A few days ago, Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid (May Allah preserve him) from Harlem posted a blog titled “STOP SELLING OUT THE UMMAH! – COLLABORATORS & OPPORTUNISTS” regarding a few Muslims, who have innocently or intentionally played the role of supporting the New York Police Department (NYPD) Demographics Unit that has been spying on the Muslim community in various locations without predication of criminal activity in the name of national security.
On Imam Talib’s blog and my Twitter, I mentioned one Muslim female, who was not listed, on Imam Talib’s blog that she was at a press conference in solidarity with Islamophobe, Neo-McCarthy Peter King (R-NY) and a few rag-tag Muslims, who support NYPD’s tactics, which are not only a major waste of tax-payer dollars but use the very suspect tactic of sending informants into houses of worship without predication. In reference to this, I mentioned that “we,” meaning those Muslims in New York in its Majlis Ash-Shura and in the civil rights community inside and outside of New York, who are advocating with the Majlis, should disassociate ourselves from her until she repents. In this statement, I mentioned to see the history of “Tabuk.”
The insincere, without even asking me what I meant, falsely stated that I called her a disbeliever or eluded that I threatened violence. Normally, I would not blog about such matters, but in this case, I want to be perfectly about what I meant about Tabuk and Uncle Toms and Aunt Jemimahs.
When I referenced Tabuk, it was in regards to what Imam Talib posted, which was:
When a handful of Muslims demonstrated a lack of courage during the time of the Battle of Tabuk, and lagged behind those in the vanguard due to cowardice, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) ordered the Muslims to boycott them – not to return their salaams, and even for their wives not to sleep with them, until after they had engaged in tauba.
This was the specific reference, nothing more, nothing less.
Is the mainstream Muslim community in a struggle to maintain its dignity and to not be profiled due to its religion by the NYPD? Of course! Is the mainstream Muslim community in New York staying far away from meeting with NYPD? Yes! Does the woman, who went to the press conference represent a mosque or a constituency? No! Has she fiend like she was with the interests of the community yet stood in solidarity with enablers of the Islamophobia industry? Yes!
We don’t want to associate with such folks, even if they are still inside of the fold of Islam. This is what I meant by the using the word Tabarra (تبرأ) or disassociation, for we will be asked about what stances we take in this life and our associations. The Qur’an says in Surah 2, Ayah 168, “Then those who followed will disassociate (Tabarra) from those followed them [wrong-doers/supporters of oppression], they will see the penalty [of Allah] and all relations relations between them will be cut off.”
Regarding reconciliation, this can only come about by the admission of wrong-doing. There must be a recognition before moving forward. Positional power of the NYPD with the Muslim community is such that meeting to “reconcile” while they hold firm to a position that they did nothing wrong and accuse of Associated Press of being ramble-rousers is outside the environmental circumstances for reconciliation. There is no change without accountability. Only a fool lets bygones be bygones without assurances and a means of bringing about accountability.
This is my clarification of this matter. I welcome those who played the role of Uncle Tom or Aunt Jemimah to rethink what they have done and publicly apologize to the Majlis Ash-Shura in New York.
And with Allah is success.