There is something I have been thinking about for a very long time and just have not been able to put into words. Finally, as two men from different camps within Sunni Islam make the news I am led to write about this issue. Imam Luqman Ahmad is a Philadelphia native, generational American-Muslim with a classical understanding and currently the imam of Masjid Ibrahim in Sacramento, CA. Over the past few years he has built up a large online following from those, including myself, who seek his words of wisdom and examination of the social and religious issues within the indigenous American-Muslim community. Imam Luqman represents a Sunni mathabi viewpoint which will often be associated with Sufism. Recently he has written a book titled The Devils Deception of the Modern Day Salafi Sect which I plan to purchase.
The second man is Imam Shadeed Muhammad the east coast Salafi imam in Philly who has been put “off the minhaj” by the likes of Imam Ike Dawud Adib and the Golden Child Abdul-Hasan Malik and was forced to take his talents to South Philly bolstered by his base of niqaabi supporters. (When I pay attention to him and Dawud Adib it reminds me of the LL Cool J-Canibus beef. Canibus said to LL “99% of your fans in high-heels” and that’s our brother Shadeed but LL responded to Canibus “99% of your fans don’t exist” and that’s Imam Ike and his ilk). Imam Shadeed Muhammad has recently penned an expose of the foolishness and predatory behavior amongst Salafi leaders in a piece called The Elephant in the Room.
As most of my readers know I was educated by Salafi teachers and identified with that Dawah for years. I chronicled my experiences in that movement in the award-winning Rise and Fall of The Salafi Movement series. In thirty years of strong Dawah in America it is safe to say Salafeeyah has built nothing. No schools, no institutions, no strong communities, few strong families and few masjids that haven’t split over petty issues. The only Salafai leader to establish a strong community on a real mission is Abu Muslima in East Orange, NJ and out of hatred and petty jealousy he was torn down by the same type of morons who are attacking Shadeed Muhammad today.