United Muslims Against Terror

UMAT. I belong to no sect. Just a Muslim. I'm sick of people killing in the name of my religion. I'm sick of being called a terrorist. I'm sick of expectations to condemn and apologize for the actions of terrorists. They don’t represent me. I not only condemn but strongly oppose murder, beating of women, racism, war, suppression of rights and freedoms, ill-treatment of minorities, and suppression of democracy. I will not apologize for what I haven't done, I will make a difference.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Muslim Organization Pledges More than $1 Million in Vouchers, Housing and Food to Hurricane Victims

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=53125

MUSLIMS REACH OUT !!!

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Sept. 12 /U.S. Newswire/ -- In an effort to combat the numbers of displaced survivors of Hurricane Katrina, LIFE for Relief and Development has pledged more than $1 million in vouchers to retail stores, housing and food.
LIFE has also partnered with the Islamic Circle of North America to provide 100 families affected by the hurricane with housing and food. Fifty of these families will be housed in Baton Rouge and the other 50 will be housed in Houston. LIFE will pay for rent, utilities and food for these families, an endeavor that will cost about $100,000 per month.
In addition, LIFE's goal is to provide 4,000 internally displaced families in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and also in Michigan with vouchers to be spent at local retailers. These vouchers will be worth $250 each. In addition, LIFE will provide non-perishable food items, water bottles and toiletries to local food banks to be distributed nationally.
One thousand of these families will be from the Muslim community in Louisiana as identified by local Masjids. Another 1,000 families will be identified in Battle Creek and the Metro Detroit area in Michigan. In Mississippi, vouchers will be given to 1,000 families taking refuge in the Jackson area and in Texas, 1,000 families in Houston will receive these vouchers.
In its first phase, LIFE has mobilized its response team and ordered cash vouchers from Meijer retail store to be distributed to the survivors of the hurricane in Michigan. However, the situation has deteriorated further, therefore families originally thought to be displaced temporarily may need assistance for months. It is LIFE's estimate that in order to provide such care, LIFE must pledge more than $1 million dollars and has joined the Muslim Hurricane Relief Task Force, which has collectively raised at least $10 million in relief aid.
LIFE is also planning several events in the Metro Detroit area to support hurricane survivors. On Sept. 16, LIFE, in coordination with the Unity Center, Al Tawheed Center, Muslim Center of Detroit and ICI, is holding a fundraising dinner at the Unity Center. Admission is free. On Sept. 30, LIFE, along with the Congress of Arab American Organizations, will be holding a fundraising dinner at Bint Jebail Cultural Center in Dearborn. Admission is $50 per person and all proceeds will benefit the survivors.

Actions, loud and clear

Two thousand Muslim volunteers mark Sept. 11 by assisting hurricane victims.

Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/editorial/3350931

Among the Houstonians who reacted to Katrina by making a beeline to evacuee centers, plenty of first responders were Muslims. Texas Muslims have also written checks, sorted clothes and donated diapers with the same energy that has made this city a bright light for the nation during a very dark few weeks. But the image of 2,000 Muslim Americans volunteering at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Sept. 11 was gratifying in a different way. It was a statement that, in addition to the individual efforts that Muslims have made toward their fellow citizens, the Muslim community is organized, energetic and eager to show its values.

The volunteers gathered Sunday at the Convention Center, working in shifts to feed the hurricane survivors there. The group was mobilized by the Houston Muslim Relief Group, an alliance of 20 mosques and Islamic organizations that joined together to help Katrina's victims. The organization joined Operation Compassion, an interfaith project coordinating volunteer efforts. According to organizers, the different religious groups drew lots to decide which day they would help, and the Muslim group was assigned Sunday, Sept. 11.

Several volunteers said that the day was coincidental to their project and that their work on behalf of the evacuees was simply an expression of Islam, which calls for helping others in distress. But Parvez Ahmed, chairman of the board of the nonprofit Council on American Islamic Relations, told the Associated Press that Muslim leaders viewed the volunteer effort Sunday as a chance to show their rejection of the extremism behind 9/11.

This explicit rejoinder to that tragedy four years ago is as welcome as their response to Katrina is today. In too many countries, moderate Muslims lack the security and freedom to protest religious extremism. Sometimes they also fail to support other groups in crisis. By working as a community, assisting fellow Americans of all backgrounds, the Muslim volunteers here show the world what they really believe in — with the irrefutable language of action.

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Its nice to see Muslim communities respond to this crisis and help out the people in need!! This is the true spirit of Islam- one of love and brotherhood, helping your neighbours!

Im proud of all the people who took this initiative..... to everyone out there, these people NEED your help.... do whatever you can!!!

Thankyou to all those who are helping out! May God Almighty help and bless everyone who's going through all this pain and suffering!!

Wake up America....Bush sucks! He doesn't care about people.....especially poor people and those of colour...... hes probably happy his familys oil stocks have gone up.... I think he's responsible for the deaths of all those people- and should be tried as a terrorist or for (negligent) homicide...... who could sleep peacefully every night with the blood of so many innocent people on his hands....

He can only make bullshit statements about freedom and other crap which has no relevance to any situation, and is spending billions on bombing the hell out of losers hiding in caves when there's people dying at home.

When 4000 people are killed by Bin Laden, he attacks two countries, forms an alliance of the willing, kills 1000+ troops in combat, takes on the biggest budget deficit in recent history.... but when thousands even more die AT HOME, he fires a FEMA chief, comes on tv and says some bullcrap and its all good? WOW....

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Islamic terrorism? Another wake up call

Jewish Terrorism? Extremist Judaism? An ex-member of the Israeli occupation force has attacked and killed 4 people of Arabic origin in a bus (2 christians and 2 muslims).

The bloodiest attack on Arabs by a Jewish extremist dates back to 1994, when a US-born Jew, Baruch Goldstein, shot dead 29 Muslims at a mosque in the West Bank city of Hebron.

Apparently quite a few Jewish people and Sharon "condemned" this. But why am I not hearing the same uproar against this illegal attack I hear every time there's an attack against the West? I think its the media's , as well as the US and Britian's hypocratic attitude...

If it was a Muslim who carried out an attack on Jewish people it would be a problem with "Extremist Islam" and they would be called "Islamic terrorists", which is a completely ignorant statement considering Islam does not permit such violence and crimes whatsoever.

I also don't see any right wingers calling this a problem with Judaism? Because its not! Just like its not one with Islam! Stop the bias and the discrimination!

Just like you wouldn't call a madman to be representative of Judaism, you can't call a terrorist Islamic.

Terrorism is NOT Islamic. Media has a responsibility to report responsibly and I blame 90% of this attitude on them.......!

Media : WAKE THE HELL UP!

I hope people see the message too...we are not terrorists...!

Thumbs up to BBC for bias free reporting...!

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Posting

Posting is now allowed by everyone: Accidentally or by default it was set to "members only". Sorry about the inconvenience.

Best Regards to all...

POSITIVE 'EXPLORE THE QURAN' FEEDBACK

ACTION REQUIRED

To date, nearly 20,000 people have requested free Qurans through CAIR's "Explore the Quran" campaign.

The following are excerpts from e-mails received by those who already received their Qurans:

"Dear Muslim friends: My copy of the Qur'an, by Muhammad Asad, arrived in today's mail. What you sent gives significant witness to your efforts to encourage greater interfaith understanding and mutual respect; and to the standing of this Holy Book. Be assured that this Holy Book will be treated just as you have stated is expected of Muslims. . ."

" Dear Sir: I received your holy book today. I am a Catholic but mainly a Christian. I really appreciate your outreach to me and others. I will treat this book with great respect. . ."

ACTION REQUESTED: SUPPORT CAIR'S QURAN CAMPAIGN -
CAIR has pledged to cover the costs of shipping Qurans to all those who submit request, but we need your support to fulfill that pledge.

1) SPONSOR a free copy(s) of the Quran so that people of other faiths may learn the truth about Islam and Muslims. To sponsor one or more Qurans online, go to: http://www.explorethequran.org To sponsor a Quran by phone, call 1-800-78-ISLAM (1-800-784-7526). (In order to ease the pressure on CAIR's switchboard, those sponsoring a free Quran may also send a donation to: Explore the Quran, CAIR, 453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C., 20003)

2) IMAMS and COMMUNITY LEADERS should ask congregations to support this important project.

3) FORWARD this alert to your Muslim friends, family and colleagues.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Check it out!

The store is launhed...

http://www.cafepress.com/umat

Saturday, July 30, 2005

What do you guys think?

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Update..

I received a suggestion about opening an online store as a way to fund raise for awareness in the general public about Islam and also within Muslim communities. I'm in the middle of designing items for sale at this store. Initially it offer inexpensive bumper stickers, magnets, hats and t-shirts that promote our cause. If you have any ideas or suggestions about the slogans or designs, please forward them to : umatblog@yahoo.com

Also, I would appreciate all the help I can get in designing some graphics/logos for a formal UMAT site as well as for the products. I will post some initial work I've done in the next few days.

Initially the store would be profit-free (at cost), but depending on the response I will charge a surcharge of $0.50 for each item sold towards the fundraising efforts.

Once again, all suggestions, help, technical expertise and ideas will be much appreciated.

God Bless you all..

Fiqh Council of North America release official Fatwa

Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) has officially issued a Fatwa denouncing terrorism and acts of terror....

Its endorsed by more than 120 U.S. Muslim groups, leaders and institutions. (The term "fiqh" refers to Islamic jurisprudence.)

The fatwa, released during a news conference this morning at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., states in part:"Islam strictly condemns religious extremism and the use of violence against innocent lives. There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism. Targeting civilians' life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram - or forbidden - and those who commit these barbaric acts are criminals, not 'martyrs'. . .In the light of the teachings of the Qur'an and Sunnah we clearly and strongly state:

1. All acts of terrorism targeting civilians are haram (forbidden) in Islam.

2. It is haram for a Muslim to cooperate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence.

3. It is the civic and religious duty of Muslims to cooperate with law enforcement authorities to protect the lives of all civilians.

We issue this fatwa following the guidance of our scripture, the Qur'an, and the teachings of our Prophet Muhammad - peace be upon him."

"We urge all people to resolve all conflicts in just and peaceful manners. We pray for the defeat of extremism and terrorism. We pray for the safety and security of our country, the United States, and its people. We pray for the safety and security of all inhabitants of our planet. We pray that interfaith harmony and cooperation prevail both in the United States and all around the globe. "

FIQH COUNCIL OF NORTH AMERICA Members

1. Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi
2. Dr. Abdul Hakim Jackson
3. Dr. Ahmad Shleibak
4. Dr. Akbar Muhammad
5. Dr. Deina Abdulkadir
6. Shaikh Hassan Qazwini
7. Dr. Ihsan Bagby
8. Dr. Jamal Badawi
9. Dr. Muhammad Adam Sheikh
10. Shaikh Muhammad Al-Hanooti
11. Shaikh Muhammad Nur Abdallah
12. Dr. Salah Soltan
13. Dr. Taha Jabir Alalwani
14. Shaikh Yahya Hindi
15. Shaikhah Zainab Alwani
16. Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah
17. Dr. Mukhtar Maghraoui
18. Dr. Nazih Hammad

Sunday, July 24, 2005

The Man killed in London ; Jean Charles de Menezes

Prayers for him and his family....

Another person lost to terrorism...

This bring up a whole new set of problems. Were the police right in their shoot-to-kill strategy? Were they not?

According to an eyewitness:
"He looked absolutely petrified and then he sort of tripped, but they were hotly pursuing him, [they] couldn't have been any more than two or three feet behind him at this time and he half tripped and was half pushed to the floor and the policeman nearest to me had the black automatic pistol in his left hand.
He held it down to the guy and unloaded five shots into him."

This almost sounds like the police didn't have to but they killed him. They had the guy cornered. With explosive technologies today, it's not like he needs to set up a fuse and light it up to blow up a bomb- these guys are using cellular phones and automatic timers as detonators, he could've done it with the push of a button and would have an even greater motivation to do so if he was dying after being shot anyway.

The real question is WHY the police let him get so close to the tube station. If he was considered such a great risk, why wasn't he probed earlier? Why wasn't he stopped when he walked outside his house wearing a winter jacket instead of being allowed to get so close to the general public. If it was a terrorist, he could have blown himself up even entering the tube station and still killed dozens.

The poor guy was shot by police although he apparently remains unconnected to any terrorist group or activities.

I'm just hoping that this doesn't lead to police taking out people of minority groups just because of a 'perceived risk'.

Hopefully this wouldn't cause the UK minorities and Muslim community to get more isolated. We need to be as vigilant as anyone else and help the authorities in curbing this threat...

Sources : EyeWitness on BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4706913.stm

Email response...

I've been getting quite a few emails since I launched this site...... almost all of them very positive...

This one email really stands out though..... and I wanted to share this with all the readers of this blog...
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From Mr. M ; Irish Catholic from Chicago:

I believe you. I don't think you should have to apologize to anyone. My faith was a little shaky to begin with but since Sept. 11 it seems like the religious extremists on both sides Christian v. Muslim are hell bent on seeing this through to the finish. I feel for you though, I have never known discrimination and cannot imagine what it must be like. I would like to know more about you, and how all of this makes you feel. Our only hope is that rational minds somewhere in the middle can stand up and make a difference. Good Luck.

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It's really nice to hear from people like this. Thank you for sharing your feelings and hearing my message with an open mind. I appreciate your support.

Down with violence and hate! I'm glad that my voice is reaching out not only to Muslims but people of other faiths as well.

And words of gold:
"Our only hope is that rational minds somewhere in the middle can stand up and make a difference."

For all the Muslims out there: Speak up, don't be ashamed of who you are because of the terrorists that DON'T represent you. Socialise with people, talk to your neighbors, friends, co-workers, etc. and tell them that the religion you believe in does not promote hatred. Tell them that JIHAD is not blowing innocent civilians up. Tell them that your faith doesn't reward hatred and murder with an eternal life in heaven.

Remember what the Propher Muhammad (PBUH) said:
"Show mercy to people on earth so that Allâh will have mercy on you in heaven."

If you turn this around, its indirectly saying that if you inflict pain on people on earth, Allah will inflict pain on you in Hell.

'25,000 civilians' killed in Iraq

Nearly 25,000 civilians have died violently in Iraq since the US-led invasion in March 2003, a report says.

The dossier, based on media reports, says US-led forces were responsible for more than a third of the deaths.
The survey was carried out by the UK-based Iraq Body Count and Oxford Research Group - which includes academics and peace activists.
The Dossier on Civilian Casualties in Iraq 2003-2005 says 37% of all non-combatant deaths were caused by the US-led coalition. (9, 250 people)

"The ever-mounting Iraqi death toll is the forgotten cost of the decision to go to war in Iraq" :
John SlobodaReport author

From BBC...

For the full report on civilian casulaties, consult : http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4692589.stm


Another reason war is no good...