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Muslims using the N-word

From Imam Zaid’s “Should Muslims use the ‘N’ word?“:

Rather the one affectionately referred to as someone’s “nigga” is the “cool” kid selling the drugs, chasing the girls, sagging his pants, smoking the weed, gang-banging and showing no commitment to or understanding of the value of discipline, education, or history? The “nigga” is the young person we see behaving so utterly embarrassingly in pubic. As Beanie Sigel puts it, “I’ma ride with my niggas, die with my niggas, get high with my niggas…” He is saying that he is going into gang warfare with his friends, die with them in the battle if necessary, get high with them, etc. It would difficult if not impossible to find anyone saying, by way of example, “I’ma go to med school with my niggas, respect my lady with my niggas, rebuild my community with my niggas….

I highly recommend you to read the full article by Imam Zaid Shakir regarding Muslims using the word ‘nigga’. I find myself using this slang term sometimes. May Allah (swt) forgive me. We should try to replace it with brother, bro, akhi, or akh. For example, instead of saying ‘what up nigga’, we could say ‘what up akh’ or ‘what up bro’.

Imam Zaid only spoke about using the ‘N-word’, but I think many Desi Muslim youth also need to stop using words like kallu or chapta to describe other minorities.  We should respect everyone and most of the time when the terms ‘kallu’ or ‘chapta’ is used, its to negatively comment without the other minority understanding.

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    1. Dave March 1st, 2008 at 2:44 pm

      ‘what up black?’

    2. Die Nigger, Die! | March 1st, 2008 at 3:27 pm

      […] to MR, it came to my attention that Imam Zaid wrote an excellent article entitled “Should Muslims […]

    3. moneysworthless March 1st, 2008 at 5:35 pm

      Imam Zaid Shakir is really an excellent writer. I know a lot of non-Muslims that should read that article as well.

    4. ... March 1st, 2008 at 7:13 pm

      what i chapta?i ve never heard that b4

    5. Stupid March 1st, 2008 at 7:36 pm

      on March 1, 2008 at 7:13 pm said:

      what i chapta?i ve never heard that b4


    6. akhan March 1st, 2008 at 7:53 pm

      btw dont use yahood to talk about jews when theyre right in front of u, cuz yahood means the same thing in hebrew iiite. a lot of ppl dont realize that lol

    7. Dave March 1st, 2008 at 10:15 pm

      Yahoods up in ya-hood, nigga.

    8. Your name March 2nd, 2008 at 12:17 am

      rofl why wud u use the word nigga if ur not black srsly?

      are you trying to catch a beating from someone?
      stop tryin to act black MR

    9. black power March 2nd, 2008 at 12:34 am

      MR looks black to me and what do you think indians are? theyre black they got more black in them than anythin else. jus that they a buncha racists who want to be white because they look up to the white man. thas how stupid indians are. they never lost that caste mentality which only got worse with the inferiority complex left by the british raj. no ones parents want them to dress/talk ‘black’ but they have no problem if you dress/talk white.

    10. Dave March 2nd, 2008 at 1:07 am

      A lot of Indians have brown skin, but they’re not niGGaZ.

    11. bathi boi March 2nd, 2008 at 11:05 am

      wow!!!….my name is the bathi boi and im black

    12. Dave March 2nd, 2008 at 1:56 pm

      I drive a black car and my cell phone is black. They wish they were niggaz too.

    13. Doa March 2nd, 2008 at 4:53 pm

      I agree with you that words like chapta and kallu shouldn’t be used. but the n-word is kind of a separate issue. It also definitely shouldn’t be used, so thats what they have in common, but black people themselves use the n-word and that’s the problem. It’s not ok for anyone to use any variation of the term, whether they’re white or black. A lot of black people are starting to realize this and campaign against the casual usage of the term. Words like chapta and kallu are racist, demeaning terms, but the n-word is rooted in times of slavery. That word to me, is a lot more insulting.

      Interesting news from 2006:

      And Julian Curry killing it on Def Poetry:

    14. whatsup29 March 3rd, 2008 at 8:38 pm

      bathi boi on March 2, 2008 at 11:05 am said:

      wow!!!….my name is the bathi boi and im black

      lol..thats funni

      Dave on March 2, 2008 at 1:56 pm said:

      I drive a black car and my cell phone is black. They wish they were niggaz too.

      LOL thats funni too….

    15. Blogistan’s Latest « Izzy Mo’s Blog March 5th, 2008 at 5:06 pm

      […] Mujahideen Ryder links to Imam Zaid’s piece on Muslims using the N-word.  I love this part: Rather the one affectionately referred to as someone’s “nigga” is the “cool” kid selling the drugs, chasing the girls, sagging his pants, smoking the weed, gang-banging and showing no commitment to or understanding of the value of discipline, education, or history? The “nigga” is the young person we see behaving so utterly embarrassingly in pubic. As Beanie Sigel puts it, “I’ma ride with my niggas, die with my niggas, get high with my niggas…” He is saying that he is going into gang warfare with his friends, die with them in the battle if necessary, get high with them, etc. It would difficult if not impossible to find anyone saying, by way of example, “I’ma go to med school with my niggas, respect my lady with my niggas, rebuild my community with my niggas….” […]

    16. Despair Not of God's Grace March 22nd, 2008 at 3:48 pm

      Despair Not of
      God’s Grace
      A Message to People of Faith
      By Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah
      Translated by Hamza Yusuf
      In the Name of God, the
      Merciful and Beneficent. Praise be
      to the Possessor of the heavens
      and the earth, the Living, the
      Sustaining, the Omnipotent, the
      Overpowering, the Merciful, and
      the Gracious. With these Names
      and Attributes, He revolves day
      and night, encompassing everything with His Knowledge and Mercy.
      Benedictions and solace be upon our master Muhammad, the
      prophet and final messenger of God, and upon his brothers, among
      the many prophets and messengers before him.
      My friends and brothers, I greet you and express heartfelt gratitude
      for your generous invitation during this particular time of pain
      and sadness we all share for those innocent people of varying faiths
      that were killed by an evil hand in New York and Washington. We particularly
      appreciate and highly value the position that the highest
      Church authorities have taken during this crisis concerning attempts
      to use this tragedy as a Trojan Horse in order to attack the civilization
      of Islam and to condemn Islam and Muslims, forgetting history as
      well as the rights of ancient neighbors from both the Christian and
      Muslim civilizations.
      We all share in our condemnation of this heinous act of terror that
      no sacred tradition sanctions, especially the religion of Islam. Reason
      itself rejects this act of madness. It is nihilistic to kill oneself and to kill
      others unjustly; thus, two grave wrongs were perpetrated on that day
      according to Islam. While there are still ambiguous aspects to this
      affair, and the realities of what took place have not all been made
      apparent, we make it clear to you, in no uncertain terms, that if the
      accusations are in any way true, then the Muslim jurists are the first to
      demand the most severe punishments for these acts.
      The Islamic faith considers the murder of one soul on a par with
      This is a talk that world renowned
      Islamic scholar Shaykh Abdallah bin
      Bayyah gave shortly after September 11,
      2001 at a meeting in Rome in
      which many world religious
      leaders participated.
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      killing all of humanity: the Quran states,
      “Whoever kills one soul unjustly, it is as if he has
      killed all of humanity” (Maidah : 32). This is
      because a solitary soul represents all of
      humanity in the beginning of creation and
      in its re-creation as God says, “Your creation
      and your resurrection is as one soul” (Luqman:
      Furthermore, the sacred law of Islam
      prohibits killing animals and cutting down
      trees without right. Our Prophet, peace be
      upon him, mentioned a specific person who
      was punished in hell for torturing a cat by
      locking it up and starving it to death. The
      Prophet, peace be upon him, prohibited
      killing ants, bees, and frogs.
      Tell me, how then could he
      permit the killing of a
      human being, whom God
      has ennobled and dignified
      over the rest of His creation?
      “And verily, We have given the
      children of Adam their human
      dignity. We have carried them
      safely over land and sea and
      provided them from the good
      things of the Earth” (Quran,
      Isra : 70).
      Islam is a message that
      enjoins spreading peace toward those one
      knows and those one does not know as mentioned
      in the prophetic tradition. We are
      here to extend to you goodness, virtue, and
      love based upon our own Quran’s injunction:
      “God has not prohibited you from displaying
      all forms of goodness and equity toward those who
      do not persecute you or drive you from your
      legitimate homes”(Mumtahinah: 8). The conditions
      set down here are not biased or
      unfair. The first relates to the freedom of
      religion and the second, the right to live in
      security in a person’s own land. There is an
      interesting point this verse highlights, and
      that is the idea of treating all human beings
      with equity. Qadi Abu Bakr, a scholar from
      Spain from the 12th Century, explains that
      equity in this verse means “sharing with equitable
      non-Muslims a portion of one’s wealth as a
      response to their good character and treatment of
      the Muslim.”
      In the Quran, God says, “You will find the
      closest to the believing Muslims in love are
      those who call themselves Christians. That is
      because from among them are priests and
      monks, and they do not behave haughtily”
      (Maidah: 82). These are beautiful qualities
      that God has described the true Christians
      as possessing. The Quran says, “God
      commands you to act justly” (Nahal: 90). Our
      relationship with you is one of peace, virtue,
      and justice. That is the position of Islam
      yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
      It is a principled
      position that has no relationship
      to the shifting
      balances of power.
      There is no denying that
      we bear the burdens of a
      shared history of past troubles
      and the weight of
      today’s problems, and if
      God does not receive us
      with His Grace, we fear
      greatly the dark possibilities
      of our future. Moreover,
      there are biased interpretations and views
      that some groups adopt in every faith and
      religion which may reach extremes. It is,
      nonetheless, possible for us to invoke the
      relevant injunctions from our sacred scriptures
      that are the closest to a global spirit of
      cooperation and peace within the frame of
      a culture of peace.
      Our friends on the other side of the
      Mediterranean must also help us with one
      concept only, and that is justice. Justice is a
      precious word to each of our faiths as well as
      the rest of humanity in every time and place.
      According to our faith, one of the Names
      among the Names of God is The Just. We
      have a sacred tradition in which God speaks
      to all of His creation saying, “O My servants, I
      BE UPON HIM,
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      have prohibited for Myself oppression, and I have
      prohibited it for you also, so do not oppress one
      We know that Infinite Justice is God’s
      alone. Therefore, we have to analyze three
      key understandings: my justice, your justice,
      and Absolute Justice. We need to discuss and
      come to an understanding of the concepts
      that are shared and absolute between all of
      the revealed religions using the tools we
      have been given, including our intellects
      and human reason. Indeed, as Aristotle
      says, “The intellect is the most equitably divided
      trait among humans.”
      The explanation of justice that is most
      shared among us is simply
      this: an innocent person
      should not be taken to
      account for the wrongs of a
      guilty person. This is a universal
      principle that none
      of us can debate. Indeed, it
      is an Abrahamic principle
      according to the Quran:
      “Have they not been informed
      of what was in the Scrolls of
      Moses and Abraham who fulfilled
      their covenants—that
      one soul does not bear the
      wrongs of another and that a human being has
      only what he strives for?”
      Another principle we all share is that a
      man is innocent until he is proven guilty.
      We Muslims call this principle original innocence
      because we regard a human being as
      basically good unless he proves himself otherwise
      through vile actions as the Quran
      states, “This is the inherent nature that God created
      humanity upon” (Rum: 30). The Quran
      also warns us: “Verify any accusations so that
      you are not oppressive toward a people out of
      ignorance, and then have remorse for the harm
      you caused” (Hujurat: 6).
      We must also work together to redress
      the historical wrongs of the past and of the
      present by attempting to find the shared
      understanding that most approximates the
      ideal of Absolute Justice, even if that might
      insult my justice or your justice. For if we do
      that, we can indeed overcome these trials
      and deracinate terrorism, religiously
      inspired acts of insanity, and reactionary
      extremism within our midst. We must
      expend our energies and enlist our scholars
      and sages in coming to a just solution to the
      question of Palestine so as to prevent the
      matter from being left to people who have
      lost their sense of balance or who actually
      desire wars and conflicts. Indeed, peace is
      not only the best of what is good for the
      weak but for the strong as well.
      In addition, we must not
      allow special interest groups
      that benefit from wars and
      their consequences to
      declare a war of civilizations,
      especially between Islam
      and Christianity. We prefer
      peace and conviviality to
      vying for civilizational superiority.
      We must also make
      serious efforts to come to a
      precise definition of the concepts
      and technical terms we
      use, such as terrorism.
      Unfortunately, a war over terminology can
      lead to physical violence and actual warfare.
      Frankly, many Muslims ask, “What do the
      super-powers mean by terrorism?” They want
      to know on what exactly is war being waged
      before they board the ship setting sail to
      wage war on it. In fact, they are afraid that if
      they get on the ship, the captain might suddenly,
      in mid-sea, turn and accuse them of
      being terrorists! Is terrorism killing innocents,
      destroying property, and threatening
      people’s security? Or, is wearing a turban,
      building Quranic schools, reciting the
      Quran, and teaching people Islam considered
      terrorism? Is legitimate defense of
      your homeland and the attempt to rightfully
      take back what was wrongfully taken from
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      you considered terrorism by he who has
      wronged you? These questions need to be
      answered and should be before any of us
      gets on board with the captain of the ship.
      We should also proclaim this century a
      century of peace, development, religious
      tolerance, and culture in order that humanity
      may enjoy the gifts and blessings of this
      earth which we share in the shade of our
      Creator’s dominion until humanity receives
      our master Jesus, peace be upon him. We
      wish to be living in peace and prosperity as
      he descends from his heavenly abode in that
      wondrous and exalted state that was
      described by our Prophet, upon him be
      peace, when he said about Jesus,
      He will descend from on high upon the
      white minaret to the east of Damascus with
      his hands in the wings of two angels. If he
      lowers or raises his head, beads like pearls
      fall from him. Any disbeliever who receives
      a whiff of his breath’s scent will die, and his
      scent reaches to where his eye leaves off.
      The Antichrist seeks him out, and Christ
      kills him at the gate of Ludd. He then wipes
      the brows of some of those whom the
      Antichrist had no effect upon, and he
      informs them of their ranks in Paradise. He
      then isolates himself with the believers until
      Gog and Magog are removed. God then
      blesses the earth, and it is said to the earth,
      “O earth, bring forth your provisions and
      fruits, and give again your blessings.” In
      those days, many will eat from one pomegranate
      and rest in the shade of its shell
      (related by Muslim, part 18).
      Another narration states,
      “During Jesus’ reign, such security will
      exists that a camel will graze with the lion
      and the beast of prey with cows and sheep.
      Children will play with snakes, and none
      harm the other” (Musnad, 406:2).
      Thus, peace is described in those days. So
      let us ask ourselves this: Do we want to greet
      such days in the shade of wars and conflict
      or of peace and love?
      Finally, perhaps we should listen well and
      heed the advice of Prophet Jacob, peace be
      upon him, when he said to his sons,
      “O my sons, go seek out Joseph, and do not
      despair of God’s Grace. For none but people
      without gratitude despair of the Grace
      of God.”
      Let us then never despair of the Mercy of
      our Lord.

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