"Khateebah Priscilla Al-Uqdah delivers the 39th khutbah for The Women's Mosque of America on March 30th, 2018. As a long-time congregant and loyal supporter of The Women's Mosque of America, Priscilla shares her insights and wisdom on the importance of treating our sisters the way we want to be treated -- a motto by which she has always lived her life. Priscilla speaks from the heart as she challenges the congregation to take account of ourselves, our families, and our boys, so that we can bring up our entire society as a whole. Finally, Priscilla ends by encouraging Muslim women to take our sisterhood seriously by changing the way we view women's attending of jumma'a prayers; i.e., it should be considered a right and a regular commitment, rather than an occasional luxury.
Priscilla Al-Uqdah is a retiree who is most proud of her years of service in the United States Armed Forces, being a graduate of the famed Navy Photography School and her participation in NATO Operations. Priscilla is a member of the University of Islam and Clara Muhammad School National Alumni Association, a public 501(c)3 organization, that she founded over 26 years ago. She is a college graduate, trained photographer, and a certified paralegal.
Priscilla comes from a pioneering family. Her father Jesse Al-Uqdah, also known as ""Superman"" and “The Marathon Man”, was a local food entrepreneur and employer who invented “Chili Fritos” and the ""California-style fish taco."" Her mother Hafeezah Al-Uqdah is a retired health care professional, a graduate of the famed Charles R. Drew Medical School and a founding member of the Charles R. Drew Physician Assistant Alumni Association. Priscilla’s parents are strong supporters of the communities they live and worked in; this is a trait that they passed along to their children.
Priscilla had the pleasure of being the Vice President and Secretary for American Federation Group, Union Local 2297 and the only officer to hold a 100% union position. With her love for law, Priscilla worked in labor and management contract negotiation, arbitration, and as an employee representative. During her tenure as Vice President of the Local, she worked full-time for the Union. Years later, she is still the only officer to have held a union position full-time.
Since the early 1990s, Priscilla has been the Community Liason and Western Regional Captain of Women Security at the Bilal Islamic Center, as well as personal Security Detail for religious leader Imam Warith Deen Mohammed (RIP) and his family in the United States.
Priscilla chaired the Recognized Community Organization (RCO) under the leadership of past mayor Richard Riordan. During her leadership, she is most proud of the Central Avenue Entry represented by the art work of a saxophone and guitar on Central Avenue and Vernon Avenue.
Priscilla is a founding member of the Central Avenue Jazz Festival. She is the host of “On the Avenue”, a cultural event honoring the Los Angeles Renaissance, music history, and local legions at the historical Dunbar Hotel on Central Avenue. She is also a founding member of the South Central Neighborhood Council, and a founding member and board member of the Historic Central Avenue Business Improvement District.
Priscilla has fond memories of her time as a teacher at the Clara Muhammad School in Los Angeles, especially of her first and second-graders' hit showcase of their reading and spelling skills. She received the Award of Achievement for her work with the Clara Muhammad Schools National Alumni Association from the Universal Islamic College, founded by Dr. Zakiyyah Muhammad."