Blog Saturday, July 12, 2008
Dr. Jamal Badawi. I was blessed to spend some time with Dr. Badawi.
I reminded him that when many of us were students at Howard University in the 1990’s student’s such as Hisham Mahmoud, Omar Ewing, Dr. Nour Berka, Muhammad Abdun-Nasser, Mohamed Ali, Adlim and others. We would spend Friday nights in the basement watching Dr. Badawi’s lectures.
Subhanna Allah, On Sunday Dr. Jamal and I will share a panel titled, “Can a 7th Century man be a 21st Century Role Model?”.
After the lecture we went to the speakers lounge for lunch. Al-Hamdulillah, in the lounge I was surprised
Abdul-Mateen (brother) and Naim(background singer). We had a chance to enjoy lunch and talk about the previous shows and people that we had meet. We made dua for a brother “Longzy”, his former drummer, who had taken Shahada and fell back into the jahiliya lifestyle.
I can recall in my own life having fallen back (even before taking Shahada) after knowing the truth, but knowing that when we get in the most lowly positions that we return to Allah with sincerity. Insha Allah, it is this sincerity….whatever our status that will save us.
and his the Khayaal Theatre Company He is actually from DC, but has done most of his work in the UK and Europe. They are fantastic. B’ithnillah, I will do everything in my power to have their work seen in Washington, DC and around the United States. Check out the website khayaal.com).
the graphic artist or graffiti art. A few months ago I was hanging with him in Birmingham (pronounced “Bir-ming-am”) and he took Amir Sulaiman (Poet) to have some Birmingham Muslim Style Fish ‘n Chips – Masalla Fish. It was on the “One”. It brought some soul into a old British favorite. He regretted that we could not get any in Kensington High Street in London. But Insha Allah next time.
I left this extraordinary theater performance and wow, hook-up with Zain Bhikha, Zain tells me that he is moving to Dubai or Bahrain. The conditions in South Africa are deteriorating, violence and so forth….Zain and Khaleel Muhammad will be performing tonight. I will be there insha Allah – hearing the Dhikr of Life.
Bam! If that wasn’t enough, I met a young brother and journalist, Yaqub Bell – the “Revival” magazine (photo), it’s magazine reaching out to teens and looks get. They even have a Soduku in the back. I have never tried it.
, she has filmed me in my last visit for a youth program that will air in August, Insha Allah.
I also ran into the brothers “From Mecca and Medina” and they plan to take me to the “Hood” one of these nights. I hope to have some shots from the hood to share.
The Muslim community is very diverse and have wonderful spirit of joy just being together. Peace Out! 7/12/2008 3:33 PM (20:40 London)