Happy Birthday AMERICA!!! From Your Fellow American-Muslim

July 5, 2016

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!!!

All Gave Some-Some Gave All: American Muslims on July 4th 2016

July 4, 2016

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.

Vision Challenge to Blackamerican Muslims and beyond

July 1, 2016

Islam arrived in America long before the founding of the thirteen colonies, but Muslims have never played a recognizable part in the development of its society.  African Americans are attracted to Islam and have one of the highest acceptance (reversion) rates in the world.  The Muslim community has yet to present to the American public a form of Islam that is not only reflective o ft he original teachings of freedom, equality and the emancipation of the poor and the oppressed, but also relevant to the present social, economic and political turmoil of the American people.  African American Sunni Muslims have the onerous task of trying to understand Islam from its authentic source with little genuine help from “Eastern Muslims” and establishing a viable alternative for their families ad neighbours in the African American diaspora.

The real challenge is to be “Mecca-centric” yet in touch with the African world, to be an authentic Muslim yet still in touch with African American spirituality, to be a moral person yet to develop Islam in America without getting lost in the crises of the Muslim world. The twenty-first century should be quite challenging to this growing yet largely invisible society.

Dr. Abdullah Hakeem Quick, Deeper Roots (Muslims in the Americas and the Caribbean From Before Columbus to the Present), 3rd Ed. 2007, Digital Printers & Booksellers, Cape Town, South Africa

FAST WITH DC MUSLIMS-June29thJoin in a day of Solidarity and Understanding sponsored by DC OHR & Iftar by Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Cemter

June 21, 2016

FAST WITH DC MUSLIMSJoin in a day of Solidarity and Understanding.

Weds, June 29th 2016.

Fasters Feeding the homeless: 7pm

Breaking of the fast: 8:30pm (Sponsored by Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center)

441-4th St NW, Washington, DC (In front of Judiciary Square Metro)

Islam is the world’s fastest growing religion with over three million U.S. followers of all ethnicities, backgrounds and sects. Yet most of us never equate Islam with common “American” culture, and oftentimes have a stereotypical view on who is Muslim and what being Muslim means. As allies and conscious citizens, we encourage you to join DC Muslims to partake in a one-day fast during Ramadan that serves as an opportunity to evaluate the ideas and bias that divide us, and refocus our attention on each other and our commonalities as human beings.

On June 29, OHR, Dar Al-Hijrah, KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights and many other partner organizations will host a one-day project that empowers the public across the District to share information about Islam as a faith, the diversity of Muslims, and ways to be a strong ally to our fellow Muslim Americans. Participants will wear “Fast With DC Muslims” pins, and will use talking points we provide to help explain to people why they are fasting when asked. But we need your help!
Muslims and allies are encouraged to register online for the project, signaling a commitment to act as a participant on June 29. Participants who register before June 19 will be mailed a “Fast With DC Muslims” participant packet, which includes:
A “Fast With DC Muslims”

FAQ sheet of instructions and additional information about the event.

If you are an individual who would like to register for the event and receive the “Fast With DC Muslims” participant package, visit fastwithdcmuslims.With your help, we can spread positive messages and raise the visibility of our Muslims neighbors and learn to be good allies.

A CSX train derailed this morning near Rhode Island Ave/9th St NE

May 1, 2016

A CSX train derailed this morning near Rhode Island Avenue and 9th Street, NE. Fire & EMS, MPD and other first responders are at the scene now, responding to the incident. Please avoid the area and, if you are already in the area, follow the instructions of first responders.

On behalf of the the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services, Ed Doxen and Malik Williams are on the scene to share the most up-to-date information with residents near the area. Jackie Reyes from the Office of Latino Affairs and I are reaching out to the Churches in the area.

Metro service on the red line has been impacted, and WMATA is providing updates. We know that there are a number of churches in the nearby area, and we are working to find out if any Sunday services will be impacted.

We will provide updates as they become available. Please share this information with Churches and if I can assist in anyway please let me know.

Best and Stay Safe,

Rev. Donald Isaac
Director Of Religious Affairs
202 – 427-7620

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.

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!