I have just received the photographs of the solidarity event with the fast of Dr. Sami al-Arian at the Malcolm X Center in Harlem last week. Amongst those on hand were Malaak Shabazz the daughter of Malcolm X, the Director of the Malcolm X Center, Imam Mahdi Bray Executive Director of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, former Attorney General of the United States Ramsey Clark, Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid from MANA, the International Action Center, the American Muslim Alliance, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and the National Lawyers Guild.
At these event speakers and attendees drew parallels the fast and legal struggle of Dr. Sami al-Arian to that of those in the civil-rights movement in the past.
I am taking the advice of my brothers and elders in Islam Imam Mahdi Bray and Sheikh Abu Usamah and offering an olive branch to Abdur-Rahman ( may Allah guide us all) while standing by the essential truth of my argument and my defense of Sami al-Arian, the mainstream Muslim organizations, and our brothers in Islam and standing by the fact that these were my words alone and I meant what I said, but it has been said and there is no point in bringing further anonymity amongst Muslims and as Abu Usamah pointed out the same people cheering you on today will be your detractors tomorrow so kalas let us love all of our brothers and pray for their success and freedom while praying for the defeat of the enemies of Islam and give them no aid and comfort.
Besides, we should stop before it comes to this
That is what old school NWA wrestling looked like not this sissy stuff you see now and that was Chief Wahoo McDaniel ( a real Native American) and the “Mad Man from Sudan” Abdullah the Butcher ( not from as -Sudan)
“Justice is through the barrel of a gun…rivers of blood will flow through these streets one day” were the words I heard on Massachusetts Ave in Washington, DC being yelled by a man foaming at the mouth calling for global jihad against the West and Muslim regimes not ruled by shariah.
At the time (late 90′s) I did not know who this man was I only knew that he was part of the Pro-Iranian group that prays on the sidewalk in front of the Islamic Center of DC where they have prayed since they were ousted more than two-decades ago. In protest they pray and have jumma on the sidewalk and the crowd is mostly Shia ( and even if they are Sunni they are pro-Shia in their outlook) and are always extolling the virtues of jihadthe Palestinians and Iran and chastising the leaders of the Islamic Center, America the Saudi monarch, and anyone who is not a pro-Iranian pseudo-jihadi.
I would find out that the man giving this jihadi tirade was none other than Abdur-Rahman Muhammad the Cape Verdian-American from Rhode Island who came to DC in the 1980′s to study at Howard University and has since became somewhat of a known figure here locally (mostly for the drama he has caused). This brother now operates a popular blog named A Singular Voice.
I will spare everyone the details (although I have them if need be) of the beginning of the story and his controversial tenure as a chaplain and imam at Howard University and how that period came to an end. For the moment I will also spare readers from the story of how this one man single-handily almost caused an East Coast war between African-Americans Sunni Muslims and the Nation of Islam over false allegations, I will not go into the reasoning he had to walk around with a bodyguard even though he was not famous, I will not go into the failure of the masjid that he founded, and I will spare readers from the details of the number of personal issues sisters and others have brought to me.
What I want to focus on now is my bewilderment at his attacks on the Muslim American Society, Dr. Sami al-Arian and Sheikh Ali al-Timimi.