Reflections on the Legacy of Imam W. Deen Mohammed

Ayesha MustafaAyesha K. Mustafaa Lectures at Princeton University

By Imam Wahy-ud Deen Shareef,
Masjid Waarith ud Deen at Waris CRDC

(courtesy of www.muslimjournal.net)

IRVINGTON, N.J. – In honor of the Fifth Annual Reflections on the Legacy of Imam W. Deen Mohammed Lecture Series, Masjid Waarith ud Deen of Irvington and Princeton University co-hosted a distinguished lecture by our own Editor of the Muslim Journal, Ayesha K. Mustafaa.

Her presentation was titled “Critical Thinking – Educate a Woman, Educate A Community,” delivered Feb. 20, 2014.

Sis. Ayesha’s enlightening lecture examined the signs, symbols and identities which Imam W. Deen Mohammed, and many other African American leaders who preceded him, have read and interpreted within the society and in the scriptures to bring forward a collective conscience of a more just socio-economic, political and ethical environment in the United States of America.

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Conveners of Imams Statement on ISIS Brutality

 

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Statement on the Un-Islamic Brutality of Extremist Groups such as the So-Called “Islamic State” of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

There is no compulsion in religion. Surely the right course is distinct from the wrong. And whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold that never breaks. And Allah hears and knows (all things). (Al-Quran 2:256)

There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and who remembers Allah often. (Al-Quran 33:21)

The Conveners of Imams associated with the Community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed stand in solidarity with those who are appalled and condemn the brutal, indiscriminate murder, rape, and violence against innocent men, women, and children committed anywhere in the world! We further condemn the religious extremism of groups, including ISIS and Al-Qaeda, perpetrated in the name of Al-Islam and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). This includes the invitation to Muslims to join their inhuman and un-Islamic terror campaigns that destroy private property and the houses of worship of Christians, Jews, Muslims and others.

The religion of Al-Islam and the example of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) promote human excellence, religious freedom, social justice, and tolerance of human and religious diversity. Every Muslim is obligated to protect the dignity and freedom of all human beings. This includes the protection of houses of worship such as monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques (Al-Quran 22:40). The recent horrific examples of crimes against humanity by groups like ISIS are totally contrary to these universal principles which are embraced in the religion of Al-Islam.

As we denounce these actions, we also understand the history and complexity of this conflict and pray that people of faith and good will can find a way to work together towards mutual respect, cooperation, and peace.

Imam Bashir Ali,
National Convener of Imams
On Behalf of the Conveners of Imams

Conveners of Imams Statement on Gaza and the Plight of the Palestinians

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Statement on Gaza and the Plight of the Palestinians

“And it is He who produced you from a single soul so (there is) a place of dwelling and a repository. We detail Our signs for people who understand.” (Al-Quran 6:98)

“O you who believe, stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others prevent you from being just. Be just, that is nearer to piety and reverence and respect Allah, for Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do.” (Al-Quran 5:8)

“In our human creation we are all equal and that human creation is the foundation for all other identities.” (Imam W. Deen Mohammed: Youth Dawah Class, Chicago, IL, September 22, 2002)


The Conveners of Imams associated with the Community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed
support the universal right of self determination, freedom, justice, and equality of all human beings. We thoroughly condemn the tragic loss of life; destruction of homes, schools, places of worship; and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of human beings in the disputed geography of Israel/Palestine including the Gaza strip. Therefore, we support a cease fire between all the parties involved (i.e. Israel, Hamas, and the Palestinian Authority). We also urge and support a sincere sustained effort to resurrect a comprehensive two-state solution for lasting peace.

In our human nature is our equality. The scriptures of our different faith traditions tell us that we have originated from a single soul. We have a common origin and as people of faith, we believe we have a common destiny. In addition, our human life, identity, aspirations, possessions, property, and places of worship are universally recognized as sacred rights.

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