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.