Sunday, September 23, 2012

Those Crazy Barbarian Muslims!

About the Battle of Manzikert, a decisive battle in which the Muslim Seljuq commander Alp Arsalan decisively checked and thwarted the Byzantine Emperor Romanos IV and his army from having a foothold in eastern Anatolia we see the following tract in the Wikipedia entry (I know it is not a very classy citation, but you'll get the point)...

"When the Emperor Romanos IV was conducted into the presence of Alp Arslan, he refused to believe that the bloodied and tattered man covered in dirt was the mighty Emperor of the Romans. After discovering the identity of the Emperor, he placed his boot on the Emperor's neck and forced him to kiss the ground.[7] A famous conversation is also reported to have taken place[17]:
Alp Arslan: "What would you do if I were brought before you as a prisoner?"
Romanos: "Perhaps I'd kill you, or exhibit you in the streets of Constantinople."
Alp Arslan: "My punishment is far heavier. I forgive you, and set you free."
Alp Arslan treated Romanos with considerable kindness[18] and again offered the terms of peace which he had offered previous to the battle."

So much for the bloodthirsty "kill all the infidels" theory...

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Thomas Friedman on Mitt Romney's Recent Mideast Tour

A very well worded, straight to the point, and genuine look at how republican utilitarian pandering helps no one...

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Buddhist Monks in Burma Call For Muslim Community to Be Shunned

Monday, May 07, 2012

Ignoring the Messenger, Ignoring the Message... A Plea to the Ummah to Learn Arabic

It is not a sin to not know Arabic. Generations of righteous and pious slaves of Allah and his Rasul, sallallau`alayhi wa sallam, came and left from this world, century after century, and they didn't speak a lick of Arabic. Heck, many of them didn't even know how to read.

However, if they learned anything, they learned Arabic, because the book of Allah was the most important thing to them in existence, and the Arab prophet was the most the most dear person to them in creation. Until the twentieth century, no Muslim, righteous or unrighteous, undertook a course of education that wasn't based on the Kitab and Sunnah, nor was any institute of education built that wasn't based on the Kitab and Sunnah.

Today, we take fourteen years of compulsory government-mandated education followed by four, six, eight and ten years of additional professional education, on our own dime; none of these nearly two decades of "education" will ever see mention of Allah or His Messenger, sallallahu`alayhi wa sallam, and when they rarely do, they will see them mentioned in the context of disbelief.

Can we not see the difference between those simple farmers, housewives, slaves, and peasants, and us? They learned nothing, and had very simple lives in which they lived humbly, simply, and honestly. We are sophisticated and know everything under the sun about all things material. We learn Spanish, French, Latin, Java, C++, and literally tomes of jargon.

... but we never could be bothered to read the message sent to us by the Creator of the worlds, and we couldn't be bothered to understand His messenger, sallallahu`alayhiwasallam.

The basic understanding of Arabic, meaning enough to understand basic sentences, vocabulary, syntax, morphology, etc., and how to look up words that one doesn't know in the dictionary takes between 1-2 years of study depending on time given, rigor of study, and diligence of the student. This is enough to change salat al-Tarawih from a test of patience to a journey in wisdom divine. You won't understand all of it, but it is a beginning.

We spend twenty-some odd years learning that which will perish, and turn our back to that which will last forever...

Do we not have a need to understand the message in this era? Are we so well off that we can take it easy with Allah and focus on other things? Is our position among the nations so strong and respected that we no longer need to learn wisdom? Is our relationship with Allah so strong that we are unassailable by those who wish to harm us? These are all concerns for this world.

In the hereafter, what excuse will we have when we meet Allah?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Halal Matters: Clarity Amidst Controversy


An In-Depth Workshop on the Halal Industry by Hamzah wald Maqbul

This Saturday at ICOR From `Asr till `Isha' 3:15-8:00PM

18080 NE 68th St, Suite D 140
Redmond, WA 98052.

For Further Details Contact: 425.829.2107 or 425.974.9322 or email

Workshop Details

This Saturday-evening workshop will help the seeker of knowledge go beyond the emotionally driven quasi-intellectual mosque-foyer debates about eating at McDonalds and “Zabiha vs. Halal,” and explore some of the most pertinent and relevant issues that face the halal consumer in our time, place, and context.Attending this seminar will ready one to understand what the debate is among scholars, producers, and businessmen, and how this mix of ancient fiqh with modern industrial methods of mass production and the demands of corporate business models directs the struggle for the future of halal standards for generations to come.Topics discussed will include:An overview of the legal requirements for animal slaughter and how they relate to modern industrial techniquesMechanical Slaughter vs. Human Slaughter: Can a machine affect ritual slaughter processes?The Vertical Cut: How do traditional methods of slaughter fare with other techniques?Ingredients: Gelatin, Cochineal, Lecithin, Glycerin. etc.; what are they and where are they from?Tayyib: What does it mean? Can it be standardized and drive the market in a different direction?

Guest Speakers

Shaykh Hamzah wald Maqbul. Shaykh Hamzah was born in Whittier, California and lived in Southern California until the age of ten when he moved to Blaine, Washington. After graduating from Blaine High School, he attended the University of Washington and in 2004 completed a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and a Bachelors of Arts in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.After graduation, Shaykh Hamzah went on to pursue traditional Islamic studies, which took him to Syria and Egypt where he studied the Arabic language; Morocco, Mauritania, and the UAE, where he studied the madhab of Imam Malik, grammar, usul al-hadith , and the two renditions of the qira’ahof Imam Nafi ‘, Warsh and Qalun; and Pakistan where he had the opportunity to study tafsir, usul al-hadith, hadith, ‘ilm al-rijal and Hanafi fiqh. All of these studies culminated in him receiving an ijazat al-tadris, literally meaning “a license to teach.” This is the equivalent in Pakistani Islamic seminaries to a Masters of Arts in Arabic and Islamic studies, as well as receiving an unbroken chain of transmission by which to narrate the hadith of such books as the Muwatta’ of Imam Malik, the Sihah al-Sittah (Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Nasa’i and Ibn Majah), and the Sharh Ma’ani al-Athar of Imam al-Tahawi.Since his return from overseas, Shaykh Hamzah has been involved with the Halal Advocates of America and their industry-facing verification program (HFSAA); worked with the Muslim Students Associations throughout the Pacific Northwest; taught and gave Khutbah at masajid throughout the Greater Seattle area; been invited to numerous speaking engagements all along the west coast which include classes, guest khutbahs and conferences; and served as Imam in Redmond, WA, Chico, CA, and Mountlake Terrace, WA.

He is currently the Director of the Thawr Institute,
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