In a recent appearance on the Steve Harvey Show, Ibn Ali Miller, the brother who chose to interview between street youths fighting, demonstrates the importance of being grounded in being Muslim. I say this not because brother Ali chose to wear a thawb, or traditional Middle Eastern garb — this has nothing to do with Islam, per se (though it obviously means something to him as a Muslim!) — but because he’s so comfortable in being Muslim he’s not concerned about how this appears to others. For our Muslim youth today, what we need are not only Muslim leaders who can exude confidence, but regular ol’ uncles, aunties, brothers, sisters, etc., who are humble and confident. May Allah continue to bless brother Ibn Ali Miller to be an example to us all. Amin.
“I’m not a TV guy. This is not for me. I do you, Steve … I’ll be honest, I did you because of what you do off camera: Because you care about young black men in America” — Ibn Ali Miller speaking to Steve Harvey
Given the recent attack in London — along with others, many would be highly suspicious of, if not downright hostile towards, any claims of Islam’s ability to empower those who have been downtrodden themselves. Quite the contrary, many view Islam as a corrupting force which prays on the poor and disenfranchised, of which then they all too often employ Islam as an irrational justification to mete our violence in response to perceived injustices. But it may surprise some, particularly American whites and Europeans, that Islam has a very different assessment in the black community. For many of us, even non-Muslim black folks, Islam is seen as redemptive, a system that has the solutions to our social, existential, and even civilizational conundrums. This was beautifully demonstrated by brother Ibn Ali Miller when he broke up two young men attempting to solve their disagreements through violence. He also gave a valuable critique against the voyeuristic technology culture that allows others to sit on the sidelines and gloat at the suffering of others. May Allah reward brother Ali and make him of the inheritors of Islam. An inspiration to us all.