malcomxBy Reading Islam Team

 Each hour here in the holy land enables me to have greater spiritual insights into what is happening in America between black and white.

The following is Malcolm X’s (al-Hajj, Malik al-Shabazz) letter to his assistants in Harlem during his pilgrimage to Makkah in April of 1964:

"Never have I witnessed such sincere hospitality and overwhelming spirit of true brotherhood as is practiced by people of all colors and races here in this ancient holy land, the home of Abraham, Muhammad and all the other Prophets of the holy scriptures. For the past week, I have been utterly speechless

and spellbound by the graciousness I see displayed all around me by people of all colors.

I have been blessed to visit the holy city of Makkah; I have made my seven circuits around the Ka'aba, led by a young Mutawwaf (guide) named Muhammad; I drank water from the well of the Zamzam. I ran seven times back and forth between the hills of mount al-Safa and al-Marwa. I have prayed in the ancient city of Mina, and I have prayed on mount Arafat.

 There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world. They were of all colors, from blue-eyed blondes to black-skinned Africans. But we were all participating in the same ritual, displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood that my experiences in America had led me to believe never could exist between the white and non-white.

America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered white - but the white attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all colors together, irrespective of their color.

You may be shocked by these words coming from me. But on this pilgrimage, what I have seen, and experienced, has forced me to rearrange much of my thought-patterns previously held, and to toss aside some of my previous conclusions. This was not too difficult for me. Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds it. I have always kept an open mind, which is necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligent search for truth.

During the past eleven days here in the Muslim world, I have eaten from the same plate, drunk from the same glass, and slept on the same rug - while praying to the same God - with fellow Muslims, whose eyes were the bluest of blue, whose hair was the blondest of blond, and whose skin was the whitest of white. And in the words and in the deeds of the white Muslims, I felt the same sincerity that I felt among the black African Muslims of Nigeria, Sudan and Ghana.

We were truly all the same (brothers) - because their belief in one God had removed the white from their minds, the white from their behavior, and the white from their attitude.

I could see from this, that perhaps if white Americans could accept the Oneness of God, then perhaps, too, they could accept in reality the Oneness of Man - and cease to measure, and hinder, and harm others in terms of their “differences” in color.

Who would believe the blessings that have been heaped upon an American Negro?

With racism plaguing America like an incurable cancer, the so-called “Christian” white American heart should be more receptive to a proven solution to such a destructive problem. Perhaps it could be in time to save America from imminent disaster - the same destruction brought upon Germany by racism that eventually destroyed the Germans themselves.

Each hour here in the holy land enables me to have greater spiritual insights into what is happening in America between black and white. The American Negro never can be blamed for his racial animosities - he is only reacting to four hundred years of the conscious racism of the American whites. But as racism leads America up the suicide path, I do believe, from the experiences that I have had with them, that the whites of the younger generation, in the colleges and universities, will see the handwriting on the walls and many of them will turn to the spiritual path of truth - the only way left to America to ward off the disaster that racism inevitably must lead to.

Never have I been so highly honored. Never have I been made to feel more humble and unworthy. Who would believe the blessings that have been heaped upon an American Negro? A few nights ago, a man who would be called in America a white man, a United Nations diplomat, an ambassador, a companion of kings, gave me his hotel suite, his bed. Never would I have even thought of dreaming that I would ever be a recipient of such honors - honors that in America would be bestowed upon a King - not a Negro.

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds.

Sincerely, al-Hajj, Malik al-Shabazz (Malcolm X)

Taken from The Autobiography of Malcolm X, co-authored by Alex Haley.

Editor’s Note: The compassion, selflessness, brotherhood, and generosity that Malcolm encountered in Makkah during his Hajj opened his heart to the true spirit of Sunni Islam. He writes in his autobiography, “Because of the spiritual enlightenment which I was blessed to receive as the result of my recent pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah, I no longer subscribe to sweeping indictments of any one race. I am now striving to live the life of a true Sunni Muslim. I must repeat that I am not a racist nor do I subscribe to the tenets of racism. I can state in all sincerity that I wish nothing but freedom, justice and equality, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all people.”


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From left: Binoy Kumar Wickrama Surendra, Latheef Farook, Nihal Ratnaike, Saranapala Pamunuwa and S. Thillainathan

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The plaque and the certificate of appreciation were handed over to LatheefFarook at this special function by SLMCC  Chair Mr Mubarak Junaideen.

Addressing the gathering during the function the coordinator of LatheefFarook’s visit Mr Lukman Harees who is also a social activist and a writer had this to state;

About me

lfLatheef Farook began his journalistic career  with the now defunct Independent Newspapers in 1966 before joining the Lake House where he worked with the Ceylon Daily News and the evening daily Ceylon Observer from 1971, covering local politics and foreign affairs besides finance and economic sectors.

Simultaneously, working as the Sri Lankan correspondent for Middle Eastern news agencies following the local response to developments in the Middle East he also concentrated on economic developments in the international scene, especially in the developing world.

In 1976, Ceylon Daily News nominated him for the United Nations sponsored Dag Hammarskjöld scholarship for Third World journalists. Read more 



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Buddha preaches love and compassion. If the Buddha is there, he will protect the Muslims whom the Buddhists are attacking- Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama.

While  the Sinhala Zionist Bodu Bala Sena,BBS,gangsters were killing Muslims, looting and burning  Muslim owned properties in Aluthgama, Dharga Town, Beruwala and the surrounding areas  on June 15 and 16, 2014 in Colombo an all out effort was made to  cover up  this carnage  with a media blackout.

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A New Great Game in Central Asia

By Fahim Masoud Is there a new “Great Game” springing into existence in Central Asia? Many pundits and journalists who write on the region and its global importance argue that there is. In fact, after the Cold War and the birth of the five republics of Central Asia, this debate has dominated much of the analysis of the region.


A Saudi Palace Coup : Aftermath of Death King Abdullah

by David Hearst King Abdullah's writ lasted all of 12 hours. Within that period the Sudairis, a rich and politically powerful clan within the House of Saud, which had been weakened by the late king, burst back into prominence. They produced a palace coup in all but name. Salman moved swiftly to undo the work of his half-brother. He decided not to change his crown prince Megren, who was picked by King Abdullah for him, but he may choose to deal with him later.


A Slovakian Woman's Path to Islam

by Andy Human being. A notion as old as earth, known to everyone of us. A notion that "hides" my destiny, your secrets, and their personalities. Humans, that's us! Yes, all of us. None of us asked to come in this world, however we're already here.  People may ask themselves: "Why am I right now and right here in this place? Why was I born? What is my mission?"


A Spotlight on Muslims in Eastern Europe

by Daily News Muslim tribes have been present in Eastern Europe since early times, but the turning point in Bosnia came with the 'invasion' of the Ottoman Empire. Hearing the word 'European Muslims', the first thing that usually comes to one's mind is the Muslims of the West: immigrants with Muslim backgrounds or white Western converts. But there is another side to Europe, which has much more to do with Islam than we would first think.


A Trail of Tears - Untold Story by War Mongering US

By Ann Jones In 2010, I began to follow U.S. soldiers down a long trail of waste and sorrow that led from the battle spaces of Afghanistan to the emergency room of the trauma hospital at Bagram Air Base, where their catastrophic wounds were surgically treated and their condition stabilized.  Then I accompanied some of them by cargo plane to Ramstein Air Base in Germany for more surgeries at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, or LRMC (pronounced Larm-See), the largest American hospital outside the United States.


A Wall for a Wall: Mirroring Racism

by William A. Cook Now that our President has handed over the resolution of the Syrian debacle to the United Nations, perhaps justice demands that he hand over resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict to that international body as well. One can turn to the reality of the illegal machinations of the Israeli Zionist government any day of the week and see and know and feel the terror that exists for the occupied people who are defenseless


A Year After Gaza Attack, the World Must Stop Supporting Israel’s Crimes

by Shahd Abusalama I can almost hear my dad’s voice breaking in tears and echoing in my ears when I called him on 13 August 2014 following the murder of our neighbor Hazem Abu Murad. Hazem grew up next door to our home and was like a son to my Dad and his best companion whenever he sat at the front door of our home. Along with five others, Hazem was killed while trying to diffuse an unexploded 500 kilogram Israeli missile in Beit Lahya.


A young prince may cost Syria and Yemen dear

by Patrick Cockburn A succession of crucially important military and diplomatic events are convulsing the political landscape of the Middle East. The most significant development is the understanding between the US and five other world powers with Iran on limiting Iran’s nuclear programme in return for an easing of sanctions. But the muting of hostility between the US and Iran, a destabilising feature of Middle East politics since the overthrow of the Shah in 1979, may not do much to stem the momentum towards ever greater violence in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.


A Zionist Egypt has emerged under Al-Sisi

by Dr Walaa Ramadan ..ousted democratic President of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, from his prison cell: 'To you we come Gaza! To you we come Gaza! To you we come Gaza!'It was once the heart of the Arab world, playing a central role in Middle Eastern politics. The largest Arab country, populated by 86 million people, and with a record of


Abandoned by all Kashmiri Muslims’ struggle for freedom and dignity continues unabated

By Latheef  Farook Kashmiri Muslims and their supporters worldwide observe “Kashmir Solidarity Day” on   Wednesday 5 February 2014. As part of this program the Pakistani community in Sri Lanka has organized a photographic exhibition and a seminar to mark the occasion. According to latest figures issued by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference  Indian  troops    have killed, since 1989,   93,975  , custodial killings 7010,  destroyed 1,05,991 houses  and shops , arrested 121,978, orphaned  1,07,46 children, raped  10,083 women and widowed 22,776 women.


Abbas and the right of return

By Shazia Arshad Ahead of Mahmoud Abbas's speech to the United Nations today, 100 US Jewish leaders wrote to the Palestinian president urging him to announce publicly that he is giving up the "right to return" to his home. The letter was sent by the Israel Policy Forum to President Abbas and said that such a statement would show "publicly to the entire international community and emphasising the Palestinian people's willingness to live in peace with Israel would be important steps to improve the environment affecting the peace process."


About 15% Of Americans Live in Poverty, So Why Is No One Talking About It?

by Daniel A Medina It's not my intention to belittle the government shutdown or the political showdown underway between President Obama and the GOP, but more often that not, America's fickle news media is dominated by one subject. It's what gets left out that is often more telling than what everyone (or at least the news) is talking about. Remember the food stamp fight? It was only two weeks ago that the Republican-controlled


Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince linked to crackdown on Islamists

by Nick C. The crackdown on Islamist group Al-Islah has been widely linked to the geopolitics of the Arab Spring. But while the regional ascendancy of the Muslim Brotherhood may have added urgency, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed has long had the country’s Islamists in his sights. In the midst of a major and unprecedented crackdown on Islamists, human rights activists and targeted members of Islamist


Abu Ghraib: A Torture Story Without a Hero or an Ending

by Karen J Greenberg, TomDispatch  Truthout relies on reader support - click here to make a tax-deductible donation and help publish journalism with real integrity and independence. It’s mind-boggling. Torture is still up for grabs in America. No one questions anymore whether the CIA waterboarded one individual 83 times or another 186 times. The basic facts are no longer in dispute either by


Activist: 'Yemen Suffering from Counter-revolution'

by Tawakkol Karman "Yemen is suffering from a counter-revolution and a coup led by ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh and carried out by the Shia Houthi armed militias with full Iranian support," Yemeni activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman said. She stressing that "the Yemeni people refuse Iranian and Houthi dictates." During an exclusive interview with the Anadolu Agency, Karman said: "This coup d'etat aims to stall


Addressing the subject of women in Islam

by Tariq Ramadan When it comes to religion, it may well be over the women’s issue that tensions, contradictions, and concerns are most frequent and complex. This involves human relationships, deep-seated representation, and relationship logic that, beyond scriptural sources themselves, have to do with age-old cultural and social heritages that remain deeply ingrained and highly sensitive.


Afghan Elections - Another Fake Regime

By Eric Margolis Afghanistan’s national election held this week is a sham. A group of candidates, handpicked by the US, will pretend to compete in an election whose outcome has already been determined – by Washington. The candidates include US groomed politicians, and drug-dealing warlords from the Tajik and Uzbek north. Chief among them, Rashid Dostam, a


Afghan Elections for Another Fake Regime

By Eric Margolis Afghanistan’s national election held this week is a sham. A group of candidates, handpicked by the US, will pretend to compete in an election whose outcome has already been determined – by Washington. The candidates include US groomed politicians, and drug-dealing warlords from the Tajik and Uzbek north. Chief among them, Rashid Dostam, a


Afghan elections: Great start with risks ahead

by Omar Samad           Afghanistan experienced yet another defining moment as millions of Afghans braved suicide attacks, roadside bombs, intimidations and even unexpected stormy weather conditions on Saturday, to take part in the presidential (and provincial council) elections - expected to produce the country's first democratic and peaceful transfer of power. That is if, in spite


Afghan elections: The morning after

by Helena Malikyar The nation hasn't felt such euphoria since 1964 when the Afghan king declared the country a constitutional monarchy. Afghan women and youth constitute the biggest stakeholders and stand to lose more should the country return to a conservative and traditional system, "I am voting today to secure my grandchildren's future," said an


Afghan Youth for Democracy? Not all of them

by Borhan Osman    Many observers are looking with hope at the progress in terms of education of Afghan youth and often describe it as a safeguard of democracy during the political transitions ahead. This, however, means painting Afghan youth with an all–too-broad brush and closing eyes to undercurrents that try to undermine further democratisation, says AAN’s Borhan


Afghanistan Elections and Pakistan

By Yasmeen Aftab Ali The question deals less with which candidate wins the presidential race and more with the legitimacy and acceptance of the election results by theAfghan Elections multiethnic population of Afghanistan. The Afghan election system follows that of the French. There are a total of 11 candidates in the run and it is not possible for any one of these aspirants to


Afghans, a lost minority in Sri Lanka

By Tuan Mohammed Zameer Careem The island nation of Sri Lanka is indeed a popular tourist destination in the World and is one of the finest in the Asian subcontinent. Throughout history, this land of eternal charm has been of great interest to tradesmen, conquerors, colonists, honeymooners, globetrotters, historians, writers and even culinary


Africa, Myanmar And ‘The Chinese Footprint In Sri Lanka’

By Charitha Ratwatte An analyst has commented after reviewing the People’s Republic of China’s recent economic and political incursions into the continent of Africa that “Africa is China’s honey pot. Where else would China find political leaders so easy to buy!?” China has over the last 10 years carried out a sustained political and investment push into Africa. Visits have been


African truth of Israeli apartheid

by Finian Cunningham For more than six decades since its creation in 1948, the Israeli regime has hidden its crimes against native Arab people with the façade of “national security”. The Israeli usurpers have systematically stolen land from the native Palestinians, killed them, brutalized them, and pushed millions into exile or into squalid ghettos.


After killing Pune executive, mob attacked bakeries and shops

by Aseem Shaikh Anti-Modi FB post may give cybercrime cell its first arrestPune techie murder: BJP MP says some repercussions to derogatory FB p...Maharashtra govt warns of action against those misusing social mediaNew Facebook post sparks violence in MaharashtraCommunal fever spreading after BJP took over at


After Techie's killing, Fear Drives many in Pune

by Asseem Shaikh The 1.30pm namaz at the mosque in Unnati Nagar, Hadapsar, on Saturday had the usual gathering but something was different. Many had changed their attire and a handful their appearance — Pathani suits had made way for trousers and shirts and a few young men had shaved off their beards. The brutal


After the Modi visit to Sri Lanka

by Izeth Hussain The recent visit of Prime Minister Modi seems to be generally seen as a triumphant deployment of Indian soft power, as a highly sophisticated exercise in Indian diplomacy. But I am left with an uneasy feeling about some of what actually transpired during the visit. The soft glove of Indian diplomacy was certainly much in evidence, but I and doubtless many others could sense behind it the iron fist of a regional great power dealing with a small and weak regional neighbor. The assumption behind the deployment of Indian


After weak turnout, mass media beg Egyptians to participate in presidential vote

from MIDDLE EAST MONITOR Sisi web camPro-coup Egyptian mass media applauded Al-Sisi's coup, as well as his roadmap announced in the wake of the ouster of President Morsi, whose Muslim Brotherhood was designated a terrorist organisation by Al-Sisi's regime. Egyptian mass media rebuked the Egyptian people on Tuesday for not


Age of genocide: Rwanda 1994 vs. Gaza 2014

by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich Ambassador Samantha Power is the US permanent representative to the United Nations and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet. “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”   Horace Mann. In her acclaimed book “A Problem From Hell; America and the Age of Genocide” (2003), Samantha


Age of Mass Violence, has Humanity lost its Value?

by Maryam Hedayat Every single day, we come across numerous instances of how a man stabs his brother to death on a dispute of land, how a husband kills his wife just on some baseless suspicion or personal quarrel, how a son murders his father because he is not allowing him to marry the girl he wishes to. When we rise in the morning and watch the news on TV or read the


Aid group says 3 mln Syrian children at risk of malnutrition

by TodaysZaman As Syria's civil war rages into its third year, millions of children in the country are at risk of malnutrition and face severe food shortages, an international aid organization has warned. Save the Children said four million Syrians -- more than half of them children -- are unable to produce or buy enough food. Thousands are trapped in battle zones in and around Syria's major cities, such as Aleppo in the north and in the central city of Homs, cut off from access to all but the bare minimum foodstuffs needed to survive, the US-based group said in a dramatic report released on Monday.


Aishah's Age when Prophet Married her

by Adil Salahi With the latest news about infant marriage in Yemen and the sad event of the death of the bride on her wedding night. The issue is related to Islam and what was Aishah's age when she married the Prophet? The report commonly known among Muslims is that Lady Aishah was nine years of age when she married the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).


Al-Aqsa Mosque Provides special Tste of Ramadan

from Worldbulletin Despite the Israeli measures, some Muslim institutions, such as the Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage, send buses to ferry visitors to the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan. With prayers and religious lessons for Muslim worshippers, East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque is providing Palestinians with a special taste of Ramadan this year.


Al-Gharbi: Israel's threat against the flotilla 'herald a crime'

from MME A member of the international coalition to break the siege on Gaza criticised the threat made by Israel that it would prevent the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla III, which is expected to set sail within hours, from reaching Gaza. Anouar Al-Gharbi, a former foreign affairs adviser to the president of Tunisia, stressed that such threats reflect Israel's plans to commit a crime by preventing peaceful solidarity activists from doing their humanitarian duty towards the besieged people of Gaza.


Al-Quran revealed by God

by A F Dawood If not how did Prophet speak of scientific facts? All-Quran which was revealed to Prophet Mohamed 1440 years ago in Mecca and Medina over a period of 23 years is a miracle, although the non-Muslims, specially the Christians and the Jews, attribute that Al-Quran was written by Mohamed was copied from the Bible.


Al-Sisi and the Gulf states: A strategic partnership or temporary interests?

by Khalil Al-Anani Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi Abdel Fatah Al-SisiThe recent leaked recording broadcasted by Mekameleen TV which shed light on Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi and his office manager Abbas Kamel's views on the Gulf states and how they should be dealt with raises many questions regarding the future of the relationship between Egypt and the countries mentioned in the recording. The main question that stands out is the extent to which this relationship can be affected by what was said in the leak


Al-Sisi follows Mubarak in dancing to Israel's tune

by Ahmed Elkaoud One of the main reasons for the eruption of the 2011 revolution in Egypt was the people's rejection of Israel's control over the Hosni Mubarak government, particularly the police, army, judiciary and media. These are the four most influential aspects of the government. Mubarak's regime took a very pragmatic stance in regards to both Israel and resistance organisations such as Hamas.


Al-Sisi has lost his relevance and will not be president of Egypt

by Yusuf Al-Qaradawi  Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, who is considered the spiritual reference for the Muslim Brotherhood, has said that General Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi has lost his relevance and will not be president of Egypt. He also suggested that the upcoming constitutional referendum is "absurd", and said that the Muslim Brotherhood will emerge stronger from this confrontation, after having already defied two previous presidents, Gamal Abdel Nasser and Hosni Mubarak.


Al-Sisi supporters turn against government following fuel price increase

from Middle East Monitor Ibrahim MahlabEgypt's Prime Minister states in a press conference at the Cabinet building in central Cairo that Egypt's poverty rate has risen to 26.3 percent, on July 5,2014. Mahlab's government applied a new fuel price raise earlier on the dayThe government's decision to raise fuel prices in Egypt has provoked an


Al-Sisi's Bicycle Ride for Presidential Campaign

Dr. Amira Abo el-Fetouh Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi chose to begin his presidential campaign in Egypt by riding a bicycle valued at 40,000 Egyptian Pounds in an empty street with no vehicles other than a parked bus and exactly eight individuals. They were, of course, his guards. I am intrigued by those who doubted that Al-Sisi would run for the presidency. He is the man who carried out


Al-Sisi’s visit to Russia: A Desperate Quest to Legitimize his Illegitimacy

by Mohammad Pervez Bilgrami Egypt's de facto ruler, field marshal Abdel Fattah El-Sisi along with his foreign minister Nabil Fahmy  paid a two-day long visit to Russia from 11 to 12 February; this reciprocate trip came into effect after last November’s visit of Russian foreign and defense minister to Egypt. Sisi's visit has multitude of meanings as he is looking for international recognition before assuming the presidential position in the country; if he wishes


Algerian politics in crisis and a national tragedy

by Zerwaq Naseer        Whatever the readings, descriptions, analyses or interpretations of the events in Algeria may be, and whatever motives, tests of will, conflicts, interest or privileges are, in the end the reality of the situation is a political system in crisis and a tragedy for the nation. The Algerian political system (by which I mean the decision-making process) does not possess


Alija Izetbegović: The soul of Bosnia’s resistance

World Bulletin / News Desk Nicknamed ‘the Wise King’, Alija Izetbegović was born on 8 August 1925 to a Muslim family. When he was in college he became curious about his religion and joined a Muslim youth club, before becoming a member of an organization for the development of ideas when he was just 15 years of age. This organization, which was originally founded for the debate and exchange of ideas, later became a leading organization for education and charitable


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