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Layth
05-22-2015, 04:58 PM
Aslaamoallaikum

Not 100% sure why I've joined or why I'm posting this. But I think I have a calling to be a better, more assured, and more learned and practising Muslim, and I have a feeling this place will help me on that journey.

I started my journey to becoming a better Muslim a few months ago, and in that time I have learned a lot and met many different people who have either helped me in this journey, or have alerted me to some obvious missteps that they either have taken, or continue to take. My knowledge, my faith and my understanding and application of it, are all improving all the time. However, I am still an idiot on so, so many ways; so please forgive me if I say some rather stupid things whilst here.

Look forward to hanging around and learning, and occasionally offering my vacuous thoughts.

Jzk
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Layth
05-22-2015, 05:00 PM
First questions: why have I already got a reputation of 5? Did I earn that? What's that worth in sterling? Is 5 good or should I strive for more?
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sister herb
05-22-2015, 05:33 PM
Salam alaykum

You got reputation 5 because you joined to here. Welcome to forum. We all are at the same point like you, we try to become better muslims. We are on our journey called life, looking for our final destiny. Welcome to the board to sail with others.

:statisfie
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farhan
05-22-2015, 05:38 PM
:wa:

Welcome to the forum. Ooo interesting thread title, Spooky :p.

Hopefully you can learn a lot from the forum and :ia: it will be beneficial for you.

Congrats on your first rep :). If they were worth money £1 each, the bank of IB would be losing millions lol. 5 is a good start, keep it up with good posts and may you get more.
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sister herb
05-22-2015, 05:41 PM
And I gave the second like, because of the nice name of the thread. It reminded to my mind some ghost stories.

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BeTheChange
05-22-2015, 07:42 PM
Walaikumasalaam

I like the little icon in the thread title!

Welcome to the forum. Hope you have a pleasant stay! I think you will find yourself amongst like-minded people who want to improve themselves, so you're in a great place.
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Layth
05-22-2015, 07:51 PM
Salam alaykum <br />
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You got reputation 5 because you joined to here. Welcome to forum. We all are at the same point like you, we try to become better muslims. We are on our journey called life, looking for our final destiny. Welcome to the board to sail with others.<br />
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:statisfie

Salaam sister. I like what you did with the ship sailing 👍
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Layth
05-22-2015, 07:59 PM
Thanks brother Farhan.

5 is not a bad start for not doing very much. It seems you can get something for nothing after all. I like this place already.
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Layth
05-22-2015, 08:00 PM
Be the Change: thank you also.

Who is Tarek Mehanna? A friend of yours is a friend of mine.
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BeTheChange
05-22-2015, 08:06 PM
That's good to hear Alhamdulilah. He has been sentenced unlawfully by the legal system in US. It's very heart-breaking to be honest.

Please have a read of the below article

Background:

Tariq Mehanna is a 27 year old Muslim Egyptian American born and raised in the United States. Highly educated, Tariq holds a doctorate in pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He is a devout and tolerant Muslim who is not only respected in the local Islamic and interfaith communities, but who also gives back to his Islamic community by fulfilling the roles of brother, educator, mentor, scholar, and friend. Tariq is described by those who know him well as humble, reserved, warm, peaceful, intelligent, knowledgeable, reflective, pragmatic, dedicated, and straightforward. He is a person with strong ethical values who refuses to compromise on them regardless of the circumstances. It is unfortunate then that this customarily admirable trait plays a role in his current situation.

Several years ago, the Boston FBI began to approach Tariq. They recognized that he was a religious Muslim who was active in the local Islamic community, had earned the respect of many, and was beloved to the youth. The FBI recognized in Tariq an individual who is intelligent, charismatic, influential and trusted by many in the local Islamic community. They decided that they wanted Tariq on their side, and began to approach him in an effort to recruit him as an informant. Their objective was to secure Tariq as a tool to corroborate any FBI claims or accusations against members of the community that might arise, at the discretion of the FBI. Of course, Tariq flat out refused to backstab his fellow Muslim brothers and sisters, a decision that did not sit well at all with the FBI.

The FBI then proceeded to repeatedly approach Tariq over the coming months, each time pressuring him more and more to collaborate with them. This pressure most often came in the form of blackmail; Tariq was told that unless he consented to cooperating with the FBI, they would continue finding new ways to disrupt his life and to deprive him of a sense of security. He was told outright by interrogators that they knew he was innocent, but that they would not be satisfied with his refusal to cooperate. Regardless of whether their methods were unethical, coercive, or failed to respect his civil rights, the FBI were quite fortunate in catching an opportunity to arrest Tariq in 2008 based on a weak accusation of issuing "false statements" to a federal officer. After two months of imprisonment, his court-appointed attorney, Jay Carney, jr., was able to negotiate a bail settlement of $1,250,000. Tariq was subsequently released after this absurdly inflated amount was paid by his parents, who were desperate to have him return home safely.

Tariq did return home for nearly a year, living a quiet life, restricted by a court-ordered curfew, and monitored by FBI investigators. In the meantime, the case against him, based on "false testimony" charges, began to stagnate, and court dates were far and in between with no advances made by the FBI. Over time, the Mehanna family began to finally feel a sense of restored normalcy and stability in their lives. This feeling was suddenly and violently shattered during the fajr hours of September 21st, 2009, when FBI agents showed up at the Mehanna home doorstep at 5:00AM in the morning. Despite the lack of ANY new evidence since the prior arrest, the agents came with an arrest warrant. According to Dr. Ahmed Mehanna, Tariq's father, the agents were visibly excited and enthusiastic about their invasion of the Mehanna private household and the seizure and arrest of Tariq. The situation facing Tariq now is one where his second arrest means that there is no chance for bail. Tariq is currently incarcerated at the Plymouth Correctional Facility, where he is expected to remain for the several year duration of a new trial based on outright FALSE AND LUDICROUSE accusations of aiding and abetting terrorism. He currently faces LIFE IN PRISON if convicted guilty in a trial by grand jury. We must offer our greatest support and most dedicated effort if there is to be hope of Tariq's release. Thank you for taking the time to read this history, and we are confident that you will share our knowledge of Tariq's innocence. In addition, it is our sincere hope that the United States justice system remain true to its "innocent until proven guilty" origins, and for Tariq to receive a fair and just trial.

You can visit a facebook page which is dedicated to him by visiting https://www.facebook.com/FreeTarekMehanna

or visit this link http://www.theguardian.com/commentis...speaking-truth to read aother article
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Layth
05-22-2015, 09:31 PM
That is awful, and heartbreaking as you say. I read the Guardian article with care because I find that to be a mostly balanced and open-minded newspaper.

I have the greatest of sympathy for what Tariq Mehanna has been through. I can't help but feel that there, but for the grace of Allah, go I... I agree with everything that he did and the things that it sounds like he said. He was right not to turn on his brothers and sisters. He was right to denounce American action in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was right to defend the right of Muslims in defending their own countries. He was right to label the Western occupation forces as exactly that; aggressors and terrorists in these instances. He was right even to advocate aspects of Jihad that the Western media had wrongly stigmatised as terrorism.

I stand with Tariq. And I am proud of you brother for trying to highlight his plight to people like me who have been living in our uncaring suburban boxes. Is there any petition for Justice that we can sign, or anything else we can do?
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farhan
05-22-2015, 10:16 PM
Originally Posted by Layth
And I am proud of you brother for trying to highlight his plight to people like me who have been living in our uncaring suburban boxes.
It's a sister by the way :).

Regarding petitions, this is the only one I've found so far.

https://www.change.org/p/tell-the-as...es-about-tarek
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greenhill
05-23-2015, 04:22 AM
Welcome to the forum.

Wishing you a great stay.


:peace:
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Layth
05-23-2015, 04:39 AM
Thanks Farhan, but the petition seems closed now :(

I think you may need to have a gender change sister? On you profile, that is... You're showing as male?
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Layth
05-23-2015, 04:40 AM
Peace right back at you Greenhill :)
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BeTheChange
05-23-2015, 05:08 PM
Originally Posted by Layth
Thanks Farhan, but the petition seems closed now :(

I think you may need to have a gender change sister? On you profile, that is... You're showing as male?
Jazahka Allah for your concern. Am not sure if this is the current address but you can write to him if you have time?

Address is

Tarek Mehanna #05315-748
Marion CMU
PO BOX 1000
Marion, IL
62959

(but not sure if this recent) The address was posted in 2014 on a facebook page dedicated to him >> https://www.facebook.com/FreeTarekMehanna

Am not sure why my profile is showing male, i've selected female. It's showing female on mine.

Jazahka Allah for showing an interest!

May Allah swa give you peace Ameen.
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greenhill
05-23-2015, 06:34 PM
Originally Posted by فرحان
It's a sister by the way :).Regarding petitions, this is the only one I've found so far.https://www.change.org/p/tell-the-as...es-about-tarek
Farhan, I see 'male' on your profile too. That's strange. :peace:
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BeTheChange
05-23-2015, 06:39 PM
Brother Farhan is a male that's right greenhill
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greenhill
05-23-2015, 06:48 PM
Ok.. all the quotes of quotes got me confused. :embarrass
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Layth
05-23-2015, 08:30 PM
Farhan/ Be the change, my bad. I got my wires completely crossed there, and got the two of you confused. If I tried to explain, I'd just end up confusing everyone.

But I think I get it now: it's brother Farhan, and sister BeTheChange :)
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farhan
05-23-2015, 09:12 PM
Yes thats correct [emoji4]

When I first became Admin on here, the staff turned me into female and pink as part of my initiation [emoji23].

I managed to change my self back after [emoji2].
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