Imam Khalid Griggs, the Hero of the Muslims and a Leader We Can Trust.

Posted: October 25, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Imam Khalid Griggs, The Leader Who Refused to Sell Out the Muslims.

I wanted to take a moment to recognize one of the real leaders of the Muslims, Imam Khalid Abdul-Fattah Griggs of Winston-Salem N.C. It was he who rejected the move on the part of Siraj Wahhaj, Zaid Shakir, Sherman Jackson, Abdul-Malik, and Mahdi Bray to stab the Muslims in back by embracing at the CAAM press conference the enemy of Islam and hardened mushrick Louis Farrakhan. Once Imam Khalid realized that Farrakhan and his minions were on the tele-conference call organizing the event, which also included the individuals mentioned above, he promptly got off the phone and very deliberately began to warn the believers about this betrayal. And make no mistake about it, that’s exactly what it was, a betrayal!

By his actions, Imam Khalid Griggs demonstrated his love for the Deen of Islam and proved that he is a man of great principle and integrity. We have no problem declaring this brother a hero of the Muslims and a leader worthy of our trust, respect, and admiration! I encourage everyone to call or email the Imam and express your heartfelt thanks for his service to truth and right in this tragic episode. He is a soft-spoken, soft-hearted man who becomes a lion in the pulpit (mimbar) when preaching the truths of this great religion. We all should get to know this brother and try to help the tremendous work he is doing. It is these trustworthy Imams who deserve or support.

Imam Khalid Abdul-Fattah Griggs was born and went to school in Winston-Salem, N.C. His father, Spurgeon Griggs, was an important civil rights activist in N.C. who passed on his passion for justice to his namesake. And also if memory serves me correctly Imam Khalid is also a descendant of Nat Turner.

After high school, the Imam attended Howard University in Washington, DC where he majored in journalism as well as participated in the hotly debated issues of black empowerment then happening on the campus at that time. It was during those years, the mid 70’s, that Khalid Griggs became exposed to the work of the Islamic Party in North America, an indigenous Islamic movement made up mostly of African-American Muslims. He ultimately accepted Islam and became an active organizer and caller, who later went on to write a short history of the organization. Imam Khalid credits the Islamic Party for giving him the training he needed to take Islam back to his hometown after graduation, where he planted the seeds of Islam where no one had planted them before. Today those seeds have blossomed into a vibrant and diverse community of believers who worship at one of the most beautiful masjids in America, The Community Mosque of Winston-Salem. And by the grace of Allah, Imam Khalid Griggs has recently been appointed the first Muslim Chaplain at Wake Forrest University.

Imam Khalid is a good friend of mine who I’ve known for over two decades. In fact I once lived in Winston-Salem for almost a year and a half in the early 90’s, and got to know him well. I was a young firebrand so of course he and I got into it from time to time, but later I got to see that he was more right on the issues than I was. I love Imam Khalid for the sake of Allah and encourage all of the younger brother and sister who are striving to create a new reality for African-American Muslims to call him and seek his counsel. You will get a lot I assure you.

Comments
  1. Kwame Madden says:

    May Allah reward my good friend Imam Khalid Griggs for standing up for the aqeedah of Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jamaat.The muslim community needs to embrace and appreciate this type of courage.This is a principled brother and good man. Abu Qalaabah al-Basri [may Allah have mercy on him] said : “Do not sit with those who follow their whims and desires, for even if you do not adopt their opinions they will still make you confused about what you believe.” The Imam understood this false solidarity and refused to be part of it. Thank you again Imam Khalid Griggs, love brother Kwame Madden!

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  3. Kahlil Hasan says:

    Now I have a write-in candidate for president in 2012.

  4. ASA:
    Recognition of Imam Khalid’s consistent devotion to the cause of the oppressed and upliftment of North American Ummah is long overdue. I am proud to count myself as a friend of this good man and Imam. Very few Muslims fully appreciate how pernicious a role the NOI has played in both the secular and nonsecular life of African-America, especially in their corruption of the revolutionary message of Islam. Having spent over two decades in Prisons where the collaboration of NOI prisoners with prison administrators resulted in repression of prison activists and orthodox Muslim inmates alike, I fully appreciate the principled position of Imam Khalid. It is important for Muslims in America, especially African-American Muslims to understand that Farrakhan has not only misrepresented Islam, but perpetuated the fraud of Black capitalism as empowerment (“do for black self) which has financed the NOI and garnered support from gullible pop figures.

    • Hajji Muhammad says:

      Bismillahi wa salaam,
      I have never had the pleasure of meeting you, thou I know you in passing and still recall seeing you in “G” back in 75 in Greenhaven.

  5. Ismael Ali says:

    Salam alaykum,

    This is the problem, theres no “leaders” in the west, no one willing to make sacrifices or put themselves out there, in a coherent and productive manner that brings real benefit to the community. No one does anything till its acceptable to do so. Sticking your neck out is no longer something people are willing to do, yet everyone who we seek to emulate, like Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Ibn Mubarak, Ibn Taymiyyah, Sayyid Qutb,etc, they all put their neck on the line (literally in some cases ) and feared none but Allah(swt). Unfortunately very few of the “leaders” out there are willing to do that and as such history will forget them.

  6. Kwame Madden says:

    Yes brother Ismael we have bunch of leaders that never take it upon themselves to tell one another you are wrong on this one.That is one reason why it so easy to have a press conference with Louis Farrakhan.And also to have jummah with NOI on their,Saviours day celebration.By the way I never heard of jummah be performed for nonmuslims.Maybe I better look over the chapter on jummah in Bidayat al -Mujtahid [The Distinguished Jurist’s Primer] and see if I missed something.What do I know just a commom muslim.One thing I know is that verse 9 in Surah Al-Jumu’ah starts off saying :O you who believe! Just the beginning of the verse should nullify NOI because they don’t believe.Really strange times brother Ismael.If you or anyone find any new information please share it with me.

  7. Ali Hussein says:

    Asalamu Alaykum,
    Maa shaa Allah,,,, May God {SWT} bless brother Imam Khalid and our great muslim brothers.
    We should benefit from their wisdom and guidence.

  8. Anonymous says:

    why u call him imam, he desnt fast remadian, he desnt pray tayhe, and he just only do the Friday prayer, also he changed the way the prople go on line, the way the profet mohammad taught us, and his Friday , speech is full of historical mistake, iam a musilium that stopped going to that mosque, cus kalid desnt represent islam in a good way, why he visited isral is he a jew

  9. Anonymous says:

    SINCE HE HAD A BACK PAIN, AND DIBITIC, AND CANT FULLFULL THE IMAM RULE, THEN HE SHOULD STEP ASIDE, AND THERE SHUOLD BE ANOTHER IMAM,THAT THE TRUE ISLAM , WHEN PROFET MOHAMMAD, PEACE OPEN HIM, WASNT ABLE TO PRAY WITH PEOPLE , ABO BAKER TOOK OVER IN THE PRAYER, ALSO WHY HE KEEP IN HIS SPEACCH MAKING IT A BLACK AND WHITE ISUES, ALSO SAUDI ARABIA IS OUR REFERNCE ABOUT EID, HE DESNT FOLLOW SA, HE GET HIS OWN CLANDER AND AGENDA

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