Tuesday, May 8, 2012

We are all 'abeed ( عبيد ) of Allah

An interesting new campaign that started in March 2012. You can have your different view points on it but it is worth checking out.

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The Arabic words "abeed" عبيد, "abd"عبد , and "abdah" عبدة (slaves) are commonly used in reference to the Black race. This is a horrible racial slur that degrades a group of people based on a hurtful past of systematic and heart-breaking enslavement.

On the other hand, the word "abeed" is used beautifully in the Quran by Allah to refer to His worshippers. In chapter 50 (Suratul Qaf) , verse 29 Allah says:
"...وَمَا أَنَا بِظَلَّامٍ لِّلْعَبِيدِ"
"...and I am not unjust to My slaves"

This word "abeed" is a term that encompasses all of those who strive to worship Allah, an honorable way of life. Instead, some use this word to marginalize and insult others, stripping the word of its beauty and dignity.

Lets BREAK THE LINK BETWEEN "Abeed" and the black race. Let's ALL strive to be 'abeed to the One whom we dedicate our lives to. Let's claim that "I am an 'abd" because "We are all 'abeed of Allah". 

2 comments:

  1. I think it is better not to use the word "Abeed" at all.
    we should not fight the racism by slavery to a "GOD".
    No Gods , No Masters (as per the anarchist quote).

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  2. “Abeed”, in the original black Arabic tongue the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) spoke, is closer in meaning to ‘reveal’ or ‘figure of’. The word came to be regarded by Black Muslims ( c. 620 AD) as too sacred to be spoken. This was before it was reduced to a term of denigration to the black Africans.

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