Thursday, October 21, 2010

Will They Be Dishing Up the Campbell's Soup?

In the name of God, most Gracious, most Merciful, come one, come all to the ISNA International Food Fair.

Also on the ISNA Canada site (a link to which can be found on the Campbell Soup Canada site): you can take Arabic classes for free. (Gee, I wonder who's footing the bill for that?).

And in Islamic Horizons, the glossy ISNA magazine, don't miss the worshipful article about Tariq Ramadan, grandson of the founder of the organization ISNA claims to not have any ties to.

Update: ISNA Canada explains its "mission" thus:

ISNA is a grassroots, community-based organization. ISNA, therefore, is the collective will of the individuals and communities that endeavor on the local level to build an Islamic way of life.

ISNA is a platform for fulfillment of Allah’s command: "Hold fast to the rope of Allah all together and be not divided among yourselves" (3:103). The task of ISNA is to reach out and extend the platform of unity to all Muslims who are committed to the mission and movement of Islam.

ISNA is an Islamic organization for all world citizens. However, its particular mission is focused on building an Islamic way of life in North America. ISNA’s task is to plant the "good word" of Islam in the soil of North America, so that the "good tree" might grow, prosper and bring benefit to the land in which it grows.

ISNA is open to all Muslims, regardless of their ethnic, economic, language or racial background. In fact, Muslims of North America form a global rainbow of backgrounds. ISNA welcomes the participation of all segments of this diverse Muslim population and encourages their voice and presence in ISNA’s activities. In particular ISNA ensures that American Muslims, who have reverted to Islam and those who were born here, play an important role in ISNA.

ISNA is an Islamic movement in the sense that it endeavors to implement the characteristics of the Prophet’s movement for establish Islam by having firm faith in Allah Almighty and His Messenger (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him). This goal is to be achieved by commitment to Islam, engaging in moving forward towards the desired goals, displaying brotherhood in relations with one another and discipline in all actions. Accompanying these characteristics is also the necessary emphasis on training, action and leadership.

ISNA is founded on the teachings of Qur’an and Sunnah. Correct faith and correct understanding and practice of Shari’ah are the guiding principles of right and wrong. ISNA is, therefore, both inclusive and exclusive: inclusive in that it seeks the unity of all Muslims; exclusive in that the Muslim unity must be based on correct faith and sincere commitment to Islam as a total way of life.

ISNA is dedicated to nurturing the Islamic personality—the personality of a Muslim who is sincere, spiritual, knowledgeable, resolute, and hard working; a Muslim who practices Islam completely at all times and places. Such an individual is the starting point and the building block of all Islamic activity.

ISNA is dedicated to assisting in the growth of strong, viable, visible, vocal, and effective Muslim communities on the local level. The backbone of Islamic work in North America is the hundreds of local Muslim communities. When Muslim communities are healthy and strong, the positive and uplifting impact of the Muslim presence will be felt throughout North America. ISNA is, therefore, committed to the communities by helping them to meet the religious, educational, social, and economic needs of their members.

ISNA is dedicated to working on the national level to promote and protect the Muslims interests in North America. Within its character as a nonprofit organization, ISNA voices Muslim concerns and takes necessary actions to realize the religious, social, cultural, educational, economic and political rights of Muslims in North America.

ISNA is dedicated to da’wah, which means reaching out to convey the clear message of Islam, speaking out against all wrongs and injustices, advocating Islamic solutions to societal problems and becoming involved in effecting righteous change in North America.
And Campbell thought the above (especially the bolded parts) was okey-dokey? Talk about being out to lunch!

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