Category Archives: Outreach

An open letter to GhostFace Killah: Help the Dawah to Islam.

To my Muslim brother Ghostace Killah,

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 deeply inspired by  a 2013 interview of yours in which you describe your conversion to Islam.

You were asked about books you enjoy reading and you stated “I like reading stuff about the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh and the Qu’ran and stuff.” You were asked about the many multiple issues facing many inner-cities from the drug economy to homicides. You stated  that among many youth “They have no spiritual guidance so they not afraid of anything.” 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.”

As a very influential rapper and also someone who has studied the life of Prophet Muhammad, pbuh and the Qu’ran, I believe you can have a monumental impact in providing spiritual guidance to oppressed Black youth throughout America.  The Black Dawah Network, a Muslim Empowerment Institute Initiative, would like for you to join our efforts to propagate the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, throughout oppressed inner-city communities as part of an ongoing Islamic movement to combat white supremacy.

In one of your songs that has always touched my heart All I Got Is you, you describe your upbringing growing up in Staten Island, New York growing in poverty.  You stated there were days you had to rely upon your neighborhoods for food, and using newspaper instead of toilet paper. You  discuss New York Housing Authority harassing your family by seeking to throw you out of your place after you caught a case. The wretched conditions you describe in your neighborhood growing up emanate from the white oppression of Black communities. A recent study found that  fifty years after the Fair Housing act of 1968,  New York City is in a defacto state of segregation  and poor Blacks were more likely to live in neighborhoods with higher poverty neighborhoods than whites.  

Brother Ghostface Killah, The Black Dawah Network, which  focuses on Islamic outreach to oppressed Black communities,  would like invite you to work with us on a series of dawah videos on the life of Prophet Muhammad pbuh targeted to oppressed Black youth.

We want you to help teach the masses of the people how the  practice 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 throughout the hoods of New York to Islam.

Remember brother,  this life is transitory and our deeds will be weighed by Allah(swt) on the Day of Judgment. If someone becomes Muslim as a result of your actions this will benefit you greatly on the day of judgment.

Contact hakeemmuhammad498@gmail.com to get involved in the dawah.

Sincerely,

Hakeem Muhammad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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