Monday, March 2, 2009

Islam reaching out to Latinos

Nation of Islam minister sees `universal' approach
By SOPHIA TAREEN, Associated Press

ROSEMONT, Ill (AP) — A top Nation of Islam minister says the Chicago-based movement has primarily focused on blacks, but he envisions expanding a racially universal approach across the globe.

Ishmael Muhammad, the religion's national assistant minister, spoke Saturday at an annual convention in a Chicago suburb.

He tells The Associated Press the Nation of Islam has been on an "evolutionary course" and must continue changing to thrive.

The religion has espoused black nationalism, but in recent years it's moved to include other groups, particularly Latinos and immigrants.

The 44-year-old Muhammad is widely considered to be a potential successor to Minister Louis Farrakhan.

Muhammad says he feels he isn't "the least bit qualified" to fill that role.

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