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February 29, 2016

Louis Farrakhan Joins List Of Extremists Praising Donald Trump

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan made anti-Semitic accusations of Jewish governmental control while praising presidential candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 Sav­iours’ Day ser­mon at the NOI’s Mosque Maryam in Chicago on February 28.

Farrakhan delivering his Saviours' Day sermon (Part 1) at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit

Farrakhan delivering his Saviours’ Day sermon (Part 1) at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit

While Part 1 of Far­rakhan’s 2016 Sav­iours’ Day ser­mon last week at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena largely avoided the topic of Jews, in Part 2 of his ser­mon yesterday, Far­rakhan stated that Trump “is the only man…that stood in front of some members of the Jewish community and told them ‘I don’t want your money’… Any time a man can say to those who control the politics of America, ‘I don’t want your money,’ that means if I don’t take your money, you can’t control me. And they cannot afford to give up control of the presidents of the United States.” However, Farrakhan also distanced himself from a full endorsement of Trump stating, “Not that I’m for Mr. Trump, but I like what I’m looking at.”

The NOI’s Sav­iours’ Day pro­vides Far­rakhan with an annual plat­form to dis­play his hatred for Jews. This year, in addition to his comments about Trump representing a break from the supposedly other Jewish-controlled presidential candidates, Farrakhan also blamed Jews, which he refers to as the “Synagogue of Satan” for the Iraq War and 9/11.

While Farrakhan tried to defend his use of the phrase “Synagogue of Satan” by discussing its origins from the Book of Revelations, his allegations of nefarious Jewish control over the American government and world events still very much constitute anti-Semitism. For example, Farrakhan claimed, “[former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul] Wolfowitz, so-called Jew, but a member of the Synagogue of Satan…Satan is a human being without human characteristics. That’s why the revelator called them beasts in human form. These are people sitting in the Pentagon, planning the destruction of Muslim nations.”

He added, “Wolfowitz had 10 years now, to plan how they’re gonna clean out the Middle East and take over those Muslim nations. They needed another Pearl Harbor. They needed some event that was cataclysmic, that would make the American people rise up, ready for war…they plotted a false flag operation and when a government is so rotten that they will kill innocent people to accomplish a political objective, you are not dealing with a human. You’re dealing with Satan himself, the Synagogue of Satan.” He concluded, “Now they got into the Bush administration and on 9/11 the Twin Towers went down…George Bush, and those devils, Satans around him. They plotted 9/11. Ain’t no Muslim took control of no plane.”

Promotional flyer for Part 2 of Farrakhan's Saviours' Day sermon in Chicago

Promotional flyer for Part 2 of Farrakhan’s Saviours’ Day sermon in Chicago

The idea that Jews are to blame for 9/11 is nothing new for Farrakhan, who told his Saviours’ Day audience last year that “it is now becom­ing appar­ent that there were many Israelis and Zion­ist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks.”

Despite Farrakhan’s decades-long history of racism and anti-Semitism, Farrakhan continues to receive support from celebrities and elected officials. Farrakhan was also provided with a platform to promote anti-Semitism in Iran earlier this month as a special guest at multiple high-level events, meeting with current and former Iranian government officials.

Farrakhan also announced that he does not intend to speak again any time soon, but did not elaborate on the reason. Farrakhan has been absent from some key NOI events recently due to his ailing health, but even at the age of 82, Farrakhan continues to avoid the topic of a successor. During Saviours’ Day he said, “If you want to know who my successor is then you ask Allah because I’m not wise enough to make that choice and I have not made any such choice because it’s not in my pay grade.” Despite the NOI’s apparent policy of avoiding this topic, the organization has at times spotlighted Mosque Maryam’s Assistant Minister Ishmael Muhammad as a possible successor.

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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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