Some people say that Happy Gilmore was a hilarious movie. Some people say it had a lot of funny scenes, especially the one where Happy rhymed. If you haven’t seen it, check it out below (warning: it does contain some mild profanity, so if you’re a kid, please don’t watch this link, its really not that funny):
Now what if I told you that’s not how the script originally looked? What if I told you that it was changed, yes changed, from what it originally was? You’d be incredulous, right? Me, too!
The question is, what were those original lines?
Well don’t worry, I have what was supposed to be originally said and I’m going to share it with you now.
Ready to be among the first eyes to ever see what Happy was really supposed to say? Here we go!
[Indoors. Happy and Shooter smiling while sitting on stools.]
Shooter: Puts down his drink and places his arm around his buddy, Happy.
Shooter: Happy, I really enjoy your presence on the pro golf circuit.
Although at times I find your style a bit simple, I do at other times find it refreshing.
Happy: Ditto, Shooter. You’re the bee’s knees. Believe what I say.
Shooter: Thanks Happy. Now I don’t feel so grey!
Happy: Thats great, and its Friday, my favorite day
Before we leave I have just one thing to say
You’re truly a miracle of Allah in every way
Shooter: Thanks, Happy. Please let me pay.
Happy: Well, then, let me leave the tip: Download my free e-book, Kun Faya Kun, today!
Or at least thats how I would have written the scene.
Dear Friends – Salam,
The main themes of Kun Faya Kun are having faith in Allah, knowing Allah by knowing oneself, having faith in yourself and asking Allah for His help. The story traces Khadija’s transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly.
Shibli (may God show him mercy) stated, “God revealed to David (peace be upon him), ‘O David, mindfulness of Me belongs to those who are mindful while paradise belongs to those who are obedient; visiting Me belongs to those who yearn, but I belong exclusively to those who love.’ “
From Al-Ghazali’s Love, Longing, Intimacy and Contentment
I think this explains why the most celebrated people of God are usually those who not only remember God in their own life but also those who manifest that love in their relationship with the world around them. Maulana Abdul Sattar Edhi comes to mind:
To learn more about Abdul Sattar Edhi, read the Telegraph article here and his wikipedia page here. Edhi Sahib, may God bless you. For the helpless people of Pakistan, you and your family truly live up to your name. You are a gift from Allah.
From CNN :
Editor’s note: Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is a political comedian and frequent commentator on various TV networks including CNN. He is the co-director of the upcoming documentary “The Muslims Are Coming!” and co-host of a new CNN podcast “The Big Three” that looks at the top three stories of the week. Follow him on Twitter @deanofcomedy.
(CNN) – I’m an American-Muslim and I despise Islamic terrorists. In fact, despise is not even a strong enough word to convey my true feelings about those who kill innocent people in the name of Islam. I hate them with every fiber of my being.
I’m not going to tell you, “Islam is a religion of peace.” Nor will I tell you that Islam is a religion of violence. What I will say is that Islam is a religion that, like Christianity and Judaism, is intended to bring you closer to God. And sadly we have seen people use the name of each of these Abrahamic faiths to wage and justify violence.
The unique problem for Muslims is that our faith is being increasingly defined by the actions of a tiny group of morally bankrupt terrorists. Just to be clear: The people who commit violence in the name of Islam are not Muslims, they are murderers. Their true religion is hatred and inhumanity.
The only people terrorists speak for are themselves and the others involved in their despicable plot. They do not represent me, my family or any other Muslim I know. And believe me, I know a lot of Muslims.
We hate these terrorists more than non-Muslims do. How can I say that? Because they harm innocent people in the name of our religion and consequently we suffer a backlash because of their acts. It can be anything from a spike in hate crimes to people viewing Muslims as less than fully American because of our faith. We are the ones called to answer for the sins of people we detest.
Since the Boston bombing has renewed for some concerns about Muslims, I wanted to candidly answer three questions I have been asked repeatedly over the years:
1. Why do some Muslims commit terrorism?
I’m not a terrorism expert but I will share the view of those I have spoken to in the Muslim community. There can be no doubt that some Muslims wrongly believe that their terrorist act is sanctioned by Islam. But to us their true motivation is not religious, but rather political.
Islam is simply used by terrorists as a way to recruit support.They then engage in terrorism to bring attention to their grievances or to achieve their political agenda, just as other terror groups have done in the past.
The recent statement of the Islamic militant group in the Caucasus region denying involvement in the Boston bombing makes this very point. They expressly tell us that they have a specific political agenda: “The Caucasian Mujahideen are not fighting against the United States of America. We are at war with Russia, which is not only responsible for the occupation of the Caucasus, but also for heinous crimes against Muslims.”
2. Why don’t Muslims denounce terrorism?
Just to be clear: American Muslims and U.S. Muslim organizations have unequivocally denounced terror attacks. Not just once, but over and over.
But that doesn’t matter if you haven’t heard it. And despite our best efforts to get this message out there, what attracts more media attention: A Muslim denouncing terrorism or footage of an explosion?
Does that mean that we will stop denouncing terrorism? Of course not. But we will have to be more creative in our efforts to attract media coverage to make this point to our fellow Americans.
3. Why don’t Muslims stop blowing stuff up?
I have never blown up anything, except maybe a model toy tank when I was a kid. Nor has any other Muslims I’ve met in person or even on Facebook. But still we are charged by many with the task of policing a religion of more than a billion people.
Although this may not change some people’s perception, statistically Muslims have not been the ones involved in most terror plots in the United States. In fact, since 1995, 88% of the domestic terrorist plots have been by right-wing groups, ecoterrorists and anarchists, according to an analysis by the Center for American Progress. But still, 12% were Muslims.
Believe me, we wish that number were zero. But here’s the brutal truth: Neither law enforcement nor the American Muslim community can stop every radical or criminal who happens to be Muslim. A “lone wolf” can devise his or her evil plan in secret, making detection almost impossible.
But we are trying. As L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca testified before Congress in 2011, seven of the past 10 al Qaeda plots in the United States were foiled by tips from the American Muslim community.
And just this past Sunday, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that his department has a strong working relationship with the New York City Muslim community.
And it’s not only American-Muslims working with law enforcement to stop radicals, but Canadians as well. Just this week we saw an Islamic terror plot prevented because of tips from the Canadian-Muslim community to law enforcement
It is my hope that in time, Muslims will not be defined to my fellow Americans by the handful of terrorists, but by the millions of others who are involved in all aspects of American life. Well-known American Muslims range from former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, TV personality Dr. Oz, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison to police officers, teachers, judges, deli workers, cab drivers and the millions of American Muslims in between.
These people, not the terrorists, are the true Muslims.
The world we live is not a piece of cake. Challenges in our lives, whether at work, school or home, respectively, can sometimes burden us or weigh us down. Enhancing one’s spiritual and physical health help, but just as important is having a healthy sense of humor about things that may occur in our lives. The ability to laugh things off and laugh at ourselves is important. This post will narrate a humorous event from the life of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah Upon Him).
One of the beloved companions of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah Upon Him) was Al-Nuayman ibn Amr (May Allah be pleased with him). You can read more about Al-Nuayman ibn Amr here and here. Nuayman was a decorated veteran of the Battle of Badr, Uhud, and Khandaq, among other military engagements, yet retained a light sense of humor about him and enjoyed playing practical jokes on his friends.
As stated on Wikipedia:
He belonged to the Banu an-Najjar of Madinah and he was among the early Muslims of the city. He was one of those who pledged allegiance to the Prophet at the Second Pledge of Aqabah. He established links with the Quraysh when he married the sister of Abdur Rahman ibn Awl and later Umm Kulthum the daughter of Uqbah ibn Mu’ayt. She had obtained a divorce from her husband az-Zubayr ibn al-Awwam on account of his harshness and severity.
Once an-Nuayman went to the suq and saw some food being sold which appeared to be tasty and delightful. He ordered some and sent it to the Prophet as if it were a gift from him. The Prophet was delighted with the food and he and his family ate of it. The vendor of the food then came to an-Nuayman to collect the price of it and an-Nuayman said to him: “Go to the Messenger of God it was for him. He and his family ate it.”
The vendor went to the Prophet who in turn asked an-Nuayman: “Didn’t you give it to me?” “Yes,” said an-Nuayman. “I thought you would like it and I wanted you to eat some of it so I had it presented to you. But I don’t have any dirhams to pay the vendor for it. So, pay, O Messenger of God!”
The Prophet had a good laugh and so did his companions. The laugh was at his expense, literally, for he had to pay the price of the unsolicited gift. An-Nuayman felt that two benefits came out of the incident: the Prophet and his family ate food that they enjoyed and the Muslims had a good laugh.
If it was someone other than the noble Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah Upon Him), they would have most probably handled it differently. Imagine someone sends you a delicious meal and tells you its a gift for you and your family. You enjoy it, but afterwards are asked to pay a bill for what was supposedly a gift. How would you handle it? Would you get upset that someone played a trick on you? Or would you handle it differently?
Many people would have reacted angrily, and probably have been right. However, that is not how our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah Upon Him) handled it. When the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah Upon Him) found out from Nuayman (May Allah be pleased with him) that he “wanted [the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah Upon Him) to eat some of it ... [but didn't] have any dirhams to pay the vendor for it,” the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah Upon Him) had what would be considered a wonderful sense of humor by any honest and objective standard.
Instead of getting upset, the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah Upon Him) responded with laughter, good spirits and mirth. He recognized that Nuayman was well-intentioned and was motivated out of love for the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah Upon Him). The Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah Upon Him) didn’t leave Nuayman empty, but full.
Muslims and non-Muslims alike can learn from the character of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah Upon Him). Its good to smile. Its good to laugh at the appropriate times. Its good to overlook the minor stuff, and in the grand scheme of life many issues we perceive as big problems are in actuality minor. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah Upon Him) laughed and smiled. We should laugh and smile too. It’s the Islamic tradition.
Al-Madina Institute’s Pearls of the Quran Annual Conference will be held from March 29 to March 31, 2013, at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, Virginia. Don’t miss this opportunity to come out and benefit from the wisdom of speakers such as Imam Suhaib Webb, Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui, Dr. Zainab Alwani, Ustadh Moutasem Atiya, Ustadha Yasmin Mogahed, Imam Khalil Abdur-Rashid, Ustadh Marc Manley, Dr. Jonathan Brown and Mohamad Zakariya.
For more information, or to register, please visit Al-Madina Institute’s Website. Financial aid is available.
From: The Guardian
Even for someone indifferent or downright hostile to religion, Friday prayers at a mosque have a haunting sound and beauty, a compelling quality of devoutness and spirituality rare in any other faith and hard not to find deeply affecting. At Masjid-e-Tawheed, the mosque I am visiting on a crisp winter’s morning, there is good reason, perhaps, for the congregation of more than 200 to feel an extra surge of passion for their faith, of feeling that theirs is the right belief system for this flawed world.
For while in one direction from the mosque, the view of barren, rocky mountains shimmering in the desert sunlight could place Masjid-e-Tawheed in any number of locations in the Islamic world, a couple of miles in the opposite direction lies what one would imagine to be the worst place in the world for an even halfway-strict Muslim – something, indeed, not unlike hell.
Masjid-e-Tawheed is a 10-minute drive from Las Vegas Boulevard, the famous Strip – undisputed world capital of gambling, fornication, adultery, prostitution, immodesty, licentiousness, drinking, gluttony, vanity, ostentation and not a little taking God’s name in vain when visitors’ luck runs out in the gambling halls. The sheer amount of sin, as measured by any religion, is unfeasibly high in Las Vegas; for Muslims, it is off the scale.
Yet a flick through the Yellow Pages remarkably turns up four mosques. Masjid-e-Tawheed, the newest, set up just two years ago, is the only one that extends an invitation to discover Las Vegas’s hidden Muslim life in a 10,000-strong community so unlikely that even visiting Muslims are astonished to find it exists.
It goes without saying that the United States as a whole is not the easiest place in which to be a Muslim, even though census figures show fractionally more people practising Islam – some 2.6m – than the more visible Jewish population of 2.3m. America’s Muslim population has grown, too, from 1.5m to 2.6m since 9/11, increased, it is thought, by both immigration and people converting.
Despite their love of religion, Americans are still as jittery about Islam as, broadly speaking, Islam is jittery about Americans. In Las Vegas, one would imagine, the locals, not always known for liberality or sophistication, would be hostile – especially when Islam opposes everything Las Vegas does for a living.
Masjid-e-Tawheed’s founder and leader is a charming and charismatic 45-year-old originally from Afghanistan, Ahmadullah Rokai Yusufzai, or Rocky to most non-Muslims he meets. With a Bluetooth headset in his ear and a Mercedes with “Allahu Akbar” – God is great – on its number plates, Yusufzai could win any prize as model immigrant.
Yusufzai, who fought the Soviets with the mujahideen as a young teenager, works as a court interpreter, helps train Marine units going to Afghanistan, is a volunteer soccer coach, and has brought up his children to be diligent, patriotic, success-oriented young Americans.
Yet Yusufzai has had a tough time since coming to the US with his parents 30 years ago, made tougher, one cannot help thinking, by settling in Vegas. He was hounded out of his engineer’s job with a telecommunications company within weeks of 9/11 – and this was a man easy going enough to regard being called a “camel jockey” and a “sand nigger” by his erstwhile colleagues as harmless banter.
Although college educated, he was prepared to try to make it as a cab driver, but found the company requirement to cheat tourists by “long hauling” them – taking them on unnecessarily long routes – more than he could morally accept. He also refused to take rake-offs from strip joints and brothels.
He later saw a modest rental-property business collapse in recession and had all his apartments repossessed. Today, as a successful and respected member of the wider community, he still accepts that his phones are periodically tapped. The FBI visits him regularly to check up on what’s going down at the mosque and if he thinks any of the congregation, who range from doctors to taxi drivers, Somalis to Pakistanis, Sunni to Shia, might be terrorists intent on blowing up the nearest titty bar.
“I always tell the FBI guys that if there were, I’d be calling the FBI myself, but they still come by. We are trying to have a better image of Islam. We’re not going to harbour or support anybody who even thinks about that,” Yusufzai says.
These are probably the travails of any high-profile Muslim in the States. Then there is the incongruity of living in these difficult years in Las Vegas. Take the time when Yusufzai ended up towing a trailer up and down the Strip, advertising an adult-entertainment club. “I was towing this with licence plates that read Allahu Akbar, listening to the Qur’an, and yet I’m hauling this thing and praying to God to forgive me and to understand I’m just trying to put some halal food on my table without being dishonest and making ‘easy money’, as it’s called in Vegas. I still didn’t feel comfortable. It was halal money I was making, but I had to hand back the trailer. It just wasn’t right.”
For Muslims, or anyone coming from poor contries, the lure of Vegas tends to be down to a combination of plentiful, if often distasteful, employment, low taxes and a low cost of living. “A job in a hotel can pay for a 2,000sqft home and two cars,” says, Yusufzai. “A taxi driver or a black-jack dealer earning $60,000 can earn enough for a house, cars and schooling.’
Yet plenty of Muslims gamble. They come, he admits, in the hope of winning big at a casino after studying from the inside how they work. He has not heard of a case of such a plan working out – but he has heard of people who have lost all the money they have earned in the casinos at the same establishments’ tables – and even committing suicide as a result.
“This town originally got me hooked not because of gambling, but because at any time of the day and night you could go and grab a bite to eat, there’s something open. That’s what I was used to in Afghanistan – getting up at two in the morning and saying, ‘Let’s go have some tea, get a kebab.’”
He describes pioneer days in the 1980s, when there weren’t enough Muslims to fill one mosque, and to get halal meat, “we would go out of town, go to a farm, buy the animal and sacrifice it ourselves”.
Even today, Masjid-e-Tawheed doesn’t have an imam. “We have two brothers who have learned on their own. They aren’t certified imams who’ve gone to madrassa or Qur’an school, but,” says Yusufzai, “one is a baker in the casino, making pastries, and also works for a bagel factory. The other one is a courier and a cab driver.
“We are criticised by other Muslims. They’ll say, ‘You’re living in Sin City? You must have a gambling problem. You must be doing this and that.’ And we say, no. That’s what happens on the Strip, but two miles radius of that, there’s no casinos. It’s just suburbia, ordinary families trying to live decent, good lives. Most Muslims stay well away from the Strip. My house is about 15 miles away and it’s a different world. I see the lights way off in the distance.
“Muslims ask me how I feel about having bartenders and casino workers in our congregation,” he adds. “I tell them, we all go to our own grave. I can’t judge that person and say you can’t be a bartender. I can suggest a better Muslim needs to do things that won’t harm anyone. I will say what they’re doing is wrong, but I can’t stop anyone doing anything.’
What about the CHILDREN? Does Yusufzai not worry about young members of his congregation developing a secret life when the highest density and quality of temptation in the world is a short bus ride away? His own daughter, 11-year-old Medinah, seems thus far immune to the charms of Las Vegas Boulevard. As we are driving home down the Strip after taking the photos of the Yusufzai family by the famous Las Vegas sign, she shudders, and says, “Bad things happen here.” I ask what sort of things. She shakes her head. “I don’t even want to think about it,” she says. Subject closed.
But, as her father admits, “It’s easier to get lost in this city than anywhere else in the world. You get to the Strip, you can get a fake ID and go into any club and do whatever you want. Drinking has become a major thing for teenagers. The parents are mostly in denial. They never believe anything has happened. But the parent role in this city is also extremely tough and challenging. I don’t believe in punishment – that’s just being pissed off and reacting to your own emotions, but I have to explain that in this city as a Muslim in the sin capital of the world, it’s difficult.
“Some first- and second-generation women in particular have lost themselves, from being in a wider community that exposes them to so much negativity and the material side of the world, and they think selling their body in various forms is the best way to make money fast.
“There are girls who work in adult-entertainment clubs dancing and more because they want to make the money. And there are girls who are cocktail waitresses. They’ve taken themselves away from the community, the mosques, the family and used an American name. Some families even know what their daughters are doing. They say, because this is America, we can’t discipline our children or punish them, because they’ll call the cops on us. And that’s happened. The saddest apart of my job is going to a family court and seeing a Muslim family there. It tears me up, whether it’s domestic violence or a young girl doing stupid things she shouldn’t be doing.
“Another scenario,” Yusufzai continues. “Concerns a beautiful girl in her 20s, who volunteered for jobs here at the masjid. She started crying, and said, ‘I don’t know how to pray. My parents never taught me. They were strict with the rules and laws of the culture, but not about Islam. They were too busy making money.’”
He invites me to the Friday service, where I meet some of Las Vegas’s hidden Muslims – though sadly none of the women, whose views on whether the nearby “attractions” of the Strip perhaps even represent some form of liberation, or social progress, would be fascinating. Muhammad Chakir, from Morocco, works as an assistant manager in one of the biggest casinos, “right in the middle of the whole thing”, as he says. “Other Muslims think it’s crazy that we’re here, but we try really hard to take the time to come to God and get away from all the bad stuff. We don’t have a problem with living in Vegas. For me, the diversity of the place, the fact that people from everywhere come here, makes it easier to be a Muslim, not harder. There’s a lot of sin going on. But to be able to get away and pray and be peaceful here is fantastic.”
Chakir admits he has gambled, but only when he first visited Vegas. “Once you take that road, once you start putting money into the machines from your pay cheque, you need to leave this city,” he tells me. Another casino worker, Muhammad Muner, is from Afghanistan, and wearing an “I’m proud to be a Muslim” T-shirt. “Vegas is no problem,” he tells me. “This is the United States and we have freedom of religion. They don’t say it for nothing.”
Rashid Mouawia, a kitchen cleaner from Morocco, will happily wear traditional dress on the Strip if, he says, he’s in the mood. “You really don’t feel discrimination as much as in other cities. The diversity helps.
“People thought it was crazy moving to Vegas,” he tells me. “When I started my job, some people had ideas, stereotypes, about Muslims, that we’re all terrorists, or that we’re all rich. But when they get to know you, you get respect. You know, I think a lot of us don’t just tolerate this town, we actually love it.”
‘A’isha reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Allah is kind and loves kindness in every matter.” [Agreed upon]
‘A’isha reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Allah is kind and loves kindness and gives for gentleness what he does not give for harshness nor for anything else.” [Muslim]
‘A’isha reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Whenever kindness is in a thing it adorns it, and whenever it is removed from anything, it disfigures it.” [Muslim]
Anas reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Make things easy for people and do not make them difficult. Give good news to people and do not frighten them away.” [Agreed upon]
Jarir ibn ‘Abdullah said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, ‘Whoever is deprived of kindness is deprived of all good.’” [Muslim]
Ibn Mas’ud reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Shall I tell you who is unlawful for the Fire – or the one for whom the Fire is unlawful? It is unlawful for everyone who is easy, flexible, modest and uncomplicated.” [at-Tirmidhi]
May Allah make it easy for us to become kinder people. Ameen.