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The Dallas Beacon – November, 2012

Masjid Al Islam’s Monthly Communication Wire November, 2012

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Current News!!

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MASJID AL-ISLAM, 2604 S. HARWOOD, DALLAS, TX 75215 HAS PURCHASED THE ADJACENT PROPERTY AT 2625 S. CESAR CHAVEZ BLVD., DALLAS, TX 75215 FOR ITS OUTREACH EXPANSION. WE NEED MEMBERS TO DONATE GENEROUSLY SO THAT WE CAN RENOVATE THE PROPERTY AND BEGIN USING IT. THIS NEW PROPERTY IS A STEP TOWARDS OUR GOAL OF MAKING THE AREA AROUND THE MASJID A BEACON OF LIGHT FOR THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY.
AL-HAMDULILLAH -THE PRAISE IS TO ALLAH

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Community Meeting at Masjid Al-Islam

Sunday, November 18th after Dhuhr Prayer

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Save the Date!!!

Community Social held the last Sunday of every month at Masjid Al-Islam, 2604 S. Harwood, Dallas, TX 75215 at 1:30 p.m. Come out to socialize with members of our Islamic Community and have some wholesome fun.

Please bring a dish.

Contact Sis. Sameerah at 312-933-2648

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Baitulmaal F.E.M.M.E. Conference & Benefit Gala (For Women Only!)

Baitulmaal is having their first FEMME Muslim conference, an all day event, on November 24 from 9:00am -10:00pm, featuring national Muslim female speakers addressing female scholarship, media representations, activism, family and relationships, domestic violence, and spirituality.

The gala will benefit existing and future Baitulmaal sustainable development projects for women
as well as a portion of the proceeds will go towards the domestic violence program at Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation.

This event is a perfect opportunity for American Muslim women and girls to learn about our faith in a modern and empowering way– and in English.

Contact Alia Salem at event@baitulmaal.org or 972-257-2564.

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DECEMBER 14 – 15TH – MASJID AL-ISLAM BUILDING FUNDRAISER. TIME AND LOCATIONS TO BE ANNOUNCED. GUEST SPEAKER – IMAM SIRAJ.

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You can become a member online at: http://masjidalislam.org/member.html

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THE RIGHT AND WRONG OF IT – Yusuf Abdullah

We have reelected President Obama. For some that is reason for jubilation and for some a cause for sadness, dependent upon one’s choice of candidate. The results of the election will be studied for some time to come in order to determine why people voted in the manner that they voted.

The Republicans strategized that the President was originally elected because of the newness, popularity, and excitement that the country was caught up in by electing its first Black President. Republicans were strongly counting on the fact that since the nation was in poor economic shape that the level of discontent would be so high that the people would seek change. Also, Republicans heavily betted that the collage of Obama supporters (Latinos, Blacks, Gays, Caucasians, Women) would not turn out to vote in large numbers as they did originally. The crux of the Republican strategy was that Whites would show up in greater numbers than would the “Rainbow Coalition” of the Obama camp. They were close in their assessment of the demographic but close does not win elections.

What does it all mean? It simply means that we are living in a new America. In the new America, information travels instantly at the push or click of a button. In this new America, information is not controlled by main stream media. In new America, everyone can become instantly an onsite reporter complete with photos, video and live stream. In the new America, groups like the LBGT community and others can organize and mobilize within short periods of time with Facebook, and raise money with websites like PayPal. Also, Republicans underestimated the intelligence of the voting population by being long on criticism and short on details of how Republicans could do a better job. Finally, Republicans failed to accept the reality of the demographics of the new America which is that the minority population of America is greatly increasing more than the birth rate of White America especially within the Latino community.

The results show that when minority groups register and vote in a federal election that the White vote alone is not enough. Therefore, watch now and in the next election at efforts by the Republican party to reach out and appeal to Latino voters. What about Black voters? What was promised to Black voters by the President? Absolutely nothing and nothing was demanded by an organized and funded Black America.

In politics, the squeaky wheel gets oiled (make a demand) but the spokes (voters) must be first attached to the wheel (organized) and bring some oil (money) to the table. In other words, Black people must realize that the key to their political strength and a secure future lies in placing a priority on education, learning business, and investing in their respective communities financially and politically. After all, it’s not a wise investment to bet your whole future on whose going to be President be s/he Democrat or Republican or Black or White. And that’s the right and wrong of it.

By: 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 darknesses 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

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

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The Dallas Beacon – January 2012

Masjid Al Islam’s Monthly Communication Wire January 2012

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

Current News!!

This Sunday, January 29th, at Masjid AL-Islam, 2604 S Harwood, Dallas, TX @1:00pm
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
· Bulls vs Heat NBA game for Adults.

Food served will included, but not limited to: Halal chicken wings (spicy and regular fried), Halal Hotdogs, Veggie tray & Fruit tray, Salad, 7 layer dip & chips , Drinks and Cookies & brownies, and popcorn.
** Contact Sis. Sameerah (312-933-2648) or Sis Shahidah (214-606-0473)

Texas Muslim Womens Foundation Fundraiser

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Richardson Hyatt Regency

701 East Campbell Road

Richardson, TX 75081

6:00-9:00 pm

for tickets: http://www.tmwf.org/website/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=94:tmwffund&catid=32:languages&Itemid=47

‘Soul of Islam’ written by Sh. Muhammad Emin Er.

Starting
January Friday 27 through Sunday 29, 2012
at Plano Masjid, www.planomasjid.org

About the teacher:

Khalil Abdur-Rashid is a PhD student at Columbia University, specializing in Islamic Law and Middle Eastern Studies. He serves as a chaplain of Columbia University and teaches Islamic Law at NYU. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, he spent three and a half years in Istanbul, Turkey learning Turkish and completing his MA work in Islamic law at Marmara University.

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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

Black buying power is expected to reach $1.1 trillion by 2015, according to The State of the African- American Consumer Report, recently released, collaboratively by Nielsen, a leading global provider of insights and analytics into what consumers watch and buy, and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), a federation of more than 200 Black community newspapers across the U.S.

According to the report, consumer trends include:

• With a buying power of nearly $1 trillion annually, if Blacks were a country, they’d be the 16th largest country in the world.

• The number of Black households earning $75,000 or higher grew by almost 64 percent, a rate close to 12 percent greater than the change in the overall populations earning between 2000 and 2009. This continued growth in affluence, social influence and household income will continue to impact the community’s economic power.

• Blacks make more shopping trips than all other groups, but spend less money per trip. Blacks in higher income brackets, also spend 300 percent more in higher end retail grocers more than any other high income household.

• There were 23.9 million active Black Internet users in July 2011—76 percent of whom visited a social networking/blog site.

• Thirty-three percent of all Blacks own a smart phone.

• Black Americans use more than double the amount of mobile phone voice minutes compared to Whites—1,298 minutes a month vs. 606.

• The percentage of Blacks attending college or earning a degree has increased to 44 percent for men and 53 percent for women.

The report is also available at www.nielsen.com/africanamerican— Nielsen’s microsite which highlights tailored information to the Black community.

By: Khalid Shaheed
As salaamu alaikum (may peace be upon you),

One of the uniqueness’s 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 conversions and in some cases historically, overt broad faulty conditioning. 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. This is 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 of Islam to its adherents. Please don’t confuse Nur (Light) 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 (Religion) 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, the Indian Sub continent, the Turkish Islamic zone, the Malay zone, etc. In particular great Islamic Societies were established in Africa 1000s yrs ago that engendered the local genius of the people which created many scholars and great schools of Hikmah (Knowledge). Please don’t confuse hikmah 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 miseducation and EDUCATION….. Peruse ethnic divinity images sometime.

Minor Justice In Islam
By Amir Makin

The Qur’an often stresses its adherents be committed to justice even in the most miniscule manner. The purpose of this is to train those who practice Islam in protecting the interests of doing what is just in the minor areas so that ensuring justice in major areas will become easier to achieve. One of the places this is stated is Surah or Chapter 38: 20-24,

We made his kingdom strong and gave him wisdom and sound judgement in speech and decision. And has the news of the litigants reached you? When they climbed over the wall into (his private space). When they entered in upon David, he was terrified of them, they said: “Fear not! We are two litigants, one of whom has wronged the other, therefore judge between us with truth, and treat us not with injustice, and guide us to the Right Way. Verily this my brother (in religion) has ninety nine ewes while I have one ewe, and he says: “Hand it over to me and he overpowered me in speech.” (David) said (without listening to the other side): “He has wronged you in demanding your ewe in addition to his ewes. And verily many partners oppress one another, except those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and they are few.” And David guessed that We have tried him and he sought forgiveness of His Lord and fell down prostate to turn in repentance.”

In these verses Allah is saying that two individuals visited the Prophet David (peace be upon him) seeking his arbitration. Upon hearing that one person who was in possession of ninety nine female lambs or ewes had demanded the other person remit the one and only ewe he had, David (peace be upon him) immediately came to the defense of the latter without listening to both sides of the story. This becomes significant because it is the demand for redress that often serves to initially prevent the imbalance of injustice in society. The Qur’an is stressing that by ignoring even what many may consider small details that justice could be denied thus increasing the chance for social and political unrest. Throughout history whenever any nation that had internal wars, the dispossessed always warned that its grievances were being ignored.

This was evidenced by protests in France by youth in 2006, protests against austerity measures in Greece and the ongoing struggle African Americans have waged for the full recognition of their humanity. From open slave revolts to the Civil Rights Era these warnings and notices have always resonated on an international level. In Egypt today, activists in support of all voices being heard were calling for a “million man march”, quoting the speeches of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, in addition to developing their strategy from lessons learned in the Civil Rights Era.

It is the voice of the indigent that actually forms the bond of brotherhood based on circumstances alone, irrespective of race or tribal nationality. The human tendency to hastily judge can only be overcome with recognition of the need to serve and be accountable to a purpose greater than one’s self. Every organized movement that decided to not cooperate with their oppression has wanted to take their case to an authority for independent review, due to their inherent belief that at some level their oppressor would be made to recognize and ultimately submit to that greater purpose. Malcolm X was attempting this before he was assassinated by bringing the issue of institutional white supremacy and how it was being directed primarily against African Americans and all people of color around the world to the United Nations.

The tenacity exhibited by the independent authority to resist corruption by the one accused of oppressing, symbolizes the qualification, maturity, moral character and true commitment to justice that authority truly has. This is what is being practiced by Prophet David (peace be upon him) in the above Qur’anic verses. These values are what any governing power must guarantee for its citizens. The need for these Qur’anic concepts has given birth to entities such as the International Criminal Court, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that was established in a post apartheid South Africa. One may often wonder how the current condition of many nations both Muslim and non Muslim might change if these Qur’anic principles were implemented more.

Amir Makin is an analyst that frequently examines and lectures on various social, political issues affecting the Muslim world and African Americans. He is the author of A Worthy Muslim: Quranic Tools Needed to Overcome Oppression and Imperialism in Order to Institute Justice. More of his writings can be found @ www.unworthymuslim.com

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 Saturday 11:30 pm – 1:30 pm
214-923-3641

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

Childrens Arabic and islamic studies (ages 4-7)
Sundays 11am – 1pm
469-766-2208

Childrens Arabic (ages 8-14)
Sundays 11am – 12pm
469-766-2208

Childrens Islamic studies (ages 8-14)
Sundays 12pm – 1pm
469-766-2208

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

Adult Arabic Class
Wednesdays 7 – 8:15pm
469-766-2208

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