To the Muslims of Roxbury, we have streets named after Malcolm X, but are we true to continuing his Islamic agenda of addressing his ‘first responsibility’. What did Malcolm X tell Said Ramadan in 1965 was his first responsibility? Malcolm X responded that being an African American, he felt his ‘first responsibility’ was to ‘my 22 million fellow Black Americans who suffer the same indignities because of their color as I do.’ Further, Malcolm stated that he did not believe his ‘personal problem’ with racism could be solved until it was solved for all African Americans.”
We have Mosques throughout Boston that focus on the condition of Muslims in Ughuur, Palestine, Syria, and Rohingya yet where are the Muslims to speak and organize against the ongoing gentrification that is displacing Black people in Malcolm X’s former neighborhood? Black folks are disproprioantely represented in Massachusetts prisons and the police were found to disproportionately target Black people. Our people are still in need of the light of Islam.
Malcolm X stated “Awareness came surging up in me–how deeply the religion of Islam had reached down into the mud to lift me up, to save me from being what I inevitably would have been: a dead criminal in a grave, or, if still alive, a flint-hard, bitter, thirty-seven year old convict in some penitentiary.”
Roxbury has many more folks in the mud who are waited to be uplifted by Islam. As Muslims, we have the responsibility to deliver the message of Islam to them. On Saturdays beginning on May 24th, during the holy month of Ramadan, God-Willing, there will be Muslims in Dudley Square who will be handing out the Autobiography of Malcolm X as well as informational content about Islam. Join me as I begin to accept as my first responsibility, the same first responsibility Malcolm X had, that is to raise the Black man and woman who desperately needs Islam. Who will join me?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to join us.
There will be a mandatory raining session for those who are interested.
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