“There is freedom within, there is freedom without…” These lyrics from the song “Don’t Dream It’s Over”, and appearing on the album Crowded House in (1986), could easily have been an anthem of the 1960’s, when women, anti-war activists, the disabled and even colonized nations of the world, found inspiration in the movement of African Americans for freedom. But the words that resonated with me most during that time were those published by Honorable Elijah Muhammad in his Muhammad Speaks Newspaper quoting Qur’an: “A people guided by Allah (G-d) cannot be enslaved.”

Years later after studying the Qur’an, studying and appreciating the interpretations of that Holy Book by Imam W. Deen Mohammed, I have developed a new appreciation of the concept of “freedom within and freedom without.”

That is the subject of my new book, “Yes, I Am Your Brother: Understanding the Indigenous African American Muslim.” No story illustrates a life in which outer restraints manifested ultimately as external and internal success as that of the Prophet Joseph and its conclusion that the only limitations the human soul has are those which we impose on ourselves.