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Here Br. Sadiq Patel discusses personal growth through the lens of career aspirations. Are they compatible? Should one be sacrificed for the other? Sadiq, a graduate students in Social Work, shares his brilliant insights.
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Last month, a dozen Michigan muslims attended a tour of mosques and sites of in the greater Detroit area. Specific locations were chosen by the Michigan Muslim Community Council and the UMich MSA that reflect how Islam in southeastern Michigan developed. Here we’ll highlight two attendees takes on their experience on the day-long tour. The first comes from Bilal Javaid, a Biomedical Engineering senior. The second comes from Ismail Ali, a junior. His summary of the tour is cross-posted from the Muslim Observer as it appeared there in the July 3rd publication.
Bilal Javaid: A tour through Islam in Detroit
“We rode on a UM bus to Islamic Center of America to start the tour. For me, it was remarkable to see such an institution with excellent architecture and size in Michigan since I had not seen it before. CAIR Michigan’s Executive Director Dawud Walid accompanied us to provide commentary on the places we visited. His insights were very valuable throughout the tour.
First went to one of the Moorish Science Temples of America. This is not a mainstream Islam religion, but draws its beliefs and practices from Islam and other eastern religions. This was an important stop to understanding some of the history of Islam in Detroit among the black community because it can be considered one of the proto-Islamic movements that Dr. Jackson talks about in his writings. The lesson is that Allah can guide people however he pleases, and in this case, the Moorish Science Temple was a stepping stone towards mainstream Islam most common in the Detroit area today.
Next, we visited Masjid Al-Haqq. This Masjid was in a house in a residential neighborhood. We were greeted by Mujahid Carswell who is involved in the administrative affairs of the Masjid. He is the son of Imam Luqman who was killed by the FBI a few years ago. Mujahid told us about his father and how the community dealt with the loss. Imam Luqman’s sacrifice and effort for Islam was inspiring. He was deeply committed to feeding the poor, and had immense trust that Allah would take care of his needs and the Masjid. When I think about things I had read on the internet about him, it reminds me how easily the media can be deceptive and portray people falsely.
From there, we went to Masjid Wali Muhammed. This Masjid is one of the first in the area and almost has official recognition as a historic site in Detroit. It was originally a house of worship for the Nation of Islam. However, the attendees are now in mainstream Islam. We also visited the Muslim Center, which is one of the larger Masjids we had visited. The Muslim Center is involved in various activities to help the community such as a soup kitchen as well as purchasing and renovating houses for people in need. There is also the HUDA clinic across the street which offers free health care. We then drove through Hamtramck to see some of the Masjids there.
The UM project Building Islam in Detroit has more information about the background of Islam in Detroit and various institutions.”
Ismail Z Ali: Lessons learned during the Detroit Masjid Tour
“On June 29th, some of my colleagues and I had the opportunity to tour masajid in and around Detroit. After about seven hours visiting sites and speaking with dozens of Imams and organizers in the Muslim community, we reflected on some of the projects we saw the community engaged in. So what did we see?
We saw congregations that, despite facing incredible adversity of their own, pushed through the hard times to support their neighbors by hosting soup kitchens for the community at large and maintaining an infectious positive attitude through it all.
We saw active communities, ones with rich histories that members were eager to share with us, organizing themselves for the sake of Michigan’s prosperity, offering health services at the HUDA Clinic and restoring residential areas with Neighborly Needs.
We saw groups of organizers willing to commit their time to one-on-one outreach and support work beyond the walls of their masajid, allowing the ummah to develop without the challenges of sectarianism and allowing individuals to grow without the burden of crippling family and personal setbacks.
Finally, we saw a place for ourselves working alongside the people we met for a better Michigan. The projects we learned about that day are just a sample of what the Muslim community has to offer. We all have the power to add to their efforts and others, and I encourage readers to continue or start contributing their time, their ideas, and their enthusiasm so that we may all prosper.”
Congratulations to our community for being recognized by Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs and winning the most Innovative Programming Award! Thank you to everyone who contributed their time, ideas, energy and support this year.
Jazakum Allah Kheir!
Check out this cool project by our friends at the Malaysian Students Association! Tomorrow (April 6th), the MCN organizing team will be hosting their annual night of performance, learning, and food. Seats are free and go fast, so RSVP here soon!