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Children's Museum of Manhattan - America to Zanzibar - POLITICO

DE BLASIO press shake-up -- CUOMO bans insider lobbyist -- REDSTONE saga - POLITICO.

NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, NYC Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, NYC Council Members I. Daneek Miller and Helen Rosenthal toured the America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan earlier this week with the museum’s executive director Andy Ackerman, the museum’s honorary board chair Laurie M. Tisch, museum board member Judith Hannan, the exhibit’s academic advisor Hussein Rashid and others. America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far is a groundbreaking new interactive exhibit for children and families that explores the diversity of Muslim cultures in New York City, the U.S. and abroad. The exhibit showcases the cultural expressions of various Muslim communities around the world through age-appropriate experiences with art, architecture, travel, trade, design and more.

#LoveRally on April 10, 2016

I'll be speaking at a rally to counter the hate emerging out of this year's Presidential Election Cycle. Please join if you can on Sunday, April 30, 2016 at 2PM in New York City, by New York University.

The official letter about the program is here.

Dear Friends:

As the co-founder of the Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity (PACH; pach.org), I am writing to let you know that PACH and 20 other NYC organizations are having a love rally in Washington Square Park on April 10th from 2-4. Please join us! We have over 35 world leaders, activists, interfaith leaders, youth groups, a gospel choir, musical groups, spoken word poets, and many others joining us to celebrate love for our common humanity. The rally is in response to the radical hate that is consuming our political conversations and our daily lives. We want to show the world, as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is doing, that there is another way to respond to hate and violence than simply more hate and violence. Join us as we come together as a community of New Yorkers to fight radical hate with radical love.

Here is a link for a promo video by Sweet Honey in the Rock for the Rally. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCnWKnHUcP0&feature=youtu.be Carol Maillard, from Sweet Honey in the Rock, will be welcoming the crowd and their songs, recorded for the Love Rally, will be aired on the video screen. Below are the links for our facebook page, articles about why we are having the rally, and attached is the press release and the flyer for the event.

Facebook Event:


Facebook Page:


Huffington Post Article on why we are having the rally:


Steindhardt Page from February


Hope to see you there!


p.s. We had originally scheduled this for February 14th but it was postponed due to freezing weather.



Love rally flyer

Panel: Advancing Religious Literacies: Exploring Islam through the Cultural Studies Method

The loud discourse on Islam in the United States today marks Muslims as a threat, embroiled in pre-modern sensibilities, and unable to participate in democratic societies. These articulations are often made by recycling colonial and oriental images of Muslim women as oppressed and Muslim men as violent, with objects such as the hijab and the figure of the terrorist at the center. This rise of Islamophobic commentary has resulted in myriad incidences of bullying, teasing, and direct violence against teachers and students who identify, or are read by others, as Muslims. All this points to the lack of understanding about Islam and Muslims in the United States. This panel will argue for the urgent need for religious literacy and introduce the Cultural Studies method to understand Islam and Muslims.


Dr. Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim Religion and Cultures; Director of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University

Dr. Diane Moore, Director, Religious Literacy Project; Senior Lecturer on Religious Studies and Education; Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University

Dr. Hussein Rashid, Founder of islamicate, L3C, a consultancy focusing on religious literacy and cultural competency

Shenila Khoja-Moolji, Research Fellow, Teachers College; Education Affiliate, Religious Literacy Project, Harvard University 


Date: April 21, 2016

Time: 7 to 9pm

Everette Lounge

Teachers College, Columbia University

Religious Literacy Event Flyer



Vice President's Office for Diversity & Community Affairs

Teachers College Student Senate

Leading Edge - Conference

I'll be speaking at the following conference on a Muslim theology of Black Lives Matter. I've spoke at the church before on a similar topic, but this will be different.

“Body Politics” :: Jan 17 @middlechurch from Middle Collegiate Church on Vimeo.

The Leading Edge 2016: 
REVOLUTIONARY LOVE—Tools, Tactics, and Truth-telling to Dismantle Racism 

Friday, April 15 – Sunday, April 17 in New York City 

Our nation is in a crisis. Though there is only one race — the human race — racism is a construct with lethal consequences. People die while in its custody. Racism has annihilated the souls of citizens and ripped out the heart of our nation. Recent surveys show that 60% of the people in our nation think race relations are in a significant decline, that our dream for justice and equality is dying on the vine.

At the 10th annual Leading Edge Conference and the 6th annual Transform Network Gathering, we will learn and teach each other the best practical wisdom for movement-making, mingled with theoretical underpinnings and theological reflection. Join thought leaders like Chris Crass, Melissa Harris-Perry, Jim Wallis, Jacqui Lewis, Huseein Rashid, and Miguel De La Torre; and activists like Linda Sarsour, Micky ScottBey Jones and Valarie Kaur. In plenaries, short talks, and small group conversations surrounded by music and art, we will create strategies for change.

Activists, analysts, preachers, poets, prophets, teachers, trainers, writers, queer, and straight folk of all faiths ready to make a change: Come and bring your hopes, disappointments, and dreams. We must disrupt the narrative of white supremacy if we are to be free. We need tools, tactics, and truth-telling to dismantle racism.

Ours is #PropheticGrief. Even in our anger and tears, we are ready to do something, to organize. This is a multi-faith, multi-racial movement. Those of us who are disgusted with the status quo are called to join the movement if we are to save our nation, save our world, and save our souls.

Powered by the Middle Project, Transform Network, The Unitarian Universalist Association, and Auburn Seminary 

To register, visit middleproject.org.



Newsday on America to Zanzibar

Here is a Newsday article on the exhibit America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far, at The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, for which I was the lead academic advisor. It's a good chance to shout out my friends from high school.

“Our goal is to have children deal with differences in a healthy, positive way and encourage them to be inquisitive while exploring the world instead of running away from its differences,” Rashid said, an experience not so different from his years growing up in Elmont.


A Busy Church Month

In January 2016, I was blessed to be invited to share the pulpit at two Collegiate churches in New York City.

The first was Marble Collegiate Church, as part of their annual Trialogue amongst the Abrahamic traditions.

January 10, 2016 Three Faiths, One Family from Marble Collegiate Church on Vimeo.

Hosted by Dr. Michael B. Brown
Rabbi Ayelet Cohen, Rev. Robert Chase and Dr. Hussein Rashid

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I was hosted by Middle Collegiate Church, where I spoke about Islamophobia and #BlackLivesMatter

“Body Politics” :: Jan 17 @middlechurch from Middle Collegiate Church on Vimeo.

“Body Politics”
Jacqui Lewis and Hussein Rashid

Recap of Chautauqua Visit 2015

I was invited to speak at the Chautauqua Institute this summer on the theme of The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion and Violence.

The initial calendar event is here.

A pre-talk write-up is here, and post-talk write-up here, both from the Daily Chautauquan. 

A video of the talk is embedded below.


Round-up of My Chautauqua Institution @chq Talk

I was privileged to be invited to speak at the Chautauqua Institution. My topic was on meanings made of death in Muslim tradition.

The lead up to the event got this write-up.

Moral and ethical questions often surround death, dying and the afterlife — questions Hussein Rashid will explore in a Muslim context.

Rashid, who teaches a course at Hofstra University called “Life, Death, and Immortality,” will give a lecture at 2 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy titled “Embracing Death to Live Life.” Week Nine’s Interfaith Lecture theme is “From Here to Hereafter: Facing Death with Hope and Courage.”

Rashid will examine the moral and ethical considerations surrounding death, dying and the afterlife. He will also explore what particular visions of the Muslim afterlife look like. Some such issues include quality of life, assisted living and end-of-life considerations, such as assisted suicide.

And here is the write-up of the event.

Hussein Rashid said death has power because people don’t understand it. Certain Muslim traditions, though, try to give death meaning.

Rashid discussed these traditions and the three stages of death — life before death, death and life after death — in his 2 p.m. Interfaith Lecture Thursday at the Hall of Philosophy, “Embracing Death to Live Life.” Week Nine’s Interfaith Lecture theme is “From Here to Hereafter: Facing Death with Hope and Courage.”

“To say we are living and then we are dead is too simple an equation,” Rashid said. “The way we perceive death deeply informs the way we live, and the way that we live deeply informs the way that we imagine what happens during and after death.”

And here is the video of the talk.