10 Facts About the Nation of Islam

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  1. Kecia M. says:

    I was seduced by the NOI back in the 90’s, before, during and after the Million Man March. I was a student at Dillard University, a HBCU, after graduating from a predominantly white, all girl Catholic high school.

    Although, I was a born-again Christian, Farrakhan’s message resonated with me for a season. I never officially joined, but I was enticed. The day of reckoning came in my prayer time with the Lord. It seemed that the anti-Christian view points that I seemed to slowly embrace, were at odds with who I was called to be in Christ. Long story short, God’s truth prevailed and the bonds of Islam were broken. Thanks be to God!

    Now my husband and I are Reformed and attend a fantastic New Testament church here in Georgia. It is hard to imagine, I struggled with the God-ship of Christ during those days. Satan is crafty but Christ is eternal and obviously my salvation is sure in the Lord!

    Thanks for sharing a great article.

  2. michael says:

    This is a very, very good piece. It brought an event to mind. I was in a pub, walked past a white guy sitting next to a black guy (I would much rather say “two guys” – but that doesn’t make the point). All I heard from their conversation as I walked by was when the black guy leaned over the table and said, “Can we not talk about race? Let’s just get to know each other, OK?” That right there was a “gospel” moment if ever I saw one.

  3. Dave D says:

    As a young college student I read the autobiography of Malcolm X and became very very fascinated with the NOI. I was attracted to Islam by Malcolm’s’s true conversion. Back then I was a Roman Catholic and I was very tired of their dogma that was meaningless. Although I claimed Christianity I thought Jesus was a weak white man not even god really. I am a white man and I want to understand more of the black cause. So I was into reggae and began to read Marcus Garvey’s race first. Years later however through trial and tribulation I never really converted to Islam or even care to. I hold onto the fake traditions I believed in and not wanting to change. Thankfully the Lord dramatically save me later through failed new marriage and it was then I began to discover who Jesus Christ really was. He was God in the flesh. Since then I still care very much about the black causing have supported many churches along these lines I doubt of my heart will never fade away from this mission but I understand completely that the NOII is not an organization that is completely clean and righteous. I too along with Dr. Ellis truly believe that the gospel and be shared by the churches but we really need people that care. Especially with all those black lives matters movement which essentially becomes a racist doctrine sadly. Presently I am a prison chaplain and I feel that God has me in the right place to reach those that are from the inner-city God is good all the time.

  4. rhyme thomas says:

    Although relatively few people actually profess to be part in the NOI, the teachings stretch far and wide. After leaving orthodox Islam I, a white man, lost faith in the “Mystery God” and religion and eventually concluded that the black man was god and the white man was the devil simply based upon genetics. It was plain to see historically how the white man could be called the devil. After Islam, I was well aware of how I personally was fallen from the glory of God and was a sinner. What’s interesting is that in the lessons it teaches that god created the devil basically to show that he could and that he could also destroy him after the allotted time of 6,000 years (for his Glory?).

  5. P.T. says:

    Now, the bean pies are amazing!

  6. Justin says:

    I had a family member who joined NOI for a short period of time. While I completely disagree with their theology and supremacist teachings (among other things), NOI was able to discipline lost, young black men like few other movements if any. It gave some in the black community a sense of purpose and solidarity, while providing a clear and concise code of conduct. I can’t and won’t try to defend the negatives, but there may be a lesson in NOI’s effect on young black men like Malcolm.

    Thanks for posting this article!

    1. Jemar says:

      You’re absolutely right, Justin. The Nation had many positive social effects and, in the language of Dr. Carl F. Ellis, Jr., leaders of the movement were able to identify and, at least partially, address the social and cultural core concerns of some African Americans. Evangelical and Reformed Christianity have struggled to address the core concerns of many minority groups, although I think we’re starting to put some good thought into this nowadays. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  7. Jemar – Great article. I think you hit some solid points of their doctrine, namely “the blackman is God” (black supremacy) and “the whiteman is the devil” (separatism from whites). For the most part, their doctrine and teaching rest on these two beliefs.

    I tell you what – reading this post brought back some memories! I wasn’t in the Nation of Islam, but I was a “5%er” (Five Percenter) a.k.a “The Nation of Gods and Earths” (NGE) for quite a few years. As a 5%er, not only did we study the 120 lessons that Clarence 13X (the founder of NGE) brought with him from out of the NOI, but we (at least I and some friends) also read many of the books that Elijah Muhammad wrote – “The Message to the Blackman in America”, “The Theology of Time”, “The Supreme Wisdom 1 & 2” and a few others. I also read “The Final Call” and a few other publications. I’ve even purchased and eaten a bean pie or two from the “bow-tied” Muslim on the corner. I’ve since gotten rid of my books and publications, but I still have the 120 lessons. I will pull them out once in a while and read them to see how I would biblically address the inaccuracies contained therein. Reading them also reminds me how easy it is to fall victim to false religion.

    Again, great article, brother. I think this is one of the few times I’ve seen the NOI spoken about on a theology page/blog…especially on a reformed theology blog! I truly enjoy reading what you all are posting here. Praise Christ for all that you and the brothers and sisters at RAAN are doing for the kingdom. Grace and peace!

  8. MarkSingleton says:

    Really good and informative.

    1. Jemar says:

      Thanks, Mark!

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