The Return to Al-Maghrib: Breaking My Silence [Recovered]

IMPORTANT NOTE: This post was lost due to my former-host’s server crash.  I recovered the content, but not the comments.

For almost two and half years I have not taken a class with the AlMaghrib Institute.  When I stopped it was during the controversy which I will not mention nor will I link to it since it’s not worth it.

Beyond that incident and up until the 2008 ISNA convention, I personally had felt a grudge and animosity towards AlMaghrib (even after the Pledge of Mutual Respect and Cooperation).  I didn’t have anything against the teachers nor the students (after all the students were my family by blood and by brotherhood), but it was against the idea and way of AlMaghrib.  It was pure ignorance and stupidity.  May Allah (swt) forgive me for the hardness of my heart.  I guess you could say I was jealous, because there wasn’t an alternative choice that was similar in the method but pleasing to my opinions.

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Remake of the 1970s Movie, “The Message”, soon to be produced

I’m sure everyone and their entire family has seen the movie, “The Message”, about the birth of Islam in Arabia. It is sold at almost any Islamic conference that I have been to and bootlegged to the point that no one cares. You can watch it on Google video here. It is an excellent movie and I highly recommend it.

DUBAI (Reuters) – A movie drama about the life of the Prophet Mohammad is to go into production soon, and will be only the second English-language film of its kind ever made, its producers said on Monday.

“The Messenger of Peace” will be a remake of Moustapha Akkad’s “The Message,” a 1977 Hollywood classic starring Anthony Quinn which is often applauded by Muslims as an example of how commercial Western cinema can respect Islam.

“We have only the utmost respect for Akkad’s work but technology in cinema has advanced since the 1970s and this latest project will employ modern film techniques in its renewal of the first film’s core messages,” producer Oscar Zoghbi, who worked on the original, said in a statement

Source: Reuters

Barack Obama Willing to Negotiate with the Taliban

This is extremely good news, and makes me want to shout at all the Muslims in Texas, Virginia, Ohio, Florida and any other strong Republican states to get out there and vote for Barack Obama! The fact that he wants to leave Iraq and now negotiate with the Taliban is extremely beneficial and good news for the Muslim world.

You can listen to the TIME magazine audio clip of their personal interview with him here.

How can any Muslim support McCain now? He wants to continue the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and wants to invade Iran.

The only thing that is in the way now for a peaceful outcome in Iraq and Afghanistan are the stubborn elements in the Muslim world. The lunatics and ‘thugs’ who roam around calling for Jihad and killing of other Muslims who are “deviant”.

I personally believe that Democracy doesn’t work in the Muslim world, because every Muslim wants their own way and don’t want to compromise. As much as I dislike the Egyptian, Saudi or UAE government, you have to admit they have stability and the sqaush any type of “thug jihad” mentality amongst the Ummah.

There is no real Democratic Muslim government in the Muslim world. It’s all dictators or kingdoms. The countries without dictators or a royal family is volatile and in chaos right now (Iraq, Afghanistan and soon to be Pakistan).

Allah knows best. May Allah (swt) end the unjust wars and protect the innocent! Ameen.

The First Islamic Event at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City

The first ever Islamic event to be held at the famous Jacob Javits Convention Center will be Al-Maghrib Institutes one-weekend seminar, Torch Bearers, taught by Sh. Waleed Basyouni. I’m pretty impressed that Al-Maghrib and Qabeelah Tayybah (the student tribe in NYC) were able to reserve and book this place. Shout out to the brothers of Tayybah who are working hard in promoting it and organizing everything. May Allah (swt) reward them with jannat-ul-firdaus.

I’m also really amazed and love the website they made just for this course:

Here is their trailer:

Details for the seminar can be found here. Register here to take the class.

Word on the streets say they are expecting well over 500 students. After almost 2 years of not taking any Al-Maghrib classes, I am breaking my silence and enrolling for this class. You can thank mu wife, haha.

Sony Recalls PS3 Game, LittleBigPlanet, Due to the Recitation of the Qur’an Contained in the Background Music

The European delay of LittleBigPlanet we mentioned earlier has blossomed into a worldwide recall of the game due to passages from the Islamic holy text Qur’an being included in the background music in one of the levels.

“During the review process prior to the release of LittleBigPlanet, it has been brought to our attention that one of the background music tracks licensed from a record label for use in the game contains two expressions that can be found in the Qur’an,” admitted the company in a statement.

“We have taken immediate action to rectify this and we sincerely apologise for any offence that this may have caused.”

Yesterday a reader sent us a link to a music file containing the two offending phrases, which can be found here. Hit the jump for the translation of the offending phrases.

The words are:

1- In the 18th second: “كل نفس ذائقة الموت” (“kollo nafsin tha’iqatol mawt”, literally: ‘Every soul shall have the taste of death’).

2- Almost immediately after, in the 27th second: “كل من عليها فان” (“kollo man alaiha fan”, literally: ‘All that is on earth will perish’).

Thanks to NSider for providing the link and translation.

We’ll keep you updated as we hear more on how this recall effects release dates.

It seems it was an Arabic song that was added to the soundtrack for the game. I am really surprised and appreciative that Sony went out of their way (they will lose a lot of money) to remove this song from the game.  We should buy products from Sony in support for their kindness of removing the song from this game.  In fact, I think I will buy this game.  Although as a Muslim, I believe that it didn’t really matter if the song was added to the game or not.  I wouldn’t be offended at all if the game had that song in it.

Source: Kotaku