Until Then: I AM INVINCIBLE

February 19, 2015

For those who believe in God it is often a challenge when we see tragedies, loss of life even murder.

The sister of the student who was killed said that she wanted the lives of her brother, Deah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21 and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19 to matter. May God’s peace and blessing be upon them.

imageAs a Black American and a Muslim the fact this tragedy has occurred in Black History Month, a week before the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X and in The South where the struggle for civil rights for continues to be waged is sobering reminder.

I am reminded that upon the death of the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, one of his closest companions, Umar, in a fit of grief said, ‘That whoever says that Muhammad  is dead, I will kill them’.  Abu Bakr, The best friend of the Prophet Mohammed, said, “Whoever worships Muhammad know that Muhammad is dead and whoever worships God know that God is alive and will never die”.

Although this violent act is intended frighten or terrorize people of faith, Allah/God is bringing good into the world through the responses of people of good will.  Thousands are supporting the humanitarian relief efforts for Syrian refugees. In their passing they are giving life to others. The community in North Carolina beyond Chapel Hill and communities beyond the university community is being transformed.

Allah decrees life and death saying, “No one knows in which land it will be born or in which land it will die”.

I believe God choose Rosa Parks when she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus.  She wasn’t just any black woman, she was an exemplar of the best conduct and character, dedicated to civil rights as a member of the and NAACP, active in her church, a wife and an upstanding member of the community.  She was chosen by history, by destiny, by God Almighty to be the symbol that would end segregation in public accommodations in the south.

The three students were extrodinary young people. Perhaps as painful as it is, God has chosen these three young people to be the beacons of light and hope for America, Muslim exemplars of faith and service. This deranged murderer could have taken the lives of any religious individuals that were different from him, that he feared, that he felt threatened by the presence of their faith.

Mahdi Bray, former director of the Freedom Foundation, reminded me that the faces of these young American Muslims were projected across the television screens throughout our country and  show young Muslims as America’s brightest prospects and not America’s greatest suspects.

They have been chosen by destiny just as those four girls who were killed at the 16th St., Baptist  Church in Birmingham, AL to became a symbol of the civil rights struggle for equality and freedom.

These three young American Muslims lives will not be forgotten, nor the lessons that they have taught us be set aside.

The perpetrator who took their precious lives will not derail the movement toward understanding, freedom, justice and equality for all people regardless of their race, religion or other personal beliefs or practices of faith or  conviction.

I think about Medgar Evers, Dr. King and Malcolm X who were struck down while advocating for the poor and the oppressed.  Like so many martyrs of our past they will live on, in all of us a part of their light continues to shine and in the beliefs which they unwittingly gave their lives for will continue to flower, in this life and in the hereafter.

It is believed by Muslims and other people of faith that no one dies before God’s decree nor can their life be extended by any other then The Creator.

One night in a dark parking lot after a community organizing meeting one activist said to another, “Aren’t you afraid that some narrow-minded person might try to shorten our lives?”. The other replied, “By God, I cannot die before God’s decree therefore until that time………… I AM INVINCIBLE”.

Let us go forward with the spirit of invincibility knowing that God is with those who do justice at all times.


Not a Protest but a PROMISE

December 12, 2014

Not a protest but a promise

 

Salaam سلام :  This is a candle light vigil of the faith community standing together in love and light for justice.

*We welcome and are looking for more faith communities and organizations to join us!!!

The following congregations have made the following commitments (from North to South):

Circle at DC/SS line to Kalmia – Silver Spring UMCs
Kalmia to Hemlock – Washington Ethical Society
Tuckerman to Rittenhouse – Emory Fellowship UMC
Rittenhouse to Military – Plymouth Cong UCC
Decatur to Buchanan – 19th St Baptist
Buchanan to Webster – People’s Congregational UCC
Oak to Park – St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Park to Lamont – Converge
Harvard to W – All Souls Church, Unitarian Universalist
S to R – Unity of DC
R to Q – Lincoln Temple UCC
Q to O – Foundry UMC
O to M – First Cong UCC & Little River UCC
L to K – Jubilee UCC

*Add your faith community, organization or group of friends to this list. We want people and lights on every block.

 

 


Congrats to Malala and her colleagues on the Noble Peace Prize.

October 12, 2014

Salaam سلام :  Congrats to Malala and her colleagues on the Noble Peace Prize.

One Person Can Make A Difference

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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.


Black History Month @ Dar Al-Hijrah

February 20, 2014

Black History Month 2014

Saturday, February 22
Film Festival and discussion
12:45pm introduction – Imam Johari

1:00pm A Prince Among Slaves & Discussion

2:30pm African-Americans and Islam & Discussion

3:45pm Asr Prayer

4:00pm American Islamic Heritage Museum Exhibit & lecture
Curator: Amir Muhammad

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Join Imam Johari Abdul-Malik & Dar Al-Hijrah as we Honor the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

January 10, 2014

Join Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, Outreach Director, Dar Al-Hijrah as we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King by attending the host of events inwhich we are taking part in.

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Sat., Jan11, 2014 from 9am-12pm

27th Annual Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the United Black Christians of Region III.

Location: 470413th Street, N.W. @ Peoples Congregational UCC –  Theme: “Visioning with Purpose”

IFC Interfaith: IFC MLK Service “Building The Dream”

Sunday, January 12, 2014

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: 1226 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC

Luther Place Memorial Church

1226 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC

Link: www.ifcmw.org http://www.lutherplace.org/events/building-the-dream-interfaith-service

IMAC – Climate Change

Wednesday, January 15th 2014

What:  Multi-faith Action Honoring  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his 85th Birthday

When: Wednesday, January 15, 2014     10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Where: 10:30 am – 11:30 am  – American Petroleum Institute – Silent Vigil

1220 L St., NW, Washington, DC

11:30 am – Procession to The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – The White House – Multi-faith Service

1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC; Nearest Metro Stop: McPherson Sq.

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Why:  Because Inaction on the Climate Crisis is Immoral.

We will implore our political and religious leaders to address

the suffering and injustice already being caused by climate

change, and to act now to prevent its worst impacts.

MLK Dinner and Shabbat Service featuring NAACP’s Sherrilyn Ifill

Friday, January 17, 2014, beginning at 600 pm

Ms. Ifill is the seventh President and Director-Counsel
of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

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MLK Interfaith Youth for Climate Justice Service Day

Monday, January 20, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Location: All Souls Unitarian Chuch

1500 Harvard St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Program: The volunteers will distribute environmentally efficient light bulbs at institutions and go door-to-door swapping old bulds for new compact florescent light bulbs.

Interfaith: MLK Work-Day (A Day On! Not A Day Off!)

Monday, January 20, 2014, 1000 am – 100 pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Join members of Washington Hebrew Congregation in this 12th annual Day of Service. Together we will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and WHC’s commitment to the homeless and at-risk in our commu- nity as we prepare meals, sort donated clothing, make craft projects, and more.

http://www.whctemple.org/assets/special_events/20140117-20_MLK_flyer.pdf

MLK Interfaith Service

Monday, January 20, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Location: UUCA Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Boulevard Arlington, VA 22204 | Map & Directions
703-892-2565 | Fax 703-892-5918 | Church Email: uuca@uucava.org


Prayer Vigil Called for Mariam Carey

December 15, 2013

PRAYER VIGIL CALLED FOR MARIAM CAREY ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 14TH, 2013, 12NOON, 3RD AND GARFIELD TERRACE, NW, AT THE BASE OF THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL.

LOCAL PASTORS FROM THE DMV WILL BE OFFERING UP PRAYERS FOR MS. CAREY, HER DAUGHTER, THE CAREY FAMILY, THE POLICE, MENTAL HEALTH, JUSTICE, THE NATION AND A CALL TO ACCOUNTABILITY.

ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND. PLEASE EXTEND THIS INVITATION TO OTHERS. GATHERING AT 11AM….PRAYERS BEGIN PROMPTLY AT HIGH NOON.

IN HIS SERVICE,
Reverend Anthony J. Motley
(202) 327-4837