Verily, all praise be to Allah. I befriended Hakeem back in high school. We became brothers in Islam recently. We prayed together. He attended the Friday prayer consistently. He brought others into the religion and was trying to spread Islam in his community. We are NOT the NOI. We are SALAFI, those who follow the pious predecessors.
The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: A strong man is not one who defeats (another) in physical combat. Verily, a strong man is he who controls his self at the time of anger.
And in The Noble Qur'an - Fussilat 41:34 The good deed and the evil deed cannot be equal. Repel (the evil) with one which is better (i.e. Allâh ordered the faithful believers to be patient at the time of anger, and to excuse those who treat them badly), then verily! he, between whom and you there was enmity, (will become) as though he was a close friend.
I don't know the facts about this unfortunate incident. I didn't ask. Obviously Hakeem was not following these righteous principles at that particular time and ended up taking another person's life. Allah will be the Judge of that on Judgment Day.
I'm not here to defend Lamont's action, but to defend the pure religion of Islam. Lamont has a big influence in his community, and at times people don't realize how actions can affect other peoples lives. And I just wanted to say, despite his bad actions, the neighborhood of Longwood still needs Islam and the Knowledge of Allah and His commandments to bring them out of the darkness of ignorance. Hearts go out for Sherman as well.
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