Doing Good in Ramadan: Computers for inner-city schools in America and Women’s Empowerment in The Gambia

April 8, 2018

☮ Peace Salaam سلام :

As Ramadan rapidly approaches I’m reaching out for your help.

Last Ramadan I left Dar Al-Hijrah after 15 years of defending Islam and Muslims in the national media after the tragic events of 911 and the many events that followed. While that work was necessary and I was privileged to be on the front lines of it.  It has kept me from a reality that is closer to my heart. For too long the needs of the Black convert community and Black Africans have been neglected. I have watched as the plight of Black Americans of all faiths has continued to stagnate. It is evident in the rise of  the Black Lives Matter movement, Flint Michigan Water Crisis and the still increasing wage gap between Black and White Americans something must be done.

Over the past 15 years I have not demanded that more be done to help the Black Muslim community. If Allah spares my life, I plan to dedicate the next 15 years to building institutional capacity among American Muslim converts, their descendants and families as well as Black African Muslims.

As I begin this journey I have joined forces with Penny Appeal USA to raise money for two projects this Ramadan.

The first Project  – Empowering Women in the Gambia – will fund a horticultural garden for Women and their families in Rural Gambia.

I have started a Launch Good Campaign that runs through the month of Ramadan.  I invite you to join me in building capacity among Domestic and International Black Muslims.

There are three  ways that you can assist this campaign.

1 Follow the link below and donate now! https://www.launchgood.com/project/empowering_women_in_the_gambia#!/

2 Host an Event! It can be family and friends at an Iftar in your home, a masjid, or your school.  If you are interested email Imamjohari@pennyappealusa.org to get started. Let us come together to continue to close the institutional gap for Black People

3 Share the LaunchGood campaign on your Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram

You can click on the link for more details about Empowering Women in Gambia Project and the LaunchGood campaign. I am travelling to Gambia on April 12, 2018 to visit some project sites. Stay Tuned for Updates! Donate Now! https://www.launchgood.com/project/empowering_women_in_the_gambia#!/

The second project Digital Divide Project  will provide computers and computer literacy training for kids and their parents in Title 1 inner-city schools.

“A growing digital divide threatens children going to school in low-income districts. To address this disparity, Penny Appeal USA is working with Title I schools to provide computers, technological resources to schools, and digital literacy education to students and parents, to ensure each child has equal access to the tools they need to succeed in the Digital Age.” ( Penny Appeal)

My fundraising campaign for this project is not yet live.  Stay Tuned for updates on the launch date – Follow the link for more information about the Digital Divide Program. https://pennyappealusa.org/programs/digital-divide

May Allah grant you and yours success in this life and in the hereafter for your steadfastness in faith and your sacrificing service for humanity.


Trump Proposal To Move US Embassy to Jerusalem as Capitol of Isreal: Destructive Engagement!

December 5, 2017

Press Statement

National Press Club

December 5th 2017

Press Conference organized by American Muslims for Palestine. https://www.ampalestine.org/

My name is Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, Although, I serve on the board of The Interfaith Conference of Greater Washington (IFC) my views here do not represent the IFC.

In recent days President Trump has stated that he intends to declare Jerusalem the capitol of Isreal and to relocate the US Embassy. There appears to be a consensus among US diplomats, career foriegn policy experts and US allies that this proposal leads in the wrong direction.

Jerusalem is a spiritual to Judaism, Christianity and a Islam. As Blackamerican Muslim who has I visited the Holy Land. It felt like the Jim Crow south years ago. I felt the tensions between Isrealis and Palestinians. But, I know people on the ground who are working for peaceful coexistence among the Jewish, Christian, Muslim and secular communities in the Jerusalem and beyond.

President Trump’s reckless statement is an warranted provocation to extremists on all sides of the political spectrum in the Holy Land derail peace in the region.

A Rabbi friend wrote me, “My bottom line (which I have tried without success to get Palestinian and Israeli leaders to mutually call for) is that the US should announce that it will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of each of two states, Israel and Palestine, and it looks forward to moving its official presence to Jerusalem to celebrate the signing of a peace agreement between them”.

Former Ronald Reagan’s imposition of the South African policy of “constructive engagement” failed. President Trump’s call to move the US Embassy and to establish Jerusalem as the political capitol of Isreal should be called “Destructive Engagement”.

We used to say back in the 60’s, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem”. Trumps foriegn policy once again is a big “part of the problem”.


The Group is growing

November 5, 2017

We played East Potomac Golf Course today.  For Ahned T. this was his 3rd outing and by the end of 18 holes he was driving like WOW!


Join us 9:00AM Sunday November 5th 2017

October 1, 2017

Join us 9:00AM Sunday November 5th 2017 at Langston Golf Course DC.

Hit the range at 8am. Make you own tee time or join a group by joining our WhatsApp group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/3uX0TdyNdfb329hmzXwn15

Today, we played our farewell round with attorney Melvin Bilal.

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Swinging at Langston GC-Promotes WhatsApp Group

September 17, 2017

Saturday, Sept 16th 2017,  A few of us got together to hit a practice round and discussed the future efforts to get Muslim golfers together.  Jameel Johnson has created a WhatsApp group strictly for coordinating golf activities and to facilitate individuals ability to invite folks to play with.  Please text me (202-345-5233) if you are interesting in join the WhatsApp group.


☮ Salaam سلام : Great film by Muslim sister on Gun Violence Prevention A Mothers’ Cry – FilmFreeway

September 10, 2017

A Mothers’ Cry – FilmFreeway


Remembering Ramadan – Global Compassion 

August 6, 2017


Preaching at http://www.westmorelanducc.org/

My sermon 
Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you many learn piety and righteousness” (Q 2:183)

Remember Hiroshima