Black Men : Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin[H.Rap Brown]

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  1. noor100

    noor100 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, born as Hubert Gerold Brown and most famously known as H. Rap Brown, was born the son of Eddie C. Brown, an oil company worker, and Thelma (Warren) Brown in Baton Rouge, La., Oct. 4, 1943. He attended Southern University, 1960-64, and is currently the Leader of the Community Mosque of Atlanta; owner, the Community Store. He is married to Karima, a lawyer, and has two children, Ali and Kairi.

    Background: Black activist and social commentator of the 1960s who became widely known as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

    Famous quote: “Violence is as American as cherry pie”

    Autobiography, Die ****** Die (Dial Press, 1969) recounts how he developed a keen sense of the lowly status of blacks while growing up in Louisiana. Rallied the support of angry African-Americans against the white establishment in the late 1960s by openly supporting acts of violence. Became an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Alabama in 1966. Named minister of justice for the Black Panther Party in 1968. Accused in 1967 of instigating arson and riots in Cambridge, Md. “I hope they pick Brown up soon, put him away and throw away the key,” said then-Gov. Spiro Agnew. Disappeared before he could go to trial on the Cambridge charges and made the FBI’s most-wanted list, but resurfaced near the scene of a holdup and shootout in New York City in 1971. Served five years in prison on robbery charges. Converted to Islam while in prison and began using the name Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin.

    Paroled from prison in 1976, he moved to Atlanta, opened a small grocery and community store and became the leader of the Atlanta Community Mosque. Neighbors said the former activist worked hard to keep drugs and prostitution out of the area. Accused in 1995 of aggravated assault after a man claimed he was shot by Al-Amin. The man later recanted and said he was pressured by authorities to identify Al-Amin as the shooter.
    “I don’t miss the ‘60s,” he told an interviewer from The Washington Post in 1978.

    Sources: Staff and published reports; Contemporary Black Biography, Who’s Who Among African Americans, all by Gale Research Inc.


    H. Rap Brown (born October 4, 1943) came to prominence in the 1960s as a civil rights worker, black activist, and the Justice Minister of the Black Panther Party. He is perhaps most famous for his proclamation during that period that “violence is as American as cherry pie”, as well as once stating that “If America don’t come around, we’re gonna’ burn it down”.

    Brown was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as Hubert Gerold Brown, and now goes by the name Jamil Abdullah al-Amin.

    His activism in the civil rights movement included involvement with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), of which he was named chairman in 1967. That same year, he was arrested in Cambridge, Maryland, and charged with “inciting to riot” as a result of a fiery speech he gave there. He left the SNCC and joined the Black Panthers in 1968.

    He appeared on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List after avoiding trial on charges of inciting riot and of carrying a gun across state lines. He was arrested after a shoot-out in 1971 in New York.

    He spent five years (1971-1976) in the Attica Prison after a robbery conviction. While in prison, Brown converted to Islam and changed his name to Jamil Abdullah al-Amin. After his release, he opened a grocery store in Atlanta, Georgia and became a Muslim spiritual leader, preaching against drugs and gambling. He also became leader of the National Ummah, one of America’s largest black Muslim groups.

    In 2002, he was found guilty of killing Ricky Leon Kinchen, a Fulton County, Georgia sheriff’s deputy, and wounding another officer in a gunbattle at his store. Ironically, both officers were black [1]. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.

    From Wikipedia at

    A Fact Sheet on Imam Jamil Al-Amin

    Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin was born Hubert Gerold Brown, the youngest of three children, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on October 4, 1943. He acquired the nickname “Rap” from the streets (growing up) as a result of his impressive dexterity with language, combining keen intellect with blunt coarseness.

    He attended Southern University from 1960-64. In 1964, he moved to Washington, DC, and became politically involved in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). In May 1967, at the age of 23, H. Rap Brown was elected chairman of SNCC, succeeding Stokely Carmichael.

    In July 1967, he addressed a civil rights rally in Cambridge, Md., a small town on the eastern shore. Brown arrived late, and from the hood of a car gave a customary fiery address (later described by authorities as, “inciting the people to riot.”). After he spoke, a young woman requested an escort home. As Brown and two others escorted her up the street, assailants opened fire on them from bushes nearby. (Years later, reflecting upon that incident, Imam Al-Amin would remark, “We found out later the gunmen were black policemen.”) After the shooting there was a lot of commotion in the streets which quickly escalated into a riot.

    Two days after the explosion in Cambridge, Brown was arrested by FBI agents at Washington, DC’s, National Airport and charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Three weeks later, the State of Maryland charged him with inciting a riot.

    By 1968, much of SNCC’s leadership had merged into the Black Panther Party for self defense, which had been organized in Oakland, California, by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale; Brown would become the organization’s Minister of Justice.

    In 1969 Brown’s first book was published entitled, Die ****** Die! (publ., Dial Press). The central premise of this book can be found in the following excerpt: “I lived near Louisiana State University, and I could see this big fine school with modern buildings and it was for whites. Then there was Southern University, which was about to fall in and that was for the *******. And when I compared the two, the message that the white man was trying to get across was obvious…Die ****** Die.”

    Brown went underground before trial on the Cambridge (Md.) charges and made the FBI’s most-wanted list; he resurfaced near the scene of a holdup (a bar) and shootout in New York City in 1971. Consequent to this, he would serve five years in prison. In prison he would embrace Islam, and begin his transformation from H. Rap Brown to Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin.

    A New Focus in Life
    Paroled from prison in 1976, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, opened a community store and became the Imam (leader) of the Atlanta Community Mosque.

    While H. Rap Brown was known for his fiery rhetoric and in your face confrontation, Jamil Al-Amin was known as a quiet, mild-mannered, stabilizing force in Atlanta’s West End community. In the words of 73 year old Hattie Stegall, “I never saw him angry. When someone would die in my family, he would come by and offer his hand. And when the Muslim children would fight my grandchildren, he would make them come to me and apologize.”

    Imam Jamil would grow to lead a national community of Muslims, with members scattered around the US and Caribbean.

    When Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin moved into Atlanta’s West End, it was reportedly a crime ridden section of the city known for prostitution and drug proliferation. Under Imam Al-Amin’s leadership, Muslims led a renaissance which has resulted in the West End becoming a source of pride for the city of Atlanta. Despite this, however, the Imam’s past coupled with his [Islamic] ori entation would serve as a lightning rod for additional struggle.

    On August 7, 1995, Imam Jamil Al-Amin was arrested in connection with the July shooting of a young man who was pressured by authorities into identifying Al-Amin as his assailant. Even members of Atlanta’s Police Department openly expressed amazement when agents of the FBI, the FBI’s Domestic Counterterrorism Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms became involved in a case that the police themselves described as “a routine aggravated assault.” The charges were later proved unfounded and dropped.

    A few months ago, Al-Amin was stopped by police and charged with possessing stolen goods (an auto), driving without insurance, and impersonating an officer. He borrowed the car from a friend of his who operated a car lot, and who later (or so it was thought) resolved the issue of it being a stolen auto, operated without insurance. The badge that police discovered - in the process of checking his wallet for identification - was given to him by the mayor of the town of Whitehall, Al., where Imam Jamil (along with members of his community) initiated a community project. He was made an honorary member of the town’s police force; and the mayor of the town confirmed this in a letter to Georgian authorities.

    Instead of dropping the charges, in light of these mitigating circumstances, the prosecutor notified Al-Amin’s attorney that his office intended to pursue charges, with the caveat that a deal could be worked out where Imam Al-Amin would “only spend six months” in jail. Imam Al-Amin’s position was that he did nothing wrong, and so he rejected the “deal.” When the trial date came around, Imam Al-Amin refused to cooperate (show up); as a consequence a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

    On Thursday, March 16, as Muslims around the world were in the process of celebrating the most important holiday in the Muslim calender (Eid ul-Adha), two sheriff deputies attempted to serve a warrant that was reportedly issued months earlier. One deputy was killed, the other injured; Imam Jamil Al-Amin was accused of being the assailant, and became a fugitive until his arrest on Monday, March 20th, in the State of Alabama by federal authorities.

    On Tuesday, March 21, a press conference, sponsored by a number of national Muslim organizations, was held at the offices of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Washington, DC. A prepared statement read in part: “We are not here today to judge the guilt or innocence of any party to this tragic series of events. Just as we do not prejudge, we ask that others wait until all the facts are known. In America, as in Islam, anyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty… Finally, we make note of a past incident in which Imam Jamil was apparently falsely accused of a similar, though far less serious crime. At that time, the alleged victim recanted and claimed that he was pressured by the authorities to name Imam Jamil as the perpetrator.”

    Final Thoughts

    For more than two decades, Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin has been one of the most respected leaders in the U.S., a man whose prominence transcends the Muslim community in America. From his years of involvement in the struggle for change in America during the 60s and 70s as H “Rap” Brown - first with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and later with the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense - to his embrace of Islam and transition to Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin in 1976, he has been committed to the struggle for justice and the liberation of the oppressed.

    The media and law enforcement community has consistently portrayed him as a violence prone “Black Panther” (regurgitating a quote which, unfortunately, still holds true: “Violence is as American as cherry pie.”). No doubt, when the time for Imam Jamil’s trial comes around, we will hear repeated references to his Black Panther past - as was the case in the trial of the award-winning journalist (on death row in Pennsylvania) Mumia Abu-Jamal.

    An excerpt, however, from Imam Jamil Al-Amin’s last book (Revolution: By The Book, publ., 1993 by Writer’s Inc.), is a far more representative reflection of the man he is today. In it he writes: “It is criminal that, in the 1990s, we still approach struggle [by] sloganeering…saying, ‘by any means necessary,’ as if that’s a program. Or, ‘we shall overcome,’ as if that’s a program. Slogans are not programs. We must define the means which will bring about change. This can be found in [what] Allah has brought for us in the Qur’an and in the example of the Prophet (pbuh). Our revolution must be according to what Almighty God revealed.”

    “The struggle is an ongoing process…When the first slave rebelled against being a slave, he gave an alternative to slavery that has been built upon until now. That’s struggle; and there have been many movements in the struggle - the abolitionist movement, the antislavery movement, the civil rights movement…but, the struggle still goes on.”

    “The mission of a believer in Islam is totally different from coexisting or being a part of the system. The prevailing morals are wrong. Their ethics are wrong. Western philosophy has reduced man to food, clothing, shelter, and the sex drive, which means he doesn’t have a spirit. Successful struggle requires a Divine program. Allah (God) has provided that program.”

    This is the Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin that the opinion shapers want to keep hidden! This is the Jamil Al-Amin that threatens the status quo!

    In an article recently published in the National Review (February 21, 2000, pp.40-41), noted commentator Daniel Pipes takes aim at a number of American-born Muslims whom he considers a threat to the “American way of life.” He observes: “...the one time radical H. Rap Brown, now known as Jamil Al-Amin, declares, ‘When we begin to look critically at the Constitution of the United States…we see that in its main essence it is diametrically opposed to what Allah has commanded.’”

    In the land of “freedom of speech, conscience and religion,” this influential voice in the Western socio-political construct advises his readers on the necessary course of action: “The first priority is for journalists, intellectuals, clergy, and academic specialists to awaken Americans to this still-incipient but rapidly growing problem…”

    If there has been a conspiracy to neutralize Imam Jamil Al-Amin (and others like him), could this line of thinking be at the heart of it?

    prepared by: El-Hajj Mauri’ Saalakhan

  2. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I do not mean to be cruel or mean to the present college generation, but a group came up to the Imam and said,
    "We and the black community need your leadership and inspiration once again"

    He replied , hey brothers I apreciate the accolades but I did what I did when I was young and did it on the campuses when I was your age,

    now it is time for you young brothers to be the vanguard
  3. noor100

    noor100 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Ankhur you and a couple of others stay on this forum so much i wonder what you are doing if anything.
  4. noor100

    noor100 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Update on Imam Jamil

    Update on the Legal Status and Imprisonment Conditions of Imam Jamil al-Amin
    October 4, 2010
    The Education Committee of the IAR, in cooperation with MANA's Social Justice Task Force presents:

    An Update on the Legal Status and Imprisonment Conditions of Imam Jamil Abdullah al-Amin (the former H. Rap Brown)

    October 8, 2010

    Main Prayer Hall
    Islamic Center of Raleigh
    808 Atwater St.
    Raleigh, NC 27607

    Guest Speaker Mauri' Saalakhan will present:
    Third Shift Jummah Khutbah at the ICR (1:30-2:15 pm)
    Friday Night Program between Maghrib and Isha Prayers

    A message from Imam Khalil Abdur-Rahman (National Representative for Imam Jamil):

    As-Salaam Alaikaam

    The current status of Imam Jamil: A habeas corpus petition for a new trial has been formally submitted, and the court's ruling is now pending. Imam Jamil is currently being held in 23 hour lock-down, with no human contact, at a supermax prison in Florence, Colorado - a condition that is inhumane, unconstitutional, and a violation of internationally agreed upon Human Rights (as enshrined in the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights.")
    Imam Jamil has a well known history (predating his embrace of Islam) of dedicated struggle for the rights of Black People in America, and all other oppressed peoples throughout the world.
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    noor100 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    A statement from civil rights and labor activists, friends and associates of Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown)
    Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, once known to us as H. Rap Brown, is now on trial for his life following a deadly shootout in the southwest Atlanta community where he has lived and served as a Muslim cleric for almost thirty years.

    There has been blind rush to judgment on the part of the police chief and prosecuting attorney. Without benefit of trial they have publicly declared Al-Amin a murderer and are demanding the death penalty. There has also been a similar presumption of guilt on the part of the media in spite of a number of glaring discrepancies in the police version of events.

    The most telling of these discrepancies suggests a shooter other than Al-Amin. Immediately after the shooting both deputies insisted that they had shot and wounded their assailant severely enough that there was a "trail of blood" near the scene. After the violent encounter, a 911 caller reported that a bleeding man was a few blocks away begging passing motorists to give him a ride. The early description both deputies gave of their assailant did not fit Al-Amin in several important respects. For example, the surviving deputy was certain that the assailant had gray eyes while Al-Amin has dark brown eyes. Yet Al- Amin, who had no injuries was pursued, arrested and charged with the shooting.

    The facts as alleged are completely out of character for the man we knew in the civil rights movement and now know as a religious leader in the Muslim community. As a civil rights activist and chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Al-Amin then known as H. Rap Brown worked tirelessly in the struggle of disenfranchised communities in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi to gain the right to vote. As SNCC national Chairman, he spoke out against the war in Vietnam and championed the rights of oppressed people in the US and abroad.

    Since then, Al-Amin has been a devout spiritual teacher and a public- spirited local leader. We know Imam Al-Amin as a principled and compassionate man, committed to justice for all oppressed people and devoted to the moral welfare of his community. His Atlanta neighbors have attested to his devotion to family and community.

    During the sixties, H. Rap Brown was hounded by authorities for his militant defense of black protest. This pattern of harassment has continued. Over the past twenty years, authorities have made over thirty attempts to charge him with a variety of crimes. All charges were found to be baseless and were dismissed for lack of evidence.

    In light of the discrepancies in the accounts of the current case, and our knowledge of Imam Al-Amin's character, we urge a suspension of judgement until all the facts are heard. We also call for a fair and impartial trial.

    A statement from civil rights and labor activists, friends and associates of Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown)
    Victoria Gray Adams
    Sandra Adickes
    Rev. Dan Aldridge
    Dorothy Dewberry Aldridge
    Chude Pam Parker Allen
    Prof. Ernest Allen
    Maris Arnold
    Atlanta International Action Center
    Prof. Allan Austin
    Amina Baraka
    Amiri Baraka
    Prof. Cora Masters Barry
    The Hon. Marion S. Barry, Jr.
    Jawara Senghor Baye
    Fay Bellamy
    Juliette Bethea
    Freddie Greene Biddle
    The Hon. Julian Bond
    Heather Tobis Booth
    St. Clair Bourne
    Prof. John Bracey
    Anne Braden
    Ed Brown
    Elaine Brown
    Prof. Elza Barkley Brown
    Joan Browning
    Dorothy Burlage, Ph.D
    Leonette Butler
    Cathy Cade
    Earl Caldwell
    Prof. Clayborne Carson
    Ruth Howard Chambers
    Anne Halley Chametzky
    Prof. Jules Chametzky
    Len Chandler
    Min. Benjamin Chavis Muhammad
    Wanda P. Childs
    Ron Clark
    Atty. Kathleen Cleaver
    Charlie Cobb
    Courtland Cox
    M. Phylliss Cunningham
    Constance Curry
    Gloria Richardson Dandridge
    Barbara Dane
    A. Page DeFrantz
    Linda Moses Dehnad
    Theresa Del Pozzo
    Gail Dixon
    Ivanhoe Donaldson
    Tom Doran, MCSE
    James C. Early
    Ramona Edelin
    Edwin R. Edmonds, Ph.D
    Charles Ensley
    Leila Feinstein
    Bettie Fikes
    Atty. Robert Fletcher
    Chaka Forman
    James Forman, Ph.D
    C. Gerald Fraser
    Don Freeman
    Dennis B. Gaynor
    Vida A. Gaynor, Ph.D
    Atty. Ed Geffner
    Gilbert Gilthere
    Regina Ginyard
    Tony Gittens
    Prof. Myrtle G. Glascoe
    Miram Cohen Glickman
    Prof. Susan Glisson
    Prof. Thavolia Glymph
    Joanne Grant
    Hunter Gray
    Vernard R. Gray
    George Greene
    Cheryll Y. Greene
    Dr. Jewell Handy Gresham-Nemiroff
    Lawrence Guyot
    Emory Harris
    Rutha Harris
    Mimi Shaw Hayes
    Juadine Henderson
    Gloria House, Ph.D
    Karen Y. House
    Dream Hampton
    Casey Hayden
    Margaret Herring
    Faith Holsaert
    Phil Hutchings
    Beni Ivy
    Lamin Jangha
    Donald A. Jenkins
    Atty. Timothy Jenkins
    Viviana de Jesus
    E. Jeanne Breaker Johnson
    June E. Johnson
    Atty. J. Charles Jones
    Marshall Jones
    Matthew Jones
    Eric P. Jones
    Rayford Kharabia
    George King
    Lucille Knowles
    Marion Kwan
    Dorie Ladner
    Adam Levenstein
    Jamila Levi
    Jean Libby
    Lorne Cress Love
    Howard Machtinger
    Elizabeth Sutherland Martinez
    Fred Mangrum
    Bob Mants
    Joanne Christian Mants
    Diane Mathiowetz
    Charles F. McDew
    Judy Mionalowshi
    Jack Minnis
    Charlene Mitchell
    Atty. Jane Bond Moore
    Atty. Howard Moore, Jr.
    Rev. Douglas E. Moore
    Dr. Janet Moses
    Robert Moses, Ph.D
    Darryl E. Moss
    Curtis Muhammad
    Hollis Watkins Muhammad
    Daphne Muse
    Diane Nash
    Chico Neblett
    Chuck Neblett
    Prof. Horace Okafor-Newsum
    Martha P. Norman
    Dr. Silas Norman, Jr.
    John O'Neal
    Mary Lovelace O'Neal
    Alashe Michael Oshoosi, Ph.D, JD
    Robbie Osman
    Penny Patch
    Prof. Gwendolyn Patton
    Prof. Charles M. Payne
    Willie Wazir Peacock
    Bill Perlman
    Thomas J. Porter
    William Porter
    Chea Prince
    Prof. Barbara Ransby
    Jimmy Raynor
    Judy Richardson
    Betty Garman Robinson
    Keisha Robinson
    Reggie Robinson
    Donovan Rogers
    Jimmy Rogers
    Avon Rollins
    Constancia Dinky Romilly
    SIEU Local 371
    Kalamu ya Salaam
    Prof. John R. Salter
    Pete Seeger
    Prof. Cleveland L. Sellers
    Rev. Charles Sherrod
    Charles Simmons
    John J. Simon
    Jane Silver
    Scott B. Smith
    Karen Spellman
    Alonzo Rico Speight
    Prof. William Stafford
    Prof. William L. Strickland
    Brian Tate
    Charles Tate
    Florence Tate
    Greg Tate
    Prof. Esther M.. Terry
    Prof. Eugene Terry
    Prof. Ekwueme Michael Thelwell
    Joan Thornell
    Sue Thrasher
    Muriel Tillinghast
    W.S. Tkweme
    Albert U. Turner
    Maria Varela
    Tres Vismale
    Rev. C. T. Vivian
    Dr. Ronald Walters
    Terry Weber
    Dr. Frances Cress Welsing
    Angelica Whitmal
    Nathaniel Whitmal
    John Edgar Wideman
    Jean Wiley
    Elvira Williams
    Dr. Irving Williams
    Pamela Woodard
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    Dorothy M. Zellner
    Dr. Howard Zinn
  6. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    owner of various real estate concerns
    When you are in a position of owning and managing 4 multifamily units in the middle of the innercity, then you are doing plenty, and I have done plenty and what I do here is plenty, but your sole focus on your one little religion and nothing else,
    makes me wonder if you are,

    simply someone here to proselytize your religion,
    so you can taka a trip to Brooklyn and I can show you what I have done and you can speak to the folks here as well to see what I have done for them since this is a personal issue,
    and bring your thankers with you.

    Now since this is about one upsmanship rather then dialogue what are you doing for the general Black communuty that is not muslim?
  7. chuck

    chuck Well-Known Member MEMBER

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  8. chuck

    chuck Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Our comments etc. here are just that...

    So, yes, if you are indeed meant to be a local or state or national leader, it probably will have nothing or little to do with what the individuals who air comments and criticisms about you feel or think, one way or another, via the one message boards etc., by the way of this one website...

    But, I too find it ironic, given your alleged desire to uplift those one now guesses are far less off than you are, you would do or say anything to undermine what others here are trying to accomplish, i.e., since if brother Jamal no longer feels and thinks he should be leading the battles, his advice etc.-- as regards those who are going to-- from here on out--should be of some importance, etc., since he's 'been there/done that' too...

    So since this thread isn't about and/or wasn't even started by you?

    Do get back to your own efforts!

    Be the role model you claim and say and write none of the rest of us who post on these boards are...

  9. chuck

    chuck Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    First of all:

    I applaud your efforts, Sister Noor...

    Second of all:

    Always remember this...

    Those who know/don't say...

    Those who say/don't know...

    I. e., suchlike includes merely being wannabes, rather than true leaders, sis...

  10. noor100

    noor100 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Sister Karimah..wife of Imam Jamil