Condemnation Is Not Enough: Confronting ISIS & Groups Like It

September 3, 2014

Once again as MANY other Muslims and Muslim organizations around the world have done before now, I condemn the heinous crimes against humanity that have been committed by ISIS. This includes but is not limited to the recent beheading of journalist Steve Sotloff.

And has been stated many times over, no one person or organization – much less this terrorist organization – has a right to speak for all of the diverse groups of Muslims across the planet. It is outrageous that this groups attempts to do so and we reject such an attempt on its face.

We believe in a world where differences are solved via dialogue and debate. But this group does not live in such a world and has chosen to declare war on the modern world. They have left the world with no other choice but to them confront. With that said, CONDEMNATION is not enough. We must go further and uproot this evil ideology in the arena of ideas. All people of conscience must unite to confront this problem.  We are instructed in the Holy Qur’an in Hujarat verse 9:

 

And if two factions among the believers should fight, then make settlement between the two. But if one of them oppresses the other, then fight against the one that oppresses until it returns to the ordinance of Allah. And if it returns, then make settlement between them in justice and act justly. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly

 

In the spirit of Sura Hujrat (49), I call upon all legitimate governments of the world to confront and defeat this group and others like it by using all reasonable means possible to make sure that they are defeated.

- I call upon Muslims around the world to join in this confrontation.

- In confronting ISIS we need to be SMART! Therefore I call upon our government – and particularly President Obama – to continue to be deliberate in considering the wisest course of action with regards to Syria and Iraq. These be-headings – as brutal as they are – SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A PRETEXT for more war and occupation! Indeed groups such as ISIS and others use this as a recruiting tool. We should not allow these maniacs cause us to dive into another “nation-building” project where we spend trillions of dollars attempting to “install” democracy.

- We should all be reminded that the original invasion of Iraq in 2003 and other misguided policies (such as Abu Ghraib, collateral damage from drone strikes and GITMO) have created fertile ground for the rise of groups such as ISIS and if we continue to make the same mistakes, then once ISIS is defeated militarily, this will only leave a void for yet another terrorist organization to take its place. We do not desire policies that will blow back on the citizens of the United States and other innocents around the globe.

And finally, I want to send a clear and unambiguous message to our young men that groups like ISIS are handing out passports to the Hell-fire.


Rule of Engagement With Extremists

August 29, 2014


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Rule #1

Don’t help them magnify their message.
“Never pass the megaphone to the Heckler”

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Rule #2
Deny them dignity
“The “so-called leader” of these fanatics”.

Rule #3

Did not allow the leadership to be identified with the title.
“their “self-appointed president” said…..”

 

 

Rule #4
Never recognize the opposition as an equal.
“if any of you (Extremists) would like to meet/negotiate with us (Establish) we can make an appointment with any individuals”

Rule #5
Degrade their opportunity for recognition
If there are all proposals for change, new policies that need to be employed, or shortcomings that have been identified, they cannot be considered the “province” or “agenda” of the extremist. =/= The extremist makes a good point!!!
Nothing about the Lord Resistance Army is Christian. Call them LRA
Nothing about The Islamic State is Muslim. Refer to them as ISIS
They are not Fundamentalist they are fanatics

Rule #6
Don’t Let Salt mix with Sugar-Look Similar-Taste Different
We both can’t be in the same group.
If this is what you believe, then stop they you are the leader of our group. We don’t believe in what you believe and we are in the majority.

Rule #7
Never use their extremism to justify yours


Do Not Promote Nutters! You’ll Only Possibly Inspire Copy Cats

August 27, 2014

I call upon the media to NOT go too far in promoting the person (and any others) who went over to Syria and joined the terror group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). I fear that the notoriety the media is giving this man will inspire other attention seekers that will similarly throw away their lives by joining terror groups like ISIS or any other group like it. PLEASE avoid sensationalizing this story


End of Life is Hard: Faith and Family Make A Difference

August 19, 2014

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon-from Allah we come To Allah we Return

My eldest cousin, Michael Seale (67), who was like an uncle to me, passed away peacefully last night in home hospice at his home in Foster City (outside San Francisco) due to complications of renal failure with his wife and daughter by his side.

I was blessed to spend time with him earlier that day, talking, joking, reminiscing about our grandmother (Hertha Seale-who raised him in Barbados), food and faith. There is a famous photo of him as a child dressed in tuxedo before his violin recital (him smiled). Although, he could not speak many words other than “No”, “yes” or nodding, speaking with his features, his eyes or his brow….with spoke. It was a blessing to share some of his last hours of his life with him.

Al-Hamdulillah, his daugther, was there by his bedside. She is the first of my relatives to embrace Islam and she now has a good Muslim husband from Senegal and three children who are being raised Muslim.

End of life is hard. But being together as a family and having your faith together is helping us through. Keep our family in your prayers.

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Jailed Civil Rights Activist Imam Jamil-H. Rap Brown-Health Failing in Prison Hospital

August 5, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

National Humanitarian Imam Jamil Support Committee Announces Imam Jamil’s Transfer to Medical Prison Facility

Washington D.C July 18th, 2014 – The National Humanitarian Imam Jamil Support Committee announced today that Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, Muslim and Historic Civil Rights Leader, who has been suffering from severe health issues while incarcerated at the ADX SuperMax prison in Colorado, has been transferred to FCI Butner Low Medical Center.

On June 22, 2014 a human rights delegation consisting of former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and national representative for Imam Jamil’s community, Imam Khalil Abdurrahman, sponsored by the American Muslim Alliance, Islamic Circle of North America, the American Muslim Legal Fund, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations made a prison visit to Imam Jamil.

The delegation noted that Imam Jamil’s health condition had seriously deteriorated and that he had an untreated dental problem for more than a year, which resulted in swollen jaws, broken teeth, and the inability to swallow. This led to Imam Jamil losing 29 lbs. over a three-week period. They also noted that his legs, feet and ankles were swollen. Imam Jamil also went through a two-week period whereby he could not get out of his bed except for two times a day. He attempted to see a physician at ADX, but instead saw a physician’s assistant who gave him water pills and antibiotics weeks after his second dental extraction.

After the human rights delegation’s visit, and pressure from two Congressional reps, ADX finally took blood and urine tests. The results suggested that he may have Multiple Myeloma–cancer of the plasma cells. The committee then, along with many civil rights and community advocates and the two Congressional Representatives advocated for the transfer of Imam Jamil to a medical facility where he could receive adequate health care. As a result of these efforts by the committee and many others, Imam Jamil was transferred to FCI Butner Low, a federal prison medical unit in North Carolina

The American Muslim Alliance’s national director Imam Mahdi Bray stated, “We at the American Muslim Alliance fully support the National Humanitarian Imam Jamil Support Committee and urge that they be fully supported by national Muslim, human, and civil rights organizations and people of conscience.”

The National Humanitarian Imam Jamil Support Committee has identified that one of its greatest priorities is to continue monitoring the health and human rights condition of Imam Jamil while incarcerated and to protect the Imam from any further human rights abuses. The committee also encourages the Muslim communities – especially during the month of Ramadan – to continue to write to Imam Jamil and pray for him.

For further information on the National Humanitarian Imam Jamil Support Committee you may contact:

National Humanitarian Imam Jamil Support Committee
PO Box 78187
Greensboro, NC 27427-8187
336-895-3440

Click here for information about Imam Jamil’s case

Contact:
Mahdi Bray
ImamBray@yahoo.com
202.421.3623/ 202.280.7466


Join Dar Al-Hijrah for Eid Al-Fitr Prayers

July 28, 2014

Eid Kareem Dar Al-Hijrah will be observing EidPrayers on Mon July 28 2014

1st Prayer 7:00 AM Sh. Mohammed Al-Hanooti
2nd Prayer 8:00 AM Dr. Osama Abo-Irshaid
3rd Prayer 9:00 AM Sh. Shaker Elsayed
4th Prayer 10:150 AM Br. Ashraf Nubani
5th Prayer 11:30 Noon Imam Johari Abdul-Malik

May Allah bless you and your family tremendously from this blessed month of Ramadan May Allah accept your prayers, fasting, sadaqah and your standing in the night in prayer wa Kullu amin wa nta bi khair

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Jews and Muslims Gather to Affirm Peace on a day fasting in both traditions

July 17, 2014

On Tuesday, I met with a small group of fasting community members from both the Jewish and Muslim community. We gathered to say that it is time to end the violence in the holy land and the uncontrolled cycle of revenge.

I had been warned by Muslims not to attend this event for fear that it might be a smokescreen to support Israeli Defense Force actions. But the rabbis and the representatives of the Jewish community spoke strongly about their commitment to peace and nonviolence, justice for the Palestinians as well as the taking of their lands.

Although the audience was disproportionately Jewish, the Muslims who were present were grateful to see our efforts Muslim efforts toward peace, justice, nonviolence and reconciliation.


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