Emancipation day in the District of Columbia – April 16th 1862

April 17, 2014

April 16, is Emancipation day in the District. It celebrates the day in 1862 when 3,100 enslaved individuals in the District of Columbia were emancipated, including slaves who lived and worked in our community. This occurred nine months before Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The District emancipation involved compensating the slave owners – at a total cost of $1 million. It stands as the only emancipation with compensation in the United States. Four years later, after the Civil War ended and after the 1865 ratification of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution officially abolishing slavery nationwide – slaves were freed without compensation to their owners.

The Emancipation Day celebration was held yearly in the District from 1866 to 1901 with a parade. Organized by the black elite of the city, the parades began in 1866 as a demonstration of African American pride and political strength. School children often took a day off in order to watch all the black civic organizations and clubs march in the parade. Militia groups and Civil War veterans marched in full regalia with slogans on banners that called for liberty and equality for all citizens.1 Rain or shine the emancipation parades went on, all throughout the city in stark contrast to the black codes of the antebellum era, which restricted African American movements. Where slave coffles had once passed, free African Americans now marched openly rejoicing their new status as citizens.

In close proximity to the White House, where many of the domestic staff had been enslaved, witnessing scores of free African Americans in elaborate civilian or military dress was an evocative image. Presidential approval helped make the parades a success and acknowledged African-Americans had the right to assemble in Lafayette Square as free people. Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Andrew Johnson particularly enjoyed the tributes to Lincoln and the Republican Party as emancipators. Presidents usually reviewed at least one of the parades during their administration.

The city revived the parades in 2002 as a result of the research, lobbying and leadership of Ms. Loretta Carter-Hanes. She started her quest to bring back the parades in the early 1980s. She scoured the archives for any and all information about emancipation day and the parades. Starting in 1991, Hanes organized events that would commit the day to public memory. Eventually, Emancipation Day was made an official public holiday in the District of Columbia in 2005. Each year, District residents again celebrate the end of slavery in Washington, D.C.

Among those compensated for their slaves were John Adlum’s heirs. He was the founder of the Springland Farm. In order to secure compensation, they had to pledge loyalty to the Union and would then received up to $300 per freed slaves. (The DC emancipation act also appropriated $100,000 “to aid in the colonization and settlement of such free persons of African descent now residing in said District … as may desire to emigrate to the Republics of Haiti or Liberia, or such other country beyond the limits of the United States as the President may determine.”) This compensation process, plus Adlum family wills where their “property” is listed, gives us precise records of the slaves that lived and labored on the Springland Farm for the Adlum family.

Today is a day to honor these men and women and their children who toiled on the land where we live.

Thanks.

Chuck Ludlam

Chuck Ludlam and Paula Hirschoff live in the UDC area. Thanks, Chuck!

Frank P. Esposito

Administrative Support Specialist

202-633-4633

espositof@si.edu

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 37012

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Washington, DC 20013-7012


Join Us for the Culmore Clean-Up – Sat April 26th 2014

April 15, 2014

Dar Al-Hijrah Outreach Department Invites You:

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Saturday, April 26th, 2014

9 am – 12 pm

This year the cleanup will start from Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences, (Not from Woodrow Wilson library) Every year a cleanup of the Culmore area in Falls Church is organized to rid the streets of litter and bring awareness to keeping the community clean. The volunteers are provided with gloves, water, bags, “nifty-nabbers” and bright tee shirts. Also, a modest breakfast and lunch served.

Bring your family, your class, classmates and friends – T.E.A.M. Together Everyone Achieves More.

“On the authority of Abu Huraira who said that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him said), “Every small bone of everyone has upon it a charitable act for everyday upon which the sun rises. Bringing about justice between two is an act of charity. Helping a man get on his mount, lifting him onto it or helping him put his belongings onto it, is a charitable act. A good word is a charitable act. Every step you take toward the prayer is a charitable act. And removing a harmful thing from the path is a charitable act.” (Recorded in al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Go to the Dar Al-Hijrah office & sign up today or Call:  703-536-1030

Visit us at www.facebook.com/culmorecleanupday

 

 


Farewell Faraj: Humble Life – Honored in Death

April 11, 2014
On Sunday, after the night prayers were concluded he was found lying dead by a park bench in front of the mosque.  He had passed away during the prayer service.  We had lost one of the most regular members of our community.
The Prophet said:
There are seven whom Allaah will shade in His Shade on the Day when there is no shade except His Shade: a just ruler; a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic; a man whose heart is attached to the mosques; two men who love each other for Allaah’s sake, meeting for that and parting upon that; a man who is called by a woman of beauty and position [for illegal intercourse], but be says: ‘I fear Allaah’, a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity; and a man who remembered Allaah in private and so his eyes shed tears.’ Narrated by Abu Hurairah & collected in Saheeh al-Bukhari (english trans.) vol.1, p.356, no.629 & Saheeh Muslim (english trans.) vol.2, p.493, no.2248
He was known to wear a large hat that made him look like a scarecrow.  My daughter told me his scruffy overgrown salt-and-pepper beard made him resembled Dumbledoor from Harry Potter.  He was an older Iranian immigrant with an accent like a foreign born university professor.  Some say he was. His large frame cast a giant shadow and his commanding deep voice made some feel frightened. Yet, he always had a pleasant demeanor except when arguing for justice.
He was an ever present personality. The kind of talkative eccentric that when you see him coming you kind of hope he won’t try to engage you in some esoteric conversation that will invariably last too long. He often rode a bicycle to the mosque, when he had one.  He would deliver bread and fruits from neighborhood shops to make them available to members of the community.  He was always present and controversially outspoken at town-hall and community meetings and the community leadership always allowed him to have a voice, even though often times his statements did not make sense in the context of our gatherings.
He was a voracious reader and regular user of the public library.  He would often come to me talk about articles which he had read on the internet regarding a wide array of social and political issues.
He was a real germophobe, always concerned about physical contact. He would never pray side-by-side with the congregation and never shake hands.  He would always greet me by bumping our forearms.
I found it strange that vehemently criticized the mosque for sheltering homeless people of all faiths in the mosque during the winter months.  Although, he was poor we never found him begging or asking for charity.
You see, I believe he was chronically homeless and was probably battling some type of psychological or emotional disorder.  He was one of those people who refused to be institutionalized (homeless shelter) even for his benefit or to seek treatment.  He tried to find a spiritual home at a number of centers in our region but was not welcomed (or tolerated) until he came to Dar Al-Hijrah in Falls Church, Virginia.  Perhaps because of the cultural atmosphere of Virginia and with the resources of Fairfax county he was able to make a life for himself.
After his death the authorities tried to find his next of kin.  Finally, they released body to the masjid. He had no other family besides us and although he had no assets when it came time to pay for his burial expenses his mosque family came together and in a matter of minutes raised thousands of dollars for his burial.  He was the most well-known and loved homeless person in our community.  It is fitting that he passed away at place he called home among people who knew him.
Undoubtably he was an ever present part of us.  May God have mercy on him and grant the finest home in the highest places in paradise.  Those of us who God has given another day need to recommit ourselves faithfully to fight to end homelessness and to provide mental health services to all.
Imam Johari Abdul-Malik
Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center
Falls Church, VA

METRO IS COMING TO DAR AL-HIJRAH

April 1, 2014

METRO BUS TOWN-HALL
Metro wants to hear from you. Join us for a town-hall meeting with representatives from MetroBus. They want to know what you think and to learn new ways to serve YOU better.

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD.

We all talk about the service, the wait, the price, the route….
Now it’s your time to speak to METRO!

Metro Bus Wants to hear from YOU!!!

What: METRO TOWN Hall
When: April 6th 2014
1:30pm-3:00pm

Where: Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center
3159 Row St,
Falls Church, VA 22044

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Reception On! Mayor Vincent Gray-Back On!

March 12, 2014

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله – Peace.

After speaking with the campaign manager of the Gray campaign he is encouraging everyone to come out, hear what the mayor has to say and make your own decision whether to support him or not.

Take this opportunity to hear from the mayor first-hand by joining us tomorrow for a private invitation only reception on Wednesday, March 12 at 5:30pm.

50 E St SE (& New Jersey Ave,)
Reception Room – Ground Floor in the CAIR Bldg

Wednesday March 12th, 2014
5:30pm to 6:30pm

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Please make your check out to “Gray for Mayor”. All proceeds will go to the Vincent Gray for Mayor fund. For information regarding the reception please RSVP salima.Seale@gmail.com. We look forward to your support and peace and blessings be upon you and the District of Columbia.

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله – Peace be upon you all,

Salima Seale, Event Coordinator
Muslim Advocacy Commission


This Week’s Sermon: The Power Of Prayer Vol.1

February 22, 2014

http://imamjohari.com/imamjohari.com/Make_It_Plain__Podcast/Entries/2014/2/22_The_Power_of_Prayer.1.htmlImage Dr. King and Malcolm X found the courage to face death from their connection with God.  Prayer five times a day is the prescription from our manufacturer to help us face life with power. 

There is a great power in prayer.  The formula has been given to humankind.  We our bodies, our souls and are brains are changed by prayer.  Unlock the power of prayer in your life from this lesson.  

Neuroscience reference:

How Good Changes Your Brain? by Andrew Newberg, MD, Mark Robert Waldman

Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to face it!


Black History Month @ Dar Al-Hijrah

February 20, 2014

Black History Month 2014

Saturday, February 22
Film Festival and discussion
12:45pm introduction – Imam Johari

1:00pm A Prince Among Slaves & Discussion

2:30pm African-Americans and Islam & Discussion

3:45pm Asr Prayer

4:00pm American Islamic Heritage Museum Exhibit & lecture
Curator: Amir Muhammad

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