Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.
As readers of this blog might be aware, in the past I have been critical – or rather,suspicious – of a number of high-profile white people who profess to be Muslim. (In this connection, I would refer readers to the following blog posts: Why Every White Muslim Must Be a Race Traitor, PROJECT: Identifying the Muslim Race Traitors (if any), COMMENT: “Pint of Guinness Islam”, White Muslims Who Sit, and White Muslims Who Struggle and VIDEO: Re-Whitening Islamic Reform.)
From a Counter-Racist perspective, I would argue that such suspicion is both NECESSARY and JUSTIFIED since every White Supremacist (Racist) is a white person although NOT every white person is a White Supremacist (Racist). However, TREATING every white person as a “Suspect Racist” does NOT entail MISTREATING any such person since this would be both unjust and incorrect, and Counter-Racism is committed to RWSWJ, i.e. Replacing White Supremacy With JUSTICE. From an Islamic Counter-Racist perspective, I have previously argued that this position is justified on grounds of taqwa [=self-preservation through remaining within the bounds set by God/Allah] and an analysis of the issue of suspicion as presented in The Qur’an. (In this connection, see Yvonne Ridley: A Jane Brown?)
Sheikh Hamza Yusuf is one such white person who professes to be Muslim.
Nonetheless, check out the following talk he gave at a dinner in 2011 which, IMHO, makes for constructive listening and viewing:
As to the subject matter of the talk, the relevance of the thought of Imam Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali in the contemporary era, I should like to point interested readers to Chapters 3 and 4 of Revival and Reform in Islam: A Study of Islamic Fundamentalism(Oxford: One World, 2000) by the late Fazlur Rahman for a respectful, yet ultimately critical view.