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…]

Dear Non-Black Muslims: Your Silence is Not Peaceful

Real peace will not come from shutting up about the oppression. It will not come from trying to shut up the oppressed who speak about their condition. And it will never come from refusing to work with the people fighting against that oppression. Islam does not say that the most religious people are the ones who sit on the sidelines and do and say nothing. Our faith and history teach that passivity is not the way to peace. [Read more…]

Fighting for Social Justice – Two Sides of the Same Coin

By Saif Inam The LA Times published an article last week looking at a growing rift among African-American civil rights advocates. On one end were the veterans from the Civil Rights movement — those who had been influenced by Martin Luther King, Jr. — and on the other were recent activists from the Black Lives Matters movement. [Read More…]