AUDIO: Eid-Fitr Khutbah

Today’s ‘Eid khutbah was delivered at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan.

The khutbah touched on the importance of giving charity and being concerned of the plight of children in Michigan given that approximately 25% children in the state live in poverty.  The khutbah also touched on action need to challenged MI State Rep. Dave Agema (R-Grandville) anti-Islam bill – MI House Bill No. 4769.

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Setting the record straight on the 9-11 coloring book

Last night, I appeared on the Dr. Drew Show on CNN Headline News (VIDEO) debating with the publisher of a 9-11 coloring book, which purports to tell the truth about 9-11 to educate children about that national tragedy.  I’ll touch on a couple of specific non-factual aspects of this so-called educational coloring book at the end.

The publisher of the coloring book misstated last night that the book does not say anything negative about Muslims and only portrays Osama bin Laden, who he called “a devil worshipper” and the nineteen hijackers.  In fact except in the very beginning of the book in which a caricature reporter states that Americans will not look at Muslims and Islam the same again, every mention of Muslims thereafter has in front the terms “radical,” “extremist” and “terrorist.”  Also besides depicting of Bin Laden and his wife who was wearing niqab, the other depictions of Muslims consist of two ominous looking men with their heads and faces covered with kuffiyahs, a common terrorist motif in the West.

Simply put the average seven year old or ten year old child does not have the cognitive skills to discern from this coloring book that Muslims in general are not scary, dangerous people.  And although the publisher states that this coloring book is “Rated PG” and should be explained by their parents, that is also not reassuring given that half of adult Americans according to Gallup Poll know very little about Islam and that many who claim that they know have absorbed misconceptions.  In fact, it is more probable to state that many parents will reinforce the negative broad-brushing of Muslims as it relates to the coloring book.

It is known now that after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Japanese people were also depicted with a broad brush in children’s books such as Dr. Seuss.

Many children were negatively affected by these racist depictions that painted all Japanese persons as sneaky or dangerous, which is a separate issue from the immoral internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

9-11 was this generation’s Pearl Harbor, and the publisher of this book should understand the implications of the depictions and wording of the coloring book.  Based upon his comments last night and even the guest host (Chris Jacobs) of the Dr. Drew Show, I don’t think that either one of them gets it or wanted to get it.  This is true, however, for most persons in the status quo of any society, who are not consistently under societal pressure from  being minorities. They aren’t conscious of the ramifications of such, which they deem innocuous until someone acts from the culmination of negative misportrayals about minorities such as the recent Norway terrorist attack.

Now to blatant misinformation in the coloring book that the publisher states are “facts.”

The terrorist attack of 9-11 was not because Al-Qaeda “hates us because of our freedom” like what the publisher and former President George W. Bush falsely stated.  9-11 had nothing to do our freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom for women to get abortions, freedom for homosexuals to openly run gay nightclubs, etc.  Bin Laden stated that America was a target because we were the “worst thieves in the world today and the worst terrorists” and that the American military was defiling the land of Islam’s two most sacred cities, Saudi Arabia, with military presence.  This is what the 9-11 Commission Report concluded not my opinion.  Most Americans aren’t ready for a serious, in depth discussion about the historical core of Bin Laden’s grievances against our nation from a historical perspective.  A true discussion about 9-11 is greater than just the horrible terrorist attacks; the nuances of what led up to it and the motives of the terrorists have to be examined honestly.  The publisher seems not to have done this himself.

We also know that Bin Laden was unarmed, did not hide behind wife, as later confirmed by White House.  Why the publisher put a picture of Bin Laden hiding behind his wife, using her as a shield when it is not true is another fallacy in the coloring book.

I stand by my previous statement that this coloring book is a disgusting so-called educational piece for children.

‘Underwear bomber’ makes insane requests

http://detnews.com/article/20110826/METRO/108260372

Last Updated: August 26. 2011 8:47AM

Underwear bomb suspect challenges his detention

Abdulmutallab says he should be judged by Islamic, not U.S., law

Robert Snell and Oralandar Brand-Williams/ The Detroit News

Detroit— Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the “underwear bomber” accused of trying to blow up an airliner over Metro Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, asked a judge Thursday to free him from prison, arguing he should be judged by the Quran, not U.S. laws.

The handwritten request, in which Abdulmutallab claims he is being “unjustly detained,” injected religion into arguably the most high-profile criminal terror case in the United States since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Legal and cultural experts called Abdulmutallab’s request fruitless, with one labeling it a “sideshow antic,” though it served as the latest curveball by a Nigerian suspect whose own legal adviser questioned the man’s ability to stand trial while serving as his own lawyer.

“If he was in the land of Saudi Arabia or Iran and he attempted the same act, I don’t think he would be making that request, because his punishment may be more strict,” said Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations. “He really needs to be quiet with these sideshow antics. He is going to get his wish by the Quran, by God, when he dies. He will be judged by the American court right now.”

‘Excessive force’ claimed

The request came as Abdulmutallab, 24, claimed in a separate filing that he assaulted several prison guards Wednesday while observing the holy month of Ramadan. The guards responded by using excessive force to restrain him inside the federal prison in Milan, Abdulmutallab claimed.

The filing doesn’t make clear what prompted the alleged assault, but Abdulmutallab seems to make a connection to his observance of the Muslim holiday.

Abdulmutallab, who fired his legal team last year and faces an Oct. 4 trial, asked U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds to protect him from prison guards.

His legal adviser, Detroit lawyer Anthony Chambers, sent lawyers to visit Abdulmutallab in prison Thursday following the incident.

“He’s doing OK,” Chambers said. “Obviously, there are some issues going on. I don’t know what triggered anything. It is Ramadan month. He is observing, but what happened, I do not know.”

A Bureau of Prisons spokesman was unaware of the incident.

“In a situation where force is used, we only use the force that is necessary to control the situation,” Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke said.

Abdulmutallab wrote that the incident happened between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Wednesday.

“Defendant Abdulmutallab, in defense of Muhammad (peace be upon him … the messenger of Allah to Mankind who is being defamed and abused by the United States of America) assaulted several officers from his cell,” he wrote.

“As a result, excessive force was used to restrain defendant Abdulmutallab who was already in a closed cell on his own.”

He asked Edmunds to order prison guards not to use excessive force while he is “justly defending Muhammad and his religion,” according to the court filing.

Request has ‘zero’ chance

Islam’s holiest month, Ramadan, requires Muslims to fast from dawn to dusk.

Known as the “blessed month,” it is marked by prayers, works of charity and abstinence from food, tobacco, sex and liquids during the day. The religious observance began Aug. 1 and ends Tuesday.

In a filing Thursday, Abdulmutallab said he is being unjustly detained in the United States and “subjected to the Rule of Man.”

Abdulmutallab asked Edmunds to order his release and that he be judged and ruled “by the law of the Quran.”

Imam Steve Mustapha Elturk, president of the Islamic Organization of North America, called Abdulmutallab “a fool.”

“If he wants to be judged by the Quran, he’s going to be convicted,” Elturk said. “The Quran condemns killing innocent people.”

Abdulmutallab’s request for freedom has “zero” chance of being granted, said Peter Henning, a law professor at Wayne State University and ex-federal prosecutor.

“That argument has never worked in a U.S. court,” Henning said.

“You are judged, and international law recognizes, by the law of the nation where your crime took place.”

Victor Begg, a co-founder of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan, agreed.

“Law of the land follows American criminal code,” he said Thursday. “… No other law… can be applied in America.”

Abdulmutallab faces charges that could keep him in prison for life, including conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, attempted murder inside an aircraft, taking a bomb onboard a plane and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

He is accused of trying to kill nearly 300 people aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253. Prosecutors contend he concealed explosive chemicals in his underwear and tried to detonate them as the flight from Amsterdam approached Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

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Correction: This story has been updated to fix a misquote of Dawud Walid.

 

 

 

AUDIO: Importance of the Night of Power (Laylah Al-Qadr)

The following audio is of a talk given early this morning at the Islamic Organization of North America masjid in Warren, Michigan.

 

It covers:

 

1)    Explanation of why the Night of Power is better than 1,000 months.

2)    Explanation of the satans/devils being chained during Shahr Ramadan despite many persons including Muslims committing grave crimes during the month.

3)    How showing love for brothers and sisters should be a more practice form of worship to Allah than performing the 5 obligatory prayers.

 

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Proposed anit-foreign law bill angers area Muslims

http://downriversundaytimes.com/2011/08/20/proposed-anit-foreign-law-bill-angers-area-muslims/

Proposed anit-foreign law bill angers area Muslims

Posted by Times-Herald Newspapers on 8/20/11 • Categorized as Stories

By DANIEL HERATY
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN – A proposed bill which would ban the use of foreign laws in Michigan court cases is causing a stir among local Islamic community leaders who say it unfairly targets Muslims.

Under the law, proposed by State Rep. David Agema (R-Grandville) the enforcement of foreign laws in court cases would be limited if those laws impede on an individual’s constitutional rights.

The bill, which will not be voted on until the House returns from recess today, is getting negative responses from Arab-American leaders in the area.

“This bill is a replica of other anti-Sharia bills that have been passed or sought to have been passed in other states,” Dearborn-based American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee National Advisor Imad Hamad said in a statement. “The newest bill, which calls for non-consideration of any foreign law by Michigan courts, is clearly an attack on the religious freedoms of Michigan residents and an affront to the entire judicial system of Michigan.”

Dawud Walid, executive director of the Southfield-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, Michigan Chapter, said that the law is only aimed at furthering Agema’s career.

“It appears that Mr. Agema is proposing a bill to score cheap political points,” he said. “He is joining the bandwagon (of people) who are using the foreign laws as a scare tactic for their political base.”

Walid added that if the bill passes, it could pose a threat to religious freedoms, including suppressing some of the religious rights not only of muslims, but of other minorities.

American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan Legislative Director Shelli Weisberg said the law is unnecessary.

“The supreme law of the land is the Constitution, which already prohibits the the use of any foreign law,” Weisberg said. “It’s a solution looking for a problem.”

Walid said he believes the bill will not be passed due to its potential impact on the state’s still-recovering economy. He said the bill could give the impression that Michigan has an “unfriendly environment” for potential business growth.

“What we are hoping is that since the (Republican Party) is the majority, the party leadership will not allow this bill to go to the floor,” he said. “Michigan has suffered a negative population growth in the last decade. Two demographics that have increased are Muslims and Latinos. We don’t need anything that would hamper businesses moving into Michigan.”

Representatives from Agema’s office did not return phone calls seeking comment.