New Islamic Directions

By Imam Zaid Shakir

The Massacre

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The toll was gruesome. Over 100 people shot, 15 fatally. Bloody streets, shattered bones, severed limbs, ruined lives and devaststed families. Baghdad? No. Kabul? No. Mogadishu? No. Paris? No. Al Qaida? No. ISIS? No. Al Shabab? No. Boko Haram? No.

This was the July 4th weekend toll of shootings in Chicago, Illinois. Half of these shooting occurred during the last 12 hours of the weekend, almost fittingly on the Fourth of July. Fittingly, because as H. Rap Brown (now known as Imam Jamil el-Amin) once said, “Violence is as American as cherry pie.” We are a nation conceived in violence, yet many of us refuse to recognize it, especially those who benefit the most from it.

We were conceived in the genocidal violence unleashed against the native people of this land and when the remnants of the 500 vanished tribes try to hold on the dwindling slivers of their land, air or water we mock them with macabre cynicism as we send in the bulldozers and excavators.

We were nurtured on the dehumanizing violence of slavery and its bastard child, Jim Crow, and then wonder why those who have been epigenetically scarred by the trauma of auctioned fathers, raped mothers, lynched uncles and broken families cannot totally escape the quicksand of police dragnets, redlined and then gentrified neighborhoods, systematically underfunded schools, and looted public treasuries.

We perpetuate our economy, in part, on 100 billion dollar weapon sales and Satanic alliances, not caring the least about the hapless Muslim civilians, the overwhelming majority of those who are on the receiving end of the cruise missiles, smart and dumb bombs, bunker busters, cluster bomblets or the other instruments of death, which we peddle with the wanton impunity we peddle guns to alienated youth in our inner cities or the zombied killers who visit our college campuses or suburban schools far too often than we would care to admit.

We justify much of the violence in the name of security. Surely, security will be invoked when the politicians discuss deploying the National Guard or military reservists to Chiraq, the street name for Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods. However, just as an armed response has done little to mitigate the rise of terrorist groups overseas, the Army responding to the violence plaguing many of our urban communities will be of little lasting effect.

We will only begin to escape these escalating cycles of violence, domestic and foreign, when we acknowledge that no child, regardless the circumstances of his birth, comes into the world with a gun in his hand hellbent on taking the life of his fellow humans. It is only when we place as much emphasis on ensuring that we are a nurturing society that equally values the lives of all of its members that we will be able to begin to move beyond the kind of violence so painfully on display in Chicago this last week.


By Halimah Shamsiddeen on January 30, 2018 at 11:01am

I trust that this letter finds you in good health, and I thank you in advance for your attention to the following issue. If I had information that could greatly improve or save the life of a person you love, would you listen? Our wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters deserve a choice not just to live, but to live a healthy life. Sadly, for years the tampon and sanitary napkin industry has been taking away this option of a healthy lifestyle, and in some cases created products that resulted in death for many of our beloved women. The FDA does not require manufacturers to disclose the materials used to create these products. Many of which are harmful, and in some cases deadly. The average woman will use approximately 11,000 plus sanitary napkins or more in their lifetime, which means our women are unknowingly being slowly poisoned monthly. Tampons are even worse. Tampons actually restrict the natural flow of a woman, ultimately resulting in the high incidence of Toxic Shock Syndrome. There are other health related problems, such as a possible increase in the development of tumors and fibroids. The Now We No ( movement is an awareness campaign that educates our women and young girls about the harmful effects presented by the most popular sanitary napkin and tampon brands on the market today. This mission also offers a potential solution, which will cut many of the diseases and health challenges off at the root. Our mission is to bring awareness to the world, and it begins in our community first. Testimonials from women around the world about the Now We No campaign, and it's solution, confirms the need for this information. We are looking forward to confirming a date and time; so our committee can help organize a community event involving ministries, organizations and schools to effectively fight back. Our belief is that once our women "know" better, they can say “NO" to the substandard products they are forced to buy every month. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, Halimah Shamsiddeen 347-339-0610 Now We No Ambassador Mr. Demond Crump Nspire Network Co-Founder Interview with Dr. Jamal W. Bryant on The Word Network Mr. Demond Crump Nspire Network Co-Founder Interview with Dr. Marci Bryant and Co-Host Bea Baylor

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