Video clip: Student Minister Ava Muhammad, National Spokesperson for The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, delivered the message “The Law of God: Don’t Take Their Vaccines” on Sunday Aug 9, 2020 at The Nation of Islam’s headquarters Mosque Maryam, Chicago, IL.
Dr. Ava Muhammad
by Fudia Muhammad
Those of us of a certain age remember when the only way to bully someone was in person. We did not own cell phones and there was no internet. We can recall being at our school playgrounds or in neighborhood streets instigating, watching or participating in all-out fist fights; or at the very least “riding” (insulting) one another to the point of no return. We may also remember a certain chant circulating about – ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.’ This was a childlike way of saying that using words to demean, insult or humiliate someone will have no physical effect on the body. Well, today we know this may not necessarily be true. Harsh words certainly hurt us emotionally and psychologically; but they may also be hurting us physically.
In her book, Weapons of Self-Destruction, Dr. Ava Muhammad wrote, “When the sound of filthy words travels through the physical realm, its effect is similar to the AIDS virus. It weakens the immune system. Every word we speak is reabsorbed into the subconscious mind where it originated. We cannot say a word unless we think it, which means it begins as a thought residing in the mind…This type of language is deadly, like bullets from a gun. It is disruptive to the universal order of things. It can injure the person it is aimed at or strike anyone within hearing range. When someone uses these names [b*tch, m*tha f-word, etc.] or is called such names repeatedly, the nervous system is worn down because they don’t produce anything useful to humanity. We all know the Creator does not acknowledge profanity, so we don’t connect with His power when we use it.”
The nervous system is very complex. It controls every part of the body. It is so complex that neurologists anatomize it as two major systems in one – central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and peripheral nervous system (arms, hands, legs and feet). The nervous system also includes two subsystems; autonomic nerves (lungs, heart, intestines, bladder, sex organs and stomach) and cranial nerves (eyes, mouth, ears, and other parts of the head). Our nervous system is our body’s electrical grid, wired with over 45 miles of nerves, 60,000 miles of blood vessels and over 100 billion neurons (nerve cells). It has three primary functions: 1) to collect sensory input from the body and external environment; 2) to process and interpret the sensory input; and 3) to respond appropriately to sensory input. Sensory data in the form of words not only send messages, but they carry energy (electricity) and vibrations with them. Negative energy and vibrations cause discord instead of harmony, which stresses the nervous system – stresses the brain.
There is a direct link between our brain and our immune system. The primary function of the immune system is to defend the body against invaders (viruses, bacteria, fungi, etc.) which can cause illness and disease. A weakened immune system leaves every part of the body vulnerable to sickness. Our brains were created to think right by a Creator, Whom we just stated, does not acknowledge profanity. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said, “Falsehood, which is untruth or deception produces a spiritual and chemical imbalance in the brain. And since the nine (9) systems of the human body all rely upon the brain, its imbalance results in a malfunctioning of the entire health system. Even though there may still be a regular heartbeat, normal blood pressure, etc., there is a very real dysfunction that ultimately shortens life – because Allah (God) intended for us not to be nearly balanced, but we are made to achieve exquisite balance.”
There was a time when “shut-up” and “stupid” were the worst of words that parents reprimanded their children for using. But today, we’ve all seen it – that little two or three-year-old child who curses like a grown drunk sailor. Our first impulse is to reprimand the child until we remember that profanity is not hereditary like one’s skin color or height. Profanity and the use of vulgar language is learned behavior – the culprit almost always being the parents. So, our next instinct is to stare down the parents with a piercing look of indignation and disgust. I guess we believe this will somehow shame them into correcting their child; and it does, but only for a moment. Many parents continue to curse freely and proudly because to them, words are just words and carry no measurable consequence. The hypocrisy in this scenario is that most are only disturbed when young children let one go, but not at all offended when adults regularly spew foul obscenities during casual conversations – not to mention when they are angry or frustrated.
Our first exposure to language begins in the womb of our mothers. And it continues to be mother’s voice and language that we hear the majority of our early formative years. We say the body is the real temple of God; but do we really believe that? When we behold any house of God – a mosque, temple, synagogue or church – defiled with graffiti, swastikas, offensive language, debris or any intentional damage, Believers take this as a personal affront. We become livid with anger. But these beautiful structures were built by the hands of man – the human body was created by the hands of Allah (God); so shouldn’t any defilement of the body garner the most outrage?
Allah (God) created the human form with 75% of its composition being water. Studies like Emoto’s Water Experiment, have been done to show the effects that negative and positive words have on water molecules. The study proves that words are alive! What we say and what we hear can either purify or corrode 75% of our being. If corroded, we are left susceptible to illness and disease.
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said, “The misuse of language and/or the harshness of language in rebuke can hurt the emotional and psychological development of the child.” As a parent, the greatest misuse of language is profanity (curse words) directed towards our children in conjunction with personally degrading, belittling and humiliating them. We have to be so careful with our tongue because it is one of the strongest muscles in our body and it can be used for good or for evil. Speech does not have to be directed at our children to be harmful; they just have to be within earshot. Words are used every day to heal and to harm.
The quality of speech and language that comes from our children is influenced by environmental factors and people; but none is more influential than parents. So, when we allow the uncivilized, lower reptilian mind to rule our thoughts and behaviors, profane language is the natural byproduct of this way of life. A regular dose of obscene, profanity-laced speech in the home from parents, music, video games and film will beget foul-mouthed children. Profanity weakens the immune system; but the highest form of communication – divine revelation, offers an opportunity to energize the brain, thereby energizing the entire being so we may be like The Father and continue to produce gods.
(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.)
Ebony S. Muhammad (EM): Please describe some of what lead up to the major decision you and Brother Darius made in adopting Sasha and Sherrell.
Ava Muhammad (AM): Actually it was Minister Farrakhan who suggested it. Back in the mid 90’s we were visiting him at the farm, and I forgot the occasion that brought us there, but we were blessed to have a little bit of time with him while we were there. He said to us that he actually had a vision of us with a little girl and he said, “You know, the two of you should adopt”. I’m a breast cancer survivor, and I was on chemotherapy for two years. Although this was in my late 20’s, it led to the onset of early menopause from the chemicals, the poisons of the chemotherapy. I have to say that it saved my life in the sense that I had a very aggressive form of cancer. I lost two parents to cancer. I had a genetic predisposition. Bro. Darius and I got married in 1989, and obviously we wanted a family. That was our desire and intent, and it did not happen. Yet we have a deep, deep love for each other. We pondered over it. It took about six, seven years of trying to recognize that this probably isn’t going to happen. So with the Million Man March and with the Minister calling for us as a community to adopt, coupled with him personally talking to us, we really took it seriously.
We got involved with the process. I understood it to be very difficult, but it’s not as difficult as some people think. That’s one of the things I want the readers to know. There are literally tens of thousands of children that need and mom and a dad or even a mom or a dad, because they have no one; particularly older children. When I was appointed, in 1998, as Southern Regional Representative of Minister Farrakhan, I got caught up in a whirlwind of activity. It was only when I was made National Spokesperson that it kind of settled down; you don’t have that day-to-day mosque administration. So as a result, that’s when we looked at it (adoption), plus the clock was ticking and time was marching on. We agreed that we needed to go ahead and do this. So we got in touch with an adoption agency in Atlanta called Roots. Their specialty is African-
Americans, what they called Black children, with problems who are in need of adoption. Most of the children are older. By older we mean past the age of two. A lot of people who want to adopt want an infant. They feel that they can bond more easily, and they want that experience of parenting a child from the beginning. However, there is so much value in looking at older children and recognizing that they can love also, and the joys and the trials are equally intense.
We went through a ten week course in parenting, and we were told that it was going to take about a year or so. Almost a month after we finished the course we got a call. We were told that there were these two little girls in Ohio, three and four (years old), desperately in need of adoption. We hadn’t even seen them, yet we jumped in the car, drove in the night from Atlanta to Akron, Ohio and got our babies. That was in 2002.
EM: I’ve heard this misconception that a woman isn’t a real woman unless she is able to conceive a child. Can you address that?
AM: Yes. Obviously it is one of the major, if not the major, life experiences of being a woman. You are able to go through the joy and the nearness to the Creator of your womb being the home for a new life that comes in, but before life was physical it was spiritual. The ultimate satisfaction of being a mother is not being pregnant, it’s being a mother. The pregnancy is nine months, and it’s a biological and physical process. It carries a lot of satisfaction not the least of which is the idea that you and your baby’s father’s genetic pattern is passing on and you’re leaving a little bit of yourself here when you go. Yet, there’s nothing stronger than the spiritual bond. As I was saying earlier in today’s lecture (April 18, 2010) on the subject matter of geographic boundaries, we have none. We’re not connected to a land mass; we’re connected to our Creator and to the nature in which we are created. The real satisfaction is rearing a child is for them to know and love God. That’s what makes a woman a mother.
EM: Do your daughters understand that they are adopted?
AM: Oh absolutely. Merely because of their age they know. There was a sister who ran the class who was really blessed with a lot of “mother wit” and common sense along with her degrees in social science, but she said something very powerful. She said, “Always tell your children, because if you don’t someone else will”. Someone else will. Almost eventually that happens and sometimes in a very tragic manner. I know a family in Atlanta where one of their children was adopted. They never told her (the child). Around the age of 13 or 14, when they were at a family reunion, an elderly distant aunt told her. She didn’t tell her with a wicked intent. She was just talking to her as though she already knew, and it created such a breach in the relationship with the mom and dad. Not because, “I’m not your biological child”, but “Why didn’t you tell me”? And because of ours being four and five they knew. They came from a very traumatic experience. They had both been taken out of the birth home and put into two foster homes in that little short time.
EM: At what age do you believe, if a parent adopts a child as an infant, they should tell their child they are adopted?
AM: Generally when they reach the age of comprehension, which is probably around six. You definitely want them to know before they get too deep into the school environment. As they get five, six, and seven years old their world enlarges and they begin to interact. Those first five years are pretty much within your control as far as who they interact with. You don’t know what kind of questions people ask children. Sometimes it’s ignorant, sometimes it’s nosy. “You don’t look like your father”, and you know stuff like that.
There have been cases where sometimes there is a biological connection that may not be there, and it depends on the closeness of the family itself. This is the case a lot of times if there’s not a resemblance between the adopted child and the parents. You want to let the child know as soon as possible, because people are going to continually comment on that fact. Then another thing is that they (children) are going to ask you some questions about grandparents or something else that’s going to put you in a situation where you run into a brick wall.
You’ll wonder, “How do I answer that? If I tell them the truth it’s going to reveal that there’s not a connection”. Amazingly one of my sisters has an adopted son. They got him when he was two weeks old, and they told him when he was about five or six. His response was, “Oh-okay”. By that time he had been with them for so long, they were all he knew. So it becomes more like an intellectual thing, it’s a concept. To them it’s, “Okay, I’m adopted, so what? It has nothing to do with my reality”. He’s fourteen now, and he is very close to his parents. I think when he was about twelve he asked my sister, “Well what happened? What was wrong?” He was actually the offspring of an affair. Both of the parents were married to other people. One of them was a Ph.D. in something. She couldn’t keep him. She was not, thank God, willing to have an abortion. The husband knew about the affair and all of that, but he couldn’t deal with it. So he (the baby) was put up for adoption. So there are almost as many different paths that lead to it happening as there are children.
EM: What should parents, who are contemplating adoption, look for in an agency and in a child?
AM: It’s interesting that you’re interviewing me about this, because my husband and I are going through something right now with our oldest. She was actually diagnosed with something called Reactive Attachment Disorder. We got her when she was five years old. Well Reactive Attachment Disorder is a condition that is generally suffered by orphans and adopted children who were older than two. It stems from severe loss early in life involving neglect or abuse or both. The child develops a world view of adults that is very negative, because they were not there when the child needed them for protection.
When we got them, my children, they couldn’t even talk. You’d never know it today, but we had to put them in speech therapy. We don’t know what went on in the birth home or either of the two foster homes that they may not be able to express. If it happened when they were two, for example, they may not have a conscious awareness of it. It’s very interesting, because my younger one has bonded with us completely. I heard her tell a classmate, because she’s tall, “I got my height from my dad”. She was talking about my husband. That’s how close it is. However, the other one is distancing herself. I asked him, the psychologist, “Well why now? Why wasn’t this apparent when we first got her”? He took me through some symptoms and made me revisit those early years, and looking back I realize now that there were signs. One example is that she is always willing to let you come and hug her or give her a kiss, but she’ll never come to you. It’s little things like that. She’s very quiet, very charming, and polite with outside society, but rebellious in the house. She was even reported as having temper tantrums at three years old when she went to the first foster care out of the birth home. So something happened to my daughter in the early months or years. It could be neglect, it could be the idea of somebody left her wet.
They have six other siblings, and the whole family just disintegrated. The father was a drug trafficker. He’s incarcerated to this day, so God only knows what went on in that house. Their mother–and it’s interesting that you’re dealing with young women–was a woman who at a very young age fell in love, or thought she was in love, with a man who meant her no good. It just led her down the wrong path, and she died at the age of 37. She had eight children from three fathers. Sasha and Sherrell are the two youngest of that. So my point is where was her ability to mother when she herself was lost? Who knows if Sasha was hungry? People were coming in and out of their house, we don’t know, but at some point she experienced trauma. What happens is a lot of times it’ll remain suppressed in the early years as they get older, and their boundaries get wider and the natural teenage rebellion kicks in. You get this conflict of control. The Reactive Attachment child wants to control everything, because their early life was so powerless and out of control. Their posture is, “I’ll never let anybody dominate me the way I was dominated”, by whoever shared their life in their early childhood years. There’s a disconnection that takes place.
They are so acutely aware that you are not the birth parent, and it angers them. They’re angry at the birth parent, but the birth parent isn’t there so they act out as if saying, “How dare you”, instead of looking at it like my younger daughter. Her attitude is “I’m so glad you came and got me”, whereas my older daughter is going through a, “How dare you? How dare you come and interfere”? So it’s a battle, and she’s in therapy for it but it is very, very difficult.
The reason why I’m bringing all of that up is to say that adoption is nothing to play with. It’s not like going to get a puppy. You have to be committed, but the satisfaction is 1) being a parent and 2) you’re performing a service for society. Not only are you saving your own children, but no matter how bad it gets they’re better off with you then where they were. That’s what you have to tell yourself. At the end of the day, whether you have children or adopt them, you never know what life is going to bring. Parenting is a commitment. I remember I heard somebody say, “You can either be a parent or have a life, you can’t have both” (laughing). Another saying is, “We are all perfect parents until we become one”. I know I was. Before I became a parent I was perfect, I was set. I would look at others saying, “Oh this is what I would do” or “Why are they letting her do that” or “Why are they letting him…oh if this was me, this is what I’d do”. It’s only when you become one…
This is a must-watch fiery defense of The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan by Dr. Ava Muhammad, his student National Spokesperson.