As many people know by now, I was once an Imam of a small masjid in Washington, DC during the mid nineties, along with being an early organizer and leader of the Muslim student association at Howard University. I led that masjid at precisely the time of the Million Man March, and preached as strongly as I could against Muslim participation in it for the three weeks leading up to it. Now as a consequence of the recent controversy that has developed around the formation of the Coalition of African-American Muslims (CAAM), wherein a once respected group of Black American Imams have chosen to embrace Louis Farrakhan and the NOI, I now feel compelled to tackle some of the grave doctrinal issues and confusion that this catastrophe has generated.
Also, many people have expressed sincere concern over the harshness of the tone of my criticism of these “leaders”, for which I am deeply grateful, but after reading what follows they will certainly understand why. I must constantly keep reminding myself that many younger Muslims have no real knowledge of the NOI, Louis Farrakhan, or Elijah Muhammad and the damnable heresies he taught. But these Imams know better, so they should be strong enough to take the heat. This is especially true of people like Zaid Shakir and Sherman Jackson, who fashion themselves as classically trained Islamic scholars, so to embrace dangerous heretics like Louis Farrakhan, Larry 4X Prescott, Wesley Williams (who tries to take the name Muhammad) and the rest of that ilk is absolutely unforgivable and defies explanation! It is dangerous because in order to pass Farrakhan and the NOI off as Muslims one must do extreme violence to the teachings of the Quran and the Sunna, and replace mis-guidance where guidance once stood.
So because of the questions I’ve gotten about all of this, I don the Imam’s kufi once again to answer them here in hope that others may derive benefit.
I am not trying to be contentious, but I am curious as to what is your perception of the Prophet working with his uncle( until he died) who is reported to have died a polytheist? This has nothing to do with the dialog with you on here.
I do thou agree that some how the African-American Muslim” leaders” have in some way or another disengaged from the responsibility of their own people. Particularly the ones named in your piece. While I may not agree with your approach( and I am not suggesting you change) I would encourage you to speak as you have, for it is always good deal with reality, than to live in the shadows of some distorted positivity( that is ineffective to us having success). I am not suggesting that any one person has THE REALITY but it is nice to hear what other people view of reality is. I found your piece very intriguing and passionate.
I would also like to know if you think that what is happening is what these “leaders” intend to happen or are you suggesting some area of incompetence among leadership that is not be objectively critiqued?”
From Bro. Rais Mujahid of Minnesota
Answer: Brother Rais, if I understand your question correctly you seem to be asking that if it was permissible for the Prophet (s) to receive protection and support of his uncle Abu Talib, even though he was a polytheist, then why do I believe it to be wrong to accept the support and assistance of Louis Farrakhan and the NOI who are also polytheist?
Not just Abu Talib, but the Prophet and early Muslims received support from many other of the polytheists of Mecca. For example when the Muslims were being boycotted in a valley for three years to the point of starvation, it was the non-Muslim family members who secretly violated the boycott and smuggled in food to the believers. But neither they nor Abu Talib ever:
1) claimed any new prophethood after Muhammad (s) or,
2) ever claimed that their pagan gods were “Allah in Person” and that the ignorant religion they believed in was the very same religion of Prophet Muhammad (s), to the point of even calling it “Islam”.
That then is the crux of the matter. Louis Farrakhan and the NOI are not merely unIslamic – like Abu Talib – but positively ANTI- Islamic, like Musailimah the Liar, the false prophet who appeared in the life time of Rasulullah (s) and who he raised an army against and fought the Khilafa. It is impossible for the Prophet (s) and his followers to receive help, support, and cooperation from the claimants of a false prophethood, which is one of the gravest evils imaginable. Allah says (meaning):
Who can be more wicked than one who inventeth a lie against Allah, or saith, “I have received inspiration,” when he hath received none, or (again) who saith, “I can reveal the like of what Allah hath revealed”? If thou couldst but see how the wicked (do fare) in the flood of confusion at death! – the angels stretch forth their hands, (saying),”Yield up your souls: this day shall ye receive your reward,- a penalty of shame, for that ye used to tell lies against Allah, and scornfully to reject of His signs!” Holy Quran (6:93)
Elijah Muhammad preached for decades that God is a man, and what could be a greater lie against Allah than that!
The Christians and most old world muslims are alike; not having a true knowledge of the supreme one, referred to as Allah, and God makes most people believe that God is something other than a man.
Elijah Muhammad, Our Savior Has Arrived, pg 61
We have a great subject before us to open up to the world. So have patience and, by the help of Allah, I shall prove to you that God is man.
Elijah Muhammad, Our Savior Has arrived, pg 64
God is a man and we just cannot make Him other than a man, lest we make Him an inferior one…
Elijah Muhammad, Message to the Blackman, pg 6
We believe that Allah (God) appeared in the person of Master W. Fard Muhammad, July, 1930; the long-awaited “Messiah” of the Christians and the “Mehdi” of the Muslims.
Elijah Muhammad, Message to the Blackman, pg 224, Final Call newspaper, point 12 of What the Muslim Believe
And then Elijah put forth the evil claim of being a Messenger after our beloved Prophet Muhammad (s), The final prophet and messenger to humanity and the seal of the prophets.
So I say to the Arab world of Islam, prepare yourself for all that you hear coming from the mouth Messenger Elijah Muhammad here in America. You can accept it or reject it. It would be good if you accept it. Otherwise you can reject it and meet the fate of those who before you rejected a messenger because of pride, for they wanted to be that which they were not to be.
Elijah Muhammad, Our Savior has Arrived, pg135
Elijah continued in his blasphemies by claiming that Fard Muhammad will create a “new Islam”.
He, Master Fard Muhammad, God in Person, will create a new heaven and a new earth, a new Islam and a new government and people.
Elijah Muhammad, Our Savior Has Arrived, pg 11o
So there you have it from their own literature. It should be quite obvious now to all sincere Muslims that the NOI’s teachings are in and of themselves an aggression against the religion Islam, so much so that whenever they are allowed to win, Islam loses. That is because their brand of religion is a fraud masquerading as Islam, and all whom they take off to the path of hell are people who could have gone to paradise had the matter been made clear. For that reason we must hate them in our hearts and oppose them with all the means at our disposal, all the while calling people to the truth.
Because I went on a little long here I will respond to Brother Rais’s question about the Muslim leaders in another post insha Allah.