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because of the gravity of the situation (religious intolerance, ethnic bigotry, and “Islamophobia”) but he has since withdrawn from CAAM as an organization.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!
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!