Dar al-Hijrah Sustainability Committee Wednesday, February 10

February 9, 2016

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Asalaamu Alaikum,

Tomorrow, Wednesday February 10 from 4-5:30 PM (Dar al-Hijrah Library) you are invited to join me and others environmental leaders in our community to discuss how to can collectively turn Dar al-Hijrah into one of the greenest mosques in North America insh’Allah.

Over the past few years, a number of individuals have put in considerable effort to work on green projects within the Dar al-Hijrah community. From Ramadan (and beyond) recycling programs to community gardens, Alhumudullilah community members have dedicated a lot of time and effort to growing closer to Allah through their service to our masjid. May their efforts and intentions be accepted. Ameen.

I am excited to announce a new initiative that seeks to combine our efforts into one committee. It is through our systematic collaboration insh’Allah that the sustainable practices of our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW can grow within our own hearts and spread to the brothers and sisters we prostrate besides in our prayers.

The idea here is the play the long game; to directly change the culture of Dar al-Hijrah to be one of moderate consumption and care for all of creation.

The committee format relies upon all segments of our community to participate–raising their voices, and acting upon their intentions.

Please be on time for the meeting. JAK

Agenda:

Welcome
Introductions
History
Reflection
Small Group Discussion
Share-Out
Next Steps

Questions? Please contact me at 608.509.3346


Ibrahim Clayton Ramey, Muslim Human Rights Activist Passed Away (12/11/15) Last Night

December 12, 2015

imageIbrahim Ramey
Title:
Director of the Civil Rights Division of the Muslim American Society
Position:
Pro to the question “Is It Appropriate to Build a Muslim Community Center (aka the ”Ground Zero Mosque”) near the World Trade Center site?”
Reasoning:
“Muslims, like other people in America, have first amendment rights in terms of freedom of religion, but the more important thing is that we reject the notion of collective guilt. We are not collectively guilty for actions that are taken by some people in the name of Islam…
…Muslims have a legitimate role to play in the social fabric of this country and are a part of the interfaith mosaic of the United States. But more than that, I think that this particular group in the Cordoba Institute can do a huge amount of good, not only for Muslims in New York, but also for interfaith relations around the country.”
CNN debate with Pamela Geller of Stop the Islamization of America, July 15, 2010
Theoretical Expertise Ranking:

Organizations/VIPS/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Director, Civil Rights Division, Muslim American Society, 2006-present
Board member, Muslim Women’s Institute
Board member, Temple of Understanding
Board member, the Climate Crisis Coalition
Vice President, Steering Committees, Religious NGO Community at the United Nations
Associate, Fellowship of Reconciliation, 2006
Education:
BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1972
Contact Info:
Phone: 202-552-7414
Fax: None found
Email: info@masfreedom.org
Website:iamramey.blogspot.com
Select Publications:
“A Response to the ADL’s ‘Anti-Israel’ Tag,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, Oct. 18, 2010
“Is the Anti-Shar’ia Hysteria Just a Smokescreen for Islamophobia?,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, Oct. 12, 2010
“It’s September 12th, and Islamophobia Is Still Alive and Un-well in America,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, Sep. 15, 2010
“On August 6th, We Should Take One Small Step to Abolish Nuclear Weapons,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, Aug. 6, 2010
“A New Victory in a Long Struggle: Lower Manhattan Mosque Gets Green Light for Construction!,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, Aug. 5, 2010
“Propaganda May Rage, But It Still Isn’t Truth,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, July 19, 2010
“Is True Religious Freedom in America in Danger?,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, July 15, 2010
“Has President Obama Sold Out the People of Palestine,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, July 7, 2010
“Is the War in Afghanistan About Protecting Democracy or Protecting Capital?,” http://www.iamramey.blogspot.com, July 1, 2010
Other:
Recipient, Distinguished International Service Award, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, 2004
Recipient, Better World Activist Award, Muslim American Society, 2000
Quoted in:
• 1. Is It Appropriate to Build a Muslim Community Center (aka the ”Ground Zero Mosque”) near the World Trade Center site?


Join Us for the Culmore Clean-Up – Sat April 26th 2014

April 15, 2014

Dar Al-Hijrah Outreach Department Invites You:

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Saturday, April 26th, 2014

9 am – 12 pm

This year the cleanup will start from Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences, (Not from Woodrow Wilson library) Every year a cleanup of the Culmore area in Falls Church is organized to rid the streets of litter and bring awareness to keeping the community clean. The volunteers are provided with gloves, water, bags, “nifty-nabbers” and bright tee shirts. Also, a modest breakfast and lunch served.

Bring your family, your class, classmates and friends – T.E.A.M. Together Everyone Achieves More.

“On the authority of Abu Huraira who said that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him said), “Every small bone of everyone has upon it a charitable act for everyday upon which the sun rises. Bringing about justice between two is an act of charity. Helping a man get on his mount, lifting him onto it or helping him put his belongings onto it, is a charitable act. A good word is a charitable act. Every step you take toward the prayer is a charitable act. And removing a harmful thing from the path is a charitable act.” (Recorded in al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Go to the Dar Al-Hijrah office & sign up today or Call:  703-536-1030

Visit us at www.facebook.com/culmorecleanupday

 

 


US Muslim Delegation Visits Dakhla Business Development Zone-Tomatoes Grow in the Dessert

March 27, 2013
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بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله – peace be upon you,
Dear Mr. Baida Ali,
Oh Allah bless Muhammad (pbuh) and the followers of Muhammad, pbuh. as Allah blessed Ibrahim (pbuh) and the followers of Ibrahim.
It was my pleasure to meet with you in Dakhla during our brief stay in The Kingdom of Maroc.
Our delegation was impressed by the progress the we observed first hand; new housing, economic enterprise zones, infrastructure projects including the sea port development, new and novel businesses providing living wages, health and wellness facilities and a host other activities including a …. tourism sector with tourist from Europe exploiting the beautiful beaches and temperate climate.
Our delegation observed the massive agricultural project, growing fruit in the dessert due to the use f modern techniques in greenhouse farming with aid of a fresh water aquifer beneath the Dakhla peninsula, with enough fresh water to turn this section of dessert into lush gardens with commercial agricultural enterprises.
We look forward to working with you an he government return with a US Trade delegation of influential American investors.  It is our hope to maximize the provisions of US free trade agreement and the incentives from the Moroccan government to help make this Dakhla planned development a national treasure and great success.
I serve on the board of the Council of Muslim Organizations of Washington, DC (The Council) representing over 100 mosques and Muslim organizations. As a member of executive board of The Council , I express my commitment to support your efforts in establishing a modern Moroccan constitutional society.  We are blessed to have a growing Moroccan community in the US and particularly in Washington, DC and we look forward to working with you in areas of common interest in the future.  If you are coming to the United States please know that we will do our best support your efforts.
May Allah continue to bless you, your family and your noble work in the bringing of benefit to the people of Morocco and the region.
Sincerely Yours in Islam,
Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, Executive Committee
Council of Muslim Organizations Washington, DC
Director of Outreach,
Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center

Dr. King Continues to Lead Interfaith Leaders To Stand For Climate Justice

January 16, 2013

A Call to Non-Violent ResistanceBSM…

Dr. MLk Interfaith Service for Climate
http://note.io/ZVattQ

I greet you in the greeting words of all of the prophets
Peace be upon you – As-Salaam Alaikum

We gather on the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

A drum major for justice
still leading from “the eternal pulpit of his legacy”

A peace movement focused beyond destroying each other ……

to stopping us from destroying our world

Dr king leads on! (Jesse Jackson

Before there was an America – Scholars of Islam distilled from the scriptures five necessities to preserve human life

Hayat-to preserve one’s soul
Nasl-to preserve one’s lineage
Akal-to preserve one’s intellect
Maal-to preserve one’s wealth
Deen-to one’s faith

Yet……..With stolen labor – on stolen land …… A new paradigm was introduced

Now they teach the necessities are Food, clothing and shelter
Fueling an insatiable appetite for more and better food, clothing and shelter

while our hyper-consumerism culture like a cancer is eating away our world

God puts us here – The khalifattul fil Ard to wage peace for our planet
generation 2 generation

To preserve the: Samaati wal Ard – earth and sky

Today…Dr King reminds us….

Cowardice asks the question – is it safe?
Vanity asks the question – is it popular?
Expediency asks the question – is it political?

Wherever you find those spheres overlap on Capitol Hill.

It’s not safe to legislate about?

It’s not popular with Multi-national corporations?

it’s not going to be political expedient enough to pass into law!

But conscience asks a different question
Conscience asks – is it right?

Today Dr. Kings leads us to a radical revolution of values for the salvation of our climate

It is the poor of the world who will suffer first…..Asia, Africa and South America…

We must beyond personal recycling of plastic and paper, reducing and reusing

To end the recycling the same old politicians and policies,
To reducing the influence corporations as people
and to put term limits on reusing the same old worn out legislators….decade after decade

There is hope!

Dr. King’s movement got us the voting rights act 1964-65
and today you can’t win White House with all of US….

Dr. King gave his life …… But he said…..there comes a TIME when silence is betrayal.

Let continue to raise our voices, our vision and our votes in this TIME

To be silent – Know More
Because!!!!

(Repeat after me)
This is….Our Time!

This Is….(call)
Our time! (Response)

This Is….Our World


Gil Scott-Heron: The Power of Words, Faith and Paradox

June 1, 2011

In 1977 I was an undergraduate student at Howard University right after the album “It’s Your World” came out featuring Gil Scott Heron, Brian Jackson and the Midnight Band live. I know that it was 1977 because the Alex Haley’s TV series “ROOTS” was being aired on television for the first time.  It was a monumental time of heightened cultural awareness for black people.

Somehow I had met this Muslim sister named Iman, who was a part of the Black community.  She needed a ride home from a job training program at OIC on 16th Street NW.  She was going through some tough times, pregnant, no husband around and trying to get her life together. I didn’t know much about her struggle just as i didn’t know much about the struggles of many of my Black heroes and heroines.   Read the rest of this entry »


Mukit Hossain Continues to Lead

November 27, 2010

As Mukit Hossain transitions to meet his Lord, his good work continues to bring benefit to our community and our nation.  My family met Mukit when he was leading the Muslim community to feed the homeless population in Herndon, Virginia.  My wife and children used to meet at a church, make sandwiches and then travel to a nearby park to pass out lunches.

Many of us worked with him as he blazed a trail with a mixture of faith, civic and political activism.  Over a decade ago, I interviewed Mukit on my AMIN radio program, “Welcome Back to Islam”.  He shared his journey back to Islam after a period of professing atheism.  Mukit’s recommitment to the religion of his birth gave him a revived commitment to putting his “faith into action”.

His pioneering work in Northern Virginia advocating for the Herndon day-laborer center eventually won the day and the center was opened.  Although, the day-laborer center eventually was closed, his legacy of leadership lives on.  He served on the board of the Virginia New Majority and VNM is continues that work today reaching out to our Hispanic community.

Our brother will continue to be rewarded for the creation and work of Virginia Muslim Political Action Committee.  VMPAC has tipped the balance of political power in the New Dominion more than once and raised more than a few dollars and eyebrows in Richmond.

After leading us in civic engagement, he again moved us toward a union of faith, food and finance, by moving his family to a farm outside of the city to raise organically reared animals to produce halal meat for our community.

His continued intolerance of apathy drove me and many in our community to positive action.  Although Mukit has moved ahead of us again.  We must follow in his wake until the Almighty joins us with him among the righteous.  May Allah continue to bless him, his family and his work forever.