I call upon the media to NOT go too far in promoting the person (and any others) who went over to Syria and joined the terror group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). I fear that the notoriety the media is giving this man will inspire other attention seekers that will similarly throw away their lives by joining terror groups like ISIS or any other group like it. PLEASE avoid sensationalizing this story
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon-from Allah we come To Allah we Return
My eldest cousin, Michael Seale (67), who was like an uncle to me, passed away peacefully last night in home hospice at his home in Foster City (outside San Francisco) due to complications of renal failure with his wife and daughter by his side.
I was blessed to spend time with him earlier that day, talking, joking, reminiscing about our grandmother (Hertha Seale-who raised him in Barbados), food and faith. There is a famous photo of him as a child dressed in tuxedo before his violin recital (him smiled). Although, he could not speak many words other than “No”, “yes” or nodding, speaking with his features, his eyes or his brow….with spoke. It was a blessing to share some of his last hours of his life with him.
Al-Hamdulillah, his daugther, was there by his bedside. She is the first of my relatives to embrace Islam and she now has a good Muslim husband from Senegal and three children who are being raised Muslim.
End of life is hard. But being together as a family and having your faith together is helping us through. Keep our family in your prayers.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
National Humanitarian Imam Jamil Support Committee Announces Imam Jamil’s Transfer to Medical Prison Facility
Washington D.C July 18th, 2014 – The National Humanitarian Imam Jamil Support Committee announced today that Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, Muslim and Historic Civil Rights Leader, who has been suffering from severe health issues while incarcerated at the ADX SuperMax prison in Colorado, has been transferred to FCI Butner Low Medical Center.
On June 22, 2014 a human rights delegation consisting of former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and national representative for Imam Jamil’s community, Imam Khalil Abdurrahman, sponsored by the American Muslim Alliance, Islamic Circle of North America, the American Muslim Legal Fund, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations made a prison visit to Imam Jamil.
The delegation noted that Imam Jamil’s health condition had seriously deteriorated and that he had an untreated dental problem for more than a year, which resulted in swollen jaws, broken teeth, and the inability to swallow. This led to Imam Jamil losing 29 lbs. over a three-week period. They also noted that his legs, feet and ankles were swollen. Imam Jamil also went through a two-week period whereby he could not get out of his bed except for two times a day. He attempted to see a physician at ADX, but instead saw a physician’s assistant who gave him water pills and antibiotics weeks after his second dental extraction.
After the human rights delegation’s visit, and pressure from two Congressional reps, ADX finally took blood and urine tests. The results suggested that he may have Multiple Myeloma–cancer of the plasma cells. The committee then, along with many civil rights and community advocates and the two Congressional Representatives advocated for the transfer of Imam Jamil to a medical facility where he could receive adequate health care. As a result of these efforts by the committee and many others, Imam Jamil was transferred to FCI Butner Low, a federal prison medical unit in North Carolina
The American Muslim Alliance’s national director Imam Mahdi Bray stated, “We at the American Muslim Alliance fully support the National Humanitarian Imam Jamil Support Committee and urge that they be fully supported by national Muslim, human, and civil rights organizations and people of conscience.”
The National Humanitarian Imam Jamil Support Committee has identified that one of its greatest priorities is to continue monitoring the health and human rights condition of Imam Jamil while incarcerated and to protect the Imam from any further human rights abuses. The committee also encourages the Muslim communities – especially during the month of Ramadan – to continue to write to Imam Jamil and pray for him.
For further information on the National Humanitarian Imam Jamil Support Committee you may contact:
National Humanitarian Imam Jamil Support Committee
PO Box 78187
Greensboro, NC 27427-8187
Click here for information about Imam Jamil’s case
Eid Kareem Dar Al-Hijrah will be observing EidPrayers on Mon July 28 2014
1st Prayer 7:00 AM Sh. Mohammed Al-Hanooti
2nd Prayer 8:00 AM Dr. Osama Abo-Irshaid
3rd Prayer 9:00 AM Sh. Shaker Elsayed
4th Prayer 10:150 AM Br. Ashraf Nubani
5th Prayer 11:30 Noon Imam Johari Abdul-Malik
May Allah bless you and your family tremendously from this blessed month of Ramadan May Allah accept your prayers, fasting, sadaqah and your standing in the night in prayer wa Kullu amin wa nta bi khair
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.
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.
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.
☮ Salaam سلام : Hello, Supporters and Members of Heeding God’s Call of Greater Washington,
As you are aware, in October, 2013, the Maryland State Legislature passed and Governor Martin O’Malley signed the Maryland Firearms Safety Act of 2013. Perhaps you are like me, wondering if the new laws have made a difference. Recently, we received the following information from Mr. Vinnie DeMarco, President of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence. Please take the time to read it and to rejoice for the apparent initial success while understanding that it is only the beginning. Also, below the information on the new gun laws, you will find a paragraph detailing the next stop of our Memorial to the Lost.
Mr. DeMarco wrote:
Statewide in Maryland, gun deaths have gone down 24 percent
between in the first five months of 2014 compared to the same period
last year. We . . . believe that the Firearms Safety Act of 2013 played an
important part in this progress, particularly its key provision
requiring prospective handgun purchasers to first obtain a
fingerprint-based license to purchase from the state police.
According to Professor Daniel Webster of the Johns Hopkins Center on
Gun Policy and Research, handgun purchaser licensing laws in other
states have worked well to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.
As a result, states with such laws tend to have lower
firearms-related death rates than states without such laws. According to research done by Mr. Webster, when one state, Missouri,
repealed its handgun purchaser licensing law in 2007,
firearm-related homicide rates in the state abruptly increased while
remaining stable in neighboring states and nationally.
Clearly, our job is not done. Even one innocent life lost to gun
violence is too many. Even as we make it more difficult for
criminals to acquire guns in Maryland, we’ll still be vulnerable to
criminals acquiring guns in other states. In New York City, for example, which has one of the lowest gun-violence rates in the nation and where fingerprint licensing of
handgun purchasers has been in effect for decades, 90 percent of the
guns used in crime come from out of state. So we must do all we can to educate the public, lawmakers in other states and members of Congress about how important handgun purchaser
licensing is to prevent gun violence.
In addition, Heeding God’s Call Greater Washington is proud to present an installation of The Memorial to the Lost at Northeastern Presbyterian Church at 2122 Varnum Street NE, Washington, DC. The Memorial of 176 t-shirts on stands for the 176 victims of gun violence in the Greater Washington area in 2013 is compelling to see and visit. We ask that folks stop by the Memorial, walk among the shirts and pray for the names listed on each shirt. Each shirt represents an entire family group which can use the prayers and support anyone can share. The Memorial will be in place at Northeastern until Saturday, July 26. Anyone with questions regarding the Memorial is asked to send them email@example.com or call Lisa Delity, Chairperson of HGCGW at 301 661-3154.
Thank you for your continued efforts to reduce the violence in our communities and homes.
Heeding God’s Call of Greater Washington
P. O. Box 130
West Bowie, MD 20719