Islam in America: From African Slaves to Malcolm X

Category: Americas, Faith & Spirituality, Life & Society Topics: Islam, Malcolm X, Slavery Views: 13789
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When we think of Islam-if we do at all-we might summon an image of Denzel Washington playing a stern and passionate Malcolm X in Spike Lee's 1992 film, or maybe we imagine Louis Farrakhan on the speaker's platform at the Million Man March in 1995. Some might have encountered Middle Eastern Muslims on the nightly news, mostly as "fundamentalists" and "terrorists." A few have met immigrant Muslims in their neighborhood. But Muslims are more diverse than popular images allow, and American Muslim history is longer than most might think, extending back to the day that the first slave ship landed on Virginia's coast in 1619. It incorporates two groups-Muslims from other countries who migrated to America by force or by choice, and African Americans who created Muslim sects in the twentieth century. Thus, a consideration of the Islamic presence in America provides a new perspective on several important (and familiar) issues that will be used to organize this essay:

  1. What is the history of slavery in the United States?
  2. How have immigrants resisted and accommodated American culture?
  3. What were African Americans' experiences in the northern cities after the Great Migration?
  4. How has African-American Islam addressed race relations since the 1960s?
  5. Is America a Christian nation?

Islam is a diverse and long-standing American religion-one that has had a significant presence in the United States.

There are over one billion Muslims in the world, most of whom live in Asia, not in the Middle East as most Americans presume. As in Christianity and Judaism, Islam (which is second only to Christianity in worldwide adherents) includes a number of communities or branches. The two major groups are Sunni Muslims, who constitute about 85 percent of Muslims, and Shii (or Shiite) Muslims, who account for 15 percent of the world's Islamic population. All traditional groups are represented among the five million Muslims in the United States, along with some new movements that have been cultivated on American soil.

Despite their diversity, Muslims have a good deal in common. They look to the Qu'ran- the sacred book that records the message of Allah [God] as it was revealed to his final prophet, Muhammed (A.D. ca. 570-632), and they seek to follow the example (sunna) of the prophet. All accept the Five Pillars of Islam, the basic beliefs and duties of Muslims:

  1. A profession of faith (shahada). All Muslims must proclaim "There is no God but Allah and Muhammed is his prophet." Note here that Muhammed is not God in Muslim theology but rather a spokesperson or mouthpiece for the divine.

  2. Prayer (salat). All Muslims pray five times daily while facing the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

  3. Alms (zakat). Faith also means outreach. To give thanks and follow the example of Muhammed, Muslims with the economic means must give alms to those who are less fortunate.

  4. Fasting (sawm or siyam). Muslims who are physically able are to fast from dawn to dusk during the ninth month (Ramadan) of the Islamic calendar.

  5. A pilgrimage (hajj) to Mecca. At least once in their lives, all Muslims who are able must make a pilgrimage to the Great Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, toward which they have knelt while praying five times daily during their lives. (The Autobiography of Malcolm X offers a vivid account of this pilgrimage, which was life-transforming for him. It was on hajj, he recounts, that he first glimpsed the possibility that people of different races could get along.)

Muslim Slaves in America


Omar Ibn Said (1770-1864)
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Inscription on the portrait:
"Uncle Moro" (Omeroh), the African (or Arab) Prince whom Genl. Owen bought, and who lived in Wilmington N.C. for many years, and died in Bladen Co. in 1864, aged about 90 years. see other side


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Inscription on the reverse side of the portrait:
This old man's history was extremely interesting. Born in the region around Timbuctoo and the son of a King or Chief, he was taught to read & write Arabic, & having committed some offence he was banished by his people who were named by some writers Malis, or Melles, and by Stanley, Malais. He was captured and sold into slavery to a ship which brought him to South Carolina, where he was purchased by a young upcountry planter, who treated him harshly, and he ran away, wandered over the line into North Carolina, was found ill at a negro cabin, was arrested as a runaway slave, pit in jail at Fayetteville, and having attracted attention by writing on the walls in Arabic, was released by Gen. James Owen on bond, afterward bought by him from the S. C. planter and treat as a pensioner and friend the remainder of his life. Although a devout Mahometan he became a devout Presbyterian, and lived befriended & respected by everybody until his death in 1864, at the age of about 90 years. He is buried in the family graveyard of the Owens in Bladen County N. C. It was said that he was a Free Mason. He was a short "Mustee" colored man, polite, and dignified in his manners. I remember him very distinctly. AM Waddell. 1905

From The DeRosset Papers, the Southern Historical Collection - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

A small but significant proportion of African slaves, some estimate 10 percent, were Muslim. An interesting story is that of Omar Ibn Said (also "Sayyid," ca. 1770-1864), who was born in Western Africa in the Muslim state of Futa Toro (on the south bank of the Senegal River in present-day Senegal). He was a Muslim scholar and trader who, for reasons historians have not uncovered, found himself captive and enslaved. After a six-week voyage, Omar arrived in Charleston, South Carolina, in about 1807. About four years later, he was sold to James Owen of North Carolina's Cape Fear region. In 1819 a white Protestant North Carolinian wrote to Francis Scott Key, the composer of The Star Spangled Banner, to request an Arabic translation of the Bible for Omar, and apparently Key sent one. Historians dispute how much the African Muslim leaned toward Christianity in his final years, but Omar's notations on the Arabic bible, which offer praise to Allah, suggest that he retained much of his Muslim identity, as did some other first-generation slaves whose names have been lost to us. (Omar's Arabic bible, which has recently been restored, is housed in the library of Davidson College in North Carolina.)

Muslims and Immigration, 1878-1924

Most history courses cover the immigrants who changed America's population throughout the nineteenth century. But not all immigrants were European or Christian. Many were Chinese and Japanese migrants who practiced Buddhism and other Asian traditions. Thousands of Muslims came as well, and most of these first Islamic immigrants were Arabs from what was then Greater Syria. These Syrian, Jordanian, and Lebanese migrants were poorly educated laborers who came seeking greater economic stability. Many returned, disenchanted, to their homeland. Those who stayed suffered isolation, although some managed to establish Islamic communities, often in unlikely places. By 1920, Arab immigrants worshiped in a rented hall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and they built a mosque of their own fifteen years later. Lebanese-Syrian communities did the same in Ross, North Dakota, and later in Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Michigan City, Indiana. Islam had come to America's heartland.

The first wave of Muslim immigration ended in 1924, when the Asian Exclusion Act and the Johnson-Reed Immigration Act allowed only a trickle of "Asians," as Arabs were designated, to enter the nation.

African-American Islam in the Urban North

A Euro-American, Mohammed Alexander Webb (1847-1916), proclaimed himself a Muslim at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, but converts have been more prominent among Americans of African descent, especially those who followed the mass migrations of southern blacks to northern cities beginning in the early decades of the twentieth century. Noble Drew Ali established a Black nationalist Islamic community, the Moorish Science Temple, in Newark, New Jersey in 1913. After his death in 1929, one of the movement's factions found itself drawn to the mysterious Wallace D. Fard, who appeared in Detroit in 1930 preaching black nationalism and Islamic faith. Fard founded the Nation of Islam there in the same year. After Fard's unexplained disappearance in 1934, Elijah Muhammed (1897-1975) took over, and he attracted disenchanted and poor African Americans from the urban north. They converted for a variety of reasons, but, for some, the poverty and racism in those cities made the Nation of Islam's message about "white devils" (and "black superiority") plausible.

Race Relations since the 1960s

Islamic Cultural Center of New York

Elijah Muhammed won an important convert when Malcolm Little (1925-1965) joined the faith in a prison cell. Malcolm X, the name he took to signal his lost African heritage, became a public figure during the 1960s, although he separated himself from the Nation of Islam before his death. After Elijah Muhammed's death in 1975, the movement split. One branch, under the leadership of the fifth son of Elijah Muhammed, moved closer to the beliefs and practices of Islam as it is practiced in most of the world. This group, which would later change its name to the American Muslim Mission, is the largest African-American Islamic movement. The much smaller Nation of Islam, which the American Muslim Mission and other Islamic groups condemn as racist and unorthodox, is much more familiar to most Americans. Many American Muslims would claim that the Nation of Islam, led by Louis Farrakhan, is not representative of either immigrant or convert Islam in the United States.

Muslims and the New Immigrants after 1965

Islamic Center of Long Island

Post-1965 significant demographic changes related to Muslims took place in America. Palestinian refugees arrived after the creation of Israel in 1948. More important for the history of American Islam, the McCarran-Walter Act of 1952 relaxed the quota system established in 1924, thereby allowing greater Muslim immigration. The gates opened even more widely after the 1965 revisions of the immigration law. Since then, Muslim migrants have fled oppressive regimes in Egypt, Iraq, and Syria; and South Asian Muslims, as from Pakistan, have sought economic opportunity. By the 1990s, Muslims had established more than six hundred mosques and centers across the United States.

Is America a Christian Nation?

Islam may soon be the second largest American faith after Christianity, if it is not already. Estimates vary widely, and a moderate estimate is five million American Muslims in 1997-more than Episcopalians, Quakers, and Disciples of Christ. As we reflect on Islam in America and recall the history of Muslim slaves and the early debates about the First Amendment, we might ask whether America is a Christian nation as some have proclaimed. Could we elect a Muslim president? If so, would she (while we are imagining, let's get bold!) view this land as a New Jerusalem or take her presidential oath on a Christian Bible, as has been traditional?

Thomas A. Tweed holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Religious Studies and is currently the Zachary Smith Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Tweed is the author of Our Lady of the Exile: Diasporic Religion at a Cuban Catholic Shrine in Miami (Oxford University Press, 1997) and the editor of Retelling U.S. Religious History (California University Press, 1997). He most recently co-edited, with Stephen Prothero, Asian Religions in America: A Documentary History (Oxford University Press, 1999).


  Category: Americas, Faith & Spirituality, Life & Society
  Topics: Islam, Malcolm X, Slavery
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HASSIEM ABDULLAH BABATU FROM USA said:
as salaamu alaikum.there is a lot of truth in what has been written.I 1st learned about islam thru the NOI,but after joining the US Navy and going to countires like Eygpt,Saudi Arabia,Morroco,Turkey,Yeman,& Kenya.I learned the true teachings of islam and what it was really all about.there are some in all religions who use it for monetary gains,but Allah(swt)kmows our intentions and our heart.that is why he is Al-Aleem(The All Knowing)& Maaliki Yaum-id-Deen(The Master of The Day of Judgement) MAY ALLAH(swt)FORGIVE OUR SHORT COMINGS AND ANSWER ALL OUR PRAYERS.
as salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah wabarakatuhu!!!!
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MUAMMAR MUHAMMAD FROM USA said:
While some of the facts may be true in the article, the issue I have is with the writer's opinion of the NOI. The Arab world are just as racist as the white counterpart here in America. The aspect of charity that is so prominant in Islam is missing when it comes to Arab Muslims support of their African brothers. When Saddam Hussain attacked Iran why did not the Arab Muslim world come against Iraq since the Quran forbids aggression? It is Arab pride and nationalism that cause them not to act in a just manner to resolve an issue that was between two Muslim countries. The Arab Muslim world is divided and is against itself, thats why that part of the world is being dominated by the US and Europe. WHY SHOULD WE FOLLOW SUCH POOR LEADERSHIP IN ISLAM?!!
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HAJJAH ALAISA MUKASA FROM UGANDA said:
Assalaam aleikum to all. Just one question to Chaka. "Have you ever sat down to read the whole Quran by yourself (Interpreted version) if you do not fully understand Arabic?"

I have always understood that the 'Nation of Islam' are a misguided community. Initially not out of their wish but because of those who decided to manipulate their communities that didnot have so much information about Islam and that time maybe didnot have means to know more that what was presented to them. Just like the Bible was manipulated by those who sought Authority over others into what it is now.

Reading one of your posts just reminded me of how the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints came into existance. Not to say that Christianity as it is now is what was reveal to Prohet Issah (AS) but it just goes to show you how scripture have been manipulated by Power Hungry Individuals.

May the Almighty Allah keep us among the Righteous and Favored, to leave this world as Believers (Muslims).
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AHMED FROM UK said:
Come on David, Farrakhan is a charlatan and you know it. Alhamdulilah that the vast majority of African American are NOT members of the "nation of Islam" cult. We have enough problems as it is, we dont need bow tie wearing frauds with the UFO conspiracy theories misleading us.
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DAVID MUHAMMAD FROM U.S. said:
I do aggree with some of the information in this article, but there are some major mistakes. It is inaccurate to say that only 10% of Blacks who came to america as slaves were Muslims. The majority of the slaves were Muslims from West Africa. The Honorable Min. Louis Farrakhan is far from being a racist. He offers whites in America healing from the sickness of white supremacy and Blacks healing from the sickness of Black inferiority. The Truth concening race is the antidote for racism. Blacks in America have a special role to play in the rise of Islam in America and all over the world. The Sun of Islam is rising in the west and Allah's light will be perfected in the west and it will spread back towards the east, Mashallah.
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UMRABIAH786 FROM USA said:
African-americans were forced to hide their beliefs from slavery and especially present day Black-Muslim Americans. We are encouraged to hide our faith as it could affect family income. Fear has driven most into submission for the sake of the women and childrens protection. I wish all Black americans would take a second look and realize that this religion that is supposed to be good and right and true which they have distorted and misused it in the name of what they like to call today "Christianity" is and was our way of life, Islamic Monotheism is what they forced our ancesters to cover. The Hijab for our protection was stripped away and left us with a choice of life or death. Those who chose death are martyrs, those who chose life left bread crumbs for the generations to come to know this way of life and birth muslims like Omar, Malcolm X, and myself. Some Black Americans have no idea what Islam is and dont realize it because in the modern day bible it has too been covered up so they never discover that the Comforter who they now call he Holy Spirit is all that was revealed to the Prophet Muhammaded (saw) and revealed as a comfort among other things for all of mankind.
UmSafiyyah-Rabiah
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AHMED FROM UK said:
Chaka, you're rambling. Everybody knows that the "Nation of Islam" is a racist cult based on black supremacy. What facts are you talking about?
NOI followers believe that a mad black scientist created white people. They believe that the Qu'ran was written by black scientists in Africa, not to mention that "God is black." Mecca is not in Africa, and there is not mother ship hovering in space.
There's nothing remotely "honorable" about a charlatan who misrepresented and twisted Islam's teachings. Grow up.
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CHAKA FROM USA said:
I agree that Islam is growing widely in America. America was intended to be an all Christian country. The blatant hate of Islam is everywhere. Muslims are looked at a s the real devils! But I don't agree with the media and "main-stream" Islam always charging The Hon.Elijah Muhammad and Min. Farrakhan as haters and racists. NO scholars, theologians or whoever has disproved anything that Elijah Muhammad taught. Everything is proven with actual facts. So to call someone a hater for telling the world actual facts is not right. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said the best of him would be three generations after him. He was not the Muhammad that was to come to set the course of Islam back on track. Look at Islam! Look at these so-called Muslims. Selling pork, alcohol, lottery tickets to people in their stores. Blowing up themselves and innocent people. Obviously there was going to be a man coming after him. The Holy Qur'an says blessed is he who the Holy Qur'an is taught. The HQ was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), but not revealed. It's secret meanings were TAUGHT to the Hon. Elijah Muahammad. The scriptures are full of writings on the Elijah that would come to this wicked world.

I challenge any nay sayers to prove he isn't the one that the world has been looking for....
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CHAKA FROM USA said:
I do not agree with the charge of saying the Nation of Islam is small and a racist group. There are many people of all faiths that support the NOI and Farrakhan, which was evident in the Million More March. Whites have shown throughout history that they are extremely worthy of the name devil.....look at their history! We don't believe in Shayton as being just a spirit. A spirit has to dwell in flesh in order to reak havoc on the people. Whites have ruled the Eart for the last 6000 yrs. and caused blood shed, murders, stolen property, denied us our true religion, culture and God. So who else should we call the devil? If they are not....they will do until the real one gets here!
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IMAM AL-HAJJ TALIB ABDUR-RASHID FROM USA said:
As-Salaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah. While I checked the "I am for it" box of approval, I must say that this article, while well-intentioned and well-written, is, like many articles and even books of its type, sorely lacking. The author obviously knows little about 1- African Muslim presence in America BEFORE slavery, and 2- African American Muslim presence in America following the Qur'an and Sunna BEFORE and OUTSIDE of the creation of the proto-Islamic groups like the Moorish Science Temple and Nation of Islam, and AFTER the creation of these groups, until this very moment. Therefore the article conveys an incomplete and therefore inaccurate picture and history of Al-Islam in America. Those wishing to learn more might read or view any of various works, writings, and videos by Shaykh Abdellah Hakim Quick (like "Deeper Roots", "Islam and the African American", and others), "African American Islam" by Dr. Aminah Beverly McCloud, "Black Pilgrimage to Islam", by Robert Dannin, , "Black Crescent" by Michael A. Gomez, etc. One could also do a web search for the writings of Clyde Ahmed Winters, Amir Al-Islam, and myself.
Imam Al-Hajj Talib 'Abdur-Rashid
The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood, Inc.
Harlem, NY
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SHAHEED NDONGENI FROM SOUTH AFRICA said:
I am for it.Now my question has nothing to do with the article in question. As The Ummah, we come from different countries with different languages and therefore cannot have the same insight into anything.As a Zulu Moslem my question to all Islamic scholars is should Zulu speaking Moslems pray in Arabic? Why can't Kitaabs be translated into other African languages? If Allah understands the language of his creation, why can't I communicate with him in my mother tongue? Can Moslem scholars shed light on the issue of language. Granted the Quran was revealed in Arabic, does this mean that all Muslims, even non-Arabs must pray in Arabic? For all I know it could have been revealed in Zulu for instance, would that then mean that all Muslems should pray in Zulu even your non-Zulu speakers.

Jazakallah, may Allah reward you abundantly.
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TADAR JIHAD WAZIR, SHEIKH, IMAM FROM U. S. A. said:
As-Salaam-u alaikum;
It is a good article. I am one who came through the ranks of the old Nation of Islam and the metamorphosis into al-Islam. I was in leadership positions in all of stages, due to the application of what we were to study. It would take a book to do justice to the subject matter. A friend of mine, who is the daughter of the former Acting Secretary of State while he was the Undersecretary of State of Agriculture of Egypt, Bro. Yehia Sultan, was the Curator of the Egyptian Archives. She told me when I was over there a few years ago that it is carved in stone, near the pyramids, that they came over here way back then. They state the direction that they took and that they came across some islands. And then they came to a vast expanse of land. There are two books about the Africans travels to the Americas for centuries before Christopher Columbus' "discovering" it. I have read pamphlets put out by Euro-centric scientists claiming that African types had been here and traded with the Native Americans before Columbus. "The Message" magazine's cover of 7/1996 states"RED ROOTS OF ISLAM IN AMERICA SHARING OUR ISLAMIC HERITAGE". It documents the trade and mixing of the Africans, who happened to be Muslims, with them. When I was a child Egypt was known as a part of Africa, there was no Middle East. Read: "They Came Before Columbus", and "Before The Mayflower" to get more details on the subject. Queen Isabella refused to let Christopher Columbus use the "astrolaube" to chart his way here. He knew that the Africans had been coming here and that they had better maps than the Europeans. Queen Isabella wanted to prove that they could do it with their knowledge. 1492 is when King Ferdinand's and Queen Isabella's efforts defeated the African Muslims in Cordoba, Spain. That was the last city that the Muslims held in Europe for almost 700 years. That is partly why the Latino's culture is close to that of how Islam is to be. Study and know for yoursel
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SEEKER FROM USA said:
Why do historians not start from the years around 700 CE when African Muslims began traveling to the Americas, trading with Native Americans, and residing here? (See Barry Fell's works and photographs of Arabic writings in California that date back that far, for example.)
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CHRIS JONES FROM CANADA said:
America is not a christian nation. It is a foolish nation in the sense of disunity of mind like all the rest but it still excites a lot of jealousy/envy for it's space program, military prowess etc. much of which springs from it's true "Christian" hard core.
The greek here is: http://www.blueletterbible.org/cgi-bin/words.pl?word=801&page=1
KJV Deuteronomy 32:21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
Their "foolishness" in the sense that many are like spoiled children tends to anger the hupocrites yet as Christians we have hope for a better day when all peoples will dwell in harmony, having overcome their "foolishness". We must overcome and come to terms with our personal folly. The greek word for foolishness here is: http://www.blueletterbible.org/cgi-bin/words.pl?word=3474&page=1
1 Corinthians 1:23-25 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
Isaiah 65:25 25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.
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NORRIS MUHAMMAD FROM UNITED STATES said:
ASA,I am beliver/follower The Most Honorale Elijah Muhammad. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad had the hard task of trying to rebuild a people(the so-called american negros)who have been robbed and spoiled. They had to first be taught the knowledge of themselves. This was a people who wanted to be anything but themselves. They did not know themselves. In your ignorace of his mission you refer to his teachings Black Supremacy. Let's see if the Koran agrees?

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad's job was two-fold. He had the hardest job of any messnger or any profit. His teachings gave us some of the finest most intelligent Muslims this country has ever seen. He gave us Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Wallace D. Muhammad, Louis Farrakhan Muhammad.

To lable his teachings as Black Supremacy, smacks of white supremacy. What he gave us was the anicdote given him by Allah, to combat the poison of 400 years of slavery and oppression. When he taught in six words what Allah taught him, "Accept Your Own and Be Yourself". The teacher of The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Master W.F. Muhammad(to whom all praise is due forever)told Elijah who his "ownself" was. He said," your ownself is a Righteous Muslim."

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad did not want us desiring to be anybody other than what Allah created us to be. Had he tried to feed us straight Islam back in the 30's, 40, 50's, 60's, we would have been surley taken away with Arab/Middle Eastern culture. Islam does not belong to any peole or group. Islam is the very nature of God himself. That nauture and that essance of God is also in his creation and that's us, "The man that Allah fashioned from "Black Mud". So bringing us back to that original man cleaning off the dross(impurities) of slavery and mis-education and returning us to our own.

To return the black man to his own through Islam, this is the two-fold mission I spoke of. This not Black Supremacy, the Koran bears witness to this.

May Allah bless you with underst
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IMANI NIA FROM USA said:
ASA
I think the article gives a foundational perspective of the African American historical journey to Islam. I respect and acknowledge all believers regardless of their affiliations. I believe that the Nation of Islam provided a gateway for a revolution of African Americans at the time to formulate and embrace a different pathway which has led many believers to a more fundamental Islamic practice. Our Ummat is diverse as is demonstrated by the various cultures which embrace Islam. May Allah (swt)increase our faith and place love and sincerity between us all. Ameen
Imani Nia
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SYLLA YOUSSOUF FROM IVORY COAST said:
this article is very good because he permits himself to know that there is islam in the state .i am very happy because the message of mohamad (SAW) the mouthpiece of god is been transmited .Mohamhamad during his last pilgrimage said the person whom is presented must send his message to all persons whom are absent .and i think that the message is going and he will go and will go throught the world.
that ALLAH ( soub hana wa ta ALLAH) bless you
salam
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HADIZA MOHAMMED FROM UNITED KINGDOM said:
I wont say am totally against it,because it is wonderfully written what i dont seem to agree with is the statistics that says the 2 major groups in islam are sunni and shiites (85% and 25%)there are alot of muslims which dont belong to this group .So where do they fall in to? But overall the article is wonderful.
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MALIK ABDULLAH FROM USA said:
There is a lot of misinformation in this article.
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MALIK ABDULLAH FROM USA said:
There is a lot of misinformation in this article. It will mislead Christians who read it and especially African-American Christians who need to hear most that the percentage of slaves that were kidnapped and brought to this country was close to 70% NOT 10%. African-Americans Christians who are probably among the most dedicated Christians in the US need to know where there roots where and this article does not do that.
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PHIL FROM CANADA said:
salaam

to say that christianity is the number one religion in followers isnt true...most "christian" countries arent anymore. the 60 million french are counted as such but shouldnt...maybe 10% are still followers of a religion...same for most of europe. Now if we speak of cultural basis then yes about 3 billiob people are influenced by judeo christian morals
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ERIC BASIR FROM USA said:
Very informative. I am a student of Min. Farrakhan and I believe
he is just as Muslim as any other Muslim. We follow the Sunnah
and Qur'an. We just don't speak alot of Arabic--yet. In fact, the
Hon. Elijah Muhammad taught all of the traditions of Prophet
Muhammad (PBUH). Although you will find lots of "nationalism"
in his writings, Message to the Black Man of America clearly lays
out all five pillars of Islam, including congregational daily and
Friday prayers. He always taught us this. So does Min. Farrakhan.
Let's leave the judgement to Allah. If your heart is pure and you
research, you'll find your sisters and brothers of the Nation of
Islam are bona fide Muslims that have inspired Muslims around
the world.
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SAEED KHAN FROM USA said:
This is ground-breaking news.Let's get the word out to all those Islamophobes out there.

Saeed
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AMIR FROM USA said:
salaam, nice article but please dont call "nation of islam"
muslims which they are not. they are the nation of infidels at
best. They are a disgrace and embarrasement to Islam and all
humanity.

salam
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