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“Islam Day” approved in Hawaii

HONOLULU – Hawaii’s state Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to celebrate “Islam Day” — over the objections of a few lawmakers who said they didn’t want to honor a religion connected to Sept. 11, 2001.

The Senate’s two Republicans argued that a minority of Islamic extremists have killed many innocents in terrorist attacks.

“I recall radical Islamists around the world cheering the horrors of 9/11. That is the day all civilized people of all religions should remember,” said Republican Sen. Fred Hemmings to the applause of more than 100 people gathered in the Senate to oppose a separate issue — same-sex civil unions.

The resolution to proclaim Sept. 24, 2009, as Islam Day passed the Senate on a 22-3 vote. It had previously passed the House.

The bill seeks to recognize “the rich religious, scientific, cultural and artistic contributions” that Islam and the Islamic world have made. It does not call for any spending or organized celebration of Islam Day.

“We are a state of tolerance. We understand that people have different beliefs,” said Sen. Will Espero, a Democrat. “We may not all agree on every single item and issue out there, but to say and highlight the negativity of the Islamic people is an insult to the majority” of believers “who are good law-abiding citizens of the world.”

But Republican Sen. Sam Slom argued that the United States has become too sympathetic toward Islamic extremists.

“I don’t think there’s any country in the history of the world that has been more tolerant than the United States of America, and because of that tolerance, we’ve looked the other way a lot of times, and many thousands of our citizens have been killed by terrorists,” said Slom, a Republican.

The lone Democrat voting against the bill opposed it on church-state separation fears.

Happy Islam Day!

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    1. hijabandroses May 25th, 2009 at 12:30 am

      Masha Allah! Great news on “Islam Day”, and it will be during the month of Ramadan, Al7amdulillah.

    2. Sakina Al-Amin May 25th, 2009 at 1:16 am

      Good news. :)

    3. Sulayman F May 25th, 2009 at 1:54 am

      It’s silly for so many critics to show up against Islam Day. Hawaii was attacked by Buddhist terrorists at Perl Harbor, and yet there’s a buddhism day in Hawaii without controversy. (Note that I’m saying this with a certain amount of sarcasm)

    4. farooq May 25th, 2009 at 2:16 am

      the problem here is that this was passed and created by the kuffar in a system other than the sharia of Allah. i don’t see why muslims should support this.

      where’s tawhid al-hakimiyah?

    5. This is why May 25th, 2009 at 4:09 am

      This is why the US avoids doing good for Muslims:

      “the problem here is that this was passed and created by the kuffar in a system other than the sharia of Allah. i don’t see why muslims should support this.

      where’s tawhid al-hakimiyah?”

      Everytime they try, some extreme Muslims HAVE to go on doing there pesimistic Khawariji-ness.

      – Ismaeel

    6. This is why May 25th, 2009 at 4:11 am

      Please ignore my spellung (^). I was “in the moment”, and wanted to stop that silly guy up there.

    7. farooq May 25th, 2009 at 4:18 am

      subhanAllah, you’re calling me a khawarij? how am i khawarij? because i accept tawhid al-hakimiyah? lol…

      seriously you need an al-wala wal-bara check.

      i am stating the truth. why should muslims get involved in celebrating something the kuffar want to push upon us?

      wouldn’t this be another “Eid”? i.e. a bidah? among other issues these are simply a few (the hukm of Allah and the ‘eid’ issue.)

      on a lighter note, this goes to show something interesting. don’t we live in america? shouldn’t church and state be separate?

      oh well, either way, if this is a sign that islam is taking over the state of hawaii then inshaAllah khair.

      but Allahu aalam when it comes to muslims supporting what the kuffar do in ruling man-made laws in our favour.

      remember, they (the kuffar/the congress) are still the enemies of islam because they have ruled tons of laws attacking muslims and islam over the years.

    8. Phil May 25th, 2009 at 5:28 am

      “This is why the US avoids doing good for Muslims:
      ….

      Everytime they try, some extreme Muslims HAVE to go on doing there pesimistic Khawariji-ness.”

      Pure gold,lol.

    9. farooq May 25th, 2009 at 5:43 am

      this ‘gesture’ to the muslims in hawaii is a lie.

      simply, the US is a known enemy of islam and of muslims. they have yet to change their policies so it doesn’t matter if they do stupid things like this.

      simply, muslims shouldn’t accept these things because they are from the same people who have arrested, tortured, killed, slaughtered, maimed, etc. muslims for no reason in the past.

      why should we accept a hand of ‘good will’ from the enemies of islam and muslims when that hand is also in the pocket of those who profit from the dead body of your muslim brother?

    10. Scott May 25th, 2009 at 6:51 am

      Next thing you know Farooq, some Americans might actually want to convert to Islam.

      Perish the thought!

      They are our enemies plain and simple. As an American Muslim myself, I plan on promptly killing myself.

      By the way, how many of the Hawaiian senators arrested, tortured, killed, slaughtered and maimed Muslims for no reason in the past? Just curious. Can anyone give me names?

      I say anytime anyone tries to show us the hand of goodwill, or comes to us saying, “Peace” we spit in their face, call them kuffar, call their ideas stupid and remind them of all the crimes that other people (not them individually) have done (whether they agreed with them or not).

      The world is black and white. You are either with us or you’re with the Americans.

    11. farooq May 25th, 2009 at 7:02 am

      scott, please, look up the concept of ‘al-wala wal-baraa.’ inshaAllah it’ll do you some good.

      also understand what tawhid al-hakimiyah and the bid’ah of celebrating another eid (such as this ‘islam day’) is.

      look scott, it is not YOU who guides people to islam. subhanAllah, do you not have tawhid? it is ALLAH swt who guides people to islam, your duty is simply to make the ‘call’ or ‘da’wah’ to islam.

      when making da’wah this doesn’t mean you have to SELL your DEEN to the KUFFAR (i.e. if you look at this islam day junk through the eyes of ‘dawah’, it’s selling your deen.) you are only hurting YOURSELF here and in the hereafter by doing so.

      i’m also an american muslim but i want the rule of Allah; the sharia of Allah swt, to be supreme and taking part in man-made authority is shirk because you are saying that man-made law is equal to the law of Allah swt (astaghfirAllah we know Allah is the best of rulers.)

      study your deen!

    12. Ayoub May 25th, 2009 at 7:54 am

      Islam Day is not a “holy” day. Its a day set aside for americans in hawai’i to recognize muslims in america.

    13. Ayoub May 25th, 2009 at 7:58 am

      The first terrorists in the Hawai’ian islands were christian missionaries; spreading diseases, causing war, white worshiping (Captain Cook used his skin color to convince the natives that he and his shipmates were gods). Also, when the americans took over the kingdom of hawai’i, the u.s. marines held their rifles up to Queen liliuokalanis head and forced her and her people to step down and accept democracy.

    14. farooq May 25th, 2009 at 8:59 am

      ayoub, i know the history of hawaii.

      it has nothing to do with the kufr of this stupid day.

      it has everything to do with tawhid and al-wala wal-bara.

    15. Scott May 25th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

      Some of what is said here disgusts me. You make Islam and ugly and hateful religion. Had I met you Farooq when I was first learning about Islam I would have never converted. I never thought I was choosing a religion of hate and mistrust.

    16. Usman Akhtar May 26th, 2009 at 12:19 am

      I think there is a problem among some muslims, in that we equate the actions and terrible choices of some Western politicians, and policy makers to ALL of Western countries (ie. America). Much like how some ignorant Americans equate terrorism with all Muslims because of the terrorist acts of a few rotten egg muslims within the population.

      so to say that “islam day is bad because we shouldn’t accept this small good from America when America is doing so much bad in their foreign policy” doesn’t really make sense. America is not a person, its a government system. Some PEOPLE within that government system have chose some very bad policies that have resulted in injustice to the Muslim world. However, that doesn’t mean that ALL American politicians have caused, or are willing to cause some any kind of injustice upon other people.

      I like Imam Anwar Awlaki, but the problem is very young people listen to his work – and they don’t realize that there is a context to everything he says. I mention him because I’m absolutely certain farooq and other brothers like him derive their opinions from what he says.

      I have to agree with Scott when he says:

      “By the way, how many of the Hawaiian senators arrested, tortured, killed, slaughtered and maimed Muslims for no reason in the past? Just curious. Can anyone give me names?”

      That’s exactly right. It’s very unfair and ignorant (and very much like those right-winged ignorant Americans) to equate the actions of a few to an entire nation of people. It’s wrong and unfair (and when you think of it – quite ridiculous) to assume that ALL of America and her politicians are desperately trying to eradicate Islam, or trying to attack it.

      You have to judge by the intention of people – and not automatically assume the worst of them, just because they’re non-believers. And as for “islam day” – it seems that the people who passed and orchestrated the dedication of islam to this day had completely sound intentions to me.

      Assalamualaykum Wah rahmatullahi Wah Barakatuh

    17. Stranger May 26th, 2009 at 12:38 am

      I kind of had mixed feelings about this when reading about it at first. But I think we should realize that it’s an attempt to bridge understanding on the part of Hawaii between Americans and Islam in general. A pretty good gesture I would say because it’s in complete opposition to what viewpoints one may normally get from watching the media which tends to focus on extremists associated with Islam.

      The bill seeks to recognize “the rich religious, scientific, cultural and artistic contributions” that Islam and the Islamic world have made.

      It seems by this that it’s been passed as a a means for more awareness only, not for recognition of Islam as a respected religion (as shouldn’t be expected in a non-Islamic country obviously) but as recognition of the diverseness of culture and science of Islamic thought not seen in the media but only studied in the halls and rooms of museums and colleges. I personally think it’s a good gesture. Allahu A’alam.

    18. farooq May 26th, 2009 at 1:34 am

      as al-suyuufi stated, i am against this resolution/issue because it is the KUFFAR’s legislature.

      why should muslims support man-made law, the law of ash-shaytan, when we have our own systems and laws that we should follow (the sharia of Allah subhanahu’wa’ta’aala)?

      the fact is they shouldn’t. and the issue about imam anwar al-awlaki (hafidhahullah) ‘brainwashing’ young brothers and sisters is a bunch of crock. no one is being brainwashed.

      this is YOUR religion, the RELIGION of ALLAH swt. this isn’t some religion where you can go around and make up rules for your own desires and to please the kuffar as seen here. we aren’t here to please the kuffar, we’re here to please Allah swt.

      obviously none of you know the concept of al-wala wal-bara otherwise you wouldn’t support this. muslims SHOULDN’T support man-made laws, plain and simple.

      muslims should support the sharia of Allah swt and stick steadfast to the qur’an and the sunnah; not this ‘inter-faith’ crock of junk.

      a) this is an ‘eid’, therefore a huge bid’ah. an ‘eid’ installed by the kuffar none-the-less.
      b) if you know the hukm of Allah swt and tawhid al-hakimiyah you would know to reject laws other than the laws of Allah swt.
      c) the kuffar shouldn’t impose their own laws, whether it be positive or negative, upon muslims. if they do, we, as muslims, shouldn’t accept it.
      d) there is no such thing as accepting this for ‘dawah’ purposes. again, do you not have tawhid? it’s not an issue of “ohh yeah ppl are gonna convert to islam this makes islam look SOO GOOD.”

      look, it is NOT you who guides to islam nor is it YOU who makes islam look a certain way. do you not trust in Allah? look at 9/11, was that ‘bad’ for dawah? no it wasn’t because a lot of muslims reverted to islam after 9/11. so there is NO SUCH THING as making “islam look bad.”

      subhanAllah, study your deen!

    19. Usman Akhtar May 26th, 2009 at 2:07 am

      “why should muslims support man-made law, the law of ash-shaytan, when we have our own systems and laws that we should follow (the sharia of Allah subhanahu’wa’ta’aala)?”

      very easy to say, but there is not a single country in the world that follows the laws of shariah completely. It’s easy to criticize muslims for following “man-made” law, its harder to offer them a solution they can actually use in their real life. Until we have a country that has a completely shariah based legislation, we can’t point our fingers at other muslims and say “you are following the kuffar and laws of shaytaan”.

      And by the way, a man-made law isn’t necessarily a shaytaan law – again – you can’t equate everything that isn’t islamic as something that is pure evil. shaytaan didn’t make the Us constitution, it was people.

      “the fact is they shouldn’t. and the issue about imam anwar al-awlaki (hafidhahullah) ‘brainwashing’ young brothers and sisters is a bunch of crock. no one is being brainwashed.”

      brainwashing is your term, not mine.

      “muslims should support the sharia of Allah swt and stick steadfast to the qur’an and the sunnah; not this ‘inter-faith’ crock of junk.”

      again, most brothers with this attitude have the best of intentions, but saying we should follow a shariah based government, and actually offering a solution that can get us a shariah based government – are two vastly different things. So in effect, by saying this we do nothing. I’ve heard enough criticsms, i’ve heard enough brothers telling me whats right and whats wrong, whats halal and whats haram. But i haven’t heard any real solutions – and until we bring forth solutions, our criticisms have no value.

      “this is YOUR religion, the RELIGION of ALLAH swt. this isn’t some religion where you can go around and make up rules for your own desires and to please the kuffar as seen here. we aren’t here to please the kuffar, we’re here to please Allah swt.”

      “subhanAllah, study your deen!”

      sheer arrogance. assumptions that we haven’t studied our deen, accusations that we just follow our desires and the kuffar, and the implication that we don’t want to please Allah, we want to please the kuffar, and again no solutions. you need to make some serious taubah dude, do you recognize the consequences of what you just said?

      btw – i never said anything offensive about Imam Anwar Awlaki.

    20. This is why May 26th, 2009 at 9:00 am

      This is why I came back to comment on this article

      “why should muslims support man-made law, the law of ash-shaytan, when we have our own systems and laws that we should follow (the sharia of Allah subhanahu’wa’ta’aala)?”

      Please drive straight ahead – even when the traffic light is red. It will be entertaining – and it will be paining.

      How come you don’t act as you teach others to act? How do I know? Because you’re not in jail yet (For too many traffic violations, abusing police officers, causing ruckus in the malls…because all these things are Kuffar-invented)

      Here’s the first ayaah you need to review:

      (Surah Saff, Aayataan 2-3)

      ” 2) Oh you who beleive! Why do you say what you do not do? ”

      Now Brother Farooq, you have such a beautiful name, which is Arabic for the one who distinguishes between right and wrong. I pray to Allah that one day you will be able to have that power.

      I used to love listening to Shaykh ‘Anwar Al-Awlaki, and I still do. But after experiencing life outside America…specifically life in Makkah, I realized that we need to first fix our internal problems. Think about it this way:

      You are in the middle of the game “Risk” [A Global Domination Game – I wouldn’t be surprised if you actually were :)]. Before you attack the other player, you must first make sure that you are fortified from within.

      We are NOT AT ALL fortified from within.

      Ignorance, arrogance, kibr, pride, (I mentioning the same thing, no? …wow…maybe that means there is a lot of that) dhulm, kufr bid’aah…

      Ah, Bid’ah! That’s what you blamed the Americans are doing! Yes, admitting that having an “Islam Day” maybe sort of useless, it is never a bid’ah until the MUSLIMS celebrate that day. YES, if MUSLIMS celebrate that day, it may fall as bi’ah, but if the non-Muslims celebrate that day, then to stop them is the same as stopping Zack and Cody (mischievous kids) from grounding themselves!

      Another quote that made me go into a minor faint:

      “i’m also an american muslim but i want the rule of Allah; the sharia of Allah swt, to be supreme and taking part in man-made authority is shirk because you are saying that man-made law is equal to the law of Allah swt (astaghfirAllah we know Allah is the best of rulers.)”

      So, you’re an American Muslim, huh? (*smirks*)

      (*shouting*) BAM! Right There! You being a follower of ‘Anwar Al-‘Awlaki should be ashamed! HOW MANY TIMES HAS SHAYKH ANWAR MENTIONED DOING HIJRAH FROM A KUFFAR COUNTRY TO A MUSLIM ONE? (*shrieking*) LIKE A THOUSAND TIMES! AND HAVE YOU DONE IT YET? SOME PEOPLE I KNOW HAVE DONE HIJRAH, AND THEY WENT THROUGH UNBELIEVABLE ADVENTURES LIKE BATHROOMS WITH SO LESS WATER COMING OUT THAT WHEN THEY BLOW THEIR NOSE IN WUD’OO…(*sniff, sniff*) THEY HAVE TO STAND THERE AND WAI…(*crying noises*) THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH RACISM, AND THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH LONLINESS, WITH CONFUSION, WITH LANGUAGE PROBLEMS, WITH AIR POLLUTION (*roaring, with all two of his lungs*) NOW THAT’S TRUE JIHAAD, THAT’S TRUE JIHAAD!

      Mujahideenrder: (worried) Are you okay, man? Yo, if you need some time out…

      Ismaeel: Naw, itz all good. Just trying to make things a little dramatic.

      Mujahideenryder: Very entertaining. Carry on. I like heated debates.

      This quote from Usman Akhtar:

      “I like Imam Anwar Awlaki, but the problem is very young people listen to his work – and they don’t realize that there is a context to everything he says. I mention him because I’m absolutely certain farooq and other brothers like him derive their opinions from what he say

      True.

      What’s a khawarij? Those are the Muslims whose actions cause humiliation to the deen of Allah. 9/11 (not to be confused with a similar devastation called 7/11 Yelp out to Azhar Usman!) was an action done by Khawarijees and should never be “oh it was okay” ed the way Mr. Farooq Johnson did in this quote:

      “look at 9/11, was that ‘bad’ for dawah? no it wasn’t …”

      But it was an action that wasted Islamic power. The same money used by the khawarij to do this attack should have been used in fixing his homecountry where you’ll find mutakabbireen and smokers 4 life and other creatures. What the Khawarij are doing is dhulm so don’t become one of them….

      Mujahideenryder: This is way too long. The End.

    21. Link May 26th, 2009 at 9:21 am

      Salaam,

      Since this debate is becoming spicier than Azhar Usman’s Indian Breakfeast Masala, I’ve decided to post everybody’s comments plus my comments on my once-dead blog. I was just about to delete it when I clumsily stumbled upon this, so I decided, “Oh, what the hey!”

      (For those who like blue-inked links and dislike reading, the link is above this post, and it is titled ‘link’)

    22. farooq May 26th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

      are you a madkhali? you sound like one. that or a typical american-sponsored croney, probably a ‘moderate’ person who accepts ahl-ul-bidah and shia’s into the fold of islam.

      subhanAllah. again, you call me khawarij and you call sheikh osama bin laden (hafidhaullah) and co ‘khawarij.’ lol, you are pathetic.

      you insult your muslim brothers and the mujahideen to please the KUFFAR is what you’re doing! this blog should be renamed to ‘munafiqeenryder and co.’

      oh yeah, you mention the issue of hijrah. there is no ‘muslim’ country, fool. inshaAllah ta’aala there will be one soon but right now we all face dar al-kufr everywhere on this planet.

    23. MR May 26th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

      @farooq – Jazakallah khair bro. 😀 May Allah bless you, your parents adn your family and grant you the highest jannah. Ameen!

      I have a request for you. Please read Shaykh Nasir-ud-Din al-Albaani’s (rahimullah) writings on Jihad.

    24. farooq May 26th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

      MR, if you are not a sufi or a shia (if you do not make shirk), wy iyyak bro.

      if you make shirk and are a sufi or a shia, no blessings for you. Allahu aalam.

      you have to understand one thing. when it comes to the saudi-salafis (al-albaanee, bin baz, ibn uthaymeen, etc.), alhamdulillah, they have done a lot for the ummah. but when it comes to issues of politics, jihad, etc. their fatawa are corrupt and are all sponsored by the taghout regime of saudia so when it comes to politics or jihad fisabilillah, i avoid saudia for their baatil on those issues.

    25. Dawud Israel May 26th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

      The kufaar invented it…but we’ll use it as an opportunity to do dawah!! 😀

      “Hey guys, didn’t you guys know was Islam Day!?!”
      “Oh hey, cool. So can you tell us more about Islam?”

      I’m going to talk to a friend at WhyIslam to make sure they keep this in mind. :)

      I suggest everyone read some Seerah and how the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam made dawah and treated non-Muslims throughout his life. Put fatwas, interpretations and concepts aside for some time and study the life story of our Nabi salallahu alayhi wasalam from every angle.

      Jazaka Allahu khayran MR

    26. farooq May 26th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

      you should be doing da’wah everyday, not on some ‘eid’ made by the kuffar.

      subhanAllaah!!!

    27. MR May 26th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

      @farooq – “Islam day” is not an eid or a holiday or a day of celebration like July 4th or like Thanksgiving day. It’s more like Presidents day or Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Its a day to of recognizing an achievement. People still have to go to work, go to school, pay their bills, drive home in heavy traffic, etc. on Islam Day. In fact I highly doubt anyone in Hawaii will do anything special on Islam day that they don’t normally do on any other day.

      It’s not a big deal really. I just posted the article and thought it was interesting and added my funny comment which is totally useless and nothing really to write an entire 1,000 word refutation.

      Just chill out man. It’s not a big deal. There are much more important things to worry about.

    28. Abdullah1 May 26th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

      farooq: You are seriously misguided and I pray to Allah (swt) that you find the straight path, Ameen.

    29. The MV May 27th, 2009 at 11:53 pm

      I also found this at first from my friend which at that point you had to be vote if it should be done. I totally agree with MR.

    30. Nabeel May 28th, 2009 at 2:57 am

      Salam,
      First of all the resolution was initiated by muslims(www.iio.org) not by the passing authority it self. and the basic theem is to use the day to give a kind of introduction (History, Muslims accomplishments and real message of peace) of islam to the local population not to celebrate anything by muslim.
      For reference the actual resolution is at : http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2009/bills/HCR100_HD1_.htm
      JazakAllah

    31. Amina September 6th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

      I am really glad that I live in Hawaii and far, far away from you pessimist, American hating Muslims! I will celebrate the day differently, I plan on hosting an iftar and inviting the kuffar over lol. It will be great fun. Maybe we will even play music, astaghfirullah!

      what a joke you people are. I am glad I didnt meet you before I converted to the beautiful version of Islam that I know. Why dont you move to China and go fight a real jihad instead of being a bullying cyber sheikh, ya daldoul!

    32. Phil September 7th, 2009 at 7:41 am

      ^ Perhaps if you generalise a bit more, that would help as well?

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