Michael + Adiam, day 2 the traditional, colourful Eritrean Melse ❤️
dedicating the rest of 2014 to being less passive, more positive and living up to my cute black girl aesthetics.
Never discredit your gut instinct. You’re not being paranoid. Your body can pick up vibrations, some better than others, and if something deep inside you says something’s not right about a person or situation, trust it and keep it pushing.
Social scientists estimate that 15 to 30 percent, or, “[a]s many as 600,000 to 1.2 million slaves” in antebellum America were Muslims. 46 percent of the slaves in the antebellum South were kidnapped from Africa’s western regions, which boasted “significant numbers of Muslims”.
These enslaved Muslims strove to meet the demands of their faith, most notably the Ramadan fast, prayers, and community meals, in the face of comprehensive slave codes that linked religious activity to insubordination and rebellion. Marking Ramadan as a “new American tradition” not only overlooks the holy month observed by enslaved Muslims many years ago, but also perpetuates their erasure from Muslim-American history.
Although the Quran “[a]llows a believer to abstain from fasting if he or she is far from home or involved in strenuous work,” many enslaved Muslims demonstrated transcendent piety by choosing to fast while bonded. In addition to abstaining from food and drink, enslaved Muslims held holy month prayers in slave quarters, and put together iftars - meals at sundown to break the fast - that brought observing Muslims together. These prayers and iftars violated slave codes restricting assembly of any kind.
For instance, the Virginia Slave Code of 1723 considered the assembly of five slaves as an “unlawful and tumultuous meeting”, convened to plot rebellion attempts. Every state in the south codified similar laws barring slave assemblages, which disparately impacted enslaved African Muslims observing the Holy Month.
Therefore, practicing Islam and observing Ramadan and its fundamental rituals, for enslaved Muslims in antebellum America, necessitated the violation of slave codes. This exposed them to barbaric punishment, injury, and oftentimes, even death. However, the courage to observe the holy month while bonded, and in the face of grave risk, highlights the supreme piety of many enslaved Muslims.
Ramadan was widely observed by enslaved Muslims. Yet, this history is largely ignored by Muslim American leaders and laypeople alike - and erased from the modern Muslim American narrative.Ramadan: A centuries-old American tradition (via simhasanam)
I want everyone to read this. The general (though unspoken) conception is that Ramadan and Islam in general is a religious practice that began in great numbers in the West with the influx of Arab and South Asian immigrants and that is far from the truth and a grave injustice to the contributions of Black Americans. Islam has been here and its foundation began with them.(via maarnayeri)
If you don’t work towards dismantling the antiblackness and Islamophobia you encounter from your friends and family, don’t glorify Malcolm X.
If you think someone’s life and the impact they can have on the world is nullified after encounters with the prison industrial complex, don’t glorify Malcolm X.
If you don’t treat converts to Islam with the respect and welcoming environment which they’re so routinely deprived, don’t glorify Malcolm X.
If you entrench yourself so deeply in arbitrary respectability politics that alienates a significant portion of Black people, don’t glorify Malcolm X.
Because what I see so often is not a genuine appreciation for the man, his journey and the intricate details of his life, but an opportunistic sensationalism of pieces of his legacy, which is just a great of an injustice as outright slander.
Malcolm X was Black, an ex-con, a Muslim, a civil rights leader and one of the greatest individuals to ever walk the Earth. He was all of these things at once and each facet of his identity helped shape who he became.
narrativesbyanomad, remind you of anyone?
And if you’re still up at 4 a.m.,
you are in love or lonely,
and I don’t know which one is worse.
Or waiting for fajr
This little girl is the greatest joy in my life. She is my validation, she is my reason. Being the lead an active role model in her life is humbling and it keeps me on my toes. She teaches me something new about myself often! As long as she’s proud and in love with me, that’s all that matters. I love her so much and it’s an honor to be the guiding light in her life. I’m excited to see the type of young woman she grows up to be. My daughter makes my heart melt; I’m blessed to be her momma bear.
sooo much cute!
black mommy daughter excellence!
why can’t I comment?WHYYYY ARE YOU SOOOO PRETTYYYYYY!!!!! AND YOUR BROWS AND EYES!!! SAAAAAHHHH GORGEOUS!!!!
Sarah and Munnier
Photographer: Sonya Lalla
that last picture made me think they were habesha
They are. The photography was done by a South Asian woman.
“In December 2013, while most people were celebrating “peace on earth, good will toward men,” the U.S. State Department admitted that President Eisenhower authorized the murder of Congo’s first democratically-elected Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba. CIA Chief, Allan Dulles, allocated $100,000 to accomplish the act. Lumumba’s murder has been called the most important assassination of an African in the 20th Century. How do U.S. citizens make up for this to the Congolese people and to Lumumba’s family?”
Although I do not believe this is the fault of the average United States citizens, I do know that we are not taught about the real reasons why Africa is in the condition it is in.
#CynthiaMcKinneyNot only them. Everyone was in this (UK spies were there as was Belgium..). Some even where in the house where the murder happened. The next President/Prime Minister of Congo where involved in that. Such a disgusting thing. And then some wonders why African countries aren’t where they should be? We have no choice. We are fucked no mater what by our previous “owners”, the FMI, the big companies, rich families….do people even know that the world is owned by only 147 companies with the majority belonging to less than 100 or even 50 families? Ugh.