Read the Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Reform Resolution presented at the U.N.
In Memoriam – Imam Thomas Abdul-Salaam (1953-2015)
“If it is is to be, it is up to me.”–Thomas Abdul Salaam (R), CWSC & American Muslim 360 founder
NATIONAL – The CWSC recently reflected on the life and contributions of its founder and first executive director, Imam Thomas Abdul-Salaam (R). Believers from around the country sent in expressions of gratitude and remembrance and had a chance to share and reminisce on air at American Muslim 360 (AM360), CWSC’s flagship broadcasting center also founded by our Brother Thomas.
At times emotional, the April 22nd edition of Islam in America Movement hosted by Imam Abdul-Hakim, was nevertheless a celebration featuring Thomas’ widow, Dr. Aisha Kareem, who worked side-by-side with Thomas; together the loving couple were devoted to one another, their families and their community, working tirelessly to build institutions that now serve communities nationwide and beyond. Dr. Aisha now serves as AM360’s CEO and leads CWSC’s international efforts.
We will be forever grateful for Thomas Abdul-Salaam’s sacrifice and service. His voice and vision remain prominent at CWSC and AM360. He was posthumously honored by the CWSC with a national college scholarship in his name. Click here to learn more about his life and legacy. We miss you Twin Servant of Peace, but you are with us in word and spirit. May Allah (SWT) reward you immensely for having the wisdom, heart, patience, persistence, and faith to help us make the connections that will help us remake the world.
[Note: Send remembrances to email@example.com and we will pass them on to Dr. Aisha Kareem & family]
From marriage rights to fair labor equity
“Paradise lies at the feet of the mother”–Prophet Muhammed (S)
INTERNATIONAL – Note: Joining representatives from 138 countries, Dr Aisha Kareem, CWSC’s U.N. Liaison, led our U.N. delegation to deliver a powerful statement at the 61st Conference of the Commission on the Status of Women at U.N. Headquarters in New York.
With the assistance of the Model Communities National Resource Directory and our National Think Tank, the following writers and researchers were assembled to help formulate CWSC’s second international publication: Shakira Abdul-Ali (MSOD) – U.N. delegation attendee from New Jersey, AM360 Host Zayd Khan from New York, Dr. E. Fowziyyah Ali from Alabama, Aqila Sharif Hanif from North Carolina, and Dr. Aisha Kareem from California. Our group intellect is making history. Thank you to all who contributed to this magnificent event. Below is the published CWSC Document…
The U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), in preparation for its sixty-first conference held March 13 – 24, 2017 at U.N. Headquarters, New York City, called for international inputs to the Draft Agreed Conclusions protecting and empowering women’s human, legal, civic and economic rights. CWSC as a national intelligentsia and think tank contributed its support and a position statement to help strengthen implementation of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals for Gender Equality.
Notably for 2017, among the Commission’s reaffirmations are the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; outcome documents of selected prior special sessions and declarations of the General Assembly and Fourth World Conference on Women; and outcomes from the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
The Conclusions herein are derived predominantly from a group intellect whose individual contributors are American Muslims of African-American descent, and residing in the United States of America.
The unique and arguably peculiar circumstances of being a religious and ethnic minority with a history of systemic denial of human and civil rights and a subsequent successful national faith-based socio-political struggle to gain those rights, provide a foundation for insightfully relevant comparative analysis and consideration of solutions to the issues of unfair discrimination against women and girls around the world. There is a bridge between racial injustice and gender injustice, and the common coupling is the devaluation of the inherent human excellence in the person, female or male…Read the entire publication.
AM360 Welcomes Cynthia McKinney back
Landmark interview this Sunday with Latifah Ali…
NATIONAL – The second part of a compelling conversation with political insider former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, is scheduled for this Sunday, April 23rd at 9 a.m. EST.
Dr. McKinney, will join AM360 Special Presentations Host, Latifah Ali for the continuation of an interview conducted earlier this month. Click here for an encore of McKinney’s first appearance on the #1 Islamic Radio Station in the nation.
McKinney made history as the first African-American woman elected to represent Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she served six terms in the United States House of Representatives, before leaving the Democratic Party and running for President of the United States on the Green Party ticket in 2008.
McKinney’s father was also an elected politician and exposed his daughter early to the civil rights struggle and encouraged her to go into politics. McKinney, who earned a B.A. in international relations and an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy, and a Ph.D., along the way became a teacher, university professor, community activist and politician. Considered controversial by some and courageous by others, McKinney is on record as having voted against the 1991 Gulf War and alleging voter fraud in the 2000 presidential election.
Tune in live and join the conversation this Sunday 9 a.m. EST at (515) 605-9891 or log on at American Muslim 360 to listen in.
Getting to Know the CWSC Premiers
AM360 series on building a national intelligentsia premiers April 14…
Mukhtar Muhammad, the executive director for Community Wide Shuraa Conference, assumes a new role on Friday, April 14, 2017, when he is scheduled to host the first episode of Getting to Know the CWSC, a special series that will broadcast on American Muslim 360, Fridays 9 a.m. EST every eight weeks for an initial installment of six shows. During specific dates, the series will air in place of the weekly CWSC Friday Roundtable hosted by Mark Shahid.
The show aims to help educate the entire community on CWSC’s conceptualization, evolution and work as a national intelligentsia service center. Listeners will go inside the architecture, mission, vision, and guiding principles of CWSC and its family of intelligentsia components including its broadcasting center, American Muslim 360, to help grow its capacity by educating its audience and ultimately making CWSC services as accessible as possible to institutions around the country.
Mukhtar was unanimously nominated to his office of leadership in 2015 by CWSC volunteers nationwide and elected by the CWSC Board of Directors closely following the passing of founding director Imam Thomas Abdul Salaam (R). While he’s usually a low key person most comfortable leading unseen, he said recently, “I know there are still many questions and misconceptions about what CWSC is and is not as a national intelligentsia and community service center; sometimes that information has to come directly from the one charged at the helm of an institution. We’ve seen tremendous growth and an acceleration in our diversity, and the time is right to communicate to both CWSC and the broader community about where were seeking to head in serving the group interest. Getting to Know the CWSC will be an excellent opportunity for me to share simultaneously with all audiences.”
Besides being a civic and community leader, Mukhtar is author of the book and blog, Genesis of New American Leadership: Building the Community Life, vice president for FAMACO Publishers, LLC and famacopublishers.com, a distinguished lecturer in the CWSC Speakers Bureau, and member of the strategic planning committee and electoral board for the Islamic Center of Orange Park, Florida. He is a third generation Muslim, alumnus of Philadelphia’s Muhammad University, and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in four business concentrations. He’s also a former enlisted and commissioned naval officer, and has served in executive leadership roles inside and outside our Association, including appointment to national leadership service by the late Imam Dr. W. D. Mohammed (R). He has advised institutions throughout the nation on strategic planning and governance issues and is a nationally recognized consultant on organization design, leadership and management issues. Read more about the new host here.
Many around the nation will recognize his name from the international calendar publication, Remaking the World and from Genesis of New American Leadership, the book many institutions associated with the leadership of Imam W. Deen, used to publish their mission and vision statements. When asked recently about Genesis, Mukhtar states, “I believe American Muslims have an important role to play in helping America regain its footing and trust in itself, following the debacle of wall street, an avoidable recession and a war of choice v. necessity…just to name a few examples of where leadership deficiencies resulted in catastrophic failures and consequences. The American Muslim Community has a vital role to play internationally as an urgent voice of reform. Simultaneously, our domestic contribution is a high priority and will either be enhanced or impeded by our fellow non-Muslim Americans’ understanding of true Islam and acceptance of Muslims as full citizens; so we have a big job. Muslims must find more interdependent ways to enhance our group efforts, work and contributions as American leaders. I believe Genesis can help bridge divides and create a climate for emergence of a new collaborative leadership inside and outside our communities…I also believe we’re in one of the best periods right now to accomplish that.”
A series of six installments are planned beginning April 14 and continuing on the following dates: June 9, August 4, September 29, November 24, and January 19, 2018. Guest interviews with executive directors of other national organizations are also being planned into the show’s format.
Students Apply Now for 5 CWSC College Scholarships
Encouraging academic excellence, civic engagement and history preservation
Scholarships are another intelligentsia component at CWSC and focuses on the fact that while we’re working on any number of issues at any point in time, we must devote resources simultaneously to help secure our next generation intelligentsia leaders. Each February during African American History Month through June, our scholarship cycle opens to qualified matriculating college-bound high school and current college students.
In addition to providing cash funds to pay for higher education, our scholarships feature a historical and cultural preservation component that offers families of pioneers the ability to open nationally supported, tax deductible college scholarships in honor of a pioneer.
Through MAP scholarships, CWSC is a national scholarship administrator helping families establish lasting legacies for those who helped make a home for Al-Islam and/or religious freedom and civil rights in America. In essence, the next generation will learn about our pioneers’ contributions and be inspired to not only get an education, but to also be civically engaged in helping to remake the world.
Because of the generosity of families in the MAP program and donor support, we now offer five (5) scholarships including the Payton Next Generation Scholarship; Taheerah R. Muhammad Educational Excellence Scholarship; Twin Servant of Peace Excellence in Broadcasting & Communication Scholarship; Words Make People Literary Excellence & Scholarship Award honoring Imam W. Deen Mohammed; and the Yahya K. Muhammad Business & Community Leadership Award.
CWSC Scholarships helps us show our students we care about their future and need their voice and intellect at the table of shuraa baynahum for the community’s future. Encouraging our students and making a contribution to higher education through college funding are great blessings for us all.
To apply starting February 20, contribute to a scholarship or start a scholarship in the name of your loved one, either current or posthumously; visit Scholarships right here at CWSC…their future is our future.
Help us Get the Job Done. Support the Work of CWSC Broadcasting, Scholarships, Cultural Preservation, National Think Tank, Consulting to Massjid and much more!…
Underwriting & Sponsorship Opportunities
American Muslim 360 to offer businesses, event organizers sponsorship opportunities to reach our 522,000+ listener level audience
CWSC Corporate via the office of the CEO will offer on a first come, first serve basis, limited opportunities as a sponsor and underwriter of the #1 Islamic radio station in the nation. Forprofit and non-profits will have unique opportunities to reach an engaged listenership fast approaching the 1 million listening mark with the station deemed a major Muslim influencer. But hurry, these opportunities are broad-based to entities throughout America that are being invited to share their excellent products, services and events in a powerful way while being recognized as a good corporate citizen encouraging believer supported radio. Ready, set, send interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Us at Our Most Popular Level of Giving
Help us continue bringing you quality programming and initiatives where your intellect is respected and your voice protected…Thank you for making a tax deductible contribution to help CWSC serve our communities! Our most popular giving level is $9.99/month, but give what is comfortable for you. Make a secure and convenient contribution online, or by U.S. Mail at: CWSC, 2620 Bragg Boulevard, Suite D, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28303.
Or phone in a pledge at (910) 317-0297. Your donation helps CWSC operations including AM360, and allows us to continue expanding our ability to do good. Jazak Allahu Khairan.
Check out the CWSC Online Store & Bookshelf
When you purchase featured titles through our online store or through our partners, you help us fund our operations, promote the intellectual works representing our diverse intelligentsia and encourage greater scholarship for our own education and the broader society’s education. Check out this week’s featured title for our 40th Anniversary:
Islamic Estate Planner & Organizer Reference Guide & Workbook. A publishing breakthrough for managing what simply cannot be left to chance. Powerful planning help based on experience from persons who have successfully managed real estate and credit, owned businesses, served as personal, jinaazah and estate executors, power-of-attorneys, guardians, and healthcare surrogates. Not preparing now can lead to devastating consequences later. FPLLC (2014), English w/ Arabic dua’s, script and transliteration. FPLLC (2014), h/c, 80 pages. $27.95
Visit the CWSC National Events Calendar to See What’s Happening
See how CWSC is a favorite spot for all the family as we expand our site to include free sharing of national events and announcements and soon insha-Allah, the CWSC Business Plaza to connect merchants with customers…you’ll be able to find any of our businesses in the country right online. Got an announcement to share with the entire community…send program details and contact information to email@example.com. Stay tuned!
“Education is the greatest tool for advancing the society.” We do want to advance our society, don’t we? Are you a part of a society or are you just a part of a Masjid?”―Imam W. Deen Mohammed (RA)
NATIONAL ― Praise be to Allah (SWT) for the wonderful outpouring of support for the CWSC AM360 National Radio Telethon. We have raised to date $4,245 of our $10,000 goal.
Each day, we need to raise $714 to make our Telethon goal period including through the Eid, but the sooner we can meet the goal, the sooner we can return to regularly scheduled programming which helps so may believers in our community and beyond.
After you’ve finished reading, please hear our Sister Noora Amatullah Muhammad from Georgia who called our offices during the Blessed Month to share how important the work we’re accomplishing is to her. She’s one of our pioneers who like many, no longer has the ability for fast moving, even if they’re still fast thinking right on down to the modern times. Sister Noora is one of the reasons we work hard to serve you and our community everyday, and we’re asking you to help us. Tell us too if someone needs our free Personal Qur’an Reading Service. Then hear our Christian Sister Debbie on how important AM360 is to bridging racial and religious divides and CWSC Scholarship recipient, Najah Mateen, speaks on the importance of CWSC Scholarship Programs.
All contributions no matter how small are immensely important in that together we can get to our goal, and very important too, we all benefit especially now from the multiplied blessings of giving in this Blessed Month of Ramadan. So we ask you to click on the blue donate button at the top right of our website and make your tax deductible contribution securely and conveniently.
We’re doing so much with many donating just $9.95 per month, our most popular giving level. By clicking on the blue donate button, you can conveniently setup automatic deductions or a single contribution as generously as you like.
For regular mail, send your gift payable to CWSC, Inc. at CWSC, 2620 Bragg Blvd, Suite D, Fayetteville, NC 28303. Call us at (910) 317-0297 to make your pledge and a representative will assist you.
Easy ways to help spread the word:
— Be one to reach one. Use the social media links below to like and send this page to friends and share the Telethon with your masjid or Islamic center.
— Tune into tonite 7 – 10 pm EST at AM360 or call-in at (646) 716-4478 to join the conversation. And 7 am every morning.
We’re so grateful to everyone, those who have already contributed, plan to contribute and those desiring to do so, but may not be able…Thank you for sharing in the vision and mission.
We wish you a Blessed Ramadan, Night of Power & Joyous Eid!
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A Melodic Blessing: The AM360 Qari Contest
“After six years American Muslim 360 (AM360) is changing its opening prayer recitation and we want your help!”—American Muslim 360 Broadcasting
NATIONAL― As-Salaam-Alaikum (Peace be with you).
In Al-Islam, the human voice can be uplifting, melodic and inspiring as anyone familiar with the Adhan, the call to prayer for the faithful, can attest. In fact, from the call of prayer to the recitation of Qur’an in daily devotion, to religious services and ceremonies, the human voice and intellect go hand in hand with recitation of Al-Qur’an, the Final Scripture revealed to all humanity.
And the most often repeated verses are at the beginning of the Qur’an and serve as the most common opening supplication in moments both public and private. So too at AM360, the First Chapter of Qur’an entitled Al-Faitha, begins our morning and evening program segments. But now the time has come to replace the current Al-Fatiha recitation with a Qari’s recitation from a new group intellect…our AM360 listenership.
A Qari is a reciter of Qur’an who combines eloquence, melody and superior technical ability in the correct recitation of Qur’anic Arabyiyyah, the special language the Creator uses to speak to mankind’s intellect.
Beginning now through the Blessed Month of Ramadan, we’re asking you to call in and give us your best recitation of Al-Fatiha. Then at the end of Ramadan, we’ll ask our listenership to help us select the new recitation that will commence our programming each day.
It’s easy to participate. Just call into our corporate offices at (910) 317-0297 and record your recitation right on our voice mail. You’ll need a quiet area for best quality. Make sure you’ve got a strong signal for cordless and smartphones. Speak directly into the phone (no speaker phones please) at your normal voice level. If you err and need to make a correction, simply stop and restart, you need not hangup. BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME, CITY & STATE, EMAIL and TELEPHONE.
The AM360 CEO and Executive Producer will select the top five. Then we’ll ask our AM360 listenership to select the recitation they believe should become our new opening AM360 programming recital.
Submissions will be accepted through July 7, 2016. The selected Qari will be announced on air by the AM360 CEO. Lift your voice and let it resound with Al-Faitha at American Muslim 360…together we can remake the world. Ramadan Mubarak!
Visit Townhall Central to See What’s Happening in the USA
See how CWSC is a favorite spot for all the family as we expand our site to include free sharing of national events and announcements and soon insha-Allah, the CWSC Business Plaza to connect merchants with customers…you’ll be able to find any of our businesses in the country right online. Got an announcement to share with the entire community…send program details and contact to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post it here. Stay tuned!
“Education is the greatest tool for advancing the society.” We do want to advance our society, don’t we? Are you a part of a society or are you just a part of a Masjid?”―Imam W. Deen Mohammed (RA)