Action Alert: Protect Hijab, Marwa Shirbini

Marwa Shirbini murdered in German courtroom

Protect-Hijab urges the public to respond to the killing of  Marwa Shirbini (32 years old) who was stabbed 18 times and killed. The 3 month pregnant mother of one, Egyptian born Marwa was a pharmacist in the German town of Dresden. She was continuosly harassed by her assailant (identified as Alex W.), and at least once physically attacked by him when he forcefully removed her Hijab in a school playground.

Marwa appeared in a court hearing to testify against him on July 1st. During the hearing, he produced a knife and viciously attacked Marwa, stabbing her 18 times in front of her 3 years old son before anyone successfully intervened. Her husband attempted to shield her, and was also stabbed and then mistakenly shot by an armed guard who thought he was the attacker. Alex W. is now being held on suspicion of murder. Her Funeral gathered thousands of her supporters and friends in Egypt last Monday.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

1. Attend the Picket
Saturday 11 July 12pm

In front of German Embassy, London
( 23 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PZ )
Nearest Tube station: Hyde park and Sloane Square

2. Watch the youtube video below and related videos.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lmAx8VW9pM&feature=related[/youtube]

3. Send a letter to the German Embassy in the UK
The Ambassador
German Embassy
23 Belgrave Square,
London
SW1X 8PZ

4. Jumaah Khutba
Dedicate next Jumaa Khutba (Friday) to speak about the incident.  More details about the incident.

5. Write to your MEPs (Find who your MEPs)

6. Write to Human Rights Organisations

7. Write an article to the newspapers
Write to the main stream media in Germany and the UK requesting them to focus on the crime and what it means to you.

  • leser@welt.de
  • info@dw-world.de
  • online@fr-online.de
  • leserbriefe@sueddeutsche.de
  • redaktion@faz.de
  • info@berlinonline.de
  • redaktion@dresden-news.com
  • yourletters@washingtontimes.com
  • letters@nytimes.com
  • letters@washpost.com
  • foreigneditor@independent.co.uk
  • syndication@guardian.co.uk
  • navegante@navegante.com

9. Dedicate a minute of silence in any of your forthcoming gatherings. Focus people?s attention on the atrocity.

10. Write comments in chat rooms. Help people to understand how vicious this crime was and why it must not be forgotten.

11. Facebook
Visit the facebook page dedicated to Marwa and add your opinion

12. Contact the family to express your condolences
Send Telegram to AlShirbini Family, 18 Ahmad Fathy Street, Glim

This will help them through their grief.

ENDS

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Friday Khutbah (03 July 2009): Leadership through Example

Dear blessed brothers,

Let us increase our taqwa to Allah s.w.t. Fulfill all of Allah?s commands and refrain from all His prohibitions. Let us continue to be guided by the Holy Quran and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet s.a.w. in leading our religious life.

My dear brothers,

Each one of us is a leader and assumes a leadership role, whether in our families, among colleagues and friends, or to anyone else who look at us for good examples through our actions. It is thus important for us to be aware of this role that we play, whether consciously or otherwise.

Allah s.w.t created Prophet Adam a.s. as His viceregent and a leader in this world. He was also equipped with knowledge to assume that role. The prophets and messengers after him were also tasked to lead humankind to the path of God.

For example, Allah s.w.t says to Prophet Abraham a.s. in surah Al-Baqarah verse 124:

?And remember that Abraham was tried by his Lord with certain commands, which he fulfilled: He said: ?I will make you a leader to mankind.? He pleaded: ?And also (leaders) from my offspring!? He answered: ?But My Promise is not within the reach of those who are unjust.?

My dear brothers,

From this verse, it is clear that every leadership position signifies a covenant and promise to Allah s.w.t. Secondly, the basis and core of leadership is to strive for justice and fairness in delivering duties, and to refrain from being unjust and unfair in all matters and responsibilities.

Let us reflect upon the life of our greatest leader, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. How was his leadership in his family life, within the Muslim ummah and even beyond Muslims? Suffice for us to say that he was always loved and needed by others because of his excellent character and his merciful dealings with each and every of God?s creation.

The Prophet s.a.w showed the best examples in leadership. He fulfilled the natural needs of humankind, through attributes such as trustworthiness, truthfulness, explaining the truth, and wisdom.

According to Islamic history, even before his prophethood, leaders of the Quraisy tribe had already called the Prophet as ?The Trustworthy One? or ?al-Amin? because of the Prophet?s integrity when offering his service and contributions to his society. Known as such in his community, the Prophet had created love and trust of others towards him. But he earned so because the Prophet placed his community before himself, and he was a selfless leader who only sought Allah?s pleasure and blessings for all that he did.

My dear brothers,

The Prophet s.a.w said in a hadith which means, ?Each of you is a leader, and each leader will be held accountable for what he has led.? (Hadith narrated by al-Bukhari)

So what can we learn and how can we improve in performing our leadership roles in life? For example, in our family life, each parent, say the father, will need to consider the needs of each family member fairly and not place his self-interest above the rest in making any decision. But more importantly, we must also be aware that real leadership in family life takes place through our own actions and behaviours. Our actions are being watched, especially by our children, and they take cue and model themselves after us, more than what we preach and say to them.

In our work life and in society, an effective leader is one who leads by example; the example of his acts and contributions. Infact, you may be an ordinary employee or worker, and you may not have any subordinates. Yet, if you are the most diligent or industrious, you will become an example to others, and with that, indirectly, you have become a very effective leader.

My dear brothers

So let us reflect upon ourselves and ask how have we carried out our leadership role, whether back at home, or at our work places, among friends or family? Do we hold on firmly and strongly to principles, and we pursue Allah?s pleasure and blessings, or do we place ourselves and our self-interests above everything else when we make decisions? Do we only criticise others, yet do not offer alternatives? Do we only order and command, but we do not give a helping hand to those under our charge? Have we strived to become a good example for others? In other words, do we lead through example? Let?s think about it, dear blessed congregation.

Imagine the outcome for our ummah and community, if each and everyone of us is a successful leader in his or her own right. So we ask Allah that He grant us continued guidance for us to perform our roles and responsibilities successfully in the best possible manner.

Amin.

Source: Friday Khutbah : Leadership Thru Example

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Friday Khutbah (03 July 2009): Muslims in America and establishing a unique American Muslim Culture

Friday Khutbah at the Islamic Center of Inland Empire (ICIE) by Br Omar Ahmed.

Topics include roles of Muslims in America and establishing a unique American Muslim Culture.

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