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What Does the Nation of Islam (NOI) Believe?

Much of this information comes from the NAMB of the SBC. In order to see the wild teachings of Elijah Mohammed first hand you can go to a special site where his original teachings are stored by:

“Elijah Speaks Newspaper”

The teachings of NOI are dangerous and divisive. There can be no reconciliation with whites according to the NOI, only final destruction of the white devils. Don’t be fooled, the NOI is a large racist movement to heighten black pride and awareness by assaulting the white race as the reason for all black suffering. There is no love, only hate and the expectation of the destruction of the entire white and Jewish race.


The NOI was created by Wallace D. Fard, also known as Wallace Fard Muhammad. Fard claimed to come from the Islamic city of Mecca. He began a mosque in Detroit in 1930. He taught that Christianity should be rejected since it was the “slave-master’s religion.” In 1934 Fard disappeared and was neither seen nor heard from again. Fard was succeeded by Elijah Muhammad (Elijah Poole).Elijah Poole was born in Sandersville, Ga. on October 7, 1898. He changed his name to Elijah Muhammad after joining the NOI. After Fard disappeared, Elijah took over the leadership of NOI.

Malcolm Little was born in 1925. He joined the NOI and changed his name to Malcolm X. He achieved famein the early 1960s as the spokesperson for Elijah Muhammad. Malcolm was removed as spokesperson because of an inappropriate remark about the assassination of President Kennedy and was severed from the NOI because of his accusations of sexual misconduct between Elijah and female staff members (C. Eric Lincoln, The Black Muslim in America, 3d. ed. [Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1994], p. 258). \

After he left the NOI, Malcolm began the Muslim Mosque, Inc., in 1964. Less than one year later, on February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was killed by assassins. Warith Deen Muhammad became the new leader of the NOI after his father, Elijah Muhammad, died on February 25, 1975. Warith eliminated from NOI teaching that Fard was Allah. Warith led the NOI to adopt beliefs compatible with traditional Islam. He changed the name from the NOI to the World Community of Islam. Later, he altered the name to the American Muslim Mission but eventually disbanded the organization and his followers became part of traditional Islam. The NOI was resurrected by Louis Farrakhan.

Farrakhan was born Louis Eugene Walcott in New York City on May 11, 1933. He attended college for two years in North Carolina, but left to begin a career as an entertainer. He sang in nightclubs until he joined the NOI.

Louis Farrakhan separated from Warith Deen Muhammad in 1978 because of doctrinal disagreements. Farrakhan formed a splinter group using the original name––the Nation of Islam. He re-established the teachings of Elijah Muhammad and also reinstated the movement’s security force known as the Fruit of Islam (FOI).

Several teachings of the NOI are incompatible with Christianity. Many of their beliefs are also incompatible with traditional Islam.

Original Beliefs – Farakan has distanced himself today and has been denounced as a traitor by proponents of Elijah Mohammed’s original teachings.


The Nation of Islam claims that God is a man. “God is a man and we just cannot make Him other than man” (Elijah Muhammad, Message to the Blackman in America, [Chicago: Muhammad’s Temple No. 2], p. 6).

The NOI teaches that Fard was Allah in physical form (Elijah Muhammad, The Fall of America, p. 236, as reprinted in “The Mother Plane,” The Final Call 15, no.25 [July 16, 1996]: 19).

According to Elijah Muhammad,Fard told him, “My name is Mahdi; I am God” (Elijah Muhammad, Message to the Blackman, p. 17).

The NOI continues to teach that Fard is Allah. The current NOI statement is published in every issue of their weekly newspaper, The Final Call, in an article titled “What the Muslims Believe.” It states, “12. WE BELIEVE that 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.”

The NOI denies that God is spirit. The NOI claims that Christians worship an “invisible spook somewhere in space”(Elijah Muhammad, Message to the Blackman, p. 5). According to Elijah Muhammad, “God is in person, and stop looking for a dead Jesus for help, but pray to Him whom Jesus prophesied would come after Him. He who is alive and not a spook” (Ibid., p. 3).

Christian Response: The Bible teaches that God is spirit (see John 4:24) and denies that He is a man (see Num. 23:19). The NOI worships a false god. Jesus is the only begotten Son of God (see John 3:16). Jesus is unique; there are no other incarnations of God. Jesus, not Fard, is the true Savior of the world (see Acts 4:12; John1:1-14).


The NOI teaches that blacks are gods and whites are devils. The NOI claims that blacks are of the same race as God. According to Elijah Muhammad, “To accept your own means yourself and your kind, your God Who is of you and you are of Him. It was your fathers who created the heavens and the earth, while there is nothing that the white man has created independently. He did not even create himself. The Black Nation is self-created, while the white race is made by one of the gods and scientists of the Black Nation” (Elijah Muhammad, Message to the Blackman, p. 42). The NOI claims that one of these black scientists created the moon. They teach that 66 trillion years ago, he decided to destroy the earth. He drilled a shaft into the earth, filled it with high explosives, and then set it off. He failed to totally destroy the earth but he did blow it into two parts. The smaller part became what we now call the moon (Tape of Louis Farrakhan, Dec. 9,1990, Compton, Calif.).

According to the NOI, a black scientist named Yakub created the white race about 6,000 years ago. They claim that whites are a race of devils (Elijah Muhammad, Message to the Blackman, p. 51). According to Elijah Muhammad, “If you understand it [the Bible] right, you will agree with me that the whole Caucasian race is a race of devils (Ibid., p. 23). The NOI claims that Christianity is the devil’s religion and was created to mislead blacks (Ibid., p. 11).

Christian Response: Blacks are not gods and whites are not demons. Both races are descended from Adam and made in the image of God. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl or the air, and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Gen. 1:26). “God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). The moon was created by the God of the Bible, not by a scientist 66 trillion years ago (see Gen. 1:16). The Bible warns Christians not to believe cunningly devised fables (see 2 Pet. 1:16).

The Bible

While the NOI often refers to the Bible, they claim it has been corrupted. “The original scripture called ‘The Torah’––revealed to Musa (Moses)––was Holy until the Jews and the Christian scholars started tampering with it” ( Elijah Muhammad, Message to the Blackman, p. 87).

Elijah Muhammad taught, “The Bible is not all holy, nor is it all the word of God” (Ibid., p. 89)! Contrary to traditional Islam, the NOI also teaches that the Qur’an has been tampered with. “The enemy has tampered with the truth of both books: for he has been permitted to handle both books” (Ibid., p. 90).

Christian Response: There is no evidence that the Bible has been corrupted as the NOI claims. Jesus promised,

“I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished” (Matt. 5:18, NIV). There are thousands of biblical manuscripts that support the Bible as being incorrupt.

The Resurrection

The NOI denies the physical resurrection of the dead. Their doctrinal statement proclaims, “WE BELIEVE in the resurrection of the dead—not in physical resurrection— but in mental resurrection; therefore, they will be resurrected first” (Final Call [July 16, 1996]: 39).

Despite their denial of a physical resurrection, the NOI apparently believes that Elijah Muhammad is still alive. Every issue of their newspaper carries a statement of The Muslim Program. Included with this statement is Elijah Muhammad’s picture and the declaration, “He Lives.”

Christian Response: The Bible declares the physical resurrection of the dead (see Pss. 49:15; 71:20; Hos.13:14; John 5:25; 6:40; 11:25; I Cor. 15; 2 Cor. 4:14).

The dead will rise from the grave. The saved will live forever with the Lord in heaven. The lost will go to hell, a place of everlasting punishment (see Matt. 18:8-9; 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; 2 Thess. 1:9).

The Last Judgment

The NOI teaches that a giant spaceship––the Mother Plane––will carry out Allah’s judgment. Black scientists will use the same bombs that brought up the “mountains out of the earth” to destroy the white race (Elijah Muhammad, The Fall of America, p. 236, as reprinted in The Final Call [July 16, 1996]: 19). They claim this judgment will not only destroy the white race but also

Christianity. Elijah Muhammad asserted, “Armageddon has started, and after it there will be no Christian religion or churches. Jesus was a Muslim, not a Christian” (Elijah Muhammad, Message to the Blackman, p. 22).

Louis Farrakhan claims that he was taken aboard the Mother Plane in a vision. While in the giant UFO, he spoke to Elijah Muhammad who had been dead for several years (see Washington Post [September 18, 1995]: D3). Farrakhan also asserts that this giant spaceship follows him when he travels (Tape of Farrakhan, July 13, 1986, Chicago, Ill.).

Christian Response: God, not a giant spaceship, will deliver the last judgment upon the world (see Matt. 25:31-32; 2 Cor. 5:10). God’s judgment will not be restricted to one race, but will fall upon all who have not trusted in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (see John 3:18).

Other beliefs: Elijah Mohammed taught many other things that are quite strange and ignorant to say at the least. I will list some of them here, but if you want to see the source and read it all in context you will need to go to the web site I listed above.

The white race caused trouble in heaven and were kicked out only to roam the earth on all fours. Monkeys and apes came from the white race as a result. They rose up and dwelled in caves on the continent of Europe.

Mahammed Fard is the Christ, the second Jesus

Blacks that follow whites will go to hell. Whites are the enemy of the black man.

Yakub, a black scientist made white people on the island of Patmos over a period of six hundred years.

The white people were so miserable they tried to get black again which brought about the origin of gorillas.

White people were chased from black territories by rifles in the time of Moses.

Moses blew up a group of white people with dynamite.

Jesus never died on the cross but was killed by a stabbing.

The following is a comparison of the NOI with the KKK

The Ku Klux Klan The Nation Of Islam
It began in times of racial tension and social upheaval. It began in times of racial tension and social upheaval.
Self-proclaimed defender of the white man Self-proclaimed defender of the black man
Has racist beliefs and a racist agenda Has racist beliefs and a racist agenda
Self-styled defender of Christianity. Self-styled defender of Islam.
But it denies what Christianity teaches But it denies what Islam teaches
It is condemned by Christians. It is condemned by Muslims.
Uses Christian symbols such as the cross Uses Islamic symbols such as the crescent
Claims to believe in the Christian God Claims to believe in the Muslim God
Uses Christian names Uses Muslim names.
Wears "Christian" costumes: pointed hoods and gowns Wears "Muslim" costumes: skull caps and gowns.
Uses racist slurs against black people niggers, coons, etc. Uses racist slurs against white people: devils, honkey, etc
Has a special hatred for Jews Has a special hatred for Jews
Uses fear, intimidation and violence to get its way Uses fear, intimidation and violence to get its way
Preaches segregation of the races Preaches segregation of the races
Wants a "Whites only" country. Wants a "Blacks only" country.
It has made its leaders wealthy It has made its leaders wealthy

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