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October 28, 2002

DC Sniper and Islam

THE RECENT SHOOTINGS IN WASHINGTON DC were the source of much speculation by criminal profilers. The icy-white loner theory was disproved by events only to be replaced by the image of Islamic extremists. It remains to be seen what the specific motivation of the two shooters may have been. Islamic extremism, however, is as poor a fit as the white loner stereotype turned out to be.

The alleged snipers are said to have left a note at a shooting site which read: Hey Mr Police "Call me God". It is difficult to imagine a claim less likely to be made by a devout Muslim whatever their politics, ideology or personal motivation. The supremacy of - and submission to - God is the central tenet of Islam.

The Rev. Louis Farrakhan today revealed that the older of the two shooters, John Allen Muhammad, was a member of the Nation of Islam, an American schismatic Islamic movement. The Nation of Islam advocates an idiosyncratic understanding of Islam which is not acknowledged by mainstream or conservative Muslims. Teachings such as the arrival of humans on earth sixty-six trillion years ago or the creation of "white people" by the mad scientist Yakub some six and a half thousand years ago better echo other twentieth century new religious movements such as Scientology or Raelianism than historic Islam.

It appears from the claim "Call me God" that Muhammad was a member of a splinter group within Farrakhan's movement: the Five Percenters, a group characterized as a gang by the FBI. The term "five percenter" is derived from the claim that five percent of Muslims smoke and drink. The proper name for the movement, however, is the Nation of Gods and Earths.

Among the distinguishing features of the Five Percenters is the practice of referring to all women in the movement as "Earth", children as "Stars" and men as "God". This practice is inconsistent with Islam but is a direct echo of the demand made by the DC Sniper to "Call me God". The claim reflects a religious convention among the Five Percenters rather than a personal psychosis.

We should be careful not to draw a direct link between the actions of the author of the note and his (their) participation in the Nation of Islam or its Five Percent schism. While aspects of Nation of Islam or Five Percent theology are racially based the shooting victims do not demonstrate a clear bias for or against targets of any particular ethnicity, sex or social group.

I have seen no comment in the mainstream media with regard to the actual religious convictions of the two murder suspects. I have seen no comment from advocates of the Five Percent movement within the Nation of Islam about the character or convictions of either of the suspects. The description of John Allen Muhammad as motivated by Islamic extremism, however, is inaccurate.

"Oh people! Verily your Lord is one and your father is one. All of you belong to one ancestry of Adam and Adam was created out of clay. There is no superiority for an Arab over a non-Arab or for a non-Arab over an Arab; nor for white over the black nor for the black over the white except in piety. Verily the noblest among you is he who is the most pious."


Someone had the same thought over the weekend. Today's Boston Globe runs a story connecting Muhammad to the Five Percenters which distinguishes this movement from traditional Islam.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 28, 2002 05:37 PM


Response to the term 5%. The term 5% percent comes from the teaching that 5% of the population is in harmony with the Surpreme Mathmatics that run the universe. Some folks call it Light, and some call this harmony as being Truly spiritualy aware. 10% of the population are motivated by the seven deadly sins (Bible), and the other 85% are deaf dumb and blind and are preyed upon by the 10% devils. 5% has nothing to do with drinking or smoking. Thats not to say they don't drink and smoke, but 5% does not mean what you claimed.

Peace and Light
Sister Lah Ah Liot Sol Li Gi

Posted by: Sister Liot at October 25, 2003 11:34 PM

I agree 100 percent with
Sister Lah Ah Liot Sol li Gi.

You should also take into light, that the DC sniper was probably a member of several religions in his past. David Qoresh Also believed he was the reincarnation of Jesus, who Roman Catholics believe is GOD.

But in anycase you should also know that in Five Percent or Nation of Gods and Earths belief, you are responsible for building your own cifer or surroundings. Thats means you need take blame and credit for your own actions seperate from others.

In other words, Even if John Mohamed was a 5 percent which is hard to proove by speculation, he is infact bound to pay the price for his actions. No matter if it means being encarcerated!

Not that death can be payment or encarceration. It's most likely that suffering of some sort brought him to his crazy state of mind.

Peace and Blessings

Posted by: Xem [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 27, 2008 02:06 PM

You should also (when discussing The 5 Percent) be aware that Clarence X13 broke away from The Nation Of Islam. This can be compared to Malcom X breaking away from the Nation of Islam. Also Clarence X13 was also murdered!

Even thought it is easy for most people to mix these two groups up (this often happens) you should be aware that the two are more different than the same.

No offense to The Nation of Islam or any other group for that matter.

But this article is a prime example of the 85 percent teachings. It creats pain from missing facts.

The best part of the 5 Percent is they are not all expected to be ALL knowing! And therefor only through meeting one that practices the true teachings of the Five Percent can you actually know more than the basic priciples you can fined on any website.

Peace and Blessings,

Posted by: Xem [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 27, 2008 02:15 PM

Another aspect of The 5 Percent you should be aware of is this.
When it comes to the belief that the Black Man is God. What that means is simple. When you look towards the conception of Christianity, Judaism, Bidism, and Islam, you should consider yourself as a follower of The Black Man. Because in Science it has been known and been proven that We have no other Gods but the Gods of Africa. In other words the origins of your belief in GOD come from the Black Man of Africa, just as The origins of civilization come from Africa.

You can easily find a person with any color or religion ignorant and practicing distructive human behavior.

There is alot more to the surface, to be understood before you neglect or reject statements you know not of the context from which they come!

Peace and Blessing!

Posted by: Xem [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 27, 2008 02:23 PM