Islam and the NOI- Is there a difference?

All praise is due to Allah and may prayers and peace be upon His final Prophet and Messenger to all the worlds- Muhammad ibn Abdullah. To proceed: Many people are unclear regarding the differences in faith and doctrine between Islam and the faith and  doctrines of the branches and offshoots of the Nation of Islam (NOI) and other contemporary American Batini (heterodox esoteric) groups.

Some maintain that the beliefs and practices of say, Louis Farrakhan, is no different from Muslims elsewhere in the world. The NOI custom of referring to themselves as ‘Muslims’, and adopting Muslim practices such as fasting, etc. has added to the confusion.

To settle this question, I have produced a unique chart covering fourteen different areas of Islamic belief and doctrine, contrasting them with the beliefs and doctrines of (1) the Nation of Islam under Elijah Muhammad, (2) the Nation of Islam under Louis Farrakhan, Silis Muhammad and John Muhammad (3) the 5% Nation (4) W. D. Mohammed, (5) the Qadianis (Ahmadiyya). The chart is extensively footnoted and referenced for each group and doctrine, thus facilitating future research. (see link below)

Some may find it controversial that I’ve included and contrasted the beliefs and doctrines of the late W.D. Mohammed with those of Islam. Many maintain that after 1975 W.D. abandoned the doctrines of his father Elijah Muhammad, and steered his followers toward orthodoxy.

However, W.D’s documented record tells a very different story. From the time of Elijah Muhammad’s death in February 1975, rather than abandoning Elijah’s doctrines, W.D. promoted an esoteric reinterpretation of NOI doctrines and maintained those doctrines until his death in 2008.

Indeed, in the same way as many of Elijah Muhammad’s doctrines were no more than Watchtower Society (Jehovah Witness) adaptations, the bulk of W.D’s personal doctrines are directly gleaned from the heretical Qadianis.

I’ve provided examples and references to primary sources proving W.D. as an esoteric Batini up until his demise. This is not to say that the W.D.’s followers maintain the bulk of W.D.’s ideas. However, those who claim W.D. himself entirely rejected NOI heretical esoteric concepts and thus embraced orthodox Islam will discover the record paints a different picture.

May Allah accept this minor effort to purify the faith of Islam from those groups that claim Islam as their way, and may prayers and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad ibn Abdullah, his family, his Companions and all those who follow in their footsteps until the Day of Resurrection, ameen.

A brief outline of the differences

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.

 

“I Subscribe to Every Word”

Louis Farrakhan’s consistent pattern of shirk

A collection demonstrating Louis Farrakhan’s allegiance to NOI beliefs in opposition to Islam.

1975: “I will never renounce the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.” (Washington, DC, October 9, 1975).

Al-Islam: The Islamic Movement Journal
Al-Islam: The Islamic Movement Journal

1997: In April, NBC journalist Tim Russert interviewed Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on Meet the Press. Farrakhan responded to Russert asking if Farrakhan still maintained the NOI doctrine of ‘Yakub’s History.’ TR: Last year you gave an interview to Henry Louis Gates, a professor from Harvard, in New Yorker magazine where he asked you whether you still subscribe to the teachings of Elijah Muhammad on Yakub, a Black scientist who 6,600 years ago created the white man, and that by the end of the 20th century, a spaceship will come and rain down upon white people and people who don’t embrace Islam. Do you subscribe to the teachings of Yakub, that Yakub, the black scientist, created the white man?

MLF: I subscribe to every word that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us. You know, it’s not unreal to believe that white people-who genetically cannot produce yellow, brown or black-had a Black origin. The scholars and scientists of this world agree that the origin of man and mankind started in Africa and that the first parent of the world was black. The Qur’an says that God created Adam out of black mud and fashioned him into shape. So if white people came from the original people, the black people, what is the process by which you came to life? That is not a silly question. That is a scientific question with a scientific answer. It doesn’t suggest that we are superior or that you are inferior. It suggests, however, that your birth or your origin is from the black people of this earth; superiority and inferiority is determined by our righteousness and not by our color. See http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/Perspectives_1/Tim_Russert_s_interview_with_Minister_Louis_Farrak_4842.shtml

2000: “I am a student of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and I could never thank Allah enough for His intervention in our affairs in sending among us one in the person of Master Fard Muhammad, to whom praise is due, for searching among us and finding among us someone to lead, teach and guide us, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad…[35:56] ‘It’s wonderful that you know the Arabic language, I wish I knew it. One day I will learn it. I can’t read Arabic, I can’t write Arabic. (Chicago, February 27, 2000) See http://youtu.be/5WgpmCD_54E [1]

2000: “Three generations after me will no longer be of me” ‘I’m not an Arabic scholar at all. I can’t really read it, and I can’t write it. But Allah never raised anybody except that he speaks the language of those to whom he is sent. And so (applause) my brothers and sister don’t know Arabic either. But that doesn’t mean I’m disqualified in representing Allah, even if I’m ignorant, unlearned in the Arabic language. It means I should learn it; I should learn it. And maybe Allah will bless me one day to learn it. But since you know it and I don’t, some of you, then you tell me if my English is not in harmony with your understanding of Arabic.” (Chicago, April, 16, 2000) See http://youtu.be/4ZlmPshVbsg (24:32)

2011: “And thank you to those who talked about the reality of God- that He’s not a spook, somewhere, out there, somewhere. He made man in His image and His likeness. He is like we are.” (Chicago, Feb. 28, 2011) See http://youtu.be/_Iygl0zfbPE

2012: “I am a student of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and I could never thank Allah enough for His merciful intervention in our affairs in the person of Master W. Fard Muhammad, the great Mahdi who came among us and found one worthy to deliver His Message, first to us, the lost people, the lost sheep, then to the entire world- the Honorable Elijah Muhammad…’

“Why are we here? We are here because we come to honor a man that most of world does not know. Every year around the 26th of February, we celebrate the birth of Master Fard Muhammad. Yes, and that’s exactly why we are here. This man was born in the Holy city of Mecca, Arabia this very day, February 26, 1877. He made himself known to us on July 4th 1930. We, the members of the Nation of Islam, are witnesses of Him. Though he came not just for us alone.”

‘The real truth is, that we were to be the illuminating reflection and proof that we have had a visitation from God. Because of the transformation brought about in our lives through His Messiah, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. He (Fard) was born from two people, his father a black man, his mother a Caucasian from the Caucasus region of Europe.” (Chicago, Feb 26, 2012) See http://youtu.be/rMudDRqQc8U

2013: “Today is Saviours Day for us in the Nation of Islam. It is the celebration of the birth of one who was born February 26, 1877 in the holy city of Mecca in Arabia. He made himself manifest to us on July 4th 1930, and began to teach among us fulfilling what is written in the scriptures of the coming of God under the name, ‘the Son of Man who would come out of the East into the West seeking that which was lost.’ The Great Mahdi, the long expected Guide, by the Muslims and Messiah long expected by the Christians and the Jews.

We believe that this was fulfilled in the coming of this Great One, who came under disguise looking like a Caucasian. And that would allow him to move easily among Caucasians to get to his people, the black people of America fulfilling what is written in the scriptures. He came in sinful flesh, to condemn sin in the flesh. He came as a thief in the night while the people were under the darkness of ignorance, He came. He was a light that shined in the darkness, but the darkness comprehended it not.

People saw a man, people heard a man and he did a great work. He was a holy man coming under the cover of darkness which is symbolized in the Bible as the Holy Ghost that came under darkness and came upon Mary, a virgin. A people, who were a virgin people, who had never had an intercourse relationship with God that out of them would come a Messenger of God. But today, today, today, we have had that relationship and now we have a direct connection with the Lord of the Worlds. (applause).

And after being with us, for three years and four months, in that time of intercourse or relationship, out of it came a human being- the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, as His Messenger; Messiah. But NOW, the Exalted Christ that the whole world is looking for. I stand to represent them to you as a teacher and guide and as a warner to America, Her people and the nations of the earth.” (Chicago, Feb 24, 2013) See http://youtu.be/t3fd5QBof8w

2014: “In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful, we give Him praise and thanks for his coming in the person of Master Fard Muhammad to whom praise is due forever, the Great Mahdi. We thank Him for His coming, for the start of the Nation of Islam in this great city of Detroit. We thank Him for the work that he did, under disguise. Most of the people that saw him did not know who he was.

We thank him for coming to Detroit, to black bottom Detroit. It’s like that parable in the Bible, that a man saw a field, but in that field was a pearl of great price. And he gave all that he had to acquire that field, because in that field was a pearl of great price. Black people of Detroit, black people of America, black people of the world, you are a very, very special people. And you would not think that you were so special that God would not send you a prophet but that He would come Himself to see after you as it is written of Him. That pearl of great price is that He found here in Detroit, is the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, His Messenger Messiah, the Exalted Christ.” (Detroit, Feb 23, 2014) See http://youtu.be/Rj_RHucitEU

“I thank Allah (God) from the depth of my soul for His merciful intervention in our affairs in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, to Whom Praise is due forever. For were it not for His coming, were it not for His visit among us and His love for us, and His search among us for one who would carry a weighty word that would bring us onto a path, an evolutionary path of growth and development; a journey that would bring us from a state of spiritual, mental, moral, economic and political death to The Path of Life, that on this journey we could strive to attain “the goal”—and the best of goals—and that is to be “at one with our Lord and our Creator.” (Chicago, July 28, 2014) See http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/Minister_Louis_Farrakhan_9/article_101655.shtml

 2015: “Today I’m going to weave all the scriptures together, and in that process weave us together…Dear pastors, listen carefully: God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever would believe in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (Christ University Temple, Chicago, Illinois, February 22, 2015)

“I am a student of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and I could never thank Allah enough for His Merciful intervention in our affairs in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad the Great Mahdi, who is in the world and is championing the liberation struggle of our people, particularly in the United States of America…” (20th Anniversary Million Man March, Washington, DC, October 10, 2015)

2016: “In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful, we give Him praise and thanks for his Mercy to us and His intervention in our affairs, in the Person of Master W. Fard Muhammad, the long-awaited Mahdi of the Muslims. And we thank Him for his Coming to guide us out of the darkness of ignorance to a Straight Path of righteousness and decency that we might be successful. We thank Him for coming to this great city of Detroit and making Himself known to us, July 4th, 1930. He came to this city, the Mecca of industrialization. But it became the Mecca, the place the where knowledge and wisdom of the Original Man first started in this country when the black man and woman in America who was lost, was now found. We thank Allah for searching among us and finding among us the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.”

“In this great city, of Detroit, the Muhammad family which was known before as Poole, now known as Muhammad, would become the foundational stone of the rise of Islam in North America bringing up a light out of the West that would shine back toward the East that is now in darkness. We thank Allah for the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, for the Muhammad family, who endured much so Islam could be established in America…we thank Allah for Mother Clara Muhammad, the beloved wife of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. (‘Divine Instructions and Commands for 2016’, Saviours’ Day Address, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, February 21, 2016). See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKR7ZEdbqe4

 


 

[1] Following Farrakhan’s recovery from cancer surgery in 1999, ISNA and other Muslim leaders officially accepted him, claiming he expressed an ‘intent to alter the group’s orientation’ and that the NOI was shedding ‘its traditional racist ideology.’ See Islamic Horizons, March/April 2000, p. 10. However, since that time he and the Nation of Islam have maintained the same ideas and message as before.

Name Games

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book on the Nation of Islam.

For a ten-year period from 1975-85, W.D. Mohammed’s organization underwent a series of name changes including: The Nation of Islam, The Bilalians,[1] The World Community of Al-Islam in the West,[2] and The American Muslim Mission.[3] His community’s newspaper in fact, underwent so many name changes that according to librarians, library cataloging systems were thrown off trying to keep pace:

  • Muhammad Speaks, a.k.a. Bilalian News[4]
  • World Muslim News,[5]
  • American Muslim Journal[6]
  • Muslim Journal[7]

Yet the bulk of changes could be seen at the leadership level, where W.D. Mohammed himself underwent and was referred to by a curious multiplicity of titles and monikers, most of which suggest a proclivity toward divine and prophetic pretensions linked to his own official declarations upon assuming leadership:

  • “Brothers and Sister, we’re telling you plain facts. Divine Mind has brought into birth for the whole world a messiah, a Christ, a Saviour, A Son of Man, an anointed, a king, a caliph. Never will there be a time coming that will be greater proof of the return of Jesus than this present time.”[8]

These messianic claims continued with his 1990 title of “Spokesman for Human Salvation” and with similar titles up to his death in 2008. The following list of titles and name changes however, are all documented from his own works and those of his personnel; it includes names and titles he has used in speeches, radio promotions, etc.

  • “The Chief Minister”[9]
  • “The Supreme Minister”[10]
  • “The Honorable W.D. Muhammad”[11]
  • “The Manifestation Of God”[12]
  • “Spiritual and Administrative Leader”[13]
  • “World Saviour”[14]
  • “The Divine Mind”[15]
  • “Crown of Creation”[16]
  • “Christ”[17]
  • “Bilalian”[18]
  • “Coming of the Son of Man”[19]
  • “The Boss”[20]
  • “King”[21]
  • “Caliph”[22]
  • “The Mujeddid”[23]
  • “The Man with the Master Plan”[24]
  • “Prophet”[25]
  • “Big Daddy”[26]
  • “His Excellency”[27]
  • “Our Beloved Mujaddid Imam”[28]
  • “The Chief Emam”[29]
  • “Masih-Mahdi”[30]
  • “Bilal’s Spirit”[31]
  • “Jesus Christ’s Spirit”[32]
  • “Muhammad the Complete Prophet”[33]
  • “WCIW[34] Leader and President”[35]
  • “The Head Imam”[36]
  • “Leader of the American Muslim Mission”[37]
  • “Imam”[38]
  • “World Islamic Leader”[39]
  • “America’s Leading Islamic Scholar”[40]
  • “One of the foremost Islamic and Quranic teachers”[41]
  • “Doctor”[42]
  • “World renown Muslim savant and historian”[43]
  • “The leader of the Muslims in America”[44]
  • “Muslim-American Spokesman for Human Salvation”[45]
  • “Muslim Spokesman for Human Excellence”[46]
  • “Spokesperson for the American Muslims”[47]
  • “Social Reformer”[48]
  • “Sheikh/Imam”[49]
  • “Noted scholar and major spiritual leader of Muslim Americans”[50]
  • “Son of the Late Hon. Elijah Muhammad”[51]

 


 

[1] 1975-?

[2] 1976-1978.

[3] 1978-1985.

[4] Muhammad Speaks newspaper became Bilalian News on Nov 21, 1975, and remained so until 1981.

[5] 1981-82

[6] 1982-85

[7] 1985-Present

[8] See The Teachings of W.D. Muhammad, p. 218. W.D. Mohammed’s studies of the techniques of Ghulam Ahmad Al-Qadiani and theosophists like Alice A. Bailey have obviously played a great role in his own writings. Ghulam Ahmad states: “But stranger still is the fact that there comes the promised meseeh, the awaited one, the one Imam and the Judge of the world and the last of the Caliphs… ” See Al-Qadiani and his Faith, p. 25.  Bailey writes, “… the Heart of God–impelled by the Law of Compassion–sends forth a Teacher, a world Saviour, an Illuminator, an Avatar, a transmitting Intermediary, a Christ.” See The Reappearance of the Christ, p. 10.

[9] 1975.

[10] See Muhammad Speaks, March 21, 1975.

[11] ibid., April 4, 1975.

[12] Philadelphia, PA. April, 1975.

[13] See Bilalian News, November 19, 1975.

[14] See The Teachings of W.D. Muhammad, p. 23. Observe the Christian definition of the term ‘Saviour’: “A title of “Jesus who gave his life for the salvation of mankind.” See Dictionary of Christian Lore and Legend, p. 222.,

[15] ibid., p. 62.

[16] ibid., p. 63.

[17] ibid., p. 181.

[18] ibid., p. 188.

[19] ibid., pp. 212-219.

[20] ibid., pp. 217.

[21] ibid., p. 218.

[22] ibid., p. 218.

[23] 1975-Present? Some followers still refer to him by this name. In fact, WD’s usage of the term ‘Mujeddid’ had an impact upon other cults, particularly the now defunct Ansar cult. Ansar cult leader Dwight York (aka ‘Isa Al Hadi Al Mahdi’) in 1979 adopted the title ‘Mujeddid’ to compete with WD Mohammed. See The Ansar Cult in America, p. 9-11.

[24] WOL radio announcement, Washington, DC 1976.

[25] See Bilalian News, May 23, 1976.

[26] “Emam Muhammad stated that he has assumed the role of “Big Daddy” to bring people back to high standards of faith.” Bilalian News, April 15, 1977, p. 2. Compare this title he gives himself to what he says on p. 133 of Al-Islam, Unity & Leadership: “We have no “father divines”, no “big daddy,” no “boss” upon any merit not accessable (sic) to all of us (the people).”

[27] See Bilalian News, June 24, 1977, p. 30.

[28] See Bilalian News, April 21, 1978, p. 9.

[29] ibid., 1977-79. In late 1978, he declared “I resign as Chief Imam”; yet the following week he promoted himself to ‘the Mujeddid.’ See Bilalian News, Nov. 3, 1978, p. 17 & Nov. 10, 1978, p. 3.

[30] Chicago, Ill., March 25, 1979.

[31] ibid.

[32] ibid.

[33] ibid.

[34] i.e., World Community of Islam in the West.

[35] See Bilalian News, 1979.

[36] Early 1980’s.

[37] See Bilalian News, World Muslim News, 1981.

[38] Mid-1980’s-Present.

[39] See A. M. Journal, November 4, 1983.

[40] 1985.

[41] See Muslim Journal, July 24, 1987, p. 31.

[42] See Al-Haras Al-Watani, Rabi Al-Awal, 1411/October, 1990, p. 35.

[43] See Symbolism, Holidays, Myths & Signs, p. 4.

[44] See Muslim Journal, April 20, 1990, p.1.

[45] 1990-Present.

[46] See Muslim Journal, February 15, 1991, p. 17.

[47] Broadcast interview with American Public Radio, Sept. 4, 1991.

[48] ibid., January 10, 1992, p. 25.

[49] ibid., October 2, 1992, p. 1.

[50] ibid., Sept. 10, 1993, p. 10.

[51] ibid., May. 13, 1994, p. 21.

Similarities between the JWs and the NOI

All praise is due to Allah, and may prayers and peace be upon His Final Prophet and Messenger to all the worlds, Muhammad ibn Abdullah. To proceed:

The History of Mankind/‘Yacub’s History’

A pillar of Elijah Muhammad’s teachings revolved around a doctrine he dubbed ‘Yacub’s History.’ This racist doctrine was rigidly adhered to by his followers and in later years was adapted and reinterpreted by the now defunct Ansar cult.[1] In brief, the doctrine stated that the first humans,[2] a race of black people, whom he called ‘the Original Man,’ created white people. Amongst this black race were ‘twenty-four wise scientists.’ Elijah taught that about 6,600 years ago, one of them, an exiled, mad ‘big headed scientist’ named Yacub, artificially created a savage white race of ‘blond, pale-skinned, cold-blue-eyed-devils’[3] on the isle of Patmos.

Elijah claimed that they (the whites) would rule the world for 6,000 years and then be destroyed at the ‘end of their time’ by the blacks. He said the whites were devils by nature and that blacks were Gods, that ‘Judgement Day’ means that at the ‘end of time’ the Gods (i.e., blacks) would destroy the entire white race (devils) and then establish a Paradise (nation) on this earth ruled forever by the blacks (i.e., Gods).[4]

He further taught that Mecca was a symbol of heaven itself and that since whites were devils by nature, they could not accept Islam, and therefore, no whites could be Muslims.[5] This was later rescinded by W.D. upon his father’s death, in an effort to get his community more accepted as a legitimate group of Muslims.[6]

 

The ironic reality of ‘Yacub’s History’, is that it owes its origins to the book, The Divine Plan of the Ages written in 1886 by Watchtower Society (Jehovah Witnesses) founder Charles T. Russell (1852-1916). Russell’s book is the first volume in his Studies of the Scriptures series, where he supposedly deals with the entire ‘history’ of mankind from 6,000 years in the past to 1,000 years in the future. According to Russell (who happens to be Caucasian), during the 6,000 year period, “God left man in the care of angels who ran afoul of the divine scheme of things by mixing with human beings genetically to produce the gigantic ‘nephilim.’”[7]

 

Elijah Muhammad adapted not only Russell’s ideas, but also those of Russell’s successor, Joseph F. Rutherford, who led the Jehovah Witnesses from 1916 to 1942. Elijah Muhammad formed the basis of Black Muslim theology from the ideas these two men. During the 1930’s, both Elijah and his teacher, Wallace Ford encouraged their own followers to purchase radios to listen to Jehovah Witness broadcasts.[8] Rutherford in fact is one of the few whites Elijah refers to favorably.[9] More than anything however, Elijah’s adaptation of Watchtower Society doctrines is displayed in the following examples:

 

1914-The End of Time

Jehovah Witnesses hold that the end of the ‘Gentile times’ must come in 1914, when the righteous rule was to begin.[10] Elijah Muhammad taught that the world’s time ended in 1914, but the ‘so-called Negroes’ must hear Islam before the Judgment can occur, thus according to Elijah, Allah delayed the Final Judgment.[11]

 

The Battle of Armageddon

The Watchtower Society teach that the Battle of Armageddon would end Satan’s rule.[12] Elijah taught his followers to anticipate the Battle of Armageddon which he said would be the end of ‘white rule.’[13]

 

144,000

The Jehovah Witnesses hold that 144,000 chosen followers will survive the Battle of Armageddon to rule in heaven with Christ.[14] Elijah Muhammad claimed that 144,000 black people would survive the Battle of Armageddon since ‘Allah’ permitted him to convert only that number to ‘Islam.’[15]

Old World

Jehovah Witnesses maintain that Satan rules the ‘Old World’ (i.e., our current existence) until the Battle of Armageddon.[16] According to Elijah Muhammad, White ‘devils’ with the support of Sunni Muslims, rule the Old World until the Battle of Armageddon.[17]

 

New World on Earth

Jehovah Witnesses hold that the earth will not be destroyed but will abide forever. They claim that there will be an ‘earthly class’ or ‘great crowd’ which would be saved from the Battle of Armageddon so that they could create Jehovah’s New World on earth.[18] Elijah Muhammad taught that the world will not be destroyed, but will exist for many thousands of years, and that 144,000 blacks would constitute Allah’s New World on earth.[19]

 

Denial of the Hereafter

The Watchtower Society teaches that Paradise is on earth, as there is no eternal life after death nor is there Hellfire. Rather, the dead are asleep until the Judgment.[20] Elijah Muhammad taught that ‘when you are dead you are DEAD,’ that both Paradise and Hellfire are conditions in this life, and that no physically dead person will be resurrected in the Hereafter.[21]

 

Ezekiel’s Wheel/The Mothership

A unique aspect of Elijah’s doctrines includes a planetary-size UFO called the ‘Mother Plane.’[22] Designed to unleash havoc while rescuing followers from global destruction, the ‘Mother Plane’ concept is not borrowed from Watchtower Society doctrines, yet appears to be significantly rooted in Marcus Garvey’s 1920’s ‘Black Star Steamship Line.’ Garvey promised his ship would transport American blacks to Africa. Thus by blending Garvey’s messianic vision with the Christian interpretations of ‘Ezekiel’s Wheel’ and ‘the Rapture,’ Elijah managed to create a doctrine which today endures through Louis Farrakhan.[23]

 

The link below is a PDF chart summarizing the doctrinal similarities between Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam and the Watchtower Society (Jehovah Witnesses). The chart I’ve developed is likewise referenced and footnoted to facilitate further research. AN OUTLINE OF THE DOCTRINAL SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE NOI AND THE WATCHTOWER SOCIETY


 

[1] Dr. Bilal Philips decisively exposed them in his 1988 book, The Ansar Cult in America.

[2] According to Elijah, the term human meant ‘man of hue’ i.e. ‘color’ or ‘colored man’–black people; whereas the word ‘mankind’ refers to ‘kind of man’–i.e, white people, who were ‘grafted’ artificially from blacks. Thus the verse, “O mankind, verily, We have created you from a male and a female.” [Al-Hujuraat, 49:15] was interpreted by Elijah to refer to the black man’s (Yacub’s) creation of the white man (mankind).

[3] The Qadiani (Ahmadiyya) cult were the first ones to promote the idea of the inhabitants of Hell being ‘blue-eyed’ western nations. The Qadiani translation and commentary of surah TaHa 20:102: “The Day when the Trumpet will be blown, and on that Day, We shall gather the sinful together, blue-eyed” was used by Elijah as ‘proof’ that all the inhabitants of the Fire will be white people. He then used this interpretation to support his doctrine that Allah was a black man, that all black people were Gods and that all white people were devils. See Message to the Blackman, p. 14; Tafseer Soorah Hujuraat, pp. 20-21. The actual tafseer of the verse explains however, that the eye-color change is a result of the anguish, fear and disgrace which the sinful shall endure on the Day of Resurrection. See Tafseer Ibn Katheer.

[4] See The Autobiography of Malcolm X, pp. 164-168; Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X) Some Questions Answered, p. 3-4; Message to the Blackman in America, pp. 110-122.

[5] After Elijah’s former minister, Malcolm X, left his organization to become a true Muslim and simultaneously exposed Elijah’s false doctrines, Elijah began to verbally admit that indeed there were white Muslims, but clinging to his false teachings, Elijah said that they ‘will not enter the Hereafter that is Promised to the Lost-Found Black People’; meaning that they would go to a separate Paradise. See Our Saviour has Arrived, pp. 89-91.

[6] See Black Muslims Still Unbelievers, pp. 19-20.

[7] See OWJW, p. 37.

[8] See The Voodoo Cult Among Negro Migrants in Detroit, p. 900; The Black Muslims in America, p. 13.

[9] See Message to the Blackman, p. 323; The Fall of America, p. 165.

[10] See OWJW,pp. 63-65, 166-170.

[11] See Message to the Blackman, pp. 18, 83, 289, 294; Black Nationalism, p. 155.

[12] See OWJW, p. 18.

[13] See Message to the Blackman, pp. 32, 210-211; Black Nationalism, p. 239; The Black Muslims in America, p. 87.

[14] See OWJW, pp. 14-16, 144-146.

[15] See Message to the Blackman, p. 46; The Fall of America, p. 143; Black Nationalism, pp. 155, 371.

[16] OWJW, p. 191.

[17] See Message to the Blackman, pp. 49-50.

[18] See OWJW, pp. 22-24.

[19] See Message to the Blackman, pp. 46, 82-83, 247; Black Nationalism, p. 157.

[20] See OWJW, pp. 21, 26.

[21] See Message to the Blackman, pp. 76, 168, 303-304; The Fall of America, pp. 17, 98, 107, 135, 188; Our Saviour Has Arrived, pp. 2, 36, 111, 155; The Black Muslims in America, p. 80; The Autobiography of Malcolm X, p. 209.

[22] sometimes called ‘the Mothership,’

[23] See The Washington Post, Sept. 18, 1995, p. D3). On nationally televised Meet the Press, Tim Russert questioned Farrakhan about Yacub’s History and the UFO concept, to which Farrakhan replied, ‘I subscribe to every word the Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us.’ (April 13, 1997); See also, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdlJhmnvTnE Jan, 11, 2014.

 


 

Honorable or Dishonorable?

The following is a brief except from my forthcoming book:

Islam prohibits Muslims from regarding people like Elijah Muhammad as Honorable or encourage prayers and forgiveness for him.[1] “It is not fitting for the Prophet and those who believe, that they should invoke (Allah) for forgiveness for pagans… ” [At-Towbah, 9:113] Understanding this verse and its circumstances is essential in order to understand how Muslims are to view Elijah. For example, in Kitabul-Tafsir, Al-Bukhari relates the following:

Al-Musayyib narrated, “When Abu Talib’s death approached,[2] the Prophet (ﷺ) went to him while Abu Jahl and ‘Abdullah bin Abi ‘Umaiya were present with him.[3] The Prophet (ﷺ) said: O uncle, say: None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, so that I may argue for your case with it before Allah. On that, Abu Jahl and ‘Abdullah bin Abi ‘Umaiya said, ‘O Abu Talib! Do you want to renounce ‘Abdul Muttalib’s religion?’[4] Then the Prophet (ﷺ) said, I will keep on asking Allah for forgiveness for you unless I am forbidden to do so. Then Allah revealed: “It is not fitting for the Prophet and those who believe, that they should invoke (Allah) for forgiveness for pagans even though they be of kin, after it has become clear to them that they are companions of the Fire.” [At-Towbah, 9:113]

The above circumstances were in regards to the Prophet’s (ﷺ) own uncle, Abu Talib, who died a pagan; how much more so then for a person the likes of Elijah, who died professing Prophethood?

The scholars of Islam in every century, from the earliest times up to the present, from Morocco to India and from Turkey to Yemen, are in unanimity on the status of a person who dies as a disbeliever, or more specifically, dies unrepentant after proclaiming prophethood–as well as those who believe in such a person.[5] Just a cursory glance at their ruling on this will suffice to settle the issue:

Al-Ghazzali states, “The whole Ummah is unanimous that the Holy Prophet by his words La nabiyya ba’di (‘there will be no Prophet after me’) meant nothing but this that after him there will neither be a prophet nor an apostle. Anyone who interprets this Saying in any other way, falls outside the pale of Islam; his interpretation would be nonsensical and his writing heretical. Besides, the Ummah is also unanimous that there is no scope whatever for any other interpretation than this; the one who denies it, denies the consensus of the Ummah.[6]

Qadi ‘Iyad writes, “He who lays a claim to prophethood for himself, or holds that one can acquire it and can attain the rank of prophethood through the purification of the heart, as some philosophers and so-called sufis assert, and likewise he who does not claim to be a prophet but claims that he receives Revelation… all such people are disbelievers and deniers of the Holy Prophet, for he has informed us that he is the last of the Prophets and that no prophet is to come after him. And he has conveyed this news from Allah that he has closed the Prophethood and that he has been sent to all mankind; and the whole Ummah is unanimous that these words have no other but the apparent meaning. There is no room for a different interpretation or special meaning. Therefore, there can be absolutely no doubt about such people’s being kafir both according to the consensus and the Traditions.[7]

Ibn Katheer writes, “Anyone who lays a claim to this office after the Holy Prophet, is a liar and imposter and deviator and unbeliever, no matter what supernatural and magical spells and charms and sorcery he practices.”[8]

Shaykh Muhammad Saleh Ibn Uthaimin states in his book, The Muslim’s Belief: “We believe that there is no prophet after Muhammad, Allah’s Messenger, peace be upon him. Whoever claims prophethood after him, or believes in anyone claiming it,[9] is a disbeliever because he is rejecting Allah, His Messenger, and the Muslims’ consensus.”[10]

Elijah however, is not all to blame. Zafar Ishaq Ansari notes that ‘while Wallace Muhammed was concerned with raising the prestige of the Nation of Islam, he was also keen to build up the leader of the Nation to the position of the acknowledged leader of all Blacks.’[11]

Professor Ansari provides a seven-page document written by W.D. Mohammed himself which demonstrates that W.D. specifically recommended that Elijah’s position ‘be further enhanced by means of a set of deliberate acts.’ Ansari observes that the document ‘indicates Wallace’s proneness to quite deliberately manipulate the traits of mass psychology to achieve the objectives of his movement.’[12]

In conclusion, the true prophets of Allah, like Musa, Isa and Muhammad, peace be upon them all, came with obedience, truth, guidance, uprightness and justice in whatever they said, did, ordered or prohibited; not to mention their unprecedented miracles, clear evidence and overwhelming proofs.[13]

On the other hand, Elijah Muhammad, like every other claimant to prophethood, did not enjoin good nor forbid evil, except by way of hypocrisy and with the objectives of lies and depravity in his speech and actions, thereby having more in common with Iblis, Pharoah and Musailima.

It is therefore not permissible to praise him, to analogize him with the righteous, or to ask Allah to forgive him his sins and grant him Paradise, nor to honor or esteem him in any way. One cannot fabricate the past in the hope of making the future safe for fabricators. Indeed, one cannot be obedient to Allah while at the same time honoring false prophets and their supporters, even if they are one’s own parents.[14]


[1] W.D. Mohammed and some of his major spokespeople are often guilty of this; for example, Alauddin Shabazz, uses the expression, ‘(RA)’ after mentioning Elijah Muhammad’s name, (See Polygamy, a Remedy or a Right?, p. 5). RA is an abbreviation of the supplication, radhiallahu anhu, meaning, ‘may Allah be pleased with him.’ Historically, the scholars of Islam have said this only in reference to a deceased companion of the Prophet Muhammad. Even if it is claimed that Shabazz meant by ‘RA”, the supplication, rahimuhullah, “may Allah have mercy on him” it would still be incorrect since Elijah was unrighteous. Additionally, Muhammad Armiya Nu’man mimics W.D. Mohammed’s practice by saying ‘May Allah forgive him of his sins’ after he mentions Elijah Muhammad’s name. See What Every American Should Know About Islam & The Muslims, “ p. 55.

[2] Abu Talib was the paternal uncle of the Prophet (ﷺ). Abu Talib saw him regularly, yet died rejecting Islam. In another narration, The Prophet (ﷺ) said that Abu Talib would have a coal placed under his foot which would cause his brain to boil, and this would be the least of punishment in the Fire.

[3] Abu Jahl and ‘Abdullah bin Abi Umayya were members of the tribe of Quraysh and pagans (mushrikeen) who fought against the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).

[4] Abdul Muttalib was the father of the Prophet (ﷺ). In another narration, the Prophet (ﷺ) swore that both his own father and his mother were in the Fire, (due to them being mushriks).

[5] See The Meaning of the Qur’an, appendix on surah Al-Ahzab, pp. 168-175, for the Islamic rulings of twenty-one different scholars from Imam Abu Hanifah to Allama Alusi.

[6] ibid. p.169

[7] ibid. p. 170.

[8] ibid. p. 172.

[9] In an early photograph taken at one of the schools in W.D. Mohammed’s community, there appears written on the blackboard in Arabic, “There is no God but Allah, Elijah Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” See Bilalian News, November 14, 1975, p. 19.

[10] The Muslim’s Belief, p. 22.

[11] See W.D. Muhammad: The Making of a ‘Black Muslim’ Leader, p. 261-262.

[12] See ibid. See also Black Nationalism, pp. 212-213.

[13] See Tafseer Ibn Katheer, vol. 3, pp. 542-544; see also Kitab An-Nabuwwah, pp. 439-449.

[14] See Saudi Gazette, January 22, 1993, p. 5.

An Interview with Louis Farrakhan

By R.

Editor’s note: With regards to the author’s wishes, only the first letter of his name is used here.

Farrakhan’s organization, the so-called ‘Nation of Islam,’ has existed in the United States for more than eighty years. Founded by an ex-convict, Wallace Dodd Ford (also known as ‘W.D. Fard’ and ‘W.Fard Muhammad’)–whom members believe is ‘Allah in person’–and that co-founder, Elijah Muhammad, who died in 1975, is ‘the Messenger of Allah’, followers claim that the Resurrection is ‘mental’ not physical, that the white man is the devil, and that Paradise and Hell are states in this life. Because of their efforts, the majority of urban Americans remain confused about real Islam, since Farrakhan’s members continuously refer to themselves as ‘Muslims.’

In 1985, the Muslim World League, under the leadership of Dr. Abdullah O. Naseef, invited Louis Farrakhan and his entourage, including his wife, Betty Farrakhan, Jibril Muhammad (Bernard Cushmeer), and Tynetta Muhammad, the ex-mistress of Elijah Muhammad; to participate in the Hajj. Rumors abounded at that time that Farrakhan had declared his shahaadah in Mecca and was to be accepted thereafter as a Muslim.

Four years later, Farrakhan traveled to Saudi Arabia where he met with various officials, and was given a gift of $300,000 by Mohammed Abdu Yamani, director of Iqra Charitable Foundation. The following interview with Louis Farrakhan was conducted on the night of Jamada al-Awal, 26, 1410 (24 December,1989), in the office of Dr. Farid Al-Quraishi, the General Secretary of the IIRO (International Islamic Relief Organization).

I initially met and greeted Mr. Farrakhan and company before they entered the IIRO headquarters in Jeddah. He was accompanied by three other African-Americans who were apparently a part of his entourage as they wore the bow tie and suit in conformity with the style of clothing his organization is known for in the United States; they were also accompanied by an Arab in a blue suit whose name I did not catch.

We went upstairs to Dr. Farid Al-Qurashi’s office, accompanied by Dr. Al-Qurashi. Shortly after we arrived upstairs, Isha prayer was called and after prayer was made, Dr. Farid told Mr. Farrakhan that I had some questions for him. Mr. Farrakhan said he didn’t mind answering them and we proceeded.

 

Q: When did you accept Islam?

Farrakhan: In 1955.

Q: That was under the teachings of Elijah Muhammad?

Farrakhan: Yes.

Q: Do you still believe in what Elijah Muhammad taught?

Farrakhan: Yes.

Q: In other words, you still believe that the white man is the devil?

Farrakhan: Yes (pause)…of course I don’t mean you (i.e., the questioner, who is a European-American Muslim), I mean those whites who perpetuate the oppression of black people in the United States are devils. (A lengthy monologue ensues, after a pause, I ask the next question).

Q: In other words, you still believe–as is stated in your organizations’ newspaper, The Final Call–that Allah descended to the earth in the form of a man by the name of Fard Muhammad in July of 1930?

Farrakhan: Yes. (After affirming his belief in ‘Wallace Fard Muhammad’ as God in the form of a man, Mr. Farrakhan seems to realize the Islamic unacceptability of his statement and after a brief pause, he began a lengthy monologue explaining), “…Naturally I don’t mean that Wallace Fard Muhammad created the Heavens and the Earth, I would be a fool if I believed something like that.”

Note: He continues to elaborate on his belief by explaining that Fard Muhammad was, “…a means through which Allah presented himself to Muhammad (peace be upon him) in the form of a man and gave him guidance, in other words, just as the medium through which Allah presented the guidance to Muhammad (peace be upon him) was the Angel Gabriel–sometimes appearing before him in the form of a man–so too did Allah’s guidance appear before Elijah Muhammad in the form of Wallace Fard Muhammad.”[1]

Q: Do you still believe then, that Elijah Muhammad was a Messenger of Allah?

Farrakhan: Yes. (Mr. Farrakhan elaborated on his belief by stating that Allah had sent a messenger to every nation except the people of America; in particular, the oppressed black man in America, who had no messenger before the coming of Elijah Muhammad).[2]

Q: After you return to the United States, are you willing to follow the example of Malcolm X and renounce the teachings of Elijah Muhammad?

Farrakhan: No! I don’t understand why I should have to.[3] When Egyptians come here (i.e., the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), they are not asked to renounce the great Arab “Zieem” Gamal Abdul Nasser, nor are the Iranians asked to renounce the teachings of Khomeini. As Muslims we are to respect our fathers, and not disrespect them by renouncing their efforts and teachings. If I as an American black man should be expected to renounce the teachings of Elijah Muhammad, why then shouldn’t the Arab be expected to renounce the teachings of Muhammad?

Note: I explained to Farrakhan that Muhammad () was a teacher of truth and therefore, there was no need to renounce his teachings, while Elijah Muhammad did not teach truth and therefore his teachings had to be renounced. As for Mr. Khomeini, the majority of scholars have concurred that he was a kafir, nor is there anyone currently extolling Gamal Abdul Nasser in public.

Upon the last statement, the Arab in the blue suit lost control of his emotions and screamed that I had “no right to say this about Nasser” he then screamed at Dr. Quraishi, “is this what you are teaching him?” As if to say that I, or any convert Muslim hasn’t the insight to understand the Book of Allah. After the Arab regained control of himself, I continued:

Q: Then you feel it was wrong of Malcolm X to have renounced the teachings of Elijah Muhammad, and that it was right for him to have been killed?

Farrakhan: Yes! (At the same time that Mr. Farrakhan said “Yes!” his African-American companions said, “No!” in unison; after which a long pause ensued, and I was called out of the room in reference to a personal matter. May I state that for reasons of my immediate families’ safety, I not tell him the true place of my stateside residence. After all, members of his organization have been known to kill Muslims and their immediate families.[4]


 

[1] Farrakhan is here referring to the hadeeth of angel Gabriel appearing to Prophet Muhammad () in the form of a desert traveler. However, Farrakhan has major doctrinal errors in his argument. His allegation that a creature (in this case, an angel) appearing in human form is a ‘proof’ that the Creator can do the same (i.e. indwell in a man). Such a concept is the belief of Christians, Hindus and other non-Muslim groups. Islam defines the idea of Indwelling or incarnate deism as hulool, that is that Allah appeared on earth in physical form.

Islam holds such concepts heretical, polytheistic and the antithesis of Allah’s message and Prophetic guidance. Any Muslim who believes or claims such a concept, by default ceases to be a Muslim since it is a rejection of Islam’s very essence. Finally, Allah clearly states in the Quran that He is above His creation, and that He does not indwell, manifest, appear or incarnate in any of His creatures.

[2] Here Farrakhan displays his ignorance of well-known Quranic verses that affirm Muhammad ibn Abdullah as being sent not only to all people and races of the earth, but also to all Jinn. See http://www.answering-christianity.com/sami_zaatri/prophet_muhammad_sent_to_mankind.htm

[3] Farrakhan’s inability to understand why he has to abandon Elijah, shows Farrakhan has no understanding of the shahada itself. Moreover, his insistence on adhering to Elijah’s false teachings with the excuse, “As Muslims we are to respect our fathers, and not disrespect them by renouncing their efforts and teachings”, shows a misunderstanding of basic Islamic principles.

[4] See Brutal Legacy.

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]

 

But The Emperor Has No Clothes

May 13, 1993- W.D. Mohammed and his personnel arrived in Great Britain under tight security for the start of his proclaimed ‘Unification Tour.’ This ‘tour’ was intended to acquaint English Muslims with ‘the Spokesman for Human Salvation,’ and also to attempt to dispel British Muslims’ doubts regarding his repentance for his heterodox teachings. He and his personnel anxiously awaited the opportunity to see and photograph first hand who was responsible for bringing his teachings to the attention of the British Muslims. They had no idea that they were about to run into a hornet’s nest.

Due to the widespread knowledge of many British Muslims regarding the nature of W.D. Mohammed, his London based representative cleverly selected places he deemed ‘safe’ for the ‘Imam’ to deliver his talks, carefully avoiding areas of London where knowledge of W.D. Mohammed was well established. The representative deliberately waited until the last moment to announce the London venue, in an effort to minimize any possible embarrassing encounter with those Muslims who were aware of the real W.D. Mohammed and were not fooled by the sanctimonious smokescreen. Little did he realize that W.D. Mohammed’s arrival had been expected for months.

On W.D.’s day of arrival, his first stop was to have been an afternoon ‘press conference’, with members of the Muslim media held at London’s Islamic Cultural Centre. However, to the surprise of he and his personnel, the press conference was abruptly cancelled by mosque officials who had the opportunity to see copies of his statements from his own newspaper, My booklet, “The Truth Regarding Warith Deen Mohammed”, was released days before W.D. Mohammed’s arrival,[1] which caught both he and his personnel by total surprise, as they had been led to believe that British Muslims were naive and would greet them with a ‘heart-felt welcome.’

W.D. Mohammed’s entourage was next scheduled to deliver a lecture that evening at Whitechapel Mosque in East London, but it too had been cancelled by the resident mosque officials, who compared W.D. Mohammed to Ghulam Ahmad, and encouraged Muslims to expose him. As a result, his personnel hastily responded by arranging a press conference for him at the North London offices of the tabloid Q News, where his bodyguards nervously paced the outside corridor, not knowing what to expect.

The following day, W.D. Mohammed was scheduled to deliver a lecture entitled, ‘Malcolm X and I’ at Birmingham University. However, some days earlier in the same city, Muslims attended a different lecture entitled ‘Unmasking W.D. Mohammed, New Ghulam Ahmad?’ where they were exposed for the first time to his beliefs as expressed in his writings and recorded speeches. Thus the Birmingham Muslims not only had the rare opportunity to be aware of his teachings, but they were also exposed to his methods of veiling his beliefs from the general public. The stage was thus set for a showdown between the forces of truth vs. falsehood.

Early arrivals for W.D. Mohammed’s lecture were given copies of “The Truth Regarding Warith Deen Mohammed” as they entered the lecture hall, so that they too would be better acquainted with the lecturer. A the start of his speech, W.D. Mohammed was visibly rattled and nervously began to humble himself, hastily reading from a printed synopsis of Malcolm X’s life.

Frustrated and angry, some of his personnel then attempted to provoke violence by shouting racial slurs against some of the Muslims who passed out copies of the booklet or who raised questions about his beliefs. This caught the majority of the audience by surprise, many of whom had been lured by posters portraying W.D. Mohammed as the ‘Principal American Black Muslim Leader’ and expected a dynamic, charismatic speaker accompanied by well-mannered personnel.

The following morning, the entourage posed before the Leicester offices of the Islamic Foundation in a hastily prepared publicity photo session, thereafter whisking away to Manchester where W.D. Mohammed delivered a brief afternoon talk under watertight security before a small group of Braeilawis.[2] Meanwhile, his personnel took steps to avoid a recurrence of their embarrassment in Birmingham by requesting the presence of university student guards, bodyguards and a contingent of British police, in preparation for W.D. Mohammed’s Manchester University lecture, ‘The Racist Plague.’ The presence of security at the lecture hall, who selectively photographed and videotaped individual attendees, caused great confusion and alarm for many, who simply had never seen such a zealous display of security for anyone, except perhaps Salman Rushdie or the IRA.

Just prior to the talk, a member of the student body spoke on the request of W.D.’s staff, telling the audience of approximately 100 attendees, that after the talk, only written questions would be addressed. Added to this was an ominous announcement by Plemon T. El-Amin of Atlanta, a member of W.D. Mohammed’s entourage, who said that due to the previous nights’ incident, anyone not conforming to the ‘written question only’ rule, would be escorted out of the lecture hall by police. Thus, an atmosphere of fear, intimidation and confusion settled upon the majority Muslim audience, who were unaccustomed to threats of arrest for speaking out at a lecture.

Midway through his rambling speech, W.D. Mohammed insinuated that the past slavery of American blacks was voluntary rather than forced, thus causing a middle aged black man in the crowd to walk out exclaiming, “that‘s rubbish!” At the same time, a younger Muslim named Umar, called out to the older man, “Come back brother, he hasn’t started on his kufr yet”, unperturbed, W.D. Mohammed continued, stating that some people “have been taken advantage of by the Satan, and if you want to see the Satan in the real world, find those people who are capitalizing on sin… ” Thereupon, Umar and another Muslim named Abdul Haqq said to W.D., “like yourself?” W.D. responded, “He said ‘like me’, I’m going to ask somebody to take you out of here right now, I’ll deal with you myself… Come right here right now”, taunting, “Come right here…” The audience, noticing that W.D. was attempting to provoke the Muslims into a physical confrontation in the hope of spurring police arrests, told the brothers to remain calm. W.D. continued his taunts, commanding, “will the officers come and take this man out of here please.” A member of W.D.’s staff then commanded police to “remove anyone” who disrupted the talk. W.D. requesting the police to, “take these people out, they’re trying to start trouble in here.”

Police then moved in to arrest Umar who told the crowd as he was taken out, “This man (W.D.) claims to receive revelation from God, he claims to prophethood, he claims to be the Messiah, he also claims to be born of a virgin birth.” A brief exchange of words then followed between Umar and W.D. as Umar was led out; with Umar twice asking W.D., “You call yourself a Muslim?” and W.D. twice replying, “Why are you here?” Meanwhile, Abdul Haqq stood his ground as he was approached by police, asking them, “On what grounds are you going to arrest me?” It was obvious to everyone that W.D. was attempting to provoke arrests.[3] W.D. then refused to continue his talk until the police had finished. After several minutes of isolated discussion between Abdul Haqq and the authorities, order resumed as W.D. continued his speech, stating that he would later give people the opportunity, “to ask more questions for the purpose of disrupting the meeting.”

At the end of the speech, W.D. answered a few written questions sent up from the floor. When asked about the reasons for his being put out of the Nation of Islam, W.D. it was due to his making “Minister Malcolm aware of wives and children of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad that he [Elijah] had kept secret…those wives were treated like loose women because they had children, nobody knew where the children came from; and the children were treated as you know, illegitimate children or children that was (sic) gotten out of marriage… ”[4]

Another questioner asked, “Some people say that you are an ‘Uncle Tom-House Negro’ as opposed to a ‘Field Negro’ what do you say?” He replied saying, “Uncle Tom was a better person than a lot of people who call me an Uncle Tom, I guarantee you that.” He was also asked whether one should cooperate with the United States government, to which he replied, “No matter how much evil there is in America, no matter how sinful the society is, if there is something excellent there and it (sic) must be… if there is something excellent in the government–and it (sic) is; then we should build on what is good and emphasize that, rather than tearing at what is bad.… Yes, we should help America, we should help the American government and if I was qualified I’d try to be President of America, if I thought I could get enough support. I’d probably be President of the United States.”

Finally, due to a prior promise given by W.D’s London representative, a single verbal question was allowed, a question which ultimately threw W.D. Mohammed’s entire tour into chaos, “Yes, Wallace, can I ask you just one question that a lot of us want to clear up, basically, do you recant all the statements that you previously made that go against what Allah has told us in the Qur’an, for instance, that Abraham, Prophet Abraham, peace and blessings be upon him, him being cast into the fire, didn’t really happen, it was metaphorical; do you also recant all the statements that offer similar to that… a lot of us want you to make it clear to the people, do you recant all the beliefs that you previously had before today including that you were the Mahdi, statements like that that we heard on tape, some of it was a long time ago, some of it was very recent… ?”

Clearly unaccustomed to such a frank and direct question, W.D. replied, “I know why you came here, I don’t answer anything you ask, you- I wouldn’t answer a question you asked.” To which the entire stunned audience cried forth immediately in unison, “Ohhh!” with cries of “Answer him, answer the man!” As if on cue, some of W.D. Mohammed’s bodyguards fanned out into the audience using racial slurs, while other bodyguards snatched copies of booklets out of the hands of seated lecture attendees in an attempt to incite violence.

After several minutes, during which W.D. Mohammed repeatedly stalled, saying, “I know why he’s here, [the questioner] came here only to make trouble for Muslims” repeating on five separate occasions,… I’m not answering [that] man, I’m answering only the Muslims” Many in the audience fell back in their seats shocked, not believing what they were seeing and hearing. A brother in the audience asked W.D., “Are you saying he’s a kafir? Are you saying that that brother is a kafir? Is that what you are saying?” W.D. only chuckled, and turned to answer another Muslim in the audience, saying, “Dear brother, I’m answering you, I’m answering you, I know you are Muslim, I know you’re Muslim, I know you came here not with them, and not for that purpose. I’m answering you.”

Continuing, W.D. stated, “What he has said, he said ‘recently’, my education in Islam has progressed since I came into the leadership in ‘75. As my education in Islam progressed, then I saw a need to drop certain language that I use just to hold my people with us until they could become real Muslims–ah, come into the real understanding of Islam. I don’t regret, I don’t regret what I did, what I did worked, what I did worked. Ahhh, what I did kept the people with me, they believed before, they believed me before and now they believe with me as I do. I don’t regret that… in the last three or four years he can’t find any such language he’s talking about. Maybe longer than that–maybe longer than that.”

At this point, a brother asked, “Did the Prophet Muhammad have to say kufr before saying Islam?” One of W.D.’s entourage immediately called out for the police to remove the brother. Shortly thereafter, in an attempt to throw confusion into the affair, while at the same time refusing to even answer the brother’s question, W.D. Mohammed stated the words of the shahadah and then immediately ended his question answering session,[5] allowing Plemon El-Amin to intervene for him.

The audience however, had had enough, and began to break off into individual discussions of what they had just witnessed. El-Amin launched into a racial and nationalistic diatribe, claiming that the masjids in W.D. Mohammed’s community were “not built by Saudi money, not built by Kuwaiti money,” and that W.D.’s community, “don’t have to wait for the Saudis to give us a masjid, and tell us how to run it,”[6] and that the masjid in his own city (Atlanta), had helped transform the whole community, so much so that “people feel safe there.”[7]

Noticing that he was rapidly losing his audience, with many people starting to read copies of the booklet, El-Amin hastily explained that when he heard W.D. Mohammed say that he was born from an ‘Immaculate Conception’, “never in my mind did I think that he was talking about that he didn’t have a daddy.” El-Amin (with W.D. Mohammed standing next to him), then attempted to explain away W.D.’s ‘Immaculate Conception’ boast by stating that what W.D. really meant was, ‘that Allah had blessed him to realize on his own nature’ and that ‘when you realize the Word of God you will have an Immaculate Conception… an Immaculate idea’.[8]

Visibly disgusted, the assembled crowd didn’t buy any of it and departed the lecture hall, wondering who was responsible for inviting such people to the UK for what purpose? W.D.’s entire entourage quickly disappeared through a side stage exit into the evening, yet the Muslims of the UK were thankful that their brothers who were aware of W.D. Mohammed, had stood up to face him and to warn their brother Muslims about the danger of his teachings. What they had witnessed with their own eyes and heard with their own ears was proof that what they had read was not slander, jealousy or false accusations.

 

AFTERWORDS

W.D. Mohammed and his entourage returned quickly to the US where his newspaper, Muslim Journal, attempted to offer its readers a rosy picture of his disastrous British ‘tour’ by claiming that he received a ‘heart-felt welcome’ from the English Muslims. Likewise, fearing that his followers may obtain copies of “The Truth Regarding Warith Deen Mohammed” and begin to question W.D.’s beliefs, W.D.’s staff warned Muslim Journal readers to ’beware’ of the booklet.[9]

Plemon El-Amin wrote a wild response to the release of the booklet, calling it “a savage, slanderous and cowardly attack… by an off-centered group of Muslims… they slander, lie, and attack the character of one of the most productive Muslim leaders, without any regard for truth, decency, and the law of Al-Islam.… A shameless group of people claiming to be Muslims who have obviously been devoured by jealousy, hate or at the very least extraordinary ignorance.”[10] Muslim Journal editor, Ayesha K. Mustafaa launched in a racial diatribe, claimed copyright violation, and stated “this Al-Sunnah group is like the Jews” who have “taken upon themselves this mission of slander.… not even Minister Louis Farrakhan has degraded us to this degree.”[11]

Obviously, W.D.’s personnel are under the delusion that the passage of time somehow transforms the haram into the halal, or kufr into iman; they defend their “Imam” by saying that what was quoted from him in the pamphlet is “ludicrous” and “mainly from 1975-78 and almost always out of context.” So it must be asked, what context can explain his public denial of the return of Prophet ‘Isa (Jesus, AS)? And what was so ‘productive’ in his referring to himself as ‘the Manifestation of God’? Are W.D.’s gang saying that it was a ‘lie’ to quote him verbatim when he declared, “If God does not answer the black American, we are then justified to say that there is no God”?

Was it “mainly from 1975-78” to quote him when he judged, “If sisters go out of doors with their hair uncovered, I don’t think we should make a big fuss about that.” Or when he proclaimed, “I have differed with shiekhs, I have differed with leaders of Al-Islam, I have learned by experience in this community, that there is no guarantee, that a Muslim marrying a non-Muslim woman is going to have anymore success in bringing these children to Al-Islam, than a woman will be marrying a non-Muslim man… ”

Is his staff willing to admit that according to Islam, the statements of their leader are all blasphemous? Or are they too obstinate to confess that W.D. Mohammed deliberately taught falsehood when he said these things? Are his personnel afraid that true Islam will expose and destroy the grip of his false teachings or that Muslims will take a second look at his teachings, thus they cast up desperate charges of “slander” in the hope of further deceiving people? Or are they claiming that he never said these things? Is this the reason why they doubt the Islam of anyone who even raises questions about ‘the Imam’s’ teachings?

Was it the Muslims of the UK or the personnel of W.D. Mohammed who resorted to mob psychology by issuing threats, using racial slurs and accosting curious attendees in the cities of Birmingham and Manchester “without any regard for truth, decency and the laws of Al-Islam”? Was it the Muslims of the UK or W.D. Mohammed and his personnel who are “shameless” and “like the Jews” in covering the truth with falsehood? Was it the Muslims of the UK or W.D. Mohammed and his personnel who have “obviously been devoured” by hate or at the very least extraordinary ignorance? In fact, W.D. Mohammed’s own admission and refusal to publicly retract or regret any of his past statements of kufr, can only leave one convinced that he still believes himself to be “Masih-Mahdi”– Indeed, he has only modified the title so as to be more palatable – “Spokesman for Human Salvation”.

The real tragedy however, is that he stands to gain so much, both in this world and in the Hereafter, should he simply admit and repent publicly for his past statements. Instead, he chooses to doggedly skirt the entire issue while attempting to use racial bias as an excuse for his actions. This is tantamount to claiming that he was forced to declare himself, ‘the Manifestation of God’. Finally, if we have “lied” concerning any of the aforementioned events, particularly those which took place during his UK speeches, then we put forth the challenge: Let W.D. Mohammed bring forth the unedited audio and videotapes of his Manchester speech so that the entire Muslim world can see and judge for itself whether we have lied or not.

The week following W.D. Mohammed’s UK visit, the London based The Muslim News featured a report on the press conference held for W.D. Mohammed when he first arrived in the UK, the following letter was addressed to the editor of The Muslim News following the report.

“Dear Sir–We would like to praise your reporting of W.D. Mohammed’s press conference in the article Imam Warith in London (The Muslim News, 28 May, 1993), as it shows a number of eye-opening factors regarding the man and his personnel which the general body of Muslims need to take note of and understand.

Take for instance, Mr. Mohammed’s claim that the US media was “mature and there was very little negative reporting against Muslims” following the bombing of New York’s World Trade Center. The reality of the matter is that newspapers like the Washington Times brandished the headline, MUSLIM ARRESTED IN NYC BOMBING and magazines like Time featured in its US editions a split cover showing David Koresh and Omar Abdel Rahman with the title, “In the Name Of God.”

Which Muslim community was Mr. Mohammed referring to which did not experience repercussions? What does he have to say to those Muslims in many American cities who experienced daily harassment from co-workers and employers directly as a result of the bombing. Where was he during the onslaught of venomous national television broadcasts which, contrary to his own assertions, made very little distinction between Islam as a religion and Muslims as a people?

More importantly however, he also claims in the article that he questioned his father, Elijah Muhammad, “… and found he was not perfect, but we still love him.” Without doubt, Mr. Mohammed is fully aware of the fact that his father said on Nov. 24, 1972 in his family’s newspaper, Muhammad Speaks, that he “would not give two cents for that kind of God” which Sunni Muslims believe. Indeed, it was Elijah Muhammad himself who professed for 43 years, up to the time of his death in February 1975, that he was “the Messenger of Allah,” and “the black man is God.” Who then is W.D. Mohammed hoping to fool by saying that “we still love him”?

What is even more amazing is Mr. Mohammed’s assertion that Louis Farrakhan, the present leader of the “Nation of Islam”, “is friendly toward us and we should be friendly toward him.” How can Mr. Mohammed justify any Muslim being friendly towards a man who believes unflinchingly in the false teachings of Elijah Muhammad? In fact, it was Farrakhan who recently published in the March 15, 1993 issue of his own paper, The Final Call, that “God is a Man and Man is God” and states on page 39 of the same edition that “We believe that Allah (God) came in the form of Master W. Fard Muhammad, Detroit, 1930.” Yet according to Mr. W.D. Mohammed, Farrakhan “does a lot of good” for Islam. One must wonder again, who is he hoping to fool?

Indeed, your article serves as the acid test for W.D. Mohammed’s London based representative, Bishara Diya Muradadeen, shown in your article in an accompanying photo, who is well known to have publicly stated on numerous occasions that Farrakhan is a kafir. One must wonder, will the latest assertions of “Imam Warith” now cause Mr. Muradadeen to alter his own views on Farrakhan? Yet all of these factors are merely “the tip of the iceberg” and W.D. Mohammed’s visit to England must be seen for what it really was; namely, a clever ruse used to mask his views which include the following statements he has yet to retract:

  • That he is “the Manifestation of God.”
  • That he can give sight to the blind, cure lepers and turn water into wine.
  • That he is “Masih-Mahdi.”
  • That he was born via “Immaculate Conception.”
  • That Jesus, son of Mary will not return.
  • That to believe in Jinns is “voodoo” and “superstition.”

The above are only examples of his beliefs, and to which he replied to a direct question regarding them in his final speech delivered and recorded in Manchester on May 14, 1993 before scores of eyewitness, when he replied, “I don’t regret what I did”. So much for his bold claim that “he and others helped to change and transform the followers of his father” to Sunni Islam. Let it be known, Muslims should not be fooled by the sanctimonious smokescreen displayed by Mr. Mohammed and portrayed by his personnel; we want the Muslims of Great Britain to know him as he is, not as he presents himself.


 

[1] Upon hearing confirmation of W.D. Mohammed’s arrival, I quickly put my booklet together in less than 12 hours using excerpts from my research. The original title was to have been ‘Believe it or Not’, taking a phrase W.D. used to declare himself, ‘Masih-Mahdi.’ It was changed just before printing.

[2] Braeilawis are a sect from the Indian subcontinent.

[3] W.D. was clearly unaccustomed to a British audience, where outbursts and heckling are commonplace occurrences. Likewise, it is highly unusual in Britain for any speaker to request the arrest of members of the audience to whom he came to speak.

[4] This is an example of W.D. Mohammed’s policy of historical revision which has also been adopted by Louis Farrakhan, in publicly recasting Elijah Muhammad’s teenage secretaries with whom Elijah had numerous adulterous affairs, as his ‘wives.’ See The Final Call, March 15, 1993, pp.1-2. According to Malik Shabazz, (Malcolm X), Farrakhan also referred to Elijah’s thirteen illegitimate children as ‘divine babies.’ W.D. Mohammed is well aware of this and is playing upon contemporary society’s tendency towards historical amnesia, by himself referring to his father’s paramours as ‘wives.’

[5] W.D. Mohammed’s reciting of the shahadah, or saying that Muhammad () is the seal of the Prophets, does not cancel the requirement upon him to formally retract and repent for his blasphemous statements. Like Ghulam Ahmad before him, W.D. Mohammed has been saying the shahadah for years, and it has not stopped him from declaring himself “Masih-Mahdi”.

[6] Plemon El-Amin’s boast is far from the truth, since Saudi Arabia donated $8.5 million to build a masjid for W.D. Mohammed’s followers in Los Angeles and committed themselves to building at least five more across the US. See The New York Times, May 3, 1993, p. A9; see also Muslim Journal, Feb. 11, 1994, pp.1,7,26; Oct. 14, 1994, p. 1.

[7] The harsh reality is that the East Lake Meadows area of Atlanta remains a crime-infested eyesore. The only visible effect of Plemon El-Amin’s masjid is that the drunks who used to congregate at the front door, now gather across the street.

[8] This clearly displays the extent W.D. Mohammed’s heterodox teachings continue to corrupt his follower’s beliefs (which he does not regret), and how he still insists on denying prophetic miracles, years after claiming to ‘openly’ fight deviations and being upon ‘the Sunni path.’ More graphically, it shows his persistent adherence to Qadiani concepts which claim, ‘…the illumination of the mind, or the inspiration of the mind of man with a certain idea…is only the lowest form of revelation…or the visions shown to them.’ See The Religion of Islam, p. 155. Two weeks after his UK ‘tour’, his newspaper, Muslim Journal, printed the transcript of a Jum’ah khutbah in which he teaches the same false concepts: “The coming of the Christ body into activity is the result of an exalted idea sown in the mind and matured by the soul (Mary).” See Muslim Journal, June 4, 1993, p. 12. Plemon El-Amin’s response is revealing, since he inadvertently admits that W.D. Mohammed did indeed proclaim birth via ‘Immaculate Conception.’ Similarly, one month later, El-Amin defended month W.D. Mohammed’s March 25, 1979 denial of the Return of Christ and claim of being ‘Masih-Mahdi.’ See Muslim Journal, July 9, 1993, pp. 7, 25. Likewise, in a February 1995 internet post, Edward Hasib, a long-standing, staunch supporter of W.D. Mohammed, defines the term “Immaculate Conception” in a similar manner. Taken together, Hasib and El-Amin’s words exemplify the effect of cult brainwashing: “…when Imam Mohammed was talking he made it plain he was speaking metaphorically. Specifically (sic) he was talking about his development as leader. If you were there, as I was, the Imam eloquently spoke about how all these self righteous immigrants and ignorant dupes condemded (sic) his father yet offered no help to alleviate the miserable conditions that brutal chattle (sic) slavery, and tortuous years of Jim Crow heaped upon us.”

“He explained that he was not taught how to come out of that darkness by those funny talking sheiks, or those inner city Negroes who wrap their heads up and try to talk with an arabic accent. You brother know who you are–no he had to be “born” as a leader without the aide of a mentor or a “father”. He had to come to his understanding wiout (sic) the potent germ of a alim, sheik, or what have you. Brother and sisters, this was made plain in his speech. At no time did any one in that audience think W.D. Mohammed was speaking of his physical birth being an immaculate conception. He has said over and over that he is the don (sic) of Elijah Muhammed and Clara Muhammed.”

[8] W.D. Mohammed’s warning to his community to ‘beware’ of books which may cause his followers to question his teachings is similar to the 1988 ‘Red Alert’ issued by him regarding the release of Shaykh Ibn Uthaimin’s The Muslim Belief. W.D. Mohammed labeled the Shaykh a ‘suspect of heresy’ and a ‘worse enemy on the Muslims than the Christian or Jew.’ See Muslim Journal, Nov. 11, 1988, April 21, 1989, p. 15; June 9, 1989, pp. 3, 4; June 16, 1989, p. 21.

[9] See Muslim Journal, June 11, 1993, p. 7.

[10] Muslim Journal, June 11, 1993, p. 7.

[11] ibid., June 18, 1993, p. 15.

Ten Excuses

Generally I am disheartened when someone gives W.D. Mohammed esteem, yet I’ve come to realize that outside of his followers, those who do esteem him are either misinformed and ignorant of him or are playing a game of hypocritical politics. Nevertheless, to explain their actions, the apologists almost always use the following excuses:

(1) “These are his mistakes, he changed and those things he said were a long time ago.”

First of all, since when does the passage of time transform the haram into the halal? There is no shariah axiom which states that an act of kufr yesterday becomes one of iman today. Besides, if it were true that, ‘he said these things long ago’, then why did his heresy continue year after year nonstop? And if these are ‘his mistakes,’ then why did they occur on such a consistent basis?

It is a clear contradiction indeed when someone is quick to make the excuse of ‘he said these things long ago’, yet we do not find the same excuse applied when Farrakhan himself regularly quotes Elijah from forty-five years ago.

(2) “At least he is better than his father.”

If only this were true. The sad reality is that he’s WORSE than his father. Unlike his father, Elijah Muhammad, who never recognized American Sunni Muslims nor was he ever recognized BY American Sunni Muslims (save a handful), W.D. Mohammed was in the years before his death, officially marketed as the “Spokesman FOR the American Muslims.”

(3) “He repented.”

This is simply inaccurate. There is no proof whatsoever, to indicate any repentance, retraction or remorse, either openly or secretly, from beliefs he held for over thirty years. As for those who allege that he “repented”, they are asked to bring forth their documented PROOF, yet this will be difficult for them, as none exists.

(4) “Letting him speak lessens his evil.”

HOW? This is misleading, as it implies a ruling. One needs to only observe the impact of his teachings on his blind followers, many of whom today are deprived from understanding even the basics of their faith and have lingering misconceptions. For instance, according to some of them, wudhu only has “symbolic meaning”; other followers retain the NOI concept that Paradise can be achieved by prosperity in this life.

(5) “He has a significant following.”

So does the Pope, so do the Hindus; large numbers do not indicate correct guidance.

(6) “I have read his paper and have never seen the things you claim.”

Then you haven’t read it well, nor have you looked at his books, tapes nor websites carefully because the heresy is OPENLY there.

(7) “I have attended his lectures and the man quoted Quran and hadeeth, I have never heard him say the things you allege.”

Perhaps. However, while much of W.D.’s pontifical utterances and serpentine, post-Elijah jargon have virtually disappeared from the pages of Muslim Journal, the fact remains that the man was a master of deception and a personality cult leader. For more than two decades of his leadership, he weaned followers on a weekly diet of modernist luminaries and heterodox concepts, while selectively highlighting ideas which reinforced his commingled, pseudo-Messianic dogma. Moreover, he is the son of Elijah Muhammad, a personality cult leader; W.D. learned a great deal from his father’s methods. So don’t expect to hear heresy at his speeches before large Muslim organizations, but rather observe and take notes of his attendance at “interfaith” gatherings or dinners for his “Muslim Pioneers.”

(8) “I know his people and they are all good.”

This is not far from the words of another so-called Muslim “official” who at a conference in 1991, made dua for W.D. Mohammed’s father and mother, and proudly remarked that he enjoyed eating dinner with them in 1967! Yes, some of WD’s people mean well. and this is not so much an indictment of the followers, but rather their leader.

(9) “But didn’t you say a handful of American Sunni Muslims recognized Elijah Muhammad?”

Correct. In 1993, Dr. Bilal Philips revealed in a Chicago lecture that days following the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X, MSA officials (the forerunner to ISNA), fearing an NOI/Sunni clash, held a private meeting with Elijah Muhammad, formally agreeing to never openly criticize the NOI. This policy has persisted to this very day. For the record, Dr. Bilal himself was not a part of that 1965 meeting nor was he a member of MSA, yet he narrated from people who did attend.

(10) “Did you ever approach him about the things he said?”

Yes indeed. Recordings are available which prove how he REFUSED to make towbah when questioned. Therefore, our duty as individuals is to expose WDM and those who support him. His actual numerical support is more apparent than real. While his followers are decreasing, the influence of his ideas and clout is increasing. During the latter parts of his life, he would link himself with a wide variety of groups, promoting interfaith politics. Indeed, this included a ‘reconciliation’ merger with Louis Farrakhan’s NOI branch which has accelerated following W.D.’s death.

W.D. Mohammed’s Position on Palestine

The following transcript is taken from MUSLIM JOURNAL, April 14, 1995, p. 15. It is a speech of W.D. Mohammed at the North Shore Congregational Israel Synagogue, Glencoe, Illinois, March 26, 1995. He was a special guest along with Dr. Mohammed Cheema, President of the American Muslim Council (AMC), and Dr. Sulayman Nyang, Howard University.

Keep in mind the location of the speech, and carefully read and judge the content and context of his views on Palestine. Only minor abridgements have been made for the sake of brevity. It is being reproduced here practically verbatim, so as to leave no loophole of accusations and excuses of “quoting out of context”, “being unfair to the Imam,” or the favorite, “he was speaking symbolically”:

“As-Salaam-Alaikum; Shalom-Alaikum.

We thank God for this day, this occasion…We ask that He increase this desire in us for this meeting and for future meetings and bring us closer together as religious communities, Muslims and Jews. Amen….with God’s name, The Merciful Benefactor, The Merciful Redeemer…”

“I want to go to a concern that has been with me since I have matured enough in my mind to understand some of what was happening in the political world. That is the issue of recognition for the state of Israel or homeland for the Jews. In my opinion, studying the Qur’an and the life of the Prophet Muhammad, this was never an issue with our Prophet. Jews lived in Medina, the city of our Prophet; it is also called the city of enlightenment. They were protected as citizens of Medina with the same protection that was accorded other citizens of Medina. The Prophet mandated that the Jews of Medina, under the new government of Islam, would continue to practice their religion as they had practiced it before the establishment of the new government of Islam.”

“We know that that good relationship that obviously that mandate intended to serve did not continue. Problems occurred that we may say were of a financial nature and political nature, rather than of a religious nature. It was such problems that caused that good relationship with the Jews of Medina to be lost. I’m not at all suggesting that because there was not an issue at that time, we don’t have anything to stand upon to address this issue. Rather, it is right for Muslims to support a homeland in their midst for the Jewish people.”

“We are aware of the history of the Jews and the meaning of the territory to you. But I would rather point to something in the history and the language of Islam that I think should be given attention. That is, first of all our religion doesn’t recognize any human being as the owner of any part of the earth, only as trustees under God. We believe that God is always the owner of every bit of the earth. God is the Absolute Owner and our possession is temporary. In Islam we can lose possession of our land if we don’t respect it. In Islamic Law, we can lose possession of our land. The law recognizes your right to have temporary possession of it and to utilize it for your needs according to Islamic Law, as long as you respect the land.”

“I believe that Islam has recognized something here that civilized man has always known or has always stood upon. We know that the civilized will go in and take property and land from the savaged who are ignorant and don’t know how to develop the land or who don’t know how to make it useful for themselves or humanity. And we have tolerated that. We haven’t condemned man from taking over territories to better a situation for the lot of mankind.”

“This is not to say that we don’t have sympathy for those who are removed from their land, those who are crushed to the ground or defeated miserably. Certainly we have sympathy and we have love in our hearts for them…I’m not to question the right of the Palestinians to their land. That is to be discussed by the Palestinians and by the Israelis…For me the only justification is what transpired from day one for the Palestinian problem and for the Israeli problem. And if those people were not doing anything with their land and were neglecting their land, then God removed them from their land not you (the Jews).”

“…I have said something that may be disturbing some of my friends, but I want to be open. I want to be clear, and that’s where I am regarding the issue of a homeland for the Jews. There’s much I would like to say beyond that point. But I’d like to say it in Israel as a guest of the government of Israel. I would like to say it in the ears of the Palestinian leaders, if they would hear it.”

W.D. Mohammed- The Record Speaks

Editor’s note: I originally compiled and posted this essay as an email in the mid 1990s on AOL. That early version has since been copied and re-posted on a number of websites. This current version is more comprehensive and includes public statements up to the time of W.D. Mohammed’s death in 2008.

 

A consistent thirty-three year pattern

Chronicling a distinct, recurring pattern spanning from W.D. Mohammed’s 1975 NOI leadership ascension up to his death in 2008

1975- Publicly declares himself “The Manifestation of God“: “Yes, I myself am an Immaculate Conception. You say, “This man is crazy.” No, I’m not crazy… After we explain it to you, you’ll know that I’m not crazy. The world has just been in darkness. I can truthfully say that My physical father was not My father. I have never had a physical father…You say, “Who is your father?” Speaking in the language of the New Testament, My Father is God…I am the Manifestation of God.… All praise is due to Allah.”[1]

1976- Claims he is recipient of divine revelation: “The Book (Bible) says that there is another kind of water (sweet water) which is not salty, that comes from above that is divine revelation. The water that God gives is divine revelation and He reveals it to His prophets.”[2] “I am baptizing you with the water that God has given me. It is the water of revelation, of divine knowledge.”[3]

1976- Alliance with cult leader Jim Jones. W.D. Mohammed makes the statement in his book, Al-Islam, Unity & Leadership, “I have been called a prophet by Christian admirers. I will say, “I am not a prophet.” [See Al-Islam, Unity & Leadership, p. 159].What W.D. Mohammed doesn’t mention was which ‘Christian admirer’ called him a ‘prophet’-cult leader  Rev. Jim Jones.

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In 1978, Jim Jones led more that 900 of his ‘People’s Temple’ followers in a mass murder-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. He and W.D. Mohammed co-produced and promoted the ‘First Inter-Religious Unity Meeting (Spiritual Jubilee)’ held in Los Angeles, California in May of 1976 .[See Bilalian News, June 4, 1976, pp. 1-3, 39-40]

This event is still listed as one of W.D. Mohammed’s ‘achievements’ in his book Challenges that Face Man Today–Vol. II, p. 151. W.D. Mohammed and Jim Jones jointly entitled the event, ‘A New Heaven and a New Earth.’ With more than 20,000 people attending, Bilalian News proudly stated Jim Jones’ praise of his ‘brother,’ W.D. Mohammed:

“The Rev. Jones called the Honorable W.D. Muhammad “a prophet” and declared: “With the alternatives I see on the horizon, I only wish he were running for President.”[See Bilalian News, June 4, 1976, p. 39].

1977- Declares Islamic plural marriage forbidden: “The teaching of Muhammad and the teaching of the Qur’an is that “one is better for you if you but knew.” No other Prophet did this for the polygamist mankind. It was Prophet Muhammad who worked against polygamy.”[4]

1978- Rejects miracles of the prophets: “Moses, being pursued by Pharaoh’s army, struck the water and the Red Sea parted, so the Book says, and Moses and his people walked across on dry land… Brother and sister, you will never convert intelligent people to religion today with unrealistic symbolical stories like that.”[5]

Sanctions prophetic claimant, Rashad Khalifa. Offers followers “20% discount” on purchase of Khalifa’s works.[6]

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Endorses Qadiani translation of Quran.[7]

1979- Denies Return of Jesus and proclaims himself, “Masih-Mahdi”: “Jesus did his work… he’s not coming back here­never! That’s not the way of God. But his type has to return, another birth like his has to happen, has to happen, to produce his type again. So that his type will be able to see, the lies that have been told concerning his birth. It’s not him but its the same as though he’s the original. I know how Jesus is born because I’ve been born that way! So you can’t tell me how Jesus was born, I’ve been born that way!” “…well then you’re a Prophet; no I’m not, well you’re a Messenger of God, no (laughing) I’m not, well what are you? I am Masih-Mahdi, I am the Christ-Mahdi believe it or not! … You know, for a long time people have been hoping to fulfill the prophecy. The prophecy of the return of Christ or the return of the son of Mary and the presence of a Mahdi who would bring the religion to its original purity… they’ve been looking for that, it’s here now, what they’ve been looking for is here now­But can they appreciate it?”[8]

1980- Proclaims himself, “the Mujaddid”[9] and formally rejects hadith as divine legislation: “If you want all the hadiths, then you should leave this community because I’m telling you, right now, I don’t accept all the hadiths. They have made too much trouble and confusion in the Muslim society.”[10]

1981-Claims those who desire plural marriage are, “cursed by God.”[11] Rules women’s hair is their hijab. “It is believed in the circle of learned scholars in the religion that the hair on women should be covered… Here in our community…we don’t make any big to-do about it. If some woman is seen with her hair uncovered we don’t raise the roof, because I understand that where there is some sex appeal in women’s hair, there is also religious symbolism attached. This symbolism is good but I don’t think we should enforce these laws too fanatically. If we do we might cause people of higher intellect to underestimate our intelligence. They might think we are superstitious or fanatical people and we don’t want them to think that.”[12]

1983- Claims Islam is not a precondition for salvation: “There are some scholars… I’ve heard some people who call themselves scholars in the religion say recently and I have heard this,… that the scriptures I quote referred to earlier times and later scriptures came and cancelled that. That now if anyone rejects our religion, he doesn’t go to paradise. I disagree. I simply disagree.[13]… I don’t feel that all Christians have to have my religion to improve their lives. I don’t feel that… I feel that some Christians are living very good lives. They have very good morals, they have a good sense of direction and I wouldn’t want to disturb that for them. As long as they are doing well I’d like to see them continue to do well.”[14]

Compares those who don’t follow him to dogs: “The word has come down from heaven follow Imam W. Deen Muhammad. Either do that or wear the dog collar and eat dog biscuits.”[15]

Claims: “If Jesus had lived to see 40, he would have died to Jesus and become Prophet Muhammad.”[16]

Claims: “The Quran doesn’t say that Prophet Muhammad is a messenger to the angels or Jinn, but to the people… Prophet Muhammad was sent to Naas, not to the Jinn.”[17]

1984- Calls for establishing his own school of thought: “…we are going to have a school of fiqh and that school is raising up, or growing up right now with the growth of this community, under the leadership of your Imam and my Imam Warith Deen Muhammad. Yes, Imam Warith Deen Muhammad.”[18]

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1986- Claims: “The Muslim community also has a community obligation to serve the best interest of other communities Christian, Jewish and even the Socialist community.”[19]

Denies existence of Jinn: “Muslims do not believe that there are some foreign worlds existing out there somewhere. We don’t believe that there are some foreign creatures sharing space with us. We don’t accept the notion of other creatures in another dimension whose nature is not like ours. We don’t believe that there are creatures who can do things to us but we cannot reach them unless we find some way to plug into their foreign dimension. The real Muslim cannot accept that kind of idea. You cannot work voodoo on a Muslim because the Muslim is not vulnerable to superstition.”[20]

1987- Declares: “But my position is this in our society, I have learned by experience, so I have differed with shiekhs, I have differed with leaders of Al-Islam, I have learned by experience in this community, that there is no guarantee, that a Muslim marrying a non-Muslim woman is going to have anymore success in bringing these children to Al-Islam, than a woman will be marrying a non-Muslim man… “[21]

Declares, “I have no problems with the Pope; I respect him and honor him.”[22]

1988- Denies existence of prophetic miracles: “We know that as much as man fears the fire, we know that Abraham was put in the fire. That not right? Yes, Abraham was put in the fire. And when they looked in the, when those who put him in the fire came to see how he was fairing, how he was doing there, whether he was ashes or not, they found him there unaffected. Fire hadn’t touched him, fire hadn’t bothered him a bit. Instead, instead of him experiencing heat, see God made the flame cool on Abraham. (laughter) Now we know that’s metaphorical, that’s symbolic.” [23]

1989- Proudly shows off grandchild from marriage of his daughter to a non-Muslim.[24]

1991- Says Muslims should not invite non-Muslims to Islam: “We (Muslims) are obligated to seek peaceful co-existence with Christians and people of Faith… the similarities are so much more important that we need not focus on the differences. We see Christians and Jews as people of the Book. We should not ask them to take their shahadah…”[25]

Endorses homosexuals during American Public Radio (APR) interview.[26]

1992- Endorses Farrakhan: “I will never denounce him as long as he says he wants to be a Muslim.”[27]

Declares, “We love our distinction as a people, our racial distinction…we want racial dignity and racial distinction. We want cultural distinction. We want that. Even within Islam we want that. We don’t want to copy the culture of another Muslim…we also stress that we owe an allegiance to the Christian people. Also we have to understand that our religion did not come to establish itself over everybody else.”[28]

Speaking at ISNA headquarters: “Mohammed says he does not favor intermarriage between indigenous and immigrant Muslims because African-Americans have suffered greatly at the hands of white America, and they need time by themselves as a race for the psychological scars of racism to heal.”[29]

1993- Claims anyone can be recipient of divine revelation: ‘If any revelation I receive, anybody else can get it, just read Qur’an and God will show us revelation if we’re sincere.’[30]

Claims Farrakhan ‘does a lot of good’: “Farrakhan respects Islam and he does a lot of good, he is friendly with us and we should be friendly with him.”[31]

Declares all non-Muslims Muslims: “If we look at the broad definition for Muslim, we have to say that even though a Christian may be worshipping Jesus the Christ Prophet more than he is worshipping Allah, he or she may be Muslim in their spirit. They may still be Muslim, though the orientation has now dominated their Muslim urge. The person carrying a heavy cross may be a Muslim inwardly. So it is for a Jew, or Communist, or a Buddhist, or a Hindu.”[32]

1994- Implies prophethood to Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King, calling them: “men of divine wisdom” who predicted the future “in the name of God”.[33]

Denounces interracial marriage and women’s hijab: “Imam Mohammed said he would not encourage mixed marriages. “Marry your own race and people you are acquainted with.”…Covering hair in the mosque for prayer is needed, the Imam explained, but in the public when out shopping it is not a big deal. He noted that a sister can be more seductive with her hair covered than uncovered.”[34]

1998- Claims Paradise is on earth: “In the beginning, God put us in paradise and so shall it be in the end,” Mohammed said. And, pointing a finger to the sky, he added, “Not necessarily up there.”[35]

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.”[36]

2000- Selected by MAS to lead Washington Area Muslims for Eid Al-Fitr Prayer at DC Armory.

2001- Claims revelation is continuous and shared between members of other faiths.[37]

Declares all non-Muslims, Muslims. “God created nothing but Muslims.”[38]

2002- Praises Elijah Muhammad and declares lasting brotherhood with Louis Farrakhan.[39]

Claims Jesus is “the second Adam”[40]

2008: “God blessed me with much that was hidden.” Irvington, NJ, July 6, 2008[41]

Aug. 29, 2008, he made what would be his last public appearance. He praised the teachings of Muhammad and Jesus and counseled, “We all … should be trying to be Christlike. He died a month later, in September 2008.” [42]


References:

[1] See Muhammad Speaks, May 23, 1975, pp. 17-19. His referral to himself as ‘The Manifestation of God’ has its links to Elijah’s teachings, as Elijah said that ‘after me will come God himself.’ See Message to the Blackman, p. 306. Thus, W.D. Mohammed labeling himself ‘The Manifestation of God’, is intended to be understood as ‘a fulfillment of prophecy.’

[2] See Lectures of Emam Muhammad, p. 48.

[3] See The Teachings of W.D. Muhammad, p. 13.

[4] See Bilalian News, July 8, 1977, p. 17. His statement “one is better for you if you but knew” is baseless. No such Qur’ânic verse nor Prophetic hadeeth exists that is even remotely close to what he claims.

[5] See Lectures of Emam Muhammad, pp. 118-119.

[6] See Bilalian News, April 21, 1978, p. 9.

[7] See Bilalian News, Sept. 8, 1978, p. 6.

[8] Recording and transcript excerpt from six and one-half hour speech broadcast nationally via ‘telephone hookup’ from Chicago, Ill. on March 25, 1979.

[9] See Bilalian News, February 15, 1980, p. 17.

[10] See Bilalian News, February 22, 1980, p. 24.

[11] See Bilalian News, June 26, 1981, p. 18.

[12] See World Muslim News, November 27, 1981, p. S5.

[13] See Religion on the Line, p. 61.

[14] See ibid. p. 67.

[15] See A. M. Journal, Mar 2, 1983, p. 23.

[16] See A.M. Journal, July 29, 1983, p. 9.

[17] See A. M. Journal, July 29, 1983, p. 2.

[18] See Challenges that Face Man Today, pp. 34-38.

[19] See Muslim Journal, May 16, 1986, p.2.

[20] See An African American Genesis, p. 9.

[21] See Muslim Journal, October 2, 1987.

[22] See Muslim Journal, November 13, 1987, p. 15.

[23] Recorded statements; Detroit, Michigan, March 27, 1988.

[24] See Muslim Journal, June 2, 1989, p. 15.

[25] See Muslim Journal, June 28, 1991, p. 5.

[26] Recorded broadcast, September 4, 1991.

[27] See The Washington Times, Feb. 7, 1992, p. A6.

[28] See Muslim Journal, Feb. 28. 1992, p. 24.

[29] See Islamic Horizons, Summer 1992, p. 8.

[30] Recorded statements, May 14, 1993, Manchester, UK.

[31] See The Muslim News, May 28, 1993, p. 4.

[32] See Muslim Journal, Sept. 10, 1993, p. 17.

[33] See Muslim Journal, January 7, 1994, p. 7.

[34] See Muslim Journal, June 17, 1994.

[35] See Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer-Times, Feb. 16, 1998.

[36] Transcript from NOI “Saviour’s Day” Rally, Chicago, February 26, 1999.

[37] See Muslim Journal, March 17 & 24, 2000; See also The Final Call, March 14 & 21, 2000.

[38] Recorded speech, San Francisco, Nov. 21, 2001.

[39] ibid.

[40] NOI Saviors Day ‘Family Reunion’ speech, Feb. 26, 2002, See Muslim Journal, May 3, 10 & 17, 2002.

[41] See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyq6YiVDsds

[42] See http://www.pbs.org/godinamerica/people/w-deen-mohammed.html