In America, February is also known as Black History Month. Americans dedicate this month to the contributions and accomplishments of African Americans throughout American history.
This month also gives Americans an opportunity to contemplate and learn from the injustices committed by our nation. As American Muslims, we recognize the importance of educating ourselves with the history of African Americans.
Islam promotes the practice of self-assessment and looking for ways to reform ourselves. Among Prophet Muhammad's closest companions was Bilal, one of the first black Muslims in Islam's history. Thus, Islam and black history goes back 1,400 years.
This February, we should take the initiative of familiarizing ourselves with the history of African Americans, their challenges, hardships, successes, and achievements. This history of our nation should not be forgotten, rather remembered for a better tomorrow.