What was W.D. Mohammed’s Position on..?

Over the years, many people have alleged or assumed that the relationship between Louis Farrakhan’s ‘Nation of Islam’ and W.D. Mohammed’s “ministry”, particularly since their late 1970’s organizational split, has been either non-existent or at best, strained. Occasionally, bellicose editorial letters or brief articles directly critical of Farrakhan, appeared in Muslim Journal. However, none of the articles were ever authored by W.D. Mohammed himself. Curiously, for years he remained ambiguously aloof from ever publicly pronouncing Farrakhan or Farrakhan’s personnel non-Muslims. That was the job of his followers. Yet on January 14, 1995, W.D. Mohammed declared in an interview with The State newspaper of Columbia, SC:

Question: What is the current relationship between your organization and the Nation of Islam under Minister Farrakhan?

Imam W.D. Mohammed: None what-so-ever!

[Muslim Journal, Feb. 3, 1995, p. 15]

 

As authoritative as his assertion may sound, the record tells a far different story. Just a few examples:

1975: In November, W.D. Mohammed gives Farrakhan $50,000 “for the many years of sacrifice and hard work rendered to the Nation,” according to a court report W.D. Mohammed files pertaining to his father’s estate. A few weeks later, Farrakhan buys a rambling brick house in an affluent Chicago suburb, a gray stone estate that would later be his new headquarters.

1978: In a Jum’ah khutbah delivered on March 24, at Masjid Elijah Muhammad in Chicago, Ill. W.D. Mohammed states: “Now here’s my word to my enemy and Farrakhan’s enemy: You bastard! You’ll never pull me out in the street to do one ounce of harm to Minister Farrakhan! You go to hell, you bastard!”

1983: American Muslim Journal, (known today simply as Muslim Journal) the organ of W.D. Mohammed’s “ministry” places a large half page announcement in its October 21 issue:

“Imam W. Deen Muhammad, Minister Louis Farrakhan meet, Issue joint statement: Imam W. Deen Muhammad, president and leader of the American Muslim Mission, and Minister Louis Farrakhan, national representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam, have met and have come to an agreement. They are concerned that between the followers on both sides, there should be no hostilities. “Both of us have a real interest in protecting the image of Muslims and keeping that image in a favorable light.” Because of their mutual love for Islam and for the maintenance of peace between their communities, both have agreed to future meetings.”

1984: During intense questioning by journalist Tony Brown on “America’s Black Journal,” broadcast on PBS in July, 1984, W.D. Mohammed responds to Brown in the following manner:

Tony Brown: “Well, Minister Louis Farrakhan is a Muslim minister is he not?

Warith Deen Mohammed: Yes, he’s-well, yes and no. The majority of the Muslims in the world will say that he doesn’t represent their religion on Muslims.”

1986: Farrakhan sponsors a huge Chicago rally entitled, “A Tribute to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.” At the rally, W.D. Mohammed is treated as an honored guest. Following the rally, W.D. Mohammed makes the following declaration in Muslim Journal: “Farrakhan has declared himself a Muslim and we have to accept that.” [Muslim Journal, October 24, 1986, pp. 1, 4, 6, 12, 18]

1990: In September, The World Muslim League sponsors in Chicago, the 2nd Assembly of the Continental Council Of Masajid. Appearing on the same panel with Dr. Abdullah Naseef and Louis Farrakhan, W.D. Mohammed states: “Minister Farrakhan…I have known him personally…He is not an uneducated man but is an educated man. When he joined the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, may Allah forgive his sins and grant him Paradise, he (Farrakhan) was an educated man back then…So I believe that he (Minister Farrakhan) is sincere and that is what I am going on.” [Muslim Journal, October 12, 1990]

1992: Following his invocation before members of Congress at the Capitol, W.D. Mohammed responds to a world media curious about his position on Farrakhan: “I will never denounce him as long as he says he wants to be a Muslim.” [The Washington Times, Feb. 7, 1992, p. A6]

1993: During the peak in a year of global interest in Malcolm X, W.D. Mohammed embarks upon his European “Unity Tour,” marketing himself as, “The Principal American Black Muslim Leader.” Speaking in London to the European Muslim media, many of whom have never heard of him, Elijah Muhammad or Farrakhan, W.D. Mohammed praises his father and states: “Farrakhan respects Islam and he does a lot of good, he is friendly with us and we should be friendly with him.” [The Muslim News, May 28, 1993, p. 4]

1999: Celebrates “Savior’s Day” with Farrakhan: “I couldn’t resist coming here knowing that (The Nation of Islam) was observing this day. I haven’t lost my friendship with Minister Farrakhan.”[ Transcript from NOI “Saviour’s Day” Rally, Chicago, February 26, 1999]

2002: Praises Elijah Muhammad and declares lasting brotherhood with Louis Farrakhan. [Saviors Day ‘Family Reunion’ speech, Feb. 26, 2002, See Muslim Journal, May 3, 10,& 17, 2002]