Malcolm X's Influence On America

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On April 13, 1964, Malcolm X traveled from the United States to the Middle East to seek for knowledge. Malcolm X started off as a violent ghetto hustler doing anything to earn money. After a while, Malcolm researched Islam and decided to join the Nation of Islam under the influence of Elijah Muhammad. Malcolm X decided to split from the Nation of Islam in 1964 after he realized that they don’t preach or follow the true concept of Islam. As Malcolm X began seeking knowledge about true Islam through Hajj, he happened to simultaneously have an epiphany regarding a solution to ending racial discrimination, and that solution was the religion of Islam.
Malcolm had his first epiphany when he initially converted to Islam as he was serving a punishment in prison. He suddenly realized a new way to look a life and a different way to tackle racial discrimination. Malcolm then realized that Elijah was not a good Islamic role model and separated to find the true means of Islam. Before arriving in Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj, he stopped in Egypt and experienced something he has never seen before.
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Malcolm X discovered how racism isn’t necessarily a world crisis but a crisis that America suffers from. Malcolm X went back to America with the belief that religion will end hatred toward African Americans. He quotes “America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem” (499) Malcolm X looked at Islam as the answer to all the problems he was facing. Every racial issue would end because of the unity in the belief of Allah. Not only did Malcolm X find a solution to racial inequality he also raised awareness to the mistreatment of African Americans to the Arab world. Malcolm X is considered to be an accurate representation of the power of change, as he went from being the “angriest man in the world” to an empowered Muslim individual seeking