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memories…or something like that…

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, February 26, 2007

I’ve been a bit under the weather the last couple of days and, as a result, I have not be as active with my blog — not that it matters anyway (I seriously doubt that anyone is holding their breath in anticipation for a new post on my blog). I don’t know what it is — maybe it’s because I’m sick or perhaps it’s the fresh snowfall that we’ve had — anyway I’m just in a nostalgic kind of mood. Call me an idiot (not to be taken literally) but I just get a bit sentimental when I think about my childhood and how things were in the past. Life was so simple back then.

I know, I know, you’re probably thinking — “What a Loooooser”!

Anyway, here are some clips that are quite dumb…yet sentimental…and still dumb some more.

I was recently shown this GI Joe cartoon clip and it is so dumb that I can’t seem to get it out of my head. The clip is edited with a Reggae ending.

Nobody Bothers Me…” This is a classic clip of a commercial for Jhoon-Rhee Taekwondo that was seen throughout much of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area in the early 1980’s. This has a brilliantly dumb jingle and it ends with a famous statement:

“Jhoon Rhee means — MIGHT FOR RIGHT!!!




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Kids Say The Darndest Things…

Posted by abu ameerah on Thursday, February 22, 2007

A couple of days ago during Social Studies class I had threatened my students with some kind of punishment or weak disciplinary action. I began to gently admonish the class and one student blurts out a statement that is kinda hard to simply play off…if you know what I mean. Here is a pathetic forensic re-creation of how it all went down:

ME: That’s it! You guys don’t seem to want to follow directions…now you all are in deeeeep trouble!

Students: (still chatting at this point and not listening to me)

ME: (in a louder tone) FINE! I guess I’ll just have to tell your mommies and daddies how badly you all are behaving!!!

Students: (finally take notice and an awkward silence follows)

Student Offender A: (in that very milisecond of awkward silence – this student casually blurts out the following in a mocking tone of voice) —

“Yeah…Yeah…I guess the whole world will find out — just like that Anna Nicole Smith thing…”

Well, mind you, these are 9 & 10 year old boys — but I was still a bit shell shocked. My response…

ME: (in a flustered tone)     Uhhh yeah [STUDENT OFFENDER A]…we don’t need to talk about that kind of stuff okay. Please don’t say that again. Just do your work…

I understand that, at the end of the day, kids will still be kids — but still. Okay…well…I think I’ll just go on ahead and blame the media. Why must we be bombarded, day after day, with this nonsensical drama — not to mention the salacious headlines? It’s like “OJ” all over again (without all of the racial tension and white Bronco chases of course).

Modern media obviously has its bottom line and profitability now matters more than journalistic integrity…but Coooooome-On already! Give us a break!

Will you think of the children? THE CHILDREN!


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an epic battle

Posted by abu ameerah on Tuesday, February 20, 2007

There are just some things that a man must admit in his life. Things that a man can no longer go on hiding…

I’ve tried and I’ve tried. I just don’t know what to do — or where to turn for that matter. My life is no longer what it seems and, well, I’m living a lie. I try to tell myself that things will change and that the sun will shine once again…but to no avail. I’m surrounding by my own dark truth — a reality that I must, once and for all, let out.

I can no longer go on like living this.

The shame. OH, the shame!

I’ve tried to quit…move on with my life…but I’m called back time and time again. Like the shrill cries of a thousand demonic ravens…I hear it. Calling…calling…ever so slightly at first…then louder and louder. Until I can no longer control my obsession and then…

I find myself in a junk food daze!!!

The “dark truth” that I am referring to is my struggle…my obsession…the epic battle of:







See….it’s taken me a long while to admit this to myself and an even longer time to muster up the courage to share it with others. The fact of the matter is that…it’s all just too much. Always having to look over my shoulder — hoping and praying — that no one would find out. That no one would come to learn about the sad truth.

I need detox. Plain and simple. I need rehab. I need help…..something — I don’t know. Anything!

I pass by my sweet addiction in the bakery aisle of my local grocery store….either Bloom (“The Grocery Store Formerly Known as Food Lion”) or Shopper’s Food Warehouse (more like Diabetes Warehouse if you ask me)…and hear them calling my name. The “them” I speak of are the insidious Masters of Darkness who prey upon the weakness of unsuspecting pleasantly plump fat shoppers in the bakery/junk food aisle — Krispy Kreme Doughnuts…..

I mention all of this up because it was part of a discussion in the “Brother’s Planning Area” at work. To be more specific, I was actually discussing the to topic of Tofu (and the many culinary uses of tofu), with EXEX Blogger. After a short while of tofu talk my mind began to wander and…well…Krispy Kreme seemed to fill the void.

I have essentially divided myself (and others for that matter) into two kinds of people:

There’s the “good” me: a health conscious, Eco-friendly, politically correct, physically active person, who would eat tofu on a regular basis…then…

There’s the “bad” me: who is too lazy to do anything and can’t be bothered with most things…this guy could consume a half dozen Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in approximately 4.7 seconds….the quintessential Fat Alter-Ego.

What do I do? Where do I go? This is my epic battle. My struggle (or at least my struggle for this week since I struggle to do a lot of things on a daily basis anyway).





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cooler than me….

Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, February 18, 2007

As I sit back and take a moment to reflect upon my life and all of the many accomplishments failures…

i ponder times gone by…

innocence lost…promises kept and promises lost…

Oh what could have been…what could have been.

Lost potential.

Now you’re just fat obese and balding…

Oh yeah…nobody likes you either.

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all of the following are cooler than me…




George Galloway is definately cooler than me…

listen as he takes a dig at Lebanese PM Fouad Siniora

this kid is cooler than me…even though he’s wearing the Hawaiian flowers necklace thing…lol

(warning: turn down your speakers)



this Japanese guy is cooler than me…

the creators of this Japanese show are also cooler than me…although I have no idea what is going on…the peculiar creatures depicted in the show seem to be able to ride bikes, ski, and fight crime. Sweeeet!

more Japanese people who are cooler than me. These guys are waaay cooler than me!

these Saudis are definately cooler than me…

these guys in the SUV are much cooler than me…

even these LARP people are cooler than me….way cooler…

even this baby who might need a diaper change is cooler than me…


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Bill O’Reilly: A Special Tribute….

Posted by abu ameerah on Saturday, February 17, 2007

Here is the King of Spin himself folks. You and I know him as a the one-and-only, the shameless, king-of-all-media, Bill “the talking head” O’Reilly.

I thought that I would just take a moment to offer a special tribute to the man himself. Without further ado…..here he is in all his RepubliCON glory:












































(Note the one-and-only arrogant smirk)




lol….this clip is hilarious. O’reilly gets OWNED by steven colbert…

just SHUT-UP! O’Reilly at his best…


**Just Added:  New Video of Bill O’ … making a fool of himself:





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Sh. Yusuf Estes (cont’d)

Posted by abu ameerah on Friday, February 16, 2007


Yusuf Estes is interviewing Br. Abdullah Palmer. A wonderful brother …mashallah…i wish i had the time to do some MMA sparring with him…

alas…i am so out of shape — it’s just sad!


Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips and Yusuf Estes dealing with the issue of the beard.

There’s no escape brothers….no escape….




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Yusuf Estes…

Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, February 14, 2007


Here are a few videos of Sh. Yusuf Estes. He is most noted for his websites, CDs, and Dawah lectures around the world. I am always amazed when I have a rare opportunity to meet with him and hear his tales of Dawah in far off places. Even though I don’t live to far away from Sh. Yusuf his schedule is far tooooo busy for any frequent visits. He is rarely home, subhanallah. I mean that — he is literally not home. I have known him to be on the Dawah lecture circuit for some 5 or 6 months at a time — only to come home for 1 day — and then go back to traveling!

When most Muslims are retiring, dusting off the old golf shoes, and playing with grandchildren — Yusuf Estes is doing the opposite. He’s on the road and defying conventional wisdom. Instead of moving to Florida or hiking up the white polyester pants to his torso — he has chosen a life of constant Dawah. Constant Dawah. What a life?! Dawah simply for the sake of Dawah — and not to “get famous” or “get known” as some students of knowledge in the west have been known to quietly whisper to their comrades.

What a concept — Dawah to guide people to Islam — as opposed to Dawah for the purposes of a landing a job with Al-Maghrib Institute or to get recognized as a good speaker so one can control the mic at the local masjid and get to do khutbahs in addition to the proverbial halaqa. Sometimes I think about these issues whenever I reflect upon the current state of Muslims in the west — particularly with regard to our Dawah. I also think about Yusuf Estes, listen to a few of his words, and smile. I smile because, by the Mercy of Allah (azza wa’jall), his teaching and presentation of our Deen is a direct antidote — inshallah — to the nonsense of Muslim speakers (so-called “Scholars”) in the west who directly or indirectly call people to shirk and kufr.

Our dawah has got to be far simpler than all of that, I tell myself.

Yusuf Estes may even be an antidote, if you will, to the writers and bloggers who come up with such tragic headings as “The Rise and Fall of Salafi Dawah”. To be quite honest, those who claim that they are staunch followers of Daw’ah Salafiyyah — and I emphasize the “Daw’ah” part — don’t seem to be makin’ it when they write and publicize such tragic articles!!!!!!

Sometimes i just look around and to want ask: Will the real Da’ees please stand up?
May Allah (awj) reward Sh. Yusuf for all of his Dawah related work in this life and in the hereafter, ameen!


Sh. Yusuf in the UK (above)

Sh. Yusuf putting the smack down on anthropomorphists!

Check out some of his Dawah sites below:






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the same people…

Posted by abu ameerah on Saturday, February 10, 2007

This Democratic Congressman nearly has a heart attack while putting the proverbial SMACK-DOWN on Bush & Co. — “the same people” !!!



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Hungry? … grab a Snickers…

Posted by abu ameerah on Thursday, February 8, 2007


Here is a funny SNICKERS ad that an estimated 90,000,000 people saw on television during the SuperBowl. I didn’t really watch the big game — first of all because I couldn’t be bothered (television is like crack-cocaine for the brain)…and secondly because professional sports have become a complete waste of time in my opinion. Everything revolves around money and gettin’ PAID.

Nonetheless, I am posting the ad because it is being attacked by pro-Gay special interest groups. The ad itself takes a scence from Disney’s The Lady and The Tramp in which two love struck hounds seem to accidentally kiss while eating a romantic dinner. Anyway, here it is….

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Houston…we have a problem!

Posted by abu ameerah on Tuesday, February 6, 2007

This whole story is strange. It has a bit of an OJ-esque quality about it. Let alone the sensational details and media hype — I found two things particularly interesting:

1) Lisa Marie Nowak’s alleged use of adult diapers in her 900 mile journey! Resourceful — but the very idea has a significant “eeeewwwwwwww” factor for me. All this — the assault and possible murder plot — to win the affections of her man. I’m assuming that Nowak must’ve taken the old saying “Alls fair in love and war” quite literally. Yikes!

2) Nowak is from Rockville, Md. Man! This freak just had to be a local! Another reason to lock your doors and windows at all times.

Judge grants bail to astronaut in alleged love triangle

NEW: Judge grants bail to astronaut accused of plotting to kidnap a romantic rival
NEW: Lisa Marie Nowak can’t contact alleged victim, must wear tracking device
• Both were vying for the affection of astronaut Bill Oefelein, police report says
• Nowak, 43, is married with three children, has been an astronaut since 1996


ORLANDO, Florida (CNN) — A judge granted bail Tuesday to a NASA astronaut charged with pepper-spraying a romantic rival before attempting to kidnap her from a parking lot at the Orlando airport.

But the judge warned that Navy Capt. Lisa Marie Nowak is to have no contact with NASA engineer Colleen Shipman and must wear a GPS, or global positioning satellite device, to ensure she does not travel east of Orange County, where Shipman lives.

The charges against Nowak stem from an alleged love triangle in which Nowak and Shipman were competing for the affections of astronaut Bill Oefelein, police said. The judge emphasized to Nowak that she could not have any contact with Shipman, good or bad. The judge told her not to send flowers even or to apologize.

Col. Steve Lindsey, Nowak’s superior and commander of her space shuttle mission last July, testified Nowak had no reason to have any contact with Shipman and said the GPS device would not hamper Nowak’s work.

The judge ordered bail set at $15,500 on three counts. A future court date was not set.

Nowak, 43, a married mother of three, is charged with battery, attempted kidnapping and attempted burglary to a vehicle. She also was initially charged with destruction of evidence, but the judge said he found no probable cause for that charge. Nowak’s cuffed hands were shackled to her waist as she stood before the judge. She looked down and remained still during most of the hearing but shook her head when prosecutors said she planned to kidnap and harm Shipman.

Nowak, who flew her first shuttle mission as a mission specialist aboard Discovery in July, and Shipman were both reported to be “in a relationship” with Oefelein, a Navy commander, according to a police report of the incident.

Nowak drove almost 1,000 miles from Houston, Texas, to Orlando on Monday to confront Shipman about her alleged relationship with Oefelein, according to a police report. Shipman, an engineer assigned to the 45th Launch Support Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base, was flying the same route, the report said.

Nowak wore a diaper during the 14-hour drive so that she wouldn’t have to stop for bathroom breaks, the report said. Astronauts wear what NASA calls maximum-absorbency garments to collect their waste during space travel.

Shipman told police she arrived at the Orlando International Airport about 1 a.m. and had to wait two hours for her luggage. As Shipman walked to her car she noticed a woman in a trench coat who appeared to be following her, the police report said. She quickly jumped into her car and heard “running footsteps” behind her, Shipman told police.

Nowak slapped the window of the car as Shipman locked it, the report said. Nowak then tried to open the car door, saying that her ride had not arrived.

Shipman told Nowak she would send for help, but when Nowak said she couldn’t hear her and started to cry, Shipman cracked her window, the report said. The 2-inch space in the window was all Nowak needed to send pepper spray into the car, police said. Her eyes burning, Shipman drove to a tollbooth and reported the incident.

When an officer found Nowak at a bus stop, she was wearing a different coat, and the officer observed her putting items in a trash can, the police report said. The officer retrieved a wig and a BB gun from the trash can, the report said.

Police found in Nowak’s bag a tan trench coat, a new steel mallet, a folding knife with a 4-inch blade, 3 to 4 feet of rubber tubing, large plastic garbage bags and about $600 in cash, the report said.

Nowak acknowledged details of Shipman’s allegations, according to police, and allowed officers to search her car. There, police found diapers, six latex gloves, directions from Houston to Orlando International Airport, e-mails from Shipman to Oefelein, a letter indicating how much she loved Oefelein and directions to Shipman’s home address in Florida, the report said.

Nowak told police she didn’t intend to harm Shipman and “that she only wanted to scare Ms. Shipman into talking with her,” a police report said. Asked about the BB gun, Nowak told police it “was going to be used to entice Ms. Shipman to talk with her,” the report said.

According to the report, she told police that her relationship with Oefelein was “more than a working relationship but less than a romantic relationship.” Nowak has been an astronaut since 1996. Oefelein, 41, was the pilot of the last shuttle mission, also aboard Discovery, which flew in December.

Oefelein would not make any comments through NASA at this time, Johnson Space Center spokeswoman Eileen Hawley said. Lindsey and Navy Capt. Chris Ferguson went to Florida to establish contact with Nowak, Hawley said, adding that her status as an active-duty astronaut remains unchanged.

Lindsey said he came to support Nowak “like we would any employee at NASA if they were to get into this situation.”

“We’re a close family, and we try to take care of our own,” he added.

Lindsey would not comment on whether NASA will take any disciplinary actions against Nowak, saying, “Those are ongoing things, and we’ll let the process work in those areas.”



-“Uhhh…Houston…we have a problem.”


A funny take on NASA love gone awry. I just couldn’t help it…sorry…

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driving school anyone?

Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, February 4, 2007

The following is a clip that I recently came across on youtube. The clip is of a woman trying to park her car in Bahrain. I enjoyed this clip for two reasons:

1) seeing the woman make multiple attempts to park her car just right — only to get it wrong again and again

2) Bahrain. Sometimes I kinda miss Bahrain. Actually, I wouldn’t mind living there — if only I could find a job…..*sigh*

Who says women can’t parallel park?


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It’s puppet theater time kids! America’s puppet speaks…

Posted by abu ameerah on Friday, February 2, 2007


Musharraf: Taliban entering from Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb. 2 (UPI) — Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said Friday Pakistani border security forces are known to have allowed Taliban militants to enter Afghanistan.

Musharraf said it would be difficult for a pair of border guards to challenge a group of “20 well-armed, well-trained and well-motivated people,” the BBC reported Friday.

“We had some incidents I know of that in some (border) posts, a blind eye was being turned,” he said.

“So similarly I imagine that others may be doing the same.”

However, Musharraf said criticism of Pakistan’s border security by the Afghan government and NATO forces was unfair, as responsibility for the border is shared with Pakistan by Afghanistan, NATO and the United States.

The president said his country is being used as “a scapegoat” for the resurgence of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

“A misperception is being created that the resurgence of Taliban is from Pakistan. This is absolutely wrong. The resurgence of the Taliban is in Afghanistan, but some support goes from Pakistan,” he said.



More Puppet Theater Kids! (Puppeteer)

Yaaaaaaayyyyy!!! (Cheering Kids)

Do puppets really speak? (kid asks question)

Well, puppets can speak — if you use your imagination Ahmed! (Puppeteer)

WOW! How Cool! Can I see a real-life talking puppet right now? (Ahmed)

Why of course you can! Away we go!!!!! (Puppeteer)





Muslims Respond……….


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A fatwa with historical analysis…

Posted by abu ameerah on Thursday, February 1, 2007

I know that we have already passed the day of Ashurah — however I think this fatwah puts a number of key issues into historical context. The Shia claim that many mainstream Sunni/Salafi Muslims do not accept or believe in the very points made by the Sheikh in this Fatwah. How absurd!


What is the ruling on what people do on the day of ‘Aashooraa’, such as wearing kohl, taking a bath (ghusl), using henna, shaking hands with one another, cooking grains (huboob), showing their happiness and so on…? Has any saheeh hadeeth to that effect been narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or not? If there is no saheeh hadeeth to that effect, does doing these things constitute bid’ah, or not? What about the things that the other people do, such as mourning, grieving, going without anything to drink, eulogizing, wailing, rending their garments, etc.? Is there any basis for that or not?


Praise be to Allaah.

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked this question and he replied as follows:

‘Praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds. Nothing to that effect has been reported in any saheeh hadeeth from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or from his Companions. None of the imaams of the Muslims encouraged or recommended such things, neither the four imaams, nor any others. No reliable scholars have narrated anything like this, neither from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), nor from the Sahaabah, nor from the Taabi’een; neither in any saheeh report or in a da’eef (weak) report; neither in the books of Saheeh, nor in al-Sunan, nor in the Musnads. No hadeeth of this nature was known during the best centuries, but some of the later narrators reported ahaadeeth like the one which says “Whoever puts kohl in his eyes on the day of ‘Aashooraa’ will not suffer from eye disease in that year, and whoever takes a bath (does ghusl) on the day of ‘Aashooraa’ will not get sick in that year, etc.” They also narrated reports concerning the supposed virtues of praying on the day of ‘Aashooraa’, and other reports saying that on the day of ‘Aashooraa’ Adam repented, the Ark settled on Mount Joodi, Yoosuf returned to Ya’qoob, Ibraaheem was saved from the fire, the ram was provided for sacrifice instead of Ismaa’eel, and so on. They also reported a fabricated hadeeth that is falsely attributed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), which says, “Whoever is generous to his family on the day of ‘Aashooraa’, Allaah will be generous to him for the rest of the year.”

(Then Ibn Taymiyah discussed the two misguided groups who were in Koofah, Iraq, both of whom took ‘Aashooraa’ as a festival because of their bid’ah). The Raafidi group made an outward show of allegiance to the Ahl al-Bayt although inwardly they were either heretics and disbelievers or ignorant and bound by whims and desires. The Naasibi group hated ‘Ali and his companions, because of the troubles and killings that had occurred. It is reported in Saheeh Muslim that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “In (the tribe of) Thaqeef there will be a liar and an oppressor [???].” The liar was al-Mukhtaar ibn Abi ‘Ubayd al-Thaqafi, who made an outward show of allegiance to and support of the Ahl al-Bayt, and killed ‘Ubayd-Allaah ibn Ziyaad, the governor of Iraq, who had equipped the party that killed al-Husayn ibn ‘Ali (may Allaah be pleased with them both); then he (al-Mukhtaar) made it clear that he was a liar, by claiming to be a prophet and that Jibreel (peace be upon him) brought revelation to him. People told Ibn ‘Umar and Ibn ‘Abbaas about this, and said to one of them, “al-Mukhtaar ibn Abi ‘Ubayd is claiming to receive revelation [annahu yanzilu ‘alayhi].” He said, “He is telling the truth, for Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): ‘Shall I inform you (O people) upon whom the shayaateen (devils) descend [tanazzalu]? They descend upon every lying, sinful person.’ [al-Shu’ara’ 26:221].” [Translator’s note: the words translated as “receive revelation” and “descend” both come from the same root in Arabic]. They said to the other: “Al-Mukhtaar is claiming that he receives inspiration.” He said, “he is telling the truth. ‘… And certainly, the Shayaateen (devils) do inspire their friends (from mankind) to dispute with you…’ [al-An’aam 6:121 – interpretation of the meaning].” As for the oppressor , this was al-Hajjaaj ibn Yoosuf al-Thaqafi, who was opposed to ‘Ali and his companions. Al-Hajjaaj was a Naasibi and al-Mukhtaar was a Raafidi, and this Raafidi was a greater liar and more guilty of fabrication and heresy, because he claimed to be a prophet…

There was much trouble and fighting between these two groups in Kufa. When al-Husayn ibn ‘Ali (may Allaah be pleased with them both) was killed on the day of ‘Aashooraa’, he was killed by the sinful, wrongdoing group. Allaah honoured al-Husayn with martyrdom, as He honoured other members of his family, and raised his status, as He honoured Hamzah, Ja’far, his father ‘Ali and others. Al-Husayn and his brother al-Hasan are the leaders of the youth of Paradise. High status can only be attained through suffering, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him said, when he was asked which people suffer the most. He said, “The Prophets, then righteous people, then the next best and the next best. A man will suffer according to his level of faith. If his faith is solid, he will suffer more, but if his faith is shaky, he will suffer less. The believer will keep on suffering until he walks on the earth with no sin.” (reported by al-Tirmidhi and others). Al-Hasan and al-Husayn achieved what they achieved and reached the high status they reached by the help and decree of Allaah. They did not suffer as much as their forefathers had, for they were born and raised during the glory days of Islam, and the Muslims respected and honoured them. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) died when they were still young, and Allaah blessed them by testing them in such a manner that they would be able to catch up with the rest of their family members, as those who were of a higher status than them were also tested. ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib was better than them, and he was killed as a shaheed (martyr). The killing of al-Husayn was one of the things that caused fitnah (tribulation) among the people, as was the killing of ‘Uthmaan, which was one of the greatest causes of fitnah, because of which the ummah is still split today. Thus the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are three things, whoever is saved from them is truly saved: my death, the killing of a patient khaleefah, and the Dajjaal (‘antichrist’).”

Then Shaykh al-Islam (may Allaah have mercy on him) mentioned a little about the biography of al-Hasan and his just character, then he said:

“Then he died, and Allaah was pleased with him and honoured him. Some groups wrote to al-Husayn and promised to support and help him if he went ahead and declared himself khaleefah, but they were not sincere. When al-Husayn sent his cousin [son of his paternal uncle] to them, they broke their word and gave help to the one they had promised to defend him against, and fought with him against [al-Husayn’s cousin]. Those who were wise and who loved al-Husayn, such as Ibn ‘Abbaas and Ibn ‘Umar and others, advised him not to go to them, and not to accept any promises from them. They thought that his going to them served no useful interest and that the consequences would not be good. Things turned out just as they said, and this is how Allaah decreed it would happen. When al-Husayn (may Allaah be pleased with him) went out and saw that things were not as he had expected, he asked them to let him go back, or to let him join the army that was defending the borders of Islam, or join his cousin Yazeed, but they would not let him do any of these things unless he gave himself up to them as a prisoner. So he fought with them, and they killed him and some of those who were with him, and he was wrongfully slain so he died as a shaheed whose martyrdom brought him honour from Allaah, and so he was reunited with the good and pure members of his family. His murder brought shame on those who had wrongfully killed him, and caused much mischief among the people. An ignorant, wrongful group – who were either heretics and hypocrites, or misguided and misled – made a show of allegiance to him and the members of his household, so they took the day of ‘Aashooraa’ as a day of mourning and wailing, in which they openly displayed the rituals of jaahiliyyah such as slapping their cheeks and rending their garments, grieving in the manner of the jaahiliyyah. But what Allaah has commanded us to do when disaster strikes – when the disaster is fresh – is to bear it with patience and fortitude, and to seek reward, and to remember that all things come from Allaah and we must return to Him, as He says (interpretation of the meaning): “… but give glad tidings to al-saabiroon (the patient ones), who, when afflicted with calamity, say: ‘Truly, to Allaah we belong and turly, to Him we shall return.’ They are those on whom are al-salawaat (the blessings) (i.e., who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His Mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones.” [al-Baqarah 2:155-157] .

It is reported in al-Saheeh that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “he is not one of us who strikes his cheeks, rends his garments and prays with the prayer of Jaahiliyyah.” And he said: “I have nothing to do with those who strike [their cheeks], shave [their heads] and rend [their garments].” And he said: “If the woman who wails does not repent before she dies, she will be raised up on the Day of Resurrection wearing trousers made of tar and a shirt of scabs.” In al-Musnad, it is reported from Faatimah bint al-Husayn, from her father al-Husayn, that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There is no man who suffers a calamity, and when he remembers it, even if it is old, he says ‘Innaa Lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon (Truly, to Allaah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return),’ but Allaah will give a reward equal to the reward He gave him on the day he suffered the calamity.” This is how Allaah honours the Believers. If the disaster suffered by al-Husayn, and other disasters, are mentioned after all this time, we should say “Innaa Lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon (Truly, to Allaah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return),” as Allaah and His Messenger commanded, so as to be given the reward like that earned on the day of the disaster itself. If Allaah commanded us to be patient and steadfast and to seek reward at the time of the disaster, then how about after the passing of time? The Shaytaan made this attractive to those who are misled, so they took the day of ‘Aashooraa’ as an occasion of mourning, when they grieve and wail, recite poems of grief and tell stories filled with lies. Whatever truth there may be in these stories serves no purpose other than the renewal of their grief and sectarian feeling, and the stirring up of hatred and hostility among the Muslims, which they do by cursing those who came before them, and telling many lies, and causing much trouble in the world. The various sects of Islam have never known any group tell more lies or cause more trouble or help the kuffaar against the Muslims more than this misguided and evil group. They are even worse than the Khawaarij who went beyond the pale of Islam. They are the ones of whom the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “They will kill the people of Islam and will leave alone the people who worship idols.” This group cooperated with the Jews, Christians and mushrikeen against the members of the Prophet’s household and his believing ummah, and also helped the mushrik Turks and Tatars to do what they did in Baghdaad and elsewhere to the descendents of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), i.e., the ‘Abbaasid rulers and others, and the believers; the Turks and Tatars killed them, enslaved their women and destroyed their homes. The evil and harm that they do to the Muslims cannot be enumerated by any man, no matter how eloquent he is. Some others – either Naasibis who oppose and have enmity towards al-Husayn and his family or ignorant people who try to fight evil with evil, corruption with corruption, lies with lies and bid’ah with bid’ah – opposed them by fabricating reports in favour of making the day of ‘Aashooraa’ a day of celebration, by wearing kohl and henna, spending money on one’s children, cooking special dishes and other things that are done on Eids and special occasions. These people took the day of ‘Aashooraa’ as a festival like Eid, whereas the others took it as a day of mourning. Both are wrong, and both go against the Sunnah, even though the other group (the Rafidis) are worse in intention and more ignorant and more plainly wrong… But Allaah commands us to be just and to treat others well. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Those of you who live after my death will see many disputes. I urge you to adhere to my Sunnah and the sunnah of my rightly-guided successors (al-khulafa’ al-raashidoon) who come after me. Hold onto it as if biting it with your eyeteeth. Beware of newly-innovated matters, for every innovation is a going astray.” Neither the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) nor his rightly-guided successors (the khulafa’ al-raashidoon) did any of these things on the day of ‘Aashooraa’, they neither made it a day of mourning nor a day of celebration.

But “when the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came to Madeenah, he saw the Jews fasting on the day of ‘Aashooraa’. He said, ‘What is this?’ They said, ‘This is the day when Allaah saved Moosa from drowning, so we fast on this day.’ He said, ‘We have more right to Moosa than you,’ so he fasted on that day and commanded [the Muslims] to fast on that day.”

Quraysh also used to venerate this day during the Jaahiliyyah. The day on which people were ordered to fast was just one day. When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came to Madeenah it was Rabee’ al-Awwal, and the following year he fasted ‘Aashooraa’ and commanded the people to fast. Then in that year fasting in Ramadaan was made obligatory and fasting on ‘Aashooraa’ was abrogated. The scholars disputed as to whether fasting on that day (‘Aashooraa’) was waajib (obligatory) or mustahabb (encouraged). Of the two best known opinions, the more correct view is that it was waajib, then after that whoever fasted it did it because it was mustahabb. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not tell ordinary Muslims to fast on ‘Aashooraa’, but he used to say, “This is the day of ‘Aashooraa’; I am fasting on this day and whoever wishes to fast on this day may fast.” And he said: “Fasting on ‘Aashooraa’ expiates for the sins of one year and fasting on the day of ‘Arafaah expiates for the sins of two years.” When, towards the end of his life, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) heard that the Jews took the day of ‘Aashooraa’ as a festival, he said, “If I live until next year, I will certainly fast on the ninth” – to be different from the Jews, and not to resemble them in taking the day as a festival.

There were some of the Sahaabah and scholars who did not fast on this day and did not regard it as mustahabb, but thought it makrooh to single out this day for fasting. This was reported from a group of the Koofiyeen (scholars of Kufa). Some other scholars said that it was mustahabb to fast on this day. The correct view is that it is mustahabb for the one who fasts on ‘Aashooraa’ to fast on the ninth day [of Muharram] too, because this was the ultimate command of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), as he said: “If I live until next year, I will certainly fast on the ninth as well as the tenth.” This was reported with a variety of isnaads. This is what is prescribed in the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

As for the other things, such as cooking special dishes with or without grains, or wearing new clothes, or spending money on one’s family, or buying the year’s supplies on that day, or doing special acts of worship such as special prayers or deliberately slaughtering an animal on that day, or saving some of the meat of the sacrifice to cook with grains, or wearing kohl and henna, or taking a bath (ghusl), or shaking hands with one another, or visiting one another, or visiting the mosques and mashhads (shrines) and so on… all of this is reprehensible bid’ah and is wrong. None of it has anything to do with the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or the way of the Khulafa’ al-Raashidoon. It was not approved of by any of the imaams of the Muslims, not Maalik, not al-Thawri, not al-Layth ibn Sa’d, not Abu Haneefah, not al-Oozaa’i, not al-Shaafa’i, not Ahmad ibn Hanbal, not Ishaaq ibn Raahwayh, not any of the imaams and scholars of the Muslims.

The religion of Islam is based on two principles: that we should worship nothing besides Allaah Alone, and that we should worship Him in the manner that He has prescribed, not by means of bid’ah or reprehensible innovations. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “… So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord.” [al-Kahf 18:110].

Righteous deeds are those which are loved by Allaah and His Messenger, those which are prescribed in Islam and in the Sunnah. Thus ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) used to say in his du’aa’: “O Allaah, make all of my deeds righteous and make them purely for Your sake, and do not let there be any share for anyone or anything else in them.”

(The above is summarized from the words of Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah – may Allaah have mercy on him. Al-Fataawa al-Kubra, part 5). And Allaah is the Guide to the Straight Path.

Sheikh Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid

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Holy Smokes Batman — it was Just a CARTOON! How Diabolical! “TERROR ALERT LEVEL H” (“H” for Hilarious)

Posted by abu ameerah on Thursday, February 1, 2007

Two held after ad campaign triggers Boston bomb scare

Story Highlights

• Second man arrested, attorney general says
• Turner Broadcasting CEO issues apology for panic
• Packages were promotion for Adult Swim show “Aqua Teen Hunger Force”
• Devices included a light board that displayed a character on the show



This is the threatening device – a blinking cartoon character making a middle-finger gesture – that prompted the overreaction by authorities in Boston. Aparently, mass paranoia is also part of the terror response plan for the Mayor of Boston. Instead of hunting down harmless cartoon signs — how about catching real criminals in Boston. You know, the kind that really kill people…

The next time my neighbors use illegal fireworks or even sparklers — I think I’ll just call the DHS (Department of Homeland Security). You never know, the sparklers might just be a ruse for an international uranium smuggling operation.

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