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New Muslim Cool

“New Muslim Cool” follows the lives of Hamza Perez, a Puerto Rican American Muslim rapper (yes all rolled into one!), his family, and his community as they navigate the paths of religion, race, politics, and culture which intersect their lives in post-9/11 America. It is a moving story that showcases the rich diversity of Islam in America,
and which challenges many preconceived notions of what being Muslim in America means.

Message from the co-producer:

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The Leap of Faith
By Shaykh Khalid Abdul Sattar

Saturday, March 28th – Sunday, March 29th; 2009
NYU Furman Hall room 216
245 Sullivan Street

This Program is brought to you by Islamic Center at NYU, Shuruq 2009 & the Stony Brook MSA.

**Please Note this event requires an advanced registration. If you plan on attending please email Hussain at **

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As Salamu Alaikum, Dear Brothers and Sisters!

It is well known now that I have been suffering from hypertension. Al Hamdulillah, I have been working with it for a while now, and insha’Allah it’s pretty much under control. As a result of being thoroughly checked by the competent doctors in Atlanta , I have been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. Al Hamdulillah, inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun. (All Praise is for Allah. Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.)

My diagnosis is not as bad as it sounds on the surface. Many men have been cured from prostate cancer. My doctors are very optimistic about my cure, and so am I. Insha’Allah the treatment should last about two months. But you and I know that the cure is in the Hands of Allah. If Allah heals me, I will be very grateful. If Allah doesn’t heal me, then I will be patient and happily accept my fate. This is the way of the Believers. I am looking forward to full recovery and getting back to work in the not-too-distant future, insha’Allah.

Many people will ask the question, what can we do? Don’t waste your time feeling sorry for me. Make du’a. But don’t just make du’a for me. There are a lot of Muslims, men and women, with cancer (and other diseases). Make du’a for them also. There are so many among the elderly, who need our help, make du’a for them. There are so many Muslims who have lost their jobs, lost their homes, make du’a for them! Beyond the prayers, go visit the sick, those in prison, and others in need.

Get involved more with Islamic work. Support organizations like MANA, ISNA, ICNA, MAS, CAIR, SIFCA, the community in association with Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, the community of Imam Jamil Al Amin, etc. Support good brothers and sisters, like Mauri’ Saalakhan of the Peace and Justice Foundation. Support Islamic education and schools. If you want to help Imam Siraj, then help support his Masjid, Masjid At-Taqwa, in Brooklyn, New York and all the other struggling Masjids throughout America.

Every challenge we face in life presents us with many opportunities for growth. With a heightened awareness and sensitivity about health-related issues, I will feel better when we, as an ummah, learn more about our health. We have to be very careful about the foods we consume! I urge all of us to cultivate healthy appetites such that we begin to love and crave foods that are good FOR us and eliminate foods that are not. I intend with Allah’s help to share information with you in the coming weeks about our health.

On behalf of MANA, I encourage you to lend your support to our growing Organization. Every MANA project is structured to strengthen American Muslim communities. The SHARE Centers, Healthy Marriage Initiative, Community Reentry Program, and Healing and Reconciliation Project all need input and active service urgently. Please contact the MANA office to find out more and look for regular updates in our newsletters, insha’Allah.

In closing, I am humbled and very thankful for all the prayers, and well wishes of the Muslims, and am very appreciative for all the help extended to me and my family in the past. Alhamdulillah! I am also overwhelmed with gratitude that a number of you want to lend financial support, and have asked how you can do that. Online donations can be made here, or feel free to correspond with me directly at Siraj Wahhaj, P.O. Box 312264, Atlanta, GA 31131.

Thank you kindly. May Allah guide and protect us all.

Your brother in faith,

Imam Siraj Wahhaj

Wearing a Kufi makes you smarter? Jay-Z explains

I was unfortunate or fortunate to be present when a classic song by Nas in which he was dissing Jay-Z (actually he was obliterating him verbally) came on which then reminded me about this line from Jay Z:

“Cause the nigga wear a kufi, it don’t mean that he bright”

That was in a diss track entitled “Blueprint 2” towards Nas, another rapper who was a Muslim sometime in his life.

If only we had Muslim leaders like him (rahimullah)…today

“That’s too much power for one man to have.”

American Black Friday Stampede Kills Man at Walmart

This is disgusting and sad:

A Wal-Mart worker died after being trampled when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island store Friday morning, police and witnesses said.

Source: NY Daily News

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.

More info here.

New York County Prints Osama instead of Obama on Voting Ballot

Source: CNN News

Some are calling it a Freudian slip. Everyone’s calling it a big mistake.

Hundreds of absentee ballots sent to voters in New York State’s Rensselaer County, near Albany, were printed with Barack Obama’s last name spelled as “Osama,” the Albany Times Union reports.

County elections officials tell the newspaper that it was a typo that made it by three rounds of proof-readers. They also said the error affected just a few hundred voters, and that they will re-send corrected ballots on request.

What a typo!

Update: The remix is even worse!

I find this song somewhat insulting and somewhat amusing. The supposedly “Arabic” phrase the chorus uses sounds like a drunk crack addict trying to recite the first half the shahada but then jokes around at the end. Busta also talks about gambling with Arafat, astagfirAllah. I dont know which Arafat he is referring to but there is only one popular Arafat that America knows and that is the deceased Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat (may Allah forgive him and grant him Jannah.).

The only good thing I found from the lyrics was this line:

I make you bow down and make salat like a Muslim

Maybe Busta forgot that there is no compulsion in the deen unless he was addressing the Muslims.

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