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Promoting unity among people of faith (or no particular faith) in the 21st Century.

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Catching up is good to do

June 23rd · Iraq, Uncategorized

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Beneficial knowledge: a tree that never should stop growing.

Just finished a great year with my Journalism students at Inlet Grove Community High School, plus two before that as managing editor of the South Florida Times. Now summer’s back again, I’m missing my students and the newsroom — so what better to do than pause and give thanks for all the good. It’s also a good time to catch up on missed family and friends, obligations and opportunities, community service and activities. To get in some biking and swimming. And of course, with so much going on — from the regrettable (Iraq. Again.) to the unforgettable (Gooooooooooooooooooooal!) — more writing, editing and reading. I’m back up for air; feel free to be in touch.

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What Would Muhammad Do?

September 23rd · Uncategorized

A handful of hateful zealots have produced a few minutes of rubbish insulting and mocking a person that they say to be our blessed Prophet. Yet we know our Prophet, and we know that what they mock is a figure of their own imagination.    Simply put, these producers of hate don’t know Muhammad like we know Muhammad. These extremists want to lay a trap before Muslims, beginning another cycle of violence that will end with blood on all sides. Let us not fall into this trap.

Nice job, Omid Safi. Thanks for sharing, Imam Jaabir:

How would Prophet Muhammad respond to the anti-Muhammad “film”?

http://www.religionnews.com/blogs/omid-safi/how-would-prophet-muhammad-respond-to-the-anti-muhammad-film

 

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Celebrating in Harlem, Muslims and Christians recommit to their dialogue

September 8th · Uncategorized

On May 20, an event hosted by Imam Izak-el M. Pasha, gathered more than 500 people in the prayer hall of the Historical Malcolm Shabazz Mosque in Harlem to celebrate this anniversary: Muslims, with imams from various parts of the U.S., Christians and members of other religions, including representatives of Religions for Peace USA. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, gave a heartfelt message encouraging this dialogue to continue. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, and Cardinal William Keeler sent messages. They expressed their appreciation and support for this fruitful dialogue and its enormous contribution for the good of humanity and the two communities … In 1997 Chiara Lubich and Imam Mohammed took the lead, but this year’s event witnessed how two communities have become a tangible sign and proof of the vision of their pact.

I soooo wanted to be there, but although that was not to be, I at least can share this link, as we look forward to seeing our dear Focolare in South Florida again soon.

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Flashback: FCMA’s Fall 2003 meeting in Riviera Beach

September 6th · Uncategorized

When the Florida Conference of Muslim Americans returns to Palm Beach County the weekend of Sept. 28-30, we look forward to seeing old friends, making new ones, and remembering others who will be dearly, dearly missed. These conferences (see here, here and here) continue the decades-spanning contributions of the Muslim American students of the late Imam W. Deen Mohammed, along with our friends and supporters of other faiths, in building community ties and promoting excellence to strengthen individuals, families and the greater society.

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REMEMBERING RASUL: During the 2003 Fall Conference in Riviera Beach, our dear departed Imam Rasul Madyun, one of America’s most promising young imams, led the Jummah prayer on Friday, and is shown taking a walk after leading the predawn Fajr prayer on the beach.

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11th Annual Family Interfaith Picnic: More wonderful unity hosted by New Africa of the Palm Beaches

April 29th · Uncategorized

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With gratitude to our Beneficent and Merciful Creator, let me echo the sentiments of those who called it another truly amazing day. We are thankful to all who traveled great or short distances for the 11th Annual Interfaith Family Picnic hosted by our New Africa of the Palm Beaches group. Thankful to all who contributed great food or other donations of support. Thanks for the reminder that prayer trumps rain. Thanks for our Haitians friends who arrived after church and taught us some invaluable lessons. Particular appreciation to our First UU of the Palm Beaches congregation in the house — er, in the pavilion. To Harold, Hanan and Karimah for that smokin’ fish and all the love through the years. To our Orlando and Melbourne regulars for your steadfast support year in and out — not to mention the spinach patties that always are a hit. Thanks to Guana Malik for all her sacrifice. And a salute to our NAPB team: Imam Jaabir Muhammad, Otis Salahuddin, Baha Muhammad, Sabir Salahuddin, and the member who consistently contributes most: Aneesha Hanif.

More wonderful unity. More wonderful scenes:

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White House’s Monteiro, veteran honorees, help conclude The Mosque Cares 2011 Annual Muslim Convention

September 5th · Imam W. Deen Mohammed, Islam, Muslim


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Imam Talib Shareef (L) of Washington, D.C.'s Masjid Muhammad, a retired U.S. Air Force veteran, with Paul Monteiro of the White House Office of Public Engagement, and Imam Earl El-Amin of the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore. Monteiro spoke during the banquet and public address at The Mosque Cares' 2011 Annual Muslim Convention in Tinsley Park, IL. (Also see previous post.)

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Three generations of Muslim Americans: Imam Benjamin Shabazz (L) of the Seattle, WA Al Islam Center with his son and grandson during the Father/Son Breakfast.

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Goodness still on the rise at 2011 Muslim Convention

September 4th · Imam W. Deen Mohammed, Islam

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Nur-Deen-Haj (L) and Osie-Sheik Muhammad during the Pioneer Reception at the 2011 Annual Muslim Convention hosted by The Mosque Cares, Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed.

“…the best thing that came out of it is a sincere, conscious effort to understand Muslims better.”

While our mass media shamefully stereotype Muslims as Arabs, kudos to South Town Star reporter Steve Metsch for his perceptive “10 years after 9/11?” question during yesterday’s news conference, here in Chicago, at the 2011 edition of the annual Muslim Convention hosted by The Mosques Cares Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed.

Also credit “The Imam’s” son Wallace Mohammed II, president of The Mosques, for his above-cited response. It is reflective of the constructive outlook of our dedicated and balanced Muslim American community, whose roots on these shores extend before the beginning of America, and who, thanks to the astute leadership of Imam Mohammed, continue influencing human society for the good.

As for any misguided  or ill-informed attempt to define for us what being Muslim is, here, from the news conference, the Friday congregational prayer, the Pioneer Reception, the Coalition for Good Government’s Town Hall Meeting, and a few other stops in between, are more scenes:

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Sharing on “What is Al-Islam” with dear 1st UU friends

September 2nd · Islam, Unitarian Universalist

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While in Chicago for The Mosque Cares’ 2011 Muslim Convention — I’m thanking my friend Larry Stauber who I see has posted excerpts of my (“What is Al-Islam”) talk of last Sunday, along with several dozen of my wife’s photos, at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palm Beaches’ Facebook page. While there, note the many thought-provoking items listed.

— C.B. Hanif

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Eid scenes from Masjid Al-Ansar, Miami FL….

September 2nd · Islam

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…where beloved Imam Dr. Nasir Ahmad succinctly delivered the message that our fasting during Ramadan from the lawful and natural desires in the material world also helps the inner being grow, overcome and push back against the desires for the extremes in the material world that the forces of greed, etc. ever are seeking to cultivate in the human being.

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Ramadan Session aglow with wisdom of W.D. Mohammed

August 25th · Imam W. Deen Mohammed, Islam, Muslim, Ramadan


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(L-R): Imams Yusuf Ramadan, Faheem Shuaibe and C.B. Hanif, among others at the 2011 Ramadan Session.

After all these years I shouldn’t have been surprised at how beautiful everyone looked during the 2011 Ramadan Session, hosted by The Mosques Cares Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed last weekend in Elizabeth, NJ.

Of course, almost to a man and woman, we all were fasting for G-d’s sake. Still I was surprised that everyone seemed to be glowing.

So much for the question of why continue to have the Ramadan Sessions if our dear departed Imam W. Deen Mohammed, leader of the largest community of Muslims in the United States, no longer can be present to share his wisdom, as he did for us for so more than three decades. In fact the Imam was present — in part because we were, whether from California to Connecticut, Ohio to Florida.

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Wallace D. Mohammed II, president of The Mosque Cares, affirmed his commitment to continue furthering his father’s work. Imam Kareem Muhammad (L) was a 2011 co-chair.

From the very first session, presented by Imam Dr. Nasir Ahmad, ’til the very last with Imam Faheem Shuaibe, and the other outstanding presenters in between such as Imams W. Deen Shareef and Earl El-Amin, right up to the Taraweh prayers each evening, there was wealth on which to reflect for every student of “Our Imam.”

But don’t just take my word for it. Get the CDs or DVDs. If a link for them becomes available, I plan to post it here. Meanwhile, once again as part of the continuing effort here to help chronicle this community, more scenes:

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