MANA (2000-2010) R.I.P.

Posted: June 27, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Let us all make du’a (supplication) for our deceased brother MANA. In ten long years the poor fella never even had a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. It was a grim and ugly struggle, but now his soul is at rest. Funeral arraignments to be announced.

  1. Hamza 21 says:

    You have a source?

    I can’t find any information about MANA ending. I receive their emails periodically but they haven’t sent out a email stated their are ending the organization nor is their anything on their website.

  2. @Hamza 21

    Believe me for now brother, this body has given up the ghost. I don’t really want to write a lot about the fiasco that was MANA because quite frankly, its just too painful. Give me some time and I will (insha’allah).

  3. Hamza21 says:

    If it’s true I can’t say I’m surprised. Ineffectual leadership and no clear cut set goals. I guess I’ll be sending my sadaqah to Zaytuna this Ramadaan. At least I know what their trying accomplish.

  4. Even though I never quite understood what the purpose of MANA was, I’m sorry to hear this. It sounds like yet more confirmation that AA (Sunni) Muslims are incapable of self-governance. {long sigh}

  5. Kwame Madden says:

    Mr.Muhammad are you suggesting that MANA as a organzation is incompetent and can’t lead the BAM out of mud they are presently stuck in. I also understand there have been some more resignations from MANA is this true?

  6. @ Kwame Madden

    Answer: yes. Just this past month both Imam Johari Abdul Malik and Altaf Hussain have resigned. Also, Imam Zaid Shakir and Dr. Sherman Jackson are running as far away from the MANA fiasco as they can. The truth is, it was over a long time ago.

  7. Kwame Madden says:

    Wow Brother Abdur Rahman it just seems like we can’t get it together.MANA is made up of a lot of talented brothers but for some reason that can’t as a group advance real working agenda.The question is I guess where do we go from here ,meaning us the BAM .We have become almost irrelevant in the scheme of things.It is really sad to see our demise.

  8. Seiffudeen says:

    As Salaamu Alaikum,

    I wouldns say they are dead, but changing faces. Perhaps new blood in our efforts is needed to move forward. I applaud them on the SHARE houses and other efforts. I in fact intend to join them. If you are not part of the solution, you know the rest.

    I am really dissappoiinted in the negative feeling towards African American Muslims accomplishments. For a group of people with no financial or social backing, we have come a long way. Just imagine, our goals in this life is to rebuild arguably the most broken ethnic group in the world (native americans may have us beat)

    How many brothers do I know who were killers, drug addicts, women abusers and more have stopped all or some and are still improving, and this was accomplished with no more than teaching our often rudimentary understanding of the religion.

    If we but knew the value of guiding one person to Allah’s way, no matter how weak or strong of a Muslim he becomes, we would understand how impressive what has been accomplished in our communities is, maybe not with the people, but with Allah.

    Yes there is a lot of work ahead to do, but the Prophet (SAWS) commanded us not to look to those with more than us, but to those with less. So when we look at our supposedly successful immigrant brothers, all they have is material possessions. They are not concerned about social justice or truly concerned about the state of our nation other than financial and their infringed rights. They are not in general even concerned that Americans are totally ignorant and misled. ISNA is a compelte waste of time, ICNA is much better (due to Dawah focus) but still largely racist an, MAS has huge racial and classism problems, but they all are well funded and operate beautiful masajid and islamic centers that have nearly no effect in the communities they are in except to raise anti islamic fervor.

    Anyhow, make Dua for MANA, it is not dead and they need help and advice, like all organizations.

    I myself love my people, and intend to follow the example of the man of Yaseen, to call them to Islam even if I have to die for it.

    • Abdul-Razzak says:

      I’m sorry but MANA is incompetent and unworthy of our donations. they are wasting thousands of dollars on failed “conferences” all over the country and every responsible person that was involved is fleeing

  9. Servant says:

    Greetings of peace to all who may read this.

    I attended the 1st MANA conference in Phila. and was both amazed and astonished. The glitz and the glamour and all the men (imams, leaders and speakers-even the table coordinators) talking, strutting and acting like wanna be superstars. They all tauted MANA as the next great BAM hope.

    I’m sure that alot of money was raised and spent, pocketed and squandered. One of the saddest and most impressive part of the conference (for me) was the banquet on the 2nd night. If you didn’t buy a ticket or (God forbid, couldn’t afford a ticket) -there was no food for you! They made special effort to bring in more chairs to accomodate the “ticketless” as we overflowed the room and we (mostly women and young adults) WATCHED as the leadership seated on stage and in front of us ate.

    I hoped for sure that one imam, leader, speaker, commentator, Muslim would acknowledge the situation and share his portion with another (sparking a revolution of the sunna) more true than the many words spoken. Instead,there was not even a motion nor mention of the hungry or unfed. Alhamdulillah someone had a box of cookies that was generously circulated amongst the “unticketed poor.” May Allah reward the cookie owners generosity as the Zaid’s, Siraj’s, Luqman’s, and other illuminated- “high on testosterone dignitaries” forgot the manners thier mammas taught them as well as the manners of our Beloved Rasul (saws).

    Afterwards, I read that the focus of MANA’s efforts and the money we shared would be used to rehabilitate the felons. How grand!!! as we ( promarily women in the community) struggle on a day to day basis. Needless to say, I was very disappointed and am now more very careful as to spending for the hype and glamour of the imamate.

    And May Allah guide us all as He sees and hears all things. Ameen.

  10. Musa says:

    How does soemthing die that never really lived? MANA never got off the ground and no one has heard anything from them since 2008.

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  12. Shuaib Mansoori says:

    MANA is such a joke that it is not even worthy of conversation

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