A CSX train derailed this morning near Rhode Island Ave/9th St NE

May 1, 2016

A CSX train derailed this morning near Rhode Island Avenue and 9th Street, NE. Fire & EMS, MPD and other first responders are at the scene now, responding to the incident. Please avoid the area and, if you are already in the area, follow the instructions of first responders.

On behalf of the the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services, Ed Doxen and Malik Williams are on the scene to share the most up-to-date information with residents near the area. Jackie Reyes from the Office of Latino Affairs and I are reaching out to the Churches in the area.

Metro service on the red line has been impacted, and WMATA is providing updates. We know that there are a number of churches in the nearby area, and we are working to find out if any Sunday services will be impacted.

We will provide updates as they become available. Please share this information with Churches and if I can assist in anyway please let me know.

Best and Stay Safe,

Rev. Donald Isaac
Director Of Religious Affairs
202 – 427-7620


No One Makes It In Life Alone-We All Owe SOMEBODIES

April 27, 2016

In my senior year as a chemistry major I had decided that I would volunteer at the Center for sickle cell disease at Howard University. I had put off for many weeks the fulfillment of my intentions. Finally one Friday I felt compelled that I was not going to end the week without signing up to donate my meager skills to the fight to end the suffering from sickle cell disease. That Friday I met Mrs. Vera Ball. She directed me to a man who would become my supervisor in my volunteer work, who would later become my boss after hiring me to work in the laboratory and ultimately Dr. William Winter would become imagemy mentor and director of my biomedical studies in the department of genetics and human genetics in the graduate school of arts and sciences at Howard University.
When I was a young researcher at Howard University I relied on grant funding to pay my salary which allowed me to continue my bio-medical academic work as well as to continue my research projects at the Howard University Center for Sickle Cell Disease.

Perhaps more then my research advisers and graduate professors and mentors it was the watchful eye of Mrs. Vera Ball, secretary to the director and administrator, that kept me on the payroll over my nearly 2 decades of work and sickle cell disease.

Whenever that was the end of one Grant in the beginning of another she would find a way to keep me on the payroll, to keep my health insurance benefits and to help me keep body and soul together and to take care of my family.

She served as the secretary to Dr. Roland Scott, the founder of the Center for Sickle Cell Disease, and for every director subsequent to him.  I sincerely believe she was discriminated against from becoming a chief administrator or grant administrator because of gender discrimination.  Notwithstanding, she continue to serve through the good times and hard times to keep the Center for Sickle Cell Disease operating.

I do my best to call her every year on her birthday to thank her for her stewardship over my career.  I called her today April 26, 2016 and she remarked that she really looks forward to my phone call. This year will be her last year at the Center for sickle cell disease at which time she will retire.

It is a reminder to me that no one makes it through life solely on their own. An individual’s achievements are always supported by guardian angels that support, protect and make a way out of no way and asking for nothing in return.  I will always owe a great debt to Mrs. Ball for looking out for me at every chance. May God bless her with the best in this life and the best in the hereafter.


2nd Annual Swinging Muslim Sisters Golf Clinic

April 20, 2016

As Salaamu Alaikum Dear Sisters!

You’re invited to the 2nd Annual Swinging Muslim Sisters Golf Clinic has been designed to make learning and playing golf fun in a women-friendly environment. At this event you will learn the basic “how to’s” for golfing (putting, full swings, competitions) with female golf pro Troy Beck on Saturday April 30, 2016 from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm at the Glenn Dale Golf Club.

The cost is $55 – which includes equipment (golf balls & clubs) lunch and instruction! Payment (cash or check) can be made at Glenn Dale Golf Club upon your arrival. Wear comfortable and loose clothing that will allow you to swing your arms.

Glen Dale Golf Club
11501 Old Prospect Hill Rd
Glenn Dale, MD 20769

Please confirm your attendance by responding to this email. The class size is limited to only 15 participants!!. Insha Allah looking forward to seeing you there! If you have questions, you may reach me me at (443) 857- 8733.

Ma Salaama,

Sr. Nabila!


Dar Al-Hijrah Government Affairs Mets with Pres. Obama at Bmore Mosque

April 20, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

..:The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center:..

Date: February 3, 2015

On Wednesday February 3, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center’s Deputy Director of Government Affairs, Colin Christopher, met with President Barak Obama at the Islamic Society of Baltimore. Joining nine other young leaders from the American-Muslim community, Mr. Christopher spoke about the social and environmental justice work championed through The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center’s outreach, social services, and youth departments. Mr. Christopher’s leadership on environmental issues within the Muslim community and the intersection of economic, racial, and environmental justice were the primary topics of discussion.

The Dar Al-Hijrah presented to President Obama a commissioned piece of Quranic calligraphy produced by Muhammad Zakaria, the author of the US Postal Service’s Eid stamp.

Home to Northern Virginia for over 32 years, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center welcomes President Obama’s first visit to an American mosque since becoming president in 2008. Dar al-Hijrah has been at the forefront of building close relationships with an array of government officials at the county, state, and federal levels and believes that these partnerships are integral to building safe, successful and resilient communities.

An elated Colin Christopher called his family saying,

“I have just started as Deputy Director of Government Affairs at The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center and in my second month I get to tell the President of the United States about my work, that’s a tremendous blessing!”

We are thankful for the President’s leadership and speaking out against racist anti-Muslim speech and violence against American-Muslims. We look forward to building even stronger partnerships with his administration over his remaining eleven months in office. The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center will be hosting a voter education event the weekend before Super Tuesday in Virginia lto increase our civic engagement, strengthen our neighborhood, celebrate our diversity and ensure our community is informed regarding the American political landscape.

For additional information on Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center, please visit us (EPK): http://www.daralhijrah.net/ns/?page_id=11128

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Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center remains committed to faithfully serving the Muslim community and greater American society through the guidance of our faith, Islam.
Contact: Colin Christopher govaffairs@daralhijrah.net
To learn more:www.daralhijrah.net


Join us this Friday for jumah at Howard

April 12, 2016

Join us this Friday for jumah at Howard U. http://ow.ly/i/inoG2


Dr. Sulayman Nyang Update

April 2, 2016

Brother Akmal wrote (April 24th 2016):

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Dear Believers,

As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu wa maghfiratuh! Today I visited Dr. Sulayman Nyang and Quasim Williams. Dr. Nyang is still at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. However, he is not on life support or in ICU. Seventeen year old Qausim is still across the street at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital.
Alhamdulillah, Dr. Nyang is in a private room on a regular patient wing (4C room 3). He still has a trach tube in so he is unable to speak. He is quiet aware; while I spoke to him he blinked his eyes. As I was leaving I greeted him with ‘As salaamu alaikum’ and he returned the greeting – his lips moved – mouthing ‘wa alaikum as salaam’! Alhamdulillah! He has a long recover to go but he is well on his way! May Allah (SWT) bless him with a complete recovery! Ameen!

☮ Peace Salaam سلام : Dr Nyang update: Alhamdulilah his wife reports that he is able to comprehend instructions and showing improvement but still in critical condition. Still not accepting visitors. Please continue to pray for him.


NPR StoryCorp: Muslims need to share our stories

March 31, 2016

I am forwarding an email that I received requesting assistance from the manager of the outreach team for NPR’s StoryCorps. For those of you who are not familiar, StoryCorps is essentially an oral history project–they collect life histories of ordinary Americans of all sorts of backgrounds for broadcast and archiving at the Library of Congress. They are apparently preparing for an upcoming mobile tour, and would like to reach out to our community for volunteers to share their stories. This is an opportunity for each of us to contribute something to the telling of our own collective history.

I am including the email sent to me from Ms. Gutierrez, which includes her contact information–please contact her directly if you would like to volunteer, or if you have any questions. Please feel free to tell your friends and families. Anyone can do this.

Ma salaam,

Donna

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Jesse Gutierrez <jgutierrez@storycorps.org>

Greetings Ms. Auston,

My colleague Liyna Anwar shared your contact information with me. I want to start by saying thank you for sharing your knowledge and experiences during the StoryCorps panel on diverse representations of Muslim and Arab Americans post 9/11. This was a great learning opportunity for me. I truly appreciate your time and insight. In particular, the reminder that not all Muslim’s are of Arab or Middle Eastern descent. I think we tend to overlook or forget that fact. Thank you for the reminder.

As manager of the outreach team for the StoryCorps Mobile Tour, I work on the engagement strategies for each city that we visit. During each stop we focus our efforts on creating partnerships with organizations that work within diverse communities. The African American and the Muslim communities are both communities that we always try to engage. If you care to share any contacts or make suggestions on who we should contact for our upcoming stops, we would greatly appreciate it.

Here is the list of our upcoming 2016 Mobile Tour:

Nashville, TN (March 11 – April 8)
Washington, DC (April 14 – May 13)
Baltimore, MD (May 19 – June 17)
Providence, RI (June 30 – July 29)
Colchester, VT (August 4 – September 2)
Buffalo, NY (September 4 – October 9)
Pittsburgh, PA (October 13 – November 11)
Columbia, SC (November 17 – December 21)

All the best,
Jesse

C
Jesse Gutierrez
Associate Manager, Mobile Tour Outreach

StoryCorps | http://www.storycorps.org
80 Hanson Place Brooklyn, NY 11217
Office: (646) 723 – 7020 ext.34


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