By Jinaki Abdullah
and Barbara BaSeemah
PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – The National Muslim Business Council (NMBC), supporter of the legacy of Imam W. Deen Mohammed, is sponsoring its 11th Annual National Muslim Business Conference in Philadelphia, May 2 – 4, 2014.
Muslims, believers and entrepreneurs, are encouraged to attend this annual event held this year in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection and hosted by the Universal Muslim Business Association (UMBA) on the campus of The Center for Human Excellence.
The 2014 conference will feature workshops on business, government, education and media. The Mission of the National Muslim Business Council is to:
• Establish an association that will bring Muslim businesses and the general business community together into a collective entity.
• Develop a local partnership of networking services for the benefit of its membership.
• Promote moral excellence in America’s business life.
• Organize a business strategy to support Muslims in the state and around the country and make investments in each other.
• Strengthen and share the responsibility for community economic development and unification with an international perspective.
Imam Nurridin, Regional Representative of Mid-Atlantic Imams, praised NMBC and the Philadelphia community for their hard work and dedication during their Jan. 12, 2014 conference call.
He said, “The National Muslim Business Conference is a national effort that has been going on for quite some time. It is one of the significant events that take place each year. The word is out and we are talking in Philly.
“We commend you for accepting the responsibility as the host city and the grand opening of your new facility. Continue to work to promote Islam, and the destination we can hold in high estimation. We are looking forward to being with you all, and you are examples for the rest of the community.”
The Center for Human Excellence, which will be the site of the conference, is located on two acres and is a 30,000 sq. ft. facility.
“The grand opening last month [January] was an exciting time,” said Zakariyyah Abdur Rahman, President of the Universal Muslim Business Association (UMBA) and local planning committee chair.
Abdur Rahman continued, “We have been working diligently to make the transition from the old facility to the new. About 600 guests braved blizzard conditions to attend the grand opening, and everyone was overwhelmed with the building’s beauty and capacity.”
Moreover, Imam Abdur Aleem is proud and regardful of Philadelphia’s accomplishments. In his opening prayer during the conference call, he said, “Thank Allah for the opportunity to host the NMBC conference, and the team is in place to create a new standard.
“Thank Allah and Imam Mohammed that we are a part of a truly global movement. The whole city is abuzz with talk about the NMBC Conference, May 2-4. We hope that Allah blesses us to roll out the red carpet.”
In the closing minutes of the conference call, David Hasan, President of the NMBC, called upon the audience to reflect upon their responsibilities as Muslims now as well as in the past.
“We must keep our eyes on the vision and mission of our leader,” Bro. Hasan said, and then asked, “Where were you before Imam Mohammed came on the scene? Where were you before Hon. Elijah Muhammad came on the scene?”
In his enthusiasm, he summed up the spirit of the NMBC and its efforts to encourage the development of strong Muslim businessmen and businesswomen, strong Muslim communities and strong believers in Al-Islam. He said, “We will promote who we need to promote. The community is alive! Muhammad is alive (PBUH)!”
Without a doubt, it is apparent that the spirit in Philadelphia is high and Imam Aleem and the believers in Philadelphia have faith that they can be the standard bearers for future NMBC conferences and a model for community development.
Consequently, the challenge to all the other communities under the leadership of Imam Mohammed has been made. Will we vie as in a race, or will we concede? But one thing is for sure, you must come to the 11th Annual NMBC Conference, May 2-4, 2014, in order to see what all of the commotion is about.
For more information, visit www.nationalmbc.org or call 704-201-1353.