Did the Honorable Elijah Muhammad teach true Islam or was he simply a powerful social reformer who spun an interpretation of Islam which, while socially and culturally uplifting, was religiously blasphemous? What criteria should be used to assess his Islamicity? The Qur'an and Sunnah obviously, but whose reading of the Qur'an and Sunnah is to be privileged in the discussion? Islamic scholar Dr. Wesley Muhammad who holds a Doctorate in Islamic Studies from one of America's top 'Public Ivy Leauge' universities, brings to this discussion for the first time a wealth of information from and concerning the Classical Arabic/Islamic tradition that has up until now been omitted. This work by Dr. Wesley puts the most controversial aspect of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad's teachings in the context of the Classical Arabic/Islamic Tradition. He demonstrates that the original Arabic context of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as well as the Arabic Sunni orthodoxy that first came together in the 8th-9th centuries, was markedly different from the de-Arabized orthodoxy that will develop later and which now dominates all discussion of God in Islam. When judged on the basis of this de-Arabized Islam, the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad indeed appear radically divergent and 'un-islamic'. However, when viewed from the perspective of the Arabic Qur'an and Sunnah and the Arabic Sunni Tradition that Dr. Wesley has helped rediscover, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad's teachings appear recognizably Islamic as they are consistent with what came to and through the Prophet Muhammad b. 'Abd Allah, the Seal of the Prophets.
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Table of Contents
Chapter I Assessing Elijah Muhammad's Islamicity 1
1 Did The Honorable Elijah Muhammad Teach True Islam?
2 Al-Ghazzali: Proof of (What) Islam?
3 Whose Orthodoxy? The Black Sheep and the White Sheep
4 Ahmad b. Hanbal: Champion Among the Black Sheep
5 Ibn al-Jawzi as Criterion of Faith?
6 The Affair of al-Qadi Abu Ya'la
Chapter II Formless and Invisible? 26
1 Formless and Immaterial?
2 Surat al-Ikhlas and Islam's Corporeal God
3 Deus Invisibilis in the Qur'an?
4 The Qur'an's Morphic God
Chapter III The Man-God of the Sunnah 46-84
1 The Sunnah's Morphic Deity
2 The Prophet's Vision of God
3 A Real Vision?
4 'A'isha's Denial and Sunnism's Affirmation
5 The Hon. Elijah Muhammad on the Prophet's Vision
6 Is Allah a Man?
7 The Coming of Allah
8 Literal or Metaphorical?
Conclusion: The Hon. Elijah Muhammad and the Islam of the Black Sheep 85