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.

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