Islam and the Nation of Islam are two different religions. The only thing in common between them is the jargon, the language used by both. The “Nation of Islam” is a misnomer; this religion should be called Farrakhanism, after the name of its propagator. The religion of Elijah Muhammad and W.D. Fard died with their death because their officially and popularly elected successor, W.D. Muhammad, integrated the community with the Muslim community at large, following the Qur’an and Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Louis Farrakhan joined W.D. Muhammad and gave his pledge of allegiance to him after Elijah Muhammad’s death; he later rebelled and broke his oath with impunity, or without paying any expiation, and restarted The Nation of Islam.
Examine the following comparisons between Islam and Farrakhanism with regard to the belief or practice in each:
ISLAM: One Unique, never appeared in any physical form; hence, no physical representation is possible. He is recognized through his 99 names/attributes.
FARRAKHANISM: …Allah (God) appeared in the Person of Master W. Fard Muhammad, July 1930; the long awaited Messiah of the Christians and the Mahdi of the Muslims.
ISLAM: Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the last Prophet and last Messenger. No Messenger or Prophet will come after him.
FARRAKHANISM: Elijah Muhammad was a Messenger of Allah. Not clear as to whether or not any more Messengers or Prophets will come.
THE LAST DAY/LIFE HEREAFTER:
ISLAM: The life on earth as we know it will come to an end; it will be followed by the life hereafter which includes physical resurrection of the entire humankind, judgement and the life of paradise or hell.
FARRAKHANISM: …believe in the resurrection of the dead – not in physical resurrection, but in mental resurrection. No already physically dead person will be in the Hereafter; that is slavery belief, taught to slaves to keep them under control. When you are dead, you are DEAD.
ISLAM: It was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) between 610 and 632 C.E. It is the last revelation of Allah to mankind.
FARRAKHANISM: Contradictory beliefs. On one side, …BELIEVE in the Holy Qur’an and in the scriptures of all the Prophets of God. And on the other side, We, the original nation of the earth … are the writers of the Bible and Qur’an. We make such history once every 25,000 years … it is done by twenty-four of our scientists. Both the present Bible and the Holy Qur’an must soon give way to the Holy Book…
ISLAM: It was revealed to prophets and messengers from Moses to Jesus (peace be upon them both), but was corrupted over time. Authenticity of statements in the Bible are judged by the Qur’an.
FARRAKHANISM: [see their beliefs above regarding the Qur’an]
ISLAM: It means what it says, that is, Allah is Unseen, He is the Creator, the Sustainer. Mankind is accountable to Him Alone, and Prophet Muhammad (peace be uponn him) of Arabia is the final and ultimate ROLE MODEL; no one can substitute for him.
FARRAKHANISM: A cover up to deceive gullable Muslims. Allah (God) appeared in the person of Master W. Fard Muhammad, and Muhammad of Arabia (peace be upon him) was one of the prophets, not a role model for our times. The real role model and lawgiver for our times is Elijah Muhammad.
ISLAM: Five times a day is required; Salah (prayer) includes Qiyam (standing), Ruku (bowing), Sajda (prostration), Jalsa (sitting on the floor) and recitations.
FARRAKHANISM: No five-times-daily Salah (prayer); prayer, when done, has no Ruku or Sajda. Friday is a major congregational day, not for Salah, but to say Dua (supplications) and to listen to a Minister.
ISLAM: Required on accumulated wealth after having in possession for one year above the Nisah (certain limits), as defined in Sharia (Islamic Law).
FARRAKHANISM: It is a tax as poor due on income, similar to income tax. Who benefits?
ISLAM: Fasting is required in the month of Ramadan, ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
FARRAKHANISM: Fasting is required in December only. Fasting in the month of Ramadan is optional.
Webmaster Note: Louis Farrakhan and the Nation have changed their position and are now fasting in the month of Ramadan. Alhamdulillah [Praise be to Allah], may Allah continue to guide them towards Orthodox Islam.
ISLAM: Required once in a lifetime if conditions of finances, health, and safety of travel are met.
FARRAKHANISM: No Hajj requirement.
HALAL (LAWFUL); HARAM (UNLAWFUL):
ISLAM: Determined by Allah, the God Alone, announced in the Qur’an or by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) recorded in the authentic Hadith sources.
FARRAKHANISM: Determined by W.D. Fard and announced by Elijah Muhammad. The Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) have no relevance nor authority with regard to lawful and unlawful.
ISLAM: An indispensible source of Islamic beliefs and practices, the only source after the Qur’an. Indispensable for the understanding of the Qur’an itself.
FARRAKHANISM: Ignored, if not totally rejected. However, the leadership, including Farrakhan himself, may invoke Hadith if it suits their purpose.