Muslim Slaves: America’s First Muslims

With the approach of Black History month, rising Islamophobia, and the portrayal of Islam as a religion that is foreign to America, it is important for us to look back at the history of Muslims in this country. The identity of slaves who came to America is rarely mentioned [...]

African American Muslims and the Social Justice Movement

By Imam Khalid Griggs The Quran and Sunnah (authentic traditions of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him) are clear in articulating the purpose of revelation as being the liberation of human beings from the false worship of anything other than the Creator and the establishment of justice for [...]

2018-01-23T13:46:13+00:00August 23rd, 2017|African Americans, Social-Ties, Solutions to Social Issues|

The Tragedy of 9/11

Today, more than a decade later, the perception of Islam in America continues to be overshadowed by the events of 9/11, as apparent in right-wing rhetoric, the anti-Shariah campaign, and the various obstacles different mosques face. Many forget that the collective fabric of American lives was jolted that day [...]

2018-01-23T13:46:14+00:00November 30th, 2015|9-11, African Americans|

Africa

Islam in Africa: Introduction Islam's presence in African history Islam’s presence in African history dates back to the first phase of the Prophet Muhammad’s mission, when in 615 A.D. he instructed a group of Muslims to seek refuge in Abyssinia (present-day Ethiopia). While this was a short-lived encounter, Muslims [...]

2018-01-23T13:46:14+00:00November 30th, 2015|African Americans, Muslim World|

North America

North America has been home to Muslims for a long time Muslims first arrived in North America centuries before Columbus due to trading expeditions with Native Americans. After Columbus, the slave trade transported African Muslim slaves, who retained their spiritual practice and religious identity, to the Americas. Over the [...]

2018-05-13T15:58:52+00:00November 30th, 2015|African Americans, Muslim World|

Reflections on Black History Month

By Zaid Shakir Black History Month should be of interest to every Muslim, especially in America. It is estimated that upwards to 20 percent of the Africans enslaved in the Americas were Muslim. In some areas, such as the coast of the Carolinas, Georgia, and parts of Virginia, the [...]

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