Thank you for volunteers

April 13, 2013

Assalamu Aleekum

Dear Brothers,

Mohammad Dardouk,     Ahmed Hassan,       Imam Mustafa,      Nadeem Vellore, Mohamed Daqaq              Fuad Mefleh,          Hashim Mefleh,      Ahmed Mefleh, Enamul R. Latifee,           Mooez ,                    Nayeem ,                  Saad Asrar ,

Khalid Trabelsi,               Anas Rahhal,           Baraa Rahhal,         Mujahid Faruq, Bassam Faruq,                 Ahmed Keshlaf       Mawlood,                  Bilal Darnell

Mohamed Darfoon,         Siraj Darfoon,        (Farooq) Armstrong,

Abdul Salam Darfoon,

Volunteering is the lifeblood of any community.   Our beloved Mosque would not exist without dedicated volunteers like you.   In Islam there is a strong ethic of volunteerism.   Volunteerism is not just participating in a study circle or a fundraising event.   As Muslims, our role is to be world citizens … working for a better society and community.

As Muslims, our role isn’t just to pray, fast, and pay zakat.  We must volunteer our time, money, and effort to maintain and improve our community and help our brothers and sisters.  Our love for Allah is evident by the work that we do that helps the community and strengthens our FAITH.  Islam is a faith of action and we need to validate our faith by working to make the world a better place.

Dawah is not just inviting others to Islam and educating them about its principles.  It is also, doing good works and setting an example. This is where volunteerism plays a role.

Our Mosque is our pride and joy … it is the place that will transform us to a better Muslims.  We should always be ready to lend a hand to improve this significant place

On behalf of the Clemson Islamic Community board of directors and the Executive Committee, I would like to personally thank for the magnificent support you provided to repaint our beloved Mosque.  This event could not have been a success without your help and the help of many other volunteers who donated their time and effort.

Sincerely yours,

Nedal Mefleh

Race in Islam

April 13, 2013

Insignificance of Race in Islam

Racism has existed throughout human history. It may be defined as the hatred of one person by another because of skin color, language, customs, or place of birth.  For some it is also the belief that one race is less than human.  Racism has influenced wars, slavery, and legal codes.

Open or hidden Racism is an evil aspect of life which Islam seeks to eradicate. It is clear from the verses of the Quran (Muslims holy book) and the many sayings of our final prophet Mohammad (peace and blessing be upon him) that differences in color, tribe, race, or tradition are not excuses for unjust behavior or treatment. In the Quran, the almighty Allah repeatedly states the wrongness of racial discrimination and forbids it in Islam. Isla m does not consider race or lineage as determining factors in distinguishing people.  Allah (God) Almighty says in the Quran chapter 49 verse 13:

O Mankind, We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is he who is the most righteous of you”

Allah addressed all mankind not just Muslims by reminding them that He has created them from one man and one woman (Adam and Eve) through the same process.   Almighty Allah made human beings into different tribes, languages, and colors. These differences are a sign from Allah as Allah says in the Quran chapter 30 verse 22:

And among His Signs are the creation of the sky, the earth, and the difference of your languages and colors. Verily, in that are indeed signs for those who know”

There is no equivalency to the word race in this verse or any other verse in the Quran.  Islam limits the purpose of these differentiations to knowing each other. This is not meant to be a source of division or false pride as in tribalism, nationalism, colonialism, and racism.

In Islam the measurement of greatness among humans is Taqwa (fear of Allah or piety).  Being more conscious of our Creator in every action and interaction is the only thing that makes a person better or greater than another person. Taqwa is immeasurable by humans; because of thi, we should not judge each other; Allah is the best judge because he knows all and is aware of everything that we reveal or conceal.   The prophet Mohammad (pbbuh) said:

“O people, Remember that your Lord is One. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a black has no superiority over white, nor does a white have any superiority over black, except by Taqwa.

In Islam, racism or any type of discrimination is unacceptable … everyone is equal. Righteousness, sincerity, and modesty are the prerequisites to gain the love of Almighty Allah.  Lineage, color, beauty, and wealth do not make someone superior.

Islam a way of life

April 13, 2013

Islam is a way of life

Islam is a complete way of life leading to a balanced way of living.  Islam integrates all domains of human life, just as the different systems in the human body unite to make a complete human being; if one system dysfunction, it will affect the whole body. Likewise, Islam establishes systems of laws that integrate all parts of human society to bring happiness and peace to all its members.

Islam is a social, economical, and political guide for individuals and communities.   The Islamic principles and system of worship, civil rights, code of behavior, dress code, diet, laws of marriage, divorce, inheritance, war, peace, economics, and trades provide realistic, fair, and objective solutions to the individual, family, social, and international problems.

Islam clearly establishes Muslims duties and rights with God, self, children, relatives, neighbor, guest, environment, and everybody else.

The spiritual and secular lives in Islam are closely interrelated.  A spiritual belief that does not deal with social behavior, economic relations and international organizations is as erroneous as the social doctrine that does not consider spiritual belief, morality and behavior.

Almighty Allah asserts in the Quran that human beings were created to worship Him, and that the basis of all true worship is God-consciousness.  Since the teachings of Islam encompass all aspects of life and ethics, God-consciousness is encouraged in all human affairs. A good Muslim must submit himself completely to the Will of Allah in his worldly and spiritual affairs.  Almighty Allah says “Say: ‘Truly, my prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, the Lord of the worlds. No partner has He: this am I commanded, and I am the first of those who submit to His Will.’” [Quran 6:162]

Islam is a divine guidance wherein humans of all nations, colors and tongues are linked to a Supreme Power and Justice.  Islam does not allow a hierarchy of intermediaries between Allah his creation.   The eternal miracle of Islam, THE QURAN, is a standing challenge to the intellect of all peoples at all times.  Almighty Allah Says:

“Then do they not reflect upon the Quran? If it had been from [any] other than Allah, they would have found within it much contradiction.” [Quran 4:2]

Islam is a code of life which governs the Muslims spiritual life, intellectual life, personal life, family life, social life, economical life, political life and international life.

Islam is not a new religion, but the same truth that God revealed through all His prophets to all people. For a fifth of the world’s population, Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life. Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness.  The majority of Muslims have nothing to do with the extremely grave events which have come to be associated with their faith.