Walid participates in 2 panel discussions at MANA Conf. 2008

I was afforded the opportunity to participate in two panel discussions at the 2008 conference of the Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA) held in Philadelphia, PA.


“Forging a Political Agenda” with Jameel Johnson – Former Chief of Staff of Rep. Meeks (D-NY) and Dawud Walid – CAIR-MI and Masjid Wali Muhammad.


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“Beginning the Dialogue on Healing and Reconciliation: Addressing the Historical Divide in the American Muslim Community” with Amir Al-Islam – Professor Medger Evers University, Professor Ingrid Mattson – Hartford Seminary and ISNA, Laila Muhammad – The Mosque Cares, Dawud Walid – CAIR-MI and Masjid Wali Muhammad, Qasim Ahmed – Islamic Learning Institute, Asma Mirza – MSA National, and Esam Omeish – MAS.


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Al-Qaida’s No.2 leader doesn’t speak for Muslims


Al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader doesn’t speak for Muslims

In the wake of Al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri’s speech against America and President-elect Barack Obama, I’d like to make it extremely clear that al-Qaida does not speak for Muslims (“Al-Qaida’s No. 2 insults Obama,” Nov. 20).

From Senegal to Indonesia, Muslims have celebrated Obama’s victory. Moreover, American Muslims overwhelmingly supported the president-elect — 90 percent, according to a post-election poll conducted by the American Muslim Taskforce.

It is quite evident that Al-Qaida is worried that its old talking points of painting America as a racist imperial power may not persuade a fringe pool of potential new recruits to wage terror against a nation that has elected a president who is the son of a Kenyan with the middle name of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. Muslims around the globe view Obama’s election as a clear sign that America has taken a big step toward the fulfillment of its principle of racial equality. Hopefully, this will translate into a more brotherly, not paternal, relationship between America and the so-called Third World.

Al-Zawahiri used the race card by calling Obama, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and current Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice “house slaves,” while twisting the words of civil rights leader El-Hajj Malik Shabazz — also known as Malcolm X. Al-Zawahiri endorses the slaughter of women and children and suicide bombings of mosques in which fellow Muslims pray, so his usage of racial slurs is not surprising.

Malcolm X, who has been honored with a U.S. postage stamp, never endorsed the mass murder of civilians and attacks upon houses of worship, acts that Al-Qaida commits with frequency. In fact, at the end of his life, Malcolm X vigorously preached the Islamic teaching of racial equality and respect for the family of man.

Dawud Walid

Executive Director

Council on American Islamic Relations — Michigan


‘Savage’ terrorism attack in Mumbai, neighbors blamed by Indian goverment

Yesterday’s terror attack in Mumbai, India that have left over 120 dead and over 300 injuried can only be described as savage, inhuman and criminal.


The Los Angeles Times today has an article that speculates that the unknown group that claimed responsibility called “Deccan Muhajideen” may actually be Al-Qaeda.


Whoever they are, they aren’t mujahideen (people of spiritual & just struggle).  They are hirabiyeen (criminal war-mongers) and irhabiyeen (terrorists).


Although the LA Times and others speculate that this attack may have been committed by Indian Muslims due perceived discrimination in the Hindu majority country, the Indian prime minister blames “neighbouring countries”  (translation – Pakistan and Kashmiri separatists) for the attack.


I pray that these thugs release their hostages and that those who are behind this savage attack are caught and punished to the fullest extent of the law.  I also hope that the Indian government takes all possible measures to prevent backlash attacks against India’s Muslim population as has happened in the past.

Message for Friday – Al-Islam calls for oneness

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله رب العالمين، والصلاة والسلام على سيدنا محمد خاتم النبيين وإمام المرسلين، وعلى جميع إخوانه من النبيين والمرسلين، وآل كل وصحب كل أجمعين وبعد


جل الله القائل: {إن هذه أمتكم أمة واحدة وأنا ربكم فاعبدون}سورة الأنبياء: [الآية: 92]

G’d says in the Qur’an:

Surely this community, your community is one, and I am your Lord, so worship Me [alone].


Al-Islam is the religion of oneness and monotheism.  G’d is One, His religion is one, and the common objectives of His religion are one.  The foremost of these objectives is to worship Him alone without associating any partners with Him and not to falsely attribute anything to Him.


Futhermore, G’d calls us towards oneness and to call others towards this oneness, not with the mentality of a conqueror but with equity.  The call towards oneness is not a specific call towards a sect or political body, but a call towards the Creator whose souls are His property, not the property of men.


يقول تعالى: {يا أيها الناس إنا خلقناكم من ذكر وأنثى وجعلناكم شعوباً وقبائل لتعارفوا إن أكرمكم عند الله أتقاكم}(سورة الحجرات: [الآية: 13].).

The Most High says:

Oh People!  Surely, We created you from one male and one female, and made you into [different] nations and tribes that you may know each other. Surely the most honorable of you with G’d are those who are the most regardful.

ويقول نبينا الأعظم صلى الله عليه وسلم: ((الخلق كلهم عيال الله فأحبهم إلى الله أنفعهم لعياله))(أبو يعلى في مسنده، والبزار والطبري عن أنس وابن مسعود [كنز العمال جـ6 ص360].).

Prophet Muhammad (SAAS) said, “The creation, all of them, are dependents of G’d, and the most beloved to G’d are those who benefit most His dependents.”


Al-Islam clearly articulates that humans have one Creator and were created from one human type, Adam (AS).  Man’s human creation, which G’d made to have different tribal and political orientations based upon social needs, is to be understood as having one common destiny.   When people of various groups recognize others, their natural logic will bring them towards oneness, that man is dependent upon the One and that man’s progression in this life is based upon correctly worshipping Him.  Moreover, the worshipping of the One reminds humans of their intrinsic connection with the first human type, Adam (AS), and that what effects one from this one can benefit or harm all.


بقول الله تعالى: {ولا تنازعوا فتفشلوا وتذهب ريحكم}(سورة الأنفال: [الآية: 46].)

G’d says:

And do not separate from each other, so that you become weak and your strength leaves you.


People of faith become weak when they seek division, leaving oneness and the common concerns and interests for the preference of selfish interests.  Fomenting division and pitting man against fellow man is disobedience towards the One.  Such division breeds animosity and rancor, which eventually comes back to visit those who sow the seeds of division.


و بمنهج المصطفى صلى الله عليه وسلم القائل: ((أيها الناس إن ربكم واحد، وإن أباكم واحد، كلكم لآدم وآدم من تراب، إن أكرمكم عند الله أتقاكم، وليس لعربي على أعجمي، ولا لأعجمي على عربي، ولا لأحمر على أبيض، ولا لأبيض على أحمر فضل إلا بالتقوى – ثم قال صلى الله عليه وسلم -: اللهم فاشهد))(البيهقي عن جابر مرفوعاً.).

The method of the Muhammad, the Chosen One (SAAS) was clearly stated by him:

“Oh People! Surely your Lord is one, and your father [Adam] is one. All of you are from Adam (AS), and Adam (AS) was from dust. Surely the most honorable of you with G’d are those who are the most regardful. And Arab is not better than the non-Arab, the non-Arab is not better than the Arab, the person of color is not better than the White person, nor is the White person better than the person of color. The best person is the most regardful.”


في الحديث الصحيح أن جنازة مرت أمام النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فقام لها، فقيل له إنه يهودي، فقال: ((أليست نفساً ؟))(متفق عليه.).

A funeral one day came pass the Prophet Muhammad (SAAS), and he (SAAS) stood up for it in respect. Someone then said to him that the person is Jewish. The Prophet (SAAS) then retorted, “But wasn’t she a [precious] human soul?!”


Al-Islam calls for respect for the sacred rights and the sanctity of all human life, its sanctity that was made precious when created by the Divine.  The religion of G’d does not call for respect for one’s own group but disrespect for others.  The religion does not allow prosperity for one’s self promotion but promoting depravity for others.  Any group that calls for this is far away from the religion of G’d even if they claim faith.


سأل أبي بن كعب النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم: أمن العصبية أن يحب الرجل قومه ؟ فقال صلى الله عليه وسلم: ((ولكن من العصبية أن ينصر قومه على الظلم))(المرجع السابق.).

A man asked the Prophet (SAAS), “Is it from sectarian that a man loves his people?” The Prophet (SAAS) replied, “No, but it is from sectarianism when a man helps his people in wrong doing and oppression.”


Seeking oneness does not mean ignoring the differences that G’d made for humans to express.  G’d is He who gave man different skin colors, languages, and political yearnings based upon environmental differences.  Respecting G’d means respecting these variations.  However, uplifting one’s own group to intentionally harm others is against true religion.


فقال: ((آل محمد كل تقي))( الطبراني في الأوسط عن أنس.) وأبدل نسب التقوى بنسب الجسد فقال: ((سلمان منا أهل البيت))(الطبراني والحاكم عن عمرو بن عوف.).

The Prophet (SAAS) said, “The family of Muhammad is ever regardful person.”  He (SAAS) also taught his followers that piety was the true connection with him (SAAS) not being connected through blood ties.  Another saying of his (SAAS) that affirms this is “Salman [the Persian] is from the people of our household.”



والحمد لله رب العالمين

MSA brings Islam awareness to campus

MSA brings Islam awareness to campus

Kristina Calvird

Issue date: 11/25/08 Section: Student Life
The Muslim Student Association (MSA) celebrated Islam Awareness Week last week.

According to Majed Afana, MSA president, the purpose of the week is to “create an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding for the religion which has been under the spotlight for almost a decade now.”

The group strives to educate both non-Muslims and Muslims on campus by providing lectures and activities.

“As leaders in the Muslim Students’ Association, every year we take it upon ourselves to provide a week-long series of programs that cover a wide variety of topics, many of which are often filled with misconceptions and misunderstood facts,” said Afana.

The week kicked off on Monday when Dawud Walid discussed the history of Islam both prior to and after coming to America and its neighboring countries. “He presented a very educational look into the spread of Islam,” said Afana.

Women in Islam are often one of the most misunderstood topics in American society. People are often confused about the roles of women, their rights and their significance in both the history of the religion and in the daily lives of Muslims. Nadia Bazzy, a former UM-D student cleared up this confusion in her lecture, “Women in Islam” on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Imam Salie spoke about Jesus in Islam and also showed a documentary. “Students seemed to be very intrigued by the documentary and commented on how much they were surprised of the level of respect Jesus held in Islam,” said Afana. “Although the Muslims and Christians may have different views on Jesus, what we can both agree on is the significance of his life, the way he carried himself and the greatness of his love for mankind.”(MORE)