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Iqra January 2013 Issue 5: The Last Stand The Ohio State University’s Assalamu Alaikum and
Iqra
January 2013
Issue 5: The Last Stand
The Ohio State University’s
Assalamu Alaikum and Welcome to Spring Semester 2013!
We’ve got a lot of incredible lectures, GBMS and events
coming up this semester. Sisterhood and brotherhood
halaqa’s will continue to be on Wednesdays. Ummah
Commitment is back this semester and Project Downtown
is every Sunday at 12PM! Iqra is taking submissions for
the next issue, so email your pieces and get published!
Inside this Issue
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My Race
Our annual conference will be occurring at the end of the
month! Join us for a weekend long sabbatical from our
daily routines educating and preparing participants for the
day of judgment and the journey of the soul from this life to
the final resting place, featuring world renowned
MAS-ICNA experience
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guests,Imam Suhaib Webb, Khalid Latif, and Sheikh
Hossam Musa.
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Speech
Somali Portal
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Information to register for the conference, basketball
tournament, and volleyball tournament can be found at:
Upcoming Events
msaohiostate.com
1/18 Ihsaan: Perfecting our
Worship of Allah (SWT)
The Day of Judgement is rapidly approaching, and those
who prepare for it will be the ones
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who will be rewarded. Are you
prepared?
Mushtaq Dualeh
Iqra Director

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IQRA Newsletter Issue 5: The Last Stand “When the sun is shrouded in darkness, when the
“When the sun is shrouded in darkness, when the stars are dimmed, when the mountains
“When the sun is shrouded in darkness, when
the stars are dimmed, when the mountains are
set in motion, when pregnant camels are
abandoned, when wild beasts are hearded
together, when the baby girl buried alive is
asked for what sin she was killed, when the
records of deeds are spread open, when the
sky is stripped away, when Hell is made to
blaze and Paradise brought near: then every
soul will know what it has brought about.”

Surah 81: 1-14

Some Virtues of Friday:

This is the day Adam (as) was created

This is the day he was granted entry into Jannah

This is the day he was removed from Jannah

This is the day his repentance to Allah (swt) was accepted

This is the day he passed away

The Day of Judgement will take place on a Friday Hadith: “There is no creature which is not waiting every Friday, from the moment the sun rises, fearing the Hour, apart from Jinn and

men.”

sun rises, fearing the Hour, apart from Jinn and men .” On the day of judgment,

On the day of judgment, when every Prophet will be

asking for themselves, too afraid to ask for anyone else, when every mother will forget her child and care only for herself, when every friend will forget their friend and wives will not care for husbands, the Prophet SAW will be the one person who will be asking Allah to save his ummah. He will remain in sajdah until every single one of his ummah will come out of hell and take them to jannah. How many years will that be? If for every sin, a person will spend around 50,000 years in hell, what about the worst Muslim in the world? How long before the Prophet SAW can lift his head from sajdah? Trillions of years?

A person should think before committing a sin that they will be prolonging the time the Prophet SAW has to wait to go to Jannah.

We’re not even worth it, but he’s willing to wait for us, so how come we don’t care about him? This man who cares for us more than our own mothers?

Shine Hawramani Comparative Studies ‘13

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Outreach Chair
What do YOU have to say about Amr?
He’s hilarious! If you haven’t
heard his impressions already,
you haven’t lived.
Sleek skinny awesome dude.
He’s a good guy mashAllah. And
he’s a real OG, whatever that
means.
Q&A with Amr
he’s a real OG, whatever that means. Q&A with Amr Q: If you could fill the
Q: If you could fill the Oval with anything, what would it be and why?
Q: If you could fill the Oval with anything, what
would it be and why?
A: Those pillows that are in a sword shape for
pillow fights…harmless chaos.
Anytime anyone sees him,
they are in a happier mood.
Great personality, mashAllah.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world,
He’s a lot more awesome then he
gives himself credit for. He super
awesome.
where would it be? Why?
A: Mecca then Bora Bora Island then Angel Falls
Jenna > Dunya…Bro
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: God please as a Doctor/Surgeon. Make duas for
me.
Very nice guy. Very smart. Will
be successful in life, inshAllah.
Q: Do you have a favorite Surah? If so,
what is it? Why?
A: Yusuf, entire story in one surah, can’t help
but finish it every time

Amr’s Bio and Plan as Outreach Chair

Well, now that the New Muslim Circle is up and running, Dawah tables are about to lannah, inshallah. Then setting up for Islamic Awareness Week woot. Inshallah, I will be speaking to other groups and other things. It’s all about Dawah. A little about me, I’m just a dude, 3 rd year, pre-med and loving life, Alhamdulillah. Make dua I make it to med school…seriously.

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Q&A with Shukri

What do YOU have to say about Shukri?

Shukri is one of those people you never want to get on their bad side with.

She is the best sister ever, alhamdulillah.

She scares me a little bit but in a good way.

Q: What's your favorite movie/book line? "Et de ratage en ratage, on s'habitue à ne
Q: What's your favorite movie/book line?
"Et de ratage en ratage, on s'habitue à ne
jamais dépasser le stade du brouillon. La vie
n'est que l'interminable répétition d'une
représentation qui n'aura jamais lieu" said by
Hipolito in Amelie.
Serious. Professional.
Intimidates most.
But she cool.
Q: Your favorite book and movie?
Pan's Labyrinth -film
Siddartha by Herman Hesse-book
I think that Shukri is an incredible
person. She’s got great taste and I
love how when she speaks the
whole room listens.
Q: Favorite Food?
Reese's
She tells it like it is. And she
LOVES peanut butter.
Q: What do you do in your spare time?
Chill
Q: If you were a super hero what powers
would you have?
Shukri loves dogs. If you
have a dog, make sure to
introduce him/her to
Shukri.
To Fly.
Q: Which is your favorite
Shukri’ s Plan as Ex-Oficio
Pokémon?
Digimon
favorite Shukri’ s Plan as Ex-Oficio Pokémon? Digimon My goal as ex-officio is simple, make sure

My goal as ex-officio is simple, make sure that the board members still like msa by the time their term ends. To ensure they leave MSA with the same joy and passion they had coming into their respective positions.

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Hadith about Qiyamah
Hadith about Qiyamah

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying:

Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, will take in His grip of the earth on the Day of Judgment and He would roll up the sky in His right hand and would say: I am the Lord; wbere are the sovereigns of the world?

{Book 039, Chapter 1, Number 6703 :

Sahih Muslim}

world? {Book 039, Chapter 1, Number 6703 : Sahih Muslim} Surat-Al-jinn ayah 26-27 “ He is

Surat-Al-jinn ayah 26-27

He is Knower of the unseen, and He does not disclose His knowledge of the unseen to anyone. Except whom He approved of messengers, and indeed, He sends before each messenger and behind him observers.

7 Minor Signs of Day of Judgment

The following minor signs of qiyamah have been mentioned in the Hadith:

1. People will begin considering

Allah’s wealth to be their own wealth. They will find it extremely difficult to pay their zakaat. They will consider the wealth, which has been entrusted to them as an

amanah to be their own wealth.

2. The husband will obey his wife,

disobey his mother, consider his father to be an outsider, and

consider an outsider to be his relative.

3. Knowledge of the Deen will be

acquired in order to earn a

livelihood.

4. Leadership and political power

will be given to those who are unqualified. That is, to those who have no self-honor, no manners, and those who are there for their own benefit. Tasks will be handed over to persons who are not suitable for those particular tasks.

5. People will honor and respect

oppressors out of fear of being

harmed.

6. Alcohol will be consumed

openly.

7. The custom of singing and

dancing women will become rife. Drums, fiddles, tambourines and other musical instruments will become rife

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By: Siham Abdi Psychology ‘16 Allah (SWT) said: “ O mankind, indeed We have created
By: Siham Abdi Psychology ‘16 Allah (SWT) said: “ O mankind, indeed We have created
By: Siham Abdi Psychology ‘16 Allah (SWT) said: “ O mankind, indeed We have created

By: Siham Abdi Psychology ‘16

Allah (SWT) said: “O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” (Surah Al-Hujurat Ayah 13). Before starting at The Ohio State University I never imagined that racism was still present in our Muslim Ummah. Maybe I’m naïve, oblivious even, but I thought everybody saw things the way I did, that we are all Muslims and have that special connection no matter what color our skin is or what part of the world we come from. Then I started school and was having a conversation with some friends and the topic of racism came up and how prevalent it was within the Muslim community. Obviously I knew that racism was present in the world such as black against white but I always believed that the Muslim Ummah was united enough not to exhibit such an arrogant trait. Who are we to think that we are better than anybody else solely based on the color of our skin when it is Allah (SWT) who chose our race for us? We may not want to be called racists but this issue needs to be talked about if we want to be a united Ummah, inshallah.

We may not want to be called racists but this issue needs to be talked about
We may not want to be called racists but this issue needs to be talked about
We may not want to be called racists but this issue needs to be talked about
IQRA Newsletter Issue 5: The Last Stand Zakaria Farah Environmental Engineering ‘15 This winter break
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Zakaria Farah
Environmental Engineering ‘15
This winter break I went to the MAS ICNA 2012 Conference held in Chicago. Over
4 days, I heard lectures and speeches from some of the most renowned speakers,
scholars, sheikhs and imams from around the world. Zaid Shakir, Imam Suhaib
Webb (coming to our conferene this month!), Sheikh Abdelfattah Mourou, Dr.
Mohamed Abutaleb (coming to a GBM in April,) and Tariq Ramadan are just a few
of the lecturers included in the 11 th annual MAS-ICNA conference. The diversity of
the Muslim population present at the conference was quite a spectacle and surely an
environment unique in a place like the United States.
The theme of the conference was ‘Toward a Renaissance: Believe, Act, and
Engage,’ and although I was not amongst those who took notes during the lectures
the session that resonated the most with me was called ‘Moving Islam Forward in
the 21 st century: Content and Discourse, it was presented by Tariq Ramadan and
Muslema Purmul. I have to be honest ad tell you that due to this lecture being
presented on the first day, I was late and unfortunately missed Muslema Purmul’s
contribution to the lecture. Alhamdulilah, I got to attend several of her other lectures,
if you
don’t know who Muslema Purmul is: Sheikh Google.
Anyway, Tariq Ramadan made a statement during this
lecture that has rung with me ever since. There is no peace
without jihad.
“Peace is an instant in your life, and therefore you have to
struggle to get it. Constantly.”
Inner peace is something I think most people struggle
with and what is so profound is that this “peace” would
not be possible without its antithesis: struggle…in
Arabic, jihad. Peace is not a constant and the struggle is
to find it is. Basically, the balance between the two is life.
The thing about Islamic conferences is that they are a tool. They are
not factories that crank out better Muslims after a few sessions. The output is
dependent on the input. Go to lectures you want and take advantage of the wealth of
knowledge that you can apply to your own life.
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IQRA Newsletter Issue 5: The Last Stand Speech. Abdulrahman Al- Ruwaishan Journalism ‘15
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Speech.
Abdulrahman Al- Ruwaishan
Journalism ‘15

“For by the Lord of the Sky and the Earth, it is verily truth—just as you speak.” The Holy Quran, 51:23

“He [Zachariah] said, ‘My Lord, place for me a sign.’ He [the angel] said, ‘Your sign is that you not speak to the people for three days except symbolically. And remember your Lord often, and give praise by night and by early morning.’” The Holy Quran,

3:41

The Prophet pbuh: (taking hold of his tongue) Restrain this. Mu’adh ibn Jabal: Are we then held accountable for what we say? The Prophet pbuh: May your mother be bereft of you! And is there aught that lays people out on their faces in hell-fire except the harvest of their tongues?

Speech is kind words, to loved ones and to strangers. Speech is the Sermon on the Mount, and the farewell speech at Mecca, and “I have a dream.” Speech is helpful advice, well- earned praise, giving thanks, and spreading knowledge. Speech is a force for good.

Speech is hate and spite. Speech is hateful words, to those present and weak, about those absent and unable to defend themselves. Speech is Hitler, thundering his way into power in the Reichstag, driving reason and humanity away. Speech is Slobodan Milosevic fanning the flames of the Bosnian War. Speech is a harbinger of evil.

Speech is power. And, as Uncle Ben would say, with great power comes great responsibility.

We need to be stingy in speech, and generous with our thinking. Inane talk has turned egregious: no sooner do we open our mouths than we are swept into a current of meaningless babble, harmful at worst, useless at best. We pass from frivolity to absurdity, from absurdity to sheer stupidity. In the end we are not saying anything, really, we are just saying. We become mere wagging tongues, flailing fruitlessly and endlessly in a meaningless breeze.

We need to learn how to say what we think, as opposed to speaking in lieu of thinking, or— God forbid—thinking only what others deem fit for conversation. It is not all-important to be heard, to have others listen to what you say and laugh and clap and admire you. Being heard is secondary to speaking what is worth hearing—to speaking the truth.

Speech must pass under the pressure of meditation and forethought; then it will be as hard and clear and obdurate as diamond. It must wind its way through the alembic of contemplation, and emerge as pure and sweet as fresh, unspoiled water, just distilled. Don’t let your words damn you. Take care to weigh them; always consider the consequences. Use your tongue well, and it will be a witness for you, on the day that ends all days.

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IQRA Newsletter Issue 5: The Last Stand Today, I fell into a portal of Wikipedia and
IQRA Newsletter Issue 5: The Last Stand Today, I fell into a portal of Wikipedia and
IQRA Newsletter Issue 5: The Last Stand Today, I fell into a portal of Wikipedia and
IQRA Newsletter Issue 5: The Last Stand Today, I fell into a portal of Wikipedia and
IQRA Newsletter Issue 5: The Last Stand Today, I fell into a portal of Wikipedia and
IQRA Newsletter Issue 5: The Last Stand Today, I fell into a portal of Wikipedia and
IQRA Newsletter Issue 5: The Last Stand Today, I fell into a portal of Wikipedia and

Today, I fell into a portal of Wikipedia and Google. With lab reports yet to be finished and essays still needing to be written, I found myself more intrigued

in a very different subject, Somalia. Although I am Somali by race, ancestry, language… The culture and stories have only recently begun to captivate me.

Mushtaq Dualeh Public Health and International Studies ‘15

So as soon as my fingers danced across the keyboard and I laid my eyes on the letters that strung into words and soon spectacular tales. My views on Somali history and literature intensified.

I read of a legendary Somali Queen from 15 AD named Arawello, who is said to

have subdue d all men in her kingdom. She brought Matriarchal values to the Somali people, which was a drastic change from the traditional Patriarchal society of Somalia.

I learned the origin of the word Barwaqo, ‘God’s Rain,’ and where Waaq and Eebe

are Somali names for God. And of Somali mythology that spoke of Giants, Hyena - men and Huur(The Reaper) I browsed a Somali Qasida from the 19th century. I’ve never thought of an ancient Somalia.

And I rifled through pages on the origins of the Somali language. I found that it’s a Cushitic language and under the branch of Afro - Asiatic.

I clicked hyperlinks, sporadically, and found myself on sites of genealogy and

Macrobians. And oh, how incredibly interconnected our world is. We fool ourselves

into believing we are so different from one another. All lies.

From more insight on Somali trade ports and cities to my discovery that we were a land of Egyptian pharaohs. It never ceases to amaze me, how much Somalia has to offer. The depth of deen, culture, and history is unique to th at region alone. And when we look on to that same region today, it is nothing short of apocalyptic.

Today, the Land of Bards is nothing more than a land of tears, hunger, pain, and sorrow.

And the icing on the cake is this has only been a reality for one g eneration, our generation . My vision is to change that.

Dig deeper into your own culture and history. Sit down with your parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts and learn more about where you come from. Even if you think you know it all, I’m sure there are treasures that are waiting to be found.

where you come from. Even if you think you know it all, I’m sure there are
where you come from. Even if you think you know it all, I’m sure there are
where you come from. Even if you think you know it all, I’m sure there are
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IQRA Newsletter Issue 5: The Last Stand Ilhan Dahir|English and Political Science ‘15 sureness Stringing together

Ilhan Dahir|English and Political Science ‘15

sureness Stringing together words That look a lot like regurgitated history pages Eyes confined to small glowing screens Ideas incarcerated by much of the same Our metal limbs have turned us into tape recorders And still I search for an original compilation The musician of our time will light fires with a symphony The greatest painter will need to make those pictures dance The singer will transcend sound to genuinely move an audience Artistry has become a social service It will need to wake us up And yet I am in search of that truth Of that inevitable truth Cloaked somewhere beyond the labyrinth of deceit Somewhere accompanied by virtue and integrity Somewhere beyond the maze of impartial apathy Paved with inconsideration Somewhere cold and humble But well lit and dignified My footsteps grow light with that promise I am on my way

Nomad wandering near darkened

places

Boots fall on the ground to pass defeated faces

Inactively looking for truth

But I see none in their expressionless

eyes

Masks make it that much easier to be

cruel

They say briefly before they shrug at the shoulders and point up at the

skies

Their voices are shrill Loud as the first sound to shatter a

lengthy and holy silence Sharp as the shrieks of a newly childless mother

Where are my thoughts taking me? Perhaps beyond the threshold of

propriety

No real thinker ever employed thought within a mental prison No honest poet ever dipped pen into

the ink of certainty Life is in the undisclosed, Truth is trapped in the unmapped corners of human consciousness

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inconceivable

I

invisible

The greatest minds of my generation are toiling away in the corridors of

want only to create the

want only to begin to see the

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