Finding W.D. Fard: Unveiling the Identity of the Founder of the Nation of Islam. John Andrew Morrow. Pg. 510. HB $119.95. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K.
W.D. FARD, ALSO KNOWN AS WALLACE FARD MUHAMMAD AND BY more than 50 other aliases, claimed that he was both the Messiah and the Mahdi. His disciple Elijah Muhammad identified him as God in Person, who reportedly appointed him as his Final Messenger. Those who met him and the scholars who studied him have suggested various origins for him: African American to Bosnian, Mexican, Greek or Jew.
To determine his origins, most scholars have relied on the teachings as passed down, and perhaps modified, by Elijah Muhammad. Similarly, they have suggested various associations from the Moorish Science Temple of America to Druze or Shia.
Morrow offers a detailed study of any and all subjects who fit Fard’s profile and provides the most detailed information regarding his life to date. He also presents and overview of turn-of-the-20th-century Islam in Oregon, showing how much this man learned about Islam while residing in the Pacific Northwest.