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October 24, 2013

Farrakhan’s Absence From NOI Event Spotlights Possible Successor, Ishmael Muhammad

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Ishmael Muhammad with Mayor Johnny Ford at 2013 Holy Day of Atonement in Tuskegee, Alabama

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan’s last minute absence from the 2013 Holy Day of Atonement event in Tuskegee, Alabama, on October 20, may shed light on the future direction of the group’s leadership.

Farrakhan was not able to give his annual keynote address due to hospitalization for “an infection,” according to his daughter Donna. In previous years, his Holy Day of Atonement addresses have been marked by his notoriously anti-Semitic worldview, including his two-part keynote address last year in Chicago and Charlotte.

Ishmael Muhammad, assistant minister at Mosque Maryam, the NOI’s flagship mosque in Chicago, and son of former NOI leader Elijah Muhammad, gave the keynote address in Farrakhan’s absence.

Muhammad was introduced by Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford as one of the “new leaders of the Nation of Islam” and as “a new beginning.” In Muhammad address, he delivered “the message that [Farrakhan] gave to [him],” prolifically praising Farrakhan, and announcing the NOI’s new “economic blueprint.”

The day after Muhammad’s speech, he tweeted, “We showed the world on Sunday that the Nation is not just Louis Farrakhan, it is Allah’s!!!”

Muhammad has long been regarded as the most likely successor to Farrakhan. His public role grew in 1999 when Farrakhan was seriously ill with complications from treatment for prostate cancer. And in 2006, when Farrakhan issued an open letter saying that he was relinquishing his leadership role with the group after nearly 30 years due to illness, Muhammad continued to play a central role in most major NOI events.

In 2007, W.D. Mohammed, another son of former NOI leader Elijah Muhammad, who rejected his father’s racist ideology and steered a new course away from hatred, reiterated the widely held belief that Ishmael Muhammad is the most likely contender for NOI leadership. During a lecture at the Clinton Presidential Library in Arkansas, W.D. said Ishmael is poised to “clear up the destruction of the religion in the Nation of Islam.”

Unlike Farrakhan, Muhammad does not have an extensive public record of anti-Semitism or bigotry, but he has frequently defended Farrakhan’s blatantly hateful messages.

While Muhammad has discussed his reluctance to take on the leadership of the NOI on several occasions over the years, he continues to fill in for Farrakhan at the most critical moments.

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February 28, 2012

Anti-Semitic Prelude to Farrakhan’s Saviours’ Day Diatribe

In a prelude to Louis Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic keynote address at the United Center in Chicago  on February 26, the Nation of Islam held a plenary session titled “Business is Warfare: The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews” as part of its Saviours’ Day weekend.
During the February 24 session, named after a set of NOI books alleging that Jewish exploitation of Blacks during the slave trade has caused deep and prolonged repercussions for African-Americans, several speakers promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in line with Farrakhan’s record. 
  • Referring to Jews, Louis Farrakhan’s daughter Donna Farrakhan said, “They didn’t intend for us to have freedom, justice and equality. They built it on our backs, our blood, our sweat, and our tears.”
  • Leonard Jeffries

    Leonard Jeffries, former head of the black studies department at City College of New York, said Jewish owned banks lent money to slave traders. “The evil genius of the Jewish community was to put together their powers to make business their religion and make it part of their culture.”

  • Dr. Ridgely Muhammad, Minister of Agriculture for the Nation of Islam, said, “The so called Jews were the ones supporting the KKK and financing them. They formed the KKK.”
Over the past three years, the Nation of Islam (NOI) has engaged in a wide-ranging campaign to demonize Jews. Not only have the speeches delivered by Louis Farrakhan been among the most hateful of his 30-year career as head of the NOI, but the organization’s media arm has also reinforced these messages through a range of propaganda.

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