by Kenya Muhammad
America, despite all it’s popularity and appeal, has yet to live up to its promise of “liberty and justice for all.” In fact, I could go so far as to say the American Dream has not been experienced fully by anyone other than white American men, those who the dream was created for, anyway. Muslims, people of color, the poor and women have all been in a constant battle for equal rights since America’s birth and though some change has been made, all have yet to be treated fairly under the law. There has been no one more distant from receiving true freedom, justice and equality in this country than black women. That is, before the coming of Master Fard Muhammad, the long-awaited Messiah, to put us back on top of civilization. Reason 1 of 1 million reasons why I LOVE being a M.G.T.:
Muslim Girls Training and General Civilization Class (M.G.T. & G.C.C.). This was the name given to the training of women and girls in North America. As M.G.T., we are trained and given 7 units that we learn to master as the basis for our work as mothers, wives and most importantly, women of God:
- How to keep house
- How to rear our children
- How to take care of our husbands
- How to sew
- How to cook
- How to act at home
- How to act abroad
Now, now, now… please don’t let your eyes roll to the back of your head as your super-woman cape blows in the wind and proclaim that “this is outdated and there’s more to being a woman than cooking, cleaning and taking care of some man.” Let me say this: I can understand how as women we wouldn’t want to be reduced to what can be portrayed as just physically maintaining other people as the measure of our value. We have been mistreated for so long that when God comes with a criteria, we are still weary because it may seem to run parallel with the misogynistic views we have been so accustomed to defending ourselves against.
However, if we are honest with ourselves, we would admit that it’s not us having those skills that is the problem; it’s us being reduced to tools by men and undervalued as if we are only good for servitude. If we are honest with ourselves, we would admit that all of those skills would absolutely be beneficial to us as individuals and us as a community and society.
Our units as M.G.T. are coupled with knowledge that allows us to become not only good homemakers and women that our children, husbands and community can be proud of, but that which expands our mind into accepting our nature as powerful life vessels through which ALL life comes. The work that Master Fard Muhammad, then the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and now the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is doing with the black woman is reacquainting us with our rightful place as being a Co-Creator with God.
So as M.G.T., we learn not only recipes and skills, but we learn the science of food and how it can be used as a cure for all of our ills. As M.G.T., we not only learn how to take care of our men physically and emotionally and how to be a help-meet to him, but we learn the Divine purpose of marriage and how women were first the help-meet of the Creator when He created the entire universe. If that’s not empowering, I don’t know what is!
As a 21 year old young woman growing up in Chicago, I have found nothing more beneficial for me to learn than that which I get from my M.G.T. class. I am learning to be so well-rounded that I feel equipped to go into any situation and be able to represent myself in an upright manner. I no longer fear being single or by myself because I am learning to make God sufficient for all of my needs. I no longer fear having to wear clothes that I don’t feel comfortable in because I am being taught how to sew so that I can make them for myself. I no longer fear the time coming when there will be no food left in the grocery stores and famine will set in because I am being taught how to make and can my own food to preserve it for times to come. I no longer fear being raped or taken advantage of because I am being taught self-defense and how to fight with those who desire to fight with me.
I promise I’m not one to brag, but this MGT life is lit!! I thank God for caring about us enough to give us a class that we can go to as a safe haven, a training ground and a party on a Saturday morning where I can learn to be more pleasing to Him. I also thank The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad for dedicating his life to the cause of Freedom, Justice and Equality that does not exclude the due Justice deserved by black women. Additionally, I thank The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan for proving his love for us in his teaching, training and defense of us on a daily basis.
(Kenya Muhammad is a member of the Nation of Islam in Chicago, and a student at Saint Xavier University studying communications.)
By Christina Desmarais | Inc.com
More than a quarter–26 percent–of American adults admit to not having read even part of a book within the past year. That’s according to statistics coming out of the Pew Research Center. If you’re part of this group, know that science supports the idea that reading is good for you on several levels.
Reading fiction can help you be more open-minded and creative
According to research conducted at the University of Toronto, study participants who read short-story fiction experienced far less need for “cognitive closure” compared with counterparts who read nonfiction essays. Essentially, they tested as more open-minded, compared with the readers of essays. “Although nonfiction reading allows students to learn the subject matter, it may not always help them in thinking about it,” the authors write. “A physician may have an encyclopedic knowledge of his or her subject, but this may not prevent the physician from seizing and freezing on a diagnosis, when additional symptoms point to a different malady.”
People who read books live longer
That’s according to Yale researchers who studied 3,635 people older than 50 and found that those who read books for 30 minutes daily lived an average of 23 months longer than non-readers or magazine readers. Apparently, the practice of reading books creates cognitive engagement that improves lots of things, including vocabulary, thinking skills, and concentration. It also can affect empathy, social perception, and emotional intelligence, the sum of which helps people stay on the planet longer.
Reading 50 books a year is something you can actually accomplish
While about a book a week might sound daunting, it’s probably doable by even the busiest of people. Writer Stephanie Huston says her thinking that she didn’t have enough time turned out to be a lame excuse. Now that she has made a goal to read 50 books in a year, she says that she has traded wasted time on her phone for flipping pages in bed, on trains, during meal breaks, and while waiting in line. Two months into her challenge, she reports having more peace and satisfaction and improved sleep, while learning more than she thought possible.
Successful people are readers
It’s because high achievers are keen on self-improvement. Hundreds of successful executives have shared with me the books that have helped them get where they are today.
According to the latest phone call I had with the grandmother of 4-year-old SirRomeo Milam—who was struck by a stray bullet at King’s Row Apartments in Southeast Houston while watching television with his family on May 15–is making BLESSED PROGRESS on the long road to recovery that’s expected to be at-least 6 months to a year at Texas Children’s Hospital.
He’s not where he was when he first went into the hospital, and we pray God continues to bless him with a FULL recovery. 🙏🏾
We ask that you join us in making any small contribution to his family as they continue to endure this trial. Every little bit counts. Thank you in advance.
Social media attacks on the truth and Nation of Islam Minister increase and raise questions about opposition to freedom of speech, free thought and Black self-determination.
Those who vehemently oppose the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recognize the global impact he has and is having on the masses via an array of social media platforms and they won’t stop until his accounts are completely shut down.
“Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was a national security adviser, I think under Jimmy Carter, he said, ‘It’s easier to kill a million people than to control a million people.’ With the technology that’s now available: You and I are talking, and the words that we just spoke are on social media,” said Minister Farrakhan during a recent radio interview in St. Kitts.
“If it’s on Facebook, if it’s on Instagram, if it’s on Twitter, if it’s on any of the media outlets that this iPhone and smartphone, and the work of Steve Jobs and others have done, the whole world is at our fingertips in an instant. The control of the masses that has always been the purview of elites who control media and information that goes to the public—that’s over now!”
He continued, “So what you have in Black America, in the Caribbean, in the UK, in Africa, all over the world, is an instant communication that is causing the awakening of the masses. This is both good and bad. It’s good that we are awakening, which means we are demanding more, we are trying to correct the mistakes that we make, but we are also forcing government to do what government does not want to do for the masses of Black and Brown people.”
Evidently, the Satanic Jews and Synagogue of Satan hate the sight of his words, videos and images trending and spreading on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube and generating millions of views. They hate to see daily comments and testimonies from those who are instantly touched by him on every continent. So, it’s no surprise that specifically the past eight months the online campaign to ban Minister Farrakhan has intensified. However, they have been countered by online users inside and outside the Nation of Islam who support Minister Farrakhan and have appreciated his presence on social media the past seven years.
De-verification and Defending Farrakhan
On June 8, Twitter, Inc. de-verified Minister Farrakhan’s Twitter account (@LouisFarrakhan) by removing his blue verification badge. While the opposition celebrated the decision, supporters of Minister Farrakhan found it to be a frivolous attempt to derail his social media reach; boldly declaring that he is verified by God and verified in the hearts and minds of the people.
According to their website, “The blue verified badge on Twitter lets people know that an account of public interest is authentic” and “a verified badge does not imply an endorsement by Twitter.”
According to their Terms of Service, “Twitter reserves the right to remove verification at any time without notice. Reasons for removal may reflect behaviors on and off Twitter that include: Intentionally misleading people on Twitter by changing one’s display name or bio. Promoting hate and/or violence against, or directly attacking or threatening other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease. Supporting organizations or individuals that promote the above. Inciting or engaging in harassment of others. Violence and dangerous behavior. (Directly or indirectly threatening or encouraging any form of physical violence against an individual or any group of people, including threatening or promoting terrorism. Violent, gruesome, shocking, or disturbing imagery. Self-harm, suicide.)”
Why is Minister Farrakhan’s account de-verified then?
Many news outlets reported that Minister Farrakhan’s blue verification badge was ultimately removed due to a video posted to his account on June 6 with the caption, “Thoroughly and completely unmasking the Satanic Jew and the Synagogue of Satan.” The clip, only a minute and a half in length, is from the May 27 address he delivered at Mosque Maryam in Chicago.
“I wonder will you recognize Satan. I wonder will you see the Satanic Jew and the Synagogue of Satan which has many races in it because Satan has deceived the whole world,” said Minister Farrakhan in the posted video, which has over 800,000 views.
“Think about the message that I was blessed by God to give you today. Think about what they’re going to say when they have been so thoroughly and completely unmasked. Whenever you read that God has told the Jews to hear and obey and they say, ‘I hear and I disobey,’ that’s Satan openly disobeying God. He’s prepared to take the whole world down with him. Come out. Come out of her my people,” he continued.
The Anti-Defamation League and others, such as CNN’s Jake Tapper, started attacking the entire message and that video clip in particular as being “hateful” and “anti-semitic.” Twitter, Inc. then started receiving numerous reports from those who flagged the video in hopes it would be removed for so-called violations of Twitter’s policies.
However, the email account connected to Minister Farrakhan’s Twitter page received multiple notifications from Twitter, Inc. with the following confirmation: “We have received a complaint regarding your account, @LouisFarrakhan, for the following content. We have investigated the reported content and could not identify any violations of the Twitter Rules (https://support.twitter.com/articles/18311) or applicable law. Accordingly, we have not taken any action at this time. Sincerely, Twitter.”
Many such as former Daily Mail reporter Karen Yossman tweeted out that they reported the same video yet received the same response from Twitter. If Twitter and their executives found no violations of their policies or terms of services in that video, what’s the motive for de-verifying Minister Farrakhan? Who is behind this?
CHICAGO—The brutal killing of 81-year-old Thana Muhammad in her home of 40 years drew anger, shock and calls for community involvement and healing to help solve the heinous murder.
A $5,000 cash reward has been offered and her daughter said a dialogue is necessary so “we can feel safe” and “not be deprived of our family.” Her daughter, longtime activist Ashanti Chimurenga, said, “My mother had a right to be safe.”
If you know something you have a moral obligation to come forward, she added.
Ms. Chimurenga, flanked and surrounded by the Nation of Islam’s Fruit of Islam from Mosque Maryam, vowed to walk the streets of the city to seek justice for her mother. Police said there was plenty of blood in the basement and someone cleaned it up, said family members. The dismembered body was found in two bins.
Despite the personal pain, the problem is not just my mother’s death, said Ms. Chimaranga. My mother was found in garbage bins but Black youths leave us in boxes, she said. The family stressed their love and commitment to the Black community and unwillingness to simply be victims.
“You don’t have to be necessarily involved in what happened to know something,” said Camille Durham, who cited the family history of activism and involvement in the Black community. She does criminal defense work for indigent defendants, her mother has taught inmates and children and advocated for death row inmates, her uncle was the late Chicago alderman Michael Chandler and another family member served on the police force.
“We love our community,” said Ms. Durham. My grandmother was a Muslim and died during Ramadan, she added. “I know she hollered out for Allah and I know he reached his hand out to her, I’m ok with that,” she said. But, she added, it’s not okay for someone to die in a home of 40 years.
“We should be very afraid,” said Ms. Durham. “People are losing their humanity and we have to get it back.”
Thana Muhammad came to Chicago from Arkansas with her parents, who were homeowners and business owners and started a legacy of service, said her granddaughter.
Born Mattie Jean Chandler, she was a devout Muslim since the 1970s, joining the Nation of Islam under the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, said Ms. Durham. Her grandmother spent over 40 years in the health profession as a radiologist, owned a restaurant during the 1970s and was a building rehabber, said Ms. Durham. “She (Ms. Muhammad) gave property to people sometimes who she knew wouldn’t pay. But she had a soft spot for people in the community,” said the granddaughter.
Family stressed their determination that the beautiful life and legacy of Thana Muhammad would not be murder victim. They described her as active, strong, charitable, loving and living life on her own terms, with ties on the South Side and the West Side of Chicago. “Those that nobody else would help, she was right there,” said her niece. “She was so much bigger than the tragedy that took her life.”
Ms. Muhammad was robbed two and a half weeks after returning to the home. Whoever committed this murder is a “monster,” who needs help, said her granddaughter. “You should be very afraid,” said Ms. Durham.
Something small could be important, just share the information, said family members.
The elderly woman’s remains were found after a real estate agent was unable to reach Ms. Muhammad, came to the house, noticed a foul odor and called police.
A police spokesman said much effort was put into this “horrific act.” Authorities believe Ms. Muhammad was killed in her home.
The death occurred on the Far South Side of the city, near 100th and Forest Avenue in the city’s Rosemoor neighborhood. There is an email address, JusticeForThana@gmail.com, and a Justice For Thana Facebook page where information can be shared. Family members can be reached at 224-678-5001. Voicemail messages should be left if the phone is not answered. If leery of talking to police, call the family, said Ms. Muhammad’s loved ones.
Ms. Muhammad’s silver 2012 four-door Honda Accord and her purse were stolen. The vehicle’s license plate No. is R881876. It was found on Chicago’s West Side in the Lawndale neighborhood. “Help us, help yourself, help the city,” her granddaughter pleaded.
Anyone with information is urged to call Area South Detectives at 312-747-8271.
The Nation, family and friends remember the life and contribution of Louis Farrakhan, Jr.
CHICAGO—Light shone through the domed ceiling of Mosque Maryam and what had been a rainy and overcast day became bright. The sunshine and its energy reflected the spirit buzzing in the sanctuary at the homegoing service of Louis E. Farrakhan, Jr., the eldest son of the internationally known Nation of Islam minister Louis Farrakhan and his wife Khadijah Farrakhan.
The sanctuary was filled with family, Muslims, well-wishers and old friends to celebrate and remember a man known for his brotherhood, brilliance and humor.
While there was certainly sadness and a few tears shed, there was no grief as the Muslim funeral service and fond memories kept a great loss balanced with gratitude for a great life sent this way.
After the service opened with a Quranic recitation, Student Minister Jeffrey Muhammad explained the Muslim funeral service and its practical and beautiful nature.
There are no flowers because flowers should be given to the living and money spent on flowers can be given to surviving family, he said. Likewise, there is no music and no long litany of speakers, which may touch the family and heighten their loss, added Jeffrey Muhammad.
The sanctuary of the mosque was full of Farrakhan and Muhammad family members, members of diverse religious faiths, special friends and supporters like Chuck D and Flavor Flav of Public Enemy, football great Jim Brown, Father Michael Pfleger, Rev Jeremiah Wright, Rev. Clay Evans, Rev. Al Sampson, Rev. Paul Jakes, Rev. Henry Hardy, activist and educator Dr. Conrad Worrill, Prince Asiel Ben Israel of the Hebrew Israelite Community, Bishop Connie Bansa, Howard and Rosalind Morgan, Rev. Hiro of the True Family Values Church, former alderman Dorothy Tillman, Palestinian editor and activist Ali Baghdadi, community leaders Florence Cox and Doris Lewis, rapper DA Smart and comedian Reggie Reg.
It was a reunion of sorts for Muslims with attendees including pioneering former National Secretary of the Nation of Islam John Ali; Munir Muhammad of the Coalition for the Remembrance of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad; Ameer Muhammad, Alif Muhammad, Saffiya Muhammad, Rabb Muhammad, Maraud Muhammad and Hafeezah Muhammad, grandchildren of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad; Shirley Muhammad, the wife of the late Imam W.D. Mohammed and her daughters Laila and Ngina; Imam Muhammad Siddeeq, Imam Abdul Malik, Sheikh Ahmed Rufai and Believers from different Islamic communities. The mosque was also so full that it was not able to accommodate all who wanted to attend the funeral.
Resolutions from the Rev. James Bass and Mayor Eric Kellogg of Harvey, Ill., were acknowledged. Outside among flowers was a huge arrangement from tv personality and onetime Michigan judge Greg Mathis. Attendees came from across the country and condolences for the Farrakhan family came in from different parts of the world.
Ishmael Muhammad, a son of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and assistant minister at Mosque Maryam, offered words to comfort the audience, which included the Minister, his wife and family.
He offered prayers for the family that Allah (God) would lift any burden or sorrow, but every soul has a fixed time to depart this life and only leaves with Allah’s permission, he added.
The Holy Qur’an says Allah takes men’s souls at night and those on whom the decree of death has not passed arise the next day, said Ishmael Muhammad.
We don’t know when we will leave this world but life is short so what are we doing with the time God gives us? he asked. We were expecting Louis to live, but Allah knew what would happen, so we should be good to one another in our daily lives, avoiding grief and sorrow when the one we love passes, he said.
It appears Brother Louis was sleep, and Allah took him in his sleep in the family home; this represents Allah’s mercy, said Ishmael Muhammad. Brother Louis didn’t die in gun violence or a plane crash but in his sleep in the blessed month of Ramadan, where Prophet Muhammad said the gates of heaven are wide open in this month, said Student Minister Muhammad.
This is a blessed, highly favored family and Brother Louis’ children should be grateful for the time Allah gave us with their father, he continued. A blessed life doesn’t mean no illness, or pain but it means Allah allows you to praise and glorify him and rise above any condition in life, said Ishmael Muhammad.
We will miss Brother Louis who made an indelible impression on us and there will never be another like him, he said as the audience exploded into applause.
He was unique, gifted and “boy was he funny,” said Ishmael Muhammad. He was also gracious, kind and would not want us to be sad, he said.
Ishmael Muhammad recounted a story from Mustapha Farrakhan about his older brother who was in the hospital after having a heart attack. How does it feel? asked Mustapha Farrakhan. It was like Allah sent a new angel and a fat one that sat on my chest said Brother Louis, as Ishmael Muhammad recounted the story. The audience again erupted into laughter and applause. It was classic humor from Brother Louis, easily recognized by those who knew him.
CHICAGO—The Nation of Islam, with deep sadness, announced the recent passing of Brother Louis Farrakhan, Jr., the eldest son of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and Mother Khadijah Farrakhan.
The family was aware of a previous heart condition and it appears that Louis, Jr., passed peacefully in his sleep at the family home in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 60 years old. The announcement was made on June 2.
The funeral, or janazah, service was planned for June 8 at Mosque Maryam in Chicago at 3 p.m. CST.
“We extend our love, support and prayers to the Farrakhan family, the family and children of Louis, Jr., the entire Nation of Islam and to all who knew and loved our dear brother,” said anofficial statement from the Nation of Islam.
“We thank Allah (God) for the life of Louis, Jr., his contribution to the rise of Black and oppressed people and for touching so many of us in a deep and very personal way. He worked alongside his father and family in fulfilling the mission of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam and his dedication and sacrifice to our cause will never be forgotten.”
“We are deeply, deeply saddened upon the news of the death of Louis, Jr., the eldest son of Min. Farrakhan and Mother Khadijah Farrakhan. I ask all of us to lift the family up in prayer. Louis was a beautiful, beautiful man,” said Ishmael Muhammad, student national assistant and assistant minister to Min. Farrakhan, on June 3 at Mosque Maryam.
“All who knew Louis, he would light up any room. He had a great sense of humor. He was so brilliant and a very highly intelligent man, very kind, compassionate, warm, generous, always would lend a hand, always helping, would always go the extra step, the extra mile,” said Ishmael Muhammad, a son of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad.
We lost a beautiful son, soldier and comrade in the struggle who loved the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, the Nation of Islam and his father, added Ishmael Muhammad.
We lift his family up in prayer, especially his children, Louis Farrakhan III, Khadijah Farrakhan, Khaladay Farrakhan, Saffiyyah Farrakhan and Wakeel Farrakhan, he said.
Life is not guaranteed so we should resolve to live our lives as God intends and treat people as we would like to be treated because we never know when the evil accident of time will come, Ishmael Muhammad continued. To avoid grief over how we treated or mistreated loved ones or acquaintances when death comes, we should follow the Golden Rule, he said.
Student Minister Ava Muhammad, who delivered the keynote address from the Nation’s headquarters’ mosque June 3, added personal condolences on the passing of Louis, Jr., who she called a brother and personal friend. The national spokesperson for Min. Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam shared how she and her husband were godparents to the children of Louis, Jr., and how one of her daughters often sought the counsel of her “Uncle Louis.”
Louis, Jr., had the ability to see into the future and a world coming in that many people cannot envision, she said. He was advanced spiritually and scientifically in his ability to see that things could be done so much better than they were being done, said Ava Muhammad.
She expressed gratitude that she and her husband had been able to spend time with Louis, Jr., in Phoenix during recent Nation of Islam events in the area.
“We pray for the family of our dear Minister and his family at this time,” said Richard B. Muhammad, editor in chief of The Final Call newspaper. “Brother Louis was a great friend to me, a brother, a Muslim, a Believer and was a joy to be with. We thank Allah (God) for giving us this great one. We will never forget his place in our heart and his work in this great mission. Long live the spirit of Louis Farrakhan, Jr.,” said editor Muhammad.
The weekend of his passing, social media pages were flooded with photos of Louis, Jr., and reflections on his life and spirit from Believers in the Nation of Islam and those who knew him.
Minister Farrakhan goes to the root of attacks on the Nation and deeply rooted evildoing of the Synagogue of Satan
CHICAGO (Mosque Maryam)—When God’s servants are commanded to speak his words, they have no choice but to obey, despite hardship, public censure or persecution, said the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in a major address at the Nation of Islam’s headquarters.
Today that means condemning and unmasking evil and confronting devilish Zionists, powerful people in the Jewish community who use knowledge and influence in opposition to the commands of God, he said. They are part of the Synagogue of Satan, which includes people of different races and religions, who deliberately engage in evil and promote immorality, said Min. Farrakhan.
Since a message to close the Nation of Islam’s convention in February, the Jewish community has pushed an unrelenting campaign to condemn and isolate Min. Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. Jewish media, right wing media and mainstream media miscast the Minister’s words as anti-Semitic as he criticized Jewish behavior, pointed out their wrongdoing and refused to back down from confronting their paternalistic relationship with Black America.