This is a piece dedicated to peace
Freedom fighters like Martin Luther and Malcolm X
Despite the Selma of everyday
We can still be inspired for peace
Looking at Oscar winners John and Common
Saying their piece after rendering
Glory will come
Oh, how I love Malcolm even more! Rahmatullahi alaihi
Look this isn’t about religion
It’s not about who prays to Jesus and who bows to Allah
It isn’t about who is black and who is white
The way Malcolm died is what we ought to cry for.
His Iman was up there
He was not just a broken child; a thug turned Islamic in prison
He was from the Hausa clan
Known for their scholarship and faithfulness: Islam accepted him before he did
When I see his films and I read his books
When we youtube his speeches
Although I was not there
I know I was there, way before the womb that bore me
Malcolm visited Toronto’s first mosque in 65
He visited Mecca for the Hajj
Malik Shabaz visited the noble Ulama of the Middle East and Africa
He was from them- fiery, humble, and simply fearless.
Where did he get this fire from?
Malcolm X was the manhood and still is for Blacks and oppressed men
He withstood the threat to life with Tawakkul in Allah
When he was finally down he trusted in God alone, for his own had put him down
Malcolm rest in peace and Allah’s mercy always
Now that millions claim you
Not only communists, leftists and atheists
Although then you couldn’t get a simple Janaza in a mosque, oh Muslim brother
When I met your daughter
Ilyasa I met the blood of an icon I grew up on
When I met one, who visits your shrine,
I met the soul that I dream of in my khutbas all the time
The reason many don’t know you
They don’t know you are Muslim or you stood up against racism
They do not know your sacrifice
Because of you we have civil rights and equality
It isn’t right
No it isn’t right
Others get the limelight
But One Day, like Selma, One Day, Oh AlHaj Malik Shabaz, Glory!
So brothers and sisters, Listen up
Listen with your heart and not your ears
Put down that cell phone
Call someone you love and stop hating!
Allahummaghfirlahu and wahshur hu maal abrar!