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Two Reasons for the Basmala

There are 2 main reasons why we can choose to start something in the Name of God, the Benificent, the Mericful.

Because Allah started the Quran with the basmala Every important matter that does not begin with the basmala will fall short of blessing; it will be naqis (deficient)

In the name of Allah, either we seek the blessing or we start with the name of the Allah for assistance; seeking his Help

The “ba” ( ب) in (باسم) is seeking the blessing or assistance of God.

So we should start with the basmala to seek blessing and assistance

In Ibn kathir’s tafsir (interpretation of the Quran) it is mentioned that the basmala has 19 letters.

Ibn Kathir said the hellfire has 19 angels called zabaniya.

Each one of those letters is a protection from each of them to protect us from the hellfire


Utter bismillah with your tongue when you start something to make your deeds complete inshaAllah!


Fasting in Shawwal

Imam Zaid Shakir!

Check it out!

Shawwal is not over! Get some fasting in!

Black Men Against Exploitation of Black Women in light of R. Kelly verdict

Don’t even get me started on the fact that R. Kelly was acquitted.

But I think this is an important petition to sign.

Black Men Against the Exploitation of Black Women

Here’s an excerpt of the petition:
“Six years have gone by since we first heard the allegations that R. Kelly had filmed himself having sex with an underage girl. During that time we have seen the videotape being hawked on street corners in Black communities, as if the dehumanization of one of our own was not at stake. We have seen entertainers rally around him and watched his career reach new heights despite the grave possibility that he had molested and urinated on a 13-year old girl. We saw African Americans purchase millions of his records despite the long history of such charges swirling around the singer. Worst of all, we have witnessed the sad vision of Black people cheering his acquittal with a fervor usually reserved for community heroes and shaken our heads at the stunning lack of outrage over the verdict in the broader Black community.”

It’s About Time- In Turkey, a Step to Allow Head Scarves

In Turkey, a Step to Allow Head Scarves

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s governing political party — a class of young, observant Muslim politicians — reached an agreement late Monday to lift a ban on the wearing of head scarves by women attending universities, a move likely to enrage the country’s staunchly secular old guard and clear the way for a more openly religious society.

The party, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed with a smaller nationalist party to amend several articles in the Constitution that they say will provide a guarantee to covered women, who have been barred from higher education since the late 1990s by a court ruling. Some get around the ban by wearing hats and wigs. Mr. Erdogan, whose party, Justice and Development, was re-elected in a landslide vote in July, has made lifting the ban a priority, because a large part of his constituency is observant Muslims, who feel that the state has discriminated against them for too long.

But the agreement, announced in a brief statement shortly before midnight on Monday, sets the stage for a broader fight between Mr. Erdogan, who favors a more religiously observant Turkey, and the entrenched secular old guard — the military and the judiciary, which has steered the state from behind the scenes since it was created in 1923.

The changes will be submitted to Parliament on Tuesday, and though the measure has enough votes to pass, the political party closest to the military, the Republican People’s Party, is likely to challenge it in the courts, which tend to rule in favor of the military.

The military, which has deposed four elected governments since 1960, delivered a sharp rebuke to Mr. Erdogan last spring when he was pressing for the selection of a close ally, an observant Muslim, as president. The military despises Mr. Erdogan because the democratic changes he is making in Turkey are slowly taking away its power.

The head scarf is a deeply emotional issue here, with its ban representing the feeling for religious Turks of being second-class citizens in their own country, and its growing public presence representing a changing society that secular Turks feel is no longer their own.

In a passionate speech to an auditorium full of covered female party members in Istanbul on Sunday, Mr. Erdogan emphasized that being religious did not preclude respecting the secular contours of Turkey’s state, a central charge of the old-guard elite.

“What do they say — only citizens without head scarves can be secular?” he said to the women, in remarks broadcast on Turkish television. “They are making a mistake falling into such segregation. This is a society of those, with and without head scarves, who support a democratic, secular social law state.”

Millions of rural, observant Turks migrated to cities in the 1980s, became middle class in an economic boom, and began to mix with their secular, urban counterparts in malls, parks and, by the late 1990s, universities.

Their continued religiosity contradicts the theory that Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Turkey’s founder, applied in the 1920s that belief would die away with increased wealth and education.

“I am the walking proof of the failure of their theory,” said Hilal Kaplan, a graduate student in sociology. “I’m an enlightened woman, and I wear the head scarf. It just doesn’t make sense to them.”

The proposal left open the question of whether covered women, who are also barred from working as public servants, would be allowed in other public spheres as well.

An overwhelming majority of Turks support lifting the ban in universities, but support becomes shakier for extending those freedoms to primary schools and high schools.

Ayse Gul Altinay, a professor at Sabanci University who has deliberately included the writings of covered women in her courses so that their voices are heard, says the ban against covered women in universities is “indefensible,” but argues that lifting it for younger students was more problematic.

“It’s different for a child,” she said. In very conservative towns “there’s a very real danger of social pressure.”

But years of blocking what many see as a basic demand has built up frustration. “It had been so inflexible for so long,” Ms. Altinay said. “Unfortunately, we’ve asked for it.”

Mr. Erdogan seemed to indicate as much in his speech to the women of his party.

“This issue has been debated for 40 years and been a struggle for 18 years,” he said. “This issue should be off the agenda.”

Also on Monday, a Turkish court convicted Atilla Yayla, a college professor who is now teaching in England, and sentenced him to 15 months in prison for insulting the memory of Turkey’s founder. The judge suspended the sentence, however, saying it would be applied only if he committed another offense. One of Mr. Yayla’s lawyers said the ruling would be appealed.

Sebnem Arsu contributed reporting.


It’s about time. Ya era hora.

Here’s the link to the NYT article.  turkey headscarf

Eid Sa3ed! Eid Mubarak!

Cute Ramadan Burger King Picture :)

ramadan BK

Ramadan Kareem!

ramadan poster

A Glimpse at Early Women Islamic Scholars by Imam Zaid

This is a great post by Imam Zaid Shakir (may Allah Preserve him) about early female Islamic scholars.

 Check it out.

Umm flan Abu flan, Bint flan, Ibn flan- the Arab Kunya

I was talking to friends awhile ago that object to the Arab/Muslim title. Such as Umm fulan, or Bint fulan. They were saying they didn’t like that because it took their individuality away. I was trying not to feel slighted as I was the only one with any Arab blood in the room(I am half).

But I tried to put forward the idea that it is an honor to be addresses by your kids and it is also an honor for your kids to be your kids. Like Shaykh Hamza Yusuf said, Maryam’s honor was not only being Umm Isa. Isa was honored by always being called Ibn Maryam. Isa ibn Maryam, Isa, the son of Mary, that is how he is addressed in the Qur’an.

In my family, we don’t use titles as much as people do from other Arab countries, but we still use it as last names and such. It also comes in handy when there are 2 people with the same names in the same room! You call them by who their parents are!

I know I’m biased but I like always relating the kids to the parents. Even though I am yet to have kids. I think we Americans take individuality to an extreme level.

Short Nice Burda Clip

This is “a slideshow featuring photos taken from a course taught by Imam Ali Laraki last year in Leicester. Audio taken from a gathering of Fuqara in Granada, Spain 2005.”

In Morocco, a pretty rendition of the burda.

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