Even though I have been writing about this for roughly three years now, having taken quite a bit of criticism for it at the time, the truth is becoming painfully obvious to everyone that the Black Muslim leadership has sold their own people down the river. After having played the “Tom” for the Immigrant Muslim Syndicate over three decades, empowering them to the detriment of their own urban-based, grassroots communities that are overwhelmingly black, they are now seething that they’ve been discarded by their long time masters whom they’ve loyally served. Realizing now that they are no longer the darling of immigrant Muslims as they once were, and being totally excluded from media in the Park 51/Ground Zero Mosque debate, they have desperately turned for help to the arch pagan heretic himself, Louis Farrakhan! Together they have formed a new organization called the Coalition of African-American Muslims (CAAM) and are demanding recognition and inclusion in the New York controversy. Not only that though, they actually want to reassert themselves into the Muslim agenda in America.
It has been reported that the black Imams literally begged Farrakhan to take the lead at the press conference held a month ago to announce the new formation, who himself went on to kiss the asses of the Immigrant Muslim Syndicate by pushing their spurious line that opposition to the mosque equates to Jim Crow segregation! Not merely ridiculous and absurd, it is profoundly insulting to those who suffered and fought against real segregation and racial oppression in this country.
One may reasonably ask how it came to be that the Immigrant Muslim Syndicate feels comfortable enough to appropriate black history and insult our ancestors in so disgusting a manner? The answer is that they were permitted and enabled by Uncle Tom Imams of the likes of Siraj Wahhaj, Abdul-Malik, Johari Abdul Malik, Zaid Shakir, Sherman Jackson and the rest of that crowd, that’s how! It is they that have been preaching for years to the immigrants that Muslims (meaning immigrant Muslims) have been as harshly oppressed – or even harsher – than African-Americans ever have in this country. This despite the fact that Immigrant Muslims enjoy above average incomes, often secure advanced degrees from expensive elite universities, build opulent masjids and schools, and live in some of the most affluent neighborhoods and luxurious homes in this country. Now we are witnessing immigrant Muslims, like Eboo Patel, on television saying that they are suffering from “Jim Crow-like” conditions.
For those needing a reminder of what real Jim Crow segregation actually looked like I offer the following images. Is this what the Immigrant Muslims are saying that they’re enduring in 2010?
A couple of weeks ago they held a so-called “unity summit” with the developer of the mosque, Sharif El-Gamal, and demanded that they be included, despite the fact that the proposed mega structure will bring no benefit at all to their struggling, benighted communities. They are so positively hurt that their immigrant masters no longer love them, or are willing to throw them anymore crumbs from their tables, that they don’t know what to do. How sad and pathetic can you get?
These perfidious Imams have been claiming for years that Farrakhan and the NOI are “Coming to the Sunna” and all we must do is “cooperate with them in doing good” with the aim of giving them “dawah” (propagation). But no amount of this kind of sophistry can mask the fact that Farrakhan and the NOI are becoming even more obnoxious and shocking in their damnable heresies. So for those still suffering the delusion that the NOI is “closer to the Sunna than ever before” (a lie Uncle Siraj is fond of telling), then just sit back and listen to Dr. Wesley Muhammad, one of the NOI leading “intellectuals” and future leaders, expound on his doctoral thesis that Fard Muhammad is the god of Prophet Muhammad (I seek refuge in Allah). Some of us may also be shocked to learn that it was none other than Dr. Sherman Jackson who assisted Muhammad in preparing this insane disertation, and acted as his academic advisor at the University of Michigan! This whole project is reeking with kufr (disbelief) and shirk (Polytheism). [Thanks to bro. Kwame Madden for passing alone this clip!!]
What Happened to MANA?
And finally the introduction of this new “Coalition of African-American Muslims” lends the question of the what happened to the once highly touted Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA)? We were led to believe that MANA would be the vehicle by which to advance the issues of black Muslims, but as of late Uncle Siraj Wahhaj has refused to utter a word about the now defunct organization that dashed the hopes and aspirations of many sincere black Muslims.
Why doesn’t he stand up like a man and give an account to the people who have invested their time, energy, and hard-earned finances of what became of the effort? It is this precise lack of accountability which in fact accounts for the demise of MANA, an organization which never conducted itself in a professional, business like manner. In truth, it was nothing more than a collection of incompetent store front imams that had no idea what on earth they were doing. The ineptitude of the MANA hierarchy was nothing short of scandalous, squandering hundreds of thousands of dollars in senseless activities which in the end amounted to nothing! Proud and fat-headed, they refused to take advice and guidance from professionally trained people for fear of losing their grip on the organization. So now some of the holdovers from MANA have decided to embark upon a new quixotic venture with Farrakhan at the helm. Shameless, simply shameless! Unfortunately, some of us must also share the blame for the MANA fiasco, inasmuch as we didn’t hold their feet to the fire and demand that they conduct their affairs responsibly.
This writer will not share in that blame, for I was one of the few people who tried to warn the community of what was going on in MANA, and publicly condemned the dangerous path of embracing Farrakhan and his officials. It is now perfectly clear to all and sundry that we must find new leadership for the 21st century.
New Leadership is Emerging!!!
All is not bleak. I have been in discussions with a number of young, gifted brothers and sisters around the country who realize that the old guard leadership is totally bankrupt and recognize the need for a new direction. I am also encouraged by a group of dedicated believers in Philadelphia who broadcast the Deen over Dunya online radio program. After listening to Saturday night’s program I am convinced that the religion is strong and Allah will help us chart this new course. Insha Allah.