Delivered Sunday, December 3 in Austin, Texas at Muhammad Mosque No. 64
Brother Jesse Muhammad
Humility is often portrayed in this society as something weak, yet I have learned that the more humble a person is, the more powerful they can become. I wanted to share some words from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan out of a study guide he produced titled “The Characteristics of Humility”.
Min. Farrakhan writes:
Humility is the quality or condition of being humble. One who is humble is modest, unpretentious, unassuming and submissive.
The humble man does not think grand things of himself that exalt him above others. It is not a feeling that he is undeserving, but it is a quality that a leader must have to lift up the weight of the people. The power of strength is in placing it under the weight. The leader cannot pull the people from above. The leader must get under and lift them up.
(Source: Hurt2HealingMag) The weekend of April 25, 2015 will live on in St. Louis, Missouriâ€™s history for a very long time. Brother Jesse Muhammad of Houston, Texas was invited by the St. Louis Farrakhan Twitter Army to bring the social media message of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan to the city.
Brother Jesse had already taken his message to many major cities before arriving into St. Louis and it was important to get him in the city as quickly as possible. It took just an email to get the ball rolling in the right direction.
Brother Jesse told me had never been to St. Louis, but he knew lots of people from the Ferguson area from his/their online presence. He was very interested in seeing the memorial site of Mike Brown.
Accompanying Brother Jesse for The Teachings Tour was Hip-Hop Artist Brother Michael 6X from Cincinnati, Ohio. They were given a grand tour of Muhammad Mosque 28 as well as the city of Ferguson by Student Minister Donald Muhammad.
The program started with a dynamic performance by Brother Michael 6X, who taught the crowd the hooks to his lyrics so they could sing along in a participation style rap. The crowd was so excited to hear Brother Michael 6X perform. He gave a show stopping performance.
Brother Jesse Muhammad then gave an awesome overview of how and why he started the online presence of Minister Louis Farrakhan via social media. Brother Jesse Muhammad is personally responsible for maintaining the social media accounts of the Minister Farrakhanâ€™s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.
Many of the people that attended the program were not aware of the importance of social media nor aware of the importance of Minister Farrakhanâ€™s presence and influence via social media. Sister Tâ€™Asia Muhammad said, â€œSt. Louis needed this, we needed Brother Jesse to come and explain WHY we need to be on social mediaâ€. She went on to further explain, â€œBro Jesse told us about a person who was looking for a mosque for 2 years, we can help get our people locally and still help The Minister nationally on social mediaâ€.
The social media presence in many cities is youth based or youth led, but in St. Louis we consider our youth to go up to at least the age of 45 (laughing). So many that attended were much older than would be expected at a social media meetup. We had many older members of the mosque who wanted to know how they can get on social media to share how much they love and support the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Brother Al Lee of Muhammad Mosque 28B, East St. Louis said, â€œIâ€™m on the internet, am I there?â€ He wanted to know if he was on social media. Everyone chuckled, but he was serious in wanting to know what he needed to do to get the message of Minister Farrakhan out to his friends and family via social media. The program ended with a Q and A session, a viewing of The Time and What Must Be Done, CDâ€™s and books being purchased and autographed by Brother Jesse and Bro Michael. The night did not end before pictures were taken and a few â€œus-siesâ€.
Bro Sean Muhammad stated, â€œIt was an overall awesome experience, even for someone like me whoâ€™s been surfing the information superhighway and on various social media outlets, since the late â€˜90s! Bro. Jesse brought it right down to Modern times, and he made it easy enough for the elders to understand, yet kept it â€˜hipâ€™ and â€˜movingâ€™ enough for us youngsters (smile) to remain attentive. I thank The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan for allowing our brother to champion this mission, and I want to let The Minister know what a spectacular job he did representing him and the #FarrakhanTwitterArmy!!!â€
The next day Bro Jesse gave the main lecture at Muhammad Mosque 28 and it was funny, intense, spiritual, moving and overall a perfect example of why Minister Farrakhan needs witness bearers of his work and mission. Bro Jesse had the crowd on their feet throughout most of his lecture, he had so much witness bearing, and I thought we were at a Baptist Church. His words on how Minister Farrakhan loves his people so much even while he is experiencing pain and ailment, his first thought are always on the Believers. I was moved to tears hearing Bro Jesse speak of the commitment of The Minister and how he loves our people so much.
Bro Jesse ended his St. Louis experience by visiting and speaking to 3 area schools. He was able to speak to the youth at Muhammad Educational Center run by Sister Kimberly Muhammad, Muhammad Islamic Academy run by Brother Ibrahim and Sister Janiece Muhammad and a local St. Louis alternative school, Innovative Concepts Academy.
Missouri is known as â€œThe Show Me Stateâ€ and Brother Jesse showed us in St. Louis, how you carry yourself online, how to be an example of your word as well as how to represent self, our Nation and Minister Louis Farrakhan. Brother Jesse, you are welcome back to St. Louis anytime.
Peace & Blessings,
Sister Tâ€™Lisa Muhammad
Muhammad Mosque 28 Sunday Photos by Cartan Muhammad
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He delved into The Supreme Wisdom lessons as it refers to The Lion seeking a way of out of the cage using modern equipment. â€œWe think weâ€™re going to attract these young people with what we used to doâ€, Brother Jesse said. â€œMost people are more comfortable with old problems than they are with new solutionsâ€.
On November 18, I was guest alongside a panel of others on Just Us and You Blog Talk Radio Show hosted by Attorney Pamela Muhammad, Amatullah Muhammad and Attorney Athill Muhammad. The topic was “Ferguson under siege: A conversation on the power of Discipline Unity and Faith.” Click here to listen to the replay.
Originally published 11.11.14
On November 8, I was a guest on Thru The Eyes of Faith Blog Talk Radio Show hosted by Imani Muhammad of Portland, Oregon. We discussed why #BlackLivesMatter, The Teachings 2.0 Twitter book of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, the Farrakhan Twitter Army, national issues and more. Click below and listen
On September 9, I was guest on the Ahmad X Morton Show alongside Benton Harbor City Commissioner Marcus Muhammad. In my segment, we discussed The Teachings 2.0 book, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s impact on social media, the consistent work of The Farrakhan Twitter Army and much more. Click below to hear the full replay.
Originally published 6.19.11
This is an old school photo of my mother, Mavis Jackson, with my father Joe McCray, Jr. that I scanned. They look so happy!
This time last year, I was extremely depressed on Fatherâ€™s Day because I was coping with the truth that I had discovered via a DNA test that was taken September 2009.
For those who just started reading my blogs, as a birthday gift to me and my mother, I decided to discover the truth as to who my biological father is. Due to my motherâ€™s circumstances surrounding my birth, I had two men as possibilities. One man, Joe McCray, had been deceased since 1988 and the other one, Earl Rideaux, was alive somewhere in Houston. I chose to find Earl and ask him to take the DNA test if he would agree. See, Earl was the one I was told all along was my biological father. But my mother confessed to me ten years ago that she was honestly unsure.
The days leading up to the DNA test, I prayed that it would be him. Then, regardless of his shortcomings in the past, I would have a chance to have a father-son relationship. We took the test on Sept. 17 of that year and the results came back Sept. 22 as 0% probability. I was crushed and so was Earl.
So at that moment I had to face reality. The man that God used to bring me to birth is dead, yet, he lives in me and through me. Interestingly, Joe McCray had been a part of my life when I was a little boy but I was told he was my â€œGodfather.â€ So I have fond memories of him, but never knew he was my real dad. My mother didnâ€™t either, however she is elated that we have closure to that question.
I went through a slight depression about it but my journey didnâ€™t stop there!
Last June, I obtained my fatherâ€™s death certificate, did extensive research at the library, and gained help from others which led me to July 4, 2010â€”the day I found my dadâ€™s two living brothers and sister. Since that time I have been bonding with Uncle Larry, Uncle Curly, Aunt Marilyn, my cousin Mickey and meeting more family members. It has been unreal and a blessing. I even went to a Houston Rockets game with one of them and I felt like a little nephew for realâ€”even though Iâ€™m 32 years old. (smile)
Last September I visited my dadâ€™s gravesite for the first time ever. It was emotionally painful and I couldnâ€™t stay long. Since that time Iâ€™ve had people to help me to relieve aspects of the mental weight connected to that lost and I feel happier today about it all.
To mark the anniversary of my dadâ€™s birth, I hosted a family gathering this February to bring together my dadâ€™s and motherâ€™s families for a heartfelt reunion.
I no longer will have a fatherless Fatherâ€™s Day, because today I get to visit with my two uncles, through whom my father lives every day. He lives through me also.
Anything is possible.
Happy Fatherâ€™s Day!
P.S.-I am finishing a book about this entire experience and God-Willing it is releasing in September.