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ASJA condemns Boko Haram kidnappings as ?repugnant?

THE Anjuman Sunnat ul Jamaat Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASJA) has “strongly condemned” the actions of the Boko Haram in Nigeria, labelling the kidnapping of young Muslim sisters as “repugnant to the teachings of Islam”.
On April 14, Boko Haram militants stormed the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, and kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls and threatened to sell them.
The group’s actions have sparked an international outcry.
International rescue efforts have intensified, with the United States, United Kingdom, France, Israel and Canada all offering help to find the missing girls.
Apart from mainstream media, the issue has also gone viral on social media.
The #BringBackOurGirls hash?tag on social media sites Twitter and Facebook has helped in this regard.
First lady of the United States Michelle Obama has made her opinion on the issue known with her tweet on May 7, “Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It’s time to #BringBackOurGirls. —mo”.
Other celebrities have also joined in the campaign.
On Monday, Boko Haram released a video allegedly showing over 100 of the kidnapped schoolgirls.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar She?kau said the children would be held until all imprisoned militants from the group had been freed.
ASJA is described as “the largest and most influential Muslim organisation of Trinidad and Tobago”.
On Sunday, during its quarterly general meeting, ASJA raised the issue of Boko Haram’s “sinister activities”.
“Anjuman Sunnat ul Jamaat Association strongly condemns the report now circulating of a group called the Boko Haram in Nigeria and their sinister activities,” a release from ASJA’s general secretary, Zainool Sarafat, stated yesterday.
“We state categorically that we do not subscribe to such behaviour of this group by their thoughts and actions to kidnap and hold young Muslim sisters against their will,” the release stated.
ASJA said Boko Haram’s actions were “repugnant to the teachings of Islam”.
“This is repugnant to the teachings of Islam and must not be tolerated by any civilised people,” ASJA stated.
“These unlawful acts bring considerable grief to parents and families, especially when it involves chil?dren, more so female, being abducted and taken away from the protection of their parents and rela?tives,” the release stated.
ASJA said it will be praying for the release and safe return of the “innocent children”.
“Islam does not permit such action of theirs, and we urge the governmental authorities in Nigeria to act decisively to bring about the apprehension of those committing these atrocious and heinous acts that are totally forbidden, and we pray for the release of these innocent children and the safe return to their families,” ASJA stated.
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The Shuttered Bug

When she was 12, she got her first camcorder and discovered a world waiting to be recorded. Soon, everyone in the family expected her to be the one taking pictures, recording their gatherings. She edited her first home film then too, and has even done music videos with her cousins.

For Maryam Mohamed, filming has been a passion for exactly half her life—she’s 24—so when she finished her BSc in Sociology with a minor in Psychology, she was thrilled to begin a double major in the Faculty of Humanities at The UWI; a BA in Film Studies and Film Production.

For her dedication and application to her studies—she sounds like a model student—she was given the bpTT Student Award at the just concluded Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, a prize she is careful to point out is not for her short film, “If I could Fly,” but for her “studentship.”

“A group of students from UWI film programme was nominated for the award (based on our GPA) then we had to write an essay stating why they should select us to go to the International Rotterdam Film festival and how will this benefit us personally and professionally. The award is sponsored by bpTT and it’s an all-expense paid trip to Holland for the film festival,” she explains.

Sheikh Ali Mustafa Seinpaal

Sheikh Ali Mustafa Seinpaal hails from Suriname, South America, a former Dutch Colony; from a Christian, religious family. Sheikh Mustafa embraced Islam in 1966. After meeting Maulana Dr. Fazlur-Rahman Ansari (r.a) in 1969 in Suriname, he went to study at the Aleemiyah Institute of Islamic Studies at Karachi. Sheikh Mustafa graduated from the Aleemiyah Institute in 1974, the same year Dr. Ansari passed away. He obtained the Alim Degree: AD-DARAJAT AL-IJAZAH AL-ALIYAH. Subsequently he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Arts at the University of Karachi majoring in Political Science, Natural Science, English and Arabic. Sheikh Mustafa is also Hafizul-Qur’an and has mastered the Arabic language, Urdu and English. His mother tongue is Dutch and he also studied Spanish and Germany. Sheikh Mustafa traveled around the world and served in Botswana (10-years), Suriname, the United States (New York, New Jersey), Europe (the Netherlands), Trinidad & Tobago and Pakistan. Recently he came from Durban after serving at the Assalaam Institute for 18-months.

Moroccans discovering America

Numerous evidence suggests that Moroccans arrived to the Americas at least five centuries before Columbus:


1. A Muslim historian and geographer ABUL-HASSAN ALI IBN AL-HUSSAIN AL-MASUDI (871-957 CE) wrote in his book Muruj adh-dhahab wa maadin aljawhar (The meadows of gold and quarries of jewells) that during the rule of the Muslim caliph of Spain Abdullah Ibn Mohammad(888-912 CE), a Muslim navigator, Khashkhash Ibn Saeed Ibn Aswad, from Cortoba, Spain sailed from Delba (Palos) in 889 CE, crossed the Atlantic, reached an unknown territory(ard majhoola) and returned with fabulous treasures. In Al-Masudi's map of the world there is a large area in the ocean of darkness and fog which he referred to as the unknown territory (Americas).

2. A Muslim historian ABU BAKR IBN UMAR AL-GUTIYYA narrated that during the reign of the Muslim caliph of Spain, Hisham II (976-1009CE), another Muslim navigator, Ibn Farrukh, from Granada, sailed from Kadesh (February 999CE) into the Atlantic, landed in Gando (Great Canary islands) visiting King Guanariga, and continued westward where he saw and named two islands, Capraria and Pluitana. He arrived back in Spain in May 999 CE.

A reading from Sylvaine Diouf’s well received book, “Servants of Allah”: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas. Pg. 150-153.

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‘What the French did not realize was that their most profitable colony, Saint-Dominique (now Haiti), was fertile ground for Muslim maroons and rebels. The island had always had numerous maroon communities, and an average of a thousand runaways were advertised every year. The notices posted by the plantation owners, who listed the disappeared give a measure of the place of the Muslims among the maroons. Although large numbers of Muslims had been forcibly baptized, some had retained their original names, such as Ayouba, Tamerlan, Aly, Soliman, Lamine, Thisiman, Yaya, Belaly, and Salomon who appear in the notices. Female runaways, such as Fatme, Fatima, and Hayda, are also mentioned.

The Africans fled individually and, more usually, in groups. For instance, twelve Mandingo men, aged twenty-two to twenty-six, fled one night in 1783 from their owner’s house in Port-au-Prince. They were all professionals—masons, carpenters, and bakers.

It is not known if some maroon communities were entirely composed of Muslims, but major communities had Muslim leaders. Yaya, also called Gillot, was a devastating presence in the parishes of Trou and Terrier Rouge, before he was executed in September 1787. In Cul-de-Sac, an African Muslim named Halaou led a veritable army of thousands of maroons.

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