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Submitted by mark saichek (United States), Jun 8, 2010 at 12:27

this explanation attempts to reinforce an erroneous assertion common to islamic dawa directed at black americans, that when they "return" to islam and give up their "slave names" they will shed the ignominious mantel of european oppression an be truly liberated. islam and arab islamic culture are the possibly the greatest oppressors of people of color in history . the practice of slavery in this culture persists to this day in the muslim world and is considered permissable under islamic law.

the ahistorical perspective proferred by islamic prosthletizers, especially as it relates to prison dawa in america, validates many of the existing beliefs and prejudices of some american blacks . some of these commonly held views of black prisoners are; black prisoners are victims not offenders, america is evil and responsible for the oppression of blacks the world over, jew hatred and the belief that a world wide jewish conspiracy, in collusion with other elements of evil , is really controlling events in order to repress "others" and start wars for profit, etc. ala rev. jeremiah wright; israel was stolen by european jews after world war two by creating "the myth of the holocaust" and therefore has no right to exist; and that white people, who are not muslim, are inherently and intractably evil. it is unfortunate that this cynnical, manipulative element of islamic dawa finds such a naive and willing audience in america.

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