Americans are more approving of terrorist attacks against civilians than Muslims in Muslim countries

Shout out to Rayad for showing me this. Gotta read this:

The myth of Muslim support for terror

The common enemy is violence and terrorism, not Muslims any more than Christians or Jews.
By Kenneth Ballen

WASHINGTON – Those who think that Muslim countries and pro-terrorist attitudes go hand-in-hand might be shocked by new polling research: Americans are more approving of terrorist attacks against civilians than any major Muslim country except for Nigeria.

The survey, conducted in December 2006 by the University of Maryland’s prestigious Program on International Public Attitudes, shows that only 46 percent of Americans think that “bombing and other attacks intentionally aimed at civilians” are “never justified,” while 24 percent believe these attacks are “often or sometimes justified.”

Contrast those numbers with 2006 polling results from the world’s most-populous Muslim countries – Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nigeria. Terror Free Tomorrow, the organization I lead, found that 74 percent of respondents in Indonesia agreed that terrorist attacks are “never justified”; in Pakistan, that figure was 86 percent; in Bangladesh, 81 percent.

Continue reading “Americans are more approving of terrorist attacks against civilians than Muslims in Muslim countries”

New and Broken: The Story of Umm Layth

I saw this on via Yursil’s blog. Interesting and familiar story. I know a few other brothers and sisters that had similar experiences. Oh yeah, to all my wasabi brothers and sisters, please relax and don’t comment without reading the article and realize that we’re not making fun of you or hating on you. So just read it and relax. 😀

EDIT: Updated 3/6/07. After reading Umm Layth’s request, I have changed the title of this post.

New and Broken


as-Salaamu `alaykum

As the title says, I am indeed very new to ‘traditionalism’ and ‘tasawwuf’. It has been weird learning more about this and having to go against my previous beliefs as a ’salafi’ but it was something I needed.

I remember as a salafi, I was constantly trying to find books that I could read to bring life to my heart. Of course, sometimes when I asked sisters for naseeha about books that could bring some insight into the problems of my heart, they would say, “Just pick up the Qur’aan!” Of course right?

Continue reading “New and Broken: The Story of Umm Layth”

8,000 Shaykha’s, Female Muftis, and Female Islamic Scholars dating back to 1,400 years ago?!?

“Oh my Allah! Did MR just say Female Mufti?” Yes I did folks. According to the al-Azhar Scholar, Shaykh Mohammed Akram Nadwi, there are about 8,000 muslima’s who have dedicated there lives to studying and teaching Islam from issuing fatwas to narrating hadiths. His book will be translated into English and published in the UK according to the article. Should be an interesting read.

Here is the full article:

A Secret History

Published: February 25, 2007

For Muslims and non-Muslims alike, the stock image of an Islamic scholar is a gray-bearded man. Women tend to be seen as the subjects of Islamic law rather than its shapers. And while some opportunities for religious education do exist for women — the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo has a women’s college, for example, and there are girls’ madrasas and female study groups in mosques and private homes — cultural barriers prevent most women in the Islamic world from pursuing such studies. Recent findings by a scholar at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies in Britain, however, may help lower those barriers and challenge prevalent notions of women’s roles within Islamic society. Mohammad Akram Nadwi, a 43-year-old Sunni alim, or religious scholar, has rediscovered a long-lost tradition of Muslim women teaching the Koran, transmitting hadith (deeds and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad) and even making Islamic law as jurists.

Continue reading “8,000 Shaykha’s, Female Muftis, and Female Islamic Scholars dating back to 1,400 years ago?!?”

Celebrating the Prophet’s (s) Birthday – Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah

This is the best Islamic ruling by one of the top (probably the top) scholar in the entire planet, Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah (may Allah bless him and grant him jannah). I personally celebrate the brith of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) almost every day (I try too at least). So all those wasabis that want to hate, please read this fatwa. It will be very pleasing to even you. I found the fatwa on Imam Suhaib Webbs blog, TheTranslators. So its “remixed” by the Translators themselves. The blog is actually run by a group of students and is supervised by Imam Suhaib Webb.

Here it is:

On Celebrating The Prophet’s Birthday (sa) Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah.

Remixed by TheTranslators


The celebration of the birthday of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is an issue of controversy amongst the scholars. Thus, there were some who considered it a disliked innovation, a few even saying it reached the level of prohibition. And there were others who considered it a praiseworthy innovation. This difference is traced back to a divergence concerning the division of innovation (bid’ah). Some scholars recognized the validity of such innovations and this was, primarily, the school of Imam Al-Shafi’i (May Allah have mercy upon him) and the head of this thought was Al-Izzi Adin Abdul Salam (May Allah have mercy upon him). In addition, Imam Al-Qurafi (May Allah have mercy upon him) who was a Maliki, carried this same opinion, giving it great attention and explaining it in an exhaustive manner. In his discussion Al-Qurafi (ra) expanded the concept of innovation to included innovations that were commendable, highly recommended and of an obligatory and disliked nature. Thus, he divided innovation into five parts: (obligatory, recommended, permissible, disliked and forbidden). However, there were some scholars who failed to accept this division contending that, Indeed, any innovation, if it appears, then it is repulsive in nature. They did this by regulating the statement of ‘Umar, regarding the tarawih prayers, This is a good innovation to its linguistic meaning. There was a large body of scholars who held this opinion such as Taqi al-Din Ahmad Ibn Taymiyyah, Al-Shatibi, in his book Al-‘Itisam, and many scholars from the Maliki and Hanbali schools (may Allah have mercy upon all of them). Finally, there were scholars who wrote in support of celebrating the Mawlid such as Al-Suyuti (May Allah have mercy upon him) and, at the same time, there were others who wrote against it. Thus, in my opinion, there is no need to drag this discussion out, nor continue to argue about it any longer.

The Ruling:

Indeed, whoever wants to celebrate the Prophet’s (sa) birthday should celebrate it and avoid doing any action contrary to Islamic Law. In addition, this act should be done with an intention that it is not a sunna nor an obligatory act. If these conditions are observed, and one is careful not to contradict Islamic Law, out of sincere love for the Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allah upon him), then, Allah willing, there is nothing wrong with this action and this person will be rewarded. Commenting on this, the Shaykh of Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (May Allah have mercy upon him) said, Indeed, such a person will be rewarded because of his intention. Likewise, for the one who shuns this celebration, seeking to cling to the sunna out of fear of falling into innovation, then this person will also be rewarded, Allah willing. It is important to note that this is not a big issue. Nor is it necessary to give it more attention then it deserves.

The Methodology:

Our attention towards this issue is directed towards uniting the Muslims and curbing these differences. We base this understanding on facilitation (for both sides) and ease. This ease is not founded on an empty premise, but is referenced directly back to the Quran, traditions of the Prophet (sa), the fundamental objectives of Islamic law, and the order of the Prophet (sa) to work towards unity between others. Therefore, if a contentious issue arises pertaining to a matter, we exercise great consideration and respect for both sides. This consideration is not simply an act of being overly accommodative, as some contend, or attacking those who hold weak opinions. But, this respect and consideration for differences is guided by the fact that both opinions are based on proofs from Islamic Law. In some regards these proofs are clear, and in other regards the opposite holds true. Thus, some (scholars) have provided evidences for thes acts legitimacy, and others hold proofs for the opposite. In conclusion, our stance is that both are on goodness, Allah willing, as long as this act is not mixed with some type of evil and the intention is correct.

Allah knows best

Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah (May Allah preserve him)

Remixed by TheTranslators 2007

Taken from TheTranslators

A Fake Dajjal Arises

Shout out to Mohsin Hasan who hooked me up with this mad funny article. A Christian priest is claiming to be God himself, na’audhobillah. What an idiot! He has a tatoo of the number 666 on his arm and says the Antichrist is a good person. Oh yeah he rolls around with rolex’s and drives a couple lexus’s and bmw’s. What a baller!

Here is the full article:

Pastor with 666 tattoo claims to be divine

By John Zarrella and Patrick Oppmann

Adjust font size:
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) — The minister has the number 666 tattooed on his arm.

But Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda is not your typical minister. De Jesus, or “Daddy” as his thousands of followers call him, does not merely pray to God: He says he is God.

“The spirit that is in me is the same spirit that was in Jesus of Nazareth,” de Jesus says.

Continue reading “A Fake Dajjal Arises”