☮ 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 @imamjohari – 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.