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We feel that in these times it is important for us to listen to our black leaders. In this reader we are featuring the voices of some of our most impactful black Muslim leaders, including Imam Zaid Shakir, Dr. Sherman Jackson, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Imam Dawud Walid, Shaykha Zaynab Ansari, and others.
May Allah make us of those who stand up for justice, truth and equity with principles. In the spirit of the Quran:
People, We created you all from a single man and a single woman, and made you into races and tribes so that you should recognize one another. In God’s eyes, the most honoured of you are the ones most mindful of Him: God is all knowing, all aware. (49:13)
You who believe, uphold justice and bear witness to God, even if it is against yourselves, your parents, or your close relatives. Whether the person is rich or poor, God can best take care of both. Refrain from following your own desire, so that you can act justly- if you distort or neglect justice, God is fully aware of what you do. (4:135)
- When “Black” is good. An insight to what “blackness” truly means in the Arabic language
- Imam Zaid Shakir has led funeral prayers (janazas) due to blue-on-black crime and black-on-black crime. In this video he touches on the history of the black struggle and sheds some spiritual light on the issue. Allah tells us our lives matter, we don’t need a movement.
- It’s okay to get involved. Racism existed, and still does. Let us talk about it.
- Imam Dawud Walid discusses the inspiring story of a west African scholar, Shaykh Ahmadu Bamba
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- It’s easier to avoid problems outside your home, but what do you do when the problems lie within?
- How do we understand hadiths which seemingly describe black people negatively?
- Are you racist if you don’t want to marry someone from outside your race? The following answer discusses some prophetic direction in marriage.
- Self-hate will lead to a dull fate.
- Islam doesn’t teach us to be racist. Many people, including Muslims, are simply misinformed.