By Nzinga Muhammad
I have heard enough criticism about the Nation of Islam in regards to Scientology. Many lies have been spread by those who have not witnessed what actually took place in the Nation when Dianetics in particular was first being introduced to us.
Although I was young, I can remember when the Nation of Islam first delved into the study of Dianetics. Believers from across the country, my parents included, were learning this technique that could help people relieve some of their mental “demons”.
They were not trying to change their religion. They were not trying to become certified scientologists either. They wanted to acquire a skill to help our people who have been suffering from trauma for generations.
When someone wants to gain knowledge from a certain source, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to that source to become what or who they are. They just want to learn something in particular that will help them advance in life. People who are not Muslim, for instance, read the Holy Quran. It doesn’t make them followers of the Abrahamic religion Islam necessarily, they just find The Book interesting, and find that it holds wisdom. No Muslim in the Nation of Islam went to transition to some “cult”. Those that parrot this fallacy have no comprehension of what their purpose was and is.
I remember these massive books about Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard in my house, used by my parents who were studying to be auditors. Auditors were people who helped those getting audited, by talking them through their experience they were recalling.
I remember watching videos in our Study Group about how the auditing process worked. There was nothing “spooky” about it, it was actually very scientific. It explained how the subconscious mind worked, and how our body reacts to certain triggers from experiences we have had in the past. I remember one explanation in the video that was something I could personally relate to. It showed a boy who had gotten sick off of eating an egg once, and now years later, he can’t stand the smell or look of a hard boiled egg. Literally me to this day.
I remember going to the Church of Scientology in Buffalo, New York, and seeing so many Muslims in headpieces and bowties there. The staff was friendly and treated us with respect. This was not some devil worshiping practice that all of these Muslims were partaking in. The Nation of Islam was trying to gain knowledge of a specific teaching that would help people. How is that such a bad thing?
The controversy following the Nation I was unaware of until much later as I grew up. Minister Farrakhan did not “sell out” his followers to commit to Scientology. As he explained before, there was something he found in dianetics for our people to use as an agent and tool to rid us of our afflictions, mentally. It wasn’t to change us into members of any particular religion other than Islam. I have friends and family who went through the auditing process, and I’m waiting for my turn.