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Nation of Islam vs. Islam

  1. an organization composed chiefly of African Americans, advocating the teachings of Islam and originally favoring the separation of Black and white racial groups in the United States: members are known as Black Muslims.
[ is-lahm, iz-, is-luhm, iz- ]
  1. the religious faith of Muslims, based on the words and religious system founded by the prophet Muhammad and taught by the Quran, the basic principle of which is absolute submission to a unique and personal god, Allah.
  2. the whole body of Muslim believers, their civilization, and the countries in which theirs is the dominant religion.

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