Aisha El-Mekki

April 21st, 1947 - September 21st, 2020

Verily We Belong To ALLAH, And To Him We Do Return (2:156)

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Aisha K EL-Mekki was born and raised in Philadelphia; she received her education in the private, public, and Catholic school systems. She graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education and has continued to serve students in the urban community Philadelphia community for over 30 years. 
 
Aisha’s ardent desire and interest in justice, human rights and equality contributed to her involvement in the Black Panther Party. 
 
As a young adult, Aisha’s thirst for justice was answered when her “Aunt Maryam”, Maryam El-Mekki Abdullah, introduced her to Malcolm X (Al Hajj Malik Al Shabbazz) and subsequently, Islam.
 
In the early 1980s, Aisha’s further research on Islam led her and her family to travel abroad to Iran seeking an expanded understanding of their faith. 
 
She later became active in the social justice, anti-war, interfaith, and environmental justice movements. 
 
Aisha was employed as a substitute teacher by The School District of Philadelphia until early 2020 when she retired due to health concerns. 
 
Aisha believed in and operated on the premise that Allah, the Most High, has instilled in us an internal sense of justice which is refueled by our daily prayers and connections with Him. This innate sense encourages us to act by standing up for the oppressed and safeguarding this beautiful earth which He has entrusted to our care.
 
She was the proud and grateful mother of 5 practicing Muslim children.

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Name Aisha El-Mekki
Date of Birth April 21st, 1947
Date of Death September 21st, 2020
Home Town Philadelphia, PA, US 
Favourite Saying "If you want peace, fight for justice. Justice will give birth to peace!"
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Cemetery Friends South Western Burial Ground
Address 236 Powell Lane
PA 19082
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1968 - 1972 Temple University, BA in Early Childhood Education
1980 - 2020 Elementary School Teacher / Educator

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Childhood friend, Aquil, shared that mother gave him a book when he was a young child. He still has it along with the note she wrote inside of it.

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We went to the Equal Justice Initiative. It was one of the places Mama Aisha has attempted to visit a couple times before. She and Mama Shakurah had planned to go, but it didn’t work out.

When we decided to take a group of youth, we knew we needed Mama Aisha as one of our chaperones. EJI is on Mama Aisha’s list for donations. https://eji.org/

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Sisters. Both here and in the Hereafter

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Mama Aisha’s Arba’een memorial. https://www.dropbox.com/s/gvb7i4u3zscbwfg/Mama%20Aisha%27s%20Arbaeen_10.31.2020.mp4?dl=0

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Outside of Nidhamu Sasa with Mama Naeemah. Enrolling us in Nidhamu Sasa was one of Mama’s best decisions. Ever.

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I met Ms.Aisha through her son Sharif. She would drop the girls off to get their hair braided ( and for those that knew the girls know that they had PLENTY of hair) Ms. Asiha would always have to tell Sharif to stop being so cheap. One thing for sure about Ms, Aisha she was about PROPER doing business and did not play. When I learned about her past, I was so amazed that someone of her Character, would have been so humble. Later I realized why Sharif was so intelligent and woke at such a young age. Rest Well Ms. Aisha .

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Thanks, Cecelia. Very fond memories. Thanks for all that you did.

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Mama was an activist - particularly around educational & racial justice. She would frequently visit my schools and speak to students, chaperone trips to the library, etc. We would attend ED confs together and she was never hesitant to speak up. As a grad of Temple with an Elementary Ed degree, and experience in homeschooling her own kids and teaching other people’s children, combining it with a liberator’s mindset, she did dope work.

Here’s an article about one of her visits to Shoemaker. https://www.inquirer.com/philly/education/a-lesson-in-black-liberation-for-philly-students-20170530.html?outputType=amp

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Mama did not like snakes so I was shocked when she wanted to catch this one to show to her grandkid. She never ceased to amaze me.

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2 parents. 2 activists. I’m glad they met and hit it off so well. It was amazing to see them plotting and planning for their people.

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Khalil, Nabeehah and family, along with the Islamic Heritage Foundation family, offer our sincere condolences to the family, and pray that our Sister Aisha is provided the highest level of Jannah. Sister Aisha shared love and warmth as a friend and was a tenacious, and supportive force in our community. None other like her! She will certainly be missed.

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Mikaeel A Abdu Al-Wadood published a tribute .

I never actually met Sister Aisha, but it was brothers and sisters like her who established Centers and started movements that planted the seeds of Islam for people like myself. Those seeds included the love of Ahlul Bayte(as). I've also been blessed by her life on earth to know her children who continue on that same path she followed and guided them along. May Allah ta 'ala make her grave spacious, forgive and pardon her of any sin and shortcoming, greatly multiply her good intentions and deeds, and grant her a position close to Prophet Muhammad and Ahlul Bayte(salawat).

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An amazing person. Very blessed to have met her.

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S. Mikyeil El-Mekki published a tribute .

Mottos of my Mother
Chapter 1

Martyrdom of our Mothers and Fathers
front of our memories
Bloodstains of our Brethren and Sisters
on our backs
Visions of Victory
imprinted on our soul
Shall We Stand
Again and Again
We will FIGHT on
'til Victory
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Fasaha M. Traylor published a tribute .

I learned so much from her in the early 1970s at the Black independent school, Nidhamu Sasa. I am so glad I had a chance to express my gratitude before she left...

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