February 21 2015 marked 50 years since the assassination of outspoken African-American Muslim stalwart Malik al Shabazz. Malcolm X, as he was also known, was gunned down at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem in 1965 while preparing to give a speech.
As an NPR blog notes, Al Shabazz can be considered as one of the great public speakers of all-time.
And while Malcolm X may have had a natural leaning toward dramatic interpretation, for him public speaking was a learned skill. At the age of 21, he was a middle school dropout and prison inmate who, “didn’t know a verb from a house.” Three months shy of his 40th birthday, he was an international media presence, a voracious reader, tough debater and a leading proponent of black nationalism.”
Below we reproduce some of al Shabazz’s iconic words, many of which may still ring a poignant bell today.
By: Mufti Ismail Menk
Allah says,”oh you who believe, be conscious of your maker and each one of you should look into what you have prepared for tomorrow“, what have you prepared in your books? What have you prepared in your deeds? What have you prepared in your accounts? To present to your Maker. When you are going to meet Him tomorrow.
What a powerful verse, Allah is telling us look at your book. What we do today? Shaytan makes us look at the books of others. Immediately were worried about that one, this one. You see, that one did this and this person committed that sin, and that one is rotten in the heart. And we start passing judgement. You know the hearts of the people. May Allah subhanahu wa taala safeguard us and protect us from this.
That is shaytan diverting us from this path of steadfastness. Steadfastness can not be achieved when you are engaged in the life of someone else. Cheating, deceiving. Backbiting, slandering, gossiping and so on. Allahu akbar
Here is the Qur’an available for download in different languages:
Islamic Creed (Belief)
Commentary on The Creed of At-Tahawi Part 1
Commentary on The Creed of At-Tahawi Part 2
Commentary on The Creed of At-Tahawi Part 3
Commentary on The Creed of At-Tahawi Part 4
Ibn Taymiyyah Expounds on Islam
Pillars of Imaan
Sunan Abu Dawud
Sunan Ibn Majah
Sunan At-Tirmidhi (arabic)
Muwatta – Imam Malik
Riyad-us-Saliheen vol 1 and 2
An Introduction to the Science of Hadith
110 Hadith Qudsi
100 Fabricated Hadith
Fiqh-us-Sunnah: The Book of Hajj
Forty Hadith – Imam An-Nawawi
Ahmad Ibn Hanbal’s Treatise on Prayer
Forgetfulness in the Prayer
A Description of the Prophet’s (pbuh) Wudhu
The Prophet’s (pbuh) Prayer Described (Abridged version)
The Prophet’s (pbuh) Prayer Described
A Guide to Prayer in Islam
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