Khalil Gibran Muhammad named in Roots 100

khalilHarlem's Keeper of History Warns, 'Be Vigilant'

Khalil Gibran Muhammad makes a return to our list this year for his continued work with the New York Public Library's much lauded Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Muhammad, a great-grandson of Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad, is the director of the Schomburg and an outspoken one at that. With his interests in the racial politics of criminal prosecution in America, Muhammad's was a leading voice on the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Muhammadis currently working on his second book, titledDisappearing Acts: The End of White Criminality in the Age of Jim Crow, as a follow-up to 2010's The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America.


Islamic New YearThe number of months with God is twelve in accordance with God’s law since the day He created the heavens and the earth;of these four are holy. This is the straight reckoning…Al-Qur’ān 9 [At-Tawbah “The Repentance”]:361

Time has come back to its original state which it had when Allah created the Heavens and the Earth; the year is twelve months, four of which are sacred. Three of them are in succession; Dhul-Qa'da, Dhul-Hijja and Al-Muharram, and (the fourth being) Rajab Mudar (named after the tribe of Mudar as they used to respect this month) which stands between Jumad (ath-thani) and Sha'ban. Ḥadīth2

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad Commemorative Center (HEMCC) conveys best wishes to the Muslim community in the United States and abroad for a blessed and happy hijrī year 1435. Today is the first day of Muḥarram, the first month of the hijrī year. 

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad Commemorative Center takes time to recognize the birth anniversary of Sister Clara Muhammad, the wife of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the first lady of the Nation of Islam

Clara MuhammadClara was born on November 2, 1899 in Cordele, Georgia to Quarters and Mary Lou Evans. Clara, her two brothers and two sisters, grew up on their parents’ ranch. They attended public school and worked in the fields. Clara's mother’s family the Thomas’s were known for their good Samaritan characteristics and their quest and support for education. These traits helped shape the great woman that Clara later became.