“While it is abundantly clear that the ethnic Arabs proudly self-identified as a black-skinned people and had a distaste for fair skin, it is equally clear that these same Arabs proudly described themselves as abyad, which is the normal term for ‘white’… [Though] abyad means ‘white’ when used in relation to non-human objects…when abyad is used by Arabs regarding Arabs, it means both a noble character and a blemish-free complexion, but not usually a white or fair complexion… the evidence [further] indicates that Classical Arab usage of abyad to describe their complexion meant more than just blemish free skin: it meant blemish-free black skin...The evidence clearly indicates that abyad when used of Arab complexions means a black complexion with a golden brown/yellow hue...The golden brown color is no doubt the hue of the black complexion resulting from the interaction between the luminosity (purity and light) and the black skin. ” Wesley Muhammad, "Abyad and the Black Arabs: Some Clarifications," (2012)
"[The Arabic term Abyad ('white')] is derived from the root /b/y/D/ ('to become whitened')...In [Classical Arabic], the sense of [abyad] usually revolves around purity and light...Figurative meanings may vary with different derivatives of the root...in fact, [abyad] is used euphemistically to refer to a black man." Jehan Allam, “A Sociolinguistic Study on the Use of Color Terminology in Egyptian Colloquial and Classical Arabic,” (2000).
"While we were sitting with the Prophet in the mosque, a man came riding on a camel. He made his camel kneel down in the mosque, tied its foreleg and then said: 'Who amongst you is Muhammad?' At that time the Prophet was sitting amongst us (his companions) leaning on his arm. We replied, 'This white (abyad) man reclining on his arm." Al-Bukhari, Sahih, kitb ‘alim, bab fadl ‘alim, # 63.
"The Muhammad that was here 1,400 years ago was a white man." Theology of Time, 1972, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad.
“Mohamet himself, by all accounts, was a Negro...It was this empire founded by the black Mohamet with the help of brown, yellow and white mongrels that aroused proud Europe from the slumber of the Dark Ages, and laid the foundations of its present culture.” J.A. Rogers, Sex and Race (1968).
"Brother, do not back away from your research on the Black Muhammad." The Honorable Minister Farrakhan to Wesley Muhammad, 2012.