November Newsletter

No Electronic Devices

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Reminder for All Students.


Electronics( cell phones, game systems, tablets, phone watches, etc.) are not allowed in Masjid Bilal Weekend School classrooms.


We  discouraged students to bring such items, but if they do the school and  staff are not responsible for any loss or damage. These items MUST be  turned off during School hours.


If  a Student is seen using any electronic device it will be taken and  given to the Weekend School Office. A parent or guardian must pick up  the electronic device at the end of the day.

Weekend School Library

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Did you know that the Masjid Bilal Weekend School has a library? Yes, come and browse through our selection of adult, teen and children's books. Our library includes fiction and non-fiction Islamic studies, Quran studies, and Arabic studies books, as well as Islamic videos and nasheed CDs. All items within the Masjid Bilal Weend School Library are available for check out; for 2 weeks at a time. 


Donations to the Masjid Bilal Weekend School Library are welcome. Please see the Weekend School Office for more information.

Midterm Reports

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Students received their Fall Midterm reports on October 30. These reports were delivered to parents via email, on the SunWebApp, 


 The Fall Term Finals will be taken on December 8th. Till then teachers have the ability to update all other grades.



Weekend School Growth

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Alhamduillah, the Masjid Bilal Weekend School has welcomed through our doors more than 100 students this year. With this growth we have needed to add additional classrooms, teachers, and additional staff volunteers. 


Currently, we are in need of adding to additional classes for the  Quran/Arabic and Islamic Studies due to class size. If you would like to be apart of our team please contact the  Masjid Bilal Weekend School office. 

December Activities

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12/1 Potluck/Activity


12/15 Parent Teacher Conferences
 

12/22 WINTER BREAK
12/29 WINTER BREAK
 

1/5 Potluck & Culture Day 


November Recognition

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Student of the Month

Kindergarten
Arya Fatima

1st Grade
Aria Culver

2nd
Blessing Gasaro

3rd Grade  

Mustafa Vakani

4th Grade  

Rachidat Irokoze

5th Grade
Aminata N'Daw

Middle/High School Boys
Kermo Keita

Middle/High School Girls

Ayesha Tarique

Teacher of the Month

Nasro Alin


Volunteer of the Month

Maissa Bashir

Celebrating Diversity

American Indian Heritage Month

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Native American's knew of the Quran long before European explorers landed on their shores. This can be seen through the language, dress and belief of only one God by the Cherokee people. The following are historical Muslim names, and articles written by Native Americans about their shared history. 


 There  are more than 500 names of places, villages, streets, towns, cities,  lakes, rivers, etc . . . in the United States in which their name are  derived from Islamic and Arabic words. Places like Mecca, Indiana;  Morocco, Indiana; Medina, NY; Medina, OH; Medina, TX; Toledo, OH;  Mahomet, IL; Mahomet, Texas; Yarrowsburg, MD; Islamorada, FL, and  Tallahassee, FL are, found throughout America. 

Historical Native American Muslim Leadership

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Names of Cherokee Leaders

1787 Abdel-Khak and Muhammad Ibn Abdullah signers of Peace and Friendship Treaty on the Delaware River

1794 Walahue, Treaty of Philadelphia

1806-71 Chief Ramadhan Ibn Wati (popularly known as Stand Watie 

His son Saladin Watie served on Southern Cherokee delegation to Washington, D.C. to sign  new treaty with the United States at the end of Civil War. 

1817 Toosawallata, Turkeytown Treaty 

Early History

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 History is a narrative of events and stories and a chronological record  of those events. We as Muslim Americans have a long and insightful  history with many contributions to the American society in which both  the public and many Muslim Americans are not aware. Example under the  concept of liberation it was a Muslim Country (Morocco) that first  acknowledged America’s freedom as an independent country. They also have  the longest standing treaty with the United States. We have Muslims and  people with Islamic last names fighting in the Revolutionary War: for  that matter in all the wars in the United States.  Even before the  Revolutionary war, there were two Muslims, Abdel Conder and Mahamut who  came from As-Sali, Morocco, they petition the government in South  Carolina for their freedom in 1753  and won. There was also a group of Muslims from Morocco known as the (South Carolina 10) in 1790  that  won their freedom. We additionally find in American history a  descendant of a Muslim family from Ghana named ‘Paul Cuffe,’ who was the  first African American to petition the ruling powers in 1815 to free  every slave and to allow every colored man desiring to leave America the  freedom to do so. He had taken at least 38 people to Sierra Leone. We  also find at least two Muslims being liberated for their taqwa (Faith,  Love, and Belief in Allah), Ayub ‘Job’ Ibn Solomon DiJallo in 1730 and  Ibrahima Abd Ar-Rahman known as ‘Prince’ who gained his freedom in  1828. 

The Early Wave Pre Columbus: They came as explorers.

The Muslim historian Abdul-Hassan Ali Ibn Al-Hussain Al-Masudi of 871-957 CE wrote in his book, Muruj adh-dhahab wa Maadin al-Jawhar that Khashkhash Ibn Saeed Ibn Aswad, the Muslim navigator from Cordoba,  Spain sailed from Delba (Palos) in 889 CE, crossed the Atlantic and  reached an unknown territory and returned with fabulous treasures.

The famous Muslim geographer and cartographer Al-Sharif Al-Idris 1099-1166 CE wrote in his book, Nuzhat al-Mushtaq fi Ikhtiraq al-Afaq (Excursion of the longing one in crossing Horizons).  That a group of seafarers from North Africa sailed into the sea of  darkness and fog (The Atlantic Ocean) from Lisbon (Portugal), they  reached an island that had people and cultivation on the fourth day, and  a translator spoke to them in the Arabic language. In 1291 CE (690 HE)  Shaikh Zayn Eddine Ali Ben Fadhel Al-Mazandarani traveled from Tarfaya  (South Morocco) to Green Island in the Caribbean Sea. The details of his  travels are found in many Islamic references books. In the book, Massaalik al-Absaar fi Mamaalik al Amsaar (The pathways of sights in the provinces of Kingdoms) by Chihab Ad-Dine Abdul Abbas Ahmad ben Fadhl Al-Umari described the  geographical explorations beyond the sea of the fog and darkness of the  Mali’s Sultan travels.

In Nigel Davies’ book, Voyagers to the New World,  he reports that Columbus recorded in his papers that on Monday, October  12th1492 while sailing near Gibara on the north-east coast of Cuba. He  saw a Mosque on top of a beautiful mountain and ruins of Mosques and  Minarets with inscriptions of Quranic verses was found in Cuba, Mexico,  Texas, and Nevada.  In Patrick Huyghes’ book, Columbus Was Last,  he reports that during Columbus second voyage he was told, by Indians  in Espanola (Haiti) that black people had been on the Island before him.  They presented Columbus with spears of these African Muslims. These  weapons were tipped with a yellow metal that the Indians called Guanin, a  word from West Africa meaning ‘gold alloy.’  The word Guanin is related  to the word Ghinaa, which means wealth. This metal was later discovered  to be 18 parts gold, 6 parts silver, and 8 parts copper, which was the  same ratio as the metal produced in metal shops in Guinea, Africa.

In Barry Fell’s book Saga of America,  he points to evidence supporting the arrival of Muslims centuries  before Columbus. He discovered the existence of Muslim schools in Valley  of Fire, Allan Springs, Logomarsino, Keyhole, Cayon, Washoe, and  Hickison Summit Pass, Nevada; in Mesa Verde, Colorado; Mimbres Valley,  New Mexico; and Tipper Canoe, Indiana dating back 700-800 CE. He found  engravings on rocks in the barren western US texts, diagrams, and charts  representing fragments of what was once a system of schools at both an  elementary and higher level. He points out the language of instruction  was North African Arabic written with old Kufic Arabic scripts.

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Muslims of early America Muslims came to America more than a century before Protestants

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 Edited by Brigid Hains


 

The first words to pass between Europeans and Americans (one-sided  and confusing as they must have been) were in the sacred language of  Islam. Christopher Columbus had hoped to sail to Asia and had prepared  to communicate at its great courts in one of the major languages of  Eurasian commerce. So when Columbus’s interpreter, a Spanish Jew, spoke  to the Taíno of Hispaniola, he did so in Arabic. Not just the language  of Islam, but the religion itself likely arrived in America in 1492,  more than 20 years before Martin Luther nailed his theses to the door,  igniting the Protestant reformation. 

Moors – African and Arab  Muslims – had conquered much of the Iberian peninsula in 711,  establishing a Muslim culture that lasted nearly eight centuries. By  early 1492, the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella completed the Reconquista,  defeating the last of the Muslim kingdoms, Granada. By the end of the  century, the Inquisition, which had begun a century earlier, had coerced  between 300,000 and 800,000 Muslims (and probably at least 70,000 Jews)  to convert to Christianity. Spanish Catholics often suspected these Moriscos or conversos of practising Islam (or Judaism) in secret, and the Inquisition pursued  and persecuted them. Some, almost certainly, sailed in Columbus’s crew,  carrying Islam in their hearts and minds.

Eight centuries of  Muslim rule left a deep cultural legacy on Spain, one evident in clear  and sometimes surprising ways during the Spanish conquest of the  Americas. Bernal Díaz del Castillo, the chronicler of Hernán Cortés’s  conquest of Meso-America, admired the costumes of native women dancers  by writing ‘muy bien vestidas a su manera y que parecían moriscas’, or ‘very well-dressed in their own way, and seemed like Moorish women’. The Spanish routinely used ‘mezquita’  (Spanish for mosque) to refer to Native American religious sites.  Travelling through Anahuac (today’s Texas and Mexico), Cortés reported  that he saw more than 400 mosques.


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Digging for the Red Roots By Mahir Abdal-Razzaaq El

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My name is Mahir Abdal-Razzaaq El and I am a Cherokee Blackfoot American Indian who is Muslim. I am known as Eagle Sun Walker. I serve as a Pipe Carrier Warrior for the Northeastern Band of Cherokee Indians in New York City. 

There are other Muslims in our group. For the most part, not many people are aware of the Native American contact with Islam that began over one thousand years ago by some of the early Muslim travelers who visited us. Some of these Muslim travelers ended up living among our people. 

For most Muslims and non-Muslims of today, this type of information is unknown and has never been mentioned in any of the history books. There are many documents, treaties, legislation and resolutions that were passed between 1600s and 1800s that show that Muslims were in fact here and were very active in the communities in which they lived. Treaties such as Peace and Friendship that was signed on the Delaware River in the year 1787 bear the signatures of Abdel-Khak and Muhammad Ibn Abdullah. This treaty details our continued right to exist as a community in the areas of commerce, maritime shipping, current form of government at that time which was in accordance with Islam. According to a federal court case from the Continental Congress, we help put the breath of life in to the newly framed constitution. All of the documents are presently in the National Archives as well as the Library of Congress. 

If you have access to records in the state of South Carolina, read the Moors Sundry Act of 1790. In a future article, Inshallah, I will go in to more details about the various tribes, their languages; in which some are influenced by Arabic, Persian, Hebrew words. Almost all of the tribes vocabulary include the word Allah. The traditional dress code for Indian women includes the kimah and long dresses. For men, standard fare is turbans and long tops that come down to the knees. If you were to look at any of the old books on Cherokee clothing up until the time of 1832, you will see the men wearing turbans and the women wearing long head coverings. The last Cherokee chief who had a Muslim name was Ramadhan Ibn Wati of the Cherokees in 1866. 

Cities across the United States and Canada bear names that are of Indian and Islamic derivation. Have you ever wondered what the name Tallahassee means? It means that He Allah will deliver you sometime in the future.