Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Shahied S. Rashid, May 16, 1979

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Personal background / founding of the Masjid

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Partial Transcript: --doctors George Wright and Benjamin Baker on their oral project, The Black Church in Kentucky.

Segment Synopsis: Rashid discusses his personal history and the founding of the Masjid.

Keywords: Education; Faith; Imam; Masjid--Lexington (Ky.); Muslim; Shahied S.Rashid

Subjects: African American Muslims; African American churches--Kentucky; African Americans--Social conditions.; Islamic law--Influence; Race relations--Kentucky; Teaching

00:09:53 - The church

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Partial Transcript: Uh, in, in the past two years I noticed a big difference.

Segment Synopsis: Rashid discusses the church, understanding its faith, and its acceptance in society.

Keywords: Blacks; Childhood; Community; Education; Faith; Islamic law; Muslim; Practice

Subjects: African American Muslims; African Americans--African Americans--Economic conditions.; Islamic leadership.; Lexington (Ky.)--Buildings, structures, etc.; Social conditions.

00:19:07 - Church movements and activities

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Partial Transcript: And if you ever wanna get a people involved in a real strong movement, the, the two most efficient ways to do it...

Segment Synopsis: Rashid discusses the movements within the religion and what activities they do to reach their community.

Keywords: Education; Faith; Independence; Jim Crow; Masjid; Nation of Islam; Racism; Religion; Wallace Dean Muhammad

Subjects: African American Muslims; African Americans--Race identity.; Employment; Islamic identity; Islamic law--United States:Islamic leader

00:34:30 - Relations with other churches / strengths and weaknesses

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Partial Transcript: Oh, and also we used to attend churches.

Segment Synopsis: Rashid provides perspective on the current relationship between other Muslims and Christian churches. He also discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the Masjid.

Keywords: Civil rights; Community; Education; Imam; Nation of Islam; Segregation

Subjects: African American Muslims; African American churches; African Americans--Race identity.; Islamic law--Influence; Islamic leadership.; Race relations--Kentucky

00:43:36 - Closing comments / changes in religious worship

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Partial Transcript: --ied, is there anything I haven't asked you that you'd like to comment on?

Segment Synopsis: Rashid discusses some closing statements on the concept of god depending on religion, and changes in practices.

Keywords: Allah; Bible; Faith; God; Imam Wallace Dean Muhammad; Prophets; The Koran

Subjects: Education; Islamic law--Influence; Islamic law--United States; Islamic leader; Religion