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Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

Alhamdullilah, wa salaatu wa salaamu ‘ala Rasool’Allah

Part II of II    Click here to See Part I

The Nation of Islam, Then and Now

As the night and speech was coming to a close, Imam Siraj shed more light on the Nation of Islam, then and now.

After the death of Elijah Muhammad in 1975, his son Wallace Muhammad was appointed as leader.

Wallace introduced the Nation of Islam to Sunni Islam, and the first thing he taught was that W.D. Fard was not God, and that his father Elijah Muhammad was not a messenger of Allah, and that Prophet Muhammad, sal’Allahu alahi wa salam, is the Last Messenger of Allah. Wallace brought so many people out of absolute shirk and pointed them in the direction of Allah. Wallace did that as a Sunni Muslim, and while wearing a Nation of Islam Fruit of Islam uniform.

After the death of Elijah Muhammad, from 1975 to 1977, Minister Louis Farrakhan, in fact, taught orthodox Islam. In 1977, Farrakhan again started the movement of the Nation of Islam.

During 1975, Shaykh Jafar Idris came and taught twenty-five ministers of the Nation of Islam, Imam Siraj Wahaj being one of them.

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Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

Alhamdullilah, wa salaatu wa salaamu ‘alaa Rasool’Allah

Part I of II

Sunday night of Ilm Fest began with a video of Shaykh Muhammad Alshareef giving a special keynote address about Leaving a Legacy, in which he spoke about performing deeds that give on-going returns. Of them are knowledge that continues to benefit, a continuous charity which people take from, and a pious child who prays for the parents.

He ended by saying that when he was being interviewed for Madinah University and was asked who it was who had inspired him, he mentioned Imam Siraj Wahaj. Muhammad Alshareef finished by thanking Imam Siraj for being such an influence in his life, and praying that Imam Siraj gets the reward for the work AlMaghrib has done.

Next, Shaykhs Yasir Qadhi and Muhammad Ibn Faqih went up stage with Imam Siraj, and both felt it incumbent to take time before Imam Siraj’s speech to say a few words to thank him, appreciate him, and show their love and respect for the great things he has done for the Muslim American community and the American community at large, and for the positive effect he has had on so many people. Read the rest of this entry »

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله وحده

و الصلاة و السلام على من لا نبي بعده

During the final session of Ilm Fest, and as a change of pace, the shuyookh were asked to share how their path for ilm was inspired or started, and also to share a story from their life, be it emotional, funny, embarrassing, or a combination.

Shaykh Waleed Basyouni spoke of a hilarious and embarrassing story in his life, Yasir Qadhi about how he was inspired to seek knowledge, and shaykh Muhammad Ibn Faqih about a moment in his life with his father. Prior to Shaykh Ibn Faqih, Abdulbary Yahya gave his story, and Ibn Faqih mentioned that this one, Abdulbary, was the strongest amongst them.

Shaykh Abdulbary went right into his story, wasting no time.

About two years after 9/11, his father was shot outside the masjid, his father being the last person after Isha prayer.

His father called him, “Abdulbary”!

Shakyh Abdulbary ran out the back door to his father, and blood was coming out of the abdomen of his father. His father then looked at him, and said “Ashadu an laa illaha ill’Allah, wa ashadu anna Muhammad Rasool’Allah.”
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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

So be patient with graceful patience.

UPDATE: 3/9/08

asalamu alaykum wa rahmattallah wa barakatu,

sister noria has stepped in for 1st weekend of baby-sitting in place of sister karima insha’Allah. may Allah reward them both well and grant them all the patience they need, ameen. to get into contact with sister noria for the 1st weekend, or sister karima for the 2nd weekend insha’Allah, please contact

  • charge is $7/hour
  • she karima was told there was a tv there, so she may bring her dvd player and some toys, if someone has more toys to bring that would be great!
  • insha’allah sister kishmish is bringing some mats
  • best advice to parents is to bring their own dippers and milk or water bottles for their kids
  • please bring your child’s/childrens’ toy(s) with an identification label on it

GMU Maps

Jazakum’Allahu khayran to brother Mobeen for making these really useful maps!

Full GMU Map with Labels GMU Map 2 - a few less labels, clearer though

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم   

… Oh children of Adam, take your adornment at every masjid, and eat and drink, but be not excessive.  Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess. 

Halal Eats

Grill Kabob ExpressDirections from GMU3.8 mi and 7 minutes
Phone: 703-246-9013
11213-J Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030

Simit Bakery & KabobDirections from GMU2.9 mi and 9 minutes
Phone: 703-426-1901
9558 Main St, Fairfax, VA 22031
Afghan KabobDirections from GMU7.1 mi and 17 minutes
Phone: 703-913-7008
6357 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152

Flame KabobDirections from GMU7.8 mi and 14 minutes
Phone: 703-913-7008
6357 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152

On-Campus Eats

Building Name: Johnson Center Food Court- Map

Taco Bell: 11am-11pm (Friday), 12pm-12am (Sat/Sun)
Freshens: 9am-11pm (Friday), 12pm-11pm (Sat/Sun)
Yaya’s Chinese: 11am-10pm (Friday)
La Patesserie: 7am-11pm (Friday), 9am-10pm (Sat/Sun)
Express: 7am-2am (Friday), 9am-2am (Sat/Sun)

Building Name: Sub 2 (Student Union Building II)- Map
Ciao Hall Buffet: 11am-8pm 11am-8pm

Building Name: Sub 1 (Student Union Building I) – Map
Damon’s Grill: 11am-11pm (Friday), 11am-11pm (Sat/closes at 9pm on Sundays)

Behind Fenwick Library – Map, in the middle of residence halls
Ike’s: 9pm-4am (Friday), 9pm-4am (Sat/Sun)

Other Near-by Eats

Fair Oaks MallDirections from GMU5.3 mi and 11 minutes
Phone: (703) 359-8300
11750 Fair Oaks Fairfax, VA 22033
Grill, Bakery, Cheese Cake Factory, Seafood Buffet, Fast Food, more on website

University MallDirections from GMU0.8 mi and 2 minutes
10659 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032
Japanese Habachi, Thai, Western grill, and McDonalds

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

and We made therein [mountain] passes [as] roads that they might be guided.


Heavenly Hues: Thematic Tafseer | Shaykh Yasir Birjas | Enroll Online
March 14-16 & 21-23, 2008
Fridays: 7pm-10pm, Saturdays/Sundays: 10am-7pm
George Mason University – Enterprise Hall bldg, Room 80
4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

Directions: Map Your Directions to GMU
Map of GMU Campus – Enterprise Hall (ENT) highlighted

Parking Friday (8am – 10pm) & Saturday (8am – 2pm) are $2/Hour, $8 Maximum per day at Sandy Creek or Mason Pond parking Decks. Student lots available for valid decals or special permits. Sundays, student lots are FREE. Closest student lot to Enterprise Hall is Lot A (Lot B is under construction.)

Parking Decks Map – Sandy Creek Parking Deck is right next to Enterprise Hall

Phone: (703) 993-2710

Tips: Enterprise Hall has a drive-up road for drop-off of passengers. Nearby free parking is also available right outside the University Field House along University Drive (street). Walking distance from Field House to Enterprise Hall is approximately 20 minutes. On Fridays there is a bus that comes every ten minutes to the University Field House until 11PM and drops off at the GMU Bus Stop. Side street parking is also available in some nearby housing areas, also quite a walk from Enterprise.

PS: Researching on free lot parking on Fridays/Saturdays due to events, please stay tuned for possible updates.