Malcolm X

Malcolm X

Malcolm X (1925 – 1965)

Malcolm X

“America needs to understand
Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its
society the race problem. Throughout my travels in Muslim land,
I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America
would have been considered “white” … I have never before seen
sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all colors together,
irrespective of their color …”

One of the most powerful and charismatic
African-American leaders of the country, Malcolm X converted to Nation
of Islam and became a follower of its leader Elijah Muhammad. As a
Nation of Islam leader, his message was essentially anti-white until he
undertook and performed the Hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca. Impressed by his
discovery of true Islam in the Muslim lands he visited, he left Nation
of Islam and became an orthodox Muslim, leaving his prior racial
standing.

After 38 years, it is now made public for the first time that it was
actually a student from Sudan, Ahmed Osman, who, through
discussions and correspondences with Malcolm X helped him discover true
Islam and made him realize that his anti-white stand was not compatible
with the teachings of Islam. Later, it was Osman again who persuaded
Malcolm to undertake his pilgrimage to Mecca.

Malcolm X is much misunderstood for his comment he made after the
assassination of John F. Kennedy: “The
chickens have come to roost.”
After the media published this
remark and interpreted it to be meant for Kennedy, Malcolm X insisted to
his friends that he meant something different. Osman, who was a close
contact of Malcolm during that time, says in a recent interview,
“Malcolm X did not mean to applaud Kennedy’s
death. Far from it. He meant only that you harvest what you sow, that
Kennedy was the victim of the racist extremism that pervaded the
nation.”
(Paul Findley, “silent no more”).

After his coming back from the pilgrimage and re-discovery of Islam,
Malcolm now completely detached himself from Nation of Islam and took up
his work again for the civil rights of African-Americans, but now as an
orthodox non-racist Muslim. But the new Malcolm hardly started his task
when a spray of bullets ended his bright future as a powerful Muslim
leader of America while he was giving a speech in Audubon Ballroom in
Harlem. He was only 40.

“If I can die having brought any light, having exposed
any meaningful truth that will help to destroy the racist cancer that is
malignant in the body of America, then all credit is due to Allah. Only
the mistakes have been mine.”

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