In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
As a nonprofit community development body comprised of Caribbean American Muslim organizations, CAMA aims to serve and enhance the communities within which we work, live and enjoy. Our members, guided by our Islamic faith, strive to uplift the religious, social and economic standing of our communities. Since we began collaborating many years ago, we have brought a sense of unity and engagement amongst Organizations. Inspired and guided by the values of our Islamic faith, we believe that Caribbean American Muslims have much to contribute to improving the lives of people in our homes and neighborhoods regardless of race, gender, religion or ethnicity. Our projects provide education, information and services to all people.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and objectives. We greatly appreciate your generous donation.
Queens, NY, June 3, 2020: In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Recently, we have watched disturbing scenes of the irresponsible use of force by law enforcement and, in response, peaceful voices being drowned out by violence and vandalism. As Muslim Americans, we wholeheartedly condemn all injustice, violence, racism, and oppression.
It’s saddening to witness discrimination and injustice against black Americans and people of color all across the United States in all its forms, including systematic racism among law enforcement, our education system, and the criminal justice system at all levels of government. We want to also unequivocally condemn the violence, rioting, and looting prevailing in our cities.
Our obligation as Muslim Americans is to reflect inward, dismantle racism, and defend the rights of all races. We pray for mutual peace, love, respect, and justice for everyone in the public realm and for those in law enforcement charged with protecting us.
Queens, NY, May 15, 2020: Since the Masaajid are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and no public gathering is permitted, the Caribbean American Muslim Association (CAMA) wants to advise Muslims regarding the upcoming Eid prayers.
The Eid prayer is not the same as the Friday prayer, as the Friday prayer has different conditions and rulings. According to our scholars, the Eid-ul-Fitr Salaah can be prayed at home under these circumstances. Muslims can pray the Eid-ul-Fitr Salaah in their homes with their own families (or individually in case one is living by oneself), and there is no need for a Khuṭbah.
CAMA encourages Muslims to pray the Eid-ul-Fitr Salaah at home due to the special and unique circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic and government requirements for self isolation.
We pray to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala for the safety, health, and security of all and return to praying in congregation at Masaajid as soon as possible.
Queens, NY, April 20, 2020: Several issues were brought to the attention of the Caribbean American Muslim Association (CAMA) regarding the performance of Salaah in congregation or listening to the recitation of Qur’an during this period of self-quarantine. Each was given detailed attention while efforts were made to secure the scholarly rulings on such matters.
Queens, NY, April 13, 2020: The Corona Virus has created upheaval with over 5,800 deaths in New York City. Having a loved one passing away brings additional heartache and puts us in a state of mourning. We pray for the forgiveness of our Muslim brothers and sisters who have passed away. May Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta'ala grant them Jannatul Firdaus (Highest Paradise). We ask Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta'ala to comfort their family and ease their burden during this difficult time.
Al-Hamdu Lillah, over thirty concerned community leaders from more than fourteen Masaajid and Islamic Organizations, participated in a virtual meeting on Sunday, April 12, 2020. This was a special meeting to share information, give an update on actions taken by individuals and organizations with regard to the very critical situation of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the difficulties of performing the burial rites of Muslims.
Queens, NY, April 3, 2020: CAMA continues to recommend that Masaajid be closed for the forseeable future. This decision was difficult to reach, but it is based on inputs from Masjid representatives, consideration of Fiqh principles (rulings), and the current guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), medical professionals, and officials of various cities, states, and the federal government. This means that:
All Praise is for Allah (تَعَالَى) without whose favor we would not have been on the right path. In 2018, CAMA staged its second convention with the theme “Islam: Solution in Challenging Times”. Alhamdulillah, the convention attracted over 800 Caribbean American Muslim attendees, volunteers, and organizers to explore the solutions of challenges faced by Muslims in the American society.
It was resolved that CAMA, a nonprofit, will focus on:
CAMA Strongly Condemns any and all acts of terror.
The world has witnessed too many mass shootings and other acts of violence targeting innocent people based on their race, ethnicity, or religion. We strongly express our outrage at these heartless acts that has taken too many lives and left countless more seriously injured.
We continue to see such acts against people of all faiths and continue to condemn them all in no uncertain terms. Terrorism has no place in Islam. Whether the victims of terrorism are Muslims or non-Muslims, whether it is committed by individuals or a larger group or organization, all of these acts of violence run counter to the tenets of Islam, the religion of peace.
CAMA will be embarking on a voluntary assessment of businesses selling Halaal food in the Southern Queens area. This initiative seeks to protect our communities to properly adhere to Islamic dietary guidelines.
More information coming soon, In shaa Allah.
Enable individuals and communities to have a richer, more fulfilling and more engaged life for their benefit and the benefit of those around them.
Promote integrated development and social custodianship with a focus on education and empowerment.
Support the marginalized members of our Caribbean communities: to give them a voice and take action as a larger body.