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The Dallas Beacon – July 2011

Masjid Al Islam’s Monthly Communication Wire July 2011

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NEWS FLASH!!:

The Spirit of New Africa Presents a Pre-Ramadan Cultual Night.

“Welcome Back, My Friend!”
Come join us for an evening of family fun, filled with musical and cultural entertainment.
Saturday, July 30, 2011, doors open at 7:00 p.m. at Masjid Hassan, 1201 E. Allen St., Ft. Worth, Texas

Great Foot and Great Company! Vendor Space available — $10.00 per table

Ticket Price: $10.00 adults; $5.00 children 12 and under

Homemade (by Bro. Ibrahim Abdullah) pizza for sale by the slice $1.00 and other finger foods. Please contact Aisha A. Khaaliq 469-877-6559; A.R. Hatim 469-867-1131

Dfw Humanitarian day wants to thank all of those who participated in May’s event and invites everyone back in October for the annual Day of Dignity event sponsord by Islamic relief USA. Please sign up to be a volunteer for this year’s Day of Dignity.!! A meeting will be held Sunday July 31st at 11am to start the planning for the Day of Dignity please come out..

Khadijah’s House is located in the Fort Worth, Texas Area and exists in a middle class neighborhood. In conformity with the mission of Huma-Faith, Inc. The women of Khadijah’s House are charged with the responsibility of growing spiritually and address internal issues in order to break down any barriers that block the growth of healthy self-esteem, self-efficacy, realization of great potential, and the honorable position of true womanhood. This is done through an eclectic approach of didactic learning, personal studies, and prayer in emulation of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the Mothers of the Believers (RA).

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Women of Faith DFW are in the process of planning our 3th Annual Conference

“Doers of Good” scheduled Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 (sisters only) and a United Taleem, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011 (all are welcome). This year Imam Dr. Nasir Ahmad of Miami has agreed to be the keynote speaker for Taleem. WE NEED YOUR HELP. We are asking all Masjid’s and Centers in the Dallas Fort Worth area to support this United Taleem. WOFDFW is seeking volunteers & representatives to work on the Taleem committee from each Masjid and center. Please email Women of Faith DFW at wofdfw@yahoo.com.
Our guest Dr. Nasir Ahmad is the resident Imam of Masjid Al-Ansar which is one of the oldest mosques in South Florida. He is the beloved brother, friend, and teacher of countless Muslims and others from South Florida t around the world. He has a website, www.InterFaith21.com, which promotes unity among people of faith (or no particular faith) in the 21st Century. Established in 2008, Women of Faith DFW is an interfaith religious group of individuals in support of all that is universally recognized as good, fair, and equitable. Thank you…Sharee Muhammad-President, Altheida Downs-Secretary

New Classes!! on The Seerah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the meaning of Ramadan..TAUGHT BY BROTHER ABDUL SHAHEED DURING THE HOLY MONTH OF RAMADAN. CLASSES WILL START AT NOON AND END AT 1:30 ON SUNDAYS IN SHA ALLAH. ABDUL SHAHEED IS A YOUNG AFRICAN AMERICAN BROTHER, MARRIED WITH SMALL CHILDREN. HE HAS A B.A. DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MADINAH , SAUDI ARABIA, IN ARABIC, ISLAMIC STUDIES AND HADITH. CURRENTLY, HE TEACHES ARABIC AND FIQH AT THE ISLAMIC QURANIC ACADEMY I.A.N.T. RICHARDSON.

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DALLAS MASJID AL ISLAM AND DFW HUMANITARIAN DAY, OUR MOSQUE CARES

By: Zarifa Zarif
Reprinted article published in The Muslim Journal (June 2011)

On Saturday, May 21, 2011, Masjid Al-Islam, Dallas, Texas along with other DFW Masajid and organizations hosted their 6th annual DFW Humanitarian Day event at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in South Dallas.

After opening prayer, the event kicked off with the First Graders from J.J. Rose Learning Center leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Several Dallas dignitaries attended this event, including City Councilwoman, Carolyn Davis and the Chief of Police, David Brown. The Humanitarian Day event reached out to over a thousand recipients. The recipients received new socks, t-shirts, diapers, hygiene packs, school supplies and uniforms and gently used clothes. Recipient, Gina Chambers, stated that this year’s event was “better than last year”. Another one of the recipients, with his son, came through the line with tears streaming down his face and he said simply said, “Thank you”. Al Hamdulillah. This year’s event was coordinated by Masjid Al-Islam’s board executive, Charles Maddox, board member Sajda Pitre and Imam Khalid Shaheed. Volunteers from all over the DFW Metroplex helped make this event a success. There are too many people to name, to thank for helping coordinate this event. But Allah knows who they are. In these challenging times, life can be extremely difficult. It is critically important that once we have satisfied our own needs and taken care of our families, that we help others. Thus, enters “ DFW Humanitarian Day”. DFW Humanitarian Day started as an initiative presented by Dallas Masjid AL Islam at a meeting in 2005 to unite all the Muslims in the Dallas area. We are painfully aware that one day, once a year will not solve the tremendous needs of many of our fellow citizens. In addition to Humanitarian Day, Allah has also blessed Masjid Al-Islam and the DFW Outreach to provide food and clothes for over 300 of our neighbors every Saturday and Sunday at Masjid Al-Islam. Allah says in the Quran, “Serve Allah, and join not any partners with him; and do good – to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbors who are near, neighbors who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (you meet), and what your right hands possess”. Surah 4:36. At a recent jumah, Imam Khalid Shaheed said that when Imam Mohammed named his personal office Mosque Cares, he was giving us and the world an extremely important picture of a Mosque, a picture of caring. His personal office was a charity. He gave to many groups, Muslims and non- Muslims. Many of us fail to see this vital part of his legacy. This has become the legacy of Dallas Masjid AL Islam. The inner city is in a severe crisis that Muslims should not ignore. It is not uncommon for people to feel that some of their challenges are too large to handle individually. It is true, DFW Humanitarian Day can’t do it all but what if everyone did something. Let us remember, together we can make a difference. May Allah continue to bless our efforts.

By: Khalid Shaheed
A few lessons we need to be cognitive of come from the early years of Prophet Muhammad (saw), in Makkah and again in Medinah. In Makkah he showed cooperation with Christians. He sent a delegation of Muslims to Ethiopia. This was during a time of severe persecution of Muslims. But, he saw the Christians in a favorable light and considered them just and kind. The Christians welcomed the muslims to their land, protected them and were kind to them. When he migrated to the town that became Medinah, he found Jews and polytheist living there. But, yet he signed a document recognizing them and respecting their rights to practice their faith. Dr. Sherman Jackson tells us that Medinah was a multi culture and multi religious city. Dr. Jackson says the document he signed was not a religious document but a “political and military” document. It was military in the sense that all parties would come together to protect Medinah. This document is called the Charter of Medinah. Also, while in Medinah 2 events occurred that were historic in nature, in terms of a religious leader. One day while sitting with his companions a funeral procession approached. Prophet Muhammad stood up. His companions thought it was necessary to remind him that the deceased were Jewish. But, he remaining standing and said he, the one deceased, was also a human being. Secondly, in 631 C.E. a delegation of learned Christians came to dialogue with him .Before they left he offered to let them pray in his Masjid in Medinah. We should take time to reflect on these incredible events. These are amazing lessons of kindness and respect for religious diversity that are deeply embedded in the roots of our ummah.

MAGAZINE
Reprint from D Magazine July 2011, Dallas’ Dynamic Faith,
Another Path

Interview with Imam Khalid Shaheed, leader of Dallas’ predominantly black Masjid Al-Islam mosque

When was Masjid Al-Islam founded and why? It was officially founded in 1968. Originally, it was called Mosque No. 48 of the Nation of Islam under the leadership of Elijah Muhammad. The Temple attempted to address the social needs of black people in the Dallas area during Jim Crow. The present location was bought and dedicated by our late leader Imam Warith Deen Muhammad in 1980. The mosque was dedicated to the practice of mainstream Al-Islam and to support and service the betterment of American society.

African-Americans make up the bulk of your membership. Why is that? We have members and supporters from different nationalities and ethnicities. We’re based in South Dallas. The area is a traditionally black area. Also, African-Americans have an Islamic legacy in their heritage. A substantial percentage of Africans brought to these shores as slaves were Muslims. And many of our attendees were part of the original Nation of Islam before converting to the orthodox mainstream Islam in 1975 under the leadership of our late leader Imam Warith Deen Muhammad.

What inspired the mosque’s Feeding Our Neighbors program? When the Quran defines righteousness, one of the factors mentioned along with belief in God is concern for the less fortunate members of society. We provide over 10,000 meals a year. We also provided free medical screening. Our outreach program is six years old, and it operates every Saturday and Sunday. The mosque also spearheads the biannual Humanitarian Day DFW with the help of Muslims, Christians, and civic and business communities from across the metro areas. That program provides free, new and used goods and a health fair. Our overall effort is called The Beacon of Light Community Center. Our mission is to serve everyone—without proselytizing. We are encouraged by the Quran to be a contributing element for the enhancement of society and to work with all people.

How does the mosque work with other congregations in the city? We participate in interfaith gatherings. Since our inception, we have visited and spoken at more than 250 churches in town. We participated in Thanksgiving Square World Assembly. On November 30, 2010, we were part of Dallas Independent School District’s dialogue with African-American religious leaders. We have worked with the Dallas Peace Center and contributed to the dialogue with the interfaith coffeehouse. On September 11, 2010, we hosted 12 Christian and Jewish congregations at Masjid Al-Islam seeking unity, appreciation, and tolerance.

What is the one thing you’d like someone moving to Dallas to know about Masjid Al-Islam?
Dallas Masjid Al-Islam believes in the greatness of America. We feel honored to be part of this great nation. We denounce any harm done in the name of religion. Our congregation wants to help make Dallas the greatest city in America for all people. We respect and appreciate the sacredness of all religions.

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 (Every Saturday During Ramadan)
214-923-3641

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

Seerah of Prophet Muhammad/ Meaning of Ramadan
Sunday’s 12:00 pm to 1:30pm
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