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The UnIslamic Nation of Islam The mention of the Nation of Islam will undoubtedly cause an immense number of responses in any situation To some this organization symbolizes blatant racism To others it is seen as a savior of the black community Regardless of ones opinion of the Nation though the differences between The first and most astonishing difference between the Nation and traditional Islam is the role of race in the churchs philosophy the Nations philosophy clearly states that We believe that intermarriage and race mixing should be prohibitted wwwnoiorg programhtml The traditional wording of the Koran however states that diversity in race is one of Allahs greatest creationsKoran 3022 The Nation of Islam restricts its membersip to those who are black the beliefs of traditional Islam however state that all persons are born Muslim and that every person is endowed by Allah with the spiritual potential and intellectual inclination that can make him a good Muslim4 The Islamic church ignores the issue of race when examining ones spiritual purity Rather It is the spirit itself which defines a Muslim Traditional Muslims and members of the Nation of Islam also differ in their definition of what it means to be Muslim The belief in Islam is defined by five Pillars shahadathe belief in only one Allah salahprayer zakuhobligatory charity sawmfasting and hajjpilgrimage wwwlelandstanfordedugroupThinkerv2v2n3Saudihtml Of these Five Pillars the Nation of Islam requires none of its members The shahada is rejected by the Nation because it belives that Wallace D Fard Muhammad was Allah incarate noiindex Salah or the five daily prayers in the direction of Mecca are also not required of members of the Nationcoolguy Zakuh is rejected by the nation as it believes charity is a way to benefit the dominant classes of the culturecoolguy Sawm is also not required
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