It is known that many of the Africans who were kidnapped and brought to these lands were Muslims. Dr. Y. N. Kly, may Allah have Mercy on him, reiterates a question posed to El Hajj Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X) that is relevant to establish a point:
“Does anyone know where the enslaved Africans came from in Africa? Yes. The African states as defined today are not the same as they were during the pre-colonial era. There were pre-colonial empires, not nation states. Thus both German and French anthropologists have determined that the vast majority of Africans sent to the U.S. came from areas that were once included in the Ghana, Mali and Songhay empires of Africa.”
It is well-known by historians that these three empires have been Muslim polities since the 11th century (Christian era). What has not been acknowledged as of yet, by the mainstream, is the fact that African-American Muslims are part of a continuous and unbroken chain of Islam; beginning with Prophet Muhammad's, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, contact with the Africans. The link between the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, the African Muslims of the past and the African-American Muslims of today are the Muslim slaves who were kidnapped and brought to this land.
Thiss lecture called "What did the Slaves Believe?" will be discussing the 'aqeedah (belief system) of these Muslims.
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