AL'JIHAD : MESSENGERS (Angels & Devil) IN THE SKY (Captured Picture) AL'JIHAD Seventh Edition - Coker College copy - Page 245

In the essay “Oh, Allah, Operate On Us!: Islam And The Legacy Of American Slavery,” Precious Rasheeda Muhammad argues that Muslim African Americans are “taking back Islam” due to Black African Americans having been Muslims in America and in Africa before White (European) Americans arrived in America, they enslaved the Moors (Black Moorish Muslims) whom Europeans found occupying the land. In addition to enslaving the Moors, the European initiated the import of millions of other Muslims from the Islamic Empires in the Middle East, and various parts of Africa, and countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. Through politics and being a slave to Allah, while worshiping Allah alone, Rasheeda points out, “Records show that as far back as 1312, African Muslims, directed by the brother of Mansa Musa, explored the Americas.” As one South Asian - American Muslim student asked, “Have immigrant Muslims ever produced a figure like Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) or Muhammad Ali? No Muslim subgroup understands the political process better than the indigenous African-American, and no group has more experience as oppressed minority than they.” Rasheeda continue to say, “There is no god but God! This is the revolutionary message, revealed to the heart of the Prophet Muhammad, that raised up a most ignorant, racist, feuding backward people in his time and lives on in the mission of Islam to unite all of humanity.” Rasheeda believes that Muslim immigrants and European Americans perceive Muslim African Americans are knowledgeable about Islam because they are not modern immigrant Muslims. However, Akbar Muhammad, Ph.D. essay in “African-American Muslim, And Loyal To The U.S. argues that Muslim African Americans are taking back Islam,” through Muslim African Americans loyalty to America. Muhammad quotes from a man who projects his views of the injustice that America has practice and continue to practice on Black African Americans; by, Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam: “National Representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, whom I believe Allah (God) raised among Black people of America to teach us Islam as a means of our reformation and resurrection…I appreciate the privilege that I have to live in America, and, with all her faults there is no nation on this earth where I would rather live…I pray that we will be triumphant over terror and become the Friend of Allah (God) in so doing…I Am Your Servant in the war against evil…” The stereotype Rasheeda and Akbar seek to combat is that Muslim African Americans are viewed as not knowledgeable about Islam. Rasheeda writes, “Elitism and prejudice are abhorred in Islam, yet there exists a most intense racism against African-Americans and their rightful place as Muslims in Islamic history.” However, Akbar writes, “As converts to Islam and descendants of converts, Muslim African-Americans are usually viewed by their brethren and others as less knowledgeable about Islam.” Akbar writes from a perspective that many Muslim African Americans were taught by Elijah Muhammad to know the truth of their lost and found self as Black people in America and their religion Islam, and not by immigrant Muslims who claim Islam. Rasheeda and Akbar’s answer to this stereotype is that immigrant Muslims look to Muslim African Americans for wisdom and Americans look to Muslim African Americans to help identify terrorist among Muslims. Rasheeda writes, “They [Muslim African Americans] have championed the banner of Islam in this manner long before the voices of other Muslims were heard.” Akbar quotes statements of W. D. Muhammad of the much larger Muslim American Society; that those who initiated the “911” attacks were “terrorists,” “crazy animal [s],” “extremist [s],” and “They are really out of the circle and framework of Islam with their conduct. So we are talking about terrorists, not Muslims.” The way that Rasheeda, Akbar, Farrakhan, and W. D. Muhammad writings are argumentative, they condemn Believing Muslims who were attacked by America first, that now “AL’JIHAD”– by, Imam Mahdi . © ® ™ : Of 842 Pages Is 245