Source: The Washington Post
On February 26, 2000, The Washington Post reported on the announced unity between Muslim American Society leader Wallace Deen Mohammed, son of Nation of Islam founder Elijah Mohammed, and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan at the 2nd annual Saviours' Day conference sponsored by the Nation of Islam. Appearing in public together for the first time 25 years, Mohammed spoke to the crowd at Friday's prayer services: "Dear Muslim brothers and sisters, it's not difficult for Minister Farrakhan and Wallace Deen Mohammed to embrace each other...for this is too big a cause for personal differences." Farrakhan stated: "Twenty-Five years later, I know your father wanted this...From this day forward, the Imam Mohammed and I, no matter what our little problems are, will work them out for the glory of Allah." Farrakhan openly declared, "we bear witness that there is no prophet after the prophet Mohammed," which is a change from the Nation of Islam doctrine that held W.D. Fard, Elijah Mohammed's teacher, as God incarnate and Elijah Mohammed as the final prophet to mankind. Sayyid Syeed, secretary-general of the 4-million member Islamic Society of North America, appeared with Farrakhan for the first time ever, in a sign that mainstream Muslims are moving closer to embracing the Nation of Islam. Syeed has stressed that the Nation of Islam should commit to becoming part of an Islamic alliance in the United States with other mainstream Muslim organizations. Both Mohammed and Syeed have said that the reconciliation would not mean unifying the three competing Muslim groups, but would be oriented more toward doctrinal harmony and group cooperation.