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Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA) is an organization committed Muslims issues and concerns that especially impact indigenous Muslims—issues and concerns that we feel have been largely neglected. With the launch of this web site we are inviting masjids, organizations and individuals to join MANA.
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NOW THE WORK BEGINS

by Imam Al-Hajj Talib 'Abdur-Rashid

As-Salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullah
 
I live in Harlem, where people are shouting and dancing in the streets, with celebration on their lips and a renewed resolve to live and not just survive, in their hearts. It's almost midnight - an hour past the announcement of Obama winning the presidency, and people are still honking their car horns in the street. I live in New York City where people of various nationalities and across generations, party lines and religions have been buzzing with anticipation from brothas in the hood to Spanish-speaking cab-drivers. I live in a country and on a planet where people have been - hoping. To say the least,Obama has a job ahead of him of immense proportions. But so do we as Muslims in America.
 
We MUST ORGANIZE ourselves into not only a moral, religious, and social force for good in America, but into a political and economic force as well. Our indigenous scholars MUST resolve the issues of fiqh that have African American Muslims still saying in the 21st century that Muslims should not participate in an electoral process that affects the daily fabric of their lives as Muslims, and as people of color. We MUST engage in the on-the-ground work that will strengthen our base as a righteous political force that "...enjoins the good and forbids the wrong".
 
 ALL Muslims MUST come to understand the unique, prophetic role that black people , and the Muslims from amongst them, are yet destined to play in the destiny of the land, and its people. All Muslims, taking that role into consideration, MUST find a way to create a table to which they can all come (as our brother Dr. Agha Saeed has said), from their various backgrounds, and with  different notions of destiny , to forge a DOMESTIC agenda based upon common interests , which will serve both the present and future generations.
 
Indigenous Muslims MUST continue to envision and struggle for freedom, justice, and equality through faith and self-determination, and belief in our God and ourselves. We MUST network and work in alliance with others in reclamation of the civil liberties due us, and the human rights according to international law, that we deserve. We MUST be who we were created to be, and act in accordance with prophetic time. When we do, all of humanity benefits. Believe it. Acknowledge it. Get used to it. To paraphrase Shaykh Tawfiq (ra) , "The waters of the red sea are opening. We need to only have the vision, faith, and good sense to go on through". Let's get busy.
 
Was Salaam,
Imam Al-Hajj Talib 'Abdur-Rashid
The MIB
Harlem, NYC
Or think ye that ye shall be abandoned, as though Allah did not know those among you who strive with might and main, and take none for friends and protectors except Allah, His Messenger, and the (community of) Believers? But Allah is well- acquainted with (all) that ye do.

Quran: 9:16
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