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Islam Spreads to Papua New Guinea

This is an amazing story.  May Allah continue to bless the world with the true message of Islam!  Ameen:

Growing numbers convert to Islam in PNG

In Papua New Guinea a growing number of people are now choosing to pray at a mosque rather than a church.

PNG is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people turning their backs on Christianity and converting to Islam.

“A lot of Papua New Guineans are converting to Islam not because they don’t like the other religion. It’s just they’ve become, they feel comfortable in there,” said Khalid, an Imam who received his training in Malaysia.

“The practice of Islam is much easier than the other religions. In the religion of Islam you are your own preacher. You learn how to pray.

“God is not only in the mosque, it’s everywhere. So if I don’t come into the mosque, the house of prayer, I can pray under the trees, in the house, anywhere.”

Papua New Guineans began converting to Islam in the early 1980s, and there are now more than 4,000 followers with recent reports of entire villages converting at the same time.

Many are drawn to Islam because of the similarities the religion has with Melanesian customs, says Isa Teine, the general secretary for PNG’s Islamic Society.

“When we greet people we hug them. This is Islam. We don’t shake hands and leave them, so most of our cultures are Islamic,” she said.

“Polygamy – this is Islam. Islam encourages four wives. Before Islam came in, people already had two, three, four wives. This is Islam.

“So when the religion came in and said, ‘oh we have to do this, our Islamic culture, we have to do this and that’, people fit in easily. So it’s very easy for Papua New Guineans to embrace Islam.

“Once the religion itself spread I tell you, I’m just predicting in 20, 30 years’ time, all Papua New Guinea will submit to Islam.”

Church leaders like Pastor Joseph Walters say they do not feel threatened by the rapid growth of Islam.

“This nation is a very strong Christian country and I travel around a lot preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God around the nation and the people generally are very strong, very dedicated, very committed to the Christian faith,” he said.

“And so it may look like a threat to Christian faith in the country, but as a church leader in this country the way I see this, and because I travel a lot in crusades and just talking to people, Christianity is even stronger than ever before.”

But not everyone has embraced the religion, with incidents of discrimination and Islam phobia quite common.

The mosque in downtown Port Moresby has been fire-bombed, there is a bullet hole in one of the windows, and a senior PNG Government minister once said that Islam was dangerous and a serious threat to peace and unity here.

“There is not much understanding,” Khalid said.

“There is not adequate understanding by the people of this country about Islam, because the more negative pictures are painted on the religion of Islam, the more people tend to believe what the other people say instead of coming and hearing from the Muslims.

Khalid says attitudes will change as the number of Papua New Guineans converting to Islam continues to increase.

Adapted from a report by Steve Marshall for PM, November 17


Benjamin Netanyahu Copies Barack Obama’s Campaign Website

The above website is almost identical to Barack Obama’s campaign website.  I thought Israeli’s didn’t like Obama since he wants to leave Iraq and meet with Iran instead of warring with them.  Their campaign slogan is “Yes We Can (Kill more Palestinians)!”

May Allah (swt) protect the innocent and punish the oppressors.  Ameen!

Obama Will Make Weekly YouTube Videos – Here is the first one:

This is something new. I actual feel important and part of the Government now and I know what’s going on.

Mandazi Network lowers ad prices due to Economy

  • Author: MR
  • Filed under: General
  • Date: Nov 14,2008 | 10:36 AM

If you want to advertise on Halal Tube, I have lowered the prices due to the bad economy.  Muslim businesses are probably suffering to as well as everyone else.  Enjoy the lower the prices!

Click here for more info.

Obama Haters/Lovers – Bush is still the President!

There is a lot of love and hate in the Muslim blogosphere regarding Obama and his moves after he became President-elect.  I’m neutral right now, because Bush is still the President until Jan. 20, 2009.  That’s more than 2 months of Bush’s policies.  Obama can select all the people he wants in his cabinet and talk about all his policy changes, but nothing will happen until January 21, 2009.

Now the Obama lovers and haters have a few things in common.  They fail realize that Obama is:

  1. …not a Muslim, so he’s not subject to the Qur’an and Sunnah
  2. …not in control, because Bush still is.
  3. …not the best President ever since [insert current best President], because he has not even started his Presidency.
  4. …not perfect.  He’s not even close to being perfect.  He’s made many mistakes in his campaign of which Ralph Nader highlighted a few.  He’s also made mistakes as a Senator (voting for the billion dollar bail out plan which gave the crooks more money to thrive off of).
  5. …not going to please everyone.  He will especially not please Muslims, because many of us don’t really care about American politics nor participate in the government.  So those who don’t care, will not be cared for.
  6. …not going to stop killing Muslims.

And lastly the most important fact to remember is that Barack Obama is President-ELECT.  He will be the President of the United States of America and Commander-in-Chief on January 20, 2009, inshaAllah.

Remember, we still have more than 2 months of Bush!

This post is dedicated to HAhmed, Jinnzaman, Obama fans at MuslimMatters, Muslim Republicans, Egyptian Gumbo, Sulayman, Tariq Nelson, Umar Lee, Abu Yusuf, MOFW and the rest of the Obama lovers and haters in the American Muslim Ummah.

For the rest of us (including myself) who are neither the Obama hater or lover, please join me on my blog on Jan. 19, 2009, to celebrate the last day of Bush.

Interesting perspective on him.  M. J. Rosenberg, a Jew who knows Rahm said:

Before the netroots starts attacking Emanuel as an AIPAC stooge, Likudnik, or whatever, let me weigh in.

It’s not true. His father is an Israeli and was active in the Irgun, the terrorist group founded by Menachem Begin which famously bombed Jerusalem’s King David Hotel.

I don’t know what the old man’s politics on Israel are today (not all Irgunists were rightwingers). I suspect that, if he was still a rightwinger, he would not have produced a bunch of liberal kids. (Rahm’s brother, the Jeremy Piven one, writes often on HuffPo and is a total Hollywood liberal).

Anyway, what I know about Emanuel on Israel is that he was a key player in getting President Clinton to embrace Oslo and to hold the Rabin-Arafat signing ceremony. I remember standing on the lawn and watching George Stephanopoulos and Rahm Emanuel all teary over “the handshake.”

As a Member of Congress, Emanuel was not all that hawkish either. He supports Israel (so do I) but he definitely supports the peace process too. My guess: he’ll be the one encouraging Obama to go for an Israeli-Palestinian deal the first year. And, when the rightwing Jews complain, he’ll tell them to stick it up their a**.

And they will.

I think as Muslims we have to realize that there may have been many Zionists in the past who wanted Palestine to be erased from maps, but they have come to realize that isn’t going to happen so they are settling for peace instead.  I also believe that the Zionists are getting older and dying out similar to the Republican party.  Their racist and ignorant ideas are getting old and dying with them.  The younger generation is different and part of the “hope for change” movement.

This letter is much better than Ralph Nader’s.  More positive and opening.  I am impressed by President Mahmoud Ahmadiniejad.  It is very surprising that out of all the Muslim leaders, only the President of Iran has the intellect (or insanity, some will say) and braveness to write to the President.

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Mr. Barack Obama

President-elect of the United States of America

I congratulate you on having gained the majority of the votes of those who took part in the election. As you know, the chances that God gives to his subjects pass swiftly. They can be used for the perfection of humanity and to the benefit of nations or, God forbid, to the detriment of nations.

I hope you will choose to honor the real interests of people and justice and equity over the insatiable appetites of the selfish minority. Use this chance to serve to the extent you can. And leave a good name behind for yourself.

People expect an immediate and clear response to the pressure for fundamental change in the American government’s policies, both foreign and domestic. This is the desire of all the world’s nations and of the American nation as well, and it should be the objective and basis of all your future government’s programs and actions.

On the one hand, the American nation, which has spiritual inclinations, expects your government to focus its energy and will on serving the people; dealing with the current economic crisis; restoring the country’s standing, morale and hope; eradicating poverty and discrimination; and renewing respect for individuals, their safety and their rights. It also expects policies that will strengthen the foundations of the family — part of the teachings of the holy prophets, who are also revered in America.

On the other hand, the nations of the world expect an end to policies based on warmongering, invasion, bullying, trickery, the humiliation of other countries by the imposition of biased and unfair requirements, and a diplomatic approach that has bred hatred for America’s leaders and undermined respect for its people. They want to see actions based on justice, respect for the rights of human beings and nations, friendship and non-intervention in the affairs of others. They want the American government to keep its interventions within its own country’s borders.

In the sensitive Middle East region, in particular, the expectation is that the unjust actions of the past 60 years will give way to a policy encouraging full rights for all nations, especially the oppressed nations of Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The great civilization-building and justice-seeking nation of Iran would welcome major, fair and real changes, in policies and actions, especially in this region.

If steps are taken in the path of righteousness, toward the goal of carrying out the teachings of the holy prophets, it is hoped that almighty God will help and that the enormous damage done in the past will be somewhat diminished.

I ask the high God to grant all of humanity and all nations health and happiness, honor and prosperity, and to grant rulers and officials the ability to learn from the past and to use every chance to serve, to spread love and kindness, to eradicate oppression, to do justice and to follow the holy guidelines.

Mahmoud Ahmadiniejad


Excellent.  It’s mostly on Obama’s relation with Palestine and Israel. Must read:

November 3, 2008

Open letter to Senator Barack Obama

Dear Senator Obama:

In your nearly two-year presidential campaign, the words “hope and change,” “change and hope” have been your trademark declarations. Yet there is an asymmetry between those objectives and your political character that succumbs to contrary centers of power that want not “hope and change” but the continuation of the power-entrenched status quo.
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A few of my latest posts went missing?

  • Author: MR
  • Filed under: Random
  • Date: Nov 6,2008 | 09:06 AM

UPDATE: Good news!  Alhamdulillah!  I have recovered the lost posts, unfortunately all the comments were gone.

So when the Republicans attacked my site they took the last 5 posts.  I have no idea where they went.  Contact my host, still waiting for answers.  I have a strong feeling that when the database server crashed, my latest data was also lost, and my host had a backup a few days old, thus missing my most recent posts.

By the way, the Republicans didn’t do anything.  That was a joke.  My host’s server had hardware issues so they had to switch to another server.  In other words, manually move the harddrives.

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

I am not attacking Obama, but I’m watching him closely. This guy might be an excellent Democratic Politician, but it is interesting to note his relationship with Israel.

Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois.  Source: New York Times

From Wikipedia:

His father, the Jerusalem-born Benjamin M. Emanuel, is a pediatrician and was a member of the Irgun, a militant Zionist group active during the British Mandate of Palestine.

Basically his father was a Jewish terrorist.

So he is done pleasing Israel.  Now what will be his next move?  Yes, I voted for him and I still stand by it, becuase I didn’t want Sarah Palin in office, and I want the Iraq war to end.  I also want the economy to improve.

I don’t expect Barack Obama do everything pleasing to me or anyone.

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