The Original Black African Arabs of Arabia (Part 1)

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The Original Black African Arabs of Arabia (Part 1)


Ogu Eji-Ofo Annu

“If one understood Arab Culture it is immediately apparent that Blackness is highly cherished conceptually and in reality. In Arab culture the best camel is the black one the best Fig is the blackest, the best eyes are black, the best olives are black, the most beautiful rock is the Black Kaaba. Any Bedouin Arab that is asked his color, would undoubtedly respond Asmar or Aswad which means Black/Brown. No Arab ever describes himself as Bidan which means White. ”

Who are the Arabs:

In today’s world, one is seducively led by the racist western media to believe that the Arabs of Arabia and Africa represent a peculiar phenotype with all other non-conforming types being somewhat alien to that concept. In this way they impose a certain central Asian phenotype as the “racial Arab” and the almost ubiquitous Black Arabs of the modern times as either descendants of slaves or immigrants.

In this way, they attempt to disconnect the linkage between the ancient Kushitic Black Arabs globally celebrated in antiquity (now reclassified as some “caucasoid” “semitics”) and their Kushitic African roots. This article is therefore another blow against the citadel of falsehood erected by the western intelligensia used to discourage, dis-empower dissipate and diffuse the energy of the Black nation. Again one notes and deplores the unrelenting effort by non-continental peoples to appropriate the history and the achievements of brilliant Black African luminaries as their own.

Much confusion attends the word “Arabs”, because it has not always been used with rigourous consistency. Moreover, in the wake of the global dominance of the Arab culture and Islamic political power in the between 7AD and 14 AD, the number of Arabs increased exponentially by the addition of many non Arab Arabized people, because acculturation and assimilation were delibrately fostered by state policy.

Today, the word Arabs does not strictly imply or designate any known racial category of people. It is an ethnic identification that has several aspect including liguistics, politics and genealogy. Its meaning is nuanced depending on the particular context.

As an ethnic identity, an Arab is someone who considers himself to be an Arab regardless of racial or ethnic origin. This definition encompasses many Africans, Indians, Indonesians and Chinese who describe themselves as Arabs.

Usually the first language of persons who claim to be Arab is Arabic. There are over 200 million people worldwide whose first language is Arabic. Again these peoples spread over a large portion of the globe spanning from central Africa to central Asia. More than 70% of the so-called Arabs in the world live physically in Africa.

Given that the Arabic language is a Semitic language, which forms part of the Afro-Asia language family, which originated in Africa, one can rightly view Arabic as an African language. Of the official languages of the African Union that include English, French, Spanish, Portugese, and Arabic, Arabic language is the only Afro-Asiatic language spoken. The rest are Euro-Aryan English, French, Spanish and Portugese. See Uwechia Jide; Hamito-Semitic Africa: See also Peter T. Daniels, Origin of Semitic:

Viewed from a political perspective, someone who is a resident or citizen of a country where Arabic is an official or national language, or is a member of the Arab League or is part of the wider Arab world is an Arab. This definition would cover more than 300 million people. Under this definition, there are more Arabs in Africa than anywhere else in the universe. Most of those Arabs that live in Africa are Black Africans, from Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, Eriteria, Kenya Tanzannia, Egypt, Algeria and Morocco. Many of them trace their ancestry to Yemen.

On its formation in 1946, the Arab League defined an “Arab” as: “… a person whose language is Arabic, who lives in an Arabic speaking country, who is in sympathy with the aspirations of the Arabic speaking peoples.” The Arab League’s definition of an Arab leaves no room for any racialist twist on the meaning of Arab and Arabic. These words simply denote ethnicity. Yet again, based upon this definition, there are more Black Africans who have a legitimate claim to the Arabic ethnicity than anywhere else in the world.

According to Habib Hassan Touma (1996, p.xviii), “An ‘Arab’, in the modern sense of the word, is one who is a national of an Arab state, has command of the Arabic language, and possesses a fundamental knowledge of Arabian tradition, that is, of the manners, customs, and political and social systems of the culture.” Here again, one finds that there more Black African Arabs based on this definiton than any other regional phenotype that lays claim to that heritage.

A hadith related by Ibn Asakir in Tarak Dimashq and attributed to Islam’s prophet Muhammad states that :”Being an Arab is not because of your father or mother, but being an Arab is on account of your tongue. Whoever learns Arabic is an Arab.” Islam Today.

Genealogically, an Arab is someone who can trace his or her ancestry back to the original inhabitants of the Arabian Peninsula. Different groups estimate the relative importance of these factors differently. Most people who consider themselves Arabs do so on the basis of the overlap of the political and linguistic definitions.

Since there are so many different phenotypes all considered as Arabs, the query posed and answered by this paper then is: who are the original Arabs? Were they Black or White or Black and White? It is posited here that the original Arabs were Black African Kushites from the Nile valley who had settled in southwest Asia in the Arabian Peninsula in ancient times.

They were Kushitic-Ethiopians, speakers of an African prototypical Semitic language who had left from an area falling between the regions bordered by modern day Dafur in Sudan and Asmara in Eriteria. They took their African genes, their African intelligence, their African culture, their African language and their African love and built the ancient and the modern civilization known as Arabic civilization. In the paragraphs that follow, one is gradually introduced to the original Black Kushitic Arabs. See Uwechia Jide; Hamito-Semitic Africa: See also Peter T. Daniels, Origin of Semitic:

Black Arabs and Classical Literature

Up to a century and a half ago our information concerning Arabia was based mainly on Greek and Latin writers, such as Herodotus (Histories), Diodorus Siculus (Bibliotheca Historica), Strabo (Geography, Book XVI), Pliny, Ptolemy, and others. All those writers reported without any equivocation that Arabia was part of the ancient Kingdom of Ethiopia Kush, extending from Africa into Solomon Islands.

Later Arabic writers and geographers, such as Hamadani’s “Arabian Peninsula,” Bekri and Yaqut’s geographical and historical dictionaries, and similar works also provide extremely valuable. However, those works are to be treated with caution because they contain fabulous and legendary traditions, partly based on native popular legends and partly on Jewish and rabbinical fancies.

From the available literature and authorities, historians have broadly divided Arabs into three classes according to their different great ancestors. They are:

The original Black Arabs who were supposedly punished by destruction and deluge because, as legend has it in the book of Quran, they disobeyed their Prophets and flouted God’s instructions; they were: Ad, Thamud, Tasam, Jadeis, Imru.

The classical Black Arabs, who are believed to have descended from Yaarub ibn Yashjub ibn Ghatan and thus called Ghataniyun. They had lived in the Yemen; they included a number of tribes and sub-tribes, two of which became historically prominent viz., Himyar and Kahlan (al’arab al’ariba).

The Arabized Arabs: These tribes immigrated into Arabia from different sections of central Asia. Many of them intermarried with the desert dwelling nomadic blemmyes – the Bejas (original Bedouin Arabs) and the Somali, Kenyan and Ethiopian tribes of Africa. Their mix -blood children who adopted a mingled form of their parents cultures are known as the Arabized Arabs (al ‘arab al musta ‘riba).

Today, upon the dictates of the western intelligensia, this banch is the so-called prototypical Arabs. They are the picture boys of the white-semitic theories which seek to claim that some white or at the very least some off-white people were and remain the original and only Arabians. By employing vague and non-categorical semantics with words like “Semites,” ‘Hamites,” Ishmaelites,” “caucasiods,” the western negro-phobic intelligensia and educational establishment seek to erase every trace of black Africa from Arabia.

Nonetheless, if one understood Arab culture it is immediately apparent that Blackness is highly cherished conceptually and in reality. In Arab culture the best camel is the black one the best fig is the blackest, the best eyes are black, the best olives are black, the most beautiful rock is the Black Kaaba. Any Bedouin Arab that is asked his color, would undoubtedly respond Asmar or Aswad which means Black/Brown. No Arab ever describes himself as Bidan which means White because they all understand instinctively if not consciously that Africa is their root.

The Black Arabs as described in “Josephus’ Antiquities of the Jews”:

Josephus was a soldier, priest and scholar who was born in 37 AD. His written works are seminal in western history and for many centuries were some of the most widely read and influential books of the western civilization. In the paragraphs that immediately follow, excerpts of Josephus’ commentary on the Arabs and near easterners who were contemporary to his period are reproduced. See The Catholich Encyclopadia

According to Josephus:

“The children of Ham (note: Ham is the archetypal ancestor Black people according to Hebrew, Arabic and Jewish legends) possessed the land from Syria and Amanus (modern Jordan), and the mountains of Libanus (modern Lebanon); seizing upon all that was on its sea-coasts, and as far as the ocean, and keeping it as their own.

Some indeed of its names are utterly vanished away; others of them being changed, and another sound given them, are hardly to be discovered; yet a few there are which have kept their denominations entire. For of the four sons of Ham, time has not at all hurt the name of Chus; for the Ethiopians, over whom he reigned, are even at this day, both by themselves and by all men in Asia, called Chusites. The memory also of the Mesraites is preserved in their name; for all we who inhabit this country [of Judea] called Egypt Mestre, and the Egyptians Mestreans.

Phut also was the founder of Libya, and called the inhabitants Phutites, from himself: there is also a river in the country of Moors which bears that name; whence it is that we may see the greatest part of the Grecian historiographers mention that river and the adjoining country by the apellation of Phut: but the name it has now has been by change given it from one of the sons of Mesraim, who was called Lybyos. We will inform you presently what has been the occasion why it has been called Africa also.

Canaan, the fourth son of Ham, inhabited the country now called Judea, and called it from his own name Canaan. The children of these [four] were these: Sabas, who founded the Sabeans (Editor’s note: the Black Arabs, the Yemenites,); Evilas, who founded the Evileans, who are called Getuli; Sabathes founded the Sabathens (Editors note: the Black Hadramutians, Sabatha was the ancient capital of Hadramut), they are now called by the Greeks Astaborans; Sabactas settled the Sabactens (note: the Black Southern Arabians also called Omanites); and Ragmus the Ragmeans (note: a Black Arab section of south western Arabia mentioned frequently in Sabean inscriptions); and he had two sons, the one of whom, Judadas, settled the Judadeans, a nation of the western Ethiopians, and left them his name; as did Sabas to the Sabeans: but Nimrod, the son of Chus (the Black ancient Iraqi Arabs), staid and tyrannized at Babylon, as we have already informed you.

Now all the children of Mesraim, being eight in number, possessed the country from Gaza to Egypt, though it retained the name of one only, the Philistim; for the Greeks call part of that country Palestine. As for the rest, Ludieim, and Enemim, and Labim, who alone inhabited in Libya, and called the country from himself, Nedim, and Phethrosim, and Chesloim, and Cephthorim, we know nothing of them besides their names; for the Ethiopic war which we shall describe hereafter, was the cause that those cities were overthrown. The sons of Canaan were these: Sidonius, who also built a city of the same name; it is called by the Greeks Sidon.”

November 26, 2006

To Be Continued in Part 2.

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  1. Ugly and beauty are the domains of Allah; you cannot make man so who are you to deem any one ugly or beautiful – and if your daughter is beautiful in your eyes what qualities would you use to say that she is beautiful for me; since your eyes are not mine and also, is beauty from the outside or is it skin deep. What is ugly to man is beautiful to Allah. There is a saying among the western blacks who were brought as slaves to the west, helped by Arabs, who were Muslims. The prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him) when Bilal the Ethiopian ate with the rest of the companions and placed his right hand in the bowl to take bread; the Arabs scorned the food, and the prophet Mohammed, Peace be upon him) seeing this, placed his right hand in the bowl and took food and ate to show that in his world, the colour of a man’s skin has no more significance than the colour of his eyes. The Arabs came with his religion, we embraced him and called him brother …. he raped our daughters and made us eunuchs ; the whites came with their religion, we embrace them and called them brothers … they too raped our daughters and made slaves of us …. in all the morality that you preach you are our spiritual slaves, because we practice what you preach and would put your ideas above ours …. and yet you can neither match us in music or in love. Africans will separate from you eventually, because it is necessary for our sanity, peace of mind and progress. Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder, and that Beholder is Allah; not you. There is a fundamental difference between you and I , and that circle between us must break eventually, because you do not know what love of Allah means; yet you speak wonderful Arabic and may even judge me on the unnatural beauty of my pronunciation. While the Somali child reading the Qua-ran, and so few commented on his perfect pitch and devotion. The time has come for us to accept that black people need to know who their allies are, and what constitutes the nature of your fanaticism ….. perhaps its ignorance ….. perhaps its lack of education …. one thing you must know, the way your ancestors spoke to mine … you cannot speak to me that way because I am far more intelligent and educated than you are. The wheel has turned full circle, and I am in the Zeitgeist of the age, while you live as though the world has not changed. This was the same mentality my ancestors had when yours forced their way into Africa and made us doubt. I don’t blame you for that; I admire your ancestors. What do you do when you find a people sleeping? If you’re a black man you play them music; if you’re a selfish Arab and a greedy white man, you give them a book and grab their land; take away their women and children. Tell them their name is now Mohammed, or Toby, but make sure they don’t wake up. We are still partly asleep; but a lot of us are conscious of ideas and how they can build or ruin a people; how one sexual encounter can progress or ruin a race. If you gave me your daughter, her children will be black; not black Arab, but Jamaican black, and we know who we are.

    1. The Black Nation Will Rise Again…The Truth Is Forever! Our long lost black sisters of Arabia and Persia are eagerly awaiting our return as the rightful heirs of the throne…The Rising!!!

  2. To get a better idea of what the Arabs of the past looked like, let’s take a close and careful look at the Prophet Muhammad’s (??? ???? ???? ????) descendant Muhammad Al-Nafs Al-Zakia the son of Abdullah the son of Al-Hasan the son of Al-Hasan the son of Ali the son of Abu Talib.

    It is a known fact that Muhammad Al-Nafs Al-Zakia was a pure-blooded Arab from his father’s side and his mother’s side. This is why he was nick-named The Pure-Blooded Quraishi. This is why he said the following about himself:

    “You know that no one has as close relations to or relations to anyone better than he whom I am very closely related to (meaning the Prophet Muhammad (??? ???? ???? ????)”.

    What color would most people today expect a person who says such a thing to be? ?Al-Hafidh Al-Dhahabi says:

    Muhammad Al-Nafs Al-Zakia was “black-skinned and huge”.

    Al-Tabari says:

    “Muhammad Al-Nafs Al-Zakia was tall, jet-black-skinned and huge. He was nick-named The Bituminous because of his blackness and Abu Ja’afar Al-Mansour used to call him Charcoal”.

    Bear in mind that the person called The Bituminous and Charcoal was a pure-blooded Arab closely related to the Prophet Muhammad (??? ???? ???? ????). Remember that this person called The Bituminous and Charcoal said:

    “You know that no one has as close relations to or relations to anyone better than he whom I am very closely related to (meaning the Prophet Muhammad (??? ???? ???? ????)”.

    Bituminous means like bitumen. Muhammad Al-Nafs Al-Zakia was also called Charcoal.

    I believe that this should give readers a very clear picture of how black-skinned Muhammad Al-Nafs Al-Zakia – the pure-blooded Arab direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (??? ???? ???? ????) was. Muhammad Al-Nafs Al-Zakia had a son named Al-Hasan. Ibn Hazim says:

    “Al-Hasan (the son of Muhammad Al-Nafs Al-Zakia) was so black-skinned that he was nick-named The Father of the Tar. We all know how dark tar is.

    That is the description of Muhammad Al-Nafs Al-Zakia the son of Abdullah the son of Al-Hasan the son of Al-Hasan the son of Ali the son of Abu Talib. That is the blackness of Muhammad Al-Nafs Al-Zakia, who said about himself:

    “I am descended from the Prophet (??? ???? ???? ????) from my mother’s side AND my father’s side. I am the purest of Bani Hashim (the branch of Quraish that the Prophet Muhammad (??? ???? ???? ????) is from in genealogy and the noblest of them both paternally AND maternally. NO NON-ARAB BLOOD RUNS THROUGH MY VEINS!

    Doesn’t this say it all? I believe that this is the proof of all proofs that the original Arabs were a black-skinned people.

    It is reported that the Prophet Muhammad (??? ???? ???? ????) said, (In a dream) I saw myself following a herd of black sheep. Then a group of white sheep came (and mixed with the black sheep) until they (the white sheep) became so many that the black sheep could no longer be seen in the herd of sheep.” Abu Bakr, the companion of the Prophet (??? ???? ???? ????) and the interpreter of dreams, said, “Oh Messenger of Allah. As for the black sheep, they are the Arabs. They will accept Islam and become many. The white sheep are the non-Arab Persians, etc. They will accept Islam and become so many that the Arabs will not be noticed amongst them.” The Prophet Muhammad (??? ???? ???? ????) then said that an angel had interpreted the dream the same way.

    Zaid ibn Aslam related that the prophet (??? ???? ???? ????) saw a vision and told his companions about it. He said, “I saw a group of black sheep and a group of white sheep then mixed with the black sheep. I interpreted it to mean that the non-Arab Persians will enter Islam and then share with you your genealogy and your wealth.” The companions became surprised by what he (??? ???? ???? ????) said. Then one said, “The non-Arab Persians will enter our land, Oh Messenger of Allah?” The Prophet (??? ???? ???? ????) then said, “Yes. By He Who Has my soul in His Hand, if the religion was hanging on the distant star, men from the non-Arab Persians would reach it and the luckiest of them would be the people of Faris.

    The Prophet Muhammad spoke the truth and this is why there is this misconception concerning the appearance of the original Arabs. This is why the original black-skinned Arabs are not clearly visible today.

  3. I’m from the south of Saudi Arabia from a tribe called Zahran. I’m not black and not white. I’m in between. But I believe your theory somehow and I believe that all people came from Africa.

    Arabs are the first people came to the arabian peninsula, they came from Yemen. And I think the first people who set foot on Yemen came from Ethiopia, because Ethiopia had people there before the arabs even existed and its close from Yemen

    This is my own thoughts, I didn’t read it anywhere and didn’t hear it from anyone. I got this conclusion by looking to the history to find about my roots. I could be wrong tho..

    Today, I searched on google to see if there are people belive that arab came from Ethiopia and I clicked on your link and it helped me a lot. Thank you man.

  4. Arabs can be divided into two groups The Adnani’s and the older Qahtanis. Both groups were originally Black people. The Adnanis descended from Ismail and Hajar. This lineage is where our prophet Muhammad came from..

    The older Qahtani were Kushites Ethiopians. Their writing was very similar to the Ethiopian Language. They were Yeminis who originally came from Ethiopia.

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