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2 Shawwal 1436 A.H.- July 19, 2015 Issue # 81, Newsletter #1611

Hadith of the Week

Narrated by:
'Abdullah bin 'Umar:

'Umar bought a silk cloak from the market, took it to Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) and said, "O Allah's Messenger (ﷺ)! Take it and adorn yourself with it during the 'Id and when the delegations visit you." Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) (p.b.u.h) replied, "This dress is for those who have no share (in the Hereafter)." After a long period Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) (p.b.u.h) sent to 'Umar a cloak of silk brocade. 'Umar came to Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) (p.b.u.h) with the cloak and said, "O Allah's Messenger (ﷺ)! You said that this dress was for those who had no share (in the Hereafter); yet you have sent me this cloak." Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said to him, "Sell it and fulfill your needs by it."

Sahih al-Bukhari 948

 Good Advice

Well Researched Critique of Those Who Followed Saudi [ISNA, ICNA] "Eid " on July 17.
from Dr. Omar Afzal

Did you Celebrate Eid on Friday, Oct. 17, 2015? Then you Missed the last day of Ramadan, and disobeyed Allah and His Rasool [pbuh]

A large number of the Muslims in N. America (as well as in the Muslim world) celebrated Eid al-Fitr on Friday, July 17.

Obviously, they committed this blunder and SIN because
they ignored a practice of the Prophet (Pbuh)'s: DO NOT FAST UNLESS YOU SEE THE HILAAL (of Ramadan) and do not discontinue fasting until you see (Shawwal) moon.

Unfortunately, the blame falls on ISNA (and ICNA that silently stands by ISNA in the name of "unity") as it issues a general directive to celebrate Eid on July 17, after 29 days.

Did you try to see Shawwaal moon on Thursday evening?
Those who tried to observe the moon from California to Texas and Florida confirmed that Shawwal moon WAS NOT SEEN anywhere in the US and Canada, (or even Mexico and South America).

May Allah SWT have mercy on us and forgive our negligence of a crucial Sunnah. Ameen.

 Health Notes

Study: Thirty-three million US adults may be affected by problem drinking.
with thanks to Dr.Teepu Siddique

The AP (6/4, Tanner) reports, "Alcohol problems affect almost 33 million adults and most have never sought treatment," according to a study published online June 3 in JAMA Psychiatry.

The research conducted by investigators at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism also suggests that "rates have increased in recent years." NIAAA director George Koob, PhD, "said it's unclear why problem drinking has increased but that many people underestimate the dangers of excessive alcohol." Koob also pointed out that effective behavioral treatments and medications exist to help people overcome problem drinking. He said, "There's a lore that there's only Alcoholics Anonymous out there and that's not true."

TIME (6/4, Sifferlin) reports that the study examined "the prevalence of drinking issues based on a new definition for alcohol use disorders in the" American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5). That "definition classifies problem drinkers as those who have two of 11 symptoms including continuing to drink even if it harms relationships, drinking harming performance at work of school, or inability to quit," with problem severity being "classified by the number of symptoms a person has."

Newsweek (6/4, Main) reports that "researchers surveyed more than 36,000 Americans and asked them about their drinking habits," also finding that "binge drinking is becoming more common and intense." Koob said, "There has been this cultural shift - people are drinking more when they drink."
Yahoo! News (6/4, Chan) quotes Koob, who said, "These findings underscore that alcohol problems are deeply entrenched and significantly under-treated in our society."

The NPR (6/4, Hurt, Shute) "Shots" blog points out that "Native Americans face the greatest risk overall" for problem drinking, "and men are still drinking more than women, with 36 percent of men reporting alcohol use disorder at some point in their lives, compared to 22.7 percent of women." Among young people, "drinking problems were worst...with 26.7 percent of young adults under 30 saying they'd had trouble in the past year, compared to 16 percent of 30- to 44-year-olds."


 Shamim Siddiqi

Why is Pakistan Blessed?
Can it Regain its Foundational Beliefs?
I voted for Pakistan though I was in a Muslim minority province.

by Shamim Siddiqi, Long Island, NY

Br. Shamim has written this in response to an article by veteran writer Samiullah Malik, based in England, who reminded readers that Pakistan was born during the blessed night of Lailatul Qadr , in which the Qur'an was revealed.

Mohtram Malik Saheb, Salaam , Allah Ap ku Sada Khush Rakhey [May Allah always keep you happy.]

Eid Mubarak. Hope that your wife is feeling well.

Ap ki Shugufta Tahreer [your refreshing writing] presents the reflection of my dream when I voted for Pakistan in March 1946 Elections being the citizen of a minority Muslim Province, UP, with the glorious vision in my mental spectrum that it will be the positive step towards building a truthful Islamic State in Pakistan, but the power came in the hands of those who had no vision as to how to do it. In consequence, the nation is fast withering away from its promised goal and mission and its youth are fast heading towards opposite direction.

We have to build afresh the vision, the strategy and create the spirit that galvanized the Ummah from Durand Line to Assam and from Kashmir to Ras Kumari into a Bunyanun Marsoos [solid unified structure ref:Qur'an] in 1946-47 that created Pakistan. The same spirit can rejuvenate it again to fight the anti-Islam forces in Pakistan and in its vicinity. Malik Saheb, respectfully I would like to submit that our Islamic Movements/forces couldn't do that job and hence are very much subdued and bogged down.

It needs now global efforts to resurrect that hope and our humble effort may reflect its promising shadow soon, Insha Allah. Let us work hard.

With best wishes
Shamim Siddiqi

Latest Khutba

 Dr Kaukab Siddique

Eid Khutba on July 18 when Baltimore Mosques went for wrong Eid on July 17th. Issues of Food, health, Women's Rights, hadith, A few Dedicated Muslims vs Leaderless Crowds.

It was feared that no one would turn up for Eid prayers at Masjid Jamaat al-Muslimeen on the Sunnah date of July 18 when all the mosques in the city went for the Saudi-ISNA-ICNA date of July 17 without moon sighting.

Alhamdulillah the little mosque filled up with eager worshippers on July 18, with more sisters than ever before. Delicious food from various African countries was served after prayers and toys given to children.

It was a little miracle owing to the efforts of Sis. Ashira and others.

The Eid prayer was led by Br. Kaukab Siddique. He chanted "la illaha ilaAllah, Allahu Akbar, wa lillahil hamd" for 30 minutes before leading the prayers. He recited sura al-Naba in the first raka' and sura al-Balad in the second. Here are the main points of his khutba.

Text: "Actions shall be judged by intentions." [Hadith of Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, narrated by Umar, r.a., collected in Sahih al-Bukhari.]
  1. The first lesson of Ramadan which we must take away for the future is :Taqwa explained in the Qur'an.

  2. Taqwa is Fear of Allah, consciousness of His Will, awareness of our responsibilities.

  3. We learned for a whole month to hold back from even that which is halal. It should be easy for us now to refrain from evil.

  4. Food is important in our daily lives. Ramadan has taught us to eat little and to eat that which is TAYYEB or good for us [as the Qur'an teaches.] In particular give up fast food and food with preservatives and artificial stuff in it.

  5. Second lesson of Ramadan is the necessity of good health. The Prophet, pbuh, could jump on to a horse bare backed at age 63. How many of us can walk or run a few miles?

  6. More and more we see people sitting on chairs in mosques because they are in their sixties and cannot bow or prostrate in prayer. Health is required for fasting, although hadith teaches us that we can continue to pray even if we have to keep sitting or even lying down. Keep in touch with Allah.

  7. Immediately after the verses about fasting, Allah teaches about husbands and wives completing each other as a dress completes a person, hiding weaknesses, highlighting qualities.

  8. We must find spouses who love us and care for us for the sake of Allah and who place piety and compassion above the allure of the world.

  9. Remember that there is no Eid or zakatul fitr in the Qur'an. These are in the hadith. Our entire Islamic civilization is founded on the Qur'an but developed according to the Hadith.

  10. The Christians and the Jews went astray because they did not have hadith to interpret their scriptures. Nowadays they interpret their religion as they wish. They have even legitimized homosexuality. The Qur'an MUST be interpreted by authentic hadith of Muhammad, pbuh, not by the whims and opinions of scholars however brilliant they might be.

  11. Each verse of the Qur'an was placed where it is according to hadithe Muhammad, pbuh, The Qur'an was not revealed in writing. It was brought to the mind and soul of the Prophet, pbuh, by the Angel Jibreel, and completed in Lailatul Qadr which we just prayed in for what we want from Allah.

  12. Now on the day of Eid, after following hadith throughout Ramadan, if we suddenly violate the requirement of moon sighting, we have destroyed the very foundation of our faith, "obey the messenger" second only to Allah.

  13. The great Aulia Allah are respected and honored because they followed Qur'an and Hadith. They did not say that we should obey them, be it the great saint buried in Baghdad [Abdul Qadir Jilani] or in India [Chishti].

  14. Finally, zakatul fitr must be paid, even if it is late, because we are a global ummah. We do not belong to any one nation but to the Ummah of Islam. If our people are hurting in Africa, Bangladesh, India, Syria, and we keep celebrating without caring for them, we have not understood Islam.

Eid Mubarak



Iran: The Spy that Came in from the Cold
Nuclear Talks were a Cover for the Real Issue as New Trend Stated

by Kaukab Siddique, PhD

The US now has two armed allies in the Middle East, "Israel" and Iran.

The long drawn out "negotiations" were necessary owing to the tremendous influence of "Israel" in America. The Zionist entity wanted to be the only friend of the US in the Middle East. With the help of the Republican Party and FOX TV, Israel flooded America with fear of Iran and with the bogus story that Iran wants to destroy "Israel!"

Israel has invaded Gaza three times with no major response from Iran. Even nearby Hizbullah didn't fire a shot. There is no basis to the idea that Iran wants to fight Israel or America. Are there any Iranian prisoners in Guantanamo Bay? None! Iranians have been chanting "Death to America" for so long that many Americans took them seriously. To understand Iranian sloganeering, study the revolution led by the Chinese leader Mao Tse Tung. After the main thrust of the Mao revolution receded, the Chinese bureaucrats continued to keep the Red Book on their work tables although they themselves were reactionaries. Today China is a neo-capitalist country although the Communist Party remains in power.

Iran never had the potential for a nuclear weapon. It had tremendous nuclear material but not related to weaponry. Just to calm Israel, the US had to go through this torturous negotiation process with Iran. The real problem for Iran were the sanctions and Iran can claim victory because now the sanctions will be lifted though gradually.

All three, Obama, Iran and the UK have made it very clear that their main point of agreement is the plan to crush the Islamic Caliphate led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Qureshi al-Hussaini. Iran wants to save the tyrant Bashar Assad and/or his regime. America sees that the Caliphate IS could take over both Iraq and Syria. USA cannot risk sending its troops into the battlefield. Israeli troops dare not go in. Iran has a large military and hates the mujahideen to an irrational extent. So, its a natural alliance between the US and Iran.

Israel will try to stop the US-Iran alliance through its powerful influence in the US Congress. However, Obama is much too suave for the Republicans and there is a good chance that the move will fail

War News

 War News

Syria and Iraq
US bombing Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq. Here is the latest data for July 16.
Writing by Bill Trott, Editing by Franklin Paul

Note from the Editor: This daily bombing which IS cannot stop may be contributing to irrational responses by the Islamic State. Each strike can hit scores of targets. Note the US support for Assad in Hasakeh.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies conducted 26 air strikes against Islamic State targets on Thursday in another round of daily attacks on the militant group in Iraq and Syria, the Combined Joint Task Force said on Friday.

The greatest concentration of raids was near the Syrian city of Al Hasakah, where nine strikes hit tactical units, fighting positions and vehicles. Islamic State assets also were hit in three strikes near Ar Raqqah and two near Tal Abyad, the task force said in a statement.

Twelve strikes near the Iraqi cities of Bayji, Habbaniyah, Haditha, Mosul, Ramadi and Tal Afar targeted buildings, tactical units, weapons, and other Islamic State targets.

Bashar al- Assad regime continues to drop explosive barrels and containers on al- Bab area killing 82 civilians in 7 days
- Source Syrian Observatory SOHR

Civilians killed by the Shi'te air force in attacks on Islamic State are not mentioned in US TV - editor New Trend

The number of civilians who were killed due to dropping barrel bombs on several areas in the northeast of Aleppo has risen to 82, where SOHR could document the death of 12 children, 15 women, 45 men and 10 charred bodies due to dropping 20 explosive barrels and containers since July 11, until July 18, on the the city of al- Bab, town of Tadef, villages of Aysha and Arran south of the city of al- Bab, dozens of civilians wounded too, some of them in critical situation.

Despite of targeting them by hundreds of airstrikes, al- Zabadani fighters foil Hezbollah attack on their city. [Amazing defense by Ahrar al-Sham.]

For the fifth consecutive day, the city of al- Zabadani and its vicinity have been shelled by the regime troops and air force by all kinds of shells and missiles, where the city and its vicinity have been targeted by more than 583 missiles and barrel bombs as well as by hundreds of tank shells, mortar shells and ground-to-ground missiles in an attempt by Hezbollah, backed by soldiers of the Fourth Division, to seize the city of finish the last presence of the rebel and Islamist factions in cities on the Syrian- Lebanese border, and to close the last border crossing between the two border sides after seizing all crossings in al- Qalamoun in Rif Dimashq by Hezbollah supported by the regime troops.

Although this intensive and crazy shelling on such small geographical area but the factions which consists of Ahrar al- Sham Movement, local militiamen and other Islamist factions' fighters have foiled all Hezbollah and the regime troops' attempts to seize the city, where they could not bear to take control over wide area of the neighborhood of al- Jam'iyyat and some buildings in the northwest and southeast of the city, as well as they have besieged the city aiming to drain the fighters inside the city and finishing their arms stockpile.

War News Snippets:

On Eid day, Indian artillery across the Kashmir LOC [line of control[ opened fire on Muslim villagers. Pakistani defense forces returned fire.The hours long exchanges of artillery continued on Sunday, July 19.

Iran and India are going to develop Chahbahar port to develop their economies, side stepping Pakistan. India is also buying late model weaponry from Russia and Amertica, both.

Mujahideen attacked police forces aligned to the US-installed Kabul regime. Kabul has said 8 police were killed in Herat province but Kabul usually minimizes its losses.

Islamic State is gaining support after Taliban decided to negotiate with the Kabul regime. US air force struck right away at these supporters of IS claiming to have killed three leaders but one turned out to be alive.

Islamic State supporters blew up the cars of Hamas officials at their headquarters but a time when no one was there. Earlier Khalid Mishaal, Hamas leader, met the Saudi king in Makkah. And an Islamic State activist waa arrested and executed by Hamas in Gaza.

In the Sinai, raiders of the Islamic State Sinai hit an Egyptian military post guarding the approaches to Gaza. Egypt reported five of its troops killed but Egypt always hides its losses.

For the first time Islamic State hit an Egyptian naval vessel with a missile. Image shows the ship was blown up but the regime which has killed 1700 peaceful demonstrators did not reveal casualties. General Sissi has decided to execute prisoners without any recourse to appeal.

In a battle with government troops, al-Qaida fighters won a small victory, killing 11 troops.

Shi'ite militias supported by Iran and working for the Baghdad regime are attacking the city of Fallujah, held by the Islamic state [IS]. They have captured two villages in a week of fighting but could not approach the city.

Baghdad troops are also trying to besiege Ramadi, major city west of Fallujah. Powerful attacks but till now no success as small IS defense force is using empty trucks filled with bombs to stop the advance.

Shi'ite militias have created a serious situation with Sunnis having burned hundreds of homes in Tikrit, Saddam Hussain's home tow, killing and arresting civilians suspected of supporting IS.

After three supporters of IS were tortured and executed by a Shia militia, a human bomber from IS blew up the center of a Shiite town in Diyala province killing more than a 100 civilians, injuring many more. Baghdad has announced three days of morning.

[New Trend editor: Muslims leaders who are not on either side should talk to them and try to stop the attacks on civilians. So much hate should not be allowed to go any further]

Female Prisoners
It appears that opponents of al-Qaida and IS are holding female prisoners from the families of the Islamic groups. Among them is the former wife of al-Baghdadi and the wife of an al-Nusra leader. Now the fighters have captured 25 Lebanese soldiers and want to exchange 3 of them for the women. [The Islamics showed the soldiers to Lebanese TV and allowed their families to visit them. The video reportedly shows they are well.]

Yemen: [Al-Jazeera]
During the week of July 13 to 19, the fighters for Hadi [supported by Saudi air strikes] captured first the air port and then the sea port of Aden and now have the whole city after fierce fighting with Houthi shia rebels.

On July 19, the Houthis used artillery to hit civilian areas in Aden killing 43 civilians and injuring many others.

In Taiz too, anti-Houthis pro-Hadi forces are advancing.
Eastern and south eastern Yemen are now almost completely under al-Qaida control though its local leader was killed in a US air strike.

Our America

 Our America

New York
Special Prosecutor Is The Same Old Okey Doke

by Sis. Aisha Jamaat al-Muslimeen

Recently, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that there would be a special prosecutor position established to handle police misconduct cases. The caveat is that the Special Prosecutor is none other than the current New York Attorney General - Eric Schneiderman.

This is the problem that people have with politics: It is a game of ring around the rosey. Gov. Cuomo did absolutely nothing at all to stop police corruption with this new move. It is not surprising that Gov. Cuomo was on Rev. Al Charlatan's MSNBC show, on July 8th, where his special prosecutor move was heralded. According to Community Cop co-host Michael Greys, a Freudian slip was made when Cuomo bragged about his close 20 year friendship with Charlatan. Many of us have known in the Black community not to trust him. Well, there is more evidence as to why.

Last year, was an election year for Cuomo and we all know how election years make ambitious politicians nervous. Extreme pressure could have been put on Cuomo to take action to correct police misconduct but, no pressure was applied. With Rev. Charlatan in his pocket, Cuomo had no worries about the Garner Family or any other families of police shooting victims. I am not even sure if the Blacks even knew it was an election year. But, one group did - the Gays and they made sure to put Gov. Homo back in office!

Speaking of Rev. Charlatan, he was with the family of Eric Garner to announce that the family won a settlement of $5.9 million in the murder of Eric Garner by 8 cops. It is being stated that this is not compensation because his life was surely worth more than this and most importantly, this is not justice. Pres. Obama has the power to order the Department of Justice to look into these police criminality matters but, does nothing.

"The Unbelievers are protectors, one of another: Unless ye do this, (protect each other), there would be tumult and oppression on earth, and great mischief." (Holy Qur'an 8:73)

Lesbians punish Bakery
by Sis. Aisha Jamaat al-Muslimeen,Courtesy of

Over $352,000 Raised for Embattled Bakers!

An Oregon bakery, Sweet Cakes By Melissa, made national headlines in 2013 when they refused to bake a lesbian wedding cake. A judge ordered Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay lesbian wives, Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer $125,000 in restitution for refusing to make the cake. The Kleins told the judge that that amount of money would put them out of business.

I reported earlier that a campaign raised $109,000 but, the site stopped the campaign because it was believed that they were helping the Kleins avoid paying for a crime they committed. However, the Kleins were allowed to keep the money. Now, Jesse Wellhoeffer raised $352,000 with his own site amid calls for him to stop that campaign. He stubbornly refused by responding with "Thank you for your concern. Have a great day. God bless you."

It was predicted over 13 years ago, by shock jock dj Starr, that the White gays would be the next power group. The courts have been acquiescing to their demands, not just for gay marriage but, forcing non-gays to support their way of life! Al-humdulillah, people are pushing back, although it may be at the expense of their bank accounts. The Kleins are appealing the original judge's ruling. Baked By Melissa is no longer a storefront but, accepts online orders.

Police Murder "Black Lives Matter" Activist
by Sis. Aisha Jamaat al-Muslimeen

Friday, 7/10,2015, Sandra Bland was stopped for a minor traffic infraction (not signaling before changing lanes) and now, she is dead! Texas law enforcement claim she committed suicide in the county jail. They are citing her social media postings revealing her feeling depressed as support for their claim.

During the traffic stop, she wound up outside her car with the officer on top of her. On the video she could be heard asking him why he is slamming her head on the ground and then she stated that she could no longer hear. The force must have popped her eardrum! She was never taken to a hospital just to the county jail on an assault charge for defending herself. It was on Monday that many believe she succumbed to the injuries inflicted on her by the officers.

It was stated that she moved to Chicago to Texas to start a new job.

The person taking the video was also arrested! The video must have been sent to another person because it is public. Usually, the police hide these videos from public view.

Her family and friends are demanding answers and justice for her. They do not believe it was suicide. The traffic infraction was so minor that even the reason for them stopping her is suspect.A very disturbing case.

Did they already know who she was? (Courtesy of

In Milwaukee, Eid was on the Correct Date: July 18.
The Story about California Sightings of the Crescent were False.
With thanks to Prof. Suleyman Kurter

Assalamu Alaikum.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,


We, the Milad Foundation and Risale Center, are following authentic sources. We checked our sources in California and there was no moon sighting in that state. Thus, Eid is on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the Risale Center of America, 803 West Oklahoma Ave at 7:45 am.

Please do not believe Deobandi sources ; they are Saudi funded and their job is to create fitna among the ummah.

Chattanooga stirs U.S. Muslims' concerns about radicalization
By Sharon Bernstein

Note from the Editor: Yasir Qadhi and other munafiqueen are trying to stop support for Muslims fighting the US. Prayers were said by "Muslims" for the 4 marines killed in Chattanooga. Haram in Islam...this is how the US media put it.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Addressing his congregation on the Eid al-Fitr holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan, Imam Mohamed Abdul-Azeez implored worshipers to combat Muslim extremism in the aftermath of a shooting rampage that killed five servicemen in Tennessee.

The suspect, a young Muslim who grew up in the Chattanooga area, also died in the gunfight on Thursday, the last day of Islam's holy month of fasting.

It was the latest reminder to American Muslims of the need to find ways to keep teenagers and young adults from being drawn to ideologies promoted by such groups as Islamic State, the militants also known as ISIS who control part of Syria.

"When they talk about Syria, when they talk about Tennessee ... what will they say about the American Muslim community?" Azeez asked the 2,000 congregants at the rented hall in Sacramento, California, on Friday.

He went on to rail against extremists, whom he said usurp the spirit of Allah for their own purposes.

The FBI is investigating the Chattanooga shooting as an act of terrorism, though law enforcement officials said it was premature to speculate on the gunman's motive.

Hours before the attack, the suspect, Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, had texted his close friend a link to a long Islamic verse that included the line: "Whosoever shows enmity to a friend of Mine, then I have declared war against him."

Mainstream Muslim leaders around the world are concerned about the radicalization of young people, vulnerable to fiery rhetoric that frequently distorts the religion's true teaching.

In Britain, a well-known cleric developed a 900-page anti-extremism religious curriculum to be taught in Muslim schools. About 700 Britons are estimated to have traveled to Syria and Iraq, many to join ISIS.

 interfaith vigil for victims of the Tennessee shooting

In the United States, imams and other leaders regularly visit high schools and colleges, but finding the right message and approach has proved to be a delicate tightrope walk between religion and politics.

Photo: People, from different faiths pray during an interfaith vigil for victims of the Tennessee shooting.

In Chicago, anti-extremist activist Ahmed Rehab lectures at schools and mosques, rebutting radical ideas point by point with Islamic theology. He said militant groups at best misread the Koran and at worst distort it when they say that Islam condones their violent behavior.

"When we're able to root our arguments that are counter-extremist in the authentic message of Islam, I think it's more effective," Rehab said.

Yasir Qadhi, a professor at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and the AlMaghrib Institute educational organization, also emphasizes religious teachings to show that Islam condemns terrorism. But he goes step further, engaging his students in discussions of political issues facing Muslims in the United States and elsewhere, even though that can invite controversy.

"Simple condemnations are not going to get to the hearts and minds of these people," Qadhi said. It is important to acknowledge that young people are attracted to groups like ISIS because they are seen as standing up for oppressed Muslims, he said.


The cleric recognizes that his listeners may feel angry about Israeli-Palestinian relations or other flashpoint issues. He said he uses history and theology to combat extremism.

It's a stance that has earned Qadhi death threats from ISIS as well as some far-right Americans, with both sides saying he is too sympathetic to the other.

Photo: The Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga where gunman Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez worshipped

In Sacramento, Muslim leaders educate young people about broader social issues, including poverty, access to healthcare and racism, said Basim Elkarra, executive director of the Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Through a leadership program run in cooperation with the state legislature, high school students learn about political engagement, such as lobbying, drafting legislation and what it's like to serve as an elected official.

"It's giving people an outlet," Elkarra said, "giving them a voice and the tools to make a difference."

Sacramento Muslims have also set up a hotline for people to call if they become anxious or stressed, said Irfan Haq, president of the Council of Sacramento Islamic Organizations.

A key problem, several imams said, is that people who become radicalized tend to stop coming to their mosques, preferring instead the company of militant recruiters and radical clerics.

In Arizona, for example, leaders at the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix knew Elton Simpson, one of two men killed by police while attempting an attack at an anti-Islam event near Dallas in May. Simpson had argued with the mosque's imam over teachings he perceived as too liberal.

Then he disappeared. "It doesn't match with the ideology and they stop coming," said Usama Shami, chairman of the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix. "And then you don't know what they are doing."

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