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trinityBlack Gods of the Inner CityMinister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam is a figure as current astodays headlines but the movement of which he is a nominal spokesman has acontinuous history of over sixty years in this country The Nation of IslamNOI as it is officially known came to the attention of the general publicin the 1960s as the Black Muslims 1 It is well-known for its doctrinethat the White Man is a devil but what is probably less well known is anotherpart of its teaching - that the Black man is god Outsiders have done little in-depth research to trace the NOIs doctrinalpredecessors The NOI itself has denied its connections with previousmovements specifically the Moorish Science Temple of Noble Drew Ali Aliwho was born as Timothy Drew in North Carolina in 1886 taught among otherthings that Blacks are descended from the ancient Canaanites Legend has itthat he was the reincarnation of Muhammad the Prophet of orthodox Islam Eventually relocating to Chicago Ali built an organization that numberedperhaps 30000 adherents at its peak 2On March 15 1929 Ali was arrested after factional violence resulted in thedeath of a rival Sheik Claude Greene Arrested and held in the county jailAli was eventually released on bail but died July 20 1929 under mysteriouscircumstances 3Master Fard MuhammadThe story of the NOI itself starts with a man variously known as Wali FarradWD Fard Wallace Fard Muhammad and Farrad Muhammad but who is best knownas Msater Fard Muhammad 4 According to his sucessor Elijah MuhammadHe came alone He began teaching us the knowledge of ourselves ofGod and the devil of the measurements of the earth of other planetsand the civilizations of some of the planets other than the earth He measured and weighed the earth and the water he gave thehistory of the moon the history of the two nations that dominated theearth He gave the exact birth of the white race the name of theirGod who
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