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Islam 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 Al-Islamtraditional Islam and the beliefs of the Nation cannot be denied The Nation of Islam is a social movement This social movement is undoubtedly rooted in religion and its principles are derived from those of traditional Islam but their basic philosophies are so strikingly different that the Nation of Islam cannot be considered Islamic In 1930 the Nation was founded by an African immigrant who called himself Wallace D Fard Muhammad He stated that his mission was to take the black nation to the full range of the black mans possibilities in aworld temporarily dominated by the blue-eyed devilshttpwwwforerunnercomforerunerX0065NationofIslamhtml This philosphy was carried on to the next leader of the Nation Elijah Muhammad and eventually to the current leader Louis Farrakhan The Nation was founded as a black organization and has remained as such Islam on the other hand is all encompassing 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
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