Malcolm Lateef Shabazz (a.k.a. Hajj Malcolm El Shabazz; October 8, 1984 – May 9, 2013; born in Paris, France) is the son of L.A. Bouasba and Qubilah Shabazz. The father of Malcolm Shabazz is an Algerian Muslim whom Qubilah Shabazz met in Paris. Qubilah Shabazz is the second daughter of the famous African-American civil rights activist Malcolm X with his wife Betty Shabazz. Malcolm X's life story was dramatized in the 1992 movie "Malcolm X," which chronicled his life with Betty Shabazz. Malcolm Shabazz is the first male descendant of Malcolm X.
In 1997, when he was 12 years old, Shabazz ignited a fire that severely burned his grandmother, Betty Shabazz, and caused her death three weeks later.
Shabazz, a convert to Shia-Islam, was very active in the San Francisco Bay Area, especially among the local Khomeinists. In 2011, he was invited by Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Mosque of San Jose) to participate in its so-called Husayn Day "Peace" Walk in downtown Oakland. Shabazz, who was in the company of the notorious mullahs Nabi Raza Mir (a.k.a. Nabi Raza Abidi) of Saba and Zaheer ul Hassan of Velayat TV USA, gave an inciting keynote speech during the gathering. The majority of the participants in the event were sporting Basij/Pasdaran scarves to express support for the anti-America Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Shabazz's troubles with his mother
- 3 Shabazz causes the death of his grandmother
- 4 Shabazz's further troubles with the law
- 5 The mental state of Shabazz
- 6 Shabazz the father
- 7 Shabazz the student
- 8 Shabazz the would-be author
- 9 Shabazz the Khomeinist activist and Iranian regime agent
- 10 Shabazz and the FBI
- 11 Tragic death of Shabazz
- 11.1 In the aftermath of the crime
- 11.2 The autopsy
- 11.3 Shabazz the martyr
- 11.4 The funeral fundraising (May 10-13, 2013)
- 11.5 Thanks from Hajj Malcolm Fund (May 29, 2013)
- 11.6 Funeral service for Shabazz in Oakland
- 11.7 Official video presentation of Shabazz's funeral
- 11.8 The burial of Shabazz
- 11.9 Louis Farrakhan on the death of Shabazz
- 12 References and notes
- 13 Also see
- 14 External links
When Shabazz was a few months old, he and his mother moved to Los Angeles. A little while later, they went to New York City and then Philadelphia. One landlord there remembered frequently having to let young Shabazz into the apartment because his mother was not at home. Shabazz showed some evidence of disturbance as a child. As a three-year-old, he reportedly set fire to his shoes. He brought a knife to school in the third grade. About the same time, he suffered from delusions and was hospitalized for a short time.
At age 9, Shabazz was institutionalized after he drove his aunt’s car to school.
During the early 1990s, Shabazz often stayed with his grandmother, Betty Shabazz, and his aunts in New York, while Qubilah Shabazz lived with various friends. In 1994, Shabazz moved with his mother to Minneapolis. She was being drawn into a plot to assassinate Louis Farrakhan by an Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) informant, Michael Fitzpatrick. Shabazz saw in Fitzpatrick the father figure he had never known, calling him "my dad."
In January 1995, Qubilah Shabazz was charged with trying to hire an assassin to kill Farrakhan. She accepted a plea agreement with respect to the charges, in which she maintained her innocence but accepted responsibility for her actions. Under the terms of the agreement, she was required to undergo psychological counseling and treatment for drug and alcohol abuse for a two-year period in order to avoid a prison sentence. For the duration of her treatment, Malcolm Shabazz, then ten years old, was sent to live with Betty Shabazz at her apartment in Yonkers, New York.
Shabazz's troubles with his mother
Malcolm Shabazz visited his mother in December 1996 in San Antonio, where she was undergoing treatment. Qubilah Shabazz had married, and Shabazz quickly bonded with his stepfather. But the marriage soon ended, and Shabazz and his mother began to fight, sometimes physically. On February 26, she called the police and said she wanted him committed to a mental hospital. After a brief stay, Shabazz was released. In April, he called the police and reported that they had been in a fight. His mother said she was going to place him in foster care. On April 26, Malcolm Shabazz was sent back to New York to live with his grandmother.
Shabazz causes the death of his grandmother
On June 1, 1997, Malcolm Shabazz, then twelve years old, started a fire in the apartment of his grandmother, Betty Shabazz. She suffered burns over 80 percent of her body. Shabazz was found by police, wandering the streets barefoot and reeking of gasoline.
At a hearing, experts described Shabazz as psychotic and schizophrenic. He was also described as "brilliant but disturbed." He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention for manslaughter and arson, with possible annual extensions until his 18th birthday.
Shabazz was released after four years. In a 2003 interview with The New York Times, Shabazz, then aged 18, gave his version of the fire and the events leading up to it. He explained that he had been unhappy living in New York with his grandmother, and had started: "being bad, doing anything to get them to send me back to my mother. And nothing's working. Then I got the idea to set the fire." Expressing remorse for the event, Shabazz continued:
"I set a fire in the hallway, and I didn't think the whole thing through thoroughly, but she didn't have to run through that fire … There was another way out of the house from her room. I guess what she thought was I was stuck, and she had to run and get me because it was in front of my room as well. She ran through the fire. I did not picture that happening, that she would do that."
In the same interview, Shabazz also dismissed the diagnosis of the child psychiatrist at his trial that he was a paranoid schizophrenic, saying that he had only "made up" a story about hearing voices in his childhood "to get attention."
Shabazz's further troubles with the law
Upon his release from juvenile detention, Malcolm Shabazz lived for a time with his aunt, Ilyasah Shabazz.
In 2002, at age 17, Shabazz was arrested again after participating in a violent street robbery in Middletown, Orange County, and stealing $100. He pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.
In 2006, only months after his release from prison, Shabazz, then 22, was arrested again for punching a hole in the plate glass window of a Dunkin' Donuts in Yonkers. He pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief.
The mental state of Shabazz
A witness at the trial of Malcolm Shabazz for the killing of his grandmother described him as "a schizophrenic boy of a paranoid type.". This explains why Shabazz is obsessed about demonizing white Christians. During his speech at the Husayn Day "Peace" Walk in Oakland, Shabazz likened the hanging of ornaments on Christmas trees by white Christians to them hanging Blacks from trees.
Shabazz the father
Malcolm Shabazz is the father of a girl, named Ilyasah, who was born in March 2007.
Shabazz the student
Shabazz the Khomeinist activist and Iranian regime agent
Shabazz the Hajji
In 2010, Malcolm Shabazz made the Hajj to Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. He was in the company of Muhammad Ali, a Khomeinist Shiite imam with Saba Islamic Center of San Jose and Islamic Center of Zahra of Pleasanton, California.
Shabazz at the Husayn Day "Peace" Walk
On Sunday, December 4, 2011, Malcolm Shabazz was the keynote speaker at the Husayn Day "Peace" Walk in Oakland, California. He used the occasion to praise the Iranian and Syrian regimes as well as the international terrorism and crime organization Hezbollah.
Shabazz on the Iranian regime's Press TV
Shbazz support for the Iranian Supereme Leader Ali Khamenei
Shabazz support for the Syrian Assad regime
Hawza Studies in Qum, Iran
Created by Hajj Malcolm El Shabazz on January 18, 2013
El Hajj Malcolm el Shabazz is the grandson, name-sake and first male heir of a great revolutionary Muslim leader by the name of Minister Malcolm X. He is a community activist, public speaker and news commentator who stresses the importance of education, and unity amongst those from different walks of life who share common interests...
Though born a Sunni Muslim, he was raised in the church, and came to the path of the Ahul Bayt (AS) through intensive research & investigation. He lived in Damascus, Syria for a year, and was fortunate enough to study at the Zainabiyya...
While not funded by any government agency or faith based organization, Hajj Malcolm Shabazz feels blessed in that the energy he has put out has been returned. He has now been invited to study at Howza in Qum, Iran, Alhamdullilah, and will be departing for such as of February, 2013...
As the Howza stipend is minimal, along with the sanctions that have been placed on Iran, living conditions may be somewhat difficult. Though the main focus is to get the most out of the Howza curriculum. Hajj Malcolm calls on the moral & financial support of his Muslim brothers & sisters to help assist him with his transition, inshallah... Jazzahkallah khair...
Recent Donations (1) 1% raised by 1 person in 4 months. $5.00 Ahmad Allah Zeaiter 4 months ago Inshallah Ahki, only Allah will help us.
Shabazz and the FBI
On February 3, 2013, word spread via social media that Malcolm Shabazz was arrested by the FBI while he was on his way to Tehran, Iran, allegedly to attend the 3rd International Hollywoodism Conference. Shabazz had adopted Khomeinism and promoted the anti-American Velayat-e Faqih Iranian in the United States.
In March 2013, Shabazz stated that he was subjected to "a pattern of harassment from law enforcement," specifically "the FBI's Counter Terrorism Task Force Unit located in Goshen, N.Y."
Upon the murder of Shabazz on May 9, 2013, officials at the FBI were unable to comment on Shabazz's death or alleged investigations into his actions.
Tragic death of Shabazz
Malcolm Shabazz died in Mexico City, Mexico, during the morning hours of Thursday, May 9, 2013, after he was severly beaten up and assaulted with a bat or stick at a bar/brothel in the vicinity of Plaza Garibaldi, a downtown square that is home to Mexico City’s mariachis. He was 28.
Initially, several media reports indicated that Shabazz was killed by robbers in Tijuana, Mexico. There were rumors such as those published by Black Enterprise News that Shabazz was either shot or thrown off a building. These reports turned out to be unfounded.
I'm confirming, per US Embassy, on bhalf of family, the tragic death of Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X.Statement frm family 2 come— Terrie M. Williams (@TerrieWilliams) May 9, 2013
Williams, a Mount Vernon native who runs the Terrie Williams Agency in New York City, said "I mentored [Shabazz] and he did a lot of work with us in terms of speaking to young people." She added "He was a very, very powerful brother."
At the time of his death, Shabazz was in the company of the labor activist and RUMEC leader Miguel Angel Suarez. The duo were travelling together in Mexico after Suarez was deported from the United States.
In the aftermath of the crime
News emerged after the murder of Shabazz that he and Miguel Suarez had consumed about a dozen beers when they were served a bill for 15,000 Mexican pesos (about US $1,200). The duo disputed the tab but were confronted by two waiters who insisted that they pay billed amount.
An autopsy was performed on the body of Shabazz. The result showed that he had died as a result of blows to the head, face and torso. The autopsy also exposed that Shabazz had a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) equivalent to more than three times the legal limit in most U.S. states. For instance, in both California and New York, where Shabazz was active, the BAC limit is 0.08%. At three times that, the BAC level in Shabazz was at least 0.24%.
Shabazz the martyr
On May 14, 2013, Fatimiyya Islamic Center of Hayward, California, formally announced that Shabazz is a Shaheed (Arabic for martyr). Many of Shabazz's followers also expressed a similar view about him.
The funeral fundraising (May 10-13, 2013)
- Hajj Malcolm Shabazz Funeral Fund
- Beneficiary: Hashim Alauddeen
- Lead organizer: Hashim Alauddeen
- Fundraiser ended on -- May 13th, 2013
This fund was created in conjunction with Qubilah Shabazz (Malcolm's mother) & with the guidance of Hashim Alauddeen & Ja'far Muhibullah.
"And We will most certainly try you with fear and hunger and loss of property and lives and fruits; and give good news to the patient, Who, when a misfortune befalls them, say: Surely we are Allah's and to Him we shall surely return." Holy Quran (2:155-6)
The tragic news of the sudden killing of our dear brother Hajj Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of El Hajj Malik Shabazz ("Malcom X"), has shaken the hearts of us all. Malcolm was a seeker of truth like his grandfather. He was a beloved son, father, brother and friend. He struggled to promote unity and goodwill for all people and was a lover of Ahl ul-Bayt.
During the week of May 13th, Hajj Malcolm's body will be transferred back to the United States so he can be remembered and given due respect. His funeral arrangements are being made and he will be laid to rest in Oakland, California, God willing. The money collected in this fund will be used for Hajj Malcolm's funeral services. Any additional money collected will be given to the Shabazz family. If you prefer, you can also donate directly through Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep Hajj Malcolm and his family in your prayers during this difficult time.
Thanks from Hajj Malcolm Fund (May 29, 2013)
Posted by Hashim Alauddeen on May 29th, 2013
Letter of Thanks to supporters, friends and lovers of Malcolm Shabazz,
We would like to first send out thanks and much love to those of you all who sent money to the Hajj Malcolm Shabazz funeral fund that was on the internet. We are totally in awe of not only the response but how people donated from small amounts to large amounts. We can truly say that the “people” by the Grace of God buried young Malcolm. When we saw how people stepped up during such a hard time for Ms. Qubilah Shabazz and helped to bury her son it was a testament to the saying ,by God’s leave, that ”Power is in the hands of the People”.
We would also like to thank all of the different people and organizations that helped finance this funeral. There are too many names to mention and with fear of forgetting any individual we will refer to everyone in groups.
To the Shia ulama and community, thank you for the love and support of young Malcolm and helping us to send him to the next life as a follower of Ahlul Bayt (the Prophets’s Household). He was shrouded in a Kafan (shroud) with the prayer of” Joshaan Kabir” inscribed on it. May it serve as an armour and protect for him in the grave. Keep him in prayer and inshallah he will be greeted at the pond of Kawthar in Paradise by the Best of Men, Women and Families.” Indeed, We have granted you, [O Muhammad], al-Kawthar” Quran 108:1
Much thanks to the Sunni organizations and brothers who gave both financially, materially and spiritually. This is proof that all of the sectarian problems in the Umma (Islamic Community) can be solved through “unity of purpose”, love of Allah, the Prophet (AS) and his family regardless of school of thought. Wahdat (unity) is the key to success. Allah says, “ Hang on to the rope of Allah and do not divide yourselves” Quran 3:103.
To all the Christians, Hebrews and other faiths who helped and contributed to this funeral, we send you a special thanks with peace and tranquility. All the believers in the Supreme Creator and Grand Architect of the Heavens, Earth and all that is between have a place with the Creator who is Merciful and Full of Love. “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” Psalm 133:1
Thanks and Freedom to all of the Revolutionary groups and individuals, of different beliefs, who came from all over America, such places as DC, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami. Your revolutionary spirit was felt at the funeral indeed. The present of BPP/BLA Cubs, Native Americans activist, Moors, ex- Crip, Bloods, Stones, and other street organizations and revolutionary groups coming together with no problems shows the love and dedication the streets and “people” had for young Malcolm and his revolutionary Grandfather Malcolm X. I will name one person by name only because of her special revolutionary background, a deep special thanks to Yuri Kochiyama, who could not make it to the funeral but was represented by her daughter. She was in inspiration to young Malcolm and a sincere follower of his Grandfather. "Each generation must, out of its relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it." Franz Fanon
Let us all continue to remember and support, all of the revolutionary grassroots activist and organizers of the past who have given their lives, are incarcerated and whose families have suffered. It is our duty to help, support and recognized their sacrifices to Freedom Justice and Peace for humanity. The burial of Young Malcolm was and is proof of the deep love the “People” have for these Divine Values.
Again if we have forgotten anyone forgive us, this ordeal has been and is still difficult. At a later time I will write a more detailed letter concerning the funeral and death of Young Malcolm.
We just wanted to show love and gratitude to all of those who helped.
Funeral service for Shabazz in Oakland
A funeral service was held for Malcolm Shabazz at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC) in Oakland, California.
The Black Riders Liberation Party honored Shabazz
Official video presentation of Shabazz's funeral
The burial of Shabazz
On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Malcolm Shabazz was buried Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York, next to his maternal grandparents Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz. The famed R&B singer and former rapper Jaheim Hoagland gave a special performance during the burial. Jaheim sung his Ghetto Love record "I Miss You (For Moms)."
Louis Farrakhan on the death of Shabazz
On May 25, 2013, Farrakhan also released a YouTube video message about the murder of Shabazz. Farrakhan stated:
"I want to say to Black America — that the same FBI that hatched the plot to divide Brother Malcolm from his teacher [The Honorable Elijah Muhammad] and the Nation of Islam — that same FBI that worked to destroy Black organizations and Black leadership — that same FBI was dogging the footsteps of this young potential giant."
References and notes
- Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, dead in Mexico | Curry-Reyes, Tracy | May 09, 2013
- Grandson of Malcolm X killed in Mexico City | Associated Press | Bradley Klapper, Bradley and Caruso, David | May 10, 2013
- Lost in Shadows of History: Shabazz Family's Troubles | The New York Times | Swarns, Rachel L. | June 8, 1997.
- Daughter of Malcolm X: Dreams Turned to Dust | The New York Times | Sexton, Joe | January 22, 1995.
- Malcolm X's Grandson Working on Memoirs in Miami | South Florida Times | Harrison, Isheka N. | July 2010.
- Hezbollah (Arabic: "حزب الله"; a.k.a. Hizbullah; a.k.a. Hizballah) is an international terrorist organization based in Lebanon. Hezbollah is a sectarian entity, which follows and promotes the Khomeinist version of Shia Islam. Hezbollah has operatives stationed throughout the world, including the United States and Europe. For more information, please see: What is Hezbollah?
- Malcolm X's Grandson Breaks Silence! | Radio One (company) | NewsOne | King, Aliya S. | May 18, 2009
- Rickford, Russell J. | Russell J. Rickford Betty Shabazz: A Remarkable Story of Survival and Faith Before and After Malcolm X | 2003 | Sourcebooks | Naperville, Ill. | ISBN 1-4022-0171-0 | page 525.
- Rickford, p. 498.
- For Malcolm X's Grandson, a Clouded Path | The New York Times | Wilson, Michael | September 6, 2003.
- Rickford, p. 525.
- Remembering Malcolm Shabazz (Analysis) | Oakland Blog | Oakland Local | May 16, 2013
- Malcolm X's Daughter Indicted in Alleged Plot to Kill Louis Farrakhan | January 30, 1995 | Jet (magazine) | Jet | pages 6–10.
- Dr. Betty Shabazz, Minister Farrakhan Mend 30-Year Rift During Fund-Raiser | May 22, 1995 | Jet | pages 12–13.
- Settlement Reached in Murder-for-Hire Case Against Malcolm X's Daughter, Qubilah Shabazz | Jet | Page 17. | May 15, 1995.
- Mother Tries to Calm Son At Hearing on Shabazz Fire | The New York Times | Bruni, Frank | June 4, 1997.
- Rickford, pp. 527, 532–534.
- Rickford, p. 537.
- Betty Shabazz, A Rights Voice, Dies of Burns | The New York Times | McFadden, Robert D. | June 24, 1997.
- | Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X's widow, dies at 61. Death came 3 weeks after she suffered severe burns | CNN | June 23, 1997
- Experts Testify Shabazz Boy Is Psychotic | The New York Times | Gross, Jane | July 30, 1997.
- Betty Shabazz's Grandson Pleads Guilty to Setting Fatal Fire | Jet | July 28, 1997.
- Grandson of Betty Shabazz Is Sentenced to a Juvenile Center | The New York Times | Gross, Jane | August 9, 1997.
- Malcolm Shabazz's family to claim remains in Mexico | USA Today | Higgins, Lee | May 10, 2013
- The New York Times | Malcolm X's Grandson Arrested | August 4, 2006.
- Grandson of Malcolm X Said to Have Died in Mexico | May 10, 2013
- Grandson of Malcolm X Disputes New Book on the Muslim Leader | Santa Cruz Sentinel | McCord, Shanna | July 20, 2011.
- Malcolm Shabazz: In His Own Words | Arinde, Nayaba | March 10–16, 2011 | New York Amsterdam News.
- Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, killed | Amsterdam News Staff | May 09, 2013
- Live from Saudi Arabia: An Interview with El Hajj Malcolm Shabazz | San Francisco Bay View | Minister of Information JR | December 20, 2010.
- Malcolm X’s Grandson Alive And Well, Releases Statement: ‘They Drew Guns On My Mother And Me’ | NewsOne | Savali, Kristen | March 18, 2013
- Malcolm X’s Grandson, Malcolm Shabazz, Reported Dead | Nelson Jr., Keith | May 09, 2013
- Malcolm Shabazz Beaten To Death With Bat Or Stick, Prosecutor Says | The Huffington Post | May 14, 2013
- Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, killed in Mexico; friend blames fight over bar tab | May 10, 2013
- Malcolm Shabazz, Grandson of Malcolm X, Murdered | Black Enterprise News | Selah, Makkada B. | May 09, 2013
- | Malcolm X grandson Shabazz killed in Mexico | lohud.com | O’Rourke, James | May 09, 2013
- Two waiters face homicide charges over Malcolm Shabazz death | The Guardian | Associated Press in Mexico City | May 14, 2013
- Jaheim Performs During Malcolm Shabazz' Burial Service | Hip Hop DX | Danielle Harling | May 23, 2013
- Farrakhan On Malcolm Shabazz Death: ‘FBI Worked To Destroy Him, Malcolm X Legacy’ | News One | Savali, Kristen | May 27, 2013
- Hashim Ali Alauddeen @ Facebook
- Official blog of Malcolm Shabazz
- Hajj Malcolm El Shabazz @ Facebook (Defunct: Removed shortly after his death; Cache as of May 14, 2013)
- Malcom Shabazz raised funds to study at the Hawza in Qom, Iran
- The Legacy of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz Lives! An Interview wit' His Grandson Malcolm Shabazz. Prisoners Of Conscience Committee. 2010.
- The Evolution of Malcolm Shabazz American Public Media. February 21, 2011.
- Tweets about Malcolm Shabazz @ Twitter