Seize The Day: Random Act Of Kindness-Empower Someone

May 22, 2015

One day I got a random voice mail on my cell phone from a couple in Miami, Florida who had seen the PBS “Sacred Journey’s” documentary and shared their appreciation of my work. They said “The Muslim comRabbi-Warren-Stone-and-Imam-Johari-Abdul-Malikmunity could have no better spokesman……and we’re not even Muslim”.

This kind of message encourages me to continue to do this work no matter how much the promoters of fear and bigotry may criticize me.

I believe that people like this are in the majority. We don’t hear more from them because they and we do not have access to the reigns of the media so we use what we have.

This couple used the power they had. They just pick-up the phone and called me.

Muslim businesses in the construction industry host Networking Luncheon on Sunday, June 7th 2015

May 22, 2015

As-salaamualikum my dear respected brothers and sisters,

A number of Muslim businesses in the construction industry are hosting a Networking Luncheon on Sunday, June 7th from 12-2:30pm at the Silver Spring Civic Center in Montgomery County that is geared toward Muslim businesses and individuals who are in the industry. Please see attached flier for the Event. In March, the same group hosted an event where nearly 60 mainly Muslims attended and which the Montgomery County Executive was the keynote speaker and Associate Administrator of the SBA received an award from us.

As leaders in the Muslim community, we would love for you to attend. We would also like for you to announce this event at Jumah prayer over the next few weeks, distribute to your listserves and inform others about this event. Our goals for this event are to create a mechanism where we can spend more of our monies within the Muslim community, increase the capacity of Muslim businesses, increase opportunities to hire Muslims in the industry, and announce the formation of a Muslim Chamber of Commerce in the region.


Your brother,


Omar A. Karim
Banneker Ventures, LLC
1738 Elton Road, Suite 215
Silver Spring, Maryland 20903
301.408.0800 | Office
301.408.0802 | Facsimile
301.523.1810 | Mobile
SBA 8(a) and HUBZone certified small business

DC government grant writing workshop

May 7, 2015

Begin forwarded message:

From: “DC Government” <dcdimage>
Date: May 7, 2015 at 11:46:19 AM EDT
Subject: OAA’s Grant Proposal Writing Workshop & Discussion on Funding Resources

OAA to Host a 2-day Grant Writing Workshop and Discussion for DC’s African Serving Community-Based Organizations
OAA to Host 2-Day Grant Proposal Writing & Discussion on Funding Resources for Non-Profit Organizations

As part of its Capacity Building Development Program, the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs is hosting a 2-day grant proposal writing workshop and discussion on funding resources for non-profit organizations. These programs are designed as targeted efforts to support the District’s African serving community- and faith-based organizations who seek to strengthen their capacity and enhance their institutional sustainability.

Space is limited and RSVPs are required for both events.
Additional eligibility requirements apply for the grant writing workshop.

To learn more, please click on links below:

2-Day Grant Proposal Writing Workshop | RSVP here

Presentation & Discussion: An Overview of Funding Resources for Non-Profit Organizations | RSVP here

For more information: | 202.727.5634

Grant Workshop FlyerPanel Discussion Final
Follow DC Mayor’s Office on African Affairs on Facebook and Twitter!!

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

March 12, 2015



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


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

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

Aaliyah Muhammad
Embarq Solutions, LLC
Ph: 410-303-1113
Fax: 410-630-5357


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.

AARP: The Power of Prayer

February 10, 2015

Press Release

January 9, 2015

Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center joins the voices of the Muslim community along people of other faiths in the Washington DC metropolitan area to express our deepest condolences and strongest condemnation of today’s deadly attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris,

The attackers’ invocation of the name of Allah as they were killing journalists is particularly repugnant and abhorrently insane. This action runs against the core teaching of Islam.

It has been reported that the paper had published satirical depictions and cartoons of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, a few years ago. While the cartoons were widely condemned by Muslims around the world Islam always calls upon Muslims to exercise restraint as did the Prophet Muhammad

The Quran says:
The good deed and the evil deed cannot be equal. Repel evil with good
(that is, Allah ordered the faithful believers to be patient when angry,
and to excuse those who treat them badly), then in truth! Eventually,
between the other person and yourself, will grow friendship, where once
there was enmity.

But none are granted such good character except those who are patient, and none are granted it except the owner of a good moral character. Quran: 41:34-35

The Quran registers numerous quotations of attacks on the character, integrity and credibility of the Prophet. In no place does it tell Muslims to attack, threaten or kill, such a people.

The Quran says:

You shall certainly be tried and tested in your wealth and properties and
in your personal selves, and you shall certainly hear much that will hurt
your feelings, from those who received the Scripture before you (Jews and
Christians) and from those who ascribe partners to Allah, but if you
persevere patiently, and act righteously, then verily, that will be a
great show of the power of resolve on your part. Surah Al Imran (3:186)

We urge all Muslims to listen to the guidance of the Quran, as we invite Muslims and all people of faith to engage in deep and respectful dialogue. The best response to insults and attacks against Islam or any faith is patience, righteousness, dialogue and engagement toward the greater good of the society.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 14,663 other followers