The African Qurʾān: Ramadan Remedies for Racial and Religious Intolerance

Sapelo Square

by Dr. Rudolph B. Ware

—“We tell you the best tales in what We have revealed to you of this Qurʾān ”—

Qurʾān , Sura Yusuf, 12:3

“The night of my Ascent, I saw Moses who was a tall, brown-skinned, kinky-haired man.”

Authentic Saying of the Prophet, Saḥīḥ Bukhāri, 462

The Qurʾān, as a rule, is colorblind. It is the Universal Book. God cares about hearts and deeds, not skin color and hair texture. So the Qurʾān, unlike other Holy books, lacks racial markers. The only partial exception to this is the specification that the first human, Ādam (as)—whose name meant black in old Arabic—was formed from fermented black clay. Given Ādam’s origins maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that many (probably most) of the tales of the Prophets in the Qurʾān take place in Africa, or that Black folks figure prominently even in stories set…

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Ekwensu In Igbo Is Not The Devil


Ekwensu is an Igbo name designated for the god of bargains in Igbo cosmology, who was one of the sons of the creator, Chi-Ukwu/Chukwu/Chineke. Ekwensu is not the devil as the Igbo of this generation have been made to believe in modern religious teaching (Christianity). There is the Devil in Christianity and there is Ekwensu in Igbo traditional religion. According to ancient teachings, Ekwensu is not the devil. A lot of the Igbo and Africans of this generation would doubt this as they have all grown inside other religions which are not the religion of the ancient Igbo people.

The Europeans came with their religion and saw that the Igbo had no place for the devil in their beliefs and so they somehow convinced them that the Devil is synonymous to Ekwensu – which was the god of war and Bargains. They knew that the Igbo would be hard to…

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The Igbo Became Christians Through Terrorism And Not The Holy Spirit


MAJORITY OF THE IGBO ACCEPTED CHRISTIANITY THROUGH BRITISH TERRORISM AND NOT AN IMMEDIATE MINISTRATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Now before you (the Igbo/African Christian) begin to tear yourself apart on this, I would want us all to pay attention and take these lessons of our history. If you must understand why the Igbo practice Christianity as opposed to Odinani, you must do your best to trace back to when it all started and how it all started. This is not an attack on Christianity as presently practiced by the Igbo – No. This is me educating you on why a good number of Ndi Igbo refused to become Christians and have remained with the ways of their ancestors (Odinani).

The Igbo people met the Europeans face to face in the nineteenth century and that collision was to change the Igbo history (both culturally and religiously). Although European slave traders had…

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The Good Ship Jesus | The Beginning of the Slave Trade

The Black Citizen

Jesus of Lubeck (Name of first Slave Ship to Grace the America's.) Jesus of Lubeck (Name of first Slave Ship to Grace the America’s.)

What has come to be referred to as “The Good Ship Jesus” was in fact the “Jesus of Lubeck,” a 700-ton ship purchased by King Henry VIII from the Hanseatic League, a merchant alliance between the cities of Hamburg and Lubeck in Germany. Twenty years after its purchase the ship, in disrepair, was lent to Sir John Hawkins by Queen Elizabeth.

Hawkins, a cousin of Sir Francis Drake, was granted permission from Queen Elizabeth for his first voyage in 1562. He was allowed to carry Africans to the Americas “with their own free consent” and he agreed to this condition. Hawkins had a reputation for being a religious man who required his crew to “serve God daily” and to love one another. Sir Francis Drake accompanied Hawkins on this voyage and subsequent others. Drake, was himself, devoutly religious. Services were…

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Transatlantic journey from West Africa to beyond

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