Elijah Muhammad Biography
Birthday: October 7, 1897 (Libra)
Born In: Sandersville
Elijah Muhammad was a black American leader of the religious and social movement known as the ‘Nation of Islam’ (NOI). Elijah served as the inspiration and mentor to several personalities, such as Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan, and Muhammad Ali, who led the movement further. Elijah came from a poor family from Georgia and faced racist atrocities, rampant in America from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. He came across a speech about Islam by Wallace D. Fard and got the push he needed to raise his voice against the discrimination. He took charge of the ‘NOI’ from Fard in 1934 and held it until his death in 1975. He was known for his extremist preaching about Islamic beliefs and urged more and more youngsters to join him in his quest to spread the canvas of Islam across the US. By the time of his death in 1975, the controversial cult had grown significantly and garnered almost 250,000 members. Following Elijah’s death, his son, Warith Deen Muhammad, took charge of running the cult. Following this, several other communities were established, as Warith struggled to keep all his followers together as a unit.