October 31, 2014 |
EVERY YEAR the air gets crisp and the leaves change color, and I get suckered into the same debate: Should Muslims living in the United States exercise their right to vote, although the U.S. is not an Islamic state? This topic is passionately discussed in the Islamic community, with both sides claiming to have Sunnah (practice and traditions of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing upon him) in support of their stance. For Muslims living in America, voting is not only permissible but, in our present state, also becomes wajib (obligatory)
September 26, 2014
IS PRESIDENT OBAMA an Islamophobe? Does he hate Muslims? Those pushing that lie to inflame Muslims are anti-West, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-democratic and anti-modernity jihadis. In this regard - and probably in this regard only - President Obama and Pamela Geller are on the same page. They are anti-radical Islam. Obama is careful with his words. Geller, co-founder of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, is not, often extending her disdain to all of Islam.
September 8, 2014 |
They arrived at Camp Saginaw carrying sleeping bags and blankets, hustled about a soccer field, mounted go-karts - even made s'mores. And just after 1 p.m. Saturday, the scores of boys and men turned east, toward Mecca. "There's a time for prayer, and there's a time for play," said Ahmad Chaudhry, 39, as the Muslim attendees prepared to perform two of five daily prayers beneath a canopy in Oxford, in southwest Chester County. So went the gathering of more than 1,000 attendees in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, a branch of the national Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
September 6, 2014 |
A national Muslim youth group will hold its 45th annual retreat this weekend, bringing together more than 1,200 men and boys from around the country to Chester County with the goal of strengthening a sense of community and identity among young Muslims. "They're not anything like the type of Muslims we hear about on television and the radio," said Bilal Rana, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association. The organization, which has 71 local chapters and more than 3,000 members, is part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
September 5, 2014
IMAGINE IT IS Sunday, the day a law takes effect stripping American Catholics of their rights. Such a law disenfranchised German Jews in 1935. Fewer than 40 years after the Nazis did it, Pakistan disenfranchised its Ahmadi Muslim Community. This Sunday is the 40th anniversary of that tragedy for human rights. When it was carved from India in 1947, Pakistan was to be a safe haven for Muslims, a democracy with freedom of worship. How ironic that in 1974 it declared Ahmadis - with 30 million peaceful followers in 206 countries - to be non-Muslim, heretics.
July 30, 2014 |
AT FDR PARK in South Philadelphia, hundreds of Muslims prayed in unison yesterday as children jumped gleefully in a moon bounce nearby and the smell of barbecue wafted in the air. Munthir Muhammad's son pulled on his father's arm excitedly, urging him toward the fun. "We don't have Christmas or Easter. This is our holiday," said Muhammad, 40, of Grays Ferry. The gathering was the Eid al-Fitr celebration held by the United Muslim Masjid to mark the end of Ramadan and its 30-day fast.
June 25, 2014 |
From the history of Muslim Moors first coming to Philadelphia in 1684, to architectural influences and and now the long Muslim-style "Philly beard," the impact of Islam in Philadelphia transcends style, infrastructure, and cultural background. Documentaries by nine Muslim community groups, produced through Scribe Video Center's Muslim Voices project and to be screened Tuesday at International House, offer intimate perspectives of Muslim life. "We wanted a project that reflected the broad diversity of Muslim communities in Philadelphia in terms of practice of faith, ethnicity, longevity, or geography," said Louis Massiah, director of the project and founder of Scribe Video Center, which works with community groups to tell their authentic stories.
February 27, 2014 |
Many business concepts begin with a market problem. For partners Aqil Jones, Saiyd Muhammed, and Ladia Hinton, it was a design flaw in the standard-issue niqab , or Islamic face veil - which, it turns out, is ideal for maintaining modesty, but less so for eating or drinking. Their solution: The ZipNiqab. Instead of lifting, flicking, or tucking her veil, a woman can zip it open and snap the fabric in place behind her head for hassle-free dining. In 2011, they tapped their savings, ordered the first run of ZipNiqabs, and began selling them to clients in Europe, Asia, and here in Philadelphia.
January 3, 2014 |
MOST TEENAGERS do dumb things. But not trying-to-rob-Joe-Galiano dumb. Galiano is the owner of Suburban Armory, the gun shop on MacDade Boulevard in Collingdale, Delaware County. There is a giant gun-shaped sign on the roof. Inside, Galiano is surrounded by guns, including the .45-caliber pistol on his hip. Can't miss it. And the police station is just around the corner from the shop. Despite these conspicuous crime deterrents, two teenagers nonetheless decided to throw on burqas and pull a silver handgun on Galiano about 1:40 p.m. yesterday in a botched attempt to stick him up, police said.
September 20, 2013 |
HALAL trucks can be found all over our city these days. For most of us, these are a delicious foray into foods from Middle Eastern and other Muslim countries. For Muslims in Philadelphia, halal signifies that animals used in the dishes were sacrificed according to Islamic law. When Sieedah Abdellah converted to Islam more than 20 years ago, halal meat wasn't as accessible as it is today. "At first, I had a long drive to find it, but now, because of the growing population, even supermarkets are offering meat that is certified halal," Abdellah, who lives in Overbrook Farms, said.