Rockford to vote on Home rule

At the City Council meeting held December 4th, the alderman voted to put home rule on the ballot for 2018. What does this mean? Well home rule in the United States refers to the ability of the local government of a constituent part of a state, such as a city or county, to exercise political power and make decisions on local affairs on their own as long as they adhere to state and federal rules. Basically, Rockford would be able to make fiscal and social decisions on their own. Talks about Rockford becoming home ruled have been on the rise over the past few months as people have become increasingly unhappy with the fiscal policies currently in play, specifically with Rockford’s abnormally high property tax. It will be interesting to see how this plays out next year as becoming home ruled could alter the future of Rockford.

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Things to remember this 4th of July

We have all been fortunate enough to see another 4th of July this year and celebrate the birth of our great nation. Through perilous times and tests of our patience, perseverance, and faith, we have continued to come together as Americans when it has mattered most. However, there are still some things I would like you all to consider today as we reflect on our own freedom:

Remember the indigenous people of America who are the true founders of our nation that continue to fight for their rights to the land they have loved for centuries.

Remember the LGBTQ+ community that continues to fight for freedom in the workplace and in our society. They want no more nor less than the rest of us, only equal.

Remember the Latino-American community, the fastest growing minority group in the nation. They continue to provide our society with a beautiful sense of culture and diversity and do the jobs no one else wants to do.

Remember the Muslims, Jews and all other marginalized religious groups who seek to uphold the freedom of religion our Constitution guarantees. We are all lucky to live and practice our beliefs in a place like America, let us try and keep it that way.

Remember the disabled and mentally ill people of our country who give us hope to continue fighting through their own struggles. Their battle should continue to serve as a beacon of perseverance.

Remember our soldiers who have given their lives to fight for our freedoms. Their sacrifices should never be in vain.

Remember the women of our communities who work harder than anyone to continue to provide and support our families and loved ones. Remember that during the time of the writing of the Constitution, women were considered inferior to men. Today, some of the most brilliant, humble and caring individuals I have ever met are the women that continue to be icons of our society.

And last but certainly not least, remember the African Americans of our society. A group of people who built this country by their own bare hands. A culture that has survived the turmoil of the last 241 years and continued to evolve into an identity for millions of people to connect with. While I will always be grateful for our Founding Fathers, I will never forget the trials and tribulations Africans went through to create our America. As slaves brought from their homeland, they were forced to do the dirty work that gave our country a reputation. It is so convenient that we never really learn about this group of people as we grow up. From a young age, I have always been taught to admire the works of men such as Washington and Jefferson, but rarely in school did we touch on the brutality of slavery and the impact of the work those people did on America. They have done more for our country than any of us could have ever dreamed of. Let us never forget their contributions today.

For those that continue to question the pride in our country due to its complex history of racial and cultural prejudice, look for other outlets of patriotism such as Juneteenth, which although has already passed, serves as a day to remember the emancipation of slaves.

Have fun and be safe this 4th of July, keep your loved ones in mind and be thankful for the freedoms we do get to have in this country. There is still a lot of work to be done until we have total equality, but I know that one day our country will be able to become the nation of freedom it was meant to be.

Happy 4th y’all.

ISNA 2017

Alhamdulilah I am here at ISNA again this year. I plan on having a few interviews put up on Facebook on both my personal page and the Muslim Moderate page. These interviews will be live broadcasted on Facebook. These broadcasts will still be archived on Facebook so even after the interview is over, anyone can go back and watch them. I also plan on trying to bring them over to this website.

I will be talking to people who are doing work in their own respective fields relative to Islam and asking them about how they are using what they do to better not only themselves but their communities.

I also plan on sharing my thoughts on different lectures and sessions I attended this year. I hope that I can start getting more consistent in work that has substance to it.

Stay tuned.

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Trayvon Martin. Tamir Rice. And so many more.

Racism is real. It is the most prominent issue of our generation. We have been brainwashed to think it was over since the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. King would be devastated.

This blog may be called the Muslim “Moderate” but this is an issue I cannot be moderate about. People’s lives are being taken away due to excessive force and unjustified fear. Police officers killing innocent man. What do they have to fear if they are the ones pointing the gun? I am not saying everyone situation is like this. There are instances where the person who is shot was at fault or had attacked or assaulted in some way. But the two most recent cases are nothing like that. Both men had nothing in their hands. One was even reaching for something the officer had asked for. The other down on the ground and beaten. Both gone from this world.

If they were white it would have been different. We all know it’s true. We all like to think this prejudice is gone. But it’s really only gotten worse. If you’re brown, your labeled a terrorist. Black, a thug or gangster. Hispanic, a drug dealer or illegal immigrant. Racism towards white people is also very much alive, but when was the last time you saw a white person labeled as one of these terms?

It breaks my heart and pushes me to tears when I hear stories like this. Why do police officers have to shoot? Six to the chest and back for Sterling. And for what? Selling music?

A man was shot to death in front of his fiancee and her four year old daughter. He was a law abiding and respected man in the community. But because he was black, the officer was afraid that Castile was going to pull out the gun instead of the registration that LEGALLY ALLOWS HIM TO CARRY THAT GUN.

The whips of racism and thorns of prejudice continue to tear this country apart. If we really are the “ideal, free country of the world”, then why do people die every day in the streets of South side Chicago? Why are people killed by our nations supposed protectors?

We aren’t free. A good friend of mine said that being a minority is hard right now. She could not be more correct. We are constantly held responsible for crimes we didn’t commit. Why must our entire group of people clear our names for the actions done by a few? Why can’t we be treated the same as the white people of this country. You never see them being called terrorists or being shot at by police.

In a free world, racism was gone. America is no where near free.

I am sorry if this topic is controversial and if it raises some questions. I am sorry if I have offended anyone. But I need to say this.

Eid Mubarak!!

Salaam and Eid Mubarak to all my brothers and sisters! In this blessed time, I ask for Muslims all over the world to rejoice. But, do not forget the lessons learned and pray that the ibadat performed during the blessed time of Ramadan is accepted.

I, for one, never want Ramadan to end. The endless blessings and sleepless nights sitting in the musallah filled me with the most joy I have ever experienced. To stay consistent in prayer and fill your heart with the sincerest of du’aas are among the greatest feelings in the world. I hope we can all live the rest of our lives like how we do during the blessed month of Ramadan.

Unfortunately, it breaks my heart beyond repair to know that some of my Muslim family around the world will not be enjoying the amazing day of Eid alongside us. May Allah (SWT) grant Jannat to all of the victims of ISIS and violence in Istanbul, Baghdad, Syria, Medinah and all over the world. No one deserves the fate they received. But in a time like this it is important for Muslims all over the world to stand together and stand strong. With ISIS increasing its influence and Islamophobia growing by the second, we must all work to clear our names and spread the peace that Allah (SWT) assigned to us all.

Everyone enjoy yourselves tomorrow and remember Allah (SWT) in your prayers. 

Terror 

A few hours ago, a mass shooting happened in Orlando. 50 dead and 53 injured, making it the largest mass shooting in American history. Numerous issues arise from this incident. An assault type weapon was used, which continues to question the use of firearms. The shooting was at a gay nightclub, which exemplifies anti gay behavior. However, the biggest issue that arises from an incident like this comes from the shooter. Omar Saddiqui Mateen has been identified as the attacker. Due to the fact that this man was Muslim, authorities already assume the attack as an act of terror. Yes, I do believe that is a terrible thing to have happened and my condolences are with the families of the lost loved ones, but I beg the question. If this man was found mentally insane during further investigation, will authorities change the incident to a mass shooting due to mental instability instead of an act of terror? It seems that every other shooting that happens that is done by anyone who is not a Muslim is identified as an attack done by someone found mentally unstable or just simply a mass shooting, not an act of terrorism. Islamaphobia is very real. And incidents as serious as these are not helping our image. 

Ali

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajaoon
May Allah (SWT) grant Jannah for the greatest. Not only an icon, but a brother. Someone who made me proud to be Muslim at a young age. Someone who gave us hope and the drive to fight for what you believe in. Someone who we can all look up to. Strive to be. 

It’s kind of ironic actually. I had just finished watching Creed when I heard about this. If there is anything you can take from Muhammad Ali’s legacy, it is his drive and determination to believe in oneself.