Conveners of Imams 2016 Eidul-Fitr Announcement

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                     June 29, 2016

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As-Salaamu-Alaikum wa Ramadan Mubarak!

The hilal (new crescent moon) ending the month of Ramadan and beginning the month of Shawwal is projected to be sighted (by the naked eye) in the continental United States on the night of Tuesday, July 5th.

As a result, the First Day of Shawwal and the Eidul-Fitr is projected for Wednesday, July 6, 2016 (subject to a confirmed moon sighting). We will announce sightings on our website: www.iwdmcommunity.com.

For those Muslims and communities that started their first day of fasting on Tuesday, June 7th, twenty-nine days of fasting will be completed. For those Muslims and communities that started their first day of fasting on Monday, June 6th, thirty days of fasting will be completed.

The Section Conveners of Imams associated with the Community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed adhere to the general principle of local sighting (within the continental USA) with the naked eye. We also use Allah’s gift of science to help pinpoint when and where naked eye sightings are most probable to occur. While world-wide sightings are possible for the night of Monday, July 4th, naked eye sightings within the continental United States are most probable for Tuesday, July 5th. As a result, some Believers may be searching for the hilal on different nights. If the moon is sighted with the naked eye, please contact your local Imam who should then notify their Section Convener with the details of the sighting. Pictures and details of the sighting would be most helpful to provide additional clarification.

Wherever Muslims are in the world, we pray that you have experienced a blessed and beneficial Ramadan and have a wonderful Eidul-Fitr!

Eid Mubarak!!!

Statement Concerning the Recent Terror Event in Orlando, Florida

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                                        June 17, 2016

The recent event in Orlando, Florida that has involved and/or impacted Muslim Americans has compelled us to make an official statement to continue to address these issues.

Orlando Incident Quran Arabic Quote“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you nations and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of G-d is the best in conduct. Indeed, G-d is full of knowledge and well acquainted.” (Qur’an 49:13)

Terrorism and Hate

The Conveners of Imams associated with the Community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed continue to stand in solidarity with those who are appalled and condemn the brutal murder and violence, rooted in hate, against the innocent individuals in Orlando, Florida. We express our profound sympathies and condolences to the victims and their families!

Ironically, this murderous act of historic proportions took place during the holy month of Ramadan and within forty-eight hours of the memorial services of a true Muslim American hero and icon, Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Ali’s life exemplified the best traditions of Al-Islam. His life personified the principle of peace, the love of humanity and diversity of the human experience.

While the perpetrator of this horrific and hateful act may have struggled with his own personal demons, he also attached himself to evil extremist terror groups that associate themselves with the religion of Al-Islam. This behavior and these groups do not represent our religion!

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N.J. Muslim leaders condemn Florida shooting, defend their faith

Barry Carter
By Barry Carter | The Star-Ledger

Mustafa El-Amin the Imam at Masjid Ibrahim, a mosque located on Chancellor Avenue, is one of the leaders in Newark’s muslim community who are in lock step with President Obama for calling out Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president. They say Trump’s rhetoric and shootings by individuals who do not represent Islam make it difficult for the religion to be accepted. Newark, NJ

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The interfaith service for one of the world’s most recognizable Muslims was bound in unity and cloaked in understanding and peace.

An imam, two rabbis, a Catholic priest, a Mormon and a Native American leader were among the speakers who celebrated Muhammad Ali’s life last week.

“That’s the oneness of humanity,” said Imam Mateen Aqeel, of Newark’s Masjid Ash-Shifaa. “That’s what we believe.”

Aqeel and other Muslim leaders in Newark do not see that humanity in Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, who continues to sully the name of Islam with divisive bigotry and rhetoric.

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And it’s definitely not in Omar Mateen, a Florida man who killed 49 people and injured 53 at a gay nightclub in Orlando before dying in a shootout with police.

These leaders say Trump’s logic, that Muslim immigrants should be temporarily banned from the United States, does as much damage to the Islamic community as Mateen’s horrific act.

Imam Mustafa El-Amin, of Masjid Ibrahim in Newark, said having to defend your faith time and time again is frustrating on many levels.  “Here we go again,” he said.

He has a daughter in college. He thinks about her safety, how she and many other Muslim women could be targeted for violence because they wear a hijab (a headscarf).

El-Amin said Islam embraces peace, even though these incidents continue to challenge the reality of their faith.

“It makes our job harder in saying that our religion is about peace and that we condemn those actions,” El-Amin said. “Every time we do something, you have somebody go and do something like this.”

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