Here is a response to a recent tirade from a Muslim Hip Hopper. I pray for him and myself, hoping that we will not allow this to come between us as Muslims. I differ with my brothers and sisters on this issue, but I respect them and believe that they have a right to engage in Hip Hop. I would encourage us all to have our opinions and engage this discussion divorced from emotions.
Suhaib: I would encourage Muslims to avoid these superstars, inviting them to events, paying them big sums of cash and treating them with such pageantry.
Abdul Haqq, Muslim Hip Hopper: Is Imam Suhaib talking about himself here?
We know that Arabs love white prostitutes and they get the most money of all of the hookers. Has anybody asked Imam Suhaib how much he gets paid to do his lil fake Arab-American accent while they parade him around their “Religious gatherings.”
Suhaib: See below
Abdul Haqq, Muslim Hip Hopper: “Show business is show business. Seems these intolerant self appointed “Scholars” are just worried they may be losing their fan base. And what is up with the Eminem reference??? Don’t “Imams” have better things to do with their time then to drive more people away from Islam????”
Suhaib: Interesting a brother recently took shahada with me alhamdulillah. Perhaps the question is, what type of Islam are we teaching the people in the first place? This watered down Krush Groove Islam is saddening, and when people realize that they were bamboozled by you, they will be upset. I know because, as one convert told me, “The problem wasn’t with me, it was those who explained Islam to me. The watered it down and turned it into something else.”
Also, I’m on record, in fact on this site, saying that “I’m no scholar.” I’m your brother in Islam and because I love you, I’m willing to say what may not please you. Look at your writing above akhi! Is that the writing of a refined spiritual being, or is that the writing of a person who’s heart is infested with the termites of hip hop? Wallahi, think deeply about your words and ask yourself, when you stand in front of Allah, would you rather do this hip hop stuff, or hearing the Qur’an intercede for you and your fasting interceding for you? What would the Prophet (sa) say if he walked in on such a gathering?
Abdul Haqq, Muslim Hip Hopper: “I noticed he has failed to mentioned the fact that He is living off that… “ARAB MONEY!!!”
Suhaib: Actually, I take $0 for speaking for visiting a community. In fact, all the classes that I teach are for free. I hope and pray that Allah will preserve that as it was something I was taught by my teachers, who learned it from their teachers back to the early days of Islam. I have even recorded studio lectures for free and donated the profits to organization. I currently live in a one room place, sleep on the floor while my family lives in another country. In other words, I’m surviving.
Again, we see you relying on hip hop to formulate your analysis, no Qur’an, no Sunna and no statements of the scholars? Just a simple diatribe directed at my person with no real dalil or analysis. All of this proves my point, that some are religiously impoverished when it comes to basic actions and understandings related to how we should interact and treat each other. I call to the mind the statement of the Prophet, “A believer does not use foul words.” and “Those close to me in the Hereafter are those who exercise the best behavior” and “The signs of a hypocrite are three:… when he he argues, he does so with no etiquette.” Although there were times that the righteous used graphic language, the did not do so accusing each other of being prostitutes. Again, a very NWA, NAS, JAY Z, LITTLE WAYNE, type statement reflective of your inner stock.
However, when I travel I do have certain demands which I will list below:
1. No first class or business class tickets, economy or nothing.
2. No fancy hotel, just a simple decent clean place to rest.”
Abdul Haqq, Muslim Hip Hopper: Can you say….. HATERS!
Suhaib: May Allah make our love and hate for His sake alone. Hate can, indeed, be a good thing. Allah describes the Companions, “Allah made sin and rebellion despising to them.” Ibn Abbas, the Prophet’s nephew, said, “Faith is to love for the sake of Allah, and hate for His sake.”
Abdul Haqq one thing to consider is that such responses are only going to prove what many have assumed: some in the HH community are unable to divorce from the evil constructs that HH was based on. By using foul language and coming out like some kind of hard cat on the streets, making false assumptions and calling me out like you wanna battle and making race an issue, you have done nothing but further my claim that you, and some of your friends, are religiously in bad shape.
May Allah make us on the Haqq and free us from being servants to our nuffs. I appreciate you stopping by and pray that my words have not hurt or harmed you. I love you for Allah’s sake and only hope the best for both of us.