F*ck Tha Police: A Rumination on Black Life and Death

The police must be abolished because they cannot protect and serve when the perpetuation of Black death is at the very root of the institution.

Mapping the Intersections of Islamophobia & #BlackLivesMatter: Unearthing Black Muslim Life & Activism in the Policing Crisis

By Donna Auston First Posted on May 19th, 2015 James Baldwin once said, “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage nearly almost all of the time.” Last month, Baltimore erupted, and the rest of America got a glimpse into […]

“The Name Means Everything”: On the Birth of the Black Muslim

by Will Caldwell First Posted on April 19th, 2016  “From Mr. Muhammad on down, the name, ‘Black Muslims,’ distressed everyone in the Nation of Islam. I tried at least two years to kill off that ‘Black Muslims.’ Every newspaper and magazine writer and microphone I got close to: ‘No! We are […]

Where Did All That Power Go?: Black Muslims in the Movement for Community Control and Police Accountability

The Nation’s 1972 call for local control of the police was not atypical. Black Sunni Muslims in urban American cities pursued similar strategies. While they may not have mounted campaigns for all-Black police forces, many initiated efforts to maintain law and order in their own neighborhoods.

Ramadan: Black Muslims Reflect on the Qur’an – Juz’ 2

By Margari Aziza Hill  Today is the second day of fasting in the month of Ramadan, with many of us reading the second of thirty equal portions (juz) of the Holy Qur’an. This section of the Qur’an is comprised of the chapter Al-Baqarah (The Cow) verses 142 to 252. In […]

Black Muslim Politics: Anthems

anthem, n. a popular song with rousing, emotive, qualities, often one identified with a particular subculture, social group, or cause

Black Churches Burning- Speech at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Emerging Leaders Plenary

First Posted on October 20th, 2015 First I’d like to thank the Parliament of World Religions for inviting me here, I feel honored and humbled to be on this stage given the fact that I am so early in my own journey. I’d like to begin by talking to you […]

Road Trip

They were leaving. Where exactly? She and her son had yet to decide. There were no good choices. But staying was not an option.

Is Islam an Anti-Black Religion?

by Rasul Miller During the twentieth century, Islam and Muslims came to enjoy a largely positive reputation among Black communities throughout the country, particularly in urban centers. This was a byproduct of the increased visibility of Black American Muslims in these communities as various kinds of Islamic religious movements grew […]

A Trajectory of Manumission: Examining the Issue of Slavery in Islam

by Nathaniel Mathews A number of years ago I gave a lecture on Swahili coast history to a group of educators and students on Chicago’s South Side. During the Q&A period one older gentleman asked me why I didn’t say more about Muslim-led slavery of Africans in the Indian Ocean. […]

Responding to “Hoteps”: Three Points on “Islamic” Slavery

by Nathaniel Mathews When I was an undergrad at Howard in the mid-2000s, “hotep” was basically a “conscious” way to greet people; it signified that one had done some reading and research into Ancient Kemet. Over a decade later, the term ‘hotep’ has become a term of opprobrium, indicating someone […]

Black Muslim Women: Discrimination and Identity

by Malikah A. Shabazz I am a Black Muslim Woman. We are Muslims before we are [insert nationality]! No! We are [insert nationality] first! Usually whenever I hear this argument brewing, I proceed to engage in the biggest full handed facepalm I can muster. Although I understand the logic behind […]