Prophet Musa (AS) led Bani Israel out of the teeth of firauns oppression. Studying this moment in history should bring about 2 conclusions in the mind of Black Muslims.
1) Bani Israel were nominally made free but they carried with them the self-eroding culture and behavior of Pharaoh and Bondage.
2) The modern day representation of Bani Israel is most likely the descendants of chattel Slavery in America.
It is with these two components that I urge the Muslims who have taken it upon themselves to verbally abuse our sister in Islam Fatimaah Knight to recant their insensitive statements. Sister Knight has heroically leveraged the Internet in generating cash donations for sanctuaries of worship that have been burned down consecutively over a span of 10 days. This is also within 14 days of another community that suffered from the horrific Charleston Terrorist Attack, an attack where 9 people waited in sequence to be gunned down one by one. An attack where a child was told to play dead to survive the massacre.
We have lost the fruit of our teachings as Muslims and become Hadith toting robots who lack the humanitarian cloth to know the difference between sincere interfaith “action oriented Dawah”, and ignoring the needs of our own communities. Sister Knight has followed the path of reformers in her comprehension that those who are dying of thirst will ultimately find comfort in the people who provide them water. As Prophet Isa (Jesus) was sent with the gift of healing to his people who were diseased, so was Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) sent with the completion of character to the characterless tribes of Arabia.
While the Christian community and people such as myself mourned the death of those who were slain that night, they were then met with reality that on any given night that also their places of worship could be set ablaze. Day after day a Church was greeted by arson. What they needed was compassion, not sectarian groupthink. Sister Knight’s earnest attempt at delivering that compassion was a internet fundraiser. One of which I myself have created that takes literally no more than 35 minutes to develop. So from her 35 minute construction of a platform to drag her entire life through the muck of alleged Islamic blasphemy is indicative of our inability to shake the chains of our history of slavery, as African American Muslims. The slave finds any opportunity to differ no matter the cause or belief.
It pains me to believe that the same Ummah who witnessed a few a weeks ago in Texas, an armed Anti-Islam protest complete with assault rifles and racism entrenched in their saliva be met by clergy of ALL FAITHS to act as a barrier for the Mosque that was being terrorized. Are we so saved from damnation that we think that we have no place in the service of other creeds and religions? Were not many of our own fathers, mothers, elders and members of communities those who identified as Baptist, Catholic and Methodist at a time?
As a Muslim who has worked on all phases of the board with relief efforts, organizing, and human development, I assure us that any problem society faces the Muslim Community faces. 1/3 of Muslims in the U.S. are Black just as the Charleston 9 were, Just as the majority of the membership of the torched churches, and with people like Dylan Roof still at large we are not exempt from these acts. Much like we are not exempt from drug addiction, poverty, gun violence and other societal ills.
Fatimah Knight acted as a Muslim should in times like these, which is to inspire belief in Allah through empathetic action. I pray Allah rewards her and that she continues to represent the pluralism that our beloved Prophet (pbuh) instituted so many times when he interacted with those not of his faith and ideology.
If you are opposed to this message please put yourselves in the shoes of those who have lost loved ones and their centers for reflection and refuge in this tumultuous world. Notwithstanding, there are tons of others fundraisers at the website below where we can funnel our money to Muslim causes. I believe that serves more justice than blind condemnation.