Jews and Muslims Gather to Affirm Peace on a day fasting in both traditions

July 17, 2014

On Tuesday, I met with a small group of fasting community members from both the Jewish and Muslim community. We gathered to say that it is time to end the violence in the holy land and the uncontrolled cycle of revenge.

I had been warned by Muslims not to attend this event for fear that it might be a smokescreen to support Israeli Defense Force actions. But the rabbis and the representatives of the Jewish community spoke strongly about their commitment to peace and nonviolence, justice for the Palestinians as well as the taking of their lands.

Although the audience was disproportionately Jewish, the Muslims who were present were grateful to see our efforts Muslim efforts toward peace, justice, nonviolence and reconciliation.


Jewish and Muslim Clergy Pray For An End To Violence: White House Vigil 7/17

July 13, 2014

In the past month the Jewish and Muslim communities have been shattered by the terrorist killings of four boys: Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer, Eyal Yifrah, and Muhammed Abu Khdeir.

In response, Jewish and Muslim clergy of the DC area are joining together as part of an international effort by religious leaders to pray for an end to the violence.

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On Tuesday, July 17th the Jewish and Muslim calendars are united in a day of fast: the fast of 17 Tamuz, and the fast of Ramadan. For both traditions this is a day designated for soul-searching, an opportunity for people to take responsibility, and for self repair, communal purification, and repentance.

As we join together we hope to direct the consciousness of both peoples to this day as a “peak day” – a day in which each man and woman will be invited to take part, to fast in solidarity with the suffering, violence and pain of self and others, to ask how to end the cycle of bloodshed and draw a horizon of hope and vision.

Please join Maharat Ruth Friedman, Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, and Imam Johari Abdul-Malik on Tuesday, July 15th at 5pm in Lafayette Square in Washington, DC to offer prayers for peace and comfort. Leaders and members of all faith communities are encouraged to attend.

Please contact Maharat Friedman at MaharatRuth@ostns.org or 847-722-8287 to add your congregation’s name to the list of co-sponsors.


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

 

 


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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Join Imam Johari Abdul-Malik & Dar Al-Hijrah as we Honor the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

January 10, 2014

Join Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, Outreach Director, Dar Al-Hijrah as we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King by attending the host of events inwhich we are taking part in.

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Sat., Jan11, 2014 from 9am-12pm

27th Annual Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the United Black Christians of Region III.

Location: 470413th Street, N.W. @ Peoples Congregational UCC –  Theme: “Visioning with Purpose”

IFC Interfaith: IFC MLK Service “Building The Dream”

Sunday, January 12, 2014

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: 1226 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC

Luther Place Memorial Church

1226 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC

Link: www.ifcmw.org http://www.lutherplace.org/events/building-the-dream-interfaith-service

IMAC – Climate Change

Wednesday, January 15th 2014

What:  Multi-faith Action Honoring  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his 85th Birthday

When: Wednesday, January 15, 2014     10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Where: 10:30 am – 11:30 am  – American Petroleum Institute – Silent Vigil

1220 L St., NW, Washington, DC

11:30 am – Procession to The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – The White House – Multi-faith Service

1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC; Nearest Metro Stop: McPherson Sq.

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Why:  Because Inaction on the Climate Crisis is Immoral.

We will implore our political and religious leaders to address

the suffering and injustice already being caused by climate

change, and to act now to prevent its worst impacts.

MLK Dinner and Shabbat Service featuring NAACP’s Sherrilyn Ifill

Friday, January 17, 2014, beginning at 600 pm

Ms. Ifill is the seventh President and Director-Counsel
of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

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MLK Interfaith Youth for Climate Justice Service Day

Monday, January 20, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Location: All Souls Unitarian Chuch

1500 Harvard St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Program: The volunteers will distribute environmentally efficient light bulbs at institutions and go door-to-door swapping old bulds for new compact florescent light bulbs.

Interfaith: MLK Work-Day (A Day On! Not A Day Off!)

Monday, January 20, 2014, 1000 am – 100 pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Join members of Washington Hebrew Congregation in this 12th annual Day of Service. Together we will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and WHC’s commitment to the homeless and at-risk in our commu- nity as we prepare meals, sort donated clothing, make craft projects, and more.

http://www.whctemple.org/assets/special_events/20140117-20_MLK_flyer.pdf

MLK Interfaith Service

Monday, January 20, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Location: UUCA Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Boulevard Arlington, VA 22204 | Map & Directions
703-892-2565 | Fax 703-892-5918 | Church Email: uuca@uucava.org


Prayer Vigil Called for Mariam Carey

December 15, 2013

PRAYER VIGIL CALLED FOR MARIAM CAREY ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 14TH, 2013, 12NOON, 3RD AND GARFIELD TERRACE, NW, AT THE BASE OF THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL.

LOCAL PASTORS FROM THE DMV WILL BE OFFERING UP PRAYERS FOR MS. CAREY, HER DAUGHTER, THE CAREY FAMILY, THE POLICE, MENTAL HEALTH, JUSTICE, THE NATION AND A CALL TO ACCOUNTABILITY.

ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND. PLEASE EXTEND THIS INVITATION TO OTHERS. GATHERING AT 11AM….PRAYERS BEGIN PROMPTLY AT HIGH NOON.

IN HIS SERVICE,
Reverend Anthony J. Motley
(202) 327-4837


My Thoughts on The Debate At Richmond Forum

November 18, 2013

There was a debate at the Richmond Forum on Saturday night featuring Feisal Abdul Rauf, Maajid Nawaz of the Quilliam Foundation and Ayan Hirshi Ali. The question was “Is Islam a violent religion?”

I personally found Maajid Nawaz’s arguments to be the most honest and coherent. The truth is that Islam is a very eclectic religion and has a broad range of interpretations. It and has been interpreted and reinterpreted many times over the centuries by various scholars in various places and continues to be reinterpreted today. It is many different things to many different people. For example, a few hundred years ago slavery was considered to be permissible by Muslims – and every other religion. Sex slavery was also common in some lands – to include Muslims. But what Muslim, in her/her right mind would argue that sex slavery is permissible today? In modern times, just over a decade ago here in the United States, many Muslims believed and preached that it was an act of “disbelief” to vote in democratic elections. Today, it is generally considered to be part of one’s duty as a good Muslim in the United States. So the interpretation of Islam has changed and will continue to do so.

In short, Islam is exactly what Muslims make it in a particular time, place and particular context. The unfortunate intra-Muslim killing happening in some countries is partially because some Muslim imams and preachers teach that their interpretation is the one and only “correct” one and all others are “kufaar” (non-believers). Therefore (they reason) it is permissible to kill others who may have a differing interpretation of Islam. Hence we have bombings of mosques and shrines by Muslims who dislike or disagree with what they are doing. This is a huge problem. So, we must admit that some Muslims are indeed violent and defeat them in the arena of ideas.

I also agree with Imam Faisal in that Islam for me is a personal relationship between a person and their Lord. No one else can interfere in that relationship. In our increasingly diverse societies, we must not only “live and let live”, but find ways to work together for the improvement of our local communities. If not, then we will be at perpetual war because all of us will never be a hiveminded mass in perfect agreement on every issue.

I invite you all to watch the debate at this link and give me your thoughts.


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