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.

 

 


Consumer Protection Board Mets To Address Consumer Protections for American Muslims

October 23, 2014

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.

 

Special thanks to director Cordray and his staff for their outreach and we look foimagerward to ringing our skills and insights to improve the safety and security of our financial system.

 
Learn more about the CFPB:

A video overview of the CFPB:

A written overview of the CFPB’s creation:

http://www.consumerfinance.gov/the-bureau/creatingthebureau

CFPB Resources:
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:
Blog: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/blog/
Twitter: @CFPB
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CFPB
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/cfpbvideo
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cfpbphotos

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

 

 

 

 


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.


Jewish and Muslim Clergy Pray For An End To Violence: White House Vigil 7/17

July 13, 2014

In the past month the Jewish and Muslim communities have been shattered by the terrorist killings of four boys: Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer, Eyal Yifrah, and Muhammed Abu Khdeir.

In response, Jewish and Muslim clergy of the DC area are joining together as part of an international effort by religious leaders to pray for an end to the violence.

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On Tuesday, July 17th the Jewish and Muslim calendars are united in a day of fast: the fast of 17 Tamuz, and the fast of Ramadan. For both traditions this is a day designated for soul-searching, an opportunity for people to take responsibility, and for self repair, communal purification, and repentance.

As we join together we hope to direct the consciousness of both peoples to this day as a “peak day” – a day in which each man and woman will be invited to take part, to fast in solidarity with the suffering, violence and pain of self and others, to ask how to end the cycle of bloodshed and draw a horizon of hope and vision.

Please join Maharat Ruth Friedman, Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, and Imam Johari Abdul-Malik on Tuesday, July 15th at 5pm in Lafayette Square in Washington, DC to offer prayers for peace and comfort. Leaders and members of all faith communities are encouraged to attend.

Please contact Maharat Friedman at MaharatRuth@ostns.org or 847-722-8287 to add your congregation’s name to the list of co-sponsors.


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

 

 


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