ARE WE COMMITTED TO SUCCESS? OR COMMITTED TO FAILURE? By Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

Where are we going wrong here? It seems like some of us are absolutely committed to self-hate, to jelousy, to ignorance, to championing every cause but our own, to unlawful relationships, to tearing down our leaders, to divorce as the go to option in marraiage, to gender war between the sexes, to making up new forms of Islam, to abandoning scripture, to not being committed to anything, to individualism, to lack of sacrifice, to selfishness, to disobedience to Allah, to sitting on the fence, to not following hadith, to thinking like we’re still slaves, and to attacking those of us who stand on the front lines.

By Allah, I just don’t understand sometimes. What is so wrong about simply doing what’s right best you can? What is so wrong about being honest? What’s so wrong about being poor until you can do better? What’s so wrong about being wealthy but generous and not brag about it? What is so wrong about being loyal? What is so wrong about spending money in the cause of Allah? What is so wrong about imams cooperating for the common good? What’s so wrong about people getting together to form communities? What’s so wrong about not being slick? What’s so wrong about people just being regular Muslims? What’s so wrong about men and women having honor? What’s so wrong about staying out of other people’s business?

What’s so wrong about keeping covenants with the Lord? What’s so wrong about respecting our elders? What’s so wrong about having teachers from our own? Why do we have to innovate in religion? Why do we have to invent new forms of Islam? Why? I just don’t get it. What’s so wrong with the simple Islam of the Prophet (SAWS)? What’s so wrong about sharing our resources? What’s so wrong about empowering our leaders so that they can do better? What’s so wrong with repentance? What’s so wrong with men acting like men and women acting like women? Its like so many of us just want to be stuck on a fence, in the middle of nowhere. We’ve been virtually stuck as an ummah for the last 60 years. 

The Prophet (SAWS) said: “All of my ummah shall enter paradise except those who refuse. (They asked) who would refuse O Messenger of Allah? He replied; “whoever obeys me shall enter paradise, and whoever disobeys me, has refused”.

Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad is Associate Imam at Masjid al-Islam in Toledo Ohio.

CHASING ASS AND RUNNING GAME? Y’ALL GOT US TWISTED.. by Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

It is very difficult for an outsider to understand the challenges and dynamics of Black American Muslim manhood, marriages, and family issues in inner-city America and more specifically, Muslim America, unless you come from the places that we come from. The breakdown and failure of the Black American Muslim family and with it, our religious communities in these inner-city plantations that we live on is usually attributed to the inadequacy or failure of the Black Muslim man. Full stop.

That is the go to narrative, and the standardized fall-back position, and we, as Black Muslim men, are used to that. We live with being demonized, with being the objects of scorn, and some of us even accept that notion. However, that characterization does not tell the true story nor the whole story. The only ones that truly know our story, is us, and those of our women who are awake.

Out of thousands upon thousands of black American Muslim men that I know personally, it has never been the stated intention of any of them to abandon our women or our children or our people. We don’t even talk like that. True, many us us have given up, but not all of us. Not by a long shot.

As husbands, fathers, stepfathers, prisoners, ex-cons, intellectuals, professionals, foot soldiers, and imams and amirs of past snd present, we’ve taken on the full dose of generational trauma, slavery in all its forms, a history of abuse, abandonment, addiction, altered psychology, pent up emotional baggage and everything else that comes with our women and children who are products, like ourselves of the lifestyle of jaahiliyya that exists in the controlled plantations that we live in.

We know who we are, and we know who our women are, better than any outside Shaykh, scholar, imam, or layperson would ever know. We take on our women, our children, our failures, and our successes (when not stolen) despite our history, despite the challenges, and despite overwhelming odds and make a go of it as husbands, as Fathers, as stepfathers, as uncle’s, as mentors, as activists, as providers, as teachers as imams, amirs. Why do we do it?

We do it because of Allah. We do it out of faith, and out the belief that through Islam things can work. And because no one else is going to do it for us. And It’s not all about chasing ass and running game like people say. Perhaps for some little boy men it is, but not the bulk of us. Y’all got us twisted.

I married a sister who had four children when I was barely 22 years old. Although I loved her, and she was a good wife, and I think I was a good husband, it did not work out. However, it was not before I was able to teach my wife, and her children some of the Islam that I knew, and those children are grown today with their own Muslim children by the grace of Allah. My last wife had six children when I married her. Overall during my lifetime I’ve helped raise at least 19 children who were not my biological children and have mentored dozens more. For some of them, I am the only father that they have ever known. And this is not rare at all. I’m not thr only Muslim man who’s done this. I might not have been the perfect dad or step dad, but I paid bills, they were safe in my care, and no one will say otherwise..

Black American Muslim men have taken on much more than we will ever be given credit for and quite frankly we aren’t looking for credit. We don’t talk about everything that we do because if you are not of our world, it’s really none of your damn business. But we do take on marriages with hurt, traumatized, broken and sometimes halfway crazy women and everything that they come with. I mean everything. And they take us on too, knowing that many times it’s going to be an uphill battle because of our circumstances, and because of our history. Why? Because we have faith in Allah, and we have faith in our women who demonstrate faith.

When we see our women struggling, or abandoned, we take on the task of looking for answers and plugging leaks even though we ourselves are struggling. We take on other men’s children who themselves many times have been abused, traumatized, neglected, abandoned, and even taken away from their mother in her previous life. Sometimes we know the details, and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we don’t ask the questions because we already know the answers to those questions.

We’ve taken on these responsibilities because we believe in Allah, we believe in Islam, and we believed for a long time that Islam will point us at solutions if we follow our laws. We’ve learned by our own experiences that it is a little bit more complicated than that. it’s not like we had a civilizational handbook on how to survive as Black American Muslim men in this corrupt, rigged, racist, feminized system that we live in.

We are an entirely new and different civilization of Muslims, in a situational reality unlike an faced by a previous Muslim people. The last thing we need is somebody from the outside trying to play Monday morning quarterback, sometimes not even knowing the game, the language of the plantation, or who we are in reality. so unless you have something concrete and beneficial to offer us at this juncture, stay off our backs. And that goes for you women too, who are still under the spell. And by the way, I’m single, unattached and quite marriage-worthy.

The beginning. Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad.

Shaykh Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad, a veteran 20 plus year Imam, is an Associate Imam and Director of Islamic education at Masjid al-Islam in Toledo Ohio. He is a Philadelphia native, a writer, a former executive committee member of the North America Imams Federation (NAIF), and the CEO of ‘Mosque Without Borders’, an organization that addresses American Muslim issues in the United States.

He is also and the author of the book, “Double Edged Slavery“, a objective and authoritative look at the condition of African American and convert Muslims in the United States, and the book: “The Devil’s Deception of the Modern Day Salafi Sect “, a critical look at the ideological underpinning of modern Salafist extremism. The views expressed in this article are his own. He blogs at imamluqman.wordpress.com, and can be reached at imamabulaith@yahoo.com.

Understanding American Muslim Frontline Imams, by Imam Luqman Ahmad.

In Muslim America , frontline Imams are first responders. We don’t get to retreat, play hooky or play hide and go seek. Many of us do not even get to retire in this life. Most of us are here for the duration, and are accessible in the Masajid, as well as online. We show up, year in year out. Jum’ah after Jum’ah, Ramadan after Ramadan and Eid after Eid. We are the shields as well as the lightening rods of the Ummah, at least here in the United States. Through the good, and the bad, we are still here. Sometimes the same people who paise us one day are the same ones excoriating us the next day. Sometimes we may appear on stage but mostly we are in the trenches, or somewhere in the crevices where people are suffering. Sometimes we are suffering too but we remain on the frontline. And when we regain our strength, we continue to move forward.

Frontline Imams are often the easiest to praise as well as the easiest to blame because we are amongst the most visible of the Muslims. We stand on the minbaars of America, and deliver the weekly messages our words are often the recorded by the public, and we are generally held to a higher standard than other Muslims. Yet, we are just as human as the rest. The veterans amongst us understand that reality and accept it as part of our covenant. Sometimes the same people who paise us one day are the same ones excoriating us the next day.

American Muslim frontline Imams, especially the outspoken from amongst us, take tremendous risks in upholding the truth. There are amongst us those who have been attacked, persecuted, left unemployed, rendered homeless and even killed as a result of owning their words, and upholding the truth. But ultimately the risks are a art of hat we inherited and we are here to serve, guard our ideological borders , and as leaders and teachers of scripture. We are answerable to our flocks, to our Lord and to the Ummah in general. We should not be left alone to advocate on the field of struggle without support from the people to whom we are shields for them.

A lot is expected from American Muslim frontline Imams, we are a minority within a minority within a minority. And it is your right to hold your Imams accountable as long as your are accountable to them to some degree. However our Imams should not be punching bags for the attached or the unattached of our Ummah. The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said, “the best of your imams are those whom you love them, and they love you. You pray for them, and they pray for you. And the worst of them are those whom you hate them and they hate you. You curse them, and they curse you”. [Collected by Muslim].

We are here for the Muslims through thick and thin, and it will always be important for the Muslims that they are here for us when needed. My name is Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad, you can support me through Cash App to $abulaith1. Or through my Facebook page, and f course through your prayer.

Shaykh Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad, a veteran 20 plus year Imam, is an Associate Imam at Masjid al-Islam in Toledo Ohio. He is a Philadelphia native, a writer, a former executive committee member of the North America Imams Federation (NAIF), and the CEO of ‘Mosque Without Borders’, an organization that address Muslim issues in the United States. 

He is also and the author of the book, “Double Edged Slavery“, a objective and authoritative look at the condition of African American and convert Muslims in the United States, and the book: “The Devil’s Deception of the Modern Day Salafi Sect “, a critical look at the ideological underpinning of modern Salafist extremism. The views expressed in this article are his own. He blogs at imamluqman.wordpress.com, and can be reached at imamabulaith@yahoo.com.

THE MUSLIM ANTI-WHITE SUPREMACY SURGE: WHO’S IN CHARGE? By Imam Luqman Ahmad

The Black American Muslim paper tiger campaign against white supremacy seems to have no Islamic ideological anchor. Our unbridled undisciplined hatred for a loosely defined “white supremacy” is such that it only took moments for us to condemn an 18 year old black man who forgave his brothers killer.

Interestingly enough, the people whom we As Black Americans seem to express the most admiration for, are people most accepted and invested in the system of white supremacy that we claim to abhor. The professional athletes, the entertainers, the movie stars, the wealthy, the worldly accomplished, the ostentatious, and the carefree. These are the types of people we cheer on and who benefit the most from our attention, duration and hard earned earned dollars. On the other hand the prayerful, the virtuous, the scripturally faithful, and the obedient of God, are honored in our scriptures but marginalized here on the ground with our blessing. We strive to be as much as we can inline with the system of white supremacy as we can. Our (black people’s ) attitudes towards marriage, towards alternative sexual lifestyle, definitions of success, and our declining morality alone, support the system of white supremacy. Muslims should know better.

As Americans we are accustomed to knowing who and what organizations are at the head of or are committed to issue campaigns whether it is global warning, the me too movement, occupy wall street, anti-tobacco, anti-vaping, pro-abortion, pro-life, black lives matter, Christian conservatism, seat belt laws (back in the day), civil rights, prison reform and a host of other domestic issues mitigated for or against in American past and current history.

Muslims who have found a sudden obsession with white supremecy have failed to show any new light on the matter, and have shown nothing more as far as I can see than just saying that they are against white supremacy.
No strategy, no definable leadership on the issue, no traceable origin of how it suddenly has become vogue amongst some Muslim activists or a bonifide Islamic position on it’s level of priority with regards to our situational reality. There has not even been a single public conference (in my knowledge) on stratagem and the way forward in the campaign against white supremacy. Just a slogan and that’s all. Coupled by copious expressions of hatred and unbridled emotionalism.That’s a heck of a way to run a campaign about an issue people deem so important.

In their campaigns against oppression, Harriet Tubman, Yaasir Arafat, Omar Mukhtar, Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, Randall Robinson, Nelson Mandala, and even our beloved Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم all operated with some form of articulated strategy, chain of command, and operational methodology. Muslims who position opposition to White supremacy as an issue that Black American Muslims need to place at the top of our to do list, need a little more than emotional sloganeering to make an actionable case.

Shaykh Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad, a veteran 20 plus year Imam, is an Associate Imam at Masjid al-Islam in Toledo Ohio. He is a Philadelphia native, a writer, a former executive committee member of the North America Imams Federation (NAIF), and the CEO of ‘Mosque Without Borders’, an organization that address Muslim issues in the United States. 

He is also and the author of the book, “Double Edged Slavery“, a objective and authoritative look at the condition of African American and convert Muslims in the United States, and the book: “The Devil’s Deception of the Modern Day Salafi Sect “, a critical look at the ideological underpinning of modern Salafist extremism. The views expressed in this article are his own. He blogs at imamluqman.wordpress.com, and can be reached at imamabulaith@yahoo.com.

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