(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.