Jay Electronica caused quite a stir earlier this month at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival by bringing out not only Jay Z for an electric surprise performance, but the Nation of Islam as well. The decision to do wasn’t necessarily a shocking one by MC Recluse (a personal name for Electronica) off the strength he has been heavily pushing the N.O.I. dogma via social media and music for some time now.
Doing so begged the question – from me at least – what was the Nation’s response to Jay E’s move? To many Americans the most recognizable Muslim continues to be Minister Louis Farrakhan.* How one feels about him, however, remains another topic for another time as it’d open old wounds that run deeper and further back before many of us were ever born. Nevertheless, Minister Lou took time to pen an elaborate response to Jay’s actions, in particular his use of curse words and the sort.
I understand that some criticized Brother Jay Electronica’s use of profanity while wearing the uniform of the Fruit of Islam (F.O.I.) of The Nation of Islam. I humbly and respectfully ask: Has any of us who have accepted Islam and its required high degree of moral excellence and civilization ever said or done anything that is less than representative of what we believe? I am sure that all of us, if we are honest, would have to say that we have. Is the uniform that represents us as the Muslim Girls Training and General Civilization Class (M.G.T.) or F.O.I. more important than that which we say we believe and should represent 24 hours a day? If we violate our own teachings or make mistakes in how we handle our teachings and ourselves with respect to our moral teachings, do we not expect and desire Allah (God) to be forgiving and merciful to us, particularly if we petition for His forgiveness? Of course we do. (Read Holy Qur’an, Surah 26 “The Poets,” verses 78-82 – Abraham speaking of and to The Lord of The Worlds)
Is Brother Jay perfect in his representation? Of course not. Are we 100 percent in our representation? Of course not. As persons who have accepted righteousness as our standard of intellectual and moral conduct are considered “those who are striving to be upright,” then there is much room in all of us for improvement.
The piece goes on reiterating much of what was said here, with religious references sprinkled throughout to drive home is point. Look yourself in the mirror before judging the next man. The pot calling the kettle black never amounted to any sort of progress. All that “you ain’t perfect, so how the f*ck you gon’ judge me?” rah-rah talk Jeezy spoke of on Trap Or Die.
Without claiming to be an expert on Islamic teachings or principles, what Farrakhan’s defense entailed made sense on the surface only because it’s how I choose to live my life for the most part. Anyone with more knowledge on the topic, feel free to chime in with your own statements and put me up on game.
In the meantime, at the request of opinions I hold in extremely high regard, I’m off to purchase Manning Marble’s Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.
* – With respect to Muhammad Ali, of course.