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.