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’
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.”
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.