MI Sunni-Shi’i statement regarding Dr. Israr Ahmad & Muslim Unity

http://muslimmedianetwork.com/mmn/?p=2623

CIOM Statement on Sunni-Shi’a Relations

In response to a statement released by the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America on Tuesday, July 1, 2008, regarding a well known Sunni scholar, Dr. Israr Ahmad, accused of making derogatory and insulting remarks about Imam Ali during a telecast of an 11 year old program, Dars of Qur’an, on QTV on June 12, 2008, the Sunni and Shi’a imams in Michigan under the umbrella organization, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan, CIOM, held two meetings (7/8 & 7/15) deliberating on and discussing the issue and its affect on the Muslim community in America. It was concluded that:

1) We reaffirm the Muslim Code of Honor signed by Shia and Sunni imams, on May 10th, 2007. The signed agreement calls for Shia and Sunni communities, led by the imams, to live together peacefully in America acknowledging fundamental differences among madahib . It is imperative, upon signing the Code of Honor, last year; we work towards maintaining and enhancing good relationships among us.

2) Adhering to the Code of Honor, we must encourage respectful language in our institutions and discourage speech or material that engages in rhetoric of takfîr or disrespect of Muslim scholars and leaders – traditional or contemporary.

3) Be aware that there are some who promote discord and fitna. We must not allow such parties to distract us, for the sake of Muslim Americans who live and struggle for a dignified existence for Islam and Muslims. We remember Allah (SWT) commandment: “And hold fast, all together, to the rope of God, and be not divided among yourselves. And remember with gratitude God’s favor upon you, when you were enemies and He joined your hearts in love. Thus by His grace you became brethren. And you were on the brink of the Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth God make His Signs clear to you, that you may be guided. So let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong. They are the ones to attain felicity. And be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into disputations after receiving clear signs. For them is a dreadful penalty.” (3:103-05)

4) We encourage our national organizations, moreover, through the example of our brotherly cooperation in SE Michigan, to honor the terms of the Code of Honor we signed. We stand ready to work with anyone towards this goal to promote true spirit of peaceful coexistence and respect among all. We ask God the Exalted to aid us in this and all our efforts to conduct ourselves in a manner that is most pleasing to Him.

Present at the meeting were:  Sheikh Ali Sulaiman Ali, Muslim Community of Western Suburbs Mosque, Canton; Imam Baqir Berry, Islamic Institute of Knowledge, Dearborn; Imam Muhammad Ali Elahi, Islamic House of Wisdom, Dearborn Heights (HOST); Imam Muhammad Moosa Unity Center, Bloomfield Hills; Imam Mustafa ElTurki, Islamic Organization of Norht America, Warren; Imam Abdullah El-Amin, Muslim Center, Detroit; Imam Aly Lela, Islamic Association of Greater Detroit, Rochester Hills; Sh. Syed Ibrahim Saleh, Islamic House of Wisdom, Dearborn Heights; Imam Cise, Asst. Imam at the Muslim Center, Detroit and the imam of the Gambian Community in Detroit; Imam M. Jowad Al-Ansari, As-Sojood Islamic Center, Auburn Hills; Imam Dawud Walid, CAIR-MI; Imam Hisham Al-Hussainy, Karbala Center, Dearborn;  Imam Qasim Baydoun;  Hajj Ghalib Begg, Chairman of Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan; Contact, the Council of Islamic Organzations of Michigan org.

Good News: KY Bigot Stripped of Libertarian Endorsement!

Sonny Landham was just stripped of the Libertarian Party’s endorsement for US Senator for the state of Kentucky.  Bravo!

Recently, Landham called Arabs “camel-dung shovelers” and seemingly endorsed ethnic cleansing of Arab Christians and Arab Muslims.

Landham, a supporter of the Council of Conservative Citizens, is a throwback to those who were part of the White Citizens Council in southern states in the 1960′s.

SEE: http://www.politickerky.com/treypollard/1144/stripped-libertarian-endorsement-landham-will-run-independent

Serbian murderer to face UN tribunal for genocide of Muslims

Many Muslims of Eastern European background are still very appreciative of the USA’s role in defending them against the aggression of the Serbs in Bosnian and Kosova during the 90′s.  When President Bush traveled to Europe earlier this year, the only country where he received a jubilant reception was in Muslim majority Albania. 

As a Muslim who served in the US military in “The Box” (area which Bosnia is located) as well as serving as a temporary Imam for the Bosnian-American Islamic Center in Hamtramck two years ago, I have a special affinity for the Bosnian people and have kept up with their yearning to have justice as part of their healing process. 

I’m glad that the Bosnians, who are alive that suffered at the hands of the Serbs have the opportunity to see justice served.  Unfortunately, African-Americans don’t have the opportunity to try the likes of Sir John Hawkins and Pope Nicholas V for their part in the Black Holocaust.  G’d will take care of them on the Day of Reckoning.

SEE: http://voanews.com/english/2008-07-31-voa5.cfm

Message for Friday – Islam condemns racism

 من سره أن يكون أكرم الناس فليتق الله

Prophet Muhammad (SAAS) said, “Whoever fancies himself that he is the most honorable of men, then let him immediately fear G’d.”

Prior to Islam coming to the Arab people, they were immersed in a caste system society where individual honor was linked to tribal affliation. At the lowest rung in that society, the Non-Arab (African, European, Persian & Indian) slaves were at the very bottom of the totem pole.

وَلَقَدْ كَرَّمْنَا بَنِي آَدَمَ
(17:70)

G’d says in the Qur’an, “And most certainly, We have honored [all] of the Children of Adam.”

In Islam, skin color, tribal affliation, and monetary status is not what gives human beings honor and dignity. Human beings contain intrinsic dignity, and this dignity increases or decreases based upon respect to the commands and decrees of the Creator. And only the Creator truly knows who has kept their duties to him.

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُمْ مِنْ ذَكَرٍ وَأُنْثَى وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ
(49:13)

G’d says in the Qur’an, “Oh humanity! Surely We created you from a male and a female, and We made you into Nations and Tribes in order that you may know each other. Surely the most honorable of you with G’d are you who are the most pious; surely G’d is all knowing, all aware.”

Stories that are in the news of East Indian workers being treated like second class citizens in Arab Gulf states to racist statements that are made about blacks being referred to as slaves or monkeys has nothing to do with Islam. This treatment is a violation of Islam. Muslims can be racist, but Islam never condones racism.

And surely G’d knows best.

Rep. Cohen’s bill apologizing for slavery and Jim Crow passes

HR 194 passed yesterday, which offers an official apology for the perculiar institution of slavery that was imposed in America upon Africans and the system of Jim Crow, which caused suffering upon African-Americans. 

The interesting point about this passage is that Rep. Cohen (D-TN) is the only White American congressman representing a majority Black district.

Makes one wonder how no member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) was able to push such a resolution to the House floor prior to 2008.

Thank G’d that it passed at least.  No mention within, however, of reparations. 

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http://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/Content?oid=oid%3A46613

Cohen’s Apology-for-Slavery Resolution Passes House
JULY 29, 2008 – 10:03 PM

H. Res. 194, the congressional resolution apologizing for the enslavement and racial segregation of blacks in America, was passed by acclamation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, giving the sponsor, 9th District congressman Steve Cohen, the second of two boosts as he began the penultimate week of his Democratic primary campaign for reelection.

On Monday, before his return to Washington for the congressional work week, Cohen had received the official endorsement of the two associations representing, respectively, members of the Memphis police and deputies of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department.

The House vote in favor of Cohen’s apology resolution came late on Tuesday, toward the end of congressional business. The congressman promptly issued the following statement:

“I am very proud that my colleagues in the House of Representatives passed our resolution apologizing for slavery and Jim Crow in the United States. This is a historic moment in the ongoing struggle for civil rights in this country, and I hope that this legislation can serve to open the dialogue on race and equality for all. Apologies are not empty gestures, but are a necessary first step towards any sort of reconciliation between people. I thank Congressman John Conyers (MI-14), whose assistance in moving this resolution forward was indispensible, for his strong support for this bill. “