Cultivate dialogue, peace

Despite our condemnation of the Israeli army killing hundreds of Gazan civilians and wounding thousands in their latest siege, we do not support equating the Nazi symbol with the Star of David as a few protestors displayed in a recent cease-fire rally in front of the McNamara Federal Building in Detroit.

The Council of American-Islamic Relations — Michigan has consistently stated Islam enjoins respect for the sacred symbols of world religions. Moreover, David, whom this symbol signifies, is a revered prophet in Islam who is mentioned in the Quran, the holy book of Muslims. We encourage all within the various faith communities to cultivate dialogue and peace within our region and to refrain from using signs and slogans that further divisions.

Dawud Walid

Executive Director

Council on American-Islamic Relations — Michigan



Message for Friday – Guard Against Being Ignorant

من قال: أنا عالم فهو جاهل

Umar  bin Al-Khattab (RH) stated, “Whoever says ‘I am a knowledgable person’, he is an ignorant person.”

One of the most dangerous and ignorant persons that walks the earth is a self proclaimed “know it all.”  The “know it all” is ignorant because he IGNORES or is not open to consider different perspectives. He is a danger to himself because he has closed his mind and structured preconceived notions about subjects and events, which causes him to miss information that could save him from spiritual or social harm. He then puts others in jeopardy by acting upon or shoving his ignorance onto others, many times without evil intent.

The “know it all” mentality is also anti-social. Who likes to be in the company for a protracted periods of time with a “know it all?” How about the person, who is educated in topics that constantly refers to himself as a “scholar?”

This person should not attribute scholarship to himself; he should allow others to recognize his scholarship. How many Phd’s have we seen that lack common sense and interpersonal intelligence? How many of these people hhave screwed up the socio-political world!?

So in the quest for becoming educated, the truly educated person understands that learning is a life long endeavor. The truly knowledgable person also recognizes his own lack of knowledge because the more information he comes into contact with, the more he realizes how much he doesn’t know.

The supplication of the true scholar is:
يا إلهي إنك عليم و إني جاهل

“Oh my G’d! Surely You are All-Knowing, and I am ignorant.”

And surely G’d knows best.

Walid comments on Obama presidency, speaks at Inauguration Gala

Read my comments in an article on titled “Muslims…Obama From Election To Inauguration”.


Click here to listen to the keynote speech, which I delivered at the 1st American Muslim Inauguration Gala held at the Thurgood Marshall Center on 1/19/09 in Washington, DC.


Click here to read a story from Roll Call regarding the American Muslim Inauguration Gala.