The Black Man

At this, Muqauqis said to the delegation, “How could you agree to make him your leader and superior, whereas he ought to have been your subordinate?” To this the delegation replied, “No, despite the fact that you see him as black, he is the best among us in knowledge, in nobility, in intellect and opinion, and we do not look down upon the black man.” Muqauqis said to ‘Ubada, “Come forward, O black [man] and speak to me gently, for I fear your colour, and if you were to talk to me in a harsh tone, my distress shall be all the greater.” ‘Ubada, noticing Muqauqis’ fear of black people, said, “We have in our army a thousand people darker than me.”

Malcolm X on Zionism – Zionist Logic

First published in the Egyptian Gazette, 17th September 1964 The Zionist armies that now occupy Palestine claim their ancient Jewish prophets predicted that in the “last days of this world” their own God would raise them up a “messiah” who would lead them to their promised land, and they would set up their own “divine”Continue reading “Malcolm X on Zionism – Zionist Logic”

Malcom X’s Letter from Hajj

America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered ‘white’ – but the ‘white’ attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all colors together, irrespective of their color.

Should Pro-Government Scholars be Criticized?

Recently, in the context of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations and the killing of Geoge Floyd, a prominent Saudi Cleric was asked about how protests were viewed in Islam. In a tweet (see here) he responded that “it is not permissible to protest in Islam”. His response created an uproar and a discussion of howContinue reading “Should Pro-Government Scholars be Criticized?”

The First Muslim Public Demonstration in History

“… ‘Umar’s conversion was an historic event. It deeply shocked everybody in Makkah. The Muslims were jubilant and the unbelievers dismayed. Until ‘Umar’s conversion, the Muslims could not hold their prayers in public. Now, after the accession of ‘Umar to Islam, they held them in the courtyard of the ancient sanctuary. Entering Arqam’s house, heContinue reading “The First Muslim Public Demonstration in History”

Saudi Cleric says: “It is prohibited to protest in Islam”

The Jeddah-based cleric, who is a well-known propagator in the English language and who regularly appears on Saudi-owned religious satellite channel Huda TV, which is aimed at English speakers told his 161,500 followers that “It is not permissible to protest in Islam”. Al-Hakeem came under criticism by many Muslim users, with many citing Quranic principlesContinue reading “Saudi Cleric says: “It is prohibited to protest in Islam””

The killing of George Floyd sparks controversy over African-Iraqi rights

By Saad Salloum BAGHDAD — The police killing of George Floyd and the ensuing protests in the United States are being used by Iraqi activists to raise awareness about the rights of African-Iraqis. At the same time, many Iraqi protesters have drawn parallels to the US movement, criticizing the way the Iraqi authorities have beenContinue reading “The killing of George Floyd sparks controversy over African-Iraqi rights”