It’s beautiful seeing neighbors of diverse colors and backgrounds unite to defend each other’s rights. But we’ll have to dig deeper if we want to uproot injustice. What’s it going to take to prevent the tragic loss of lives to institutionalized racism? It’s only standing prescription has been and remains the universal brotherhood Islam gifted humanity.
As my Ahmadiyya Muslim Community commemorates our centennial as America’s oldest Islamic organization, I remember that our genesis was on the shoulders of giants; African Americans. When segregation based on color was the law and the colored were forced to take the back seat, African American Ahmadi Muslims blessed the front rows of our Mosques and were the foremost Muezzins, callers to prayers, as well as chapter presidents throughout America. Islam was the religion of their forefathers before slavery. African Americans were not only the earliest converts and pioneers but the majority of our community, originally founded by Messiah Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in 1889. Not only did our Ahmadi Muslim predecessors influence and contribute to the civil rights movement but our efforts to actualize racial equity and equality predated it under the auspices of the Caliphate of Messiah Ahmad.
In his recent Friday sermon, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the 5th Caliph of Messiah Ahmad said, “the governments should come to realize that all this chaos will not be solved through force, nor is it the answer to all problems. Rather, the sustenance of a government is in its just dealing of all its citizens. Only then can law and order be established in the land. If the people become restless, then no government can stand against them.”
Syed Faraz Hussain