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AFRICAN AMERICAN PAPAL ENGAGEMENT

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OCTOBER 7, 2015 
 As-Salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullah . Pope Francis' current and ongoing global tours give Muslim religious and spiritual leaders in various countries, the opportunity to interact with him. His recent visit to NYC is an example of this, wherein both (NYPD, and NYU Islamic Center Muslim Chaplain) Imam Khalid Latif, and sister Sarah Sayeed (formerly of the Interfaith Center of NY, now with the NYC Mayor's office) were selected to offer prayer at the Sept. 11th Memorial Museum multi-faith gathering. However this was not the first such gathering with Muslim American participants . 

Two decades prior, 19 and 20 years ago respectively this month, foundational and substantive engagements took place between US-based African American imams ,and a predecessor of the current pope, his eminence Pope John Paul II. In 1995 , during the 2nd of two such visits (the first was in 1979) it was that pope who took NYC by storm with motorcades and multiple appearances for public w…

AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSLIMS & MEMORIAL DAY

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Muslim Memorial Day Commemoration 7 Sha’baan 1436 A.H./ May 25, 2015 C.E.
During this month commemorating the 90th birthday of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz/Malcolm X we remember the teaching made popular by him in the broad African American community, “Of all our studies history is best qualified to reward all research”. Historical research reveals that Memorial Day was started by black former slaves on may, 1, 1865 in Charleston, S.C. to honor 257 dead Union Army soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a confederate prison camp. They dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give them a proper burial , as gratitude for fighting for their freedom. They then held a parade of 10,000 people led by 2,800 black children where they marched, sang and celebrated[1]. Amongst those black soldiers who served in the Union Army was the brave and stalwart freedom fighter Harriet Tubman, who drew upon her experience leading 300 enslaved black folk to freedom on the underground railroad, to act as…

A CLASH OF EXTREMISMS: THE GARLAND, TEXAS SHOOTING

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A Clash of Extremisms and The Wages Of The Sin Of Irresponsible Hate Speech
Once again the ugly consequences of irresponsible speech designed to inflame Muslim sentiment, have resulted in a tragic display of violence in a clash between extremists. The result was the wounding of a security guard and the killing of the two alleged shooters Sunday night in Garland, Texas. The assault highlighted familiar elements and activities with increasingly familiar results.
The event’s sponsor, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), is a group perhaps better known by its other name, Stop Islamization of America (SIOA).  It is an American extreme right-wing organization that describes itself as a "human rights organization dedicated to free speech, religious liberty and individual rights”. However the Southern Poverty Law Center, a credible group that authentically engages in the combatting of hate and intolerance in American society, has long since listed the AFDI as an Islamophobic …

RIOTS NEVER MAKE SENSE, YET THEY DO

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RIOTS NEVER MAKE SENSE BUT YET THEY DO By Imam Al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid
Like dark clouds gathering on a stormy horizon, the specter of anger and violence erupted this week in Baltimore, Maryland, and threatens to engulfthe nation. Once again we have witnessed images of black youth rioting in urban America.Still pictures and video footage have been broadcast throughout the nation and beyond, via global media. When I was a teenager in the 1960s those same images were beamed into American homes on seven T.V. channels. Now my electronic remote reveals to me that there are 2,000 channels.The irony though is that neither the sights of uprising nor their accompanying narratives have changed in 50 years or more. On Monday, April 27th, 10,000 predominantly Americans of African descent and those in solidarity with them, protested peacefully in the streets of Baltimore in affirmation of the belief that “Black Lives Matter”, and protesting the police killing of 25 year-old Freddie Gray. However…