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The Islamic Bulletin

Issue 7

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The Islamic Bulletin

Issue 7

Dear Editor:


Five brothers and I had the

chance, with the mercy of God,

to visit the Muslim community

in Brazil.

There are about 4-6 million

Muslims living in Brazil consist-

ing mostly of descendants from

Lebanon, Palestine and Syria.

To give a brief history of the mi-

gration movement of Muslims in

Brazil, it started around the year 1880, when the occupation and

economical hardship was due on Muslims in Great Syria.

Immigration was at its peak in the 1950’s when the economy of

Brazil was at its best.

Today, there are first, second, third, and even fourth generation of

Muslims living there.

The good news, thanks to God, is that Islam and Muslims are well

and sound. There are hundreds of well built mosques everywhere

and thousands of good practicing Muslims.

There are also Islamic schools and community centers. This is all

due to the mercy of God and the effort which was put by hundreds

of Dawa jamat who spent their times there teaching Islam since

the 1950’s.

When we arrived at Sao Pablo Airport, we had no names, address-

es, or phone numbers of Muslims to contact. The leader of our

group suggested that we look through the phone book for Muslim

“sounding” names and give them a call.

To our surprise, the second person we called was the Amir (leader)

of the entire Islamic Centers in Brazil.

46 people accepted Islam while we were in Brazil. Among them

was a general in the army, a state person, 7 engineers, a rock singer,

a drummer and even a preacher.









I met the preacher in the street while he was preaching Christianity.

He would not allow me to leave until I explained Islam to him.

This preacher became very interested in Islam and accompanied

me to the Masjid.

He then declared his Shahadah and proceeded to trade in his

Holy Bible, full of 12 years worth of notes, for a Glorious Quran

in Portuguese.


- by Mohammed Asan Khan, Daly City

“As for those who strive for Us, We surely guide

them to Our paths, and Lo! God is with the good”.

(Quran 29:69)

For this “call” the Muslims are required to spare their time for

traveling in groups, from house to house, street to street, village

to village, town to town, and country to country extorting the

people to lead their life according to the Principles mentioned


No amount of opposition, threat, or persecution should defer them

from carrying out this job which has, in fact, been the life mission

of all the prophets in general and that of Muhammad (pbuh) in


Thanks to God, a Jamaat from San Francisco left on November

10, 1991 to Brazil to fulfill the commandment of Allah, Sub-

hana Wa Tala and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (Peace

be upon him).

The Jamaat stayed in two major cities, Rio de Janeiro and Sao


Having worked in so many Masjids and meeting Muslim brothers

from different countries, mainly the Middle East (as the majority

of the population is from the Middle East) many brothers made

intention to go to Pakistan for 4 months and others made their

intentions for 40 days.

Since the Jamaat (Group) from other countries are also visiting this

country (Brazil) the work of Dawa (invitation to Islam) has started

and lot of changes are taking place.

Still much effort is needed.

46 people embraced Islam. On our way back to San Francisco,

Jamaats from New York, Portugal, and South Africa were in the

neighboring cities of Brazil.







Web Address:


Editor, Islamic Bulletin

P.O. Box 410186

San Francisco, CA 94141-0186, USA


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Guided by ancient maps and sharp-eyed surveys from space,

archaeologists and explorers have discovered a lost city deep

in the sands of Arabia, and they are virtually sure it is Ubar,

the fabled center of the rich frankincense trade thousands of

years ago.

Leaders of the expedition reported that excavations so far have

uncovered the ruins of eight towers and adjoining walls and

deposits of pottery dating to Roman times and as far back as

2000 B.C., perhaps earlier. They said the location and size of

the site and evidence of a violent destruction appeared to match

historical accounts of Ubar’s rise and fall.

Ubar was called the “the Atlantis of the sands” by T.E. Law-

rence--Lawrence of Arabia--who had planned to look for the site.

The ruins are on the edge of the Empty Quarter of the Arabian

Peninsula in the Dhofar region of Southern Oman.

Much research has tied Ubar to the city Iram in the Quran and

to Omanum Emporium on the maps of Claudius Ptolemy, the

Alexandrian geographer of the second century A.D. He referred

to the people of the region as Ubarites.

But it was not until scientists began painstaking analysis of sat-

ellite images that they spotted geological traces that led them to

the site. Images made with invisible, near-infrared light showed

evidence of ancient caravan routes, undetectable on the ground,

leading to and from one particular area.

In the Quran, the city of Iram, possibly Ubar, is described as

the “many columned city...whose like has not been built in the

entire land.”

Condemned for their sinful and unrepentant lives, the Quran

relates, the people in Iram were destroyed by God. The expe-

dition found evidence of its cause.

The site’s buildings were built over a large limestone cavern,

which at some point in the distant past collapsed, plunging

much of the city into a gaping hole. The ruins were eventually

buried in drifting sand.

(See also San Francisco Chronicle, Feb.5, 1992)

Editor’s Comments

The archaeologists and explorers had no books or other source of

information to refer to except that of the Holy Quran. Passages

from the Holy Quran were even being quoted on the nightly

news and the major talk shows.

It should come as no surprise to us Muslims that the accuracy of

the Quran has once again been proved to be true. We Muslims

should not be surprised of the passages in the Quran and their


Muslims should also beware and take notice of how God creates

and also destroys. The people of Ad had disobeyed God and as

a result, God punished them by destroying an entire city. Do

we think that because we live in such modern times that we

are immune to such punishment?

Remember the earthquake in October 1989? This was just a

small reminder of how powerless man really is. If we had been

destroyed, were we prepared to meet our Creator? What good

were our money, wealth, and power at such a time?

Only our good deeds will be of value in such a time. Let us all

repent to The Almighty in this blessed month of Ramadan from

this moment.

For more about the people of Ad, please click here and refer also

to the Quran 7:65-72; 11:50-60; 25:38; 26:123-140; 29:38;

41:15-16; 46:21-26; 51:41-42; 54:18-21; 69:4-8; 89:6-14.









San Francisco: Thanks to God and to the kind assistance of a

reverend, for the first time the 23 inmates at the S.F. County jail

will be allowed to gather in one room for the entire Ramadan.

They will be able to have their meals before Sunrise and at

Sunset. Dates will be provided for the break of fast.











Shocked to discover that most tin cans contain traces of animal

fat; an improbable coalition of Jews, Muslims and Seventh-day

Adventists has persuaded major steel-makers to start manufac-

turing kosher steel.

The U.S. Steel-POSCO joint venture in Pittsburgh recently be-

came one of the first steel factories in the country to qualify for

kosher certification. Steel made in the plant for use in food and

beverage cans and steel drums now is guaranteed to meet strict

Jewish kosher, Muslim halal-haram and Seventh-day Adventist


Religious dietary laws, which date from biblical times, regulate

what foods observant Jews, Muslims and Seventh-day Adventists

may eat or drink. Muslims and Jews may not consume pork or

any animal products that come from meat not slaughtered in

accordance with religious ritual. 7th-day Adventists do not eat


The idea that food laws could affect steel sales seemed far-

fetched until someone discovered that steel used to make cans

routinely is coated during processing with lubricants containing

animal fats. Analysis showed that even after cleaning, steel re-

tained some of the lubricating oil.

(See also San Francisco Chronicle, Feb.14, 1992)