The reason why we will be off for a awhile.

 

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We have had an amazing journey, a journey that made us realize that there is so much energy and potential through literature. Words literally can crush mountains and by pass souls. Words and ideas in sentences speak actually louder than words if they are applied properly. They occupy us for days. The feeling after reading a  great book. It changes the view we see the world. We have been among the first News Blogs in the UK that discussed Muslim current affairs in a unique manner. Many of our stories were organic or local situations that impacted people internationally.

However we must admit that we have been struggling for a while to bring up a competent team that works tirelessly and sees the same vision, a vision that many before us saw. The blame goes to us, we have not critically observed why and where things went wrong, hence we need time to improve grow and find like minded people that will carry the feather pen to liberate the people from slavery, mental slavery, brain colonization of the highest degree. There must come an end to this. We must find the key to the lock. The irony is that we have sighted the Key. We also figured out how to get to it, the problems is ” How are  we going to carry the key on the other side of the shore? ”

A serious question that requires a serious solution. time is running and ramifications are increasing by the day. We must get back and join the league of impeccable journalist swiftly. And write until our fingers get numb by the key boards,write until we think that sole purpose for our existing is to write about the glory of realization there is objective justice.

A justice that descended from 7 heavens to us to live and die under one condition. There is no deity or god worthy of worship But Allah  سبحانه و تعالى and Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلمis his final messenger.

Well does this mean the end, no of course not as long as we breathe and think, as long as we hate and love, engage and seclude our self, will internchange stand. We openly say it and don’t beat around the bush. Our aim is to crush the conventional media outlets into pieces through superiority in literature, reasoning and executing.

Goliath went into the battle as winner but lost his sight by his own exaggerated sense of his own importance and abilities. Conceited he was, and expensive was the price.

on this note we are signing out, and enter the flight zone, leave this atmosphere and aim to the space.

 


 

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Curse of Ham part 2

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In  the last article we discussed the christian narrative and the incorrect points that had been propagated throughout History. Unfortunately a few Muslim writers adopted the belief. The two main areas that suffered under the myth were historiography and ethnography of Muslim literature. scholars and writers wanted to know causes for the dark skin, and sometimes borrowed from the story of ham in the from the people of the book. One of them is jarir at tabri in his masterpiece Tarik ar Rasul  wal muluk.

The story however had a twist. Noah’s curse against his son Ham was a result of him seeing the nakedness of his father. Similar to the story in Genesis, Nuh Aley selam is being shown in a bad light and the majority of the classical scholars opposed the idea.  Among scholars we have the likes of As-suyti, Al jahiz and Ibn khaldun.David M. Goldenberg’s mentions something similar  his study of representation of Black  Africans in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, by saying

” The Biblical story ( curse of Ham) has been the single greatest justification for black Slavery for more than thousand years, It’s a strange justification  for black slavery for there is no reference in it to blacks at all”.

The major problem in the story is the lack of evidence there is no supporting pillar to back up the claim , and we tried  to show the flaws in he story in part of the cure of Ham. The advice of the Prophet SaS was to not acknowledge the stories nor disagree. There are a few traditions that allow Muslim to narrate the stories of the Jewish, but there are of course conditions. For example the narration on the authority of Abdullah ibn Amr RD.  narrates

that the Prophet sas said convey from me, even if it is one ayah. Narrate from the Children of Israel without fear of reproach and whoever lies about me deliberately  should prepare his seat in the Fire”

(Al-Bukhari kitab al -anbiya. bab ma dhukira an Bani Israil No. 3274)

Abu Hurayrah RD. narrates ” The  People of the Book used to read the Tawrah in Ibraniyyah ( Hebrew) and explain it in Arabic to the  people of Islam, so the Messenger of Allah swt  said, Do not believe the People of the Book , nor disbelieve them, but rather” Say  ” We belive in Allah  and what has been revealed to us( Surat al Baqarah 2:135) Hadith is found in ( Al-Bukhari, kitab at tafsir, bab qulu amanna billahi wa ma unzila ilayna No, 4215, see also Nos 6928 and 7013)

So what is the lesson we can take from here ? Prophetic tradition is superior to any statements any other human makes providing the tradition is thoroughly understood, and goes hand with the consensus of the majority of scholars. Then of course the ability to categorize  the Israel narration  is vital to understand. There are narration that there confirmed by Qur’an and Sunnah, then there are narration which contradict  Qur’an and Sunnah. And then those one who are no found in Islam teaching which the Hadith above gives us guidance how to deal with it. These Hadith we mentioned should be enough to understand that there is a way of filtering away Non- Islamic principles. Furthermore we can learn from our past mistake and see what could once we adopt beliefs that outside Islam. Why does it matter what people in the past said or did. Well the 9th century represented the century of slavery in Iraq and around that time many racial slurs were motivated by these teachings.

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Islam, Arabs and Slavery in Africa part 1

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About a month ago i was on my way to an Islamic spoken word event to see  a friend of mine. On my way stopped by at Oxford street. There were they standing a group of young black men. At first i thought they were Muslim but then  I saw these strange posters of black people depicted as saints. Little did i know that i was about to confront with one most radical groups in the streets of London. “GMS” what it stand for i do not know, but they a subgroup of the Black Israelite. At first they tried to convince me that they were direct descendants of the Israelite, then finding out that I was Muslim the theme changed.

“Islam enslaved us, how can you love Arabs” These were the words of  young aggressive and frustrated men that followed a specific narrative in the History of Slavery in  Africa. This is argument has been used by many orientalist.

While researching this subject I’ve noticed that you either have the biased narrative or no narrative. We Muslim have confront our past in many cases. Slavery is one of them. This article is an attempt to give a balance view on what really occurred  during the Scramble Africa and before it.

Slavery is an ancient practice that existed in various parts of the earth. So that means that slavery the way we understand  has a different meaning in different societies and times.This is one thing we all must acknowledge before being able to comment or Analyze it.

Africa is the best example for that. Africa as continent had many nations with a different outlook on what slavery was. I want to know the relation between Islam ,Africa and the Arabs on my journey to the past.

One of the things one noticed  from the beginning is the diffrent forms of slavery and how African perceived them to be  within a society. In the Majority of the African societies. Islam as religion has  long history with Africa. The first Muslim  in Africa were the companions( Radilahuanahma) of the Prophet SAS. They fled to Africa as refugees because of the presecution they were experiencing in Mecca in the 7th century.

So Islam itself came to Africa through people who escaped oppression.Definitely of the reason it was so widely accepted that by the 10th century most of the African in east, north and West Africa accepted Islam without being conquered or forced to.  Slavery itself was practices that the African themselves already knew of. This however changed drastically with the emergence of the  Arab slave and Atlantic slave trade.

In most of the African societies chattel slavery, did not take place before the Trans – Atlantic slave trade. The local slave systems were by nature really different from the standardize slavery we know of. Pawnship( debt slavey) war captives, military slavery, criminial slavery and domestic services were accepted by the norm.  For example Military slavery occurred quite frequent. For instance the Mamluks were slave soldiers. The reverted to Islam  and were present during the Muslim Caliphs from 1250-1517. among many other slave soldiers, the Mamluks also served in the 9th century in Abbasid caliphs. The Mamluks were white slaves from the  Caucasus who seized power in Egypt. Another example can be found in Sudan and Uganda were military unites were formed and organized by a number of Islamic Leadership and authority. Mahdiyyah movement attributes to that.

If we look into the north part Northern Africa  we see the interesting transition of Empires and nation influencing the way slavery was conducted. Chattel slavery such as was widely accepted by the Roman whilst ruling  in North Africa.

In 47 BC – 500 AD  the Sahel region was the main supplier for the Romans , provided most of the slaves. The Sahel region is between the south part of the Sahara region. However with the fall of the Roman empire Chattel slavery was one of the legacies that  survived in the north African christian communities. This form of slavery spread during the expansion of Islam in the major societies on the southern parts of the Sahara such as Mali ,Ghana and northern parts of Chad.

Slavery in medieval was a thing most of the known world engaged in. The slave trade in Europe was also extremely widespread. The slaves were mainly shipped to the Christian Byzantine Empire or the Muslim world.  According to Robert Davis between 1 million and 1.25 million  Europeans were captured by Barbary pirates and sold to Ottoman Empire and  North Africa between  16th and 19th centuries. The Tunisians attacked the islet not far from Sardinia were over 900 inhabitants were taken as captives, in 1798. The Moors of course played a huge role in Northwest Africa and later in Andalusia.

Whilst researching this subject one thing became even clearer. it was impossible for me to only include West Africa or leave our the rest of the regions i had to try the best that i could give a holistic overview and look where Islam was to really see whether the claims that the Black literature made were true.  So also start looking into West Africa but more on this topic in part two of article series.

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Carter G. Woodson: Black History month Bio

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Carter G. Woodson was born in 1875 in New Canton, Virginia. One of the first African Americans to receive a doctorate from Harvard, Woodson dedicated his career to the field of African-American history and lobbied extensively to establish Black History Month as a nationwide institution. He also wrote many historical works, including the 1933 book The Mis-Education of the Negro. He died in Washingtong, D.C., in 1950.

Carter Godwin Woodson was born on December 19, 1875, in New Canton, Virginia, to Anna Eliza and James Woodson. The first son of nine children, the young Woodson worked as a sharecropper and a miner to help his family. He began high school in his late teens and proved to be an excellent student, completing a four-year course of study in less than two years.

After attending Berea College in Kentucky, Woodson worked for the U.S. government as an education superintendent in the Philippines and undertook more travels before returning to the U.S. Woodson then earned his bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Chicago and went on to receive a doctorate from Harvard University in 1912—becoming the second African American to earn a Ph.D. from the prestigious institution, after W.E.B. Du Bois. After finishing his education, Woodson dedicated himself to the field of African-American history, working to make sure that the subject was taught in schools and studied by scholars. For his efforts, Woodson is often called the “Father of Black History.

In 1915, Carter G. Woodson helped found the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (which later became the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History), which had the goal of placing African-American historical contributions front and center. The next year he established the Journal of Negro History, a scholarly publication.

Woodson also formed the African-American-owned Associated Publishers Press in 1921 and would go on to write more than a dozen books over the years, including A Century of Negro Migration (1918), The History of the Negro Church (1921), The Negro in Our History (1922) and Mis-Education of the Negro (1933). Mis-Education—with its focus on the Western indoctrination system and African-American self-empowerment—is a particularly noted work and has become regularly course adopted by college institutions.

In addition to his writing pursuits, Woodson also worked in a number of educational positions, serving as a principal for Washington, D.C.’s Armstrong Manual Training School before working as a college dean at Howard University and the West Virginia Collegiate Institute.

Creating Black History Month

Woodson lobbied schools and organizations to participate in a special program to encourage the study of African-American history, which began in February 1926 with Negro History Week. The program was later expanded and renamed Black History Month. (Woodson had chosen February for the initial weeklong celebration to honor the birth months of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.)

Famous Quotes:

“If you control mans Thinking you don’t have to worry about his Thinking”

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The Black History Month, The Real Story

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The Black History Month has become a tricky business. People are divided whether it is needed to have such a month in the first place. Carter G  Woodson, must have had a good intention. By having a glance at his life we will find the direct link to slavery. So close that his father helped the Union during the civil war in 1861. Woodson is often deemed as the father of Black History Month.

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We at Internchange analytically reviewed the concept came to the conclusion that many of us tend to neglect the opportunity. If their is designated month or two throughout year for that type of history then let us capture minds that will extend this History. Let us plant seeds and inject truth to the whole concept. What took place before the enslavement of nations ? What makes someone superior? Is Islam encouraging slavery?. Questions irrespectively of the answer that must be answered.

“The Black History Month The real Story” is a vital supplement for History. Black History did not commence with Martin Luther King or the Apartheid in South Africa. And it is certainly not about Beyoncé or Danzel Washington. Black History is not limited to a continent or skin colour. It is world History everyone is affected or linked to it directly or Indirectly.

The Black History campaign itself already alienates half of the globe by the connotation that black people produce in peoples mind. Statements like ” This must be only for black people” or ” Well that’s what my ancestors engaged in,so I’ll distant myself altogether away from the topic”.

Woodson spent his whole life-preserving the History of African-American and tried to impact people,which he succeeded. However we think the reason it’s loosing value because only half of truth is being told. Most of  western countries were involved in slave trade. And the beginnings of slave trade are never really discussed. Is almost like a matrix that has been created not to think beyond a point in history.

The history that is presented is not  profound enough during the black history month. The chronology distorted and misleading. In different terms Woodson himself lost the connection to his ancestors by the time he thought about this positive alternative.Critics start to understand that this initiative start to widen the gaps between the black community and the rest of the society. The lack of connection is what makes the relevance fade away. The premises of the idea  itself are to feeble to withstand the valued arguments raised. We wanted to know where,when, how, why millions upon millions Africans were transported to the America against their will.

What we found was the missing link, and the reason the history is kept silent at a certain point. In 1452 Pope Nicholas V released an outrageous document that shaped 500 years of slavery. In the Dum Diversas a papal (fatwa) issued by Nicholas V  the permission to enslave Africans was decreed. King Alfonso V of Portugal sought several times the papal to attack Africans countries to justify the enslavement of human. It authorized Alfonso of Portugal to conquer Saracens and pagans and consign them to “perpetual servitude” This is an extract of the papal.

“We grant you [Kings of Spain and Portugal] by these present documents, with our Apostolic Authority, full and free permission to invade, search out, capture, and subjugate the Saracens and pagans and any other unbelievers and enemies of Christ wherever they may be, as well as their kingdoms, duchies, counties, principalities, and other property […] and to reduce their persons into perpetual servitude”

Saracen a different term for “Muslim” was used in Europe during the medieval. Historian and scholars agree that the papal was not only important Portuguese expansion in west Africa but also the direct attack against the Muslim trans-Saharan trade and commerce.

During the Atlantic slave trade only 5 % of the slave went to the North America which still represents a huge number. Overall 30% of the slaves were Muslim. Not really shocking for the one who start connecting the dots.

Upon this re-discovery we knew that there was more to the 30% of Muslims.On our journey we met with greatness so great that it seemed to be unrealistic.Indeed years of confusion and false concepts of Africa and Islam were propagated. Knowing the truth made it easy for us understand why we were engaged in a water downed version of history.

The encouragement to celebrate people’s achievements because of their skin colour is the very thing that brought so much destruction into people’s life.This white washed version of history does not sit well with us. Especially the narrative of the great leaders emerged throughout the struggle. The handpicked leaders such as Frederick Douglas, Mandela and Obama were a spec of what really took place. We have many heroes but nobody is taking accountable for the crime and atrocities.

Students and the public are already lacking on history in general,to absorb over 300 years complex history in one month  is beyond imaginable.

The British government had a cut on spending on the Black History month since 2009. The mayor Boris was heavily criticized for it. The public is ignorant to what the imperial powers really engage in. We are planning to educate people about this atrocities that caused the disconnection of millions of people with their purpose of life.

However the main aim of the campaign is really to go back to scratch one and start realize how much greatness is in Islamic History In Africa. So join us on this unforgettable journey.

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Black and Noble

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This is going to be a good thing during the Black History month. I urge everyone to attend it onlineUpcoming event : Black and Noble – A study of important black figures in Islamic history

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Featuring :

Sh. Omar Suleiman | Imam Khalid Griggs | Ust. Nouman Ali Khan

What is this class about?

There is a misconception amongst many Muslims that Bilal Ibn Rabah (ra) was the only black companion. We will study the biographies of those men and women who were from the most noble of society and of the most noble of generations, the first three generations of Islam. We’ll look at the obstacles they faced and how they became the leaders of the Ummah. We’ll also examine how their marriages and personal struggles were impacted by the racism that was so prominent in Pre-Islamic Arab society. We will then study contemporary Black Muslim history with an emphasis on Malcolm X (ra) and what he means to all Muslims.

Why we’re doing it:

To educate Muslims about their history so that we can have greater appreciation for the contributions of our predecessors as well as the practical ways Islam battled racism from its inception.

Class Schedule:

Session 1:
Ust. Nouman Ali Khan – “Verily the most noble of you in the sight of Allah are the most pious amongst you.”

Sessions 2,3,4:
Sh. Omar Suleiman – The early scholars and companions

Sessions 5,6:
Imam Khalid Griggs– Malcolm X and contemporary Black Muslim history

by: Islamic Learning Foundation – Texas
February 16, 2014
10:00 am – 5:30 pm (CT)
Onsite: Islamic Center of Irving
Online: www.ilmflix.com

 

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