“What is the future of America? What is the future of this present world? What preparations have to be made if you want to live beyond the fall of this world? I pray that Allah will guide my heart and my spirit that you may see and gain from the message on July 4th.” — The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
Master Fard Muhammad
CHICAGO (Source: FinalCall.com)—Saviours’ Day, the annual Nation of Islam celebration and crowning event of Black History Month, is coming back to where it all started for the groundbreaking Islamic movement—Detroit!
Thousands of followers of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad under the leadership of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and their supporters, visitors and guests from the U.S. and abroad will convene Feb. 21-23 for a full weekend of workshops and activities for all ages at the TCF Center located at 1 Washington Blvd. in Detroit.
The highlight of the weekend will be the keynote message of instruction, divine guidance and warning by Min. Farrakhan on Sunday, Feb. 23 at the TCF Center. Doors open at 12 p.m. EDT and the program will be broadcast live via internet at NOI.org starting at 2 p. m. EDT. Min. Farrakhan’s message is titled, “The Unraveling of a Great Nation.”
Saviours’ Day is the commemoration of the birth of Master W. Fard Muhammad, the Messiah of the Christians, Mahdi of the Muslims and teacher of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. He was born February 26, 1877 in the Holy City of Mecca in Arabia and traveled to America in search of the Black man and woman of America to teach and resurrect them from a “dead” state caused by over 400 years of systematic oppression, slavery and brutal mistreatment.
Detroit is where Master Fard Muhammad and the Hon. Elijah Muhammad first met in the early 1930s and where the first temple—as it was called then—of the Nation of Islam was established.
The last two years Saviours’ Day was held in Chicago, where Nation of Islam headquarters is located. There is tremendous anticipation and excitement that the convention this year is returning to the city of its birth as the global movement approaches 90 years since its founding and the coming of Master W. Fard Muhammad. (FULL ARTICLE)
On October 13, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan spoke live from Christ Universal Temple for the 24th Anniversary of The Million Man March/Holy Day of Atonement. He discussed various subjects including the Wrath of God upon America via the forces of nature, Farrakhan’s firm stance in the face of his enemies, how Jesus mastered the cross, the need for atonement, Farrakhan being shaped and fashioned by his Teacher The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and so much more! Click below to watch!
By The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad | finalcall.com
Whose independence? Since 1776 you, Black man, have been worshipping the 4th of July along with the real author of the 4th of July … (the White man) as a day of Independence for themselves.
It is the White slave-master and his children who enjoy setting forth the 4th of July as a day of rejoicing over achieving this country’s Independence from any other foreign source.
Now, the history of the 4th of July shows that it is the Independence Day of the American White man. They wrote the Declaration of Independence for themselves. The White man did not put anything in the Declaration of Independence for the benefit of the Black Man, who was the servitude-slave of the White man at that time.
The joy which the Black slave experienced on these holidays of the White man was due to the Black man getting rest from his labor and the days which the White man had set aside for celebration. That is all the Black slave was rejoicing over … that he did not have to work that day.
But, you are free now; and you do not need this for an excuse for your worship of the 4th of July. There is no further need for us to worship the gaining of the White man’s independence. Let us take a look again at our own Black independence and how it came on this same day of the 4th of July … at the Coming of Allah (God) Who came in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, to Whom praises are due forever, on July 4, 1930.
The significance of His coming to us, on the Independence Day of the White man, is very great. It is their day of great rejoicing. As with former peoples and their governments, their destruction took place when they were at the height of their rejoicing.
Nebuchadnezzar, according to the Bible history of him (Dan. Ch. 4), was walking around in his palace and proudly looking around and admiring the skill of the work he had set up and said, “has not all this my hand wrought?” The Bible teaches us that while the words were in his mouth, the end came. Allah (God) changed his mind and heart from that of a civilized man to the mind and heart of a beast. He had the brain reactions of a wild beast and he was cast out among the dumb brutes.
What does that signify? It gives us a gleaning into the history of the White man and his being cast out of the society of the Muslims six thousand years ago … after he was made and then started trouble among the people of righteousness.
Trouble-making caused the White man his exile into the hills and cave-sides of West Asia, as Europe was called at that time, so Allah (God) taught me. Its name was changed to Europe after the White man was cast into that area. Europe means a place where people are bound in, to keep them out of the society of the righteous.
Moses made (White man) as independent race, through the guidance which Allah (God) gave Moses, to guide the White man out of his savage cave life, and put him on the road of conquest of the Black man.
For four hundred years the White man swallowed us, (the Black man of America) up. He did not put us in a hole of the earth but he swallowed us up by keeping anything like wisdom from coming to us. He set a bound against our own Black people visiting us in order to prevent them from teaching us anything other than what the White man was teaching our Black slave-fathers.
This caged us in, and made just as secure a cage as the literal cage of Europe that the Arab people put the White man in six thousand years ago.
The 4th of July is the Day of rejoicing of the White man over his opponents, for the Western Hemisphere. He wrote his Constitution for his own White people…not for his Black slave.
Since this is his day which he set aside for himself, then what part, Black brother, do you have in this day? Your part is not mixed with his part in the way of his own White politics and physical independence.
But, as I called your attention to proud King Nebuchadnezzar’s history and what happened to him at the height of his kingdom, Allah (God) never destroyed a powerful people nor deprived them of self-independence when they were in trouble or when they were sick with grief. He made them to feel happy. He made them think that they would live forever.
So it was with the coming of Allah (God) in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, to Whom praises are due forever, on His coming to us, on the 4th of July, 1930. His presence meant the destruction of the independence of the White race and especially, America … wover the Black man.
Allah (God) visited the Black slave, for he is more in need of help to enjoy freedom of self.
Since Allah (God) came for the purpose of bringing selfindependence to the Black slave, then His going forth is with justice (Bible Rev. 19:11). To show Allah’s (God’s) greatness and power over the slave-master and his people, now Allah (God) attacks them at the height of their civilization and at the greatness of their power and strength, on the 4th of July … while they worship their greatness of their accomplishment; and the Black slave is sitting at his feet. As it was with Nebuchadnezzar and as it was with Pharaoh, the same is being repeated today.
This is the significance of Allah’s (God’s) coming on the 4th of July. For four hundred years we have been suffering under the pangs of servitude-slavery and at the relentlessly merciless hands of the White slavemaster over us.
Allah (God) came to give justice and freedom to us and to make us equal members in the society of the new powerful, strong, and wise people of the earth.
Ever since that day, the 4th of July, 1930, has meant the doom of American domination over the Black man of America and the Black people of the earth. Ever since that day, America has been falling.
America’s fall is not imminent … it is now going on. America refused to break her fall when she could have broken her fall, as the Bible teaches us. Babylon could have been healed, but she was not (Je. 51:9). She did not do anything to warrant such forgiveness.
America has been offered the chance for forgiveness, but she refused to accept it, for she never offered to do anything favorable toward her Black slave, that would make them free of her power to rule them.
Black slaves went to their death, fighting the enemy of the White slavemaster, to help America to maintain her independence against foreign dominance. The Black slave was not given anything in exchange for his sacrifice.
When a dog hunts for a hunter, the hunter (master) will sometimes share a part of the game with the dog. The Black slave has helped his master to overcome and to put other peoples under the control of his White slave-master. The Black slave has fought, bled and died around the earth, to help the White slave-master to conquer those whom the master called his enemies.
We helped the White man to conquer Cuba and to overcome and subdue Mexico and the Philippine Islands and other places around the earth, and also Japan. How many lives did the Black man lose in the Pacific while helping the White man to conquer the people of Japan who are the brown, half-brother of the Black man? The Brown race and the Yellow race are the half-brother of the Black man.
Whose Independence? Now the White man and the Black man are both free on this day. The coming of Allah (God) on this day means the freedom of the Black man too. The clear significance of Allah’s (God’s) coming on this day shows the great wisdom of Allah (God).
Everywhere the White man may be, even in Europe, the earth belongs to the Black man.
Let us rejoice on this day, the 4th of July, in the coming of Allah (God) Who came in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad to Whom praises are due forever and give thanks to Him. Let us enjoy the independence he brought to us and the freedom, justice and equality.
He brought these things to us not by killing off the red Indian nor any original settlers. Justice and righteousness are the ammunition used by Allah (God).
(Excerpt from “The Fall of America,” 1973.)
by Kenya Muhammad
America, despite all it’s popularity and appeal, has yet to live up to its promise of “liberty and justice for all.” In fact, I could go so far as to say the American Dream has not been experienced fully by anyone other than white American men, those who the dream was created for, anyway. Muslims, people of color, the poor and women have all been in a constant battle for equal rights since America’s birth and though some change has been made, all have yet to be treated fairly under the law. There has been no one more distant from receiving true freedom, justice and equality in this country than black women. That is, before the coming of Master Fard Muhammad, the long-awaited Messiah, to put us back on top of civilization. Reason 1 of 1 million reasons why I LOVE being a M.G.T.:
Muslim Girls Training and General Civilization Class (M.G.T. & G.C.C.). This was the name given to the training of women and girls in North America. As M.G.T., we are trained and given 7 units that we learn to master as the basis for our work as mothers, wives and most importantly, women of God:
- How to keep house
- How to rear our children
- How to take care of our husbands
- How to sew
- How to cook
- How to act at home
- How to act abroad
Now, now, now… please don’t let your eyes roll to the back of your head as your super-woman cape blows in the wind and proclaim that “this is outdated and there’s more to being a woman than cooking, cleaning and taking care of some man.” Let me say this: I can understand how as women we wouldn’t want to be reduced to what can be portrayed as just physically maintaining other people as the measure of our value. We have been mistreated for so long that when God comes with a criteria, we are still weary because it may seem to run parallel with the misogynistic views we have been so accustomed to defending ourselves against.
However, if we are honest with ourselves, we would admit that it’s not us having those skills that is the problem; it’s us being reduced to tools by men and undervalued as if we are only good for servitude. If we are honest with ourselves, we would admit that all of those skills would absolutely be beneficial to us as individuals and us as a community and society.
Our units as M.G.T. are coupled with knowledge that allows us to become not only good homemakers and women that our children, husbands and community can be proud of, but that which expands our mind into accepting our nature as powerful life vessels through which ALL life comes. The work that Master Fard Muhammad, then the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and now the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is doing with the black woman is reacquainting us with our rightful place as being a Co-Creator with God.
So as M.G.T., we learn not only recipes and skills, but we learn the science of food and how it can be used as a cure for all of our ills. As M.G.T., we not only learn how to take care of our men physically and emotionally and how to be a help-meet to him, but we learn the Divine purpose of marriage and how women were first the help-meet of the Creator when He created the entire universe. If that’s not empowering, I don’t know what is!
As a 21 year old young woman growing up in Chicago, I have found nothing more beneficial for me to learn than that which I get from my M.G.T. class. I am learning to be so well-rounded that I feel equipped to go into any situation and be able to represent myself in an upright manner. I no longer fear being single or by myself because I am learning to make God sufficient for all of my needs. I no longer fear having to wear clothes that I don’t feel comfortable in because I am being taught how to sew so that I can make them for myself. I no longer fear the time coming when there will be no food left in the grocery stores and famine will set in because I am being taught how to make and can my own food to preserve it for times to come. I no longer fear being raped or taken advantage of because I am being taught self-defense and how to fight with those who desire to fight with me.
I promise I’m not one to brag, but this MGT life is lit!! I thank God for caring about us enough to give us a class that we can go to as a safe haven, a training ground and a party on a Saturday morning where I can learn to be more pleasing to Him. I also thank The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad for dedicating his life to the cause of Freedom, Justice and Equality that does not exclude the due Justice deserved by black women. Additionally, I thank The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan for proving his love for us in his teaching, training and defense of us on a daily basis.
(Kenya Muhammad is a member of the Nation of Islam in Chicago, and a student at Saint Xavier University studying communications.)
I thank Allah (God) so much for remembering His promise to Abraham, that his seed would be a stranger in a land that is not theirs and they would serve a strange people in that strange land who would afflict them for 400 years; but He said to Abraham: “After that time I will come, and I will judge that nation which they shall serve, and afterwards shall they come out with great substance.” That’s a great promise—and Allah (God) never breaks His promise.
Black people have wondered, “Why, God, have You allowed us to suffer like this? What have we done to deserve what You have caused to be put upon us?” And the scripture teaches of Jesus: When he met the man born blind, and the disciples asked him, “Who did sin? Did he or his parents?,” Jesus answered, “Neither did his parents sin, nor did he sin. He is born blind, that the works of God may be manifest in him.” (John 9:1-3) In other words, his suffering was a part of a well-thought-out plan; that Satan would have his (Abraham’s) seed and put the seed into such a condition that only He (God) could get them out of it. In essence, we were put in this condition so that the people who have not known God in these last 6,000 years of the rule of a strange people: that our rise on The Call of God when He comes would make Him known to a world that has not known Him. They know of Him—we talk about “God”; but in that day, His people are going to learn about Him, and have a personal relationship with Him. And as the scripture teaches (Ezekiel 37:13): “When (not if, “when”) I have raised you out of your graves, then shall you know that I, The Lord, am God, and beside Me there is no Saviour!”
I greet you, my dear brothers and sisters, thanking Allah for the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, this great master teacher that I have been blessed to be taught by. Today, we want to know him better, and we want to know Al Mahdi, his Teacher, better.
Keys for enduring trials
Sometimes in a basketball season, you have to have someone do an extraordinary thing to seal the knowledge that he or she is “the best.” You can’t claim to be the best until you have shown your prowess and defeated all the rest.
God allowed Pharaoh to become great: He allowed Pharaoh to be looked upon by the people as a god beside God; so, He had to show on His coming that He, in fact, was God. He was so much of a God that He took one of the slaves and made him a god over Pharaoh, to declare to the world that the one that He made a god over Pharaoh was one of millions that He would bring back to where they originally were.
I have been among you a long time … and the scripture says you would treat me “like a lovely song”—like it was with David. The scripture teaches that he had “a lovely-sounding voice, and he played well on an instrument.” But the people: Even though they loved to hear him, they hardly ever did what he taught them; but after he was gone from among them, they really recognized that a prophet of God was among them.
Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, lived for 62 1/2 years. Do you know that I have been preaching this word in America for all the years of The Prophet’s life? Sometimes people, when they walked by Noah, they laughed at him and mocked him. I said, “Poor man! A prophet of God was building an ‘ark’ (a ship, a boat) in a desert where it doesn’t rain.” When I think on Noah, I’m so inspired, because I can imagine this poor man, with his poor little family around him, whispering: “I think daddy is … I think he’s ‘off’ a little bit. Don’t tell him I said this, but for him to be talking about a flood, water coming—and we haven’t seen water in a long, long time. …” That poor man, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad said, taught for 150 years. So, people want to know: “Well, why do you keep saying the same thing over and over again, Farrakhan? I heard this yesterday. I heard it the day before. I heard it 10 years ago, I’ve been listening to you. … When is the ‘new’ message coming?”
I say, “Why do you think you deserve a new message when you have never acted on the old message that you received?” When a man stays this long on a post teaching his people, either he is crazy, or, he believes so thoroughly in what he is teaching, and he knows the results of what he is teaching, that it doesn’t bother him (the insults of the people and their mockery of him), because all the prophets knew they would be the winner in the end. When they came, the prophets threatened the people. Not that they had the power to fulfill the threat, but the word of God always is accompanied from the mouth of a prophet with a threat. The people, after they heard the threat so many times, said: “Why don’t you bring on us what you threaten us with?” The prophets would say, “Wait. I, too, am waiting.”
Source: Hurt2Healing Magazine
Wesley Muhammad (WM): All praise is due to Allah. Thank you.
EM: You are not the only one that has had those type of questions relating to faith. You opened up about what you described as a tear in your spiritual garment, regarding where Allah, Master Fard Muhammad, intervenes in our affairs on an individual basis, aside from His anointed Servants. You said, “I didn’t see myself as being on the radar of the Lord of the Worlds.”
What was it that caused you to feel that way and draw that conclusion?
WM: Well, again, partly my path and partly the way my mind actually works. By path I mean I was an atheist before Islam. I was anti-religion as an intellectual. When I did come to Islam, it was through the Five Percenters, and the Five Percent Nation is anti-religion. We think differently about religious matters. We tend to need more demonstration of a point of a religious matter than most religious people. So I already had that predisposition to need greater demonstration of faith matters. That’s what it is. Faith matters. Matters that have no empirical proof, but we have to have faith in their regard.
After 28 years of critically engaging this teaching, I’m pursuing religion with a totally academic perspective. I bear witness that there are still matters that are a matter of faith. We just cannot prove them, and those are very valuable matters of faith. But in my earlier stages, those matters of pure faith, I needed a more robust demonstration of them. And one of those matters was, “Is the God, Whom I acknowledge as Master Fard Muhammad, interested in the affairs of the little believer?” Life’s challenges makes all of us ask the question, “Where is God in our life?” And for me I needed mathematical or critical demonstration of it. We would bring such questions to our pastors or ministers, “Where was God in our life when this happened?” We bring those to our pastors and we get the pastoral answers. We get the “foot prints in the sand” poem type of answers, but for me as an atheist and Five Percenter, that just was never persuasive to me. They weren’t real helpful to me. Those pastoralisms weren’t helpful to me. I needed something more concrete to make my religion make mathematical sense on a personal level. On a global level it made all the sense in the world. Master Fard Muhammad, He is Master of all of these planets and life forms that are on all of these planets. He’s the Master of them, so He’s very pre-occupied, in other words.
So I did not, I could not telescope the God into my personal life, not intellectually. Not in a way that was intellectually satisfying to me. So that was my blind spot. I needed demonstration of His intervention in my affairs, and on a critical thinking level I did not feel that I was able to point to convincing proof to me. Even though, of course, they were there all the time, but where I was in my thinking I could not point to demonstrable proof that He was intervening in my affairs all while He is protecting His Messiah against the most power government in the world, and marshalling the forces of the other civilizations of the planets to come against the enemy. He has big ticket responsibility. I was looking for and I needed more convincing evidence in the midst of all of that He even had time to consider my affairs.
EM: You answered that so beautifully, and you answered the second question regarding what evidence you were in need of that you weren’t receiving. Thank you for going right into that.
This next question is regarding your research and your doctoral dissertation revolving around the reality of God in Him being a man. We know that…well I’ll speak for myself, because I have your books; I know that there’s no deficit in your knowledge, but how and when did you realize…
WM: Well we all have deficits in our knowledge. We all work with a margin of error. The only one who does not work with a margin of error is the Messenger of God. Anything short of revelation, has a margin of error.
EM: Yes sir, thank you for your correction. Allow me to say it like this in the context of this question: How did you and when did you realize that there was a deficit in your faith compared to your level of knowledge?
WM: That was always a nagging question for me. It followed me and it nagged me. I’ll tell you this if I can share it.
EM: Yes sir, go ahead!
WM: There’s this experience. There was this Summer between one of my semesters. I was a poor, very poor student. So eating and finding the next meal was a task. One time I went up to a brother’s house, who was a F.O.I., and he happened to have a fish fry. And he happened to have enough for myself and my brother who I came with and who was my Five Percenter teacher. I hadn’t or didn’t want to join the mosque yet. There was the discussion about praying over the food. Obviously, the Muslims were praying. I was inclining towards the Muslims, but I was there with my teacher who was a Five Percent who gave his reason why not to. So I conceded to his reasoning, and as fate would have it, as they all were enjoying and as he was enjoying his fish sandwich, mine fell on the floor before I could take a bite of it. I was so mad and so hungry. (laughs)
The question of whether I, as a little believer, am on the radar of the Lord of the Worlds that He would even receive it (prayer over food) was what the argument was. Why would He receive it if it’s ritualism? Why would He receive this praying over fish? So that issue nagged me throughout my whole journey. There were some nagging issues. So it wasn’t a moment in which I discovered the tear. It nagged me from the beginning until I got to Chicago and demonstrable proof, demonstrable evidence, was given to me. But it nagged me the whole time.
EM: Yes sir, thank you.
In January of this year, the Study Group webcast that was shown from the Final Call Administration Building in Chicago with Sister Ava Muhammad and a few others, featured clips of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan teaching about faith and knowledge. He said, “Faith is greater than knowledge. Faith is in the absence of knowledge.”
EM: And he went on to say, “We are not the Best Knower, we have to have faith in Him, Allah.”
WM: That’s right…
EM: He said, “Big belief can accomplish what those in this world with knowledge cannot.”
WM: That’s powerful.
EM: Yes sir. How and at what point did you begin to tip the scale of what you know toward faith? What was that first thing that you had to do, or what was that first step you had to take?
WM: Beautiful question. The faith versus knowledge dynamic was also the dynamic that was in my consciousness from the very beginning. It became acute for me, because Allah happened to bless me to know. This is to emphasize the tear in my spiritual garment, because Allah blessed me, Sister Ebony, to factually know the reality of this Teaching of Islam. My introduction to the Teachings was totally intellectual. My approach to it was academic. I studied every aspect. The truth of this Teaching, the body of wisdom is not a matter of belief or faith to me. It is a verifiable body of knowledge that I can demonstrate by Allah’s grace across the world.
Allah blessed me to become a knower of the truth of His Islam, not a mere believer in its truth. However, therein lies my challenge and my trial. All while I’m sure and self assured that Allah has blessed me to be a knower of the truth of my religion, while I’m seeing people all around me — and I’m the main antagonist in many of these situations– people having their faith ripped out from under their feet, because knowledge will come to them or something would challenge their faith, and oftentimes it’s me ripping their rug of faith out from under their feet. True story. So while I’m self-assured in the truth, I’m still conscious of the fact the Quran is very clear that, “Blessed are the believers…”. It’s the believers, not the knowers. So I’m conscious of that this whole time, but not knowing really what that means except that I know that I had my deficit.
by Fudia Muhammad
If you were told that you could choose the sex of your baby before conception, would you do it? If so, why? If not, why not? Is it ethical? Is it in harmony with your moral ethos and principles to predetermine the sex of your baby? The simple answer to the latter question will be found in the answer to the first question. If the answer is superficial – girls have cuter clothes or boys are so much easier – then, we would argue that the motive is without substance and therefore could be considered unethical or at minimum misguided. However, if the intention is farseeing and the decision is made to produce future eventualities that will have a consequential impact on the family, community and Nation; then it is not only ethical, but it is essential.
The birth of Master W. Fard Muhammad, founder of The Nation of Islam – long awaited “Saviour” of the Black man and woman, and Teacher of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, was not by happenstance. His Father (and other wise scientists), having supreme knowledge of both history and prophecy knew that it was time for such a Deliverer to be born for the purpose of redeeming the Black man and woman of America. Before our incredible fall, we wrote history thousands of years in advance and then walked into it. Did gender have any significance in our writings? Of course it did. The coming of Master W. Fard Muhammad and His work was written in the scriptures thousands of years before His birth.
Brother Jabril Muhammad writes, “He (Master Fard Muhammad) took the Honorable Elijah Muhammad back to what led His (Master Fard Muhammad’s) Father to produce Him in the first place. That which led to His birth was rooted in prophecy (the foresight and insight of the Gods) written in the Bible and Holy Qur’an concerning a lost people that needed finding, and of the new world that He would produce through them…This Father was a real Black man. He knew, therefore, that it would not have been wise for Him to come Himself. He knew He had to have a Son Who looked like the wicked infidels among whom He would have to go (and there were other factors in His reasoning). So, He went up into the mountains and got a White woman: a Caucasian. He prepared her to give birth to this special Son. This is hinted at in the Bible in the mentioning of a woman out of whom was drawn seven devils in the ‘gospels.’ You can also find her mentioned in Revelation and elsewhere. The preachers and theologians used to ponder and argue over the coming of this special Son. He is referred to in the New Testament as the Son of Man.”
So, Master W. Fard Muhammad’s father knew He needed a son for this special mission, not a daughter. How was He able to guarantee that the woman would bear a son, fulfilling prophecy? We cannot be one-hundred percent certain; but we now have a level of knowledge in the field of science, biology and reproduction that allows us to make an intelligent exploration as to how we can determine the sex of our own children.
It is the man that determines the biological sex of the baby, not the woman. We know that the female (X) sperm is slower; yet slightly bigger, stronger, and lives longer than the male (Y) sperm. The male (Y) sperm has a smaller head, it is weaker, dies sooner, but is much faster than its counterpart. With that in mind, consider that a man can emit anywhere from tens of millions to hundreds of millions of sperm at a time; most of which will die within minutes. However, those that remain can live inside of the woman for up to five days (3 days on average). Now, ovulation takes place when a woman’s egg is released.Women have one ovulation day per cycle. The egg only has 12-24 hours to be fertilized once it is released. But since sperm can live up to five days inside of a woman, she can have up to six fertile days per cycle. This means she can get pregnant within the five days leading up to ovulation and up to 24 hours after ovulation.
This information is important if a couple is trying to increase the chances of having one sex over another. If a boy is desired, then based on what we know about the characteristics of the male (Y) sperm; intercourse should take place on the day of ovulation, not before. Theoretically, the faster male (Y) sperm will make it to the egg first. If a girl is desired, then intercourse should take place a few days before ovulation; because based on the characteristics of the female (X) sperm; it will outlive the male (Y) sperm and still be around to fertilize the egg once it is released days later. This natural method for choosing the sex of our babies is called the Shettles Method, named after Dr. Landrum Shettles – studies confirms that it is effective 85% of the time. The Shettles Method makes a few other suggestions that factor into its high accuracy rate, but they are far too intimate for this column. You and your spouse are free to do the research later.
As is the case with many scientific theories, there are those who dispute this method. They argue that though there are differences between the male (Y) sperm and the female (X) sperm that those differences are microscopic, which makes them moot. However, sperm itself is microscopic and the natural biological differences that later manifest in the man and woman appear to support the differences in the male (Y) and female (X) sperm. For example: Generally speaking, women live longer than men; their bodies are rounder and fuller; nine times out of ten she will lose in a sprint (everything else being equal); and we can argue over who is stronger, but she does bear human life – smile!
It is true that there is probably only a small selection of us who are looking beyond the superficial and can see the actual future benefit of having one sex over the other; but those people do exist. And we believe that soon, more and more will exist. For the rest of us, we should probably stick to being surprised. It goes without saying that Allah (God) is the Best Knower. And although 85% is a good percentage, there are no guarantees. Once conception has taken place, the mother-to-be should not focus on any specific gender. The couple should pray for a healthy child, who will contribute to the upliftment of the family, community and Nation. If we are of the righteous, then what pleases Allah (God) pleases us.
It is against the law of Allah (God) to kill a living fetus or embryo simply because it is not the desired sex. This happens far too often through abortions. But it also happens by some couples who use artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization. They will often request genetic testing before implantation of the embryo, which among other things determines the sex. The desired sex is then selected and sometimes, if the pregnancy is successful, the other embryos are destroyed. This destruction is considered unethical to most people of faith.
It is no secret that worldwide, boys are desired above girls. Even in Islam, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had to admonish the people for burying their female children alive. In an address to the women of the Nation of Islam, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said, “I don’t know why they call you miss. You know, miss so and so. Maybe it’s because the father missed because he was after a boy and when you got here he missed. So they call you miss. That’s a hell of a thing. How in the world could somebody have missed when they produced you? See the language of the world is against the female. Miss. He missed. Usually all men want to see themselves first. So usually if it’s a girl, you see this look of, oh. In some societies they literally go off. He never missed when you were born. That was a hit if ever there was one because God has come to make Himself known to you and through you, to the entire world, but you got to give Him a chance to make Himself known.”
(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.)