Flattery Will Get You Nowhere

Allāh, exalted is He, has stated in His Book,

وَلَقَد ضَرَبنا لِلنّاسِ في هٰذَا القُرآنِ مِن كُلِّ مَثَلٍ لَعَلَّهُم يَتَذَكَّرونَ

“We have given all kinds of examples to people in this Qur’an, so that hopefully they will pay heed.”Qur’an,39: 27

Indeed, Allāh, through His Immaculate Qur’an, has given us every kind of scenario and every kind of archetype we will encounter in this life. And so when I saw this article today in which actor Jeff Goldblum, speaking with sexual deviant, Ru Paul, asked a rhetorical question, “Is there something in this religion that is anti-homosexuality? And anti-woman?”, I knew instinctively that this was one such mathal, or example, that Allāh speaks about in His Book.

It is the nature of The Beast known as Hollywood and mainstream media to stir up controversy. This Beast also has its sights set on the last-man-standing of traditional religion: Islam. And therefore there’s no better month than the month of Ramaḍān to make controversy amongst the Muslims. In the same vein in which both Hollywood and MSM have sought to attack, co-opt, and redefine black masculinity by promoting homosexuality in the media and movies (especially homosexual black men), this Beast also seeks to cast Islam and Muslims to the same fate it’s used against blackness: presenting its traditional form as barbaric and eradicate any dissenting opinion against the modern day Deluge known as the LGBTQ movement.

In the second chapter of the Qur’an, Allāh warns us of a certain kind of archetype, the two-faced hypocrite who pretends to be amenable but in the end is not only an enemy to you, but to God Himself.

وَمِنَ النّاسِ مَن يُعجِبُكَ قَولُهُ فِي الحَياةِ الدُّنيا وَيُشهِدُ اللَّهَ عَلىٰ ما في قَلبِهِ وَهُوَ أَلَدُّ الخِصامِ

“Amongst people there is a kind whose words about the life of this world excite your admiration, even calling Allāh to witness what is in his heart, while he is in fact the most hostile enemy”Qur’an, 2: 204

Interestingly enough, we had just covered this verse a few days before in our Ramaḍān Quranic Reflections series on YouTube in which I highlighted in particular the misleading nature of celebrities who may appear likable and even supportive of Muslims but in the end of enemies of Allāh and His Revelation. It is also quite hypocritical that Jeff Goldblum should go on TV and vilify Islam but never stop to ask himself if there’s something in his own religious tradition that is “anti-Palestinian” and “anti-black/African”.

This is nothing other than another mathal or example of Allāh’s Book becoming manifest before our eyes. A friend of mine, upon reading the article said, “Dang, I liked this guy.” Don’t spend too much time lamenting over someone you never really knew (or perhaps you do know him now!) and instead focus on what really matters in this life and The Next: pleasing our Lord.

To Be Or Not To Bop

An excerpt from To Be or Not to Bop, Beboppers… The Cult [pp. 291-3]

To Be or Not To Bop Number seven: that “beboppers” expressed a preference for religions other than Christianity may be considered only a half-truth, because most black musicians, including those from the bebop era, received their initial exposure and influence in music through the black church. And it remained with them throughout their lives. For social and religious reasons, a large number of modern jazz musicians did begin to turn toward Islam during the forties, a movement completely in line with the idea of freedom of religion.

Rudy Powell, from Edgar Hayes’s band, became one of the first jazz musicians I knew to accept Islam; he became an Ahmidyah Muslim. Other musicians followed, it seemed to me, for social rather than religious reasons, if you can separate the two.

“Man, if you join the Muslim faith, you ain’t colored no more, you’ll be white,” they’d say. “You get a new name and you don’t have to be a nigger no more.” So everybody started joining because they considered it a big advantage not to be black during the time of segregation. I thought of joining, but it occurred to me that a lot of them spooks were simply trying to be anything other than a spook at that time. They had no idea of black consciousness; all they were trying to do was escape the stigma of being “colored.” When these cats found out that Idrees Sulieman, who joined the Muslim faith about that time, could go into these white restaurants and bring out sandwiches to the other guys because he wasn’t colored — and he looked like the inside of the chimney — they started enrolling in droves. Continue reading “To Be Or Not To Bop”