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World Trade Center Memories and Mission

Islamic Leadership School

Leading up to the 9/11 memorial, my feelings have begun to drastically change similar to the mix feelings I always have in past years when I reflect on what took place in our city on that unforgettable day.

As remarkable as 9/11 National Memorial Museum is, it is one place I truly dread going in because of the strong feelings that consistently converged in me. The feeling of guilt, anger, confusion, sorry and a vivid cognizant of the utter disregard to the lives violently taken from us on that regrettable day that has forever left in our hearts incurable wounds.

My only refuge during this terrible moment is Islamic Leadership School, the first full time Muslim school that opened its doors for the first time on the same fateful day of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.  The opening of this first Islamic school in the Bronx on 9/11 was a divine message, the message of fighting evil religious extremism with education.  Instead of the school becoming the center of radicalization and extreme religious views, it became a conduit of wisdom, tolerance, pluralism, progressively moderate and vital peaceful pillar of New York and beyond.

Islamic Leadership School has become one of the most effective counter extremism endeavors in the nation. Promoting a peaceful coexistence among all people is unwavering mission of its leadership.  “While we can’t change what had happened to the World Trade Center, we can certainly use our school’s peaceful coexistence platform to prevent such cowardice act from ever happening again. This is a small step towards healing.” Said Sheikh Musa Drammeh, Islamic Leadership School co-founder.

Because of the success of ILS in its promotion of peaceful coexistence, the founders are piloting a new public school curriculum next year called STEMDUP to broaden its mission. STEMDUP stand for science, technology, engineering, mathematics, diversity, unity and peace. #911memorial #worldtradecenter #ils #stemdup

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The single most important element for a person, neighborhood, town and a nation to thrive is good education. However there won’t be good public education without good educational infrastructures. And there can’t be good infrastructures in the absence of strong commitment to public safety.

We’ve painfully learned so well in the Bronx that deterioration of law and order have contributed to the regrettable regressions Bronxites are accustomed to and sadly normalized.

Poor communities (such as ours) and nations (some of us come from) continue to be poorer for lack of prioritizing good education in a scientifically and technically rapid changing universe around them.  And for those mightily striving for socioeconomic development in the midst of privation, they have to own the ‘know hows’ and the tools of development since sustainable development can’t be outsourced permanently.

Furthermore, in terms of public safety, we all have recognized the fact that post-September 11 expenditures on local, national and international public safety aren’t prudent, sustainable or worst yet being able to alleviate hateful global violent attacks and conflicts.

So, because of our government’s wrong priorities with our tax dollars concerning peace and conflict, towns such as the Bronx have been neglected by the federal government who’s irresponsibly preoccupied dumping our finite resources into its endless and easily containable global Wall Street conflicts.

It is time to permanently end poverty, violence and normalization of failures in our neighborhoods in the Bronx and beyond. We said it is for STEMDUP ERA.


What is STEMDUP?

STEMDUP is the combination of our Wall Street, School System, Public Safety, and Peacebuilding expertise packaged into an innovative educational program bound to permanently transformed the unacceptable status quo of poverty, educational failures and hateful violence that too many of our peoples have unconsciously normalized as divine fate.  When it is absolutely not!

We are honored to inform you all that Bronx will be piloting a bilingual STEMDUP ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL, K-12, starting in the academic year 2019/20, followed by other counties and countries. #stemdupera #stemdupschools #stemdupacademy #stemdupinstitute #stemdup

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