We’ve come to the end of our Nation of Islam feature which I’m glad you seem to have enjoyed. Louis Farrakhan and the formation of the ‘New’ Nation of Islam, as well as some speculation on the NOI’s future is where our journey ends.
Farrakhan & The NOI
Minister Louis Farrakhan, born on May 11, 1933 in Bronx, N.Y. Raised by his mother, a native of St. Kitts, Louis and his brother Alvan learned early the value of work, responsibility and intellectual development. Having a strong sensitivity to the plight of Black people, his mother engaged her sons in conversations about the struggle for freedom, justice and equality. She also exposed them to progressive material such as the Crisis magazine, published by the NAACP.
Popularly known as “The Charmer,” he achieved fame in Boston as a vocalist, calypso singer, dancer and violinist. In February 1955, while visiting Chicago for a musical engagement, he was invited to attend the Nation of Islam’s Saviours’ Day convention.
Although music had been his first love, within one month after joining the Nation of Islam in 1955, Minister Malcolm X told the New York Mosque and the new convert Louis X that Elijah Muhammad had said that all Muslims would have to get out of show business or get out of the Temple. Most of the musicians left Temple No. 7, but Louis X, later renamed Louis Farrakhan, chose to dedicate his life to the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
The departure of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad in 1975 and the assumption of leadership by Imam W. Deen Mohammed brought drastic changes to the Nation of Islam. After approximately three years of wrestling with these changes, Farrakhan left the ‘reformed’ and now Orthodox Nation Of Islam under Imam Mohammed, to forge the ‘New Nation of Islam’ which emphasised Elijah Muhammad’s Pro-Black stance, leanings and interpretation of Islam.
Farrakhan’s tremendous success is evidenced by mosques and study groups in over 120 cities in America, Europe, the Caribbean and missions in West Africa and South Africa devoted to the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. In rebuilding the Nation of Islam, Minister Farrakhan has renewed respect for the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, his Teachings and Program.
Politics, Theology & NOI Future
The succession question continues to haunt the NOI with some speculating that it wont survive beyond Farrakhan’s death. For his part, Farrakhan’s Politics and Theology has become more conciliatory and less confrontational as shown with the NOI’s recent alliance with the Church of Scientology.
In a revealing Interview with Alex Jones of ‘Info Wars’ which is featured on the Home Page, Farrakhan demonstrates that the concerns of todays’s NOI are very much similar to those of Middle America as the decline of the American Empire spreads dispossession and poverty further into American Society.
For instance, both Farrakhan and Alex Jones agree that America’s Military Industrial Complex and Wall Street Elite are the common Architects of the misery that has afflicted not only America, but the world at large…A great interview that once again emphasizes the importance of Unity in facing the challenges our World confronts today.
Check out the links below for more on Farrakhan and the NOI…Despite the controversy, its clear that Farrakhan will be remembered as one of the world’s significant figures whose impact will be felt across two Centuries.
Links & Credits
NOI Website: https://www.noi.org/
Farrakhan & NOI: http://americanaejournal.hu/vol5no1/gibson
NOI & Scientology: https://newrepublic.com/article/108205/scientology-joins-forces-with-nation-of-islam