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kadafi
05-06-2005, 07:39 AM
In April 1964, the brilliant Afro-american Muslim leader performed Hajj, a year before his assassination in New York.



"The pilgrimage to Makkah, known as the Hajj, is a religious obligation that every orthodox Muslim fulfills, if able, at least once in his or her lifetime." The Holy Quran says it, "Pilgrimage to the House [of God built by the prophet Abraham] is a duty men owe to God; those who are able, make the journey." (3:97)

Allah said: "And proclaim the pilgrimage among men; they will come to you on foot and upon each lean camel, they will come from every deep ravine." (22:27)

Every one of the thousands at the airport, about to leave for Jeddah, was dressed this way. You could be a king or a peasant and no one would know. Some powerful personages, who were discreetly pointed out to me, had on the same thing I had on. Once thus dressed, we all had begun intermittently calling out "Labbayka! (Allahumma) Labbayka!" (Here I come, O Lord!) Packed in the plane were white, black, brown, red, and yellow people, blue eyes and blond hair, and my kinky red hair -- all together, brothers! All honoring the same God, all in turn giving equal honor to each other. . . .

That is when I first began to reappraise the "white man." It was when I first began to perceive that "white man," as commonly used, means complexion only secondarily; primarily it described attitudes and actions. In America,"white man" meant specific attitudes and actions toward the black man, and toward all other non-white men. But in the Muslim world, I had seen that men with white complexions were more genuinely brotherly than anyone else had ever been. That morning was the start of a radical alteration in my whole outlook about "white" men.

There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world. They were of all colors, from blue-eyed blonds to black-skinned Africans. But we were all participating in the same ritual displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood that my experiences in America had led me to believe never could exist between the white and the non-white...America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered white -- but the "white" attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all colors together, irrespecitve of their color. "

It was during his pilgrimage that he began to write some letters to his loyal assistants at the newly formed Muslim Mosque in Harlem. He asked that his letter be duplicated and distributed to the press:

"Never have I witnessed such sincere hospitality and the overwhelming spirit of true brotherhood as is practiced by people of all colors and races here in this ancient Holy Land, the House of Abraham, Muhammad, and all the other Prophets of the Holy Scriptures. For the past week, I have been utterly speechless and spellbound by the graciousness I see displayed all around me by people of all colors. .

You may be shocked by these words coming from me. But on this pilgrimage, what I have seen, and experienced, has forced me to rearrange much of my thought-patterns previously held, and to toss aside some of my previous conclusions. This was not too difficult for me. Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds it. I have always kept an open mind, which necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligent search for truth.

During the past eleven days here in the Muslim world, I have eaten from the same plate, drunk from the same glass, and slept in the same bed (or on the same rug) -- while praying to the same God -- with fellow Muslims, whose eyes were the bluest of blue, whose hair was the blondest of blond, and whose skin was the whitest of white. And in the words and in the actions and in the deeds of the "white" Muslims, I felt the same sincerity that I felt among the black African Muslims of Nigeria, Sudan, and Ghana.

We were truly all the same (brothers) -- because their belief in one God had removed the "white" from their minds, the 'white' from their behavior, and the 'white' from their attitude.

I could see from this, that perhaps if white Americans could accept the Oneness of God, then perhaps, too, they could accept in reality the oneness of man -- and cease to measure, and hinder, and harm others in terms of their "differences" in color.

With racism plaguing America like an incurable cancer, the so-called "Christian" white American heart should be more receptive to a proven solution to such a destructive problem. Perhaps it could be in time to save America from imminent disaster -- the same destruction brought upon
Germany by racism that eventually destroyed the Germans themselves.

They asked me what about the Hajj had impressed me the most. . . . I said, "The brotherhood! The people of all races, color, from all over the
world coming to gether as one! It has proved to me the power of the One God. . . . All ate as one, and slept as one. Everything about the
pilgrimmage atmosphere accented the oneness of man under One God."

Malcolm returned from the pilgrimage as El-Hajj Malik al-Shabazz. He was afire with new spiritual insight. For him, the struggle had evolved from the civil rights struggle of a nationalist to the human rights struggle of an internationalist and humanitarian.

After the Pilgrimage

White reporters and others were eager to learn about the newly-formed opinions concerning themselves from the man they knew as 'Malcolm X'. They hardly believed that the man who had preached against them for so many years could suddenly turn around and call them brothers. To these people Malik had this to say:

"You're asking me "Didn't you say that now you accept white men as brothers?" Well, my answer is that in the Muslim world, I saw, I felt, and I wrote home how my thinking was broadened! Just as I wrote, I shared true, brotherly love with many white-complexioned Muslims who never gave a single thought to the race, or to the complexion, of another Muslim.

My pilgrimage broadened my scope. It blessed me with a new insight. In two weeks in the Holy Land, I saw what I never had seen in thirty-nine years here in America. I saw all races, all colors, -- blue-eyed blonds to black-skinned Africans -- in true brotherhood! In unity! Living as one!
Worshipping as one! No segregationists -- no liberals; they would not have known how to interpret the meaning of those words.

In the past, yes, I have made sweeping indictments of all white people. I will never be guilty of that again -- as I know now that some white people are truly sincere, that some truly are capable of being brotherly toward a black man. The true Islam has shown me that a blanket indictment of all white people is as wrong as when whites make blanket indictments against blacks. "

To the blacks who increasingly looked to him as a leader, El-Hajj Malik preached a new message, quite the opposite of what he had been preaching as a minister in the Nation of Islam:

"True Islam taught me that it takes all of the religious, political, economic, psychological, and racial ingredients, or characteristics, to make the Human Family and the Human Society complete.

Since I learned the truth in Makkah, my dearest friends have come to include all kinds -- some Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, agnostics, and even atheists! I have friends who are called Capitalists, Socialists, and Communists! Some of my friends are moderates, conservatives, extremists -- some are even Uncle Toms! My friends today are black, brown, red, yellow, and white!

I said to my Harlem street audiences that only when mankind would submit to the One God who created all -- only then would mankind even approach the "peace" of which so much talk could be heard...but toward which so little action was seen. "

The extracts below are taken from his biography by Alex Haley (Ballantyne Books, 1965).
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Ibn Abi Ahmed
01-25-2007, 10:52 PM
:sl:

His autobiography is excellent. It's something every person should read.
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cihad
02-01-2007, 10:23 AM
yup he is a nice example to many ppl
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M-U-S-L-I-M
02-08-2007, 09:54 PM
who was malcolm x
dose any one know who he was:uuh:



:'( :uuh: :muddlehea :playing: :eek:
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H4RUN
02-08-2007, 10:08 PM
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yeeee...in short..
he joined the nation of islam, and then left them, changed to suni, has new name aswel, malik shahbaz? or is that tyson's name? Later on in life he was shot whilst delivering a speach, he was also a good friend of the great boxer Muhammad Ali
:w:
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Umm Yoosuf
02-09-2007, 12:29 AM
Assalamu Alaikum

There is a nice article about him here:

http://www.islamicboard.com/biograph...ight=malcolm+x
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BlissfullyJaded
02-09-2007, 09:51 AM
:sl:

*Threads Merged*
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Mawaddah
02-09-2007, 12:14 PM
They have a very interesting video of him on YouTube. I'll see if I can find it insha'allah. Masha'allah he really was capable of delivering a powerful speech.
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M-U-S-L-I-M
02-09-2007, 01:01 PM
i never knew that much thanks for the info
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Sabbir_1
02-09-2007, 02:04 PM
Ive seen his videos, his life story and the film.. im tryign to get the book.. where can i get it from.. its hard to find it..? anyone know.
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Dhulqarnaeen
02-12-2007, 01:12 AM
:w:
Can someone tell me what is his aqidah? :eek: I heard alot about him but I dont know much about hisaqidah.
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junaidjunaid
03-14-2007, 03:27 PM
A Legend
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- Qatada -
06-03-2007, 03:20 PM
:salamext:

Letter From
Mecca
http://www.Brothermalcolm.net


"The following letter was sent from Malcolm to his assistants, new Muslim Mosque, press and his wife, during the conclusion of his pilgrimage to Mecca. The content is reproduced from The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley".

Never have I witnessed such sincere hospitality and the overwhelming spirit of true brotherhood as practiced by people of all colors and races here in this Ancient Holy Land, the home of Abraham, Muhammad and all other prophets of the Holy Scriptures. For the past week, I have been utterly speechless and spellbound by the graciousness I see displayed all around me by people of all colors.

I have been blessed to visit the Holy City of Mecca. I have made my seven circuits around the Ka'ba, led by a young Mutawaf named Muhammad. I drank water from the well of Zem Zem. I ran seven times back and forth between the hills of Mt. Al-Safa and Al-Marwah. I have prayed in the ancient city of Mina, and I have prayed on Mt.Arafat.

There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world. They were of all colors, from blue eyed blonds to black skin Africans. But we were all participating in the same rituals, displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood that my experiences in America had lead me to believe never could exist between the white and non-white.

America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have considered 'white' -- but the 'white' attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all colors together, irrespective of their color.

You may be shocked by these words coming from me. But on this pilgrimage, what I have seen, and experienced, has forced me to re-arrange much of my thought patterns previously held, and to toss aside some of my previous conclusions. This was not too difficult for me. Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experiences and new knowledge unfolds it. I have always kept an open mind, which is necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligent search for truth.

During the past eleven days here in the Muslim world, I have eaten from the same plate, drunk from the same glass, and slept in the same bed, (or on the same rug) -- while praying to the same God -- with fellow Muslims, whose eyes were the bluest of blue, whose hair was the blondest of blond, and whose skin was the whitest of white. And in the same words and in the actions and in the deeds of the 'white' Muslims, I felt the same sincerity that I felt among the black African Muslims of Nigeria, Sudan and Ghana.

We were truly all the same (brothers) -- because their belief in one God had removed the 'white' from their minds, the 'white' from their behavior, and the 'white' from their attitude.

I could see from this, that perhaps if white Americans could accept the Oneness of God, then perhaps, too, they could accept in reality the Oneness of Man -- and cease to measure, and hinder, and harm others in terms of their differences in color.

With racism plaguing America like an incurable cancer, the so-called 'Christian' white American heart should be more receptive to a proven solution to such a destructive problem. Perhaps it could be in time to save America from imminent disaster -- the same destruction brought upon Germany by racism that eventually destroyed the Germans themselves.

Each hour here in the Holy Land enables me to have greater spiritual insights into what is happening in America between black and white. The American Negro never can be blamed for his racial animosities -- he is only reacting to four hundred years of conscious racism of the American whites. But as racism leads America up the suicide path, I do believe, from the experience that I have had with them, that the whites of the younger generation, in the colleges and universities, will see the handwriting on the wall and many of them will turn to the spiritual path of truth -- the only way left to America to ward off the disaster that racism inevitably must lead to.

Never have I been so highly honored. Never have I been made to feel more humble and unworthy. Who would believe the blessings that have been heaped upon an American Negro? A few nights ago, a man who would be called in America a 'white' man, a United Nations diplomat, an ambassador, a companion of kings, gave me his hotel suite, his bed. By this man, His Excellency Prince Faisal, who rules this Holy Land, was made aware of my presence here in Jedda. The very next morning, Prince Faisal's son, in person, informed me that by the will and decree of his esteemed father, I was to be a State Guest.

The deputy Chief of Protocol himself took me before the Hajj Court. His Holiness Sheikh Muhammad Harkon himself okayed my visit to Mecca. His Holiness gave me two books on Islam, with his personal seal and autograph, and he told me that he prayed that I would be a successful preacher of Islam in America. A car, a driver, and a guide, have been placed at my disposal, making it possible for me to travel about this Holy Land almost at will. The government provides air conditioned quarters and servants in each city that I visit. Never would I have even thought of dreaming that I would ever be a recipient of such honors -- honors that in America would be bestowed upon a King -- not a Negro.

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all the Worlds.

Sincerely,

El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcom X)




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H4RUN
06-03-2007, 03:27 PM
:sl:

MashaAllah and that is how the story goes^ from the nation of islam teachings of well simply put it racism, to a higher understanding of creation and thus leaving the nation of islam to join what is proper Islam, where no matter if you're black white, brown, blue, green we're taught we're all the same under the eyes of our Lord...
Peace be unto you all

:w:
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Muezzin
06-03-2007, 03:34 PM
Originally Posted by M-U-S-L-I-M
i never knew that much thanks for the info
If you get the chance, read his autobiography too.
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vpb
06-03-2007, 03:36 PM
:sl:
orthodox Muslim
what's this expression? or what type of muslim is this orthodox muslim???

subhanallah. may Allah guide us in the righ path.
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Muezzin
06-03-2007, 03:39 PM
Originally Posted by vpb
:sl:


what's this expression? or what type of muslim is this orthodox muslim???
Not to get sectarian, but the way the term is used in his autobiography leads me to believe that it's distinguishing the Nation of Islam's version of the religion from Islam as practiced by Sunni Muslims.

I don't want to get into a sectarian debate, I'm just saying that's what I deduced from the term's usage in the autobiography.
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vpb
06-03-2007, 03:41 PM
Not to get sectarian, but the way the term is used in his autobiography leads me to believe that it's distinguishing the Nation of Islam's version of the religion from Islam as practiced by Sunni Muslims.

I don't want to get into a sectarian debate, I'm just saying that's what I deduced from the term's usage in the autobiography.
khair inshaallah
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chances
11-03-2008, 03:24 PM
Great guy he was
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The Khan
11-03-2008, 03:29 PM
:sl:

Good thing both Malcolm and Muhammad Ali left Nation of Islam. It is but a racist organisation, which slanders Yusuf (pbuh) and claims another prophet after Muhammed (pbuh).

All NOI members should go for Hajj. Inshallah, they'll notice the error of what they've been taught one day.

:w:
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blackgirl92
08-14-2009, 09:07 AM
His autobiograpy by alex haley is excellent. one of the people I say "I wish he wouldn't have died"...
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