Louis Farrakhan Jr.
The Nation, family and friends remember the life and contribution of Louis Farrakhan, Jr.
CHICAGO—Light shone through the domed ceiling of Mosque Maryam and what had been a rainy and overcast day became bright. The sunshine and its energy reflected the spirit buzzing in the sanctuary at the homegoing service of Louis E. Farrakhan, Jr., the eldest son of the internationally known Nation of Islam minister Louis Farrakhan and his wife Khadijah Farrakhan.
The sanctuary was filled with family, Muslims, well-wishers and old friends to celebrate and remember a man known for his brotherhood, brilliance and humor.
While there was certainly sadness and a few tears shed, there was no grief as the Muslim funeral service and fond memories kept a great loss balanced with gratitude for a great life sent this way.
After the service opened with a Quranic recitation, Student Minister Jeffrey Muhammad explained the Muslim funeral service and its practical and beautiful nature.
There are no flowers because flowers should be given to the living and money spent on flowers can be given to surviving family, he said. Likewise, there is no music and no long litany of speakers, which may touch the family and heighten their loss, added Jeffrey Muhammad.
The sanctuary of the mosque was full of Farrakhan and Muhammad family members, members of diverse religious faiths, special friends and supporters like Chuck D and Flavor Flav of Public Enemy, football great Jim Brown, Father Michael Pfleger, Rev Jeremiah Wright, Rev. Clay Evans, Rev. Al Sampson, Rev. Paul Jakes, Rev. Henry Hardy, activist and educator Dr. Conrad Worrill, Prince Asiel Ben Israel of the Hebrew Israelite Community, Bishop Connie Bansa, Howard and Rosalind Morgan, Rev. Hiro of the True Family Values Church, former alderman Dorothy Tillman, Palestinian editor and activist Ali Baghdadi, community leaders Florence Cox and Doris Lewis, rapper DA Smart and comedian Reggie Reg.
It was a reunion of sorts for Muslims with attendees including pioneering former National Secretary of the Nation of Islam John Ali; Munir Muhammad of the Coalition for the Remembrance of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad; Ameer Muhammad, Alif Muhammad, Saffiya Muhammad, Rabb Muhammad, Maraud Muhammad and Hafeezah Muhammad, grandchildren of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad; Shirley Muhammad, the wife of the late Imam W.D. Mohammed and her daughters Laila and Ngina; Imam Muhammad Siddeeq, Imam Abdul Malik, Sheikh Ahmed Rufai and Believers from different Islamic communities. The mosque was also so full that it was not able to accommodate all who wanted to attend the funeral.
Resolutions from the Rev. James Bass and Mayor Eric Kellogg of Harvey, Ill., were acknowledged. Outside among flowers was a huge arrangement from tv personality and onetime Michigan judge Greg Mathis. Attendees came from across the country and condolences for the Farrakhan family came in from different parts of the world.
Ishmael Muhammad, a son of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and assistant minister at Mosque Maryam, offered words to comfort the audience, which included the Minister, his wife and family.
He offered prayers for the family that Allah (God) would lift any burden or sorrow, but every soul has a fixed time to depart this life and only leaves with Allah’s permission, he added.
The Holy Qur’an says Allah takes men’s souls at night and those on whom the decree of death has not passed arise the next day, said Ishmael Muhammad.
We don’t know when we will leave this world but life is short so what are we doing with the time God gives us? he asked. We were expecting Louis to live, but Allah knew what would happen, so we should be good to one another in our daily lives, avoiding grief and sorrow when the one we love passes, he said.
It appears Brother Louis was sleep, and Allah took him in his sleep in the family home; this represents Allah’s mercy, said Ishmael Muhammad. Brother Louis didn’t die in gun violence or a plane crash but in his sleep in the blessed month of Ramadan, where Prophet Muhammad said the gates of heaven are wide open in this month, said Student Minister Muhammad.
This is a blessed, highly favored family and Brother Louis’ children should be grateful for the time Allah gave us with their father, he continued. A blessed life doesn’t mean no illness, or pain but it means Allah allows you to praise and glorify him and rise above any condition in life, said Ishmael Muhammad.
We will miss Brother Louis who made an indelible impression on us and there will never be another like him, he said as the audience exploded into applause.
He was unique, gifted and “boy was he funny,” said Ishmael Muhammad. He was also gracious, kind and would not want us to be sad, he said.
Ishmael Muhammad recounted a story from Mustapha Farrakhan about his older brother who was in the hospital after having a heart attack. How does it feel? asked Mustapha Farrakhan. It was like Allah sent a new angel and a fat one that sat on my chest said Brother Louis, as Ishmael Muhammad recounted the story. The audience again erupted into laughter and applause. It was classic humor from Brother Louis, easily recognized by those who knew him.
CHICAGO—The Nation of Islam, with deep sadness, announced the recent passing of Brother Louis Farrakhan, Jr., the eldest son of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and Mother Khadijah Farrakhan.
The family was aware of a previous heart condition and it appears that Louis, Jr., passed peacefully in his sleep at the family home in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 60 years old. The announcement was made on June 2.
The funeral, or janazah, service was planned for June 8 at Mosque Maryam in Chicago at 3 p.m. CST.
“We extend our love, support and prayers to the Farrakhan family, the family and children of Louis, Jr., the entire Nation of Islam and to all who knew and loved our dear brother,” said anofficial statement from the Nation of Islam.
“We thank Allah (God) for the life of Louis, Jr., his contribution to the rise of Black and oppressed people and for touching so many of us in a deep and very personal way. He worked alongside his father and family in fulfilling the mission of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam and his dedication and sacrifice to our cause will never be forgotten.”
“We are deeply, deeply saddened upon the news of the death of Louis, Jr., the eldest son of Min. Farrakhan and Mother Khadijah Farrakhan. I ask all of us to lift the family up in prayer. Louis was a beautiful, beautiful man,” said Ishmael Muhammad, student national assistant and assistant minister to Min. Farrakhan, on June 3 at Mosque Maryam.
“All who knew Louis, he would light up any room. He had a great sense of humor. He was so brilliant and a very highly intelligent man, very kind, compassionate, warm, generous, always would lend a hand, always helping, would always go the extra step, the extra mile,” said Ishmael Muhammad, a son of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad.
We lost a beautiful son, soldier and comrade in the struggle who loved the Hon. Elijah Muhammad, the Nation of Islam and his father, added Ishmael Muhammad.
We lift his family up in prayer, especially his children, Louis Farrakhan III, Khadijah Farrakhan, Khaladay Farrakhan, Saffiyyah Farrakhan and Wakeel Farrakhan, he said.
Life is not guaranteed so we should resolve to live our lives as God intends and treat people as we would like to be treated because we never know when the evil accident of time will come, Ishmael Muhammad continued. To avoid grief over how we treated or mistreated loved ones or acquaintances when death comes, we should follow the Golden Rule, he said.
Student Minister Ava Muhammad, who delivered the keynote address from the Nation’s headquarters’ mosque June 3, added personal condolences on the passing of Louis, Jr., who she called a brother and personal friend. The national spokesperson for Min. Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam shared how she and her husband were godparents to the children of Louis, Jr., and how one of her daughters often sought the counsel of her “Uncle Louis.”
Louis, Jr., had the ability to see into the future and a world coming in that many people cannot envision, she said. He was advanced spiritually and scientifically in his ability to see that things could be done so much better than they were being done, said Ava Muhammad.
She expressed gratitude that she and her husband had been able to spend time with Louis, Jr., in Phoenix during recent Nation of Islam events in the area.
“We pray for the family of our dear Minister and his family at this time,” said Richard B. Muhammad, editor in chief of The Final Call newspaper. “Brother Louis was a great friend to me, a brother, a Muslim, a Believer and was a joy to be with. We thank Allah (God) for giving us this great one. We will never forget his place in our heart and his work in this great mission. Long live the spirit of Louis Farrakhan, Jr.,” said editor Muhammad.
The weekend of his passing, social media pages were flooded with photos of Louis, Jr., and reflections on his life and spirit from Believers in the Nation of Islam and those who knew him.