On Black Religion

Black Religion is the core position of the Black American spiritual enterprise.        m.a.Ibrahim

“The Blackamerican Muslim today has lost control of the definition of Islam to Immigrant Islam in the United States, not because immigrant Muslims and their descendants practice a “purer” Islam but because of their relative affluence, their ideological self-assuredness and weaknesses in Black Religion*. ....   Immigrant Islam, by devaluing “the West”, prevents Blackamerican Muslims from contributing positively to Blackamerican's struggle against white supremacy. The psychological dislocation of abandoning their own selves in exchange for a foreign, identity-based Islam leaves Blackamerican Muslims ineffective in both the secular and religious spheres.”   ayman fadel

 Black Religion in this regard is the God centered-protest of and  opposition to white supremacy that began the moment the first African landed on these shores in bondage. No movement in America among black people has ever been successful without paying proper respect to Black Religion.  Islam in Black America begins as part of a communal search for tools with which to combat racism and redefine American blackness.        Sherman Jackson

 No religious expression that fails to tackle the problem of black suffering can hope to enjoy a durable tenure in the black community.

“They ( Blackamericans )  are both repelled by the American experience, by virtue of their history as a marginalized minority, and attracted to it, by the virtue of their connection to a uniquely rich BlackAmerican historical and cultural tradition. Their search for a boa fide Muslim identity is still in its exploratory stage…..  Whatever this Afro-American-Muslim identity turns out to be as a final product, if it is to be life-affirming as opposed to a paralyzing agent, it will have to embrace, rather than ignore the reality and history of African-Americans, just as effectively as it fortifies for them the boundaries between Islam and non-Islam.”  By Sherman A. Jackson

 

A Christians's explanation of Black Religion (click here)