A Question Regarding the Farrakhan Fitnah

Posted: October 7, 2010 in Uncategorized
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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.

“Abdur Rahman

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.

  1. Kwame Madden says:

    Bottom line is Elijah Poole and Louis Pharoah Farrakhan are Black Americians Muslims Ghulam Ahmad In Surah Tawba the Prophet [pbuh]is told O Prophet!strive hard aganist the Unbelievers and the Hypocites.And be firm aganist them.Their abode is Hell An evil refuge indeed.Is the {CAAM] leadership sanctioning being in coaltion with the modren day Musalimah the liar.Shame on them!

  2. True Believer says:

    The Blackman in America knows nothing of Islam expect for The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. They took Islam to Europe and left you in a destroyed condition in America. All Praises Due To Allah who came in the person of Master Fard Muhammad. He was the only one from the east to come and set up a continuing process so that we can evolve into a reflection of himself as the scriptures bear witness to. Don’t fall victim to the hypocritical thinking and actions of our enemy.

    If you have two people with different sicknesses. As a doctor will you prescribe the same medication. Absolutely Not!!! The arabs had a totally different sickness from the blackman in America. So Allah gave us the proper medication for our sickness. Brother you must reevaluate your position on Minister Farrakhan. He is the door of salvation for the entire world. Take it or let it alone. he constantly tries to unite us with the Muslim world. The Muslim world loves him. This is why he is accepted as a head of state in the east. They know that the Sun is going to rise in the west. So stay tuned the sun is rising. AS-Salaam Alailkum!!!

  3. Hajji Muhammad says:

    This person who gave a lengthy Khutba for Iyd al-Fitr on the Washington Mall recording the entire service and then posting on the web made as his central point Tawhid, specifically speaking about the fact that Allah is not a man and that Muslims worship the Omnipotent (Al-Qaadir), Transcendent (Tanzih), Creator (Al-Khaaliq), etc. etc.
    Now after all this “rhetoric” reading from the Quran, etc. this same person is seen sitting at the same table along with Zaid Shakir, Siraj, Bray, etc. providing a forum and validating Farrakhan. They have all fallen into the spider web and therefore there entire platform is now questionable.
    How are they going to defend the so called “first Islamic College” when every media outlet in the world is going to question you about your association with Farrakhan, a coup on his part?

    • @Hajj Muhammad

      Excellent observations brother!!! They have no principles whatsoever, so its time to start anew without these “celebrities”. We just can’t get anywhere with these unprincipled people!!!

  4. Free Sister says:

    Reading this blog the past few weeks has made me sad. Sad because I know that he is right and I don’t like it. I have literally cried when I reflected and looked at our condition. Our lives are melting down. Many of us can’t pay rent or struggling to do so in spite of working. Our masjids are not sufficiently built because we can’t afford to fix them and our Muslim establishment is melting down with it.Meanwhile our leaders are running around with Farakhan instead of rolling up their sleeves and getting involved. I for one feel very alone and abandoned by everyone with no one to turn to for help. Our masjids have no zakah to give and many of us can’t afford to ride out into the suburbs to the rich immigrant masjids to get any money. And besides, they will treat us like criminals because they don’t know us.

    I’m married. I have a husband. He’s just never around because he has to work 12-16 hour days only to stay afloat. He gets up and leaves before I do and returns late. Many are in this situation or worse because they don’ t even have a job. my husband returns home exhausted and usually falls asleep. I cook. I clean. I do the shopping. I take care of the children. Its gettig more frustrating as the weeks go by.
    Marriage is really hard when you never see the other person. It’s near impossible sometimes. I just keep telling myself it will be better once he stops working so much. Every day. And those days are turning into weeks which are turning into months…with no end in sight. I’m really unhappy and I’m not sure what to do anymore. Many others are like me and we have no one to turn to.

    • @ Free Sister

      Sister, I was very sad myself, but the situation won’t change until we confront the truth, acknowledge it, and determine to grow some new leadership. We have to once and for all decide that these guys are finished. I know they have broken your heart because they have broken mine as well, far too many times to count. May Allah ease your condition. Perhaps you and your husband would like to be a part of a new effort to turn this ship around. It is for people like you that I wrote these articles, not the brain-damaged losers who are invested in the dysfuction. I did not mean to make anyone cry, but the situation is absolutely pitiful and “Allah will never change the condition of a people until they change that which is in themselves”. The very definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

      I and a group of other like-minded brothers and sisters are forming a new initiative to build a better future for African-American Muslims. Is that something you would be willing to be a part of? If so please post your answer in this comment section and someone will get back with you in a very timely manner. Stay strong good sister, “verily with difficulty comes ease”.

    • Naj says:

      SubhannaAllah sista,

      Be patient sister,Allah sees your pain and unhappiness and he is with you.

      I send you my salams from the UK,here Islaam is diverse and beautifuall,getting stronger as time goes on by the Grace of Allah SWT as muslims become more education and pull their resources to establish ourselves and practice and learn our deen.

      I dont know much about muslims in the US and especially those in the african american community except for the the whole NOI movement from way back.Reading about their beliefs is extremeley disturbing to the muslim who has had no dealing with them,they are upon straight up misguidance i dont know how they havent been susseed all one could do was read the Quran to realise it.

      Also I get the impression that you are in a community where many in gthe african american community keep themselves to themselves and that the immigrant masjid you referred to is made up of just that,just immigrants.This kind of segretagation sounds saddening,From somewhere where this phenomeneon is very rare i would say that is where the problem with the disfunctional masjids arise from,after the associations with so called groups like NOI,you would have to be confused or just deviat to be an imam to want to deal with them usless you were to seek to give them advice,Allahu musta’aan
      I would urge those who are associated with Farrakhan to dissassociate themselves from the stronghold he seems to have on their lives it is very damaging and it is shirk ,a whole other debate.I guess my advice is not enough i would ask anyone who follows this man to just read the Quran and to stop taking his words to dictate their lives and beliefs isnt this a form of worship.SubahaanAllah.

      Break away from this sis inshaa Allah you sound strong and your faith and family are the strongest justifications for that strength.

      One of the greatest beauties in Islam is the diversity,not just of cultures but of experiences and of abilites,it makes the muslim community stronger and firmer.For example in Britian their is the National Zakat Foundation set up by Mercy Mission a very talented and motivated group of brothers and sister which seeks to provide financial assistance and shelter to those muslims who find themselves in hard times.I know of muslim life coaches,helplines and radio stations which once upon a time didnt exist,i can only assume it has been by the co-operation and uniting of various muslims to help one another,It is very hard to go it alone.Practicing in this environment is great as you rarely feel alone.Remember though sister it doesnt matter where you are or how many muslim groups you are around if your heart isnt with the deen and isnt conscious of Allah you will sink into worldly concerns and depression,have patience.

      Remember he verses of Allah which say:

      “Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods, lives and the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.
      Who say: when afflicted with calamity”To Allah we belong and to Him is our return.”
      .They are those on whom (Descend) blessings from Allah, and Mercy, and they are the ones that receive guidance.”

      : Al-Baqara – 2:155-157

      ‘Ye shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your personal selves; and ye shall certainly hear much that will grieve you from those who received the Book before you and from those who worship many gods. But if ye persevere patiently, and guard against evil, then that will be a determining factor in all affairs’. Aal-e-Imran – 3:186

      But i pray to ALLAH SWT that your sadness is eliviated,that you and your husband have more time for one another,that your family have good health and iman and that you are all given Jannatul Firdaus when you strive for ALLAH’s perfect deen as taught by the Prophet SAW and his rightly guided companions.Ammen thumma Ammeen.

  5. suchheini says:

    Wonderful blog! I truly love it

  6. Demetric Muhammad says:


    Would you consent to public dialogue of your position with a representative of the Nation of Islam. I think it would be good so that we could in the public hear your position contrasted against that of the NOI.

  7. Anonymous says:

    As-Salaam Alaikum. When you get a chance, give me a call. 718-514-4035…. Imam Siraj Wahhaj

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