By Abdul Aziz (fka: R. Hardy Jr.)
The Hajj is one of the largest pilgrimages in the world. It is the fifth pillar of Al-Islam, and is a demonstration of unity among the worldwide Muslim community.
Hajj is an obligation and duty of Muslims, to be carried out at least once in a Muslim’s lifetime, by those who are healthy and can afford to take on this journey.
Resident Imam Faheem Shuaibe announced that his Masjid recognized the Muslim men and women who made the Hajj at a ceremonial dinner Feb. 3 at the Elijah Muhammad Cultural Center, located at 1652 47th Avenue in Oakland.
Bro. Abdul Wahid Taha, Master of Ceremonies, spoke on the history and significance of the Hajj experience, which included his own Hajj pilgrimage.
Bro. Yusuf Nasir, a young African American born into Al-Islam, gave a recitation of the Holy Quran in Arabic.
The Muslim sisters involved with the Health and Wellness Committee (Sisters Aaliyah Taha, Tauheedah Wren, Tarliena Aamir-Baliton, and Kamilah Shuiabe), were honored for their hospitality and food preparation.
Resident Imam Faheem Shuiabe acknowledged 87-year old Bro. Ahmed Abana on behalf of the local Muslim Community (known as Masjidul Waritheen – translated as “The Place Where the Inheritors of Paradise Bow Down”). He was given a certificate of appreciation for 37 years of distribution throughout the Bay Area of the Muslim Journal, the independent national news organ of the community associated with the leadership of Imam W. Deen Mohammed (Son of Elijah Mohammed).
The Muslim community at the Elijah Muhammad Cultural Center conducts a 12:30 p.m. Friday Jumu’ah (Congregational Prayer and Lecture) Service, free of charge and open to the public.