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.
To establish Islam in oppressed Black communities, Black Muslim men, regardless of their rank in society, education in the Islamic sciences or academia, must be willing to go into the hood, in the most violent and dangerous of neighborhoods, and communicate the message of Islam to oppressed Black youth in street gangs, those in the drug economy, drill rappers, and more. That is our responsibility, those are our people and we must save them with Islam.
“Invite to the path of your Lord with wisdom and good advice” (An-Nahl 16:125).
We can no longer wait for speaking engagements or seasonal ‘Black muslim’ conferences to discuss Islam’s relevance to Black people. Instead, the time is ripe to go to oppressed Black communities all across America to deliver our message that Islam is the only way for freedom, justice and equality. We must go to our people whether it be in the barbershop, to brothers outside the corner store, or coming out of the trap houses.
Let there be a group of people among you who invite to goodness, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong. (Aal `Imran 3:104)
The masjids must play an active role in the development of Islamic institutions that resolve social ills in the Black community. This happens when Black men step up and take charge of our communities. It happens when we understand how white supremacy and institutional racism have created the conditions of poverty and violence in oppressed black communities. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson recently said at Howard University that the reason white supremacy has existed for so long is because the Negro loves the white man more than anyone.
We must begin to love ourselves and our people more than anyone else. We must be able to articulate how the Prophetic biography and Qu’ranic teachings can address the political realities of Black people and change their life. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad was given 104 books to study in the Library of Congress by Master Fard Muhammad. One hundred and three of those books dealt with an aspect of the life of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him. The best book, he was given, according to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, was the Holy Quran. That was the 104th book.
Say: this is my way, I invite to God. (Yusuf 12:108)