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National Day of Action for Citizenship - Imam Zaid Shakir

Imam Zaid Shakir's speech at the National Day of Action for Citizenship event in San Francisco in front of Nancy Pelosi's office. This event was part of the ...
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It is morally wrong to break up families, for children to come home from school and their mothers and fathers are gone because they're considered citizens and their mothers and fathers are not considered citizens and that's enough to break up a family, that is morally wrong and we should oppose it. It is morally wrong for peoples whose ancestors called this land home to be told that they're illegal in the home of their ancestors, that is morally wrong. And it is up to us to come together, I'm not here because I'm a Muslim, and there are a lot of Muslims who have been deported, who have been declared illegal, who have been stripped of their rights. I'm not here just for that, I'm not here just to stand in solidarity with our Latino brothers and sisters, our native/ first nation brothers and sisters, our Asian brothers and sisters, our Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Atheist, whatever brothers and sisters. I'm here to raise my voice to protest against something that is morally wrong, that's morally unacceptable, and we have to come together and challenge it and oppose it with our voices and our votes. We have to organize because nothing is harder to stop than an idea whose time has come and the idea that everyone who's working, who's contributing, who's strengthening and beautifying this country should be a citizen of this country with full rights, that is an idea whose time has come and we shouldn't say we can do it, we should say we will do it. If God so wills." - Imam Zaid Shakir 

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Lifelines to Healing Bus Tour: Oakland Kickoff

Speakers included: Rev. Billy Dixon, Ben McBride, Rev. Eugene Jackson, Imam Abu Qadir al-Amin, Rev. Raymond Lankford, Imam Victor Shakir, Fr. Jesus Nieto-Rui...
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Powerful words from Imam Abu Qadir al-Amin on his journey from being on Death Row at San Quientin to being the Imam of the San Francisco Muslim Community Center - starts at the 5 Minute Mark. 

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Walking the Prophetic Walk for a Pathway to Citizenship by Shakeel Syed

Walking the Prophetic Walk for a Pathway to Citizenship by Shakeel Syed | Muslim Organizing | Scoop.it

Over the last 30 years, I have worked on many different social justice issues as a central passion in my life. This call to work for social justice is deeply rooted in my faith as a Muslim, and it is this call I have tried to serve since 2005 as the executive director of the Shura Council of Southern California, which is an umbrella association of Mosques and Muslim organizations serving Muslims living in Southern California and society at large."

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PILGRIMAGE DAY 13: Shakeel joins the pilgrims

PILGRIMAGE DAY 13: Shakeel joins the pilgrims | Muslim Organizing | Scoop.it
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In Fresno to help send off our brother Shakeel Syed the director of the Shura Council of Southern California who is joining PICO California’s Pilgrimage for Citizenship today, where 15 people are walking 285 miles from Sacramento to Bakersfield representing the 11 Million undocumented people in this country. In this photo the pilgrims pray at the end of day 13 of the pilgrimage as they arrive at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fresno.

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Shared Struggles - From ICE Detention to FBI Surveillance

Shared Struggles - From ICE Detention to FBI Surveillance | Muslim Organizing | Scoop.it
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Carlos Martinez from the San Francisco Organizing Project talked about building solidarity between Muslims and undocumented people struggling for citizenship in this country stating that, "I am a part of a community that is being harassed and discriminated against by a federal agency ICE and the Muslim community is facing hostilities and being discriminated against by a federal government agency the FBI. So we share a lot of commonalities, but what are we going to do together to destroy these lies and build a new community. And how do we put our faith in action? Right now it is really important because the immigration bill is in the senate that is moving forward and brother Dustin was telling me that the bill can discriminate based on religion. We know that there are a lot of undocumented Muslim brothers and sisters, but how do we raise our voices together?”

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Unity Breakfast Muslim Community Organizing Training

Unity Breakfast Muslim Community Organizing Training | Muslim Organizing | Scoop.it
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On what would have been the 88th birthday of Malcolm X community members from thirteen Bay Area mosques came together at the new Zaytuna College campus in Berkeley, California to remember his legacy and to build a future that this group of Muslims is trying to live into today. At the Unity Breakfast Muslim community organizers and member Mosques of the PICO National Network came together to talk about the effectiveness of congregation based organizing and what it could bring to the Muslim community.

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A Prophetic Response to Immigration Reform: A Muslim Perspective

A Prophetic Response to Immigration Reform: A Muslim Perspective | Muslim Organizing | Scoop.it

By Dustin Craun - If we look at immigration from an Abrahamic and Islamic perspective we learn from the stories of Abraham, Lot, Jonah, Jacob, Moses and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon them all) that there are three primary elements to these stories:

  • First, the people and prophets face grave injustice which threatened their lives;
  • Second, they migrated seeking just allies and safety;
  • Third, they enacted a Prophetic response and call to justice and transformation for their people.

Our moment is directly reflective of the first two elements with 11 million people in this country living in the shadows of our society. Our question then, if we are true believers, should be what is our Prophetic response, and who is ready to stand on the side of justice?

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Imam Abu Qadir al-Amin at the Lifelines to Healing Bus Launch at Fruitvale Station

Imam Abu Qadir al-Amin at the Lifelines to Healing Bus Launch at Fruitvale Station | Muslim Organizing | Scoop.it
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Powerful testimony from Imam Abu Qadir al-Amin who told the story of his own transformation from being on Death Row at San Quentin to following the path of Malcolm X and becoming the Imam of the San Francisco Muslim Community Center#lifelinestohealing at the Lifelines to Healing Bus Tour Kickoff & Rally at Fruitvale Station 

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Shakeel Syed on His Experience on the Pilgrimage for Citizenship

Shakeel Syed on His Experience on the Pilgrimage for Citizenship | Muslim Organizing | Scoop.it
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"For the first time in my life I'm experiencing the spiritual power of walking which helps me reflect on the long walks of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) to Taif and Madina ...Also the new and enduring relationships I'm now blessed with of young men and women - undocumented and citizens - of all faiths and traditions - transceding themselves for the sake of justice. We are a diverse group of 15 - and I've a learnt a great deal of heart wrenching stories this past week. 

Today I hit the magic 100 mile mark and never in my wildest dreams I imagined I'd walk this far.

Most of my walking colleagues knew very little or nothing about Islam. I feel privileged to share a thing or two about my faith and also to disspell the myths and fallacies about Muslims and Islam. This is my 2 cent contribution on a 125 mile journey. I ask Allah to help us all and work for justice beyond ourselves.

And I ask Muslims in Bakersfield to come out and show solidarity with the 11 million undocumented people in this country (which includes many Muslims) who suffer each day and we've an obligation to alleviate their suffering."

 — Shakeel Syed

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Imam Zaid Shakir Chairs Muslim Community Organizing Training

Imam Zaid Shakir Chairs Muslim Community Organizing Training | Muslim Organizing | Scoop.it
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Imam Zaid Shakir chaired the meeting at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, which he is one of the co-founders of.  Imam Zaid is amongst the most respected and influential Islamic scholars in the West. As an American Muslim who came of age during the civil rights struggles, he has brought both sensitivity about race and poverty issues and scholarly discipline to his faith-based work. He is a frequent speaker at local and national Muslim events and has emerged as one of the nation’s top Islamic scholars and a voice of conscience for American Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Imam Zaid has served as an advisor to many organizations, and influential leaders. Recently, Imam Zaid was ranked as “one of America’s most influential Scholars” in the West; by The 500 Most Influential Muslims, edited by John Esposito and Ibrahim Kalin, (2009). 

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"The PICO Model corresponds with many principles and virtues we find in the Qur’an"

"The PICO Model corresponds with many principles and virtues we find in the Qur’an" | Muslim Organizing | Scoop.it
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Stephen Leeper from the San Francisco Muslim Community Center read a powerful statement from Imam Abu Qadir Al-amin "With Allah’s name the merciful benefactor the merciful redeemer The PICO Model corresponds with many principles and virtues we find in the Qur’an and in the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) during his life both before and after revelation came to him. During his the Prophet’s life he supported the poor and the oppressed, he sought solutions to the perplexing problems of his time such as idolatry, tribal wars, the oppression of women, and slavery. After revelation he was accused of being ‘all ear’ because he listened to the concerns of the people. Research was given to him in the form of revelation, actions were planned and executed, and achievements were celebrated and evaluated. This work is not new to us, for Muslims organizing is an integral component of our way of life. These values allow us to work harmoniously with our fellow citizens while seeking to achieve freedom, justice and equality which we equate with Islam. It addresses specifically the needs of the people in areas where human rights have been and continue to be denied by an oppressive and powerful minority. We have wrestled for over 400 years but we are not in this match alone. Many have been and are on our team, thank Allah it’s a tag team match so it is an honor to be matched with Imam Zaid Shakir as we embark on another bout in this long protracted fight. We are honored to take up where the likes of Malcolm X and Imam W.D. Muhammad who contributed to our struggle. As well as in the tradition of other freedom fighters as well such as Marcus Garvey, John Brown, the Quakers and others. Who organized to elevate the dignity of all human beings, we are all deserving of respect and honor, as Allah says in his revelation “All of us are descendants of Adam and are deserving of honor.” The San Francisco Muslim community center has accepted the responsibility to organize and we have developed our own local organizing committee to utilize and strategically better our own community and through collaboration with other descent like minded citizens and people of faith and good will.”

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