Facts about Islam, blackness & black history

This is a post that should be read by racist, anti-black Muslim POC and extremist, Islamophobic black consciousness-folks alike:

1. Ummana Hajar/Hagar, an enslaved Egyptian woman, concubine of sayyidina Ibrahim, and the mother of  Ismail and through him of Arabs and Muslims, from whom the Prophet Muhammad descended, was a black woman, probably of East-African or Nubian descent.

2. Before & during the time of the Prophet, there were many black Arab tribes.

3. The Prophet had many black Companions and family members – it wasn’t just Bilal! Some of his black companions and family members were: Baraka Umm Ayman, Sumayya b. Khayyat, Ali B. Abu Talib, Sidi Ali Zayn al Abidin, Sayyida Fiddah, Sayyidina al Hussayn, and the list goes on and on.

4. The first hijra went to Ethiopia, where Muslim refugees were welcomed by a Christian Ethiopian king, so Islam was established in Ethiopia & West-Africa BEFORE it was established in Medina, let alone the Middle-East, North Africa, Andalusia, Turkey, Persia, West-Africa, the Indian subcontinent, China, etc.

Sources: Inside the Gender Jihad by Amina Wadud
Centering Black Narrative: Ahl al-Bayt, Blackness & Africa by Dawud Walid and Ahmad Mubarak
Centering Black Narrative: Black Muslim Nobles among the Early Pious Muslims, by Dawud Walid and Ahmad Mubarak
Gezegend en Vervloekt: Een geschiedenis van groter Afrika van de bakermat van de beschaving tot aan het derde milennium
Zwartheid binnen de islam, by Rosalinda Wijks (https://www.dipsaus.org/exclusives-posts/2018/5/9/zwartheid-binnen-de-islam)


Women’s Day: A tribute to female sleuths

Since I am a long-time detective/murder mystery-fan and it was Women’s Day, this will be a tribute to the female sleuths I love. (In no particular order)

1. Flavia the Luce by Alan Bradley, a 11/12/13 year-old English girl from the fifties with a passion for chemistry, daughter of a nobleman, living in a small English village in a large, stately home. (Flavia de Luce Series by Alan Bradley)

2. Sister Fidelma, an Irish nun, princess, lawyer and detective from the seventh century, who, (sometimes) together with her husand, a Saxon monk, solves all kinds of mysteris. (It gives a lot of info about the Celtic church, early Irish culture and the good position of Irish women in those days (http://www.sisterfidelma.com/main.htm)

3. Mma Ramotswe, a kind, wise, humorous and smart Setswana woman, who runs the first and only female-operated detective agency in Gaborone, Botswana (https://www.alexandermccallsmith.co.uk/?s=mma+ramotswe)

4. Georgiana Rannoch, a young, shy, smart -but penniless- lady from a family of Scottish noblemen, who is sometimes a spy, sometimes a sleuth, and always entertaining (https://rhysbowen.com/the-royal-spyness-series/)

5. Miss Marple, because, well, anything by Agatha Christie is worthwile.

6. Zaytuna bint al ‘Ashiqa al Sawda, a beautifull, scrupulous Afro-Arabic Sufi woman cum washerwoman from 10th Century Baghdad, who, though haunted by her own tragic past, always stands up for the poor and disenfranchised (https://www.llsilvers.com/thelover)

7. Jessica Fletcher, a former school teacher turned detective writer and sleuth, because, well, she’s brilliant!