Description : Elijah Muhammad's Nation of Islam came to America's attention in the 1960s and 1970s as a radical separatist African American social and political group. But the movement was also a religious one. Edward E. Curtis IV offers the first comprehensive examination of the rituals, ethics, theologies, and religious narratives of the Nation of Islam, showing how the movement combined elements of Afro-Eurasian Islamic traditions with African American traditions to create a new form of Islamic faith. Considering everything from bean pies to religious cartoons, clothing styles to prayer rituals, Curtis explains how the practice of Islam in the movement included the disciplining and purifying of the black body, the reorientation of African American historical consciousness toward the Muslim world, an engagement with both mainstream Islamic texts and the prophecies of Elijah Muhammad, and the development of a holistic approach to political, religious, and social liberation. Curtis's analysis pushes beyond essentialist ideas about what it means to be Muslim and offers a view of the importance of local processes in identity formation and the appropriation of Islamic traditions.
Description : For thousands of years, the people who did not have the knowledge of the person, or reality of God, worshipped their own ideas of God. He has been made like many things other than what He really is.... We therefore can reason that if we don't know the Creator, then we don't understand His Creation or the laws and principles that govern it. All prophets, sages, gurus and persons of knowledge was, is and shall be governed and subject to these laws; this should clue us in on the fact that these same natural laws of the Creator can serve as a criteria or standard of judgment. If what you believe doesn't correspond to this standard - which transcends time and geography - it has no place in it. In other words, the only way a person can walk on water is symbolically or the water would have to be ice; otherwise, it doesn't correspond to the Creator's law governing this creation. It then fits into the category of untruths. This book teaches you about the house rules.
Description : Lance Shabazz life was the Nation of Islam. This book journey’s over fifty personal years traveling thousands of miles and many dozens of interviews culminating my Decision to walk away from it all. I realized my beliefs and principles gained as a follower of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is rejected, altered, modified and the last trick our messenger warned us all to stay away from what today’s so-called followers accept. Lip profession counts for naught unless carried into practice. I therefore share some of my history for the family and students of the Nation of Islam.
Description : This title looks at a comparative aspect of how many religions have a timetable to expected events of the future and that although they seem to be addressing different references, they have striking similar and overlapping commonality. How time is told by the different worlds, and the relevance to an upcoming appearance of a Mighty One at the end of a given time. It explores the calendar of the Christians (B.C. & A.D), Othodox Muslim world (A.H.) as well as the universal clock which uses the sun, moon and stars as reference points.
Description : This book sheds light on The Nation of Islam and Minister Louis Farrakhan, from the ideological splits in the Nation of Islam during the 1970s, to the growth and expanding influence in the 1990s.
Description : The patriarchal structure of the Nation of Islam (NOI) promised black women the prospect of finding a provider and a protector among the organization's men, who were fiercely committed to these masculine roles. Black women's experience in the NOI, however, has largely remained on the periphery of scholarship. Here, Ula Taylor documents their struggle to escape the devaluation of black womanhood while also clinging to the empowering promises of patriarchy. Taylor shows how, despite being relegated to a lifestyle that did not encourage working outside of the home, NOI women found freedom in being able to bypass the degrading experiences connected to labor performed largely by working-class black women and in raising and educating their children in racially affirming environments. Telling the stories of women like Clara Poole (wife of Elijah Muhammad) and Burnsteen Sharrieff (secretary to W. D. Fard, founder of the Allah Temple of Islam), Taylor offers a compelling narrative that explains how their decision to join a homegrown, male-controlled Islamic movement was a complicated act of self-preservation and self-love in Jim Crow America.
Description : Drawing on hundreds of interviews conducted over a period of several years, offers a comprehensive ethnographic study of African-American Muslims.
Description : Adil writes of the Holy Prophet and how he prayed for mercy upon his enemies. Despite the fact that they did him such harm and caused him so much hurt, he would not curse them, for all prophets' curses instantly take effect.
Description : This book examines the varied ways in which Minister Farrakhan’s Resurrected Nation of Islam appeals to men from different backgrounds. Dawn-Marie Gibson investigates a number of themes including faith, family, and community, making use of archival research and engaging in-depth interviews. The book considers the multifaceted ways in which men encounter the Nation of Islam (NOI) and navigate its ethics and gender norms. Gibson describes and dissects the factors that attract men to the NOI, while also considering the challenges that these men confront as new converts. She discusses the various inter-faith and community outreach efforts that men engage in and assesses their work with both their Christian and Muslim counterparts. To conclude its discussion, the book takes a look at the NOI’s 2015 Justice or Else March to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington, DC.