The topic of the Khutba (sermon), in keeping with the month of February and Black History month, is the role of belief in the Unity of G-D and the Elevation of Man as seen though the eyes of a Black Muslim and that belief’s impact on his society and today’s world. The story is of Bilal ibn Rabah who through Faith went from humble beginnings as a slave to become one of the most revered Shahabbs (Companions) of the Prophet Muhammad.
Asa Imam Abdul-Halim Hassan is a member of Masjidullah in the West Oak Lane section of the city. He was the Resident Imam for 7 years but because of health concerns he stepped down to concentrate on his main passion and focus, Inter-Faith Fellowship. He is a founding member of the group POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild.) He speaks at Inter-Faith gatherings all across the country and has traveled though out the Middle East strengthening relations between people of faith. Imam Hassan has worked in the Cheltenham school district for 25 years before retiring in 2011. He has worked with the youth of the city of Philadelphia as a coach, mentor and advocate. He has taught Arabic classes to seniors and children.
Imam Hassan is married to Vernessa Hunt-Hassan, a member of the Bahai faith. He is the father of 4 adult children, a grandfather and a great-grandfather.