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The Color Complex

Posted by Jack Stephens on April 1, 2007

Margari Aziza Hill writes about issues of interracial marriage and color complex within the Black and American Muslim community in her blog just another angry black muslim woman?:

I think these articles are fascinating because they describe some of the underlying factors that shape the contours of relations between immigrant Muslims and African Americans. For 14 years, I have heard African American brothers complain about not being able to marry other Muslim ethnicities. Recently, more African American sisters in integrated Muslim communities have begun to talk about how invisible they feel. One could be Muslim for a year or two without a single serious prospect for marriage. This is the case for several African and African American Muslim women that I know. It is striking because American society is fairly open to interracial marriage, but American Muslims seem to maintain clear ethnic lines (except when it comes to marrying White American converts).

3 Responses to “The Color Complex”

  1. Omar said

    I totally agree with you Saif, I’m Muslim, African American and I’m a successful real estate developer. I was born into an educated liberal Musilm family. My parents always stressed on obtaining a higher education. Most of my friends that are Muslim happen to be the sons and daughters of Immigrants. Like me, they’re educated and financially well-off. Muslims of African American decent are very decent people, a lot are humble brothers and sisters that are indeed very spirtual and kind. Unfortunately, there are some who are still caught up in the tenets of the Nation of Islam. Some of these individuals really believe that Islam is a Black Power Religion (Of course educated muslims know that Islam has nothing to do with race nor ethnicity). But some of these individuals that I’ve known or conversed with don’t see any difference on being Muslim or non Muslim of African American decent. It’s all about being Black at the end of the day, my parents call them, “Christians with a Black Power Agenda hiding under the name of Islam”. Some of the African American muslim Blogs that are out there concentrate soley on Black Nationalistic issues: Black men won’t marry Black women; No men want dark women; I can go on and on. But the fact of the matter is there’s no spirituality in those Blogs, just plain old Black Nationalism. I totally agree with you that African American Muslims need to become Industrialist and concentrate on their own Ummah. But before they concentrate on their own Umman they need to become spritual in the name of Islam not nationalistic in the name of Islam.

  2. Discussing the harmful affects of colorism does not equal nationalism. Nor is a Muslim limited to only talking about spiritual matters. But one’s spirituality should inform how you approach various issues. One can read my blog to see that I address multiple issues: Islam, race, gender, spirituality, political Islam, academia, class, education, community relations, travel, etc. Anyone attempting to claim that my blog is nationalistic, fascist, or built on some reactionary political movement clearly missed the point. My Muslim identity is one of many identities that shapes the way I experience and understand the world around me. As far as I can tell from Omar’s comment, he has Arabic concepts confused, as well as English. “Industrialist?” You would mean Industrious, but we could use more Black industrialists developing industry and building real capital for our communities. African Americans “should concentrate on their own Ummah?” Ummah is the universal community that trancends race. There is no African American nation to speak of, but this would be promoting Black nationalism. You must mean Umman should be corrected to Iman, which is faith.

    Also, Muhammad (s.a.w.) addressed issues of race in his Final Sermon “Arab is not better than a Black, a Black is not better than an Arab” and there are verses in the Quran “I have created you into different tribes and nations so that you may come to know each other.” Those should be the guiding principles in how we treat each other as human beings and that is clearly stated within Islamic doctrine.

  3. s said

    Interesting article

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