My Status

After recently getting married and moving back to St. Louis I just do not have the time to dedicate to this blog that I need. This blog has been very dear to me and I have met a lot of great people through it. This blog, along with a handful of others (most notably that of my dear friend Tariq Nelson) have made a real impact upon the American-Muslim community. Through our writings we have spurred conversations on matters that previously had only been mentioned in private. The Rise and Fall of the Salafi Dawah in America became one of the most, if not the most widely read, blog pieces ever written by an American-Muslim and found its way onto dozens of other sites and tens of thousands of emails addresses. Others posts on topics such as the role of white Muslims in the American-Muslim community, the status of white Muslims in white America, race relations in the ummah, class, sexual issues and the like were discussed here in a way that many found informative and refreshing. Some accused me of being a “tabloid” blogger while they did not have the courage to discuss the pressing needs we as a community have and others used the fallback argument of “airing dirty laundry” which is an argument for the dysfunctional. The popularity of this blog grew and it has been cited in numerous media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, CNN, talk-radio and others. In addition to that it won the Brass Crescent Award for Muslim bloggers last year for the Rise and Fall series and was runner-up for the best blog.

There have been times before when I said I would stop blogging and I would always come back to it because there would be some issue that worked on me so much I just had to share my thoughts with my readers. This time I am going to be completely honest in telling you that I am not going to stop blogging much to the chagrin of the right-wingers, Islamphobes, Muslim extremists, and latte sippin laptop Muslims yearning to be down with the West by any means. No, I am going to continue blogging, I am just taking things into a different direction.

I am working on my memoirs with my wife and insha’Allah they will be published. America needs a better understanding of the lives of everyday Muslims and I would like to help in providing that. That is taking a lot of time along with my continued documentary work. On top of that I have to make a living and driving a cab is a very time consuming profession. So, just as a matter of fact, I simply do no have the time o dedicate to this blog that it needs. I would like to continue writing on Muslim topics and I am looking for an appropriate Muslim print-publication in which to do that. Sadly, there are few Muslim magazines or newspapers worth the ink on the paper so this may be a difficult task. If I cannot find such a print publication I will look at writing for a group Muslim blog so that I can just contribute from time to time on major-issues.

Until such a time I am going to take the advice of those activists who coined the phrase “think globally and act locally” and start a blog on issues in St. Louis. My Muslim readers should feel free to read although there will be very little in the way of Muslim topics.

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13 thoughts on “My Status

  1. Umar,
    Have enjoyed the stroll through the blog with you over the months, possibly years now? Will move along to your new site as you get it up and running.

    Cheers.

    Tammy Swofford

  2. As salaamu ‘alaikum bro,

    Do take care. I was wondering where you had been. It’s been a while since your blog updated in my Google reader. BTW, in the banner, are you in front of 30th Street Station?

  3. a salaamu aleikum Brother,

    Blogging can sure enough eat you up if you let it. As long as we hear from you every now and then, in whatever media junction we come across, so be it. You have been placed in this life at this time and place for a reason. Allah knows best. It is a blessing to realise one’s gift and we gain even more blessings when we share our gift with others.

    Be the best husband you can to our sister! (mabrouk :-)
    and keep on sharing yourself with your readers when time permits, inshallah.

    Your sister in Islam

    wa salaamu aleikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu

  4. I was wondering where you’d been at. Either way bro you have a lot fo offer. Make sure you let us know where you are writing and what you are up to from time to time.

  5. As salaam alaikum Umar,

    Looking forward to your memoirs. As any boxing fan knows, it is still the same fight, just a different round.

    May Allah preserve you… Ameen!

    Taqi

  6. As salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu

    Mabrook! You recenly got married, Masha”Allah Congrats man! I was wonderning what happened to you cuz you were not blogging and posting some of your Interesting topics, I enjoy reading your blog, I don’t agree with you everything but I admire your courage to talk about issues that concerning Muslim in American or anywhere else, Specially I respect when you address Blunder of Muslim Communities, regarding racist, the treatment of Converts, Marriages and all of the other Taboo subjects that Muslims are afraid to discuss you know what I’m talking you, cuz you dare to bring it up on your blog and sometime you make some people anger, and make some laugh, I think some of your cabbie stuff are Hilarious. Welcome back !
    best wishes for new marriage, which number are you on? the ten marriages! Lol (just kidding dude)

  7. Alhamdulillah you are now back serving time like the rest of the brothers LOL LOL

    When is the expanded printed book version of The Rise and Fall of the Salafi Dawah in America coming? Perhaps you could expand it to include an analysis of the subordinating effect that being prohibited from selecting a national Amir had on the Salafi efforts.

  8. Behold the brother that walks the walk–family first. Congratulations Umar. May Allah bless you in your family and your income, ameen.

  9. Umar, I think your ” The Rise and Fall..” post has opened the floodgates where bloggers like you and Tariq Nelson, and Abdur-Rahman of Singular Voice have been engaged in extreme self-criticism of Muslims and calling for a black racialism which has nothing to do with Islaam. What difference is there between you and the secularists in the Muslim world who are pumped up by the Western media and are considered “brave”. One just has to look at your “friend” Tariq Nelson, the black racialist who is offended by a racist cartoon of Condoleeza Rice, which is no doubt Islamically wrong, yet isn’t offended by her participation in the war criminal American administration and it’s war on Islaam. This is like Safiyya(RA) or Abdullab ibn Salaam(RA) favoring the Jews who betrayed the Muslims. I have not seen one criticism from Nelson against the enemies of Islaam. Why doesn’t he engage in criticism of non-Muslim African Americans and their social ills. Yes we must criticize the problems in the Muslim community, but not go to extremes where these critiques are hidden attacks on Islaam itself. As if things weren’t bad enough,along comes Abdur-Rahman calling for a Black-American Islaam! and praising Steven Emerson.

  10. Assalamu Alaykum Umar
    Back to Da Lou? Im surprised but not surprised that you will be writing your memoirs. I pray that happens fast!
    Wsalaam

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