Harriet Tubman Shown on $20 Bill Wearing Muslim Head Scarf

President Barrack Obama has again paid homage to slave activist Harriet Tubman by placing her picture on US currency, the Twenty Dollar bill

President Obama first paid homage to Harriet Tubs on March 21, 2013, by signing a proclamation creating a Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument on the Eastern Shore of Auburn Maryland, a designation long sought by advocates and a bipartisan group of lawmakers. [1].

It is obvious that President Obama has strong feelings toward Harriet Tubman, as in December of 2014, he again signed a bill for creating a Harriet Tubman national park in Central New York. [2]

According to Catherine Clinton, a renowned historian and author, Tubman was known to be an illiterate child. Tubman had been told Bible stories by her mother. [3]

The particular variety of her early Christian belief remains unclear, but Tubman was rumored to have acquired a passionate faith in God.

Kate Larson, wrote in her book, Bound for the Promised Land, that Tubman rejected the teachings of the New Testament that urged slaves to be obedient and found guidance in the Old Testament tales of deliverance.

Tubman was allegedly devout, and after being subjected to a severe head trauma, Tubman later began experiencing visions and vivid dreams, Tubman was rumored to have interpreted the same as revelations from God. [4]

Both Clinton and Larson suggest that Tubman was a Christian, a claim that Sylviane Anna Diouf, an award-winning historian of the African Diaspora disputes.

In Dioufs’ book Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas, Diouf suggests that Tubman, real last name was “Bilali,” a common name for dark-skinned Muslims. [5]

Diouf suggests that some leading African-Americans of the post-Emancipation era (Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman) had Muslim ancestors and hid their Muslim beliefs from American slave owners to escape beatings from their masters.

Unknown to the American slave owners, yet well known to African American slaves, the common habit of black American slaves wearing handkerchiefs, rags, and bandannas around their heads, most likely derived from their Muslim slave ancestors’ who wore a turban or skullcap as part of their Muslin based religious beliefs.


Tubman was rarely ever photographed without a similar covering on her head. [6]

There are many African American Muslims today who wear head coverings similar to their enslaved ancestors. There is no doubt that both the enslaved African Americans and those living today, wear their head coverings in respect to Allah. [7]

Although Tubman was rarely ever photographed without a head covering, that fact does not prove without a doubt that she was truly a Muslim.

However it does create a reasonable suspicion that she leaned to Muslim teachings when you consider the fact that she did not believe in the new testament of the bible, as Larson suggests.

Additionally, Omar Ibn Said, a known Muslim engaged in slave trading, who later became enslaved himself, lived in the same small village in Western Africa as Tubman and her mother. It is highly likely that Tubman and Omar Said interacted regularly in this small village.

Since Obama was first elected as President of the United States of America, many people have questioned his claims of being a Christian. Arguably, many of his actions over his past two terms as President, would indicate that he strongly sympathizes with Muslims.

There is no dispute that Barrack Obama is a highly educated man. In consideration of his lengthy collegiate studies and his repeatedly paying homage to Tubman, it is reasonable to deduce that Obama would have researched Tubmans’ life and therefore highly suspect that her true religious beliefs were Muslim, not Christian.

Arguably, Obama has access to historical information through thee National Archives that may contain more information on Harriet Tubman than has been previously researched and or discovered.

In consideration that Tubman’s picture will soon replace Andrew Jackson’s picture on the US $20.00 bill, I certainly challenge others interested in this subject, to do further research on what Tubman’s true religious beliefs were.


African American Muslim – Praising Allah

Slavery and Islam
taken from “Islam in America: From African Slaves to Malcolm X”.)

A small but significant proportion of African slaves, some estimate 10 percent, were Muslim. You might tell the story of Omar Ibn Said (also “Sayyid,” ca. 1770-1864), who was born in Western Africa in the Muslim state of Futa Toro (on the south bank of the Senegal River in present-day Senegal).

He was a Muslim scholar and trader who, for reasons historians have not uncovered, found himself captive and enslaved. After a six-week voyage, Omar arrived in Charleston, South Carolina, in about 1807. About four years later, he was sold to James Owen of North Carolina’s Cape Fear region.

In 1819 a white Protestant North Carolinian wrote to Francis Scott Key, the composer of The Star Spangled Banner, to request an Arabic translation of the Bible for Omar, and apparently Key sent one. Historians dispute how much the African Muslim leaned toward Christianity in his final years, but Omar’s notations on the Arabic bible, which offer praise to Allah, suggest that he retained much of his Muslim identity, as did some other first-generation slaves whose names have been lost to us. (Omar’s Arabic bible, which has recently been restored, is housed in the library of Davidson College in North Carolina.)


  1. John Fritze (2013), Obama to sign off on Tubman monument on Eastern Shore, taken from http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-tubman-monument-20130322-story.html

  2. Ken Sturtz (2014) Syracuse News, taken from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/12/president_obama_signs_measure_creating_harriet_tubman_national_parks_in_central.html
  1. Catherine Clinton (2005), Harriet Tubman, The Road to Freedom, p. 20
  1. Kate Larson (2004) Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero, p. 47
  1. Sylviane Anna Diouf (1998), Servants of Allah
  1. The Freeman Institute Black History Collection, Harriet Tubman, taken from http://www.freemaninstitute.com/Tubman.htm
  1. Tweed, Thomas A.(1999), Islam in America: From African Slaves to Malcolm X. National Humanities Center