Wallace Fard Muhammad

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Wallace Fard Muhammad
Leader of the Nation of Islam
In office
1930–1934
Succeeded by Elijah Muhammad
Personal details
Born February 26, 1877 [a]
Unknown
Died Unknown
Unknown
Occupation Minister
Religion Nation of Islam
^ a. Birth dates attributed to Fard include 1877, 1891, and 1893; the Nation of Islam celebrates February 26, 1877.

Wallace D. Fard aka Wallace Fard Muhammad /fə.ˈrɑːd/ (born February 26, 1877[2]) was a co-founder of the Nation of Islam. He appeared in Detroit in 1930 and had an obscure background and used several aliases. He taught a unique form of religion which was based on Islam to members of the city's African-American population. He was also a seller of silk, incense, and perfume and was remembered as being a light skinned black man, a light skinned Arab, and a white man. Fard was last seen in 1933 by Elijah Muhammad, when Fard took off in an airplane from the Detroit airport.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. FBI File SAC (25-330971-26)
  2. The years 1891 and 1893 have both been cited by sources relying upon FBI records primarily. The FBI file on Fard provides both dates, and states: "Our investigation of the NOI and Ford failed to establish his birth date and birth place." Fard reportedly claimed to have been born in 1877.[1]
  3. Smothers, David (July 21, 1974). "The Facts Belie the Aura of Menace". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 12, 2017.