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Muslims of the Americas Chairman Named ‘Ambassador For Peace’ by Khalida
May 19, 2009, 2:14 am
Filed under: Front Page News, Interfaith, International, May Volume I - 2009

By Zahidah Faruq

Islamic Post Staff Writer

At the American Leadership Conference held at the State University of Binghamton, NY, on April 25, Chairman of the Muslims of the Americas (MOA), the Honorable Khalifah Hussein Adams, was recognized for humanitarian disaster relief efforts and coordination of medical and other MOA responder teams which had been dispatched to national and international locations that experienced catastrophic destruction and devastation over the past eight years.
Due to these heroic contributions of selfless sacrifice and aid to the people of the world, the Honorable Khalifah was appointed as the new Ambassador For Peace for the Universal Peace Foundation (UPF).
In 2001, after hearing the horrific events of September 11, the Honorable Khalifah consulted his spiritual guide, a Sufi Master, El-Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani Qadri, and a team of 100 members of the Muslim Scouts of America were immediately sent to ground zero to assist with first responder efforts. The Scouts made their way through the devastating scene bearing medical supplies and food.
When severe flooding hit several counties in upstate NY, the MOA Chairman coordinated teams of relief workers to aid the struggling families. Some of the work again included post-disaster cleanup, and also providing food, clothing and assistance to the medical staff.
When Hurricanes Katrina and Ike demolished and destroyed homes, lives and properties, relief workers were sent again to help in any and every way that was needed. Pakistan was hit in 2005 by a severe hurricane, and the American Muslim Medical Relief Team was promptly dispatched overseas where they provided emergency medical help to those wounded and displaced by the impact of the hurricane.
This year, the sponsors of the American Leadership Conference, the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP) and UPF –a non-governmental organization in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations— invited the Honorable Khalifah Hussein Adams and other members of the United Muslim Christian Forum to attend the conference in Binghamton.
Some of topics of the conference were: American Leadership and the World, the American Dream and the First Principles, and Putting a Real Face on Slavery. A tribute to the victims of the tragedy at the American Civic Center was also held at the conference. (See “Candlelight Vigil,” on A3 for more information.) UPF drafted a letter of condolence to the families of the victims, which was signed by dignitaries of the Federation worldwide. Mrs. Gale Alves, the program director from Binghamton University; Rev. Bruce Grodner the UPF USA District II Chairman; and the Honorable Khalifah Hussein Adams were all asked to accept the letter on behalf of the families of the victims.
Roundtable discussions took place after the presentations, which highlighted salient points of interest.
A highly-praised lunch was provided by Abu’s House of Halal, a local Islamic restaurant. Other vendors also provided food and snacks.
When the Honorable Khalifah Hussein stood up to accept his appointment as Ambassador For Peace, attendees noticed a strong fragrance of rose permeating the air. His statement to the audience was brief and profound. He first gave thanks to Almighty Allah, then proceeded to thank all of the people and MOA staff who work tirelessly and endlessly, who respond at any time of the day or night, who go any where in the world when they are called. The MOA chairman stated that this service to mankind is the way of the Sufi and was unknown to the Muslims of the Americas before being taught by Perfect Sufi Master and Vice Chancellor of the International Quranic Open University, El Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani Hashmi.
The program ended with performances by the esteemed Sufi Islamic song group, Ansarudeen, who sang melodiously in reverence to the Prophets of God. The Nur-ul-Ishq group performed a few couplets from the classical text which is often sung, the Kalam of Hazrat Sultan Bahu (Allah’s mercy be upon him). Mrs. Brenda Cave-James also sung a spiritual song One Morning Soon; and, prior to the benediction given by Mr. Muhammad Hasib A. Haqq, Spokesman of the United Muslim Christian Forum, she led everyone in a beautiful rendition of Lift Every Voice and Sing.
In the benediction he stated that today was just a beginning and that a lot of work still has to be done. He gave thanks to El Sheikh Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani who taught us the creed of the Sufi’s: “Mankind is one family, the family of God”. Mr A. Haqq also stated: “We cannot do this by ourselves even if we all unite. The Almighty Creator has to lead this effort. Therefore, we must purify our hearts that the Lord may direct us as nothing in creation can contain God, except the hearts of man, and our Lord does not enter a heart that is full of impurities like greed, power and love of the world. Once our Lord resides within us than we will see His presence reflected in one another.”

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