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”Buzz off nigga, go back to Africa!!!”

“Don’t be so jealous and get some tan, you white-looser!”

You’re probably grinning or rolling your eyes now, we’ve all heard something similar before. I’m not too good with the things people comment about each other’s colour, the exact phrases they use or whatever. I don’t even wanna know. I’ve seen and heard enough in my lifetime.

Maybe you’re thinking this is something many non-Muslims like to do, hate us all because of our colour, race or because they think Muslims are all “terrorist Arabs” from the far away East. Aladdins and Jasmines, some monkey Abus too. But they got to admit; we’d all need a Genie in the bottle, right?

Well, back to my actual topic…Firstly, I wouldn’t like to break your fantasy thinking brother/sister, but I’m not known to keep quite about reality. There is a lot of racism going on between Muslims. It sounds almost ridiculous, even in my ears, because I’m positive most of you have heard this:

“And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens
And the earth, and the variations in your languages
And your colours; verily in that are Signs
For those who know.” Holy Qu’ran 30:22

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So you’re sitting down with your friends and you’re having a good time. All of a sudden, one of your friends, let’s call her X, starts talking about hijaab. Uh oh. Whoopsy daisy. You don’t like how this conversation is going….you can already feel that you aren’t going to agree with what your friend says. Sure enough, X says something along the lines of “Hijab is only about being modest. I mean, the Qur’an doesn’t even say the word hair”…All of your other friends are nodding and looking at that other friend, X, like she’s some sort of Saint or something.

What to do? Speak up? Tell them that the Qura’n does say to obey the Prophet (Sallah Allahoo alyhee wa salam) and that is where the exact ruling comes from? Have them think of you as some preacher, or worse, an extremist…Or you can be quiet and not say anything….

mumble You decide to mumble something about “being pretty sure that wasn’t right.

Course you say it just loud enough, I mean low enough, that they can’t hear you. But hey, at least you said, it right? Better than the last time where you didn’t say anything at all—having done your duty, you relax and join in the “Fun”.

What you don’ t know is that your other friend just went through the same inner struggle you went through and so did the other one too. Nobody spoke up because they were too scared too; everybody assumed that the entire group was unanimous in the decision that hijaab is “just modesty” …and because everybody thought everybody else agreed with it, nobody wanted to oppose the entire group, so everybody was quiet about it. This is actually defined by sociologists as groupthink- and it occurs in all places and all times.

BUT! This is not Islamic thinking. In Islam, we are told to “Speak up when something is wrong!” Just listen to the Prophet (Sallah Allahoo alyhee wa salam’s) hadith:

“Whosoever of you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart; and that is the weakest of faith.”

Now some of you might be thinking- well yeah, we’re thinking in our hearts that is wrong, isn’t that okay? But pay attention to the hadith: it says: “If he is not able to do so”— meaning you better have no way of speaking up. You see, it is not enough for you to be good and to leave others. Not enough at all:

It was reported that Allah ordered Jibreel to destroy a village that had become extremely corrupted, but Jibreel asked Allah, “O Allah, in this village is your servant that constantly prays to You”, Allah replied, “Start with him! For his face never changed with disapproval to what had been going on.” Because he didn’t speak up, because he thought it was enough for him to be good, he too was punished with the sinners.

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“God has no mercy on one who has no mercy for others.”

So you walk onto the bus, I mean its bad enough it stinks of BO and cheesy feet, on top of that you have the sun melting the cheap glass windows and so a wave of burning plastic is given off, lovely! The atmosphere is….how can I put it without sounding very rude? It stinks really badly; I’ll just say that but know ‘stink’ in this context is an understatement.

Now if you find a seat on the bus in the summer then count yourself as being extremely fortunate. Everyone races each other to find a seat near a window, to get some whiff of fresh air. In addition to the bad atmosphere the road is bumpy because some authoritative half-a-brain decided to make road humps like every 5 steps and the new bus driver decides he enjoys driving at 0.5 MPH. Right about now is when the anger management is required but most of the time I can battle out my impatience thankfully so I just day dream. (more…)

AHHHHHHH!

Once upon a time, there was a boy who would get angry frequently. He would get angry over anything and everything. His father came up with an outlet for his anger.

 “Come here my son” he called for him. When the boy came, he was handed a bunch of nails and a hammer by his father.

“Whenever you’re angry, I want you to go out and hammer these nails in until you find yourself not angry anymore.”

Hmm…that sounded like a good way to let off some steam. So every single day you would find that boy outside hammering in nails into the fence.

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Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatallahi Wa Barakatu

Personal Bubble

Ever sat in a restaurant or some public place where all of a sudden you just “feel” someone is disturbing your personal bubble. Yes, even though you are in a public place, we all have our bubble—that internal privacy. This bubble is more defined as the boundary that limits the interaction between the public and yourself. Now after having this “feeling”, you try to affirm it by turning around, only to find a low-eyed loser staring right back at you. Then that spine-chilling wink comes. You quickly turn back around, but it’s too late. You already threw up a bit in your mouth. So long for keeping your lunch down. Now the only thing that’s going through your mind is that you wish you hadn’t turned around in the first place, and by doing so, you’ve now granted yourself a new ‘friend’, a possible stalker if you may. (more…)

Bismillahi Ar Rahman Ar raheem

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatallah Wa Barakatu

News of the Virginia Technical College shootings reached people from all over the world. A man by the name of Seung Cho took the lives of 31 innocent people before finally shooting himself. Others were left critically injured, and most if not all, have been left scarred with a dark memory of April 16th.

Amongst those 31 innocent lives is a brother by the name of Waleed Shaalan who left behind a wife and a year old son.

NY Times reports:

He was gunned down on Monday while he was studying in Norris Hall, but witnesses say he died a hero.

According to Randy Dymond, a civil engineering professor at Virginia Tech, Mr. Shaalan was in a classroom with another student when the gunman entered and opened fire.

Mr. Shaalan was badly wounded and lay beside the other student, who was not shot but played dead, as the gunman returned two times searching for signs of life. Just as the gunman noticed the student, Mr. Shaalan made a move to distract him, at which point he was shot a second time and died. The student believed that Mr. Shaalan purposefully distracted the shooter to save him, Mr. Dymond said.

You can read more updates on him and his past life here. May Allah reward the writers of that blog for informing us of this tragedy.

Inshallah ta’ala we ask that any brothers or sisters who are able to donate to the MSA National Program to do so to help his family. This brother died saving someone else, may Allah accept him as a martyr ameen. Donate just a little bit, even if it’s a few dollars. Anything will help immensely and you will greatly be rewarded for it bi’idnillahi wa ta’ala.

Allah subhana wa ta’ala says:

Who is he that will lend to Allâh a goodly loan so that He may multiply it to him many times? And it is Allâh that decreases or increases (your provisions), and unto Him you shall return. The Noble Qur’an Al-Baqarah 2:245

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

A man giving a dirham as sadaqah (charity) during his life is better than giving one hundred dirhams as sadaqah (charity) at the moment of his death. Hadith – Abu Dawood, Narrated Abu Sa’id al-Khudri

The Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, said:

“Every Muslim has to give sadaqah.” The people asked: “O Prophet of Allah, what about the one who has nothing?” He said: “He should work with his hands to give sadaqah.” They asked: “If he cannot find [work]?” He replied: “He should help the needy who asks for help.” They asked: “If he cannot do that?” He replied: “He should then do good deeds and shun evil, for this will be taken as sadaqah.” This is related by al-Bukhari

If you yourself cannot donate, then please, for the sake of Allah, link someone else who you know would be able to do so and instead pray for this brother and his family and make du’a for all those who have lost loved one in this tragedy. May Allah guide us all on the straight path and protect our Ummah from harm Ameen raabil ‘alameen.

To donate, visit this link here May Allah reward you immensely for your donations. Like I said before, anything would make a HUGE difference. Think if it were your family (Allah forbid). He is our brother in Islam, not by blood, but through Allah subhana wa ta’ala, and that should be more than enough to drive us to donate.

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From Muslim Matters:

Waleed Shaalan’s Tribute on MM to be Delivered to Family
Inshallah, we plan to print out all the tributes/comments posted for Br. Waleed and package them nicely to send to his family, as a small memorial.

Please continue post your comments/duas/thoughts on the tribute entry: Linked here or see below. The cut-off date will be April 30 (Monday) by 5PM, at which point we will print all comments out that have been posted (you can continue to comment past that, but it may not go into the print-out what is to be delivered to the family).

Inna lillahi wa inna illahi raji’un, To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return.

Barak Allahu feekum wa Jazakum Allahu Khair

Fi aman Allah
Walaikum asalaam wa Rahmatallahi wa barakatu.