Wallace Fard Muhammad was the founder of the Nation of Islam. Muhammad’s life is shroud in mystery. He was either born in Afghanistan, Mecca or New Zealand sometime between 1877 and 1896. Even his true name is disputed. Alternative names on record include Wallace/Wallie Dodd Ford, Wallace Dodd, Wallie Dodd Fard, W.D. Fard, David Ford-el, Wali Farad and Farrad Mohammed.
What is known is that Muhammad preached in Detroit from 1930 to 1934 before vanishing without a trace on a trip to Chicago. Numerous theories surround his disappearance. Some maintain he was killed by police or possibly his successor, Elijah Muhammad. Other theories have him returning to Mecca or even being called back to the so-called “Mother Plane”. There is some evidence that Muhammad lived into the 1960’s. An alleged former lover claimed he returned to New Zealand. Despite disappearing in 1934, the FBI maintained an open file on Muhammad until 1960.