Global Welcome for A Dear Friend…Beginning the Days of Mercy
“O, you who believe fasting is prescribed to you, as it was prescribed to those before you that you may acquire self restraint.” Al-Qur’an, 2:183
The Month of Ramadan Arrives
INTERNATIONAL – Seasons are marked by particular patterns, activities, and awakenings to signal a ‘comeback’ or a response to a natural predisposition.
Ramadan is the prescribed Season of Fasting for the Believer to bear the effects of heat or dryness coupled with a yearning from our physical bodies, for a disciplined month-long Fast out of love for the Creator, from daybreak to sun set.
The Ramadan Season is characterized by self-discipline, patience, sacrifice and putting others before ourselves.
It is a Season for washing away our sins and leaving only our good deeds. Moreover, Ramadan is distinguished by a heightened piety proceeding from the gratefulness of a servant to the Creator and the subsequent cleansing of the soul with a purity of both thought and action shielding against self-centeredness and appetites for accumulating mere things to the detriment of realizing what is really important.
Ramadan allows our hearts and souls to open, to become more compliant and receptive to the remembrance and admonition of Allah’s Commands.
And the Season always returns on time and in time for all.
Ramadan is an eradicator of racism, prejudice and unfair discrimination…a social justice equalizer pointing to the other great symbol of what shall come later in the Hajj.
Whereas in the off seasons, we accumulate temptations and the weight the world places upon us, and we urgently need the load lightened from overindulgence from both the good and the junk food, the influences of television, or the internet or any other thing that diverts us from the more serious concerns like justice and equity for the least among us, personal to group accountability including pondering upon man’s relationship with man and his relationship with G-d.
By the hour of the Blessed Season of Ramadan’s arrival, we are in desperate need of a spiritual detoxification to recover a necessary self restraint. And our Prophet (S) reminds us: “He who does not desist from obscene language and acting obscenely during the period of fasting, Allah has no need that he did not eat or drink.” (Bukhari Muslim)
Let us now turn ourselves wholeheartedly to that which will give us life.
This Blessed Season seamlessly assembles all the Pillars for us into a devotional sublimity in perfect concert first of testimony that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah, that Muhammad is His Messenger; it then moves us from belief to actions of reading intently the Final Scripture, to prayer, charity, fasting, and arrival to the lesser Eid, and finally moves us to the greater Eid of Hajj… to the House of Allah (SWT) to witness the true equality of the same mankind we are asked to consider the least of during Ramadan.
The Ramadan Season is indeed a powerful re-birthing for our spirits and our hearts; it is an eradicator of racism, prejudice and unfair discrimination…a social justice equalizer pointing to the other great symbol of what shall come later in the Hajj.
We pray you, your family and community enjoy the Choicest of Rewards for the service and sacrifice made solely to please Allah (SWT) during the Blessed Month.
From Team CWSC…Ramadan-Ul-Mubarak!
Blessed Mother’s Day…
NATIONAL – This year we get the chance during the Blessed Month to say a special thank you to one who deserves the greatest respect…CWSC wishes all our Mothers a Blessed Mother’s Day. Enjoy this day set aside to honor the one who deserves our greatest respect.
“And We have enjoined upon man kindness toward parents. His mother bears him with hardship and gave birth to him with hardship, and the bearing of him and the weaning of him is thirty months, till, when he attaines full strength and reaches forty years, he says: My Lord! Arouse me that I may give thanks for the favor wherewith You have favored me and my parents, and that I may do right acceptable to You. And be gracious to me in the matter of my seed. Lo! I have turned unto You repentant, and lo! I am of those who surrender to You.” Al-Qur’an, 46:15
On-Air Qur’an Reading begins on AM360.org
NATIONAL – For close to ten years, American Muslim 360 Radio has held the national reading of Qur’an each day during the Blessed Month of Ramadan by our group intellect nationwide. Ramadan reading of Qur’an is one of CWSC AM360’s most treasured annual events.
Daily Qur’anic Reading followed by group intellect discussion was first established by AM360 founder Imam Thomas Abdul Salaam (R). AM360 Daily Qur’an Reading has become one of CWSC’s signature charitable services and forms part of an expanded reading service provided throughout the year via the Hajja Nuurah Amatuallah Muhammad Qur’an Reading Program to assist sight-challenged persons or others unable to read. Learn more here. To hear the special broadcasts, tune in 7 a.m. EST daily AM360.org or dial (701) 719-4197 EST the #1 Islamic radio station in the nation where your intellect is respected and your voice protected. Ramadan-Mubarak!
Returning to Innocence…
NATIONAL – In honor of the Blessed Month, CWSC also turns its attention to a national intrafaith focus encouraging a Month of intrafaith unity marked by an unconditional positive regard and reconciliation among all Muslims in America.
Beginning the first day of Ramadan and throughout the entire Month, CWSC is encouraging A Return to Innocence – Sharing the Spirit of Ramadan, a campaign 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. Download and Print Full Press Release.
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. Continue here…
Annual Ramadan Telethon Starts May 14…
NATIONAL – You’re invited to help us continue the work that funds the #1 Islamic radio station in the nation and supports the infrastructure for eleven intelligentsia divisions serving our group intellect and beyond.
Join in supporting this magnificent work of building a national intelligentsia to support you and all our institutions and communities.
Join us during the Blessed Month beginning Tuesday, May 14 as we kick off the CWSC – AM360 Annual Ramadan Telethon. Join hosts, the AM360 CEO Imam Abdul-Hakim Abdullah and CEO Emeritus Dr. Aisha Kareem, members of the AM360 Governance Committee, and CWSC Board of Directors and of course our listenership, as we conduct one of our major fund drives to raise $10,000 and help us sustain and continue expanding operations to serve our group intellect.
We’re here for you everyday… now we ask you to be there for us to help financially secure our national intelligentsia.
Make your tax deductible contribution right here at cwsc.us and of course giving now carries tremendous blessings well beyond tax benefits.
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From helping hurricane victims in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to Earthquake victims in Mexico; to awarding scholarships to college students; to leading groundbreaking national town hall discussions; to leading resolution and mediation efforts and assisting non-profits nationwide with fundraising and expert consulting all at no cost to their institutions; to our international collaboration on criminal justice reform and women’s economic equity; to national and global broadcasting services that share the good news of Al-Islam and universal brotherhood on some 70+ live and podcast programs including Share-Your-Jumah that serves some of the most vulnerable among us while combating islamophobia, religious extremism, terrorism, racism, sexism and every other “-ism” bearing down on the human condition
We’ve been there for you. We’re proud of our accomplishments to serve you and your community, but we cannot stop now. We can do more with your help. Now we ask you to be there for us as we hold our Annual Ramadan Telethon fundraiser to help financially secure our national intelligentsia.
You have the choice to make a one-time or a recurring contribution. A recurring donation means the monthly amount is automatically deducted from your designated account to CWSC. You can cancel your recurring donation anytime. We hope you’ll consider becoming one of our recurring contributors which helps us better forecast our operating revenues and know we have your support each month.
While we welcome the most generous donations, every contribution is a blessing. Our most popular recurring giving level is just $9.99 a month or 33 cents a day. It’s a small gift because it’s based on each of us doing our part so there’s no undue burden on any one of us. And although it’s a small amount, your 33 cents a day at CWSC goes a long way supporting scholarships and cultural historic preservation programs; the model communities national resources directory and volunteer resource network; internship and leadership development programs; the national think tank and speakers bureau; and two 24-hour broadcasting centers.
And if you’d like to mail in your gift, please make your check or money order payable to CWSC, Inc. and mail to:
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Join us live on air and share your pledges and reflections. And of course you always have your guest seat when you connect at AM360.org or (701) 719-4197 24 hours a day. See you on May 14…help us bring home the victory. Thank you in advance and we wish you a Most Blessed Ramadan!
Coming May 18…Prosperity in Historically Disadvantaged and Communities of Color
UPDATE: Click to hear the encore presentation!
NATIONAL – Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10 a.m. EST., you’re invited to a landmark presentation and the 2nd of the year National Town Hall…Prosperity in Historically Disadvantaged and Communities of Color: The Path Ahead. A CWSC Straight to the Point National Town Hall Discussion.
From depressed wages, the wealth gap, business and home ownership, jobs, unemployment, the economic historic and current effects of discrimination, the role of education and impact of technology and more, plus the good and bad of group economics and collective empowerment experiences and the relevance of such approaches in the 21st Century…all are on the table for a discussion that will seek to distinguish between self-inflicted vs. systemic economic and financial failure and the role of personal responsibility.
Featured panelists include the “Five” AM360 National Talk Show Hosts who weekly deal directly with aspects of the subject matter: Imam Nazim Pasha host of Financial Literacy = Financial Liberation; Imam Adam Beyah host of Money Sense; Attorney Edward Ahmed Mitchell host of CAIR on AIr: the Civil Rights Hour; Imam Delacie Ummah Phillips host of Preparing to Make It in the Land of Plenty; and Zayd Khan host of The Bilal in America Project.
Lend your intellect and voice. Email in now your questions and comments to email@example.com. Leave a listener comment at (910) 317-0297. Join the discussion live on AM360.org or at (701) 719-4197. Together we can remake the world.
CWSC aims to provide a shared freedom space for the group intellect. Views expressed in Town Halls do not necessarily reflect the official policies and /or opinions of CWSC or AM360.
CWSC Service to the Believer Conference – with Current and Former Resident Imams May 19…Update
UPDATE: Click here to register for Service to the Believer Conference II! By popular demand, we’ve scheduled a 2nd Service to the Believer Conference for Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 3 p.m. EST! Registration deadline June 7.
NATIONAL – CWSC and AM360 are hosting a Service to the Believer Conference with Current and Former Resident Imams on Sunday, May 19, 2019 @ 3:30 p.m. EST.
This Service to the Believers Teleconference is for all who have served or are currently serving as Resident Imams or Assistant Resident Imams. By Resident, we mean leaders who have been in the leadership role responsible for leading a mosque or Islamic center.
Only a few are selected to hold the honored, respected and yes challenging role as the imam or institutional leader of a masjid. You along with fellow invitees form a unique group intellect. Your advice and opinion are being sought to help design or improve one or more community service initiatives that will help communities and institutions nationwide. Click here to read more and register in advance.
Welcome New CWSC Volunteers…
NATIONAL – We’re honored to recognize our outstanding volunteers across the country working diligently to serve you and fellow believers through CWSC’s National Resource Center.
If you’d like to work at a national level helping communities nationwide while contributing your knowledge, skills and experience, then join us at MCNRD…together we can remake the world.
- A millennial co-host for the CWSC Friday Roundtable and a national talks show host for weekly magazine program. Send interest to firstname.lastname@example.org for any of the responsibilities listed herein.
- A Director for the CWSC National Speakers Bureau.
- An Office of International Affairs Team.
- Interns or students 15-22 years of age to cover international areas of the world weekly and produce news snippets for the AM360 international audience.
- Grantwriter(s) to identify CWSC Operations eligible for grants and to complete and track applications.
Welcome new MCNRD volunteers Rasheed Bilal (Minnesota), Yasmine Ibrahim (Georgia), Jalil Johnson (Georgia), Mizan Akbar (Georgia), Charmagyne Akram (Tenneessee), Wali Salahuddin (Georgia), Amira Wazeer (Georgia), and Abdullah Powell (Florida)! We’re looking forward to sharing, learning and supporting your intellects and/or institutions in helping to remake the world!
We ask Allah’s (SWT) blessings on all those assuming new leadership and management roles and on all our volunteers and leaders inside and outside the CWSC…together we can remake the world!
CWSC Scholarship Cycle Open Until June 20!
Encouraging academic excellence, civic engagement and historic preservation
NATIONAL – Scholarships are another intelligentsia component at CWSC and focuses on the fact that while we’re working on any number of issues at any point in time, we must devote resources simultaneously to secure our next generation intelligentsia leaders. Each February during African American History Month through June, our scholarship cycle opens to qualified matriculating college-bound high school and current college students of all faiths.
In addition to providing cash funds to pay for higher education, our scholarships feature a historical and cultural preservation component that offers families of pioneers the ability to open nationally supported, tax deductible college scholarships in honor of a pioneer.
Through MAP scholarships, CWSC is a national scholarship administrator helping families establish lasting legacies for those who helped make a home for Al-Islam and/or religious freedom and civil rights in America. In essence, the next generation will learn about our pioneers’ contributions and be inspired to not only get an education, but to also be civically engaged in helping to remake the world.
Because of the generosity of families in the MAP program and donor support, we now offer five (5) scholarships including the Payton Next Generation Scholarship; Taheerah R. Muhammad Educational Excellence Scholarship; Twin Servant of Peace Excellence in Broadcasting & Communication Scholarship; Words Make People Literary Excellence & Scholarship Award honoring Imam W. Deen Mohammed; and the Yahya K. Muhammad Business & Community Leadership Award.
CWSC Scholarships helps us show our students we care about their future and need their voice and intellect at the table of shuraa baynahum for the community’s future. Encouraging our students and making a contribution to higher education through college funding are great blessings for us all.
To apply, contribute to a scholarship or start a scholarship in the name of your loved one, either current or posthumously; visit Scholarships right here at CWSC…their future is our future.
Thank you to Qur’an Shakir, CWSC Scholarships Director for her leadership. Hear a special encore broadcast on CWSC Scholarship Programs on the Power of Educating Our Own. Contact the Director at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Community Cruise to Cozumel!
Family, Friends & Community Interfaith Cruise Celebrating AM360’s 10th Anniversary
INTERNATIONAL – Now by all present, the CWSC on behalf of its Board of Directors, American Muslim 360™, the Mohammed Schools National Alumni Association, Islam in America Movement, Muslim Enterprise Institute, Muslim Women in Action, Muslim Men in Action, Ash Shifa, Inc., Masjid Warithud-Deen Mohammed and Masjid Al-Qur’an in Houston, Texas, Muslim Journal, the Nation’s Mosque Masjid Muhammad in Washington, DC, A New Day for Al Islam In America (AIM) Radio, and all our Honorary Co-chairs and Committee Members, it is our distinct privilege to invite you, your family, and institution to an unprecedented gathering of our faith group intellect in honor of our American Muslim Intelligentsia and announce the …
CWSC AM360 20/20 National Intelligentsia Interfaith Cruise to Cozumelfeaturing Jumah-at-Sea, National Symposium Conference, Gala & Awards Celebration
You’re invited to leave the cold behind and join us for an unprecedented gathering of our group intellect…5 Days and 4 Nights of a Grand Celebration marking CWSC’s leadership and support for the American Muslim Intelligentsia and recognizing its service to communities nationwide including recognition of its international broadcasting center, American Muslim 360™ Radio Network and its 10th Anniversary, all from the famous Florida Gulf Coast of Tampa and beautiful Cozumel in the Western Caribbean aboard Carnival’s Cruise Ship Paradise…See the full story and make your reservations now!