"Revolution by the Book" (1994)
Introduction: In the late 1960s, he was known as H. Rap Brown, Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, (SNCC), Minister of Justice of the Black Panther Party, and on the FBI’s most-wanted list. Today, he is Jamil Abullah Al-Amin, a devoted Muslim dedicated to the principles of the Holy Qur’an and the tradtition of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and the Imam (spiritual leader) of an international Muslim Community centered in Atlanta Georgia.
Jamil Al-Amin’s commitment to the struggle of African- American people for justice and liberation is now focused. The Qur’an has provided the program for success which so eluded the 1960’s Black power movement. In his unique style, typical of the “Rap”, Imam Al-Amin describes how Allah offers oppressed people the means necessary for bringing change, to their society as well as to themselves:
"It is criminal that, in the 1990’s, we still approach struggle … sloganeering, saying, “by any means necessary,” as if that’s a program. Or, “we shall overcome,” as if that’s a program. Slogans are not programs. We must define the means which will bring about change. This can be found in … [what] Allah has brought for us in the Qur’an and in the example of the Prophet.
The struggle is an ongoing process. Many times, people mistakenly identify movement as struggle. Movement is only a phase of struggle. When the first slave rebelled against being a slave, he gave an alternative to slavery that has been built upon until now. That’s struggle, and there have been many movements in the struggle- the abolitionist movement, the antislavery movement, the civil rights movement, the free speech movement … but, the struggle still goes on.
The mission of a believer in Islam is totally different from coexisting or being part of the system. The prevailing morals are wrong. Their ethic are wrong. Western philosophy … has reduced man to food, clothing, shelter, and the sex drive, which means he doesn’t have a spirit …Successful struggle requires a Divine program. Allah has provided that program.”