Louis Farrakhan is waning in influence these days, but he and his Nation of Islam should not be underestimated: his word still counts for a great deal among many, many Americans. And although neither Sunnis nor Shi’ites consider the Nation of Islam a proper or orthodox Muslim group, Farrakhan finds a great deal to admire within the House of Islam. Like this, for instance. That’s right, Farrakhan’s Final Call newspaper has reprinted Mahathir’s infamous “Jews rule the world” speech.
It comes recommended by the man himself: “The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan would like our readers to study the speech delivered Oct. 16, 2003, by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad during the opening of the 10th session of the Islamic Summit Conference (OIC) of 57 Muslim countries, held in Putrajaya, Malaysia. Min. Farrakhan believes this address is an important message for Muslims concerning the future of Islam.”
A couple of weeks ago I was on WRKO’s Pat Whitley show (Boston) with Minister Don Muhammad, a local Nation of Islam leader. When I tried to pin him down about various violent statements of the Qur’an and Islamic tradition, he simply disavowed them. He said he read the Bible more than he read the Qur’an, which may be true given the Nation’s heterodox approach to Islam, and that Minister Farrakhan was a peaceful man who had been vilified and smeared by the press.
OK, Minister Don. Then why is Mahathir’s speech, with its noxious anti-Semitic conspiracy paranoia, in the Final Call?
And since we’re talking about Jews ruling the world, one more thing: yesterday someone wrote a comment saying that the Hizb-ut-Tahrir program I put up amounted to nothing more than if a Muslim publication had published the notorious forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. But there are major differences: The Protocols has been proven to be a forgery, and there is absolutely zero corroborating evidence for it. But Hizb-ut-Tahrir’s expansionist program corresponds exactly not only to the unanimous teachings of traditional Islamic jurisprudence, but also to numerous statements of Muslim radicals worldwide. That’s why it is almost undoubtedly genuine, and merits concern.