Thursday, November 24, 2005
Al-Muslimoon Staff (from the Malcolm X Museum)
Taken from Al-Muslimoon Magazine, February, 1965
note - This set of responses to written questions from the Arabic-language monthly Al-Muslimoon, published by the Islamic Center in Geneva, Switzerland, is the last record of Malcolm's thinking. He wrote most of the responses the night of the fire-bombing of his home and wrote the last two as he sat in a Manhattan hotel the night before his death.
AL-MUSLIMOON: The Black Muslim Movement is one of the most controversial movements in the United States. Having been for a considerable period [of time] its main organizer and most prominent spokesman, could you kindly give us some concise firsthand picture of the background of this movement, its history, its main ethics and its actual strength?
MALCOLM X: Elijah Muhammad allowed himself to become insanely jealous of my own popularity, which went even beyond his own followers and into the non-Muslim community, while his own prestige and influence was limited largely among his immediate followers. While I was still in the movement and blind to his faults by my own uncompromising faith in him, I always thought the jealousy and envy which I saw -- constant signs of was stemming mainly and only from his immediate family, and it was quite shocking to me whenever members of his own family would warn me that it was their father (Elijah Muhammad himself) who had become almost insane with jealousy. When Elijah learned that his son Wallace had told me how his father had seduced his teenage secretaries (by telling them that he was the prophet Muhammad, and making each of them think she was to be his favorite and most beautiful wife Aisha) Elijah feared that my position of influence in the movement was a threat to him and his other children who were now controlling the movement and benefiting from its wealth. Because they feared my popularity with the rank-and-file Muslims, they were careful about any immediate or open move to curtail my authority without good cause, so they patiently waited until they felt that my statement about the late President Kennedy's assassination would give them the proper public support in any kind of action they'd take to curtail or remove me. At the time they announced I was to be suspended and silenced for ninety days, they had already set in motion the machinery to have me completely ousted from the movement, and Elijah Muhammad himself had already given the order to have me killed because he feared I would expose to his followers the secret of his extreme immorality.
AL-MUSLIMOON: Should these differences be of a basically ethical nature and on essential matters of faith? What, in your opinion, are the prospects of radical reform within Elijah Muhammad's followers now or in the future?
MALCOLM X: No, Elijah Muhammad himself will never change. At least I doubt it. He's too old, dogmatic, and has already gone too far in teaching that he is a greater prophet than Muhammad ibn Abdullah. He is too proud to confess to his followers now that he has deliberately taught them falsehood. But as his well-meaning followers become exposed to the true religion of Islam, they themselves will leave him and practice Islam as it should be. This is why it is so important for centers to be established immediately where true Islam can be taught. And these centers should be located at this time primarily in Black communities, because at this particular time the American Blacks are the ones showing the most interest in [the] true religion.
AL-MUSLIMOON: Have any of Elijah Muhammad's followers left the movement with you, and do you think that your breakaway from the movement has affected its main body in any considerable way?
MALCOLM X: Yes, many of Elijah's followers could not go along with his present immorality, and this opened their eyes to the other falsities of his doctrine. But we have not been able to regroup and reorganize them as we should. It takes finance, and we left all treasuries and properties with Elijah, and he uses this wealth that we amassed for him to fight us and keep us from getting organized. He is fanatically opposed to American Negroes hearing true Islam, and has ordered his own well meaning followers to cripple or kill anyone of his followers who wants to leave him to follow true Islam. He fears that true Islam will expose and destroy the power of his false teachings.
AL-MUSLIMOON: Do you plan to just stop at voicing your opposition against Elijah Muhammad and his group or do you have any course of action in mind towards establishing some new organization in the field? If so, on what basis and for what specific near or distant goals?
MALCOLM X: With what little finance we could raise, we have founded the Muslim Mosque, Inc., with headquarters here in Harlem. Our sole interest is to help undo the distorted image [that] we have helped spread about Islam. Our mosque also is for those who want to learn how to live the life of a true Muslim. However, since we live as Black Americans in a white racist society, we have established another organization which is non-religious, known as the Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU), and which is designed to unite all Black Americans regardless of their religious affiliation into a group that can fight against American racism and the economic, political, and social evils that stem from white racism here in this American society. With the Muslim Mosque we are teaching our people a better way of life, and with the OAAU we are fighting on an even broader level for complete respect and recognition as human beings for all Black Americans, and we are ready and willing to use any means necessary to see that this goal is reached.
AL-MUSLIMOON: What have you been actually doing since you broke away from Elijah Muhammad's movement?
MALCOLM X: I have traveled to the Middle East and Africa twice since leaving Elijah Muhammad in March of 1964, mainly to get a better understanding of Islam and the African countries, and in turn to give the Muslim world a better understanding of problems facing those of us here in America who are trying to become Muslims. Also, in Africa to give our people there a better understanding of the problems confronting Black Americans in our struggle for human rights.
AL-MUSLIMOON: Is it true that even after your breakaway from Elijah Muhammad you still hold the Black color as a main base and dogma for your drive under the banner of liberation in the United States? How could a man of your spirit, intellect, and worldwide outlook fail to see in Islam its main characteristic, from its earliest days, as a message that confirms beyond doubt the ethnological oneness and quality of all races, thus striking at the very root of the monstrosity of racial discrimination. Endless are the texts of the Qu'ran (Koran) and prophetic sayings to this effect and nothing would testify to that more than the historic fact that heterogeneous races, nations, and linguistic entities have always mingled peacefully in the homeland.
MALCOLM X: As a Black American I do feel that my first responsibility is to my twenty-two million fellow Black Americans who suffer the same indignities because of their color as I do. I don't believe my own personal problem is ever solved until the problem is solved for all twenty-two million of us. Much to my dismay, until now, the Muslim world has seemed to ignore the problem of the Black American, and most Muslims who come here from the Muslim world have concentrated more effort in trying to convert white Americans than Black Americans. (Note by Malcolm X to Al-Muslimoon editors: I had arrived back in the States from London at 4:30 p.m. on February 13, and had worked until 12:30 -- just after midnight -- on the above. I got very tired at midnight, decided to leave the above pages in the typewriter and finish early in the morning. I retired at 12:30 and exploding bombs that were thrown into my home by would be murderers rocked me and my wife and four baby daughters from sleep at 2:30 a.m. Only Allah saved us from death. This is only one of the many examples of the extremes to which the enemies of Islam will go to see that true Islam is never established on these shores. And they know that if I was so successful in helping to spread Elijah Muhammad's distorted version of Islam, it is even easier for me to organize the spread of true Islam.) There are two groups of Muslims in America: (1) those who were born in the Muslim world and migrated here, and were already Muslims when they arrived here. lf these total over 200,000, they have not succeeded in converting 1,000 Americans to Islam. (2) American-born persons who have been converted to Islam are 98 percent Black Americans. Up to now it has been only the Black American who has shown interest even in Sunni Islam. If a student of agriculture has sense enough to concentrate his farming efforts on the most fertile area of his farm, I should think the Muslim world would realize that the most fertile area for Islam in the West is the Black American. This in no way implies discrimination or racialism, but rather shows that we are intelligent enough to plant the good seed of Islam where it will grow best; later on we can "doctor up" or fertilize the less fertile areas, but only after our crop is already well planted in the heart and mind of these Black Americans who already show great signs of receptiveness. Was it not Bilal, the Black Ethiopian, who was [one of] the first to receive the seed of Islam from the Prophet himself in Arabia 1,400 years ago?
AL-MUSLIMOON: Now that you have visited and revisited many Muslim countries, what are your major impressions regarding Islam and Muslims both in the present and in the future?
MALCOLM X: We are standing at the threshold of the nuclear age. Education is a must, especially in this highly technical era. In my opinion, Muslim religious leaders have not stressed the importance of education to the Muslim communities, especially in African countries. Thus when African countries become independent, the non-Muslim areas have the higher degree of educated Africans who are thus the ones best qualified to occupy the newly created positions in government. Muslim religious leaders of today need a more well-rounded type of education and then they will be able to stress the importance of education to the masses, but ofttimes when these religious leaders themselves have very limited knowledge, education, and understanding, sometimes they purposely keep their own people also ignorant in order to continue their own personal position of leadership. They keep the people narrow-minded because they themselves are narrow-minded. In every Middle East or African country I have visited, I noticed the country is as '"advanced" as its women are, or as backward as its women. By this I mean, in areas where the women have been pushed into the background and kept without education, the whole area or country is just as backward, uneducated, and "underdeveloped." Where the women are encouraged to get education and play a more active role in the allaround affairs of the community and the country, the entire people are more active, more enlightened, and more progressive. Thus, in my opinion, the Muslim religious leaders of today must re-evaluate and spell out with clarity the Muslim position on education in general and education for women in particular. And then a vast program must be launched to elevate the standard of education in the Muslim world. An old African proverb states: "Educate a man and you educate an individual; educate a woman and you educate an entire family."
AL-MUSLIMOON: Africa seems to have captured most of your attention and eager concern. Why? And now that you have visited almost every part of it, where do you think Islam actually stands? And what, in your opinion, could be done to save it from both the brainlessness of many, or rather most of those who are considered to be the champions of its cause, and from the malicious, resourceful alliance of Zionism, atheism, and religious fanaticism against Islam?
MALCOLM X: I regard Africa as my fatherland. I am primarily interested in seeing it become completely free of outside political and economic influence that has dominated and exploited it. Africa, because of its strategic position, faces a real crisis. The colonial vultures have no intention of giving it up without a fight. Their chief weapon is still "divide and conquer." In East Africa there is a strong anti-Asian feeling being nourished among the Africans. In West Africa there is a strong anti-Arab feeling. Where there are Arabs or Asians there is a strong anti-Muslim feeling. These hostilities are not initiated by the above-mentioned people who are involved. They have nothing to benefit from fighting among themselves at this point. Those who benefit most are the former colonial masters who have now supplanted the hated colonialism and imperialism with Zionism. The Zionists have outstripped all other interest groups in the present struggle for our mother continent. They use such a benevolent, philanthropic approach that it is quite difficult for their victims to see through their schemes. Zionism is even more dangerous than communism because it is made more acceptable and is thus more destructively effective. Since the Arab image is almost inseparable from the image of Islam, the Arab world has a multiple responsibility that it must live up to. Since Islam is a religion of brotherhood and unity those who take the lead in expounding this religion are duty-bound to set the highest example of brotherhood and unity. It is imperative that Cairo and Mecca (the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs and the Muslim World League) have a religious "summit" conference and show a greater degree of concern and responsibility for the present plight of the Muslim world, or other forces will rise up in this present generation of young, forward-thinking Muslims and the "power centers" will be taken from the hands of those that they are now in and placed elsewhere. Allah can easily do this.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
You have to study history in order to understand it
Study the Life of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him)
Every good is a reflection of his perfection
Every good quality is a reflection of him
Every second of his life was recorded, every single detail is described.
Over 3,000 miracles of his life
There are preparatory sign of the Mahdi, Lunar eclipse in the 1st of Ramadan and solar eclipse at the 15th of Ramadan
Knowledge is about writing it down recording it, if you don't you will lose it
The Arabs would memorize the lineage of their horses for 20 generations
Read the story about the birth of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him)
A mawlid in Syria would be as follows: Quran would be finished at least once, they would read Bukhari, poems, eat snacks in between and complete the Burda. They would start after zuhur and finish at isha.
They would read the whole life story of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) and they would memorize the lineage of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him).
This is the right of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him)
Buy As-shifa by Qadi Iyad
It's a tradition to interrupt studies in the month of the birth of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) and do something on the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) from Rabi Al-Awal to Rabi al-thani.
Be a person who excels in one book
The writer Ajurumihyah wrote the whole grammar book facing the Ka'aba and never turned his face away from it.
If you say Al-Nar you will feel burning in Arabic but if you say fire in English maybe a fire engine will come. There is a reality to Arabic words.
Read a bit of Dahail Al-Khayrat every day
Saturday, November 19, 2005
When the companions where in a room at night, The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) came into the room and the room lit up.
He groomed his hair well; he put oil on his hair
Prophet's (peace and blessings upon him) beauty was veiled from people. So many people couldn't recognise who he was. (peace and blessings upon him). Ali (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) said he never saw anyone before or after him like him.
Abu Sufan (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) said he never saw anyone more beloved to the Sahaba than Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him)
Ali (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) once looked at the face of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) then he looked at the moon, he looked again and again. He said that the face of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) was more beautiful than the full moon.
When the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) would walk across the land the terrain would even itself out under his feet.
He didn't cast a shadow
If he walked out on the hot day a cloud would come over and cover him.
When the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) and the companions would walk they would hear rocks tree etc say "We testify that you are the messenger of Allah".
The reason we walk 2 different ways for the Eid prayer because every single item will testify for us on the day of the judgement
When we go to Hajj and say labak, the rocks hear it and they recite it as well
Qadi Iyad:"Its not possible to love the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) too much"
Think about the type of things we did until the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) came into over lives.
"We can't follow what Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala does but we can follow what the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) did because all we have to do is imitate him because we could never imitate Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala ever."
Aisha (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with her) was once asked what was good about the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) she said it was all good.
The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) would talk about what they talked about but nothing vain, he would extract lessons for it. If he spoke about food he would speak about the good in it.
He wouldn’t break relationships with people, he would treat them well and he would talk to them.
He used to talk to people and make them feel like they were the best or favourite companions.
Can you treat your family like this? He had thousand of Sahba.
He said (peace and blessings upon him) the one who is merciful to the people, Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala shows mercy to them.
Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala doesn’t get bored with you until you get bored with him
Be mindful of your relationship with your parents.
The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) had the softest of hands
His (peace and blessings upon him) sweat was sweeter than musk
Towards the end of his worldly life he increased his visits to "Baqih" grave in Medina and he used to the mountain of Uhud.
The difference between poor people and true poverty is that they don’t know Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him).
Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala loves a heart that loves Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him)
An Inheritor is the one who remains after all is gone
Innocence and purity that is in children it's from Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala and this should be that state of the Muslim
Look into their hearts and look into where this concern comes from
Look beyond their words, look at the motivation
We are commanded to celebrate Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala's Mercy
Avoid breaking someone’s heart
Don't break anyone’s heart
Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him) is the perfect human being, the most complete human.
A move away from something haram (prohibited) is a hijra (move away).
We move closer to our homeland (heaven) if we come closer to Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him)
Don’t say he was poor
The one who has Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala, what has he lost?
The poor one is the one who continues to need: possessions, social status, politics and material needs.
Move beyond the material.
There are people who if seen, remind one of the people of Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala
Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said My Umma is the rain, which is the good of it? The start or the end.
The rain brings the earth back to life
There is a difference between integration and assimilation. Integration means we live amongst them that’s ok but assimilation means we become like them that’s not ok.
The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) is shown our deeds, if he sees good he praises Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala and if he sees bad he asks Allah Subhanu wa Ta’ala to forgive us.
Muslims must become a natural resource for the people and people don't give up their natural resources up that easily.
Friday, November 18, 2005
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Living with the Quran
I like the title of this talk, because without the Quran we are not alive, it is live itself
The Quran is in our chests
The Quran is the inheritance of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him)
"The combination of the Sunna and the Quran will purify"
The Quran is the right of Allah Ta’ala over creation
Allah Ta’ala is ready for us to spend time with his book
We will move into a world with no sickness
And there will be no need for sciences
The Quran gives a clear explanation of everything
If you want to be happy read the Quran
The only thing that will make you happy in this world is the Quran
Obtain love for Allah subhanu wa Ta'ala and the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him)
The Quran gives an explanation of everything
These are the recommendations to get closer to Allah subhanu wa ta'ala
And this is the best invitation, its open 24 hours a day.
As for this world either you will leave it or it will leave you, If you leave Allah subhanu wa ta'ala you will not be able to compensate for this loss.
"There are two different nouns used in the Quran: "this and that". "This" is related to this world and "that" is related to the afterlife. This is a book that will benefit you in both worlds."
Saturday, November 12, 2005
A Muslim is always between hope and fear.
The masjid of Medina was a grave of Polytheists
This deens night is like its day, the way is clear.
Hearts take from each other without knowing so it is important to have good company
When Umar (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) told the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) was more beloved to him than everything except his self that was between his two sides. Then the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) informed how to complete his deen during this space Umar (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) was being raised in rank. Until he say that the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) was more beloved to him than himself.
There was a man who used to follow Umar (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) around, Umar asked him, “Did you make hijra to me?" The man started to think and thus began to pray. After a while Umar (May Allah Ta’ala be pleased with him) asked him "Where have you been?" He replied "I found worship is better than Umar."
The first thing a person should do it ask Allah Ta’ala for forgiveness, in any tribulation.
Allah Ta’ala may postpone, what a servant will get. When he hear the pure prayer of a servant.
Love is the essence of mercy
The prayer of Allah Ta’ala toward the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) is mercy.
The First step is to seek forgiveness and there is no final step
WE cannot worship Allah Ta’ala, as he deserves
Tawba - Repentance
In three/four steps
1. Stop doing the action
3. Vow not to return to it
4. If it involved another person fur fill their right/s.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Blessing are attached to each other
Only disbelievers dispear about the mercy of Allah Subhanu wa ta'ala
The time between Maghrib and Isha is a time of treasure
The door of forgiveness is always open
If a believer doesn't go through hardship then how can they attain paradise
The world is a place for tribulation, a place to earn paradise
Afflictions are oppunities to get closer to Allah subhanu wa Ta'ala
Imam Haddad had a fever for 14 years, he never told anyone about it
Umar and the companions (may Allah ta'ala be pleased with them) where happy to suffer
They had a food embargo which lasted for years
The Prophet (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) buried all his children except, Fatima (may Allah ta'ala be pleased with her)
Problems have been made so people turn to Allah subhanu wa ta'ala
Our problem is that we need to turn back to Allah subhanu wa ta'ala and that is the victory
Its good to be strange because strangers revive the Sunna
Prophet Muhammed (Peace and blessings upon him) lives in the middle of paradise so he can be visited by his umma
There are 120 rows in paradise and there are people in this time who will be in the first row
As far as music and tv are concerned, what is haram to say/do is haram for you to listen to / watch
Don't make hijra and change your intention, in residing in this country
What should concern us is what we are doing.
When a man asked the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah ta'ala be upon him) When is the hour? He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) replied What have you prepared for it?
We should be concerned about what we are preparing for the hour.
Monday, November 07, 2005
Rich people have no dignity now
There are many evil doers, men with men, women with women
We rename sins to lessen the impact
We say salam only to those we know
Women produce heros
Kings are the worst amongst us.
Relatives are not visited
Literacy has spread
You are illerate if you don't know Allah ta'ala
The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) never said he didn't know when the hour would be
A well known hadith is known as mutwatar
The Monguls killed one million musilms in 40 days after they sacked Baghdad
Apply the good things of other nations
The baya of the Mahdi will be witnesses by the world
The Mahdi may not be able to fully express himself in arabic. so he will move his left hand up and down.
The chronology of events are Mahdi, Isa, Dajjal
The Euphrates river will drain way and a mountain of gold will appear. 2 parties will kill 9 out 10.
It is forbidden to sell weapons to non-Muslims
A sign of the Mahdi is a lunar eclipse will begin Ramadan and solar eclipse will appear mid Ramadan
Relief will come when the muslims are in the worst of times
The Mahdi will have both religious and political power
If you see this event hold onto your deen, calm down
Talk about halal and haram to your family
Prepare yourself for supporting the Mahdi
You are only going to be asked about your self and what you have done
Muslims must fight face to face but not stab in the back
2 types of time
1) Rights to be carried out for Allah Ta’ala: prayer etc
2) Rights that cannot be made up: wasted time, actions.
The rights of every action that are that we carry out them fully
There is no time that comes upon us without a new right the Allah Ta’ala has over us
Take a moment of reflection for thanks
Every blessing is attached onto another blessing and we should show thanks
(i.e. Stretching your arm out to eat something.)
Ibn AtaAllah says, “What you have lost in your time has gone”
We can either lose it or gain from it
Time is always lost unless it is done in good deeds
If a person has a few years left of their life and looks back, Can I make up for lost time, he cant make up for one moment.
Sunday, November 06, 2005
We are chasing an image of perfection
Bright into the light our lives by removing the addictions
All the scholars agreed that Al ghazali was the renewer of his time
This Umma is a revival of the Ibrahimic message
We have to have a balance of sprit and law; one cannot make up for the other both have to be taken at once.
Extremists are those with little intelligence and it takes intelligence to know the middle way.
Reforming the soul to resemble the Prophetic reality
Some students of Imam Huramayn broke their pens as a mark of respect after his death.
Imam Ghazali beget doubts in his intentions, he had a mental breakdown
After years of travel he returned to public life renewed in faith and begins to teach.
He found that the heart of the source of knowledge, the essence of the human being
He advised to stay away from Greek knowledge and pray then conform to the sunna
Some people are to busy arguing and accusations of bida etc. We are distracted from the real work, to bring light to our people
Instead some alims are looking for the money and not other things.
We must increase our spirituality.
Our religion is the outward as well as the inward
Al Rukn al Azum (the great pillar) is the ordering of good and banning the evil, practice what they preach.
We can't wait for help we must do it
He uses reason and logic to defeat his opponents against a mariyad of people trying to corrupt the faith
What do you do with people who don’t tow the line
Muslim will always be diverse, as a part of divine will
Iyha is still sold in abundance in Turkey.
9/10ths of our energy are directed against each other.
We need to redirect our energies
Spiritual growth is growth of iman
Develop logic to enhance your arguments
There are endless things, which distract the heart
Only go out if you need something specific, this is from sunna
Have a good opinion of your Lord
The greatest work to do done in Ramadan is Tawba (repentance).
Allah Ta’ala has everything he doesn’t need anything, he looks at our hearts, the actions of the heart
“Tawba is a great work of the slave”
Allah Ta’ala loves for his servant for make repentance.
The person leaves the sin immediately and doesn’t come back. “No one is sinless except the Prophets (upon them peace) and others than Allah Ta’ala knows”
“No one can forgive us except Allah Ta’ala and we must ask him in that manner.”
The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) was most generous of the people and he more generous in Ramadan
“Don’t be different person at home and a different person in the masjid”.
Withhold your ego and you will see blessings
Eid is not for someone who wears new clothes but for someone whose obedience to Allah Ta’ala increases.
Make something sacred by pronouncing God’s (Subhanu wa Ta’ala) name over an act which you wish to complete.
The circling of the kaba is a reflection of heavenly reality of the angels circling the arsh.
Making pure our earthly existence (from anything worldly)
Reflect on the earthly reality so you can reach to the heavenly reality
The umbilical cord is attached to the arsh this is the silat raham to the arsh, the connections of mercy, with the ties of kinship, "what is the tie? The umbilical cord attached to the arsh."
He who doesn’t taste doesn’t know.