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an anniversary, of sorts…

Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Howdy ya’ll! I hope everyone is having an absolutely splendid Ramadan…

Synkronyzer (aka Imam Abdul Rahman Chao) takes an interesting look at the Magna Carta Unity Based on Renewal and Guidance…one year on.

Since we are in the blessed month of Ramadan, I’ll hold back my critiques of this “pledge” – but I do intend on expanding upon it soon, Allah willing. Needless to say, Synkronyzer takes a truly fair and balanced approach in his commentary on this Unity pledge. For those who are concerned … don’t worry! There will be plenty of “gyrating hips” and establishment of the “Haaaaq” (pronounced HA-cK) to look forward to in his commentary.

Anyway here is just a taste that I felt encapsulated the entire post (yep … I’m giving you a taste like a dealer around the corner so that you’ll get hooked):

“If unity is the true issue, then let’s have all the signatories come up with concrete steps. The longer this drags on the more people are going to view that this pledge is a blank check to legitimize opposing views which is not the point of this pledge. We should treat the problems that Muslims are facing and not mumble over it and watch immature groupies scream at each other defending the honor of this teacher at this institute or another.”

Synkronyzer, Did you ever know that your my hero? … Everything I would like to be? I could flyyyyyyy higher than an eagle … because you are the wind beneath my wings!

(Caution: the video above is blatantly haraam. please feel free to throw me off the manhaj now!)

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what’s the “big news” over at MuslimMatters.org ???

Posted by abu ameerah on Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Have you ever wanted to find answers to some of the most important questions confronting mankind? Do you ever wonder what you’re life means in the grand cosmic scheme of things? Have you ever pondered the meaning of life itself? Have you ever been visited by Extraterrestrial beings? Is George W. Bush really that stupid? Is the the purple Teletubby (Tinky Winky) really gay?

Well…you won’t be finding answers to those questions (I think). However, you will find answers for questions related to Ramadan and other key Islamic topics. Actually, I’m not so sure about the whole “gay Teletubby” thing. Who knows, there might be a conclusion on that as well…

Anyway, do yourself a favor and check it out — if you haven’t already done so. Real Islamic scholars (Sh. Yasir Qadhi and Sh. Yaser Birjas) will be taking YOUR questions so feel free to give it to ’em … Full-Force!

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Sh. Bilal Philips … regarding Tawheed al Ibadaah

Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, August 26, 2007

 

Tawheed al Ibadaah…

 

Shirk

in

Tashahhud

Bilal Philips gives it full-force. Sorry “Sheikh Nazim” & Sidi Keller, but you guys had it coming …

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Sheikh Ali al Timimi…

Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, July 29, 2007

Subhanallah, it has already been two years

 

 

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i found this piece somewhat amusing…

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, April 30, 2007

I recently came across this old BBC.com article and found it somewhat amusing. I think the reader will come away with a few different reactions from reading this. First, I believe that this article is much more than an analysis of fashion trends in Iran or Iranian cultural values. Rather, this article does – in it’s own subtle way – highlight some of the contradictions of the ’79 Revolution.

 

Allow me to preface all of this by saying that – I am no fan of revolutions. Whether one is discussing the Bolshevik Revolution (1917), The Cultural Revolution (1966-76), The Iranian Revolution (1979), or The Orange Revolution (2004) — I simply don’t trust ’em! Rightly or wrongly revolutions always seem to begin with a tremendous amount of passion and fervor – only to end up becoming an irrelevant crusade in a world of dynamic growth and change. I’m thinking, for example, about the cliched use of the red t-shirt with the Che Guevarra face on it. Cultural elites (actors, athletes, musicians, etc) have helped to turn Guevarra’s image into one of the most widely recognized faces on the planet. All this in a weak attempt to seem hip…fashion conscious…or urban-chic perhaps.

Instead of that image…why not show this one of Guevarra shortly after his capture by Bolivian military forces. Not long after this picture was taken Guevarra was executed. How’s that for a t-shirt image…

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In brief…revolutions are dumb…real dumb. People who make a profit out of the misery and carnage of revolutions are dumb. People who wear the t-shirts of iconic revolutionary figures are dumb. I am dumb….

Finally, with all of the rampant shirk and kufr the Iranian Revolution has brought us — Are they really that worried about ties?

 

Why don’t Iranians wear ties?

WHO, WHAT, WHY?
The Magazine answers…

 

The male British captives freed by Iran were pictured in government-issued suits and, like President Ahmadinejad, sported open neck shirts. Does no one in Iran wear a tie? (BBC) Even if without the smiles and waves, the sight of the 15 British sailors and marines released by Iran would have been notable for one thing: their attire.

With the exception of Faye Turney, the only woman to be held, the others sported near identical suits, in sober tones of grey and blue.

The outfits were provided by the Iranian authorities and are identical to suits worn by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iranians, however, are prohibited from wearing ties in Iran because they contribute to the spreading of western culture, according to the website of the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khameini.

Revolution

The practice stems from the 1979 Islamic revolution when the monarchy was overthrown and a unique Islamic republic was declared, in which religious clerics – headed by Ayatollah Khomeini – wielded ultimate political control.

Neckties – and bowties – were said to be decadent, un-Islamic and viewed as “symbols of the Cross” and the oppressive West.

Iranians were told to wear “standard Islamic garments” designed to remove ethnic and class distinctions reflected in clothing. Nowadays ties are still frowned on as “the influence of westernisation” on the way Iranians, especially young people, dress.

Ties are “highly politicised clothing” in Iran, says the BBC’s correspondent in Tehran, Frances Harrison.

Nearly all men – particularly government workers – do not wear ties. Because they are not clerics their usual dress consists of suit or trousers and long-sleeved shirts with collars, as championed by President Ahmadinejad.

But while ties are said to be prohibited by the country’s supreme leader, some men wear them very occasionally, says Dr Andrew Newman, senior lecturer in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

‘Respect’

Many Westerners who visit Iran also continue to wear ties.

“It depends on the occasion but if I am attending something official in Iran I usually wear a tie,” says Dr Newman.

“No one has ever said anything to me about it. Iranians understand that if I am wearing it at a function it is a sign of respect.”

   

While dress codes are strict in Iran, the suit and open-necked shirt worn by President Ahmadinejad is to stress openness and approachability, says Dr Newman. “He is a lay person and not a cleric, so wears a suit to show informality,” he says.

The president’s attire has become something of a talking point. At the height of his popularity, his trademark fawn-coloured windcheater – known to some as the Ahmadinejacket – spawned many a mini-trend, with entrepreneurs ordering copies of the garment from China to meet the demand from his supporters.

Whether his love of the open-necked shirt can be credited with starting the recent smart-casual tie-less revolution among some politicians and office workers in the UK is less certain.

**Updated thoughts:    Ahmadinejad is an idiot.  The guy will walk around in a tailored suit and leather shoes…but won’t wear a tie.  He must think that everyday is “casual Friday.”  That’s just retarded.  Apparently the suit is OK…but the tie is Haraam.  Whatever.  This from a guy who only irritates the United States in order to work with them.  Ahmadinejad, despite what many Westerners think, does not represent Muslims (or Islam for that matter) and is only the newest manifestation of Iranian cultural chauvinism.  

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Willam Chappelle (brother of David Chappelle)

Posted by abu ameerah on Thursday, April 19, 2007

No this ain’t “Rick James b****” … but it appears to be the brother of comedian David Chappelle. Apparently, many members of Chappelle’s family have become Muslim according to this video clip. Does this also include Dave Chappelle himself? I wonder if this is really the case. I thought that I had heard something a while ago about Dave Chappelle becoming Muslim around the time of his widely publicized 3rd season hiatus from his acclaimed Chappelle’s Show. Any ideas?

 

 

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Sh. Bilal Philips: test tube babies to sex change operations…

Posted by abu ameerah on Thursday, March 8, 2007

This is a video of Sh. Bilal Philips. He is, quite simply, one of the foremost scholars in the English speaking world. I wish Bilal Philips was somehow able to come to the US. He could meet up with other scholars/da’ees and form a travelling Dawah group. They could call this allstar Dawah super-group “Shaykh-Down” -or- “Rage Against The Munafiqeen”… or something. This Dawah group could hit the road and go on tour. I don’t know if they would sell out giant arenas from coast to coast — but it would be a sight to see, nonetheless. Here is a list of an imaginary Dawah super-group that I would like to see.

Don’t get mad at me for anyone that I forgot to include on this list.  Here they are in no particular order:

1) Dr. Bilal Philips

2) Sh. Yusuf Estes

3) Dr. Ali al Timimi (May Allah Azza wa’Jall free him from the hands of the tawagheet, Ameen!)

4) Sh. Jamal Zarabozo

5) Imam Safi Khan

got the idea for this post from EXEX Blogger:

http://synkronyzer.wordpress.com/2007/02/05/the-promised-land-for-transexuals/

 

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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:
www.shareislam.com

www.islamtomorrow.com

www.islamyesterday.com

www.islamalways.com

www.islamnewsroom.com

 

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you give it sheikh…oh, you give it!

Posted by abu ameerah on Saturday, December 30, 2006

of course….the sheikh’s words are taken entirely out of context…both in the editing of this clip and of the perceptions by all of those “freedom” lovers who view it….

Dr. Abd Al-Aziz Fawzan Al-Fawzan: Someone who denies Allah, worships Christ, son of Mary, and claims that God is one third of a trinity� so you like these things he says and does? Don�t you hate the faith of such a polytheist who says God is one third of a trinity, or who worships Christ, son of Mary?”

Someone who permits and commits fornication – as is the case in Western countries, where fornication is permitted and not considered a problem � don’t you hate this? Whoever says, “I don’t hate him, is not a Muslim, my brother.[…]

This is not racism, my brother. We don’t hate a polytheist because of his color, gender, blood, country, or because he is American, European, Chinese, or Asian. They are our partners in humanity. An American Muslim may be better Allah’s view than all the Arabs.[…]

But if this person is an infidel � even if this person is my mother or father, God forbid, or my son or daughter – I must hate him, his heresy, and his defiance of Allah and His prophet. I must hate his abominable deeds. Moreover, this hatred must be positive hatred. It should make me feel compassion for him, and should make me guide and reform him.

Ohhhhhhhh…..he GAVE IT again! The “fair and balanced” media (and all of the puppets who control it) just loves ripping such statements apart. Muslims are not a people of hatred.

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