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.

16 Replies to “Muslims using the N-word”

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  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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  5. 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:
    28).
    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
    THE PROPHET,PEACE
    BE UPON HIM,
    PROHIBITED KILLING
    ANTS,BEES,AND
    FROGS. HOW THEN
    COULD HE PERMIT THE
    KILLING OF A HUMAN
    BEING,WHOM GOD HAS
    ENNOBLED AND
    DIGNIFIED OVER THE
    REST OF HIS CREATION?
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    have prohibited for Myself oppression, and I have
    prohibited it for you also, so do not oppress one
    another.”
    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
    WE CAN INDEED
    OVERCOME THESE TRIALS
    AND DERACINATE
    TERRORISM,RELIGIOUSLY
    INSPIRED ACTS OF
    INSANITY, AND
    REACTIONARY
    EXTREMISM WITHIN OUR
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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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