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“You do not need a Christmas tree in your house. That’s pagan practice. Leave the mythical Santa at the North Pole or wherever the hell he is. And don’t you ever again spend money on your children and give the credit to a mythical Caucasian and make your children think that they got to continue to look at White people to get things you give them with your hard sweat and blood.”~The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, November 18, 2018
BY JANIAH ADAMS
Over a million people heard those lyrics when Neelam Hakeem took the BET cypher by storm. With a camouflage jacket, long skirt and headwrap, she showed the world what a proud Muslim woman looks like. But how did Nation of Islam member Neelam Hakeem get to such a point? It had a lot to do with modesty, social media, and simply being herself.
“I was honestly really nervous at first,” Ms. Hakeem told The Final Call. “Then I said a prayer and just let go.”
Standing on the stage with rappers Sharaya J., Chika, and Bri Steves, with Erykah Badu as their DJ, Ms. Hakeem spit rhymes about unity, justice, children in Flint and the power of her name during the Oct. 16 broadcast, and hip hop took notice.
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Ms. Hakeem was nurtured in a Christian household. One day, her father brought home the book “Message to the Blackman” and “changed our lives and our slave names.” In 2001, she and her family moved to Los Angeles, California. After graduating high school, Ms. Hakeem read “Message to the Blackman” and “How to Eat to Live,” books written by the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. The books inspired her to look for an FOI (Fruit of Islam, the men of the Nation of Islam) on Slauson Avenue to find out where a mosque was located. She joined the movement in 2007.
As she grew into adulthood, Ms. Hakeem didn’t have a solid direction. She definitely didn’t see herself in the position she’s in today— a modest fashion mogul and rapper. In fact, her fame on Instagram came about by accident. She was moved and inspired by Muslim women she saw on the social media platform.
“I just made a decision one day on Muslim Women’s Day after going through the hashtag (#Muslimwomensday) and seeing tons of beautiful Muslim women and girls representing themselves modestly online,” she said. “That day, I made a decision to do the same.”
Ms. Hakeem said she wasn’t trying to promote herself to gain a following, but that’s what began to happen almost instantly.
“It was my husband who had more of the marketing mindset. When I noticed my audience getting bigger, I said if I could be an example the way those girls were for me, that would be beautiful,” she said. “Then companies started to hit me for collaborations and campaigns and the rest is history.”
Dressing modestly was never a struggle for Ms. Hakeem. Covering her hair? That’s where the difficulty ensued.
“I absolutely love my hair and the styles that I wear, and I felt like it was a clutch for me—I felt like I couldn’t be beautiful without showing it,” she said. “My perception didn’t change until I saw so many women [covering their hair] on Muslim Women’s Day. I actually thought they looked better than girls in the best hairstyles. I had to grow to love it for myself, then I was ready to do it.”
Ms. Hakeem began posting short videos on Instagram of her rapping to well-known beats. Many people began to repost her songs, including influencers such as Will Smith, Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs and The Shade Room. She later posted a picture of herself meeting with P. Diddy.
This is what catapulted her to be noticed by BET.
“After Eryka Badu, Will Smith, Diddy and so many people posted my rap video for ‘Ghost’, BET reached out to me and asked me if I wanted to be a part of the 2018 Hip-Hop Awards Cypher. I accepted with excitement and nervousness,” she said. “I had no idea that Eryka Badu was going to be our DJ, so that was crazy, and she ended up giving a surprise beat change which made it insane, but it was super dope. I also met some amazing women that I’ve been following online so that was cool!”
Ms. Hakeem has been featured in major publications such as Essence Magazine, Forbes and Vogue Arabia. She also released a full-length music video for her song “I’ll Be The King,” which Ms. Badu made an appearance in.
Many young women and girls have flocked to Ms. Hakeem’s example and Instagram account, putting her at more than 320,000 followers. She’s not just turning heads in the U.S., but all over the world. Many women from the Muslim world have commented on her videos, her Instagram posts, sent videos of themselves listening and dancing to “I’ll Be The King” and more.
“I always say that representation matters and based off the tons of DMs (direct messages) and emails of women and girls telling me, yes I do believe [I’m making an impact]. It’s important for us to be able to see ourselves in as many places as possible,” she said.
With all that she does, Ms. Hakeem has to manage her time wisely to make sure she has enough time to cater to her children and husband, Marquis Henry.
“My husband and I are a team and my close family knows the goal and helps as much as they can in any aspect they can,” she said. “My family is my first post, so honestly, we get a lot done at bed time and [during] school hours. I have to admit that we don’t sleep as much as we should.”
Recently, Ms. Hakeem was signed to Roc Nation Management, which is owned by Jay-Z, and a modeling agency.
She gives much of the credit to where she is today to the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. She said those that call him a misogynist are simply looking for things to say about him.
“To call the Minister misogynistic is actually laughable,” she said. “I learned ‘a nation can rise no higher than a woman’ from him. I never had a Black man or any man open a door for me until I came across men that were taught and trained by him. I’ve met men that came out of the worst gang lifestyle that are now peaceful, prosperous and taking care of a wife and children solely based off of his teaching. I have personally been trained by women who are true leaders based off of what he taught them and I am me for the same reason.”
For any young Muslim women who wish to create a platform similar to Ms. Hakeem’s, she says, “Be your authentic self regardless of what’s ‘trending’ or who likes it. Be consistent and have fun. Remember that we have the boldest leadership and examples in the world, so we truly have nothing to fear.”
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(Editor’s Note: The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered a powerful message Nov. 18 at Mosque Maryam in Chicago. He provided details about his recent trip to Iran, the reception and reaction he received and taught extensively on the reality of the Great Mahdi and the Messiah and their direct connection to the Nation of Islam. The Minister issued a direct challenge to those who have falsely labeled him and the Nation as anti-Semites and haters and called for a public showdown where the truth can be proven before the world. The Minister also shared how he met with His Excellency Mohsen Rezaee, the secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council, a legislative branch of the Iranian government in Tehran. Mr. Rezaee is also an advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader and a former commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Below is an edited transcript of their meeting Nov. 4 in Iran. Editing done was simply to make the article easier to read because of some translation. None of the content or spirit of the message was changed. We urge our readers to carefully examine and digest these powerful and enlightening words. We also urge you to make sure that you stay tuned for Part 2 of this important article next week, God Willing.)
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE BENEFICENT, THE MERCIFUL.
I was weighing very carefully the time, the government of America and what America, I believe, is planning against the government and people of Iran.We have never been closer to war as we are right now. For the last 20 or more years, out of the Pentagon, plans were developed to overthrow seven Muslim nations in five years. The Generals that were a part of that plan, one of them, exposed what was in a memo that he gained from Paul Wolfowitz, one of the Neo-Conservatives, a Zionist, who has always felt that you can’t make peace with Iran because you cannot change Iran’s thinking. So, Iran must be destroyed.
They never sleep. They’re working in Iran as we are speaking developing an internal enemy. It was the same with Muammar Gadhafi. The CIA was working in Libya with disaffected Libyans from Benghazi. When America would attack, they wanted Egypt to attack Libya from the East and the assets of the CIA inside Libya would rise and kill Gadhafi and others.
They’ve all but succeeded in overthrowing with the Arab Spring many Islamic regimes that they disliked. A big surprise came in Egypt when Mohamed Morsi of the Islamic Brotherhood became president. Within a short time, America through their assets in Egypt, organized a coup against the legitimately elected president of Egypt.
My dear brothers and sisters, I am so full because I have been blessed by God to know what they’re planning against Iran. Not that you don’t know it because you do, but I don’t know whether we are taking the proper steps to block their evil plans. So here we are. I warned Brother Gadhafi that they were going to bomb Libya, the airfield, the water project. And, within days they bombed.
Right now President Trump cannot chastise Muhammad Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi because they’ve made a tremendous investment in the Saudi government in the friendship of Muhammad Bin Salman with Jerad Kushner, the son-in-law of President Trump. Our president called Saudi King Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud and asked him to gather all the Sunni nations in Riyadh and invite him. And when Mr. Trump came to Riyadh, you listened. I’m sure you and the Supreme Leader listened very carefully. Mr. Trump’s aim was to extract from the Sunni nations pledges to buy the latest weaponry of America.
Then he proceeded to try to unite the Sunni nations and direct their anger at the Shi’ite Muslims. With all humility, we have allowed the division that took place at the deathbed of the Prophet to last for 1,400 years with no resolution of that which happened that split Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims. Allah says in the Qur’an that we did not become divided until knowledge came to us, splitting up our religion into sects and parties; each party rejoicing in their part due to envy. If envy is at the root of something, the root is rotten, so the tree and its branches will not bear the fruit that Allah desires.
So, your excellency, this is why I came because it is important that we are guided correctly in this hour, lest the Middle East will be the trigger of World War III where no nation will survive intact. I will close by saying, the Mahdi, to whom praise is due forever, it is written that He would set down every tyrant and set justice in the earth. Righteousness and wickedness cannot coexist, and each nation that is Islamic has to reconcile its own deviation from the Qur’an. We cannot allow politicians who are trying to win friendship with Shaitan to lead our nations because they can’t speak straight words because they want to compromise. You cannot compromise justice. You cannot compromise truth. You cannot compromise righteousness. [READ MORE]
by Brother Jesse
I’ve always enjoyed the music, content and delivery of hip-hop artists Mikal Stands. In fact, a few years ago we crisscrossed the country together for The Teachings 2.0 Social Media Warfare Tour. I watched as he electrified the audiences and they rushed to purchase his Inspiration Mixtape 2.
One of the most popular tracks from that mixtape is Belly (Parts 1 and 2) wherein he addresses the murder of Malcolm X and who was really behind. He is set to release the video for the song on December 25th. And from the looks of the promo, he’s also trying to give Denzel Washington a run for his money, by growing a goatee for the filming. But don’t worry fans, he shaved it off. (smile)
“The unique part of this release, is very controversial. Malcolm X is loved by many, and the organization which produced him, THE NATION OF ISLAM, has taken backlash from government, media outlets and thousands who simply either want to malign its mission in the public eye, or deeply misunderstand what the movement stood for and stands for,” he says. “Maybe because the movement hasn’t died, and because Minister Louis Farrakhan, the national representative of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, resurrected the teachings and almost single-handedly rebuilt its structure, making it alive and well.”
“Those in power want to derail its effort to aide and benefit those who the movement represents. Either way, the death of Malcom remains largely an argument as to who was involved, why, what really happened and is there a coverup by the organization, the government and so on. Many have come to conclusions about what happened, some believe they have found the truth, and others still have questions of doubt as to what went down that fateful day at the Ball Room in New York.”
Mikal Stands addresses this major controversy in his recent release, BELLY!
He said, “It took me weeks to research the events, listen to documentaries, interviews, and lectures to study what had happened to Malcolm X, what people thought, and the viewpoints of both the NOI, (which included members, Elijah Muhammad and Minister Farrakhan themselves) to words taken directly from Malcolm X himself.I put my all into this story line, to the best of my then lyrical ability. People often tell me, “Bro, that song made me re-think and re-analyze what happened to Malcolm in a short amount of time.” They often tell me its a classic, the streets rock with the HIP HOP FEEL OF THE MUSIC, and its rides nice in the vehicle when blastin’ it on a dope sound system. But all in all, my over all intent was to stop arguing with people on this touchy subject, and pay visit to the booth responding to those minds using my gift as a Rap Lyricist.”
Video Release: Dec 25th via www.mikalstands.com/bars
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Minister Louis Farrakhan
NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE HONORABLE ELIJAH MUHAMMAD AND THE NATION OF ISLAM
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE BENEFICENT, THE MERCIFUL.
Statement from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
regarding his trip to Iran and message to Iran and America
[Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, a U.S.-based religious movement, recently traveled to Iran and spoke to Iranian students and others. Below is a statement he issued regarding that trip and correcting false and inflammatory media reports.]
TEHRAN, Iran – I am not and have never been an enemy to America, nor the people of America. However, I love America enough to speak unpleasant truths that are in the best interests of an erring nation that perhaps she may change her conduct and course. I have an abiding love for the right to free speech, the right to a free press and the right every human being has to hear the truth. It is only truth spoken in season that can bring us what we desire of freedom, justice, equality and, ultimately, peace.
I was invited to Tehran University to speak to students and engage in a dialogue with Iranian students. I was also invited to meet with other members of Iranian society for discussions about their concerns for their nation and concerns about world affairs, in particular the sanctions placed on Iran by President Donald Trump and his advisors.
I never led a chant that called for the death of America or Israel, contrary to misreporting in U.S., British and Jewish publications and the intentional, malicious and false reinterpretation of my words. There is nothing more important than truth today. The truth of anyone and anything is enough to condemn any individual or institution. But to make media mischief by altering my words from their places is a betrayal of the right to free speech, the blessing of a free press and a violation of the people’s right to know. It is wrong and shameful that journalists and news organizations that should seek the truth would traffic in such lies.
I never led a chant calling for death to America. To say otherwise is a blatant falsehood and an attempt to paint me as an enemy in a very dangerous time as tension rises between America and Iran and nations around the earth reject unjust sanctions and heavy-handed U.S. foreign policy. I asked a question about how to pronounce the chant in Farsi during my meeting with Iranian students and an examination of the video shows just that. My point was to engage students in a talk about what gives a nation perpetuity versus that which undermines and destroys a nation. Evil, falsehood and violation of divine law doom nations to destruction, and the holy books of the world’s three greatest monotheistic religions warn us of such. So if Iran is moving as a nation to obey God’s law, to respect and educate women and to pursue righteousness, she is on a right course. And, if America has violated the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for the indigenous people and destroyed them, and if she has done the same for the Black and the Poor, America has not only violated Constitutional principles, she has disobeyed divine law and stands to be judged by God for her wrongdoing. And, American democracy, unfortunately, has always leaned toward and protected the interests of the White, the Rich and the Powerful.
So to stand with Iran against unjust sanctions and mass punishment is to stand in the proper place. To warn America that these sanctions—which have been rejected by the European Union, France, Britain, Germany, Russia, China and other countries—are wrong is to stand in the proper place. I am trying to help America face the error of her ways and see the enmity she is sparking across the globe alongside a growing loss of friendship. This is not good for America, nor the world and only marches us steadily to acrimony, conflict and the final war of Armageddon spoken of in the bible. America can no longer act unilaterally in the world and be successful. Success can only come from righting old wrongs and purposing just and progressive policies.
Some 40 years ago, Iranian students threw off the yoke of American domination through the overthrow of the Shah of Iran, a brutal dictator and tool of U.S. foreign policy. While the Iranians have problems to solve, as do every nation and people on earth, they are a proud and independent people. They do not wish to be under the thumb of America again. As I said several times in Tehran, the U.S. sanctions are a mistake. And, while dialogue should be a good thing, the U.S. has a history of lying and breaking her commitments. To survive, America must turn away from yesterday’s policies, go forward in a new spirit and seek a new direction.
America will never be undone by the angry chants of Iranians, or others who suffer under U.S. foreign policy. No foreign enemy will destroy America, but she faces divine judgment from God Himself. She faces an internal rot with her huge fiscal deficits, her fractured political system, her ugly political and public discourse, her frayed social networks, her rejection of spiritual values and a penchant for violence and mass shootings. She is a troubled nation. Her leadership is spiritually blind to the hour at hand and it appears as though they have the hearts of beasts.
Despite U.S. efforts to foment disunity and rebellion inside of Iran, the Iranian people may not be as gullible as America believes. Iranians have the right to resolve their own problems without outside interference, just as the U.S. has claimed its right to conduct elections free of Russian influence. Self-determination is a right of every nation.
The Muslim World needs unity and must find the path to reconciliation despite efforts to pit Muslims against one another. Satan seeks to divide Muslims and wants them to kill each other, while Allah God tells us in the Quran to be united.
It is also shameful that my visit to Iran was used by political hucksters and cynics to try to affect the recent political elections in the United States. The demonization of Louis Farrakhan will not solve serious U.S. problems and will not heal serious political and social divisions. So despite Donald Trump Jr.’s call for Democrats to disavow me and unjust criticism of me from some Democrats who reject me based on lies and political expediency, America needs a clear warner, who will speak the truth without compromise and without fearing the censure of any censurer. I am neither Right, Left nor Center. I stand on the side of Truth and wherever the Truth may be found. No political party or political leader has an exclusive lock on the Truth. They should stand for Truth whatever the Truth brings. Standing on truth is what will bring America perpetuity and if she refuses to change, she is destined for days of suffering and sorrow.
When God raises a Warner in a powerful nation, it is a blessing and a mercy. But rarely do the powerful rulers of such nations see the Warner or the Warning as valuable until it is too late. May Allah bless the powerful ones in America and those who control America to heed this warning. Medicine often has a slightly bitter taste but when taken in the proper dosage medicine can bring about a healing. The United States, a sin-sick nation, needs a healing and Allah God is offering a healing today provided that His guidance is followed and his Warner is heard.
The choice, however, remains with the American people and those who are in leadership. May Allah God bless this people and nation to make the proper choice.
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