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  • NNC 2:19 AM on October 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    A Piece of History 

    Wali Waheed was born in Mississippi in 1933 to Christian parents. His family would relocate to Alabama, and then to The Bronx in New York City where he would grow up. When he was older, he moved to New Jersey where he spent most of his life. He moved down to North Carolina a couple of years ago and has been part of the Masjid Ash-Shaheed community ever since. He agreed to talk about his experience with joining the Nation of Islam and living through the Civil Rights Movement.

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    • Nusaibah 2:25 PM on October 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for this, Wahab. The questions you asked were really insightful. I especially liked the one about the role of Wali’s Muslim identity in being discriminated against. Wali offers a great perspective on what Islam can give to an individual aside from a set of rituals and prescriptions to follow. I enjoyed reading this.

    • ali akbar 1:39 PM on October 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      The students of Duke University was greatly received in the community. Al-humdililah

  • NNC 12:56 PM on October 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    The Soldier 

    One of the most lauded ideals in United States is the support for the men and women who serve in its Armed Forces. Regardless of the nature of the conflict or the rationale of the acting generals/politicians, the praise of the soldiers on the ground remains inextricable from the most basic tenets of American patriotism.

    Since 9/11, the general perception of Muslim Americans by non-Muslim Americans has gotten more negative (according to the Gallup polls). Muslims, however, have a generally positive outlook on the lives and opportunities afforded to them in the United States. In spite of all odds, Muslims have permeated through every level of American society, from street vendors in New York City to State Representatives in Congress.

    So what happens when the two come together? The topic of Muslim-American soldiers is certainly not a stone that has never been overturned, but it’s become apparent that many people, including myself, still hold preconceived notions about why a Muslim might be serving in the military and fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan. I discussed the topic with Ian, a Muslim African American in his early twenties who is currently a soldier in the US Army and has seen action in Afghanistan. He kindly agreed to share the story of his experience.

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    • Nabeel 10:33 PM on October 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Definitely a nice perspective to hear from, especially in such great depth. It is disappointing that the Army and Muslims here in the US have treated Ian with such hostility. Reading about Ian’s reasoning for and experience of serving in the Army provides a great, concrete example that does so much more than any amount of assuming I could do from the outside.

      Thanks for sharing.

    • Safa Al-Saeedi 1:06 AM on October 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      You brought up a very important ethical issue that is seen in many ways by different people. Understanding the circumstances is very important to reach a just judgment, and that is actually what most of us lack these days. Reading this post gave me a different perspective of looking at this issue. Thanks for sharing, Wahab.

  • NNC 12:55 AM on October 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Updates to the Multimedia Section and Struggle Log. Check them out!

  • NNC 2:37 AM on October 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Lessons from Imam Khalid 

    We met Imam Khalid Griggs at the Winston-Salem Community Mosque around 7pm. He was a very calm and friendly gentlemen, who graciously offered to host us for dinner. After praying Maghrib, we headed into a small kitchen beside the mosque to discuss his story over some of his “homecooked” (or possibly catered) chicken, rice, and naan.
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