I have a piece up on “Lessons From the Life of Malcolm X” over at Muslim Matters.
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The Department of Justice confirms it has launched an investigation into the killing of Imam Luqman Abdullah, but says it is “routine” and connected with the receipt of the FBI’s own internal investigation, the contents of which are not public, and not the result of any pressure from Rep. John Conyers or the public.
Also, the Imam’s wife, who is from Tanzania, claims that the government is seeking to deport her from the United States.
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3 months after he was killed, the autopsy of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah is scheduled to finally be released on Monday. The autopsy has been complete since December, but was withheld from the public at the request of the Dearborn Police.
Dawud Walid is quoting a Detroit reporter on his blog (who is quoting a confidential source) indicating that the autopsy will confirm what has long been rumored: that the Imam was shot 21 times, including in the back, and that he was handcuffed.
The Detroit Free Press reports on a forum that took place Thursday where the special agent in charge of the FBI office defended the actions of the FBI in the case, although from the story it seems like he defended it with platitudes (“We did what we had to do”) rather than explaining what happened.
Dean tries to provoke a discussion about the term “Black”, arguing that it’s a term that only applies to the African Americans in the US and not to Africa. It’s similar to debates we’ve had here at TI in the past, especially this one.
Keith Ellison is No. 56 on the Telegraph (UK) list of 100 Most Influential U.S. Liberals. (As far as I can tell from a quick glance the only Muslim on the list. Top 20 haven’t come out yet.)
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Imam Zaid Shakir “Remembering Imam Luqman Abdullah”.
On Wednesday, October 28, 2009, Imam Luqman Abdullah, a humble servant of America’s underclass, was killed by a fusillade of bullets fired by government agents, some of whom had played an integral role in helping to stage the crimes he was accused of committing. His story, like that of all humans is a complicated one. Unfortunately, most people in this country will never learn of Imam Luqman Abdullah, the complicated man. The complexity of his life will be drowned out by the simplistic images of the homegrown Muslim extremist –a caricature.
The nuances of his story, his dedication to family, friends, and community; and his struggle to live a dignified life despite the crushing weight of poverty, will all be lost. With their loss, America loses yet another opportunity to attain a small part of the understanding so vital to move this country towards the sort of policies it needs to pursue, both domestically and internationally, if it is to avoid the consuming trap of imperial hubris and the inevitable ravages her twin sister, who is never too far behind her -Nemesis.
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Sekou Jackson is used to the questions: Why does he need to leave a work meeting to pray? Don’t black Muslims convert to Islam in jail? Why would you even want to be Muslim?
“It’s kind of a double whammy to be African-American and Muslim,” said Mr. Jackson, who studies the Navy at the National Academy of Science in Washington. “You’re going to be judged.”
Mr. Jackson’s struggle may have gotten harder when the FBI on Wednesday raided a Detroit-area warehouse used by a Muslim group. The FBI said the group’s leader preached hate against the government, trafficked in stolen goods and belonged to a radical group that wants to establish a Muslim state in America. The imam of the group’s mosque, a black American named Luqman Ameen Abdullah, was killed in a shootout with agents. The FBI says he resisted arrest and fired a gun.
This should probably go without saying, but everyone should be reading Umar Lee’s series on “Working Class Muslim Families.”