The UK-based Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has announced the launch of a new book titled Blackness and Islam. According to the announcement:
April 10, 2021 Despite the egalitarian spirit of Islam, the lived reality of many Muslims is very different, and this is most apparent when we observe how Muslims deal with race and ethnicity. Muslims who are Black in the West in particular, have found that while Islam may not discriminate based on race, many Muslims do. To make matters worse, some of those Muslims will delve in to the Islamic tradition to justify their biases and bigotries, seeing no contradiction between their racism and the Islamic ideals. This work seeks to clarify and debunk some traditions which support their racist positions, and presents biographies of early Muslims who were Black. The biographies of these great Muslim personalities shows us how Blackness was a normal part of life for early Muslims, in sharp contradistinction to modern prejudices against Black folks found in some Muslim communities
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Although Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood are often portrayed as rivals, the book’s author is Imam Dawud Walid, who serves as the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), a part of the US Muslim Brotherhood. CAIR describes itself as “a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group” and as “America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group.” It was founded in 1994 by three officers of the Islamic Association of Palestine, part of the US Hamas infrastructure at that time. An October 2007 report on Walid said he was influenced by the autobiography of Malcolm X. The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch previously examined cooperation between the Global Muslim Brotherhood and the black movement in the US here and here. It concluded that the US Brotherhood was attempting to capitalize on recent events for purposes of Dawa (conversion to Islam) and for gaining allies for its Hamas-related activism.
Previous reporting by the Global Information Operations Report (GIOR) on the IHRC has included:
- A March 2021 report that the IHRC has called on the UK’s Education Secretary to retract his condemnation of the protests in Batley; West Yorkshire, centered on a schoolteacher who showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in class.
- A December 2020 report on the IHRC’s annual Islamophobia Conference, which compared a French proposal to what Hitler did to the Jews in Germany.
- A December 2020 report on an IHRC webinar held in early November 2020 on the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Campaign against Israel, describing Israel’s regime in terms of settler colonialism and apartheid.
- An October 2020 report on a book launch in Tehran, which was published by the IHRC, and analyzes the work of three leading American think-tanks, accusing them of helping to frame U.S. policies against the Islamic world and Islamic resistance [muqawamah] movements.
The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) is a UK-based NGO founded in 1997. Since 2007, it has had Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. Its website says it works with different organizations from Muslim and non-Muslim backgrounds “to campaign for justice for all peoples regardless of their racial, confessional, or political background.” The IHRC is considered supportive of the Iranian regime, and for many years has been central to organizing the events of the annual International Quds Day, initiated by the Iranian revolutionary regime.
For more on the IHRC, go here.