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}

11/28/2006

Kid Talk

My daughter, Mercy, who's in KG shared with me an interesting conversation with another girls in her class.

Mercy: "My mom's here, I see her car!"

Classmate: "Why does your mother always wear that thing on her head?"

Mercy: "Because she's Muslim, and that's what Muslim ladies wear."

Classmate: "They can only be your color
(pointing to Mercy's arm).

Mercy: "No, Muslims can be brown too!"

Mercy is 5 & 1/2 , while her friend is 6 & few months.

(Just to complete the picture for you, her classmate is very light skinned, and Mercy is white but darker than her..for whatever that means!!)

"Oh people! Verily, We have created you of male and female, and made you races and tribes that ye may know each other. Verily, the most honourable of you in the sight of God is the most pious of you; verily, God is All-Knowing, All-Aware!"

{Quran, 49:13}




11/20/2006

Message from Imam Masood

Sunday, Nov 19 Update
A message from Imam Masood to the community was obtained through a phone conversation with Imam Masood. {read below}

Some of the treatment concerns that the Imams had were resolved. MAS will continue to communicate with the immigration officials to help ensure that the Imams are well treated.

The Imams were unable to obtain a Quran, and were separated from each other.

MAS Freedom is made aware of other individuals (many in the same location as Imam Masood) who were detained in the same day for immigration violations.

One brother “NM” has a family of 4 children. He is not on religious visa. MAS Freedom is providing financial assistance for families and legal representation for these individuals.

Please help support this effort by donating generously. Prophet Muhammad PBUH said: ”Allah comes to the aid of those who come to the aid of others”.

please click the title above to donate to the Muslim Legal Defense Fund, and find out other ways to help inshaAllah. Below is a letter my girls wrote in hopes to put a smile on his face. May Allah reward you, and facilitate ease for our Ummah...granting patience and steadfast in living life and facing hardships through the worship of our Creator.

A Message From Imam Masood on Sunday Nov 19 Night
This is a message and advise to the community received from Imam Masood by phone on Sunday Nov 19th 8:15 pm:

"I am grateful to Allah SWT for all his blessings. I am also grateful to my brothers and sisters for their support. I advise myself and everyone to fear Allah, and be righteous. I ask you to make Dua, and pray, not only for me, but for all those in the world who are going through difficulties, some much more than what we are experiencing. Please do not underestimate the power of the Dua and supplication to Allah SWT.
Your brother, Hafiz Masood


from my girls (hope you'll get your kids involved too inshaAllah)

"Asalaam Alaikum.

Dear Imam Masood

We are making duaa for you, your son and all the Muslims like you taught us too. We hope you get out of jail soon inshaAllah. We love you so much. We feel bad that you are in jail, because you were my favorite teacher. Thank you for always being at the masjid, but we miss you so much now. Thank you for teaching us how to be good people. You always made me laugh in school. We hope Allah will protect you and all the Muslims in trouble. We love you. We hope you get out of jail soon, inshaAllah."


Sign, 7yrs. old in 2nd grade
Mercy, 5yrs. old in KG

May Allah unite our Ummah..



11/19/2006

Please Sign

http://www.petitiononline.com/ImamsMA/

but more importantly, make duaa.
may Allah reward you for doing so..

remember what Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught us:


"Whoever relieves a believer of distress in this world, Allah will relieve him of some of the distress of the Day of Resurrection. Whoever makes things easy for those who are in difficulty, Allah will make things easy for him in this world and in the next. Whoever conceals (the faults of) a Muslim in this world, Allah will conceal him (his faults) in this world and in the Hereafter. Allah will help the slave so long as the slave helps his brother."

[Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh, 1/71, hadith no. 204.]

11/17/2006

NO CHARGES, but JAIL

I was at Imam Masood's house today visiting for a few minutes with his wife and one of his daughters. They are people of faith, barely words spoken, faces with hope for Allah's Help. Please do whatever you can. Even if you don't know these people, please make duaa for them. Even if you have heard just one good thing about this Imam please write to the officials below. This is an attack against Islam. He has not been allowed to even speak with his family. There is not even a consideration of bail at this point. He has no criminal record, and has been here for nearly 20 years. Take this personally, and if you are on the side of justice then contact, donate, and pray that Allah grants his family patience and them protection. Funny thing how they say "innocent until proven guilty". May Allah show no mercy on the oppressors here, and oppressors everywhere. Ameen.
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In the Name of God, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

ALERT: UPDATE ON INTIMIDATION AND ARREST OF IMAMS OF ICNE AND ISGL, MAS Boston Freedom Foundation Islam Center of New England – www.icne.net

Update on Intimidation and Arrest of Imams of ICNE and ISGL Imam Masood (Islamic Center of New England, Sharon), his son (Hassan) and Imam Abdul Hannan (Islamic Center of Greater Lowell) were arrested by immigration officials Wednesday on alleged immigration violations. No criminal charges have been brought even though it was claimed that this was related to an immigration fraud ring around the Northeast. But at most, Imam Masood has been charged with a minor administrative technicality. MAS Boston and ICNE leaders have been speaking to the lawyer, and the families to provide much needed support.Press releases have been sent (see www.masboston. org). MAS Boston has provided interviews with NPR, the Boston Globe, and local media to present the strong Muslim community support for their leaders and their outrage over their treatment. MAS Boston leaders met with Immigration officials, officials from the Attorney General's office, the FBI, and other law enforcement officials to strongly express the community's outrage and support for their leaders - demanding that they allow the Imams to post bail, that they give them access to proper Muslim food and prayer facilities, and that they resolve this in a speedy manner to avoid further aggravating a very frustrated Muslim community.Immigration officials came in large numbers to this meeting and resolved to work to accommodate these demandsImmigration officials agreed to arrange for MAS Boston President,Masjid/board representative, and a few family members to visit the Imamstoday to ensure that they are in safe and appropriate conditions.Check www.masboston. org frequently for more detailed information, recent news articles, and more on what you can do to help.

ACTION REQUESTED
1. Pray for the safe and speedy release of both Imams.
2. Contact your local representative and MA Senators, (a) to inform them of the situation, (b) ask them to help ensure the fair, speedy, and respectable treatment of the Imams.
Senator Edward Kennedy (617)565 3170
Request to speak to Tom Cohan, (ext. 119)
Senator John Kerry (617) 565-8519
Request to speak to Carmen Velazquez3.
Plan to come out in a show of support for the imams on the hearing at the JFK Building on the third floor on
Tuesday 8:30 AM.

The more people that come, the stronger the message to officials that Muslims will not sit idly by and accept intimidation. More details of this will be sent soon. Please help MAS Freedom to continue to defend and empower our community. Your contributions will allow us to help the families, pay for legal fees, and increase our ability to support the community. Your tax deductible donations can be mailed to MAS Boston, 1 Broadway, Third Floor, Cambridge, MA 02142 OR given online at www.masboston. org

11/16/2006

The Imam

http://www.icne.net/

Please read this, and make duaa for him and his family. This is a test for all of us. Then ask yourself something, who do you think will be next? Are we hypocrites that we could care less and ignore situation after situation without flinching? Who do we fear more the people or Allah? Who do we trust more, society or Allah? Who do we love more our nationality or our Islamic creed? We all live on the land of Allah, but we all don't follow His Way. Wake-up your pulses, Warm up your hearts..and realize something. Realize that Allah has it all Planned out.. serenity and destruction. Which side will we be on?

Please make duaa for this Imam, his family, and leaders across the world that are even in more severe situations. This is just the icing of the cake..and yet I pray not for a domino affect of this situation.
It's not about immigration. It's about belief. Allah is watching you, and knows the inner secrets of your soul.

Oh Allah purify our intentions....and protect our Muslims brothers and sisters who suffer continuously, and forgive us for our arrogance, pride, and the meat we eat carelessly. We are of the losers if you show no Mercy upon us. So accept our plea, and our duaa that we make for our Muslim Ummah that is filled with believers who struggle. Grant them patience, steadfast, taqwa and eman..
Ameen.

11/09/2006

High-School Article

Hello to all and Asalaam Alaikum Warahmat Allah to the Ummah,

Soon after Eid, our Muslim holiday that follows the holy month of Ramadan, my husband forwarded me some questions via email that had been sent to him by a neighboring high-school student of the university he works at. She must have found his name in the university directory or something. This young lady, Nadia Jennings is a writer for her school paper called "The Villager" of Westport High School. I jumped on this, and she ended up giving me a call, and we exchanged emails so I can help explain points of Islam that she would present. I asked her for permission to put it here in hopes to spread the reality of Islam further..so this is more for you who aren't Muslim but just want the highlighted basics of what Islam is all about. Although she is totally cool with revealing her name, I am not! So wherever my real name was placed, it was modified to my nickname of "Suhaa".


ISLAM
by Nadia Jennings
11/06
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The religion of Islam is used to put together a life that reflects the guidance of God.

Suhaa, a Muslim woman, explained how her absolute devotion to God (Allah) was the most important aspect of her life. “There is one God and my day to day life revolves around getting closer to God,” she said. “The biggest thing about Islam, that a devoted Muslim holds true, is that everything is completed through worship of God.”



According to crystalinks.com/islamic.html, the Islamic belief is understood in the teachings of God (Allah) through His Last Messenger Muhammad. “The will of Allah, to which man must submit, is made known through the sacred scriptures, the Qur'an (Koran), which Allah revealed to His Messenger, Muhammad,” www.crystalinks.com/Islamic.html said. “In Islam, Muhammad is considered the last of a series of prophets (including Adam, Noah, Jesus, and others), and his message simultaneously consummates and abrogates the "revelations" attributed to earlier prophets.”



The Qur’an, according to spaceandmotion.com, is the sacred book of Islam in which Muslim’s use as a personal guide through life. “The Qur'an (Koran) is the sacred book of Islam,” spaceandmotion.com said. “Muslims believe that the Qur'an available today is the same as that revealed to Prophet Muhammad and by him to his followers, who memorized his words... Muslims assert that the main written record of revelation to mankind is the Qur'an, which they believe to be flawless, immutable and the final revelation of God…The Qur'an is regarded as an infallible guide to personal piety and community life, and completely true in its history and science.”


According to spaceandmotion.com, Muslims also follow the teachings of Prophet Muhammad. “The Qur'an is the foremost source of Islamic jurisprudence; the second is the Sunnah (the practices of the Prophet, as narrated in reports of his life). The Sunnah is not itself a text like the Qur'an, but is extracted by analysis of the Hadith (Arabic for "report") texts, which contain narrations of the Prophet's sayings, deeds, and actions of his companions he approved.”



Suhaa explained the role Islam had in her life. “I try to apply Islam throughout my life by following the teachings of the Holy Quran and the lifestyle of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him),” she said.



According to www.spaceandmotion.com, the Five Pillars of Islam are the fundamental aspects of the Islamic religion.
“These five pillars are the most important obligations of a Muslim under Sharia law, and which devout all Muslims will perform faithfully, because they are essential to pleasing Allah.”



According to www.spaceandmotion.com, they explain the Five Pillars of Islam and how it affects Muslim spiritual life. “The Five Pillars of Islam is expressed in the Quran (Koran), which is a practical doctrine that encourages Muslims to pray 5 times a day, fast during Ramadan, pilgrimage to Mecca, declare 'There is no god but God, and Muhammad is his prophet' and pay money to the poor,” spaceandmotion.com said.



According to www.icbwayland.org , there holds information on how Muslim’s live their life’s according to their Islamic belief’s.
"Islam is an Arabic word which means peace and submission,” the website said. “As a religion, Islam calls for complete acceptance of the teachings and guidance of God (Allah). A Muslim is one who freely and willingly accepts the supreme power of God and strives to organize his or her life in total accord with the teachings of God. He or she also works for building social institutions that reflect the guidance of God.”



Farah Khan, who is a Muslim, explained how the Islamic religion has affect on their daily actions. “Islam is a religion, as well as a way of life, thus Muslims practice their beliefs through the way they live their daily lives,” she said. According to Khan anyone who accepts the teachings of Islam may be accepted. “All it takes to become a Muslim is to affirm the fundamental beliefs and to declare verbally one's acceptance to God-by saying: “I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but God, and that Muhammad is the final prophet of God,”” she said. “This is all it takes to become Muslim. No witnesses are required, and there are no further complications. Once one has affirmed their beliefs and has verbally declared one's acceptance of Islam, they are Muslim.”

Khan said that both women and men share different roles in the Islamic religion, although spiritual they are equal. “Men and women are spiritually equal in Islam; superiority is only by piety,” she said. “Both men and women are expected to believe the same, and to perform the same 5 pillars (although there are some differences in some of the lesser details). Each gender has certain strengths and unique traits, and there are some differences based on this. Many of the details of the roles of men and women vary widely between different Muslim societies.”

Suhaa explained how responsibilities are broken into
segments to create a successful family. “There are certain rules for men and women in order to create a partnership,” she said. “It works in harmony with one another. Everyone is held accountable for his or her personal actions. That is what we call equality.”

Khan said that Muslims views of the afterlife surround the Day of Judgment. “Muslims believe that this world will one day come to an end, and all human beings will be brought back to life to face judgment for their lives: their choices, their beliefs, words and actions,” she said. “After judgment, there is eternal life. Heaven is a place of eternal bliss, and Hell is a place of eternal suffering.”

Suhaa explained how Islam is not just a religion but also a way of life, through the Sharia law. “We are taught specific ways on how to deal with various issues,” she said “For example when dealing with people {in agreements} there is a contract that needs to be signed. There are restrictions on alcohol and certain foods. There are certain ways that men dress and women dress. It is like a constitution, a rule to live by. They do not restrict us, but are meant to guide us. It is a social law, found in the Qur’an. It holds specific things to do on a daily basis.”










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