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By Amatullah Umrani
Fasting as a religious and health practice was and is observed by various people around the world. In this column, children and non-Muslims were previously encouraged to join in the spirit of the fast.
Those individualized and voluntary actions serve to benefit the individual's self-discipline and spiritual life.
We must clearly state and stress that for the Ramadan fast as a duty in the religion, there are strict guidelines. If you are not fasting strictly due to age, insha Allah, you will complete that fast when you are older.
Quoting Imam W. Deen Mohammmed: “... Fasting is for increasing your purity and perfecting your obedience to your G-d; fasting is for Allah (swt) ….” (Muslim Journal, June 9, 2017, p.15)
If you start early with respect for and getting into the spirit of any requirement of the religion, it will flow naturally when you reach the age where it is required. This is true for any action where you have the advantage for advance preparation... Read Jun. 16, 2017's Issue Here.

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Duke Performances and the Museum of Durham History Receive National Awards to Strengthen Understanding Between Muslim and Non-Muslim Communities

DURHAM, N.C. – May 15, 2017 – The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, an extension of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, recently announced the 11 national recipients of its annual Building Bridges Grants Program awards, two of them based in Durham: Duke Performances and the Museum of Durham History.
Since 2013, the Building Bridges program’s annual competition has awarded 23 U.S. nonprofit organizations with over $4.7 million in grants to support planning and implementation of creative arts- and culture-based programs advancing relationships between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.
Duke Performances, working in partnership with the Duke Center for Islamic Studies and the Duke Center for Middle Eastern Studies, will receive $125,000 to support a multi-year initiative titled Southern Hospitality: Muslim Arts and Music as Cultural Bridge-Making in the American South. Duke Performances’ Executive Director is Aaron Greenwald... Read Jun. 16, 2017's Issue Here.

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By David Swanson?
The new movie, War Machine, on Netflix starring Brad Pitt begins as a hilarious and satisfying mockery of General Stanley McChrystal, circa 2009, as well as of militarism in general.
“Hilarious” because of the deadpan sincere idiocy. Satisfying at least to those of us who have been screaming “What are you idiots doing?” for the past fifteen-and-a-half years.
Should we be glad that a Hollywood movie can still be made mocking the murderous malevolence of true believers in militarism, or should we be disturbed that theaters won’t show such movies and they have to end up on Netflix?
Should we be glad that a war satire set in Afghanistan didn’t have to wait decades for a different war, in the manner of Mash, or should we be disturbed that most viewers will not know a current war is being mocked – because they either believe the war on Afghanistan has ended or they simply can’t keep up with the proliferation of wars?... Read Jun. 16, 2017's Issue Here.

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By Lyndon A. Bilal

(The following article is Part II of last week’s Muslim Journal issue, which was extracted from excerpts of an online article about Ramadan from Dr. Khallid Shabazz, LTC, USA Dr. Shabazz was recently appointed as the first Muslim assigned as a Division-Level Chaplain.)
Q: What is Ramadan, and why is it so significant to our Muslim Soldiers?
Chaplain Shabazz: Ramadan has three significant objectives: to promote nearness to God; increase self- control; and encourage charity for those in need.
Q: How does it promote nearness to God for Muslims?
Chaplain Shabazz: As we bear the rigors of fasting purely for the sake of Him Who created us, knowing and feeling that he can see all our actions, however secret, it intensifies the consciousness of God in our hearts, resulting in a higher spiritual experience... Read Jun. 16, 2017's Issue Here.

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By Amatullah Mildred Moore
"The month of Ramadan is that wherein the Qur’an was sent down as a guidance to mankind, as clear proofs of guidance and as the criterion. Let him among you who is present fast during that month. And whosoever is ill or on a journey, it is a number of other days. Allah wants ease for you and does not want hardship for you. So that you may complete the number (of days) and magnify Allah for having guided you, that haply you may give thanks.” (Qur`an 2:185)
Family and Community Concern: As a mother of several young children, I find myself so busy caring for the children and my home, that I feel that I miss out on many of the benefits of Ramadan.
I’m rarely able to go to the Masjid in the evening because of needing to stay home with our sleeping baby. And even the daytime is hectic with caring for everyone. I worry that I’m missing out or falling short... Read Jun. 16, 2017's Issue Here.

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By Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.)

The endurance of our nation’s security, sovereignty, and democracy is not a partisan issue. This is a top concern for all Americans and should be a top priority for the leaders that we send to Washington, whether Democrat or Republican. As elected officials, my colleagues and I swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

We, therefore, have a responsibility to do our due diligence in investigating Russian interference, and potential influence, into our democratic elections and the potential Russian ongoing connections within this current presidential administration.
Despite all of the evidence gathered thus far – evidence that has led all 17 of the U.S. intelligence agencies to conclude with confidence that the Russians had indeed interfered in the past election – the current administration seems unable or unwilling to put its full weight behind a full and proper investigation that seems necessary to the American people.

In the face of evidence that campaign and administration officials seem to have had relationships with Russian officials, the president cannot simply move on from this issue.
In fact, the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn this month seems to provide us with more questions than answers... Read Mar. 10, 2017's Issue Here.

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Bro. Nathaniel Mohammed visited by Bro. Darrell Khalil of Kansas City, Mo., where Bro. Nathaniel also presided over Masjid Omar.

Nathaniel Musaali Mohammed is the son of the Hon. Elijah and Clara Mohammed. He passed Monday afternoon, Feb. 27, 2017.

May Allah forgive him and grant him The Paradise.  He was 90 years old.

TheJanazah for Brother Minister Nathaniel Muhammad was held Thurs., March 1, 2017, after Dhuhr Prayer 12:30 CST at Masjid An-Nur, 1729 Lyndale Ave., North? Minneapolis, Minn.
Burial followed in Burnsville, Minnesota... Read Mar. 10, 2017's Issue Here.

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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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“The Prosperity Foundation to Join NASIM Conference”

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By Shahid Abdul-Karim

Washington D.C. - The Prosperity Foundation (TPF) founder Howard K. Hill will lead a discussion on the role of black philanthropy during the NASIM Conference next month in Capital Heights, Maryland.

The conference will take place April 8 -10, at the Hampton Conference Center, 207 West Hampton Place, Capital Heights, Maryland. Register for the conference at www.nationsmosque.org.

TPF is the Connecticut’s first black organized philanthropic foundation which focuses on critical areas such as health, economic development and education.  

"We are excited to have The Prosperity Foundation join us. The conference is focused on our business interest and one of the things that concern us is economic development," said Nation's Mosque leader Imam Talib Shareef. 

Shareef said he learned about the foundation through its grant-giving initiative earlier this month.

"We see them as being the leading black foundation in terms of its efforts," Shareef said. 

The foundation's presentation, according to Shareef, "will be informational and a motivating piece for our community," he said.

In 2010, a partnership was established by Hill and an advisory committee with the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to create the Urban Prosperity Fund, to promote philanthropy, prosperity and self-empowerment in the black community. TPF became an outgrowth from that fund and was established last year, according to the organization’s website www.tpfct.org.

“This is an exciting opportunity to be able to link up with the Nation’s Mosque and the Muslim business community, particularly around economic development,” said Hill, 47, of Howard K. Hill Funeral Services who has locations throughout the state of Connecticut.  

“Our philanthropy has a mission – to promote economic development in communities that are typically over looked,” he said.  “Our foundation is about making permanent change and we feel we’ll be successful where we’re with people who have an interest in making change such as the community like The Nation’s Mosque.”

Shareef said the foundation’s mission fits right in line with the do for self-concept.  He said it’s rare to see a black organization helping other African-Americans.   

Earlier this month TPF fulfilled part of its philanthropic commitment, contributing over $20,000 in grants to 11 various organizations in the state during an educational event on the role of philanthropy at the Marriott Downtown in Hartford, Connecticut.

“The idea of an endowment or source of income in perpetuity sounded very appealing to me, said Hill, who is in his second term as president of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association.  

“As I sat on the board of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, I saw how the impact of philanthropy would be able to help the black community sustain itself,” he said.

Hill sat of the board for seven years.

The event marked the foundation’s inaugural Small Grant Initiative’s effort to help create long-term sustainability for organizations and educate blacks on the role of philanthropy.

Other scheduled presenters for the conference include, a representative from the World Trade Center, WeBuyBlack.com owner Shareef Abdul-Malik, Wallace Mohammad II among others.

In addition to building the foundation’s coffers, Hill said TPF will target resources in a manner that will create wealth and generate more opportunities to benefit black people.

To start an endowment with the foundation one may gift $5,000 or build up to the $5,000 over a period of time. If individuals choose not to start an endowment, the foundation accepts contributions at all levels.

Other TPF board members include, Yves Joseph, Larry Conaway, Nancy Hill, Carolyn Vermont, Rolan Joni Young Smith and the Rev. Dr. Eric B. Smith.  

For more information, visit www.tpfct.org or email info@tpfct.org.


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“Masjid Muhammad (MM) was recently notified by federal and local law enforcement agencies that anti-Muslim demonstrations are scheduled for October 9th & 10th in front of 20 mosques across the country.  There is a possibility that one of these demonstrations could take place at any time in front of MM on Friday or Saturday and may occur during our Salatul Jummah prayer service.

Imam Talib Shareef and the MM Board of Advisors urge all members and visitors to avoid any contact and/or confrontation with these demonstrators as we know that their goal is to not only intimidate and terrorize Muslims, but to also illicit a response from us in order to create a violent confrontation which they can use against us. They will then say: “You see, we told you that those Muslims are violent!” Their first tactic was to bait Muslims by conducting a cartoon contest in Texas vilifying Prophet Muhammad. The Muslim community in Texas was well-prepared and refused to respond. Unfortunately, two alleged Muslims traveled from California took the bait and were killed. Do not allow the demonstrators to provoke you into anger and remember our Prophet’s instructions: “Do not become angry, do not become angry, do not become angry.”

The DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the FBI and the Office of Homeland Security have been contacted and members of the MPD will be assigned to maintain the peace. Imam Talib Shareef and the MM Advisory Board have not in any way whatsoever, hinted, urged or requested that any member or visitor, or any MM staff member, bring any form of firearm or other type of weapon to, in or around MM in response to the demonstration. Members of the MM Security Team will be visibly present within and outside the masjid to assist MM members and visitors on Friday and Saturday.

Thank you for your cooperation and may Allah (SWA) strengthen our unity, guide and protect us and reward our patient perseverance.”


  • Safety Protocol for this Friday
  • No Weapons- We have arranged for local security to protect our community
  • No Bags or Large Purses
  • No Congregating in front of the Masjid 
  • No Physical or Verbal contact with Protesters
  • Please respect the surrounding community 
  • If you "See Something, Say Something"- report all suspicious behavior
  • If press asks you for an interview direct them to www.thenationsmosque.org.


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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...