After returning from his pilgrimage in Mecca, he finally adopted the title and name El–Hajj Malik El–Shabazz, seen as symbolic of his spiritual journey to Orthodox Islam. The surname was borne by his wife Betty Shabazz and his children, and has also been adopted by unrelated persons.
How do you pronounce Shabazz?
Why did Malcolm change his name to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz?
In 1963, Malcolm X went on a pilgrimage to Mecca, the birthplace of the Islamic faith. He completely changed his mind about religion, race relations, and violence on that journey. He changed his name to El–Hajj Malik El–Shabazz to mark what he said was his journey from darkness to the light.
Whats the meaning of Shabazz?
Muslim (mainly Iranian): from the Persian personal name Shahbaz, meaning ‘royal falcon’. The word generally means ‘royal, generous, noble’.
How old is the tribe of Shabazz?
Story. According to the Nation of Islam, the Tribe of Shabazz was the only survivor of thirteen tribes that lived on earth 66 trillion years ago.
What does Malcolm X’s Arabic name mean?
The following excerpt comes from Shabazz’s The Autobiography of Malcolm X, which was published after his death. El-Hajj signified the pilgrimage to Mecca, Malik means king in Arabic, and Shabazz was a family last name that identified his wife and children.
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