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MR not going to ISNA (4th straight year)

  • Author: MR
  • Filed under: Events, Islam
  • Date: Aug 30,2007 | 12:04 AM

A year ago, I posted MR not going to ISNA (again, 3rd straight year). Another year rolls by and I’m happy or sad to say I will not be attending this year’s ISNA convention. Maybe next year, inshaAllah.

InshaAllah, everyone who goes, should check out lectures by Sh. Faraz Rabbani. You can find out more about Sh. Faraz’s lecture schedule and SunniPath’s presence at ISNA here.

At the bazaar look out for Maniac Muslim, Phatwa Factory, Young Muslims, and halal rice krispy treats!

And lastly, someone comment and let me know how Sh. Hamza Yusuf’s lecture awakens the listeners, inshaAllah!


Fasting on the 13th, 14th and 15th of Sha’ban

  • Author: MR
  • Filed under: Islam
  • Date: Aug 25,2007 | 11:58 PM

According to the moonsighting (not strict astronomical calculation) process conducted by the Zaytuna Institute, here are the following dates for the “bright days” of Sha’ban:

Mon, August 27 = Sha’ban 13
Tue, August 28 = Sha’ban 14 (Tues night is Shab-e-Baraat, Nisfu Sha’ban)
Wed, August 29 = Sha’ban 15

Check out more info here: Fasting the Bright Days

It is reported from Sayyiduna `Ali (Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “Let all of you spend the night of mid-Sha`ban in worship (i.e. partly) and its day in fasting. Allah descends to the nearest heaven during this night, beginning with sunset, and says: Is there no one asking forgiveness that I may forgive them? Is there no one asking sustenance that I may grant them sustenance? Is there no one under trial that I may relieve them? Is there not such-and-such, is there not such-and-such, and so forth until until dawn rises. [Narrated by Ibn Majah with a weak chain.]

There are many other narrations from the Companions and early Muslims confirming this matter, as mentioned by Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali in his Lataif al-Ma`arif, and others.

There is general consensus that weak hadiths may be acted upon for virtuous acts, such as voluntary fasting and prayer, as long as the hadith is not excessively weak, returns to a general basis in the Shariah, and one is not convinced that the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace) specifically prescribed it.

And Allah alone gives success.

Source: SunniPath

Also check out Sha’ban: Merits, Do’s, and Dont’s by Mufti Taqi Usmani.


The True Essence of Dhikr – Shaykh Abdallah al-Haddad

Many Muslims, no matter what madhab or creed, lack the true understanding of dhikr. We lack it, because the majority of us have evolved it into a mechanical action limited to only prayer, reading Qur’an, dhikr gatherings, and basically any ibadat in the Masjid.

My cousin Adam wrote a short reflection on Shaykh Abdullah al-Haddad’s answer to a sisters question. Check it out here, entitled “Remembering God”. Comments are off on this post, in order to keep the discusion on his blog.

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  • From SufiStication:

    SunniPath is pleased to announce the first women’s online conference under the theme “Reconnecting with Our Purpose in Life,” which will take place September 8, insha’Allah. It is $25 per registration and you can broadcast it to as many people as you would like. This is a great opportunity and a wonderful deal.

    From the SunniPath Blog:

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    I love Imam Suhaib Webb for the sake of Allah!

    Alhamdulillah! Imam Suhaib Webb’s new article is much better. Check it out here.

    Love this part:

    For that reason it was a mistake to resign from Sunnipath. I will be contacting Sh. Faraz and hoping that, as I reach out my hand to his, as I’m sure, I will already find his waiting. Sunnipath is trying to move forward in developing a higher discourse, beyond the horrible nasty things that are going on amongst many so called religious people in our community. I support them 100% and encourage others to take advantage of their resources and benefit from them. Although, I must make this clear I differ with them on a number of major issues, I will forgo such differences to move forward and continue to foster a sense of unity. The same can be said of al-Maghrib, I don’t agree with everything they do or say, but will continue to work with both. Thus, inshallah, all is not lost.

    May Allah preserve Imam Suhaib Webb.


    The Muslim Jesus

    This is a pretty good documentary on the Islamic view on Jesus. It features Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and other scholars including some Quranic recitation by al-Efasy (part 4). Part 4 gets intense with some street Christian vs Muslim debates in the UK. They also had some Christian scholars speak about how Islam was “wrong”. It’s funny what they said. I didn’t like the Iranian film about Maryam though.

    Part 1:

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    You can’t stop piracy of Muslim media, but you can fight it!

    This is a reflection based on two things I have recently read: 1) on MuslimMatters.org, bro. IbnAbeeOmar talks about Copyrights and Software Piracy in Islam and 2) bro. Alex showed me this, in which he quoted from the Alhambra Productions site saying they were out of stock due to illegal selling and downloading of an audio set.

    To all the Muslim audio/video production companies, piracy will not stop. People are people. Audio tapes and cassette tapes are out dated. CDs are weak. DVDs are the default now. The latest technology in video would be HD-DVDs and Blu-Ray, which are high quality picture and sound better than DVD quality.

    So how can Muslim audio and video production companies fight the piracy of lectures and music of Muslim speakers and artists? We have to first look at what the mainstream music industry did to combat piracy.

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    Aman Ali – Hijabs and Palestine

    Comedian Aman Ali has released a hilarious music video entitled Hijabs and Palestine. It’s a parody of the “typical nasheed”. He’s going to be at ISNA performing some comedy for all those ISNA 2007-goers (I’m not going).

    Here are the lyrics:

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    Maliki Fiqh Resources

    • Author: MR
    • Filed under: General, Islam
    • Date: Aug 20,2007 | 08:40 AM

    Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Dr. Abdal Hakim Jackson, Imam Suhaib Webb, Shaykh Muhammad al Yaqoubi (former-Hanafi) are some of the famous Maliki’s I know of. I have been recently thinking about switching to Maliki fiqh. Why? Well, as you all know, Imam Malik lived and died in Madinah. His Muwatta was the first collection of sound and authentic ahadith before Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim. It is commonly known that the Maliki madhab is the way of the people of Madinah. As we all know Madinah is the city of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). He was born in 93 AH and died in 179 AH making him a member of salaf us salih (the pious predecessors). His ancestry traces back to Yemen, and we all know how blessed the lands of Yemen are from what the Prophet has said. Doesn’t that make you want to be Maliki? 😀

    The only problem I had was the lack of easy accessible Maliki fiqh resources, until in recent years a lot of translations popped up and a revival of the madhab in the West occurred. Anyways Sidi Alex compiled a list of Maliki fiqh resources for me and shared it with everyone else. Check it out here. Edit: So the post does not exist anymore. Here is what it had:

    1. http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/ABewley/Page17.html

    2: (partial) http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/ABewley/Malik.html and
    http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/ABewley/usul.html

    3: (Not to be confused with he forthcoming “Original Islam & the Madhhab of Medina” about which there has been some controversy) http://www.amazon.com/Origins-Islamic-Law-Muwatta-Civilization/dp/0700716696/ref=sr_1_3/103-9700934-0225411?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1187389947&sr=1-3
    4: I have Dr. Umar’s thesis (800+ pages). If you’re going to ISNA, I’ll bring for you on a thumb drive. Bring your laptop.

    5: http://islamicbookstore.com/b9260.html

    6: http://www.astrolabe.com/product/2732/Imam…slamic_Law.html

    7: http://kitaabun.com/shopping3/product_info…fd2eceafce80e1b

    8: http://www.seekingilm.com/books/murshid.pdf (bear in mind this is a literal translation, mainly useful as a crutch for the Arab-speaking student. There are also no explanatory notes, such that it remains less than useful as a learning resource.)

    9: http://kitaabun.com/shopping3/product_info…?products_id=28

    10: Sheikh Abdullah’s lectures are in Arabic (obviously) but I have his series on usul al-fiqh translated by Sheikh Hamza. I can lend it to you if:
    A- You return it! and
    B- You do NOT make a copy.

    11: http://lamppostproductions.org/

    You might also consider:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MalikiFiqhGroup/ there a number of very knowledgeable persons there, as well as a good collection of files, including translations of the Mukhtasar al-Akhadari and Qadhi ‘Iyad’s ‘Foundations of Islam” as well as several good resources in Arabic.

    http://www.yantaru.org/library.php
    http://www.liccsd.org/books.html
    http://www.sankore.org/public_html/index2.html

    You should also take a look at (and take!) the course on Maliki Fiqh offered by Sunnipath http://www.sunnipath.com/Academy/Online/Co…lam-maliki.aspx which as a semester long explanation of al-’Asmawiyyah (you’ll also get a copy of Sheikh Ramzy’s unpublished translation of the matn)

    History, Development, and Modern Application http://www.sunnipath.com/Academy/Online/Co…slamic-law.aspx

    And also their Foundations of Islamic Law

    This is probably just me talking, I’ll probably be Hanafi all my life. After all, Imam Abu Hanifah did meet some Sahabas (ra) so that beats the other 3 great mujtahid Imams.


    Basically, the title says it all. Shout out to MuslimMatters.org who wrote about it here and said:

    The principal of Khalil Gibran International Academy, the yet-to-open “Arabic-themed” school in Brooklyn, Debbie al-Montaser (an Arab Muslim) resigned about a week ago under intense pressure from critics…

    …guess who they replaced Debbie with? “The new principal of the city’s controversial Arabic-themed school is an ardent Zionist who considered moving to Israel, according to her former Jerusalem roommate.”

    What you must do right now:

    1. Write to Joel Klein, the NYC Department of Education Chancellor, expressing your disgust at his department’s decision Use this link: http://schools.nyc.gov/webforms/chancellormessage.aspx
      FYI, Klein is the same person who banned the director of Columbia University’s Middle East Institute, Professor Rashid Khalidi, from participating in a NYC school teachers’ training on the Middle East because of his criticism of Israel, and the one who approved a curriculum that grants graduate credit to NYC teachers who take a 30-hour course of study on Israel, written by the Israeli Consulate.
    2. Call the NYC Department of Education and speak to the Chancellor about it. Tel No. (718) 935-2000
    3. Most importantly, EMAIL & CALL DEBBIE ALMONTASER AND SHOW HER YOUR SUPPORT
      Debbie contacts are: Email: njdsa719@aol.com. Phone: 718-643-8000
    4. See the summary and video of the influence of the Israeli lobby below.
    5. Buy the book on the “Israel Lobby”. It is only $15.60 and you get free shipping on Amazon.
    6. Make sure you spread the word about #4 and #5 to to your non-Muslim friends and aquaintances. Using a book by two American Professors is a little “easier” and you can’t be accused of bias!

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