July 16, 2007 § 13 Comments
I ran across this video on Youtube and I just had to post it. Khalid Yasin, probably has the most powerful voice that I have ever heard. The tonal quality alone makes me want to pullout the old leather socks! wa allahi!
July 14, 2007 § 3 Comments
Its interesting when an issue that I find troubling, especially as a personal issue or something that I find challenging in life, are addressed in literature, talks or lectures that I come across in passing. This recently happened when I was watching an interview with Hamza Yusuf, arguably the most notable Islamic Scholar in America, about his translation and exegesis of Imam Al-Tahawi’s Creed where he says to the interviewer,
“There is a chapter in Al-Bukhari which is called, bab al ‘ilm qawbla qali wa a’alam, the chapter of knowledge before speaking or action. Knowledge has to proceed action. We have a lot of activists in our community and you have activists who are not informed by sound knowledge they can end up doing a lot more harm. Communism is a really good example of people that recognized wrongs and injustices in the world but because they did not have a sound understanding of the world they ended up doing far more harm than good.”
And then I saw this! Subhana’Allah, may He protect us from representing Islam this way.
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July 11, 2007 § 1 Comment
My son asked me to post this, so this is from Sahaj ibn Abdul-Hakim, my eldest son. as-salaamu ‘alaikum,
July 11, 2007 § 2 Comments
Yusuf Smith, of Indigo Jo Blogs, reports that a new wave of antisemitism is on the rise,
“Yesterday evening, the well-known talk-show host and newspaper columnist Richard Littlejohn presented an hour-long documentary, as part of Channel 4’s Dispatches feature, entitled “The War On British Jews?”, purporting to demonstrate that “in Britain 2007, it’s open season on the Jews”. You can see it in a series of YouTube videos here. The programme made a number of familiar points, among them that the Left, despite its anti-racist reputation, was “pouring petrol on the flames”, and demonstrated a rather lackadaisical investigation.”
July 10, 2007 § 2 Comments
The Zaytuna Institute formerly of Hayward, CA has developed a class of publications called the Curriculum Series. This genre is a much needed gathering, translation and exposition of the classic works of the traditional Islamic scholars. The first of this series is Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s translation and exegisis of Imam Al-Tahawi’s al-Aqidah al-Tahawiyya (The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi). This book is truly a service to the English speaking Muslim community in particular. Shaykh Hamza, an American born in Walla Walla, WA truly understands the areas that need enrichment, with respect to the American Muslim community as a whole.
In this book you will find a foreward by Sh. Abdullah bin Bayyah, a liscense of transmission authorizing Sh. Hamza to translate and comment on Imam Tahawi’s Creed. You will also find the original Arabic accompanying the English translation of the creed, this is very nice for the Arabic student. The Appendices are chocked full of biographies about some our honored Prophet and his Companions as well as essays on important issues of our time. Sh. Hamza provides a extemsive list of references, sources and notes as we have come to expect throughout the years from our most qualified Islamic scholars.
Hakim’s Rating: 4 of 5 possible stars
July 9, 2007 § 5 Comments
On June 27, an article was syndicated throughout the conservative news and media machine from author and lawyer David Yerushalmi. This article was concerning a pro bono case the lawyer took on for a trio (Frank Gaffney, Martyn Burke and Alex Alexiev) known as ABG Films. ABG Films received funding from Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to produce a film that attempted to prove that the moderate Muslim voice is marginalized in the Islamic communities as suggested in Yerushalmi’s June article saying,
“So it was that in March 2004 these three men joined forces to enter a competition to write, direct and produce a documentary for PBS on the inability of “moderate Muslims” to be heard in or out of their own communities because the Jihadists either murder them, threaten to do so, or join forces with the PC Elite to silence them as “too westernized” to be real Muslims.”
This film was called, Islam vs. Islamists, which incidentally makes no sense to me at all because the suffix -ist in the English language refers to what a person does, one’s duty or belief. And if you look closely grammatically what is being implied is an egregious offense and bigoted slant against Muslims. But English grammar aside, the term “Islamists” have been deemed bad Muslims.
Consequently, the contestants who submitted films numbered well over 400. In the end of it all CPB had put aside 20 million dollars of tax payers hard earned money to fund the finalists, about 20 or so would eventually be selected. The top 11 was scheduled to air over a period of about a week back in April 2007. In his article Yerushalmi gives some background on CPB which help to understand the significance of this project as it relates to the public and our tax dollars when he writes,
“To understand this proposal correctly, the reader should know that CPB was created at the height of the Great Society push of the Johnson administration. In 1967 Congress created CPB as a “non-governmental” non-profit corporation which Congress would fund to create the physical and financial infrastructure for what has become the nationwide network of public television and radio stations most of which are members of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Today, CPB receives $400 million annually from US taxpayers and is seeking an increase to $440 million in the form of an advance for fiscal year 2010. PBS receives hundreds of millions of dollars worth of broadcast rights paid for by CPB. In other words, the taxpayer funds PBS.”
During January 2006, WETA a DC based PBS station was set to air the series. Along with the “winning 11” was ABG Films and their masterpiece, Islam vs. Islamists. And here is where things get interesting, WETA began to criticize the films which conservatives consider viewed as “Leftist”. WETA put forth an agenda for its presentation of the Cross Roads series that David Yerushalmi called “shenanigans”.