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Timeline Photos"To study Black history is to complete the study of Puerto Rican history, and vice-versa."

Yoruba [Pablo Guzmán], "On History and Dialectics," in "Ideology of the Young Lords Party," 1972, page 10.
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Eid Mubarak.
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In the past when we dealt with big ideas many of us who have lived our lives as convert muslims have witnessed many strange trends come to pass. We had turned to Islam for religious reasons. Islam struck the middle ground between the extreme positions of Judaism rigidity inflexibility and chosen people concepts. How could anyone simply reject Jesus and yet believe in revealed books and monotheism and history? Christianity went to the extreme notion of raising Jesus from exalted prophethood to god which seemed so obvious in the Greco roman pagan environment had somehow crept into the semitic religion of the time. Islam restating of pure semitic monotheism has to our minds so wonderfully reformed the extremism of the early revealed religions which we loved and were a part of. So Islam was not foreign or far removed from our worldview. Islam also seemed for us to answer the burning issues of modern times. Financial and class warfare which reduced many of us and our families to immigrant and coolie labor status racism the plight of western man had also been beautifully resolved in the teachings of the Quran. Just as one must ultimately believe in the creating Lord of the universe so the Quran stated you must believe in the unity and equality of the human races. That is why it is sad to witness today leaders of the convert communities falling prey to the silent attraction of race. A number of the European convert groups applaud and hold up as the greatest of all modern thinkers the notorious Nazi ideologue Heidegger as their intellectual hero if you attend a confrence on Imam Ghazali be ready to be slipped a dose of germanic great ideas, for them defying the professional philosophers opinions his nazism was a simply a side bar with no deep connection to his theories on the other hand many of the Afro Americans Muslim professor class are equally committed to Black Nationalist theories. There is a name for this racial nonsense it is fascism. Just as in worn out Nazism and Black Nationalism one believes that his race is the saved one his people are pure because of their genetic make up. Simple basic Islam came to replace those fascists racial pseudo theories and argued for one human race as it seems clear that science reason decency and clearly the Quran argue for.
Our position is that we keep in mind that we came to Islam to escape these fake and wore out notions of race that Islam truly freed us from these half baked notions we will be far on the road to proclaiming the truth. In no way does it undermine love and desire for ones people race etc. to flourish and to escape the ravishing history of colonialism and exploitation , But we must not be mislead into thinking that racism doctrines fake history can somehow lead us to truth.
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6 months ago

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This is an article that was in the Islamic Horizons magazine in 1985. I was an event in which T.B. Irving was the speaker and Ibrahim Gonzalez was the moderator. Umar Ocasio spoke on the universality of Islam. ...

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#LatinoMuslimHistoryThis 1985 article in Islamic Horizons highlights a presentation on Latinx people in Islam at the Museo del Barrio in East Harlem. At this time, a diverse Latino-led community was beginning in the Barrio known as Alianza Islamica, which started in 1987 with a journal of the same name. The founders made claim to Islam as part of the heritage of Latinx people. By the early 1990s, members were visible members of their neighborhood, hosting Islamic classes at their Lexington Ave mosque, providing services for food insecurity and offering funeral services for Muslim HIV/AIDS victims, a novelty at the time.

It is key to remember that El Museo del Barrio was born in the late 1960s from the demands of African American and Latinx parents for representational education for their children. Museum founder Rafael Montañez Ortíz wrote: “The cultural disenfranchisement I experience as a Puerto Rican has prompted me to seek a practical alternative to the orthodox museum, which fails to meet my needs for an authentic ethnic experience. To afford me and others the opportunity to establish living connections with our own culture, I founded El Museo del Barrio.”
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The video documents a landmark event in the history of El Barrio (Spanish Harlem) and the Latino Muslim story in the United States. It was Alianza Islamica’s attempt to publicly showcase an expression of Muslim culture that was distinctly Latino and accurately reflected our contemporary cultural reality: sights, sounds, music, songs, verse, and food, the latter with an indispensable assist from our mothers. The result: a festive event novel yet familiar to both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. - Rahim Ocasio. ...

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Alianza Islamica's Eid Celebration: January 29, 1998

Assalaam alaykum,

The video below documents a landmark event in the history of El Barrio (Spanish Harlem) and the Latino Muslim story in the United States. It was Alianza Islamica's attempt to publicly showcase an expression of Muslim culture that was distinctly Latino and accurately reflected our contemporary cultural reality: sights, sounds, music, songs, verse, and food, the latter with an indispensable assist from our mothers. The result: a festive event novel yet familiar to both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Rahim Ocasio
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FREEDOM - OFFICIAL TEASER ...

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A miracle occurred some 40 to 50 years ago right in the heart of New York City. A number of young people converted to Sunni Islam, meaning that they were not part of the many sects and groups that were active in America at that time.
For some reason their hearts and minds were drawn to the way of Muslims of Africa, Asia, the middle east etc.
It meant that they in a very broad way knew that prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) was the final prophet that his teachings had been preserved in the ancient books of Hadith and Qura'n commentary.
That those blessed teachings answered the deepest needs of human beings. We believed dignity and prosperity could only come by following Allah's final revelation.
Over the years many new found trends and groups have arisen and spread their teachings to America and Europe.
Some are outright heretical hiding behind a mask of "scholarship", they very weakly copy the debunked ideas of their orientalist mentors or fanatic group leaders. So today we have barely educated people challenging the legal and Hadith authorities of the past.
Those ancient masters put forth literary works which can't be carried physically they are long and comprehensive the modern would be scholars cannot pen a few page pamphlet in any language much less so scholarly accurate arabic. Lets reclaim that miraculous heritage of Islam discovery.
Leave these modern self appointed geniuses who have no time to humbly study Qura'n and it's meaning along with the great hadith and other scholarly heritage, along to that reclaim proudly the attempt to live prosperous dignified life and to share the glorious teachings of Islam with our nieghbors and country men. Bring the true magnificence of our spiritual heritage. Let us shine the light of our faith against the spiritual and moral chaos which threatens our
culture and birth place.
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By Dr Sunni Rumsey Amatullah
It was my pleasure to know this dedicated community organization and was a frequent speaker at their Masjid in the Bronx and one of many female role models encouraged within its structure. For the past forty years, as a writer, lecturer, and UN delegate. I have traveled worldwide documenting and advancing the needs of Muslim women and girls, I always returned to Alianza Islamica to enrich my soul. This culturally based, community focused progressive Islamic group was a vital beacon of hope and resources for the Bronx community. Additionally, and I do not say this lightly, their laser focus of identifying, nurturing and cultivating Islamic female leadership within the organizational structure is a model some other Islamic organizations who justify suppressing Muslim women rights by manipulating Quranic passages could sorely use today.
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10 months ago

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Muslim Latinos want to be seen on equal footing of respect admiration brotherhood and affection. This requires work on our parts as well as that of our communities. The old question what is better the convert or born muslims of course there is great value in the two. The born muslims culturally grounded for centuries are usually going to remain as muslims life long. The convert groups on the othe hand lackng family muslim ties and community are less reliable. On the other hand the convert has chosen freely to adopt Islam and we must believs that out of the millions of choices available to him it was Allah's guidance and gift to him or her or here that surely is a special status. Also unanimously believe by all converts to Islam. So back to what to do, we want others to know us that many of us feel hurt and that we are being treated as we have been treated by non-muslims society as second class citizens but that we stand with our brother muslims in religion although our social and political agenda may look and sound different.
By Yahya Figueroa.
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My experience in Alianza Islamica was amazing. As a community organizer for 14 years as a community organizer was focused on encouraging our people to become proactive on grassroot level. Working and defining common problems and setting goals of remedy, identifying our peoples goals were challenging my work consisted of working along with many organizations attracting members in these diverse organizations, recruiting leaders, collaboration of fundraisers, finding resources for the youth and elderly services and most importantly giving voice to our marginalized population. Alianza Islamica family worked around the clock and i feel so blessed to have played a role in a noble cause with unconditional love. May Allah accept our efforts.
Servant brother yasin rivera
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As latino muslims learning our history is not just learning about its actors and who did what first. These are wonderful achievements that we should honor but more importantly is to be able to use history as a weapon from those who have struggled in the past. We must understand our history both politically and ideologically. Let us understand that the majority of our people do not know their own history of struggle and our ignorance continues to our exploitation and will continue as always. Brothers and sisters we have much to learn from our predessors and it is my sincere hope that we will continue to learn. Let us step back and learn our history together. ...

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I want to undermine the intellectualy lazy and morally bankrupt practice of miswriting history to exclude or downplay inconvenient facts so that the present we can pretend that we now are the ultimate fulfillment of history, the paragon of methodology. That my friends is a fools faith, and it can only exist in a organization in which history is not subject for honest examination but an ideological tool to support the existing distribution of false history. I believe in the relevance of the past to understanding ourselves in the present. I believe in honest history, which includes the failures as well as the triumphs of a people. Such history inevitably will undermine ones narrative of todays organizations towards becoming a better organization. ...

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Along with wanting to organize comes a responsibility to make the material sacrifice that will enable us to begin rebuilding infrastructure. The courage to challenge ourselves in activities that build communities and improving the physical, economic, and spiritual health of ourselves, our families our communities. We should in the process pay much closer and greater attention to the relationships we are building among ourselves and with our communities. Choosing our leadership, organizations democratically, resolving problems through dialogue, debate and consensus, and more importantly to consider rotating positions and responsibilities to prevent corruption. ...

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11 months ago

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A deleted aspect of Islam.
These are trying and confusing times for many latino muslims. We are perpetually at odds with ourselves. Particular attention needs to be paid to the internal conflicts and sectarianism of the muslims. Many have abdicated the trust given to us by Allah and have abandoned the book of Allah and the sunnah of his beloved prophets {SAWS} The decline is both outwardly and inwardly. A simple Islam is needed for these complexed and confused times. Back to basics of revelation and sound practices of Qura'n and sunnah are a clear sound footing. Now quickly many questions arise today, it has become second nature for many who think they follow an ancient way called Salafism that pretend they are on solid ground. Part of the new age Islam is a rejection of the spiritual path known since the first century of sunni Islam as sufism.
These rejectors of suffism are terrible at history an in an imminent sense here I simply want to stress that every great Islamic sunni empire from the earliest time of Islam. Every major Islamic sunni university practiced and revered the spiritual masters. The rejection of suffism is a foolish new product of people suffering under the weight of colonialism. So here lets proudly proclaim that we believe with all our hearts in the sunnism and that means we affirm the great inner traditions Chishtiya, Naqshabandiya, Duhrswardya, Shadhalis, Tijaniya, Qadiriya and countless others. That as Islam cannot exist without its outward rule so far the inner . Those who think otherwise are sadly duped
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If the Latino muslims want to become activist in building their own communities , we need to begin reversing many ideas and concepts that have been taught to us by "religious" statements or doctrines that have caused us to adopt a belief system that has resulted in our loss of contact with our communities, with what is real, factual, historical , and spiritual. ...

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Who destroyed the family
We are living in times when the most basic values of all religions and especially Islamic are challenged. Among these destructive trends is the redefining of family life. I won't state the obvious that all of human history, that marriage has been between members of the opposite sex. I want to stress instead the stance of most basic Islam, actually of all religious that marriage is the normal state of man and wife followed by offspring is how each of us have arrived where we are. Each and everyone of us. Today that simple truth is ignored, side stepped, and now we have a generation who opt for single life. Perhaps it is economics or we just feel married life is just too hard. Again many of our marriages end in divorce or misery. Yet Islam holds that marriage is half of religion. That love and romance may only occur with the married state. Today we witness the horrors happening within the churches due to wrong headed notion of celibacy. The Qura'n miraculously had pointed out that although Christians have many fine qualities especially kind heartedness. Monasticism was not ordained by God rather it was man made. It was not known at the time of Qura'n revelation of the scandles that would rock the church to its foundations. Yet when our muslim groups abandon marriage and family life are we not taking the same faulty way of life? Add to this the shocking thought that many of female converts are encouraged by major Islamic groups. Quite frankly these ladies are being used, exploited as advertisement for conversion of others, but we ask at what price to these sisters? Why are they not encouraged to get married? Many of the large groups in the United States are politically motivated often they are at odds with their home countries and have drawn our unwitting American convert communities into their one sided positions. We are being misled, it is long past time that the American Muslim communities the convert groups set their own cultural social agendas and break free from the failed models of the large immigrant communities.
Hajj Yahya Figueroa Abdul-Latif
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Eid Mubarak to you, your family and friends. ...

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12 months ago

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Why carry the huge sack of stones on your back? Dogmatic beliefs, concepts, ideas, past hurts, guilts, perceptions of reality and beliefs are all stored in the memory mechanism detached from consciousness, and we are constantly superimposing them upon our awareness of the moment. If one persist in carrying around the heavy stones of the mind (memory), one cannot begin to appreciate the grand opportunity of a new moment. The heavy, worthless stones of the past must be let go. One begins by divesting them of any importance. Eventually, because the mind is no longer stealing the energy of the consciousness, the atrophy they loose their weight, and you travel weightless because the stones are gone and the consciousness utilizes what rightfully belongs to it. The jest is there isn't enough room for both the present and the past. The sad part is the squandering of so much energy and the loss of enlightment. Only the present moments have the potential of reality and only if the Ego/Mind doesn't eclipse the light. The reason for the being is to be the being. Salvation is for the being and not the ego aka devil. ...

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Islamic intellectual culture suffers from a philosophy deficit. While there are a few philosophical thinkers in the muslim world today none of them enjoys the rock star status that many pedestrian preachers and youtube stalwart enjoy. What this tells us is that people are beginning to value knowledge but are unable to distinguish between preaching and thinking. What we need today are critical thinkers who force muslims to think and not feel-good narratives that create comfort bubbles and inhibit thought. It is only through reading and engaging in philosophical discourses will the intellectual level of the muslim community rise. ...

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Boricua muslims face the challenges of organizing religiously, politically as autonomous with special interest. Although their ethnicity is recognized and celebrated, they are not allowed to develop recognized leadership within the religion as reformers and leaders would learn to identify their own problems and collabrate in seeking solutions collectively. Many latinos themselves interpret their lack of organizational involvement as reflective of a submissive culture. Latinos seem to have a non-questioning attitude towards "Arab authority" Social protest seem not to be a Latino muslim life style. They are far more use to going in with kufi in hand and saying lead us. Style of life attitude or heritage taught them that it is better to respect "authority" than challenge it. Puerto Ricans, have a rich history of political resistance. Create an aliance that respected each other's distinct histories and culture. A new generation of boricua muslims leaders to contextualize differences in their religious, political priorities as they create independent spaces for propagating and organizing efforts.
We, the Puerto rican muslims, in our way of life, do not practice separation of race , by custom, by tradition or by desire.
Notwithstanding this and suspectedly because of this, in the nomenclature of race relations on this continent, we are designated neither white nor black, by a special group denominated puerto ricans. This objectivity by our distinctiveness of culture has made us the victims of discrimination and social persecution that is visited upon the blacks of this country. The results has been to make us more conscious of the justice and righteousness of the cause of the blacks in America today. We, therefore, feel impelled to identify ourselves with the black struggle and lend him our support, while at the same time conserving our own cultural integrity and our own way of life. We, therefore, launch ourselves into the arena of today's struggle for a full and complete education alongside the blacks with the full knowledge that, by so doing, we are advancing our own cause.
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what I tried to explain upon meeting younger generation of Latino Muslims is how we urgently need an impassioned discussion every where, in groups small and large, where Muslims from all walks of life are not only talking but also listening to one another this is the best way to begin creating an understanding of the next phase in the evolution of Islamic work. We all have our own individual vision and for those who are serious about transforming our communities - spiritually,socially and politically- first need to clarify what we mean by "Dawah"? we especially need to explain how and why the ideas regarding "Dawah" have become narrow, static and even counterproductive. Many years ago in El Barrio Alianza Islamica became involved in and committed to real and ongoing community struggles, we began to understand why so many Latino muslim theories have nothing to do with the actual process by which real and seemingly intractable problems, we had to make decisions and exercise our capacity to create new ways of addressing our environment within our community. Our choices became a new beginning in the continuation of human beings towards becoming more creative, conscious, self-critical and politically and socially responsible. Alianza Islamica members learned a lot from working 24/7 while sadly many of the Latino Muslims outside of Alianza Islamica began campaigning and accusing us of not being muslims enough. I am assuming that the criticism were based on ideas from books and not from real-life struggles. Decolonizing our minds requires serious efforts. ...

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Latino Muslim Perspective on Racism within Muslim Community by Ramon Ocasio | ICNA-MAS Convention ...

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