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Islam cannot be viewed as a culture, nor can it be identified with any particular human culture. Some cultures have longer histories of Islamization than others, but the cultures of all people who self-identify as muslims are equally Islamic and cannot be hierarchical organized as being more or less Islamic. Islam is a trans ethnic, transnational and transracial. ...
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It is apparent that ideas solve absolutely nothing. In practical life, I have been able to fully verify that, there are those who are well known for their "projects" in the movement. There are the ones who have done less, and the ones who have done the least. I have come to realize that those who live from moment to moment are the ones who do the most. For example, if i would have waited to have a few dollars in order to open the doors of Alianza Islamica. I am sure we would have never done it. Everybody knows well that i have never been a rich man. I began the movement with a few bothers and sisters (friends). But i have never needed any projects for my dear brethren. We lived moment by moment our missionaries have traveled without money, they have knocked on different doors and established many alliances within our communities. ...
When it comes to empowerment and building movement for that purpose, one of the most damaging and counter productive tendencies i have seen in people is to declare that they have to wait until they have "everything" lined up and every resource desired before they will take action. With that mindset one will never get started. Many people start off with the idea that in order to start reaching people they most have plenty of money, a glamorous building for meetings, a large staff, tax exempt government status, etc... All of those things are great to have and will help your empowerment effort to flourish, but not a single one of them necessary to start impacting our communities. ...
The workers of Alianza Islamica committed their lives to our mission. As the new demands on our time has proven exceedingly challenged our aging body to meet. We encourage all our brothers and sisters to step forward and continue advancing the work. Each generation of latino muslim makes its own history, and each generation is judged and defined by the history it makes or don't make. Your question is fundamental today as they were 40 or 50 years ago. The realities and challenges to wrestle with the problem of self centered and overly concerned with promoting "brands" and individual careers become counter productive. ...
Allah created tribes and nations so that they may know one another and not despise one another surely Allah, is most merciful.
Among the mandates of Al-Islam is the injunction to extend an invitation to all mankind, to become part of the religion and lifestyle of Al-Islam. In the process of inviting humanity, we must champion the needs of the down trodden and oppressed. We must confront evil and replace it with good.
Alianza Islamica is pleased to serve and to extend a balanced and practical view to the Islamic religion. Since
In 1992, under the leadership of Al-Hajj Yahya Figueroa Abdul-Latif , Alianza Islamica has consistently been in the forefront of championing the Latino Muslims plight. We have dedicated ourselves to focus and assure that Al-Islam receive maximum exposure in the Latino communities. While we do not in any way promote cultural exclusivity, our work will be focused to the grossly neglected in the predominantly Latino community. But our agenda is not merely an ideology of the oppressed, as other dedicated groups are inspired to do. We must clearly state our position and work towards action that aims at the true freedom of Mental, Spiritual and Emotional bondage. Our freedom is geared at the physical rebuilding of our communities by addressing the sociological disease, and to establish peace and justice in our communities. Latinos traditionally subscribe to strong communal ties stressing the importance of male participation in protecting and maintaining our women and children. The strong tribal solidarity wherein each member
was naturally bound to see beyond themselves and view the extended family ( village) as a precondition to their own success has long been forgotten. Alianza Islamica aims at reviving this noble custom.
While maintaining particular adherence to the universal dictates of our Islamic religion- commands which require the unity of all believers- we are also seeking to engage in and maintain a spirit of mutual on-going dialogue and cooperation with sincere non-muslims who may with the mercy of Allah become potential companions in the struggle to overcome our dilemma. We are not in anyway separatist, too self-righteous and pure to cooperate with others who do not share in our religious credence.
We thank Allah ( Most High) for our mission and for this blessed opportunity to serve him through his beloved creation. And we further thank Allah ( Most High) for our minds and the vision, for without this we are all in a state of loss. May Allah guide us all! Ameen! ...
Islam, Hip Hop & Prisons: An Evening with Author and Professor SpearIt. Author of "American Prisons: A Critical Primer on Culture and Conversion to Islam." amzn.to/31By4qF ...
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The Nuyorican PioneerGrand pa Rahim is the eldest among the ALIMni 2019 Cohort. He is one of the founders of the earliest latino muslim communities in the east coast and in the country. He has been Muslim for over 46 years but had daunting questions to ask his scholarly colleagues at the ALIM program 2019. We ask him ab... ...
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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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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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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. ...
Alianza Islamica's Eid Celebration: January 29, 1998
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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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. ...