It seems that the one time Pro-Black and hardcore Islamist speaker and DC-based activist Abdur-Rahman Muhammad after having made a name for himself by trashing other Muslims (particularly African-American Muslim leaders) has finally went all the way to the other side. He is now writing for the ultra-right wing Pajamas Media which is a Tea Party, anti-Muslim, media site which operates kind of like an online version of the Glenn Beck Show. His first assignment is calling against the “Ground Zero Mosque”.
Here is a little background for Muslims on Abdur-Rahman Muhammad. He is a Rhode Island native of Cape Verdean origin. He arrived in DC to attend Howard University and since his young days has been a great admirer of Malcolm X (like I am and so many others) and has even organized trips to NYC to see sites related to Malcolm.
An early admirer of Imam Siraj Wahhaj who he studied deen with ARM later jockeyed to get the chaplain position at Howard University; but the position was given to Imam Johari Abdul-Malik who would go on to fame and prestige in the Muslim community while ARM wallowed in obscurity.
Imam Johari told me “ there is only one thing Abdur-Rahman has remained consistent about over the years and that is he hates Brother Johari”. ARM would bounce around after that. He had his own masjid which failed miserably. He would give fiery pro-Iranian jihadi khutbahs with the Muhammad al-Asi crowd in front of the Islamic Center in DC. Later he would surface as a quasi-Salafi who challenged the Saudi ruling family for their lack of implementation of shariah and commitment to Muslims worldwide.
After years of failure and inability to gain a following in the black Muslim community and his resentment at those such as Imam Mahdi Bray who were able to form good and profitable relationships with mainstream Muslim organizations ARM finally became bitterly jealous and began attacking all of the black imams and leaders he once admired who led the lives he wanted to live and stoked racial resentment between African-Americans and immigrant Muslims at his blog.
Now this is for the non-Muslims, the new friends of Abdur-Rahman Muhammad. You know the up-tight white guys worried about a Muslim takeover of America, Mexicans having too many babies, and keeping black people in their place. You may want your boy ARM to answer these questions to make sure he isn’t doing taqiya.
Questions for Abdur-Rahman Muhammad
Iran: Abdur-Rahman once espoused a pro-Iranian line and acted as a mouthpiece for Iran-inspired jihad. When and why did he cease believing in the pro-Iranian position?
Imam Abdul-Alim Musa: In all of his attacks on Muslim leaders such as Imam Siraj, Imam Talib, the old Dar al Islam Movement, Imam Mahdi Bray and others it seems that ARM has remained silent about one of the most outspoken and militant brothers around who lives in DC not too far from ARM. You may want to ask ARM what he thinks of Imam Musa and Masjid al-Islam where he has attended. Does he condemn the pro-Islamist and anti-Zionist talks of Imam Musa? Has he told you guys “how to punk the FBI?” Would seem kind of odd that ARM would condemn the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” and not his old pal Imam Musa.
Malcolm X: ARM is a great admirer of Malcolm X. I cannot imagine there are too many right-wing Americans who are fans of the late Brother Malcolm. Malcolm believed in global liberation of the dark-masses from Western-domination, neo-colonialism and economic exploitation. He believed America was a fundamentally racist country (as I do) and that unless black people “did for self” they would not be able to confront the system and live sustainably. He taught that if the Black Man could not achieve his rights in the political system it would be necessary and justifiable to violently and military confront the US government to achieve liberation. Does anyone else at Pajamas media share such admiration for Brother Malcolm (el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz) and these positions?
Islamic Party: In 2007 ARM hosted a talk given by former Islamic Party member Lut Williams in which Brother Lut stated why the IP was a good movement and how it was partly based on the teachings of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Pakistani Islamist Mawdudi . ARM agreed that what was needed for African-American Muslims was to turn back to the organizing methods of the IP. Does he still share admiration for the IP? And if he does how does he juxtapose that with his now fierce hatred of the Muslim Brotherhood?
Mosque Questions: ARM has came out against the building of a mosque in Lower Manhattan. He is echoing the words of those who are a part of the “No More Mosques” Campaign and Newt Gingrich who do not want to see any mosques anywhere in America. The same people protesting this so-called Ground Zero Mosque (a mix of Zionists, undercover klansmen, opportunists and bigots) oppose the opening of mosques in suburban Nashville, Wisconsin, Temecula, CA and other places. Do you also oppose the opening of these mosques?
Quran: Muslims believe that the Quran is not the word of man; but rather the uncreated Speech of Allah revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). As the Quran is the Speech of Allah, the Creator of the Heavens and Earth and Master of the Day of Judgment, it is perfect and free from error. Does Abdur-Rahman Muhammad still believe that the Quran is free from error and is the Speech of Allah? If so how does that jibe with those at Pajamas Media and other right-wing pals of yours who call the Quran a “hate book”, desecrate the Quran, call for the burning of the Quran, and seek to outlaw the Quran from libraries?
Prophet Muhammad ( Peace be Upon Him): As Muslims we believe that Holy Prophet Muhammad ( s.a.s.) is the Messenger of Allah, the Seal of the Prophets, a Mercy to Mankind, the Greatest of the Sons of Adam¸ and that his Sunnah ( life example) is free from error. Pajamas media, commenters on the site, and those PM links to have defamed the Messenger of Allah ( PBUH), called the Prophet “evil, possessed, demon-filled” are you willing to condemn this speech and defend the Prophet Muhammad ( PBUH) from these attacks from your friends? Or do you not agree with their characterizations of the Messenger of Allah ( PBUH)? Do you find the Sunnah perfect or free from error or is their anything in the life of the Messenger of Allah ( PBUH) you criticize or disagree with?
Shariah: Frank Gaffney, one of the loudest and foulest voices on the far-right opposing the so-called Ground Zero Mosque, has said he would oppose anyone with a love for and who teaches shariah. Given that shariah is the Islamic law for the lives of Muslims and that no human can be a Muslim and not follow shariah what do you say to this?
To be honest I do not know what ARM believes. He told a brother I know forget the Muslims and just “get money” and that I know he is after. Other than that he needs to answer these questions.