Join us as we remember Dr Martin Luther King In A Season of Resistance
Friday, Jan 13th
Jumah: Dar Al-Hijrah 1:30 United We Stand! Law Enforcement standing against Hate Crimes and intimidation: Imam Johari Abdul-Malik
WHC – MLK Dinner: Moral Revival with Rev Barber
5:00pm Washington Hebrew Congregation
Macomb St, NW, Washington, DC
Sat, Jan 14
11:00 Interfaith: National Day of Action for Immigrants and Refugees
1518 M St. NW.
Metropolitan AME Church
Sun, Jan 15
11:00 WHC Day of Service
Macomb St, NW
Our sister Nsenga Knight is leading the way. She deserves our support. Read On and Write On….your donation.
I hope that this email reaches you in good health and high spirits! If you’ve been following my work and art career you may know that I have been doing a lot of exhibitions lately and have some really exciting opportunities on the horizon including an exhibition this fall at the Drawing Center – a museum in downtown Manhattan dedicated to the medium of drawing, and the Author Ross Gallery at UPenn this fall among other. I’ll send info and invites for those as the dates approach and I hope that you can attend some of my opening receptions. I’m writing you today about an exciting project that I am creating this summer (inshaAllah/God willing) in hopes that you will support my work and become a collector and steward of my art. This summer I have the unique opportunity to develop a special fine art print series based on Other Stars Don’t Behave So, one of my most popular drawings (20 x 30 inches). The drawing is inspired a rendering by Al Baruni – the 10th century Iranian Muslim Astronomer and anthropologist describing the moon cycle and includes graphic elements in the tradition of Islamic geometrical art and many other abstract art traditions found in nomadic cultures. The series reminds us of the our connection to the cosmos, our Creator, and all people. To create the Other Stars Don’t Behave So print series (which will be 3 different prints in a limited edition of 20 prints) I will be working with Brian Garner, a renowned Tamarind Institute trained master printmaker at Supergraphic in Durham, NC. The print series includes etching and lithography, costs $3000 to develop and will take a full week working with Brian @ $500/ day plus all the material costs for the project. Any amount that you contribute is appreciated. I’m interested in you collecting my work, so I am offering you a print from the Other Stars Don’t Behave So series for each day @$500/ day that you are able to sponsor the project.
We will be prepared to start working in the last week of July so I am seeking to have all of the funds needed for the project before July 20th. If you are able to do so, I can accept your contributions to the Other Stars Don’t Behave So print series via my PayPal account using PayPal.Me/NsengaKnight or by mail (1438 Newcastle Rd #A2 Durham, NC 27704).
Thank you so much for considering to support my work. Your support will mean so much for me and the development of my creative work. Please feel free to share this email with other people you know who may be interested in contributing to this project. A photo of the Other Stars Don’t Behave So drawing is below. I can be reached at (917) 327 – 0969 if you’d like to chat about anything.
P.S. Please enjoy the links I’ve included in this email which give you lots of artistic info.
The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center joins our fellow Americans as we celebrate the birth of our nation, July 4th 1776.
Morocco was the first country to recognize the United States of America and became an ally protecting ships off the coast of Africa during the Barbary Coast Wars.
As Muslims we believe that our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, were influenced by the concept of freedom of religion by the treaty of Medina giving full citizenship to all, independent of their faith and affirmation in the Holy Quran stating “Let there be no compulsion in Religion”.
The first amendment of our constitution remains a beacon of hope to the world. This Wednesday, July 6th millions of American Muslims will celebrate the feast of the end of Ramadan, in peace and freedom.
We celebrate today knowing that Muslims played a leading role in the founding of our nation.
Eid Mubarak and Happy Independence Day America!!!
Please reflect on American Muslim Contribution to America since before its founding, during its founding, and today.Reference: American Islamic Heritage Museum
In 1492, Columbus had two captains of Muslim origin during his first voyage, one named Martin Alonso Pinzon the captain of the Pinta, and his brother Vicente Yanex Pinzon the captain of the Nina. They were wealthy expert ship outfitters who helped organize Columbus’ expedition and repaired the flagship Santa Maria. The Pinzon family was related to Abuzayan Muhammad III, the Moroccan Sultan of the Marinid Dynasty (1196-1465).
Approximately, 30% of Enslaved Africans brought to America during the Slave trade were of Muslim background. We all know about the famous story of Kunta Kinte in Alex’s Haley book Roots. In 1767, Kunta Kinte was captured and enslaved. Kunta Kinte was a Muslim born in 1750, in the village of Juffure in Gambia. He was shipped to Annapolis, Maryland on the ship Lord Ligonier and sold to a Virginia planter. Kunta Kinte fought hard to hold on to his Islamic heritage. Having learned the Qur’an as a boy Kunta scratched Arabic phrases in the dirt and tried to pray every day after he arrived in America.
Research has revealed that Muslim Veterans and people with a Islamic last name have participated in the different wars America has engaged in over the years. The United States Armed Services records confirm this fact, particularly during the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, World War I, and World War II. On June 17, 1775, Peter Salem (Saleem) born (1750?-1816) a former slave who fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Peter Salem got awarded for fighting in the Revolutionary War, and he also fought at Lexington. Peter Salem and Salem (Saleem) Poor were honored for their bravery. History reports that a Jewish man told the people that the word was like “shalom” which means peace. The name for peace in Arabic is Salaam and Saleem in Arabic means one who is peaceful. Postage stamps have been made of Peter Salem and Salem Poor as American Revolutionary war heroes. From 1774-1783 there were at least six people with Islamic names who fought in the Revolutionary War as colonial soldiers. One of them was Yusuf Ben Ali, also known as Joseph (Benenhali) Benhaley, who fought with General Sumter in South Carolina. After the war, General Sumter took Joseph Benhaley with him inland to Stateburg where they settled down. Joseph Benhaley’s name appeared in the 1790 census of Sumter County. Revolutionary records also show that there was a Bampett Muhamed who was a Corporal in the Revolutionary Army, from 1775-1783 in Virginia. Francis Saba was listed as a sergeant with the Continental Troops in roll 132, 1775-1783, and Joseph Saba was listed as a Fifer in the Continental Troops roll 132, 1775-1783.
1864-1865 Max Hassan was another Muslim from Africa who fought in the Civil War. His war record shows he came from Africa and worked as a porter in the service.
In 1860, Muhammad Ali ibn Said (1833 – 1882), known as (Nicholas Said) arrived in America as a free man. In 1861 he arrived in Detroit. Shortly afterward he found a teaching job and in 1863 Muhammad enlisted in the 55th Massachusetts colored regiment and became a Civil War hero. He served faithfully and bravely with his regiment as Corporal and then Sergeant in the South. Near the close of the war he was assigned, at his own request, to the hospital department, to learn some knowledge of medicine
From the Foundations of America to over 7 Million American Muslims today, we all know many famous American Muslims like Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Hakim Olojuwon, Shaquille O’Neal, Jermaine Jackson, Mos Def, Ahmad Rashad, Janet Jackson, Dr. Oz, Ice Cube, Ellen Burstyn, Aasif Mandvi, Dean Obeidallah, David Chappelle, Congressman Keith Ellison, and Congressman Andre Carson.
The roots of Muslims in America are represented in more than 500 names of places, villages, streets, towns, cities, lakes, rivers, etc . . . in the United States in which there name are derived from African, Islamic, and Arabic words. Places like Mecca, Indiana; Morocco, Indiana; Medina, NY; Medina, OH; Medina, TX; Toledo, OH; Mahomet, IL; Mahomet, Texas; Yarrowsburg, MD; Islamorada, FL, and Tallahassee, FL are found throughout America.
I am a Muslim and I am proud to be an American.