Jailed Civil Rights Activist Imam Jamil-H. Rap Brown-Health Failing in Prison Hospital

August 5, 2014


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

Mahdi Bray
202.421.3623/ 202.280.7466

Join Dar Al-Hijrah for Eid Al-Fitr Prayers

July 28, 2014

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


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.


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.

DC Gun-Violence Memorial

July 12, 2014

☮ 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 toheedinggodscalldc@gmail.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.

Lisa Delity
Chairperson, HGCGW

Heeding God’s Call of Greater Washington
P. O. Box 130
West Bowie, MD 20719

The Attitude is Gratitude – Ramadan Message Prayer Line

July 9, 2014

In The Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

Gratitude in the way that we use it in Arabic is more than Shukr.
Combination of Hamd (Praise) and Shukr (thanks)

So I begin by saying all thanks and praise is due to Allah.
I am grateful to join you this blessed morning

Thanks for the work of Min Farrakhan, Akbar Muhammad,
I have prepared some healthy tips for fasting Ramadan http://www.imamjohari.wordpress.com

Brother Jalil and Sister Nisa….thank you and
All the brothers and sister who make this prayer call possible
And all those who are on the line with us and those who will benefit for this month of Ramadan

Salat is full of Gratitude:
Al-Hamdulillah, Subhanna Rubbi athmeen, Subhanna Rubbi ‘ala……

We will divide gratitude into two types:
– Thankfulness to Allah
– Thankfulness to people.
Everyday life is filled with distractions that prevent from seeing all that Allah has done and is doing for us. Although gratitude is ALWAYS beneficial, it’s not always easy. When you’re feeling discouraged, sad or overwhelmed, it’s probably not on your radar to thank God. But shifting focus and thanking Allah for all He’s done in our lives is the fastest way to change our attitude and reenergize our faith.
Gratitude to Allah
Obviously the one who is most deserving of thanks and praise from us is Allah because of the great blessings that He has bestows in our lives every day. Allah has commanded us to give thanks to Him for those blessings, and not to deny them.
Gratitude and thankfulness are mentioned on many occasions in the Qur’an but we will only mention a few to make the point

Allah says in the Qur’an [2:152]:
“Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying). I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless favors on you) and never be ungrateful to Me”

Allah says in [2:172]:

Allah does not want to place you in difficulty, but He wants to purify you, and to complete His favor to you that you may be thankful”

And [16:18]:
“And if you would count the favors of Allah, never could you be able to count them. Truly, Allah is OftForgiving, Most Merciful”

And [16:53]
“And whatever of blessings and good things you have, it is from Allah”
And [31:46]…

“And among His Signs is this, that He sends the winds as glad tidings, giving you a taste of His Mercy (i.e. rain), and that the ships may sail at His Command, and that you may seek of His Bounty, in order that you may be thankful”  

To break this down, Allah also says [43:13-14]:
”In order that you may mount on their backs, and then may remember the Favor of your Lord when you mount thereon, and say: ”Glory to Him Who has subjected this to us, and we could never have it (by our efforts).  And verily, to Our Lord we indeed are to return!”

Allah mentioned in the previously mentioned ayah the three pillars of gratitude, and they are:
Acknowledgement of Allah’s blessings in our lives
It was narrated in Sahih Muslim that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Allah is pleased with a person who eats some food and then praises Him for it, or who drinks some drink and then praises Him for it.”
Instead of getting out of bed with the weight of the world on our shoulders, let’s try refocusing on our Creator by thanking Him for all that He has done in our lives. For the provisions that he is providing. For the guidance that he provides us. For even the unseen blessings he has given us.
Proclamation of Allah’s Blessings, Speaking about it, and Praising Allah for it.
Our grandparents used to call it “testifying” in church. It was where they got up and spoke about and proclaimed God’s blessings in their lives and how it tested and strengthened their faith. We don’t do this enough and this tradition is spoken about in the Qur’an and we need to practice it.
3. Submission to Allah
That is because the intent behind the statement of Allah, ”And verily, to Our Lord we indeed are to return” is acknowledgement of the fact that we will die one day and that we must be prepared for that.
When we recall that he is encompassed by the blessings of Allah and that nothing is from himself, but rather blessings have an origin (i.e. all blessings are from Allah); and that its means are facilitated and its obtainment made easy; and that it remains and continues (and) that which blocks it is repelled; and that all of this is from Allah–; so when the slave recalls this (in his mind and heart), he submits to Allah, humbles himself and thanks and Praises Him, and way of this the slave is given continuous blessings and Allah blesses him in this, so that it becomes true blessings (in reality).

Other ways to show gratitude to Allah:
– Thanking Allah by saying “Alhamdulillah” (all praise and thanks be to Allah)
– Thanking Allah by worshipping him (performing the five pillars). Especially in this blessed month of Ramadan when we should be thankful that the blessings are multiplied. We can show gratitude by taking advantage of this month fully!
– Thanking Allah by doing good deeds (e.g, showing kindness to others; giving charity; doing favors)
– Thanking Allah by not sinning
– Prostration of thankfulness:
It is from the suggested that when one is especially thankful to Allah for a surprise blessing or when Allah has saved him from a trial is to make a prostration of thankfulness. You know, one of those blessings that just come out of nowhere! One should prostrate immediately the way he is and praise Allah with whatever words he can for that blessing that He gave him, out of thankfulness to Allah
This prostration comprises of one prostration, and one does not need to be in wudoo (state of purification) to perform it.

Thanking Other People
A hadith in Bukhari states: “He who has not thanked the people has not thanked Allah”
A hadith in At-Tirmithi states “Whoever has a favor done for him and says Jazaak Allahu khayran (may Allah reward you with good) has done his utmost to thank him.”
So thanking the people is a form of thanking our creator. And gratitude here means reciprocating kindness and giving praise to the one who has done good and kind things. Let’s make it a habit to thank the people.
A few profound quotes on gratitude:
Psalm 136:1: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
Psalm 107:3: Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
William Arthur Ward said: “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
Type 1.- Lip-Service Gratitude

If you were asked to make a list of the things you’re grateful for, what would it include? Most likely, you would list important relationships, life circumstances, and possessions, such as:

Type 2 – Attitude Gratitude

Unlike type 1 gratitude, the second type is not just a temporary state we enter when things are going well or as compensation when we feel down and dissatisfied with our situation.
Type 2 gratitude represents a more permanent underlying shift in attitude. Your feeling of gratitude goes beyond your life circumstances and possessions and is actually independent of outcomes. You’re grateful for all your experiences, positive and negative, and you see them as part of the journey called life. You’ve come to realize that life has constant ups and downs and that there ’s always much to be grateful for. If you were to make a list of things you’re grateful for while experiencing this type of gratitude, your list might include everything on the previous list, plus things such as:

Type 3- I Am Gratitude

The third type of gratitude represents a continuous state of gratefulness, one that you don’t shift into or out of. Rather than practicing gratitude, you live it, all the time. With this type of gratitude, you transcend your daily preoccupation with your small self and experience a sense of oneness with everything. Your life is about selfless service and giving back, because all your needs are met.

Some time ago my wife and I saw the movie “Happy”
Gratitude to Allah for all
Gratitude by being Togetherness
Gratitude by doing something for others

Let us keep our tongues and our lips wet with the dhikr (rememberance) of Allah in this month of Ramadan.
In Closing: I have prepared some healthy tips for fasting Ramadan http://www.imamjohari.wordpress.com

May bless you Allah in this month of mercy, forgiving and freedom from the fire/entry into paradise forever.
If agree with me say Ameen….

Healthy Tips For Fasting Ramadan

July 9, 2014

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله – Peace. I pray that this finds you and yours in the best health and Iman/faith

- Fasting of course is done with the intent to please Allah. But if we do it correctly we will not only gain spiritual benefit but do it in a healthy manner that will also benefit us in this life

The Suhoor:

- The Suhoor is the meal before fajr (sunrise)

- It helps the fasting person persevere through the fast. It is very important in these hot months

- Suhoor is so named because it happens at the time of “sahr”, which is the end of the night.

Importance of the suhoor and its blessing:

It was narrated that Anas ibn Maalik (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Eat suhoor, for in suhoor there is blessing.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1923; Muslim, 1095.

‘Abdullah Ibn Haarith said that one of the companions said: ‘I entered the house of the Messenger (SAW) whilst he was taking the Suhoor (pre-dawn meal), and he (SAW) said: “Indeed it (the Suhoor) is blessing that Allah has given to you so do not leave it out.” [An-Nasaaee and Ahmad]

It was narrated from Jaabir that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever wants to fast, let him eat something for suhoor.” [Narrated by Ahmad]

It was narrated that Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Suhoor is a blessed meal, so do not omit it, even if one of you only takes a sip of water, for Allah and His angels send blessings on those who eat suhoor.” [Narrated by Ahmad]

What to eat during suhoor
– My advice is to be sure to drink AT LEAST two 8 oz. glasses of water at this time. It is summer time and this will help with thirst.
– Eat fruit. They contain the vitamins and fiber you will need to maintain your fast.

- Lentils, almonds, nuts and tofu are good because they contain protein and are not too heavy.

- While you CAN eat heavy, I don’t recommend it. We are aiming for quality over quantity to help you get both the blessing and the health benefits of the fast.

- Avoid coffee. It will dehydrate you.

The best time for suhoor

- The suhoor is best eaten about an hour of so before fajr (sunrise) prayer. It is best to be done with the suhoor meal at about 20 minutes before sunrise. This gives you time to brush your teeth and prepare for fajr prayer.
It was narrated that Zayd ibn Thaabit (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “We ate suhoor with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) then he went to pray.” [Narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

When Breaking the Fast:

- Do NOT “overcompensate” (over eat). Unfortunately we see in the Muslim majority nations that Ramadan is a time when even MORE food is consumed and many actually GAIN weight. Let’s try to get this right! It will be tempting to over-eat, but try not to do this. Besides, it may make you sick.

- Avoid greasy/fried foods. After a day of fasting, it’s hard on the body. Should be avoided anyway

- Try to eat foods that do not contain a lot of fat and are easy to digest. Again, yogurts, vegetables, and fruits.

- Cut back on meat (especially red meat). My recommendation is to have a meatless iftar” once a week. I am recommending that we go without meat at least once a week as a regular practice. Try to encourage your mosques to have communal meatless iftar to spread this message. It is good for our health and good for the environment

- Avoid sweet desserts such as cakes and pies. Fasting will make you crave sweets. If you indulge, you will gain weight. Try to have fruits and dates as a substitute. Sugar is a killer. This is a good time to begin to avoid it.

- While talking about over eating, it should be mentioned that fasting is not a recommended method of losing weight. We are fasting for Allah, and while this month can be a wonderful opportunity to eat well and develop healthier habits, it is actually not a time to try to lose weight.

- Do NOT try to fast if you are unable to due to health reasons such as diabetes, and hypoglycemia

Ramadan Mubarak May Allah bless you and your family tremendously and allow us to gain all the good deeds that we can in this blessed month. Your Brother Imam Johari, Nia, Mustafa, Salima and Amira.

Salaam سلام :


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