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Be My Bro: July 2008

Islam subway ads cause stir in New York

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Ads promoting Islam are to be placed on New York subway cars in September, but a U.S. congressman finds people sponsoring the messages unacceptable.

"I have no problem with the ad itself, but I have a very, very real problem with those behind it," Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican, said Tuesday. He is urging the Metropolitan Transit Authority to reject the ads.

The campaign is to feature ads on 1,000 of the subway system's roughly 6,200 cars. The main sponsor is a grass-roots organization, Islamic Circle of North America.

The ads, simple black-and-white panels, will feature key words or phrases about Islam on one side of the panel such as "Head Scarf?" or "Prophet Muhammad?" and the words "You deserve to know" along with the Web site address WhyIslam.org on the other side.

"The idea is to evoke certain thoughts in the mindset of the person who is looking at the ads and get them to a point where they can reflect upon certain words that one could define as hot words or keywords that get thrown around a lot but are not necessarily defined in the most proper context," said New York University's Imam Khalid Latif, a cleric who is promoting the project in a YouTube video created by the Islamic Circle.

Watch the controversy surrounding the subway ads »

Another of the backers of the advertising campaign -- which will launch in September to coincide with the monthlong Islamic holiday of Ramadan -- is Siraj Wahhaj, imam of a Brooklyn mosque.

Wahhaj was the first Muslim to lead a prayer before the House of Representatives, but King objects to him because he was a character witness for convicted 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman.

"He is a known Islamic extremist, and you would be giving him credibility and stature through a known government facility," said King, ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee.


Wahhaj also appeared on a list of 170 potential unindicted co-conspirators in the 1993 bombing case. A prosecutor said that not everyone on the list was considered a co-conspirator.

On Monday, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg did not join in King's outrage about the ads.

"If you were to advocate becoming a Muslim, I assume the First Amendment would protect you," he said.

But King, noting that the ads would be up during the seventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks, said, "I'm calling on the MTA not to have these ads, not to go forward with them, and I don't see this as a free speech issue at all."

King said he sent a letter to the MTA on Monday night demanding that it reject the ads.

The New York Post has reacted strongly to the ads, running a cover photograph of Wahhaj on Monday with the headline "Jihad Train" and posting an article on its Web site with the headline "Train-ing day for jihadists" and the first paragraph saying, "Allah aboard!"

Abdel-Rahman and nine others were convicted in 1995 of seditious conspiracy for their role in a plot to bomb the United Nations, FBI headquarters in Manhattan, two tunnels in New York and a bridge connecting New Jersey with Manhattan, all in one day.

The government said the group also was responsible for the February 26, 1993, World Trade Center bombing that killed six people and injured more than 1,000.

Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor in that case, said Wahhaj's name was included in a filing that prosecutors were required to provide to defense attorneys in the case, a list of all the names of people who could possibly be foreseen to come up in the evidence. The filing, McCarthy said, has been called a "co-conspirator list." But Wahhaj was never named by the prosecution.

"The only time he came up in a meaningful way before the jury is when the defense called him as a witness," McCarthy recalled.

McCarthy said that although the list named anyone the government might allege during the trial was a co-conspirator, not everyone on the list was so labeled.

Wahhaj said Monday that he was a character witness for Abdel-Rahman in the context of "what we knew about him before the incident," citing him as a "scholar in Islam" and "a great reciter of the Quran."

"People try to make the connection as if I'm endorsing some bad deeds that [were] done by Sheik Abdel-Rahman," he said. "That had nothing to do with it."

He added, "not only have I never been charged with anything, not one FBI agent has ever asked me one question in relationship to that bombing."

Wahhaj also said that he regrets some of his more controversial statements, such as calling the FBI and the CIA "terrorists."

"What I was saying is that not all the FBI or CIA are terrorists, but there are some elements in there," he said. "So if you want to accuse some Muslims [of being terrorists], OK. These Muslims did that, but don't undermine the entire faith. That's what the message is."

Wahhaj said the New York Post's "cheesy" and "anti-Islam" reaction to his participation in the Subway Project is "the very reason the young Muslims want to put out this ad campaign."

Islamic Circle spokesman Azeem Khan called the situation a "perfect microcosm" of what the ads seek to address: that Wahhaj's portrayal in media reports is similar to how Islam is often depicted.

"I think that even more so reinforces the idea as to why a project like this is necessary, where Muslims have to be more pro-active in terms of educating people about their religion, by no means proselytizing the faith in any capacity, but really setting a standard and defining what mainstream Islam stands for," Latif said.

The project is the Islamic Circle's first such advertising campaign. The group has run ads before but not on New York's subways.

The transit authority said the cost of the monthlong campaign is about $48,000.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/07/22/islam.ads/index.html

Coca Cola Muslim?

Great video by brother NyuAkatsuki

All hail!! Republic of Lakota!

Seems like the states is getting some of its own medicine.

Riz Khan - israel's Separation Wall - 10 July 08 - Part 2

Watch Professor Norman Finkelstein go against with this formar advisor of arial sharon.

Put in mind that the guy from tel aviv is speaking for the israelies so if he is such a bigot what about the rest!

dont forget to watch part-1

What are you supporting?



Please take the time to listen to Nate (AKA n8glenn ) for maybe you would understand how simple the situation in the middle east is and what its all about.


Refugees

“The UN General Assembly reaffirms the right of all persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities to return to their homes or former places of residence in the territories occupied by Israel since 1967”

United Nations Resolution 61/113 (Dec. 14th, 2006)



Palestinian Refugees: The Facts

- On 29 November 1947, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly passed Resolution 181, endorsing a partition plan to divide the land of historic Palestine between the Jews and Arabs. War ensued and resulted in the state of Israel being created on 77% of the total area of historic Palestine.

- Over 750,000 Palestinians were displaced and dispossessed of their homes and land, creating what has become the largest refugee population in the world.

- One-third fled to the West Bank, one-third fled to the Gaza Strip. The remaining population became scattered throughout Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon and in other countries throughout the world.

- 40,000 Palestinians were internally displaced within the new Israeli state. Many lost their homes and land and few were allowed to return despite the fact that they later became Israeli citizens.

- During the 1967 “Six-Day War”, Israel forcefully annexed the West Bank and Gaza Strip; 240,000 Palestinians were uprooted. In addition, approximately 180,000 refugees from 1948 who had been living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip were forced to leave for the second time.

- Today there are approximately 5.5 million Palestinian refugees throughout the world. 33% live in 59 refugee camps run by the United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestinian refugees, and 67% are scattered throughout various countries. There are approximately 1.5 million non-registered refugees scattered throughout the Arab world.

- The right of return for Palestinian refugees has been continually upheld by a number of UN resolutions and international law:

- UN General Assembly Resolution 3236 (1974), subsection 2, upholds the rights of the Palestinians to return to their homes and property.

- UN General Assembly Resolution 194 (1) states that refugees and their descendants have a right to compensation and repatriation to their original homes and land due to “loss of or damage to property, which, under principles of international law or in equity should be made good by the government or authorities responsible”.

- The Fourth Geneva Convention (Article 49) prohibits “individual or mass forcible transfers…regardless of their motives” and calls for evacuated persons to be “transferred back to their homes as soon as hostilities in the area of question have ceased.

- Article 13 (2) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reaffirms the right of every individual to leave and return to his own country.

- The Principle of Self Determination, adopted by the UN in 1947, guarantees the right to ownership and domicile in one’s own country. This principle was explicitly applied in 1969 and thereafter to the Palestinian people, including “the legality of the People’s struggle for self- determination and liberation.”

- UN General Assembly Resolution 52/62 (1997) reaffirms that Palestinians refugees are entitled to their property and the income derived from it.


Refugees and Negotiations

- The refugee issue remains one of the most important outstanding issues for a “final status” agreement between the Palestine Liberation Organisation/Palestinian Authority and Israel. So far, no progress has been made due to Israel’s denial of its responsibility for the refugee situation.

- The Oslo process distinguishes itself as of the only major peace accord in the world that does not include any provisions for the return of refugees. Israel opposes basing any negotiations on the principles of Resolution 194 and has said “No” to the right of return” since 1948.


Information taken from palestinemonitor.org


Noam Chomsky - Inside USA

Noam Chomsky, the renowned US academic, author and political activist, speaks to Avi Lewis on Al Jazeera's Inside USA.

They discuss whether the US election this year will bring real change, the ongoing conflict in Iraq and why Americans should look to their Southern American counterparts for political inspiration.




The Democrats in this election campaign have been talking a lot, maybe less so more recently, about withdrawing from Iraq.

What are the chances that a new president will significantly change course on the occupation and might there be any change for the people of Iraq as a result of the electoral moment in the US?


Well, one of the few journalists who really covers Iraq intimately from inside is Nir Rosen, who speaks Arabic and passes for Arab, gets through society, has been there for five or six years and has done wonderful reporting. His conclusion, recently published, as he puts it, is there are no solutions.

This has been worse than the Mongol invasions of the 13th century - you can only look for the least bad solution but the country is destroyed.

And it has in fact been catastrophic. The Democrats are now silenced because of the supposed success of the surge which itself is interesting, it reflects the fact that there's no principled criticism of the war – so if it turns out that your gaining your goals, well, then it was OK.

We didn't act that way when the Russians invaded Chechnya and, as it happens, they're doing much better than the US in Iraq.

In fact what's actually happening in Iraq is kind of ironic. The Iraqi government, the al-Maliki government, is the sector of Iraqi society most supported by Iran, the so-called army - just another militia - is largely based on the Badr brigade which is trained in Iran, fought on the Iranian side during the Iran-Iraq war, was part of the hated Revolutionary Guard, it didn't intervene when Saddam was massacring Shiites with US approval after the first Gulf war, that's the core of the army.

The figure who is most disliked by the Iranians is of course Muqtada al-Sadr, for the same reason he's disliked by the Americans – he's independent.

If you read the American press, you'd think his first name was renegade or something, it's always the "renegade cleric" or the "radical cleric" or something - that's the phrase that means he's independent, he has popular support and he doesn't favour occupation.

Well, the Iranian government doesn't like him for the same reason. So, they [Iran] are perfectly happy to see the US institute a government that's receptive to their influence and for the Iraqi people it's a disaster.

And it'll become a worse disaster once the effects of the warlordism and tribalism and sectarianism sink in more deeply.

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Read the full discussion at Al-Jazeera.

Or watch it here.


Inside USA - Noam Chomsky - 20 June 08 Part 1




Inside USA - Noam Chomsky - 20 June 08 Part 2


"Had We sent down this Quran on a mountain..."





Muslims praying behind Sheikh Muhammad Al-Luhaidan who is one of my favorite reciters of the Noble Qur'an. In this clip you can hear the weeping of the Muslims behind the Imam and see them whip their tears.

"Had We sent down this Quran on a mountain, you would certainly have seen it falling down, splitting asunder because of the fear of Allah, and We set forth these parables to men that they may reflect." 59.21

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine





Watch Nate (n8glenn) be accused of anti-antisemitism for speaking against israel. Life needs more men and women the likes of him. People who are not afraid of being socially isolated for speaking the truth.

VIACOM brings dictatorship to America




Well as you might already know, VIACOM (a big American media giant) now has all the right to tell others what you have been up to on youtube. Yup it knows all the videos that you have clicked on and it can trace them back to you. So if ever clicked on a drag queen video by mistake and decided to run for some influential position or speak out against something VIACOM and its shareholders support, then you better come out of the closet beforehand because you're going to be next to Brittney Spears in the tabloids and indeed we know who runs the media don't we.

To me, a middle eastern person it wont make a difference. I am already monitored and filtered and suffering what you soon shall suffer as well. Guess what, I don't even blame our middle eastern countries because honestly its not in their hands. They are just doing what they have to do and that is what America tells them to. Yes I'm blaming America for taking away my rights in my country and not my country. Why are you surprised? its happening to you. "Death to Amreekaaa..LALALALA".

Let me just give you a glimpse of what its like. Firstly, I cant say what I want. I can only hint but even that is dangerous. We cant speak about controversial issues or defend certain points of view. This of course has a catastrophic impact on justice and fairness. Now for Americans it might not be as extreme as not seeing the sun again or having your basic rights stripped off. Not yet at least! No it will take another tone. For example Americans already cant speak out about certain issues like the troops in Iraq without being deemed unpatriotic or speak against the Zionist atrocities and ethnic cleansing against the Palestinian people without being deemed anti semites by the media. Just like what happened to president Jimmy Carter. Just Imagen what will happen after this VIACOM thing.

Well, it cant be a democracy if you're afraid of what to say or what to choose. There is still hope though. People aware of the situation are spreading the word and boycotting VIACOM to pressure it away from their privacy rights but will Americans follow or will they still eat their daily grass and drink their daily water and not bother as long as they get their daily supply of grass and water (A hint to materialistic people). Well if they choose to keep bleating they should understand that sheep live their life until they enter the slaughter house so good luck sheeples.



Stinky Fingers



Other than being addicted to smoking, Why do you smoke?
"feels good" and "relaxes me" doesn't count because its part of the addiction.

If you’re a Muslim you have tons of reasons not to smoke, mainly the issue of it being haram. So ok there are many fatwas out there and you chose to go with those few fatwas that say its makrooh but I doubt that you chose it because it made sense to you.

Now aside of the fact that your harming yourself and the fact that your harming others and the fact that your burning your money (which is better off spent on charity) and the fact that you are enslaved by a piece of paper and the fact that your polluting the environment. Aside of all that, YOU STINK!

Bro, you're disgusting. If you didn't know that before then I'm telling you right now, you repulse me and others. I have no desire to shake hands with you in fear of getting that stench attached to me. I do not want to give you a ride because I just washed my car and it smells good and I do not want you touching my stuff, specially my mobile. No one tells you this because they are polite and do not want to hurt your feelings but be sure that thats what they are thinking.

Can you pray Jama'a in the Masjid after smoking? I don't know, but consider that the messenger of Allah (sala Allahu alihe wa salam) taught us to not pray with the Jama'a if we ate garlic, onions or drank alcohol. Do you really want to be an unwanted cell in society? Does it not bother you that others find you repulsive? That alone is a good reason to quit smoking. I find it quite ironic that many guys boast about Jihad and striving in the cause of Allah if given the chance yet they cant strive to quit smoking.

I know its hard, I've been there. I used to smoke sheesha (arjila, hubbly bubbly, hooka) daily for three years but al hamdu lillah I'm now off it sense three years. I tried to quit three times as well (I guess three is my smoking number). The main problem I faced which always have been a temptation and the reason for me to return to smoking was friends. My friends smoke and they made me smoke. When ever we meet we smoke and when I tried to quit I still hanged out with them. So eventually I would order one last smoke for good times, again.

We don't hang out anymore because I refuse to go to smoking cafe's and there isn't really anywhere else of interest. We are still friends though, Kinda. I met new friends but again stopped hanging out with them for the very same reason. Al hamdu lillah life goes around and changes. I have new friend which do not smoke. Subhan Allah they are my best friends. One of them even became my brother in law. Staying away from the temptation and putting barriers between you is very important. You will be influenced to a degree whether you like it or not.


Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

“The example of a good companion and a bad one is the bearer of musk and the worker on the bellows. A bearer of musk would give you some, you might buy some from him, or you might enjoy the fragrance of his musk. The worker on the bellows, on the other hand, might spoil your clothes with sparks from his bellows, or you get a bad smell from him.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim, this version being Muslim’s)

Starting or quitting smoking is a big decision. Starting it is very easy though and quitting isn't as easy. Big decisions might need big sacrifices. Its your life your body and your money and you definitely will be asked about them all. Do not be a stinker.

Abdullah Al-Nefisi



Professor of political science and modern Thinker Abdullah Al-Nefisi is one of my favorite figures that I always like to listen to. Its a shame that none Arabic speaking people wont be able to hear what he has to say in this video but then again its directed to the Khaliji people which he explains to them the dangers of the current economical policies of the Arabian gulf countries. This lecture titles "The state of the Ummah" took place in Doha Qatar.

Visit his website:
www.alnefisi.com

Knowledge Bravery and Wealth


It has been narrated on the authority of Sulaiman b. Yasar who said: People dispersed from around Abu huraira, and Natil, who was from the Syrians. said to him: O Shaikh, relate (to us) a tradition you have heard from the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him). He said: Yes. I heard the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) say:

"The first of men (whose case) will be decided on the Day of Judgment will be a man who died as a martyr. He shall be brought (before the Judgment Seat). Allah will make him recount His blessings (i. e. the blessings which He had bestowed upon him) and he will recount them (and admit having enjoyed them in his life). (Then) will Allah say: What did you do (to requite these blessings)? He will say: I fought for Thee until I died as a martyr. Allah will say: You have told a lie. You fought that you might be called a" brave warrior". And you were called so. (Then) orders will be passed against him and he will be dragged with his face downward and cast into Hell.

Then will be brought forward a man who acquired knowledge and imparted it (to others) and recited the Qur'an. He will be brought And Allah will make him recount His blessings and he will recount them (and admit having enjoyed them in his lifetime). Then will Allah ask: What did you do (to requite these blessings)? He will say: I acquired knowledge and disseminated it and recited the Qur'an seeking Thy pleasure. Allah will say: You have told a lie. You acquired knowledge so that you might be called" a scholar," and you recited the Qur'an so that it might be said:" He is a Qari" and such has been said. Then orders will be passed against him and he shall be dragged with his face downward and cast into the Fire.

Then will be brought a man whom Allah had made abundantly rich and had granted every kind of wealth. He will be brought and Allah will make him recount His blessings and he will recount them and (admit having enjoyed them in his lifetime). Allah will (then) ask: What have you done (to requite these blessings)? He will say: I spent money in every cause in which Thou wished that it should be spent. Allah will say: You are lying. You did (so) that it might be said about (You):" He is a generous fellow" and so it was said. Then will Allah pass orders and he will be dragged with his face downward and thrown into Hell."

Sahih Muslim(Book #020, Hadith #4688)


Imagen if its judgment day you are one of "The first of men (whose case) will be decided on the Day of Judgment".

Here we go


Al Salam alykom wa Rahmat Allah wa barakatuh

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