Eid Sayeed Mubarak – You’re invited to a Grand Celebration
With Allah’s Name, the Merciful Benefactor, the Merciful Redeemer
“Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allah for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him“
Al Qur’an, 2:185
Abu Huraira related that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: Whoever fasts during Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven. Whoever prays during the nights of Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven. And he who observes Lailat ul-Qadr in prayer with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. He wants that you complete the same number (of days), and that you magnify Allah for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him“
Sahih Bukhari and Muslim
The Ramadan Eid: Renewal and Redemption
INTERNATIONAL – By Allah’s Mercy, we are this year, perhaps more than ever, cognizant of reaching out to one another in love, prayer, peace, goodwill, hope, and joy…and not just to my tribe, or family or party, or race or my countrymen, but to all humanity. If we didn’t see before how we’re all connected, surely we must see now that we’re truly one human family.
Ramadan and its culmination in Eid-ul-Fitr offer a unique opportunity to return to the original pattern of human nature exemplified by respectful regardfulness of the Creator in not wishing to displease Him nor take for granted the gifts our Lord provides us each second of every day. And among the gifts he has given us are one another. The Blessed Month tempers us also with patience, fortitude and a resolve to be better tomorrow than we are today, and to remember that with every difficulty comes ease. Now, may His Mercy, Forgiveness, and Salvation be with us all year long. Eid Sayeed Mubarak!
Imam Nazim Pasha
for the Community Wide Shuraa Conference
With Allah’s Name, the Merciful Benefactor, the Merciful Redeemer
“…And celebrate constantly the praises of thy Lord, before the rising of the sun, and before its setting; yea, celebrate them for part of the hours of the night, and at the sides of the day: that thou mayest have spiritual joy.“
Al Qur’an, 20:130
The American Muslim 360 10th Anniversary
Grand Celebration & Awards Gala – Part 2 May 22-23 Live on AM360.org!
NATIONAL – It started in Tampa, then to Cozumel Western Caribbean, and now the celebration returns to America!
You’re invited to the Grand Gala 10th Anniversary Celebration of American Muslim 360 Radio Friday and Saturday May 22nd & 23rd live on air at AM360.org. The Event will feature live and taped appearances, awards, and cultural arts performances and more! Get a good seat right in the comfort of your home and get ready to celebrate a wonderful Eid Gift for the whole community.
May 22 -23, 2020 at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. both days. Join the celebration and honors marking 10 years of broadcasting excellence! Stay tuned for updates.
Earlier this year in March, the CWSC sponsored the 20/20 National Intelligentsia Interfaith Cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, Western Caribbean. By Allah’s Grace, it was one of the last cruises that sailed before shutdown of the Cruise Industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The interfaith event beginning in Tampa, Florida with a welcome from the Mayors of both Tampa and St. Petersburg, followed by a warm reception at the historic Church of Scientology at Ybor City, was a great success spiritually, educationally, physically, emotionally, and recreationally and a wonderful time for strengthening relationships with family, friends and communities across the nation. By Allah’s Mercy, all attendees returned home safe and sound…Praise be to Allah (SWT)! See below some of the events that took place, then join the celebration for part two of a grand faith journey. The 10th Anniversary Celebration is produced in collaboration with Woven Orbits Theater, Richmond Virginia, under the artistic production and direction of Mahasin D. Shamsid-Deen.
We wish you, your family and community Blessed Ramadan – Joyous Eid!
Imam Dr. Talib Shareef to Keynote National Interfaith Cruise
NATIONAL ― The Community Wide Shuraa Conference (CWSC) is pleased to announce the Keynote Address for an unprecedented gathering of the group intellect will be delivered by Imam Dr. Talib Shareef of Masjid Muhammad Washington, D.C. also known as the Nation’s Mosque. The Imam will also be the Guest Khatib for the historic Jumah-at-Sea.
The CWSC AM360 Cruise slated for March 5th, 2020 has a diversity and inclusivity theme at the core of its planning and the selection of Imam Shareef, a noted national and international leader in both interfaith and international relations, and a great supporter of the CWSC and AM360, was a natural choice for the CWSC Board of Directors and the 20/20 Events Planning Team chaired by Dr. Aisha Kareem, CEO Emeritus for American Muslim 360™ Radio and a member of the CWSC Board of Directors.
Dr. Talib M. Shareef is President and Imam of the historic, Nation’s Mosque, Masjid Muhammad, in Washington, D.C., an institution with a history dating back to the mid 1930s. The retired U.S. Air Force veteran with 30+ years of distinguished service is a student of the late Imam Dr. W. D. Mohammed (R), the Muslim-American Spokesman for Humanity. He has not only distinguished himself as a servant leader and progressive imam for his local institution and community, but he has emerged as a leading and passionate voice for peace, reconciliation and interfaith relations at the international level…Continued here.
A Powerful Millennial Voice of Leadership and Community Service…Edward Ahmed Mitchell Guest Speaker for CWSC Cruise
NATIONAL ― He has become a familiar voice on the #1 Islamic radio station in the nation bringing a front row perspective on the legal, social justice and freedom of religion issues of our times. Attorney Edward Ahmed Mitchell of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Georgia will address the group intellect on the issues of diversity and inclusion.
Attorney Mitchell practices in the civil rights field and is a former prosecutor and journalist. The Morehouse College and Georgetown Law School Alum bridges the Millennial-Gen-Xer generations and is a powerful voice for social justice, religious freedom, and engaged citizenship bringing to the airwaves of AM360 a legal and social justice practitioner’s perspective via the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the nation….Continued here.
Special Posthumous Award Tribute Planned for AM360 Founder Imam Thomas Abdul Salaam at Grand Gala Celebration…
NATIONAL – An unprecedented event calls for unprecedented recognition of the group intellect for exceptional community service, leadership and more. CWSC is planning a Grand Gala Celebration Part 2 to share with the entire national community online at AM360.org that will include award nominees across communities throughout the nation.
Of special note will be a Lifetime Achievement Award represented posthumously to the Twin Servant of Peace Imam Thomas Abdul Salaam, Founder of the AM360 Broadcasting Network and Community Wide Shuraa Conference. Continue here…
More postumous honors will also be presented as well honors for CWSC volunteers, and other collaborators and supporting institutions. Haven’t made reservations yet for the Celebration? Don’t worry! Your seat has been reserved from the comfort of your home. Just tune in live 9 a.m EST for two days of celebration, same time on both days including Friday, May 22nd & Saturday May 23rd. Stream it live also at (701) 719-4197. Enjoy a community Eid gift sponsored by the CWSC. For more information call (910) 317-0297 or email firstname.lastname@example.org!
We wish you Blessed Jumah, Ramadan & Eid-ul-Fitr.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 Local Tampa Events
[UPDATE: Click here to view the photo collage fo the Tampa Pre-Cruise Events!]
We recommend you arrive at least a day early to make sure you don’t miss the ship, especially if you’re flying or taking another public transportation system. Be sure to check out Trip Tips and FAQs too.
If you’re arriving to the area early, you’ll have a wonderful chance to extend your vacation. The Gulf Coast City of Tampa in particular has so much to do as visitors from around the nation and world discover each year. Click here to learn more about the area and some of the attractions you can take advantage of before or after your Cruise.
CWSC with the help of local Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Bahai communities, and local organizations, we’re planning an interfaith welcome & reception and an on the ground community outreach project to serve the needy. You’re invited! It’ll be a great way to do good and help remake the world! Here’s what’s happening…
INTERFAITH WELCOME & RECEPTION….1:45 p.m. EST
Church of Scientology of Tampa 1300 East 8th Avenue Tampa FL 33605-3601 (813) 872-0722
Organization Representatives Attending or Sending Greetings
Honorable Rick Kriseman, Mayor, St. Petersburg, Florida
Honorable Jane Castor, Mayor, Tampa, Florida
Rev. Martha Stilson, Church of Scientology of Tampa, Tampa, Florida
Rev. Russell Meyers, Executive Director, Florida Council of Churches
Rev. Dr. Doral Pulley, President, Interfaith Tampa Bay, Florida
Abdul Salaam Hameed and Allene Gammage Ahmed, Florida Conference of Muslim Americans (FCMA)
Hasan Shibly, Executive Director, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Florida
Imam Abdul Karim Ali, Chair, Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association and Vice President Interfaith Tampa Bay, Florida
Deandra Bolden, Metropolitan Ministries, Tampa, Florida
Principal Gwen and Students, Arqam’s Academy of Masjid Sunnah, St. Petersburg, Florida
Basimah Shakir, Co-Chair, Anisa Women’s Group, Clearwater, Florida
Ben Smet, Director, Open Partnership Education Network (OPEN), University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida
Saad Rahmouni, Masjid Sunnah, St. Petersburg, Florida
Imam Askia Muhammad Aquil, Ministry of Imam Askia Muhammad Aquil, St. Petersburg, Florida
Keisha Prime, Performer/Musician/Instructor, Tampa Bay, Florida
Win Thompkins, Performer, Tampa Bay, Florida
Imam Dr. Talib M. Shareef, President Masjid Muhammad (The Nation’s Mosque), Washington, D.C.
Mukhtar Muhammad, Executive Director, Community Wide Shuraa Conference, Inc. (CWSC), Fayetteville, North Carolina
Look for your CWSC RSVP! Point of Contact: M. Nailah Abdullah (727) 906-1172 or Rev. Martha Stilson (813) 872-0722.
THE NEIGHBORLY NEEDS COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT…4:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Ministries 2002 N. Florida Ave Tampa, FL 33602 813-209-1000
Coordinator: Deandra Bolden
CWSC volunteers will be joining volunteers at Metropolitan Ministries in helping to feed the poor, hungry and homeless in the Tampa Bay area. By advance registration only. Limited volunteer slots, so please look for RSVP and reply quickly.
With gratitude to the Tampa-St. Petersburg Faith Communities and Governmental Leaders and special mention of Tampa-St. Pete organizers and hosts Rev. Martha Stilson (Church of Scientology), Deandra Bolden (Metropolitan Ministries) and M. Nailah Abdullah (Community Wide Shuraa Conference and Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association)…Together we can remake the world. Limited volunteer slots available…look for RSVP and reply expeditiously!
CWSC Tampa Group Dinner…7 p.m.
Join us for dinner with the believers in Tampa…stay tuned for final arrangements
Group dinner in the area…location. TBD Look for CWSC RSVP! Point of Contact: M. Nailah Abdullah (727) 906-1172
Photo shoots of some of Paradise’s Amenities & More (click to enlarge photo)
*All itineraries, times, ports, programming, performances, appearances and locations are subject to change without notice.
A Salaam Bon Voyage in March For Interfaith Cruise
INTERNATIONAL ― [UPDATE: Click here to view the photo collage fo the Tampa Pre-Cruise Events!]
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 Cozumel featuring Jumah-at-Sea, National Symposium Conference, Gala & Awards Celebration
You are 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 and…
- Early Welcome to Tampa by Local Faith Communities.
- Bon Voyage…Re-creation Time for the soul, heart, intellect, individual and group spirit!
- Daily Congregational Salat (Prayer).
- Jumah-at-Sea (The Weekly Friday Prayer Service).
- National Symposium with: Panel Discussions, Published Authors’ Circle, More Groundbreaking Intelligentsia Presentations.
- Black Tie Gala & Awards Ceremony. Break out the Tuxes & Ball Gowns!
- Meet & Greet with the American Muslim 360™ Radio National Talk Show Hosts.
- The Neighborly Needs Community Service Project.
And of course a wonderful family, friends and community interfaith cruise aboard the Carnival Ship Paradise with spas, 24-hour room service, shopping, shore excursions, and more activities for the whole family.
Cruise includes accommodations, meals, room service, port visits, and more! We’re looking forward to hosting you, your family, and institution. By Allah’s (SWT) Grace, we pray you can be with us in grand celebration on March 5, 2020!
Hurry and reserve your cabin…Rooms will go fast…Get the best selection of staterooms now for your 2020 Cruise!
NATIONAL — RESERVE YOUR CABIN NOW! With CWSC Group Discounts, Cruise with the Community aboard the Paradise starting as low as $374 plus taxes* Departing from SUNNY TAMPA to BEAUTIFUL COZUMEL!
HURRY and reserve now for best selection of staterooms and to lock in best group rates. The Cruise will fill quickly, so don’t delay. Low $150 Deposit reserves your stateroom through 2019!
Call 800.327.5782 and provide the CWSC Group Booking Rate ID #6DLB36. Prices are subject to change. Reserve now at the best CWSC price and earliest choice of accommodations. See more on the Cruise here.
All itineraries, times, ports, programming, performances, appearances, and locations subject to change without notice. Stay tuned for CWSC onboard Intelligentsia Programming Schedule and all access pass details. Port taxes, fees total $81.52…Hurry prices subject to change!
the two-day Annual Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. Register now by clicking on the Capitol to the left.
Congrats to CWSC Director for Christian-Muslim Relations, Debbie Shankman, who has been selected to represent the CWSC! Last year CWSC was represented at Muslim Advocacy Day and presented the first iteration of the Never Again Interfaith Letter In the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Sister Debbie was part of a CWSC Delegation last year that delivered to several Senate and House Leaders a 2nd iteration of the Letter signed by some 60 organizations including the Secretary General of the World Council of Religious Leaders. It was Sister Debbie’s stellar support and compassionate leadership that led to her appointment as CWSC Director for Christian-Muslim Relations.
We wish Debbie and all the delegates traveling from around the nation a safe and successful Muslim Advocacy Day.
If you’d like to work at a national level helping communities nationwide while contributing your knowledge, skills and experience, then get in the MCNRD…together we can remake the world.
CWSC College Scholarship Cycle Open Now thru June 20, 2020… Encouraging academic excellence, civic engagement and historic preservation
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 next generation intelligentsia leaders. Each February through June, our scholarship cycle opens to qualified matriculating college-bound high school and current college students of all faiths. Apply here. Then tune into this Sunday’s The Power of Educating Our Own with Qur’an Shakir and guests @8p EST. They will cover the CWSC College Scholarship Program only on AM360.org!