Islamic Heritage Preservation and Rebuilding of Jannat-ul-Baqee

I thought you might be interested in this. I am going to be on a panel, Saturday, May 15th at 3 pm (Mountain) for a live conference regarding Islamic Heritage Preservation and Rebuilding of Jannat-ul-Baqee.

Baqee is the cemetery where many members of Prophet Muhammad’s family are buried in Medina. It was destroyed by the Saudis in 1925. Not only this shrine but many others have been destroyed by Wahhabists and other extremists. I had the rare opportunity to visit the shrine of Hussain ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad in Karbala, Iraq in 2018 during Arbaeen. It is the largest annual peaceful gathering in the world. In a two-week period, 20 million or more people visit his shrine to commemorate his martyrdom. These shrines and others are often under attack by extremists. I also visited Samarrah near Baghdad, where ISIS (daesh) destroyed one of the holy shrines of one of the Prophet’s successors. While I was there, it was being rebuilt. 

My friend and I made a YouTube film about our 50 mile walk from Najaf to Karbala in the annual commemoration of Hussain’s martyrdom. It is called For Love of Hussain. This is the photo of the shrines of Imam Hussain and his brother Abbas in Karbala, Iraq that hangs in my office. 

Shrines, cemeteries, schools, holy sites, museums, archives, and libraries do not fare well in times of conflict, violence, and widespread ignorance and intolerance. We need to learn together, work to overcome differences, and to resist the forces that wish to divide us. I made a deep connection with my Muslim neighbors because of this journey. Even more so, I felt a deeper connection with humanity. I believe it is important to defend all burial grounds, holy places, and cultural heritage sites and resist their destruction. As we do for others, so we do for ourselves.  

You are welcome to watch and participate in this 24 hour on-line demonstration of solidarity for the rebuilding of Baqee and for the rebuilding of humanity itself. Go to www.slido.com and enter the code 385496. Again, I will be on Saturday at 3 pm Mountain, inshaAllah (God willing).

The War on Yemen: A Conversation with Dr. Aisha Jumaan

The US Senate voted this week 56-41 to end US support of the war on Yemen. According to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders:

“The Saudi intervention in Yemen has created the worst humanitarian disaster in the world, with millions of people facing imminent starvation. The time is long overdue for the United States to stop following the lead of Saudi Arabia, a brutal regime that recently murdered a dissident journalist and has no respect for human rights. Further, and importantly, the Senate must reassert its constitutional authority and end our support of this unauthorized and unconstitutional war.”

Dr. Aisha Jumaan returns to the Beloved Community to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and the latest political developments.

Dr. Jumaan is the founder and president of the Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation.  (http://www.yemenfoundation.com) , a nonprofit charity organization that aims to provide relief to the people of Yemen and support peace building efforts.

Professionally, Aisha has been working as an independent consultant in health related projects since April 2013.  She manages and coordinates Health funded projects in Yemen, including the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP). Prior to this Aisha was a consultant for CDC FETP program supporting FETP programs in the Middle East. In 2011 she helped establish the Yemen program (amid social and political unrest) in collaboration with CDC, WHO and the Ministry of Public Health and Population.

Between 2008 and 2010, Aisha was the Director of the HPV vaccine project at PATH working in India, Peru, Vietnam and Uganda.  She has served as a Senior Epidemiologist for over 10 years in several divisions at CDC, including Cancer, Immunizations, Nutrition and Environmental Health.  She has been the primary investigator on several research projects and provided epidemiological and statistical technical expertise. As an Assistant Professor at both Emory University School of Public Health in the Epidemiology Department and at Sana’s University in Yemen under the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Aisha developed and taught intermediate epidemiology to graduate students as well as epidemiology and biostatistics to medical students.

While in Yemen, Aisha served as a National Program Officer for the United Nations Population Fund and as a Health Program Officer for the United Nations Development Fund, supervising several major programs in collaboration with local government institutions. She developed and implemented training programs for US Peace Corps Primary Health Care Volunteers in Yemen, and has evaluated training programs for Primary Healthcare Workers for the Dutch Volunteer Organization SNV. Aisha holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, an MPH in Epidemiology from Emory University, and a BA in Biology from Mills College.

Plus John Shuck speaks with His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche who visited the West Coast this summer.

He was born in India on November 18, 1985. He was taken to the Tibetan Childrens Village in Dharamsala, after his mother died, and stayed there until His Holiness the Dalai Lama recognized him as the reincarnation of his Senior Tutor, the 6th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche, who passed away in 1983.

During this interview, he spoke with John Shuck about leadership, suffering, kindness, and happiness.

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