Has Siraj Wahhaj become an NOI PR man?

The long-anticipated moment finally arrived. The chance to ask Siraj Wahhaj questions that have lingered for years- regarding his continued association with Louis Farrakhan. Thus myself and another brother (who requested his name not be mentioned in this essay) spoke with Siraj Wahhaj at length during a September 7, 2014 fundraiser for Al-Huda School. The meeting was a surreal eye-opener. We approached Siraj during a lull in the evening’s events, in a cordial and brotherly manner, praising him for his dawah efforts. Thereafter, we cut straight to the chase. We queried him about the purpose of his repeated NOI overtures, specifically his presence at their Philadelphia fundraiser just two days earlier. He replied by repeating the same mantra he’s stated countless times before, that Farrakhan ‘is coming to Islam’, how the NOI has adopted Ramadan in its proper time, how he himself refused to participate in Farrakhan’s 1995 Million Man March, and that Farrakhan is bringing 10,000 followers on Hajj, etc.
However when Siraj saw our deadpan response, he immediately knew we were not the usual starstruck autograph seekers who gobble up any gibberish a celebrity speaks. Visibly caught off guard, he suddenly became awkwardly defensive and instantly changed his strategy to name-dropping. He claimed for instance that NOI member Carlos Muhammad, is one of Farrakhan’s staff who is supposedly “adopting the Sunnah.” Little did Siraj know that I had met Carlos some months before and I told him so. Siraj was stunned. Indeed, Siraj’s claim is light years from the truth, as Carlos is well-known as a staunch Farrakhan propagandist and official ‘NOI archivist’ who is on record as publicly defending the false prophet, Elijah Muhammad. I suddenly had the eerie feeling that Siraj has elsewhere faced similar questions, as his verbal responses and body language abruptly became unnatural and canned, as if rehearsed. He then repeated the same responses that he has given to audiences in numerous YouTube videos, only this time his responses didn’t elicit so much as a flinch from us.
Nathari's original tweet.
Nathari’s original tweet.

We then dropped the bombshell revelation on him, about what Amin Nathari reported on Twitter, that during Siraj’s Sept. 5, 2014 Philadelphia Jumuah khutbah, Siraj himself praised false prophet Elijah Muhammad and said the Muslim world needs to appreciate Elijah. Instead of denying Nathari’s report, Siraj looked befuddled and asked who posted it, which we instantly found revealing, since Siraj himself was the first person Amin Nathari CC’d on the post! What made Siraj’s surprise appear even more disingenuous, is the fact that had Nathari’s report been inaccurate, then why didn’t Siraj himself tweet a response and clarification? Why instead was he silent? And why was he asking us for the name of the person when he himself was the first recipient of the post? His astonishment thus appeared entirely feigned.

Nevertheless, we kept the pressure on Siraj, asking him to explain why is it that in spite of over 40 years of excuses and waiting, the NOI still insists on their website and elsewhere on ‘Point #12’, claiming Allah is a man? Why is it, that in spite of their adoption of Sunni practices on any given day, the NOI negates it all in the same breath by insisting Elijah is the last Messenger of Allah? We told Siraj that the single consistent thing in which the NOI has succeeded, is unprecedented total inversion of the shahadah, where they routinely cast out the concept of negation and by doing so, issues of aqeedah (belief) become in their view, issues of fiqh (jurisprudence) worthy of endless debate! Siraj’s line of reasoning then entirely fell apart and he started contradicting himself. For example, he said that he has given up hope on Farrakhan ever changing, thus he is now focusing on Farrakhan’s followers (!) and that some of them were salafis (as if we were going to desist, back off and say, mashallah!) Why even make such a claim? I agree with Siraj, there ARE salafis in the NOI. In kufr that is!
وَقُلْ جَاءَ الْحَقُّ وَزَهَقَ الْبَاطِلُ ۚ إِنَّ الْبَاطِلَ كَانَ زَهُوقًا
The brother with me then reminded Siraj that the late Sultan Muhammad (Sultan Rahman’s father) made takfeer of Elijah and prior to his death in 1990, Sultan authorized specific people to preach tawheed and the principles of wala wal bara in Masjid Muhammad in DC. Siraj was also told that he himself is not getting younger, and that if he is sincere in his claims of ‘bringing the NOI to Islam’, he should then make a clear written, public statement making bara’ from the NOI’s false teachings.
To this, Siraj gave only a barely audible, muttered response before excusing himself from our presence. Thus what I fear is that Siraj is shaping to be a willing partner in the entire NOI ruse. An official NOI public relations man. Which raises a more serious question: does Siraj Wahhaj himself somehow believe that NOI beliefs are Islamically acceptable? Siraj realized that his usual excuses and explanations weren’t working this time, and he seemed to scramble for an ethereal exit door looking for a way out. What underscored this, was his refusal later that same evening during the same fundraiser, when he and Dr. Abdullah Idris made rounds to each guest table to encourage guests to contribute to the fundraiser, how Siraj deliberately passed the table where the brother and I sat, going to peripheral guest tables instead. Again, his non-verbal actions spoke volumes.
Quite frankly, I regret to say that I have not felt what I felt that night since May 14, 1993, when in Manchester, England, W.D. Mohammed publicly refused under similar questioning, to retract his numerous heretical claims. In each instance, one in the UK in 1993 and the other in the US in 2014, we witnessed the brains of falsehood smashed, and I can say this time that if what I sense is true, then inshallah it is only a matter of time before everyone witnesses the house of cards’ collapse. May Allah speed their collapse.

Farrakhan hovers over the Breakfast Club

Louis Farrakhan: A vociferous race baiter who knows little about Islam

 

On Friday morning, June 5, 2015, NOI leader Louis Farrakhan spoke with NY hip-hop radio station 105.1, ‘Breakfast Club.’ The following is a brief Islamic critique of the interview.

At 2:13 of the interview Farrakhan says regarding contemporary youth, ‘Our young people represent the strongest and the best generation that we’ve ever had’

 

Contradiction:

Farrakhan’s statement is an appeasement to his current fan base, not to mention a direct contradiction of a well-known Islamic principle. Namely, that the first generation of Muslims have been the yardstick of measurement of moral, spiritual and social guidance for all succeeding generations. Allah says: كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ

You are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind… (Al-Imraan, 110)

This verse was revealed concerning the Muslims, specifically the generation of Companions of Muhammad (ﷺ), the overwhelming majority of whom were youth. Allah granted them this status as Ibn Kathir says they were, ‘the most righteous and beneficial nation for mankind.’ Indeed, according to Al-Bukhari, their example is, ‘the best of peoples for the people.’

Moreover, Ahmad, At-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, and Al-Hakim relate that Hakim bin Mu`awiyah bin Haydah narrated that his father said that the Messenger of Allah said,

«أَنْتُمْ تُوَفُّون سَبْعِينَ أُمَّةً، أَنْتُمْ خَيْرُهَا، وَأَنْتُمْ أَكْرَمُ عَلَى اللهِ عَزَّ وَجَل»

‘You are the final of seventy nations, you are the best and most honored among them to Allah.’

To imply as Farrakhan does, that the young entertainers, rappers and musicians he serenades are equal to or superior than the righteousness of the youthful Companions, is absolutely unthinkable.

Likewise, at (5:34) Farrakhan states, “Elijah Muhammad said that God was a man, and when I heard Malcolm, I said ‘baby, this is he.”

Here he admits to his belief in Elijah’s doctrine of the black man being Allah.

Additionally, Farrakhan calls the Palestinians of Gaza ‘brothers’ (13:21), and speaks of their slaughter, yet in the same breath (17:11) criticizes Palestinians and Koreans who own businesses in American black communities.

At the 20:04 mark however, he goes into theatrics: “Just a minute brother (pause) By the way, I didn’t know that my spirit would be like this (laughter) I’m not lying” His hand trembles momentarily before the camera, he then continues, “I’m speaking now, but there’s another power driving me (he gazes upward) to say these things because it is time that they be said.”

https://youtu.be/yJLBe9aU9DM?t=19m58s

 

His upward gaze, hand trembling before the camera while saying the above is a disturbing implication that he deems himself at that moment, a recipient of divine revelation. While the solitary moment by itself may not suffice as a definite proof, when taken with his numerous claims of having a supernatural connection with Elijah and an orbiting mothership, not to mention his numerous self-comparisons to Jesus, it all fits in.

Later at (1:07:52) he states, “Ain’t no such thing as training a racist mind to love you better.” No comment is really necessary here since his standard message is always clothed in race baiting.

For example, he states that in 1956 Elijah Muhammad debated with KKK Imperial Wizard, J.B. Stoner. He claims that “Mr Muhammad was tearing him up”. Farrakhan makes it appear as if this alleged “debate” were a live, attended event that Elijah was clearly winning.

The fact of the matter is (a) the ‘debate’ never took place, but was instead an Elijah Muhammad auditorium soliloquy responding to two J. B. Stoner letters.

At the time, Elijah wrote a rambling response to the second letter and then delivered his soliloquy before his own followers in response to the first letter. Rather than make an embarrassing display of his poor reading skills, Elijah calls on one of his followers to read out Stoner’s letter. Elijah then responds. He then states before his followers that he wished he and Stoner had the opportunity to debate their views before an audience via “national telephone hookup”. So much for Farrakhan’s claim of a ‘debate.’

Moreover, what Farrakhan calls ‘tearing up’ Stoner is anything but, as it is no more than fighting fire with fire, or more accurately the pot calling the kettle black. Stoner’s racist ramblings are countered by Elijah’s equally racist, pseudo-Islamic ramblings. In fact, their exchange is so silly that it is reminiscent of the classic Saturday Night Live comedic skit between Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor. Chase would say a racial slur like ‘jungle bunny’ and Pryor would counter with ‘peckerwood’.

(b) Farrakhan’s racial grandstanding and deliberate misportrayal of the event. “And then in the next round, Mr. Stoner said, ‘one day soon, we won’t be wearing this robe, and this little dunce hat, he said, we’ll be in the police department, we’ll be judges, we’ll be prosecutors, we’ll be bankers, but we’ll all have the same mind that we have with these uniforms on.”

Here he claims Stoner was making a future prediction by responding with the above statement. It is a claim Farrakhan also puts forth on his website: http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/Minister_Louis_Farrakhan_9/article_100852.shtml

However, the documented record tells a very different story. In Elijah Muhammad’s book, Message to the Blackman, p. 330-341, the personal Stoner letter sent to Elijah Muhammad, and its rebuttal are reprinted verbatim. See https://theafrikanvoice.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/kkks-j-b-stoners-letter-to-elijah-muhammad-of-the-noi/ See also, https://youtu.be/HM0H5OMoKGs?t=4m12s

Stoner’s alleged words that Farrakhan claims, are nowhere to be found, neither in the personal letter to Elijah Muhammad nor in Elijah’s recorded speech about the letter shared between Stoner and New York Police commissioner Steven P Kennedy. Thus Farrakhan’s historical embellishment to make himself appear as a sage, only works with two types of people: those gullible enough to fall for his sophistry, or those who suffer from historical amnesia.

Yet the most glaring aspect of Farrakhan’s entire 85-minute-speech boils down to two factors: As is standard Farrakhan, he makes little to no reference to anything Islamic, much less Islamic beliefs. Secondly, the atrocious job the three show hosts did. Rather than pressing him with serious and relevant questions, they all sit starstruck while Farrakhan enchants them with his rambling and persistent red herrings and serpentine logic. At no time do they even dare challenge him, or even make an attempt to fact check his claims. At the very least, why no Mothership questions? Didn’t he publicly declare in 1995 that his celestial  teleportation to a mountaintop UFO was his original motivation for the Million Man March? Oh but I forgot, the hosts lost their chance when he gazed skyward at the 20 minute mark.

Farrakhan winds up his speech by giving a convoluted synopsis of Martin Luther King’s final words while throwing in not so subtle hints of encouragement to attend his planned, 20th anniversary Million Man March. My, my. Perhaps by then we’ll understand how he consorts with the great orbiting UFO.