This Friday at 7 PM – “Being American While Maintaining Our Muslim Identity”
The LA Times today ran a story regarding an Iranian produced film about the life of Jesus Christ (AS).
Christian critics of the film have stated a range of comments that the film is historically inaccurate to it being Satanic. In Islamic theology, Jesus Christ was not crucified by the Romans as part of a Jewish plot. Rather, Christ was taken up to G’d, and a likeness of him was killed.
Ironically, a Christian was quoted in the article alluding to heresy in the movie and that Jesus is the true Messiah, yet the only person called the Messiah in the Qur’an is Jesus.
This film may be seen as controversial in the Muslim world as well because it gives a physical depiction of Jesus, showing an actor’s face representing Jesus’. The majority consensus of the scholars is that depictions of any of the prophets are completely reprehensible. If Muslims are against depictions of our prophet Muhammad (SAAS), then we should not sanction depictions of our prophet, Jesus, the Spirit of G’d.
To complain about depictions of Prophet Muhammad (SAAS), but turn a blind eye about depictions of Moses, Aaron, Joshua or Jesus reeks of hypocrisy.
Last night at the NAACP-Detroit’s annual banquet, Rev. Jeremiah Wright was well received by an audience of approximately 12,000 people.
An interesting portion of his presentation was his acknowledgment of Dearborn Height’s Imam Mohammed Ali Elahi, the founder of the Islamic House of Wisdom. Rev. Wright gave him and the community a “special shukran” (shukran meaning thanks in Arabic) in his speech as well as giving the Muslim greeting of “As-Salaamu `Alaykum” (Peace be upon you), saying “insha’ALLAH” (G’d willing) and “Alhamdulillah” (Praise be to G’d).
Rev. Wright’s comments which contained a little Islamic flavor show the depth of the relationship in which mainstream African-American clergy have always had with Muslims. The Black Church, especially Black Liberation Theology, was influenced heavily by the teachings of the Nation of Islam and its leading spokesman, Malcolm X. In fact, Rev. Jesse Jackson once stated that when the black clergy in years past used to deliberate on certain issues, they would inquire as to what the “old man” said about those issues. The old man being the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, the teacher of Malcolm X.
Also see Rev. Jesse Jackson at the 1975 Savior’s Day, the day after the passing of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad when Imam Warith Deen (WD) Mohammed took over as leader and began moving the community towards mainstream Islam: http://www.seventhfam.net/wax/video/SAVIOR’S%20DAY%201975.wax
Despite a handful of Islamophobic preachers, who are associated with John Hagee, such as Bishop Glen Plummer, the Black clergy and Muslims have a wonderful relationship and will continue to have that relationship, G’d willing.
This short clip is actually only a brief snippet of an hour conversation, which took place in CAIR-MI’s office.
The unfortunate aspect regarding the line of questioning was that all of the questions dealt with foreign policy issues pertaining to the Middle East.
*NEWSFLASH* – American Muslims casts their votes based on several concerns such as the economy, health care, crime prevention and environmental issues, not just the Palestinian-Israeli conflict or the occupation of Iraq.
Tonight’s speech titled “African-American Muslims & the Civil Rights Movement” was given at Masjid An-Nur in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Yesterday’s sermon was given at Masjid An-Nur in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
**Correction – In the sermon, I misstated that the Prophet (SAAS) was being marginalized and presecuted in Al-Madinah. I meant to say Makkah.
G’d says in the Qur’an (62:2) – It is He who arose from among the unlettered people a messenger from themselves to recite for them His signs, to purify them, and to teach them the Book and the wisdom when from before they were clearly astray.
The Qur’an mentions that G’d bestowed upon His prophets Divine Revelation as well as wisdom (Hikmah). References of this, for instance, are mentioned in the context of David (AS) given governance and wisdom when he (AS) slew Goliath and Jesus (AS) being taught the Torah, Gospels and wisdom. G’d as well taught Prophet Muhammad (SAAS) the Divine Revelation as well as wisdom.
Imam Ash-Shafi’i (RH) stated that wisdom in the context of Prophet Muhammad (SAAS) means his normative example (As-Sunnah). Ibn Qutaybah (RH) in his book Tafseer Ghareeb Al-Qur’an further explained that wisdom is comprised of two portions, knowledge (Al-`ilm) and action/application (Al-‘amal), and that the manifestion of wisdom is when knowledge and application come together, working in synergy.
Thus in looking at the prophetic model, wisdom is taught and exercised when Divine Revelation, observation, and experiential knowledge come together in respect to one’s environment and social circumstances. The logical articulation and/or application of the forestated is wisdom.
And surely G’d knows best.