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Abundance Child Live presents Wesley Muhammad( True Islam) on Thursday April 22, 2010 C.E.
Myspace.com/Trueislam reads, “Dr. Wesley Muhammad founder, Director and chief scholar of the Truth of God Institute, is regarded as a phenomenal young scholar with impressive credentials. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA), graduating with honors. In 2002 Dr. Muhammad received a Master’s Degree in Islamic Studies from the prestigious ‘public Ivy’, the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), whence he also received a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies with a focus on Early Theological Development in Islam. Dr. Muhammad’s research has been called both ‘innovative’ and ‘definitive’ by senior scholars in the field. He has accepted invitations to present his research at such prestigious universities as Duke University and the University of Chicago, as well as at the First World Conference of Middle East Studies (WOCMES) held in Mainz, Germany in 2003 where, as only a Pre-Candidate and one of several thousand scholars attending the conference, Dr. Muhammad was also asked to chair the panels on Islamic Theology. Dr. Muhammad’s dissertation, entitled “Tajalli wa-Ru’ya: A Study of Anthropomorphic Theophany and Visio Dei in the Hebrew Bible, the Qur’ān and Early Sunnī Islam,” has been described as the definitive study on the subject. Dr. Muhammad shows that the Hebrew Bible, the Qur’an, the Sunna of Prophet Muhammad and the Sunni tradition during its first four hundred years affirm that God is visible and appears to prophets and other favored persons in anthropomorphic form. Dr. Muhammad has taught Islamic Studies/Religious Studies at the University of Michigan and the University of Toledo. He has taught such courses as: “The Other God: Alternative Conceptions of the Divine in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Traditions”; “Introduction to the Study of Islam”; “Orthodoxy and Heresy: Locating the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam”; “Contemporary Issues in Islam: Between Tradition and Modernity”; and others. Dr. Muhammad’s published research is impressive both for the depth with which he treats his subjects and the breadth of the subjects treated: Islamic Studies, Biblical Studies, Jewish Studies, Oriental Studies, and American Islam. As only a third-year graduate student – three years before achieving candidacy – Dr. Muhammad succeeded in getting a controversial article published in the flag-ship journal of Middle Eastern studies, the International of Journal of Middle East Studies, in which he successfully challenged the common wisdom of both Muslim and Western writers on Islamic theology. The article, “Aspects of the Creed of Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal” (34 : 441-463), demonstrated that a central tenet of the first articulation of Sunni orthodoxy was the belief that Allah (God) appeared as a man. Another important publication of Dr. Muhammad’s is his work, “A Body Unlike Bodies: Transcendent Anthropomorphism in Ancient Semitic Tradition and Early Islam,” published in the Journal of the American Oriental Society (128 ). Dr. Muhammad demonstrates here that characteristic of pre-modern Sunni Islam was a belief that God indeed possessed a human form, but one that is different from that of mortal humans in that it is ‘transcendent’ in substance and effect, lacking the frailties and limitations that characterize the mortal human body. This tradition of ‘transcendent anthropomorphism,’ Dr. Muhammad shows, characterized the Biblical and ancient Near Eastern religions as well. For more information about Dr. Wesley Muhammad visit DrWesleyMuhammad.com .”
I welcome True Islam to the AC Live show because I have respect for his intellect, research, and dedication to what he believes and stands for. I am moor interested however in knowing how he applies his clear knowledge of Islam to the greater uplfitment of our people spiritually to economically. The Abundance Child Brand State of Mind is Always for The People. So in the interest of the people I like to bring our scholars, Ghetto and the like, to the table who have shown the ability to not only Set the Record Straight but also to effectively aid in the Total Liberation of our People.
Economically, it is tragic that in this Age of Information we are not turning these intellectual conversations into real life tangible movements that demand that our communities apply these sciences. We are way to comfortable being divided in the face of the decline of the corporate U.S. The masses of us adhere to the privileged U.S.A. systems and are financially bankrupt as a result. Although economics may not be an area of his strength, Dr. Muhammad’s research and public stance validates the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad who had a clear Economic Plan. It takes finance to uplift a Nation right? Ideally it is in this direction that I would like to format this Thursday’s show.
The Nation of Islam, lost and now found right here in Amexem, roots are traced back to the Prophet Noble Drew Ali. The Prophet Noble Drew Ali taught that we are not Black or any other U.S. Jurisdictional classifications. For the purpose of the show I will like to maintain that when I refer to Black I am not referencing the adjective that we so casually use to describe ourselves. I am referring to Black as a status in law. One may not want to engage in semantics(jurisprudence to me)here but I propose that we entertain it for this dialogue. I personally am willing because we all use semantics until it is time to STOP PLAYING and actually deal with the fact that we created and continue to perpetrate the very existence that we claim is so oppressive. We intellectualize about Mental Bondage but REFUSE to release the chains that U.S. Words of Art are holding us with. Now, that we reacquainted ourselves with the Origins of the NOI, I want to know what True Islam’s thoughts on Nationality are and how anything that he has researched is relevant without it. Is civics and knowledge of the All Law important to the him and or the Nation of Islam and how or is it being applied?
As astute as Dr. Muhammad is in the subject matter of Islam I am interested to know how he is reaching the masses and more importantly the youth who are far more attracted to groups like the Nation of Gods and Earths and the RBG Movement. Another brother who was just as astute and in fact reached farther into our communities was Dr. Khalid Muhammad…he said he was a Moor and “and got sense enough to know I’m a Moor…”
We as a people are underdeveloped spiritually and culturally and I am afraid that we give too much attention to scholars that do not have a viable plan within their own organizations that unites with other scholars and their organizations that will result in the whollistic health and economic sustainabilty of the people. How are we reaching the youth and what programs are being put in place that address how the next generation will eat, how they will be sheltered, clothed, and educated by us without the necessary assistance of our so called oppressors. Are our so called scholars holding us back?
And what about Islam. What is that? I know True Islam is an authority here and I am anxious to hear how he can translate it for the people who need to hear his message the most…NOT THOSE ALREADY SUBSCRIBING TO ISLAM. I will not apologize for my high standards that I set for the Integrity of Scholarship and its’ application. There are clear attempts being made to keep us from regaining our rightful authority and if these brothers and sisters do not step their game up and provide tangible remedies that will improve our status and overall way of life we need to ignore them and pay attention to those who are. Islam is increasing it’s presence Globally…what say you True Islam!
I am not singling out True Islam as he is my guest and I love him with “A NEVER DYING LOVE”, however, to whom much is given, much is required. I am excited and I welcome Dr. Wesley Muhammad and I pray you do too..AC~Always for The People!