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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No One Makes It In Life Alone-We All Owe SOMEBODIES

April 27, 2016

In my senior year as a chemistry major I had decided that I would volunteer at the Center for sickle cell disease at Howard University. I had put off for many weeks the fulfillment of my intentions. Finally one Friday I felt compelled that I was not going to end the week without signing up to donate my meager skills to the fight to end the suffering from sickle cell disease. That Friday I met Mrs. Vera Ball. She directed me to a man who would become my supervisor in my volunteer work, who would later become my boss after hiring me to work in the laboratory and ultimately Dr. William Winter would become imagemy mentor and director of my biomedical studies in the department of genetics and human genetics in the graduate school of arts and sciences at Howard University.
When I was a young researcher at Howard University I relied on grant funding to pay my salary which allowed me to continue my bio-medical academic work as well as to continue my research projects at the Howard University Center for Sickle Cell Disease.

Perhaps more then my research advisers and graduate professors and mentors it was the watchful eye of Mrs. Vera Ball, secretary to the director and administrator, that kept me on the payroll over my nearly 2 decades of work and sickle cell disease.

Whenever that was the end of one Grant in the beginning of another she would find a way to keep me on the payroll, to keep my health insurance benefits and to help me keep body and soul together and to take care of my family.

She served as the secretary to Dr. Roland Scott, the founder of the Center for Sickle Cell Disease, and for every director subsequent to him.  I sincerely believe she was discriminated against from becoming a chief administrator or grant administrator because of gender discrimination.  Notwithstanding, she continue to serve through the good times and hard times to keep the Center for Sickle Cell Disease operating.

I do my best to call her every year on her birthday to thank her for her stewardship over my career.  I called her today April 26, 2016 and she remarked that she really looks forward to my phone call. This year will be her last year at the Center for sickle cell disease at which time she will retire.

It is a reminder to me that no one makes it through life solely on their own. An individual’s achievements are always supported by guardian angels that support, protect and make a way out of no way and asking for nothing in return.  I will always owe a great debt to Mrs. Ball for looking out for me at every chance. May God bless her with the best in this life and the best in the hereafter.


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?


Northern Virginia Mosque Dar Al-Hijrah and Faith Leaders Host Prayer Vigil for Alexandria Man Slain in Huntington Park

September 16, 2015

Northern Virginia Mosque Dar Al-Hijrah Extends Condolences To The Family of Khalil Aboumalik.

“To Allah belongs what He takes and to Him belongs what He gives and there is a set time by Him for everything. Do exercise patience and expect reward.” Northern Virginia Mosque joins community to mourn the murder of Khalil Aboumalik to street violence in Alexandria, VA

A coalition of faith and community groups lead by Rev Carolyn Boyd (Plymouth Congregational Church) and Imam Johari Abdul-Malik (Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center) will hold a candle light vigil at the site of the murder of 42 year old Moroccan Muslim, Khalid Aboumalik.  Mr. Aboumalik was apparently killed while being robbed by neighborhood youth.

According to WUSA9-TVAboumalik’s body was found in Huntington Park on August 5. Police say residents spotted his body lying not far from a baseball field while walking through the area”.

Rev Boyd said, “We come together to heal and affirm the dignity of our community, to advance the values of peace, safety and a shared community”.

Sources report his remains were sent to his family with the help of the Moroccan government.

According to Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, “While the nation is grappling with a spike in police brutality directed toward black people and the resultant black rage, let us not forget that the overwhelming majority of black lives lost is due to black-on-black crime”.

The community is invited to join us for this prayer vigil honoring the life of Khalil Aboumalik at the site of the incident in Huntington Park, Alexandria, Virginia. (Huntington Park

Alexandria, VA 22303 http://goo.gl/maps/9muCe)  Arlington Terrace. )

Wednesday, September 16th 2015

7:00pm – 8:00pm


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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Young Muslim businessmen organize conference to help minority contractors in the construction field build capacity

March 12, 2015

MINORITY SMALL BUSINESS
CONSTRUCTION CONFERENCE

SPONSORS

Minority Small Business Construction Conference To Be Held Saturday
March 21 at the Montgomery County Executive Building

This event is a leadership and networking conference, where participants can engage minority business owners, local, state and federal government agencies, elected officials and high powered industry leaders in the construction industry. Participants will learn the importance of contract vehicles and certifications for small, minority-owned businesses, what opportunities are available to these businesses, and how to access these opportunities and attain sustainability. This year’s conference includes breakfast and an awards luncheon.

This is a joint initiative of Banneker Ventures, Sabree Construction, HEP Construction, and Diamond Security Inc.

WHAT: Minority Small Business Construction Conference

ADMISSION: $50

WHERE: Montgomery County Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville, MD 20850

WHEN: Saturday March 21, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

REGISTER: online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/minority-small-business-construction-conference-tickets-15687045375

Guest presenter: Jackie robinson-burnette
Associate Administrator of Business Development,
U.S. Small Business Administration
Conference Sessions include:
Certification and Bonding Vehicles
Bonding, Banking and Access to Capital
Impact Marketing
Tips for Growth and Sustainability
Private and Government Sector Business Opportunities
Networking and Subcontracting Opportunities

CONTACT:
Aaliyah Muhammad
Embarq Solutions, LLC
Ph: 410-303-1113
Fax: 410-630-5357
info@embarqsolutions.com
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