Archive for April 2011

Introduction to Islamic manners and Morales

Quran recitation

Peace Builders & Justice of Florida ( PBJFLORIDA.com )

Celebrating diversity of creation ( Interfaith dialogue )

Cair Rachidm ( Say no to Drugs )

Concept of Jinn in Islam by Islam4mankind English / Spanish

Understanding the Shariah:

Khutbah: Understanding and Defending “The Shariah” by Br. Hussam Ayloush from Islamic Institute of Orange Cty on Vimeo.

One of the more striking things about the current anti-sharia craze is how often state legislators who introduce anti-sharia bills can’t answer basic questions about Islamic law or why they see it as a threat.

In Alabama, for example, when the state senator who sponsored an anti-sharia bill was asked by a reporter to simply define sharia, he responded: “I don’t have my file in front of me.” In Florida, anti-sharia bill sponsors couldn’t name a single case where Islamic or international law had been used in a troubling way in U.S. courts. When, on Wednesday, I interviewed a Nebraska state senator behind a similar bill, I asked him about what cases were causes of concern to him. He responded: “I’m not in my office to look them up.”

How could all these legislators be so uninformed about their own bills? A big part of the reason is that most of them did not actually write the legislation in question. Rather, many of the anti-sharia bills being considered around the country are either based on or directly copied from model legislation created by an obscure far-right Arizona attorney and activist named David Yerushalmi. …

The Nebraska case is instructive. State Sen. Mark Christensen introduced a bill (.pdf) in January to bar the use of any foreign law in Nebraska courts. When I spoke to Christensen on Wednesday, he acknowledged he did not have a deep understanding of the issue, referring me back to his office when I asked him what cases involving sharia or foreign law were troubling to him.

He summed up his reason for sponsoring the bill: “This is America. We use America’s law.”

It turns out Christensen introduced the bill after his office was approached by the head of the local chapter of the anti-Muslim group ACT! for America, Christensen aide Dan Wiles told me. ACT! for America is a Florida-based group led by Brigitte Gabriel. In a profile last month, the New York Times detailed Gabriel’s strategy of selectively quoting the Quran to paint most or all Muslims as violent extremists…

Please visit www.cair.com to learn more about Exposed: The Hate Groups Behind Anti-Islam Bills (Salon)

Concept of Jinn by Islam4mankind ( Blogtalkradio )

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The Jinn are beings created with free will, living on earth in a world parallel to mankind. The Arabic word Jinn is from the verb ‘Janna’ which means to hide or conceal. Thus, they are physically invisible from man as their description suggests. This invisibility is one of the reasons why some people have denied their existence. However, (as will be seen) the affect which the world of the Jinn has upon our world, is enough to refute this modern denial of one of God’s creation. The origins of the Jinn can be traced from the Quran and the Sunnah. God says:

“Indeed We created man from dried clay of black smooth mud. And We created the Jinn before that from the smokeless flame of fire” (Quran 15:26-27)

“The Angels were created from light and the Jinn from smokeless fire.” (Saheeh Muslim)
Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said: “The prayer of one who approaches a fortune-teller and asks him about anything, will not be accepted for forty days or nights” (Saheeh Muslim) and: “Whosoever approaches a fortune-teller and believes in what he says, has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammed.”

Creation of Adam ( Islam4mankind radio podcast )

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Imam Ahmad ( reference : 4/400, 406 ) has narrated from Abu Musa, who said that the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said:

“Allah ( God ) has created Adam from a handful ( of soil ) which He had gathered from all over the earth. That is how the children of Adam came according to the ( color and nature of the ) earth . There are white among them , as well as red and black, and cross colors…”