During February, the USA observes Black History Month which serves to not only celebrate the achievements of black people, but to also recognize a more accurate understanding of a past and present that continuously favor oppressive systems.
One of the most prominent legacies of these systems are racial injustices against black people. With Muslims currently making up just over 1.9 billion of the worldwide population, racism inflitrated societies around the world and became intertwined in many Muslim communities. The effects of racism is destructive and continues to divide the Muslim Ummah.
During pre-Islamic times, slavery was rife. When the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) spread the message of Islam, Bilal ibn Rabah (RA) became on of his closest companions. The story is well known amongst Muslims due to how the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) elevated Bilal ibn Rabah (RA) to become his Muazzin as well as his Minister of Treasury, regardless of protests from those who looked down on him. He was of Abyssinian origin which gives us one of the earliest indications of anti-black racism from those who discrimnated against him, despite the revelation of the Qur’an and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) condemning such acts.
The year 2022 is in full swing, Alhamduliellah!
While it’s the start of new chapters for many, in this edition, we reflect on the journey with our Deen. How do we navigate the temporary world and all its judgements and criticism while still attaining closeness to Allah (SWT)?
Even if you were born Muslim, there comes a stage in your life where you reflect on everything you’ve been taught. If you’ve been blessed with the hunger to seek more knowledge and experience an epiphany of what Islam means to you, it’s the most fulfilling feeling in your entire life. The desire to become a better Muslim starts influencing your every action and you start understanding why Islam is known as a way of life. You might not be perfect, but your intention is strong enough to try to be better with each day.
As humans in this dunya we are inundated by many distractions, misguidance, and falsehoods therefore making life much more confusing and difficult. What are we thinking, saying, observing, and experiencing in our lives? Are we truly living by Islamic ideals? This is where we can choose to actively “Strive For Clarity.”