Community News (V12-I6)
Farad Ali: Durham City Councilman
DURHAM, NC–Farad Ali serves on the council of city of Durham in North Carolina and is a rising star in the city`s politics. A life long advocate for the city Ali has been pushing for accountability and integrity in the council.
Having attended Githens Junior High School and graduating from Jordan High School, Ali is a product of the Durham public school system. He remained in the area, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in finance, from the School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He went on to obtain a Masters in Business Administration from Campbell University.
His professional career began in the banking industry, Mr. Ali worked for over ten years as a successful community, commercial and corporate banker in the private sector.
Currently an executive at a nonprofit, Farad Ali works within an organization focused on addressing issues related to responsible community economic and minority business development. During his career, he has served on numerous local boards and advisory committees. He has served as a speaker and advisor for state and national financial and economic development programs. Mr. Ali has been intensively involved in programs to foster community development.
BYU publishes Ibn Sina translation
SALT LAKE CITY, UT–Ibn Sina, the great Muslim philosopher and scientist, is being reintroduced to the modern world through translations of his works by the Brigham Young University.
A section of Avicennaâ€™s work from â€œThe Healingâ€ called â€œThe Physicsâ€ was translated by Jon McGinnis, an associate professor in the department of philosophy of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The resulting two volumes, titled â€œAvicenna: The Physics of â€˜The Healing,â€™â€ are now available as part of BYUâ€™s Middle Eastern Texts Initiative.
BYUâ€™s Middle Eastern Texts Initiative has published 16 works — including Islamic works, Eastern Christian texts and a series of works by Jewish rabbi Moses Maimonides. â€œPhysicsâ€ is the seventh volume in the Islamic Translation Series of this initiative.
Hundreds come for Halal food course
TORONTO–In a sign of growing concerns over Halal foods hundreds of Muslim youth in the Toronto area turned out for a weekend course titled â€˜Precious Provisions: Fiqh of Food and Clothing,â€™ taught by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi. Providing a comparative analysis of the rulings on food according to the various Islamic legal schools he said that a majority agrees that the food should be properly slaughtered and that the name of Allah (swt) be recited on the animal or bird.
Throwing light on the various controversies on the topic in North America he went on to demonstrate that the permissibility of the meat of the people of the book is not unconditional. He said it is permissible only if the Islamic conditions of dhabh are met.
He said that the importance of tasmiyah evident from the fact that it is even required for hunted animals, so how about non-hunted? He said that only school, the Maliki, consider the mentioning of Allahâ€™s name is Mustahab. The majority opinion either considers it to be obligatory to mention Allahâ€™s name in all circumstances or obligatory but forgiven if accidentally forgotten.
Shaykh Qadhi also discussed the reliability of the books which contain lists of halal and haram products. He said the utility of such books is limited as they are not written by Islamic scholars and adopt a a mechanical attitude in classifying products as Halal or Haram. This results in classifying things like water and milk in the prohibited category. He said that the just a presence of a particular doubtful or prohibited product on the ingredient list doesnâ€™t make a product Haram but one has to look at its quantity and state.
He urged the Muslim communities to organize locally and develop a system to monitor and certify halal stores. He also said that Muslims should respect divergent opinions and discuss things in an amicable manner.