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The Islamic Bulletin

Issue 3

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The Islamic Bulletin

Issue 3

Dear Editor:

How very happy I am to have

discovered your wonderful

edition of the Islamic Bulletin! I

am a native born American who

was first introduced to Islam

and the Koran in 1984. It took

me until January of 1989 until I

finally embraced Islam in com-

plete submission to God’s Will.

Since then, I have endeavored

to practice the principles of the

Koran in theory and in practice.

I must admit that at times it

seems a very lonely journey as I

have no contact with other Mos-

lems on a regular basis and have

only the Koran for guidance.

But what a gift and a blessing

that has been in my life! I can’t

imagine my life now without

the beauty of the Koran. God

has indeed allowed me to see

and be blind no longer.

This is why it is such a joy for me to find your new bulletin available

for even non-Arabic, Native American people. I don’t have any

formal training in the practices of Islam and must rely on the word

of God as I read it in the blessed Koran. Being a single woman,

responsible for my own livelihood, I have found it difficult to in-

corporate all the strictures into my daily life, but I do the best I can

and have hope that God is pleased with my sincerity and efforts.

Your articles in the Islamic Bulletin give me the feeling that I am not

alone in my search for God’s path and a real help in understanding

and learning the Islamic laws and practices.

The prayer time schedule is really great as are the various articles.

Even the Kid’s Comer is informative for me as I am probably more

ignorant than a child born into Islam!

So, I guess the reason for this letter is just a great big THANK YOU!

Please keep them coming!!!!


Pamela J. Barrett,

San Francisco


Assalamu Aleikum

Dear Pamela:

Thank you for your letter, it was very moving. You should realize that

God is the best companion of all. Once you have foundGod, you have

found peace. It is only then do you realize that your hardships and

patience in this life will be rewarded. A person can have all themoney

in the world and still not find peace and tranquility. As The Almighty

says in the Qur’an:

“Those who believe, and whose hearts find

satisfaction in the remembrance of God: for without doubt in the

remembrance of God do hearts find satisfaction.” (Qur’an 13:28)

Today, many Muslims in general lack the qualities of the believers

which God has described in the Qur’an. The Muslims who follow

the teachings of the Qur’an and the ways of the Prophet are the

kind of people one should associate with. The Prophet (s.a.w.)

has assured us that these types of people will always exist in every

generation until the day of judgment.


















For the first time in 23 years the sounds of The Muazin (the caller

of prayers) reverberated through Tirana, Albania on January 19,

when the Muslims of this only majority Muslim state of Europe,

offered Jumha prayers in the centrally located Etem Bay mosque.

Besides the Muslims attending the Jumha prayers, there were more

than 15,000 onlookers gathered to witness this historic event which

was led by Imam Ibrahim Bala.

Albania had been, until this time, maintaining an iron-fisted stance.

God-willing, this is the start of many more Islamic events that will

be taking place in Albania.

1000 Y













Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a 1000 year old mosque

on the Kenyan coast, the oldest known trace of Islamic culture in

East Africa.

Richard Wilding, Head of Coastal Archeology at the National Mu-

seum of Kenya, said: ‘The mosque, believed to date from around

950 A.D. was found among the ruins of a small trading community

on Pate Island near the Somali border. It was a small rectangular

building with stone foundations, discovered beneath a mosque of

later construction.’

The mosque was discovered by a team from Oxford University in

Britain, led by Dr. Mark Horton.








The Islamic Social and Development Foundation of Thailand

has developed a new computer system which could display the

complete text of the Holy Quran coupled with its interpretation

in English and 13 other languages. This system called “Dara” was

displayed at the Gulf Computer Exhibition in Dubai (UAE). The

computer also has a printer and voice capability. At the press of

a button, the entire Holy Quran could he seen and heard on the








Web Address:


Editor, Islamic Bulletin

P.O. Box 410186

San Francisco, CA 94141-0186, USA










The Muslim world’s largest library is in Saudi Arabia’s holy city

of Mecca.

The library, which was built at a cost of 40 million riyals (10.9

million dollars), has more than 40,000 books, 2,000 manuscripts,

microfilms, and periodicals.

Some of the material dates back to the fifth Islamic century.

And Here in the US...


















On Thursday, March 7, 1991, the prayer service opening the

Tennessee State Senate Session was Sura Al-Fatiha.

It was recited by Imam Ilyas Muhammed of Nashville, Tennessee.

History was made in all of the United States as Tennessee was the

first state to have a member of the Islamic faith to open a State

Senate Session.

However, this was not an easy task to accomplish. Seven years ago

Imam Muhammed wrote a letter to the Tennessee State Senate

stating that since Tennessee represents a cross-section of faiths,

the Islamic faith had been omitted and not represented in the

Senate or House of Representatives.

His letter further stated: “As a representative of the Islamic

faith, an Imam (minister), I nominate myself to be included and

invited as ‘Minister of the Day’, to open the session in prayer.

The Muslim prayer that is used is universal to open all meet-

ings, services, etc. It is called ‘Al-Fatiha’ (Arabic meaning ‘The

Opening’). It is the first Sura (chapter) in the Holy Book of the

Muslim, the Qur’an.

“The substance or contents of the prayer offends no group or

single person, nor does it defy or single out any of God’s righteous

Prophets. It is a most beautiful and comprehensive prayer--short

and concise. It is usually recited first in Arabic and followed by

the English translation.”

After receiving Imam Muhammed’s letter, approval was given.

In his opening statement, Imam Muhammed related: “On

behalf of the Muslim American Community of Nashville of

Tennessee, the Muslim Community of America and the inter-

national community of over one billion Muslims, who bear

witness to the existence and unity of One God, I express our

profound and humble appreciation... for this occasion that

could pass by in insignificance as just another procedural

prayer opening the session of the Senate. However, this occa-

sion is highly significant beyond what is immediately realized

and moreover historical and destined to be a part of the history

of Tennessee. This marks a first for Tennessee Government and

to my knowledge a first for America, that a representative of

the Islamic faith has been granted the opportunity to lead the

Senate or House in prayer.”

Indeed this was an historic event for Muslims everywhere. To have

Islam recognized and included in our government, is the giant step

for much more progress to come.

See also the S.F. Chronicle, Mar.8, 1991 Page A7.














Keith L. Moore, Abdul-Majeed A. Zindani and Mustafa A. Ahmed

For many years, the anterior or frontal parts of the brain, called the

frontal lobes, were thought to be silent areas of the brain which

had little to do with the control of the functions of the body. The

reason for these ideas were prevalent was because when the nerve

fibers entering and leaving the frontal lobes were severed or cut,

there was no noticeable change in the activities of animals.

Similar observations were made in human beings who had their

frontal lobes damaged or had the fibers associated with them

severed during accidents. The fact that stimulation of the anterior

parts of the frontal lobes resulted in no movements of the body,

contributed to the idea that the frontal lobes were silent.

It has been found that if these areas of the brain are stimulated, no

movement occurs, and so they were called the silent areas of the

brain. If the motor area of the brain is stimulated, movement of

the various parts of the body will result. Thus this area, as well as

the sensory and visual areas, could be recognized, but the frontal

area was considered to be silent.

However, in the last fifty years it has been learned that the frontal

lobes are concerned with some of the highest mental functions of

animals and human beings. Electroencephalographic and electro-

physiological studies have shown that patients and animals with

injuries to the frontal lobes often have a reduction in their mental

ability, and in human beings there may be a lowering of ethical

standards. Patients present with signs of complacency and self

satisfaction, and they frequently show signs of boastfulness. Their

powers of concentration, their initiative and their endurance are

also reduced.

Memory of recent events suffers when the fibers passing to and

from frontal lobes are cut (e.g. following a lobotomy), and the pa-

tient’s capacity for solving problems is greatly reduced, especially

those which require considerable intellectual ability. The patient’s

power of judging his own situation is impaired, and his awareness

is reduced to the present and to himself.

In summary, the frontal lobes are now known to be very import-

ant parts of the brain, because they are involved in the highest

mental functions.

We make plans within these lobes and so they affect the action

and functions of other parts of the brain, e.g. our thoughts, our

feelings and our sensations.

The Qur’an has described the relationship between the frontal

lobes of the brain, and the ethical behavior of human beings, as

in the following verse:

“Do you see who forbids a servant of Ours (God) when

he (turns) to pray? Do you see if he who prays follows the

guidance and enjoins righteousness? Do you see if he who

obstructs rejects (Truth) and turns away? Does he not know

that God sees? Let him beware! If he desists not, We (God)

will punish him upon his forehead - a lying, sinful forehead!”

(Quran 96:9-16)

The word used in the last two verses above is an-nasiyah, which

means “the forehead”. The forehead in this statement obviously

refers to the frontal lobes of the brain which lie behind of posterior

to the frontal bone in the forehead.

The act of lying is initiated by the mental activities in the frontal

lobes, and their instructions are then carried out by the speech

organs during the act of lying. Similarly, sins are planned in the

frontal lobes before they are carried out by the eyes, hands, sexual

organs, etc.