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It may seem similar and it may not but what we do know is that they both believe that they are Muslims The Islamic beliefs of the black American male and the males of the Middle East are the same My argument lies in the question of whether or not Africans can call themselves true Muslims believers and followers of the Islamic faith To be considered a true Muslim you must follow the rules and regulations of the Islamic faith What is Islam Islam is defined as the complete acceptance of and obedience to the teachings of Allah I A Ibrahim 45 As a Muslim you are to believe in Allah who is incomparable He has no son nor does he have a partner he is unique and he is one You shall not worship magnify or pay tribute to any other for all others are false Yet we see otherwise in Africans who call themselves Muslims In John S Mbitis book Introduction to African Religion he states traditional African beliefs mixes those of Islam to suit the requirements of the people concerned so they get the best out of both religions 188-189 How can one say such a thing To believe in something is to fight for it is to die for it You can not get the best of a religion if you do not fully believe in it You should not adopt the way of dress and some other cultural forms Mbiti 189 just to suite a community Religion is something that is held dear to the heart of many people and to mix and mingle them does not allow you to truly believe in one When you convert to a religion it is not to convert halfway it is not to convert three- fourths of the way but to convert all the way It is stated that even if Africans convert to another religion they do not completely abandon the
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