The Prophet Ibrahim’s Satire

January 8, 2015

 

 

We have a lesson in satire from the Prophet Ibrahim, pbuh. When they asked Ibrahim, pbuh, how did all of the idols get destroyed he said to them why don’t you ask the big one with the axe.

Their response was to throw him into the fire and God almighty saved him.

Now so-called Muslims in France are doing the same thing. We all need to get some thicker skin and some mental health services.

The Quran reminds Muslims not to attack much lest they attack Allah.

With great freedoms comes great responsibilitIes. Freedom of speech is not something enshrined in the French constitution, but I believe that free-speech should be exercised with a significant dose of mutual respect and responsibility lest we fuel the fires we wish to extinguish. Let us shine a light not set a fire.

http://www.islamicity.com/mosque/ibrahim.htm

Ibrahim confronts his people and rejects their idols

He left his father after he lost hope to convert him to the right path, and directed his efforts towards the people of the town, but they rejected his call and threatened him. By Allah, he said, I shall plot a plan to destroy their idols. He knew that a big celebration was coming soon, where everybody would leave town for a big feast on the riverbank. After making sure that nobody was left in town, Ibrahim went towards the temple armed with an ax. Statues of all shapes and sizes were sitting there adorned with decorations. Plates of food were offered to them, but the food was untouched. “Well, why don’t you eat? The food is getting cold.” He said to the statues, joking; then with his ax he destroyed all the statues except one, the biggest of them. He hung the ax around its neck and left.

How big was the shock when the people entered the temple! They gathered inside watching in awe their gods broken in pieces. They wondered who might have done this? Then they all remembered that the young Ibrahim was talking evil of their idols. They brought him to the temple and asked him: “Are you the one who has done this to our gods?” Ibrahim said: “No, this statue, the biggest of them has done it. Ask them if they can speak.” “You know well that these idols don’t speak!” They said impatiently. “Then how come you worship things that can neither speak nor see, nor even fend for themselves? Have you lost your minds?”

They kept silent for a while, for he got a point there. Their minds and their senses were telling them that the Truth is with Ibrahim, but their pride prevented them to accept it, and reject the idols they were worshipping for generations. This they thought would be total defeat. They started yelling at him and shouting: “Burn him! Burn him! Take revenge for your gods !”


Not a Protest but a PROMISE

December 12, 2014

Not a protest but a promise

 

Salaam سلام :  This is a candle light vigil of the faith community standing together in love and light for justice.

*We welcome and are looking for more faith communities and organizations to join us!!!

The following congregations have made the following commitments (from North to South):

Circle at DC/SS line to Kalmia – Silver Spring UMCs
Kalmia to Hemlock – Washington Ethical Society
Tuckerman to Rittenhouse – Emory Fellowship UMC
Rittenhouse to Military – Plymouth Cong UCC
Decatur to Buchanan – 19th St Baptist
Buchanan to Webster – People’s Congregational UCC
Oak to Park – St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Park to Lamont – Converge
Harvard to W – All Souls Church, Unitarian Universalist
S to R – Unity of DC
R to Q – Lincoln Temple UCC
Q to O – Foundry UMC
O to M – First Cong UCC & Little River UCC
L to K – Jubilee UCC

*Add your faith community, organization or group of friends to this list. We want people and lights on every block.

 

 


Amazing NFL Story: Hussain Abdullah

October 27, 2014

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-films-presents/0ap3000000412375/NFL-Films-Presents-Husain-Abdullah


Consumer Protection Board Mets To Address Consumer Protections for American Muslims

October 23, 2014

On Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014 Imam Johari co-chaired a meeting with Consumer Financial Protection Board, Richard Cordray, along with leaders from American Muslim financial institutions, community advocates and faith leaders.

 

Special thanks to director Cordray and his staff for their outreach and we look foimagerward to ringing our skills and insights to improve the safety and security of our financial system.

 
Learn more about the CFPB:

A video overview of the CFPB:

A written overview of the CFPB’s creation:
http://www.consumerfinance.gov/the-bureau/creatingthebureau

CFPB Resources:
You can view all these resources at http://www.consumerfinance.gov.

To file a complaint about consumer financial products or services (mortgages, credit cards, student loans, bank accounts, credit reporting, auto loans, debt collection, payday loans, money transfers, and more), visit the CFPB Consumer Response Center at http://www.consumerfinance.gov/complaint or call 855-411-CFPB. The CFPB call center offers assistance in 189 languages.

To share a story – positive or negative – about a consumer financial product or service, visit “Tell Your Story” at https://help.consumerfinance.gov/app/tellyourstory

To find answers to questions about consumer finance, visit “Ask CFPB” at http://www.consumerfinance.gov/askcfpb

To make informed decisions about paying for college, from comparing costs to repaying student debt, visit “Paying for College” at http://www.consumerfinance.gov/payingforcollege

To learn how to prevent elder financial exploitation and to view easy-to-understand booklets to help financial caregivers for older Americans, visit http://www.consumerfinance.gov/older-americans/

To learn about financial resources and financial protection for servicemembers, visit http://www.consumerfinance.gov/servicemembers/

To order free CFPB publications in bulk for distribution to consumers, visit http://promotions.usa.gov/cfpbpubs.html

To find the CFPB’s Federal Register notices, as well as to read and submit public comments related to CFPB rulemakings, visit http://www.consumerfinance.gov/notice-and-comment/

To view the CFPB website in Spanish: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/es/

To connect with the CFPB on social media:
Blog: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/blog/
Twitter: @CFPB
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CFPB
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/cfpbvideo
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cfpbphotos

Special thanks to director Cordray and his staff for their outreach and we look forward to ringing our skills and insights to improve the safety and security of our financial system

 

 

 

 


#EndEbola – TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

October 13, 2014
Tomorrow, leaders of the world’s most powerful countries are meeting in New York to discuss the largest Ebola outbreak in history.We need them to do more than just talk. We need them to act on Ebola – NOW. We’re running out of time.

Click here to add your name to ONE’s petition (more than 80,000 signers in just a couple of days). It’s time for leaders to step up and deliver on Ebola.

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As UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said last week, “Every day we delay, the cost and the suffering will grow exponentially.” And the global community is responding – with personnel, supplies and funding. The US made a massive commitment days ago. The UN is sending advance teams to West Africa this week.

But we need to act faster. We need to do more. Nearly 6,000 have been infected. And the numbers are rising fast.

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Congrats to Malala and her colleagues on the Noble Peace Prize.

October 12, 2014

Salaam سلام :  Congrats to Malala and her colleagues on the Noble Peace Prize.

One Person Can Make A Difference

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s118/sh/adec79ca-6137-416c-87af-096a1d328381/7806cbbe8e96c9aa54c65e6739451644


13 Years Later

September 11, 2014

All of us can remember when 13 years ago President Bush promised to “destroy”, what was then a small and unknown organization known as Al-Qaeda. I for one can admit to having never heard of Al-Qaeda on September 10, 2001. After Bush’s disastrous invasion and “nation building” program in Afghanistan (and attempting the same in Iraq in 2003) we now have Al-Qaeda all over the entire MENA region. And make no mistake, ISIS is an offshoot of Al-Qaeda.

And now President Obama is adopting the exact same policy as Bush which HAS NOT WORKED. More and more war only succeeds in metastasizing the extremist cancer further. Millions of Muslims and other people of faith around the world have paid the price for this broken policy with their lives, death of loved ones, and dislocation. All of this creates the environment for yet another cycle of war and violence.

Only the work on the ground of speaking to youth and coming to common understanding can solve this problem long term. The wars only help to make the weapons contractors richer and makes the work of those of us calling for peace much more difficult.

I pray that someday a just peace will finally be achieved, but if we do not change our policy, we will memorialized 9/11 in the same way each year – wondering why the problem of extremism is spreading and not receding.


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