Month: October 2017

What Happened to Our Brother?

by Maurice Hines An elder once told me that back in the 1960s and 1970s, the Black community regarded its Muslims as the big brother who stood up to the bully. Whenever white supremacist ideologues tried to back Black folks into a corner, the Black community could trust that by […]

Looking Back to COINTELPRO in the Age of “Black Identity Extremism”

by Will Caldwell The FBI issued an intelligence assessment on Aug. 3, 2017, alerting law enforcement around the country to the new threat of “Black Identity Extremists” (BIE). Foreign Policy since has obtained a copy of the report and it is now receiving widespread media coverage. Many in the government […]

Martyrs & Miracles: The Sapelo Square Muharram Series

compiled by Ryan Hilliard The first Islamic calendar month of Muharram is underway, long considered one of the “sacred months”, a status it held even before the advent of Islam. For Muslims worldwide, it ushers in another new year since the Great Emigration (hijra) of the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah’s […]

Seeing Myself in “Ya Husayn” and the Resonance of Ancestral Familiarity

by Su’ad Abdul Khabeer I did not grow up commemorating Muharram. And not for reasons I have read from others; I wasn’t raised to be a Shi’a-hating Sunni nor was my Sunni family sublimating the significance of Karbala. I did not grow up commemorating Muharram as the Exodus either… I […]