Sunday, July 28, 2013

PRAY FOR THE LEADERSHIP




TO THE ANONYMOUS PERSON WHO SENT ME A RAMADAN LETTER DENIGRATING "MOST BLACK AMERICAN IMAMS"

Even though I find it curious that the shortcomings you attribute to "most Black-American Imams" can only be attributed to us in your view , I state nonetheless that if you are a sincere Muslim and believe what you say, then pray for those of us whom you cite. Perhaps we'll meet your standards one day.

If you are an enemy of Islam trying to sow the seeds of fitna (and I say that because your letter in form and content reminds me of those sent during the COINTELPRO era, including your use of a return address of another masjid -auuthu bil-laah), then may Allah humiliate and expose you.

Oh btw, next time use spell check !

Sunday, July 14, 2013

A REFLECTION FOR TRAYVON


NEVER ENDING STORY
After the Indictment of Trayvon  the Dead Victim
And the Acquital of George Zimmerman, the Killer

By Imam Al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid

As long as white folk continue to deny the ongoing existence of racism
And its impact on themselves, black folk, all people of color, and
American life
Racism will never be eradicated in America.

As long as “good White folk” remain in denial as to their own implicit race bias
And the enduring legacy of white supremacy on American policies and institutions,
Injustice will remain ascendant in the land.

As long as white folk, when confronted by the apparent ugly truths
of racial injustice
Are afraid to speak or act  with equity , but choose to uphold double standards
And keep the flames of injustice burning, the soul of the nation decays.

“If you Black, get back.
If you’re White, you’re alright.
If you’re Brown, stick around.
If you’re yellow, it’s mellow.”

As long as black folk are afraid to be uncompromising
In the face of injustice,  but insist on trying to get along
With those who don’t want to get along with them

Yo bro’ - Smile if you must but resist
and stop laughing to keep from crying

Yo sis’ - our fratricide is no excuse for their genocide

It AIN’T Post-racial!  Not yet.

As long as courts continue to generate the same results
Time after time after time,

Trayvons and Cliffords and Amadou, Amadou, Amadou
Sean and Anthony, RaMarley, Hilton, and Mohammadou, Mohammadou, Mohammadou

Will be duplicated and replicated,
Lives stolen by devils with guns, in uniform and out

No justice, just-us
No justice, just –us
Never justice, just -us

As long as  inquiring minds must ask

“Why are White boys rarely killed by Black police officers
and never killed by Black vigilantes?

“Why are Black police officers killed by not-so-friendly fire from
White police officers, but never the reverse?”

Something wrong, something wrong

There must be a solution beyond shouts and shots,
Shouts and shots,
Shots,
Shots,
Shots…

There is a solution. It’s called Truth and Courage.

But who will stand up, to themselves?






http://abcnews.go.com/US/george-zimmerman-prosecution-petition-overwhelms-naacp-website/story?id=19662189#.UeMTHxbhGfQ

http://mxgm.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Operation-Ghetto-Storm.pdf

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

WE HAVE A RIGHT


NY MUSLIM LEADERS & ACTIVISTS SUE THE NYPD

(AP photo) LEADERS AND MEMBERS OF THE MAJLIS ASH-SHURA OF METROPOLITAN NY JOIN COMRADES IN STRUGGLE TO ANNOUNCE LAW SUIT AGAINST NYPD:
first row, beginning from right to left: plaintiff Asad Dandia (white shirt with black tie), Majlis Executive Committee member Imam Siraj Wahhaj (representing Masjid At-Taqwa as a plaintiff), me (Imam Al-Hajj Talib 'Abdur-Rashid) , Amir of The Majlis, plaintiff Imam Hamid Hassan Raza, of Masjidul-Ansar, attorney Hina Shamsi of The ACLU, attorney Ramzi Kassem of City University of NY CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility) , Dalia Shams, also of  CLEAR
2nd row, right to left , Majlis secretary, Imam Abdul-Azeem Khan of Masjid Omar bin Abdul-Aziz, Imam Charles Aziz Bilal of Masjid Alhamdulillah, Imam Ayub Abdul-Baki of The Tauhid Center for Islamic Development, Attorney Art Eisenberg of the ACLU (far left)

LINK: http://reason.com/blog/2013/06/18/nypd-faces-lawsuit-over-massive-surveillance

STATEMENT BY IMAM AL-HAJJ TALIB ‘ABDUR-RASHID
President, The Islamic Leadership Council Of Metropolitan N.Y.
9 Sha'baan 1434 A.H./June 18, 2013 A.H.

Good morning, peace be unto you all, and As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum. The Majlis Ash-Shura  of Metropolitan NY is a network of some 46 Muslim congregations and organizations representing thousands of Muslim men, women, youth, and children. We are here in representation of  that significant Muslim constituency , to stand with the members of this hard-working legal team. We do so in expression of a common belief of all Muslims in this city and beyond, and people of other faiths as well. We believe that all faith communities, including our own, have a right to exist without stigma, and without having undue suspicion cast upon us, because of our religion.
In the years since 9-11, the NYPD under the command leadership of Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, has covertly altered the status of Muslim houses of worship , from what the Police Department once called “sensitive locations”, to what they now identify as “locations of concern”.
Since that tragic day 12 years ago this coming September, our civil society has wrestled with the task of establishing a balance between public safety on one hand, and on the other, the human right to equal treatment and protection under the law for all people, including Muslims.
Many people in New York City have been misled into thinking that violation of the rights of the minority, are necessary for the safety and security of the majority. It is not. As both citizens and neighbors, we Muslims seek , as the Prophet Jeremiah exhorted, “the safety and security of the city”. This is our concern for  our neighbors, and ourselves.
But when Muslim New Yorkers are led to believe that we cannot trust all  police officers to be loyal to their oath of duty to safeguard all people equally; when we instead witness some officers enforcing a discriminatory policy of surveillance , resulting from suspicion based upon religious affiliation alone, it undermines our ability to partner with law enforcement, and that renders all New Yorkers less safe, not more safe.
50 years ago too many elected and law enforcement officials in our country, believed and maintained that unjust discriminatory policies profiling citizens because of their race or ethnicity, were not unconstitutional. Eventually they were proven wrong. and our country is better because of that.
Today in our city and country, there are those who believe , and after today will continue to maintain, that profiling because of religion, or at least our religion, and it’s resulting suspicion-less surveillance of Muslim men, women, and youth ,where we worship, study in universities, or socialize, is not unconstitutional .
They are unapologetic in their defense of their unjust policies. They might even scour the Muslim community, until they find some unaware soul whom they consider to be “opinion makers”, who will stand with them in defense of discrimination against our community. Allah willing, one day they too will be proven wrong. and the city and the country will benefit.
Discrimination against Muslims is unconstitutional , and we refuse to be scapegoated because of the thoughts or actions of an unbalanced few, who claim the same religion as we do.
We too are unapologetic. But we are unapologetically Muslim, and unapologetically American. As Americans, Muslims are entitled to equal protection under the law, and freedom from discrimination, just as all citizens are regardless of their religion, or lack thereof.
Equal protection and freedom are not just for Christians and Jews, and their places of worship. They are for everyone. It is is not just churches and synagogues, but also mosques and temples that are sacred locations , equally entitled to protocols of respect and regard .
As for ourselves as Muslims, we will continue to pray to the God of Justice. We look forward to our day in court, and on that day, may justice prevail.