Open Letter to MoneyBagg Yo: Welcome to Islam Brother!
Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” 3:31
To my Black Brother MoneyBagg Yo,
My name is Hakeem Muhammad, I am an student attorney from Chicago focusing on criminal defense and prisoner’s rights. But more importantly, I am a Muslim and was overjoyed to learn of your decision to embrace Islam. I pray that Allah (swt) blesses you to remain strong in your faith.
In your video you attested to the fact “Muhammad is Allah’s last Prophet and Messenger.” One of the things which our Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, taught us is that, “None of you will believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself.”
In one of your songs you mentioned growing up in South Memphis where you “had to hustle just to eat, got my knowledge out the street.” As allude to in many of your rap songs, Black youth throughout South Memphis are living in many wretched conditions. In Memphis, Black youth endure poverty rates at four time the rate of white youth and Black families earn an average income that is roughly half that of whites. These widespread disparities in wealth are directly attributed to the history of white supremacy and it forces many of our black brothers on the streets to hustle. Many of young brothers end up incarcerated as result. In fact one study determined that “While black Tennesseans make up 16.8 percent of the state’s population, they make up 44.1 percent of its prison population.”
The Black Dawah Network, a Muslim Empowerment Institute initiative, focuses on Islamic outreach to oppressed Black communities, would like invite you to study more about the life of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, through watching the lecture Looking Towards The Prophetic Biography For Black Liberation” by Professor Shareef Muhammad. Please consider watching the videos dear brother to learn how the practice and propagation of Islam can enable oppressed Black masses confined in inner-cities to challenge wretched conditions the white power structures imposes on black communities. Lastly, we would like to invite you to join the Dawah and to use the platform you have to call the disenfranchised black communities of South Memphis to Islam.
Please reach out to HakeemMuhammad498@gmail.com to get involved.
Your brother Hakeem Muhammad