Traditional Islam vs. the Nation of Islam

Traditional Islam

-There is only one god

-God works through prophets rather than assuming a physical form

-God revealed His existence to prophets, such as Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad

-Muhammad received God’s final revelation

-The Qu’ran says Allah created the human race “from a single male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, so ye may know each other, not that ye may despise each other”

-Follows the Five Pillars

-Developed in the Arabian Peninsula

-Broken into the Sunnis and Shiites


-There is only one god, Allah

-Fast during Ramadan

-Avoid pork, tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs


Nation of Islam

-Asserts that W.D Fard Muhammad was the incarnation of Allah

-Taught that Elijah Muhammad was a messenger of God

-Elevates black people over white people

-Has a principle that states white people were created by a renegade black scientist

-Do not preach or practice the Five Pillars

-Developed in Detroit, Michigan