Sunday, December 30, 2012

This Will Change Your View Of Islam. I Promise

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


What About the Non-Spanish Speaking Latinos?

Alhamdulillah (All Praises to Almighty Allah) over the decade or so there have sprung up many dawah  groups (groups which invite to Islam) throughout the United States which focus on the Latino community. Many of these groups and organizations fashion themselves around teaching Islam to non-Muslims or new Muslims through the medium of the Spanish language. While there is a great need for such a demographic, there is also a large demographic of Latinos who either do not speak Spanish, are very poor in Spanish, are stronger in English, or are equally strong in both languages but prefer English over Spanish. Do you see where I am going with this?
         Nearly half (or more than half) of Latinos in the United States fall in this category. There are many Stateside Puerto Ricans (including NewYorkPuertoRicans), Chicanos, and other US-born or raised Latinos who fall in the this category. While many of the above-mentioned groups cater to a certain segment of the Latino community there is a whole demographic which is simply untapped. Certainly, there are many Latinos who are not immigrants and not children of immigrants. While they may be classified as Americans, they still may strongly identify with Latino culture and may fit in both categories. 
          Therefore, I am asking those established Latinos groups and organizations: "How will your efforts at Spanish language dawah benefit this segment of the Latino population?" Perhaps, there is not a plan to address that segment of the Latino population. Is it simply assumed that all Latinos are quite conversant in Spanish? InshAllah (Allah Willing) I wait to hear from you all and hear you ideas on this.

Khalil Alpuertorikani
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Monday, October 15, 2012

Assalamu 'ala man ittaba -lhuda

How are you world? I guess I have been kind of neglectful of you all by not posting much on here. Fact is that life is hectic. Well, I have a bit of some free time. Tell me all - what's on your mind? I do not get much feedback and my blog is not too interactive, so my blog is sort of like a one way conversation. Don't you hate one way convos? There are lots of things to talk about. On the political front, there is the presidential election. In the Middle East, the Arab Spring is still burning. On the cultural tip, there is really nothing new concerning stateside PRican (Nuyoricans, etc. or whatever you want to call us non-islander PRicans). One bit of interesting information is that PRs in New York have doubled. This is amazing since our numbers were dwindling over the past ten years or so.

In regards to the din, the ummah is ever more divided. Unfortunately, those who work hard to bring forth solution don't follow the haqq (truth) and those who follow the truth don't seem to even think ponder at all about any solutions. The Muslims of the US are becoming more and more secular every day. One of the biggest promoters of secularism are the Islamists. Alhamdulillah, I am  close my eyes and act like there are no issue with the ummah in my homeland since I am currently living overseas. However, I can't do this. I see the micromanaging taking place with some shaykhs calling the shots from halfway across the world.

That's all for now, folks. Have a good night.

Khalil Alpuertorikani
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Year of the Dragon 2012: The Legend - Bruce Lee

Assalamu alaikum

Here is a documentary on Bruce Lee, the greatest fighter of the 20th Century. His impact on popular culture in the inner cities was tremendous during the 70s and 80s. His inspiration lead to many forms of hip-hop dance styles. Even the greatest among us are in need. His death point to the Majesty of one greater. One can also look at the way that Christopher "Superman" Reeves was eventually subjected to a wheelchair and practically couldn't move in his later years to see the same lesson. To Allah to come and to Allah we return.

Khalil Al-Puertorikani
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Saturday, May 19, 2012