We had a young Sister in need of help she first went to a city Shelter that was (is) operating under a Christian Church; the young Sister was told that she must attend prayer services before she could be given food and a place to sleep. She explain to those who in charged that she is a Moslem that her faith is Islam. They then told her that it is required that anyone seeking food and or shelter MUST attend a prayer services. The Sister then ask to speak to the director to make her plea; the director informed her that if she is a Moslem and her faith is Islam then it would be best she go to an Islamic shelter to seek help.
The Sister then called The Moorish Science Temple of America-1928; as we not only fed the Sister but seen that she had a place to live which she can then set her plans in motion to get established.
When we help anyone, we can never place upon s/he to attend our religious Services for it would have to be a conscious decision on the person to attend services. There is no compulsion to take up the faith of Islam; this is not forced on anyone seeking help i.e. food and shelter. There is a great need that we provided help to the less fortunate; their should be Islamic shelters in every major city if there is a Mosque or Islamic Temple in a city or township there should be a place where Muslims/Moslems can receives help.
Now this would also bring to mind why should there be such a need for Islamic homeless shelters if the Islamic (Ummah’s) Communities are looking after the wellbeing for its followers. It would seem that any Mosque or Islamic Temple would meet the needs of the less fortunate within the faith of Islam; as we know all to well this is not the case. In many Mosque across the country (here in America) racism and prejudice runs deep; within these Mosques you have clicks such as you will have in just one Mosques a group of Arabs which keep to themselves seldom do they interact with anyone outside of their race.
Then you have the Pakistan and the Bosnian along with varies African tribes to which they all keep close to their own ethnic group. They all keep within their own little ethnic social circle being under one Mosque all giving salat to the One Creator Allah. However, we see often the so-called African –American quickly and openly wanting to be so much accepted and liken to the Arabs to the point we can see them take up their customs and tradition of the Arabs and call it being and living Islam. Much of the customs and traditions of Arabs have been propagated as being Islam and if you do not follow their way then you are classified as a non-believer.
Islam embraces all cultures and costumes it does not take one over the over as being supreme or make one group a dictator of another. Islam comes to remove the ills of a society while maintaining its rich culture and traditions. Allah made us into Tribes and Nations that we recognized one other, and that our understanding there is but One Allah; which that alone should bring us together as one.
In all truth, it should not be anyone within the faith of Islam seeking shelter and food from another house of worship. Every Islamic Temple and Mosque should meet the need of its people.
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