The Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City at one time was publishing a Newsletter that was distributed to members and friends of ISGKC. We found several of these Newsletters online dating back to 1999 and would like to make them available here now. We will be quoting from the Newsletters relevant text, but the original copies of the Newsletters will be made available for those who wish to read them.
Read the entire Newsletter at this link – ISGKC newsletter AnNoor_AprilMay2001
Muslims and the University Culture
W hen a Muslim joins a North American university or college for the first time, he or she comes into contact with a community whose culture and lifestyle are diametrically opposed to the Islamic way of life. On any given school day, a student can choose to go to class, sleep in and skip the whole day, drink, party, or study, all depending on how he or she feels at that moment. Individual desire become the first priority and everything else takes a back seat. The uncontested reign of individualism is also reflected in the values promoted by student councils and governments. Student campaigns and marches are organized against those who dare to speak out and challenge this value structure; these challengers are regarded as reactionary, undemocratic and of course, religious extremists and fundamentalists.
Another story from the April/May 2001 Newsletter talks about keeping the Infidels at a distance, and choosing your friends carefully.
Islam and the Concept of Friendship
Humans have always been social creatures and in need of friends and companions. Much of our lives is spent in interaction with others. For us Muslims who are living in a society where we are clearly a minority, the issue of choosing right companions is essential for preserving our Deen (Religion). Befriending righteous and virtuous Muslims is an essential means for staying on the Straight Path. Strong individuals, on the other hand, are the core of a strong community, something that Muslims should always strive for.
In an authentic Hadith, the Prophet Muhammad (P) said: “A person is likely to follow the faith of his friend, so look whom you befriend. “(1). The person most noble in character and dealings with fellow humans gave us a very clear message and advice in regard to friendship. We should choose the friend that is satisfied with our Deen and avoid the friend that is displeased with it. Whoever we see and are pleased with his Deen, we should befriend him and whoever we are displeased with his Deen and his manners, we ought to avoid him. There is no good in the companion who does not wish for us (from good) what he wishes for himself. There is also no good in the companion who wishes for us what he wishes for himself, if what he likes for his own soul is leading him towards destruction and Hellfire.
Instead of making friends with the misguided ones (NON-MUSLIMS) we should befriend the righteous (MUSLIMS) and treat the rest in a gracious and just manner. Staying on a sufficient distance is necessary, yet treating everybody in a noble and kind manner is required.
From the same April/May 2001 Newsletter from the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City
Some Examples of Great People
Allah the Exalted has told us in the Holy Qur’an a lot about such men and women; on the top being the infallible Messenger Muhammad (P) and the other Messengers (AAS), who were great examples of patience, faith and Jihad in the way of Allah. They also fought the people of heresies and they were really the ideal people to be followed.
Abu Bakr (R), supported the Messenger (P) by money and jihad by himself and was the first to believe the Prophet (P). When some people apostated from Islam after the Prophet had died, Abu Bakr bravely stood up against them and said: (By Allah, if they refuse to pay – in zakat for Allah’s sake) a goat (in another narration, a goat rope) they used to give to the Messenger (P) I will fight them.
Another example of great men is Abu Dijana, who made himself a shield for the Messenger (P) on the Day of Uhud to protect him against the enemy’s arrows. There are many other great people too. The books of Islamic history have numerous examples of such great people who sold themselves for the pleasure of Allah. Allah the Exalted says in this regard: “Men who have been true to their covenant with Allah (i.e. they have gone out for Jihad and showed not their backs to the disbelievers); of them are some who have fulfilled their obligations (i.e. have been martyred); and some of them are still waiting, but they have never changed in the least (i.e. never proved treacherous to their covenant with Allah).” (33:23)
Below is a screen capture from the November 2001 Newsletter from ISGKC remembering the Islamic Conquests.
In September of 2000 the ISGKC posted a piece from Syed Qutb. Egyptian Sayyid Qutb’s writings were the foundation for al Qaeda and other radical Islamic movements. He was sentenced to death.
After the 911 attacks by Jihadists, ISGKC issued a Press Release along with a Newsletter that encouraged the Islamic community to NOT TALK WITH AUTHORITIES……. see the original here. See excerpts below.
Since September 11 tragedy, the non-Muslim community in Kansas City has been overall very supportive.At the beginning, ISGKC received a few hate and threat calls. But the Muslim community did not report any incidents. After the release of ISGKC press release and several interviews with the media, ISGKC received a positive reaction from the community. The center received many phone calls, e-mail messages, regular letters and post cards offering apologies and extending help if needed. One of the significant things worth mentioning is that individuals are asking more and more about Islam and almost all of them are driven by this tragedy and to understand the relationship if any. This led a sister to revert back to Islam. Another brother has reverted back to Islam as well, Alhamdulillah. In addition ISGKC received many requests from Churches, Schools, and even companies to be educated about Islam.
ANYTHING YOU SAY TO THE POLICE, FBI, INS, ETC. WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU AND OTHERS. Once you’ve been arrested, you cannot talk your way out of it! Don’t try to engage the cops in dialogue or respond to their accusations.
Those are just small portions of the Newsletter issued by ISGCK following the attacks on 911, read it all at the link above. It should also be emphasized now again that almost exactly one year before the 911 attacks, the ISGKC was posting info from Syed Qutb to their website….. HIS TEACHINGS WERE THE FOUNDATION FOR AL-QAEDA and othe jihadist networks.
I also have learned a great deal about Islam since the 911 attacks perpetrated by Islamic morons….. I feel the most important thing to know is you cannot trust a true follower of Islam and Sharia. See why here.