The following audio is from a talk I delivered at the Islamic Center of South Jersey (ICSJ), on May 17th. We discussed the histories, challenges, and pschologies, past and present, for American Muslims of non-indigenous origins. My thanks to Mufti Niaz Hanna for inviting me.
The Enlightened Path Conference fosters an intellectual environment to inspire American Muslims by challenging the critical issues that they are faced with. We bring together speakers to address specific topics and nurture discussions beyond the quintessential discourses found in the conventional conference. We’re building a platform for American Muslims to gain knowledge that will empower them with the intellect to face disciplines including religion, diversity, economics, finance, psychology, and more. The lineup of speakers includes:
Saad Tasleem, Kameelah Rashad, Ubaydallah Evans, Sohaib Sultan, AbdelRahman Murphy, Moutasem Atiya, and Suzy Ismail.
Mark your calendars: April 25th-27th. See the website for registration details. See you there, God willing.
On Friday, March 14th, I delivered a khutbah on the topic of Islam: a religion rooted in Action.Continue reading
MuslimARC is having a video contest: FortyNine13, based on chapter 49 (al-Hujarat), verse 13:
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُمْ مِنْ ذَكَرٍ وَأُنْثَىٰ وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا ۚ إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ
O’ Mankind! We created you from a male and female and made you into peoples and tribes so that you may mutually know one another. The noblest among you in God’s sight is the one with the most taqwa. Gid is All-Knowing, All-Aware.
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Join Hind Makki, Ibrahim Abdul Matin, Nsenga Knight and myself, and others tomorrow, 2:30pm on al-Jazeera Stream (@AJStream) for “What is it like #BeingBlackAndMuslim?”: http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/201402132007-0023473. please tweet questions and comments using the hashtag #AJStream.
The daughter of African immigrants to the American Midwest, Hind Makki (@HindMakki)has long been interested in understanding the impact of migration, race, religion on shaping the development of Western Muslim consciousness. Hind has appeared on Al Jazeera’s “The Stream,” Chicago Public Radio and Huffington Post Live; her work is featured in Alarabiya News, AltMuslimah, The Cambridge Companion to American Islam, Common Ground News, The Economist, The Huffington Post, Islamic Horizons, National Public Radio, PolicyMic; and she has published pieces in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Hind holds a degree in International Relations from Brown University.
The author of The Green Deen, Ibrahim (@IbrahimSalih) is a former National Urban Fellow and policy advisor to Mayor Bloomberg. He spends his days pounding political and executive corridors to find integrated solutions to complex business and social challenges.
Nsenga Knight (@Nsenga_K) is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker. Her work expands upon the common aesthetic and conceptual inclinations in Islamic Art, American and European abstraction and the conceptual arts movement, reflecting her interests in ritual, subjectivity, history, archiving and intervention. Nsenga’s artistic process is as tied to the medium of drawing and performance art as it is to photography and the aesthetics of cinema, particularly experimental films. For more on her work, see her web site here.
WHAT IS THE STREAM?
The Stream is a social media community with its own daily television program, focusing on stories that are ongoing, global, and sourced from social media. The Stream is an aggregator of online sources and discussion, seeking out unheard voices, new perspectives from people on the ground and untold angles related to the most compelling stories of the day. We also share the platform with artists, celebrities and intellectuals who are an integral part of the social media community.
The program is critically acclaimed, having won the prestigious Royal Television Society Award in the UK for ‘the most innovative news show’ and an Emmy nomination in the US for its “best new approaches to news and documentaries”.
The show appears live on Al Jazeera English TV channel and repeats at 04:30 GMT, 08:30GMT, 14:30GMT.
You can watch this episode here.