Black Muslim Psychology Conference: On Islamophobia and Anti-Blackness
by Bridge Initiative Team | Published on 04 Aug 2017
On July 21-22, 2017, the Muslim Wellness Foundation organized the 3rd Annual Black Muslim Psychology Conference (BMPC). This year’s theme was “Leading with Compassion.” The conference “explored the role of leaders in facilitating community healing” in the “post-9/11 and post-Ferguson era.” Moreover, the BMPC addressed how “racism, Islamophobia, systemic oppression as well as daily microaggressions impact the emotional well-being of the largest racial group within the American Muslim community ““ Black Muslims.”
Our Beloved Ancestors: Reflections of the Life & Legacy of Minister Jeremiah Shabazz & Sister Clara MuhammadIn one workshop, the descendants of leaders of the Nation of Islam (NOI) reflected on the life and legacy of their respective families and their impact on Black Muslim communities in the U.S. One of the panelists was Laila Muhammad, the daughter of W.D. Muhammad (1933-2008) and granddaughter of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Sister Clara Muhammad.
After the death of his father, W.D. Muhammad transitioned the theology of the Nation to Sunni Islam. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad (1897-1975) was the leader of NOI from 1934 until his death. Among the Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s mentors were Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali. Sister Clara Muhammad (1899-1972), known as the “First Lady of the Nation of Islam,” spearheaded the establishment of independent primary and secondary schools across the country, among many other initiatives.
Another panelist was Dr. Safiyya Shabazz, the daughter of Minister Jeremiah Shabazz. Minister Shabazz was the leader of Mosque No. 12 in Philadelphia and traveled frequently with Muhammad Ali.
Life Topics Series 2017-2018, by Study Al-Islam
Sunday, July 9, 2017 – April 29, 2018, 10AM (EST)
It is with great honor that the Study Al-Islam "Life Topics" Series will reflect on the Honorable Elijah Muhammad's leadership and legacy from 1931-1975. Too many know too little or are greatly misinformed about the Hon. Elijah Muhammad's many contributions.
It was his leadership that gave prominence and acceptance to the names Allah, Islam, Muhammad, and Muslim in the West. Tune in as distinguished Presenters share incredible stories and historical accounts.
Sister Laila will be speaking on the following days:
THE MAN BEHIND THE MEN/DESCRIBE THEIR RELATIONSHIP
HOW SIGNIFICANT WAS SISTER CLARA MUHAMMAD TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NATION OF ISLAM?
For a full list of presentations visit Study Al-Islam.
Black, American, & Muslim: Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender | Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 11:30a-12:30p | Black American Muslim women have been leading voices on the struggle for social justice in America. Why then is there constant erasure of their experiences? Join an honest con- versation negotiating race, class, and gender with an educator and daughter of a historic American Muslim movement; an artist, activist, and professor of African American Studies and Anthropology; an award-winning scholar on race, gender, and Islam; and an outspoken Sudanese American activist as moderator. Session 6E in Room 26
Speakers: Jamillah Karim, Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, Laila Muhammad
Host: Hind Makki
Imam W. Deen Mohammed: Life, Thought and Influence | Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 5-6p | IWDM (1933-2008) is rarely discussed in the academic community, but the voice of this African American, related to such things as politics, economics, race and religion, is important for our environment and times. As an American born Muslim, he falls in the same category as such a figure as the late Muhammad Alexander Russel Webb. Like Webb, a European American, IWDM was committed to the principle of Tauhid, which manifested in his spirituality and the individuals that studied his teachings. Session 9B in Room 10–11
Speakers: Abdul Rahim Muhammad, Laila Muhammad
Discussant: Mikal Naeem Nash
Cultural Ingenuity (Part 5): Call Me Bilalian!: Race, Religion, and Struggles for Social Justice | Sunday, July 2, 2017 from 5-6p | Black Americans were searching for a more representative name to call themselves in the late 20th century. Imam W.D. Mohammed chose a name that shifted away from the focus of color to spiritual ascendency and that didn’t erase their struggles for social justice. His Qur’an-based call to humanity, on behalf of his community, reveals universal lessons we can still bene t from in today’s climate of increased racial tension. Session 16B in Room 10–11
Speakers: Precious Rasheed Muhammad, Laila Muhammad
Moderator: Hind Makki
See the full ISNA program of events.
Join Sister Laila on April 20, 2017 at Princeton University - Muslim Life Program as she reflects on the life of her father, her Imam, her mentor, and her friend - Imam W. D. Muhammad.
D.I.V.A Girl presents Sister 2 Sister an interactive roundtable discussion in a safe drama-free space to empower women at Bergen Community College
Sister Laila was a panelist that lead this weeks dialogue.
Join us March 26th, 2017 for Fierce Women of Faith as we honor courageous mothers who have lost their children to gun violence. Sister Laila will speak about the need for togetherness in the faith communities to combat gun violence.
Join us at IMAN along with the student of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago on March 24, 2017 for Jumah, lunch and presentations.
Uniquely Delicious are We
A poem by Sister Laila
peppers potatoes tomatoes greens carrots lentils beans corn and peas
In a big pot
Melting melting away?
The beauty disappears as it blends
Individual uniqueness can't be found
Turn down the heat!
Then again just turn the heat off!
Take peppers of all kind hot and sweet
Potatoes sweet red white purple and gold
Tomatoes steak and cherry
Collards spinach kale arugula and swish chard
Baby carrots for crunch lentils
Black navy pito and gaboso beans
Try colored corn and baby june pes
Now don't put them in a pot and definitely no heat!
Make them clean cool and crisp!
Put them in a big glass bowl...
Let the beauty and uniqueness be seen from every angle!
Then sprinkled some constitutional American spice!
Oh....What a great life!
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