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Imam Siraj Wahhaj – Free Iftar and lecture

Special Announcement !!

Tonight at 8:30pm – Masjid Al Islam’s Beacon of Light Outreach center will host a free iftar and lecture by Imam Siraj Wahhaj. Please bring the family out and plan to attend. Dinner will be served right after magrib prayer at 8:30pm.

Masjid Al Islam: 2604 S. Harwood St., Dallas, TX 75215.

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Email for any questions:
info@masjidalislam.org

Masjid Al Islam
2604 S. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75215
Tel. (214) 421-3839

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The Dallas Beacon – July 2013

Masjid Al Islam’s Monthly Newswire July 2013
RAMADAN MUBARAK!

“O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may learn self-restraint.” Surah 11, Ayah 183

Ramadan Appeal to Donate to Masjid Al Islam’s Outreach Expansion Project. Over 400 poor individuals served meals and basic necessities every weekend; Over 1000 served twice a year at two major events. Please donate to this worthy cause during Ramadan.
To make a donation to this project by credit card call (469) 223-9323, or go online to: http://masjidalislam.org/make_donation.html. Mail checks to PO BOX 150543, Dallas, TX 75215.

CURRENT ACTIVITIES
FEEDING OUR NEIGHBORS

EVERY FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH

VOLUNTEERS ARRIVE AT 9:00 A.M. – 214-527-6074

COMMUNITY MEETING (EVERYONE INVITED)

EVERY OTHER 3RD SUNDAY, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

214-502-0815

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Pan-African Connection

Art Gallery, Bookstore

and Resource Center

828 Fourth Ave, Dallas, Texas, 75226

Presents

A Must Hear Lecture:

The devastation of “Addiction in our Communities” and what must be done to

End the revolving plague of dysfunctional family, mental disorder, substance abuse and ultimately, prison.

By

Jamal A. Hasan, MA, MA, LCDC, ICAADC,

Foremost in his field in academic accomplishments, Licenses and Certifications National and International

Related experiences: survived ghetto life!

A Behavioral expert in the true sense of the word

Saturday August 17, 5:00 PM

Contact Info: 214-565-8466

Jamal1242@gmail.com

www.imaniaddictionsservices.com

www.panafricanconnection.com

2nd Annual

Imam W. Deen Muhammed

Appreciation Weekend

Dallas/Ft. Worth Muslim Community extends a cordial invitation to the 2nd annual Imam W. Deen Mohammed Appreciation Weekend, Fri., Sept. 20 – Sun., Sept. 22. Weekend events include joint Jummah Services, Culture Night, Leadership Awards Banquet, Playground activities for the Youth and Unity Ta’leem. All activities will be at Masjid Al-Quran and Cedar Crest Golf Course and Banquet Facility.

For more information, contact Sis. Sharee Muhammad at 469-223-2592

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Disclaimer: The views presented in the articles of this newsletter do not represent the views of Masjid Al Islam

-Yusuf Abdullah

In my short life span, I remember a time that was radically different in social norms and laws than those of today. For example, for a period of time, I grew up during times of segregation where Blacks and Whites did not go to the same schools, churches, or live in the same neighborhood. Even at death, in my town, Blacks and Whites could not be buried near each other. Most couples were married, and divorce was a rare situation and widely frowned upon. A marriage could only be between a man and a woman and having a child outside of wedlock was something for a family to be ashamed of admitting. Certainly, the mere thought of a Black man being President of the United States or of a woman running a Fortune 500 company would be cause for laughter. My how times have changed. The voice, strength, and power of the female, minority, and the LGBT community has and is having a huge impact on how US society is being shaped and formed. In this society where the majority vote mostly rules and where the US constitution provides equal protection under its laws, these three groups in recent times individually and collectively have dramatically changed the political and societal landscape in the US. This dramatic change comes about due to civil rights legislation and more recently due to demographics. America is becoming a majority minority nation. Latinos are the fastest growing minority group. Women represent about 50% of the voting population in the US and about 51% of the general population. The LGBT community is estimated to represent 5-10 % of the general population in the US. The Latino population is estimated to represent 17 % of the US general population. African-Americans represent about 13% of the US population. With these numbers one can calculate that these groups collectively control the voting ballot if they vote. Commercially, these minority groups are the largest target group for marketed products and services. Women own about 28 % of all businesses in the US, Latinos own about 7 % of all businesses, and Blacks own about 8 % of all businesses in the US. While numbers are difficult to find measuring the LGBT business ownership, Asian business ownership comprise over 1.5 million businesses in the US and collectively account for over 500 billion dollars in US revenue. These numbers reflect the awesome power of minority business ownership and the generation of jobs and revenue that are critical to the growth and development of the US economy. These minority groups can no longer be ignored in the political and economic process. When these minority groups vote and collectively organize and express their unified opinions, the smart politicians and business people listen and take notice. Those who fail to do so in the political and economic arena will feel the consequences. Times have and are changing in the US. Some will argue that the change is not for the better. I guess that depends on what side of the street one is standing on. And that’s the right and wrong of it.

– Khalid Shaheed

As salaamu alaikum,

One of the uniqueness of Islam socially is predicated on its ability to condition all people regardless of background, social strata, country, ethnicity or nationality. Why is this significant? It is significant because many social/political and religious systems offer lofty opportunities to its adherents. But sadly for many, they do not deliver. Keep in mind Allah never intended for all to achieve the same things and that is not the essence of my argument. My contention is that conditioning correlates to accessing opportunities. Let’s look at Democracy. Democracy offers equal opportunities and that makes Democratic systems great. However, Democracy cannot and does not provide equal conditionings to all its adherents. It does not have the intrinsic means to provide equal conditioning for all segments of society. What we have in most geo/political/social/religious systems are systematic covert and in some cases historically overt broad faulty conditioning and a quite different type conditioning for some. So again Allah willed individual proclivities. This contention addresses the collective conditioning or lack of within an individual social construct. What good is a pot of gold at the end of the road if your legs are cut off and your eyes are socked out.

Let’s make one thing absolutely clear about the goals of Islam. Islam has never offered or promised anyone great material wealth, great scientific accolades, great military power nor political dominance and this not to make light of any honorable worldly achievement, per Allah in Sura Ibrahim verses 1-2. He revealed his books for the goal/purpose of taking people from darkness to light. Therein lies the goal Islam offers to its adherents. Please don’t confuse Nur with the list of things in the second sentence of this paragraph. They are not necessarily the same. Now, with the goal of Islam clear, what is the conditioning. The conditioning is the 5 pillars and the 6 articles of faith. This conditioning is MANDATORY for all adherents of this Deen regardless of social strata, ethnic or any other background nuance. If these pillars and articles are not compromised the goal is the same for all adherents across the planet.
Proofs of the correlation between Islamic conditioning and access to opportunities can be perused historically from Africa to Europe (Islamic Spain) to Asia, the Middle East, Sub continent, the Turk Islamic zone, Malay zone, etc. In particular, great Islamic Societies were established in Africa thousands of years ago that engendered the local genius of the people with many scholars and great schools of Hikmah. Please don’t confuse hihmah with science. One has a moral base and the other does not, per Charles Eaton.

In conclusion opportunities have to be evaluated with conditioning. Therein lies mis-education and EDUCATION. Peruse ethnic divinity images.

gratefully,

Khalid Shaheed

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The Lynching of Christopher Dorner: How America Misses a Golden Opportunity
by Amir Makin

As I watched the live news feed of ‘Dorners’ Last Stand’ I felt sick to my stomach as I knew there was no way he would be brought out alive. In a nation that says every American is entitled to due process in the criminal justice system, this was not afforded to Christopher Dorner. If he committed the heinous crimes of murdering innocent people, he should have been allowed to stand trial for the ‘process’ to begin.

The LAPD instead chose to set a planned fire designed to burn Dorner alive. They later denied doing so. After the body was charred, the police said they recovered a license identifying Dorner. How can a fire that burns everything in sight not burn a plastic license?

When asked about Dorners’ manifesto, the LAPD dismissed it as ramblings. However since they gave police targets of Dorner personal protection at taxpayer expense, shot and wounded multiple minorities who they said resembled Dorner. After shooting these Americans the police offered to purchase a new automobile and an apology. Instead those officers should have been charged with reckless endangerment, attempted homicide, and 2nd degree attempted murder. The police were supposed to change their tactics to protect the public, not the public change its standard of justice and allowing the police to behave as they please. All of these actions prove they took his manifesto seriously.

This means they and their superiors at the state and federal level should take Dorners’ allegations of systematic racism within the LAPD just as seriously, and proceed with an independent investigation of that racism.

The community at large, the city council that pressures the mayor of Los Angeles, the lawmakers that pressure the self pronounced liberal Governor Jerry Brown, the first African American female Attorney General of California who has the power to produce that investigation on a state level have become complicit in the lynching of Dorner because they have not uttered a single word denouncing his being prevented the opportunity for the justice system to work in his case.

They feel their silence is warranted just because it seems Dorner took innocent lives. How is it that Dorner could not be taken alive, when Jared Loughner (the Tucson shooter) or James Holmes (Aurora theater shooter) be taken alive as both had guns blazing when they were captured by the police?

Through this unjustified silence all of those complicit have aided in one of the most public modern era lynchings since the Rodney King era. From this will produce another missed opportunity for America to yet confront its history of systemic white supremacy and institutional racism. As Attorney General Eric Holder once said, when it comes to racism this is “essentially a nation of cowards.”

Amir Makin is an activist, analyst and author of A Worthy Muslim. He regularly writes on many things from politics to race relations. More of his writings can be found at http://islamandrace.com

Masjid Al-Islam is a registered 501(C)3 Organization

For more info on Masjid Al-Islam, please visit:

www.masjidalislam.org

2604 S. Harwood St.

Dallas, TX 75215

214-421-3839

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Day of Dignity 2014

Day of Dignity 2014

Giving Back To Humanity……

When?

Saturday, Sept 20, 2014

10am

Where?

MLK Jr. Community Center

2922 MLK Jr. Blvd.,

Dallas, TX 75215

***For information and ways to help, email Muhammad_jami@yahoo.com***

***To volunteer email asabour@sbcglobal.net or betteshaheed@yahoo.com *** (Let us know which of these areas you want to assist with)

Volunteers are needed to assist with:

Donations (monetary and non-monetary)
Distribute fliers (2 weeks before event)
Setting Up (7 am) and/or Breaking Down (1:30-2:00 pm)
Food Preparation
Clothing for men, women, and children
School supplies
Children’s books and toys
Hygiene kits
H.I.V. screening
Security
Consultation for social services (Affordable Housing, Food Stamps, Medicaid)
…..and much more!

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Community Meeting Announcement

Community Meeting Announcement !!

Community this Sunday August 18th 1:30 pm.
We will continue with the Review of By Law changes
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Masjid Al Islam: 2604 S. Harwood St., Dallas, TX 75215.

Email for any questions:
info@masjidalislam.org

Masjid Al Islam
2604 S. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75215
Tel. (214) 421-3839

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Humanitarian Day 2013

Humanitarian Day 2013 This Saturday !!!
EVENT DATE IS MAY 18th at Masjid Al Islam, 2604 S. Harwood St., Dallas, TX from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

If you would like to volunteer at this event; Please email: cmaddoxjr99@gmail.com, and list one of the following areas in which you are wanting to volunteer in: Bags, Hygiene, Food, Socks, Shirts, Used Clothes, T-shirts, Water, Fruit, Toys.

Volunteers on Saturday should expect to work at the event from 8:30am to 2pm. Please arrive at 8:30 sharp to register.

For any other information regarding Humanitarian Day, visit www.dfwhumanitarianday.com or call 214-205-0846

Email for any questions:

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The Dallas Beacon – April, 2013

Masjid Al Islam’s Monthly Newswire April, 2013

CURRENT ACTIVITIES
MASJID AL-ISLAM YOUTH PROGRAM WEEKEND SCHOOL

SUNDAYS – 10:30 A.M. UNTIL 1:30 P.M

AGES – 4 TO 17 YEARS OLD

ADULT BEGINNING ARABIC CLASS BEGINS AT 12:00 NOON

FEEDING OUR NEIGHBORS

EVERY FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH

VOLUNTEERS ARRIVE AT 9:00 A.M. – 214-527-6074

COMMUNITY MEETING (EVERYONE INVITED)

EVERY OTHER 3RD SUNDAY, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

214-502-0815

UPCOMING EVENTS

IWA Flyer

HUMANITARIAN DAY 2013

Saturday, May 18th

BROOKS OF BAZIGA

ANNUAL GRADUATE PROGRAM

SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013 AT

MASJID AL-ISLAM

2604 S. HARWOOD, DALLAS, TX

The Dallas Beacon Sponsors:

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*Let us take care of your Windshield Repair

and Replacement.”
*Most Repairs are FREE.
*We repair Rockchips and
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4605 Village Fair

Dallas, TX 75224

Contact: Ahmad Pitre

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DONATE TO THE BEACON OF LIGHT PROJECT

“Improving the quality of life in downtown and south Dallas with outreach”

See Youtube video for details:

Advertise with us, call: (214) 205-0846, visit: www.masjidalislam.org for more info

Disclaimer: The views presented in the articles of this newsletter do not represent the views of Masjid Al Islam

-Yusuf Abdullah

We are now well into March and 1/4 of 2013 is almost behind us. For those of you who made resolutions that you would do this or that in 2013, as the saying goes, my how time flies. Taxes are due next month. This year, after 6 days of intense, painful, and agonizing tax torture, I mailed not one but two years of taxes off to the IRS. I hate our federal tax system and I hate tax preparation. And dependent upon where you live, you may have to file an additional state tax form! The amount of tax can seem extreme for certain levels of income, being 30% and more. That means that for every one dollar you make, you have only made seventy cents. Seems unfair doesn’t it? Especially when that seventy cents can’t buy a loaf of bread. That’s what all the fighting is about now in Washington DC. The issue is how can we balance the federal budget in a fair and just way. The Republicans argue that we should not overtax the business because its business that provides the jobs. The Democrats argue that taxing and asking the wealthy to pay more is not unfair. And where is the revenue going to come from that it needs to conduct its business? Do we lower taxes and eliminate programs and services or keep the programs and services and increase the taxes? Dependent upon where you are in the tax bracket, you see the issue differently. Those who consider themselves at the lower economic brackets scream ” don’t tax me anymore, I can’t bear it.” Those at the upper levels scream, ” it’s not fair to tax me anymore just because I make more and I pay my fair share!”. America is a CAPITALIST country and the tax policy rewards capitalism because it fuels the economy. The effective tax rate for a wealthy person could be less than the almost poor person because of the tax policy. It’s not an inherently evil or diabolical policy but the tax system needs to be reviewed and revised from time to time. It is good to reward productivity, and invention. You don’t want to kill the golden goose (business) of the job creators by making it impossible for them to make a decent profit. On the other hand you don’t want to overburden the non-wealthy with excessive taxes and elimination of social programs that leave them unable to thrive and raise their families. Therein lies the dilemma. Money is relative. What is small money to one person is large money to another. One thing for sure is that we always seem to need more and nobody seems to want to pay more to the government for taxes. And that’s the right and wrong of it.

– Khalid Shaheed

Let’s take a closer look at Muslims in early America. Keep in mind that because of the social conditions imposed on them, Muslims that were brought to our country as slaves could not produce the institutions necessary to sustain their way of life for themselves and for generations to come. It was the communal aspect of Islam that was not allowed in and for all intents and purposes this aspect embeds needed institutions for people to flourish. What we have historically are traces of practices and beliefs. These traces could not stand very long without needed support from established masajid, schools, etc.

Dr. Sylviane Diouf says in her book African Muslims enslaved in the Americas that Bilali Muhammad “patriarch of Sapelo, always wore a cap that resembled a Turkish Fez, noted a white woman who met him and his family in the late 1850s”. She, Dr. Diouf, maintains that he had to find a creative way to make this Fez cap in America because he could not have brought it with him and he had been in America all his adult life.

In the same above mentioned book Dr. Sylviane talked about Bilali’s daughter Margaret. Margaret’s daughter, Kate has reported in broken English that her mother did not were a scarf tied and rapped around her head the way she did but instead her mother’s scarf would hang down around her neck, bosom and shoulders. Bilali’s grand daughter Kate was alive on Sapelo Island, Georgia in the late 1930’s and a picture of her exist in Dr. Allan Austin book African Muslim in Antebellum America on page p. 97. It is truly amazing that when she describes how her mother wore her scarf, she describes the Kee mah (covering) that is mentioned by Allah in the Quran for Muslim women.

What we see in these reports is evidence of Islamic presence and an Islamic legacy that has deep roots among indigenous people in America. These reports also remind us of the hardship and struggles these people probably experienced in trying to maintain their belief in one God and their deeply cherished Muslim practices against what appeared to be insurmountable odds.

gratefully,

Khalid Shaheed

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Inter-Racial Marriage in Post Racial America-How Well Do You Know Yourself? – Amir Makin

Marriage among different ethnicities in what some have termed post racial America takes on a new meaning when examining it under specific contexts. America as a nation was founded on white supremacy from the time the 1st African was forcibly brought to the land already inhabited by the Native Americans who were forcibly driven off the only place they called home. From the 1500’s to 2012, America has grown by leaps and bounds in the area of racial progress. Lynching has been made illegal, African Americans can vote and even sit in the front of the bus. However no amount of legislation such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or Voting Rights Act of 1965 can remove the psychological training both conscious and subconcious that everyone in America regardless of race have received in the form of cultural and traditional norms by this society’s standards.

The psychological component of white supremacy is what this nation has failed to treat properly let alone acknowledge. This failure even in 2012 manifests not only in police brutality, prosecutorial misconduct in cases where the perpertrator is of color and the victim is Caucasian but also in attitudes present in personal relationships.

The recent and turbulent divorces of Terrence Howard/Michelle Ghent, Seal/Heidi Klum and Halle Berry/Gabriel Aubry’s child custody battle has publicized severe psychological abuse with intensive racist overtones. In court documents filed by Terrence Howard’s attorney he alleges Michelle Ghent repeatedly called him and his children from previous relationships racist slurs and threatened to have a Russian hit squad contracted to kill him. In documents filed by Halle Berry’s attorney she alleges that Gabriel Aubry repeatedly used racist slurs against her and would become enraged when someone would suggest their daughter was part African American. The recent announcement of Seal/Heidi Klum’s divorce has many individuals blaming this on Seal’s temper. True or false, this allegation undoubtedly plays into the proverbial stereotype of the angry Black man syndrome perpetuated by many who resented their marriage due to racism alone as does Governor Jan Brewer’s claims that she felt “threatened” by President Obama when he visited Arizona. While these factors are just one piece of the tragic breakup involving these individuals, the question that should be asked is if these allegations are true how could these people have appeared to be above racist beliefs and practices which have not been obvious until now? The answer lies in America’s social structure and attitudes regarding race which has been around since the founding of this nation. A major part of that social structure was to force everyone to believe that Blacks had to stay back, and thererfore deserved to be marginalized, and universally despised. This significant ingredient of white supremacy has not been acknowledged in what some once termed “post racial America” immediately upon the election of its first African American president. Unless people consciously force themselves to evaluate how they think and feel about themselves and other ethnicities, then the way to deal with this psychological component is to act as if it’s not present. For to confront it might force people to be held accountable for all the actions they have taken as a result of this psychological conditioning. It is easy to dismiss the actions of one’s ancestors by saying, “get over it, I’ve never lynched anyone.” It is more difficult to admit “I’ve mistreated your Black child in my classroom” or “I shot this unarmed man because I’ve been conditioned to hate their race.”

As racial progress was made in America, many white supremacists learned how to tolerate those they despised even to the point of providing assistance to them at a lesser level to avoid competing against them at a higher level.

Evidence of this can be found in part in the funding of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). When colleges were slowly becoming integrated, some rich white supremacists would sometimes fund the collegiate education of African Americans at HBCUs in order to ensure their own children would not have to share a classroom with those they despised. When President Truman began to tear down the segregationist culture of the military, white supremacists after failing to successfully argue the integrity of the armed forces would be compromised, instead chose to route African Americans to positions historically associated with slavery: cooks, personal assistants, janitors. Before breaking the color line in baseball Jackie Robinson even had to fight his own fellow soldiers to become a candidate for military officers’ school.

In 2012, Mrs. Obama had to publicly declare that she “is not some angry Black woman” after being consistently categorized as such. The US Senate majority leader Harry Reid once said the good thing about then presidential candidate Barack Obama was that he did not speak with a “negro dialect.” The attitudes that come directly from this psychological training have survived and will continue to rise above the surface only when people feel as if something they hold dear is about to be removed, whether it be the social status that comes with a famous marriage, or a position of power. Once unleashed it overflows like a volcano as described here and elsewhere.

Each person of every ethnicity has been disaffected by the roots of white supremacy, and must find the moral fortitude to understand just how deeply the individual impact has traveled. If you have ever heard a racist joke or witnessed an act of racism and not stood nor spoken against it for fear of reprisals that might damage you professionally, the culture of white supremacy has disaffected you. If you have ever been a victim of a racist slur or physical attack, you have been disaffected. If you have ever accepted blanket stereotypes of any group no matter how small, you have been disaffected. We must look deep within our very souls to conduct this much needed investigation.

Everyone owes it to themselves to stand at a mirror and ask, “How do I really feel about myself? How do I feel about this particular group of people? Why do I feel that way? Would I want my children to have others feeling this way about them?” These questions must be asked before any interaction let alone a relationship begins, during and throughout its entire process. If the answers are in the negative then courage must be found to acknowledge and change one’s thinking for the future of our children and the preservation of humanity. Marriage with racial bias in one’s heart must be confronted and eliminated. From this investigation should come the answer to the most important question of all: how well do I really know myself?

Amir Makin is an activist, analyst and author of A Worthy Muslim. He regularly writes on many things from politics to race relations. More of his writings can be found at http://islamandrace.com

Masjid Al-Islam is a registered 501(C)3 Organization

For more info on Masjid Al-Islam, please visit:

www.masjidalislam.org

2604 S. Harwood St.

Dallas, TX 75215

214-421-3839

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The Dallas Beacon – April, 2013

Masjid Al Islam’s Monthly Newswire April, 2013

CURRENT ACTIVITIES
MASJID AL-ISLAM YOUTH PROGRAM WEEKEND SCHOOL

SUNDAYS – 10:30 A.M. UNTIL 1:30 P.M

AGES – 4 TO 17 YEARS OLD

ADULT BEGINNING ARABIC CLASS BEGINS AT 12:00 NOON

FEEDING OUR NEIGHBORS

EVERY FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH

VOLUNTEERS ARRIVE AT 9:00 A.M. – 214-527-6074

COMMUNITY MEETING (EVERYONE INVITED)

EVERY OTHER 3RD SUNDAY, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

214-502-0815

UPCOMING EVENTS

IWA Flyer

HUMANITARIAN DAY 2013

Saturday, May 18th

BROOKS OF BAZIGA

ANNUAL GRADUATE PROGRAM

SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013 AT

MASJID AL-ISLAM

2604 S. HARWOOD, DALLAS, TX

The Dallas Beacon Sponsors:

Dr. K’s Windshield Repair

*Let us take care of your Windshield Repair

and Replacement.”
*Most Repairs are FREE.
*We repair Rockchips and
Cracks up to 15 inches
Call 972-274-4000

V F AUTO – CASH CARS

4605 Village Fair

Dallas, TX 75224

Contact: Ahmad Pitre

214-502-9245 or 214-317-8282

DONATE TO THE BEACON OF LIGHT PROJECT

“Improving the quality of life in downtown and south Dallas with outreach”

See Youtube video for details:

Advertise with us, call: (214) 205-0846, visit: www.masjidalislam.org for more info

Disclaimer: The views presented in the articles of this newsletter do not represent the views of Masjid Al Islam

-Yusuf Abdullah

We are now well into March and 1/4 of 2013 is almost behind us. For those of you who made resolutions that you would do this or that in 2013, as the saying goes, my how time flies. Taxes are due next month. This year, after 6 days of intense, painful, and agonizing tax torture, I mailed not one but two years of taxes off to the IRS. I hate our federal tax system and I hate tax preparation. And dependent upon where you live, you may have to file an additional state tax form! The amount of tax can seem extreme for certain levels of income, being 30% and more. That means that for every one dollar you make, you have only made seventy cents. Seems unfair doesn’t it? Especially when that seventy cents can’t buy a loaf of bread. That’s what all the fighting is about now in Washington DC. The issue is how can we balance the federal budget in a fair and just way. The Republicans argue that we should not overtax the business because its business that provides the jobs. The Democrats argue that taxing and asking the wealthy to pay more is not unfair. And where is the revenue going to come from that it needs to conduct its business? Do we lower taxes and eliminate programs and services or keep the programs and services and increase the taxes? Dependent upon where you are in the tax bracket, you see the issue differently. Those who consider themselves at the lower economic brackets scream ” don’t tax me anymore, I can’t bear it.” Those at the upper levels scream, ” it’s not fair to tax me anymore just because I make more and I pay my fair share!”. America is a CAPITALIST country and the tax policy rewards capitalism because it fuels the economy. The effective tax rate for a wealthy person could be less than the almost poor person because of the tax policy. It’s not an inherently evil or diabolical policy but the tax system needs to be reviewed and revised from time to time. It is good to reward productivity, and invention. You don’t want to kill the golden goose (business) of the job creators by making it impossible for them to make a decent profit. On the other hand you don’t want to overburden the non-wealthy with excessive taxes and elimination of social programs that leave them unable to thrive and raise their families. Therein lies the dilemma. Money is relative. What is small money to one person is large money to another. One thing for sure is that we always seem to need more and nobody seems to want to pay more to the government for taxes. And that’s the right and wrong of it.

– Khalid Shaheed

Let’s take a closer look at Muslims in early America. Keep in mind that because of the social conditions imposed on them, Muslims that were brought to our country as slaves could not produce the institutions necessary to sustain their way of life for themselves and for generations to come. It was the communal aspect of Islam that was not allowed in and for all intents and purposes this aspect embeds needed institutions for people to flourish. What we have historically are traces of practices and beliefs. These traces could not stand very long without needed support from established masajid, schools, etc.

Dr. Sylviane Diouf says in her book African Muslims enslaved in the Americas that Bilali Muhammad “patriarch of Sapelo, always wore a cap that resembled a Turkish Fez, noted a white woman who met him and his family in the late 1850s”. She, Dr. Diouf, maintains that he had to find a creative way to make this Fez cap in America because he could not have brought it with him and he had been in America all his adult life.

In the same above mentioned book Dr. Sylviane talked about Bilali’s daughter Margaret. Margaret’s daughter, Kate has reported in broken English that her mother did not were a scarf tied and rapped around her head the way she did but instead her mother’s scarf would hang down around her neck, bosom and shoulders. Bilali’s grand daughter Kate was alive on Sapelo Island, Georgia in the late 1930’s and a picture of her exist in Dr. Allan Austin book African Muslim in Antebellum America on page p. 97. It is truly amazing that when she describes how her mother wore her scarf, she describes the Kee mah (covering) that is mentioned by Allah in the Quran for Muslim women.

What we see in these reports is evidence of Islamic presence and an Islamic legacy that has deep roots among indigenous people in America. These reports also remind us of the hardship and struggles these people probably experienced in trying to maintain their belief in one God and their deeply cherished Muslim practices against what appeared to be insurmountable odds.

gratefully,

Khalid Shaheed

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Inter-Racial Marriage in Post Racial America-How Well Do You Know Yourself? – Amir Makin

Marriage among different ethnicities in what some have termed post racial America takes on a new meaning when examining it under specific contexts. America as a nation was founded on white supremacy from the time the 1st African was forcibly brought to the land already inhabited by the Native Americans who were forcibly driven off the only place they called home. From the 1500’s to 2012, America has grown by leaps and bounds in the area of racial progress. Lynching has been made illegal, African Americans can vote and even sit in the front of the bus. However no amount of legislation such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or Voting Rights Act of 1965 can remove the psychological training both conscious and subconcious that everyone in America regardless of race have received in the form of cultural and traditional norms by this society’s standards.

The psychological component of white supremacy is what this nation has failed to treat properly let alone acknowledge. This failure even in 2012 manifests not only in police brutality, prosecutorial misconduct in cases where the perpertrator is of color and the victim is Caucasian but also in attitudes present in personal relationships.

The recent and turbulent divorces of Terrence Howard/Michelle Ghent, Seal/Heidi Klum and Halle Berry/Gabriel Aubry’s child custody battle has publicized severe psychological abuse with intensive racist overtones. In court documents filed by Terrence Howard’s attorney he alleges Michelle Ghent repeatedly called him and his children from previous relationships racist slurs and threatened to have a Russian hit squad contracted to kill him. In documents filed by Halle Berry’s attorney she alleges that Gabriel Aubry repeatedly used racist slurs against her and would become enraged when someone would suggest their daughter was part African American. The recent announcement of Seal/Heidi Klum’s divorce has many individuals blaming this on Seal’s temper. True or false, this allegation undoubtedly plays into the proverbial stereotype of the angry Black man syndrome perpetuated by many who resented their marriage due to racism alone as does Governor Jan Brewer’s claims that she felt “threatened” by President Obama when he visited Arizona. While these factors are just one piece of the tragic breakup involving these individuals, the question that should be asked is if these allegations are true how could these people have appeared to be above racist beliefs and practices which have not been obvious until now? The answer lies in America’s social structure and attitudes regarding race which has been around since the founding of this nation. A major part of that social structure was to force everyone to believe that Blacks had to stay back, and thererfore deserved to be marginalized, and universally despised. This significant ingredient of white supremacy has not been acknowledged in what some once termed “post racial America” immediately upon the election of its first African American president. Unless people consciously force themselves to evaluate how they think and feel about themselves and other ethnicities, then the way to deal with this psychological component is to act as if it’s not present. For to confront it might force people to be held accountable for all the actions they have taken as a result of this psychological conditioning. It is easy to dismiss the actions of one’s ancestors by saying, “get over it, I’ve never lynched anyone.” It is more difficult to admit “I’ve mistreated your Black child in my classroom” or “I shot this unarmed man because I’ve been conditioned to hate their race.”

As racial progress was made in America, many white supremacists learned how to tolerate those they despised even to the point of providing assistance to them at a lesser level to avoid competing against them at a higher level.

Evidence of this can be found in part in the funding of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). When colleges were slowly becoming integrated, some rich white supremacists would sometimes fund the collegiate education of African Americans at HBCUs in order to ensure their own children would not have to share a classroom with those they despised. When President Truman began to tear down the segregationist culture of the military, white supremacists after failing to successfully argue the integrity of the armed forces would be compromised, instead chose to route African Americans to positions historically associated with slavery: cooks, personal assistants, janitors. Before breaking the color line in baseball Jackie Robinson even had to fight his own fellow soldiers to become a candidate for military officers’ school.

In 2012, Mrs. Obama had to publicly declare that she “is not some angry Black woman” after being consistently categorized as such. The US Senate majority leader Harry Reid once said the good thing about then presidential candidate Barack Obama was that he did not speak with a “negro dialect.” The attitudes that come directly from this psychological training have survived and will continue to rise above the surface only when people feel as if something they hold dear is about to be removed, whether it be the social status that comes with a famous marriage, or a position of power. Once unleashed it overflows like a volcano as described here and elsewhere.

Each person of every ethnicity has been disaffected by the roots of white supremacy, and must find the moral fortitude to understand just how deeply the individual impact has traveled. If you have ever heard a racist joke or witnessed an act of racism and not stood nor spoken against it for fear of reprisals that might damage you professionally, the culture of white supremacy has disaffected you. If you have ever been a victim of a racist slur or physical attack, you have been disaffected. If you have ever accepted blanket stereotypes of any group no matter how small, you have been disaffected. We must look deep within our very souls to conduct this much needed investigation.

Everyone owes it to themselves to stand at a mirror and ask, “How do I really feel about myself? How do I feel about this particular group of people? Why do I feel that way? Would I want my children to have others feeling this way about them?” These questions must be asked before any interaction let alone a relationship begins, during and throughout its entire process. If the answers are in the negative then courage must be found to acknowledge and change one’s thinking for the future of our children and the preservation of humanity. Marriage with racial bias in one’s heart must be confronted and eliminated. From this investigation should come the answer to the most important question of all: how well do I really know myself?

Amir Makin is an activist, analyst and author of A Worthy Muslim. He regularly writes on many things from politics to race relations. More of his writings can be found at http://islamandrace.com

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Have you ever thought of joining or starting an investment club? Starting an investment club is a good idea for those seeking to learn about the science and art of investment. For those who are investment savvy, it is a good way to pool knowledge and resources for a common purpose. One should keep in mind however that an investment club is not the way to quick riches. Members should have an eye on the long term goal. If you are looking for quick turnaround investments, joining an investment club may not be your best option. So what are the steps to starting an investment club? First, find out who is interested in joining. Typically, a minimum of 10 members are required. This is not a legal requirement. However, you do not want to add just anybody who says I want to be a member. You want to add members whom you trust, who have an eye for the long term (3 or more years), who will actively participate and attend each meeting, people who can read, comprehend, and research financial documents and articles, and who have the commitment and resources to timely pay monthly dues and their required and agreed upon monthly investment money. Making money is a discipline. It takes patience, research, and knowledge. So stay away from potential members who lack these qualities. You will want to form a general partnership for tax purposes and establish your bylaws for organizational purposes. Check with the Texas Secretary of State for any filing or fee requirements. You will need a tax identification number. You will also need to file for a D/B/A with your local county office. This will aid you in establishing your bank account. When you establish your bank account make sure that it requires two “authorized” signatures in order to be a valid endorsement. As you can see so far, it will take some money to make some money. Therefore, after you have acquired at least 10 members, I suggest that for the initial buy in, for formation purposes, that each member contribute at least $150.each totaling $1500.00. You will need this money and more because formation is a big cost factor unless you do it yourself and some trades at a minimum require $500. You will need to elect officers for the partnership. Now lets talk about those bylaws. Bylaws will need to address how meetings are to be ran and conducted, how to arrive at a decision, how final investment decisions are made, the minutes and record keeping of trades, the objectives and goals of the partnership, stop loss provisions, investment principles of the partnership, monthly contributions, member resignation, member death, member divorce, member mental incompetence, and dissolution of the partnership. You will need to establish an online stockbroker account like E-trade, Scottrade, or interactive brokers to do your buying and selling of stocks. It may seem like a lot at first glance but there is helpful resources available like joining the National Association of Investment Clubs, www.betterservicing.org A good book to read is Starting and Running a Profitable Investment Club by Thomas E. O’Hara and Kenneth Janke. Remember, you will not get rich quick but you will learn and from that learning, you can make your own personal investments. Establish relationships with bankers, tax advisors, and a lawyer. And that’s the right and wrong of it.

– Khalid Shaheed

As salaamu alaikum,

As Muslims following the last and universal Messenger Muhammad, May Allah bless him and give him peace, we have a distinct role to play in society today across this globe. My argument is based on Quran 2:143. That verse states the attempt of Islam is to make our community justly balanced, a middle way. Our scholars have shown us that consistence is weaved thru out our Deen. Scholars tell us that if you take the location of the bulk of the Muslim community worldwide, it is located between the Southern and Northern Hemispheres on the globe. It connects to Eastern and Western civilizations. It interlocks with Europe, Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands. This central location implies that we should be a connecting link. A center that brings all sides together accordingly to scholars of classical Islam. We should be a balance between religion and technology. A balance between material and spiritual. A community that brings all people together in harmony and not repel people. After all, one of the definitions of the word Quran is to bring together. Quran 2:143 tells us that our role is also to witness. The question is what should we witness. My contention is that the weightiest thing of the most value in this world and the next is the only thing worth witnessing. The only thing truly worthy of witnessing is Tauheed of our Lord. The Lord of Mankind, the Ruler of Mankind, the only God and Reality.
In other words, we may not become the greatest economic power, the greatest scientific power, the greatest cultural power, the greatest social/political power in the world. Those things were not the direct goal of Allah’s Messenger, May Allah bless him and grant him Peace. However, if we are true witnesses of the Ultimate Truth, we will be successful. This witnessing starts with ourselves first and then to others within our individual worlds. We should ask ourselves are we a witness of Righteousness to our children, our spouses, our neighbors, other Muslims and people in general. Righteousness engenders goodwill and positive energy or are we witnessing elements that are hateful, harmful, arrogant, pretentious and other negative energies among people.

your brother in Islam,
AL Hajji Khalid Abdus Shaheed

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Islamic Issues in Mali: Things to Watch

by Amir Makin

As the French government has launched a ground assault on what it terms the “Muslim extremists” we must not forget the importance that Mali represents to the Muslim world at large and what it should represent to African Americans.

Mali is not only the home of Mansa Musa, the pious servant of Allah, one of the wealthiest men that ever lived. He was also one of many successful rulers in this country who not only made history when he crashed the economy of Egypt during the historic Hajj of 1324 because he distributed so much gold to those in need, but also the birthplace of enlightened educational institutions such as the Universities of Timbuktu, Djenne, and Songhai to name only a few.

These universities created scholars such as Ahmed Baba Es Sudane who authored more books than Shakespeare on everything from theology to jurisprudence. His scholarship was so valued that he was considered the standard bearer of knowledge seekers with his widely sought after library. Another of many scholars was Mohammed Bagayogo Es Sudane Al Wangari Al Timbukti, he not only personally taught and trained future scholars, but authored many of ancient Malian scripts of African history and the Holy Qur’an. When in Egypt, the scholars of Al Azhar officially recognized his expertise and in depth knowledge. The books and scripts along with the history of this once powerful wealthy nation written by these scholars and those trained by them are in danger of being forever lost due to not only instability from wars but also European colonialism beginning not even 200 years after Mansa Musa’s rule expired.

As the history of this great and gold rich nation continues to be endangered, individuals some of whom claim to be Muslim and many who have been motivated by institutional white supremacy have sought to reshape the country in their mold whilst keeping the gold wealth that naturally belongs to the Malian citizens at a distance.

Just as some in America have used Islam as a smokescreen to market their own false belief of cultural supremacy or tribal racism, some are attempting to use Islam in Mali as a smokescreen to wipe clean its history, plunder and gain control of its future economic resurgence through its already proven gold rich natural resources.

If those claiming to be Muslim which France has stated it is fighting were truly sincere in their devotion to Allah, they would try to restore Mali to its greatness by preserving the many manuscripts, history books and cultural traditions of commitment to education it established prior to European colonization. In America, African American neighborhoods have long witnessed the process of gentrification when those who have contended there resides nothing of value in these communities then successfully purchase many devalued properties at an enormously discounted price in effort to move the indigenous people out and literally remake that community in their own image while concurrently increasing the return on their meager investment.

What is happening in Mali is the same as what has happened in any urban city of America. There have been those who profess to be servants of Islam that come to Muslim African Americans, only to be exposed later as servants to a cultural interpretation of tribal supremacy that has nothing to do with the positive upliftment of these communities. Yet when they leave, there exists more chaos than was originally present. In light of this we must be vigilant and ask the following questions directed to those using Islam as a smokescreen and those who have used military might to impose imperialism as France had done when it colonized Mali in the middle of the nineteenth century and now feels comfortable portraying the role of the “rescuers”:

1) Will the French government do to Mali what America has done in Afghanistan? Today the educational system in Afghanistan is no different than it was in 2000. Poverty has not been reduced, and an American chosen leader has been installed as its “president.”

2) Is the French government intending on accessing the gold reserves of Mali to pay for their military offensive the way the American government intended to access the oil reserves to pay for its ware before invading Iraq in 2003?

3) What price are the people of Mali going to be charged for their own “rescue?” In Iraq, the American government wanted its military to be exempt from Iraqi law, should the French expect the same, it would mean any Malian child, woman or innocent person in general could be raped, brutalized or murdered without any due process.

4) Should the situation become so dire that surviving citizens seek refuge in neighboring Algeria, or Mauritania would these dark skinned Muslim Africans be treated honorably by the lighter skinned Muslims of these nations or be turned into slaves that experience inhumanities similar to that of other dark skinned Muslims in Mauritania?

Had the standard of human excellence and community development which made Mali an international powerhouse not been destroyed with the rise of European colonization and the transatlantic slave trade, this country would not have become the vacuum of leadership it is today which has currently attracted those masquerading as Muslims with ill intent to pursue an opportunity to impose their own misguided cultural and tribal supremacy upon the descendants of another once great nation. If we are to demand an end to European imperialism, we must demand an end to the corrupt and ill intended Muslim masquerade.

Amir Makin is an activist, analyst and author of A Worthy Muslim. He regularly writes on many things from politics to race relations. More of his writings can be found at http://islamandrace.com

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Religion is defined according to the American Heritage Dictionary as

“Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power recognized as the creator and governor of the universe; A particular integrated system of this expression; The spiritual or emotional attitude of one who recognizes the existence of a superhuman power or powers.” From this definition, it appears that all one has to do is believe and express one’s belief system in a supernatural or superhuman power for it to be defined as one’s religion. However, at least in this country in order for one’s religion to be recognized legally and globally, there must be a very large number of people expressing the same belief system. Most of us know a small amount of knowledge about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam because of the large number of global worshippers. However, they represent only 3 religions among 21 major world recognized religions. But what do we know of Buddhism, African traditional, tribal/nomadic religions, or of various Chinese traditional religions, or Sikhism? Millions of people worship their creator outside of the three major religions according to their own belief systems. There are also by some estimates more than 1 billion atheists living on this planet. Is there enough space on this planet for us all to worship and peacefully believe as we so choose? History has shown that religious tolerance is not a strong trait in the human. The United States of America in my opinion by way of its constitution and its guarantee of freedom of religious expression assures people this right more than any other developed nation. I am not saying our history is perfect in this regard, I’m just saying where in the world can you find better assurances of freedom of religious worship among the other two majors, the Jewish and Muslim states? Consider that among the three major world religions there is division, sects, and differences in points of view regarding what is right and wrong within their own faith. For example, can a woman lead in the church, mosque, or synagogue? Is heaven inclusive or exclusive of those who do not share your faith or certain aspects of your faith? Which sect of the faith is right? Is Jesus, the son of God? Who is the Mahdi that is prophesied to return, when will he return, and from where will he come? One’s belief system is personal to them. You may not believe in showing reverence to an elephant, or never marrying or having sex. You also may not believe in fasting for 30 days and abstaining from food, water, and marital sex during daylight hours but belief is important to the human being. Belief is a powerful motivator to thrive. We believe in a supernatural power in different ways, and our tolerance levels is sometimes so low towards the opposing view that we are willing to shed blood. And that is the right and wrong of it.

Khalid Shaheed

When we look at our Prophet Muhammad, saws, we see a man of impeccable character. At the age of 25 he was hired by Khadijah,ra. Lady Khadijah, was a wealthy business woman. She had inherited her business and wealth from her wealthy father. She was well known and had impeccable qualities as well. She was never known to worship idols. She was known to feed and care for the less fortunate. At the age of 40 she had been approached by many men seeking her hand in marriage. However, she remained unmarried. She hired the young man Muhammad, saws, because he was referred by someone. The seerah books tell us that he was sent on trips to conduct business for his boss, Khadijah,ra. He made her more money than she normally made and she was impressed with reports of his good manners, his thoughtfulness, his honesty, his sincerity, his kindness, his truthfulness and other shining characteristics. She was so impressed that she sought his hand in marriage.

The point I want to make with this history is that character matters. Our character is the most telling dawah we have to offer.

There is an Aesop Fable about a mother crab that would always criticize her son for walking sideways and finally the son crab ask the mother crab to show him how to walk straight and the mother could not walk any straighter than the son crab. She apologized for the criticisms. The lesson is dawah should be by example not words.

with peace,

Khalid Shaheed

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Reaching The Community: At Dallas Masjid Of Al Islam, Helping Others, Working With All Faiths Key

BY: ANANDA BOARDMAN

White Rock | East Dallas editor

At Dallas Masjid of Al Islam, a close-knit group of area Muslims is committed to outreach.
The oldest mosque in Dallas, founded in the late 1960s as part of the Nation of Islam, it was originally located on Forest Avenue, now known as Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in the Fair Park area. After a brief period at a location on Westmoreland Road, the Masjid moved to its present location on South Harwood Street in 1980.

“People like the fact that we’re a community-based mosque,” said Imam Khalid Shaheed, who has held the position of imam since 2003. “We have families, men and women, [and] we have women who are leaders here.”

The community, which numbers about 150 for Friday afternoon prayer, is more Dallas-centric than when it was Dallas’ only mosque.

“It has changed, because when this was the only mosque, people came here,” Shaheed said.

Now, there are more than 80 mosques in the greater Dallas area, he said.

A history of change

When it began in the 60s, Masjid Al-Islam was known as Mosque 48, because Nation of Islam mosques were numbered instead of named.

The Nation of Islam was popularized by such figures as Malcom X and Muhammed Ali. However, when Elijah Muhammad, the nation’s supreme minister, died in 1975, his son, Wallace Muhammad discarded his father’s theology for what Shaheed calls “true Islam.”

Under Wallace Muhammad, many of the mosques, including Masjid Al-Islam, converted to “true Islam,” abandoning the Nation of Islam.

“We’ve basically evolved into the true worship of Islam, and that’s one of the most profound things I’ve seen since I’ve been there,” said Sajda Pitre, who has attended prayer at the Masjid for about 25 years. “Us evolving into orthodox Muslims, worshipping only one God and honoring God as the creator.”

Shaheed said many members of the Nation of Islam converted to orthodox Islam, which is when Masjid Al-Islam changed its name.

He said the Nation of Islam is “outdated,” and hard to promote today.

“I remember a different America; you could sell that there,” he said.

Serving the community

Masjid Al-Islam has had three locations over the years. At one point, members considered moving from the present location, but they chose to stay, Shaheed said.

“We stayed attached to this mosque because we saw we could do good here,” he said. “We have a lot of outreach.”

Pitre, who lives in Hutchins, said the mosque’s commitment to service is one of its strongest draws.

“It is very important to me,” she said. “I would put it first in the order of faith, giving charity back to the community, the outreach program.”

The outreach program, which is called Beacon of Light, offers food to the hungry on Saturday and Sunday mornings, along with medical screenings one Saturday a month and interfaith events during the year.

“We welcome all people,” Shaheed said. “Our goal is to enhance society for everyone.”

Pitre, who serves on the Shura Board, which oversees the mosque’s operation, said that under Shaheed, the outreach program has expanded.

“It’s been an effort by so many people,” including other area mosques, she said. The program serves 20,000 meals per year (400-500 meals each weekend) to people in need, most of them homeless.

The mosque also founded the Humanitarian Day and Day of Dignity events; it partners with other area churches and civic organizations on the annual events, and is a member of the “Lift All Voices” coalition with the Dallas Peace Center.

“We try to be involved in the community,” Shaheed said. “We do not care who you are or where you came from; we do not offer sermons — we help anyone.”

Samieerah Abdul-Jami, of Oak Cliff, has attended prayer at Masjid Al-Islam for about four years. She said the outreach program and interfaith initiatives are good things.

“For myself personally, I think it’s great because it’s always a good thing when people understand each other,” she said. “People can realize we’re more alike than we thought in our heads.”

A religion of peace

In a post-Sept. 11 world, Shaheed said people’s misconceptions occasionally come into play.

“Now [Islam is] like a household word, and not everyone has seen it in a bad light,” he said. “I believe anyone who examined this religion would like it.”

Abdul-Jami was raised with both Christianity and Islam. She said for her, the two are more similar than different.

“Islam is the religion of peace, and I’m always shocked to see how a lot of things are portrayed from the Middle East,” she said. “That’s not Islam, that’s not how we as Muslims are supposed to behave.”

Pitre said Masjid Al-Islam is about peace and serving the community.

“We think that America is one of the best countries in the world, we love the love that this country has for other people,” Pitre said. “Our mosque is open and we would welcome them [the community] to come in and help us try to eradicate this problem of homelessness that we have here in Dallas.”

White Rock/ East Dallas editor Ananda Boardman can be reached at 214-977-8503.

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For more information about the mosque, visit masjidalislam.org.

Plans to expand

The Masjid has outgrown its current location in terms of outreach potential. They recently purchased land on Ceasar Chavez Boulevard, adjacent to the mosque, to build a community center.

“We will move [Beacon of Light] to that location, and add a few other programs,” said Sajda Pitre, who serves on the mosques governing Shura Board.The Masjid would like to add job-training, work programs and education classes to its current slate of assistance.

When the new facility is built, the mosque will have room to expand things like its Islamic school on weekends for its community members. Masjid Al-Islam hopes to break ground on the project soon.

Posted by Ananda Boardman / neighborsgo staff on Dec 3, 2012 3:53PM US/Central

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THE RIGHT AND WRONG OF IT – Yusuf Abdullah

Culture. Defined as the total of the inherited ideas, beliefs, values, and knowledge, which constitute the shared bases of social action. In other words, culture is the glue that binds the minds of people into social behavior. For example, when I meet you as a Muslim, I could smile and say Asalamu Alakum and shake your hand or if you are a male, I could embrace you with a hug. If Christian, one may say hello and extend his or her hand to shake it, if Chinese, one may bow, if Jewish, salams may be expressed. In Muslim and Asian Cultures you will often experience an expectation that you remove your shoes when entering their homes and you will often find a bidet in their homes, hotels, mosques, temples, etc. All people love their respective cultures. They love their music, dance, clothing, actors, and their foods. All cultures believe that their customs and ways are good and right and some of the belief systems have been in place for thousands of years. For example, in some cultures a man is considered effeminate should he do household chores and a female masculine should she show signs of aggressiveness or assertiveness in the presence of a male. All of these examples of culture and more make up the belief systems of a people and provide their unique view of life and reality. It is easy to criticize a people and declare that their ways are backwards, and wrong but we should take time to understand that all of us were born into a belief system and families and societies that are unique and diverse. The human family extends from nomadic tribes, and bushmen, kings and queens, rich and poor, literate and illiterate, free and slave, various languages, and skin tones, grades and length of hair, eye shape, height, and body proportions. We are socialized to accept those from our group as being handsome, beautiful, or as intelligent. We write and interpret our knowledge and histories from our perspectives. Allah instructs us to get to know one another and to respect one another and our unique contributions to the human family. He further instructs us to seek out knowledge near and far and to imitate and follow the best of conduct in all of us. No where have I found that the Prophets of Allah came to destroy the cultures of the people. No, the Prophets of Allah came to instruct their people and humanity to cease extreme behavior and to reform their culture. Most importantly, the message was that there was but one creator for all people. The problem came when tribes or men refused to change because of their powerful families and riches and that they had been practicing their way of life for generations passed down from their fathers, grandfathers, and great grandfathers. It never occurred to them that just because you have been doing something for a long time and it is your way of life, it does not make it right. Nor did it occur to them that their fathers were wrong! For this reason, domestic violence, illiteracy, oppression, slavery, human trafficking, dictators, terrorist, racist, and bigots are allowed to rule and reign throughout the world. We are instructed to speak in the best of manners to the people, and to be gentle with them. We are to show them by example that we are the best Ummah and that we are of the best of the cultures enlightened by the manners and morals of the Quran exemplified by the life of the Prophet. And that’s the right and wrong of it.

By: Khalid Shaheed
As Salaamu Alaikum,

Prophet Muhammad was quizzed by Jibreel in the famous hadith of Jibreel. The fourth of four questions was when the hour would come. Nabi said he did not know any more than the questioner about when the hour would be. Jibreel then asked what are some of the signs. One of the signs he gave was the Slave girl giving birth to her mistress. I agreed with our scholars that there could be many interpretations to that answer. However, I want to share with you something said by one of the world’s most famous anthropologist, the late Margaret Mead in her is book Culture and Commitment. She talks about three ways that society could transmit knowledge. One is from elders. The second way is from the youth. The third way is an association of peers. The first way, according to her, leads to more stability than the other ways but with less innovation. The second way leads to a volatile society with many innovations but no stability. The third way is a more balanced way that leads to a balance and gradual changes.

When the Slave girl gives birth to her mistress/master, Scholars tell us that the phrase Slave girl could refer to any woman because we are all Slaves of God. Could that imply the children would lead the adults or parents? Is that what we see today in the world? We do know this, if we use the Public Schools as one example. Everyone in the system is afraid of someone. The administrators are afraid of the superintendent. The superintendent is afraid of the school board. The school board is afraid of not being re elected. The teachers afraid of the parents. Parents, now days are afraid of their own children. Now days children report parents for child abuse. The only ones in that system not afraid are the Children. They are not afraid of no one. Adults and institutions are basically following the children. Fashion, styles, trends, lanquage are all driven by the youth. Look at technology in society. Children in general are more tech savvy than many adults. Several major corporate structures, such as Face Book, were started by children while in college.

My question is, has the Slave girl given birth to her Master? I don’t know. Only Allah knows but there are some compelling implications in society, not to mention all the instability, fastly changing, volatile nature of modern life.

After all, most people would agreed that we live in an increasingly YOUTH Oriented Society. Older people are not valued as they were at one time. We basically shelve them in the ready made repositories.

gratefully,

Khalid Shaheed

Donate to the Beacon of Light Project

Masjid Al Islam is embarking on an important project for the south Dallas area. The neighborhood around Masjid Al Islam is in dire need of community development. The Beacon of Light Community Center project is a major step in addressing this issue. Also, because of the growing numbers of recipients every year at the Day of Dignity and Humanitarian Day events, The Beacon of Light Center will be critical in providing a larger platform to host these events. In additions to the Day of Dignity and Humanitarian Day, the Beacon of Light Center will house other services such as; Food Pantry, Social Services, Job Training, Substance Abuse Counseling, Youth Activities and Medical Screenings. Make a pledge by filling a pledge card or going to www.masjidalislam.org to support this project.

Masjid Al Islam Recurring Activities
All activities and classes are open to anybody who’s interested, call the numbers below for more information about the activity/class.

Community Meeting (Anyone/everyone invited)
Every other 3rd Sunday of month 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm
214-502-0815

Feeding our neighbors
Every Saturday and Sunday of the month, volunteers arrive at 9:00 am
214-527-6074

Sisters Halaqa
Every 3rd Sunday 11:30 pm – 1:30 pm
214-923-3641

Men’s Halaqa
Sunday’s 6:00 am after Fajr prayer
469-766-2208

Figh of Islam
Sunday’s 1:30 – 3pm
469-766-2208

Childrens Arabic and Islamic studies (ages 4-7)
Sundays 10:30am – 1:30pm
469-766-2208

Childrens Arabic and Islamic Studies(ages 8-17)
Sundays 10:30am – 1:30pm
469-766-2208

Introduction to Islam Classes (open to anyone wanting to learn basics about Islam)
Sundays 11am – 1pm
214-660-6153

Masjid Al Islam is a registered 501C3 Organization. For more information on Masjid Al Islam, please visit www.masjidalislam.org

2604 S. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 421-3839