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us: American Muslim Mission



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    • found: A.M. journal, July 2, 1982 (a.e.) p. 2 (American Muslim Mission)
    • found: Muhammad, W. Imam W. Deen Muhammad speaks from Harlem, N.Y., c1984- : v. 1, p. 130 (World Community of al-Islam in the West (W.C.I.W.) est. Nov. 1976; name changed Apr. 1978 to American Muslim Mission)
    • found: Encyclopedia of American religions, 1994 (Nation of Islam is the name of four factions which broke away from American Muslim Mission in late 1970s and resumed the earliest name of that group. The headquarters of the four groups are: Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, and the fourth currently unknown, but its chief mosque is in Baltimore. Chicago group headed by Louis Farrakhan)
    • found: Wikipedia, American Society of Muslims article, Dec. 19, 2013 (Warith Deen Mohammed took over leadership of the Nation of Islam after death of his father Elijah Muhammad in 1975, rejecting ideas of black separatism and belief in the divinity of Wallace Fard Muhammad, founder of the Nation of Islam and trying to bring it into conformity with mainstream Islam; changed the name of the org. to World Community of Islam in the West in 1976; name changed again in 1981 to American Muslim Mission; changed to American Society of Muslims [not found in OCLC] in 1985)
    • found: The American Muslim (TAM) website, Warith Deen Muhammad, posted Oct. 7, 2005, viewed Dec. 20, 2013 (upon succeeding his father in 1975, he began to bring the Nation of Islam closer to American Sunni Islam, renamed his org. the World Community of al-Islam in the West in 1976; two years later, changed the name to American Muslim Mission; resigned as spiritual leader of the American Muslim Mission in 1978; in 1985 he dismantled the leadership council he had set up and each mosque became independent with their own names and leadership, but most remained affiliated to the successor org., the Muslim American Society (MAS) [not found in OCLC], aka the Ministry of W. Deen Mohammed, based in Calumet City, Ill. (not the same group as that based in Falls Church, Va.)
    • found: Southern Poverty Law Center website, viewed Dec. 19, 2013 (when Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad died in 1975, his son Wallace Deen Muhammad (later Imam Warithuddin Muhammad) attempted to dismantle the Nation of Islam's material empire and bring NOI into mainstream Islam; in 1977 Louis Farrakhan rebelled and declared the creation of a "resurrected" NOI based on the original ideology of Elijah Muhammad)
    • notfound: The secret relationship between Blacks and Jews, c1991- : v. 1, t.p. (Nation of Islam)
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