STANCE of a MUSLIMAH

Our Lord! You truly know all that we may hide in our hearts as well as all that we bring into the open, for nothing whatsoever, be it on earth or in heaven, remains hidden from Allah. {Quran, 14:38}

9/22/2006

It's Ramadan

Asalaam Alaikum Warahmat ALLAH Dear Muslims and Special Greetings to everyone,
Saudia Arabia has announced the sighting of the new moon, which means the 9th month of the lunar year calandar. So in our community we will be fasting, as well as (hopefully) Muslims everywhere else. This month called Ramadan is a month that Muslims around the world will partake in what we believe is ordained upon humanity. To worship the Only One God through fasting, and purifying our souls through focussing our lives on the purpose of life itself, and by ridding of all its distractions.
As much as this blogging has been intended to lay the truth of Islam through my research and personal experiences as a Muslimah in the West, there are other things I need to focus on. So my blogging, amongst other things during this month will stop God-willing.
I pray that every Muslim benefits from these days and that we do not forget the well known authentic hadith that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has taught us that the first 10 days Allah releases more of His Mercy, the 2nd ten, He distributes His Forgiveness, and the last 10 days He frees people from Hell-Fire. I also pray that He does this to people to maybe you..who are on the verge of doing an extra deed by wearing a headscarf, or do something to change your life positively like embrace Islam as yours. These things are between each soul and the Creator of all souls.
May Allah bring us all closer to Truth no matter who you are (or I am) and that we take advantage of these special days.
Ramadan Mubarak to all of you.
Your Sister, Suhaa.
"Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become God-fearing."
(Noble Quran, 2:183)

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
"Whoever fasts during Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven. Whoever prays during the nights in Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven. And he who passes Lailat al-Qadr (The Night of Power) in prayer with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven." (authentic saying: Bukhari)

9/19/2006

Wass'Wassa

I hate you. I despise your arrogance when you instill criminal thoughts in the hearts of my race, my human race. To the beggar’s face you kick dirt in their eyes, to the oppressed babies you deprive them of warm arms. Rejoicing at the sound of gossip or the view of hostile neighbors. Laughing when blood is pouring forth and patience is absent. You grow on jealousy between siblings, and an illegal 2nd glance on a billboard is all it takes to motivate you further. Well to you, and to all your slaves, I say go to HELL. Just because you seem to be the norm, does not make your mischief a popular vote on Judgment Day. You are a Loser stealing a mind here, or a heart there. But never will you steal the soul of which is protected and guarded by sincere intentions of seeking Allah. Praises belong to Allah for in a few days you’ll be locked up. Ramadan is a blessing for us, against you. I vow to your Creator who gave you Jannah, (but blew it with your egotism) to rebel against you and against what you have taught me throughout my 30 years of life. I pray that Allah gives Muslims the strength to hate everything about you, even those tiny sly incidents that seem trivial. I pray that Allah grants non-Muslims the courage to accept Islam as their own. Ramadan is the month we are given to rectify our wrongdoings and God-willing it is easier to do so than any other month. So to you Loser, don’t even think of coming near my family, brothers, my sisters, and me it’s not going to happen. Hurting us in Palestine, Afghanistan, South Africa and the West is long gone for this month. So I pray to Allah to protect the Muslims from committing faults, as the burden of The Cursed Satan, Iblees is gone for a while. Iblees if you are reading this: GET LOST, WE HATE YOU. We seek refuge in Allah from the Cursed Satan. Ameen.

Hey LOSER, I’m going to pray Ishaa..and I will fight your Wass’Wassa whispers by knowing that Allah is Watching me..can't wait until you are chained up.

"Satan threatens you with poverty and bids you to inappropriate conduct. God promises you His forgiveness and bounties. God cares for all and He knows all things."
~The Quran {2:268}

9/18/2006

Political

Asalaam Alaikum Warahmat Allah and Hello Readers..

I haven't posted anything in a while because I've been so busy with everything life has entailed. I hope to have one post out before the start of Ramadan, God-willing, which is this very weekend.

I just came across this post that should be read by anyone claiming pride to be an American, and should be read by anyone living in the West really. Think twice before waving that US flag. I know lots of good come out of a place like the US. But we have to remember that just because we are here this doesn't translate in meaning we are blessed. We are all tested with what is given and what is taken away. Technology, freedom of religion, speech...and whatever else. Along with that comes the ugly too, and no, I'm not saying its a result of it but it does tag along..immorality, deceit, hypocricy. I'm not one to get into politics. But I am a Muslimah living in the West and it's affecting me..

9/11 was a wake-up call to enlighten the world of the horror that people across the world have been living prior, and continue to live today. I hate what happend then, and I hate the events of 9/11 even more today. But this is one of many issues that consumes me on a daily basis. I hate that people call Islam responsible, and I hate that some Muslims feel a desperation to do something so horrific. This is a World War III, or as Bush made reference to the Crusades...well I won't go there now.

This world is corrupted and continues to spiral down. I worry about my kids and babies being born. So rather than saying "God Bless America" I rather say God Protect Children. They will be at the forfront of this as they get older, but they are growing up with it..

Just read the link by clicking on the title above..

9/01/2006

Prisoner Said..

I read this today, and couldn't help but think...this land of freedom of democracy could be the land that strips me away from everything and everyone I love, (unfortunately I am not just singling out the US with that statement). It could have been my husband, father, or brother. May Allah give these men and their families strength, courage, and steadfast similar to that of Prophet Yusuf (Joseph-peace and blessings be upon him). For the Muslims out their..we need to supplicate more for the oppressed that they put their trust and reliance in Allah with patience. We will be asked of what we did to help our brothers and sisters. For the non-Muslims out there, hope you can see why some would say that this is not only a war against terrorism, its actually a war of terrorism's opponent, Islam.
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Friday 08/25/06
From: Abu Qatada Ali Asad
To: Honorable Claude M. Hilton

"Your honor! Over this last year I’ve had the opportunity to attend a number of sentence hearings in this courtroom. I’ve learned that defendants are given the opportunity to make a statement which supposedly will be considered in the making of a final decision about their fate. The true purpose of this procedure is still unclear to me. Common sense tells me that a man at the verge of imprisonment would likely say whatever seems convenient to move the court towards a favorable decision for him. Most convicts will then use this opportunity to beg the court for a lesser sentence.

I, on the other hand, find hesitation in my heart to ask you to do that. This is truly not in the spirit of disrespecting the court but solely because truth is always clear like daylight and is not a matter of negotiations. If a person is guilty, he should admit so from the very beginning; and if from the beginning the person sincerely proclaims his innocence, he should not then turn to dishonesty and come to a sentencing hearing to then admit any guilt.

Your Honor! Today, standing in front of you and with Allah as my witness I tell everyone that I am innocent of what I am convicted and don’t deserve to spend a single day in prison. Today, as I am separated from my parents, my brother, sister, my wife, my children, students, and friends I say that God knows well I would never support terrorists.

I am not surprised the Government is asking for a lengthy sentence in the name of a crime I did not commit. It won’t be the first time that a person is wrongly accused and unjustly imprisoned. For the imprisonment of innocent people is as old as the so-called “civilization” itself. There is at least one person whose false imprisonment is not denied by those who follow the heavenly revealed scriptures, namely Jews, Christians, and Muslims. They all agree upon the truthfulness of this story, the life of Prophet Joseph (peace be upon him), who was imprisoned because he refused to obey his master’s wife.

He refused to agree to a false plea because it was against the command of His Lord even though he faced indefinite imprisonment. He was later released to eventually become the King of Egypt. True Justice always prevails. Rather than an “Islamic extremist” I am a man who believes in the message of the prophets and messengers and do not differentiate between them. And this is the religion that I follow.

The dishonest government of today is not much different from the wicked government who governed Egypt some 4,000 years ago. The only difference between the two is that those ancient governments did not imprison people in the name of “democracy” but rather they committed injustice without any pretext of law. On the contrary, these modern descendants of injustice make use of the false claims of honesty when they are acting unjustly. Allow me to explain. They first endorse the necessary unlawful laws that would justify their own unlawful practices and then “lawfully” imprison people like me. That is to say, the governments in the past were honest in their dishonesty and did not hide the fact that they were imprisoning people to safeguard their own interests, and not those of the community. But these modern disciples of injustice cast innocent people into prison to remove the so-called “threat” they feel from this 3rd grade teacher standing here today. In short, the rulers in the past were mere tyrants. Today’s rulers are also shameless liars.

The government stated that I am not here because of my beliefs, regardless of how despicable my beliefs are. Well, these prosecutors do not represent America. In fact, they are misleading American people and are a danger to the whole of society. And with great regret I say, their individualistic view to protect their careers by committing injustice against others will eventually bring this beautiful land down. Nations live as long as their justice does, when justice falls so does the nation.

Islam tells us to stand up against injustice. It is for this reason that I reject the opportunity to lie against myself and against others in exchange for a shorter sentence. And no matter what the result is today, I know that eventually the justice will prevail. Anyone who has transgressed against me in this trial should know that on the Day of Judgment I will not be happy till I take from them just as they have taken from me in this world. Those who have separated me from my parents, those who participated in making my children orphans, those who separated me from my brother, my sister, and everyone else, and those who have made my wife like a widow today, I pray to Allah to give you exactly what you have given me.

I am 29 years old. My elderly parents await my sentence knowing well that they may not live long enough to see my release. None feels more honorable than my mother who sits here in this courtroom with her head raised with pride and honor that her son did not break the principles that she instilled in him. Her advice remained, “Son, if you haven’t done anything wrong, you haven’t done anything wrong. It makes no difference if they offer you 4 years or 45 years. You haven’t done anything wrong, you haven’t done anything wrong.” But they grieve over the incarceration of their beloved son. If my parents die before my release, I ask them to plead and complain to Allah that a piece of our heart was taken away by the government of the United States of America because of some toy paintballs. Toy paintballs . . . the fate of which is unknown to both the government and the defense.

Lastly, Your honor! To tell you a little bit about myself, I was born in Lahore, Pakistan and went to one of the best primary schools there. I was later admitted to the best secondary school called Aitchison College. This school was built in 1876 at the time of the British colonization of the Indian subcontinent – way before the conflict in Kashmir ever started. I successfully finished 10th and 11th grades there and in 1994, came to United States. I finished high school at Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg, MD in 1995 and enrolled in Montgomery College, initially as a Criminal Justice major. That major changed to Information Systems and I finally graduated from the University of Maryland. I always maintained a job. I supported myself and my family. I worked hard to pay for my school and I never had to take any loan to pay for my tuition. I studied Arabic language and taught it to both Muslims and non-Muslims at As-Salik Arabic institute.

Twelve years have gone by and many things have changed in the world we live in, and a lot of changes have taken place in our lives. One thing however remains the same. No one ever received any harm either from my words or my actions. As my father frankly put it, “With all the allegations and witnesses the government produced in this trial, and with all the investigations and arrests that they have made, and with the billions of tax dollars that they have used against my son, not a single person on the face of the Earth came forward to testify that he even received a prick of thorn from my son Ali.”

The prosecutors suggested during the trial that these sentiments might be expected from a member of my family. But none put it more bluntly than the respected juror who convicted me when he told the Washington Post, that he thought the case “shouldn't have been brought at all. It was very insignificant." And he said the whole investigation was "way too minor, regardless of whether they convicted 11 people.” "

I thank my wife for standing next to me in these hard times and also the community that did not abandon me. I thank my parents to raise me the way they did and I am grateful to them.

SubhanakaAllahuma Wa bi Hamdik, Wa AshhaduAnLa Ilaha IlaAalh Wa Ashhadu AnaMuhammadan RasoolAllah
Thanks
Abu Qatada Ali Asad

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