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  1. says:

    Clegg outlines the life of Elijah Muhmmad from his humble beginnings in Sandersville, GA to his days as a factory worker in Hamtramck, MI to WD Fard s selection of him as his messenger to the lost found in the North America A very balanced assessment of his life, he seeks to neither vilify the man nor laud him with praise Instead Clegg gives an account of Elijah s life that is accessible, one that can easily be read in the historical context of the era of American history which he lived in this is definitely a positive about this monograph, the author sets the stage for Unlike the autobiography of Malcolm X, in which you feel that for some reason or another key info is being left out, this work leaves you with a holistic view of Elijah s life decisions in light of his environment, something that other biographers of Islamic and Psuedo Islamic personalities have failed to do His theology and what informed it is covered to a satisfiable depth, and to my surprise much of what is popularly thought of as the later machinations of Elijah are actually the teachings and organizational structure laid out by WD Fard How this theology was expanded upon, and how its effects were curbed by circumstance and opportunity gives great insight into Elijah Muhammad as a social leader first and foremost, and as a religious leader secondly.His relationship with Fard is touched upon, but not in enough detail to understand how Fard groomed him to be The Messenger The reader is left wondering if his succession was really a matter of divine providence or was a power struggle, or a culmination of both Allegations of Fard and Elijah s involvement in the Moorish Science Temple is hardly dealt with at all, and Clara Muhammad s role in enticing her husband to follow Fard is only lightly touched upon Additionaly, Fard s identity is not dealt with in enough detail, leaving the reader wanting to know about this mysterious figure It would have been extremely useful to read some of the personal correspondence between the two which can be viewed on the internet to gain a greater appreciation for the love and respect the Messenger showed for his Savior Until the end of his days he claimed to receive revelation from Fard, hearing his voice like thunder from the sky Interestingly enough, there is enough information outlining Fard that one really could suppose that he was of South Asian origin, as WD Muhammad has said, he was most probably Pakistani WD Muhammad s claim to have spoken to Fard either in person or on the phone is not dealt with at all, making the man s identity all the a mystery Could Elijah s frequent trips to Pakistan be evidence of Fard s origins and outcome Did the Asiatic Black man simply return to the sub continent after the USA got too hot for him The book deals with many facets of Elijah s life, some of which were eye opening We learn about Elijah the man, Elijah the Messenger, Elijah the entrepreneur, and Elijah the father figure The pit falls mentioned of the Nation s management structure and business acumen are enough to wake any idealist of the movement up to reality that the NOI was and is no different than most religious organizations Elijah as father figure is especially important, as it explains not only the man s great ability to motivate his followers and nurture their innate abilities, but explains the nepotism that became inherent to the organization in its later years, as well as the changes WD Muhammad tried to make after his succession to leadership upon his father s death Sadly however, Elijah the thinker is never touched upon We never get a clear enough reading of Elijah s psyche and thoughts, we are never able to see his thought process of read his mind Although mental health problems are alluded to when discussing his imprisonment, no analysis of his personality is given in depth.Elijah the movement is the most outstanding part of this book He successfully protected his brand until his death, and was hands down the most successful Black leader of his time, perhaps in the history of the US This work is recommended to anyone that thinks they have Elijah Muhammad figured out, and is definitely a credit to the legacy of this man, about whom I am sure a much longer work could be written I haven t read Karl Evanzz work on him as of yet, but afterward I am sure there will be much to compare and contrast.

  2. says:

    I could totally understand why Elijah Muhammad fell for this religion But it puzzled me why it continues today But having said that I found the book really, really interesting.

  3. says:

    Mr Elijah Muhammad aka The little lamb was a very intelligent man His father was a preacher Elijah Muhammad learnt how to read from his sister who taught him how to read from out of the bible Elijah muhammad government name is Elijah Poole.when he was a student under Master Farrad Muhammad he was giving the the name Karrem He later on changed his name to Elijah Muhammad Elijah Muhammad was a very successful business man teacher during the 1950 s The books in which he authored are still very popular in our day time you can also find his books through out the prison system amongst those who are trying to mold there life in accords to his teachings By the way Elijah Muhammad was very educated in matters of theology,mathematic history,freemasonry,health fitness The brother was a head of his time

  4. says:

    One of the better histories written about the Nation of Islam and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad Although, as with all of them by non Muslim, there are flaws and misunderstandings, this one comes closer than any other to producing a factual presentation of a history of an important American movement I do have to commend Clegg for the effort.

  5. says:

    This book is tremendous If anyone wanted to read just one book on the Nation of Islam, this would be the one I would recommend.