Friday, May 27, 2016

MEMORIAL DAY - REMEMBERING THOSE WHO SACRIFICE

Imam W. Deen Mohammed "This is the Memorial Day Weekend, and memorial means that this day honors somebody or persons who should be remembered. They are the people who fought and lost their lives, so we could have this peace and security that we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America. We honor them and pay tribute to them on this day.


Memorial day gives us an opportunity to pay tribute to those who lost their lives defending us.  In honor of this, we ask you to join in the community service #TMCPickUp project.  Invite your family, friends and neighbors to join by donating and/or participating in this effort to beautify communities.



Monday, May 16, 2016

#Interfaith Dialogue at The Mosque Cares Imam Warithudeen Mohammed II, President of The Mosque Cares & Akiva Tor, Head of Bureau for World Jewish Affairs and World Religions at the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

In 1978, Imam W. Deen Mohammed gave an address before more than 1000 Jews and Muslims at the Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington D.C. then under the Leadership of Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman. On July 16, 1978, Rabbi Haberman spoke at Masjid Elijah Mohammed. He was the first Rabbi in history to speak there. In 1993, Imam Mohammed spoke at the Interfaith Roundtable National Conference of Christian, Jews, and Muslims in Detroit Michigan. In 1995, Imam Mohammed, who was President of The Mosque Cares/Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed, was selected as a President for World Council of Religions for Peace, which is now known as Religions for Peace. In 1995, he delivered the Keynote Address at the Muslim-Jewish Convocation, the first serious Public dialogue between top Leaders of Al-Islam and reformed Judaism, in Glencoe, Illinois. In 1996, he led a Muslim-American Delegation to Jerusalem and met with Yasser Arafat at his headquarters where he discussed the difficulties in Palestinian life. Imam Mohammed, during the month of November 1999, attended consecutive World Peace conferences. The first conference was held in Tiberius, Israel and the second was in Amman, Jordan.
  

Imam W. Deen Mohammed, the President of the Mosque Cares/ Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed, before his passing in 2008, appointed his son, W. Deen Mohammed II to be the President of The Mosque Cares/Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed. Imam W. Deen Mohammed was one of the Founding Presidents for the World Conference of Religions for Peace, now known as Religions for Peace. In 2009, Imam W. Deen Mohammed II was made a Shareholder for The International Religions for Peace. Subsequently, he was made co-President of Religions for Peace, USA. The Mosque Cares is a founding member of USCMO (The US Council of Muslim Organizations). Imam Mohammed II has met with President Barack Hussein Obama, Former Vice President Al Gore, Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop Blase Cupich, US Congressman Andre Carson, Ahmet Davutaglu, Prime Minister of Turkey, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and former Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, Sheila Simon.
  
On April 5, 2016, Imam W. Deen Mohammed II received an invitation from the Senior Policy Advisor at The Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest to meet with Mr. Akiva Tor, who is the Head of Bureau for World Jewish Affairs and World Religions at the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Mr. Tor was visiting Chicago and specifically asked to meet with him based on the recommendation of Rabbi David Rosen. The Meeting was held at the Mosque Cares/ Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed building at 929 W. 171 St. E. Hazel Crest Illinois on Tuesday, April 12. Imam Mohammed II requested members of our community to be in attendance.

About 30 members of our community attended the meeting with Consul General Roey Gilad,  Mr. Akiva Tor and Imam Warithudeen Mohammed II.  They toured The Mosque Cares Building, then held the meeting. Imam W. Deen Mohammed II and several community members sat at the conference table with Roey Gilead and Akiva Tor. Mr. Akiva Tor proceeded to ask Imam W. Deen Mohammed II a series of questions about the history of our community of Al-Islam in America. Imam Mohammed II gave him a historical synopsis of the evolution of our community, from former slaves, Master Fard, The Honorable Elijah Mohammed, The Nation of Islam, and the transformational history of our community under the Leadership of Imam W. Deen Mohammed with the Light of The Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah of Prophet Mohammed, (pbuh) to where we are now. Mr. Tor asked about our community attendance of Hajj. It was stated that members our community was continuously making Hajj. The 2 major Hajj delegations, 1977 which Imam W. Deen Mohammed led and members of our community made the other large Hajj in 2003, were discussed. Members of our community who made those Hajjs and others Hajjs were in attendance of the meeting. Mr. Tor asked about the national meetings. It was stated that Imam W. Deen Mohammed II, through the Mosque Cares has maintaining the national initiatives established by his father. The largest annual convention, after the passing of Imam W. Deen Mohammed, was in Somerset, New Jersey in 2010 which eventually led to Imam W. Deen Mohammed II attending the Ramadan Iftar at the White House with him sitting at the head table with President Obama and other guests. Mr. Tor gave Imam W. Deen Mohammed II a book about the history of Israel. Mr. Tor invited him to visit Israel, perhaps, on the way to Hajj. Imam W. Deen Mohammed II gave Mr. Tor a gift package which included books, Life The Final Battlefield, and Diversity In Al-Islam among other items.
  
The meeting was a classic case of international interfaith diplomacy that Imam W. Deen Mohammed II is quite an expert at. Every one of us who are followers of Imam W, Deen Mohammed should visit The Mosque Cares website www.TheMosqueCares.com to see the many diplomatic and interfaith meetings that Imam W. Deen Mohammed II has been involved with. The community members who attended the meeting were extremely appreciative of witnessing the high level international diplomatic and interfaith meeting with Roey Gilead, Mr. Akiva Tor, and Imam W. Deen Mohammed II.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Pick It Up Campaign - we need YOU!

CLICK HERE:
https://www.fundrazr.com/MIWDM-TMCPickItUp 

We are pleased to introduce PHASE II of the TMC community garden initiative which affects our environment…… The Pick It Up Program and we need YOU!  

We are asking for donations to TMC in support of this and other important community programs. Let us know what you are doing using #TMCPickup

1. Whenever you can / wherever you are - pick up litter

2. Spread the word and let the community know, this is our community and we are empowered as individuals and organizations to improve the surroundings. 

3. If you want a good spirit and to feel good inside, make your environment pretty. That is the natural, original spirit in life that G-d created the human being with. The original spirit wants to see order and beauty. Life thrives on order and beauty. 

#EarthDay #TMC #MIWDM #IWDM



Sunday, May 8, 2016

Motherhood

"Motherhood is the most valuable attribute to society. Woman does not have to have a baby, or even be fertile to be a mother. To be a mother is to be a mother-like leader. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), called women who served the community well—mothers." 

Imam W. Deen Mohammed


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Countdown to Ramadan

As we countdown to Ramadan, we plan to post quotes by Imam W. Deen Mohammed each day on the TMC Facebook page, that relate to Ramadan, Insha Allah - Donate and receive the full document 


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Heartfelt Condolences on the Passing of Dr. Akbar Muhammad

With heavy hearts, The Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed | The Mosque Cares extends sincere condolences on the passing of Dr. Akbar Muhammad, son of the Honorable Elijah & Sister Clara Muhammad; Brother of Imam W. Deen Mohammed. May Allah be pleased with him. We ask you to join us in making dua for him and his family.

The Janazah is scheduled for 10 am Wednesday April 13 at Fischer-Scholder Funeral Home at 269 Chenango Street, Binghamton, New York (607-724-3023). 

Burial will follow at the cemetery at 100 East Maine Road (off of Reynolds Road) in Johnson City, New York.


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Join Parliament in Signing Interfaith Climate Change Statement Going to United Nations Secretary General at Paris

CLICK HERE http://bit.ly/1SGAtnO

THE 6 KEY POINTS WITHIN THE INTERFAITH CLIMATE CHANGE STATEMENT

Urge governments to rapidly sign, ratify and implement the Paris Agreement, and to increase pledges to reduce emissions in line with keeping the global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels

Insist on rapid emissions reduction and peaking by 2020, in order to keep the 1.5C goal within reach

Strongly advocate for greater flows of finance, especially for adaptation and loss and damage

Urge the swift phase out of all fossil fuel subsidies and a transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050

Encourage faith communities to reduce emissions in their homes, workplaces and centres of worship and to support and stand in solidarity with communities already impacted by climate change

Call for fossil fuel divestment and reinvestment in renewables, including within our own communities

#Earthday #TMCYIA Religions for Peace USA


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

USCMO Strongly Condemns Terror Attacks in Belgium, Turkey, and Mali


The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local Muslim organizations, strongly condemns the heinous terror attacks that took place early this morning in Brussels, Belgium and left at least 30 innocent people dead and many more injured. Similar terror attacks took place most  recently in Turkey and Mali and claimed the lives of tens of innocent people.

USCMO is utterly saddened by these repugnant attacks and stands consistent in its condemnation of any and all attacks on the sanctity of human life taking place anywhere in the world, regardless of the perpetrators, targets, or reasons. 
 
The US Council of Muslim Organizations stands in solidarity with the people of Belgium, Turkey, and Mali and sends its sincere prayers and condolences to the victims' families and loved ones. We urge the world to come together in peace and solidarity during this difficult time and rise above the hate and violence the perpetrators wish to spread.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Religions for Peace USA pledge our efforts to bring peace wherever we can, especially for those who need it most.



Our thoughts and prayers are turned to Belgium and all those grieving, crying and seeking relief from terror in Brussels today. Our Executive Director, Rev Robert Montgomery, shares his thoughts: 
 
"True religion inspires genuine wisdom, self-restraint, deep faith or religious reflection, the work toward peace and the well-being of all as one’s neighbors and indeed as members of one human family.  We at Religions for Peace USA pledge our efforts to bring peace wherever we can, especially for those who need it most.

Where there is hurt, let us work for healing.  Where there is injustice, let us stand together and seek courageous wisdom to resolve it.  Where there is suffering, let us spend our lives and our resources to end it.   Let us rise up to what our spiritual truths tell us, not drag them and our fellow human beings into the despair of hatred and death."



* Imam Warithudeen Mohammed II, President of The Mosque Cares is a co-President of Religions for Peace USA

Friday, March 18, 2016

300+ Delegates to Lobby Congress at 2nd National Muslim Advocacy Day April 18 in D.C.

Making Democracy Work by Connecting Congress with the Muslim Communities they Serve



REGISTER HERE:  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ec5k2esu3d566688


(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/16/2015) -- On Monday, April 18, some 300 delegates from more than 20 states will take part in the second National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
 
The lobbying effort is sponsored by the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local American Muslim organizations. Muslim delegates are expected to meet with a third of the House of Representatives and almost half of the Senate.
 
National Muslim Advocacy Day delegates will promote a legislative agenda in support of equality and social justice, and will outline the domestic priorities of the American Muslim community, including: 
  • Support for House and Senate resolutions recognizing and condemning Islamophobia.
  • Support legislation that enables individuals to build a credit history without taking on credit debt.
  • Support legislation that promotes greater access to fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods in impoverished areas.
  • Address American Muslim community concerns regarding the oversight, management and approach of federal Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programs.
For more information about the event or about how Muslim organizations or community members can participate, visit the event registration page.
 
 
"With a dynamic legislative agenda, American Muslims are positioned to advocate for core social justice issues that will benefit all Americans, regardless of faith or background," said Robert McCaw, chairman of the USCMO Advocacy Day steering committee. 
 
USCMO Secretary General Oussama Jammal said: "Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill continues to empower the American Muslim community to work constructively with their elected officials and staff on Capitol Hill. It is important that members of Congress have the opportunity to get to know their Muslim constituents on a first name basis."

Wednesday, March 2, 2016