The Islamic community boasts of being one united community. Its cornerstone belief is Tawheed (Oneness of G-d). Its fundamental principle is the Unity of G-d, and this speaks to the unity of humanity. Yet when you look at the Islamic community over its almost fifteen century history; racism, prejudice, bias, and discrimination have continued to prevail. I argue that the Islamic community has suffered fragmentation, as a result of this artificial divide. Therefore, the one united community has been more of an ideal than reality. I contend that really understanding the concept of Tawheed is the true answer--the bridge--as it were--to overcoming this artificial divide, the divide that separates the immigrant Muslim from the African American Muslim.
About the Author:
Imam Dr. Salahuddin Mustafa Muhammad (a student of Islam since 1964) has been a Muslim Chaplain for the NYS Department of Corrections since 1985, and has been the senior Imam of the multi-ethnic, multi-cultural Masjid Al Ikhlas in the city of Newburgh, N.Y. since 1986. Imam Muhammad is also the first Muslim Chaplain hired by a college (Bard) in America in 1996. In following his leader (the late Imam Warith Deen Mohammed) he believes in inter-faith dialogue and cooperation. He is a bridge builder who is constantly breaking down barriers that exist between Jews, Christians and Muslims. He believes we all should be able to live together in peace. Imam Muhammad is a proud husband of his dedicated and supportive wife Fonda, father of four beautiful sons, and one lovely daughter, and has seven lovely grandchildren.
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