6 Successful Black Muslims in History31 Oct 2021
Black history month is an important time of the year to celebrate the contributions and experiences of Black people, which are usually neglected and overlooked, and especially the accomplishments of Black Muslims. In celebration of Black History Month, we remember and express our appreciation by recognising the achievements and history of Black Muslims, meanwhile tackling Islamophobia and anti-black racism.
1. Bilal ibn Rabah (al-Habashsi)
One of the most trusted and righteous companions of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Bilal had the privilege to be the reciter of the Adhan (call of Prayer) of the Prophet. He took part in all the battles with the Prophet, including Badr, Uhud and Khandaq.
2. Umm Ayman (Barakah bint Tha’alaba)
A righteous humble woman who is known for her custody of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). She became his custodian when he lost his parents at a young age. Umm Ayman was one of the first to accept Islam and brought up sons who accompanied the Prophet in his battles. The Prophet used to say she was among the people of paradise.
3. al-Miqdad ibn al-Aswad
al-Miqdad, belonging to Kunda’s tribe, was among the earlier Muslims who accepted the religion of Islam and supported the Prophet’s mission. He took part in all the battles with the Prophet and was honoured to be among the very few who were permitted to attend the burial of Lady Fatima, daughter of the Prophet.
4. Muhammad Ali
An Olympic and World Champion boxer, philanthropist, and social activist with an influential personality, emphasising self-belief and religion. Globally, Muhammad is recognised as one of the best athletes of the 20th century. He was the only boxer to have won the heavyweight championship three times.
5. Dave Chappelle
An American stand-up comedian and actor. Dave achieved multiple awards, including five Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards and Mark Twain Awards. He has his own show ‘Chappelle’s Show’ where he brings his humour to the public audience. Some titles he had earned were ‘Comic Genius of America’ and number 9 in ‘50 Best Stand Up Comics of All Time’.
6. Laila Aboulela
An award-winning fiction author. Laila is the first-ever winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing. Some of her novels are ‘The Kindness of Enemies’, ‘The Translator’, and ‘Minaret and Lyrics Alley’, which was the Fiction Winner of the Scottish Book Awards.