August 29, 2021 • Fundraising

A MUSLIM CALL FOR HOPE: LIVING AS FAITHFUL PEOPLE IN A VIOLENT AGE (part 4)

Create channels of peace People of faith must work together honorably in overcoming their enmity and hatred. They must work hard in creating new channels of peace, not new weapons of destruction; compete in the absolute good for humanity, for the better in every field in this life and in the moral system. They must … Continue reading A MUSLIM CALL FOR HOPE: LIVING AS FAITHFUL PEOPLE IN A VIOLENT AGE (part 4)


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Create channels of peace

People of faith must work together honorably in overcoming their enmity and hatred. They must work hard in creating new channels of peace, not new weapons of destruction; compete in the absolute good for humanity, for the better in every field in this life and in the moral system. They must compete in building humans who will adopt the example of the earliest son of Adam, Abel — who reacted righteously to the invitation of violence. The Quran teaches us to strive hard to such high values when we read: “And who could be better of speech than he who calls his fellow men unto God, and does what is just and right, and says: Verily, I am of those who have surrendered themselves to God. However, since good and evil cannot be equal, repel evil with something that is better and lo! He between whom and yourself was enmity may then become as though he had always been close unto you, a true friend! Yet to achieve this is not given to any but those who are want to be patient in adversity: it is not given to any but those endowed with the greatest good fortune.”

Subdue enemies with love

True success comes when we subdue the hearts of our enemies by the language of love and compassion and not when we break their necks by our power and weapons. Hearts have a special language that does not abide by the language of violence; hearts surrender completely to the power of love, giving, preference, and mercy. Now the hope is coming from all those who believe in such languages to stand up and act. Prophet Jesus (pbuh) preached to love your enemy. Muhammad set all his enemy of Mecca free when he had the power over them, as many apostles of God did. The perfect man is not an illusion, but a reality many people of faith are seeking. He is there in the divine manual to humanity, the Holy Scriptures in our hand but we do not follow.

From my perspective as an imam, let me share some reflection on our recent days. Few people realize the danger of nuclear weapons and the race to develop them. These weapons could destroy all the beautiful life on our marvelous planet. We must plant high ethics and morals in the minds and hearts of our new generation…

Imam Mohamad Jamal Daoudi

Originally published on Sunday, Aug 29th in the Omaha World-Herald


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April 25, 2021 • Imam • Ramadan

Ramadan 2021

Allah says in the Quran: “You who believe, fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may be mindful of Allah” (2:183). In Islam, fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, a major act of worship, and a mean of attaining Allah-consciousness. Along with the physical aspects … Continue reading Ramadan 2021


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Allah says in the Quran: “You who believe, fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may be mindful of Allah” (2:183).

In Islam, fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, a major act of worship, and a mean of attaining Allah-consciousness. Along with the physical aspects of fasting, its spiritual dimensions purify the soul, instill self-reflection, and inspire virtuous living.

Fasting is observed as an act of obedience to Allah, one for which He has reserved special blessings. The fasting person is rewarded manifold for all good deeds. In addition, according to a saying of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), whoever observe fasting and prays during Ramadan with pure intentions will have their past sins forgiven.

At the same time, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) taught his followers to remain conscious of the deeper significance behind their fast, saying, “Whoever does not abandon falsehood in word and action, then Allah has no need that they should leave their food and drink.” Therefore, fasting is multidimensional – along with the physical aspects of fasting, one must nurture the social and spiritual elements as well to fully benefit from fasting.

In essence, fasting in the month of Ramadan is a yearly opportunity for Muslims to revive themselves physically and spiritually. Fasting redirects the heart away from worldly affairs and towards the remembrance of Allah. During Ramadan, Muslims focus on strengthening their relationship with their Creator. The self-restraint practiced in Ramadan makes the heart and mind accustomed to the remembrance of Allah and to the obedience of His commandments.

Fasting during Ramadan is, therefore, a spiritual regimen and a reorientation for the body and mind. It is a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, and good deeds. The spiritual cleansing during the month of Ramadan results in renewed determination to worship Allah throughout the year.

Unlike other faith belief that grace will open the gates of heaven, Muslims believe they must earn their way on the Day of Judgment with good deeds. They believe that the good deeds they perform during Ramadan are multiplied. God will honor their prayers and supplications in a very blessed way during Ramadan.

Let’s keep that in mind and come together as one healthy sound Muslim community at these very critical times Insha’Allah.

Ramadan started Tue. Apr. 13th. and will finish May 12th. this year.

May Allah have mercy on the whole planet. Ameen

Imam Mohamad Jamal Daoudi

Originally published on Sunday, Apr 25th in the Omaha World-Herald


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February 28, 2021 • Imam

A MUSLIM CALL FOR HOPE: LIVING AS FAITHFUL PEOPLE IN A VIOLENT AGE (part 2)

Follow models of patience We need patience for our devotion and worship. We need patience for resisting worldly temptations. And we need patience to overcome our difficulties and tests. The Holy Quran tells us about different models of patience that the apostles of God resembled. Adam with Satan, Abraham with the tyrant Nimrod, Ishmael (as … Continue reading A MUSLIM CALL FOR HOPE: LIVING AS FAITHFUL PEOPLE IN A VIOLENT AGE (part 2)


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Follow models of patience

We need patience for our devotion and worship. We need patience for resisting worldly temptations. And we need patience to overcome our difficulties and tests. The Holy Quran tells us about different models of patience that the apostles of God resembled. Adam with Satan, Abraham with the tyrant Nimrod, Ishmael (as Muslims maintain) with the test of his sacrifice by his father, Jacob when he lost his son, Joseph and his brother, Joseph with his own brothers, Moses with Pharaoh, and Jesus with his enemies.

       The Quran empowers us with the special stories of five specific apostles of God, those of strong will and determination: Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad (PBUT). The Quran tells us how those five set the model for their followers to counter the violence of their rejection until God interfered and resolved the situation.

       Patience is a special gift to a person who can benefit a lot from such a practice in their life. Patience is a religious necessity as well as a worldly one. It elevates human spiritually and physically, individually and congressionally. Patience is necessary like a farmer after seeding the soil or student with his lessons. Patience is the key to Paradise and protection from Hell. Paradise at the end of this life is so precious and the price has to be paid by the believers.

Turn to God in prayer

       True faith in God teaches us to also use another technique to overcome our violent circumstances. Allah says in the Quran: “O you who have attained to faith! Seek aid in steadfast patience and prayer: for, behold, God is with those who are patient in adversity.”

       So after we talked about patience we come to the other technique which is prayer in which a believer will draw him/herself out of all the attachment of this world and turn to the Almighty with true submission and sincerity, crossing all the human, materialistic, and psychological barriers between a believer and God, turning to Him with a pure humble heart and with full confidence of the answer. God is the only One worthy of man’s awe and reverence requiring one’s turning back to Him. God is so close to every human being if just that later turns correctly to Him in his inquiries.

Imam Mohamad Jamal Daoudi

Originally published on Sunday, Feb 28th in the Omaha World-Herald

 


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December 31, 2020 • Imam • Statement

Have a Safe & Happy New Year!

Asalamu Alaykoum A few months ago, we celebrated the memory of the migration of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) from Mecca to Medina, which also marked the beginning of the new Islamic year (1442 H).   Two months ago, we commemorated the birth month of Prophet Muhammad, also known as the month of Rabii Awwal. Both events … Continue reading Have a Safe & Happy New Year!


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Asalamu Alaykoum
A few months ago, we celebrated the memory of the migration of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) from Mecca to Medina, which also marked the beginning of the new Islamic year (1442 H).
 
Two months ago, we commemorated the birth month of Prophet Muhammad, also known as the month of Rabii Awwal. Both events were an opportunity for the Muslim community to benefit and learn more about the contributions of the Prophet to the world.
 
As we now approach the end of yet another year of our life, this is a good time to re-evaluate our characters, our actions, and set forth new goals to better ourselves. This includes improving our spiritual connection with our faith via righteous deeds and prayers.
 
Let’s plan a good new year resolution that includes overcoming all the shortages we had last year, investing in more devotion to Allah and to understanding our religion, taking care of our elderly and needy, and strengthening the relationship within our own community as well as with our Tri-Faith neighbors.
 
By working on these goals, we strive to have our names enlisted among those who are seeking Allah and His pleasure, and therefore His paradise. Let’s remember His words in the Quran:
 
وَسَارِعُواْ إِلَى مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا السَّمَاوَاتُ وَالأَرْضُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ (3:133)
3:133 And vie with one another to attain to your Sustainer’s forgiveness and to a paradise as vast as the heavens and the earth, which has been readied for the God-conscious
الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ فِي السَّرَّاء وَالضَّرَّاء وَالْكَاظِمِينَ الْغَيْظَ وَالْعَافِينَ عَنِ النَّاسِ وَاللّهُ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ (3:134)
3:134 who spend [in His way] in time of plenty and in time of hardship, and hold in check their anger, and pardon their fellow-men because God loves the doers of good.”
 
I want to take this opportunity to wish our community members, our dear neighbors at Tri-Faith Initiative and everyone reading this message the happiest and most blessed New Year.
 
May Allah bring His peace on this earth.
Be safe, well, and healthy.
 
Imam Mohamad Jamal Daoudi

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December 26, 2020 • Transition Announcments

AMI Announces New President

Omaha, NE (December 26, 2020) – ​After more than a decade of leadership as President of the American Muslim Institute (AMI), Dr. Syed Mohiuddin announced his plan to transition from his current role as the President. Dr. Mohiuddin will remain and continue to serve on the AMI board of directors, as well as continue his … Continue reading AMI Announces New President


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Omaha, NE (December 26, 2020) – ​After more than a decade of leadership as President of the American Muslim Institute (AMI), Dr. Syed Mohiuddin announced his plan to transition from his current role as the President. Dr. Mohiuddin will remain and continue to serve on the AMI board of directors, as well as continue his role on the Tri-Faith Initiative board. The American Muslim Institute board elected Vice President Karim Khayati to serve as the next President of the AMI.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the AMI them and our partners in multifaith, social justice communities, and I am excited to open that opportunity to next group leaders.” says Dr. Mohiuddin.

During his tenure, Dr. Mohiuddin co-founded AMI, formerly the American Institute of Islamic Studies and Culture, to be a premier Islamic center in the Omaha area. With a vision grounded in the Islamic faith, belief, and traditions, he led the creation of this institution that continues to affirm the core values of Islam principles of Acceptance, Compassion, Equality, Justice, and Peace.

“Dr. Mohiuddin is one of a kind. His disciplined approach was instrumental in the establishment of the American Muslim Institute that is grounded in American pride and welcoming to Muslims from around the world,” shares new AMI President and Tri-Faith board representative, Karim Khayati.

 


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