Black American Muslims at the Roman Colosseum, by Imam Luqman Ahmad


Ancient Roman Muslims?

True, guidance is in the Quran and Sunna. However, verses and Hadith aren’t self propelled. Guidance doesn’t jump out of the book and self implement. No, people who believe and honor their contract with Allah have to take the guidance out of the texts, and put it on the ground where it belongs and not just let it be thrown around like a frisbee or endlessly debated in the online discourse mega-stadium of social media. Thumb up thumbs down. Like Ancient Romans at the colosseum.

Except that the Colosseum is a shell. And when we talk about cooperation, working together, doing or addressing issues as a people, there are certain things which without them, we’ll stay stuck in the colosseum. Just watching.

Leadership
Contract
Shura (counsel)
Allegiance
knowledge

As far as leadership. Do what if you don’t like the Imam:; you might not like the bus driver but if he’s taking you in the direction you wanna go, you still pay the fare and get on the Bus.

As far as contract; In Islam, contract is the key that starts the engine. You don’t even become a Muslim without taking a contract (the shahaadah). Marriage, children, relationships with others, with community, with Imams, Amirs, constituents, even your neighbors are based upon contracts of the Kitaab and Sunna 

As far as Shura: Shura puts an end to the the endless back and forth and breaks you away from the chaos of mobism. It’s invested, responsible Muslims in counsel . Counsel is a function of leadership according to scripture. “And seek counsel with them in the affair, and once you’ve come to a decision, put your trust in Allah, surely Allah loves those who trust (Him)”.

As as far as allegiance: Alligience (bay’at) is so important, that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said, “whoever dies and does have an oath of allegiance around his neck, then he will have died the death of jaahiliyyah (ignorance) Alligience is verbal commitment and part of the Deen of Islam. Without allegiance there is no commitment. Allegiance says, yeah, I’m going to do my best to do the right thing. Absence of alligience it from committed to simply casual. Like, I didn’t actually say I was committed. 

As as far as knowledge: As crazy as it may sound, following knowledge is way better, solved more problems, and is way more pleasing to Allah, than following ignorance. “and if you follow their whims, after the knowledge ( of Allah) has come to you, you will have no guardian in Allah, nor an protector”. It’s like Allah is saying; if you follow their whims after I sent your knowledge, you‘re on your own buddy.

So that’s the short of it. Bringing the guidance down to the ground so we can use it. Support what is right. Jazaaka Allahu khairan.

Imam Luqman Ahmad

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