While you all certainly have the right to a rebuttal, those who disagree with the printing of the interview of Minister Farrakhan in the Muslim Journal, we hope you keep in mind that there is actually more at hand here than just Min. Farrakhan.
Min. Farrakhan, by his own admission, knows that his days are limited. He has already stepped down (symbolically) from the head of his own organization. What about those men and women in his organization who may be looking to see who will be accepting of them when "their leader" passes, just as our leader has passed.
Maybe an inkling of acceptance from "us" would be enough to speak volumes to them. Prophet Muhammed, after a battle where Muslim men were killed, turned around and married a Jewish woman and used his marriage to her as an opportunity to return all of the booty/property of her people to them, even after people had been killed.
Sometimes, as we stand at the top of the barrel where we have made our way out of, let us not slam down shut the cover on those who may have found a way to climb out themselves, even if they took another 30 years in doing so. Let Allah be their judge.
Recall ahadith: "There are some who act as though they are the inheritors of the hellfire, until they are an arms length from it, change their ways and enter Paradise. There are some who act as thought they are inheritors of the Paradise, until they are an arms length away from it and change their ways and enter the Hellfire."
I think some of our sense of self-righteousness is a sin. Let not our own actions be cause to turn away from faith one seeking their way to it.
Muslim Journal has been running articles from students of Imam W. Deen Mohammed ever since his passing and still continuing, and some from prominent Imams and some from "regular" believers. Make out of Min. Farrakhan’s interview only what it is, an interview with a prominent leader, no, not "our leader." As I indicated in the foreword to the interview, "No, we don’t need another hero."
Perhaps the interview actually gives credence to why we don’t need another leader. All of the Imams have been and will be welcomed and have been contacted to give their perspectives on the Leadership and School of Thought of Imam W. Deen Mohammed. Imam Darnell Karim’s interview on this subject is now at Part III in this issue.
We have carried on page 4 of every Muslim Journal our support for the Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed for nearly 34 years, and since his death we have added that Muslim Journal recognizes the School of Thought/Mathhab of Imam W. Deen Mohammed on that same page.
The forward printed in the front of the interview noted that there would be disagreement with this interview, but I still feel that sometimes to shut out a thing makes it more important that what it is, no one is running away from the leadership of Imam Mohammed. I don’t expect to see Imams running to Min. Farrakhan to show them the way.
But perhaps some would have felt that "if the Muslim Journal had not blocked him," he would have gotten a response from the Imams. Let the full picture be shown!
If Min. Farrakhan has pointed out his concerns over the cause of death of Imam Mohammed, how would our community feel if such comes to pass and then it is discovered that Min. Farrakhan made that an issue and sent it to the Muslim Journal, and the Muslim Journal "swept it under the rug?" If no one else feels that to be a credible concern, then it falls where it may.
To refer to the interview of Min. Farrakhan as "entering our houses" from the wrong door, please note that the newspaper pages are public display and not the private quarters of any one. What better place to have public discourse than on the pages of a public newspaper.
Once, Imam Mohammed said that we even make "not eating pork" to be more important than what it is, when Allah Himself permits the eating of some of it in dire straits. While we close in the walls of our own house so tight that we cannot even move freely about among ourselves, the world is moving on, without us.
Again, please do not make the interview with Minister Farrakhan out to be more than what it was, an interview with a leader who is among the few remaining leaders who came out of the House of Elijah.
I am certain our readers have the intelligence to accept what they like and dismiss what they dislike, and not tear their hair out about anything in between. Let us "teach ourselves to think."
We do not have to be spoon fed our every thought.
by Ayesha K. Mustafaa and D. Shahid Abdul-Karim
Ayesha K. Mustafaa is the editor of Muslim Journal Newspaper. D. Shahid Abdul-Karim is the online editor and New England/Northeast U.S. for the Muslim Journal. Muslim Journal Newspaper is committed to disseminate unadulterated news to the reading public as an independent newspaper that recognizes Islam as a Promoter of Freedom, Justice, and Equality.