Siraj Wahhaj
Siraj Wahhaj was born as Jeffrey Kearse and raised in Brooklyn. His mother was a nurse and his father a hospital dietitian. His brother is writer and editor Gregory S. Kearse of Silver Spring, Maryland. He went to church religiously and went on to become a Sunday school teacher as a teenager in a Baptist church.[4] Wahhaj then later went on to the New York University on a partial scholarship. He also played basketball where he met a teammate who interested him in the Nation of Islam, an African-American movement. He subsequently converted to Islam. In 1969 he ended his schooling and joined the Nation of Islam, changing his name to Jeffrey12x.[4] During this time he was vocal in his belief that “white people are devils.” He said of this, “I preached it. I taught it.”[5] Wahhaj says of his interest in the Nation: “It wasn’t the theology that attracted me to the Nation of Islam at all… It was the kind of do-for-self black pride.” When Elijah Muhammed died in 1975, “His… Source:
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