On Malcolm X, Blackness and Muslim-ness Through the Lens of Ta-Nehisi Coates

How, are we to understand Malcolm X’s legacy at a time when a prominent face of American Islam has spoken out against the movement for Black Lives even as calls for solidarity between Muslims and communities of color in the age of Trump are invoking his name anew? Viewing Malcolm X through the Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book, “Between the World and Me” is a good place to start. [Read more…]

On Black Suffering and the Legacy of Liberating Black Spirituality

Insisting on silent suffering as a requisite for salvation, on supplication as a substitute for struggle and demanding deference to dogma or to Muhammadan descendants, whose silence is indicative of both disengagement and distance from the black and Muslim experience, as conditions of Divine deliverance from oppression is to misrepresent the meaning of mercy. [Read more…]

The Legacy of Malcolm X: Are You a Person of Haq?

By Dr. Ali Naqvi “Will you continue to use it … ? [the name Malcom X]” – Reporter “I will continue to use it as long as the situation that produced it exists.” – Malcom X Hajj Malik El Shabazz broke into a large smile at the absurdity of the question; the African Americans in [Read More…]

What Would Malcolm do This Black History Month?

By Tariq Touré “Yo this is the Blackest history month ever!” I told my wife, Imani, after she told me that this year was a leap year. We both laughed shamelessly at each other. Black History Month was coming to a close with a screeching halt. This Black History Month has been one for the record [Read More…]

To Know Black History is to Know Islamic History

By Hakeem Muhammed True Black history has been obfuscated and replaced with nefarious Eurocentric myths. Africa is portrayed as a place without history: primitive, inferior and impoverished. The noble descendants of Africa are by extension portrayed as incompetent and inconsequential actors in world history. To counter these Eurocentric tall-tells that masquerade as objective history, Carter G. [Read More…]

Remembering Malcolm X, 90 Years After His Birth

Zainab Chaudry, outreach manager for CAIR-Maryland, spoke on May 19, 2015 at a tribute event for civil rights leader Malcolm X. Here, she shares her words with Altmuslim. Today — not just Annapolis, not only America, but the entire world – is marking 90 years since the birth of a man whose ideas and contributions helped [Read More…]