The following is the conclusion from a work in progress:
عن ابي هريرة عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم انه قال لا يلدغ المؤمن من جحر واحد مرتين
“A believer is not stung from the same hole twice.”
From a very early period, Muslims and their descendants have been intertwined in the story of the Americas. Looking back at the early history of the New World, we find references in historical documents to Muslims under the names: Moors, Moriscos, and Turks.
The Grand Inquisitor of Spain is reported to have “complained that Islam was being practiced openly in the Americas, especially by Moriscos.” There is a handwritten Arabic booklet on Islam, 13 pages long, held at the University of Georgia. This document was written in the 1800s by Bilali Muhammad of Sapelo Island. There were masaajid and Islamic schools in Bahia, Brazil during slavery. Shortly before the Civil War, a Syrian Muslim named Hajji Ali came to the United States to help the army and ended up staying. A monument in Arizona is dedicated to him, though they mangled his name into the unrecognizable Hi Jolly. Alexander Russell Webb, President Cleveland’s consul to the Philippines, embraced Islam and returned to America where he established the American Muslim Propagation Movement.
These things are mentioned in the hopes that it will spark some concern in us. If Muslims were here before, why do we find a gap of time when Islam had become faded out like a worn out cloth so that nothing remained but people sneaking off into the woods to pray, and mangled memories of someone saying: ‘Hakabara‘? At some point the transmission of Islam to the succeeding generation failed to occur, even if preceding generations made serious effort in that regards.
The Islamic schools in Bahia are a beautiful example of how important it is to pass on Islamic education to the next generation. In fact, all of the aforementioned items point out how vital it is to practice Islam ourselves, propagate it, and ensure we pass it on to the next generation, else (May Allah forbid) one might see another wave of people with Muslim parents or grandparents, that don’t know anything about Islam or even identify themselves as Muslims. May Allah protect us, our families, and descendants. Amīn.