A Victory For Truth! Imam Siraj Wahhaj Exits CAAM!

Posted: October 23, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Certainly all praise belongs to Allah who has caused truth to vanquish falsehood! In a comment left on my blog from Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid, Deputy Amir of the now defunct Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), we have now learned that Imam Siraj Wahhaj, for reasons yet to be explained, has pulled out of the Coalition of African-American Muslims (CAAM) under the leadership of the arch shaitan Louis Farrakhan! The comment reads as follows,

ASA Dear Concerned Believers:

MANA leaders have already spoken with Imam Siraj and others about our own concerns surrounding the image and execution of the CAAM event. We were informed that it was not originally conceived as it ended up. Amir Siraj’s reccomendation had been for Imam Zaid Shakir (who conceived the idea) to take the lead in the initiative and program, which was to have been a coalition of both Muslim and non-Muslim African-American religious leaders. He did not realize that this wasn’t the case until he arrived for the event. Imam Siraj felt compelled to make a statement at the time because of the gravity of the situation (religious intolerance, ethnic bigotry, and “Islamophobia”) but he has since withdrawn from CAAM as an organization. May Allah forgive all of our shortcomings and errors, guide us all, and grant us victory over the Unbelievers, amin.

Sadly enough, even when these leaders attempt to do right they fall into wrong, for anyone conversant with the facts surrounding the organization of the CAAM press conference would recognize that Talib Abdur-Rasheed’s comment is not simply misleading but all together false! The impression one comes away with is that neither Siraj Wahhaj, or any of the other Muslim participants, had any real understanding of the affair and that it would be completely dominated by Farrakhan and the NOI. That it was in reality only meant to be a cross-section of African-American religious figures, Farrakhan being only one of them. It was not until they arrived at the National Press Club that they realized this was Farrakhan’s show. This is sheer mendacity!

According to extensive conversations I’ve had with Imam Khalid Griggs,  a tele- conference was held some TWO WEEKS before the press conference, which he participated in. On the line was Siraj Wahhaj, Sherman Jackson, Zaid Shakir, Abdul Malik, Mahdi  Bray, Jalil Muhammad, Akbar Muhammad (Larry 4X Prescott) and Farrakhan. It was they who determined right then and there that it would be an “all Muslim” function and they called it the “Coalition of African-American Muslims”. Jackson, after throwing his full support behind the effort, cautioned the group not to mention his name at the conference presumably because he was up for a teaching  job somewhere and didn’t want to hurt his chances (yes, that’s how shallow these people are). However, that did not stop the NOI’s Akbar Muhammad from doing precisely that at the press conference.

Imam Khalid Griggs upon seeing that this would clearly be a Farrakhan show, pulled his participation from CAAM BEFORE the press conference. Furthermore, the press release announcing the event (which publicly announced the name of the group) had the names of the participants listed at the bottom – all of which were Muslim. Although Imam Khalid’s name was listed, it was without his permission.

The real truth is, if Talib was going to be honest, is that these Imams wanted Farrakhan to take the center stage for without him they would have attracted no media attention at all! How can they now claim to have been, in effect, ambushed the day of the event when most or all of the cost of the venue was paid for by the Nation of Islam! In other words, this CAAM press conference was no simple mistake, but rather a deliberate attempt to join ranks with Louis Farrakhan and the NOI for reasons that I’ve detailed elsewhere. They cannot allay this controversy by simply dropping a comment in on some blog, but rather the people demand a statement, a full explanation, a sincere repentance even, for why this outrage was attempted in the first place! If these “leaders” now believe, through some extreme violence to the teachings of Quran and Sunna, that Farrakhan and the NOI are Muslims then they should flatly say so, and post it in a public statement on their website.

This bogus explanation on the part of Talib Abdur-Rasheed, and the withdraw of Siraj from CAAM, is merely an attempt to resuscitate the moribund Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), which as we’ve reported earlier is already dead with only the body left to be buried. I am now working on a point by point commentary of their recently released so-called “Report to the Ummah“. (Stand by for that one, it’ll be very enlightening I assure you)

And finally, we must again give our thanks and praise to Allah for granting the believers this great victory by exposing the truth to be the truth, and the falsehood to be the falsehood. It is also a great victory for this blog, which I’m sad to say was the only one that I know of that fought this great fight for the soul of our religion. None of my attempts to enlist other popular bloggers on this issue, many of whom having built a reputation on covering African-American Muslim issues, like Marc Manley, Margari Hill, and Tariq Nelson, met with any success. Contacted by email or Facebook, they either ignored the issue altogether or expressed hostility that a favorite leader of theirs was coming under assault. It did not occur to them apparently that the religion itself was under assault. All I can say is shame on them, for they left me to be A Singular Voice once again, an honor I’ll gladly take to my grave. The disavowal of CAAM on the part of Siraj Wahhaj would have never happened where it not for the pressure brought to bear by the tens of thousands of readers of this blog. Alhumdulillahi Rabbialameen!

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UPDATE: For those that doubt the above, this link contains a copy of the press release by the “Coalition of African-American Muslims” some three days BEFORE the press conference on Sept 2. Siraj Wahhaj’s name is at the bottom as a signatory. It is very clear that this was intended to be a Muslim only event. I ask again how can Imam Talib claim that Imam Siraj Wahhaj had no knowledge that this is what the CAAM event would be about until he arrived. Since we like to think well of our brothers, I would like to see Imam Talib or Imam Siraj respond to these lingering questions. Whatever the case, we can see that Imam Siraj and Imam Talib at least are now acknowledging that this CAAM event was wrong!

Comments
  1. Kwame Madden says:

    Yes it was this blog a singular voice Abdur Rahman and the Deen over Dunya show which provided a forum for the common muslims to vent and rage their frustrations of feeling betrayed. Yes, betrayed by leadership and Islamic workers who acted as if aqeedah isn’t that big of a deal anymore. Farrakhan will always be a unwanted guest amongst Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’h. The Islamic texts are clear and the common people are trying their best to cling to them. That is why we are so adamant about this issue. May Allah reward Idris Palmer for stepping in on this issue and exposing the Nation of kufr. Also Imam Khalid Griiggs a dear freind, understood that this was wrong and would be a sad day. Brother your intutions were right. May Allah reward you for not attending or signing on to this rubbish. All the accompliances to this madness should come forth and admit there mistake. This is the right thing to do concerning this matter of concern. May Allah proect us all and guide us and forgive our sins knownly and unknownly Amin!

  2. Tariq A. James says:

    As-Salaamu Alaikum
    Brother Abdur Rahman,
    Firstly I would like to say May Allah reward you for all of your sincere efforts to convey the truth. I really admire your desire to call to justice, however I find that the statement you made about Sis Magari having deen after being married is a little bit of a low blow and you should refrain for turning things into personal attacks. Also while I feel that your blog serves a good purpose I don’t believe it to be a good idea to ascribe to the actions of others what you believe their intentions to be to their actions as you did when you stated “This bogus explanation on the part of Talib Abdur-Rasheed, and the withdraw of Siraj from CAAM, is merely an attempt to resuscitate the moribund Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA)”. My question would be where is the hard concrete evidence that this is why the Imam withdrew from CAAM? If you have no real proof then your statement is just mere speculation. I really admire for quest for justice, however we must be just while pursuing justice.

  3. Hajji Muhammad says:

    Bismillahi: To little too late. A little exposure they just come back at you at a later time and in a different way. As so called “Imams” they should have seen this coming, and they now want to shift the blame to Zaid? Naivete is an understatement. They need to resign from (their) positions and especially drop the term “Amr,” its a military term and there’s no standing Muslim army in America. Louis is not called “the charmer” for no reason and as he himself likes to say “‘I’ve been at this for 50 years.”‘
    One further note and let me reiterate that Zaid will never be able to live down his association and photo ops with Farrakhan, in addition to the fact that one of the main sponsers of the new
    (Islamic College) is the Vatican? What a joke, the worshipers of Namruwd supporting milk toast H.Y?

    • @ Hajj Muhammad,

      Good to see you back brother, great comments as usual. This whole thing has been a disgrace, and then they can’t even own up to what they did but must resort to telling lies. Disgraceful! But because of your very learned commentary brother they had to retreat, it would have never happened without brothers and sisters like yourself. Alhumdulillah.

  4. @Tariq A James,

    And you didn’t see any low blows or personal attacks in her comments against me? Interesting. Please don’t change the subject, the comment Talib Abdur-Rasheed made was a bold-faced lie. Seeing as you are concerned about justice, why don’t you ask him how it is that a religious figure such as himself can post a comment on a blog which is nothing but a bold-faced lie. If you admire my quest for justice as you say, than please stick to the subject at hand.

    • Tariq A. James says:

      To be honest not I don’t see her comments as a personal attack, she actually was responding to what you put out against her and her husband. How do you know what Imam Talib said was a lie were you at the meeting before the event or something?

  5. Abdur-Rahman,

    Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    May Allah reward you for challenging the “Sunni” leaders for making deals with the real devil (Farrakhan).

    Khalil

  6. Hassan Clark says:

    Abdur Rahman Muhammad,
    From what I hear you are nearly homeless. Don’t you think your time would be put to better use finding an honorable means to support yourself? GET A JOB!
    Your cyber-jihad on all you deem unholy is a sad, sad example of a beaten man overcome by the forces of loser-dom.
    How do you find the time to post your worthless, anti-intellectual commentary on the internet??
    BTW, I’m still awaiting an answer to the question I asked you two years ago!
    H

  7. Kwame Madden says:

    Please brother Hassan, stick to the issues at hand.The issue at hand is the aqeedah of muslims being thought of as something not important. Just like us common people can be corrected so can the the leaders.The principles of the aqeedah of Ahl as-sunnah wal -Jamaa’h were thrown under bus. We should be angry for Allah that our leaders would give sanction to this mushrik and his kufr. Aqeedah from what I understand is supose to tie, confirm, consolidate, old together, and make firm. This means tying, not untying or loosening. Also we tie this aqeedah [belief] to our hearts. Some of the salaf said Islam is built on a bedrock of submission. One of our problems is many of our leaders have chosen to be silent instead of educauting the muslims that we can’t unite with a lifetime aqeedah bandit. Brother Hassan, Allah says “And who does more wrong than he invents a lie aganist Allah or denies the truth when it comes to him? Is there not dwelling in Hell for those who disbelieve”. Surah Al Ankaboot [29:68]. May Allah protect us from falling into shirk. Lets stop the personality and celebrity worship of indivuals and instead uphold the principles of the deen.

  8. Mutuku Abdur Rahman says:

    as salaam alaikum,

    The main thing I have to say about this is, some of us who are so Muslim that we are mad at Imams and attacking them, are like the ones who want to take the splinter out of our neighbors eye. I haven’t heard any of the Imams at the press conference speak in favor of recognizing the NOI since the press conference and you even have Imam Rashid writing this blog to say that Imam Siraj is not even in CAAM anymore. As Muslims we are to be naive and assume the best of everyone and make 70 excuses for our brothers and sisters and cover their faults. This is explicit Quran and sunnah. Can any person say for one second, may Allah not strike you down for lying…..can you say Imams Zaid and Siraj are not Muslims? Since they are Muslims and even more, Muslims who have taught Islam to thousands of people, why would you jump up and down defaming fellow Muslims instead of assuming they are human and maybe they made a mistake? Don’t just embrace the part of Islam that says you are to hate what is forbidden. Allah has given YOU instructions on loving fellow Muslims and Allah didn’t say your brothers and sisters have to be perfect before you give them their rights. It is their right not to be attacked by fellow Muslims. Their property is sacred, BY ALLAH. There names and their reputations belong to them and you have no right to defame them simply because they associate with the NOI. I have an extreme dislike for the NOI and Farakhan. But to attack anyone who goes near the pagans is not a rule in Islam. Please respect these Imams. Allah loves them and has blessed them with Islam and to be ambassadors of Islam. You attack them and their reputation at your own peril. I am no scholar. But I am pretty sure, somewhere in Islam, it is written that Allah protects Muslims….even the ones you don’t like.

    Fee Amanallah,
    Abdur Rahman

  9. Amina Muhammad says:

    What an embarrassing episode for Imam Siraj and MANA. An official announcement to the believers clearing up this matter would be prudent because this is spreading like wildfire

  10. A Question says:

    If Imam Siraj had no idea that Farrakhan would be there, then why did he pose for several pictures with him? It seems that they are working together

  11. Kwame Madden says:

    Yes, sister Amina that is the right thing to do, an official apology from all who endorsed this. But remember that one member of CAAM unequivocally says that Farrakhan is a muslim. So the kufr aqeedah he promotes is deemed to be legitimate in this individual’s eyes. The fundamental principles of the deen can’t be just thrown around and discarded. Sister this man apostated from the deen.This was in the late 70’s after Elijah Poole died. How many people will be lead to hell because of this man’s notorious shirk teachings.There was a Nation member who died and at the funeral Farrakhan said the service was being conducted according to the guidance of the Most Honorable Elijah Poole. I ain’t got any soft spot in my heart for this deviant. Either he accepts Islam or he dosen’t. And if he does he would immediately have to get rid of the rubbish in the back of the newspaper.

  12. Abdul-Haqq says:

    a community cannot thrive without independent minds and those willing to challenge conventional establishment. The establishment can (and often should be) challenged. Especially if they are screwing up. I am convinced that we must champion leadership that is accountable to the Muslims. That has not been done and it needs to change

  13. Mutuku Abdur Rahman says:

    as salaam alaikum,

    may Allah guide us to the best speech and actions. Ameen.
    I will not sit here and pretend to be a scholar. Insha Allah, that is left to my Imams. I go home and review what they say, after they give me the sources. I do my best to imitate the Sahaba,who did not “check” nor “challenge” the authority of Prophet Muhammad, but instead said, “we hear and we obey.” Of course, we should not be robots. We should speak out when there is wrong. What we should not do is slander Muslims. Brothers, Haqq and Muhammad, your concerns are very legitimate. I know that sometimes people get so much into academia that they overlook simple truths. Sometimes people are so smart they fall in love with their thoughts and lose sight of essential truths. That is wrong. Insha Allah, it is a mistake. Be grateful to Allah if your aqeedah is sound. But I believe Muslims are taught never to be too sure. You know, I fear Allah and shirk comes in many forms. You can put a job in front of Allah and that is shirk. You can put being loved by disbelievers in front of Allah and that is shirk. It is not shirk to stand next to an unbeliever or to have lunch with an unbeliever. If any Imam wrongly thought that they could get African American Muslims to take Farrkahn as a believer…now it is pretty obvious that will never happen, so even for the one who mixed up race with aqeeda in their pre-occupied mind, the truth has become clear. We are Muslims and we owe each other kindness, regardless of the mistakes. I am not perfect. I worry first and foremost about my may mistakes. I pray that my kindness to my Muslim brothers and sisters is a small kafara for my many mistakes. We are commanded by Allah to be humble. We are commanded to walk the earth in humility. We are to praise our brothers and sisters in public and criticize them in private. I am not going to sit here and list source after source for what should be obvious facts for us who dare take our limited knowledge of Islam to a public forum. Every mistake we make in this forum that misleads another Muslim, on the Day of Qiyyam, Allah will hold you responsible for the misled one as well as you, so when we sin here and mislead, our sins are multiplied. That should give you pause and rein in any aggressive tendency on our part. Allah will punish far greater than we can here ranting on the internet.Allah’s Punishment is sure. Our ranting is nothing. Allah will place unrepentant sinners in the fire and that fire is hotter than any fire on earth. None of us is perfect. Fear the fire. Fear Allah. Be nice and show mercy and pray Allah has Mercy on us.

    Fee Amanallah,
    Abdur Rahman

    • @ Mutuku Abdur-Rahman

      Look brother, let’s shut this down right now! The issue here is that the enemies of Islam, Louis Farrakhan and the NOI, were embraced and given legitimacy in a public forum by imams of the Muslims. Not only that, they were falsely and dangerously represented as being real Muslims when they are not. This issue has nothing to do with “dawah” to Farrakhan or the NOI. The man is a hardend mushrick whose been rejecting the true creed for over five decades. And no, we are not showing any mercy on this issue of fundamental faith! There’s a time to be merciful and there’s time to be hard. This is a time to be hard, very hard.

  14. Mutuku Abdur Rahman says:

    as salaam alaikum,

    Brother, you say you refuse to show mercy to Muslims. Is that sunnah or are you getting this idea of being merciless from the Quran? I guess we do have to cite sources.

    “God is not merciful to one who is not merciful to
    people.”
    ~ Sahih al-Bukhari no. 7465, Kitab al-Tawhid
    ~ Sahih Muslim no. 6170, Kitab al-Fada’il

    This is what I am taught. This stuff about how you have to “be hard.” Is that in the Quran? Where does Prophet Muhammad instruct you to be harsh with the believers? Do you need me to cite Quran on this as well (104:1)? The Quran and the Sunnah say we are to be gentle with the believers. The enemies of Islam are harsh with the Muslims, the only exception being the Friday khutbah. Does your study of Islam tell you that you can speak and act towards Farrakhan the same way you speak and act about the Imams? Aren’t you supposed to have a better treatment for Muslims? Farrakhan is NOT legitimized by one press conference. The point of what happened almost two months ago, is that a group of people on the low end of Islam, pointed out obvious facts, won the day and Farrakhan continues to be a pariah. Which shows the integrity of Islam that the truth, no matter where it comes from, has an impact. No Imam has gone near him or the NOI since. In fact, the little comments that have been made here and elsewhere have proven to be more than enough to solve things. Brother, you have to know when you have won and be gracious. Or not. It is up to you. I only seek to serve the Merciful. That is your name too, but you say mercy is not for you. The Imams had one press conference two months ago and have not gone down that road since. When do you quit and show them mercy? Does that mean mercy is only a name for you and not a trait that you try to show? Mercy is your name buy not your ‘amal? Does the sahih hadeeth I cited apply to you? I don’t have exclamations for you, only questions. You condemn the Imams, yet you openly say here that it is for you to be merciless to Muslims? You really think that being merciless to Muslims is not a sin? Are you saying your decision to be merciless to Muslims is okay? Because when you declare halaal what Allah declares haram, that is a major form of shirk. Are you saying you don’t follow that part of Islam….the part that says you have to be merciful and kind and not backbite and slander especially Muslims? Did you know that Rahman is Mercy EVEN FOR THE UNBELIEVERS? I won’t comment anymore. I only ask you consider my questions and please don’t be so preoccupied with someone else’s sins, that you overlook what may take you to the fire. In black American culture, you know what we say about self righteous proud people? “You all dat’?”

    Fee Amanallah,

  15. Abdul-Haqq says:

    A lot of conversation around this topic that has made the establishment and those that support them very touchy, dismissive and defensive.

    Why are they feeling so put upon? Are we to just be led into the abyss forever by our current leaders and never ask them where they are taking us? It is very clear that the leadership and their friends are isolated from mainstream body of Muslims and ignorant about the reality of our lives. They spend too much time raising money for organizations that are for immigrant muslims and do not ever come to see what is going on in our small community masjids. Many of the brothers I know have not seen Imam Siraj speak in years because when he comes to town he comes to an immigrant masjid out in the suburbs. The leadership lives in a bubble and are away from the people. I feel that they love the ummah but, increasingly they are separated and isolated from the people they claim to represent.

    • Hajji Muhammad says:

      Too much obfuscation (smoke and mirrors). No one who was in the photo ops can account for the fact they have been manipulated and duped, nor can they claim ignorance which on the face of it implies that they are really misleading the Muslims in America. Further, their commercial brand of Islam is a mockery and all the untold sums of money, who knows how much has been squandered on hotels, air & train fare, convention halls, permits, etc? Wasted money and nothing to show for it except seeing the same old faces in electronic and print media and/or sitting on some dais pontificating? Where are the cemeteries, farms owned by Muslims, apartments for the poor and needy, the support for single abused sisters and their fatherless children, vocational shops to provide young Muslims with training so they can cope with a job market that needs qualified professionals? There is no real vision just continued rhetoric. Its been that way and unless there is drastic change it will remain the same.
      In one missive it was asked that we provide a point by point methodology to change and or improve the present condition. Let me say it this way and I’ll paraphrase the statement of one of my mentors; Islam is not an Organization. Islam cannot be organized. Islam is not a club and you don’t need to have any special qualifications to join, its not any one’s personal property so all these spokespersons need to get of the pot and get a life. Islam is in the Quran & the well establish Sunnah. Trying to please everyone and find acceptance will only bring regret. Please Allah, worship Allah and follow the Prophet (SAW), no other man, woman, or being no matter how learned or saintly will change our condition unless and until we change ourselves?

  16. Muhammad the Carpenter says:

    MANA is not the problem but merely the symptom. We have bigger problems in our communities and MANA is simply a reflection of who we are at the grassroots level

  17. Salahuddin M. muhammad says:

    As Salaamu Alaikum, I just read the post about Imam Khalid Griggs and I appreciate the light that you have shown on hin for being a standup Muslim. I read the other post and know that there will always be those who accept and those who don’t. I have a problem that I wish to discuss with you to see if you might be able to help. I am not familair with you but I do know brother Kwame. I am the Imam of Masjid Al Ikhlas in Newburgh. I am sure you heard about the four Muslim brothers who were just convicted. There is a conspiracy to demonize the Muslim Chaplain’s and make all incarcerated Muslims “Radical Muslims.” A Pratrick Dunleavy (who writes for the Post) is taking the lead on saying that We (Muslim’s Chaplains) have planted seeds of radicalism for the past 30 years. This is absolutely not the case but it’s in the news all the time. We are being set up and many of the incarcerated Muslims are afraid to go to the Parole Board because they believe they will be looked at as being radical. All of the good work we have done in the prisons over the years is being washed away by lies.

  18. Jamal Abdul-Aziz Craft says:

    AsxSalaam Alaikum

    Well so much has been said on the C.A.A.M. issue regarding Farrakhan and Imams Siraj and Zaid that i’ll just reply by saying i wont indulge in backbiting the respected Imams. I would rather use more time to express that African-American Muslims need to unite and show mercy, love and compassion with one another and not use the Qur’an and Sunnah to attack one another where it causes division.
    I have seen certain people and groups divide ,split and isolate among themselves over Deen. Some of us are more divided in Islam than when we were in the church or in the dun’ya. I know some Muslims who wont even give Salaams or even speak to fellow Muslims if they dont follow a certain school of thouht . I ask is this Sunnah? Some brothers get a little knowledge and they become self righteous and arrogant.
    As a people and as Muslims we still have a long ways to go. The Imams , Sheikhs , Amirs, and educators need to address issues of the Muslim Ummah as they confront us. We are not exempt from falling into the traps of Shaitan. While Farrakhan at best dibble and dabble with certain ideals and teachings of Islam those of us who follow the aqeedah of this deen need to come forward and began to deal with the issues that are at hand from racism to Islamphobia. And we dont need to get the opinion or fatwa from some Saudi Shiekh to deal with our problems . Allahu-Akbar

  19. Soobnaratub says:

    I attended BOTH of the MANA conferences and came away terribly disappointed. No inspiring message. No new ideas. No plan. No original thinking. Just a conference with a lot of venting and old talk. It was no surprise that they were unable to have another MANA conference. The current leadership have held their positions for decades and we still are in the same position. Now they are facing the first wrist-slap in their era and they don’t like it. The grassroots Muslims are absolutely sick of the blame-passing for their failures while behind the scenes they continue to be held unaccountable to advance an “agenda” nobody wants. Saddest part is that my son just turned 18 is in college now and would rather distance himself from this dysfunction. There are so many other young adults just like him

  20. Kwame Madden says:

    Brother Soobnaratub well said you can’t put it any better.The people want to see a end to this subterfuge that we been subjected to over the yrs.

  21. Kontact says:

    Thanks for standing up to these guys

  22. Salimah says:

    I’m just picking up on this discussion but if I’m to understand correctly the writer seems to have had a problem with Imam Siraj attending a meeting and joining a organization with Louis Farrakhan, I want to start of by saying that I most certainly disagree with the Aqueedah of the NOI and Minister Farrakkan, but I still pose the question how do we deal with those who claim to be Muslims and we have serious disagreements with, do we sit back and call them kufrs or do we engage in dialogue with them, never giving up our positions that we stand upon, but showing tolerance towards others, if you decide to set up a alliance with someone based on common needs or problems do you have to be in agreement with them on everything? or do we go forward to work together on the areas we do agree upon to effect change.

  23. as salaam alaikum sister,

    of course we can talk with anyone and everyone. the problem is when they want to equivocate. Only NOI dudes say they are Muslims. No Muslim with an ounce of teaching says the NOI are Muslims. Farrakhan is a murtad. We are to do dawah and that means engaging people and moving them towards the truth of Allah and His messenger and not letting them drag us into nonsense that lost its use 50 years ago. I believe the Imams made a mistake and now, instead of humiliating Mr. Farrakhan, they are simply trying to let that ill conceived press conference die a slow death. My bet is we will never hear another word about “the coalition of African American Muslims.” It was a still birth and quietly some of us always talk to the NOI dudes many of them come to Jumah at our masjid and we know them and they know us. We don’t have to hate them. But it only increases hate if some of us starts calling the NOI man worshipers the name Prophet Muhammad gave to us. We can talk all day as long as none of us are calling them Muslims. Even if they don’t know better, we do.

  24. Abudul Daggett says:

    Asalamu Alaikum,

    Although I don’t completely understand the logic behind the CAAM event I do believe your rebuttal is inappropriate and makes to be believe you have a disease in your heart. I am not a member of the NOI and consider myself to be in the fold of sunni islam.

    Your basically slandering these brothers creating dissension and more confusion. This blog is appalling.

    • @Abudul Daggett

      That is because you have a flawed understanding of this religion my brother. What creates dissension and confusion is what Siraj and company did. What could be more “confussing” that trying to pass a creep like Farrakhan off as a real Muslim? Where is your revulsuon at that brother? No, you leave your revulsion for those trying to protect Islam from corruption. Please read the rest of the posts related to this matter and build up your faith.

  25. Abdur Rahman says:

    Brother Muhammad,

    You are getting the same criticism over and over. It is wrong for you to openly attack our Imams. This is basic Islam. Leadership is not the boy in the back of the class who mocks the teacher. Leadership is the kid who sits in the front, becomes a top student and assists his other classmates in working with the teacher (leader) to work as one to complete the function of the group, which in the analogy and actuality is EDUCATION. Smearing people is not Islam and it is not leadership. Imam Wahhaj made a mistake about four months ago and you are still barking about it even after he has not done it anymore. Please brother. Islam is patient and kind. Be patient and kind with us. That is all your critics are saying. Abdur Rahman means “servant of the One whose Mercy sustains all of creation. That is a huge huge mercy. Please. we are only asking you to strive to live up to your beautiful name and be kind and merciful to us.

  26. Hajji Muhammad says:

    Bismillahi wa salaam,
    As I previously stated on Oct. 15, 2010 as well as Oct. 24th that its still smoke and mirrors, too little too late? Same old commercialism with some of the same names just different props.
    Allah says in His Book, It is he Who unites your hearts.
    As stated, these are the one’s that should be avoided, their so called leadership is questionable and they cannot be trusted?

  27. Hajji Muhammad says:

    Its an uphill battle, and since many are just too lazy to do the research perhaps the good brother might enlighten us on the accuracy of the following since as the article states he was an eye witness?

    http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2010/11/27/how-the-term-islamophobia-got-shoved-down-your-throat/

  28. Luqman Abdel Magied says:

    THE MUSLIMS; ONE PEOPLE AND ONE COMMUNITY

    Reminiscent of the 1920’s when there was an ongoing clash of opinions between WEB Du Boise and Marcus Garvey, and some 89 years later we’ve seen the same clash of opinions between Colin Powel and Harry Belafonte whom Belafonte called a “house nigger.” Once again we see the same trash talking, but this time it has taken a new turn. This time the trash talk is one Muslim attacking the integrity of another—and this is unprecedented. It’s unprecedented for a number of reasons. In the holy Qur’an Allah said:

    a) Verily, you have in the Prophet of Allah an excellent model for him who fears Allah and the Last Day and who remembers Allah much. (Qur’an 33:21)
    b) And in a Sahih Hadith the Prophet Muhammad (saws) said that “A Muslim’s person, property and honor are inviolable.”
    c) Our blessed and holy Prophet Muhammad (saws) also said that “it would better for you to burn down the Kaba than to harm one hair on the head of a Muslim.”
    d) Our blessed and holy Prophet Muhammad (saws) also said that “A Muslim is he who is safe from the tongue and hand of his brother.”

    Over the past several months I’ve been reading Abdur Rahman Muhammad’s comments in a Singular Voice intermittently and occasionally, have even sent ASV a few comments of my own as I am doing in this essay.

    I am an African American Muslim that has studied under 9 Shaykhs from 6 different countries over the last 30 years and I’m 71 years old. I’ve known Imam Talib Abdur Rasheed for about 20 years and the Islamic community in New York and in the world has every right to be proud of and to even celebrate him. Imam Talib has been and still is a pillar of steel in the indigenous Muslim Diaspora for as long as I can remember; and as he has inherited the stewardship of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in New York City I have always found him to be highly intelligent. Additionally, I have found him to be highly respectful, exuding statesman like qualities, an instinctive leader and a gentle giant. Without a doubt, Imam Talib is unlike any other Imam in the United States. When a Muslim has labored as much as he has, year in and year out—how can anyone in their right mind say things about him that are so inconsistent with the Qur’an and inconsistent with the Sunnah of our blessed and holy Prophet Muhammad (saws). This trash talk about Imam Talib Abdur Rasheed may be described as a form of blasphemy—and it has to stop immediately.

    Years ago I would occasionally visit the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood for Juma, and Imam Talib’s Khutbas were firmly grounded on the Qur’an and the Sunnah and delivered with intelligence and dignity to the indigenous Muslim community and whoever would attend. Historically one might argue that the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood was a Black institution of higher learning in the indigenous community even before the Nation of Islam. Although Imam Talib and I have known one another for decades, there was never a need for us to develop an interaction on anything, because we move in different circles. But in each city where Muslims live and pray, we know who the “real” brothers are, and Imam Talib is a REAL Brother. Additionally, it’s inconsistent with typical masculine behavior among Latinos and African Americans to talk in such a way about one’s brother. I simply don’t like this non-Islamic type gossip and the kind of provocative behavior that Abdur Rahman Muhammad displays.

    Isn’t it bad enough that terrorism has Muslims and non-Muslims desperately trying to find solutions to what has magnified into an international campaign threatening the internal security of a significant number of nations in the world? Isn’t Abdur Rahman Muhammad aware that a post 911 reality dictates that the Muslim community needs to become an example to the rest of the world so that non-Muslims don’t walk away with the impression that all Muslims have behavioral problems? We don’t want to give the world the impression that we are all engaged in neo-domestic terrorism against one another do we? In an escalated confrontation that winds up in the media there are no winners, and in such a confrontation—the Muslim community is always the loser.

    On an international stage, the world is witnessing terrorist acts by the Taliban, by Muslims in Chechnya, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia, Britain, France, Sweden, Germany, Yemen, Tunisia, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Iraq etc. I suggest that any Muslim that wants to verbally attack another Muslim, develop an international perspective and put his skill to work in helping to solve the global challenge that Muslims and Islam are facing in this new millennium of 2011? In the United States a Muslim can go to Juma every Friday and worship Allah without any body threatening them. While in countries where the majority of inhabitants are Muslims; a Muslim may lose their life by a bomber on their way to the Mosque. The rule of law in the United States clearly refers to domestic tranquility—lets (we the Muslims) keep it that way.

    Respectfully,

    Shaykh Luqman Abdel Magied

    01/30/2011

  29. Luqman Abdel Magied says:

    THE MUSLIMS; ONE PEOPLE AND ONE COMMUNITY

    Reminiscent of the 1920’s when there was an ongoing clash of opinions between WEB Du Boise and Marcus Garvey, and some 89 years later we’ve seen the same clash of opinions between Colin Powel and Harry Belafonte whom Belafonte called a “house nigger.” Once again we see the same trash talking, but this time it has taken a new turn. This time the trash talk is one Muslim attacking the integrity of another—and this is unprecedented. It’s unprecedented for a number of reasons. In the holy Qur’an Allah said:

    a) Verily, you have in the Prophet of Allah an excellent model for him who fears Allah and the Last Day and who remembers Allah much. (Qur’an 33:21)
    b) And in a Sahih Hadith the Prophet Muhammad (saws) said that “A Muslim’s person, property and honor are inviolable.”
    c) Our blessed and holy Prophet Muhammad (saws) also said that “it would better for you to burn down the Kaba than to harm one hair on the head of a Muslim.”
    d) Our blessed and holy Prophet Muhammad (saws) also said that “A Muslim is he who is safe from the tongue and hand of his brother.”

    Over the past several months I’ve been reading Abdur Rahman Muhammad’s comments in a Singular Voice intermittently and occasionally, have even sent ASV a few comments of my own as I am doing in this essay.

    I am an African American Muslim that has studied under 9 Shaykhs from 6 different countries over the last 30 years and I’m 71 years old. I’ve known Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid for about 20 years and the Islamic community in New York and in the world has every right to be proud of and to even celebrate him. Imam Talib has been and still is a pillar of steel in the indigenous Muslim Diaspora for as long as I can remember; and as he has inherited the stewardship of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in New York City I have always found him to be highly intelligent. Additionally, I have found him to be highly respectful, exuding statesman like qualities, an instinctive leader and a gentle giant. Without a doubt, Imam Talib is unlike any other Imam in the United States. When a Muslim has labored as much as he has, year in and year out—how can anyone in their right mind say things about him that are so inconsistent with the Qur’an and inconsistent with the Sunnah of our blessed and holy Prophet Muhammad (saws). This trash talk about Imam Talib Abdur Rashid may be described as a form of blasphemy—and it has to stop immediately.

    Years ago I would occasionally visit the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood for Juma, and Imam Talib’s Khutbas were firmly grounded on the Qur’an and the Sunnah and delivered with intelligence and dignity to the indigenous Muslim community and whoever would attend. Historically one might argue that the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood was a Black institution of higher learning in the indigenous community even before the Nation of Islam. Although Imam Talib and I have known one another for decades, there was never a need for us to develop an interaction on anything, because we move in different circles. But in each city where Muslims live and pray, we know who the “real” brothers are, and Imam Talib is a REAL Brother. Additionally, it’s inconsistent with typical masculine behavior among Latinos and African Americans to talk in such a way about one’s brother. I simply don’t like this non-Islamic type gossip and the kind of provocative behavior that Abdur Rahman Muhammad displays.

    Isn’t it bad enough that terrorism has Muslims and non-Muslims desperately trying to find solutions to what has magnified into an international campaign threatening the internal security of a significant number of nations in the world? Isn’t Abdur Rahman Muhammad aware that a post 911 reality dictates that the Muslim community needs to become an example to the rest of the world so that non-Muslims don’t walk away with the impression that all Muslims have behavioral problems? We don’t want to give the world the impression that we are all engaged in neo-domestic terrorism against one another do we? In an escalated confrontation that winds up in the media there are no winners, and in such a confrontation—the Muslim community is always the loser.

    On an international stage, the world is witnessing terrorist acts by the Taliban, by Muslims in Chechnya, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia, Britain, France, Sweden, Germany, Yemen, Tunisia, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Iraq etc. I suggest that any Muslim that wants to verbally attack another Muslim, develop an international perspective and put his skill to work in helping to solve the global challenge that Muslims and Islam are facing in this new millennium of 2011? In the United States a Muslim can go to Juma every Friday and worship Allah without anybody threatening them. While in countries where the majority of inhabitants are Muslims; a Muslim may lose their life by a bomber on their way to the Mosque. The rule of law in the United States clearly refers to domestic tranquility—lets (we the Muslims) keep it that way.

    Respectfully,

    Shaykh Luqman Abdel Magied

    02/01/2011

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