Q: Why do so many black people convert to Islam when it seems that other indigenous Muslims are as racist towards them as white Christians are?
Muhammad Rasheed - There’s a difference between the message of Al-Islam versus the way the religion is expressed in the lifestyles and attitudes of the body of believers.
- Belief and practice in the former is how one becomes saved from hell and gifted with the Eternal Bliss of Paradise.
- The latter is often tainted by natural human weakness and can lead you astray.
Black people convert to Al-Islam—the divine message perfected by the One God in the religion for all of humankind—because they believe that the Word of their Lord is true and they are not fools. The Straight Way of Righteousness is a merit-based path, and Black people will rejoice in the knowing that they will receive favor with Allah over those arrogant “indigenous cultural Muslims” who merely play in the faith and refuse to master the tenets as full believing Muslims.
Lina Aitsaid - What does it mean to be a secular Muslim?
Muhammad Rasheed - A "secular Muslim" is the functional equivalent of "non-practicing Jew." It's a disbeliever who takes pride in the religion and history of Al-Islam as a cultural, ethnic or even national identity. Also called “cultural Muslim.”
In today's climate, in which a fundamentally narrow-minded rejection of belief in God and the unseen spirit is oddly considered a mark of 'intelligence' or 'progress,' the secular Muslim figure is called upon to use what is perceived as his or her superior rational insight into the faith (divorced from the mind-slowing sludge of actually believing in the religious system, you see) to help the secular community make sense of what is ‘really’ going on in the Muslim world.
In usage, the informal "secular Muslim" title functions as a badge of faux-objectivity by a biased group's very subjective point of view.