Audio of latest sermons:
“Wisdom of Ja’far (RA) in Christian Ethiopia” given at the Islamic Organization of North America. 5/8/09
“Being Like a Good Tree” given at the American Muslim Center in Dearborn. 5/15/09
“Austerity (Zuhd) & Islamic Lifestyle” given University of Michigan – Dearborn. 2nd portion mentions the recent arrest of the “dimwits” of NY and the FBI agent provocateur Shahed Hussain and selling out one’s latter-life for the life of this world. 5/29/09
I just ordered the new book by University of Michigan Islamic Studies Professor Dr. Sherman “Abd Al-Hakim” Jackson titled Islam and the Problem of Black Suffering, which is a sequel to his acclaimed book Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Toward the Third Resurrection.
The following is a description of the book provided on Amazon.com:
In his controversial 1973 book, Is God a White Racist?, William R. Jones sharply criticized black theologians for their agnostic approach to black suffering, noting that the doctrine of an ominibenevolent God poses very significant problems for a perennially oppressed community. He proposed a ‘humanocentric theism’ which denies God’s sovereignty over human history and imputes autonomous agency to humans. By rendering humans alone responsible for moral evil, Jones’s theology freed blacks to revolt against the evil of oppression without revolting against God. Sherman Jackson now places Jones’s argument in conversation with the classical schools of Islamic theology. The problem confronting the black community is not simply proving that God exists, says Jackson. The problem, rather, is establishing that God cares. No religious expression that fails to tackle the problem of black suffering can hope to enjoy a durable tenure in the black community. For the Muslim, therefore, it is essential to find a Quranic/Islamic grounding for the protest-oriented agenda of black religion. That is the task Jackson undertakes in this pathbreaking work. Jackson’s previous book, Islam and the Blackamerican (OUP 2006) laid the groundwork for this ambitious project. Its sequel, Islam and the Problem of Black Suffering, will solidify Jackson’s reputation as the foremost theologian of the black American Islamic movement.