Should Muslims support the Black Lives Matter Campaign?

“We have indeed sent Our messengers with clear proofs, and sent down with them the Book and the Balance, so that the people may uphold justice.” [Surah Al-Hadid, 57:25]

First and foremost Muslims should definitely oppose injustice against black people and any other people who face similar kinds of injustice. That is a duty on us as Muslims as we are commanded to do so. But every command in Islam comes with a set of rules and a method for which to fulfil that command.

Therefore Muslims should not support a movement without first critiquing it carefully. The BLM movement/slogan is deeply opposed to Islam and this can be clearly seen in their mission statement on their website which is heavily dedicated to homosexual/transsexual doctrine which is highly antagonistic to all traditional religions, in particular Islam.

Here are some extracts from the mission statement on their website:

“We are guided by the fact that all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status, or location.”

“We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead.”

“We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.”

“We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).”

Black Lives Matter is not simply a hashtag or a social media campaign. It is a political movement that contradicts Islam. Muslims should not blindly or ignorantly support movements that are at loggerheads with our Deen even if there is some perceived beneficial interest in doing so.

Black Lives Matter is a left-wing liberal movement that supports LGBT policies and ideas. A Muslim cannot support such an organisation. Yes, as I’ve mentioned, as Muslims we must speak out against any oppression that takes place wherever we see or hear about it. But we must do so in the way that Islam allows us to and that is to expose the kufr systems that inflict this oppression and offer the correct Islamic solutions to address them. We cannot however support organisations whose ethos contradict Islam even if they purport to be tackling injustices.

We as Muslims have our own cause, especially in a time where Islam is absent from the political realm of life. That is to rid the world of all injustices by establishing the peace and justice of the Islamic system firmly on this earth. This was the mission of the Messenger (saw) and is a cause and a movement that is obligatory and that is in line with the methodology shown to us by the Prophet (saw). Many Muslims across the world are actively involved in this work and it is high time that the Ummah comes on board and assumes her responsibility to her Deen!

“You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah.” [Surah Al-Imran, 3:110]

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