One Muslim speaker even spoke of the proper ways to beat one's wife (he admitted it was according to Arab customs), then he proceeded to deny he had ever said it in another video. I had to re-watch the first video to make sure he said what he said, which he did, though he denied it so strongly in the second video. At this point he lost all credibility. This same Imam or Cheikh, as he was called, went on to give credit to Allah for producing El Hajj Malik Shabazz, but he totally discredited or failed to connect the Malik Shabazz's evolution from Malcolm Little to Malcolm X, and positively assess how they played significant roles his total development. He cut off the roots from the fruit of the tree. I listened to this individual for several hours; he was charismatic--but he was imbalanced in his view towards living, totally. Throughout his lecturing I heard very little spirituality but lots of religious dogma. I kept asking myself, “How does he know what he believes is true?” “What is the basis for it?” It can't simply be it is based on the experiences and worldview of a group of desert nomad from the 7th century Arabia. The problem with religion is it is always based on dichotomous logic. Its always a good versus evil paradigm.
In Islam, it is stated: Worship the Creator not the Creation. As I have documented in Distorted Truths, this idea is anathema to Afrikan thought. In Afrikan thought the Creator and Creation form the unicity we identify as the Supreme Being. To draw a parallel, just like the human body and human mind compose the human being, Creation and the Creator forms the Supreme Being, or God Almighty (Allah). The Supreme Being is an inseparable unity, which is essentially what the Qur'an says. The Holy Qur'an never states that there is one God, but states that believers must accept or submit to the Oneness of Allah. “Oneness” is the same as inseparable unity or unicity folks. This is what the Afrikans who created Islam taught and what the Arabs who adopted it were unable to understand. So while Arab Islam teaches its followers, worship the Creator and not Creation, it misses the point because in fact, using our reproductive metaphor, which Islam rejects, Creation becomes the wife and partner of the Creator, and consequently is no less divine than the Creator. They are both part of the Supreme Being or Supreme Existence—the ALL. By Arab Islam denying the divinity of Creation, it is simply reinforcing the misogyny endemic to the area. The attack on Nature is an attack on divine femininity. And if you disavow divine femininity will will disregard and disrespect earthly femininity, which among humans is most naturally expressed through women. The misogyny in Arab Islam, which also masquerades as fundamentalism, is a historical no-brainer.
P.S. One thing that Elijah Muhammed realized is that the religion is suppose to serve the needs of the people and not the people serving the needs of the religion and its ideologues. For those folks struggling with Arab Islam think of it as you do European Christianity. If you can believe that Christianity developed in Afrika but was changed and takeover by the Romans, then why not believe Islam was created by Afrikans as well, and taken over by the Arabs. The former is part of the thesis of Distorted Truths, the latter is Wesley Muhammed thesis in his Black Arabia and the African Origin of Islam. I guess the question becomes will the NOI fully incorporate cosmology into its Islam or will they succumb to the power and influence of Arab Islam. In other words, will it return to its recently documented Afrikan center. Only time will tell.