By Sabria Mills
Sabria Mills shares her reflection on Juz’ 7 (5: 82–6:110) touching upon several different topics and their significance to the Black Muslim community. For example, in reference to verses 90–92 in Surah al-Maida, she explores the reasons Allah gives for making alcohol and gambling haram, namely that they are the devil’s tools, used to sew disunity and enmity between us. Relating this back to our condition as Black people in the United States, she offers that it is almost as if the intentional flooding of Black communities with drugs and alcohol was done by agents (pun intended) who were aware of this verse, so it is fitting for us to reflect on this and distance ourselves from these vices.
Sabria Mills is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Muslim Advocates of Children with Exceptionalities (MACE). She is an educational leader and social advocate who partners with educators, community leaders and activists to promote inclusive spaces for people of all abilities. After spending nearly a decade working in education and addressing the needs of nonprofit organizations, Sabria knows what truly drives social reform, equality and education—and it’s not mastering the social advocacy flavor of the week. Instead, it’s about how well you connect with the people you’re trying to help and communicate your understanding back to them.