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.