"In reflecting on the experiences of Yūsuf, Shuʿayb and the other luminaries whom AllahSubhanahu wa ta ‘ala (Glory to Allah, the Most High) favored with revelation, I am struck by the prophetic role that Black American Muslims play in raising the banner of truth, justice
"The superficiality of the good deeds that are decried in this section of the Qur’an reminds me of my younger years, when I found myself searching for and stumbling around for genuine meaning in my own religion."
“It is an unspoken rule that our Black men can speak openly about their past trifling (sometimes criminal) pre-Islamic ways and be praised for their redemption. Yet for a Black woman’s righteousness to eclipse her past, she must remain silent."4
The theme of adherence to the Sacred Law and avoidance of transgressing the boundaries thereof, which the late Charlie Murphy would refer to as being a “habitual line-stepper,” is consistent throughout this juz’.