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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 …