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..: Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center :..
Northern Virginian Mosque Joins Walk for Peace in SE, Washington, DC
Tuesday, July 20, 2015 (Washington, DC)
On behalf of the board of directors and the community of Muslims worshipping at The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, we extend our condolences to the families who lost their loved ones this weekend in the shootings in the District of Columbia, Washington DC. During a 24 hour period this past weekend there were six shootings in the District of Columbia.
“These are our children who killing other children. It’s time for us to get out of our comfort zone. We must meet these young men where they are and open a dialogue”, said Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, Director of outreach for the Dar Al-Hijrah islamic center and member of Mayor Bowser’s Interfaith Council.
We are calling upon the Muslim communities, people of faith and people of moral conviction to join us as we answer the call from Ward 8 City Councilwoman, LaRuby May, to walk the streets of Washington tonight in a peace march.
Walk4Peace in SE
Congress Park Community Center
1345 Savannah St SE,
http://t.co/UWIVEpTrsI via @abc7newsw
CONTACT: Imam Johari Abdul-Malik (202) 345-5233
*Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center is one the largest and diverse Islamic Centers in the nation. We are committed to service the community as a place of worship, education and social service. Learn more at http://www.hijrah.org.
One day I got a random voice mail on my cell phone from a couple in Miami, Florida who had seen the PBS “Sacred Journey’s” documentary and shared their appreciation of my work. They said “The Muslim community could have no better spokesman……and we’re not even Muslim”.
This kind of message encourages me to continue to do this work no matter how much the promoters of fear and bigotry may criticize me.
I believe that people like this are in the majority. We don’t hear more from them because they and we do not have access to the reigns of the media so we use what we have.
This couple used the power they had. They just pick-up the phone and called me.
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.
As 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.
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.
On Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014 Imam Johari co-chaired a meeting with Consumer Financial Protection Board, Richard Cordray, along with leaders from American Muslim financial institutions, community advocates and faith leaders.
Learn more about the CFPB:
A video overview of the CFPB:
A written overview of the CFPB’s creation:
You can view all these resources at http://www.consumerfinance.gov.
To file a complaint about consumer financial products or services (mortgages, credit cards, student loans, bank accounts, credit reporting, auto loans, debt collection, payday loans, money transfers, and more), visit the CFPB Consumer Response Center at http://www.consumerfinance.gov/complaint or call 855-411-CFPB. The CFPB call center offers assistance in 189 languages.
To share a story – positive or negative – about a consumer financial product or service, visit “Tell Your Story” at https://help.consumerfinance.gov/app/tellyourstory
To find answers to questions about consumer finance, visit “Ask CFPB” at http://www.consumerfinance.gov/askcfpb
To make informed decisions about paying for college, from comparing costs to repaying student debt, visit “Paying for College” at http://www.consumerfinance.gov/payingforcollege
To learn how to prevent elder financial exploitation and to view easy-to-understand booklets to help financial caregivers for older Americans, visit http://www.consumerfinance.gov/older-americans/
To learn about financial resources and financial protection for servicemembers, visit http://www.consumerfinance.gov/servicemembers/
To order free CFPB publications in bulk for distribution to consumers, visit http://promotions.usa.gov/cfpbpubs.html
To find the CFPB’s Federal Register notices, as well as to read and submit public comments related to CFPB rulemakings, visit http://www.consumerfinance.gov/notice-and-comment/
To view the CFPB website in Spanish: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/es/
To connect with the CFPB on social media:
Special thanks to director Cordray and his staff for their outreach and we look forward to ringing our skills and insights to improve the safety and security of our financial system