(Editorial Note: This is part one of an edited excerpt from a Khutba by brother Bilal Stroud on why African-Americans should rush into Islam.)
Why African Americans Should Rush to Islam by brother Bilal Stroud!
During the Transatlantic Slave Trade period, millions upon millions of enslaved Africans were taken from their homes, and brought to the Western Hemisphere, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and to North America. The first slave ship to arrive in the Americas in 1619. For hundreds of years, the process of enslaving an entire race took place. As time went on, the oppressor wanted to make sure that slaves had a mindset that will keep them in perpetual servitude to their slave masters, as they were already dealing with rebellion from the Muslims who believed in a free world for Africans.
Muslims in Haiti were instrumental in fighting the colonizers, and gaining the freedom of the enslaved Africans in Haiti. Dutty Boukman, was a Muslim and he was always known to be carrying a Quran with him. So when he was sold into slavery, the slave traders demanded this Quran from him, in order to confiscate it as the colonizers knew about the threat of Islam to their operations. Dutty Boukman refused to give it up, so they decided to set his Quran on fire to punish him, but he refused to let it go. The fire burned the side of his body, and he was known as Bookman because of that incident. He led the people in Haiti against the colonizers in a revolution.
When slaves arrived in the Americas, the colonizers were wary of Islam, its teachings, and the threat it posed to slave trade. And they were so eager to quash Islam before a revolution came up. Islam is a revolutionary system. It brings people up, it turns evil over on its head, and the slave master could not accept this.
The slave master introduced us to a religion by which it is said that not only is God a man, but he happens to be a Caucasian man. Then he tells you that you should love your enemy, and if someone slaps you on the cheek, give them the other cheek. This was intended to make Africans soft and acquiesce to your oppressor.The slave master did this to suppress the revolutionary system of Islam to solidify a hold on the slaves.
1)Allah(SWT) will grant us power and authority.
Now, as African Americans living in this country for hundreds of years, we have lived on the fear and tyranny of our historical oppressor. Every single day we watch the news, somebody’s getting shot, somebody’s getting harassed. Somebody gets shot in our community. We have no power in America. Unfortunately, the problem that we as African Americans have is that we actually think that the key to our liberation lies in political power. That the more mayors and governors and politicians you have, the more you will gain power and authority in the land, but we still don’t have it. Even though we had a black president some years ago, our authority in America is minuscule.
Allah is telling you here that if you become Muslim if you submit to his laws and commandments, and come to Islam, he will make us superior in the land, establish our feet, take away the stress and anxiety that we have, and put peace in our lives. Allah will establish our people if we turn back to him. If we turn back to Allah, obey his laws and his commandments, and follow that belief up with righteous deeds and have a keen certainty in Allah’s promise and his mercy, Allah will establish us in the land.
We have evil rulers ruling over us. Oppressors and evil tyrannical rulers will be demoted, and eventually the people of righteousness will rise to the top.
2) Allah will grant us Tranquility
If our people become Muslims and come back to the natural way of life, Allah has promised us an easy life, a life of ease and tranquility. Allah says in the Quran that whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and as faith, verily to him we give a new life, a life that is good and pure.
Have you seen a dialysis clinic? They have to put them on the machine, and drain all the blood out their body. They then purify it, and then put the blood back into your body. That’s what a kidney does. It purifies your blood in your body and it is one of the most important organs in the body. If your kidney fails, you have to go on a dialysis machine. You know why your kidneys are failing? Stress, anxiety, fear, depression, and you know what causes that? The food that we eat, foods like fried foods and all this, raises the blood pressure and when your blood pressure is high, the blood can’t circulate through your body and your organs start to fail, so you will have a hard life. Your life is all over the place. You have no peace, no inner peace.
So Allah says, there is a reward for coming close to him. Obey his laws and his commandments and watch how Allah would take away all your problems, all your grief, all your nervousness.
But the reverse is also true. Allah says whoever turns away from my message, verily for him is a life full of stress, full of anxiety. So Allah said, if you turn away from me, no problem. I’ll leave you to yourself when things are not going right in your life. Stress, worry, grief. Everybody’s after you. You can’t sleep at night. You’d be nervous, oh, you’ll know what’s going on, and you’re so scared. That’s because we have left the commandments of Allah and we do not follow his laws and his commandments. So as a result, you will have no peace. Allah says here, if you do what he tells you to do, follow his laws and his commandments and obey the final prophet and messenger, Muhammad, may Allah’s peace be upon him, Allah will enrich your life.
3) Allah will protect us From Our Oppressors.
If our people run and come into Islam, Allah will protect us. Allah shows us that over and over again in the Qu’ran. He saved Moses in Egypt. He saved Job. He saved Noah. All the prophets, Allah saved them from the plot of their enemies and from the destruction. This is the mercy and the blessing that Allah will give to us as his people, but you as an individual, when you turn to Allah, he will offer his protection, meaning nothing can harm you. He will come to your aid. He will protect you from all types of harm. That harm could be physical harm, harm of stress, anxiety, whatever can bring you harm. If we as a people turn to Allah, Allah will protect us. Allah has given us a promise. Allah says, he will defend and protect us.
How many of us don’t want that? How many black men are we seeing shot down in the street? How many black women are we seeing being harassed? Why? We can stop it overnight! We just need to be right with Allah and see what Allah would do for us. Turn to Allah and see how he will protect you from the paths of your open enemy and those around you. Allah protects those who believe in him.
At the forefront of a futile effort to inhibit the rise of Islam in Black America are two individuals in the “Black Conscious Community”: Young Pharaoh and Sara Suten Seti. Without realizing the irony, Seti routinely gives lectures with a Malcolm X or Dr. Khallid t-shirt on whilst speaking against Islam. The basic reality reveals an incontrovertible fact: even anti-Islam Afrocentrist in the Black conscious community cannot escape the Islamic influence over the Black Liberation struggle.
Whilst Seti continuously promotes the writings and teachings of Marcus Garvey to Black people hailing him as one of the greatest Black leaders, he ignores the Champion Magazine- March issue of Marcus Garvey’s Negro Improvement organization, 1917, which reads, “The negro is crying for a Muhammad to come forward and give him the Quran of economic and intellectual welfare. Where is he?” Speaking laudatory of Islam, Marcus Garvey states, “Muhammad suffered many defeats at certain times but Muhammad stuck to his faith and ultimately triumphed and Muhammadism was given to the world”. Marcus Garvey’s United Negro Improvement Association looked to Islam as a source of inspiration and influence.
In another video discussion, Seti speaks against Donald Trump for calling for an extradition of Black revolutionary: Assata Shakur. Seti praises the Black revolutionaries who got Assata Shakur out of prison stating they were real Africans. He failed, however, to mention that the brother who was convicted for the liberation of Assata Shakur, Sekou Odinga who stated “Al-Islam is a comprehensive religious, political, and social way of life. I believe that Al-Islam, as taught by the Koran and Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (a.s), is the best-organized system to free New Afrikan people and build the New Afrikan Nation.”
He ignores the words of Assata Shakur who said “I had always said that if i had any religion, it was Islam” and that “the Islamic influence over our struggle has always been strong.” In fact, during Assata Shakur’s trial, she went as far as to file a court motion so that her trial would not take place on Friday, simply so she could attend Jummah Prayer.
Yet, Sara Suten Seti and Young Pharaoh speak negatively of Islam yet are unable to present any ideology to Black people that can compete or rival Islam in any, way, shape or form.
Islam has an established track record of producing revolutionaries: Safiya Bukhari, Sekou Odinga, Malcolm X, Dhoruba al-Mujahid bin Wahad. On the other hand, Seti and Young Pharaoh would be hard pressed to name a single “Maatic revolutionary” the Black Conscious Community has produced that has struck fear in the white power structure.
Islam has an established track record of producing institutions that have transformed the Black community for the better. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam established a Fish import business, cleaners, bakeries, a Muhammad University of School system, and drug rehabilitation centers. From the teachings of Islam, individuals like Malcolm X and countless Black people were inspired to leave drugs. On the other hand, the Black conscious community has produced powerpoint slides on the pyramids and history lessons on ancient Egypt.
Umar Ibn Khattab, a companion of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said “Verily, we were a disgraceful people and Allah honored us with Islam, so if we seek honor from other than Islam, then Allah will humiliate us.” Since the Black Conscious Community began abandoning Islam in favor of reviving a pseudo-ancient Egyptian spirituality, nothing but one humiliation after humiliation has befallen the Black conscious community.
Take for example Natural Tehauti. After Sara Suten Seti went ducking Dr. Wesley Muhammad for a debate, he had Natural Tehuti replace him to spew the same debunked “Islam ain’t for Black people, its for Arabs” drivel. What happened to brother Natural Tehuti?
Natural Tehuti is currently incarcerated for selling drugs and has even recently been convicted of homicide after an inmate died of an overdose from drugs he smuggled in the prison. Consequently, Seti himself has admitted to using cocaine and he stated he sold drugs in order to afford his trip to Egypt. The fact of the matter is anti-Islam Afrocentrists in the Black Conscious Community cannot compete with Islam with it comes to revolutionary praxis against white supremacy, cleaning up black communities of drugs, or building institutions to transform black life for the better.
The best they can do is the same powerpoint slides about the pyramids and ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, and videos disrespecting Islam whilst simultaneously wearing Malcolm X shirts.
Instead of just wearing a Malcolm X t shirt, Young Pharaoh and Seti: should look into why Malcolm X said Islam was the best religion for Black people, why Marcus Garvey said the Negro was yearning for a Muhammad; why Sekou Odinga said Islam is the best religion for New African People.
Brother Seti, Pharaoh, and Nehuti, the door for you to become a Muslim and repent of your prior transgressions is still available. The Black Dawah Network strongly advises you to take your Shahadah and become a Muslim.
What happened to those strong Black Muslim voices speak forcefully against white supremacy and who call to Islam? They are still here although strong Black Muslim voices are not represented in the mainstream American Muslim establishment. This is to be expected. Nonetheless, we must work to amplify strong Black Muslim voices. Subscribe to follow the following Black Muslim voices.
Muslim Empowerment Institute is actively working for the revival of Islam in the Black community. We seek to restore Islam to having the uplifting transformative effect it once had in eradicating social problems and pathologies in the Black community. Follow the Muslim Empowerment Institute’s Youtube Channel.
Follow the Facebook Discussion group Black Dawah Network to join important conversations and initiatives for Islamic Outreach to Oppressed Black Communities. To join group you must request access and demonstrate a commitment to Dawah in Black Communities.
The Black Network Network podcast brings forth important Black Muslim speakers to discuss Islam and its relevancy to Black America.
The Truth to Power Youtube channel of Hakeem Muhammad seeks to continue the Black Islamic tradition of fighting oppression, tyranny, and structural racism.
MA.B.I.A. is an acronym for Muslim and Black in America. A broadcast put together by Bilal Abdullah where he speaks on news and issues from the perspective of a Black Muslim living in America.
The Flaming Crescent Society was founded by Salim-Abdul Khaliq in honor of Malcolm X. The Flamin Crescent seeks to uplift the memory of Malcolm X and correct the misunderstandings people have of Islam.
Mr. Campbell was raised attending both the Christian Church and the Muslim Mosque. He was always inquisitive about religion. Around the age of 14, he decided that Islam was the path for him. However, he was rather secretive about his belief due to the negative perception many had of the religion. When Islam became the topic of any discussion, he maintained the Islamic sympathizer role as the son of a Muslim, while being careful not to be identified as a Muslim himself. The stigma surrounding Islam and Muslims only intensified throughout the years, but so too did his desire to announce to the world that ISLAM IS THE TRUTH.
Read part one of the Flops of Chancellor William’s Destruction of Black Civilizations here.
More than an individual, the Negro Imam reflects and represents a mindset; a way of thinking and thus, acting. Once you know the characteristics of the Negro Imam, which is highlighted most blatantly by his consistent, sometimes exclusive engagement of, concern for and service to and for institutions and organizations whose agenda is most often indifferent to the best interest of his people, the disenfranchised Black masses, and it is easy to identify just who embodies those traits; and how dangerous he, the Negro Imam as well as those he influences is to the independence and self-determination of the Muslim Black man and women, and Islam in America in general.
As Muslims, we firmly believe in the Islamic concept of universal brotherhood. Our problem with the institutions which Immigrant Muslims have established is not based on the fact that they consist of Immigrant Muslims. Our problem is that the institutions which Immigrant Muslims have established in America instead of allying themselves with the Black Muslim tradition of a holy-protest against white supremacy, more often than not, they acquiesce to it.
“The Negro Imam” affiliated with said institutions will be completely devoid of an agenda to advance Islam in Black America with a consistent engagement with disenfranchised Black communities. Whereas, Malcolm X upon being leaving prison went up and down Detroit’s Black ghettos to speak with drug traffickers, gang members, and other disenfranchised Black folks about Islam, “the Negro Imam” is comfortable being a token in immigrant Muslim institutions which have at best, abysmal engagement with Black communities.
We Must Eradicate the Mentality Of the Negro Imam!
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All too often, “Muslim American” issues are largely disconnected from “Black Muslim” issues. This is problematic and presents a challenge that only the Black American Muslim community can address.
The Black American Muslim has to reclaim her/his place in the narrative of the Islamic experience in America. There needs to be a leveling of the field and an initiative to neutralize the apparent move to marginalize the narrative of the importance and relevance of Islam in Black Americaand the Black American Muslim experience. Failure to do so, it is feared, will result in the coming of a time when it will be asserted that Islam in America really didn’t began or take off until the 1980’s on a college campus…… We already see a shift towards that trend in the common, popular narrative today.
It is in that spirit that Islam in America Movement (IAM) is honored to announce the national launch of State of Islam in Black America™.
What: State of Islam in Black America – A National Conversation and Results Oriented Dialogue™ is a continuing series of local and regional discussions, symposiums and town hall meetings, focused upon the challenges, issues and opportunities for and of the Muslim Community in America from the perspective of the Black (or African-American) Muslim. State of Islam in Black America is the brainchild of author, media strategist and Muslim Public Intellectual Amin Nathari. Nathari is an activist and servant-leader in the Muslim American community for more than two decades, and a lifelong Muslim.
Why: To identify, uplift and support the good work, activities, programs and services, in every field and sector, among and within the BlackMuslim community throughout America and to bring those things before the broader community-at-large. The intent is to look at best practices institutionally and organizationally, minimizing no existing endeavor or initiative, and to celebrate and share what works.
When: July 4, 2017 through July 4, 2018. A schedule of confirmed cities and dates will be available at www.AminNathari.com and updated as new cities are added. The tour will culminate with State of Islam in Black America – the Inaugural Islam in America Movement (IAM) Conference in the Fall 2018, with the plan for the State of Islam in Black America conference to be held every other year thereafter.
Where: Masajid, mosques, Islamic centers, colleges and universities and other community/public spaces and venues throughout the United States of America
How: By creating and nurturing new initiatives wherever gaps exists and a need is present. State of Islam in Black America. Because its time.
If we truly believe that “there is no American history without Black history”, then it is also true that the destiny and success of the Muslim community and the American society-at-large is directly and inextricably linked to the contributions and importance of the Black Muslim community.
The work of Islam in the Black American Muslim community must continue. Will you join us on this important journey and help IAM continue our civic engagement and educational empowerment work by making a contribution today?