In the name of Allah, the Creator
There is no doubt that the so-called “Nation of Islam” raised the social awareness of African-Americans suffering from the discrimination and terrorism of white racists in America. The “Nation” also understood the utterly destructive effects of slavery and bigotry upon the African-American psyche. However, Elijah Muhammad (Elijah Poole), Louis Farrakhan, and the so-called Nation of Islam have also misrepresented the genuine teachings of Islam.
For one to understand Islam, one must understand the essentials of the Muslim Belief. Muslims refer to the Qur’an (the Holy Book of the Muslims), and the Hadiths (the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad who lived 1,400 years ago, and is the last Prophet and Messenger of God) as the sources for their religion. Furthermore, the Islamic Doctrine is supported by sound rational proofs. The Muslim Belief in God complies with common sense.
Muslims believe that there is only One Creator (Allah) worthy of worship. The Creator is Eternal and Everlasting–God doesn’t undergo changes. God is Free-of-Need and exists without time or place. God has knowledge and power over all things. The Creator does not have limits or parts and is not a body, image, or spirit. Muslims believe that God is Absolutely Incomparable. Whatever one imagines, the Creator is absolutely different from that.
The Qur’an mentions in one of its most often recited chapters (Al-‘Ikhlas, Chpt. 112) some of the Attributes of God:
1. Say [O,Muhammad]: God is One.
2. God does not need any of the creations, and all the creations are in need of God.
3. God does not have offspring, and God is not the offspring of anyone.
4. God has no equal and is beyond compare.
Although the so-called Nation of Islam claims to be a Muslim organization, it has a very peculiar and contradictory belief concerning the Creator that blatantly opposes the teachings of the Qur’an and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad. In their book entitled Message to the Blackman (Message…), they claim that there are many alleged gods. It says on page 110: “Allah taught me, our nation gave BIRTH to ANOTHER God whose name is Yakub.” This blatantly contradicts one of the most basic teachings of Islam—that is, there is only One God (and that God was not born).
Another basic aspect of the Islamic Belief is that the Creator is absolutely different from any of the creations. The Nation claims that the Creator is a human being named, Fard Muhammad. On page 16 of Message to the Blackman it says: “Allah came to us from the Holy city Mecca, Arabia in 1930.” On the following page it says: “I [Elijah Poole] asked him [Fard Muhammad], who are you, and what is your real name? He said that I am the one the world has been expecting for the past 2,000 years. I said to Him again, ‘What is your name?’ He said: ‘My name is Mahdi; I am GOD….’” And in their newspapers, The Final Call, under the section they have misleadingly titled: “What the Muslims Believe”, they still claim that Allah came in the person of Fard Muhammad.
The “Nation” is infamous for its hateful teachings against white people. Yet, they say that Fard Muhammad—their alleged God—was born to a white woman!!! They also claim that a mad scientist named, Yakub, made (“grafted”) white people on the island of Patmos. On the one hand, they call Yakub, “God” (page 110 of Message…), but on page 134 Elijah Poole says: “They [allegedly white people] are the chosen people of their father Yakub, the Devil.”
Other un-Islamic teachings of the “Nation”, include, that the moon was made 60 trillion years ago by a mad black scientist when he attempted to blow up the earth because he failed to get everyone to speak the same language (Message…, page 31) . Also, they claim there is a giant UFO circling the Earth that will send down attack craft to kill off all the white people (Message…, page 291). They wrongly claim that gorillas and monkeys are actually descendants of white people who were attempting to “graft” themselves back into black people some two thousand years ago (page 119 of Message…). The “Nation” denies the reality of the Hereafter—yet, the belief in the Hereafter is mentioned repeatedly in the Qur’an and is a belief shared by all Muslims! Also, it is the belief of all the Muslims that Prophet Muhammad of Mecca, Arabia (who lived 1,400 years ago) is the last Prophet and Messenger of God. Yet, the “Nation” claims that Elijah Muhammad (Elijah Poole) is the Messenger of God—another blatant contradiction of the Qur’an (Al-Ahzab, 33:40) and the basic Islamic Belief!
True Islam—Sunni Islam—does not teach racial and ethnic hatred. The Qur’an says what means:
“O humanity! Allah created you from a single pair of a male and female[Adam and Eve], and made you into nations and tribes, that you may get to know one another. Certainly the most honored of you to Allah is the one who is the most righteous.” (Al-Hujarat, 49:22)
The differences in color in the human family are something to reflect on and should not be a basis for hatred. The Qur’an says what means:
“And among Allah’s signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the diversity of your tongues and colors. In that are surely signs for those who possess knowledge.“ (Rum, 30:22)
Prophet Muhammad gave Muslims the solution to nationalism, racism, and tribalism more than 1,400 years ago. The Holy Prophet said:
“All of humanity is from Adam and Eve. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab; nor has a non-Arab any superiority over an Arab. Also, a white person has no superiority over a black person; nor does a black person have any superiority over a white person except by piety and righteousness.”
Genuine unity is not based upon skin color but is based upon a shared belief in the One Absolutely Incomparable Creator. The improvement of the individual, the black community, and the entire society (including, all races and ethnicities) comes when people strive to be sincerely obedient to God. The real success is based on being a God-fearing person who prepares him or herself for the inevitable reality of death by following the authentic Laws of God. The beginning of guidance is having the correct belief in the Creator and testifying with the Declaration of Faith to enter the fold of Islam. To become a Muslim, one simply says:
“I BEAR WITNESS NOTHING IS WORTHY OF WORSHIP EXCEPT ALLAH, AND I BEAR WITNESS MUHAMMAD IS THE MESSENGER OF ALLAH.”
May Allah guide us and grant us the best of this world and the Hereafter.