A Black Muslim History Message by brother Hakeem Muhammad


During this Black Muslim history month, you will likely find many Black Muslims recounting the stories of Malcolm X, Uthman Dan Fodio, the intellectual heritage of Timbuktu, Black companions of the Prophet pbuh and other such topics.  For what purpose are we doing this?

“Malcolm X is one of our great Muslims heroes.”

Why even talk about Malcolm X unless we are willing to uphold  his main purpose in life which was to deliver the message of Islam through Dawah in oppressed Black communities  tin order to initiate the Islamic resistance to White Supremacy? Why even talk about Malcolm X if we will not go after the Detroit’s Reds throughout America’s urban ghettos who are in desperate need of what the Qu’ran has to offer?

“Timbuktu was a great Islamic center of learning.”

Why even talk about Timbuktu if we are not looking to transform Black ghettos in America, detrimentally impacted by the school to prison pipeline, into modern Timbuktu’s through extensive Islamic outreach? When Ibn Battuta, an Arab explorer, visited Timbuktu he commented that the most flourishing industry in Timbuktu, came from the sell of books. Are we about an agenda to create the thirst of knowledge among our people, to reproduce to this?

“Mansa Musa was the richest man in history.”

Are we going to talk about Mansa Musa or will we seek to  use our wealth in the cause of Islam to support Islamic iniaitives in the Black community?


                                    “What about the great Uthman Dan Fodio?”

Why even talk about the great Uthman Dan Fodio  unless we are willing to adopt the same zeal by which he launched the Fulani revolutions to propagate Islam in Black America? In the same way, Uthman Dan Fodio, went toe to toe with the polytheists of his day, are we as Black Muslims going to go toe to toe with the Black orientalists/anti-Islam afrocentrists who have been duped by the white power structure into opposing Islam?

    “There were great Black Sahabah.”

Do we discuss the African origins of Sahabah in a futile attempt to convince colonized Immigrant Muslims wedded to the white power structure to  like us or are we communicating their importance to the masses of oppressed Black communities? Let us use this Black history month, to push Islam forward in Black America. As Black Muslims, our primary focus should be to give the dawah to Islam in Oppressed Black communities.