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HISTORY OF NATION OF ISLAM'S MODERN DAY HYPOCRITE
1963 -- Wallace brought his hypocrisy to the forefront and left the Temple in opposition to Messenger Elijah Muhammad
1964 Messenger Elijah Muhammad referred to Wallace as Absolom in the Bible
1965 -- After the assassination of Malcolm X, W.D. Wallace returned to the NOI ranks
1969 -- Messenger put Wallace (Warith) out of the TempleW.D. Muhammad put ourby NOI for his "dissident views."
1971 -- W.D. Muhammad again suspended by NOI for his "dissident views."
1975 -- Elijah Mohammed died. The day after, W.D. Muhammad, Elijah's son, was named Supreme Minister of Nation of Islam. This decision was unanimously approved during Savior's Day celebrations on 26 February 1975. W.D. Muhammad publicly shunned his father's theology and black separatist views and began a process to reformulate his father's beliefs and practices to bring NOI closer to American Sunni Islam.
W.D. Muhammad met privately with Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat in Chicago.
Wallace D. Mohammed relaxed the strict discipline and harsh rhetoric of the Black Muslim movement and changed changed the group's name. This reformation resulted in the splintering of the organization.
1976 -- W.D. Muhammad forged ties with other American Muslim organizations and renamed his own the World Community of al-Islam in the West. He changed his title from Supreme Minister to the more Islamic one of "Imam" and adopted the name "Warith Deen Mohammed." Organizational membership was opened to all believers. Two years later, he changed the name of his organization to "American Muslim Mission."
W.D. Muhammad, reportedly, received a gift of $16 million from Sheikh Sultan Ben Mohammad al-Qasmini, head of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, to purchase a mosque and build a school.
1977 -- Farrakhan disagreed publicly with W.D. Muhammad over NOI's move toward Sunni Islam, and took a minority of NOI members with him into a splinter group
1978 -- W.D. Muhammad resigned as spiritual leader of the American Muslim Mission.
Farrakhan resurrected the Nation of Islam believing that Wallace Mohammed's policies were lax. In this restoration, Farrakhan reclaimed the heritage and principles of Black separatism. He thus emerged as the most influential leader among the Black Muslim community. But his racial rhetoric were considered "un-Islamic" by orthodox Muslims.
1981 -- Farrakhan announced restoration of the "old" Nation of Islam, and dissident group, loyal to Louis Farrakhan, resumed the NOI name and its variant Islamic theology and went forward with Elijah Muhammad's NOI teachings. Farrakhan was more "media savvy" than W.D. Muhammad.
1985 -- W.D. Muhammad dismantled the leadership council he had set up. Each mosque then became an independent entity with its own name and leadership. Most remained affiliated to the successor organization, the Muslim American Society (also known as the Ministry of W. Deen Mohammed), based in Calumet City, Illinois
1992 -- W.D. Muhammad was the first Muslim imam to offer morning prayers in the United States Senate, and later participated in two Interfaith Breakfasts hosted by President Bill Clinton.
1995 -- Louis Farrakhan was responsible for the dramatic Million Man March.
1996 -- W.D. Muhammad was invited to meet Pope John Paul, II at the Vatican.
2000 (February) -- At the Nation of Islam's annual Savior's Day celebration, Imam Wallace D. Mohammed of the Muslim American Society joined Farrakhan on the stage and the two men warmly embraced after Farrakhan declared, "We bear witness that there is no prophet after the prophet Mohammed!"
With that statement Farrakhan rejected the theology of the Nation of Islam under Elijah Muhammad and Farrakhan himself. Wallace Mohammed's presence at the celebration—along with Sayyid Sayeed, secretary-general of the Islamic Society of North America, 4 million members strong and the major group for immigrant Muslims—indicates a willingness of mainstream Islamic organizations to accept Farrakhan's efforts to move closer to orthodox Islam.
But two years later the question remains as to whether rank-and-file members of the Nation of Islam are looking to follow Farrakhan in his move to orthodox Islam.
The American Muslim Council's study indicates that blacks make up one half of all Muslims in the United States and are the fastest growing segment. But these growing numbers of African American Muslims are increasingly adherents to orthodox Islam, rather than the theology of the Nation of Islam.
Statement by W.D. Mohammed
on Reconciliation with Louis Farrakhan
It’s easy for me to embrace Minister Farrakhan. Our families are together. We are really one family. Our friendship has not died, and it will not die. And the little problem, the small problem, that we’ve had along the way, struggling to present ourselves as God willed that we present ourselves, it’s not bigger than the word of God, the Qur’an, and it’s not bigger than Muhammad, the model for all human beings, for all people of faith. It’s very small.
So we see, we think, what have we done to bring about this togetherness? What have we done to bring about this closeness that we have this minute? What have we done to free our hearts so we can hug each other and kiss each other, as I did kiss my brother? What have we done to bring that about? Nothing but tried to find the way in the path of Islam, and Allah did the rest. Allah did the rest.
I want to say that Minister Farrakhan is a great leader. I’ve watched him over the years, since the passing away of my father and our fallen leader, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. I’ve watched him and I have done a little mathematics, a little calculation, and I’ve come up with progress for the Nation of Islam under the leadership of Minister Farrakhan. Whatever has troubled us in the past, I think we can bury it now and never look back at that grave. And never look back at that grave.
I was reading the Bible once, and I was reading it really so I could better understand Christian neighbors and respect them, as I should respect them, while trying to invite them to Islam. I wanted to be prepared to speak to my Christian neighbors with understanding of what they believe in. So I read the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelations, twice. Once I just read it to be reading it; the second time I studied it very carefully. I came across something that came to my mind as I was sitting there thinking over Minister Farrakhan and our new revived friendship and unity. I was thinking of it and I said to myself, "I think I’m going to tell Minister Farrakhan" This is for Minister Farrakhan.
In the Bible, Minister Farrakhan, I read that a holy man had wanted to give sight to a blind man. And this holy man took mud and put it on the blind man’s eyes. I was very young at that time, Minister Farrakhan. That was over 25-years ago. I was very young. I said to myself, "Isn’t that a cruel way to help a blind man? He already has enough in his way of sight and then the man put mud in his eyes."
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