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October 24, 2013 0

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 0

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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