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Top Aide to Nation of Islam Leader Questioned in Guyana Terror Probe

By Ryan Lenz on May 20, 2011 - 1:06 pm, Posted in Anti-Semitic

A top aide and international representative for the Nation of Islam has been detained in Guyana, where police are questioning him about alleged ties to terrorism and drug trafficking.

Akbar Muhammad claimed to be in Guyana to give lectures and appear on television. He was expected to attend a rally yesterday afternoon in the mining town of Linden, just south of the capital. Defense attorney Nigel Hughes, however, told several news agencies that Muhammad was questioned about his relationship to opposition leaders and other black activists.

“Police have absolutely nothing to go on with this man,” Hughes said.

Muhammad has long been associated with Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI), who is known to embrace brazenly anti-Semitic rhetoric that accuses Jews of manipulating the U.S. government and controlling the levers of power. Farrakhan also blames Jews for the slave trade, plantation slavery, Jim Crow, sharecropping and general black oppression.

While it is unclear if U.S. authorities were involved in Muhammad’s arrest, he has a history of run-ins with the law in the United States. In 2009, according to court records cited by the Associated Press, Muhammad pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and received a five-year probation. He was accused of using different names to obtain lines of credit and mortgages from 1983 to 2007.

Muhammad has lived in New York City, Chicago and St. Louis. His official biography says his formative years were spent under the tutelage of Malcolm X at the NOI’s New York mosque. In 1984, he helped Farrakhan work on the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaign.

  • skinnyminny

    when the Jewish people rented to blacks, it should be noted that whites would not rent to blacks. Blacks and well as Jewish people were not able to live wherever they wanted. As far as donations, I think you also need to take a look at loans, or any other business we were able to get – honestly, do you think that whites gave us loans, when blacks couldn’t marry a white person, or go to their restaurants and eat with everyone – no, blacks had to enter through the back, and for the music business, blacks couldn’t perform at certain venues, and when they finally got record deals, they couldn’t put their faces on the album covers. It was Jewish people who participated in our fight for civil rights (there was whites as well), so they were arrested, beaten along with blacks. It was Jewish writers and a guy from Turkey that owned a music label/company that pushed the talents of blacks. Believe it, blacks couldn’t play pro-sports even though they were good it.

    Yes, I’m a big fan of Lenny Kravitz, Carly Simon…

    As far as NOI, I’m multi-racial, with the one-drop rule, I’m black. A few years ago, I was on Crenshaw near Stocker (in Los Angeles, Califas) and witnessed a guy from the NOI get into an argument with a black guy that wasn’t a member, then all of a sudden guys from NOI came from out of nowhere and began chasing the non-member. As for me, when I see them (NOI) on the street corners selling their newspapers and pies, if I don’t want a pie, I cross the street in order to avoid confrontation. I like the bean pies, actually, but I don’t read/buy the newspapers.

  • Aron Levy


    Of course they are! Because as Jews, we are a minority within a majority, as a culture distinct within ‘white’ society.

    That gives NOI adherents an even better target. Granted, there’s no logic in it, but then again, there’s very little logic in NOI dogma, either.


    Aron Levy

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Are the injustices suffered by blacks at the hands of Jews somehow qualitatively worse than those at the hands of non-Jewish whites?

  • akilah

    You are living under a fog if you first think that the Nation of Islam is an extremist group. You need to read more about the real history of the relationship Jewish people had with Black people. They have dictated to our Black organizations who they can and cannot socialize with etc because they (Jewish patrons) gave donations. Jewish landlords gave us poor housing and slums. Sure they rented to us, but what did they think of us. It was exploitation as well as in the music industry. They most definitely had a part to play in the slave trade. Who founded many of the cities on the east coast that had more slaves than the south in New Jersey. I just read that today. It is obvious that you don’t read. You sit amongst yourselves and believe your own press. This country is the true terrorist. Exploitation still continues in order for this system to flourish.

  • Ryan

    Not the first time a bunch of religious extremists have had it all end in tears in Guyana. Not that I’m complaining. ;)

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Sorry for being late with the usual conservative whine: “WHY COME THE SPLC NEVER WRITES ABOUT NON-WHITE EXTREMISTS LIKE THE NATION OF ISLAM?!!!”

    There we go.

  • skinnyminny

    You are absolutely correct. It was the Jewish song-writers that helped blacks make it into mainstream. It was Jewish landlords that were willing and did rent to blacks…

    But, you have to look at the difference between the black christians, and black muslims. I grew up where they built a big mosque – and believe me, they had nothing to do with the blacks that weren’t muslims – meaning, they didn’t socialize with us…

  • Difluoroethene

    “Farrakhan also blames Jews for the slave trade, plantation slavery, Jim Crow, sharecropping and general black oppression.”

    What a load of tripe…actually, the vast majority of America’s Jewish population during those times was very supportive of equal rights for all, regardless of race. Of course, there were a few bad apples (Myron Fagan, who also played a key role in HUAC, comes to mind), but overall, Jewish Americans had a much better record on civil rights than non-Jewish whites ever did.

  • skinnyminny

    I think they key phrase here is, Muhammad was questioned about his relationship with other activists and opponents. I will take this to mean, just maybe, the NBPP (black panthers), or is it the prez?