Islamic representation in the world of television and cable can be hard to find. Often the values, traits, and traditions associated with Islam clash with what many think is attractive to the mainstream American public. One man is working to change that.
Brother Waliyyuddin Abdullah is the head of the Islamic Communication Network in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is producing a cable television network that will highlight the African American experience and the experiences of other minorities in America, captured in a TV series called Sojourner TV. This series gives a voice to many that have gone unheard for generations and this is one way that Brother Abdullah takes a stand against injustice.
And why should ye not fight in the cause of Allah and of those who, being weak, are ill-treated (and oppressed)?- Men, women, and children, whose cry is: “Our Lord! Rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from thee one who will protect; and raise for us from thee one who will help!
Sura 4 – An Nisaa, Ayat 75, Abdullah Yusef Ali translation
Listen to our podcast to learn about the Islamic Communication Network and Sojourner TV’s approach to teaching moral values and life lessons to the American public from the African American perspective and the perspective of countless other minorities. The views, opinions, stories, and struggles of oppressed communities and minorities in America are highlighted and shared through this channel in a way that viewers can relate to them, learn from them, and apply them in their day to day lives.
In our interview, Waliyyuddin Abdullah also shares a story that highlights the oral tradition of memorizing the Quran, how Islam and the African American community are intertwined, how he came to be a Muslim, and how his understanding of Islam has changed over the course of his life (sharing how his experience with the Muslim Brotherhood shaped him and how his trip to Hajj continues to bless his life on a day to day basis)
To learn more contact:
Waliyyuddin Abdullah, Philadelphia, Islamic Communication Network Inc., Sojourner TV
215-227-0640, Fax 215-227-0626
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