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Though the Nation of Islam differs from other forms of Islam, its adherents still consider themselves Muslims. ''Where you find the temples of the Nation of Islam or the mosques of Islam, you find them in the worst neighborhoods where black people live,'' Minister Rodney Muhammad (right) tells me (pictured with Laycolaion Muhammad, his brother). ''Places where even police would be afraid to go, you'll find the Nation of Islam, because that's our mission, to go into the depths of the funk and filth of where our people are and try to bring them back onto the road of life, and hopefully they become productive citizens. Islam, and to be a Muslim in America, is not a burden to me. It frees me, because I don't have to carry other people's luggage. If a person has a problem with a person being not only black but also a Muslim and a member of the Nation of Islam, that's their luggage, and it's too expensive for me to buy.'' audio: Click the play button below to listen to Minister Rodney Muhammad. <object classid='clsid:02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B' width='200' height='30' codebase= 'http://www.apple.com/qtactivex/qtplugin.cab'>
Minister Rodney Muhammad and Laycolaion Muhammad // Dorchester
Though the Nation of Islam differs from other forms of Islam, its adherents still consider themselves Muslims. ''Where you find the temples of the Nation of Islam or the mosques of Islam, you find them in the worst neighborhoods where black people live,'' Minister Rodney Muhammad (right) tells me (pictured with Laycolaion Muhammad, his brother). ''Places where even police would be afraid to go, you'll find the Nation of Islam, because that's our mission, to go into the depths of the funk and filth of where our people are and try to bring them back onto the road of life, and hopefully they become productive citizens. Islam, and to be a Muslim in America, is not a burden to me. It frees me, because I don't have to carry other people's luggage. If a person has a problem with a person being not only black but also a Muslim and a member of the Nation of Islam, that's their luggage, and it's too expensive for me to buy.''

audio: Click the play button below to listen to Minister Rodney Muhammad.