Saturday Mix from Queens

OK, part 3 is coming to the White Muslims series I promise you, it has just been delayed a tad. In the meantime I have a couple of issues to blog about and something a sister tagged me with ( the first time I have ever been tagged)  to get to.

Imam Siraj Giving Khutbah at Saviours Day

The issue of Imam Siraj Wahaj giving the khutbah at the Saviors Day of the Nation of Islam yesterday in Detroit has sparked a lot of controversy amongst Muslims and there are many different opinions on the matter. Those that I have spoken to that are most hostile to this are African-American Muslims and those that are the most supportive are immigrant Muslims from what I have read.

I have no doubt that Imam Siraj has the best of intentions in going as he came out of the NOI and of African-American Muslims of his generation that is very common and that generation tends to have a lot more tolerance and understating towards ther NOI. Amongst the younger generation of African-American Muslims there are few who came from that movement so it is less of an issue and they tend to be hostile to what they may refer to as the “Nation of Iblis” or the “Nation of Shaytan”.

Minister Louis Farrakhan, once a powerful and influential man in American life, is now a dying man and there is no heir apparent to the movement, and a lot of Sunni Muslims, such as Imam Siraj and ISNA, are hoping that once Farrakhan dies that they can help bring the remnants into the fold of Sunni Islam such as what happened when Elijah Muhammad died and his son brought the group into mainstream Islam before the Farrakhan rebellion that brought back the teachings of Elijah amongst many.

If this would happen it would be a good thing, but how much would we really benefit as Muslims? Outside of the speeches of Farrakhan what of substance does the NOI have? Not a whole lot. Once he dies the organization will splinter and many will hold on to the deviations of Elijah Muhammad and the kufr of Master Fraud and will be a movement of no social-value and of no political weight. If Imam Siraj showed them that there is an alternative and it is the Haqq that is fine; if ISNA sent them the message that we will be open to racial- extortion to lure you in and will tolerate your deviance then that is a bad thing.

This is 2007, not 1967, and there are more African-American Muslims who listen and take knowledge from the likes of Imam Siraj, Abu Usamah, and Zaid Shakir than any of the bow ties in this day and age. The Sunnah is in a postion of power, and not the NOI, let the old man pass, and then we will see what happens insha’Allah.

Soundvision Email on Sunni-Shia Cooperation

Brother Mike Schaefer forwarded me an email from Soundvision encouraging Sunni and Shia dialogue in the Muslim community in America and called on groups within the American community to help and bring the groups together in their homelands and be trendsetters.

I believe in Muslim unity, but unity based on the principals of truth, and therefore I am willing to support a call for non-violence between Sunnis and Shia and a call to bring down the rhetoric; but I am not willing to shy away from those areas where we are in disagreement and to say that we have no major religious differences, because we do, and the Shia are not the 5th Madhab, and as Muslims we must proclaim the truth even when it is not popular. Having said this, I understand where the email is coming from and there are a lot of areas of the Muslim World that are caught up in mindless violence between the two groups that is a complete waste of peoples times.

Tag From the Sister

5 Things You Don’t Know About Me

1. I Always Carry a Pen in My Hand

2. I was a Champion Wrestler

3. I am a Boxing Fanatic.

4. I Once Got My Finger Stuck in a Steering Wheel

5.I love any combo of peanut butter and chocolate.

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38 thoughts on “Saturday Mix from Queens

  1. Salaam,
    One thing I’ve seen is that some very sincere brothers and sisters come through the NOI, and hence I am very excited about what I just learnt from your blog (Imam Siraj Wahaj speaking at Saviours Day convention).

    There is one thing that the NOI can bring to the table, although we also have it, but not as much as I’d like to see. And that is the spirit of actual constructive work. Now some people do embody it, working in the inner cities or prisons and what not, but we need more work. Not in the sense of liberal or humanisitic activism, but work that is actually of value and our obligation. The NOI during the days of Malcolm, and even slightly before that, became popular because it did a few things that made a lot of sense. It gave a spirit of self-love to a people that needed it. Education, conservative dress, eating habits, and discipline to a people who were told by the world that they were bad, lazy and what not. Unfortunately many of us Sunni muslims become too complacent and withdraw from the public life etc. Intelligent people like Br. Sherman Jackson can teach both AA and immigrant Muslims a thing or two. I see hope Umar.

    All in all, I hope something good comes out of it, and that is because I have seen former NOI sunnis who are people I love. Besides, we should pray that if it is the end of Louis Farrakhan, and Allah gives life and death to whom He wills, then may Allah guide him towards the truth and forgive him.

  2. As usual you are very wise Br. Umar. I love how you think things through, rathering than vomitting up a knee-jerk reaction to things. May Allah bless you and continue to guide you. May we continue to take benefit from your posts and thoughts…ameen.

    Also wonderful comments by qawukzi. I too have known NOIs who were very disciplined and given to contructive self-imporvment and improvment of conditions for Muslims in general. As was said…there is hope.

  3. Salam Umar,
    I recently found your blog and I think it’s very informative,but I have to disagree with you this time. I think every one has something that can be beneficial.I am an immigrant but I heard so mutch about the NOI and their social work wich brought the AA community together and lifted their moral, and that’s something we Sunni Muslims very in need to these days. As far as the Sunni Shiite dialogue I agree, we as Sunnis know that what we have is the real Islam and anything else is nothing but man creation and completely false, so we should not compromise our believes for the sake of unity .
    I recently attended a panel about islam in the west and someone asked about the Sunni-Shiite relationship and the speaker said “the only big difference between Sunnis and Shiites is that Sunnis put their hands on their chests when praying(Kabd) and Shiites lay them down (Sadle)” common Br.!!! that very misleading.

  4. I saw Min. Farrakan at Compton College in Los Angeles years and years ago. And yes these people are extremely disciplined. Does anyone remember that scene in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X when Malcolm went to the hospital after one of his followers was attacked and how he ordered them in the direction of the hospital from the police station? Well that was no exaggeration. May Allah guide tham to the truth.

  5. As salamu ‘alaikum

    The issue of unity of Muslims based on Shia-Sunni dialogue is a misleading one. The only possible unity of the Muslims is based on Qur’an and Sunnah. Shia people are searching legitimation and acceptation through their propaganda, while they are dividing the Muslims and creating civil strife in the Ummah.

    The problem is theirs, not of Ahl as Sunnah people.

    Wa s-salam

  6. Salam,
    I think before we seek unity with shi’a we -as Sunnis – need to be united first.
    Umar I have a Q. for u, I used to be taxi driver and I don’t remember having time to check my email, how do you have time to write all this?

  7. Bikhair I remember that part. I was born in the NOI and had a similar experience. My father was one of Elijah Muhammad’s top officials. He even got shot at the temple defending Him and the members during a ‘terrorist’ attack. He still has the bullet in his thigh.

    When I was two years old I accidently cut my hand off. I was in the hospital having it reattached and my mother gave strict orders for them NOT to feed me ANYTHING. When she came to the hospital to feed me, she found me sitting on the nurses lap being fed pork! My mother, after snapping, called my father to inform him and a few minutes later the hospital was surrounded my NOI, similar to the Movie about Malcom X. Later Elijah Muhammad came to the hospital, brought me a gift, ordered that my stomach be pumped, and he personally brushed my teeth…lol

  8. I’m still not entirely clear on why people consider Shia to be unbelievers? I’m talking normal, mainline ithnna ashari, not the splinter sects. Do they affirm the Kalima? Check. Believe that the Qu’ran is the word of allah? Check. Believe in and uphold the 5 pillars? Check. I remember Umar posting a lot of quotes by scholars on them, but it being unconvincing. I seriously doubt that Imam Abu Hanifa, known for his kindness to Shia, would say “They are unbelievers and any who doubt that they are unbelievers are themselves unbelievers”. Ibn Taymiyyah said they were unbelievers, but Ibn Taymiyyah said many inaccurate things about the Shia that invalidated his legal opinion (for example, stating that they do not perform hajj when they do, or claiming that they name their dogs Umar and Abu Bakr when most shia scholars reject dog ownership and always have). Frankly, I’m alarmed how quick people are to declare takfir. Takfir is something you need to be POSITIVE about; if you call someone an unbeliever and you are wrong, it is your own unbelief which is showing according to Muhammed (saws). I’m wondering how many Muslims I meet any given masjid have abdicated their status as Muslims by throwing the word “kaffir” around? If Abu Hanifa truly said the quote that was attributed to him, incidentally, then either he was a kaffir or I and millions of other non-Shia Muslims are. If suspecting that some ahadith or supposed “sahaba” may have been spun for political reasons makes one an unbeliever, then I am an unbeliever. And if I am an unbeliever, then woe unto me, but at least the fitna that afflicts the ummah will no longer be my concern.

  9. Bismillah Ir rahman Nir Rahim

    As-Salaam Alaikum

    ALLAh knows best he or she who errs. May we seek more guidance in ALLAH concerning each other. This is not the time to fight against each other when we are on the modern day battle of Badr, Uhud and Ahzab against a hostile enemy.

    Secondly, through inspiration from Minister Farrakhan I was introduced to The Holy Qur’an, Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) and the Islamic way. for this i am eternally grateful and will never say anything of bad of him or allow it in my presence. May ALLAh bless us all.

  10. I respect Imam Siraj a great deal and while I’m not privy to his reasons, I’m sure that he has a lot more insight than the average outsider (me) about why he did what he did.

    With that being said, I personally believe that those in the NOI have had ample opportunities over the years to embrace Islam and leave off that stuff that they’re in now. Information is abundunt these days (albeit confusing) if one wanted to really know the basics of Islam and become a true Muslim. I think we should stop treating them as if its 1970 and assuming that if they were to come into Islam, they would be a great asset to our communities. The point is – they need Islam more than our communities need them (or us for that matter). I have had so many frustrating conversations with NOI members who dispite all of the plain evidence, they would be adamant in continuing their beliefs. I’m definitely curious as to what would become of their rank and file. Based on the nature of that organization and its history, its easy to predict a few things. Some will finally feel like its “permissible” to explore and fully embrace Islam without the looming shadow of Farrakhan hovering over them. They will be absorbed into various communities. Others will want to repeal a lot of Farrakhan’s overtures to mainstream Islamic communities and take it way back to the Elijah days. And on and on.

  11. We will have to wait and see what these latest developments bring for our people and the ummah in general. I just wanted to point out that Farrakhan has/had attempts to bring the org. closer to mainstream Islam but ran into problems within the community every step the way. I say this as a person whose had intimate dealings with the org. (not as a member) but with high level officials. There is a lot of concern that the people will lose their “identity” and become buck shufflers for the immigrants. He receives harsh criticism from within the rank and file constantly, especially from the old guard who feel that any form of integration will take away their power. Farrakhan has a wife and kids of his own and people around him warned if he moved to fast he could find himself in life threatening situation. When he passes I would like to think that most of the people will come to what is understood as mainstream Islam.

    About 7 years ago I saw them bring Quran and hadith teachers into their temples in DC/MD area. They were teaching people how to pray in Arabic so the intention to progress was certainly apparent.

    We just have to accept that the old guard will resort back to a harder stance closer to Elijah’s outlook and model themselves more in like with his active economic policies, something which Farrakhan kind of got away from in opinion.

  12. I have talked to a few members occasionally since the W.D. and Farrakhan reunion in 2000 and they also mentioned things like learning the salah and incorporating more hadeeth in their study circles. The big 800 pound gorilla rendering all of those superficial changes void is the insistency upon believing that;

    1.) Allah took the attributes of a man/a man shared the attributes of Allah

    2.) Elijah was a rasul who brought a risalah

    3.) The day of judgement/resurrection is not a real, physical occurrence

    So even if a few at the top (including Farrakhan)do not believe these things, this change in their belief system never filters down to their common members. Just last year, a child of one of their local ‘Ministers’ here who goes to the Islamic school here argued vehemenantly with his teacher that Allah is a man (w’al-‘iyadhubillah) and this comes from his parents, who get it directly from their officially sanctioned system of beliefs.

    It would be better if they quit focusing on salah, hadeeth, kufis, and arabic and solidified and corrected their belief system instead of simply trying to appear ‘Islamic’.

  13. I AGREE!

    I too have seen people try to tip toe around major pillars on the deen. It’s like they walk all the way up the street and around the corner before they get to the point. I’d just like to see better for them, for all of us. Nothing burns me more with embarrassment than listening to someone rational the “mother ship”.

    Ya Allah SWT

    On another note please see my blog on why I think any promotion of Shia bashing is seriously dangerous. As we have Iran –Contra issues all over again with money being funded my Saudi and American to al-Qaeda in Lebanon and Iraq in order to cause sectarian fitna and keep us weak.

  14. TSRP – I posted on my blog the official statement from MANA, with Siraj Wahaj’s reasoning behind accepting the invitation to speak.

    Hijabisoverated – I use to think like you years ago, but anybody who has been around long enough knows that the NOI has always used trickery to have the ‘orthodox’ Muslims believe that they were coming around. Those hadeeth and Arabic classes mean nothing. My so-called ‘God Father’ Ali Bagdadi met my mother in the 70’s teaching her arabic with the NOI. We had the 40 hadeeth in our house right along with the Quran and for many including my family, thought that that was it… 40 hadeeth! No more! Basically, don’t hold your breath.

  15. lol – Umm Adam, I remember those days!

    “Hey man, there are only Forty Hadeeth – see, it’s in this book here”

  16. Salam Aleikoum,
    Ok, maybe their Aqeeda and Ebadat are off, but that’s exactly why we should help them get on the right path.

  17. to ‘DA’:

    the Shia are many sects (Twelvers -Ithna Ashari- / Imami / Ja’fari, OR Zaidis -Fivers-

    OR Ismaili -Seveners or Druze or Nusayris -Alawites / Alevis in Turkey or Shaykhis or

    Baha’is)!!! Look how much differences they have, until even one of their own scholars

    said that the Shia alone comprise those 73 sects in the famous Prophetic hadith!!!!

    No, they don’t affirm the ‘kalima’, as belief is both ‘speech and action’, they act

    contrary to the affirmation of Allah’s Oneness (with the details of that) and the

    Prophet’s Messengership (with the details of that, INCLUDING that he -pbuh- left his

    ummah on a clear light, and that he succeeded in his message, and that he conveyed

    to them all that would bring on them the pleasure of Allah and the ultimate felicity in

    the Hereafter -but the Shia don’t believe in that!!!) You have to prove that you believe

    Allah is only sustainer, provider, protector, that Muhammad was the last Prophet, his

    inspired sayings alone, after the Quran, are the true guidance, and no one else’s (and

    to add someone else’s is to make him equal to Allah then the Prophet, and that is

    sheer heresy and kufr, but the Shia say so with their Imamate and the rest of their

    trash).

    In reality, the Shia believe the Quran was modified, they say so to explain the

    absence of any mention of Ali and their imams, etc etc, but they fear publicizing their

    true beliefs because they thrive on our ignorance, and their only converts are from

    among the ignorant Sunnis or the newly converted Muslims (also Sunnis in their early

    stages -because Shi’ism is just unmarketable on its own!!! Imagine telling a Christian

    that after Muhammad’s passing his wives battled with his daughter and her kids,

    committed adultery, his Companions betrayed him and changed his religion, seized

    power from his rightful successor and did so for almost 1000 years until BY FORCE

    Iran (and Iran only) turned Shia, and YET…those who ascribe, however at least half of

    them NOMINALLY, to Shiism, are only 10% by most of those who call themselves

    Muslims, what will Christians say??? That the message of Islam was a total

    failure!!!!!!!!!

    Also, their pillars of faith aren’t like ours!!! They either add the Imamate (thus, you as

    a Sunno not believing in it…you are no longer Muslim!!!! Isn’t that what would be the

    result also if you denied one of the ‘Sunni’ five pillars, like denying hajj or salat or

    zakat??? Us all, the billion+ Musilms since we deny the so-called “pillar” of the

    imamate, we are all kafirs in their eyes, but those bastards never say it out loud, they

    care still afraid of our reactions to them saying that in our faces, but in their closed

    filthy circles they say it all the time and they teach hate of us to their kids, and I have

    stories wher 12 year olds adn 16 year olds when they fight with their Sunni peers in

    their alleys..they would right away and spontenously curse Abu Bakr and Omar and

    Aysha!!!!!!! They associate us with the usurpers of the ‘khilafah’, those who burned

    down Aysha’s house (as they claim) and hit her and caused her a miscarriage, those

    who denied Aysha’s “inheritence” of Fadak (like they claim), etc etc!!!!!

    We Sunnis need to know our history well, as well as theirs!!!! Enough with your

    ignorance, people, it’s just sickening!!!! Most of us hardly know what being a Sunni

    means because we all live surrounded by a Sea of ones like us, little do we live

    among Shia or close to them except in very few parts of the World, but these

    heretics have become very vocal lately, and if they do..we have to as well!!!! We will

    expose their filth and true beliefs to the world to see…

    http://shia-show.blogspot.com
    http://shiism.blogspot.com
    http://www.ahlelbayt.com
    http://shia.islamicweb.com

    As for your claim that Abu Hanifah was tolerant of the Shia, I think you are very

    ignorant of the staunch hate Hanafis have toward the Shia, that’s why you see what

    you see between Sunni Hanafis in Afghanistan and Pakistan (and in the past on the

    part of the Ottomans, who were hardcore strict Hanafis) and the Shia (contemporary

    ones or the Saffavids in the case of the Ottoman Turks)!!!!

    As for Ibn Taymiyah, he was a mujtahid multaq, whether your Sufi ass (Keller and

    Hamza Yusuf) liked it or not.

    The Shia’s hajj is, like Ibn Taymiyah said, your ignoramus, isn’t a sincere act of

    worship for Allah!!!! If you read their websites, you’ll see how they pride themselves

    on what they claim was Ali’s birth inside the Ka’bah!!!!! THAT’S WHY THEY GO TO

    HAJJ, TO VISIT ALI’S BIRTHPLACE!!!!!! But if only they could use the brains Allah gave

    them to distinguish them from stray cattle, they’d have remembered that the Ka’bah housed hundreds of idols inside it and on the outside, that IF that event did take place (but it sure haven’t) it shouldn’t be viewed as a trait for Ali!!!!!

    As for dogs, Muslims allow having dogs but as watch-dogs, nothing like the Westerners do today (no way a major scholar like Ibn Taymiyah would have thought of another reason for the Shia during his days having dogs, because having them as pets roaming homes is a luxury only known to Westerners. Muslims back then would have other animals but not dogs..as pets!!!!)

    We have reports from a credible source today (in Arabic, http://www.IslamMemo.cc) that the Shia do name stray dogs ‘Abu Bakr’ and sheeps as ‘Aysha’ then they’d stone the poor animals to death or pluck their wool unti they finally slaughter it, all that just to let out their extreme, ugly hatred toward the Muslim notables.

    You can’t possible talk with knowledge when you really know not. You people talk as if you know everthing that has been written or was said, like you’ve read all that’s on the web by the Shia or Sunnis (or Salafis, the #1 enemies of the Rafidah Shia). When will you admit that you weren’t born with the knowledge of all that’s in the world when you came out of your mother’s wombs????? Go read the refutations on Shi’ism I posted for you, go check what other than yourself have of knowledge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Abu Hanifa would know such a hadith on takfir certainly more than you do. We orthodox Sunni Muslims know the limits of takfir and its restrictions, and we know we can’t call someone mu’imin for sure, and likeweise we can’t say one is kafir for sure! We’d say “so-and-so does an act of kufr”, but we’d never call him specifically a kafir until the proof was established on him!!!! This issue in fiqh is called Takfeer al-Mu’ayyan (a specific person). But we hold for sure that the Shia scholars are kafirs, all of them, their laymen though..we stop and we don’t declare them kafirs until we look into each one individually.

    I think this is fair enough, considering that the Shia clerics go by their books with all their deviances and heresies, thus there is no room for them in Islam, and that’s why we Salafis don’t debate them, but soon we’ll be translating clips from the famous debates we had with them on the London-based al-Mustaqillah satellite channel, and then you’ll see how funny they are, how ignorant, how wicked and tricky, how much they lie and decieve and everything.

    It is not a political schism, you ignorant Sufi, that divides us and the Shia!!!! There was NEVER any dispute afte the passing of the Prophet as to who should succeed him!!!!!!!!! It was many decades and perhaps at least a whole century after his -pbuh- passing that someone appeared and called to reject Abu Bakr and Omar!!!!!!!! There as never anyone contending the khilafah for Ali in the Saqifah, NEVER, and never did Ali claim it for himself!!!!!!

    I don’t know if you are really Sufi, but that’s the least messed up thing you can be, ..you could be worse than a Sufi!!!

    Anyways, my true Muslim brothers, O orthodox ones, O Salafis, keep an eye on my blog (the Shia Show), you’ll be very pleased in the near future. Efforts are being joined finally to bring about a huge surge in anti-Shia materials on the English web. Enough is enough with the Shia crap going around without much opposition or strong presence and fits the billion+ ummah of the followers of the Sunnah and its disciples the Sahabah!!!!

    Rise up to the challenge, and awaken your brothers and sisters. The ugly fitnah of the Shia is getting tougher while we largely remain ignorant of them!!!!

  18. Umar: “I believe in Muslim unity, but unity based on the principals of truth, and therefore I am willing to support a call for non-violence between Sunnis and Shia and a call to bring down the rhetoric; but I am not willing to shy away from those areas where we are in disagreement and to say that we have no major religious differences, because we do, and the Shia are not the 5th Madhab, and as Muslims we must proclaim the truth even when it is not popular. Having said this, I understand where the email is coming from and there are a lot of areas of the Muslim World that are caught up in mindless violence between the two groups that is a complete waste of peoples times.”

    Thank you for saying this, but sadly it seems as though many of the posters here are far too comfortable with spreading this kind of poisonous hatred within the ummah.

    That “Shia Show” blog is both disgusting and disheartening. Frankly, I’m surprised that no one there has posted some equally salacious and libelous falsehood about Imam Khomeini — all of which are too disgusting to even mention here.

    Thanks also to DA for his post, and I swear that I will do my best to lay off the peckerwood cracks from now on.

    Regardless of what some may believe, I am a Muslim — I love God and I worship God, but I also believe that one cannot love God without loving Imam Hussain.

    Never in my life have I thought that this was enough reason to hate a fellow Muslim.

  19. KhoMANIAC’s turn will come on that blog, “Dariush”.

    As for loving Hussain, we love him, you idiot, you just have to admit that!!! We love him more than you do, but also moderately. We recognize him as the Lord of the Jannah’s Youth along with Hassan (ra.), and that those who killed him are transgressors and of the most wicked souls known to man (to have killed the grandson of the Prophet), but we hold that Omar and Othman and Ali (who were all killed before him) are better than him in the eyes of Allah then in the eyes of the ummah, yet YOU yourselves rarely mention the martyrdom of Ali like you do with Hussain, and us..if you think we don’t love Hussain because we don’t do “azadari” or whatever you call those ‘mourning sessions’,…then will you accuse us also of not loving Omar and Othman becase we dont have ‘azadaris’ for them too??? :)

    They are all martyrs, they are in the ultimate na3eem now beside Allah in Jannah, and you’re here still crying over them????? Are you stupid or hypocrite????

    That blog hasn’t even been launched yet, that’s nothing what I have there. I have in store for you what will turn your hair grey and make your teeth fall, inshallah, you pieces of Shiite.

  20. Salam,
    Br. Hussam you can assert your openion without being disrespectful, especially when you’re right, this is part of the reason why people always label us as intolerent. and for Dariush I just have one question Why do shiites quote the 12 Imams more than the prophet ASWS even more than the holy Qur’an?

  21. You sorry-ass palestinean punk, go blow up a line of kids outside a pizzaria. That’s all you’re good for. You’d never talk this kind of shit to me in real life, because you’re a bitch ass internet warrior. If you’re like 99% of the Arabs I’ve known you probably fight like a 3 year old girl. You guys make Pakistanis look like Apollo Creed, and that is just sad. The reason you take it up the ass from Israelis, even though you outnumber them, is cos they know you’re a bunch of punk ass chumps.

  22. See, THAT’S what you sound like. Did that make you mad? That’s how you’re talking about me and Shias. Learn some adab.

  23. Hussam, I wish you well in your endeavours at propagating internecine warfare and bloodshed. May Shaitan continue to hold you close to his bosom and give you comfort and may you continue to find nourishment in the blood of innocent women and children in Iraq, murdered at the hands of those whose beliefs and rhetoric matches yours to a tee.

    NB, surely in all your vast personal experience with Shia you’ve met at least one who has quoted the Qur’an and the Prophet (saws), no?

    In any case, according to a poll conducted by Zogby International and designed by Shibley Telhami, senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution (and commissioned by BI), this Shia-Sunni conflict is mainly being propagated by the corrupt ruling elites of Arab dictatorships in the Gulf region, as well as the Hashemite puppet kingdom, president-for-life Mubarak, the Algerian military junta and so forth.

    The Arab and Muslim world at large not only is not buying into it, but well over 60% of its population supports Iran’s right to nuclear energy (including nearly 80% of the population of Morocco and over two-thirds of the population of Jordan).

    And Nasrallah, far and away, is the most revered leader in the Arab and Islamic world.

    Perhaps because he and Hezbollah actually fight (and prevail over) the enemies of the Ummah, while certain others teach their followers that it is glorious to blow up market stalls and what have you.

  24. Hussam is out of line, but DA is being an asshole as usual. KKKrackers like him talk more shit online then anyone else.

  25. To the Muslim (Sunni) brothers who object on my way with these people, I tell you: I will not show respect to those who disrespect the Prophet’s wives and companions, until they announce here that they hold no belief that is hostile to what makes us Sunnis and different from them. And I will not show respect to those with deviant beliefs and innovations. The Prophe (pbuh) said: “whoever shows respects to an innovator then he’ll have aided in the destruction of Islam”. I am not here to make da3wah, I am here to NAME and SHAME!!! My blog is recommended for the arrogant, stubborn, stupid Shia who don’t read our refutations (out of pride & love to remain ignorant of our views) –in that way, my blog comes as a SPIT on their faces or a SLAP-, or my blog can educate Sunnis on the unbridgeable differences with Shi’ism. Whoever wants da3wah can go to (www.ahlelbayt.com) or (http://shiism.blogspot.com), but my blog is to shame their kafir clerics and their ignorant, arrogant commoners who waste our time debating them (even if with respect, like happened in certain websites) and then you end up without even them recognizing that we love Ali and his sons or “ahlulbayt” the way they define them!!! We don’t need that lousy, despicable, stinking minority of 10% idolators ascribing themselves to Islam!!!! We don’t fear having another enemy added to our long list of Allah’s and Islam’s enemies.

    The hadith in Ahmad’s Musnad by the Prophet foretells the emergence of the “Rafidah” and he (pbuh) ordered us to execute them because they are polytheists. Read (http://islamicweb.com/beliefs/cults/Dialogue.htm).

    As for us being labeled intolerant, WHY DO ****WE**** HAVE TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP ALWAYS, HUH??? AND MAKE CONCESSIONS????

    You want to talk about Salafi tolerance, I’ll tell you about the sick Salafi tolerance I saw in my city: we invited a known Jahmi, hulooli (ibn-Arabi followr) to our Islamic center (as a sign of “good gesture” and will to cooperate for da3wah, said the SAUDI who started the center despite knowning their kufr and invocation of the dead and all), but that Jahmi kafir rejected our invitation, and thank God he did. Yusuf Estes invited Hamza Yusuf once, but that idiot Yusuf refused to go!!!! We invited Iraq’s Shia to sign that accord in Makkah to prevent bloodshed and (civil war), but NOT ONE famous Shia Iraq (esp. Sistani) went there, or even sent someone to represent him!!!!!!

    They are the friging lousy 7% Imami pseudo-Muslims, they are the ones who should be kissing our hands and feet to be accepted and even allowed to Makkah and Madinah!!!!

    Want tolerance??? Do you know how many Arabic Shia channels are out there???? Do you think they use Iranian satellites or Saudi-owned or Egyptian-owned ones??????????? This is while Salafi ones either are on the verge of closing down due to lack of funds (and lack of political will to support them, something Shia channels don’t suffer from, thanks to both Khums and official Iran backing them up) like only-Quran al-Majd Gulf-Arab channel!!! All Islamic channels are either ‘too lenient’ or too ‘politically correct’ (but soon we’ll witness the launching of the Taybah channel to defend (Sunni) Islam and to answer the allegations of the Shi’ites who are now making clowns out of themselves with all those channels (the proofs against them from their own mouths and their own sources are more than endless), and Salman al-Awdah announced that a new channel called al-Hussain will also appear in the near future inshallah!!!

    There are maybe more than 12 Shia Arabic channels now, all with a religious spin except for al-Manar (though their propaganda is implicit, wicked, and hypocritical).

    I’m working on so much alone for the English readers, that’s why little is accomplished quickly, but wallahi just wait and see, our proofs are of all kinds, while they have NOTHING against us but like the lies that lost “DA” and “Dariush” (the same piece of Shiite, maybe?) are spreading (and which I’ll refute later).

    Inshallah a Persian convert to (Sunni) Islam will help me out with adding translations (subtitles) to the numerous videos we have, including the now-famous Sunni / Salafi – Shia debates on the London-based al-Mustaqillah satellite channel (see some of those debates here >>> http://www.24kfiles.com).

    The English reader is aware of very little, of the many articles by many proud, patriotic Shia Iraqi Arabs who write against the Safavid Shiism of Iran which uses Shiism for territorial gains and strategic expansion at the expense of Sunnis in Afghanistan and Arabs in the “Arab East” (the Middle East).

    Tolerance? You want tolerance??? Tell Iran to hire just ONE Sunni minister or ambassador or mayor or local governor!!! TELL THEM TO ALLOW BUILDING JUST ONNNNNNNNNEEE MOSQUE FOR SUNNIS IN TEHRAN (THE HOME OF AT LEAST HALF A MILLION SUNNIS) so that they don’t have to pray in the open air in public parks or inside the Pakistani embassy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tell them to allow Iranian Arabs of the OCCUPIED Ahwaz region (Arabistan) to have Arabic names for their kids and to speak in Arabic in their areas like the want. Tell them to restore the region its real name (and NOT Khuzistan, the only region whose name that reflects its major ethnicity populating it was changed, while they kept Iran’s Azerbaijan and Baluchistan and Kurdistani provinces all with their original names!!!!! And they they want to fool us with making Arabic an official language, then come up with a plan to change the demographics of Arabistan and all??? Their leaders all wear black turbans (meaning they are Hashemite Arabs from the loins of Hussain and Ali, and you’d guess..they would at least make the Arabs in Iran, in Abadan, Khorramshahar –formerly al-Muhammarah, capital of al-Ahwaz- Bandar Abbas, Bu Shehr, Shiraz, etc etc) feel like a privileged elite or something, with special rights or special treatment for being the Prophet’s people, plus from whom the rulers of Iran supposedly come, as Arabs from Arabia –what a joke, what a lie!!! Khamen’i and Khatami are Arabs???? Sistani is Arab??? al-Hakims are Arabs??????????? Who are they trying to fool here but the ignorant Shia and Sunnis who are too busy doing anything beside trying to survive and find bread for tomorrow –but if Shia they have to shar 1/5 of it, even –according to a Khou’i fatwa- if your kids’ allowances are saved for a year, a Khums is for the ‘mawla’ or ‘sayyid’ with the stinking black turban!!

    Wow, I just can’t seem to stop when I start with these specimens!!!!

    Tolerance!!!! We were asked to tolerate only the Jews and Christians and only to a certain degree set by the clear Quran and authentic hadiths. Such tolerance have gone as far as allowing them to have their crosses displayed in public, despite the fact that the mere having of those crosses in an Islamic country is like implicitly saying “the Quran / Allah lied about Jesus’crucifixtion”, yet we allow them to send that implicit message!!!! But what do you want us to do? Tolerate the Shia in real-life?? Tolerate heresy and deviance??? No, the scholars of Islam ruled that such people are to be forced to show nothing but the acceptable rites of Islam, and none else!!! Like Saddam (may Allah have mercy on his soul) did and like the Saudi regime does too.

    Let me ask those Safavids on this page: how did your Iran become Shia five centuries ago?? By words or swords?? By the power of reason or the force of iron and fire??? Historians know, they documented it, and no one can deny it: they forced Iran to become Shia, they established Shi’ism there on the skulls of our poor brothers and sisters!!! And yet, after FIVE WHOLE CENTURIES, after all the multiplying and the trend for Muslim peoples to double every few decades and all,…how many Shia Imamis do we have since the dawn of Islam???? 7% of those who call themselves Muslims!!!!! What a failed message, what a stagnant, unmarketable call, what a merchandise that no one wants to buy!!!!

    And yet, those Iranian Safavids writing here know that their own Iranian Persian born-Shia people don’t practice nor love their religion anymore, so they really can’t be counted Shia (just like Israel can’t claim to have some 6 million Jews living in it while half of them are actually working or living outside but would only vote or something). I met a 100 Shia Iranian men and women, and NOT ONE was practicing or talked about religion!!!! They all become atheists or Baha’is!!!! Shia Arabs themselves who visit Iran have admitted the fact that only the government is Shia, the people aren’t!!! So they are even less than 7% of those who call themselves Muslims worldwide!!!!

    What I can say on the “DA-riush” guy will come later inshallah, I have to go now. He shouldn’t think he found an easy prey in me. I made hundreds of his likes speechless in other websites until they all fled to avoid the truth!!!!

    The ruling on these people is that we applied on Khaybar’s Jews: execute their men and captivate their women and children. Wipe out their communities completely.

  26. Hussam,

    Maybe you should take a deep breath and wipe the spittle from your monitor.

    I’m sure that whichever morbidly obese member of the al-Saud clan is your paymaster would gladly applaud you and throw a few scooby snacks your way — if he could manage to pry himself away from his Russian sex slaves, that is.

    So, out of curiousity, how far away are you from implementing “Operation Hulagu”?

  27. Hussam, you are a disgusting excuse for a human being. I’ve never seen so much hatred come out of a person in one post.

  28. Salam alikum,

    Wise statement, Umar. We Muslims of Irish heritage, whereever we may be, weather on Mother’s or father’s side, know the stories of religious bigotry and can not buy into religious sectarianism of the Middle East. Principles must not be foresaken but the Middle East has too many problems to start moving from the war of words to the war of the fists or gun in respect of the Shi3a and Sunni conflict. The ulamma, on both sides, have responsibility to teach tolerance. This may lead to respect where it is absent. How Arabs are treated in Iran is a political problem (I beleive the Shah had similar policies towards them) but, on the Sunni side, the Shi3a Arabs of the Eastern provinces of Saudi suffered a specific dis-advantage (in jobs, in education, in wealth) despite the oil wells located in their regions. For Irish-American and Afro-American Muslims this must have the ‘alarm-bells’ ringing: religious and racial discrimination should be not something we should condone simply because it is articulated in an area where we have most of our scholars. It is clear that the King of Mamlaka is making strides to grapple with the Shi3a issues in the kingdom & apparently the books that are derogatory of them are being ‘revised’. A modern Muslim state where the haramatayn is located has certain reponsilbilites to this umma. We Western Muslims should encourage dialogue. It is clear, under tyrannies, religious intolerance thrives. And I’m speaking of Cromwell’s England (which split the nation, fought the Catholics as ‘innovators’) and brought on destruction to Ireland that even had violent and painful repercussions for Catholics till today. Western Parliaments, imperfect as they are, instituted a system where ‘hatred’was legally silenced, with party-politics replacing the old religious hatreds. As a result, the opposition may rant and rave. But no longer would the massess be involved in fruitless and destructive hostilities simply because the man next door held different religious values.
    The ‘so-called’ salafiyy brother who is declaring some kind of ‘propaganda’ war against the Shi3a should moderate this abusive tone. Salman Auda does not endorse this type of Salafiyy da3wa despite his previous differences with the Kings and Princess. It is not are manhaj, nor our ‘aqiida, to be abusive. It is not sunna. Siraj wahaj knows the Qu’ranic ayah about even an atoms weight of good will be rewarded by Allah t’ala. He knows-he has said- that his experiences in the Nation taught him certain things that were of value for their time.His return to Saviours Day must be regarded within the ambit of da3wa. Inshallah he is successful to bring the brothers & sisters of the Nation into Islam, but the Islam not of bigorty, nor sectarianism. Wal Allah ya3lamu al Haqq.

  29. I was a former follower of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed. One of the major reasons why I left the movement was because he and his community are nothing but talk and spend time whining and complaining with each other to form different mosques for nothing! I consistantly called for the bringing of the positive NOI programs back to the organization that gave that community under his father and Farrakhan respect from the general public. Instead, Imam Mohammed and his followers clearly demonstrated zero interest towards that move and were quite satisfied. Due to Imam’s elimination of his Father’s positive discipline programs I saw less discipline among the adults and youth in that community. You can’t tell them apart from people in the streets with their behavior and character. Regarding Farrakhan, I almost joined the Nation of Islam 11-12 years ago until I read the Holy Qur’an. At that time (this was around the period of the Million Man March), the NOI didn’t have Salaat’ul Jumu’ah except in the Chicago headquarters and Detroit, they weren’t fasting during the month of Ramadan, or observing the two Eids with us, or anything of that sort. A few years leader, the NOI has fasted with us, observed Salaatul Jumu’ah in their Mosques (I was blessed to deliever one of the first khutbahs of their services at Muhammad Mosque #74 in Indianapolis). So yes, they are moving reletively slow, but they are moving toward this way. As Muslims, we must have patience. I certainly pray that the NOI will make a successful transition to the aqeedah, but I do not want them to make the same mistake that Imam Mohammed had made in eliminating the positive disciplinary programs. They should continue to wear the suits and ties, sisters should continue to wear the silk long dresses from head to toe, the youth should continue to be a shining example how young people should conduct themselves and they should continue to clean up drug addicts/dealers, pimps, whores, whoremongers and gamblers and teach subjects that the grafted-minded American School System would refuse to teach.

  30. It would be an interesting site to see Caucasian Muslims wearing suits and bow ties. Farrakhan is even on the verge of bringing them to the NOI. They are coming into Islam quite rapidly and young Caucasians are being fed up with the government, its foreign policy, etc. Farrakhan has even admitted to this, making poor Caucasians as part of the victims of the American system along with Blacks, Latinos, Native Aborigines, Arabs, etc.

  31. Islam as taught by The Hon. Elijah Muhammad comes after everything else fails

    By
    Brother Mustafaa Muhammad

    In the Name of ALLAH, The Beneficent, The Merciful

    The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined (Isiaih 9:6)

    All praises be to Allah! Our Terrible condition(in America) was not to last forever. A great light shined in America upon those who have been in the dark for over four centuries. In the Holy Qur’an the (Rahim)Mercy and (Rahman)Beneficence of Allah is mentioned 400 times. Can we honestly reason that Allah would show no mercy towards this black fallen humanity in North America? Many of our black brothers(and sisters too) saw that our condition was not a good condition. Many of them desired to make changes either by Physical Force, Mental-Economic Development or God devotion.

    One such man was Nat Turner. He was a man who believed that he was divinely called by God to take actions against the whites of this nation for her mistreatment of her slaves. He and a band of black men went on a murder spree killing many white men, women and children. Although he sent many whites into fear we still remained under our savage condition and they(whites) used this as justification to create tighter laws against us.

    Then we have those of our people who believed that Economic-educational development would free us. We created a few businesses after the 1st Reconstruction. We were even allowed to enter politics. During this time many black schools sprung up to prepare us to compete in America. Although these schools had good intentions they still did not teach the knowledge of self nor take into deep enough analysis the effects of slavery on the Black Psyche. After the Southern whites regained their strength, that was lost due to the civil war, they began to strip blacks of all their new found freedom and independence.

    One of the most successful black economical enterprises was The Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma. One day the whites, under the pretense of the raping of a white woman by a black man, burned down the whole black establishment to the ground. Finally today they have now finally confessed to their faults and are paying the descendants of this crime compensation.

    Black Power

    Another brother came among us and tried mightily to restore us back into consciousness. His name was Marcus Mosiah Garvey. He came with a very strong Black consciousness message. He desired for us to look at all things through our own eyes as African people. He taught that history, religion, politics, education etc… Should be approached from the point of reference of “Africa” our motherland. He believed in economic independence and tried to start businesses for us. It is also reported that he was influenced by Islam. One book “Christianity, Islam and the Negro race” is said to have had a great impact upon him. He was involved in a dispute about his Black Star Line, a black owned ship company. The whites trumped up charges that he defrauded his people and he was deported to Jamaica. His movement subsequently was broken

    The first “Black perspective” orientated Islam that came to the Blacks in America came through a black man named Noble Drew Ali. Noble Drew Ali was a world traveler. He allegedly received education from around the world. He was given the title Noble by a Queen. After years of training he was instructed by a wise man to begin his mission in America among the lost blacks. He began teaching them that Islam was their religion by birth right and that they must return to it now. He called his people Moors or Asiatics. He introduced a Qur’an to us, but it was not the Qur’an revealed to Muhammad ibn Abdullah(PBUH) 1400 years ago. This Koran was filled with his writings, the writings of Marcus Garvey and other “mysticism” writings. He eventually was found dead. His movement was not totally destroyed but it was weakened.

    Islam comes to the blacks

    Several Sunni/Orthodox Muslims movements came among us and tried to reform, our pitiful condition, with The teachings of The Holy Qur’an and The Sunnah of Muhammad ibn Abdullah(Peace be upon him). Among the most prominent of these missions were the Ahmadiyyah Muslims. Many within the “mainstream” of Islam have declared this group of Muslims disbelievers for certain doctrines they claim. For the purpose of this chapter I will not be exploring the legitimacy of their Islam. This group did major Dawah in the black communities mostly in New York. They distributed the Qur’an and introduced us to an Eastern version of Islam.

    In a article, titled “Islam the African in America: The Sunni Experience” by Sheick Abdullah Hakim Quick in The Message magazine, July 1997, Pg. 23, we learn of other prominet Orthodox/Sunni Muslim gropus that tried to reform this Black fallen humanity, in America,

    “Other expressions of Islam were also developing during the first half of the twentieth century. According to the research Dr. Sulayman Nyang of Howard University, the African Moslem Welfare Society of America was founded in 1927 by a Sudanese immigrant. It attempted to propagate Islam in the African American community in 1928 and attempted to approach its intsructions using the Arabic language. A community of African Americans in Buffalo, NY who had come in contact with immigrant Muslims and who were being intructed in the Arabic alphabet by 1933, contacted a Professor Ezzal-din, according to one report, had been a Christian minister in Pennsylvania whose congregation had sent him to Rome to further his education. In Rome, he came in contact with an Egptian Muslim who told him that Egypt would be the best place to be for education in religion. He travelled to Egypt, embraced Islam, became fluent in Arabic and studied at Al-Azhar university in Cario. On returning to America, Professor Ezzal-Din formed “Addeynu Allahe Universal Arabic Association” (A.A.U.A.) which eventually spread throughout New York, New Jersey, and as far as Florida. The A.A.U.A members were taught unadulterated Islamic teachings.”

    One of the biggest problems with Black people learning Islam from a so-called Orthodox/Sunni background, is that they, many times, adopt the culture of Arab people. Further in the Article “Islam the African in America: The Sunni Experience” by Sheick Abdullah Hakim Quick in The Message magazine, July 1997, Pg. 23, we learn the root of this emulation of Arabs,

    “This tendency to assume the nationality or the race of the immigrant Muslims was part of the emulation stage. Low self esteem, self hatred, or total self denial are only part of the legacy of slavery that Africans in America had inherited. Islamic identity became a way to forget the past.”

    I do not doubt that these groups were sincere in their efforts to reform the Black man and woman of America, but they were trying to use a product that had expired as far as its effectiveness. The Prophet of Islam, Muhammad ibn Abdullah, said: “Three generations after him would not be of him”, further he said: “Among the best communities are the First and the Last, among the First are the Messenger of Allah(Muhammad of 1400 years ago) and among the last is Jesus, the son of Mary(The Promised Messiah).” If this is true then that means that every thing between the First community and the last community are missing the mark in some degree. Prophet Muhammad wasn’t Sunni, Shia, Sufi, Hannibali, Shafi, nor any other sect or school of thought. He was a upright man(Muslim).

    Immigrant Muslims have been in America since about 1875, yet until The Nation of Islam came on the scene they mostly wanted to assimilate into the Western world and not promote true Islam.

    We cannot go to the East looking for the guidance to lead us on the Siratal Mustaqim(Straight Path). Since they have deviated into sects and parties like the Christians and Jews before. Ultimately the Islamic invasion from the East ended in failure like all other movements that tried to reform us.

    May Allah be pleased with the noble efforts of these forerunners who tried mightily to improve life for us in America. They tried all they knew how to make life better. As it was in Arabia 1400 years ago all previous attempts at the reform of Arabs failed The Christians failed, The Jews failed and The Hanifs failed. It was not until Allah rose up a man from among them and entrusted him with Divine Secrets that Arabia was raised from death.

    Thank you for reading these few words

    Copyright2006 Mustafaa Muhammad

    http://brothermustafaa.com

  32. Islam as taught by The Hon. Elijah Muhammad comes after everything else fails

    By
    Brother Mustafaa Muhammad
    In the Name of ALLAH, The Beneficent, The Merciful
    The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined (Isiaih 9:6)

    All praises be to Allah! Our Terrible condition(in America) was not to last forever. A great light shined in America upon those who have been in the dark for over four centuries. In the Holy Qur’an the (Rahim)Mercy and (Rahman)Beneficence of Allah is mentioned 400 times. Can we honestly reason that Allah would show no mercy towards this black fallen humanity in North America? Many of our black brothers(and sisters too) saw that our condition was not a good condition. Many of them desired to make changes either by Physical Force, Mental-Economic Development or God devotion.

    One such man was Nat Turner. He was a man who believed that he was divinely called by God to take actions against the whites of this nation for her mistreatment of her slaves. He and a band of black men went on a murder spree killing many white men, women and children. Although he sent many whites into fear we still remained under our savage condition and they(whites) used this as justification to create tighter laws against us.

    Then we have those of our people who believed that Economic-educational development would free us. We created a few businesses after the 1st Reconstruction. We were even allowed to enter politics. During this time many black schools sprung up to prepare us to compete in America. Although these schools had good intentions they still did not teach the knowledge of self nor take into deep enough analysis the effects of slavery on the Black Psyche. After the Southern whites regained their strength, that was lost due to the civil war, they began to strip blacks of all their new found freedom and independence.

    One of the most successful black economical enterprises was The Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma. One day the whites, under the pretense of the raping of a white woman by a black man, burned down the whole black establishment to the ground. Finally today they have now finally confessed to their faults and are paying the descendants of this crime compensation.

    Black Power

    Another brother came among us and tried mightily to restore us back into consciousness. His name was Marcus Mosiah Garvey. He came with a very strong Black consciousness message. He desired for us to look at all things through our own eyes as African people. He taught that history, religion, politics, education etc… Should be approached from the point of reference of “Africa” our motherland. He believed in economic independence and tried to start businesses for us. It is also reported that he was influenced by Islam. One book “Christianity, Islam and the Negro race” is said to have had a great impact upon him. He was involved in a dispute about his Black Star Line, a black owned ship company. The whites trumped up charges that he defrauded his people and he was deported to Jamaica. His movement subsequently was broken

    The first “Black perspective” orientated Islam that came to the Blacks in America came through a black man named Noble Drew Ali. Noble Drew Ali was a world traveler. He allegedly received education from around the world. He was given the title Noble by a Queen. After years of training he was instructed by a wise man to begin his mission in America among the lost blacks. He began teaching them that Islam was their religion by birth right and that they must return to it now. He called his people Moors or Asiatics. He introduced a Qur’an to us, but it was not the Qur’an revealed to Muhammad ibn Abdullah(PBUH) 1400 years ago. This Koran was filled with his writings, the writings of Marcus Garvey and other “mysticism” writings. He eventually was found dead. His movement was not totally destroyed but it was weakened.

    Islam comes to the blacks

    Several Sunni/Orthodox Muslims movements came among us and tried to reform, our pitiful condition, with The teachings of The Holy Qur’an and The Sunnah of Muhammad ibn Abdullah(Peace be upon him). Among the most prominent of these missions were the Ahmadiyyah Muslims. Many within the “mainstream” of Islam have declared this group of Muslims disbelievers for certain doctrines they claim. For the purpose of this chapter I will not be exploring the legitimacy of their Islam. This group did major Dawah in the black communities mostly in New York. They distributed the Qur’an and introduced us to an Eastern version of Islam.

    In a article, titled “Islam the African in America: The Sunni Experience” by Sheick Abdullah Hakim Quick in The Message magazine, July 1997, Pg. 23, we learn of other prominet Orthodox/Sunni Muslim gropus that tried to reform this Black fallen humanity, in America,

    “Other expressions of Islam were also developing during the first half of the twentieth century. According to the research Dr. Sulayman Nyang of Howard University, the African Moslem Welfare Society of America was founded in 1927 by a Sudanese immigrant. It attempted to propagate Islam in the African American community in 1928 and attempted to approach its intsructions using the Arabic language. A community of African Americans in Buffalo, NY who had come in contact with immigrant Muslims and who were being intructed in the Arabic alphabet by 1933, contacted a Professor Ezzal-din, according to one report, had been a Christian minister in Pennsylvania whose congregation had sent him to Rome to further his education. In Rome, he came in contact with an Egptian Muslim who told him that Egypt would be the best place to be for education in religion. He travelled to Egypt, embraced Islam, became fluent in Arabic and studied at Al-Azhar university in Cario. On returning to America, Professor Ezzal-Din formed “Addeynu Allahe Universal Arabic Association” (A.A.U.A.) which eventually spread throughout New York, New Jersey, and as far as Florida. The A.A.U.A members were taught unadulterated Islamic teachings.”

    One of the biggest problems with Black people learning Islam from a so-called Orthodox/Sunni background, is that they, many times, adopt the culture of Arab people. Further in the Article “Islam the African in America: The Sunni Experience” by Sheick Abdullah Hakim Quick in The Message magazine, July 1997, Pg. 23, we learn the root of this emulation of Arabs,

    “This tendency to assume the nationality or the race of the immigrant Muslims was part of the emulation stage. Low self esteem, self hatred, or total self denial are only part of the legacy of slavery that Africans in America had inherited. Islamic identity became a way to forget the past.”

    I do not doubt that these groups were sincere in their efforts to reform the Black man and woman of America, but they were trying to use a product that had expired as far as its effectiveness. The Prophet of Islam, Muhammad ibn Abdullah, said: “Three generations after him would not be of him”, further he said: “Among the best communities are the First and the Last, among the First are the Messenger of Allah(Muhammad of 1400 years ago) and among the last is Jesus, the son of Mary(The Promised Messiah).” If this is true then that means that every thing between the First community and the last community are missing the mark in some degree. Prophet Muhammad wasn’t Sunni, Shia, Sufi, Hannibali, Shafi, nor any other sect or school of thought. He was a upright man(Muslim).

    Immigrant Muslims have been in America since about 1875, yet until The Nation of Islam came on the scene they mostly wanted to assimilate into the Western world and not promote true Islam.

    We cannot go to the East looking for the guidance to lead us on the Siratal Mustaqim(Straight Path). Since they have deviated into sects and parties like the Christians and Jews before. Ultimately the Islamic invasion from the East ended in failure like all other movements that tried to reform us.

    May Allah be pleased with the noble efforts of these forerunners who tried mightily to improve life for us in America. They tried all they knew how to make life better. As it was in Arabia 1400 years ago all previous attempts at the reform of Arabs failed The Christians failed, The Jews failed and The Hanifs failed. It was not until Allah rose up a man from among them and entrusted him with Divine Secrets that Arabia was raised from death.

    Thank you for reading these few words

    Copyright2006 Mustafaa Muhammad

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