History Lesson from KGIA Advisory Imam – Muslims Discovered America!

16 Days until KGIA opens. Time to get into that back-to-school spirit, so we’ll be posting new KGIA “Likely Lessons” . Today’s history lesson, from KGIA Board of advisors member Imām Al-Hājj Tālib ‘Abdur-Rashīd: Muslims discovered America!

KGIA acting interim principal Danielle Salzberg, advised by KGIA designer and founder Dhaba Almontaser, chose Abdur-Rashid for the KGIA Advisory Board. Chancellor Klein and the entire New Visions school office either 1) knew and approved of this history lesson from their chosen advisor, or 2) did zero due diligence on KGIA’s advisors and potential curricula. Either way it explains their refusal to disclose any lesson plans or handouts other than the Executive Summary. Whether their cover-up is meant to hide their approved lesson plans or their apparent negligence, it’s still a cover-up. And we’re just getting started exposing it.

Remember to take notes. Principal Danielle Salzberg might give a quiz. Correct answers are important. Politically correct, that is.

P.S. – Note the last paragraph in the excerpts below – the Imam doesn’t approve of Thanksgiving either. Will KGIA kids be allowed to celebrate Thanksgiving? That’s an open question – and they just keep coming.

You can also view this webpage as a pdf (Imām Al-Hājj Tālib ‘Abdur-Rashīd History Lesson), and also screenshots saved as a pdf file on August 18, 2007 (Imām Al-Hājj Tālib ‘Abdur-Rashīd History Lesson Screenshots). Excerpts below…the emphasis is ours.

From the Imam’s article posted December 1, 2005

“The Pre-Columbian Presence of Muslim-Africans in America is No Myth!”

[Below are excerpts – the original article is long, but we urge you to read it in entirety.]

“The misguided activist obviously thinks more of his own unlearned opinion than he does of the oral traditions, scholarly writings, and academic research of experts ranging from centuries ago in the ancient world, to the present. The truth is that there is such a constantly growing, extensive body of cultural, archaeological, anthropological, and linguistic evidence of Western and Northern African Muslim pre-Columbian American (and Caribbean) presence, that those who study the evidence and continue to deny the obvious, reveal themselves to be rooted in old, racist, European renditions of American history.

It is one thing to read about towering figures in the ancient Muslim world like Al-Idrisi, Al-Biruni, Al-Mas’udi and many, many others whose contributions laid the foundations of the modern sciences of history, geography, cartography, and sea navigation. It is another to actually study their work. Both Idrisi and Mas’udi wrote of Muslim African trans-Atlantic excursions to the Western world. Al-Idrisi did so around 956 C.E. Al-Mas’udi wrote in the 12th century. These accounts were written centuries before Columbus’ voyages!”


“These references and more all point to what the non-expert activist dismissed as “wish-fulfillment”. On the contrary, ancient Arabic language maps, Native American tribes with African names and words clearly embedded in their languages, statues, diaries, artifacts, etc. destroy European imperialistic notions of history rooted in White Supremacy. One such notion is that African peoples’ history in America begins with slavery. ..These works compliment references in the writings of Christopher Columbus, Balboa, and other European explorers, to those very same Muslim African explorers (specifically The Mandinka -the people of Kunta Kinte, ancestor of Alex Haley, author of Roots, and The Autobiography of Malcolm X) who were already present in the Carribean and North America, before the bearers of the Cross arrived (e.g. Narrative of the Third Voyage, The Voyages of Christopher Columbus, Lionel Cecil Jane).

One would think that Carroll, being an American of European descent, would at least check his facts and do some substantive research, allowing that academic work to inform his opinion and sensitize his tongue, before offering his non-professional reflections as a Muslim (White) American, about the professional works of Muslim African and African American people, who are writing, after all, about their own history! It seems that there are Muslim “White Liberals”, who, like their non-Muslim counterparts, think they know more about black people and other people of color, than those people know about themselves.

The activist declares, “Afrocentric Muslims might be surprised that many Native Americans consider the diffusionist views of pre-Columbian Muslims to be essentially racist”. First all of all, to state that a relative handful of Muslim explorers came to the land of the Original Americans, met them, peacefully interacted with them, traded with them (see the above depiction of such a meeting by the African American artist, Earl Sweeting), inter-married with them, and perhaps even gave another relative handful of them da’wa is hardly diffusionist.

America is the land of those indigenous inhabitants, called “Indians”. It was their God-given custodial land – the land of the “Red Man”, before the “White Man” stole it, committed genocide against its true people, stole the “Black Man” from Africa and brought him to the stolen land against his will, and it was he, “The White Man”, who populated the land from Europe. To this day “he” grants reluctant access to “his” country, to the “Brown and Yellow Man” of Asia, and all other peoples, Muslim and Non-Muslim. That is the historical fact. To cite the history of Muslim Africans’ pre-imperial, pre-colonial, pre-genocidal presence amongst the Native Americans, is not to diffuse the history of the original “People of the Land”. It is to add to it!”


“Further, each year at our mosque for more than a decade, when many other Muslim Americans are celebrating so-called Thanksgiving (Where’s the daleel for that?), many members of our congregation, who are aware of and openly acknowledge our African and/or Native American heritage, gather in order to listen to talks and lectures, eat food, and get to know each other. We have done this for a more than a decade, as an act of cultural affirmation of our true history, beyond European colonial misguidance.”


“Imām Al-Hājj Tālib ‘Abdur-Rashīd (third from the right, rear) is the spiritual leader of The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood Inc., and the author of the forthcoming work, Reclaimed Legacy: The True History of Al-Islam in America”

Imām Al-Hājj Tālib ‘Abdur-Rashīd is close to Chancellor Klein. According to his biography at the Muslim Consultative Network, which he founded before he helped found KGIA, he also serves on “the N.Y.C. Dept. of Education Chancellor’s Interfaith Advisory Committee to the NYC Dept. of Education.

So Chancellor Klein has known of his views for some time.

17 Responses to “History Lesson from KGIA Advisory Imam – Muslims Discovered America!”

  1. blackpoetry Says:

    I am a black muslim aged 14 and I do not say the pledge of allegiance. Unfortunately people misjudge me because the other kids are robots. But I am an american, too. ISn’t this supposed to be a melting pot?

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  3. Rainer Says:

    dear people,
    best would be to ask native inhabitats!
    According to quite a few to whom memorized history was transfered, alamans (celts) had contact during roman times.
    these same alamans even stayed in the now called america and mingled their ways with those of native inhabitants.

    So muslims are telling lies and forcing rights with the aim of subjugating everbody else also in america.
    Europeans expect a civil war against muslims in Europe.
    Most of our politicians don´t see a threat in muslims and islam but in europeans warning of islam

    yours sincerely
    Rainer Herter
    Native inhabitant of Europe

    • R_not Says:

      Yeah – good point. And I don’t know how any black person can be a moslem knowing how prejudiced mohammed was.

      Besides moslems still pulling slaves out of Africa, plus other areas, here are some quotes about that prophet of theirs concerning blacks:

      dreams of BLACK women are a bad omen,

      Bukhari Volume 9, Book 87, Number 163: Narrated Salim’s father The Prophet said, “I saw (in a dream) a black woman with unkempt hair going out of Medina and settling in Mahai’a. I interpreted that as (a symbol of) epidemic of Medina being transferred to Mahai’a, namely, Al-Juhfa.”

      if you want to know what Satan looks like you should go to a BLACK man,

      Ishaq: 243 I have heard the apostle say: Whoever wants to see Shaytaan should look at Nabtal . He was a sturdy black man with long flowing hair,

      if you mistake Muhammad for a BLACK man you are killed,

      Ahmad ibn Abi Sulayman, the companion of Sahnun, said, “Anyone who says that the Prophet was black should be killed.” (Muhammad Messenger of Allah (Ash-Shifa of Qadi ‘Iyad), Qadi ‘Iyad Musa al-Yahsubi, translated by Aisha Abdarrahman Bewley [Madinah Press, Inverness, Scotland, U.K. 1991; third reprint, paperback], p. 375)

      BLACK people are called “raisin heads”
      Bukhari Volume 9, Book 89, Number 256: Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah’s Apostle said, “You should listen to and obey, your ruler even if he was an Ethiopian (black) slave whose head looks like a raisin.”

  4. Will Says:

    Hmmm Blackpoetry, I wonder if I was in Saudi Arabia or Iran if I refused to denouce my christianity what would happen? Isn’t Islam the religion of peace???


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  6. Stephanie Says:

    No, will, Islam is NOT the “religion of peace.”

    The Imam is an idiot. LOL – “Mohammedans” in America first – WHAT A JOKE! You know what makes these Mohammedans make such outrageous and completely implausible claims? – Enormous feelings of Inferiority. The Mohammedans, and deservedly so, have a HUGE Inferiority Complex!

  7. Freedom Now Says:

    While Muslims did not discover America they did control the slave trade in Africa. Perhaps that is an achievement that our Imam would like to address.

  8. themadjewess Says:

    I am a daughter of the American Revolution, and by my father, I am Iroquois.
    Muslims did NOT ‘discover’ OR even have a place in America, matter of fact, Jefferson kicked their ass at the shores of Tripoli

  9. R_not Says:

    If the moslems discovered the Americas they would be talking Arabic, and there would have been mosques, and they would be praying towards mecca, … you know the drill.

    moslems are so full of crap they can’t see straight. They take other cultures and destroy them. They claim inventions such as the zero, algebra, etc as their inventions. They don’t even read their own texts or history let alone anyone elses.

    A good book to read on what islam did to civilizations is, ‘The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam: From Jihad to Dhimmitude : Seventh-Twentieth Century’, and it also goes into how the political and religious leaders are the moslem’s useful idiots and will sell their own people out for bribes, the promise of power, etc.

    More importantly is the term jihad. In their texts – 97% of the time it is mentioned it is to do violence against the non-moslems. In their book of sharia laws, the first line says ‘…to wage war against the non-moslem’ and then goes on to quote the koran a few times.

    And everyone should learn about taqiyya and kithman (sometimes spelled kitman or ketman). They make deception holy and it is to be used on us to fool us about islam. (they also make victimization into an artform)

  10. Seek Knowledge Says:

    I started to address your points of ignorance but realized that you probably do not want to know the truth and that is why you have not actually done any real research on your own. If you actually read the Qur’an in its entirety and authentic Hadith and understood what you read, you would not be miss quoting it and showing your blatant ignorance. The only people who will believe you are people who lack the initiative to pursue knowledge for themselves.

    Though to address each of your points would require more time than I have right now I leave you with some actual quotes from the Qur’an.

    As to the accusation of racism:
    “And one of His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth and the diversity of your tongues and colors; most surely there are signs in this for the learned.” (30:22)

    “Mankind! We created you from a male and female, and made you into peoples and tribes so that you might come to know each other (not so that you may despise each-other). The noblest among you in God’s sight is that one of you who best performs his duty. God is All-Knowing, All-Aware.” (49:13)

    In addressing religious differences:
    Say: O ye that reject Faith! (Islam) I worship not that which ye worship nor will ye worship that which I worship. And I will not worship that which ye have been wont to worship nor will ye worship that which I worship. 
To you be your Way, and to me mine. Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion. you shall have your religion and I shall have my religion. (Chapter 109)

    Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in God hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And God heareth and knoweth all things. (2:256)

  11. americanvalues Says:

    It is true the Koran states no compulsion in religion. But of course “Seek Knowledge” leaves out the fact that Islam calls for the dominance over non-Muslims. Koran verses 9:33 and 3:83 are two examples of that. The Koran also states that Islamic RULE is to be put upon Christians and Jews, by force if necessary. Koran 9:29.

    Christopher Logan/ http://www.loganswarning.com

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