Monday, July 30, 2007


"To those who say the term 'hijab' is not explicitly mentioned in the Qur'an and thus it cannot be fard, ask them: what then about the fact that the words 'Asr,' 'Maghrib' and 'Ishaa' are not explicitly mentioned in the Qur'an?"

Paraphrasing from Ustadh Suhaib Webb's lecture at MCA (07/30/2007)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Highest Ranking Pro-[Apartheid] Israel PAC Fund Recipients

(Hat tip to CAIR: I love their daily news briefs compilation!)

US House of Representatives: 2006 Cycle

  1. Kirk, Mark (R-IL) : $76, 564
  2. Ellsworth, Brad (D-IN) : $48, 750
  3. Hoyer, Steny (D-MD) : $44,500

US House of Represenatives: Career

  1. Berkley, Shelly (D-NV) : $246, 205
  2. Frost, Martin (D-TX) : $190, 014
  3. Engel, Eliot (D-NY) : $179,918

US Senate: 2006 Cycle

  1. Lieberman, Joseph (D-CT) : $127,093
  2. Nelson, Bill (R-FL) : $89,861
  3. Kyl, Jon (R-AZ) : $87,000

US Senate: Career

  1. Levin, Carl (D-MI) : $658,887
  2. Harkin, Tom (D-IA) : $520,950
  3. Specter, Arlen (R-PA) : $489,973

Source: Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

We wonder why the US is unable to faciliate peace in the Middle East - I think it might have something to do wtih the fact that American politicians are selling their souls to Apartheid advocates.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Thank you Cindy Sheehan. Thank you for reminding me why I've always hesitated when it came to voting Democrat.

I was frightened out of ever voting for a third party, or an independent candidate, but voting out of fear is one of the things that bestowed us with the Bush crime mob and may give us the Republican, if not in party affiliation, Hillary Clinton.

I was a lifelong Democrat only because the choices were limited. The Democrats are the party of slavery and were the party that started every war in the 20th century, except the other Bush debacle. The Federal Reserve, permanent federal income taxes, not one but two World Wars, Japanese concentration camps, and not one but two atom bombs dropped on the innocent citizens of Japan -- all brought to us via the Democrats.

Read on at: SF Chronicle

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

An Islamic Perspective on Women's Voices

From Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi's response to a question regarding a woman's voice, in Islam:

The promotion of such negativity against women has led many 'scholars' and 'Imams' to make the unsubstantiated ruling about female speech. They claim that women should lower their voice to whispers or even silence except when she speaks to her husband, her guardian or other females. The female act of communication has become to some a source of temptation and allurement to the male.

The Qur'an, however, specifically mentions that those seeking information from the Prophet's wives were to address them from behind a screen (Al-Ahzab 33: 53). Since questions require answers, the Mothers of the Believers offered fatwas to those who asked and narrated hadiths to whomever wished to transmit them.

Furthermore, women were accustomed to posing questions to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) while men were present. Neither were they embarrassed to have their voices heard nor did the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) prevent them from forwarding their inquires. Even in the case of `Umar when he was challenged by a woman during his khutbah (Friday sermon) on the pulpit, he did not deny her. Rather, he admitted that she was right and he was wrong and said: 'Everybody is more knowledgeable than `Umar.'

Another Qur'anic example of a woman speaking publicly is that the daughters of the Shu`ayb mentioned in the Qur'an in surat Al-Qasas, verse 23. Furthermore, the Qur'an narrates the conversation between Sulayman and the Queen of Sheba as well as between her and her subjects.

All of these examples support the fatwa that women are allowed to voice their opinion publicly, for whatever has been prescribed to those before us is prescribed to us, unless it’s unanimously rejected by Islamic law.

Read on at: Islam Online

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Purchase a "Peace Scarf" and . . .

. . .show Delia's that the Zionists aren't the only ones paying attention!

Check it out - Muslamics: "Peace Scarf"

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Hijab Drama

Muslim juror ‘listened to iPod under hijab’

The Muslim woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of concealing the device beneath her headscarf so that she could listen to music during the testimony of a man who bludgeoned his disabled wife to

Read on at Times Online

There are sooo many issues with this situation. Assuming this is an accurate report, my top two:
  1. As folks who depend on democratic tools like a jury, can we please start showing it the respect it deserves.
  2. Wow. This has the potential to make wearing hijab an obnoxious burden on female jurors!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Independence Day?

Happy 4th of July?
By Guest Blogger Yesi King

As many U.S. residents stock up on beer, barbecue and chips, and families happily sit around excited circles to anticipate the crackling and luminous fireworks that will light up the sky for the most revered of American holidays, many people across the globe suffer from U.S. policies. This day is a reminder of the ‘freedom’ we have and enjoy. However, the irony in Americans enthusiasm lies is the mentality that promotes perceptions like “don’t forget what this day is all about,” or “don't let us forget those brave men and women that fought and died so that we might have the freedom to speak up when things are not as they should be...” Such patriotism is instilled in the institutions of this country in an attempt to quiet dissent over government policies that at the same time promote quite the opposite.

Read on at: Muslamics

Put Away the Flags
By Howard Zinn

On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

Is not nationalism -- that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder -- one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred?

These ways of thinking -- cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on -- have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power.

National spirit can be benign in a country that is small and lacking both in military power and a hunger for expansion (Switzerland, Norway, Costa Rica and many more). But in a nation like ours -- huge, possessing thousands of weapons of mass destruction -- what might have been harmless pride becomes an arrogant nationalism dangerous to others and to ourselves.

Read on at: The Progressive

Monday, July 02, 2007

To Veil or Not?

A Saudi friend of mine once said that “the only thing more cliché than talking about the veil is apologizing for talking about the veil.” She’s right; the subject’s boring, long-exhausted. Yet, for Muslim women, it’s one subject that won’t go away. Here’s an insider tip for my male Muslim friends, even the so-called progressive ones who say they don’t care whether women veil or not: the difference between you and me is that you’ve never had to make this decision. And as much as we love you — plural — for claiming that you don’t care what conclusion we come to, the fact is you will never have to be in this position. And that, right there, makes your experience of Islam different from ours.

Read on at: Hijab Man