I was introduced to the Muhammad Study Group and the result was that I started to frequent Mosque #22 located in Wilkinsburg.
There was a brother there who questioned me in a friendly manner in one of my early visits, by asking did I belong to the Nation and I responded what nation? We both smiled and he then stated, “I’ve noticed you and you appear to be totally at ease, and I understand you are a practicing Christian.” My response was, “I feel totally at home, because the teachings of the most Hon. Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and the Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan are not foreign to me, because throughout my life there were Christian ministers, who delivered almost identical messages of positiveness.”
Allow me to present some examples where Muslims and Christians have the same focus:
2. Never allowing can’t to be a part of your vocabulary or life.
3. Refuse to allow others to define who you are.
4. Honor your father and mother.
5. Respect for yourself and others and particularly the women.
8. Knowing the Bible and understand that God and Allah are one and the same.
There are also two additional common denominators that I intentionally left for last. They are responsibility for self and others. I left them for last because they will be highlighted at the first Father’s Day Tribute June 19. It is being sponsored by “Your Sisters Project” and the Muhammad Study Group at the Wyndham Hotel, 3454 Forbes Ave. from 4-8 p.m. The ticket price is $50.
As we survey our neighborhoods, schools and the overall communities across this nation, the title of the Father’s Day Celebration could not be more appropriate: “Taking Responsibility To Rebuild Our Community.”
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(Louis “Hop” Kendrick is a weekly contributor to the Forum Page.)