I am Proud to be of Christian and Muslim Heritage

Precious Rasheeda Muhammad at the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions, held in Melbourne, Australia.

Muslim History Detective’s log, 08/13/14: In researching my family history, I recently learned that one set of great-great grandparents, on my mother’s side, owned land in South Carolina that has been in our family for over a century. Though I did not know it until recently, I among the heirs of this land. There is [Read More...]

Make it Plain: The Truth about the Muslims Called Bilalians

Sultaan Abdul Hamed. Founder's Day at Mohammed Schools of Atlanta (K-12). Dressed as Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, for which the high school is named.

By Precious Rasheeda Muhammad and Guest Co-Author Mahasin Abuwi Aleem* We read a well-meaning article recently, by Chaplain Bilal Ansari, which misrepresented the history of the American Muslim community that once referred to themselves as “Bilalians.” We co-authored this piece to correct the most problematic inaccuracies. Going forward, we will also be co-curating a documentary [Read More...]

The American President and the Muslim Sister in the Majestic Purple Headdress

Sister Amatullah Sharif

Muslim History Detective’s log, 2/28/14 Just four or five rows behind President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton, the Muslim woman sat, adorned in a majestically wrapped and hued purple headdress. The color crowned her glowing brown skin, completing her worthily. I had not been looking for her. I did not even know she [Read More...]

An African Muslim Prince Goes to Boston in 1828

Abdul Rahman Ibrahima ibn Sori

Muslim History Detective’s log, 2/26/2014 On a jubilant Boston afternoon in August of 1828, David Walker – an African-American merchant, civil rights activist and fierce abolitionist – delivered an intense toast at a banquet in honor of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima ibn Sori, a West-African born Muslim and prince who had been enslaved in the United States [Read More...]

2014 Black History Month Reflections: Imam W.D. Mohammed on Religious Freedom

imam mohammed community life

(NB: During this Black History Month, I aim to write a few short pieces focusing on events connected to Muslims of black African descent who have contributed to the American religious and historical landscape in a significant way.) Muslim History Detective’s log, February 5, 2014 On June 25, 1988, Imam Warith Deen Mohammed attended the [Read More...]

Muslims in the House: A History Lesson Born from a Prayer in Congress

Jefferson's "original rough draft" of the Declaration of Independence. Note: Jefferson was born approximately 13 years after Job's enslavement in America began.

Muslim History Detective’s log, 08/7/13 TALIB SHAREEF, a retired U.S. Air Force veteran and imam of Washington, DC’s Masjid Muhammad, eloquently delivered the opening prayer during last Wednesday’s session of the U.S. House of Representatives. What a refreshing sight to behold during the final few days of the blessed month of Ramadan. At one point, [Read More...]

The Qur’an, Trayvon Martin, the Black Pathology Lie and God’s Awesome Creation

A poster being circulated widely via social media

Muslim History Detective’s log, 07/17/13 Ramadan, the ninth and holiest month in the Islamic calendar, is the month when the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. In addition to fasting during Ramadan, from sunrise to sunset, Muslims read one thirtieth of the Qur’an each day, so that by the end of Ramadan they [Read More...]


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