Dark-suited, white-shirted brothers

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The uniforms of the Fruit of Islam, the Nation's paramilitary men's corps, included a dark suit and a white dress shirt. This outfit often constrasted sharply with the dress of the non-Muslim men in urban areas. The somber, formal attire of the Muslims created an aura of seriousness and solidarity. The members of the Fruit of Islam were expected to conform to the dress code as mandated by the Nation hierarchy, including the captains of local mosques.