Wallace Fard Muhammad
|Wallace Fard Muhammad|
|Leader of the Nation of Islam|
|Succeeded by||Elijah Muhammad|
|Born||February 26, 1877 [a]
|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 // (born February 26, 1877) 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.
References[change | change source]
- FBI File SAC (25-330971-26)
- 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.
- Smothers, David (July 21, 1974). "The Facts Belie the Aura of Menace". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 12, 2017.