Birth Name: Jason Newman Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States Years Active: 1999-Present Genres: Hip Hop
Brother Ali was born Jason Newman in 1978 in Madison, Wisconsin, and is a hip-hop artist signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment. Ali spent most of his early childhood moving from city to city in the Midwest. Ali's family settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1992 and Ali attended high-school there where he began rapping and writing his own rhymes.
Ali's first release was a demo tape titled, “Rites of Passage,” which Ali self-produced, recorded and arranged. He sent the demo to a local independent hip-hop label Rhymesayers Entertainment, who put out his “Rites of Passage” recording in 2000.
2003 marked Ali's first studio project, “Shadows on the Sun,” which garnered praise from und... Continue Bio >>
Brother Ali Were you aware that two of the most prominent Muslim American scholars are living with constant death threats from "ISIS"? With so many asking why ""moderate" Muslim leaders don't denounce terrorism (while every prominent scholar, community and institution has done so for decades) I wonder if non-Muslims realize how little the media has informed them about Muslim scholars, communities and institutions.
This is the latest statement from Sheikh Yasir Qadhi one of "ISIS'" Muslim critics who they've threatened for condemning them. I might word some things slightly differently. For example, instead of saying desperate folks who get recruited by extremist groups have "no knowledge, no intelligence, no life" etc, I'd focus on the fact that they don't have community or hope. We definitely agree that isolation makes people from all walks of life susceptible to extremism.
May The Creator continue to preserve, protect and bless Sh. Qadhi.
I put ISIS in quotes because calling these people the Islamic State validates their claims that they're representative of the Muslim world and fosters the connection in non-Muslims that Islam is responsible for what these people do. The entire Muslim world calls them Daesh. Google it if you're not aware what this means.
I also put "moderate" Muslims in quotes because calling these prominent Muslim scholars moderate suggests that they're not authentic serious Muslims, but represent a more acceptable, modern, updated Islam. The truth is that ALL of the major theologians from ALL parts of the Muslim world agree the Daesh represent and utter distortion and bastardization of Islam. It's not just the western ones with shorter beards and Instagram accounts.
Yasir Qadhi Ok, so, let's review what we're learning so far about the Paris attackers:
Two of them owned a bar. One was a regular hashish user. Another never prayed in the mosque and grew up in a life of petty crimes and a series of girlfriends. None of them studied the Islamic tradition. Disenfranchised, isolated, ignorant. (And before people start saying that this is what the media says, realize that most of this information is being relayed from family and friends).
Oh, and of course: they intentionally left a fake Syrian passport at the scene of the crime so as to make it even more difficult for innocent Syrian refugees to find asylum in Europe.
And these are the people leading the 'jihad' to free Muslim lands?!?
Yup, fits the bill perfectly actually. In all cases, the stereotype of a 'radical terrorist' is exactly as above.
Why is it that only such people are recruited by the extremists? Because they have absolutely nothing to begin with. No knowledge. No intelligence. No education. No life. Because if they had *any* of these characteristics to begin with, they would know how utterly vile and counterproductive such actions are.
Already, dozens of Islamophobic attacks have been reported across the Western world. Many countries and states have announced plans to stop any more asylum seekers from entering their lands. Mosques have been burned or vandalized. More attacks against Muslim lands have already been launched, and no doubt others will continue to follow. And the mood in many circles becomes even more irrational as it spires maddeningly closer to calls for total surveillance, or curtailing of religious rights, or mass expulsion, or perhaps even genocide of all Muslims.
Truly, as our Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said of such groups: their speech is beautiful, yet their actions are ugly, they quote the Quran, yet have absolutely no understanding of it, and those whom they fight in the name of Islam (ie., the majority of the Muslim world!) are closer to Islam than they are. Thursday 19th of November 2015 08:51:16 PM
Brother Ali The great Muslim poet Rumi says that the mighty sword is capable of striking and defending, but the sword can't carve it's own handle. Healthy, lasting growth is incomplete without elders, mentors, teachers and guides. This one is a treasure. الحمد لله