“Hello Larry!”: Larry pictured along with Siraj Wahhaj
While attending the MANA Conference last weekend, I went to the event which featured W. Deen Muhammad, and to my surprise, Larry (pictured above) shows up.
Who is Larry you ask? … That would be Larry 4X Prescott, known these days as “Akbar Muhammad”, Louie Walcott Farrakhan’s man in Africa. I think to myself: What the heck is a man that OPENLY says that “Fard Muhammad” is his god who appeared in Detroit in the 1930’s (for those wanting proof of their current beliefs it is here) and that a “Messenger” came after Muhammad ibn Abdullah (pbuh), doing here on a panel for Muslims that believe in tawheed and the finality of Prophethood and Messengership? I mean this is a man who believes that a UFO piloted by 13 Japanese youth is circling the earth and that Elijah is alive inside this ship!!
This was a tragic and completely avoidable sore point of the MANA Conference Weekend. I must also admit that I was appalled and saddened that Imam Siraj referred to Elijah as “Honorable”. It was all very disappointing and I was hurt to witness this spectacle.
While much has been made recently of the decline of the 1990’s salafi movement in the US, one cannot deny its contribution in heightening the sensitivities of Muslims with regard to matters of tawheed. Larry’s invitation (coupled with Siraj’s repeated references to the false Messenger as “Honorable”) clearly represents a setback in our growth and understanding. If we return to the days wherein we lacked clarity regarding tawheed and shirk, we will certainly accomplish nothing even if we solve the many undeniable social problems plaguing us.
If we continue to pay homage to figures who promote shirk, kufr and their motley mix of bizarre, anti-Islamic dogma, then what have we really accomplished? I liken Larry’s invitation to the conference to offering a starving man a plate of food then sprinkling it with cyanide.
Perhaps just as troubling is the hair-brained rationale for why this outrage was allowed to take place; obstensively a strategy which began at the NOI’s last Savior’s Day, to convert the NOI to Islam after Farrakhan spins off his mortal coil. While some may view this as a noble strategy, it is only good strategy when you invite them to tawheed and not allow them to think that they are Muslims.
Sadly, in the end, Siraj lent legitimacy to an irrelevant and illegitimate (not to mention weird) movement. (For those that want to see what I said at the time about this outrage, they can read it here) Siraj’s attendance at “Savior’s Day” and then inviting Larry to the MANA conference only lowers his (and MANA’s) stature. I personally like Imam Siraj and had high hopes for MANA. However it hurts me to see him doing this because we really have some major issues to solve in our communities without adding the madness and confusion of the NOI.
Finally, I can only imagine how alienated white Muslims must have felt with the invitation of a man who believes that whites were created in a laboratory by a big headed scientist.
This is why I feel that allowing Larry to speak did nothing but set the entire program back. However, I am hopeful that the brothers at MANA will see the error in this and correct this colossal blunder before it discredits the entire program.
Is Elijah supposed to be up there???
Larry believes white people were created by a big headed scientist