Thursday, August 29, 2013

LatePost::Seven Tanzania Peacekeepers killed in Darfur Sudan

During Ramadhan, Seven UN peacekeepers who were from Tanzania, were killed in Darfur. Their names were:
1. Sergent Shaibu Othuman, 
2. Corporal Oswald Chaula, 
3. Corporal Mohamed Juma, 
4. Corporal Mohamed Chikilizo, 
5. Pte. Rodney Ndunguru, 
6. Pte. Peter Werema,
7. Pte. Fortunatus Msofe.

May Allah rest their souls in peace. My Prayers are also with the families of the deceased, May Allah bless their homes and give them peace. Read the full story from DailyNews below.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hussein Samatar

At times its sad to hear the news of the passing of people who have done so much for their communities and Hussein Samatar is one of them. His focus was to teach people not to be dependent, but be independent financially so that they can sustain their own lives and their families. As always we all have an ending, and his time was up. Inna lillahi wa inna illahi rajiun (To Allah we belong and to him is our return). May Allah forgive his sins and grant this brother Jannah. Below is his story that I nabbed from the Star tribune.

Cancer has deprived Minneapolis of one of its best and brightest. School board member Hussein Samatar died Sunday at age 45 after battling chronic leukemia. Earlier this year, before learning that he needed a bone-­marrow transplant, he had considered running for mayor.
Samatar’s life story is nothing short of remarkable. He came to the United States in the early 1990s as a civil war refugee from his native Somalia. He taught himself English, earned an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, became a banker, then founded the now 10-year-old African Development Center. There he devised a way to structure loans that would not violate tenets of the Islamic faith, an innovation that helped launch at least 50 businesses.
Samatar entered public service in 2006, when Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak appointed him to the Minneapolis Library Board. In 2010, he ran unopposed for Minneapolis school board and put his expertise to work for education. Because education had been so important to his success, he championed important reforms to improve learning for Minneapolis students. And during his brief time on the board, the district began collecting academic data in four languages, including Somali.
After his election, he was the only one of five incoming board members who refused to sign a letter that chastised the outgoing board. The letter, on Minneapolis Federation of Teachers union letterhead, took the board to task for difficult contract negotiations. Although Samatar had been endorsed by the union, he wisely understood that it was inappropriate for incoming board members to take sides.
Political activism within the Somali community expanded in part because of Samatar’s leadership. He was the first of his immigrant community to become an elected official, but likely won’t be the last. His success encouraged others.
Samatar helped open doors of opportunity for many. He was an example of the power of hard work and persistence. His life and accomplishments are inspirational — not only for immigrants, but for the entire community.
One can only imagine what Samatar might have accomplished with another 25 years. Though his life was cut short, his legacy will live on in the many lives he touched and in his many contributions to the city of Minneapolis.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Eid Mubarak 2013!

Eid Mubarak My People.

 For folks following the Ummul-Qura calendar of Saudi Arabia and the Fiqh council of North America, and for our folks in Chile and the  Polynesian Islands yours is on Thursday August 8th 2013.According to Sheikh Alhad Musa Salum spokesperson for BAKWATA(The National Muslim Council of Tanzania) on Chanel 10, there was no reported sighting in neither the mainland nor the islands of Tanzania and Kenya, so Eid will be on Friday August 9th for us as we follow the traditional local moon sighting.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Islamic Call for Prayer - Ben Youcef

Adhan, the Islamic call for prayer by Ben Youcef. He is an actor who has had roles in Law & Order and Munich. This was done at an interfaith meeting, but you can usually find him on the King Fahad Mosque in Culver city, California  doing the Adhan 3 times a week.

Read the rest of his biography that I nabbed from his website.

"I was born in Algiers on The Mediterranean Coast into a family of 7 children. Fighting for attention among my brothers and sisters was probably where my acting career really began. Throughout my life I've been exposed to many cultures. My father was an Algerian diplomat stationed in Saudi Arabia for much of my childhood. I moved to London for University where I studied Business with a minor in Theatre. Before moving to Los Angeles I spent two years modeling for leading magazines and advertisers in NYC.

My objective as an actor is to bring a new understanding of the Middle Eastern culture to the rest of the world. My life integrates the Islamic spirit with modern energy. I still retain an almost naive way of seeing the world that comes from a truthful place of a kid that was me."

- Ben Youcef
To read the rest of his story and reviews, go here...

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Qaswida Kutoka Sweden Leo‏

Assalamu Alayka by Maher Zain.

I love the chorus
Peace be upon you, My
My Messenger of God
Peace be upon you, My beloved
My Prophet of God

Read his full biography that I nabbed from

Maher Zain (Arabic: ماهر زين‎) (born March 16, 1981 in Tripoli, Lebanon) is a Swedish R&B singer, songwriter and music producer of Lebanese origin. He also resided for a while in the United States. His debut album Thank You Allah, with 13 songs and two bonus tracks was released on 1 November 2009, with an exclusive Percussion Version and a French Version released shortly afterwards. He sings mainly in English, but also, amongst others, in French, Arabic, Urdu, Turkish, Indonesian and Malay.

Maher’s first musical inspiration came from his father, who was a singer himself, performing locally in the beautiful Mediterranean city of Tripoli - Lebanon. Fascinated by the music and instruments, Maher got his first keyboard when he was only ten and ever since music officially became part of Maher’s world.

The family moved to Sweden when Maher was only 8, where he continued his schooling, and later entered university and got a Bachelors degree in Aeronautical Engineering. With things changing around him, one thing remained the same - his strong passion for music. He would spend late nights at school with his friends where they would sing, rap, compose and experiment with music in every way. It didn’t take him long to realize that music became an integral part of who he is.