Musa Millington – Hamza Yusuf in a nutshell and racism

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Well in a nutshell in case we forgot:

Hamza Yusuf is a Sufi, Ashari, promoter of Shirk (Qaseedah Burdah) and Bid’ah in the West who said that the most sacred place on earth is the grave of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم). He is also an extreme Muqallid of the Maliki madhab and associates with the likes of Habeeb Jifri; who calls to the worship of graves and shrines and the likes of them. That should be enough for us to be outraged, to distance ourselves from him and to warn others from his misguidance.

His comments regarding the struggles of African Americans also shows his extreme ignorance regarding the political, social and economic history of the United States as it relates to African descendants. Making foolhardy and rash statements that satisfy the white political oligarchy as well as many Muslim American immigrants who wish not to associate with the lower echelons of American society is not from the Sunnah. Rather the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) addressed it head on without any room for interpretation.

For the record the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said: “Upon you is to hear and obey even if it is an Ethiopian slave as if his head is (dark) like a raisin.”

Some foolish orientalists have interpreted this statement as one of racism. However, this is how he chose to address the Arabs as they disliked those of African descent. So he demonstrated that one’s skin colour was not a deficiency.

He also said to Abu Dharr when he called Bilaal the son of a black woman: “Did you find deficiency in him because of his mother. Verily you are a man who has Jaahileeyah (pre-islamic ignorance).”

He also said as narrated in Adab Al Mufrad by Imam Al Bukhari: “Whoever takes pride in his ancestry then let him bite unto the private part of his father.”

He also said: “There is no preference of an Arab over a non Arab or a white over a black…”

Hence, unlike the soft and tamed responses of many Muslims toward Hamza’s remarks (and racism in general) the Prophetic methodology was to take this matter head on in the face of those who have racism within their hearts. He also said as narrated in Saheeh Muslim:

“Three things from Jaahileeyah (pre-islamic ignorance) would remain in my Ummah. Taking pride in one’s lineage, cursing those of others and Niyahah (screaming and ripping off clothes at the death of someone).”

Hence, the one who is racist is not only ignorant but has an aspect of pre-islamic ignorance. The phrase Jahileeyah affected the companions so much that the great Sahabee, Abu Dharr, upon hearing the statement of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) went to Bilaal, put his head to Bilaal’s feet, apologized and asked Bilaal to stamp on his head.

But to Hamza racism is just another sign of ignorance which in itself proves the extent of his ignorance regarding Islam’s stance on racism.

And for the information of those out there who don’t know there were many Africans (yes black people) who played a very important role in early Islam. Just to name a few:

Bilaal Al Habashi, the first Mu’addhin.

Summayah the first matyr of Islaam

Najashi, the king of Ethiopia and his priests.

Mahajja the first matyr of Badr.

Bareerah who was freed by ‘Aisha.

Umm Barakah the first one who nursed the Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) after his mother died.

Aslam the servant of ‘Umar Ibn Khattab.

Zaid Ibn Aslam who was one of the narrators of Muwatta’

Sa’eed Ibn Jubair who was seen as the most knowledgeable of the Tabi’een.

‘Ataa Ibn Rabaah who was a scholar of Tafseer.

Usama Ibn Zaid who led Muslim armies at 17 years old after the death of the Prophet.

Wahshi who killed Musailamah Al Kaddhab.

Naafi’ the servant of Ibn ‘Umar who brought to us the two recitations of Qaaloon and Warsh.

And there are many more who I didn’t mention and are found in a book called the raising of the status of Africans (Arabs used to refer to all Africans as Ethiopians) by Imam As Suyooti.

The Sahabah didn’t see race as an issue. Africans, as is observed by the list I wrote here, were prominent in the intellectual, political and social development of the early Islam. The likes of this took place with Malcolm X in the 1960s who by Allah’s will made Islam a household name and even presented it as a solution to America’s racial problems!

It is disturbing to see that in 2016, almost 50 years after the assassination of brother Malcolm that immigrant Muslim Americans have compressed themselves into a bubble wherein they boisterously applaud their ambivalence and nonchalance regarding the struggles of those who were pivotal in the development and existence of Islam in the U.S.

Sadly enough, amidst this ambivalence and nonchalance all and sundry cry foul when Trump is selected!



5 thoughts on “Musa Millington – Hamza Yusuf in a nutshell and racism

  1. Very informative read brother. Im glad there are people willing to address racism in our ummah. Also, glad someone can mention an influential black muslim other than Bilal (pbuh). American muslims can’t get mad that we have a xenophobic president when a lot of muslims are racists/colorists.

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    1. This is stuff I am learning myself in the past couple of years and you have to really dig to find this info. It’s not readily available.

      Just like there is a huge hole in world history where they don’t talk about Islam, there is a huge hole in Islamic history where we don’t talk about and downplay the contribution of black Muslims.

      Why is that?

      Probably for the same reasons that Islamic history is downplayed and ignored. To minimize that contribution in our own minds and in those of others around us, to even pretend it doesn’t exist less our own sense of superiority is challenged as individuals or as a society.

      Why is it most Muslims can see this when it comes to Islam but are blind to it when it comes to the uber-un-islamic actions of many Muslims?

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  2. I remember when everyone was howling about this racism controversy relate to Hamza Yusuf. As black people, we are so quick to cry racism that I’ll have to actually read these so called racist comments to see what they were, though to be honest, I had no interest in reading them before. It’s ok to say, “White people do this, white people do that,” but speak out against the poor habits and decisions that are prevalent in the black community and you’re racist.
    Another thing “anti racists” love to ignore is that the prophet (saw) spoke out against NATIONALISM, feeling superior to another race and worshipping your race. When are you going to speak out against so called black nationalism, ir is it only non blacks who should be forbidden to feel pride in their culture and heritage?
    This is nonsense and is the reason that Trump was able to get elected.


    1. Well because some of the supposed problems in the black community are either untrue, exaggerated or have a different cause than black culture, often something external to them and it’s beholden on supposed leaders in the Muslim community to at the very least fact check before they open their mouths and make fools of themselves, or else risk being shot down.

      As for the difference between black and white nationalism. One has power, the other doesn’t. Both are prejudice, asabiyyah, one community however has the power to do something with it’s prejudice and does so often and repeatedly, the other is a reaction to the other. Sure you can see why that is more of a problem.

      As for feeling pride in my culture and heritage… why? I mean there are bits I like, but it is often not unique to my cultural identity, others also have those traits, just in slightly different ways and I am too much of a history fan to be ignorant enough of that heritage and it’s ugly truths to feel anything close to pride regarding it.


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