Inspiring first session of Soul Cafe last Thursday presented by Salaam Community with guest teacher Usama Canon. Praying that everyone internalized the importance of cleansing the inward self of bad qualities like greed, worldliness, and hatred as well as the outward by cleansing yourself, your home, workplace, etc. The cleanly people are the people of God and the people of paradise. As they say “godliness is cleanliness.”
Our next session of Soul Cafe is set for Thursday March 20th again with guest teacher Usama Canon.
While grocery shopping last week I met Chuck Harmon, the Cincy Reds 1st African American baseball player. I dont watch baseball much but when I was told who he was I had to take a moment to shake his hand. I took some time to read his bio on WiKiP and it was interesting that he almost became a pro basketball player prior to joining the reds back in the 50’s. Today I hear that he spends his time giving back to community. Salute to Chuck Harmon.
Tafari & I after giving a presentation at the Federal Court House on Elementz & “The Spirit of Tafari.” We were well received for our efforts by the officials in attendance
Classic picture with several survivors of the Holocaust, collaborator’s from the Center for Holocaust & Humanity and our talented Elementz’ hip hop dance crew, Studio Kre8v. Our dancers put their heart in to an interpretive hip hop dance performance at Temple Sholom in Cincy in honor of International Holocaust Commemoration Day. #CLASSIC
Salaam Community presents: Soul Cafe. Spiritual nourishment, tea, and good company! Feb 20th 7:30 PM w/ Ustadh Usama Canon at the Clifton Mosque. This is one of our signature, monthly programs and its FREE and open to all.
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We try to eat every meal as a family. No TV, cell phone or media, only each other just like our elders did it. Our daughter is also getting schooled on table manners. Wifey and I often have to remind each other to not put our elbows on the table LOL.
A little fun in the snow with our daughter from this past weekend
I always enjoy a good game of Scrabble w/ my wife, Grandma and Pops. My dad got 50+ with the word Quips combined w/ hips and my grandma is always schooling me on unheard of words like the word “nit.”
Recently copped these classics! Of course 1 is X-men, anyone know the 1 on the left?
Check out my feature in the Cincinnati Enquirer (page 5) about leading Elementz through a year of projects with “improbable partners.” My team and I have had a very busy year and this article articulates some of the ways that Elementz and other arts organizations have helped to make Cincinnati’s arts scene stronger in 2013.
Pictures from a productive end of the year half day retreat with fellow board members of Salaam Community. It’s been a good year for us as a very young organization. During our meeting we all reflected on how much the experience of leading SC has sparked our own personal growth.
A few board members have moved onto focusing on other work in the community leaving only 4 of us in place as the core of our organization. As a tight-knit group we look forward to continuing to develop relevant programs that support our beneficiaries along their journeys of seeking The Most High.
Keep us in your prayers in asking The Most High for vision and success as we move into the next phase of our service work.
Recent fruits of our labor at Elementz: The Hip Hop Youth Arts Center….Studio Kre8v performing live with the CSO, Tafari being filmed during his GED class for his upcoming documentary, and a pic of the diverse crowd that gathered for our recent community conversation on urban youth. We’ve been working hard. Glad to have a few days off to visit family and recharge our batteries!
BECOMING A MU’ALIF
On behalf of Salaam Community I recently traveled back to the west coast of Fremont, California to complete a final week of training in pastoral care with Ta’leef Collective. The training is entitled the Mua’lif Mentorship Program (MMP) and after finishing the program I view MMP as an experience focused on mentoring emerging Muslim leaders from across the country and abroad in practical ways of providing care for our families, friends, and the greater community. The program also emphasizes maintaining a healthy practice of self care in relation to our being able to provide care for others.
A Mua’lif is one who performs “heart work” or in other words one who does the work of cultivating a relationship of care and support for someone else. Our daily session came back to this theme of heart work and being authentic when providing care for others. During our final sessions each mentee had to use their training in a real life situational. This required for us to use our own personality and the values of Ta’leef in confronting challenging real life situations that can happen when being in the field of community service. One of the hardest realities of dealing with many of these situations is that fact that we can’t “fix” them, sometimes all we can do is be present and actively listen to the person(s). In all of these situations we we’re reminded to be relevant and authentic in being ourselves.
Now having graduating from Ta’leef our entire group as well as the plethora of other Alumni have now been unleashed into the world to do heart work with our own respective communities. We also now have open access to calling upon our “big brothers” at Ta’leef for advise and support along our own individual paths. As alumni we have the blessing of having each other to call upon to share best practices & simply check in with one another from time to time. It’s also wonderful having new friends in various places across the world that welcome visitation from a fellow Mua’lif.
Even though we’ve finished our training other mentee’s and I realize that we have a lot of growing to do on our journey’s as care givers. I felt sadness in driving away from Ta’leef in thinking about leaving all the wonderful personalities from Ta’leef and within our MMP group. My continued prayers go out to them, all the alumni, our teacher Usama Canon & everyone from Ta’leef. Continued prayers and gratitude to our board members, volunteers, beneficiaries and supporters of Salaam Community for investing in me to grow in my practice as a care giver.
In the name of God, The Compassionate, The Merciful, my wife and I are so proud to present our newborn son, Muhammad Ibn Abdullah Powell. He is named after the beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) whose name means “praise worthy.” He is welcomed to the world by a loving family and community.
Happy Eid from Maryam and the Abdullah and Powell family!