Letter to An African Muslim
Shaykh Abdalqadir as-Sufi
(This was first published in 1981 by Diwan Press)
In order to understand the present enslavement of our Islamic nation it is important to recognise the forces involved, their deployment, effect, power and weakness. At present a web of false information has been put out across Africa and, more seriously, working models and methods put forward to 'solve' the 'problems' of the 'underdeveloped' or 'developing' state. In other words, the Muslim intellectual (for a Muslim is by definition an intellectual) has been fed a false dialectic which, if he continues to work within it, will leave him in a power vacuum unable to impinge on the social and personal reality around him. It is vital that we both decode the current myths of 'problem and solution' as well as create a new polarity system of opposites to vitalise our renewed action as Islamic workers.
Before examining the current situation of external and kafir control of Africa, let us examine the nature of the enemy's social modes. During this examination it is necessary to stress that everything referred to in the following pages has already been defined in terms of a 'political framework' of evolving democracy over and against tribalism and backward despotisms due to local past history. All this we must put out of our minds as a mythic system devised to allow free access to and intervention in, the local African scene.
There is not one autonomous, self-governing state in Africa today. Where ownership and control lies we will examine later. Firstly we must look at the methodology that has been imposed on and is now functioning in the control of Africa by alien forces.
Let us ask:
How is Africa controlled?
Why is Africa controlled?
What lies behind the control of Africa?
Only after we have examined the answers to the questions may we examine the road to freedom, and it is not Frantz Fanon's for he has been precisely one of the instruments of that ruthless control.
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"I am a slave. I eat as a slave eats and I sit as a slave sits.", Beloved, sallallahu alyhi wa-sallam.