مِيحِرَّلا نِٰمَحْرَّلا هِلَّلا مِسْبِ

WITH ALLAH’S NAME, THE MERCIFUL BENEFACTOR, THE MERCIFUL REDEEMER

Profile of Imam Yahya Abdullah

Imam Yahya Abdullah is the Imam of The Islamic Association of Desoto, Texas, founded in 2002. He was Imam of The Dallas Masjid for 18 years and established a full time Sister Clara Mohammed School in 1983.

He performed Hajj to Mecca, Saudi Arabia in October 1981. Imam Abdullah attended the Arabic Language Program at the Saudi Academy in Washington, D.C. in 1987, where he was class valedictorian.

Imam Abdullah was a presenter at the 11th Annual Dawah Conference held in Cairo, Egypt at Al-Azhar University in 1988.

In 1988, he co-produced a nationally aired documentary, The Hajj, Pilgrimage to Mecca. In that same year, he founded African-American Men Against Narcotics (AAMAN), a group dedicated to drug prevention and rehabilitation, and was also featured in a nationally acclaimed documentary on PBS entitled War on Drugs. Imam Abdullah is the author of four books; Elements of Progressive Leadership, Dynamics of African-American Male Development – Manhood Training Curriculum Outline, Religion is the Solution to the Crime Problem in America and Developing the Human Potential.

Imam Abdullah visited Saudi Arabia with Imam W. Deen Mohammed on four occasions, March 1990, September 1990, January 1991 and February 1991.

In 1995, he was a co-sponsor and organizer of the ‘Dallas Acts Kind’ week, whose participants included Imam W. Deen Mohammed, Mrs. Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King III.

In 1998, he organized and co-sponsored a major conference on diversity, ‘Future Global Trends of the 21st Century’.

In 2006, Imam Abdullah and the Muslims of Masjid Muhammed, Bermuda, organized and founded BAN (Bermudians Against Narcotics), a community protest and intervention group dedicated to eradicating illegal drugs from the island paradise of Bermuda.

Over the past 25 years, Imam Abdullah has participated in numerous interfaith dialogues with Christians, Muslim, Jews and other faiths, within Texas, across the United States and Bermuda.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and proclamations, from cities across the United States of America, for his dedication to community service. President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush were among those who presented him with community service awards.

He is a student of Imam W. Deen Mohammed and was his personal friend. He assisted Imam W. D. Mohammed with Group Volume Buy imports from China. Group Volume Buy successfully imported two thousand high quality men’s business suits in May 2008. Group Volume Buy will also import women’s clothing and accessories. He is presently continuing the business initiatives of Imam W. Deen Mohammed.

Imam Abdullah is a frequent lecturer throughout the United States and the Caribbean at colleges, universities, radio/television stations and banquets. He has traveled extensively and has lived in the African countries of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Zaire and Egypt.

He is currently involved in the development of an Islamic Community on eight acres of land in Desoto, Texas. The community will consist of a Masjid (mosque), school, cultural center, housing, businesses and an assisted living facility for the elderly.

Imam Abdullah is married to a Bermudian, Alana Shakir, and resides in Cedar Hill, Texas.

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Profile of Guru Ranjit

Guru Ranjit Deora is the owner of Charlotte Meditation and Founder of Yoga Health Solutions. For 21 years he has taught research-based meditation methods to help people relax, de-stress and rejuvenate. Companies and non-profit organizations such as Bank of America, Peak Fitness Clubs, Unity of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, Alexander Youth Network, Mecklenburg County Women’s Commission and Charlotte Center for Positive Living have benefited from Guru Ranjit’s teachings.

Recently, Guru Ranjit has achieved impressive results in applying Mindful Yoga techniques to his work with students at the Alexander Youth Network, a leading provider of children’s behavioral healthcare. Nurses, psychologists and classroom teachers there have noted significant improvement in students’ behavior and performance as a result of the breathing exercises, laughter yoga and meditation techniques Ranjit offers. His other teaching programs include Techniques for Relaxation and Stress Relief classes and corporate wellness training Seminars for Central Piedmont Community College.

Leave your everyday stress at the door and join him to rediscover peace, health, happiness, and sleep all in a nurturing, compassionate and judgment-free environment. He will guide you with a variety of techniques including meditation, laughter yoga, and nutrition, each designed to calm your mind, soothe your body and renew your spirit while immersing you in a practical, nourishing mode that will allow you to return to your most healthy self. He remains dedicated to helping students of all ages find peace and better health .