Honoring the Twin Servant-$ecuring Our Intelligentsia
Historic Financial Step to $ecure Our Intelligentsia
NATIONAL ― As-Salaam-Alaikum (Peace be with you).
On December 25, while the Christmas celebration was in full swing, Community Wide Shuraa Conference (CWSC) volunteers were busy preparing for the first ever CWSC AM360 Radio-Telethon to help raise funds for American Muslim 360 (AM360) and all the national intelligentsia operations that serve our group intellect and the broader society.
Early Saturday morning at 7 a.m. eastern standard time, CWSC volunteers and AM360 talk show hosts Imams Karriem Hameed and Yahya Shabazz opened the airways on the first broadcast program of the day, Revolutionary Thought and Created Purpose, and welcomed the day’s Pause for the Cause Telethon Team Sister Martha Nailah Williams and Mukhtar Muhammad. The Saturday morning program true to its title took the believers around the world touching on topics like the fall of Soviet Russia, to the Civil War, to the Al Shababb thwarted terror attacks in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Imams were interweaving history and current events into a tapestry on Islam, the Life example of Muhammed (SAW) the Prophet and the tafsir of Imam Dr. W. Deen Mohammed (RA) in a comprehensive discussion of faith and the proper application of Al-Qur’an in the 21st century.
The Saturday morning discussion was typical of the groundbreaking introspection and analyses the AM360 listenership has come to expect. Yet on this occasion, a very important reminder was integrated into the regular programming by the Imams, Sister Martha, CWSC’s corporate secretary, Brother Mukhtar, CWSC’s executive director, and CWSC and AM360 Director of Public Affairs, Mark Shahid, when they asked the believers to consider that AM360 is provided free as one of many community services by CWSC, but it nevertheless costs money and the bill must be paid every month. Brother Mukhtar states, “We don’t consider the alternative of not providing this service. We’re guided first and foremost by our faith in Allah (SWT) and He will enlarge and restrict the measure as He pleases. Our Imam cautioned us that ‘We cannot stop now,’ and our Brother Thomas Abdul Salaam, founder of AM360 and CWSC frequently reminded us that ‘If it is to be, then it’s up to me.’ So we’re cognizant that leadership is in the resourceful people and resourceful people together are themselves a powerful financial resource.”
“For many believers, AM360 is an essential and sometimes sole connection to the community, especially for our elderly, infirm and others who can’t for example attend a musella on Fridays to hear the Jumah khutbah. AM360, just one of several CWSC intelligentsia components, broadcasts more than 30 programs offering 24 hours a day Islamic broadcasting from religion, politics, faith and education, to music, health, the arts, physical fitness and more–and were doing so in our voice and in accordance with the best of our group aspiration,” says Sister Martha.
The believers are being urged to help share collectively what is truly our obligation as a group intellect and that is to secure the financial foundation for CWSC and AM360 by contributing tax deductible gifts during the National Telethon beginning December 26 and culminating on January 19, 2016 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day. A sense of urgency was shared in that a charitable contribution made before the end of the year can result in donor tax savings for the 2015 tax filing season. Moreover, PayPal, our transaction secure processor will add an additional 1% to a contribution. And it’s easy to contribute either online and offline. Donors can click here or on the blue donate button prominently displayed on each page of the CWSC website or you can visit CWSC on facebook and click on the donate now button.
Believers can pledge their support by phone at (910) 317-0297. Give your name, telephone and email and a representative will assist you. By U.S Mail, please make check payable to CWSC and mail to:
2620 Bragg Boulevard, Suite D
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28303
From helping college students afford a higher education, leading ground-breaking seminars, helping nonprofits and for profits with the expertise they need to succeed, and serving as a powerful voice against religious extremism and Islamophobia, to broadcasting more Salatul Jumahs from the widest group intellect than any other medium, CWSC is serving the vital interests of our Community.
In addition to the AM360 flagship broadcasting center, CWSC provides free support services to all our communities and to the broader society. Strong financial support will help us:
• Sustain and expand the AM360 programming and audience.
• Operate the Model Communities National Resource Directory and Network.
• Operate the National Think Tank and Clearing House.
• Sustain and grow the National Speakers Bureau.
• Administer & fund national scholarship & cultural historical preservation programs.
• Administer leadership & internship programs
• Conduct national learning labs.
• Provide free technical and consulting support to masajid and other institutions nationwide.
• Forge intra-faith ties and collaboration through the National Leadership Advisory Council that brings together more than 23 leaders of our national sister organizations throughout the U.S. together in mutually respectful consultation.
Following Saturday morning’s kickoff drive, CWSC Teams and AM360 hosts made the rounds on several programs including Saturday Evening Special programming in which listeners were treated to a powerful impromptu women’s conference with new AM360 The Birth of Women host Dr. Ameena Ali; then AM360 host Imam Faheem Shuaibe phoned in his support and appreciation on Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association broadcast hosted by Sister Martha. The group was joined by AM360’s executive producer, William Kareem; Mark Shahid; host Karriem Hameed and Muslim Women in Action executive director, Sister Hadee-Beyah who shared an enthusiastic message of support and solidarity in the cause.
On Sunday’s Clear Talk with hosts Mustafa and Kim Mujahid, Dr. Aisha Kareem, widow of Brother Thomas, co-founder of AM360 and CWSC and currently CEO for AM360 shared special remembrances about the early struggles of AM360 and honored Sister Rosie for her critical support in the early days of the broadcasting network. Later the National Telethon Coordinator Sister Latifa Ziyad, a tv and radio communications professional and host of Music and Moor, provided goals, strategies and other information on the Telethon and why believer support is well deserved and needed. Listen for the Telethon on all AM360 programming.
CWSC leaders shared some very special news with the audience that with the current telethon effort, a portion of contributions are planned for the establishment of a new CWSC MAP college scholarship in honor of Brother Thomas Abdul Salaam. The scholarship would be the third established at CWSC in less than 18 months and is a fitting honor to a community leader who selflessly gave of his intellect, wealth, time, and energies to his last breath to help fulfill the vision of Imam W. Deen Mohammed to practically connect the group intellect and to establish a national working intelligentsia.
Before his passing, our Brother Imam Thomas Abdul Salaam after years of struggle saw AM360 become the #1 Islamic blogtalk radio station in America, honored as a major media influencer, and is currently celebrating 500,000+ listens and counting. He also saw the strength of a collective national intellect working to forge the infrastructure of the CWSC and he followed the logic of Imam Mohammed.
Thomas was blessed to make powerful connections in that he integrated the vision of a national working intelligentsia with a powerful broadcasting medium. He brought together CWSC and AM360 to create the shared freedom space for ideas coming from our group intellect; and he paired that freedom with the apparatus or infrastructure to connect believers anywhere in the country or even the world, to work for the realization of those ideas. His vision and service to our community is now being honored in a special way during this Telethon and with the support of believers all over the nation, CWSC will establish the Twin Servant of Peace Excellence in Broadcasting & Communications College Scholarship Award. The scholarship will honor the work of Imam Thomas while encouraging the next generation of broadcasters, journalists and authors to think big, just as Thomas did…to help remake the world.
If you have just a few minutes to also invite others to help in this cause, please click here. Stay tuned for more information as the Telethon unfolds and most important, please make your generous contribution to help us fulfill the promise …together we can remake the world.
CWSC is a tax exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, qualified to receive bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Code sections 2055, 2106, or 2252. Contributions are fully tax deductible as allowed by law. Federal Tax Tax ID: 46-3505809. Gift with confidence. CWSC is zakat eligible and has earned the Exchange Gold participation for our commitment to data transparency from GuideStar, the nation’s #1 datahub for nonprofit research. Consider including CWSC in your estate plan. Thank you for helping us keep the promise and may Allah (SWT) reward you greatly for your generosity.
CWSC Learning Lab: On Our 40th Anniversary Islamic Evolution
[Click here for an encore presentation of PART I of this discussion at American Muslim 360 Radio for Friday, December 18, 2015.]
You’re invited to a CWSC Special Learning Lab focusing on Imam W. D. Mohammed (RA 1933-2008) and the transformation of a community. The Imam ascended the podium at the original Nation of Islam’s 1975 Saviors Day Annual Convention to begin a historic evolution. Now some 40 years later we ask how far have we come–what remains to be done in the continuing evolution of a people charged to remake the world. This is Part II of a continuing national discussion begun at the CWSC Roundtable at American Muslim 360 on the historic evolution and transition of the largest identifiable body of American Muslims to the proper practice of Al-Islam.
Join us today Sunday, December 20, 2015 @ 3 p.m. EST via the CWSC National Learning Lab Conference Line at (712) 775-7031 and enter Meeting ID: 748-942-715#.
Guest Panelists include: Priscilla Al-Uqdah, Chair of UOI, SCMS & WD Mohammed High National Alumni Association; Imam Askia Muhammad Aquil, Chair, Board of Directors of the Collective Empowerment Group of the Tampa Bay Area; Imam Abdul Azeez, Director National Leadership Advisory Council, CWSC; Depretha Abdul Hadee-Beyah, Executive Director, Muslim Women In Action; Dr. W. Marcus Lambert, Biomedical Research, Director of Diversity and Student Services at Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences; Mukhtar Muhammad, Executive Director, CWSC, Inc.; Professor Ayesha K. Mustafaa, Editor Muslim Journal; and Mark Shahid, AM360 Host of the CWSC Roundtable, Director Public Affairs, CWSC & AM360.
This series that first began earlier in 2015 will be a fitting finale as we look forward to 2016 and beyond with a focus that includes current events that challenge our community and every community in America and the world.. We’re asking believers to send in questions for the panelists now at firstname.lastname@example.org, facebook, and twitter.”
This Learning Lab is dedicated to Imam W. Deen Mohammed (ra) and all our pioneers.
CWSC Learning Labs are an opinion, viewpoints, and perspectives presentation sponsored by the Community Wide Shuraa Conference. Views expressed by moderators, panelists or guests other participants do not necessarily the official position of the CWSC, Inc.
On Our 40th Anniversary Transition & Evolution to Al-Islam
[Click here for an encore presentation of this panel discussion.]
American Muslim 360 (AM360) broadcasted a special two-hour series finale on the historic evolution and transition of the largest identifiable body of American Muslims to true Islam under the leadership of Imam Dr. Warith Deen Mohammed (RA 1933-2008). On December 18 at 8 a.m. EST, the Friday CWSC Roundtable with host Mark “the Spark” Shahid welcomed Professor Ayesha K. Mustafaa, editor for the Muslim Journal; AM360 executive producer William Kareem; Imam Bashir Ali, Midwest & National Convener of Imams in association with the Community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed; Ni’mat Shaheed, author and host of AM360’s The Pearls of Women: Qur’anic Mondays; CWSC’s executive director Mukhtar Muhammad and Honorable Imam Judge David Shaheed of the American Coalition for Good Government, for the 40th Anniversary of a Transition & Evolution…A Look back, Look Now & Look Ahead. Tune in or call in at (646) 716-4478.
CWSC Roundtable host Mark Shahid stated, “the panel will focus on the Imam’s leadership and the transformation of a community now poised to truly help remake the world. The Imam ascended the podium at the original Nation of Islam’s February 26, 1975 Saviors Day Annual Convention to begin a historic evolution …Now 40 years later we ask how far have we come and what remains to be done in the continuing evolution of a people. This final episode in a series that began earlier in 2015 will be a fitting finale as we look forward to 2016 and beyond with a focus that includes current events that challenge our community and every community in America and the world.. We’re asking believers to send in questions for the panelists now at email@example.com. And on event day, we’ll take comments via facebook, twitter and email.”
Help us Get the Job Done. Support the Work of CWSC Broadcasting, Scholarships, Cultural Preservation and much more!…
Help us continue bringing you quality programming and initiatives where your intellect is respected and your voice protected…Thank you for making a tax deductible contribution to help CWSC serve our communities! Our most popular giving level is $9.99/month, but give what is comfortable for you. Make a secure and convenient contribution online, or by U.S. Mail at: CWSC, 2620 Bragg Boulevard, Suite D, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28303.
Or phone in a pledge at (910) 317-0297. Your donation helps CWSC operations including AM360, and allows us to continue expanding our ability to do good. Jazak Allahu Khairan.
Expanding 2016 College Scholarship Opportunities: The Twin Servant of Peace Excellence in Broadcasting & Communications College Scholarship Award
Help us honor a leader of vision dedicated to fulfilling the aspirations for a national working intelligentsia. This Scholarship is planned in honor of Imam Thomas Abdul Salaam, the Twin Servant of Peace, who worked tirelessly to found the American Muslim 360 Broadcasting Network and the Community Wide Shuraa Conference. Brother Thomas Abdul Salaam, integrated the vision of a national working intelligentsia with a powerful broadcasting medium. He brought together CWSC and AM360 to create the shared freedom space for ideas coming from our group intellect. He then linked he apparatus or infrastructure to connect believers anywhere in the country or even the world, to work for the realization of shared ideas. His vision and service to our community is now being honored in a special way. Your contributions during the December-January 2015 Telethon will help us establish the Twin Servant of Peace Excellence in Broadcasting & Communications Scholarship Award to honor the work of our Imam Thomas while encouraging the next generation of broadcasters, journalists and authors to help remake the world.
You too have a unique opportunity through the CWSC MAPS college scholarship administration service to establish a nationally supported, tax deductible scholarship honoring a pioneer. Click here to learn more about preserving pioneer histories through college scholarships.
Check out the CWSC Online Store & Bookshelf…
When you purchase featured titles through our online store or through our partners, you help us fund our operations, promote the intellectual works representing our diverse intelligentsia and encourage greater scholarship for our own education and the broader society’s education. Check out this week’s featured title for our 40th Anniversary:
New Leadership into the 21st Century by Yahya Ibn Shahbazz. Only the misinformed say, “I don’t need a leader.” Or “I follow my self; I make my own decisions.” We still need leaders who have the best interest of the people at heart…leaders with the vision, the wisdom, knowledge, and integrity to know when to stay a course or change to help others get to the next level. Xlibris Corp (2003), English, Paperback: 311 pages.
Visit Townhall Central to Share Your Event with the Community…
See how CWSC is a favorite spot for all the family as we expand our site to include free sharing of national events and announcements and soon insha-Allah, the CWSC Business Plaza to connect merchants with customers…you’ll be able to find any of our businesses in the country right online. Got an announcement to share with the entire community…send program details and contact to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post it here. Stay tuned!
“Education is the greatest tool for advancing the society.” We do want to advance our society, don’t we? Are you a part of a society or are you just a part of a Masjid?”―Imam W. Deen Mohammed (RA)