Monday, October 29, 2007

The re-emergence of the hangman's noose

Dear Friends, As Salaam Alaikum (Peace be upon you)

There is a re-emergence of the hangman's noose in the USA as a tool of intimidation of African-Americans. Some claim that the hangman's noose is mere prank, but to most African Americans, it evokes painful historical and real memories of mob lynchings. From 1882 to 1968, 4743 lynchings were held across the United State; the vast majority of the vitcims were black men. No one was charged or brought to juctice for any of these crimes

Since the noose hanging in the schoolyard that ignited the Jena, LA civil rights furor, there has been a re-emergence of nooses in various public place.

This shameful act of intimadation should be vigorously protested and prosecuted where possible

Iftekhar Hussain

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Understand and discourage Islamophobia in our nation

Dear Friends, As Salaam Alaikum (Peace be unto you).

Islamophobia is a growing cancer in our nation today where people target Islam and Muslims. This week is witnessing the occurrence of ‘Islamo-Fascism Week’ at some university campuses, a project sponsored by the right-winger David Horowitz. From Ann Coulter to Robert Spencer to ex-Senator Rick Santorum, purveyors of hate are promoting anti-Islamic and anti-Muslim attitudes under the guise of a war on terrorism.

CAIR-PA will hold a seminar on Islamophobia and the ill effects of this hate-mongering upon American Muslims, their families and institutions. The event will be held at the Hall of Flags, Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania. Details are provided below:

Date: November 4, 2007
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Hall of Flags, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia (map)

Please join us to understand this phenomenon and how to effectively counter this illness in our country. Encourage a colleague, friend or neighbor to attend and learn.

Thank you.

Iftekhar Hussain

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Judeo-Christo-Fascism Awareness Week Comes to American Campuses

Dear Friends, As Salaam Alaikum (Peace be upon you)

Below is a piece from my dear friend, Rabbi Arthur Waskow. It is in response to the 'Islamo-Fascism Week' being held at various university campuses across the USA.

Pleas read and pass along...

Iftekhar Hussain

Judeo-Christo-Fascism Awareness Week Comes to American Campuses!

by Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Did that title make the hair on the back of your neck bristle? Did it feel like a bigoted attack on Christianity and Judaism?

When the feature film sent out for use in this Week—which focused on the disgusting Christian-led war that killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and the disgusting Jewish-led killing of Muslim children by airplane bombng raids on Gaza -– also included interviews with a few peacenik Quakers, Methodists, and left-wing Jews, criticizing that war and those bombings, did you relax, feeling it was a balanced presentation of Judaism and Christianity?

NO??!! —Your guts, your kishkes, felt that practically all Christians and Jews were being set up as potential – indeed probable— bad guys?

Click below to read more

Monday, October 22, 2007

Asma Allah: The names of Allah by Sami Yusuf

Dear Friends, As Salaam Alaikum ( Peace be upon you)

Sami Yusuf is an incredibly gifted singer. Here is his latest song, Asma Allah, the Names of Allah

Enjoy and pass along

Iftekhar Hussain

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Reel Bad Arabs: by Jack Shaheen

Dear Friends, As Salaam Alaikum (Peace be upon you)

Jack Shaheen, author of 'Reel Bad Arabs' has made a movie depicting the Hollywood coverage of Arabs and Muslims over the years. The above is a clip of the movie

Please watch and pass along

Iftekhar Hussain

Monday, October 15, 2007

A Common Word Between Us and You

Dear Friends, As Salaam Alaikum (Peace be upon you)

On October 12 2007, leading Muslim scholars and intellectuals signed and released a document titiled 'A Common Word Between Us and You'

138 Muslim scholars, clerics and intellectuals have unanimously come together for the first time since the days of the Prophet Muhammad to declare the common ground between Christianity and Islam.

26 leading Christian clergy and scholars are addressed in this letter from the Muslims.

The letter was presented at a conference in September 2007 organized by the Royal Academy of The Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Jordan, under the Patronage of H.M. King Abdullah II.

"Muslims and Christians together make up well over half of the world’s population. Without peace and justice between these two religious communities, there can be no meaningful peace in the world. The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians.

The basis for this peace and understanding already exists. It is part of the very foundational principles of both faiths: love of the One God, and love of the neighbour. These principles are found over and over again in the sacred texts of Islam and Christianity. The Unity of God, the necessity of love for Him, and the necessity of love of the neighbour is thus the common ground between Islam and Christianity."

The link below provides the contents of this important letter:

Click here to read the rest of the letter

Please read and share.

Iftekhar Hussain

Saturday, October 6, 2007

A reminder from a dear friend of mine

As we seek Laylatul-Qadr, the night of Power, in the last days of Ramadan, let us also remember to reflect on the conditions of the powerless on this earth; there are hundreds of millions of them, and the majority of them are Muslim.

How can that be, when Islam categorically rejects both oppression and neglect of any Muslim, and indeed of any human being?

Let us think of the poor, the refugees, the homeless, the occupied, the besieged, the hungry, the oppressed, the downtrodden, the abused, the unjustly jailed, the tortured…

Let us think of the suffering children, the orphaned one, the scared ones, the malnourished ones…

Let us think of the anguished parents, unable to provide for their children’s basic needs…

Let us think of those suffering all over this earth…

Let us also, in particular, think of the Iraqis and the Palestinians and their terrible plight…

Let us think of ways of offering help, regardless how small that may be…

Let us learn to be ashamed to be wasteful, when there are so many in need…

Let us learn to be ashamed to be exuberant and boastful, when so many are silently weeping in despair…

Our suffering brothers and sisters will also be commemorating the Night of Power and Peace, except that they have very little power, and very little peace…

With all our collective resources as an Ummah, and they are vast, we are, nonetheless, disunited, humiliated and subjugated. ..

During the Night of Power, let us lament the ugliness of the absence of power, and I do not mean the power to conquer, but merely the power to protect the innocent and the weak...

Ahmad Jarrah