Nation of Islam leader calls for Christian-Muslim unity

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan gave a strong speech on Sunday in which he called on Muslims and Christians to learn to love each other.

Nation of Islam leader calls for Christian-Muslim unity

In an address described by aides as his last major appearance, Farrakhan, who ceded leadership duties last year because of illness, talked about international conflicts and personal responsibility.

The topic of the speech was "One Nation Under God."

The world is at war because Christians, Muslims and people of other faiths are divided, Farrakhan said.

He added: Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) would embrace each other with love if they were on the stage behind him.

"Our lives are full of praise, but our hearts are far removed from the prophets that we all claim," Farrakhan said. "That is why the world is in the shape that it's in. If we would live the life that Jesus taught, live the life that Muhammad (PBUH) taught, we would be in tremendous condition."

Farrakhan's speech at the home of National Football League's Detroit Lions capped the Nation of Islam's three-day convention in the city where it was founded in 1930.

More than 65,000 people attended the event.

The Nation of Islam, which promotes black empowerment and nationalism, was rebuilt by Farrakhan in the late 1970s after W.D. Mohammed, the son of longtime leader Elijah Mohammed.

"God in angry"

The leader of 1995's Million Man March said he is leaving at a time of great tensions in the world, particularly the Iraq War.

He warned those who join the army and fight in Iraq, saying: "This is going down, and if you're going, you go down with it. God is angry."

Farrakhan also criticized Muslims in Iraq for the violence between Shias and Sunnis, but blamed the Bush administration for igniting the bloodshed.

Predicting the "fall of the great Babylon, the United States of America", he said President George W. Bush should be impeached or at least censured for his "wicked policies."

Farrakhan also denied that he's ant-white, anti-Semitic or anti-American. He said those labels were made up by his critics "in hopes that somebody would rise up to kill me."

Finally, the 73-year-old leader recalled the story of the final speech delivered by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

"Within 80 days ... he expired," Farrakhan said.

"I don't see expiration for me," he said, "but I do see exaltation."

Farrakhan has been battling prostate cancer for nearly a decade. Last year, he handed control of the group to an executive committee, fueling questions about the future of the organization's future.

"He's done more to bridge the gap and bring people together than any so-called leaders," said Morris Hartman, a retired factory worker. "I think he has had more influence on our race than anyone in America."

Detroiter Che-Lin Aldridge, who described herself as spiritual but not a member of the Nation, praised Farrakhan's speech.

"This message is something everybody needs to hear _ a message that's universal," Aldridge said. "What he said was critical for our lives today."

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