IHW Occasions

5/4/18: Celebrating the Anniversary Birthday Imam Mahdi(as)

Celebrating the Anniversary Birthday Imam Mahdi (as)

Congratulations to Mainstay Foundation, Al-Ayn Social Care Foundation and Islamic House of Wisdom for their successful cooperation in celebrating the savior’s birthday.

Expecting a future of justice, peace, freedom, prosperity and security is a dream of both lovers of Messiah in Christianity and Mahdi in Islam.

A globe free from the darkness of current oppression, corruption, greed, warmongering, poverty and racism is a source of hope, energy, optimism and determination for action toward that direction.

Waiting for Jesus and Mahdi is a positive energy; removes any sense of irresponsibility, laziness, weakness and submission.

4/26/18: The Community Dinner of Islamic House of Wisdom a Tremendous Success!

The Community Dinner at Islamic House of Wisdom a Tremendous Success!

April 21, 2018: Islamic House of Wisdom celebrated its Semi-Annual Fundraising dinner successfully drawing more than 450 public and elected officials, candidates, clergies, business and civic leaders, supporters and community members.

Former Attorney General Professor Barbara McQuade Admired the Efforts of IHW in Fighting Fear and Ignorance, the Main Causes of Islamophobia!

Publisher of the Arab American News Osama Siblani introduced Professor McQuade, drawing on her role for seven years as the as the U.S attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. He drew up on all of the changes McQuade instituted to serve all

communities fairly and justly, including hiring Arab Americans at the U.S. Attorney's office.

Emcee Khalil Hachem introduced Dr. Fawaz, who has elevated Arab American leadership to a higher l

evel of achievement, courage and excellence. Dr. Fawaz is a successful businessman locally, nationally and internationally, and he devotes his time, talent and energy to serving the community. 

The dignitary guests included the Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko, Westland Mayor William Wild and Garden City Mayor Randy Walker. The participation of clergy and board members of Islamic Institute of Knowledge, Islamic Center of America, Al-Zahra Center, Islamic Institute of America, the Sadr Foundation, the Message of Hope, Imam Sadeq Center, the Mainstay Foundation demonstrated the good spirit of unity and cooperation in our community. 

The attendance of Dr. Talal Turfe, Mr. Ali Jawad, Hajj Abed Hamoud, Dr. Ali Ajami, Hajja Nawal Hemadeh, Ostad Osama Siblini, Dr. Hasan Hakim, Hajj Musa Qadouh, Dr. Hasan Amirikia, Hajj Hussein Elhaf, Sayed Hamid Al-Sadr, Hajj Ali Saad and hundreds of other community members and leaders made this dinner very diverse and dynamic. 

The presence of Rev. Edward Rowe, Bishop Roy Ferguson, Rev. David Kasbow, Dr. Faith and Dr. Ron Strickland, Professor Bill and many other interfaith partners made this dinner extremely beautiful.

The dinner and celebration mastered by Sayed Khalil Hashem and Mahdi Elahi. It included recitation of the Quran by Younes Makki, singing Imam Hussein song by Sheikh Yusuf Yasin, words of IHW chairperson Dr. Sara, words of a founding member Dr. Mohammad Ajjour.

Imam Elahi was the last speaker who thanked all organizations and community members and leaders and mentioned the services of IHW to the faith and the community.

Imam Elahi called IHW a voice of reason, respect and responsibility and emphasized that IHW would participate in any effort that strengthens the community, the country and humanity. He mentioned 14 values that are accentual elements of building a great society: faith, family, education, unity, security, diversity, moral values, responsibility, prayer and standing for peace, justice and freedom.

Imam Elahi also spoke about the birthday of Imam Hussein and his universal contributions to humanity.
Imam Elahi asked the community to support the services of IHW with money, time and ideas. The Imam called the monthly membership as the best way to support the projects and programs of Islamic House of Wisdom.

The celebration ended with a delicious dinner catered by Dearborn Fresh.

4/6/18: Imam Elahi's text of condemning Islamophobia, racism, hate-mongering and marginalization of the contributing communities in Wednesday's Press Conference at IHW

Imam Elahi's text of condemning Islamophobia, racism, hate-mongering and marginalization of the contributing communities in Wednesday's Press Conference at IHW!

"First, I would like to thank our interfaith friends, members of clergy from both Muslims and Christians, community activists and off course the media representatives for attending this press conference.

We are here today to react and respond to some shocking fear-mongering fliers calling April 3rd as a day of violence against the Muslims. This harassing outreach started from Britain but soon spread over the social networks all over our global village.

The flier provides a list of points for anyone who may verbally or physically abuse a Muslim. From physical beating, acid attack, killing innocent Muslims or bombing and burning the mosques.

Though violence against Muslims is not limited to one day a year, yet choosing April 3rd is an amazing coincidence. Tomorrow April 4th marks the 50th anniversary of assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. A voice of freedom, truth and justice. Rev. King sacrificed his life to end racism, segregation, hatred and hypocrisy.

Punish a Muslim day on the eve of assassination of Dr. King demonstrates the desire of forces of evil to continue their ignorance, intimidation and injustice against the minorities and marginalized communities.

We the members of interfaith gather here at the Islamic House of Wisdom to condemn this cowardly campaign. A campaign of fear, pain and persecution of the innocent.

In 2014 we all stood in front of Dearborn City Hall and raised our voice against isis. 

We said Muslims were against Isis, against terrorism against extremism. Today we are meeting hare at the House of God to say we Muslims and Christians are against hate-mongering, fear-mongering, harassment, racism, violence, brutality, mass shooting, marginalization and bullying behaviors.

We stand for education, for unity, interfaith dialogue, peace and justice, love and friendship, respect for faith values and American true values.

We stand for the same values that Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohammad stood for!

One God, one universe, one humanity. We are all children of Adam and Eve, our honor and integrity not based on our color but consciousness and our compassion toward creation.

Those great messengers called for hope not hate, reason not rifle, faith not force, and compassi

on not killing.

They told us that destruction of one innocent person is equal to the destruction of the entire people. 

From the black man called Steve Clark who was killed in CA to 18 Palestinians who were killed and another 1500 who were wounded in Gaza by the Israeli army. All of them were innocent and killing them was a crime.

Black lives matter, white lives matter, Yemenis lives matter, Afghani lives matter, Syrian lives matter, Iraqi lives matter, Bahrani lives matter. Human life matters.

No innocent person should be punished, being Muslim or non-Muslim, black or white.

We are here today not just to defend the Muslims but every victim, every oppressed community.

We are here today to call for justice, for the end of racism, for accountability of the White House and the Congress and every man and woman in this country and the world.

We are here to say shame on those behind Islamophobia, racism, anti-Semitism, and injustice.

We call on the soul of Rev. Marti

n Luther King exactly 50 years after his martyrdom and promise him that we will never let your blood which was injected to the body of freedom and justice ever dries.

We will continue your covenant and the covenant of other martyrs of freedom and justice till we are alive. The racism, oppression and injustice will not last forever.

 

 

12/29/17: Message of Hope in America Honored the Anniversary of Jesus (pbuh) Birthday at Islamic House of Wisdom!

Message of Hope in America Honored the Anniversary of Jesus (pbuh) Birthday at Islamic House of Wisdom!

Thank you to hajj Mohammad Chabbani, Michigan director of Amal (Hope) Chapter, Sister Ghed - IHW member, and all Amal and IHW volunteers for your inspiring job. We wish CNN, Fox News and the media were there to see the true Islam in your interfaith initiative and celebration.

It was great to see Judge Salame, Ambassodor Ajami, Khollan el-Wafaa Members and so many families who met to honor the birth of one of the greatest Ambassadors of Heaven on this land. 

The Quran honors Jesus and his mom Mary 70 times in so many different chapters.


Nice to see some church leaders such as Rev. David Kosbo and Rev. Colleen Nieman and also some interfaith activists such as Br. Arif and William sharing their loving words.

Imam Elahi recited verse 30 from Chapter Mary in the Quran, where 9 dimensions of Jesus personality, mission and vision are mentioned. His service, sacrifice, revelation, prayer, charity, kindness, humbleness, peaceful call and his heavenly mission.

He concluded that the reason for persecution of Jesus was not his call for peace but his call for justice!
If Jesus was there, he wouldn't bless the president decision about Jerusalem!

12/1/17: Michigan Imams Council elected a New Co-Chair

Michigan Imams Council Elected a New Co-Chair

IHW new hall of Imam Hussein (as) held its first official meeting this morning, hosting the Michigan Imams Council!

The meeting was chaired by its two Co-chairs- Imam Mustafa Al-Turk and Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi.

During the assembly, imam Mustafa Al-Turk asked for a year of leave for personal reasons and the council unanimously voted imam Mohammed Al-Masmary as the Council new Co-Chair!

Imam Elahi thanked imam Mustafa for his years of hard work and dedication!
Imam Elahi also honored the Council's achievements in serving the Muslim community and bringing more educations for the families and youth and standing against Islamophobia, he also expressed his personal opinion expecting the Council to be more out speaking not only on the issues related to the Muslim community in America but also the Umma issues in general. The Imam mentioned the war crimes in Yemen and the pain of hunger, poverty and cholera under the Saudi's daily bombardments and aggression!

A number of Imams emphasized on the locality of the Council mission and recommended to focus on the plights of Muslim community in America and to avoid bringing the Middle East problems to the Council discussions.
The imams meeting followed up with lunch and noon prayer attended by both Shia and Sunni imams!

Next month the Council will review its mission statement and will strategize its priorities!
At the end, imam Elahi presented imam Mustafa an Islamic gift on behalf of Islamic House of Wisdom and the Imams Council!
We welcome your comments, expectations and suggestions for the imams Council!

April 30, 2017 Islamic House of Wisdom: Dinner, Discussion and Celebration!

Islamic House of Wisdom: Dinner, Discussion and Celebration!

Imam Hussain's (as) universal message was honored and celebrated with the presence of hundreds of Interfaith partners, community leaders, organizations and activists on the 3rd of Shabaan, April 30th at the Islamic House of Wisdom!

Imam Elahi focused on the characteristics of this beautiful and blessed baby of the prophet's household (pbut) and said Imam Hussain was more than a person, he was a path, a mission, a university and his birth was a birth of light, love and beauty! Imam Hussein called for peace but martyred by the army of ignorance, greed, and warmongering! Imam Hussein was an embodiment of faith, courage, commitment, love and sacrifice!

Imam Elahi spoke against current Islamophobia as a political project whose target is not extremism and terrorism but the peaceful Islam. The warmongers like to make business in the name of Isis and this is why any time that Isis loses in Syria, the Israeli fighters bomb the positions of Isis enemies right away! Imam Elahi continued that the true teachings of Islam are represented by prophet Mohammad, his family and righteous companions not those poppets payed by the Saudi princes to bring bloodshed and fitna in the region and bring embarrassment to Islam.

Imam Elahi stated that the true peaceful nature of Islam is expressed in this statement of Imam Ali (as) who said: I swear by God, if I was given the entire earth and all under sky to hurt an ant to the extent of depriving it from a Barley, I won't do it! Imam compared this position with bombing and burning of millions of men, women and children in this war zone world in the name of God or democracy while the real motivation is money, power and domination! Imam Elahi concluded with calling for friendship, reconciliation, peace and speaking up against war, terrorism and extremism!

At the end, a delicious dinner was delivered by Byblos Banquet Hall in Dearborn in an atmosphere of friendship among the Shia, Sunni, Muslim and Christian brothers and sisters and all ended while everyone left the mosque with joy and happiness of finding new friends and learning something new!

In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate.

Asalaamu alaikum! Let me say first of all that it is a great honor to be with you today. I have been an admirer of Imam Hussein (AS) for many years now. I want to thank Imam Elahi first of all for the opportunity to be here. I bring you greetings from Dr Sayyid Syeed of the Interfaith

Office of ISNA. I bring greetings to you from Muslim friends in the Islamic Republic of the

Gambia as well as Muslim friends from Cuba. Before I begin, I want to read something to you from a book I take with me wherever I go.

The book, which you know well, mis al Kulayni's "AL KAFI." It is from the "Book of Knowledge." I have read this piece every day for the past 25 years.

"......the acquisition of Knowledge is incumbent on all Muslims. The acquisition of Knowledge is even more important than the acquisition of wealth...."

I read this everyday in order to learn something "new" each day that Allah has given to me.

As is true of all presentations such as these, I have had many revisions based on important Experiences. The most coming from Imam Elahi who made the very important observation that most things in life cone from "memories." I wish to share personal memories that have happened to me which have brought me to this point today.

As Ahmed correctly pointed out, I am a retired Presbyterian minister who took early retirement after 30 years of service. I did so because I believed that Allah was preparing me and calling me to undertake opportunities such as this. In my opinion, Interfaith Dialogue and cooperation are the way if the future. Such events are "my religion."

When I introduce myself, I say to people that I am a "Son of Ibrahim," a Hanif. For 30 years, I have been reading daily the Hebrew Scriptures, the New Testament, and the Holy Qur'an. They are all for me "the Word of Allah." Further, I believe that the Holy Qur'an provides the mechanism to address all of the "Religious Questions" of humanity. The Qur'an is God's Word to all people.

I want to say to you, as a fellow American, how glad and proud I am to call the Muslim Community on Michigan my fellow Americans. You make us a better nation than we would be without you. A great deal of the rhetoric which comes from the White House in "tweets" suggests

that our "wealth, prosperity, and success" is what makes America great. I disagree. What makes us great is each generation of new American Immigrants! You remind the rest of us what we have forgotten. Your idealism, dreams, commitment, and spirit breathe fresh air into our nation thereby making us great! I, for one, thank you! The Muslim Ummah in Dearborn has been here for over 100 years! I am proud to say that I am in in the most "Muslim Cities" in the world.

Were we EVER to "close our doors" to immigrants, we would cease to be "America." There is no such thing as an American race, creed, religion, or way to do things. What makes us

Americans is our commitment to ideals of beliefs and diversity all held together by our Constitution. As far as Religions go, Islam is an early American Religion. You have been here since 1619, Colonial,days. You came in the people of enslaved African Muslims who uttered the "SHAHADAH" long before the Christian creeds were which oftentimes cause division.

As I was flying away from Norfolk, Virginia, I was able to see from the air certain areas which brought back memories which have made me who I am. As is typical for air travel from Norfolk, we went out over the Atlantic Ocean to steer clear of Navy Fighter jets from Oceana Naval Air Station. From the air, I was able to see the Navy Base -- the largest in the world. But, sadly enough, before it was a Navy Base, it was once known as "Chesapeake" and for enslaved African Muslims, it was the place that marked the end of the long voyage known as the "Middle Passage." About 20 million enslaved African Muslims, stripped from their homeland, became "chattel commodities" where they were sold to Southern planters. From the air, I saw Norfolk State University, an historic African American University where I am proud to be an Adjunct Professor. I was reminded of my own Liberal Arts education that I received from Hampden-Sydney College. I was reminded that liberal arts education was preserved not by European monasteries; rather by Shi'a Hawzas in Najaf and Karbala. More to come.

From the air, I was able to see King's Grant Presbyterian Church, the church where I served as Pastor for 18 of my 30 years of service. I remembered when our church welcomed and resettled a Shi'a Muslim refugee family from Baghdad, Iraq. We welcomed this devout Muslim family into our church. It proved to beca great exercise in Interfaith Cooperation. The family are now proud United States citizens. And, like you, the faithful in Dearborn, they are also making us better Americans than we were without you.

From the air, I also saw Yorktown, Virginia -- they place where yours and my "War of Independence" ended. As i saw Yorktown from the air, I imagined the following taking place. I imagine the "founding fathers" standing on the banks of the York River watching the British warships leaving as they headed home across the Atlantic Ocean. There standing were Jefferson, Washington, Hamilton, Franklin, and Madison. They all thought, "well, we won the War. What next??

Imam Hussein (AS) walks onto the scene -- and addresses them. He says the following. "CONGRATULATIONS! You won. You threw off British Imperialism. You rid yourselves of oppression, lack of freedom, and mercantilism. That was the easy part. Now comes the hard part. What are you going to do to keep yourselves from acting like the British? Let me offer three (3) suggestions of what you may want to consider doing.

1. Never, ever close your borders to new citizens. Remember, immigration is what has made you who you are. If you "close your borders," you will never reach your potential.

2. Always provide for "freedom of religion for everyone." Remember that Thomas Jefferson, when Governor of Virginia, authored the "Virginia Bill for Religious Freedom." Mr Jefferson thought it unfair that a prerequisite for owning land meant that one had to be in communion with the Church of England.

3. And finally, and most importantly, remember that you as a nation will always be better – with diversity informed by immigration, Believe it or not, young nation, you will one day have an

African American President. His name will be Barack HUSSEIN Obama. He will quote something that a great teacher in his life (his mother) used tom tell him. 'Barry, you can always be better tomorrow than you are today. Work on it.' President Obama will tell you that you too as a nation can be better. It comes about with each new generation of American immigrants.

As an American "Son of Ibrahim," I am committed to these "words of advice" given to the American Founding Fathers by Imam Hussein (AS). Allow me briefly to share my memories that have lead me there.

-in 1979, I was a student at Hampden-Sydney College. I was taking a class by Dr Taylo

Reveley called "ISLAM AS A LIVING RELIGION." The Revolution in Iran broke out. It was obvious that many Americans, including me, really did not know what was going on. Dr Reveley wisely stated, "it is a shame that we have no exchange students from Iran on campus this semester. If we did,we may know what is going on."

-In 1986, my wife, our 18 month old son, snd I left fir Scotland where I would begin Graduate

School at the University of St Andrews. My research would be in Islamic /Christian Relations

While there, I remembered Dr Reveley's wise words. I was invited to become part of an Interfaith Group which was composed of Presbyterians and Iranian students. My Iranian friends introduced me to the works of Dr Ali Shariati, the inspiration of the Iranian Revolution. Ibwas hooked. I also learned that Dr. Shariati received his PhD from The University of Paris under

Jean-Paul Sartre. In that study group was Franz Fanon, leader of the Algerian War of

Independence as well as occasionally, Che Guevara, Jose Miguez Bonino, and Gustavo Guttierez. What a group.

I also learned that Liberal Arts Efucation was preserved, nurtured, snd developed in the Shi'a Hawzas of Najaf, Karbala, Qom, and Mashad. In 529 AD, the Byzantine Emperor Justinian the Great closed Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum because they taught pagan philosophy.

The Professors went over the border into Sasanian Iran where they were welcomed. They taught in Iranian Nestorian Christian schools where they taught until becoming absorbed into the Shi'a ' Hawzas when Islam came to Iraq and Iran. We may thank Shi'a Islam for preserving education and giving it to the West.

-I mentioned the Shi'a family that Church welcomed in 2009. After the first year, the mother of the family shared with me "why" she now called America home. She said, "I love the way that you Americans are so much like Iraqis!" When I heard this, I knew that we were already"better."

-Trips to both the Islamic Republic of The Gambia and Cuba also have given me memories that have contributed to who I am.

In September 2016, I was a guest if the government of the Islamic Republic of the Gambia. I had several meetings with the President, his Cabinet, and many other people. I saw rice fields which in 2 years time will feed rice to the entire continent of Africa. I saw happy and productive people. I visited the village of Juffereh, home of Kunte Kinte. I saw the horrible effects of the slave trade on Gambia, the smallest nation in Africa. Yet I also saw what Allah can do through devout Muslim people who want yo do what Allah asks them to do. I saw why the Gambia is rightly called "the Smiling Coast of Africa."

My wife and I took two trips to Cuba - in 1997 and 2016. I was serving Covenant Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas and we had initiated a Presbyterian Partnership with the Luyano Presbyterian Church in Havana. In 2016, when we returned, we found a Cuba that had about 20,000 Muslim converts. I also learned that there was a vibrant Iranian Community there.

I was told that West African Muslims had been coming to Cuba since the early 1500s. Im also found that many Cubans knew of Dr Ali Shariati and his connection to Che Guevara. Again, for me, new Knowledge.

In closing, allow me to say this. Both anthropology and genetics teach us that we are all "ONE PEOPLE" just as the Qur'an teaches. We are all "TAWHID." In fact, native Americans worshiped the "ONE SPIRIT." They were Muslims (followers of Tawhid) and did not know it. We know that the human race, as we know it, descended from about 200 Africans who left eastern Kenya about 200,000 years ago. Yes, we are all, AFRICANS! In 1492, we "bumped" into each other and we had forgotten who we were -- one family -- TAWHID.

We need to undo this. Islamophobia, racism, and ethnic hatred are NOT natural. Allah created the human race.

Human beings created the bad stuff. We, the human community can undo this. The Qur'an can show us how. Malcolm X wrote us the following from the Hajj.

"America needs to understand Islam." May we all be committed to this task!!

Shukran!!

1/7/17: Welcoming the New Year- Family Gathering

Families of the community, almost 300 people gathered for a breakfast & program at the IHW to welcoming the New Year of 2017. Will post a brief of the program soon!