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6/14/18: Last Night's- Ramadan Official's Iftar, Hosted by Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko!

Last Night's- Ramadan Official's Iftar, Hosted by Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko!

It was a festival of faith and friendship.Imam Elahi thanked Mayor Paletko and the City Officials and said: Let the resolution of our Ramadan be expression of mercy and forgiveness to all, except the oppressors and those commit crimes against innocent people the month of mercy!

Seham Awada moderated the reception; Mayor Paletko thanked the City staff and the community guests. The Mayor admired imam Mardini and imam Elahi for their outreach and interfaith work.

Imam Elahi called the month of Ramadan a great season of soul, a month of reflection and remembrance, he added but the main spiritual function of Ramadan was asking the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness. If forgiveness was our main Divine demand, then it’s time to forgive one another. Let’s turn the Eid-el-Fitr on this Friday a festival of forgiveness. Let’s start this from our family, friends, neighbors, community and our country. 

Both imams shared words of grace blessing the iftar dinner in El-Shallal restaurant in Dearborn Heights.

6/2/18: Archishop Allen Vigneron's Ramadan Message to Muslim Community at islamic House of Wisdom!

Archbishop Allen Vigneron's Ramadan Message to Muslim Community at Islamic House of Wisdom!

Imam Elahi Addressed the Interfaith Audience!

Islamic House of Wisdom celebrated its annual interfaith iftar dinner Wednesday successfully, attracting more than 250 religious, civic, business and community leaders, including Bishop Robert Fisher of the Archdiocese of Detroit and a host of imams, pastors, priests and Christian and Jewish leaders.

Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko thanked Islamic House of Wisdom for its initiative to hold the interfaith dinner and welcome everyone to the city of Dearborn Heights.

The audience included Chief Judge Sam Salamey, Judge Christopher Dingell, Judge Marc Summers , Judge Gene Hunt, former Lebanese ambassador Dr. Ai Ajami, Dr. Ned Fawaz, Dr. Mohammad Ajjour , Message of Hope leader hajj Hussein Elhaf, representatives of Bintjobail cultural center and other community leaders and representatives.

Bishop Robert Fisher related the greetings of Archbishop Vigneron to Imam Elahi and the community during the month of Ramadan. “For many years, the Catholic Church in Detroit has had a close relationship with the Islamic community,” he said.

He also said that As Muslims celebrate this holy month, not only do they fast during the day, they also reap many spiritual rewards from the activities which accompany that discipline, such as increasing the offering of prayers, the recitation of the Quran, as well as increase the doing of good deeds and charity. 

“All of these things, fasting, prayer, and charity, seek to better the human condition and increase the love of human beings for one another, he said.” Please read the complete remarks at the end of story.

Islamic House of Wisdom spiritual leader Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi highlighted the benefits of fasting and how worship benefits the individual and the entire society.

Imam Elahi Thank Archbishop Allen Vigneron for sending Ramadan greetings to the Muslim community through a delegation including Bishop Fisher, Fr. John and Rev. David.

Imam invited other church leaders and interfaith activists to the stage to introduce themselves and their communities.

The imam talked about Ramadan as the month of revelation and the Quran as an interfaith book with over 300 verses about Abraham, Moses and Jesus. He mentioned the main goal of all the prophets to guide humanity to fix their relationship with God, themselves and the rest of the society. 

They all talked about the family as a foundation for the community and how to make this foundation stronger through faith, respect, love and forgiveness and save it from jealousy, greed, and selfishness.

Imam noted the common concerns of interfaith about the youth in our society such as drugs, depression, alcohol, addiction, suicide and spiritual loss.

Speaking about Islamophobia, racism, the culture of violence, the imam mentioned how the media were silent about the religious and political identity of Dimitrios Pagourtzis who killed and wounded over 20 students in a public school in Texas last week and never used the word terrorist for him, while they jump to all the religious details of the criminal even if falsely claims Islamic identity.

Imam Elahi mentioned some other stars of interfaith such as MLK, Mahatma Gundy, Nelson Mandela and Imam Musa Sadr and asked the entire interfaith community to be united in condemnation of injustice and oppression. He mentioned the victimization of 3000 Palestinians in Gaza by the Israeli forces a clear case of faithful concern and condemnation and said as Muslims stood against Isis, the Jews need to save the image of Judaism from this injustice done in their name.

The imam also expressed sympathy with the suffering people in Yemen under Saudi bombardments and Syria under war and terrorism without celebrating their Ramadan season.

Imam Elahi concluded with honoring the birth of Imam Hassan (SA) and his worship, wisdom, and peacemaking role in human history.

Emcee Khalil Hachem, who co-presented the program, said the idea of interfaith is that we are united under one humanity and it is something that brings us together and removes the barriers that divide us.

It starts with love because love changes hearts not laws not legislations. It starts by showing compassion and removing distances between us.

The best way to start is to go back to basics by promoting selflessness. Basic is the concern more with the needs and wishes of others than with one’s own.

This is the powerful image of God and that is the ability to sacrifice and help each other and understand each other. This is what we hope to accomplish during these meetings.

The interfaith participants and the Muslim community leaders expressed their joy and appreciation for IHW initiative and its unifying and inspiring iftar celebration.

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Entire Message Delivered by Bishop Robert Fisher of Catholic Church!

 

Dear Imam Elahi and other honored guests present for this annual dinner here at the Islamic House of Wisdom:

 

I extend to you greetings and blessings to you Imam Elahi and to all who are celebrating this holy month of Ramadan. His Excellency, Archbishop Vigneron, sends his best wishes as you celebrate this holy month of fasting and prayer. Due to his schedule, the Archbishop is unable to attend this evening’s event. He is most grateful for your kind invitation and remembers with affection the many encounters that he has had with you, Imam, as well as members of the Muslim community during his time as the Archbishop of Detroit. He was especially touched by your kind expression of condolence upon the murder of Father Hamel who was killed in northern France in 2016. The Archbishop also appreciated the opportunity to appear with you on the radio program last year as well.

 

For many years, the Catholic Church in Detroit has had a close relationship with the Islamic Community. We have worked together on many initiatives, especially in the area of building community and improving interreligious dialogue. In the years since the Second Vatican Council, beginning with the document Nostra Aetate, the Church has promoted dialogue and humanitarian work which furthers the human condition and improves life for all people. Furthermore, it is the duty of every person, regardless of his or her faith tradition, “to promote together for the benefit of all mankind social justice and moral welfare, as well as peace and freedom” (NA, 3).

It is in this spirit that we join with you at tonight’s Iftar (eef-tar) dinner. As you celebrate this holy month, not only do you fast during the day, you also reap many spiritual rewards from the activities which accompany that discipline. During this time which commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad, devout Muslims increase the offering of prayers, the recitation of the Quran, as well as increase the doing of good deeds and charity. All of these things, fasting, prayer, and charity, seek to better the human condition and increase the love of human beings for one another.

We Christians have a similar period of fasting called Lent which occurs 40 days prior to the celebration of Easter. During this time we abstain from certain foods and activities that we may better focus our minds and hearts on doing the work of God. In addition, we spend more time in prayer and engage in works of charity and almsgiving. This Lenten observance helps us to be cleansed of sinful behaviors in order that we may more closely imitate Jesus and become witnesses of the Gospel.

While we share many common practices and have come a long way in our dialogue and interaction with one another, there is still much to be done. Increasingly, there are attacks against people because of the way in which they worship. Because of a lack of knowledge about different faith traditions, some people choose to deny certain groups the autonomy to worship and live in peace. This is contrary to what God intends for His world. Together, Muslims and Christians must promote religious liberty and human rights for all people. We need to highlight what is common to both of our faith traditions and work together for the increase of charity and peace in our world. Through prayer, fasting, and works of mercy (which are traits we share in common), we learn more about what God intends for the world and we are challenged to make this world a better place for all people.

As you continue to celebrate this holy month, we ask God the Almighty and Merciful One to bless you and give you his peace. May we continue to live together as brothers and sisters working to bring God’s peace, mercy, and love to all people.

May 30, 2018: Annual Interfaith Iftar at the IHW

Archbishop Allen Vigneron's Ramadan Message to Muslim Community at Islamic House of Wisdom!

Imam Elahi Addressed the Interfaith Audience!

Islamic House of Wisdom celebrated its annual interfaith iftar dinner Wednesday successfully, attracting more than 250 religious, civic, business and community leaders, including Bishop Robert Fisher of the Archdiocese of Detroit and a host of imams, pastors, priests and Christian and Jewish leaders.

Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko thanked Islamic House of Wisdom for its initiative to hold the interfaith dinner and welcome everyone to the city of Dearborn Heights.

The audience included Chief Judge Sam Salamey, Judge Christopher Dingell, Judge Marc Summers , Judge Gene Hunt, former Lebanese ambassador Dr. Ai Ajami, Dr. Ned Fawaz, Dr. Mohammad Ajjour , Message of Hope leader hajj Hussein Elhaf, representatives of Bintjobail cultural center and other community leaders and representatives.

Bishop Robert Fisher related the greetings of Archbishop Vigneron to Imam Elahi and the community during the month of Ramadan. “For many years, the Catholic Church in Detroit has had a close relationship with the Islamic community,” he said.

He also said that As Muslims celebrate this holy month, not only do they fast during the day, they also reap many spiritual rewards from the activities which accompany that discipline, such as increasing the offering of prayers, the recitation of the Quran, as well as increase the doing of good deeds and charity. 

“All of these things, fasting, prayer, and charity, seek to better the human condition and increase the love of human beings for one another, he said.” Please read the complete remarks at the end of story.

Islamic House of Wisdom spiritual leader Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi highlighted the benefits of fasting and how worship benefits the individual and the entire society.

Imam Elahi Thank Archbishop Allen Vigneron for sending Ramadan greetings to the Muslim community through a delegation including Bishop Fisher, Fr. John and Rev. David.

Imam invited other church leaders and interfaith activists to the stage to introduce themselves and their communities.

The imam talked about Ramadan as the month of revelation and the Quran as an interfaith book with over 300 verses about Abraham, Moses and Jesus. 

He mentioned the main goal of all the prophets to guide humanity to fix their relationship with God, themselves and the rest of the society. 

They all talked about the family as a foundation for the community and how to make this foundation stronger through faith, respect, love and forgiveness and save it from jealousy, greed, and selfishness.

Imam noted the common concerns of interfaith about the youth in our society such as drugs, depression, alcohol, addiction, suicide and spiritual loss.

Speaking about Islamophobia, racism, the culture of violence, the imam mentioned how the media were silent about the religious and political identity of Dimitrios Pagourtzis who killed and wounded over 20 students in a public school in Texas last week and never used the word terrorist for him, while they jump to all the religious details of the criminal even if falsely claims Islamic identity.

Imam Elahi mentioned some other stars of interfaith such as MLK, Mahatma Gundy, Nelson Mandela and Imam Musa Sadr and asked the entire interfaith community to be united in condemnation of injustice and oppression. He mentioned the victimization of 3000 Palestinians in Gaza by the Israeli forces a clear case of faithful concern and condemnation and said as Muslims stood against Isis, the Jews need to save the image of Judaism from this injustice done in their name.

The imam also expressed sympathy with the suffering people in Yemen under Saudi bombardments and Syria under war and terrorism without celebrating their Ramadan season.

Imam Elahi concluded with honoring the birth of Imam Hassan (SA) and his worship, wisdom, and peacemaking role in human history.

Emcee Khalil Hachem, who co-presented the program, said the idea of interfaith is that we are united under one humanity and it is something that brings us together and removes the barriers that divide us.

It starts with love because love changes hearts not laws not legislations. It starts by showing compassion and removing distances between us.

The best way to start is to go back to basics by promoting selflessness. Basic is the concern more with the needs and wishes of others than with one’s own.

This is the powerful image of God and that is the ability to sacrifice and help each other and understand each other. This is what we hope to accomplish during these meetings.

The interfaith participants and the Muslim community leaders expressed their joy and appreciation for IHW initiative and its unifying and inspiring iftar celebration.

--------------------------------

Entire Message Delivered by Bishop Robert Fisher of Catholic Church!

Dear Imam Elahi and other honored guests present for this annual dinner here at the Islamic House of Wisdom:

I extend to you greetings and blessings to you Imam Elahi and to all who are celebrating this holy month of Ramadan. His Excellency, Archbishop Vigneron, sends his best wishes as you celebrate this holy month of fasting and prayer. Due to his schedule, the Archbishop is unable to attend this evening’s event. He is most grateful for your kind invitation and remembers with affection the many encounters that he has had with you, Imam, as well as members of the Muslim community during his time as the Archbishop of Detroit. He was especially touched by your kind expression of condolence upon the murder of Father Hamel who was killed in northern France in 2016. The Archbishop also appreciated the opportunity to appear with you on the radio program last year as well.

For many years, the Catholic Church in Detroit has had a close relationship with the Islamic Community. We have worked together on many initiatives, especially in the area of building community and improving interreligious dialogue. In the years since the Second Vatican Council, beginning with the document Nostra Aetate, the Church has promoted dialogue and humanitarian work which furthers the human condition and improves life for all people. Furthermore, it is the duty of every person, regardless of his or her faith tradition, “to promote together for the benefit of all mankind social justice and moral welfare, as well as peace and freedom” (NA, 3).

It is in this spirit that we join with you at tonight’s Iftar (eef-tar) dinner. As you celebrate this holy month, not only do you fast during the day, you also reap many spiritual rewards from the activities which accompany that discipline. During this time which commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad, devout Muslims increase the offering of prayers, the recitation of the Quran, as well as increase the doing of good deeds and charity. All of these things, fasting, prayer, and charity, seek to better the human condition and increase the love of human beings for one another.

We Christians have a similar period of fasting called Lent which occurs 40 days prior to the celebration of Easter. During this time we abstain from certain foods and activities that we may better focus our minds and hearts on doing the work of God. In addition, we spend more time in prayer and engage in works of charity and almsgiving. This Lenten observance helps us to be cleansed of sinful behaviors in order that we may more closely imitate Jesus and become witnesses of the Gospel.

While we share many common practices and have come a long way in our dialogue and interaction with one another, there is still much to be done. Increasingly, there are attacks against people because of the way in which they worship. Because of a lack of knowledge about different faith traditions, some people choose to deny certain groups the autonomy to worship and live in peace. This is contrary to what God intends for His world. Together, Muslims and Christians must promote religious liberty and human rights for all people. We need to highlight what is common to both of our faith traditions and work together for the increase of charity and peace in our world. Through prayer, fasting, and works of mercy (which are traits we share in common), we learn more about what God intends for the world and we are challenged to make this world a better place for all people.

As you continue to celebrate this holy month, we ask God the Almighty and Merciful One to bless you and give you his peace. May we continue to live together as brothers and sisters working to bring God’s peace, mercy, and love to all people.

5/25/18: Menbar is a mighty media and an instrument of Inspiring influence in human mind, heart and soul!

Menbar is a mighty media and an instrument of Inspiring influence in human mind, heart and soul!

Contemporary Islamic Minbar Discourse at Islamic Institute of Knowledge in Dearborn!

It was a very nice initiative by sheikh Baqer Berri and Imams Council to meet at the Islamic Institute of Knowledge and discuss how Islamic message should be shared between Muslims and even non-Muslims in America.

Br. Dawud Walid, Dr. Ali Lila and Shaikh Baker and Imam Elahi were 4 the panelists of the event. Dr. Fras Hamadeh the moderator.

Imam Elahi reflected on the mission of the prophets, quoting Imam Ali describing the goal of the prophets to revolutionize human reason through heavenly guidance, light of revelation and education.

The prophets came to make communications between the people and the creator and to establish justice, peace, morality and unity among people.

The prophets recognized the problems and needs of their avoidance spoke the language of their people and made extraordinary sacrifice to fulfill their Devine duties.

Imam Elahi considered the opportunity of the Menbar as a great platform and opportunity for dawa work which should follow the patterns of the prophets. He called the social network and technology a blessing for spreading the message of the menbar. Interfaith is another channel of communication and opportunity to fight the disease of Islamophobia. 

Menbar is a mighty media and an instrument of influence in minds, hearts and souls!

5/25/18:Michigan Poor People Campaign- A National Call for Moral Revival!

Michigan Poor People Campaign- A National Call for Moral Revival!

Last Monday was the first of 6 Moral Monday's, a Covenant of Nonviolence calling for justice!

It’s a National voice opposing racism, poverty and war economy!

It started today with the presence of interfaith including IHW representation on the stairs of the Capital building in Lansing!

It will continue for the next 5 Mondays!

One of today's slogans- " Somebody's hurting my brother and gone far too long!

And we won't be silent anymore.

5/11/18: Professor Martyn Smith and his Religious Study Group Visited IHW - Together we had over 2 hours of dialogue, Questions and Answers with Imam Elahi and Dr. mohammad Ajjour!

Professor Martyn Smith and his Religious Study Group Visited IHW - Together we had over 2 hours of Dialogue, Questions and Answers with Imam Elahi and Dr Mohammad Ajjour!

Coming from Lawrence University of Wisconsin, thirsty of more orientation about the true teachings of Islam, we discussed so many issues of interests!

They attended our Friday prayer, listened to the sermons and raised some interesting comments and questions about the concept of Mahdism, the Qur’an, the concerns of Muslim community threatened by Islamophobia, raising political issues in Friday prayer, Muslims and Christian dialogues and so many other subjects!

 

Although the group will visit other centers and mosques too but knowing how Friday prayer considered as an important platform of outreach at IHW, they didn’t want to miss it!

 

They were so happy that their visit happened to be at the time of Imam Mahdi’s birthday, a time of happiness for Muslim community!

5/11/18: Donating Blood Before Begin Ramadan, Hard to Donate Blood While Fasting then!

Donating Blood Before Begin Ramadan, Hard to Donate Blood While Fasting Then! 

Tuesday, Imam Elahi stopped by at the West Middle School in Plymouth MI for blood donation, something he does periodically!

While some of Red Cross staff welcomed me with nice smile and respect, but out of institutionalization of Islamophobia in our country, some nurses while taking my blood, acted so cold, showing a sense of dealing with “Them” Others! Islamophobia is a disease for our society, the cure is more education, more engagement, more light!

We must overcome this division, hatred and ignorance not through taking but giving blood and demonstrating benevolence, brotherhood and empathy.

5/11/18: Congratulations to Bintjebil Cultural Center in Dearborn

Congratulations to Bintjebil Cultural Center in Dearborn

We would like to say congratulations to Bintjebil Cultural Center in Dearborn, to its founding father hajj Mohammad Turfe, President Zeyad Nasser, Judge David Turfe and the Center’s board members for their successful annual scholarship dinner contributing to education of our new generation.

No expression can appreciate enough the amazing contributions of the Muslim community in general and the Lebanese-American community in particular, to our cities, societies and moral values.

These people represent Jabal Amel’s centuries of civilization, education and spiritual legacy.

We wish them the best, in particular the students, the recipients of the awards.

5/11/18: Michigan Muslim Capital Day in Lansing!

Michigan Muslim Capital Day in Lansing!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018- Thank you MMCC - Michigan Muslim Community Council, Dr. Mozzamel, Dr. Hadidi, Somayeh Ahmad and the entire team for your hard work and great result.

Thank to our Senators and Representatives and in particular Senator David Knezek and Rep. Abdallah Hamoud for hosting us.

In a world where ignorance, fear, racism and prejudice divide people and cause hatred and confrontation, engagement, communication, listening and learning from one another are the key to change the world and contribute to construction of civil societies!

We spent over 3 hours in the Capital, meeting with some members of the Congress, holding a ceremony at the heart of the Capital building, attending a session and also socializing and interacting with the staff and other visitors of the Capital, very educational experience specially for our Muslim students in our journey.

This is an annual event, but it must be a roadmap for our daily life in this part of our planet!

 

5/4/18: With the Mayor of Dearborn John B. O'Reilly Jr., some elected officials and interfaith network of the area, the National Day of Prayer was held at Dearborn Administrative Center.

With the Mayor of Dearborn John B. O'Reilly Jr., some elected officials and interfaith network of the area, the National Day of Prayer was held at Dearborn Administrative Center.

The following are some of Imam Elahi's words of prayer during this interfaith initiative!

"Thank you O Lord for giving us another opportunity for this National Day of Prayer. A Day to remember and reflect on Your Glory and Grace. A day to ask Your forgiveness and mercy for our sinful souls.

Please fill our hearts with the passion of love and keep us away from the hell of hatred, hypocrisy and hopelessness.

Bless our families with faith and values, our youth with vision and virtues, our community with solidarity and sacrifice and our nation with unity, security, awareness, peace and prosperity.

O Lord, the Middle East, the birthplace of Moses, Jesus and Mohammad, the mother of both Islamic and Christian faiths and civilizations is under fire by the forces of greed and selfishness, please save our Muslim and Christian brothers and sisters from those daily destruction, war and terrorism.

Please replace the world’s fears, pains, conflicts, slavery, racism, human trafficking, poverty and hunger with hope, dignity, reconciliation, friendship and freedom.

 

Make us truly one nation under Your blessings with a White House of wisdom and honesty, a Congress of courage and common sense with responsible representatives, a judiciary of justice and generosity, security forces of power, protection and trust, and citizens of consciousness and compassion.

But My Lord I know that journey toward all these heavenly characteristics starts from me!

So please help me to be better person. Let peace start from me! Let Fairness start from me, let humbleness start from me and let caring for Your creation start from me!

Ameen!

4/26/18: Christian Missionaries long Dialogue with Imam Elahi

Christian Missionaries Long Dialogue with Imam Elahi!

The question of crucifixion, Trinity, Foundation of Faith, Conversion to Islamic Faith, The beauty of bridge building and sincere outreaches were among the subjects!

Interfaith is and has been a high priority project of IHW since its establishment in 1995. IHW is known for welcoming the followers of other faith traditions and specially the members of Abrahamic family.

In a long conversation, question and answer with Imam Elahi, a group of Christian missionary girls shared with the imam their recent world trip experience and asked his Islamic perspectives on some of the most fundamental elements of Christian belief system including crucifixion and trinity.
The atmosphere of dialogue was better understanding of each other true traditions without any prejudice and confusion. Obviously there were much more similarities than differences. We always celebrate our similarities and appreciate our differences.
Defiantly Islam and Christianity are not identical but no other religion in the world shows as much as faith, respect and love for Jesus, Mary and their true teachings, as does Islam, the prophet and his family.
The missionaries were deeply impressed with their experience at IHW and left with a better understanding and sincere appreciation and sense of friendship!

4/26/18: Honoring General Consul of Lebanon and Iraq by the Islamic House of Wisdom on the Eid of Maba'ath!

Honoring General Consul of Lebanon and Iraq by the Islamic House of Wisdom on the Eid of Maba'ath!

On 27th of Rajab, the Eid of Mabath, the birthday of Islam and first day of the Quranic revelation to our prophet Mohammad (pbuh) IHW honored the new General Consul of Lebanon her Excellency Mrs. Suzan Mouzi Yassin and representative of the Iraqi Consulate Sayyed Qotaiba Khalid Saleh. 

The guests of the breakfast included former Lebanese ambassador Dr. Ali Ajami, Khollan Al-Wafaa and a group of community members and leaders.

Ostad Zohair Alawiya welcomed the guests and invited the honorable Suzan Mouzi Yassin to

 the podium. Dr. Suzan made a great intellectual speech. 

The following is just a paragraph of what she said: "We do believe that religion is one of the driving forces in our societies for establishing an integral system of values and dignifying the human identity.

And while the integrity of that moral system has been shaken by a variety of challenges, a new religious rhetoric has been presented relying on an ample intellectual, informational and instructional content. 

A multi-dimensional agenda was adopted that focused not only on the concepts and methods of worship, but also on interfaith dialogue, social justice, social cohesion, unity of the community, youth concerns(notably drugs addiction and spiritual turmoil), it also focused on cultural identity preservation, integration affairs, tolerance and coexistence.. and above all, purifying the stereotyped impressions about Islam.

In this context, I shall present my whole respect to the Esteemed IHW and its counterparts, to HE Imam Elahi and all the virtuous Imams and Scholars for their commitment and dedication to the noble role entrusted to them"

At the end of this blessed ceremony Imam Elahi thanked honorable consul Dr. Suzan Mouzi Yassin and honorable Sayyed Qotaiba Saleh and all respected guests for accepting the IHW invitation on such a beautiful day in the history of Islamic faith. 

Imam Elahi spoke about the contributions of prophet Mohammad to humanity. The fact that his revelation and prophethood started with Iqra (read!) demonstrates the significance of education in Islam. The holy Quran is a message of rationality, Enlightenment and wisdom. 

Imam also pointed to other contributions of God's last messenger including his emphases on building a community based on faith, family values, moral standards, social justice, peace, respect for diversity, unity and competition for compassion, charity and humanity.

Imam Elahi prayed for the end of war in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and other warzones in the world and condemned political double standards such a bombardments of Syria based on the fake media reports and rushing to attack before any investigation. While the people of Syria have been suffering for 7 years, the solution is peace not continuity of this crazy nightmare of fear, war and destruction.

3/29/18: Raising a Right Family is Rewarding Both in this life and Hereafter!

Raising a Right Family is Rewarding Both in this Life and Hereafter!

Sunday in a memorial service for the late Ali Hussein Hamoud at the Islamic Center in Dearborn-  Imam Elahi was listening to the marhoom's daughter, Diana and his sister Mona, their words touched everyone's heart.

It's really rewarding to raise good children. Rewarding for both family and humanity. Daina and her brothers- Hussein, Hassan, Mohammad and Mostafa are the fruits of hard work of late Ali and his wife Wafaa.

In Imam Elahi's humble words, he saluted and admired hajj Hussein Hamoud and his late wife for reminding their family about importance of faith in every opportunity.

Our young generation is under daily psychological bombardments. 

Their moral identity is under attack by the armies of ignorance, evil and temptations. The social networks facilitate these moral aggression. The only hope to save this digital generation is through the safe haven of faith. 

Imam Elahi mentioned few verses from the Quran on the faithful life of certain youth leaders in human history including Ismail, Josef, Marry and the youth of Ahlil-bait who sacrificed all they had to support the true values and principles. 

He asked the youth to increase their knowledge of the Quran by reading and reflection on it and also keep their connection with the places of worship.

3/29/18: Honoring a Women of Wisdom, Courage and Commitment!

Honoring a Woman of Wisdom, Courage and Commitment!

Many community members gathered at the Islamic Center in Dearborn to express their condolences to the new Lebanese General Counsel in Michigan Mrs. Suzan Mouzi Yaseen on the sudden departure of her mom, late hajja Nayefa Tahmaz.

The memorial was a great sense of solidarity from the mayor of our city to the City Council members and our community leaders.

Expressing his condolences to Counsel Suzan and her husband Mr. Emad Yaseen, Imam Elahi admired the late hajja's contributions to her family and society.

Imam Elahi spoke about the role of family in social civilization, making a heavenly society free from the hell of hatred, hypocrisy, war, depression, darkness and destruction.

Referring to international family and women days, Imam Elahi mentioned the distinguished international ladies in the words of our holy prophet (pbuh). 

Accordingly, ladies like Mary the mom of Jesus and Fatima the mom of Hussein should be the role models not only for Christian and Muslim women but all those care for character, compassion, responsibility and righteousness all over the world.

3/16/18: The peace Banner of World Sabbath Was Passed to Islamic House of wisdom in Preparation of Hosting the 20th Annual Interfaith Assembly for a World of Tolerance, Justice and Peace!

The Peace Banner of World Sabbath Was Passed to Islamic House of Wisdom in Preparation of Hosting the 20th Annual Interfaith Assembly for a World of Tolerance, Justice and Peace!

The 19th Annual World Sabbath was celebrated this afternoon in Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills of Rev. Dr Danaher.

Chairperson- Gail Katz and her committee had done an amazing organization to bring such a colorful community of interfaith together! So happy to see Imam Mohammad Almasmari as recipient of this year's Award!

While receiving the banner of hosting the World Sabbath at Islamic House of Wisdom on March of 2019, Imam Elahi shared few humble words!
"It's true that justice should be the foundation of any civilized society, the journey of social life should continue with friendship, benevolence, love and peace. There is only One 

God, one universe, one humanity. As children of Adam and Eve, we are one family and family members must help and not hurt one another!
We pray for peace and justice for all people, in all places of this planet!

We are looking forward to host you all at Islamic House of Wisdom next March.

Please come hungry and enjoy Lebanese Hommous, tabbouli and fatouch appetizers!

3/16/18: 4 Hours of Intellectual Discussion on Principles Not Politics at the Redford Library!

4 Hours of Intellectual Discussion on Principles Not Politics at the Redford Library!

 

How China is winning the world's heart and mind through economy, construction and prosperity, not war and destruction!

Jason Ross, the LaRouche leader of Science Team was in Michigan today to provide some information about China's New Silk Road and how they built 15,000 miles of high-speed rail in less than 20 years, which brought millions of people out of poverty.

Imam Elahi participated in part of the discussion. In my friendly chatting with some organizers of the gathering Imam Elahi wished the USA architectures of the foreign policy would adopt something similar! Instead of just relying on the military power and warmongering start an outreach based on peace and prosperity and following a win-win interaction with every nation.


Only wise, visionary, patriotic and courageous leaders can put the principles and the true interests of our nation above the political pressure groups and lobbies and save our country from the darkness, mess, oppression and insanity of our time!
Education and awareness are the key, that was the reason Imam attended this afternoon meeting!

3/9/18: On this Heavenly Birthday of Islam's First Daughter Fatimah (as) and International women's Day!

On this Heavenly Birthday of Islam's First Daughter Fatimah (as) and International Women's Day! 

Congratulations to Abdulbari and his wife Amber for choosing such a great day to come to their House of Worship to express their allegiance to their Lord and to pledge their mutual love and loyalty to their marriage journey!

Birth of Fatima is a reminder of faith, family and moral civilization. IHW welcomes the youth to choose this occasion to establish their marriage relationship.

3/2/18: Special Prayer for Sheikh Saael Alataat!

Special Prayer for Sheikh Saael Alataat!

Sheikh Saael has been speaking and giving many lectures in the Arabic language for almost 30 years within the Dearborn area. Yesterday, Imam Elahi asked our mashayekh to visit him at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. A good number of the clergy community visited him during the day.

Last night, Shaikh Mohammad Malalla and Imam Elahi made a humble prayer with the presence of the sheikh's family at the hospital intensive care unit. The Sheikh's family told me that his situation started to get much better and he is out of a coma now. Alhamdulillah!! May God provide Sheikh Saael with a fast recovery, inshallah.

3/2/18: Candlelight Vigil with dearborn Heights Students- for Their Fellow Students Killed in florida!

Candlelight Vigil with Dearborn Heights Students- for Their Fellow Students Killed in Florida!

Rev. Fran and Imam Elahi listened to beautiful messages of Dearborn Heights students, as we also addressed them with our words of prayers and support.

Here are some of Imam Elahi's word's in the memorial meeting- 

On February 14th, we lost 17 beautiful flowers in a Florida school. May God bless their souls and heal the wounded ones with a speedy recovery.

The media called it a mass shooting! Is the fact that the killer was not Muslim, make his crime less terrorizing?

If mass murder of 17 innocent souls is not an act of terrorism, please explain!

The message of marching students all over the nation is clear! Action, safety and security.

They are not denying the second Amendment right of anyone but saying if it was legal for a monster like Nicolas to carry a riffle, then there is something wrong with this law and it must be changed.

Physical, psychological and spiritual safety and security in our schools and all public places should be the first priority of the government. We all are responsible but the government is more responsible since it has more information and power.

The short term solution is to put more control over guns and specially the riffles, regardless of the NRA lobby pressures and propaganda.

The long term solution is to arm our youth not with guns but more education, wisdom, faith and family values, sense of respect and responsibility, meaning and purpose of life, the value of love, fairness, friendship, patience, humbleness, peace and sacrifice. This needs the cooperation of family, school, places of worships and the political system.

We can't enjoy safety and security in the absence of moral civilization and integrity.

Those who call themselves conservatives, it's better to practice what they preach and walk their talks. They can't say "In God We Trust" but end up "In Gun We Trust".

Also if it's immoral to give guns to an insane guy like Nicolas Cruz for killing 17 innocent, why should it be moral to give gun to insane guys like Ben Salman that only in Yemen killed so far over 6000 innocent and left 22 million people hungry under blockade?

2/23/18: Who is a Prophet? A wonderful Interfaith Dialogue at Sacred Heart Church in Dearborn!

Who is a Prophet?
A wonderful Interfaith Dialogue at Sacred Heart Church in Dearborn!

Professor Robert Fastiggi represented the Catholic Theology, Professor Howard Lupovitch from the Judaic Studies Center and Imam Elahi represented the Islamic House of Wisdom. 

 The diverse nature of the audience, their enthusiasm to learn, and the variety of the questions made our interfaith conference an exemplary and inspiring one. The conversation, Q&A took over two hours. 
Some of the points Imam Elahi made on the subject include:

In the Islamic teachings, a prophet is a heavenly ambassador, assigned by God to guide, teach and revolutionize people's reason. 
Receiving revelation, infallibility, and miracle ability are of the main proofs of a prophet. 
 Imam Sadeq (as) mentioned ten moral characteristics for every prophet. 

Modesty, patience, generosity, gratitude, courage, honesty, trustworthiness, humbleness, dignity and integrity.

The main mission of the prophet was to educate people about God's character, oneness, love and wisdom, the only One who deserves our worship and also to promote love, justice, truth, freedom, peace.

The Quran mentions at least 25 prophets by names, out of them 5 are Olul-Azm, with higher responsibility and universality. They are Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohammad!
The Quran uses the word Al-Mizan (balance) as part of the prophets' mission! 

That leaves no room for extremism in prophetic traditions. That means KKK mentality, extremist settlers in the Palestinian territories; Isis and Al-Qaeda have no place in the teachings of Jesus, Moses and Mohammad (pbut).

Imam Elahi also talked about the evil of Islamophobia and talked about dialogue as the best exit from the world current mess, chaos, corruption and oppression.

Since the message of the Divine prophets is the same, we all need to do only one thing: just practice what we all preach!