The Guard Who Found Islam Terry Holdbrooks stood watch over prisoners at Gitmo. What he saw made him adopt their faith.
NEWSWEEK From the magazine issue dated Mar 30, 2009
Army specialist Terry Holdbrooks had been a guard at GuantÃ¡namo 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 GuantÃ¡namo 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 Talibanâ€™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 sawâ€¦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 isÂ 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 Rajimâ€¦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 beneficenceÂ and that He might recompense us for thatÂ with the recompense of the good-doers!
Â And praise belongs to God whoÂ 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,Â a praise which He will accept from us and through which He will be pleased with us! Continue reading →
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.
Â 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.
Tonight we will be observing remembrance of Laylatul Baraat, the 15th Shabaan.
Some Resources on the significance of this night:
The Night of the 15th of Sha`ban
â€œLaylatul-baraâ€™ ahâ€ (The night of freedom from Fire).
1) Imam Nawawi mentioned in his Majmu`, where he also quoted Imam al-Shafi`i from the latterâ€™s al-Umm that it has reached him that there are 5 nights when dua is answered, one of them being the night of the 15th of Sha`ban.
**Note, of course, that the night of the 15th is the night before it.**
2) Imam Haskafi said in his Durr al-Mukhtar, one of the primary references in the Hanafi school:
â€œAmong the recommended [prayers] are on. . . . the nights of the two Eids, the middle of Sha`ban, the last ten of Ramadan, and the first [ten] of Dhul-Hijjah. â€ Continue reading →
Â CAIRO â€” The holy fasting month of Ramadan will start in North America on Saturday, August 22, according to astronomical calculations, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) has announced.
“The astronomical New Moon is on Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 10:01 Universal Time (1:01 pm Makkah time). Sunset at Makkah on August 20 is at 6:47 pm local time, while moonset at Makkah is at 6:46 pm local time (1 minute before sunset),” ISNA said in a statement on its website.
“Therefore the following day Friday, August 21, 2009 is not the 1st day of Ramadan.
“First day of Ramadan is Saturday, August 22, insha’Allah. First Tarawih prayer will be on Friday night.” Continue reading →