Honoring those who have and are serving

Gratefulness on Memorial Day…

Not equal are those believers who sit at home and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the Cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah has granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit at home. Unto all in Faith has Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight has He distinguished above those who sit at home by a special reward…Al-Qur’an, 4:59

And did not Allah check one set of people by means of another, the earth would indeed be full of mischief. But Allah is full of bounty to all the worlds…Al-Qur’an, 2:251

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) commanded: “O! People do not wish to encounter the enemy; from Allah wish for good health and when you encounter them, be patient. Know that heaven is under the shadow of the swords.”

NATIONALMemorial Day is in remembrance of all who are serving and have served to defend the nation and especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice – those who have given their lives for their fellow citizens and peoples the world over. GratefulnessToday, right now, in this moment, as we celebrate Ramadan or as our fellow brethren will celebrate their faith holidays, and as together we honor our civic national holidays, none might be able to believe according to his or her heart and intellect; none might be able to practice his or her faith privately or publicly; none might be able to vote or peacefully assemble and demand their voice be heard—if there were not those willing to go forth. We honor you. We say thank you. And we ask that Allah (SWT) Who is the Final Judge, Who has full knowledge of all things hidden and revealed, that He rewards His Servants according to the best of their deeds and protect their families and our nation and all mankind working, respecting and defending the G-d-given freedoms that is the sovereign right of every human being. Hear a special Memorial Day message Freedom Is Not Free from Air Force Veteran and CWSC volunteer Imam Nazim Pasha. And if you’re a veteran, please contact the CWSC immediately. We wish you a Happy, Safe & Peaceful Memorial Day.

CWSC Readies for Part II – Shuraa Baynahum

“Those who hearken to their Lord, and establish regular Prayer; who conduct their affairs by mutual consultation; who spend out of what We bestow on them for Sustenance…” Al-Qur’an, 42:38

 

NATIONAL – It was on May 12 that CWSC sponsored a ground-breaking National Townhall Community Conversation on Shuraa Baynahum in the 21st Century American Muslim Intelligentsia. Soon that Symposium will be re-released for public comment. But the response has been so overwhelming that a second panel is being convened  to discuss the most powerful science Allah (SWT) has given mankind for the conduct of communal affairs, for by it the group converts its spiritual and conceptual aspirations into material realization. Stay tuned for the re-release of the first interfaith presentation and coming soon Part II – Amruhum Shuraa Baynahum (Respectful Mutual Consultation). Click to hear now about why the Townhall…Be inspired!
CWSC aims to provide a shared freedom space for the group intellect. Views expressed in panel discussions and other forums on-air and off do not necessarily reflect the policies and /or opinions of CWSC or AM360.

Ramadan and Our Return to Innocence

 

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“The believers are but brethren, therefore make peace between your brethren and be careful of (your duty to) Allah that mercy may be had on you.” Q, 49:10
“…And help one another in goodness and piety, and do not help one another in sin and aggression; and be careful (of your duty to) Allah; surely Allah is severe in requiting (evil).” Q, 5:2
“Anyone who goes to make peace between two persons, the angels of Allah send blessings upon him until he returns and he will be given the reward of the Night of Destiny (Laylat al-Qadr).” –The Prophet Muhammed (S)

The Blessed Month of Ramadan has now entered the second phase. In this Ashra, we enter the period of Forgiveness after the first 10 days of Mercy to prepare us to be saved from the Fire of our Passions and to reach Nijaat (Salvation) in this world and beyond. Click here for a special Return to Innocence Message.

Thank you to all the believers participating in AM360’s Daily Qur’an reading and group sessions and all the wonderful events happening around the nation and globally. This truly is a special time. And in perfect accord, the Return to Innocence – Sharing the Spirit of Ramadan Campaign is in full swing as CWSC continues to issue the invitation to all American Muslims to use Ramadan for unprecedented intrafaith unity marked by an unconditional positive regard and reconciliation.

Now in the period of Forgiveness, we’re asking all to ramp up the outreach before it’s too late to get this year’s Ramadan Blessings for reconciliation, not to mention that next second is not promised to any of us, much less tomorrow or next year. Reach out to your Muslim brother and sister now. Don’t allow the Shaitan to keep us separated in our ranks. 

A Return to Innocence – Sharing the Spirit of Ramadan is asking all American Muslim institutions and communities to include at least one intrafaith event with another Islamic organization in the same metropolitan area and preferably with an organization that represents a new or renewed relationship that may cross cultural, ethnic or language barriers.

In other words, all of us are being asked to share time with one another in a way we may never have done before. We’re asking all to mark the Blessed Month with an unprecedented demonstrated intrafaith unity, unconditional positive regard, and reconciliation. Download and Print Press Release.

Examples of joint events might be:

– Praying together on the occasion of Jumah or another congregational prayer.
– One Joint Iftar.
– A Masjid Movie Day.
– A Youth Appreciation Day.
– Joint Press Conference.
– Joint Resolution for your City Welcoming & Explaining Ramadan and Issuing an Invite to a Joint Open House.
– A Joint Day of Community Service or Outreach such as a neighborhood clean-up or food drive.
– And of course, the ultimate, a Joint Eid celebration!

The second part of the Return to Innocence Campaign is Reconciliation, and it applies to any circumstance in which independent local institutions in the same city have suffered a breach between their organizations as a result of a past grievance or misunderstanding; we’re asking leaders of those institutions to meet first in private with a commitment to heal the division, followed by action to bring their entire communities together for just one event during the Blessed Month.

Finally CWSC is asking you to share with us your events, success stories and photos so we can share them with the entire American Muslim Community including how events were successfully initiated and executed and what was achieved including any plans for follow-on actions to develop sustainable relationships. Email info@cwsc.us. We may also feature your community’s intrafaith unity success story in a national interview on the #1 Islamic radio station in the nation, American Muslim 360 (AM360.org)!

Just imagine the power of all of us coming together as brothers and sisters solely for the sake of Allah (SWT) during Ramadan. Imagine what the Angels will say to our Lord and what Our Lord will say to us.

We believe the spirit of local communities and in turn the entire national community’s spirit can be raised and we respectfully invite and call on all Institutions in the United States to participate. Let the Angels take account and record our intentions and actions before our Lord that we may receive His Highest Favor.

The CWSC Public Affairs, Human Relations, and Ambassador Programs Departments will coordinate A Return to Innocence… Sharing the Spirit of Ramadan Campaign and can be reached at (910) 317-0297 or info@cwsc.us.

We wish you, your family, a Blessed Ashra of Forgiveness during Ramadan 2018.

CWSC on Capitol Hill June 19! Deadline June 9 for your institution to be a Signatory…

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CWSC will lead an interfaith delegation to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, June 19, to meet with Honorable Senators and/or Representatives Bill Nelson (FL), Marco Rubio (FL), Al J. Lawson (5th Congressional District FL), Benjamin L. Cardin (MD), Chris Van Hollen (MD), Jamie Raskin (8th Congressional District MD), Richard Burr (NC), Thom Tillis (NC), Richard Hudson (8th Congressional District NC), and Eleanor Holmes Norton (At-Large Congressional District D.C.). Hear why we’re going.

The Interfaith Delegation will include Muslims and Christians and will be coordinated with the Nation’s Mosque’s Imam Dr. Talib Shareef of Masjid Muhammad, Washington, D.C.

We’re asking for the prayers of believers nationwide as the Delegation delivers the 2nd iteration of The Never Again Interfaith Letter to the U.S. Congress that was first presented to the Congressional Leadership on May 7, Muslim organizations around the nation converged on the Nation’s Capitol to participate in the 4th Annual Muslim Advocacy Day.

Imam Dr. Talib Shareef of Masjid Muhammad Washington, D.C. (the Nation’s Mosque) worked with CWSC to coordinate delivery of the Never Again International Interfaith Letter to Congress. We’re grateful to Imam Shareef and Hamid Saahir for their stellar support. We’re also thankful to CWSC Ambassador Debbie Shankman of Silver Spring, Maryland for her wonderful support. Sister Debbie will join another special team to accompany the delivery of a subsequent version of the Letter to Capitol Hill that includes more endorsing signatories.

The unprecedented international and national support for the CWSC-led initiative showed what is possible with unity of purpose and a small kindness of simply responding to the call. Thank you to all our Signatories and all CWSC leaders, volunteers, and the larger Muslim and faith-based intelligentsia who got the word out. Together we can remake the world!

See the version of the Letter delivered to Washington with all Signatories shown as of the date of publishing. Organizations can still sign the Letter with a subsequent version scheduled for delivery to Congress in June.

CWSC’s Dr. Ameena Ali in Netflix Social Justice Movie 

DrAmeenaAliAM360 Host Dr. Ameena Ali is featured in the new Netflix soon to be released documentary, Because Black Lives Matter. The film chronicles the rise of the Black Lives national movement spurred on by questionable police enforcement, excessive force and shootings occurring in communities of color. Stay tuned for more information on the movie’s release. A 15-minute preview has been provided to CWSC; check it out below, but please use caution. Some of the material depicts true incidents of violence and is not suitable for children. The preview has an TV-MA rating.

Dr. Ali is a professional midwife, maternal educator, reproductive, birth and social justice activist and “lactivist,” is a certified doctor of naturopathic care and host of AM360’s The Birth of Women; she is founder-director of Atlanta-based A Mother’s Peace midwifery outreach attending to the maternal wellness needs of women in crises including indigent, homeless, undocumented, incarcerated, HIV, teen clientele and pregnant domestic violence and sexual assault victims. She is an advisor to CWSC on ethics and human relations. Read more of Dr. Ali’s profile as a Distinguished Lecturer in the CWSC Speakers Bureau. Congratulations Dr. Ali; CWSC is not surprised at all to see you out front helping to remake the world! Stay tuned for more news as Dr. Ameena releases a series on Professional Muslim Adhab through the CWSC National Think Tank!

 

Honors for Two Community Contributors

Imam Thomas Abdul-Salaam (R)Two Believers recently received honors as outstanding contributors to our group intellect and ardent supporters of our National Intelligentsia; the first is the late Imam Thomas Abdul Salaam (R) and the second is Bilal Kareem Abdullah of New Orleans, Louisiana.

CWSC has set August 26 annually as its official date established to honor the life, contributions and legacy of Imam Thomas Abdul-Salaam, founder of Community Wide Shuraa Conference and American Muslim 360 Broadcasting.

August 26 was decided in consultation with and approval by Imam Thomas’ widow and fellow co-founder, Dr. Aisha Kareem, who explains that the birth of AM360 that led to the birth of CWSC is really Thomas’ birth as a national and even international community leader. It was on August 26, 2010, that Thomas courageously took the steps to officially turn an idea into a reality, to move from paper to people, and from thought to action. He would put his time, energy, intellect and personal funds in the service of Allah (SWT) to establish both a national intelligentsia and a national broadcasting network to connect our intellects and our work. And now by Allah (SWT) what began in one person’s mind has now grown to include all of us and is still growing crossing ethnic, religious, cultural and geographical boundaries.

CWSC will mark the Annual Celebration with remembrances, interviews, tributes and other appropriate recognitions of the sacrifice and commitment Thomas demonstrated till his last days of serving Allah (SWT) and his community. His motto of “If it is to be, it’s up to me” has now brought us to the bigger community vision of “If it is be, it’s up to we.”

We always ask for Allah’s (SWT) Mercy upon our first leader and mentor to many, and we ask that all join in helping share in the special tribute programming to take place in August and share your remembrances during CWSC Founder’s Day on AM360.org. Visit here to learn more about this extraordinary leader who was inspired and empowered by the Leadership of Imam W. Deen Mohammed (R) to help remake the world.

Another recent honor went to CWSC Volunteer Bilal Kareem Abdullah of New Orleans, Louisiana. AM360 CEO recently issued the following Proclamation:

 

NOW by all persons present, Dr. Aisha Kareem, the Chief Executive Officer of American Muslim 360 with the concurrence of the CWSC Board of Directors, do hereby appoint Bilal Kareem Abdullah of New Orleans Louisiana, American Muslim 360’s Poet Laureate, and we call on all believers to recognize his title of honor signifying his respect for the group intellect and the work of our national intelligentsia and his commitment thereto and our respect for his contributions…together we can remake the world. Done this 8th day of May, 2018 and at the approach of the Blessed Month of Ramadan.

AM360 and CWSC congratulate the family of Imam Thomas and Brother Bilal. Listen for the proclamation on air!

Community Buzz at new 24-Hour AM360.org! New Listener Line to Connect…

Many are still discovering the new 24-hour streaming of American Muslim 360 featuring both live programming and the Best of the Best Podcasts. New opportunities are unfolding with the introduction of Night Owl and Early Bird Programming along with Mid-Day Intellectual Feasts instantly promoted to some 1 million+ potential listeners.

Round the clock Islamic Programming is a reflection of our service commitment to communities nationwide and even globally as listeners tune in from Bermuda, Great Britain, Canada, The Phillipines, and more. While most of our listeners world-wide stream us via AM360.org on any internet connected device, there are those who prefer to call by phone or may be affected by the digital divide. CWSC is about problem solving and realization of opportunities, so we have great news: You can now listen by phone 24 hours a day to live and podcast programming at (701) 719-4197! Make a note of the new number to connect.

And we’re pleased to introduce Sakinah Rhythms when you want to relax, unwind, unplug and leave the hustle and bustle behind. Relax your mind with a melody and uplifting lyric. Sakinah Rhythms is a division of AM360.org. Attention artists and cultural performers, contact us immediately to be featured on both AM360.org and Sakinah Rhythms (SR) broadcasting 24 hours a day. Stay tuned for some more Ramadan & Eid Gifts from the CWSC and AM360…Be inspired!

New programs introduced recently include Beating the Habit, a general counseling and discussion forum on drug abuse awareness, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation; We’re welcoming CAIR on Air: The Civil Rights Hour. The nation’s premier civil rights institution defending American Muslim civil liberties which in turn helps safeguard important liberties for all citizens, is coming to the airwaves of AM360.org just after Ramadan! Criminal Justice Reform is now on to delve into why the U.S. has more people behind bars than any other country in the world…3 million+! We ask: Is our penal system effective? Why or why not? Is prison for punishment or rehabilitation or both? Is our criminal justice system, start to finish, fair? Muslims have a well-known track record in criminal justice reform. Now it’s time to get our swaggard back, so to speak, when it comes to our commitment and ability to help those who need a second chance.

We have responded to many who needed the proper forum for community announcements and interviews on events happening nationwide. Calling in and interrupting a show’s subject matter to try and promote an event at the wrong time does no one any good.

We’re doing away with hour-long interviews and repetitive coverage of event interviews  on multiple AM360 shows which creates poor podcasting and an inefficient and duplicative use of our airways. We’ve heard you — our listenership.

We’re pleased to announce the launch of Community Buzz, a weekly magazine show that will feature community announcements, events & happenings and 15-minute segmented interviews with event planners, organizers or other event representatives. You can even call in and share your event.  The title Community Buzz will also have a companion page on the CWSC Website for sharing information on upcoming events. And our Calendar of Events will offer yet another opportunity for an organization to share information on its upcoming event. We also offer corporate and event advertising if you need additional event promotion. Community Buzz is scheduled to launch Friday, May 18, 2018, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Click here to get an announcement on air (time permitting). And click here if you have a programming idea for AM360.org. Click here for our live and podcasting program schedule. And finally, if you like what you see at CWSC, see Making Connections below then become a part of the history making work. Everything you see happening is because of committed volunteers. Finally, WOMEN VOICES are needed at AM360.org! Contact us now. Together we can remake the world. Ramadan Mubarak!

Making the Connection – CWSC Lab Cloning

CWSC has come quite a long way in a relatively short period of time and it’s because of the dedication of volunteers around the nation who like to make big things happen to help remake the world. Learn more about our work and throw in your hat, kufi, yarmulke, or whatever’s up there. We just need a good heart and mind. Continue below to hear our former CWSC executive director the late Imam Thomas Abdul-Salaam (R) aka the Twin Servant of Peace lead an important discussion following the historic 2014 CWSC Townhall held in St. Louis, MakingconnectionsMissouri that helped propelled CWSC into its national service role.

This special broadcast gives a powerful overview of the CWSC concept and helps educate communities on the national intelligentsia concept given to us by the late Imam Dr. W. Deen Mohammed (R) and how and why CWSC is working daily to help the entire community. Hear a message on CWSC Laboratory Cloning too! Leave your comments on our listener comment line at (910) 317-0297, facebook us, tweet @CWShuraa or email info@cwsc.us. Following this broadcast, individuals should register as a national resource for communities and institutions should register their organization to receive free consulting services from a national group intellect of believers committed to model community excellence and working to helping you improve local operations and services…together we can remake the world. We wish you a very blessed Salatul Jumuah! As-Salaam-Alaikum.


Note the CWSC Monthly 4th Sunday National Teleconference is cancelled for the month of May.