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This is a must-watch fiery defense of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan by Dr. Ava Muhammad, his student National Spokesperson.
In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful.
The enemy calls today “Mother’s Day.” I don’t know how many billions of dollars the enemy has made commercializing on our natural love for our mothers, but in Islam, every day is a day to honor our mothers.
The commercial nature of the enemy is to make money on Jesus by celebrating what they call “Christmas;” and to make money on his resurrection, which is the day they call “Easter.” They also make money off of your girlfriend and boyfriend on what is called “Valentine’s Day.” A smart, crooked deceiver will think of everything they can to make money by sucking the blood out of the common people who are ignorant, and easily taken advantage of.
Women: The Foundation of Civilization
In the Holy Qur’an, which is the book of scripture of the Muslims, the 4th Surah (chapter) is titled Al-Nisa: The Women. Further on, you will see that the 19th Surah, titled Maryam (Mary), makes reference to the very special woman who is the mother of Jesus, the Messiah. This Qur’an was not arranged haphazardly—it was divinely arranged, so each chapter has significance.
The number “4” is a foundational number. You can’t become president of the United States until you’ve reached the age of “40.” Moses was “40” when he received God’s Command; and he was in the wilderness “40” days. Jesus fasted “40” days and “40” nights; and, consider the 450 years of the Black man and woman’s sojourn in America. This number, “4,” signifies that something was and is being done to lay a foundation.
Well, why women? What is a woman the foundation of? This world in which we live has been destroyed because the woman has been spoiled and laid waste. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught us that where there are no decent women, there are no decent men, because the woman is the Mother of Civilization. Civilization is not judged by the man; civilization is judged by the female.
Man’s abasement of woman
I have traveled all over the world, and I have been in certain parts of the Islamic world where the woman can’t pray in the mosque with the man. In Africa, I saw that men would be in air-conditioned rooms saying their prayers, while the women were out on the dirt making prostration in the hot day sun.
But in Mecca, both women and men are at the Ka’bah, praying. Shouldn’t that be the example? What has happened to us throughout the world of Islam, that we have allowed old, cultural traditions to sideswipe the culture of Islam? The Islamic World needs reform. When you look at our world of Islam, we, as elder Muslims, see that we’re losing our children to the world. The Christian World also needs to be reformed in its expression of women; and even the Jewish World needs reform. Why? It is because an ignorant woman is the death of a nation.
How can any man be afraid to educate a woman; and deprive one of God’s creatures of the gift of knowledge, if we say we believe that Allah (God) is “The Supreme Being” and introduces Himself to us as “The Best Knower”?
Women are devalued in this society. It is heartbreaking to drive down certain streets in major cities and see beautiful women of every color, of every race, half nude and selling themselves to anyone who would purchase pleasure from them. Women have fallen so low, and it doesn’t seem that we, as men, care, because some will put our women up to this kind of behavior for the sake of money.
Once men are taught the knowledge of God, and the value of a woman, then men will kill to keep her safe! But because you don’t know her value, or yours, you play with her, devalue her, and laugh at her. How can she open her knees to you, and you impregnate her, and then walk away—without even a thought of responsibility?
When I was a young Muslim, working in a store in Elmhurst, New York, I saw two White policemen beating a young Black girl. It was my job to keep the store open, but when I saw those police beating that woman, I left the store and challenged the police. These police thought I was crazy; and, evidently, to them, I was—but I was “crazy enough” to try to protect a female. I warned them, with no F.O.I. around me, because Allah was sufficient for me: “Don’t put your hand on her!” They put her in the car, and I went down to the station to make sure they didn’t!
Now, what gives a man that kind of strength, where he doesn’t fear death? 1) It is love for your people; and 2) It is knowledge of the value of what that policeman was desecrating.
Woman: The Second-Self of The Creator
Who are you, Black woman? Do you really know how valued you are in the Sight of your Creator?
In the Holy Qur’an, Surah 4, verse 1, there is a very beautiful scripture that reads: “O people, keep your duty to your Lord, Who created you from a single being and created its mate of the same (kind), and spread from these two many men and women. And keep your duty to Allah, by Whom you demand one of another (your rights), and (to) the ties of relationship. Surely Allah is ever a Watcher over you.”
Here, the Arabic word nafs is translated as “being”; other Qur’anic scholars translate nafs to mean soul, or, essence. But if Allah created us from a single essence, what is that essence? How could Allah create man as His khalifah (successor), and the essence of that man is not the Essence of Him Who created man? Biblically speaking, you can’t say that man and woman are created in the image and the likeness of God, and the Essence of God is not in you.
Why the subject, “The Limitless, Immeasurable Value and Beauty of a Woman”? Some women may look in the mirror, and think, “Oh, I am not so pretty.” They may not be considered physically attractive, but physical attractiveness is not beauty, that is why I am teaching on the limitless, immeasurable value and beauty of all women. The beauty of the woman is the matchless beauty of God. This is you on the inside.
The Qur’an says that Allah is “not begotten, nor does He beget.” He is Self-Created. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches that Allah (God), in His Limitless Wisdom and Power, created Himself in Triple Darkness; and that we don’t know how long it took Him because nothing was there to measure time. God created Himself, and then studied Himself; and, out of Himself He made a Second Self. Sisters, you are from Allah (God).
Minister Farrakhan speaks on how he came into the knowledge and the belief that The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad escaped a death plot and is physically alive.
Can a person be part of a conspiracy and not know it? The answer to this question that was posed in the Self-Improvement: The Basis for Community Development Study Guide 17, “Hypocrisy and Conspiracy”, written by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, is yes. One of those means can be in the form of rumors.
Rumors have existed for eons. However today, with the use of social media, rumors are everywhere and almost impossible to avoid running into. But what exactly makes them spread from their conception? What makes them seemingly so irresistible of entertaining? Who are the ones who spread them and why? How can we avoid being misled and, unknowingly, participants to the spreading of rumors? These questions, will be addressed within this article, with the help of Allah (God).
A few years ago in the ministry class at Muhammad Mosque No. 45, a fellow student opened the Sunday mosque meeting with a concept and principle that has stuck with me since.
He shared with those present that there are certain kinds of people who are addicted to drama, especially gossip. He further went on to say that similarly to those addicted to drugs, there is a chemical released in the brain in which that person, who is addicted to drama, experiences much like when an addicts receives a hit. With drugs, it directly or indirectly targets the brain’s reward system flooding the circuit with dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter in the region of the brain that regulates movement, emotion, motivation and feelings of pleasure. To achieve this feeling again, the behavior is reinforced (i.e. get more drugs) teaching the user to repeat it.
So it is with drama. Drama can be very addictive to those susceptible, which is why drama television series do so well in terms of ratings, followings, and participation on social media.
Sidebar: How many remember the season finale of Scandal where viewers from all over the world hosted watch parties with custom Scandal cakes?
When that person addicted to drama needs a “fix”, they surround themselves with drama, whether created or as a willing participant in instigating it. And when there is no drama taking place, they are almost unable to function (i.e. withdrawal, depression, irritability, unmotivated, etc.) therefore, they have to manufacture the drama, thus receiving the high they craved, no matter who gets hurt in the process.
When I heard these words and this concept it naturally struck a chord with me since I was finishing my Masters in Psychology at that time. He was speaking on neurological Psychology or neuro-psychology, which is a branch of psychology that is concerned with how the brain and the rest of the nervous system influence a person’s cognition (thinking) and behaviors. At that time I was completing my thesis on the history of the lobotomy procedure and detailing what the modern version of that is by way of pharmaceutical drugs, how those pills effect the brain and the mind.
What my fellow classmate in the ministry class was conveying was how we’ve been willing participants in something so counterproductive to our divine purpose, distracted and even deviant to ourselves and to others by partaking in drama, gossip and slack talk.
In the Nation Of Islam we are forbidden to engage in gossip and slack talk. The damage and repercussions can be irreparable to those involved. It is described as savage behavior and certainly not belonging to those considered civilized. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan teaches that even if what is said is true, it is the intention or motive behind why the words spoken can be deemed evil.
According to the Merriam-Webster’s Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, Gossip is defined as information about the behavior and personal lives of other people.
I’d also like to include Gossipmonger, which is defined as a person who enjoys talking about other people’s private lives; a person who spreads gossip.
Slack, as in slack talk, is defined as someone or something weak, slow, relaxed or careless.
Slander is also a part of this cadre of the malicious mindset and behavior, and it is defined as the act of making a false spoken statement that causes people to have a bad opinion of someone.
There are some key tell tale signs and characteristics of those who fit the above titles, their psychological profile, that we’ll get into shortly.
The above ingredients (drama, gossip, slack talk and slander) give rise to a bi-product called rumors. Rumors are information or a story that is passed from person to person but has not been proven to be true. Again, even if what is being said is true or has truth in it, we must examine the motive behind it spreading and from whom. A Rumor Mill is a group of people who start and spread rumors. Rumormonger is a person who enjoys spreading rumors.
In a world where everyone has a degree in or an opinion about something, people want to assert what they believe is true or what is behind something unexplained. The uncertainty of something or someone is one of the elements that exists within a rumor. People want to make sense of something that cannot be explained. The brain has to make it make sense. It is the unknown that can give rise to rumors.
So what makes a rumor so appealing or irresistible?
According to rumor expert and corporate consultant Laurent Gaildraud, a good rumor has to trigger a primal emotion; fear, anger, disgust or laughter. Again, these are primal emotions void of logic. Therefore, it is information that puts you in a low cognitive or low thinking mode, where you do not think critically. Rumors are not based in logic. They are rooted in emotion 100%. It is when those primal emotions are activated, possibly reminding you of something that has happened to you or someone you know, it initiates the primal part of your brain, shutting down your rational thinking.
Therefore, if someone can activate your emotions, which most people believe they can trust, they will be less likely to explore other rationale or hold off on passing judgment. Rumors manipulate emotions, and with someone intentionally doing so, rumors can be incredibly destructive to the unsuspecting.
This is why we are taught in the Nation Of Islam to rise above emotion into the thinking of God. This is based in the Self-Improvement: The Basis for Community Development Study Guide 18 “Rising Above Emotion Into The Thinking Of God”, written by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
He defines Emotion as an affective state of consciousness in which joy, sorrow, fear, hate, or the like is experienced, as distinguished from cognitive and volitional states of consciousness. He further states that emotion is intensified feeling. It can become so strong and overpowering that it masters the mind or judgment.
There are two parts of the brain that are important to consider when dealing with emotion and how rumors work:
1) The Limbic System is found surrounding the most primitive part of the brain (emotions, urges, hunger, socializing, etc.)
2) Cerebrum (Cortex) controls specific functions that processes information from our senses. The frontal cortex is the thinking center of the brain. It powers our ability to think, plan, solve problems and make decisions.
Research says that the limbic system is 1,000 times faster than the cortex, which explains why rumors are so successful in spreading like wildfire.
The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us to think five times before we speak, and given the information above, one can understand how doing so can prevent being a participant in a rumor (conspiracy/propaganda) and not know it. Thinking five times before speaking reactivates the cortex, the rational thinking part of the brain, and enables one to rise above emotion into the thinking of God.
There are typically three kinds of people involved in rumors:
1) The Culprit; Rumormonger – This can include the Gossipmonger as well. These individuals tend to run in packs like hyenas or can function solo like a snake. They are malicious. They can be as low down as the animal of prey or as sophisticated as the reptile. Nevertheless, they function and thrive within drama, gossip, slack-talk and definitely willing participants with rumors. These individuals are usually unhappy with some aspect of their life, thus giving in to entertaining the personal lives of others as a distraction to their own drawbacks. It could be their own personal life that they are unhappy with, their professional life, their physical appearance, what they feel they lack intellectually, socially or materially.
This can also included individuals who could have been sent, paid or unpaid, to cause disruption among a particular group. One thing is for sure, all those above are malnourished spiritually.
Aside from the agent, mole, or the one sent in, these individuals (male or female) are also emotional, easily angered and susceptible to arrogance, vanity and envy. Alongside with the agent, mole, or the one sent in, they tend to seek positions of authority, which gives them a bird’s eye view of more to talk about. They deeply desire to be the problem solver, the match maker, the one everyone comes to for knowledge (know-it-all), which is why they tend to thrive spreading rumors; knowing so much of other people’s personal lives. They enjoy being seen as one who knows what others may not, the secrets or newly released tidbits of others. They are slick, conniving, and can even camouflage themselves as ‘the noble one’: “I heard something and I thought you may want to know…”.
To be clear, it is not the position they seek that is the Culprit, it is the mind and motive for seeking that position. There are Culprits that are not in high positions. There is the other extreme, which makes it easier for them to come in and out undetected. Someone who plays the back and watches, who can slide in and drop seeds and then slide back out to watch what happens as those seeds sprout.
The common thread among these individuals is what it is they are saying. Does it activate primal emotions or those primal feelings of anger, fear, disgust or laughter? Does it stimulate judgment of something or someone? Does it create suspicion around something unexplained? Is it concerning the private lives of others? These are questions to keep at the forefront when receiving information and analyzing the characteristics of those giving you the information.
However, there is an exception to consider that incorporates all of the above. Sometimes we receive rumors from those who are close to us, and because of our personal relationships to these individuals, who more than likely fit the above characteristics, we give them a pass and receive the rumor with little to no resistance. Thus becoming the next type of person involved in a rumor.
2) The Accomplice – The ones who receives the rumor and spreads the rumor; whether with or not with malicious intent. The Accomplice is the tag-a-long, the one who does a lot of talking, and to some extent, more than the Culprit. These individuals give life to the rumor, because they do so much talking, they insert more emotion into it as they receive and relay the rumor. They are the impressionable, and the ones who usually do not question the Culprit or source of the rumor. They do little challenging. They may go back and forth about the details, but will usually give in to the rumor because of their own pre-conceived thoughts about something or someone involved in the rumor.
It may, in their minds, answer the unexplained or unanswered question concerning something or someone. Often these individuals enjoy feeling affiliated with someone who is considered “connected” or on the “inside”. Therefore, sharing the information/rumor they received may (in their minds) elevate them or their status with others. This need to feel a part of an exclusive group or clique is also present. So the Accomplice then goes to others believing they have access to a reliable source, an affiliation and closeness that the larger group may not, and spread the rumor in an attempt to not only elevate themselves but to validate themselves and soothe whatever insecurities (personal or social) that may exist. Because of the above, the Accomplice does not take into consideration the damage that can come about to those they share the rumor with. These individuals, who are considered bystanders, may not even be looking to or for such dialogue, but are brought into the fold.
3) The Bystander – Those who receive the rumor, whether directly or indirectly and are likely ill-effected by the rumor. These are individuals who tend to be going about their business as usual and stumble into the rumor. It’s a trickledown effect. The rumors can transform into seeds planted with mere statements versus a full-fledged conversation about someone or something. It’s an insinuation, something suggested without much explanation or certainty. Bystanders can be in earshot of rumors and receive the rumor without being in the actual conversation. This is what is known as Casual Listening.
Casual Listening can be as simple as walking by and overhearing something that triggers those primal emotions and prompts that person to ask someone else about it, thus unintentionally spreading a rumor. This can be initiated deliberately by the Culprit and/or Accomplice to hold such talk in the presence of others who may not indulge directly in gossip. Be aware of this!
Also, take into consideration the timing of rumors. They generally take place during times of high anxiety. Rumors can be used to manage, dominate and control people. This is why those of us who study the Holy Quran are urged to seek refuge from anxiety and grief and fear. This is what Minister Jabril Muhammad mentioned in his book, Closing the Gap: Inner Views of the Heart, Mind & Soul of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, when he spoke about how mood affects our perception. Minister Farrakhan stated, “So I would imagine that in order to perceive anything correctly, we must first check the state of mind we are in, then ask ourselves, how much we do know about that at which we are looking at?”
Be mindful of who you share personal information with. When people know your emotional triggers, they can manipulate your thoughts based on what you’ve shared with them. With your emotions, they can make you love or hate someone.
There are those who believe and spread rumors about something or someone they dislike, because it validates their personal feelings towards that person or a past experience that has been triggered. These individuals are more easily manipulated, because they are less likely to consider facts or logic or other perspectives outside of their own. They are less likely to question the source, because it feeds into or appears to agree with their emotions that have gone unresolved. They link one unrelated situation to something or someone in present time that may carry a similar tone or theme. Therefore, where one begins and ends becomes blurred and that individual becomes deeply involved and unaware of why and can be triggered over and over again. The Culprit and/or Accomplice can re-activate emotions like a switch.
At the root of how and why rumors spread is the individual or individuals who have allowed boredom to set into their lives. This is when one is uninspired, uninvolved and unenthusiastic about pursuing their purpose in life. Those who are constantly plugged into the deets of other people’s life, sports, T.V. drama, gossip blogs, celebrity social media and remain unplugged from discovering their divine purpose and mission in life. These individuals are prime targets for rumors.
I’ve heard responses to the above as, “It’s just entertainment, harmless fun, a way to unwind from stress”. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan says in Closing The Gap, that we don’t have time for trifling things. We should find fun in the discovery of things that grow us; that edify us; that evolved us toward God.
When we become more of an active participant in our divine purpose, we won’t be susceptible to and easily drawn into gossip, drama, slack talk and rumors. We will actually begin to repel those who are.
People with problems tend to talk about frivolous things and/or about other people. However, people who are pursuing purpose operate or think on a higher level and therefore are able to do greater things and accomplish more than the one who is operating beneath.
Where do you want to stand?
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Ebony S. Muhammad (EM): Congrats on your upcoming film Shaded Smiles, a film that revolves around respecting and protecting women and girls. Before we delve into the message of this documentary, can you share a few details about the work you do in videography and how you were introduced into this field?
D.Roe: Yes absolutely, and thank you Sis Ebony for the opportunity to be featured in H2H! For those unfamiliar, I go by D.Roe. My journey in videography started a few years back and was primarily music based as a part of a collective by the name of NuWorld. Over the span of three years as a self taught editor and videographer, I continuously worked to perfect my craft day and night.
Naturally I got better and better with each project and with that, my passion for visual arts grew right along with it. As a freelance videographer/editor in the city of Chicago, the competition is thick, but I’ve always said there was enough for everyone to eat. With each music video and event recap I did, my notoriety began to grow within the creative community.
Along with freelancing, I was working a job where I was getting really good pay, but I wasn’t satisfied nor happy. I wanted to take my passion to the next level and naturally, in my mind, that next level was film. I decided to take a leap of faith and by far the riskiest decision I’ve ever made. I literally up and quit my job, cold turkey, and enrolled into Film School. A year and a half later, it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
EM: What inspired the film Shaded Smiles? How did the idea come about?
D.Roe: One night I was up thinking about the condition of our people. I knew I wanted to make a short film that spoke to it and I had been brainstorming all summer on the direction I wanted to go. I felt as if Allah was putting pressure on me to create something of meaning.
I made a list of 5 things that are “issues” in our community. 1, being black on black crime and us killing one another. Something I know all too well being from Chicago. 2, being the disrespect of our women and girls. This one in particular spoke to me.
The next morning, literally in the back of class, I FaceTimed one of my brothers, Immanuel. We had been bouncing ideas back and forth all summer, but I knew this was the one. I told him the direction I wanted to go in, and 30 minutes later he emails me a monologue, which would turn out to be the pivotal point and the actual opening of the script/film.
EM: In what ways has the disrespect and abuse of women and girls effected you as a man?
D.Roe: I’m really sensitive to things like that. As the oldest child and having three little sisters, I grew up being very protective. It’s really a sick world we live in, and a lot of men have sick mindsets. As a young man, I’m around it every day and see it first hand with my peers and associates.
Women and girls are like prey, and unfortunately we’ve become desensitized to this sick way of thinking and it has become the norm. It’s especially prominent in Black culture where we’re hip hop heavy and the music supports that way of life.
At one point in time I was literally afraid to have a daughter for this very reason. I did a study and found that 1 out of every 4 Black girls under the age of 16, experience sexual abuse. In a world where someone can record a guy hitting a girl, and no one steps up to do anything about it, it really makes my blood boil. I just want to change the narrative.
God willing when I marry, my wife and daughter(s) will be treated like the queens they are, and my son(s) will understand the value of their mom, sisters, and women/girls alike. It starts at home.
EM: How powerful is the use of imagery when getting messages out to the world?
D.Roe: I think imagery is one of the most effective methods in getting a message across. It shapes how we view the world. Those who create imagery are very powerful, whether it’s for good or evil. Film is a very powerful medium and a good filmmaker is able to interpret what they want to say and frame it in a way where the viewer is entertained, informed, and impacted. Imagery is used to “move” people, from imagery in propaganda, marketing, even religion. The fact that we have picture of a “white Jesus” is by design. With technology advancing and this age of social media we live in, imagery is becoming more and more prevalent.
EM: What can viewers expect from the film? What do you hope we will take from it after watching?
D.Roe: Quality and exceeded expectations. Though the story of Shaded Smiles isn’t necessarily “plot” driven, it will still give you that rollercoaster like feeling and take you on a journey.
The story itself is centered around the lives of four girls who are in a living room hanging out and having a conversation, which would eventually spiral out of control. It will cover aspects of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, insecurities etc., but all wrapped up and balanced in a way where it isn’t so dark and depressing, but hopefully informative and inspiring.
EM: There is currently a fundraising campaign for Shaded Smiles. What has the response been like since launching and how can the readers contribute?
D.Roe: Yes, the response has been amazing thus far, and my team and I are super grateful for everyone who has supported the fundraiser! We definitely couldn’t get it done effectively without you guys (although I’d try :-)), and it feels good to know that I have the support and people out there that back what it is we’re trying to do. You can find our fundraiser at https://igg.me/at/shadedsmiles/x or go to indiegogo.com and search “Shaded Smiles” in the search bar. Every dollar counts and we appreciate your help!
EM: Is there anything else you would like to add?
D.Roe: Unrelated, but we’re here on earth for a short time, do what you love! I promised myself that while I’m here, I’m going to leave my mark on this world, make an impact, and leave something of greatness that will live on far longer than me. I’m in the process of following my dreams, and I’m extremely thankful for those who support me and who are with me on this ride. Thank you Sis Ebony!
EM: Awesome! Thank you for the work you are doing to continue to bring critical subjects like this to light. May Allah bless you with great success!
❗️Harvey Relief❗️Hopped back on the Uhaul truck with my Nation of Islam brothers to go into the Northeast Houston trenches to deliver supplies to those in need. This particular area was hit real hard and people said we were the first group to come through to provide any assistance as they start rebuilding their lives and devastated homes. The debris is high but we’re striving to bringing an even HIGHER SPIRIT of upliftment and hope. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan instructed us to help as many as we can and weeks later we’re still striving to do just that. [📸: @ericrmuhammad]
On Sunday, October 1st, I was blessed with the opportunity to get on the witness stand to share my testimony of being among a beautiful group of women to represent the Nation Of Islam, especially the MGT-GCC in Torino, Italy for Torino Fashion Week! Along with the written testimonies, I want to share my personal experience describing what that week abroad was like, as well as the live Q&A with the listeners from all over the Nation! I thank Sister Najma Muhammad and the entire Fajr Prayerline team for the honor!
Click below to listen to both Parts!
You are bowing to your emotions rather than developing your power to reason above your emotions. In this hour you’ll be talked to a lot by your own disappointments, by your own anger and frustration over things in your life that you evidently can’t control, and you become bitter. That won’t help you to make it through. #Farrakhan