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Imam Omar Hazim

Host is Islamic Center of Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. – President Donald Trump’s travel ban has become an unifying theme, Imam Omar Hazim says.
Over 200 people gathered one recent Sunday afternoon for “Tea with Muslims” at the Islamic Center of Topeka.
“It’s important for people to come together, to know your neighbors and to have a general recognition and respect for one another,” said Imam Omar Hazim, the Center’s leader.
Hazim said a unifying theme of the event’s speakers was opposition to President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries... Read Mar. 10, 2017's Issue Here.

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The Cast

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Masjid Al-Taqwa/S.U.N. Youth Theater Ensemble Black History Production, Come On And Listen Good People, was an entertaining and educational event, enjoyed by a packed audience at the Zakat Foundation Unity Center in Bridgeview, Illinois.
The young thespians presented fresh takes on classic works of Black poetic literature from the likes of Langston Hughes, Dr. Maya Angelou, and Paul Lawrence Dunbar, to name a few.
They also performed original contemporary works written by artists from the community of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, including Aisha Sharif, Halimah Webster and Masjid Al-Taqwa’s own Resident Imam, Tariq I. El-Amin... Read Mar. 10, 2017's Issue Here.

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Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. was the first African-American selected as an astronaut by the USAF. (USAF/Wikimedia Commons).

By Erick Johnson
Chicago Crusader/NNPA Member

Two historic events that changed America occurred 50 years ago. While many will remember the 50th anniversary of the failed Apollo 1 space flight, an equally historic event that affected Black America remains largely forgotten.
The 50th anniversary of the tragic death of America’s first Black astronaut, Major Robert H. Lawrence, will perhaps go unnoticed in 2017. Lawrence was a determined individual whose career into space never got off the ground. Like the three, White astronauts who perished during a fire on the Apollo 1 flight, Lawrence’s dreams of orbiting the earth also ended in tragedy... Read Mar. 10, 2017's Issue Here.

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By Lydia Muhammad

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Allah (Highly praised is He) described the chronological order and phases of growth in Qur’an, Surah 23: 12-14:
12. And certainly did We create man from an extract of clay.
13. Then We placed him as a sperm-drop in a firm lodging.
14. Then We made the sperm-drop into a clinging clot, and We made the clot into a lump [of flesh], and We made [from] the lump, bones, and We covered the bones with flesh; then We developed him into another creation. So blessed is Allah, the best of Creators.


DR. SHARIF ASHANTI ABDUS-SALAAM.

Sharif Ashanti Abdus–Salaam, MD, is from Port Lucie, Florida. He is an orthopaedic surgeon with Memphis Shoulder and Orthopaedic Surgery.

He received his BS in Mechanical engineering from Southern University and A&M College and his medical degree from Howard University.

He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Howard University Hospital and its affiliate hospitals in Washington D.C. and Baltimore Maryland.
He also completed a fellowship in shoulder and upper extremity reconstructive surgery in San Francisco California.

Dr. Abdus-Salaam one of the few orthopaedic surgeons in the United States and the only one in Memphis who routinely performs five different joint replacements (hips, knees, shoulders, elbows, and wrists).

So I asked Sharif how a mechanical engineer becomes an orthopaedic surgeon. He responded by saying that the basic science of orthopaedics is engineering.

It concerns itself with biomechanics, material science and biology. How these disciplines interact is the foundation of orthopaedics and musculoskeletal medicine.

He is one of many African American orthopaedic surgeons who are also graduates of Historic Black Colleges and Universities. He is a huge supporter of HBCU’s... Read Feb. 24, 2017's Issue Here.

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Imam Talib M. Shareef, USAF-Retired

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Feb. 15, 2017, during African American History Month, was the chosen date for Howard University's Department of African Studies inaugural opening of The Sulayman Nyang Lecture Series on Islam in Africa.
This series was created to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Nyang in scholarship and understanding. The Nyang Lecture series is a part of the African Studies Palaver series, which is a program of the African Studies Department and the Center for African Studies.
The Palaver Series are year-long lectures, discussions related to Africa, bringing together prominent scholars and public servants, in collaboration with various institutions and university departments... Read Feb. 24, 2017's Issue Here.


With Dr. Nyang (seated) (front left to right) are Dr. Mohamed Camara, Dr. Mbye Cham – former Chair of Department of African Studies at Howard University, Ambassador Sheikh Omar Faye and Imam Talib Shareef.

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By Ellen Rahman

“Saviors Day should be a day to focus on our history; not for the sake of just recalling history, but also to benefit from the best of our past history. That is what it should be about!” ~ Imam W. Deen Mohammed

Did you ever THINK that ALLAH would choose you to LIVE within the Legacies of the Hon. Elijah and Sis. Clara Muhammad, and their son, our Leader, Imam W. Deen Mohammed, who exemplified in our Lifetimes, the example of a sincerely committed and devoted Muslim following the Leadership example of Prophet Muhammed (SAW)?
May each of their souls forever rest exceptionally well eternally amongst the Righteous. And may ALLAH grant Imam Mohammed a high station amongst ALLAH’S highest station in Jinnah. AMEEN!... Read Feb. 24, 2017's Issue Here.

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By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.

CHICAGO, Ill. – President Trump is pushing alternative facts again and chasing mil- lions and millions of ghosts. There is no discernible evidence of vote fraud in the 2016 election as the president claims without a shred of proof. There is, however, substantial evidence of voter suppression. That is the real threat to our democracy.
Last year’s election was the first in 50 years without the full protection of the Vot- ing Rights Act of 1965 and Jefferson Davis Democrats turned into today’s Republi- cans took full advantage of it... Read Feb. 24, 2017's Issue Here.

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By Sis. Saisa Neel

She is the youngest of four daughters born to her father, Assistant Imam Mujahid of Al Baqi Masjid and Sister Katara Aleem in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her mother, also an educator, is one of the founders of the Al-Nur School in Springfield. Later she and her mother relocated to Maryland. They have been active members of Masjid Muhammad—The Nation’s Mosque in Washington, D.C. She is the mother of an 8-year-old child. Both she and her mother teach children at the Masjid’s Weekend Islamic School. Sis. Inshirah instructs the 6-8 year olds and participates on the School’s planning board. Her name was taken from Surah 94 in the Holy Qur’an and she truly reflects the theme of that Surah.

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When Inshirah was 15, she was diagnosed with a severe form of bipolar disorder. She became paranoid and slipped into a psychiatric coma. In what she calls “a part of my journey”, she was detached from reality. In 2012, she published a book about this adolescent period in her life. Her memoir, She Smiles and Cries, is a compilation of the events that led to the deterioration of her mental health at that time. Inshirah credits Allah with bringing her out of the deep depression and helping her positively re-shape her life. Currently she is working on getting her second book published. It will detail her life from high school to college graduation. On its website, Amazon states that “her memoir captures the possibility for us all to rise above pain. . . . .to smile after we cry.” She Smiles and Cries includes poetry and prose.

After recovering from her paranoia, Sis. Inshirah completed college studies. She now holds a Masters in Special Education. For the past 7 years she has been teaching 4th and 5th graders at a DC public charter school.

In spite of her writing and teaching achievements, her “passion” is working to help people understand mental illness and its impact on individuals and their families. She wants to decrease the stigma of having a disorder that the patient did not cause and for which, there may be few solutions. Sis. Inshirah remembers being a teenager and unable to verbally explain her feelings and thoughts. She used her Allah-given gifts of poetry and prose to write her first book of reflections and hopes to continue inspiring others when she publishes the second book.

A large part of her life is spent working either as a paid staff member and a  volunteer for a national organization called the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI). Through a format called “In Our Own Voices”, Sis. Inshirah teaches the general public about mental illness. NAMI was started by Harriet Shetler and Beverly Young, two mothers who had sons with schizophrenia and who found few resources to help their children. In 1979, they met with other concerned persons and formed NAMI. The organization has grown to over 1,000 chapters represented in all 50 states and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

More recently, Sis. Inshirah has launched her own enterprise, called “Finding Our Voice”. Similar to the NAMI workshops, she encourages those with mental health illness and their caretakers to do role-playing, dialogue, interactive activities, and to use other modalities to teach the general public.   The Masjid’s Health Team Committee and Sis. Inshirah are currently planning a workshop later this year. Within our own community, we recognize the need for more information and greater understanding of mental health illness and for extended assistance to those families dealing with often debilitating and frightening disorders.

To order Sis. Inshirah’s first book of reflections, access Amazon or contact her at her website,www.inshirahaleem.com.

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“After his organs had shut down, his heart kept beating for another 30 minutes.”

Hana Ali

The most significant part of the body is the heart. The symbol of love, courage, substance, endurance, faith: MUHAMMAD ALI

On Saturday, June 4, 2016 Muhammad Ali transitioned and left this world with the most intimate feeling of lost that we all had a personal stake in.

Why was he an iconic figure? What made him different from other boxers before or after him? It was because he was not a boxer; he was a bridge builder, a man of conviction, hope, confidence,  a man of sacrifice, a man with heart

His heart transcended perceived enemies. In an exclusive interview with Jackie Frazier, daughter of legendary boxer Joe Frazier , she was candid about the relationship of love that was shared by these boxing rivals. “My father loved Ali, and Ali loved my father. When his title and license was taken away, my father went to Washington to ask then President Nixon to intervene in the decision.” She went on to say that her father pleaded “this man needs to make a living in order to take care of his family”.  She shared with me that the children of these boxers were close; like family and still stay in contact with each other.

(more in the next issue on Jackie Frazier’s comments)

Sources shared that Ali convened a meeting with his team to plan his memorial. 'This is what I would like to see, this is the type of program that I would like to see, one that is inclusive of everyone, where we give as many people an opportunity that want to pay their respects to me.' "Ali also said it was important that the memorials be conducted in the Muslim tradition,

On Tuesday, June 7th, New York City named a street near Madison Square Garden’ Muhammad Ali Way’. The gesture was good; however, Muhammad’s way is embedded in the landscape of the world….

No one article will ever be able to capture the life and legend of this icon. As a writer, I realized early on that this newspaper must have more than one issue dedicated to Muhammad. Please send in your Ali stories, pictures and comments so that we can continue to highlight this fearless giant. The above caption of Ali’s daughter, Hana is a message to all of us…We all should work to make sure that after our body (life) is over, we will have a heart that is developed enough to continue to beat into the future.

“Don’t count the days; make the days count.” ; was a classic Ali phase.

My brother, we will count the days that you made count……Our next issue will continue with education our future with the opportunity to understand the time, commitment, and sacrifice that it takes to become’ the greatest….

By Marie Adilah Hameen

OnPoint Media/Muslim Journal Reporter

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By Michael Saahir
June 6, 2016
An-Najm (The Star) 53:39-42: That man can have nothing but what he strives for; That (the fruit of) his striving will soon come in sight:- Then will he be rewarded with a reward complete; That to thy Lord is the final Goal; (Y. Ali)
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On January 17, 1942 Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. emerged on the world scene as the son of Cassius and Odessa “Birdie” Clay. Over the next 74 years and 5 months this new born babe would grow to be known as “The Greatest of All Time.” Allah has revealed that human beings are created to grow stage by stage. However, with the life of Cassius Marcellus Clay, who evolved to become Muhammad Ali, his stages of challenging developments were witnessed by humanity around the globe. Muhammad Ali’s ability to time and again to champion life’s many challenges made him a model of success for down-trodden people around the world.
The measure of a man or woman’s greatness is not best measured by their personal achievements but more so by how their personal achievements improve the lives of other people. Muhammad Ali’s personal achievements made him “great” only because his personal successes always extended to become achievements in the heart and souls of others. His achievements transcended racial, gender, ethnic and nationalistic lines and barriers. His greatness was always shared with others. That is why Muhammad Ali is the quintessential champion – the people’s champion; therefore, he is the champion of champions.
After winning a gold medal in the 1960 Olympics the then Cassius Clay became the world’s Heavyweight Boxing Champion in 1964 by defeating the seemingly unbeatable Charles “Sonny” Liston. A young 22 year old Ali exclaimed to the astonishment of the boxing world, “I shook up the world!”
The Holy Qur’an teaches, “When you are free from one task, immediately seek another.” For the rest of Ali’s life it seems that a succession of struggles came his way; struggles that were played out in the public arena for the entire world to witness.
The next challenge Ali had to champion was his battle for his religious belief and stance. Many white Americans did not like him associating with Minister Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam. This disdain for his religion was compounded as many Americans rejected Clay denouncing his birth names as a “slave name” in exchange for the Islamic “holy name” of Muhammad Ali.
Ali championed his fights in the boxing ring; however, it is his fights outside the ring that manifested the true greatness of Muhammad Ali as witnessed with his stand for his religious convictions and him accepting his new name from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
Not enough is said about the positive and immeasurable contributions of Mr. Elijah Muhammad upon the life of Muhammad Ali. In a December 2001 Reader’s Digest interview conducted by Howard Bingham, Ali readily revealed his continued admiration for Elijah Muhammad. Bingham asked Ali, “Now, after you were older, who influenced your life and the beliefs that you have?” Ali replied, “After I started boxing, Sugar Ray Robinson. And my idol was a man named Elijah Muhammad. [His] Islamic teaching is what made me so confident.”
Ali remained faithful to the Nation of Islam until 1975 when Elijah Muhammad died. Ali then followed Elijah Muhammad’s son, Wallace Deen into a universal practice of Islam.
Rather if he was fighting in the boxing ring or in the public arena Ali continued to strive against great odds, speaking boldly as he championed his life challenges. Even his enemies – after observing that Ali was much more than a braggadocios young fighter began to admire him.
The young folks loved Muhammad Ali. Those who were down-trodden loved Ali, but in some sectors of society Ali’s list of enemies grew especially when he refused to be drafted into the Viet Nam war declaring that he was a conscientious objector. The non-stop life challenges did not deter Ali from his faith in Islam and for his leader Elijah Muhammad. Ali continued to strive.
When Ali refused to be drafted he was stripped of his heavyweight boxing titled and faced the possibility of prison time for refusing to be drafted into the Viet Nam war. Nonetheless Ali stood strong as a man of faith and principle who disbelieved in killing. In 1970, after struggling for three years he finally regained his boxing license. Eventually his claim to be a conscientious objector was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972. Another major challenge championed by Ali, all to the admiration of down-trodden people around the world.
From 1970 through 1975 Muhammad Ali is front and center of some of the world’s best boxing battles in history. His fights with Ken Norton, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, and the big, bad seemingly unbeatable George Foreman will be mentioned by boxing enthusiasts for decades, maybe even for centuries. Many people will agree that Ali stands head and shoulder over these noble boxers as the GOAT, the “Greatest of All Times”. However, Ali’s next foe would prove to be an even bigger challenge; Parkinson’s disease.
Diagnosed in 1984 Ali was entering into what would be a 32 year battle with Parkinson’s before his passing on June 3, 2016. Parkinson’s disease effects the motor skills, still Ali refused to give in to this formidable challenged as witnessed on July 19, 1996 when he lit the Olympic torch in Atlanta, Georgia. Ali maintained a vigorous schedule traveling and lending his name and face to many charitable causes around the world, and speaking against terrorism. It is reported that his wife Lonnie said, "Even though Muhammad has Parkinson's and his speech isn't what it used to be, he can speak to people with his eyes. He can speak to people with his heart, and they connect with him."
Again the world rejoiced as Ali lit the Olympic torch. With tears of admiration flowing from the eyes of millions of fans, the world once again witness this quintessential champion bringing pride and confidence to people around the world. His lighting of the Olympic torch also lit the heart and soul of humanity.
Ali’s greatness may have begun in the boxing ring, but that was only his place of preparation for world greatness. Throughout his life Ali continued to receive numerous awards including the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom in November of 2005.
Ali was a man who lived his faith for all to see on a world stage. He publicly lived the words of the Qur’an his holy book that reads, That man can have nothing but what he strives for; That (the fruit of) his striving will soon come in sight:- Then will he be rewarded with a reward complete; That to thy Lord is the final Goal.

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