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The Benefits of Sabr

Last night I was listening to Brother Abdur Rafi’ at ADAMS address the community about an incident which had recently occurred and it was such a powerful story that I thought it might be useful to share with others.

A few days ago a random guy who looked non-Muslim walked into ADAMS and Brother Abdur Rafi’ saw him walking around. Brother Abdur Rafi’ approached him, introduced himself and asked him who he was and if there was anything he needed help with. The man explained how he had just returned from serving in the military in Afghanistan for the past few years and that he now wanted to know how someone goes about becoming Muslim.

Suffice it to say, Brother Abdur Rafi’ was shocked and asked him what he knew about Islam and what motivated the trip to the masjid.
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Nafsee Nafsee

In one of the most famous traditions of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu Alayhi wa sallam), the scene of mankind post-resurrection is described. As expected, the scene will be chaotic and everyone will be running around trying to find someone to intercede on behalf of mankind so that the accounting can begin. At that moment you wont busy yourself with worldly concerns; children will run away from their parents, brothers from their sisters, and friends from their companions. During that time, all you will care about is yourself, crying out ‘nafsee, nafsee’ (my self, my self).

The people will go to Adam, Nuh, Ibrahim, Musa, and Isa (alayhumassalam), all in hopes of finding someone who can intercede on behalf of mankind to begin the accounting, only to hear each and everyone of them proclaim ‘I am not fit for this undertaking,’ thereafter deferring mankind to another pious Prophet in the Sight of Allah Azza wa Jal. SubhanAllah, it is almost too difficult to fathom that the most pious people who ever lived will be standing on that day, concerned about themselves and their sins.
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For those of you who think I’m scared of every animal, your dead wrong!!!

I do like certain animals, and they all happen to be in under the sea. Thats right, I like fish. They are halal (no ikhtilaaf!), content in their own domain, and are fun to look at. I have never been chased by a fish, scratched by a fish, or bitten by a fish. A fish never tore apart any of my shoes or pooped in my front yard. So yeah, I like fish. Fish stay right where they need to: in the water. I dont mess with them, they dont mess with me.

Now I know what your thinking, ‘what about snakeheads?’ Snakeheads are the exception, not the rule so give it a rest. I’m going to leave another video for all of you to watch and I hope that everyone can take notice.  This will also be the last animal post for some time so you can expect more normal posting from me, insha’Allah.

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Man vs. Cat

So someone I know very closely (let’s just say that their name starts with the letter A!) was making fun of me the other day about the infamous cute cat post. Apparently they arent scared of cats. Great. Go get yourself a purple heart or something.

as for me, I’m happy sitting on the sidelines. Sure, I hear the talk: ‘oh they’re so cute, they wont do a thing,’ and there really isnt any point in listing off all the potential situations that can occur from cat encounters (cat bites, cat scratches, rabies, who knows what else) so I’ll just leave a little video clip and hope that everyone takes a lesson:

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The Dream Shake

Basketball during recess. In fourth grade it was the highlight of my day (life was simple back then 🙂 ). Every recess me and my friends would go to the monkey bars (since the rims had been torn off the normal courts) with a kids sized basketball and play three on three with the same teams; and every day, despite being of average height, I insisted on posting up right next to the bars and playing center. You see Hakeem Olajuwon, the best center of all-time (in this author’s humble opinion), was a center for the Houston Rockets and by playing center during lunch I could post up, do the dream shake and emulate ‘The Dream.’ Why did I like him so much? It’s weird, but I cant think of liking him initially for any other reason than being Muslim. To me he symbolized more than just a successful basketball player: he was a successful muslim, someone who had made it in this world while representing Muslims the right way.

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Rejoice

As wannabescholar once said, sometimes eid does come three times a year

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Former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian stopped taking food or water last week to protest a third attempt by prosecutors to compel his testimony. Dr. Al-Arian was transferred Tuesday morning, on the 9th day of his hunger strike, to a federal medical facility in Butner, North Carolina run by the Bureau of Prisons.

Since beginning his no water or food hunger strike on March 3, Dr. Al-Arian has lost 23 pounds and grown weaker. He has not yet been given an IV. A doctor who examined him on Monday said he is suffering from starvation and dehydration.

Dr. Al-Arian was acquitted by a jury of the major charges brought against him by the U.S. Government. Despite reaching a plea agreement, the Government has refused to release Dr. Al-Arian.


Given that Dr. Al-Arian has been on a hunger strike since March 3,
2008 we urgently ask all conscientious and justice-seeking individuals to call, email or write officials to ask for an immediate end to Dr. Al-Arian’s suffering and to responsibly care for his deteriorating health.

To learn more read “The Torture of Sami Al-Arian” or click here.

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