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Appeals Court: Govt May Have Lied to Jury and Judge, Orders Case Back to Judge Brinkema PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Source: jonathanturley.org - "Fourth Circuit Remands Al- Timimi Case In Light of New Evidence"   
Thursday, 06 August 2015 22:09

smallThis afternoon, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit remanded the appeal of Ali Al-Timimi, the accused head of the so-called “Virginia Jihad” or “Virginia Paintball” case.

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Not If, But When ? PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 August 2015 21:30

small2 There is an innate sense of security that comes from being in the house of Allah, however many masjid leaders have to rethink the security of their sanctuaries.

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Making Wudu Easier with “Wudu Gear” Waterproof Socks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Muslim Link Staff   
Thursday, 09 July 2015 00:31

wudugearAlmost anyone who has been awkwardly caught with his or her foot in the sink while doing wudu (ablution) in public can understand the need for the Wudu Socks by WuduGear.com.


Based in Selden, New York, the company is run by a female Islamic scholar, Amna Tirimzi and her husband, Fahad. Their aim is to serve the wudu needs of Muslims in North America. They sell highly breathable socks look like the thick black outdoor socks seen at stores like REI.


"Whether you are on campus, traveling, at work, this is a 'shariah complaint' option that is easy. We realize that public facilities, and even our own homes, are seldom designed to accommodate our needs to perform wudu," she says.


According to the hadith of Al-Mughirah bin Shuíbah radiallahu 'anhu, who said that the Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam made wudu. Al-Mughirah said, ìI moved to remove his khuffayn and he said, "Leave them, for indeed my feet were in a state of purity when I wore them." So he wiped over them. If someone completes the rest of the steps of wudu (ablution) and wipes over khuffayn, this can make doing wudu in public much more convenient.


The need for modern day khuffayn that are easy to use was important to the team behind WuduGear. WuduGear is the exclusive distributor of DexShell waterproof socks in North America. The pair of socks retail for about $30 a pair.


Potential buyers frequently ask if the socks are durable and can last for three miles if used without shoes. The WuduGear team says that the DexShell socks they sell have been thoroughly tested by the Darul Iftaa in Durban, South Africa, as well as several other Islamic institutions and ulema (scholars) around the world. "They have physically walked in them beyond three miles and passed the durability test."


"Alhumdulilah, my hubby and sons like these socks. [G]ot one [the] first day and then [bought] 3 more because th[ey] are very good for wudu," says Umm Adil who bought the socks at the ICNA convention in Baltimore.


Huda and Heba*, students from a local Islamic school also bought a few pairs. "It gets cold in the winter and these are perfect for making wudu in the bathroom at school," shared Huda. "They are pretty cool," said Heba, "but they maybe too hot for the summer."


Consumers have to be careful washing the socks are improper drying can puncture the membrane. The proper way to dry after washing is to turn the socks inside out and spin dry without heat and then turn outside in and hang to drip dry.


The company sells to individuals, resellers, and wholesalers through a resellers program on their website.


* names changed on request for privacy

 
At Natural Products Expo, More Companies Embracing Halal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Khasawinah, Muslim Link Staff Reporter   
Thursday, 09 July 2015 00:23

saffron-roadRamadan builds community. At sunset, families convene at the table to break fast together; students meet on campus for iftar; organizations hold fundraisers; mosques host hundreds of Muslims and friends of other faiths; and companies reach out to the public to spread the spirit of Ramadan.


At the 29th annual Natural Products Expo East in September 2014, the East Coast's largest natural, organic and healthy products event, held in the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, halal has become a household name. With over 23,000 attendees, and 1,277 exhibitors, more and more companies are seeking halal stamps, and two extraordinary leaders in the sector have gone beyond the stamp alone: Saffron Road and Crescent Food are using halal as a means to engage communities and spread goodness.


Saffron Road is a young and growing all-natural and halal certified brand that specializes in frozen and ready to eat entrees from around the world. Crescent Foods is a 20-year fixture in the halal industry that supplies premium all-natural halal chicken and beef.


These companies are unique because in addition to meeting the requirements for halal, they also meet requirements for all-natural and antibiotic-free. In the truest definition of the word halal, perhaps natural and halal ought to be one in the same: Adnan Durrani, CEO of Saffron Road, explained "For us halal is about tayyeb, what's wholesome and pure."


Ramadan provides a special opportunity to spread the meaning of halal and engage communities. Durrani shared at Expo East in the Fall, "We were on sale for the whole month of Ramadan. We did a Ramadan theme in all our stores and Whole Foods championed it. Some stores built pillars with crescents on top." This year, Saffron Road products are again on sale all month at Whole Foods, and can be spotted near artwork of domes, mosques, and signs that broadcast "Ramadan!" Additionally, 5% of sales on products will go to the Whole Kids Foundation, which aims to bring vegetable gardens to underprivileged schools.


The superior quality and ethics of these halal food companies shines light on the meaning of halal. Ibrahim Abed, Managing Director of Crescent Foods, said at Expo East, "Over the past year, we get less and less questions about what halal is." The increased awareness of halal has also heightened interest; Abed explained, "Interest in halal has gone up 50% from last year. People know it's quality and it's healthy."


Crescent Foods engages communities through social media and by sponsoring events. During Ramadan, and throughout the year, consumers can access promotions and enter giveaways on Facebook and Twitter. Crescent Foods sponsors a number of halal fests, sports tournaments, and other events around well-being and social good. Amna Haq, Marketing Director, shared that they recently sponsored a hijab fest "to empower women to be proud to wear the hijab." To partner with Crescent Foods, send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it two months prior to the event.


Crescent Foods spreads the spirit of community engagement not only by providing funding and donating to social causes, but also by volunteering. To celebrate the company's 20th anniversary, Crescent Foods organized a food pantry community service project on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Haq reflected on the experience, "Volunteering is more substantial than a monetary donation."  She explained, that "Being asked to share your time revitalizes your commitment. It gave us a chance to work with the individuals that we're helping."


With Crescent Foods and Saffron Road providing superior products and exemplary service with a proud halal brand, it is no wonder that halal is elevating standards. At Expo East, Durrani shared that, "the CEO of whole foods, Walter Robb, told us, "You've lifted the standards of our entire chain." They didn't [prior to Saffron Road] have one antibiotic free entre in the whole frozen store. Similarly, Abed of Crescent Foods said, "People ask us how they can support it [halal]. They don't have Islamophobia because of halal."


These companies successfully spread the meaning of halal by engaging communities. Durrani explained, "The other brands just stick a halal stamp on, but there is no engagement. We are very connected to the Muslim community." This message resounded with Haq, "Community engagement is a strong part of what we do here at Crescent Foods. We do whatever we can to help the community."


Saffron Road's Ramadan promotions end on July 14. However, the community engagement will not end for both Saffron Road and Crescent Foods, building communities is as important as building the brand. Along the way, humility reigns; Durrani said, "Alhamdullillah, I say it's my mother's duas. We have lots of angels protecting us."

 

 

 
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