MV: “All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action.”-Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) last sermon.
Mash’Allah, he was always two steps ahead of everything.
This freedom for equality was fought after thousands of years later. Today is the great day for Americans in which we celebrate the man who helped win freedom for African Americans, Martin Luther King Jr. But this freedom should be great for Muslims all over the world, as Islam=Freedom. Now for those who have studied American history you should well know that most of the slaves that were imported to America were at first Muslims and then they were forced to convert to another religion by there masters. So in truth Martin Luther King Jr. ancestor could have been a Muslim. Heres some cool information about that:
Multiple Trajectories of Islam in Africa
Islam had already spread into northern Africa by the mid-seventh century A.D., only a few decades after the Prophet Muhammad moved with his followers from Mecca to Medina on the neighboring Arabian Peninsula (622 A.D./1 A.H.). The Arab conquest of Spain and the push of Arab armies as far as the Indus River culminated in an empire that stretched over three continents, a mere hundred years after the Prophet’s death. Between the eighth and ninth centuries, Arab traders and travelers, then African clerics, began to spread the religion along the eastern coast of Africa and to the western and central Sudan (literally, “Land of Black people”), stimulating the development of urban communities. Given its negotiated, practical approach to different cultural situations, it is perhaps more appropriate to consider Islam in Africa in terms of its multiple histories rather then as a unified movement.
MV: Other then Martin Luther King Jr, another great African Freedom supporter was Malcolm X who in fact was a Muslim himself! He thought the teaching of Elijah Muhammad and this is what he had to say:
“I am and always will be a Muslim. My religion is Islam.”
“I am not a racist in any form whatsoever. I don’t believe in any form of discrimination or segregation. I believe in Islam. I am a Muslim and there is nothing wrong with being a Muslim, nothing wrong with the religion of Islam. It just teaches us to believe in Allah as the God. Those of you who are Christian probably believe in the same God, because I think you believe in the God Who created the universe. That’s the One we believe in, the One Who created universe–the only difference being you call Him God and we call Him Allah. The Jews call Him Jehovah. If you could understand Hebrew, you would probably call Him Jehovah too. If you could understand Arabic, you would probably call Him Allah….”
– Malcolm X
MV: One great thing we should look at is Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream Speech” which he wrote before he was Assassinated!
MV: And I’ll also throw in a short interview with Malcolm X about how great Islam is.
Martin Luther King Jr.