Questions from a Black Muslim Activist to Islamic Scholars.

As-Salaam Alakium, Recently, there have been numerous discussions predicated upon seeking to increase dialogue between Islamic scholars and various Muslim activists. Many people have sought to create initiatives to bring Muslim activist more under the tutelage and guidance of Islamic scholars.  In light of this, I would like to pose a question directed to Islamic scholars [Read More…]

The Racial Disparity in Islamic Education.

  “I need to know if I can attend the university to test myself against the best students in the world,” states Kunta Kinta, in the recently remade Roots mini-series. Unfortunately, his ambitions as a student of knowledge at Timbuktu never came to fruition, as he was kidnapped and taken to the Americas. Though Roots is largely [Read More…]

Reclaiming the Mosque for Black Liberation!

Once upon a time to be Muslim in America was synonymous with black consciousness and automatically connoted a commitment to improving the condition of black life. Hip-hop mogul Russel Simmons describes his childhood neighborhood as containing, ”a mosque, a rehab and a Steak and Take which was all owned and operated by the black Muslims.” [Read More…]

Do Not Speak To Me About Malcolm X.

Dear Muslims: Is your masjid is simply a prayer place in an affluent suburb with no engagement with black folks in the hood at the bottom of the socio-economic hierarchy? If this is the case, do not speak to me about Malcolm X. Is your masjid a place that you merely go to engage in [Read More…]

To Know Muslim History is to Know Black History.

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. Woodson first proposed [Read More…]

Richard Dawkin’s Islamophobia: A Black Muslim Response

  Richard Dawkin’s Islamophobia: A Black Muslim Response  pt.1 Along with Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennet, and Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins is known to be one of the four horsemen of the contemporary neo-atheist movement. Their criticisms of Islam generally evoke secular enlightenment discourse from whence their worldview of secular humanism emerges. At the core of [Read More…]

Radical Christianity: Why We Cannot Afford Political Correctness

A consistent theme in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was his defiance of political correctness. Trump’s willingness to explicitly call out “radical Islam” was seen as a prime manifestation of his refusal to be politically correct. Critics of Islam dismiss the assertions that ISIS and Al-Qaeda are not representative of Islam but instead are perversions of [Read More…]

Black Souls Matter! Dawah in the Black Community!

    Dawah is an Arabic word which means to invite someone to embrace Islam. When Malcolm X went to the Mosque for the first time, he said he was upset that the Mosque still had empty space. Malcolm X thought to himself: how can the Mosque still be empty when the streets are filled [Read More…]

Self-Improvement in the Black Muslim Tradition!

In his autobiography, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, former president Barack Obama discusses reading the literary works of very prominent black leftist intellectuals: W.E.B Dubois, Langston Hughes, James Balwdin, and Richard Wright. Obama, states that though the literary works had their merit, within, every one of these works he found,””the [Read More…]