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PROGRAM AND POSITION
WHAT IS UN-AMERICAN?
My followers and I are being accused of being un-American. We actually do not know what is American and what is un-American, as the United States of America has not instructed us as to what constitutes an American or an un-American.
Recently, the California State Senate Fact-Finding Subcommittee on Un-American Activities, in their “Eleventh Report” to the 1961 Regular California Legislature, in Sacramento, California, on pages 131-138 under the heading “THE NEGRO MUSLIMS”, are charging us with being un-American, that we now operate a school for the indoctrination of young Negroes with race hatred. (This is untrue, for we only teach them who YOU really are. They can hate or love you, it is up to them.)
You have always had private schools. First, your students not only learn to hate Negroes but are the number one murderers of Negroes. Second, we do not teach them to disregard their family names – they do NOT KNOW them.
We teach them to discard YOUR family NAMES and get their real Nation’s names, for your names are not our legal names!
On page 136, we are classified along with the Communist Party. For 34 years we have not been anything other than a peaceful people who have never carried weapons, nor have we made any aggressive moves or attacks on anyone.
The Negro Muslims! Of course, Muslims or Moslems means the same, as Mohammed and Muhammad, only one is common in English (Moslem and Mohammed). In Arabic, Muslim and Muhammad are scholarly. The so-called “Fact-Finding Committee”, we are not surprised to hear, read false statements against us, the Muslims, by the American white people. This is only their nature. They were not created to tell, teach, preach or represent the truth when it comes to the Negroes, God and the Righteous.
Usually, I do not waste my time on the untrue things that I hear or read about me and my followers, stated by our open enemies (the white people), and those of my people whom they have poisoned against self and their kind (the black race).
It is written in the scriptures of truth that the devils would put out such evil and false accusations against the Messenger of Allah and his followers in these last days of their evil, bloody world. I think Allah (God) will not allow falsehood to triumph over truth in His days.
This so-called “Fact-Finding” committee on page 131 says that my father took me to Detroit, where I attended the public schools until reaching the third grade, at which point I left home at the age of 16 and wandered from city to city serving various jail terms for vagrancy and other minor offenses, except for a term of 4-years in the Federal Penitentiary.
The truth is, I was born in Georgia, went to the public school in Georgia and was never out of the State of Georgia, until I was 25 years of age. I married and had two children and moved to Detroit in April, 1923, from Macon, Georgia, where I worked for the Southern Railroad Company and the Cherokee Brick Company, the latter as a tramroad foreman and builder.
I never was arrested and served no jail terms on any charge or charges until 1934.
Then I committed myself to the jail in Detroit after learning that the Michigan State Board of Education had arrested the Muslim Teachers of the School of Islam and the secretary of the Temple on false charges of contributing to the delinquency of minors.
This false charge was dropped, and the teachers were freed. I was at that time given 6 months probation to put our Muslim children back in the public schools under Christian teachers.
This I did not do, and I moved in September of that same year to Chicago.
The next time I was arrested was May 8, 1942, in Washington, D.C., by the F.B.I. for not registering for the draft. When the call was made for all males between 18 and 44, I refused (NOT EVADING) on the grounds that, first, I was a Muslim and would not take part in war and especially not on the side with the infidels. Second, I was 45 years of age and was NOT according to the law required to register.
The above can be verified from the court records in Detroit and Washington D.C.
The name “Poole” was never my name, nor was it my father’s name. It was the name the white slave-master of my grandfather after the so-called freedom of my fathers. They, being robbed of the knowledge of self and kind, for the past 300 years did not know what deadly harm the slave-master’s name would do to them in the way of TRUE freedom and recognition among the free and independent nations of our own and the spiritual nonacceptance by Allah (God) on the Day of Resurrection from the devil’s names.
They allowed themselves to continue to be called by the devil slave-master’s name.
But on the coming and appearance of Allah in 1930 – who taught me a thorough knowledge of the devils, the time, the resurrection and end and the judgment of the devils and their followers and the danger of being called by devil names and believing what they teach as religion – He (Allah) gave me His Name.
Later my father and all our family accepted His Name (Muhammad).
Other believers in Detroit and Chicago accepted many other of His Names, (called attributes) and His true religion and only religion of God, Islam.