Jamaat al-Muslimeen [News]
P.O. Box 10881
Baltrimore, MD 21234
Race is a False Construct Used by the Oppressors and the
Power Structure to Divide, Exploit, Subjugate and Rule
Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz
Professor/The Endowed Chair in Mathematics from Grambling
State University, Louisiana, addressed the National Islamic
Shoora of Jamaat al-Muslimeen
in Greensboro, North Carolina on November 8, 2008. This is an
abstract of his hour long presentation.
The real issue in politics, underlying the hype and rhetoric,
is the issue of the control of resources (human and
material). People are not allowed to focus on this basic
issue through the manipulation of their sentiments by the
clever, and often subtle, use of the race card.
European colonialists brought millions of human beings from
Africa to America as slaves and used them to create America's
wealth. The descendants of these slaves are known as
Barak Obama, the President Elect, is almost universally
considered African American and, therefore, African
Americans, and oppressed people the world over are rejoicing,
and rightly so, for he has become a symbol of change and hope
for a better future. However, as is well known Obama's father
is Kenyan and his mother is a European American from Kansas.
The issue of race in America is devious in the extreme. At
one time the White supremacist rulers of America divided the
population into White and Black. The term "Black" was given
numerous, derogatory and negative meanings in the American
Then in the 1970s, the "powers that be" decided to subdivide
"white" into various subdivisions owing to which all of the
people descendant from the original people of the Middle
East, North Africa and Europe are classified as "White." The
famous Mustafa Hefny case in Detroit was about an Egyptian
naturalized school teacher who resisted being forced into the
I have always been considered Black, but now a geneological
study tells me that my mitochondrial DNA is of European
ancestry, not an African lineage, and that about 60,000 years
ago my maternal antecendents moved out of Africa and their
descendants are found today in the Near East and Europe.
Race is a false construct which is used to confuse the issue
by ignoring the fact that all people came out of Africa and
then migrated into other continents.
The election of Obama has to do with a determined new effort
by the rulers of this country to control the resources of the
world. His dramatic emergence as the winner of the recent
election campaign has Zionist underpinnings and hence must be
looked at analytically and critically.
America Post-Bush: What is our Role as Muslims?
National Islamic Shoora of Jamaat al-Muslimeen Analyzes
Obama's Election Victory & Its Impact on U.S. Muslims and the
World of Islam
November 8, 2008: Representatives of U.S. Muslims from
various parts of the country met to analyze the November 4
victory of Barak Obama and fhe development of the Islamic
movement in America. Islamic scholars and activists explored
the situation in the Black, Latino and Asian communities. The
role of Zionist Jews, Zionist Christians and Zionist
"Muslims" was discussed in the light of verses from Sura
al-Baqarah and other chapters in the Qur'an. In addition to
several hour long presentations, there was extensive
interactive discussion as well as
Br. Sulayman Solano, from Texas, made an hour
long presentation about the Mexican and Central
American [Hispanic] populations in the U.S. He said that the
prospects for the spread of Islam among them are very high.
He explained that Hispanics voted for Obama in large
numbers because they saw in him a hope for change and
bright prospects for all minorities. Hence we should be happy
that change is acceptable to our people. Br. Solano traced
the history of the Hispanic people from the time when the
Inquisition tried to erase Islam from Spain. Extreme measures
were taken against Islam; hence we can see how much pork has
been popularized and Hispanics are taught to eat with both
hands rather than the right hand which Islam favors.
Br. Solano emphasized that most Hispanics are cultural
Christians. We can easily draw them into Islam by emphasizing
the pure UNITY [Tawheed] of Allah, as opposed to the trinity.
He discussed the extreme poverty and suffering of the
Mexican people and their efforts to come to the U.S.
which contains lands actually belonging originally to Mexico.
He also outlined the issues involved in setting up small
masjids in southern Texas and in Mexico.
The Shoora went on from 9.30 AM to 8.30 PM with breaks for
prayers and lunch [halal chicken, rice and salads provided by
the local community.].
Jamaat al-Muslimeen's projects and programs for the coming
year were also outlined and formulated.
The following resolutions representing the Islamic
aspirations of the Muslims of America were passed by the
National Islamic Shoora of Jamaat al-Muslimeen and are being
published here for mass circulation in America and the
We understand the symbolic value of the Obama victory for
African Americans and people of color in general. The victory
represents a major break in the mental framework of racism
which has denied African Americans their sense of fulfillment
as Americans. So, we are not surprised at the celebration of
the victory. McCain was not a choice of any relevance.
However, we do NOT ENDORSE obama's victory as the victory
of the people. Islam helps us to understand that the
victory came about owing to Zionist Jewish manipulation of
the depressed mood of the American people linked to the
disastrous situation created by Bush.
The sense of manipulation and maneuvering by the Zionist
special interests linked to Israel was quite clear during the
election campaign, as could be seen in Obama's obeisance to
AIPAC, the control of key positions in his campaign by hard
core Zionist Jews and the unremitting stream of propaganda
produced in his support by the corporate media. David Axelrod
was his chief strategist, George Soros was his
Obama's special links to Israel were put beyond all doubt
a day after his victory when he chose a Jewish terrorist,
Rahm Emmanuel, as his Chief of Staff. This man is more an
Israeli than an American. He served with the terrorist
military outfit, the IDF. His father was a terrorist in the
Jewish Israeli organization, the Irgun.
The ongoing collapse of capitalism and its $810 billion
bail out supported by both Obama and McCain provided a
fitting background to the election campaign and played an
important role in the growing disillusionment of the American
people.The economic upper strata looted America's wealth and
are being compensated by the American tax payer for their
rapacity. It is time for America to stop mending a failed
system and instead pay attention to the Islamic economic
system which is the best economic model for himanity.
At this time the American people are looking for change
and we urge a rebuilding and re-formulation of the
American prison system and the unjust "justice" system
which creates and re-creates a pattern of incarceration which
is like a cancer at the heart of America.
We demand that ALL political prisoners be freed, in
particular Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman, Imam Jamil al-Amin, Dr.
Ali Timimi, Ahmed Abdel Sattar, Jose Padilla, Masoud Khan,
Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, Prof. Sami al-Arian, Imam Siddique Hasan,
Abdul Kareem Ibraheem, of Trinidad, Dr. Kifah al-Jayyousi and
all the others being punished for being Muslim.
We urge the media to give right of reply to
opponents of the power structure. It is time for America to
listen to the wisdom of its most eminent critics like
Ramsey Clark, Mark Weber, Charles Carlson, Mark Glenn,
Ralph Nader, Min. Farrakhan and others whose voices have
been denied to the American people owing to Corporate and
Zionist ownership and control of the media.
We remind the new rulers that REPARATIONS must be paid
to the descendants of the slaves whose labor built this
nation. This is the most opportune time for reparations
because Obama is being presented as the first
The President elect should take special measures to
ensure that drugs are not distributed in the Black
communities. All prisoners of African descent imprisoned
for non-violent crimes should be freed to herald the
President elect Obama promised to the Native American
nations that the treaties made with them will be
fulfilled. We urge that this promise not be delayed in
We condemn the ongoing exploitation of women in the
media. Urgent social reform is needed to stop crimes against
women and the battering of more than 4,000,000 women every
year in episodes of domestic violence. We oppose all attempts
to present women as commodities and instruments of money
making and business.
We urge the U.S. government to stop its raids on
undocumented people coming in from Mexico and
central American countries. We must treat them fairly in
a land which belongs to Allah the Creator and not to any one
race or elite.
The intense poverty and suffering of the people of
Haiti, so near the American mainland, smacks of racism
and planned subjugation/exploitation. We urge the incoming
administration to ease the restrictions on the immigrants
from Haiti and to spend a few billion dollars, now being sent
to Israel, in the reconstruction of Haiti.
The U.S. should ensure that further nuclear resources do not
reach this terrorist entity.
Sanctions on Gaza must be lifted without further
delay. We hail the activities of ships and boats which are
trying to break the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza but
these symbolic acts will not suffice without sanctions
We urge Palestinian factions to stop mutual
rivalries and conflict which are playing right into Israeli
We demand that all prisoners held by Israel be
released and the suffering of women prisoners be brought
before the International Court of Justice.
The Palestinian Authority [PA] should stop its
brutalities on opponents and should release the large numbers
of prisoners it holds.
All weapons of mass destruction in Israel need to
be identified and removed under international supervision.
Iraq and Afghanistan:
We reiterate our demand that the occupation of
both Iraq and Afghanistan be ended forthwith. U.S.
occupation of Iraq and the NATO occupation of Afghanistan is
bringing misery and mass suffering to the people but cannot
quell the Islamic resistance.
It is time for Karzai of Kabul to step down as the
occupation forces retreat.
We urge the U.S. to stop the bombing of civilians
which is resulting in mass deaths in Afghanistan approaching
Iran and Syria:
The American people must keep an eye on the Bush-Israeli
plans to raid Iran just before Bush leaves office. This would
be a final act of Bush's irresponsibility which would burden
America's future relations with the Muslim world.
We condemn the bombing raids on Syria which were carried
out to intimidate and suppress the Syrian people.
We hope that America under Obama will not continue the
blatant violations of the basic rights of various
The occupation of Somalia by Ethiopian military
forces and the bombing carried out by the U.S. every now and
then must stop. Suffering of civilians in Somalia is
comparable to the suffering in Iraq but the U.S. media
The conflict in the Congo, ostensibly backed by
the U.S. and Israel, has wrought havoc with the civilian
population and has displaced hundreds of thousands of
civilians. We see this conflict as an attempt by western
powers to grab the great wealth in the form of precious
minerals which exists in the Congo. We urge Americans to
investigate and oppose the conflict in the Congo.
Zionist attempts, in the name of "Darfur," to divide and
undermine Sudan must be opposed and stopped. Again
this is an attempt to destabilize an African country to
deprive it of it new found oil wealth.
Stop western inteference and destabilization in
Zimbabwe and stop opposing the transfer of land
Stop the import of westernization, linked to the AIDS
epidemic, into South Africa, Uganda and Kenya. This is
a form of cultural imperialism.
U.S. Muslims are watching with horror, Obama's plans
to invade Pakistan. Such blatant expressions of planned
aggression are a clear violation of international law. We
urge Obama to publicly put an end to fears that aggression
against Pakistan is part of his agenda.
We condemn the U.S. and Pakistani military's bombing
of Pakistani villages in their attempts to kill
Pakistan's military must stop its military occupation of
the Pakistani regions of Bajaur, Swat, Darra Adamkhel,
North Waziristan and South Waziristan. Such brutalities
have displaced hundreds of thousands of civilians and have
sown the seeds of further conflict.
Pakistan should focus on freeing Kashmir from
Indian occupation. Pakistanis should not forget that the K in
Pakistan stands for Kashmir.
By giving up Kashmir and attacking the Islamic tribal
populations, Pakistan's rulers are violating the
pledges given by the Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam.
Khutba: November 7, 2008 to 400+ people in Greensboro,
Understand America: Do not become part of the Mass
Culture: Issues of Modesty, Food and Self-Study: Be Kind to
non-Muslim Oppressed People
The Islamic Center of the Triad [ICT] is deeply
involved in charitable activities. Its social services and
youth committee have made steady progress. The storage space
is packed with supplies for refugees who have come in from
Iraq, Sudan and Somalia. Women are playing an increasing role
in helping the community. As the numbers of juma' worshippers
increase, parking has become a serious problem which is being
tackled by one of the ICT committees.
On Novemer 7, Dr. Kaukab Siddique was the khateeb for
Juma' prayers. The following are the main points of his
khutba being published here to help khateebs prepare their
khutbas in communities which have large numbers of immigrants
from Arab and African countries.
Texts for the Khutba:
"The messenger of Allah, peace be on him, was more modest and
shy than a virgin hiding behind her veil. When he disliked
something, its signs could only be seen in his facial
features." [Hadith in
and Muslim, narrated by Abu Saeed al-Khudri, r.a..]
"For months at a time, nothing was cooked in the home of the
messenger of Allah and we used to live on dates and water.
Sometimes our Ansar neighbors would send camel's milk to the
messenger of Allah, pbuh, and he would give it to us."
[Hadith, narrated by 'Ayesha, r.a., in the Sahih of Bukhari
* Read a few verses of the Qur'an every day.
* Read one or two Hadith every day.
* Pray 5 times every day, because without regular prayer, we
are nothing more than cultural enclaves, exotic but powerless.
* In America, there is much good but also serious evil.
* Millions in this country want Islam, but you cannot reach
them by hooking up with the people in power. The Pharoahs
have their own agenda. Do not be fooled by them.
*Study America. Study slavery. Study the elimination of major
Native American tribes. Study the hard work ordinary people
put in here to make this country efficient.
* Taqwa and study are essential for our survival as
Muslims in this country.
* Sexual modesty [haya'] is central to our existence as
* The food we eat is related to our daily lives as Muslims.
If we drink Coca Cola and Starbucks coffee, eat Mcdonalds
stuff, and other "fast foods" loaded with sugar, fat and
salt, our health will deteriorate and in addition we will be
on the way to assimilation into this society.
* Honor and respect women: ALL women regardless of whether
they are Muslims or non-Muslims.
* Be aware of the evil being spread by the Zionist-controlled
media. Oppose their glorification of fornication and adultery.
* Homosexuality is being legitimized through an organized and
systematic campaign. The power of the "gay" lobby is such
that even Muslim imams are hesitant to speak out lest they be
not invited to the White House or be allowed to get on media
* Unless we understand MASS CULTURE, salat can become
ineffective because as soon as our young people step outside
the masjid, they are subject to the influence of MASS
CULTURE. This money oriented way of life is so powerful that
race barriers cannot stop it. Notice that almost all young
people, be they Black or White, dress alike from New York to
Los Angeles. They also eat alike and think alike in most
cases. Sexuality, food, dress, humor, trivialization of
religion are all manipulated by the currents of mass culture.
* Thus without awareness of Allah [Taqwa] at all times, we
may well be absorbed into the oppressive system though we may
pray and fast.
1. [Lot said] "Of all the people in the world, will you lust
after males and abandon the wives whom Allah has created for
you? Surely you are a people trangressing all limits. They
replied: O Lot! If you don't stop criticizing us, we will
drive you out...." [The Qur'an 26:165-167]
Imam Badi Ali's Questions for President Elect Barak Obama:
What will Change for Muslims?
The entire nation is looking forward to change for the
better, both at home and abroad, after 8 miserable years of
the Bush presidency.
Among those most concerned and hopeful are the Muslim
citizens of America who have suffered tremendously during
these eight years.
We are eager to know:
Will you order an end to warrantless searches, arrests and
Will you put an end to the Patriot Act and revert to the
normal Rule of law which the Constitution envisages?
Will you stop FBI infiltration of Muslim communities which
creates the sense of collective guilt?
Will you close down Guantanamo Bay?
Will you ensure that no one is treated as guilty until
proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt?
Will you demolish Abu Ghraib prison?
Will you withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq? If so by when?
Will you withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan? If not,
Do you consider anyone who puts up armed resistance
against the U.S. a terrorist? Are armed enemies supposed to
be terrorists under international law? Were German, Italian,
Soviet, Chinese or Vietnamese forces treated as terrorists?
Will you stop arming Israel seeing that it is already
militarily more powerful than all the Arab states
Will you urge Israel to let Palestinian refugees return
to their homes?
Will you stop U.S. citizens from working in Israeli
settlements and sending funds to Israeli settlers on land
declared occupied land by the U.N.?
What is your position on Jerusalem?
Why do you support Israel when the Soviet threat is no
more and all the Arab countries are willing to be your allies?
Will you condemn Israeli attacks on Palestinian opponents
of Israel on Palestinian territory?
Will you urge Israel to release the tens of thousands of
Palestinian prisoners it holds?
Will you stop funding regimes, like those of Hosni
Mubarak of Egypt and King Abdallah of Jordan, which are
violating the rights of their own people?
If the IAEA finds out that Iran is using its nuclear
project for peaceful purposes and cannot produce nuclear
weapons in the foreseeable future, will you stop pressuring
Iran and Syria?
Will you investigate Israel's nuclear weapons and stop
U.S. help for Israel's nuclear program?
Will you take steps to investigate the gross violations
of human rights in Kashmir and Chechnia by India and Russia?