FULL REPLAY: Farrakhan Speaks At The Aretha Franklin Amphitheater In Detroit for the 23rd Anniversary of The Million Man March was last modified: October 15th, 2018 by BJ Blog Staff
By Jesse Muhammad
If you pass by the Midtown Art Center on La Branch Street in Houston, you probably would only glance at the outside artistic décor and keep going.
I’ve done it–for years.
In fact, I’ve even used the building as a backdrop for photoshoots for some of my past clients. However, I never even thought about researching what the inside of the building is actually used for or if it was even still in use.
So you can imagine my reaction when I was recently invited, via a text message, to attend a play there on October 6. I said to myself, “That venue is actually still in operation?” I accepted the invitation and I am glad I did.
I’ve definitely read up on the history of Booker T. Washington and his work regarding Tuskegee University, however, Vincent Victoria’s play “Mr. Booker T. At The Door” highlighted something I didn’t know much about and it was a theatrical learning experience.
The play examines the moments leading up to Booker T. Washington’s dinner with then President Theodore Roosevelt and his family on the date of October 16, 1901. It goes without saying that back then the only place you’d find Blacks in the White House was in the fields or the kitchen as slaves; so this invitation was unusual.
An upper class Black family in Washington, D.C. eagerly served as hosts of Mr. Washington. Mr. Victoria feels that there hasn’t been enough written about upper class Black families who were thriving on the East Coast during that period.
What struck me the most was that while this family had its fair share of bourgeoisness, they had a revolutionary edge (especially the wife) that caused them to strongly question and challenge Mr. Washington’s motive for even accepting the White House invitation. The acting kept my attention and it helped that the Midtown Art Center is a very small, intimate setting.
While showing admiration for Mr. Washington’s accomplishments and elevating him as a leader above his rival W.E.B. DuBois, climactic arguments ensued over if the dinner with the First Family was truly about the advancement of the Black race or just a potential wasted “party” for Mr. Washington’s self-aggrandizement. From talks of coons to commerce and casting down buckets to buck dancing, both sides desired to challenge what they considered to be flawed thinking.
When the scene shifts to White House preparation, the Black butler and maid were noticeably excited about Mr. Washington’s invitation. However, the wife of President Roosevelt wasn’t shy about questioning his decision to welcome a “n*gger” at their dinner table.
While thought to be the focal point of the play, I found the dinner scene less eventful as what happened before it and the scenes afterwards. The dinner caused uproar among the Southern Whites, created nationwide division and dominated news headlines in such a way that Mrs. Roosevelt plotted on how to change the narrative to make it appear as if Mr. Washington never actually ate dinner with them.
The upper class Black family that welcomed Mr. Washington into their home was even more enraged. The wife referred to him as “Booker Traitor Washington” and declared that “his views are our enemy”.
Prior to this play, I didn’t know much about this dinner taking place, but it confirmed my immediate thoughts at the opening scene: It didn’t amount to much of anything of substance for the advancement of Black people.
And 117 years later, most who have been welcomed to Pennsylvania Avenue didn’t come out any better in advocating for Black people; that includes one of our own who would eventually occupy the Oval Office.
I agree with Mr. Victoria’s closing words that this story deserves to be told. I enjoyed the play and I definitely recommend others to go and see it while it is still premiering.
I am also pledging to do more than drive by the Midtown Art Center and use it at a photo prop. See you there!
[“Mr. Booker T. At The Door” runs until October 16th. The performances are Friday’s and Saturday’s @ 8pm and Sunday’s at 5pm. There will be a Special Performance of the play on Tuesday night October 16th at 7 pm to coincide with the exact 117th anniversary of the famous dinner. Information and tickets are available now at www.banksbrothersproductions.com]
DETROIT—For the first time in history the Million Man March Anniversary will take place in Detroit, Michigan, at the newly-named Aretha Franklin Amphitheater, previously known as Chene Park. On October 14, thousands of Muslims from the Nation of Islam (NOI), family members, friends and supporters are expected to converge in the city which will be a homecoming for the 88-year Islamic movement
This October marks the 23rd Anniversary of the Million Man March and Holy Day of Atonement. The mosque community as well as residents of the City of Detroit are very excited about the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and Nation of Islam returning to the city of its founding.
The historic event is expected to take place with weekend long activities starting on Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14. The keynote address by Min. Farrakhan will take place on Sunday, October 14.
Key leaders in Detroit, community activists and organizers, clergy, civic leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, government officials, entertainers, Muhammad Mosque No. 1 Believers and other hard-working residents attended a town hall planning meeting about the Holy Day of Atonement at the only Black-owned hotel in Detroit in the Roberts Riverwalk Hotel newly-renovated Grand Ballroom.
It was a beautiful atmosphere with a view of the waterfront. The energy in the room was filled with excitement and anticipation of the discussion. Once the entire Nation of Islam Executive Council walked in the room to take their seats and start the Sept. meeting, the room filled to standing room only with approximately 300 people in attendance.
Student Minister Troy Muhammad of Muhammad Mosque No. 1 in Detroit welcomed everyone. Student Min. Troy Muhammad and members of the leadership team made calls to invite the community to have a seat at the table of planning activities and to receive their blessing by helping the man of God.
A divine movement in an historic city
“The response of the city was the response based upon the love and the heart of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. It’s a response based upon the coming of Master Fard Muhammad in 1930 because so many Believers were affected by the coming of Master Fard Muhammad that you can’t identify a family that doesn’t have a Muslim member in the family, so we are already familiar with those teachings,” he explained.
Though Chicago is the international headquarters of the Nation, and is where its flagship Mosque Maryam is located, Detroit is where the NOI was founded and established, July 4, 1930 with the appearance of the Great Mahdi Master Fard Muhammad. It was in Black Bottom Detroit where Master Fard Muhammad met, raised and cultivated thousands of Black men, women and children—among them, his top student, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Over the recent years, the Nation has hosted its annual Saviours’ Day Convention, commemorating the birth of Master Fard Muhammad in Detroit—the last gathering in the city coming in 2017. However, this is the first time the city will host the anniversary of the 1995 Million Man March called by God through Min. Farrakhan.
“When one comes teaching those teachings, it resonates with the people here, the words of the Honorable Louis Farrakhan resonate with our people here in Detroit, there is no question that the people will come out based on his name. I’m appreciative that they came out and I thank the people of Detroit for attending this meeting on behalf of the Minister,” Student Min. Troy Muhammad continued.
“People know that he donated 90,000 Final Call newspapers—and that cost, and that he wants to do a free event for the city of Detroit and everyone wants to do their part to alleviate the burden for the Minister. We chose the Riverwalk Hotel for this meeting because it is the only Black-owned hotel in the city, and because Mike Roberts is a strong supporter of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. If you want to attend this event and you live in Detroit, contact Muhammad Mosque No. 1.”
Min. Farrakhan gifted the City of Detroit with a special commemorative editions of the newspaper featuring the iconic Aretha Franklin, who called Detroit home. Ms. Franklin died Aug. 16.
Stu. Minister Ishmael Muhammad, National Assistant for Min. Farrakhan introduced each NOI Executive Council member and shared very important words about the history of the Million Man March and why Detroit is a special, spiritual and important city as Mecca to the Muslim followers of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad.
“It gives me great joy to come back home, personally, because it’s the city of my mother. And this is where we buried my mother,” he said, reflecting on his mother, Tynnetta Muhammad, wife of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad.
“This is the city of my father, the Hon. Elijah Muhammad. So, I have roots here, and each time I come, to be honest, I start realizing more and more that I really am connected to Detroit even though I wasn’t raised here. But more than that, this city is such a sacred city, and it has so many great men and women in this city,” said Student Min. Ishmael Muhammad.
(Maestro Henri Star Muhammad is a Concert Violinist, Electric Guitarist, Pianist, Vocalist, Conductor, Composer, Studio Recording Artist, Author, Scholar, and nationally renowned Violin Instructor. We went one-on-one with him regarding his musical journey and his upcoming appearance in “Testimony”, a musical production by the Madhi Theatre Company. It will be taking place on Sept. 15th in Chicago. Get tickets @ http://ticketsweb.uchicago.edu)
Brother Jesse Blog: When did you start playing the violin and why did you choose that particular instrument, which some consider the most difficult to master? What role has learning to play the violin played in your personal self-development?
Henri Star Muhammad: My parents started me on the violin at age 7. I do not think I may have expressed an initial interest in the instrument, however when my parents asked me if wanted to study the Violin I am sure I had a natural spark of desire.
In my newly released book The Artist I refer to the words the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said to me: “As Parents we have to want something for their children.” I write in the book of how my father, who is a strong, wise, and intelligent Black man, was one of Buffalo first Black Firefighters in the 1970’s. Being a firefighter is one of the most noble and dangerous professions. Running into a burning building where temperatures are sometimes 300 degrees Fahrenheit, wearing 70 pounds of protective gear, and risking your life to save the lives of other people and property; every time the alarm sounds it’s a potential life or death situation. But my Father made that kind of sacrifice so that he could provide his children with the opportunity to study musical instruments. My parents knew they were giving me, and my younger brother and sister not only musical training, but the discipline, self esteem, educational benefits, and all the future opportunities that come from years of studying a musical instrument; that we could make the choice to pursue any field of endeavor we choose. That is the blessing that we as fathers, parents, teachers, and mentors must give to those in our care.
Brother Jesse Blog: Who has been some of your greatest influences over the years?
Henri Star Muhammad: As an Artist and Violinist I am always being inspired by and growing from various sources, other musicians, the lives of the composers I perform, and even the students I teach. My greatest influence, teacher, coach, and mentor has been the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. As a black male classical violinist growing up I never saw other black men performing on this instrument until I encountered the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. I was 16 years of age at the time, and since that time the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has helped to guide and shape my study, love, and understanding of the instrument and music, as it relates to the Essence of God.
From the hours of one on one violin instruction he has given to me, to the spiritual, mental, moral, and personal guidance he has extended to me – I am will be forever thankful for every moment. I would not be the violinist and artist that I am today without him. I thank Allah (God) for him every day, and I pray I am able to be as he is to the thousands of students that come through the doors of Muhammad School of Music (MSOM).
Brother Jesse Blog: While traveling around the country and receiving numerous awards, what has been some of your most impactful moments as a musician?
Henri Star Muhammad: The moments that have the most impact on me are those moments where I am shown the impact of the power of music in the lives of those whom I am blessed to share it with. It could be a former student, now professional adult who sends me a text or stops in the studio to say “Hey Mr. Muhammad, thank you for all you did for me”. I have former students who are now doctors, lawyers, in law enforcement, educators, productive members of their communities, and even former students who now bring their children to MSOM to give them the gift they were blessed to receive.
Earlier this year as I was completing my new Book: The Artist, and CD: The Angel One, the MSOM Chamber Players (our performing ensemble) went with me on a tour of all the nursing homes in Western New York. Inspired by what I heard the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan quote Jesus from the Bible when Jesus’ disciples asked him “Master, when were you sick and shut in and we did not minister unto you?” In the Bible Jesus responded by saying “as you have not done it for the least, you have not done it for me”. We went into hospitals, nursing home, and facilities where the residents cannot get out to hear us play in the symphony concert halls and churches – we went to them. At one location, at the conclusion of our performance, an elderly, wheel chair bound resident struggled to stand to her feet. After struggling, when she was able to stand she said to us “I just wanted to tell you how thankful we are you took the time to come and play for us. We can’t get downtown to the symphony hall, and we certainly are not as glamorous, but what you have given to us tonight made my year!” Her words touched me deeply, and sometimes those are the setting where I find the most fulfillment.
Brother Jesse Blog: Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of Muhammad School of Music, co-founded by you and your wife. What has been the impact of such a school? Do you think there is a need for more schools like that to inspire Black youth to take an interest in classical music?
Henri Star Muhammad: I am thankful and proud of the work of MSOM, now nearing 20 years. When the school celebrated its 5th Anniversary the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan came to Buffalo and spoke at our Gala Concert Celebration. I was standing next to him on the stage and he looked me and quoted the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad saying “Great things have humble beginnings, and lots of trouble in the beginning.”
The work and the struggle has been tremendous, and many sacrifices have been made, but I am thankful for the 20 years. Every student, every family, everyone who has attended one of our performances, every supporter, and every heart that has been touched by our efforts makes the sacrifices all worthwhile.
When we are in harmony and striving to be in harmony with Allah’s (God’s) Will and Purpose, then in Him we find our strength and endurance. It does not feel like 20 years, and even though ‘the struggle is real”, we are not consumed by the struggle because we are being fortified and rejuvenated by the True Source, which is Allah (God).
When I am blessed to see my Teacher and Maestro, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan for a violin lesson, that lesson will sometimes last an entire day; 5, 6, 7 and 8 hours. And at the end neither he nor I are tired because we are in harmony with that which gives us both life. In fact, I go home and can barely sleep from the instruction, guidance, inspiration, and power I receive from him in such a direct one on one setting.
I am thankful I have a wonderful example in my Maestro and Teacher the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, and his over 60 years of service in the cause of God.
Brother Jesse Blog: On September 15, you will be in the upcoming production of “Testimony” by Mahdi Theatre in Chicago. What role will you be playing? What are your thoughts on the work of Sister Margaret Mahdi and her theatre company? Why is testifying important to you? What is one of your greatest testimonies?
Henri Star Muhammad: I am honored to be with the talented and brilliant Sister Margaret Mahdi in the Mahdi Theatre Company’s production of “Testimony”. I think Sister Margaret and I first performed together in a production with Mother Tynnetta Muhammad 20 years ago. And in the 20 years Allah has blessed Sister Margaret with the aesthetic inspiration, vision, and creativity that was also present in Mother Tynnetta. I am honored she has called upon me to share my Gift in this way.
I will be bringing my Violin to perform, and with me comes both the testimonies of the composers I will perform, as well as, my own testimony. I hope to perform two selections, both of which I have been personal trained and coached on by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
The first is an excerpt from the first movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Tchaikovsky composed this piece during one of the darkest periods of his life. It was during this most challenging moment that he went to a place of solitude and wrote his one and only Violin Concerto in 1877. To this day it remains one of the most emotionally, technically, and physically demanding pieces for any Violinist to attempt.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said to me when I was studying the Beethoven Violin Concerto to “Let the adversity in your life serve your creativity”. The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto is a testament to the words of Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, because in his most intense and despairing moment Tchaikovsky wrote a musical work so magnificent that violinists today, 140 years later, are still performing, still trying to master, and still talking about him and his music. The trial and circumstance that Tchaikovsky had to endure, in overcoming that trial, now through his music and Art Tchaikovsky has gained Eternal Life.
The second piece is the “Meditation” from Thais by Jules Massenet. Meditation is a violin solo movement from the Opera “Thaïs” by Jules Massenet. As in all operas, the main mode of expression is singing; everything is sung and articulated through voice. However, it is at this climatic point in the opera, the death of the love interest of the main character, that rather than have another “song” to articulate the intensity of the pain of loss, Massenet desired for this pain to be articulated through a solo violin – a mediation or prayer sung through the Violin. The lush passages of the piece have become so moving that the piece is often played as an encore selection, usually following a major work like the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. So, after the thunder and lightning of a piece like the Tchaikovsky, then comes the solace, tranquility, and reflective spirit of the Meditation from Thais
Both the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and Mother Tynnetta Muhammad have shared with me this piece was the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s favorite piece to hear the Minister play for him on his Violin. This was the piece the Minister played, and when he returned he played it again and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad asked him “isn’t that the same piece you played the last time? Haven’t you learned anything new?”
I believe the Violin and music are a part of the ever evolving Divine Plan of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in his fulfillment of his assignment. This episode, and as he has described the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad guiding him back to his music, gives me purpose as well, in my desire to help and aid him.
The Meditation from Thais is one of the featured tracks from my newly released CD: The Angel One. The words of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan ring true for me as well when he said to me “Let the Adversity in your life serve your creativity”. And just as Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Prince, Michael Jackson, and the many great composers and artists who have produced long lasting artistic masterpieces born out of the most challenging periods of their lives, so too do I through both my new Book and CD, offer to the world my aesthetic testimony.
Thank you for this opportunity to share my thoughts.
Brother Jesse Blog: Thank you!
(Henri Star Muhammad’s new CD, ‘The Angel One’ features both original classical and contemporary musical compositions, as well as, Henri Star’s original interpretations of some of classical music’s greatest works for Violin. The CD highlights aesthetic influences from nearly all musical genres, including classical, spiritual, jazz, pop, funk, techno, world, and rock musical selections. Henri Star’s new book, The Artist, is a glimpse into his personal, musical, spiritual, and artistic journey; a work which he prays will be an inspiration and guide to all those who study it. For more information visit www.henristar.com)
Brother Jesse Blog: For our readers, could you please provide a little background on your upbringing?
Margaret Mahdi: I was born in Joliet, IL, and grew up in a diverse community, on the south side of Chicago, Hyde Park. I attended Muhammad University of Islam along with my four brothers. The love of theatre and the performing arts was always with me as a child. I grew up in a two parent household with a family who were spiritual, loving and supportive of our paths and dreams.
Brother Jesse Blog: When did you fall in love with acting, directing and overall theatre production? At what point did you know this was your purpose?
Margaret Mahdi: I was a toddler when I discovered the fascination for acting. I grew up watching all musicals from THE WIZ to GREASE. In those films, I witnessed a way to escape from reality and enjoy the feeling I received while watching those films. I witnessed the powerful influence that the performing arts have on people. It was captivating…motivating and intriguing.
Brother Jesse Blog: Who have been some of your greatest influences—spiritually and professionally— as you have pursued this purposeful work?
Margaret Mahdi: The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and Mother Tynnetta Muhammad, wife of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad have been my greatest influences spiritually and professionally. They have demonstrated the exceptional behavior of mastery, and instilling in all that we can achieve anything we desire once we put GOD first and His Christ. I greatly admire All those who have opened a door for me to see the possibilities of having a thriving and impactful career in the performing arts, such as Tyler Perry.
Brother Jesse Blog: When and why did you launch Mahdi Theatre Company? What is the significance of that name? What is your Theatre Company bringing to the stage that is unique?
Margaret Mahdi: The theatre company was launched in 2004 with several of my college graduate friends. The name MAHDI means THE SELF GUIDED ONE. I wanted a theatre company that serviced talented people by providing them with a creative and wholesome outlet where they can express themselves and motivate others by offering them a way out of the darkness of this world.
Brother Jesse Blog: What has been some of your most memorable moments and most challenging experiences in your years of experience?
Margaret Mahdi: Operating a theatre company presents daily challenges, highs and lows, but it’s all worth it. The mission is to resurrect our people and bring to them healing, hope and a solution to resolve their own problems. As a theatre company, we have graced and performed in many arenas and world class stages, performed to many sold out audiences. The significant highlight of this journey is the way the audience respond. They are connected to us and we are connected with them, our people. They applaud not only the talented story line and cast but they also value the HEART of the performance.
Brother Jesse Blog: As a director, what does it take to handle an entire cast? What is the behind-the-scenes grind like?
Margaret Mahdi: It’s Hectic, hard work, pain, sacrifices, yet it’s all fun! The many personalities and complex view points that we face are fascinating. We all have diverse experiences so with the help of Allah, I strive to service our cast and team in the spirit and leadership of Love.
Brother Jesse Blog: When audiences attend your productions, what is your ultimate aim for them to walk away with?
Margaret Mahdi: A message that can help them overcome whatever it is that they may be facing. The spirit of feeling good and connecting with song, dance and storyline is meaningful for us. We ultimately want to leave a lasting impression upon their hearts, minds and souls by providing them with an experience that they will never forget.
Brother Jesse Blog: I saw in a video, that The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan attended your production of Chicago Bronzeville. And at the conclusion, he said “The Revolution Has Begun”. What was the significance of that moment? What did you see in his message that night and how has it driven you since?
Margaret Mahdi: Whenever The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan sends or speaks a message over our lives, we may not get it right away. However, what I can say is that I am driven to Help him through what Allah has given me. It’s a process. And, I’m still learning and digesting His message. We strive to work in the moment with passion and drive, making sure that what we do in Allah’s name is done in its purest form.
Brother Jesse Blog: On Sept. 15th, you and your cast will be presenting the musical production “Testimony”. What inspired this? What can attendees expect?
Margaret Mahdi: The play is a musical presentation inspired by Allah’s love and His awesome Intervention in our affairs. Through this dramatic and musically inclined presentation we want people to believe that God is Present and here to Save Us, if we only call on Him and submit our Will to him. The play is a beautiful masterpiece, and Insha’Allah we are in prayer that our audience will enjoy this story.
(For more information on the upcoming musical “TESTIMONY” and to secure you tickets, CLICK HERE)
This is an official statement from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on the passing of legendary
It is with great pain and sorrow that we reflect on and mourn the loss of this magnificent woman of extreme value. Her value is not only the beautiful gift of her voice, but also the sweetness of her soul, and the deep sensitivity that was her gift, to feel the hurt and pain throughout the world.
As a people, we needed some form of relief or balm for our wounded soul. Her root was Allah (God), and His Christ and her love for Allah (God) and the wonderful preaching and guidance of her father. She, therefore, offered the gift of her being and life to all of us, who have benefited from her life. Starting with the songs she sang in church and every song that she recorded, whether gospel or otherwise, all touched the souls of those who were uplifted by the majesty of her voice.
Her songs, her soul and her voice did not only reach our ears, but reached our hearts, our souls, and our spirits to lift us above where we were and caused us to survive the horror, the tyranny of our painful existence as ex-slaves, free slaves, Jim Crow sufferers, our souls yearned for relief. She supplied that balm to our pain.
In 1972, when I was minister in New York City, Temple No. 7, the police attacked our mosque. Within a few hours, Aretha Franklin came to the mosque, to my office, and said that she saw the news and came as quickly as she could to stand with us and offer us her support. She asked me if Rev. Jesse Jackson had been there to show support. I said, not yet. She said, he’ll be here within 48 hours. Rev. Jackson came and stood with the Muslims. We marveled at her show of courage, fearlessness which was rooted in her profound love for her people and her desire for justice for us. Her activism, her selflessness caused her to stand with Dr. Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement as she joined the struggle of our people for liberty, equity and justice.
I am personally grateful to Allah (God) for her presence in this world. I am grateful that her voice caused many to survive another day, another week, another year. She could never know how many lives her songs, her soul, have actually saved.
Allah (God) has taken this precious soul back to Himself. We, however, are left with the sweet memory of our communion with her. We thank Allah (God) for her. We praise Allah (God) for the gift He gave to her for us and the world.
I will cherish her life, her voice, and her soul and remember her with deep and abiding love for what she did for me, our people and for all of humanity who were blessed by her time and service among us.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
National Representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Lost Found Nation of Islam in the West
Aretha Franklin: Our Queen And Our Giant In The Black Struggle… I am personally grateful to Allah (God) for her presence in this world. I am grateful that her voice caused many to survive another day, another week, another year. She could never know how many lives her songs, her soul, have actually saved. Allah (God) has taken this precious soul back to Himself. We, however, are left with the sweet memory of our communion with her. We thank Allah (God) for her. We praise Allah (God) for the gift He gave to her for us and the world. I will cherish her life, her voice, and her soul and remember her with deep and abiding love for what she did for me, our people and for all of humanity who were blessed by her time and service among us. (Full statement link in bio) #Farrakhan #ArethaFranklin
by Fudia Muhammad
If we were to poll a large group of parents and ask if they were one-hundred percent ready for parenthood – or even 80-90% ready, most would say, “Absolutely not!” If Allah (God) required us to be one-hundred percent ready before reproducing, the human population would have faced extinction eons ago. This is not to say that the application and preparation to become parents should not be taken seriously – it certainly should. But if we waited until every aspect of our lives was perfect, we may never become parents. The purpose of this article is to share a few areas of focus that will help future and current parents reach a level of comfort and confidence before conceiving; whether it’s their first or fourth child. Knowing that we have actively prepared by making sure crucial elements have been achieved, allows us some level of peaceand readiness for parenthood.
There are seven primary areas of focus we should be aware ofthat will prepare the body to conceive new life. Though our primary focus is on the body, we should approach this with an understanding that there are other areas that shouldbe settled before deciding to become parents. The two biggest areas are marriage and finances. If we are not married to someone with whom we are equally yoked, mentally and spiritually, then we are not yet ready to reproduce. Our spouse does not have to be perfect, but they do need to be perfect for us. If our finances are nonexistent, we are not ready. Again, we do not have to be wealthy, but we should definitely be financially stable. Once these two areas are cemented, it’s time to prepare the body.
AREA 1: The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said that we should take at least one year to clean up our bodies before conceiving. The intention of both husband and wife has to be to purify their physical vessels before conceiving. Each must desire to have optimum cleanliness of mind, body and spirit. This must be discussed and planned together. There is nothing more powerful than a made-up mind. Our mind has to be made-up to produce children who will make a tangible impact on the world – we have to desire to give birth to gods. Great children are desired long before they exist. If desire is absent, the will cannot be fed and if the will is not fed, we will not make the necessary sacrificesto transform desire into reality.
AREA 2: Women should schedule a preconception visit with their midwife or OB-GYN and get a complete gynecological exam and overall physical, including bloodwork. This should be done at least one year before trying to conceive, and then again one month prior to conception. This is the best way to know what health issues are specific to you. Men should do the same with a family practice physician. Our health is paramount; including good oral hygiene – so see the dentist! Do not be discouraged by any health challenges uncovered – be grateful for such knowledge. Almost every negative condition can be reversed by changing our diet, daily habits and making different lifestyle choices.
AREA 3: We must cast away all harmful, foreign chemicals and substances. This includes drugs (crack, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, inhalants, synthetics, etc.); over-the-counter and prescription medications (most of which have natural and much healthier alternatives); alcohol; cigarettes and all tobacco or nicotine products; caffeine; and all forms of hormonal birth control. All of these vices quickly enter the bloodstream and therefore will become a part of the genetic make-up of a woman’s eggs and a man’s sperm.
AREA 4: Invest in a copy of How to Eat to Live: Book I & II by The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and practice the diet he describes as a prescription for our ills and to give us abundance of life. Our healthcare practitioners will tell us to begin taking folic acid and prenatal vitamins prior to conceiving. However, if we are strict in our discipline and practice of the principles detailed in these two books, not only will we not need additional vitamins and supplements, but we will be able to prevent and reverse illness and disease.
AREA 5:Both men and women have to establish a regular exercise pattern and routine. Stagnation is death – we have to get moving. Women in particular need to prepare their bodies to be fit for pregnancy. Conception can be difficult if we are extremely underweight or overweight. During pregnancy, this can lead to an unhealthy birth weight and/or complication during labor and delivery. So, we should strive to be at a healthy weight prior to conception. If you have not been exercising, start slowly then gradually increase the duration and level of intensity every couple of weeks. We should focus on cardiovascular exercises, increasing muscle strength and flexibility during this preparation year
AREA 6:As women we should use the months before trying to conceive to get an understanding of the dynamics of our personal monthly cycles – menstruation and ovulation. This is solely the woman’s responsibility, but what she discovers must be shared and discussed with her husband so that conception does not take place prematurely. When a woman is about to ovulate, the hormones can be detected in her urine, saliva and her skin by using ovulation kits. There are also clear changes in her basal body temperature and cervical mucus. However, in order to determineone’s personal pattern, these changes must be charted and recorded over a period of several month.This makes it possible to pinpoint ovulation, so conception can take place when desired.
AREA 7: Humans do not exist on the physical plane alone. The body is affected by the mind and the spirit; and how we feel about ourselves physically has a bearing on our willingness to strive to achieve mental and spiritual greatness. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said that prior to conceiving, women should say in prayer, “O Allah (God), help me to produce from my womb, a son or a daughter that will glorify you and change the reality of the world’s condition – bless my womb…” He went on to say that if this is said over and over again, it will be in our blood, in the cells of our brain and in our eggs. Thought is a chemical substance. It permeates from the mind and travels throughout the body, affecting every cell – from the brain to the heel. Every action is first preceded by a thought, so we must work to rid ourselves of internal vices which are affecting our mental and spiritual health.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said, “So as you get yourself ready…First thing you [have] to do is weed out your garden. Pluck up the things from yourself that you know will not be good for your child to feed on in your mind: Bitterness, envy, jealousy, hatred, vile behavior, that comes from vile thoughts; you [have] got to make a sacrifice and get rid of that, if you want to produce a child for God… Get your womb together. Get this womb (mind) and this womb (body). Both wombs work together, co-operating with God; for the resuscitation, reformation, regeneration, and procreation of human life.”
(Sister Fudia Muhammad is a member of Muhammad Mosque No. 64 in Austin, Texas. She is married to Student Minister Robert L. Muhammad and they have been blessed with four children. Sister Fudia holds a Master’s degree in Education – she is a writer, an educator and an advocate for God-centered child-rearing.)
By Richard Muhammad | FinalCall.com
The recent decision by Netflix to cancel a documentary about the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam isn’t really about the movie not being seen. It is about a relentless campaign to smear, isolate and destroy a man who has devoted his life to Black people and the cause of freedom, justice and equality.
Destroy? Isn’t that a rather strong word? Not really.
If you look at history you know that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had a domestic counterintelligence program. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover wrote in a 1967 directive, “The purpose of this new counterintelligence endeavor is to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit or otherwise neutralize the activities of black-nationalist, hate-type organizations and groupings, their leadership, spokesmen, membership and supporters.”
One of the meanings of neutralize is to “kill,” or “destroy.”
The FBI’s domestic war pitted Black groups across the political spectrum, from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and civil rights groups to the revolutionary Black Panther Party, against one another. FBI operatives also infiltrated these groups and pit members against one another. Then there were assassinations, like the 1969 killing of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Chicago. The FBI operation knew virtually no bounds and in its efforts to destroy the Nation of Islam and other groups.
So, if the government worked to destroy a movement yesterday and a man resurrected that movement today, is it possible that the man would be left alone? Emphatically not! When he brought back the Nation, beginning his work in the late 1970s, Min. Farrakhan was clearly a threat. His uncompromising voice and his independent support base only added to the desire to destroy him.
When he called nearly two million Black men to Washington, D.C. in 1995, despite ridicule and no help from major corporations, civil rights groups, unions, political organizations or sponsors, the Minister’s threat level rose even higher.
Despite a media disinformation campaign, including a widespread media white-out for some 15 years, Min. Farrakhan has kept working and challenging the evils of America. He has traveled abroad and made international connections while condemning the evil of the U.S. government, which Dr. King called the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”
The Minister was sanctioned by the Senate in 1984, with no Blacks in the upper chamber of Congress, and a federal lawmaker from Indiana is seeking House sanction of a man who is not a government official and who has never even been arrested.
While the media assaults have been constant, an onslaught has come full force since February 2018. Alongside the “condemn Farrakhan” chorus of the enemy is the effort to punish, kowtow, bludgeon and smite anyone who comes near Min. Farrakhan. We saw that with the pitiful yelps of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) declaring he wasn’t with Farrakhan and the pressure exerted on activist and Women’s March co-chair Tamika Mallory by those who hate a man Black America and others love.
Scripture shows us Pharaoh worried about the growth of the children of Israel and wisely tried to destroy them. Pharaoh feared the children of Israel would join onto an enemy and come against those who had oppressed them. Biblical rulers also sought to find and kill deliverers, just look at the stories of Moses and Jesus. Is this a prophecy that points to today or a work of fiction and relic from yesterday?
The divine word, if understood, shows us what is happening today using signs and symbols of yesterday.
Blacks in America fulfill the prophetic picture of the children of Israel and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, patriarch of the Nation of Islam, is the modern Moses, and Min. Farrakhan is the modern Aaron. And, there has always been a fear that Blacks might join on to a foreign enemy or become a domestic threat inside the United States of America. That’s one of the reasons for the super-surveillance and over-policing of Black people and targeting of Black organizations.
Also pushing the federal government are the wicked members of the Jewish community, who have opposed every good deed and all of the good works of a good man.
According to the New York Times, Jewish groups pressured Netflix to drop the documentary.
“This film will not be released on Netflix. Due to an internal miscommunication, it appeared to be scheduled for release on Netflix, but it is not. We apologize for any confusion this has caused,” a Netflix spokesperson said Aug. 1.
But the Minister’s documentary was to appear on the global streaming platform with promos of the movie cited in overseas listings.
The Nation of Islam, in a statement, said: “The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan produced a documentary entitled, ‘My Life’s Journey Through Music’.
“As late as July 30, 2018, Netflix published that this documentary would be ‘Coming August 1’ on its media platform. On July 31, 2018, less than 24 hours before the airing of the documentary, the Nation of Islam became aware through news and online outlets that Netflix decided not to air it due to ‘internal miscommunication’.
“The Nation of Islam has not been informed of what was the alleged ‘internal miscommunication’. The timing of Netflix’s decision—at the 11th hour—to cancel the airing of the documentary affected millions of potential viewers and raises more questions than answers:
“In light of this untimely sequence of events, did Netflix bow to outside forces in canceling the airing of the documentary?
“Did media pressure contribute to this result?”
Consider that. Why this one man, why the unceasing opposition, why the rabid reactions?
By Wanda Thibodeaux | Inc.com
If you can make this behavior a habit, nobody ever can hold you back.
At 16 years old, Australian Jack Bloomfield leads a bit of a double life. Much of his day is spent in class like a typical 11th grader. But in his spare time, as the CEO of Bloomfield Ventures, Bloomfield is busy running no fewer than half a dozen e-commerce businesses, utilizing skills he’s honed through side hustles, like trading and entrepreneurial experimentation (he started his first venture at age 12). With more than 13,000 Instagram followers and a solid international base of connections, Bloomfield is very clear about what’s helped him get ahead.
Less cheap talk, more follow through
“In my opinion, the one main thing that has enabled me and others to succeed is our ability to block out the noise and execute. Many people have businesses ideas all the time, many of these ideas they dismiss. You would not believe the amount of billion-dollar ideas that I hear. So I ask the person telling me, ‘So what have you done to execute?’ Ninety-nine percent of the time the response is an excuse. Instead of figuring out how you can make it work, they spend that time figuring out why it won’t. If the certain person does decide to execute on the idea, now comes the hardest part–blocking out the noise. In today’s world, the amount of distractions [is] unlimited. When transforming an idea into reality, if you are committed, you need to devote yourself 100 percent. Nobody really understands how hard it is to start a business, so if your only giving 99 percent then it’s not enough. Remove the distractions and devote yourself 100 percent until you see success. Nothing is going to happen without action and commitment.”
The 3 execution keys: passion, value and optimization
Bloomfield emphasizes that real success takes patience, confidence, and practice. Things don’t always work the first time, and you have to be able to learn from what happened instead of seeing yourself as a loser or failure. You can’t lose sight of what you really love and believe in, even when naysayers come out in droves. You have to just do your homework, take the calculated risk and do.
“When I started my first business,” Bloomfield explains, “nobody really believed that I could succeed. But if serving people through a product or service is something you are truly passionate about, then it doesn’t matter what people think. If you are doing something truly inspiring to you, all the late nights and early mornings are worth it.”
But following through and executing isn’t just passion. It’s also about understanding what your passion does for others–that is, you have to understand how what you care about is going to make their lives better, what you’re giving. It’s clarity of value that helps you define your action plan, because once you identify the value, you can ask yourself what specific, practical steps you have to take to deliver. As Bloomfield puts it, the amount of money you make is directly proportional to the amount of value you can bring to someone’s life.
The last ingredient to successful execution? An unashamed willingness to rethink your use of time. To get real balance, you have to commit to optimizing every minute. This doesn’t mean you can’t relax. It just means you need to cut out fluff and move with purpose as much as you can.
“I know so many people who use the excuse ‘I don’t have enough time,’ but that is rubbish. When I started my first business it was really hard to manage time, because I was spending a few hours on my phone or watching TV, when really all I had to do was [find] where I was wasting time, cut it out, and spend it on my business. This is something anyone can do. All it took was 10 minutes to identify where I was wasting time and fill it with productive activities that could actually bring me a monetary return on my time. If you really are passionate about what you are doing, then it really doesn’t feel like work.”
But perhaps most impressive of all is Bloomfield’s overall outlook as his successes mount.
“I manage to stay humble and grounded, as I know [that] what I achieved up to today is only 1 percent of what I am going to achieve within my lifetime.”
What would your life be like if that were your attitude? What would the world be like if, every time we looked in the mirror, we all acknowledged our accomplishments but knew we had so much more to give?
We’ll leave it there and let that one sink in for a moment.