Masjid Al Islam’s Monthly Communication Wire June 2012
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THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE HUMANITARIAN DAY 2012 A BIG SUCCESS!
SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS:
Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation (TMWF)
Islamic Association of Collin County
Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
Mass Discount Merchandizer
King Import Warehouse
Islamic Center of Irving
East Plano Islamic Center (EPIC)
Islamic Association of North Texas (IANT)
Islamic Relief USA
Community Social held the last Sunday of every month at Masjid AL-Islam, 2604 S Harwood, Dallas, TX @1:30p.m.
Come out to socialize with members of our Islamic community and have some wholesome fun! Do we really need another reason to get together!?!?!
·Board Games for children and adults (including Islamic ones)
·Wii Video Games, blocks and puzzles for the youth
·NBA playoff game for Adults.
..Please bring a dish. ** Contact Sis. Sameerah (312-933-2648).
SUMMER CAMP AT MASJID AL-ISLAM, 2604 S. HARWOOD, DALLAS, TX JUNE 4 – 22 (MAYBE 29TH). CONTACT SIS. TWYLA ABDULLAH AT (972) 966-9226 FOR INFORMATION AND TO COMPLETE AN INTEREST FORM.
Imam W. Deen Mohammed Appreciation Weekend was held June 8th Thru 10th, 2012 Dallas, Texas.
Masjid Al-Quran hosted “Imam W. Deen Mohammed Appreciation Weekend” honoring the Imam’s thirty-three years of leadership in the Muslim Community and his vision for the future. The Historic Event included speakers and workshop presenters Imam Qasim Ahmed, Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, Imam Yahya Abdullah, Sister Khadijah Siddeeq (Mohammed), Sister Evelyn Akram, Imam Khalid Shaheed, Imam Mohammed Siddeeq, Dr. Yusuf Kavakci and other guests.
All Proceeds Go Toward Expansion of Masjid Al-Quran.
Save the Date!!!
Interfaith Conference, Saturday, June 16, 2012….10:00 am – 12:30 pm Meeting, Lunch 12:30 – 1:30 pm. Imam Khalid Shaheed, Guest Speaker. LOCATION: THE GRAND HOTEL, 7815 Lyndon B. Johnson Frwy (IH-635), Dallas, Texas 75251, Ph: 469-206-3190
THE BROOKS OF BAZIGA GRADUATE PROGRAM WILL BE HELD SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2012 @ 1:30 P.M. AT MASJID AL-ISLAM. BELOW IS A LIST OF GRADUATES WHO WILL RECEIVE AN AWARD FROM THE BROOKS OF BAZIGA FOUNDER, SISTER RUBY B. MUHAMMAD:
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Disclaimer: The views presented in the articles of this newsletter do not represent the views of Masjid Al Islam
By: Yusuf Abdullah
THE RIGHT AND WRONG OF IT
There are demographic studies which reflect that by year 2040, America will be a majority minority nation. Recently, a demographic study came out that showed that one out of every two new births in America last year was a minority birth of African-American, Latino, or Asian origin. America is changing its color and its changing quickly. Change of color or ethnicity also means cultural diversity. The day of either Black or White is no more and many of the long held beliefs and attitudes about minority and majority groups are also long gone. America’s youth now do not hold or believe many of the long held beliefs or value system of their parents or grandparents. Negative stereotypes of cultures are now being readily dismissed as falsehoods and politically unacceptable. Why? Neighborhoods, and classrooms and the workplace now include women, and men of all colors and ethnicities. In addition, television and movies are now more inclusive of people of color on screen and in their storylines. Further, a large number of American cities now have African-American mayors, state senators, US house representatives and of course, we now have our first African-American US President born of interracial parentage. Pop music and Hip-Hop music dominated by African-American youth lead America’s youth in the art of music, dance, and fashion. Pop singer Beyonce’ was recently named one of the most beautiful women in the world. There was a time in America when a person of color could never have been seen and recognized as beautiful. Also, when you have 1 out of 2 births in America being a minority, interracial dating and marriage will likely increase among all groups. In other words, we are moving into a time when it will not be uncommon to see people of color in positions of power, leadership, and wealth. The power of the ballot box in our democratic system of government can no longer afford to overlook the majority of its citizens of color. Latinos are a major force to be reckoned with today as the fastest growing minority group in America. Asian Americans are consistently increasing their numbers and wealth in America. Collectively, African-Americans, Latinos, and Asians are a powerhouse group in numbers and wealth that could dominate and control our labor force and democratic system of government for centuries. But, it is never that easy because the devil is in the details. Democracy becomes impotent without educated registered voters that vote. Effective democracy is an active democracy. You must be involved and aware of the political issues that affect your life at the local, state, and federal level. Divide and conquer still works as a classic stratagem of war and politics. Bribery and Corruptive practices such as the attempt to sell the vacant senate seat of then Senator Barack Obama in Chicago is an example of what must be guarded against in order to insure that our vote is not diluted or taken away altogether. Recent news reported that in numerous states there is an all out effort to legislatively either prohibit voters from registering to vote and/or intimidate registered voters from voting by having them dropped from the registered rolls of voters. Freedom has never been free and power has never conceded its position without a vigilant and opposing force making a demand. Be vigilant. The time is now. If we want change, we must demand change and stay the course until it is changed. Until next time, that’s the right and wrong of it.
By: Khalid Shaheed
As salaamu alaikum (may peace be upon you),
According to the Seerah of Rasululah, SAWS, when he encountered the angel Jibreel, A.S, he came down from Mount Hira shaken. He asked his wife Khadijah,R.A. to cover him. After he regained his composure he began to recount to his wife what he had experienced. He expressed some personal concerns. Khadijah, R.A. immediately told him, you maintain relationship ties, you bear the burdens of others, you care for the poor, you care for the needy, you maintain truthfulness. Allah will not allow disgrace to befall you. These are descriptions of his character as seen by his wife and no one knows us better than our spouse in most cases. This was his basic character.
The question I want to pose is, did his basic character ever change? He had great success towards the end of his life. A few examples are, he left Mecca fleeing with one companion, Abu Bakr, R.A. but he returned with over 100,000 for his farewell pilgrimage. He left with one companion but returned with 10,000 when Mecca surrendered to him and after Hunayn he had thousands of pounds of silver and great wealth that he gave all away to others.
The point is that his basic character never changed. After Mecca surrender, he returned with his head bowed on his camel and forgave the people. At his farewell hajj he talked about treating your spouse fairly and equity among mankind. After Hunayn he demonstrated great generosity. Nothing changed his character.
With this said, it is imperative to state and understand that one of his greatest and lasting legacies is that of MORAL COURAGE. Moral courage has been defined as having principles that you live by that are unchangeable. This is so needed in the world of increasing imbalance in every sector of society and with individuals.
As Muslims, we are to see that there is evil in the world that is contrary to good and we are to have the moral courage to stand with the good and the confidence that good will be triumphant, regardless of how popular or big evil gets. This is rooted in Islam and our Prophet, SAWS.
By Amir Makin
Violating the Sunnah: A Necessary Ritual
The following story could take place anywhere. I recently took a brief vacation to a distant city and decided to attend the Friday prayer service. I noticed the masjid was constructed from the ground up. It was comfortable, elegant and beautiful, but not extravagant. As I arrived early, my son and I marveled at the immaculate nature of the carpet and the sweet smells emanating from the masala. As I waited for the call to prayer I noticed some brothers who came in dressed as if they had been in a desert sandstorm. I also observed another man who was not dressed in similar fashion but was clearly not familiar with the protocol of the Friday prayer or the masjid (i.e what time do we start, how he could access Islamic literature, when certain questions could be asked). He approached the aforementioned brothers with his questions, and after looking him up and down as if to inspect his dress, they began to verbally accost him for being “in violation of the Sunnah.”
The brothers explained that nothing could be done for him nor could they speak to him as long as he remained in this state of violation. The man, clearly put off by this treatment turns to exit the masjid. Before he could leave I approached him, introduced myself, let him know I like him was a visitor and would try to answer whatever questions I could. He asked me about the “violation of the sunnah” charge. I explained to him the sunnah was the way of practicing Allah’s law that all prophets exemplified, and that it covered everything from how to extend kindness to raising children, and much else. I also explained that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) once stated that he had been sent to teach good manners, but that aspect of his example has not been properly understood by all.
The man, who I learned after speaking with him had been Muslim less than 1 week. This was the first masjid he chose to attend the Friday prayer, and he was ready to miss it due to some immature and disrespectful people. The man agreed to come back in and attend the khutbah (sermon) and congregational prayer. Afterwards we both approached the khateeb (speaker) where he was treated with good manners, and all of his questions and concerns were kindly and fully addressed.
It never ceases to disgust me at how some are satisfied to place ritual commitment above the spiritual reality the Qur’an and example of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) actually call for. The spiritual side of Al Islam is to increase ones’ taqwa (consciousness of staying obedient to Allah) is something that can not be measured by others because it begins in the heart which only Allah can see and radiates outward in complementary behavior. The ritual side begins and ends in one’s external behavior (style of dress, imitation of others) for the express purpose of being seen in order to gain group acceptance by those who established the group standards. We must not forget that our entry into the Paradise depends on us obeying the command to enjoin right and forbid wrong according to the standard set by Allah, and not the standard of any group. It is never justified to violate the sunnah of good manners in order to advocate group conformity. Sincere spirituality does not yield to ritual behavior.
Amir Makin is an analyst and author of A Worthy Muslim. He frequently writes on issues concerning Al Islam, race and society. His work can be found here: http://unworthymuslim.com
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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
Feeding our neighbors
Every Saturday and Sunday of the month, volunteers arrive at 9:00 am
Every 3rd Saturday 11:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Sunday’s 6:00 am after Fajr prayer
Fiqh of Islam
Sunday’s 1:30 – 3pm
Childrens Arabic and Islamic studies (ages 6-15)
Saturdays 11am – 1pm
Childrens Arabic and islamic studies (ages 4-7)
Sundays 11am – 1pm
Childrens Arabic (ages 8-14)
Sundays 11am – 12pm
Childrens Islamic studies (ages 8-14)
Sundays 12pm – 1pm
Introduction to Islam Classes (open to anyone wanting to learn basics about islam)
Sundays 11am – 1pm
Adult Arabic Class
Wednesdays 7 – 8:15pm
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2604 S. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75215