Long time readers of this blog will remember that one of my earliest entries concerned the presence of Larry 4X Prescott (Akbar Muhammad) at MANA‘s first convention in November of 2007. He was included in the program to deliver a passionate speech defending convicted cop killer Jamil Alamin. At the time, my outrage was directed at according heretics respectability at ostensibly “Sunni” events. In later comments I called him an “aqeedah criminal”. Thanks to these decisions of allowing heretics to share the stage with Muslim Imams, the N.O.I has now achieved mainstream acceptance among younger Muslims who no longer see them as outside the fold of Islam. MANA’s choosing to allow Minister Larry 4X a spot at the MANA convention was almost exclusively Siraj Wahhaj’s, and it is with him that I lay the blame. Mainstreaming the N.O.I will undoubtedly be one of the sad chapters in his legacy.
However as it turns out, our friend Larry is not only an “aqeedah criminal”, but is also now a convicted felon who plead guilty last week to bank fraud to the tune of $323,000! The guy was using his “Muslim names” to get mortgages without disclosing he had others. What makes Larry’s crime all the more appalling is the fact that he held a number of “fund raisers” (are you all starting to get the picture) in different cities in support of his legal defense fund knowing full well that he was guilty!
The Fall of Larry 4X
For those who may not be familiar with the career of Larry 4x, it is worth noting that he was a major figure in the so-called Nation of Islam and was Minister Louis Farrakhan’s right-hand man for decades. He joined the organization in 1960 in New York under the leadership of Malcolm X and witnessed (and participated in) some of its most important history. As one example, Larry was present when Malcolm made the famous “chickens coming home to roost” speech at the Manhattan Center in 1963. He later worked tirelessly as a personal assistant to Farrakhan during the seventies in his efforts to rehabilitate the N.O.I’s reputation following the assassination of Malcolm X.
Once Farrakhan left W.D. Mohammed in 1977, Larry stood by his side in rebuilding Elijah Muhammad’s old organization and teachings. I remember Larry 4X vividly during the 1980’s because he was always opening up for Louis Farrakhan. In fact, I attended Howard University with one of his daughters. Somehow or another he became the N.O.I’s “man in Africa”, and lived on the continent for quite a number of years. He has traveled around the world as a top official for the group, reportedly visiting over 150 counties.
However in recent years things have soured between him and the Minister. Siraj Wahhaj shared with me (when we were still speaking) that Larry started “taking other wives” while he was in Africa and siring children by them (he is 66 years old). In pursuing this course he only claimed to be following his leader, Farrakhan (76), who announced to his flock about five years ago that he himself has three wives (and about 12 children from two of them in addition to the nine by his real wife). However Farrakhan was livid about what Larry did, claiming that like Elijah himself, concubines were his exclusive right and unceremoniously sacked him. This made Larry in his old age a vagabond in the earth, whose been showing up at W.D. Masjids (I’ve seen him in DC all the time) pitifully trying to sell his old tapes. Its sad, really sad. Now he’s going to the clink for a couple of years, man oh man. It seems that Farrakhan has taken some pity on him by helping him “raise funds”.
I would not have even mentioned this criminal were it not for the fact of his being paraded before the Muslims as some type of authority figure. Usually I only discuss the N.O.I. in a historical sense on this blog, but this is just another example of the deeply entrenched criminal culture among Muslims.