Driving while Black, Brown, Red or Green

July 16, 2016

I condemn in the strongest terms use of excessive force by many police department in the United States.  Therefore my comments should in no way be taken that I condoning the actions of the Police Department or the grand jurys in the deaths of some many Black lives.  There is a book recently written by a young man in my community but I think every young black man and apply to their lives if they want to thrive in America.

my father used to tell us when you know who you’re dealing with act accordingly.

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/driving-black-app-developers-aim-27520122

Here are some sample questions. I included [my thoughts] in brackets to show where I am going with the question:

– What is your advice to limit the chances of getting pulled over?
[Head/brake lights in working order, etc, NEVER speeding, ALWAYS stop at signal lights/stop signs]

– What are the must haves of driving?
[Tags, registration, driver’s license, insurance, should NEVER be allowed to expire, etc. If you don’t have it DO NOT DRIVE]

– If pulled over how should one behave if one is pulled over?
[pull over immediately, roll down all four windows to show what is in the car, hands on stirring wheel, be polite]

– What is your advice for AFTER getting a ticket?
[SHOW UP FOR COURT!!! PAY THE TICKET!!! This is how many enter the system]

– What is your advice to limit (note: not stop, but LIMIT) any proking on the street?
[i.e., dress and appearance, keeping ID]

– Any advice you have for dealing with law enforcement in one’s home (i.e., you call them/potential domestic dispute)?
[keep ID on you, remain calm]

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله – peace be upon you
Imam Johari Abdul-Malik Ibn WR Seale
202-345-5233
Imamjohari.com

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2nd Annual Swinging Muslim Sisters Golf Clinic

April 20, 2016

As Salaamu Alaikum Dear Sisters!

You’re invited to the 2nd Annual Swinging Muslim Sisters Golf Clinic has been designed to make learning and playing golf fun in a women-friendly environment. At this event you will learn the basic “how to’s” for golfing (putting, full swings, competitions) with female golf pro Troy Beck on Saturday April 30, 2016 from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm at the Glenn Dale Golf Club.

The cost is $55 – which includes equipment (golf balls & clubs) lunch and instruction! Payment (cash or check) can be made at Glenn Dale Golf Club upon your arrival. Wear comfortable and loose clothing that will allow you to swing your arms.

Glen Dale Golf Club
11501 Old Prospect Hill Rd
Glenn Dale, MD 20769

Please confirm your attendance by responding to this email. The class size is limited to only 15 participants!!. Insha Allah looking forward to seeing you there! If you have questions, you may reach me me at (443) 857- 8733.

Ma Salaama,

Sr. Nabila!


Dar Al-Hijrah Government Affairs Mets with Pres. Obama at Bmore Mosque

April 20, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

..:The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center:..

Date: February 3, 2015

On Wednesday February 3, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center’s Deputy Director of Government Affairs, Colin Christopher, met with President Barak Obama at the Islamic Society of Baltimore. Joining nine other young leaders from the American-Muslim community, Mr. Christopher spoke about the social and environmental justice work championed through The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center’s outreach, social services, and youth departments. Mr. Christopher’s leadership on environmental issues within the Muslim community and the intersection of economic, racial, and environmental justice were the primary topics of discussion.

The Dar Al-Hijrah presented to President Obama a commissioned piece of Quranic calligraphy produced by Muhammad Zakaria, the author of the US Postal Service’s Eid stamp.

Home to Northern Virginia for over 32 years, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center welcomes President Obama’s first visit to an American mosque since becoming president in 2008. Dar al-Hijrah has been at the forefront of building close relationships with an array of government officials at the county, state, and federal levels and believes that these partnerships are integral to building safe, successful and resilient communities.

An elated Colin Christopher called his family saying,

“I have just started as Deputy Director of Government Affairs at The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center and in my second month I get to tell the President of the United States about my work, that’s a tremendous blessing!”

We are thankful for the President’s leadership and speaking out against racist anti-Muslim speech and violence against American-Muslims. We look forward to building even stronger partnerships with his administration over his remaining eleven months in office. The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center will be hosting a voter education event the weekend before Super Tuesday in Virginia lto increase our civic engagement, strengthen our neighborhood, celebrate our diversity and ensure our community is informed regarding the American political landscape.

For additional information on Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center, please visit us (EPK): http://www.daralhijrah.net/ns/?page_id=11128

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Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center remains committed to faithfully serving the Muslim community and greater American society through the guidance of our faith, Islam.
Contact: Colin Christopher govaffairs@daralhijrah.net
To learn more:www.daralhijrah.net


NPR StoryCorp: Muslims need to share our stories

March 31, 2016

I am forwarding an email that I received requesting assistance from the manager of the outreach team for NPR’s StoryCorps. For those of you who are not familiar, StoryCorps is essentially an oral history project–they collect life histories of ordinary Americans of all sorts of backgrounds for broadcast and archiving at the Library of Congress. They are apparently preparing for an upcoming mobile tour, and would like to reach out to our community for volunteers to share their stories. This is an opportunity for each of us to contribute something to the telling of our own collective history.

I am including the email sent to me from Ms. Gutierrez, which includes her contact information–please contact her directly if you would like to volunteer, or if you have any questions. Please feel free to tell your friends and families. Anyone can do this.

Ma salaam,

Donna

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Jesse Gutierrez <jgutierrez@storycorps.org>

Greetings Ms. Auston,

My colleague Liyna Anwar shared your contact information with me. I want to start by saying thank you for sharing your knowledge and experiences during the StoryCorps panel on diverse representations of Muslim and Arab Americans post 9/11. This was a great learning opportunity for me. I truly appreciate your time and insight. In particular, the reminder that not all Muslim’s are of Arab or Middle Eastern descent. I think we tend to overlook or forget that fact. Thank you for the reminder.

As manager of the outreach team for the StoryCorps Mobile Tour, I work on the engagement strategies for each city that we visit. During each stop we focus our efforts on creating partnerships with organizations that work within diverse communities. The African American and the Muslim communities are both communities that we always try to engage. If you care to share any contacts or make suggestions on who we should contact for our upcoming stops, we would greatly appreciate it.

Here is the list of our upcoming 2016 Mobile Tour:

Nashville, TN (March 11 – April 8)
Washington, DC (April 14 – May 13)
Baltimore, MD (May 19 – June 17)
Providence, RI (June 30 – July 29)
Colchester, VT (August 4 – September 2)
Buffalo, NY (September 4 – October 9)
Pittsburgh, PA (October 13 – November 11)
Columbia, SC (November 17 – December 21)

All the best,
Jesse

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Jesse Gutierrez
Associate Manager, Mobile Tour Outreach

StoryCorps | http://www.storycorps.org
80 Hanson Place Brooklyn, NY 11217
Office: (646) 723 – 7020 ext.34


Dr.Sulayman Nyang Hospitalized: Update 3/29/16

March 30, 2016

imagePLEASE SHARE WITH CONCERNED OTHERS IN THE LOCAL/NATIONAL LEADERSHIP

As-salamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wabarakatuh

I went to visit our beloved Dr. Sulayman Nyang in the hospital. It turns out that he suffered a massive stroke on Wednesday, March 16th and was admitted to MedStar Washington Hospital. He was in the intensive care unit and under observation until Sunday. His condition is still critical and doctors are attempting to stabilize him.

When I went to visit him, he had been sedated and therefore was not aware of anyone in the room. On behalf of those of our leadership, I made du’a to Allah for healing and recovery for our teacher and scholar.

At Howard University alone, he must have worked on the thesis committees of at least 100 if not more doctoral and masters students. I am one such beneficiary of his wisdom as he and indeed Dr. Zahid Bukhari, served on my dissertation committee exploring Somali adolescents. Such a prolific and humble individual masha’Allah.

I am in touch with his family and have requested that they share any updates so that I may pass them along to our leadership. I have also assured his family that they should not feel they are alone in dealing with this on both the emotional and financial support levels.

If you are able to visit him, he is admitted to the main building of the Medstar Washington Hospital complex. Hospital garage parking is across the street. In the main building, you can check to be sure at the reception desk but as of yesterday (Monday), you simply had to take elevators marked “C/D” to the 2nd floor. Then look for the “H” wing, he is in 2H, room 4. Again, better to check with the reception in case they have moved him.

Wassalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
Dr Altaf Husain


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


Yalla Vote 2016 Register Now!

February 8, 2016

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Register TODAY to vote in the 2016 Primary Election

Virginia’s Primary Election registration deadline is TODAY. Virginia has always been and will continue to be a decisive battle ground for candidates on both sides of the aisle, so don’t sit out this important opportunity to make your Arab American vote in Virginia heard. Residents can register to vote online, by mail, and at any local voter registration office. If you are unsure if you are registered to vote in Virginia, you can check on the Virginia Voter Information Center’s website here.

Our Yalla Vote homepage and the Virginia state page include key election and civic engagement resources, as well as last year’s state voter guide and voter fact sheets. The 2016 editions will be published following the primary elections.

More news from our weekly Election News Round Up…

Virginia’s Redistricting Problem Still Under Review

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the new Virginia congressional district lines set by a federal court will be used for the upcoming federal elections. The Justices’ decision effectively denies a lower court petition to keep the previous district lines for 2016 voting. The old district map, created by the Virginia legislature after the most recent census, was criticized because of the way the 3rd district was drawn to include large communities of black voters in one district. Under the new map, over 1million voters have a new district designation. The Supreme Court is still considering the constitutionality of the old district map, and if a decision is issued later this year finding the old map is found to be legal it may cause mass confusion. Such a scenario would have Virginia officials scrambling to put together a third congressional election this year or to cause mass electoral confusion if the justices revert their decision later this year. Read more about Virginia here

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