“You Need To Read This”: A Letter From The Brother Of Abu Sabaya

•October 24, 2009 • 1 Comment

This is a letter from the brother of Abu Sabaya (Tarek Mehanna), who was recently arrested for charges of conspiracy (click here to read about his arrest and charges). I ask that you read this with your full attention and take these words to heart, next time it could be you….

For just a moment, I’d like to ask you to place yourself in my brother’s situation. You have a bright future as a pharmacist earning six figures. You come from a cushy life, no debt, and you have a pretty comfortable future to look forward to. The FBI approaches you and gives you this choice: “help us by informing on people in your community and we’ll reward you very well. Refuse to help us and we will make your life a living hell.”

Think about that for a second. Imagine if you had it made, and all of a sudden your entire future was threatened. My brother is facing life in prison now and his pending conviction means he can never work as a pharmacist in the states again. All he has to do is agree to inform and ALL OF THIS will DISAPPEAR. And yet he CONTINUES to refuse to, because it is flat out wrong. Who knows, maybe if he agreed, it would be YOU that got screwed from it, because as my brother’s case should show you, informants are really good at making stories up. After all, the FBI pays them $60,000 a year + housing and relocation to do it. It really doesn’t matter if you did anything wrong or not anymore. It’s all politics for the FBI, and they’re looking for glory.

My brother’s behavior is the exception in this type of situation. A lot of people end up making deals with the FBI. They figure, who cares, i’ll help them bust somebody I don’t even know, what do I care… it’s my future, gotta look out for #1. I want you to ask yourself if you would have the strength to make the right decision there. My brother did. And it could have been you, one of your close friends, or your family members that was spared this type of experience because my brother made the right decision. But now, he needs you to make the right decision. He needs you to do the responsible thing, and support him for what he is enduring as a result of protecting you. Because if people do not show their support for him after all of this, then the next guy that gets approached by the FBI like this will figure, “Why should I do the right thing? Last guy that did the right thing was thrown to the dogs. I gotta look out for myself.” We simply cannot afford to encourage that kind of behavior in our community. We need to help each other and protect each other. The FBI is not out for justice; they are out for blackmail and their favorite strategy is to turn people against one another. We simply CANNOT afford to be afraid to support each other.

One way or another, Allah will be the final adjudicator in this case, as He is in all cases. I trust in Allah and believe that He will have mercy on us. You just need to decide where YOU stand on things. Tariq has made his choice, and anybody with greater intellect or reasoning capabilities than a 1st grader can see through the RIDICULOUS story that the FBI “alleges.” You need to make your choice now. I urge you to make the right choice, and for the sake of my brother and the good of our communities, whether they be Islamic or non-Islamic, to support us at the upcoming hearing in person. Thanks for reading this.

– Tamer Mehanna

May Allah subhana wa ta’alaa free our brother Abu Sabaya and all the rest of our brothers and sisters who sit in  the dungeons of the disbelievers! May Allah curse the Disbelievers, His and our enemies, and may He allow them to suffer in such a way that they plead for death! May Allah tear apart their families, destroy their societies, ruin their economies, and crush them in every path that they take! Ya Allah we beg of you to aid us in releasing the chains that bind our brothers and sisters who are forced to sit in the cages of the enemies like animals!

AMEEN YA RABB AMEEN!

More ways that you can help our imprisoned brothers and sisters, particularly brother Abu Sabaya, will be coming soon insha’Allah.

Ban The Niqab?

•October 19, 2009 • Leave a Comment

As some of you may have noticed there has been much controversy lately regarding the issue of Niqab. We recently saw Muhammad Tantawi, Grand Mufti of al-Azhar, call for an immediate ban of the Niqab in Egypt. Well it seems also that there is another call to ban the Niqab, but this call can be heard in Canada not Egypt.

A brother who follows our blog brought this to our attention, you can read his piece by clicking here.

You can let the “Muslim” Canadian Congress know you disagree with their opinion, using hikma inshaAllah here:

muslimcanadiancongress@rogers.com or
please call Sohail Raza at (416) 505-1613

He will probably say:

(1) this issue is covering the face. However, he is not willing to take issue with other “face coverings,” I gave the example of people who cover their face to gaurd against pollution. Will he speak out against those? No. Even though both are removed inside and put on when outside.
(2) the issue is security. I said Canada seems to be doing quite well as it is with airports and other places where women wear niqaab, so there isn’t a reason to “ban.” He said maybe there won’t be staff. The Canadian Charter of Rights protects people who make this choice.
(3) the issue is the religion forces women to wear it. That the “MCC” is bringing this debate into Canada. However the “forcing” issue was dropped when I told him to check the history because Imam Malik (may Allah have mercy on him) said it was not a complete obligation, nor is it an obligation in Canada as we see many hijabis and of course people don’t cover anything (literally).
(4) the issue is religious. I asked if he has any background in Islamic studies in order to give this ruling. “No.” Did he feel it was just for him to make the niqaab forbidden? “I didn’t say forbidden – we want to ban it.” He referred to logic but refused to use it.

He gave me an extreme example and tried to generalize. Of all the issues facing Canada and Muslims at this time, the “MCC” has decided to “ban” the niqaab. Interesting priority.

All his points fell apart and he kept jumping back from one point to another. I told him his request goes against the Canadian Charter of Rights, freedom of choice.

Insha’Allah we can let these hypocrites know the truth, as the brother said use hikmah in this case. Insha’Allah.

Indonesia’s Earthquake Crisis

•October 18, 2009 • Leave a Comment

If you have a channel on youtube, we ask that you please re-upload this video in order to help our brothers and sisters in Indonesia. JazakAllahuKhair.

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PDF’s Damaged & Malfunctions

•October 10, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Asalaamu Alaikum,

We have noticed some of the pdf. books on the site are damaged due to uploading complications. We apologize for the inconvenience and we ask that if any of you come across a Damaged or malfunctioning PDF, than please report it to us immediately so we may fix the error.  JazakAllahuKhair

– Abu Sufyan al-Hanbali

Egyptian Niqaab Ban Strikes Controversy

•October 8, 2009 • 1 Comment

‘Aisha (ra) used to say: “When (the Verse): ‘They should draw their veils over their necks and bosoms,’ was revealed, (the ladies) cut their waist sheets at the edges and covered their faces with the cut pieces.”

(Reported in Sahih al-Bukhari, 6:282)

When the verse “That they should cast their outer garments over their persons” was revealed, the women of Ansar came out as if they had crows over their heads by wearing outer garments.

(Reported in Abu Dawood, Narrated Umm Salamah & Ummul Mu’minin)

We ask Allah subhana wa ta’alaa to make all matters easy for our brothers and sisters in Egypt and may Allah return the land of Masr to the Sunnah and free it from those who speak only with ignorance and beckon to the Shaytaan and his allies. Ameen Ya Rabb Ameen!

A Response To Muhammad Tantawi’s Statements & Ban On The Niqaab

•October 7, 2009 • 5 Comments

Asalaamu Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatu….

I testify that there is no god, but Allah knowing and believing in His oneness. I testify that all acts of worship are solely for Him with no partners and no intercessors. I testify that His names and attributes are sacred to Him and that no other can possess them besides Him. I testify that the legislation is only from Allah and that when you judge in your affairs, do so only according to the judgment of Allah. I testify that The Prophet Muhammad ibn Abdullah (saw) was Allah’s slave, the final messenger, and the seal of all the Prophets. Finally I testify that Islam is the final revelation, the only option, the only solution, and the ultimate liberation for all of mankind till the day of Judgment.

To proceed:

It is truly sad when we see those with knowledge speak out of complete ignorance, this seems to be a growing trend in our day and time.

I am sure most of you by now have heard the news of the newest fatwa (i.e. legal verdict) from Al-Azhar’s ‘Grand Mufti’ Muhammad Tantawi. For does who do not know, Muhammad Tantawi has called for a compelete ban of the Niqaab (i.e. face viel) in Egypt. Muhammad Tantawi stated on Monday, October 5th:

“The Niqaab is a tradition and has nothing to do with Islam.”

This was said during a visit to an 8th grade girls class in which he saw a young Muslimah wearing the Niqaab. Upon seeing here he demanded that she take off her Niqaab. The young Muslimah resisted at first, but was left with no other choice by to comply. Muhammad Tantawi insisted to her that she should never wear it again and said:

“I tell you again that the Niqaab has nothing to do with Islam and it is only a mere custom. I understand the religion better than you and your parents.”

Later on Muhammad Tantawi released various statements announcing that he would soon push  to issue a ban on the Niqaab. He is qouted having said:

“I intend to issue a regulation to ban the Niqaab in Al-Azhar schools”

and:

“No student or teacher will be allowed into the school wearing the Niqaab.”

While there are so many things wrong with this scenario, I would like to focus only on one aspect of it and this aspect just happens to be the root of the issue.

Something exceptionally disturbing about Tantawi’s statements was when he is qouted having said, “The Niqaab is a tradition and has nothing to do with Islam”. He was careful to make sure his point was made when he said again, “I tell you again that the Niqaab has nothing to do with Islam”. Is this the truth? Is Muhammad Tantwai right when he says the Niqaab has nothing to do with Islam? Is the Niqaab simply a mere custom? We must go beyond the rhetoric and instead turn the authentic sources, the Noble Qur’an and the Sunnah of The Prophet Muhammad (saw).

Niqaab in The Light of The Qur’an:

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلنَّبِىُّ قُل لِّأَزۡوَٲجِكَ وَبَنَاتِكَ وَنِسَآءِ ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ يُدۡنِينَ عَلَيۡہِنَّ مِن جَلَـٰبِيبِهِنَّۚ ذَٲلِكَ أَدۡنَىٰٓ أَن يُعۡرَفۡنَ فَلَا يُؤۡذَيۡنَۗ وَكَانَ ٱللَّهُ غَفُورً۬ا رَّحِيمً۬ا

O’Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (i.e. veils) all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way).  That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed.  And Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

(The Noble Qur’an, Surah 33:59)

The arabic word here is Jalabeeb (plural of Jalbaab), which is the loose outer garment that covers all a woman’s body.  It says here to use the Jalabeeb to cover all, and scholars say this means to use it to cover her head (agree upon by all scholars) and her face (agreed by many scholars, not all) and one or both eyes, in order for it to be known that she is a free woman and so not to be exposed to any harm.

Also we can look to the Tafseer.

Tafseer – Ibn Katheer

“Allah commanded the muslim women to cover this sheet on top of them to cover their bodies except one eye, when it is necessary for them to come out of their homes.”

Tafseer – Commentary by Ibn Jarir and Ahkam-ul-Quran, Vol.III, p.457

Imam Muhammad bin Sirin said:

“When I asked Ubaida bin Sufyan bin al-Harith (ra) the meaning of this verse and how the jalbaab was to worn, he demonstrated it to me by pulling a sheet of cloth over his head to cover his entire body, leaving the left eye uncovered. This was also the explanation of the word ‘Alaihinna in this verse”

Tafseer – Alu’si, Rul-ul-Ma’ani, Vol. 22, p. 89

“Ibn Jarir Tabari and Ibn Al-Mundhir described the method of wearing the jalbaab according to Ibn Abbas (ra) and Qatadah (ra). The sheet should be wrapped around from the top, covering the forehead, then bringing one side of the sheet to cover the face below the eyes so that most of the face and the upper body is covered. This will leave both eyes uncovered (which is allowed in necessity).

Niqaab in The Light of The Hadeeth:

The wives of the Prophet (saw) used to go to Al-Manasi, a vast open place (near Baqia at Medina) to answer the call of nature at night. ‘Umar used to say to the Prophet (saw) “Let your wives be veiled,” but Allah’s Apostle (saw)did not do so. One night Sauda bint Zam’a the wife of the Prophet  went out at ‘Isha’ time and she was a tall lady. ‘Umar addressed her and said, “I have recognized you, O Sauda.” He said so, as he desired eagerly that the verses of Al-Hijab (the observing of veils by the Muslim women) may be revealed. So Allah revealed the verses of “Al-Hijab” (A complete body cover excluding the eyes).

(Reported in Sahih al-Bukhari, 1:148)

‘Aisha (ra) used to say: “When (the Verse): ‘They should draw their veils over their necks and bosoms,’ was revealed, (the ladies) cut their waist sheets at the edges and covered their faces with the cut pieces.”

(Reported in Sahih al-Bukhari, 6:282)

When the verse “That they should cast their outer garments over their persons” was revealed, the women of Ansar came out as if they had crows over their heads by wearing outer garments.

(Reported in Abu Dawood, Narrated Umm Salamah & Ummul Mu’minin)

In the light of all of this, who with even an atom’s wieght of knowledge could say that the Niqaab is not part of Islam and is merly a custom? Who would have the audacity to raise their voice above Allah’s? Who would have the boldness to raise their voice above The Prophet Muhammad’s (saw)? I ask you, who?

Muhammad Tantawi claims to understand this religion and to be a man of knowledge, but sadly we have yet to see this emmense amount knowledge and understanding within the statements and legal verdicts of Muhammad Tantawi. This is not a personal attack on Muhammad Tantawi but merly an observation of the obvious. Insha’Allah ta’alaa the point has been made clear and the light has been seen on this issue. I ask Allah subhana wa ta’alaa that one way or another this statement reaches Muhammad Tantawi or one like it so that he may only increase his understanding of this religion insha’Allah ta’alaa.

Whatever good I have said is from Allah and whatever wrong I have said is from myself and the Shaytaan.

– JazakAllahuKhair, Abu Sufyan al-Hanbali


The Greatness of Allah: Ibn al-Qayyim

•October 7, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Ibn Al-Qayyim described Allah’s Greatness, saying,

He governs the affairs of the various kingdoms and He commands and forbids, creates, sustains, gives death, gives life, gives power, strips power (to and from whom He wills) and alternates the night and day. He gives varying fortunes to people and alternates governments (and states), destroying some and bringing some into existence. His Command and Power are dominant in the heavens and their zones, the earth and all that which is on and in it, in the seas and in the air. His Knowledge has encompassed everything and He counted everything. He hears all types of voices and they do not confuse Him. Rather, He hears each voice in its distinct language and need, and no voice will make Him busy from fulfilling the need of another, and no need will ever escape His Perfect Knowledge (and His Power to deliver).

He does not become bored because of the many needs of those who need. His Sight encompasses all that which there is. He sees the movement of a black ant on a barren rock during a dark night. To Him, the Unseen is uncovered end the secret is secret no more, “Whosoever is in the heavens and on Earth begs of Him (its needs from Him). Every day He has a matter to bring Forth (such as giving honor to some, disgrace to some, life to (some, death to some, etc.).” [55:29]

He forgives an evil deed, makes depression vanish and brings reprieve from disasters, relief for whoever needs it, wealth for the poor, guidance for the misguided, light for the lost, help for he who is desperate, fullness for the hungry, cover for the barely clothed, cure for the ill and ease for he who suffers. He accepts he who repents, gives reward for he who does good, gives aid for he who was dealt with injustice, destroys an arrogant person, covers mistakes, gives safety after fear end elevates some people and humiliates others. If those who inhabit His heavens and His earth and all those whom He created, whether mankind or the Jinns, had hearts similar to the most pious heart, His Kingdom will not increase. If all His creation, whether mankind or the Jinns, had hearts similar to the heart of the most wicked heart, this will not decrease from His Kingdom. Also, if all those who inhabit His heavens and His earth, all mankind and all the Jinns, the dead and the living, stand up on one strip of land and each asks Him for his need, and He then fulfils their needs, this will not decrease from what He has a bit.

He is the First, nothing is before Him, the Last, nothing is after Him, the Most High, nothing is above Him, and the Most Near, nothing is nearer than Him. He, Exalted and Ever High as He is, is the Best Whom one can and should remember, the only One Who deserves to be worshiped and thanked, the Kindest of all those who own and the Most generous of all those who are asked to give. He is the King Who has no partner, the One Who has no competitor, the Samad (Self-Sufficient) Who has no offspring, and the Ever High, none like unto Him. Everything perishes save His Face and every kingship is bound to perish except His. He will only be obeyed by His Leave, and His Knowledge uncovers all disobedience to Him. When He is obeyed, He thanks for it, and when He is disobeyed, He grants forgiveness (for those who truly repent to Him). Every punishment from Him is just and every bounty is a grace. He is the Closest Witness and the Nearest One with His Perfect Care. He controls the forelocks of everything and has the full records of all deeds end the books of all ages. The hearts are unmasked to Him and the secret is unveiled. His giving and punishing is merely a Command, “Verily, His Command, when He intends a thing, is only that He says to it, ‘Be, and it is!’” [36:82].