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COMMUNITY LEADER

Committed To Building and Strengthening Communities, through fostering relationships by bringing people together around challenging issues on working towards a positive consensus. 

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STRATEGIC PLANNER

Collaborates with other faith based institutions, community leaders, and community members with strategies, plans, and advisement.

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ADVOCATE

Strives to create opportunities for community voice and action to affect social and structural conditions that are known to have wide-ranging effects on communities.

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Meet Sheikh Musa Drammeh

founder – ceo – spiritual leader – community leader – advocate – teacher – husband – father

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Sheikh Musa Drammeh is the Managing Owner of Al Iman Plaza, a Real Estate Investment, founder of Muslim Community Report Newspaper and Tea-Out-Stress Franchise.

Mr. Drammeh’s passion for entrepreneurial development hails from his over 20 years work in the areas of Real Estate, Insurance and Investment Banking.

He has led and inspired many community and religious initiatives through which he has received a number of proclamations from elected officials including New York City Mayors and New York State Governors.

He is a recipient of the New York Post Liberty Award for Leadership. Sheikh Drammeh is the Executive Director of the African News Media and Public Emergency Management Adherence (PEMA) television shows on BronxNet Television.  In addition, is a frequent Media Commentator for Islamic issues and African Affairs.

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THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY REPORT

Muslim Community Report Newspaper, was founded in August 27, 2011 as a print-only newspaper covering community news in the New York City Metropolitan area, specializing in diverse Muslim communities and various ethnic, multilingual and geographically diverse African communities.

Muslim Community Report covers all topics relevant to the average New York City reader. However, we are unique because we cover two under-reported communities in New York City: Muslims and Africans. In regards to Muslim communities, we cover a broad range of Muslim groups residing in the City, descending from Southeast Asia, Middle East, Africa, African-American Muslims, Latino Muslims and everyone in between. In regards to African communities, we cover all African communities from different countries,regardless of religion.  The two, unique vibrant groups we cover intersect as we cover growing African-born Muslim communities throughout the City.

We Strive to challenge the long-held stereotypes and misrepresentations about Muslim communities after 9/11 Document stories, events and happenings in Muslim communities that reflect racial, ethnic diversity of New York City and highlight similarities with other faith-based communities.  Since our inception, the Muslim Community Report has documented under-reported stories from geographically diverse African communities, highlighting the diversity and common issues in different African communities.

We Encourage readers, both Muslim and non-Muslim, to engage in meaningful dialogue about mutual respect and tolerance Illustrate common, universal issues that African-born youth and second-generation Africans experience, similar to the immigrant experience in New York Illustrate common, universal issues that Muslim youth experience along side other non-Muslim youth Highlight the growing Muslim population in New York City.

We Highlight the growing African population in New York City, particularly the Bronx Document the unique stories of post-9/11 American-born Muslim youth As a responsibility of African-owned media, tell African stories with an understanding of nuances, norms, cultural sensitivities and respect for various African cultures Profile members of Muslim communities who contribute to New York City Profile members of African communities who contribute to New York City.

We Welcome ALL readers, Muslim and non-Muslim, African and non-African to participate and engage in cultural exchanges Document stories about vibrant, multilingual African communities in the New York City area Highlight the intersection of Muslims and Africans: African-born Muslims.

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Documenting The Journey Towards Unity

founder – ceo – spiritual leader – community leader – advocate – teacher – husband – father

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In The News…

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Police Commissioner Ray Kelly Gets Praise From Some Muslim Leaders


NEW YORK
CBSNewYork/AP
January 27, 2012


Muslim leaders met with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on Tuesday after shows of both opposition and support for the department’s surveillance of Muslims in and around the Tri-State Area.  Most of those who emerged sang Kelly’s praises, reported 1010 WINS’ Al Jones. Others who have been critical didn’t attend.

On Saturday, students and activists loudly denounced the policy at a protest on Wall Street. On Monday, members of the Muslim community rallied at One Police Plaza to show their support for the NYPD.  Thirty-six groups, including some that are faith-based and others that are student-led, have sent a letter asking New Jersey’s Attorney General to immediately investigate Muslim monitoring by the New York City Police Department in Newark and other cities.

The call for an investigation sent Tuesday mirrored similar requests made last week in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and elsewhere.  The letter to Attorney General Jeff Chiesa asks New Jersey to investigate the extent to which local police assisted the NYPD and whether the New York department broke any New Jersey laws, such as the Wiretapping Act.

(TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


Please See: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/03/06/police-commissioner-ray-kelly-to-meet-with-muslim-leaders/

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Students Of Multiple Faiths Restore Bronx Synagogue Housed Inside Mosque


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) April 21, 2013


Christian, Jewish and Muslim volunteers came together Sunday to refurbish the “Shul in the Mosque,” a synagogue that happens to be situated inside of a mosque in the Bronx.

The Shul in the Mosque is located inside the Islamic Cultural Center of North America, which also houses the Masjid Al-Iman, at 2006-8 Westchester Ave. in the Parkchester section of the Bronx. Members of the Bais Menachem of Parckchester worship in the space.

The partnership began when the Young Israel Congregation was holding a drive for needy families years back, and received a donation from Masjid Al-Iman founder Sheikh Moussa Drammeh, according to a Tablet Magazine report.  The Parkchester neighborhood was once largely Jewish, but is now home to a largely African immigrant population that practices Islam, the Riverdale Y explained. Sheikh Moussa Drammeh is a native of Gambia.

Young Israel had to sell its building in the Bronx in 2003 and closed four years later, leaving the remaining congregants with nowhere to go, the magazine reported. Chabad Lubavitch took over the reins of the congregation, and Drammeh volunteered to set a space aside in the mosque for worship services, the magazine reported.  The refurbishment project is funded in part by a Unity Grant from the City of New York.

Rabbi Bob Kaplan, founder director of the New York Center for Community and Coalition Building of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, is friends with Drammeh. Kaplan said he was surprised when he visited the mosque for the first time.  “I visited my friend, the imam, during Ramadan, and he said, ‘Here’s our place, and here’s this, here’s that, and here’s the synagogue?’” Kaplan told 1010 WINS. “And I said, ‘The synagogue?’”

The leaders of the mosque and the synagogue decided to make the refurbishment a true interfaith effort, Kaplan said.  “We decided to bring together students from the Riverdale Y, from the synagogue, from the mosque here, and from Manhattan College to come together – Christians, Jews and Muslims coming together to make a more beautiful place for folks to pray in,” Kaplan said.

Both the synagogue space and the façade for the mosque were in sever need of repair, the Riverdale Y explained.


Please See: newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/04/21/students-of-multiple-faiths-restore-bronx-synagogue-housed-inside-mosque/

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