MECCA (Accredited Times) – As-salāmu ʿalaykum, my brothers in Islam. Since Ramadan ended several weeks ago, many have understandably asked about the life and times of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Who was he? What did he believe? And, perhaps most importantly, was he black?
Muhammad was the greatest person — man, womyn, or non-binary — who ever lived. Born in Mecca in 570, Muhammad received his first revelation 40 years later from the angel Gabriel. These revelations gave rise to the peaceful teachings of the Holy Qur’an, which instructs that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is his prophet. Islam also instructs us that whites are devils created around 6,600 years ago by a corrupt black scientist, Yakub, who was a member of the Meccan branch of the Tribe of Shabazz. Yakub acquired the nickname “Big Head” because of his arrogance and unusually large head size.
Like all of Allah’s prophets, Muhammad was black. In his groundbreaking work, Islam’s Black Legacy: Some Leading Figures (1993), Mohammed Abu-Bakr notes: “According to Muslim tradition, Prophet Muhammad descended in a straight line from Ishmael’s second son Kedar (Arabic: Qaidar), whose name in Hebrew signifies ‘black’… From the sons of Kedar inhabiting the northern Arabian desert, sprang the noblest tribe in Arabia, the Koreish (Quraish), the tribe from which Prophet Muhammad descended.” In other words, since Muhammad’s family name was “black”, Muhammad was clearly black himself.
Al-Jahiz, an important Afro-Iraqi scholar, similarly explained Muhammad’s blackness in his work, “The Boast of the Blacks Over the Whites”:
The ten lordly sons of Abd al-Mutalib were deep black (dalham) in colour and big/tall (dukhm).
When Amir b. al-Tufayl saw them circumambulating (the Kaaba) like dark camels, he said, “With such men as these is the custody of the Kaaba preserved.”
Abd Allah ibn Abbas was very black and tall. Those of Abu Talibs’s family, who are the most noble of men, are dark skinned, black and tall (sud).
This passage is highly important in establishing Muhammad’s blackness because (1) Abd Al-Mutalib and his ten black sons were pure Arabs, AND (2) they were also Muhammad’s immediate family members, with Abd Al-Mutalib being Muhammad’s paternal grandfather.
Other close family members of the Prophet Muhammad have also been identified as black. For example, the Syrian historian al-Dhahabī reported that Abd Allah ibn Abbas, the Prophet Muhammad’s first cousin, and his son, Muhammad ibn Alī ibn Abdallah, were both “very dark-skinned”. The Egyptian scholar Al-Suyuti similarly reported that Alī ibn Abu Talib, Muhammad’s first cousin and future fourth caliph (and the key founder of Shia Islam), was “husky, bald . . . pot-bellied, large-bearded . . . and jet-black (shadīd al-udma)”. According to Arabian scholar Ibn Sa’d, Ali’s son Abu Jaffa was likewise “a black-skinned man with big, heavy eyes, pot-bellied, bald, and kind of short”. Muhammad’s first cousin, Fadl ibn Abbas, who was described as a very handsome man, even said: “I am the black skinned one (al-Akhdar). I am well-known. My complexion is black. I am from the noble house of the Arabs.” And what was that black “noble house”? Muhammad’s own Quraish tribe, which was black.
Muhammad’s blackness is one of the reasons why we know Islam is Allah’s true religion. Don’t get sucked into a white religion worshiping a blue-eyed, blonde-haired devil. Muhammad was black.