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I initially accepted Al Islam through an unexpected yet fruitful journey to Africa. Having always been intrigued with the struggle of the oppressed against the oppressor, I found myself amazed by witnessing the poorest of the poor having a dignity and a self respect in their downtrodden condtion that I've not witnessed amongst the indigineous oppressed anywhere else. Once realizing that Al Islam was the reason for this, I quickly dedicated my life to understanding the Islamic principles for overcoming oppression and how Allah commands its resistance. I've written the first of many other books to follow which detail what I've learned and strategized in A Worthy Muslim: Quranic Tools Needed to Overcome Oppression and Imperialism in Order to Institute Justice I am extremely busy currently giving interviews and conducting seminars on how best to deal with several of the issues raised in the book.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

ROCK THE VOTE, REALLY?????????

I’m not going to tell you that you shouldn’t vote. I’m not going to say who you should vote for if you choose to do so. I am going to tell you to pay careful and close attention to something that no one else seems to be focused on. Regardless of the fact that the popular vote does not determine the presidency, the current state of what is often termed democracy has forced the history of totalitarianism to be juxtaposed into the upcoming election.

In 2000 the competency of George Bush was an issue for many that didn’t support him. For some it was what they considered to be an insufficient military record of service. Still for others there were different deciding factors. In the case of Al Gore some liked the fact that he served in the Clinton administration and expected many of those policies to continue on his watch. Different people liked him simply because he wasn’t Bush. Gallup polls were taken every day indicating the election would be close. After all the smoke cleared Gore won the popular vote, yet Bush was given the presidency by the Supreme Court and there were unresolved complaints of voter fraud.

In 2004 again the competency of George Bush was weighed against the portrayal of a dishonorably swift boated veteran in John Kerry were categorized as the only concept of relevance. Gallup polls were taken yet again which indicated the vote could be close. After the election took place, Bush was reelected, Kerry went back into obscurity and there existed more unresolved complaints of voter fraud.

What becomes very ironic is that as America hurriedly adopted the electronic Diebold voting machines that do not have to publicly declare how the source code software actually counts the votes, these voter irregularities increased exponentially. In spite of the fact that the Diebold president had openly stated who his candidate was, this company’s machines are still being used. Sadly, this is nothing new. Joseph Stalin, the former dictator of the Soviet Union once said that having open election voting was no problem, but what mattered most was how those votes were counted. As a result, he and his political system held absolute power for nearly two decades. Under his rule, his word became law, secret police carried out assassinations and tortured anyone he designated an enemy. Any and all who dared speak against his policies were derided as unpatriotic and subject to disappearing.

The current system that makes the popular vote insignificant in lieu of the electoral college vote combined with the Diebold counting machines has a similar potential. The emphasis here is on the political system, not the candidate. What some routinely forget is that every election in American history from city council to the presidency has been to determine who will have the authority of executing that system not to improve the system or create a new one when necessary. Since America was founded, the issue of increasing the tax on citizens who are struggling to survive yet decreasing the taxes of the wealthy has been supported through the system of a capitalistic democracy regardless of a republican or democratically controlled government. Countless wars have been waged and lives lost in order to gain control of natural resources in other lands regardless of which political party held power in the legislative, judicial and executive branches of the government. Given all this, how should Muslims respond?

First, Muslims must begin to articulate the political system of Al Islam. Many people think that a country which has a majority of its population recognized as Muslims automatically makes the entire nation a Muslim nation. However, a country can only have that designation when each and every social, economic, and political aspect of that society which makes up the system these countries adopt are based entirely from the Qur’an and life example of Muhammad (PBUH). It is not enough to merely shut down businesses during all five prayer times, yet choose to establish a hereditary monarchical system as the order of the day in all other affairs. In a true Islamic country, one concept of a system cannot be the antithesis of any of its other concepts and still be considered Al Islam because the natural order of Allah's system is complementary. The current continuing crisis of voter irregularity accompanied with intimidation tactics that pre date the Black Liberation Struggle which culminated in the 1960’s have produced a tremendous amount of people that are ready for a better system free of the intimidation and guarantees that every voice affected by that system will matter.

The lack of willingness of those in power to provide that better system, poses a great opportunity to educate all as to how the political system of Al Islam (which is not being utilized anywhere today), could address some of these issues. It is for these reasons when I am asked what political affiliation I consider myself; my response is the party of Al Islam. As many rush to take hold of democratic or republican cultures some of which have proven to be unjust at worst and the lesser of two evils at best, Muslims should not be hesitant to both research and articulate each and every aspect of the system revealed by Allah the Creator of all Mankind as the standard by which to determine the best system for the people.

Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah. Qur’an 3:110

This verse alone determines the difference between just and unjust systems; Muslim populations and a Muslim nation. With all of this in mind I ask, is it more important to vote for a candidate that will preside over the same system in need of constant repair and fixes as evidenced by the current economic crisis, uncontrolled food and gas prices, a tremendous loss of life and international good will resulting from wars that are launched without justification to name only a few or more important to first understand the system given to man by The Only Perfect Being without prejudice, bias, classism, and racism and work for the establishment of a system that guarantees the enjoining of right and forbiddance of wrong, and only then allowing those who govern themselves by this the privilege to administer that system for as long as their behavior exhibits a commitment to it? The political methodology of Al Islam is about using the system created by Allah as the criterion for determining suitable candidates to administer positions of leadership with the approval of all people, not using a selected handful of people to handpick the candidates who have ideas and commitments that may change like the four seasons to execute a system providing no redress for those whose voice has been silenced.
As this election season heats up, the daily polls are yet again telling you the results could be close. Please ponder this: given the many troubles enumerated above and some I didn't, do you really believe these polls to be accurate, or are they serving the purpose to mentally train the masses for another round of "irregularities"? What and or who are you truly voting for? Are you really rocking the vote, or is the system using the vote to rock you?


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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Interview for American Chronicle

Here you will find another interview for the book by The American Chronicle.

A Worthy Muslim Book Excerpt

Here you will find an excerpt from the book A Worthy Muslim: Quranic Tools Needed to Overcome Oppression and Imperialism in Order to Institute Justice

Ramadan Book Giveaway Contest

I'm providing an opportunity for a book giveaway to expire at the end of Ramadan which (God willing) will be during the first days of October 2008. In order to participate you must do the following:

1) Read Qur'an 49:13

2) Submit a post describing an incident that may have resulted or did result inserious social implications you have observed where an understanding of thisverse that you are aware of could have been used or should be used to address that unique issuue. How would you explain the application of this to solve the incident you noticed?(there is no incident or place that is off limits)

3) At the end of Ramadan all posts will be evaluated based on ingenuity, diversityof application, and grammar. Entries must be at least 250 words long.

4) Once this determination is made, the winner will be announced here and receive 2 free copies of A Worthy Muslim: Quranic Tools Needed to Overcome Oppression and Imperialism in Order to Institute Justice

When submitting your post, you must provide your email address (which will remain confidential), so you can be notified if you are the winner! You can use my email contact in the upper right corner to submit your post along with your email address or you can use the comment box below to do this. Best Wishes.

HAPPY RAMADAN!

Amir Makin Interview on Spiritually Inspired Literature Radio Show

Here is an interview I gave on topics in the book for a show called
Spiritually Inspired Literature

Friday, August 15, 2008

Facts on Sunni Muslims - Confronting Racism in the Hearts of Some Muslims & Its Effect on Muslim African Americans

All too often Muslim African Americans have been taught to deemphasize race. This is done primarily to avoid being seen as nationalistic or racist thus going against the very teachings of Al Islam itself. However, to deemphasize race is to also deemphasize the conditions directed onto a community borne from the most powerful racism (in America this is called white supremacy) such as police brutality, employment discrimination, and an unjust and very biased legal system that often mistreats the poor and downtrodden just to name a few.

Yet there is a tendency to forget the many verses of Qur'an that admonish mankind for harboring racism in the first place. We must remember that as Shaytan became the first racist in history by refusing to bow to man merely because man was created from the mud of the earth and he was created from smokeless fire, that Allah punished him for that and condemned him to the Hellfire.

As Allah condemns racism, He also gives those victims of racism the permission to fight it. Yet one cannot fight it, if they are either unwilling or are taught to not confront it. When Shaytan expressed his racist hatred of man and swore to be man's eternal enemy, Allah gave man tools to fight Shaytan.

The first tool He provided was the ability to recognize Shaytans' tactics through our intellect, and other senses. Once this is used, we are then to formulate strategies designed to prevent the racist agents of Shaytan from enacting their way of racism. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said that anyone who has a mustard seed of pride in his heart would never enter the Paradise, and that pride was to have a disdain for the truth and a contempt for a people. Shaytan exhibited this toward Adam and all of mankind. The philosophy of racism itself is to exhibit this. In America this is called white supremacy only because those who have the most power to enact their racism on other who are powerless members of a minority happen to be classified as white. In Saudi it might be called Saudi supremacy, in China Chinese supremacy and so on. Yet Allah did not ignore Shaytan's racism, but punished him for it. This should remove the tendency to deemphasize race among the Muslim African American if he or she is to overcome it.

Many Muslims who come from overseas have shown their disinterest in directly confronting the issue. This can be experienced by their lack of involvement in areas of helping the homeles, the drug addicted or routine ex convict that found Al Islam in prison and now needs a support group upon his release. This can be evidently seen by the large annual conventions that can attract thousands of Muslims and adopt themes such as having a beautiful Ramadan or loving one's neighbor, but refuse to seriously deal with oppression and social injustices throughout the world. When I say "seriously deal with" I mean to identify the problems, adopt a plan of isolating them, formulating a strategy to correct them, monitor its progress, and hold individuals accountable for the strategic implementation.

In this series "Facts on Sunni Muslims - Confronting Racism in the Hearts of Some Muslims & Its Effect on Muslim African Americans" insha Allah I will do that.

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