somalianman.jpgMOGADISHU, Somalia – Masked gunmen have stormed a mosque in western Somalia, killing at least five Pakistani Muslim clerics in a country already bloodied by an Islamic insurgency and where al-Qaida is believed to be gaining a foothold. Authorities tried to find out who carried out the execution-style murders, and why.

The victims belonged to the Islamic missionary movement Tablighi Jamaat, Pakistan’s foreign office spokesman Abdul Basit told The Associated Press in Islamabad on Wednesday. Some extremists, including shoe bomber Richard Reid, have been linked to the group but Tablighi Jamaat is believed to be apolitical and nonviolent. Some of its members travel the world, preaching to fellow Muslims.

“They have almost a rule of not discussing politics. They prefer to avoid it,” said Ghaffar Hussain of Quilliam Foundation, a London-based think-tank . “Their stance is quite conservative, quite puritanical. But they themselves are not … extremist.” Continue reading

The following first-hand account of the IDPs was sent to us by one of our readers, Ibn Abdul Aziz (true identity withheld on request). We are extremely thankful to the brother for taking the time to write this extremely important account of the terrible situation being faced by ordinary Pakistanis, who have become refugees within their own country. Ibn AbdulAziz is one of the people who Allah has blessed to “walk the talk”. Instead of spending day and night talking about politics and whining about the situation, he contributed his small part to help his brothers & sisters. May Allah reward him profusely, jazakumAllahkhair. We urge our readers that if this isn’t enough to convince you to participate in helping these IDPs, then we don’t know what will. Donate your time and money. Do whatever you can to play your small part.

An Insight into the Critical Situation in NWFP by Ibn Abdul Aziz  (July 17, 2009)

My Role

I live in the city of Karachi but alhumdulilah two weeks ago, I was given an opportunity of a lifetime by Allah (SWT) to visit the troubled area of Mardan in NWFP province, and to assess the humanitarian crisis in the area; a trip financed by the charitable organization, Helping Hand. Continue reading

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At least five Pakistanis have been killed in a dawn attack at a mosque in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region, witnesses say.

Armed men in masks entered a mosque in Galkayo and ordered six Pakistanis and one Somali outside, they said.

The gunmen then opened fire, killing five men and seriously injuring two.

Those targeted are said to be preachers from a religious sect. Puntland has been tense recently, but correspondents the reason for the attack is unclear.

The Pakistanis are thought to be missionaries from an Islamic sect called Tabliq who arrived in Galkayo on Tuesday. Continue reading

guantanamoguard_in01_vl-verticalThe Guard Who Found Islam
Terry Holdbrooks stood watch over prisoners at Gitmo. What he saw made him adopt their faith.

Dan Ephron
NEWSWEEK
From the magazine issue dated Mar 30, 2009

Army specialist Terry Holdbrooks had been a guard at Guantánamo for about six months the night he had his life-altering conversation with detainee 590, a Moroccan also known as “the General.” This was early 2004, about halfway through Holdbrooks’s stint at Guantánamo with the 463rd Military Police Company. Until then, he’d spent most of his day shifts just doing his duty. He’d escort prisoners to interrogations or walk up and down the cellblock making sure they weren’t passing notes. But the midnight shifts were slow. “The only thing you really had to do was mop the center floor,” he says. So Holdbrooks began spending part of the night sitting cross-legged on the ground, talking to detainees through the metal mesh of their cell doors. Continue reading

Although not yet confirmed, all indications suggest that it is more likely than not that Baitullah Mehsud – the leader of the Taliban in Pakistan – has been killed.

The obvious question being asked right now is: Is he really dead?

The more important question that should also be asked, one this is confirmed, is: If he is dead, then what?

Baitullah Mahsud had become the visible (without really being visible) name to identify with the Taliban’s war on Pakistan. Even if deaths that he and his organization claim (proudly) to have been responsible for are counted, he has been responsible for killing more Pakistanis (nearly all Pakistani Muslims) than just about any other enemy of Pakistan in recent years. Continue reading

Here is a prayer to welcome the Month of Ramadhan. Each image I searched by using a word from each section of the Prayer. I just selected the first thing I saw…sort of a mosaic of google images. The source is linked for each picture and the search word is the caption not necessarily the title of the photograph. The prayer is long, but worth it. May Allah accept our fasts in the month of Shaban and the month of Ramadhan and may it be a means of us attaining nearness to Him.

Authibillahhimina Shaytanir Rajim…Bismillahir Rahamanir Raheem
Allahumma Salle Ala Muhammed Wa Alle Muhammed

Praise belongs to God who guided us to His praise and placed us among the people of praise, that we might be among the thankful for His beneficence and that He might recompense us for that with the recompense of the good-doers!

Thankful Thankful 

 And praise belongs to God who showed favour to us through His religion, singled us out for His creed, and directed us onto the roads of His beneficence, in order that through His kindness we might travel upon them to His good pleasure, a praise which He will accept from us and through which He will be pleased with us! Continue reading

Asalamoalaikum Brothers and Sisters,

Just 5 minutes ago I was watching some utube videos about the Pakistan Army and it was infact about indian army where indians and Pakistani had dirty comments about each other. I saw a shocking comment about our prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him). I eventually started crying as I didnt know how to get to this person and tell him do abuse me as much as you want, abuse my country for I dont care, but do not say anything about the Prophet Mohammad who is dear to Every Muslim. The comments are so bad that I would not even want to post that link here, but I would want if someone could please please tell me a way to block this website as this is some indian from Canada as far as I have traced him. There should be a way we could stop the bad things about any of our prophets as they all were chosen ones from Allah and are more dear to allah then us. I am so sad right now and so angry I have no words for it. This is his utube personal page.

http://www.youtube.com/user/gaurav448

If we cant stop them atleast do not argue or reply to there comments so they should not get a chance to say something dirty about our beloved Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H)

Thankyou

 
 
 This speech was actually given the day of the signing of the Pledge of Mutual Respect and Cooperation (AKA the Sunni Unity Pledge). The session was the perfect bridge builder to set up the signing of the pledge that took place late that night during ISNA 2007. The hall was packed with all sorts of listeners, particulary those all “sides” involved, and the result was a great event of unity for the convention and for Muslims in America since.