Nation of Islam and Mainstream Islam Seek Further Unity

August 11, 2000

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On August 11, 2000, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "About half a year has passed since Minister Louis Farrakhan announced that the Nation of Islam, the black Muslim movement he heads, planned to align itself more closely with mainstream Islam. Local members of the Nation of Islam, which had its roots in America's black-nationalist movement, have taken steps to follow Farrakhan's lead." In toning down some of its "inflammatory" language and acknowledging Mohammed as the final prophet, the Nation of Islam has taken important steps towards forging a new relationship with the wider Muslim community. In the future, the groups hope to synchronize their calendars to observe religious holidays at the same time.