Muslim Files 12 Million Discrimination Suit Against Wal-Mart

Dawud Walid speaks about alleged anti-Muslim discrimination at Wal-Mart

Dawud Walid speaks about alleged anti-Muslim discrimination at Wal-Mart



An Iraqi-American Muslim, who is a resident of Dearborn, today filed a $12 Million discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit against known anti-workers’ rights & anti-union/organized labor Wal-Mart.


SEE: Muslim-American files bias suit against Wal-Mart (Associated Press)


Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Michigan chapter, said a representative of his organization was among those that met with Wal-Mart officials before the store opened.

Walid said the store has done a great deal of marketing and public relations, but added “there’s a difference between seeking to profit from the community” and having a “true appreciation for diversity as well as workers’ rights.”


SEE: Dearborn man alleges bias in Wal-Mart suit (Detroit News)


Dawud Walid, executive director of The Council on American-Islamic Relations, said: “Unfortunately, this kind of thing is not as rare as the general public might think. There is quite a bit of discrimination against Arabs and Muslims in Dearborn, even though there is a large population there.”

Message for Friday – Motivators Share In The Reward/Punishment Of Their Calls


It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (SAAS) said, “The one who guides towards excellence is like the one who does it.”

People who have refined the art of eloquence can sway the hearts and minds of many. In fact, many eloquent speakers can influence their audiences without using logic but connecting through emotional appeals.

Hence, the callers to faith and civic responsibility have the weighty responsibility of mobilizing the public towards wholesome, constructive behaviors within society. Their ability to influence can be a powerful catalyst in bringing about good.

It is also narrated that Prophet Muhammad said, “The one that guides towards evil is similiar to it.”

American law recognizes the illegality of those who call towards mischief; it is referred to as incitement. People, for instance, who incite others through their speech towards violence bear some of the responsibility of the active participants whether the inciters took part in the actions or not.

One example of this is the hate websites and blogs ran by terrorists to Islamophobes that incite hatred towards certain groups of people. They have a burden to bear for the actions of those who were inspired by their diabolical rhetoric. Although they may not face justice in a court of law, they most certaintly will answer to G’d for every word.

And surely G’d knows best.

Interfaith Candlelight Vigil Today For Big 3

When:      Thursday Evening, December 18,                       




Time:        5:30 PM


Who:        Interfaith Worker Justice – Metro Detroit,




What:       Candlelight vigil at the Transcending Labor Monument at Hart Plaza.                



The religious community, supporters of labor, and concerned individuals are all invited to participate.  This will be held in support of not only the autoworkers of Detroit, but also the millions of workers that will be affected in the event of the collapse of the Big 3 in related industries.  We will be calling on Congress and President Bush to stabilize the auto industry and prevent the economic devastation that will occur otherwise. Come join us in solidarity with workers who are suffering under the current economic crisis!


As this is an outdoor event,

please dress for the weather!

Walid gives benediction at MI electoral college


On December 15, 2008, Imam Dawud Walid gave the closing benediction at the historic 52nd Michigan Electoral College in the Michigan State Senate chamber located in Lansing, Michigan.  


All of Michigan’s 17 electoral votes were cast for President-elect Barack Hussein Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden.


Chairperson for the MI Electoral College was Lt Governor John Cherry.  Also in attendance were MI Governor Jennifer Granholm, Senator Debbie Stabenow and Teamsters President James Hoffa.


Click to hear closing benediction.


Text of benediction:


With the Name of G-d, the Merciful Benefactor, the Merciful Redeemer


The praise and thanks belongs to G-d, and may His peace be upon His righteous servants whom He has chosen.


Oh G-d! You are Peace, from You is peace, and to You your servants return in peace, so have us our Lord live in peace and enter into Paradise, Your home, the home of peace. Blessed are You, Oh Possessor of Majesty and Honor.


Oh G-d! We seek refuge in You from impoverishment to none except You.


Oh Light of the heavens and the earth!  Enlighten the hearts and intellects of our political leaders, especially President-elect Barack Hussein Obama, guide them with Your light, place truth and wisdom upon their tongues and strengthen their love for freedom, justice and equality.


In these difficult times for our Nation and for the State of Michigan, grant us all patience and guard us from hastiness, instill in us the spirit of benevolence and guard us from stinginess, and bestow upon us hope and protect us from despair.


Oh Merciful of those who are merciful! We praise and we thank You upon all conditions and circumstances.



Eyes on Fed. law enforcement for profiling & torture of Muslims

Yesterday in Detroit at the ACLU’s office, a press conference was held announcing a hotline established to report suspected profiling at the border by the Federal law enforcement.  Speaking at the press conference were representatives from ACCESS, ADC, CAIR and the NAACP.


SEE story in The Detroit News.


Click here to see news story from TV 20.






A story based on the press conference from WWJ Newsradio 950 AM aired the following:


Dawud Walid, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said since the September 11th terror attacks there’s been an increase in profiling, particularly focused on American Muslims at borders.  

Walid claims personal property such as wallets and laptops have been taken from people, searched and — in some cases — have had information removed.


Meanwhile, the Associated Press ran a story today relating to the Supreme Court voicing concerns over allegations that abuse and torture based upon religion (Islam):


SEE Associated Press Story.


Quote from the story:


“We are very hopeful, as the American Muslim community, that President-elect Obama will make good on his promise in restoring habeus corpus,” said Dawud Walid of the Council on American Islamic Relations-Michigan.

“Because this is really what these types of cases are all about: People have been unjustly detained and not allowed proper due process, and in some cases, they have suffered not only physical but psychological torture.

“This is not what America is about. These types of actions happen in oppressive regimes in the so-called Third World.”