VS. ELIJA MOHAMMAD
Elija Mohammad was the past leader of Nation of Islam 50 years ago in United
States at the heat of anti-Black discrimination. Nation of Islam had a huge
followers and Elija's solution for discrimination was that he wanted a separate
state for Blacks in America, so they all can go there and live happily ever
after. No one dared to disagree with him except his son W. D. Mohammad who was
isolated because he said there are so many poor Black countries in Africa and
South America, creating another one in North America is not a very smart
suggestion. Elija Mohammad also wanted to change the month of Ramadan from lunar
calendar to December of each year so Black Muslims in America will celebrate the
New Year with White Americans at the end of month of Ramadan (Eid Fitr).
went to Hajj at this time and wrote back to Elija that in Mecca during Hajj
millions of White, Black, Yellow and Brown people from all over the world pray
together, eat together and there is no discrimination in Islam. Therefore, we
must eliminate discrimination in United States instead of asking for separation
and demanding for a separate state for Blacks. Also Malcolm X said we cannot
touch Ramadan or Islam otherwise we will separate ourselves from the 1.5 billion
Muslims of the world. Malcolm X was killed for his opinion. Elija died of old
age, Nation of Islam slowly merged into the mainstream Islam under the direction
of Mr. Louis Farakhan.
God bless his soul, said we are African American. America is our home. We are
not going anywhere but we must eliminate discrimination in America. Dr. King was
also killed but discrimination was legally eliminated. Culturally, it may take
centuries to eliminate discrimination from people's heart and mind but we are on
our way. This is a lesson from the history.
died after 40 years of leadership for his people Palestinians. He tried to
create a state of Palestine but in the last minute he could not sign for it. He
used violence to defeat violence which had no effect. Eye for an eye left lots
of people blind. Like Elija, Yasser married a very young attractive girl at the
end of his life. Unlike Elija, Yasser had billions of dollars in asset stashed
away in Switzerland, which he could not use. He spent the last 3 years of his
life in a destroyed building in Ramala. He had a vision of a secular Palestine
and wanted to build a city like Las Vegas for Middle East in Ramala and to make
his people rich. But God did not agree with his plan. God bless his soul: Arafat
was persistent, but stubborn and ineffective. Millions of Palestinians lived in
camps and died in camps with a hope of better days that never came during his
or two state solution.
President Bush proposed a two state solution, Palestine and Israel living in
peace next to each other. But we are finding out there are so many poor Muslim
countries in the Middle East, creating another one is not ideal and does not
make much sense. Creating independent, viable Palestine is almost impossible
because of roads, water system, sewer system, commerce, etc. If Palestinians
continue to choose violence for violence policy they will never have an
independent state next to Israel.
we hope the new Palestinian leaders will choose nonviolence and peaceful
conflict resolution policy. For peaceful Palestinian families it is much better
if they are citizen of Israel rather than citizen of Palestine. Or at least we
should give Palestinian a chance to choose between one or two state solution.
Palestinian families can choose to be part of a Democratic state of Israel, or
build one with no experience like Palestine and risk the chance of getting
another leader like Arafat or Saddam or King Fahad. Palestinian families must
choose between being part of the five most powerful nations of the world or be
part of the least powerful nations of the world.
Palestinian families get a promise of religious freedom, human right, no
discrimination and voting right, they are much better off becoming part of
Greater Israel than forming their own country. Currently there are two million
Palestinians inside Israel proper. They have enjoyed life and prosperity in the
last 40 years in Israel. Although they have been exposed to some discrimination
and they hold low paying jobs like Latinos in United States, there is a hope
that their second or third generation by obtaining good education can improve
their quality of life in a democratic state.
Please think about this paper and let us know if you prefer one or two state solution, and why.