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

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s118/sh/adec79ca-6137-416c-87af-096a1d328381/7806cbbe8e96c9aa54c65e6739451644


Rule of Engagement With Extremists

August 29, 2014


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Rule #1

Don’t help them magnify their message.
“Never pass the megaphone to the Heckler”

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Rule #2
Deny them dignity
“The “so-called leader” of these fanatics”.

Rule #3

Did not allow the leadership to be identified with the title.
“their “self-appointed president” said…..”

 

 

Rule #4
Never recognize the opposition as an equal.
“if any of you (Extremists) would like to meet/negotiate with us (Establish) we can make an appointment with any individuals”

Rule #5
Degrade their opportunity for recognition
If there are all proposals for change, new policies that need to be employed, or shortcomings that have been identified, they cannot be considered the “province” or “agenda” of the extremist. =/= The extremist makes a good point!!!
Nothing about the Lord Resistance Army is Christian. Call them LRA
Nothing about The Islamic State is Muslim. Refer to them as ISIS
They are not Fundamentalist they are fanatics

Rule #6
Don’t Let Salt mix with Sugar-Look Similar-Taste Different
We both can’t be in the same group.
If this is what you believe, then stop they you are the leader of our group. We don’t believe in what you believe and we are in the majority.

Rule #7
Never use their extremism to justify yours


Sanctifying Marriage – Not The Role of Government – Muslims Can Differ In Opinion

April 21, 2013

Imam Johari Abdul-MalikThe Washington Post recently quoted only a “sound bite” of my comments on marriage in America, the role of religious interpretation, government and law.  My comments were distilled into a discourage about same-sex marriage, which is a narrow slice of my comments.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/imam-daayiee-abdullah-welcomes-gay-muslims-to-worship-marry/2013/04/17/3ebcab3a-a5db-11e2-b029-8fb7e977ef71_story.html

From my understanding of the Qur’an, marriage in Islam is between members of the opposite sex.  Yet, I believe that people can engage in many types of sexual behaviors and still be Muslim.  The goal is to try to understand God’s message and then to apply it.  The way one has sex is not be their public definition.  As a person of faith, the primary identifier is one’s relationship with the transcendent God/Allah and not one’s appetite for food, drink, sex, race or gender.

In America, religion is a very personal thing.  As such, very few individuals like to be told how to define their relationship with God and wish to define their relationship with God on their own terms without government involvement.  It is for this reason that I believe that faith in America is still very vibrant, while it is falling by the wayside in Europe.

Likewise on the issue of marriage, I do not believe that our government should ever have gotten into the business of “sanctifying” marriage. In other words, the gov’t should not define what “is” and “is not” marriage any more than they should define who “is” and “is not” a Muslim, Christian or Jew. In marriage, the gov’t should only be in the business of enforcing binding contracts between adult aka “civil unions”!

The issue of (religious) marriage as should have been put into the authority of religious communities. If we do that then, everyone would be free to practice whatever they like in their own religion as long as they do not infringe upon the constitutional right of others.

This is perfectly in line with my own faith tradition. The Qur’an says:

“To you be your way and to us be our way….”

Within Muslim history there have been many groups, sects, offshoots and various interpretations of the faith, each group interrupting the scriptures on their own terms in context, content and time and today is no different.

I have a particular reading and understand of Islam that puts sexual behavior in the light of specific verses and prophetic traditions, but he priority in religion is to find out what God wants and then to do that, not to find out what you want and then find the text that you think allows you to do it.


Imam Johari Hosts First Muslim-Media Roundtable

February 26, 2013

February 26th 2013, Imam Johari Abdul-MalikImam Johari Abdul-Malik is launching the Muslim-Media Roundtable Busboys and Poets (1025-5th Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 at 11:00am.

The Featured Presenters:

Sara Fitzgerald has served as a member of the board of directors of the United Church of Christ’s Office of Communication, Inc. (OC Inc.) since 2009. She worked as an editor and new media developer for The Washington Post from 1979 to 1994, and supervised its Religion page in 1980. She has also worked as an editor and reporter for National Journal magazine, The St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times), The Miami Herald and the Akron Beacon Journal. As director of member services for the Interactive Services Association from 1994 to 1996, she worked on many public policy issues involving the early online industry. She is former president of the board of directors of the United Church of Christ’s Central Atlantic Conference, the denomination’s regional organization covering the area from New Jersey to Virginia, and is a longtime member of Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington. She is the author of the recently published biography “Elly Peterson: ‘Mother’ of the Moderates,” published by the University of Michigan Press. She holds a B.A. in history and journalism from the University of Michigan.

Cheryl Leanza, principal in the A Learned Hand consulting firm (www.alearnedhand.com), currently serves as public policy adviser to the United Church of Christ’s Office of Communication, Inc. (OC Inc.) and as co-chair of the Media and Telecommunications Task Force of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Her other clients have included the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, the Future of Music Coalition, Public Knowledge and Native Public Media, among others. In addition, she served for over six years as the non-profit Media Access Project law firm, and as a staff member at the Federal Communications Commission. She holds masters and law degrees from the University of Michigan.

Muslim Media Roundtable

Mission:
To facilitate broader and stronger relationships between Muslim (religious and civic) leaders and media professionals based on mutual trust and understanding.

Main Objectives:
Foster enhanced understanding of the issues (cultural, financial, geopolitical, historical, philosophical, and religious).
Facilitate introductions to the press of new resources across the Muslim community for press corps outreach as circumstances and issues warrant.
Create and maintain an environment of mutual trust among press corps and Muslims that will lead to greater cooperation and collaboration.
Facilitate relationships that will result in accurate, consistent, fair and balanced reporting on Islam and Muslims.

Hosting:
The Roundtable is the outgrowth of a private activist think tank, EMERGE786. The roundtable discussions will not be sponsored by any national Muslim organizations.

For the Record
All of the conversations will be “off-the-record”. Journalists are free to follow-up with any individuals after the event with the caveat that they are not representatives of nor speaking for the roundtable organizers.

Format
Individual Introductions (10min)
Panel discussion on a selected topic (30min)
Roundtable discussion (30min)
Lunch & networking (20min)
Total Time: 1.5 hours

Start Time: 11:00am
End Time: 12:30pm

Outreach Objectives
Develop opportunities for Muslims to experience professional mentoring
Create opportunities to develop relationships with editors and editorial boards.

Methodology
Members of the think tank will develop a list of prospective audience participants that will be composed of individuals that span the media spectrum (print, blogosphere, electronic). The primary goal of the meeting will be to strengthen relationships between Muslim newsmakers and shapers and the media.

The intention of the think tank is to invite members of Washington media press corps to quarterly events. The purpose of the events will be to expand and enhance relationships between the press corps and members of the Muslim community. The ultimate objective is to create relationships that will in turn result in consistent, accurate, fair and balanced reporting on affairs that are important to Muslims and the society within which they live.

Prospective Invitees
The roundtable guest list will be developed with the intention to promote ethnic, gender, and political and socioeconomic diversity. Invited participants consisting of prominent members of the Muslim community will be asked to invite professionals from the media that they would like to attend.
The guests will be from across the spectrum, including (1) mainstream media, (2) Muslims, (3) leaders from leading Muslim organizations, (4) subject matter specialists for roundtable topics, and (5) individuals that have a personal story to tell regarding the topic of the day. The guests will be sorted into random groups for the roundtable discussions.

Topics:
A committee will select topics after getting feedback from members of the media and Muslim organizations.

Media Representation
For each roundtable, the goal is to have a total of the following:
10 Mainstream media (This includes Muslims working in mainstream media)
5 Muslim Media (Those representing Muslim media).

Muslim
5 Leading Organizations (examples)
5 Specialist and activists (examples)
5 Community Stake holders (examples)

Media Muslim Media Muslim Organization Specialist Personal Group

2 1 1 1 1 A
2 1 1 1 1 B
2 1 1 1 1 C
2 1 1 1 1 D
2 1 1 1 1 E

For each roundtable matches will be made from a random of drawing lots. The intent is to create a new mix of media people and Muslims. Each table will have a facilitator that will help to focus the conversation.

Frequency: 4-6 per year (Quarterly)
Before Ramadan
Before Hajj
The other roundtable discussions will be spaced across the balance of the year.

Times:
Please note the following proposed occasions for the discussions:
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday mornings
During the late morning starting at approximately11:00 AM and concluding at 12:30 noon.

Duration:
The Roundtable program duration will be for 90 minutes.

Reception/Brunch
The roundtable organizers will host a brown-bag or low cost lunch. The Muslim Media Roundtable will strive to provide light refreshments.

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Resources:

The Federal Communications Commission’s report “The Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age” This 360-page report, released in June 2011, found that while there has been tremendous innovation in the modern media landscape, there are also some very worrisome and consequential gaps in coverage. The full report, as well as an executive summary, is available at: http://www.fcc.gov/info-needs-communities 2011 Everett C. Parker Lecture in Ethics and Telecommunications (September, 2011) Video of 2011 Parker Lecture, presented by Steven Waldman, principal author of the Federal Communications Commission’s report “The Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age” http://vimeo.com/30193162 “Religion in the Media (December 2006-December 2007),” prepared by Douglas Gould and Company for the Ford Foundation’s Religion and Culture: Meeting the Challenge of Pluralism This report provided the third in a series of analyses of how the American media presented religious topics to the public and thus contributed to shaping Americans’ perceptions of religious institutions and practices. http://douglasgouldandcompany.com/resources/Religion_Media_Analysis2007.pdf United Church of Christ’s Office of Communication, Inc. The United Church of Christ’s Office of Communication, Inc., (OC Inc.) is the media justice ministry of the United Church of Christ, a 1.1-million-member Protestant denomination Office of Communication, Inc.: http://www.uccmediajustice.org United Church of Christ: http://www.ucc.org


Join Imam Johari on NPR’s: Talk of The Nation

September 21, 2012

http://www.npr.org/2012/09/20/161486339/atonement-in-judaism-christianity-and-islam


How DId Herman Cain Jump to the Front of the Pack and Fall?

December 6, 2011

Herman Cain was the “Putney Swope” Candidate. He never thought he would be the front runner and nobody else did. Just like Putney none on the right wanted to promote one of their own so they threw away their endorsements and “Putney Cain” got the chairman’s seat. As an Imam today I would not endorse watching the 1969 film but the lessons are clear……Sorry to see Putney Cain go but it’s just a case of “Truth and Soul” baby!

Putney Swope, a 1969 film written and directed by Robert Downey, Sr. and starring Arnold Johnson as Swope, is a comedy satirizing the advertising world, the portrayal of race in Hollywood films, the white power structure, and nature of corporate corruption.

Putney Swope, the only black man on the executive board of an advertising firm, is accidentally put in charge after the unexpected death of the chairman of the board: each board member actually believed that he, himself, should be elected Chairman, but the bylaws of the corporation prohibit voting for oneself, so each individual member voted his secret ballot for the person that no one else would vote for: Putney Swope.

Renaming the business “Truth and Soul, Inc.”, Swope replaces all but one of the white employees and insists they no longer accept business from companies that produce alcoholwar toys, or tobacco. The success of the business draws unwanted attention from the United States Government, which considers it “a threat to the national security.


Who Was Anwar Al-Awlaki?

October 2, 2011

Who Was Anwar Al-Awlaki?  National Review tells the story of the Al-Awlaki that I know.


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