يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُونُواْ قَوَّامِينَ لِلّهِ شُهَدَاء بِالْقِسْطِ وَلاَ يَجْرِمَنَّكُمْ شَنَآنُ قَوْمٍ عَلَى أَلاَّ تَعْدِلُواْ

اعْدِلُواْ هُوَ أَقْرَبُ لِلتَّقْوَى وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ إِنَّ اللّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ 

O you who have faith!   Be ever steadfast in your devotion to Allah, bearing witness to the truth in all circumstances; and never let hatred of any-one cause you to swerve away from justice.   Be just, this is closest to being God-conscious.   And remain conscious of Allah: verily, Allah is aware of all that you do.    (Sura al Ma'ida 5:8)

                              And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)

Black Life Matters

Black Life Matters

Hajj Mahmoud Andrade Ibrahim

Hajj Mahmoud Andrade Ibrahim

There are some BlackAmerican Muslims that have not made the connection between their ‘blackness’ in a structurally racist society and the practice of Islam as a force for not only spiritual development but also societal liberation, these souls float on islands of illusion.      

To be a BlackAmerican Muslim once conjured up images of progressive, sober, community active men and women who had their fingers on the ‘pulse of the Black Community’.    I fear that this is no longer the case.    m.a.ibrahim                  


You don’t shape history, history shapes you .

The conscious decision to become Muslim in America, in the late 1950’s thru the mid 70’s,  was a revolutionary act.

To change your name, change your manner of dress, change your diet, to take up fasting and commit yourself to acts of devotion five times a day were all ‘counter-cultural’  acts of resistance to the status quo.  Resistance to structural racism**, to inequality before the  law and to economic policies that ensure a permanent underclass.


إِنَّ شَرَّ الدَّوَابَّ عِندَ اللّهِ الصُّمُّ الْبُكْمُ الَّذِينَ لاَ يَعْقِلُونَ

Indeed, the worst living beings in the sight of Allah are the deaf and dumb who do not use their reason. (8:22)

الَّذِينَ يَذْكُرُونَ اللّهَ قِيَامًا وَقُعُودًا وَعَلَىَ جُنُوبِهِمْ وَيَتَفَكَّرُونَ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ

Men who celebrate the praises of Allah, standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and contemplate the creation in the heavens and the earth. (3:191)


Orientation:  Reflective / Contemplative :  Contemplation is the source of Islamic spirituality – contemplative spirituality – is received through a thinking or reflective process rather than the cessation of intellectual activity and our position is based on many ayahs like the two above.

  • There are 6,236 verses in the Qur'an

  • Only 260 verses address legal matters

  • 750 verses advise and encourage the Believers to reflect on matters and use their reason for successful outcomes

Guided by the principles of Faith and Reason, a Reflective or Contemplative Muslim is one that  believes that the shariah is both binding on the individual and subject to contemporary interpretations in an ever changing world and we reject all notions of  imposing Islam as a 'political architectural construct'. We adhere to a practice of Islam that finds common cause with all who are oppressed around the world, Muslim or non-Muslim.  We are anti-Islamist , anti-jihadist and anti-racist.  Contemplative / Reflective Muslims  rather sees the ideals and values of Islam acting as an enhancement to our personal and communal character.  Our Beloved Prophet (pboh)  said,    "Good morals, deliberation and moderation are one part of the 24 parts of Prophethood". (At-Tirmithi: Hassan)  

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Islam, in Black America, begins as part of a communal search for tools with which to combat racism and redefine American blackness.* * Sherman Jackson

  And that struggle  continues... (click here)

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