[ View the story "Faith and Race in Muslim America" on Storify] Faith and Race in Muslim America Bringing the conversation around #BeingBlackAndMuslim into The Stream.
The Stream· Thu, Feb 27 2014 09:22:44
To mark Black History Month from a black Muslim perspective, community activist and blogger
Dawud Walid launched a series of Twitter talks along with the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative to address the issue of racism among Muslims.
Intra-Muslim racism is an issue often swept under the rug in the American Muslim community. Some of its manifestations are overt while its varying expressions tend to be more subtle. In order for us to be the community, which Allah (swt) describes as “the best nation brought forth from humankind” [Qur’an 3:110], we must put forth the same, if not more, intellectual and social energy, in confronting intra-Muslim racism as we do when confronting Islamophobia.dawudwalid.wordpress.com
The black American Muslim community weighed in on their experiences using the hashtag
Racism in the Muslim community is totally casual and matter-of-fact. It is socially acceptable at many dinner tables. #BeingBlackAndMuslimThe Q
Muslims should remember that Islam issued this anti-racist law thousands of years ago. Wake up. #BeingBlackAndMuslim
The Stream covered the campaign:
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As part of the campaign, the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative held an open discussion on
racist slurs. Using #DropTheAWord, community members urged others to stop using derogatory terms for blacks in their native languages to create greater empathy and equality within the community.
Listen folks, abeed = slave. Adoon = slave. See how derogatory and dehumanizing they are? Don't use them to describe people #DropTheAWordMajda
As a black Muslim who speaks Hindi fluently,I have heard far 2 many derogatory terms used in the masjid.Respect Allah's House.#DropTheAWordAfro Hijabi
@AJStream yeah it is.most arabs feels they are the only pure and genuine muslims and views others especially blacks as inferior muslims.. jika umar
For many racism in the community arises from the stereotype that black Muslims are converts and therefore not
authentic Muslims. Some also point towards a perceived " Arab privilege", a belief that Arabs are ‘ better Muslims’.
Be aware of the fact that there is a such thing as desi & arab privilege in the Muslim community #BeingBlackAndMuslimAqsa Bano
We need to recognize Arab privilege in the ummah, not just white privilege. Both are equally dangerous. #BlackMuslimFutureOmnia Hegazy
@AJStream It's common for some Arab Muslims to have a sense of superiority in understanding Islam due to Quran being in Arabic. @IrshadManjiShuja Rabbani
No doubt there are Arab Muslims with great Islamic knowledge, just as there are Muslims with great Islamic knowledge among all nations. However, the reverence for Arabs among non-Arab Muslims has become epidemic. Many aspects of what we consider to be Islam now trace back to Arab culture, and not Islam itself. By buying into the propaganda, as I like to call it, we have given rise to Arab righteousness. Somehow, we believe, dressing, talking, behaving like an Arab makes us better it the eyes of God; it grants us certain privileges that being a non-Arab does not.diasporicroots.tumblr.com
Many Muslims quote examples from Prophet Muhammad’s life and his last sermon, as evidence that racism has no place in Islam:
The 1st Muslim-American scholar Bilali Muhammad was an African man taken as a slave from Africa
As a Muslim if Surah al-Hujurat (49:11) doesn't make u #DroptheAWord or any other offensive word, then idk what will!
Yet many black Muslims shared routinely
racism in their local community and mosques.
@AJStream some of the worst racism is what I've seen in Pakistan and the middle east. If anything it is casual, cultural & institutionaltakhalus
@AJStream tolerance of dif ethnicities yes esp in US but interactions r non existent based solely on self proclaimed ethnic superiorityPasha
@AJStream Somali's are caught in the middle. African Americans say you are not black. Arabs and South Asians call you derogatory names.Hawa.Y
We asked The Stream's online community about the prejudices and stereotypes that black Muslims face:
@AJStream That they are all convertsNESIMA
@AJStream distrust &prejudice, intolerance, violence &terrorism, satirism & lingering resentment emboldened post 9/11 #BeingBlackAndMuslimalhaji hamidu chodi
@mmbilal on Eid al Fitr black muslims were denied to have a table, so they've to eat standing in their feets next to the toilets :(Ибрахим Виллалобос
being a Mexican Muslim I havw met & seen a lot of racism within the Muslim community. From marriage to being treated as a lowerعيسى