I’m Not Apologizing For Being Dissatisfied

Posted: March 5, 2008 in Uncategorized

I’m beginning to get very excited about 2008. Maybe its because I’ve discovered this blogging thing and have finally been able to address some long overdue issues related to race and class in the ummah. I think that the discussions have been wonderfully productive and will result in positive change (inshallah).

My man Amin Nathari is kicking off his blog this week, and I know he’s going to set it off cause he’s a sharp guy with some good ideas. And that is really what it is all about…ideas.

Some people have tried to assert recently that I am in some way “anti-immigrant”, which is ridiculous and unfounded. I know why they say this though. It is because they’re not used to hearing the real thoughts and opinions of “field Negroes” like myself, those who don’t pretend that everything is rosy and sweet. I’m not, nor have I ever been, part of the “Muslim Establishment” in America and have never gotten my paycheck from them, meaning I can speak my mind without worrying about feeding my family. The field Negro speaks a little differently from that happy “house Negro”, whose satisfied with the crumbs that fall from master’s table. These satisfied, so-called leaders (who don’t work real jobs like everyone else) are completely out of ideas and quite frankly out of touch, yet they continue to paint an overly optimistic picture of our condition as Black people, both Muslim and non-Muslim.

I suggest to my second generation brothers and sisters, many of whom are doing tremendous work in the community, that rather than being offended all the time to just listen for a moment and learn. I’m sorry, but the dialogue more often than not has been one way, and now it is time for you to heed the voices of dissatisfaction – suppressed and marginalized for years – and pretty much disregard what the happy Negroes tell you.

And just like I don’t know the first thing about “Desis”, “FOB’s”, and the like, I don’t care to be lectured by you about what is an essentially an internal discussion within a segment of the Muslim community. The truth is that you don’t know what’s going on, and refuse to humble yourself in order to learn. This is something new, us speaking for ourselves without our “happy” interpreters getting in the way, so get used to it.

I am thankful to Allah for all of my readership, as well as the many good brothers and sisters out there making a difference. But my blog is not for the faint of heart! Having said that, no one should interpret my criticisms of what has passed for leadership over these many years as an attack on the good they’re doing today. KEEP DOING GOOD WORK NO MATTER WHAT. In fact, that is why I’m feeling good about this year, because I seeing real engagement in the struggle to establish Islam in America.

Again, keep reading and you’ll soon get it.

Comments
  1. IBN ABDUL HAQQ says:

    My dear and respected Brother in Islam

    As salaamu alaikum

    According to the Qur’an, bravery and courage is a quality, which comes from trusting in and relying on Allah, and devoting one’s life to Him at all times. The best examples of this principled way can be seen in the lives of our prophets (a.s) sent by Allah(s.w.t)

    Allah has bought from the believers their selves and their wealth in return for the Garden. They fight in the Way of Allah and they kill and are killed. It is a promise binding on Him in the Torah, the Gospel and the Qur’an and who is truer to his contract than Allah? Rejoice then in the bargain you have made. That is the great victory. (Surat at-Tawba, 111)

    The number one enemy of courage is fear, and the concerns and anxiety that arise from it. These are feelings which can easily be overcome if a person conforms to the Qur’an. When one of sincere faith conforms attentively to the Qur’an, his reaction to the things he encounters are reformed.

    My respected brother keep fighting, take some advice from an o.g muslim. You have to love the people you are bringing truth to, more than they will hate you for bringing it. Many were called but few chosen. Yusefs(a.s) brothers were envious of him, but still he treated them with compassion when they needed him. FEAR ALLAH and you will be alright.

    Mistakes will be made, stay humble, and seek Allahs forgiveness.

  2. Abdur-Rahman,

    Now you know you’re stepping out a line. You better get back in your place. Pretty soon you’re gonna be banned from hajj.

  3. Sister Seeking says:

    Alhamdilal–I’ve been waiting for this for 9 years!

    YES WE CAN!
    YES WE CAN!

    Every time we feel discouraged or a set back comes up, let us look at the faces of our children, and understand we owe it to them.

    Keep going brothers and sisters.

    You all make me proud!

    Salaam
    Sister Seeking

  4. Kwame Maddem says:

    Brother are you sure your not a descendant of Henry Highland Garnett.Im glad to know you are amongst us field negroes.Garnet
    was one of the bravest aboltionists and called out the Garrison camp for there hypocrisy.You have right to call out the blantant obnoxious
    pratices of the muslim organzations that claim they represent all sectors of muslim community.The battle ground has been set.
    Once happening in muslim communty sometimes reminds me of
    the differences that occured in the civil rights and black power
    movement.Yes brother it is also true that some people are promoted because they are not going to touch on these issues..They wont challenget this nonsense in other words they become the star studded negroes who speak for us.Unfottunely there voices dont resonate and speak the language of the field negro.The immigrant
    youth who try to criticise you dont get it .Many of the people they
    think are the leaders in our community are now old dinasours that have bascially become irrelevant due to there own voluntary tap
    dancing and shuffling for other people agendas.But now a awakening is happening amongst the grassroots muslims of Africian descent.
    The wise thing to do is to get out there way cause these are brothers and sisters who cant be controlled.

    May Allah ,guide us all and keep us the straight path.

  5. Sh. Mahmoud Ibrahim al-Amreeki says:

    Dar ul Islam / Iqaamatiddeen

    My Dearest Brother,
    it is refreshing to read your comments and thoughts on the various subjects put forward in your blog. As an ‘old head’, what comes up for me is the constant struggle to define myself as a Muslim that is also africanamerican not an africanamerican that is Muslim. Because the outcome of the position that is taken leads to different conclusions.

    When I and other of my peers took shahadah (for me,1968), the reasons for changing our names, was not to distance ourselves from our culture or the struggles of our people (one of my first cousins being one of the Little Rock Nine, 1957), but to distance ourselves from our negative behaviors. This is the way we defined it in the Dar ul Islam movement. The awareness of who we were and the injustices our people were pushing through, never escaped our collective consciousness. The way we addressed the issues , however, was not to ‘corner’ our concerns in the language of an isolated people, black-struggle/black power, but to address the wider issues of oppression and the nature of oppression then demonstrate how our people were affected this oppression and consequently identify the oppressors, all of which is understood in the context of Allah’s Justice.

    In the first and only American Revivalist Movement, known as Dar ul Islam, we did not view ourselves as supporters of an America into which we had to melt. We saw ourselves as Muslims living in America, supportive of its people, its ideals its way of life but our desire was to develop a ‘sovereignty’ that would allow us to express Islam as lifestyle that enhanced the tapestry of this experiment called democracy.

    What I fear most for our younger Muslims is that there is no ‘vision’ for themselves other than to be Americans who are also Muslim. So they pursue the acceptance from the ivory towers but only to further the objectives the ‘other’ , not the ummah. I see in the community at large a lack of passion, by our youth, to organize around issues that are close to them. I see a lack of overall political consciousness. The ‘salifi’ disaster has destroyed the concept of ‘respect’ for the elders ( or at least our elders) , most of whom were activists in pushing Islam in this country.

    I am as comfortable in a thobe as I am in a suit and tie, but my life’s commitment is to forward the cause of Islam, as is true to most of my generation.

    May Allah reward all of your efforts. May He support you and those who support you in our quest for clarity.

  6. Sh. Mahmoud Ibrahim al-Amreeki says:

    Paragraph 2 ‘…demonstrate how our people were affected BY this oppression…’

    Paragraph 4 ‘…further the objectives OF the ‘other’

    I promise to proof this material more closely in the furture

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