Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Imam Warith Deen Mohammed 1933-2008

Imam Warith Deen Mohammed passed away yesterday. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-090908-mohammed-islam-obit,0,1523688.story. I was never among his followers, but I respect, admire, and am thankful for the work he did in support of Islam. Imam Mohammed and his work have been belittled and denigrated. Both by some followers of the reconstituted Nation of Islam, as well as those African-American Muslims who seek to slavishly imitate the Arabs. Their mockery cannot erase the fact that Imam Mohammed led the largest mass conversion to Sunni Islam ever seen in this country.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all who loved him. May Allah (SWT) grant Imam Mohammed a noble place in Paradise and give comfort to his family.

"To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return."

3 comments:

Ensayn1 said...

Glad you posted this, there was no news concerning his passing here in Atlanta. Not even on so called Black radio. I heard from a friend living in Arizona!

Peace

Khadija said...

Welcome, Ensayn1!

So, no mention of this pioneer's passing even on Black-oriented radio in Atlanta...I can't even claim to be surprised. Mostly because we collectively tend to be ingrates when it comes to our pioneers.

I've been avoiding listening to the local Black owned station here. I'm bummed out by the Imam's passing, and I don't want to risk hearing some colored Muslim get on the air to belittle him even in death.

I thank God that I was never confused enough to be dismissive of the Imam in public. [That one small shred of Islamic manners saved me from that particular error.]However, until recent years, I didn't have the proper respect for him and his work. You see, I silently thought that he was a sell-out.

I was a fool.

For all I know, his actions years ago to bring more AA Muslims into the mainstream of American society is what saved us from being summarily rounded up after 9/11.

Furthermore, now that I'm aware of the legions of self-hating, Arab-worshipping Negro Muslims, I see what the Imam was up against. And I appreciate how he managed to preserve a religious community without it disintegrating into madness & self-hatred.

Peace and blessings,
Khadija

Ensayn1 said...

I think he was portrayed that way by forces against him, and those outside of the Black collective loves to see the division. I was under the same impression before I "grew up" and now am able to see for myself. Yes, so called Blacklanta has not uttered a word, at least on the commercial stations.