Beyond Black Victim Status: Slaves Are Superior

“We were of the most disgraced of people, and Allāh granted us honor with this Islam.  Now, whenever we seek honor in other than that which Allāh honored us with, Allāh shall disgrace us (once again).” —’Umar b. al-Khaṭṭāb “Black people in America can never be Muslim,” he said to me as I stood next to his desk.  I stared …

Are You a Glorified Victim?

The following is an excerpt from Prejudice Bones in My Body: Essays on Muslim Racism, Bigotry and Spiritual Abuse by Umm Zakiyyah: “Are you ashamed of who you are? Is that it?” His eyes were fierce as he regarded her. Carla dropped her head, unable to look directly at her father. “Our people have given blood and sweat, and even …

The Day Jessica Left Islam

a short story “Sit.” Jessica turned from where she was parting the heavily brocaded curtains to peer outside into the darkness. She found a large woman with deep olive skin gesturing toward a crushed velvet cushion on a chair in the dining room. The woman’s gold embroidered traditional dress that was wrapped about her made Jessica wish she could be …

Black Women Don’t Need to Cover?

a short story by Umm Zakiyyah  “Why isn’t the Qur’an and Sunnah sufficient for us?” Faith said, her hands trembling behind her head as she unfastened her niqaab. She tossed the face veil to a nearby table and collapsed into the softness of the couch, the cloth of her khimaar loosening itself from where it framed the brown of her …