by Zahir Mannan
A Lesson for President Trump from Prophet Muhammad & Islamic History
What’s it like being Ahmadi Muslim Americans amid divisive Executive Orders in the month dedicated to Black History? Simply put, it’s a calling!
Islam’s spiritual father, the immaculate Prophet Muhammad, Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, “sent as the mercy unto all the worlds” (Quran 21:108) exemplified how to champion righteousness whether in victory and ascendency or persecution and annihilation. How did he do it? It was by personifying the revolutionary yet pragmatic navigation preserved in the Noble Quran; prayer, education, and love. This was his Jihad and how he founded a paradisiacal kingdom of unity betwixt diversity affording peace, freedom, and justice for all that would even progenerate the Renaissance.
He triumphed by winning hearts and minds not territories and mammon, he commanded with affection and service, not with force or fascism. A light for both the leader and the follower, the rich and the poor, the black and the white, and everyone in between. One such captivated soul was an African named Bilal, with whom Allah is well pleased. The black Disciple was a former slave liberated by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and had retained his native Ethiopian accent. After accepting Islam he humbly endured the most inhumane persecution because of his new faith and undying love for One God, and had been elevated to a prestigious rank memorialized forever as the first Muezzin or caller to Salat, Islamic worship, despite abounding discrimination. The compassionate Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) recognized humanity as one preaching equality and equity; “…O people, indeed, your Lord is One and your father is one (Prophet Adam (pbuh)). Verily, there is no superiority of an Arab over a non-Arab, nor of a non-Arab over an Arab, nor of a white over a black, nor a black over a white, except by piety and good action…” (Farewell Sermon at his last Hajj). He practiced this by manifesting Bilal’s stirring melody and spiritual prowess, ever inclined to his True Creator and forgiving towards his tormentors like his beloved teacher Muhammad (pbuh).
What you may know about the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is that he was a descendant of the revered Prophet Abraham (pbuh), Patriarch for at least Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, but what you may not know, and what many conveniently overlook, is that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was himself also partly African. That’s right, his matriarch was Hagar, with whom Allah is well pleased. She was a former slave from Egypt, whose faith, sacrifice and heroism turned the barren desert of Arabia into a thriving metropolis! It’s no wonder Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said “Paradise lies under the foot of your mothers”. Hagar bore Prophet Abraham (pbuh) a son named Ishmael, a half African, an honored Prophet in Islam and the Quran, and Progenitor of the Arabs with an African wife, according to Genesis. So, the next time anyone assumes there weren’t any African Prophets or Messengers of God, you can fearlessly correct them, and see that truth sink in!
Speaking of Africans in Black History Month, another model we can learn from today was a 7th century Christian King named Ashama. When after years of tyranny and affliction suffered by the earliest Muslims reached its limit, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) advised “those who could afford it should migrate to Ethiopia, the King of Abyssinia is just and equitable. None are subjected to oppression under his rule.” The Meccan Quraish sent a delegation to Abyssinia to entice the Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/muslimyouthusa/2017/02/ct-ahmadi-muslim-couples-angle-black-history-month-amid-divisiveness-america.html