Wallace Fard

(c. 1891—1934)

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(d. 1934?) Believed to be the original founder of the Nation of Islam. Preached Islam as the true identity of African-Americans. Recognized by followers as the Great Mahdi (savior) who came to bring the message of salvation to African-Americans. Later considered by followers to be divine. Taught followers that they were not Americans and therefore owed no allegiance to the state. Disappeared mysteriously in 1934.

From The Oxford Dictionary of Islam in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Islam.

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