300 ($470).

    In Stafford, a Muslim taxi driver refused to carry an elderly blind couple from a grocery store because they were accompanied by their seeing-eye dog. In Tunbridge Wells, Kent, a blind man was turned away from an Indian restaurant because the owner said it was against his Muslim beliefs to allow dogs into his establishment.

    In London, a bus driver prevented a woman from boarding a bus with her dog because there was a Muslim lady on the bus who “might be upset by the dog.” As the woman attempted to complain, the doors closed and the bus drove away. When a second bus arrived, she again tried to embark, but was stopped again, this time because the driver said he was Muslim.

    In Britain, police sniffer dogs trained to spot terrorists at train stations may no longer come into contact with Muslim passengers, following complaints that it was offensive to their religion. Sniffer dogs used by police to search mosques and Muslim homes are now being fitted with leather booteesto cover their paws so they do not cause offense.

    In British prisons, radical Muslim gangs are imposing Sharia law on non-Muslim inmates, who have been forced to stop playing Western music, take down pictures of women from their cells and stop eating sausage. The gangs are also targeting non-Muslim inmates for forced conversions to Islam.

    In Leeds, more than 200 Muslim inmates at a high security prison are set to launch a multi-million pound claim for compensation after they were offered ham sandwiches during the month of Ramadan. They say their human rights were breached when they were offered the meat, which is forbidden by Islam. At the same time, Muslim sex offendersserving time in British prisons are asking to be exempt from a prison treatment program because the idea that “criminals should not have to talk about their offenses” is a “legitimate Islamic position.”

    Meanwhile, Muslim prisonersin Britain are being given fresh clothes and bedding after sniffer dogs search their cells. The inmates say their bedclothes and prison uniforms must be changed according to Islamic law if they have come anywhere near dog saliva. Government rules mean prison wardens must hand out replacement sets after random drug searches to avoid religious discrimination claims. The dogs have also been banned from touching copies of the Islamic holy book the Koran and other religious items. Prisoners now receive special bags to protect the articles.

    At the same time, the British government has spent thousands of pounds of taxpayer money to rebuild prison toiletsso that Muslim inmates do not have to use them while facing Mecca. Islam prohibits Muslims from facing or turning their backs on the Kiblah — the direction of prayer — when they visit the lavatory. After pressure from Muslim, who claimed they had to sit sideways on prison WCs, the Home Office agreed to turn the existing toilets 90 degrees.

    Muslims attending the 2012 Olympic Games in London will be relieved to learn that toilet facilities at London’s Olympic Parkare being built so they will not have to face Mecca while sitting on the loo.

    Nevertheless, the 2012 London Olympics have been plunged into controversy by the discovery that the Games will clash with Ramadan. In 2012, Ramadan will take place from July 21 to August 20, while the Olympics run from July 27 to August 12. Muslims have asked for the games to be rescheduled.
    Originally published by Gatestone Institute gatestoneinstitute.org

    About the Author: The writer is the Senior Analyst for Transatlantic Relations at the Madrid-based Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos / Strategic Studies Group, one of the oldest and most influential foreign policy think tanks in Spain.

  136. i think we should have this for open forum
    Killings in Norway Spotlight Anti-Muslim Thought in U.S.-he man accused of the killing spree in Norway was deeply influenced by a small group of American bloggers and writers who have warned for years about the threat from Islam, lacing his 1,500-page manifesto with quotations from them, as well as copying multiple passages from the tract of the Unabomber.
    In the document he posted online, Anders Behring Breivik, who is accused of bombing government buildings and killing scores of young people at a Labor Party camp, showed that he had closely followed the acrimonious American debate over Islam.

    His manifesto, which denounced Norwegian politicians as failing to defend the country from Islamic influence, quoted Robert Spencer, who operates the Jihad Watch Web site, 64 times, and cited other Western writers who shared his view that Muslim immigrants pose a grave danger to Western culture.

    More broadly, the mass killings in Norway, with their echo of the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City by an antigovernment militant, have focused new attention around the world on the subculture of anti-Muslim bloggers and right-wing activists and renewed a debate over the focus of counterterrorism efforts.

    In the United States, critics have asserted that the intense spotlight on the threat from Islamic militants has unfairly vilified Muslim Americans while dangerously playing down the threat of attacks from other domestic radicals.

    The author of a 2009 Department of Homeland Security report on right-wing extremism withdrawn by the department after criticism from conservatives repeated on Sunday his claim that the department had tilted too heavily toward the threat from Islamic militants.

  137. Amy Huia says:

    Women’s Prayer Spaces Featured In ‘Side Entrance’ Blog: A Call For Improved Conditions In Mosques

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/20/women-prayer-spaces-mosques_n_3624084.html?ref=topbar

  138. Janifa Islam says:

    Women from Tunisia are traveling to Syria to offer themselves to the Islamist as a form of ‘sexual Jihad’.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10322578/Sex-Jihad-raging-in-Syria-claims-minister.html

  139. Janifa Islam says:

    You must take off your veil: Judge rules that Muslim defendant can wear niqab during trial but NOT when giving evidence which has now sparked a debate within the UK government on whether to ban it or not based on public opinion.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2421893/Judge-Peter-Murphy-rules-Muslim-woman-REMOVE-face-veil-evidence.html

  140. Janifa Islam says:

    Muslim pupils, 14, banned from the classroom at Catholic school for refusing to shave off their beards after claiming their religion forbids it

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2442317/Muslim-pupils-14-banned-classroom-refusing-shave-beards-claiming-religion-forbids-it.html#ixzz2ghH7lzyh
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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2442317/Muslim-pupils-14-banned-classroom-refusing-shave-beards-claiming-religion-forbids-it.html

  141. Janifa Islam says:

    Muslim students pray in the rain after Queen Mary University denies them access to facilities
    Friday prayers conducted outdoors after QMUL claims usual rooms are unavailable

    Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/muslim-students-pray-in-the-rain-after-queen-mary-university-denies-them-access-to-facilities-8918293.html

  142. Maryam Sow says:

    “Samantha Lewthwaite, mysterious ‘white widow,’ eludes police in Africa
    The saga of Samantha Lewthwaite is one of betrayal and revenge in a murky world where, somehow, a white woman born to a British soldier becomes a Muslim convert and then an international fugitive.”

  143. Amy Huia says:

    What Sami Discovered On The Way To Becoming A Man Of Color
    (ABOUT A WOMAN FROM A MUSLIM FAMILY TRANSITIONING TO A MALE)

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/01/23/211657513/what-sami-discovered-on-the-way-to-becoming-a-man-of-color

  144. Amy Huia says:

    To Muslim Girls, Scouts Offer a Chance to Fit In

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/28/us/28girlscout.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    YOUTUBE VIDEO: MUSLIMS JOIN GIRL SCOUTS:

  145. Amy Huia says:

    http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140607207596

    pasted from mobile phone artcle about culinary skills lacking before getting marred

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