Not a Protest but a PROMISE

December 12, 2014

Not a protest but a promise


Salaam سلام :  This is a candle light vigil of the faith community standing together in love and light for justice.

*We welcome and are looking for more faith communities and organizations to join us!!!

The following congregations have made the following commitments (from North to South):

Circle at DC/SS line to Kalmia – Silver Spring UMCs
Kalmia to Hemlock – Washington Ethical Society
Tuckerman to Rittenhouse – Emory Fellowship UMC
Rittenhouse to Military – Plymouth Cong UCC
Decatur to Buchanan – 19th St Baptist
Buchanan to Webster – People’s Congregational UCC
Oak to Park – St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Park to Lamont – Converge
Harvard to W – All Souls Church, Unitarian Universalist
S to R – Unity of DC
R to Q – Lincoln Temple UCC
Q to O – Foundry UMC
O to M – First Cong UCC & Little River UCC
L to K – Jubilee UCC

*Add your faith community, organization or group of friends to this list. We want people and lights on every block.



Amazing NFL Story: Hussain Abdullah

October 27, 2014

Consumer Protection Board Mets To Address Consumer Protections for American Muslims

October 23, 2014

On Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014 Imam Johari co-chaired a meeting with Consumer Financial Protection Board, Richard Cordray, along with leaders from American Muslim financial institutions, community advocates and faith leaders.


Special thanks to director Cordray and his staff for their outreach and we look foimagerward to ringing our skills and insights to improve the safety and security of our financial system.

Learn more about the CFPB:

A video overview of the CFPB:

A written overview of the CFPB’s creation:

CFPB Resources:
You can view all these resources at

To file a complaint about consumer financial products or services (mortgages, credit cards, student loans, bank accounts, credit reporting, auto loans, debt collection, payday loans, money transfers, and more), visit the CFPB Consumer Response Center at or call 855-411-CFPB. The CFPB call center offers assistance in 189 languages.

To share a story – positive or negative – about a consumer financial product or service, visit “Tell Your Story” at

To find answers to questions about consumer finance, visit “Ask CFPB” at

To make informed decisions about paying for college, from comparing costs to repaying student debt, visit “Paying for College” at

To learn how to prevent elder financial exploitation and to view easy-to-understand booklets to help financial caregivers for older Americans, visit

To learn about financial resources and financial protection for servicemembers, visit

To order free CFPB publications in bulk for distribution to consumers, visit

To find the CFPB’s Federal Register notices, as well as to read and submit public comments related to CFPB rulemakings, visit

To view the CFPB website in Spanish:

To connect with the CFPB on social media:
Twitter: @CFPB

Special thanks to director Cordray and his staff for their outreach and we look forward to ringing our skills and insights to improve the safety and security of our financial system






October 13, 2014
Tomorrow, leaders of the world’s most powerful countries are meeting in New York to discuss the largest Ebola outbreak in history.We need them to do more than just talk. We need them to act on Ebola – NOW. We’re running out of time.

Click here to add your name to ONE’s petition (more than 80,000 signers in just a couple of days). It’s time for leaders to step up and deliver on Ebola.

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The petition says:

Dear Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,

We’re counting on you to pressure world leaders to quickly make bold commitments and help end the Ebola epidemic now(Sign it here).

As UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said last week, “Every day we delay, the cost and the suffering will grow exponentially.” And the global community is responding – with personnel, supplies and funding. The US made a massive commitment days ago. The UN is sending advance teams to West Africa this week.

But we need to act faster. We need to do more. Nearly 6,000 have been infected. And the numbers are rising fast.

People keep asking us what they can do to help. This is an one easy way to make a big difference.

Add your name automatically right here. ONE will deliver your message – and the 80,000 other voices – to stakeholders before the meeting. And we’ll make sure leaders know we expect them to act.

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Congrats to Malala and her colleagues on the Noble Peace Prize.

October 12, 2014

Salaam سلام :  Congrats to Malala and her colleagues on the Noble Peace Prize.

One Person Can Make A Difference

13 Years Later

September 11, 2014

All of us can remember when 13 years ago President Bush promised to “destroy”, what was then a small and unknown organization known as Al-Qaeda. I for one can admit to having never heard of Al-Qaeda on September 10, 2001. After Bush’s disastrous invasion and “nation building” program in Afghanistan (and attempting the same in Iraq in 2003) we now have Al-Qaeda all over the entire MENA region. And make no mistake, ISIS is an offshoot of Al-Qaeda.

And now President Obama is adopting the exact same policy as Bush which HAS NOT WORKED. More and more war only succeeds in metastasizing the extremist cancer further. Millions of Muslims and other people of faith around the world have paid the price for this broken policy with their lives, death of loved ones, and dislocation. All of this creates the environment for yet another cycle of war and violence.

Only the work on the ground of speaking to youth and coming to common understanding can solve this problem long term. The wars only help to make the weapons contractors richer and makes the work of those of us calling for peace much more difficult.

I pray that someday a just peace will finally be achieved, but if we do not change our policy, we will memorialized 9/11 in the same way each year – wondering why the problem of extremism is spreading and not receding.

Time to “Man Up”!

September 10, 2014

Jonah Goldberg has an interesting article stating that Western ISIS recruits are losers! I have been saying this for years about these young men who join these radical groups

While this is definitely true, simply writing them off as losers will not solve the problem at hand. The larger problem is that we have a generation of young men and boys of all races and faiths that are disenfranchised and are essentially “checking out” of society because we have largely marginalized them. This is especially true as our society has put more emphasis on educating our girls while leaving our boys to the X-box, social media and/or the basketball court.

This manifests itself in different ways in the various ways: from boys entering college less to the decrease in marriage. However, in the Muslim communities it is manifesting itself (albeit in rare cases) in young men reaching out to join radical groups that are (falsely) offering them meaning to their lives.

The problem of these “loser” boys has grown to such an extent that we do not even understand these young men at all and have largely left them to raise themselves. We need to change course and actively engage them and challenge them to grow up! But before we do that, we must talk TO them and stop talking ABOUT them. Before we can challenge them to grow up, we have to show them what “grown up” actually means. We older men must accept our own responsibility in leading these boys and young men to the path of being REAL men. We are going to have to enlarge the sphere of – and I’m sorry to have to say this – manliness.

We need to teach our boys (on a daily basis) that a REAL man takes care of his responsibilities and does not run away on some foolish adventure! A real man recognizes that there is beauty in the world and that it is not all dystopian and doom and gloom.  There are some beautiful things out there. We men are actually going to have to be men in our lives again.  The men have to start putting their foot down and start running their families as a family. (Does it need to be said that I do not mean here a dictator who beats his wife and kids? The fact that some would take it that way shows just how far astray we are on this problem)

We need to become examples that show by word and deed of what a real man is known for and not leave them to the malicious demagogues that yell, scream and hurl names and insist we look at the world through a jaded lens.

Raising men is not all about K-12, SAT scores, and college prep. Although those things are important there’s an awful lot more to be learned about being a man.  A real man does not simply provide for his children (again extremely important) but goes further by spending time teaching them (in word and deed) valuable lessons on financial responsibility, keeping one’s word, facing up to and solving problems, being committed to finishing a project, being considerate, and standing up for the weak. This is what it means to be a REAL man. These boys who join groups like ISIS do the opposite by shirking their responsibilities, lying and stealing money from their parents, and running away from facing the real world. Groups like ISIS are stealing our young men and robbing them of their future.

We need to re-commit to right the ship of our marriages, families and our communities.  If we do this, our communities will be strong and our families will be strong. If we can do this then we will raise children that will see the false message of groups like ISIS (or whoever comes after it) and dismiss it out of hand.

This “man up” challenge extends to each of us to become inspired to do what is needed to own up to OUR OWN responsibility to shape the future by doing a better job of what God put us on this Earth to do: Be good Fathers and lead our wives and children to heaven.

Actionable items:

- Start a mentoring program for boys above the age of 12. This is a good example that should be repeated across the land

- Suggested reading for men and young men to read together: ‘Millionaire Manners’ (visit the website here)


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