The Problem in Black Muslim America is more than men not paying bills. Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

I really believe that our problem is so much bigger than that. Out of the thousands of married Muslim that I know, and I know thousands, I’ve never come across not one Muslim man, even the newest Muslim man, who was an absolute dead beat, caring nothing for his wife or kids. Unless he was incapacitated. Although I have known some pretty-boy, gay acting dudes who never married for 20 years who were suspect. And I know a couple who have abandoned their families, their children while living the high single life. Some of them I suspected were closet gay, and that does exists among Muslim men, I’m sure. Some men are just jokers.

However, as an ummah, men and women fall short in equal measure and we are equally responsible for the dismal condition of Black Muslim America. Now that we are more aware of our state, waking up (again), it is up to us to change, to do better, to take a different path. Our issues now has more to do with wholesale ignorance of our religion and arrogant defiance of our own scriptures than anything else. Some people don’t want to change unless they can get a guaranteed seat at the front of the line.

We have ratchet men, and ratchet women in Black America of equal measures as well as in Black Muslim America of equal measure. But trust, me, the principle problem of Black Muslim America is not men not paying bills, nor so-called “lazy azz” women on welfare. We are so played. If we want to look a solutions, then we need to start by repentance for our past, and then look at application of our scriptural laws for order, in our personal lives, our family, and in communal governance, across the board. Basic Muslim thinking. We might want to look at stupidity too while we’re at it. Some folks simply missed too much school smoking weed and blunts. And be be all over the place. It’s just pathetic. First it was white man’s fault, then it was our trauma, then it was the immigrants, then it was white supremacy , then it was slavery, then it was economics, then it was the man, not stepping up (partially true), like our whole Black ummah got ADHD. Like little kids and shit. Going from one mini campaign to the other for the last 50 years. We’ve been through this conversation, twenty times before. No verses, no sharia, no order, no community, no accountability, no way forward for the man nor the woman because we’re too afraid to speak up or to have grown conversations. You need accountability of both at the same time.

Yeah if a husband has to ask his wife can he go in her fridge, and don’t ot his own fridge, then that’s his stupid ass. If a couple is living together playing house, not been married, or playing with Islam, then really, who gives a shit? Nothing should be expected of either one, its simply glorified fornication.

We’re living in the last days, still on stupid kiddie stuff, gender wars crap, following hidden hand scripts, don’t even know where it came from. In Muslim marriage, there are laws of governance, conduct, contractual guidelines and latitude. Whoever seeks other than what Allah has revealed, male and female, after knowing better, they are simply voluntarily astray, they get what they get. Case closed. And Allah knows best. That’s why He sent down the guidance, and sent Rasoolillaah (SAWS) has an example. And if all you get out of this is that I cussed, that’s on the reader. Lol. Gives me something to laugh about with my coffee.

Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad.

Digesting Foreign Islamic Rulings aimed at Black American Muslims. Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

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In the near lawless state of Black Muslim and convert America, many foreign based Islamic rulings and scholarly opinions directed at American Muslims and converts are absolutely useless and only add to our problems. Scholars in the Middle East and elsewhere in the Muslim world, despite the best intentions, are not in a position to make determinations of what’s good or best for us. However we as American Imams, scholars, first responders in Islam, and qualified religious thinkers and leaders, are in a much better position to know what’s worked and what hasn’t worked, because this is our country, where we grew up and live and practice the noble religion of Islam. We are people who are intimately familiar with our people, our history, our struggles, and cultural nuances. This places us in a much better position to determine how some of these fatwas (especially the one paragraph fatwas written for illiterate people) work to our advantage or disadvantage.

Anyone familiar with our history knows that debating over conflicting foreign based rulings has caused more harm than benefit over the last 50 ears. Especially since 90% of the time, the scholars who issue rulings from abroad directed at Americans, sometimes specifically at Black American Muslims, are not present to respond to questions, or to receive additional information, or to explain their often confusing verbiage or to verify whether the translations of their rulings into English are even accurate.
Notwithstanding that many times foreign scholars, may Allah preserve them, are woefully unaware of our situational reality as Black American Muslims and converts. This is with all due respect to them and their knowledge and their humanness . The accuracy of any scholarly ruling should not ever be impacted by racial, or anti-American bias, or willful or negligent and conspicuous omission of pertinent facts and realities that are germane to said ruling. Not ever. When this happens, the ruling is flawed by default.

Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

Imam Luqman Ahmad is an Imam and Resident Scholar at the Toledo Masjid al-Islam in Toledo Ohio. He can be reached at imamabulaith@yahoo.com 

IBN HAJAR AL-ASQALAANI; SHAAFI’EE SCHOLAR, MASTER OF HADITH METHODOLOGY [1372-1449 CE], IMAM ABU LAITH LUQMAN AHMAD

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Ibn Hajar al-Asqalaani is another one of those illustrious scholars of Islam that I have a great respect, love and reverence for because of his contributions to the religion of Islam and to traditional scholarship. His works convinced me to become an adherent of the Shaafi’ee school of law. Of the many explanations of Sahih al-Bokhari, his explanation, Fat’h al-Baari, endures as the most widely read, most referenced, most authoritative and most widely accepted explanations of Imam Bokhari’s monumental compilation of the hadith of our Beloved (SAWS).

Ibn Hajar al-Asalaani is considered one of the fathers of hadith sciences and methodology and achieved the rank of Shaykh ul Islam and Amirul Islam in hadith which is a degree above the title Haafidh. He is considered an expert on the biographies of the companions of the Prophet (SAWS) and in his book :Tah’theebu Tah’theeb [The Rarefraction of the Rarefraction] he chronicles the names and personas of all the narrators that appear in all the six major books of hadith by name. He biographical encyclopedia of the companions of the Prophet (SAWS) has no equal, except maybe , al-Istai’aab fee ma’rifati al-Ashaab, by ibn Abdul-Birr, [978-1071 CE] who was a Maaliki Judge.

Ibn Hajar learned the religion at a very early age even though she was an orphan as both his parents died while he was very young. He memorized the whole of the Quran by the age of 9 and he memorized Surah Maryam in one day. By the time he was 12, he was considered qualified enough to lead salatul taraaweeh at the Haram in Mecca.

His wife, Ins Khatoon, the daughter of a Judge, was a scholar, and an accomplished and respected lecturer in her own right. She bore him all daughters, but he badly wanted a son. However, his wife wasn’t going for polygamy. So, Ibn Hajar devised a plan, unbeknownst to his wife, to try to have a son through one of her slave girls that he liked. He complained about the slave girl’s quality of work and said that she should never enter his house again. His wife, arranged for her sale and Shaykh Ibn Hajar bought her secretly though an agent (wakeel), She bore him a son. His wife eventually found out about the whole scheme, and she continued to pressure him for a divorce until he died.

The practice of taking a slave girl or right hand possession as sort of a lessor wife [attasarraa], is permissible in Islam. It’s part of the sharia, It was known as an honorable practice and even practiced by the Prophet (SAWS) and other Prophets such as the Prophet Sulaiman (AS). Slavery and right-hand possesorship in Islam, is nothing like the slavery we experienced in the United States.
Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

Imam Luqman Ahmad is an Imam and Resident Scholar at the Toledo Masjid al-Islam in Toledo Ohio. He can be reached at imamabulaith@yahoo.com 

Sometimes We Break Our Own Men, and Don’t realize it. Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

MUSLIM MEN BECOME BROKEN IN OTHER WAYS

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Being a Muslim man is not as easy as people make it seem. We are not the all powerful tyrants and arrogant ogres as some of us, especially some Muslim women characterize us to be. Muslim men have obligations and responsibilities for our wives, our children, our families, our parents, to other Muslims and to society in general. Responsibilities that extend way beyond how much money they dish out. There is a distinct anti-man sentiment circulating through our already decimated ranks in Black Muslim America.
People talk about Black Muslim men and their failures as husbands, as fathers, as leaders and even as Imams, many times criticizing the very things that would make them good Imams, good fathers, good husbands, and good leaders in the sight of Allah. Often times what is lost are any consideration of their obligations to Allah in any of these matters.

Part of that is just plain not knowing our own religion (ignorance) and part of it is staunch aversion to our scriptures, and part of it is that are demons within our ranks. Muslim men are not just responsible for the financial upkeep of their children but he’s responsible for the way they are raised, the values and the religion that they are taught, and the lifestyle they are taught. Additionally, maintenance, preservation, establishing, and passing down the noble religion of Islam. All of that is mandated in our scripture.
The first to promote the anti-man doctrine in the history of mankind was Ibis/Satan. And he is not even a man, but a demon, who employs men and women demons. We can blame the system, blame slavery, blame the criminal justice system, white supremacy, poverty and many other things for contributing to broken Black Muslim men, but we have to consider that we may be guilty as well, or at least complicit of breaking our own men, way before they’ve reach manhood.
We are in an age of much confusion, not knowing our scripture, and multiple and simultaneous ideological attacks from all directions. some of us inadvertently put our men in a nearly impossible position. If he upholds the religion he is a tyrant, if he doesn’t uphold it, he is a failure. It is part of the obligation of a Muslim man to stand up for the truth, and for scripture, yet, many times men are excoriated or even hated for speaking the truth, while praised for political correctness.
Another example. Muslim men must serve as the Imam of their homes, it is not an option for them. A Muslim man can’t simply abdicate the imamate of his home, wife and family and simply because another man abused it or because current Muslim sentiment is opposed to it. As Imams of their home, and families they are obligated to exert a certain amount of control over what goes on in their homes, yet exerting any control over your family is considered, well, “controlling” to many Muslims and controlling is viewed as a bad thing even through the Sunna commands it.
We live in an age where people, sometimes total strangers, define for a Muslim man what kind of man he is, or should be or whether he is even a man or not. A lot of men, especially those not raised by men, and thev are plenty, do not even know what to do with that. Some men reach their thirties or even forties and still don’t know what a man is. Then they are criticized for not knowing when we contributed to their confusion. That is a lot of pressure and confusion for a young Muslim man, especially as we move towards praise of the feminine man, while loathing such men at the same time.
Muslim men are obligated to enjoin the good and forbid the evil, especially when it is thrust right in front of their faces, when they abandon that they are consequences for that with their Lord, so they get stuck between the ire of the people (Muslims) and the anger of Allah. We haven’t even started to unpack this conversation yet. Sometimes we break our own men. And this is just the tip of the iceberg, And Allah knows best.

Imam Luqman Ahmad is an Imam and Resident Scholar at the Toledo Masjid al-Islam in Toledo Ohio. He can be reached at imamabulaith@yahoo.com 

How Hard Core Feminism Oppresses Black Muslim Women. Imam Abu laith Luqman Ahmad

HOW HARDCORE FEMINISM OPPRESSES BLACK MUSLIM WOMEN

The core of modern-day hardcore feminism is not to be subordinate to men under any circumstances, father, husband, Imam, teacher, leader, or anything. Some Muslim women just can’t find a way to reconcile that notion with the notion of family, Prophethood, or the idea that obeying one’s husband is cited as a path to paradise and that disobeying one’s husband is considered a sin. Incidentally, not just Islam but according to all three major religions at their origin. It’s like trying to live with two competing ideas in your head. That’s gotta be tough. I’ve seen people nearly lose their minds trying to referee their own internal mind fight.

The pressure on Black Muslim women to give at least a nod and wink to feminism is intense. The idea of a woman obeying her husband simply irks feminists. Although it’s a noble characteristic in the sight of Allah, it’s reprehensible to some Muslim women, and is totally taboo to even mention for many Muslims. It’s like promoting blasphemy. So for some Muslims, in order try to make sense of and reconcile the feminism anti-male doctrine, while still being Muslim, they simply demonize men. Muslim men are bad, they are evil, abusive, toxic. Or that Muslim men are oppressive, and are controlling, therefor, obeying a man is bad. It’s twisted triangulated logic and just gets people stuck in bizzarro world of reasoning. Modern-day hardcore feminism has failed Black American Muslim women. It’s cause so many of them to oppress their own souls, and that is the worst type of oppression. Intellectual schizophrenia, Enough to make Shaitan/Satan laugh, and make the rest of us cry.

You can’t blame Muslim men for Allah making the man to be Imams, and husbands of the women. It is a solemn responsibility to be the head of a family, It’s no walk in the park. But it’s nothing that anyone should blame us for. We didn’t make those rules. Men had no part in the Quran being sent down from above seven heavens. Don’t blame us for Kitaabillaah. We’re subject and held accountable to it just like women are. And we didn’t pick a man as our Prophet (SAWS), that was Allah’s doing.

If Allah or His Prophet (SAWS) commanded me to obey my wife, and let her be my Imam or leader, I’d gladly comply. There are many women, much smarter than I am, and who make much more money than I do, and have much more taqwa than I do. Even have more sense than I do, and are way more organized than I will ever be.

I don’t worship men, or women; I worship Allah. But if my wife is smart, sensible, organized, fears Allah, and worships Him, best believe that I’ll be listening to her and checking with her often before I make major decisions for me or my family. Believe that. Even as an Imam, most of my advisors (almost all) have always been, and still are, women.

Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

Imam Luqman Ahmad is an associate Imam and Resident Scholar at the Toledo Masjid al-Islam in Toledo Ohio. He can be reached at imamabulaith@yahoo.com 

The Migration of the Prophet (SAWS). Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

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THE HIJRA (MIGRATION) OF OUR BELOVED PROPHET (SAWS).
Whaen the Pophet made the Hijrah from Mecca to Medina, there were less than 90 people with him. Most gave up everything including their homes and possessions. The first one to make hijrah was Abu Salama ibn Abdul-Asad. He had made the first hijrah to Abyssinia but when he returned to Mecca, the Quraysh gave him an even harder time. He was about to go back to Abyssinia a second time but he heard that some of the people in Madinah (then called Yathrib) had become Muslim so he made the Hijrah to Madinah instead. But not before people from his wife’s tribe prevented her from accompanying him and people from his tribe, prevented his son from coming with him. He was so heartbroken that he cried about it every day, until finally they took pity on him and let him leave with his family.

He was the first of the Meccans to make hijrah to al-Madinah. The last persons to make hijra were the Prophet (SAWS), Abu Bakr, and Ali ibn Abi Taalib. Ali was the last. He stayed in Mecca for three days, tidying up business on behalf of Rasoolillaah (SAWS). However, when they made hijrah, there were still Muslims left in Mecca who were prevented from going for different reasons.

It took the Prophet (SAWS) eight days to go from Mecca to al-Madinah. He started from the house of our mother Khadijah (RA), his deceased wife, and the Quraysh put a bounty of 100 camels to whoever could capture the Prophet (SAWS) and Abu Bakr and bring them back to Mecca. They didn’t see him leave, but Abu Bakr was missing too, and they knew that wherever the Prophet was, Abu Bakr was with him.

The Prophet and Abu Bakr started off southward towards Yemen because they knew that the Meccans would be looking for them to the north, going towards Yathrib. They holed up in a cave on Jabal Thawr (Thawr mountain). Where Abu Bakr’s son Abdullah, and his daughter Asmaa, would bring them food and supplies at night. There were bounty hunters looking for them all over. 100 camels was a nice hunk of change. Finally a group of men, thought to check up on that mountain where there were caves. They got to within a few yards of Rasoolillaah. Abu Bakr was worried about the Prophet (SAWS), and the Prophet told him, “don’t worry, Allah is with us”. Yaa Allah…

Al-humdu lillaah, Allah be He Exalted and Merciful, protected our beloved using a spider. About this incident, Allah revealed the following verse: “If you do not aid the Prophet – Allah has already aided him when those who disbelieved had driven him out [of Makkah] as one of two, when they were in the cave and he said to his companion, “Do not grieve; indeed Allah is with us.” And Allah sent down his tranquillity upon him and supported him with angels you did not see and made the word of those who disbelieved the lowest, while the word of Allah – that is the highest. And Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise“. 9:40 at-Tauba. To this very day, I respect the spider ummah, and allow them to live in my houses because of the spider that protected Rasoolillaah.

When the people knew that the Prophet (SAWS) was coming, they use to go out everyday in the heat looking for him to be coming out of the desert. When he finally came, the people were singing to him. The name of the Prophet’s camel that carried him from Mecca to Medina, was Qaswa, she became his favorite camel. In sha Allah If I ever own a horse or a camel, I will name it Qaswa. One of the first things the our so beloved Prophet (SAWS) said to them was; “O people, spread the salaams, feed food (to people), pray while people are asleep (tahajjud) and you will enter paradise easily”.

There were some men who didn’t make Hijra because their wives and children didn’t want them to go. So when they would finally make Hijrah, some, years later and would see how much the people had learned from the Prophet (SAWS) and how much they missed (they didn’t have internet) they became angry and would take it out on their families. The following verse was revealed about that; “O you who have believed, indeed, among your wives and your children are enemies to you, so beware of them. But if you pardon and overlook and forgive – then indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” 64:14 at-Taghaabun.

The very last person to make hijrah (migration) from Mecca to al-Madinah was Prophet’s uncle Abbaas ibn Abdul-Muttalib. He left Mecca with his family in the eighth year of the hijra. On his way there, he ran into the Prophet (SAWS) and 10,000 Muslims about to march on what was to become the conquest of Mecca. So he got his family to safely to Madinah and raced back to the Prophet to participate in the conquest (Fat’h) of Mecca. Abbaas was in his sixties at this time, a time when many men would be sitting in their rocking chairs today. The men and women companions of the Prophet (SAWS) gave their all in the struggle to establish Islam. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our beloved, and upon his family and all those who follow him in goodness until the day of Rising. Ameen.

Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

Imam Luqman Ahmad is an associate Imam and Resident Scholar at the Toledo Masjid al-Islam in Toledo Ohio. He can be reached at imamabulaith@yahoo.com 

Will The Muslim Fight Against White Supremacy be like Our Fight Against Islamophobia? Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

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The newest issue to hit the American Muslim national issue menu is fighting “white supremacy”. Here we go again. Seems like I saw this movie before, more than once. I just hope we don’t start hunting down white supremacists like we ridiculously hunted down Islamophobes. That didn’t work out too well. Who’s bright idea was that anyway? If gambling was permissible, I’d lay odds that nobody the heck even knows who inaugurated the idea of eradicating islamophobia. That’s like eradicating kufr/heresy; not gonna happen.

Yup. For many years running we sought out islamophobes like we were bounty hunters, or Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark. For several years, all of the Major national Islamic organizations in the country CAIR, ICNA, ISNA, MPAC, and others, publicly declared fighting Islamophobia as the number one priority of Muslims in America. Billions of dollars were raised and spent on fighting islamophobia and islamophobes in America without even bothering to accurately identify what the neologism “islamophobia” meant, We went after talk show hosts, politicians, journalists, University professors, academics, authors, and commentators with a vengeance. e even used our right to free speech to attack free speech. (Go figure). I wrote at least 7 articles on it going back to 2002.

Even though, we had much bigger fish to fry, some Black American Muslims reluctantly jumped on board the anti-islamophobia craze because no one wanted to hear about the woes of Back Muslim America, but certainly not all of them did. However, the majority of American Muslims leaders tooted the horn of fighting islamphobia as if the future of Islam in America depended on it. In many circles, you weren’t considered a “woke Muslim” if you weren’t gung-ho about fighting islamophobia. Some used it as a stepping stone to get noticed and to start organizations as there was a lot of funding available here and from Middle East for it, and some Black leaders and Black Muslim activists did it (for free) to remain relevant, or because it was the go to popular issue. Some are still on it hard till this day.

Nevertheless, we failed miserably in our so-called war against islamophobia an the islamophobes. American public sentient towards Muslims haven’t changed a bit since 9/11 according to CAIR’s own statistics. We have to move past civilizational ridiculousness. We should own our history, good or bad, and not be civilizational cowards. I say “we” because I consider myself part of the ummah, Black, White Arab, immigrant, American born or otherwise. Muslims are still my people. Good, bad, mistakes, ups, downs, defeats and successes, I am of the Muslims.

But the thing is, to this day, we can’t identify whos idea it was to make fighting islamophobia mission number one in Muslim America, or accurately identify who and what is an islamophobe. Just like we don’t know who’s idea it was to suddenly make fighting White supremacy the hot, go to issue of the day. No one in charge, no strategy, no sharia or fiqh foundation, just pure mob based, pied piper, pseudo-islamism. Mark my words.

There are over 1000 registered white supremacist organizations in the United States. And what’s really bothersome is that they stand by their agenda, they fund it, they’re loyal to it, they have some semblance of organization, membership and secrecy, many are prepared to defend their ideology, and they are not easily sidetracked. You just can’t walk in the door with a fatwa, or one hadith, or wayward opinion and change their whole program and get everybody at each other’s throats at the drop of a hat. We got everybody and their momma giving opinions and fataawa about our every step, our every word. They don’t even have to identify themselves and we’ll still give them platform and credence. It doesn’t take much to distract us, and most of the time, we have no idea whatsoever who, if anyone, in charge. That’s bothersome.- Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad
We are so, so played. Know your history beloveds, at least your recent, 5-10 year ago history.

White Supremacy’s Answer to Black Lives Matter. Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

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If I was a powerful white supremacist, and I wanted to dampen the Black Lives Matter momentum, I would have “Black Lives Matter” painted on streets in every major city where there are Blacks, people would consider that an achievement. I would get millions of Black Lives Matter hats, shirts, emblems and coffee cups, and distribute them around the country (make millions, black people don’t make hats), I’d convince hundreds of corporations and white CEOs to say that they support Black Lives Matter (without being specific), and even have them offer Black Lives matter discounts. Then I’d get them and local governments to announce initiation of thousands of new (funded) studies to try to figure out what we can do to help make things better for black people. I’d alter a few policing policies, say… chokeholds, not much else. I’d legalize more weed, and I’d add a Black Lives Matter flavor to blunts wrappers. I’d tear down some statues, and make Juneteenth a National holiday, I’d down-play Black on Black crime, avoid any mention of the Black family, and I’d keep them away from mosques, churches, and prescribe as many mind altering drugs as I could using the top psychologists in the land as my front line. And I’d make efforts to keep them away from the ballot box. That should do the trick. After about 6 months top. Things in the hood will be back to normal. Plantation fully in tact.

I’m not a powerful white supremist, I’m just a neighborhood Black Imam writing a blog post, and I can figure this out without earning a cent for it. . Imagine what those in power and who get paid to think and plan, are actually doing to keep things the same? The best bet for Black people in my opinion is to change ourselves because that is the only way that Allah/God will change our condition. That is what we have the most control over. And that is the very thing that we as a people refuse to consider. And Allah knows best. – Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad

Imam Luqman Ahmad is an associate Imam and Resident Scholar at the Toledo Masjid al-Islam in Toledo Ohio. He can be reached at imamabulaith@yahoo.com 

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