The Islamic community boasts of being one united community. Its cornerstone belief is Tawheed (oneness of G-d). Its fundamental principle is the Unity of G-d, and this speaks to the unity of humanity. Yet when one looks at the Islamic community over its almost fifteen century history, racism, prejudice, bias, and discrimination have continued to prevail. In this book, Muhammad argues that the Islamic community has suffered fragmentation as a result of this artificial divide. Therefore, the one united community has been more of an ideal than reality. He contends that really understanding the concept of Tawheed is the true answer – the bridge as it were – to overcoming this artificial divid, the divide that separates the immigrant Muslim from the African American Muslim.
Imam Dr. Salahuddin M. Muhammad is a Muslim Chaplain for the New York State Department of Correctional Services. He spends a great deal of time on the lecture circuit teaching Islam and has been an adjunct professor for Mercy and Marist Colleges. A student of Islam since 1964, Salahuddin is registered and certified as an Imam by the National Association of Muslim Chaplains. He is the spiritual leader of Masjid Al Ikhlas (The Islamic Learning Center of Orange County), located in Newburgh, New York. Salahuddin has a Doctor of Ministry from Hartford Seminary, a Masters degree in Theology and Counseling from New York Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor’s degree in the Social Sciences from the State University of New York at New Paltz. He also has received a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary. Salahuddin is particularly interested in bridging the gap between the academic and religious lives of Muslim students. He lives in Beacon, N.Y.