Divine Nine Sororities and Fraternities were founded on Christian principles. However, members of Black Letter Organizations reflect all faiths and it should be noted that we are accepting of an array of religions.
The Beta Psi Chapter of Iota Phi Theta at Arizona State University held a forum on “Muslims in America” to educate attendees on the teachings of the Qur’an. A main discussion point was the recent media events concerning the threatened burning of the Qu’ran and building of the community center near Ground Zero.
The President of the Beta Psi Chapter, Antione Jones is a reverted Muslim. Jones made his declaration to the Mosque last year. Jones said in the presentation on Tuesday that he proclaimed to the mosque “Allah was the only God,” by reciting a prayer in Arabic. Jones went through the basic teachings and five principles, as well as answering any questions candidly that audience members had.
Jones explained that Islam is a faith that accepts all people, as it was created as a religion for humanity. As explained by Jones, as long as a person feels that Allah (the name in Arabic for God) is the only God, then they are considered Muslim.
During the question and answer portion the Ground Zero mosque was brought up and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. member LatTina Rencher said that she felt the community center should be built, and those who have a problem with its construction, because they fear terrorism, should make an effort to learn about Islam. Rencher felt that those who attacked the World Trade Center where not a true reflection of Islam.
Rencher makes a good point in that it is education that should be stressed in the the Ground Zero Mosque debate, as well as the burning of the Qur’an. That is where Black Letter Organizations step in and fill the void that the media leaves open.
Iota Phi Theta saw that these two issues where being covered without explaining what the faith of Islam is really about, and took the initiative to educate those around them who wanted to understand.