Ferguson Protests; Where Are the Muslims?

Posted: August 19, 2014 in Uncategorized
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The events now unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri that resulted from the murder of Michael Brown, an eighteen year-old unarmed black youth by white police officer Darren Wilson, causes me to reflect on the reasons why I accepted Islam in the first place. In those days, Islam was presented not as some mere religious creed, but indeed a revolutionary program that promised to deliver social and economic justice to the suffering black people of America. My series of articles entitled Why Black Americans Don’t Stand for Justice was an attempt to explain the reasons why those early, ideal aspirations were ultimately thwarted by the immigrant Muslim establishment. Through sheer numbers and deep pockets, immigrant Muslim organizations were able to co-opt the best and the brightest of our Black Muslim leadership, a trend that continues to this day.

And even then this was not the whole story, for there has always been a strain of criminality in black Islam which further crippled the movement for racial justice and sadly, constituted an internal weakness which in the end proved deadly .

Nevertheless, I’m watching events in Ferguson and find myself asking “where are the Muslims?” or again, “where is the clarion voice of Malcolm?” This used to be our field of work, so just when did we forsake our mission to bring Islam to our people, and struggle to make their lot better in this racist country called America?

If we remember, this is what the Muslim Alliance of North America (M.A.N.A) was suppose to be created for, but lack of clear vision and goals, ineptitude, a top-down dictatorial leadership style, lack of commitment, slavish reliance on immigrant money, and a disturbing alliance with N.O.I types, profoundly limited its impact.

That said, it is now time for a M.A.N.A type organization (if not a reorganized M.A.N.A itself) to rise up and meet the challenges of the hour, make the call to Allah’s Oneness, and fight like hell the vicious onslaught of murder against our people.

  1. bmujahid says:

    Wa alaikum as salaam. I totally agree with the sentiments of your post. However, the same realities you mentioned prevent any type of solidarity movement from gaining ground in the muslim community. I strongly suggest that those who have the will and ability to do so do what they can while they can to alleviate the suffering of our people, fisabulillah.

  2. Hamza 21 says:

    Although you make solid points for why many African American muslim organizations are ineffective wasn’t you to who stated you were gather some African American muslims to create and organize a plan of actions 4 years ago?


    What happened to this town hall meeting?

    In my view waiting for type of organization to solve ills of the black community is counterproductive and a complete waste of time. It’s has to begin on an individual level. Sure it would be great if Siraj Wahaj would meet and train Muslims to combat drug dealers in neighborhood as he did in NYC but why he hasn’t done this is beyond me. However, the strategy he used is there as blueprint for any and everybody use. Instead of waiting for others to create something we as Black people need we should individually do what we can and move on. As time moves on ‘birds of the same feather flock together’ will indeed come fruition and then an organization can be built to achieve massive success.

  3. Abdul-Kareem Ali says:

    America is racist and the answer is to make hijrah from this country to a Muslim country where we can live under the justice of Islam

    • Hamza 21 says:

      @Abdul-Kareem Ali

      You logic is unsound and fallacious. Name one “Muslim country” where there is more justice than the US. Despite all it’s flaws, economically, socially and politically it’s better all Muslim countries that exist. As Muslim Americans or American Muslims, which ever you prefer, Allah placed us here and it’s our job to spread justice here.

      Furthermore, can you name a Muslim country where you as American can be granted citizenship and full rights? There are plenty of places where one can move but the you will have trade economic opportunities and political freedom for a total Muslim environment, yet even in most Muslim countries you will never be accepted as one of them. You will be treated as immigrant Muslims in white suburbs are treated in the US, you can live and work among them but you will never one of them.

      • Abdul-Kareem Ali says:

        @ Hamza21

        As Abdurrahman eloquently stated in the article, there is a vicious onslaught of murder against black people in America and it is crystal clear that we have no place in America in light of this ongoing genocide. That being the case, we need to move to a place where we can get justice and live in peace. Our “fires” are supposed to be far from their “fires”. It is a question that needs to be on the table for discussion as a community.

        Despite what we all think and have been taught by propagandists, Saudi Arabia is a place where many black Muslims have gone and lived and are very happy there. Others have gone to West African Muslim countries and live in peace.

      • بن رضي الجوهري says:

        True, but will the US as a whole ever respect you as a Muslim?

  4. Maruim/Mary says:

    Salaam Alaykum Abdur Rahman,
    My name is Maruim. I have a question for you and your team: are you all open to guest posts? If so what is the criteria brother?
    Wa alaykum salaam

  5. Maruim says:

    As salaam alaykum
    Peace and Blessings
    Brother Abdur Rahman,
    Do you recall the proverb “Half of knowledge is saying: I don’t know?” This morning as I was walking to the child support enforcement office, I recalled a statement from a previous Domestic Violence Advocate who partners with the Muslim Community in the Western Region who told me “The Muslims here a weary of people who call the police on their neighbors… after the events of September 11th, many American Muslims do not want to attract any attention that could be perceived as negative or inflammatory toward the community due to concerns with violence.” I’m not justifying the lack of support or rather the complete dismissal of legitimate claims… but, I did want to offer one idea.
    Finally, I’m glad I read this. It just explains why my daughter and I have been thrown underneath the bus by our so called community. I have often thought of leaving the faith all together… not just based on our sordid experiences, but based on the work I see you, and others have done here. BTW, I notified another Muslim Woman blogger about the gang-stalking, harassment, and violence that ensued as a direct result of dialogue with her and your website.
    Be careful [I’m anti-censorship] but just be careful. People will use violence or other forms of aggression on competition.

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