Being Black and Muslim | Jamaal Richards

Jamaal Richards from Deen Riders/iERA presents his experiences on accepting Islam and being a Muslim black man living in the UK, and also how Islam can provide the solution to eradicate racism and hatred within all communities.

With October being Black History Month in the UK, the One Community department re-launched its “Against Racism, Against Hatred” campaign during this month under the title: “Islam & Black History”.

On Wednesday 28th October, an event was arranged in Newcastle University with a host of speakers and organisations from various backgrounds, discussing the role of black people in Islamic history, sharing their experiences of being black and Muslim, and explaining Islam’s solution to racism.

The True Lion King: Sundiata Keita (Spoken Word) | Abdul Karim

Abdul Karim from Sunnah Poems delivers his spoken word poem entitled “The True Lion King: Suniata Keita.”

With October being Black History Month in the UK, the One Community department re-launched its “Against Racism, Against Hatred” campaign during this month under the title: “Islam & Black History”.

On Friday 30th October, an event was arranged in Smethwick with a host of speakers and organisations from various backgrounds, discussing the role of black people in Islamic history, sharing their experiences of being black and Muslim, and explaining Islam’s solution to racism.

Being Black and Muslim | Abu Bakr Islam R2I

Abu Bakr Islam from Roadside 2 Islam delivers a passionate speech on how he accepted Islam and on the issue of racism.

With October being Black History Month in the UK, the One Community department re-launched its “Against Racism, Against Hatred” campaign during this month under the title: “Islam & Black History”.

On Friday 30th October, an event was arranged in Smethwick with a host of speakers and organisations from various backgrounds, discussing the role of black people in Islamic history, sharing their experiences of being black and Muslim, and explaining Islam’s solution to racism.

Ditch the Hate! Show the Love!

On Tuesday 19th January 2016, Channel 4 aired a documentary entitled “Jihadis Next Door”. While the majority of Muslims and non-Muslims alike were shocked at the aggressive behaviour and hate that was being spouted by such individuals, it was clear that they were not a true representation of this beautiful faith.

Among the amazing work of Islamic organisations and mosques across the UK (and the world), the One Community department has been striving hard in showing the true teachings of Islam and positive efforts in bringing communities together.

Looking at the life of the Prophet Muhammad (may God’s peace and blessings be upon him), it is clear that he showed compassion, justice and kindness to those around him, even those who did not accept Islam.

Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:
“Allah does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion and did not drive you out of your homes” (Chapter 60, verse 8)

In light of this, the title and context of the documentary, “Jihadis next door”, could imply that the Muslims who live “next door” to non-Muslims are similar to those on the programme. However, this is far from the prophetic tradition in Islam of how Muslims are to interact with their neighbours!

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let them be kind to their neighbour.” (Muslim)

Therefore, to fulfil the rights of the neighbour is one of the most beautiful teachings of Islam, where we are commanded to show kindness and consideration towards them, regardless of their colour, gender, looks or religion. In fact, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Jibreel kept on recommending me to treat the neighbours kindly and politely, that I thought that Allah would order [me] to make them [my] heirs.“ [Bukhari]. This is a prophetic teaching that can create a huge impact on our communities.

So at One Community, we say, “DITCH THE HATE! SHOW THE LOVE!” by carrying out the Love Your Neighbour Campaign!

A very simple campaign that ALL Muslims can get involved in! Simply show kindness to your neighbour!

For more details and information on how to carry out this campaign, please visit the following link: http://www.ouronecommunity.com/campaigns/love-your-neighbour/

 

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Being a Black Muslim Woman | Samar Asamoah

A mixed media artist of African and Caribbean origin, Samar Asamoah presents her reversion story to Islam and her experiences of being a black Muslim woman living in England.

With October being Black History Month in the UK, the One Community department re-launched its “Against Racism, Against Hatred” campaign during this month under the title: “Islam & Black History”.

On Wednesday 28th October, an event was arranged in Newcastle University with a host of speakers and organisations from various backgrounds, discussing the role of black people in Islamic history, sharing their experiences of being black and Muslim, and explaining Islam’s solution to racism.

United Against Racism | Daniel Kebede – United Against Fascism

As the Regional Coordinator for United Against Fascism, Daniel Kebede discusses racism and Islamophobia that is encountered on the streets and within communities, and how it is important to actively stand up against such people, regardless of your faith.

With October being Black History Month in the UK, the One Community department re-launched its “Against Racism, Against Hatred” campaign during this month under the title: “Islam & Black History”.

On Wednesday 28th October, an event was arranged in Newcastle University with a host of speakers and organisations from various backgrounds, discussing the role of black people in Islamic history, sharing their experiences of being black and Muslim, and explaining Islam’s solution to racism.