Synthesizing the Future

Posted: January 22, 2008 in Uncategorized

Br Marc Manley has an excellent post about Islam in America. I highly recommend it. It is pretty long (but worth it) and I have excerpted it below:

As it stands, I see much of the Islam I have witnessed coming out of the Blackamerican population has been on of eclecticism. That the process to becoming Muslim required replicating a previous or “other” version of Islam such that when it was donned by Blackamericans it still resembled its old form or context. By this I mean things such as wardrobe, diet, and societal norms. Suits and pants became thobes and turbans. Falafel and hummus became more authentic than steak and fried chicken. And holding down a 9-5 and supporting one’s family was bucked in favor of checking out against the kafir-led regime that oppressed the Palestinians. But instead, if we were to fashion an Islam that spoke to our time, our condition and our history, this bricolage would speak far greater to us than any masquerading could.

I feel that part of this is a self hatred and addressed this in part five of the ‘Why Blackamerican Muslims Don’t Stand for Justice’ series.

  1. Tariq Nelson says:

    I don’t think there is anything unhealthy about us having a serious discussion about our future direction. Personally, I believe that we are coming to the end of the “Movement era” (hive mind thinking) and we are starting to redefine the nature of what an Muslim American is in response to the needs of the individual Muslims

  2. Sister Seeking,

    That is fine. But know that I would never reveal your information in public. Alhamdulillah we have had some very lovely gatherings and great discussion and insha Allah this will continue to be the case. However, I think you need to read the comments above again because I don’t know who you are arguing against. No one said that YOU had made a death threat, but some brothers have received them

  3. Khalil says:

    Some people are going through a lot of pain and need a target upon which to vent their anger and hatred. Seems that some convenient targets were found here. Why do things have to be in such stark black and white terms with us?

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