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Masjid Al Islam’s Monthly Newswire May, June 2013
A Special Thank You to Everyone who helped make Humanitarian Day 2013 a big success. There were 550 Recipients who were blessed with goods.

JazakAllah Khairan (May Allah give you good rewards)

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-Yusuf Abdullah

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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Yusuf Abdullah

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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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.

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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

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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 – October, 2012

Masjid Al Islam’s Monthly Communication Wire October 2012

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

Masjid Al-Islam, Dallas, Texas and Islamic Relief USA hosted the 7th annual Day of Dignity event on Saturday, September 29th. The event was a big success. This year’s Event Coordinator was Bro. Muhammad Abdul-Jami. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS EVENT!!

The picture and articles below appeared in the Dallas Peace Center’s Lift Every Voice and Vote Community Calendar.

Day of Dignity

Two Muslim organizations will provide necessities to people in need

Dallas Masjid AL Islam and Islamic Relief USA

By the Numbers

312 million people live in the U.S.

More than 18% of American children live in poverty

3.5 million people experience homelessness in any given year

(Sources: National Coalition for the Homeless and U.S. government)

Our goal is to make a difference for those in need in the Dallas Fort Worth community while preserving their dignity. People in need are invited to come and pick out new clothes, food, hygiene packs, school supplies, books, toys, pampers, and lightly used clothes.

In addition to free necessities, there will be free HIV testing available. Collaborators scheduled to participate include the Urban League, NAACP, Dallas Citizens Emergency Response Team, SNAP (Food Stamps Agency), CHIP (Children Health Insurance Program), and others.

“Day of Dignity organizers understand and empathize with DFW residents that are experiencing challenging situations of this recession,” said Imam Khalid Shaheed of Dallas Masjid AL Islam. “Some communities are experiencing rampant unemployment and hunger is increasing. We know that in one day we can’t solve all problems but what if everyone did something?” he asked.

The Day of Dignity is a collaborative effort between interfaith religious groups, the Dallas County Schools, and civic groups in the DFW metropolitan area working together to give back to the community.

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Why I joined the Coalition to Lift Every Voice and Vote
By Imam Khalid Shaheed,
Dallas Masjid of AL Islam

As Imam of Dallas Masjid of AL Islam, located in South Dallas, I am acutely aware of the problems and plight of disenfranchisement and the need for greater social justice in our society.

I am happy to report that in the faith of Islam there is a strong emphasis on this endeavor. First of all, when you translate the word Islam to English it means peace that comes from surrendering to God All Mighty, the highest power. With that said, most of us are aware that there is no peace without justice. Islam attempts to bring about this justice in doctrinal ways.

The message of Islam is found in Quran. There is a verse in the Quran that is very well known to Muslims, it is called the verse of Righteousness, 2:177. This verse distinctly tells us what right-eousness is in Islam. First, this verse dispels the notion that righteousness is somehow demonstrated by way of some formality or ritual. Also, it makes clear that belief ALONE is not righteousness.

After the verse tells what righteousness is not. It says specifically what it is. The verse tells us that it is a combination of beliefs and action. It has a strong social element in it. In other words, to only do what religious people do inside the walls of our sanctuaries is not enough. To have great dignified rituals is laudable but not necessary useful.

Righteousness in Islam is not just being good but it is being useful. What I love the most about this wonderful verse in the Quran is that the whole definition of righteousness, including the beliefs and social action, is predicated on LOVE.

The verse of Righteousness in the Quran says the motive must be LOVE of him (God Almighty), only. Hence the proper motive is a unique element that Islam as-sociates with righteousness. If the social action is engendered for any other reason, it is tainted in Islam and thus not a righteous act. These same sentiments are found throughout the Quran, such as in 90:13- 19.
Finally, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, in a famous saying said that if you see a wrong, you should first attempt to change it with your hands. If you cannot do that, you seek to change it with your mouth. If you cannot change it by speak-ing out against it, then you hate it in your heart and that is the weakest of faith.

These are the reasons that I am honored to be part of the Coalition to Lift Every Voice and Vote.

Current News!!

*********************************************************************************** Excellent Dawah Training Event This Sunday at Masjid Al Islam!!!! DINA The Deen Institute of North America is conducting the essential Outreach 101 class led by Dr. Jerald Dirks here on October 14 at 10:00 am. Register for the class at myc2i.org as a Muslim Buddy. Due to recent domestic and international events Outreach is ESSENTIAL for ALL Muslims. Become a Certified Buddy and enjoy special recognition and privileges at the American Airlines Center DINA Waves of Unity event on November 11. This will be a historic event iA with the largest gathering of Muslims and people of other faiths in Texas. Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Zaid Shakir, Dr John Esposito and many other amazing speakers will attend. Enjoy a day of dialog, learning and fun. Tickets will go very quickly so buy early. Register for the class at myc2i.org. The cost is $35 / $20 for students and includes lunch. Bring your laptop.

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Masjid Al-Islam’s Youth Education Program Weekend Classes have restarted. Children’s arabic and islamic classes are for ages 4 to 17 yrs. old. Classes are from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Due to the Dawah training class to be held on Sunday, October 14th, the children’s classes will not be held. Classes will resume on Sunday, October 21st. Contact Imam Khalid at 469-766-2208

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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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As Salaamu Alaikum Sisters

Save This Date! Saturday November 3, 2012 @ 2 pm.
Crescent Community Center
Women Wellness Luncheon
Vendors please contact Sajda @214-923-3641
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Women of Faith DFW
4th Annual Conference
Co-Ed conference
November 10, 2012
10am-3pm
Lancaster Recreation Center
1700 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Lancaster, TX 75134
Balancing Mental, Physical & Spiritual Health
~GET YOUR TICKET THIS WEEK~
~Guest panel speakers ~Luncheon ~ Enrichment~ Encouragement ~Socializing
Tickets: couple ($40)*, single person ($25), Student (13-18) & seniors ($20);
Please inquire about table purchases*; patron/ad book.
Call 469-223-2592 or email wofdfw@yahoo.com to make purchase.
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By: Khalid Shaheed
As salaamu alaikum,

With malevolence toward Islam and Muslims strong in some quarters of society, I want to recall a recent conversation I had with an individual. This individual is a very devoted member of one the well known mega churches in town. He told me that his Pastor, a well known notorious Pastor, told his congregation recently that he is not saying all Muslims are terrorist but “show me a terrorist that is not a Muslim”. That statement pretty much sums up the thinking of some people in our society. Many people Muslim and non Muslim who counter and refute this quickly point out the horrific crime of the Oklahoma bomber, Timothy Mc Veigh. Notwithstanding the horrific nature of this crime with all the innocent lives unfortunately wasted, that incident points to the act of one single individual. When this statement was mentioned to me, I looked this man straight in his eyes and said to him what I said to all the local t.v. stations at a news conference on Sept. 11, 2011 held at Masjid AL Islam. “Have you ever heard of the Ku Klux Klan. They call themselves the Christian Knights of the KKK. They murdered and lynched 10,000 African Americans between the Reconstruction Era and the Civil Rights movement. As a young African American from Mississippi, I went to school with Rev Vernon Damer’s children. The KKK exploded a bomb in his house, killing him and burning a cross in his yard. I personally knew Medgar Evers children and remember the day he was shot down in my hometown.

According to the book “A History of African American Muslims”, the transatlantic slave trade involved approximately 34,500 slave ship voyages and 12 million people over 400 years. 10 to 20 percent died in the voyages. The majority of the ones that survived and their 100 million descendants were whipped, brutalized, denied basic human needs, denied use of their language, names, religion. They were taught that they were no more than animals and treated worst than animals. They were taught to hate themselves. There have been many incidents like the one that took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the early 1920s when whites marched into the black part of town and burn down over 1000 homes and businesses and killed dozens of blacks.

To not be aware of or ignore of this history of American terrorism and to state as a American “show me a terrorist that is not a Muslim is completely dishonest, ignorant and hypocritical.

As stated in the previously mentioned news conference, it is imperative for us as Americans in this great multi ethnic, multi religious diverse society to understand the root of terrorism and atrocities perpetrated on any segment of mankind. The Quran makes it clear that shaytan only can whisper and invite to do wrong, albeit, deceitful ways. Quran 4:28 makes it clear that man was created weak. Without the guidance and mercy from Allah, this human weakness enticed is the cause of atrocities among human beings.

In conclusion, human weakness transcends nationality, ethnicity, race, gender, religion and geography. Thus, we cannot blame any religion, race nor nationality for terrorism. Terrorism is simply a product of human weakness that lacks the guidance of Allah.

God bless America.

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 Saturday 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

Anchor Event Final 050917 (2)

The Dallas Beacon – September, 2012

Masjid Al Islam’s Monthly Communication Wire September 2012

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

Current News!!

As Salaamu Alaikum,

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
Where: Dallas Masjid of AL Islam
2604 S. Harwood St
Dallas, 75215
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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:

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

When: Saturday, September 8, 2012 – 2pm-3pm

Thanks in advance,

Muhammad Abdul-Jami, Event Coordinator – 972-821-1727

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Masjid Al-Islam’s Youth Education Program Weekend Classes will have an orientation meeting for parents, teachers and all interested, In Sha Allah, Sunday, September 9th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ages for children will be 4 to 17 yrs. old. This will be our 3rd year, In Sha Allah. Contact Imam Khalid at 469-766-2208.

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Sisters Halaqa Class

Date: September 9, 2012 / Sunday

Time: 11:30 A.M.

Topic: Worldly Delusions / Sura Al Falaq (113)

Location: Masjid Al Islam

Contact Sister Sajda Pitre at 214-923-3641.

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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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Save the date: October 6, 2012 for Healthy Positive Choices 2nd Annual Fundraising Banquet from 12 noon – 4 p.m. at the Center for Community Cooperation. To purchase tickets, you can pay on-line at healthypositivechoices.vpweb.com or call Sis. Latifah Hameen at 817-793-0936 or 972-489-4490 for additional information. Hurry seating is limited.

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

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*We repair Rockchips and
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4605 Village Fair
Dallas, TX. 75224
CASH CARS
Contact: Ahmad Pitre
214. 502.9245
214. 317.8282

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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 (Sept. 2012)

Ramadan is now over. It is my sincere desire that Allah accepts your fasts, prayers, and provides you with his blessings. Now that Ramadan is over, and we can all eat and sleep and eat and sleep as much as we want, is that it? Do we now regain that 10 pounds lost during our fasts plus more and go back to the same old ways? Did we make promises to Allah and others before and after the fast but we have no real intention on keeping those promises? Do we think that we will not be held to account for our false promises that we have made? Consider what the Quran says:

“Yea, whoever fulfils his promise and guards (against evil) – then surely Allah loves those who guard (against evil). (As for) those who take a small price for the covenant of Allah and their own oaths – surely they shall have no portion in the hereafter, and Allah will not speak to them, nor will He look upon them on the Day of Resurrection nor will He purify them, and they shall have a painful chastisement.”

(Surah Ali-‘Imrān 3:76-77)

“Surely the vilest of animals in Allah’s sight are those who disbelieve, and then they would not believe. Those with whom you make an agreement, then they break their agreement every time and they do not guard (against punishment).”

(Surah al-Anfāl 8:55-56)

What Allah is telling us here is that he views the making of a promise and covenant with him as serious. Why does Allah view the making of a promise or covenant as serious? When I was a younger Muslim, I would often hear Muslims say, “the word of a Muslim is bond and a Muslim is no better than his or her word, and a Muslim is held responsible for his actions and words”. You see, it speaks to a Muslim’s character. If a person cannot believe or trust or rely in who you say you are or in what you say or promise that you will do, it becomes a breach of the peace. Islam is the religion of peace, but peace begins with an inner peace and extends outwards. If you are false to yourself, you have no peace inside of you because you lie to yourself and you are false to truth. If you are false to truth, you will have no respect for truth, thus making it easy for you to break your agreements and covenants owed to Allah and others. A breach of the peace can range from severing of bonds and ties, verbal and physical violence, and war within the family, neighborhood, city, state, nation, and between nations. I have had people come to me asking how they can legally breach their contracts because they no longer wanted to honor the terms. If I could find no legal way to avoid the terms of their contract (the loop holes), they then sought advice on how to lay a foundation so that the other side begged to get out of the contract. For example, I will deliver to you the 500 widgets on time as promised but each time a significant amount of those widgets will be defective causing you to lose valuable time in returning the defective widgets. We may be able to play this type of lack of character game with each other as Muslims but we will not be able to play them with Allah. Therefore, let us keep our promises and covenants made with Allah and to each other and avoid the hell fire. Do not cause the mercy of Allah to pass you. Until next time, that is the right and wrong of it.

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

With Ramadan still fresh on our minds, I want to talk about elements of Social Justice. Siyam, fasting, has social justice strongly embedded in it. Dr. Sherman Jackson does a very good job in one of his recent publications on suffering in relating fasting and social justice. If I may para phrase, he talks about how the discomfort and deprivation of fasting potentially can strengthen your humanity. Thus Allah informs in 2:183 that self restraint can come from fasting. He also relates how on the other hand being wrapped in privileges and insulated from discomfort potentially could blind your human perception.

These statements, when made, make clear that the nature of fasting relates to social justice in society. While fasting we experience some of the every day characteristics of a less fortunate person, although in a marginal way.

A slave is considered less fortunate and a person that undergo tremendous discomforts and extreme deprivations. These are the connections fasting makes for the the faster. A slave generally wants equality. Equity is a main ingredient of social justice.

Once when the prophet, saws, was sitting with Jibreel and he was asked did he want to be a prophet-king or a slave-prophet. He chose to be a slave-prophet. After all, his name was Abdullah, slave of Allah and he, saws, said Abdullah, slave of Allah, is the best name you could have. Believers strive to be slaves of Allah. That slave mindset is one wanting equity.

One very interesting fact is that all believers that lived during the life time of Prophet Muhammad, saws, are called companions. They could have been called students of Prophet Muhammad, disciples, followers or helpers and all those terms would have been accurate and correct. But the problem with those terms and what make them different from the term “companion” is that the term “companion” denotes a sense of equity and the others do not imply nor do they denote a sense of equity. Islam and the last Prophet impues social justice. Equity is critical in social justice.
grateful,
Imam 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 Saturday 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 6-15)
Saturdays 11am – 1pm
469-766-2208

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

Childrens Arabic (ages 8-17)
Sundays 11am – 12pm
469-766-2208

Childrens Islamic studies (ages 8-17)
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

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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THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE HUMANITARIAN DAY 2012 A BIG SUCCESS!

SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS:

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Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
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Current News!!
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.

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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:

Amanee Agdal’ Razzaq El

Andrea Abdullah

Nia Muhammad

Maya Matthews

K’ Shanunti Oranges

Lugman Rashadah

Nia Iman Richard

Chiamaka Williams

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Free Legal Clinic at Masjid Al-Islam

Saturday, June 30, 2012
11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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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.

gratefully,

Khalid Shaheed

UWM Views
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

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

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

Childrens Arabic and Islamic studies (ages 6-15)
Saturdays 11am – 1pm
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

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Current News!!

Community Social held the last Sunday of every month at Masjid AL-Islam, 2604 S Harwood, Dallas, TX @1:30pm
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) or Sis Shahidah (214-606-0473)

Current News!!
Save the Date!!!, May 19th is Humanitarian Day.

HUMANITARIAN DAY PLANNING MEETING SUNDAY, MAY 6TH AT 11:00 A.M. AT MASJID AL-ISLAM, DALLAS, TX.

Humanitarian Day 2012 Donation Drive

We are coming into the final two weeks until we have to cutt off our donation drive and prepare for Humanitarian Day. If you have any of the following items to donate to Humanitarian Day, please do so as soon as possible at a location listed below.

DONATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

New and Lightly used Clothing for Men, Women and Children
New and Lightly used shoes for Men, Women and Children
Toys, and books for children
New and Lightly Used household items.
New Socks (Men, Women and Children sizes)
Diapers
New Hygiene items such as travel size toothpaste, toothbrushes, wash clothes, deodorant, razors, soap, and feminine products
Drop Off Locations (please bag your items when droppin off):

IACC – 6401 Independence Pkwy, Plano, Texas 75023:

Drop off clothes and other donated items in the One Nation Thrift Store Truck in the parking lot anytime starting at 3:00pm.

EPIC- 1360 STAR COURT, Suite# T3 PLANO, TX 75074

Drop off clothes and other donated items in the van parked in the parking lot. Drop off items at anytime.

ICI- 2555 N. Esters Blvd, Irving, Texas-75062.

Drop off clothes and other donated items inside the masjid in the areas marked for collection.

IANT – 840 Abrams Road Richardson, TX 75081

Call Hamzah Abdullah for drop off instructions. 972-238-0753

MASJID AL ISLAM- 2604 S. Harwood St. , Dallas, TX 75215

Drop off items between 10am and 2pm Saturdays and Sundays. Or, call Hassan to make drop offs at other times. 214-660-6153

For any other information regarding Humanitarian Day, call 214-205-0846

Email for any questions: info@dfwhumanitarianday.com

Imam W. D. Mohammed Appreciation Weekend – June 8th thru 10th, 2012. For additional information, contact Masjid Al-Quran at 214-948-3040.

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By: Yusuf Abdullah

The Trayvon Martin shooting and killing has garnered the attention of the nation. The airwaves and social media are constantly debating the issues of the case. News ratings are soaring on the ongoing developments of the case. The Stand Your Ground Laws of the states are in question. What is a stand your ground law? Simply, it means that you do not have to retreat if you reasonably believe that your life is in danger, and that you have the right to defend yourself and meet force with force, including deadly force. It is the stand your ground law in Florida that is in question in the Trayvon Martin case. The stand your ground law allows a potential defendant to be immune from prosecution if the potential defendant is an innocent victim of aggression. George Zimmerman, the shooter and killer of Trayvon alleges that Trayvon Martin was the aggressor and that Treyvon would have killed Zimmerman with Zimmerman’s gun had not Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon. Trayvon is dead and cannot speak to tell his side of the conflict and his death. Zimmerman now claims immunity from prosecution by way of Florida’s stand your ground law. I don’t have a problem with stand your ground laws per se if they reflect what has always been the common law of human nature. The common law of human nature is the right of self defense. In order to allege self defense, one cannot be the aggressor in the conflict and the amount of force cannot exceed the amount of the force that is necessary. That means that you cannot start the physical conflict or be the aggressor and then claim a stand your ground self defense. It also means that if someone simply pushes you, bumps into you, shoves you, talks words that you do not like, or even fights with you, that you do not have the right to kill them unless there is a reasonable belief that your life is in jeopardy. For this reason, I believe that stand your ground laws should not provide absolute immunity from prosecution, especially when a death is involved. At best, stand your grounds laws should provide the limited immunity of qualified immunity or conditional immunity from prosecution. This limited immunity should be qualified or conditioned upon the facts, witnesses, and evidence supporting the claim of self defense. Because Zimmerman as of April 1, 2012 had yet to be arrested, there is a great public outcry for an arrest and a full and fair investigation. The case is being debated in the media and the full facts of the conflict and portrait of the main characters involved are being leaked to the general public in small pieces at a time. Needless to say, the debate is heated and emotionally charged. The debate has now expanded to a broad discussion over race relations that are good for television ratings but I’m not convinced that such a debate will decrease Black homicide. Further, such broad race debates will not increase the relevant facts of the Treyvon Martin homicide. The truth of the matter as I see it is that the facts of the Treyvon Martin killing need and cry out for further investigation so that justice is done. However, justice is not one sided. Mr. Zimmerman is also entitled to defend himself against any civil or criminal charges brought against him. A focus on Whites killing Blacks should not be the focus of the justice. Blacks kill Blacks far more than Whites kill Blacks. The focus of justice must be whether Mr. Zimmerman, regardless of his skin color, killed Treyvon Martin in self defense. And that’s the right and the wrong of it.

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

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 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 wear 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.

UWM Views

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,

Under Siege in America

As the Trayvon Martin tragedy continues to unfold, I cannot help but pay close attention to the fact that young African American males are literally under siege. As a father I became reminded of the dangers that accompany the beautiful mahogany skin my children have been blessed to have. For now, not only are our African American children hunted by the George Zimmermans of the world, but also the thugs and criminals who have no regard for their own life let alone any one else’s, prey on them also.

I listen to the chorus of voices being launched upon politicians to stop constant attacks on the future generations of African American men. Yet many have not understood that solely voting for politicians who are largely overshadowed by corporate interests will never adequately address this situation with real tangible solutions. The Congressional Black Caucus has maintained a presence for over 40 years and has done very little to form a legislative agenda confronting the issue of institutional racism that takes place in the form of abusive law enforcement officers or teaching officials in the poorly funded schools with curriculums that don’t prepare our children to compete in an ever changing world. Yet many of these and other politicians enjoy mass voter support from their constituency because they are the lesser of two evils. This mindset actually betrays the activist spirit embodied by El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, Kwame Toure and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

While these advocates for justice disagreed in tactics and technique, they all agreed that pressure on each branch of the federal government must be perpetually applied in order to force the system to practice justice for all. This highlights the difference between a movement and an event. A movement develops an agenda designed to confront each institution of power and present an alternative to its process of disempowerment. The movement can modify its direction periodically as necessary, but it must not cease to exist. This is what has taken place today. In lieu of a movement many have become content with large events that are high on emotion, and low on actual substantive gains based on empirical and statistical information. Without the movement, this information goes ignored, thus creating a vacuum of the necessary leadership which naturally rises to assess the direction of the movement. The Black Liberation Movement had an agenda: the realization and official recognition of the human rights which had been denied to African Americans. The Tea Party movement has an agenda: 1) get the Black guy out of the White House or 2) if this is not possible then legislatively block him from having any successful gains reaped by the American people.

Where is the movement addressing the ever varying forms of racism which are constantly claiming the lives of many African Americans? It has been replaced by events that give voice to dissent and stop there. The situation in Louisiana which was termed the Jena Six was a great event which will remain so because it was a reaction to the movement of institutional racism in that geographic location. Had the Jena Six occasion been a true movement we could have actually measured and quantified how those causal events should have been used to turn the movement of that city’s institutional racism upside down. A movement is proactive, constant and forces everyone else to react to it. An event is a reaction to someone else’s movement. The justice advocates of yesterday were not satisfied to simply vote and go home. They knew when they were finally allowed to vote, that the Liberation Movement could not go home and simply celebrate. Until we define the movement for our humanity today, the siege will continue tomorrow.

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

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

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

Childrens Arabic and Islamic studies (ages 6-15)
Saturdays 11am – 1pm
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

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The Dallas Beacon – Ramadan Edition

Masjid Al Islam’s Monthly Communication Wire Ramadan 2012

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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 2: 183

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Current News!!

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 durning Ramadan. See details in the news article Below…

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This year’s Day of Dignity event is scheduled for Saturday, September 29th, 2012. As such, the planning and division of labor needs to begin now 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. Addiitonally, if this event is in-line with the mission of one of your organizations then by all means bring them aboard! Our first meeting will be held:

Where: Masjid Al-Islam, 2604 S. Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75315
When: Saturday, August 4th, 2012 @ 2pm-3pm
Thanks in advance,

Muhammad Abdul-Jami
Event Coordinator
972-821-1727
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Sister’s Halaqa will be held at Masjid Al-Islam every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. during Ramadan.

Children’s Sunday classes will resume after Ramadan.
Community Social will resume after Ramadan.
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Ramadan Appeal to support (Phase 1 )

Property Expansion for Masjid Al Islam’s Outreach Programs

Who is and Where is Masjid Al Islam? Masjid Al Islam is the oldest Masjid in DFW area located at 2604 S. Harwood St. in the heart of Downtown Dallas Texas. Unfortunately, this area has been plagued recently with abundant poverty and homelessness. There is a high crime rate and school dropout rates in the area are almost at 50%. Substance abuse is also rampant. Like the prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him), who started the first homeless shelter Ahl As Suffa (people of the Bench) in Medina over 1400 years ago; Masjid Al Islam has this same initiative and vision for long term community development by establishing Islam firmly in this poverty stricken area, Allah willing. With Allah’s grace, the light of Islam will be a Beacon of Light for the entire region of Downtown Dallas. The long term vision has 3 phases. Once complete, all three phases should take a tremendous step in addressing the community development needs around the Masjid in terms of social services, business development, health care, dawah and education Why do we need to expand our outreach programs? Masjid Al Islam serves over 1000 individuals at two major events, the Humanitarian Day and the Day of Dignity events. Also, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Masjid Al Islam serves 400 needy individuals around the Masjid. Hot lunches are served, there’s a used clothes rack and hygiene packs are also given. The growing number of community members relying on the masjid for these kinds services is forcing the need for additional property and facilities to work out of. What are we trying to raise this Ramadan? Masjid Al Islam currently has the Phase 1 property under contract with the owner. This property is an adjacent lot to current Masjid Property at: 2625 S. Ceasar Chavez Blvd., Dallas Texas. The contract price signed with owner is $155,000.00. Renovations needed are $55,000.00. We have already raised $20,000.00 towards this purchase. Allah willing, we are trying to raise the money to cover the cost of the total amount remaining balance of $190,000.00

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.

Jazakum Allah Kharin (May Allah Reward you for all your good deeds)

by Yusuf Abdullah

Ramadan Mubarak Everyone! Yes, it’s that time of year again. Muslims around the world begin their one month annual fast. It is often said by Muslims that the fast is for Allah. However, the Quran says, that “fasting is prescribed for you”. I’m not the Islamic scholar, but my thought would be that it would be more appropriate to say in English that fasting is for the pleasing of Allah. Am I being too technical with the English here? Perhaps, but I’m a firm believer that it makes a huge difference in understanding or comprehension when the speaker or writer uses the best word or words to convey their intended meaning. But Ramadan as we all know comprises so much more than just restraining ourselves from the eating of food, drinking of water and sex with spouses during the daylight hours. Those are physical acts of restraint that aid us true enough but without the spiritual component added to it, we may as well continue to eat and drink. Aren’t you surprised by the Muslim that has no consciousness of mind that he or she is arguing, fighting, and being contentious during Ramadan when they should be avoiding such acts? During Ramadan, more than any other time, we as Muslims should be conscious and guarded of our tongue. We should restrain our tongue from speaking bad or evil of others, from lying, from deceiving, from gossip, and from spreading scandal. Also, the tongue should be restrained from moaning and groaning and complaining all of the time about everything. We should teach and train our tongue to say words of gratefulness and follow the old rule of “if you can’t think of something good to say about someone, don’t say anything”. We as Muslims are encouraged by Allah to speak up for what is right and to speak against what is wrong when it comes to injustice. But this is a higher principled exception that speaks to a greater good. Absent this exception, we should not gossip and spread scandal and breach the peace as Muslims. As Muslims we are commanded to pray at least 5 times per day at a minimum, and then we are to increase those prayers during Ramadan. How then do we get up from prostration after Ramadan and still hold a grudge against a brother or sister, family member, spouse, former spouse, etc? If this has happened to you during Ramadan, you lost the spiritual point and benefit of Ramadan. During Ramadan, we are to increase our acts of zakah, acts of sadaqah, increase our prayers with Taraweeh prayers, increase our reading of Quran, increase our reading of hadith, and increase our love, patience, sympathy, and empathy with and for each other. In other words, we are to become better people through the prescription of Ramadan by increasing the good behavior and decreasing or eliminating the bad behavior and by learning to restrain and control our self, especially the restraint and control of the lower appetites, and our anger. Fasting is prescribed for us humans by Allah and was given to us as a mercy and a blessing such that we are given an annual chance to become better human beings and receive the forgiveness and blessings of Allah. Ramadan is given to us so that we have an annual opportunity to return to our better self, a higher conscious and self awareness, a higher principled and moral self. The fasting Muslims and those who would fast but for medical reasons are shown extreme compassion and mercy by Allah and the blessings of Allah are too numerous to measure that are given by Allah to the fasting Muslims including forgiveness of sins and the granting of paradise. Isn’t Ramadan beautiful? Isn’t Ramadan compassionate and merciful? This is the spiritual cleansing that Ramadan should bring about in us mentally and physically each year. We should become better people, better Muslims after Ramadan. Insha Allah, this Ramadan may all of us have our fast accepted, our prayers accepted, our good deeds increased, our bad deeds decreased, and may Allah forgive us our sins, bless us in this world and grant us the paradise in the next life. Until next time, that is the right and wrong of it.

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

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

Childrens Arabic and Islamic studies (ages 6-15)
Saturdays 11am – 1pm
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

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The Dallas Beacon – February / March 2012

Masjid Al Islam’s Monthly Communication Wire February / March 2012

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

Current News!!
Save the Date!!!, May 19th is Humanitarian Day. Our first planning meeting is this Sunday!! Hope to see you there.

Humanitarian Day Planning Meeting

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

Time: 11:00 A. M – 12:00 noon

Date: Sunday – April 1, 2012

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Today !!, Rashad Hussain will be present at Collin County Community College for panel discussion on Islam in America, politics, and much more. In January 2009, Hussain was named deputy associate counsel to President Barack Obama. Hussain, a Muslim of Indian heritage, raised in Plano, Texas, has served in the White House Counsel’s Office, and in his role as Envoy, has advised the Administration on policy issues related to the Muslim world.

Panel Discussion starts at 6pm and is in Room C103

Address: 2800 East Spring Creek Parkway Plano, TX 75074

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This Friday!!, Qasim Bashir will be present at Collin County Community College for a live screening of the movie he directed, Mooslum; and there will be a Q&A session afterward discussing the movie and his future works. This event starts at 6pm in room C103 and is free to the public. The address is: 2800 East Spring Creek Parkway Plano, TX 75074

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

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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
It’s Black History Month in February. The shortest month in the calendar year is February. Ask yourself, its Black History month, how much have I learned this month about Black History? I remember in younger years when Black History Month meant that the television movie Roots would be certainly be shown on television along with other movies like Sounder, and the Autobiography of Ms. Jane Pittman featuring Cisely Tyson. No one could look and sound like an old black worn out slave like Cicely Tyson. Well it appears that those days are long gone. BET has been sold to Caucasian interest, and I see very little footage of Black history being shown on cable television. Even on Black radio, have you heard infomercials educating its listeners on Black history during Black history month? I haven’t. Do we really need a Black history month? I certainly think so. I think Black history month is necessary because Black people and their contributions to the United States and its independence, wealth, and culture have for far too long been written out of its history or minimized. The image of Black people in America for far too many people, including Black people remains a stereotyped negative image. Black people are typically typecast with crime, violence, drugs, non-productivity, and any uncivilized or immoral behavior. And while it is true that those types of people exist within Black society, the same characteristic exists within all races so why is it that this negative image is so pervasive among others for Black people? It has been joked that when a Black man robs you, he gets just what is in your pocketbook, but when a White man robs you, he robs you not only of your pocketbook, but your future, and dreams. It’s a joke, but I can see a contrast of truth in the joke. A typical street robbery carried out by a Black robber renders at best a small amount of money, even if it be a home or convenience store. But there is another crime called “White-Collar Crime” and those robberies renders millions and billions in theft. The so-called white-collar criminal is stereotypically non-black, well educated, and sophisticated, i.e. Bernie Madoff. However, Bernie Madoff and his peers who include Wall Street executives who collectively through the chicanery like cooking the books, insider trading, offshore investments, golden parachutes, influence peddling, political lobbyist, SuperPacs, and manipulation of the tax code, drove this country to bankruptcy. However, you don’t see the $5,000 suit and briefcase executive as a thief like you see the pants hanging off his behind, tennis shoe wearing black kid on the street. Has there even been an arrest of those responsible for Wall Street crimes? No, the image of a Harvard graduate being a thief is not the same image as a high school dropout. There is also a big difference in the image of Black and White that remains in America. Blacks and people of color are not yet equal and certainly not viewed or treated as equal in all aspects of society. But let me emphasize again, Black people and people of color are far too often themselves victims of ignorance of the greatness of themselves. This is understandable. When schools, television, books, radio, etc. reflect images and stories produced mostly by one group in a society and are controlled by mostly one group in America, you will get a history or an image that is told only through the eyes of that controlling group. I say produce a balanced portrait of any people in history. All Whites are/were not racist, or slave owners. All Blacks or people of color are not lazy, and no good. All Whites are not good people, and of good moral character. All Blacks are not singers and dancers and rappers, and criminals. We need Black history month to show the positive contributions and the diversity and richness of Black people and their culture. We need a balanced perspective to counteract the false stereotypes of Black people and people of color. However, to simply have a Black History Month that does not educate is an impotent event. Showing a movie during Black History Month like Shaft, or Superfly is not education. Telling the world that it was a Black man who successfully performed the first open heart surgery is. Do you know the contributions of Daniel Hale Williams, Lewis Lattimer, Madam C.J. Walker, Mark Dean, or Patricia Bath? This is proof then of why we need Black History Month in America. Click this link and read just some of the notable Black contributions to this great nation called America. http://www.infoplease.com/spot/bhmscientists1.html Until next time, that’s the right and wrong of it.

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

It is debatable when the practice of Islamic monotheism first appeared here in North America. However, most historians agree that it was either in the 1500s or 1600s. What is truly amazing irony is that something as superior as Islamic monotheism, the worship of only One God came to these shores in what appears to be in an inferior way. These Muslims were brought here in bondage and struggled to maintain their practices, their knowledge of Quran and Quranic Arabic.

Dr. Allan Austin writes in his book “African Muslims in Antebellum America” on page 11 in a discussion about many of the African slaves whose names have survived the turmoil of slave history, “It may be argued that these people were elite Africans” and also “they were trained well in the tenets of their faith.” Some of the names that history has preserved are Job Ben Solomon, Abd ar Rahman, Bilali Mohammed, Salih Bilali, Umar ibn Said, Mahommah Gardo Baquaqua, Abu Bakr, Old Lizzy Gray, William Rainford, Charles Larren, Fatema(Phoebe), Cochrane. The list goes on.

Dr. Sylviane Diouf says that the first public group prayers in United States was established in 1830s on Sea Island, Georgia. These prayers were recorded by some of their slave masters who witnessed these events. First Qurans written in America were written from memory by slaves like Charles Larren, Job Ben Solomon and others. Long passages and manuscripts of the Quran and Arabic were written by many slaves and they still exist today.

All of these events took place before the Civil War in what is called Ante Bellum America. This legacy was continued after the Civil War. In 1913 a man from South Carolina name Timothy Drew founded the Moorish Science Temples of America. He talked about the Quran and Allah and then came the modern day presence of Islam in the U.S.

All Muslims in America should know this great American Islamic legacy that exist. This history belongs to all of us. It should be taught in Muslim Schools, so Muslims can have a sense of belonging here. Also, non-Muslims need to know that Islam and the Muslim presence permeate American history.

UWM Views

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

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

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

Childrens Arabic and Islamic studies (ages 6-15)
Saturdays 11am – 1pm
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