Did they have prison on the plantation? Well the answer is no because there was a level of respect for the slave who the slave master knew could not possibly be responsible for the crimes he or she committed to necessitate life on the plantation. Even the evil slave master had more compassion than today’s so-called modern day man.
Hopefully we will never see the slavery of yesterday although it is hidden behind closed doors in places like Hidden Valley Ranch–what a coincidence the name is. But if they did, you would see a brother by the name of Muhammad Abdullah ready to drive a old camel up a forty mile high mountain to see one person who may be incarcerated and need to hear the word of god or get a glimpse of hope by being called out to the day room for a visit from the sheik Muhammad Abdullah–the hood’s imam and ambassador for the poor.
This brother doesn’t just visit the poor prisoners behind the wall but he writes to many different people with his own money and own stamps. I have to give credit where credit is due. Not only does this brother stay in touch with the worthy captives, but he walks the streets of the many hoods–from hoe houses to clubs–passing out what is called Dawah to the poor who may need god in their lives. This brother is always respectful to the sisters in the streets who walk past his trail. He isn’t blind, just respectful.
But back to the point of engagement about his efforts towards making sure that every person gets a shot of life put into their arms. Muhammad no one can do it better than you because when I was a young man traveling through the word looking for direction and was stuck in the bowels of old Folsom, me and several other brothers were shocked when called out for a visit.
And to our surprise it was the hood Sheik, Muhammad Abdullah telling us that he actually drove to the prison from Los Angeles and took a chance and called us out on a visit. It took place in a cafeteria on prison grounds. Here it is–a man who was poor and thoughtful of us–the despised and rejected. His words of encouragement helped me and countless others to stay far away from prison.
To get out here and help change the thought process of the people, he demanded that we get involved with the many different schools that he frequents daily. This brother is magnificent and a proud father of several successful children. His undying loyalty is unmentionable to say the least. Sheik Mo you get the hood Nat Turner Award for a life time for your never ending service to the worthy captives and the people of the book who benefit from your love and constant record keeping of our good and bad deeds, as well as the evil things that others have done to us. This brother has a book called “Message to the Oppressed” along with articles dating back to the seventies.
It would be great if we could have people order his book or articles as a way of helping him get a new car or van so he can complete his mission. May Allah bless you and your Fam Bam Sheik and may the force of God be with you.