From Sitting Bull’s resistance of America’s occupation of Native American lands, to Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr’s struggles to liberate their people, to Bob Dylan’s songs in defiance of racism and corporate exploitation, the history of America has been defined by movements to uplift and inspire; movements not dissimilar from the work of our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, to shape a people that would shine as beacons of light in dark times.
Inspired by these movements and their histories, Mishkáh presents – Winds of Resistance: A Road Trip Tracing America’s History of Artistic, Spiritual, and Political Counterculture. Join us for an epic journey beginning in Medina Ohio, through the skyscrapers of Chicago, down the winding streets of San Francisco, along the expanse of the Grand Canyon, and across the starlit deserts of New Mexico. Along the way, we will not only explore the stories of America’s revolutionary past, but we will experience the living legacy of that past by visiting the teachers, artists, storytellers, and activists who are carrying on that legacy today. We will experience the living history of Islam in America including the Inner City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) as it revives the legacies of Malcolm and Martin in the streets of Chicago, Zaytuna College as it reinvigorates the essence of education in California, and Dar al Islam in New Mexico as it preserves the spirit of the Native Americans that once stood as caretakers of this sacred land. We will see the landscape of America through the eyes of its heroes and be inspired to carry the mantle of their work.
18 Days. 18 Unique Adventures. 6,000 Miles. 1 Epic Journey.
Highlights from the Trip:
Visit to First Cleveland Mosque
Study of Sojourner Truth, visit to the site of her historic speech, “Aint I A Woman.”
Exploration of Civil Rights History of Cleveland – Historic Speeches by Malcolm X and MLK Jr.
Celebrating activism and the arts with Inner-City Muslim Action Network’s international festival, Takin’ It to the Streets
Study of Malcom X, Martin Luther King Jr, Muhammad Ali, and the Nation of Islam
Visits to Mosque Maryam (NOI Headquarters) and Masjid Faatir (A Mosque Built by Muhammad Ali)
Visit to Mother Mosque (oldest standing mosque in America)
Study of the health, wellness, and holistic living countercultures that emerged from Denver
Yosemite National Park
Visit to Yosemite National Park, studying the history of environmental activism and preservation efforts in the US
This year is the 100 year anniversary of America’s national park system
Berkeley / San Francisco
Study of 60s counterculture movements, the hippie movement, the Civil Rights Movement in the Bay Area
Visit to Zaytuna College, exploring the legacies of Sh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Zaid Shakir, and the work they are doing to revive the true spirit of education
Visit to Hollywood
A critical study of Hollywood, media, independent film-making, and their role in the countercultural movements of America
Retreat at Dar al Islam in New Mexico, studying the history of the Dar al Islam community, a community of Muslims that was built in order to live a more spiritual life, closer to nature
Study of Native American movements for the preservation of natural lands and resistance to American occupation of Native American lands
Dar al Islam
Ust. Saad Omar
Artist | Entrepreneur | Teacher
Ustadh Saad will be joining us for the entire trip, teaching, and leading discussions all along the way.
Traditional Hakim | Counselor
Hakim Archuletta will be teaching us during our time at the Dar al Islam center in New Mexico
Note: All people featured on the flyer will be living and passed figures whose lives will be studying, not teachers at the program.