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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
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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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-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

UWM VIEWS

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:

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2604 S. Harwood St.

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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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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:

cmaddoxjr99@gmail.com

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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.
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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

UWM VIEWS

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

UWM VIEWS

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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In sha Allah, Saturday, Sept 8th, there will be a Public Blood Drive for Donors. Please, eat within 4 hrs of donating and bring an i.d. with you. Carter Blood Care will facilitate. All are welcome.

When: 12 noon til 4pm

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This year’s Day of Dignity event is scheduled for Saturday, September 29th, 2012 from 10:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. The planning and division of labor has begun to ensure a successful day. Last year we served over 1300 beneficiaries with in-kind donations, a hot meal, HIV screening and consultation regarding various social services. This year’s event is likely to surpass that number. Please join this effort as a member of the planning committee. Additionally, if this event is in-line with the mission of one of your organizations, then by all means bring them aboard! The next meeting will be held:

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