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.
—> Prophet Muhammad: “Muhammad has always been standing higher than the Christianity. He does not consider god as a human being and never makes himself equal to God. Muslims worship nothing except God and Muhammad is his Messenger. There is no any mystery and secret in it.”
—> Humanity needs Islamic law: “The law of the Qur’an will prevail in the world because it agrees with reason and wisdom. I have come to understand that humanity needs only a Divine law to establish the truth and destroy falsehood. Islamic law will encompass the entire world because it is consistent with reason and agrees with wisdom and justice.”
—> They amazed their surroundings: “It is true that the wide spread of Islam at the hands of those (Muslims) did not appeal to the Buddhists and Christians. However, the indisputably well-established fact is that the Muslims, in the early days of Islam, were recognized for their abstinence in the false world, pure conduct, uprightness and honesty so much that they amazed their surrounding neighbors with their noble manners, mercy and kindness.”
—> The people of vision: “One of the good merits of the Islamic religion is that it enjoins good treatment to Christians and Jews in general and Christian bishops in particular. It commands to deal with them kindly and helpfully and permits its followers among men to marry Christian and Jewish women, who are allowed to remain on their religion – a teaching which implies great toleration not hidden from men of enlightened visions.”
By: Osman Nuri Topbaş
In the Holy Quran, Allah, glory unto Him, vows by the Prophet’s (pbuh) life. Mentioning his great name next to His Own, the Almighty has required belief in his prophethood, as a precondition of being a worthy servant. Allah took offense in others raising their voices in the presence of His Beloved (pbuh), cautioning against calling out his name like any other. What’s more, the Almighty has stated that He and the angels send their numerous blessings, salawat’us-sharifah, to the Prophet (pbuh), ordering his ummah to amply do the same.
A frighteningly common misconception to be found among the Ummah today, in particular the Muslim Youth, is the YOLO Fallacy. Many of us have been led believe that to live life to the fullest, we may indulge in activities that supposedly bring pleasure even if they are in direct conflict with our Deen. Destructive thoughts and the implementation of them is seen as a socially acceptable way to act since “You Only Live Once” and you must have have fun regardless of the consequences. With this in mind, we often tend to leave off practicing Islam to when we’re older. Just one little problem- We don’t know if old age is guaranteed since death does not discriminate elders over the youth.
More lectures by Imam Siraj Wahhaj…
“Islam is like a tsunami – see if you can stop it.” – Khalid Yasin
“One squeeze in the grave will make you regret every morning in your life that you didn’t wake up for Fajr. Please be strong enough to give 5 minutes of your sleep time to your Lord who gave you all the uncountable blessings you have. Fajr is for soldiers.” – Khalid Yasin
“The character of the Muslim is the most important part of the Muslim and we have to keep this in our minds; the inside of a Muslim is his iman and his knowledge, but the outside it is his character that the world will see.” – Khalid Yasin
“When you know about people you can be sensitive to their problems.” – Khalid Yasin
“The Muslim must be a leader.” – Khalid Yasin
“When Nikahs become expensive, Zina becomes cheap, so keep weddings as simple and affordable as possible.” – Khalid Yasin
By: Daniel Burke
The mosque in Roxbury was crowded past capacity, with about 1,200 college students, urban hipsters and East Africans crowded into the hallways and front stairs.
They wanted to hear Imam Suhaib Webb, resident scholar of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center and widely considered one of the country’s most influential Muslims, respond to Sam Harris and Bill Maher, who recently called Islam the “mother lode of bad ideas” and compared Muslims to the Mafia.
Pop culture is the Qur’an of empty souls.
La cultura pop es el Corán o almas vacías.
Popcultuur is de Koran van lege zielen.
La culture pop est le Coran ou les âmes vides.
Pop-Kultur ist der Koran oder leere Seelen.
Liúxíng wénhuà shì gǔlánjīng huò kōng de línghún.
Popkultur är Koranen eller tomma själar.
Pop-kul’tura yavlyayetsya Koran ili pustyye dushi.
Pop kültürü Kur’an veya boş ruhlar olduğunu.
La cultura pop è il Corano o anime vuote.
Budaya pop adalah Qur’an atau jiwa-jiwa yang kosong.