Sunday, 9 October 2016

Black Lives Matter Khutba Ideas

BLM Khutba Ideas

Finally: The Integral role of Black Americans in Islamic revival
In the post-colonial era, the Muslim world became characterized by immense corruption, ritualism, and poverty. Gone was the era of the Islamic golden age in places such as Islamic Spain in which Muslims commanded universal respect and admiration. In light of this, numerous Muslim intellectuals from Abul ala Maududi, Ali Shariati, Abul ala Maududi, and many others have devoted themselves to how the Islamic world could achieve a revival. What role to Black Americans played in this?

Upon being freed from prison, Malcolm X went to the Mosque for the very first time and recounted being upset at the low attendance. Malcolm X states that there should be no empty section in the Mosque” with the surrounding streets full of our brainwashed black brothers and sisters, drinking, cursing, fighting, dancing, carousing, and using dope.” Malcolm X did not treat the Mosque as merely a place to go in for prayer. He sought to utilize the Mosque as a means to transform the community. Malcolm X states that,”Every day after work, I walked, “fishing” for potential converts in the Detroit black ghetto. ” Malcolm X’s dawah was centered upon the ghettos of Black Americans and many came to islam through his efforts.

What is interesting in that Louis Farrakhan shared a story about an Arab brother who lived in the Persian Gulf. The brother expressed to him that despite living in what is called the “Muslim world’, he never practiced his faith and took it for granted. However, the brother stated when came to the United states and began meeting African-American Muslims with great zeal for Islam that his own faith was reawakened. From this, Farrakhan expresses his belief in working to transform America’s black ghettos with its numerous social maladies into model Islamic communities of moral excellence, that the faith of the entire Islamic world can be awakened.

Louis  Farrakhan states,”The Muslim world is astray and they know they know that they are astray And they are looking to the black people in the west to guide them out of their condition.”There have been numerous Islamic thinkers who have dedicated themselves to revival in the post-colonial era. Louis Farrakhan is the only one who has posited a theory of Islamic reform and revival that centers black communities. This Khutba can discuss the importance of dawah in the spirit of Malcolm X’s early work in Detroit’s ghetto’s in pursuit of this vision.
Black Lives Matter.

Turning to the Qu’ran for Black Liberation.

This Khutba will examine how historically blacks have turned to and interpreted ayats in the Quran in efforts to struggle for their freedom and how black folks can continue to turn to the Qu’ran for our liberation.

An-Nisa 4:97 reads, “….Was, then, God’s earth not spacious enough for you to forsake the domain of evil?” Hijrah, or ‘flight from persecution,’ is an Islamic practice that began when the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) early followers forsake the domain of evil in Mecca and established their own Muslim polity, beginning in Ethiopia and then Medina. This practice had a profound impact upon slaves in pursuit of their freedom.

Describing the impact that such ayats in the Qur’an had on slaves, historian Dr. Afroz Sulanta writes that “hijra from the plantations led many of them to form their own community, known as Maroon communities. Additionally, In Slave Rebellion in Brazil: The Muslim Uprising of 1835 in Bahia by João José Reis writes that in the Islamic Slave revolts of Brazil,”The Koran’s texts were especially appealing [to rebel slaves] because of their sympathy for the discriminated, the exiled, the persecuted, and the enslaved.” The Qu’ran impacted Black Liberation in the western hemipshere? After all, what is the spiritual significance of Omar Ibn Said  writing Surah Mulk in his slave autobiography?

In contemporary times, former Black Panther member Assata Shakur states that a comrade of hers told her, “Islam was a just religion, opposed to oppression. “Oppression is worst than slaughter, he quoted from the Holy Koran.” Further, discussing her conversion to Islam in the Black Panther, Safiya Bukhari wrote that,”It was in the Quran that said it was incumbent upon a Muslim to wage a struggle against tyranny and oppression wherever it may be found.” This Khutba will answer the question: what was it about the Qu’ran that made it appealing to the descendants of black slaves in the western hemisphere and how can we continue to turn to the Qu’ran to inspire us to challenge white supremacy?

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