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  • aziz 9:13 am on April 2, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: African American Muslims, , , , trayvon martin   

    Another accusation that muslims do not condemn: about Trayvon Martin:

    What is particularly noteworthy is the fact that — with the exception of a few Muslim advocacy groups and a khutbah given by Imam Suhaib Webb — no other Muslim organization or leader has made any statement of condemnation, offered condolences for the family of Trayvon Martin or sent messages of solidarity for protests across the country. Worse yet, the response from the Muslim community, particularly the immigrant community, has been silence. As African-American Muslims, we sense a general apathy that has permeated the attitudes of the immigrant, including second-generation immigrant, Muslim community towards the Black community.

    Why haven’t we yet built “true” coalitions that allow us to support each other’s struggles as we demand the respect and dignity granted to every citizen in this country?

    The answer apparently lies in a commonly held, but rarely — if ever — expressed view that the African American community is irrelevant and inconsequential in the eyes of the largely immigrant Muslim community. This view need not be made explicitly; one need only look at the actions, or omissions, of the immigrant Muslim leadership and the greater community.

    Unfortunately, it does not only seem to be the foreign-born Muslim community that has taken such an attitude. It is also their American offspring who have inherited this apathetic attitude towards African-Americans.

    I strongly disagree.

    • aziz 9:16 am on April 2, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      to elaborate, yes, I do see a division between the African-American wing of American Islam and everyone else. But thats as much cultural as anything else – I don’t see that much mixing of desi muslims with arab communities either. I think that a beter approach would be to call for unity on the broader topic of civil rights and fold TRayvon Martin into that as an example. But by pointing to Trayvon and saying, “hey you non-black muslim americans; YOU DONT GET IT” it’s just perpetuating teh divide instead of bringing us together.

    • Fatimah 9:03 pm on April 14, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Salam Alaikum. This ismdefinitely true, and no Immigrants do not get it. If they did, they would have reached out and condemned this. But, that’s nothing new to us. Thing is, they wonder why a lot of American Muslims do not support them. And they wonder why,they are going through hard times now. The reason why you do not see African Americans mixing with you is because they know that they will not be accepted. No one has time for the foolishness. We do get IT!

  • abunoor 9:36 am on June 29, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: African American Muslims, , , , Lessons from the Life of Malcolm X, , Malik Shabazz   

    I have a piece up on “Lessons From the Life of Malcolm X” over at Muslim Matters.


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