Bismillah. Today, November 6th 2014 marks the day Allah allowed us as a Ummah to help HUMANITY again in a major way. With the help of generous BUT compassionate Muslims we have been able to cover the remaining balance of this brothers education in Cambodia to offer him a opportunity at a better career in life to support his family of 6 by pursuing his bachelors degree. May Allah guide him to Islam through the action of our Ummah. Thank you all. May Allah reward you and grant you Jannah.
Spending time in Sydney was amazingly rewarding. I had a chance of meeting star Rugby player and Muslim Sonny Bill Williams. Sonny and I enjoyed laughs and conversation before I arrived at Masjid Abu-Bakr to engage with the Auburn youth community in Sydney Australia. The night ended on an amazing note with a woman accepting Islam after my speech. Alhamdulilah.
On a recent visit to Sydney, Australia, I visited an area in Redfern known as The Block, where I stumbled upon a group of protesters. After meeting with them and listening to them, I soon discovered this is an Aboriginal community whose story is important and worth sharing. The Aboriginal Housing Company was given control of The Block in the 1970's with the intention of developing affordable housing. The Block is now the subject of a dual phase re-development, the first phase includes retail and office spaces as well as student accommodation. The second phase is to include housing for Aboriginals. However, the community is afraid that the housing units will never eventuate, and they've set up a tent embassy in protest, to stop private developers from continuing. It was an honor to meet Auntie Jenny and her grandson Jason who are leading the protest, fighting for affordable housing and continued ownership of the land.
I had a great time being inspired by and inspiring the youth in the Islamic community of Collin County in Dallas, Texas.
While I was in Melbourne, Australia, I had the opportunity to meet an indigenous brother, Boori Monty Pryor. Boori hails from north Queensland and while his career path has seen him do many things, he now dedicates his time to teaching young Australians about Aboriginal history and culture by traveling all corners of the country visiting schools and educating the youth through dance, music and storytelling. He is a recipient of Australia's Prime Minister's Award for Literature and was named a Children's Laureate in Australia. His dedication to teaching young people about Australian Indigenous culture is inspiring!