Journey to Mecca with Ibn Battuta (IMAX Movie) [Update with trailer!]

Update: Shaykh Khalil sent me the trailer. I can’t embed but it’s on facebook here.

Movie synopsis:

Ibn Battuta is one of the greatest travelers in history, journeying three times further than Marco Polo. JOURNEY TO MECCA IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF IBN BATTUTA tells the story of Ibn Battuta’s perilous and awe-inspiring two year journey from Tangiers to Mecca in the 1320’s, and includes extraordinary footage of the Hajj as it was experienced in the 14th century, and as it is experienced today by millions of people — images never seen before on the Giant Screen.

Belal from Leechon says:

I HIGHLY recommend EVERYONE to go see this film in the IMAX and bring ALL your friends along. The movie is about 45 mins long and follows Ibn Batutta beginning his journey with the Hajj.

Visually this film is a beautiful eye-candy treat. They’ve taken you into the past of what it was like to go to Hajj in the olden days and have paralled it with what it’s like today.

The filming of this movie was done last year and they’ve done a mighty fine job.

I just need to find out if it’s showing near me.

Thanks to David, here is the official movie website (currently under construction). You can also find it on IMDB and Big Movie Zone.

Global Qiyam ul Layl (Night Prayer) Campaign for Peace and Justice in the entire World

In the name of God

May the peace, blessings and mercy of God be upon you
Asalamualykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

Many of you have read the news. Many of you have seen the pictures. Many of you are protesting or writing letters. Many of you have blogged about it. Many of you have made dua.

What if we all did something together in unison on one night, Thursday January 1, 2009? What if we all stood in prayer in our homes, offices, schools, dorms or wherever we may be on Thursday night? What if we could get at least one thousand Muslims around the world making the same dua? Think of the probability of one dua being accepted out of a thousand.

Viral marketing spreads like wildfire. So I’m calling this viral dua! Spread this viral dua to everyone!

We will stand on this night to ask Allah (God) to…

  • …end all the suffering of all the innocent people around the world.
  • …bring justice to all the oppressive rulers and regimes around the world.
  • …seek forgiveness for all our sins.
  • …to grant us when we die and all those believers who have died, heaven.

Let’s try to get at least 1 person in all the cities where Muslims live to sacrifice one night to ask Allah (swt) to end the suffering in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and all around the world where there is suffering.

I’ll start off with myself. I intend to stand on the night of Thursday January 1, 2009 in prayer for justice around the world.

Join us and comment your location (see example below). Why? The more locations the more people will join, because they’ll realize they are not alone on this night.  You can even advertise a link if you want to.  You can even add your link/name and keep your location blank.

Spread the word on Facebook here.

List of locations with Muslims or online Muslims participating in this Global Qiyam ul Layl

  • MR in Silver Spring, MD, USA
  • Habayeb in United Arab Emirates
  • Isa in London, UK
  • Many more brothers and sisters in the UK
  • Canada
  • Jeddah, KSA
  • Jamila in West Yorkshire, England
  • Dawud Israel
  • Many in Southern California, USA
  • Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid
  • Muhammad Sattaur and 2 others in Albertson, NY, USA
  • Ahmad in Chicago, IL, USA
  • Asiya from Canada
  • H.A. New York, USA
  • Afifa in India
  • Zeinab in Winsdor, ON, Canada
  • Arif in College Park, MD
  • Maitha in Dubai, UAE
  • Yousuf in Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Abdul Majeed in Ottawa, Canada
  • Umm Yasmin in Melbourne, Australia
  • Ahmed Malik in Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Hajra in Perth, Australia
  • Nusaybah in Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Umm Musa in Medina, KSA
  • Sania in Newington, Connecticut, USA
  • Eman in Windsor, ON, Canada
  • E.P. in Barrie, ON, Canada
  • Khayrat in Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Zain in Piscataway, New Jersey, USA
  • Mariam in KSA
  • Rahma in Windsor, ON, Canada
  • Abu Eeman in London, UK
  • Kissimmee, Florida
  • STA in Bay Area, California, USA
  • Leila in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Aiman in Lahore, Pakistan
  • Ima in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Fujairah, UAE
  • Long Island, NY
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • Islamabad, Pakistan

Over 600+ on the Facebook event have been confirmed.

Israel Attacks Aid Boat Carrying Medicine For Palestinians

An Israeli patrol boat struck a boat carrying medical volunteers and supplies to Gaza early Tuesday as it attempted to intercept the vessel in the Mediterranean Sea, witnesses and Israeli officials said.

CNN Correspondent Karl Penhaul was aboard the 60-foot, Gibraltar-registered pleasure boat Dignity when the contact occurred. When the boat later docked in the Lebanese port city of Tyre, severe damage was visible to the forward port side of the boat, and the front left window and part of the roof had collapsed.

The Dignity was carrying crew and 16 passengers — physicians from Britain, Germany and Cyprus and human rights activists, including former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney — who were trying to reach Gaza through an Israeli blockade of the territory

Source: CNN & CNN Video here.

Israel claims they are justified in what they are doing, but can they justify this! If home-made rockets are being used against you, then attack the rocket launchers. They have the most sophisticated technology and advanced weaponry, yet they need to attack a boat full of medicine to stop home-made rockets?

The world is seeing the true mission of this Israeli war on the Palestinian people. They don’t care about the rockets. They want to kill the Palestinians by any means necessary.

Shout out to Abu Yusuf for blogging this.

Egyptians Attack Palestinians at Border

The Egyptian government needs to be changed. Seriously.

RAFAH, Egypt (Reuters) – An Egyptian border guard and a Palestinian youth were killed during border clashes between Hamas and Egyptian security forces on Sunday in turmoil triggered by Israel’s assault on Gaza.

An Egyptian security source said forces of the Palestinian Hamas group had also shot an Egyptian policeman in the leg.

The incidents took place near the main border crossing between Egypt and Gaza, where Egyptian riot police fired in the air to try to drive back Palestinians who had managed to penetrate the border wall.

The events are likely to aggravate tense relations between Hamas and the Egyptian government, which says that Hamas is largely to blame for the Israeli onslaught. Israeli air strikes have killed nearly 300 people in Gaza in two days.

Read more here.

Why doesn’t American bring Democracy to Egypt? Oh wait, then they’ll elect a “terrorist” organization, which basically means any organization that is not in the best interest of the America. Egypt is worse than Israel.

“Today I end my support of Israel”

A Zionist Jew writes:

“…I’ve been a Zionist all of my life. I went to a Zionist school, I was active in Zionist youth groups. I’ve always been a fervent supporter of Israel as a refuge for Jews around the world who seek a place to exercise their traditions and embrace their identity in peace.

I sang the Israeli anthem in the train rails of Aushwitz-Birkenau and I pledged to fight every day of my life to make sure the savage crimes that had taken place there would never happen again. Every year I pledged: Never Again. Remember and Never forget.

Well, I haven’t forgotten. And so to honor that pledge, to honor the memory of my family members who died in those death camps and because “there comes a time when silence is betrayal”, today I finally and publicly end my support for the state of Israel.”

There are probably thousands of Jews like him around the world who feel the same way.  May God guide them and bless them to the truth.


Help the Victims of the Gaza Massacre

Islamic Relief has set up a emergency fund for the humanitarian crisis in Gaza Strip, Palestine.  Click here for more information.

Where does Israel get its oil from?  If Israel gets it from any Muslim country, they should should cut off all petroeloum exporting to Israel.  That should be really effective, but then again America might come in and share some of their own oil with Israel.

Missing RIS…

RIS is going on right now. I’m seeing the pictures people have put up and I can only feel sadness in my heart from missing such a beneficial and blessed convention.


Christmas Greetings from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

I disagree with many of his views and beliefs but this is definitely something really nice to see from a Muslim leader:

“In the Name of God the Compassionate, the Merciful.

Upon the anniversary of the birth of Jesus, Son of Mary, the Word of God, the Messenger of mercy, I would like to congratulate the followers of Abrahamic faiths, especially the followers of Jesus Christ, and the people of Britain.
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Egyptian Women “Man Up”

In Egypt, 2008 can easily be labeled the woman’s year. In addition to numerous new legislations championing women’s rights, 2008 saw the first female marriage registrar, the first female village mayor and the first sexual harassment case brought to court by a young woman.

Some Egyptian men must be crying right now.

Israa Abdel Fattah became the face of a young generation adamant on making a difference. After creating a group on the social online sharing website Facebook calling for a nationwide strike on April 6 to protest the increasing prices, the 27-year-old found herself in prison and became an unwilling cause célèbre.

Jailed for creating a facebook group? The Egyptian government is scared of a website.

Last October, Noha Roushdy, a filmmaker in her late 20s, won the first sexual harassment case taken to an Egyptian criminal court, and more surprisingly, the sentence was handed out in the first hearing.

Sherif Gomaa Gibrial, an Egyptian driver, was sentenced to three years imprisonment and fined LE 5,001 on charges of sexual assault.

Alhamdulillah for this! Now on to the rest of the Arab world especially Saudi Arabia. True story: my mother-in-law was “hit on” by some young Saudi boys. They threw pieces of paper at her which had some numbers on it. I’m assuming it was their numbers and they wanted the woman to call. What sick about all this is that they couldn’t tell that she was older and could be their mother.

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Bayyinah Institute and AlMaghrib Institute Join Forces

Looks like AlMaghrib will be referring it’s students to study Arabic with Bayyinah Institute, which by the way is the most amazing place to learn Arabic. Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan does an amazing job, and anyone who takes his class loves it. I think Bayyinah has a 100% positive student feedback, well maybe 99%, but you get the point. It’s that good!