Source: Washington Report on Middle East Affairs


A wake-up call for civil liberties

By: Delinda C. Hanley

The National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF) held an evening event at the Diyanet Center of America in Lanham, Maryland on Oct. 27.  Sheikh Omar Suleiman, an American Muslim scholar and founder of Faith Forward Dallas, opened his keynote address by saying that when Malcolm X was murdered, his widow Dr. Betty Shabazz said she and her six daughters were treated like lepers by her community. Suleiman called on the Muslim community to demand justice and help the families of prisoners. He urged clergy and activists to take a principled, political stand and not forget about or abandon either the prisoners or their families.  Speaker after speaker called on the audience not to turn their backs on their incarcerated brothers. Read more here.


Photo:  (L-r) Sheikh Omar Suleiman, Ikraan Abdurahman, Mariam Abu Ali and Drs. Mel Underbakke and Jonathan Brown take questions from the audience. [STAFF PHOTO D. HANLEY]



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