Myth vs Fact

Myth Fact
Islam: Religion of peace. Malik’s Muwatta Book 21, Number 21.6.18:

Yahya related to me from Malik from Yahya ibn Said from Amr ibn Kathir ibn Aflah from Abu Muhammad, the mawla of Abu Qatada that Abu Qatada ibn Ribi said, “We went out with the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, in the year of Hunayn. When the armies met, the Muslims were put in disarray. I saw a man from the idol worshippers who had got the better of one of the Muslims, so I circled round and came up behind him, and struck him with a sword on his shoulder-blade. He turned to me and grabbed me so hard that I felt the smell of death in it. Then death overcame him, and he let go of me.”

He continued, “I met Umar ibn al-Khattab and said to him, ‘What’s going on with the people?’ He replied, ‘The Command of Allah.’ Then the people took hold of the battle and the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘Whoever has killed one of the dead and can prove it, can strip him of his personal effects.’ I stood up and said, ‘Who will testify for me?’ and then I sat down. The Messenger of Allah repeated, ‘Whoever has killed one of the dead and can prove it, can strip him of his personal effects.’ I stood up and said, ‘Who will testify for me?’ then I sat down. Then he repeated his statement a third time, so I stood up, and the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘What’s the matter with you, Abu Qatada?’ So I related my story to him. A man said, ‘He has spoken the truth, Messenger of Allah. I have the effects of that slain person with me, so give him compensation for it, Messenger of Allah.’

Abu Bakr said, ‘No, by Allah! He did not intend that one of the lions of Allah should fight for Allah and His Messenger and then give you his spoils.’ The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘He has spoken the truth, hand it over to him.’ He gave it to me, and I sold the breast-plate and I bought a garden in the area of the Banu Salima with the money. It was my first property, and I acquired it in Islam.”

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Soldier Charity Faces Closure: Corporate Donations Dry Up

CJ Soldier Charity Faces Closure: Corporate Donations Dry Up

October 1st, 2008 by CJ

Booksforsoldiers.com has sent thousands of care
packages to our troops deployed outside the US since March 2003. But Booksforsoldiers.com is in dire financial need now, and may close. The site must raise $22,000 by October 31 or it will stop taking new requests on December 1, finish filling remaining care package requests for the holidays, and cease operations December 31.

“It’s a bad economy,” says Storm Williams, the founder and webmaster. “Times are tough for all non profits.” Williams says they had an aggressive fundraising campaign that started the first of 2008.
Corporations they had previously relied upon have been unable to repeat their support this year. “By April, we received a stack of letters that began with, ‘we deeply regret not being able to donate this year.'”

Starting in May, they tried again, managing to shrink a $53,000 deficit to $22,000 by September’s end. They also asked for help from deployed troops, sending them US flags to fly in Iraq and Afghanistan to give as thank-you gifts for the more generous donors. “We are so grateful,” said David, one of the site’s moderators trying to drum up fundraising. “Soldiers and Marines have flown flags for us, sending them back with certificates signed by their Commanders. It’s an activity we used to arrange for the members. It was a lot of fun, 2-3 times a year and most importantly, for free. Now it’s just to survive.”

“Right now, we are just looking to get donations….

Go read the rest at A Soldiers Perspective here. Thanks, CJ.

[UPDATE: BlackFive has issued their readers a challenge. Go here to see what that challenge is – how you can meet it. I know you can 🙂 ]

Soldier Charity Faces Closure: Corporate Donations Dry Up

CJ Soldier Charity Faces Closure: Corporate Donations Dry Up

October 1st, 2008 by CJ

Booksforsoldiers.com has sent thousands of care
packages to our troops deployed outside the US since March 2003. But Booksforsoldiers.com is in dire financial need now, and may close. The site must raise $22,000 by October 31 or it will stop taking new requests on December 1, finish filling remaining care package requests for the holidays, and cease operations December 31.

“It’s a bad economy,” says Storm Williams, the founder and webmaster. “Times are tough for all non profits.” Williams says they had an aggressive fundraising campaign that started the first of 2008.
Corporations they had previously relied upon have been unable to repeat their support this year. “By April, we received a stack of letters that began with, ‘we deeply regret not being able to donate this year.'”

Starting in May, they tried again, managing to shrink a $53,000 deficit to $22,000 by September’s end. They also asked for help from deployed troops, sending them US flags to fly in Iraq and Afghanistan to give as thank-you gifts for the more generous donors. “We are so grateful,” said David, one of the site’s moderators trying to drum up fundraising. “Soldiers and Marines have flown flags for us, sending them back with certificates signed by their Commanders. It’s an activity we used to arrange for the members. It was a lot of fun, 2-3 times a year and most importantly, for free. Now it’s just to survive.”

“Right now, we are just looking to get donations….

Go read the rest at A Soldiers Perspective here. Thanks, CJ.

[UPDATE: BlackFive has issued their readers a challenge. Go here to see what that challenge is – how you can meet it. I know you can 🙂 ]