African American Muslims React to the Police Killing of George Floyd

American Muslims have expressed outrage after a video surfaced showing a white police officer kneeling on the neck of a black man and ignoring his pleas for help until first responders put him, unresponsive, on a stretcher. 

George Floyd, 46, died after the horrific incident at a local hospital, according to police. This case eerily echoes the death of Eric Garner, another black man who died while a white officer restrained him, ignoring pleas of “I can’t breathe.” 

Experts say the police officers’ actions leading up to George Floyd’s death are some of the worst they’ve seen.

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African American Muslims are inundated with the brutal imagery of their brothers being murdered simply for the color of skin.

Black Muslims struggle with the dichotomy of navigating their own outrage and trauma, while being seekers of justice and fighting against oppression, as commanded in by Allah (SWT).

Allah does not wish injustice for any of His creatures. (Surah Al Imran, 3:108)

Outrage

US Muslims expressed outrage and hurt, as the video surfaced on various different social media outlets, proving the frightening trend of the merciless killing of unarmed black men in this country. 

“Murdered in broad daylight. By those who are supposed to protect us. With cameras and witnesses everywhere. I can’t breathe. #GeorgeFloyd,” Omar Suleiman posted on Facebook.

Murdered in broad daylight. By those who are supposed to protect us. With cameras and witnesses everywhere. I can’t breathe. #GeorgeFloyd

Posted by Omar Suleiman on Tuesday, 26 May 2020

“We are tired, overwhelmed, and outraged,” Yasmin Abdul Warith from South New Jersey told AboutIslam.net.

Murder

“I feel numb, sick to my stomach, devastated, and alone. This blatant murder happens so often. I can’t properly mourn the loss of one brother or sister before I see video of the next murder,” Sakeena Abdul-Hakeem from Atlanta, GA, told AboutIslam.

“As Muslims, we are taught that if you save a life it is as though you have saved all humanity. As Muslims, we are one body. If one part of the body is afflicted, the whole body feels the pain.

“Our Prophet said that none of us truly believe until we want for our brother what we want for ourselves. We can’t solve this problem alone. We need the support, solidarity, advocacy, voices, and action of everyone who knows this is wrong.

“And if you’re not black and you’re on the fence about taking a stand for justice, just imagine you, your loved one, or someone who looks like you was being slaughtered in this manner. Does that make you more outraged?”

“I feel exhausted, we don’t get a reprieve. They kill us in rapid fire motion and it’s impossible to keep up with my emotions, my anger, anxiety, fear, and the desire to go numb, so I can enjoy a moment without guilt. I look at my half black/half Yemeni son and think will he die proclaiming he can’t breathe in the street or from some trumped up charges that land him on the terrorist watch list,” LaTerry Abdulnoor told AboutIslam.

About Sabria Mills
Sabria Mills is the Co-founder and Executive Director of MACE - Muslims Advocates of Children with Exceptionalities. She is an Educational Leader and Social Advocate, who partners with educators, community leaders, and activists to advocate for inclusive spaces for people of all abilities. After spending nearly a decade working in education and addressing the needs of non-profit organizations, Sabria knows what truly drives social reform, equality, and education—and it’s not mastering the social advocacy flavor of the week. It’s how well you connect with the heart-beating people you’re trying to help and communicate your understanding back to them.