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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REMEMBERING IBRAHIM RAMEY, A CELEBRATION OF LIFE

January 5, 2016

FRIENDS OF IBRAHIM INVITE YOU:  REMEMBERING IBRAHIM CLAYTON RAMEY, A CELEBRATION OF LIFE

The memorial will take place on Dr Martin Luther King weekend

Saturday January 16 at 3:00 p.m. at
Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ
5301 North Capitol Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20011
202-723-5330
We will be celebrating his life in his words, writings, music, song. A small reception will follow.


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?


Walk for peace in southeast DC

July 22, 2015

image imageAfter a weekend in which we witnessed six shootings in a 24-hour period in Washington DC will call together by the city Council woman to have a walk for peace

Click this link to watch our first walk : https://www.periscope.tv/w/aH7e4TUyNzY1OTd8NDQzODE3MjesmXK7aYjQwWHIR5hH8boUr5vioFiZNcXvdTIUmd-wnA==


Northern VA Walks for Peace in Washington

July 21, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

PRESS RELEASE

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
6:00pm
Congress Park Community Center
1345 Savannah St SE,
Wash, DC

http://t.co/UWIVEpTrsI via @abc7newsw

For more information goto: http://www.imamjohari.com or http://www.daralhijrah.net

CONTACT: Imam Johari Abdul-Malik (202) 345-5233

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*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.
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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.