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The American Media Is Improving

  • Author: MR
  • Filed under: Islam, News
  • Date: Jul 25,2007 | 09:00 AM

I would like to thank the Washington Post and Newsweek for two good sections on there websites. Newsweek has a section dedicated to Islam in America and from Washington Post, On Faith: Muslims Speak Out which features Shaykh Ali Gomaa, Amr Khaled and others.

These are some of my favorite points from the ‘Islam in America’ article

Most of the Muslims who were born here are African-American converts and descendants of converts. But a fast-growing number are the children of immigrants, and this last group is extremely young; nearly half are between 18 and 29. In this melting pot, no one group is significantly bigger or more powerful than any of the others—it is, Muslim Americans like to say, the most diverse group of Muslims anywhere except in Mecca during the annual pilgrimage, or hajj.

That’s basically where I fit in and where most of us fit in (those who read this). America knows we have power, so let’s use it to our advantage to bring about good and rid evil from this world, God willing. It is very true that we are a very diverse group of youth, but it’s not only in Makkah, but also in Canada, the UK and other European countries.

The foreign-born imams “are at a disconnect with our new generation,” says Maher Hathout, an Egyptian-born cardiologist and senior adviser to the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles. “If you get the best scholar in Islamics, but he cannot connect with my child or my grandchild, it’s a waste. It’s the opposite of what we want.”

What the heck is ‘Islamics’? Thank God for Shaykh Hamza and Imam Zaid and the future Ustadh Yahya Rhodus, Ustadh Khalil Moore and the seven seminary students at Zaytuna.

More unsettling is the question of what these foreign-born imams preach. According to unofficial estimates by government investigators, at least 50 percent of American mosques may receive some funding from foreign governments or institutions, mostly Saudi Arabia. The danger is obvious: if Saudi Arabia is exporting its Wahhabi Islam to this country via imams, pamphlets, Qur’ans and buildings, how long before a warped version of this extremist ideology intersects with a vulnerable group of teenagers?

At least tasawwuf ain’t funded by Saudi, alhamdulillah. It’s funded by Allah and the awliya. 😀 Salafi Islam is definitely popular in America amongst the youth, but you can’t buy iman and taqwa. You have to earn it from Allah. So spend Ya Saudia! Spend all the money Ya Dawah-as-Salafiyyah! Bring more people to Islam and let Allah change there hearts. 😀

Whatever its source, fundamentalist Islamic ideology is readily available on the Internet as well as in U.S. mosques. In one poor neighborhood in Trenton, N.J., at the Masjid As-Saffat, which for more than 20 years had served a mixed community of Muslims from Afghanistan, Egypt, Somalia and the Palestinian territories, the presiding imam several years ago suddenly and inexplicably had an ideological change of heart. Whereas once people worshiped together in a communal, almost relaxed way, imam Sabur Abdul Hakim began applying rigid standards to prayer and worship. Last year he closed the mosque school, saying it wasn’t sufficiently Islamic, congregants say. He began to preach a Salafi ideology, invoking the purity of the earliest Muslims and disapproving of any variation. In a perfectly American response, a group of Hakim’s opponents sued him, demanding that he and his supporters be removed from the board of directors, that they turn over the mosque’s accounting books and records and that elections be held to instate new trustees. The case is in mediation; Hakim and his lawyer declined to comment.

May Allah guide these people. Looks like Saudi needs to send some more money to this community. They will have a lot of lawyer fees to pay off. May Allah make it easy for them.

African-American Muslims say such reactions are common. Growing up African-American and Muslim in Chicago, Ismail Mitchel says he never fit in. Black Muslims are in a “no man’s land,” says Mitchel, a 21-year-old student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “We get flak from Arabs and we get flak from other black people.” Neither group, he says, wants to embrace him. “It’s like we’re the black sheep of the whole community, literally.”

Racism sucks. We need to get over this black Muslim thing.

In our July 30 cover story “American Dreamers,” we mistakenly included Iran among a list of nations in the Arab world. Newsweek regrets the error.

LOL, sorry Iranians, your not Arab.


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  • 6 Responses for "The American Media Is Improving"

    1. Khadija July 25th, 2007 at 3:28 pm

      lol ya I agree with your comments.
      :)

    2. ahmed.a.a July 26th, 2007 at 10:21 am

      imam Sabur Abdul Hakim opponents should be ashamed of them self taking a brother to a kuffar court! what are muslims comming to! reminds me of similar event where an oxford so called islamic group ( liberal kuffar lovers) HELPED and FUNDED a school defeat a muslim girl in court who wanted to wear a veil in school as she said its her human rights! that money could have been better spent by sending it to pakistan or east africa!

    3. Mujahideen Ryder July 26th, 2007 at 10:24 am

      ahmed.a.a on July 26, 2007 at 10:21 am said:

      imam Sabur Abdul Hakim opponents should be ashamed of them self taking a brother to a kuffar court! what are muslims comming to! reminds me of similar event where an oxford so called islamic group ( liberal kuffar lovers) HELPED and FUNDED a school defeat a muslim girl in court who wanted to wear a veil in school as she said its her human rights! that money could have been better spent by sending it to pakistan or east africa!

      Imam Sabur Abdul Hakim closed down an Islamic school. I think that is totally different from preventing a sister from wearing hijab.

    4. Mohamed July 26th, 2007 at 11:04 am

      Ali Goma’ got attacked in Egypt for saying that Muslims can change their religion without earthly punishment. The Muslim brotherhood also said the Mufti was incorrect. Too bad, Sunni Islam couldn’t hide itself yet again. Another PR stunt gone smoke.

      Its all PR, the real face of Sunni Islam was the Taliban and you all know it. You guys say its Islamic, most of the world believe its pre-medieval. After all when did the prophet and his companions set up the 1st Muslim community which you guys believe is the last. You guessed it, 1450 years ago.

      A dilemma for you isn’t it? You can’t apply the same legal and political structure of the 1st Madina community 1450 years ago since the social and economical and political structure has changed so much, but at the same time you can not accept the modern legal and political framework since it goes against your understanding of what a Muslim state should be like. At a time when many of you are demanding your freedoms and rights in America, how are you going to explain these Sunni view points that do not afford others those rights you demand? Limbo mania!

      The solution is to return to the Quran and abandon the Abbasid Ahl Ul Sunna fiqh. It was made for the Abbasid to govern and legitimize itself, and often contradicts the Quran yet it claims the prophet Muhammad as its spokesman! Of course its easy to use the prophet as your spokesman whan he has been dead for 2 centuries, all you need to say is “he said so” and of course he is not there to say “nope, I didn’t”. Smart trick, but it can only survive around ignorance. Smart trick, but they forgot that the Quran is there. After all thats why its there, to protect the deen from hearsay and gossip and man made dogmas.

      Follow the Quran and you will be safe.

    5. Mujahideen Ryder July 26th, 2007 at 11:13 am

      Mohamed on July 26, 2007 at 11:04 am said:

      Ali Goma’ got attacked in Egypt for saying that Muslims can change their religion without earthly punishment. The Muslim brotherhood also said the Mufti was incorrect. Too bad, Sunni Islam couldn’t hide itself yet again. Another PR stunt gone smoke.

      Its all PR, the real face of Sunni Islam was the Taliban and you all know it. You guys say its Islamic, most of the world believe its pre-medieval. After all when did the prophet and his companions set up the 1st Muslim community which you guys believe is the last. You guessed it, 1450 years ago.

      A dilemma for you isn’t it? You can’t apply the same legal and political structure of the 1st Madina community 1450 years ago since the social and economical and political structure has changed so much, but at the same time you can not accept the modern legal and political framework since it goes against your understanding of what a Muslim state should be like. At a time when many of you are demanding your freedoms and rights in America, how are you going to explain these Sunni view points that do not afford others those rights you demand? Limbo mania!

      The solution is to return to the Quran and abandon the Abbasid Ahl Ul Sunna fiqh. It was made for the Abbasid to govern and legitimize itself, and often contradicts the Quran yet it claims the prophet Muhammad as its spokesman! Of course its easy to use the prophet as your spokesman whan he has been dead for 2 centuries, all you need to say is “he said so” and of course he is not there to say “nope, I didn’t”. Smart trick, but it can only survive around ignorance. Smart trick, but they forgot that the Quran is there. After all thats why its there, to protect the deen from hearsay and gossip and man made dogmas.

      Follow the Quran and you will be safe.

      Are you denying the sunnah? Are you saying we should follow the Quran only? The Quran says to follow the Prophet (saas) and the ones who know (scholars). So what do you say about that?

    6. Sulayman July 27th, 2007 at 1:20 am

      Interesting PR. I’m leery of the idea that masjid money comes from overseas. I don’t think the source is valid and I hooe its not that same imam who said 80% of masajid are wahhabi. (he was incorrect but the story still floats around online and in major newspapers). Grain of salt I say.

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