Black American Muslims, Different but Equal. By Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

Look, there is no such thing as a black version of Islam that’s still Islam. Black Muslims, converts, reverts, or any other vert, are obligated to submit to Islam, period. The same goes for any other Muslim people on the face of the Earth. Every Muslim people of every land, race and nationality has their own problems and dysfunctions that can be remedied or improved by obeying Allah and His Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم which is the operable definition of Islam.

Black American Muslims are no different. Our history is specific like everyone else’s histories are specific, and Islam as we practice it ma appear different to some because we are a different people, and a new Muslim civilization. However, by no means are Black American Muslims, descendants of slaves, or White American or Latino American Muslims to craft a new version of Islam that is inconsistent with the Divine Revelation revealed to Al-Mustapha صلى الله عليه وسلم. True, we are a new, nuanced civilization (mostly converts) with our own history, culture and situational reality, but we are still beholden to the same Lord, and the same Book as all Muslims, and we are a legitimate part of the global Ummah of Islam, whether anyone agrees with that or not, and regardless whether any of the world’s Muslims accept that it not. We are part of this Ummah of Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم but we occupy our own neglected corner of it.

Allah has made for each emerging Muslim people, their own history, circumstances, and path to Him be He Exalted and Glorified. That is by His Wisdom, and His divine decreel. We have to trek own own path in a religion that we share with the rest of the Muslim world, and we don’t need or seek anyone’s permission. However, it cannot occur as a mob, nor as a people who limit themselves and their potential by the color of their skin. Let that sink in.

-imam Abu Laith Luqman ibn Abdul-Karim Muhammad Ahmad.

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