I have read about lot of controversies amongst some of the leaders and their speeches, however Honorable Elijah Muhammad is the one caught my attention. Let me summarize his life and deeds so that we can move on to the controversial and polemic topics.
Hon. Elijah Muhammad was born on October 7, 1897 in Sandersville, Gerogia and died on February 25, 1975 in Chicago, Illinois. He was an African-American religious leader, who led the Nation of Islam (NOI) from 1934 until his death in 1975. He was a mentor to Malcom X, Louis Farrakhan, Muhammad Ali, and his son, Warith Deen Mohammed (Wallace).
In 1963, Malcolm X made a controversial statement on John F. Kennedy’s assassination. He stated that the “Chickens have come home to roost” was misunderstood that Malcolm approved of the assassination of John F. Kennedy when in fact he was referring to how hate condones hate. As punishment, Muhammad ordered a suspension of Malcolm as spokesman for the Nation of Islam.
According to Free Online Dictionary, “chickens come home to roost” is a proverb that means that “you have to face the consequences of your mistakes or bad deeds.”
When Malcom X uttered “Chickens have come home to roost”
This suspension along with claims that Mr. Muhammad had immoral sexual relations with his female secretaries caused a tension between the two important men. Malcolm eventually left the Nation of Islam in 1964 to form his own organization, Muslim Mosque, INC.
After dealing with death threats and attempts on his life for nearly a year, according to Malcolm X, he was assassinated in 1965. Many people suspected that the Nation of Islam was the group behind the killing, which Muhammad denied. Still, the accusations left a permanent stain on the Nation of Islam and Muhammad himself.
During his time as leader of The Nation of Islam, Hon. Elijah Muhammad had developed the NOI from a small movement in Detroit to an empire consisting of banks, schools, restaurants and stores across 46 cities in America. The Nation also owned over 15,000 acres of farmland, their own truck- and air- transport systems, as well as a publishing company that printed the country’s largest Black newspaper. The Nation of Islam is estimated to have between 20,000 and 50,000 members, and 130 mosques offering numerous social programs.
However, what caught my attention was the rift between Malcom and Elijah.
Watch Honorable Elijah Muhammad speaking for himself:
Now watch Malcom X speaking for himself:
Well, still, plenty of discussions are still going. So, go for more information and keep up with your African-American History studies. One thing we know is that both men above did important thing on the struggle for a better world.
Some other people believe that Louis Farrakhan is behind the assassination of Malcom X. Well, watch this video where you can see Malcom X’s daughter talking to Farrakhan about me:
This material has been selected, analyzed, adapted, and put together by Rodrigo P. Honorato