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by Fudia Muhammad
In late January, the hashtag #BestSDEver (Best Saviours’ Day Ever) first hit social media, but really picked up steam during the first week of February. Collectively, the members of the Nation of Islam predetermined that our annual Saviours’ Day convention would be the best one ever! On February 17, 2019 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, the Nation of Islam’s four-day national convention culminated with a four-hour address by The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan titled, “A Saviour is Born for the Whole of Humanity: No One Need Perish.”If anyone had any doubt that this would in fact be the best Saviours’ Day ever, those doubts were obliterated with one short sentence comprised of four brief words spoken by The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan near the end of his address…we’ll get to those words shortly.
Saviours’ Day is the annual commemoration of the birth of Master W. Fard Muhammad, the Great Mahdi and founder of the Nation of Islam. Regardless of age, when one attends Saviours’ Day they are guaranteed to be thoroughly edified and positively inspired, while concurrently enjoying opportunities to socialize, savor exceptional entertainment and simply have tons of fun. In addition, Saviours’ Day offers a chance to patronize great businesses and network with others. Attendees are undoubtedly left feeling encouraged about our future and determined to contribute toward its success.
It’s a challenge to get multiple attendees to reach a consensus on one singular aspect of Saviours’ Day that reigned supreme. For example, if you ask my seven-year-old son he will tell you that Mother Khadijah’s Children’s Village was hands-down the best part of Saviours’ Day and nothing else came close. On the other hand, my teenaged daughter may say it was the electrifying drill competition, although the Youth Summit did run a close second. Then there’s my older sons who will counter and say the best part was definitely donning those brown and blue FOI uniforms, attending FOI class, and witnessing the newest members of our ranks graduate. For others, it was the scholarship and brilliance on display at the workshops that were second to none. There were panels and workshops on Defending Farrakhan, education, disaster preparedness, health, agriculture, marriage and family, and so much more – including, a powerful Town Hall meeting on ‘The Vote for Separation.’
But then…There was the Sunday keynote address by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan! All praise is due to Allah (God)! What we were blessed to witness from the Minister on February 17th was divine revelation in real time. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan came prepared with notes for his lecture, but he chose not to rely on those notes because he wanted Allah (God) to guide his words – and that is exactly what happened! Early in his lecture, the Minister prepared the audience with this statement:“I want to introduce you to Jesus.” Keeping those words in mind, he later stated, “The worst deception the white man made was to deceive us about Jesus.” He went on to explain that 75% of what we read in the Bible about Jesus is prophecy and 25% is history. So, the enemy being a natural-born deceiver, has taken history and made it prophecy; then took prophecy and made it history. The Minister explained that the enemy’s purpose for doing this is to keep Black people, who would be presently walking with Jesus, from knowing it.
As the lecture progressed, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan shared a very interesting anecdote about his lineage. He spoke about his grandmother, his mother’s mother. He said, “My grandmother must have loved this man (his mother’s father) because she wanted a son for that man in the worst way. But when my mother was born and my grandma saw female genitalia, she went off.” As I sat in the audience and heard him share this bit of history, my thoughts went immediately to the Holy Qur’an where there is a parallel story about the grandmother of Jesus. She too, wanted desperately to give birth to a boy, one who would be a universal savior. There is no indication in the Qur’an that she was angry when she realized it was a girl; but a girl was unexpected,so she was certainly very surprised (3:34-35). She named her baby girl Mary. Minister Farrakhan’s mother’s birth name was Sarah Mae. “And We made the son of Mary and his mother a sign…” (Holy Qur’an 23:50). As it was with Jesus – before he could come to be, Allah (God) had to first produce a special woman, who would then bear a special son with the necessary characteristics and quality of heart to take on God’s divine mission.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan bore witness that his birth is a product of Allah (God’s) active Will and intervention. He stated, “The hand of our Savior, Master Fard Muhammad, was on my mother’s womb. I was being fashioned for Him.” Later he said, “God was thinking of me before I was born because I have a specific work to do.”
The intensity and sincerity of the prayers of the Minister’s mother while he was being fashioned in the womb was making him a man who sought Allah (God) and loved Him as a small child. His biological father was a follower of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey and his mother was on the fringe of his movement. So, also baked into the Minister’s genetic make-up was a penetrating love of Black people and the desire to see us free. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is probably most hated by the enemy for his fearlessness and willingness to tell the truth about all things, but particularly about the divinity of Black people and the identity of Satan. Again, this love of truth was instilled by his mother, who punished him more for lying than for any other transgression. And it is the unadulterated truth he speaks that is setting us free and pulling the cover off our enemies. The Minister said it best, “It’s the spirit of my mouth that terrifies them!”
This was indeed the BEST Saviours’ Day ever because Jesus revealed himself to the entire world with this divinely guided pronouncement, “The real story is what I tried to tell you from the beginning. That didn’t happen back there, it’s happening right while you’re alive looking at it. I represent the Messiah; I represent the Jesus; and I AM THAT JESUS.” The Minister then concluded his remarks with additional words of guidance, “I want you to join the mosque in your area. Tell your parents if they say, ‘Ya’ll [are] forsaking Jesus.’ Say, ‘No mommy; no grandma – I found Jesus.’” Allah u Akbar (God is the Greatest)!
(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.)