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.