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Ali and Imam Talib

“O ye who believe! Fear Allah and let every soul look to what he has sent forth for tomorrow.  Yes, fear Allah: for Allah is well-acquainted with (all) that ye do.” Qur’an 59:18

“You have but one life; it soon will be past. What you do for G-d is all that will last.” –  Muhammad Ali

LOUISVILLE, Kty. – A spectacular event!  Held at the Louisville Downtown Marriott in Louisville, the 2nd Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards event was highly successful in accomplishing its goals of acknowledging, highlighting and celebrating the great humanitarian works of people across the globe that are making a difference in the world.

In speaking to the huge audience in attendance, Donald Lassere the President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center said, “The incredible efforts of the humanitarians who were honored this year serve as a testament to the fact that one person can change the world.

“Muhammad Ali is a living example of that statement. It is our hope that these awards create a catalyst in younger generations to get out and make a difference.”

All of those 30 years and under were honored with an award that represented one of the Six Core Principles of Muhammad Ali: Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality.

Wife of the Champ and Vice Chair of the Muhammad Ali Center, Lonnie Ali said, “The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards personify what the Ali Center stands for…. Tonight, we honored some exceptional humanitarians who are demonstrating that one person’s conscious actions can effectively change the lives of many, and ultimately transform the world.”

Muhammad Ali once said, “I’ve always wanted to be more than just a boxer. More than just the three-time heavyweight champion. I wanted to use my fame and this face that everyone knows so well, to help uplift and inspire people around the world.”

Traveling from one of those placing from around the world to attend this event was Tahir Salie, International Representative for the Two Oceans Education Foundation (2OEF), a leading education movement that provides quality education to disadvantaged learners and leaders in South Africa.
The work of the Foundation has been formally endorsed by Hi Grace Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
Integral to Tahir’s attendance was the presenting of the 2OEF’s prestigious award of “Lifetime Honorary Leadership” to Muhammad Ali, of which he asked Imam Talib Shareef, leader of the Nation’s Mosque, Masjid Muhammad in Washington, D.C., to accompany him in the presentation.
When asked why the Foundation was presenting such an award, Tahir responded, “It was an honor and a privilege for the 2OEF and we are grateful for having been given the opportunity.  Muhammad Ali is such a global icon who has contributed selflessly not only to the sporting community, but to humanity at large.
“He is widely valued for the skills and talent he displayed in the ring; however his current devotion to helping promote world peace, civil rights, religious freedom, hunger relief and humanitarianism is legendary in itself.
“It is in this spirit that we at the 2OEF believe that Muhammad is a worthy recipient of this inaugural award.  At the 2OEF we have a vision of developing future leaders who will excel in their respective careers but who will also dedicate their lives and learning experiences to bring about a better world, Muhammad Ali is the epitome of this vision.
“His commitment towards the uplifting of disadvantaged communities globally and Africa in particular stands out as a beacon of hope. He is indeed a genuine role model to our leaders at the 2 Oceans Education Foundation.
“He has inspired and will continue to inspire millions of people old and young around the globe to look past themselves and add value to the lives of others.”
In giving some of his thoughts on the evening, Imam Talib Shareef stated, “We thank Allah for Muhammad Ali who is such a great help to us (Muslims) and the world in his religious and his human identity.
“It was an added gift to see him, ‘The People’s Champ,’ in attendance and observing how, under the banner of his name and life’s contribution, excellence and greatness being recognized in such a diverse group of awardees, six of whom were extraordinary young people.
“Although this event received overwhelming participation, I would like to encourage more people, especially Muslims, to support this event in the future via attendance and or recommending to the organizers very special young people, under 30 years old, who are doing amazing humanitarian or social justice work; and to also at a minimum to give their support by taking out an annual membership with the Muhammad Ali Center.”
The list of receipients of the 2014 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards included: Jim Brown, who received the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award; Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon for her charitable work to include serving as an ambassador for UNICEF; international humanitarian and entrepreneur Mick Ebeling for his work as founder and CEO of Not Impossible, LLC; multiple Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist, actor, and poet Common;  Kentucky humanitarians, Mr. Robert and Mrs. Deborah Blair the founders of the free, private, college preparatory, Pre-K through eighth “West End School” for young men;  Jessica Matthews, age 26 of New York, for her Confidence in her role with Uncharted Play;  Mario Andres Hurtado Cardozo, age 22 of Colombia, for his Conviction with his organization that promotes the right to be a conscientious objector in one of the most militarized countries in the world, while generating life-affirming, creative, nonviolent collective actions to promote peace and social justice; Kennedy Odede, age 29 of Kenya, for his Dedication working with Shining Hope for Communities; Talia Leman, age 19 from Iowa, for Giving in her role with RandomKid; Sejal Hathi, 23 from California, for Respect to recognize her work with girltank a social enterprise dedicated to socially and economically empower young women globally; Mastura Rashid, age 24 of Malaysia, for Spirituality.
“We hope the Ali Humanitarian Awards continue to inspire young people to be great and do great things.  It was a privilege to be among these great humanitarians who are tomorrow’s hope.” ~ Lonnie Ali

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Halal Business

By Imam Abdul Azeez

NEWARK, N.J./NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Hon. Elijah Muhammad built bakeries and opened grocery stores under his leadership. And he is a man we will have to recognize for starting us on the road to such accomplishments.

Under his leadership, the Muslim African American had bakeries, restaurants, clothing stores, a printing press for the Muhammad Speaks weekly newspaper and thousands of acres of farmland and a fleet of trucks to bring in the goods and take out the newspapers to far out cities.  So on the truck with the newspapers were watermelons, and other farm products going out to market.

See the big big picture was the focus of the speech on “Community Life Forward,” Imam W. Deen Mohammed delivered at the 2006 Ramadan Session. And in an effort to keep alive the vision and business initiatives of our beloved  leader and teacher,  Imam Mohammed, the   President of the National Muslim Business Council (NMBC), David K Hasan, and his Steering Committee came to Newark on a recent Friday morning  to be sure Imam Mohammed’s business initiatives were alive.

They were met there by Imam Rasool Malik, of Rasool’s Clothing of Miami, Fla. Bro. Abdur Raheem , owner of Halal Meat Manufacturers, of Chicago, Ill. The aim for this particular visit to New York and New Jersey was to talk to a few serious businessmen and women from among the believers in our association to revive unity in business.

This effort is to restart the campaign toward financial stability, independence and freedom. In other words, the call was “bring back do-for-self.” Also in discussion was the idea of bringing the NMBC annual conference to New York/ New Jersey for 2016.

The theme for the weekend was “Successful indeed are the believers,” from Holy Qur’an Surah 23:1. The weekend plan included attending the Islamic business and finance conference on Saturday morning, Oct. 11, 2014, at the Sofitel Hotel in Manhattan, N.Y., and a luncheon at a halal Indian restaurant, Red Hot Chili, Saturday afternoon in Harlem, N.Y. The restaurant was two doors away from the historic Masjid Malcolm Shabazz

On Saturday evening, the business delegation attended the historic Masjid Ali K. Muslim in Newark. And on Sunday morning, breakfast was at Jaloh African Restaurant, that sits below the historic Masjid Abdul Muhsi Khalifah, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Masjid Al.i K Muslim also houses the historic Clara Muhammad School. Resident Imam  Akbar Muhammad, who is a very remarkable Imam and businessman in his own right, delivered a very enlightening and high spirited khutbah.

Afterward, we were blessed to break bread with Imam Akbar his wife and staff. A tour of the newly built Masjid Ali K Muslim on the site of the old one showed off its new elevator to accommodate the beloved Pioneers.

Imam Akbar also gave a walk through of his own store operated by him and his wife and some of the many businesses in Newark. To close the day, for dinner we went to a restaurant owned by the son of Imam Akbar, Al Amin Muhammad, an impressive young man.

Back at the Sofitel Hotel, introductions were made at the ongoing Islamic banking and finance seminar hosted by Camille Paldi, an Islamic finance extraordinaire. Our host received us well and was very surprised to meet the African American President of the National Muslim Business Council and more surprised to know that the Muslim Business Council has 3,000 businesses behind it and growing.
After the introduction, the delegation of businessmen and women proceeded to the luncheon at Red Hot Chili Halal Indian Resturant, In such close proximity to Masjid Malcolm Shabazz, its Imam Izak-el Pasha was invited but could not attend, however a representative from the Masjid attended on his behalf.
Many business owners came out, and Imam Yusuf Ramadan, of Masjid Nurrideen in Corona-Queens, N.Y., joined us along with Muslim business owners from New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Chicago and Miami, and from throughout North Carolina.
NMBC President David Hasan gave each person an opportunity to introduce themselves and their businesses. Bro. Hasan then gave a well balanced analysis on the importance of doing-for-self as a community.
“The banks don’t respect us as individuals; rather they respect us as organizations,” he said. “Do we stop doing business as a group because CPC didn’t work out; do we quit now? Do we stop doing business as a community?” he asked.
Sis Baseemah Hasan, wife of David Hasan and coworker in NMBC, gave a very insightful introduction to the organization, is purpose and objectives. Imam Yusuf Ramadan also made some very spirited comments. Time was allowed for networking.
Saturday evening, the business delegation headed back tohistoric Masjid Ali K. Muslim and was welcomed with open arms by Imam Akbar Muhammed and his community. After opening comments from Imam Antar Mateen – representing the future – Imam Akbar spoke as if we were family sharing details about their history and the nucleus of his staff.
Imam Akbar continued, explaining what Imam Dr. Warith Deen Mohammed really meant to the community in Newark. He then gave everyone a chance to speak and assured us that we were at a home away from home. If you’re ever in Newark, you’ve got to stop and pray two rakat at Masjid Ali K. Muslim, have a bite to eat with them and drop something in the zakat bucket, if you can.
At dinner, catered by Chef Hasan, President of NMBC shared the vision as followers of Imam Mohammed. David Hasan and Imam Akbar Muhammad were doing the very same thing today that they were doing when their leader and teacher was alive; they have not stopped.
During this visit to Newark, we  were able to purchase whatever we needed and not one dime of our money left  the community of Muslims, not even the cab ride back to the train station. The cab driver was from the masjid and I gladly paid what was due.
Sunday morning, we arrived at the Jaloh Restaurant  in Brooklyn and was met by Bismillah Abdul Hafeedh Combs of Brooklyn Printing Co.,  who organized the breakfast. With him were many Muslim business owners and State Committeemen Basheer Anthony Jones.
The gathering expanded bringing together Muslim businessmen from Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn with the others from Newark, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia and parts of North Carolina, accepting the invitation to begin working with each other in an excellent way.
As a means toward financial independence, NMBC set out to get closer to its goal this weekend. NMBC also started a new chapter in Brooklyn, so the Muslim businessmen can continue to meet once a month for networking and joint ventures. They heard the call and responded immediately.
Imam Rasool Malik announced that he will be sponsoring a one thousand dollar loan for young entrepreneurs through NMBC and the loan is to be paid back in 90 business days; further details will be announced in the coming weeks, insha Allah (Allah willing).
This weekend with the NMBC was free for any appearances footing all the expenses as a testament to how serious we are about pushing the business initiatives of Imam Dr. W.D. Mohammed.
The NMBC will be coming to your town/city soon, Insha Allah. We humbly pray that  Allah blesses us to keep the marriage between faith and business going strong.
(Imam Abdul Azeez is Associate Imam for Dawah and educational coordinator at Masjid Yusuf Shah, in Mt. Vernon, N.Y. He is vice president for WCAI and Associate Imam with Interfaith Associates; founder, president and Imam at Ash-Shifaa Inc.; owner  TAHA Sanitizers, co-owner  Needles and Threads.)

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Death-by-gun-fire a health issue deadlier than Ebola….

By D. Shahid Abdul-Karim
@Shahid_Akarim on Twitter
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A candlelight vigil in honor of Erika Robinson was held in front of the former Key Club Cabaret this recently, marking the one-year anniversary of her shooting death.
More than 100 friends, family members, community activists, law enforcement officials and political leaders gathered to pay homage to the life of the 26-year-old.
Robinson, of West Haven, was shot and killed Oct. 26 during a mass shooting inside the club.
Adrian Bennett, aka “Bread,” 28 at the time of the shooting, has been charged with one count of murder, five counts of first-degree assault and criminal possession of a firearm in the incident.
“Today’s event represented the perfect recipe needed to confront the horrific acts of gun violence in America,” said Robinson’s cousin and family spokesman Shafiq Abdussabur. “We were fortunate to have brought together loving parents, a strong family, a dedicated federal senator, a community based police department, members of the clergy, support agencies, friends and concerned citizens.”
Abdussabur is an author, racial profiling consultant and police officer. “This is a true representation of a community network committed to finding solutions to end the tragic acts of gun violence that continue to threaten “the American Dream,” he said.
Abdussabur encouraged the Black community to support elected officials, such as U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Gov. Dannel Malloy, for their bold efforts in combating gun violence.
Robinson’s father, Gregory Fulcher, 53, said he is not stopping the fight of bringing more attention to gun violence, particularly in the Black community.
“We need to push the political agenda around gun violence, because it’s that serious for our community,” Fulcher said.
Robinson was an avid fan of the New York Knicks and Washington Redskins, loved shoes and was a fashion entrepreneur, according to her family. Robinson’s clothing line ‘High on Life’ was sold at Jimmy’s Hip Hop shop in West Haven.
Blumenthal, who attended the vigil and who has spoken on the Senate floor about the shooting death of Robinson, called again for Congress to pass laws that would prevent “such violence.”
Blumenthal said over the past year, he has made it a constant cause speaking on the floor of the senate, at rallies, and vigils for other victims.
“I have repeatedly invoked Erika Robinson’s name. I invoke her memory as an inspiration to me.... Her memory and presence should be with us always as a reminder of how urgent this cause is.”
Gun violence expert and community activist, the Rev. William Mathis, who offered words of encouragement to the family, said gun violence must become part of the domestic and international policy agenda.
“The data reveals that those who possess guns are more than likely to be killed by one or someone in their personal space,” said Mathis.
“The banning of semi automatic weapons does nothing to make any significant impact on urban gun violence often perpetrated with the use of illegally gained handguns.”
Mathis believes that the Black community must leverage economic wealth and political power as a way to reduce gun violence.
“The political process as we know it often places us in an awkward position to support the lesser of two evils,” Mathis said. “Perhaps we need our own agenda, clear and concise and allow that to drive our spending and voting.”
Andrew R. Doba, Malloy’s Director of Communications, said Malloy was outraged by the tragedy that took Robinson’s life.
“The Governor was down in New Haven within hours of the shooting. His thoughts and prayers go out to her family on what must be another very difficult day since her life was needlessly cut short,” Doba said.
“He hopes that he has the chance to work with her family on the steps they believe are necessary to prevent another incident like this from occurring.”
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3, said gun violence is ravaging communities across the United States.
“Tragedies like Erika’s death make clear that we must do more to ensure the safety of our families,” DeLauro said in a statement. “That includes common-sense safety measures like universal background checks and banning assault weapons and large capacity magazines.”
Blumenthal said he and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn, fought for a comprehensive measure that would have made it a federal crime for illegal trafficking of firearms.
That portion of the bill didn’t pass.
State Senator Gary Holder-Winfield, D-New Haven, who was unable to attend the vigil, said he’d be willing to sit and speak with the family.
“Gun violence is a multi-faceted problem and the approach to it isn’t one single law. You can put this piece of legislation in place but it does not mean that you’ve solved the problem,” said Holder Winfield.
Fulcher said his hope would be that more members of the community became involved in the fight for tougher legislation.
“I’ve heard many in our community saying that we have to get to Ferguson, Missouri, to help that cause, but we have a cause right here in New Haven,” he said. “We need to put more pressure on our politicians around this mass shooting and urban gun violence; it has to be stopped.”
Holder-Winfield agreed that people have to get involved in the political process. “As hard as it is for people, they have to show up. I know people have issues with the gun law, particularly urban gun violence,” said Holder-Winfield.
“We can’t expect people to do what we think is the right thing just because it’s the right thing,” he said. “We’ve got to be there, paying attention and being proactive; it may cost for them to ignore you.”
Republican State Sen. Kevin Witkos R-Simsbury, also said in a statement Robinson’s death was another horrifying example of the lack of oversight in the state’s prison system.
“The convicted felon arrested in this mass shooting violated his probation and then three months later brought a loaded gun into a packed nightclub and went on a shooting spree,” said Witkos, who is a member of the Public Safety Committee.
“For months, we have been asking for more oversight and accountability in our prison system. When these felons get out, someone of authority should be signing off that they have been rehabilitated and deserve release.”
Murphy, who also honored Robinson’s life on the Senate floor, said he and Blumenthal have been pushing for common-sense solutions to combat gun violence, specifically against women.
“Unfortunately, the gun lobby still has a vice grip on too many politicians in Washington, and it’s families in Connecticut and across the country who are paying the price,” Murphy said in a statement.
“The best way to honor Erika’s memory is for all of us to work together to reduce the threat of gun violence in our communities, so that another family doesn’t have to mourn the loss of a daughter, sister, son, or brother,” he said.
Murphy previously said his hope would be that people in New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford who have had to deal with the consequences of gun violence turn their energies into political action.
(Editorial Note: Statistically, many more Americans will die from gun violence than from Ebola. To comment, call the New Haven Register Community Engagement Editor Shahid Abdul-Karim at 203-680-9343.)

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By Haneefah Salim and
R. Maryum Mohammed

TINLEY PARK, Ill. – The Mosque Cares Annual Muslim Convention, held Labor Day Weekend 2014, included special guest speakers Rufus and Jenny Triplett, from Atlanta, GA. They independently held a thought provocative two-hour “Let’s Get the Singles Married” forum.
This couple was named Ebony Magazine’s “Couple of the Year” and they are Co-Authors of the book “Surviving Marriage in the 21st Century.”   They have been married for nearly 25 years and raised three boys. This couple travels across the United States frequently, on a mission to educate and connect singles for the purpose of marriage, along with providing easy tips on maintaining a successful marriage.
This forum was filled to capacity with men and women of all ages seeking valuable information and advice for a successful marriage. The Triplett’s also maintained a booth during the entire convention and were available to distribute information and give consultation. They received many positive comments on their workshop!
This year, there were a total of seven Health and Wellness workshops coordinated by Haneefah Salim, member of The Mosque Cares Executive Committee and Certified Fitness Professional.  All of the workshops, including the physical fitness sessions, were open for everyone – both men and women.
The following is a synopsis of these fascinating Health and Wellness Presenters and their workshops:
Spiritual Health: Hajj, a Journey of Faith, Trust and Submission. Heading this workshop was Hajji M. Khalil Ghani.  Bro. Ghani joined the Nation of Islam in 1974 and transitioned to Islam proper with Imam W.D. Mohammed in 1975.
He is married to Zakeenah, and they have children and grandchildren.  Bro. Ghani retired from the Philadelphia Fire Department after serving the people of Philadelphia, Penn., for almost 30 years.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School. He also owns the Al-Furqan Bookstore and Bazaar in Philadelphia.
Hajji Ghani has performed Hajj 20 times and has made numerous Umrahs. He has also instructed and led over a thousand people on the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Hajji Ghani opened by stating that Allah, The Creator (SWT,) has made Hajj obligatory upon every capable Muslim. He stated that although Hajj has been made an obligation, it is often relegated as a task to be done later in life rather than sooner.
He emphasized that this is a duty believers owe to Allah as stated in the Qur’an 3:97.  Bro. Ghani further stated that Prophet Muhammed (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him) said: “Islam is built on five; 1. Belief in Allah and His Messenger; 2. Salat/Prayer; 3. Zakat/charity; 4. Fasting during the month of Ramadan; and 5. Hajj –The pilgrimage to Mecca.
Through the use of a PowerPoint presentation, Bro. Ghani covered it all! He discussed “why Hajj is an obligation upon the Muslim; who is obligated to make the Hajj; where Hajj is performed; when to make the Hajj and most importantly, the proper method of how to make the Hajj by following the practice of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH).
He also discussed the importance of how to deal with the “conditions” of Hajj.  And upon completion of the workshop, attendees had a clear understanding of how to perform the Hajj and the necessary knowledge of how to fulfill the requirements of Hajj.
Oral Health Education: Preventative Diseases Related to Poor Dental Hygiene. Presenter was Hajjah Col. DDS Baseemah Najeeullah, 579th Dental Clinical Flight Commander, from Joint Base Anacostia-Boiling Washington, D.C.  Sis. Baseemah joined the United States Air Force in 1998 and has 30 years of Dental experience.
Dr. Col. Najeeullah holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and is a Doctor of Dental Surgery.  She is a native New Yorker, from Staten Island, New York, and has been married for 39 years to Nadir. They have children and grandchildren. She and her husband have been Muslims and students of Imam W.D. Mohammed for many years and have been blessed to make the Hajj together.
Dr. Najeeullah presented some vivid dental images with the use of PowerPoint. She stressed the importance of an annual dental exam that includes an oral cancer screening. She discussed Oral Cancer statistics particularly in the African American community, the risk factors, signs and symptoms and the importance of early detection and prevention.
Dr. Najeeullah elaborated on these three medical systemic conditions that periodontal disease impacts:
1. Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus (insulin dependent); 2. Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries); and 3. Preterm Low Birth Weight.
Dr. Najeeullah explained that all of these conditions are exacerbated in patients with severe periodontal (gum) disease.
Mental Health: Issues In Our Youth – “Know the signs and become proactive.” Presenter was Hajji Imam Mutee A. Mulazim, Resident Imam of Masjid Al-Inshirah, Inc.  Under his leadership, the community purchased a 25-acre property where a new Masjid has been built from the ground up and all renovations are nearly complete.
Imam Mutee is a behavioral therapist, a licensed Psychiatric Assistant, a Certified Sexual Offender Treatment Specialist (CSOTS) and ABD Doctoral candidate.
He transitioned from the Nation of Islam with Imam W.D. Mohammed in 1975 to the universal practice of Islam.  Imam Mutee has been married to Tiye for 42 years, and they have children and grandchildren.
They own and operate Shura, Inc., which is a residential provider to the intellectually disabled in Maryland. In 1994, Imam Mutee and his wife were blessed to make the Hajj together.  Imam Mutee covered the following Mental Health Disorders affecting Young Adults:
Depression – Signs that you are affected;
Personality Disorders – What is normal and what is not;
Drug/Substance Abuse – Have you gone beyond casual use;
Victims or perpetrators of Bully Behavior – How do you fit in;
Schizophrenia - How it looks in teens and young adults; and
Sex Disorder/Sexual Dysfunctions and Social Media Addictions.
Imam Mutee Mulazim discussed how the Holy Qur’an can be utilized as a Healing for young adults by applying the following: Prayer as a healing; Remembering Allah, The Creator, through Meditation for calming;
and Fasting to help to control unnatural urges.
Imam Mutee explained how Mental Health Illness Treatment may improve your social, mental, spiritual and physical health.  Each participant was provided with a daily affirmation guide, Tips for Healthy Friendships and Families, foods that improve the quality of health and spiritual life and a basic introduction to a positive money diet.
Holistic Health Care and Nutrition – “For Men and Women.” Presenter was Hajjah Khadijah Islam, B.S., Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) and Nutrition Expert, with 30 years of experience.
A loving caregiver personally and professionally most of her life, hence the reason that her career as a critical care registered nurse comes natural for her.
Out of the Nation of Islam, Sis. Khadijah has been a Muslimah and student of W.D. Mohammed for many years; she has been blessed to complete the Hajj. She is from Philadelphia, Penn., and the Virginia area.
Sis. Khadijah began her talk by stating that Allah, The Creator, has provided guidelines in the Qur’an to be healthy. She reflected that the requirements for Muslims to perform prayers five times a day, fasting during Ramadan and practicing self-restrain also have many physical benefits.
She reflected on the benefits of the dietary restrictions and recommendations for Muslims. Some of the restrictions and recommendations are eating of the good and healthy foods, refraining from eating of pork and not over eating.
Sis. Khadijah prepared and discussed a handout listing nutritional food value, titled 'What's In It for me.” She also discussed the importance of maintaining a normal blood pressure reading.
She left the audience with a practical Health tip left by Prophet  Muhammed (PBUH) which  says to try to maintain no more than 1/3 water, 1/3 air, 1/3 food.
Physical Fitness: Therapeutic Yoga, Personal Training Techniques, and Line Dance Workshops. These were conducted by Hajjah Haneefah Salim, coordinator of the Health and Wellness Team and member of The Mosque Cares Executive Committee.
She is a Certified Fitness Professional and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Care Administration.  She founded and owns the FitnessLifePro health and wellness business.
Sis. Salim has over 10 years of training and experience in the health and wellness field.  She travels in and outside of the United States conducting Health and Wellness sessions.
She has been a Muslimah and student of W.D. Mohammed most of her life.  She said that she strives to help increase the awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle for both adults and children.
She has been blessed to have made the Hajj, pilgrimage to Mecca, on two occasions.  She is from Philadelphia, Penn., and Maryland area.
Sis. Haneefah held the exercise sessions at 7 a.m., each morning and many participates showed up on time and ready for a workout. Those in attendance found these exercise sessions to be physically and mentally beneficial.
Sis. Haneefah is also a Personal Trainer and advises her clients to first check with their doctor before beginning any vigorous exercise program. She also recommends obtaining regular checkups and screenings for high blood pressure, high cholesterol high glucose levels and certain types of cancer.
She further advises that in addition to regular exercise, it is also important to maintain a healthy diet which includes at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, plenty of water, whole grains and lean proteins.
The Mosque Cares plans to have health, wellness and fitness programs each year at the convention, Insha Allah. For more information or if you have ideas and would like to volunteer your expertise for next year's health and wellness workshops, please contact the coordinator Haneefah Salim at or her email at
Stay in touch with the Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed/The Mosque Cares activities.  Or make a donation by visiting; call 708-679-1587, or email

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Imam Yahya Shabazz-OaklandCA

 By Imam Yahya Shabazz
“Say: I seek refuge with the Lord and Cherisher of mankind. The King (or Ruler) of mankind. The God (or Judge) of mankind. From the mischief of the whisperer (of evil) who withdraws (after his whisper). Who whispers into the hearts of mankind. Among jinns and among men.” (Holy Qur’an 114)
I remember watching this movie a few years ago, can’t remember the title, but I do remember that it was about self-destruction. It was one of those Steven King type movies, where people could just be going on about their everyday lives, when suddenly, a breeze came by, and some of the people would just start to commit suicide.
One man just walked into a lion’s cage and allowed himself to be eaten, while another laid himself down in front of a giant mower and let it run over him.
The breeze would eventually go away, and life would return to normal. But when it came back, the destruction returned. Now a breeze, or the wind, is something not seen by the physical eye. We only see the destructive results left behind in its wake.
When we compare this metaphor with the negative influences in the community life, we come to understand the effects of those influences that permeates the African American community and cause so much death and destruction.
Just like the wind that we can’t see, so it is with these influences, we only see the results they leave behind in their wake. Black-on-black crime, disrespect for our sisters, shallow mindedness, total disregard for the need for education, family breakup, prison, and the list goes on.
Although we have seen some of this in the past, in today’s society, it is at epidemic proportions. The question that begs to be answered is: “Why, after so much sacrifice, protest, and bloodshed, are we as a people still on the bottom of society?”
The answer is, these negative influences have taken over our good senses and is fast moving us as a people to become a non - entity. During the protest days of the Civil Rights movement, originally it was known as the “human rights movement,” but forces came in and controlled the vision, so we lost sight on the real prize.
In the words of El Hajj Malik Shabazz regarding the Civil Rights movement, “Our fight is not for integration or separation. Our fight is to be recognized as humans in this society.”
That is to say that those goals that we allowed others to set for us, like the right to vote, equal employment, housing, education, etc., already belonged to us, for they were given to us by Allah but denied to us by man.
Because others controlled these God-given rights, they were able to issue them to us incrementally, so that by the time we got them, we were so beaten down, and out of breath, we became satisfied that we had finally reached freedom.
Because of this kind of thinking, we dropped our moral guard, and shaytan slipped into our minds through media and changed our value system. And we ceased caring about anything but the latest fad, trend, sex, drugs, a party, and some material gain.
We thought these things were the freedoms we sought after, not knowing that true freedom is to be able to determine one’s own destiny, and maintain one’s own dignity. In the above Qur’anic surah, it says that we “seek refuge from the whisperer who withdraws after his whisper.”
As stated earlier, like the wind, influences are not seen by the naked eye; only the results are seen. Influences are not abrupt or obvious at first, but they come to us by way of a gradual process. By the time we realize it, we’ve been overtaken by the influence.
A good example of this is homosexuality, or parents allowing children to have their way in the home, or spousal swapping. At first they present these ideas to the public just by a mention in the media, or they may include the activity in a joke, comedy routines, or TV sitcoms.
Eventually the culture is influenced to the point that these ill moral acts become acceptable in the society, then we realize that we’ve laughed ourselves all the way to hell. Then when the voice for respect and decency is heard, they are the ones who are condemned because of the influence of the whisperer.
After the passing of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Tina Turner sang a song called “We Don’t Need Another Hero” and also made a movie called Thunder Dome.
The movie depicted a time in the future after nuclear wars between the super powers, and the world will be laid desolate, and people would be reduced to scavengers preying on each other.
Thunder is symbolic of confusion in the mind, or the dome, and the world has lost direction and can’t produce another hero, or leader. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t those who know, it just means that many have sold out, and so their voices are silent while the world suffers.
Imam W. Deen Mohammed came to teach us how to recognize these signs in the society, but our voices are silent as well, and many of our youth have been lost to the influences of shaytan as well.
We teach more about the past Sahabahs, instead of seeing ourselves as Sahabahs with an even greater responsibility. So we see the effects of shaytan influences in the culture by popularizing ill-moral lifestyles.
This disease is not only affecting the youth, but indeed it’s across the board, regardless of age, position, rich, or poor – all suffer. Corruption in leadership, lack of ethics, integrity, vision cause us to become a non – entity as far as our influence in the world is concerned.
Every time the voice of Black America is raised, it’s by way of complaint or begging, never giving direction, as in the days of Elijah, Malcolm, Martin or W. Deen Mohammed. There was a time when we fought to get Black history in education. Now we have become the vehicle to erase it.
An example of this is the false hair that our sisters wear. In Scripture, we learn that “hair” is symbolic of discipline. Today it seems more and more of our sisters are wearing everybody’s hair but their own – weaves, wigs, etc.
In effect, our mothers, sisters, and daughters are under someone else’s discipline. Again, the term woman speaks not only of the biological individual, but woman is symbolic of a community. It is where the minds of the future generations are shaped and formed for future leadership
But if we’re wearing someone else’s disciplines, then we continue to be slaves. Yes, the Black woman’s hair is tough to manage, but that’s because Allah has given us a greater responsibility. Regardless to what we think our own reasons are for wearing someone else’s hair, shaytan’s message to the world is that we are under his control.
The crime in our neighborhoods in evidence of that.
It was a sister named Harriet Tubman who led so many to freedom, so where are the Harriet Tubmans, the Clara Mohammeds and Fannie Lou Hamers of today? You see our youth destroying each other in the streets today, where are the voices of the women?
You see your men have become invalids, robbed of their manhood, and you rightfully condemn them. But more so, you should speak against the whisperer who influences the society through song, corrupt role models, that have us running after fantasy.
So where are the voices of our women, our mothers, we sorely need you. Back in the day, the music artists sang songs that was not only entertaining and made profits for them, but it also shaped and molded the thinking of the youth, of the day. And they grew into productive citizens.
Today the music they sing borders on pornography and is used as a tool to kill the dignity in those who follow it.
Brothers, why do we protest when a White man kills an African American, when 99 percent of the deaths in our community is done by us, and not only will we not complain about it, we won’t even report it to law enforcement?
Maybe if we stop killing each other, we can stop others from it as well. Allah says in Qur’an that men are the maintainers of the community. We are the feet or foundation that positive community life is built on. So where are you brothers?
This is not to say that some of us aren’t doing good things in the community, but the bloodshed is so high today, that our voices need to be heard in the national discourse. We need to call those in the entertainment world to a summit, so they can see they are being used by shaytan to stop our rise.
Tell them to stop selling sex and flesh to our young sisters, as music should raise us up, not tear us down. The brilliant minds that we studied – George Washington Carver, Dr. Charles Drew, Lewis Latimer, etc. – we still have that seed within us. But this influence is so heavy on us, that we don’t use our minds for anything but foolishness.
The creativity, the imagination, the vision, that brought us through as a people, is all but lost simply because we won’t allow our voices to be heard. Our history tells us that we are a people that gave music and poetry to the world in all its flavors and beauty, that helped to advance the culture and the arts.
Today, we have been reduced to rap and sexually explicit R&B scraps that tear us away from the foundations of dignity and decency and reduces us to a despicable foreign something, scorned by others.
As men, not only is it our duty to raise our voices against these influences in the environment, but we should support the development of our own media and social net, so as to provide morally based entertainment for our young people.
Our young Muslim men should be encouraged to marry the sisters in this community. They should be urged to qualify themselves financially and spiritually to shoulder the responsibility of family life. This is the duty of the men in our community to encourage this kind of thinking so as to perpetuate the long life of this community.

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HAC Chairman

By Gloria B. Talib-Din
The Hajj Alumni Committee of New Jersey (HACNJ) is a group of dedicated Hujjaaj members in service to Allah.
The tenacity to motivate and encourage the fifth pillar for Muslims for the pleasure of our merciful Rabb is remarkable.
Bro. Ansari Rasul is the Chairman and one of the founders of (HACNJ).  He is a pioneer in the community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed.  This interview highlights the work and accomplishments of (HACNJ).
Q.  Bro. Rasul Ansari, could you please give the Muslim Journal readers some background on when you became a Muslim or when you embraced Al-Islam?
Bro. ANSARI: As Salaamu Alaikum, I first embraced Al-Islam in 1956. My family and I lived in Newark, New York at the time.  I received my X there.  I attended that temple until 1957.  Then I was asked to move to Jersey City to help establish a Temple there.
So my family and I moved to Jersey City to eliminate making the trip back and forth to New York.
Q.  New Jersey has a Hajj Alumni Committee.  How did this committee come about?
Bro. ANSARI: My wife and I were attending a return reception for the Muslims who had made the journey to Hajj.  They were relaying their stories to the audience about the journey.
It was both inspiring and beautiful.  A particular story stood out in my mind of a sister suffering with an ailment, a painful back.  She didn’t know if she could make the journey or not.  But, she tried and she made it; she persevered.
This inspired me.  I told my wife right then and there that we will try to go next year.  Allah opened the a way for us to realize the Hajj journey.  Therefore, we made Hajj in 1999, Alhamdulillah!
Q.  Was the HACNJ established in 1999, after you and your wife returned from Hajj?
Bro. ANSARI: No, it wasn’t established in 1999.  I began thinking about it in more detail in 1999.  At that time the Muslims were given a send-off and return reception given by the previous year Hujjaaj.
They assumed responsibility for all activities relating to the send off and return of the present year Hujjaaj.
Each sponsor had to pay $500 for this to happen.  It became a hardship on some Muslims.  In my house alone, we paid $1000, plus we had paid for our trip to make Hajj there and back.
After that we formed a group with everyone paying a small portion.  As a result, it wouldn’t be a hardship on Hujjaaj to accumulate the needed funds.
Q.  When did you get the epiphany of “we need to do more,” where were you?
Bro. ANSARI:  In 1999, while making the journey on the airplane to make the hajj, a fellow brother and  I began discussing our thoughts on what we could do.  We continued to talk about it in Mecca.
It stayed fresh in my mind. We began putting our thought and ideas together and discussing them.  We thought about what it would entail and how we could accomplish this goal.  The more I thought about this idea the stronger I felt, we should do this.
So as I was making my journey to Hajj, I believe this is when the epiphany moment happened.
Q. Is this when the committee was finally formed and established in the year 2000, since you made Hajj in 1999?
Bro. ANSARI: Yes, the more I thought; the more an idea became embedded in my mind of, “What if we   develop a Hajj committee?  We needed to keep Hajj in front of us 12 months out of the year.
Instead of just during the Hajj season, that would be a good activity for the group. Therefore the committee was formed.  There was a tremendous amount of interest to join the Hajj committee from the Hujjaaj.
This was a big surprise.  It seemed every Hujjaaj in the area wanted to join.
Q.  You are the chairman of the HACNJ, how many members do you have on the committee?
Bro. ANSARI:  Presently we have 12 active members.  Our charter calls for 19 members; we have a few   seats available.
Q. What is the mission of the HACNJ?
Bro. ANSARI:  The Hajj Alumni  Committee Hujjaaj was formed for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the responsibility of the Fifth Pillar of Islam.
Q.  Since you have explained the purpose of the HACNJ, do you oversee other committees?
Bro. ANSARI: Yes.  We act as the umbrella committee, the executive committee and we oversee a sub-committee.  The sub-committee takes care of the responsibilities and activities of the send-off and the return receptions of the present year Hujjaaj.
We assist the sub-committee in areas where needed.
Q.  What is the HACNJ doing to promote and encourage, “make hajj?” Do you have products/materials that you are marketing to inform Muslims about the HACNJ efforts?  If so, tell us about them?
Bro. ANSARI: Yes, we have produced two books and they reflect the journey of each individual Hujjaaj. It gives us in a capsule form their experience going to Hajj.  The Hujjaaj write and submit reflections on their journey of Hajj.
The HACNJ compiles their stories in book form.  It makes an interesting read because each hajji has a unique experience between them and their lord.  We  sell lapel pins.  The pins are not confined to just the Hujjaaj alone; any Muslim could wear the pin. The HACNJ sells Islamic calendars and Katy Dids, etc.  These are ongoing items we sell to promote Hajj.
However, the products are not limited to the above items.  We give annual dinners/socials and breakfast as well. It takes quite a bit of money to operate administratively, any kind of committee. The committee is in operation 12 months of the year.
We are not funded by the masajid.  We ask for contributions mostly from the Hujjaaj who made this experience and would like to see other Muslims accept Allah’s invitation.  The contribution helps the HACNJ stay afloat.
Q.  I have always been inspired by hearing the anecdotes, reflections, and experiences of the Hujjaaj upon returning from Hajj. I understand that the HAC is the only committee of  its kind in America;  why is it important to have a HAC?
Bro. ANSARI: Because Hajj is a command of ALLAH!  It is not a suggestion; it’s a command.  It’s one of the principles of Al-Islam.  Being that it is the last one of the five principles, it’s probably the least spoken of, during the course of the year.
It is only during the Hajj season, that we hear a little about getting ready for Hajj.  So, the HACNJ try to keep it relevant in front of the Ummah 12 months of the year.  We try and keep the community informed to know that this is something they should complete. Those that haven’t made hajj should make every effort to complete that command!
Q.  How do you see the HACNJ  evolving, growing and progressing, in the future, in sha  Allah?
Bro. ANSAR: Well, I could see us growing by continuing the efforts that we have already started; expanding our interest and promoting and producing products to sell, just keep active.  There is a saying that, if it’s not important to you, it’s not important to anybody else.  So we want to make sure that it is important to us.
We will continue to work because we don’t know when ALLAH is going to call us.  Therefore, we know we have to do something.  The Muslims went over to Mt. Arafat and made promises to Allah that we are going to do this and we are going to do that; Oh Allah, thank you, etc.….
Then we come back home and go to sleep.  But we have to continue to press forward, we must persevere,  Because, it is redundant, religion is redundant.  You have to say things over and over again.
You just say it a little differently to different people, but it’s the same thing that has been said for thousands of years.
Q.  Will the HACNJ perhaps offer assistance with hajj scholarships being offered in the       future?
Bro. ANSAR:  We are trying to develop a program where individuals, would get a scholarship in their name.  We would present it at our annual affairs.
Q.  For Muslims who have made their intentions of making Hajj or are interested in making Hajj in the near future, what support does the HACNJ have?
Bro. ANSARI:  We have established a remarkable, well received instructional class.  We have one of the best instructors that I know of, Bro. Sahir El-Amin.
He gives a very in-depth class on how to make hajj and what to do; the people that make hajj and what to do; that Muslims that take his class are always complimenting him, because it is a comprehensive class that absolutely helps you get through the trials and tribulations of Hajj.
Q.  How have you been able to maintain the cohesiveness of the committee together for such a long time?
Bro. ANSARI:  Only through the help of Allah.  I think Allah knows my sincerity.  Allah knows the importance of the Hajj and how important it is for the believers to make hajj.  I’m only an instrument and it won’t be for long.
Q.  How could someone make a donation to support the efforts of the HAC?
Bro. ANSARI:   Well, they could send it to our Post Office Box.  The address is as follows: Hajj Alumni Committee of New Jersey, Inc., P.O. Box 1286, Montclair, NJ 07042.
Q.  What are the requirements for someone interested in becoming a member of HACNJ?
Bro. ANSARI:  They have to complete hajj, that’s first; then they need to submit a resume to the HACNJ. The resume should include their qualifications, outlining their skills.  The HACNJ will be reviewed and then we would make a decision on the executive board.
This concludes Bro. Rasul Ansari’s interview.. May Allah bless these efforts and dedication of the Hajj Alumni Committee of New Jersey.  We pray you have continued success in promoting our fifth pillar for the pleasure of ALLAH!

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James Clingman

By James Clingman
NNPA Columnist
Black life, for the most part, has become a myriad of frustration, doubt, hopelessness, desperation, despair, struggle, and fear. We fear one another; we fear the police; we fear discrimination; we fear racism; we fear injustice; and we fear for our children’s safety on several fronts.
We have news shows that are nothing but “views shows,” that make every effort to drag us into the no-win world of political group-think, while we meander through life looking for the ultimate illusion of equality on various fronts.
Politically, we are bombarded with images, empty platitudes, and impotent strategies to alleviate our many societal problems. Promises, inspiring messages, and microphone bravado are the tools of today that keep us relatively docile and in a perpetual state of fourth-class citizenship in this country.
Much of what we see is meaningless, but we seem to thrive on useless and shallow responses to our plight; and we settle for the same from our “leading blacks.”
Amazingly, we continue to fall for the same games and head-fakes, the same illusions, and the same rhetoric year after year. It’s all about the “optics,” as the politicians like to say.
For instance, politicians like to show their concern by doing meaningless things like rolling up their sleeves when they visit a city and grab the microphone. They like to wash pots and pans in homeless shelters. They like to serve in food lines. They like to eat hamburgers in public.
They like to play games to give the impression they are one of us. They like to dance in conga lines in Africa. They like to be with celebrities to show they are “in.” They like to stand beside manufacturing robots to show us they are innovative.
They like to stand on top of rubble and declare their grit and determination to avenge us.
Optics compels our leaders to do dumb and meaningless things to get us to believe they are busy and engaged in the struggles of the common man. And it works. Does that mean we are dumb if we accept their empty gestures?
Why do we care if they can play golf, if they can dance, if they ride a bicycle, if they jog, if they can play an instrument or sing, if they eat a cheeseburger, or if they shed their ties and roll up their sleeves as if they are going to do some real work?

Optics is nothing more than an illusion. A great example is what took place immediately after police shot and killed Kajieme Powell in St. Louis. The mayor called his staff and they conducted an impromptu job training sign-up right there at the site where the man died.
I truly hope those who signed up, all 80+ of them, will not only be trained but receive jobs - but I kinda doubt it.
When civil unrest occurs, the solutions are mainly centered on placating the offended group with more recreational opportunities, job training, diversity and sensitivity training, and other shallow remedies that are only supported by the optics of it all.
After a brief period of time, everything usually goes back to normal, especially when it comes to the economic side of things.
Most politicians are, indeed, just political. They have their go-to guys and gals who will calm the masses but fail to neither offer nor implement economic solutions to the problems many of us face on a daily basis, including black people being killed by other blacks and by police officers.
I long for the day when Black people will stop falling for the optics and the antics, and start getting down to the business of economic solutions, not as a panacea, but at least as a tried and true way of making real progress when it comes to our survival.
If we continue to use the same tactics in response to our ultimate demise, we will never be respected and we will continue to be the least regarded and the least protected people in this country.
If we keep spending the overwhelming majority of our $1 trillion annual income with businesses other than own, with no reciprocity, there will be no reason for those in charge to change. If we maintain status quo when it comes to crises, we will continue to get optics rather than substantive change.
If we rely on optical illusions to control our direction, we will end up in an even more dreadful place than we find ourselves now. And our children will have absolutely no hope at all.
Optics and optical illusions are mirages and pipedreams that keep us from using our economic means in pursuit of our safety, our progress, and our liberation. And we are delussionary if we believe otherwise.
(Jim Clingman, founder of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, is one of the nation’s most prolific writers on economic empowerment for black people. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and can be reached through his Web site,

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George Curry

By George E. Curry
NNPA Columnist
Caught cheating by his wife, comedian Groucho Marx asked, “Who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?”
In case after case, when police are caught killing an unarmed African American – and trying to cover it up – they expect us to suspend our sight and our common sense.
This is particularly true in the case of 22-year-old Victor White, III in New Iberia, La., about two hours south of his family home of Alexandria, La. and more than two hours west of New Orleans.
Authorities want us to believe that White, who died March 2 in the back seat of a police cruiser, shot himself in the back while his hands were cuffed behind his back. Even the nimblest among us couldn’t pull off such an acrobatic feat.
In a press release issued March 3, Louisiana State Police said: “The initial investigation indicates that last night at about 11:22 p.m., deputies with the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office were responding to the report of a fight in the 300 block of Lewis Street.
“Upon responding to the area, deputies located [Victor] White and discovered he was in possession of illegal narcotics. White was taken into custody, handcuffed behind his back, and transported to the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office for processing. Once at the Sheriff’s Office, White became uncooperative and refused to exit the deputy’s patrol vehicle.
“As the deputy requested assistance from other deputies, White produced a handgun and fired one round striking himself in the back. White was transported to a local hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
According to the coroner’s report on White, “A small caliber pistol was found and a projectile was found within his shirt.” However, two separate police searches of White prior to his being placed in a patrol car produced no weapon.
An investigation by NBC News revealed that the Iberia Parish coroner’s report found that White was shot in the front, not the back as police had contended. The bullet entered White’s right chest and exited his left armpit.
That White could have shot himself in the back while handcuffed behind the back is difficult to fathom. White was left-handed, making it even more implausible that he could have shot himself in the right chest while in police handcuffs.
NBC said the forensic pathologist found gunshot residue in the wound, but not the kind normally associated with a close-range shooting. White’s hands were never tested for gunpowder residue.
Two lacerations were found on the left side of White’s face. Still, Dr. Carl Ditch, the Iberia Parish coroner, declared White’s death a suicide.
The Louisiana case is strikingly similar to that of Chavis Carter in Arkansas. Carter also supposedly committed suicide July 28 while in the backseat of a Jonesboro patrol car.
A crime lab report obtained by the Associated Press under a Freedom of Information Act request read: “In consideration of the circumstances of death and after autopsy of the body, it is our opinion that Chavis Carter, a 21-year-old black male, died of a gunshot wound of the head.
“The agencies responsible for the investigation of his death were the Jonesboro Police Department and the Craighead County Coroner’s Office. They reported that he was detained during a traffic stop.
“He was cuffed and placed into a police car, where apparently he produced a weapon, and despite being handcuffed, shot himself in the head.”
Like Victor White, III, Carter was Black and left handed. Also like the Carter debacle, authorities want us to believe that he managed to conceal a pistol – in Carter’s case, a 380-caliber semi-automatic – during two police pat downs.
Despite being left handed, police would have us believe he used his right hand to shoot himself in the right temple.
The Associated Press reported, “Carter’s death came after police stopped a truck in which he was riding. The driver and another passenger eventually were allowed to go, but police said Carter had an outstanding arrest warrant. Court records show it had to do with a drug charge.
“Carter was searched twice and police said they found a small amount of marijuana, but no gun.
After the first search, an officer put Carter into a patrol car without handcuffing him. He was later searched again, handcuffed and returned to the same car.
“Officers a short time later saw Carter slumped over in the backseat and covered in blood, according to the report, which concluded he had managed to conceal a handgun with which he shot himself. He later died at a hospital, and the report listed his death as a suicide.”
Unlike Grouch Marx, you don’t have to worry about your lying eyes. Instead, we need to worry about lying police.
(George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA) and Follow him at and George E. Curry Fan Page on Facebook.)

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Imam W. Deen Mohammed

Re-Presented by the Masjidul Qurán Dawah Group

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – On Sept 19 – 20 2014 is the “We Are W. D. Mohammed” Weekend.
Jumuah Prayer Service will be designed to convey the importance of Imam W. D. Mohammed’s teachings to the world of human beings. Representing Imam W. D. Mohammed will be re-presented by one of his sincere and devoted students who has always been one of his devoted and sincere students – even until today.
After Jumuah Service, an intense dawah will take place until the next day. Next day begins with Imam’s quarterly meeting which starts with morning prayer at a desig-nated facility at 5:45 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Airport Complex, of Birmingham.
Enjoy ‘Plenty of Breakfast’ – ALL YOU CAN EAT (delicious and nutritional). Meals will be made available by the new El Amin Quisine, established by Imam “Luster” and Sis. Instructress Isha El Amin and supporters.
The Imam’s meeting will begin punctually at 9 a.m. at a roomy and comfortable area in the banquet room at the Holiday Inn, airport location.
After the Imam’s meeting the Southeast Dawah Team under the direction of Abdul Akbar, Veteran Dawah Coordinator and Presenter of W. D. Mohammed’s teaching and the Front Porch Presenters via song will conduct serious dawah messages of concern to the city of Birmingham.
Emphasis will be on “stop the killing of our youth all over the United States of America.” We believe in human dignity.
A special Banquet Dinner is being prepared as a ‘Down Home Country Dinner’ with music and open mic, featured speaker Imam Fur-qan Muhammad, Imam at Masjid Mu-Minun in Atlanta, Ga., a devoted and dedicated student of W. D. Mohammed.
The “W. D. Mohammed Re-Presented by Taleem Sunday” will begin promptly at 1 p.m. (CST) at Masjidul Qurán, at 3424 26th St., North, Birmingham, Alabama. Taleem coordinator is Imam Dawud Mahdi of Atlanta, call 678-683-4922; and Imam “Luster” El Amin of Birmingham, call 205-201-9497 and 205-719-9744.
“We Are W. D. Mohammed for the next 1,000 years!”
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Imam F.B. Rasheed

By Imam F. B. Rasheed
I want to speak about “Moving from False Comfort Zones” and approach it by first speaking about balance and the sense of balance.
We are not comfortable when we are off balance.  As children we play games of standing on and hopping around on one leg.  We can balance on one leg, but it is easier to balance on the two.
When our balance leaves us or it is threatened, we loose our comfort …; our zone of comfort leaves.  Then we naturally take steps to try to regain our balance and our comfort.  We may have played king of the hill as children where the object is to upset someone else’s balance while keeping your own balance.
Balancing something is putting it into and keeping it in a steady position where it will not topple of fall.
Where there is no balance there is uneasiness.  Allah has established the balance in the creation.  In surah 42 ayah 17 Allah say’s in the Promised Reading, Qur’an:

Qur’an 42:17: “It is Allah Who has sent down the Book in Truth, and the Balance (by which to weigh conduct). And what will make you realize that perhaps the Hour is close at hand?”
If you loose your balance at any time and of course we do, when the hour is at hand you surely don’t want to be off balance at that time.
Hopefully you don’t want to be off balance at any time.  However, in this testing ground of the dunya the worldly life we loose our way much.
I warn you and myself of spending our time resources and efforts in trying to justify our own wrong doing, for then what may have been a misstep or a mistake becomes our way of life and opens up the way to more wrong and eventually to the hell fire in this life and in the hereafter.
Another thing that we must recognize and take into account is the fact that the creation is in motion and is not stationary or static.  Nothing just stands in one place.  Even when we may think that we are standing still we are moving and our environment is moving.  So our balance is a balance that is based on movement and motion.
Disturbance of a static balance is necessary in order to get movement whether the movement is negative or positive.  So the aim of those who want progress is to disturb the static balance and to move to a balanced positive motion or movement.
Motion is built into the creation and many say that the only constant is change.  There is no reaching of a plateau of just being stationary.  Even the mere process of walking is one of shifting the balance.  We disturb the balance so that we can move and we regain the balance in our motion.
It is not our way to seek a place that is stationary but rather to find a peaceful rhythm in movement.  Successful life is about movement.  The development of humanity and civilization is one of continued and continuous balanced movement.
In preparing for this khutbah, I reflected on the first talk that I gave as a leader in our Islamic Community.  It was a Sunday talk at what was called Masjid Muhammad on 11th Street in Lawton, Oklahoma, and was titled “the Proper Balance.”
This subject, “the proper balance,” infers that there is a possibility of a balance that is not proper.  So we are called upon to prepare ourselves to know the difference between the balance that Shaitan promotes and balance required of us by Allah.
Shaitan’s balance is really unbalance relative to the creation that Allah has established but it mimics it or apes it and is a seeming balance, a deception.  Be careful because it deceives all but the very elect of Allah.
The word “mizaan” from the Qur’anic Arabic language literally means “The Balance.”
In Chapter 55 of the Qur'an, G-d states (Pickthall translation):
‘And the sky He has uplifted, and He has set the balance [al-mizaan]. That you exceed not the balance [al-mizaan], but observe the measure [al-wazan] strictly, nor fall short of the balance [al-mizaan].”
The root work of mizaan is wa za na.  Students of Qur’an, Believers, look that root up.  The word “al-mizaan” (the Balance is related to the word “al-wazan” (The Measure). Some Qur’anic commentators have sought to explain the meaning of the term “al-mizaan” in the verse related as the balance by which the consequences of human action are weighed in the next world as well as the necessity of leading a morally balanced life in this world.
Others have interpreted the term to mean the discernment that allows us to establish balance in all aspects of life and have identified it with the Qur’an itself, one of whose names is “al-Furqaan,” or “The Discernment.”
In fact, an important Qur’anic commentary of the 20th Century, by Allamah Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabatab'i, is titled “al-mizaan.”
In reading some writings of Islamic philosophy al-mizaan is associated with the balance of the universe itself through that Divine Wisdom which preserves everything in its place .
With this knowledge, we don’t seek a place that is stationary but rather to find a peaceful rhythm in movement.
Successful life is about movement.  The development of humanity and civilization is one of continued and continuous balanced movement relative to the divine balance and in harmony with it in every possible aspect.


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By Nusayba Hammad, Communications Director, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights ( WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an act unprecedented in recent history, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand...