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My letter to Dell and Intel

To whom it concerns at Dell Canada,

I wanted to let you know that I was recently shopping for a Dell Laptop Machine and decided to not purchase your computer.
The reason for this is because you now exclusively use Intel based chips in your laptop computers.

Thus, I decided to buy an AMD based HP computer from FutureShop.

I hope you will reconsider your product line and offer AMD based laptops in the future.
I would recommend that in these difficult economic times, you consider what I am saying carefully as it will very much affect the bottom line of your business.

The reason for my deciding to not use Intel are outlined as follows:

  • Israel forced out the original inhabitants of Iraq Al-Manshiya and the near-by village of Al-Faluja after the 1948 war ended contrary to international law and an armistice agreement sponsored by the UN and which Israel signed.
  • Intel should not participate and allow Israel to have economic benefits from the illegal dispossession of Palestinians. Israel is denying Palestinian refugees their right of return to their lands and homes which it is occupying. This right is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Law, and is supported by numerous UN resolutions.
  • Given Israel’s apartheid policies, continuing abuses of fundamental human rights, and violations of International Law, Intel should divest from Israel forthwith.

CC’d, Executive Vice President, Intel, [email protected] (email no longer active)
Sent to: DELL Canada Sales Department, [email protected]

For more information, see the Boycott Intel page.

Here is a link to the almost exact Dell laptop I nearly bought.

By the way, is boycotting effective?

I would say, definitely, yes. Take a look at what Starbucks is doing now, in order to get back some of the lost sales.
http://www.starbucks.com/aboutus/pressdesc.asp?id=971

http://www.starbucks.com/aboutus/pressdesc.asp?id=976

Boycotting is a non-violent way for us to get our message across and to apply pressure on companies that are contributing to the harm of the Muslims. Think about it, we have given up jihad, what do we have left? We have to struggle and find ways to stand up and respond to those harming us.

What do you think? Thank you for your comments, even if you disagree, I appreciate the discussion and the chance to discuss and learn from each other.

Update March 25, 2009 – Dell responded
What follows is their response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for contacting Dell online customer care.

Thank you for your valuable information and we sincerely appreciate your feedback.

Thank you for choosing Dell.

Respectfully,

Kamal Akisetty
Canada Customer eCare
Dell Inc.
[email protected]

End of response

News Update Feb 2, 2010
Intel Israel Exports jump 145%

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Intel Corp’s Israeli subsidiary said on Monday its exports surged 145 percent in 2009 to a record $3.4 billion and the company is hoping growth will continue with further expansion in the country.

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Stuck in the middle of nowhere and need your help

Our brother Omar, you might not know him, but he is your brother and my brother. We need to help him.

Incase you don’t know, is stuck somewhere with the Americans. And he is outside of the legal boundaries of the court system. He is not being treated well. They are using sleep deprivation, and all sorts of horrible things to him. We need to do this. Remember, if we cannot change something, our duty is at least to YELL at people doing bad. (I don’t mean yell literally, but you get my drift, let them know that they are responsible and need to do something)

The timing is good because Obama is promising to close Guantanamo, so there is a lot of pressure on our government already. As well, Maher Arer he managed to get out of his grave-like torture cell (where cockroaches and vermin used to sleep with him and cats used to urinate on him) first by the permission of Allah, secondly because his wife pressured the Canadian government to bring him home. Those in power have authority and we need to PUSH them. At least you have something to say like “Prime Minister Dude, get a life, he’s only 15 when he was arrested, BRING HIM TO CANADA FOR A FAIR TRAIL” or somethign of that matter.

PS i hope you dont mind if i add you to my personal list

Here are some news articles on this topic

http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/574190 – Khadr’s lawyers had tried repeatedly to have this week’s hearing delayed so as not to end on the government’s evidence if Obama stops the trial.

http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/574190/ – Omar would have agreed to seeing the Pope in Afghanistan if it would get him out of being tortured

This article mentions that Omar was also interrogated by the same people who killed the innocent taxi driver, they are referring to our brother Dilawar (you can watch a full video on him online)

**please forward widely**

CALL PRIME MINISTER HARPER TODAY!

Ask to leave a message, they’ll switch you to a voicemail service, be prepared to leave a clear, short message, such as: “Repatriate Omar Khadr Home!” or “Omar Khadr is a child soldier. Get him out of Guantánamo.” Feel free to state your name and city of residence and/or phone number.

CALL HARPER TODAY:613.992.4211

Also call and leave messages for:

Justice Minister- Rob Nicholson- 613-995-1547 **Mackay says any changes will be made by Nicholson

Minister of Foreign Affairs- Lawrence Cannon- 613-992-5516

Minister of Defence- Peter Mackay- 613-992-6022

Don’t be afraid to bother them, and encourage all of your friends and family to leave a message as well!

http://www.bringomarhome.ca/

Copyright in Islam

Bismillah. This is a very hot topic and it seems that most people have a lot of “logical” reasons why we should pirate Islamic content. Firstly I will tell you that I agree that in most cases in an ideal world it would be great if all this material was free, but lets look at this not from our own opinions and desires, but from what Allah Subhanahu wa taAla and His Messenger (alaihis salam) have decreed in this matter. Obviously there was no issue of “copyright” back at the time of revelation, but we can look at what the scholars have to say. Fiqh is not as easy as 123 tada!

You cannot become a Mufti on the weekend. Fiqh is a complicated process that involves looking at proofs, finding out if a specific rule overrides a general rule, looking at exceptions, understanding the language of the sources, and so on.

When Allah and his Messenger rule something, it is not for the believers to have any choice in the matter

And it behoves not a believing man and a believing woman that they should have any choice in their matter when Allah and His Apostle have decided a matter; and whoever disobeys Allah and His Apostle, he surely strays off a manifest straying. (Quran Trans, Shakir)

Most of the responses I usually get on this topic are “logical” answers, stuff like “it hurts the dawah”, and “we have to spread the deen”, and stuff like that. But In reality, are we following Islam, or our own hawa (desires)?
We have to look at the matter in question and see what scholars have said about it.

In regard to the matter of putting up Muhammad Alshareef’s copyrighted material (or Anwar Al-Awlaki, or Khalid Yasin for that matter) we have to keep in mind that

1. In a lot of cases, they do not have any other income. They spend a lot of time and effort propogating the deen of Allah full time, and this does not necessarily pay the bills. I personally talked to Yusuf Estes and told him I disagreed with sheikhs making it copyright, and he told me.. “what can they do? they need money to pay the bills for their wife and kids’. As far as I understand, he encourages the free spreading of knowledge and to not charge fees for teaching the deen, but does not criticize those that do.

Infact we live in such a pathetic world that most of these sheikhs, nobody provides them financial assistance for their hard work of inheriting the task of the messengers and awliya of Allah. SubhanAllah.. back in the day AlMaghrib (the OLD AlMaghrib not AlMaghrib Institute today) used to pay a stipend of money to everyone who used to study Islam and teach it, to encourage people to become scholars.

They dont have the luxury of being a so-called computer scientist like me, or a doctor like you, and having a comfortable living. We dont even know what difficulties their family has to go through to get the deen to us

Yet we take away what little funds they have. we have to admit that by making these lectures freely available online, it definately means a lot less people will buy the audio cds because they KNOW they can find it online

So we should really try to help them by directing people to purchase such audio CDs and videos.

And in regard to hurting the dawah by not putting up such audios, we can safely say that there is still another 36+ gigabytes of stuff on other sites that is not copyright that others can benefit from. In that regard we can say that they can always listen to the alternative. Noor Allah Productions (Ahmad Moait) also has a lecture set about the Prophets and Messengers which is freely available unlike Anwar Al-Awlakis.. so alhamdullilah we do we need to pirate the others?

Allah also says “Ya ayuhal ladhina amanoo awfoo bil Auqood” (transliteration)

5:1 O ye who believe! fulfil (all) obligations.

When we are pirating Islamic media (or any media), what we are doing is breaking our contracts..

first of all we are breaking the LEGAL contract we made for living in this country (because it is illegal)
Secondly we are breaking our contract with the speaker who made the dvd by copying their material when they specifically gave us the CD with the rule that we cannot copy it, and we agreed by purchasing the CD.

We have to fear Allah and realize that even though we wish for such material to be online for free, since we did not produce it, we have no right to distribute it in this manner without their permission.

If we really fear Allah and want the dawah to go, we should ourselves, first spend years studying islam, doing research on the topic (all this time finding a way to take care of our families), and then produce these high lectures with our time, effort, and money.

Then we can safely say to anyone, PLEASE put these up for free on your site. however since we did not go through all that, who gave us the right to use such media? infact most of us live very comfy lives and never have to go through this struggle ourselves.

We should first talk to the sheikhs directly and get permission from them, and if they allow us to use their lectures, alhamdullilah 🙂

Yusuf Estes is a good example, he allows us to use his audios and videos at NO CHARGE fe sabillilah alhamdullilah we should go ahead and use it and make lots of dua for him besides the fact that he will have much less money as a result.

If someone says to me, there is a difference of opinion in this matter, and i think software piracy is halal, i will say to them, please, find me the daleel. Our religion is based on proof. You will see most scholars have very clearly said it is haram to do such a thing even if it “benefits the ummah”. Understand this well, if you want to sell pork sandwiches to benefit the ummah, it’s not going to benefit you nor the ummah on the day of judgement.

What i mean is that in the same manner, we can never do something haram, and try to do something good with it. We can never steal money, run a lottery or a prostitute house, or any of those things, in order to do dawah.

The rule is that in Islam the means does not justify the end.
EDIT: See comments, it is not always the case that the above is true

From Islam-QA

From IslamOnline

Ask Imam

Sunnipath

Actually it was not necessary for me to find references from all of the above, the several fatawa on IslamQA would have been enough (And Allah knows best), but I wanted to demonstrate how there is an overwhelming consensus/agreement on this topic.

And the last thing i can say is that I personally heard Muhammad Alshareef explain why he SELLS his cds and not gives the lectures out for free. He has some lectures online for free, and very few people (less than 1000) listened to it. However once he professionally produced it ( www.emanrush.com ) he said the production was in the thousands and thousands and so many people started listening to the lectures.. so he realized this is the best way to do it. And in the end since they put in the effort, it is up to them to decide.

If you want to discuss any of this, please do leave a comment here.

Abeer al-Janabi, Our Sister In Islam

Many of us don’t even know who she is.. and she will dissapear into nothingness. But Allah is Al-Baseer, The All Seeing over all that they do. And we are witnesses as well. Remember the injustice of the oppressors and maybe we will not be so dazzled by them.

Click here to read more about Abeer al-Janabi, an ordinary Iraqi girl who was raped and murdered, and her family too. What do the guilty get? A slap on the wrist, not much more.

Update: The least we can do is to know about her and what happened, and spread this information among others. Let us make dua to Allah to return us to an honourable condition where the Muslims will not let things like this happen. Al Mu’tasim sent a whole army to defend one woman who was abused by a roman soldier.